Board Members

Chamber Executive Committee

Jennifer manning

Jennifer Manning


Ms. Manning is a tax and consulting partner with Pattillo, Brown & Hill, LLP and has been with the firm for 25 years. She has served the Waco Chamber as a member of the board of directors and sponsor of the Leadership Waco and LEAD programs. Manning also serves as treasurer for the 100 Club of the Heart of Texas and the China Spring ISD Education Foundation and is a trustee for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.


George Chase


Mr. Chase is the President of Insurors of Texas, where he has worked for 25 years. He has volunteered for a number of non-profit organizations in the community, including serving as the President of the YMCA of Central Texas, the Waco Rotary Club, and the Heart of Texas Red Cross.


Kary Lalani

Vice Chair

Mr. Lalani is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Lalani Lodging Inc. and other affiliated entities where he is involved in the investment, development and management activities of the company’s hotel and real estate assets. Kary currently serves on the Owners Advisory Council for the Hilton Garden Inn brand, the Greater Waco Sports Commission and is a member of the Waco Business League. Past involvement includes a tenure as the Chairman of the Baylor Waco Foundation.

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Philip Patterson

Vice Chair

Mr. Patterson is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, joining Ascension Providence in February 2018. Philip spends time in the community by serving on the Waco Chamber Executive Committee, Waco Chamber of Commerce Board, Prosper Waco Board of Directors, Health Board and Behavioral Health Committee. He also serves on the Waco Family Practice Foundation Board, Waco Industrial Foundation Executive Committee, Baylor University Robbins Healthcare Advisory Council and Waco Business League.

Rick Tullis

Rick Tullis

Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Tullis is the President and a founding partner of Capstone Mechanical, which he helped launch in 2005. He also spends time in the community by serving on the Board of Advisors for the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy and is engaged with many other civic and non-profit organizations in the Greater Waco community.

Matthew Meadors

Matt Meadors

President & CEO

Mr. Meadors is President and CEO of the Greater Waco (TX) Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for the successful execution of the organization’s strategic plan. In his capacity as the organization’s President and CEO, Meadors also serves as the Executive Vice President of the Waco Industrial Foundation, and President and CEO of the Waco Chamber of Commerce Community Development Foundation.

Board of Directors

Elected 2019 - 2021

JOSETTE AYERS - Ink & Stitches Screen Printing & Promotions
HERBERT BRISTOW - Haley & Olson P.C.
JASON COOK - Baylor University
CAROLYN HAFERKAMP - Central National Bank
MITCHELL HORNER - Independent Bank
RACHEL PECHACEK - First National Bank of Central Texas
ANDREW PICK - Caterpillar Inc. Waco Distribution Center

Elected 2020 - 2022

SAM BROWN - Brown Properties
BRAD CRYE - Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Hillcrest
ERIN DAVIS - RinBo Properties
JOHN EMBRY - Pioneer Steel & Pipe Co., Inc.
CHRIS GERICK - Eagle Systems, Inc
SAM HAYS - Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson, PLLC
KEITH HELPERT - K4 Construction, LLC
TODD MOORE - Alliance Bank Central Texas

Elected 2021 - 2023

FRANK GRAVES - McLennan Community College
DANA HASSEL - American Bank
MICHAEL HILLMAN - Visiting Angels
BEN LACY - Community Bank & Trust
CHAD ROBINSON - Specialty Property, Ltd.
HECTOR SABIDO - Prophecy Media Group
KIM STEVENS - Waco Social
ANGELA TEKELL - Tekell & Tekell, LLP
JOBETSY TYLER - First Central Credit Union

Appointed 2021

AARON MCMILLAN - 1519 Surveying, LLC
CHUCK SIVESS - American Guaranty Title
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