DuBose Conference Center, Tennessee’s historic Episcopal retreat and conference center, has named Chattanooga businessman and civic leader David R. Ramsey as its new executive director. Mr. Ramsey brings a wealth of experience in executive leadership, day-to-day business management, non-profit development and fundraising as well as a lifelong history with DuBose.
Mr. Ramsey is the former CEO of Ramsey Electric Supply Co., and led its growth from a small family-owned company to a large distributor with more than 40 employees. He ran an environmental firm, Earthscapes, and a business consultancy. His former civic involvement includes Chattanooga Rotary Club, United Way, UT Chattanooga Chancellor’s Roundtable. Most recently, Mr. Ramsey served as development director for the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti.
Mr. Ramsey also has deep connections to DuBose, beginning as a camper at Camp Gailor-Maxon, serving meals at Episcopal Laymen’s Conferences, as a layman and key man for his Chattanooga parish, and in two terms on the DuBose board of directors, serving as its president in 1996 and 1997.
“In many ways, it feels like my whole life has been a preparation for this job – from my days here as a camper and a layman, to serving on the DuBose board, to running and growing construction-related businesses, and doing development work for non-profits,” Mr. Ramsey said. “Every aspect of that experience leads me here.”
“David’s executive and development experience will be critical as DuBose begins a new strategic plan and a fully-integrated development plan to support DuBose’s mission into the future,” said Dr. Brad Almquist, chairman of the DuBose board. “He has a deep love for the place and respects its rich history, its role in the church and on the Mountain. And he also has the skills to be a great steward and leader for DuBose.”
Mr. Ramsey’s first action as executive director was the hiring of associate director for Guest Services Christy Mitchell, whose hospitality industry experience includes events management for the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg. “Christy is a great addition to the DuBose staff, and will enhance our ability to develop new programs, attract more guest groups, and retain the same warm DuBose hospitality everyone loves,” said Mr. Ramsey.
Mr. Ramsey succeeds Ernest Walker IV, who has decided to return to Atlanta to resume his business career. “The board is grateful to Ernest for his hard work and his dedication to DuBose in what has turned out to be an interim position,” said Dr. Almquist. “Ernest has helped us assure a smooth and positive transition for David and the staff.”