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May 25, 2017
Evan Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of the Texas Tribune offered a thoughtful perspective on the 85th legislative session as he presented Politics, Policy, Population: Where We Are & Where We Are Going to members of the Victoria EDC at their Semi Annual Membership meeting.
Nov 14, 2016
Robert Tully, Exxon Mobil's Gulf Coast Growth Venture Executive addressed members at the VEDC Annual meeting indicating the economic outlook for the petrochemical industry is strong and Victoria remains high on the list of sites being considered for a new multibillion-dollar petrochemical facility.

VEDC Board of Directors


Dan Easton, Chairman

Publisher of Victoria Advocate. Dan is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

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

Hon. Ben Zeller
County Judge
Victoria County Judge