The Round Rock Chamber announced Wednesday, July 24, that Jason Ball has been selected as its new President and CEO. Ball currently serves as the President and CEO of the Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Area Chamber of Commerce. He will begin his tenure in Round Rock in mid-September.
The Round Rock Chamber is the leading economic development organization in Round Rock tasked with recruiting new employers, jobs, and investment to the community. The chamber President and CEO plays a key role in the community, working with leaders in business, education, elected officials, government staff, and other not-for-profit organizations to increase economic opportunities for businesses and people in the area.
“I am so excited to begin work with the staff and leadership team,” says Ball. “I was very impressed with the strong focus on economic development and the close partnership with the City of Round Rock. It is an honor to join this team.”
Ball is a Certified Economic Developer and holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management and Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute.
“We are looking forward to having Jason join our great city.” said Mayor Craig Morgan. “He has a track record of tremendous leadership and will continue to move us forward through community partnerships and collaboration.”
The chamber’s board of directors contracted with Jorgenson Consulting, a leading executive search firm with expertise in economic development organizations, to conduct a nationwide search.
“Jason Ball is highly qualified and will be a great asset to Round Rock,” said David Hays, the chamber’s chairman of the board. “After an extensive search, the board feels confident that Jason is the best candidate to lead the chamber in our vibrant community. We feel very fortunate to have found such a great fit for our outstanding chamber.”
“We are very happy to welcome Jason as our new chamber CEO,” said Tammy Young, city council member and chamber board member. “There is no doubt that he will prove to be a great fit for our chamber and our community. He has much to contribute to our continued success in Round Rock.”
In 2015, Ball was selected as one of Development Counsellors International, “40 Under 40 – Rising Stars in Economic Development”. He is an active member of the International Economic Development Council, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100.
Prior to Sioux Falls, Ball was the President of the Hutchinson/Reno County (Kansas) Chamber of Commerce for four years, and the Director of Business Development for the Lincoln (Nebraska) Chamber of Commerce for five years.
“Jason’s background and experience leading economic development will complement our work in the area of business attraction, retention, and expansion.” said Ryan Therrell, the chamber’s Momentum chair.
Ball succeeds Mike Odom, who recently took the leadership role at the Knoxville (Tennessee) Area Chamber of Commerce after five years in Round Rock. Ball will be relocating to Round Rock this summer with his wife and their two children.