Interim President, Richardson Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, Leadership Richardson
Kim Quirk brings a long career of corporate communication to her dedication to developing community leaders within business and educational arenas. Quirk has been an active in the North Texas community for more than 25 years. She was on the board of trustees for the Richardson Independent School District for nine years, where she served five terms as president. Read Kim's full bio >>
Senior Vice President, Programs/Events
Paul Bendel has been producing educational events for Richardson business leaders for 20 years as the senior vice president for programs/events. His particular skill is in leading the events team and creating focus and excitement within volunteer committees. He has been a Chamber of Commerce professional for thirty years and had prior careers as a news reporter and play-by-play announcer for several East Texas radio stations. Paul completed the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management, the Basic Industrial Development Course at Texas A&M, and has earned the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) administered by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association.
Vice President, Member Services
Bill Ballard brings more than 25 years of experience in all areas of executive and corporate leadership, business development, inventory and staff management, vendor relations, strategic planning, and implementation. He has 22+ years of experience as a Dallas-based small business owner and spent 3 years building a successful startup tech and service-oriented business. He and his wife Erin have four children: William, Townes, Caroline and Louisa. Bill graduated from Trinity University and is a lifelong resident of the DFW area.
Director, Mayor's Office of International Business
Lawrence Howorth focuses on bringing foreign direct investment and new businesses to Richardson and supporting Richardson-based companies in their efforts to grow international business.
Lawrence's background includes 40+ years of multinational business experience in multiple industries, holding senior executive-level positions and fractional executive management positions through HOWORTH International LLC. He has co-founded two multinational start-up companies and has developed and managed businesses in more than 25 countries.
Economic Development Director
Beth Kolman stays current with executives to make sure they are connected. She has worked in Richardson most of her career including positions at the Richardson Independent School District, Nortel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and most recently, Cisco. She has also lived in Richardson for 20 years, is a graduate of Leadership Richardson, and has represented her employers on the chamber board and executive committee.
Executive Account Manager
Barbara has a long history of working in client-centric industries such as academia (Brookhaven College), restaurant, retail & wholesale apparel (Jones New York), real estate (new home sales and properties manager), technology (Impiger Technologies), transportation (Bubbl) and healthcare (Assisting Hands). She has worked with start-ups, small, medium and Fortune 500 enterprises. She is skilled in new business development, branding, customer retention, marketing, negotiation, sales management and operations. She originates from Vancouver, BC, Canada and has been in DFW for more than 30 years.
Mallory Crumb focuses on creative and efficient events that encourage members to connect and improve their careers. She is a Dallas native and studied hotel and restaurant administration at Oklahoma State University. She has been working in the event industry for 10 years previously with Gleneagles Country Club, NYLO Hotels and Two Sisters Catering. Outside the office, she loves spending time with husband Jake, puppy Mia and two adorable daughters.
Shannon Skripka helps organize, market and execute economic development-related Chamber events and handles special projects for the Richardson Economic Development Partnership. Prior to working at the Chamber, she lived several years in Italy where she worked for Texas Instruments Italy in international procurement. She is a graduate of UT Dallas.
Programs & Web Content Manager
Andrea Young directs the Women in Leadership program and produces events for Chamber members and the community to connect, including the golf tournament. She also manages the Chamber's web presence. She spent 16 years of her career as a software developer at Lennox International and later Thomson Reuters, before joining the Richardson Chamber in 2016. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University.
Jayla Anderson makes sure that chamber members can get involved and optimize their chamber membership. She spent nine years working for numerous Boys & Girls Clubs, as a youth development leader and membership coordinator. Jayla graduated with her M.S. from Arkansas State University and spends her free time visiting family and friends, along with spending lots of time outdoors. Plus, her BFF is her in-house pup.