The Austin Chamber of Commerce announces new leadership and board members

Ali Khataw, left, and Fred W. Heldenfels, right, will start their terms Jan. 1, 2022. (Courtesy Elizabeth Christian Public Relations)
Ali Khataw, left, and Fred W. Heldenfels, right, will start their terms Jan. 1, 2022. (Courtesy Elizabeth Christian Public Relations)

Ali Khataw, left, and Fred W. Heldenfels, right, will start their terms Jan. 1, 2022. (Courtesy Elizabeth Christian Public Relations)

The Austin Chamber of Commerce announced Nov. 17 Fred W. Heldenfels as its 2022 board chair and Ali Khataw as its 2023 board chair-elect, according to a news release.

Heldenfels, president and CEO and Heldenfels Enterprises Inc and Khataw, president of Encotech Engineering Consultants, will begin their terms Jan. 1, 2022. Heldenfels has served on the Austin Chamber board and executive committee for over a decade while Khataw has served on the board since 2016. Both have extensive and award-winning backgrounds in the business industry and look forward to working with the Austin Chamber to create economic opportunities throughout the greater Austin area during a time of rapid economic growth, they said in the release.

“The Austin region’s moment has arrived to be an economic powerhouse and global destination for investment and job creation,” Heldenfels said in the release. “[The Austin Chamber of Commerce must be] intentional about planning for a super-regional economy, in cooperation with the business communities and economic development organizations in San Antonio, and the vital corridor communities connected to the two metro areas.”

The Austin Chamber is an organization helping to create jobs throughout Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. Here is a list of other new board members beginning terms Jan. 1, 2022 and run through Dec. 31, 2024.

· Kristy Attaway, vice president and regional manager, Hill & Wilkinson



· Don Christian, president and CEO, Concordia University

· Andy Davis, president and CEO, Ascension Seton

· Joyce Durst, CEO and co-founder, Growth Acceleration Partners

· Tamara Fields, Austin managing director, Accenture

· Dillan Knudson, regional president, PNC Bank

· Samantha Lamantia Luchak, general manager, Favorite Brands

· Ric Mussiett, general manager, Archer Hotel

· Lynda Rife, president, RifeLine Consulting

· AJ Rodriguez, executive vice president, Texas 2036

· Tim Timmerman, president, Commerce Texas Properties

· Kevin Young, division vice president, Jacobs Engineering

By Trent Thompson

Reporter, Austin Metro

Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation, nonprofits, and healthcare. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.



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