McKinney Chamber welcomes new Board Members
The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the five new Board members who will begin their three-year term in January. Each year, per the Chamber’s bylaws, a nominating committee reviews the composition of the current board and creates a slate of candidates to be approved by the board and the membership.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the oversight of the Chamber. They set the vision, handle policy decisions, review financials and lead the organization. The five new board members who will be executing these responsibilities include the following:
Kyle E. Armstrong, FACHE, became president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney in July 2016. Armstrong joined the McKinney team from Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis, one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the Mid-South. Armstrong is recognized as a results-driven, relationship-oriented leader who has experience and expertise in leading dynamic health care organizations. As president of Baylor Scott & White – McKinney, he is committed to nurturing the hospital's existing strong foundation and culture, and continuing its growth.
Before joining Baylor Scott & White – McKinney, Armstrong served as administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital Collierville, an acute care hospital in Collierville, Tennessee. Patient Experience, Quality and Organizational Culture have always been the top priorities for Armstrong. During his tenure, the hospital received national recognition from Press Ganey for patient experience and enjoyed excellent employee and physician engagement scores that ranked the hospital among the top 5 percent nationally.
Armstrong earned master's degrees in both health administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Armstrong has been a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2014.
Away from work, Armstrong's favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife, Tabitha, and their three daughters. He also enjoys running, snow skiing and golf.
Leroy is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and currently resides in McKinney, TX with his wife, Genena and family. They are a blended family with three (3) children. Leroy is Lead Servant for Proclaiming the Word Ministries (www.proclaimingtheword.com). Proclaiming the Word Ministries offers Walk Thru the Bible Seminars and equips proclaimers of God’s Word through conferences/seminars & consultations. Leroy is Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church, McKinney, TX (www.firstmckinney.com). Leroy previously served as Senior Pastor of The House of Hope Church in Cedar Hill, TX for three (3) years. This new church impacted the Cedar Hill community and beyond by balancing six (6) biblical purposes (prayer, evangelism, worship, fellowship, discipleship & ministry). Prior to this, Leroy served ten (10) years as senior pastor of two churches. He served St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, TX for four (4) years. Leroy served Greater Good Hope Baptist Church in Louisville, KY six (6) years. During his tenure the church doubled in attendance and built a new 17,000 sq. ft. ministry center. Prior to Greater Good Hope, he served as Executive Pastor of Christian Education at Concord Church in Dallas, TX under the late Dr. E. K. Bailey.
Leroy is a graduate of the University of Kansas (B.S.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). Leroy did some Ph.D. studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Christian Preaching and completed post-graduate studies in preaching at Oxford University (Regents Park College). He is a licensed and ordained minister of the gospel. Leroy has impacted 5,000+ proclaimers worldwide through his ministry travels. Leroy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and on the Community Advisory Council for the McKinney Police Chief.
Leroy has written for Leadership Journal and is a contributing devotional writer for the African American Devotional Bible from Zondervan. Leroy is a contributing author to the book entitled, "Leading Your Church through Conflict & Reconciliation". Leroy served five (5) years as Conference Director of the E. K. Bailey Preaching Conference. Leroy owns a marketplace business focused on building income producing assets. Visit his website at: www.leroyarmstrong.mystream.com.
Jennifer currently serves as the Finance Director for Carey Cox Company, a real estate company is McKinney, where she oversees the company’s accounting as well as assists with property due diligence. Prior to joining the company in 2012, she worked in the Development Services Department of the City of McKinney for eleven years focused primarily on Development Review. While at the City, Jennifer also served on the McKinney Main Street Board, whose vision is to promote the continued growth of McKinney’s vibrant downtown.
Jennifer has lived in McKinney since 2000. She has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2004, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas.
As Professional Engineer, Kim Sanchez has nearly 20 years of civil engineering experience and is registered in multiple states. She received her Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1998.
Mrs. Sanchez owns her own engineering firm, Sanchez & Associates, and since 2005 has watched her company grow from small projects to multi-million dollar projects with both private individuals and government entities.
Her role with Sanchez & Associates is to insure all aspects of the engineering process go through a quality assurance review, including manpower estimates, workflow, budgets, technical review, construction methods and client communication.
She has experience in residential projects including multifamily projects such as the Alexan by Trammal Crow and single family projects such as Saddle Club, both in McKinney. She is also experienced in commercial projects including One and Two Lincoln Town Center in Legacy Town Center and Valliance Bank, a Class A office project, in McKinney.
Roadway projects include serving as lead design engineer for six miles of major arterial roadway. Mrs. Sanchez was in charge of coordinating franchise utility as well as coordinating with landowners for easements, right-of-way and dedications. The project was joint public private infrastructure program between the city of McKinney and McKinney Ranch Ltd.
In her spare time, Mrs. Sanchez is dedicated to helping others through running the McKinney Little Free Pantry and several other charitable organizations. The McKinney Little Free Pantry, located in McKinney, offers free nonperishable foods, dry goods, personal and household items, to those in need.
After a long successful corporate career working for HP, Dell and Microsoft, Julie and her business partner, Monica Szewczyk, formed their own company - Texas Property Sisters, LLC. The Texas Property Sisters provide full realty services to individuals, first time home buyers, relocation families and investors. They hang their license with Keller Williams in North Collin County. In business for the past 5 years, they have enjoyed much success and pride themselves on their local focus utilizing vendors, service providers, and retailers in the North Collin County area, particularly in McKinney. The two were recognized as Top 25 Women in Business, 2014 in McKinney. The “Sisters” joined the McKinney Chamber in 2012.
Julie and her husband Jerry are residents in Stonebridge and have lived in McKinney since 1995. They have 3 daughters and 10 grandchildren. Julie is an avid golfer, reader and volunteers for Meals on Wheels of Collin County. She has served on several boards, including Board of Governors for Stonebridge Country Club.