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Sep 19, 2018
“This annual list recognizing North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers is designed to acknowledge the hard work of the top leaders in this field and elevate the conversation around economic development and job creation,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each of the leaders represented on this year’s list are beyond deserving of this recognition for their efforts in building our communities.”
Aug 24, 2018
Board of Directors and Staff are proud to offer their support to Adrian Cannady as he embarks on the next chapter of his career.
May 25, 2018
The advanced ADN technology investment will further strengthen the Victoria site's position in the global market.

VEDC Board of Directors


David C. Edwards, Vice Chairman

Senior Vice President and Business Banking Manager for the Greater Texas Crossroads region at Wells Fargo Bank. David, a 34 year banking veteran, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Texas Tech University. He currently serves as President of the Victoria Symphony Society and is a member of the Victoria County Board of Directors. He has also served as Chairman of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

Bobby Jacob, Secretary

Senior Vice President of Frost Insurance specializing in commercial and business insurance for the last 25 years.  Previously in bank commercial lending for 20 years. Degreed in Finance from Texas A&M.  Prior Board Chairman of VEDC in 2000 and 2001.

Nancy Garner, Treasurer

President and Broker at Woolson Real Estate.

Jon New, Officer

President and Owner of New Distributing.

Thomas A. Schmidt, Immediate Past Chairman

President and Senior Engineer of Urban Engineering. Tom is a graduate of Texas A&M University with Master of Engineering degree in Transportation Engineering and Pavement Design and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.


William R. Blanchard
Chief Executive Officer
DeTar Healthcare System

W. Clayton Cain
Cullen, Carsner, Seerdan & Cullen, LLP

Elton Calhoun
President & Owner
Regional Steel Products, Inc.

Cally Coleman Fromme
President & Chief Executive Officer
Zarsky Lumber Company

Charmelle Garrett
City Manager
City of Victoria

David Hinds
Victoria College


Royce Moran
Regional President   
Prosperity Bank

Paul Polasek
City of Victoria

Tommy Taylor
General Manager

Don Whitaker
Chief Financial Officer
Keating Auto Group

Hon. Ben Zeller
County Judge
Victoria County Judge