SPARK: Legislative Update

Member Price: 40.00 Nonmember Price: 50.00 Date: Location: Dallas College Garland Center Address: 675 W. Walnut St. Garland, TX 75040 Categories: Chamber Events


Event Details

Strong Partnerships and Relevant Knowledge (SPARK) hosts a variety of high-profile speakers to engage business and community leaders on current business issues. The event allows professionals from a diverse business community to network and learn more about better business practices or issues facing the Garland community.

Topic: Legislative Update
 Chris Wallace | President/CEO of the North Texas Commission

Sponsored by:

American National Bank of Texas

Lunch Provided by: Ferah Tex-Med Kitchen

About the Topic

Chris Wallace to provide an update on the current legislative session. 

About the Speaker

Chris Wallace was named President/CEO of the North Texas Commission in June of 2018. Under Wallace’s leadership, the NTC is quickly building its strength and capacity uniting the region’s most prominent leaders to tackle the greatest challenges for our 13-county area including managing the region’s unified legislative advocacy voice at the state and federal levels. In addition to his advocacy and education-focused vision, Wallace continues to place a greater emphasis on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion with development of the region’s first DE&I Summit and comprehensive multi-sector industry resources. Prior to joining the NTC, Wallace was President/COO of the Texas Association of Business, the state chamber of commerce based in Austin. In this role, he managed TAB’s statewide team responsible for legislative advocacy and strategy, operations, membership/marketing, as well as board and chamber relations. As a registered lobbyist, Chris has led advocacy initiatives in the areas of economic development and trade having founded the highly recognized and successful Keep Texas Open for Business Coalition, defeating discriminatory and unnecessary legislation in the 86th Texas Legislative Session. Wallace also led statewide campaigns reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, the Texas-Mexico Trade Coalition (advocating for the passage of the USMCA), as well as the need for telemedicine in Texas. Wallace grew up in North Texas and for 10 years he served as President/CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, the first national Five-Star Accredited Chamber in Texas. He also managed the Irving Economic Development Partnership and previously was Vice President of the Las Colinas Association where he successfully developed and implemented a corporate communications and marketing program for the 12,000-acre Las Colinas development. Wallace is a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management as well as a former Regent of Northeast Institute at Villanova University. He is among a group of less than 700 executives in the nation who have earned their CCE (Certified Chamber Executive) designation. He also serves on the national board of the Business & Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) and on the Texas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He is a 1992 graduate of Texas Tech University and serves on the Texas Tech Chancellor's Council and previously on the Professional Advisory Board of the College of Media and Communication where he was named an outstanding alumnus. He has played an active role in several local and state political campaigns throughout Texas. Wallace is an advocate of strong civic engagement through his involvement with education, the arts as well as municipal-related boards/commissions. Wallace is a frequent presenter and media resource on trade, the business case for diversity as well as immigration reform. He was a finalist for a 2010 White House Fellowship and was recently featured among the Dallas 500 most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth by D CEO Magazine.


Member Price: $40
Non-Member Price: $50 

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