Board of Directors & Staff

2014 Board of Directors


Ron WattersonRON WATTERSON
Chairman of the Board

Ron Watterson serves as a Branch Manager and Senior Loan Officer for PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company.  Ron’s experience in real estate and mortgage banking spans over 25 years and includes tenure with Merrill Lynch and Ebby Halliday Realtors, as well  CTX Mortgage-Park Cities for more than 14 years.

Since joining PrimeLending in January 2009, Ron opened the well known PrimeLending branch location at 3500 Oak Lawn Avenue at the corner of Lemmon.  Ron is an affiliate member of the Metrotex Association of Realtors and a member of the DFW Federal Club.

When not helping his home-buying customers, you may find Ron relaxing at Cedar Creek Lake with his partner of 22 years, Michael, and tending to their small herd of dairy goats, heirloom breed chickens and ducks.  More Info


Larry PaschallLARRY PASCHALL
Chairman-Elect

Larry Paschall, AIA, is a Project Architect and Vice President at HPD Architecture LLC and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the firm. In addition to his design and business management activities, he is co-host and author of the audio podcast The Architecture Happy Hour, an informal discussion about architecture for design professionals, clients, and architecture students available on iTunes.

Along with partners Laura Davis, AIA, IFDA and Holly Hall, AIA, CAPS, Mr. Paschall is a host and organizer for The Architecture Happy Hour monthly networking event, bringing together architects, interior designers, and various industry members interested in reaching out to the design community. He serves as the Vice Chair for the Board of Directors for the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce as well as membership committee chair. In addition, Mr. Paschall serves on the 2013-2014 Function: Industry Advisory Board.

A respected and inspirational speaker, Mr. Paschall has shared his firm’s experience and respective industry acumen at industry conferences across the U.S. Topics include alternative marketing strategies for architects; personal and professional branding; intern management; and starting an architecture and interior design firm. More Info


Paul ChastonPAUL CHASTON
Secretary

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Justin WilliamsJUSTIN WILLIAMS
Treasurer; Membership Chair

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Rob RuhlinROBERT C. RUHLIN
General Counsel

Rob Ruhlin is an attorney whose practice focuses on Tax and Employment Litigation.  Rob represents individuals and small businesses in all stages of tax disputes with the IRS and the Texas Comptroller.  In addition, Rob represents both employers and employees in litigation involving discrimination, wrongful termination, unemployment benefits, unpaid wages, and contract disputes. 

 Rob earned Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.  Email

 


Craig RichesinCRAIG RICHESIN

A Fort Worth native, Craig spent his high school and college years in Jackson, Wyoming & Bozeman, Montana enjoying outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing and skiing. 

Upon his return to Texas Craig settled in Dallas and began working for hotel management companies in Dallas representing brands like Marriott, Adam’s Mark, Renaissance and Wyndham.  For the past 10-years he has worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts selling for Westin, Sheraton & Luxury Collection in Dallas & Phoenix.

Craig currently serves as Director of Sales for Starwood’s largest Sheraton property in North America, The Sheraton Dallas.  Email


Marsha ThomasMARSHA THOMAS

Marsha is the President and owner of T N T Promotions, LLC.  Providing promotional products, apparel and trade show services.

TNT Promotions is a young, vibrant company that was started by two seasoned professionals 2010 and has grown to be a multi-national company while maintaining ties to the local communities. As part of our commitment to the community we focus on participating in local chambers and fundraising events.

Marsha has over 25 years’ experience in goal oriented environments developing and managing programs. She has a distinguished track record in sales and operational management and is a recognized talent for building and managing top performing sales and operational teams.

When not working you will find Marsha outside on the patio reading every chance she gets.

Marsha will bring this experience and a "can-do" attitude to the Chamber and Board of Directors.  Email


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STAFF

 

Tony Vedda, IOMTONY VEDDA, IOM
President & Chief Executive Officer

Tony has been the Chamber's President & CEO since 2007, following two years of service on the Board of Directors. His career in chamber management began thirty years ago as a membership specialist for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. Since that time he has worked with several general market chambers in Arizona and California, as well as five years as Executive Director of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Business Association, the nation’s first GLBT chamber of commerce.

Tony is a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM). He is a past board member of Resource Center Dallas and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. Currently Tony serves on the US Chamber West Institute Board of Regents and North Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association Board of Directors. He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE), as well as the Leadership San Francisco, and Leadership Dallas alumni associations.  Email


Shelby WhitesideSHELBY WHITESIDE
Membership Development Advisor

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Debbie HoffDEBBIE HOFF
Office Volunteer

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