Communication Committee—Chair, Neice Bell
Read all about us! Tasked with the responsibility and oversight of several chamber communication tools, the volunteers on this active committee meet once a month. From suggesting copy content, highlights, and chamber news for the monthly magazine, BusinessLink, a magazine exclusively highlighting and available for chamber members, to offering free monthly Coffee Talks, mini educational series for members, the communication committee stays busy additionally supporting the chamber staff with other communicative resources such as the website, eblasts, and Knews. To inquire about Coffee Talks and/or lend your writing or public relations talents and time to this committee, contact Rachel London at the Chamber at 830-865-1155.
Membership Committee—Chair, Caitlin Probandt
Ready to join the chamber? Join the already 800+ small to large business, as well as self-employed members to network, advertise, and grow your business. Member benefits include professional development, sponsorship opportunities to support chamber events while promoting your business, networking through mixers and social events, business promotion through ribbon-cuttings to sponsorships, and an array of other leadership and community volunteer opportunities. Grow your business, grow personally and professionally as you support the chamber that supports you.
Supporting members and continually looking for new members are the Ambassadors. Welcoming new business members at ribbon-cuttings and reaching out to members for the strongest chamber connection, Ambassadors are the key connection for the chamber. To apply to the Ambassador program, contact Shelly Henderson at 830-896-1155.
Finance and Budget Committee—Chair, Randy Evans
Fiscally focused and dedicated to ensuring sound management and stability, the volunteers on this committee monitor actual revenue and expenses, provide financial updates and monthly financial reports and work with staff to operate the chamber efficiently following an established budget. Members of the finance committee typically include the chamber staff and members of the executive committee, although the committee always welcomes the ideas and input of chamber members.
Fundraising and Special Events Committee—Chair, Tricia Byrom
Never a dull moment…your Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce creates and coordinates special events and fundraising opportunities to support the budget year-round. Events vary from the annual banquet to honor and recognize members and chamber volunteers for their efforts and the annual Business Expo to promote the businesses and services of the chamber, to special focused fundraisers like “The Big Shoot” or “Easterfest.” The chamber staff and volunteers on this committee are committed to the chamber’s mission to provide networking, advertising, and educational events that meet the needs of our members and add value to their membership. Check our Calendar of Events weekly for new and existing events throughout the year.
Governmental Affairs Committee—Chair, Terry Massey
Watchful eyes and minds in tune with issues relevant to Kerrville and Kerr County businesses is the aim of this proactive committee. Volunteers work on numerous ways to expand and retain local jobs. The also pay attention to current issues that affect businesses and inform members about local, state and national legislative issues that affect or involve both businesses and our local community. Specifically, the committee creates a list of legislative priorities and keeps members apprised of critical issues. During elections, the committee hosts forums, giving members and the general public an opportunity to receive information about local candidates seeking office. The in tuned volunteers also act as liaisons to members on city, county and state and federal affairs.
Policy and Governance Committee—Chair, Mike Wittler
Tasked with an important role critical to chamber operations, this committee gathers data and information to create the chamber’s strategic plan, now working on Vision 2025, but additionally works with the chamber president and chief executive officer on personal matters. The serious matters that affect the successful organization of the chamber are reviewed and followed under the auspices of this dedicated committee and chair.
Community Development Committee—Chair, Pete Calderon
Recognizing the need for more community involvement and development, this new and vibrant committee identifies and helps address the economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats specific to Kerrville and Kerr County. The committee is responsible for the already sold-out inaugural forum, the Hill Country Economic Summit, scheduled in February and featuring nationally known economist Dr. Ray Perryman and Dr. Steve Murdock, as well as regional and local experts to include Pat Murray, CEO/President of Peterson Health and members of the Kerrville Economic Development Council, Convention and Visitor Bureau President, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. More forums and seminars, as well as projects to involve and benefit our community are planned. To learn more, contact the chamber at 830-896-1155
Leadership Kerr County—Chair, Lisa Winters
The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Kerr County program is the area’s premier leadership program. The nine-month course is made up of approximately 25 local business leaders who meet the 3rd Thursday of every month. Course curriculum includes travel and tourism, economic development, education, healthcare, environment issues, non-profit services, and a legislative day with travel to Austin. Over the past 5 years the class has adopted an important fundraiser for the chamber and community, Easterfest, hosted every Easter weekend as a gathering for families from across the state. Applications for Leadership are accepted each summer with the new class selected and announced every September. For more information about Leadership and to apply, contact Angela North at the chamber at 830-896-1155.