(LUBBOCK) – The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) and Visit Lubbock announce the new chairman, Barry Orr. Barry started on the board in 2014 and began his term as vice chairman in 2016. Following Wednesday's board meeting, Barry accepted the role of chairman.
Barry is the founder, chairman and CEO of FirstBank & Trust and its subsidiary mortgage company, PrimeWest Mortgage Corporation in Lubbock. Established in 1996, the bank is now operating with more than $1 billion in assets.
The company’s priority continues to be creating shareholder value by growing an attractive community banking franchise committed to the communities it serves.
“I am eager and energized to continue the good work of LEDA’s governing board, as Chairman,” said Orr. “In my four years of service as a member of the board of directors and Vice Chairman, I have seen first-hand the vital role this organization plays in creating high-quality jobs, investing in locally owned business, promoting Lubbock, and improving the overall quality of life here on the South Plains”.
Orr plays a significant role in his community as well as within the financial sector. His civic service includes: Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, United Way and Rotary Club. Most recently, he served as the Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of Lubbock.
“We are pleased to welcome Barry as chairman of our board and appreciate his vision for our city,” said John Osborne, CEO and president of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance & Visit Lubbock. “Together, we will continue to promote Lubbock as a great place to live, work, and play.”
Since its inception in 2004, LEDA has assisted 147 companies with their expansion or relocation to Lubbock. These companies committed to creating 7,393 jobs and investing more than $942 million in new capital improvements that have resulted in $1.4 billion in value added impact to the Lubbock area.