The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce announced that its board of directors has confirmed Craig Enoch, former Texas Supreme Court justice, as the Chamber’s 2020 board chair. The board selected Nikki Graham, Bank of America Austin market president, as the Chamber's chair-elect.
"I am honored to have spent the last year serving as board chair of the Austin Chamber," said 2019 Board Chair Brian Cassidy. "The Chamber has an incredible staff led by Mike Rollins, and the dedication of the volunteer leadership of those serving on the board of directors was remarkable. Collectively, we were able to positively impact our city and region in a number of ways. During 2019, we added thousands of new jobs to the Central Texas economy, we saw the announcement of Austin FC, we secured two new international air service routes that help connect us globally, and we helped forge a coalition of businesses, non-profit organizations, faith-based groups and churches to address homelessness in our community through the launching of ATX Helps. We also spread the message that job creation creates opportunities for prosperity for individuals and their families and for the community as a whole- a message that should resonate with elected and community leaders throughout our region. I wish Craig Enoch the best of luck as he assumes the chair position for 2020, and I want to thank the Chamber and the business community for all of their support during my time as chair."
In 2019, Enoch served as the Chamber’s chair-elect.
“With the growth in economic prosperity successfully facilitated by the Greater Austin Chamber, our leadership is bringing resources to bear on the myriad challenges presented by that growth," said Enoch. "As we look forward to 2020, I am ready to get to work as chair of the Chamber. But, first, I want to thank our current chair, Brian Cassidy, for all that he has done over the past year and for his dedication to, and leadership of, the Chamber. Following Brian’s lead, we’ll continue to bring value to the community by encouraging job creation, by helping ATX Helps reach its goal of opening and operating Austin’s first unsheltered homeless triage facility and shelter early in 2020, by supporting innovative solutions to Austin area traffic and workforce challenges, and by educating voters on local issues important to the business community. There is much work to be done, and I know that with the help of many across the region from the private-business, public-sector, and faith-based communities, 2020 will be a year of incredible success. Prosperity is our mission.”
As 2020 chair-elect, Nikki Graham will serve as chair of the board in 2021.
“I am truly humbled and excited to be selected as the 2021 chair for the Austin Chamber," said Graham. "I look forward to the coming year as chair-elect, which will be informative and instructive on what we will need to focus on as a community in 2021. I am a firm believer in the good work the Chamber does that benefits our regional economy and community and look forward to leading those efforts. I want to thank Brian Cassidy for his steadfast leadership during 2019 and wish Craig Enoch well as he assumes the chair in 2020.”
The Chamber confirmed its incoming executive committee.
- Immediate Past Chair - C. Brian Cassidy, Locke Lord
- Opportunity Austin Chair - Gary Farmer, Heritage Title Company of Austin
- General Council - Lorinda Holloway, Husch Blackwell
- Vice Chair Education - Nèstor Ho, Silicon Labs
- Vice Chair Customer Experience - Stacy Armijo, Amplify Credit Union
- Vice Chair Local & State Advocacy - Tamara Fields, Accenture
- Vice Chair Programs and Partnerships - Kristin Marcum, Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
- Chair Austin Gives - Jeremiah Bentley, Texas Mutual Insurance Company
- Vice Chair Federal Advocacy - Fred Heldenfels, Heldenfels Enterprises
- Vice Chair Austin Business Owners Council - David Jabour, Twin Liquors
- Vice Chair Communications - Allison Castle, Castle Communications
- Vice Chair Regional Mobility - Shaun Cranston, Halff Associates
- Vice Chair Finance - Steve Knebel, Maxwell Locke & Ritter
- Vice Chair Talent - Cynthea Rhodes-Patterson, Home Depot Austin Technology Center
- Vice Chair Technology & Innovation - Ellen Wood, vcfo
- Vice Chair National Security Innovation - Jason Kelley, IBM
- Vice Chair Civic Engagement - Miguel Romano, Ascension Seton
- Member at Large - David O'Neil, Wells Fargo
- Member at Large - Clint Harp, LCRA
- Member at Large - Shelley Gretlein, National Instruments
The Chamber also announced 12 new board members who will serve from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2022.
- Mason Ayer, Kerbey Lane Cafe
- John Garrett, Community Impact Newspaper
- Rudy Garza, Garza EMC
- Dave Greeley, Two Oak Ventures
- John Greenwood, American Bank
- Kristie Gonzales, KVUE-TV
- Kenny Hill, Goodwill
- Ali Khataw, Encotech Engineering Consultants, Inc.
- Pam Madere, Jackson Walker
- Malini Rajput, Capital One
- Jennifer Stevens, JHL & Rocca
- Todd Steward, St. David’s Medical Center