• Ellen McNair, CEcD

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

    Ellen McNair has worked in the economic development field for more than 25 years and was a member of the negotiating teams that brought both Hyundai Motors Corporation and Hyundai Heavy Industries to Montgomery. She has recruited dozens of national and international projects to the state. Prior to the Chamber, Ellen worked for the Alabama Department of Commerce as Project Manager and as Director of Research. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. While attending graduate school in the Department of Economics at Auburn University, she received a fellowship through the U.S. Department of the Interior. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. Ellen has the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council. She is a past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) and is involved in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She is the 2014 recipient of the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for exemplary achievement in economic development, presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce.
  • Chip Gentry

    Vice President, Air Service Development

    Chip Gentry works in partnership with the Montgomery Airport Authority. He is responsible for developing and implementing collaborative strategies to maximize passenger air services; expanding passenger usage at the Montgomery Regional Airport; and managing development strategies for airport properties. He is integral to the Chamber’s corporate and economic development efforts, supporting project recruitment, retention and marketing as they relate to aerospace and other targeted sectors. Chip has diverse industry and global experience in aviation/airline, regional network, low cost, air cargo, and aviation consultancy. His specialties include airline certification, airline operations, air service development, pricing and revenue management, community affairs and commercial planning. Prior to the Chamber, Chip was Director of Airport and Community Relations for Silver Airways in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a graduate of Auburn University.
  • Charlie Bass

    Manager, Corporate Development Research

    Charlie Bass is responsible for research, building and site development. He prepares custom maps and site information, helps area landowners maintain existing sites, and develops additional products. Charlie also creates customized reports with EMSI and other databases and handles demographic requests including customized reports. Charlie graduated from Troy University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography and an MBA with a concentration in International Economic Development. Prior to the Chamber, Charlie worked for Troy University’s Center for International Business and Economic Development. He has completed Auburn University’s Intensive Economic Development Course and is currently pursuing a Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) certification through the Community Development Institute.
  • Constance Calambakas

    Project Coordinator, Existing Industry and Workforce Development

    Constance Calambakas supports the area business retention program by working with manufacturers to explore opportunities and challenges. She educates local businesses about resources available through the Chamber, assists companies with expansions, organizes local industry meetings and develops recognition programs to promote the growth and development of existing industries. Prior to the Chamber, Constance worked six years for a workforce recruitment agency where she was the top recruiter. She also has four years’ experience in advertising sales.
  • Jessica Horsley

    Director, Retention

    Jessica Horsley manages the Chamber’s Existing Industry and Workforce Development program. She supports the needs of and addresses issues facing Montgomery’s existing industry base. She assists these industries with expansion plans by providing a conduit to statutory incentives, site location infrastructure utilities and employee selection and training. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Georgia. Before moving to Montgomery from South Carolina in 2011, Jessica served as the One Stop Operator for the Lower Savannah Council of Governments and as Employer Services Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. Jessica is a certified Career Development Facilitator and holds a Business and Employer Services professional certification.
  • Rachel Madore

    Director, Information Services

    Rachel Madore is responsible for managing the research function of the Chamber including data collection and services and community economic statistics. Rachel is a nearly 20-year veteran of the Chamber. Rachel earned her master's degree in sociology from Auburn University and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. She is a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) and the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).
  • Justice Smyth

    Director, Recruitment

    Justice Smyth manages new industry recruitment projects and marketing efforts on behalf of the City of Montgomery and Montgomery County. Justice graduated from The University of Alabama. While in school, he was elected president of the Student Government Association. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. Justice is actively involved with the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA), the River Region United Way, Montgomery YMCA Boys Work Committee and EMERGE Montgomery.