State Chamber of Oklahoma Selects New President & CEO

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 26, 2010) – Phil Kennedy, chairman of The State Chamber of Oklahoma announced today that Fred Morgan will become the organization’s next president and CEO.  Morgan will succeed longtime chamber executive Richard Rush, who announced in September 2009 that he will retire effective March 31, 2010.

            Morgan, a small businessman and attorney, is serving as general counsel and senior policy advisor to the Oklahoma State Senate Leadership.  He served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1994-2006 where he was recognized for outstanding service by organizations including Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Sheriffs Association, American Legislative Exchange Council and the Research Institute for Economic Development.  Morgan lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Page.  They have two adult children, Megan and Daniel.  His involvement with the community includes service to the Oklahoma City Rotary Club where he was president from 1995-1996 as well as board service with the Salvation Army, March of Dimes, Community Literacy Center and others.

“Fred will make an exceptional leader for this organization,” said Kennedy.  “He has a long history of supporting business in Oklahoma and has great insight into the needs of businesses throughout Oklahoma.  His leadership skills will lead our organization to a new level of excellence.”

“Fred is a good selection, and we are all well aware of the big shoes he will be filling.  Dick Rush has served this organization well for 23 years.  His passion was unmatched,” said David Rainbolt, State Chamber chair-elect and Oklahoma City banker.  “Many great things happened under Dick’s leadership.  We owe him a great deal of gratitude.”

Outgoing Chamber leader, Richard Rush, has a long history of working with Morgan during his tenure as an elected and appointed official.  “I think the board showed wisdom in selecting Fred as the next president and CEO,” Rush said.  “I have witnessed his abilities as a champion of business for our state.  There is no doubt in my mind that the members and staff of this organization will be in great hands.”

 “This organization has such a solid history of advocacy for Oklahoma businesses,” said Morgan.  “Times are challenging around the country right now.  It is imperative that we continue fighting to improve the business climate.  I am truly honored to have this opportunity and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

Morgan will transition into his new position, working with Dick Rush and The State Chamber staff as the legislative session begins.

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Updated 01-26-2010

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