Seventy-five members of the Burleson Lions Club established the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce in 1965 as they were gathered to discuss the industrial and economic development of their rapidly growing community. The club felt a permanent Chamber of Commerce was needed to lead them into the next century.
Jack Taylor, area businessman, and County Judge Herschel C. Winn created the charter and bylaws of the proposed Chamber. The Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce was officially founded on April 18, 1966. The Chamber's first board consisted of Judge Herschel C. Winn (president), George E Bransom Jr. (vice-president), Jack Harr, J.A. Schumacher, W.L.W. Scott, Les Todd, Ray Don Williams and W.N. Wood.
By 1980, the Chamber was able to build a membership of 320 businesses. The operation budget had increased from $2,000 to more than $41,000 in 1980. The Chamber had grown so much that it was in desperate need of a building. A fundraiser took place and $20,000 was raised for the building. Board chair, Les Sells, presided at the opening dedication ceremonies in 1983.
The Chamber still resides in that same building, with members of the community constantly coming and going. The business owners and citizens of the Burleson area know that if they have a need or a question, the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce is the place to go.
Today, the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the most active chambers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. From regular Chamber events to community projects to city events to charity fundraisers, there’s always something going on at the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce.
Over the years, the following men and women have served on the board of directors as chair, playing a formidable role in shaping Burleson into the growing and thriving community it is today: