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Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

Our Mission

The mission of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is to promote and advance the interests of the Bay City business and agricultural communities. These goals are accomplished by encouraging growth of existing businesses and industries, providing assistance to new firms or individuals seeking to locate in Bay City, and advocating legislative and political actions beneficial to the business or general community. The Chamber also supports and encourages those cultural and civic activities that improve or expand the quality of life in Bay City.

Why Should You Join the Bay City Chamber?

  • Exposure for your business.
  • Two free Email Blasts to membership within your first year of membership.
  • Involvement opportunities including various active committees.
  • Promotion for your business through the Chamberís Business Directory, website, newsletter and direct referrals.
  • Networking with other members at Chamber functions such as Monthly Mixers, committee meetings, and community and special events.
  • Participation in seminars and workshops.
  • Opportunities to purchase mailing lists or labels for your company mailings.
  • Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies for your new businesses or relocations.
  • Opportunities to display your promotional materials in the Chamber lobby.
  • Opportunities to participate in business-related projects such as the Industrial Trade Show and Purchasing Agents Seminar.
  • Membership plaque identifying you as a recommended business.
  • Email updates from the Chamber on the latest breaking news concerning the county, and upcoming networking and workshop opportunities.
  • When dealing with the public, Chamber members are ALWAYS recommended FIRST.


2023 Executive Board

  • Chairman of the Board
    Mark Bookmyer, LyondellBasell

  • Chairman Elect
    Danyel Biggerstaff, First State Bank

  • Treasurer
    Matthew Gullet, Tenaris Bay City

  • Immediate Past Chair
    Amanda Sitka, STP Nuclear Operating Company

2023 Board of Directors

  • Jason Childers, Southwest Funding

  • Christie Dement, Van Vleck Independent School District

  • John Dickerson, Edward Jones

  • Chrystal Folse, Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille

  • Eric Gardner, Jackson Electric Cooperative

  • Bruce Krauskopf, Matagorda Construction & Materials

  • Shea Krauskopf, Wadler, Perches, Hundl & Kerlick

  • Ted Lieb, Gillen Pest Control

  • Scott Lowry, United Rentals

  • Sydney McCreary, Capital Farm Credit

  • Dr. Dwight McHazlett, Jr., Bay City Independent School District

  • Warren Robicheaux, Matagorda Regional Medical Center

  • David Scott, Underground Services Markham

  • Vee Strauss, CEM, AEP Texas

  • Lindsey Vance, Angels Care Hospice

  • Eric Wright, OQ Chemicals Corporation

Ex-Officio Members

  • Bobby Seiferman, Judge, Matagorda County

  • Robert Nelson, Mayor, City of Bay City

  • Mike Ferdinand, Executive Director, Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation

  • Jessica Russell, Executive Director, Bay City Community Development Corporation

  • Jill Westmoreland, President, Bay City Independent School District Board of Directors

Chamber Staff

  • President & CEO, Mitch Thames, IOM
  • Vice President, Irene Bishop, IOM



  • Agriculture
  • Educational Activities
  • Special Events
  • Healthcare
  • Legislative
  • Banquet


Special Events

  • Annual Banquet
  • Golf Tournament
  • Live Oak Tree Sale
  • June & December Market Day
  • Matagorda County Day in Austin
  • New Teacher Breakfast
  • Chamber Movie Night
  • Ag Producers Breakfast
  • Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings
  • Business After Hours Social
  • Chamber Luncheons
  • Banana Split Socials at High Schools

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