LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - He is the second person in Texas history to dedicate more than 40 years of service to the chamber of commerce profession, and Angelina County Chamber of Commerce president Jerry Huffman isn't stopping yet.
Huffman has been recognized by the Texas Festivals and Events Association Hall of Honor with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
"I think what they were recognizing is that I have the opportunity to work in a great community with great volunteers and a great staff to help us do the kind of things that we do and obviously they were recognizing the Texas State Forest Festival and the great event that it is and so, I'm very proud of that," Huffman said.
According to a press release, Huffman came to Lufkin in 1974 "to serve as the Chamber's Executive Vice President." He later went on to work for the Galveston Chamber but returned to East Texas taking on the role as president in 1986.
Huffman is considered to be instrumental in reviving the Texas Forest Festival in 1984. Over the past 30 years, the festival has grown from 8,000 attendees to around 30,000 with "annual profits of more than $60,000," the press release said.
Huffman has also achieved the Certified Chamber of Commerce Executive (CCE) by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives in 1993. He has also served as the board president or chairman for the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, Chamber Professionals of East Texas, Deep East Texas Certified Development Corporation, Credit Counseling Service Board and Volunteer Services Council of the Lufkin State School.
He currently serves as the Past Board Chairman of the United Way of Angelina County, Immediate Past Board Chairman of the Texas Festival and Events Association, Board Members of the Texas Forest Country Partnership, and Board Member of Workforce Solutions of Deep East Texas.