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President/CEO Gary Molberg Membership Andrea McClintock, VP Lindsey Arbeiter Christy Bigler Communications Penni Bentley, Sr. Director Business Development & Governmental Affairs Jason Harrison, VP Mary Garcia Special Projects 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 Kashion Smith Mary Ramirez Stephanie Andrews Hope Stokes Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop Jutta Matalka Helen Martinez Lyn Bridges Denise Rayford PO Box 9480 Amarillo, TX 79105 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax


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Chamber Barbecue Cook-Off Approaches In less than a month on Thursday, September 12th, the aroma of mesquite smoke and charcoal briquettes will fill downtown Amarillo when over 100 cooking teams fire up the grills and cook up more than 8 tons of ribs, brisket and other meats at the Chamber’s 18th Annual Good Times Celebration® Barbecue Cook-Off. This community event is a favorite for good food and drinks and networking with live music from The Global Nomads for one all-inclusive price of $25 in advance. Tickets are available now through any PanhandleTicket outlet including the Civic Center Box Office, any Amarillo/Canyon United Supermarkets customer service desk, online at or by phone at 806.378.3096. Tickets are $30 at the event gate. Another favorite part of the annual cook-off is the Opportunity to Win drawing for great prizes. This year, we are giving away 2 round-trip tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies valued at $800, a Green Mountain Pellet Grill and Accessory Pack valued at $1,500 from Boyd’s Equipment, and a 14-foot custom smoker/ cooker trailer built by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Clements Unit valued at $5,000. Take a look at the cooker parked in front of United Market Street on Georgia, and purchase tickets at the Market Street Customer Service desk or at the Chamber office for $10 each or 5 for $40. We will draw 3 winners at the Chamber Barbecue Cook-Off on September 12th. Winner responsible for taxes, but need not be present to win. Here are some last minute reminders for teams participating in the event: Team paperwork and sponsorship agreements should be submitted to Andrea McClintock at the Chamber ASAP via fax at 806.373.3909 or email Sponsors should submit a jpg, bmp, or pdf of their current high resolution logo via email to Head Cook’s Meeting will be held at the Health Department office on Thursday, August 29th at 4pm. Your head cook, or one team representative must be present. Cooking Team move-in is Wednesday, September 11th at 9am through 11th & Tyler entrance only. More event details are available on our website at

In this issue: New Members Ribbon Cuttings

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Golf Tourney Recap


Renewing Members


Outdoor Networking


CVC News


Celebrate Arts


Editor’s Corner



Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in July Anderson Restoration Darrell Anderson 112 SW 8th, Suite 301 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 513-2079 Fax: (866) 871-7479 Local, 29 years in business. Specializing in hail and wind damage restoration and repairs, Insurance claims assistance. Fully certified, licensed insured & bonded with the city of Amarillo. Bealls Department Store Pam Anderson BJ Bessent 7701 Interstate 40 W, Suite 700 Amarillo, TX 79124 (806) 359-8551 Excited to announce the grand opening of two top premiere lines of cosmetics and fragrances. Estee Lauder and Clinique! Bedwell Homes, Ltd. Barry Bedwell 7010 SW 45th, Bldg 1, Suite 1 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 356-7088 Fax: 806-356-7090 Bedwell Homes, LTD will build your custom home or remodel your existing home! Bedwell Homes has built quality homes in the Texas Panhandle for over 40 years! Cross Texas Transmission Cameron Fredkin Eric Schroeder 1616 S. Kentucky Street, Suite C260 Amarillo, TX 79102 (806) 350-5700 Electric Transmission Utility. Hap's Authentic Barbecue Sauce, LLC Charles Carr 1319 Rosemont St. Amarillo, TX 79106 We know of no other sauce that is made quite the same way. Our unique blend of herbs and spices, come together to form and unforgettable, undeniable, unmistakable and distinctive taste like no other.

JWJ Construction Justin Justice 3978 Business Park Dr Amarillo, TX 79110 256-4485 Fax: (800) 467-4966 We are a full service restorationremodeling contractor including gutters, siding, roof, exterior/ interior painting, drywall, stucco, wood fences and patios, etc.

The Disaster Advocate Inc. Lindsey Douglass 2450 Louisiana St., Suite 400 Houston, TX 77006 (888) 228-8991 Fax: (832) 626-7173 Public Insurance Adjuster. TDA helps property owners to get their insurance claims paid in full. We work for policyholders only. NO Recovery No Fee! Titus Land Surveying, Inc. David Miller Aaron Kidd 321 S.W. 7th Ave Amarillo, TX 79105 (806) 318-3477 Local Land Surveying and Global Building Information Modeling. Victory Church David Brown Don Weemes 6300 Arden Rd Amarillo, TX 79109 806 359 9463 Fax: 806) 359-9498 For more than 30 years, God has used the people of Victory Church to reach out to the Amarillo community with Victory Kids Mobile, Fall Fest, Glo, and many other areas. We believe in teaching people to have Victory in Life! Virtual Drive Management, LLC. Kevin Knapp Eliza Knapp 6221 Storage Dr. Amarillo, TX 79118 (806) 352-9558 Online Drivers Education for teen-agers and adults.


Click here to download these pictures and more: ht Bealls Department Store 7701 I-40 West, Suite 700 (Westgate Mall)

Edible Arrangements 121 Westgate Parkway #60

Valdez Roofing 6027 Canyon Drive, Suite 100

Yellow Rock Events 4100 E FM 1151

Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in July Vista Academy Michael Griffin Anna Marie Beckett 3242 Hobbs Rd. Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 367-5447 To provide HOPE for students through an innovative, character-based, personalized learning environment where they are academically successful and develop into lifelong learners. Willow Creek Overhead Door Tony Hall JoAnn Hall 7913 Little Rock Dr. Amarillo, TX 79118 (806) 731-2999 Small business specializing in garage doors and repairs for residential and commercial. In business since 2000. 24 hour service.

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Chamber Open Golf Tournament Recap This year’s Chamber Open was held at Ross Rogers Golf Complex and had 256 golfers competing for bragging rights and beautiful crystal trophies from Graham Brothers Jewelers. Winners this year were: Front Nine 1st Place: McCarty Hull – Ted Westlake, Jon Permenter, Michael Soria and Jeremy Dockery 2nd Place: Amarillo National Bank – Heath Acker, Rico Soto, John Hunt and Stewart Dodson 3rd Place: Bank of America – Ashley Allen, Bobby Cooper, Kory Clark and Sean Wright Back Nine 1st Place: Edmond Deaton & Stephens – Andy Justus, Shawn Boyd, Dayle Tipton and Jonathan Bowers 2nd Place: West Texas Golf Cars – Trent Winings, Wendy Winings, Zack Norrell and Kelly Schroeder 3rd Place: Amarillo Coca Cola – Mike Self, Wade Ridley, Jerry Thames and Tommy Nunn 1. Wayne Gordon from Cartridge World and a local veteran representing our military 2. Susan Mote from Ben E. Keith and Judy Whiteley from FirstBank Southwest 3. Perry Graham, Graham Brothers Jewelry with cochair Al Cunningham, PIA Insurance 4. Teams love our event 5. Paul Turner with his Outback Steakhouse crew

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A & S General Contractors, Inc. ACM Money Methods, Ltd. Adaberry Inn Advanced Heating / Air Services Allen's Tri-State Mechanical Amarillo Area CASA, Inc. Amarillo Cheer Elite Amarillo Custom Gutter Co. Amarillo Globe News Amarillo Little Theatre Amarillo On-Site Massage Amarillo Soccer Association Amarillo Venom Amarillo Youth Choirs Amerita Associated General Contractors of America Atmos Energy Auto Sales & Finance Barnes Jewelry Bates-Wells Promotional Products Bekins - A & W Transfer Best Western Inn Santa Fe Bethesda Outreach Center Big State Remodeling, Ltd. BNSF Railway Boot Hill Saloon & Grill Border States Electric Supply of Texas Inc. Brown & Fortunato, P C BSA Health System Caprock Credit Corporation Card & Party Factory Carpet World Amarillo Casey Carpet One Floor & Home Center City of Amarillo Inc Chamber Music Amarillo CheckNet Chicken Express Chick-fil-A at Georgia Street Choice Media Cintas Corporation Coldiron Real Estate Group/ Sabre L. Cofer Crawford Exteriors Davis Family Investment Partnership

Desperado's Catering Donut Stop, Inc. Double U Marketing & Communications Downtown Amarillo, Inc. Express Employment Professionals Family Medicine Centers, L.P. First Church of the Nazarene Gebo's Grace, Shursen, Moore & Associates Graham Bros. Jewelry Great Western Distributing Co. Griggs Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors Harwell & Harwell Hi Plains Canvas Products, Inc High Plains Foundation Repair Historic 6th Street on Route 66 Association Hoagies Deli Hunnicutt Agency- Farmers Insurance KFDA NewsChannel 10 CBS TV/DT Kool Smiles Kwahadi Heritage, Inc. Ladeeda! Music Company (former Kindermusik Amarillo) Leal's Mexican Restaurant Llano Cemetery Association Llano Estacado Management Company Lone Star Construction Marble Depot Margaret "Peg" Rupert Maurices #2037 Maxor National Pharmacy Services Corp. Mayfield Roofing, Inc MedResources, LLC Merle Norman Cosmetics Metabolic Research Center of Amarillo Mr Restore Ms. Piggy's Custom Bake Shoppe MTS Transportation Inc.

National Home Health Care, Inc. Navigation Financial Group of Amarillo LLC OHMS Cafe & Bar On The Border Cafe Pablo R Diaz-Esquivel, M D P A Palo Duro Canyon State Park Panhandle Re-Bath Pan-Handlers Cafe & Catering Possibilities R.T. Hicks Photography Rabern Rentals Center Remco Copy Service Ross Rogers Golf Course Royal Glass of Amarillo, LTD Rushing Oil & Gas Consultants Scotties Transmission Sell Griffin McLain PC Sir Speedy Sound by Design Inc. Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest Sales Promotion SpareFoot Splash Amarillo Stansbury Equipment Co. State Farm/Brian Moore Support Hose Plus Store Swan & McCrary, PC Tate & Cox, P.C. Tecta America CS LLC. Texas Panhandle Builders Assoc Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation Texas Plains Federal Credit Union Texas Steak Express The Greenways The Ground Cafe Tractor Supply Co. Trail Boss Ranch Cooking, LLC TUNES & TINT Two Loons Warehouse Underwood Law Firm, P.C. Upshaw & Brown, L.P. Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home Valmed Pharmacy Solutions Wayland Baptist University Amarillo

West Texas Roofing West Texas Travel Host Magazine Will Rogers Range Riders Williams-Boyce Agency, LLP Windstream Communications Wood Financial Yellowhouse Machinery Company

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CVC Sales Director Named to State Board By: Eric Miller, CVC Communications Director Tina Brohlin, Director of Convention Sales at the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus. Her board term is through August 2014. She was appointed by new TACVB Board Chair Rebecca Ybarra-Ramirez from the San Marcos CVB. “Tina is one of the CVC’s most experienced professionals and her election to the TACVB board is great recognition for the entire city,” Dan Quandt, Executive Director of the Amarillo CVC, says. Brohlin has been at the Amarillo CVC for six years and was named Director of Convention Sales in 2012. She has also worked at several hotel properties in the Amarillo market. Brohlin graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications in 2003. She attended Amarillo’s Caprock H.S. from 1995-99 and graduated salutatorian of her class. The Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, which celebrated its 41st year at their annual meeting in El Paso, is the largest state CVB association in the United States, with over 170 member bureaus and over 550 individual members.

Tina Brohlin, CVC Convention Sales Director

Amarillo CVC Wins State Award for Advertising By: Eric Miller, CVC Communications Director The Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council won a prestigious industry award for its new portfolio of advertising at the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (TACVB) Idea Fair at the organization’s annual conference in El Paso. The Amarillo CVC received the Judges Choice Award for Advertising. The Amarillo entry was selected by a panel of advertising professionals from the El Paso market. “We have worked very hard to update the image of Amarillo as presented through our advertising. Our new ads rely on great photography, excellent layout and snappy copy to drive home specific calls to action for each ad,” Dan Quandt, Executive Director of the Amarillo CVC, says. Drop by the CVC office anytime to see samples of this award winning advertising campaign. The TACVB Annual Conference allows employees from Convention & Visitors Bureaus throughout the

state to come together for the purpose of education, networking, promotional idea inspiration and other important travel and convention related topics. In addition, attendees take part in an “Idea Fair” competition where each city presents idea boards displaying the different programs and campaigns they have created over the past year to promote their city to leisure travelers and meeting planners. Members then vote on a winning entry for each of the eight categories including: Advertising, Convention Promotion, Mobile Site/App, Web Site, Local Awareness Campaigns, Cooperative Marketing, National Tourism Week, Tourism Promotion and Sports Marketing. The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus is the largest association of CVBs in the nation and was organized in 1972 for the purpose of providing cooperative action to enhance and encourage the growth of the convention and visitor industry in Texas. The TACVB website is

9 Convention & Visitor Council 2012-13 Year-To-Date Statistics Tourism

Occupancy Rate



Room Nights


Overnight Visitors


Visitor Center Guests



Group Tours 23-31

American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Adequan Select World Championship Show



Amarillo Gun Club (Texas Trapshooters Assn) Sportsman Championship



Inquiries for Amarillo Information Overnight Travel Impact ($)

34,687 $277,048,636

Film Office


Information requests


Panhandle Kennel Club of the American Kennel Club High Plains Dog Show—Cluster



Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Summit



Amarillo Martial Arts Center Top of Texas Invitational Karate Championship



Ports-To-Plains Trade Corridor Alliance Conference



Conventions # of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo




Room Nights


Delegate Spending ($)


Delegates Booked-Future Conventions


Delegate Room Nights Booked


Communications / CVC Website

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College Academic Skills Programs (CASP) 32nd Annual Meeting



Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) World Championships



Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Annual Convention



Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Annual Convention


CVC Publicity Value CVC Website Visitors / Month CVC Website Page Views / Month

$850,000 28,695 137,523

November 7-10

Working Ranch Cowboy Association (WRCA) Ranch Rodeo World Championship


10 Mark your calendar for the Amarillo Globe-News Shop Smart. Shop Local. Celebrate the Arts Day at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday, August 20th 5pm-7pm The Third Annual Shop Smart Shop Local Celebrate the Arts Day is sponsored by the Amarillo Globe-News, Civic Amarillo and Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council Arts Committee. It is free and there will be food, booths with information on the arts and performances. The performances will be held from 6pm-7pm in the Globe News Center Auditorium. This is a great opportunity to pick up an upcoming arts season brochures, see a performance and win a door prize. A complete schedule of activities will be available soon, but art groups tentatively scheduled to perform or exhibit include: Amarillo Art Institute Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre Amarillo Little Theatre Amarillo Little Theatre Academy Amarillo Museum of Art Amarillo Opera Amarillo Symphony Amarillo Youth Choirs American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum Carson County Square House Museum in Panhandle Center City of Amarillo Chamber Music Amarillo Friends of the Aeolian Skinners Opus 25 Galleries at Sunset Center Ladeeda Music Company Lone Star Ballet / Lone Star Dance Academy Panhandle Art Center Panhandle Plains-Historical Museum Panhandle Tickets/Broadway Spotlight Series Window on a Wider World (WOWW) This event is FREE to the public. Questions? Call Becky at 342-2010


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Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Senior Communications Director My job as the Senior Communications Director for the Chamber is sometimes challenging, never boring, and most days is a lot of fun. Many days I get to be the mouth...I mean voice...of many of the Chamber’s projects and events. If you know me personally, you know I’m rarely quiet or soft-spoken. Many would say I’m a little loud. I like to think I’m just enthusiastic and great enthusiasm sometimes comes at a higher volume. One of my job duties is, of course, editor of these monthly electronic newsletters. I also oversee our Chamber website, handle the marketing of our events, and manage all of our social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and as of a couple of weeks ago, Instagram. All of these projects involve a certain level of creativity. I’ve always considered myself somewhat creative, but everyone needs refresher or a boost sometimes. Thankfully, I recently got a creative boost from sitting in on a couple of educational sessions held at our TCCE convention conducted by a self-proclaimed nerd (and author/speaker), Beth Ziesenis. Beth Z is known for being “Your Nerdy Best Friend” or the techy geek that can say, “yes, there is an app for that.”

12 marketplace for small services starting at $5. There are over 2 million gigs (things you can get done) including graphic design, music and audio, animation, writing, translation, advertising and more, and many of them start really cheap. So, for $5 thru my PayPal account I was assured that the service is legit and I was not giving my credit card information to an unsecure site. It took about a week for my project to be complete, but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and easy it was. NOTE: We are a big advocate for shopping local and especially supporting Chamber members. I recommend if you need full-blown advertising campaign that you look local for the best service. But every now and then, a quick special need might be met with a service like this. So there’s my two cents on a couple of Beth Z’s favorite tools. Got a favorite nerd tool or app of your own? Let me know about it. As always, tell us how we are doing. Give us your suggestions, feedback, and input. Feel free to write on our Facebook wall. Get involved. We are YOUR Chamber.

I would like to take credit for these little secrets I’m going to share today, but honestly, I stole them from Beth Z. Some people call it plagiarism, others call it being resourceful. Either way, she is the queen of compiling lists of websites, apps and techy tools that can make the most square peg look like a guru. And all of it within even the most modest of non-profit budgets. I highly recommend you check out her website at and sign up for her weekly email tips or at least follow her on facebook if you want some other ways for spicing things up. Here are 3 cool tools I stole from @AskBethZ: Tagxedo: Check out our word cloud of barbecue terms that make up our Chamber A logo to the left. No one would have the patience to put all of those words together one at a time, but a FREE website will turn words, speeches, blogs, articles, whatever you want into a clever word cloud graphic. It has standard shapes already loaded into the system, or you can even upload your own picture, shape, or logo for a one-of-a-kind eye-catching graphic. We are currently using this logo as our Facebook profile picture, and it will probably show up on some special cook-team items next month. Best part, it cost nothing but my time playing with it. PowToon: Another project inspired by our upcoming Chamber Barbecue called for a non-traditional commercial to promote the event before the actual commercial was produced. There are only so many ways to say “mark your calendar” so we wanted something a little more memorable but again, done without a budget. There are some basic tools in the free/beta version of that helped us create a 44-second cartoon-like video that we were able to upload to our YouTube channel and embed on our website and share on our social media. Check it out at Fiverr: Did you notice my nifty little cartoon version of me at the beginning? I used and found an artist who would convert/draw me in cartoon form from a simple headshot photo I sent in for a mere 5 bucks. What is Fiverr? It is the world’s largest

Mark Your Calendar: 8/20

Celebrate the Arts


Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off


Shoot Smart. Shoot Straight. Chamber Challenge


Annual Banquet & Business Excellence Awards


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August 2013  

News and events from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

August 2013  

News and events from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.