John Bonnot, director of Business Recruitment of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, announced he will be leaving the Chamber to accept the position of Director of Economic Development with the Frisco Economic Development Corporation.
Bonnot will report to Jim Gandy, President of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation. His last day at the Irving Chamber is July 15.
In Bonnot’s 12 years with the Irving Chamber, he helped lead economic development for Irving through the Irving Economic Development Partnership, the Chamber’s partnership with the City of Irving.
Most recently, Bonnot helped Envoy Air establish its first North American headquarters in Irving, assisted in bringing the North American headquarters of 7-Eleven to Irving and helped Crawford Electric consolidate and move its operations to Irving.
During Bonnot’s tenure, he helped Irving attract the global headquarters of Celanese and Fluor, two of Irving’s five Fortune 500 global headquarters. Other accomplishments included the attraction of CHRISTUS Health, Neovia Logistics Services, iPic Theater, FleetPride, Trend Micro, Rodizio Grill, Taylor-Deal Aviation, Trader Joe’s (southwest regional distribution center), TEKSystems Global Services, Project Services Group, Consolidated Electrical Distributors and Health Management Systems.
“During my tenure with the Chamber, I have enjoyed immensely my association and opportunity to work with the many staff members, management, Mayors and Councils with the City of Irving through the Economic Development Partnership that has existed since the late 1990s,” Bonnot said. “The Partnership has truly been unique and one that has set Irving apart from many of its neighboring cities.”
The relocation and expansion of existing businesses in the city hasresulted in Irving’s lowest commercial vacancy rates since the mid-2000s, and unemployment rate since mid-2008, which was 4.3 percent in April 2014, lower than the state average of 5.8 percent and national average of 7 percent.
“John has laid the ground work and worked with many Irving Councils and Mayors to seal the deal on many of Irving’s major economic development wins in his 12-year tenure with the Chamber,” said Shawn Callaway, Interim President and CEO of the Irving Chamber. “We’re excited to have John remain in North Texas, and we believe this opportunity will allow him to continue his work in growing the North Texas economy.”