NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - After serving for 14 years with the Nacogdoches County Chamber, CEO Bruce Partain said he is leaving East Texas for a similar position in Colorado.
Partain said he will stay in Nacogdoches through early October. The job in Longmont, Colo., takes him to the same town where his son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren live.
Partain said he is looking forward to being closer to some of his family and stay in the same line of work he enjoys doing.
The announcement was unexpected news for staff and chamber leaders.
"We wish Bruce the best, and acknowledge his many contributions here in Nacogdoches," said Jessica Henderson, Nacogdoches County Chamber chair. "He helped create the Lone Star Legislative Summit, as well as leading us to become one of the very few four-star accredited Chambers in the United States. He worked to bring us our Film Friendly and Certified Retirement Community designations from the state of Texas."
Partain is married to Dr. Linda T. Bond, who teaches advertising and newswriting at Stephen F. Austin State University.
"Linda plans to stay here in Nacogdoches through at least the spring semester," Partain said. "She has several classes to which she is committed and at least one major project to finish."
Prior to coming to Nacogdoches, Partain was vice president of membership and communications for the Midland Chamber of Commerce. He earned his Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation in 2012. He currently serves as chair of the board of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Partain earned a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University and geology degrees from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management and Southern Methodist University. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at the University of Oklahoma.
Chamber chair-elect Rusty Rust will be organizing a search committee for the next Nacogdoches County Chamber CEO. "I expect we will take our time, but will announce soon our procedures for receiving applications," Rust said.