New Boston TX Chamber of Commerce

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Board of Directors of the New Boston TX Chamber of Commerce are elected by the Board to help steer the Chamber in a positive way toward helping our local businesses.

2023 Board of Directors - Officers


President - Scarlet Bray (Expires Dec 24) Scarlett Barfield Bray was originally born in West Monroe Louisiana but was raised in and attended New Boston Schools. Scarlett attended college at the University of Louisiana and has spent most of her entire adult life in New Boston.
She and her husband Patrick are the owners of PPB Enterprises Inc and The Bray Ranch. Scarlett is the mother of 1 daughter and 2 sons, all of which reside in Bowie County.
She is the past President of the New Boston FFA Booster Club, serves several chairs of the Red Bayou United Methodist Church council and has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2019.
Scarlett serves in the footsteps of her father, New Boston Chamber of Commerce Founding Member and past president, James Barfield.

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Vice President - Luke Stephens (Expires Dec 24)


Treasurer - Bernie Martin - (Expires Dec 25). My wife and I moved here in 2019 after travelling the country full-time as RV'ers for 11 years. I've owned and operated my own Internet Marketing Agency since 2008 (Merchant Bottom Line). As soon as we moved here, I joined the Chamber and have attended almost all monthly meetings as a member. I encouraged the Board to allow me to update their website in early 2022. With my Marketing and Business background, I  will be an asset to our Chamber by helping them promote, acknowledge and encourage business growth within our community. I believe that our Chamber needs to focus on our business members and help them grow and achieve success. This positive business attitude will be an asset to the Board and our community.

Board of Directors - Members

Amber Moody, (Expires Dec 24) New Boston Hardware & Lumber

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Amy McLain - (Expires Dec 24) Boston General Deli

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Casey Walker - (Expires Dec 25) Supra Care Family HealthMy name is Casey Walker. I was born and raised in Texarkana. I have 1 daughter and 1 amazing grandson. When I'm not spending time with them, I am the Office Coordinator at SupraCare Family Health. In the 3 years that I have been here, I have realized what Family in our name means. Not only do we take care of your family, we are family. We love our patients just like they are our own family. In my 3 years here I have been involved in the community outreach part of clinic. I would make a good chamber director because I feel like community awareness and involvement is very important. And being a chamber director, I would be able to help with that. I have no problem talking to people and I do enjoy meeting new people. Being involved in chamber events over the last few years, I have met many new people in the community and hope to continue to do so.

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Jane Forrester, (Expires Dec 24) New Boston Roundup Club 

Kayla Simmons (Expires Dec 23) 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.

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Ken Cox - (Expires Dec 25) Ken moved with his family in November 1991 to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church. Moving with Ken were his wife, Lynne and children Amanda, Brooks, Rachel, and Clara. Casey was born in 1992 completing the family of seven. Ken was born in 1951 and enjoys excellent health at age 71. Prior to moving to New Boston, Ken graduated from Texas A&M University with a major in Accounting in 1973. He worked as a CPA for an accounting firm and a building contractor before sensing a call to Christian ministry and moving to Fort Worth to attend Seminary in 1978. Ken completed Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth in 1982 and 1988. He served other Baptist churches as pastor before coming to New Boston. He has served as pastor for over 40 years.

Ken was widowed in 2007 and stepped down from the pastorate of First Baptist Church in 2012 after 20 years of service. Ken remarried in 2012 and began a part-time position as Executive Director of the Texarkana Area Community Foundation. In 2015 he began serving Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Omaha as interim pastor. Ken is president and founder of Telford Prison Ministries, Inc. and serves as a volunteer in TPMI and as a chaplain assistant at the Telford Unit. Ken has made New Boston home and enjoys community involvement with wife Welda, a retired school teacher from New Boston Independent School District who serves on the school board. Ken and Welda have six children and nine grand-children, all living in Texas.

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Kristi Black - (Expires Dec 25) Kristi Black Photography. I've been a resident of New Boston since 2008. Owner/Photographer, Kristi Black Photography. One prior term as a director. Served on various committees and worked as many events as I could during my time on the board. I headed up the Spring festival pre-pandemic. Would love to see this event back - carnival rides & all !I'd love the opportunity to serve again! It was a pleasure serving in the past and I appreciate the consideration for future service!

Lori Springer - State Bank

Lori Springer - (Expires Dec 25) State Bank - Lori grew up in Texarkana and moved to Simms in 2004. She has been a resident of New Boston for the past 6 years.
Lori has over 22 years of banking experience and is currently Branch Manager of State Bank in DeKalb. She has been with State Bank since 2014.
She has always been involved with her community and served on multiple boards and committees over the years - Susan G Komen, March of Dimes, Temple Memorial Rehab, Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb Area Centennial Lions, Simms FFA and currently Bowie County Market Bid 4 Kids committee.
I am excited to help promote and watch New Boston's area businesses grow.

Heather and Scarlett

Congratulations to Heather Russell (left), seated with our Chamber President - Scarlett Bray on becoming the new Administrative Director to the New Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Movin' On Up!!

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