Lake Houston Area

Lake Houston Area

Lake Houston Area Chamber President/CEO recipient of Arthur A. Roberts Distinguished Service Award

EL PASO, TX— Jenna Armstrong, IOM, the President/CEO of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce was recognized as the recipient of the 2019 Arthur A. Roberts Distinguished Service Award during the annual Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives conference in June.

The TCCE Arthur A. Roberts Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to individual(s) who have contributed greatly to the chamber of commerce profession through their service to the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, volunteerism, or other service to the organization to achieve its goals. The award is given in honor of former Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives CEO Arthur A. Roberts.

The following remarks were written based on the award presentation by 2018 TCCE Chairman Kelly Hall, CCE, IOM of the Longview Chamber of Commerce.

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success," stated Henry Ford. Now imagine communities without leaders. Who is the engineer that brings potential leaders together? Who trains potential leaders to understand jobs are #1 and unless we have a pro-business climate communities will not succeed? Who is Jenna Armstrong?
 
Armstrong truly exhibits the characteristics of a leader who brings catalytic individuals together that allows transformation to become reality. Her passion for excellence coupled with a clear understanding of the role and purpose for the organizations she has led, made an impact as well as moved the needle for the community she serves.
Armstrong’s commitment to our industry also demonstrates a sincere passion to develop trade experts and leaders. A couple of examples of her servant heart include:

  • Serves on the TCCE board and executive committee.
  • Serves on the board the Board of Regents with the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management at Midwest.
Armstrong has been with the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce since 2007 and serves as President/CEO. She is and should be very proud of her work and leadership abilities in facilitating community recovery and resiliency efforts following Hurricane Harvey. Aligning non-traditional partners has brought her region closer together and Armstrong is seen as a servant leader. Her expertise in managing government relations activities and facilitating strategic partnerships to advance the local economy has inspired her to apply these skills by engaging with regional, state, and national associations resulting in elevating the perception of the Lake Houston Area.

Armstrong’s career began at the Lufkin Chamber after graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked under the guidance of Jerry Huffman; who is still her mentor. Huffman immediately saw that her capacity was great. All he needed to do was encourage and guide her path. Jenna led the marketing and public relations for several annual community events, organized banquets, luncheons and networking events: securing speakers and entertainment, press and publicity, and coordinated with the caterer and facility manager. She also created & updated their Chamber’s websites, as well assisted in the development of community programs such as Leadership Lufkin, Leadership Tomorrow, Angelina County Vision 2020, and various workshops and seminars.

In the midst of her daily responsibilities at her chamber and leading recovery efforts, Armstrong has also led and executed the program of work for TCCE as the Vice-Chair for Professional Development. She passionately pursues better education outcomes for Texas chamber professionals. She has been consistently willing to tackle assignments and duties for TCCE and has served with a smile. We truly appreciate Jenna Armstrong, IOM, President & CEO of the Lake Houston Chamber.
 
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About the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce: The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization of professional business men and women who have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic and commercial progress of the Lake Houston Area. The Chamber is the organized voice for the quality of life and business related issues at the local, state and federal level of government and is the front door to our community for tourism and business relocation information. The Lake Houston Area Chamber is comprised of 1,100 members and serves Atascocita, Fall Creek, Humble, Kingwood, Summerwood and portions of East Montgomery County.