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 is the President and CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.
Bowman previously served as Chief Development Officer at the Chamber, a position she has held since 2010.
In her current capacity, 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 50 percent of the Chamber’s $3.5 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, 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.
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.
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 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.
Ty 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.
Petty has extensive legislative experience, most recently supervising and implementing successful grassroots and outreach programs as a Campaign Manager/Field Director for U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions and Texas State Representatives Kenneth Sheets and Dr. Greg Bonnen. He also served as the Legislative Director for Texas State Representative Dennis Bonnen, conducting policy and legal research and assisting in drafting legislation and advancing legislation.
A United States Army veteran, Petty served as a military section leader in Germany, Kuwait and Iraq from June 2003 to February 2008. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in political science with a minor in English from Texas A&M University and is also a graduate of Texas A&M’s distinguished Hollingsworth Leadership Program.
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