BRAC Announces SVP of Business Development

Richardson promoted into new leadership role 

Baton Rouge, La. (December 19, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) this week announced Russell Richardson as its new Senior Vice President of Business Development. Richardson previously served as BRAC’s regional director of business development, assisting companies and communities engaged in economic development projects. 

“We are excited to promote Russell into this role. He comes from a great economic development background at BRAC, LED, and from the private sector before that. We will benefit from his national relationships as well as those with our parish allies across the region and throughout Louisiana,” said Adam Knapp, BRAC’s president and CEO. “We appreciate the drive and passion he brings to his work every day, and look forward to our continued success with his leadership of our dynamic business development team.” 

In his new role, Richardson will collaborate with economic development professionals and the business community to lead and manage business development efforts in the Capital Region. 

Prior to joining BRAC, Richardson worked at Louisiana Economic Development as a project manager, primarily assisting companies with site selection and tax incentives. Richardson has also worked in the forest products industry in operations and business development capacities. His background includes owning a timber brokerage company and cultivating business growth for a regional lumber trade association.  

Richardson received a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in public relations from the University of Southern Mississippi.      

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber   

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at        

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