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Port Neches

January 23, 2014

Wolfford to take reins of PN Chamber

PORT NECHES — Stefanie Wolfford is looking forward to development in Port Neches.

Wolfford, the incoming president of the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce, has kept a keen eye on the city and its growth.

“I feel it is going to be a year of growth for our historic Port Neches Avenue businesses. They have worked hard at building Port Neches Avenue back up and it is well on its way to becoming a well known place to shop,” Wolfford, director of business development at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, said. “It should see even more growth with the soon to be completed Neches River Wheelhouse, which is also a great addition to our city. I see great things in the future for Port Neches.”

Wolfford will not be on her own during her presidency; she will be able to rely on others to make the year successful.

“I have a strong executive board and I am looking forward to working with each of them this year. I am lucky to have a great past president, Lance Bradley, to fall back on for guidance,” she said. “I am also excited about the opportunity to work with Chief Paul Lemoine as our president elect. I expect this to be a great year.”

Lance Bradley, outgoing president of the chamber, feels Wolfford is the right person for the job.

“She will do a great job,” Bradley said. “She has served as president in the past and has been involved with all aspects of the chamber. Stefanie is dependable and always ready to step up and help where and when needed.”

Bradley will hand over the title of president Stefanie Wolfford during the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce’s 73rd Annual banquet set for Thursday night at the Pompano Club in Port Neches.

Garnering new membership is always important for the growth of a chamber of commerce and Wolfford wants to set more of a goal than just increasing numbers.

“But more than a steep goal for growth I am interested in retaining our membership and focusing on encouraging more participation and involvement from each of our current members,” she said.

She also gave thanks to her employer, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, “for not only allowing me the opportunity to volunteer in our local communities but for encouraging it.”

Wolfford is one busy woman. She is married to husband Luke and she has two children in high school and one who will start kindergarten. She is a member of Port Neches Rotary, a member of the United Way of Mid and South Jefferson County board and a member of the RiverFest board.

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