The Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, or TCCE, has selected Keri Schmidt, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, to serve as chair of TCCE's board of directors, according to a Dec. 6 press release. TCCE, the professional society of chamber of commerce executives, staff and affiliate members, offers professional education, training, and operational consultation to chambers and communities across the state, according to the release.

“The last 18 months have shown even more the critical role chambers [of commerce] play in helping [the] business community navigate difficult times," said Steve Ahlenius, 2021 TCCE board chair. "The ability to provide leadership as well as develop excellent leaders and strong viable chambers is essential, therefore I am excited to pass the gavel to a proven leader like Keri.”

As the peer-elected chair, Schmidt will be responsible for leading the board as it sets policy, and oversees and implements the organization's strategic plan.

“Keri is the epitome of professionalism and excellence as chamber president and chamber professional” TCCE Executive Director Aaron Cox said. “I am incredibly optimistic and excited about the future of our association knowing we have a high-achieving, passionate leader dedicated to making our profession better like Keri setting the pace.”