Region chamber appoints interim leader, outlines plan for permanent hire – Port Arthur News

The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce has a new leader.

The Chamber’s board of directors unanimously named an interim president and CEO at its meeting this week.

Beth Journeay brings over 20 years of experience to the chamber, serving as President and Chief Executive of the Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce from 1999 to 2020.

Journey will begin on April 5 following the departure of current Chairman and CEO Bill Allen.

“I am honored and thrilled to take on a temporary role in the Beaumont community,” said Journeay.

“The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce is in excellent condition with a calendar of events planned throughout the year. I look forward to working with the Board, staff and volunteers to build on this momentum until a permanent President and CEO is appointed.

The board also approved a slate of recruiting committee members at the March 23 meeting.

This committee will move forward with creating and posting a job description, receiving and reviewing applications, and conducting interviews over the next few months.

The committee is mainly composed of members of the Board of Directors, in particular:

• Committee Chair: Craig Escamilla, CAE Solutions, LLC

• Committee Vice-Chair: Mary Poole, Baptist Hospitals Southeast Texas

• Chris Boone, Town of Beaumont

• Rozena Dendy, ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery

• Chris Fisher, Port of Beaumont

• Lori Higgins, Mobiloil Credit Union

• Paul Koester, CHRISTUS Hospitals of Southeast Texas

• John Morrell, Texas First Bank

• Tyler Thomas, Mannings Office Solutions

• Chairman of the Board of Directors and ex officio member: Josh Smith, Bill Clark Pest Control, Inc.

• President-Elect and Ex-Officio Board Member: Rebekah Maxwell, ReStep Marketing

• Treasurer of the Board of Directors and ex-officio member: Paul Freitag, Hancock Whitney

“I want to thank the search committee in advance for their work,” said Josh Smith, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors.

“We look forward to working with Beth as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Chamber for this time.”

The community is invited to a farewell meeting for Bill Allen and a welcome to Beth Journeay from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the offices of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, located at 1110 Park Street in Beaumont.

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