Tom Pierson has been named the new CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Currently CEO of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, Pierson will begin work in Tacoma on June 27. Pierson led the Federal Way Chamber for eight years and created the South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition and the Regional Small Business Incubator. Pierson will replace interim CEO Mike Hansch, who has led the chamber since David Graybill retired last year.
Pierson’s professional affiliations include the Western Association of Chamber Executives, vice chair of the board; Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives, board member; South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition, board member; and Washington State Chamber AWB, board member. He is chairman of the Woodstone Credit Union board of directors and serves on the Franciscan Foundation board of trustees. He also has board roles with Communities in Schools of Federal Way, Safe City Federal Way, St. Francis Fellowship, Multi-Service Center, Advancing Leadership, Jobs for South Sound, and Federal Way Boys and Girls Club. Before joining the Federal Way Chamber, Pierson was staff director to Peter von Reichbauer, vice-chair of the Metropolitan King County Council. He also was on von Reichbauer’s staff in the Washington State Senate. Pierson is an accredited chamber executive. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University. He and his family live in east Pierce County. ”Tom stood out in a pool of impressive candidates. He is ready to build on the opportunities we have here,” said Toby Murray, chair of the Tacoma Chamber and president of Murray Pacific Corporation. “His experience and collaborative spirit will help our region add jobs and improve support for the business community.”