Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
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
Chris E. Wallace, IOM, CCE is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, the third largest chamber of commerce in North Texas and the first national Five-Star Accredited Chamber in Texas. He also manages the Irving Economic Development Partnership. Wallace serves on the prestigious U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and as a Trustee of the Institute for Organization Management as well as a Regent of Northeast Institute at Villanova University. He is among only 520 executives in the nation who have earned their CCE (Certified Chamber Executive) designation. Wallace is chair of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and also serves on the boards of the Texas Association of Business, North Texas Commission and the national board of the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC).
During his leadership at the Chamber, Irving has been successful in attracting corporations such as Celanese, CHRISTUS, Neovia (Caterpillar) Logistics Services, Blackberry, Fluor, TXU Energy, Consolidated Electrical Distributors and Health Management Systems to establish their headquarters in Irving. Wallace’s leadership also led to the construction and completion of an award-winning marketing center which showcases state-of-the-art technology as well as the development of an international trade center in partnership with the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Both are instrumental in promoting Irving as an international community that is home to more than 9,000 businesses, including the global headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies and the presence of 48 others.
Prior to being named Chamber President, Wallace served as the Vice President of Administration for the Las Colinas Association where he successfully developed and implemented a corporate communications and marketing program for the 12,000-acre Las Colinas development. Before returning to North Texas, Wallace was the Business Development Director for Reese Technology Center, a 4,000-acre business park developed from the former Reese Air Force Base.
Wallace is a 1992 graduate of Texas Tech University and serves as a member of the Texas Tech Chancellor's Council as well as the Professional Advisory Board of the College of Media and Communication where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 2008.
Wallace has experience in economic development marketing, strategic planning, and public relations including management in both the public and private sectors. He has played an active role in several local and state political campaigns. Wallace is an advocate of strong civic engagement through his involvement with numerous social service, education, arts and municipal-related boards/commissions. He was a finalist for a 2010 White House Fellowship.
Shawn Callaway has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce since July of 2010. He oversees the daily operations of the Chamber including: marketing and communications, workforce development and administration, legislative affairs and programming, finance, community development and membership for the Chamber, which is the first 5-Star Chamber of Commerce in Texas and the fourth largest Chamber in North Texas and houses the Irving Economic Development Partnership.
Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer, Callaway served as Vice President-Marketing and Communications at the Chamber and Regional Account Director-DFW Region, for Bolt Public Relations. Prior to that, Shawn accrued over 13 years of experience in communications and leadership development in non-profit organizations.
Shawn and his wife, Anita, a high school English teacher, have two sons, Cameron and Kaden
Beth Bowman currently serves as Chief Development Officer at the Five-Star Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since 2010.
In her current capacity, Ms. Bowman manages local and statewide advocacy on legislative bills and city ordinances that impact the business community, including the recent, successful passage of Proposition 3, which provides tax relief to aerospace and aviation-related businesses around the state. She is also responsible for the organization’s growth in revenues and membership, which account for 90 percent of the Chamber’s $4 million operating budget. She plans, designs and implements program initiatives and strategic projects to foster business retention and engagement of the 8,500 Irving-based businesses, including 53 Fortune 1000 companies.
In 2011, Ms. Bowman helped launch a $3.1 million fundraising initiative, leading a task force of nearly 50 business executives, to help promote innovation in schools and raise the educational standards and deliverables in Irving school districts.
Ms. 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 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, Brighter Tomorrows, Irving Schools Foundation, Uplift Education, Irving Healthcare Foundation and the Junior League of Dallas.
Ms. Bowman is a graduate of Baylor University and is an active member of both the Baylor University Alumni Association and the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae.
Don Williams serves as Director of Business Retention and Expansion and joined the Chamber staff in December 2003. Don is located in the Chamber's Heritage Crossing Office, at 135 S. Jefferson St.
His focus is assisting businesses in South Irving to increase their revenue, reduce costs and expand employment opportunities. Don accomplishes this through direct contact with businesses and organizing various networking opportunities. He works with commercial real estate brokers in the recruitment of new business into the South Irving market.
Don has worked with the education community to meet the needs of business and has coordinated economic incentives through the City of Irving for several recruitment and expansion projects. He works with the Irving Economic Development Team to assist businesses in applying for various grants including Skills Development and Emerging Technology. He has coordinated job fairs and worked with the Texas Workforce Commission to assist new businesses to meet their employee needs.
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.
Don and his wife Sharon are active volunteers in their church and in a small private school for children with learning differences.
John M. Bonnot serves as Director - Business Recruitment for the Chamber's Economic Development Department. The Chamber serves the City of Irving, as its official representative and point of contact in all Economic Development roles and activities. John's primary areas of responsibility are to coordinate the daily operations of the Economic Development department; maintain and nurture strong working relationships with the real estate and development community; be the response mechanism for the City regarding all development inquiries; and prepare various reports for presentation to the City's staff, mayor and council, as defined in the Economic Development agreement with the City of Irving.
John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University; has completed four years of Institute for Organizational Management, and is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute. John's wife, Penny, is an art teacher in the Coppell ISD. They have two sons, the oldest is Derric (21) and Kevin (14).
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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.
Joy Goodrum is the Director of Education and Workforce Development for the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. She manages the Leadership Irving-Las Colinas and Future Leaders of Irving programs, as well as Chamber University, which promotes workforce development and training programs to increase local economic growth. Joy is the staff liaison to the Chamber’s Education Committee, Education Foundation, and also oversees the Chamber’s Online Speakers Bureau program. Joy is on the Board of Directors for the Irving Schools Foundation, Irving Healthcare Foundation, North Texas Regional P-16 Council, Our Children’s House Baylor, and completed Leadership Irving-Las Colinas as part of the Class of 2011.
Joy was born and raised in Irving. Her family first moved to Irving in 1946 in order for her grandfather to open Duke & Ayers, the first chain store in town. Both her parents had careers in the Irving Independent School District for over 30 years where Joy attended school; graduating from MacArthur High School. She completed her education in the medical field and received her certification in both Medical Assisting and Clinical Research. Prior to joining the team at the Chamber, she served 6 years as Director of Executive Care at Executive Medicine of Texas and prior to that, 6 years as Clinical Research Manager at North Texas Clinical Research. Joy continues to live in Irving with her husband, Jason, and their three dogs, Jetson, Monkey & Boofrawg.
Jennifer Pouey is Director of Membership Development for the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. In her role, Jennifer is part of the development team and is responsible for promoting the Chamber and cultivating relationships with prospective members as well as developing strategic partnerships with current members in order to best serve the needs of our members and community.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She began her career in organization management with the Insurance Brokers & Agents of the West (IBA West), the largest regional trade association for independent insurance agents and brokers in California. As the association's Vice President of Membership, she gained valuable experience in membership development and retention.
During her time at IBA West, Jennifer graduated from the Institute of Organizational Management (IOM) through the US Chamber of Commerce, and went on to earn her Certified Association Executive (CAE), which is the industry's highest designation.
Jennifer relocated to Texas in 2011 and currently lives in Irving with her husband, Edouard.
Jason Simon is responsible for overseeing the Chamber’s Legislative Advocacy and Political Affairs
Program and managing strategic relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials. He is also responsible for oversight of the Chamber’s political action committee and Transportation Management
Association. Jason previously served on the congressional and campaign staff of four members of Congress.
He is an active member of the Professional Advocacy Association of Texas, the Association of Government Relations Professionals, and the American Association of Political Consultants. Jason is also a registered lobbyist with the Texas Ethics Commission.
Gloria Hernandez is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.
Gloria is responsible for overseeing the Chamber’s marketing and communication efforts with local, state and national media. She is responsible for coordinating press conferences, press coverage at Chamber events, media relations, maintaining a current media library and overseeing news and events on the Chamber website. Gloria also oversees the Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee, which hosts ribbon-cutting events for Irving businesses.
Gloria is a proud Irving native. She graduated from Nimitz High School and received her bachelor’s degree in convergence journalism, with minors in Spanish and political science, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Gloria previously worked for The Dallas Morning News, where she spent three years as a weekend Metro reporter and editor of the Irving and Coppell edition of neighborsgo, the weekly community publication of the News.
Gloria is an active volunteer in the Irving community. She serves on the city of Irving Museum Advisory Board, Board of Directors for La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation and volunteers her time with the Irving Heritage Society, The Main Place and Irving Cares. Gloria lives in Irving with her husband, Ramses, and their dog Molly.
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