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Chamber Chairman Darlene Ellison with MaryBeth Shapiro, Chairman’s Award winner, and Pete Sessions.

MaryBeth Shapiro was honored with the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce 2018 Pete Sessions Chairman’s Award at a luncheon on January 24 at the Lakewood Country Club. 

The award is given annually to an individual for their significant contributions to the Chamber through their professional experience, community engagement, and leadership. It was presented by Congressman Pete Sessions, who also presented MaryBeth with a flag that had been flown over the Capitol building in her honor.   

MaryBeth works tirelessly behind the scenes and has been on the Chamber board in several capacities for many years. She is hardworking, positive, and energetic. She exemplifies what every Chamber Board member should strive for. 

As a founder of Live Local East Dallas, MaryBeth was instrumental in merging the organization with the Chamber. Encouraging the community to live, shop and eat locally remains an important objective of the chamber to support local businesses. 

“Years ago while attending the opening of Mockingbird Station, Ken Hughes the developer said one of the things he most enjoyed while working on that project was discovering a well-kept secret called East Dallas,” MaryBeth said in accepting the award. “It is no secret to us that East Dallas is a very special community and one I have been proud to live and work in for over 30 years.”   

She thanked Congressman Sessions, her husband and daughters for attending. Her Republic Title family was there in force and she recognized them for their years of support both professionally and through their generous donations to the Chamber. Many neighborhood friends and chamber board friends were also in attendance.     

MaryBeth recently retired as Senior Vice President with Republic Title of Texas, Inc. with over 30 years experience in the commercial real estate industry. She worked on the escrow side of the title industry closing complex commercial transactions and most recently served as the director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications departments. In this role, she was responsible for managing all of Republic Title’s public relations and marketing communications efforts including establishing the company’s overall marketing strategy, media relations, corporate communications, implementing the marketing for all offices, corporate event planning, and effectuating its regional marketing strategy. 

She is involved with Commercial Real Estate Women, The Real Estate Council, Aberg Center for Literacy, and Dallas Police Department Community Coalition. 

MaryBeth is married with two grown daughters Alexandra and Laura. Husband Gordon is an attorney at Jackson Walker. Alexandra a MBS candidate at SMU and Laura an attorney at Haynes & Boone. She enjoys spending time with family, hiking, golf, traveling and reading. 

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