Ray Eckenrode, Founder and Managing Partner of Appian Commercial Realty, announced his candidacy for the Collin County Commissioner position to be vacated next year by longtime public servant, Commissioner Joe Jaynes. The primary for the Republican nomination will be held in March and the general election will be held in November, 2012.
In his announcement Monday, Eckenrode said, “Collin County and Precinct 3 have been well-represented by Commissioner Joe Jaynes for over a decade. His effective leadership and successful progress in the areas of transportation expansion, infrastructure improvements, and creating beneficial partnerships between cities should be continued. Collin County is truly one of the best places to live and I am committed to sustaining the quality of life our citizens enjoy. I believe my success as a business entrepreneur and a community leader uniquely qualify me for this position. I look forward to earning the opportunity to serve and represent Precinct 3.”
Eckenrode, a 22-year Collin County resident, is a fiscal conservative, proven businessman and well-respected corporate citizen. He currently serves as a Commissioner of McKinney’s Planning and Zoning Board, on the Medical Center of McKinney’s Board of Trustees, on the Board of Directors of the McKinney Chamber, and on the McKinney Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. Past community involvement includes Chairman of the McKinney Community Development Corporation, President of the McKinney A&M Club, and member of the Board of Directors for Avenues Counseling.
Eckenrode graduated with honors from Texas A&M with a degree in Finance. Prior to real estate, he was an Account Executive and Partner Manager for EMC, one of the world’s leading data storage and software companies, with a client list including JCPenney, ExxonMobil, and Bank of America. In 2003, he was one of the youngest brokers in the nation to receive the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation. Eckenrode lives in McKinney with his wife of 9 years, Megan and three daughters.