Gilbert will mark 30 years with the chamber in Mach, according to a chamber news release, assuming a marketing role in 1990. She added additional responsibilities of membership and programming and helps the chamber raise $1 million each year in sponsorships and ticket sales, the release said.
“Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while,” Gilbert said in the release. “I have been fortunate to work with a stellar staff over the years, as well as business leaders, elected officials and visionaries. Placemaking gets in your veins, and the chamber industry has given me a great outlet for that passion.”
Gilbert is responsible for the Vision Fort Worth and Women’s Insight Network initiatives and serves on the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Board of Directors, according the release.
She also led chamber efforts to assist affected businesses following a March 2000 tornado that impacted the downtown area, the release said.
“Marilyn has been the driving force in increasing revenues and engagement in this organization for three decades,” chamber CEO Bill Thornton said in the release. “She prefers to work behind the scenes, but her legacy of service to the community is evident everywhere you go.”