Leslie MartoneThe Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce works to keep dialogue happening throughout the Cy-Fair area. Chamber officials create partnerships between transportation, infrastructure and educational entities to help the business community in Cy-Fair thrive. The chamber also works closely with elected officials to ensure that needs in Cy-Fair are not ignored. Chamber members include community leaders, such as Cy-Fair ISD Superintendent Mark Henry and Jersey Village City Manager Mike Castro.

What are the functions of your chamber?

Because we don’t have a city other than city of Jersey Village in our area, the chamber sometimes acts as a city office—answering questions for community members, providing information to people looking to relocate to Cy-Fair. We also serve our members who have invested in our chamber [by providing] opportunities to network with other community leaders and professionals.

We give members opportunities to present to our committees, be a part of the legislative process and engage in powerful conversations that will make impacts in their lives.

What does your chamber do to serve the community?

We engage with other community leaders about what is happening in our area and the Houston area. The chamber stays abreast of what is happening in transportation and government entities to help members with business and personal needs. We try to attend roundtable meetings at least a couple of times [throughout] the year to share and grab ideas from other chamber professionals.

The chamber has always prided itself on our relationships with our elected officials in Harris County, the state of Texas and the nation. 

Where do you see the chamber in five years?

I would like to see membership grow [to] over 700 members. I would also like to see a lot of business growth after the opening of the Grand Parkway. I believe we bring a lot of value to our membership, but we are constantly researching on how we can offer seminars and education of the business community around them.