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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Secures Keynote Speaker for 17th Annual Economic Summit

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) will host its 17th  Annual Economic Summit on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 from 7:30 am to 10:00 am at the Lakewood Country Club (1912 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75214). The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, is thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be the CFO of Topgolf Entertainment Group  – William Davenport. Bringing years of business experience and dedication to his career and the business community, William will focus his discussion on his background, his career, and the growth of Topgolf Entertainment Group. 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 “Fun in East Dallas 2021.” 

Hear from East Dallas City Councilmembers and 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.  CC Young is this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Atmos Energy is a Platinum Sponsor, and Advocate, Oncor, and Comerica Bank and are confirmed as a Gold Sponsor.   

Additional Sponsors at print date include:

Veritex Community Bank as a Silver Sponsor

Frost Bank as a Silver Sponsor

Dallas Academy as a Bronze Sponsor


Doors open at 7:30am, and the program begins promptly at 8:00am. 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 2021 Economic Summit Chair is Jacob Elliff with Elliff CPA, PLLC

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.


2020 GEDCC Board Members

Brad Grist, Chair

Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair I

Mark Ramsey, Vice Chair II

Tammy Oliver, Secretary

Greg Mangelsdorf, Treasurer

Ross Williams, Legal Counsel

Steve Moore Immediate Past Chair

Deborah Brown – Executive Staff


Michael Alcantar, René Barrera, John Botefuhr, Jacob Elliff, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Jonathan Fredi, Kelly Harris, Nakita Johnson, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Stephanie Muckleroy, Roger Perry, Mark Rounds, Elizabeth Rucki, Jesse Simmons, Mark Weber 

The 2021 GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Karen Brown, Vic Clesi, Susan Falvo, Colleen McCall, MaryBeth Shapiro, Fred Welsh


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



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About Keynote Speaker, William Davenport

As Chief Financial Officer, William Davenport leads all finance functions for Topgolf worldwide, setting the stage for the company’s continued growth, innovation and industry leadership.

William previously spent 13 years with Brinker International, where he served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Chili’s and On the Border.  He has also held the roles of Vice President of Finance for Neiman Marcus and CFO for Haggar Clothing Company.

William is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He resides in Dallas with his wife, three children, and pet Corgi named Bunty. William is passionate about soccer, running and spending time with his family.

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