Board of Directors
In 2007, with several years of real estate and title experience behind him, JT opened Uptown Title, a title insurance and escrow company. At the same time, along with his good friend, Jared Pearce, he launched the Red Party Foundation (known today as the Dallas Red Foundation). For seven years, the Dallas Red Foundation fundraising efforts have supported work of Legacy Counseling, a Dallas-based HIV/AIDS service organization.
JT was elected to the Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2011, believing strongly in the relationship based business model promoted by the Chamber. As a sixth-generation Dallasite, JT has deep roots in the Dallas community and has formed lasting relationships with some of Dallas’ most influential people. From restaurant recommendations to helping people through the process of selling or purchasing a home, he was, and still is, the "go-to” person for anyone who knows him or of him.
Currently, JT serves as the Chamber’s Treasurer and as a Membership Ambassador. In addition, he maintains his role as the Co-Founder of the Dallas Red Foundation. When he is not working and dedicating time to non-profit work, you can probably find JT, his partner, Derek, and their toy Poodle, Mister Jack at the lake!
Armando is a Senior Loan Officer with Supreme Lending and a Chamber Member since 2010. He has spent more than 28 years in the mortgage business, previously working at Southwest Airlines for 20 years where he gained valuable experience in customer service.
Armando has been actively involved with the Jaycees, Alpha Kappa Professional Men’s Alumni chapter, and local professional and networking groups.
David began his career with Brinker International more than eleven years ago as a Buyer of ASI Products and Uniforms. In September 2006, he accepted the position of Supplier Diversity Manager. In 2008, David was promoted to Sr. Manager of Supplier Diversity and, in 2009, began managing the Contract Compliance team.
David serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Business Council-Southwest, as well as on various other committees with the organization. Additionally, David sits on the Board of Directors for CONTACT Crisis Hotline, and is an active Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer. David was awarded Volunteer of the Year by WBC-S in 2010, as well as Corporate Advocate of the Year, in 2012.
Jodi McShan grew up in a family-owned business, where she did everything from floral design and delivery to accounting and management. At McShan Florist, she learned the benefits of hard work and personal relationships from both her grandfather, Lee A. McShan, Jr., and her father, Bruce McShan.
Jodi attended Vanderbilt University where she studied Psychology and Spanish. After gaining her Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University, Jodi moved to San Diego to attend law school at the University of San Diego School of Law. She graduated in May 2009, returned to Texas, and passed the Texas Bar that same year. In 2016, she obtained her L.L.M. from the University of London.
While balancing her family law firm, Law Office of Jodi McShan, PLLC, and her work at McShan Florist, she stays active in our community. She is on the board for the Junior League of Dallas, on the Black Tie Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters chair-elect for the Dallas Bar Association's Solo & Small Firm Section, is a proud member of the 2017 Leadership Dallas class for the Dallas Regional Chamber, and remains active in a number of other organizations.
Clint is owner and Senior Technician at Celeratec Managed Services, LLC. Celeratec manages every aspect of technology infrastructure, from recommendation and procurement to implementation and management. The company offers a variety of products and services created to maximize your technology assets and ensure your business success.
In addition to running Celeratec, a certified LGBTBE®, Clint is a competitive runner. Clint has served on the local leadership council of Lambda Legal, most recently as the council’s co-chair. He is also active with the Dallas Red Foundation, a charitable organization that provides funding to Legacy Counseling.
Marsha is the President and owner of TNT Promotions, LLC. Providing promotional products, apparel, and trade show services.
TNT Promotions is a vibrant, young company founded by two seasoned professionals, Marsha & her husband, Bill, in 2010. Since then, it has grown to be a multi-national company while maintaining ties to the local communities. As part of their commitment to the community, TNT Promotions focuses on participating in local chambers and fundraising events.
Marsha has over 25 years’ experience in goal-oriented environments, developing and managing programs. She has a distinguished track record in sales and operational management, and is a recognized talent for building and managing top performing sales and operational teams. Marsha brings tremendous experience and a 'can-do' attitude to the Chamber and its Board of Directors. She is the recipient of the Chamber's 2013 Member Service Award.
When not working, you will find Marsha outside on the patio reading every chance she gets.
Immediate Past Chair - Foundation Co-Chair
Larry Paschall, AIA, is an architect, entrepreneur, and noted speaker. Moreover, he is a fervent advocate for his industry and the communities in which he both lives and serves.
Mr. Paschall is chief executive officer of Spotted Dog Architecture, specializing in residential architecture. In addition to working with his residential clients, he is currently pursuing advocacy opportunities within the architecture and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
Along with serving on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Mr. Paschall is past chair of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Chamber Foundation. He is a noted speaker at state and regional conferences for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on topics, such as marketing architecture; architects as industry advocates, and enhancing leadership and community awareness.
Dale is the founder and owner of Coaching Beyond, LLC. He received his training from the International Coaching Federation, obtaining accreditation as a professional coach. Dale is certified in “Everything DiSC Assessment” and many other tools to enhance his coaching ability. He uses these assessment tools and other training courses to enhance his ability to coach, and is driven to help people move forward and make positive changes to improve their futures.
Dale is a professional coach with more than 25 years experience in Senior Leadership and Development. For 19 years, Dale was Senior Vice President of Operations for US Bioservices. He also held the role of Chief Nursing officer for Vencor Hospital and Director of ER for Doctors Hospital. It was Dale's entrepreneurial spirit that led him to purchase Outlines Men's Wear on Cedar Springs.
Mariel received her undergraduate degree from University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from Southern Methodist University. After graduating from UT, she served two and half years with the United States Peace Corps as a community development volunteer, where she was the acting Chairman of the Volunteer Advisory Committee for the Republic of Vanuatu.
Upon returning to Dallas, she joined forces with her two older brothers to start Liberty Burger, in November of 2011. Liberty Burger has grown to six locations and has received numerous accolades throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Market, including D Magazine’s Best Burger in Dallas, the Advocate’s Best Burger for Lakewood and North Dallas, Top New Burger Joints from Burger Business, and the Green Business award.
Mariel was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 by the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and featured in D Magazine’s The Dallas 40: How Dallas came to the most exciting point in its history 40 stories over 40 years. Liberty Burger was recognized as the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business of the Year.
Tim is a Financial Advisor and Signator Registered Representative at Rockgate Financial Partners. He brings more than 20 years of business and advisory experience, including corporate development, private equity, business and tax consulting and college expense planning. In his past career, Tim spent several years as the owner of domestic and international manufacturing and distribution facilities. He was also a public speaker in tax and college financial aid planning. His specialties include working with small businesses, investments, tax liability strategies, estate planning and charitable giving programs.
Tim attended the University of Rochester in New York, where he attained both his BA in Economics and his MBA in Finance. He is an accomplished, self-taught private chef with published writings on food, wine, and international travel. He enjoys cooking and gardening at his home in Farmers Branch, Texas.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PROFESSIONAL STAFF
TONY VEDDA, IOM, CCE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Tony has been the Chamber's President & CEO since 2007, following two years of service on the Board of Directors. His career in chamber management began thirty years ago as a membership specialist for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. Since that time he has worked with several general market chambers in Arizona and California, as well as five years as Executive Director of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Business Association, the nation’s first GLBT chamber of commerce.
Tony is one of 530 chamber leaders, and the only LGBT chamber leader, to receive the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is also a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management (IOM). Currently Tony serves on the US Chamber West Institute Board of Regents, the Institute Board of Trustees, North Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association Board of Directors, and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau executive committee. He is a member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE), as well as the Leadership San Francisco, and Leadership Dallas alumni associations. Email
Matt's personal mission to advance equality in the LGBT community, inspired him to work for the Chamber. As a Membership Specialist, Matt works to grow the Chamber membership and engage existing members to use the Chamber's many benefits, in order to reach their professional and business development goals.
In addition, Matt manages many of the Chamber's business growth programs, working to increase member benefits and ensuring long-lasting connections between members.
Matt graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He previously served as a Site Coordinator for a nationwide non-profit organization that worked to improve the well-being of at-risk youth and their families. Through this experience, he encountered many LGBT youths, and was able to guide them toward improved self-acceptance.
Matt is an avid proponent of animal welfare; he is a devoted dog dad and a lover of all things cuisine, but finds the greatest enjoyment in spending time with friends and family. Email
Debbie Hoff retired from Raytheon in October 2010 after working for 32 years in Defense Systems software. While at Raytheon, Debbie was involved with its Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Allies (GLBTA) Employee Resource Group. In 2005, at the request of friend, Gib Murray, Debbie became the first straight ally officer of GLBTA, and continues to support the organization in her retirement, participating in group activities and hosting events at her home.
While an officer of GLBTA and, once again, at the request of Gib Murray, Debbie began her involvement with the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce. Debbie first volunteered on the Membership Committee in 2007 and started regularly attending networking events.
Debbie currently chairs the Chamber Volunteer Committee. She also works at the Chamber office one afternoon a week. In addition, Debbie volunteers at Methodist Richardson Medical Center and is active with several ministries of First United Methodist Church of Richardson, where she serves as chair of the Church & Society Work Area. Email
Veronica has an extensive background in office administration including experience in staffing, human resources, and customer service. A Dallas native, Veronica has worked in a variety of business settings. Prior to working for the Chamber, she worked as an administrative assistant for a major national staffing agency.
In her downtime, she spends time with her kids, and stays busy with their schooling and hobbies. Email
J. Waylon & Associates
Public Relations & Advertising
Waylon Tate is the principal publicist and media strategist for J. Waylon & Associates (JWA), located in Dallas, Texas. JWA is a full spectrum public relations and advertising agency that provides a tailored suite of services for clients in the areas of government, public policy, election campaigning, business enterprise, and lifestyle management.
Over the span of his career, Mr. Tate has developed close ties with the White House, the State Department, the United Nations, the Department of Defense, and numerous national non-profits and think tanks. On a local level, he has fostered continued relationships with members of the Dallas City Council, the Dallas County Commissioners, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, State Senators and Representatives, and law enforcement agencies. Email