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Darby Nielsen, IOM

Director

Darby Burkey is a native of Rockwall, TX, and began her career in the Chamber industry in 2014.  Before joining the Chamber industry, she had 18 years of small business ownership experience.  She served on the Board of Directors at the Rockwall Chamber in 2012.  Darby transitioned to the team in June 2014 as the Director of Marketing and Communications.

Darby has served as the President/CEO of the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center since November 2018.  The Chamber represents 775 organizations and over 13k local employees.  Darby completed the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management certification in November 2021.  Additionally, she led the organization to a 5-Star Accreditation designation with the United States Chamber of Commerce in November 2022.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing from the University of North Texas.  She is a graduate of Leadership Rockwall Class of 2010.  Darby serves on the Board of the Texas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  She is the incoming Chairman of the North Texas Chamber Executives Association and the Incoming Chairman of the Rockwall Noon Rotary Club.  She is a past Board member of the North Texas Commission, the Rockwall ISD Education Foundation, and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Rockwall County Awareness Committee.

Darby enjoys traveling and calls Rockwall home with her fiancé, Kurt Nielsen.

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