Alissa Cady, Executive Director
Raised in Waco, TX, Alissa graduated from Midway High School then Baylor University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Business and Marketing. Alissa’s profession encompassed the restaurant industry for 9 years including multi-million sales, operations management and staff development. Alissa traveled with Cheddars Casual Cafe on the new restaurant opening team in the Central Texas area for 2 years.
Returning to Waco in 2009, Alissa began a career with the Greater Hewitt Chamber as Marketing Coordinator, August 2010. In June 2011, Alissa was nominated by the Board of Directors to Interim Executive Director and named Executive Director in October 2011. Community involvement includes Women of Waco, Hewitt Kiwanis Club, Hewitt Lions Club, McLennan County Chamber Alliance, Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives, Midway Momentum, Ambassador, Facilities Study Committees and South Bosque Elementary PTA VP of Fundraising. Recognitions include nominations for both the Greater Waco Chamber’s Athena Award in November 2018, Greater Waco Chamber’s Waco Under 40 in May 2019 and received the Friend of Midway award in May 2019.
Alissa and her family are active members at First Methodist Waco and enjoy the beach, D1 Waco, game nights, shopping local and anything outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys coaching competitive cheer and tumbling for Heart of Texas Cheer and Dance, spa days and watching Christian and Knox’s Midway Little League baseball games. Alissa’s passion is to inspire, lead and empower others while making a positive impact in our growing community.
Alissa has 3 children, Christian and twins Knox and Kennedy.
Kacie Birkes, Communications Coordinator
Raised in Andrews, TX, Kacie graduated and then studied at Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio, TX while pursuing her BSN and the Dean’s list. Kacie received her Vocational Nursing certification from Texas State and Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management in 2018 from Texas Tech University. With a background in office administration, professional selling, account management and event management, it is her great hope to develop wonderful working relationships with all of the Hewitt community in her position as Communications Coordinator for the Greater Hewitt Chamber of Commerce.
Kacie and husband Matthew, have two sons, Cayden and Landen, and daughter Presley. Kacie is involved in CASA of McLennan County, Junior League, NAFE and Women of Waco. As a family, they enjoy being outdoors, sporting events, skiing and boating. In her spare time, Kacie enjoys live music, 9Round Fitness and spending time with friends and family.
Abri Martin, Membership & Social Media Coordinator
Raised in Waco, Texas, Abri will be joining the GHCOC Staff January 2, 2020. Abri got her start co-managing at local prom dress shop. In this position, she developed sales, management and social media marketing skills that enabled her to start her own photography and air brush makeup business at the age of 20. Abri is excited to use her skillset to empower other businesses while serving the Greater Hewitt community.
Abri and husband, Sean, enjoy spending time with family, cooking new recipes, running half marathons and cheering on Baylor Athletics.
E-mail: [email protected] | Office: (254) 666-1200
Kendall Lowe, Business & Research Intern
Raised in Waco, Texas, Kendall is a senior at Midway High School who joined the GHCOC during the summer of 2019. She is interested in civics, and looks forward to pursuing a master’s degree in international relations. Kendall is currently serving as the Vice-Chairperson of the Waco Youth Council and is the President of the Midway High School branch of the Optimist Club, a volunteering organization. Her goal is to work under her fellow Chamber employees to make Hewitt a better place for business while gaining valuable experience at the same time.
E-mail: [email protected]
Renell Jones, OU Graduate, former GHC Advertising Intern
Originally from Waco, TX, Renell is a graduate of Midway High School and a graduate from OU studied Business Management and Advertising. In her spare time, Renell enjoys spending time with friends, the outdoors, has a passion for dogs, shopping and OU Football. Renell is currently supporting the chamber and in the market to begin her professional career in the greater Hewitt area.
E-mail: [email protected]