In the first week of March, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce reopened the option to its members of hosting in-person events again after a three-month time period of virtual-only events. That being said, the chamber’s upcoming schedule is packed-full of businesses ready to celebrate their hard work and to do so with chamber members and community members alike.

Within the next month, the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a number of events including the following:

• March 26 – Ribbon Cutting: Duncan Plumbing Services LLC, 10:30 a.m. at their new location on 109 John Arden Drive, Waxahachie, TX 75165

• April 8 – Ribbon Cutting: Southern Revival Marketplace, 4:30 p.m. at 500 W. Main St., Waxahachie, TX 75165

• April 10 – Ellis County Market (Tickets available online), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 2300 U.S. Highway 287 Bypass, Waxahachie, TX, 75165

• April 14 – Ribbon Cutting: 378th Judicial District Family Courthouse with Judge William Wallace, 4:30 p.m. at 109 S. Jackson St., Waxahachie, TX 75165

• April 15 – Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce 93rd annual Business Excellence Awards (tickets available online), 6:30 p.m. at 2000 Civic Center Lane, Waxahachie, TX 75165

• April 22 – Ribbon Cuttings: Chill Zero, 3 p.m. at 1620 N. U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie, TX 75165 – AND – Pete’s Automotive, 4 p.m. at 3704 N. U.S. Highway 77, Waxahachie, TX 75165

• April 30 – Ribbon Cutting: Dr. Lee Bottem, DO, PLC, 2 p.m. at 1007 Legacy Ranch Road, Waxahachie, TX 75165

If you are interested in purchasing an event ticket, please refer to www.waxahachiechamber.com or on Facebook @Waxahachie.Chamber.

Chamber Member Spotlight: Connally Consulting LLC

President of Connally Consulting LLC, Tom Connally, joined the chamber in November 2020 and in December was organized in Ellis County after a conversion from a Virginia-based business to a Texas-based business.

“My wife, Annie, and I spent two years evaluating where we would make our ‘forever home,’ ” he said. “We lived in Stafford, Virginia, for the last 10 years, where I transitioned from the Marines after 30 years of service and living on the East and West coasts, Iceland, and Japan. After those experiences, we knew we wanted freedom, warm weather, space, a reasonable cost of living, and friendly people.”

The Connallys wanted to be close to a metro-area for Tom’s business as a leadership coach and for Annie to continue on with her nursing career.

“We also wanted to be close enough to a major airport to travel conveniently. What sold it was the charm of downtown Waxahachie and the hospitality of the people,” Tom said.

As an experienced life coach, Tom stressed that perspective is the greatest value of his role.

“The most significant challenge people face is aligning their performance with their values,” he said. “With over 38 years in the Marines and private sector, I have led organizations from 5-3,500 personnel, with budgets up to $2.8B. I’ve been a recruiter, a human relations officer, a training officer, a camp commander (mayor) in Japan, a school director, a college instructor, a school board member in Japan, a chief operating officer multiple times, a strategist, and a planner. I’ve also commanded artillery, infantry, security forces and led 1,000 men overseas and through combat.”

What is now “The Connally System” are results from these experiences that addresses the performance-value alignment problem “ … by focusing on values, vision, mission, and goals to build leaders of consequence who are honest, inspiring, visionary, and competent, and organizations with a culture of performance,” Tom said, sharing that his favorite part of what he does is helping others find their path and seeing them succeed.

Tom concluded by sharing what he loves most about his membership with Waxahachie Chamber.

“The engagement and willingness of everyone to help are exceptional,” he said. “I’m a people person, and I enjoy talking with people, particularly when they are dedicated to their purpose. I’ve not met a person yet with an ounce of pretense.”

To contact Connally Consulting, email tom@connallyconsulting.com or by calling 540-621-6979. If you have yet to enroll for chamber membership, you can enroll online at waxahachiechamber.com.

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