Chris Gobble is leaving the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce to join Stones River Group (SRG) in Nashville in July.
Officials said, "Chris Gobble will join the firm’s government relations team in July. In this role, he will leverage his extensive relationships and issue expertise to help clients effectively and successfully engage state and local policymakers."
“We’re excited to bring Chris on board to support our growing public affairs firm,” said SRG principal and president Mark Cate.
“With substantial legislative experience and policy knowledge, I’m confident Chris will be an immediate asset to our government relations team and an effective advocate for our clients.”
Previously, Mr. Gobble served as senior director of public policy for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, where he helped drive policy changes and facilitate government affairs efforts for 2,000 businesses representing over 180,000 employees. He also collaborated with local, state, and federal elected officials to advance Chattanooga’s status as a leader in education, workforce, and economic development.
Prior to Mr. Gobble’s tenure in Chattanooga, he was the legislative and policy director for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. In this role, he worked closely with Governor Bill Haslam’s office and the state legislature to develop and implement a variety of public policy initiatives.
“I’m honored to join the SRG team and look forward to supporting the firm’s impressive portfolio of work,” Mr. Gobble said. “SRG is a recognized and widely-respected leader in the public affairs arena, and I’m eager to use my experience to advance clients’ government relations goals and encourage continued success.”
Originally from Bradley County, Mr. Gobble earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communications from Lipscomb University. He and his wife Sarah live in West Nashville.