Letter from Chairman of the Board
Let me start saying I am humbled to be this year’s Chairman. Many of the chairs for the past ten or so years are good friends and very successful businessmen in the community. I realize following in their footsteps will be a big job. However, I assure you I am up for the challenge because of the great Committee chairs, Executive Committee members, and army of volunteers we have this year. Together we can make 2018 another great year in the Chamber’s history and continue the momentum generate by last year’s Chairman, Claude Henry.
Every new year provides opportunities to build on the momentum created in prior years and based on the successes our community enjoyed in 2017, the year 2018 holds a lot of promise. There is a full slate of Chamber related activities during the 1st quarter of 2018 including the annual Dr. Ray Perryman’s Economic Forecast Luncheon on January 11 at the Green Acres Cross Walk Conference Center. The annual Business to Business Expo is scheduled for January 18th at the Rose Garden and watch for an announcement in the near future about The University of Texas at Tyler hosting the East Texas Policy Summit on May 17th. The first East Texas Policy Summit will bring together the top leaders in business, education, and nonprofit sector to have substitutive conversations on how to leverage regional resources to advance economic development throughout East Texas. Oh, and don’t forget the Membership Drive June 11-15. I sense another recording breaking Drive so make sure you set aside some time that week to help out. The theme will be announced shortly.
I hope you are able to attend all or most of the Chamber events in 2018. More information may be obtained from the Chamber office or on the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce website; www.tylertexas.com.
Thank you for your membership and support of the Chamber. I wish you a prosperous 2018 and hope you enjoy participating in the many available chamber activities this year.
Howard Y. Patterson | Chairman 2017-2018
BOARD OF DIRECTORS