Chairman of the Board
The Future is NOW!
Provide unified support and promotion of the Brazosport Community for economic prosperity.
The center of influence for a prosperous community.
Community Issues Division
Vice Chairman Evelyn Wright Moore, Brazoria County Head Start
Purpose: Forecast and address community issues.
Safetytown Coordinating Committee
Barbara Franklin, Community Foundation of Brazoria County & Lucy Pendon
Provide an organized, educational safety program for children having completed kindergarten.
Goal: Graduation of 400 children.
Women in Business
Patty Sayes, Brazos Mall
Present luncheons that foster opportunities for networking and personal and professional growth.
Brazosport Professionals Network
Meredith King, True to Life Ministries & Anne Bartlett, Brazosport College
Provides an opportunity for professionals to focus on leadership and business development in order to promote success, excellence, and innovation among our community’s leaders..
Convention and Tourism Division
Vice Chairman Joe Ripple, Brazoria County Flood Plain Director
Purpose: Promote the Brazosport Area as a vacation and convention destination.
Lodging & Attractions Committee
Gather and exchange information to cross-promote attractions.
Economic Development Division
Vice Chairman Wendy Mazurkiewicz, Freeport LNG
Purpose: Partner with the eight Brazosport cities, industry and retail/service establishments to retain existing business and industry and attract new investors.
Government Affairs Committee
Ravi Singhania, Port Commissioner
Keep informed of local, state and federal legislation affecting our business community and recommend appropriate action to the Chamber Board of Directors.
Housing Development Committee
Art Vandaveer, TDECU – Your Credit Union
Compile information from developer and builders to create a database of homes available in the Brazosport Area to be distributed to industry employees seeking housing.
Major Industry Sessions
Gary Crabtree, The SI Group
Chamber liaison will meet with area industry managers in conjunction with Brazoria County Petrochemical Council to address industrial needs and concerns and establish how the Chamber can assist with these issues
John Cone, Clyde Cone Realty
Improve area transportation by meeting with TxDOT, Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport, County Engineer and Port Freeport on transportation, signage and infrastructure issues and projects needed for the area.
Vice Chairman Al Guevara, CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport
Purpose: Recruit and develop new Chamber members and encourage active participation for all members.
Judge Jack Brown, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1
Serve as the public relations arm of the Chamber at ribbon cutting ceremonies and various Chamber events throughout the year.
Leadership Task Force
Nikki Maddox, Farmers Insurance Agency
Neldia Ahlquist, Neldal Insurance Agency
Conduct the 2017 Leadership Brazosport Class designed to develop the future leaders of the community.
Joe Ripple, Brazoria County Flood Plain Director
Present luncheons throughout the year with speakers on various issues affecting Chamber members and the business community.
Public Affairs Division
Vice Chairman Vicki Melass, Allstate Insurance Agency
Purpose: Represent the Brazosport business community as reflected by Chamber membership and maintain a good working relationship with local, county, state and national officials.
Brazoria County Day Support Committee
Wayne Shaw, Shaw AV Rentals
Support Brazoria County Day in Austin (the world’s largest shrimp cocktail) in conjunction with the Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County and the six other Chambers of Commerce in Brazoria County, to be held at Fiesta Gardens on March 7, 2017. Invitations are sent to all state legislators and state agencies to attend.
Mayors and City Managers Meetings
L.G. “Butch” Murrell, Coastal Machine & Mechanical
Mayors & City Managers from the eight cities in the Brazosport area meet quarterly to discuss municipal activities and needs and enhance communication between the Chamber and cities.
National Prayer Day
Robyn Cochran, TDECU Wealth Advisors, LLC & Fred Ortiz, Lake Jackson EMS
In conjunction with the Brazosport Ministerial Alliance implement prayer sessions on National Prayer Day.
Vice Chairman Bob Sipple
Purpose: Hold events designed to promote or educate the Chamber members.
Holiday Tour of Homes
Jeannette Merritt, Integrity Mortgage
Host a tour of some of Brazosport’s finest and most unique homes in December of 2016.
State of the Community
David Winder, The Dow Chemical Company
Host a luncheon in November of 2016 providing reports on various sectors of the Brazosport economy.
Taste of the Town
Tony Wood, Baywood Foods
Promote member restaurants at the Chamber’s only major fund-raiser, Taste of the Town, celebrating its 25th year, by allowing attendees to sample the variety of cuisines offered throughout the area.
Capital Projects Campaign
The Executive Committee
Raise the necessary funding to retire the debt on the Chamber Facility.