As 2018 draws to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to El Paso Chamber members and businesses across the city and the region.
My first year as president and CEO of the chamber has been a tremendous experience and a highlight of my time in this community, so far.
When my wife, Tracey, and I moved to El Paso, people were welcoming and shared a spirit of giving that I now realize is foundational to this city. It is not just that El Pasoans are friendly, but people here are also genuinely interested in where newcomers have come from and want to understand and learn from the diverse experiences you bring to your new home.
Being closely involved with businesses of all sizes in El Paso, I have come to appreciate how driven the business community is in this city, not only to be successful professionally but to make a difference in the lives of so many throughout our community. I’ve been lucky enough to live around the world, but I’ve never experienced the drive and energy of El Paso businesspeople.
As the chamber strategizes our collective plan to connect, coach, advocate and innovate in 2019, I am grateful to be surrounded by businesses that demand excellence in our efforts. Our continued success as a community will be on the shoulders of our business community.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the chamber’s outgoing board chair, Steffen Poessiger. In addition to overseeing the executive committee, the board as a whole and several significant, internal projects, Steffen was an excellent ambassador for the chamber at major events around town. To top it all off, Steffen had to help acculturate me to my new role as president and CEO – no small feat, I assure you! Thank you, Steffen, for your service to the chamber and to El Paso.
2019 holds tremendous promise for our community in terms of development, growth and economic mobility. The city of El Paso is moving forward on a number of quality of life bond projects, which hold potential to have a significant impact on the economy and to serve as an enticement to bring more residents, more visitors and more businesses to El Paso.
Private businesses in El Paso have been pushing new ground in terms of development and expansion of retail and commercial opportunities. My commitment is to have the chamber ready to facilitate as much of that as possible.
I extend my gratitude and appreciation to this community for welcoming Tracey and me to be a part of El Paso, and I look forward to 2019!
David Jerome is the CEO and president of the El Paso Chamber. Information: ElPaso.org.