Dave Wood no longer with Baton Rouge Area Chamber

INDUSTRIALPARK.PICWICHITA — Dave Wood is a free agent.

Wood is no longer executive director of business development for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, where he was for more than three years after leaving the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.

“My passion is start-ups and turnarounds,” Wood says. “I was brought in as a change agent, I implemented the changes. We were very successful, and now it’s time to move on to the next challenge.”

Wood says the theme of the Baton Rouge chamber the year he was hired was “revolution.”

“So I guess I would go with the old Will Rogers quote,” he says. “One revolution is like one cocktail. It just gets you organized for the next.”

Wood isn’t sure what he’ll do next.

“I have absolutely no clue,” he says.

So is returning to Wichita a possibility?

“I like Wichita,” Wood says. “I very much miss the Midwest, where ‘yes’ means ‘yes’ and ‘no’ means ‘no,’ and, ‘I don’t know, but I will find out and get back to you,’ is perfectly acceptable.”