A Suttons Bay native whose diverse background includes experience in the financial sector, sales and teaching has been named as the new Executive Director of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Max Anderson, a Membership Relations Manager for Fifth Third Bank in Traverse City, will take over as the Chamber’s Executive Director in mid-January following the Chamber’s executive search that was launched in late October.
“I’m excited and thankful to be joining a tremendous organization with a diverse and experienced board of directors, a vibrant and engaged membership and a highly motivated staff,” Anderson said. “I look forward to building more Chamber connections in the community and working with area businesses to find more ways to add value. I want the Chamber to be the center of economic growth for our region.”
Anderson’s appointment was made and announced by TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani. TraverseCONNECT is the parent organization of the Chamber and its partner business financing organization Venture North Funding & Development. The Chamber’s Executive Committee served as the search committee during the hiring process and Anderson was selected from three finalists interviewed for the post. Luciani said his “diverse and impressive” professional background will be an important asset for the organization.
“What made the difference for Max was his unmatched enthusiasm and passion for this position,” Luciani said. “He has the skills, the relevant experience, and the drive to be successful right away and to grow into greater roles and responsibilities with our organization.”
Anderson, 30, grew up in Suttons Bay and holds an Associates’ Degree from Northwestern Michigan College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in University Studies from Western Michigan University. Prior to his current position, he served as a branch manager for Fifth Third Bank in Petoskey. He also worked as a banker for JP Morgan Chase Bank from 2011 to early 2014, and before that worked as a regional customer service manager for Schwan’s Home Service in Traverse City. He’s also worked as a teacher’s assistant at Western Michigan University.
Anderson is a recent graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Grand Traverse program, and serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan. He volunteers with the local United Way chapter, the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity. He’s an Eagle Scout and serves on the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Advisory Council.
Anderson lives in Kingsley with his wife, Caitlin, and 3-year-old daughter Evelyn.