2019 – 2020 San Marcoa Area Chamber Board Candidates

Jessica Walshak*

Jessica joined McCoy’s Building Supply in 2013 as a Marketing Analyst, and now serves as Marketing Manager. She leads a team of 8 marketing professionals responsible for key corporate marketing functions including customer communications, store event planning, corporate and store sponsorships, social media channels, website content, customer data integrity, reporting and analytics, and print and digital marketing. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of the marketing strategy for McCoy’s three primary customer segments. Along with her work at McCoy’s, Jessica has been a member of the planning committee for Habitat for Humanity Texas’ annual summit for the past four years. In 2018 she was awarded the Roland Walden Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award for Habitat for Humanity Texas. She has served on the Board of Directors of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce since 2017, and in 2016 was named a San Marcos Shining Star Under 40. Her education background includes a bachelor’s degree in communication from Texas A&M University, and a minor in business. Jessica is married to Jaren and lists Glen Rose, Texas as her hometown.


Lance Winter*

Lance Winter and his wife Becca moved to Hays County a little more than a year ago.

Winter, Publisher of the San Marcos Daily Record, is serving the vacated position on the board left by Don Moore.

Winter grew up in North Texas receiving his first degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. Later, he attended Southwest Texas State University where he earned a post-baccalaureate degree in long-term health care administration.

Winter has worked in the newspaper industry from more than 30 years and came to San Marcos following a 19-year stint at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. There he managed two weekly publications, one in Mansfield, the other in Weatherford. He also wrote stories for the Fort Worth edition.

Winter is no stranger to service. While in Mansfield he became Chairman of the Board for the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also on the Executive Board for the Arlington YMCA, Chairman of the YMCA Youth Support Campaign, President of the Rotary Club of Weathered and board member for the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.

Winter currently serves as the President of the San Marcos Rotary Club and has been accepted to Leadership San Marcos.

He has received numerous professional awards and looks forward to becoming a part of the San Marcos community.


Scott Gregson

Scott Gregson is a native Texas and has a life-long career in the real estate industry and currently serves as the broker-principal in Gregson Realty Advisors, specializing in commercial real estate.  He also holds a Senior Property Tax Consulting license qualifying him to assist property owners in negotiation of their property tax liabilities across the State of Texas. 

Scott has been involved as either principal or agent in transactions totaling in excess of $2.0 billion involving transactions in high-rise, land and residential development along with activities in banking, healthcare, media, oil and gas, and film.  He first invested in San Marcos in 1994 and became a resident in 2000.  In 2006 he moved to his current residence in downtown San Marcos where he has performed major re-development and owns a number of historic properties on the square and in the downtown area totaling approximately 60,000 square feet of commercial property.   

Elected in November 2015 to the San Marcos City Council, Scott served his term that ended in December 2018.  He currently serves as Chairman of the San Marcos Airport Advisory Commission and the board of directors of Hays United Way.  He has previously served on the San Marcos Economic Development Commission, Treasurer of the LBJ Museum of San Marcos Board of Directors, Chairman of the CTMC Hospice Board of Directors and as a member of the CTMC Foundation Board of Directors.  He chaired the City’s Charter Review Commission in 2013 and was formerly the Vice-Chair of the Citizen’s Utility Advisory Board, President of the Downtown Association and Chairman of the Main Street Advisory Board as well as a Director of the Partner’s for Progress and as a former board advisor to the Leadership San Marcos board.

Mr. Gregson holds a BBA magna cum laude degree in Finance from Texas A&M University and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He has two grown children, Laura who lives in Dallas and Tyler who lives in Seattle and is the grandfather of two, Ryan Elizabeth and Henry Leka. 


Justin Payne

Justin Payne is currently a Vice President at Frost Bank in San Marcos and specializes in managing commercial banking relationships with businesses in the San Marcos area.  He joined Frost Bank in San Marcos in 2011.

In addition to his position with Frost, Justin has volunteered his time with local organizations.  He has previously served on the board of Leadership San Marcos from 2015-2018, after graduating the program in 2015.  During his time on the Leadership San Marcos board, his board positions included two years as Treasurer and Membership Development.  Justin has served on the San Marcos Young Professionals Board from its inception and is currently the board chair.  Justin was also recognized as a Shining Star Under 40 by the San Marcos Chamber in 2014.

Justin is originally from McKinney, TX and has received both a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Texas State University.  Justin resides in San Marcos with his wife Callie and his two children, Easton and Elliot.


Elva Zdeb

Hire, train and motivate; to cultivate professionals and create opportunities for individuals to thrive while making a difference in the community we serve, is the vision Elva M. Zdeb strives to reach every day. She is extremely grateful for this board nomination and the opportunity to work with other individuals whose focus is to encourage leadership, help students excel, and make made quality of life a priority for our San Marcos and the surrounding area.

The Director of Human Resources at Embassy Suites in San Marcos for Atrium Hospitality for the last five years, Elva grew up in San Antonio, Texas and has been a San Marcos resident since 1997.  Feeling the pinch in a tight hiring market, she has created many partnerships along the way to meet hiring demands and to live her passion of servitude. As a self-fashioned liaison between hospitality, the school district and the community projects she helped to develop prosper. She has been instrumental for programs such as The San Marcos High School culinary curriculum in place since 2015, and Crossroads a special education program at San Marcos High School serving as a bridge between internship and employment for many staff. She looks forward each year to partnering with the chamber for many projects including, Ground Hog Shadow Day and the Teacher Externship Program. She is a member of the SMCISD CTE Advisory Committee, Hays High School Job Coach program, and the Texas State University Internship Program. She has served as the President for the Gary Community Relations Council since 2014 where she gets to promote the good work that is Job Corps.

Ensuring collaboration between counties, Elva is engaged on the Board of Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area where she serves on the Education and Business Committee and Workforce Readiness Committee Chair for the Hill Country Human Resource Management Association. She continues to serve as an Ambassador for the Chamber. She previously was a staff trainer as Gary Job Corp, Guest Service Specialist at Chuck Nash Auto Group and as held various roles within human resources.

Elva joined the Board of Sights and Sounds San Marcos in 2013 to embrace the park and the river she and her family call home. Being a link between the Chamber and the Conference Center is a responsibility she holds with pride, and she feels privileged to be part of such a thriving community.