Charleston Area Alliance engages search firm to find new President & Chief Executive Officer

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Board of Directors of the Charleston Area Alliance (“the Alliance”) has begun the search for the Alliance’s next President & Chief Executive Officer, retaining Waverly Partners as its executive search firm. Board member Matt Bond of United Bank will head a 9-member search committee that will work with Waverly Partners to identify qualified local, regional and national candidates. Waverly Partners is the preferred provider of executive search services of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

“Our committee has developed a profile with the experience and leadership characteristics of our preferred candidate,” Bond said. “We are open to executives with backgrounds in economic development, chambers of commerce, business associations, other kinds of nonprofits, private sector or related experience with a commitment to our mission in this region.”

 The position profile is available on the Alliance’s website:

Steve Rubin, former Board Chair of the Alliance, began serving as Interim CEO last fall. Mr. Rubin’s appointment filled the vacancy when former CEO Matt Ballard resigned to accept the CEO/Executive Director role at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park.

For more information about the search, contact search consultants Eric Peterson and Harrison Turnbull at; all inquiries will be held in confidence. 

The Charleston Area Alliance attracts and retains innovative industries and workforce, revitalizes urban spaces and improves Charleston, West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley through a unified mission and strategic goals.