Effective Wednesday, Aug. 3, Rick Jackson of American Documents Services will assume the role as Board Chair of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.
Jackson, the Chamber’s Chair Elect for 2017, will replace current Board Chair Russell Allen and serve until December 2017.
Jackson is President/CEO of American Document Services, a company he started in 2001. In 2015 he was selected as the Business Person of the Year for the state of New Mexico by the Small Business Association and recognized in Washington, DC at the White House as being selected as 6th in the nation. He is the incoming chair of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Statewide Advisory Council. A retired US Army veteran, Jackson most recently served as White Sands Missile Range Post Command Sergeant Major from 1995-1999.
“We welcome Rick Jackson and, at the same time, are so appreciative of the huge personal, professional and financial commitment Russell Allen has made to the Chamber,” said Debbi Moore, Las Cruces Chamber President/CEO. “The normal term for a board chair is 12 months and Russell has given us a total of 19 months of his time and effort. He’s provided the Chamber with leadership and stability while guiding the organization through some critical decisions and events.”
In addition to the hiring of Moore as Chamber president/CEO in May, 2016, during Allen’s term as Board Chair the Chamber launched an advocacy campaign in favor of a minimum wage increase that was reasonable to Las Cruces business owners. He was also a guiding force behind the Chambers’ first ever political candidate endorsements in November, 2015. Under his leadership the Chamber has undertaken a collaborative healthcare initiative with New Mexico State University, Dona Ana Community College and the Las Cruces medial community. Allen also restarted a stalled fundraising effort to complete construction of the new Chamber offices at the historic Armijo House.