About the Chamber
Today, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce proudly represents the diverse and growing business community of Gillespie County just like it has for 101 years. Steeped in tradition, yet with an eye to the future, we strive to make Fredericksburg a great place to do business and a great place to live.
With more than 850 members, our collective strength allows us to promote business trade, provide valuable networking and education opportunities, monitor legislative issues and economic trends, and equip you with the resources needed in today’s ever-changing marketplace.
We invite you to join the Chamber. But that is the easy part. The real value of your membership comes from getting involved, and we stand ready to help you do just that. We are convinced that you will quickly experience the benefits of becoming a part of our vibrant business community.
Why you should join
Publicity & Exposure
306 E. Austin St.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Penny C. McBride, President/CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christie Bourquin, Executive Vice President, email@example.com
Candice Weirich, Administrative Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce is governed by a volunteer board of directors
who also assist with all chamber events and committees.
Julie Herbort, Chair | Grape Creek Vineyards
Marilyn McNabb, Chair Elect | H-E-B
Greg Oehler, Treasurer | Texas Hills Realty, LLC
Sarah Washburne, Secretary | Side Street Hospitality
Ethan Crane, Immediate Past Chair | Fredericksburg FBO
Adam Hahn | Wingman Imagery, LLC
Bobby Vitek | Holy Ghost Lutheran Church
Jay Mallinckrodt | Heartland Enterprises, Ltd.
Jesse Barter | Hill & Vine
Kathleen Yosko | Liebeskind
Kyle Kulda | Arrowhead Bank
Shelee Padgett | Sorghum Check-Off
Todd Eidson | Sierra Homes
This group of more than 30 Chamber members consists of some of the first people newcomers meet. Wearing their signature red and extending a welcoming hand, ambassadors help facilitate all areas of Chamber programming, which includes ribbon cuttings, membership drives and volunteering at events.
On March 2, 2023, Chamber members and community leaders will gather to recognize some of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County’s most deserving individuals and businesses and celebrate the accomplishments of the Chamber and its members. Awards are given to honor individual members such as Chamber Man & Woman of the Year.
Staged throughout the year, the Chamber hosts these laid-back mixers after normal business hours at various member locations. Both those already part of the Chamber or anyone considering joining are invited to discuss business and mingle over food and drinks.
As an offshoot of Leadership Gillespie County, the iOpener program is tailored toward high school students who want to become the leaders of tomorrow in the community. Throughout the course of a year, participants will attend monthly school-day sessions that cover a wide variety of topics such as leadership, communication, personal responsibility, decision-making, and more. Additionally, students are required to put these leadership disciplines to work through the implementation of a class project to benefit the community. Applications are open to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors attending Fredericksburg schools.
This group of community leaders is taken on a two-year journey of learning all there is to know about the goings-on of the area in which they live, do business, and have fun. During the first year, participants attend a retreat and nine educational sessions, followed by graduation. In the second year, graduates help recruit new participants for the next class, organize some of the functions which newbies will attend, and serve as their mentors.