Four appointed to the Board of Directors of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce

VICTORIA, Texas- Four Victoria residents have been appointed to fill unexpired terms on the board of directors of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce according to Jeff Lyon, President / CEO of the Chamber. Appointed to these positions are Brooke Barnes, Ben Galvan, Jesús A. Garza and Geri Schroeder. Lyon further stated that these individuals are highly involved in the community and will assist in new directions the Chamber is wanting to undertake.

Brooke Barnes is the Responsible Care Leader for Dow’s Seadrift site. She has resided in Victoria for the past 5 ½ years, previously working for Dow in Freeport, TX and Midland, MI. She has worked for Dow for 17 years after graduating with Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Brooke enjoys spending time outside biking, kayaking, and playing golf when she isn’t cuddled up reading with her two rescue dogs. She is also a member of the Victoria County United Way Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Ben Galvan is president of CivilCorp, LLC, a Texas based civil engineering and land surveying company with offices in Victoria, Houston, Fulshear, Corpus Christi and Round Rock. CivilCorp has over 100 employees and provides engineering and land surveying consultant services throughout the state. Ben began his career with the Texas Department of Transportation in 1986 after receiving a degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&I University and is a 1994 graduate of UHV, with a Master of Business Administration degree and is a professional engineer and registered professional land surveyor. He and his wife, Diana, have two daughters, Kathryn and Jennifer.

Jesús A. Garza was unanimously selected by the Victoria City Council in April of 2019 to be Victoria’s seventh city manager since the City adopted a Council Manager form of government. He began his tenure as City Manager in May 2019. Born and raised in Brownsville, TX, Jesús A. Garza served as the City Manager for the City of Kingsville prior to coming to Victoria. Prior to his three and a half years in Kingsville Mr. Garza worked within the City Manager’s Office for the City of San Antonio and served as the first full-time City Administrator for the City of Von Ormy, Texas. Mr. Garza holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master’s in Public Administration in Urban Management from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, along with a

Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Texas – San Antonio. Mr. Garza and his wife, Shannon, enjoy an active lifestyle that consists of traveling and exploring various ethnic cuisines. In his free time, Mr. Garza can be found in the gym working out, running or playing in basketball and soccer recreational leagues.

Geri Schroeder is the President of the Prosperity Bank Salem Banking Center and has over 38 years of banking experience. In her role at Prosperity Bank, she focuses on service to the community and assisting families and businesses with their financing and banking needs. She is on the lending team, providing competitive products for mortgage, consumer, real estate and commercial needs. Geri is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including Children’s Discovery Museum, Victoria Symphony, Victoria ISD Education Foundation, Victoria Fine Arts Association, Devereux Advisory Council, CASA Advisory Board, DeTar Hospital and a member of the Bronte Club.

Victoria Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Jesse Pisors added “one of the most important tasks of any non-profit board is ensuring that the board structure of tomorrow is as good as or better than today’s board. I am convinced that the four individuals who have graciously agreed to serve on the Victoria Chamber board and thereby impact their community through gifts of time and wisdom will make our board better and stronger. I know Ben, Brooke, Geri and Jesús very well; they are pillars in their respective organizations and will bring critical insights, perspective and energy to the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Board.”