The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce has named Scott Harper as its new president—a position he held nearly a decade ago—following the resignation of Brian Bondy in January. Bondy had accepted a position as the president of the Granbury Chamber of Commerce.

Harper has more than 21 years of nonprofit experience, with 16 of those with the YMCA in Tampa and Houston, according to a news release from the chamber. After his graduation from the University of Southern Mississippi, Harper started his professional career with the corporate fitness center of Wal-Mart.

Harper was hired in January 2012 to serve as the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce president.

"During his time a president, he was instrumental in assembling a strong staff team and group of dedicated volunteers to help stabilize the budget, build the membership base and grow the community’s overall awareness of the chamber," the news release states. "These efforts led to the chamber becoming accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."

In January 2016, Harper decided to return to his YMCA career, and he was hired as a major gifts officer to help local YMCAs with their annual campaign and other fundraising opportunities in and around Montgomery County. Scott was later promoted to vice president of major gifts.

"After returning to the [YMCA], Scott kept close ties with the chamber and its work in the community. When the opportunity presented itself, Scott jumped at the chance to return to lead the chamber again," the news release states.

Harper said in the news release that he is grateful for the opportunity.

" As Conroe and its surrounding areas continue to grow, the chamber will have an even larger responsibility to represent the businesses and support the economic growth of the area," he said. "I look forward to working with a lot of great friends again to make sure that happens.”