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In Denis we trust: Community leader Denis Washington named Interim Texarkana Chamber president

May 20, 2022

Prominent community leader Denis Washington won a unanimous board vote to become the interim president and CEO of The Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Washington originally hails from Vicksburg, MS, but he has been a Texarkana resident since 1986.

Washington retired from Regions Bank in December 2020 after a 34-year career in banking.

He began his commercial banking career with Texarkana National Bank. He is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and The National Commercial Lending Graduate School - University of Oklahoma.

Washington was a member of the Leadership Texarkana class of 1988 and served various community organizations.

The former banker is active with the boards of TexAmericas Center, The Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, The Texarkana Public Facilities Corporation, ARTEX Regional Development Corporation, and JCM Industries Advisory Board.

Washington is the 2011 recipient of the Idalee Hawkins Leadership Award and The C. E. Palmer Award for civic service.

He and his wife, Mary, have three sons; Roderick, Brandon, and Jared, and four grandchildren; Myles, Amaya, Sydney, and Olivia.

“Denis will be a great leader for our organization during this time of transition,” said Jennifer Harland, 2021 Chamber board chair.

“He has the knowledge and skill to direct the staff and board while we work to find the next president of the Chamber,” Harland added.

Over 800 businesses, organizations, and professionals in the greater Texarkana region are represented by the Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. For over 105 years, the Chamber has been involved in community development, government relations, business development, membership services, and tourism.

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