Chamber adds new staff member

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It’s good to be home, Lisa Morgan says.

Granted, she was just down the road during the past seven years working at the Longview Chamber of Commerce. When a position opened at the Kilgore Chamber, though, she saw an opportunity to get back to her roots.

“I thought that I would go for it because Kilgore is my hometown,” Morgan said, but of course, it’s grown quite a bit.

Morgan joins the local chamber’s staff as administrative assistant and member coordinator alongside chamber president Cindy Morris and tourism manager Ryan Polk.

“Lisa’s job responsibilities will include administrative duties as well as coordination of member-based events, programs and services,” Morris noted. “In addition, she will develop and coordinate the member growth that includes member recruitment/retention and ensuring our members utilize and benefit from investing in the chamber.”

Morgan says she looks forward to building links between members and bridging gaps between the chamber and potential members.

“That’s going to be my struggle because, good lord, Kilgore has grown,” she said. Starting work here March 9, Morgan’s pleased with her new workplace: “I think it’s just the environment itself, the relationship they have with their board and the vision they see for the chamber in the next three to five years. They really want to see it grow.”

She doesn’t see major challenges on the horizon.

“I think the only challenge will be just really reaching out to all the chamber members and potential members, new businesses coming in, and educating them on what the chamber does exactly,” Morgan said. “A lot of people don’t understand truly what a chamber is for.

“I see how the chamber can grow and became a true presence for Kilgore, being a front door to the community.”

The veteran chamber professional is a great addition to the team, Morris said.

“Her chamber experience and the focused chamber business education that she possesses really adds value to our organization and to the membership.”

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