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Altus Chamber of Commerce has a new CEO

ALTUS, Okla._An Altus native is returning to his roots to take on a new position as president and CEO of the Altus Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Bush was named to the position last month but just started the job this week. The Altus High School grad attended Harding University in Arkansas before getting his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He says the people of Altus have welcomed him back with open arms.

Bush said serving his hometown is something he is very excited to do and he has some big ideas on to how to strengthen the community and help it grow.

"The future for Altus is very bright. The exciting part about what I get to do is bring new businesses and a better quality of life to this community," said Bush.

He says there are many goods things happening with the air force base, agriculture and small businesses but there's always room for growth and that's where the chamber comes in.

“Also recruit new businesses, new companies to come to town and increase the job opportunities here. Increase our salaries for the people here and also increase the shopping and entertainment in an already great community," added Bush.

Bush thinks telling Altus' story will also help bring in new businesses. He says the chamber has already done a great job of that, but he wants to see them do even more by making sure everyone knows what Altus has to offer.

"I think once they see the potential here, the availability of the property here and the land and the work force. These are folks that believe in hard work, they believe in the family values and they believe in the types of things that make business successful," said Bush.

Bush says Altus is important to him because it's where he got an excellent education and his first job as a teenager. He feels he owes the community and wants to give back.

"What I was able to learn here prepared me for a life outside of this community, a life that I enjoyed and one where I was able to go on and be successful in a lot of ways," said Bush.

Right after law school, Bush served as an Assistant District Attorney for Oklahoma County. He also worked in higher education at Harding University and most recently in non-profit management in the Oklahoma City area. He says Altus was a great community for him and he knows it will also be for his two children.

Bush replaces former long-time chamber president Holley Urbanski, who retired to spend more time with her grandchildren. She is helping Bush with the transition to his new position.

 

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