President and CEO
Bill Sproull is president and CEO of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce (RCC), Tech Titans and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP). Bill's vision is to build and attract strong companies, and thus, a stronger Richardson community and north Texas technology ecosystem. Read Bill's full bio >>
Executive Vice President, Economic Development
John Jacobs has been building the Richardson community with the Richardson Chamber of Commerce for nearly 20 years and is the executive vice president of economic development. He helps companies to relocate, expand, and establish businesses in Richardson. Before bringing his expertise to Richardson he was vice president of economic development in Garland and was a successful real estate broker.
Senior Vice President, Programs/Events
Paul Bendel has been producing educational events for Richardson business leaders for the last 14 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.
Executive Director of 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 >>
Vice President, Member Services
Drew Snow works with Richardson businesses about how they can gain visibility for their businesses and connect with opportunities to make their business stronger. Previous to his work at the chamber, Drew worked with the US Chamber of Commerce as their executive director of corporate relations. Other gigs include software sales and 20 years with the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Times Herald. His degree is from Southern Methodist University.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Amy Alexander develops the chamber's communications vehicles to spread the chamber's priorities, activities, and educational presentations. She manages branding, websites, newsletters, social media, PR and publications. Her career has included print, video, and digital communications at Texas Instruments, agencies and non-profits. She earned her MBA and journalism degrees from Texas A&M Commerce and is a past officer of the DFW American Marketing Association.
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.
Chief Governance Officer
Molly Ulmer keeps the board focused on the goals and priorities for the chamber while working with government officials to stay up-to-date with issues. She has been with the Chamber for 20 years and is executive assistant to CEO Bill Sproull. She manages the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Public Policy Committees and special projects. She has a BS degree from Texas Tech University. Previously Molly was a special event director at the National Kidney Foundation of Texas and at the Southwest Center for Abuse Recovery and has more than 30 years experience in non-profit organizations as a volunteer, board member and staff member.
Member Services Manager
Sylvia Palmer makes sure members have access to the opportunities brought by their membership in the chamber, including organizing the New Member Orientation, the Ambassador group, the Senior Services Networking Program and the annual Health & Wellness Expo. Before coming to the chamber, Sylvia focused on providing high quality customer relations to clients at Bank of America for over 10 yrs.
Andrea Young manages seamless events for members to enjoy and connect. She helps produce the Annual Meeting and Richardson Chamber Golf Classic, as well as the Women in Leadership program. Andrea spent 16 years of her career as a software programmer at Lennox International and at Thomson Reuters.
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 daughter Charley.
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.
Luciana Arteaga markets the city as the top location for businesses and for young professionals to live, play, and work. Luciana attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where she majored in economics and minored in international political economics. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, learning new languages and taking her three dogs, Mia, Brooks and Sol on walks and to the park.
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.
Member Services 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.
Manager of Accounting and Human Resources
Michelle McCandless, manager of accounting and HR, is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. Michelle has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and serves as a member of the Budget & Finance Committee. In her time away from the office, she enjoys gardening, spending time with both her family and her animals--especially Llamadeus, that crazy llama, who does a great job protecting the goats.
Julie Grauel is the first welcoming face you will see when visiting the Richardson Chamber. Julie comes to us from Presbyterian Village North, a community for retirement, assisted living and short-stay rehabilitation services. She wore many hats during her tenure there. Julie also worked at Bombardier Aerospace – Flexjet in Richardson for nine years.
Kedzie Arrington joined the Chamber in 2013 as the administrative and legislative intern. Along with managing the advocacy website and assisting the board, Kedzie uses her problem solving and organization skills with the member database, website and marketing initiatives. Prior to joining the chamber, Kedzie worked at a law firm and received her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe. She graduated UT Dallas as a post baccalaureate healthcare major and will be attending medical school in 2020.