Rutherford chamber loses VP of economic development

Veteran official takes job in Maryland

Holly Sears, vice president of economic development for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and one of Middle Tennessee’s most recognized officials within the industry, announced her resignation to the group’s board of directors this morning.

Recently engaged, Sears (pictured) will be relocating to the Washington, D.C., metro area to serve as president of the Montgomery County (Md.) Business Development Corp. Her last day at the chamber will be Nov. 16.

During her seven-year tenure, Sears helped develop the economic development landscape of Rutherford County by coordinating relocation and expansion projects, including those involving Amazon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Interstate Warehouse, NHK, Franke USA and MEIKO.

Existing companies that Sears assisted in expansion efforts include Nissan North America, Taylor Farms, General Mills and Asurion. In addition, she had a leadership role in the development of the Murfreesboro Gateway project, including The Avenue and Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center, Smyrna Airport, Joe B. Jackson Parkway in Murfreesboro and the Colonial Town Center in Smyrna.

“To say Holly will be missed is an understatement,” Chamber President Paul Latture said in a release. “Her wealth of knowledge, leadership and work ethic have everything to do with Rutherford County being ranked nationally in the top five for job growth five times during her time here.”

Latture said plans are fully underway to find a replacement.