By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Community Development Foundation on Tuesday said it hired Karen Geddie as vice president of its Chamber of Commerce division.
The position most recently was held by Tommy Green, who is no longer with CDF.
CDF is the economic development organization for Tupelo and Lee County, and also houses the Chamber of Commerce.
Geddie will work with Barbara Smith, CDF’s vice president of chamber services. Smith is working part time as she prepares to retire after 30 years.
Geddie previously was a human resources officer with Renasant Bank. Before that, she worked for First United Methodist Church in Tupelo as publication/office assistant.
In her job with CDF, she’ll oversee CDF’s membership recruitment and retention initiatives. She will lead the planning and implementation of the Chamber’s programs, such as First Friday, Business to Business Connection amp& Taste of Tupelo, Chamber seminars, Tupelo Young Professionals and Business Boxed Lunch amp& Learn.
Geddie received an A.A. in music from Peace College in Raleigh, N.C., and her B.S. in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University. Her professional career includes service as an internal consultant and industrial power engineer with Carolina Power amp& Light, now Progress Energy, in North Carolina. She also worked with McLeod Regional Medical Center, a 453-bed regional medical center in Florence, S.C., to assist in the development of its in-house information technology department.
She is married to Joe Geddie, executive director of the North Mississippi Industrial Development Association.