Thereasa Hulgan, Executive Director of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Announces Retirement

CENTRE, AL – Thereasa Hulgan, Executive Director of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce for nearly twenty years, recently announced she is retiring from the Chamber work at the end of April.   Hulgan plans to spend time with family, travel and enjoy this phase of her life. 

“It was an honor in 2003 to have been chosen to work for the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and also be involved in Economic Development and the Tourism Industry.   Over the years, I attended hundreds of conferences and training opportunities that enabled me to learn about new marketing trends and programs to benefit our community,” Hulgan said. “I have been truly blessed to partner with so many great leaders. I cherish all the relationships that have been formed over the years.”

Cherokee County is a rural agriculture community and with great healthcare, education, government, businesses and industries.  Being located to several metro areas makes Weiss Lake and all its tourism destinations a great resource for families and visitors. 

Hulgan said, “Over the years, we have had faithful Chamber Board Members who have supported our programs and allowed us to do our jobs.  We have seen sponsors, partners, and membership grow in numbers, as well as their financial support.”

Hulgan has served on many boards during her time with the Chamber.  She currently serves on the Cherokee County Industrial Development Authority, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Alabama Bass Trail, Friends of the Preserve at Little River Canyon, East AL Works, AL Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission, Cherokee County Career & Tech Center Advisory, and Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation.  During her time with the Chamber, Hulgan served on the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama Executive Board three terms. 

Hulgan was presented the CCAA Professional of the Year in 2020. Recently she was presented “A String of Pearls” from the AMLA.  The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce was recognized as a CCAA Accredited Chamber of Commerce in 2019. 

Conrad Reed, Chairman of the Chamber Board said, “Thereasa has been a true asset to our community.  She has worked endless hours and has been very committed to her job.  Thereasa has built many great relationships and partnerships over the years that benefit our businesses and community.  She will be truly missed. “

Hulgan said, “There comes a time when you just know in your heart it’s time to move on.  I am both happy and sad to leave the Chamber, but I am very confident in the direction of the Chamber of Commerce.”  She goes on to say, “I plan to still be involved in the community, clubs and activities, and look forward to the next adventures in life.”



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