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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) will host its 19th  Annual Economic Summit on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 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 is thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be the heralded sports stadium architect and Oak Cliff native Bryan Trubey of Overland Partners. Bryan is known for designing some of the world’s most memorable, recognizable, and critically acclaimed sports and entertainment facilities. The former HKS architect known is now working with Overland Partners to redesign Fair Park and uplift its surrounding neighborhoods. 

He launched his sports career 30 years ago as the lead designer for the National Stadium in Hong Kong, and since has elevated the power of what sports facilities can be – from the fan experience to creative revenue streams to enhancing player performance. He most recently completed the celebrated SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles! 

Bryan’s projects and contributions to the sports and entertainment industries have garnered national and international media attention including NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and Wired. In 2016, Bryan was named to the 50 Most Influential by Sports Business Journal. 

The 2023 Economic Summit Chair is René Barrera with Ebby Halliday REALTORS. Barrera says: “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.” 

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 “Building a Better East Dallas.”  

The program will also feature 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.   

The Chamber’s annual Economic Report will be distributed to attendees at the event. It provides an economic development update for East Dallas Business members including an overview of major commercial and residential projects, a Quality of Life section highlighting what makes East Dallas a great place to live and for companies to do business (schools, healthcare, culture and recreation); and a directory of Chamber members at time of printing. 


Additional Sponsors at print date include:

Advocate – Media Sponsor

Veritex Community Bank – Silver 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. 

Sponsorship levels ranging from $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000 and Host Tables $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 Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates. 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.


2023 GEDCC Board of Directors


Executive Committee

Karen Hettrick, Chair

Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Vice Chair I

Rheanna Avila, Vice Chair II

Patty Sullivan, Secretary

Mark Rounds, Treasurer

Brent Turman, Legal Counsel

Brad Grist, Immediate Past Chair

Deborah Brown, Executive Staff


Board Members

René Barrera, John Botefuhr, Jenny Capritta, Megan Dennen, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Diana Hamilton, Kelly Harris, Nakita Johnson, The Honorable Dan Micciche, Steve Moore, Jason Myers, Stephanie Muckleroy, Mike Nurre, Roger Perry, Laura Porting, Mark Ramsey, Jesse Simmons, Thomas Zepeda. 

The 2023 GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Susan Falvo, MaryBeth Shapiro, and Fred Welsh. 

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


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