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Fort Worth Chamber president announces retirement, to step down by next July

Bill Thornton, the president and CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, has announced his retirement.

According to a statement from the chamber, Thornton has spent 30 years with the chamber and has served as its president and CEO since 2000. He originally joined in 1989 as the director of local business development, then was named vice president of economic development in 1992.

“I’ve been fortunate to have worked with exceptional business and community leaders, as well as an outstanding staff team at the Chamber, past and present,” Thornton said in a release. “With strong community support, the Chamber will continue to meet the evolving needs of this region in order to help Fort Worth address challenges and achieve success for all of our residents.”

Thornton’s last day will be July 7, 2020, but starting in October, Executive Vice President of Economic Development Brandom Gengelbach will start assuming some of Thornton’s responsibilities.

Carla Jimenez covers breaking business news and commercial retail development. Born and raised in Euless, she took a detour in the Midwest for a few years, but she’s back in the land of football, barbecue and Dr Pepper.