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Nichols leaves Chamber for Sue Bell Cobb campaign

Landon Nichols, destination and marketing coordinator for the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce, has accepted a campaign manager position for former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Sue Bell Cobb. Cobb is running for the governor of Alabama in 2018.

“I am going to lead Sue Bell Cobb’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign,” Nichols said. “I am thrilled that she saw in me the characteristics that she needed in someone to run her campaign.”

Nichols will serve his last day at the Chamber on June 21 and said he thoroughly enjoyed his time there.

“I have loved the opportunity to work here, especially getting to work with Sheryl [Smedley] and the incredible board,” Nichols said. “They have gotten the Chamber in a position where it can really excel.”

During his time at the Chamber, Nichols worked on the rebranding of the organization, a highlight to him during his time.

“Probably the thing I enjoyed most is the rebranding project from last year. That was one of the first things I did last year and hit the ground running,” Nichols said. “Creating a new brand is more than just coming up with a new logo. Not only did we come up with the new logo and the website and the new digital frontage, but we really looked at what we were doing and boiled it down to five things –– connect, inform, develop, promote and advocate.”

Nichols graduated from Meadowview Christian School and then attended the University of Alabama, where he received his undergraduate degree in advertising and returned to get his masters of public administration.

While in school at UA, Nichols was accepted into the Blackburn Institute, which is where he saw the need to return home to Selma upon graduation.

“If I had to point to any experience or any organization that drove me home to Selma and got me to where I am today, it would have to be the Blackburn Institute,” Nichols said.

Throughout his time at the Chamber, Nichols has had the opportunity to work with many people in the community, and he said he is sad to leave the friendships that he’s made.

“I have loved working with the people in this community … I’m going to miss Selma dearly,” he said. “I’m going to miss being surrounded by friends and familiar institutions that I’ve known my whole life. I’m going to miss working here at the Center for Commerce.”