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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is to promote the cultural, educational and industrial interests of the East Dallas Area so that its businesses, neighborhoods and citizens shall prosper.

Our Purpose

 The multifaceted approach of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce provides benefits to our members in a variety of different arenas. We offer a number of forums for the promotion of all of our member businesses. We are also proud to provide our members with relevant information regarding the East Dallas community, as well as insight into local, state and national government issues. The events that provide a conduit for these benefits, and others, include our monthly luncheons that highlight a variety of topics addressed by featured keynote speakers. We also present an annual Economic Summit - essentially a "state of the union" with respect to the Dallas Economy. Member businesses and guests are encouraged to gather and exchange information through our numerous networking events, especially our Business After Hours excursions, which are hosted by a spotlighted member business. Sponsorship opportunities abound for these events, as well as for many of our other Chamber gatherings. For more information, please contact the chamber directly.



History of the Chamber


• 1967 Greater East & South Dallas COC merged with the Eastern Dallas COC. At the time they were under the leadership of Sheffie Kadane Sr, President of Pure Ice & Cold Storage Co.


• 1971 The Greater East & South Dallas COC changed name to the East Dallas COC under leadership of Don Wright of Lakewood Bank & Trust


• 1985 Lakewood Business Men's Association of Dallas, established in 1948 changed entity name to be officially known as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Jim Davis, then of Country Garden Florist and more recently known as the Founder of DOT (Disciples of Trinity), at that time led the Chamber serving several years at its Chairman


• 1996 the East Dallas COC led by Sherryl Wesson of Ebby Halliday Realtors and the Lakewood COC led by Annette Stone of State Farm Insurance joined forces,

merging and changing name to Dallas Northeast COC 


• 2013, under the leadership of Roger Perry (Lakehill Preparatory School headmaster) in his 3rd year as Chairman, name officially changed to the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce


The Greater East Dallas Chamber is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the State of Texas Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce

The first Chamber of Commerce was originated in Marseilles, France, late in the 17th century.  Today, every country in the world has a chamber in some form.  In the United States, there are more than 40,000 Chambers of Commerce, most of which serve local communities.

Present Chair and Past Chairmen - January 19, 2016

Current Chairman Andrea Sanders, Dr. Rick Sorrells, Darlene Ellison, Joy Hopkins, Michaux Nash, Bulldog Cunningham, Charlotte Herr, Pete Sessions, Sherryl Wesson, Roger Perry, Mary Poss.


A Salute to Former Chairs - January 21, 2014



Bud Doxey, Don Wilson, Sherryl Wilson, Bulldog Cunningham, Sandy Vullo, Roger Perry, Charlotte Herr,
Carl Scheiffer, Joy Hopkins, Michael Miles, Liz Lokey, Paul Lokey, Mary Poss, Pete Sessions, Jim Davis.




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