Membership in the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce is topping 840 and continues to grow.
“As the city grows so does the chamber,” said Gina Pence, chamber president and CEO.
Before joining the chamber staff two years ago, Pence served more than a decade in various executive and community relations positions. Prior to being selected for the top leadership position, Pence served for a year and a half as membership director. In March, she replaced Bill Kozlik, who retired in January after 15 years.
Pence knows she can’t run the ship alone. She is backed by Jennifer Ciffra, office administrator, and Erin Bultje, who is charge of membership and events.
The focus of the chamber is maintaining and strengthening the current community relations with the city of Harker Heights, Fort Hood, businesses and engaging residents.
“I want to encourage people to get involved with their chamber and meet the talented and interesting individuals in our community,” Pence said.
There have been no major changes in the first few months of Pence’s leadership, other than a few enhancements to current programs, especially in the area of technology to keep the chamber moving forward and prepared for growth.
“The Heights chamber welcomes all businesses and entrepreneurial minded people to attend the many events sponsored by the chamber,” Pence said, encouraging residents check out www.hhchamber.com and connect with the chamber on social media.
Pence said five major goals have been identified for the chamber to accomplish over the next several years: increasing overall membership; improving communications and volunteer programs; instituting a workplace and education development program with connections between businesses and the schools; bringing together various viewpoints on issues and policies to improve the business environment and quality of living; and implementing a cooperative community and economic program.