Vic Mathias, a great friend to many in the chamber profession, died Jan. 14. He was 86. Mathias served as the CEO of the Austin (TX) Chamber from 1956-83. During his impressive chamber career, he helped form and operate the Austin Aqua Festival, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Austin Economic Development Council, Highland Lakes Tourist Association, and Leadership Austin. The initial efforts and successes in attracting high-tech companies came during his tenure. He was a former president of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives and had served on ACCE’s board of directors.
Mathias is also remembered for his monthly letter, "Thoughts While Thinking," which he authored for more than 25 years. For his family, he also wrote "The Way I Remember It," 175 vignettes about his life experiences. In one entry, “Cooling It & the C of C Job,” he remembers how a hot summer day in 1953 led him to the Austin Chamber and his resulting 29-year career there. In another entry, he recalls how the Austin Economic Development Council came into existence in 1961. Click here to read Vic Mathias’ obituary.