The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce has hired two new directors. They are Joseph “Joey” Grisham, who will be the chamber’s new economic development director, and Ty Petty, who will be director of legislative affairs.
Grisham will lead the chamber’s economic development initiatives, providing value to existing businesses as well as attracting new companies from across the country and around the world. Petty will lead the Chamber’s efforts in advancing pro-business legislation and will serve as the primary liaison between the chamber, its volunteer leadership and state and federal elected officials.
Grisham served as president/CEO of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation, where under his leadership, the city was a finalist for a corporate relocation prospect representing 6,500 jobs and a $5 billion investment. Grisham holds a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Memphis. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Petty most recently supervised and implemented grassroots and outreach programs as a campaign manager/field director for U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions and Texas State Representatives Kenneth Sheets and Dr. Greg Bonnen. He also served as the legislative director for Texas State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, conducting policy and legal research and assisting in drafting legislation and advancing legislative bills. A U. S. Army veteran, Petty served as a military section leader in Germany, Kuwait and Iraq from June 2003 to Feb. 2008. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in English from Texas A&M University.