about-the-chamber

About the Chamber

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce is a volunteer business organization providing leadership to further develop and market the city of Odessa, Ector County, and the Permian Basin.

The Chamber unites business organizations, individuals, and professional firms to create a unique central agency working to improve business and build a better community. More than 80 percent of the membership is comprised of small companies interested in prospering and creating a healthy environment in which to conduct business. Most importantly, the Chamber is a dynamic group of citizens who realize that they can accomplish more collectively than any one business can do individually.

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RoyGillean

A Message from the Chairman

Dear Chamber Members,

Never! Never second guess the extreme value of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. These men and women consist of local leaders, managers, business owners and Chamber staff, and they all have a passion for making Odessa a great place to work and live.

I first joined the Chamber when we opened El Chico Mexican restaurant almost 25 years ago when Lorraine Perryman was our Mayor. It didn’t take long to see that the Chamber works in good faith and supports all business not just its members. As someone who deeply cares about Odessa, I feel it’s my obligation to be a member and so should you.

The Odessa Chamber is the community’s “Number One Resource;” with connections to local, state and federal leaders. The Chamber helps develop our community as well to shape the future. We are working on projects today that will affect our grandkids and great grandkids. Other programs… Economic Development, which brings in new business growth to Odessa; Convention & Visitors Bureau, which brings in events to show off Odessa while locals and out of towners spend money in our businesses; Leadership Odessa, Jr Leadership, and Young Professionals of Odessa, all developing our future leaders. Plus the Odessa Chamber helps to champion education by leading the way for local business and educators to come together for quality education.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be your chairman this year It’s a very exciting time for Odessa. We are so blessed to have great people that care about our community.

Sincerely,

Roy Gillean
2017-18 Chairman of the Board