The Commerce Journal


May 5, 2014

New director hopes to attract business


Paul Voss has a long history of succeeding in business. 

That is one of the reasons why he was chosen as the new executive director of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce.

Voss is replacing Doug Rohrabaugh, who is stepping down mid-May to move back with family near Detroit. 

Voss has been in business for more than 40 years now, and said he brings with him not only his business skills, but having children who have graduated through the Commerce Independent School District system, he also has a vested interest in the well-being of the community.

“I think this is a good opportunity to give back to the community,” he said.

Voss said one thing he has learned with negotiating business deals with Fortune 500 companies, is that it is all about developing relationships.

He said he wants to use that experience to build the business community of Commerce.

“It’s about getting them in the chamber and involved in the community,” he said, adding he wants to capitalize on the partnership with Texas A&M University-Commerce.

While there has been steps to bridge the gap between Commerce and the university, Voss said there is always room for improvement.

“There is a lot of room for improvement,” he said.

Voss listed the recent businesses that have closed their doors in recent years, including Covidien moving its location out of Commerce. 

“I just think this little town has been hit pretty hard with businesses closing,” he said.

Voss added he wants to begin trying to attract businesses currently in Dallas to make the move to Commerce. 

“We need to tap into that and I think we have a real good opportunity to do that,” he said. 

Voss has been making the rounds with the other chamber executives not only in Hunt County, but also the region as a whole. 

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content

How many games do you think the Lions will win in 2014?

7-9 wins
4-6 wins
1-3 wins
     View Results
AP Video
Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide