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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 Dianna Key Convention & Visitor Council Jerry Holt, VP Mindy Bradley Jutta Matalka Eric Miller Rick Matchett Cherry Kay Abel Emilea White Dianna Key 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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Summer Fiesta is June 21st Networking Outside the Box The hottest networking event is coming up in just a few weeks. We’ll be celebrating our Fifth Annual Chamber Summer Fiesta on Thursday, June 21st from 5pm-8pm on the Chamber Grounds. There is nothing like meeting up with customers and friends or getting to know new people in the sunshine with some great food, cold drinks and live music. There is already a great list of members signed up to serve you their tasty-best, but we’ve got room for more. If you are a restaurant, caterer or food provider, you can participate and show off your best to several thousand attendees. It doesn't cost you anything to participate, you just have to serve up food for 500. Some of these great participants will even be competing for bragging rights to who has the best traditional or specialty salsas and margaritas. Details are on our website at For the rest of you that are just interested in the food, fun and festivities, you can purchase tickets in advance for $25 each at any Panhandle Ticket Outlet inside the local United Supermarkets or the Box Office, or online at If you wait to get them at the gate the day of the event, they will cost you $30 each. But the one price includes all you can eat, drink and network with live music from The Global Nomads. You can check them out and LIKE them on facebook at Don’t worry, there will be plenty to wash it all down thanks to Arctic Glacier Ice, Budweiser of Amarillo, Coca-Cola of Amarillo, Coors Great Western Distributing Company, Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors, Miller of Amarillo, and Republic National Distributing Company. Big thanks also go to Chambers Electric, Custom Trophies, KGNC AM/FM, Mayfield Paper Company, Panhandle Tickets, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and Waste Wranglers.

In this issue: New Members


Golden Nail Awards


Partners in Education


Ribbon Cuttings


DC Days


CVC News


Renewing Members


Faces, Places & Open Spaces Book


Editor’s Corner / Chamber Champions



Thanks for Joining in April A Tech Welding Rachel Alvarado 1809 North East 3rd Amarillo, TX 79107 (806) 677-6791 Fax: (806) 353-0412 A Tech is a full service welding company with the ability to construct anything from large steel buildings to intricate custom iron work.

Big Star Office Furniture Andrea Buxton Heath Reinert 6650 Canyon Dr., Ste 1 Amarillo, TX 79109 Big Star Office Furniture carries a full line of new and gently used office furniture. We specialize in office furniture move outs and upgrades of out dated office furniture.

Akima Construction Services Juleigh Wall Patrick Sheeran 2505 Lakeview, Ste 201 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 367-8026 General Contractor

Boehning & Co Renee Boehning PO Box 545 Happy, TX 79042 806-558-2140 Fax: (806) 554-9983 We offer Professional Tax, Bookkeeping and Payroll Services. In addition, our new payroll service, Payroll Solutions, will process your monthly payroll and will file your quarterly and annual employment tax forms.

Amarillo Chiropractic Center, PLLC Dr. Jennings Smith 6601 W. I-40 Ste. 500 Amarillo, TX 79106 806-433-5234 Fax: (214) 276-7379

We provide chiropractic adjustments and other related therapies with individual patient treatment plans from a doctor you can talk to. Amarillo Railroad Museum, Inc. Bob A Roth Virgil Doyle 3160 I Avenue Amarillo, TX 79108 (806) 335-3333 We are working to preserve the rich railroad heritage of the Texas Panhandle thru the acquisition and display of railroad equipment and model railroading. Ashton Hammer Photography Ashton Hammer 3101 Hobbs suite 100 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 930-2068

Capture your memories today! At a price you can afford! And own all your photos! Services: Seniors, Family, Engagement, Wedding, Proms, any special events.

Cafe Jay's Jay Kirkman Margaret Hodge 320 Polk St., Suite 350 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 324-5554 Fax: (806) 324-5406 Cafe Jay's serves gourmet lunch fare in a casual atmosphere inside Downtown Athletic Club. Confluence Security Group Jake Brecheen 4033 Canyon Dr. Amarillo, TX 79110 (806) 576-1050 Confluence Security Group provides mission-critical physical security and communications to government and commercial customers worldwide. Donald S. Mullins Gallery Scottie Mullins Janelle B Hutchison 3701 Plains Blvd. #82C Amarillo, TX 79102 (806) 220-1111 Featuring master artist art.

Mark Your Calendar:

Welcome New Members

6/7 6/14 6/21 6/22 7/26 9/13 9/20 10/25

New Member Blitz WOW Scholarship Luncheon Summer Fiesta Nomination Deadline for Business Excellence Awards Chamber Open Golf Tourney Barbecue Cook-Off SpeedConnect at Mega Market Annual Banquet & Business Excellence Awards

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

Get your business noticed by advertising with the Chamber. We offer ads in this eNewsletter for as little as $50 an issue. We now offer website advertising too. Want more information? Contact Penni Bentley for details at 342-2005 or


The winners accepted honors at the Thirtieth annual Golden Nail Awards on Thursday, April 12, 2012 in the Grand Plaza Ballroom at the Amarillo Civic Center. Over 300 were in attendance.

Panhandle. Two awards were presented to the W.H. & Mary Ellen Cobb Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee of Fort Worth and the Reed-George Foundation of San Antonio.

The Arts Committee of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce sponsors the gala to recognize financial, in-kind, and volunteer contributions to the fine arts in Amarillo and the surrounding communities in the Texas Panhandle.

The Distinguished Volunteer Award is presented to an individual for exemplary volunteer service in Amarillo and the Panhandle. Four Distinguished Volunteer Awards were presented to Lorene Lacer, Gaynelle Riffe of Stratford, Charles Ritchie, and Dr. and Mrs. Gary Nall of Canyon.

The Golden Nail Awards committee members include Melody Alexander, Marlies Ballengee, Ann Crouch, Chip Garrison, Jim Kemp, Kay Paine, Gaynelle Riffe of Stratford, Kathy Sheldon, Sally Skaggs, B.J. Smith, Parie Villyard, and Becky Zenor, Chamber of Commerce liaison. Approximately 490 nominations were received from throughout the Panhandle. The Golden Nail Awards categories are the Individual, Business, Foundation, Distinguished Volunteer and the Up and Coming Distinguished Volunteer Award. One Special Award was presented and three Golden Touch Awards were presented to recognize new or innovative ideas and projects. The Summit Award is presented for outstanding devotion and support of the fine arts in Amarillo and the Panhandle over a period of years, including meaningful public involvement and unstinting personal services as well as generous financial help. This year’s award winners were announced at the Golden Nail Awards: The Summit Award was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Smith. Summit Award is presented for outstanding devotion and support of the fine arts in Amarillo and the Panhandle over a period of years, including meaningful public involvement and unstinting personal services as well as generous financial help. The Individual Award is presented for outstanding support and service to the fine arts both financially and personally by an individual or individuals in Amarillo and the Panhandle. Four awards were presented to Dr. and Mrs. Mike Engler, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hayward of Canyon, Mr. and Mrs. Hassan Dana and Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Periman. The Business Award is presented for exceptional financial support of the fine arts by a business or corporation in Amarillo and the Panhandle. Four awards were presented tonight Happy State Bank, Citizens Bank of Shamrock, Graham Brothers Jewelers and Wolflin Mortgage Company. The Foundation Award is presented for exceptional and generous support of the fine arts in Amarillo and the

The Up and Coming Distinguished Volunteer Award is given to an individual who is up to 35 years old and younger and has provided inkind assistance and volunteer service for the fine arts. Two awards were presented to Stephanie Bybee and Dustin Sanders of Plainview. Special Awards are given when warranted and one was presented this year. The award was presented to the Amarillo College Student Government Association. The Golden Touch Awards are presented for new, unique, or innovative arts event or activity that adds a “golden touch” to the arts fare in Amarillo and the Panhandle. Three awards were presented to the American Quarter Horse Foundation for their “America’s Horse in Art.” The second award was presented to the Plainview Symphony Orchestra’s concert A Journey into Imagination. The third award was presented to the Lone Star Ballet’s production of the “Lone Star Trilogy.”

Photo 1: Cari Roach & Renee McNeely, Happy State Bank with J.Pat Richmond, Vicky Richmond and Annie Richmond, Glazers Wholesale Distributors Photo 2: Patrick Swindell, Mark and Terry White, Jenny and Mayor Paul Harpole Photo 3: Dustin Sanders, Charles Ritchie of Kwahadi with Garrett Fansler Photo 4: Al and Patricia Smith

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Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in April Heroes Outfitters & Gear Inc. Lynne Cook Deborah Chesser 4515 S. Georgia St. Ste 120 Amarillo, TX 79110 806-351-2260 Fax: (806)351-2261 Clothing and gear provider for 1st responders, military, & outdoor enthusiasts. Hillside Heights Rehabilitation Suites Cathy Collins 15 Hospital Dr. Canyon, TX 79015 (806) 655-2161 Fax: (806) 656-0174 Hillside Heights is a 120 bed facility offering skilled nursing and long term care with a special focus on pulmonary rehabilitation. It's good to be me! Candace & Dave Norris 4332 Teckla Boulevard Amarillo, TX 79109 8063596235

Fax: (806) 463-1787 It's Good To Be Me offers motivational speaking, individual life coaching, and vision workshops to help you clarify your dreams and live a life of abundance. Kimrad Transport, LP Brad Pohlmeier Curt Pohlmeier Charlie Friederich 371 W. Loop 335 S Amarillo, TX 79118 (806) 359-3882 Fax: (806) 622-5097 Kimrad Transport, LP provides crude oil, liquid asphalt and other petro chemical transportation services in the southcentral United States. Kingdom Keys Network Jonnie Thomason Ricky Pfeil 5754 Canyon Dr Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 359-8855

Fax: (806) 354-2039 We exist to broadcast the Word of God through teaching, preaching, and music, as well as proclaiming a Biblical world view on issues.

Potato Factory Randy Nelson Ellen Nelson 2808 W 34th Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 322-7783

LifesMiracle Group, L P Dr. Jeff Bennert 3536 Marsh Place Amarillo, TX 79121 (806) 335-0936 Fax: (806) 373-7788 Nutritional Supplements

PUREelement Water Stacey Grall Harold Grall 5901 West Road Dumas, TX 79029 (806) 934-4534 Fax: (806) 934-9994 Water bottling company which draws water directly from the Ogallala Aquifer. We provide private label bottled water as well as under our own label.

Marquardt Law Firm, P.C. Todd Marquardt Felicia Rasco 3901 E. Farmers Avenue Amarillo, TX 79118 (855) 387-9380 Wills, Trusts, Elder Law and Medicaid Planning for good people who want to save money and protect assets NEST Interiors Kasey Robinson 2900 SW 6th Ave. Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 367-8908 NEST showcases items new, used & handmade, from overseas to local artisans. New York Life Robert A Redden Janice Reid 7700 Bent Tree Amarillo, TX 79121 (806) 683-3054 Potato Factory Randy Nelson Ellen Nelson 114 SW 6th Ave Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 322-7783 Fax: (806) 3227784 A specialty restaurant serving hot stuffed potatoes. Build your own potato or choose one of our signature combos.

Quilted Bliss Candace Norris David Norris 4332 Teckla Boulevard Amarillo, TX 79109 8063596235 Fax: (806) 463-1787 Quilted Bliss is a full service quilt store offering a wide selection of fabric and notions for quilters, sewers, and crafters. Reinert Hay Company Heath Reinert 700 W 7th Ave. Canyon, 79015 (806) 420-1211 Reinert Hay Company serves individuals, feedlots and dairies in the Texas Panhandle with quality alfalfa and other feed types. We are dependable, prompt, and trustworthy. Rush Truck Center Amarillo Mike Bryant 8000 Interstate 40 East Amarillo, TX 79105 (806) 373-5444 Fax: (806) 373-7342 Rush Truck Center-Amarillo is the latest member of North America's largest network of heavy- and medium-duty truck dealerships with over 60 locations.


Partners In Education Banquet The Annual Partners in Education Banquet is held to honor and recognize businesses, individuals, students, non-profit organizations, and civic clubs for their support to the Amarillo Independent School District. More than 535 were in attendance at the event held in the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza on April 17th. Sponsors include: AISD, Happy State Bank, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and Big Texan Steak Ranch.

Top Left: Phyllis Cook & Maggie Smith, Panhandle Community Services; Dyron Howell, Snack Pak 4 Kids; and Anette Carlisle, President of AISD Board of Trustees Top Right : Terry Price, Xcel Energy with Anette Carlisle, President of AISD Board of Trustees Lower Left: Teresa Hillman, Executive Director of Junior Achievement; Smith Ellis, Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement; and Anette Carlisle, President of AISD Board of Trustees

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Big Star Office Furniture 6650 Canyon Drive, Suite 1

Compassion Home Care 2701 Georgia, Suite 3

Confluence Security Group 4033 Canyon Drive

Furr’s Family Dining & Catering 2221 Soncy

Jay’s Café in Downtown Athletic Center 320 S Polk, Suite 350

Lillie’s Boutique & Chad’s Coffee 6200 Hillside, Suite 400

Mack Dick Group Pavilion Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Nunn Construction 1619 Kentucky, Suite A-506

Pattaya Restaurant 6402 Hillside, Suite 900

Polk Street United Methodist Church Child Development Center—1401 S Polk

Superior Health Plan 7201 I-40 West, Suite 316

Texas Panhandle Builders Assn. Showcase Home—6000 Glenwood


Voice of Amarillo in DC The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce was the “Voice of Amarillo” to government officials in Washington, D.C. the week April 18-20, 2012. The Chamber partnered with over 20 local business and community leaders to secure a productive business environment for the city of Amarillo. Government officials’ action or inaction on key issues can affect the economic strength and growth in our business community. The group represented and discussed important area industries such as agriculture, defense, energy, healthcare, commerce and workforce development to government officials in Washington, D.C., so they may make informed decisions that could ultimately have a positive impact on not only the city of Amarillo, but the entire panhandle. The Chamber represents the interest of local businesses to government officials on the local, state and federal levels. If you have any questions about the Chamber's legislative agenda, contact Jason Harrison, Vice President of Business Development and Governmental Affairs, at 373-7800.

Photo: Attendees meet with Senator John Cornyn to discuss issues affecting the Panhandle of Texas during this year’s Chamber DC Days in April. Left to Right: AJ Swope, Della Murray, JJ Walker, Roy Bara, Jim Del Vecchio, Senator John Cornyn, Al Cunningham, Greg Burgess, David Hudson, Gary Purser, Dr. John Sweeten

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



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

May 3-6

Scrapping Daisy Designs Scrapbooking Retreat



Amarillo Area Tennis Assn CHAMPS Major Zone Tournament



National Pedigreed Livestock Council Annual Meeting



America Supports You Texas Armed Forces Day Banquet



Working Ranch Cowboys Assn. (WRCA) WRCA Championship Bronc Riding



Amarillo Parks & Recreation/USSSA Annual Budweiser Memorial Day Men’s & Women’s Tournament


Tax Assessors—Collectors Assn. of Texas Annual Conference



West Texas Assemblies of God Celebration 2012



Farm Credit Business & Professional Women Annual Meeting



American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) 450 Leadership Conference Youth Excellence Seminar


Jehovah Witnesses Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses



AIR IT OUT Football Camp



Church of Christ Camp Meeting



A to Z Tire Edge Sales Group


Randall High School Class of 1992 Reunion



Amarillo Parks & Recreation / USSSA State Warm Up 2012



Xcel Energy Lineman’s Rodeo



Church of Christ Area Wide Meeting a.k.a. Brotherhood Meeting



Vocational Agriculture Teachers Assn. of Texas VATAT Professional Development Conference


Tourism Occupancy Rate


Room Nights


Overnight Visitors Visitor Center Guests Group Tours Inquiries for Amarillo Information Overnight Travel Impact ($)


June 10-14

4,040 226 22,395 $157,590,930

Film Office Information requests


Conventions # of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo Delegates Room Nights Delegate Spending ($)

33 19,005 8,611 $7,470,850

Delegates Booked-Future Conventions


Delegate Room Nights Booked


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

July 20-22

$652,300 23,604 145,799


A-1 Homes Amarillo A-1 Rocket Industries Aardvark Services Inc Acute & Chronic Pain and Spine Center Advo Companies, Inc. Allstar Service Company Amarillo Area Corvette Club, Inc. Amarillo Embroidery Amarillo Globe News Amarillo Heart Group Amarillo United Citizens Forum/ Black Historic Amarillo's Parkview Realty, LLC Ambassador Hotel Amtech Security Services, Inc. Armstrong County Museum & Gem Theatre Arrow Child and Family Ministries Auction Systems of Amarillo, Inc. Ault & Associates, CPAs Bella Luna Aesthetic Center Blinds and Wallpaper for Less/ Interior Innovations Burkett Outdoor Advertising, LP Bush-Emeny Properties Cain's Carpet Care, Inc. CareNet Pregnancy Centers Catmandu Chop Chop Japanese Steakhouse Coca Cola of Amarillo Concentra Urgent Care Cox Funeral Home CRAMER Computer Supplies Inc. DBA Data Flow dnk Formals Dulaney Auto & Truck Parts Economic Leads John H Early Edible Arrangements Elite Engraving Encourage Consulting Et Cetera Exposito School of Hair Design Farmers Insurance Bryan Tackett Agency

Farmers Insurance District Office FirstCare Health Plans-Amarillo Fountain of Health, Inc. Frank's Repair Plumbing, Inc. FrazzleBerry Frozen Yogurt French & Company Realtors Future Lawns of the High Plains, Inc. George Bonin Insurance Agency GLS Distributing Golden Corral Buffet & Grill Golden Spread Chorus/Amarillo Chapter Barbershop Harmony Society Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas Griggs Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors H & R Food Company Hand Industrial Inc Harrington Cancer Center Harrington House Historic Home High Plains Contractors and Management Group Holiday Inn Express & SuitesAirport Holiday Inn of Amarillo IHOP Independent Investment Corp Inc Insurance Management Services Insurance Professionals Jack Knight Insurance Associates Jiffy Cleaners Joe Norman & Company Johnson Filtration Products Inc Just Tees'n K X G L "The Eagle" Keller Williams Realty/Sabre L. Cofer Keller Williams/Cindy Cunningham Kelly Services Inc Kool Smiles KVII-TV

La Fiesta Grande La Kiva Hotel Law Offices of Nelson & Nelson, P.C. Lorene Lacer Mack Gordon Manpower Martha's Home Mayfield Paper Company, Inc. Mays Investment Company Merritt Vaughn State Farm Morrison Supply Company National Weather Service Neely Craig & Walton Newport Apartment Homes / Case & Assoc Nu Skin/Carol Henderson - Independent Distributor Officemax OHMS Cafe & Bar Oliver Saddle Shop Oreck Clean Home Center Page & Associates Pattaya Restaurant Paul Harpole Motors, LLC Plains Dairy L.L.C. Pop-A-Lock Preston West Golf Course Ralph Duke Photographer Red Carpet Charters Region 16 Education Service Center Roberts Truck Center Rockwood Amish Furniture Route 66 Motor Speedway Royal Limousine Service Ryan O'Neal Auto's SERVPRO of West Amarillo Sharyland Utilities Sonic Drive-In Sparkman Orthodontics State Farm/Kay McMinn Stephens & Hagan Interior Design L.L.C. Stork Vision

Suddenlink Communications Sumner Insurance Agency Texas Cattle Feeders Association Tripp's Harley Davidson, LTD W. Silver Recycling Inc. Warren Cat Western Equipment WesTex Document, Inc. Williams-Boyce Agency, LLP Winchester Apartment Homes/ Case & Assoc. Youngbloods's Stockyard Cafe

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Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in April Sequence Enterprise Entertainment & Our Kids Ann Anderson Morris Mathis 2309 NW 15th Ave Amarillo, TX 79107 (806) 881-6720 Sequence Enterprise Entertainment & Our Kids is education through entertainment. Education in the Arts through programs and projects; services to integrate and bring unity to all cultures and ethnic groups.

apparel, digitizing designs/logos for embroidery on screen print, we are able to fulfill your dreams for your business, team or personal use. Texas Air and Space Museum John Skaggs Richard Warner 10001 American Drive Amarillo, TX 79111 (806) 335-1812 Fax: (806) 665-4627

Small Business Solutions Group Hollie Gandy Lezlie Davis 2920 Duniven Circle #2 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 242-0550 Fax: (806) 322-0965

Small Business Solutions helps you build your business with Fran Tarkenton's Go Small Biz toolbox & Legal Shield products. Perfect for small businesses. Staybridge Suites Alicia Smith Barbara Jeanyers Dipak Patel 36 Western Plaza Dr. Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 367-9660 Fax: (806) 367-9661 Susan's Embroidery & Apparel Susan Browning Judy Rea 28 B Medical Drive Amarillo, TX 79106 806-318-0663 With 25 years experience selling

Sharing the wonder of the heavens and the inventions that take us there. Texas Panhandle Coalition for Nursing Leanna Tijerina Adonna Ballard P O Box 50251 Amarillo, TX 79159 (806) 354-1204 Fax: (806) 354-1174 Our coalition's mission is to promote efforts to ensure an adequate supply of nurses are available to meet our regional demands. The Bohemian Kitchen Ruth Miller Warren Hill PO Box 51944 Amarillo, TX 79159 806-236-0025 The Bohemian Kitchen acts free of regard for conventional rules‌to wander into a kitchen, any kitchen, your kitchen and bring to life your palate specific favorite dishes

The Buckle, Inc. Charline Frost Tara McCaslin 7701 Interstate 40 W, Ste. 326 Amarillo, TX 79121 (308) 238-2556 Fax: (308) 236-4493 The Garden of Natural Health Traci Mahannah Larissa Henderson 2910 Duniven Cir Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 331-3222

Our goal is to help you accomplish your goal of total health and wellness by offering Acupuncture, Quantum Biofeedback, Nutrition, Reikki, Massage and herbal counseling. The NAT Kasey Robinson 2705 SW 6th Ave. Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 367-8908

Over 60 vendors showcasing items new, used, and handmade in a historically famous venue. Toastmasters in Amarillo Janine Deckard Becky Bane 3406 South Ong Amarillo, TX 79109 806-570-4828 Fax: (806) 342-1923 We represent nearly a dozen clubs in Amarillo and the surrounding area. Where leaders are made! Top Gun Auto Service Bill Frank Barbara Frank 3006 W 26th Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 355-8929

Fax: (806) 356-8745 We had a great Auto Repair service for 30 years, we sold, "WERE BACK" and pledge to give the same great service. Trending Treats Renee Ferrell Amy Sutton 5403 Walesa Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 410-0008 Online bakery offering the latest trends in baked goods. Menu will change with current food cravings. Specialize in corporate gifts, event catering and everyday dessert. United Country Alliance Auction & Realty / Winona Colson Winona Colson 4423 SW 45th Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 242-7653 (SOLD) Associate Broker West Texas Youth Football League, Inc. Danielle Riley Scott Riley P.O. Box 19414 Amarillo, TX 79114 806-584-2838 WTYFL provides kids of the Texas Panhandle with the best environment, equipment, and coaching possible. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders that teach them the basic fundamentals, team work, and sportsmanship.




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Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Senior Communications Director We kicked around several ideas about what to call a critical group of people that assist with our chamber events...our volunteers. “Volunteer” is just a little too generic a term for a roll that is so important. We really wanted to call them something more significant that represents what they truly are to our Chamber and events. We think we’ve come up with a good name...drum roll please… Chamber Champions!

What is a Chamber Champion? They are dedicated businessmen and women or community-minded citizens that love Amarillo, love the Chamber, love networking and love to have fun! They help greet and serve the public at entrance gates, put on arm bands, serve beverages, direct traffic or fill in however we need. It’s not glamorous, but it lets you wear your logo shirt and network while helping us out. Meeting new people and making contacts is really what we are all about anyway. We make sure you get to enjoy some good food and drinks while you’re on the job, so it’s usually a good tradeoff. We use nearly 200 volunteers for our barbecue in September, so come on, you know you want to be included in this elite group of professionals that we love so much. We already have several signed up for helping at the upcoming summer fiesta. For more details about the program, dates we need help and the signup form, visit Thanks to these Chamber Champions for helping out recently at BusinessConnection! Blanca Magallanes-Frey, Ambassador Hotel; Mary Lou Schmucker, Carpet Tech; Joyce Knight, Courtyard by Marriot I-40 West.

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.

Nominate a great business or young professional by June 22nd. Criteria and more details online at

May 2012 eNewsletter  

news and events from April 2012 and upcoming events for the Amarillo Chamber