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Volume 32 • No. 8

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o many of us are focused on a mission of wealth in Fort Bend, both in relation to finances and also in relation to what goes beyond a larger understanding of what wealth represents. The world has changed and with that, we are now more aware of looking past the individual and towards community, our region and a representation of our area’s profile… everywhere. This month’s edition of the Fort Bend Business Journal focuses on themes that benefit the common good with wealth maximization as a goal. In our wealth management feature, profiled is an experienced financial advice and wealth management firm intent on helping with financial controls. Then there’s the bold horizons effort of the Fort Bend Global Initiatives non-profit group leading the way for global engagement as a representation of our nation’s most diverse community collective. This is headed in a direction with promise to provide Fort Bend an assortment of avenues impacting and enhancing economic, social, medical and cultural conditions. And it seeks to extend and heighten the benefits of information sharing in both directions with participation from organizations, businesses and governments as partners. With summer nearing its end, take a moment and have a tall glass of ice tea knowing that whatever is in our grasp, those opportunities can always turn into new beginnings. In the meantime, keep the cash register’s ringing. Editor

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Inside Stories The Community bank keeps on keeping on .......................................................................6 Fort Bend’s diversity an asset ...................................................................................................8 Super Stone opens store in Texas............................................................................................9 MD Anderson ranked #2 in Annual U.S. News & World Report Survey..................10 Challenges ahead for Richmond as growth intersects with tradition . ....................12 Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital breaks ground new facility.....................14 No time to exercise? Think again .........................................................................................16 Katy Triathlon at Firethorne slated for Sunday, September 28...................................18 2014 Fort Bend Chamber Challenge set for October 27..............................................20

PUBLISHER Michael Fredrickson ACCOUNTING Lisa Long EDITOR Jean Sandlin ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Jessica Kij John Sazma Delvina Palacios Diane Strehl CONTRIBUTORS Karen Daniels Betsy Dolan Elsa Maxey ART DIRECTOR Joey Belleza GRAPHIC DESIGNER / WEB Jan Carlo Arcillas

Three appoints new Executive Director and Outreach Coordinator.........................27 Sugar Land resident earns PRSA Houston Legacy Award ........................................28 Nalco Champion announces major headquarters expansion in Sugar Land........41

Departments Newsworthy................................................................. 19-21 Names in the News...................................................... 26-28 Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Newsletter............ 30-33


Data Beat..................................................................... 34-37


Service Directory........................................................ 38-41 Meet & Eat - Food, Drink & Entertainment Guide.................................................. 43-44


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The Community bank keeps on keeping on

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n a world of regulation banking can sometimes be challenging. The reward in being a community banker is having the opportunity to work with people in many different types of businesses on both a personal and corporate level. Customers really do make the business, without customers there would be no need for banks. On the right page are some of the customers that I have enjoyed working with over the years, in Fort Bend and Harris Counties. Working with people is what makes my job fun. Everybody has a different need and being a community banker allows for flexibility in structuring a loan product to match a particular need. People have a choice where they bank. We appreciate our customers and enjoy interacting with the community. My banking career began in a community bank in March, 1975. Today I am enjoying my 28th year in banking with THE STATE BANK of TEXAS, a community bank August 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

offering a management team with over 100 years experience. The bank is locally owned. THE STATE BANK of TEXAS offers the same services a larger bank offers, on a smaller scale, with big service. We have never had voice mail and when you call the bank you will speak to a live person. We understand the frustration of automation and we try to avoid any service that is not personal. Directors, Management, Officers and Employees enjoy developing relationships. Our goal is to exceed expectations when it comes to quality customer service. Decisions are made locally. I am pleased to share some of the reasons customers choose THE STATE BANK of TEXAS as their bank of choice. Thank you for your continued business. — Nicki Black To learn more about THE STATE BANK OF TEXAS visit www.tsbot.com or call 281-494-6686 Stafford Branch, 13010 Murphy Road, Stafford, Texas 77477 and or 713-681-2265 Houston Branch, 3330 Antoine, Houston Texas 77092.

THE STATE BANK of TEXAS STAFFORD The Independent and Texas Owned Bank “I bank with THE STATE BANK of TEXAS because from the beginning of the Stafford location through now, the customer service and first name basis remains. It means a lot that I can walk in and talk to the Branch President and know me by name.”

“We chose THE STATE BANK of TEXAS because of their personalized service and great accessibility.” KALEIGH REGAS Corporate Operations Manager, Image Salon Studios, Stafford, Texas

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Fort Bend’s diversity an asset Global initiatives underway By Elsa Maxey


aking advantage of the diversity of Fort Bend County, the most ethnically diverse in the U.S., is what spurred the initiation of the Fort Bend Global Initiative that residents hear about from time to time. It started in 2009, “Allison Wen and I were both talking” and it was “about building relationships and profiling Fort Bend County on an international basis, and also for seeking economic development opportunities for local businesses,” said Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert. Allison Wen is an event guru in Fort Bend and the owner of the Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond. According to the 2010 federal census, Fort Bend comes closer than any other county in the nation for having an equal distribution of four major ethnic groups - 19 percent Asian, 24 percent Latino, 21 percent African-American and 36 percent Anglo, findings in a report by the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Judge Hebert predicts that diversity is going to occur throughout the world. “We can’t stop it,” he said, and “communities around the world are becoming diverse.” What benefits Fort Bend is that “we have the advantage of getting there early, and a lot of folks in this community see that diversity is an asset.” Looking at the positive side and building on that diversity is the judge’s mantra. He’s just returned from Foshan in China. “We went over there at their invitation to talk to a large group of business executives about foreign trade zones in the United States and their availability in Fort Bend County,” Judge Hebert told the Fort Bend Business Journal. “We will have to see what comes out of that.” The judge’s visit in June included a presentation he made on foreign trade zones and what they offer. Essentially, businesses participating in foreign trade zones have been able to benefit their bottom line by saving money. Within a foreign trade zone serving Fort Bend County, such as the port in Freeport, Texas, company goods could be unloaded, manufactured, reassembled, tested, sampled, processed, repackaged, and re-exported without the intervention of U.S. customs authorities. Only when goods would be moved outside the zone would they become subject to U.S. customs duties. Fort Bend County is continuing its relationship with a memorandum of agreement with the Chanchen District of Foshan City of the People’s Republic of China signed in 2012, after a preliminary visit was made the previous year. “We call it a sister community,” said Judge Hebert and the county has a five year agreement subject to renewal based on mutual benefit. Last September another delegation of Fort Bend leaders from Fort Bend traveled to the Republic of Turkey. “The trip was a result of coordination by the Fort Bend Global Initiative with the purpose of establishing a friendship relationship with both the cities of Adana and Kahramanmaras,” one on the Mediterranean and the other referred to


Pictured left to right: Allison Wen, Fort Bend Friendship Committee; Ms. Yang Ti Li, Foshan New Media Park; Michael Liu, Fort Bend Friendship Committee; Isaac Horton, Scientific Production Ventures, LLC; Robert Hebert, Fort Bend County Judge; Jeff Wiley, Greater Fort Bend Economic Council; Dr. Thomas Randle, Lamar Consolidated ISD; Jason Sheng, Fort Bend Friendship Committee; Xinliang Li, President of Foshan New Media Park.

as Moresh, close to it, said Judge Hebert. Agreements in Turkey were signed for friendly cooperation relating to the economy and trade, education and training, environmental protection and cultural exchange. In was in 2013, when “we were invited to Turkey and that’s a unique story, too,” said Judge Hebert. “Very well received” in Instanbul, the largest city in Turkey, a delegation that included Judge Hebert, Chris Breaux, Allison Wen of Global Initiatives, Beth Wolf, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce CEO Kerri Schmidt, and Precinct 2 Fort Bend County Commissioner Grady Prestage, stayed for two days there. “We were going over there to execute a sister community agreement with Adana and an economic agreement with the smaller cities.” But, the fighting in Syria had just flared up “when we went over there,” said Judge Hebert, and “the State Department evacuated the families of consulate employees in Adana,” which is 150-miles from the Syrian border. Instead of visiting in Adana and Karamanmaras, for safety reasons the delegation spent its time in Istanbul and visited with the Chamber of Commerce there, and then went to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. “It was very safe, far removed from the Syrian border,” he recalls noting that delegations from the two cities intended for the visit were sent to the capital to meet with the Fort Bend interest group. “We accomplished basically what we wanted,” said Judge Hebert. What later followed was a recent local performance of a Turkish pianist last November. Evren Kutlay, a Turkish musicologist and pianist of Kahramanmaraş, Fort Bend County’s sister community, was invited by the judge to share her talent in conjunction with the Fort Bend Global Initiative, which includes the coordination of cultural relationships in addition to those of the economy and education..

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Super Stone opens store in Texas


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Fort Bend’s diversity an asset Global initiatives underway continued from page 8

A local a volunteer group called the Asian Advisory Committee formed by Allison Wen served as the foundation for what later became the Friendship Committee. This group identified the first potential partner and initiated the visit to China in 2011, and “we’ve now had four to five delegations come to Fort Bend County for two to five days,” said Judge Hebert. “We’ve made three trips over there and Lamar school district has played host to 10 Foshan students.” Judge Hebert said that participation by Fort Bend ISD had also been planned, but the school district was in the midst of changing superintendents at the time “and it didn’t seem to be an appropriate time to drive that interest with an interim superintendent and other things happening.” In reciprocation of the students visiting from Foshan, from the county there may be 10 to 12 of local students going to China in the near future as part of the exchange. “They are planning to send another delegation here on medical issues,” shared Judge Hebert about an impending visit from Foshan, “and they are very motivated in the area of education and medicine.” It is important to note the there are no tax dollars spent on the Global Initiative effort. “We don’t know if we are going to get a significant return (although) we think it’s worth the investment,” said Judge Hebert. “I don’t think you take tax dollars to Vegas to balance the budget and I don’t think you take tax dollars oversees to see if anybody is interested in doing business with you, and it has to be community funded.” Towards that end, Judge Hebert pays his own way to and from the countries visited noting that “they (Global Initiatives, a non-profit created in 2012) pick up the travel expenses and the experts that they bring together.” Judge Hebert was the expert in foreign trade zone in the most recent trip made to Foshan this summer, so there was no cost incurred by the organization.


MD Anderson ranked #2 in Annual U.S. News & World Report Survey


ccording to the annual “Best Hospitals” survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked No. 2 in cancer care this year. Since the survey began 25 years ago, MD Anderson consistently has held either first or second place in the category of top hospitals for cancer care. It’s been ranked No. 1 for 10 of the past 13 years. Ranked first this year is Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, with whom MD Anderson has shared the top two places since 1990. Two MD Anderson subspecialties also were highly ranked in the national survey. In the ear, nose and throat category, MD Anderson’s head and neck service was ranked No. 5, and gynecology was ranked No. 8. These rankings are significant because they include both specialty and general hospitals nationally, not just cancer centers. Both of these specialties have been ranked in the top 20 since 1991. MD Anderson’s urology, nephrology and orthopedics services also were recognized as “high performing” for meeting the survey’s requirements for excellence. “I’m very proud of our perennial national ranking as one of the top two cancer centers for the past 25 years,” says MD Anderson President Ron DePinho, M.D. “It’s great national recognition of our commitment to patients and our mission to end cancer. It also says a lot about the quality of people who work here.” Last year, more than 120,000 people came to MD Anderson for care, services and clinical trials from all over the world. Nearly one-third of them were new patients. Patients come to receive the most innovative therapies, surgical approaches, diagnostic techniques and technologies and prevention strategies. August 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

Revenues from patient care contribute to MD Anderson’s mission areas, including research and education. State support, philanthropy, funding from private and federal grants and contracts and earnings from patient care contributed more than $670 million for institutional research efforts last year. MD Anderson ranks first in total grant dollars received from the National Cancer Institute. Two years ago, the institution announced its Moon Shots Program, targeting eight types of cancer to accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths. To date, more than $170 million has been raised to support the initiative. The ultimate goal of the program is for all cancers to become one of the targeted diseases. Last year, almost 7,600 patients were enrolled in therapeutic clinical trials available through MD Anderson’s Texas Medical Center campus and its expanding network of regional and national locations and affiliations. This commitment to innovative patient care is one of the largest in the world and has helped make many of the newest drugs available to cancer patients. In the Houston area, MD Anderson has clinical locations in The Woodlands, Bay Area, Sugar Land and Katy. A recently opened location at Memorial Hermann Memorial City is home to a specialized surgery clinic. MD Anderson also extends care, supportive programs and clinical trials to underserved populations at Houston’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital, a component of the Harris Health System. One of Houston’s largest employers, MD Anderson employs more than 20,000 people across Houston and two campuses in Central Texas. The efforts of 1,200 volunteers complement the workforce, contributing more than 193,000 hours of service.

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Challenges ahead for Richmond as growth intersects with tradition By Betsy Dolan


hen the National Anthem singer at Richmond’s State of the City luncheon struggled to remember the words, the crowd joined in to help out. It was the sort of cooperative spirit that Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore is hoping to see more of in the months ahead as Richmond prepares for growth and change. “It is an exciting time for us”, Moore told the crowd. “My late husband (Richmond’s long time Mayor Hillmar Moore) always had the pioneer spirit and we thank him for that legacy. But Richmond is no longer the sleepy little town west of the Brazos”. Since voters approved a home rule charter change in 2013, Richmond has been annexing land in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. A draft comprehensive master plan, a fivemember planning & zoning commission and the hiring of a new economic development director have also helped the city prepare for the growth that is coming. “The goal is to meet these changing times with a fresh approach to land use, enhanced city services, and new amenities for our citizens enjoyment”, Moore said. In March, the City signed a contract to build a new 2 million gallons-a-day surface water treatment plant on land donated by the George Foundation. The city has to reduce ground water usage by 30% in the next two years to comply with state law. Richmond is also building a 2.5 million gallons-per-day re-use plant set to


The Central Fort Bend Chamber conducted the 2014 State of Richmond Address with Mayor Evalyn Moore. More than 275 people attended the event at Safari Texas Ranch. Shown from left: Richmond Commissioner Glen Gilmore; Richmond Commissioner Jesse Torres; Richmond City Manager Terri Vela; Richmond Economic Development Director Rob Tobias; Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore; Central Fort Bend Chamber President Shanta Kuhl; Richmond Police Chief Bill Whitworth.

open in January 2015. It will be used to fill amenity lakes, water golf courses and the justice center grounds. A five-year Capital Improvements Plan includes a new fire station and an interior remodel of City Hall. In addition, Richmond has pursued Community Development Block Grants which will help improve infrastructure in the older parts of the city. There is renewed focus on the historic downtown area which will be getting a new winery and several boutiques. The city is working on improving the parking, sidewalk repair and is exploring the possibility of a railroad quiet zone.

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Richmond has partnerships on several major road projects including overpasses at U.S. 90A, near Oakbend Medical Center and U.S. 90A at FM 359. There are also plans to continue widening Williams Way near the justice center. Funds from the Fort Bend Mobility bond referendum will help pay for the “punch through” on FM 762 to N. 10th Street, eventually meeting up with FM 359. “Hillmar always wanted Richmond to be a nice place to live”, Moore said. “I feel that we have the best of both worlds-one of the most historic cities in Texas that is on the cusp of great change.”

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery; Jeffrey A. Kozak, D.O., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management; D. Dean Dominy, III, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Vincent C. Phan, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Eddie T. Matsu, M.D., General Orthopedics, Joint Replacement Surgery; Timothy C. Sitter, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Lindley Cramer, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Practice Administrator; Carl A. Hicks, M.D., Joint Replacement Surgery; Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery; Ray R. Valdez, M.D., Foot & Ankle, Orthopedic Surgery; Mark W. Maffet, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Kenneth M. Renney, M.D., Sports Medicine and David A. Braunreiter, M.D., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management.


ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently celebrated the official groundbreaking on a new 60,000-square-foot home for Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. The state-of-the-art facility – on the corner of Highway 59 and Sweetwater Boulevard – will allow Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to move from its current location on Highway 6 and Brooks Street to the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus, with easy access to the hospital and its diagnostic imaging and other services. “Orthopedics and sports medicine are among the fastest growing specialties of care in Fort Bend and Southwest Houston, and this amazing new facility will be a tremendous benefit to our patients, bringing all our related services together at one site on the hospital campus,” said Chris Siebenaler, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO. In addition, the new building will include space for physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic


therapy, an outside training facility for athletes recovering from injury, a sports medicine urgent care clinic and a sports performance training program. The building is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015. “Having a facility like this on campus is a major step forward for our physicians, staff and patients,” says Dr. Carl Hicks of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “From diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation, we will have everything a patient needs at one site, in a comfortable, convenient environment that is specially designed for orthopedics and sports medicine. We are thrilled to be moving to the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus and we know the new facility will enable us to provide an even higher level of care and service to our patients.” Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has long been a leader in helping patients from Fort Bend and surrounding areas recover from sports-related or other orthopedic injuries or conditions. The August 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

practice includes 12 physicians, fellowship trained in their individual specialties, and with extensive experience and training. Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physicians work in concert with the practice’s physical therapy staff to design and implement customized physical and occupational therapy programs to speed healing and make it possible for patients to achieve the fastest possible return to full and pain-free function. “This new facility will allow us to provide even more services to our growing community,” says Dr. Ray Valdez with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “We are looking forward to having more space to develop our sports performance training program for athletes and also very excited to offer our patients and the community a sports medicine urgent care clinic.” To learn more about Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or to easily schedule an appointment online, visit houstonmethodist.org/orthopedics or call 281.690.4678.

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Katy Triathlon at Firethorne slated for Sunday, September 28


he Rotary Club of Katy 22nd Annual “www.katytriathlon. com” Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, which includes a 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race, and three-mile run, is slated for Sunday, September 28, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. in and around Firethorne off FM 1463 in Katy/ Fulshear. Hosted by “www.firethorne.info” Firethorne for the 6th consecutive year, the Katy Triathlon benefits the Katy Rotary Fund, which supports college scholarships and essential health, recreation and educational services for Katy ISD students. The City of Katy returns as title sponsor. “We’re creating a new bike course to position a good percentage of it within the Katy city

limits. We think it allows for a better, safer flow and will cut about a mile off the previous route,” said Vicki Rao, Katy Triathlon Coordinator and a core Triathlon volunteer since 2001. The swim and run take place within Firethorne. The Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, which is www. usatriathlon.org/” USA Triathlon (USAT)-sanctioned, hopes to draw 900 athletes from throughout Katy, Greater Houston, and across the state. USAT membership is required to participate. One-day membership is available for purchase at packet pickup.

The Rotary Club of Katy 22nd Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, which includes a 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race, and three-mile run, is set for Sunday, September 28, 7 – 11 a.m. in and around Firethorne off FM 1463 in Katy/ Fulshear. The City of Katy returns as title sponsor.

CincoAuto2 Car Wash holds groundbreaking in Cinco Ranch

CincoAuto2 Car Wash, Detail and Automotive will be located on the corner of Cinco Ranch Blvd and FM 1463. It sits on 2.5 acres and will provide Full Service Carwash, Detail, Hand Wash and Automotive center. It will have a 10 bay automotive repair and maintenance facility creating a complete one stop shop for their clients. It will serve Cinco Ranch, Cross Creek and all surrounding communities west of HWY 99. Project completion date is set for end of this year. Shown at the groundbreaking ceremony were (l-r) Angel Gonzales (3 Square Design Group), Stan Stanley (Katy Economic Council), Lance McIntire (DMAC Construction), Diana Pishkar, Kevin Pishkar JR, Kevin Pishkar, Don McIntire (DMAC Construction), Rich Mahabir (Moody Bank), Dick Sadka (Moody Bank), and Jake Donaldson (3 Square Design Group).


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All proceeds from the Katy Triathlon go to the Katy Rotary and are then put back into the community in the forms of scholarships to graduating Katy ISD seniors and grants to many of the Rotary philanthropies, including Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry, Breath of Life Clinic, Brookwood Community, and such Katy ISD-related projects as a new Duel Credit Program, Paint USA, and unique grants to Katy ISD high school students who participate in Future Farmers of America and Band programs. Triathlon relay teams may be two- or three-person all male, all female or co-ed. The youngest age category is 11-14, with age categories going up to 70+. Early bird registration rates are in place now through September 13 at katytriathlon.com/ crtregister.htm” www.katytriathlon.com/ crtregister.htm. The Rotary Club of Katy organizes more than 40 of its own membervolunteers, plus helpers from such high school service clubs as Rotary Interact Club, Katy West Houston Rotaract Club and the Boy Scouts. Race sponsorships, underwriters and in-kind underwriters are available. For information, contact Vicki Rao, vickirao@ gmail.com” or call 281-391-3655. Rotary Club of Katy, founded in 1946, has raised approximately $350,000 for its community service projects since taking over the Katy Triathlon in 1998.


Fort Bend Chamber to host 2014 Health & Wellness EXPO The Healthcare Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host the 2014 Health & Wellness EXPO which will consist of educational healthcare presentations, testing and screenings, a vendor booth EXPO followed by a two hour networking opportunity on Thursday, September 25. The EXPO will be held at Quail Valley City Center, 2880 La Quinta, Missouri City, from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm. An opportunity to showcase the best, transformative, most innovative ideas, products and services that can directly impact the doctor, staff and patients. The focus of the Healthcare Division is to attract and develop the highest quality healthcare services for the Greater Fort Bend Area. The division will develop a network of healthcare providers businesses, providing them with information and education to enhance their professional and business development. The division will help identify and promote economic initiatives and innovations in healthcare which will benefit the membership and the community at large. Presenter Sponsorships available for $3,000 (Limit 3) | Supporting Sponsorships available for $1,500 | Vendor Booths available for $250 | Electricity for Vendor Booths an additional $50. All exhibitor applications are subject to approval by the Fort Bend Chamber. Limited space available; first come, first serve. Exhibitors must be healthcare related and Chamber Members. Free testing or screenings are encouraged. Register and pay online at www.FortBendChamber.com or contact Matthew Ferraro at 281-491-0277 or Matthew@fortbendcc.org.

Pictured in the photo are: Accounting Supervisor, Luis Garza; Executive Director of Administrative Services and Finance Director, Joyce Vasut; and Budget Analyst, Maritza Salazar.

Rosenberg recognized for Excellence in Budget Presentation The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) recently announced that the City of Rosenberg has received the organization’s award for Distinguished Budget Presentation for its Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. This marks the 22nd year in a row the City has received the award.   This award is presented by the GFOA and recognizes excellence in local government financial management and commitment to meeting “the highest principles of governmental budgeting.”  In order to receive the award, entities must satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation designed to assess how well the budget serves as: a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.   The City of Rosenberg has also been

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recognized by GFOA for 26 consecutive years with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs). “We are honored to have earned the GFOA’s award for Budget presentation,” stated Executive Director of Administrative Services and Finance Director Joyce Vasut.   “It is a testament to Rosenberg’s commitment to excellence in financial management and reporting, and to the Finance Department staff’s pride in providing information that improves transparency in municipal governance.”    Copies of key financial documentation, including budgets and CAFRs, can be found at www.CityofRosenberg.com/ Transparency.


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2014 Fort Bend Chamber Challenge set for October 27 Planning for the 2014 Fort Bend Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament is well underway. This year’s premier tournament presented by Classic Chevrolet and the City of Missouri City will be held at Quail Valley Golf Course, Monday, October 27, beginning with a shotgun start at 11:00 am. “The Golf Tournament is one of the Chamber’s favorite events because it’s not just “Par for the Course” says the 2014 Chamber Challenge sponsor Don Kerstetter. The tournament will be played on the El Dorado course at the Quail Valley Golf Course and set up in a scramble format. The day promises to be packed with fun and excitement for all players with awards ranging from first place teams to hole-in-one! Players will be well taken care of with complimentary snacks and libations. You won’t want to miss out on the live auction dinner as a part of the posttournament festivities held at the fabulous City Centre at Quail Valley. There are opportunities for networking and corporate sponsorships from teetumblers, auction items, golf tees, hole sponsors and business showcases available. Golfers and non-golfers alike are welcome. Corporate teams and individuals are invited to participate for $800 and $200 respectively. To register online visit our website at www.FortBendChamber.com. If you need more information about the 2014 Fort Bend Chamber Challenge contact Matthew Ferraro at 281-4910277 or matthew@fortbendcc.org.

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Photo of (from right to left) – Mark Kolon - Classic Chevrolet, Don Kerstetter - Classic Chevrolet, Mayor Allen Owen - City of Missouri City.

Grant writing session offered by Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Thursday, September 18 Community Resources Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host a day long grant writing session with Sandra LeVan, MBA, Mariette Bellamy, M.Ed., and Mary Jackson, Ed.D., which will be presented by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The event will be held at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. This session is ideal for new or novice grant writers from the nonprofit world. Nonprofits may want to consider sending a team from their organization. More experienced grant writers are welcomed, as well as, participants from all types of job settings. NOTE: Registrants are requested to bring their laptops and a viable idea for a project they would like to have funded through a grant. OR Once you’ve

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registered, the presenters will contact you for some brief introductory information to make the workshop more meaningful to each participant. The Community Resources Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is under the leadership of Vice Chair Dee Koch. The mission of the Community Resources Division is to focus on impacting the community-at-large through effective partnerships and collaborations by offering community programming to inform and educate on the quality of life issues for Fort Bend County. Individual Reservations available for $75 | Group Registration for 3 or more individuals from the same organization are available for $50 each. Register and pay online at www. FortBendChamber.com or contact Matthew Ferraro at 281-491-0277 or matthew@fortbendcc.org.


FBISD Board Member Jim Rice finalizes leadership training Fort Bend ISD trustee Jim Rice has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). During the fifth session, June 26-28, school board members in the 2013-14 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team’s findings following year-long research. Class participants selected topics related to public school boards facing change and selected narrowed research fields for in-depth study. Their research focused on topics that included strategies to deal with school choice, creating advocacy programs that work, meeting the educational needs of all children, loss of local control, and embracing changing culture. The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB’s Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth. More than 1,000 new and veteran school leaders received extensive training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities. After the graduation ceremony June 27, participants joined the ranks of more than 700 school board members statewide who are

Leadership TASB alumni. The 2014 Leadership TASB class, composed of 31 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes and property wealth. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation

recognized by TASB. TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students.

FBISD Board member Jim Rice, right, receives his Master Trustee recognition from Robert Duron, TASB Assistant Director for Governance Services, after completing the year-long Leadership TASB program.

Rosenberg launches Financial Transparency Page Rosenberg has launched a new webpage designed to improve financial transparency for individuals interested in City of Rosenberg finances and fiscal management. The page was developed under general Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts guidelines and best practices  to provide access to key pieces of information in an easy to access and analyze format.  The City hopes the site will encourage and improve transparency and access to local government financial data by citizens.    The City will be submitting an applica-

tion to the Texas Comptroller’s Leadership Circle award program which aims to “spotlight local governments that are opening their books to the public; providing clear, consistent pictures of spending; and sharing information in a user-friendly format.” For more information on this program, and additional local government transparency information, resources, and data, visit the Comptroller’s site at:  TexasTransparency.org. The site will be a work in progress, and will be improved and upgraded as new inforFort Bend / Katy Business Journal H August 2014

mation becomes available. Examples of some of the resources available are:  archived City budgets and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs); expenditure detail; overview and detailed debt charts; City Bond Election pledge; information regarding how to file a public information request; and current tax rates.    Visit the City’s page at www.CityofRosenberg.com/Transparency, or select the Financial Transparency icon from the right side of the homepage. 



By Karen Daniels

Where clients are treated like family, by family


April R. Roberts, J.D. with the client.


or those of us fortunate enough to be thinking about retirement, getting real about our financial situations can be difficult. Selecting someone you trust is vital. There are important questions to ask a financial planner: How do I make a plan? Do I have enough money to live on? Can I spend with confidence? At Roberts Wealth Management, they realize that you have worked hard for your money and they will work just as hard to help you protect and grow it. What sets them apart from the rest? Their belief that education empowers their clients. April R. Roberts, J.D., and her entire family, design a holistic plan for your retirement. “We put the hours in up-front,” April says. “Their job is to come in and share their dreams.” April received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and law degree from Notre Dame. She practiced business securities and insurance litigation in Atlanta and New Orleans. April moved to Italy for 2 years where she taught English, learning one of the most important skills to date: the capacity to listen.

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Roberts Wealth Management (l-r) April R. Roberts, J.D., Summer A. Roberts, Paul E. Roberts, III, and Paul E. Roberts, Jr.

After returning to America, April joined the family business with her father, Paul E. Roberts, Jr. and mother, JoLynn Roberts, in Mississippi. One by one, her siblings, Summer A. Roberts and Paul E. Roberts III, came on board. April and Summer branched out to Texas, planting roots in League City, Sugar Land and Katy. Roberts Wealth Management is celebrating four years of success in Sugar Land, where clients are treated like family, by family. “Providing peace of mind, clarity, and assurance,” is what Marketing Associate, Jessica F. Bitter, says makes Roberts Wealth Management a success. Rounding out her home team in Sugar Land, Jeneane Koch, is in charge of Client Services. “If you have a plan,” Aprils says, “you can achieve your goals faster.” And when it comes to selecting a financial planner, April says there are 5 critical questions you need to ask yourself: 1.) Has my personal financial situation been adequately reviewed to make sure these recommendations are in my best interest?

2.) How will the plan affect my tax return each year and what future tax issues may concern me? 3.) How will the plan affect my income and liquidity needs in the future? 4.) How does the plan match up with my risk comfort level? 5.) How will the plan affect the transition of my estate to my heirs? At Roberts Wealth Management, they believe that relationships can only thrive when values match. Every family is different and each have different goals. “We are professional fiduciaries, and our primary focus is wealth management. By limiting the number of clients we serve, we’re able to provide personalized, ‘boutique’ services that lead to lasting client relationships.” They’ve developed a 3-Step Review designed to help you discover whether your current strategies match up with a plan that is designed for you future - a plan based on facts and logic rather than emotion and opinions:

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Step 1 – Review Your Tax Return Step 2 – Determine Income Analysis Step 3 – Establish Risk Analysis Identifying the flaws or missing information in the decision making process will help you realize where money may be falling through the cracks or where other problems may lurk. Roberts Wealth Management is transparent on fees, but costs vary depending on the plan. You can trust this, you will know everything before you’re asked to make a decision about working with them. Call to ask about the Roberts Wealth Management seminars held at Veritas Steak and Seafood at the Whole Foods Center on Highway 6 determine if attending is right for you. April will explain their tactically managed investing plans for about an hour, and afterwards, dinner is provided. Seats are limited to sixteen for a more personable and inter-active atmosphere. Call Jessica at 281277-0645 for inquiries about the seminars. CONTINUES...


Coming soon, April will be expanding her financial planning services to include Small Business Owners. She is passionate about this endeavor. “They often are so busy taking care of others, they forget to take care of themselves.” After conducting a business evaluation, April will guide you in the direction that applies to your needs. Do you need a retirement account? Is an owner transition in the near future? Are you able to do more for your employees? April is currently working with a national group to developing a seminar that will address these unique needs. Enrollment will start in September. Roberts Wealth Management Investment Advisors Representatives (IAR’s) are bound by the fiduciary standard, and fiduciary duty. This means they always provide advice and recommend investments that they view as being in your best interest. April advocates checking out prospective financial planners with the National Ethics Bureau at HYPERLINK “http://www.ethicscheck. com” www.ethicscheck.com. This check system includes a seven year criminal, civil, federal background checks and verification of professional licenses. There are few things more important than ensuring you and your family have a strong financial plan that will enable you to enjoy life free from the stresses of money worries. Roberts Wealth Management creates a team-oriented, relaxed environment to have a meaningful conversion about what matters most: • Taking control of your finances and future • Living a secure, comfortable life • Achieving financial security and independence April and her team at Roberts Wealth Management, Sugar Land invite you to come in, have a cup of coffee and start this meaningful conversation about how her family can help your family achieve its financial goals.


Disclaimer: Investment advice is offered by Horter Investment Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Insurance and annuity products are sold separately through April R. Roberts, TX 1583854. Securities transactions for Horter Investment Management clients are placed through Pershing Advisor Solutions, Trust Company of America, Jefferson National Monument Advisor, Fidelity, Security Benefit Life, FC Stone and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. To learn more about Roberts Wealth Management, visit www.robertswealth.com, located at 1600 Highway 6, Suite 280, Sugar Land, Texas 77478, or call at 281-277-0645 for more information.

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Roberts Wealth Management Sugar Land team (l-r) Jessica F. Bitter, Jeneane A. Koch and April R. Roberts, J.D.

1600 Highway 6, Suite 280 Sugar Land, TX 77478

281-277-0645 www.robertswealth.com


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Fort Bend Chamber recognized for media and communications excellence Local Chambers from across the state of Texas convened Monday night June 23, for the TCCE Annual Excellence Awards. The awards honor organizations for exceptional efforts in marketing, communications and media outreach. Awards are judged in 7 separate categories: Social Media Marketing and Communications, Brochures, Chamber Map, Magazine or Community Guide, Print /Electronic News, Outstanding Chamber Website, and Outstanding Traditional Marketing Campaign. In the category of Outstanding Website the Fort Bend Chamber was honored as one of the best in Texas, winning third place of the largest chambers in Texas for its www.FortBendChamberVotes.com. “This is an extremely competitive process,” said Ray Hernandez, TCCE ViceChairman of Communications and 2014 Media Awards Chair. “This year we had a record number of entries from around the state. Rest assured the winners tonight faced stiff competition from fellow chambers of commerce. Their victory truly indicates the Fort Bend Chamber is the best in 2014 in Website category.”

Shown from left to right are Eddie McBride, TCCE incoming chair and president of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce; Kerri Schmidt, President & CEO of the Fort Bend Chamber; and Ray Hernandez, TCCE Vice-Chairman of Communications and 2014 Media Awards Chair.

The overall competition had more than 225 entries from which the best were judged by panels of experts in the specific field around the state. “This prestigious honor demon-

Houston Methodist Primary Care Group welcomes Dr. Rajan Houston Methodist Primary Care Group is pleased to welcome family medicine specialist Dr. Jessen Rajan. Dr. Rajan will share a practice with Dr. Adelola Ashaye in Missouri City, located at 5819 Highway 6, Suite 370. Dr. Rajan is board certified in family medicine, and her practice serves patients of all ages, with a special emphasis on preventive care. “I am thrilled to be a part of Houston Methodist Primary Care Group,” says Dr. Rajan. “The Fort Bend area is an exciting place to live and work, and I am looking forward to establishing long-term relationships with my patients in Missouri City and surrounding areas. I am especially pleased to be affiliated with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and to have


access to the hospital’s leading technology and excellent staff.” Dr. Rajan comes to Houston Methodist Primary Care Group from the Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe. She Dr. Jessen Rajan earned her medical degree at Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station and her undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas in Houston. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rajan, call her office at 281-276-0653 or schedule online at www.houstonmethodist.org/houston-methodist-primary-care-group” houstonmethodist.org/primarycare. August 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

strates the phenomenal work done by the Fort Bend Chamber organizationally and in the community” said Bruce Partain, 2014 TCCE Board Chairman and President/CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. “FortBendChamberVotes.com was developed in partnership with the U.S. Chamber and serves as a valuable resource; one that provides relevant information and serves as a vehicle for grassroots participation and connection to elected officials. Within these pages, there is news and tracking on state and federal issues, voter resources, how to take action and our Public Policy Guide.” says Keri Schmidt, President & CEO of the Fort Bend Chamber. “One of the primary responsibilities for a chamber is to promote the organization, community and that chamber’s members,” said Eddie McBride, TCCE Incoming Chair and President of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. “By winning this award the Fort Bend Chamber can be held up as an example of the best at promoting the chamber, its businesses and providing excellent information to people in Fort Bend County.”


Select Committee appointment for Representative John Zerwas and 10 others House Speaker Joe Straus announced the creation of the Select Committee on the Fiscal Impact of Texas Border Support Operations for the Texas House of Representatives. State Representative John Zerwas, M.D. (R-Simonton) has been selected to serve on the select committee which is tasked to monitor and address the recent influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have crossed into Texas in recent months. State leaders recently directed additional funding and logistical resources to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for law enforcement operations along the border region. The select committee will monitor the costs of those operations and other services

associated with increased border crossings. The committee will also review and evaluate any support that Texas receives from the federal government and determine the long-term Rep. John Zerwas budgetary effects on the state’s efforts to ensure the safety of our citizens. “It is an honor to be selected by Speaker Straus along with my House colleagues to evaluate our continuing border security issues. The current surge deserves a deeper evaluation in light of the growing burden placed on our state’s resources. We must ensure that our law enforcement and public health agencies are

equipped to handle the task at hand, while continuing to push our federal government to remedy the situation. It is imperative to consider both short and long term implications now to avoid retroactive policymaking down the road.” In addition to Representative Zerwas, the speaker has appointed 10 other members to the committee, which will be chaired by Dennis Bonnen of Angleton. Its membership consists of Representatives Greg Bonnen of Friendswood, Myra Crownover of Denton, Drew Darby of San Angelo, Donna Howard of Austin, Oscar Longoria of Mission, Marisa Márquez of El Paso, Sergio Muñoz, Jr. of Palmview, John Otto of Dayton, and Sylvester Turner of Houston.

Hope for three appoints new Executive Director and Outreach Coordinator Hope for Three, a local nonprofit and rapidly expanding autism advocacy organization announces the recent hiring of two new employees; Katie Wiseman, Executive Director and Sally Paz, Outreach Coordinator. Wiseman, a highly-motivated and skilled leader with over thirty-one years of experience in education, both in the private and public school sector and is a former NCAA Division I basketball scholarship athlete who holds a BA in Health and Physical Education and MA in Teaching, both from Rice University. She holds a Master’s in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from Texas A&M University and a state certification in Administrative and Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. Ms. Wiseman’s proven track record as an effective director of people and resources, in addition to her extensive knowledge of autism, makes her the perfect candidate to lead the organization. Ms. Wiseman’s enthusiasm is contagious and bringing her expertise to Hope For Three will be an asset, not only to the organization, but to the Fort Bend community as a whole.

A Fort Bend resident of 18 years, Wiseman is the successful mother of four children. She holds patents to a number of creative coaching and educational instructive learning Katie Wiseman devices, one of which was voted as NASDAQ Top Five Best New Product Award. A previous Board member of Hope For Three, Wiseman is also a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, Sally Paz named Educator of the Year by The Arc of Fort Bend, a member of the prestigious Kappa Delta Pi; an honor society for educators, and is expected to complete her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), spring of 2015. Joining the growing non-profit is Sally Paz. Sally Paz has a BA in Sociology from Arizona State University and a Masters in Education from Houston Baptist University. She is an avid volunteer, spending much of her time on causes related to chilFort Bend / Katy Business Journal H August 2014

dren. Autism is a condition close to her heart, as she is raising a son on the spectrum. She has been volunteering with Hope for Three since 2012 before joining as a staff member. Paz is a Fort Bend County native and attended public schools in the area, graduating from Kempner High School. Her career includes working in the public school system as a teacher and administrator in both Fort Bend ISD and Houston ISD. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Robert and two children, Johnathon and Ava.

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Diane Barber receives MD Anderson Cancer Center’s highest nursing honor

Dr. Diane Barber

flowers amidst an uproar of applause. “That was the proudest moment of my career,” says Photo footage courtesy of www.mdanderson.org Barber, who’s Diane Barber, Ph.D., could barely catch her breath when she learned she’d been a nurse for 26 received MD Anderson’s highest nursing honor. years. “Never in my wildest dreams Diane Barber, Ph.D., of The University would I have thought I’d be nominated, let of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is the alone a finalist. And to win, I just keep thinkrecipient of the 2014 Ethel Fleming Arceing I’m in a dream and need to wake up.” neaux Outstanding Nurse-Oncologist Award. Barber came to MD Anderson in 1998 The Brown Foundation, Inc. established the and joined Investigational Cancer Therapeuaward in 1982 as the institution’s highest nurstics in 2009. She developed an interest in nursing honor. ing when she was 10. An MD Anderson committee comprising Growing up on a farm in Hattiesburg, clinical faculty, patient care administration and nursing staff reviewed award nominations submitted by peers and patients. The committee then narrowed the selection to three finalists before ultimately naming Barber as their top choice. She works in Investigational Cancer Therapeutics, Phase I Clinical Trials ProJudi Martin, president gram. of JM Group Public RelaBarber recently received a cash award of tions and Marketing, re$15,000, a crystal plaque and a commemoraceived the prestigious tive pin in the Onstead Auditorium in MD Legacy Award from the Anderson’s George and Cynthia Mitchell BaPublic Relations Society of sic Sciences Research Building. MD Anderson America Houston Chap- Judi Martin President Ron DePinho, M.D., lead the ter. The award honors a award ceremony. distinguished professional for outstanding On June 9, co-workers, friends and memlifetime achievement in the field of public bers of the selection committee surprised Barrelations. In accepting the award, Martin ber with the news. Hardly able to catch her cited the positive impact of public relations breath, she accepted a plaque and bouquet of in building brands and shaping public

Miss., Barber started her work with animals before moving to people. “I put Band-Aids on our injured chickens and took care of our dogs,” she says. “Then, my elderly uncle had a stroke and lived with us while he was recovering. I decided to be his nurse, as well.” Barber says her Phase I clinical trial patients, many who have advanced stage cancer that hasn’t responded to standard treatments, motivate her to give her all every day. “It’s amazing how our patients are willing to leave their homes, jobs and families to participate in our clinical trials, not even knowing if they’ll get any benefit,” she says. “Their courage, spirit and hope constantly inspire me.” Aside from winning the Arceneaux Award, Barber says her greatest accomplishment is earning her doctorate of philosophy in nursing. She achieved this lifelong dream in 2012 while maintaining full-time employment at MD Anderson. Barber, who already teaches nursing part time, plans to become a full-time professor when she retires from nursing. She feels it’s part of her purpose to help educate the next generation of nurses.

Sugar Land resident earns Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Houston Legacy Award


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opinion. “It is always exciting to witness the power of effective communications on business success,” she said. “Public relations is such a dynamic discipline and is a vital part of any strategic marketing program.” Before forming JM Group in 2007, Martin served in various executive positions with national, regional and local public relations marketing agencies. She began her career as a reporter and editor of Fort Bend community newspapers and has been a Sugar Land resident for 30 years.


Brent Leftwich named finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Contract Land Staff, LLC (CLS) announces that President and CEO, Brent Leftwich, was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Gulf Coast Region. EY Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award

of its kind, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global Brent Leftwich awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. “I am honored to be recognized among such an accomplished group of business leaders,” said Brent Leftwich. “This recognition belongs to the entire CLS team and

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their hard work and commitment that has helped create and sustain such a well rounded, healthy, successful company.” Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of highgrowth, market-leading companies.


Membership The following firms have realized the importance of economic growth and development for the Fort Bend County area. They have pledged their support to the cause by investing their time and efforts in the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Please support your community by calling on these organizations when you have a need for products and services.

Welcome New Members CFR Rental David Steadman, President 6125 W Sam Houston Pkwy N., Ste 501 Houston, TX 77041 713-983-0833 www.cfrrental.com Furniture

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Bret Beitler, Dir. of Business Dev. 21110 Breezy Shore Lane Richmond, TX 77407 888-698-3960 www.CustomHeardService.com Consultants, Business Development

Earl of Sandwich Juliane Kubyczewski, GM 1930 Highway 6, Suite C Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-240-2408 www.earlofsandwichusa.com Restaurants

Elements Massage Melissa Moriarty, Owner 13425 University Blvd., Ste 300 Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-500-5950 www.elementsmassage.com/sugarland Massage Therapy

Glenn Shepard Seminars Glenn Shepard, President 6953 Charlotte Pike Street Nashville, TN 37221 615-353-7125 www.glennshepard.com Professional Services

Millennium Dance Complex Carletha West, Owner/Manager 7320 US 90A, Suite 250 Sugar Land, TX 77478 832-786-9718 www.mdcsugarland.com Dance School / Studio

MonuMed Revenue Solutions Monica Sanchez, Senior Consultant 6140 Hwy 6, Ste 250 Missouri City, TX 77459 888-786-5152 www.monumedrev.com Medical Management Services



Mike Reichek, Principal 12219 Hoggard Stafford, TX 77477 281-575-1146 www.partnersinbenefits.com Employee Benefit Plans

Diana Miller, Board Member 3350 Highway 6, #315 Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-724-3113 www.SugarLandGardenClub.org Associations

Photography By Brad Ottosen

The Egg & I Restaurant

Brad Ottosen, Owner Mobile Photography Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.myfastphotos.com Photography

Mari Gonzalez, General Manager 9920 Hwy 90-A, Suite 150-C Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-242-3447 www.theeggandirestaurants.com Restaurants

Solid Rock EMS Johnson Ambroise, Dir. of Operations 9896 Bissonnet St., Ste 425 Houston, TX 77036 832-426-4266 www.solidrockems.com Ambulance Transportation

Yellow Rose Derby Girls Kari Malone, Co-Founder 27247 Buffalo Hills Lane Fulshear, TX 77441 214-205-5888 www.yellowrosederbygirls.com Sports, Professional

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Partners In Benefits, For membership information, contact:

Juliette Bloomer MEMBER

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281-566-2161 juliette@fortbendcc.org


Call Juliette Bloomer for more information at 281-566-2161 or email Juliette@fortbendcc.org


UFC Gym Missouri City

9109 Sienna Christus Dr. • Missouri City, TX 77459 www.tdecu.org

10360 Highway 6, Suite A • Missouri City, TX 77459 www.ufcgym.com/mocity

Optimal Water Solutions

Tucanos Brazilian Grill

Missouri City, TX www.optimalwatersolutions.com


Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Member Updates

To Schedule Your Business Ribbon Cutting

16535 SW Freeway, Suite 2001 • Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.tucanos.com

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Success is just around the bend 1 YEAR

NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care Brittany Bluford, 281-325-1010 Tucanos Brazilian Grill Bryan Thomas, 281-277-5477 TDECU Insurance Lucilla Henderson, 888-833-7358 Breakbulk Transportation, Inc. Holly Ruebeck, 281-265-1816 Costco Wholesale Elizabeth Zaragoza, 281-565-7364


Allegiance Bank Texas Nancy Colmenares, 832-615-6859

Primrose School of Sienna Bill Brown, 281-431-8687

Aguirre & Fields LP Chris Crosby, 281-340-8900

Camperi’s Office Furniture Mary Camperi, 281-499-6900

Fairway Golf Carts Johnny Tedder, 281-240-3230

Fort Bend Skin Cancer Center Keith Schulze, 281-980-6647


Homewood Suites Stafford / Sugar Land Leola Judge, 281-265-2760

Milestone Member 10 YEARS Money Management International David Juengel, 713-394-3400


Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Member Updates

Enhanced Energy Services of America, LLC Christopher Prejean, 281-302-5470


Sunrise Natural Foods Kamal Dama, 281-240-6887 Benefits Unlimited / Gallagher Benefits Services Eileen Westbrook, 281-243-6409


PPG Industries Deron Patterson, 281-841-0829 Hyatt Place Houston / Sugar Land Michael Gleeson, 281-491-0300


Plantation at Quail Valley Cynthia Fitchett, 281-208-4470 Veritas Steak & Seafood Kevin Rios, 281-491-2901 Fort Bend Independent Seshadri Kumar, 281-980-6745


Trustmark National Bank Missouri City Mark Wagert, 281-403-5002


KSA Engineers, Inc. Philip Huseman, 281-494-3252 Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation Chad Muska, 281-898-4518


Hoffman Insurance Group Crystal Hoffman, 281-491-6565 Comcast Cable Houston Region Ray Purser, 713-895-2680


Greatwood Retirement & Assisted Living Erica Willis, 281-343-8400 Alamo Stone Company Tom Molloy, 281-240-4600 Silverado Senior Living Le Riggs, 281-277-1221 HEB Food & Drugs Gary Olsen, 281-403-2172


Noble Corporation & Noble Drilling Services Inc. Tom Madden, 281-276-6100 August 2014 H Fort Bend Business Journal

Milestone Member 15 YEARS

Pepperoni’s Raed “Ray” Salti, 281-240-1020 Sugar Creek Baptist Church Mark Hartman, 281-242-2858 Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc. Daniel Wong, Ph.D, 713-722-7064 Doug Turner Plumbing Co., Inc. Douglas Turner, 281-980-9300 A. Fuller Electric, Inc. Alton Fuller, 281-499-5333


Universal Lights, Inc. Ronni Cohen, 281-491-0600 Exchange Club of Fort Bend Mike Reichek, 281-575-1145


Geotest Engineering, Inc. Mohan Ballagere, 713-266-0588


Auto Central-Automotive Service & Sales David Fauvelle, 281-499-9684

Milestone Member 20 YEARS

Meridian Medical Dental Healthcare Lacie Chambers, 281-265-6565 Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Malisha Patel, 281-725-5000


Wells Fargo Bank - Missouri City Rey Diano, 281-208-6222

Taylor Morrison Jonathan White, 281-598-3000

Mental Health America of Fort Bend County Barbara Carlson, 281-207-2480



All Star Storage, Inc. Kathy R. Salinas, 281-341-7867


Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity John Lopez, 281-403-0708


Fort Bend Driving School, Inc. Gary Adams, 281-242-7366

Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc. Claudia Williamson, 713-266-6900


James G. McClellan, CPA James G. McClellan, 281-240-0330

Milestone Member 30 YEARS Crown Cork and Seal Co., Inc. Sandra Elizondo, 281-240-4838

Fort Bend Dental Associates, PA Cynthia Ramirez, 281-499-3541


Pamela Printing Company Ann Smith, 281-240-1313


United Equities Buster Freedman, 713-772-6262


Fort Bend County Fair Association Susan Sillavan, 281-342-6171


Frost Bank - Sugar Land Jonathan Pursch, 713-388-1477

For membership information, contact: Juliette Bloomer 281-566-2161 juliette@fortbendcc.org

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Member Updates

Milestone Member

Fort Bend County Museum Association Candace Jones, 281-342-1256

2014 Fort Bend Chamber Challenge Quail Valley Country Club 9:30 AM | Registration 11:00 AM | Shotgun Start 4:30 PM | Awards & Live Auction Dinner


October 27, 2014

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DBA (Assumed Names)

Data Beat (+) = More Names

This is a sample of the Assumed Names (DBAs) filed at the Fort Bend County Clerk’s office for April 2014. More Assumed Names may be viewed online at http://ccweb.co.fort-bend.TX.us/RealEstate/SearchEntry.aspx. There were 529 Assumed Names for month of 2014. Cruz Amalia A (+) C. Trucking. 439 Applewhite Dr 77450

Mathews Thomas (+) Sunrise Enterprises 445 Fm 1092 77477

Dotson Blaine A (+) Production Kings Studios 6906 Songbrook Dr 77083

Morris Tiffany T & T Inc. 4965 E Ridgecreek Dr 77053

Davis Jason Kenneth 5 Star Sports Training 2726 Feather Green Trl 77545

Spellman Steven John (+) Sspellman Tools Authorized Matco Tools Distributor 8918 Four Leaf Drive 77479

Fenton Mark (+) RTF Construction Management Experts 331 Land Grant Dr 77406

Shah Raju P (+) Shahs 2710 Grants Lake Blvd L-6 77479

Diaz Adalid Rodolfo Centro De Campeones 6601 Fm 762 77469

Dagostino Carrie (+) The Kendall Company (+) 9822 Old Needville Fairchilds 77461

Gutierrez Ismael Pleak Auto Sales 6810 Pleakcrossing 77469

Patel Saurabh A Avanti Engraving 15211 Park Glen Dr 77498

Nichols Karen (+) Paper Posies 1807 Boxwood Ct 77498

Johnson Hurley Timeless Trees 2707 David St 77471

Oltremari Christopher P (+) Cr8tive Construction & Design 11819 Meadow Trail Ln 77477

Chatman Private Investigators and Security Officers LLC (+) Arm Security On Bikes.Com (+) 16402 Amy Ridge 77053

Cst Real Estate LLC Certainsource Technology Group LLC 3012 Rogerdale Rd 77042-4120 Melton Sherry Johnson Second Chances P O Box 239 77497 Peters Clara L Clara L Peters Ministries 2806 Hazelwood Dr 77471 9405591802 Clarkson Jessica Clarkson Photography & Design 25306 Pepper Sage Ln 77494 Blue Fish Bowl LLC (+) Canine Searches Po Box 1011 77441 Gravelle Carey Pawsabilities Consignment 419 Macek Rd 77469 Avalanche Property Management LLC Fast Trash Hauling & Junk Removal Po Box 985 77497 Hubert Douglas Katy Thunder 25003 Falcon Hollow 77494


Delgado Frank (+) M and D Transport 1311 Cardinal Dr 77469 Bryant Linnie (+) L & J Unlimited Hotshot Services P O Box 1182 77545 Jacobs Medgar V Medgar Jacobs Digital Solutions 2023 Lansing Cove Dr Ste C 77545 Lagman Virgilio P Jr V.P. Lagman Trading and Construction 10518 Sugarbridge Trl 77498 Blue Outdoors LLC Jock Sale Po Box 264 77441 Tezeno Chaneva Gifts By Danee 16027 Samoa Way 77053 Universal Refinish and Painting Universal Painters 1702 Jo Ann Ln 77098 White Rodney Mainstreetchamber Sugar Land 4130 Crow Valley Dr 77459

Mohiuddin Mohammed M (+) Spring Branch Driving School Inc. 867 Dulles Ave Ste E 1

Green John Emerald’s Vending 2011 Wingedfoot Dr 77459

Hawkins Anthony Keith Hawkins Enterprize 17315 Artwood Ln 77489

Educationonline247.Com LLC MCE247.com 19901 Southwest Freeway Ste 135 77479

Schroedter Taryn T&T Design 3606 Park Vine Ct 77450

Reyes Juan (+) Bda Company 9105 Lugary Dr 77074

Goff Tonya Hello Curly 3130 Grants Lake Blvd #16254 77496

Brokers Pawn LLC The Pawn Box (+) 6840 Hwy 6 So Ste C 77459

Goff Tonya Soul Magic 3130 Grants Lake Blvd #16254 77496 Goff Tonya Your Inside Voice 3130 Grants Lake Blvd #16254 77496 Carter Embry W Jr Carter Enterprise 24301 Brazos Town Crossing Suite #500 P O Box #3 77471

Brokers Pawn LLC The Pawn Box (+) 7120 Fm 1464 Ste A-1 77406 Horan Linda Career Step 2207 Shade Crest Dr 77406 Reyes Edgar (+) Sea-Cure (+) 2530 Court Rd 77489 Paul Jessica Ann (+) Over The River Photography 21407 Sierra Bend Dr 77407

Katy Juniors Volleyball LLC Katy Elite Volleyball 1702 Kingsmill 77406

Green Ronald Fellowship@Thecross Church (+) 4002 Camilia Glen 77545

Avila Eduardo (+) Avila Construcion Eduardo Avila 507 Riveredge 77406

Washington Pamela Genesis Learning Center - Stafford 501 Fm 1092 77477

Fason Bakari Wealth Appointment Marketing 4503 Sunflower Creek Ln 77469 Revland Phil (+) Pets and You Healthy Store 16107 Kensington Dr Suite 227 77479 Dorian Fernando (+) Opus One Music 6918 Shady Lane 77479

Galvan Jose M Jr Galvan Clean Up Services 1107 Western Springs Dr 77450 Durden Wealth Solutions LLC Lifebridge Financial Group 2006 Commonwealth St 77006 Pennium Music Pennium Music 6140 Hwy 6 #130 77459 Morales Timothy J Jr Coalition For Texas Heros P O Box 310953 77231

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Smith Mary Ellen Mary Ellen Clerical Assistant P O Box 321 77497 Agi Chidi Hebrews Company 4122 Autumn Ridge Dr 77479 Park No Soon Q Hair Beauty Supply 15498 S Post Oak Rd Ste B 77053 Vasquez Ellie (+) Repurposed.Reclaimed. Redesigned With Style Home Decor 6102 Brazos Lakes Dr 77469 Burkman Craig S-N-P Cookers 3026 Red Stag Pass 77459 Goto Pablo A Pg Multimedia 13718 Templar Ln 77498 Truitt Bianca Entrusted Visions 34 Warwick Ct 77459 Ronald D Goodier & Co LLC Ronald D. Goodier & Co P O Box 365 77406 Gingrich Bruce Spectra Specialty 1100 Jackson Street 77469 Ramirez Raymond Jr Plumbing 1214 Edgewood Dr 77469 Mckinney-Oneil Tinisha D (+) O’neil Hair Salon 3243 Dartmouth Field Ln 77545 Mason Roy Aone Internation Radio 8849 Braesmont Dr 77096 Gulf Coast Affordable Housing Associates Inc Gcah Inc 6140 Highway 6 #271 77459

DBA (Assumed Names) Gulf Coast Affordable Housing Associates Inc Gcah Inc Troulon 6140 Highway 6 #271 77459 Fierro Juan A Reyes (+) Comalli’s 1205 Front St 77469 Lozania Mayra Sacuchi Frank’s Tire Shop 2440 1St St 77471 Caceres Amber Geek MY 8226 Radial Ct 77583 Bilic Patricia Guitierrez De (+) Southwest Shale Chemicals 24200 Southwest Fwy Suite 402-307 77471 Radford Jack B (+) Rad Restore 1814 Hanbury Ct 77498 Flanasha Marketing Limited Company FMC 5219 Lacey Oak Meadow Drive 77494

Data Beat (+) = More Names

I Cant Find A Name Opus One Music 6918 Shady Lane 77479

Gomez Hipolita Natalie’s Beauty Salon & Spa 405 D S 2Nd 77469

Landa Martin D Danny’s A/C Services 509 Brand Ln Lot 68 77477

Rathnau Heather (+) Encore Music Camp 6639 Sutters Creek Tr 77459

Shergar Venture Capital Guerrero Trailer Park 110 Hwy 90 A 77406

Rathnau Heather (+) Theory Time Partners 6639 Sutters Creek Tr 77459

Ogle Cherie H (+) Quality Speech Services 3110 Cape Blanco 77459

Verdun Debbie Lachaunce (+) Comedisyn 16207 Dryberry Court 77083

Blazar Bradford H Cairn Private Wealth 2121 Sage Road #380 77056

Verdun Debbie Lachaunce (+) Choices and Solutions 16207 Dryberry Court 77083

Henton Jokari Sweet Ideas 10410 Long River Dr 77498

Bosquez Richard Koinonia Christian Counseling Center 6007 Walkabout Way 77450

Tex Styles Intl Inc TSI Marketing 12725 Royal Dr 77477 Manji Ozair A (+) Athena Consultants 46 Heathrow Ln 77479

Depaz Joseph Unstable 19114 Golden Heath Ln 77407

Warp Forged Games LLC Warp Forged Games 6230 Clear Canyon Dr 77450

Landry Lynne Senior Business Staffing 16227 Coyridge Lane 77053

Bareng Eduardo (+) Brich Solutions 16546 Boss Gaston 77498

Bell Damon Class Of 1995 Reunion Group 2415 Quiet Arbor Lane 77581

Sonnier Shawn Flexa Creative 630 Colony Lake Estates Dr #733 77477

Donaldson David 247 Design & Construction 11782 N Evelyn Cir 77071 Coulter Stacy Gethsemane Ranch Christian Retreat Center 22823 Red River Dr 77450 Jwb Wine LLC Braman Petroleum 201 W Santa Rosa St 77901 Smith Odessa B (+) Routt Point Cemetery 13604 Routt Point Rd 77461 Johnson Sara (+) Ntown Fashions and Gifts 1110 Thompson Rd 77469 Black Kaire Pressure Clean Scape 9106 Chesney Downs Dr 77083

Washington Sean (+) 3 Phases Elite Home Improvement 10710 Grasset Lane 77407

Curry Lekisha Chantel Richard & Curry Properties 215 Darby Trails Dr 77479

Sproles Loni (+) Lady Lone Star 5555 New Territory Blvd #2105 77479

Galley Lalla Curtis Curtis Galley Group 1403 Meadow Lakes Dr 77479

Ifeanyi Tobechukwu C (+) Kontakx Procurement Solutions 9100 SW Frway #220 77074

Carter Derrick Elderly Baby Solutions 1450 S Grand Parkway 77494

Bejarano Jocelyne Fact It By Jocelyne 15421 Southwest Freeway Suite 211 77478 Shergar Venture Capital Riveredge Trailer Park 103 Riveregde Dr 77406 Lane Scott Fulshear O & G Consulting 3811 Walker Falls Ln 77441 Hatton Jesse L Jesse L. Hatton 7302 West Fuqua Dr 77489-2417

Curry Lekisha Chantel Auntie Stell’s Homes 215 Darby Trails Dr 77479

Peters Norman W (+) The Peters Law Firm (+) Three Sugar Creek Center Ste 77478

Miz, Inc Lone Star Floors 10009 Hwy 6 South 77498

Barcenas Martina M.B Law Services 1416 5Th R 77471

Garam Cha LLC Garam Cha LLC DBA Fire House Subs 4114 King Cotton 77459

Elechi Juliet Ugo Ugo Counseling Services 9207 Country Creek Dr 77036

Svetlik Jessica L Jessica’s Scents 21010 Amber Crossing Dr 77406 Trujillo Margarita Grace Transport 19704 Fm 1093 77407

Lopez Paul Joel’s Super Cleaning 12330 Meadow Ridge Dr 77477

Alfaro Mario (+) Mty Services 7319 El Cresta Dr 77083

Valdecanas Nicanor R Ii Infiniti Benefits & Financial Solutions Services 6718 Little Haven Ct 77469

Comeaux Yvette Comeaux Concierge and Educational Consultant 4011 Jan St 77545

Whyte Alfred Devon Amplex Automotive & Repair 3507 Hombly Road 77066

Dramac Inc Tba Parts 8119 Summer Wind Ct 77479

Bimage Lauren (+) In The Bar With Byron and Lauren P O Box 281 77545

Bee Craig Acme Private Investigations / Process Servers P O Box 232 77406

Jongejan Anna A Royal Vision Events 4803 Deepwater Ln 77479 Moreno Arnulfo Morenos Granite & More 19314 Franz Rd 77084 Moore George Moentertainment 15039 Timberlea Dr 77489 Robinson Andre Lamon Jr Coming To Get You Bail Bonds 301 S 9Th Street Ste 201 77469 Hatton Jesse L Basket Making Gifts With Joy and Love 7302 West Fuqua Dr 774892417 Valyan Martina A New Me 10950 Westbrae Pkwy #7105 77031

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Eghterafi Sohrab Sentinel Surveillance P O Box 19534 77496 Williams Jabrecia L Make Me Cosmetic and Hair Bar 3415 Beauregard Ct 77459 Barcenas Martina M. B Lawn Services 1416 5Th 77471 Peyton Kelly Kelly Peyton, LPC 707 S Fry Rd Ste 465 77450 Kshatriya Amit Arun Amit Kshatriya Project Consultancy Services 7126 Thistlewood Park Ct 77494 Lewis Deanna Believe & Achieve Academy 3222 Texas Parkway 77489 Brown Cynthia (+) Browngirlzbake2 1806 Brightlake Way 77459 Vanterpool Angel Vanterpool Real Estate Co 1803 Lauren Pl 77489 Gay Everett Carlton Ego Communications 826 Desert Rose Pl 77459 Bouazani Mimoun (+) Project Cargo Usa 14003 Norford Ln 77083 Bouazani Mimoun (+) Logistics Trader Ltd 14003 Norford Ln 77083 Kirkham Billie Kreative Kurve 1115 Magnolia 77471 Roethler David (+) DLR Catering 20825 S W Fwy #58 77479 Thibodeaux Robert Wayne Superior Service Company 14107 Amber Grove Ct 77083 Thibodeaux Robert Wayne A Superior Service Company 14107 Amber Grove Ct 77083


Data Beat

July 2014 Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports

Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary reports present data about monthly local sales and use tax allocation payments to local sales taxing jurisdictions. These net payments represent monies identified for the local jurisdictions since the previous month’s distribution. These reports will allow you to compare current year sales and use tax payments with the previous year. When used with other local economic indicators, they may help indicate present and future trends. County/City Fort Bend

Net Payment This Period

Comp Payment Prior Year

Percent Change

2014 Payments To Date

2013 Payments To Date

Percent Change

Arcola Beasley Fulshear Kendleton Meadows Place Missouri City Needville Orchard Pleak Richmond Rosenberg Simonton Stafford Sugar Land Thompsons

47,593.90 8,553.22 73,530.86 770.68 69,469.48 602,873.17 43,402.77 7,390.19 4,534.15 411,222.58 1,285,822.63 17,291.58 1,326,736.26 3,872,614.50 3,050.17

29,960.12 4,594.86 67,709.81 833.94 105,312.16 649,508.50 17,171.89 2,767.60 3,978.21 365,801.36 1,150,926.29 19,382.88 1,299,984.61 3,487,254.72 4,099.67

58.85% 86.14% 8.59% -7.58% -34.03% -7.18% 152.75% 167.02% 13.97% 12.41% 11.72% -10.78% 2.05% 11.05% -25.59%

290,911.32 61,262.29 532,815.01 6,843.80 651,828.85 4,536,232.37 288,634.45 31,606.07 33,426.64 2,753,433.47 9,383,672.62 91,824.22 9,351,726.59 28,123,368.54 19,032.81

250,538.80 53,235.70 423,288.12 5,672.90 653,443.68 4,193,425.70 218,176.96 23,487.17 32,267.12 2,627,153.85 7,936,068.24 111,083.59 8,868,969.71 25,304,140.40 16,979.44

16.11% 15.07% 25.87% 20.64% -0.24% 8.17% 32.29% 34.56% 3.59% 4.80% 18.24% -17.33% 5.44% 11.14% 12.09%








Top 20 City Sales and Use Tax Comparison Summary - July 2014 Please note that Sugar Land is 17th in sales tax revenues in the state. City

Houston San Antonio Dallas Austin Fort Worth Arlington Corpus Christi El Paso Plano Amarillo Round Rock Frisco Midland McAllen Lubbock Irving Sugar Land Odessa Grand Prairie Tyler


Net Payment This Period

50,527,806.34 23,178,508.03 19,715,993.47 14,127,965.08 9,837,256.85 7,719,561.81 6,052,563.25 6,182,155.10 6,014,144.46 5,564,608.00 5,286,554.07 5,632,596.70 5,316,504.02 4,736,694.81 4,737,304.96 4,491,928.53 3,872,614.50 3,699,855.24 3,529,795.61 3,085,290.30

Comp Payment Prior Year

49,697,170.22 22,132,477.23 19,669,942.36 14,074,521.14 9,605,277.48 7,434,671.99 5,980,555.94 6,011,266.79 5,587,671.05 5,410,753.09 5,041,730.72 4,739,568.43 4,641,255.86 4,531,984.73 4,517,492.79 3,801,759.14 3,487,254.72 3,164,732.04 3,703,919.51 2,976,996.69

% Change To Date

1.67% 4.72% 0.23% 0.37% 2.41% 3.83% 1.20% 2.84% 7.63% 2.84% 4.85% 18.84% 14.54% 4.51% 4.86% 18.15% 11.05% 16.90% -4.70% 3.63%

2013 Payments To Date

370,272,969.06 175,203,671.38 147,097,169.64 105,546,370.86 72,696,302.74 54,011,582.69 46,466,437.86 46,016,959.49 43,358,228.01 41,610,416.90 40,562,720.91 38,519,369.97 38,050,552.79 37,281,953.13 35,765,101.01 32,815,156.54 28,123,368.54 25,694,414.20 25,407,377.84 23,733,814.28

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2012 Payments Change

349,992,919.74 149,408,746.93 138,724,877.14 96,760,688.74 68,090,200.13 56,000,803.36 43,459,186.48 44,870,664.40 40,268,098.64 39,582,290.75 39,834,992.58 33,565,219.93 33,718,595.30 36,560,336.58 34,382,162.65 29,911,675.46 25,304,140.40 22,752,925.87 25,161,404.12 21,489,881.15


5.79% 17.26% 6.03% 9.07% 6.76% -3.55% 6.91% 2.55% 7.67% 5.12% 1.82% 14.75% 12.84% 1.97% 4.02% 9.70% 11.14% 12.92% 0.97% 10.44%

Data Beat

Commercial Building Permits

Some significant building permits in cities in Fort Bend during the month of June ADDRESS



MISSOURI CITY 4440 Lexington Blvd 4811 Hwy 6 4303 Sienna Circle 5211 Hwy G 2111 Hwy 90A

Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building

$385,000 $46,000 $270,000 $49,500 $163,500

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)



RICHMOND 20500 Southwest Freeway

Commercial Building


Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)



ROSENBERG 4307 Avenue H 2112 1st St

Commercial Building Commercial Building

$360,000 $10,195

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)



STAFFORD 735 Dulles Avenue, Bldg. 12 735 Dulles Avenue, Bldg. 11 735 Dulles Avenue, Bldg. 10 735 Dulles Avenue, Bldg. 9 735 Dulles Avenue, Bldg. 8 735 Dulles Avenue, Bldg. 7 2503 South Main 13693 Murphy Rd. 4800 Sugar Grove

Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building

$12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $12,000 $29,400 $150,000 $21,600

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)



SUGAR LAND 4528 State Hwy 6 1211 Lake Pointe Pkwy 1803 Hescott Ave 16655 Southwest Fwy 16811 Southwest Fwy 16610 Southwest Fwy 20333 Southwest Fwy Ste C 1327 Lake Pointe Pkwy 12550 Reed Rd Ste 300 15421 Southwest Fwy 11929 University Blvd Ste 2F 1229 Creek Way Dr Ste 103 13425 University Blvd Ste 450 1227 Museum Square Dr #C 13425 University Blvd Ste 300 2245 Texas Dr Ste 350 17228 W Grand Pkwy S Ste 2020 15015 Southwest Fwy 17500 W Grand Pkwy S 2630 Austin Pkwy 1327 Lake Ponte Pkwy Ste 400 80 Sugar Creek Center Blvd

Commercial New Commercial New Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Building Commercial Addition Commercial Addition Commercial Addition Commercial Addition Commercial Addition Commercial Buildout Commercial Buildout Commercial Buildout Commercial Buildout Commercial Buildout Commercial Buildout Commercial Buildout Commercial Remodel Commercial Remodel Commercial Remodel Commercial Remodel Commercial Remodel

$491,831 $750,000 $6,160,754 $14,020,265 $12,750,000 $1,238,009 $160,000 $337,095 $353,840 $53,050 $296,430 $82,000 $92,000 $50,000 $125,260 $330,980 $800,000 $101,282 $994,525 $400,000 $119,044 $150,000

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)



OWNER/CONTRACTOR Graceland Community Church McKinney Real Estate Properties/Star Construction Regas Contracting L.P. Nguyen QUYNH DDS PC/HP Construction Sutton World Estate Enterprise

Rudy’s BBQ and Country Store

Feda Mangal Fort Bend Battery & Supply

The Vinings Apartments/Remedy Roofing The Vinings Apartments/Remedy Roofing The Vinings Apartments/Remedy Roofing The Vinings Apartments/Remedy Roofing The Vinings Apartments/Remedy Roofing The Vinings Apartments/Remedy Roofing George Paul/Ruben’s Foundation Wendy’s/Anthony Drywall Boxer Property/Century Drywall

Sweetland Properties LP/ADB Commercial Construction Lake Pointe Land Holdings LLC/P S Construction NNP-Telfair LP/CGI Construction, Inc. TMH Medical Office Buildings/JT Vaughn Construction Methodist Hospital/Linbeck Group LLC Inland Western Sugar Land Colo/T.D. Farrell Construction, Inc Gramd 59 Partners LP/Brazos Contractors & Developers Dr. Hernandez/Endurance Builders Wharton County Junior College/Burleson Construction Covington First Colony Acquisition/Federal Maintenance Services Global Sugar Land I, LLC/Queens Construction Company Lake Pointe Real Estate LLC/ERCC Construction LTD NNP-Telfair, LP/DACB Electric (GC) NNP-Telfair, LP/Elite Flooring & Construction NNP-Telfair, LP/National Retail & Commercial LCFRE Sugar Land Town Square/BYRD Interior Construction, LP 2000 RP LTD/Trojan Global Construction SCI Funeral Services of Texas Memorial Hermann Hospital/Forney Construction Catholic Diocese of Galveston/Brookstone, LP Dr. Hernandez/Cactus Builders, Inc Prosperity Bank El Campo/SLI Group, Inc

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Accounting / QuickBooks Experts

Air Conditioning

VM Wasek CPA, LLC 281-435-7147 www.CPAonDemand.net Got QuickBooks? QuickBooks is all we do. We are Fort Bend’s top QuickBooks experts certified by Intuit. Customized QuickBooks training, set up, consulting, conversions, and integrations. QuickBooks bookkeeping and accounting services. QuickBooks extreme makeovers. We work with all versions of QuickBooks – Enterprise, Premier, Pro, and Online. Free up your time and let us worry about the numbers. Visit our website to schedule a FREE 30 minute phone consultation. Christeen Seymour, CPA 281-969-7976 Phone www.cscpaservices.com 13110 S. Gessner Rd, Ste 100 713-410-3778 Cell Services: Accounting, Bookkeeping, Payroll Services, Individual and Business Tax Return Preparation, Consulting, Non-Profit Accounting, QuickBooks Setup and Training, Contract Controller/CFO. Advertising


Fort Bend Focus 281-690-4242 www.fortbendfocus.com Fort Bend’s ONLY feature magazine Direct mailed to almost 40,000 homes every month in Fort Bend’s most affluent subdivisions.


Fort Bend Star 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com We have been delivering a free community newspaper to homes throughout Fort Bend County longer than ANY OTHER Newspaper. Advertising Specialties

Business Spirit Promotional Products / Wearables 281-208-1100 www.BusinessSpirit.com 2839 North Main,Stafford,Texas - Over 492,000 items that carry your name ,logo, and contact info. Everything from pens, caps, cups, crystal, gifts, awards, thank you items, food gifts and most clothing items - sell on your behalf without ever making a sound. Keep your name in front of your clients! PROVIDING QUALITY PRODUCTS IN A TIMELY FASHION AT A FAIR PRICE. Not just pretty words - Business Spirit’s Mission Statement! Try our website, if you can’t find what you are looking for call Susan, she will locate it for you. Susan@BusinessSpirit.net.

Vista Air Services, Inc. 713-433-6311 COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONING SPECIALISTS www.vistaairservices.com Vista Air Services, Inc. specializes in Commercial/ Industrial Air Conditioning Services. Established in 1978 Vista provides Service, Repair, HVAC Remodeling and Design, as well as flexible Preventative Maintenance Plans. Vista is WBEA and HUB Certified and licensed in the State of Texas (TACLA 4677C). Business Owners, Office Managers, Facilities Managers, and Commercial Contractors, are invited to call us at 713-433-6311. Alterations & Tailoring

LIZ’S TAILOR and ALTERATIONS 281-242-3193 www.lizstailor.com 3626 Highway 6 South (In the Luby’s/Big Lots Shopping Center) Sugar Land, TX 77478. Our Alterations Service for Ladies and Gentlemen include: Full resizing of your dress or prom to make a perfect fit; hem pants & jeans, taper in and out; shorten jacket sleeves and zipper changes. We fix your clothes at affordable prices. We offer professional tailoring. We will make your clothes from a catalog or pattern. For one-day or immediate service, please call Liz at 281-242-3193. We offer free estimates or visit us at www.lizstailor.com or email us at liz@ lizstailor.com. Auto Repair / Maintenance

Auto Central-Automotive Service & Sales 281-499-9684 www.autocentral.biz AutoCentral@verizon.net. 2526 Fifth Street, Stafford, Texas 77477, Fax: 281-499-0183, Fast, Friendly and professional automotive repair. ASE Blue Seal Certified, State Inspection Station, Diesel Repair, Open Monday-Friday 7-6pm. Saturdays by Appt. only. Charlton’s Auto Body Repair and Vehicle Detailing 281-499-1126 www.charltonsbodyrepair.com Chuck Charlton, 1131 Staffordshire @ 5th Street, Stafford, Texas 77477, Charbody@aol. com, Fax: 281-499-1694, Complete collision repair. Frame & Unibody straightened. Expert computer color matching. Custom painting & pin stripping. Honest service. 79 Years Strong and 3 Generations Proud!

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Colony One Auto Center P - 281-980-4440 F - 281-261-0048 www.colonyoneauto.com Are you tired of searching for a AAA approved auto repair center? Colony One Auto Center is a family-owned and operated business, having serviced more than 210,000 vehicles since 1991. The BBB has rated Colony One Auto Center its highest score, capturing an A+ rating. Angie’s List has designated Colony One Auto Center its highest rating as a “Super Service Provider,” also garnering an A+ rating. Colony One Auto Center has a complete state-of-the-art automotive repair and maintenance facility. Your search is finally over. Bring your vehicle to Rod Tate at 1131 Dulles Avenue, Stafford, 77477. First Tire & Automotive 281-313-2886 www.firsttireandauto.com Craig Popp, owner, 3 Sugar Land Locations. 960 Eldridge, 281-313-2886 & 2303 Williams Trace Blvd. 281-980-2666 (First Colony), 20015 Southwest Freeway. 281-343-5666 (Greatwood), Diagnostic testing and evaluation, Manufacturer’s routine recommended maintenance, domestic and foreign vehicle repairs, AAA approved, ASE certified. Ask about our Fleet Service! Banks

The State Bank of Texas 281-494-6686 www.tsbot.com nbb@tsbot.com. Nicki Black, 13010 Murphy Road, Stafford, TX 77477, Fax: 281-494-6747. Locally and independently owned - our prime interest is you! Catering

Salata www.salata.com Salata is a fresh and unique way to eat healthy and create your own freshly prepared hand tossed salad or salad wrap. Offering over 50 toppings of fruits and vegetables with the option to add chicken or seafood. Salata’s Signature Dressings, Soups and Sauces are made in house and are Gluten Free. We cater and deliver for any occasion including business meetings or training sessions. In a hurry? Go to Salata. com and we’ll have your order prepared and ready to go. We are conveniently located across from the Marriott and in the corridor of the Coca-Cola/ Minute Maid building. For catering service contact Vilma (cell) 832-279-5323, Fax: 832-886-4591, Email: Sugarland@salata.com.

Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre 281-403-5900 (General) 281-403-5910 (Golf Shop) www.golfquailvalley.com The Quail Valley Golf Course and City Centre offers 36 holes of championship golf, full practice facilities and gorgeous event venues. After your round, stop by the Bluebonnet Grille for a cold drink and a satisfying meal. The City Centre is perfect for your special event. We host golf tournaments, weddings, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, fundraising galas and so much more. All with beautiful views of our award winning golf courses. For more information, visit www.golfquailvalley.com. Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre, 2880 La Quinta Dr., Missouri City, Texas 77459. Riverbend Country Club 281-269-2526 www.riverbendcountryclub.org triciarbcc@gmail.com.Tricia Hawks, 1214 Dulles Avenue, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Conveniently located in the heart of Sugar Land, Riverbend Country Club is just 25 minutes south of downtown Houston, Texas. Established in 1957, Riverbend continues its tradition as Fort Bend County’s only member owned club. Whether you’re looking for championship golf, fine dining, pools, tennis, fitness facilities or a wide variety of social and golf activities Riverbend is definitely the place to belong. Dialysis

Stafford Dialysis 281-568-9911 www.StaffordDialysis.com 12220 Murphy Road, Stafford, Texas 77477 Quality Care for A Quality Life. Stafford Dialysis promotes the highest quality care and treatment for patients with chronic renal disease. State of the Art technology and certified professionals provide patients the highest ethical standards and education related to kidney failure. Certified through Private Insurance, Medicare and the Texas Department of Health, you can trust your care to Stafford Dialysis. Economic Development

The Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) www.KatyEDC.org 281-396-2200 The Katy Area conomic Development Council (Katy Area EDC, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit corporation, is a full service economic development corporation representing the Katy ISD area (Katy Area). Katy

Area EDC : recruits new businesses, helps retain and expand existing businesses, helps create new businesses, facilitates the construction of business infrastructure and helps improve the quality of place and quality of life of the Katy Area. Floral

Flowers By Tiffany LLC 281-208-8681 www.FlowersByTiffanyStafford.com 13230 Murphy Road, Suite 400, Stafford, TX 77477. 281-208-8681. 2011 CMUS Power Award Winner – Internet Customer Service Award. Beautiful Flowers for all occasions, Weddings, Events, Funerals, Plants, Fruit & Gourmet Baskets. Member of the Better Business Bureau and Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Mention the Fort Bend Business Journal for a special discount. Golf Carts / Mobility Scooters

CBC Golf Cart Services, Inc. 281-494-1164 Scooters by CBC 281-494-3454 Fax 281-494-1189 www.cbcgolfcarts.com; www.mobilityscooters. com. chris1001@windstream.net, 203 Ulrich Street, Sugar Land, TX 77498 (Behind Imperial Sugar). CBC offers Sales, Service, New & Used, Rentals (daily, monthly or yearly) and Parts for two lines of products, GOLF CARTS and MOBILITY SCOOTERS. Authorized Dealer for Merits and Pride Mobility products. We rent all sizes of golf carts from 2-8 seaters and also short- and long-cargo boxes. Glass Block/Showers/Windows

South Texas Glass Block 281-355-8882 www. stglassblock.com We offer complete glass block solutions, providing excellent service and product to all of our customers. We have been in business since 1995, serving the entire Houston and surrounding areas. Our excellent workmanship is unmatched both in the commercial and residential arena. No job is too big for South Texas Glass Block. Home Health Care

Texas State Healthcare & Hospice Care 281-208-4344 or 979-323-7099 www.txstatehealthcare.com What we do: Skilled Nursing - Home Health Aide Physical / Speech / Occupational Therapies - Medical Social Worker assisting with durable medical equipment needs and helping to provide Resources & Services in the Community - Wound Care - Catheter Care -

Diabetic Care Lab Services - IV Therapy and more... “Hometown Nurses Helping Hometown People” Ice Cream Specialties

Southern Ice Cream 281-499-9837 www.SouthernIceCreamTX.com Great for all occasions! Reward your employees, clients or families. Serve delicious ice cream specialties from Southern Ice Cream in Stafford, Texas. Do you have a special fundraising project or marketing project on your mind? Schedule a push cart, ice cream truck or vintage ‘Original Good Humor’ truck to deliver these speciality deserts. Southern Ice Cream prides itself on personalized service delivering frozen treats efficiently to cool down even the hottest Houston days! It’s easy to book this unique and rewarding ice cream experience, just visit www. SouthernIceCreamTX.com or call Michelle at 281-499-9837.


Country Clubs & Golf Courses

Insurance Agencies

Prince Benefits Group • 281-325-0384 www.princebenefitsgroup.com Insurance Agency, that works with individuals & companies to purchase health, dental, vision, life & 401K. We represent Aetna, BCBS, United Healthcare, Guardian, Humana, Principal and many others. Don’t pay a 2014 TAX Penalty for being uninsured due to the new Healthcare Reform laws. Call us for affordable credible coverage. Insurance Solutions of Texas 281-565-2222 • 281-341-5060 www.insurancesolutionsoftexas.com Jay Harris, Auto, Home, Business, Flood Insurance. 14140 Southwest Freeway, Suite 150, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. 281-565-2222, Fax 281-565-3333. 2515 Ave. H, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. 281-341-5060, Fax 281-3415558. Jewelers

Gold Connection Jewelers 281-344-9900 • We Buy Gold www.goldconnection.net We are a full-service jewelry store in your neighborhood. We offer diamonds, gold and silver jewelry and watches. Repairs are done on our premises. Custom design is our specialty. We offer front door parking for your convenience. Our hours are M-F from 10:00-6:00 pm and again on Sat from 10:00-4:00 pm. We are located at 206 Hwy 90A, Richmond, 77406. Come see our fabulous inventory!

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Live Music

Open MRI

musicSource, Inc. - 281-242-3049 281-204-7716 - Cell ramusica@windstream.net Set the mood with LIVE MUSIC at your next event. Vince Ramos and The Continental Combo will provide music for your Gala Event or a casual Oldies Party. One Man Band to 8 pc. MusicSource, Inc. will provide Acoustic Music and any genre including Rock-n-Roll, C&W, Jazz, Dixieland and Holiday Music. European and Hispanic International Theme Music? Luau, Pool Party, Margarita Party.......etc. Let’s have Fun. Give us a call. Outdoor events? No problem, we have portable power. Call or e-mail Vince Ramos 281-242-3049 ramusica@wndstream. net. Magazine

Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com Fort Bend’s ONLY business publication. Reaching over 10,000 businesses monthly. The place to advertise to reach the vital Fort Bend County business community. Fort Bend Focus - 281-690-4242 Focus on Women - 281-690-4242 www.fortbendfocus.com Fort Bend’s ONLY feature magazine Direct mailed to almost 40,000 homes every month in Fort Bend’s most affluent subdivisions.


Nature’s Pest Control


Nature’s Own Pest And Lawn Service 281-656-2847 www.naturesownpestcontrol.org 18035 W. Little York Rd. Ste. F, Katy, TX 77449. Using an exterminator that will practice the safest and most natural techniques for pest control can be reassuring and December be the only consideration for those who are determined to live green in every way. Natural pest control with the best guarantee in the business. At Nature’s Own, we will eradicate your bugs and make your home bug free once again. Don’t lose any sleep over these pesky bugs. Call Nature’s Own today. Mention Fort Bend Business Journal and receive a special discount. Newspaper

Fort Bend Star 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com We have been delivering a free community newspaper to homes throughout Fort Bend County longer than ANY OTHER Newspaper.

Upright MRI of Sugar Land 281-494-0505 www.mri911.com CLAUSTROPHOBIC? Upright MRI is the only True OPEN MRI in Sugar Land. We scan patients standing, sitting, or lying down. For the first time, patients can be scanned in weight-bearing postures and in their position of pain. It is ideal for patients who have difficulty lying down due to respiratory or cardiac problems. Mention this ad and receive $25 off your first scan. 2655 Cordes Drive #150, Sugar Land, 77479. Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Optometrists

Elissa R. Wedemeyer O.D., FCOVD, F.A.A.O 281-499-2600 www.drwedemeyer.com 6026 Hwy. 6 Missouri City, TX 77459. Therapeutic Optometrist; Visual Perceptual / Binocular Therapy; medical management of eye infections and diseases. The office has a large selection of fashion frames. Pest Control

Austin Exterminating Co., Inc. 281-342-4328 2714 Avenue I, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 CA00566484 • TPCL 148. Owner operated Monday - Friday. Pest Control Company specializing in service designed for customers who are looking for something different. “We don’t just spray baseboards.” Pharmacies

Ed’s Pharmacy 281-499-4555 Ed Sziy, 3740 Cartwright, Missouri City, TX 77459, Fax: 281-499-7088. Physicians

Immunizations & Drug Testing IMU Southwest, The IMUnization Clinic 281-313-7468 www.houstonvaccines.com houstonvaccines@gmail.com. 3727 Greenbriar Dr., Suite 403, Stafford, TX 77477- Vaccines for children and adults for school, fertility, work, immigration, or travel needs. Daytime, Evening, and Saturday hours and no wait appointments available. Vaccine titers and Drug Testing for individuals or corporations. Certified Drug Testing Center & CDC Designated Yellow Fever Provider. We perform oral HIV testing also.

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Mobile onsite clinics available for churches and corporations. We are now in network with Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Printers / Graphics

Star Printing 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com We professionally design and print flyers, postcards, brochures, magazines, newspapers and catalogs in high-quality digital graphics. Real Estate

Colliers International, formerly Curtice Commercial Real Estate 281-494-4769 kcurtice@curticecommercial.com. Kolbe M. Curtice, CCIM, CLS, 15999 City Walk, Suite 250, Sugar Land Square located at U.S. Highway 59 & State Highway 6, Fax: 281-494-3227, Brokerage, Development, Investment and Tenant Representation, 25 years experience in Fort Bend. Riverstone Development Co. 281-499-8700 www.riverstone.com tomw@johnsondev.com. Tom Wilcox, 4855 Riverstone Blvd, Missouri City, Texas 77459, Fax: 281-499-8704, Luxurious waterside living in Fort Bend from $200s to the many millions. Jeanne Gregory, CRS, GRI 281-344-8918 www.jeannegregory.com jeannegregory@earthlink.net. 14905 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478, Fax: 281-242-6754, Re/Max Southwest. Residential real estate sales & corporate relocation. Jennifer Weaver, ABR, CRS, GRI 281-207-5037 www.jenniferweaver.com RE/MAX Southwest, 14905 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Residential sales and corporate relocation since 1979. Remodeling / Outdoor Living

Living Improvements 281-499-7000 www.living-improvements.com AWARD WINNING - 2010 & 2011 Houston’s BEST “Outdoor Living Space” Living Improvements’ commitment to excellence makes us the perfect fit for your building needs. We have over 200 years cumulative in-house experience in the remodeling and

construction industry making us highly skilled, professional and detail oriented striving to exceed our customer’s expectations. We feature outdoor living spaces, custom homes, interior and exterior renovations. Our commitment to excellence is just one of the reasons we have over 5,000 satisfied customers. SERVING FORT BEND & SURROUNDING COUNTIES FOR OVER 35 YEARS. Valuation

Business Valuation Professional 713-877-8160 Business Valuation Professional with 15 years experience. Applies income, market, and asset based approaches to determine your Company’s worth. Operating entities and professional practices. Very reasonable fees. Tom Branch, 713-877-8160. Video Services

Star Digital Studios 281-690-4280 www.starvideoproductions.com A full service video production studio providing all phases of video production including professional writing, videography, editing, DVD duplication, distribution; also video deposition services to the legal community. For video needed for a TV commercial, website posting, employee training, promotional DVDs, special presentations, coverage of live events/trade shows, or corporate videos, give us a call. If you are interested in something you do not see on our website, let us know and we’re ready to accommodate your needs! Water Softening and Purification Systems

RS Water Service 281-416-9353 www.rswaterservice.com info@rswaterservice.com R & S Water Service is a Full Service Licensed Water Treatment Company. We offer CostEffective and Long-Lasting Water Softeners. We are 30%-50% less expensive than other water softening companies and we offer the best customer service even after the sale! Sales, Service and Installation of Water Softeners, No Salt Conditioners, Reverse Osmosis Systems, Well Water Systems, Ambassador II ChemFree Iron Filter Systems and Chloramine Removal Systems. We also can test and repair Back Flow devices. For other services or any questions please contact us. 281-416-9353 or info@rswaterservice.com. **List with the BBB. **Licensed members of the TWQA Texas Water Quality Association.

Nalco Champion announces major headquarters expansion in Sugar Land


he City of Sugar Land and the Sugar Land Development Corporation have approved an incentive package to support major new plans by Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, to consolidate its Houston-area offices and centralize its headquarters in Sugar Land, a move that brings in more than $45 million in investments and over 860 new jobs. Nalco Champion will build a new approximately 133,500-square-foot facility with 1,000 parking spaces. Existing buildings will be reconfigured to maximize office space, accommodate supply chain needs and create additional space for the expansion of the company’s research and development (R&D) facilities. The new building and parking lot will be located partially on the 18.5 acres Nalco Champion purchased from Johnson Development in 2013. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016. Additionally, Nalco Champion will make substantial rail spur improvements to assist City of Sugar Land efforts to gain Union Pacific Railroad approval for the extension of University Boulevard north of U.S. Highway 90A. The company decided to centralize its headquarters in Sugar Land after a comprehensive evaluation of other regional opportunities.   “Nalco Champion is proud of its long history in Sugar Land and all that the city offers,” said Steve Taylor, EVP and president, Nalco Champion. “We very much look forward to making Sugar Land our home for Nalco Champion and are ecstatic to have the opportunity to welcome so many new employees to this incredible community.” The new centralized Nalco Champion

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headquarters and expanded research and development represents more than $45.4 million in new capital investment, creates more than 860 new jobs, recaptures nearly 250 jobs previously moved to Houston from Sugar Land and retains over 340 jobs. The multi-faceted incentive package was created by the City’s Office of Economic Development and approved by both City Council and the Sugar Land Development Corporation to secure the retention and expansion of Nalco Champion’s office and R&D presence in Sugar Land. “We are thrilled to welcome Nalco Champion’s headquarters back to Sugar Land and to partner with one of our oldest corporate citizens in the expansion of research efforts in Sugar Land,” said Mayor James Thompson. “Nalco Champion’s planned capital investment will undoubtedly have a major and very positive impact on our community.” About Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, offers a singular focus on providing specialty chemistry programs and related services for upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas operations. Through on-site problem solving and the application of innovative technologies, Nalco Champion delivers sustainable solutions to overcome complex challenges in the world’s toughest energy frontiers through its more than 6,800 employees across the world.   Nalco Champion is a division of Ecolab (NYSE:   ECL).   With 2013 sales of $13 billion and 45,000 associates, Ecolab is the global leader in the delivery of comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.



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FOOD, DRINK, ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE WHERE TO EAT NOW - The following is a list of exceptional restaurants throughout in Fort Bend County & Katy Area. Prices reflect the average cost of a three-course dinner for one person, excluding drinks, tax and tip. $$$$=Very Expensive ($60 & Up). $$$=Expensive ($40-$60). $$=Moderate ($20-$40). $=Inexpensive (Under $20) . FB=Full Bar. WB=Serves Wine & Beer.

Bombay Palace Do you want to savor some of the best Indian food in all Bombay of Fort Bend, surrounded by Palace elegant furnishings, a majestic mahogany full-service bar and soothing background music? You can also book your very own private wine room that seats up to 14. Bombay Palace offers fine dining at affordable prices. Savor two of their finest dishes: Rack of Lamb that is skillfully marinated with ginger, garlic and our secret spices or the fabulous Chilean Sea Bass that is topped with a garlic spinach. Both dishes are served for under $20. Bombay Palace is open seven days a week for lunch: M-F – 11:00-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Brunch – 11:30-3:00 p.m. and then again for dinner every day from 5:3010:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, come in and enjoy either the delicious Tawa Special or Chat Corner. We cater for any sized party! Book your holiday party now. We promise you won’t be disappointed! 15295 SW Freeway, Sugar Land, 281-325-0071, www.bombaypalacesugarland.com. $$ • FB Cafe India Come enjoy the best Indian food in Fort Bend County! Sultan Momin is not only the friendly owner but also one of the experienced chefs in this quiet, very clean family-owned restaurant. Cafe India offers an excellent, fresh lunch buffet selection from 11:00-2:45 every day (except closed on Tuesday). From MondayThursday, come in and have an a-la-carte dinner and then enjoy a free dessert! Cafe India has not only received excellent reviews but is affordable and specializes in catering for any event. There is no better Tandoori Chicken, flavorable vegetable samosas, lamb dishes or biryani in town! Cafe India offers an excellent meal selection for two or four people. Cafe India is also open for dinner Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday and Sunday from 5:00-9:30 p.m., and then on Friday and Saturday from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Affordable, fresh, authentic Indian food while also offering wine and beer in a relaxed atmosphere. Cafe India is located at 2319 Williams Trace, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Call 281-565-5881 or visit www. cafe-india-restaurant.com. $ • WB Duranni’s Tandoor n Grill “Service with a Smile” Indian, Pakistani, and Meditarranean Cuisine. Finest Desi Restaurant with great ambiance. Elegant Banquet Hall seats up to 150 guests. 12 ft. screen and video screen. State of the art surround sound system. Light musical evening in the banquet hall (Free event for almost Friday evenings) Free Wi-Fi nice patio. Party trays orders to go. Open 7 days a week. Lunch buffet Mon. Fri. 11: 30-3:30 p.m. Weekend Brunch Saturdays and Sundays. 11:30- 3:30 p.m., Mon. to Wed. 11:30 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. Thursday to Sunday 11:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m., 10581 South Highway 6, Sugar Land, Texas 77498 (at the corner of South Highwy 6 and West Belfort). $$ Hoggs n’ Chicks At Hoggs & Chicks, we have a casual atmosphere for everyone’s dining pleasure. We serve a delicious and original French/Southern influenced cuisine that satisfies those with ‘Small Bites’ to those with a Larger Appetite. As we like to say; “Southern Fried with a French Twist” – Frédéric Perrier (chef)! Hours Monday-Thursday 11:00am – 8:30pm, Friday 11:00am – 9:00pm, Saturday 10:30am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:30am – 8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10:30 – 2:00pm. We now have Shakes, Smoothies, and Frozen Lemonades. 8817 Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal H August 2014

Highway 6, Suite 900, Missouri City, Texas 77459. 281-778-4644. Visit us online at www.hoggsnchicks. com. $$ Las Haciendas Mexican Bar & Grill Santos Escobar and his brother Ascension Escobar serve up dozens of heaping traditional gourmet Mexican plates. Lunch Specials run weekdays from 11am - 3pm. Great margaritas, fajitas and much more. Catering available as well as a party room for private parties. • 12821 Southwest Freeway. 281-240-3060. $ • FB QQ China Cafe QQ China Cafe, a family owned Restaurant, has been serving a variety of oriental cuisines for over 3 years, Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin, and Mongolian. Only 100% vegetable oil is used and you will never find MSG. Located between Sienna Pkwy. and Fort Bend Pkwy. on Highway 6 in Missouri City., QQ China Cafe is open 7 days a week. Visit for a quiet, quaint, enjoyable lunch or dinner and take out is always available. Sunday - Thursday, 11AM - 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 11Am - 10:30PM, 10330 Hwy. 6 #G Missouri City, TX . 77459. Call 281-431-7777 or 281-431-7773. www.QQchina.webs.com $ Regal Seafood Lounge “The Freshest Seafood “Hong Kong Cantonese. Open 7 Days a week, Sunday- Thursday 11: 00- 10:00 p.m., Friday- Saturday 11:a.m.11:00 p.m. 12350 Southwest Freeway , Stafford, Tx. 77477. (Between W. Airport and S. Kirkwood) Phone 281-494-8888. $ $ continued, on page 44


FOOD, DRINK, ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE WHERE TO EAT NOW - The following is a list of exceptional restaurants throughout in Fort Bend County & Katy Area. Prices reflect the average cost of a three-course dinner for one person, excluding drinks, tax and tip. $$$$=Very Expensive ($60 & Up). $$$=Expensive ($40-$60). $$=Moderate ($20-$40). $=Inexpensive (Under $20) . FB=Full Bar. WB=Serves Wine & Beer.

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The Rios family invites you to come and experience a superb quality cuisine and impeccable service combined with an elegant and warm ambiance at Veritas Steak & Seafood. Join them for a wonderful culinary adventure featuring USDA certified prime beef, chops, fresh seafood, soups, sandwiches, salads and an outstanding wine selection. They are open for both lunch and dinner Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 10:00 pm, Friday 11:00 – 11:00 pm, Saturday 4:00 – 11:00 pm, and closed

Supper 6 Buffet “Biggest Selection in town”with 10 Buffet tables. Chinese, American, Sushi, Hibachi Grill and Chocolate Fountains. Banquet and Party Room Available. Open 7 Days 11a.m.-10 p.m. Senior Citizen Discount. 5425 Hwy 6 South Suite A100, Missouri City, Tx. 77459 (Across from Kohl’s near Riverstone Blvd.) Phone 832-539-6633. $

on Sunday. Partake in their happy hour specials from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Monday – Saturday. 1550 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 500, Sugar Land • Call 281-491-2901. www.VeritasSteakandSeafood.com. $$ • FB Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse is the premier steakhouse in Fort Bend. Tradicao, pronounced Tradee-son, was named after the Brazilian word for “tradition” and founded on the idea to continue this traditional way of grilling. They are a family owned and operated churracaria whose goal is to make sure your dining experience is one you will never forget. Their prixe fixe menu includes 14 cuts of perfectly grilled meats brought to your table side, a large salad bar and hot sides. Private dining and catering is available. Tradico would like to invite you to come join them, sit back and relax. Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Sun 12-3pm. Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri 5-10pm, Sat 4-10pm, Sun 5-9pm. Phone: 281277-9292. 12000 Southest Freeway, Meadows Place, TX, 77477, www.TradicaoSteakhouse.com. $S • FB


Open 7 Days A Week Sunday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

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don’t let your family’s health fall off your checklist. With summer winding down, it’s time to think about your mid-year health check. At Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, we are dedicated to providing quality patient care for the entire family because we know you care about your family’s health. Put these essential checkups at the top of your list to stay healthy this fall. •

Annual physical exams are a vital step to help you and your family live a long and healthy life. Schedule a primary care appointment online at houstonmethodist.org/primarycare or call 713.394.MPCG (6724).

A student preparticipation physical is the best way to start your student’s season off safely. Join us on Saturday, August 9 from 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. at Wheeler Field House for Student Physicals & Health Expo. For more information, visit houstonmethodist.org/student-physicals-sugar-land.

Baseline concussion testing enables more individualized treatment of a student athlete in case of concussion. To schedule an appointment, contact Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at 281.690.4678.

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