By Todd Newville
Gayla Riddle is the new director of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce. Her appointment was announced last week and she is taking over for Jeannette Lore-McNally, who is now the director of economic development for the City of Newcastle.
“I’m really eager and looking forward to it,” Riddle said. “I’m into supporting anything locally and anything that involves the community. I really want to support the chamber members and businesses. In my position, you want to support shopping local and make sure you enhance that to your community.”
Riddle is a 57-year-old resident from Purcell. She says she is a strong advocate of supporting member businesses through networking, supporting local campaigns, and community involvement.
She grew up in Davis and graduated from Davis High School in 1978. She is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising in 1982.
She married Brock Riddle in 1981. They lived in Norman from 1981 through 1996. They moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1996 with Brock’s job with Marathon Oil Company.
They had three children. Lindsey Riddle-Conway (33), who is married to Jamie Conway, own a food bar (Nourished Food Company) in downtown Oklahoma City. They also have two sons – Hunter (27) and Bailey (27).
Brock died in 2006. She then moved back to Oklahoma in 2009 after her sons graduated from high school. She owns a small clothing and accessory company called Savvy Parke in Purcell.
Riddle also is a pet lover and, in her spare time, she helps find homes and gets medical care for stray cats and dogs.
She’s worked at The Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce in Purcell for nearly two years as the executive assistant to the executive director, Mandy Davis, and the board of directors.
“I have learned a great deal under Mandy’s leadership in regards to events and promoting our chamber members, businesses, and communities,” Riddle said. “I have assisted our chamber members with membership and especially promoting their businesses through social media and our weekly newsletters.”
Riddle is looking forward to her new position with the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.
“I know that Newcastle stresses economic development,” she said. “I just want to help everyone see that through. I’m very community minded and I have the ability promote the local businesses. At Purcell, I was responsible for membership as well as being a community liasion and promoting our city businesses
“I recognize that Newcastle is a growing community. I just want to help them grow. It’s all about promoting the businesses and helping them grow. I have always worked for some kind of business involvement in my years and I just want to continue that service.