Chris Brown

Executive Director

Brown has served as the Executive Director of the Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) for almost 10 years. He and his family still live in Sulphur Springs and have strong ties to the community.

Brown is currently serving on boards for the Hopkins County Hospital District, the HC Chamber of Commerce, and NETBIO. Prior to ATCOG, Brown served as the Hopkins County Judge and as Mayor/Council Member for the City of Sulphur Springs. Brown is also the 1st Vice President for the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and Vice-Chair for TEX-21. His state level involvement has also included the Texas Assoc. of Counties and the Texas Assoc. of Regional Councils.

Glenda Bassham

Assistant Director

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 Y’Barbo

Research Analyst

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


Doug Moore

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

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.


    Chris Brown
    Executive Director

    1200 Enterprise Lane
    Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
    (903) 439-0101

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