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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 Mary Ramirez Convention & Visitor Council Mindy Bradley Jutta Matalka Eric Miller Tina Brohlin Emilea White Lindsey Arbeiter Mary Ramirez Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop Jutta Matalka Helen Martinez Ann Beach Lyn Bridges Denise Rayford PO Box 9480 Amarillo, TX 79105 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax


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Business Excellence Awards & Annual Banquet To Be Held Thursday, October 25th The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce our 2012 Business Excellence Awards Recipients. Please join us in honoring these outstanding individuals & companies Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Civic Center Heritage Ballroom. Registration & Social Hour (cash bar) is from 6-7pm and the Dinner & Awards Ceremony begins at 7pm. Event Proudly Sponsored & Supported By: Additional Support Provided By: Amarillo Economic Development Corporation B&W Pantex Graham Brothers Jewelers Join these special supporters by reserving a Gold Option VIP Sponsor Table for $500. Click on http:// for the list of Gold Option benefits or you can get a Silver Option reserved table of 8 for $250. Individual Bronze Option Open Seating is $25 per person. Reservations must be made online by October 11 at Questions call 806.373.7800. No tickets will be sold at the door. Top Twenty Under 40 Award Recipients Jennifer Ashcraft – Amarillo College John Atkins – Underwood Law Firm Brett Cooper – Asset Protection Unit David Elizalde – David’s Quality Electric Corp Ryan Evans – Happy State Bank Roger Florentino – Suddenlink Communications Brent Hawkins – Hawkins Dental Group Hollye Hawkins – Burdett, Morgan, Williamson, Boykin Christy Heuston – Happy State Bank Jeff Irwin – Happy State Bank Andy Justus – KAMR/Fox 14 Cindy Ledesma – AGN media/Amarillo Globe News Andrew Mitchell – Toot N Totum Brian Moore – State Farm Bruce Moseley – Amarillo College Mercy Murguia – SCI Solutions Joab Perdue – Perdue Acoustics Aaron Sage – Sage Oil Vac Teresa Soria – Amarillo National Bank Dana Walton – Dekker, Perich, Sabatini

Emerging New Business Award Recipients Amarillo Martial Arts Center Bio-Klenz Confluence Security Group, Inc EDA Technology Communications PuroClean Property Paramedics, Inc Top Small Business Award Recipients Amarillo Steamway Boyd Financial Services and The Boyd Agency, Inc. cat-man-du Murf Systems Norris Audio Video, LLC Run Business Solutions SERVPRO of West Amarillo Top Medium Business Award Recipients Amarillo Children’s Clinic Brown & Fortunato, P.C. FirstCapital Bank of Texas, N.A. Sage Oil Vac, Inc. Top Large Business Award Recipients Brown, Graham & Company, P.C. Nurses By Prescription Street Toyota Scion Tascosa Golf Club

In this issue: Barbecue Recap


New Members

4, 7

Arts News


Ribbon Cuttings


CVC News


August Renewals


Editors Corner



Congratulations to the following Barbecue Cook-Off Winners Amateur Other 1st West Texas Golf Cars 2nd BritKare Home Medical 3rd Gillispie Brothers Farms 1st 2nd 3rd

West Texas Golf Cars A-Team Rentals Amarillo Athlete

Brisket 1st Miller of Amarillo 2nd West Texas Golf Cars 3rd Scarborough Specialties Corporate Other 1st Xcel Energy 2nd Street Toyota 3rd Wells Fargo Ribs 1st 2nd 3rd

View more event & team photos online at:

Sutherlands Suddenlink Verizon Wireless

Brisket 1st KVII Pro-News 7 2nd Herring Bank 3rd Budweiser Distributing Co. Professional Other 1st Herring Bank 2nd Coors of Amarillo 3rd Budweiser Distributing Co. Ribs 1st 2nd 3rd

Bekins Moving & Storage Desperado’s Catering Coors of Amarillo

Brisket 1st Trail Boss Ranch Cooking 2nd Bekins Moving & Storage 3rd Spicy Mike’s Bar-B-Q Haven Showmanship 1st Confluence Security Group 2nd Wells Fargo Bank 3rd Rabern Rentals Southwest Airlines Ticket Winner Greg Donnell Custom Cooker Winner Chad Gillispie



(Volunteering for at least 2 events during the year)

Chase Arbeiter, PIA Insurance Katrina Atkins, Officewise Furniture & Supply Chad Bentley Millie Bingham Patti Evans Mel Evans, River Road ISD Blanca Frey, Amarillo Residence Inn Tony Garcia Joyce Knight, Courtyard by Marriott Amarillo Jerry Lane, Bates Wells Promotional Products Bonnie Lasher, FirstBank Southwest Teresa Lawler, Amarillo South Chiropractic Rick Palmer, WTAMU SBDC Mary Lou Schmucker, Carpet Tech Sabrina Smith, The Fitness Lounge Juleigh Wall, Akima Construction Services Judy Whiteley, FirstBank Southwest John Woolsey, B&W Pantex SPECIAL THANKS TO THE MORE THAN 22 VOLUNTEERS FROM B&W PANTEX!

Allison Andrews Tyler Andrews James Archer Bo Atkins Rick Barrera Shalene Bauss Mario Bustos David Byrd Chastity Cantu Chris Clark Sabre Cofer Antonio Cuellar Fred De La Garza Brenda De La Garza Rhonda Dittfurth Amy Duncan Katie Eddins Joseph Edwards Frances Frost Linda Garcia Iris Gomez Dwan Grimes Barry Guidry Ashley Gutierrez Chris Hale Dani Hale Richard Hall Julie Hampton Johnnie Lou Harker

Dolores Hernandez Cody Hofmann Brad Hofmann Lucy Holmes Matt Holmes Rick Hook Vicky Hook Julie Ibarra Esmeralda Ivy Beatrice Jackson Hector Jaquez Anne Jones Aida Jones Mike King William Kirk Bob Knoll James Knoll Karen Lane Ted Lopez Ramon Luna Chelsie Marlatt Tino Martinez Helen Martinez Misti Mendez Bobby Mendoza Charles Mestas Flo Mestas Cydne Mooney David Mooney Michael Moreno

Stan Morris Maria Murguia Ed Nichols Nereyda Norman Diana Ochoa Jay Olivares Jeff Perkins Tammy Perkins Joyce Ramirez Sam Ramirez Cynthia Reid Lucy Richards Liz Rodriguez Rene Rodriguez Sherry Russ Nina San Miguel Elena Seidlitz Erin Smith Kashion Smith Chip Staniswalis Judy Stark Regis Stong Susie Stong Cynthia Storey Frances Tilley Jay Trosper Justin Tyme Shelia Woods Henry Zambrano

MEMBER COMPANIES REPRESENTED BY BARBECUE VOLUNTEERS: B&W Pantex, Bates Wells Promotional Products, Brown Graham & Co., Carpet Tech, Chicago Title, Christy Realtors, City of Amarillo, Convention & Visitors Council, Courtyard by Marriott Amarillo, FirstBank Southwest, Holiday Inn Express, J Lee Milligan, Jenny Craig, Keller Williams Realty, KGNC, Lovell Lovell Newsom , Isern, Nationwide Insurance, Northwest Texas Hospital, Officewise Furniture & Supply, PIA Insurance, Potter County Attorney, The Fitness Lounge, Turn Center, Tyson Foods, Unlimited Software, Western National Life, WTAMU, WTAMU SBDC


Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in August Farmers Agency Development Center Danny Radisewitz Brandi Pritchard 600 S Tyler, Ste. 900 Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 350-7950 Fax: (806) 350-7954

Training and assisting new agents in building a successful Farmers Insurance & Financial Services business through superior training and support is our top priority. Fenton Motors of Amarillo Gregg Melugin Cliff Hall 4401 S. Georgia St. Amarillo, TX 79110 (806) 318-4444 Fax: (806) 367-8914 Fenton Motors of Amarillo, providing GREAT service before, during, and after the sale...what we know will be your best car buying decision ever! First Church of the Nazarene Shawn Fouts 5201 S. Soncy Amarillo, TX 79119 (806) 374-2242 Fax: (806) 374-3117 As a church we focus on :Participation in worship; growing in discipleship; and becoming mission-minded as we go and be. Hanson Post 54 American Legion Charles H Frenzel Jerry Whitfield 617 SW 7th Ave. Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 373-7630 God and Country, Where historical past meets the future and hardworking veterans meet a proud community. Available for private meetings and events. Hodge-Podge Consignment Store Rhonda Price 2728 Westhaven Village Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 355-0333 HodgePodgeConsignmentStore We are a consignment store -

selling gently used family clothing, furniture, collectibles, and other treasures. Tues-Fri 9 to 5, Sat 10 to 4. Closed Sunday & Monday. Ken's Amarillo Battery & Golf Cars Kirk Skipper Kyle Skipper 1707 S.W. 7th Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 379-7232 We have over 1,500 batteries of all kinds in stock. Authorized Yamaha Golf Car dealer and services all makes and models of golf cars. Kirkland Court Health and Rehab Gayna Loveday Rodger Brown 1601 Kirkland Dr. Amarillo, TX 79118 (806) 355-8281 Fax: (806) 467-2558 Kirkland Court Health and Rehab is a skilled/long term care facility that provides a home like atmosphere and caring staff for your loved ones.

Ladeeda! Music Company Celeste Pine 2607 Wolflin Ave, PMB 109 Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 358-7460 A musical place where small children and their favorite grown-ups enjoy the wonders of language, imagination & movement! Ages newborn (yes, babies!) to 5 years, siblings and children with special needs. Pattaya Restaurant David Sisomsouk 3301 Olsen Blvd. Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 354-8292 Fax: (806) 354-8297 Asian cuisine.


Shop Smart Shop Local Celebrating the Arts By: Becky Zenor, VP Quality of Life & Arts The Third Annual Shop Smart Shop Local Celebrating the Arts was held on Tuesday, August 21st at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Eighteen local and area visual and performing arts entities participated by having a booth and performing. They included Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre, Amarillo Little Theatre, Amarillo Little Theatre Academy, Amarillo Master Chorale, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo Music Teachers Association, Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Youth Choirs, Broadway Series, Carson County Square House Museum, Center City of Amarillo, Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian, Ladeeda! Music Company, Lone Star Ballet, Lone Star Ballet Academy and Panhandle PlainsHistorical Museum. Door prizes were donated by the art entities. It is held to promote the arts upcoming exhibits and seasons. Sponsors included the Amarillo Globe-News, Civic Amarillo and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Arts Committee. View more event photos at

Jazztober is a new series of free concerts that will be held on the Chamber grounds Tuesdays in October from 6:30pm-8pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blanket and picnic and enjoy jazz in the Fall on October 2, 9, 16, and 23. It’s free! Sponsors include the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Arts Committee, Amarillo Jazz Society, Audio Refinery Recording Studio, Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony and Center City of Amarillo. For more info, call 371-5345.


Click here to download these pictures and more:

Amarillo Digital Media 806.681.2011

Choice Media 11805 I-27

Curves Elite for Women 3440 Bell, 301-D

Hodge-Podge Consignment Store 2728 Westhaven Village

Leal’s Mexican Restaurant 1619 S Kentucky

Pattaya Restaurant 3301 Olsen

Peppermint Garden 2604 Wolflin

SB Dance Academy 2615 Paramount

Southern Tire Mart 6294 I-40 East

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


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Stone Canyon Apartments 6208 Ventura Drive

Texas Steak Express 2600 S Kentucky

Willow Creek Kennels 4339 E Loop 33 North

WTAMU Enterprise Center Commercial Kitchen—2300 N Western

Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in August SB Dance Academy Schae Burley 2516 Paramount Blvd. Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 418-4271 Offering competition and recreation classes in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop for ages 3-18, SB Dance Academy is the most elite dance studio in Amarillo. SPICY MIKE'S BAR-B-Q HAVEN Mike Havens Anita Havens 7028 S Western St Amarillo, TX 79110 806-358-8550

The Shop 500 SW 7th

This "Haven" is a unique Bar-BQ experience held in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Come here to enjoy the company of your friends, family and neighbors while eating some of the best food around. Don't forget to check out the Cattle Tool Museum. The Crave Factory Laura Yarber 7535 Canyon Dr. Amarillo, TX 79110 (806) 322-7283 Gourmet Confection Bakery serving baked goods. Also a full food catering company.

Trail Boss Ranch Cooking, LLC Roy L. Lambden 7535 Canyon Drive Amarillo, TX 79110 (806) 944-5284 A full service caterer specializing in ranch inspired cooking. We serve groups from 20-2,000 with onsite cooking available. We offer custom smoking and grilling. Tyler Street CafĂŠ Lincoln Storrs Gene Storrs 900 S Tyler Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 373-5440 Downtown Amarillo's best kept secret. Scratch home-style cooking with West Texas favorites 1/2 lb. burgers & chicken fried steaks.

West Texas Talk N Tables Kristen Jacobson 13411 FM 2186 Amarillo, TX 79119 (814) 450-2224 Name brand your business through restaurant table top advertising with graphically designed inlayed ads, permanently in layered to table tops. Contact for current project information. CORRECTION Stacy Knight Insurance Agency Stacy Knight Joyce Dansby 1102 Interstate 40 West Amarillo, TX 79102 806-352-3276 Fax: (806) 468-9542

Serving the Panhandle since 2003 auto, home, commercial, life, recreational vehicle, mobile home, group and individual health.



September 11-16

Panhandle Kennel Club of the AKC High Plains Dog Show



American Association of Petroleum Geologists



Texas Society of Infection Control Prevention Training



Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA)



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


Room Nights



Texas Society of Infection Control Prevention Training


Overnight Visitors



Panhandle Bluegrass & Old-Tyme Music Assn. Winter Jamboree



Amarillo Invitational Balloon Rally Pirates of the Canyon


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

6,875 472 40,998 $304,705,790

Film Office Information requests




Room Nights


Delegate Spending ($)


Delegate Room Nights Booked


Communications / CVC Website

CVC Website Visitors / Month CVC Website Page Views / Month

Working Ranch Cowboy Association (WRCA) Ranch Rodeo World Championship



LifeWay Biblical Solutions for Life “Going Beyond” LifeWay Women’s Event



Outlaw Promotions Turkey Bash



Farm & Ranch Show Cygnus Expositions



Delegates Booked-Future Conventions

CVC Publicity Value



Conventions # of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo


$1.21 million 26,148 160,282

9 On Thursday, August 16, Tina Brohlin, Director of Convention Sales spoke to more than 90 members of the Apartment Association of the Panhandle during their monthly luncheon. In the presentation, “Home Sweet Destination�, Brohlin shared ideas related to marketing and networking, as well as Amarillo information, tidbits and fun facts that generate awareness and excitement about our city as a potential destination for future conventions, meetings and events. If you belong to an association or organization that holds meetings or conventions that could be held in Amarillo, please contact the sales department for information on how they can help you bring events to our community at 806-374-1497 or email Below: Apartment Association of the Panhandle luncheon

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AAYC (Amarillo Activity Youth Center) Acapulco's Mexican Restaurant Acapulco's II Adaberry Inn AFLAC/Regional Office Alexander & Associates Alpha Lock Amarillo, Inc. Amarillo Community Federal Credit Union Amarillo Downtown Lions Club, Inc. Amarillo Postal Employees Credit Union Amarillo VA Health Care System Associated General Contractors of America Auto Sales & Finance Baptist St. Anthony's Health System Bates-Wells Promotional Products Bechtol Fine Arts Ben E Keith Foods Bethesda Outreach Center Big State Remodeling, Ltd. Borchardt's Coin Machines Boyd's Equipment Brown Graham & Company, P.C. Buffalo Wild Wings Card & Party Factory Carino's Italian Grill Catfish Shack Cheddars Casual Cafe Children's Learning Centers of Amarillo, Inc. City Federal Credit Union Country Club Nursing and Rehab Courtyard by Marriott Amarillo Downtown at the Historic Fisk Bldg. Cowboy Gelato

Craig Methodist Retirement Community Crawford Exteriors Crush Wine Bar & Deli D & K Automotive Drury Body Shop, Inc. Dulaney Auto & Truck Parts Eagle Eye Enterprises, LLC Embers Steakhouse Endurance Auto Parts Eye Care Plus, L. L. P. Family Medicine Centers, L.P. Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. Golden Spread Farmers Market Golf Headquarters Great Western Distributing Company H & H Print Wear Jane Juett Jim Hutson Agency Julie's Hallmark Shop Card & Gift Shop Kay Paine Keller Williams Realty Marie Abers Lyons Realty Margaret Dunagan - Ind. Pampered Chef Consultant Martin/Tipton Pharmacy LLC Mary Kay Cosmetics/Cathy Welch Maurices #2037 McCarty Hull, Inc Merle Norman Cosmetics Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Milan Institute of Cosmetology/ S.E. 27th Mr Restore National Home Health Care, Inc. Noah's Ark Pet Hospital Officemax

P & W Abatement LLC. Palo Duro Canyon State Park Palo Duro Retirement Village Panhandle Dental, LP Pan-Handlers Catering Paula Molberg, Herbalife Health Coach Pinnacle Financial Group Pro Chem Sales Pro2Serve Professional Project Services, Inc. Process Solutions Integration (PSI) Rabern Rentals Randall Technology Services LLC Realty Central Red River Steakhouse REDD Button Rick Lovelady Carpets Rod Fielding Custom Builders Rouzbeh K. Kordestani MD/PA Rushing Oil & Gas Consultants Salon De Reve/Courtney Pedersen Sam's Club Amarillo Schlotzsky's / Cinnabon Schooler Funeral Home Shepard's Crook Nursing Agency, Inc. SOS Staffing Services Sound Systems Limited Southwest Airlines Co. Spellmann & Associates Stansbury Equipment Co. SWS Financial Services, Inc. James Shafer Financial Advisor Sylvan Learning Center Taco Villa #5 Tascosa Building Products Tascosa Business Forms TEDCO Buildings and Things Texotic Pets The Greenways

The Haworth Company The Hide Out The Zone: A Family Chiropractic Life Center Townsquare Media U S Small Business Administration Unique Individuals, LLC Valet Cleaners Wal-Mart Supercenter (Canyon Drive) Wal-Mart Supercenter West Warford & Walker Mortuary Inc Waste Wranglers Whataburger Witt Flooring Center Wolflin Vision Clinic York Tire Company

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Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Senior Communications Director We just put our 17th Annual Barbecue to bed last week, and despite the cold, wet weather, we had a great turn out from the community. It is truly amazing to be in the middle of an event of this size and see how it all comes together. I get the privilege (and the challenge) of trying to make it around to take team photos of our more than 80 sponsors, so I get to visit with almost everyone. I see what they are cooking, chat with them, answer questions, taste a lot of food, and capture the memory of a group of friends or coworkers working together outside of the office and having fun. No one is wearing suits and ties, they aren't trying to really sell you something or close the deal. This really is what “networking” is all about. They are having fun and showing off their talents behind the grill. It’s incredible to see the lengths the teams go to for decorating their booths, developing a theme, dressing up. (Thankfully we don’t have to pick the winner of the showmanship contest, because it would just be too hard!) This event lets you see people in a different light, and gives you the opportunity to form new relationships. It really is the most fun event I get to be a part of, even if it is the one that completely wears me out when it’s over.

Big thanks to those members that recently signed up for advertising on our website. New ads are shown below, but browse through to see them. If you want your company to gain visibility, contact: Gary Chesney Internet Marketing Consultant  WebLink P 317-872-3909 ext. 164 1-877-231-4970 F 317-872-3929

The generosity of the Amarillo community never ceases to amaze us. Once again Tyson, Coors of Amarillo and Arctic Glacier Ice headlined the event as major sponsors, so again we say a huge thank you to them. Be sure to check out the team photos, crowd shots and winners’ pictures on our flickr® page at Feel free to print them or post them to your social media accounts or website. So if you participated as a cooking team, put wristbands on or served beer as a volunteer, tasted a lot of food as a judge, played music for the crowd, sponsored or just came out to enjoy the event...THANK YOU! We are blessed to be part of such a giving community. We’ll do it all again in about 360 days.

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: 9/20 10/25 11/28 12/3

Mega Market (Sold Out) Annual Banquet & Business Excellence Awards Ag Appreciation Luncheon Women’s Council Christmas Luncheon

September 2012 eNews  

Events from August and September of 2012, ribbon cuttings, new and renewing members and more.

September 2012 eNews  

Events from August and September of 2012, ribbon cuttings, new and renewing members and more.