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President/CEO Gary Molberg Membership Andrea McClintock, VP Lindsey Arbeiter Christy Bigler Lauren Shelton For the seventh year, the Chamber is kicking off SumCommunications mer with a great outdoor celebration of food, drinks, Penni Bentley, Sr. Director networking and live music with the Global Nomads. We
Business Development & Governmental Affairs Jason Harrison, VP Mary Garcia Quality of Life & Arts Becky Zenor, VP Mary Ramirez Convention & Visitor Council Dan Quandt, VP Mindy Bradley Eric Miller Tina Brohlin Emilea White Kashion Smith Mary Ramirez Stephanie Andrews Hope Stokes Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop Karolyn Wolfram Foss Helen Martinez Denise Rayford Braley Hand Maci Davis PO Box 9480 Amarillo, TX 79105 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax Amarillo-Chamber.org
will transform the Chamber Grounds downtown at 10th & Polk into the best place to meet up with friends and coworkers and enjoy some delicious food from more than 20 restaurants and caterers. We will be adding to that list of logos on the right, and you are bound to find some of your old favorites, as well as get to try some new things. What’s the best part about our event? Everything you need for a Summer Celebration is included in the price of just $25/person in advance, or $30/person the day of the event. So come out and fill your belly, wash it down with some icy cold refreshments, catch up with old friends or make some new ones, and tap your toes or shake your groove thing to the sounds from the band. Of course, this event is all about networking, so wear your company logo shirt and get some free publicity as a walking billboard if you want. Never be caught without business cards in your pocket just in case! In addition to everyone serving, we have to thank some valuable supporters for helping us throw this little party. Thanks goes to: Amarillo Civic Center/ PanhandleTickets, Arctic Glacier Ice, Bekins, Chambers Electric, KGNC AM/FM & the Eagle, Loc-Tite, Mayfield Paper Company, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and Tom Velasquez & the Global Nomads. Get tickets at any Panhandle Ticket outlet including the customer service desk at any area United Supermarket, the Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 806.378.3096 or online at www.panhandletickets.com.
For more information, check out the website at http://bit.ly/SummerCelebration2014.
It’s the best way to celebrate Summer! Don’t miss it on Thursday, June 19th from 5pm-8pm
In this issue: New Members
Golden Nail Award
Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in April Addy Lane Fine Clothing Adrianne Sage Carmen Keesee 2616 Wolflin Vlg. Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 418-8992 http://bit.ly/AddyLaneFB Addy Lane is a locally-owned women's clothing boutique. We specialize in providing a personalized shopping experience for our customers. Belmar Bakery Richard & Deana Zaccardo Julie Bell 2606 Wolflin Village Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 355-0141 www.belmarbakery.com 2nd location to serve you. Belmar Bakery & Cafe has been serving the Amarillo community since 1965 and takes pride in creating a wide variety of house made baked goods. Interstate All Battery Center of the High Plains Michael Graham Dirk Swope 5825 Andover Dr. Amarillo, TX 79109 806-373-4300 www.interstatehp.com Interstate All Battery Center is for all of your battery power and battery recycling needs. Interstate Batteries: Outrageously Dependable! LegalShield; Becky Miller Becky Miller 2712 S Fairfield Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 236-1613 www.miller54.legalshieldassociate.com
Legal Shield provides affordable access to attorneys for individuals, families, small businesses and their owners. We help North Americans worry less and live more.
Lonestar Services Amarillo Josh Fudge Matt Fudge 806 SW 7th Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 367-9383 http://bit.ly/LoneStarServFB Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning.
Luxury Inn & Suites Mickey Patel 2915 Interstate 40 East Amarillo, TX 79104 (806) 372-8101 (806) 374-5221 www.luxuryinntexas.com Whether you're traveling on business, leisure, or a family vacation, Luxury Inn and Suites can accommodate you in style, comfort, elegance. Take advantage of the exceptional service, wide range of popular amenities, and all at reasonable rates. Indoor pool, and meeting space available. Napoli's Italian Restaurant Oscar Rangel Rus Pjetrovic 700 S Taylor Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 220-2588 www.napolisofamarillo.com Great Italian cuisine with a wonderful downtown setting. New York Life Maggie Taliaferro Alice Wade 2201 Civic Circle, Suite 514 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 553-0878 Since 1845, we have helped generations realize their financial objectives with life insurance and financial products that meet their needs - individuals, families and businesses. We are The Company You Keep.
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Appearances Hair Salon & Gifts 3333 B South Coulter
Belmar Bakery in Wolflin Village 2206 W 22nd
Cash Saver 2200 Bell
https://www.flickr.com/photos/amarillochamber/sets/72157644835134133/ Custom Fitness 4207 SW 21st
Dean Boyd Attorney at Law 2505 Lakeview, Suite 100
Great E-Vape 3101 S Western, Suite 500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/amarillochamber/sets/72157644835134133/ ROI Online 617 SW 8th, Suite 400
or visit www.flickr.com/AmarilloChamber
DC Days 2014
Last month 18 Community and Business leaders joined Chamber staff members Gary Molberg and Jason Harrison for the 2014 Amarillo Chamber of Commerce DC Days event. The group spent a full day visiting with our Senators and Representatives as well as certain House and Senate committee members on current issues affecting the Panhandle. This year’s issues were centered around Agriculture, Energy, Healthcare, Transportation and others. “It is very important we continue to travel to our nation’s capital to be heard and to voice how policy decisions being made there are affecting the Texas Panhandle and City of Amarillo,” Chamber President, Gary Molberg. Special thanks to our event sponsors: Amarillo Economic Development Corporation and Xcel Energy.
2014 Attendees Gary & Paula Molberg
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Jason Harrison
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Buzz David
Bob and Della Murray
FirstBank Southwest Greg Burgess
FirstCapital Bank of Texas Roy & Betty Bara
La Fiesta Grande Freda Powell
Panhandle Restaurant Group Gary & Jody Purser
Southwest General Contractors Dr. John Sweeten
Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center of Amarillo Brenda Holland
Pictured LtoR: Jason Bohne, Kyle Simpson, Jody Purser, Gary Purser, Gary Molberg, Roy Bara, George Herring, Dr. John Sweeten, Congressman Mac Thornberry, Greg Burgess, Betty Bara, Bob Murray, Roy Urrutia, Freda Powell, Jason Harrison, Kevin Hawkins, and Paula Molberg. For more information on the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Council and its activities, contact Jason Harrison at 806.342.2018 or Jason@amarillo-chamber.org.
View more photos from the Golden Nail Awards Gala online at http://bit.ly/GNAPhotos2014
Congratulations to these Prime Service Award Nominees in April 2014 Members of the CVCâ€™s Convention & Tourism Committee as well as other Chamber volunteers recently dropped in on the following businesses to deliver an AMA Prime Service lapel pin to these employees who provided someone with PRIME customer service. If you receive outstanding service at an area business, nominate that person for a Prime Service award. Just call the CVC office at 374-1497 or visit http://bit.ly/PrimeService.
Edmundo Walgreens - Hillside and Bell Photo Department Brewster Boatright Southern Painting Katie Miller Chico's Ross "Jr" Flowers Thermal King - I40 & Eastern St. Jonathan Straker AutoZone - 9th & Georgia Cynthia N Panda Express Allen Garcia Dollar Tree - I40 & Grand Angie Clark Market Street United - Georgia Kaytlin Crawford Thai Kitchen, Canyon Isaac Zimmerman Gene Messer Ford of Amarillo Dr. Eddie Ysasaga Southwest Retina Specialists
The Amarillo CVC hosted 5 Indian journalists, all members of that country’s largest media conglomerate, as they started their trip east on Route 66. They will be posting content on blogs and social media during the trip and the CVC will monitor and share any items we can. They are pictured at an art gallery on 6th Street talking with Bob “Crocodile” Lile, one of Amarillo’s best Route 66 ambassadors. Thanks to the Courtyard West and to Youngblood’s Downtown Stockyard Café for their help. (Photo by Eric Miller, CVC)
If you are a member of an association or group that holds state, regional or national meetings, why not bring those groups to Amarillo for their next gathering? Contact the sales office to find out how they
can help with planning and group incentives. Contact Tina at 342-2008 or email Tina@visitamarillotx.com
WELCOME THESE CONVENTION GROUPS IN AMARILLO May 18-22
International Assn. of Law Enforcement Firearm Instructors Annual Meeting
Working Ranch Cowboy Assn. 3rd Annual WRCA Championship Bronc Riding
Amarillo Steampunk Steampunk World of Wonderland
2014 Color Run & Kaleidoscope Tour Color Run
Texas Workforce Commission Texas Business Conference
Nix Family Reunion
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism USY on Wheels 2014
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism USY on Wheels 2014
Texas Amateur Softball Association West Texas All-Star Tournament
North American Limousin Junior Association National Junior Show, Congress & Futurity
Texas State Independent Living Council TXSILC Quarterly Board Meeting
Phi Delta Theta 50th Reunion
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism USY on Wheels 2014
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism USY on Wheels 2014
Convention & Visitor Council 2013-14 Year-To-Date Statistics Tourism
Occupancy Rate (March) Group Tour Buses (Fiscal YTD) Visitor Center Guests (Fiscal YTD)
59.7% 87 1,444
Film Office Information requests (Fiscal YTD)
Conventions # of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo (Fiscal YTD) Delegates (Fiscal YTD) Room Nights (Fiscal YTD)
29 16,429 7,654
Delegates Booked-Future Conventions (Fiscal YTD)
Delegate Room Nights Booked (Fiscal YTD)
Communications / CVC Website CVC Website Visits (Google Analytics—April)
CVC Website Unique Visitors (Google Analytics—April)
CVC Website Page Views (Google Analytics—April)
CVC Website Average Visit Duration (Google Analytics—April)
Social Media Facebook Page Likes To Date (AmarilloTravel.Tourism)
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2013-14 Board of Directors Executive Committee Chair Chair-Elect Finance Chair President/CEO Past Chair Membership Council Business Council Governmental Affairs Council Quality of Life Council Ag Council Convention & Visitor Council City of Amarillo
Roy Bara Bill Jenkins Brice Sheets Gary Molberg Al Cunningham Jeff Mitchell David Hemphill David Hudson Penelope Davies Dr. Don Topliff Guy C. Vanderpool Mayor Paul Harpole Council Member Lilia Escajeda
Directors Fredia Allen Sherman Bass Greg Burgess Bobby Cooper Mark Crawford Buzz David Marjorie Ellis Mike Good David Grimes Jason Herrick Carrie Irwin
Boyd Johnson Dr. Paul Matney Shawn Morrison Ginger Nelson Salvador Rivas Aaron Sage Nicole Shannon Clay Stribling Don Treadway Dirk van Reenen William Ware
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Be sure to check the Weekâ€™s Sneak Peek for a list of upcoming ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, committee meetings, and more! http://bit.ly/WeekSneakPeek
Penni Bentley, Editor
1st Alarm 4D Construction 575 Pizzeria A-1 Rocket Industries Acute & Chronic Pain and Spine Center Advanced Pavement Maintenance, Ltd. Advanta US, Inc. Advo Companies, Inc. Amarillo Area Corvette Club, Inc. Amarillo Family YMCA Amarillo Globe News Amarillo Heart Group Amarillo On-Site Massage Amarillo United Citizens Forum/ Black Historic Amarillo's Parkview Realty, LLC American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation (AFWMFTexas) Amtech Security Services, Inc. Apex Plumbing Heating and Air Atmos Energy Bates-Wells Promotional Products Best Western Medical Center Inn Better Business Bureau Borger Chamber of Commerce Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo Burkett Outdoor Advertising, LP Bush-Emeny Properties Cain's Carpet Care, Inc. Cal Farley's Canyon Chamber of Commerce Canyon Shadows Vape Shop CareNet Pregnancy Centers Cleartalk Coldiron Real Estate Group, LLC Comer Custom Builders, LLC Confluence Security Group Connie Stark Realtors Country Road Supplies David Cox Agency Don R. Reid Inc. Dove Creek Ranch Dulaney Auto & Truck Parts
Eastridge Lanes Edible Arrangements Encourage Consulting Expert Editing Expert Editing Exposito School of Hair Design Forza Promo, LLC French & Company Realtors G. R. Chapman Limited Partnership General Rental Center Germ Busters, LLC Glass Doctor of Amarillo Golden Corral Buffet & Grill Golden Spread Council Boy Scouts of America Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas Harrington House Historic Home High Plains Enterprises Corp. Hortencia Barron Howard Smith Co., Realtors Icon Graphics Independent Investment Corp Insurance Management Services Insurance Professionals James R. Garrison Jiffy Cleaners Joe Norman & Company Johnson Filtration Products Inc JONES PRESS K X G L "The Eagle" KGNC AM/FM Kingswood United Methodist Church KVII PRONEWS 7 Liberty Mutual Insurance Makie Black Boutique Manpower Martha's Home Mayfield Paper Company, Inc. Mays Investment Company Merritt Vaughn State Farm Morrison Supply Company MWA Financial Services National Weather Service Neely Craig & Walton
Norris Audio Video, LLC Oliver Saddle Shop Panhandle Greenhouses Party Stop Pinkie's Inc. Pioneer General Contractors Pioneer Millworks, Inc. Preston West Golf Course Professional Counseling & Biofeedback Center Pure Element Water PuroClean Property Paramedics Region 16 Education Service Center Rosa's Cafe and Tortilla Factory Ryan O'Neal Auto's SERVPRO of West Amarillo Sharyland Utilities Sims Parge' Moya Architects, LLC Sonic Drive-In Sterling Properties Steven J Austin, D.D.S. Suddenlink Communications Susan's Embroidery & Apparel Taxequences, LLC Templeton, Smithee, Hayes, Heinrich & Russell Texas Cattle Feeders Association Texas Panhandle Coalition for Nursing The Buckle, Inc. The Cake Company The Crave Factory The Fitness Lounge, LC The Vineyards of Amarillo The Zone: A Family Chiropractic Life Center Tracy Howland - Realtor Trex Inc. Tripp's Harley Davidson, LTD Vibra Hospital Amarillo Vigil Pizza dba Dominos Pizza Vince Wirt Insurance-TWFG V's Vintage Welcome Pardner! Wesley Community Center
West Texas Youth Football League, Inc. Western Equipment Williams-Boyce Agency, LLP Winchester Apartment Homes/ Case & Assoc. Window World of Amarillo Youngbloods's Stockyard Cafe
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 Christy@amarillo-chamber.org 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: http://bit.ly/rDJ2OO
Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in April Nicks Fight Club Steve Nicholson Jill Molloy 1821 SE 23rd Ave., Suite 200 Amarillo, TX 79103 (806) 433-2664 www.nicksfightclub.com Nick's Fight Club is a boxing fitness gym dedicated to helping men & women achieve their fitness goals by offering a total body workout system that is built around the fundamentals of boxing. Whether you join for the fitness, boxing or both, it won't take long before you discover Nick's fight club is truly Another Level of Fitness. Reagor-Dykes Mitsubishi Amarillo Joe Landin Ashley Dunn 4710 Canyon Drive Amarillo, TX 79109
(806) 687-7771 (806) 418-8896 www.reagordykesautogroup.com Our Mission: We strive to be the best place to buy a car and the best place to work in the industry. Our Mottos: "Your friends in the car business", "Any Car You Want", & "Let's Roll". SendOutCards Karen Whitney 12 Merion Pl Amarillo, TX 79124 806-674-1542 www.sendoutcards.com/whitneykt
A customizable & automated greeting card & gifting service created online and mailed via the USPS - not an eCard. Distributor and customer subscription options available.
The Great E-Vape of Amarillo Russell & Jana Anglen Jacob Blum 3101 S. Western, Suite 500 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 418-8977
Village Cleaners Cory Wilson 7701 Hillside Rd., Suite 200 Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 367-8604 www.villagecleanersamarillo.com
The Wild Cupcake Nicole Costa Nikki Mulherin 118 A SW 6th Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 731-4477 www.thewildcupcake.com We are a from-scratch cupcakery specializing in (but not limited to) phenomenal cupcakes with an emphasis on flavor combinations. We create each of our petite sweets with only the finest ingredients, including heavy cream, sweet cream butter, fresh fruit, natural zests and flavorings and of course, pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla.
Village Cleaners Cory Wilson 2601 Wolflin Ave Amarillo, TX 79120 (806) 367-8604 www.villagecleanersamarillo.com
Meet the Newest Chamber Team Member Hey there! My name is Lauren Shelton, and I grew up in the big city of Clarendon, Texas. After graduating high school, I quickly realized my heart was in the Texas Panhandle, so I attended West Texas A&M University. I spent 4 years there having the best time of my life and working toward a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. While at WT, I was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, and I was also on WT’s National Student Advertising Team for 2 years. I was able to see through my many experiences in college that my passion is simply working with people. As my graduation approached this May, I knew I wanted to stay in Amarillo, so I was beyond thrilled to be offered the job as the Event Assistant here at the Chamber.
One price gets you great fun…great food…cold drinks… and great networking…with LIVE music on the Chamber Grounds at 10th & Polk. Contact the Chamber or visit our website for more information. If you are a restaurant or food service provider, contact us for information on participating. Tickets are on sale now at any Panhandle Tickets outlet inside area United Supermarkets, the Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 806.378.3096 or online at
I like to dive into things headfirst, so it just made sense for my first day of work to be spent at BusinessConnection®. What an extraordinary experience! Trust me, if you have never attended that event, I better see you there next year. It was amazing to see so many different businesses (actually, over 320) come together and have the opportunity to network with one another. I could not believe how many people were there; not to mention the incredible food court we had with over 15 restaurants! It was quite an exciting first day, and I know that was only the beginning. I cannot wait to see what other opportunities are ahead for me here at the Chamber! Lauren Shelton, Event Assistant 806.342.2009 firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Senior Communications Director email@example.com
Hard to believe we are at the end of May, we’ve just completed our 22nd BusinessConnection®, and the kids are out of school next week. My kids think a school year lasts forever, and as a kid, I did too. I couldn’t understand all the old people saying how time just flew by...but now that I’m older (I’m not admitting to OLD), I totally get it. In the blink of an eye, a year...or ten...pass us by. I started at the Chamber at 22 years old in 1995; my first real job after graduating college. Last week we hired a new event assistant named Lauren Shelton fresh out of WTAMU. Then it hit me. I was once very much like her...energetic, enthusiastic, probably a little scared, but ready to conquer the world. It’s really strange to look back on where you started and where you are now, and wonder how the heck that happened. You wish you could tell your younger self some things you’ve learned along the way. Maybe you would have done things differently, maybe not. I really don’t have a lot of regrets, because I do believe everything happens for a reason, and there are some great life lessons to be learned in the little stumbles we have along the way. So what’s the one thing I would tell my younger Chamber self? Throw stuff away! Sure, you can’t throw away everything, but most everything is stored in a computer somewhere, so why are you keeping the stacks of paper and stuff? I came to this realization not by accident. Part of adding Lauren to the staff meant juggling some office space around for logistics. So a few days before our tradeshow, the boss suggested our own little office shakeup moving Jason upstairs to my office, moving Lindsey to Jason’s old office, moving Lauren into Lindsey’s old office, and moving me to the office at the bottom of the stairs. So with about 2 work day’s notice, I
had to pack, trash, and disassemble the office I had been in for 8 years. And if you know me or have been in my office, you know I have a lot of stuff. I was actually really excited about the move, and it made perfect sense for working closely with Lauren, but I initially just sat and looked at the mess I had created and wondered how on earth it happened. But isn't that the case with most things in our life? We don’t take care of the little things right away and set them to the side with the intentions of dealing with it as soon as you get time. Or you keep something old or broken because with a little TLC it could be turned into something great or repurposed, only to later find that treasure covered in dust and neglected just taking up space. Or you know that thing that your friend/spouse/coworker said or did that really bugged you, but you didn’t say anything to them and just pushed it aside. Then with time and enough of ignoring those little things instead of dealing with them, you one day realize it IS a big deal and IS affecting your relationship. Why didn't you just nip it in the bud long ago? Fear? Laziness? Procrastination? Isn’t it funny how some forced spring cleaning (whether literally or figuratively) can uncover more than just old stuff. The treasure in doing things that are hard or uncomfortable at first, is that the end result can release some of the stress and anxiety associated with the clutter in our lives and make room for new and better things. So, make a point to come by the Chamber sometime and poke your head into our offices and see what we’ve done with the place. For once in a long, long time, my office is pretty neat and organized. Let’s hope I keep it that way. 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:
The Chamber Challenge is filling up fast. This clays shooting tournament will feature 5-person teams shooting 25 skeet, 25 trap and 40 sporting wobble 3 events at the Amarillo Gun Club. Our space is limited to the first 35 teams, and we are almost there. Don’t miss the chance to show off your skills on the range at this fun event on Saturday, August 9th. Call Becky with questions or ask about our sponsorship opportunites and benefits. http://bit.ly/ChamberChallenge2014
Women’s Scholarship Lunch
Chamber Open Golf
AGN Chamber Challenge
8/TBD Fall Mega Market 9/11
Chamber Barbecue Cook-Off