By CHERIL VERNON
Meghan Hill, who has served as the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce’s executive director for the past three years, gave her resignation notice this week after accepting a job in Tyler.
“This was an extremely hard decision but an opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up that in the long term may be really great for me,” Hill told the Herald-Press Thursday. “But it’s extremely bittersweet. I have absolutely loved the three years I’ve been at the chamber. It’s become like family to me. I could never thank the staff, the board, the ambassadors and the community enough for their support. It has meant the world to me. I am forever grateful that the selection board believed in me and gave me this opportunity.”
Hill accepted a job as marketing manager for the Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals & Clinics in Tyler, notifying the local chamber board on Monday.
“I have so many good relationships that I have built here. In the past three years, the chamber has grown and done so many great things and that’s only going to continue — to improve, to innovate and to give back to the community,” Hill said.
Hill’s last day at the chamber will be May 29.
The chamber board of directors have met since Hill’s announcement and have put at selection committee together to look for a new executive director.
“We’ve been working on a job description and will be posting that soon,” Hill said. “We welcome anybody that is interested in the opportunity. For me, it was an opportunity of a lifetime. Palestine will always have a special place in my heart as I continue on in my career.”
Prior to becoming chamber director, Hill, a Katy native, was living and working in Charlottesville, Va. During her time in Virginia, Hill served for four years as director of recruiting and development for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. The job in Palestine — along with her husband Matt’s job as the director the Sleep Disorders Center at Palestine Regional Medical Center — allowed the newlywed couple to move back to Texas.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) with a marketing degree in 2003, Hill had earlier spent one-year stints working in retail sales and the mortgage industry in Austin.