Chamber director choice could pay great dividends
by Chip Latcham
Mar 12, 2014 | 153 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Welcome to Beeville and Bee County, Keith Arnold.

He started as the new executive director for the Chamber of Commerce last week.

Introduced by Chamber board member Tom Beasley at a City Council meeting in late February, Arnold began work here on Monday, March 3.

“Things happened fast after (that) meeting,” Arnold said, adding that he has begun cleaning up and making cosmetic changes to his office.

The former director of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is the first executive director at the Chamber here in quite a while, and his arrival comes at an important time for this community.

Arnold and his wife, Linda, “really love South Texas.” After serving in similar roles in other cities up north, he returned to Corpus Christi about seven years ago.

Arnold has big plans for the Bee County Chamber, organizing a retreat for board members to establish a priority list of goals and to re-establish a mission statement.

Bee Countians are eager to see a reinvigorated, active CofC, which has played an integral role in this community’s growth through the years.

Fifty years ago, the Chamber of Commerce was hosting an open house and formal dedication ceremonies for the new hospital on the Houston Highway. Another CofC committee was investigating the feasibility of establishing a junior college here.

Twenty-five years ago, the Chamber was preparing to hold a general membership luncheon with guest speakers from the Texas Department of Corrections, leading the community’s quest to attract a maximum-security prison to be built in Beeville.

Arnold said the organization has new board members who are interested in serving the Chamber and in seeing what the organization can do for the community.

“This community has a lot going for it,” he added.

We agree wholeheartedly and wish him and the Chamber board of directors a long and productive relationship, with mutually beneficial results.
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