The Corporation is managed by a five-member Board appointed by the City Council for three-year terms.
The current Board includes:
Kelly Cmerek, Chair
Kelly Cmerek has more than 20 years of banking experience and has been with BBVA Compass Bank for over eighteen years with the last fifteen in his position as Vice President for the SBA Lending Group.
Before joining BBVA Compass, Mr. Cmerek was a commercial lender at an independent Austin bank. He began his banking career in 1995 after earning his bachelor’s degree in finance with honors from The University of Texas at Austin.
In 2015, he surpassed the $200 million mark in SBA loans, a prestigious accomplishment among lenders. He is responsible for originating transactions for financing requests from $350,000 to $5,000,000.
Mr. Cmerek is a life-long resident of Taylor and now lives here with his wife, Alayne, and their three children.
Christine Lopez, 1st Vice Chair
Christine Lopez was elected to the District 1 Council position in May 2016. Her current term expires in May 2019. A Taylor native, she graduated from Taylor High School in 1982.
Ms. Lopez has served on the Taylor Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors since 2003. Additionally she serves on the boards of the Livingston Fund Grants for Taylor YMCA, and is a former board member of the United Way. Volunteer activities include Arbor Day and Community Clean Up Days, amongst other events.
Ms. Lopez and her husband Robert have 2 daughters, Stacy and Lauren and 4 beautiful grandchildren, Myriah, Paxtyn, Hayden, and Peyton. She is currently an Executive Assistant for the Dell Security Solutions organization at Dell, Inc. and has been a local business owner since 1996.
Joe Burgess, 2nd Vice Chair
Joe Burgess is a photojournalist and co-owner of Zia Publishing, Corp., publisher of New Mexico Traveler hotel-room book and several life style and visitor publications. He has 25 years of supervisory and management experience in the copper smelting/sulfuric acid production industry. He was a licensed General Contractor in New Mexico and has supervised the construction of 100 and 200 house townsite projects with commercial buildings. His military service includes three years during the Vietnam era as a Nuclear Weapons Electronics Specialist and he served two terms as a county commissioner.
A recent resident of Taylor, he serves as Chair of the Economic Restructuring Subcommittee for Main Street, is a member of the Chamber Business Expo and Job Fair Committee and is a volunteer docent at Taylor's Moody Museum. He previously served on the Main Street Advisory Board and the Taylor Marketing Team.
Joe’s wife, Nancci Phillips-Burgess, is an IT consultant, having retired after 25 years as an IT Project Manager for the DOD and the Executive and Federal Judiciary Branches.
Joe studied International Relations at Stanford University and the University of the Americas in Mexico City and completed a Business Management Program at the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, AZ.
Clark Jackson, Treasurer
Clark Jackson is a Certified Public Accountant and has had his own public accounting practice in Taylor since arriving in 1972.
Mr. Jackson is in his third term as a member of the EDC board and serves as its treasurer.
He is a native of Williamson County and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has two children both of whom graduated from Taylor and followed their parents’ example in choice of universities and professions. Jan is an educator; Will is a CPA.
Mr. Jackson has served his community in a number of leadership positions. He is a former mayor and, more recently, was the president of Johns Community Hospital until its merger with Scott & White.
Scott Green, Secretary
A resident of Taylor since 1994, Mr. Green has been an active member of the community while serving as the president and vice president of the Taylor SPJST Lodge, as a member of the United Way Williamson County Grant Review Board, as well as a member of Ducks Unlimited.
His past city service includes serving as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years and on the Taylor City Council as District 4 respresentative from 2013 to 2016.
He is currently employed as a Product Engineer in the Value Engineering Group at Oracle which is located in Austin.
Mr. Green and his wife have two daughters and four grandchildren.