Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center CEO Wayne Meriwether was recently elected as Vice President and President-Elect of the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
The Chamber board made the announcement this week, stating that Meriwether will serve as its Vice President until June 2017, after which, on July 1, he will take over as Chamber Board President from current President Jennifer Newton for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
“That’s a real honor,” said Meriwether, who, having served on the board for several years, accepted the position as another way of serving the Grayson County community.
“The Chamber…is very important to our community,” he said.
Meriwether has set a number of goals for his year-long term as Chamber Board President, and chief among them is making the Chamber of Commerce “the conduit for developing a strategic plan for Grayson County.”
Meriwether said officials are already working with a firm to formulate this plan, but, as Chamber Board President, he wants to work with elected officials and other interested individuals to further develop it.
“We have a real issue in this county,” said Meriwether, explaining that there are now more jobs available than qualified employees to fill them.
“I want our Chamber Board to address that,” he said.
Meriwether also said he wants to continue and improve on the Chamber’s good work as a resource for individuals to gain information about Grayson County, as well as grow membership and explore opportunities to better support Chamber members.
In addition, he looks to jump-start the Work Ready Initiative, which, he said, is already off to a good start.
Finally, Meriwether encouraged local businesses that have not already done so to join the Chamber and take advantage of the many services available to them.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.