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Art Kimbrough Has Last Day On The Job

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A Jackson County community member will now sit on the other side of the table.

Friday marked Art Kimbrough's last day as Jackson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.

This first Friday power breakfast is more like a finale for Art Kimbrough.

After Friday, he will sit permanently on the other side of the podium.

"It's time to bring in some fresh ideas and hand it over to the next generation," said Kimbrough.

The seventh generation Panhandler was doing business consulting in Missouri before he moved to Jackson County to take care of his mom.

"I shut down everything, came here, came down to join a chamber, just to do what you do with a chamber, get connected with the community," said Kimbrough. "Turns out they were looking for a CEO."

And so that he became, enjoying every page of the chapter he started a decade ago.

"It doesn't seem like 10 years, it's really just so much fun," said Kimbrough.

As Chamber President and CEO, Kimbrough says community involvement has grown.

"We've doubled the membership of what it was when I first came in here, " said Kimbrough. "We've grown our large company representation and financial support."

It's a role that's been both rewarding and fulfilling but as he hangs up the towel, he will still be involved in other business ventures.

"I'll get the chances to travel on business to places like South Africa and Taiwan and just other nations so that's a fun part and I intend to stay very very active in the panhandle," said Kimbrough.

And he won't be going far.

"100 steps front door to front door," said Kimbrough.

Home is still right next store.

The search is still on for an individual to fill the role. The deadline to apply is April 15th.