The Greater Heights Area Chamber of commerce board of directors and staff mourn the passing
of former president David Santana. David was elected as GHACC President and took office on
March 17, 2008. When the announcement was made in the Chamber newsletter, LINKED, he said: “I look forward to working with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, our committees, our members and building relationships with other key Houston constituents as well. I encourage your phone calls or emails regarding our Chamber and will welcome the opportunity to get acquainted. If you want to talk about fishing or golf that’s fine with me too!”

During his Chamber tenure, he was truly an “advocate for the Heights.” Working to helping
members during the economic recession in 2008, and facilitating recovery efforts during and
following Hurricane Ike. As president, David added Jacob Millwee to his staff as Director of
Member Services, a hire that would ultimately lead to his serving the Chamber for 11-years, five
of those as president.

Resigning as president in 2009 to enter the family business, David embarked on a path that
would find him working at family businesses and later assuming teaching positions at Garden
Oaks Elementary Montessori School and Waltrip High School. Working in conjunction with a
Chamber member, they established the Eugene Field Elementary School’s Mentoring Program.
During his teaching position with Waltrip, he assisted with beginning the school’s first
Montessori curriculum. He was a valued member of both faculties, and his personalized teaching
methods, demeanor and knowledge endeared him to many of his students and their parents as

David was a native Houstonian and a graduate of Sharpstown High School. He earned his
Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas and received his Masters of Education in Secondary Education also from St. Thomas. Prior to joining the Chamber, he held numerous executive positions with non-profit organizations and a Chamber in Florida.

On behalf of the Chamber, we extend our sincere condolences to David’s family. He will be missed by those of us who worked with him and treasured his friendship.