The Temple Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2022 Board of Directors and Officers, including three new members.
Gayle Kiger, of KCEN TV Channel 6, will serve as Chair of the Board, succeeding Drayton McLane III of McLane Group. Robert Jones of BancorpSouth has been named First Vice-Chair.
“The past 18 months have proven the strength and relevancy of the Temple Chamber of Commerce,” said Gayle Kiger, incoming Chair of the Board. “I look forward to following the excellent leadership from Drayton McLane III, Rick Kasberg, and others who served unselfishly, with a focus on advocating for our community by preserving, protecting, and promoting a business-friendly environment.”
The 2022 Board of Directors will focus on critical issues for the Temple Chamber of Commerce membership and business community, including providing valuable resources for member businesses, keeping members informed, connected, and prosperous, advancing community excellence, and maintaining organizational sustainability.
Bo Harvey of Treno Pizzeria & Taproom will continue to serve as Treasurer. Other Officers for the 2022 Board of Directors are Drayton McLane III of McLane Group, Immediate Past Chair; Claire Hartman of First Community Title, Vice-Chair of Organization Improvement; Mike Pilkington of Bell Contractors, Vice-Chair of Governmental Affairs; Kim Langston of 3 Texans Winery & Vineyard, Vice-Chair of Membership Services; and Elliot Germany of Panel Specialists, Inc., Vice-Chair of Business and Community Development.
The three joining the Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2022, are Everett Boutwell of McLane Company, Kayla Landeros of West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C., and Ken Reeves of Performance Foodservice Group ROMA.
“Business leaders who agree to serve on the Chamber Board share a commitment to creating an environment where all can thrive,” said Rod Henry, President, and CEO of the Temple Chamber. “We will continue to build upon the strength of the previous year, with the knowledge and experience our Board provides. Continuing to effectively lead to preserve, protect, and promote a business-friendly environment.”
The 2022 Temple Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors:
Everett Boutwell | McLane Company
Adrian Cannady (Ex-Officio) | Temple Economic Development Corporation
Bill Galinsky | Baylor Scott & White Health
Elliot Germany* | Panel Specialists, Inc.
Shannon Gowan | Ronald McDonald House
Claire Hartman* | First Community Title
Bo Harvey* | Treno Pizzeria & Taproom
Robert Jones* | BancorpSouth
Gayle Kiger* | KCEN TV Channel 6
Rick Kasberg | KPA Engineers
Kayla Landeros | West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C.
Dana Lange | R.T. Schneider Construction
Kim Langston* | 3 Texans Winery & Vineyard
Drayton McLane III* | McLane Group
Bobby Ott | Temple ISD
Mike Pilkington* | Bell Contractors
Ken Reeves | Performance Foodservice Group ROMA
Shelton Rhodes | Greater Zion Church of God in Christ
Casey Simpson | Oncor Electric Delivery
Jessica Walker | Lengefeld Lumber Company
*Indicates Executive Board Member
Bulldog Auto Detailing announced as Regional & People’s Choice Award Winner through Extraco Banks Extrapreneur Program
Tyson McLaughlin, Extraco Banks Temple VP Commercial Banking (R) poses with members of the Bulldog Auto Detailing Team (R to L) Gram Short, Owner & Founder, Stephen Polidore, Training Manager, Caleb Burch, Social Media Manager, & Garner Kuras, Controller & Dealer Operations Manager (Photo Courtesy of Extraco Banks)
Bulldog Auto Detailing, a Temple-based business, was announced by Extraco Banks as a 2021 Extrapraneur Award Program finalist, Regional Award, and People’s Choice Award winner at an awards banquet on October 21, 2021.
The program provides Central Texas entrepreneurs and small business owners a chance to win up to $26,000 in cash prizes, along with mentorship and business consultation for one year. Bulldog Auto Detailing was among more than 45 businesses across the Central Texas area that applied.
“We continue to be impressed with applications received from Central Texas businesses for the Extrapreneur Award,” said Chris Kincaid, corporate executive vice president and chief of strategic design for Extraco Banks, in a press release.
Bulldog Auto Detailing has been “keeping Central Texas cars clean and protected since 2016,” according to their website. It currently has four locations throughout Central Texas in Temple, Waco, Clifton, and Leander to “give your ride that fresh-off-the-lot look".
“We are so proud of our team for making it to the finals of the Extraco Banks Extrapreneur Program,” noted Gram Short, owner, and founder of Bulldog Auto Detailing, in a social media post. “Our team ended up winning the People’s Choice Award and the award for our region. Bulldog would not be where it is today without the amazing support of the community!”
Each finalist team for the program presented business pitches that were evaluated by Extraco executive leaders on four elements: mission and vision, economic catalyst, viable/executable, and overall idea. Bulldog Auto Detailing was awarded monetary prizes totaling $6,000, as well as mentorship from three to six months.
For more information about the annual Extrapreneur Award, visit extracobanks.com/extrapraneur.
Learn more about Bulldog Auto Detailing at bulldogautodetailing.com.
Holiday Inn Temple-Belton is proud to announce it was chosen as a finalist among the nearly 100 Texas businesses that applied to receive Better Business Bureau’s 2021 Torch Awards for Ethics. BBB serving the Heart of Texas presents the Torch Awards for Ethics each year to businesses that exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of its operations.
Holiday Inn Temple-Belton provides lodging services to every industry in the Temple market and is recognized as a great hotel guests love, through a variety of review companies – IHG Guest Reviews 4.34/5, Google 3 Star Hotel, Booking.com 4.39/5, AAA 3 Diamonds, Expedia 4.3/5. We go through stringent evaluations to ensure our hotel meets and exceeds all requirements from our parent company IHG and additional companies such as AAA for our Diamond Rating. We feature a 1,350 square-foot meeting space and an onsite restaurant, Midway Bar & Grill, that is open for breakfast and dinner.
Director of Sales/Operations Sarah Japalucci, General Manager Kal Patel and the entire team at Holiday Inn Temple-Belton were excited to learn that they had been chosen as a finalist. “We're honored to be acknowledged for our ethical business practices,” said Japalucci.
Since opening in 2008, Holiday Inn Temple-Belton has had the privilege to work with a variety of industries including medical, manufacturing, sports, technology, distribution, and transportation to ensure travelers have a reliable source for lodging.
On Oct. 7, BBB serving the Heart of Texas announced via a live, online event that Holiday Inn Temple-Belton was one of three finalists in the 10-21 employees’ category for the 2021 Torch Awards for Ethics. “The community engagement and strength of Texas businesses was on full display for the judges this year,” said John Etchieson, former BBB CEO and judge for the 2021 BBB Torch Awards. “Congratulations to all of the finalists and thank you to everyone who applied to make this an extremely competitive event.”
The Torch Awards competition is open to all for-profit businesses headquartered in BBB’s 105-county service area. Nominees are offered the opportunity to submit an entry to BBB, where a panel of independent volunteer business and community leaders review the entries and choose the winners based on their performance in the marketplace.
If you would like to learn more about Holiday Inn Temple-Belton and the services it offers, visit HolidayInn.com/TempleBeltonTX.