Jacob replaces Doss as Chamber president

Deedra Jacob, new Chamber president Deedra Jacob, new Chamber president Deedra Jacob, owner of Rockdale’s Little Tikes Day Care Center for the past four years, has been named the new president of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.

Cindy Jerman, Chamber board chair, made the announcement Monday and Jacob started her new job that morning.

“My first order of business was to have a two-hour ‘learning the ropes’ session with Denice Doss,” Jacob said. “She was really helpful and I told her that I was going to keep calling on her for quite a while.”

Doss has served as Chamber president for 11 years until resigning. She officially left the position July 31.

Jerman said 12 persons applied for the position and the Chamber board interviewed three finalists before a majority vote offered the job to Jacob.

‘HOME TOWN’—“I feel like this is my home town,” Jacob said. “I went to high school here, returned and have been in business here.”

She moved to Rockdale in 1988 with parents Larry and Donna Pipkin.

After graduating Rockdale High School in 1992, she went on to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and earned a bachelors degree in accounting and a masters in business.

“I had a very good job with the accounting department at Texas A&M University,” she said. “But I was commuting and I wanted to get back into the Rockdale business community, so when the opportunity to purchase Little Tikes came in 2007, I took advantage of it.”

CHAMBER—In the past four years, Jacob has not only run her own business, she has become a fixture in the local business community.

Jacob has served the Chamber of Commerce in various capacities and before accepting the full-time position as president, was a board member and the organization’s treasurer.

She is also secretary of the Rockdale Rotary Club.

“Running a business here, I’m certainly familiar with the challenges faced by the business community,” she said.

“I’m excited about being Chamber president,” Jacob said. “I’ve got lots of ideas and I already know the Chamber board and the people I’ll be working for.”

“Cindy Jerman, Chamber board chair, has been wonderful to work with as has Chamber executive assistant Shelley Stautz.”

Jacob and her husband, Jerald, a Luminant employee, have one son, 8-year-old Trey, who will be a second grader at Rockdale Elementary School this fall.

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