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Gary Molberg President/CEO Andrea McClintock VP of Membership Jason Harrison VP of Business Development & Governmental Affairs Penni Bentley Senior Director of Communications Christy Bigler Database Administrator Lindsey Arbeiter Membership Sales Coordinator Mary Garcia Business Development Coordinator Denise Rayford Director of First Impressions Dan Quandt VP of Convention & Visitor Council Mary Ramirez CVC Executive Assistant Eric Miller CVC Director of Communications Tina Brohlin CVC Director of Sales Kashion Smith CVC Director of Tourism Stephanie Andrews CVC Services Manager Hope Stokes CVC Interactive Media Manager Braley Hand CVC Tourism Coordinator Ashley Gutierrez CVC Sales Manager Hollie Hawkins CVC Sales Manager PO Box 9480 Amarillo, TX 79105 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax


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The Big Six — Planning for 2017 The Chamber has a core of six big non-dues revenue events that we hold each year that help secure our basic operating budget. We could not do all we do on our membership dues alone, so these big events (and many other smaller ones) allow us to continually work on behalf of our members and the community to help build a stronger business environment. We’ve just begun our 2016-17 fiscal year, and plans are already underway for the events that allow you to promote your business and network with others. If you are new to the Chamber, or maybe just haven't been as involved in recent years, there are events that allow opportunities for businesses or organizations of any size to participate, sponsor or volunteer to gain exposure and meet new people. We hold FREE After Hours Networking events 6 times a year that just encourage getting together over appetizers and drinks and talking and shaking hands for an hour or two (see page 5 for details). In February, Chamber and community leaders will travel to Austin for Panhandle Days to meet with area legislators to maintain a dialogue and be a voice for all members to those law makers on issues that directly affect the panhandle area. Issues including, healthcare, agriculture, education, arts, energy and workforce development. We always encourage your input on what issues are important to your business so that the Chamber can advocate on your behalf when possible. In the spring we will hold another Mega Market event that is most like speed-dating for business. (See page 10 for a recap of our most recent event.) The half-day event is affordable at just $60 per person for the half-day and includes lunch and a reception at the end of the day. The arts and generous donors to the arts will be celebrated at the 35th Annual Golden Nail Awards Gala in April. BusinessConnection®, the area’s largest business-to-business tradeshow, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in May. All chamber members may attend the show for FREE with our VIP Tickets, and organizations wishing to exhibit can be a sponsor or purchase booth space starting at $300. June will mark the 10th Anniversary of our Summer Celebration event that brings together restaurants and food/beverage providers showing off and sampling what they do best to the public with live music and networking outdoors. Members can purchase tickets to attend, and some may be able to volunteer to help and attend the event for free. Restaurants, caterers and beverage companies can set up and serve their products for free. In July we will hold our 18th Annual Chamber Open Golf Tournament with 280 golfers and about 60 sponsors. In August or September we will hold the 5th Annual Chamber Challenge Clay Shooting event with more than 30 5-person teams. Ribbon Cuttings Our biggest event of the year is held in September and will mark 22 years for the Good Times Celebration® Barbecue Cook-Off. As New Members an attendee or a cooking team, this event is truly the biggest networkAfter Hours Networking ing event around with more than 100 teams and 6,000 attendees. Now is the time to plan to get involved in 2017. Call our office at 806.373.7800 if you want more information on any of these events, and be sure to watch the Chamber Calendar on the website for more events and important updates. See a complete list of event dates on page 4.

CVC News & PRIME Service

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Renewing Members


Mega Market Recap


Editor’s Corner



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1-800-Plumber of the Texas Panhandle 216 S Lipscomb

Amarillo Flower Market 3705 B Olsen Blvd.

Amarillo National Summit Center, Circle A Title, Palace Coffee - 7304 SW 34th

Arrow Child & Family Residential Treatment Center - 4655 S FM 1258

BSA Compassion Home Care 5211 SW 9th

Cornerstone Marble & Granite 204 N Taylor

Crane Services Inc. 2300 S Pullman Road

ER Now 5800 Coulter

Rafter J Bar B Que 1909 Avenue J

Shinall Group—Winpark Development Hillside & Bell


Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in October Access Fire and Security Systems Jeremy Fite Tisha Morris 1506 S. Tyler Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 803-9300 Fax: (806) 418-2310 We install and service fire alarms, access control systems, security systems and cameras.

Sparky’s Storage Solutions 7550 Golden Pond Place

Two Knives Catering 5500 Bluebird, Suite 500

Contact Christy at 342-2004 for information on holding your own Ribbon Cutting or Groundbreaking event.

Amarillo Flower Market LLC Edward De Leon 3705 B Olsen Blvd Amarillo, TX 79109 Wholesale Floral to the Public Most diverse selection of flowers in the Panhandle. Also offering grab 'n go arrangements. Amazing Blinds & Shutters Gretchen Miller 4005 Business Park Dr. Amarillo, TX 79110 Amazing Blinds and Shutters has window coverings to meet your needs! We specialize in custom made shutters, shades, blinds and motorized shades for the Texas Panhandle area. We have been in business for over 12 years and proudly carry USA made Hunter Douglas products as Certified Hunter Douglas Dealers and Installers. We invite you to visit our showroom in the Western Business Park!

Barricades Unlimited Fernando Chairez Tonya Watson 8211 Ave D, Suite B Amarillo, TX 79111 (806) 335-9315 Fax: (806) 335-9316 We provide traffic control and striping for state and local highway construction projects. Boulder Bay Apartments Jana South 3101 SW 58th Street Amarillo, TX 79118 (806) 803-9686 Fax: (806) 803-9691 We are a new Apartment Community. Chick-fil-A Westgate Mall Kenny Schopp 7701 W. Interstate 40 Ste. 132 Amarillo, TX 79121 Fax: (806) 355-5006

Providing the same outstanding customer service and delicious food that Chick-Fil-A is known for. Dine in and catering services available. It's our pleasure to serve you! Don Mason Builders, Inc. Donny Mason Margie Folsom 8910 SW 34th Ave Ste 400 Amarillo, TX 79124 Residential & commercial remodel and Handyman Services.

Check the Week’s Sneak Peek for a list of upcoming ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings, committee meetings, and more!

The Chamber cannot guarantee your success or your profitability, but it can guarantee the right business climate for you to succeed. – Author Unknown


Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in October Evolv Health Teresa McCurdy Mickey McCurdy Amarillo, TX 79124 (806) 517-1364 Social 3.0 Business/Feeding the malnourished. Heritage House Bed & Breakfast Judy Norris Marcus Norris 1620 S. Polk Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 220-2322 B&B in a historic home. Downtown but just minutes to anywhere. Delicious hot breakfast. Locally owned. Your pillow in Amarillo! KTBlack Services Braden Black Curt Besselman 900 SW 7th Ave. Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 731-8205 HUB-certified staffing company, is dedicated to providing quality staffing services, human resource solutions and permanent placement to small and medium-sized businesses around the Texas Panhandle. Metropolitan...A Speakeasy Laura Sellers 9181 Town Square Boulevard, Suite 1201 Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 676-2689 A bar that serves coffee & spirits with a little food styled in the era of a speakeasy. Open 7ammidnight M-F 10-midnight Saturday, 10-10 Sunday! Midnight Express Larry Hamilton Marvin Davis Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 679-9408 Live Music! We are a Country Western Dance Band available for private events, public events and club dates.

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Darren Fincher 6601 Interstate 40 West, Bldg 3 Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 352-4770

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial helps serve the financial security needs of our members through life insurance, annuity, investment & banking products. Oracle Elevator James Lockhart Dan Baltzegar 600 S. Tyler St., Suite 1304 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 553-2912 Fax: (806) 300-0311 Elevator maintenance, repair, and modernization. We strive to be the largest independent elevator company in the U.S. by becoming the #1 elevator service provider in the markets we serve. Raffkind's Dave Allee Adrea Pearson Chad Westenburg 2205 S. Georgia Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 352-3033 Raffkind's has been offering the finest clothing for men and women since 1910. Come see us for the best brands and personal service.

Mark Your Calendar: 11/30

Texas Wheat Symposium & Ag Appreciation Luncheon


After Hours Networking


After Hours Networking

2/20-21 Panhandle Days in Austin 3/TBA Spring Mega Market 4/6

After Hours Networking



5/5-13 National Tourism Week 6/1

After Hours Networking


Summer Celebration


Chamber Open Golf Tournament


After Hours Networking


Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-off


Free Networking at Chamber After Hours December 1 If you have yet to join us at one of these fun events, you can expect to meet some new faces, connect with some old friends, hand out some business cards, maybe win a door prize, enjoy some great food and beverages, and network, network, network. Best of all, they are FREE. We invite Chamber members to take advantage of this great way to meet new people who might want to know about your business. For more information about After Hours hosts and to view photos from our last event at Casey Carpet, visit AmarilloChamberAfterHours. If you would like to host a future After Hours at your business, call Jason at 806.342.2018.

Thursday, December 1 5:00pm—7:00pm Street Toyota

(45th & Soncy)

Chamber Members & Guests are invited to join us for another FREE Business Networking event. There will be hors d’oeuvres, drinks & door prizes. Adults only please.

Join the event on facebook at



Convention & Visitor Council 2016-17 Year-To-Date Statistics


National Assn. of Teachers of Singing 66th Texoma NATS Regional Conference



Working Ranch Cowboy Association WRCA 21st World Ranch Rodeo



Top of Texas Youth Football League Best of the Best Football Tournament



Gulf Latin American District Youth Ministries Assemblies of God Youth Conference



Texas USA Wrestling 2016 Panhandle Nationals Wrestling Tournament


Tourism Occupancy Rate (October) Group Tour Buses (Fiscal YTD)

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Film Commission Information requests (Fiscal YTD)

29-12/1 IDEAg Group LLC Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show


Sport & Convention Groups # of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo (Fiscal YTD) Delegates (Fiscal YTD) Room Nights (Fiscal YTD)

December 29-31

8 3,580 2


BR Rodeo Productions 2016 Championship Roughstock Challenge


January 13-14

Texas A&M Kingsville Cvent—TAMUK vs WTAMU


Cvent 2017 Texas HOSA Area 4 Spring Conference

Convention Delegates Booked-Future Conventions (Fiscal YTD)


Convention Delegate Room Nights Booked (Fiscal YTD)



Attendees Booked-Future Sport Events (Fiscal YTD)



Room Nights Booked (Fiscal YTD)



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February Ink Life Tour Tattoo and Music Festival


Panhandle Showdown High School Fastpitch Varsity Softball Tournament


Communications / CVC Website CVC Website Visits (Google Analytics—October)


CVC Website Unique Visitors (Google Analytics—October)


CVC Website Page Views (Google Analytics—October)


CVC Website Average Visit Duration (Google Analytics—October)

Many in the Amarillo hospitality community remember our long-time tourism director Jutta Matalka. She retired to El Paso several years ago. She passed away on November 25 af-


ter a brief illness. German by birth she embodied the phrase "I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as fast as I

Social Media Facebook Page Likes Thru October (VisitAmarilloTX)

Jutta Matalka | 1946-2016

could!" She was known around the world for her deep love of Texas and




CVC Crowns Prime Service Employee of the Year By: Eric Miller, CVC Director of Communications Patty Caldwell of Market Street received her 2016 Prime Service Employee of the Year award earlier this month. Her example of providing the very best service to customers is a great reminder during the busy holiday season. Encourage all your employees to provide the best service possible. Make certain they treat everyone with respect, regardless of the size of purchase. Remind them that the Amarillo CVC has a year-round program that rewards our friends and neighbors, PRIME SERVICE, who go above and beyond in helping customers. So far over 100 area residents have received a Prime Service Award. Award winners have come from a variety of businesses—health care, hospitality, retail, groceries, vet care, and more. Making a nomination is very easy. Call the Amarillo CVC at 806-374-1497 and give us the name, location and brief description of the top-level service. Or go online to to fill out a very brief form to make your nomination. Regardless of the mode of transmission, Amarillo CVC staff will follow-up and get a Prime Service Award to the nominee within a week. During the year if they are wearing their Prime Service lapel pin during a spot check, they may receive a prize, such as a gift card. And at the end of the year, if their name is drawn at the 2017 Amarillo Chamber Annual Banquet, they will receive an Amarillo City Pass and prize package worth more than $300.

Do you get the Tuesday morning email updates for what’s going on around town with tourism, conventions, attractions and events? Email Eric Miller to be added to this fun and informative weekly email blast at

“We want Amarillo to be recognized for truly outstanding customer service. Patty set a great example of how guests should be treated, an example we should remember during the holidays and all year long,” Dan Quandt, Vice President of the Amarillo CVC, said.

Congratulations to these Prime Service Award Winners in October Members of the CVC’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 3741497 or visit

Jack Light

DJ Entertainment Ashley Witt

Lawyer’s Title Sue Pugh

Fifth Season Inn Rocky Dunnam

Nineteen49 Catering


A-1 Floor Co., Inc. ABC 7 News Allstate Insurance/Kevin Vincent Amarillo Botanical Gardens Amarillo Business Women Amarillo Children's Clinic Amarillo Grape & Olive Amarillo Urgent Care Atmos Energy Autco Tire & Service Center Baymont Inn & Suites West Ben E Keith Foods Blue Sky bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Amarillo Brown Automotive Group LP Bushland Mercantile CareNet Pregnancy Centers Caviness Beef Packers- Amarillo Charles R. Lynch, AIA LLC Citizens Bank CNS Pantex Coldwell Banker First Equity/ Regena Ladd Command Center Communication Connection Connor McMillon Mitchell & Shennum David's Quality Electric, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Amarillo Alumnae Denton & Baker Agency Doshier Pickens & Francis, LLC Drury Body Shop, Inc. Drury Inn & Suites East Amarillo Blvd. Market Education Credit Union Empire Paper Company Erwin Pawn Excel Title Group, LLC Farmers Insurance - Corina Hoang Fire Slice Pizzeria First Bank and Trust Fogg and Associates LLP FOUST INC. dba Whitney Russell Printers Friona Chamber of Commerce

Friona Industries L P G&P Associates Gowdy Flooring Greater Southwest Music Festival Griggs Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors H & H Print Wear Happy State Bank High Plains Water District Hoarel Sign Company Holiday Inn Express - Canyon Homewood Suites by Hilton ICAM Institute of Amarillo IDEACOM of Amarillo International Paper Joe Daddy's Jorge's Tacos Garcia Junior Achievement of the High Plains Kelley Roofing Kirby Smith Machinery, Inc. KORE Real Estate Krause Landscape Contractors KSA Engineers, Inc. Law Office of Cynthia Barela Graham Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation Leon Church Loma Custom Homes Love & Son, Inc. Lovelady, Christy + Associates M & R Liquor Makie Black Boutique Martha's Home Martin Tipton Pharmacy LLC Mary E. Bivins Foundation Microtel Inn & Suites Miller of Amarillo MMM Plumbing, Heating, & A/C Mr Restore MVC, Inc. Naylor Insurance New Day Productions Nistler's Lawn & Landscape Inc. No Boundaries International Nobox Creative, LLC. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co.

NTS Communications, Inc. Pantera Energy Company Parie Designs Pat Davis Properties Plains Dairy, LLC Pope Reproduction & Supply Premier Truck Group of Amarillo Randy's Shoes Red River Steakhouse Rickey Culp Builders Inc Robinson Law Rockwood Furniture Co. Rosa's Cafe & Tortilla Factory #11 Rosa's Cafe & Tortilla Factory #44 Safe Money Solutions Group Shiver-Megert & Associates, LLP Southwest Building Materials, Ltd. Special Delivery Infant Adoption Agency SportClips Stewart, Martin, Dudley & Webb, P.C. Stone Canyon Apts. Sysco West Texas Tascosa Office Machines & Office Solutions Technical Solutions/Logical Technologies Inc. Texas Corn Producers Board Texas Furniture Texas Panhandle War Memorial Foundation, Inc. Texas Wheat Producers Association Tex-Mex Fence Supply, Inc. The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center the PARC The Urban Giraffe TNT Properties, Inc United Way of Amarillo & Canyon US Health Advisors Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1475 VTI Security

W.M. Quackenbush Petroleum Geologist Walmart Supercenter Ware Living Center West Texas Building Supply, Inc. West Texas Insurance Agency Whitaker Real Estate Whit-Co Checks Whit-Co Stamps & Engraving Wilkinson Mortgage Capital Williams-Boyce Agency, LLP With You In Mind Publications WY-VAR Realty, LLC York Tire Retail, Inc. dba York Tire Pros Zachry Engineering Corporation

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Editor’s Corner

By: Penni Bentley, Senior Communications Director Direct: 806.342.2005 Cell: 806.674.7334

There are lots of days now being given clever titles to encourage shopping, giving, or to celebrate something. Since Thanksgiving is always a Thursday, I wonder why no one has yet to deem it Thankful Thursday? (Wait, I guess I just did…haha.) Hopefully you survived Black Friday and shopped small on Small Business Saturday and didn’t do too much online shopping on the company timeclock at your desk for Cyber Monday. I’ll be honest, I did a little Black Friday shopping, mostly to appease my kids, but I honestly don’t get it. It’s exhausting. Yesterday some of us from the office went and made a small gesture for Giving Tuesday to support the Fun 99.7 Stuff a Bus event and get toys for children served by CASA. After the pushing and shoving of Black Friday, I love the idea of Giving Tuesday and wish I had the resources to do something for every single group or person in need. As I scrolled through social media yesterday, I was reminded of the many local organizations that do SO much, and are only able to do so because of the generous donations they receive. We always remind people that if you need some ideas of where to give or who can use a donation, there are over 130 non-profit organizations that are members of the Amarillo Chamber of Com-

Fall Mega Market was held at the Holiday Inn Amarillo West Medical Center on November 10th. This half -day event included lunch, roundtable speed networking for more than 50 participants with a closing reception at the end of the day.

Thank you to the following sponsors: Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, Holiday Inn Amarillo West Medical Center, Amarillo National Bank, Brookdale Sleepy Hollow, J Ferg Roofing and Foam, Miller Paper & Packaging Company, Pure Element Water, Street Auto Group and Top Zone Media Group, LLC.

merce and listed in our printed or online directory. That doesn’t even take into consideration all of the countless other churches and non-profit groups that are NOT members of the Chamber. (PS...A Non-Profit’s membership dues are only $100 a year if you know some that would like to join.) For the second year, we have activated our Holiday Happenings and Giving page on our website to provide a list of many holiday celebrations, concerts, light displays and events, but to also include some ideas for places or events that are collecting for those in need, like food and toy drives. If you have suggestions of other things we might include on this page, please let us know. If you are fortunate enough to have a roof over your head, food in your refrigerator and clothes on your back and maybe just a little extra, think about giving of your time or money to help others in need. I wish we didn’t just have Giving Tuesday and make a big deal out of it one-day a year. Maybe we should have Not About Me November when you do for others instead of yourself. Or Do Good December and just help out and be nice. Rather than waiting for a certain hashtag to trend on social media that gives you a reason to jump on board, take the Nike approach to generosity and “Just Do It”...on as many of the 365 days a year as you can. And by generosity I don’t just mean money. Cook someone a meal. Volunteer. Be generous with your time and engage with other people who may be lonely, especially during the holidays. Donations like that are truly priceless. 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 proud to be YOUR Chamber.

November 2016 enews  
November 2016 enews