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May 30, 2014

Chamber names new president

Attorney, director Haynes touts local loyalties as he preps for job

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute native David Haynes has been named the new president of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce.

Haynes, an attorney and former director of planned giving at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, will begin his new role June 16. “I can’t express the joy I feel here today, adequately,” he said.

During a news conference Friday at the Chamber office, he emphasized his local ties. “I am one of us. I’m a Terre Haute boy.”

He believes his local connections and understanding of the community will help him promote his hometown.

“I’m not moving in from out-of-town. I’m not testing the waters here,” he said. “Terre Haute is my life. This is my home.”

The Chamber and community “will get the best of David Haynes,” he pledged.

Many family members and friends were in the room, including lifelong friend Don Morris, a city council member. He said they used to run around together on Terre Haute’s northside when they were younger.

Those who knew them back then “would have rolled their eyes if they ever thought one of us would be a a city councilman and the other would be the president of the Chamber of Commerce,” Haynes quipped.

Jeanette Winchester, chairwoman of the chamber board, stated, “This is an exciting day for the Chamber … We have our person.”

The three-month search process began with 16 “very qualified” candidates, a list that was narrowed to six. At that point, outside companies were hired to take an outside, objective and anonymous look at candidates. From that process, the list was narrowed to three and ultimately Haynes emerged as the new president.

“Not only is he local, but he is also a great fit for this position,” Winchester said. “We couldn’t be happier.”

Chamber members asked for someone with a commitment to the community, she said. The search involved both local, and non-local, candidates.  

Haynes’ career spans more than 30 years, all of which have been spent in the Wabash Valley. In addition to private practice, he was a founding partner of Brames, McCormick, Bopp, Haynes & Abel law firm and also served as director of planned giving at Rose-Hulman for 12 years. Most recently, Haynes has served as an attorney for Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

He is a 1973 graduate of Indiana State University and a 1976 graduate of Loyola of New Orleans School of Law.

In his various roles, he believes he has gained different perspectives as to what the community is all about, he said. Terre Haute can be difficult to describe, “but once you’re here, once you experience the neighborhoods, the friendliness, the smiles, that is what this city is all about and it is the foundation for its success.”

He and his wife, Nancy, have four sons, and two grandchildren.

Haynes has been involved with United Way of the Wabash Valley, Leadership Wabash Valley and Terre Haute First Congregational Church.

He believes that taking on the role as Chamber president provides “an ideal opportunity” to contribute to the community.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at 812-231-4235 or

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