Jennifer Cowling-Grizzaffi can see the growth around Greater Orange. New businesses are moving here; exiting businesses are expanding; shipyard work has blossomed.


So as she becomes the 2008 chairman of the board for the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, she has adopted the theme of "Cultivate a New Community."


"I was trying to tie in with the Stark Foundation, the City of Orange and Imaginuity" with the branding of Greater Orange. The city and Stark Foundation, working with the Imaginuity marketing and public relations firm of Dallas, has the slogan "Plant a Seed, Watch Orange Grow."


Cowling-Grizzaffi will become chairman of the board during the annual Chamber dinner Tuesday night at the VFW Hall. Billy Burrow is the out-going chair.


Cowling-Grizzaffi has been a member of the Chamber for several years and served as vice-chair of the Special Project in 2007.


She works with her father, Ron Cowling Sr., in the Cowling and Cowling Investment Group, associated with Wachovia Securities. The father-daughter team also owns the Cowling and Cowling Building in the 1500 block of West Park Avenue in Orange.


The new Chamber board chair is a graduate of West Orange-Stark High School and earned Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.


She worked in executive assistant-marketing positions in Houston for engineering and construction companies from 1991 to 1999. She then began a career in financial services and moved back to Orange to work with her father. In 2001, she joined Wachovia Securities.


Cowling-Grizzaffi holds securities registrations and insurance licenses. She is also an Investment Advisor Representative (Series 65) and a Certified Retirement Counselor.


Since moving back to Orange, she has been active in community and civic groups. She is a past president of the Riparian Business and Professional Women and a member of the United Way of Orange County board of directors. In addition, she is a past board member of the Orange Rotary Club and past chairman of the First United Methodist Church Finance Committee. She is also involved with the Golden Triangle Emmaus Community.


Cowling-Grizzaffi and her husband, Mark, have a son, Mason, and a daughter, Cassie.