This year’s Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held on the last Friday in January, as it has been for the last 96 years. The evening was filled with food, fun and excitement. We reflected on our accomplishments, thanked all who contributed to the successes, and honored those who made New Braunfels a better place to live, work, and play. A special thanks goes out to Mark Hampton who served as our Chair in 2014. Under his leadership, the Chamber advanced its mission on both the civic and business sides of our community. The night was capped off with the presentation of the Besserung Award to recipient Mary Jane Nalley, Congratulations! Now it’s time to look forward and introduce the Board of Directors for 2015:

Heidi Aleman – NBISD Education Foundation

Neice Bell – New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

Stuart Blythin – The Resort at Schlitterbahn

H. Sumner Bowen – Retired/Investor

Brannon Brooke – TCOR Insurance Management

Joe Castilleja – Frost Bank and New Braunfels Chamber Board Chair

Brandon Dietert – New Braunfels Smokehouse, Inc. and New Braunfels Chamber Board Vice Chair

Soriya Estes – Estes Audiology Hearing Center

Mark Hampton – Century 21 Randall Morris and New Braunfels Chamber Board Past Chair

Robin Jeffers – J & R Gymnastics and New Braunfels Chamber Board Vice Chair

Nelda Juarez – CenterPoint Energy

Andrew Kim – Comal Independent School District

Kirk Kotylo – Standard Casualty Company

Greg Lutz – Wells Fargo Bank

Nathan Manlove – The AMMO Group

Douglas Miller – Miller & Miller Insurance Agency

Randy Moczygemba – New Braunfels Independent School District

Jimmy Rabon – Cemex

Natalie Rouguex – Rougeux & Associates PLLC and New Braunfels Chamber Board Chair-Elect

Christine Seidel – Seidel Properties

Charles Stephens – Judge, Comal County Court at Law #2

Shane Wolf – Rockin ‘R’ River Rides

Travis Wuest – Natural Bridge Caverns

Mike Ybarra – Legacy Commercial Real Estate

Now that you know the Chamber Board, please feel free to reach out to help us better promote the civic and commercial progress of the area. Our purpose is to fulfill four functions: governance, policy and position development, visionary, and fiduciary. “Through the authority granted in the articles of incorporation and the bylaws, the board is responsible for governing the organization. … The Board reviews and develops policy and positions that will guide the organization and its stakeholders. … In addition, the Board sets the course for the organization well into the future.” Last but not least, “the Board has the responsibility to protect the organization and its resources.”

I also want to take this opportunity to personally and professionally thank the Board for their time and talents as they serve and help to promote New Braunfels: For The Time Of Your Life.