Myron Hughes has served as Executive Director of the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association since February, 2008, leading a team of 10 professionals responsible for engaging and developing relationships with over 250,000 University of Cincinnati alumni throughout the world.
Prior to leading the UC Alumni Association, Mr. Hughes was the Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce from 2004 to 2008. Under his direction, the Economic Development department (also known as The Committee of One Hundred) successfully recruited and assisted nearly 50 companies in the creation of more than 6,000 jobs, bringing approximately $300 million in capital investment to the Tampa area. He was also responsible for implementing the Strategic Plan of the Committee of One Hundred, which includes local business retention and expansion programs, business attraction, and strategic business alliances that focus on international trade, as well as development of life sciences and financial services clusters.
Before moving to Tampa, Myron was co-founder, principal and chief manager of Commercial Resource Group, LLC, a real estate services company focused on tenant representation and site selection.
Mr. Hughes served as Vice President of Planning & Development for the Memphis Center City Commission from 2000 to 2003. He was responsible for redeveloping the Central Business Improvement District (Downtown Memphis), covering 6.5 square miles and encompassing the historic downtown core, the medical district, and a variety of urban neighborhoods including portions of north Memphis and the South Main Art District. During his three years at the Center City Commission, he assisted with approximately $200 million in redevelopment projects and the approval of various strategic plans. He was also instrumental in the redevelopment of “New Main,” one of the most critical blocks in the Downtown area. In addition to his redevelopment responsibilities, Mr. Hughes helped to establish the organization’s first Minority Business Enterprise participation and monitoring program.
Prior to moving to Memphis, Mr. Hughes was the Downtown Division Manager for the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Economic Development from 1998 to 2000. Special emphasis was placed on retaining and/or creating jobs to maintain and strengthen the city’s economic base, as well as helping the city to maintain its position as the economic hub of the Greater Cincinnati region. Before joining the City of Cincinnati, Mr. Hughes also worked at the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce from 1988 to 1995, and the St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association from 1995 to 1998.
Prior to beginning his business career, Myron played professional basketball for one season for Sportbund DJK Rosenheim E.V. in Rosenheim, Germany, before a knee injury cut his career short. He led his team in scoring (25 points per game) and rebounding (15 per game). His professional career high in points was 42.
Mr. Hughes is a 1986 graduate of the University of Cincinnati where he received his undergraduate degree in Marketing and did some post-graduate work in Labor and Employment Relations. He is also a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (obtained through the National Development Council). In addition, he currently serves on various boards and committees, and has done extensive volunteer work throughout his professional career.