New and familiar faces are at the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce.
Teri Stermer recently stepped into a business development and tourism role.
Stermer, a resident of Harker Heights for more than 20 years, has been a chamber member herself since about 2004 when she operated Teri’s Travel.
“The chamber called me and asked for me to join, and so I went to a mixer, and that’s how I grew my business ... through the chamber involvement,” Stermer said.
As Stermer is semi-retired and working by appointment only since January, she decided to take the position at the chamber and started three weeks ago.
She resigned as vice-chair of the chamber’s board but will still oversee the banquet committee.
Stermer, who is married with three adult children, also is a Harker Heights Rotary Club member, former Association of the U.S. Army member and hails from Oregon.
In her new role with the chamber, Stermer said she will work the city and economic development.
Plans are in the works to develop a tourism video for the city, she said.
“We have a lot of activities here. We have the wine festival. We have Market Heights. Housing is growing like fire around here,” she said of what Harker Heights has to offer. “We’re building. The schools are very good.”
As for business development, Stermer said she’d like to see more boutiques and specialty shops in the area.
She cited scrub, uniform shops for medical personnel or boutique clothing as examples so individuals can shop local instead of going out town.
Other plans are to educate business owners about the tools the chamber has to offer, Stermer said.
For example, the chamber’s master website is able to send out notices as a form of free advertising to more than 900 people if a business hosts a job fair, she said.
“Even if they joined the chamber 10 years ago, five years ago or two years ago, there’s a lot of options the chamber offers that I didn’t know myself until I started working here,” Stermer said. “Just reaching out to everyone is my biggest goal right now, saying ‘what can we do for you?’”