The Sims leave the Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Jessica Sims

After five years leading the Dayton Chamber of Commerce as executive director, Jessica Sims is leaving to take a job in business development at First Liberty National Bank. His last day in the House is Tuesday, May 10, the same day as the monthly House luncheon.

“I’m sad to be leaving but I’m super excited about my new venture,” Sims told Bluebonnet News. “I’m really happy to continue working here locally.”

During her five years as executive director, Sims grew Chamber membership until she now has about five new members per month. She also helped the Chamber through one of its most difficult times – the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic was more serious than people thought. We have not been able to meet and help market our business members as we normally do. A lot of things have come to a standstill. We weren’t able to hold events, so that affected us a lot,” Sims said. “Once back at the community center [after it reopened], we hit the ground running. We hosted a taste of Dayton outside the community center and people were very receptive to it. Last year our Taste of Dayton attracted 500 people.

The Chamber’s annual golf tournament has also grown since Sims was named general manager. Last year, 100 golfers participated in this fundraising event.

Sims said the decision to leave the Chamber was difficult as she is very passionate about helping local businesses and the community.

“I love this organization and the people I have the privilege of working with in this role. It has been an extreme pleasure to serve this organization and I am very proud of the work we have been able to accomplish as a team over the past five years. You welcomed me with open arms from day one and I couldn’t be more grateful,” she said. “I am certain that the organization has a bright future serving the business community. The Dayton Chamber continues to grow and prosper and I am excited to see what more exciting possibilities will arise with this Chamber.

According to Sims, the House board is now considering options to replace her.

“There will be board meetings and they will think about the prospects. Thank God we have Shelby [Eiland]said Sims of the House administrative assistant. “She can step in and help the Council as much as she can. She was also an asset.

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