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President/CEO Gary Molberg Membership Andrea McClintock, VP Christy Bigler Linda Palmer Communications Penni Bentley, Sr. Director Events Kim Woolsey, Director Business Development & Governmental Affairs Jason Harrison, VP Kim Woolsey Mary Garcia Quality of Life & Arts Becky Zenor, VP K. Lynn Kiihn Convention & Visitor Council Jerry Holt, VP Mindy Bradley Jutta Matalka Eric Miller Rick Matchett Cherry Kay Abel Emilea White K. Lynn Kiihn


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Movie Making in Amarillo By: Penni Bentley, Sr. Director of Communications “I think Amarillo is one of the best kept secrets for a film project,” commented Actor/Producer Téa Leoni in a planning meeting with local Chamber and film commission representatives on Wednesday. After coming off of a big budget film, Tower Heist in 2011, Leoni is looking to bring a smaller project to Amarillo in the fall of 2012. Ms. Leoni has strong family ties in Amarillo, and as a kid spent summers at her grandparents here in Wolflin. The late Virgil Patterson, known as a longtime banker and community leader at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, was a big factor in her decision to bring a project to the panhandle. She nostalgically commented how she “wished he was still around to see the great city that Amarillo has become.” Her uncle, Tom Patterson, served as Chamber President/CEO Gary Molberg the Amarillo Chamber president for 8 years prior with Actor/Producer Téa Leoni to Gary Molberg taking the reins in 1997. Patterson initiated the meeting with the Chamber last month about his niece's project knowing our office could provide assistance in logistics for lodging, meals, locations and local film connections. After a two hour meeting Wednesday, we got a great idea about what the movie project will involve to shoot in Amarillo in September. This comedy centers around a newly-single woman bringing her kids back to where she grew up, and redefining her role in providing for her kids and helping care for her aging parents. There are some great comedic names tentatively lined up to play alongside Leoni that will be released in the near future. "The chamber is very excited about this project for our city. It means great revenue, potential jobs, and exposure for Amarillo," said Gary Molberg, Chamber President/CEO. "We're always proud to show off our hometown and its people and unique places."

In this issue:

Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop Mary Ramirez, Manager Helen Martinez Ann Beach Kay Cochran

New Members

PO Box 9480 Amarillo, TX 79105 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax

Ribbon Cuttings


Ready for the Real World


CVC News

Jason, Mindy, Gary, Téa Leoni, Penni, Jutta & Becky



Renewing Members


Golden Nail Awards




Editor’s Corner




Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in January Accent Embroidery Rhonda Fletcher Mark Fletcher 3433 Plains Blvd Amarillo, TX 79102 (806) 352-3600 Fax: (866) 438-8050 We strive to provide quality embroidery and direct-to-garment printing in a very timely manner. ASAP Media Management Michael Bostick Randy Tinsley PO Box 30128 Amarillo, TX 79120 806-570-4351 We fully believe that word of mouth is everything in the customer service industry. In this day and age word of mouth is Social Media. Bill Harris 7802 Stuyvesant Avenue Amarillo, TX 79121 BioCycle Inc. Nord S. Sorensen James Cramer PO Box 20927 Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 355-3035 Fax: (806) 355-3038 Providing medical waste management services to hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes, and individual waste generators. Bunchalotta Studios Bob Allen Brian Allen 1504 Hacienda Dr Amarillo, TX 79111 (806) 6403650 We are passionate group of creatives pushing the boundaries of marketing and web design. We provide big agency results for a small town price.

Groovy Pop Gourmet Popcorn LLC Traci Tucker Judy Griffin 7535 Canyon Drive Amarillo, TX 79110 (806) 351 1767 Gourmet popcorn in 35 delicious flavors with weekly specials of new exciting flavors! Gifts for any occasion. Popcorn buffets for birthdays, weddings and showers. A variety of corporate gifts are available.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Amarillo West Leena Patel Priscilla Sandoval 8330 West Amarillo Blvd. Amarillo, TX 79124 (806) 418-2505 Fax: (806) 418-2506 Located within the Point West Business Campus, this ecofriendly high-tech hotel offers an array of upgraded amenities in each guestroom & suite, including a wet bar, microwave, fridge & a tv in the bathroom. IT Consulting Services, Inc. Chhaya Gohil Kishor Gohil 1031 Vermont St. Suite D Lawrence, KS 66044 785-840-0879 Fax: (913) 322-8616 Software/Web Development, system integration, enterprise architecture business analysis, process re-engineering and optimization, system maintenance project management, staff augmentation. Kolache Cafe & Baking Company Kim Flores Donna Garcia 2207 S. Western, Suite 90 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 322-3278 Bakery serving sweet & savory kolaches including pockets.


Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in January La Quinta Inn Amarillo Medical Center West Heather Patterson 2108 S. Coulter St. Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 352-6311 Fax: (806) 359-3179 Wake up on the Bright Side with La Quinta. We offer our Bright Side breakfast with Texas shaped waffles, free wireless Internet, Guest Laundry Facilities, Outdoor Pool, 32 inch Flat Screen TVs in all of our rooms with over 30 High Def channels. LaQuinta Inn Tina Garcia 1708 I-40E Amarillo, TX 79103 (806) 373-7486 Fax: (806) 372-4100 National Livestock Insurance Agency Pam Williamson Jess Ben Latham 620 S Taylor Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 372-3801 Fax: (806) 372-3826 At National Livestock Insurance Agency, our focus is on livestock insurance only. We look forward to serving your insurance needs.

Oilfield Wrenches, LLC Rob Talley P.O. Box 322 Canadian, TX 79014 (806) 323-9855 Fax: (806) 323-9810 Roustabout Company. Prestigious Pools & Outdoor Living Branden Proffitt 4901 Hillside Unit F Amarillo, TX 79109 806-322-3155 Fax: (806) 322-1444

A professional approach in assisting you to find the pool that's right for you and your budget while providing the perfect environment for your backyard lifestyle. Salon De Reve/Courtney Pedersen Courtney Pedersen 6020 W 33rd Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 420-8424 Security Finance #1654 Anisha Padilla 2511 Paramount Blvd. A-4 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 353-5577 Fax: (806) 353-7608 Installment Lending


Another Chance House 209 S Jackson

Carpet World 5710 SW 45th

Goody’s World Famous Popcorn Factory Westgate Mall

Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2801 S Houston

Mitchell Property Group 4015 SW 34th

Willow Creek Kennels Loop 335 & S Francis

Office Depot 2622 Wolflin Village

MuRF Systems 7420 Golden Pond, #400

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Each month the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce celebrates with ribbon-cutting and ground breaking ceremonies. The Amarillo Globe-News will publish these photos once a month in the Our Town section of the Wednesday edition or find them online at


R4RW? Ready for the Real World Prepares High School Juniors By: Becky Zenor, VP Quality of Life The Sixth annual Ready for the Real World was held on January 18, 2012 at the Civic Center. Approximately 1,850 high school juniors from the four AISD high schools attended sessions on Career Choices, Living on Your Own, Education and Training, and Managing Your Own Money. This popular event gives students the opportunity to better prepare themselves for college, trade or vocational school and/or the workforce. For the fourth year, the day began at 9 am with a welcome from Jonathan Sprinkles, a motivational speaker from Houston. The students attended 4 sessions, had lunch and ended the day by visiting with college representatives and participating in community service projects. We appreciate the hard work from the committee composed of representatives from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, AISD, WTAMU, Happy State Bank, high school counselors and sophomore and junior high school students representing all four high schools. This project could not take place without the following sponsors: Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, AISD, Josephine Anderson Charitable Trust and the Mays Foundation. Upper Right: Denise Blanchard with committee members made up of Sophomores & Juniors from Amarillo, Caprock, Tascosa & Palo Duro High Schools.

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Lower Right: Jonathan Sprinkles motivated students in the opening session. 3/27-4/2

TX Top to Bottom Press Trip


Golden Nail Awards


DC Days in Washington


Partners in Education


BusinessConnection 速


Tourism Day


New Member Blitz


WOW Scholarship Luncheon


Summer Fiesta


Chamber Open Golf Tourney


Business Awards Banquet


Barbecue Cook-Off


Annual Banquet 2012


Busy in CVC Getting ready for the busy summer season, CVC staff have been on the road promoting Amarillo. Director of Tourism Jutta Matalka is racking up the miles at important travel trade and consumer shows. She has been in McAllen, TX for the Winter Texan Consumer Show; Grapevine, TX for the American Bus Association Marketplace and Trade Show; in Las Vegas for the Go West International Trade Show and Houston for the Houston Vacation and Leisure Consumer Show. Each show helps place Amarillo in front of critical audiences, from bus operators to winter Texans to consumers. Convention Sales Manager Cherry Kay Abel and Director of Convention Servicing Mindy Bradley were in Austin for the annual Southwest Showcase sponsored by the Texas Society of Association Executives. It was a great way to touch base with about 300 meeting planners for state associations. VP Jerry Holt joined them for this important meeting. Abel, our Austin-based sales manager, was also in Tulsa for the Society of Government Meeting Planners Region 5 Partners in Education Conference. This Texas and Oklahoma meeting attracted over 100 government meeting planners. And Bradley serviced five different convention groups who generated over 800 room nights and $617,000 in visitor spending. The TTIA Unity Dinner in Austin, the state tourism industry’s largest annual meeting, is in Austin Feb. 21 & 22 and will attract nearly 1,000 people, including Holt, Matalka and Director of Communications Eric Miller. Miller also made media calls to important contacts and friends at Texas Highways, Texas Co-op Power, Texas Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman. And Miller is going to New York City the end of February to participate in the State of Texas Media Mission for three days. It’s a great way for Amarillo to get deskside appointments with publications like the Daily News, New York Times, Successful Meetings and Budget Travel, just to name a few. Also, Miller will visit with a host of top freelance writers. Convention Sales Manager Emilea White, with help from Holt and Bradley, made a great presentation to the Texas delegation for the National Square and Round Dancers Association and Amarillo will be the Texas city presented at the 2012 convention in Spokane, WA, in June to make our formal bid for the 2016 convention. If successful, this will be one of the largest groups to ever visit Amarillo. Sports committee meetings have been very successful this year, thanks to management by Convention Sales Manager Rick Matchett. Big thanks to the Education Credit Union and the Ambassador Hotel for their help. Matchett, who handles the sports market for the CVC, was in Dallas for the United States Specialty Sports Association regional meeting with more than 200 people in the sports event business. Chamber members are encouraged to visit the newly refreshed CVC web site at It features brighter colors, bolder graphics, better organization and updated copy. Be sure to tell a friend about it. Also, take a look on the new downtown development microsite at, a short web-based recap of plans underway in Amarillo. This site will be updated during the development to reflect the most recent news. Please share your feedback with Eric Miller at

7 Convention & Visitor Council 2011-12 Year-To-Date Statistics Tourism

Occupancy Rate


Room Nights


Overnight Visitors


Visitor Center Guests


Group Tours Inquiries for Amarillo Information Overnight Travel Impact ($)

February 2012 17-19

Ink Life Tour Tattoo & Music Festival

2,091 124 13,055 $94,546,520

Film Office 100

Information requests


Conventions # of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo

March 2012 1-3

Texas Forensics Association State Tournament



Special Olympics Regional Basketball Tournament



Texas Workforce Commission



West Texas USSSA Coors Light Classic





Room Nights


Delegate Spending ($)


Delegates Booked-Future Conventions


Delegate Room Nights Booked


Communications / CVC Website CVC Publicity Value


CVC Website Visitors / Month


CVC Website Page Views / Month


Convention Sales Manager Cherry Kay Abel, Director of Convention Servicing Mindy Bradley and Jerry Holt VP of CVC were in Austin for the annual Southwest Showcase sponsored by the Texas Society of Association Executives


3 H All Natural Beef Accent West-The Amarillo Magazine Affiliated Foods Allergy A.R.T.S. Amarillo Auto Supply & Off Road Amarillo Baseball Club, LLC Amarillo Crime Stoppers Inc Amarillo Family YMCA Amarillo Globe News Amarillo Inventors Association Amarillo Media Systems Amarillo On-Site Massage Amarillo Ranch RV Park Amarillo Women's Network American Laser Centers Anne Jones Ashley Furniture Home Store Atmos Energy A-Town/Hi-Tech Austin Pure Water Treatment Bank of Commerce Bartlett Enterprises, Inc. Bates-Wells Promotional Products Beal Insurance Agency Bennett Sample Pumps Blue Flame Rental, LLC. Body Solutions BP America Production Company Buffalo Wild Wings Chicago Title Insurance Co. Choice Media Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Curves for Women-SW Amarillo Decorating Den Interiors Design Friends Diamond Business Services

Downtown Women's Center Dr. Kent Sorajja, M.D., P.A. Dulaney Auto & Truck Parts Elite MMA & Fitness LLC Executive Office Suites of Amarillo Firstbank Southwest Fuqua-Bryson Benefits Group Furr's Family Dining Gore Creek Capital GPI Graybar Electric Company, Inc. Gregory A. Ogburn, CPA, P.C. Griggs Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors H. J. Dana Enterprises dba McDonald's Hoffbrau Steaks Hummer's Sports Cafe IHOP #1337 J C Penney Inc Junior League of Amarillo KFDA NewsChannel 10 CBS TV/DT KGNC/TPAB Museum KSA Engineers, Inc. KVII-TV LDF Food Group Inc. dba Wendy's Leadership Amarillo & Canyon Liquid Siding of Amarillo Mary Ann Piskun M. D. McFarlin's Jewelry Meineke Car Care Center Morris Gift Shop Mr. Rooter of Amarillo Nurses By Prescription Omega Electronics

Panhandle Fire Protection LLC Panhandle Obstetrics and Gynecology Panhandle Presort Services Ltd. Pathwayz Communications Perryton-Ochiltree Chamber of Commerce Pete's Car Smart KIA Potter County Courthouse Potter Randall County Medical Society ProPay-Professional Payroll Service Prudential Ada Realtors / Virginia Barbee Public Steel Inc Quality Respiratory Red Lobster Run Business Solutions, Inc. Sanex Scarborough Specialties, Inc. Sharing Hope Ministry, Inc. Sleep Inn Airport Southwest Dairy Farmers State Farm/Roy Hunter Style Wise Image Consultants Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Amarillo Affiliate Talon/LPE Tascosa Brick and Fireplace Texas Bearing Company The English Rose The Fitness Lounge, LC The Hot Tub Doctor The Salon by Lora Brown Tim Money Financial Services Tri State Baking United Supermarkets

Vaughan Farms, Inc Verizon Wayne McEntire DDS Weaver Insurance Agency Werner Law Offices Western Builders Westgate Computers Wiley Hicks Jr Inc William J. Kemp, Jr. DDS Inc. Williams-Boyce Agency, LLP Wilson Haag & Company P C Wolflin Mortgage Company Zarges Aluminum Systems, LLC.

REMEMBER: You can pay your Chamber invoices online and even update your membership listing, including address, phone, fax, email, website, description of services and more. Visit the MEMBERS ONLY section of our website or email for your login name and password if you have forgotten it. Need help? Give her a call at 342-2004. Click here to go to the Members Only Login Section:


We are so excited that in the very near future Amarillo will have a true work of art available for purchase. Ron Lammert, Historical Publishing Newtork, is producing 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. Amarillo Faces, Places & Open Spaces will feature more than 80 local company and organizational profiles, and make a beautiful addition to any personal library or a great gift for that out of town visitor. Lammert Publications was overwhelmed by the response of companies wanting to be profiled in the book (over 80), so the project is taking longer than initially planned. This is the largest book they have produced to date, and they assure us that it is on track to finalize the last few profiles and be available this spring. We are so excited to have this unique piece available soon.


Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in January Sho Media, Inc. Believe 96.1 Simon Maldonado Oscar Gamboa 600 S Tyler, Ste 800 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 242-6400 Fax: (806) 242-1849

Chamber Facebook: Women’s Council Facebook: CVC Facebook (Tourism): CVC Facebook (Conventions): Chamber Twitter: CVC Twitter: Chamber Videos: Chamber Event Photos: 2,469 Fans on Facebook 920 Followers on Twitter

Shorty's Bear Safety Service Inc. Danny Bryant James Bryant 2801 S Osage Amarillo, TX 79103 806/-372-2126 Fax: (806) 372-4544 Shorty's provides COMPLETE automotive service, specializing in alignments, brakes and suspension repair. Shorty’s can service car, trucks up to two ton rating and most motorhomes. Smile Workshop Jennifer Thomas Chris Swayden 3325 South Georgia Suite 200 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 356-5002 Fax: (806) 356-5039 When it comes to finding your best smile, Smile Workshop takes care of the whole family. We're committed to improving the health, appearance, self confidence and overall quality of life. Southern Tire Mart Clay Holland 4824 Interstate 40 East Amarillo, TX 79103 806-379-8000 Fax: (806) 379-8011 Commercial Tire Dealer with 56 locations in 8 states. We offer the best of Bridgestone/ Firestone, Bandang, Continental/ General, and Yokohama. Services include retreading, tire & wheel balancing and emergency road service 24/7/365.

SPINEDOC, LLC Dr. Jarel Whitehead 2400 S. Main Perryton, TX 79070 806-435-6533 Fax: (806) 435-3669 SPINEDOC specializes in Chiropractic, Wellness, Nutrition, Sports & Extremity Injuries. U. S. Marines Francisco Haro 200 Westgate Parkway, Ste G2 Amarillo, TX 79121 (806) 358-6187 Fax: (806) 358-7401 Vendors Flea Market, LLC Rhonda Cutair Ray Fournier 7901 SW 81st Ave. Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 353-3539 Flea Market Climate controlled with over 300 booths. Open year round with dealers selling unique new & used items over 14,000 square feet. Waddell & Reed Inc Kent West 600 S Tyler, Suite 1701 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 355-8746 Fax: (806) 352-1031 Helping families and small business owners reach their financial goals through comprehensive planning and communication. WinCo Futures & Investments Monte Winders 3611 S. Soncy #5A Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 358-8621 Fax: (806) 358-8625 A future brokerage firm with 30 + years of experience. Futures, options, hedging, speculation and managed accounts. Set up an account to meet your needs. 6,079 Photos on Flickr

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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. 2011-12 Board of Directors Executive Committee

Chair Chair-Elect President/CEO Past Chair Finance Chair Membership Council Business Council Governmental Affairs Council Quality of Life Council Ag Council Convention & Visitor Council City of Amarillo

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

Directors Fredia Allen Tim Archer Sherman Bass Cliff Bickerstaff David Craig Buzz David Majorie Ellis George Herring J. Pat Hickman Riley Hill Danna Krause Dr. Paul Matney

Debra McCartt Mark McKay Jeff Mitchell Shawn Morrison Dr. Pat O’Brien Kyle Sanders Les Simpson Janie Singleton William Ware James Wester Shane White

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Penni Bentley, Editor

12 The thirtieth Golden Nail Awards, chaired by the Amarillo Chamber of Arts Committee, will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012 in the Grand Plaza Ballroom at the Amarillo Civic Center. The cost to attend is $60.00 per person. It is sponsored by the Chamber Arts Committee. The purpose of the Golden Nail Awards is to honor individuals, businesses and foundations that have made a financial or in-kind contribution or have volunteered for the fine arts in Amarillo and the surrounding area. Approximately 490 nominations were received this year. The categories include Individual, Business, Foundation, Distinguished Volunteer and Up and Coming Distinguished Volunteer. Golden Touch awards are also presented for new and innovative ideas, events or activities. We appreciate the following whose generosity helped make this event possible: Alexander Wine Vineyards, Ambassador Hotel, Civic Amarillo, Duncan & Boyd Jewelers, Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors, Parie Designs, Chuck Alexander and Mary Lyn Halley.

For more information or to receive an invitation, please contact Becky Zenor at 342-2010 or

Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of the month and are open to all female employees of Chamber members. For information or to be added to the email list, contact Kim at 342-2009 Or


Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Senior Communications Director

Sitting down with a celebrity can be so exciting, but also a little scary since you never know if they are going to be nice or an ego-centered Hollywood type. I'm happy to say that Téa Leoni couldn't have been nicer, and was the most down to earth person. She has a true fondness for our little town and she shared great memories with us in her 2-hour visit to the Chamber. We heard family stories and ideas that will truly make this movie project a piece of her heart. Those of us that have known and respected her uncle Tom Patterson for years just wanted to make sure she had a positive experience while here, and aren't really surprised she shares his gift of humor. Personally I've always loved her movies and remember watching her sitcom The Naked Truth in the mid 90s. I own Spanglish and have watched it and The Family Man many times. It's nice to put a real person behind those roles and find out you like her even more now. And if they need an outspoken redhead as an extra, I'll be happy to moonlight. 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.

The Chamber will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of BusinessConnection® on Thursday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center. The successful business-to-business tradeshow has almost 300 exhibitors returning from 2011, to once again showcase their business and services to thousands of potential customers in just one day. Complimentary tickets will be available only to Chamber members in our office located at 1000 S. Polk, beginning 8:00 a.m. on April 2 and ending 5:00 p.m. on May 9. Tickets can be purchased at the event on May 10 for $5 or members can present a business card for free admission.

The Heritage Ballroom is already sold-out, so CLICK HERE to learn more about the event or to reserve a booth space. If you have questions about sponsoring the tradeshow contact Jason Harrison or if you need assistance in reserving your booth space online contact Kim Woolsey.

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