Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
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Matthew Slay, Board of Directors - Life School
Matthew Slay currently serves as Director of Development for Life School. His focus is on developing and mentoring Life School’s Mission Advancement team and executing fund development strategies to support the Life School Education Foundation through individual donor/foundation cultivation, donor acquisition, grant writing, alumni engagement, etc
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce is forging ahead in community and business support. Our membership luncheons are held each month with informative and educational programs.
Mark Rhea, Executive Committee, Board of Directors - KLLM / FFE Transportation
Mark Rhea has 25+ years transportation industry experience. Vice President of FFE Transport Services Safety, Driving Academy and Account Executive for strategic national accounts. He also serves as Chairman of the Driver Committee. A Texas native, he attended Texas A&M University-College Station where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning. He also served in the United States Army as a Combat Engineer in both active and reserve roles. He is an active member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Texas Emissions Reduction Board.
Cheryl Adams, Chair- Elect, Executive Committee, Board of Directors - Pattillo Insurance Agency
Cheryl Adams is the Vice President of Commercial Services for Pattillo Insurance Agency. She is a seasoned insurance professional. She is also a graduate of Leadership Southwest. She is serving her second 3-year term on the Chamber Board, a member of the Executive Committee, and Chair - Elect for 2019.
Asia Murray, Executive Committee, Board of Directors - Taylor Cares
Asia Murray is a Volunteer with Taylor Cares, a non-profit organization, based in the Lancaster area. Asia is a methodical strong leader, who focuses on continuous improvement and has a track record of achievements in turning around organizations that do not meet set strategic goals and objectives. She possesses a unique blend of project and business management acumen experience. Asia is originally from Compton, California and recently moved back to the DFW area.
Rickey Childers, Board of Directors - Cedar Valley Church of Christ
Retired after 35 years in local government service in 2012. Mr. Childers served as the City Manager of Lancaster for 4 years and Longview for 7 years. Mr. Childers is an active member in both the International City/County Management Association and Texas City Management Association. Mr. Childers currently serves on the International City/County Management Retirement Corporation (ICMARC) Vantage Trust Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2004.
BOARD MEMBERS - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Welcome to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce!
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce members are committed to doing business in the City of Lancaster and the Best Southwest Area by providing quality products, merchandise and services. It is our hope that you will give these members serious consideration when making your buying decisions. When you shop locally you contribute to the school system, municipal services, and yourself.
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce is forging ahead in community and business support. Our membership luncheons are held each month with informative and educational programs. We host NCA5 evening events giving local businesses networking opportunities. We have quarterly meetings of the Manufacturers and Logistics Roundtable, and monthly meetings of the Small Business Council, called Better Business Breakfasts.
Each year, the Chamber hosts the annual State of the City address by our mayor. We also host a candidates forum for the community and businesses where candidates have an opportunity to meet constituents. Lancaster is a very unique city in southern Dallas County.
We are proud to enjoy amenities such as the Lancaster Regional Airport, Scenic Country View Golf Course, and a 155-year-old historic Town Square. We have the Lancaster Community Park with recreation center along with an excellent public library.
The school system is growing and striving to improve the opportunities available to students. Lancaster also has Cedar Valley College, a community college, as well as UNT-Dallas located in close proximity. These institutions of higher learning have consistently shown a willingness to offer services and support to citizens and businesses in our area.
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce directors and staff hope that you find this directory informational and useful as you make your business connections.
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Patricia Davis, Immediate Past Chair - Cedar Valley College
Patricia Davis has been with Cedar Valley College since 2006 serving as the chief advancement officer for the college. Her responsibilities include the oversite of Alumni relations, annual fund, donor relations, fundraising events, grant writing and community partnerships. Her passion is to help inner city students go to college and obtain gainful employment. Her achievements include providing leadership for the development of federal and state grants and establishing partnerships to design a STEM Summer program for middle and high school students. Ms. Davis holds a Master of Science in Higher Education and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.
Neal Ballance, Board of Directors - Edward Jones
Neal Ballance is a long-time resident of Lancaster and brings that perspective to the Board, along with his financial expertise with Edward Jones.
Pamela Johnson, Board of Directors - Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson
Pamela Pope Johnson was admitted to bar, 1992, Texas; 2006, Tennessee; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Preparatory education, University of Oklahoma (B.B.A., 1988); legal education, Thurgood Marshall School of Law of Texas Southern University (J.D., 1991). Member: Dallas and National Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; J.L. Turner Legal Association.
Lorenzo Manquero, Board Chair - Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Lorenzo Manquero has over 10 years of nursing experience. He graduated with his Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Texas Pan America in 2005, earned his Masters in Business Administration from Western Governors University Texas in 2014. He has his national certification as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management, and is currently the Director of Quality Services at Methodist Charlton Medical Center.
Bridgette Taylor, Board of Directors - Taylor Cares
Bridgette Taylor is the President and CEO of Taylor Cares, a non-profit organization, based in the Lancaster area. She is also in banking.
Eve Spearman, Board of Directors - Grifols/Biomat
Eve Spearman has been with Grifols since 2009 in a variety of leadership roles, and has been in the plasmapheresis business for 28 years. She has a bachelor's degree and is ASQ certified. She believes that giving back and being involved adds value to her life every day, and feels fortunate to have a career that positively impacts people all over the world.
Paul Ward, Executive Committee, Board of Directors - Schneider Electric
Paul Ward has been an energy consultant for over sixteen years. He currently serves as Director and General Manager for Schneider Electric. Prior to his time in the energy industry, Paul served as associate pastor at Grace Covenant Church and has been in that church for just over 30 years. Paul has been married to Susan for 30 years and is the proud father of a son (Micah, 12 years old) and daughter (Eliana, 7 years old).
To Actively Support, Promote and Attract Business to Better Serve the Greater Lancaster Area.
Barbara Thomas, Board of Directors - The Tattered Jacket Book Store
The Tattered Jacket Bookstore is a locally owned independent bookstore. It is a great place to go between work and home - a place to explore a diverse selection of books, while relaxing in a comfortable home-like atmosphere (where the coffee and tea are free.)