Chris Hardie, CEO

Chris Hardie has been CEO of the 7 Rivers Alliance since August 2017. He came to the Alliance after serving as executive cirector of the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce for two years. Hardie also worked more than than 30 years in the newspaper business. He worked with local leaders to help establish a Jackson County Economic Development Committee, organized a pop-up retail program with the Black River Falls Downtown Association, and owns/operates Brambleberry Country Inn and Winery. Hardie has also served on various regional boards, including the Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce, the Village People in West Salem, the Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, the La Crosse Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served as president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Hardie still writes a weekly column that is published in many newspapers throughout Wisconsin.