History & Mission
The Mission of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is to "promote economic development and community growth to ensure the prosperity of Pasadena’s businesses and citizens."
Celebrating 90 Years in Business for Business SINCE 1927
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce mission statement is a perfect summary of the Chamber’s purpose and approach throughout its existence. What began as an idea written down and shared on November 28, 1927 became a reality that continues to lead, serve and grow our community. A.T. Vick envisioned a chamber that would help promote business and citizenship for the city of Pasadena
During that timeframe, the city of Houston sought to annex Pasadena as a lucrative tax base. Many others joined A.T. Vick’s efforts to declare Pasadena’s independence! In 1941, the new chamber elected its first chairman of the board, Mr. Joseph F. Henson. In 1943, our chamber joined the national United States Chamber of Commerce organization. In 1953, the Chamber filed its articles of incorporation with the Texas Secretary of State’s office.
In 1967, the chamber began an annual Citizen of the Year award presented to Mr. Jess Strickland. This prestigious award continues to this day and is based on the nominations from chamber members and members of the community. Excitement always builds as the Citizen of the Year is announced at the chamber’s Annual Gala.
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce called many buildings home, but due to the generosity of John O. Harris Interests the chamber secured and has improved its current location at 4334 Fairmont Parkway.
In 1988 the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce named its first Business of the Year: John Phelps Insurance. The businesses who receive this award contribute to the growth and stability of Pasadena. Nominations for this award are solicited each year from the chamber membership. The award itself is presented at the chamber’s State of the City address.
In 1988, The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce also awarded the first Artist of the Year award to Martha Smith Hayes. This award goes to an individual working to help keep cultural arts alive in our city.
In 1995 the first Industry of the Year was presented to Air Products. Recipients of this annual award exemplify generosity through their involvement in charitable organizations, community projects, positive impact within the business community, and a focus on safety, environmental and quality control standards. The Industry of the Year award corresponds with the Industry of the Year Golf Tournament held each May.
Among its fundraising events that help to provide scholarships for deserving Pasadena Independent School District, San Jacinto College, Texas Chiropractic College and University of Houston students, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is known for its Taste of the Town celebration. The event was launched in 1989 and helps highlight area restaurateurs. Taste of the Town is the chamber’s hallmark event.
On Thursday, December 8, 2015, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce celebrated 75 years of chamber leadership. The work of the chamber continues due to the commitment of those who came before us and those who continue to work with us today. It is our desire to continue connecting our community for generations to come.