On August 10, 2015, the Lufkin/Angelina County of Commerce is set to welcome its new President and CEO Jim Johnson. The Chamber Board of Directors selected Johnson to succeed President and CEO Jerry Huffman, who recently retired after forty years in the chamber industry.
“The search committee interviewed several excellent candidates, but Jim easily rose to the top with his previous Chamber experience, as well as his energy and new ideas for leading our Chamber.” said Aimee Slusher, Chairman of the Board of Directors, “We are very proud that he and his family have chosen to come here and become a part of our great community.”
Johnson comes from the Pearland Chamber of Commerce in Pearland, Texas where he served as Vice President for the last four years. In his Vice President position, he oversaw the membership and governmental affairs programs of the organization.
“I am excited to be given the opportunity to work with great businesses, community leaders and partners and an amazing staff,” said Johnson. “The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce is a business driven community focused organization that plays a key role in the region and I look forward to leading the way.”
Johnson earned his history degree from Texas State University. He also previously worked in event management for two Hilton hotels in Houston. He is an Advisory Board Member for Keep Pearland Beautiful and serves on the Western Association of Chamber Executives Emerging Leaders Council and was an inaugural member of the program. In 2015, he graduated from both Leadership Pearland and Institute for Organizational Management, a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Johnson is married to his wife Jasmine and they have one son William (3).
The mission of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce is to continually improve the economic prosperity, the business environment and the quality of life in Angelina County. More than 1,350 members that represent more than 850 businesses work together to achieve a diversified and well balanced local economy and to improve our community’s overall quality of life. The Chamber is one of ten 5-Star accredited chambers by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Texas.