by Jordan DeWald
“I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.” Terri Horn has lived in Crowley for almost thirty years. Over that time, she and her husband Joe have watched the city go through lots of growth and changes and are proud of the community they call home.
Terri is the Executive Director of The Crowley Area Chamber of Commerce. She has officially held that role since 2010, after holding the interim position. In addition to her full-time role with the Chamber, she is a Respiratory Therapist and owns a staffing agency supplying respiratory therapists and nurses to medical centers. She is active in the leadership of the Respiratory Care Foundation of Texas, which provides grants and scholarships for students with respiratory diseases in Texas.
One of Terri’s roles in her position with the Chamber is to advocate for Crowley, but that is not the only reason you will hear her speak with love for her city. She gives the city the ultimate stamp of approval: she raised her family there. Terri has three grown children, all who are graduates of Crowley ISD. What she has seen of the school district, and the community as a whole, is that the people in the area care about the students and one another. From the city events at the parks to the police work with the youth, the investment into the young people and families in the community is obvious.
Terri has enjoyed being a part of helping Crowley grow. The city is only seven square miles, and between the major city of Fort Worth and growing city of Burleson. It has its own character though and continues to attract development, businesses and families. Terri’s ambition shows through, as she sees Crowley as being a perfectly located community and is speaks excitedly about the ways in which the city is moving forward.
What Terri values about Crowley is the small-town feel- that a handshake is a bond and integrity and honor matter. She loves the people in the community. She and her husband are support and are involved in local organizations and events. You will also see her supporting her grandchildren at their sporting and school events, and local football games.
There are several factors that someone looks at to decide if business development is a good idea in a specific area. Every city needs someone like Terri though, to advocate for their city beyond the facts and figures. Terri genuinely loves Crowley. She speaks proudly of the good work that is done, actively works to promote local businesses and is a friend.