2022 Board of Directors - Officers
President - Tim Graham - Tim has deep roots in New Boston and is focused on improving both the
business climate and the housing market for future generations. Through
the Chamber, he sees an opportunity to work with government
organizations, to promote community activities, and to foster economic
growth. The labor pool in and around New Boston has tremendous
potential, and more and more corporations are becoming aware of that as
they seek to relocate their businesses to this area. Real estate
prices, major thoroughfare access, affordable housing, and tax benefits
may draw some companies to this locale, but strong school systems, young
professionals, and other amenities will keep them here.
He and his
wife Christina were the third generation of Grahams in New Boston, and
it was an ideal place for them to raise the fourth. Their sons sought
higher education at Texas A&M University, and Tyler, a recent
graduate, now works in Mesquite for Oncor while Trent is in a sophomore
Engineering student. He understands that all natives may not stay or
even return to their hometown to pursue their career, yet he wants to
provide opportunity and promise for those that do have that in mind. Tim is with Red River Insurance.
Vice President - Janet Willis - I currently serve as an Owner/Broker at Movement Realty
I am an active and devoted
member of the community and have an ongoing commitment to see its
citizens fulfill their real estate needs. I am regularly involved in
important causes such as the Special Olympics and Race for the Cure, and
served as President of the Texarkana Board of Realtors in 2015. I am
currently serving as the MLS chairperson for 2020 and a member of the
Board of Directors for the Texarkana Board of Realtors. I also serve on
the Board of Directors for the New Boston Chamber of Commerce.
I have been married 35 years to my wonderful husband David, and have two awesome children Catie Kilpatrick and Ben Willis.
Sergeant-at-Arms - Kelley Branson - Kelley is a hardworking and motivated native of New Boston.
A 1979 graduate of New Boston High School and studied broadcast journalism at
Texarkana College. Kelley is the son of Johnny and Myra Branson of New
Boston. Kelley and his wife Cindy have
two sons, John Fox Branson and Aaron Branson. Two granddaughters Kyler Sherman
and Kynleigh Fox Branson. Kelley has been very active in the community for many
years. First serving as Chamber Director
in 1980 and volunteering for Pioneer Days the same year. Kelley has served as
President of the Chamber, past General Chairmen of Pioneer Days 2005-2015,
voted Outstanding Citizen (Loyd Wilson Award) 2006, and Chairmen of the
Building Committee New Boston Visitors Center 2016-2018.
Currently he serves as a Board of Director
for the Chamber, Board of Director for the New Boston Special Industrial Board,
Board of Director New Boston Community Development Corp., Vice-President of the
United Fund of New Boston and Co-Chairmen New Boston Pioneer Days Festival.
Kelley is very active at FBC- New Boston. He has been serving as the sound
engineer since 1978, currently serving as a Deacon (ordained 2015), chairmen of
deacons 2018-2019 and Chairmen of the properties committee. Kelley works for
his oldest son at Fixit Fox Plumbing, and previously worked with his dad at
Branson Plumbing before his retirement after almost 60 years in the plumbing
Board of Directors - Members
Amber Moody, New Boston Hardware & Lumber
Caleb Stephens, Realtor with MVMT-Realty and Stephens & Co.
New Boston is our home in which we are rooted deeply. We do not plan on stopping and the future is ripe with opportunity to grow our city into something great. A place to be proud of. A place to call home. Thank you to all of you who continue to push us forward and make us feel like our time and our finances are not being wasted, instead being invested into our great little town.
We want New Boston to be great and have businesses that strive and homes that people are proud to call their own. We love our city and all of the potential it has. We love the people and all the stories they can tell.
Heather Russell - Heather has lived in western Bowie County most of her life,
and has called New Boston home since 2016.
She is the publisher of the Bowie County Citizens Tribune and is an
active member of Tapp United Methodist Church, where she serves on the praise
Heather has three children – J.D.
Spears and wife Becca, Jack Abston, and Lydia Wilson.
Kayla Simmons moved to New Boston in 2009, after growing up in Queen City, TX. I've had a passion for supporting local businesses for many years. Getting involved with the chamber and helping promote local businesses just went hand in hand with my personal habits.
In 2005, I started in banking as a teller and moved into a lending position within a few years. I am now a Loan Officer at Farmers Bank & Trust in New Boston. I am also involved in the New Boston Education Foundation and Tapp UMC. My husband Kerry and myself have two children attending school in New Boston - Blair and Jett.
We want to promote growth and success in our town for the future generations.
Scarlet Bray - Born in West Monroe, Louisiana (dad was in college there) Raised in NB College @ University of Louisiana Head of Trustees Red Bayou UMC Board of directors for 3 corporations
Mom of 3 grown kids Married to Patrick for 12 years.
Owner of S and P Discount, Former owner of Basso Broadcasting, Past NB FFA Booster President.
Stephanie Hawkins - married to Matt Hawkins, moved to New Boston from Dallas, TX in 2012. I love New Boston, it's like one Big Family. I love seeing all the businesses prosper. I love inviting the who community to events, leaving no person out! It's a love thing, a genuine love for people. My favorite part of being a Chamber Director is attending Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Openings! It's a big celebration - at that very moment Peace, Love and Joy is felt. A new chapter is someone's life. They choose New Boston and New Boston chooses them! A time of happiness. I pray for each business - may they prosper and do well. As we pull together to celebrate, shop and support each local business.
Owner of Stephanie's Hair Salon, 103 NE Front St., New Boston, TX
Please Thank and Support our Pioneer Day Sponsors
Titanium Level Sponsorship
City of New Boston, 301 E North Front St., New Boston, TX has always helped our Chamber celebrate Pioneer Days. Mayor Ron Humphrey along with City Council Members: Rob Carr, Don Evans, Steve Williams, Jacki Laney and Sue Anderson; City Administrator Elizabeth Lea and City Secretary Pollyanna Moore welcome everyone to the Pioneer Days Festival in New Boston, TX
Diamond Level Sponsorship
Skaggs Country Store & Grill, 3070 W Hwy 82, New Boston, Tx 75570 has been here for 26+ years serving our area. Jane Skaggs and her son Sean Banks keep everything flowing just right! They've been voted Best Burgers, Breakfast and Fish in town for 4 years running!! That kinda says it all. Plus, they offer straight non-ethanol gasoline too. Skaggs hours are: Mon-Thus = 4:30 am till 8:30 PM; Fri = 4:30 am till 9:30 pm; Sat = 5am till 9:30 pm & Sunday 6am till 8:30.They can be reached at: 903-628-7351
West Fraser, Hwy 82 E, New Boston, TX 75570. West Fraser was founded in 1955 when three brothers – Sam, Bill and Pete Ketcham – pooled their resources to buy a small planing mill in Quesnel, B.C.
The sweat and hard work of three young men, along with a founding group of pioneering employees, have laid the foundation for the Company, West Fraser, that thrives to this day. More than six decades later, the Company has grown from the original 12-person crew at Two Mile Flat to be the largest lumber producer in North America.
West Fraser's heritage is a story about people who came together to build so much more than those three young men imagined was possible.
"More than anything, I want to give all sorts of opportunities to the next generation. I want them to be proud of the success we’ve had."
Hank Ketcham, Chair
New Boston TX SIDC, 1 Trailhead Park Plaza, New Boston, TX 75570 is a Special Industrial Development Corp to support the development, expansion and relocation of new and existing companies to our New Boston TX area. The CDC is the Community Development Board that is also involved within the SIDC and the City of New Boston. The SIDC is an organization with a mission to work to create an environment in which community-oriented businesses can thrive. The phone number is: 903-628-6340
New Boston Property Management, 303 Rice St., New Boston, TX 75570, is a part of NETX Properties. Their Mission is to provide decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for eligible elderly and families and promote self-sufficiency and economic independence for residents. The officers and employees of the NETX Properties strive to provide an exceptional living environment for all residents with the assistance of law enforcement and residents through our Neighborhood Watch Programs.
As one of the largest property management agencies in northeast Texas, NETX Properties prides itself with professional staff that comprises a winning team wherever they are working. Being involved in so many activities around the region is a key element in making NETX Properties such a big part of the local communities. Giving back to the community is our heart. They can be reached at: 903-628-2951
Platinum Level Sponsorship
Rip England Premier Realty, 102 E Main St., New Boston, TX 75550. With unparalleled industry knowledge, experience, and local expertise, we're the New Boston Real Estate experts you've been looking for. Whether you're buying or selling, we can help you get the sbest deal. Just looking? That's OK. Good luck on your house hunt! We hope to hear from you soon. Phone Number: 903-628-1234
State Bank, 102 SW Runnels St, DeKalb, TX 75559 is one of our oldest New Boston Chamber of Commerce members.
They are committed to helping you and your business grow. Get flexible financing, especially designed for your business, to handle any business expense. Contact your personal banker today to get started on growing your future. They also have branches in Clarksville, Atlanta, Nash, Texarkana and soon New Boston. Their main number is: 903-667-2553
Texarkana College, 2500 North Robinson Rd., Texarkana, Texas 75599, has the highest 3-Year Completion Rate among Texas Community Colleges. Texarkana College offer Certifications or degree programs in many fields - such as: Nursing, Welding, Cosmetology, General Studies and Fine & Studio Arts Programs. They have a 97.5% Certification and Licensure Pass Rate. They have over 300+ Scholarships available with over $500,000 awarded in Scholarships each year.. They can be reached at: 903-823-3456
Gold Level Sponsorship
Waste Management, locally at 1030 Hwy 82 W, New Boston TX 75550. Waste Management, Inc., doing business as WM, is a waste management, comprehensive waste, and environmental services company operating in North America. Founded in 1968, the company is headquartered in the Bank of America Tower in Houston, Texas. Phone Number: 903-628-6595
Silver Level Sponsorship
Twin City Title, 300 E Hoskins, New Boston, TX 75570. Twin City Title is locally owned and operated. The combination of innovative technology employed by skilled professionals makes us unique, as we provide precision and exceptional service through every aspect of the closing process. Twin City Title has been serving the Texarkana area since 1981. Phone number: 903-628-4141
Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative, 117 North St., Douglasville, TX 75560. Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a rural utility cooperative headquartered in Douglassville, Texas that was formed in 1937. The cooperative currently serves 35,152 meters with 6,073 miles of line. They can be reached at: 903-846-2311
At Vyve, we are driven to deliver the most stellar products and services you could ask for. We’re freeing up—and speeding up—the way you live it up. Get the most out of your new Smart Assistant, stream your favorite shows with Roku, and protect your home and office with a connected Nest Camera. With Vyve Broadband, the speed you’ll need in the future is already here. They can be reached at: 1-855-367-8983
Guaranty Bank & Trust, 750 James Bowie Dr., New Boston, TX 75570. Guaranty Bank & Trust is one of the oldest community banks in Texas. We provide our customers with a full array of relationship-driven commercial and consumer banking products and services, as well as mortgage, trust, and wealth management services. Guaranty Bank & Trust has over 30 banking locations across 26 Texas communities located within the East Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth, greater Houston and Central Texas regions of the state. Phone Number: 903-628-6270
Bronze Level Sponsorship
Bowie County Citizens Tribune, 139 NE Front St, New Boston, TX 75570 was established in 1895!! They have been serving the news to our New Boston area for many generations. The Publisher is Heather Russell. They can be reached at: 903-628-5801
Red River Credit Union, 308 E Hoskins, New Boston, TX 75570 is located right off I-30 and just west of Texarkana. You can always expect a smiling face and great customer service whether you’re choosing to make a quick banking transaction with one of our tellers or something a bit more such as an auto loan or applying for a credit card. Take a look below to learn more about the services we offer at our branches and for details on the hours and location of our New Boston branch. Their number is: 903-735-3000
Judge & Mrs. James Carlow
S & P Discount, 129 E North Front St., New Boston, TX 75570 is owned by Scarlett & Patrick Bray. They specialize in New, Overstocked and Discontinued items with discounts sometimes up to 75% off. They can be reached at: 903-314-5577
Bates-Rolf New Boston, 502 S McCoy Blvd., New Boston, TX 75570 When you have experienced the loss of a loved one, you can trust Bates-Rolf New Boston to guide you through the process of honoring their life. At Bates-Rolf New Boston, we pride ourselves on serving families in New Boston and the surrounding areas with dignity, respect, and compassion. Our staff is experienced in a variety of funeral services and can help you celebrate your loved one no matter your religion, culture, or budget. Phone Number: 903-628-2511
Rawls Furniture, 103 N McCoy Blvd., New Boston, TX 75570 had its grand opening in New Boston, Texas in 1996 to simply provide the absolute best furnishings, deliver extraordinary customer service and provide our customers with finer design resources. Years later and the business keeps getting better and better. Whether it is your bedroom, living room or kitchen, we are able to make your home characteristically yours. They can be reached at: 903-628-2908
Emerald Level Sponsorship
J & G Tire, 16 County Road 1004, New Boston, TX 75570 ~ 903-628-5121
Dairy Queen, 707 N McCoy Blvd., New Boston, TX 75570 ~ 903-628-3881
A Special Thanks to the following who we could not do without!!
New Boston Police Department
New Boston Fire Department
City of New Boston
New Boston Public Works Dept
First Baptist Church
New Boston Independent School District