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|Cobb to take chamber reins|
Kevin Cobb's life is about to get just a little bit busier.
After serving a year as vice president of the Winnsboro-Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce, Cobb has been tapped to serve as president of that organization for 2008.
Cobb said he wanted to ensure the work of his predecessors remains the focus of the chamber.
"I'm looking forward to continuing the progress of the chamber and also trying to enhance our services to the member businesses," Cobb said.
Among those plans, Cobb highlighted annual chamber events such as the shop at home fair and the various community service projects the chamber undertakes each year.
Cobb will be installed as president at the first major function on the chamber's 2008 calendar – the annual banquet Feb. 7 where Gov. Bobby Jindal is scheduled to speak.
Cobb said organizers are looking for a big turnout at the event to demonstrate the community's support of the new administration.
"We hope to have a productive relationship with the new governor during his term," Cobb said. "A good working relationship with the governor is vital to our community."
Cobb, 37, is chief deputy at the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from Louisiana Tech and an Masters of Business Administration from ULM.
He lives in Franklin Parish with his wife, Tanya, and their two children.
Cobb said he recognized his predecessor, banker Scott Fenn, will be leaving behind a big pair of shoes to fill.
"Scott has really taken the chamber presidency to heart and has been a great leader," Cobb said. "He has been a wonderful steward to our community.
Also, Cobb noted Fenn's commitment to the presidency and the chamber.
"The chamber presidency is not a job that should be taken lightly, but at the same time it's not a job just anyone wants to do because it is a tremendous commitment," Cobb said.
Outgoing president Scott Fenn said he expected Cobb to take the chamber successfully through another productive year.
"It's been a good year, continuing traditions of the chamber and improving things gradually," Fenn said. "I think we have another good year ahead."
Fenn said he will continue working with the chamber as ex officio president and a member of the chamber's board, but noted his involvement has nothing to do with leadership positions.
"I'll always stay active in the chamber whether I'm an officer or not," Fenn said. "It's something that's vital to the community."