Rockport-Fulton Chamber President/CEO Diane Probst Awarded Top Honor by Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives

Rockport-Fulton President/CEO Diane Probst received the Marvin Hurley Award from the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE), the state association for chamber professionals. Probst was presented with the award at the annual TCCE conference on June 25, held this year at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop, Texas.

The Marvin Hurley Award is named after the former Houston Chamber CEO during the 50’s and 60’s and is considered the highest honor a Texas chamber executive can receive.

Probst is the fifth woman to receive the award over the past thirty-five years.

Past winners of the Marvin Hurley award include: Joe Vera, III, Hidalgo; Tracey S. Wheeler, Baytown; Art Roberts, TABCC; Joe Krier, San Antonio; Kay Wolf, Aransas Pass; Marvin Wynn, Midland; Phil Neighbors, San Marcos; Henry Bell, Tyler; Billie Jones, Wharton; Bill McCoy, Pasadena; Mike George, Odessa; Jimmy Hayley, Texas City/LaMarque; Stew Darsey, Conroe, Michael Meek, New Braunfels; Charles Carpenter, Denton and Martha Noell, Weslaco.

For the past 22 years, Diane Probst, has promoted the Rockport-Fulton area, through her work as the Chamber of Commerce Executive. Her involvement has included increasing the membership of the Chamber from 300 members to a steady 700 members. She has been instrumental in working withmembers of our community to make Rockport-Fulton a tourism destination which has increased the economic impact in travel spending from $26 million in 1990 to $107 million or an increase of 311.5%.

As the current President/CEO of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Probst enjoys providing quality events and programming for the Rockport-Fulton area businesses and organizations. She is most proud of the new Visitor Center and Chamber offices where they celebrated with a grand opening ceremony and the world’s largest ribbon cutting per capita on August 17, 2011.

Through her leadership, she has maintained an “Accredited” status by the US Chamber of Commerce for the past fifteen years and in 2010 the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce received the highest status of that program with a 5-star designation. She feels one of the Rockport-Fulton’s greatest assets is the spirit of volunteerism that glows throughout our community. She takes pride in coordination and collaboration of the important monthly meetings of local attractions sharing calendars and coordinating projects together. She is a former president of TCCE. She is a graduate of Institute for Organization Management. She is a Certified Chamber Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association. and is currently working with the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute over the next three years for a certification there as a Certified Economic Developer.
Images and Text Courtesy of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

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