Keri Curtis Schmidt

President & CEO

Fort Bend Chamber


Keri Schmidt joined the Fort Bend Chamber in 2000.  She serves as the President & CEO of the largest single-county chamber in the Greater Houston region.  Under her leadership, the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. With 7,077 chambers in the United States, 207 of these are accredited with only 82 receiving a 5-Star designation.

Keri has directed several of the successful signature programs for the Chamber including the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair which is in its twelfth year.  She is a graduate of the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the premier four-year professional development program.  She is also a graduate of the Fort Bend Leadership Forum Class of 2003 and a graduate of the Leadership Excellence for Nonprofits class of 2012.  

Prior to joining the Chamber, Schmidt was Senior Vice-President with a national bank for over 16 years and managed multi-state branch operations. She received her BS in Environmental Design and Business from the University of Northern Iowa.  She also currently serves as a Board member of the Texas Association of Business and the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation. 

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and schooled in San Juan, Puerto Rico and then Iowa, she has lived in Fort Bend County for over 20 years.