As of May 1, Shawn Callaway will lead the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce as Interim President and CEO. Irving Chamber Chief Development Officer Beth Bowman will oversee the Irving Economic Development Partnership, with the City of Irving, as Vice President of Economic Development for the Chamber.

Shawn Callaway

Shawn Callaway

Callaway has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Chamber since July 2010. He oversees daily operations of the Chamber including, marketing and communications, workforce development and administration, legislative affairs and programming, finance, community development and membership.

The Board approved a recommendation to appoint Callaway as Interim President and CEO effective May 1, 2014 until a permanent President and CEO is hired for the position by Aug. 11, 2014.

Under previous Irving Chamber President and CEO Chris Wallace, a President/CEO’s Search Committee was formed. The Committee recommended Waverly Partners as the search firm to hire the Irving Chamber’s next President and CEO, and the Irving Chamber’s Board approved the Committee’s recommendation in March.

Wallace’s last day as President and CEO of the Irving Chamber was May 1. He will begin his new role as president of the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the chamber of commerce of Texas, in Austin on May 15.

“Chris was a phenomenal leader for Irving and our diverse business community,” Callaway said. “He left the Irving Chamber at a high point in its history, and he left a great plan in place for Irving’s future. I’m happy to help lead the Irving Chamber in the upcoming months, and guide our new President and CEO into Irving’s exciting future.”

Beth Bowman

Beth Bowman

Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer, Callaway served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Irving Chamber and was previously a Regional Account Director of the Dallas-Forth Worth Region for Bolt Public Relations. Prior to that, Shawn accrued more than 13 years of experience in communications and leadership development in nonprofit organizations.

Bowman has served as Chief Development Officer since 2010. Bowman is one of 84 women leaders competitively selected from across the state to participate in the 2014 Leadership Texas Class, the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the United States.

The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber is the third largest chamber of commerce in North Texas, and a Five-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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