February 25, 2015, by Steven Romero, Development Officer, via email
Bill Allen, the President and CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, spoke with College of Business Ambassadors on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
Allen started with the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce in December of 2010.
Originally from Michigan, he holds a BBA and MBA from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. He has over 20 years of experience in business and has worked in upper management for both small and large businesses. Allen has worked as the Controller for Mercer Consulting and Xerox Corporation.
Having worked in the accounting field for the majority of his career, Allen felt a desire to branch out and try something new and unrelated to accounting.
While at Xerox, he started as the Controller; however, he eventually transitioned over to sales with a strong focus on business development — a pivotal moment in Allen’s career, as he realized this was where his passion truly lay.
After serving as Director of Operations with a real estate corporation, he transitioned into the non-profit sector and became CEO of the Greater Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce. Seeing the CEO position with the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, and after extensively researching the location, Allen realized there was immense potential for the Greater Las Cruces area. He was chosen to lead the Greater Las Cruces Chamber and advance its mission of helping the Las Cruces economy flourish by attracting new businesses, industries, and opportunities to the community.
Allen advised the Ambassadors to learn as much as they can outside of their main area of study and skill sets.
He said by doing this, “The sky is the limit” to their career advancement. The best thing to do to expand career opportunities is to be really flexible and get exposure to things they would not think they would like.
He also spoke on the importance of networking.
“Networking is very important. You need to be able to leverage friends and organizations and call in that support when you need it.”
Allen also advised the Ambassadors to spend time volunteering — a great way to get to know a broad range of people on a very personal level.