KATY (Covering Katy News)—Her third term as Katy Business Association president is coming to an end, but for Jean Machann, the passion for service and love of Katy remain as strong as ever.
Machann is a Katy-based Realtor with Town & Country Locators who works with commercial, residential and new residential properties. She’s been in that business for 52 years.
“I’ve known Jean for well over 20 years, and she’s an absolutely wonderful person,” Bill Lacy, a Katy senior loan officer and school board trustee, said. “She’s a mainstay in real estate in Greater Katy.”
Former Mayor Skip Conner, a long-time association member, described Machann as having a love for Katy. Mathew David, a Farmers Insurance agent in Katy, is the association’s vice president and will succeed Machann later this year. He said he’s known Machann for three years.
“Her work ethic is impeccable,” David said. “She’s is a real go-getter. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think our membership would be where it is right now. She really cares about the community, your business and your well-being.”
Machann and David began sharing office space at 5304 E. 5th Street following Hurricane Harvey in 2017. At the time, Machann had been working out of her home in Simonton, but couldn’t immediately return when the hurricane hit. She remembered being in a panic because her records were in the house and she didn’t know whether the house flooded.
It turns out that her house was surrounded by water, but did not sustain any flood damage. Shortly after, Machann asked David if there was office space she could use. She said she knew that area of Katy didn’t flood.
Sharing office space means being immediately available, which will be beneficial as the association presidency transfers to David. Machann said people don’t always realize how much work is involved in leading a volunteer effort.
“You have to make the commitment,” Machann said. “I think he’s going to be great.”
It helps when others share the workload. Machann said she was fortunate to have a strong team to work with her on association matters. In addition to David, her board includes Olivia Martin, co-owner of KTX Window Cleaning, LLC, as marketing manager; Susan Rovegno, general manager of Community Impact-Katy, as membership manager; Tim Rau, senior vice president and commercial lender at Allegiance Bank, as treasurer; and Jennifer Pierce, territory manager of State Chemical, as secretary.
“It makes my position easier because they’re taking on tasks,” Machann said.
Lacy credited Machann as the one who got him involved in the association.
“It’s a great organization, and she’s a great leader,” Lacy said.
The association, established in 1984, is a business networking group that promotes local businesses.
“It was a group of businesses that decided they wanted to network in the old city,” Machann said.
The group has grown over the years, and membership is not restricted to businesses within Katy city limits. The association meets for lunch the last Wednesday of each month at area restaurants. The next meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at La Estancia Italian Restaurant, 5361 E. 5th Street.