Russell VanHoose| VanAnder Events
Mr. Russell VanHoose served the students and teachers of Little Elm ISD for over 12 years after moving to the area from Irving in 2004. He is the owner of VanAnder Events, a wedding and event planning company.
Mr. VanHoose received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. His graduate work includes a Master of Education Administration from Lamar University, M.Div. studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, and Superintendent Certificate studies from the University of Texas Permian Basin. Mr. VanHoose is fond of local history and is excited to contribute to the community he has come to love through service to the Chamber of Commerce.
Joe Florentino| Town of Little Elm
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Robin Travis| Vice Chairman
Robin Travis currently works as the Certified Branch Banker IV for BB&T Bank in Little Elm, Texas. Robin is a native Texan and has resided in the area with her husband, Cole, since 2011. She began her banking career over ten years ago and enjoys working with small businesses and personal clients to achieve their economic success and financial security. She wears many hats with BB&T, but she is especially passionate about helping her clients with their lending needs.
Robin also spends a lot of time helping run and grow her husband’s landscape business Arrowbrooke Landscapes (formerly Frisco Exteriors).
Robin has a Bachelors of Psychology degree from The University of Texas at Dallas. In her spare time, Robin loves spending time with family and friends. She loves being outdoors and getting out in nature. Robin is also a huge advocate for animal welfare.
She currently lives in Arrowbrooke with her husband and four rescue animals. She began serving on the Little Elm Chamber Board in January of 2013, has served as Treasurer and is honored to now serve as the Vice Chairwoman.
Javier Garcia, Treasurer
Javier Garcia is an Associate Agent for Mike Thompson Insurance Agency in Aubrey, Texas.He was a top selling agent for Commercial Accounts last year and always makes sure that customer service is top priority in retaining existing customers and earning new ones.He has lived in the area for over 12 years and is an active volunteer in his community.He has worked with the Denton Mobile Food Pantry and for years helped his two daughters collect supplies for the Denton Animal Shelter. A former Restaurant Manager who walked away from the grueling hours to be able to spend more time with his wife of 15 years, Melissa and daughters Jianna and Jiselle. Javier has always made family his priority, even accompanying his oldest daughter Jianna to Hollywood, California when she was selected to compete on MasterChef Junior in 2014. When he is not being the loudest “Cheer Dad” at his youngest daughter’s cheer competitions he can be found enjoying football, cooking and supporting local businesses.
Brad Anderson is the Broker/owner of RE/MAX Lakefront, Little Elm’s only full service real estate brokerage. Brad’s rapidly growing office serves the needs of those looking to buy, sell, lease, or invest in residential and commercial real estate and is quickly becoming the hyper-local experts in Little Elm for all things related to real estate.
The philosophy at RE/MAX Lakefront for Realtors is to paint your own picture. This simply means that it’s your success your way. You literally get to design your success any way you wish. From there Brad creates a tailor-made plan to ensure each agent achieves the level of success they want. Brad is a non-competing broker, which means less time with his own clients and more time pouring into his agents to ensure their success.
RE/MAX Lakefront has a vested interest in the community and actively participates in everything that happens in Little Elm. They have a commitment to ensure that our homes, schools, and way of life is unparalleled.
Joshua Youngblood Joshua Youngblood is currently the Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President of PointBank in Little Elm, Texas. Joshua has nearly 10 years of experience in the financial industry. Joshua is also serving the community of Little Elm as the Public Relations Chair of the Little Elm Rotary Club and by serving on the Little Elm ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. Joshua Youngblood is also the Director of Promotions for the North Texas District Youth Ministries. In addition, Joshua is in the process of launching a brand new church in Little Elm, Grace Church, with his wife of 8 years Shelly Youngblood and their two boys.
Joshua Youngblood obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing from the University of Texas at Tyler. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Joshua is an accomplished public speaker and has taught business courses at Midwestern State University for several years. The Youngblood family spends spare time trying new restaurants, playing sports, and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys.
Sandi Sabonis grew up in the mid-west, moving from Lawrence, Kansas in 1994 with her job for Coca-Cola Enterprises to settle in Frisco, Texas; where she has lived for the last 22 years. She met her husband Chris in 1998 and they married in 2001. Together they opened Zip it Postal Center in 2006 in Little Elm. The original store was located in the Lowe’s shopping center and moved to the Kroger Marketplace when it opened in 2011. We love serving and doing business in the Little Elm community with the home-town, lake feeling it provides.
Prior to opening the store, Sandi had a successful career in software development in various industries with companies such as Ash Grove Cement Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and Countrywide Home Loans (now Bank of America). She has a son attending University of North Texas in Denton. Sandi enjoys sharing new recipes over dinner parties with friends and family, making home-made skincare treatments, laughing with her husband, and playing with her two rescue dogs.
Zip it Postal Center provides full service shipping and mailing, utilizing UPS, FedEx, LSO, DHL, and USPS products. Printing (both large and small format), copying, binding, laminating, fax, notary, private mail box rental, greeting cards, and gifts round out the other offerings at the store. Sandi’s background in computer software and her self-taught graphic design capabilities allow Zip it Postal Center offer customers these additional services.
Michel is a local independent insurance agency owner in Little Elm, TX, whose primary focus is to help clients protect their assets and understand what the numbers behind their policies really mean. So often people get insurance because it is required or they know they need it without understanding how that policy will perform when they need it the most. Because of this, Michel’s company motto is to educate, advise and empower consumers and her clients to not just get insurance, but get the right insurance for them, their families and their assets.
Michel and her husband Kevin have lived in the Little Elm community for thirteen years and couldn’t imagine living any where else. They have one child, McKaylah. Michel is very involved and active in the community and is currently serving as Board President of the Little Elm Friends of the Library and is the Admin Chair for the Little Elm Rotary Club. In her downtown she likes to run the various trails that have been added to the Little Elm landscape.
Jennifer Olvera, President & CEO
Jennifer was named Executive Director of the Little Elm Chamber of Commerce in December of 2011. She directs the Chamber in member promotion and support and leads the organization in setting goals to further the healthy quality of life and business climate in Little Elm and surrounding cities. Prior to service with the Chamber, Jennifer has over 10 years in Operations and Sales Management experience with leading Fortune 500 companies. Her area of expertise has been in Business Finance, Commercial & Residential Mortgages, 403b & 401k Personal Finance and outsource management. Jennifer and her husband Efren live in Union Park Texas with their four daughters.