The Early Chamber of Commerce will hold its January Lunch and Learn at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 on the campus of Howard Payne University. This Lunch and Learn topic is How to Hire, Evaluate, and Fire Employees. We will be exploring the best practices for these Human Resources issues with VP of Business and Human Relations, Bill Fishback.

Fishback is a graduate of Texas Tech University and has served as an administrator at Howard Payne for 28 years. He has served as HPU’s CFO, as a development officer and currently serves as Associate VP for Business and Human Resources, a role he has enjoyed for the last 13 years. He is responsible for HR, payroll, university risk management, contract administration and Title IX compliance. Prior to coming to Brownwood, Bill served as CFO of El Centro Community College in Dallas, Business Manager at Angelina College in Lufkin, and CFO of New Mexico Jr. College in Hobbs.

Fishback has served on many local boards including the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and he currently serves as Treasurer for CASA in the Heart of Texas. His wife, Cecil, is a Speech Therapist for the Comanche Small Schools Co-Op. They have two grown sons who graduated from Early High School. The Fishbacks are active in various ministries at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

Fishback will be joined by Katrina Lynn who is the Business and Human Resources Coordinator for Howard Payne University. She has 18 years of HR experience, having worked three years at the T.R. Havins Unit and the last 15 years at Howard Payne. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business from HPU. She serves on the university’s Staff Council and is treasurer of the HPU Women’s Club.

Lynn has lived in Brownwood for 28 years. She is married to Stephen Lynn, Head Baseball Coach for Howard Payne and they have an 8-year old daughter, Brooklyn. Katrina is involved as a pre-k Sunday School teacher and leader of the 5th grade Awanas class at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

This event is sponsored by Higginbothom Painter and Johnson Financial, Gators Fun Factory, and Xtreme Jump.

Tickets for this lunch are $15 and can be reserved at For more information about this event call Early Chamber of Commerce at (325) 649-9317.