Contact the Houston Northwest Chamber: (281) 440-4160


Developing Successful Businesses and a Thriving Community

Economic Development Committee (by invitation only)


Staff Liaison: Barbara Thomason

The Economic and Community Development Committee will support the Economic Development function of the Chamber which is designed to increase jobs, retain area businesses and increase property values. This will be accomplished by gathering needed data, by raising funds to support the effort and by “packaging” the area in order to market it for current and prospective businesses.


Economic Outlook Forum Planning Committee

Chair: Christina Bowden, Windwood Church, (281) 378-4040

Staff Liaison: Barbara Thomason

The Economic Outlook Forum Committee plans and organizes the March 2013 event including securing sponsors, identifying speakers, developing event agenda and executing a successful overall event.


Public Safety Forum

Chair: Larry Lipton, The Lipton Agency, (281) 580-2510

Staff Liaison: Sandy Barton

The Public Safety Forum will help to train and inform business owners and residents in ways to reduce crime and improve the level of safety for businesses in our community.


Education/Workforce Development Committee

Chair:  Karla Sandoval, Spring ISD, (281) 891-7662

Staff Liaison: Teresa Richard

The Education/Workforce Development Committee will positively influence graduation rates and individuals selecting meaningful careers by strengthening the interaction between business, ISDs and higher education.


Green Sides Committee

Chair: Barbara Schlattman, Schlattman Interiors,
(281) 444-0240

Staff Liaison: Barbara Thomason

Green Medians will work with property owners and other community-based organizations to plant the sides of Cypress Creek Parkway, increasing the aesthetic and real value of property along the corridor.


Government Affairs-Transportation Committee

Co-Chairs: Charles Herd, Lanier Law Firm, (713) 659-5200 and Ron Crier, HouData (832) 598-8759

Staff Liaison: Barbara Thomason

The Government Affairs/Transportation Committee will educate our members about public policy issues that impact them by hosting monthly speakers, by initiating resolutions for Board consideration, by communicating with legislators and policy makers and by taking action to improve the business environment of the community (illegal signage, regional rail planning, traffic flow, etc.



Co-Chairs: Napoleon Butic, Trout Payment Systems, (832) 693-8740 and Peter Khoury, HARCO Insurance/Financial Services, (713) 800-2250

Staff Liaison: Sandy Barton

The Ambassadors promote goodwill to Chamber members, provide a direct personal contact for Chamber members and for the community, and support Chamber member retention efforts. Ambassadors are “the face of the Chamber” and as such are asked to support and participate in various Chamber activities. Areas of primary responsibility include: ribbon cutting ceremonies, luncheons, routine member visits and phone calls, and hosting at other Chamber events.


HYPE-NW (Houston Young Professionals Exchange - Northwest)

Chairs:Candis Austin, AAA Plumbers, (713) 462-4753

Staff Liaison: Kate McKenna

The Houston Northwest Young Professionals Group is focused on the development and enhancement of the professional leadership
experience with the intention of laying the foundation for the future generation of professionals through developmental community
involvement and networking events.


Special Events

Staff Liaisons:

Teresa Richard, for all major events,

Sandy Barton for membership and networking events

Events will deliver a quality customer experience while meeting revenue goals. Events include:

  • Annual Gala
  • Epicurean Evening
  • Economic Outlook Forum
  • CreekFest
  • Networking Breakfasts – Chair: Art Barasch
  • Business After-Hours – Offered only upon request
  • New Member Receptions – Staff
  • Member ‘Meet & Greets’ – Membership Committee
  • Business Expos – Staff
  • Membership Luncheons – Breakfast/Luncheon Task Force


Membership Committee (by invitation only)

Co-Chairs: David Vaughan, Kwik Kopy Business Center #117, (281) 376-4781, Pius Dawson, Condsmart Realty, (281) 220-2036

Staff Liaison: Sandy Barton

The Membership Committee will work to ensure the Chamber meets it stated annual New Member and Retention goals through active recruitment of new members and active contact with current members. Each committee person is assigned another Chamber committee as a liaison to ensure that all Chamber activities have a membership recruitment and/or retention element.