Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber’s Annual Gala set for Jan. 23

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Tickets, tables and sponsorships are still on sale for the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman Awards Gala, that will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Lone Star Convention Center.

Chamber President Brian Bondy said they celebrate and recognize the year-in-review that has been shared by their outgoing Board Chairman, Brent Wunderlich with McKesson, and they also award a small and large business of the year.

“We also award our Diplomat of the year and the outgoing Chairman recognizes his key person on the board and a Horizon award winner, which is a board member who has gone above and beyond and has grown with the organization,” said Bondy.

Bondy said one of the biggest highlights for the Chamber in 2019 was the membership event, which took place in December.

“We had 180 volunteers over 2 ½ days, bringing in 224 new and upgraded memberships, which puts the Chamber at a little over 1100 members, and really gives us a sound push going into 2020.”

Bondy said the start of the “Pulse Series” is another big highlight of 2019.

“It started with Coffee with the Congressman, a State of the City, State of the County and State of the State as well as our CISD bond forums in 2019.  Due to the popularity of those, we’re continuing those in 2020.”  “Lobsterfest grew once again, and we’re always proud of the success of that event and how it brings the community together. Overall it was a very strong year for the Chamber.”

The Chamber participated in Montgomery County Day at the State Capitol because the state legislature met in 2019.

“In 2018 we started our first Washington D.C. fly in, and so in 2020 we’ll do our second fly in for business leaders to Washington D.C. to continue working on and building relationships with our elected officials,” said Bondy. For us, workforce continues to be one of the major things, so (we’ll be) working with the Department of Labor to understand what programs are available for small businesses.” Transportation mobility is also a key indicator for us; making sure that our area continues to get its fair share of highway dollars.”

Bondy said education is also an important issue, because it also ties back into the workforce issue.

This year’s Chamber Gala is being held on Jan. 23, which is a Thursday.

“Because of the closing of La Torretta, we moved it to the Convention Center, and the availability of dates on weekends was hard to come by, but I’m very excited about a Thursday night event, said Bondy. Our theme is “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” and we’ll have a casino night.” “It starts at five o’clock, so you can leave right from work and you don’t have to dress any differently than you would for work, and come and have a good time and celebrate our outgoing Chairman’s amazing year.”

For tickets or sponsorship information to the Gala, contact Courtney Galle at courtneyg@conroe.org or 936-538-7111.
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