UPDATED April 14 to include task force members.

As cases of the Chinese coronavirus start to level off locally, Collin County’s top elected official is preparing to help residents recover from the economic impact of the public health disaster.

County Judge Chris Hill announced at Monday’s commissioners court meeting he has appointed an Economic Recovery Task Force to develop the county’s “phase two” response to the coronavirus outbreak: getting local families back to work safely.

“We’d like that to be as soon as possible,” Hill said.

“The strategy we’ve taken here in Collin County of staying home and working safe is starting to show some results,” he added.

Hill said the county’s active COVID-19 case count has gone down for three days in a row. Though testing slowed over the Easter weekend, he said the county’s public health director thinks the case numbers will continue the downward trend.

“We’re cautiously optimistic about that,” he said.

Task force members, announced Tuesday, are business leaders selected from large and small companies across the county and represent various industries.

“Their guidance, taken together with the advice of our medical doctors and scientists, will provide the foundation of our strategy to get Collin County families back to work,” Hill said in Tuesday’s statement.

In addition to strategies for getting families back to work safely and as soon as possible, the task force will develop guidance for city, county, and state officials to promote recovery of the local economy.


Collin County Economic Recovery Task Force
  • Task Force Chairman David Bristol, President and CEO, Employee Solutions
  • Kyle Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer, Baylor University Medical Center
  • Mark Davis Bailey, President and CEO, The Original Pancake House (DFW)
  • David Brooks, Chairman, President and CEO, Independent Bank
  • Scott Burchett, Chief Operating Officer, Frisco RoughRiders
  • Pete Carey, Vice President, Toyota Financial Services
  • Dr. Bob Collins, PhD, Senior Lecturer and Executive in Residence, Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Dr. Tyler Cooper, MD, President and CEO, Cooper Aerobics
  • Phil Crone, Executive Director, Dallas Builders Association
  • Randy DeWitt, President and CEO, Front Burner Restaurants
  • Tony Ewing, President and CEO, Advanced Fixtures, Inc.
  • Nick Ganter, Senior Population Health Account Executive, AbbVie
  • Roger Harris, President and CEO, Metro Linen
  • Jamee Jolly, Senior Executive Director, Plano ISD Education Foundation
  • David Kemp, Retired, IT Professional
  • Jerry Kezhaya, President and CEO, The Auto Shop
  • Pat Lobb, President and CEO, Toyota of McKinney
  • Adam Majorie, Chief Advocacy Officer, Collin County Association of Realtors
  • Dave Osburn, President and CEO, Osburn Contractors LLC
  • Linda Paulk, President and CEO, Sky Ranch
  • Jeff Place, Raytheon Intelligence and Space Vice President Operations and Supply Chain
  • Ben Pogue, President and CEO, Pogue Construction
  • Barry Rich, President and CEO, RPM xConstruction, LLC
  • Keresa Richardson, President and CEO, Lawton Commercial Services and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
  • Amanda Rockow, Vice President of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Virginia Schaefer, Director, Government Relations, Texas Instruments
  • John Scheef, Founding Partner, Scheef and Stone Attorneys
  • Nathan Sheets, President and CEO, Nature Nate’s Honey
  • Robb Temple, Chief Government Affairs Officer, Independent Bank
  • Mark Ulfig, Executive Vice President, Sanden Holdings Corporation
  • Rick Wells, President and CEO, Wells Hospitality Group
Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.