Sherri Sechrist, president of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce, has announced her retirement.
“I speak for the entire Board of Directors in stating we are excited for Sherri as she enters this next chapter of her life,” said Russ Richardson, president of Star Bank of Texas and the 2016 Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “We wish her all the best.”
Sechrist has served as president of the Chamber for the past 3½ years. Under Sechrist’s leadership, the Chamber enjoyed numerous successes. “I’m particularly proud of the digital sign and the beautiful presence our Chamber now enjoys at the corner of Wilshire and Chamber Drive,” Richardson continued. “With Sherri at the helm, the Chamber has enjoyed over three years of strong and active membership engagement, outstanding member meetings and programs, financial stability, and a strong presence with our business community. We have a great new website and new initiatives such as the Burleson Young Executives Alliance. The Honey Tour Bike Ride is one of the largest tourism events in the city and our golf tournament was sold out last fall. Sherri’s influence on our organization and on the community is tremendous. She will be greatly missed.”
Sechrist took over the Chamber in the fall of 2012, leaving a regional marketing position with a national HVAC supplier to work in her home town of nearly twenty years. Her forthright affection for the community, its leaders and local business is evident at every turn.
“Working at the Chamber has been one of the greatest experiences of my work career,” said Sechrist. “I have loved living in Burleson since we moved here in 1994. When I interviewed for the Chamber position, I knew if there was ever a time to be involved in promoting a community, it was at that moment in Burleson. How exciting it was for me to be given this opportunity! And my expectations were met, for we have one of the best cities in the state, if not the nation. It’s been an honor to play a small role in our successes.”
Sechrist is quick to point out the help she has had along the way. “What I will miss is the relationships I’ve developed. Our small Chamber team of three has accomplished great things through the support of a tremendous Board of Directors and my Chamber members who have volunteered countless hours for the good of our organization. While I admit to a bias, I truly feel the Burleson Chamber – like our city – is one of the finest in the state of Texas. With a great staff in place and the continued commitment of an excellent Board of Directors, I am confident in the bright future of the Burleson Chamber.”
Sechrist states she looks forward to retirement. “My parents still live on the Iowa farm where I grew up,” she says. “While I visited Iowa a lot last year, it never seemed ‘long enough.’ These next years with my Mom and Dad will be precious, and I plan to spend much more time with them. Also, my husband and I love to travel and look forward to seeing new places the next few years. While I am sad to leave the Chamber, I am very excited to be at this juncture in my life.”
Sechrist will begin her retirement this summer. “Sherri will continue in her role to ensure a smooth transition of leadership,” said Richardson. “We’ll look at all avenues to find the best candidate to continue the good work the Chamber is doing in the community and for its members.”
The Board of Directors has formed a Search Committee. Individuals with an interest in the position may direct inquiries to the Burleson Chamber.