Board of Directors for Marion County Chamber of Commerce
Mark is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board Member, with demonstrated success across the television, radio, and marketing industries. Leveraging extensive experience turning around broadcasting companies, he is a valuable asset for small to midsized marketing, creative, and leisure companies seeking assistance with problem solving, and monetizing unique commodities. His broad areas of expertise include advertising sales, media planning and social media marketing.
Throughout his executive career, Mark has held leadership positions with Nextstar Broadcasting Group, Ubiquity Communications Inc., and Warwick Communications Inc. In his current role as Vice President and General Manager of Nextstar Broadcasting Group, he has been responsible for overseeing important segments for the largest TV station operator in the country, with 171 full power television stations in 100 markets, reaching nearly 40% of US households. He has also been responsible for helping grow the company a task he accomplished by delivering exceptional service to communities and extraordinary results for advertisers. He also has been responsible for helping local businesses, advertisers and brands further connect with their local communities.
In a concurrent role as President of Ubiquity Communications Inc., he has been responsible for establishing a holding company for oil and gas investments. Prior to his current role, Mark held the position of Vice President and General Manager of Warwick Communications Inc. He also held operational, programming and promotional management positions for Clear Channel Television and Communications Corp. of America.
Doug has been in Sales and Marketing, at an executive level, for over 45 years. He and his wife Shirley moved to Jefferson 3 years ago, bought Angell Manor and converted it back into a thriving Bed & Breakfast. Doug is very involved as a volunteer in Jefferson as a member of Rotary, on the board of Jefferson Historical Foundation, Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s current Vice President and most recently was appointed the Treasurer of JEDCO.
Christy Burleson, President Elect – Burleson Farmers Insurance
Christy is a native Jeffersonian and has been married to her husband Michael for 22 years. She is the owner of Burleson Insurance Agency and is an agent for Farmers Insurance. Christy was recently honored as Agent of the Year. She and her husband Michael have two children, Macie and Lane. Christy enjoys reading, remodeling homes, family time and traveling.
Julie Testa – The Hamburger Store, Bayou Bakery, Sammy’s Primetime
Promoting a positive community and the preservation of Jefferson’s history is Julie’s passion. Julie Testa moved to Jefferson, Texas from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Julie is a principal manager of Jefferson’s Old Fashion Hamburger Store and More, Bayou Bakery and Café, and Sammy’s Primetime Restaurant and Tavern. Many of the restaurants have gained national and regional attention for their features in Texas Monthly, Southern Living, Day Tripping, Texas Highway Magazine, Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News. Julie has mastered the art of cooking and making people smile by creating the trademarked Ghost Burger ™, the Testa marinara sauce, homemade shrimp soup, and many more prized family food items. Before engaging herself to the hospitality industry, Julie worked in the telecommunications industry for over 15 years where she oversaw and managed call centers for multinational corporations. Outside of her professional life, Julie has been married to her husband, Salvo Testa for nearly thirty-five years where the couple raised three children in Plano, Texas. Although as a restaurateur, much of her time is spent between restaurants, Julie is an active volunteer in a wide array of vocations ranging from pet rescue operations to more recently nursing home aid and hospice patients. When Julie is not cooking, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, embarking on family vacations at the beach, savoring new dining experiences, and traveling to new destinations with her family.
Human Resources / Branch Manager North East Texas Credit Union
Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M Texarkana
Professional Human Resources Certified
I have worked in the financial industry for 21 years
Live in Jefferson, married to Sean Fuquay, have 4 children Baylee, Taylor, Hannah and Landon
Paul H. Moore – The Cabaret Dinner Theatre – The Works
Paul grew up in Smithland, Texas and graduated from Jefferson High School. He
was a press corp. reporter in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He then became the editor of the 6&10 News Cast. Paul served as a business insurance executive for many years, but has most recently worked as a residential building contractor. He was CEO of The Louisiana HOme Builders Insurance Group for (11) eleven years. As a philanthropist he held the title of “District Governor Lions Club International”. Today you will find his title as “Artistic Director” for The Cabaret Dinner Theatre. The venue has brought many to Jefferson from 50 miles away. Paul is married to Janet Moore, they have two children and five grandchildren.
Steve Woodson, Secretary – Samsung NeuroLogica Sales
Steve was born in Tulsa, OK, but soon moved to Southeast Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center with a degree in Radio-Biology. Steve grew up playing hockey, is an avid cyclist, and outdoorsman. Steve and his wife, Christy, moved to Jefferson in 2015 and own Lookaway Lodge on Caddo Lake. The Lodge is a VRBO where Steve and Christy also offer guided boat tours on Caddo and Big Cypress.
Sharon Bonner-Goolsby – First Pediatrics Home Health Care, Inc.
Sharon graduated from Jefferson High School, and received her Bachelors from East Texas Baptist University. Sharon is married to James Goolsby and they have a very large family, including multiple furry feline children. She is co-owner and Administrator of First in Pediatrics Home HEalth Care, Inc. Sharon also owner of Port Jefferson Outpost, LLC, and a business associate of The Old Store & Fudge Shop and Estate Sales. Sharon has a total combined 24 years of experience in homehealth care. She is actively involved in multiple community volunteer groups.