BROWNFIELD – Brian Brisendine is the new executive director of the Brownfield Industrial Development Corp.
His late father was among the founders of the organization, which serves as the city’s driver of economic development, funded by a half-cent sales tax.
Brisendine had been editor of the Brownfield News since 2008 and publisher since 2017. He resigned Sept. 25 to assume his new position Oct. 1.
Blake Roberts, president of Roberts Publishing of Andrews, the newspaper’s owner, wished Brisendine well and said the local paper would continue to serve the community. He said personnel changes will be announced later.
The son of Linda and the late Lynn Brisendine, Brisendine is a Brownfield native. His father, former owner and publisher of the Brownfield News, was integral in forming the community task force that would evolve into the Brownfield Industrial Development Corp. and served as its chairman for a decade.
Brisendine attended West Texas A&M University in Canyon, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2001 with a major in mass communications/print journalism and a minor in English.
In addition to his professional duties, Brisendine is active in the community. He has served as chairman of BIDCorp. board of directors, as well as chairman of the TIRZ board, which built the Lynn Brisendine Community Plaza at Sixth and Main. He was founding president of the Noon Lions Club and currently serves as president of the Chamber of Commerce.
His wife, Susan, is principal of Colonial Heights Elementary School. They have three children, Thomas, 15, Blake, 13, and Maddie, 12. The family is active in the Brownfield First United Methodist Church.