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Volume 32 • No. 2

THE BUSINESS LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

FEBRUARY 2014

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ort Bend County is an excellent place to work and play. Take a look at the lineup of professional business teams and it’s easy to see why. February brings extra awareness to family and business (Yes, tax season is near). So this is your opportunity to become more alert to healthier living, political activities, and city and county happenings. This month we enjoy Valentine’s Day, set time aside to watch the Super Bowl, and do something nice for someone(s) to kick off Random Acts of Kindness Week. We have added health articles to help guide you as you take on new exercises, another type of health plan, or simply wanting to better understand the healthcare industry. The Chinese New Year welcomes the wooden horse. The wood element seeks ways to grow and expand. Wood heralds the beginning of life, springtime and buds, sensuality and fecundity. Wood needs moisture to thrive. In Chinese medicine, wood is associated with negative feelings of anger, positive feelings of patience, and altruism. Our cover article on State Representative Ron Reynolds allows you to know him as a

family man and as an elected official in Austin as he serves the needs of Stafford, Missouri City, Meadows Place, Fresno, Arcola, and parts of Sugar Land, Houston and Pearland. Follow him as he maintains a distinguished record of service. We’ve included his contact information, so there’s no reason not to contact him and let your concerns be known. Numerous candidates have stepped forward and are vying for city, county and state positions, so it’s your opportunity to ask questions, demand answers and offer support. February is African American History Month which began in 1926. Take the opportunity to visit a museum. Note that many transportation projects are taking shape throughout the entire county. Still more are on the way. We’ve listed them for your convenience and included TxDOT updates. We all deserve a safe, timely and smoother commute to and from work. It’s your money doing good things Keep the cash register ringing. Sharon Wallingford

The Editorial Advisory Board

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Kolbe Curtice CCIM, CLS Managing Director – Colliers International | Fort Bend

Becky Munnell President and CEO Blue Jungle Marketing

Jacqueline Baly President and CEO Baly Projects, LLC

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Inside Stories Is your blood pressure to high, too low or just right?................................. 6 Sales tax rebate check higher for 4 of 6 Fort Bend cities......................... 7 Sugar Land Town Square celebrates a decade of success.................... 8 Only five health care companies offer essential benefits....................... 10 Energy grows and brews in Katy................................................................ 11 Warren Diepraam for Judge - County Court 4.......................................... 12 5th Annual Helen Cordes Award Dinner to be held................................. 15 Dawn Zell Wright - The Smart choice for a growing county . .............. 16 Chamber recognizes champions at award luncheon............................. 20 Rosenberg ends partnership with commercial water study................. 21 Jim Shaw joins JPR Commercial Real Estate, Inc................................... 22 LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch to celebrate 7th birthday............................ 28 Opinion Page - A look at Fort Bend County Transportation................... 29

EDITOR Jean Sandlin CONTRIBUTORS Karen Daniels Betsy Dolan Haley Morrison Sharon Wallingford ART DIRECTOR Joey Belleza GRAPHIC DESIGNER / WEB Jan Carlo Arcillas

Departments Names in the News........................................................ 22-23 Newsworthy......................................................................... 28 Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Newsletter.............. 31-38 Data Beat....................................................................... 40-43 Service Directory.......................................................... 44-46 Meet & Eat - Food, Drink & Entertainment Guide.................................................... 47-48

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igh blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States. Low blood pressure can cause dizziness, confusion and be a symptom of serious illness. Blood pressure that’s “just right” is an important component of overall good health. So what is “just right” blood pressure and how do you maintain it? “Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats,” says Earl Mangin, Jr., M.D., board certified cardiologist with Methodist Diagnostic Cardiology of Houston. “Your blood pressure reading is made up of two numbers measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Systolic pressure, the top number in your blood pressure reading, is the measurement of pressure when your heart beats, pumping blood through the body. Diastolic pressure, the bottom number, is the pressure in between beats, when the heart is at rest. In general, your blood pressure is considered normal if it’s above 90/60 and less than 120/80 mm Hg.” Sometimes called the silent killer, high blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, can damage your body for years before it causes noticeable symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated one-third of American adults have hypertension and another 30% have pre-hypertension, slightly high blood pressure that is likely to become hypertension. Left unchecked, high blood pressure can have deadly results. A 15 mm Hg rise in systolic pressure may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (including stroke, heart attack and heart failure) by 56% in women and 32% in men. HBP also causes arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), eye damage and vision loss. Also called hypotension, low blood pressure occurs when the force of blood being pumped through the body is lower

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Dr. John Passmore, M.D., cardiologist and Earl Mangin, Jr., M.D., cardiologist.

than normal, which can reduce the supply of blood traveling to your brain and the rest of your body. Although low blood pressure is more loosely defined than HBP, most normal blood pressure doesn’t dip much below 90/60 mm Hg. And any significant and sudden drop in blood pressure of 20 mm Hg or more can cause problems. Symptoms of low blood pressure include blurry vision, confusion, dizziness, fainting, light-headedness, weakness and sleepiness. If you experience symptoms of low blood pressure, sit or lie down and raise your feet above the level of your heart. Also, talk to your doctor. It’s important to find the exact reason for your drop in blood pressure to determine its seriousness and which treatment is best. Recent studies indicate that, when it comes to blood pressure, lifestyle choices may outweigh the effects of aging. • Shed extra pounds. Blood pressure generally rises as weight increases. • Hop to it. Thirty to sixty minutes of exercise a day can lower blood pressure by 4 to 9 mm Hg. • Add a DASH of healthy eating. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension February 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

(DASH) diet emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. • Slash sodium and boost potassium. High-potassium/low-sodium diets improve your blood pressure. Choose potassium-rich leafy greens, blackberries, grapes or grapefruit rather than sodium-packed packaged snacks. • Check your blood pressure regularly to make sure you’re within normal limits. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mangin or another cardiologist with Methodist Diagnostic Cardiology of Houston at the Sugar Land or Houston office, call 713.776.9500. Free Heart seminar and screenings To learn more about heart disease please join us on Thursday, February 27 at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s conference center. Knowing your risk is the first step to heart health. Join us to learn your 10-year risk for heart disease and receive cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. Screenings by appointment only from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Seminar presented by Dr. Earl Mangin, Jr., and Dr. John Passmore from 7 – 8 p.m. Registration required. Call 281.274.7500 or register online at houstonmethodist.org/ events.

Sales tax rebate checks higher for 4 of 6 Fort Bend cities By Elsa Maxey

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or four of six cities in Fort Bend County, 2014 will have started with bigger sales tax rebate checks than last year. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released the monthly tax revenue sales data for cities across the state and most cities in Fort Bend show revenue jumps over this same time last year. Combs said “consumer spending in retail trade contributed to the latest gain in state sales tax collections” and that other sectors such as telecommunications also contributed to the monthly growth. Statewide, those local sales tax gains were up 8.1 percent compared to January 2013. Details of the January sales tax rebates for cities in Fort Bend County show Rosenberg with the greatest percentage increase, 29.58 over last year, and Sugar Land at a gain of 20.07 percent followed by Missouri City,

8.76 percent, and Richmond, 3.39 percent. The City of Stafford and Meadows Place show dips of -5.01 percent and -5.85 percent, respectively over the same reported month last year. Neighboring Houston saw an increase in its sales tax revenue rebate, 6.9 percent over the same time last year. Although primarily in Harris County, a sliver of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction is in Fort Bend County.

Top dollar rebate checks in Fort Bend County will have been sent to the City of Sugar Land for over $3.8 million, Rosenberg for over $1.2 million, and Stafford, albeit with a reported decline, for over $1.1 million (see chart). The tax rebate checks from Combs’ office are sent to cities and other taxing entities as a percentage of state sales taxes generated in those jurisdictions.

Fort Bend Cities’ Sales and Use Tax Comparison Summary - January 2014 City

Net Payment This Period

Comparable Payment Prior Year

% Change

2014 Payments To Date

2013 Payments To Date

% Change

Meadows Place

75,422.60

80,112.76

-5.85%

75,422.60

80,112.76

-5.85%

Missouri City

574,870.64

528,542.25

8.76%

574,870.64

528,542.25

8.76%

Richmond

349,562.86

338,085.49

3.39%

349,562.86

338,085.49

3.39%

Rosenberg

1,239,832.19

956,793.00

29.58%

1,239,832.19

956,793.00

29.58%

Stafford

1,187,258.24

1,249,916.93

-5.01%

1,187,258.24

1,249,916.93

-5.01%

Sugar Land

3,868,528.42

3,221,800.39

20.07%

3,868,528.42

3,221,800.39

20.07%

Houston

47,987,045.85

44,882,128.90

6.91%

47,987,045.85

44,882,128.90

6.91%

All cities listed above are in Fort Bend County. The City of Houston is primarily in Harris County.

Methodist faMily Medicine group welcoMes dr. Melida tellez Methodist Family Medicine Group is pleased to welcome board certified family medicine physician, Dr. Melida Tellez, to Fort Bend County. Dr. Tellez has extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating patients with a caring, hands-on, family-oriented approach. Dr. Tellez is fluent in English and Spanish and has a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of Fort Bend and surrounding counties. She is proudly supported by the leading technology and expertise of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and its medical professionals and physicians. to schedule an appointment, call 281.275.0800 or email familymedicine@houstonmethodist.org.

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Sugar Land Town Square celebrates a decade of success

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ast year, Sugar Land Town Square (SLTS) celebrated its 10th anniversary of being a major hub of activity in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County. More than 18 new companies, retailers and restaurants elected to call SLTS home in 2013. When the project opened in 2003, mixed-use centers were just starting to emerge as the smart growth movement spread across the U.S. Today, the popularity of “town center” developments has increased significantly around the nation, including here in Houston, where there are several now open and in development. Last year’s leasing activity represented the second most active year in the history of SLTS. Current office occupancy is 93.6 percent with the largest contiguous space leased being 18,000 square feet. “The significant office leasing activity at SLTS is due in large part to new companies entering the market, as well as continued expansion of existing tenants,” said Don Janssen, executive vice president of Planned Community Developers, Ltd. (PCD). “SLTS also achieved a 100 percent retention rate for office tenants eligible for lease renewals in 2013.” Increasing visitors and sales have created demand for a diverse mix of specialty and destination retailers, restaurants and

THE LINDA BELL TEAM 2323 Town Center Dr. • Sugar Land, Texas 77478 Direct 281-684-9112 Office 281-980-5050 Ext. 226 linda.bell@garygreene.com What an exciting time to live in Fort Bend County! Since 1982 I have watched with pride the growth, superior planning and implementation of top-quality development unfold. With over 50 years of real estate experience between us, our Linda Bell Team includes Linda Bell and Bill Spears. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, our brokerage, has consistently ranked in the top five Houston area brokerages in listing and homes sold. Located in Sugar Land at 2323 Town Center Drive, our office includes almost 100 agents. History reveals that Fort Bend County real estate has never been better. In today’s market our job as your Realtor is more important than ever. A powerful

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marketing plan is critical, advice on staging your home for showing is necessary. Working in partnership with a seller may bring multiple offers in this tight inventory market. Our Realtor negotiating skills make the difference. You the seller want to receive the best price for the home and have it sell quickly. The buyer’s objective is to purchase the home at a fair market price. With multiple officers, homes may sell for above list price. As a seller, your Realtor is needed to bring ALL offers, help in the comparison of the offers so that you make the best decision for the sale, negotiate the final contact. Don’t you agree? Fort Bend County, Texas is a great place to call home! Call us today 281-684-9112.

entertainment venues. This demand has resulted in several new restaurant concepts for the area, like international restaurant Tierra del Fuego, scheduled to open in early 2014, and fusion favorites Jupiter Pizza & Waffle Co. and GURU Burgers + Crepes. “SLTS continues to attract national brands and local favorites, adding to the uniqueness of the development,” said Charlie Adams, vice president of retail of PCD. “With retail occupancy approaching 95 percent and only a few available spaces remaining, SLTS will continue to evolve as a favorite destination to shop, dine and play.” SLTS spans 32 acres and features 561,000 square feet of Class A office space, 243,200 square feet of upscale retail and restaurants, 167 mid-rise condos, the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square hotel and conference center, and Sugar Land’s City Hall. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, SLTS hosted a series of community events last fall and gave away prizes on Twitter. In December, Sara Solo was awarded the grand prize – a $2,500 shopping spree at SLTS and a weekend stay at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. For more information about Sugar Land Town Square, visit www.sugarlandtownsquare.com.

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Only five health care companies offer essential benefits in Fort Bend Affordable Care Act kicks in and Access Health says it can help By Elsa Maxey

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he Affordable Care Act is taking root this year after its passage three years ago.  It is intended to make insurance affordable for all Americans, especially those with low and moderate incomes.  Effective in 2014, federal law requires all Americans to have health insurance or face financial penalties. What Fort Bend residents are immediately concerned about is how they will be individually affected by the health law and what plan they need to get.  If already enrolled in an employer health plan, Medicare and/or a supplement or another private insurance company approved for access in Fort Bend County meeting essential benefits of the federal law, then this detail is out of the way. But for others, the need to get insurance this year still remains a bit confusing.  Knowledgeable about the new health care plan undertaking locally is Carol Edwards, who runs Access Health in Richmond as its CEO. Edwards, who has been with the 38-year organization for more than 10 years, confirms that making sense of the changes in health care plans and the new law’s health insurance market place can be difficult.  Access Health was formerly known as Fort Bend Office of Early Childhood Development, in the 1980’s the name changed to Fort Bend Family Health Center, and in November 2012…Access Health.  It is a federal qualified health center, not a health care exchange. The health care exchange marketplace in

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Texas is operated out of Washington, D. C. since Texas opted out of setting up health care exchanges, said Edwards.  She also reports that there are only five health care companies with approved plans for Fort Bend County residents - Humana, Aetna, Signa, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Community Health Choice.  These companies have health insurance plans that meet all the ten essential benefits set forth by the Affordable Health Care law. Plans that do not have them cannot participate in the health marketplace.  Here’s a side note, Blue Cross Blue Shield has plans in every state, according to Edwards, and there are also national and regional plans. She said people can continue to keep employer plans but the plans have to meet the essential benefits.  Those reportedly loosing their plans did so due to health plans not having the benefits required by the federal health law.  Access Health’s three certified application counselors funded with federal monies are available to help residents. “Their job is to go out in the community and do outreach,” said Jana Endicott, registered nurse and director of outreach and enrollment with Access Health.  Endicott has been at health fairs, day cares and community groups “where people want us to come and tell them what they’re eligible for,” she said. If they’re eligible for something else, “our job is to assist them for enrollment for that,” she said. Access Health operates with a $15 million budget from which a little over a million comes from the federal government for serving persons in Fort Bend and Waller Counties, 25 percent comes from the state health department, and it also receives United Way funding.  The balance of their operations is funded by what it makes from patient services, the sliding fee scale charges and what is billed to insurance companies including commercial plans, Medicare, February 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Here’s what Ford Benders need to know.  Aside from work related health insurance plans and other health insurance coverage arrangements, open enrollment for health insurance on the federal website started October 1, 2013 and it runs through March 31, 2014.  In order for an insurance policy to be in effect on January 1st, a person must already be enrolled and the first premium must have been paid by December 31st.  Access Health says it can help someone through the electronic or other walk-through process.  For those looking for health care coverage offered through the exchanges, you can sign up anytime during year up until March 31 and after that, even if a person is between the 100 to 400 poverty level and qualifies for subsidies, a penalty will have to be paid for each year that individual chooses not to enroll.  That penalty for a federal income poverty individual would be between $115 to $400 on a federal income tax filing in 2015.  There’s more information that Access Health says it can provide to help. For more information, Access Health has a hotline – 281-633-3175 – with a live person unless staff is assisting others.

Energy grows and brews in Katy New branding campaign for Katy taps local support from the No Label Brewing Company

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hile No Label Brewing Company, Katy’s only micro brewery, might shy away from some labels, it’s decided that the new logo and tagline, “Katy – Energy Grows Here” suits them fine. So much so, that they’re incorporating the new Katy brand logo on the packaging of six-pack carriers starting this month. “No Label Brewing Company’s enthusiasm for the ‘Energy Grows Here’ campaign is a testament to the success of the new branding effort and to the overwhelming sense of pride the business and residential community has for Katy,” said Lance LaCour, president and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council. “We’re excited to see No Label, the first local business, embrace and promote the Katy brand in such a unique and creative way and we look forward to seeing how

others will demonstrate their Katy pride.” For the past four years, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has been working on a major place-based branding project designed to capture and articulate the defining characteristics of Katy, as well as to provide a graphic platform for key city assets to have a cohesive look and feel. The yellow and red base colors for the new Katy brand icon were used to portray energy, strength and opportunity. The blended rich brownish color is a nod to Katy’s agricultural heritage, and the design is intended to be a leaf, a drop, a point and a symbol of the oil industry all in one. “We’re really excited about the new Katy brand campaign because we’re huge supporters of the area,” said Jennifer Royo, co-founder of No Label Brewing Company. “Our customers are very big on everything local, so endorsing the City of Katy on our packaging and as part of our brand is

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not only cool, it’s just good business.” Next month marks three years since the No Label Brewing Company first opened in an abandoned rice silo and sold their first beer at the Public House, one of their favorite local hangouts. They’ve gone from producing 700 barrels of beer their first year to 1,700 barrels the second year and this year will finish out with 5,000 barrels, a three-fold increase over last year. No Label year-round and seasonal beers can now be found at 60 bars, restaurants and retailers in the greater Houston area. “Our energy has certainly grown here and we’re celebrating our anniversary with the community that has helped us grow,” said Brian Royo, head brewer and co-founder of No Label Brewing Company. ”We also want the people of Katy to be proud of Katy and change people’s mindset about Katy because there’s so much out here!”

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arren is the chief prosecutor of the Specialized Prosecutions Bureau supervising prosecutors in several divisions including vehicular crimes, crimes against children, internet crimes, domestic violence, financial crimes, and major drug offenders. Warren created the state’s first vehicular homicide callout team during his 19 year tenure with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston where he also pioneered several types of prosecutions against impaired or reckless drivers. He was the first person in the state to successfully prosecute a habitual DWI offender for first degree murder rather than the traditional DWI homicide approach. This case was accepted by the criminal courts in jurisdictions across the state and has opened new methods to more harshly punish habitual drunks that kill innocent civilians. Additionally, Warren created the “No Refusal” program which has now been recognized by the Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, MADD, the National Transportation Safety Board, and others as one of the leading models for DWI enforcement in the nation. This program brings together prosecutors,

Warren with his wife Kim and children.

police, nurses, judges, and others into one facility to process impaired drivers and obtain search warrants for those people that refuse to provide a voluntary sample. This program has now been adopted in one form or another in many Texas counties and at least twelve states across the nation. Warren, working with NHTSA officials, created the No Refusal database for the NHTSA website in 2010. Due to his creation of the No Refusal concept and work on the program, Warren was given national awards from MADD in 2008 and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association in 2011. Warren is a current recipient of NHTSA’s Public Service Award presented at Lifesaver’s in 2013. He has also been recognized on many occasions by several other groups. Warren has been voted amongst the

nation’s top vehicular crimes prosecutors having received that award from the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC) in 2005. Warren is a frequent guest or contributor on local and national media outlets including Foxnews, 60 Minutes, the BBC, Nightline, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, The Today Show, CNN, etc. and has been published on numerous occasions on a multitude of topics ranging from prosecutorial ethics to vehicular homicides. Because of Warren’s creative work, he has been appointed as a special prosecutor in many other counties including Williamson, San Jacinto, Fort Bend, and Brazoria Counties. Due to his work in the field of traffic safety, Warren was selected to be the National Association of Prosecutor

Warren complies with the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act. Paid political ad by Warren Diepraam for Judge Campaign.

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Warren working with Fort Bend Law Enforcement during an enforcement effort

Coordinator and NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Prosecutor Fellow in February 2008. Warren’s duties with NHTSA and the NAPC include being a liaison between state prosecutors and NHTSA, presenting around the country at traffic safety conferences, attending NAPC conferences, working with Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors, etc. Warren publishes a newsletter called “The Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor” which is read by about 1,000 people in the field of traffic safety. During his tenure, Warren has made several presentations at conferences such as the International Association for Chemical Testing, the Society of Forensic Toxicology, the Northwest Alcohol Institute, TXDOT Save a Life Conference, and Lifesavers as well as for several states including Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Wisconsin,

Kansas, Idaho, Oregon, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, Alaska, etc. Warren has been a member of the National Center for DWI Courts DWI Task Force. Warren has also trained thousands of police and prosecutors on traffic safety and the science involved in those cases. Warren has also trained thousands of judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and police officers on a variety of legal topics and is a nationally recognized speaker. Additionally, Warren has been recognized around the country due to his work in the fields of prosecutorial ethics, forensic toxicology, forensic pathology, crash reconstruction, alcohol and drug impairment, blood evidence in vehicular crimes cases, field sobriety testing, breath alcohol testing, HIPAA, and many other areas.

Warren addresses the national media about his No Refusal Program as law enforcement officers watch.

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT • Bachelor of Arts Political Science, University of Houston 1989 • Doctor of Jurisprudence, South Texas College of Law 1992 • Harris County District Attorney’s Office 1990-2009 • Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office 2009-present

ENDORSEMENT • Endorsed by local law enforcement including the Sugar Land Police Officer’s Association and the Missouri City Police Officer’s Association • Twice voted the nation’s top Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor • Over two decades of law enforcement experience • Recognized for bringing creativity and efficiency to courts

Warren discusses autopsy findings with famous pathologist, Dr. Werner Spitz, in a capital murder case.

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Missouri City names interim chief Mike Berezin

Chief Joel Fitzgerald leaves legacy of leadership

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eaving a formidable legacy of leadership, Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is moving on from the “Show Me City” to continue his career as Chief of Police in Allentown, Pennsylvania. During his 4 1/2-year tenure, Fitzgerald has been instrumental in promoting transparency within the Missouri City Police department and has made great strides in fostering crime-prevention partnerships with the public. Implementing innovative communityoriented and problem-solving policing strategies, Fitzgerald worked with the force to achieve multiple successes, including earning the City national recognition for its safe streets. The Department became the 26th Texas police department to receive re-recognized accreditation status from the Texas Police Chief’s Association. In acknowledging the accomplishment, independent TPCA auditors noted that MCPD passed an expanded 165 standards as part of the process.

Shown is Interim Chief Mike Berezin. Photos courtesy of Missouri City

“Chief Fitzgerald has brought a lot of new and innovative ideas to Missouri City,” said Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen. “He is known nationwide for his efforts, and a lot of people have been trying to hire him over the years. Allentown just touched home,” he said referring to Fitzgerald’s East Coast roots. Before coming to Missouri City, Fitzgerald was an esteemed member of the City of Philadelphia Police Department where he gained significant experience in narcotics enforcement and violent crime abatement. Expertise he gained there and partnerships he has built here have resulted in helping the City reduce major crimes by more than 32 percent I’m amazed at how many over the past five years. people I’ve run across that have “If you think about how met Joel and how impressed he has pushed and motivated the Police department to they are with him and what he’s become one of the premier done in Missouri City. law-enforcement agencies in this state, if not in the country, it’s an amazing thing,” City — Bonny Krahn, Manager Edward Broussard Stafford Police Chief said. “He led the paradigm shift “Achieving this is a result of the commitment and dedication that exists throughout the entire organization,” Fitzgerald said at a recent event held to honor his contributions. “I have officers that are working here day in and day out, and they know what the level of expectation is here in Missouri City. We raised the level of expectation, and I’m very excited to have been part of the team here.”

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toward community-oriented policing. The community knows who the police officers are.” “I’m amazed at how many people I’ve run across that have met Joel and how impressed they are with him and what he’s done in Missouri City,” Stafford Police Chief Bonny Krahn said. “In Texas, a cowboy who throws a big loop gathers in a lot of people, and he has definitely done that.” February 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

Missouri City recently bade a fond farewell to Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald who departed the “Show Me City” to return to the East Coast and serve as Chief of Police in Allentown, Penn.

Fitzgerald serves on the IACP Forensics Committee, the TPCA Legislative Committee, and is a member of numerous professional and charitable organizations. He and his wife, Detective Pauline Fitzgerald, have three children, one of which also proudly serves in law enforcement. Before departing, Fitzgerald announced Assistant Chief of Operations Mike Berezin as Interim Chief. Berezin, well-known for his leadership and exemplary service, was promoted to his assistant chief position in 2011 and was in command of the Patrol and the Criminal Investigation Divisions. He began his law enforcement career with the Missouri City Police Department in January 1989 as a Patrol Officer. Chief Berezin has served as Field Training Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant and Captain of the Patrol Division. In that position, he oversaw the department’s respected community outreach program. Berezin is a graduate of the Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and of the 236th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Missouri City is currently conducting a nationwide search for the Police Chief position.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta guest speaker at the event 5th Annual Helen Cordes Award Dinner to be held Feb. 20

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ort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. presents the 5th Annual Helen Cordes Award Dinner featuring CNN medical correspondent, neurosurgeon and best-selling author Dr. Sanjay Gupta on February 20, 2014 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square in Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. Gupta will be discussing “Medicine and the Media” with a focus on prescription drug use. For millions of Americans, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the source for lucid analysis and astute insight on major developments in medicine, personal health and healthcare.  A practicing neurosurgeon, he is the multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, playing an integral role in the network's lead reporting on breaking medical news, providing regular health reports for premiere programming and documentaries, and anchoring the weekend medical affairs show Sanjay Gupta, MD.

During his tenure at CNN, Dr. Gupta has covered some of the world’s most historic and significant events: the attacks of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Dr. Sanjay Gupta Asia, the 2010 devastating earthquake in Haiti and earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan in 2011.  He also served as an embedded reporter with the U.S. Navy’s medical unit in Iraq, performing life-saving brain surgery five times himself.  Among his many accolades and honors, Dr. Gupta has served as a White House Fellow and special advisor to First Lady Hillary Clinton and garnered the prestigious Peabody and DupontColumbia awards for CNN.  In 2009, he was selected by President Barack Obama as the top candidate for U.S. Surgeon General but declined the nomination to continue pursuing his passion for practicing medicine and journalism. The award dinner is held in honor of

an individual who has given their time, experience and expertise to Fort Bend Regional Council. The Honoree for 2014 is State Representative John Zerwas, M.D. who has been an outspoken advocate on substance abuse issues in the state legislature. The Helen Cordes Award was founded to honor Helen Cordes’ generous community spirit and many community achievements; Helen served on the Fort Bend Regional Council’s Board of Directors from 1991 – 1997 and was President from 1992 – 1995. During that time and long afterward, Cordes served FBRC with such a sincere passion for our mission that she has inspired all who have shared the privilege of working with her. Your sponsorship of this event would provide immeasurable support as FBRC fights the debilitating effects of substance abuse in our schools and community. For more information or to become a sponsor please contact Mandi Bronsell at mbronsell@fortbendcouncil.org or 281207-2409.

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Texas Comptroller issues new water report analyzing economic impacts of water shortages

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uture water needs is what Fort Bend residents consider to be important.  This past November voters supported a proposition on the ballot for the creation of statewide funding efforts to address water challenges. Texas Comptroller Issues New Water Report Analyzing Economic Impacts of Water Shortages and Offering Recommendations for Possible Solutions Texas Comptroller Susan Combs last month released a report examining the effects of the water challenges facing our state, and offering up several recommendations to the

Legislature which can enable us to stretch our existing supplies further. The recommendations are laid out in the Comptroller’s new report, Texas Water Report: Going Deeper For The Solution, which revisits the effects of recent drought conditions, examines research-driven approaches for augmenting Texas’ water supply and proposes practical answers for the state’s growing thirst. “Texas has been prone to cycles of drought for centuries, and there is no reason to expect that basic pattern to change,” Combs said. “Yet our state has changed, and its booming population and economy are creating an Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal H February 2014

increasingly unquenchable demand for water.” The report, which can be found at http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/ water/, also explains the $2 billion in new funding for water projects approved Nov. 5 by voters in a constitutional amendment. Combs said Texans’ approval of Proposition 6 is a positive step toward assuring our water supplies — but additional innovative strategies are needed. “Like the new approaches in Texas energy production, we need a revolution in water technology,” Combs said. “We need a TEXAS COMPTROLLER, continued on page 29

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Election 2014 Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Race

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sk Dawn Zell Wright why she is running for Fort Bend County District Attorney and she’ll say two things: justice and fairness.  The 44-year old Sugar Land resident is challenging incumbent District Attorney John Healey in the March 4 Republican primary election. The winner will face the Democratic candidate, Wilvin J. Carter, in the May 10 general election.  Wright has taken her message of fairness and justice to the voters in recent weeks, talking about the changes she would bring to the DA’s office.  “The DA’s office has some failed policies that resulted in the questionable handling of cases, lack of oversight and accountability and lack of training for those employed by the DA’s office,” Wright says.  One of the cases that has been questionably handled by Healey’s office, according to Wright, is the recent “knockout” case involving a 79-year old African American victim who suffered extensive injuries when he was purposefully knocked to the ground by a white man from Katy.  Wright says that the failure of the DA’s office to timely prosecute the case is currently depriving the elderly citizen of the much needed victim rights afforded to him by the State of Texas.  Wright is also troubled by problems with the sluggish pace at which cases move through the system and the taxpayer expense that is incurred. She cites an instance where one client, who was unable to post bond, sat in jail for 10 months on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge only to have the case dismissed on the day of trial. Wright says she was pleased by the outcome but questioned why it took a year to get the case resolved.  “About half of the defendants in Fort Bend County have appointed counsel that is paid for with taxpayer dollars,” Wright says. “If the DA’s office is going to drag a case out for a year only to dismiss it in the end, then it’s a huge waste of resources and money.”  Then there is the case of Jonathan Salvador, a lab technician at the Texas Department of Public Safety who was accused in 2012 of falsifying lab results and compromising hundreds of Fort Bend County convictions. When notified by DPS, the DA’s in CONTINUES...

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neighboring counties investigated whether any of their convictions were connected to Salvador, but a year later the Fort Bend County DA’s office had not. Wright says she helped bring the matter before the Fort Bend County Council of Judges who supported investigating the cases.  “Based on the information provided by DPS, we know of at least two people who were wrongfully convicted of drug charges,” Wright says. “The DA’s office was made aware of this and has taken no meaningful action to provide justice to these people.”  Others question the handling of cases at the DAs office, too. In 2012, Texas Monthly honored Healey with the Bum Steer Award for his office’s mishandling of the case that led to the temporary release from jail of Richard Mendoza, Jr., the chief suspect in a 2002 murder.   A LIFE CHANGING MOMENT Wright moved to Texas when she was 13 years old and didn’t grow up thinking she wanted to be an attorney or run for

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elected office.  “When you grow up poor, college is not always an option,” she says.  But college beckoned after an experience with a dishonest mechanic.  Wright fought for what she knew to be right and was successful in getting the business to let the matter drop.  “I was right but I didn’t know why I was right. And that was not o.k. with me,” Wright remembers. “That experience and the inability to stand idly by when people take advantage of others has become a defining moment in my life.”  Wright became the first member of her family to get a college degree, graduating from Concordia University in Austin in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science.  She graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio.  She has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2001 and her recent trial and case management experience includes more than 30 criminal matters, including three capital murder cases.  February 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

Wright has extensive internal investigation and risk management/ mitigation experience.  She worked for a real estate developer on contract matters as well as related human resources and compliance issues. Wright then worked for the fifth largest law firm in Los Angeles, and oversaw an $18M budget. She was also Vice President of Human Resources for the Allen/St. Louis and Stockyards division of US Foods, a $20B company, and had full oversight of more than 500 people and seven union contracts.   Wright has been married to her husband, Greg, for 12 years. They have an 8-year old daughter, Rebekah and a 5-year old son, Nicholas.

Dawn Zell Wright, candidate for Fort Bend County Attorney, is pictured with her husband Greg, son, Nicholas and daughter, Rebekah.

IMPROVING THE DA’S OFFICE Since 2000, Fort Bend County’s population has increased 65.15% and its population is now almost 600,000.  Wright says it stands to reason that explosive growth and an increasing population mean more crime and more crime victims.  Voters have asked Wright about her views on the death penalty.  She says the death penalty is the law of the land and the DA’s job is to uphold the law.  “There are cases that meet the requirements for the death penalty and those cases should be pursued accordingly,” she says. “There is a full expectation that all of the evidence will be presented so that the jury may make

an informed punishment decision when a defendant is convicted.”  Wright says she will work to improve the efficiency of the DA’s office by encouraging better communication between the departments, launching a comprehensive training program for Assistant District Attorneys and holding forums every six months to keep the public informed.   In addition, Wright says she will evaluate the true financial impact of the DA’s office, particularly the implications of how lethargic case flow affects the taxpayer funded indigent defense system.    “Our county needs a District Attorney who ensures the integrity of the prosecutorial process.  That process Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal H February 2014

requires the discretion to demand the stiffest sentences for our most dangerous criminals while balancing the need for fairness and understanding for those who make mistakes,” Wright says.  “I’m running for District Attorney because it is time for the DA’s office to be fair, balanced, and dedicated to protecting the citizens of Fort Bend County.” For more information: Dawn Zell Wright for District Attorney Phone: 832-701-5297 DAWNforDA@gmail.com Address: 905 Front Street Richmond, Texas 77469

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Renee Butler named 2013 Business Person of the Year

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or 103 years, the Central Fort Bend Chamber has been the voice of business and growth in Fort Bend County. In 2013, that voice remained strong in large part because of the volunteer efforts and commitments made by many of its almost 800 members.

2014 Chamber Board Chair Barry Beard, 2013 Business Person of the Year Renee Butler, and Chamber President/CEO Shanta Kuhl.

The Chamber proudly recognized 13 of those members at its 2013 Annual Awards Luncheon Friday at Cindy’s Palace, 1102 FM 2977, Richmond. The event, which was presented by Allegiance Roofing, also thanked the Chamber’s outgoing Board Directors for their dedication and service. Renee Butler, of Another Time Soda Fountain, was named the 2013 Business Person of the Year for her efforts in helping form the Historic Downtown Rosenberg Division of the Chamber and in Historic Downtown Rosenberg’s success in earning the prestigious Cultural Arts District designation from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Butler was also named the Historic Downtown Rosenberg Division Member of the Year. “It wasn’t me,” Butler said after receiving the award. “It was every one of the downtown businesses that made these things happen.” Corporate Partner of the Year was OakBend Medical Center. Raymond Saage Volunteer of the Year was Chuck Bucek of Chuck Bucek, CPA, PC. Ambassador of the Year was Tom Wilson of Reading Road Self Storage. Board member of the Year was Kevin Kohl of Silver Eagle Distributors. Committee Member of the Year was Jim Russ of EHRA. Young Professionals Division Member of the Year was Derek Finley of WJ Interests. Hispanic Business Division Member of the Year was Gilbert Limones of Prosperity Bank. The Chamber also recognized each of its stakeholder cities (Fulshear, Richmond and Rosenberg) with Achievements in Economic Development Awards. Johnson Development Corporation (Cross Creek Ranch) won the award for Fulshear. The Richmond City Commission was honored for Richmond. The Rosenberg Police Department won the award for Rosenberg. For more information about the Central Fort Bend Chamber, call 281-342-5464 or visit us online at HYPERLINK “http://www. cfbca.org” www.cfbca.org.

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City of Rosenberg ends partnership with commercial well applicant after additional study suggests subsidence

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water demands. This issue has been brought to the forefront in Fort Bend County, and specifically with this case, due to additional regulations imposed by the Subsidence District.” He continued, “The main problem locally is not one of supply, but rather, regulation. Due to the emphasis placed on regulating without the adequate scientific undergirding, and deference to the local politics of resource and supply control, a promising transport project was effectively stonewalled by bureaucratic hurdles. In order to provide for the growth and development our County and region will continue to face, we must find a way to work together to secure alternative water supplies that can serve us well into the future. The issue at hand is not a ‘you should have to because we did’ situation, it is a matter of having the foresight to forge a unified vision for our collective future that allows Fort Bend to maintain a measure of independence in terms of water supply.”

Don’t miss the 2014 Fort Bend Masters, (the 30th Annual Chamber Golf Classic) Monday, April 14 at Pecan Grove Country Club. Team registrations, hole tents and sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Shannan at 281-342-5464 or sstavinoha@cfbca.org.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomes Dr. Angela McCain Local physician joins Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is pleased to welcome Angela McCain, M.D., as she joins Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates. Dr. McCain is a long-time Sugar Land physician who is double board certified with a focus on rheumatology. She treats patients with a wide range of rheumatic diseases, including Ankylosing Spondylitis, arthritis, soft tissue diseases, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel

disease, joint inflammation, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and more. She has been named one of Houston’s top doctors and Texas Monthly magazine’s “SuperDoc” multiple times over the years. From 1996 to 2008, she was honored annually as one of “America’s Top Doctors” by U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly Medical. Dr. McCain has written extensively about rheumatic diseases and has been

Jim Shaw joins JPR Commercial Real Estate, Inc. JPR Commercial Real Estate, Inc. announces the addition of Jim Shaw to the brokerage team. Jim has represented corporate and local owners, investors, and developers throughout Jim Shaw the commercial real estate industry for over three decades. Jim spent the past ten years with ICO Commercial as a broker assisting his clients with land acquisitions and sales. He will continue to provide these services and more through JPR Commercial Real Estate. Jim and Jennifer have worked

together on several land transactions and development projects, primarily in the Fort Bend County area, so the partnership will be strengthened by his move.  His dedication and service to the community is well recognized, as he has served as a naval pilot for six years, Commissioner of Sugar Land Planning and Zoning and Board President of Child Advocates of Fort Bend.  “Jim’s values, global experience and real estate knowledge   will add tremendous value to our organization. We are ecstatic to have Jim join our team”, Jennifer Raymond.

Texas Transportation Commission selects TxDOT Chief Financial Officer as Interim Executive Director The Texas Transportation Commission has selected James Bass, TxDOT chief financial officer, as interim executive director effective Jan. 17. Bass replaces departing executive director Phil Wilson who was recently named the new general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority. The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail,

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and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. Fan us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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involved in numerous research projects to test the efficacy of arthritis medications. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, and she completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Texas Health Science Center. “I’ve been a member of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital medical staff for many years, and joining Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates is a great next step, one that will benefit my patients tremendously,” says Dr. McCain. “I’m excited about working with my new colleagues and accessing the state-of-theart technology and outstanding staff that Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital offers.” Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates is located in Suite 235 of Medical Office Building Two on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus, 16659 Southwest Freeway. Dr. McCain is accepting new patients by physician referral only. For more information, visit methodistsugarlanddocs.com.

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WJ Interests, LLC, welcomes Brandon Arns to the team WJ Interests, LLC, welcomes Brandon Arns as its newest associate planner. Brandon will assist in implementing WJ’s investment strategy as he continues to study Brandon Arns for his Certified Financial Planner© certification. “We enjoyed having Brandon as our intern during the summers of 2012 and 2013,” said Jared Jameson, chief investment officer and vice president for WJ Interests. “We were looking to expand our team, so having him join us permanently was a natural fit.” Brandon earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After graduation, Brandon has settled back in Sugar Land and is proud to call Fort Bend County home again. WJ Interests provides financial planning and investment management services for an array of clients, including individuals, families, businesses and foundations. Based in Sugar Land, the firm was founded in 1996. WJ Interests recently was ranked as a top financial advisor by the Houston Business Journal, and Texas Monthly and Financial Advisor magazines. For more information, contact WJ Interests at 281-634-9400 or farrah@ wjinterests.com.

State of the County 2014 with County Judge Bob Hebert slated for February 28 The 2014 State of the County with Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert will be presented by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Central Fort Bend Chamber on Friday, February 28. The luncheon will be held at Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Judge Bob Hebert will give a comprehensive presentation on the State of the County with highlights on budget and financial challenges, and give an update on projects from the $184.9 million countywide mobility bond, which was passed by Fort Bend County voters in November. Johnson Development Corporation is the Presenting Sponsor. Underwriters are

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Junior College. Event presenter sponsorship available for $2,000 – Event underwriter sponsorship available for $1,000 - Corporate table available for $400 - Individual member reservations available for $35. Register and pay online at www.cfbca.org or contact Leigh Ann Dawson at 281-3425464 or ldawson@cfbca.org. 

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Doing what he enjoys most State Representative District 27 District 27 now consists of Stafford, Missouri City, Meadows Place, Fresno, Arcola, and parts of Houston, Sugar Land, and Pearland. Political ad paid for by Ron Reynolds campaign

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fter completing the 83rd Legislative Session in Austin, Texas, Representative Ron Reynolds (D) is back home in Fort Bend County doing what he enjoys most: being with family and serving the community. “I’m proud to serve as State Representative of one of the most diverse districts in Texas.” After the political lines were redrawn, District 27 now consists of Stafford, Missouri City, Meadows Place, Fresno, Arcola, and parts of Houston, Sugar Land, and Pearland. The 83rd Session began in January 2013 and ended on May 27, 2013, however, three special sessions were called, extending the legislative session through August. Now that Ron’s back, he is hard at work as the founding member of the

law firm, Ronald E. Reynolds & Assoc, PLLC, specializing in personal injury, auto and truck accidents, and wrongful death cases. A graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, with honors in 1999, Ron is both an attorney and a licensed mediator. In the past he has been an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University and has the distinction of being one of the youngest lawyers appointed to serve as an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Houston. He is also past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and the Fort Bend NAACP. Above all legislative and legal accomplishments, Ron says he’s most proud and grateful for his wife, Dr. Jonita Reynolds and their three children. His wife is CEO of Gulf Coast Community Services Association. Ten year-old, Lacey, is a budding violinist and a big help to Mom and Dad. 2 ½ year old twins, Ronald III and Reagan are, “into everything!” Ron is a proud Christian family man who believes “to whom much is given, much is required.”

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On September 3, 2013, Rep. Reynolds announced his intention to run for a third term, and is running unopposed in the primary election. “I am seeking another term because there remains more work to be done and I will apply my resources and resourcefulness to get the job done by advocating for high-quality education, public safety, affordable healthcare, and economic empowerment.” The general election is November 2014 and the next 84th Legislative Session will not start until January 2015. While in office, Rep. Reynolds maintained a distinguished record of service. He was selected as House Deputy Democratic Whip in his second term and currently serves on the House Environmental Regulation and Technology committees. Some of the most “gratifying” work he conducted while in Austin this past session was creating a state wide water plan and

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Q: What is your business philosophy/motto? A: As a servant-leader, I embrace the business philosophy that excellence is not the goal; it’s the standard. In every personal and professional pursuit, I mark my work with excellence, and when called, I answer. It is because I walk the talk, daily, I can fervently say that there are no circumstances around me more powerful that the power within me. Each day, I plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, and pursue persistently. Once I’ve done all that I can leverage my resources in order to organize, strategize, mobilize, and politicize, I am reassured knowing that there is a Higher Power that will do what I can’t.

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I am seeking another term because there remains more work to be done and I will apply my resources and resourcefulness to get the job done by advocating for highquality education, public safety, affordable healthcare, and economic empowerment.

Q: Why do you remain committed to serving the community? A: Gandhi’s profound words inspire me, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Those who know me know that I embody an inherent fervor for helping others, especially those less fortunate than I. Therefore, as long as I have breath, I vow to give my time, talents, and treasures to heal the hurts of humanity. Because of personal challenges in my life, I recognize that I did not achieve what are defining as the pinnacle of success all by myself. Thus, it is incumbent upon me to bridge the chasm that has allowed me to excel beyond heights ever imaginable. Q: As an attorney, what sets you apart from others in your area of expertise? A: I believe what sets me apart is my intense work ethic, commitment to excellence, dedication to even the smallest detail and passion for helping each client no matter how small their case is.

increasing funding for the school districts. Rep. Reynolds co-authored HB5, an important bill that “reduces high stakes testing, creates multiple graduation plans and student flexibility, and better prepares our students for college and the workforce.” He coauthored another bill that provides Capitol Address: Room E2.402, Capitol Extension opportunities for high school students P.O. Box 2910 to take career and technology courses Austin, Texas 78768 that will train them with a skill to 512-463-0494 • 512-463-1403 Fax enter straight into the workforce after graduation. District Office: 2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 102 Ron Reynolds has received numerous Missouri City, Texas 77489 honors and awards for his contributions 281-208-3574 • 281-208-3696 – Fax to the community and recently was voted “Top 10 Legislators of 2013” by Equity Campaign material Texas and “Best Attorney in Houston” and donations mailed to: 6140 Highway 6 South, Suite 233 by H Texas magazine. Some other Missouri City, Texas 77459 acknowledgements are: Public Servant 832-721-2667 • 713-979-4653 – Fax of the Year, Freshman Legislator of the Year, Houston’s Top 40 Leader’s Under Local: 40, Greater Houston Black Chamber Ronald E. Reynolds & Associates, PLLC 3730 Kirby Drive, Suite 1200 Business Pinnacle Award, NAACP Drum Houston, Texas 77098 Major for Justice Award, EEOC Civil 713-341-0404 - Phone Rights All-Star Award, American Red 713-341-0405 - Fax Cross Humanitarian Award, and the www.ronaldreynolds.com YMCA Minority Achievers Award.

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Ron is a successful small business owner who has created jobs in the community and made a positive impact on the business and economic base in Fort Bend County. He continues to fight for small, minority and women owned businesses to have fair access to state contracts through the HUB program. During the next year, while Ron is working in the community, he plans to spend time with his family, represent his clients fervently, host town hall meetings, job fairs, and back to school events. He is looking forward to attending “regular civic events” like time with senior citizens, career days at the schools, and to continue the dialogue that makes Fort Bend County a great place to live and work. With the dedication he applies to everything in his life and the expertise to guide your legal needs, you will be glad you contacted Ron E. Reynolds & Associates, PLLC.

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LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch to celebrate 7th birthday with huge birthday bash LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch will celebrate its 7th birthday this year by hosting the ultimate birthday bash for the community on February 22, from 1-4 p.m. in the center’s courtyard (Heritage Square). The free public event will include; prizes, music, face painting, balloon art, clown, bounce house, photo booth and much more!  To show their appreciation to the public for seven magnificent years, LaCenterra will be giving away goodie bags with sweet treats and specials from Berripop Frozen Yogurt, Rocket Fizz and The Sweet Boutique Bakery to the first 207 people in line. The event concludes with guests singing Happy Birthday to LaCenterra at 3:45 p.m. LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch opened on March 1, 2007.  “LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is grateful to be a part of the Katy community for the past seven years.  Throughout this time

Land purchase opens the way for new waterfront community in Sienna Plantation, new neighborhood in Riverstone The Johnson Development Corp. has purchased additional land adjacent to Sienna Plantation for a new neighborhood of luxury waterfront homes from Taylor Morrison available in the spring of 2015. The new community will be located near the intersection of Sienna Parkway and the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road for easy access to the toll road and U.S. 90A, just minutes from downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center. The property was acquired just as Sienna Plantation’s final neighborhoods were completed thereby providing an additional opportunity for families once considering a new home in the award-winning masterplanned community. “We secured this property just as we completed the last of Sienna Plantation’s existing neighborhoods, so the timing could not have been better,” says Doug Goff, chief operating officer of The Johnson

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Development Corp. Another 30 acres at State Highway 6 and Lake Olympia Parkway will be incorporated into the master-planned community of Riverstone for luxury garden patio homes. A final 30 acres in the newly acquired property on the corner of Sienna Parkway and McKeever Road will be set aside for longerterm commercial development, Goff adds. The Johnson Development Corp. is an award-winning residential and commercial land development company. For more than three decades, the company has set the standard for successful master-planned communities in Houston, Atlanta and other markets around the country. Its impressive collection of Houston-area communities includes Riverstone, Sienna Plantation, Cross Creek Ranch, Woodforest, Fall Creek, Tuscan Lakes, Edgewater, Harmony, Willow Creek Farms, Silverlake and the new Imperial re-development.

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LaCenterra has become a premier town-center destination in Katy with shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family.   We look forward to being a part of this growing community for a number of years to come,” said Woody Mann, President of Vista Equities Group. LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch will also be hosting a special social media contest during the month of February for a lucky winner to win a LaCenterra prize pack.  Facebook fans can take part in helping LaCenterra get to 10,007 likes on facebook by March 1, 2014.  The winner will be announced on LaCenterra’s facebook page on March 3, 2014, so stay tuned!

ICO Commercial leases up 4,200 sq. ft. of office/retail space in Katy ICO Commercial has leased a total of 4,200 SF of retail space to Cram Crew at 1315 Grand Parkway in Katy, Texas. Cram Crew specializes in tutoring for Academic Support, Test Preparation and College Readiness – has expanded its Houston operation to the Katy area. Danna Sossen and Tawnya Dornak with ICO Commercial represented the Landlord. Morgan Relyea with Cushman & Wakefield of Texas, Inc. represented the Tenant. ICO Commercial (www.icotexas.com) is one of Houston’s leading brokerage firms providing real estate expertise in industrial, office, retail, land and investment sales. Based in Sugar Land, Texas, ICO Commercial is a full-service commercial real estate firm assisting local, regional, and national clients. The company’s services include asset acquisition, asset disposition, brokerage, construction management, investment strategy, tenant representation, project leasing, project management, as well as consulting and advisory services.

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A look at Fort Bend County transportation

Why Fort Bend County needs public transportation By Haley Morrison

Public transportation is one of the most effective means of travel. Bus and train systems are reliable, decrease rush hour traffic, increases job opportunities, and improve consumerism. This makes public transportation all but necessary for growing cities and communities such as in Fort Bend County. Fort Bend County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Fort Bend has a population of 700,000 citizens and is expected to have 1 million by 2020. With the influx of people comes the necessity of more transportation. In this past election, 70 percent of voters voted for a bond election of $180 million to be spent on roads, showing that the voters understand the immediate need for more ways of transportation. While more roads would help the county, only so many can be built before the county runs out of room. What Fort Bend needs in addition to more roads is both a bus system and train system going in to Houston.

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breakthrough in this field, and some of our state funding should be used for innovative technologies which increase conservation.” In the report, Combs recommends that the Texas Legislature establish a prize framework to reward those who develop proven new, cheap sources of drinking water. In order to continue to support its rapidly growing population, the report concludes, Texas must find cost-effective supplements to its reservoirs and aquifers.

Both bus and train systems are reliable methods of getting to work. Trains and buses arrive on time, and could get into Houston and around Fort Bend without having to go through rush hour traffic in the morning and evening. This is a great help, as many people in Fort Bend have jobs in Houston. Also, taking a bus or train allows passengers to catch up on work or reading, which is not possible for people who drive to work. The trains and buses would also help those who continue to drive. By offering an alternate mode of transportation, the trains and buses would clear up the amount of drivers on the road, eliminating traffic. With the increase in roads and the introduction of a train and bus system, transportation would be made much more efficient and enjoyable for all, regardless of which mode the passenger chooses. Many large cities such as Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C. have already reaped the benefits of public transportation. According to the Chicago Transit Authority, the CTA has a ridership of almost 1.64 million a weekday, coming to 516.87 million a year, and employs a little over 9,000[1]. Public transportation

employs not only conductors and drivers, but also people who work at little shops located at the train stations. These shops also increase consumerism and tourism, because they are places where people can buy lunch or souvenirs while waiting for their ride. The increase in job opportunities would help with Fort Bend’s rapid population growth, as would the revenue brought in by the increase in consumerism. Fort Bend Country needs public transportation to accommodate its rapidly growing population. Public transportation will provide an alternate to driving, eliminates traffic, and is reliable. It also increases employment and consumerism. A train and bus system, in addition to more roads, is the only way to handle the need for more transportation options. [1] ”CTA Facts at a Glance.” CTA. Chicago Transit Authority, n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2014. What is your opinion? Let us hear from you. Haley Morrison is a freshman Journalism major at Baylor University in Waco. Her parents and siblings reside in Fort Bend County.

“The state took a big step forward in addressing our future water needs by creating and funding Proposition 6,” said Jim Sartwelle III, public policy director of the Texas Farm Bureau. “However, we still face challenges Proposition 6 will not address.  This report identifies those challenges and possible solutions.  Policy makers should definitely pay attention to this report.”  Combs also recommends the Texas Legislature do the following • Establish a program providing grants to water authorities and major water users that achieves meaningful and verifiable increases in water efficiency due to conservation activities. This program would award grants to local water authorities, including, but not limited to, cities, counties, river authorities,

water conservation districts and municipal utility districts. • Increase state funding for innovative projects modeling new technology to help planners make more informed decisions about water usage. “Although we tend to point to the historic drought as a singular cause for our water problems today, we’re not blameless,” Texas State Senator Robert Duncan said. “Moreover, there exists no single silver bullet solution. To make matters more complicated, Texas is so geographically and meteorologically diverse, that what may work in one part of the state would be ineffective in another. That is why it is so critical that the Legislature continue to promote conservation and innovation for municipal, industrial, and agricultural water uses.”

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Current 2014 TxDOT programs in Fort Bend County District

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US 90A US 90A US 90A US 90A US 59 US 59 US 59 US 59 FM 521 FM 521 SP 10 SP 10 SH 36 SH 36 FM 723 IH 10 IH 10 FM 359 FM 359 FM 359 FM 359 FM 359 FM 1462 FM 762 FM 361 CS CS CS CS CR CR CR VA CR CR CR CS CS CR CS FM 1093 FM 1093 FM 1093 FM 1093 FM 1464 FM 1464 FM 2759 FM 1489 SH 6 FM 2218 FM 2218 FM 2234 FM 2234 FM 2234 FM 2234 FM 2977 PR 72 SH 99 SH 99

002706051 002706056 002707041 002708172 002712097 002712105 002712134 002712136 011103031 011103058 018705050 018705059 018705060 018802043 018809043 027105037 027105040 054302047 054302055 054302063 054302064 054302065 054303070 054303071 083803023 091234130 091234143 091234144 091234146 091234154 091234158 091234159 091234162 091234169 091234176 091234177 091234178 091234179 091234180 091234182 125802030 125802033 125803042 125803043 141502040 141502045 141503010 141803017 168506029 209301009 209301026 210501020 210501046 210501047 210501048 304801014 342201011 351004047 351004053

Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Prop 12 v2 Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Stimulus Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Stimulus Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Prop 12 v2 Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional

Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded Funded

Estimate $19,993,436.44 $5,187,433.81 $2,551,161.32 $4,525,508.59 $95,569,691.29 $159,576,855.52 $1,090,313.57 $2,797,827.33 $30,712,649.96 $805,420.62 $26,059,284.51 $1,019,495.77 $4,852,973.27 $8,246,991.25 $206,788.07 $12,900,113.64 $1,843,675.47 $16,217,082.14 $37,897,555.17 $14,368,772.53 $32,472,234.58 $14,368,772.53 $2,554,658.21 $1,020,860.39 $1,387,539.52 $5,281,994.93 $2,024,041.36 $23,430,228.27 $5,052,924.02 $388,398.76 $376,750.81 $381,867.94 $3,150,966.37 $1,202,110.01 $418,004.50 $762,888.67 $4,302,659.00 $461,657.81 $1,074,334.56 $6,054,774.26 $1,929,338.47 $713,438.98 $38,316,726.82 $33,527,135.98 $19,558,906.85 $653,196.67 $20,942,532.39 $1,550,014.72 $3,715,067.30 $18,802,694.95 $3,247,244.50 $21,553,159.58 $10,749,176.41 $1,960,055.22 $12,892,313.86 $1,615,032.51 $307,718.93 $40,092,250.38 $722,871.90

Bid Date 2015-03 2014-05 2015-03 2016-03 2014-08 2014-01 2013-12 2014-08 2014-08 2015-04 2013-08 2015-09 2016-05 2012-05 2013-10 2014-02 2014-07 2010-02 2015-01 2014-08 2016-08 2014-08 2014-03 2014-07 2015-01 2014-01 2014-08 2015-02 2013-04 2014-07 2013-07 2013-10 2014-07 2014-01 2014-12 2014-12 2013-05 2015-10 2016-01 2015-03 2016-08 2013-03 2014-08 2014-08 2010-02 2014-01 2014-10 2016-05 2015-02 2010-05 2016-04 2014-08 2013-07 2013-05 2014-08 2012-11 2016-05 2012-10 2014-08

Description WIDEN ROADWAY REPAIR ROADWAY RESURFACE ROADWAY RESURFACE ROADWAY WIDEN ROADWAY WIDEN ROADWAY INSTALL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT WIDEN ROADWAY RESURFACE ROADWAY CONSTRUCT NEW ROAD RESURFACE ROADWAY RESURFACE ROADWAY WIDEN ROADWAY INSTALL LEFT TURN LANE AT INTERSECTION REBUILD ROADWAY LANDSCAPE WIDEN ROADWAY REPLACE BRIDGE CONSTRUCT FRONTAGE ROADS WIDEN ROADWAY WIDEN ROADWAY RESURFACE ROADWAY INSTALL LEFT TURN LANE AT INTERSECTION REPLACE BRIDGE REBUILD ROADWAY CONSTRUCT NEW ROADWAY LANES WIDEN ROADWAY CONSTRUCT NEW ROAD REPLACE BRIDGE REPLACE BRIDGE REPLACE BRIDGE CONSTRUCT BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN PATH REPLACE BRIDGE REPLACE BRIDGE REPLACE BRIDGE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT REPLACE BRIDGE REPLACE BRIDGE CONSTRUCT NEW ROADWAY LANES CONSTRUCT INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS REPAIR ROADWAY CONSTRUCT FRONTAGE ROADS WIDEN ROADWAY WIDEN ROADWAY INSTALL/UPGRADE DRAINAGE STRUCTURES WIDEN ROADWAY RESURFACE ROADWAY RESURFACE ROADWAY WIDEN ROADWAY RESURFACE ROADWAY WIDEN ROADWAY WIDEN ROADWAY INSTALL TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONSTRUCT INTERCHANGE INSTALL LEFT TURN LANE AT INTERSECTION STATE PARK IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCT OVERPASS/UNDERPASS ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

LEGEND: Project Types: Traditional: Projects funded by legislative appropriations and bond issuances. Most TxDOT projects are funded through these sources. Stimulus: Projects funded by the federal government under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects include funding for roads and bridges. Prop 14: Select projects built using funds from bonds backed by the state highway fund. These projects have been identified for accelerated development. Prop 12: Select projects built using funds from bonds backed by general revenues of the State of Texas. These projects have been identified for accelerated development.

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Futurity First

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Robert Williams, President P.O. Box 931 Richmond, TX 77406-0931 888-390-6105 www.BehindTheBadgeCharities.org Public Service Agency

Fields Leake, Director 77 Sugar Creek Center Blvd., Suite 400 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-619-8140 www.futurityfirst.com/opportunity/houston Insurance Providers

Melinda Phelps, Principal/Owner 14019 Southwest Freeway, Suite 301-744 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-241-9829 www.levelltax.com Tax Consultants

Brooke’s Boutique

Iron Tribe Fitness

Precision Pools & Spas

Cecile Reynolds, CEO/Owner 6212 Highway 6 South Missouri City, TX 77459 281-778-1100 Retail, Clothing Resale & Consignment

Nate Price, Manager 4729 Hwy 6 South Missouri City, TX 77459 615-337-2498 Fitness Center

Eric Miller, General Manager 10639 Clodine Rd. Richmond, TX 77407 281-265-2774 www.precisionswimmingpools.com Pool & Spa Service

Fuddruckers, Inc.

Deron Harrington, Attorney and CPA 5777 Sienna Parkway, Suite 400 Missouri City, TX 77459 281-598-0313 www.deronharrington.com Attorney(s) at Law

Saadat Khan, General Manager 11445 Fountain Lake Drive Stafford, TX 77477 281-240-9414 Restaurants

Law Office of Deron R. Harrington

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Sitterle Homes Steve Von Hofe, Division President 32103 Rogers Rd. Fulshear, TX 77441 713-791-8980 www.sitterlehomes.com Home Builders

New Advertising Opportunities with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Visit our newly launched website for more information.

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SUCCESS IS JUST AROUND THE BEND.

Aligning Employee Efforts Drives Business Outcomes You Will Learn:

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How to Design and Implement Employee Compensation Plans - Tie Employees Efforts to Organizational Goals for a Positive ROI

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WHERE:

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77478

Attendees: Come away with free resources and handouts. Bonus: 2014 Human Resource Practices/ Employment Labor Law Update Overview What are the Top 5 Compliance Trends for 2014: Is Your Business Prepared?

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Edward Jones / Harrell Sandra Harrell, 281-261-2000

Global Imaging, LLC Puneet Ghei, 281-313-1700

St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital Rob Heifner, 281-637-7000

The Gerke Law Firm, PLLC Chad Gerke, 281-828-0550

You Only Younger Med-Spa Donna Braunreiter, 281-937-7537

Brazos Ranch Apartments Jennifer Hampton, 281-342-4700

Insurance Solutions of Texas Jay Harris, 281-565-2222

Modern Spine, PLLC Kenneth J.H. Lee, 713-774-6337

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Fort Bend Aggie Moms Club Stephanie Rammrath, 281-265-9026

The Wadhawan Law Firm Manik “Tony” Wadhawan, 713-777-5891

Residence Inn by Marriott Olga Maciques, 281-277-0770

Barton House Steve Andriko, 281-313-2500

Courtyard by Marriott Olga Maciques, 281-491-7700

HCSS Mike Rydin, 713-270-4000

Staff Force Personnel Services Monica Allen, 281-404-4230

Calvetti, Ferguson & Wagner, P.C. Manish Seth, CPA, CFE, 713-957-2300

N-Line Valves Reggie Etheridge, 281-969-5220

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The Crescent Kellie Burnside, 713-647-2888 8/23/2012 Royal Dialysis Center Melissa Guerrero, 281-545-1470 La Quinta Inn and Suites James Moore, 281-969-1990

Mcatsystems LLC Hendry Kunthara, 281-889-3479

Lippke Cartwright & Roberts Inc. Cliff Park, 713-800-5300

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RC Hobby Shop Matt Keller, 281-265-4844

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Translite LLC Nizar Mullani, 281-240-3111

Arrow Plumbing Co. Ann Barnes, 281-240-6868 Fort Bend Family Promise Vera L. Johnson, 281-403-3923 DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc. Randall Curry, 713-914-0888

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Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Keith Garver, 281-565-2727

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Fort Bend Focus Magazine Lisa Fredrickson, 281-690-4242 Property Acquisition Services, Inc. Mark Heidaker, 281-343-7171 Japaneiro’s Sushi Bistro & Latin Grill Jason Molinos, 281-242-1121 Magpies on Sweetwater Patti Michalek, 281-277-9777

Prime Communications, LP Naushad Kermally, 281-275-6815

Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert Robert E. Hebert, 281-341-8608

The Himalaya Drug Company Penny Mock, 713-863-1622

Emerson Process Management Valve Actuation LLC Joyce McCormick, 281-499-1561

Anson Aviation, LLC Dana Atkinson, 281-242-2555

C & C Dental Teresa Cody, 281-242-0241

Sugar Land Plastic Surgery John T. Nguyen, 281-980-8000

Dynamic Flow Computers, Inc Sami Halilah, 281-565-1118

Cornerstone Christian Academy Casey Farris, 281-980-0842

BSD Consulting, Inc. Nina Freeman, 281-980-9494

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Harris Construction Company, LTD Haley Millis, 713-690-0791

Minute Maid Fred Arnold, 281-302-4678 Chamberlain, Hrdlicka Lawrence Sherlock, 713-654-9622 Freese and Nichols, Inc. Jeff Taylor, 281-456-4700 CP & Y, Inc. Sanjay Ram, 713-532-1730

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NewFirst National Bank Tom Shirley, 832-344-2050 First Community Credit Union John Haryanto, 281-856-5300

Browne McGregor Architects, Inc. Jim McGregor, 713-850-1733

RE/MAX Southwest Realtors - Weaver Jennifer Weaver, 281-207-5037

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Assurance One of Texas, LLC Bob Young, 281-494-6400

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Houston Baptist University Robert Sloan, 281-649-3206

Milestone Member 30 YEARS - MILESTONE SouthWest Water Company Sami Ahmad, 281-207-5800

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EE Reed Construction, LP E. E. ‘Gene’ Reed, 281-933-4000

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Hilliard & Associates, PC Mike Hilliard, 281-242-2997

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Nectron International, Inc. Mark Kardoush, 281-240-2222 Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey, 281-341-4460 Oyster Creek Rotary Club Kirk Monroe, 281-770-0060

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Earthman’s Funeral Directors Southwest Susan N. Moody, 281-240-3300 Hrbacek & Associates, PC Dean Hrbacek, 281-240-2424 Dearborn & Creggs Stewart Jacobson, 281-277-6400

Quality Dialysis One, LP Cynthia Barclay, 281-491-4009

Houston Automobile Dealers Association Wyatt Wainwright, 281-980-3434

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AECOM Kevin Krahn, 713-780-4100

Fort Bend ISD Nancy Porter, 281-634-1000

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Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union Joseph Simmons, 281-980-1850

Visible Applause Tom Ferguson, 281-980-3304

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Brooke’s Boutique 6212 Highway 6 South Missouri City, TX 77459 281-778-1100 www.BrookesBoutiquePearland.com

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Sessions with our experienced Stylists. A Closet CleanOut offers a home visit to help you decide what items you’d like to consign and ends with us transporting your consignments back to the boutique for you, freeing up your time and energy. Styling Sessions are offered either at home or in the boutique where our Stylists will help you heighten your image by finding your best looks. With our Pearland location servicing an increasing customer base, with customers and consignors traveling from all parts of the city, we decided to expand with a second location for growth and customer convenience into the Fort Bend area. We are the one-stop shop for the busy woman by offering designer clothing and accessories for women and children in addition to decorative home accents. Customer service is our priority and we will work hard to earn your loyalty! Brooke’s Boutique is open Monday – Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday 12 noon – 5 PM.

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“The Leadership Forum allowed me to gain valuable insight into many different aspects of Fort Bend County. The relationships, networking opportunities & leadership skills I gained were priceless. I highly recommend the program to anyone looking to enhance their careers.” -Himesh Gandhi, Sugar Land City Councilman “In 2012, Classic will graduate itʼs fourth executive from Leadership, and I intend to send at least one employees every year...more if I can spare them! I love this program so much that I am now the primary sponsor. It is a terrific program exemplifying all the best about Fort Bend County and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. If you want to build personal and business relationships that last, while learning about the unique, special place we live, then enroll in Leadership... it works!” -Don Kerstetter, Owner, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land “It all adds up. Year after year, Fort Bend Leadership Forum provides consistent return on investment for our participants, businesses and our community.” -Christopher Breaux, Principal, Whitley-Penn, L.L.P. As a newcomer to Sugar Land, I was so grateful to find that the Fort Bend Chamber had a leadership program. Having participated in the Class of 2010, the program exceeded my expectations. Besides having a diverse class mix, the speakers were outstanding and I learned more about Fort Bend than anticipated. Now I have a greater base of colleagues to access thanks to the camaraderie of my Leadership class! -Karen Daly, City of Sugar Land, Assistant City Manager

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DBA (Assumed Names)

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This is a sample of the Assumed Names (DBAs) filed at the Fort Bend County Clerk’s office for December 2013. More Assumed Names may be viewed online at http://ccweb.co.fort-bend.TX.us/RealEstate/SearchEntry.aspx. There were 423 Assumed Names for month of December. Cole Sedrick Jermaine Solo Solutions 23619 Vittorio Ct 77406

Faizi Fahim Afg Car Care 10522 #B Belknap Rd 77498

Hopefule Beginnings Broussard Debora J 4618 Diamond Springs Dr 77459

Swoboda Gary Lynn (+) Goswo Consulting 4435 Balboa Drive 77479

Asibra-Minta Victor A (+) Vam Consultant 21622 Bedias Creek Dr 77407

Moore Latoya P LPM Enterprise 1407 Fieldstone Dr 77489

Landry Jeanne S (+) Finishing Touches 4220 Pecan Bend 77406

Campos Julia A (+) J&E Tax Services 25618 Lockspur Dr 77406

Jackson Walter (+) E N R Corporate Development 6203 Fm 521 77583

Shi Xing Shun (+) Hunan Chinese Restaurant 2435 Fm 1092 Rd 77459

Charles Glenn C Jr Power House Contractors 9718 Dusty Manor Ln 77494

Sanchez Adriana Icon Fitness 4799 Lexington Blvd 77459

Oseguera Ulices (+) Ulices E.D.A. Services 15802 Don Forth Dr 77053

Sekula Raymond (+) Rayco Product Sales 3026 Dogwood Knoll Tr 77471

Psdim Genuishonordiploma (Elnightingalegallery)Bookstore Matthews Kendrick Karl 1800 Mustang Crossing Apt#1409 77469

Mizoguchi Hideo (+) Fun & Fitness Gymnastics LLC 19603 Piney Place Ct 77094

Maotai Group Usa Inc Bargain Liquor 13500 West Airport Frwy Suite G 77498

Anand Binay (+) Pd Associates 6526 Emerald Canyon Rd 77450

Booker Natasha Renee (+) Sophisticated Lady Salon and Boutique 13310 Cullen Blvd #E 77047

Mitchell Jimmy (+) Progressive Technologies 13837 Southwest Fwy 77478 Mitchell Sony Sunrise Imports 13402 Orchard Harvest Dr 77407 A Dream Store Inc Vending ABC 3303 Tulip Ranch Dr 77494 Burton Chantelle M New Star Realty Group 1151 Mariner Cove 77498 Burton Chantelle M J3C Enterprises 1151 Mariner Cove 77498 Scott Gene (+) Gene Scott Construction 25106 Clover Ranch Dr 77494 Williams Christopher Alternative Potatoes 15126 Steeple Chase 77489 Svas Medical Group LLC Svasmedical Group LLC, Wholesale Distributors. 4826 Jessica Ct 77479 Spears-Porch Whitney Teacup Dynasty Inspirations 13134 Washington St 77451 Gomex Cesar Jr G & S Investment Services 5614 W Grand Parkway South #102-203 77406

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Omolola Clara (+) Clean Light For All 10333 Harwin Dr #120 A 77036 Omolola Clara (+) Top Light Solar Inc 10333 Harwin Dr #120 A 77036 Minor-Lee Brendy (+) Wickedloopz Hair Company 3302 Jib Court 77545 Mccauley William J Mccauley Consulting P O Box 1555 77497 Siekmann Melinda A (+) Magnolia Embroidery 4611 Park Breeze Dr 77545 Giles Kennedy Christian Churches and Schools Independent Network (A Ministry Of Lincoln Bible Church Houston) 3118 Cypress Point Dr 77459 Giles Kennedy The Marriage and Family Ministry ( A Ministry Of Lincoln Bible Church Houston) (+) 3118 Cypress Point Dr 77459 Giles Kennedy Youth Excellence Leadership League (Yell) - ( A Ministry Of Lincoln Bible Church Houston) 3118 Cypress Point Dr 77459 Weir Leslie Houston Caribbean Community Center 2111 Maplegate Dr 77489 Lucas James Robert C. R. E. W. Drawing Design 2306 Barrington Place Dr 77478

Carney John (+) C & J Trenching 14020 South Post Oak Rd Ste 2111 77045 Carney John L C & J Electrical Contractor 17039 Quail Bend Dr 77489 Athletes Accelerated Performance LLC Houston Velocity Sports Performance 10775 Kempwood Dr 77043 Malone Brianne Bri’s Hair Care 25905 U S 290 Frontage Rd 77433 Breaux Leonard Lee My 1st Choice Tax Service 2026 Mound Lake Dr 77406 Duty Holdings LLC Triton Solutions 8010 Hollow Oak Ct 77479 Saleem Beenish Printcosmo 5726 Slate Valley Ct 77459 Jobes Ada Michele Michele Fisher Voice Overs 1310 Summer Forest Dr 77479 Wesley Sherie A Haute Stone Couture 1422 Elkwood Dr 77489 Hermes Lara The Perfect Gift Box (+) 5019 Peabody Hill Ln 7794 Tuang James Jtuang Pob 711 77497

Harris Yvonne (+) Infinite Hair Company 3618 Aldridge Drive 77459 Smith-Harris Candy Dr. Tax No 3 2426 Clearbrook 77489 Hall David Sr (+) H & H Ministries 7923 South Meadow Dr 77071 Kolar Ronald (+) Rk Services (+) 5002 Kincer Rd 77430 Salem Alireza Eglantine Laser Hair Removal & Med Spa 11333 Fountain Lake Dr Suite E-3 77477 Hames Danielle Sugar Land Interior Services 3030 Edgewater Dr Suite 103 77478 R Van Horn Services LLC Rvs Services 24420 Creek Bend Rd 77447 Stevens Jacqueline S (+) Painted Clay Studio 1570 Bear Bottom Dr 77488 Project Marshall Solomon Inc Project Marshall Solomon 2226 Old South Dr 77406 Lee-Graham Wendy Kinetic Business Solutions 5665 S Mason Rd #329 77450 Brawley Lashonda (+) Dame Elegante Boutique 11333 Fountain Lake Dr Suite C-11 77477

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Fort Bend Winery LLC (+) The Winery In Historic Richmond (+) 206 Morton Street 77469 Green Mindy L MG Beauty 1000 Farrah Ln 77477 Brown Yolanda D (+) Abeautyfulsite.Com 6659 Laughlin Dr 77489 Theard Michael Fulshear Air 37519 Buckskin 77476 Theard Michael Fulshear Mechanical 37519 Buckskin 77474 Theard Michael Fulshear Heating & Air Conditioning 37519 Buckskin 77474 Theard Michael Fulshear Air Conditioning & Heaters 37519 Buckskin 77479 Ard Michael Fulshear Air & Heat 37519 Buckskin 77476 Amiri Majid Great Clips 9839 Hwy 6 Suite B 77459 Saez Patrick (+) Picture This Photobooth 12018 Southmeadow Dr 77477 Bountiful Harvest Inc 5 Star Mobile Detailing Services 16411 Lost Quail Drive 77489 Silva Rojelio (+) Silva Home Improvement 310 Morton St #506 77469

DBA (Assumed Names) Lerner Vanessa Gulfcoast Mobile Drug Testing 25311 Clover Ranch Dr 77494 Piprani Erum (+) Wedding Essentials 9222 Windswept Grove Dr 77083 Custom Wireless Inc Liberty Contractors 5143 Max Road 77583 Libertytown Usa 2 Inc Applus RTD Usa 13131 Dairy Ashford Road Ste 230 77478 Wiltz Damion Lamon ` I Found Me.Organizations 15127 Loma Paseo Dr 77083 Wiltz Damion Lamon ` L. I. E Clothing Line 15127 Loma Paseo Dr 77083 Wiltz Damion Lamon L. I. E Corporation 15127 Loma Paseo Dr 77083 Wiltz Damion Lamon High Quality Lawn Service 15127 Loma Paseo Dr 77083 Selby Shannon David Harvey Wright Toys and Collectibles 22507 Cascade Springs Dr 77494 Perry Ryan (+) Perry’s Auto Interior Repair 21811 Wildwood Pk Rd #1017 77469 Seward Todd C Texas Lawn & Landscape Services 34 Burwick 77479 Jones David (+) Worship My XXC’LENCE (Wmxx) 1219 Hollowood Lane 77489 Velderrain Cintya Hair and Make Up Studio By Cintya 28646 Pleasant Forest Dr 77494 Smith Veterinary Enterprises Sienna Plantation Animal Hospital 9212 Sienna Ranch Rd 77459 Smith Veterinary Enterprises Paws Claws & All Animal Hospital 2499 Cartwright Rd 77459

Data Beat (+) = More Names

Ferreira Jennifer Greater Houston Signature Cuts By Jennifer Transportation Company 4807 Highway 6 Ste 20 77459 Yellow Cab 1406 Hays Street 77009 Brewster Ken (+) Kwik Kar Lube & Tire Fiesta Cab Company 1260 Crabb River Rd 77469 Taxis Fiesta 1406 Hays Street 77009 Tripathi Navendu 8663033 Canada Inc Fiesta Cab Company 14402 West Bellfort St Fiesta Cab Aprt # 1232 77498 1406 Hays Street 77009 Nguyen Xuan-Mai (+) JWU LLC Dmh Consulting Hunan Chinese Restaurant 7203 Wakefield Meadow Ln 77407 2435 Fm 1092 Rd 77459 Snider Robert A (+) South Texas Custom Air Works 24200 Southwest Frwy Ste 402-250 77471 Graul Kara (+) Simpson Contract Services 3125 Wroxton 77005 Dedek Henry W (+) Dedek Family Farms 625 Ironwood Ct 77469

Onyemachi Samuel Okwudiri Smart-O Enterprices 16307 Alametos Dr 77083 Sienna Business LLC Sienna Cleaners 4225 Sienna Pkwy Suite 300 77459 Colony Business LLC Sienna Cleaners 6138 Hwy 6 77459

Lister Sandor (+) Lister’s A/C Heating 16252 Hwy 36 77879

Brite Touch Business LLC Brite Touch Cleaners 13425 University Suite 600 77479

Mathew Sunaina (+) Suburban Mutt LLC 1914 Grayson Lakes Blvd 77494

Honesty Business LLC Brite Touch Cleaners 13425 University Suite 600 77479

Hone Matthew Fast Track Swimming 7770 Pasture Bend Lane 77433 Chacon Maria (+) Chacon Cleaning Services 4408 Debbie Court 77471 C P Sienna Inc Shipley Do-Nuts Sienna 9011 Highway 6 77459 Parsell Deanna (+) Besteliquidever.Com Po Box 1144 77441 Sajid Saquib Husain (+) Duke Auto Mart (+) 523 Taskwood Dr 77469 Singhania Enterprise Inc A To Z Tobacco Shop #1 11715 W Bellfort Ste C 77477 Twana Muhammad Muhammad Tawana 16411 Teak Dr 77489 Durueke Kate (+) Tracis Motors 15734 - B Boss Gaston 77479

Elegance By Yinnie A Brilliant Impression 13711 Padgett Drive 77498 Elegance By Yinnie Petite Boutique 13711 Padgett Drive 77498 Mirabi Hamid Colony Limousine Enterprises Inc 9731 Mula Rd 77477 Colony Limousine Enterprises Inc Colony Limousine & Charter Co. 9731 Mula Rd 77477 Visible Ventures, LLC Event Wear 5826 New Territory Blvd #327 77479 Visible Ventures LLC Penny’s One Stop 5826 New Territory Blvd #327 77479

Knowles Lacey (+) Lost Gems Boutique 1715 Patricia Lane 77489

Anic-Isic Vesna Texasresume.Com 4020 Junker St 77471

Smith Roderick Smith Exchange Co. 3402 Caloway Ct 77459

Patel Shefali (+) Vijay Computer Academy 11518 Whittier Bridge 77498

Hawkins Latrina S & S Events (+) 5219 Parkridge Dr 77053

Ranta Daniel (+) Dr Consulting 7330 Gentle Willow Ln 77494

Niazi Baker Med Advent 3214 Brook Arbor Ln 77479

Hayes Jerry (+) Roof Masters 1815 Sutters Chase Dr 77479

Garcia Crisanto (+) Garcia’s Mechanic Shop 817 Jennetta Rear 77471

Neelley Matthew Deputy Sheriffs Magazine 565 South Mason Road #148 77450

Curfman Veselina (+) Papalulu 36710 Canyon Rd 77476 Michels Jeremy W Michels Consulting 2515 Sparrowcrest Dr 77494 Parvaneh Baha-E (+) Baha Center 515 FM 359 #106 77406 Hoyos Grete Sisa Builders 12700 Stafford Rd 77477 Schoenemann Presly Jr PSCRE8IVE 9550 Spring Green Blvd Suite 408-333 77494

Kickland Grady On Demand Propane 1922 Lauren Place 77489 Obaseki Vanessa Platinum Group 7103 Belford Park 77407 Nwankwor Carolyn Universal Money Finder Inc 1931 Vinces Bridge 77478 Kiiru Geoffrey Grot Consulting Group LLC 7803 Atlantic Breeze Ln 77407 Orem Anthony Ao’s Pool Services 5140 Polk St 77023

Brown Harold (+) Division 9 Interior Finishers 1003 Fm 359 South 77423

Hooper Ashton (+) Juan’s Trucking Co 19353 Davis Estates Rd 77461

Spiteri Enterprises LLC Preppy Pet Suites Po Box 51 77441

David’s Super Floor Store Inc Jack’s Carpet 13885 Southwest Fwy 77478

Jones-Allen Wanetta D&S Taxes (+) 2601 Cartwright Road Suite D #263 77459

Lopez Mark (+) Mark’s Construction and Flooring 2502 Hartman Dr 77478

Glory Delight LLC Ginger Thai 27110 Cinco Ranch Blvd Suite 1100 77494

Obaseki Vanessa The Platinum Group 7103 Belford Park Lane 77407

Aldridge Timothy C Nad Cpap Services 2314 Glenn Lakes Lane 77459

Usey Darby J Darbcon 4718 Oxbow Circle East 77441

Buentello Lesley N (+) Delatorem 4020 Junker St 77471

Designing Techniques LLC Duran’s Carpentry and Roofing 4832 Fm 2218 77469

Ray Penelophy (+) Loving Spirit Learning Center 1207 Satillo Lane 77469

Andrews Paul (+) Tropical Remodels 9515 Homeland Dr 77083

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Maknojia Liaquat (+) Almt Delivery Co. 14419 Dunrobin Way 77498

Ho Thanh Thamthi Thi (+) 144 Salon 5022 Hwy 90A Suite H 77498

Markarian Services Inc UBC Po Box 524 77487

Miracle Retreat Spa Inc Miracle Lashes 9119 Highway 6 #210 77459

Nguyen Nguyet Diamond Nails 12220 K Murphy Rd 77477

Ultimate International Security Services Inc Ultimate International Security Services 3775 Greenbriar Dr 77477

Keeton Jason (+) Katy Construction and Remodeling 4218 Longmont Hills 77494 Emenike Zika Dachi Collection 8619 Withers Ridge 77407

B Milam Art Enterprises LLC The Crazy Canvas (+) 3434 Fm 1092 Rd #310 77459 Nelson Susan D (+) Delta 3C 1910 Dawnhollow Ln 77494

Ultimate International Security Services Inc UISS 3776 Greenbriar Dr 77477

Littletaylor Nicole (+) Lone Star Business Solutions 1006 Tanglewild Ln 77406

Starke Aaron (+) Knights Errant Security LLC 13006 Nantucket 77478

Bartley Marc (+) Hay There Fields 110302 Vacek Rd 77469

Ortega Juan Jaguar Coffee Services 2723 Villa Del St 77498

Miksovsky Nancy (+) Nanny G’s Vintage Collection 16822 Willow Bend Ct 77479

Green Sylvan (+) Greenprofiler.Com (Gp) P O Box 19712 77496

Rivas Joel (+) Rivas Painting 23518 Windy Bank Ln 77407

Clarke Iroro Joseph Kolmak Group 5803 Soveriegn Drive Ste 220 77036

Smallwood Robert J (+) Texcavation Co. LLC 517 East Dallas 77545

Lucky C J Jr (+) Amfreeone 12329 Fondren Rd Ste 170 77035

Onega Elena (+) Fort Bend Home & Commercial Services 16903 Tranquil Dr 77498

Light David Light Boy Properties LLC 310 Autumn Creek Ln 77406 Oehlke Jeffrey (+) Jeffrey Oehlke Trucking 321 Hwy 90 West 77471

Comeaux Yvette Comeaux Concierge 4011 Jan St 77545

Commercial Building Permits Some significant building permits in cities in Fort Bend during the month of December ADDRESS

TYPE OF PERMIT

VALUE

OWNER/CONTRACTOR

MISSOURI CITY

953 Pheasant Valley Dr

Commercial Building

$270,500

6111 Sienna Ranch Rd

Commercial Building

$1,200,000

3801 FM 1092 Rd Res B

Commercial Building

$509,000

5940 Hwy 6

Commercial Building

$1,500

1831 Waterside Dr

Commercial Building

$11,500

Ghosh Rajesh K & Mita/Michael A Freeman Construction

2817 Dulles Ave

Commercial Building

$48,890

IPTV-B-L5-107 LLC/JED Construction, LLC

4721 Hwy 6

Commercial Building

$1,500

5754 Hwy 6 5

Commercial Building

$225,000

Frost Ranch Investors LP

16513 100 S Gessner Rd

Commercial Building

$150,000

Corvus Construction

4522 Trammel Fresno Rd

Commercial Building

$10,200,000

4711 Arrowhead Lake Dr

Commercial Building

$8,500

526 Stephanie Dr

Commercial Building

$12,075

Woods Jeanette G/Olshan Foundation Repair

EAL Harbour Dr

Commercial Building

$619,273

City of Missouri City/Clearwater Utilities, Inc

4875 Hwy 6 B

Commercial Building

$14,000

Berke Enterprises LTD/Rojos Construction

Unassigned Address-BP

Commercial Building

$42,912

Greenyard Inc

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)

12/01/13-12/31/13

$25,969,086

YEH David/Millis Development & Const. Crystal Creek Developers, LLC SDI Missouri City Holdings LLC, Primetex Corporation EWTMC 1 LLC & FMWMC 1 LLC/Bergelectric Corp

Q Nails & Spa/Bergelectric Corp

Camden Builders, Inc Emanuel Henry & Bridgette D/All Around Electrical Service

ROSENBERG

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1401 Leaman Ave

Commercial Building

$15,000

2801 B F Terry Blvd

Commercial Building

$1,400,000

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)

12/01/13-12/31/13

$1,415,000

Salsa Company Owner Turner Construction

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Data Beat

January 2014 Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports

Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary reports present data about monthly local sales and use tax allocation payments to local sales taxing jurisdictions. These net payments represent monies identified for the local jurisdictions since the previous month’s distribution. These reports will allow you to compare current year sales and use tax payments with the previous year. When used with other local economic indicators, they may help indicate present and future trends. County/City Fort Bend

Net Payment This Period

Comp Payment Prior Year

Percent Change

2014 Payments To Date

2013 Payments To Date

Percent Change

Arcola Beasley Fulshear Kendleton Meadows Place Missouri City Needville Orchard Pleak Richmond Rosenberg Simonton Stafford Sugar Land Thompsons

39,229.47 10,531.35 65,303.64 989.86 75,422.60 574,870.64 32,235.71 3,848.81 4,124.27 349,562.86 1,239,832.19 10,620.32 1,187,258.24 3,868,528.42 776.33

41,249.18 9,861.27 55,704.25 857.94 80,112.76 528,542.25 31,905.88 3,746.09 3,384.98 338,085.49 956,793.00 12,349.76 1,249,916.93 3,221,800.39 0.00

-4.89% 6.79% 17.23% 15.37% -5.85% 8.76% 1.03% 2.74% 21.84% 3.39% 29.58% -14.00% -5.01% 20.07% U/C

39,229.47 10,531.35 65,303.64 989.86 75,422.60 574,870.64 32,235.71 3,848.81 4,124.27 349,562.86 1,239,832.19 10,620.32 1,187,258.24 3,868,528.42 776.33

41,249.18 9,861.27 55,704.25 857.94 80,112.76 528,542.25 31,905.88 3,746.09 3,384.98 338,085.49 956,793.00 12,349.76 1,249,916.93 3,221,800.39 0.00

-4.89% 6.79% 17.23% 15.37% -5.85% 8.76% 1.03% 2.74% 21.84% 3.39% 29.58% -14.00% -5.01% 20.07% U/C

COUNTY TOTAL

7,463,134.71

6,534,310.17

14.21%

7,463,134.71

6,534,310.17

14.21%

Top 20 City Sales and Use Tax Comparison Summary - January 2014 Please note that Sugar Land is 16th in sales tax revenues in the state. City

Houston San Antonio Dallas Austin Fort Worth Arlington El Paso Round Rock Corpus Christi Plano Amarillo McAllen Frisco Midland Lubbock Sugar Land Irving Laredo Odessa Grand Prairie

Net Payment This Period

47,987,045.85 22,890,777.55 18,801,552.53 14,547,762.79 9,205,783.40 6,408,578.49 6,361,381.48 6,317,371.46 6,251,603.23 5,509,321.74 5,482,687.66 5,101,245.18 4,889,493.77 4,794,319.05 4,504,780.04 3,868,528.42 3,673,352.61 3,363,833.02 3,224,993.62 3,185,734.81

Comp Payment Prior Year

44,882,128.90 18,388,318.37 16,901,430.03 12,546,565.20 8,267,978.84 6,117,951.72 6,048,558.03 5,898,031.56 5,497,290.74 4,537,508.03 5,170,746.89 5,195,036.73 4,047,144.46 4,436,520.13 4,447,322.73 3,221,800.39 3,340,489.64 3,170,559.95 3,024,947.83 3,261,316.69

% Change To Date

6.91% 24.48% 11.24% 15.95% 11.34% 4.75% 5.17% 7.10% 13.72% 21.41% 6.03% -1.80% 20.81% 8.06% 1.29% 20.07% 9.96% 6.09% 6.61% -2.31%

2013 Payments To Date

2012 Payments Change

47,987,045.85 22,890,777.55 18,801,552.53 14,547,762.79 9,205,783.40 6,408,578.49 6,361,381.48 6,317,371.46 6,251,603.23 5,509,321.74 5,482,687.66 5,101,245.18 4,889,493.77 4,794,319.05 4,504,780.04 3,868,528.42 3,673,352.61 3,363,833.02 3,224,993.62 3,185,734.81

44,882,128.90 18,388,318.37 16,901,430.03 12,546,565.20 8,267,978.84 6,117,951.72 6,048,558.03 5,898,031.56 5,497,290.74 4,537,508.03 5,170,746.89 5,195,036.73 4,047,144.46 4,436,520.13 4,447,322.73 3,221,800.39 3,340,489.64 3,170,559.95 3,024,947.83 3,261,316.69

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Percent

6.91% 24.48% 11.24% 15.95% 11.34% 4.75% 5.17% 7.10% 13.72% 21.41% 6.03% -1.80% 20.81% 8.06% 1.29% 20.07% 9.96% 6.09% 6.61% -2.31%

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made in house and are Gluten Free. We cater and deliver for any occasion including business meetings or training sessions. In a hurry? Go to Salata.com and we’ll have your order prepared and ready to go. We are conveniently located across from the Marriott and in the corridor of the Coca-Cola/ Minute Maid building. For catering service contact Vilma (cell) 832-279-5323, Fax: 832-886-4591, Email: Sugarland@salata.com. Country Clubs & Golf Courses Quail Valley Golf Club 281-403-8518 (Direct) 281-403-5910 (Golf Shop) www.golfquailvalley.com Quail Valley Golf Course offers 36 holes of championship golf, a full practice facility, lessons and a fully stocked golf shop. The Missouri City Community Center at Quail Valley Golf Course hosts the Bluebonnet Grille at the 37th Hole, multiple event rooms as well as the 300 seat Magnolia Ballroom. Quail Valley Golf Course and the Missouri City Community Center are the perfect sites for your next meeting or big event. For more information visit www.golfquailvalley. com Quail Valley Golf Course 2880 La Quinta Dr. is located at Missouri City, TX 77459. Riverbend Country Club 281-269-2526 www.riverbendcountryclub.org triciarbcc@gmail.com. Tricia Hawks, 1214 Dulles Avenue, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Conveniently located in the heart of Sugar Land, Riverbend Country Club is just 25 minutes south of downtown Houston, Texas. Established in 1957, Riverbend continues its tradition as Fort Bend County’s only member owned club. Whether you’re looking for championship golf, fine dining, pools, tennis, fitness facilities or a wide variety of social and golf activities Riverbend is definitely the place to belong. Floral Flowers By Tiffany LLC 281-208-8681 www.FlowersByTiffanyStafford.com 13230 Murphy Road, Suite 400, Stafford, TX 77477. 281-208-8681. 2011 CMUS Power Award Winner – Internet Customer Service Award. Beautiful Flowers for all occasions, Weddings, Events, Funerals, Plants, Fruit & Gourmet Baskets. Member of the Better Business Bureau and Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Mention the Fort Bend Business Journal for a special discount.

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Home Inspection Services Armadillo Home Inspection Services 281-342-9955 Stan Snyder Licensed Professional Inspector TREC # 5285 inspectorstan@sbcgloal.net “A Home Inspection Saves You $$$!”

Ice Cream Specialties Southern Ice Cream 281-499-9837 www.SouthernIceCreamTX.com Great for all occasions! Reward your employees, clients or families. Serve delicious ice cream specialties from Southern Ice Cream in Stafford, Texas. Do you have a special fundraising project or marketing project on your mind? Schedule a push cart, ice cream truck or vintage ‘Original Good Humor’ truck to deliver these speciality deserts. Southern Ice Cream prides itself on personalized service delivering frozen treats efficiently to cool down even the hottest Houston days! It’s easy to book this unique and rewarding ice cream experience, just visit www.SouthernIceCreamTX. com or call Michelle at 281-499-9837.

Insurance Agencies Prince Benefits Group 281-325-0384 www.princebenefitsgroup.com Insurance Agency, that works with individuals & companies to purchase health, dental, vision, life & 401K. We represent Aetna, BCBS, United Healthcare, Guardian, Humana, Principal and many others. Don’t pay a 2014 TAX Penalty for being uninsured due to the new Healthcare Reform laws. Call us for affordable credible coverage. Insurance Solutions of Texas 281-565-2222 • 281-341-5060 www.insurancesolutionsoftexas.com Jay Harris, Auto, Home, Business, Flood Insurance. 14140 Southwest Freeway, Suite 150, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. 281-565-2222, Fax 281-565-3333. 2515 Ave. H, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. 281-341-5060, Fax 281-341-5558. Jewelers Gold Connection Jewelers 281-344-9900 • We Buy Gold www.goldconnection.net We are a full-service jewelry store in your neighborhood. We offer diamonds, gold and silver jewelry and watches. Repairs are done on our premises. Custom design is our specialty. We offer front door parking for your convenience. Our hours are M-F from 10:00-6:00 pm and again on Sat from 10:00-4:00 pm. We are located at 206 Hwy 90A, Richmond, 77406. Come see our fabulous inventory!

Live Music musicSource, Inc. 281-242-3049 281-204-7716 - Cell ramusica@windstream.net Set the mood with LIVE MUSIC at your next event. Vince Ramos and The Continental Combo will provide music for your Gala Event or a casual Oldies Party. One Man Band to 8 pc. MusicSource, Inc. will provide Acoustic Music and any genre including Rock-n-Roll, C&W, Jazz, Dixieland and Holiday Music. European and Hispanic International Theme Music? Luau, Pool Party, Margarita Party.......etc. Let’s have Fun. Give us a call. Outdoor events? No problem, we have portable power. Call or e-mail Vince Ramos 281-242-3049 ramusica@ wndstream.net.

Magazine Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com Fort Bend’s ONLY business publication. Reaching over 10,000 businesses monthly. The place to advertise to reach the vital Fort Bend County business community.

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Fort Bend Focus - 281-690-4242 Focus on Women - 281-690-4242 www.fortbendfocus.com Fort Bend’s ONLY feature magazine Direct mailed to almost 40,000 homes every month in Fort Bend’s most affluent subdivisions. Nature’s Pest Control Nature’s Own Pest And Lawn Service 281-656-2847 www.naturesownpestcontrol.org 18035 W. Little York Rd. Ste. F, Katy, TX 77449. Using an exterminator that will practice the safest and most natural techniques for pest control can be reassuring and December be the only consideration for those who are determined to live green in every way. Natural pest control with the best guarantee in the business. At Nature’s Own, we will eradicate your bugs and make your home bug free once again. Don’t lose any sleep over these pesky bugs. Call Nature’s Own today. Mention Fort Bend Business Journal and receive a special discount. Newspaper Fort Bend Star 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com We have been delivering a free community newspaper to homes throughout Fort Bend County longer than ANY OTHER Newspaper.

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Upright MRI of Sugar Land 281-494-0505 www.mri911.com CLAUSTROPHOBIC? Upright MRI is the only True OPEN MRI in Sugar Land. We scan patients standing, sitting, or lying down. For the first time, patients can be scanned in weight-bearing postures and in their position of pain. It is ideal for patients who have difficulty lying down due to respiratory or cardiac problems. Mention this ad and receive $25 off your first scan. 2655 Cordes Drive #150, Sugar Land, 77479. Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Optometrists Elissa R. Wedemeyer O.D., FCOVD, F.A.A.O 281-499-2600 www.drwedemeyer.com 6026 Hwy. 6 Missouri City, TX 77459. Therapeutic Optometrist; Visual Perceptual / Binocular Therapy; medical management of eye infections and diseases. The office has a large selection of fashion frames. Pharmacies Ed’s Pharmacy 281-499-4555 Ed Sziy, 3740 Cartwright, Missouri City, TX 77459, Fax: 281-499-7088.

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Immunizations & Drug Testing IMU Southwest, The IMUnization Clinic 281-313-7468 www.houstonvaccines.com houstonvaccines@gmail.com. 3727 Greenbriar Dr., Suite 403, Stafford, TX 77477- Vaccines for children and adults for school, fertility, work, immigration, or travel needs. Daytime, Evening, and Saturday hours and no wait appointments available. Vaccine titers and Drug Testing for individuals or corporations. Certified Drug Testing Center & CDC Designated Yellow Fever Provider. We perform oral HIV testing also. Mobile onsite clinics available for churches and corporations. We are now in network with Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Printers / Graphics Star Printing - 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com We professionally design and print flyers, postcards, brochures, magazines, newspapers and catalogs in high-quality digital graphics.

Angie Snyder 281-787-8718 Office: 281-265-5533 X 1282

Hall of Fame, ABR, BROR, GRI, SRES RE/MAX Fine Properties. Angie@HoustonHomeSales.net Celebrating 20 years in Real Estate Home Staging Specialists!

Colliers International, formerly Curtice Commercial Real Estate 281-494-4769 kcurtice@curticecommercial.com. Kolbe M. Curtice, CCIM, CLS, 15999 City Walk, Suite 250, Sugar Land Square located at U.S. Highway 59 & State Highway 6, Fax: 281-494-3227, Brokerage, Development, Investment and Tenant Representation, 25 years experience in Fort Bend. Riverstone Development Co. 281-499-8700 www.riverstone.com tomw@johnsondev.com. Tom Wilcox, 4855 Riverstone Blvd, Missouri City, Texas 77459, Fax: 281-499-8704, Luxurious waterside living in Fort Bend from $200s to the many millions. Jeanne Gregory, CRS, GRI 281-344-8918 www.jeannegregory.com jeannegregory@earthlink.net. 14905 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478, Fax: 281-242-6754, Re/Max Southwest. Residential real estate sales & corporate relocation. Jennifer Weaver, ABR, CRS, GRI 281-207-5037 www.jenniferweaver.com RE/MAX Southwest, 14905 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Residential sales and corporate relocation since 1979. Remodeling / Outdoor Living Living Improvements - 281-499-7000 www.living-improvements.com AWARD WINNING - 2010 & 2011 Houston’s BEST “Outdoor Living Space” Living Improvements’ commitment to excellence makes us the perfect fit for your building needs. We have over 200 years cumulative in-house experience in the remodeling and construction industry making us highly skilled, professional and detail oriented striving to exceed our customer’s expectations. We feature outdoor living spaces, custom homes, interior and exterior renovations. Our commitment to excellence is just one of the reasons we have over 5,000 satisfied customers. SERVING FORT BEND & SURROUNDING COUNTIES FOR OVER 35 YEARS.

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Tree Removal / Stump Grinding / Professional Pruning and Tree Feeding R. H. Tree Service - 832-277-6947 Tree removal, stump grinding, pruning and tree feeding are procedure specific and the result can be cost prohibitive when hiring a service that does only “surface” work and lacks proper expertise. With 20 years of experience, you can count on our consistent, reputable and professional crew. We are both insured and have excellent references. We handle all commercial and residential tree services, tree removal (no matter its height), proper procedural stump grinding, professional tree pruning and we have the experience and knowledge how to feed your trees that are undernourished or at a distressed level. Call the professional crew that you can count on! No job is too big or too small. Video Services Star Digital Studios 281-690-4280 www.starvideoproductions.com A full service video production studio providing all phases of video production including professional writing, videography, editing, DVD duplication, distribution; also video deposition services to the legal community. For video needed for a TV commercial, website posting, employee training, promotional DVDs, special presentations, coverage of live events/trade shows, or corporate videos, give us a call. If you are interested in something you do not see on our website, let us know and we’re ready to accommodate your needs! Water Softening and Purification Systems RS Water Service 281-416-9353 www.rswaterservice.com info@rswaterservice.com R & S Water Service is a Full Service Licensed Water Treatment Company. We offer CostEffective and Long-Lasting Water Softeners. We are 30%-50% less expensive than other water softening companies and we offer the best customer service even after the sale! Sales, Service and Installation of Water Softeners, No Salt Conditioners, Reverse Osmosis Systems, Well Water Systems, Ambassador II ChemFree Iron Filter Systems and Chloramine Removal Systems. We also can test and repair Back Flow devices. For other services or any questions please contact us. 281-416-9353 or info@rswaterservice.com. **List with the BBB. **Licensed members of the TWQA Texas Water Quality Association.

FOOD, DRINK, ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE WHERE TO EAT NOW - The following is a list of exceptional restaurants throughout in Fort Bend County & Katy Area. Prices reflect the average cost of a three-course dinner for one person, excluding drinks, tax and tip. $$$$=Very Expensive ($60 & Up). $$$=Expensive ($40-$60). $$=Moderate ($20-$40). $=Inexpensive (Under $20) . FB=Full Bar. WB=Serves Wine & Beer.

Bombay Palace Do you want to savor some of the best Indian food in all of Fort Bend, surrounded by elegant furnishings, a Bombay majestic mahogany full-service bar and soothing Palace background music? You can also book your very own private wine room that seats up to 14. Bombay Palace offers fine dining at affordable prices. Savor two of their finest dishes: Rack of Lamb that is skillfully marinated with ginger, garlic and our secret spices or the fabulous Chilean Sea Bass that is topped with a garlic spinach. Both dishes are served for under $20. Bombay Palace is open seven days a week for lunch: M-F – 11:00-2:00 and on Saturday-Sunday – 11:30-3:00; and then again for dinner every day from 5:30-10:00. On Saturday and Sunday, come in and enjoy either the delicious Tawa Special or Chat Corner. We cater for any sized party! Book your holiday party now. We promise you won’t be disappointed! 15295 SW Freeway, Sugar Land, 281.325.0071, www.bombaypalacesugarland.com. $$ • FB Cafe India Come enjoy the best Indian food in Fort Bend County! Sultan Momin is not only the friendly owner but also one of the experienced chefs in this quiet, very clean familyowned restaurant. Cafe India offers an excellent, fresh lunch buffet selection from 11:00-2:45 every day (except closed on Tuesday). From Monday-Thursday, come in and have an a-la-carte dinner and then enjoy a free dessert! Cafe India has not only received excellent reviews but is affordable and specializes in catering for any event. There is no better Tandoori Chicken, flavorable vegetable samosas, lamb dishes or biryani in town! Cafe India offers an excellent meal selection for two or four people. Cafe India is also open for dinner Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5:00-9:30 p.m., and then on Friday and Saturday from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Affordable, fresh, authentic Indian food while also offering wine and beer in a relaxed atmosphere. Cafe India is located at 2319 Williams Trace, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Call 281-565-5881 or visit www.cafe-india-restaurant.com. $ • WB Hoggs n’ Chicks At Hoggs & Chicks, we have a casual atmosphere for everyone’s dining pleasure. We serve a delicious and original French/Southern influenced cuisine that

satisfies those with ‘Small Bites’ to those with a Larger Appetite. As we like to say; “Southern Fried with a French Twist” – Frédéric Perrier (chef)! Hours MondayThursday 11:00am – 8:30pm, Friday 11:00am – 9:00pm, Saturday 10:30am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:30am – 8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10:30 – 2:00pm. We now have Shakes, Smoothies, and Frozen Lemonades. 8817 Highway 6, Suite 900, Missouri City, Texas 77459. 281-778-4644. Visit us online at www.hoggsnchicks.com/. $$ Las Haciendas Mexican Bar & Grill Santos Escobar and his brother Ascension Escobar serve up dozens of heaping traditional gourmet Mexican plates. Lunch Specials run weekdays from 11am - 3pm. Great margaritas, fajitas and much more. Catering available as well as a party room for private parties. • 12821 Southwest Freeway. 281-240-3060. $ • FB QQ China Cafe QQ China Cafe, a family owned Restaurant, has been serving a variety of oriental cuisines for over 3 years, Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin, and Mongolian. Only 100% vegetable oil is used and you will never find MSG. Located between Sienna Pkwy. and Fort Bend Pkwy. on Highway 6 in Missouri City., QQ China Cafe is open 7 days a week. Visit for a quiet, quaint, enjoyable lunch or dinner and take out is always available. Sunday - Thursday, 11AM - 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 11Am - 10:30PM, 10330 Hwy. 6 #G Missouri City, TX . 77459. Call 281-431-7777 or 281-431-7773. www.QQchina.webs.com $ Veritas Steak & Seafood The Rios family invites you to come and experience a superb quality cuisine and impeccable service combined with an elegant and warm ambiance at Veritas Steak & Seafood. Join them for a wonderful culinary adventure featuring USDA certified prime beef, chops, fresh seafood, soups, sandwiches, salads and an outstanding wine selection. They are open for both lunch and dinner Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 10:00 pm, Friday 11:00 – 11:00 pm, Saturday 4:00 – 11:00 pm, and closed on Sunday. Partake in their happy hour specials from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Monday – Saturday. 1550 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 500, Sugar Land • Call 281-491-2901. www. VeritasSteakandSeafood.com. $$ • FB

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FOOD, DRINK, ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse is the premier steakhouse in Fort Bend. Tradicao, pronounced Tra-dee-son, was named after the Brazilian word for “tradition” and founded on the idea to continue this traditional way of grilling. They are a family owned and operated churracaria whose goal is to make sure your dining experience is one you will never forget. Their prixe fixe menu includes 14 cuts of perfectly grilled meats brought to your table side, a large salad bar and hot sides. Private dining and catering is available. Tradico would like to invite you to come join them, sit back and relax. Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Sun 123pm. Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri 5-10pm, Sat 4-10pm, Sun 5-9pm. Phone: 281-277-9292. 12000 Southest Freeway, Meadows Place, TX, 77477, www.TradicaoSteakhouse.com. $S • FB

Salata Salata is a fresh and unique way to eat healthy and create your own freshly prepared hand tossed salad or salad wrap. Offering over 50 toppings of fruits and vegetables with the option to add chicken or seafood. Salata’s Signature Dressings, Soups and Sauces are made in house and are Gluten Free. We cater and deliver for any occasion including business meetings or training sessions. In a hurry? Go to Salata.com and we’ll have your order prepared and ready to go. We are conveniently located across from the Marriott and in the corridor of the Coca-Cola/ Minute Maid building. We are attached to Lone Star parking garage with FREE parking. For catering service contact Vilma (cell) 832279-5323, Fax: 832-886-4591, Email: Sugarland@salata.com. $

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