Harvey Mackay: Don't let success breed complacency (February 2015)

Looking back on his extraordinary career of 35 years, NASCAR driving legend Richard Petty noted that dur­ing his first 20 years of racing, he had an excellent record of winning. For ex­ample, he won the Daytona 500 seven times!

However, in the late 1970s, his career went into a decline from which it never recovered. Other racing teams had gone high-tech, refining their cars with ever-more sophisticated engineer­ing, while the Petty team was complacent and set in its ways.

“We’d be winning steadily for 20 years and decided we wouldn’t change,” Petty said.

From the Desk of Ida Schossow (February 2015)

Ida Schossow

The Chamber has been preparing for the Bassmaster Elite Tourna­ment presented by the Stark Cultural Venues that will be held March 19-22, 2015. The event will take place at the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive. In conjunction with the fishing tournament, we will bring back the Orange County River Festival.

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.