The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce offers several ways to get involved with the organization and our community. 

  • Ambassadors Committee - Ryan Ammon

  • Membership - Steve Moore

  • Economic Summit Committee - Denise Aver-Phillips, Michael Alcantar, Darlene Ellison

  • Education Committee - Cheryl Barnes & Tammy Vines

  • Legislative Affairs Committee - Brian Bessner

  • Marketing & Public Relations Committee - MaryBeth Shapiro

  • Economic Growth & Development - Mike Nurre & Fred Welsh

  • Rise & Shine Networking Breakfast - Jesse Simmons & Mark Weber



Ambassadors/Membership Retention
Ryan Ammon, Chair

The Ambassadors Committee assists the chamber in recruiting and retaining members by contacting and encouraging their active participation on committees and at events. The Ambassadors serve as "greeters" at membership luncheons and attend ribbon cuttings and special events, including Business After Hours. Because we are a primary contact for new members, we make certain they are getting the full benefit of Chamber membership. If their needs are not being met, we serve as problem-solvers utilizing our own expertise, that of other chamber members, and the staff.

Realizing members are the "life-blood" of the Chamber, this committee will establish and implement a plan to recruit new members and retain existing members. The committee will research, develop and help implement programs and services that are of benefit to the Chamber's membership, working with other committees as appropriate.

Economic Summit

The Economic Summit is one of the Greater East Dallas Chamber’s signature events. Each year we display key individuals and topics relevant to East Dallas and to the metroplex. Subjects have ranged from residential real estate to the North Texas Super Bowl. The summit is held in October each year, is very well attended and offers multiple sponsorship and participation opportunities.


Cheryl Barnes, Chair
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The purpose of the Education committee is to recognize exemplary school efforts in both public and private schools in the area, specifically through an annual teacher award ceremony where individual teachers receive encouragement and appreciation from the business community. The committee also serves as a clearinghouse of information from schools on volunteer opportunities that would enhance the experiences of children who attend schools in East Dallas.

Legislative Affairs Committee

Part of the mission of the Chamber is to represent the members with issues involving federal, state, and local legislation and to assist with quality of life questions. To accomplish this mission, the Governmental Affairs Committee monitors business legislation and recommends positions to the Chamber's Board of Directors. This committee also hosts political forums to disseminate information to the members regarding political candidates and initiatives.

Marketing/Public Relations

The Marketing and PR committee works with the event chairs for the Chambers monthly luncheons, special events, and networking events as well as annual summits and forums related to a variety of business and community interests. The committee strives to communicate and provide all of the needed marketing materials and public relations needed for the success of all of the Chamber's activities. Marketing and PR also works closely with the other Chamber committees and the Chamber Board to ensure the needs of our membership are served in the best and most resourceful manner.

Economic Growth & Development

The purpose of this special committee is to research, identify and serve as Chamber liaisons to Greater East Dallas communities in the various stages of development and beautification plans to renew, enhance and progress those areas of East Dallas.  The committee also keeps the Chamber Board informed of economic development/enhancement issues that are non-political in nature.  The Chair of the Economic Development Committee is also a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee so that, should an issue involving legislation arise, the Governmental Affairs Committee/Chair can make a recommendation to the Chamber Board for action.

Rise and Shine Networking Breakfast


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