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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 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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Speed-Dating for your Business Mega Market is August 13th The Chamber’s Mega Market event is a unique way to network and promote your businesses to a targeted, specific group. For the small business, this is truly a great way to meet new people and get the word out about the goods and services your organization can provide. Attendees are allowed to make their best “elevator pitch” or “2-minute -what-I-do-in-a-nutshell” speech in a comfortable small setting at a table with 7 other people. Everyone at the table takes 2 minutes, and at the end, everyone switches tables and does it all over again to a new group of 7 people. You also get lunch, snacks, chances to win (or donate) door prizes, and make new friends. You get all of that for one low-low price of $60 per person. Want a little more exposure, sponsor a table at the event for just $250. You will get one registration for the event, plus get your name up in lights and some other cool sponsor benefits. Check out all of the details and register online at Questions, call Kim at 342-2009 or Jason at 342-2018. (Note: this event is limited to 2 attendees per company).

In this issue: New Members


Ribbon Cuttings


Renewing Members


CVC News Upcoming Events

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Summer Celebration Recap


Editor’s Corner



Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in June American Express OPEN Small Business Credit Cards Alice Wong 200 Vesey St. New York, NY 10285 (212) 640-0088 Fax: (212) 640-8917 small-business/credit-cards/ American Express OPEN is the leading payment card issuer for small businesses in the US and supports business owners with products and services to help them run and grow their businesses. This includes business charge & credit cards that deliver purchasing power, flexibility, rewards, savings on business services from an expanded lineup of partners and online tools and services designed to help improve profitability. Anderson Roofing Mark Anderson Tina Anderson 1205 South Florida Street Amarillo, TX 79102 (806) 367-5537 Fax: (972) 318-1501 Expert and experienced installers of all roofing products, Anderson Roofing, Inc. helps you find the best roofing solution in a way that's friendly and fast. Bill's Auto Glass Bill Medina Dolores Medina 2403 East Amarillo Blvd. Amarillo, TX 79107 (806) 374-7878 We provide quality auto glass installation, repairs, and custom glasswork at affordable prices. Insurance claims welcome! Heavy Equipment and fleet vehicles accepted. China Art John Eder 3701 Plains Blvd., Studio 58 Amarillo, TX 79102 (806) 683-9331 Art Studio (John's Shining Sword Studio & Tongis Art Studio) Gallery displaying Chinese Brush Painting and Chinese paper cuts.

Interactive 360, Inc. Rick McLey 2300 N Western Street Amarillo, TX 79124 8887627407 Fax: (806) 398-0772 Interactive 360, Inc. delivers technology based, detail orientated, and efficient on-line marketing products and training customized to the needs of our individual clients.

Parsons Commercial Roofing Jennifer Anderson Kristi Bass PO Box 21835 Waco, TX 76702 806-220-2995 Fax: (254) 881-1995 Parsons Commercial Roofing, in business since 1948, a family owned 3rd generation company. Fully insured and bonded and ranked in the Top 30 Roofing Contractors PMI Amarillo Timothy W. Harris Steve Hallett P O Box 50730 Amarillo, TX 79159 (806) 683-9317 Fax: (806) 477-5104 PMI Amarillo Chapter is an affiliate of the Project Management Institute. It is comprised of professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of project management principles and engaging in local service projects benefitting the community. Monthly meetings facilitate learning and networking opportunities for members and host special events periodically. Preferred Roofing Mike Polley 4204 Hester Road Amarillo, TX 79124 806-351-0225 Fax: (806) 373-4397

PREFERRED ROOFING specializes in damaged commercial or residential roofs that need quality repair or replacement.


Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in June Reagan Outdoor Advertising of Amarillo Karen Goumakos Billy Reagan 7301 Burleson Road Austin, TX 78744 (512) 928-5245 Fax: (512) 926-3843 Reagan Outdoor Advertising provides billboard coverage in Amarillo, Lubbock, & surrounding communities. We help you to grow your business with advertising that delivers results. Real Results Fitness David Sutterfield Jessica Sutterfield 9210 Orry Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 231-0084 Personal Fitness Training. Jessica is a complete wellness instructor

working with clients on proper nutrition and appropriate exercise. David has 19 years of coaching experience and works with athletes of all ages and those who need to jumpstart their exercise program. ROI Online, LLC Steve Brown 617 SW 8th, Suite 400 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 373-8700 We have build a team of hybrid professionals that have extensive knowledge in social media, personal branding, lead conversion, content generation, SEO and analytics. A fresh approach to internet marketing. Senses Salon & Spa Swan Hoang Joseph Hoang

4220 SW 34th Ave. Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 358-9999 Fax: (806) 358-9999 Smart Shield Roofing Eric Moore 17225 Huffsmith Kohrville Rd., Suite A3 Tomball, TX 77375 (713) 478-0198 Been in busines since 2003. Owner managed company, opened a local office in Amarillo. Roofing, Gutters, Siding, Windows and exterior paint. A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy Wade Hagler Sylvia Rodriguez 7701 Interstate 40, Suite 550

Amarillo, TX 79121 (806) 331-9233 Fax: (806) 331-6671 We are a learning facility to produce highly talented and welleducated hairdressers with job placements in Amarillo and across the US. We also offer continuing education to instructors and advanced training to licensed hairdressers. WBI General Contractors Todd Whitehurst Josh Graham 3504 Killeen Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 410-1108 Residential & Commercial Roofing professionals specializing in metal roofing since 1977.

Chamber eNewsletters are sent monthly to more than 2,500 email addresses in our membership database. You can have a quarter-page full-color ad for as little as $50 per issue. If you buy 10 issues, we’ll give you 2 ads FREE. Get a whole year for just $500. Bigger half-page ads are just $100 each or $900 for a whole year. That means you get 3 FREE insertions. Change your artwork every month if you want. Got a special announcement you want us to share on Facebook? Just write on our wall or send us a message. We do that for FREE! We also offer advertisements on our website and enhanced listings for our online directory. Want more information on any of these opportunities? Contact Penni Bentley at 342-2005 or


Click here to download these pictures and more: FirstBank Southwest 45th & Teckla

Hampton Inn & Suites 6901 I-40 West

Hillside Heights Rehabilitation Suites 6650 S Soncy

Muze 7620 Hillside, #175

Senses Salon & Spa 4220 SW 34th

Smile Workshop 3325 S Georgia

Texas Panhandle Builders Association Showcase Home - 3712 Knoll

The Bridge 804 Quail Creek

Tique’s 2700 SW 6th


41 Productions 887 Media AAA Lok & Stor AAA Signs of Amarillo ABC Blueprints Account Recovery Services, Inc Acoma Pine Animal & Bird Clinic AJR Media Group Alliance Irrigation Dalhart, LP Amarillo Custom Box Company Amarillo Dental Associates Amarillo Museum of Art Amarillo Pressure Wash Amtech Security Services, Inc. Battery Joe Better Business Bureau Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the TX Panhandle Bishop DeFalco Retreat Center Black Fig Catering Blunck's Studio Bubble Bath Car Wash Carino's Italian Grill Cavender's Boot City Central On-Line Security Christine Wyly/Lyons Realty Colonies at Hillside Colortyme Copy Craft Printers, Inc. Deliver & Dine Ditch Witch of West Texas, Inc Diversified Improvement Contractors

Ferguson G. R. Chapman Limited Partnership Get Fit Glazer's Wholesale Distributors Hartman Roofing High Plains Filtration & Supply, Inc. Jason's Deli John Smithee/State Representative Johnson & Sheldon, P.C. Just Tees'n La Fiesta Grande Lady-Bug Services Landscape Supply Latham Hometown Realty Long Hunter's Margarita Islandz Medley Material Handling MicroFour, Inc. Missouri Valley, Inc Multiple Systems, Inc Northwest Texas Healthcare System Nursefinders Palo Duro Heating & Air Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Patrick Electric Service Plains Builders Inc Professional Counseling & Biofeedback Center Proffitt's Lawn & Leisure PRONEWS 7 PuroClean Property Paramedics Robert Keys & Associates Land Surveying Robinson's Hay and Animal Nutrition

SERVPRO of West Amarillo Small Town Gypsy Smith Chiropractic and Wellness Specialty Supply Spherion Staffing State Farm/Rhonda Greathouse State Farm/Ronnie Mankin State Farm/Shannon Brooks Storyland Preschool & Child Care Center Street Toyota Texas Mutual Insurance The Garden of Natural Health The Haworth Company The People's Federal Credit Union Top Notch Outfitters Inc Tru Trading Company Tyson Foods U.S. Cleaners UniFirst Corp. Velasquez Group LP West Texas Golf Cars West Texas Youth Football League, Inc. Willis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Xcel Energy / Southwestern Public Service Company

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:


Let’s “Route” 66 Meetings to AMARILLO! By: Tina Brohlin, CVC Convention Sales Director Do you attend meetings, conventions and sporting events in other communities? Do you spend money when you are in those communities? BRING THOSE EVENTS AND THE MONEY HOME! If you belong to any organization: social, professional, sports, etc., you can help bring those events and those dollars to Amarillo! We want to “route” 66 conventions/sporting events to Amarillo this year, but we need your help! Give us the name of your group and a brief description of the event: we’ll do the rest! If we can take your lead and turn it into future business for Amarillo, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A SPECIAL PRIZE! WE MAY ALSO DONATE $500 TO YOUR ORGANIZATION to “route” your meeting to Amarillo, just call our sales team at 806-3741497, email, or submit your lead online at http:// Oh…by the way…Did you know that visitors pay 60% of our local sales tax? So, when you help us bring visitors to town, you keep our city taxes lower. WIN – WIN! Don’t forget! Follow us on Facebook – Amarillo Travel & Tourism

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


Occupancy Rate


Room Nights


Overnight Visitors August 7-9

Visitor Center Guests Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents Annual Conference



West Texas Cutting Horse Association Futurity



Helms Briscoe Fortune Builders Real Estate Insiders Summit



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 ($)

2,021 402 31,750 $238,212,810

Film Office Information requests



September 10-15 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



Group Tours


# of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo




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

October 1-5 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


725,500 28,695 137,523

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 Questions? Call Becky at 342-2010



The Chamber eNewsletter 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.

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2012-13 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

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 Bobby Cooper David Craig Buzz David Marjorie Ellis Mike Good David Grimes George Herring Carrie Irwin Boyd Johnson

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

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Penni Bentley, Editor


Summer Celebration Big Success A crowd of more than 2,000 people enjoyed food and drinks from over 25 restaurants, caterers and beverage companies on the Chamber grounds on Thursday, June 20th. This event is a great way to kick off summer, as well as give the community a preview to our bigger outdoor networking event...the Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off scheduled for September 12th. View more event photos online at


Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Senior Communications Director We recently got to play tour guide to a couple hundred guests from across the state at the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives State Convention. Chamber presidents and community leaders met in Amarillo June 22-25 to learn the latest in Chamber trends, social media, small business issues and more. In addition to showing them the business side of Amarillo, we showed them a really good time while they were in town. They went to see the play TEXAS and Palo Duro Canyon, and a group of spouses toured downtown and shopped in Wolflin and on Route 66. The highlight of the event festivities was a steak challenge at the Big Texan Steak Ranch. Our own Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole led the charge for the Amarillo team made up of Jason Harrison, Andrea McClintock and Dan Quandt. Other 4-man teams included a West Texas Team (Chamber presidents from Midland, Odessa, Lubbock and Big Spring), a TCCE Board member team, and an Amarillo Media Meat-Eatin’ Maniacs made up of Les Simpson, Amarillo Globe-News; Brandy Sanchez, KAMR; Brent McClure, KFDA; and Anthony Pittman, KVII. The challenge was that each team member had to eat their salad, shrimp appetizer, baked potato and roll, and then help the team devour a shared 72-oz steak in the fastest time. The Amarillo Chamber couldn't be outdone, especially with Gary warning the team how “We HAVE to win this...we CAN’T lose!” and screaming “hurry up” the whole entire time. And in a little over 16 minutes, we came out victorious even if the staff and mayor looked a little green around the gills after. You really have to hand it to a mayor that does more than just show up for a photo op with a steak knife in hand. He really was the MVP of the team and there is no doubt we would not have won without him. He’s a great community leader, but if you ever find yourself in need of a professional eater in a competition, you want him on your team. 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.

Mark Your Calendar: 7/25

Chamber Open Golf Tourney


Mega Market


Celebrate the Arts


Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off


Shoot Smart. Shoot Straight. Chamber Challenge


Annual Banquet & Business Excellence Awards


Stay up to date by frequently checking our Chamber and Community Calendar online You can even add your own events to the online The Chamber provides great networking opportunities year-round. Check out our online calendar for upcoming events your business could participate in, sponsor, or attend to gain exposure. You can even volunteer and become a Chamber Champion.

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BusinessConnection Good Times Summer Celebration Chamber Open Golf Tournament Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off BusinessConnection Good Times Summer Celebration Chamber Open Golf Tournament Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off BusinessConnection Good Times Summer Celebration Chamber Open Golf Tournament Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off BusinessConnection Good Times Summer Celebration

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