On May 27, the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber’s Board of Directors approved a recommendation from the Chairman’s Nominating Committee to elect Gary Huddleston as the Chamber’s 2014-15 Chairman-Elect.
Huddleston is the Director of Consumer Affairs Southwest Division for Kroger, and his career with the company spans more than 40 years.
Huddleston will become Chairman of the 65-member Board of Directors of the Irving Chamber Oct. 1 and serve as Chairman for one year.
Huddleston has served in many capacities with Kroger, beginning as a management trainee in Austin after graduating from Texas State University. He held store manager positions throughout the state in Austin, Temple and Corpus Christi. He was promoted to the Houston Marketing Area office in 1979, and was responsible for training and development. He has also held positions as Labor Relations Manager, Human Resource Manager and Consumer Affairs Manager for the Southwest Division of Kroger, and was also Director of Administration for the Great Lakes Division of Kroger before returning to Texas.
He has completed continuing education programs at the University of Texas-Austin, Penn State University and Duke University.
Huddleston re-joined the Southwest Division team in August 2004. His responsibilities include media and customer relations, public and governmental affairs, strategic management and communications for the 207 stores in Texas and Louisiana.
Most notably, Huddleston worked with State Comptroller John Sharpe to implement the Lone Star Card, which replaced paper food stamps. He also served on the Merchants Advisory Committee For Food Stamp Benefits and the WIC/EBT Taskforce for the state of Texas.
Huddleston is active in the community, and serves on many nonprofit boards. Huddleston, and his wife, Becky, have two children, one grandchild, and reside in Northeast Tarrant County.