Hicks served as President and CEO since the end of 1999, and has been with The Chamber since 1993.
During Hick’s tenure, The Chamber nearly doubled in membership size to over 1,700 members, often making it the largest chamber of commerce in the state of Oregon.
He also earned the Certified Chamber Executive title, a certification that is considered the highest professional development designation in the industry. That makes him the only current chamber CEO with that designation in the state.
Hicks signaled his intentions to The Chamber late last year to give the Board of Directors time to determine the direction of the organization. The Board recently made a unanimous decision to hire Eli Matthews to lead the group. Eli is a former Medford City Councilor and current Senior Vice President of Travel Medford.
Grace Smith is co-anchor for NBC5 News at 6. The Chicago native is a recent graduate of University of Miami with a Communication Honors degree specializing in Broadcast Journalism. She minored in Creative Writing and focused her senior thesis on social media usage and engagement. During her time at the University of Miami, she anchored multiple award-winning student television programs, covering everything from music festivals to the Super Bowl.
Though she loved Miami’s beaches, she’s thrilled to be in the Pacific Northwest where she can experience all four seasons and have a real Christmas tree! When she’s not at work, you can find Grace glued to any television showing live sports (especially if it’s the Chicago Bears) or attempting a new recipe as she learns to cook.