Meet Temple and the Temple Chamber to Celebrate the Local Manufacturing Industry
Meet Temple and the Temple Chamber of Commerce are proud to partner for the second annual Temple Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day celebrates local manufacturers with a Job Fair on National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), October 7, 2022, at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas.
In addition to the job fair this year, Manufacturing Day will take over the whole first week of October with an official proclamation ceremony on Oct. 3, Temple ISD student tours throughout the week, and will cap off with a celebration music event at Santa Fe Plaza the evening of Oct. 7. The celebration will continue with spotlights of partnering manufacturers throughout October on Meet Temple and Temple Chamber of Commerce social media platforms.
Since its beginning in 2012, MFG Day highlights modern manufacturing careers, dispels myths of the public image of manufacturing, and is an opportunity to energize a future pipeline of skilled workers.
Temple is home to 130 manufacturing establishments including the world’s leading producers of everything from engineered surfaces (Wilsonart) to Hefty® Waste Bags (Reynolds Consumer Products) to school and office furniture (MooreCo Inc.). These companies support nearly 6,600 jobs locally and drive the growing manufacturing industry, with industry employment up 28% between 2010 and 2020.
“While our work focuses on attracting new manufacturers to Temple, our work just as equally focuses on supporting those manufacturers who already call Temple home,” said Amanda Carlson, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Temple Economic Development Corporation. “Through our talent attraction and retention initiative, Meet Temple, we work to increase the funnel of people considering a career in Temple.”
The Temple workforce is supported by technically skilled veterans from nearby Fort Hood, robust Career and Technical Education (CTE) Manufacturing Pathways at area high schools, and graduates from STEM-focused training or degree programs from eight regional higher education institutions.
“With a strong manufacturing sector there is demand for a skilled workforce,” noted Whitney Theriot, Vice President of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. “Temple is fortunate to have existing pipelines to grow talent through CTE programming, training for incumbent workers to re-skill or upskill through Temple College, and proximity to Fort Hood. The MFG Day Job Fair, in collaboration with Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, connects the dots to career opportunities locally.”
Meet Temple and the Temple Chamber of Commerce hope the concentrated effort to create awareness about the local manufacturing industry through MFG Day/Week will inspire a new generation of manufacturers in Temple.
Partnering manufacturers for the 2022 MFG Day initiative include MooreCo, Inc., Palladio Industries, Inc., Reynolds Consumer Products, Temple Machine Shop, and Wilsonart.
Every year since 1987, the Temple Chamber of Commerce has asked the Temple area business community to submit candidates for consideration to Leadership Temple.
Leadership Temple is a professional development and education program designed to help current and emerging leaders understand the dynamics of the community and the role leadership plays in its long-term success. It is a 10-month program where graduates emerge with an unprecedented level of community awareness as well as insights they can apply in the workplace.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Leadership Temple Advisory Council are proud to introduce the Leadership Temple Class of 2023.
2022-23 Class President - Camryn Bintz, CPA, CCIFP
Camryn is an accounting and finance professional who oversees KPA Engineer’s day-to-day accounting, administrative, and marketing operations. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Construction Industry Finance Professional, licensed in the State of Texas. She received a Master of Business Administration Degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
2022-23 Curriculum Chair - David Shine
David Shine is a partner and financial advisor at Shine Richardson Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. He is committed to offering clients a wide array of wealth management services, and holds Series 7 and Series 66 securities registrations, is licensed in 37 states and is licensed in life and health insurance. He is a Baylor University graduate and has experience in politics, banking, new-venture coaching, and construction. David was born and raised in Temple, TX and is focused on serving clients locally and throughout the country. In his free time David and his wife Morgan enjoy spending their time in the outdoors fishing, hunting, and hiking with their Malinois Ivy.
Leadership Temple Class of 2022-23
Amanda Alvarado graduated from Waskow High School in Belton, TX. She is employed by First Community Title in marketing. Amanda is the mother of two children, Nolan, and Nathaniel, and resides in Temple, TX where she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Brooke Barron, CPA
Brooke is a 2017 graduate of California State University, Fullerton where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Brooke began her career with a public accounting firm in Huntington Beach, CA serving clients in areas of audit and assurance, tax consulting and compliance, and accounting services. Brooke joined Brockway, Gersbach, Franklin & Niemeier P.C. as a Senior Accountant in November 2021 and obtained her CPA certification in January 2022.
Jodi Brazeal was born and raised in Little River-Academy, TX. She has worked as a Realtor since 1998 and has worked with Magnolia Realty Temple-Belton since 2018. Jodi and her husband JP have been married 24 years and are the parents of two kids, Jenna, a Senior at Tarleton State, and Scout, a Senior at Academy High School. Her favorite pass times are watching her kids compete in athletics, Bible studies, spending time outdoors and with family and friends.
Amanda joined the Temple Economic Development Corporation as Director of Marketing & Communications in May 2020. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Southern Maine. Though she may be from the East Coast she holds Central Texas in her heart after moving here while her husband was stationed at Fort Hood. Now that their time in the Army is complete, she and her husband are putting down roots in Temple and are eager to get involved in making Central Texas a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
Jeffrey Clark has worked for the Temple Police Department for 29 years. He has worked many roles from patrol, narcotics, community policing, as a SWAT officer, and is currently a Deputy Chief over the Investigations Bureau. The bureau includes the following units: Detectives, Crime Scene, Crime Victims Assistance, Violent Crimes Enforcement, Crime Analysis, Property & Evidence, Narcotics, Traffic, COPS (Community Oriented Policing), and School Resource units.
Kevin Craven, MBA, BSN, RN
Kevin has been a registered nurse for 35 years. After serving in the Air Force as a corpsman, he attended the University of Arizona and University of Phoenix obtaining his BSN and MBA. His areas of practice include emergency, flight, and critical care nursing. Administratively, Kevin has had oversight of trauma centers, cardiovascular programs, and wound care services. Currently, he practices as the Director of Nursing of Critical Care Services at Baylor Scott & White – Temple hospital. He lives with his wife in Nolanville, TX and has 6 grown children.
Jentry Davis is from Lubbock, TX and graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation in 2019. She works as the Executive Officer at the Temple Area Builders Association. She and her husband, Caleb, moved to Temple in April 2021 for his residency at Baylor Scott & White Health. They are both excited to have joined the Bell County family.
Annette Farmer, JD
Annette is an attorney with West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C., specializing in estate and business planning. In addition to holding a law degree from Baylor Law School, she holds a master’s degree in Biochemistry from UT Southwestern Medical Center. Since moving to the area in 2010, Annette immediately felt at home. That’s why, when her husband retired from the Army, they built on the roots they established in the area to raise their two sons in the community. Annette enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, and exercising.
Tanner Johnson was born and raised in Temple, TX. Tanner graduated from Salado High School with honor in 2007 and Texas A&M University with a degree in Finance in 2011. After graduation, he went to work for Goldman Sachs in Dallas as a commercial real estate loan officer until he moved back to Temple to join Central National Bank as a vice president/commercial loan officer. He is happily married to his wife, Brittany Johnson, and has two small girls (Tess: 3 & Thea: 1).
Christine Leal, MA
Christine serves the City of Temple as the Performance & Analytics Manager in the Department of Performance Excellence. Before joining the City of Temple, Christine served as a Quartermaster Officer in the United States Army, where she became passionate about the ethical stewardship of government funds and assets. Christine has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Ben Lopez, Jr.
Ben Lopez, Jr. is a 24-year veteran of Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, first as a Workforce Specialist, then as a Program Specialist, and most recently the Workforce Center Director in Temple. He has overseen and/or developed multiple programs such as the nationally recognized Welfare To Work program and the Non-Custodial Parent Choices program. A native of Rogers, TX, and currently residing in Belton, Ben is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin; is married to his wife Madonna; and has two children, Zachary (23) and Aly (20).
Megan Mondrik, MArch
Megan is a Designer & Project Manager for Garcia Architects (Formerly Neal Architectural Group). She is a lifetime member of the Central Texas community, graduating from Academy High School. She joined Neal Architectural Group after graduating with honors from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. She has since gone on to receive her Master’s Degree in Architecture as part of her pursuit to become a State of Texas Licensed Architect. Megan, her husband and daughter, enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, and traveling.
Cassidy currently serves as the Membership Director at Wildflower Country Club in Temple, Texas and has held this position since July of 2021. She is originally from Snyder, Texas. Cassidy attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, played on the Women’s Golf Team, and graduated with a B.A. in Sport Management in 2019. After graduating, Cassidy married Temple/Belton native, Kyle Revis and recently celebrated their second anniversary. Cassidy is thrilled to be involved in Leadership Temple and is excited to continue serving our community.
Caleb Smith is a Mortgage Loan Officer at First United Bank. Born and raised in the Belton-Temple area and has made this community his home. He attended Belton Schools and graduated from Texas A&M University (WHOOP!). He and his wife, Breanna, are expecting their first child, a son Bearor, this fall. Caleb’s pass times include fishing, golfing, pickleball, watching sports, and late-night board games. He has a passion for serving this community and is excited to be engaged in Leadership Temple.
Bryson Soden, MID
Bryson grew up in Canon City, CO, and lived there until he was accepted into Texas A&M. He was in the Corps of Cadets and graduated with a degree in International Studies and commissioned in the Army. Through the Army, he attended many schools including the Explosive Ordnance Disposal School; he was also privileged to travel the world, seeing four countries and seven different duty stations. Eventually, he found his way back to Texas, and after completing a master’s degree, decided to make Texas and Bell County home.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce leadership is excited to announce the promotion of Kaylee Blumenfeld, M.S.M. Blumenfeld assumes the role of Director of Signature Initiatives, following her accomplishments as Event & Digital Sales Coordinator.
“I’m pleased to announce Kaylee’s promotion to the position of Director of Signature Initiatives for the Temple Chamber of Commerce,” said Rod Henry, President, and CEO of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. “She has demonstrated a level of excellence in event execution, service to the membership and community, and is an asset to the Chamber team.”
Blumenfeld has worked for the Temple Chamber of Commerce for four years. She began as the Communications & Marketing Intern while completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Upon her graduation in 2018, she joined the staff of the Temple Chamber full-time as the Event Coordinator.
In her new role, Blumenfeld will continue to build upon and enhance event strategy and execution for all Chamber events. She will also focus on developing and implementing initiatives with the leadership of the Chamber to fulfill the organization's mission to advocate for the community by preserving, protecting, and promoting a business-friendly environment.
“In the past four years, it has been wonderful to see Kaylee’s professional growth,” stated Whitney Theriot, Vice President of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. “She is an invaluable team member and has been a player in our rebranding in 2018 as an Intern, helping navigate the highs and lows of the Pandemic shifting from in-person to meaningful virtual events, to emerging into the ‘new norm’ overseeing complete overhauls of in-person events for community health and a valuable experience to our membership and community.”
In addition to duties in event management, Blumenfeld supports communication and marketing efforts and is the staff liaison for the Military Relations Council and the Spirit of Santa Fe Trail.
Most recently, in the Spring of 2022, Kaylee completed her Master of Management at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.