North SA Chamber, Lead SA announces Chairman, Board of Directors and honors Dr. Ricardo Romo

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January 22, 2015
The North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s 41st Annual Gala on Saturday, January 24, at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort, with master of ceremonies Bill Taylor, KENS 5 TV. The Gala program included the Chairman’s Reflection on 2014 by the outgoing Chairman of the Board, Annie Turner of Wells Fargo, the Chairman’s Vision for 2015 by chairman Rob Killen of Kaufman Killen, the presentation of the San Antonian Award to UTSA President, Dr. Ricardo Romo, and the installation of North Chamber and Lead SA directors.  

Killen is taking up the legacy of previous chairs by focusing on leadership development and public policy advocacy at the local and state levels. During his tenure as chairman, the North Chamber will expand initiatives to foster tomorrow’ leaders by engaging the chamber membership to go out into the community and give back through their involvement, and organizing members to be heard as we advocate for issues affecting the business community.

Killen is an attorney and Vice President of Kaufman Killen, a San Antonio-based law firm and member of the North Chamber since 1985. Rob advises and represents clients in the areas of land use entitlements, economic development incentives and local governmental relations. Killen has served the community in a number of roles including President of the UTSA Alumni Association, President of the Lambda Chi Alpha San Antonio Alumni Association, Chair of the North Chamber Business Development Council and Government Affairs Council, and as a member of the VIA Citizens Advisory Council.

The North Chamber’s slate of officers includes Executive Committee members: Chair-Elect, Gary Hoyak ; Small Business Council Chair, Wade Cleary of Cleary Zimmerman Engineers; Government Affairs Council Chair, Kevin Conner of Jacobs; Leadership & Professional Development Council Chair, Phyllis Gallay of BD; Technology Council Chair, Gary Britton of New Horizons Computer Learning Center; Business Development Council Chair, Terry Hookstra of eESI, Finance Council Chair, Paul Lampe of Raba Kistner Consultants; and Membership Council Chair, Aaron Seaman of SWBC.
North San Antonio Chamber to install North Chamber & Lead SA chairman, directors, honor Dr. Ricardo Romo
North Chamber board members beginning their first term include:
Christopher Allen, Security Service Federal Credit Union
Cynthia Crist, Dahill
Josh DeBottis, Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
Edward De La Garza, Gonzalez + De La Garza & Associates
Carrie Douglas, Strasburger & Price
Martha Fields, Zachry Corporation
Brent Given, The Bank of San Antonio
Leslie Guajardo, Padgett, Stratemann & Co.
Beth Hair, Aventine Hill Partners
Matt Inderlied, FBD Partnership
Mark Johnson, Bury
Brian Jones, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
Glenn Kloos, Zachry Holdings
Cory Kuchinsky, CPS Energy
Louie Lewis, AT&T Mobility
Frank Miller, City of San Antonio/Aviation Department
Nancy Ozuna, CPA, BKD
Shirley Peterson, CPA, ABIP CPAs & Advisors
Derrick Pizarro, Cox Smith
Britt Swan, IBC Bank
Chris “J.T.” Thompson, Capital One Bank
Melodye Tomsu, SpawGlass Contractors
Susan Valdez, Akin Doherty Klein & Feuge
Andrew Waterman, Journeyman Construction
Ann Winn, RN, Methodist Stone Oak Hospital
Sandi Wolff, SAWS
Lead SA’s slate of officers include: President, Rob Killen of Kaufman Killen; Vice President, Phyllis Gallay of BD; Vice President, Terry Hookstra of eESI; Vice President, Gary Hoyack of BDO; Secretary/Treasurer, Duane Wilson of North San Antonio Chamber.

Lead SA board members beginning their first term include:
Marco Garcia, Lone Star National Bank
Victoria Lockwood Martin, Padgett, Stratemann & Co.
John McFall, Security Service Federal Credit Union
Ryan Parker, BBVA Compass
Chris Thiel, Alterman
Elena Villaseñor Sullivan, Jackson Walker
The North San Antonio Chamber has been keeping member businesses and San Antonio strong for 40 years by advocating on behalf of member businesses large and small; delivering exceptional, business-to-business networking opportunities; honoring leaders at every age and career stage; and cultivating the workforce through leadership and professional development training. Through Lead SA, our 501 (c) (3) entity, we assist member small businesses and non-profit organizations with access to career development and advance higher education through scholarship gifts to area colleges and universities. •
Whitney Lewis, Manager Marketing & Special Events