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2016 Annual Report

Rockport Ful t n o Chamber of Commerce R-F Chamber the guide for members’ success By RICK McKINNEY 2016-17 Chairman

kept thinking of a lighthouse and how the light guides the boats into harbor. This reminded me of our Chamber as it shines On behalf of the Board of Directors, the light all over our community, the state I want to thank Tiffanie Hoover for her and sometimes the nation. It stands tall leadership of our Chamber this past year. with its 5-star Accreditation. It stays true Her passion to lead has made this year a to a Chamber’s role - guiding our memgreat experience for me. She has paved bers and driving our economy. the way to a great year for me. This is going to be another fantastic year. Chamber leadThrough proership is very motion, leaderimportant to me ship, advocating and just seems your behalf, Guiding Our Members on to follow me. networking and tto Success most About 13 years imporago, when I lived tantly, building in Port Lavaca, and boosting our I served on the economy, I will Chamber Board continue to work and became the hard making Chamber of Commerce President of that Aransas County, organization. Now Rockport and to be the leader of Fulton the best the Rockport-Fulton place to visit, live Chamber of Commerce gives me great and work. pride. I am so excited about our Board of When selecting a theme for this year, I Directors and Committee Chair Strategy

Planning Retreat. It will be held in August at Camp Aranzazu and in that retreat, we as leaders of your organization, will collectively plan an amazing “Program of Work”. We will publish the results

of that retreat at an upcoming Chamber Luncheon. We will encourage each of you to get involved to help complete each task. See SUCCESS, page 5

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2015-16 was a great year in many ways By TIFFANIE HOOVER Outgoing Chairman It has been an incredible honor to serve as your Chairman of the Board for this past year. My theme with a compass directing our path just a few of those accomplishments I am very proud of are: steering the ad campaign to a more digital online focus, increasing the use of Social Media throughout the organization, strengthening our governmental affairs program, and forming “touch point” groups such as the Home Based Business Council, RV Park Council, Hotel & Lodging meeting and increasing the Youth Leadership Program. This year has been an action-packed year! A new year brings changes in leadership and I would like to say thank you to past

chairman Karen Mella. A big thanks to outgoing Board Members Director Jennifer Day, Vice Chairs Paula Dean and Marsha Reid, and past chairman Karen Mella. To my entire Board, I am forever grateful to you for your hard work and dedication throughout the year. You each took a specific area you were interested in and made something happen. I am forever grateful for your support. To all the Committee Chairs for this past year, I appreciate you and the work you did, for it is through your work, that you make the Board’s job an easy one. Let’s talk about some of this year’s accomplishments: • Bay Blazers and Staff generated 100 See GREAT, page 7


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What does the Chamber do? Top 10 activities of the Chamber in 2015-16 By DIANE PROBST, IOM, CCE Chamber President/CEO You might wonder “What does the Chamber do?�, below is a list of the Top 10 activities of the Chamber this past year followed by a recap of the year. However, in writing this piece I feel I need to share a bit more of what the Chamber (its Board, Staff, and Volunteers) does. The below list does not mention the Chamber is a resource to the community as the staff is asked on a daily basis for needed materials, data, insight, facts and figures, contacts and connections over and above the normal referrals, etc. It is asked on many occasion by Chambers across the nation for counseling and support and ideas. As business owners contemplate opening their business or expanding, they often visit with the Chamber getting a feel of the seasonality situation of doing business in our community, helpful hints, logistics, etc. in a trusted, confidential environment. The Chamber also encourages collaboration among the local attractions and continuously offers connections and support for their needed projects and events. Another aspect of the Chamber is its role to spearhead training and support for local businesses all the while encouraging skill sets of owners and employees to reach for higher levels.

It is also a leader in bringing about speakers whether it be bringing a spokesperson from each of the plants in San Patricio and Nueces Counties to speak at a Board meeting or at events. These speakers are providing vital and pertinent information to grow our economy. The marketing plan to promote the community is of utmost importance to the Chamber and its execution is a major focus year round. 2015-16 Top 10 activities for the Chamber 1. 100+ new members bringing the total membership to 720 members. 2. Membership Levels Sponsorship Program grew by 13% 3. 27th annual HummerBird Celebration of 5,000 attendees and 41st Seafair of 15,000 attendees drew crowds during ordinarily slow economic periods. 4. Leadership Class project improves Spencer Park, LAC Alumni produce LAC Attack Kayak Tourney and 40 students complete Youth Leadership. 5. More than 500 seats taken in Chamber Academy Courses. 7. Held luncheons and evening events with timely “Hot Topics�. 8. Spear headed campaign to garner USA Today’s Reader’s #4 Best Coastal Small Town 9. New Website

produced quality business breakfasts for small businesses owners to learn, network and grow. The Windshield Tour, Speed Networking and the Hurricane Breakfast were Chamber successes. Membership Benefit and Networking Programs - More membership benefits and networking opportunities are ongoing goals for the Chamber. Chamber events such as the monthly Chamber luncheons, the annual Christmas luncheon, the Business After Hours, Rockport-Fulton Night at the Hooks Game, the new Network Wednesdays, and all the monthly meetings continue to be opportunities to network, learn and grow. Two Chamber member benefit programs providing member discounts are: Credit Card Processing Program and the RockportFulton Electric Coalition. They are designed to bring savings to our members. The Chamber Magazine, Member Window Decal, Member Website Icon, all work together to promote member to member business and shopping locally. Governance - This year new Councils formed bringing together areas of our membership that normally would not gather. Those newly formed Councils are: RV Park Council, Hotel & Lodging Council, Governmental Affairs Council and the

10. Added four new Councils: RV Park Council, Governmental Affairs Council, Home Based Business Council and Hotel & Lodging Council. New Building - This August will mark our fourth year in this new building. Each year, we try to add new enhancements to the Visitor Center. This year, we added awnings with signage “Visitor Information.� We hold an official “Chairman’s Circle� and gather together as many past chairs as possible for a meal and sharing. We have put requests into the City of Rockport and Town of Fulton to be a Trolley Stop and are looking forward to coordinating that program. Small Business Education - New opportunities for small businesses were a priority for the Chamber this past year. The Chamber partnered with the University of Houston – Victoria’s Small Business Development Center to offer SBDC Tuesdays. On Tuesdays, the SBDC representatives make assist local businesses. We also partnered with Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and the Small Business Administration SCORE on the Simply Social Media Thursdays. The Bay Blazers and Business Builders coordinated Business Expo with more than 50 vendors and nearly 350 attendees. The Business Builders

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Chamber staff profiles Diane Probst, IOM, CCE is the President/CEO and has held that position since 1990. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University - College Station, a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management and a Certified Chamber Executive from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. She also completed the economic development course at Texas A&M University and the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence Program. She is past chairman the Texas Chamber of Commerce

Executives in Austin. She is the recipient of the 2012 Marvin Hurley Award achieving that organization’s highest award. She launched her book titled Chamberology in 2013. It is an inspirational all-in-one guide to maximizing a Chamber professional’s potential for building and maintaining a five-star organization. She and her husband, Mike, have two grown daughters. Alyssa (Doug) Wilson and Ashlee (Cody) Lynch. They have three grandchildren: Ben, Connor and Campbell. Shelly Stuart, IOM, is Vice President

of Operations. She has held this position since June of 2011. Shelly joined the staff at the Chamber as Membership Coordinator in November of 2004 then served as Office Manager from 2007 to 2011. Shelly started as a volunteer by serving as a Bay Blazer and was Chairman of the Small Business Council (Business Builders) a committee which she is still involved in today. She is a graduate of LAC Class IX and is now coordinator of the program. Shelly is also staff liaison for the LAC Alumni Executive Committee, Youth Leadership Council

and LAC Steering Committee. Stuart is a graduate of Institute for Organizational Management at Tucson, AZ. She has lived in the Rockport-Fulton area since 2000. Shelly’s position at the Chamber keeps her involved in many activities outside the office and she spends most of her spare time entertaining her 8 ½ year old grandson, Samuel. Sandy Jumper is the Director of Tourism and Events. Sandy joined the Chamber Staff in 2011. See STAFF, page 4

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She is a Marketing graduate from Northeast Mississippi Community College. Before joining the Chamber staff she worked in various areas of the Hospitality and Marketing Industry. Other prior work experience includes working in the non-profit and educational industries as well as running a family business. Sandy has lived in the RockportFulton area for over eight years. She loves owning property that sits on the dividing line between Rockport and Fulton, making her a true representative of both. Sandy enjoys her work and delights in the increase of tourism in the area. She works closely with HummerBird, Seafair, Spring Fling, Heroes Cup, Attractions, and the Tourism Development Council. She is attending the Texas Tourism Industry Association’s Tourism College. She is a member of Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau and is working toward earning her TDM certification. She is currently the President of the Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council. She received the 2013 Kay Wolf/Rob Early award, two years in a row. It is the highest award given to an individual working within the tourism industry by TCBRTC. Sandy also serves on the Steering committee for Aransas Pathways. Kit Bettes is Director of Membership & Communications starting in April of 2014. Kit is a 7th generation Texan with a family Ranch near Goliad. She and her family are generational vacationers to RockportFulton. She and her husband honeymooned here 18 years ago. Kit moved to Rockport from the Dallas/ Ft Worth area where she owned two interior design businesses and was featured on WFAA Channel 8 news as their seasonal decorator correspondent. With a B.A. in Business and Education from the University of MaryHardin Baylor, she worked for the Texas Headquarters of Bank of America in Las Colinas, Texas. She held the position of Financial Officer managing the Top Tier accounts and working as manager in the Bank Divestiture Department. She also held the positions of the Special Events Coordinator for Dillard’s and the Public

Relations Administrative Assistant for the Hewitt Chamber of Commerce. In addition to being certified to teach, Kit has served as homeroom mom and served on many focus groups with her daughter’s schools. Kit’s vast experience in a number of careers paired with her love of Rockport-Fulton fuel her dedication to provide our community with an effective and successful Chamber of Commerce. She is currently attending Institute for Organization Management in Tucson, AZ.

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Bob Strait is the Visitor Center Coordinator. He was born and raised in East Texas. After high school, he joined the Navy. He has a BS in Business Management. He worked in management for various major freight forward companies loading and unloading aircraft throughout his career. He retired in 2006 and started traveling. During his tenure with the air freight companies, he was exposed to a lot of customer service both on the phone and in person while making sales calls. He finally decided to make RockportFulton his home in 2009 and has been working and volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce ever since. He loves talking and visiting with the many visitors who walk in to the Visitor Center. Rose Suenram is the Receptionist. Rose is originally from Memphis, TN where she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Memphis State. Moving to various places across the US, she settled in Houston working for a Board of Realtors Association coordinating Education Courses. She and her husband, Tim, moved to Rockport from Corpus Christi. Rose began working at the Chamber in April. It is her love of Rockport-Fulton that drew her to be involved with the Chamber, first as a volunteer “Charmer”, and now in her present position. Her passion for Rockport-Fulton makes her a strong advocate for the city, the chamber and for all its members.

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Continued from 1 This year will mark another great year for the Chamber in many ways. Businesses demand a lot from our staff and they give tirelessly every minute of every day. I would like to see our Chamber grow its membership and develop new programs to help our membership grow their businesses. Helping our members grow their businesses is a top priority of our Chamber. I believe that dedication and passion spills over into our organization making it one of the best in the nation. Our standing committees are strong, our events are well-

planned and our staff is well-trained. We are heading in the right direction and we know where we are going. We want to provide you with quality programs, energized activities and efficient work results. I am extremely proud of our community and our Chamber. I will encourage each of you to get involved to help complete each task. Get involved and let the guiding light of the Chamber shine for you. Thank you!


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ROCKPORT-FULTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE 2016-17

BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PRESIDENT/CEO VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS DIRECTOR OF TOURISM & EVENTS DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP / COMMUNICATIONS VISITOR CENTER COORDINATOR RECEPTIONST / ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

PROGRAMS & EVENTS DIVISION

MEMBERSHIP DIVISION

OPERATIONS DIVISION

COMMUNITY & PARTNERS DIVISION

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BUSINES EXPO

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FINANCE COMMITTEE

LEADERSHIP ARANSAS COUNTY STEERING COMMITTEE

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL

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NOMINATING COMMITTEE

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ARANSAS PATHWAYS COMMITTEE

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HUMMERBIRD CELEBRATION

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Past Award Recipients The following are local businesses and Chamber members who have received Chamber awards

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2004............................... Tom Staley 2005................................Don Hanks 2006..........................Bobby Jackson 2007...............................Jack Wright 2008................... Susie Bracht Black 2009............................Barbara Long 2010..................... Pete Chamberlain 2011................................ Carla Reed 2012............................... Jerry Lewis 2013.............................De McLallen 2014.............. Phil & Pam Stranahan 2015............................... Tom Callan

2010............................. Kathy David 2011.............................. Jatin Bhakta 2012.......................... Lynn Baskind 2013....................... Elizabeth Klontz 2014....................... Elizabeth Martin 2015..............................Becky Mays

Chamber Member of the Year 2004............................Kelly Gibson 2005.................................... Pat Hall 2006......................... Laura Denham 2007.............................Kam Wagert 2008............................. Craig Griffin 2009..............................Peggy Mayo 2010............................. Carla Rinche 2011...............................Brian Olsen 2012........................... Lynda Pouyer 2013........................ Tiffanie Hoover 2014..................Abigail Hutchinson 2015.............................Marsha Reid

Bay Blazer of the Year 2004.......................... Julie McLeish 2005.............................. Irma Parker 2006............................. Lamar Story 2007............................Kelly Gibson 2008........................ Peggy Chipman 2009...........................Gene Harrison 2010..............................Dana Daniel 2011..............................Dana Daniel 2012...........................Gene Harrison 2013...........................Gene Harrison 2014....................... Tempe Parisette 2015...........................Dawn Walker

Businesses of the Month (July 2015 - June 2016) JULY GLOW Restaurant AUGUST Sugar Shack SEPTEMBER Dias Construction OCTOBER Victoria’s Gold NOVEMBER AC Motorsports DECEMBER Risk Resources JANUARY ACE Hardware FEBRUARY Coastal Innovations MARCH Fulton Vol. Fire Dept. APRIL Companion Animal Clinic MAY Rockport Fitness JUNE L&F Distributors

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new members this year! • Produced our second Chamber Magazine filled with member names and addresses. • Leveraged our new ChamberMaster Membership Software to bring higher levels of service and awareness for our members. Additionally, we held our Membership strong at 720 members. Our Membership Levels Sponsorship Program reached new levels thanks to our corporate sponsors. • Implemented amazing new website to take us into the future. • Working with Aransas Pathways to create venues for visitors and locals for outdoor recreation. • Hosting many groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings keeping that entrepreneurial spirit alive. • Our Leadership Aransas County adult class has worked hard and with a heavy heart on the Spencer Park project, our youth leadership impacting the lives of some 40 students and our Alumni’s commitment to help the youth with the LAC Attack Kayak Fishing Tournament set for June 4. • We helped boost the economy hosting two events during slow economic periods – the HummerBird Celebration in September and a great Seafair with Bryan White, and Shenandoah Band in October. • We hosted six great Chamber Luncheons featuring topics such as “Talkin Trash … Not”, “Holiday Luncheon” - where we combined three luncheons into one, “New Things in 2016”, “Best Ideas,” “Leader in Me” featuring the Live Oak Elementary

Students and “Tourism – Impact on our economy” where we learned tourism employees 1,300 in Aransas County with consumer spending over $100 million in one year … just to name a few of the topics covered. • Our Business Breakfasts were great featuring “Windshield Tour” to the plants and port of Corpus Christi and the fantastic and eye opening Hurricane Breakfast. The Spring Fling to Cedar Bayou and the amazing Business Expo featuring our local businesses was a big hit and providing lots of networking opportunities. • The new Networking Wednesdays program has taken off with great enthusiasm. • USA Today ranked us #4 of the Best Small Coastal Towns in the US. • We had a great turnout for the RockportFulton Night at the Hooks Game … I enjoyed throwing out the ceremonial pitch... thank you to my family for supporting me and being there for me. • Chamber Academy courses continued to be a highlight involving members who want to learn. • Continued strengthening our Governmental Affairs (Advocacy Group) forming a council and meeting monthly. • Growing the financial strength of the Chamber increasing the savings by 50 percent. • We are proud of our Chamber Staff. They are dedicated and do so much for our See GREAT, page 8

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Board of directors profiles Rick McKinney, Chairman, is a lifelong Texan residing in Rockport for the past 9 years. He is very involved in the community volunteering time to a number of organizations like: RF Chamber of Commerce, Texas Maritime Museum, Boy Scouts & Sacred Heart School & Church. Rick’s education includes a BBA from Texas State University, MBA from University of Houston Victoria and Graduate Banking Degree from UT. Rick has been in banking for the past 25 years. When not working his hobbies include fishing, playing golf and hunting. Rick would like to add new benefits for current and new chamber members. He would also like to find new ways to enhance our chamber staff’s work environment and benefits. Abigail Fletcher, Director, born and raised in Rockport-Fulton, graduated from RFHS in the top of her class in 2000, graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. She married Jake in 2015 and welcomed sweet little Avery Mae into the world in 2016. She is CFO of her family business, C-Side Decorating, which is celebrating 29 years in business. She loves to read, sing, kayak, cook and teach Avery about the world around her! She is involved in many organizations. She is on the Chamber Board of Directors and the Treasurer for Habitat for Humanity of Aransas County. She is also involved in Relay for Life and Fulton Community Church. She is a graduate of Leadership Class XVII and Chamber Member of the Year 2013-14. Abigail would like to see more young people get involved in our community and watch it grow, but not too big of course! Betty Hattman, Chairman-Elect, is serving her third year on the Chamber Board. Betty and her husband own and manage TCS Telecom, a wholesale communica-

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tions company providing telecom services in over twenty states. This year TCS began offering local retail telephone service and introduced “The Total Phone” in the Rockport-Fulton area. The Chamber has assisted TCS by providing networking opportunities and workforce training to grow the business and staff. Betty serves on the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council and looks forward to assisting the Chamber with legislative advocacy for small business. County Commissioner Betty Stiles, Appointed Director, was born in Washington, DC. She came to Texas in 1970 and worked for El Paso Natural Gas as a commercial/ industrial photographer. Moved to Dallas and then Houston and owned her own photography studio. Bought a home in Lamar in 1981. She has two children Bill Santaiti of Houston and Tracy Goodwin of Rockport. She has a beautiful granddaughter Britney Goodwin who will be a sophomore at Rockport-Fulton High School this fall. She has served as Republican County Chair from 2007-11 and Treasurer of the Chamber’s Leadership Alumni Executive Committee. She also serves on the Board of Friends of Goose Island State Park, as liaison from the County to the Navigation District. She also serves on the Aransas County Historical Commission and attends all Storm Water Management Committee and Pathways Steering Committee meetings. Betty was an Elector to the Electoral College 2012 and founding member of the Rockport Rocketts. She is highly involved in environmental issues which includes freshwater inflows into our bays and estuaries, protecting Little Bay, groundwater conservation and water quality. Betty serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee and her main interest for the Chamber in the coming year is Legislative updates.

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community not to mention our Chamber. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your tireless commitment and passion for our members and our community. With many hands on the Compass, my year has come to a close. Our paths have led us to an accomplished, action-packed year! Our Chamber is strong and well positioned for next year. I look forward to an awesome 2016-17 year, thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Rick, I wish you the best of luck. I will be right by your side.

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Insurors. His previous service on several boards has helped him gain experience in helping the community. He and his wife have 18 month old twins Dean and Bailey and look forward to raising their family in Rockport. His focus will be making the Rockport-Fulton area a better place to live, work and raise a family. Cindy Duck, Vice Chairman, Cindy, her husband Bill and their 15 yearold son McCauley chose Rockport as their permanent home 10 years ago. Cindy facilitated the Chamber’s Youth Leadership Program, a collaborative program between the Chamber and ACISD which focuses on developing leadership qualities in middle school students. Cindy’s love and commitment for the Rockport-Fulton area is evident through her numerous volunteer activities including Chamber Board, Chamber Governmental Affairs Committee, Chamber Steering Committee, Leadership Aransas County Class XVI, Vice President ACISD Education Foundation, Executive Council ACISD Education Foundation and Nomination Chairman, RFHS SBDM Council, Rockport Center for the Arts 2016 Co-Chair Tour of Homes and 2012

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secretary. As a retired teacher who worked in this District for twenty-four years, she looks forward to a continuing partnership between the Chamber and School District in community development. The youth of Aransas County benefit immensely from the enrichment and attention paid to them by organizations like the Chamber. Working together enhances the lives and education of our young people to ensure that they graduate with the skills needed to be productive citizens. Everyone has a part to play in the future of our children, and the Chamber is definitely doing its part! James Creekmore, Director, is a partner with Johnson & Creekmore CPAs in Rockport. He is serving his third year in a second term as a Board of Director. He is a CPA with 17 years’ experience in public accounting practice. He is from Louisiana and moved to South Texas to attend college. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. James serves on the Chamber Finance Committee guiding the Chamber to its financial strength of today. He serves on the Chamber Board because he wants to see the Chamber and the community prosper. Lynn Baskind, Director, is serving her third year on the Board. Lynn says, “Moving to Rockport in 2005 was a great decision. Starting up Aire Serv, our A C / Heating Company was another good decision. Joining the RockportFulton Chamber of Commerce was our BEST decision. We and our employees have been working with this Chamber in various ways ever since. We have watched

our business grow and grow and GROW! Spending our time and energy, not lots of money with the Business Builders Committee, Leadership Aransas County, Leadership Alumni and, now the Board of Directors insures that Aire Serv of the Coastal Bend will continue to thrive. I am looking forward to a very productive year and welcome the challenges.”

her second year on the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Promoting local businesses in the RockportFulton community through personal interests and helping increase Chamber membership is one of her top priorities. She is proud to be part of such a vibrant and progressive community and will continue to work on behalf of Rockport-Fulton.

Becky Mays, Associate Director, was raised in Houston and moved to Katy Texas in 1989 with her husband David Mays Sr. of 28 years. They have 2 beautiful children David Mays Jr. age 25 and Megan Mays age 23. She has a gorgeous granddaughter Peyten Elizabeth that is 8 months old. Volunteerism is very close and dear to her heart. Becky is currently the Director of Business Development for Sea Crest Home Health. She works closely with Physicians and Case Managers of the Hospitals in our community to provide the best in home care for patients. Becky serves on the Board of Directors for the Council on Aging Governmental Affairs, Board of Directors for the Council on Aging Aransas County, Board of Directors for ACISD Education Foundation, Past President of Business Builders, Graduate of LAC Class XVII, Director of LAC Class XVIII, LAC Alumni Executive Committee, Steering Committee. She is a member of the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department and has served on the Board of Directors for Fulton Oysterfest for three years and is currently on the Seafair Committee, Ducks Unlimited Committee and is a Little Bay Sea Queen.

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casing the benefits of our community. We are fortunate to have such dynamic leadership and quality Chamber members. MJ Olsen, Associate Director, realtor at Coldwell Banker The Ron Brown Company. MJ has been a realtor for 10 years and holds the following certifications; Certified Residential Specialist, Resort & Second Home Property Specialist, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, Accredited Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Representative, Certified Negotiation Expert, e-PRO, and a Texas Affordable Housing Specialist. She moved here 12 years ago, with her husband Brian. They have one son, Sgt. Charles Olsen, US Army Reserves. MJ is a Silver sponsor of the Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce and looks forward to continuing her partnership with the Chamber. Robert J. Mitchell, Associate Director, is a retired 22 year Veteran of the United States Air Force. As a part time member of the Community from 1999-2011 he was active in volunteering for events such as Tropical Christmas and Seafair. Upon retirement in 2011 he took a short break and then started working for Rockport Fitness, a Crowley Property. In 2014 became a Bay Blazer and in 2015 was voted in as Bay Blazer President. Shortly after Robert graduated from Leadership Aransas County Class XIX and was invited back as the Director of Class XX. He is also active as a member of the Board of Directors for Coastal Bend Troop Support, an organization which not only supports local Veterans but also packs thousands of boxes each year and sends them overseas to our military members that are deployed. I feel that by constantly reassuring members of the value that our Chamber forwards them through networking, keeping relevant up to date information posted, helping them to promote their business, communication and education, will ensure members not only stay interested but also share with non-members the value of the return product they are and will receive. This will help us to raise membership as well as keep existing members interested a n d excited! Debra Corpora, Director, is president of the Aransas Bird and Nature club. She currently serves on the Chamber Tourism See PROFILES, page 12

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Development council, the Steering Committee of Aransas Pathways, and the Board of Directors of Aransas First. Protecting the environment is her passion. An avid birder and adventure traveler, Debra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She and her husband, Sam, have two grown children. She believes that nature tourism can create economic opportunities while preserving our coastal habitat. Donna “T” Townsend, Director, moved to the Rockport-Fulton area in 2004 to marry her husband Stanley who worked here. Donna T and her husband love this community and after 11 years they own three business: Legends and Sugar Shack in Fulton and Magnolias in Downtown Rockport. The support from the Chamber and the community has been part of what has kept the Townsend’s here. Donna T is very involved with the Humane Society, serves on the Board of the Chamber, Tourism Development Council, chairman of the Battle of the Bands of Seafair. She volunteers where she is needed. She is very excited to see the growth of our community and feels volunteering not only helps internally but externally. “Volunteerism allows you to touch and feel why the Rockport-Fulton community is so wonderful. I believe the community has much more to come” says Donna T. Shawn Marie Johnston, Director, is a wife and mother of two children who graduated from Rockport-Fulton High School and one Labrador Retriever. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a BA in Management Information Systems. Shawn’s family moved to Rockport-Fulton area in 2008. She owns

several local businesses including the local Hometown Sears and AC Motorsports. In addition, she has served on the Rockport Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the Environmental Committee. She is also active and supports many local service organizations and charities such as the ACISD Education Foundation, 100 Club, Rockport Little Theatre, RockportFulton Chamber of Commerce and Project Graduation. Diana Pardue, Associate Director, born in El Paso, Texas and grew up in the life of a father in the military. She had never been to Rockport but moved here in 2009 and opened a downtown Rockport store – Attitudes & Latitudes. I n 2012, she became a business partner with Jacqui MacCrea and they moved the store to Austin Street. Diana got involved in the Chamber by becoming a Bay Blazer. She enjoyed meeting all the people and has made many friends. In 2013, she married Rusty, and together they own Rusty’s Tropical Grill in Fulton. Diana has a son, Jason, a daughter Lauren and grandson Zeke. She is a graduate of Leadership Aransas County Class XIX and looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors. Dawn Walker, Associate Director, left the world of restaurant management to become a wife, mother and RV Park owner. She is the queen of her own RV Retreat full of wonderful people. Dawn and her husband David, her daughter and son, own Angler’s RV Retreat. They received Business of the Month in April of 2015. She volunteers at Sacred Heart School, served as President on the PTC for two years, has served on the Advisory Council for two years, chairs many fundraisers and

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Home Based Business Council. They have established policies and procedures and have been meeting monthly contributing

Meeting Schedule Bay Blazers First Wednesday monthly

Business Builders First Thursday monthly

Economic Dev. Council First Monday monthly

Big Open Luncheons Second Tuesday monthly (Summers Off)

Charmers (Volunteers) Last Tuesday monthly

Leadership AC Steering Com. First Thursday quarterly

Leadership AC Alumni Annual Meeting held in July

Tourism Dev. Council Last Thursday every other month

Board of Directors Third Tuesday monthly

Business After Hours Last Thursday monthly

Finance Committee Friday before 3rd Tuesday

Business Breakfasts Last Wednesday monthly (Check calendar for dates)

Business Counseling (Tuesdays, Call for appt.)

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productive research and sound decision making. Leadership Development - Generating strong, well-informed leaders is an important ongoing goal of the Chamber. Through the Leadership Aransas County Program, the Leadership Alumni Association and the Youth Leadership Council, the Chamber continues to generate extraordinary leadership. The Leadership Class did an outstanding job this year raising funds to improve Spencer Park. The LAC Alumni created a fabulous new event titled “LAC Attack CPR Kayak Fishing Tournament” to raise funds and awareness of the Youth Leadership Program. Environmental Committee/Aransas Pathways – Sensitivity to the environment is important to the Chamber. More public birding sites and hike and bike trails are on the horizon as permissions and rights of way are established. They have been instrumental in facilitating and developing history sites and kayak launch areas. This is a project of the Venue Tax. We worked hard this year helping launch Keep Aransas County Beautiful as its own organization. As a result, today they are forming their Board of Directors and filing necessary papers to become an affiliate with Keep Texas Beautiful. Legislative Advocacy - The Chamber takes a delegation to Austin and to Washington DC to meet with US lawmakers to strengthen our relationships with local, state and federal officials. Our Leadership Alumni held a Public forum on the Sheriff’s race. Our Governmental Affairs Council reviewed and recommended legislation and rulings. The latest ruling of the Department of Labor was reviewed at a Chamber Lunch and Learn. Financially Strong - The Finance Committee of the Chamber meets monthly to review the previous month’s activities in detail. The Chamber completes an annual audit each year. Transparency is extremely important in our Chamber. Seafair and HummerBird Celebration continue to generate needed funds to operate the Chamber and keep the membership dues affordable. Tourism Highlights - Tourism continues to be the highpoint of the Chamber. The top highlights for the year were: new website, Daytripper segment, expansions and popularity of our festivals and events, growth and interaction on Social Media, strong PR messaging and branding across diverse Texas markets, impactful advertising – billboard, magazine, TV, radio, newspapers, online and more, Aransas Pathways continued expansion of projects and lastly, making USA Today’s 10 best list for #4 Best Coastal Small Town. We continue to collaborate with local attractions monthly coordinating calendars and programs. Our Charmers – volunteer greeters – continue to do a phenomenal job helping visitors find their way around the community. Accreditation – 5-stars - The US Chamber’s Accreditation process involves nine areas: Communications, Human Resources, Programs, Benchmarks, Financials, Governmental Affairs, Technology and

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Councils and Committees create great touchpoints for involvement Through strong member involvement, the following Councils and Committees keep the Chamber in touch with the community and its members. “A member that is involved is a member that stays a member,” states Diane Probst, President/CEO. Economic Development Council For the past four years, the governmental entities and the Chamber have worked together to form an Executive Advisory Board of the Economic Development Council (EDC). They meet monthly. Diversifying our economy, guiding our growth into vacant buildings and improving the workforce are the primary goals of EDC. Currently, the Council is made up of Elected Officials and chairs and past chairs of our organization. Finance Committee Chamber members, the board of directors, and staff can feel confident about the financial management of the Chamber because of the policies and procedures that are in place to protect them. The Finance Committee meets monthly working under the direction of a Chairman and an external CPA. At each Finance Committee meeting a balance sheet and profit/loss statements are reviewed in detail against what was budgeted for the month, as well as year to date. The numbers are also compared with the same month from the prior year. One of the Finance Committee members gives a financial report at the monthly Board meeting. They meet on the Friday or Monday before the Chamber Board of Directors meeting at 12 p.m. at Prosperity Bank. Environmental Committee – Aransas Pathways The Chamber’s Environmental Committee is represented on various other environmentally oriented committees with Aransas County. These include the City’s Water Quality Committee, Aransas First, Aransas Bird and Nature Club, Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners, Friends of Connie Hagar and the Aransas Pathways Steering Committee. Close relationships with the National Estuarine Research Reserve/UTMSI in Port Aransas, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries. These relationships provide the Chamber the means to get involved and promote the Chamber’s interests wherever appropriate. Aransas Pathways Council continues to be a major area of the Chamber as these Venue Tax funds carrying out the project of creating hike and bike trails, kayak launch areas, birding and history sites. Home Based Business Council The purpose of this group is to be the first stop resource for Home Based Businesses in the area. They find effective and workable solutions to members’ issues and encourage active participation in Chamber networking opportunities and programs. This group has created “Network Wednesdays” held at 10 a.m. each Wednesday at the Chamber. They meet as a Council monthly on the last Wednesday. RV Park Council The purpose of this group is to provide an opportunity through monthly meetings, speakers, and networking events, to share successes and challenges. To find effective and workable solutions to members’ issues. And encourage active participation in Chamber networking opportunities and programs. This group meets monthly at the Chamber on the third Monday at 10 a.m. Hotel & Lodging Council The purpose of this group is to bring together this sector of our community to network, share issues and concerns and hear a monthly speaker on a pertinent topic. (i.e. Venue Tax Collection Process, HOT Tax Collections). This group meets monthly at the Chamber on the third Wednesday. Contact the Chamber at 361-729-6445 to sign up or get involved in a committee.

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Tourism Development Council The Tourism Development Council is a representative mix of businesses, individuals, and government officials, who are tasked with developing and implementing a marketing program to promote the area as a premier travel destination. Funds for these efforts are derived from the Hotel Occupancy Tax. Through workshops, focus groups, and marketing research, the TDC identifies prospective target groups and visitor interests. A creative team, media buying experts and Chamber staff review ads for placement and creativity, length of run, and return on investment, budgeting, etc. As a result, a 20-page Marketing Plan is created and is submitted to the Chamber Board of Directors for approval and is then presented to the City of Rockport, Town of

Fulton, and Aransas County for approval and funding allocations of the hotel tax. Attending at marketing workshops were Jatin Bhakta, Dawn Huff, Councilwoman Barbara Gurtner, Debra Corpora, Luis PurĂłn, Randall Freeze, Paula Dean, Cindy Duck, Commissioner-elect Brian Olsen, Commissioner Bubba Casterline, Craig Griffin, and Bob Strait - Chamber Staff Liaison. Also, Stacey Schneider Helen Thompson Media, Tiffanie Hoover - Chairman of the Board, Deb Prost of Prost Marketing, Donna Townsend, Tammy Finsted, Pam Stranahan, Diane Probst President/CEO, Sandy Jumper - Director of Tourism & Events, Kevin Carruth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; City Manager, Larry Pahmiyer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alderman Town of Fulton, Rick McKinney and Councilman Rusty Day (alternate).

Bay Blazers The Bay Blazer Membership Team is a group of business and individual members of the Chamber who spend time away from their offices, businesses and homes representing the Chamber at ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and grand openings. The Business Expo is their biggest annual event where they help introduce the people of our community to our business members in a fun and free environment. They also coordinate the Business After Hours evening events the last Thursday of each month, the Rockport-Fulton Night at the Hooks Game, and help and assist with many other events of the Chamber. Their goal was achieved with gaining 100 new members for this year. Members are Eric Heller, Andrea Hattman, Candy Fletcher, Taylor Place, Ty Helgenberger, Diana Pardue, Robert Mitchell - President, Elizabeth Martin, Jennifer Bradshaw, Debbie Williams, Tempe Parisette, Fernando Lopez, Angela Attal, and Dawn Walker.

Governmental Affairs Council Governmental Affairs Council reviews and makes recommendations on issues affecting Aransas County on local, state and federal levels through party involvement, agency advocacy and conferences. From time to time, Task Forces, Focus groups, Forums, Round tables are convened to discuss and decipher legislation and potential issues of the community. If the item under consideration falls within the annual adopted public policy or legislative agenda, then the Governmental Affairs Committee is permit-

ted to handle the item as long as it advances the legislative agenda. A legislative or public policy agenda is formed prior to our visit to the State and National Capitols. Some of the legislative issues the Chamber has worked on include: Windstorm Legislation, Water availability, Integrity of our bays and ecosystems, the full funding of tourism and public school funding. The Council meets the third Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at Taqueria Puerto Vallarta.

Leadership Aransas County The Leadership Aransas County Program is a great overall community-orientation program. The nine-month program focuses on building community stewardship and learning, planning for the future, leadership skills and public speaking. Each class is challenged to come up with a project they can complete together, that benefits the community or county and leaves a legacy for their class. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class project was to refurbishing Spencer Park. Graduates of the program have a strong potential for future leadership in the community. They have the most up-to- date knowledge of the community and often later serve in an elected official role, as a chairman of an organization or event, heading up a capital campaign or many other worthy endeavors. There is also a youth program held during the year. It is simply a miniature version of the adult program and gives each student a foundation from which to build as a young leader. Class XX members are Kathy Payton, Kathy Helgenberger, John Gravell, Christie Mize, Ryan Picarrazzi, Lauren Rios, Courtney Smith-Chavez, Dwight Edens, Jason Staff, Ryan Ford, Sarah Solis, John Aquilino, Tracy Shelton. Shelly Stuart is the Chamber staff liaison. Robert Mitchell was class director.

LAC Alumni The Leadership Aransas County Alumni Association is comprised of graduates of the distinguished Leadership Aransas County (LAC) program. Alumni stay in touch with the LAC program by facilitating classes, serving on the Steering Committee, supporting the Youth Leadership Program, and being active in the Alumni Association. This year, to raise funds and awareness of the Youth Leadership Program, they have worked tirelessly to establish the LAC Attack CPR Kayak Fishing Tournament (formerly the YAK Attack). They were able to raise over $2,000.

Small Business Council â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Business Buildersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The purpose of the Small Business Council â&#x20AC;&#x153;Business Buildersâ&#x20AC;? is to coordinate a variety of educational and fun events, workshops and forums that assist small business members in growing their business. The goals are to develop activities and resources to enhance employee recruitment, employee retention, facilitate networking opportunities to build relationships among small businesses, and to strengthen the communication between small business members and the Chamber. They coordinate Business Breakfasts such as Speed Networking, Windshield Tour and the Hurricane Breakfast.

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Two events have impact during slower season HummerBird Celebration Sept. 15-18 Celebrate the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and all fall migrants at the 28th annual HummerBird Celebration in Rockport and Fulton, Texas Sept. 15-28. Many opportunities exist to see and learn more about these incredible creatures during bird banding, bus/boat and nature tours, field trips, lectures, workshops, outdoor exhibits, butterfly exhibit and of course, Hummer Home tours. The event features over 60 vendors of bird and nature-related merchandise. A Thursday evening reception at the Rockport Center for the Arts kicks off the event. A committee of very dedicated individuals coordinate the event each year. Rockport-Fulton Seafair Oct. 6-9 Seafair is held in October during an

ordinarily slow period for our community. It draws some 15,000 to 20,000 people. It provides an outlet for non-profit organizations to raise funds. It promotes the seafood industry as well as the community via regional advertising. Seafair is divided into divisions: vendors, gumbo, entertainment, water activities, parade, contests, children’s activities and more. Each division has multiple chairmen who have become experts at what they do. Most of the success of Seafair is attributed to the talents of the volunteer chairmen. Coordination of the event involves some 250 volunteers setting up, working gates, selling drink tickets, greeting people, lining up people for the parade, emcees, judging, banking, serving, etc. The event is now four days with the addition of the Battle of the Bands on Thursday evening. Contact Sandy Jumper of the Chamber Staff at tourism@1rockport.org to get involved with the committees above.

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