Homer Chamber of Commerce Communications and Member Relations Coordinator Jorge Davilla is leaving his position at the chamber and the town of Homer.
Davilla, who has worked at the chamber for nearly two years, plans to leave Homer in late July or early August. His last day has not yet been determined as the chamber is still in the process of finding his replacement, he said.
As the communications and member relations coordinator, Davilla brought in close to 100 new members, said Homer Chamber of Commerce executive director Karen Zak. Davilla’s commitment to excellence and excitement over the chamber’s members’ success stories are key to the results he achieved in his work.
“Jorge is really genuine and that really comes through with our members. He really loves what he does. He really loves his job. That comes through when people meet Jorge. He’s always cheery,” Zak said. “I could go on forever really … He’s been an integral part of our success here at the chamber and a tremendous asset. I can definitely say he’ll be sorely missed.”
Davilla will move to Ft. Worth, Texas, to work in inside sales for a construction company. Though he says looks forward to his next adventure, he is also sad to leave the Homer community that he became a part of – first as a youth soccer coach and then with his work at the chamber.
“Since I started working at the chamber, it was amazing. It was like a family with the business owners. I got to know the families, the kids. Professionally and personally I have grown a lot,” Davilla said. “I’m leaving happy that I spent some time of my life in Homer. I got to know this community and have these cool jobs and get to know these people that are now my friends for life … Homer has grown in my heart and soul.”
Davilla looks forward to his new job in Texas, as well as being closer to his family, who live in Guadalajara, Mexico. He extends his thanks to the Homer community for helping him make a home in Homer.
“I want to thank the community, soccer families, Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Zak, the chamber staff, the board of directors, as well as President Tom Stroozas, Chamber members and many others within the community by allowing me to have had a key roll in serving this amazing town called Homer,” Davilla said.
Though he is moving away, Davilla does plan to come back to visit Homer and the friends he has made here.
“Not in the winter, though,” he said.
The Chamber of Commerce is still taking applications for the position of communications and member relations coordinator, Zak said. For more information, the position is advertised on Indeed and Craigslist.
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