For Immediate Release
January 10, 2019
Media Contact: Rick Hatcher, Rick@gemcchamber.com

Greater East Montgomery County Chamber installs Mark Linabury as 2019 Board Chair

Marketing Director for ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning served the last two years on board; will work to further expand growth of fast-growing organization

NEW CANEY, Texas – The Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce recently installed Mark Linabury as the Chamber Board Chair for 2019. Linabury currently serves as the Marketing Director for ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning. He has been as a member of the GEMC Chamber board for the last two years.

"Mark has a very enthusiastic attitude about the growth of this area and how businesses can promote themselves through the chamber," East Montgomery County Chamber President Rick Hatcher said. "He was always looking for ways to help his business and others, so he was one of those members that was noticed a lot. His work ethic and integrity is unquestionable, so we are very fortunate to have Mark leading the board this year."
Linabury begins his one-year term during a period of unprecedented progress in East Montgomery County. The region has seen a 120 percent population increase in the last 15 years for Porter, 37 percent for New Caney, and 18 percent for Splendora. The development of Valley Ranch Town Center and the high performing New Caney Independent School District has made the area a much sought after community for new residents.
 "As a board, we will help Chamber President Rick Hatcher and his staff serve the members to help them grow and improve their businesses and organizations," Linabury said. "I'm a big believer in being seen, being heard, and being remembered. We want to give our members every opportunity possible to get the most from their memberships."
Hatcher singled out Linabury's extensive business marketing background as why he's best suited to lead the chamber during a time of business and residential expansion. The GEMC serves 400 members, and Linabury's goal is to increase that number and seek out new ways for them to benefit from being a part of the chamber.
 "We are excited to have Mark installed as Board Chair and take an even more active part in the Greater East Montgomery Chamber," said Brad Hollibaugh, owner of ServiceMaster Restore in Houston, and regional managing director of ServiceMaster Recovery Management. "We have many great clients in East Montgomery County, an important area for ServiceMaster Restore. Mark will bring the same professionalism and business savvy to his time as Board Chair as he does with ServiceMaster."
In 2018, the GEMC offered members over 100 opportunities to meet, greet, and build relationships. These included Business After Hours events, luncheons, informational meetings on area growth and development, and special events for the community. Two of the biggest events include the Casino Celebration held in February, and the East County Grand Prix cart racing event in April.

 "There is so much to be excited about in the business community as well as for the consumer," Linabury said. "Combine that with a genuinely friendly and inclusive chamber, it's difficult not to enjoy and benefit from. It's something we call 'ProudToBeEMC' and is certainly something I am personally proud to be a part of."

ABOUT EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Founded in 1990, the Greater East County Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate for the business community spanning the Greater East Montgomery County. It serves 400 members across the communities of Porter, New Caney, Splendora, Roman Forest, Woodbranch Village, Patton Village, Grangerland, and a portion of Kingwood, located just north of Bush Intercontinental Airport and Houston the East Montgomery County area.

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