Alissa Cady, Executive Director
Raised in Waco, TX, Alissa graduated from Midway High School and then Baylor University in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Business and Marketing. During college and partial post-college career, Alissa’s profession encompassed the restaurant industry for 9 years including multi-million sales and operations management, staff development of 100+ and guest relations. Following graduation, Alissa traveled with Cheddars Casual Cafe on the restaurant opening team, while managing restaurants in the Central Texas area for 2 years.
Alissa returned to Waco in 2009 after her engagement and began a career with the Greater Hewitt Chamber as Marketing Coordinator, August of 2010. In June of 2011, Alissa was nominated by the Board of Directors to Interim Executive Director and named Executive Director in October 2011. Alissa is involved with Women of Waco, Hewitt Kiwanis Club, Hewitt Lions Club, McLennan County Chamber Alliance, Midway Middle School PDS Steering Committee, United Way and Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo event committees.
Alissa and her family are active members at First Methodist Waco and enjoy the beach, shopping local, Texas Rangers Baseball, little league baseball, gardening and anything outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys coaching competitive cheer and tumbling for Heart of Texas Cheer and Dance.
Alissa’s husband, Chris Cady, is General Manager for George’s Restaurant on Speight. Alissa and Chris have 3 children, Christian and twins Knox and Kennedy.
Laura Beaty, Communications Director
Laura is a born and raised Texan, living on the coast before moving to the Waco area in 1996. After graduating from Lorena High School, Laura attended MCC and UT while pursuing a degree in journalism. While in Austin, Laura was active in several campus organizations including serving on the Communication Council for the College of Communication and writing for The Daily Texan, UT’s student newspaper.
After also managing a retail store while in Austin, Laura discovered her love for business and moved back to Waco in 2009. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tarleton State University and worked in sales before being hired by the Greater Hewitt Chamber in September 2012.
With a background in journalism, marketing, sales and management, Laura enjoys her position and serving the community. In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.