The DeSoto Chamber is paving the way for economic development and is a strong advocate for building companies of all shapes and sizes. The Chamber offers unique opportunities for businesses to develop quality referrals using a network of relationship techniques that we provide on a monthly basis. Such as our “Good Morning DeSoto”, “Business After Hours” and “Maximize Your Membership” just to name a few. These free initiatives that we offer to our current and future members to increase resources and support allowing growing businesses to share their wealth in knowledge that aim to assist others to improve growth and company networking. Let us be your source for business services and benefits!
Al Moten – Chairman of the Board
Kevin Davis – Chair-Elect
Dr. Chad Tucker
Laura Terhune, CEO & Board Secretary
Jerry Frazier, CPA
Tochi Osuji (2)
John Polewski Karla Montgomery
Anita Howe (2) Robert May
DeSoto ISD – Dr. David Harris
City of DeSoto – Kenzie Moore
DeSoto EDC – Joe Newman (interim CEO)
January 17, 2018, DeSoto, TX - The DeSoto Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of a key staff member, building on its 56 years of community and economic development. Derrius M. Montgomery has joined the staff as the new Vice-President of Member Engagement and will be responsible for managing the organization’s Member Recruitment and Business Retention portfolio. In this role, Montgomery will work to improve the Chamber’s regional influence by tailoring programs, services and events to better serve the needs of its 300 members across the Best Southwest Region.
Laura Terhune, CEO of the Desoto Chamber stated, “We are excited to have Derrius join our team.” She added, “As we continue to expand, nurture and promote our business community, we look forward to enriching our small business programs, events and services that better serve the growing needs of our members.”
Montgomery brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing and communication as well as advocacy and community engagement to the position. He is the Managing Partner of J. Braxton Media – a lifestyle marketing agency that specializes in connecting nonprofits, organizations, and corporate brands to multicultural consumers where the live, work, and play. Derrius has also served as the Program Coordinator for the Louisiana Spirit Crisis Counseling Program under the auspice Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health; Baton Rouge City Director for Stand for Children Louisiana – a national parent lead educational advocacy organization. Most recently he served on Mayor-President, Sharon Weston Broome’s Transition Committee, as a member of the Office of Community Development Transition Team.
The Chamber has a staff of four, including Montgomery. Terhune has been with the Chamber for four years as CEO. Prior to 2014, she had managed other Chambers of Commerce over a nineteen-year career. Brittani Washington manages Marketing/Communications & Events; she has been with the Chamber for a little more than two years. Marjorie Maldonado is the Business Manager who handles bookkeeping, office operations and coordinates the Chamber’s Retention Plan.
Terhune said, “We are excited to have Derrius join the Chamber team.” She concluded, “We would like to invite all of our members and community leaders to make an appointment to meet Derrius. He is going to help us take the organization to a new level of value-oriented services and professionalism.”The DeSoto Chamber of Commerce is a member-owned organization established in 1962 and serves as the “Voice of Business” in the community. The mission of the Chamber is to improve the economy, providing useful information, marketing opportunities and other beneficial services to local businesses, visitors and newcomers. For more information, contact the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce at 972-224-3565 or check the website: www.desotochamber.org.
2010 N. Hampton Road, Suite 200, DeSoto, TX 75115
VP of Member Engagement
Contact any of us at the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce to help you build your business! Call us at 972.224.3565 or email us at the emails listed above. Or you can drop in at our location, at 2010 N. Hampton Rd. Suite 200 in DeSoto, TX!
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