1. Ribbon Cutting for Bayou City Surgical Specialists

    January 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Ribbon Cutting for Courtyard by Marriott Heights

    January 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Ribbon Cutting for MaidLuxe

    January 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Ribbon Cutting for Primp and Blow

    January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Welcome to the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce (GHACC) is a member-focused organization through which members can effectively develop their business and themselves. Since its founding in 1988, the hallmark of the Chamber has, and continues to be: “People do business with people they know, like, and trust.” Relationships developed in the Chamber become part of one’s business infrastructure. New friends can be found in the Chamber and some of those friendships will last a lifetime. Members can learn how to grow their markets, supply their business, mentor associates or even find a special mentor. GHACC works diligently to provide benefit to all members, be they new, or long-term.

This growing Chamber provides a forum into which its members’ businesses can fit together in an atmosphere of mutual benefit. Active participation provides multiple benefits including access to the entrepreneurs and management of business and organizations with differing viewpoints and methods that work. An abundance of activities provide networking occasions to create new business opportunities, obtain business referrals, join committees, have fun and enjoy a camaraderie unique to Heights Chamber members.

Just as the “Heights” is known for its uniqueness and historical Houston significance, the GHACC blends businesses, promotes “Buy Local First,” and has often been described as a “not so well kept secret for successfully serving its members.”

Chamber News

Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Education Meeting January 15, 2020

January 17th, 2020|

Wednesday, we had a full meeting with returning businesses and schools along with new businesses and schools. It is exciting to see our committee continue to grow and build partnerships. April Petronella is working with The Leader to gain more exposure for our committee and the school needs and she is going to work with Chamber Intern, Kayler Walker, to locate grants to help fund some scholarships for our students. All Saints Early Childhood Catholic Center partnered with Booker T. Washington Day Care providing toddler supplies. Waltrip High School needs businesses to come and speak to classes (pick a class and time) about careers as well as they have volunteer needs (leading to potential job next [...]

Louie Gill Becomes Chamber President

January 15th, 2020|

The Chamber Board of Directors and members have welcomed Louie Gill as the new president of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce. Gill brings extensive business and military credentials as he assumes the leadership of the more than 550-member Chamber. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Louie holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Saint Leo University in Florida. Prior to joining the Chamber, Gill was CEO, CFO and executive director of the Southeastern Georgia Habitat for Humanity. In addition, he was CEO/Director of Finance and Operations for Community Federal Credit Union. Adding to his business experience is his additional military expertise as a veteran of the U.S. Army. His military [...]

Education Committee Values Contributors, Cites Needs and Seeks Additional Partnerships

December 20th, 2019|

Great Partnerships are being forged through the Education Committee; Tiffany Mensing with Space and Serenity gathered the Christmas and holiday supplies to help make Heights High School Winter Holiday Festival spirited. In the past, Hermann and Sons donated uniforms to Waltrip Ladies Soccer and this one act has led to increased interest as well as dreaming of going further with their education. HEB Heights has great opportunities to build community service hours by being Super Bowl Caring ambassadors. Texas Charity Partners, a new chamber member, is looking to give away supplies for teachers (yea! No money out of your pocket). Katherine Smith has been the recipient of Imperial Guard Alumnae, a non-profit Chamber member, organized food [...]


Member Benefits

Why join the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce? If you own a business or are involved in the Houston Heights, being a member of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce brings you numerous benefits.  Invest in your organization’s future and join the over 500 members that already are reaping the benefits.  To begin learning about membership benefits, attend a monthly Member Orientation Luncheon and begin to realize them immediately.

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Chamber Connections

Megan F. Salch of Tell Your Tale Marketing met team members of HITS Theatre at a ribbon cutting two years ago. Fast forward, Tell Your Tale Marketing designed the new mobile-friendly website for HITS at https://hitstheatre.org/ and provides ongoing maintenance. HITS Theatre is an educational organization, offering classes in singing, dancing and acting for children in kindergarten through high school.

When some friends asked Megan where to meet for dinner and drinks, Megan said, “Let’s head to Harold’s on 19th Street. Alli Jarrett, owner of Harold’s in the Heights is great.” Alli graciously welcomed the group and kindly spent time guiding the friends on the menu.

In fact, Tell Your Tale Marketing even hired our lead web designer Israel based on the solid recommendation of (retired) Chamber member Wayne Sandlin of Photography by Design.

Candice Rodriguez of Natural Care Cleaning Service and Natural Care Pest Control signed up for Send out Cards with Willie Diefenbach Jones about 2 months ago and has LOVED it! I am able to quickly send my client’s personal touches from my cell phone. I am also able to send clients and people I meet special treats. It’s made a huge different in my business and I am so glad we joined!

Welcome New Members!

Caudell & Associates PC

Cutaia and Associates

F45 Training Greater Heights


Forever Young by Sandee

Halal Guys

Hawkins Insurance & Financial Services

Movement Mortgage

Smoothie Strong

St. Andrie at Buffalo Heights

Tuneup The Manly Salon

UFC Gym the Heights

Voodoo Doughnut

Wine Shop at Home


Here’s why being on a Chamber Committee expands my business connections.

“Joining other Chamber members on a committee establishes recognition of me for my business and service capabilities. With an opportunity to provide new ideas or input in the planning and staging of Chamber events, I have the occasion to meet and interact with fellow members in different fields. Working together provides an arena for me to expand my skills in areas where I may not have been involved before. Equally important is learning how vital collaboration can be to my future success. The Chamber offers a variety of committees, so there are many looking to grow and add new talent.”


Donna Torres
Greater Heights Business Solutions

Here’s why I put Noontime Networking on my Calendar Every Time.

“I know the Chamber monthly Breakfast Connection is a good networking opportunity but, as a working mom, early mornings can be hectic for me. The bi-monthly Noontime Networking sessions fit my schedule perfectly. I can have lunch, learn about a member’s business, and effectively network all in the course of time I would normally spend just going to lunch. Thanks to the Chamber for serving my needs.”


Danielle Stewart
Historic Heights Living Magazine

Here’s why I Sponsor a Chamber Event!

“One of the benefits of being a part of the Heights Chamber is the opportunity to promote and highlight my business in a cost-effective way to fellow members. I have found that sponsoring an event brings with it an additional emphasis on my business and recognition of me and my services. I know that members do business with fellow members and getting them to know me and my capabilities better, leads to future business and referrals.”

Jason Cantrelle
Jason Cantrelle State Farm Agency

Member Spotlight

Ernesto Perez

In the spotlight for this edition, we focus on Ernesto Perez. If you were to call Ernesto a Guanaco, this would represent a demonym or a typical word or name used to refer to Salvadorans. Ernesto was born in El Salvador, a country smaller than the state of Massachusetts. Yes, he was born in El Salvador, some 1,841 miles from Houston, but it wasn’t a straight line to Houston because he grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. In his youth, Ernesto attended local schools and aspired to be an archeologist and a veterinarian, however, neither of those disciplines pinpointed his future. Attending local schools, Ernesto became a “Razorback” in his college days and earned his BBA in Finance at the University of Arkansas.

Ernesto remembers his first job, and that was with Premium Pet Products where he was in charge of aquatics and ordering livestock. Following college and marriage he came to Houston a year after his wife accepted employment at JP Morgan. From a career standpoint, he has been a mortgage loan officer and presently serves as a loan consultant for Caliber Home Loans.

It is fitting that El Salvador is the Land of Volcanoes with frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity, because those describe Ernesto and his highly active Chamber activities. A dynamic member for several years, he serves as an Ambassador and is frequently seen attending numerous ribbon cuttings and many other Chamber activities. Upon joining the Chamber, Ernesto said: “I joined the Chamber for its networking connections and to propel my business growth.”

Spare time for Ernesto includes keeping tropical fish aquariums, and after building raised beds in his backyard, beginning to learn about vegetable gardening. Reading finds him enjoying both autobiographies and fiction. His family includes his wife, and 2 dogs, Luke, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the new addition, Jake a German Shepherd. Oh, and as an admitted dog lover, he is a volunteer foster parent for the Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue organization. The Chamber recognizes your enthusiastic support Ernesto, and proudly salutes a valued Guanacos member.

Members in the Community