Connect Magazine - January/February 2020

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January | February 2020

Revitalizing Downtown Mark Hicks talks downtown renovations

Year in Review


Looking back at 2019

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Lets connect.

Welcome to the new CONNECT Magazine, a partnership between the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and the Lufkin Daily News. We are thrilled to put a new, fresh spin on our past Business Link, and showcase the Chamber’s community involvement, legislation affecting your business, as well as feature events, outstanding individuals and companies that make Lufkin and Angelina County a vibrant place to work, live and invest. As the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber turns 101, we are honored to be able to help CONNECT you, our readers, to the business community. We all know that connections are what makes the world go around, and we want to make sure you are plugged in. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a small business owner or work for a large company, it is important to us that you feel connected to you community so that you can find your place to make an impact. Happy New Year!

Tara Watson-Watkins President / CEO


Connecting Business to Community

LUFKIN | ANGELINA COUNTY The mission of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce is to continuously improve the economic prosperity, the business environment and the quality of life in Angelina County. Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce 1615 S. Chestnut, Lufkin, Texas USA 75901 phone (936) 634-6644 fax (936) 634-8726

2020 EXECUTIVE BOARD Brian Cyr Board Chairman

Keven Todd

Lufkin Daily News

Lynn Torres

Commercial Bank of Texas

Lufkin ISD

David Flowers Incoming Chair

William Price Bancorp South

Huntington ISD

Terry Morgan Intermediate Past Chairman

Kevin Pratt Etech

Morgan Insurance

Michael Simon

Oncor Electric Delivery


Angelina College

Roger Lindsey Vice Chairman Scott Skelton Vice Chairman

Skelton, Slusher, Barnhill, Watkins, Wells

Taylor Haney Vice Chairman

Forest Griffen Edward Jones

Trey McWilliams McWilliams and Son

Lufkin Coca Cola Bottling Company

Jackie Polk Vice Chairman

Randy George, Jr. William George


Lee Trans

Tara Watson-Watkins President & CEO

Will Alvis Secretary

Tara Hendrix

Merrill Lynch

Events & Engagement Coordinator

Melinda Moore Treasurer

Ashley Berry

Cascade Health Services, LLC

Director of Leadership Program

Donna Parish



Jill Roberson

Malcolm Deason

Business Manager

Southside Bank

Megan Whitworth

Brian Tyler

Brookshire Brothers

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Consolidated Communications

Administrative Assistant

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Welcome Letter


Lufkin CVB



Angelina Arts Alliance

Thank You to our Sponsors


Video Marketing





Year in Review

What is Young Professionals?


99th Banquet




2019 Athena Award/ Silver Spike Award/ Business Hall of Fame


Lufkin EDC


Made in Angelina County


Renovating Downtown Lufkin


Ribbon Cutting The White Peacock


Locally Owned and Managed in Lufkin & Huntington



Small Business of the Year


Salute to Healthcare


Golf Tournament


Ribbon Cuttings


Forest Festival


New Members


Leadership Lufkin &


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First StrEAT Feast set for Jan. 18 Written by Taylor Commiato, LCVB Photo by Clay Bostian It’s a new year, and we are excited to get all our favorite 2020 events underway. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a day in downtown Lufkin and get your lunch from a food truck. During First StrEAT Feast, food trucks will line the block in front of The Pines Theater, giving guests a chance to taste different treats from some of our favorite Lufkin food trucks. You do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind-event. Shopping and eating? Sounds like a great time. Mark your calendars for the third Saturday of each month to enjoy First StrEAT Feast. For questions or if you would like to set-up a food truck or be a vendor, call 936633-0349. End your evening in Downtown Lufkin at The Pines Theater. The 2020 Pines Presents season will kick-off on Saturday, Jan. 18 with “Farewell Angelina.” Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, “Farewell Angelina” is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board. Roughstock called them a “Superstar act... with killer songs.” Rolling Stone said, “Wickedly smart 4

songwriting delivered with a healthy dash of sass... deft playing... into one sonic knockout punch.” The Temple Theater Performing Arts Series returns for 2020 with Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Tuesday, Jan. 21. For over 50 years, South Africa’s four-time Grammy Award winner, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Since the world discovered their powerful a cappella vocals from Paul Simon’s Graceland album, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading a message of peace, love and harmony to millions of people the world over. The younger members, led by the four sons of group founder Joseph Shabalala, who joined the group almost 25 years ago, have infused the group with a youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. It was Nelson Mandela who anointed the group “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world,” a designation the members carry with them with the highest honor. Tickets to either show are available online at angelinaarts. org or by calling 936-633-5454. As the year gets underway, more events and happenings will be added to our community calendar at visitlufkin. com, and you can sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter on our webpage as well. Stay up to date on all the Lufkin fun by following our Facebook page @VisitLufkin. J A N U A R Y | F E B U A R Y 2 0 2 0   CONNECT

A New Era Begins at the Angelina Arts Alliance Written by Ginger Trotter

Jan. 1 starts a new year, a new decade and a whole new era at Angelina Arts Alliance. By adding the programming of The Pines Theater’s Pines Presents Series to the to the list of professional performances coming to the Temple Theater, the number of spectacular live performances the Arts Alliance is bringing to Lufkin Angelina County has doubled. Executive Director Jennifer Allen, the Arts Alliance staff and Board of Directors are ready to accept this new responsiblility and the challenge it brings. The Angelina Arts Alliance wants to see you at the theater. POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER: Jan. 5 @ 2 p.m. | TEMPLE THEATER FAREWELL ANGELINA: Jan. 18 @ 7 p.m. | PINES THEATER LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO: Jan. 21 @ 7:30 p.m. | TEMPLE THEATER WE SHALL OVERCOME: Feb. 6 @ 7 p.m. | PINES THEATER THE CHOIR OF MAN: Feb. 8 @ 7:30 p.m. |s TEMPLE THEATER

FAREWELL ANGELINA | Saturday, Jan. 18 Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board. Rolling Stone said, “Wickedly smart songwriting delivered with a healthy dash of sass ...deft playing ...into one sonic knockout punch.” The relationship they share with their fans won them the fan-voted “Hot Seat” spot of the Taste of Country 2017 “RISERS” Program by over 20,000 votes, and they have been named among Rolling Stone’s “New Artists You Need to Know.” LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO | Tuesday, Jan. 21 For over 50 years, South Africa’s five-time Grammy Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. Since the world discovered their powerful a cappella vocals from Paul Simon’s Graceland album, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading a message of peace, love, and harmony to millions of people the world over.

generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional and modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals from Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and more. THE CHOIR OF MAN | Saturday, Feb. 8 The runaway hit is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour! Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pintfilled good time set in a working pub that combines hairraising harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub-crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend. Tickets are on sale now, in person at the Temple Theater Box Office, Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., by phone 936-633-5454, and online at Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose mission is to present diverse, quality performing arts, along with educational and family performances which collectively enrich, engage, and educate the community. Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news and ticket giveaways. Angelina Arts Alliance is a 501©3 non-profit organization whose mission is to present diverse, quality performing arts, along with educational and family performances which collective­ly enrich, engage, and educate the community. Follow Angelina Arts Alliance on Facebook for late-breaking news and ticket giveaways.

WE SHALL OVERCOME | Thursday, Feb. 6 A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Featuring Damien Sneed Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across African American music traditions that electrified CONNECT  J A N U A R Y | F E B U A R Y 2 0 2 0



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Bull Bash rides into town Feb. 22

Scenes from the 2019 Lufkin Bull Bash. Written by Burt Hairgrove

Adios 2019, and hello 2020! We hope everyone had a great Christmas and a happy and safe New Year. We were thankful for the break in the action out here at the Expo, but we’re ready to get back to a full calendar and some exciting events! Hopefully, you had a chance to attend First United Methodist’s presentation of “An Evening in Old Bethlehem.” It was well attended and got all involved into the Christmas Spirit. January has us back to what we do best: Rodeo. Come out and see tomorrow’s champions compete for cash and prizes. • Jan. 4-5: Pineywoods Youth Rodeo Association • Jan. 11-12: Texas Junior High School Rodeo Association Region V • Jan. 18-19: Texas High School Rodeo Association Region V Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 22 for Energy Entertainments’ production of the 31st Annual Bull Bash. Did you know that Bull Bash is the second longest stand-alone tournament style event in the industry? Top contestants and high-powered bulls bring the action to the Expo. Live concert immediately to follow. Follow on Facebook @LufkinBullBash to learn more. As always, we want to thank our sponsors and volunteers who continue to support the Expo. We will keep doing our best to attract quality events to make Lufkin a regional destination. For the latest, follow us on Facebook @AngelinaExpo or give us a call 936-637-EXPO. See you at the Expo! CONNECT  J A N U A R Y | F E B U A R Y 2 0 2 0


2019 Year in Review

Thank you to our community members and supporters for another successful year in Angelina County!


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2019 Year in Review

Letter from outgoing Chairman, Terry Morgan

It has been an honor to serve as the Lufkin/Angelina County’s Chamber Board Chairman for 2019. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to work with the Chamber staff, volunteers and the business community to advance our “can do” spirit and attitude. The communities that comprise Angelina County are an inviting place to live, work and raise a family. We should be very proud of what we have accomplished thus far. Our Chamber is celebrating it’s 100th year anniversary. With Tara Watson-Watkins and her leadership team, we have never had a brighter future. They are working to fulfill the Chamber’s mission statement – “to advocate to improve the economic prosperity and the business environment in our community.” I appreciate the opportunity to serve as this year’s Chairman. It’s been an honor, and I look forward to working with incoming Chairman Brian Cyr.

Letter from Incoming Chairman, Brian Cyr First, I want to say it is my great honor to serve as the 2020 Chairman of the Board for the Lufkin/ Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. I have been involved for many years with the Chamber, because I see the difference the Chamber makes in this community, as well as in my business. As you know, this past year the Chamber celebrated its 100th year in Angelina County and that says a lot about its ability to continue to be a relevant part of this community. Secondly, I want to thank all the past Chairmen of the Board for always helping make the Chamber stronger than the previous year. Last year’s Chairman, Terry Morgan, is no exception. He was an incredibly active Chairman going to almost every event and meeting involving the chamber, and I admire his dedication and commitment. He had a phenomenal year and was able to make the Chamber’s 100th year celebration a special and memorable one for all of us as investors. Thank you, Terry. Finally, I want to say how much I look forward to working with Tara Watson-Watkins and her staff. Over the last year and a half, I have seen them put together an incredible team with lots of vision. The changes they have made have been very impactful and they continue to make changes that help add value to The Chamber’s Investors. I truly believe this new vision is exactly what the Chamber needed, and we are truly lucky to have Tara and her staff promoting our community and all it has to offer. We are seeing more and more of the City, Chamber and Economic and Development Corporation working together to grow our already wonderful community. Thank you to all the Investors who make this Chamber so successful. We will continue to work together to make 2020 another year our investors will be proud to say they support the Chamber and that their Chamber supports them. As always, we welcome suggestions and love to see you participate in our events. Thank you all again for being an investor in the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce! CONNECT  J A N U A R Y | F E B U A R Y 2 0 2 0


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99th Annual Chamber Banquet

100 years in the making. Since 1919, the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce has helped support the local economy with its dedication to strengthening businesses and growing the economy. The 99th Annual Chamber Banquet, held in January 2019, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Chamber. A hundred years of Lufkin and Angelina County history sat on display showcasing many notable moments in the past century. During the celebration, community leaders were recognized for the commitment to bettering Lufkin and Angelina County. Dr. Wayne Lawrence received the Golden Anvil Award. The Crime Stoppers Band was awarded the Angelina Award. Michelle Briley was named the Diplomat of the Year.

Dr. Wayne Lawrence received the Golden Anvil Award.

The Crime Stoppers Band was awarded the Angelina Award.

Presenting Sponsor Premier Kia Gold Sponsor CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lockheed-Martin 10

Michelle Briley was named the Diplomat of the Year.

Thank you to our sponsors Silver Sponsors Southside Bank VeraBanke

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Athena Award

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The ATHENA Leadership Award was presented to Cindy Tierney in April 2019. Tierney serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Lufkin Middle School. She is the acting secretary of Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. She is also a member of Texas Council for Women School Executives, and the Association of Texas Professional Educators. She is a recipient of the Lufkin ISD Leadership Award and Principal of the Year. She is also active in her community through Junior League of Lufkin, Rotary Club, even serving as past president, Rotary Youth Leadership and Relay for Life. She serves on many of these boards as well. Throughout all the positions she has held, one constant has remained. The kids always come first. She is in education for all the right reasons. To make sure that every student feels valued, taken care of, heard and loved.

Silver Spike Award Recipient

Mary King was the recipient for the 2019 Silver Spike Award this past October. She serves as the Physician Liaison Director at Woodland Heights Medical Center. Mary is a remarkable leader in her position, as she is tasked with recruiting and facilitating the transitions of doctors and their families to Lufkin. She also serves in many volunteer capacities in Angelina County and in her church. She exemplifies the true meaning of leadership, integrity and selflessness. Her initiative and desire to serve others is truly an inspiration.

Business Hall of Fame The Angelina County Business Hall of Fame program is designed to honor past prominent business leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to Lufkin/Angelina County and earned the respect of the local community. In December 2019, brothers Sam and Eli Wiener joined the Business Hall of Fame. The brothers, along with Joseph H. Kurth, Sr. and S.W. Henderson, Sr., founded the Angelina and Neches River Railroad in 1900, using the tracks and rolling stock of a logging tramroad operated by their lumber company, Angelina County Lumber Company of Keltys.

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Small Business of the Year Award

Small businesses are vital to the community. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to start and run a business. Each year, the Chamber recognizes three small business in three divisions to be honored with Small Business of the Year. In September 2019, Lee TranServices was named the recipient for Division 1, with 51-100 employees; Marco’s Pizza was named the recipient for Division 2, with 11-50 employees; and Kovar Capital was named the recipient for Division 3, with one to 10 employees.

Kovar Capital was named the recipient for Division 3.

Less waiting where it matters most – our emergency room.

Marco’s Pizza was named the recipient for Division 2.

In a medical emergency, every minute matters. So, at Woodland Heights Medical Center, you’ll find faster care in the emergency room. We work diligently to have you initially seen by a medical professional* in 30 minutes – or less. And, with a team of dedicated medical specialists, we can provide a lot more care, if you need it.

The 30-Minutes-Or-Less E.R. Service Pledge – only at Woodland Heights Medical Center.

Lee TranServices was named the recipient for Division 1.

Thank you to our sponsors for recognizing these deserving businesses. Presenting Sponsor City Wide Directories, LLC *Medical professionals may include physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Woodland Heights Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff.

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Gold Sponsors Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy Gipson Funeral Home Lufkin Rubber & Gasket

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Salute to Healthcare

The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 12th Annual Salute to Healthcare Banquet in November 2019. The banquet honors the Angelina County healthcare sector, including not just the medical professionals but all those who serve patients in various capacities. During the Salute to Healthcare Banquet in 2019, Dr. Charles Kent, DDS, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Ashley Berry, founder of the East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope, was awarded as the Individual of Merit; Dr. Linda Chase, MD, was named the Healthcare Professional of the Year; and Janie Lee, RN, was honored with Nurse of the Year.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Charles Kent, DDS

2019 Healthcare Professional of the Year: Linda Chase, MD

2019 Individual of Merit: Ashley Berry, founder of East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope

2019 Nurse of the Year: Janie Lee, RN

Thank you to our sponsors

Presenting Sponsor CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial

Silver Sponsors PineCrest Healthy Living Community Woodland Heights Medical Center Angelina College CONNECT  J A N U A R Y | F E B U A R Y 2 0 2 0

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Golf Tournament

In April 2019, the Chamber hosted its 12th annual Chamber Golf Tournament, presented by Premier Kia. The tournament benefits the Chamber and its initiatives. Thank you to all the sponsors, many volunteers and the participants who support this year’s Golf Tournament. All the teams played great and were good sports, but there can only be one winner! Congratulations to the 2019 winning team, Integra Insurance Services, Jeffrey Havard, Chad Roberts, Justin Morehead and Dennis Mccullough. This year’s Chamber Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, April 6. Stay tuned for details on how to register your team in the next issue of CONNECT. You can also call the Chamber at 936-634-6644 for details on how to be a sponsor.

Congratulations to our winning team, Integra Insurance Services for winning the top prize at the 2019 Chamber Golf Tournament! Thank you to our 2019 Chamber Golf Tournament Sponsors! Presenting Sponsor Premier Kia

Hole-In-One Sponsor Premier Kia

Driving Range Sponsor McFarland Cascade

Hole Sponsorship AAA Trophy Buffalo Wild Wings Carroway Funeral Home East Texas Powersports Etech Naskila Gaming Pepsi Bottling Group Servpro of Lufkin/South Nacogdoches County Whataburger

Putting Green Sponsor Oncor Electric Delivery

Media Sponsor KTRE TV 9

Snack/Beverage Cart Sponsor Little Caesar’s Pizza

Longest Drive Home Sponsor – Hole 13 Sound Works

Cap Sponsor Crown Colony Country Club Golf Towel Sponsor Servpro of Lufkin/South Nacogdoches County


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Thank you to our 35th Annual Texas State Forest Festival!

Presenting Sponsor Brookshire Brothers

Platinum Sponsor Simon & Louise Henderson Foundation Gold Sponsor Georgia Pacific Silver Sponsors ASAP Roofing & Construction Commercial Metals Company Loving Toyota-Scion Steel Horses Sterling Whataburger Bronze Sponsors American State Bank Austin Bank BPX Energy Commercial Bank of Texas N.A. Greenway Carriers, LLC HR in Alignment Lufkin Economic Development CONNECT  J A N U A R Y | F E B U A R Y 2 0 2 0

Corporation Corporate Sponsors Angelina & Neches River Authority Axley & Rode CPA’s Lee Trans Livewell Athletic Club McFarland Cascade Sound Techs Southland Federal Credit Union Texas Size Selfie Texas Timberjack Southern Hushpuppy Championships McWilliams & Son Inc

Friends of the Forest Festival AAA Trophy Abeldt’s Pharmacy Allstate Insurance - Wallace Daily Bentley’s Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Carpets by Curiosity Carroway Funeral Home Comfort Suites Commercial Bank of Texas Community Title

Custom Designs by Melinda Data Max Element Dental & Orthodontics Heart Institute of East Texas Integra Insurance Services LiveWell Athletic Club Lopez Pressure Wash Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Lufkin Printing Morgan Insurance Overseas Hardwoods Premier Kia Rayonier (It’s more than trees) SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County Sid Roberts, M.D. Skelton, Slusher, Barnhill, Watkins and Wells, PLLC Southwood Dr. Animal Clinic Texas Forestry Association Texas Logging Council Texas State Railroad The Stafford Family Tucker Family Medicine Woodland Heights Medical Center


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Leadership Lufkin Class of 2019-2020 Stevie Alders Alfac Maira Carrillo Law Office of Kaye M. Alderman, PLLC Ty Cauthen Lufkin High School Laura Edmundson Brookshire Brothers Crystal Gann Gann Medford Real Estate, Inc Randy George, Jr. William George Company Claudia Gonzalez Kovar Capital Andrew Hall McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning Tara Hendrix The Chamber Todd Laird Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control Debbie Laroe Signs by Debbie Randy Lewis Hospice Plus Roger Lindsey ONCOR Electric Delivery 16

Jed Morris Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong Tempestt Parker Southside Bank Anndrea Parker Angelina County and Cities Health District Janice Porter Cascade Health Services, LLC Nathan Pruitt Georgia-Pacific Nicole Roberts Overseas Hardwoods Eric Robinson CHI St. Luke’s HealthMemorial Kevin Terry Hospice in the Pines LaMarcus Wallace Etech Katie Webb BancorpSouth Bank Shawn Wood Morgan Insurance Monice Woods The Advanced Financial Group

Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2019-2020 Tanner Bearden Central High School Madison Lee Central High School Kendall Smith Central High School Alyssa Garza Diboll High School Jacob Sanford Diboll High School Mackenzie Cavins Hudson High School Emily Davis Hudson High School Ashlyn Grogan Hudson High School Stella Huckabee Hudson High School Jazmine Jamison Hudson High School Breanna Lipscomb Hudson High School Morgan Mayo Hudson High School Wendy Ramos Hudson High School Raylei Smith Hudson High School Halle Flynt Huntington High School

Jordyn Haas Huntington High School Blayre Brent Lufkin High School Noah Hillis Lufkin High School Kaylie Kruk Lufkin High School Yancy Yanez Lufkin High School Shelby Young Lufkin High School Dillon Richardson Pineywoods Community Academy Zoey Robuck Pineywoods Community Academy Madilyn Simmons Pineywoods Community Academy Holden Boulware Zavalla High School

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Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!

We could not put on all our events without the support of our sponsors. Thank you to the following people and businesses for helping make 2019 a big success! A-1 Party Rentals of Lufkin AAA Trophy Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy Al Meyer Ford Alderman Cain & Neill PLLC Alene’s Florist Alexander, Lankford & Hiers American Enerpower American Real Estate American State Bank Angelina & Neches River Authority Angelina Arts Alliance Angelina Beautiful/Clean Angelina College Angelina County Heart Alliance Angelina Rotary Club ASAP Roofing & Construction Audiological Services Austin Bank Axley & Rode CPA’s Baker Hughes BancorpSouth Bank Bartlett Baggett & Shands Insurance Agency Beard Fine Jewelers Best Western Plus Crown Colony Inn & Suites BPX Energy Brookshire Brothers Buffalo Wild Wings Carroway Funeral Home Centurion Security Services LLC Charanza Law Office Cherokee Industrial Fab., Ltd. CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Chick-Fil-A Chick-Fil-A - Lufkin Mall City of Lufkin City Wide Directories LLC Commercial Bank of Texas N.A. Commercial Metals Company Community Title Consolidated Communications Courtyard by Marriott (Lufkin) Crown Colony Country Club DataMax Davis Insurance Duncan-Two, Ltd. East Texas Asphalt Co. East Texas Powersports Ellen Temple Etech Fenley & Bate, L.L.P. Ferrara’s Heating & Air Conditioning Gann Medford Real Estate, Inc. Genco Federal Credit Union Georgia Pacific CONNECT  J A N U A R Y | F E B U A R Y 2 0 2 0

Gipson Funeral Home Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong Greenway Carriers, LLC Haglund Law Firm, P.C. Haney Trucking Inc. Harbor Hospice – Lufkin Harmony Hill Baptist Church Hicks Co. Holiday Travel Agency Hospice in the Pines, Inc. HR in Alignment Huntington State Bank IHOP Integra Insurance Services Jay Jackson State Farm JM Chevrolet, Cadillac Joe W. Elliott House Junior Achievement Ken Smith & Associates PC KSWP/KAVX Radio KTRE-TV 9 Lamont Brands Langston Construction, Inc. Larkspur Lee Trans Limitless Event Venues Little Caesar’s Pizza Livewell Athletic Club Lockheed-Martin Loggins Plumbing Loving Toyota-Scion Lucky’s #2 Lufkin Coca-Cola Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau Lufkin Economic Development Corporation Lufkin ISD Lufkin State Supported Living Center Lufkin/Angelina County Economic Development Partnership Luftex Gears McFarland Cascade McWilliams & Son Inc Memorial Clinics Merrill Lynch Moore Asset Management Moore Brothers Construction Company Morgan Insurance Agency Morris Air Conditioning & Heating Music World Naskila Gaming Nature’s Eye, LLC Oncor Electric Delivery PAM Specialty Hospital of Lufkin Parkwood in the Pines

Pepsi Bottling Group PineCrest Retirement Community Pineywoods Foundation Premier Kia Principal Ray’s Drive-In Real Graphics Regions Bank Savy, The Agency Security & Guaranty Abstract Security Shredding Selena Mitchell Farmers Insurance Servpro of Lufkin/South Nacogdoches County Shafer Funeral Home Sherri Anthony Simon & Louise Henderson Foundation Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins & Wells Sound Techs Sound Works Southland Federal Credit Union Southside Bank State Representative Trent Ashby Steel Horses Sterling Texas Size Selfie Texas Timberjack The Advanced Financial Group The Coalition The Heart Institute of East Texas The Junior League of Lufkin The Lufkin News The Pines Theater Tomé Catering Tommy’s Watch & Jewelry Townsquare Media VeraBank Walmart What-a-burger William George Company, Inc. Wingstop Woodland Heights Medical Center Workforce Solutions Zimmerman Communications

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Written by Blake Pollino Let’s play a quick game. Take out your phone and go to your social media app of choice, Facebook, Instagram - whatever you use the most. I understand the risks involved in asking people to stop reading this and get on social media, but hang in there with me, we’re going somewhere with this. Now scroll through your news feed or stories on the app and see how many posts you can count in a row without seeing a video. Was it two, three, five or 10? For the average user, it’s typically hard to scroll through three to five posts in a row without seeing a video. If you’ve spent any time on social media, it doesn’t take long to realize that video marketing is taking over, but why? Imagine for a moment that the internet is a long highway, as you drive down this road with the billions of other drivers, you look along the side of the road and see that billboards have taken up every possible square foot of space, as far as the eye can see. One after another, companies are trying to grab your attention, brands are telling you they are the best, and gas stations are telling you how clean their bathrooms are. In the digital world, in which we all exist, the websites we visit, and the apps we use are the new highways where we spend our time, and not unlike our imaginary highway, the space along the digital road is crowded with businesses and brands of all sizes trying to squeeze in next to each other, fighting to get your attention. The reason you couldn’t make it more than a few posts in 18

a row without seeing a video is because smart business and marketers have realized that video grabs consumers’ attention better than any other form of media. Sixty-eight percent of consumers say they’d prefer to learn about a new product or service by watching a short video. It’s clear that video offers a marketing advantage in the ever-growing landscape of social media, so here are three quick and easy ways to maximize your video marketing: 1. Own the Screen One of the easiest ways to stand out in the sea of ads is to take up more room than everyone else, the tried and true principle that newspapers, magazines and traditional forms of advertising have capitalized on for over a century still holds true today. Creating videos in a vertical format means that your target audience is spending more time looking at your video than videos that are oriented horizontally. It’s basically the difference between taking out a full-page ad in a magazine instead of a half or quarter page. Vertical videos result in 30-35% more views, and 80-100% more compared to horizontal videos. 2. Keep It Short Your video needs to be as long as it needs to be, but as short as possible. The next step after you’ve won their attention, is keeping it. Industry data strongly suggests that the most effective length to retain audience engagement is less than two minJ A N U A R Y | F E B U A R Y 2 0 2 0   CONNECT

utes. 3. Consider the Platform One of the first things we ask our client’s before we create a video is, “Who is your target audience?” Spoiler alert: the answer isn’t ‘everyone.’ Even the largest companies in the world know that their marketing is most effective when it’s targeted directly to the consumer that is most likely to purchase their product or use their service. It’s extremely important to adapt your video content to the platform you plan on posting it on. A video that does well on Instagram stories that last 15 seconds is a different video than a two-minute video explaining who you are and what you do. When creating video content, it’s always important to consider who your marketing it to and what platform that market tends to spend it’s time on. There you have it, three quick, data-driven ways to maximize your videos on social media. Blake Pollino is the owner and lead cinematographer at BP Media Group. After over a decade in corporate America, Blake got his start in filmmaking by shooting weddings. He was immediately drawn to the story telling aspect of video. After a few years in the wedding industry, he launched BP Media Group as a way to take his filmmaking abilities and combine them with his decade of experience in sales, marketing and business development. To learn more about Blake and BP Media Group, visit and

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Get Connected Written By Megan Whitworth The Young Professionals Network of Lufkin/Angelina County is creating a place for young professionals in East Texas to network, promote local business and give back to the community. We sat down with YPN Chair, Ben Honeywell to learn more about the organization that is making an impact on the young professionals in East Texas. Keep reading to discover more about YPN. M: What is the Young Professionals Network of Lufkin/Angelina County? B: YPN is a group of young professionals from Lufkin and the surrounding areas who come together to meet peers and to create business relationships through social, informational and volunteering events. M: Who is YPN for? B: The group is open to anyone who wants to join, connect and socialize with other professionals in our community; however, the organization is primarily composed of 21 to 39-year-old individuals. M: What is the goal of YPN? B: The goal of YPN is to grow the young professionals of our area and get them connected throughout the community. M: Why should young professionals join? B: You should join YPN, because you will have the opportunity to


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meet great people and make new connections that you would likely not make anywhere else. M: What can someone expect as a member of YPN? B: The YPN group participates in a lot of different events including trivia nights, Lunch and Learns, game nights, Salvation Army bell ringing, and so much more. If you decide to join this great group, you can expect to network, make new friends, and get involved in the community, all while having a great time. M: What is your favorite part of YPN? B: I enjoy the social aspect of YPN. I am from Lufkin, and I love meeting people who move into the community and helping them get connected with others. M: How can someone join? B: You can go online at the Chamber’s main page at, or better yet, come to a YPN event, and we can get you connected. We are on Facebook and Instagram, so follow us there to learn about our upcoming events @ LufkinYPN.

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Learning The Basics Of Business Written by Joe Ceasar Angelina College’s Small Business Development Center is pleased to announce a new course and certification designed to help aspiring and existing entrepreneurs by providing them with the basic knowledge about being a business owner. The course is titled, “Entrepreneurship & Small Business” or “ESB.” The cost of the course is $175. The classes will meet at the North Lufkin location between 9-11 a.m. on Thursdays. The class schedule for the ESB during the Spring Semester will be held Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, along with March 5, 19 and 26. In addition, a class will be held April 2. ESB Syllabus a. Personnel 1. The Entrepreneur b. Division of labor a. The traits which define an entrepreneur c. Taxes b. The importance of a self-assessment d. Intellectual property c. Risks and benefits of being an entrepreneur e. Standard operating procedures f. Supply chain 2. Opportunity Recognition g. Sustainability a. Types of opportunities h. Growth milestones b. Determining the demand for proposed business 5. Marketing and Sales c. Understanding the customer base of the a. Successful sales community b. Finding customers d. Developing a value proposition c. Retaining customers d. Communication 3. Starting a Business a. The make-up of a business plan 6. Financial Management b. Legal structures a. Understanding financial statements c. Licensing and regulations b. Credit ratings d. Start-up funding c. Expenses e. Sources of support d. Pricing f. Ethics and social responsibility e. Analyze cash flow g. Exit strategies f. Cash flow budget g. Break-even analysis 4. Business Operations For more information on this course or the SBDC, contact Joe Ceasar at The Angelina College SBDC is a business advising and training center of the University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network serving 32 counties in Southeast Texas. The SBDC program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Larry Cain at Angelina College, 3500 S. First St., Lufkin, TX 75901 or 936-633-5400. 22

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Made in Angelina County

Your Hometown Pharmacy

Written By Megan Whitworth Note: In each issue of Connect Magazine throughout 2020, we will highlight local businesses that began in Angelina County and still thrive in East Texas. For our first issue of the new year, we are highlighting Abedlt’s Gaslight Pharmacy. Forty-years after their doors first opened, Abeldt’s is still serving the customers of East Texas. Keep reading to find out why founder, Buford Abedlt calls Lufkin home. Make sure to check out @LufkinChamber and @ ConnectAngelina on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we highlight more businesses this year on social media each Friday. It all started in 1979 when Abeldt’s West Loop Pharmacy opened in East Texas. Now, 40 years later, the pharmacy is called Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy. Originally located in a medical clinic employing one pharmacist and founder – Buford Abeldt - and one clerk, the pharmacy fulfilled the health care needs of East Texans. “I decided to start this pharmacy 40 years ago because I wanted to be a part of this community and participate in all that it entailed,” Buford said. “I wanted to make Angelina County/Lufkin home, because I wanted to raise my family in this size of a town, with 24

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a part of such a vibrant business in Ange­lina County.” Buford Abeldt, Owner Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy

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the values we share here in Angelina County/Lufkin.” The full-service community pharmacy is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The pharmacy has approximately a five-mile delivery radius, and they deliver to Corrigan and Diboll two times a week – Tuesday and Friday. They also offer routine prescription filling, nursing home service and sterile product dispensing. In its prior location, Abeldt’s Pharmacy originally purchased two drug stores and one medical supply store but eventually outgrew it. They currently call home in a 5,300 square foot building with a medical supply department, compounding lab and large pharmacy area. Buford said the key to the local pharmacy’s “stability and growth” in an ever-changing economy and healthcare system has “been the relationships we have developed over the years. “To take care of some families for so many generations has been a blessing,” Buford said. “Also, to have the trust of so many establishments has been a real satisfying accomplishment. …We are now taking care of our third and fourth generation of some families. This has been a real blessing for us. “Healthcare in Angelina County has changed dramatically here as it has all over the country,” he added. “I am proud to say that at the heart of our business are those relationships formed so long ago. …To be part of the economy here has been both gratifying and a responsibility. All in all, though, I consider it a privilege to be part of the landscape here.” Abeldt advised for those starting a business to focus on establishing relationships. “The best tip I could give anyone establishing a business here,” he said, “would be to jump in and establish relationships with people of this county.” Reflecting on the past 40 years, Buford said he is happy he calls Lufkin home. “I am absolutely happy to have created a home in East Texas,” Buford said. “It is very satisfying to be a part of such a vibrant business in Angelina County.” To learn more about Abeldt’s Pharmacy, visit


Revitalizing Downtown

Written by Megan Whitworth

In one year, the reconstruction work on Hotel Angelina is set to be complete. The Hotel was built in the 1920’s, and after nearly four decades since being a hotel, the tallest building downtown Lufkin will be in full-use. With the Pink Leopard Boutique, Restoration Bistro, among other shops calling the first-floor home, the top floors will be filled with Angelina County families making their own home. Six apartments are on the second floor, while 18 more apartments are being added to floors three, four and five. “The Hotel Angelina building has always been the flagship property in downtown. It’s the largest building down there,” said Mark Hicks, CEO of Hicks-Co Real Estate Development. His company purchased the building in 2012. “When we started revitalizing the hotel, that was truly the breaking point, or I guess the peak of a downtown development. We were over the hump at that point, and we realized this is going to work.” The beginning Originally, Hicks was in the video production business at the beginning of his career before making the jump to real estate development. He was looking for a permanent home for his business when he set up shop in the original Atkinson 26

Candy Company office in the early 2000’s, Hicks said. He used half of the building for video production and leased the other half. The need for additional parking for his business led to the purchase of a property behind it, where Behannon’s Warehouse sits. “I bought that building solely with the intent of having the additional land around it for parking,” Hicks said. However, things changed when Hicks proposed to his now-wife, and they celebrated their wedding at Behannon’s in June 2006. “We were the first ones to have an event in that venue, and I was not going to utilize it for that,” Hicks said. “But when we got back from our honeymoon, I had these calls and people that wanted to use this. I thought, ‘Well, hey, this might be an opportunity as well.” “It really just grew from there. I developed this passion for renovating,” he continued. “I’ve always loved fixing up old things, working with my dad, fixing up old houses and things like that. The more I’ve done it, the more I’m just enamored with it. …I want to take something and recreate it or bring it back to life again, and that’s really what spawned all the activity downtown.” J A N U A R Y | F E B U A R Y 2 0 2 0   CONNECT

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Moving forward Moving forward with the start of his real estate development career, Hicks had the opportunity to acquire several buildings on First Street. As I studied downtown, I realized you’d see a unique business move in, but it’d be the only unique business down there,” he said. “There just wasn’t enough traffic to support the business and it wouldn’t last long. So, I thought to myself, ‘We’ve got to find a way where we can bring three or four businesses. We’ve got to create an experience, a shopping experience down here, but we have to do it all at one time and make it work. We need something that’ll keep people down here.’” One of the first businesses that Hicks opened, along with local man, Ben Harbuck, is the downtown staple, Standpipe Coffee House in 2011. “We opened the coffee shop really as a draw to bring people downtown,” Hicks said. “You know, people love drinking coffee. They’ll go down and have a cup of coffee. “Then we developed four retail spaces just down from the coffee shop and across the street and the Masonic Lodge building,” he added. “So, we had four retail shops that quickly moved in, and these were new businesses to downtown. Ninety percent of businesses downtown were developed downtown. They didn’t move from somewhere else in town.” The four retailers that moved happened to be “really


good businesses and people enjoyed going into them,” Hicks recalled. “So, you can go down there for an afternoon,” he said, “you start to see people walking around with a shopping bag and a cup of coffee.” For Hicks and his crew, the revitalization of downtown Lufkin spawned from there. In the last few years, Restoration Wine Bar opened, which recently updated their name to Restoration Bistro. Loft Apartments were added; Angelina Brewing Company recently opened, among other boutiques and businesses. Before he got started, Hicks said the City of Lufkin re-did all of the sidewalks downtown Lufkin and renovated the Pines Theater, among other projects. “A lot of things just came together at one time to create what we have today,” he said. Current project The latest project Hicks and his team are working on is a boutique hotel, but he is not sharing too much information on the plans, quiet yet. “We’ve got a property down there that we have an architect right now doing design work on a small boutique hotel,” he said. “That would cater to obviously people looking to stay in Lufkin overnight. Well, we hope to develop in time is more traffic at the convention center and tie the convention center to downtown. So, conferences would come in - all sorts of events. …It’ll be in an old building downtown, and it’ll be truly our finest work yet.” To stay up-to-date with Hicks and his team, visit hicks-co. com. When asked if he’s ever going to be done revitalizing projects downtown Lufkin, Hicks said, “That’s a very good question. “(I’ll say,) ‘This is the final year. I’m just going to buy these two more buildings and we’re done.’ And then sure enough, something comes available. So, I don’t know. I really don’t. I think, I’m sure at some point the main part of it


will be done, but there will probably always be something going on,” he said. The future In 15 to 20 years, Hicks said he would love to see downtown Lufkin to be a travel destination filled with professional office space, businesses, retail and eateries where folks can dine, shop and enjoy their time. “It’s very rewarding, Mark Hicks because most people are encouraged by what you’re doing,” Hicks said. “They love to see their town being improved. They’re proud of the town that they were born and raised in or they lived in most of their life. So, they’re behind what you’re doing, and that’s a great feeling.” “I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” he continued. “And I say we because there’s been a lot of people involved with what’s going on down there. It’s extremely rewarding for me to have somebody tell me how excited they are or to see people I knew and grew up or were friends of my grandparents that have guests in town and they’re downtown, … and they’re showing people around. You know, I’m proud that they’re proud. Makes me happy that I’ve been able to positively affect somebody else. So, it’s a good feeling.” Hicks said the goal for downtown Lufkin is to create a place where everyone is welcome. “We want downtown to have something for everyone,” he said. “That’s really important to us. You know, all the young and all ethnicities, all cultures - we want it. We want to make it a welcoming place for everybody.”

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Memories of Downtown Lufkin Written by Rhonda Oaks Growing up in Lufkin in the 60s brings back a lot of memories from downtown Lufkin. On Saturdays, the sidewalks were as busy with shoppers as a Walmart aisle is today. Men went to get haircuts at Angelina Hotel, shop the hardware or hobby shop, stopped by the courthouse square to see how the domino game was going or took a stroll down Spit ‘N Whittle to see what carvings the old men had Rhonda Oaks fashioned from wood. Women would fill stores like JC Penney, Matthews Miller, Clark-Ayers and others. But no trip downtown was complete without a visit to Perry Brothers. The toy department, the fish tanks and at Christmastime, the basement “Toy Land” where Santa visited. Lufkin National Bank was larger than life to me. When my mom did Friday banking business after picking up my dad’s weekly paycheck, I loved to stand at the huge waterfall and watch the water cascade to the bottom pool where there were always shiny pennies. I can close my eyes and still hear that water. The marble on the floors and walls was beautiful. I had my Senior Prom (Hudson High School) in the ballroom of the Angelina Hotel, and Fred Daiches Jewelers sold the most beautiful jewelry when young couples went searching for wedding rings. The Pines was a staple for young people on Saturdays to watch the movies and The Lufkin Daily News was the heartbeat of our community, keeping the pulse on what was happening in our town, as any newspaper always will. Those busy days downtown vanished almost overnight when malls became popular and our downtown area went almost completely dark for many years. The last decade has seen growth, revitalization and renewed interest in the area. I remember how excited I got a couple of years ago when I went Christmas shopping downtown and there were cars parked up and down the streets and people were walking the sidewalks with shopping bags in their hands. Revitalizing the downtown area is exciting, not because it brings back old memories to so many of us who were born and raised in Lufkin, but because it is important to make new memories for a whole new generation that will truly keep Lufkin alive and growing.

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Written By Megan Whitworth With large scissors in hand, Rebecca West cut the red ribbon to celebrate the opening of her new specialty shop in Lufkin on Dec. 3, 2019. The White Peacock Olive Oil & Vinegar Company sits downtown Lufkin located at 112 S. First Street across from the Pines Theater. The new addition to Lufkin specializes in premium olive oil and authentic balsamic vinegar. They also have a kitchenware section. During her ribbon cutting, West told the crowd that shop has 21 olive oils and 38 different balsamic with the white and dark combined. The olive oil and vinegar come from Australia and Chili. “We keep it as fresh as possible,” she said. “So, we do multiple harvests a year.” In addition, the White Peacock has specialty foods from around the world available for purchase at the boutique. There are mustards from France, Scottish short breads, and other items from around the world. Plus, there are “a bunch of different things from all across America,” West said. While preparing to open the store, West and her family tastetested every item available for purchase. “Everything in here is delicious,” she said, “and I hope y’all think it is, too.” And for the name White Peacock, West shared that she almost named the shop white elephant, but a friend shared with her that “it’s a gift nobody wants.” So, West went against that name, instead she settled on White Peacock. “I wanted the shop to be unique, and beautiful, and rare, and something you don’t see every day,” she said. The former graphic designer said the shop idea came from her mother, and to West – it all makes sense. “It was something that I had always been interested in,” she said. To learn more about the White Peacock Olive Oil & Vinegar Company, visit Facebook @thewhitepeacockoliveoil. Flip the page to see more ribbon cuttings and to learn more about the newest Chamber Investors. Check out Facebook @lufkinchamber for photos and videos of ribbon cuttings. 30

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Pregnancy Help Center Congratulations on 35 years of service, Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin! The Center offers resources, referrals and loving support to sexually active, pregnant and mothering women of all ages. They will continue to make ripples for life as they continue to serve the mothers of East Texas. For more information on the Center, visit

Joe W. Elliott House We salute you, Joe W Elliott House! The Joe W. Elliot House offers lodging to patients and their families who are undergoing medical treatments at local hospitals. There are 30 over-sized rooms and private baths to a laundry area and a public kitchenette available to those in need. To learn more about the organization, visit

Juzi Spot Welcome to the Chamber, Juzi Spot! For a tasty fresh-fruit smoothie, visit the The Juzi Spot located at 207 N Raguet St., Lufkin. They also serve vegan food, smoothie bowls, cold-pressed juices, nut milks and more! The Juzi Spot is a subsidiary of the Legacy Institute for Financial Education (LIFE). As part of the LIFE Skills program, the Juzi Spot has the mission to train future leaders in the food service industry while educating and providing food for those who focus on health and wellness. For more info, visit

Connections Counseling Welcome to the Chamber, Connections Counseling & Psychological Services! Connections Counseling provides counseling, therapy and psychological services to children, adolescents and adults. They are located at 1609 W. Frank Ave. Suite B, Lufkin. To make an appointment or to learn more about Connections Counseling, visit or call 936-272-0555.

GLDN GOL Welcome to the Chamber, GLDN GOL! From shoes, to socks, to shin guards, to soccer balls, to goalkeeper gear and so much more, GLDN GOL is filled with your soccer must-haves. Stop by GLDN GOL, located at 518B S. Chestnut, Lufkin, to check out the store. For more info, visit

State Supported Living Center Congratulations on the completion of the Castle Pines dining room, Lufkin State Supported Living Center! Castle Pines Dining Room feeds about 70 men and women three meals every day of the year. With the new dining room twice the size of the previous one, there is now plenty of space for people to dine and enjoy their meals!


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Business After Five | 5:30 p.m. Hosted by Naranjo Museum-Natural History 5104 South First Street, Lufkin

First Friday Luncheon | Noon State of the County @ Crown Colony Country Club Presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

January 10

February 8

First Friday Luncheon | Noon State of the City @ Pitser Garrison Convention Center Presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

January 24

100th Annual Celebration & Chamber Banquet 6 p.m. | @ Pitser Garrison Convention Center Annual Banquet Presented by Premier Kia 100th Birthday Bash Reception Presented by Pilgrim’s

January 31

Power Networking Breakfast | 8 a.m. @ McWilliams & Son Heating andAir Conditioning 918 E DenmanAve., Lufkin Presented by SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County January Sponsor - Holiday Travel

Fifth Annual Dueling Pianos | 6 p.m. @ Pitser Garrison Convention Center

February 13

Women’s Networking Breakfast | 8 a.m. @ Woodland Heights Medical Center 505 S John Redditt Dr., Lufkin

February 18-20

Lufkin|Angelina County Day in Austin @ Texas Capitol 1100 CongressAve., Lufkin

February 28

Power Networking Breakfast | 8 a.m. @ The Heart Institute of East Texas 310 Gaslight Blvd., Lufkin Presented by SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County February Sponsor – The Heart Institute of East Texas

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