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President/CEO Gary Molberg Finance & Administration Dianne McClish, VP Christy Bigler Mary Garcia Membership Andrea McClintock, VP Lupe Fasano Linda Palmer Communication Penni Bentley, Director Business Development & Governmental Affairs Jason Harrison, Director Kim Woolsey Quality of Life & Arts Becky Zenor, VP Lupe Fasano K. Lynn Kiihn Convention & Visitor Council Jerry Holt, VP Mindy Bradley Jutta Matalka Eric Miller Rick Matchett Tina Teague Tiffany Redinger K. Lynn Kiihn Dulcy Carden Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop Mary Ramirez, Manager Helen Martinez Nancy Simpson Ann Beach Kay Cochran PO Box 9480 Amarillo, TX 79105 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax


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Chamber Receives State Award from Peers At The Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Media Contest The Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) recently held its annual convention in Nacogdoches. The Amarillo Chamber is a member of the state organization, and submitted an entry in the TCCE Media Contest in the Marketing Campaign category. Entries in this category could include a media mix pertaining to the promotion of the Chamber itself or a specific Chamber event. We entered materials used for the 2010 BusinessConnection® event “Open for Business”. Marketing pieces included posters, direct mailers, tickets, tradeshow directory, newsletter coverage, billboards, radio and television PSA’s, and powerpoint that showcased the

370 businesses booths to more than 5,000 attendees. Because of our size and annual budget, Amarillo competes with the larger communities in the state such as Dallas and Houston. Out of 9 total entries in this category, the Amarillo Chamber received 2nd Place.

Summer Fiesta Highlights Nearly 1,500 folks came out to enjoy the food, networking and live music at the 3rd Annual Summer Fiesta on June 24th. Special Thanks To: Arctic Glacier Ice, Budweiser Distributing Co., Chambers Electric Ltd., Coca Cola of Amarillo, Coors of Amarillo, Tom Velasquez and the Global Nomads Band, Glazer's Wholesale Distributors, KGNC AM/FM & The Eagle, Mayfield Paper, Miller of Amarillo, Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice, and Waste Wranglers. Thanks To These Food Providers: Carino's Italian Grill, Cheddar's Casual Café, Country Barn Steakhouse, Famous Dave's of Amarillo, Gatti's Pizza, Joe Taco Mexi-Café, La Fiesta Grande, Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q, Schlotzsky's Deli, Taco Villa, The Plaza Restaurant, and United Supermarkets. Watch Fiesta highlights by clicking the link below: Download photos from the event:

Save June 23, 2011 for the next Summer Fiesta.

“We know we compete with the larger markets. The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and our community have much to offer. I think this award showcases what we provide to our members, our city and our area,” commented Chamber President & CEO Gary Molberg.

In this issue: New Members


American / Mexican Group & Water Conservation


Osprey in Clovis


CVC News


Business Resources


Chamber Open


Ribbon Cuttings




Renewing Members


Editor’s Corner


American-Mexican Group Met to Discuss Water Conservation By: David Brauer, Research Agronomist, Ogallala Aquifer Program Manager, CPRL ARS USDA


A group of ten scientists, farmers and water policy makers from the state of Zacatecas in Mexico met on July 7-9, 2010 scientists from the Agricultural Research Service laboratories in Bushland, Texas and El Reno, Oklahoma, University of Georgia, Texas A&M University, Kansas State University, and the U.S. Geological Society, along with representatives from regional ground water conservation districts, Foreign Agricultural Service-USDA, and National Resource Conservation Service-USDA. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss water conservation practices for the Calera Aquifer in Mexico, the multi-state Ogallala Aquifer and the Rush Spring Aquifer in Oklahoma. Irrigation is the chief water use in all three of these aquifers and agriculture contributes greatly to the three regional economies. This project in Mexico is an ‘outgrowth’ from the Ogallala Aquifer Program which consists of scientists with USDA-ARS laboratories at Bushland and Lubbock, Texas, along with Kansas State University, Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Service at both Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas Tech University, and West Texas A&M University. This was the third meeting of this AmericanMexican group; the first two meetings were held in the city of Zacatecas, in the state of Zacatecas of Mexico. The group from Mexico included scientists, water policy makers and farmers. The farmers also were member of the local water district, COTAS.

of the Calera Aquifer is less developed than that for the Ogallala Aquifer.

Presentations on the first day (July 7) gave an overview of the geographic area covered by Ogallala Aquifer and the importance of the aquifer to the economy of the Texas High Plains. Services available to assist farmers with irrigation problems and increasing water application efficiency were described by representatives from NRCS-USDA and Texas AgriLife Extension Service. These presentations addressed questions that the people from Mexico had during the second workshop held in October 2009. The last presentations of the first day were progress reports by the research team regarding efforts made by the group since the last meeting. It was noted that information regarding the hydrology

On the workshop’s last day (July 9), the group toured the Conservation and Production Research Laboratory of USDA-ARS in Bushland, Texas. Presenters on the tour were chosen to feature research that may be useful to the group from Mexico to adapt to decreasing allotments of water for irrigation. Discussion on the last day culminated in an action plan for further research, which would include development of a better understanding of the hydrology of the Calera Aquifer and how much water can be saved by farmers by adopting water efficient irrigation systems.

On the second day of the workshop, participants divided into two groups: one group discussed technical issues related to the research projects; the other visited the North Plains Ground Water Distinct in Dumas, Texas and the Texas AgriLife Research station at Etter, Texas. Representatives of the North Plains Groundwater District discussed how their organization worked and a lively discussion occurred. Decisions regarding ground water use tend to be made by the central federal government in Mexico City and the delegates from COTAS expressed a desire to have a system more like that on the Texas High Plains in which water users and the public are more involved in making water policies. At the Texas AgriLife Research Station at Etter, the group was briefed on the economics of water conservation regarding grain production. It became apparent from this discussion that farms in Zacatecas tend to be smaller and water use is under stricter control by the federal government. Despite the differences, the group from Mexico was interested in how they could use more efficient irrigation techniques common to Texas to help them deal with a proposed 50% decrease in water appropriations in the next 10 years.

Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in June 806Junk Josh Case 12301 Bobbye Lane Canyon, TX 79015 (806) 553-JUNK (5865) Locally Owned! We specialize in Junk removal services from small residential jobs to large commercial jobs. We will do all the loading and clean up for you. Air Liquide Robert Love 801 West North Carrier Parkway Grand Prarrie, TX 79050 (972) 897-0374 Fax: (972) 660-0591 Alliance Irrigation Dalhart, LP Sharon Wiggans Jeri Ward PO Box 1504 Dalhart, TX 79022 (806) 244-4236 Fax: (806) 244-7940

Angie Bagwell-Farmers Insurance Angie Bagwell 600 S. Tyler Street, Suite 900 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 350-7950 Fax: (806) 350-7954 Farmers Insurance Agency offering auto, home, life and commercial insurance at competitive rates. Providing excellent customer service and personal attention to your insurance needs!

Burnett Commodities, Inc. Rance Burnett 1800 Washington, Ste 307 Amarillo, TX 79102 (806) 359-8200 Fax: (806) 359-8202 BCI is a full service commodity trading and consulting firm. Specializing in multiple markets, while developing risk management strategies for agriculture & energy producers and users. 3

Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in June Caprock Auctions Kristin van Reenen Monte Epperson 20700 Arnot RD Canyon, TX 79015 (806) 674 2524 We are very excited to serve the greater Amarillo area, we specialize in estate auctions/sales, benefit events & business liquidations. Call us for a free consultation. D & D Mattress Co., LLC Carl Roop Don Roop 4219 SW 45th Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 322-2033 Fax: (806) 322-2035 Locally owned and operated. Over 52 years retail experience. Sealy Posturepedic & Stearns Foster dealer. Diversified Improvement Contractors Danny Powers 1800 S Washington, Ste 206 Amarillo, TX 79102 (806) 349-4621 Fax: (806) 349-4635 General contractor specializing in multifamily, commercial, and residential construction. Jessica Hunnicutt, Farmers Insurance 600 S. Tyler St. Suite 900 Amarillo, TX 79101 Fax: (806) 350-7954 Farmers Insurance Agency offering auto, home, life and commercial insurance at competitive rates. Providing excellent customer service and personal attention to your insurance needs!

Law Office of Cynthia Barela Graham Cindi Barela Graham 600 S. Tyler, Ste 1814 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 345-3150 Fax: (806) 373-3541 Cindi Barela Graham practices Family Law in the Panhandle. She and her staff are dedicated to providing superior legal services to people involved in Family Law matters. Luv Ur Hair Salon & Boutique Libby Kelley 2600 Paramount, Ste G-2 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 418-2318 Luv Ur Hair offers trendy fashionable up to date Hair, apparel, jewelry and accessories. Apparel comes in All sizes. Helping you Luv Ur Hair. Ms D's Expressions Laseda Dickson 2734 S Georgia Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 352-5534 Fax: (806) 352-5534 Ms D's Expressions specializes in ladies church suits, mother of the bride dresses, hats & costume jewelry. Brands such as Donna Vinci, Tango, Chancelle, Elite etc. MSN Home Care Stephanie O'Brien, RN, DON Renee Parks 1901 Medi Park Dr, Suite 39 Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 353-2101 Fax: (806) 353-2674 MSN HomeCare’s newest office, in Amarillo, TX offers home care services for adults and children with special needs,

plus a dedicated respiratory therapist. We work side by side with our clients and their physicians to coordinate the best possible combination. Palo Duro Heating & Air Doyle Reece Susanne Reece 2500 SW 7th Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 318-3993 Fax: (806) 367-9049 New Construction Heating & Air, remodels & replacement of HVAC & duct work. Custom vent hoods, service on all models. Satisfaction guaranteed. Panhandle Health Care, Inc. Lana Carter - Patterson Vera Martinez 511 SW 11th Ave Spearman, TX 79081 (806) 659-3110 Fax: (806) 644-1112 Panhandle Health Care is a home health agency that provides home health care services to residents of the Panhandle. Services include skilled nursing, PT/OT, and home health aide services. Medicare accredited, and we accept most insurances.

DID YOU KNOW… If you receive an invoice from the Chamber via email, you can click on the link and pay it directly online with your credit card through our secure site. Save a

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Osprey Landing in Clovis By: Jason Harrison, Director of Business & Governmental Affairs Members of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce’s Board and Governmental Affairs Council took some time out of their busy schedules and joined executives and employees from Bell Textron on a trip to Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, NM. The event was celebrating the delivery of the first of several new CV-22 Osprey ordered by the Air Force’s Special Operations group residing on the base. Due to Amarillo’s ties to Bell Textron and Cannon AFB, the group was not only very welcomed, but well received by the event organizers.

Left to Right: David Hudson, Bill Harris, Joel White, Jason Harrison, Buzz David, Wendi Finney Swope, Brad Martin, Jennifer Ashley, Gina Dowdy 5

Convention & Visitor Council 2009-10 Year-To-Date Statistics Tourism

Occupancy Rate


Room Nights


Overnight Visitors


Visitor Center Guests

July 2010

Overnight Travel Impact ($)

Group Tours Inquiries for Amarillo Information

1,388,140 5,518 298 33,470 $220,872,160

Film Office 10-11 14-18 21-26 23-25 26-29

Cargill Cattle Feeders Rock Club Excursion


Xcel Energy Lineman’s Rodeo


North Randall county Baseball Assn. 12 Year Old SW Regional Tournament


Andrew-Benson Family Reunion Family Reunion


Region 16—Academy for Teachers of Young Children Region 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19


August 2010

Information requests


Conventions # of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo Delegates Room Nights Delegate Spending ($)

54 25,407 13,925 $10,548,073

Delegates Booked-Future Conventions


Delegate Room Nights Booked


CVC Website Ave Monthly Visits


Ave Monthly Page Views


Page Views / Visit


CVC Communications 3-8

Grand Chapter of Texas Order of the Eastern Star



Amarillo Area Tennis Assn. August ZAT Tournament


West Texas Cutting Horse Assn. Futurity



American Quarter Horse Assn. (AQHA) Adequan Select World Championship Show


Publicity Advertising Equivalency




Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in June Panhandle Re-Bath William Redekopp Henry Wall 3225 50th Street Lubbock, TX 79413 (806) 771-8719 Fax: (806) 771-8722 Re-Bath specializes in remodeling bathrooms. We can put a new bathtub over your old one, convert your bathtub into a shower, replace your bathtub or shower base with a new one, and put new walls over your old and out of date tile.

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. Jeremiah Bentley 6210 Hwy 290 East Amarillo, TX 78723 (512) 224-7647 Fax: (512) 224-8585

Sun Adventure Sports Brent Quillin 2826 Wolflin Ave. Amarillo, TX 79109 Sun Adventure Sports carries over 300 bicycles, running and triathlon gear, sports apparel and skate shop. It also offers bike accessories, repair and rental.

The Wolflin House Donna & Murray Myatt 9911 Myatt Dr. Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 679-7051 Fax: (806) 355-0849 The Wolflin House (Originally 1928 Golf Course Club House) hosts small group gatherings (i.e. meetings, weddings, showers, family reunions, birthday parties, etc.) Indoors and outdoors.

The English Rose Boutique Jamie Carson 6208 Hillside, Ste 1500 Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 358-7673 Fax: (806) 351-2129

Why is shopping local important? When you spend $1 in the local economy, you also pay 8.25 cents in sales tax. Of that money, two pennies stay here locally to help keep your property taxes low, fund economic development and jobs, and it pays for the services you enjoy from the city. The city of Amarillo depends on several sources of revenue to operate. The largest amount of income comes from two areas: sales tax and property taxes. Both of these revenue sources need a healthy local economy. That money helps pay for services you depend on, like fire and police protection, parks and recreation, paved roads, and water and sewer service.


Get Noticed by 320 Golfers Sponsor A Tee Box Sign:


11TH ANNUAL CHAMBER OPEN   Thursday, July 29, 2010 Location: Ross Rogers Golf Complex Format: 4-Man Scramble









Tee Box Signs - 18” x 24” Sign – $400.00 Your company logo will appear on 2 full color canvas signs. The signs and sign holder are yours to keep after the tournament. The corners have grommets and the signs can be reused as 2 mini banners. All signs are displayed prominently at the registration area and around the clubhouse for maximum visibility by 320 golfers.

Call Becky at 342-2010 or Lupe at 342-2003 for more info or to be put on the waiting list!

Volunteers Blitz Members In June we called upon some great volunteers, committee members and  community leaders to resurrect an old event at the Chamber...a Mem‐ bership Blitz Day.  More than 30 people split up into teams of two and  called on more than 200 of the newest Chamber members.  Teams wel‐ comed the business to the Chamber with a small gift, answered ques‐ tions, and encouraged them to get involved.  Teams then reported back  any feedback and suggestions from our members.     Thank you volunteers:  Amy Henderson (ANB), David Medrano (ANB),  Susan Bowers (FBSW), Melanie Stewart (Your Décor), Judy Whiteley  (FBSW), Donny Wilson (FBSW), Kelvin Betzen (Atmos Energy), Millie  Bingham (KFDA), DeRima & Gary Johnson (Schakolad Chocolate Factory),  Sonja Gross (Amarillo Club), Lew Bradshaw (TPBA), Heath Acker (ANB),  Nemo Rodriguez (ANB), Nickie Wood (NTS Communications), Vince Wirt  (Wirt Insurance), Pat Bowlin (Craig Methodist), Christy Taylor (Craig  Methodist), Jeanette Crandall (Cintas Corporation),  Blanca Frey  (Ambassador Hotel), Chris Christian (Amarillo Business Concepts), Mat‐ thew Benton (Amarillo Business Concepts), Estella Barker (Sam's Club),  Selena Veal (Scarborough Specialties), Brian Tackett (Farmers Insur‐ ance), Barbara Parker (Arbonne), Mike Shaffer (SuddenLink), Bill Gam‐ brel (SuddenLink), Tracy Cortesi (BeautiControl Mobile Spa), Teresa Sny‐ der (Interim Health & Hospice), Tina Teague (CVC) & Tiffany Redinger  (CVC). To volunteer in future Chamber Blitz Days, contact Andrea at 342‐2007  or email andrea@amarillo‐ 

Tee Box Signs

In-Kind Sponsors: Amarillo CVC, Amarillo On-Site Massage, Amarillo Residence Inn, Display Concepts, Document Shredding & Storage, Education Credit Union, Glazer’s, Johnson & Sheldon, Midas, Sleep Inn & Suites, WTAMU Athletic Department


Are you a new Chamber Member?

Celebrating an anniversary year in your business?

Opening a new location?

Remodeling or expanding?

Amarillo Community Federal Credit Union 6030 S Western

Babies' Palace 3333 S Coulter, Suite C-1

Caprock Auctions #3 Snead

Curtis-Fleming Learning Center 3001 Wolflin

Downtown Women’s Center 812 SW 10th

English Rose 6208 Hillside, Suite 1500 Contact Linda to schedule your Ribbon Cutting or Ground Breaking event! 342-2006


Golden Spread Chorus

Good Karma Cigar 110 SE 12th

Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas 1904 Bell

Hayashi Japanese Steakhouse 3401 I-40 West

Luv Ur Hair Salon & Boutique 2600 Paramount, Suite G-2

Parie Designs 2630 Wolflin

Texas Panhandle Builders Assn. 9203 Buccola

Verizon 7203 I-40 West, Suite M

Waddell & Reed 600 S Tyler, Suite 1701

Chamber Facebook: CVC Facebook (Tourism): CVC Facebook (Conventions): Chamber Twitter: CVC Twitter: Chamber Videos: Chamber Event Photos:


Health Insurance Available Through Chamber Insurance agents and businesses interested in the Amarillo Chamber Healthcare Cooperative insurance products must be members of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and agents must be certified by United Healthcare. Call Dianne McClish at 342-2002 or email her at for more information. Certified Agents are listed on our website and the eight United HealthCare insurance plans available to members at a 7% discount are also described on our website under the “Healthcare” tab. A shortcut to the link is:

Sensible Alternative Coverage to Workers’ Comp For more info:'_comp_alternative.aspx'_comp_alternative.aspx

Policy highlights are available on the chamber website under the HEALTH CARE tab and INSURANCE COVERAGE quicklink. An exclusive panel of local insurance agents will assist the Chamber membership with sales and service.

Diane Wall Insurance Agency


Edmond Deaton & Stephens


Fuqua-Bryson Benefits Group


Hilb Rogal & Hobbs Co of Amarillo (HRH)


Neely Craig & Walton


PIA Insurance


Upshaw Insurance Agency


Williams-Boyce Agency, LLP


Willis HRH


Interested in advertising in this electronic publication? Get a 1/4 page ad for $50 or a 1/2 page ad for $100. For more information, contact Penni Bentley at 342-2005 or email Ads are hyperlinked to your website or email. Click an ad and try it out. Thanks to all of our advertisers in this issue.'_comp_alternative.aspx

887 Media Amarillo Cheer Elite Amarillo College Amarillo College/Business & Industry Center Amarillo Custom Box Company Amarillo On-Site Massage Amarillo Pathology Group LLP Amarillo Protective Services Amarillo Town Club AquaOne Arctic Glacier Inc. Associated Supply Company Inc B & D Properties Baptist St. Anthony's Health System Battery Joe Ben E Keith Foods Big State Remodeling, Ltd. Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center Blinds and Wallpaper for Less/Interior Innovations Blunck's Studio Brock Thompson Trading Bubble Bath Car Wash Carino's Italian Grill Cavender's Boot City Cheddars Casual Cafe Chick-Fil-A CHS Inc., Amarillo Lubricants Cintas Corporation Classic Events by Rabern Rentals CRAMER Computer Supplies Inc. / Data Flow Custom Trophies D & L Plastic Screening Dale Buckner, Inc. Desperado's Catering Ditch Witch of West Texas, Inc Donut Stop, Inc. Dulaney Auto & Truck Parts Encompass Chiropractic Foust Feeds & Trailers Gatti's Pizza Co. Delivery Gebo's Farm Store Get Fit Glazer's Wholesale Distributors

Greg R. Schmidt, C.P.A. Hi Plains Canvas Products, Inc High Plains Eye Health Center Inc. HR's Flowers & Gifts IBS of the Texas Panhandle dba Interstate Batteries Irish Springs Pools & Spas J C Penney Inc Jack Sisemore Traveland, L.P. Jason's Deli Johnson & Sheldon, P.C. K R B G 99.5 FM KFDA NewsChannel 10 CBS TV/DT Kwahadi Heritage, Inc. La Fiesta Grande Lady-Bug Services Latham Hometown Realty/Christine Wyly Laura Brooks/Keller Williams Leon L Hoyt & Company, L L P Leslie Massey/Farmers Insurance Marble Depot Mayfield Roofing, Inc Midas Auto Service Experts Morris Technologies Mountain Time Homes Mrs. Hal G Riddle Ms. Piggy's Custom Bake Shoppe Northwest Texas Healthcare System Nursefinders Open Road Mobility Pablo R Diaz-Esquivel, M D P A Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Panhandle Steel Buildings Inc Papa Murphy's Pizza Take & Bake Parie Designs Parkview House Bed & Breakfast ParrotVille Travel Peterson Farris Pruitt & Parker Physicians Preferred Laboratory PICS Inventory Specialists Pinkie's Inc. Plains Builders Inc Plains Dairy L.L.C. Plains Transportation Inc

Proffitt's Lawn & Leisure Ltd. Prudential Ada Realtors/Steve Meyer Re/Max Highplains Realty Robert Keys & Associates Land Surveying Robinson's Hay and Animal Nutrition Ronald McDonald House of Amarillo Ross Rogers Golf Course Royal Glass of Amarillo, LTD Shepard's Crook Nursing Agency, Inc. Specialty Supply Spellmann & Associates Splash Amarillo State Farm/Brian Moore State Farm/Kay McMinn State Farm/Rhonda Greathouse State Farm/Shannon Brooks Storyland Preschool & Child Care Center Street Toyota Support Hose Plus Store SWS Financial Services/Bill Jenkins Tate & Cox, P.C. Texas Plains Federal Credit Union Thai Arawan Restaurant the insurance stop The Monogram Shop The People's Federal Credit Union The Right Angle The Village Antique Mall dba To The Point by Laura, LLC Top Notch Outfitters Inc Tyson Foods UniFirst Corp. Warren's Glass & Trim WD Architects West Texas Golf Cars Western Chiropractic Clinic Willis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Window World of Amarillo Witt Flooring Center Xcel Energy /Southwestern Public Service Co.


July 29

Chamber Open Golf Tournament

Aug 26

Business Awards Banquet

Sep 9

Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off

Oct 19

Chamber Annual Banquet


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Check out our Chamber and Community Calendars online. You can submit events to the Community Calendar. This is a great way to show locals and visitors to the city the many things to see and do in our community. Please keep in mind the Chamber reserves the right to include or exclude events as we deem appropriate.

2009-10 Board of Directors Executive Committee Chair Chair-Elect President/CEO Past Chair Finance Membership Council Business Council Governmental Affairs Council Quality of Life Council Ag Council Convention & Visitor Council City of Amarillo

Laura Street J. Pat Richmond Gary Molberg Kelvin Betzen David Hemphill Al Cunningham Bill Jenkins Bill Harris Penelope Davies Dr. James Clark Guy C. Vanderpool Mayor Debra McCartt Commissioner Madison Scott


Fredia Allen Tim Archer Roy Bara Scott Bentley David Craig Michael Cruz Jill Dana Buzz David Bob Garrett Brad Martin Cameron Monroe

Shawn Morrison Robert Murray David Prescott John Salazar, Jr. Rod Schroder Les Simpson Janie Singleton William Ware Leah Ware James Wester Jeff Yarber

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Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Chamber Director of Communications We really do have some of the most fun events in Amarillo, and if you are not participating, you are missing out. Sure, the Chamber is about growing your business and making connections, but sometimes the best way to do that is in a fun, relaxed environment. Right now our staff is putting together the goodie bags for our Chamber Open Golf Tournament next week. In it’s 11th year, this event has grown more and more and has a waiting list to play. We sold out earlier than ever this year, and to accommodate more that wanted to play, we opened up a morning division. There will be 320 golfers networking on the golf course...what a great way to meet new people and build some lasting friendships. Not to mention, our sponsors get some great recognition and prime visibility. We can’t thank them enough.

3pm the day of the event. After 3pm, tickets are $30 at the gate.) We even provide you with great live music from The Global Nomads playing the best country and classic and southern rock. Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 2nd. There is still time to get a cooking team together and enter, but space fills up quickly. Contact Andrea (aka The BBQ Queen) for more information at 342-2007 or email her at So as always, tell us how we are doing. Give us your suggestions, feedback, and input. Get involved. We are YOUR Chamber.

In a little more than six weeks, the smell of mesquite and charcoal will fill the air of downtown Amarillo when we host the 15th Annual Chamber Good Times Celebration® Barbecue Cook-Off. It’s hard to believe this event started back in 1996 in the Chamber parking lot with just a handful of teams. The event has grown to more than 105 cooking teams and takes up more than 4 city blocks with about 7,000 people sampling the best ribs, brisket, chicken in a tri-state area. We are very excited to partner with Panhandle Tickets for the first time to sell our tickets online, at the Civic Center Box Office, at all Amarillo and Canyon United Supermarkets and other Panhandle Ticket outlets. We know this will be the most convenient option for our event goers. And it’s still the best price for all you can eat and drink and network at $25 per person. (The $25 price is good until


July 2010 eNewsletter  

Highlighting events and members of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce

July 2010 eNewsletter  

Highlighting events and members of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce