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Fegen explores cultural influences in restaurants

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Lance Fegen has established himself as one of the most celebrated – and entrepreneurial – chefs in the Houston area with influences ranging from family to surfing. “My mom is Italian, and I have a big family,” Fegen said. “Cooking was a huge influence. I learned about meatballs and understood what good, 10-hour tomato sauce tastes like.” Fegen, the co-owner and chef of Liberty Kitchen Oyster Bar and BRC GastroPub, saw his interest in recipes and dishes become beneficial when he was a student at Clear Lake High School. “It was expensive to take girls out on dates, so I’d just cook for them,” Fegen said. When it came to enrolling in college, Fegen found himself at a crossroads – play college football or study to become a chef. “(I figured) I’m not going to play in the NFL...I couldn’t think of a rational reason (to play football),” said Fegen, a former star running back. Fegen graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of

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Liberty Kitchen and BRC co-owner and chef Lance Fegen is bringing two new restaurants to the area – Lee’s Fried Chicken in the Heights and Surfing Cowboys in Oak Forest. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) America in Hyde Park, N.Y. and by age 23, he was managing a staff of 100 at the The Houstonian Hotel. Over the past few years, Fegen has developed into a entrepreneur who continues to come up with new concepts for restaurants and

menus. “I cooked for a long time,” Fegen said. “My body can’t handle the 14-hour days anymore. It’s time for the younger kids to step up.” Fegen shapes the decisions of

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George’s session of 10,000 Small Businesses ran April to June 2012, and it turned out to be an accelerated one with back-to-back modules. “The information is invaluable. And practical,” she said. “Its use is immediate.” George thinks the new-hire program they’ve implemented has helped reduce turnover at the company, which employs 17-to-25 workers, mostly part-timers. “It gets them in and engaged sooner, and makes them feel more connected and committed,” she said. Speaking of commitment, George still feels connected to the business and consulting contacts she made in the classroom. More

than a dozen of them meet each month to discuss ongoing business matters. While they represent different industries, they share business management issues. One recent meeting, for example, focused on processes. As part of the class work, George and classmates (called “cohorts”) developed a growth plan for their businesses. Catering by George reaches its 25-year mark in May. George said its catering in Houston is an unusually friendly and collaborative industry. How supportive? Some players commiserate on open dates and refer their overflow business to each other. Kim George was an event planner in 1990 when she met her future husband, a caterer. They worked together on some bookings – and married five years later. “We don’t cook much at home,” she said. For information on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at HCC, visit http://sites. hccs.edu/10ksb/.

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Stop gazing at stars, aim for top 20 percent

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What is the 80-20 rule and why is it pertinent? Basically, the rule states that 80 percent of effects come from 20 percent of the causes. In business, you’ll notice that 80 percent of your sales come from 20 percent of your clients. Internally, 80 percent of your sales come from 20 percent of your salespeople. As a business owner, I see the rule prove itself every day. Indeed, 80 percent of my sales come from 20 percent of my clients. Those are the clients you want to be very proactive with because they offer the highest growth potential. These are the people you should be meeting with on a regular basis. Send them articles that are important to them and their business, take them to lunch, look for new products and services that will help them, etc. The other 80 percent you can be reactive with. That means you respond to them when they have a need, but you don’t focus your time and energy with them. I’m not saying to ignore them. I am saying that they shouldn’t be your main effort. However, it’s important to keep in touch with all of your clients. You can use Constant Contact or other email services to “touch” clients on a regular basis. Let’s go back to the top 20 percent of your salespeople. You can learn volumes from them. Sit down with them. Question them on their habits. How do they structure their days? Who do they decide to call? How are they able to get appointments? What are they saying during that call? What steps do they take along the sales process? Ask them to write down all the tasks that they do in a day. Have them prioritize these tasks in terms of which tasks bring the biggest rewards. Focus on the top 20 percent. Duplicate this priority list and train your sales people to focus on them. You’ll see your company’s sales rocket. I know that it sounds simple and it is as long as your sales people stick to it on a daily basis. Success breeds success. What if you don’t have sales people? What if you’re an entrepreneur trying to do it alone? The same theory holds true. Sit down and look at your goals. Then write down all the tasks needed to accomplish those goals. Once again prioritize them. What top 20 percent of your tasks bring you the most results? If you don’t accomplish anything else during the day, accomplish those top 20 percent. Working on the bottom 80 percent will take you further away from your goals, not closer to them. You can always hire other people at a lower pay rate to help with those functions. Choose to do those things that will keep you in the top 20 percent, and you’ll be pleased with the growth in your business. Blake chairs the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce and owns Marketability, Inc., a strategic marketing and promotional company.

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Dorothy Rucker, office manager of the Heights Funeral Home, was honored in March for 30 years’ service with Service Corporation International, 22 of those in the Heights. Location manager Joseph McGlynn presented her with a 30year certificate of service at a gathering in the funeral home. Rucker and her husband, Morris, have eight children, 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He recently retired after nine years with SCI, and daughter Shari Brotherton has 16 years as a purchasing agent with SCI. Dorothy said she would like to work another five years before retiring.

A decade at the top

Tony May and The May Group of three offices is marking 15 years in business in 2013. May has been awarded Nationwide Insurance’s President Conference, the highest level of accomplishment, for 10 years in a row. The May Group is located at 3902 N. Shepherd Dr., 6301 Jensen Drive and 730 N. Post Oak Road, Suite 402.

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North Shepherd businesses to meet

The next meeting of the North Shepherd Area Business Association is scheduled for 9 a.m., April 9, in the community room at Kroger on 43rd Street at Ella. NSABA is a collection of area businesses who network and tackle common issues together, including security, cleanup and development of the Shepherd Drive corridor.

Business resources for entrepreneurs

SCORE, the Houston Business Solutions Center and Houston Public Library are offering a free workshop for budding entrepreneurs, offering information, tips and techniques necessary to launch a new business in Houston. The workshop will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. April 24 at the Heights Neighborhood Library, 1302 Heights Blvd.

UH center offers GrowthWheel as development tool

Businesses seeking guidance as they plan for start-up and growth now have access to a new tool at the University of Houston Small Business Development Center. Advisors there were recently certified in the use of GrowthWheel®, a unique and interactive approach to helping entrepreneurs focus on what’s important at each phase of their business’ development. The GrowthWheel® method provides an easy-to-understand, 360-degree perspective on starting and running a business that uses visual frameworks, graphic worksheets and detailed checklists to help entrepreneurs identify critical business challenges and opportunities, and plan and take appropriate actions. Assistance provided by an SBDC GrowthWheel Certified Advisor™ is always confidential, hands-on and free of charge. To learn how the GrowthWheel® tool can help in making the right business decisions at the right time, contact Roberta Skebo at 713.752.8444. The UH SBDC provides free professional business advising

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State offering tax help

The Texas Comptroller’s office has set 12 free business taxpayers seminar across the state – two in Houston – in April and May to teach business owners how to fill out tax forms properly and to file and pay taxes electronically. Comptroller staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide direct assistance. The Houston sessions are set for 6-8 p.m. April 16 at the Southwest Field Office, 7011 Harwin Drive, Suite 186 and 6:308:30 p.m. May 14 at the Northwest Field Office, 1919 North Loop West, Suite 390, 713-426-8200. Those who are unable to attend the seminars can call the comptroller’s tax assistance line at 1-800-252-5555. Tax forms and tax information can also be found on the comptroller’s website, www.window.state.tx.us.

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Dorothy Rucker was honored for 30 years with Service Corporation International, 22 years at the Heights Funeral Home. (Submitted photo)

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Fegen • from Page 1B boys is going in to replace That Pizza Place on Ella at 34th Street – he’s hoping in the fall – with an expansion to what Fegen calls “the five major food groups – liquor, burgers, street tacos, pizza and fried chicken.” In addition to Fegen’s celebrated cuisine, a patio with live music will be another lure – as well as location, location, location. “We look for a couple of things in business,” Fegen said. “(We like when the) neighborhood is underappreciated, especially the ones that are older and have a new sense to them. We look for undervalued, good rent.” Of the four partners, Fegen handles the operations and culinary planning. Lee Ellis is the group’s visionary, Will Davis handles real estate, and Carl Eaves is responsible for the unique interior of the restaurants and the construction

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of the buildings. Ellis is the inspiration (and his face/long beard is the logo) for Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts, which will have a drive-thru and is projected to have a July launch. It was born out of Liberty Kitchen’s wildly popular Wednesday Fried Chicken day. “We re-invest in our company,” Fegen said. “We build more establishments.” The plans for the company, Fegen said, are to expand the number of employees from 150 to 500 by the end of the year, and to be operating a total of 10-15 restaurants over the next two to three years. The business also has a social conscience, with all of the employees – part-time and full-time – receiving medical insurance. “Employees,” Fegen said, “are just as important as the customer.”

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Don’t skimp on doing market research So far we’ve coved two important aspects of becoming a successful entrepreneur: YOU and YOUR IDEA. This article will address a critical component: MARKET RESEARCH. MARKET RESEARCH will provide you with the specific information and data you will need to insure your business is positioned for success. There are two methods for obtaining research: 1. Primary research is research that is created and carried out specifically pertaining to your business, product, or challenge. Primary research can come from conducting a survey, being a “secret shopper,” or convening a focus group to review your product and give you feedback regarding color, functionality, size, price, and so forth. Primary research can be costly, but many times it’s dollars well spent if it can help you avoid making major mistakes. 2. Secondary research is research that has been carried out by somebody else, so you would be the “second” one to review it. Secondary research is a good place for small businesses to start, especially because it’s free. Even though the secondary research you examine might not pertain to your business or your product specifically, you can learn a lot from it that could assist you in your planning and decision-making. A major source for secondary research these days is the Internet. An additional and very valuable resource is the SBDC small business library, which contains numerous books, magazines, directories and other information, not to mention the assistance of a very talented research librarian. The SBDC can obtain data for you on market size, demographics,

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Neighbors: Oak Forest gets friendly over mounds of crawfish Oak Forest neighbors Garrett and Maria Tyra along with son Titus, 7, hosted an enormous crawfish boil last weekend for their Oak Forest neighbors. More than 120 neighbors came and happily devoured 350-plus pounds of the spicy and delicious crustaceans. Neighbors sat right down next to strangers who quickly became new friends as they chowed down on a pile of crawfish together. A favorite part of the day for the Tyra family was the piñata. Garrett said, “We had about 10 kids line up and take a few swings at an Easter egg piñata. The younger kids went without blindfolds, but when it was my son’s turn, I decided to blindfold him and spin him around to disorient him. This didn’t work, considering he busted it open on his first contact with piñata. I enjoyed watching all the kids run to the pile of candy and start frantically picking it all up.” Garrett and Maria send special thanks to Keith Roufa, Steven Kleiman and family, Nora Loera and family, Mack Sullivan (officer), Jason Scoffield, Greg Faulk and family, Debra and Larry Buttram, D’Ann and Chris Wathen, Jason Light, Richard Lu, Randy Gardner, Robert Martinez, Chris &AdKiran Lombardo, Zara & Raul # 35523

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Labardini, Kay Adams, Evelyn Yurgensen, Kae Bruney, Kent Nelson, Donda and Chris Dye, Amber LeBlanc, Aixa Lopez, Blaine Tyra (chef and Garrett’s brother) and Justin Tyra (helped cook and Garrett’s brother) who all helped out with the loan of tables, chairs, burners, pots, tents, equipment, prepping of the food, sides, beverages, and setting up for the party. Others who enjoyed the delightful company and fine spring weather were Phil Simmons and family, Heather Sterr, Craig Powers, Lucy Cain, Terry Mason and Nicole Cassier. Garrett’s company, Oakington Realty, underwrote the cost of the party and raised nearly

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Scarborough goalkeeper rises to the occasion with shutout Junior led Spartans into the regional quarterfinals by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Just a year ago, Eric Castillo was a backup goalkeeper who played in just four games. A year of hard work and determination has shaped the Scarborough High junior into one of the top goalkeepers in the area.

season run. The Spartans played Fort Bend Ridge Point in the regional quarterfinals on Friday at Delmar-Tusa Stadium; results were not available at press time. The winner will face Lee or Sharpstown in the regional semifinals in Humble. During the regular season, Scarborough finished second in Class 4A-District 45 to archrival, Furr. But the Brahmas lost to Bay City, 3-2, in the area round, while Scarborough kept playing. “It was amazing,” Castillo said. “We were playing with full heart.” The Spartans celebrated the victory over Stafford in front of a strong showing at Butler Stadium. Castillo had 15 saves

“It’s amazing how much he’s grown over the past few months,” Scarborough senior forward Dwight Hernandez said. “He’s worked hard at practice, on and off the field. Without him, I don’t know where we’d be.” Scarborough advanced to the UIL Class 4A Boys Soccer Regional Quarterfinals behind a pair of 1-0 victories over Richmond Foster and Stafford, respectively, last week. Prior to that, the Spartans hadn’t won a postseason game in 12 years. Everyone knows about Hernandez, who scored both of the goals, but Castillo, who recorded both shutouts, has been the quiet hero of the school’s best-ever post-

in the game, which was one of about nine shutouts this season. “The playoffs are way different,”Castillo said. “I got my stuff together and played an 80 minute game.” Castillo, 17, hadn’t played goalkeeper until three years ago, and he worked with his uncle and father to perfect his skills. Castillo said he used to be really quiet, but he’s learned about communicating with his teammates through soccer. “He’s extremely coachable,” Spartans first-year head coach Sergio Hernandez Jr. said. “He anchors the back, and he’s being Scarborough High goalkeeper Eric Castillo more aggressive and learning his angles recorded consecutive shutouts to lead the and his posts.” Spartans to their best postseason run in

school history. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

A Waltrip reunion worth having I’m not usually one to promote high school reunions, as evidenced by the fact that I’ve never attended one myself. However, I’m about to promote one in a paragraph MICHAEL or two. Perhaps it’s because I graduSUDHALTER ated high school 15 years ago or because I enjoy sports nostalgia. But I think it’s important that the 1997-98 Waltrip High boys basketball team, UIL Class 4A State Champions, are honored -- or at least reunited -- to discuss the only athletic championship in school history. This group of Rams has to be included in the conversation about the top prep basketball teams to play in the City of Houston, a precursor to the great Jack Yates teams of recent years. Some of the Waltrip stars, such as Cedric Taylor, Field Williams and Antonio Falu have played professional basketball overseas and enjoyed great success beyond their roundball roots at 34th and Ella. The team was coached by the late Fred Smith, who passed away last summer at age 59. Booker T. Washington head boys basketball coach Vincent Grayson, Smith’s assistant on the state championship team, has great memories of that season, which he has archived in a detailed scrapbook. “Cedric Taylor was arguably the best guy in the State of Texas,”Grayson said. “Most people who saw Taylor play said he was better than (two-time NBA All-Star and Alief Elsik graduate) Rashard Lewis at that time.” “We were deep. I think we had five guys that came off the bench that could start for any other team.” The competition in Houston ISD at that time, Grayson said, was excellent. “Teams like Wheatley and Kashmere and Worthing -- who almost beat us in the fourth round -- were good,” Grayson said. “A team from our district was going to win state that year.” The Rams had a star for each grade level -- Taylor was a senior, Antonio Falu was a junior and Field Williams, who would later play for Bob Huggins at Cincinnati, was a sophomore. “It was like a roller coaster year,” Taylor said. “Most of the guys grew up in the same neighborhood and went to the same middle school. My junior year, we had high expectations and had a bad season. We did a complete turnaround. Everybody was coming in the gym and working

St. Pius X catcher Jerry Murillo and the Panthers will face off St. Thomas at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Murillo moved behind the plate from first base this season. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Perfect Catch

St. Pius X junior catcher makes successful transition behind the plate by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com It didn’t take long for Jerry Murillo to understand the importance of the St. Pius X-St. Thomas rivalry. “Coming in as a freshman, you don’t understand the rivalry,” said the Panthers junior catcher. “As it progresses, you get

the vibe that they’re our rivals. You just hear all these stories that happened, you feel it. And when you’re in the atmosphere of the game, you feel that too.” The Panthers and Eagles will meet for the second time this season at 7 p.m. Tuesday at STH’s Father Wilson Field. The teams have combined to win every TAPPS 5A Championship since 2009

(SPX in 2009 and 2012; STH in 2010 and 2011). Last season, SPX defeated the Eagles in the state title game. St. Thomas returned the favor with a 6-2 win on March 26. The teams will meet again on April 18 at St. Pius X and perhaps again in the state playoffs next month. “I’d like to see them anyime,” Murillo

said. One of the reasons why the Panthers are in a position to defend their state championship is the emergence of the 16-year-old Murillo, who moved to catcher during the offseason despite not having played the position since he was 9 years old.

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‘Little Miss’ League Springs Into Action Oaks Dads Club’s “Little Miss” league gets the season started. Peyton Smith(in pink) of the Doodle Bugs’ takes off running after making contact while the Bumble Bees’ Sarah Miertzchin (in black) steps up to the plate to show off her skills in a game held last week . (Photos by Michael Sudhalter)

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Murillo • from Page 7B Before the 2013 season started, Murillo was working on catching drills and perfecting his fundamentals. Murillo played first base on last season’s team, winning a state title. “Words cannot explain that feeling,” he said. “After the last out, we went crazy.” The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior brings a linebacker’s mentality to the position, which isn’t surprising considering he’s a starting linebacker/defensive lineman for the SPX football team that finished 84 last season. On March 26, Murillo ran down a baserunner en route to turning a double play against the Eagles. Murillo said he misses pitching,

but the team needs him behind the plate. He’s enjoyed the opportunity to catch for senior pitcher Kohl Stewart, an All-American who’s projected to be a top MLB Draft selection in June. “The speed and the breaking balls are different from everyone else,” Murillo said. Playing on a big stage isn’t anything new for Murillo, who counts baseball as his favorite sport. But he really enjoyed the Panthers’ 45-21 football victory over Sealy, which was televised nationally on ESPNU last November. “At first, we thought not many people would show,” Murillo said. “Then, you just see all of our stands filled. It was a great experience.”

Reunion from Page 7B out that summer. It paid off for us that following year.” Just four years earlier, Taylor led Black Middle School to an undefeated season. “Half of those guys were on the (Waltrip) state team (in ’98),”he said. Taylor, who now lives in Houston and has recently started giving basketball lessons and coaches an AAU team, played professionally in Sweden and Kuwait, but he’ll never forget when the Rams celebrated their state crown in the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. “Just to be there on center stage with all of the lights – it was a major adrenaline rush,” Taylor said. Most of the Rams’ losses that season were against Dallas area teams. They lost on the road to the eventual Class 5A champion, Dallas Kimball, by six points during the regular season. Those losses benefited the Rams when they defeated Highland Park in the 4A state title game. “What I remember was one of the best teams to come through the Houston area -- it was pretty nice,”said Williams, who resides in Houston and works at a plastics plant. After Cincinnati, Williams played professionally in Germany and Argentina. Grayson said the community support was excellent, because the Rams were in unchartered territory.

“We had a lot of support – people came up for the state tournament,” Grayson said. “We just won nine games the year before. Our expectations weren’t that high, until maybe mid-season.” When the Rams returned home after their title, Jim “Mattress Mack”McIngvale put on a banquet for the team. But there’s been little fanfare for this group in the years following the title. One of the possible reasons why there hasn’t been much talk about the team over the past decade and a half is due to what transpired in the 1998-99 season. Falu, who declined to comment for the story, was ruled ineligible that season for being a year too old for high school and the team had to forfeit games, according to longtime former Waltrip athletic coordinator Anthony Zuccarini. “The controversy wasn’t during the state championship year... everything was legit for the state championship year,” Zuccarini said. The community should be proud of the Rams’ accomplishments in the 1997-98 season, and they shouldn’t be forgotten as time passes by, or clouded by the events of the following season. If you played on the ’97-’98 team or have a story to share – as a student, teacher or community member – about that exciting time in Waltrip’s athletic history, e-mail michael@theleadernews.com.

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