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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) will host its 18th  Annual Economic Summit on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 8:30am to 11:30am at the Lakewood Country Club (1912 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75214). CC Young is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.  

The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, is thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be the Co-Founder of Hari Mari  – Lila Stewart. Bringing years of business experience and dedication to her company and giving back to the community, Lila will focus her discussion on her background, her career, and the growth of the Hari Mari flipflops brand and flagship brick and mortar store located at 3213 Knox Street. Stewarts says: "We live, work, and have built our company in East Dallas and Hari Mari is what it is today, in part, due to the incredible support we've had from such a special community. As such, I'm thrilled to be joining my fellow friends, colleagues, and change makers of our community at this year's Economic Summit." 

Combining the East Dallas community’s dedication to education, growth, the work force and development, this year’s Economic Summit will center around the theme “Flip Your Script: Finding Opportunity and Adventure Everywhere.” 

Hear from East Dallas City Council members and perennial favorite featured speaker, Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News, on topics surrounding the economic vitality of the Greater East Dallas community and this year’s theme.   

Additional Sponsors at print date include:

Atmos Energy – Platinum Sponsor

Veritex Community Bank – Silver Sponsor

White Rock Medical Center – Silver Sponsor

Advocate – Media Sponsor

Doors open at 8:30am, and the program begins promptly at 9:00am. The morning will include a seated breakfast, followed by speaker introductions and Q&A sessions. Throughout the summit, participants will hear from event sponsors and have the opportunity to network with East Dallas professionals. 

The 2022 Economic Summit Chair is Karen Hettrick with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.  Says Hettrick: “The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is once again pleased to bring quality speakers and programs to the community and this year’s line-up is no exception. Join us for a wonderful morning of networking and community engagement.” 

Sponsorship Levels range from $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000. Host Tables are $500.  

To secure sponsorships online, visit, call 214-649-1773, or e-mail

Advance sales of individual tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at or by calling 214-649-1773. Checks should be mailed to GEDCC at 9543 Losa Drive, Suite 118 – Dallas, TX 75218.  

For more information about this year’s event, please call 214-649-1773 or visit Economic Summit.

About the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

The purpose of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is to promote the cultural, educational and industrial interests of the East Dallas Area so that its businesses, neighborhoods and citizens shall prosper. 

The multifaceted approach of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce provides benefits to our members in a variety of different arenas. We offer a number of forums for the promotion of all of our member businesses. We are also proud to provide our members with relevant information regarding the East Dallas community, as well as insight into local, state and national government issues. The events that provide a conduit for these benefits, and others, include our monthly luncheons that highlight a variety of topics addressed by featured keynote speakers. We also present an annual Economic Summit - essentially a "state of the union" with respect to the Dallas Economy. Member businesses and guests are encouraged to gather and exchange information through our numerous networking events, especially our Business After Hours excursions, which are hosted by a spotlighted member business. Sponsorship opportunities abound for these events, as well as for many of our other Chamber gatherings. For more information, please contact the Chamber directly.


2022 GEDCC Board Members

Brad Grist, Chair

Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair I

Mark Ramsey, Vice Chair II

Tammy Oliver, Secretary

Mark Rounds, Treasurer

Ross Williams, Legal Counsel

Steve Moore, Immediate Past Chair

Deborah Brown, Executive Staff


Rheanna Avila, John Botefuhr, Jenny Capritta, Megan Dennen, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Jonathan Fredi, Diana Hamilton, Kelly Harris, Nakita Johnson, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Shawn Lovelady, Jason Myers, Stephanie Muckleroy, Mike Nurre, Roger Perry, Jesse Simmons, Nathan Smithson, Patty Sullivan, Fred Welsh 

The GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Susan Falvo, MaryBeth Shapiro 

For more information about GEDCC, visit or contact 214-649-1773



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About Keynote Speaker, Lila Stewart

Lila Stewart, a native Dallasite and mom of two, is the Co-Founder of Hari Mari, which began 2012 with the simple mission of making comfortable, premium sandals & footwear for men, women, and children. Lila's expertise and experience in Wholesale, Public Relations, Retail, and Sales Management has helped place Hari Mari in over 1,000 retail locations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas. But her true passion is the brand's philanthropy - Hari Mari donates 1% of sales to help children and families battling pediatric cancer. It's called #FlopsFighting Cancer.

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