LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After more than 30 years of leadership at the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, president Jerry Huffman has decided to retire.
Just last month, the organization got a 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Less than one percent of 7,000 chamber nationwide have achieved this status.
Here's what he wrote on the chamber Facebook page Wednesday evening:
FROM: Chamber President Jerry Huffman:
After much deliberation on my part I announced my retirement to the Chamber Executive Committee today. It was with mixed emotions that this decision was reached, but my desire to pursue other activities has increased - it is time for a change.
The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber has been my passion for over 30 years and I leave knowing it is a strong, respected organization, both locally and across this great state. I have been blessed, not only for being your Chamber executive, but to have served with awesome leadership that had the vision to make our community grow and become what it is today and make the Chamber an integral part of that growth. It is my wish that the vision of that leadership continue and the years ahead make Lufkin/Angelina County the vibrant and dynamic community we all want it to be.
This is an awesome Chamber, with awesome volunteers and leadership, and I am confident the best years for this organization and our community are ahead.
My proposed retirement date is May 31st and the Chamber Executive Committee will be presenting a plan to the Board next week to replace the President/CEO position as quickly as possible.
Thank you for allowing me the privilege to serve this Chamber!