As the new chairman of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce board, Ball wants to build on what he says is a local economy on the upswing.
“The news that Amazon is coming to Tracy after so many other great companies had already located here is giving Tracy a growing reputation as a place to be,” he said.
Ball added that the chamber can play a key role in using that burnished image to help bring new businesses to town — and also serve the interests of those firms already here.
For existing businesses, providing networking opportunities, sponsoring management seminars and supplying information about new laws and programs that affect local firms — big and small — are chamber services Ball wants to expand.
Ball, who moved here from Livermore in 1999, is general manager of McLane Co. Tracy — a regional branch of a nationwide firm owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. The company distributes food products to a host of fast-food restaurants, mostly in Northern California but extending as far as Idaho. Customers include KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver’s, A&W and Jack in the Box.
“I’m proud of McLane and also proud of Tracy,” Ball said. “I work in Tracy and I live here, too.”
He said helping Tracy be increasingly attractive as a place to live for people planning to work here goes along with the chamber’s new mission statement, “Creating a community where business thrives.”
Ball, a native of Logan, W.Va., entered the food logistics business with Kraft Foods in Phoenix. He joined McLane in 2004, when the operation was in Stockton. McLane came to Tracy in 2006.
He and his wife, Chris, have two daughters, Danielle and Alyssa, and two sons, Chris and Louis. The three older children are Tracy High graduates, and Louis is a freshman at Millennium High.
“Making Tracy a place where my children want to live and work is one of my goals,” Ball said. “Working in the chamber is one way I can help make that happen.”
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