When Mary Anne Campbell began her career at the Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce in 1990, she had already spent years as a part of the local business community, with stints at Taff Insurance Agency, Liberty ISD, Hull-Daisetta ISD, Hull State Bank (now Texas First Bank), and Liberty County Teachers Federal Credit Union. Now, after 31-years, she wrapped up her time their July 15.
Campbell began as Administrative Assistant under former Chamber Manager Jeff Winter and continued in that position under Gary Underwood until he departed from that role in 2001. Shortly after Underwood’s departure, the Chamber elected to promote Campbell to that leadership role in 2001; eventually, the title was changed to Chamber President, which she stayed in until her retirement due to health reasons.
“Leaving is not easy, and leaving due to health reasons really makes it not easy. I ask for your prayers for God’s healing,” said Campbell.
During her time at the Chamber, there have been several significant accomplishments that they were pivotal in for the community. From bringing in the Sam’s Distribution Center and working with John Hebert and Dempsie Henley to locate the Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities in Dayton to helping improve safety along local roadways like FM 1409, she is proud of the work done.
“There are many positive things the Chamber does for the betterment of the area,” said Campbell.
Born in Daisetta to parents Raymond and Anna Mae Green, Campbell is a local girl and Graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School in 1958. She even married her high school sweetheart, David Campbell. The couple had a pair of children, Bruce and Andrea.
As the Chamber begins its search for new leadership, they will certainly never replace Campbell, but hopefully, they can find someone to build on all of her years of commitment and hard work.
“I have enjoyed the ‘work’ of the Chamber and all the positive, upbeat people who care and work so hard for the betterment of our area. The Chamber membership, Directors and Staff, need the area’s support,” Campbell concluded.