121 S. Main, Boerne, Texas  78006 | phone 830-249-8000 | fax 830-249-9639

The Chamber
Everything you ever wanted to know about our Chamber: How it works, who's running the show,
and why we are here.

It's what we're all about. It's how we came to be and where we are headed.

The Voice of Business
The Chamber is the voice of business in the Boerne area, speaking on behalf of its many members which employ thousands of people. The Chamber establishes coalitions with other chambers and business organizations. The Chamber focuses on advancing the cause of responsible and progressive economic development in the community and throughout the area.

2010 Annual Report
The Chamber is achieving success through business advocacy, leadership development, networking and education, partnerships with local government agencies and water conservancies, strong leadership, fiscal responsibility and a vibrant membership.  Read the 2010 Annual Report for full details.

Financing
The Chamber is financed through its members' contributions, and non-dues income programs. The Chamber's staff members work with an active volunteer corps each year whose contributions of time, energy, and ideas contribute to make the Chamber one of the most effective business organizations in the area.

An Enlightened Business Leadership
The Chamber represents an enlightened business leadership which recognizes that the best interest of the business community is the same as the long-term best interests of the community-at-large. As a result, the Chamber strives to support initiatives which lead to a prosperous and quality future for the area.

Not a Government Agency
The Chamber of Commerce is not part of city or county government, although we work closely with these officials in economic development and other areas to improve the business environment and quality of life in the community.  Read Chamber Bylaws.

Retention and Expansion Leaders
The Chamber is the initial point of contact for the community's efforts in retention and expansion of existing businesses. The Chamber of Commerce works with existing businesses to remove obstacles of growth.
The Greater Boerne Area Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses organized to promote and improve economic vitality through partnerships, leadership and education of our members and community.
Do you like something in particular about our Chamber? Well, start by thanking the Board of Directors for their time, dedication and direction. Something you don't like? Hmmmm... Well the buck stops here, and these officers and directors are not afraid to hear what's on your mind.

David Brown, Chairman
Cibolo Nature Center (830) 249-4616.

David joined the Chamber's Board of Directors in 2011. He has many years in the mortgage banking industry and currently works at the Cibolo Nature Center.  David is the current Chairman of the 2014 Government Affairs Council and Chamber's Board of Directors.

Email David

Karen Daly, Chair-Elect
Certified Residential Specialist, Coldwell Banker, D'Ann Harper Realtors  (830) 816-2211

Karen joined Coldwell Banker Real Estate Company in August 1992, and her dedicated service has earned her many awards. She has two sons, Troy and Reid. This is Karen's sixth year as a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors.

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Richard Elkins, Immediate Past Chairman
Production Manager, Stanbio Laboratory  (830) 249-0772

Richard has diverse management experience including 30+ years of executive management experience. He currently serves as a Trustee on the Boerne Independent School District's Board, a Director on the Boerne Education Foundation and the Chair of Boerne & Comfort ISD Workforce Readiness Committee. He is served as the Chamber's 2013 Chairman of the Board.

Email Richard

Lance Lemoine, Past Chairman
President, Sonora Mortgage (830) 755-4635

Lance has been in the Mortgage Banking business for nearly 25 years. In 2008, Lance focused locally, joined the RPM team and opened the first RPM Branch in Texas which was is now Sonora Mortgage. Lance is extremely well connected within the industry which allows him to better inform and guide his clients and staff. He served as the Chamber's 2012 Chairman of the Board.

Email Lance

Carlin Friar, Treasurer
Senior VP - Branch Manager, Sonora Bank (830) 331-9118

Carlin joined the Chamber's Board of Directors in 2011.  He is a lifelong Boerne area resident and shares parenting joys and duties of triplets with wife Susan.  Carlin came to Sonora Bank with twenty four years banking experience and is the current and 2014 Treasurer on the Chamber's Board of Directors.

Email Carlin

Jacques DuBose, Secretary
President of Marketing, Areva Travel (210) 568-9603

A native Texan and business consultant with a Masters of Business Administration specializing in public administration, Jacques DuBose served a career in the U.S. Navy. He also served three terms as a Councilman for the City of Boerne.  He currently is the President of Marketing with Areva Travel and joined the Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2013.

At the end of the day, it's the hard-working Chamber staff who keep the ball rolling. Our goal is to make a positive experience out of every encounter you have with our great Chamber. With over 25 years of combined experience, our staff of 6 full time employees, we strive continually to provide professional services to all Chamber members. Photographs of Lynn Richter, Mary Sue Hurdt & Bonnie Westley by Beth Coyle.

Crisanne Zamponi
President/CEO, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce (830) 249-8000

A native of the Rio Grande Valley and former Executive Director of the Harlingen Chamber, Crisanne brings 18 years experience to her position as President of the Boerne Chamber. Prior to that, she owned and operated a retail furniture store in Downtown Harlingen for 14 years.

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Lisa Cronen
Director of Membership Development, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce (830) 249-8000

Lisa moved to Boerne in September, 2011 and was formerly the editor with The Hill Country Weekly before she came to the Chamber in 2012.  Lisa is also a former elementary school teacher and the mother of two sons who are students in the Boerne Independent School District.

Email Lisa 

Ann Schafer
Director of Finance, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce (830) 249-8000

Originally from Colorado, Ann has lived in Boerne for fifteen years. Ann has a background in accounting and office management, and has been a great asset to the Chamber. She began as a office volunteer for three years and has been a paid staff member for nine years.

Email Ann

Mary Sue Hurdt
Director of Programs & Events, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce (830) 249-8000

Mary Sue was a longtime resident of Lubbock & attended Texas Tech where she was a business major. She and her family moved to San Antonio in 1989 & Boerne in 2006. She has over 10 years experience planning events & has been married to John for 30 years. They have three beautiful daughters.

Email Mary Sue

Bonnie Westley
Director of Communications, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce (830) 249-8000

Bonnie's responsibilities include planning, writing and transmitting our monthly e-newsletter and Chamber communications. She brings her vast knowledge and writing talents to the Chamber.

Email Bonnie

Lynn Richter
Director of Technology and Administration, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce (830) 249-8000

Lynn started out as a volunteer for the Chamber in 2002 and joined the Chamber staff in 2006. She works on special projects for the Chamber and provides technology and administrative support to the President and Chamber staff.

Email Lynn

Mary Armstrong, Debbie Clayton, Beverly Gresham, Cheryl Lester, Denise Surratt, Jane Whelan and Jo Ann Young.
We are our membership. Discover why over 700 local business have pledged their support to the Chamber, and how the Chamber can benefit your business.

Visit our Membership page for more information.
If actions speak louder than words, then our programs loudly proclaim the mission and goals of our Chamber and our local business community.

Click here to download a council application which you can fill out and fax to the Chamber.

Click here to read the Council Guidelines.

Mission Statement:  To enhance business growth and development of our members by the recruitment of new members and to represent the chamber as goodwill ambassadors.  To increase the Chamber’s representation of the business community through recruitment of new members and retention of existing members.  To be an advocate for members and the business community in building and sustaining a diverse and prosperous economy.

Scheduled Monthly Meetings: Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 a.m in the Boerne Chamber of Commerce conference room.

Chairman: Jacques DuBose of Areva Travel is Chairman and Jessica Godin of Centennial BANK is Co-Chair.

Staff Member Responsible for Council: Lisa Cronen, Director of Membership Development.

Ambassadors:

Ambassador Company
Steve Artale Hungry Horse Restaurant & Catering
Hannah Barnes  Simply Serene Salon and Spa 
Elaine Berringer  The Time Creators 
Shawn Bonner Hungry Horse Restaurant & Catering
Bob Borders Keller Williams Realty
Julianna Boxwell  Jefferson Bank 
Madhu Chadha WSI - Internet Profit Web Solutions
Chris Clark  Culligan Water Conditioning 
Lisa Conrad  Merrill Lynch 
Lisa Cronen   Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce 
Jacques DuBose, Chairman Areva Travel
Mary Jo  Floyd, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union
Mindi Franklin  Odyssey Hospice, A Gentiva Company 
Jessica Godin, Co-Chair  Centennial BANK 
Bryan Gouger Aladdin Cleaning & Restoration of Boerne
Kathleen Greathouse  Elegance and Life Barre Studio
Sheema Harris  ReMax North San Antonio - Harris & Associates Realtors 
Jessica Johnson  Family Changes Play Therapy Clinic 
Gina Kearley Hill Country Taxi & Limo Service
Luke Kersh  The PEO Link, Inc. 
Jesse Martinez Texas Paving and Road Repair
Ashly Maytum  Boerne Hill Country Family YMCA 
Nikki D. Miller  Rogers & Moore, PLLC - Attorneys & Counselors at Law 
Arla Rae Nurkowski  The Time Creators, LLC
Rezia Olson  Boerne Hill Country Family YMCA 
Lendon Palmer  CareChoice of Boerne Nursing & Rehab Center 
Dan Roselle  Toastmasters International 
Christina Ryrholm
Brenda Sealy  Simply Serene Salon and Spa 
Becca Stokes  Hill Country Planning
Denise Vadnais  Happy H Ranch 
Andrew Voiles  Raymond James Financial Services 
Paula White GVTC
Crisanne Zamponi  Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce 


Overall Goal: To Recruit and Retain Members 

2013 Ambassadors of the Year:  Jacques DuBose of Areva Travel and Jessica Johnson of Family Changes Play Therapy Clinic

Downloads: The following files (in .pdf format) may help prospective and current Ambassadors in the performance of the Ambassador mission:

Ambassador Guidelines

Ambassador Application

Ambassador Agreement

Ambassador Point Sheet

Statement: The Business Advisory Council is committed to strengthen and support businesses in the community by promoting strong strategic relationships, leadership development and education.

Scheduled Monthly Meetings: First Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Boerne Chamber of Commerce conference room.

Chairman:  Darcee Grivel, Vintage Reconstruction, Inc.

Staff Member Responsible for Council:  Bonnie Westley, Director of Communications.

Members:


Member Name Company Name

Susan Allen  Texas Heritage Bank
Staci Almager Transplants for Children
Steve Artale Hungry Horse Restaurant
Jennifer Blackson Hill Country Animal League
Tiffany Boerner Kendall County Abstract Company
Shawn Bonner Hungry Horse Restaurant
Julianna Boxwell Jefferson Bank
Ariel Brooks-Stevens Boerne Public Library Foundation
Madhu Chadha WSI - Internet Profit Web Solutions
Beth Coyle Coyle-SDA, Inc.
Mike Coyle Coyle-SDA, Inc.
Karen Daly Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors
Bizzy Darling Boerne Hill Country Family YMCA
Matt Diana Covenant Services
Gaylyn Dieringer AACOG Workforce Centers
Richard Elkins Stanbio Laboratory
Julie English Kronkosky Plac
Bonnie Finley Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries
Linda Flores Boys & Girls Clubs of The Texas Hill Country
Bryan Gouger Aladdin Cleaning & Restoration of Boerne
Joe Granados Kronkosky Place
Michael Glynn On the Move
Darcee Grivel, Chair Vintage Reconstruction, Inc.
Olga Cisneros Guerra Hill Country Family Services Thrift Shop
Carlos Guerrero BISD
Jessica Hanzlik Tiwari & Bell, PLLC
Lynn Heckler Christian Job Corps of Kendall County
Anthony Henslee Henslee Productions, Inc.
Lori Holloman Trinity Mortgage
Gina Kearley Hill Country Taxi & Limo Service
Stacey M. Kucera Triple H Equitherapy Center
Denise Mazal Little Gretel
Brett McDowell Centennial BANK
Melissa Milton Kendall County EDC
George Monroy Monroy Information Technology Services
Mary Anne Oehler Benedictine Sisters
Doris Perez Cibolo Nature Center / HCCArts
Jamie Pontillo Cana Ballroom at St. Peter Catholic Church
Dan Rogers Kendall County EDC
Steve Schmidt Enchanted Springs Ranch
Lori Sears   PC Mailing Services, Inc.
Dub Smothers
David Stelmazewski  BISD Emily Swope Emily Swope Company
Linda Tom Boerne Convention & Visitors Bureau
Julie Neil Vickery American Cancer Society
Linda Walker Golden Rule Services, Inc.
Beth Webster Giving Interiors
Robb Weller Broadway National Bank
Bonnie Westley Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce
Crisanne Zamponi Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce
Jane Zirkel Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country


Strategies/Initiatives:
The Chamber serves an advocate for business as outlined in the Chamber's Mission Statement.

The Government Affairs Council was established in 2005 and is charged with three primary tasks:

1. Identify areas where more involvement in state and federal government could have a positive impact on Boerne.
2. Disseminate information on local, state, and federal government initiatives, legislation, and programs to the local business community.
3. Make the voice of local business heard, particularly by local City and County government leaders.

Scheduled Monthly Meetings: 11:45 a.m. on the 1st Thursday of every month in the Boerne Chamber of Commerce conference room.

Chairman:  David Brown, Senior Director at the Cibolo Nature Center

Staff Member Responsible for Council:  Lynn Richter, Administrative Assistant.


Members:

Member Name

Company Name

   
Paul Barwick  City of Boerne Utilities 
   
Shawn Bonner  Hungry Horse Restaurant

David Brown,
Chairman

Cibolo Nature Center

Mike Bertuzzi  Merrill Lynch
   
Brenda Bryson  Monarch Physical Therapy
   
Richard Chapman  Kendall County Commissioners Court 
   
Ron Cisneros  City of Boerne Councilman
   
Pete Cowger   
   
Matt Diana  Covenant Services 
   
Roger Hemminghaus   
   
Charles Hepler  Texas Assoc of Professionals FCU 
   
Gene Miertschin  Kendall County Commissioners Court 
   
George Monroy  Monroy Information Technology Services 

Lynn Richter

Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce

Dan Rogers  Kendall County EDC 
   
Mike Schultz  City of Boerne / Sonora Bank 
   
Dub Smothers   
   
Jeff Thompson  City of Boerne Utilities 
   
Crisanne Zamponi  Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce 



Questions? Suggestions? Contact the Government Affairs Council by clicking here.

To help keep you better informed, we are providing you with local, state and federal website links for you to visit and review. Just click on the website link you wish to visit.

Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)

City of Boerne Council Meetings and Agendas website

City of Boerne Planning and Community Development website

Kendall County Commissioners Court

Boerne Independent School District

Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District

State of Texas Government

Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives

Texas Association of Business

VoteForBusiness, the Votexas.org

US Chamber of Commerce and

Friends of the US Chamber

Texas Voter Registration Applications (online or downloaded).

Kendall County Precinct map.

Kendall County Elections website.


Contact Lynn Richter at the Chamber, (830) 249-8000 if you have any questions.

Leadership Boerne is a community Leadership program aimed at increasing the leadership pool for the present and future of the Boerne area.

2013-2014 Class Coordinators: Emily Swope and Chad Yarbrough.

Scheduled Monthly Meetings: The Leadership Boerne Council meets on the 1st Monday of every month in the Boerne Chamber of Commerce conference room.

Chairman:  Peggy Day, Mary Kay Cosmetics

Staff Member Responsible for Council:  Mary Sue Hurdt, Director of Events and Programs.

Leadership Boerne is a fun and demanding series of classes spanning the nine-month traditional school year.  Acceptance into this popular nine-month leadership development program is limited, and all selected participants must be prepared to attend all nine full-day sessions.

Participants in Leadership Boerne will benefit from new learning opportunities in an atmosphere that stimulates class participation and teamwork.  Opportunities are provided to allow significant exposure to issues facing Boerne, surrounding communities, and the state -- now and in the future.  The program encourages participants to become part of an effective and creative leadership network.

The program consists of a one-day session each month, September through May, and culminates with graduation.  Sessions are normally held all day, the second Wednesday of each month, and include lunch underwritten by a contributing sponsor(s).  Topics are diverse, and generally relate to issues faced by our communities.

The Leadership Boerne program is sponsored by the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce.  Developed in 1998, the program strives to equip new and experienced leaders alike with tools that will increase awareness of issues facing our great community.

Contact Mary Sue Hurdt if you are interested in applying for the 2013-14 Leadership Boerne Class at (830) 249-8000.

Members:

Member Name

Company Name

Susan Cole   City of Boerne 
   
Pete Cowger   
   
Karen Daly  Coldwell Banker, D'Ann Harper Realtors
   
Peggy Day  Chair, Mary Kay Cosmetics 
   
Bryan D'Spain  Broadway Bank
   
Jo Lynn Fisher  Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home
   
Mary Sue Hurdt  Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce 
   
Stephanie Keene  Ryland Homes 
   
Tori Sherrill  Jefferson Bank 
   
Emily Swope  Emily Swope Company 
   
Allison Smoot  All County Home Care, LLC 
   
Gloria Williams  Toastmasters International 
   
Chad Yarbrough   Quality Gutter Systems
   
Crisanne Zamponi  Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce
 




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