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Background Information

Employment History

Chief Executive Officer
Bristol Chamber of Commerce

Director of Government Relations and Lobbyist
Wellmont Health System

Affiliations

Board Member
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

Board Member
Bristol Virginia Public Schools

Education

associate's degree

Mountain Empire Community College

bachelor's degree
biology
Mary Washington College

master's degree
business administration
King College

master's degrees
teaching and counseling
Johns Hopkins University

Web References (120 Total References)


"We feel like we're the next ...

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"We feel like we're the next stop," said Beth Rhinehart, CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. "It would be transformational for the entire region. If you look at the history, in terms of what it would do, it would be huge."

Rhinehart said these discussions have been present for a long time, but this time it feels different, given the collective momentum of support from city and regional officials and the general public.
She envisions people stepping off the train in Bristol and exploring downtown's retail and restaurant offerings and perhaps staying a night or two in one of the two hotels that are being constructed there.
"We're seeing the pieces together," Rhinehart said.


"We feel like we're the next ...

www.johnsoncitypress.com [cached]

"We feel like we're the next stop," said Beth Rhinehart, CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. "It would be transformational for the entire region. If you look at the history, in terms of what it would do, it would be huge."

Rhinehart said these discussions have been present for a long time, but this time it feels different, given the collective momentum of support from city and regional officials and the general public.
She envisions people stepping off the train in Bristol and exploring downtown's retail and restaurant offerings and perhaps staying a night or two in one of the two hotels that are being constructed there.
"We're seeing the pieces together," Rhinehart said.


"We feel like we're the next ...

www.johnsoncitypress.com [cached]

"We feel like we're the next stop," said Beth Rhinehart, CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. "It would be transformational for the entire region. If you look at the history, in terms of what it would do, it would be huge."

Rhinehart said these discussions have been present for a long time, but this time it feels different, given the collective momentum of support from city and regional officials and the general public.
She envisions people stepping off the train in Bristol and exploring downtown's retail and restaurant offerings and perhaps staying a night or two in one of the two hotels that are being constructed there.
"We're seeing the pieces together," Rhinehart said.


"We feel like we're the next ...

www.johnsoncitypress.com [cached]

"We feel like we're the next stop," said Beth Rhinehart, CEO of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. "It would be transformational for the entire region. If you look at the history, in terms of what it would do, it would be huge."

Rhinehart said these discussions have been present for a long time, but this time it feels different, given the collective momentum of support from city and regional officials and the general public.
She envisions people stepping off the train in Bristol and exploring downtown's retail and restaurant offerings and perhaps staying a night or two in one of the two hotels that are being constructed there.
"We're seeing the pieces together," Rhinehart said.


Beth Rhinehart was in line to ...

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Beth Rhinehart was in line to become the next chair of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Instead, she became its next president and CEO.

During the entire tenure of the previous president, Joy Madison, and for several years prior, Rhinehart had been involved with the Chamber in several roles while working as director of government relations for Wellmont Health System, lobbying for that organization's interests on the local, state and federal levels.
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So when Madison stepped down to pursue other opportunities at the end of April, and with Wellmont in merger talks with Mountain States Health Alliance, Rhinehart says her phone started ringing.
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"I've been on the board for a number of years," Rhinehart says. "I was actually chairman-elect this year to follow Jim Maxwell. With my governmental relations background I had been asked to be vice-chairman of our government relations committee. That would have been a natural fit for me."
"When we were going through the process of starting to hire someone, we named our executive committee as our search committee," Rhinehart says.
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From day one in her new position, Rhinehart says, that level of support will allow her to lead the Chamber with confidence, so the Chamber can do the same thing for the community.
rhineharttable-7 "What I really need to focus on is making sure the Chamber - because we represent all the businesses in this community - that we are the best example of a well-run business we can be," Rhinehart says. "If we are going to be the leader, we have to be the best we can be."
To that end, Rhinehart is already studying best practices of other Chambers, though, she says, she will not adopt someone else's best practices just because they happen to work somewhere else.
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In Bristol, however, Rhinehart and her staff deal with twice the number of meetings with twice the number of organizations on roughly the same budget as the Johnson City Chamber.
Thus, the notion of "working smarter" is key. "Figuring out where everyone's time is allocated, we're going to have to look at that," Rhinehart says, "because there are a lot of responsibilities.
"We're meeting to death in this world," she continues.
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Obviously we have a great staff here and they are very focused on their specific programs and key areas," Rhinehart says, "But I think there are a lot of areas we can reprioritize. Some of that ties into economic development. You look at the business and education division here - those need to be focused on everything from excellence in education to workforce development. Tourism is another economic development area we already focus on, but I think we might need to refocus on how we do certain things. In terms of juggling, that's yet to be determined."
Several other things are already determined, Rhinehart says, and those will serve as cornerstones moving forward. The first is that the Chamber will advocate for the Bristol business community at all levels of government. "We need to be a voice," Rhinehart says. "There are a lot of legislative actions that come about from the state, local and federal levels that we need to be keen on and know what's going on and when we need to speak up and advocate."
Another cornerstone principle is that the Chamber will be sensitive to the needs of all its members, not just the ones that make the most noise on a given day. "We have a very diverse membership base," Rhinehart says, "so we need to make sure that what we do for one member or group doesn't turn out to be to the detriment of another. Partnership will be key no matter what we do."
And the concept of partnership will not be limited to Chamber members. "I know there has been a terrific working relationship between the (Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol) Chambers," Rhinehart says.

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