She took possession of office at the Chamber two weeks ago, filling the position that has been vacant since 2010 with the departure of Lisa Del Bosque.
Greve already is showing she can handle just about anything that crosses her desk.
And, in a pinch, she even can churn butter.
The 35-year old is from Brundidge, Ala. (“People always say, ‘Rachael, say something Southern’”), but she has had business cards with New York, Little Rock and Austin addresses on them.
Don’t be intimidated. “I’m from a town of 1,200 people, so I understand small towns,” she says.
She brings all her experience to her desk in the rear of the building — experience that includes high school cheerleading, a stint at modeling, singing and acting (her laugh easily reaches the back row; how she snaps her fingers would impress any band), painting murals, drawing, a love of black-and-white photography, directing two separate museums, (Troy, Ala., and Brenham, Texas), who holds an undergraduate degree in social science/anthropology from Troy University and is working on a master’s degree in public history, who swoons at the scent of books and who reads encyclopedias and Faulkner for fun.
Greve and her husband, Brian — who is a data analyst at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi — live in a county farmhouse in southern Bee County.
That she has never directed a chamber of commerce before doesn’t faze her.
“So many of the activities are similar to that of a museum director — festivals, memberships,” she says.
Not to mention, research.
“I’m a secret teacher,” she admits. “I’m always digging into something.”
A propensity she plans to apply to her Chamber work.
“I want to bring an educational aspect to the Chamber activities.
“I want to sit down with the board of directors to create a business plan, to figure out what we need and how to go about it. My goal is to make Beeville a prosperous community.
The prospects, she predicts, are perky. “We’re perfectly positioned for the Eagle Ford Shale project,” she notes. “The opportunities are limitless; that’s exciting.”
She describes her work ethic in one sentence: “I came here with no agenda; I will never criticize anything without offering a solution.”
And, in an environment where opportunistic maneuvering is not unknown, she asserts: “I don’t play politics.”
She says she is astonished at how the community has welcomed her. “Beeville is very Texas and very Southern in its hospitality.”
In addition to the predictable visits to the library and the art museum, Greve says she and her husband also are exploring the local eateries.
“We’re eating our way across Bee County. If I gain 20 pounds, it isn’t my fault!”
Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.