METROCREST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT/CEO

The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Michael Gallops, IOM, TDM, as the organization’s newly appointed President and CEO, effective November 15th. Michael steps into this vital role, succeeding Hayden Austin, who departed in the summer to join Metrocrest Services.

In his new capacity, Michael Gallops will spearhead the Chamber’s mission to bolster the local business landscape and provide exceptional support to its esteemed membership, focusing on leadership development, business expansion, advocacy, economic prosperity, and fostering community cohesion.

Michael joins us from a distinguished background within the chamber of commerce industry, where he most recently served as the President and CEO of the Rowlett Area Chamber & Visitors Center. During his tenure at the Rowlett Area Chamber, Michael initiated groundbreaking entrepreneurship training, established a groundbreaking workforce development initiative in collaboration with the Garland ISD, enhanced advocacy efforts significantly, and steered the Chamber through the rigorous U.S. Chamber of Commerce Accreditation program, earning a prestigious 4-Star Accreditation.METROCREST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT/CEO

Michael’s dedication extends beyond the walls of the Chamber. He has been a steadfast contributor to various task forces, boards, and committees, including the Rowlett Economic Development Advisory Board, the Garland ISD Education Foundation Board, the Rowlett Ready COAD, and the Dallas College Eastfield Campus President’s Advisory Council. Michael also holds key roles on the North Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Directors as Secretary and as the Vice Chair of Communications on the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Board.

Chairman of the Metrocrest Chamber Board of Directors, Harold Shepard, enthusiastically remarked, “Michael’s extensive experience, expertise, and stellar track record positions him perfectly to serve the Metrocrest Chamber and the broader business community. We are confident that his guidance and expertise will be instrumental in achieving our ambitious goals.”

Michael Gallops holds a Master of Science in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston – Victoria. He is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, the prestigious professional development program offered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and has recently earned his certification as a Texas Destination Marketer.

The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce eagerly anticipates the fresh perspective and innovative leadership that Michael Gallops will bring as he takes the reins as President and CEO on November 15th.

About Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce:

The Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce is an Economic Development organization focusing on existing business and community development issues and collaborates with the cities of Addison, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch to develop and implement initiatives that contribute to the enhancement of the local economy. Through our partnership with the three cities and in cooperation with their own economic development departments, many activities are conducted to stimulate business activity in the area.

About Michael Gallops, IOM, TDM:

Michael Gallops served the Rowlett Area Chamber & Visitors Center as an Ambassador, Board Member and Chair until hired as President/CEO in 2017. Michael previously served in the Air Force for 10 years and as a Rowlett City Council member for 6 years. Regionally, Michael was on the Legislative Coalition of the North Texas Crime Commission, the Leadership North Texas Steering Committee, and the Freedom Church (in Carrollton) Board of Directors. He’s a graduate of Leadership North Texas and his local Citizen’s Fire and Police Academies. He’s also on the Board of Directors for Life Message and the Garland ISD Education Foundation and on the Dallas College Eastfield Campus President’s Advisory Council. Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Angelo State University and a Master of Science in Economic Development & Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston–Victoria. Michael and his wife Jill have ten children and 12 grandchildren. They have fostered several children and three of their ten are adopted.

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