Lubbock Chamber Announces 2020 Board Administration and DirectorsLUBBOCK, Texas – Gabe Vitela, One Guy from Italy – 50th St., to lead the 2020 Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Vitela was born and raised in Lubbock and attributes his positive attitude, determination, and strong work ethic to his parents. He has been involved in the Lubbock area business community since 1996. He first started his career in the restaurant industry as a busboy and server, working his way up from lead bartender, to corporate trainer, and then up to management. In 2007, he took a five-year break from the restaurant industry making a career shift into the insurance sector.
In February 2014, Vitela’s dream of owning his own restaurant began to take shape, as a plan to bring Twisted Root to Lubbock began to emerge, opening seven months later. In late 2016, he was presented the opportunity to own a piece of Lubbock history in One Guy from Italy on 50th St., and became the landmark’s new owner in March of 2017. This past November, his pizza family extended again with the addition of Giorgio’s Pizza – another Lubbock staple. In 2019, Vitela also joined forces with the team from Cantina Laredo, adding Mexican cuisine to his local restaurant repertoire.
“My passion is serving the community and through my role as Chairman of the Chamber Board and in an industry that has enriched my life, I will continue to invest in people and the Lubbock community,” Vitela said. “I’m humbled, honored, and excited to have the opportunity to have an impact in the lives of others in the same way that my mentors have done for me.”
Meet the 2020 Executive Committee:
Chair of the Board: Gabe Vitela | One Guy from Italy – 50th St.
Chair-Elect: Dave Marcinkowski | Madera Residential
Immediate Past Chair: Abel Castro
Treasurer: Casey Doyle | Casey Carpet One
Secretary: Eddie McBride | Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
Vice-Chair – Business Advocacy: Steve Beck | Covenant Health
Vice-Chair – Chamber Services and Member Engagement: Dana Madison | Advance Care Management
Vice-Chair – Communications and Public Relations: Chris Chambers | Chambers Engineering
Vice-Chair – Community Development: Beth Lawson | StarCare Specialty Health System
Vice-Chair – Programs, Services and Events: Becky Palmer | Atmos Energy
The 2020 Board of Directors is as follows:
Maridel Acosta-Cruz | Lubbock Heart & Surgical Hospital
Jeremy Barbee | Roy Neal Insurance / ActionCoach
Travis Barnett | Big Sky Engineering
Byrnie Bass | R.Byrn Bass, Jr., Attorney at Law
Sharon Hyde Bass | Volunteer Center of Lubbock
Keith Bryant | Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District
Fernando Bustos | Bustos Law Firm
Rey Carrasco | Kimley-Horn & Associates
Bud Holmes | Happy State Bank
Jeff Horn | Benchmark Business Solutions
Chris James | United Supermarkets
Brent King | UMC Health System
Shara Konechney | Piper
Mike Lambert | Marsh & McClennan Agency - SW Region
Chris Lonngren | Schlotzsky’s
Chris Mandrell | Citibus
Dr. Michelle McCord | Frenship Independent School District
Dr. Kathy Rollo | Lubbock Independent School District
Eddie Schulz | Lubbock National Bank
Pam Sharpe | The Price Group
Ashley Smith | Ashley’s Own Eats & Treats
Shannon Spencer | Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Inc.
Kathy Timms | Geiger
Cole Watts | Stages of Recovery
Robert Wood | Custom Homes by Robert Wood, LLC
“It continues to be an honor and a privilege for me to serve the business leaders of our community,” said Eddie McBride, President and CEO. “We have an extremely strong Board with talented and personable individuals, and I’m looking forward to another successful year.”
The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce represents almost 1,700 businesses and over 79,000 employees on the South Plains which accounts for over $2 billion in annual household earnings in Lubbock and West Texas. Since 1913 the Chamber, as a catalyst for business growth; a convener of leaders and influencers; and a champion for a stronger community, has served as a unified voice of business by actively advocating for a pro-jobs, pro-growth, pro-business climate.