Committees and Task Forces

Members are encouraged to join, Guests welcome to visit!  The Chamber offers a support network for area businesses and has diverse program offerings to help businesses of all sizes, from the one-person entrepreneurial company to the large corporation.

1,001 COMMITTEE
Chair                           Errol Allen, Errol Allen Consulting (281-467-9189 / errol@errolallenconsulting.com)
Board Liaison           Tony Samper, American Services (281-355-9100 / tony@hvacsolution.net)
Chamber Rep           Samaria Chicas (713-785-4922 / sam@hwcoc.org)

This committee works to increase the quality of Membership by examining the value provided through the Chamber. **Meets on the second (2nd) Friday of each month at the Chamber Office, Suite 125, from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

 

AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE [By Application Only - Contact Chamber Rep for Details]
Chamber Rep            Marketa de Rooy (713-785-4922 / marketa@hwcoc.org)
Board Liaison            Cliff Simpson, Phillips & Reiter, PLLC (713-554-6903 / csimpson@outsourcegc.com)

This committee focuses on engaging and orienting new Members to the Chamber and is instrumental in Member retention. Must complete application to be considered. **Meets on the second (1st) Thursday of each month at the Chamber Office Building, Suite 890, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

 

BUSINESS & EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE
Co-Chair                  Dee Jones, Alief ISD (281-498-8110 / delores.jones@aliefisd.net)
Co-Chair                  Elizabeth Beguerie, Fusion Academy Houston Galleria (713-963-9096 / ebeguerie@fusionacademy.com)
Chamber Rep         Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee supports efforts to mentor and provide jobs through our four ISDs and private schools in West Houston. This committee also plans the Annual Teacher of the Year & Business Partnership Awards Luncheon in May. **Meets on the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month, Aug – May, at various Chamber Member locations from 8:30 - 9:30 AM. Check the Chamber’s online calendar for up to date meeting locations.

 

BAGELS & BUSINESS
Hosted by                   Gerard Charles, P.F. Chang’s Highland Village
Chamber Rep            Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This monthly networking event provides a forum to expand business connections through organized activities and a complimentary breakfast. **Meets on the fourth (4th) Tuesday of each month at P.F. Chang’s – Highland Village, 4094 Westheimer Rd, 77027, from 7:00 - 8:30 AM.

 

BUSINESS OVER BREAKFAST
Hosted by              Bill Thorne, Edward Jones and Joanne Ericksen, The Ericksen Law Firm
Chamber Rep       Kirsten Deagen & Samaria Chicas (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org/ sam@hwcoc.org)

This monthly networking event provides a forum to expand business connections through organized activities and a complimentary breakfast. This popular event draws an average attendance of over 80 Members and Prospective Members. **Meets on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each month at Westside Café, 10350 Richmond Avenue, next to the Chamber Office Building, from 7:00 – 8:30 AM.

 

BUSINESS RESOURCE COMMITTEE
Chair                     Amber Timmermeyer, JE Dunn Construction (713-353-6239 / amber.timmermeyer@jedunn.com)
Board Liaison     Kathie Edwards, Westpark Communications, LP (713-785-3238 / kedwards@westparkcom.net)
Chamber Rep     Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee provides Chamber Members and guests with educational and supportive seminars to improve business practices in West Houston.  **Meets on the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month at the Chamber Office Building, Suite 890, from 7:30 - 9:00 AM.

 

GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE (OCTOBER)
Board Liaison          Steve Peters, Amegy Bank of Texas (713-232-1518 / steve.peters@amegybank.com)
Chamber Rep          Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee works together to plan, execute and host the chamber's  Annual Business Golf Classic, held in October. **Meets on the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month (March through November) at the Chamber Office, Suite 125, from 12:30 – 1:30 PM.

 

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Chair                            Joanne Ericksen, The Ericksen Law Firm (832 588-3346 / joanne@theericksenlawfirm.com)
Chamber Rep            Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee works to educate membership and actively participates in legislative and public policy issues directly affecting the West Houston business community, hosting a Legislative Trip to Austin in February, a Pre or Post Legislative Update in the Fall, and the Diamond Leadership Awards Breakfast in December. **Meets on the last Tuesday of each month at Brookstreet BBQ, 10705 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042, from 11:45 AM -1:00 PM with special luncheons throughout the year. Check the Chamber’s online calendar for up to date meeting locations.


HEALTH & MEDICAL FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Chair                           Dr. Brian Sekula, The Health Performance Institute (713-484-6871 / bsekula@briansekula.com)
Chamber Rep           Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee works to raise funds for the annual Health & Medical Luncheon, held in September, to provide at least two scholarships of $1,000 to adults seeking a secondary education in the health and medical field. **Meets on the second (2nd) Thursday of each month at Chamber Office Building, Suite 890, from 11:30AM – 12:30 PM.

 

SALUTE TO VETERANS LUNCHEON FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE (NOVEMBER)
Chair                            Susan Parish, New Penn Financial (832-397-6383 / sparish@newpennfinancial.com)
Board Liaison            Clyde Bryan, Highlights Electrical (713- 266-6464 / clyde@hohi.net)
Chamber Rep            Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee plans, executes and hosts the annual Salute to Veterans Luncheon, held in November, to recognize the contribution of our local service men and women. **Meets on the third (3rd) Thursday of each month at various locations, from 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM.

 

SEO411: THE BASICS OF SEO MONTHLY CLASS
Hosted by           Beth Guide (281-389-5117 / beth@seo411.com)     
Chamber Rep    Samaria Chicas (713-785-4922 / sam@hwcoc.org)

This interactive monthly class provides information to Chamber Members about the uses of internet marketing, with topics ranging from Search Engine Optimization to social media. ** Meets second (2nd) Wednesday of each month at The Forum at Memorial Woods, 777 N Post Oak Rd, 77024, from 11:00 - 1:00 PM. Second session meets on the fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month at the Chamber Office Building, Suite 890, from 11:00 - 1:00 PM.

SMOKIN' CONNECTIONS FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE [By Application Only - Contact Chamber Rep for Details]
Chair                            Seth Stokes (seth@launchgrfx.com / 832-622-6417)

Board Liaison            Michael Griffin, SilverOak Financial (MGG@SilverOakfinancial.com/ 713-830-6345)
Chamber Rep            Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee plans, executes and hosts the annual Men’s Only Event, in November, as well as Hidden Gent’s Field Trips, throughout the year. **Meets on the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month at Praetorian Protective Services, 10801 Hammerly Blvd., Suite 148, Houston, TX 77043, from 4:00 - 5:30 PM.

 

WEST HOUSTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
Chair                            Dick Helmey, truecolorGRAPHICS/FASTSIGNS 15301 (281-579-4407 / richard.helmey@fastsigns.com)
Board Liaison            Dick Helmey, truecolorGRAPHICS/FASTSIGNS 15301 (281-579-4407 / richard.helmey@fastsigns.com)
Chamber Rep            Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee plans, executes and hosts the annual Economic Development Summit, held in February, to announce the findings of the Annual University of Houston Economic Development Study focused on West Houston. **Meets on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each month from July through March from 11:30 - 1:00 PM at memorial Meeting Room, 12655 Memorial Drive. 

 

WEST HOUSTON LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (WHLI)
Chair                            Jeannie Bollinger, Houston West Chamber (713-785-4922 / jeannie@hwcoc.org)
Administrator            Amal Saweris (admin@WHLI.net)

The West Houston Leadership Institute (WHLI), is a 501 (c) 3 charity, was created by the HWCOC to train and develop leadership in the West Houston community by building on the common core values, goals, and strategic teamwork of our residents and businesses. WHLI is now a stand alone program (a sister organization to the HWCOC), operating under the guidance and direction of a dedicated team of current business people and community leaders. WHLI provides the framework for dialogue and analysis of issues facing the community. Self-organized learning expeditions help participants determine first-hand what opportunities and threats affect the community. This 10-month leadership program costs $1,800 for Members and $2,000 for prospective Members. For more information, visit www.whli.net.

 

WOMEN DRIVING BUSINESS FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE [By Application Only - Contact Chamber Rep for Details]

Chair                       Sarah Cain, Sarah’s Florist (281-497-5533 / sarahs-florist@sbcglobal.net)
Board Liaison       Dulcie Wink, The Wink Law Firm, P.L.L.C. (832-772-0002 / dulcie.wink@winklaw.com)
                                 Kathie Edwards, Westpark Communications, L.P. (713-785-3238 / kedwards@westparkcom.net)
Chamber Rep       Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee plans and executes a three-part event series aimed at key businesswomen in West Houston, including C - Level Executives and female businesses owners. The Women Driving Business series provides opportunities to network, connect, and promote business through exciting and uniquely feminine events held in August, September, and October. **Meets on the second (2nd) Thursday of the month at various restaurants from 4:30 – 7:30 PM.

 

WOMEN’S EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE [By Application Only - Contact Chamber Rep for Details]
Co-Chair                    Sarah Cain, Sarah’s Florist (281-497-5533 / sarahs-florist@sbcglobal.net

Co- Chair                   Donna Vallone, Tony’s Restaurant (713-622-6778 / dgvallone23@gmail.com)
Chamber Rep           Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee plans and executes a four-part event series aimed at key businesswomen in West Houston, including C - Level Executives and female business owners. The Women's Excellence in Business series provides opportunities to network, connect, and promote business through exciting and uniquely feminine events held in November, January, March and May. **Check the Chamber’s online calendar for luncheon dates.

                                                                   

ZEST IN THE WEST FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
Chair                            Charelle Grant, Food & Vine Time Productions ((713) 557-5732 / charelleg@foodandvinetime.com)
Board Liaison            Martha Ceballos, ELP Enterprises, Inc. ((832) 969-9947 / martha@elpenterprisesinc.com)
Chamber Rep            Kirsten Deagen (713-785-4922 / kirsten@hwcoc.org)

This committee plans and hosts the annual wine, food and beer festival, Zest in the West, held in October, which raises funds for the West Houston Leadership Institute (WHLI). ** Meets second (2nd) Monday of each month at various area restaurants that support event from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Check the Chamber’s online calendar for up to date meeting locations.

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