Jacob Millwee is going out on top.
The president of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce said Monday that he is leaving at the end of this week to become a physics teacher at Travis High School in Fort Bend ISD. Millwee, a 39-year-old Sugar Land resident, has worked for the Heights-area chamber since 2008 and served as its president since 2014.
During the last five years, Millwee said the chamber has grown in membership from 341 businesses to 560 — the most it has had since its inception in 1988.
“I’m extremely proud of my time with the chamber. The chamber’s been very good to me,” Millwee said. “This was a hard decision to make, one that has a little tinge of regret to it, even though I know it’s the right choice at this time for me and my family.”
Millwee’s last day with the chamber will be Friday. It is unclear when the chamber will have a new president, either full-time or on an interim basis.
Dee Farino, chair of the chamber’s board of directors, did not immediately respond to a voicemail Monday.
Millwee credited the board of directors as well as the chamber’s three other staffers for the success under his leadership. He said the highlights of his tenure include interacting with elected officials and business leaders from the community, helping the chamber weather economic downturns and organizing its annual crawfish festival.
Millwee said teaching close to home will afford him more time with his wife, two sons and parents. He plans to start his new job Aug. 19.
“I have enjoyed teaching before as a substitute well before the current career. It’s something that I always meant to return to,” Millwee said. “This is ultimately a family choice.”