Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

From the Desk of Jim Rich (March 2015)

As I write this column we are in that time period for sports nuts known as no man’s land. Football is done. College recruits had their signing day. Baseball spring training is weeks away. March madness is waiting for March. So when Charles Barkley said analytics is crap when discussing basketball, it be­came a major sports news story for several days. He specially mentioned the Houston Rockets and its general manager, Daryl Morey, who he never met but criticized for his ap­parent use of analytics for personnel decisions.

From the Desk of Jim Rich (February 2015)

Jim Rich

The dye has been cast, and there is no turning back now. An Executive Search Committee is meeting in earnest to name my successor. The date is set for the end of June for me to step down as the president of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. It is a title and role that has been my life for 14 years, so it is a major change for ev­eryone. One of my remain­ing challenges will be the three or four columns the Beaumont Business Jour­nal will ask me to write be­tween now and then.