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Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce Announces the 2012 Board of Directors

Houston, TX – The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) announces its newly elected Board of Directors Officers for 2012. William Traylor, a regional business
leader for AT&T Business Solutions has taken the reigns as Chairman of the board. Traylor previously served as First Vice Chairman before the election and is joined by
Vernita Harris (First Vice Chairman), Sherman Lewis (second Vice Chairman), Kimberly Williams (Secretary), Francis Cook (Treasurer), James Donatto, Sr (Parliamentarian), and
Wayne Luckett (Historian). The officers and board members were inducted at the annual HCCC Membership Meeting on January 17 at Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston
Branch where Anthony “Tony” Chase, 2012 Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership made remarks underscoring how our great the Houston economy is performing and some
of the goals for the Houston business community.

“I am incredibly honored and rather humbled to have been elected by my peers to serve as Chairman for the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, Houston’s first, oldest (77 yrs), and largest African American Chamber,” said Traylor. “I want to encourage all alchemists, dreamers, visionaries, entrepreneurial advocates, and community leaders, to please join with us as we continue to forge a strong chamber and economic catalyst!”

Together these local community leaders have more than 50 years of board experience and 25 total years of involvement with HCCC. The officers and the 2012 Board of Directors (listed below) will continue to work with HCCC President & CEO Eric Lyons to develop and execute the HCCC initiatives that educate, equipping and empowering local Houston African-American entrepreneurs and small business owners.

2012 Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board – William Traylor
1st Vice Chairman – Vernita Harris
2nd Vice Chairman – Sherman Lewis
Secretary – Kimberly Williams
Treasurer- Francis Cook
Parliamentarian- James Donatto
Historian Wayne Luckett
Joi Beasley
Lucy Bremond
Heath Butler
Dannette Davis
Keith Davis
Catherine Flowers
Michael Harris
Carla Lane
Che’ McFerrin
Vanessa Reed
Courtney Johnson-Rose
Lalou Davies-Yemitian

About Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce
The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce is the premier advocate for African American business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals in the Greater Houston area. Since 1935, the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) has provided a foundation that has helped the African-American business community to survive and thrive in a complex society. The organization’s mission is to help secure business opportunities for African-American business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals and provide them with programs and forums to educate, equip and empower the growth and prosperity of their businesses.

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