The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce elected Beth Bowman, currently chief development officer and interim vice president of economic development, as its new president and CEO, effective Aug. 15.
“I’m honored to be the next president and CEO of the Irving Chamber,” Bowman said. “It’s truly an honor to be able to continue the legacy we have built in recent years and build upon our accomplishments, such as being the first Five-Star Chamber in the state of Texas.”
In May, Bowman celebrated nine years with the Irving Chamber, the fourth largest Chamber in North Texas and the first Five-Star accredited Chamber in Texas. She replaces Chris Wallace who left in May to become the President of the Texas Association of Business.
Bowman has had a significant impact on Irving’s bottom line. In her nine years with the Chamber, she has designed and executed program initiatives and strategic projects to foster business retention and engagement of the 8,500 Irving-based businesses, including 53 Fortune 1000 companies. She joined the Chamber in May 2005 as director of membership services, and then led investor business relations as vice president and quickly became executive vice president.
“As head of the search committee that was tasked with finding the next president and CEO for the Irving Chamber, I can confidently tell the community that Beth Bowman was highly recommended by Irving’s Fortune 500 companies and the Chamber’s top investors, whom she has forged close relationships with over the past nine years,” said Michael Gonzales, Irving Chamber Board Chairman. “Beth’s tenure proves she is committed to the Chamber and its mission, and the Board is fully supportive of her in her new role and outlined goals.”
In Bowman’s lead role as chief development officer for the Chamber, she was responsible for growing the Chamber’s revenues and membership, which represent 50 percent of the Chamber’s $3.5 million operating budget. Bowman has also spearheaded local and statewide advocacy on legislative bills and city ordinances, such as a more relaxed alcoholic beverages ordinance for Irving businesses and passage of Proposition 3, which provides tax relief to aerospace businesses in Irving and throughout the state. In May, she stepped in as interim vice president of economic development to lead the Irving Economic Development Partnership, which works to relocate and expand existing businesses in the city.
Bowman holds the Certified Chamber of Commerce Executive (CCE) designation — the highest level attainable by Chamber leaders — and is a graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management. She is a member of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives and American Chamber of Commerce Executives. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech communication with a minor in business from Baylor University.
Bowman is a graduate of Leadership North Texas and is currently in the class of 2014 for Leadership Texas. She was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal in 2012 as one of the “40 Under 40” honorees. She is actively involved in charity work, including board and committee work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Irving Schools Foundation, Uplift Education, Irving Healthcare Foundation and the Junior League of Dallas.