The Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce president, in the position for just over a year, has been replaced in an interim capacity as the Chamber goes “in a different direction.”
“It’s complicated,” said Dennis Serratt, the new interim president. “He (Former president Rudy Martinez) is moving on to new businesses.”
Martinez is “no longer employed by the Chamber,” according to a message from the Chamber Board of Directors.
“Dennis has been actively involved in our community and our Chamber for years and brings a wealth of experience to the Chamber,” co-Chairs Carita Weaver and Greg Kocian said in an email.
Serratt, also a board member, has filled the position as interim before.
“We’re still here, we’re still open, we’re still moving forward,” Serratt said of the Chamber.
Martinez succeeded Susanne Johnson in February 2014. Johnson held the position for nine years.
“The Chamber wanted to go in a different direction and we just parted ways,” Martinez said.
Martinez said he left on March 23. The Chamber announced Serratt as the interim president a week later.
Martinez said he’ll still be in the area, and “right now I am taking some time off to really figure out what direction we’re going to go.”
Another noticeable change the Chamber made is the name and venue change of the organization’s big event on May 2.
On March 20, the Chamber said on its Facebook page that vendor space was still available for its first annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Less than two weeks later, the event is now called “MayDayz” and the venue has been moved from Lupe’s Tex Mex Grill in south Keller to Shannon Brewing Co. in Old Town Keller.
Serratt said the name and venue change is because “details weren’t clearly put together” and the Chamber “didn’t want to put together a mess of an event.”
Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808