Corey Albert Named New Dickson County Chamber President
When Fayetteville, Tennessee native Corey Albert moved to his wife’s hometown of White Bluff in 2017, the local chamber of commerce was not foremost on his mind. But that was before he registered for Leadership Dickson County.
“Everyone told me that there was no better way to learn about my newly adopted county than the leadership program, and they were right,” said Corey Albert, the newly hired president of the Dickson County Chamber. “I feel like I know more about Dickson now than my own hometown,” he laughed.
It was this new-found knowledge that gave Albert an appreciation for the people, the leaders, and the history, as well as the issues and needs of Dickson Countians. “The program’s mission statement includes the line ‘the program will nurture the most valuable community resource – people,’ and when I finished the 10-month-long program, I was ready to become more involved.”
“Albert is going to become an important part of not only the chamber, but of the Dickson County Alliance, which is uniting the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Community Development on their different but parallel missions,” said County Mayor Bob Rial. “I’m pleased that he is on board and ready to go to work.”
Chamber Board Chairperson Paula Eleazar was pleasantly surprised that Albert was living locally. “Our search for the perfect candidate took us several months and crossed many states,” she said. “All the while, Albert was right here in Dickson County with enthusiasm, professionalism, and passion for Dickson County that was just waiting to be tapped.”
Unlike many chamber presidents, Albert did not bring a chamber background to his new position, he brought a financial one. After earning his degree from Freed Hardeman University, he began a career in the financial services industry where he obtained his series 7/66 licenses. Most recently, he worked with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company specializing in assisting small business owners and families with their financial plans.
“Just as individuals and families can get tripped up with bad financial decisions, so do businesses, especially small businesses that may be driven as much by a passion for their product as the desire to a see healthy bottom line. But there’s no reason why they can’t have both,” he explained. “While my background may be different from the norm, I think it will prove to be a great asset in my work at the chamber helping local businesses grow.”
The new president also cited his Fayetteville background as a plus. “I understand the small-town feel and love the fact that Dickson, White Bluff and other beautiful towns in the county have a great atmosphere. Their residents are all proud of who they are and what they represent within the framework of Dickson County.”
That discussion brought Albert to relationship building, one of the skill sets most vital to his new role. During his time in the Leadership, and now with the board of the Leadership Dickson County Alumni Association, Albert noted that he was able to build a great rapport with the chamber staff, which he described as “a stellar group that is doing an excellent job. “During their time without a president, I noticed how each individual took on additional responsibilities to fulfill the chamber’s role in the community. They didn’t miss a beat. I’m so looking forward to joining this strong, tenured team. They are not only committed to and enthusiastic about Dickson County’s future, they turn their commitment and enthusiasm into results on a daily basis.”
While Albert already has met various leaders in the community, including the mayors, many small business owners, he is excited to begin reaching out to everyone in the community, educating them on what the chamber can do for their business and listening to their comments. “It’s hard to begin a new job without first listening to the concerns, needs and ideas of your customers, and make no mistake, all of the businesses of this country are the chamber’s customers. They figure prominently into my duties, which include helping the local community grow, connecting citizens and the local businesses, and working closely with economic development to create a well-balanced county.”
Already an active member of the White Bluff community, Corey coaches a White Bluff Junior Pro basketball team. He is married to Kaley (Gross) Albert. He’s a Tennessee Vol fan who enjoys anything outside, including hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and golf. Albert will begin is chamber duties on Monday, February 4 and can be reached at 615-446-2349.
CAPTION - Dickson County Chamber President Corey Albert