For the past few weeks, folks walking into the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce building have been greeted by Eric Kilter.

He joined the chamber’s staff as its new business manager in late June after hearing about the opening from his wife.

“It’s going well,” Kilter said. “It’s a good way to meet a lot of people.”

Kilter is a Chicago native who joined the military in 2006. He later met his wife, Kelsey, who works as a visual manager for Town Square Media and stays involved with Court Appointed Special Advocates.

In 2011, the couple opened Sweet Tr-eatery, a bakery in Temple.

As owners, they joined area chambers, including Harker Heights.

“Harker Heights was the only one that was the greatest return on our investment,” he said.

After Kilter completed his time in the military in 2009, he worked as a contractor for a year and half and then started attending Texas A&M University-Central Texas to obtain his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2012.

He obtained his master’s degree in 2013.

In his new role as the business manager for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, Kilter said his duties include assisting to recruit new members, keeping up with billing and keying in on membership retention.

“I relate to a lot of them as a small-business owner myself,” he said.

Kilter, who’s participated in chamber functions as a member and said he enjoys the evening mixers, will be seen at more functions such as midmorning coffee in his new role.

“It’s just a great way to network,” he said.

Contact Rachael Riley at rriley@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7553

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