(Cushing) – The Cushing Chamber of Commerce and Industry has hired a new Executive Director to replace outgoing Executive Holly Tichenor.

Bobby Bryant, an Oklahoma Native who recently returned to the state has been hired to take over the job. Tichenor’s final day is Friday.

Bryant and his wife of 45 years, Linda have three grown children. He is a former resident of Buckeye, Arizona, where he served as Mayor.

The couple recently returned to Oklahoma to be near family and friends.

Bryant is a Navy Veteran who served two tours in Viet Nam, and has a diverse employment background. Much of his business career has been spent in the telecommunications industry. He began working for Mountain Bell/U.S. West in 1969 and worked in the industry through 2006. In October 2001, while working for Qwest, Bryant served as Venue Operations Manager for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, working with broadcast networks on technical services for the games.

Bryant served for two years at the Mayor of Buckeye, Arizona, and has served in many community leadership capacities, including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Western Maricopa County Enterprise Zone Commissioner, and President, Bravo/Mainstreet Coalition Program.

Cushing Chamber Board President Marc White told KUSH that there were lots of great applicants for the post, and the Chamber Board felt lucky to have Bryant apply for the position. “During the interview process, what he thought we should be doing as a Chamber was right in line with our goals and plans,” White said.

“He has experience in organizing large scale events and getting volunteers, and we really look forward to getting him introduced to the community and integrated with the City.”

White was also highly complimentary of outgoing Executive Holly Tichenor. “We will definitely miss Holly. She’s done so much that you just can’t replace, She was very successful in running the Chamber.”

Bryant was interviewed by Molly Payne, you can see the video HERE.