After over 30 years of working with the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, Peggy Arnold says she’s officially retiring for good.
“It’s been great to watch our community grow and to watch it do so in such a healthy way,” Arnold says.
She started as a receptionist in 1978 and served as interim chamber president on two different occasions.
She says one of her fondest memories of working with the Chamber was when the Chamber worked to keep the Goodfellow Air Force Base open when it was faced with possible closure in 1978.
“We were able to rally tremendous community support, which is still talked about at the Pentagon today,” she remembers. “The community came together and we were able to keep the base open and that always sticks in my mind.”
Replacing her is Laura Lewis, who currently serves as the Membership Assistant for the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce until early next year. At that point, she’ll take on the role of Vice President of Membership Relations.
“Peggy has been an amazing gift to San Angelo,” Lewis says. “She’s been an amazing teacher and a force in the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.
The San Angelo Chamber of Commerce will also lose two other chamber employees, including the Vice President of Convention and Visitor’s Bureau–Pamela Miller–along with Jenni Campbell, the Director of Sales and Servicing.
Suzanna Aguirre will be promoted in place of Jenni Campbell while Pamela Miller’s replacement is still to be determined.
This newly structured San Angelo Chamber of Commerce will work under Chamber President, Dan Koenig, who took over in August following the passing of former president, Phil Neighbors, in early 2016.