One of the highlights of Molly’s work at the chamber was meeting President George W. Bush at the 2020 Annual Meeting. “I think the world of the Bush family. I was able to get my picture taken with him,” she said. “I’ve met a lot of people in politics. It’s always an honor to me to meet these incredible people. “
When she first walked through the doors of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, she was a part-time contractor tasked with “dialing for dollars” or seeking basic contact information for executives.
When she leaves at the end of May, Molly Ulmer will have served in almost every department at the chamber during her 20 years.
Molly’s primary function for the past few years has been focused on keeping the board, executive committees and CEO Bill Sproull on task as the “Chief Governance Officer.” She also is heavily involved with many elected and government officials as she organizes public policy events.
Twenty years ago, Molly had recovered from breast cancer and was ready to get out of the house and get busy. Her husband’s aunt’s sister-in-law encouraged Molly to come work at the chamber with her.
That personal connection helped Molly then. Personal connections are one of the primary benefits of chamber membership, she said.
“Connections you make. People you meet. That’s been the best part of the job,” she said. “I’ve met some really incredible, hard-working, dedicated people that I’ve come to know and respect and will miss.”
Molly’s official bio says she keeps the board focused on the goals and priorities for the chamber while working with government officials to stay up-to-date about issues. Part of her ‘governance’ role is to govern the calendar for CEO Bill Sproull. Just the calendar. It would be hard to manage his reach. She manages the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and Public Policy committees, and special projects, such as Oktoberfest, receptions, trips to Austin and Washington, DC.
“Molly has been my “right arm” for more than 15 years,” said Bill Sproull. “I could not have done my job as CEO without her superb support. Molly was always the first to compliment other staff on their accomplishments and was always an empathetic ear for anyone. She will be missed.”
Molly has a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas Tech University. Previously Molly was a special event director at the National Kidney Foundation of Texas and at the Southwest Center for Abuse Recovery. She also taught in Lewisville ISD for four years. She has more than 30 years experience in non-profit organizations as a volunteer, board member and staff member.
Her immediate plans are more moving around and less sitting in a chair, which will probably include her pool over the summer. She and her husband, who owns a title insurance company, want to travel when the shelter-in-place is over. But, for now, her focus will be on her four grandchildren: a 16-month-old granddaughter and three grandsons (12, 10 and 7 years old) adopted six years ago from Uganda. “I want to help my daughter and daughter-in-law with the kids. And help the boys with their schoolwork, pick them up after school and go to Grandparents’ Day. But who knows what things will be like when this is over,” she said.
The chamber can attest that these grandkids are getting a compassionate heart and sweet smile to enjoy every day. She will be missed at the chamber and our best wishes go with her.
Molly’s last week will be May 26-29, so make sure to send her a note and virtual well wish as she graduates to retirement.