121 S. Main, Boerne, Texas  78006 | phone 830-249-8000 | fax 830-249-9639

The Chamber
Everything you ever wanted to know about our Chamber: How it works, who's running the show,
and why we are here.

It's what we're all about. It's how we came to be and where we are headed.

The Voice of Business
The Chamber is the voice of business in the Boerne area, speaking on behalf of its many members which employ thousands of people. The Chamber establishes coalitions with other chambers and business organizations. The Chamber focuses on advancing the cause of responsible and progressive economic development in the community and throughout the area.

The Chamber is financed through its members' contributions, and non-dues income programs. The Chamber's staff members work with an active volunteer corps each year whose contributions of time, energy, and ideas contribute to make the Chamber one of the most effective business organizations in the area.

An Enlightened Business Leadership
The Chamber represents an enlightened business leadership which recognizes that the best interest of the business community is the same as the long-term best interests of the community-at-large. As a result, the Chamber strives to support initiatives which lead to a prosperous and quality future for the area.

Not a Government Agency
The Chamber of Commerce is not part of city or county government, although we work closely with these officials in economic development and other areas to improve the business environment and quality of life in the community.  Read Chamber Bylaws.

Retention and Expansion Leaders
The Chamber is the initial point of contact for the community's efforts in retention and expansion of existing businesses. The Chamber of Commerce works with existing businesses to remove obstacles of growth.
Enabling the success of our business community through advocacy, education and connection.
Do you like something in particular about our Chamber? Well, start by thanking the Board of Directors for their time, dedication and direction. Something you don't like? Hmmmm... Well the buck stops here, and these officers and directors are not afraid to hear what's on your mind.

David Stelmazewski, Advisory Director
Boerne Independent School District (830) 357-2012

Baron Houser, Chairman
Owner/President, StoneHouse Builders  (210) 313-7677

Baron Houser is the Principal and Founder of StoneHouse Builders LLC, a residential home building firm. With over 20 years of residential building and community development experience, Mr. Houser has had the good fortune of working with some of the largest residential construction companies in the world. He joined the Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2015 and also is a member and President of The Centurions of Kendall County.

Susan Allen, Chair-Elect
Market President, Jefferson Bank  (830) 816-6300

Susan Allen is the new Market President at Jefferson Bank in Boerne and has been an active member of the Boerne community since moving here in 1983.  She is a former chair of the Boerne Chamber of Commerce and is the Board’s current Treasurer. Susan served as a Trustee on the Boerne ISD Board from 2012 to 2015. She also is a volunteer leader for the Kronkosky Place, which serves the community’s senior citizens.  Allen and her husband Pat have two grown children who attended Boerne schools.

Patrick Cohoon, Past Chairman
Attorney & Partner, Leger Ketchum & Cohoon, PLLC  (210) 504-4400

Patrick joined the Board in 2014 and is the 2016 Chairman of the Board.  He is a partner with Leger Ketchum & Cohoon, PLLC. His legal practice focuses on business litigation and transactions; primarily in energy, construction and real estate.  Patrick devotes his free time to his family, Curry Creek Baptist Church and pro bono and related bar efforts.

Mary Jo Floyd, Treasurer
Vice President/Marketing, Broadway Bank  (830) 249-2547

Mary Jo just joined the staff at Broadway Bank in Boerne as the Vice-President of Marketing. Mary Jo has 30 years of Credit Union and Bank Management experience spanning across the globe.  She has served as Chair of the Ambassador Council for two years and Secretary on the Board's Executive Board.  Mary Jo is also is a member of the Noon Rotary Club.

Heather Dickens, Secretary
Business Development, Hill Country Memorial - Boerne (830) 990-6627

Heather Dickens offers over ten years of experience with HCM's remarkable health care to Boerne residents. She brings an eleven year background in public education to the role of business development, which translates well as we learn more from HCM medical experts about how to create healthy in our own lives. A mother of three and bonus mom to one, Heather lives with her husband Edwin and their six-year-old son in Boerne's backyard town of Fredericksburg.

Kevin Thompson
Senior Vice-President, Centennial BANK (830) 816-5199

Kevin Thompson has served as Senior Vice President and Boerne Market Manager for Centennial Bank since 2013. From 2007 – 2012. Prior to relocating to Boerne, he was Chief of Staff for former Texas House of Representatives Member Dan Branch (R-Dallas). Thompson writes a weekly column in The Boerne Star, is a former member of the City of Boerne Planning and Zoning Commission and is a past president of the Kendall County Republican Club. He is a graduate of the 2008 class of Leadership Boerne and former chair of the Greater Boerne Chamber Annual Golf Tournament. He and his wife, Sarah, have four sons and one daughter.

At the end of the day, it's the hard-working Chamber staff who keep the ball rolling. Our goal is to make a positive experience out of every encounter you have with our great Chamber. With over 25 years of combined experience, our staff of 6 full time employees, we strive continually to provide professional services to all Chamber members. Photographs of Lynn Richter, Mary Sue Hurdt & Bonnie Westley by Beth Coyle.

Joe Granados
5/6/2011 1:15:00 AM by The Chamber
President/CEO, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce, (830) 249-8000.

Joe has a strong background in non-profit and small business development.  He also currently serves on the Board for Any Baby Can representing Kendall County and he's an active member of the National Institute of Senior Centers.  Joe joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2013 before becoming it's President/CEO in 2016. read more...
Michele Williams
5/6/2011 1:12:00 AM by The Chamber
Office Manager/Bookkeeper, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce, (830) 249-8000.
Quick fact: I embrace all things furry and the only thing I love more than chips and salsa is more chips and salsa! Favorite place/thing to do in Boerne: I love Boerne because of its charm, warmth, down to earth-ness (is that even a word?), and friendliness. It gives me a sense of belonging and takes me back to a simpler way of life; back to my "roots" and that is important to me! The whole town just says, "Welcome home!".
Mary Sue Hurdt
5/6/2011 1:10:45 AM by The Chamber
Director of Membership Development, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce (830) 249-8000

Mary Sue was a longtime resident of Lubbock & attended Texas Tech where she was a business major. She and her family moved to San Antonio in 1989 & Boerne in 2006. She has been married to her husband John for 30 years. They have three beautiful daughters. Mary Sue joined the Chamber Staff in 2009.

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Jennifer Hudson
5/6/2011 1:08:00 AM by The Chamber
Director of Communications, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce  (830) 249-8000

Jennifer is a graduate of St. Mary’s University with a B.A. in Speech Communications and a M.A. in Communication Studies.  She spent 13 years working in higher education before she began working with the Chamber.  Jennifer and her husband, Johnny moved to Boerne in 2004. They have one creative and delightful  daughter. read more...
Barbara Hooks
5/6/2011 1:07:00 AM by The Chamber

Director of Events and Programs, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce (830) 249-8000

Favorite place/thing to do in Boerne: There is something for whatever I am in the mood for – dinner, strolling around town, hiking or a quick coffee with friends. It’s like a mini getaway right in your own town.

Lynn Richter
5/6/2011 1:06:00 AM by The Chamber
Director of Technology and Administration, Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce (830) 249-8000

Lynn started out as a volunteer for the Chamber in 2002 and joined the Chamber staff in 2006. She works on special projects for the Chamber and provides technology and administrative support to the President and Chamber staff.

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Jeri Ahart, Mary Armstrong, Debbie Clayton, Pat Dyer, Doris Ebner, Mary Masters, Stacy Minor, Joe Polasek, Cherry Schroeder, Betty Jo Schwartz, Denise Surratt, Jane Whelan, Brenda Whiteman and Jo Ann Young.
We are our membership. Discover why over 700 local business have pledged their support to the Chamber, and how the Chamber can benefit your business.

Visit our Membership page for more information.
If actions speak louder than words, then our programs loudly proclaim the mission and goals of our Chamber and our local business community.

Click here to download a council application which you can fill out and fax to the Chamber.

Click here to read the Council Guidelines.

Mission Statement:  To enhance business growth and development of our members by the recruitment of new members and to represent the chamber as goodwill ambassadors.  To increase the Chamber’s representation of the business community through recruitment of new members and retention of existing members.  To be an advocate for members and the business community in building and sustaining a diverse and prosperous economy.

"Serving as an Ambassador is very rewarding. It affords great opportunities to get involved, have fun, be the face of the Chamber and gain some wonderful friendships. Working with new members and assisting them in maximizing their chamber benefits is a continual reminder of how, by investing in the Chamber, you are investing in yourself." Jacques DuBose, The American Red Cross Hill Country Chapter

Scheduled Monthly Meetings: Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 a.m in the Boerne Chamber of Commerce conference room.

Chair: Casey Barthel of Barthel Law Office

Staff Member Responsible for Council: Mary Sue Hurdt, Director of Membership Development.


Ambassador                               Company

Steven Artale                        Hungry Horse Restaurant & Catering
Jacque Bailey                        Hampton Inn & Suites at Boerne
Casey Barthel, Chair             Barthel Law Office
Ellen Brennan, Secretary      Ranch Radio Group
Connie Clark                         Penguin Suits, Inc.
Jacques DuBose                    American Red Cross Hill Country Chapter
Kami Fiedler                         Wayland Baptist University-Boerne
Bryan Gouger                       Bjorn's Audio Video
Luke Kersh, Past Chairman The PEO Link, Inc.
Luly Miller                            Ranch Radio Group
Paula White                         GVTC Communications
Tish Ellisor                           New Century Hospice
Susan Friar                          LoneStar Properties
Cayman Gentry                    Frost Bank
Lorelei Helmke                     Helmke Agency
Corey Huffman                     Catto & Catto LLP
Jessica Johnson                    Solid Realty Group, LLC
Jason Madero                       New York Life- Jason Madero
Nicole Mattick                       Hill Country Visiting Angels
Misty McDonald                    Genesis Town and Country Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation
Wanda Myers                       Dex Media
Bernice Ried                        Access Storage
Nicole Singleton                   HICKS WEALTH MANAGEMENT of Raymond James and Associates, Inc.
Matt Stackhouse                  Kronkosky Place
Monica Zuniga                     Alamo Hospice
Stephen Powell                    Texas Heritage Bank - Boerne & Leon Springs
Mary Sue Hurdt                   Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce
Mary Jo Floyd                      Broadway National Bank
Brad Mann                          Smoke in the Hills BBQ
Kelly Mann                          Smoke in the Hills BBQ
Dawn Elder                         Starlite Recovery Center

Overall Goal: To Recruit and Retain Members 

2016 Ambassadors of the Year:  Matt Stackhouse of the Rainbow Senior Center at Kronkosky Place

Downloads: The following files (in .pdf format) may help prospective and current Ambassadors in the performance of the Ambassador mission:

Ambassador Guidelines

Ambassador Point Sheet

Statement: The Business Advisory Council is committed to strengthen and support businesses in the community by promoting strong strategic relationships, leadership development and education.

"Last year I served on the Business Advisory Council's Scholarship Committee. Participation on that committee was so satisfying because we were potentially underwriting a portion of a local graduate's higher education. We know we are making a solid contribution to the Chamber's accomplishments and through the Chamber, we're impacting our own success." Darcee Grivel, Vintage Reconstruction, Inc., Business Advisory Council

Strategies/Initiatives:  The Business Advisory Council is comprised of six committees, each with its own strategies and initiatives.

  • The Business Education Committee partners with BISD on projects that include career and college preparations and awareness.  It also promotes the Chamber's on-site business counseling services, offered through UTSA Small Business Development Center.
  • The Marketing Committee works with small businesses teaching different affordable, effective and easy to implement marketing strategies, solutions and tools includes supporting the Save Local Now program.
  • The Non-Profit Committee supports the unique interests of our non-profit member community including the development of an economic impact study.
  • The Retail Committee
  • The Scholarship Committee manages the logistics of the scholarship application and its processes, the review and selection of the annual recipients, and the presentation and promotion of the scholarship monies.
  • The Technology Committee brings together members to discuss technology issues such as privacy, security, software and hardware and is responsible for offering quarterly technology workshops.

Scheduled Monthly Meetings: Quarterly Meetings in the Boerne Chamber of Commerce conference room.

Committees and Staff Member Responsible for Council: 
Business Education - Darcee Grivel of Vintage Reconstruction
Marketing - Kat Flores of Digital Wheelhouse
Non-Profit - Olivia Burdick of Kronkosky Place and Paul Giguere of the Boerne Hill Country Family YMCA
Scholarship - Kathy Estes of Frost Bank
Technology - George Monroy of Monroy Technology Information Technology Services

2017 Scholarships 
    • John P. Ebner, Aubrey E. "Sandy" Sanderson, Laurie Bushong Lang Scholarships (funded through the annual Awards Gala and Golf Tournament).
    • Agriculture / Culinary Arts / Fine Arts / Wildlife Management Scholarships (funded through the annual Wild Game Dinner).

The Chamber serves an advocate for business as outlined in the Chamber's Mission Statement.

The Government Affairs Council was established in 2005 and is charged with three primary tasks:

1. Identify areas where more involvement in state and federal government could have a positive impact on Boerne.
2. Disseminate information on local, state, and federal government initiatives, legislation, and programs to the local business community.
3. Make the voice of local business heard, particularly by local City and County government leaders.

The GAC provides a monthly venue for local government officials, while engaging in transparent and ongoing conversations that address critical community issues. I learn more each month on that Council than I do anywhere else." Shawn Bonner, Hungry Horse Restaurant

Scheduled Monthly Meetings: 11:45 a.m. on the 1st Thursday of every month in the Boerne Chamber of Commerce conference room.

Chairman:  Kevin Thompson of Centennial Bank

Staff Member Responsible for Council:  Lynn Richter, Administrative Assistant.


Member Name

Company Name

Kevin Thompson, Chair
Centennial Bank
Roland Benson
Benson Design
Ben Bunker
KFW Engineers & Surveying 
Patrick Cohoon Leger Ketchum & Cohoon, PLLC
Ron Cisneros  City of Boerne Councilman
Karen Daly Kuper Sotherby's Intnl Realty, Karen Daly
Matt Diana  Covenant Services 
Richard Elkins Kendall County Commissioner Precinct 2
Roger Hemminghaus  Kent Creek Ranch
Bob Imler
Robert L. Imler - Community & Government Relations Consultant 
Misty Mayo  Boerne Kendall County EDC
George Monroy  Monroy Information Technology Services 
Shawn Morris
Eggerrs Capital Management

Lynn Richter

Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce

Dub Smothers   
Allison Smoot All County Home Care & Hospice
Jeff Thompson  City of Boerne Utilities 
Eric Woodring
JM Lowe & Company

Questions? Suggestions? Contact the Government Affairs Council by clicking here.

To help keep you better informed, we are providing you with local, state and federal website links for you to visit and review. Just click on the website link you wish to visit.

Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)

City of Boerne Council Meetings and Agendas website

City of Boerne Planning and Community Development website

Kendall County Commissioners Court

Boerne Independent School District

Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District

State of Texas Government

Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives

Texas Association of Business

VoteForBusiness, the Votexas.org

US Chamber of Commerce and

Friends of the US Chamber

Texas Voter Registration Applications (online or downloaded).

Kendall County Elections website.

Contact Lynn Richter at the Chamber, (830) 249-8000 if you have any questions.

Leadership Boerne is a community Leadership program aimed at increasing the leadership pool for the present and future of the Boerne area.

"Although I have owned a business in Boerne for several years and thought I knew a lot about how local governments work, I decided to become involved in Leadership Boerne. What a phenomenal decision it turned out to be! I met so many new people, enhanced my standing in the community and learned so much about local government that I wondered why I hadn't participated in Leadership Boerne a long time ago. It was one of the best moves I have ever made. I strongly encourage everyone to participate in this outstanding program". Ken Nietenhoerfer, KCN Builders, Leadership Boerne Class of 2012

2017 - 2018 Leadership Boerne Class Application

Scheduled Monthly Meetings: The Leadership Boerne Council meets on the 1st Monday of every month in the Boerne Chamber of Commerce conference room.

Chairman:  Tori Sherrill, Jefferson Bank

Staff Member Responsible for Council:  Mary Sue Hurdt, Director of Membership Development.

Leadership Boerne is a fun and demanding series of classes spanning the nine-month traditional school year.  Acceptance into this popular nine-month leadership development program is limited, and all selected participants must be prepared to attend all nine full-day sessions.

Participants in Leadership Boerne will benefit from new learning opportunities in an atmosphere that stimulates class participation and teamwork.  Opportunities are provided to allow significant exposure to issues facing Boerne, surrounding communities, and the state -- now and in the future.  The program encourages participants to become part of an effective and creative leadership network.

The program consists of a one-day session each month, September through May, and culminates with graduation.  Sessions are normally held all day, the second Wednesday of each month, and include lunch underwritten by a contributing sponsor(s).  Topics are diverse, and generally relate to issues faced by our communities.

The Leadership Boerne program is sponsored by the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce.  Developed in 1998, the program strives to equip new and experienced leaders alike with tools that will increase awareness of issues facing our great community.

Contact Mary Sue Hurdt if you are interested in applying for the 2017-18 Leadership Boerne Class at (830) 249-8000. Click on the following links to download the application:  Word format and pdf format


Member Name

Company Name

Susan Cole   Past Chair, City of Boerne 
Susan Allen
Texas Heritage Bank
Brian D'Spain
Security State Bank & Trust

Nikki Miller

The Law Office of Nikki D. Miller
Mary Sue Hurdt  Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce 
Shawn Morris
Eggerss Capital Management
Rob Weller
Broadway Bank
Cali Redd
Secretary, The SOLiD Group, Texas Premier Realty
Tori Sherrill Chair, Jefferson Bank

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