Bob Howard, Board Chair, announced that the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GMCCI) named Erik Reader as their new President and CEO. In this role, he will provide vision, direction, and leadership to the GMCCI.
Reader spent the past eight years in the nonprofit sector working to restore neighborhood vitality, assisting small businesses, and creating vibrant downtowns. In some of his most recent roles in Rock Island and the greater Peoria region, he provided reinvestment strategy solutions to municipalities, downtown organizations, and economic development entities. He takes a collaborative approach in working with groups on executing redevelopment plans, marketing, and leveraging local assets to create stronger communities.
“The Muscatine community has already been very welcoming, and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to lead such a strong organization with a great team and vested stakeholders,” Reader mentioned. “There’s such a tremendous amount of natural assets paired with a robust, diverse economy, and engaged community that I can’t wait to get started.”
His appointment coincides with the retirement of Greg Jenkins, who led the organization since 2013. The GMCCI thanks Jenkins for all of his contributions to the GMCCI and the Muscatine community, and wishes him the very best in retirement.
Reader will relocate to Muscatine with his wife, Danielle, and dog, Max. He began his new role at GMCCI on December 16th.