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President/CEO Gary Molberg Membership Andrea McClintock, VP Lindsey Arbeiter Christy Bigler Communications Penni Bentley, Sr. Director Business Development & Governmental Affairs Jason Harrison, VP Mary Garcia Special Projects Kim Woolsey, Director Quality of Life & Arts Becky Zenor, VP Mary Ramirez Convention & Visitor Council Dan Quandt, Exec. Director Mindy Bradley Jutta Matalka Eric Miller Tina Brohlin Emilea White Kashion Smith Mary Ramirez Stephanie Andrews Hope Stokes Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop Jutta Matalka Helen Martinez Lyn Bridges Denise Rayford PO Box 9480 Amarillo, TX 79105 806.373.7800 806.373.3909 fax

Chamber Celebrates Accomplishments & Business Excellence Awards at Annual Banquet October 24th At the close of every fiscal year the Chamber celebrates its past year’s accomplishments and recaps the highlights of our events at our Annual Banquet. Last year we combined our Annual Banquet with our Business Excellence Awards and use the event as a great opportunity to recognize some top businesses and young professionals in the community. The driving force in any community is small businesses. They represent more than 95% of our over 1,700 Chamber members. Since 1995, the Chamber has presented awards for Top Small Businesses in Amarillo. Award winning businesses are selected by members of the Amarillo Chamber Business Council from community nominations based on a number of factors including growth, innovation and community involvement. To be considered, the business must have less than 150 employees. This year’s winners are: Air Oasis LLP, Amarillo Truck Center, Document Shredding & Storage, Heritage-A Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility, Interactive 360, and Skilled Corp. The future of Amarillo depends on the young professionals that are developing their leadership skills now and showing growth and promise in their business roles in the community. This is the fifth year the Chamber has selected the Top 20 Under 40 Award winners from community nominations. This year’s winners include: Kimberly Brandyberry-Jones, Empire Paper Company; Arra Coleman, Gaut & Whittenburg Commercial Real Estate; Curt Cornett, River Breaks Ranch; Cara Crowley, Amarillo College; Ed Dowdy, Underwood Law Firm; Megan Eikner, Amarillo College; Todd Gray, Suddenlink Communications; Taylor Kelley, Sprouse Shrader Smith P.C.; S. Brent Lancour, Support Hose Store; Patrick Lovelady, Edward Jones; Ross Macon, Amarillo National Bank; Sarah Pelley, Mullin Hoard & Brown; Randall Renfroe, Allstate Security Inc.; John Salazar, Amarillo College; Josh Sluder, Amarillo Truck Center; Ellen Stanhope, Bell Helicopter; Erin Viermann, Happy State Bank; Patrick Weir, Underwood Law Firm; Todd Wetsel, Happy State Bank; Ryan Zimmer, A-1 Rocket Industries. The 2013 Banquet and Awards event will be held on Thursday, October 24th at the Amarillo Civic Center. In addition to recognizing our winners, the banquet will feature speaker, Kent Hance, Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System and former congressman (pictured right). Tickets for the event and more information can be found online at This event is generously sponsored by Suddenlink, and the awards are sponsored by Graham Brothers Jewelers.

In this issue: New Members

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Ribbon Cuttings


Renewing Members


Shooting Event


CVC News


Celebrate Arts


Mega Market Recap




Editor’s Corner



Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in August Amarillo Classic Events Lorraine Wilhelm Shelley Mathis 4807 S. Washington Amarillo, TX 79110 (806) 331-2444 Fax: (806) 373-7148 Providing all of your party and event rental needs. Consultation, Delivery and Set-Up Available. Amarillo Urology Associates, LLC Whitt Holder 1900 Medi Park Drive Amarillo, TX 79106 806-350-4100 Fax: (806) 354-8662 We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care in a professional and caring atmosphere. We are committed to the detection, treatment and prevention of urological diseases. Bankruptcy Amarillo - James Clark Law Firm Cristal Robinson James Clark 1800 S. Washington Suite 105 Amarillo, TX 79102 (806) 373-5694 Fax: (806) 376-4202 Charlie's Furniture Sue and Charlie Snider Suzette Dorris 3700 Soncy Amarillo, TX 79119 806-358-7288 Fax: (806) 358-6132 Charlie's Furniture is a home furnishing store that has been serving the Panhandle and the surrounding area since 1969. Collier Property Management Christy Bertolino Peggy Collier 1613 3rd Ave Canyon, TX 79015 (806) 655-4314 Fax: (806) 655-4990

With more than 25 years of experience, CPM provides superior custom service and expertise. Our goal is to offer you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your property is in good hands.

Digital Protection Services LLP Darlene Turner Donna Bryant P O Box 7279 Amarillo, TX 79114 (806) 477-2631 Fax: (806) 622-2035 We provide residential and commercial clients with digital inventory proof of assets to present to insurance carriers in event of theft, loss/destruction of property.

Estacar Companies, LLC Bradon Black Cori Burns 910 SW 7th Street Amarillo, TX 79101 (877) 655-8657 Estacar Companies bring practical executive experience to your business offering outsourced financial advisory services, marketing and implementation. We deliver accelerated growth for your business. H2O Solutions Chad Bertrand 3440 Bell St., Suite 320, #282 Amarillo, TX 79109 800-681-2379 Fax: (866) 491-8367 H20 Solutions provides 24 hour emergency services for residential and commercial water or fire damage. Jesse A. Greer, Mediator Jesse Greer 720 S. Tyler St. Suite 212C Amarillo, TX 79101 (806) 584-2183 Jesse offers mediation services in the areas of family, divorce, and business throughout the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and into New Mexico.


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Amarillo College Music Building 2201 S Washington

Charlie’s Furniture 3700 Soncy

China Art 3701 Plains Blvd. Studio #58

M&R Liquor 800 N Western

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Welcome New Members Thanks for Joining in August National Storage Solutions Mgt. dba Amarillo Storage Station Ryan Ratliff Mitch Chap 4430 Canyon E-way Amarillo, TX 79110 806-316-5144 Our premier self storage facility is clean, secure, and affordable. If you are looking for storage in Amarillo Texas, we can help. We offer climate and non-climate controlled storage units. National Storage Solutions Mgt. dba Amarillo Storage Zone Ryan Ratliff Mitch Chap 4907 S. Washington Amarillo, TX 79110 806-316-5144 Our premier self storage facility is clean, secure, and affordable. If you are looking for storage in Amarillo Texas, we can help. We offer climate and non-climate controlled storage units Nationwide Insurance-Rick Hernandez Agency Inc. Angela Worley Justin Harmon 3333 S Coulter Ste C-5 Amarillo, TX 79106 806-322-1805 Fax: (806) 322-1814 We are the only Nationwide office in Amarillo. We offer appointments outside of normal business hours. All products with great value and great service!

Panhandle Cancer Care Center Mike Leach 1301 S Coulter Amarillo, TX 79106 (806) 354-0950 Fax: (806) 356-1935 Dr. James Stafford and his staff of certified professionals provide specialized treatment of all types of cancer through the use of radiation therapy.

Smart Chemical Services Lloyd Brown Kelley Magee P O Box 7687 Amarillo, TX 79114 806-367-8031 Fax: (806) 398-8571 Smart Chemical Services is a chemical services company with a highly-experienced team who understands the entire life cycle of the oil and gas industry. TapTap Direct LLC Danny O'Neal John Scott 5107 Catalpa Ln Amarillo, TX 79110 (806) 457-9990 Fax: (806) 457-9992 TapTap Direct leverages a complete arsenal of mobile media solutions, technology, experience and a friendly staff to produce real results for your business, organization or brand. The Locals Go Here Rhonda Dittfurth 513 Harrell Lane Unit A Canyon, TX 79015 806-274-1345 Promoting Locally Owned business in the Panhandle area. We discover Locally Owned treasures for you to enjoy, Our Opinion Your Decision.


A-1 Electric Abuelo's Restaurant AFLAC/Regional Office Amarillo Downtown Lions Club, Inc. Amarillo Habitat for Humanity Amarillo Medical Services Amarillo Opera Inc Amarillo Postal Employees Credit Union Amarillo Residence Inn by Marriott Amarillo Town Club American Red Cross Arnold Burgers LLC. Ashley Furniture Home Store Austin Distributing Basden Bail Bond Bechtol Fine Arts Big Texan Steak Ranch BNSF Railway Bolton Electric Inc. Borchardt's Coin Machines Boyd's Equipment Bruckner Truck Sales, Inc. Buffalo Wild Wings Buzula Furniture Outlet Carpet Tech Cheddars Casual Cafe Children's Learning Centers of Amarillo, Inc. City Federal Credit Union Colonial Life Connections Information Systems Country Club Nursing and Rehab Courtyard by Marriott Amarillo Downtown at the Historic Fisk Bldg. Craig Methodist Retirement Community Cribs For Life

Don Harrington Discovery Center Dulaney Auto & Truck Parts D'Vine Wine East, William English Field Aviation Famous Dave's of Amarillo Farmers Agency Development Center Farrell Investment Fenton Mazda of Amarillo Fifth Season Inn & Suites Golden Spread Farmers Market Golf Headquarters Griggs Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors IDEACOM of Amarillo Insurance Placement Specialists, Inc. Jane Juett Jim Hutson Agency JSW Properties, Inc. Kaleidoscoops Supreme Hand Dipped Ice Cream Leisure Leasing Motorhome Rentals Lyons Realty Manning Land, LLC Martin/Tipton Pharmacy LLC Mary Kay Cosmetics/Cathy Welch McCartt & Associates McCarty Hull, Inc Milan Institute/ I-40 Morris Gift Shop Morris Technologies Nunn Company Ltd. Orkin Exterminating Company P & W Abatement LLC. Palo Duro Retirement Village Panhandle Dental, LP

Pinnacle Financial Group Plains Dairy L.L.C. Poole Building Potter House, Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. Pro Chem Sales Pro2Serve Professional Project Services, Inc. Process Solutions Integration (PSI) Rabern Rentals Randall Technology Services Rockrose Development, LLC Rod Fielding Custom Builders, LLC Ron Connally Construction Santa Fe Federal Credit Union Schlotzsky's / Cinnabon Shepard's Crook Nursing Agency, Inc. SOS Employment Group Sound Systems Limited Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest Sales Promotion Spice Boutique & Salon LLC Spicy Mike's Bar-B-Q Haven Stacy Knight Insurance Agency State Farm/Bill McDonald State Farm/Roy Hunter SWS Financial Services - Bill R. Jenkins, Financial Advisor Sylvan Learning Center Tascosa Building Products TEDCO Buildings and Things Texas Oncology, P.A.Amarillo Texas Plum Line U S Small Business Administration United Country 44 Realty &

Auction Wallace Monument Company Waste Wranglers Wells Fargo Bank of Amarillo Whataburger

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

Tourism Occupancy Rate


Room Nights


Overnight Visitors


Visitor Center Guests Group Tours

2,870 584

Inquiries for Amarillo Information Overnight Travel Impact ($)


College Academic Skills Programs (CASP) 32nd Annual Meeting



Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) World Championships



Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Annual Convention


41,520 $358,267,180

Film Office


Information requests



Working Ranch Cowboy Association (WRCA) Ranch Rodeo World Championship


Conventions December # of Conventions/Groups in Amarillo




Room Nights


Delegates Booked-Future Conventions


Delegate Room Nights Booked



Reinke Manufacturing Company, Inc. Dealer Training Reinke Irrigation Systems


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


30,012 141,899


Twenty-One local and area arts organizations participated in the 4th Annual Shop Smart Shop Local Celebrate the Arts event on Tuesday, August 20th at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Approximately 200 visited booths picking up seasonal brochures and watched performing arts in the auditorium. This event is held each year to promote the arts to new audiences. It is free with food, drinks and door prizes! Sponsors include the Amarillo Globe-News, Civic Amarillo and the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Arts Committee. Top Right: The Little Mermaid from Amarillo Little Theatre Academy Right: Panhandle Art Center Participants Included: Amarillo Art Institute, Amarillo College Conservatory Theatre, Amarillo Little Theatre, Amarillo Little Theatre Academy, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Youth Choirs, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, Carson County Square House Museum in Panhandle, Center City of Amarillo, Chamber Music Amarillo, Friends of the Aeolian Skinners, Opus 25, Galleries at Sunset Center, Ladeeda Music Company, Lone Star Ballet / Lone Star Dance Academy, Panhandle Art Center, Panhandle PlainsHistorical Museum, Panhandle Tickets/Broadway Spotlight Series, Window on a Wider World (WOWW). For more information on future arts events, contact Becky at 342-2010 or



THANK YOU DOOR PRIZE DONORS 1-800-Plumber Amarillo National Bank Amarillo Sign Company Bankruptcy Amarillo BATTERIESPLUS Battery Joe Cypress Creek Jason Avenue Digital Protection services Edible Arrangements Family Medicine Centers First Bank and Trust Herbalife - Paula Molberg Holiday Inn West Medical Center R.T. Hicks Photography Sequence Enterprise Entertainment & Our Kids The Cottages at Quail Creek The UPS Store Valmed Home Health & Pharmacy Solutions

More than 60 attendees representing over 50 businesses took part in the most recent Mega Market event on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Amarillo West Medical Center. This networking event is held twice a year, and allows participants to make a short, 2-minute presentation to their table about what their business or organization does. Each person at the table takes turns making their short pitch before rotating to a new table and repeating the process. This half-day event is a great way to meet potential customers or get referrals in a small, face-to-face setting, making it one of our most popular events. For information on participating in future Mega Markets, contact Jason at 342-2018 and watch the calendar for another event Spring 2014. View more event photos at

Pictured Left to Right: Trever Samberson and Elisa Acosta, Casey Carpet One; Cody Blair and Chris Clark, Holiday Inn Amarillo West Medical Center; Andy Arias, Texas Panhandle Regional Development Corporation; Amy Henderson, Amarillo National Bank; and Jason Harrison, Chamber of Commerce.


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Editor’s Corner By: Penni Bentley, Senior Communications Director What a year it has been! The Chamber wraps up our fiscal year on September 30th, so this is always a busy time...and the best excuse for this eNewsletter being later than usual. You might have heard about a little barbecue cook-off we threw a couple of weeks ago. We will give a complete recap of the event in our Annual Report, but you can look through, download or share photos from the event from our Flickr® page at There are lots of happy, smiling faces, so look for yours.

Mark Your Calendar: 9/28

Shoot Smart. Shoot Straight. Chamber Challenge


Jazztober—The Martinis


Jazztober—Polk Street Jazz


Jazztober—WT Jazz Ensemble


Jazztober—Pat Swindell


Annual Banquet & Business Excellence Awards


Ag Appreciation Symposium & Luncheon

We are also getting ready for our first shooting event to take place September 28th at the Amarillo Gun Club and can’t wait to tell you how that went. We will celebrate all of the year’s events at our Annual Banquet on October 24th and bundle it all up nicely in a published Annual Report magazine that will hit your mailboxes the end of next month. We look forward to our banquet every year, and we are especially proud to recognize some amazing businesses and young professionals that will receive Business Excellence Awards. We hope you come out and celebrate with us. Ticket information is at It’s officially fall, and we will kick it off with our 2nd Annual Jazztober series of free concerts on the Chamber lawn on Tuesdays in October. This was a great event last year, so bring a buddy, a blanket, and a basket of snacks or beverages and enjoy jazz outdoors from some really talented folks. It’s a great way to unwind in beautiful downtown Amarillo. 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.

Stay up to date by frequently checking our Chamber and Community Calendar online You can even add your own events to the online community calendar.

Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs to the Chamber grounds to hear live jazz in October from 6pm-8pm. It’s FREE!

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News and events from August 2013 at the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, including new and renewing members, ribbon cuttings, convention and to...