By David Tuma, The Belton Journal
The Belton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors hired Mark Arrazola as the new President/CEO of the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce.
“The Board received an overwhelming response to the job opening and feels fortunate to have had such a rich pool of applicants. Arrazola’s experience, knowledge, and integrity are a great match for the position,” Robert Potts, Chairman of the Board Belton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Arrazola brings nine years of chamber experience into his new role. He has served as the Chamber’s Interim President for the past six months and Programs Director for nine years. He graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2006 with a degree in communications and joined the Chamber team that same year. Arrazola helped launch and operate several new chamber initiatives including Apprentice Belton, Belton Young Professionals, and Meet Belton for Military Families.
Over the years the Belton Chamber has been transformed into a very vital part of the Belton community. They are a leader in connecting business and organizations together. There are at least three networking meetings a month organized by the Belton Chamber of Commerce.
“I am excited. It is great to have this opportunity. Seeing the changes over the past nine years has been a great experience. Stephanie O’Bannion did an amazing job in her time with the chamber. We have a wonderful board of directors. The relationships we have with other entities are crucial. Relationships are vital as we grow. There has been so much growth in our community. The chamber in 2006 is not near the organization we see today. We need to stay relevant and at times that means change. To become a steward for the vision created for the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce is great. My first year at the chamber is was put in charge of the July 4th Parade. I was so nervous. Knowing the history of the parade was scary. It was just amazing to see how it came together. There were so many smiles,” said Arrazola.