Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
BRIDGE CITY —
An extended term of office has helped Brandy Slaughter turn the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce in the right direction.
Slaughter will say good-bye following a nearly two year term as President of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce. She will give her farewell address at the annual “Taste of the Bayou” dinner banquet on Monday, Jan. 13. The dinner banquet will be held at the at the new Orange County Convention and Expo Center at 11475 FM 1442 in Orange. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for individuals at the door.
Slaughter, a native of Orangefield, has been involved with the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce for approximately four years. She is married to her husband, Chris, and they have a son and daughter.
Despite the successful turnaround of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce, which was in less than ideal shape for many months following Hurricane Ike, under Slaughter’s leadership the chamber has bounced back and appears to be stronger than ever. However, she will not take the credit for its improvement.
“No one person can do all of this,” Slaughter said. “It takes the whole team, and that includes the Board of Directors and the Ambassadors. I would make sure to include them on plans and ask them questions because we are a team. If you put a lot of minds together, then great things can happen.”
Slaughter began her career of community involvement approximately five years ago with the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce. That involvement led to her participation with the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce.
“I promote Orange County like I do Bridge City,” she explained. “I want people to shop local and help our local economy. That is the backbone of any community.”
During Slaughter’s term, which lasted 21 months instead of the traditional 12 following the resignation of President Bobby Vincent in April 2012, the chamber has experienced an increase in membership and participation at networking events. Approximately 200 members are now part of the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce.
“The networking events have been a great thing for the chamber and our businesses and their employees,” she added. “The monthly coffee networking event has really grown. We used to have maybe 20 people show up, and now its not uncommon for us to have 60 or more people in attendance. And it’s a great way to let people know the different things our businesses have to offer.
“The businesses in the area have really come together,” Slaughter continued. “A lot of businesses have come back to the chamber. We have over 200 members now, and that says a lot about how well the chamber is doing.”
With annual activities such as the diner banquet, the mystery dinner theater fundraiser, golf tournament and the Mr. and Mrs. Bridgefield Pageant, along with monthly networking coffee events, the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce is poised to continue for another successful season under the guidance of the incoming president, Lucy Fields.
“Our members support us, and, in turn, through a variety of networking efforts and social media, the chamber supports and promotes our businesses,” Slaughter said. “That is what keeps the chamber going and has made the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce so great.”