The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce is in search of a new president for the second time in six months.
The chamber informed its 600-plus member businesses Thursday that Louie Gill, who was hired as president in December, is no longer with the organization that serves the Heights and surrounding areas. Teresa Nicolas-Briggs, chair of the chamber’s board of directors, said Gill’s last day was Monday and that he and the chamber mutually decided to part ways.
“It’s unfortunate that things don’t turn out the way you want them to turn out,” Nicolas-Briggs said. “We wish him luck with all his future endeavors.”
Gill could not immediately be reached for comment. The U.S. Army veteran and Florida native relocated to Houston from Georgia, where he was the executive director of the Southeastern George Habitat for Humanity, when the Heights chamber hired him in December.
Gill succeeded Jacob Milwee, who served five years as president and helped grow the chamber from 341 businesses to 560 before leaving to become a teacher for Fort Bend ISD.
Nicolas-Briggs said the COVID-19 pandemic had “nothing to do” with Gill’s departure, even though it has forced the chamber to cancel in-person networking activities and events such as its annual education luncheon. The chamber has been utilizing technology to hold virtual events.
Nicolas-Briggs said the chamber does not have a timetable for securing Gill’s replacement. She said the duties of the president include managing the chamber’s other employees as well as engaging area businesses to retain members and acquire new members.
“We will (hire a new president) as soon as we can, but we haven’t started the process yet,” Nicolas-Briggs said.