The promise of Wings Pizza ‘N Things, mainly the coveted Ranch Dressing, drew a remarkable turnout from the members of the business community for Business After Hours sponsored by Ludwick, Montgomery & Stapp, P.C. and Wings Pizza ‘N Things on May 25.
The back half of the restaurant came alive with the spirit of networking as attendees chatted, exchanged information, connected, and built relationships in the lively and engaging atmosphere. Attendees also indulged in an assortment of buffalo wings and pizzas, showcasing the culinary delights of Wings Pizza ‘N Things.
Thank you to Ludwick, Montgomery & Stapp, P.C. and Wings Pizza 'N Things for their support in making this event a resounding success. This May Business After Hours is just one example of the Temple Chamber's commitment to providing valuable opportunities for connection and growth throughout the year. Stay tuned for more exciting events that will empower you to connect with like-minded individuals, support local businesses, and contribute to the continued prosperity of our community.
If you couldn’t attend, fret not! We've captured the essence of the evening in a collection of vibrant photos, allowing you to relive the spirit, fun, and fellowship that filled the air.
Leading with Excellence: 2023 Distinguished Alumni & LT Class of 2023 Commemorated
The Leadership Temple Alumni & Graduation Banquet held on May 23, 2023, at the Hilton Garden Inn-Temple was filled with celebration and recognition. Business and community leaders gathered to honor the achievements of both the esteemed Leadership Temple Class of 2023 and the recipient of the 2023 Leadership Temple Distinguished Alumni award, Gary Schmidt.
The fifteen professionals comprising the Leadership Temple Class of 2023 were commended for their unwavering commitment and dedication throughout the intensive nine-month program. Their remarkable journey of community leadership, professional development, and personal growth was a testament to their passion and drive. Led by the capable leadership of Camryn Bintz, Class President, and David Shine, Curriculum Chair, these graduates have emerged as future leaders poised to make a lasting impact in their respective fields. The graduates of the Class of 2023 are:
Amanda Alvarado | First Community Title
Brooke Barron | Brockway, Gersbach, Franklin & Niemeier
Jodi Brazeal | Magnolia Realty Temple-Belton
Amanda Carlson | Temple Economic Development Corp.
Jeffrey Clark | City of Temple – Police Department
Kevin Craven | Baylor Scott & White Health
Jentry Davis | Temple Area Builders Association
Annette Farmer | Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas
Tanner Johnson | Central National Bank
Christine Leal | City of Temple – Performance Excellence
Ben Lopez | Workforce Solutions of Central Texas
Megan Mondrik | Garcia Architects
Cassidy Revis | Wildflower Country Club
Caleb Smith | First United Bank & Trust
Bryson Soden | Walmart Distribution Center #6083
The banquet provided a valuable opportunity for attendees to network and engage with the Class of 2023. Guests were also presented with a report on the Class's Action Team project, highlighting the practical application of their newfound skills and knowledge in addressing real-world challenges.
Amidst the festivities, the event reached a pinnacle as Gary Schmidt, an exceptional alumnus of the Leadership Temple program, was honored as the 2023 Leadership Temple Distinguished Alumni. This esteemed recognition celebrates Schmidt's outstanding professional accomplishments, remarkable service to the community, extraordinary leadership qualities, and enduring impact on Temple.
Schmidt's distinguished career began in 1978 as a Banker in Temple, and he has since risen to the position of President at Central National Bank, where he has demonstrated exemplary leadership since 2000. Beyond his professional achievements, Schmidt has been actively engaged in numerous community organizations and boards, leaving an indelible mark on the growth and development of Temple. His contributions to the Temple Economic Development Corporation, Temple Tax Reinvestment Zone #1, Temple Chamber of Commerce, Temple College Foundation, United Way of Central Texas, the Central Texas Housing Consortium, Temple Business League, and the Texas A&M Central Texas President's Advisory Council have been instrumental in shaping the city's success.
To honor Schmidt's accomplishments and his commitment to making a positive difference, a donation will be made to Altrusa International of Temple's Summer Fan Drive, benefiting the United Way of Central Texas. This contribution reflects Schmidt's dedication to serving the community and ensuring the well-being of its residents.
As the Leadership Temple Alumni and the Class of 2023 were commemorated, it was evident that they represent a vibrant force of leaders poised to create a lasting impact on Temple and beyond. Their graduation not only marks the end of an intensive program but also signifies the beginning of a lifelong journey to lead with excellence, inspire others, and continue making a positive difference in the greater Temple community.
Following a 45-year long career in the Chamber of Commerce Industry, Temple Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Rod Henry, plans to retire from the organization effective December 31, 2023.
Per the organization’s By-Laws, Henry’s letter outlining his intent to retire was accepted by the Executive Board in April 2023.
Henry has served 10 years as the President and CEO of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. Under his leadership, the Chamber has grown and reinforced the reason chambers of commerce exist: to enhance the success of members; help improve the quality of life for communities; provide opportunities for business owners, leaders, and their employees to learn and grow; serve as information resources and as the collective voice in business communities.
Before Temple, Henry served as president of four chambers, including Terre Haute, Indiana; Cocoa Beach, Florida; Anderson Madison County, Indiana; and Lancaster-Fairfield, Ohio. He assumed the helm of the Temple Chamber in July 2013.
“The Board and I want to thank Rod for 10 years of outstanding service to the greater Temple community,” said Robert Jones, Chair of the Temple Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and President, Greater Temple Area Market of Cadence Bank. “In that time, he has taken the organization to new levels of excellence in service to the membership, community, and visitors.”
More details will be released soon regarding the process to fill the position.