Northern Kentucky Chamber names C-Forward's Brent Cooper group's interim president

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. -- The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board of directors has named one of its own to be the organization’s interim president.

Brent Cooper, the president of Covington-based C-Forward Inc . and a former chairman of the chamber board, will begin the top staff job at the organization Feb. 10. He’ll stay for as long as it takes to find the successor to long-time Chamber President Steve Stevens, who announced in October that he was leaving the chamber after 20 years of service.

Cooper said in an interview that he expects the search will take three to six months, and he’s excited about serving the chamber and the community in this way.

“There’s no question my workload has just dramatically increased,” said Cooper, who lives in Fort Thomas with his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters. “I’m not going to take any vacations. I’m not going to get sick. I’m dedicating myself to the business community and Northern Kentucky region.”

In a news release issued by the chamber, chamber board Chair Deborah Simpson called Cooper “an obvious choice” for the role.

“He knows and loves the organization and has good relations with the members, staff, legislators, local government officials, community leaders and the media,” Simpson said in the release. “Brent is the right person to lead us through this very important transition and process.”

The chamber board will conduct a national search to find its next president.

And Cooper said he’s confident C-Forward won’t “miss a beat.” The company, which provides information technology consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses, celebrated its 15th year in business in December.

In that time, it has grown revenue from $180,000 in its first year to more than $3 million in 2013, Cooper said.

“We’ve been doing extremely well,” he said. “We’ve got a great team, great staff, great customers. And everyone knows how active I am. I think our customers will be happy that I’m taking on this role.”

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