ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Following a nine-month national and local search the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) as hired Greater Louisville Inc.-Metro Chamber of Commerce (GLI) President and CEO Joe Reagan. Reagan will start February 1, 2012.
Reagan succeeds Dick Fleming, who has led the RCGA as president and CEO since August, 1994. Fleming was instrumental in helping to transform the RCGA into a key driver of the metropolitan areas public policy, infrastructure and economic development. Fleming announced in January, 2011 that he would leave the RCGA at the end of this year to pursue his next career in the public-purpose nonprofit philanthropic sector.
Reagan, 48, has been president and CEO of the Greater Louisville Inc.-Metro Chamber of Commerce (GLI) since 2005. He has over 20 years of practitioner and CEO experience in private sector initiatives in community and economic development, public policy, and regional strategy and community problem-solving. Prior to his leadership roles in community and economic development, he worked in the business side of radio and was an entrepreneur, heading a marketing firm.
He is a native of Gary, Ind. and grew up in Ottawa, Ill. Reagan joined the staff of the Greater Louisville Inc.-Metro Chamber in 1998 as vice president for economic development. Reagan was named executive vice president for economic development two years later, advancing to chief operating officer in 2003. He was promoted to the top staff position at the chamber in 2005, where he has led a 50-person professional staff and assisted hundreds of volunteers in executing the chamber¡¦s purpose of transforming the community through economic and enterprise development, public policy development and advocacy, driving improvements in
educational attainment, talent attraction, community marketing, business services and programming.
Reagan holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Iowa at Iowa City and serves as a Trustee of Bellarmine University in Louisville. He is Chair of the Metro Chambers Council of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and serves on the executive committee of ACCE.