Over 175 area business people and civic leaders attended the McKinney Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and quarterly luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 28 at Eldorado Country Club. The event was sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney, with the invocation given by Pastor Joel Scrivner of Covenant Church.

Chamber President Lisa Hermes highlighted 2015. “It truly is the Best Time to be doing business in McKinney and the Best Time to be a part of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce,” Hermes stated. “2015 was an amazing year and we are proud of the accomplishments made possible by our over 1,200 member businesses.”

Hermes went on to recognize those who have gone above and beyond during 2015 – the Ambassador Team of the Year and the Ambassador of the Year, Barbra Dutton.

Hermes also introduced 2016 Chamber Board Chair – Scott Peek with Baylor Scott & White.

“I strongly believe in the mission of the Chamber,” Peek said. “I was honored to be asked to serve as Chairman of the Board as we celebrate 102 years of service to the business community of McKinney and surrounding area.” Peek recognized outgoing Chair Michael Puhl for his commitment and service to the Chamber during 2015.

Retiring members of the Board and Past Chairs were thanked for their leadership, and the newest class of board members were announced. See the complete list of 2016 Board members here.

 

 
McKinney Ambassadors – Front row (from left), Kathy Bartels, Vision Automotive McKinney; Kathi Stefanu, Keller Williams / Kathi Stefanu; Kimberly Smith, Allstate / Andrew Harpole; and Kristina Rowell, The Rowell Agency – Farmers Insurance. Back row (from left), Vincent Dansby, Nationwide Insurance / The Dansby Agency; Ed Utley, Keller Williams Realty McKinney; Chris Nickell, Legal Shield / Chris Nickell; and Gus Cabarcas, Hope For The Warriors.

McKinney Ambassadors – Front row (from left), Kathy Bartels, Vision Automotive McKinney; Kathi Stefanu, Keller Williams / Kathi Stefanu; Kimberly Smith, Allstate / Andrew Harpole; and Kristina Rowell, The Rowell Agency – Farmers Insurance. Back row (from left), Vincent Dansby, Nationwide Insurance / The Dansby Agency; Ed Utley, Keller Williams Realty McKinney; Chris Nickell, Legal Shield / Chris Nickell; and Gus Cabarcas, Hope For The Warriors.

 

Hermes shared plans for the Chamber’s future through the Three Year Strategic Plan 2016 – 2018.

“As we face new challenges, we are presented opportunities for the future,” stated Hermes. “This past year the Chamber Board embarked on development of a three year vision to strengthen the organization. Many of you in the room today helped by participating in surveys, key community stakeholder interviews and industry research. By connecting around common goals, we will all help lead our community through a new era and create a healthy business environment.”

She went on to thank the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle members – Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Emerson Process Management, Independent Bank, Medical Center of McKinney and Walmart – for their commitment to collaborative relationships and their significant investment in the objectives of the Chamber. Also recognized were members who have supported the McKinney Chamber for 30+ years. See list here.

Guest speaker Jason Saving, Senior Research Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, gave the audience a glimpse of current and future economic trends, and what businesses might anticipate for our region in the coming year. The slides from his presentation can be found on the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas website at DallasFed.org.

Click here to view photos from the event from Flickr. More photos can be found on the Chamber’s Facebook page.

Upcoming events for the McKinney Chamber of Commerce include the McKinney Community Awards Celebration (cocktail attire) on Friday, Feb. 19 (sponsorships and tickets still available). The next Quarterly Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, April 14.

 

About the McKinney Chamber of Commerce

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for the McKinney business community and proudly serves as the unified business voice of McKinney. The Chamber, which celebrated its Centennial in 2014, represents over 40,000 employees from more than 1,200 business investors in McKinney and throughout the North Texas region. With a rich heritage of leadership and collaboration, the Chamber works in concert with the City of McKinney, community partners and the corporate community to promote, advocate for and expand business. Through McKinneyChamber.com, McKinneyOnline.com and associated social media pages and feeds, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business and to keep a growing community connected. You can find the McKinney Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.