Board of Directors
Chase Kincannon, MassMutual Southwest
Chase is a Vice President at MassMutual Southwest, a financial services firm. Having worked extensively with chambers of commerce in the past, Chase is responsible for the AGLCC Chamber Ambassadors program. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, Polari. Chase enjoys racing sailboats on Lake Travis where he is an active member of the Austin Yacht Club, volunteering at the Austin Galano Club, and is an avid astrophotographer with the Austin Astronomical Society. He is an alumnus of Tarleton State Univeristy and Leadership Austin. His family has lived in Texas since 1835.
Rich Segal has been doing the weather for over 30 years. Rich moved to Texas in 1978 and Austin in 1993. In 2003 he joined the team of Time Warner Cable News full time. He is a member of the National Weather Association. Rich moonlights as the public service announcer for the University of Texas women's softball and volleyball teams. He is also a very active member in Austin's only gay softball league, Softball Austin.
Carlie Bittel, Bittel Books & Taxes
Carlie works with fellow entrepreneurs and small businesses through her CPA practice, Bittel Books & Taxes. A problem solver at heart, Carlie is passionate about helping fellow entrepreneurs, small business owners and individuals grow and succeed. She specializes in small business tax, accounting, and business strategy, helping owners navigate employer-sponsored benefits to protect themselves and what they've built. She believes in setting individuals and businesses up for success from the very beginning through an advising partnership with MassMutual Southwest... and having a little fun along the way! A firsthand beneficiary of how the chamber can benefit business owners, Carlie is excited to join the AGLCC Board as Treasurer in 2016.
Jeff Arnold, Bella Casa Realty
Jeff is a real estate agent focusing his expertise on helping seniors with their housing needs – and working with their adult children (or other family members) to provide information that allows the client to make an informed decision. Jeff's prior career was in IT Program Management, and that led to opportunities to live around the country over a 27+ year span. Having settled in the Austin metro area several years ago, Jeff now focuses his energy on his clients as well as his passion for restoring homes. His primary work with the AGLCC is overseeing the quarterly magazine, The Agenda and handling advertising sales in the magazine to our exceptionally diverse group of AGLCC business members.
John Egan, Sparefoot
John Egan, a resident of Austin since 1999, is editor in chief at SpareFoot, an Austin startup that operates the country's largest online marketplace for storage units. John has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, brand journalism, content marketing, blogging and public relations, including stints as editor and managing editor of the Austin Business Journal. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in journalism and is working toward a master's degree in marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. John is a former board member of Out Youth Austin.
Shannon Brooke Mantrom, Leap to Success
Shannon Brooke Mantrom has been in sales off and on for 25 years taking time off in the mid-2000's to help raise her two daughters. After leaving a high-stress sales position in March of 2012, and being encouraged by her husband to attend Launch Pad Job Club late spring, her life was forever changed for the better. She helped create the premiere program of Launch Pad called Leap to Success, which provides pro bono, professional project work for Austin-area non-profit organizations. Leap to Success not only provides project work for non-profits they do not have the time, expertise, or budget they cannot provide on their own, the program allows volunteers to keep their job skills sharp and provides them positive entries for their resumes and LinkedIn profiles making them more attractive to prospective employers – a true “win-win” for all involved.
AGLCC Board members must be members in-good-standing and serve on alternating two year terms. Nominations for future board members are accepted during the month of October and November for November elections but there are often openings available throughout the year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering for the board.