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Staff Directory

Staff Members

Tom Mullins
PRESIDENT/CEO
903.593.2004 ext 246
With over 30 years of experience in regional and community economic development, Tom Mullins is President/CEO of the Tyler Economic Development Council, serving Tyler and Smith County since June 1989 and President/CEO of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, March 1992 to present. In 1997 and 2002, Tyler was recognized by the Texas Economic Development Council with the Community Economic Development Award for outstanding local development achievements. Tom served as Chairman of the Texas Economic Development Council Board for 2004-2005. In 2002, he was appointed to Governor Perry’s Council on Science and Biotechnology Development. From 1992 to 1993, he was President of Northeast Texas Economic Development Council, made up of economic and community development professionals from the 23-county region of Northeast Texas. In 1989, he was President of the Minnesota Industrial Development Council. Mr. Mullins has been a Certified Economic Developer since 1986 and holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in regional and community development.
Felecia Herndon
VICE PRESIDENT -FINANCE
903.593.2004 ext 250
Felecia Herndon manages a revolving loan fund, the tax abatement and tax increment financing programs, State-designated Enterprise Projects, and other financial incentives offered by TEDC to businesses locating and expanding in Tyler/Smith County. She is certified through the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional and has a BS degree in Business Management and an MBA with a focus on Corporation Finance. Felecia also has a background in the career and technical education field and previously worked for TEDC from 1992-1997.
Victor Valle, Jr.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
903.593.2004 ext 254
Victor Valle oversees the preparation of prospect proposals for companies seeking to expand within or relocate to the Tyler area, including preparing incentive summaries for interested parties. Additionally, he is responsible for maintaining local demographic and economic data, and helps maintain the site and building database.
Drew Camps
VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY
903.593.2004 ext 225
Drew manages the computer network and websites for the Tyler Chamber, EDC, CVB, SporTyler, Retire Tyler, Tyler Azalea Trail, and Brookshires Combat. He also serves as Chamber Liason for the Greater East Texas Information Technology Managers consortium.
Nikki Hodges
FINANCE ASSISTANT
903.593.2004 ext 249
Nikki joined the TEDC staff when she moved to Tyler in 1998. She provides support for the Vice President of Finance, assisting with the administration of tax abatements, Smith County Revolving Loan Fund, tax increment financing programs, and investor receivables. She also assists with economic development by preparing proposals, coordinating site visits, and marketing materials. Additionally, Nikki provides office support for desktop publishing, database management, and presentation projects.
Stephanye Petree
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
903.593.2004 ext 236
Stephanye Petree has been with TEDC since 1997. She performs administrative tasks for TEDC and Chamber such as gathering, assembling information for Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings, setting up/working the Chamber's nine Committee meetings held quarterly, and special meetings. Stephanye researches and gathers information for publications and certifications and responds to requests for information.