CEO Bringing Rapid Change, Progress & Economic Viablity Into Wichita Falls, Texas
Henry Florsheim is the President and CEO of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He joined the Wichita Falls Chamber in November of 2013.
Previously Henry was the President and CEO of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, an 800-member Chamber and economic development organization with seven employees and a $650,000 annual budget. A native of Monroe, LA, Florsheim is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, and has an MBA from Louisiana Tech University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Arkansas. A creative problem-solver, Florsheim has over 12 years of professional economic development experience and a history of developing successful strategic partnerships.
While at the reins of the El Dorado Chamber, many changes were implemented, including increasing membership, a privately-funded workforce development initiative and a new regional focus, including Leadership Union County and a county-wide strategic plan for economic development. Florsheim also served as Executive Vice-President for both the Union County Industrial Board and the El Dorado Development Corporation, and as Secretary for the Golden Triangle Regional Economic Development Council.
Florsheim’s previous experience includes serving as CEO and COO for the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE), a technology based economic development organization with a $5.5 million dollar budget and 25 employees, and as Vice President for the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA). His responsibilities at both organizations included strategic planning, business recruitment and management of major projects for both recruited and existing businesses. Florsheim has completed his coursework requirements to sit for the CEcD exam in 2013, and attained his IOM certification in 2014.
Henry Florsheim has played a major role in changing the direction and focus of both the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and the success of the city. He has placed heavy emphasis in revitalizing downtown Wichita Falls, making a high quality of life more accessible. Thus, he has successfully called attention to pertinent issues and possibilities that directly impact the Wichita Falls community, and increase its economic viability.