• Letter from the Board

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    Dear Members of the East End Chamber,

    Serving as the Board Chair of the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce since 2016, I have had the distinct pleasure to meet many people who represent the East End. Business leaders, community servants and leading educators -- each of whom I am honored by the opportunity to serve alongside as together we continue the work of those who have come before us to make Houston’s East End thrive. We all know the East End is a place rich in history, diverse in population and symbolic for its industry. But to work here, live here or do business in the East End reminds us that is so much more. It is a sense of community, a can-do attitude and a drive to make the East End a place where everyone aspires to be!

    In 2016, the Chamber’s Program of Work was successful in expanding our reach beyond the traditional bounds of Houston’s East End. With the opportunity to host Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner at our Vision 2016 Luncheon, or County Judge Ed Emmett at our Transportation and Infrastructure Luncheon, we attracted the interest and attention of those who see Houston’s future unfolding in the East End. 

    We closed the year with our “Local Industry, Global Economy Luncheon,” where we heard from a distinguished panel of industry leaders representing the petrochemical industry. Join us in 2017 and don’t miss programs like the Port Houston Appreciation Luncheon and the East End Street Fest in October, where you can experience culture through the creative production of diverse performances and educational programs. Enjoy art, delicious food and music from a various artists, along the Navigation Esplanade. 

    Looking Forward

    We hope you enjoy the launch of our new logo and new website. We believe it is a fresh, new look – one that holds on to that which is subtly familiar, but a freshness for our future that shines bright with promise, opportunity and value for what matters most – our members. At the heart of the Chamber’s existence is to be the premier business and community support organization for promoting and sustaining business expansion, investment and economic development in the East End. I am energized by the commitment shared by my fellow board members and Chamber staff to ensure our focus is intentional, our partnerships are strategic and there is a strong return on investment for our members – all while accomplishing this mission. 

    We will work tirelessly to connect with new partners, and form alliance that help us fulfill the expectations of our members. Together, we will find new opportunities with partners both in and outside of the east end to grow our membership, intensify our impact and increase our reach to strengthen East End’s role in the greater Houston economy. 

    Lastly, I believe the foundation for economic growth and prosperity is rooted in education. Through the great work already being done by the Chamber’s Education Foundation to build a strong, qualified workforce – there is nothing we cannot achieve. Through collaboration and partnership with quality programs and renowned educational institutions in the East End, we can continue efforts to help businesses grow, while serving the needs of residents and students in the East End. Together, the industry we are creating can strengthen pipelines between schools; community and industry so that our students in the East End are well prepared for the job opportunities that exist right here, and for which there is great need.

    Sincerely,

    Sara Cronin, 2006-17 Board Chair
    TPC Group
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  • Executive Committee Executive Committee

    Todd Stewart, Chair
    Gulf Winds International
    Sara Cronin, Immediate Past Chair
    Chair, TPC Group
    Michael Veuleman
    Treasurer, PKF of Texas, P.C.
    Becki Rogers
    BB&T
    Margaret A. Kidd
    University of Houston, College of Technology
    Maritza Guerrero
    Community Family Centers
  • Board Members Board Members

    Andrew Arizpe
    Cadence Bank
    Kenny Barhanovich
    Comerica Bank
    Dr. Johnella Bradford
    Houston Community College- SE
    Chris Canetti
    Houston Dynamo
    Becky Chin
    Chick-fil-A at 45 & Wayside
    Eloy Cortez
    ILA - South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District
    Chelsea Egmon
    West Gulf Maritime Association
    Janet Gonzales
    Amegy Bank
    Tametria Jones
    Atlantic Coffee Solutions
    Craig Kaiser
    Phillips Kaiser PLLC
    Sidney Lacey
    Lacey Newday Consulting, LLC
    Jerome Mauvigney
    LyondellBassell
    Richard Mellas
    Wulfe Management Services
    Rob Moore
    Valero Houston Refinery
    Maurice Nassar
    Emergent Partners, LLC
    Gilda Ramirez
    Port Houston
    Mike Redditt
    H-E-B Gulfgate
    Captain Robert Shearon
    Houston Pilots
    Michael E. Streich
    Phelps Dunbar, LLP
    Paul Wilson
    CenterPoint Energy
  • Advisory Board/Ex Officio Advisory Board/Ex Officio

    Eddy Arias
    Council Member Karla Cisneros
    Maria Delgado
    Representative Ana Hernandez
    Logan Workman
    Representative Carol Alvarado
    Lolita Guerrero
    Senator Sylvia Garcia
    Jorge Maldonado
    Congressman Gene Green 
    Joaquin Martinez
    Council Member Robert Gallegos
    Chenchy Mireles
    Constable Silvia R. Trevino
    Judge Armando Rodriguez
    Justice of the Peace 6-2
    Claudia Segura
    Commissioner Jack Morman 
    Veronica Chapa Gorczynski
    Greater East End Management District
    Judge Richard Vara
    Justice of the Peace 6-1