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President/CEO Gary Molberg Membership Andrea McClintock, VP Christy Bigler Linda Palmer Communications Penni Bentley, Sr. Director Business Development & Governmental Affairs Jason Harrison, VP Mary Garcia Events Kim Woolsey, Director Quality of Life & Arts Becky Zenor, VP Mary Ramirez Convention & Visitor Council Dan Quandt, Exec. Director Mindy Bradley Jutta Matalka Eric Miller Tina Brohlin Emilea White Lindsey Arbeiter Mary Ramirez Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop Jutta Matalka Helen Martinez Ann Beach Lyn Bridges Denise Rayford 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax



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WOW –Women on the Way Scholarship Luncheon June 14, 2012 Ambassador Hotel 218 attendees

Featured Speakers: Kim Castleman and Kris David Hosted by: Women’s Council, Amarillo Executive Women, Amarillo Women’s Network, and Texas Business Women of Amarillo. Event Sponsors: Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Ambassador Hotel, B&W Pantex, Bell Helicopter, Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors, Johnson & Sheldon, P.C., KAMR 4 , Street Toyota, Upshaw Insurance, Xcel Energy

Women’s Annual Christmas Luncheon December 5, 2011 Amarillo Club 158 attendees

Freda Powell, BP America Production Company, was named the Women’s Council Business Woman of the Year.

In this issue: Membership Council


Ag Council & Governmental Affairs Council


Quality of Life Council


Arts & Foundation


Convention & Visitor Council Council & Committee Members

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Business Excellence Awards


Business Council


Board of Directors


Communications / Editor’s Corner




Summer Fiesta


Chamber Open Golf Tournament


Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off


Healthcare Cooperative


Ribbon Cuttings & Ground Breakings Monthly 2011 – 2012 139 Ribbon Cuttings 10 Ground Breakings

More than 30 business leaders volunteer to serve on the Round-Up Club that attends ribbon cuttings and ground breaking events throughout the year. Vince Wirt served as the Chair of this club in 2011-2012. For a list of current members, see page 12.

Well, I have without a doubt, loved being on the Chamber Ribbon Cutting team! It is SUCH a great bunch of people. I feel like we are a little family! I can’t stand it when I have to miss one , for whatever reason. It is so nice to see all the new businesses coming to town, or just change in ownership. LOVE IT LOVE IT!! Susan Bowers Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager FirstBank Southwest

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Annual Banquet

October 12, 2011 Amarillo Civic Center 320 Attendees Featured: Bennett Glazer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer The Glazer Companies Sponsored by: Membership Council and Glazer Wholesale Distributors

Membership Blitz June 7, 2012

22 Chamber member volunteers made courtesy calls on 150 new business members. In total, more than 213 new members joined the Chamber in 2011-12.

Shop Smart. Shop Local. Ongoing Campaign

A kick-off press conference was held at the Chamber in May 2012 as the Chamber partnered with the Amarillo Globe-News and City of Amarillo for the third year to support and promote a campaign to encourage the Amarillo community to shop at home. Shopping local increases the local sales tax dollars that provide needed community services like police, fire, and infrastructure. The Chamber has added the Shop Smart. Shop Local. logo to our business cards and advertisements, and we encourage everyone to help promote this message in their own marketing plans. The City of Amarillo reported a record year for sales tax collection the past year.

Faces, Places & Open Spaces Book May 2012

The Chamber partnered with Ron Lammert, Historical Publishing Network, to produce and publish 500 copies of a beautiful coffee table book of original photographs from Ralph Duke with narrative by Christine Wyly of the things that make Amarillo a great place to live, work and raise a family. The book featured more than 80 local company and organizational profiles. A limited number of First Edition hardback books are available at the Chamber for purchase for $39.95 plus tax for members, and $49.95 plus tax for non-members.


Ag Appreciation Luncheon November 30, 2011 Civic Center 500 attendees

This annual luncheon had Representative Rick Hardcastle speak on legislative issues impacting the Texas agricultural industry. Duncan & Boyd Jewelers presented the Farmer of the Year Award to Bud Sneed from Dalhart. Supported By: Ag Council and Texas Symposium

Ag Appreciation Area at BusinessConnection®

May 13, 2012 Civic Center South Exhibit Hall The council showcased agriculture at the Chamber’s annual tradeshow to raise awareness on how important the industry is not only to Amarillo, but the 26 counties located in the Panhandle.

Supported by: Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Council

DC Days (Even Years) April 18-20 2012 Washington, D.C. 20 Attendees

Sponsored By: Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Bell Helicopter and Xcel Energy. Supported By: Governmental Affairs Council Chamber representatives and local leaders met with government officials in Washington, D.C. to present position reports on agriculture, education, energy and healthcare, so they may make informed decisions that will ultimately have a positive impact on Amarillo.

Panhandle Days (Odd Years) The purpose of this event is to deliver a unified message to our state legislators on important legislative issues that affect the 26 counties located in the Texas Panhandle, such as the arts, agriculture, education, energy, healthcare, and workforce development. SAVE THE DATE February 18 -20 2013 Austin, TX

Receptions & Events US Rep Mac Thornberry October 2011 Region 16 Hosted a luncheon to discuss importance of protecting your business and patents from cyber thieves. US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison February 2012 Bell Helicopter Press Conference and Farewell Reception Bell Helicopter May 2012 Chamber Lobby Reception honoring our Elected Officials for their support of Bell Helicopter and the Armed Forces The Governmental Affairs Council gives us a forum to identify legislative issues that impact the Panhandle, and opportunities in Austin and Washington, D.C. to demonstrate support for our area’s legislative delegation. Sherry Kunka Director, Community Affairs Sharyland Utilities, L.P.

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Ready for the Real World? January 18, 2012 Civic Center

Over 1,900 AISD high school students attended sessions on Career Choices, Living on Your Own, Education and Training beyond High School and How to Manage your Money. Over 30 local companies participated by serving as presenters in the sessions. The purpose is to give these students the opportunity to better prepare themselves for college, trade school and/or the workforce. Sponsors: Xcel Energy Foundation, Amarillo Independent School District, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, Mays Foundation, and the Josephine Anderson Charitable Trust.

iLead AISD

September 15, 2011, November 3, 2011, February 2, 2012, March 22, 2012 AISD Board Room Forty-two community leaders participated in the iLead AISD program. The goal of iLead AISD is to develop a continuing core of active, wellinformed advocates who are familiar with the “big picture” and issues that confront AISD. They can share information they learn with the community and may step into campus and district leadership roles. Sessions focused on 1) Curriculum Development, Management and Assessment, 2) Community Relations Department, Governance, Legislative Issues Related to Hiring, 3) District Demographics, School Finance, Budget, Technology, Facility Design and Support Services, and 4) Athletics, Career and Technology, Fine Arts, AISD Online School, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Special Education, Bilingual Education, Gifted and Talented, Guidance and Counseling, Student Health Services and Library Services. The participants graduated from the iLead AISD in April. Participants included: Julie Arias, Annette Asencio, Jo Tyler Bagwell, Steve Bowen, Sharon Burris, Richard Constancio, Jr., Lindsay Currie, Kimberly Dryden, Lyndy Wilkinson, Jill Goodrich, Melodie Graves, Toni Gray, Stacy Hand, Cara Hardin, Stacey Harwell, Brent Hawkins, Lori Henke, Jason Herrick, Joni Kleinschmidt, Tom Knapp, Charlie Love, Jennilee Lovelady, Lizzie Mason, Amanda Mayfield, Brad McCall, Richard McElreath, Marcy McKay, Will Miller, Nick Nevarez, Jr., Jason Norman, Andrew Patterson, Jeremy Pratt, David Prescott, Julian Reese, Andy Roller, Matt Sherwood, Sabrina Sisneros, Allison Teuscher, Berkley Thompson, Dana Walton, Tiller S. Watson, III, Casey Wood, and Edwinda Wood. Sponsors: Xcel Energy Foundation, Amarillo Independent School District and Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

I am currently participating in iLead. After only one class, I learned more about the school district and the inner workings than I ever dreamed of. Can’t wait to attend more classes and learn more about our awesome school district. Jennifer Currie Assistant Vice Presient Happy State Bank

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Teachers and Students Touring Businesses Day November 2, 2011 Civic Center

250 AISD middle and high school students and teachers toured 25 local companies. These companies included: ASARCO, City of Amarillo, Owens Corning, Amarillo Gear, Bell Helicopter, Pacific Cheese, NWTHS, Coffee Memorial Blood Bank, Xcel Energy Technical Center, Big Texan Steak Ranch, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, Street Toyota, Atmos Customer Service Center, Happy State Bank, KAMR 4, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, National Weather Service, Bruckner Truck Sales, Amarillo Globe-News, AISD, Hastings Entertainment, Ambassador Hotel, Anderson Merchandisers, Suddenlink and Jan Werner Adult Day Care. Sponsors: Xcel Energy Foundation, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and Amarillo Independent School District

Partners in Education Dinner April 17, 2012 Civic Center

Over 650 attended and awards were presented to businesses, individuals, non-profits, civic clubs, organizations and churches for their volunteer and financial service to AISD. Sponsors: Happy State Bank, Big Texan Steak Ranch, AISD, and Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

Annual Civic Beautification Landscaping Project This committee selects a location in need of landscaping and develops a partnership with that organization to make sure the completed landscaping is kept maintained by the organization. Approximately 50 trees will be planted at Another Chance House in November 2012 along their new duplexes built to house homeless veterans. Sponsors: Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Civic Beautification Committee, Krause Landscape Contractors Inc., and TSAF Koontz Fund.


Shop Smart Shop Local Celebrate the Arts August 21, 2012 Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts

Those arts entities participating included Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre, Amarillo Little Theatre, Amarillo Little Theatre Academy, Amarillo Master Chorale, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo Music Teachers Association, Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Youth Choirs, Broadway Series, Carson County Square House Museum, Center City of Amarillo, Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian, Lone Star Ballet, Lone Star Ballet Academy, Panhandle Plains-Historical Museum and Windows on a Wider World. This was held to promote the upcoming arts exhibits and seasons to the community. Sponsors: Amarillo Globe-News, Civic Amarillo and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Arts Committee.

The Arts Committee

The Arts Committee provides financial assistance to local non-profit arts organizations to help them promote their seasons. They sponsor and maintain an arts website and a weekly arts ad in the Amarillo Globe-News arts section that ran from September, 2011 – May, 2012.

Golden Nail Awards April 12, 2012 Civic Center Golden Nail Awards recognized over 300 individuals, businesses, and foundations thanking them for their financial, in-kind and volunteerism to the fine arts. 2012 GNA Winners: Dr. and Mrs. Michael Engler, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Haywood from Canyon, Mr. and Mrs. Hassan Dana, Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Perriman, Wolflin Mortgage, Happy State Bank, Citizens Bank of Shamrock, Graham Brothers, W.H. and Mary Ellen Cobb Charitable Trust from Fort Worth, Reed-George Foundation from San Antonio, Mrs. Lorene Lacer, Mr. Charles Ritchie, Mrs. Gaynelle Riffe from Stratford, Dr. and Mrs. Gary Nall, Mrs. Stephanie Bybee, Mr. Dustin Sanders from Plainview, Amarillo College Student Government Association, and Mr. And Mrs. Al Smith. Three

Golden Touch Awards were presented to Lone Star Ballet’s “Lone Star Trilogy”, Plainview Symphony’s A Journey into Imagination and American Quarter Horse Foundation’s “America’s Horse in Art Show.” Sponsors: Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Arts Committee with assistance from Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors, Civic Amarillo, the Ambassador Hotel, and Parie Designs.

Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Foundation In 2011-2012, 8 grants were written for Ready for the Real World?, Teachers

and Students Touring Businesses Day, the Golden Nail Awards and the WOW Luncheon. Grants totaled $50,000.

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CVC Communications Advertising Equivalency

Tourism Stats Number of Trade/Consumer Shows attended: Approx. # of buyers/attendees Total definite group business from shows: Potential value group business from shows: Est. room nights from groups Est. total room nights from all visitors:

10 250/59,000 510 $178,000 18,394 1,211,000

Tourism Activities

Estimated value from international editorials, TV, & documentaries:


Film Commission

Assisted 8 film production companies

Amarillo Visitor Information Center Assisted 7,475 visitors including almost 700 international travelers.


Sample Placements: Amarillo Globe-News Texas Highways Texas Parks & Wildlife True West Austin American-Statesman Houston Chronicle Dallas Morning News Western Shooting Horse

CVC Website Total Unique Visitors Monthly Unique Visitors Monthly Page Views Page Views/Visit

342,000 26,500 156,000 6.0

Coupon Program Attraction coupons remain a popular program. 16 attractions participated in 2012 with coupons printed in the Visitor Guide and positioned online at This year the CVC inserted QR codes throughout leisure advertising to promote the coupons. Attractions from AMoA and PPHM to Wonderland and DHDC praise this program. All 16 participants have renewed for 2013.

CVC Wrap-Up Amarillo and the Amarillo CVC had a strong year in 2011-12. Hotel occupancy tax collections are up 4% for the fiscal year. Business booked for future years also ticked up in 2011-12. CVC staff were visible at major meetings in TX, the US and abroad to promote and sell the city. Several new properties opened during the year including Staybridge Suites and Comfort Suites, all in the Western Crossing, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites opened by the airport. Candlewood Suites is scheduled to open soon. The RV Museum opened in February and garnered lots of attention across the nation. Pioneer Town at PPHM re-opened after extensive renovations, leading the way for attendance increases at the museum. The Blue Dog exhibit at the Amarillo Museum of Art just wrapped up, bringing lots of new attendees to that attraction. TEXAS remained a major draw for the area, with an attendance increase this year.

“The Chamber has played a huge role in promoting Palo Duro Canyon State Park. From the grand opening of the Mack Dick Group Pavilion, to marketing to the thousands of tourists that visit the region each year, we sincerely appreciate the support the Chamber provides to the park!�

Cory Evans Park Superintendent Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Conventions Sales

Future Groups Booked in 2011-12 Number of Groups 72 Delegates 42,335 Room Nights 22,279 Sample of Groups Booked: Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association North American Limousin Junior Association Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Texas Rural Letter Carriers Association West Texas District of the Assemblies of God West Texas Justices of the Peace & Constables Assn. Wild West History Association Working Ranch Cowboys Association

Convention Servicing Groups Hosted in 2011-12 Number of Groups 75 Delegates 38,712 Room nights 19,350 Estimated Value $16,709,328 Sample of Groups Hosted: Amarillo Invitational Balloon Rally World of Wrestling Ink Life Tour Panhandle Kennel Club Vocational Ag Teachers Assn of TX Baptist General Convention of TX Farm & Ranch Show Working Ranch Cowboy Association Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association AQHA Adequan Select World Show

There are no words that are adequate to express how great a job the CVC sales team does when working on trying to get conventions to Amarillo. They go far above and beyond any other city CVC in Texas or in the United States. They are professional and caring at the same time.

Don and Jean Parker 2016 Texas Square Dance Bid Committee Chairmen

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12 Membership Council

As Needed

Bob Murray, Chair Round-Up Club


Estella Spinhirne, Chair Heath Acker Chase Arbeiter Claudia Archuleta Patricia Baca Mark Beard Millie Bingham Susan Bowers Michael Bostick Kimberly Brandyberry Brady Christian Chris Christian Chris Clark Steve Colgan Steve Dawson Billie Engel Cindy Fogiel Leah Fort Kip Frazer Anne Jones Ottie Jones Valerie Levario Bobby Martin Tony Martin Brian Rea Bernie Sanders Ed Schroeter James Shafer Randy Tinsley Ben Voss Marilyn Welborn Rusty Williamson Vince Wirt Quality of Life Council

Monthly—4th Thursday Penelope Davies, Chair Denise Blanchard Brandi Fennel Beth Duke Sandra Gonzalez Susan Hoyl Linda Pitner Ann Underwood

Chamber Foundation Board

As Needed

Randy Sharp, President Laura Street, Vice President Vicki Covey, Secretary Daniel Martinez, Treasurer Henry Davis Bob Juba Governmental Affairs Council

Monthly—2nd Wednesday J. Pat Richmond, Chair Ashton Allison Jennifer Ashley Christy Bertolino Kara Beyers Greg Burgess Cindy Cockerham LuLu Cowan Gina Dowdy Wendi Finney Swope Marvin Franz Bill Harris George Herring David Hudson Steve Jones Sherry Kunka Cameron Monroe Kay Peck Gary Purser Walter Riggs Liza Rowlan Paul Simpson A.J. Swope Roy Urrutia Ed Veiga JJ Walker Dr. Neal Weaver Joel White Business Council

Monthly—4th Tuesday

Billy Krause, Chair Bill Brian Pat Brinkman Dusty McGuire Brian Scott Jim Schooler Natalie Stephenson Christine Wyly Anne Zarbock

Brice Edwards, Chair Brad Brack Dr. John Cooley Ernesto Guzman Lindsay Haworth David Hemphill Amy Henderson Bill Jenkins Brian Jennings Paula Molberg Trent Morris Bruce Moseley Zane Oliver Jerome Pratt Joshua Raef Matt Sherwood David Terry Jake Wood Wes Wright

Golf Tournament Committee

Chamber Healthcare Cooperative

Al Cunningham, Co-Chair Brice Edwards, Co-Chair Alan Coe Steve Cross Tommy Nunn Paul Turner Tracy Young

Gary Molberg, President Al Cunningham Andrea McClintock Jason Harrison Michelle Bryson

Civic Beautification Committee

Monthly—1st Wednesday

As Needed

As Needed

Ag Council

Quarterly 2nd Wednesday

Dr. Don Topliff, Chair Kody Bessent Brandon Boughen Cory Bruce David Cleavinger Kathy Cornett Ken Crump Brice Edwards Dr. Dean Hawkins Kathy Hommel Dr. Terry Howell Donna Hughes Kay Ledbetter Tori Lujan Rodney Mosier Dr. John Sweeten Ross Wilson Josh Winegarner Convention & Visitor Council

Monthly—4th Wednesday Cliff Vanderpool, Chair Daphne Adkins Melody Alexander Sherman Bass Paul Borchardt Roger Cox Beth Duke Tony Freeman Ellen Green Kevin Hawkins Bobby Lee Kris Miller Donna Patel Tom Persechino Mark Shaffer Phil Woodall

CVC Communications Committee

Monthly—2nd Wednesday Tony Freeman, Chair Sherman Bass Coco Duckworth Bobby Lee Kris Miller Terry Pedigo Han Hsu

Convention & Tourism Committee

Monthly—2nd Wednesday Cory Evans, Chair

Arts & Golden Nail Awards Committee

Monthly—1st Tuesday Melody Alexander, Chair Marlies Ballengee Ann Crouch Chip Garrison Dr. Jim Kemp Kay Paine Kathy Sheldon Sally Skaggs Dale Williams

V{tÅuxÜ V{tÅÑ|ÉÇá Thanks to these 2011-12 Event Volunteers Names in Bold volunteered for 2 or more events. Allison Andrews Tyler Andrews Chase Arbeiter James Archer Katrina Atkins Bo Atkins Cody Barley Rick Barrera Shalene Bauss Chad Bentley Millie Bingham Denise Blanchard Hank Blanchard Susan Bowers Kimberly Brandyberry Nicole Brooke Mark Bullard Mario Bustos David Byrd Nita Campbell Chastity Cantu Chip Chandler Leon Church Chris Clark Sabre Cofer Josh Compton Antonio Cuellar Fred De La Garza Brenda De La Garza Rhonda Dittfurth Amy Duncan Katie Eddins Joseph Edwards Mel Evans Patti Evans Cindy Fogiel Blanca Frey Frances Frost Linda Garcia Tony Garcia Iris Gomez Dwan Grimes Barry Guidry Ashley Gutierrez Chris Hale Dani Hale Richard Hall Julie Hampton Vickie Hargrove Johnnie Lou Harker Amy Henderson Dolores Hernandez Cody Hofmann Brad Hofmann Lucy Holmes Matt Holmes Rick Hook Vicky Hook Julie Ibarra Esmeralda Ivy Beatrice Jackson Hector Jaquez Anne Jones Aida Jones Chris Jones Mike King

William Kirk Joyce Knight Bob Knoll James Knoll Danna Krause Karen Lane Jerry Lane Bonnie Lasher Teresa Lawler Valerie Levario Alisha Lively Ted Lopez Ramon Luna Chelsie Marlatt Tino Martinez Helen Martinez Misti Mendez Bobby Mendoza Charles Mestas Flo Mestas Paula Molberg Paul Molberg Michelle Molberg Cydne Mooney David Mooney Michael Moreno Stan Morris Maria Murguia Bob Murray Ed Nichols Nereyda Norman Diana Ochoa Jay Olivares Rick Palmer Courtney Pedersen Jeff Perkins Tammy Perkins Joyce Ramirez Sam Ramirez Cynthia Reid Lucy Richards Liz Rodriguez Rene Rodriguez Sherry Russ Nina San Miguel Mary Lou Schmucker Elena Seidlitz Erin Smith Kashion Smith Sabrina Smith Cody Smith Chip Staniswalis Judy Stark Brennon Sterna Regis Stong Susie Stong Cynthia Storey Frances Tilley Jay Trosper Justin Tyme Juleigh Wall Marilyn Wellborn Brian Wellborn Judy Whiteley Shelia Woods John Woolsey Henry Zambrano

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Brown, Graham & Company, P.C. Gregg Morgan and Ed Nichols, Shareholders Est. 1955 Employs: 123 Business Type: Accounting Nurses By Prescription Rita Cantwell, Owner Est. 1997 Employs: 143 Business Type: Home Health Care Street Toyota Scion Joe Street, Owner & Mike Good, General Manager Est. 1982 Employs: 138 Business Type: Car Dealership Tascosa Golf Club David Donachie, General Manager Est. (2) Clubs Established in 1956/1999 Merged to Form Tascosa Golf Club in 2010 Employs: 90 Business Type: Golf

Amarillo Children's Clinic Shari Medford, MD, Owner Est. 1998 Employs: 26 Business Type: Children Health Care Brown & Fortunato, P.C. Richard Brown and Michele Fortunato, Owners Est. 1995 Employs: 41 Business Type: Legal FirstCapital Bank of Texas, N.A. Greg Burgess, President – Amarillo Market, Chris Koop, Executive Vice President and Ted Awerkamp, Chief Operating Officer Est. 2002 Employs: 31 in the Amarillo market Business Type: Banking Sage Oil Vac, Inc. Gary and Helen Sage, Owners Est. 1995 Employs: 30 Business Type: Mobile Lube Equipment Manufacturing

Top Twenty Under 40 award nominations were submitted to the Chamber. The names of the nominees and their employers were removed from all applications and replaced with an assigned number, before being presented to the awards committee for the selection process. Each application’s scoring was broken down by 60% professional, 20% community service, and 20% personal achievement. So although professional achievement marks the largest percentage of the scoring, community service and personal achievement are both an important factor in the selection process. This process is strictly confidential and handled in a professional manner by all representatives that serve on the award committee with no recommendations or assistance from the Chamber of Commerce or its staff on who should be selected. Business award application’s where scored by 60% business steadiness, 20% business growth or innovation, and 20% community service. So although business steadiness was the majority of the scoring, growth and community service were important categories. Not only were the applications scored, but meetings between the business owner(s) and members of the awards committee were scheduled for site visits to be done. After the applications were scored and the site visits completed, the selection committee discussed all of the businesses, and the winners were selected. Again, this process was strictly confidential and handled in a professional manner by all representatives that serve on the award committee with no recommendations or assistance from the Chamber of Commerce or its staff on who should be selected.


Amarillo Steamway Eddie and Melody Willis, Owners Est. 1968 Employs: 4 Business Type: Floor, Drapery, Upholstery Cleaning and Water Restoration Boyd Financial Services and The Boyd Agency Inc. Ernie Boyd, Eddie Boyd, and Donnie Boyd, Owners Est. 1972 Employs: 5 Business Type: Financial cat-man-du Ray Wilson, Owner Est. 2003 Employs: 12 Business Type: Computer MuRF Systems Jody Holland, Owner Est. 1999 Employs: 4 Business Type: Employee Development Norris Audio Video, LLC Michael Norris, Owner Est. 1996 Employs: 7 Business Type: Audio, Video and Lighting Run Business Solutions Toby Giddens, Verone Leimer, and Drew Terrell, Owners Est. 2007 Employs: 11 Business Type: Computer SERVPRO of West Amarillo Mark and Jana Belew, Owners Est. 2004 Employs: 11 Business Type: Property Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Amarillo Martial Arts Center Lee Gray, Owner Est. 2011 Employs: 2 Business Type: Martial Arts Bio-Klenz Brandon and Christie Barber, Owners Est. 2010 Employs: 7 Business Type: Cleanup for Bio-hazard, Crime, Commercial, and Residential Confluence Security Group, Inc. Jake Brecheen, Owner Est. 2010 Employs: 8 Business Type: Security and Communications EDA Technology Communications Becka Brannum, Kim Silvia, and Terry Spone, Owners Est. 2011 Employs: 4 Business Type: Communication Technology PuroClean Property Paramedics, Inc. Chris Dyer, Owner Est. 2010 Employs: 5 Business Type: Property Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Jennifer Ashcraft Amarillo College

Roger Florentino Suddenlink Communications

Serves/Supports: American Association of University Women/ Amarillo Branch and Polk Street Methodist Church

Serves/Supports: March of Dimes and United Way of Amarillo and Canyon

John Atkins Underwood Law Firm, P.C. Attorney Serves/Supports: Amarillo Area Young Lawyers Association and Amarillo College

Brent Hawkins, DDS Hawkins Dental Group Owner Serves/Supports: Amarillo ISD and Leadership Amarillo & Canyon

Brett Cooper Asset Protection Unit, Inc. Director of

Hollye Hawkins Burdett, Morgan, Williamson, and Boykin, LLP

Grants Compliance Officer

New Product Development & Programming

Serves/Supports: Big Brothers Big Sisters and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

David Elizalde David’s Quality Electric Owner Serves/Supports: Amarillo Youth Baseball and Southwest Ambucs

Ryan Evans Happy State Bank

Vice President Commercial Loan Officer

Serves/Supports: Harrington Cancer Center and Tri-State Fair & Rodeo

Technical Trainer II


Serves/Supports: Arden Road Baptist Church and Snack Pack for Kids

Christy Heuston Happy State Bank

Assistant Vice President

Serves/Supports: Amarillo Chamber Barbecue Cook-off and Girl Scouts

Jeff Irwin Happy State Bank

Vice President

Serves/Supports: Amarillo Speech and Hearing and March of Dimes


Andy Justus KAMR/Fox 14

News Anchor

Serves/Supports: Children’s Miracle Network and Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch

Cindy Ledesma AGN Media/ Amarillo Globe News Classified Man-

ager & Amarillo / Canyon Apartment Finder Publisher

Serves/Supports: St. Mary’s Cathedral School &TX Panhandle Builder’s Assn Andrew Mitchell Toot’n Totum

Mercy Murguia SCI Solutions –

Implementation Consultant III

Serves/Supports: United Way of Amarillo and Canyon and YMCA

Joab Perdue Perdue Acoustics -

Chief Executive Officer

Serves/Supports: Victory Church and WTAMU Enterprise Center

Aaron Sage Sage Oil Vac, Inc.

Director of Fuel Supply & Distribution Center

Chief Operations Officer

Brian Moore State Farm Agent Serves/ Supports: Eveline Rivers Christmas Project and Ronald McDonald House

Teresa Soria Amarillo National Bank Assistant Vice

Serves/Supports: Children’s Miracle Network and West Texas A&M Foundation

Bruce Moseley Amarillo College

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Business Department

Serves/Supports: Foster Care Alumni Advisory Council and Veteran Affairs

Serves/Supports: Gates Foundation & TX Panhandle Regional Development Corporation

President, Branch Manager

Serves/ Supports: United Way of Amarillo and Canyon and YMCA

Dana Walton Dekker/ Perich/ Sabatini Architect Serves/Supports: Amarillo College and Amarillo Museum of Art


Support for Starting or Relocating a Business Ongoing 2011-12 The Chamber provided business packets to businesses that were interested in relocating or starting a business in Amarillo. The packet includes a variety of information ranging from various funding options including grants and even interest-free loans, assistance in preparing a business plan, research, staff training, and locating that perfect commercial real estate listing. This information is also available on the Chamber’s website at

Mega Market (Half-Day Events)

These one-to-one networking events gave businesses the opportunity to present their products, goods, or services, to business professionals at this half day event. October 25, 2011 Ambassador Hotel 56 business professionals Sponsored By: Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Ambassador Hotel, B&W Pantex, Officewise Furniture and Supply, and TEDCO Building and Things. February 7, 2012 Ambassador Hotel 46 business professionals Sponsored By: Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Ambassador Hotel, and Caprock Home Health. September 20, 2012 Ambassador Hotel 64 business professionals Sponsored By: Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Amarillo National Bank, Ambassador Hotel, and Windstream Communications.

Mega Market (Monthly Luncheons) These monthly networking luncheons gave businesses the opportunity to continue building their relationship with other businesses discovered at the above half day events. November 2011—January 2012—Ambassador Hotel March 2012—May 2012—Ambassador Hotel

Wonderland Park has enjoyed the Mega Markets, getting to meet representatives from other businesses and give them information on group rates. We also appreciate everything the CVC does for Wonderland & other area attractions. The Chamber website is terrific. The attraction partner coupons, in the CVC Visitor Guide & on your web site, work well for us. Thank you all for all you do.

Paula Borchardt Vice President Wonderland Park VP

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Receptions & Events Pantex Reception June 2012 Received awards for their support of Small Businesses as well as Women Owned Businesses (shown above) Susan Combs Visit June 2012 Discussed questions they have about local/state business Pantex Reception September 2012 Celebrated 70 Years

Business Council Tours Ben E Keith February 2012 Texas Good Roads Breakfast August 2012 Texas Infrastructure Now and Financing Highways and Roads for the future US Rep Mac Thornberry July 2012 Hosted a roundtable to discuss local business growth and both positive and negative outlooks on the future of business in Amarillo, Texas, and the country. B&W Pantex continues to be an outstanding and vital community partner with their involvement in many Amarillo community events as well as events across the entire Panhandle. On April 4th community and business leaders were welcomed on a “Friends of Pantex� facility tour. The new campaign is just another way B&W Pantex gives back to the community and business leaders who want to stay involved. Pictured LtoR: Kelvin Betzen, Atmos Energy; Steve Jones, ASARCO; Mike Casey, ASARCO; Gary Molberg, Chamber of Commerce; Tammie Coffee, Affiliated Foods; Jason Harrison, Chamber of Commerce; Randy Arceneaux, Affiliated Foods; Representative Four Price; J Pat Hickman, Happy State Bank.

20 The Chamber Annual Report is published by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, 1000 South Polk, Amarillo, Texas 79101. It is provided free of charge to Chamber members. Address correspondence to Chamber Communications at the address listed above, or call 806.373.7800, fax 806.373.3909. 2012-13 Board of Directors Executive Committee Chair Chair-Elect President/CEO Past Chair Finance Chair Membership Council Chair Business Council Chair Governmental Affairs Council Chair Quality of Life Council Chair Ag Council Chair Convention & Visitor Council City of Amarillo

Al Cunningham Roy Bara Gary Molberg David Hemphill Bill Jenkins Robert Murray Brice Edwards J. Pat Richmond Penelope Davies Dr. Don Topliff Guy C. Vanderpool Mayor Paul Harpole Commissioner Brian Eades

Directors Fredia Allen Sherman Bass Cliff Bickerstaff Bobby Cooper David Craig Buzz David Majorie Ellis Mike Good David Grimes George Herring Carrie Irwin Boyd Johnston

J. Pat Hickman Danna Krause Dr. Paul Matney Jeff Mitchell Shawn Morrison Dr. Patrick O’Brien Clay Stribling Don Treadway James Wester William Ware Shane White

Visit our website at:

Penni Bentley, Editor

Chamber Received National Publicity from ACCE The Chamber’s Annual Good Times Celebration® Barbecue Cook-Off was featured in a four-page article in the Spring 2012 American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Chamber Executive magazine. The awardwinning magazine’s circulation is over 6,000 per quarter. It highlighted how the event began and served as a “how-to” manual for conducting a successful non-dues revenue event to the more than 1,150 U.S. Chambers of Commerce that are members of ACCE across North America. We received several phone calls and emails from other Chambers wanting more information on starting their own event. Since we hosted the first barbecue in 1996, Chambers from Lubbock and Odessa have followed our lead with similar events, and we will soon be meeting with the North Dallas Chamber to provide them with helpful hints to start their own cook-off. The complete article can be viewed at

Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Senior Director of Communications The Chamber operates on a fiscal year from October 1— September 30 each year, so the Annual Report is always a great year-end project to highlight the activities and accomplishments of the Chamber. It allows us to take a look back at the many ways the Chamber has impacted the Amarillo community through our networking activities and programs. Many times we get front row seats to witness the birth of new businesses in our city. We celebrate them with ribbon cuttings and ground breakings and help share their vision with potential customers. We work with local and area legislators to see that the issues that are important to our local economy and businesses are heard in order to help create a climate for success. There is great pride and satisfaction in seeing local organizations hire employees and grow their business whether we had a hand in it or not. Our goal is to have not just a successful Chamber, but a successful Amarillo. We truly want to help make Amarillo a great place to live, learn, work and play. I think that’s the easiest way to describe what the Chamber does in a nutshell. We care about quality of life, education, employment, and activities that foster a healthy, fun way of life. You’ll see that phrase on the cover, our business cards, and on many of our marketing pieces. So when someone asks you why you belong to the Chamber or what the Chamber does, feel free to tell them… they’re Making Amarillo a Great Place to Live, Learn, Work & Play!

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BusinessConnection...What a wonderful way to connect with past, present, future business associates and friends. Amarillo Chamber events, website, newsletters, etc. are a one of a kind experience. Every business and individual truly benefits professionally and personally from Amarillo’s Chamber of Commerce. Charla Hakimi Donor Information Director United Way of Amarillo & Canyon Metro II

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BusinessConnection Ž May 10, 2012 Amarillo Civic Center 345 booth exhibitors. This annual business-to-business tradeshow showcased a variety of businesses to thousands of potential customers. Sponsored By: (Gold Sponsors) Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Amarillo Globe-News, Amarillo National Bank, B&W Pantex, and West Texas A&M University (Silver Sponsors) Bell Helicopter, La Fiesta Grande, Southwest Airlines, Sprouse Shrader Smith Attorney at Law, The Photo Store and Zip Print. (Special Supporters) Amarillo Civic Center, Ben E. Keith, Budweiser, Coca Cola, Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors, and That Sign Co. (Media Supporters) KAMR-4, KFDA-10, KGNC FM, and KVII-7.


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5th Annual Summer Fiesta June 21, 2012 Chamber Grounds 2,000 attendees

Food and Beverage Participants: 3H All Natural Beef, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant, Amarillo Club, Amigo’s (United Supermarkets), Budweiser Distributing Company, Coors of Amarillo, Country Barn Steakhouse, Dyers Bar-B-Que, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Gatti’s Pizza, Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors, Joe Taco Mexi-Café, Kolache Café, La Fiesta Grande, Leal’s Mexican Restaurant, Miller of Amarillo, My Portable Pantry, Pan-Handlers Catering & Café, Pattaya Restaurant, Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Pescarez Restaurant, Republic National Distributing Company, Schlotzsky’s Deli, Sonic Drive-In, Taco Villa, The Burrito Stop, The Plaza Restaurant Special Thanks to: Arctic Glacier Premium Ice, Chambers Electric, Ltd., Coca-Cola of Amarillo, Custom Trophies, KGNC AM/FM, Mayfield Paper Company, Panhandle Tickets, Rabern Rentals, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Tom Velasquez & the Global Nomads, Waste Wranglers


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13th Annual Chamber Open

July 26, 2012 Tascosa Golf Club This is the largest one-day nonprofit golf tournament held in the area. There were 256 golfers and over 60 volunteers. Sponsors: Outback Steakhouse, UniFirst Corp., Budweiser Distributing Co., Suddenlink Communications, Panhandle Area State Farm Agents, Amarillo National Bank, Edmond-Deaton & Stephens, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Xcel Energy, Amarillo Globe-News, Amarillo Truck Center, Ambassador Hotel, Arctic Glacier Premium Ice, Atmos Energy, Coca-Cola, Davis Insurance, KGNC AM/ FM, Lawyers Title, McCarty Hull, McDonalds, Midas Auto Service Experts, NuStar Energy, Scarborough Specialties, Inc., The People’s Federal Credit Union, United Healthcare, United Supermarkets, Valmed Home Health Solutions, Inc., West Texas A&M University, Concentra Urgent Care, Happy State Bank, Leadership Amarillo and Canyon, Upshaw & Brown, LP, Southwest Airlines, Graham Data Supplies, Ltd., Panhandle Presort Services., Ltd., Street Toyota, Upshaw Insurance, Course Caddy, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Council, AISD, Ameritus Group, Duke Electric, FirstBank Southwest, FirstCapital Bank of Texas, Johnson & Sheldon, PC and PIA Insurance. Special thanks to the golfers and staff from Tascosa Golf Club.

La Paloma Course 1st Place—Amarillo National Bank Heath Acker Mark Ewing Tyler Lang David Strange 2nd Place – Edmond Deaton & Stephens Rod Duckworth Matt Irwin Douglas Rhodes Dayle Tipton 3rd Place – Concentra Urgent Care Gary Beck Jared Dunavin Janelle Freeman Kirk Lewis

Tascosa Course 1st Place – McDonald’s Phillip Gomez Tim Hutton Marcus Stockton Matt Stockton 2nd Place – Duke Electric Britt Foster Mike Havens Shannon Lusk Pat Mills 3rd Place – Davis Insurance Solutions Jamie Davis Loyd Davis Moreland Sherrod David Willett

Volunteering for the Chamber has been a passion of mine for many years. The Chamber does so much to promote Amarillo not only in Amarillo but across the nation. I am proud of our Chamber and the staff works so hard to help promote the businesses in our city and the Texas Panhandle. I would encourage everyone to be a part of "Their" Chamber and become involved to help promote Amarillo.

Millie Bingham


Thank you for the opportunity to volunteer and participate in the Good Times Chamber BBQ. This is such a great event and I have such a good time volunteering. It gives me the chance to see many people outside of the work environment. The Chamber does a lot to promote these “fun� events and give corporate Amarillo an arena to network and have fun at the same time. Judy Stark Director of Marketing Brown, Graham & Company, P.C.

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17th Annual Good Times Celebration速 Barbecue Cook-Off September 13, 2012 Chamber Grounds

6,000 Attendees, 100 Cooking Teams, 100 Judges, 125 Volunteers Sponsored by: Arctic Glacier Premium Ice, Coors of Amarillo, Tyson Foods, Inc., Budweiser Distributing Company, Chambers Electric, Ltd., Coca-Cola of Amarillo, Glazer's Wholesale Distributors, Panhandle Tickets. Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Waste Wranglers, Affiliated Foods, Amarillo National Bank, Atmos Energy, Autco Tirepros, B&W Pantex, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bell Helicopter, Confluence Security Group, Custom Trophies, Desperado's Catering, Edward Jones Investments, Entrania Springs Ranch, Firstbank Southwest, Gary's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., Gillispie Bros. Farms, H&H Printwear, Happy State Bank, Herring Bank, KAMR/KCIT/KCPN-TV, KFDA NewsChannel 10, KGNC AM/FM, Kimrad Transport, KVII ProNews 7, Leading Edge, Mayfield Paper Company, Inc., Miller of Amarillo, Owens Corning, Rabern Rentals, Sam's Club, Scarborough Specialties, Inc., SOS Staffing Solutions, Sprouse Shrader Smith, P.C., Street Toyota, Suddenlink, Sutherland's, UniFirst Corporation, United Supermarkets, Wal-Mart Supercenters, Wells Fargo Bank of Amarillo, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Xcel Energy, Commercial Industrial Builders, Inc., First United Bank, Royal Architectural Products, Ltd., Southwest Airlines, Tom Velasquez and the Global Nomads, A-Team Rentals, Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo Digital Media, Bekins Moving & Storage, Big State Remodeling, Boyd's Equipment, BritKare Home Medical, Carpet Tech, Document Shredding & Storage, Ltd., FirstCapital Bank of Texas, Joe Daddy's, Talon LPE, The Education Credit Union, The Texas Heat presented by cat-man-du & Expio Consulting, Verizon Wireless


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Healthcare Cooperative The Chamber is entering the fourth year of the health care initiative. The primary mission of the coop is still to offer cost-effective health care benefits for Chamber business owners. The number of workers with health care coverage is close to 1,000 with an additional 500 dependents being covered. Providing health care coverage has also improved their well-being and access to care, giving businesses a competitive edge with a healthy work force. Nearly sixty certified agents offer the United Healthcare insurance products in Amarillo and the surrounding communities, including Booker, Dalhart, Friona, Pampa, Herford, Lubbock, Perryton, and Tulia. Over seventy companies have renewed policies and another twenty one companies have signed up for the United Health Care plans under the Amarillo Chamber Health Care Cooperative this year adding more than 400 individuals. This initiative is still providing powerful health coverage solutions for business owners while emphasizing personal responsibility for health care with a focus on wellness and prevention. This year United Healthcare is adding additional products available through the Chamber Coop including a wellness module. Health plans offered through the Amarillo Chamber Healthcare Cooperative are available to all business owners who are members of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. Businesses that enroll with UnitedHealthcare through the Chamber will receive a 7% discount on select medical plans and have an option for saving 5% on their bundled dental and vision plans. UnitedHealthcare offers a broad network of quality, cost-effective physicians and health care professionals in Amarillo including Baptist St. Anthony’s and Northwest Texas Hospitals and many other facilities in the region. For more information, please call Jason Harrison, 806-342-2018, or check our website at under the HealthCare Tab.

Sensible Alternative Coverage to Workers’ Comp The lives covered continues to grow to 1,040 employees in 10 Amarillo businesses that have chosen Amarillo’s Sensible Solution as their coverage for workplace injuries. The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce partners with Jackson-Lloyd Insurance Management to provide “Amarillo’s Sensible Solution”, as an insurance choice for workplace related injuries with lower premium payments and controlled claims costs. The plan protects the business interests of Chamber member businesses by providing real insurance protection with an affordable premium. A select group of local insurance agents are qualified to

provide information related to three policies available for Chamber member businesses. Amarillo’s Sensible Solution offers three different policies available to chamber members. Each policy contains different pricing levels to fit any budget, thereby enabling not only large employers but small employers the ability to choose their desired level of coverage for on-the-job injuries. Business members can be assured that their employee injury claims will be treated by Amarillo hospitals and doctors with quality care that each employee deserves. Policy highlights and an exclusive panel of local insurance agents are available on the chamber website under the HEALTH CARE tab and Workers’ Comp Alternative quicklink. An exclusive panel of local insurance agents will assist the Chamber membership with sales and service.

I am very appreciative that the Amarillo Chamber has extended their Healthcare Cooperative to area Chamber’s. This is not only an asset to the Dalhart Chamber, but to our members as well. I want to commend the Amarillo Chamber for seeing the benefit of partnering with our communities and strengthening the entire area. Kristine Olsen, IOM President Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce

Amarillo Chamber of Commerce 1000 S Polk Amarillo, TX 79101

Mark Your Calendar: 11/28

AG Appreciation Lunch & Symposium


Chamber Women’s Christmas Charity Lunch


Ready for the Real World

2/18-20 Panhandle Days in Austin 3/TBD

Mega Market


TX Top to Bottom Press Trip


Golden Nail Awards


Partners in Education


BusinessConnection ®


Tourism Day


Good Times Summer Celebration (formerly Fiesta)


WOW Scholarship Luncheon


Chamber Open Golf Tourney


Mega Market


Good Times Celebration® Barbecue Cook-Off


Annual Banquet & Business Excellence Awards

Chamber Annual Report 2012  
Chamber Annual Report 2012  

Highlighting the events, councils and committees from the fiscal year 2011-2012 of the Amarillo Chamber.