Woody Woodside to Retire.

Woody Woodside, the President of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce has decided to call it a day. Woodside has set a date of around April 1st to retire from the position he will have held for 34 years. The Chamber has already engaged a firm to conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.


Press release:

Woodside Announces Retirement as President of Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce(For Immediate Release –July18, 2018) 

Milton H. “Woody” Woodside, president of the  Brunswick-Golden  Isles Chamber  of  Commerce  and advocate  for  businesses, has stated his plans to retire on April1, 2019.  The announcement was made today during an annual planning session for the organization’s board of directors.  

“The time has come for me to spend  more  time  with  my  family  and  friends,” Woodside told the board.  “I plan to continue to be involved in the community by serving  in  a  different  capacity  and  at  a  different  pace.    The  chamber  is  in  great financial shape and the leadership of the organization is prepared to move to a new level with  the  strong  foundation  that I  am  proud  to  say  I  have  been  a  part  of establishing over the years.”

Woodside has held the top chamber executive seat in Brunswick and Glynn County since 1985.  According to  the  Georgia  Association  of  Chamber  of  Commerce  Executives,  he  is  one  of  the  most  tenured, continuous serving chamber leaders to serve only one community in the state. 

 Prior to joining the chamber, Woodsideserved 13 years on congressional staff with former Congressmen “Bo” Ginn and Lindsay Thomas.A native of Clinton, North Carolina, heattended Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia, and graduated from The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, in 1970. 

Woodside is a  graduate  of  the  Institute  for  Organizational  Management  of  the  U.  S.  Chamber  of Commerce, past president of the Southeast Georgia Chambers and Developers Council, and twice served on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Executives Association.  He also served as chairman of the Council  for  Economic  Development  OrganizationsRegion  11 with  theGovernor’s Development Council. 

Currently   Woodside   serves   on   the   Glynn-Brunswick   Memorial   Hospital   Authority,   Glynn   County Transportation Policy Committee, Jekyll Island Foundation Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Brunswick,and the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA),Golden  Isles  Chapter.    He  has  been  recognized throughout his career with many awards and accolades, including the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce –Alfred W. Jones Award, Glynn County Bar Association –Liberty Bell Award, National Guard Association  of  U.S. –Patrick  Henry  Awardby  the  National  Guard  Association  of  the  U.S., Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives –Kent Lawrence Professionalof the Year Award, Keep Brunswick-Golden  Isles  Beautiful –Bootsie  Mason  Award, OkefenokeeCouncil  Boy  Scouts  of  America, Golden  Eagle  Award, Emory  Dawson  Humanitarian  Award  Recipient,and  the Leadership  Georgia –Frederick B. Kerr Award 1999.  Georgia Trend magazine named him a “Notable Georgian” nine consecutive years  and  the  Brunswick  Jaycees  awarded  Woodside Glynn County’s Young Man of the Year in 1978

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