2015 Board of Directors
Carly Bendewald, D.C. – President
Dr. Carly Bendewald, D.C. has a passion for helping people live their lives as optimally as possible. Born and raised in the midwest, Carly attended Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis where she graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic. After moving to Dallas in 2008, Carly opened and currently runs a Chiropractic membership practice on Upper Greenville that is focused on health and wellness for the entire family. It wasn’t long after becoming involved in the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce in early 2013 that Carly saw the many benefits of being a member. Her key strengths involve networking, interpersonal relations, and seeing the big picture. Carly enjoys Netflix marathons, live music, cheering on the SMU Mustangs, and a good laugh.
Kylie Spurgeon – Executive Vice President
Kylie Spurgeon has been involved with the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce since the summer of 2013. In 2007, Kylie graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in Finance and a BS in Psychology. She is currently working for Merrill Lynch in their Wealth Management group as well as continuing her education at the University of Texas Arlington.
Charles Jones - Senior Vice President, Operations
Charles, a Pittsburgh native, moved to the Metroplex as a child and attended high school in Lewisville before moving on to Abilene Christian University. As a web developer he’s spent the last few years working on promotional and shopper marketing for clients including Pepsi, Microsoft, and 7-Eleven, and now for ADT. He began his career in print design before moving to web, and has been designing and developing for six years. Before that he was a youth minister, and before that, a student. Before that he learned to walk and to feed himself. He enjoys basketball, Steelers football, karaoke, and generally making people feel (ill) at ease.
Duane McClellan – Senior Vice President, Finance
Duane McClellan moved to Dallas after receiving a B.S./B.A in Finance from the University of Arkansas in 2010. Since graduating, Duane has worked at Briggs Equipment as a national account manager and solution implementation project manager. After volunteering at TASTE in March 2013, Duane could not wait to expand his participation with the organization. He participated as a co-chair for the Johnny Sides event and could not be more excited to be apart of the DJCC 2014 board. In his free time, Duane enjoys reading, DIY projects around his home and going to the dog park.
Robyn Lehrman – Senior Vice President, Membership
Richard L. Meister – Vice President, Business Development
Richard returned to Dallas in 2013 after a lengthy absence that took him from Texas to California, Rhode Island, the UK, and even Korea. Richard attended college at Brown University in Rhode Island before starting his career in consulting and then marketing. After earning his MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, he worked in International Home Entertainment for 20th Century Fox and then as a Brand Marketer for Samsung Electronics at the corporate headquarters in South Korea. He currently provides independent brand and marketing consulting services as well as helps to manage a start-up company he co-founded. Richard enjoys movies, books, all sports (with a bias for Broncos football), and generally being social. He joined the Chamber as the Vice President of Philanthropy in the Spring of 2014 and is excited to expand the DJCC’s philanthropy footprint in the Metroplex. While life may have taken him away from Dallas, he’s glad to be home.
Danita Rambo – Vice President, Special Events
Danita Rambo, a native of Ft. Worth, TX, transitioned to Dallas a decade ago and joined the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2014. While volunteering for the first annual Christmas in July she decided she wanted to be more involved in DJCC as a whole. She currently works as a marketing project manager and provides marketing consultation for local businesses within the Dallas area. During her free time, Danita enjoys reading, cooking, and Doctor Who.
Matt Tilley – Vice President, Financial Reporting
Matt Tilley joined the DJCC in June of 2014 and has been loving it ever since. He grew up in Dallas and graduated from TCU in 2010 with a double major in marketing and finance. Matt currently owns a dog walking company called Frog Walks Dogs and spends his days playing with puppies and doing volunteer work. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, exercising, and going out with friends.
Peter Loudis – Vice President, Professional Development
Peter is a residential Realtor specializing in the North Texas market. As a Top Producing agent and a resident of Dallas for nearly ten years, his connections to the area and people have grown deep.
Peter first joined the DJCC in the summer of 2014. He quickly embraced the organization and became a board member a few months later.
When asked why he joined the chamber, Peter replied, emphatically, “The people. After meeting and talking with a few members, I knew that this was the group for me! Everyone is so friendly and has something to offer each other and the City of Dallas.”
Originally from Houston, Peter graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a bachelors degree in political science and journalism. Peter is also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and several professional real estate organizations.
Ponce Duran – Chair
Ponce Duran grew up traveling the southwest, living in California, Arizona and Texas. He graduated from Baylor University with a double major in Political Science and History. Also, he is a former aide to Congressman Pete Sessions for 2 years. Currently, he is the Director of Programs and Communications for the Coppell Chamber of Commerce. He is also the Vice Chairman for the Dallas Police Awards Committee (DCPAC). He enjoys college and NBA basketball, keeping fit, traveling, and being engaged in the Dallas community.