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.
Melissa Gallegos, Office Manager and Bookkeeper
In April, the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Melissa Gallegos to join the team as Office Manager and Bookkeeper. A Garden City Native and graduate of Garden City Community College, Melissa worked with the Chamber once before under the direction of Carol Myers in 2006 and transitioned to the Western Kansas Community Foundation in 2008 where she filled many roles as Operations Director, Program Officer and Assistant Director. Prior to joining the Chamber team in 2006, Melissa’s experience primarily entailed banking with Western State Bank and Commerce Bank. Melissa’s most recent employment was with Kansas Children’s Service League as the Grant Development Manager.
Melissa comes to the Chamber with a strong financial background and over 10 years of non-profit management experience which includes financial record-keeping, fundraising, grant making and writing, and organizational development. Melissa is passionate about the community and serving in collaborative and convening roles to help strengthen relationships between organizations and businesses to better our community. When not in the office, Melissa is a mother of two boys, 12 and 1, and married to Javier Gallegos, Purchasing Manager for Hydro Resources. She enjoys family time, outdoor activities, volunteering for her church and other community events, participating in community theatre when possible, and COFFEE. Melissa is a strong advocate for advancing community and connectivity within our region and is a great fit for the Chamber of Commerce as we strive to fulfill our mission, and increase our impact within Southwest Kansas and the great State of Kansas.