One Southern Indiana Launches Search to Find New President and Chief Executive Officer

Waverly Partners, a nationwide executive search firm, has completed the profile for interested candidates.

New Albany, IN (October 24, 2023) – The Board of Directors of One Southern Indiana (1si) has begun the search for the next President and Chief Executive Officer, retaining Waverly Partners as its executive search firm.  Waverly Partners serves chambers and economic development organizations throughout the country and is the preferred provider of executive search services for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  Bryan Wickens, Executive Vice President/General Counsel of MAC Construction & Engineering and current 1si Board Chair, will head up the 10-member search committee working with Waverly Partners to identify qualified local, regional, and national candidates. 

“Our committee has developed a Position Profile with the experience and leadership characteristics of our preferred candidate,” said Wickens.  “We are open to executives with backgrounds in economic development, chambers of commerce, business associations, other kinds of nonprofits, private sector, or related experience with a commitment to our mission of economic growth and business advocacy in our region.”  A summary of the CEO position is available on 1si’s website.

Wendy Dant Chesser, 1si’s current CEO, who has led the organization for the past ten years, has accepted a role with the River Ridge Development Authority in Jeffersonville.  The Board is now embarking on a national search to identify a new CEO who can lead the organization to new levels of success.  

For more information about the search or to express interest in the position or make a recommendation, please contact Waverly Partners consultants Eric Peterson and Debbie Galbraith at;  all inquiries will be held in confidence.

About One Southern Indiana
One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the economic development organization and chamber of commerce serving Clark and Floyd counties. 1si’s mission is to help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana / Louisville metro area via the three pillars of Business Resources, Economic Development and Advocacy. For more information on One Southern Indiana, visit

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