published on February 2, 2016 - 6:54 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Nathan Ahle as the organization’s new president and CEO.

Ahle joins the Fresno Chamber from the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as manager of government affairs since 2014. Previously he worked for eight years with the Daily Independent newspaper of Ridgecrest, where he became assistant publisher/manager editor. He also served four years with the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce as president and CEO before joining the Bakersfield Greater Chamber of Commerce.

Ahle, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from University of Phoenix, is a graduate of the Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy Program and is expected to graduate from the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management later this year.

He will begin his new position on Feb. 22.

Ahle replaces Al Smith, who served as the chamber’s president and CEO for 10 years. He was selected out of 35 candidates.

“Our search committee knew what we were looking for in terms of certain skillsets and capabilities,” said Al Solis, board chair for the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce. “But it was Nathan Ahle who impressed us time and time again with his leadership style, experience and approach to the chamber as a whole.”

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