In 1974, J. Kent Adams, along with a group of civic and business leaders, formed the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce to market business opportunities in the area and serve as a collective voice to advocate for infrastructure and quality of life improvements for the community. This year the Chamber celebrates 50 years of service to the community, and we are still true to that original mission today.
Absent any centralized government, the Chamber has served as a clearinghouse for the community, addressing and/or organizing many of the initiatives to improve the community in which we live and work. In fact, the Chamber is still working diligently on the formation of a management district for the Cypress Creek Parkway corridor. There are so many positive aspects to our proverbial main street that it would be neglectful not to attempt to rejuvenate the parts that are not.
It is my opinion, the founders of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce have created a true legacy. Many of the original members who were involved when the Chamber was created fifty years are still active today. HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest, formerly Houston Northwest Medical Center, is the longest continuous member of the Chamber, celebrating 48 years as an active member. Spring ISD is celebrating 46 years, and TOPS Surgical Center, 44 years. As proof of the Chamber’s legacy, the CEOs of both HCA Northwest and TOPS are currently serving on the Chamber board of directors as past chair and incoming chair, respectively. Also, let us not ignore the ongoing participation of our long-time friend and member, Fred Grundmeyer.
On January 11, at our annual membership meeting, we will be recognizing and celebrating these longtime members and all committed members who have been loyal and dedicated to supporting the Chamber over the years. Therefore, as your current president, let me genuinely express, what an honor it is to be serving you and ushering along the legacy of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce.