Letter from Chairman of the Board
We are the Champions. More correctly, YOU ARE THE CHAMPIONS! What a month. As Chamber members, you are well aware the Membership Drive recently just wrapped up. Another one in the books and more records set by Tyler volunteers. Countless hours were spent by over 300 volunteers to make this year’s Chamber Membership Drive a BIG success. Here’s to all who worked tirelessly to make the Drive a success. Our membership drive has been the gold standard for sister chambers around the world and we again demonstrated when it comes to community support for its Chamber, Tyler is #1.
We have a history of setting national records every time we do an event. 2018 was no exception! This year we set a goal of 500 new members. 12 Chairman “volunteered” to form teams and solicit new members during the week of June 11th. Do you know THE reason why the Tyler Chamber has the #1 membership drive every three years? Amazing Volunteers. Sure, we have a robust business economy, great higher education institutions, multiple high quality primary and secondary education choices, a vibrant housing market, national collegiate sport championships, and so much more. However, the #1 reason is people volunteer because they care about the business environment; its stability, growth, and the quality of life in Tyler.
As has been the tradition in the past, cheating was encouraged. But it’s not really cheating to be proactive and let people know a membership drive is coming AND we’d love you to join and gain the benefits of membership in the Nation’s BEST Chamber of Commerce. So it’s not “really” cheating, right????
The result! 678 new members, another national record and most importantly a membership base that gives TYLER a larger voice as we speak for the business community on local, state and federal issues and a larger base for prospective businesses who look at Tyler for expansion or growth. Tyler is a growing and prosperous community. What business wouldn’t want to move their headquarters and people to Tyler?
Ella Fitzgerald once said, “summertime and the Living is easy”. I am sure she never lived in Tyler. Just drive north or south on South Broadway, or visit any of our great restaurants. Commerce is alive and well and that is just one of the many things that makes Tyler a great place to live, or as Nelson Clyde IV says, “the last great place”.
Thanks to all who participated. YOU make a difference.
Howard Y. Patterson | Chairman 2017-2018
BOARD OF DIRECTORS