Dennis Parmer hired as Heritage Foundation Director

Dennis Parmer

The Board of Directors of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce that Dennis Parmer has been hired as Executive Director.

Mr. Parmer is well recognized in the community, having served on the Sugar Land City Council from 2003-2009, representing District One.  Additionally, he was an officer on both the Sugar Land 4A and 4B Development Corporations, and was appointed as the City’s representative to the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) for the Houston-Galveston Area Council for five years.

Mr. Parmer’s association with the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation (SLHF) dates back to its establishment in 2008.  Mr. Parmer served as the founding President of the SLHF Board of Directors, successfully guiding the fledgling non-profit through the early years of defining goals, hiring staff, attracting grants, donors and volunteers, toward the creation of Sugar Land’s first dedicated history museum.

He served in this leadership position until he was hired as Executive Director.  The Board of Directors elected Mr. Shay Shafie as President of the SLHF Board, succeeding Mr. Parmer.

Mr. Parmer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Mississippi State University in 1975.  He enjoyed a successful career in the oil industry and made Sugar Land his home 30 years ago.  Today, he and his wife Becky own and manage a recruiting firm for physicians and nurse practitioners.

His passion for community service led him to city government around the same time the Imperial Sugar Company closed its landmark refinery.  Says Mr. Parmer, “I had a sense of purpose to run for city council in 2003.  At the time, Imperial Sugar shut down the refinery operations, which had a huge impact, economically, culturally and emotionally, on the people of this city, especially the neighborhoods surrounding the Imperial site.  I felt called to be a part of the effort to preserve this area’s unique and vibrant history.”

As the SLHF Executive Director, Mr. Parmer looks forward to overseeing the development of a future museum on the Imperial site, which will celebrate the heritage, businesses, stories and people that have shaped Sugar Land today.  He says, “There is a real energy and passion that residents have to do this, whether they were born and raised here, or people like myself who have been lucky enough to have moved here; we all embrace Sugar Land’s history and make it our own.  It is a privilege to be in a position to capture, celebrate and preserve that spirit of community.”

The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation exists to research, collect, preserve, and communicate the history, culture, and values of the Sugar Land community, to help guide the community for the future.  For more information, please visit www.slheritage.org or contact Executive Director Dennis Parmer at 281-494-0261 and dparmer@slhf.org.

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