Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell has announced he will depart from the organization after more than 12 years of service. His last day with the Chamber will be Oct. 28.
He has accepted another position in the Tulsa region.
“Working with Jenks businesses and civic leaders these past years has been an honor,” Driskell said. “I’m proud of all the work we’ve done to make Jenks an attractive place to live and own and start a business.”
Driskell joined the chamber in 2010, serving for six months as the Director of Communications and Public Affairs. He was named President of the organization in October 2010.
“I want to thank the different board members and city councilors I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” he said. “I also want to recognize the outstanding staff of professionals we’ve had at the Chamber, including our current team.”
Driskell also thanked the members of the business community that have invested in the chamber.
Jenks Chamber board chair Kent Clark thanked Driskell for his service.
“The entire board of directors for the Chamber thanks Josh for his incredible service over the past 12 years,” Clark said. “Josh was an instrumental part of the business community in Jenks.”
Clark said a CEO search committee is working to fill the role.
Tulsa County Commissioner Kelly Dunkerley, a former Jenks mayor and former Jenks Chamber board member, praised Driskell’s service to the community.
“Josh has been an invaluable strategic partner for Jenks,” he said. “He worked tirelessly on the Jenks Vision sales tax renewal and helped advance it to the ballot and across the finish line. He was a unifier around that effort.”
Dunkerley added that Driskell was a “constant force” for Jenks through leadership changes across the city and the region.
“He’s leaving Jenks a more vibrant community and has created very strong ties between the city, school and chamber,” Dunkerley continued.
During Driskell’s tenure, the Chamber led the charge to pass the 2013 City of Jenks bond package that provided funding to open for development the land Tulsa Premium Outlets will occupy. The Chamber also pushed for passage of the Vision for Jenks package to build the south Tulsa/Jenks low water dam, the 2020 bond issue to widen Elm St., and a number of Jenks Public Schools bonds including the package that built Northwest Elementary.
Driskell is a graduate of the University of Tulsa, holding a degree in political science. He also has earned his Institute for Organization Management credentials from the US Chamber of Commerce. He is vice chair of that organization’s board of regents for the Winter Institute site.