Dayton Chamber of Commerce director resigns

After more than four years as director, Paula Moorhaj is resigning from the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. Moorhaj’s last day is July 3.

“I have really enjoyed working in the area and will miss everyone tremendously, but it’s time to take the next step,” Moorhaj said in a phone interview with Bluebonnet News on Wednesday morning.

Moorhaj says she is taking a position with a chamber in a neighboring county and will continue living in Huffman.

The Chamber board met Tuesday afternoon in executive session to consider the next steps, according to Chamber Board President Tamara Alexander.

“We want to discuss the situation with our remaining Chamber staff to see if either of them express an interest in leading the chamber. Our Chamber employees are familiar with all the Chamber members so it would be a natural transition,” Alexander said. “We have a plan in place to operate the Chamber until a new director is named.”

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has 230 members with offices in the Dayton Community Center, 801 S. Cleveland St., Dayton. The Chamber holds monthly membership luncheons on the first Tuesday of each month.

The next chamber luncheon will be held at noon on July 7 at the Dayton Community Center. Due to COVID-19 concerns, only the first 50 people to register will be allowed to attend.

The speaker for the Dayton luncheon will be Austin L. Tennette, a certified business coach. Lunch will be catered by Pappy’s BBQ.

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce can be reached by phone at 936-257-2393.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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