5201 N. O’Connor Boulevard, Suite 100, Irving, TX 75039
214.217.8484 phone l 214.389.2513 fax
Heritage Crossing Office
135 S. Jefferson St. Irving, TX 75060
972.721.2260 phone | 972.721.0484 fax
Beth Bowman has been a veteran in economic development and a respected leader in the Chamber profession for more than a decade. In 2014, she became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, the first 5-Star accredited Chamber in Texas
Bowman leads a 1,854 member business organization that includes more than 30 Fortune 1000 companies. She is responsible for promoting economic growth in Irving for its citizens and businesses, facilitating development projects, providing information, services and activities that help Chamber members realize benefits that translate to success and profits.
She advocates for local, statewide, and national public policies that create a thriving environment for the business community. She works with public officials, real estate professionals, and relocation experts to recruit quality businesses and jobs to Irving. Most of all, she is a champion for the City of Irving, working to improve the quality of life, healthy, education and opportunities for all its citizens.
Bowman served as the Chamber’s Chief Development Officer for four years raising more than $15 million in private investment. She helped raise $3.2 million for One Irving, a private sector initiative with the goal of increasing test scores in math and science for college-bound and post-secondary students, while enhancing the public perception of Irving’s quality schools. The program also introduces students to career opportunities in the business world.
Bowman serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Business, one of the most respected and successful advocates for public policies that support the State’s business climate to make Texas the strongest economy in the world. She is a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership North Texas. She was honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40” for influential business leadership and community involvement in 2012.
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 certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and Bowman is passionate about serving the community in both her professional and personal life. Sheis actively involved in multiple local charities, including board and committee work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Salvation Army Irving Advisory Board, the La Cima Board of Governors, Uplift Education, and the Junior League of Dallas. She has also served as a member on the Brighter Tomorrows, Irving Schools Foundation andIrving Healthcare Foundation boards and committees.
A graduate of Baylor University, Bowman is an active member of both the Baylor University Alumni Association and the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae. She and her husband Steven enjoy spending their free timewith their two children.
Don Williams serves as Vice President of Economic Development and Operations for the Chamber. He joined the Chamber staff in December 2003. Don is located in the Chamber's Office at 5201 N. O’Connor Blvd Ste 100, but maintains an office in the Chamber Information Center at 135 S. Jefferson St. to serve the redevelopment needs of businesses in the Heritage Crossing area of Irving. From that office he originated and continues to coordinate marketing activities through the Heritage Crossing Business Alliance.
Don facilitates the Irving Economic Development Partnership, a unique relationship between the City of Irving, the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, and the Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau, creating a one-stop shop for businesses, as well as oversees the operations of the Chamber. He guides the Chamber’s marketing, recruitment and retention/expansion programs and provides programs and opportunities for businesses to increase their revenue, reduce costs and expand employment opportunities within Irving. Don accomplishes this through marketing initiatives and direct contact with businesses and providing various networking and training opportunities. Irving was recently recognized in the Top 20 cities in America for job growth in 2014, the only city in Texas to be named to this prestigious list, by Zip Recruiter. Don also facilitates the legislative affairs of the Chamber to be the voice of Irving businesses at the local, state and federal levels of government.
Don has worked with the education community to meet the workforce needs of business. He assists businesses in applying for various grants including Texas Enterprise Fund, Texas Enterprise Zone Projects, and Skills Development. Don has coordinated job fairs and worked with the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas and North Lake College to assist businesses in meeting their employee needs. Under his leadership, 19 small businesses have earned national recognition as US Chamber Blue Ribbon Small Businesses.
Don is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Angelo State University in San Angelo and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas in Austin . He retired from Verizon Communications in 2003 after a 28 year career, and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Don serves on the Board of the Irving Family YMCA, and he and his wife Sharon are active volunteers in their church.
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Joe Chapa is a Bi-cultural internationalist and Latin America specialist who has extensive private industry experience and skills in Strategic Planning, Operations and Marketing. As a global executive, Chapa has focused his attention the last twelve years on U.S.-Mexico trade and development.
During an 18-year career with Mobil Oil Corporation, Chapa progressed from positions in Operations in the U.S. (Chicago and New York), to senior expatriate assignments overseas. International experience included postings in Bogota, Colombia, as Operations Supervisor, then Planning Associate (Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador); in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Plans & Programs Manager for the Caribbean and Central America, then as General Manager of Mobil's Liquefied Petroleum Gas company; and in Harare, Zimbabwe, first as Plans & Programs Director, then as Group Operations Director for five countries with revenues in excess of $200 million and over 500 employees (Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania).
Since leaving Mobil, Joe Chapa has dedicated his time to projects related to the U.S.-Mexico relationship, initially based out of the U.S., and then for over ten years stationed in Monterrey. In this connection, Chapa has co-founded and founded several consulting firms that have allowed him to concentrate on issues related to training, business development and doing business in Mexico.
As Vice President of Operations for the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, he divided his time between the two countries, providing support to the Chamber's U.S. offices, while directing the Chamber's chapters in Northeast and Central Mexico (Monterrey and Guanajuato); he also directed several special government grant projects in the two countries; his responsibilities included assisting U.S. companies doing business in Mexico.
His current position as Executive Director of the International Trade Development & Assistance Center includes managing the Center and facilitating the implementation of business information and assistance between companies in Irving and the international community. Joe's initial focus is directed in Mexico (Texas' number one trading partner) but will soon expand to additional markets such as Asia. Several of his responsibilities include:
- Conducting trade missions from Irving as well as reverse trade missions
- Targeting specific sectors or markets to facilitate matchmaking activities
- Conducting information and training seminars on how to do business in foreign markets
Joe's expertise and relationships allow the Center to leverage the bi-national infrastructure of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber already established with eight offices in the United States and eight offices in Mexico.
Joe Chapa, who is perfectly bilingual in English and Spanish, has a BSBA degree (Marketing) from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and an MBA (Finance) from Loyola University in Chicago.
Joey Grisham, director of business recruitment, is an economic development veteran with extensive experience in management, operations, economic development and recruiting. Grisham joined the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber in January 2015 after working in chamber leadership roles for more than 14 years.
Grisham is responsible for attracting and recruiting new businesses to the Irving-Las Colinas market, a market which includes six Fortune 500 global headquarters. He works closely with key partners including Chamber leadership, brokers and site selectors, existing firms, city officials and current Chamber members.
Before joining the Irving Chamber, Grisham served as the President and CEO of the Hutto Economic Development Corporation in the Austin, Texas area. Under his leadership, Hutto was selected as a finalist for the Tesla Gigafactory Project and land options were secured for a 1,200 acre rail megasite. His work was recognized by several national publications, including Fortune. In addition, he is quoted frequently in the Austin American-Statesman and The Dallas Morning News.
Grisham also served as the President of the Southeast Mississippi Economic Development Association, and has served in numerous economic development leadership roles across the southeast. Having worked as an economic development and retail consultant on projects in Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arizona, Grisham brings a unique understanding of the challenges facing companies looking to relocate and expand. Early in his career, Grisham was an intern for the Tennessee General Assembly and worked for a large global medical device firm.
Splenda, American Apparel, Tesla, EADS, HEB, Kroger, Shell, and Pioneer Aerospace are just a few of the companies Grisham has had the pleasure of working with on successful expansion and relocation projects.
Grisham holds a B.A. in Political Science and Business from the University of Mississippi, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Memphis, and a M.S. in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi.
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