Letter from Chairman of the Board
The past few weeks of cooler weather are announcing the coming of the fall season and a new chamber year. Many of the past board chairs of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) told me that my year serving as chairman would be fun, educational, and pass much quicker than I could imagine. They were right on all three counts. Having the honor to work with so many talented and dedicated people within the Chamber staff (led by Tom Mullins and Henry Bell) and all the member volunteers who make up our board and committees has been very rewarding and something I will always treasure. The mission of TACC is to enhance the business environment, the economic well-being, and quality of life for the Tyler area. These have been our guiding principles.
At the beginning of each chamber year, our committees develop a work program that will benefit Tyler and then work diligently throughout the year to achieve their objectives. The passionate participation of so many of our members in this process is one of the things that makes Tyler so special. I am very thankful to all of the committees for their accomplishments this year, but also need to especially thank our Chair-Elect Howard Patterson and council chairs: Skip Ogle, Area Development Council; June Cheatham, Business Development Council; Lee Browning, Membership Services Council; and Cheryl Sartain, Visit Tyler. It was also a pleasure working with LaToya Young who served as our Treasurer.
Several successful events have been held this year and are too numerous to list in my comments, but we did have outstanding attendance at the 2017 Kick-Off Luncheon, the ’17 Energy Summit, the 33rd Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon, the State of the City and District (TISD) luncheons, and the B2B Expo. Also, 80 TACC members participated in East Texas Coalition Day in Austin. I was very proud of the turnout and believe our elected officials took note of our collective voice.
The chamber will continue working for you in the years ahead and we will be in good hands when Howard Patterson takes the reins as chairman in October. Let me close by saying thank you all for your support and for allowing me to serve as chairman this year. God Bless you all and God Bless Tyler, Texas.
Claude E. Henry | Chairman 2016-2017
BOARD OF DIRECTORS