16th Annual East Dallas Chamber Economic Summit



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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Secures Keynote Speaker for 16th Annual Virtual Economic Summit 

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) will host its 16th  Annual Economic Summit – a virtual experience- on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. 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 well-known Dallas businessman and philanthropist – Trammell S. Crow. Bringing years of experience and dedication to his career and the Dallas community, Trammell will focus his discussion on his background, his career, and EARTHx. Lynn McBee, Chairman of the Board for EARTHx, will be interviewing Trammell. 

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 “Onward Dallas.” 

Hear from East Dallas City Councilmembers and various speakers 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 as a Gold Sponsor

Comerica as a Gold Sponsor

Advocate Magazine as a Silver Sponsor

Frost Bank as a Silver Sponsor

Veritex Community Bank – Lakewood as a Silver Sponsor


Featured Speakers include:

Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough and Dallas City Council Members Paula Blackmon, Adam Bazaldua and David Blewett

Online login begins at 7:30am, and the program begins promptly at 8:00 am. The morning will include welcoming attendees to this unique event, speaker introductions and online Q&A sessions. Throughout the summit, participants will hear from event sponsors and have the opportunity to participate and ask questions from the panelists, all from the comfort of their own home. 

The 2020 Economic Summit Chair is Jacob Elliff with Elliff CPA, PLLC

Sponsorship Levels range from $750, $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000.  

To secure sponsorships online, visit, call 214-328-4100, or e-mail

This year’s attendance fees have been generously covered by our sponsors. Please register for your spot to attend this event by visiting the chamber website or by calling 214-328-4100.


For more information about this year’s event, please call 214-328-4100 or visit Economic Summit.



2020 Economic Summit Presenting Sponsor, CC Young

About the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Celebrating the 75th milestone anniversary, 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

Steve Moore, Chair

Brad Grist, Vice Chair I

Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair II

Tammy Oliver, Secretary

Greg Mangelsdorf, Treasurer

Ross Williams, Legal Counsel

Mike Nurre, Immediate Past Chair


Michael Alcantar, Cheryl Barnes, René Barrera, John Botefuhr, Jacob Elliff, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Jonathan Fredi, Kelly Harris, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Ben Lauer, Elizabeth Mast, Stephanie Muckleroy, Roger Perry, Mark Ramsey, Jesse Simmons, Mark Weber


The 2020 GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Karen Brown, Vick Clesi, Susan Falvo, Colleen McCall, MaryBeth Shapiro, Fred Welsh


For more information about GEDCC, visit or contact 214-328-4100



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About Keynote Speaker, Trammell Crow

Trammell S. Crow is the President of the Crow Family Foundation which operates and manages the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art as well as the Trammell Crow European Sculpture Garden.  Mr. Crow is the son of Trammell Crow, founder of the Trammell Crow Company, and his wife, Margaret. 

After graduating from Yale University, Mr. Crow began his career as a warehouse leasing in Denver and then transferred to Houston to develop residential subdivisions and subsequently, to lease retail space.  He returned to Dallas to join the development team of the Anatole Hotel, and later worked at the Dallas Market Center when it expanded by more than 2 million square feet.  By 1985, he developed the Dallas Communications Complex, the Studios at Las Colinas, INFOMART and the Dallas/Fort Worth Teleport.  From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Crow was the Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow International.

Trammell S. Crow is a member of the Board of Directors of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and is actively involved in Thanksgiving Square, a multi-denominational center for the promotion of gratitude and religious tolerance. 

Mr. Crow is also a founder of Texas Business for Clean Air, an organization of prominent business leaders throughout Texas who are committed to matters that affect air quality in the state.

As the founder of EarthX (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), Mr. Crow has created the largest annual exposition and forum showcasing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices serving to re-shape a more sustainable future.

With a focus on inspiring environmental leadership across sectors and party lines, Crow serves on the board of directors for ConservAmerica and is a co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water.  He is also a long-term supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Log Cabin Republicans and the League of Conservation Voters.   His philanthropy benefits various nonprofit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives and political causes.


About Lynn McBee

As a volunteer leader in Dallas for more than 25 years, Lynn has worked more than 45,000 hours of service for more than 30 different non-profit groups. Lynn’s work has made a difference on tough issues like improving education, serving homeless, protecting children, fighting domestic violence and helping underserved students succeed in college. As a deeply engaged civic leader, Lynn has learned how to bring different stakeholders to the table, find common ground and solutions, and get everyone moving in a productive manner that gets results.

As a biochemistry grad from the University of Texas in the early 90’s, Lynn was an early hire of New England Biolabs, where she worked as a research scientist and later created partnerships to grow the company. Today, NEB is the world leader in genomic research and employs more than 500, and Lynn still serves as a manager and employee owner. 

Lynn has served more than six years as CEO of Young Women’s Preparatory Network, a public-private partnership that creates STEM-focused schools of choice in an all-girls setting. To date, YWPN grads have a 100% college acceptance rate – many of them first generation college goers.  Over six years as CEO, Lynn has grown revenues 300% and gained a deep understanding of how to partner with ISDs to improve student achievement. 

Lynn is best known for her leadership roles in the Dallas community and for her philanthropic endeavors. Currently, she is Chairman of the Board of The Family Place Foundation; Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association;  Co-Chair of the Coalition for a New Dallas; Co-Chair of For Oak Cliff: Co-Chair of Oakland Cemetery; AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors; The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center Board of Directors; The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Board; Dallas County Community College District Foundation Executive Board; Dedman College Executive Board at Southern Methodist University; Dallas Education Foundation Trustee; Letot Center Foundation Trustee; Chi Omega Foundation National Trustee; Children's Medical Center Foundation Trustee; the Bullock Texas State History Museum Board of Directors; the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute board at UTSW; Texas Women’s University Institute for Women’s Leadership Board; Caruth Police Institute Advisory Board; Junior League of Dallas Endowment Chair; Vickery Midtown PID and The Salvation Army Advisory Board. She is past Chairman of the Board of The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, The Dallas Opera, TACA, the Dallas Historical Society and the Dallas Film Society. She has served on the boards of The Trinity Park Conservancy, Texas Ballet Theater and the friends of the Texas Historical Commission. 

Lynn is a member of The Crystal Charity Ball, Charter 100, The Dallas Assembly, Dallas Woman’s Club and the Sweetheart Ball.  She is a past President and Ball Chairman for the Junior League of Dallas and former Ball Chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball. 

A native of Freeport, Texas, Lynn was raised by parents who believed in the power of education. Through her years in public school, at the University of Texas and throughout her career in biotech and as a CEO, Lynn’s has kept true to her guiding principles of life-long learning, valuing honesty and integrity, and always finding ways to help others. She has been married to her husband Allan for 20 years. Lynn and her husband, Allan, live in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas. 



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