The McKinney Chamber of Commerce (MCOC) board of directors announced that Lisa Urban Hermes, IOM, will serve as president of the organization. With more than 1,200 members and a mission of empowering members to achieve economic success, MCOC is one of the largest chambers in the region. Ray Eckenrode, chairman of the board, welcomes Hermes to lead the non-profit organization into its second century of success.
“For 100 years, the McKinney Chamber has been instrumental in advancing the collective interests of our local business community,” he said. “With Lisa’s love of McKinney, impressive experience and enthusiastic drive, we’re certain she’s the right candidate for the job. We are confident that our members and community partners will embrace Lisa’s fresh ideas and support the Chamber’s efforts to help our business community thrive.”
Lisa Hermes will return to the McKinney Chamber of Commerce after serving as president of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce since May 2013. Her new role brings her full circle. Hermes’ extensive work with chambers began in 2006, as the McKinney Chamber’s communications and public policy director. She later served as president of the Rowlett Chamber and vice president of the Lewisville Chamber.
Hermes launched her professional career as a journalist with the Star Group of newspapers in Burleson. She was managing editor of Inside Collin County Business, before moving into chamber management. Hermes graduated from the Institute of Organizational Management through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and from Leadership McKinney class of 2009.
“I am very excited to get this opportunity to help lead the McKinney Chamber into its second century,” Hermes said. “The Chamber plays a vital role in the community and the surrounding region, supporting the goals of our members as they strive for business success, while also helping foster the outstanding quality of life that makes McKinney unique.”
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 represents over 39,000 employees from more than 1,200 business investors in McKinney and 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. As publisher of McKinney Magazine, McKinneyOnline.com and McKinneyChamber.com, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business. The McKinney Chamber is proud to be celebrating its’ centennial and recognizing 100 years of service.