Steps into new role June 27

Tom Kies will begin his new role as the County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO on Monday, June 27. He is replacing current president Mike Wagoner, who is retiring on Tuesday.  (Dylan Ray photo)

MOREHEAD CITY — Tom Kies has been selected as the new County Chamber of Commerce President. He replaces Mike Wagoner, who will retire next week after 12 years in that position.

Mr. Kies is currently the executive director of the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association. He will start his new role at the Chamber on Monday, June 27.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” he told the News-Times. “It’s an honor, and I have Mike Wagoner’s big shoes to fill, but I’m going to do the best I can.”

Mr. Kies said the Chamber board, “spent a long time and a lot of effort interviewing folks.” He said it made him feel good to have the support of the Chamber board in the decision.

“Tom has outstanding credentials and a superb track record for success,” said Chamber board chairman Bucky Oliver. “Tom comes to us with a wealth of knowledge about the workings of the Chamber, as well as the culture of Carteret County. We are excited that he has accepted the board’s offer to become president and CEO and we look forward to this seamless transition.” 

Mr. Kies previously served as the Chamber board chairman in 2011 and has served as a board member since 2007. He graduated Leadership Carteret, a Chamber program, in 2007. 

He has served as the executive director with the DMCRA since 2011, and spent five years as the NCCoast Communications Publisher and General Manager for five years before that. 

Mr. Kies said the DMCRA will talk this week about hiring a replacement, and he expects a full board meeting next week. 

“Currently, we are in a very good place,” he said. “Everyone is extraordinarily excited and positive,” adding he is confident DMCRA will be placed under good leadership.

Mr. Kies said he thinks the Chamber “will have business as usual” when he moves into the new role, but said the board is expecting to move forward with some action plans for the future. 

“We will be looking forward to freshening a few things up,” he said. 

Mr. Wagoner’s last day with the Chamber will be Tuesday, exactly 12 years after he started working here. A reception in his honor will be held that night. 

Contact Anna Harvey at 252-726-7081, ext. 229; email; or follow on Twitter @annaccnt. 

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Tom Kies is a great fit for this position and will continue with his positive vision for Carteret County.

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