Our TeamThe Chamber is made up of a dedicated group of individuals working hard to service our members. We invite you to take a moment to get to know them and our support staff. (The Board of Directors, Ambassadors etc.) You can reach us Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm at (540) 324-1133.
Joined the Chamber: May 8, 2017
Annette has been in non-profit management for over 20 years beginning in the Fine Arts and currently as a Chamber of Commerce Executive. She is a skilled collaborator and has taught that topic in her role as faculty for the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management.
On December 31, 2016 Annette was announced as President/CEO of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. Part of the immediate responsibility for this job was to bring together the 100 year old Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce and the 78 year old Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It was a challenging undertaking considering the need to combine cultures and chamber traditions in a format that would move the business community forward in a truly unified effort. Work was done throughout the year to create the new organization, establish the brand and fully integrate the finances, assets, memberships, staff and operations of two Chamber offices into one. The United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce was successfully rolled out on September 1 st .
As a chamber consultant Annette worked with Chambers all over the U.S., Canada and South Asia. She has a quick eye for assessing the organization, its challenges and obstacles and identifying solutions for new efficiencies and success. When meeting with diverse organization constituencies from board leadership and community leaders to event volunteers and staff she is able to fluidly adapt to the audience and to deliver the organization message appropriate to the situation.
Joined the Chamber: June 9, 2016
Debbie is fairly new to the area and looks forward to learning more about the surrounding community. She received her B.B.A in Marketing from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and also has a European Business Certification from the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Mrs. Irwin brings in-depth knowledge of social media and digital communication and has expertise in identifying emerging trends. She holds professional certifications from Google Analytics, AdWords, and Bing Ads. Prior to accepting the Chamber position, Debbie served as a Marketing Associate at ExploreLearning in Charlottesville where she worked with the E-Marketing team on social media content integration/expansion, analytics, and digital campaign optimization.
Debbie is originally from Lynchburg, Virginia and now resides with her husband and two dogs in Staunton. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, camping and hammocking.