The board of directors of See Rock City has announced that Susan P. Harris has been elected to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. She took the office July …
The board of directors of See Rock City has announced that Susan P. Harris has been elected to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. She took the office July 1.Bill Chapin, who organized a group of investors to purchase Rock City Gardens from his family in December of 1984, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board.Harris originally filled the role of Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development for SRC in 2008, prior to becoming President in 2013 and adding Chief Operating Officer to her responsibilities in 2016.She is the first woman and first person outside of the Chapin and Carter families to hold this position.
Bill Chapin stated, “Susan has worked extensively in organizational culture and leadership development and has most recently served as the COO responsible for operational and financial performance. She has earned this opportunity. No one is more qualified than Susan. She will lead SRC through the COVID-19 crisis and into the future with excellence.”
In addition to working with SRC, Harris is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and is a current board member of the Chattanooga Tourism Company, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.She also serves as a mentor with the 10 project and is co-chair of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Altar Guild, where she has been a longtime parishioner.Previously she has served on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, the Chattanooga chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Tennessee Academy of Gymnastics Booster Club and the Hixson Youth Athletic Association.She is a 2018 Leadership Chattanooga graduate, has served as an executive mentor with the Principal Leadership Academy and has been an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix.
Harris is a recipient of the Tourism General Manager of the Year Award by the Greater Chattanooga Hospitality Association prior to being selected at the state level by the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association in 2018.
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