Teresa Ringo - Coordinator of First Impressions
Teresa Ringo is the Coordinator of First Impressions at the Walker County Chamber of Commerce. Teresa greets members and other visitors, answers phones, assist with office calendaring, helps with incoming and outgoing mail, maintaining the reception area, and performs other administrative tasks as needed. She is the first person you will see as you enter the Chamber of Commerce.
Teresa graduated from Richards High School in 1985 and began her 37 year career with Sam Houston State University shortly after graduation. She earned a Bachelor of Business degree as well as a Master of Arts degree from Sam Houston State University. She retired from Sam Houston State University in January 2021. Teresa has two children and has lived in the Walker County community for the last 50 plus years.
Shannon Higbie - Vice President of Administration
Shannon is our Vice President of Administration. She handles the financial details for the Chamber and oversees the in-house financial statements, building and equipment maintenance, and provides record keeping for the monthly board meetings and the organization. She helps with the implementation of the Annual Board Planning Retreat, annual financial audits, the Mary Francis Park MEmoriak Scholarship and is staff liaison to the Thursday Leads Exchange group. Shannon is a graduate of Huntsville High School and holds a BA in English from Sam Houston State University. Shannon joined the Chamber staff in January 2003 and has completed the Fundamentals of Chamber Management through the Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence. She is a graduate of Huntsville Leadership Institute Class 39. Shannon recently completed her third year of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management program .
Laura Green - Vice President of Engagement
Laura, Vice President of Engagement, began her employment with the Chamber in July 2003. She is responsible for engaging members through networking opportunities, events, sponsorships, leadership programs and more. She coordinates the monthly Small Business Breakfasts and Business After Hours as well as ribbon cutting ceremonies for new members and member's milestones. Laura manages the Annual Fair on the Square, the Annual Shot in the Dark Night Golf Tournament & Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, the Chamber Annual Gala and Gala Silent and Live Auctions, and Diva Night. In addition Laura is the coordinator for the Huntsville Leadership Institute and is a proud graduate of Class 25. Laura assists with the POP (Promoting our Positives) Committee, assists with the monthly newsletter The VOICE and manages the chamber social media campaigns. Laura has completed the Fundamentals of Chamber Management through the Center for Chamber of Commerce Excellence. and is completing her Institute of Organization Management (IOM) certification through the United States Chamber of Commerce at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA with plans to graduate in 2024. She has an Associates Degree in General Business from Temple Junior College. She is a member of Northside Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the Walker County Fair.
Ray Hernandez, IOM-President & CEO
Ray began his employment with the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce serving as President & CEO on June 25, 2019.
Ray has an extensive background in the chamber community. Ray served as the President of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce in Lewisville, Texas where he led the 9th largest Chamber in the Dallas-FT Worth region. Prior to that position, Ray led the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce and the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Texas. In San Marcos, he led efforts to increase membership by over 300% in two years. While at the Kyle Area Chamber, Ray helped lead efforts to pass a $209 million road expansion partnership. Ray also led the development efforts of the largest hospital between San Antonio and Austin (Seton Medical Center Hays) and the largest Community College (Austin Community College) between San Antonio and Austin, which opened in 2014. In Lewisville, he helped lead efforts to pass the largest bond election in the history of the city. He led a team of volunteers and staff to earn a Four Star Accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce.
In 2010, he earned his Institute of Organizational Management (IOM) certification through the United Sates Chamber of Commerce at Loyola Marymount University at Los Angeles, California.
A US ARMY Veteran who served his country proudly, Ray graduated with Honors from Southwest Texas State University. He also received his Economic Development training from Texas A&M-College Station Extension office and is a Leadership training graduate with Honors (Innovation 88) at University of Texas-Austin LBJ of Public Affairs.
Ray served as a Board Regent of the West Institute of Organizational Management program for the US Chamber of Commerce, an Executive Board Member (Vice President of Communications) for the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, Board Member of Habitat for Humanity of Denton County, Board Member of the Lewisville ISD Education Foundation, a member of Lewisville Noon Rotary, Co-Chair of the City of Lewisville 2025 Comprehensive Plan Committee, Chair of the City of Lewisville Blue Ribbon Advisory Board, served on a Diversity and Inclusion Task force and as a Board Member for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives organization. He is married to his beautiful wife, Belinda and has four children; Michael, Jennifer, Maya and Joaquin.