BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Schaeffer

Michael Schaeffer

President

Mr. Schaeffer has over 15 years of experience in the community and development space. He currently serves as a Principal for The Alder Group located at Watters Creek in Allen. He has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and business owner in the restaurant industry. Prior to joining the AEDC, Mr. Schaeffer served as President of a franchising operation and oversaw the concept’s growth within the state of Texas. He and his wife, Dina, and their three children have lived in Allen since 1999. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.

Jeff Burkhardt

Jeff Burkhardt

Vice President

Jeff Burkhardt is a native Texan, and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. A sales and marketing professional, Mr. Burkhardt has nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of industries, including banking, real estate, healthcare, and technology. He began his career with Dell Computer as an intern, and is currently a Vice President at Comerica Bank. Mr. Burkhardt is also active in the community, volunteering with such organizations as Junior Achievement and Allen Sports Association. Jeff, his wife Kim, and his two sons have lived in Allen since 2010.

Tim Litinas

Tim Litinas

Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Litinas is a Michigan native and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently Vice President with Trez Capital Texas, a real estate lender and investor, a position that he has held since early 2013. Prior to that time, Mr. Litinas was Chief Financial Officer for Grand Homes, a large, privately-owned Dallas homebuilder. He and his wife, Kathy, have two sons and have lived in Allen since 1995. Mr. Litinas has been active in the community, volunteering with such organizations as the Allen Eagles Lacrosse Club, Boy Scouts of America, and the First United Methodist Church of Allen.

Baine Brooks

Baine Brooks

Director / City Council Liason

As owner and manager of Two Rows Classic Grill in Allen, you can usually find Councilmember Baine Brooks visiting with diners on anything from family news to community concerns. His passion for Allen’s continued growth and development inspired him to serve on Allen City Council.

Brooks was elected in 2012 to fill an unexpired term and reelected in 2013 and 2016. He currently serves on the Allen Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors (2018-present) and the Allen USA Advisory Committee (2016-present). Previously he served on the Finance/Audit Committee (2012-2017) and the convention and Visitors Bureau Council Committee (2012-2013), Council Nominating Committee (2012-2018), the Convention and Visitors Bureau Committee (2013-2018), and as council liaison for the Parks and Recreation Board (2012-2018)

Brooks obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He has served as a board member for the Foundation for Allen Schools, president of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association (2010), and regional director for the Texas Restaurant Association (2011).

His work for the North Texas Food Bank helped him to discover his passion for feeding hungry families. One of the reasons he enjoys living in Allen is finding organizations, like Allen Community Outreach (ACO), where he can help those in need.

Brooks is a member of the Allen Chamber of Commerce and a lifetime member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). He attends Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen. Brooks lives in Allen with his wife, Juli; they have two daughters, Brittani and Brenna.

Chris Schulmeister

Chris Schulmeister

Director

Mr. Schulmeister first moved to Allen in 1984 with his wife, Jeanie. They have one son, John, who graduated from Allen High School in 2008, earned his Juris Doctorate at Baylor Law School, and works in Dallas at Gray, Reed & McGraw.

Principal of SMB Financial Advisers since 2002, a company that serves small to medium size companies as well as start-up companies. Primarily provides financial direction to small companies in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Chris worked in Finance and Strategic Planning for JCPenney and Belo Corporation. BBA from University of North Texas and MBA from Southern Methodist University.

In 2011, Chris was appointed to the Board of the Allen Community Development Corporation and served as Vice President. In 2015-2016, served as Chair of the Finance Subcommittee on the Capital Improvement Program Steering Committee for the City of Allen. Chris also currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Allen Community Outreach (ACO) an organization that provides essential human and social services to families in need. Chris and Jeanie are active members of First United Methodist Church of Allen.