Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 15, 2013

Chamber push could get a little creative

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Sherri Wing knows Pauls Valley well as she now steps into her new role of promoting it while leading a local business group.

Just last week Wing began her first introductions around town as the new president of the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce. She replaces Della Wilson, who left the position back in July.

What really catches Wing’s eye early on is Pauls Valley’s “charming” downtown area and its potential to “draw” people in.

In just the first few days on the job she’s working to get familiar with all the past efforts to promote the downtown area and PV as a whole.

“That’s the biggest challenge; to discern what was done in the past and work to improve those efforts,” Wing said. “I’ve got my work cut out for me.”

One thing is for sure — she wants to bring “fresh ideas” with a little creativity thrown in for good measure.

“I’m an outside the box girl in the best ways,” she said, referring to any future ideas meant to promote Pauls Valley.

As for Sherri, she got her start right here as she was born in Pauls Valley and grew up in the Foster area in southwestern Garvin County. She went to high school at Bray-Doyle and later graduated from East Central University.

From there Wing went to Baltimore, Md., where she worked for a large catering and event planning company. She also spent some time working in sales and marketing.

During that experience she learned the importance of being self-motivated as much of her work was meeting with families and clients and touring facilities.

“You had to have people skills as you worked to find the right fit for their needs,” Sherri said.

“Basically I took an event from the ground level. The skills I got from that experience — that can translate to anything,” she said, referring to “orchestrating and organizing” skills.

“I thought my skill set was a match for this job.”

A big factor at the center of her decision to move back to the Garvin County area was family, specifically her mother and father living in the Foster area today.

“My parents are here,” Sherri said. “That’s essentially why I came back to this area. I needed to be back closer to them.”

Wing also has two children — a son now attending college in West Virginia and a daughter attending high school at Bray-Doyle

One downside for the chamber is the announcement Lea Teves will be leaving.

Teves has served as an assistant under Wilson and for the last few months a kind of interim program director until a replacement could be found. This week is expected to be her last with the local chamber.