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Denison Chamber names new president

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Ken Higdon was named president of the Denison Chamber of Commerce. (KTEN) Ken Higdon was named president of the Denison Chamber of Commerce. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- The Denison Chamber of Commerce had a special announcement at its 106th annual awards and membership meeting Tuesday: The name of the organization's new president.

After a 10-month search, the Chamber announced that Ken Higdon will assume a leadership role.

"I am really honored to be selected as president," he said. "This is a really wonderful community ... The synergy, everyone is working together and has a vision and a plan. And everyone is moving in that direction."

The announcement comes after the Chamber's former president, Anna McKinney, pleaded guilty to theft in August.  An internal audit uncovered more than $30,000 of questionable payments made from the Chamber's Denison Convention and Visitors Bureau accounts.

Jason Taylor, the Chamber's incoming chairman, said Higdon will bring positive change to Denison.

"Every new individual brings in a new perspective," Taylor said. " I think with Ken, his perspective will bring in something better than what it previously was. It was certainly be different. And that's what we want."

With nearly 25 years of experience in Chamber work, Higdon really wants to help grow the City of Denison.

"I'm going to go out and visit members and businesses and learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can," Higdon said, adding that he is looking forward to taking on the role.

"You already have an awesome Chamber... I'm just going to come in and tweak some things," he said.

Higdon previously served as president and chief executive at the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

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