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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, VP 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 Tina Teague Tiffany Redinger Rick Matchett K. Lynn Kiihn Dulcy Carden Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop Mary Ramirez, Manager Helen Martinez Ann Beach Kay Cochran PO Box 9480 Amarillo, TX 79105 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax


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Business at Top Speed More than 88 business owners and employees participated in the fall SpeedConnect event held at the Ambassador Hotel on November 18, 2010. This event is held twice a year, and has become one of the Chamber’s most popular networking events. SpeedConnect allows businesses to give a short 2-minute introduction about their business and services to a small captive audience of 7 other people at the same time. After everyone at the table has given their 2minute presentation, they rotate to new tables and get to meet 7 new contacts and repeat the process throughout the day sev eral times. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved. They get to learn about 50 other companies that could help them or refer them business, and have about 50 new contacts and potential customers for themselves,” commented Jason Harrison, VP of Business Development. Sponsors LtoR: Gary Molberg, Chamber; Lorry

All of the participants networked over lunch, Parker, Cottages at Quail Creek; Michelle Geisdorf, TEDCO Buildings & Things; Robin were eligible to win door prizes donated by Gertonson, Executive Office Suites of Amarillo; the attendees, and finished the half-day Chris Clark, Ambassador Hotel. event with a reception in the Ambassador’s atrium. SpeedConnect participants may attend up to 5 future monthly luncheons to network further. For information on the next SpeedConnect event held in June, contact Kim or Jason at 373-7800. Thanks to these event sponsors:

In this issue:

SpeedConnect at Mega Market New Members

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Ready for the Real World


CVC News


Ribbon Cuttings


Renewing Members


Insurance Solutions


Mark Your Calendar


Editor’s Corner



Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in November Agricultural Training & Technology Inc. Dr. Bill Clymer 13351 East FM 1151 Amarillo, TX 79118 (806) 335-3338 Fax: (806) 335-3531 Ag Training & Technology, inc. is an agricultural consulting & contract research company that specializes in animal health & parasitology.

Citizens Bank Jeff Nunn 4121 S. Georgia St. Amarillo, TX 79110 (806) 350-5600 Fax: (806) 350-5604 Citizens Bank was established in 1904. Come see Citizens Bank for a personal relationship with our banker who works hard to understand Your needs.

Audrey Belle's "The Girl Store" Leonard & Katie Wheeler II 7200 SW 45th Ave. Ste. 7 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 352-4475 Featuring designer & unique handbags with apparel & accessories for juniors & ladies who like to have fun & make a statement wherever they go.

City Gifts & RadioShack Gary & Barbara Johnson 704 Maple Ave. Dalhart, TX 79022 (806) 244-2855 Fax: (806) 244-8190 RadioShack and gifts includes Willowtree, Yankee & Woodwick candles, custom jewelry, webkins, baby gifts, picture frames and greeting cards.

Culberson Stowers Inc. Richard Stowers 805 N Hobart Pampa, TX 79065 Fax: (806) 665-6905 Dalhart Publishing Co Tammy Cruz Susan Clay 410 Denrock Ave Dalhart, TX 79022 Fax: (806) 244-2395 Grammercy Road LLC Rebecca Hanna 2612 Wolflin Village Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 352-3500 Fax: (806) 352-3505 More than your source for unique decor and home furnishings, GR is the place to find the perfect gift for the person who has everything., LLC Armando & Amelia Balderrama 1616 S. Kentucky, Ste. D-100 Amarillo, TX 79102 Fax: 806-351-2329 Country-Wide Judicial Case Management software for all levels of County Government. Property and Records Management software for County Clerks Information. Junior Achievement of West Texas Teresa Hillman & Brian McDonald 303 W Wall, Suite 807 Midland, TX 79701 (806) 576-9307


Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in November Nelson AMM, P.A. Scott Nelson, MD Kay Nelson 1616 South Kentucky Ste. D260 Amarillo, TX 79102 Fax: (806) 318-3821 Integrative Medicine Practice. Over 26 years emergency medicine/occ med/wound care, OMT, Age Management trained by Cenegenics. Hormonal optimization, weight loss, IV therapy. Osgood LaGrone Monument Co. J P Gwinn Tom Smith 2701 South Buchanan Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 373-9151 Fax: (806) 373-1311 Monument manufacturer and custom sign builder, granite, marble and bronze products available. Benches plaques & headstones set up and delivery in the three state area. Custom Plaques for commemorative memorial, Veteran of War, and any other situation. Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Independent Associate Nita Campbell 133 Hyman St. Amarillo, TX 79108 campbellj28 Legal & Identity Protection; Business Consulting.

Rabo AgriFinance Brad Cottrell Kelley Brenton 6601 I-40 West, Suite 100 Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 353-4024 Fax: (806) 351-0526 Referral Link Shayne We bber 4601 50th St., ste. 211 Lubbock, TX 79414 Fax: (806) 687-7475 Referral Link builds professional business groups that pass thousands of dollars of business every week. We are always looking for more members. Call (806) 5890400 or visit Secret on Soncy Veronica Lopez 2812 S. Soncy Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 206-8577 Hair Salon providing service in a private setting. Including cuts, color, perms, and body waxing. Free kids cut with an adult cut. The Curtain Exchange of Amarillo Becky Gross 2615 Wolflin Village Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 318-3825 Fax: (806) 318-3829 Quality designer curtains, unique designs and many exclusive fabrics plus hardware, trim and ac-

cessories. Ready to install, no waiting. We can customize our styles, your way. The Loft Boutique Sandi McGarraugh 2620 Wolflin Village Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 331-4040 Features id bareMinerals, the world number one selling mineral make-up. Come see the latest color and have a makeover. Also featuring handbags, jewelry, and gift items.

1,350 Fans on Facebook 481 Followers on Twitter 3,799 Photos on Flickr

Panhandle Days in Austin Every two years the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce joins forces with local and surrounding community leaders to travel to our State Capitol in Austin to meet with elected officials to discuss legislative issues related to agriculture, education, healthcare, energy and other important issues that affect the 26 counties located in the Texas Panhandle. Save the Date: February 21-22, 2011 Join us as we travel to Austin during the 2011 legislative session. The fee to attend all events (reception, breakfast, visits with elected officials/staff members) during Panhandle Days will be $125; fee does not include participant’s hotel or travel expense. Beginning January 3rd, registration will be accepted online at Watch for the email registration reminder in January! If you have questions, contact Jason Harrison at 342-2018 or


Sixth Annual “Ready for the Real World?” Purpose:

“Ready for the Real World?” is held to give approximately 1,800 AISD high school junior students the opportunity to better prepare themselves for college, trade school or workforce. Almost 100 speakers representing nearly 50 companies will be on hand to speak on various topics.”


January 12, 2011


Amarillo Civic Center – Heritage, Regency, South and North Exhibit Halls and Auditorium

Proposed Schedule: Welcome: Session 1: Session 2: Session 3: Session 4: Lunch

9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Auditorium 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Heritage & Regency Rooms 10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Heritage & Regency Rooms 11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Heritage & Regency Rooms 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Heritage & Regency Rooms 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. North & South Exhibit Halls

Student Participation: Students pre-registered on-line at their school campus. There will be approximately 30 sessions and each student has the opportunity to visit four (4) sessions. They will choose their top 4 topics understanding that they may not receive their first choice. The students will be matched with the sessions. There will be up to 100 students in many sessions. It is mandatory that the students attend “Ready for the Real World?”. Sessions: Career Choices, Living On Your Own, Education and Training Beyond High School and Managing Your Money. Sponsors: Special thanks goes to the following sponsors: Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, AISD, Xcel Energy, Mays Foundation, Gilliland Family Foundation, and Josephine Anderson Charitable Trust.

5 Convention & Visitor Council 2010-11 Year-To-Date Statistics



Occupancy Rate


Room Nights


Overnight Visitors


Visitor Center Guests Group Tours

December 2010 5-9

Texas Assn. of College & University Police Admin TACUPA Annual Conference


Alpaca Group

Inquiries for Amarillo Information 150

6,167 $51,278,800

Information requests



Jehovah Witnesses Circuit Events



Southwest Beef Symposium Meeting


Ignite Student Ministry Conference


Myers & Stauffer LC/State of Texas Medicaid Nursing Home Incentive Payment Program




Film Office 300

January 2011 8-9

Overnight Travel Impact ($)



# of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo




Room Nights


Delegate Spending ($)


Delegates Booked-Future Conventions


Delegate Room Nights Booked


February 2011 17-19

Texas USA Wrestling State Youth Tournament


The Ink Life Tour Tattoo & Music Festival


Kennedy Center American College Theater Annual Festival





Alpha Lock Amarillo 2512 Paramount

Body Solutions 6010 SW 34th

BSA Harrington Breast Center Mobile 1310 Wallace

Clear Talk 5807 SW 45th, Suite 410

Just Tees’n 618 S Polk

M&R Liquor 5901 Bell

McDonald’s 2910 Soncy

Outback Steakhouse 7101 I-40 West

Pan-Handlers Catering 4132 Business Park Drive

Rushing Oil & Gas Consultants 801 S Fillmore, Suite 465

Shepler’s Boots ‘n Jeans 2225 S Georgia

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Albertson's #4203 All Star Fence Company LLC All Star Sheet Metal & Roofing Allied Waste Recyclery Amarillo Air Conditioning & Sheet Metal, Inc Amarillo Courtyard by Marriott Amarillo Crime Stoppers Inc Amarillo South Chiropractic and Physical Therapy American Cancer Society American Classifieds Artisan Services Atlama Moving & Storage Axigent Technologies Group Baldwin Distribution Services Bank of America Bar Z Winery Bernards Avanced Collision Bill Williams Tire Center Bobby Duby Motors BP America Production Company Buck's Sporting Goods Canyon Creek Boutique Coldwell Banker First Equity Realtors Country Inn & Suites by Carlson DiagnosTemps Dr. Bret D. Errington Dulaney Auto & Truck Parts Dwight L. Rogers Insurance Eagle Exploration

Empire Paper Company Entrepreneur Alliance Fire Sentry Inc. Firehawk Safety Systems, Inc. Fireplace Center/Patio Shop First Bank and Trust Fogg and Associates LLP Furr's Family Dining Gary Strickland Company General Office Supply General Wholesale Supply, Inc Gold's Gym Ladies Puckett Plaza Goree Auction Graphic Equipment & Supply Co Griggs Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors Hanna, Richard L Harris Financial Group, Inc. High Plains Food Bank Hill's Sport Shop Hillside Christian Church Hrycyk Financial LLC International Paper J Lee Milligan Inc Jorge's Mexican Bar & Grill Jorge's Tacos Garcia Kabuki Romanza KAMR - TV Knorpp Business Park Lang Tire and Auto Service Cntr Larry Brown Realtors

Lifegift Organ Donation Center M & R Liquor Make A Wish Foundation of the Texas Plains MVC, Inc. Nurses Unlimited, Inc. Pak A Sak Inc Panhandle Art Center Panhandle Human Resources Association Peeple Professional Cleaning Service Pride Home Center Progressive Step Rehabilitation of Amarillo Raffkind's Red Lobster Republic National Distributing Co Reuben L. Hancock, P.C. Rusty Roush CPA, P.C. Sage Oil Vac, Inc. Scottco Service Company Smith Chiropractic and Wellness Southwest Building Materials State Farm/Mike Thomas Stephen J Ringel MD, PA Steve Barrett CLU, ChFC Stock Building Supply Sue Lawrence/Prudential Ada Realtors Synetra Tech Spray L.P.

Technical Solutions/Logical Technologies Inc. Texan Nursing & Rehab Texas Furniture Texas Panhandle Family Planning and Health Centers Texas Roadhouse Texas Salvage Sales dba MRL The Flower Gallery dba Funds for Fun Fundraising The Jim Hutson Agency/ Ronnie Wood The Loft Boutique The Photo Store & Portrait Studio The Plaza Restaurant Tim Money Financial Services Tom Patterson Travis Loe & Assoc dba Steve Rogers Company Trinity Fellowship Church Unique Individuals, LLC V & S Industrial Supply Inc Valero Energy Corporation W.M. Quackenbush Petroleum Geologist Waddell & Reed Inc. Wealth Insight Network Willow Creek Kennels Witt Flooring Center


Sensible Alternative Coverage to Workers’ Comp For more info: To date well over 1,000 lives are covered in seven Amarillo businesses that have chosen Amarillo’s Sensible Solution as alternative coverage for workplace injuries. The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce partnered with JacksonLloyd Insurance Management to provide “Amarillo’s Sensible Solution”, an insurance choice for workplace related injuries with lower premium payments as well as a vehicle for controlling claims costs. This plan has been developed to protect the business interests of the membership by providing real insurance protection in an affordable way. Only one dozen of the local insurance agents are qualified to

provide information related to the three policies available to 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.



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. 2010-11 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

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

Directors Fredia Allen Tim Archer Roy Bara Sherman Bass David Craig Michael Cruz Jill Dana Buzz David Bob Garrett George Herring J. Pat Hickman Riley Hill Danna Krause

Brad Martin Jeff Mitchell Shawn Morrison Dr. Pat O’Brien Les Simpson Janie Singleton Leah Ware William Ware James Wester Shane White Ray Wilson Jeff Yarber

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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.

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Editor’s Corner

Mark Your 2011 Calendar: 1/12 2/13 2/21-22 3/27-4/2 4/19 4/21 5/5 5/TBD 5/26 6/2 6/TBD 6/23 7/TBD 8/TBD 9/8 10/13 11/TBA

Ready for the Real World Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Panhandle Days in Austin TX Top to Bottom Press Trip Partners in Education Golden Nail Awards BusinessConnection ® Tourism Day Top 2% Awards Membership Blitz SpeedConnect at MegaMarket Summer Fiesta Chamber Open Golf Tourney Business Awards Banquet Barbecue Cook-Off Annual Banquet Ag Appreciation Luncheon

By: Penni Bentley, Director of Communications Have you been thinking of a new year’s resolution for yourself or your business? Most people like to look at January 1st as being a clean slate where we can start over and do things different than the past year. Maybe it is to finally lose a few pounds, stop smoking, or exercise more. Maybe it’s just to have more balance in your life, procrastinate less or volunteer more. It’s hard to believe that we are heading into 2011 in just a few days. It sounds so cliché to say “where did the year go”? All of us here at the Chamber look at our year in terms of the events we held, and it seems like there is less and less time between events every year. We really don’t have any months that aren’t busy…just check out the red box to the left! I’m not whining, just making the point. We are each given the same 365 days to decide what we do and how we spend those precious moments. Our wish for you is that you make the most of your time with your family and your business in 2011…and that maybe you join us at the Chamber a few of those days so that we may celebrate life and our community with each of you. So 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.


Amarillo Chamber eNews December 2010  

Events and new members of the Amarillo Chamber from the month of November 2010.

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