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Letter from the President

Letter from the 2024 President

Kari Werner
President – Kari Werner, IOM
Houston West Chamber

Welcome 2024 GCCE’ers!  

2024 marks seven years since I joined the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and my 5th year as the President & CEO.  I started in the Chamber world in 2017 and with my first GCCE meeting soon after, I knew the Chamber world was what was best for me. 

I spent my first two years at the chamber learning all I could, from Membership to events, from metrics to budgets.  It was soon after that my former CEO/President would approach me and ask if I would step into her shoes when she retired in 2020.  I said YES! 

Then COVID… 

This group of professional Chamber executives and staff relied on, leaned on and encouraged each other on a daily basis. Our monthly meetings were held virtually, but just seeing their faces regularly and hearing how they had overcome adversities helped tremendously! I knew I was not alone in our struggles. So thank you to all for your support and mentorship. 

It is a fact that our schedules are busy, but attending GCCE meetings needs to be a part of your monthly calendar. You won’t regret it. We meet on the last Friday of each month…in various locations around the Texas Gulf Coast. You can find the 2024 meeting calendar here. Events ( 

If your business is seeking to make contacts with chamber executives, we also have valuable opportunities for you. You can connect at the annual Leadership Conference and through Associate Membership. 

Let me know how I can help YOU to get connected in 2024! 

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