The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that it has named Dee Farino, a longtime member of its board of directors, as its interim president.
The local chamber, which serves hundreds of businesses in the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas, had been without a president since Louie Gill left the organization in May. Gill had served in the role since December, succeeding Jacob Milwee, who spent five years as chamber president.
Farino joined the Heights chamber in 2005 and began serving on its board of directors in 2006, having held the position of secretary of the executive committee in 2007 and chair of the board of directors in 2009-10 and again from 2017-19. Farino will take a leave of absence from the board of directors while serving as president, according to a letter to members sent by current board chairperson Teresa Nicolas-Briggs.
“Dee’s chamber knowledge was essential in the board’s decision and we are confident that her experiences will help us through these uncertain times and lead us to a new tomorrow,” Nicolas-Briggs said.
The chamber has not held any in-person events since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the Houston region in March, instead operating virtually and participating in some community outreach initiatives.
The chamber will hold its annual member meeting via a Zoom video conference scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Email email@example.com to register to participate.