MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce has begun the search for a new president. Current president, Sara Garcia, will officially resign from the position on May 16.

The chamber is accepting applications for the position until May 31 with candidate interviews planned for June 10-11. The earliest expected time that an applicant may assume the position is June 13.

“We’re looking for a short transition time and continue promoting Midlothian businesses and our community,” Board of Directors Chair Renee McElheney said. “The summer usually provides a lull in events that will give us time to make the transition.”

Garcia is leaving the chamber to take a position with Ellis County as the special projects coordinator.

Many who are part of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce or work with the chamber will miss her.

“We’ll miss Sara and it will be different without her at the chamber, but as she heads out on this new adventure, I wish her well,” McElheney said.

Board of Directors member Dr. David Arnott will serve as the chair of the search committee and interim president until the position is filled.

“Dr. Arnott brings experience in administration and knows the people and businesses of Midlothian well,” McElheney said.

The search committee also includes McElheney and board members Mike Barnes, Lisa Lemon, Toni Engram, Jeremy Morton, Vernon Witherspoon and Kobey Juergens.

The committee is searching for candidates locally and within the Texas Chamber of Commerce executives circle. McElheney and Arnott both said their ideal candidate will be someone who is passionate about Midlothian’s rich rural heritage, sees the opportunities of our suburban future and is familiar with local business owners and the community.

“The purpose of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce is to connect business and community,” Arnott said. “We’re looking for someone who understands business, which is mostly ‘left-brained’ and also understand community which is mostly ‘right-brained.’”

He noted that the chamber is in great shape due to Garcia and previous president Amanda Miller.

“Amanda Miller was highly qualified as the only women who is a Texas Certified Chamber Executive.  She improved our internal operations and made us a much more sophisticated organization,” he said. “Then, Sara Garcia improved the performance of our events. In this search, we’re looking for someone who can maintain those interior operational functions, and also grow the many events we produce, to provide better service to our members.”

The chamber will maintain its service to businesses and the community during this transition, which will not affect events planned this May.

“May 16, Kobey Juergens will produce the highest grossing golf tournament we’ve ever had,” Arnott said. “On May 22, Marilyn Jones will graduate the largest Leadership Midlothian class in recent history.”

He also noted that Garcia has added six new board members during her presidency who have made significant contributions to the chamber.

“Mike Barnes of 123newloans is a financial expert. Brett Kemp is a Certified Public Accountant.  Jeremy Morton from Brookshire’s is a marketing specialist. Kobey Juergens of Gerdau is a quality expert,” he continued. “Dr. Toni Engram knows medical care. Harry Conerly is an operations manager. These are spectacular additions to the board who are making significant contributions to the Chamber. And, they make the chamber attractive to prospective presidential candidates.”

For more information or to submit a resume, email Arnott at davea@dbu.edu or call 972-841-7164.

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