Steve Dyer, Chamber President
Steve Dyer first served as the Garden City Chamber's membership director in 1997 and was promoted to vice president in 2001, a position he held until 2006 before heading to Colorado where he served as the Highland's Ranch Chamber President from 2007-2012. In March 2013, the Garden City Chamber Board of Directors announced that they had hired Dyer as the President of the Garden City Chamber.
During his tenure in Colorado, the Highlands Ranch Chamber received state recognition for increasing chamber membership and event revenues. He served on the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry Board and the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. He currently serves on the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas board.
Dyer is a graduate from both the US Chamber's Institute of Organization Management (2001) Leadership Garden City, KS (2001), Leadership Douglas County, CO. (2011) and Leadership Kansas (2004).
He is a 1985 graduate of Garden City High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree (1990) and his teaching certification (1993) from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS.
Rick Thomeczek, Vice President
Rick was hired as the Chamber's Vice President on December 17, 2015 and manages the Chamber's marketing, events and communications. He creates and designs Chamber publications and maintains the Chamber's website and all social media. Rick is the coordinator of each Chamber committee including the Chamber Ambassadors, Government Affairs Committee, and oversees the planning and promotion of all Chamber events.
Originally from Kendall (located between Syracuse and Lakin), he was involved with virtually all high school activities including sports, music, drama, and class officer. He attended Garden City Community College and has been a resident of Garden City since 1971.
Rick has extensive background in marketing and sales in Finney County and across all of western Kansas. His experience includes radio, television, and print advertising. Having recently worked for Hibu, an international company dealing with website development and internet marketing, as well as yellow pages marketing, Rick has good grasp of how the internet can assist businesses locally and throughout the world.
Rick is excited about his new position and welcomes members to contact him about how the Chamber can assist them with promoting, supporting and growing their organization.
Sabrina Rodriquez, Office Manager
Sabrina began working as the Office Manager for the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce in November 2015. Before joining the chamber she worked as the Youth Leadership Community Development representative for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.
With her prior experience of working with the surrounding communities and businesses, Sabrina is a great resource for the Chamber. She is fluent in Spanish and is hoping to see a boost in Hispanic business chamber members
Sabrina, along with her family has been a resident of Garden City for the majority of her life. She has a 5 year old daughter and is expecting another child in 2016. In her spare time you will see her out in the community with her family attending events and enjoying all that Garden City has to offer.
Mary Wilson, Bookkeeper
Mary began her part-time bookkeeper postion with the Chamber in February of 2012. Before coming to the Chamber, Mary was a member of the instructor staff of Garden City Community College where she taught for accounting and computers for 20 years and served as IT Director for 5 years. Mary retired from GCCC in 2009. She also has 11 years of experience at the high school level.
Besides working for the Chamber, Mary keeps books for the Church of the Nazarene, First Christian Church, and the Center for Family and Children (Finney County Health Coalition). She is also a contractor and consultant for Access databases.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys crafting of all types and works as an AV tech at the Church of the Nazarene. Her motto for life is a quote from Erma Bombeck—“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”