He served on the board in 2009 and again in 2021. He is passionate about his role and how he can improve the quality of life here in our wonderful city. Currently, our ODC Board is working on several new projects, each to receive the best possible value from every tax dollar they spend.
This year, the board is shifting their focus slightly more toward workforce development. Kris says, "We have noticed that one of our major challenges here in the Permian Basin, for just about every company, is our shortage of employees."
ODC has also learned that recruiting employees from other areas to move to Odessa is hard. Therefore, they are shifting gears and are going to focus on ways to recruit, retain, and retire our own workforce for the future.
In addition to benefiting traditional manufacturing, such as industrial jobs, warehousing, and transportation companies, Kris is hoping that we will be able to help recruit, retain, and retire our much-needed police officers in Odessa by helping to pay for their workforce training and, hopefully, workforce housing as well.
When Kris is not handling his ODC duties, he and his wife juggle three businesses. He also has two daughters, one who just graduated from Tarleton State University, and one who just entered her junior year at Texas A&M Commerce.