Eddie Brown will retire from the Sherman Chamber of Commerce early next year.
The Chamber's longtime president and CEO informed the Chamber's Board of Directors of his plans to retire during its regular August meeting. Brown told the board that he would like to retire within the next six months and plans to work into early 2019 to allow for a smooth transition.
“I am very proud to have had the chance to work with our great chamber staff, board members and leaders in our community,” Brown said.
Brown started working with the Chamber in 2009 as a board member and legislative affairs committee chair, as well as helping with the Sherman ISD Master Cat Program. In June 2011, Brown provided volunteer help as the interim president and was appointed to serve as the permanent president and CEO in March 2012.
Membership in the Sherman Chamber has grown by an average of 50 members per year during Brown's tenure and the Chamber currently has the largest membership in recent history. The Leadership Sherman program, which helps train up and coming leaders in the community, has grown from a small group of less than 10 to an average of 28 participants each year. The Sherman Magazine and Sherman Maps have grown steadily over the years and in 2017/2018 had their largest distribution to date.
“Eddie has been a driving force in the success the Sherman Chamber of Commerce has realized over the past several years,” Joanne Johnson, 2018 Sherman Chamber board chair, said. “While Eddie will be sorely missed, the foundation he has established with the staff and Board will serve us well as we look toward the next chapter.”
Working together with the Denison and Pottsboro chambers, Brown helped establish Plug in Texoma, a weekly networking breakfast that has become the largest networking event in the county.
Brown has also served as a board member for the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives group.
Brown and his family moved to Sherman in 1986 when he was selected to be the plant manager for Sherman Coca-Cola. He retired from Coca-Cola in 2010 after a 40 year career. He and his wife Susan have served on many nonprofit boards and committees in the community, including for Sherman ISD, Austin College and Grayson College. Brown and his wife have three adult children that attended Sherman schools and now have a granddaughter attending Sherman High School. Brown and his wife plan to travel and spend time with family and friends following his retirement.