KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
October 3, 2019
By Natalie Cook Clark
The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday that Rick Ellis has been named as Vice President. Ellis comes to the Chamber with a great knowledge of Katy and a history in economic development and community relations.
Katy Area Chamber VP Rick Ellis. Photo courtesy Katy Area Chamber
A Long History Prepares Him For New Role
According to the announcement, Ellis will be tasked with helping the Chamber’s efforts on strategic planning, leadership development and membership. “Rick has a long history of building relationships by working with businesses and communities in ways that produce a true win-win for all,” said Chamber President Matthew Ferraro.
Formerly with the Katy Area EDC
Ellis most recently served almost three years as Vice President at the Katy Area Economic Development Council under President Lance LaCour. At the Katy EDC, Rick was responsible for managing business recruitment initiatives through relationship building with local commercial real estate brokers, regional economic development allies, and corporate real estate and site selection consultants. He also led marketing, community relations and corporate partnership efforts at several organizations, including Buckner International, the Houston Zoo, and the Greater Houston Partnership.
“I’m very excited to join Matthew and the Chamber team,” Ellis said, “as we continue to serve as a valuable resource by providing programs, creating opportunities and sharing information that greatly benefit Katy Area businesses and communities.
The Next Era of Growth
“We are excited that Rick has joined the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. His knowledge of the Katy community will help lead the Chamber in its next era of growth,” said Ferraro. “His background and experience will be a great addition to the Chamber as we promote a healthy business climate, thriving communities and excellent quality of life in the Katy Area.”
"My favorite thing about Katy is the true sense of community," says Ellis. "As large as the Katy area is, it really does still have a small town personality and pride. The people are so wonderful and nice and it’s easy to make friends!"
“The Katy Area is a great place,” Ellis said, “and we at the Katy Area Chamber are working hard to ensure it continues to thrive.”