Roger has been the Executive Director of the Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC since 2005. In that capacity he is charged with the overall operation of the corporation. This includes business retention and expansion, business recruitment, marketing the community for primary job creation companies, property development, and development of incentive programs for the community and packaging them for the companies that request assistance. In addition to those duties Roger is also charged with the overall management of the daily operations of the corporation, budget administration and development of the annual plan of work.
Roger’s previous experience includes a twenty-seven year career with the City of Mansfield. In 1994 Roger was appointed the first Economic Development Director for the City. During his tenure the Mansfield EDC completed 79 projects creating over 2,000 jobs. After retirement Roger became the Economic Development Director for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He held that position through the Cowboy Stadium election.
Roger holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Texas. He has completed the Economic Development Institute program of study at the University of Oklahoma. His professional involvements include:
- Member of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC)
- Current and past Board Member of TEDC
- Member of the Workforce Solutions for Northeast Texas Board of Directors
- Serving on the Executive Committee as Board Secretary
- Member of the Industrial Asset Manager Council
- Receiving the designation as a “Fellow”
- Member of North East Texas Economic Alliance marketing group
- Graduate of Leadership South Tarrant County
- Member of the Sulphur Springs Rotary Club
Glenda is a Hopkins County native. She has been with the EDC since 2012 and is the Business Retention and Workforce Director for the Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC. She works with our current businesses to grow and expand, assisting them in finding and recruiting skilled staff members. Glenda also works with Workforce Solutions for North East Texas, Paris Jr. College and Sulphur Springs ISD to develop the emerging workforce as well as the incumbent workforce. She is also involved with the marketing the community for new businesses. In this capacity she produces reports and studies about our workforce’s skills and abilities. Glenda has spent the vast majority of her career in the workforce field. As a twenty five year employee with the State of Texas as a Workforce Specialist, she knows our workforce and how to work within the system to make things happen. She has completed the Economic Development Institute program of study at the University of Oklahoma.
Glenda’s other community activities include;
- Member and current Board Member of the Texas Economic Development Council
- Member of Team Texas
- Member of the North East Texas Economic Alliance marketing group
- Member of the Workforce Solutions for Northeast Texas Economic Development Committee
- Board of Directors of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce (two terms)
- Member of Society of Human Resource Managers
- Previous Member of the Hopkins County Fall Festival Board
- Previous Member of the Pilot Club
- Courthouse Restoration Committee
- Adult Leadership Class graduate and facilitator
Mitzi joined the Sulphur Springs Hopkins County EDC in June of 2012 as our Administrative Assistant. Mitzi is responsible for the internal office operations. She is in effect our office manager. In that role she handles our accounts payable and receivables. Mitzi is a graduate of Texas A&M Commerce with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Photography. With her degree she is responsible for the photography that we use in various outlets. Mitzi combines the photography and journalism to produce our handouts and other promotional materials. Mitzi is also the person that is charged with preparing the responses that we make to companies and consultants we interact with on projects. Mitzi also manages the website for the EDC. She spent 11 years working in education before coming to the EDC. She has completed the Economic Development Institute program of study at the University of Oklahoma.
Some of Mitzi’s community involvement includes:
- League Services Administrator of the Northeast Texas Symphony
- Member of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
- Graduate of the Adult Leadership Class of Sulphur Springs
- Completion of the BEDC Course
- Website manager for some SSISD sites
- TEDC and SEDC Member
Thomas C. Sellers, President
Tom’s thirty five (35) years in financial lending operations began in 1978. He served for four (4) years as County Supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration in Brownfield/Plains, Texas.
He began his banking career in 1982 as a Vice President for the Federal Land Bank at Tyler. His primary responsibility was real estate loans and Senior Lending Officer. He joined Alliance Bank (a.k.a. Sulphur Springs State Bank) in 1988 as Vice President-Loans. He became Chief Lending Officer in 1993, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1994. In 1996 he became Chief Administrative Officer for the Hopkins County Division of Alliance Bank. In June, 1999 he was promoted to President, and in January 2004, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Bank.
Clay Walker, Vice President
Has lived in Sulphur Springs since 1963.
Graduated from Sulphur Springs HS in 1971.
Graduated from East Texas State University in 1977 with a BS Construction Science.
Worked in Equipment Repair Business
Worked in Institutional, Commercial, Industrial and Civil Construction throughout the South.
Past Chairman of Sulphur Springs Planning & Zoning Committee
Past Mayor of Sulphur Springs
Current Place 2 Member of Sulphur Springs City Council
Married to Peggy Paul Walker
Three daughters: Shelly, Jennifer and Valerie
Four grandchildren: Maddie, Walker, Zoe and Arden
May 1975 – B.B.A. – Accounting – Texas Tech University
1975-1985 – C.P.A. – Public Accounting – Sulphur Springs, Texas
1991-1999 – Minority owner of a highway and bridge construction company. Sold to a Fortune 200 company.
1985-2012 – Co-owner – Medicine Chest Pharmacies – Grew to a 29 location retail pharmacy chain. Sold to a Fortune 100 company.
Currently serving on the Sulphur Springs City Council and Sulphur Springs Hopkins county Economic Development Corp.
Previously served on Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, Sulphur Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, Sulphur Springs Development Corporation, board of Compliant Pharmacy Alliance – a nationwide buying group, and others.
David Fenton, Secretary/Treasurer
After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1996, David started his career in community banking at a small bank in Gladewater, Texas. After working for a couple of different banks in the Longview area, David joined City National Bank in 2005. In 2008, City National Bank moved David & his family to Sulphur Springs. He currently serves as Chief Lending Officer and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2021 for CNB.
David has served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, graduate of the Hopkins County Adult Leadership Class, and current member of the Sulphur Springs Rotary Club.
Married to Mandy Fenton, who works in Administration for the SSISD and has two children, Carson & Addy.
Buck Booker was born and raised in Sulphur Springs, graduating from Sulphur Springs High School in 1970. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974.
Buck returned to Sulphur Springs and joined the Super Handy convenience store chain. Super Handy was founded by Buck’s father, Larry Booker in 1948. He succeeded his father as President and CEO in 1988.
Buck is a Past President of the Sulphur Springs Rotary Club where he has held membership since 1987. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.
Buck and his wife Debbie have two daughters and three grandchildren.