The Board of Directors of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Charlie Dromgoole, CCE, IOM, would take over as the new president effective Oct. 1. Dromgoole was selected after an extensive nationwide search by the Chamber’s Executive Search Team. The team began the search process in November of 2009 shortly after current president Mike Byers announced his plan to retire at the end of 2010. Dromgoole’s background is in chamber and economic development work. He brings more than 35 years of chamber industry experience to the position, which includes serving as president of the Abilene and Round Rock Chambers. Most recently he led the Texas Forest Country Partnership in Lufkin, a 13-county regional economic development organization. Chamber Board Chair Leon Brashier said the board is looking forward to Dromgoole’s arrival. According to Dromgoole, he was impressed with the leadership of the Lake Houston Area Chamber and the vision they have for the area. During his career in the chamber industry, Dromgoole has served on the board of American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), Texas Association of Business & Chamber of Commerce, Texas Economic Development Council and is the past president of Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE). He is accredited by the United States Chamber as an IOM (Institute for Organizational Management) and by ACCE as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), the highest accreditation a chamber executive can earn. Dromgoole was named “Outstanding Chamber Executive” by the Texas Association of Business & Chambers of Commerce in 1997. He was honored by TCCE with the Marvin Hurley Award in 1996 for his contributions to the chamber profession and was named “Manager of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce Executives Association of West Texas in 1991. Dromgoole earned a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University. He has also attended Economic Development Institute in Oklahoma and Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina. Dromgoole and his wife, Marilyn, a retired teacher, have three children: Lisa, Laurie and Lindsey, and four grandchildren. A welcome reception is being planned for Dromgoole and his wife Oct. 1 at the chamber office.

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