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Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Announces New Leadership; Planned Relocation to New Office Space

July 20, 2015--The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce its new President, Erin Carney.
 
Carney is a chamber veteran, previously serving the Metrocrest Chamber in the capacity of Programs Director since Fall 2013. Prior to arriving at the Metrocrest Chamber, she served the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce as both its Events & Communications Director and its Vice President of Program Development.

 "She brings her chamber program, event planning and membership management experience to our leadership role," said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Communication & Outreach and Chair of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. "The selection committee was impressed with Carney’s thoughtful 90-day plan for her new role and is confident that she is the right leader for our chamber to help accomplish our ambitious strategic plan over the next several years."
 
The board's decision to promote Carney was unanimous and completed after a rigorous review of several qualified candidates interested in the leadership position. She takes the helm effective immediately and will work with current staff and the board to back-fill her position.
 
"I am honored and excited to be the next President for the Metrocrest Chamber." said Carney. "Opportunities to work in such proud and business-friendly communities under the direction of a strong Board are few and far between. I look forward to continuing to work with our outstanding members, partner cities, committees, and volunteers." 
 
The board of directors unanimously selected Carney as the chamber's new leader and believes her energy and talent will continue the great momentum underway to serve members and promote our Addison, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch communities.
 
Separately, the chamber board enacted a new ten-year lease to relocate the chamber's offices to a new office suite in the MidPort Tech Center office park in Carrollton, just north of the Addison Airport. The space offers affordable rates, an easy to access location with ample parking, and is currently being renovated to fit the chamber's business needs. Staff and board expect the move to the new location (from its current offices in the Village on the Parkway in Addison) in September this year. 
 
The chamber's Board of Directors represent several area companies and organizations, including Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, Southwest Airlines, Yoozy, Edward Jones, FASTSIGNS of Carrollton, Oncor, Crown Plaza Addison, TNT Promotions, Frost Bank, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Mosaic in Dallas, Waste Management, Town of Addison, City of Carrollton, City of Farmers Branch, Brookhaven College, and the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District.
 
The mission of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce is to create economic prosperity for its members by providing programs, resources and support that assist and benefit business, government and citizens resulting in a vibrant place to live and work. The Metrocrest Chamber offers numerous networking opportunities throughout the year that provide its members the opportunity to engage prospective customers and promote awareness of their organization to the communities of Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch and the surrounding areas.

Serving the Metrocrest: Chesney Named 'Citizen of Year'

President of Brookhaven College honored as "Best of Metrocrest"

ADDISON/CARROLLTON/FARMERS BRANCH, Texas – February, 2015 – Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D., president of Brookhaven College, has been named the Milburn Gravley Citizen of the Year for 2014 by the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. He will accept the award Friday, Feb. 27, at the 46th Annual Metrocrest Chamber Awards Banquet sponsored by Dallas Medical Center, an event open to the public.

"It is humbling to be recognized as Citizen of the Year,” Dr. Chesney said. “I am a product of the positive influences of countless mentors, friends, teachers and family members who have all selflessly helped me become the person I am. There's not one book or one person; I can tell you 100 stories of the good influences in my life and the people who have modeled good behavior for me. Now, my mission is to pay that forward and help others achieve their personal best for themselves, their families and their community."

The annual “Citizen of the Year” award is named for Milburn Gravley, former Carrollton city council member and mayor who served his community for more than 50 years.

"I had the honor of getting to know Milburn when I came here," Dr. Chesney said. "He was someone with such a legacy in this community. I am honored to accept an award named for him."

The Metrocrest Chamber’s 2014 Milburn Gravley Citizen of the Year award is sponsored by Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton. The award has been given annually to an outstanding resident of the Addison, Carrollton, or Farmer Branch areas since 1965. That person must have lived and/or worked in the Metrocrest area for at least five years, be active in the community, have high moral standards, serve on the boards of civic organizations in the Metrocrest area, and be the unanimous choice of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee.

“The Metrocrest community is very fortunate to have a leader like Dr. Thom Chesney," said Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce President Ben Magill. “His commitment to education, innovation and excellence is unparalleled and we are proud to call him a collaborator and friend."

Dr. Chesney has led Brookhaven College as president since 2011, helping to provide quality educational programs, learning opportunities and lifetime experiences to its students. His extensive experience in leadership at higher education institutions includes positions as associate provost for Student Success and Assessment for the University of Texas at Dallas; vice president of Academic Affairs and provost of Collin College; and administrative and faculty positions at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Texas Wesleyan University and Whitman College.

Dr. Chesney earned a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in creative writing from Minnesota State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Chesney is a committed community leader and volunteer. He serves on the boards of the North Texas Community College Consortium, Parker University, Farmers Branch and Metrocrest chambers of commerce and the Metroplex Committee of the Texas State Employees Charitable Campaign. He also serves as chair of the leadership programs advisory committee for the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, and has been named to Collin County's 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Over the years, he has offered his voice, writing and acting talents to McKinney Summer Musicals, Minnesota and Florida Public Radio, and a variety of other print and broadcast media.

For Dr. Chesney, a committed education professional, the programs offered by the Metrocrest Chamber are one of the most important aspects of what the chamber offers to the community.
"The professional development and enrichment opportunities offered by the Metrocrest Chamber to members and non-members alike allow residents here the opportunity to become better employees and more well-rounded people," he said. "The diversity of programs offered ensures there is something for everyone, and that is something the chamber is consistently refining."
The Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Dr. Chesney on Friday, Feb. 27, at the 46th Annual Metrocrest Chamber Awards Banquet sponsored by Dallas Medical Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Galleria. Tickets are available by calling 469-587-0420 or by sending an email to info@metrocrestchamber.com. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with a dinner and awards ceremony to follow at 7 p.m. The Metrocrest Chamber will also present awards for Business of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, and Rising Stars in the community.

The mission of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce is to stimulate economic growth in Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch and surrounding areas by providing programs, resources, education and support that assist and benefit business, government and citizens, resulting in a premier place to live and work. The Metrocrest Chamber offers numerous networking opportunities throughout the year that provide its members the opportunity to engage prospective customers and promote awareness of their organization.
 

Ben Magill Selected As New President for the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce

Addison, TX - December, 2014 – The Board of Directors of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce announced today that Ben Magill has been unanimously selected to lead the organization as its new President. Magill will assume the position in early December.

"I am truly honored and humbled to have been chosen as the next President of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce," Magill said, adding "I look forward to contributing to the proud legacy of this organization's role as an economic and community development partner in the Metrocrest area."
 
Magill currently is the Economic Development Manager for the Town of Addison, beginning his innovation-based economic development career at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and their Center for Innovation. Alongside his Addison economic development teammates, Magill played a pivotal role in designing the partnership with DEC (Dallas Entrepreneurs Center) and in securing funding for the launch of the Addison Treehouse in July 2014. As a champion for the innovation ecosystem in North Texas, the startup community, and economic development, Magill has implemented programs focused on recruitment, business retention and expansion, and sustainability.
 
"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I can say that we are thrilled to leverage Ben's leadership capabilities to continue to advance the chamber's mission of stimulating economic growth in Addison, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch," stated Mike Sanborn, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
 
The chamber's Board of Directors represent several area companies including Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, PlainsCapital Bank, Southwest Airlines, Edward Jones, FASTSIGNS of Carrollton, Oncor, Basden & Ivie, PC, Frost Bank, Valwood Improvement Authority, Mosaic in Dallas, Purdy-McGuire, Waste Management, Dallas Medical Center, Scott Marshall & Associates, CPA's, Town of Addison, City of Carrollton, City of Farmers Branch, Brookhaven College, and C-FB ISD.
 
The mission of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce is to stimulate economic growth in Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch and surrounding areas by providing programs, resources, education and support that assist and benefit business, government and citizens, resulting in a premier place to live and work. The Metrocrest Chamber offers numerous networking opportunities throughout the year that provide its members the opportunity to engage prospective customers and promote awareness of their organization.

Lou Sartar Named Metrocrest Chamber's 2014 Business Woman of the Year

ADDISON/CARROLLTON/FARMERS BRANCH, TX – Sept. 15, 2014 – The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Forum Committee is pleased to announce Lou Sartor as its 2014 Business Woman of the Year. The award, chosen from nominations received from Chamber members, honors one outstanding woman from the Metrocrest business community and is sponsored by Sheryl Giles with Edward Jones.

"Lou Sartor is one of those unique and talented individuals with both a sharp business acumen and a strong devotion to community service," noted Michael Sanborn, chairman of the board of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. "Her professional and volunteer contributions to the Metrocrest area are almost innumerable. I can think of no one more deserving of the 2014 Metrocrest Business Woman of the Year."

Sartor is executive vice president of business development for PlainsCapital Bank, where she excels in creating relationships with new and existing customers and puts more than three decades of experience in bank marketing and business development to work for one of the most respected financial institutions in North Texas. Sartor is a graduate of the School of Banking at Texas Tech University and also the American Institute of Banking. Sartor lends her time and talent to a number of local organizations, including the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, Baylor Health Care - Carrollton, the Addison Business Association and Metrocrest Services.

The Business Woman of the Year is nominated by her peers and then voted on by the Women’s Business Forum committee. Nominations for the award enumerated Sartor’s many contributions to the Metrocrest Chamber, the Women’s Business Forum and the community as a whole.

"Lou is a great person to know to be connected in our community," said one nominator. "Between her business connections and community involvement, Lou is integrated and is making her mark."

Lisa Hermes, president of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, pointed to Sartor's personal contributions.

"Lou has a long-standing history of being a leader in our community," she said, "but what I admire and hope to emulate is that Lou selflessly gives of herself. She helps others be successful and her heart is for the advancement of our community."

"I am honored to be receiving this award from the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. It is humbling to be chosen by your peers," noted Sartor. "The Metrocrest Chamber has been the venue for me to build lasting business relationships and also become friends with many of the members. Also, I am very fortunate to work for a company that encourages community service. Serving our community is one of PlainsCapital Bank’s core values."

Sartor will accept the Business Woman of the Year award during the Women’s Business Conference on Friday, Sept. 26. This full day of enrichment will include seminars and activities, a vendor expo, the Metrocrest Chamber Business Woman of the Year revelation presentation, and a keynote speech over lunch by DeDe Murcer Moffett, who was recently named to Meetings and Conventions magazine's 2014 "Favorite Keynote Speakers" list. Her enthusiastic, larger-than-life personality will entertain attendees, while she shares with the crowd how she turned her failures into success. The Women's Business Conference will be held at the InterContinental Dallas hotel, at 15201 Dallas Parkway in Addison from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $100 for the all-day conference or $50 for the luncheon only. For tickets or more information, contact info@metrocrestchamber.com, or call 469-587-0420.
"This is the first Metrocrest Chamber Women’s Business Conference, and it will offer to the professional women in our community an opportunity to be a part of a vibrant growing chamber," Sartor said. "It is a double honor to receive this award at the first Women’s Business Conference."

The Metrocrest Chamber’s Women’s Business Forum offers quarterly educational events focusing on topics important to today’s business women in North Texas. The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for women to be educated and enriched as they discuss business topics, to provide networking opportunities, and to sustain the growth and mission of the Metrocrest Chamber.

The mission of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce is to stimulate economic growth in Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch and surrounding areas by providing programs, resources, education and support that benefit business, government and citizens, resulting in a premier place to live and work. The Metrocrest Chamber offers numerous networking opportunities throughout the year that provide its members the opportunity to engage prospective customers and promote awareness of their organization.
 

Elizabeth Basden Named Metrocrest Chamber’s 

2013 BusinessWoman of the Year 

Award to be given during Women’s Business Forum Event on July 25

 
ADDISON/CARROLLTON/FARMERS BRANCH, TX – July 16, 2013 – The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Forum Committee is pleased to announce Elizabeth Basden as its 2013 BusinessWoman of the Year. The award, chosen from nominations received from Chamber members, honors one outstanding woman from the Metrocrest business community and is sponsored by Edward Jones.

“The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce is full of dynamic women making a difference in our community who help support and grow business in this area, and it is an honor to recognize one woman in particular for her outstanding contributions,” said Lisa Hermes, president of the Metrocrest Chamber. “Elizabeth is a valued member of our chamber who has been an integral part of our organization through her leadership on the board. She gives of her time and her company’s resources to help grow and inspire women business leaders in our area and beyond.”

Elizabeth Basden is an accomplished attorney whose firm, Basden & Ivie, has sponsored the Women’s Business Forum Series since 2011; it is there she gives of her time to help provide quality programming and leadership. She is a director on the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is also actively involved with the Women's Business Council-Southwest, a non-profit organization certifying and sustaining women-owned businesses. Additionally, she is the founder of Texas Women in Numbers, a professional organization for women in the financial services industry, and works with Your Business is Our Business, Basden & Ivie's non-profit that provides educational resources for business. 

As managing shareholder of Basden & Ivie, Elizabeth Basden represents both for-profit and non-profit businesses as outside general and litigation counsel, and routinely assists her clients in avoiding or managing litigation. She graduated Southern Methodist University School of Law, is admitted to the Texas Bar and is a member of the American Bar Association.

The BusinessWoman of the Year is nominated by her peers and then voted on by the Women’s Business Forum committee. Nominations for the award enumerated Basden’s many contributions to the Metrocrest Chamber, the Women’s Business Forum and the community as a whole.

“I nominate Eli for her advocacy and support of the Women’s Business Forum program, and the many other non-profits to which she has contributed many volunteer hours,” said one nominator.

Another nominator praised Basden’s “passion for elevating others” in his submission. “Simply put – for being a gift to all she’s come in contact with.”

“She is a woman who speaks out positively for our community and willingly gives back,” notes another nominator. 

“Considering all the outstanding businesswomen in the Metrocrest area, I can’t feel anything but humbled and honored to have been chosen for the award,” said Basden. “I have been inspired by these fabulous women, and hope I can live up to the challenge of helping to mentor and support the women I work with and for.”

Elizabeth Basden will accept the BusinessWoman of the Year award during the Women’s Business Forum’s “Give Something Back – Celebrating Non-Profits” reception on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Dallas, 14315 Midway Road in Addison. The event will celebrate and promote local non-profits making a difference in the Metrocrest community. Individual tickets are $50 each. To purchase tickets, please call 469-587-0420 or email info@metrocrestchamber.com. Supporting sponsorships are also available for interested businesses. 

Many local non-profits will benefit from sponsorship and a presence at the reception, including HEROES: Helping Everyone Reach Outstanding Educational Success; Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Educational Foundation; Vidas Sanas Healthy Lives; My Possibilities; Metrocrest Social Services; Community Lifeline Center; Mosaic; and Operation Kindness. Each non-profit is sponsored by a Metrocrest business and will interact with attendees via a booth at the event.

The Metrocrest Chamber’s Women’s Business Forum offers quarterly educational events focusing on topics important to today’s business women in North Texas.  The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for women to be educated and enriched as they discuss business topics, to provide networking opportunities, and to sustain the growth and mission of the Metrocrest Chamber.  

The mission of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce is to stimulate economic growth in Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch and surrounding areas by providing programs, resources, education and support that benefit business, government and citizens, resulting in a premier place to live and work. The Metrocrest Chamber offers numerous networking opportunities throughout the year that provide its members the opportunity to engage prospective customers and promote awareness of their organization.

Hermes Named President of Metrocrest Chamber

Experienced executive sees great potential in momentum created by former chamber leadership

CARROLLTON/ADDISON/FARMERS BRANCH, Texas – April 24, 2013 – Award-winning chamber executive Lisa Urban Hermes has been named president of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, a strong coalition of business leaders in the Carrollton, Addison and Farmers Branch areas committed to fostering business and education in the area.

Hermes succeeds Tracy Eubanks, an executive credited with helping to create a new momentum and excitement for the Metrocrest Chamber. Eubanks takes a position as CEO of Metrocrest Social Services as Hermes helms the Metrocrest Chamber.

“It was of paramount importance to us that we not only find someone with deep experience in leadership and in the business of chambers, but also someone who could take the excitement that our members have created and build on that,” noted Eubanks. “I know this chamber is in great hands and I look forward to working with Lisa and our collective teams for our Metrocrest community.”

Hermes previously served as vice president of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, where she led budget management and strategic planning efforts, as well as managed all special events including golf tournaments, conferences and luncheons. She worked closely with the Leadership Steering Committee to enhance curriculum for the Leadership Lewisville program and also worked with regional leaders to plan Denton County Days.

Prior to that, Hermes served as president of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, where she implemented the first Job Fair in Rowlett, expanded the Government Affairs program with new events and provided oversight for the popular ShopRowlettNow.com shop local campaign. Hermes also has served with the McKinney Chamber of Commerce as a communications and public policy director, where she planned and organized Candidate School 101 and 202, a program named the Best New Government Affairs Program by the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2007. Hermes is no stranger to business and the community, as she also served as managing editor of Inside Collin County Business and editor of Star Community Newspapers. She is a graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management and Leadership McKinney.

“From a strategic standpoint, the chamber is in a great place and is poised for significant future growth,” said Jamie Robertson, president of PlainsCapital Bank Carrollton and 2013 chairman of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. “Tracy has given the chamber a new life with a solid foundation and we know that Lisa’s extensive experience and new ideas will help us continue and extend the mission of the chamber with a fresh perspective and innovative approach. Having Lisa lead our team will directly benefit those that the chamber serves on a daily basis.”

Hermes joins the Metrocrest Chamber at an exciting time. In 2012, under Eubanks’s leadership, new membership increased 55 percent, revenue increased 49.9 percent and the chamber was 117 percent more profitable. New programs and revitalized traditions have inspired a new energy among the chamber, which is active with business lunch and learn seminars, networking events, award galas and educational opportunities. Events and initiatives such as the Women’s Business Forum, Celebrate Metrocrest!, breakfast and luncheon seminars and networking functions give members and guests the opportunity to get to know fellow business leaders in the local community, strengthening networks and creating opportunities for mutually beneficial business relationships.

"The Metrocrest Chamber is a dynamic organization. I'm excited to join the team as we continue the positive momentum that Tracy, the board and staff have created in the past two years,” said Hermes. “I've been fortunate to meet members who have been long-time supporters of the chamber and learn about the organization's history. I look forward to helping Metrocrest as we build and grow the membership, as well as the programs and services it offers the business community."

The mission of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce is to stimulate economic growth in Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch and surrounding areas by providing programs, resources, education and support that assist and benefit business, government and citizens, resulting in a premier place to live and work. The Metrocrest Chamber offers numerous networking opportunities throughout the year that provide its members the opportunity to engage prospective customers and promote awareness of their organization. More information is available at www.metrocrestchamber.com.

CHAMBER PRESIDENT TAKING HELM OF METROCREST SOCIAL SERVICES

Eubanks Chosen to Helm Metrocrest Social Services

Metrocrest Executive Helped Lead Revitalization as Metrocrest Chamber President, Brings Extensive Business Background to Non-profit
 

CARROLLTON/ADDISON/FARMERS BRANCH, Texas – Feb. 12, 2013 – Metrocrest business executive and resident Tracy Eubanks has been chosen to lead Metrocrest Social Services as the non-profit’s CEO. He comes from the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, where Eubanks has led a revitalization of the group’s leadership among businesses in the Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch areas. Eubanks takes the helm at the growing non-profit, whose mission is to provide emergency assistance and comprehensive programs to move families toward self-sufficiency, at the end of April, after the retirement of Bunny Summerlin, executive director.

 “Tracy’s skills as a team builder and a community leader make him a great match for Metrocrest Social Services,” said Summerlin, who joined Metrocrest Social Services in 1996 and was named executive director in 2001. “As an experienced advocate for the agency, he’s equipped to successfully handle both challenges and opportunities. We’re excited!”

“We are pleased to have someone as well respected as Tracy to assume the role of CEO once Bunny Summerlin retires,” noted Cindy Colangelo, board chair, Metrocrest Social Services. “For more than a year, our board has worked to ensure a smooth succession to the next leadership phase of the agency. Tracy has proven to be a great leader within our community and he will help guide our organization as we grow to meet the needs of the people we serve.”

Eubanks has been involved with Metrocrest Social Services for years, having served on the board since 2007, and served as the non-profit’s chairman from October 2010 to October 2011. Metrocrest Social Services provides assistance for individuals in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Addison, Coppell and those in zip code 75287 in Denton County. The agency assists families in solving their immediate crisis and then helps them to make plans for the future with services including rent and utility assistance, food pantry, employment services and seasonal programs. More than simply support, Metrocrest Social Services is a community resource and is among the top six percent of non-profits in the DFW area, in regards to size.  In 2012, almost 11,000 individuals received services that helped them through a tough situation in their lives. 

Most recently, Eubanks has served as president of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, using his business acumen to lead a team that has inspired a new energy among businesses in the chamber.  During Eubanks’s term, new membership has increased 55 percent, revenue increased 49.9 percent and the chamber gained 117 percent more profitability. New programs and revitalized traditions have inspired a new energy among the chamber, which is active with business lunch and learn seminars, networking events, award galas and educational opportunities. 

“As much as we hate to lose Tracy, we couldn’t be more excited about his new opportunity!” said Jamie Robertson, president of PlainsCapital Bank Carrollton and 2013 chairman of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. “Tracy has given the Chamber a new life with a solid foundation to support the businesses in the Metrocrest area.  I know that he will bring that same enthusiasm and dedication to his new position.”

Eubanks has served as president of the Metrocrest Chamber since 2011.  Previously, led Mapsco, Inc., for 17 years, successfully navigating the beloved Dallas mapping company through an acquisition by Universal Map Group of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, in 2010.  He was also the owner and operator of Main Street Booksellers in Lewisville, a community-minded bookstore focused on education and support of local schools, and worked as a buyer and regional manager for Barnes & Noble and B. Dalton Booksellers. Eubanks is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Metrocrest and is also a five-time national champion in U.S. National Handball. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Texas and lives in Carrollton with his wife, Malena; children, Olivia and Hannah; and grandson, Kyle.

“I am very honored and humbled to be asked to work with an organization so close to my heart, as Metrocrest Social Services is a beacon for many in our community that need assistance – my own neighbors and friends,” noted Eubanks. “I look forward to working with the team as we envision new ways to partner with the community to grow our ability to help others in a way that is good business for everyone.”

The mission of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce is to stimulate economic growth in Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch and surrounding areas by providing programs, resources, education and support that assist and benefit business, government and citizens, resulting in a premier place to live and work. The Metrocrest Chamber offers numerous networking opportunities throughout the year that provide its members the opportunity to engage prospective customers and promote awareness of their organization.  More information is available at www.metrocrestchamber.com.

The mission of Metrocrest Social Services is to provide emergency assistance and comprehensive programs to move families toward self-sufficiency; serving residents of Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Addison, Coppell and city of Dallas zip code 75287 in Denton County. For more information about Metrocrest Social Services, the individuals it serves, or how you can help, please visit www.metrocrestsocialservices.org.

 

ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET/ 2012 MILBURN GRAVELY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Investing in Metrocrest Success: Cunningham Named ‘Citizen of the Year’

CEO of Liberty Capital Bank honored as ‘Best of the Metrocrest’

ADDISON/CARROLLTON/FARMERS BRANCH, TX – Dec. 12, 2012 – Ben Cunningham, CEO of Liberty Capital Bank, has spent a career investing in the people and businesses of the Metrocrest area. Banking on the area’s success, Cunningham has spent his career working directly with the citizens and industry of Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch for almost 40 years.  Because of his commitment to the community, Cunningham has been named the Milburn Gravley Citizen of the Year for 2012 by the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. He will accept the award Feb. 15, 2013, at the 44th Annual Metrocrest Chamber Awards Banquet, an event open to the public.

“This award means so much to me. To be the first recipient of this award after it was named for Milburn Gravley, a man I am proud to have called a close friend and someone for whom I had so much respect, is very humbling,” said Cunningham. “He was the epitome of what any community, any friend, any organization would want. He represented everything this award is supposed to mean.” 

The annual “Citizen of the Year” award was recently named for Milburn Gravley, former Carrollton city council member and mayor who served his community for more than 50 years. 

The Metrocrest Chamber’s 2012 Milburn Gravley Citizen of the Year award is sponsored by Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton.  The award has been given annually to an outstanding resident of the Addison, Carrollton, or Farmer Branch areas since 1965. That person must have lived and/or worked in the Metrocrest area for at least five years, be active in the community, have high moral standards, serve on the boards of civic organizations in the Metrocrest area, and be the unanimous choice of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee.

“Ben Cunningham is a leader in this community in many ways,” said Tracy Eubanks, president of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. “He has literally invested in this area for decades, giving of his expertise, his time and his business to help others in our Metrocrest area.”

Cunningham is founder and CEO of Liberty Capital Bank in Addison, an institution known for its “community-connected” approach that provides a high level of relationship banking. Cunningham has spent decades in the banking industry in Addison, where he served Republic Bank, Addison State Bank (later known as InterFirst Addison) and Compass Bank prior to founding Liberty Capital Bank in 2008. He is president of the Carrollton/Farmers Branch Rotary, past chairman of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Addison Business Association. He serves on the board of the Watertower Theatre and the Planned Giving Professional Advisory Group for Trinity Christian Academy. He is also very involved in his church, Northwest Bible Church, and with the Joni and Friends Organization. He has been married since 1974 to his wife, Patty, with whom he has three children and three grandchildren. 

When asked what makes the Metrocrest area so special, Cunningham is quick to laud its sense of community.

“The Metrocrest has a distinct sense of community,” he noted. “Whether it’s the cities represented in the chamber -- Addison, Carrollton, or Farmers Branch – there is a connectedness. They are part of the ‘oneness’ that defines the Metrocrest.  It’s changed over the years but, to its basic core, there is a real sense of community here. There is a tremendous amount of opportunity to get involved, give back and there are a lot of wonderful people doing that here in the Metrocrest.”

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