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Rosenberg Awards First Two Avenue H Business Assistance Grants...................................11 Sugar Land Holds StarTex Field Groundbreaking.....................................................................12 County Judge Plans to Quench Thirst of Future Residents.....................................................15 BookKeeping Express Coming to Sugar Land..........................................................................22 The Bumberas Race to Kay...........................................................................................................28 Fort Bend Meets With Consul General Gao Yanping of China................................................37

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NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! We’re celebrating the Top 40 Entrepreneurs and Executives in Fort Bend County! But we need your help in determining just who these movers and shakers are!

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Editor’s Preview May offers something to everyone

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eginning with May Day and continuing on with Mother’s Day in America and Mexico, International Nurses Day, Africa Day and Memorial Day, Fort Bend County has a lot to celebrate. Diversity is all around us. New housing and commercial framing can be viewed in almost any direction

you drive. Concrete is being poured, oil and gas exploration is up and issues such as water, electrical and nuclear power and freight transportation continue to be hot topics of discussion. May is also Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

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Health directives are still on the plate and as you read our cover and inside pages you can be pleased to live in a county that has your health issues at heart. The hospitals that line our major thoroughfares are constantly adding new specialities and winning outstanding national awards. New skill building classes are being taught in

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our local school districts and major colleges and universities. Congratulations to all the students completing another year of education and who will be ready for another year come fall. A Segment Three Committee meeting for I-69 (Refugio to Houston route) was

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held in Wharton in April as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) moves forward with their Public Involvement Plan. Printed materials, an improved website and podcasts will enable residents to be more involved with how the major Interstate

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will affect their communities and economic development possibilities. Community meetings are expected to be announced soon. Yes, its hot in Texas. And that includes Fort Bend County. A county-wide burn ban has been issued by Commissioner’s Court and the Texas Forest Service until

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further notice. Perhaps if everyone turned on their irrigation systems on the same day the evaporation rate might lead to some very needed showers. Inside this issue we are highlighting Ten Women in Fort Bend County to Watch. Their contributions and capabilities are many. Our community has

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Fort Bend Women to Watch 2011 Ten women in the public eye who are shaping Fort Bend’s future By Elsa Maxey


atch for these Fort Bend County women, this year’s picks of Fort Bend Women to Watch 2011, who stand poised to make a difference. Their power lies in their work and determination. They are busy with their careers like many of their peers. These are smart women standouts, among those who share the same qualities— with a dedication to expertise, ambition, role modeling, leadership with a potential for more destined to come their way. The Fort Bend Business Journal asked for nominations from readers and staff team members. A shortlist was the result after much deliberation and these 10 women are those showing tremendous promise at being the kind of pioneers blazing trails to be followed. There are others, well known women, those with second acts, encores and new redefined or reinvented lives. You’ll be seeing them, too, included in our future calls for nominations. Here’s our list of Fort Bend Women to Watch in 2011 in alphabetical order. Follow the progress of these honorees and be inspired. Jacqueline Baly Chaumette is a City of Sugar Land Council member and in May 2008, she made three firsts with her victory—the only woman, black person, and the youngest on Sugar Land’s municipal governing body. When she’s not engaged in “city business,” she is at the top post of BalyProjects serving as its president and CEO counseling corporations on Jacqueline Chaumette public policy issues. Appointed by Governor Rick Perry, she has served as a Commissioner of the Brazos River Authority representing Fort Bend, Harris, and surrounding counties on water and wastewater policy issues. Featured on KUHF, KTRH, KTRK and several radio stations on policy matters, Chaumette also does lectures on public policy at the University of Houston. Her board roles paired with her tireless energy seem endless and include the Fort Bend Education Foundation as vice president, past president of the Fort Bend Family YMCA, Fort Bend Lawyers Care, The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston, Texas Dragon Boat Association, Parks Youth Ranch, and president of the Fort Bend Boys Choir. But that’s not all, she is also a member of Texas Lyceum, The


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Center for Houston’s Future Business Leadership Forum, Leadership Houston, the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, and Rotary International. Awards and accolades for Chaumette include ABC-13 KTRK Woman of Distinction as one of the latest, U of H Black Alumnus of the Year, Juneteenth Foundation Community Service Award, Houston Woman Magazine’s Inspirational Award, One of Houston’s Most Influential Women, Dynamic Woman of Houston, Fort Bend Entrepreneur of the Year, Outstanding Young Texan and Outstanding Young Houstonian by the Jaycees, (The Houston Chronicle’s & Texas Executive Women’s) Woman on the Move and many more. A native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Baly-Chaumette holds a master’s degree in city planning with a public policy emphasis and a bachelor’s degree in political science. Also talented in the arts, she’s a classically trained flutist. Chaumette and husband David have two sons, Raphael, 13, and Alexandre, ten.

Jessica DeMarr is the director of business development for Texas Direct Auto in Stafford, the largest independent auto dealer in the nation. A native Texan, her ambitions and accomplishments rival the state’s size. She came to Houston from Alabama when she was 20, aspiring to establish herself in her home state. She opened her first Jessica DeMarr business in 1997, renamed Ameripure, Inc. Ten years later, her vision led to its expansion into areas such as water purification, air purification, air duct cleaning and carpet cleaning services, and then she sold it. Her plans called for starting a family. In 2007, she became a business development manager for Clear Channel Radio, and in this role she became the number one sales executive in the Houston market. This is what eventually led her to Texas Director Auto, her current employer and a client she introduced to radio. Active in many community organizations, DeMarr participates with the Fort Bend Junior Service League and is actively engaged in helping with so many others in Fort Bend County. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Faulkner Christian University in Alabama. Married to former University of Houston football athlete Joshua DeMarr, they have a one-year-old daughter, Juliet.

Susie Goff is the director of marketing and fun for Johnson Development, a local real estate development company. Fun, did you get that? She promotes exciting and Susie Goff eventful lifestyles throughout the community and leads by example. Her responsibilities currently include all aspects of marketing, advertising and public relations for three of Johnson Development communities—Sienna Plantation, Tuscan Lakes and Edgewater. Goff, also quite the fashion icon in Fort Bend County, has been named Marketing Director of the Year numerous times by the Greater Houston Builders Association, and Marketing Professional of the Year by the Texas Association of Builders. Recently she was asked to speak at the National Association of Home Builders Marketing Summit. For 30 years, Goff has been involved in the real estate industry as a professional in the field and as a strong supporter of the industry’s causes. She has previously served as president of the Fort Bend Association of Realtors (FBAR). A real trooper with Fort Bend’s non-profits, she’s helped raise thousands of dollars by orchestrating high profile events, those feel good memory makers, making it pleasurable to live in Fort Bend. Goff is a graduate of the University of Tulsa. This executive’s work also includes many other aspects of the entertainment culture that so many anticipate once they know her hand is in them.

Jocelyn Gordon is an energy origination manager with Houstonbased Champion Energy Services, ranked among the top retail electric providers in the U.S., and Jocelyn Gordon she’s been in high gear in Fort Bend for the company since the start of the year. Akin to running a marathon, Gordon’s pace on the Fort Bend landscape is steady and continued on page 14

Rosenberg awards first two Avenue H Business Assistance grants


he City of Rosenberg’s Avenue H Business Assistance Committee approved its first grants to Avenue H businesses in April. Texas Storage, 3619 Avenue H, and The Loan Store, Inc., 4407 Avenue H, were each awarded $2,500 towards projects designed to enhance the aesthetics of their properties. The Texas Storage project will include painting and restoration of storage units, and The Loan Store will be complete enhancements of their parking area. The two projects combined equal approximately $34,000 in investment in commercial properties along Avenue H in Rosenberg. In light of the importance of Avenue H for the City, as well as the challenges posed by shifting transportation patterns, the Rosenberg City Council adopted a Business Assistance Grant Program to invest in Avenue H businesses by encouraging them to make property enhancements through financial assistance with the costs of certain projects.

The Avenue H Business Assistance Grant Program provides a 50% matching reimbursement of up to $2,500 for businesses along the roadway for the following types of eligible projects: Façade improvements to storefronts (i.e. painting, remodeling, etc., construction of new signs, renovation or removal of existing signs, improvements made to landscaping, lighting, sidewalks, parking lots and driveway, and demolition of existing signs and structures. Business owners interested in applying for Avenue H Business Assistance grants are required to review the program’s guidelines and criteria and submit an application detailing the scope of work, budget and project timeline. Funding eligibility is determined by a committee which meets quarterly to review applications. Business Assistance Grant Program guidelines and applications are available at Please contact the Economic Development Department at 832-595-3330 for further information about the grant program.




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Opening Date announced at Sugar Land’s StarTex Power Field groundbreaking

Clear your calendar, said Peter Kirk, Chairman of Opening Day Partners, as he announced April 26, 2012 as the tentative day for opening Sugar Land’s StarTex Power Field during last week’s groundbreaking. Kirk (left) positioned the home plate along with Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson (right) during the ceremonial groundbreaking. Kirk said Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson, sent his best wishes and was unable to attend the historic event due to hospitalization, but he will be at the Skeeter’s first Fan Fest on May 14.

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he home plate at the Sugar Land Skeeter’s StarTex Power Field is in place officially marking the ceremonial groundbreaking of the minor league professional baseball stadium set to open next year at around this time. Opening Day Partner (ODP) President Peter Kirk said Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson sent his best wishes and was unable to attend the historic event due to hospitalization, but he will be at the Skeeter’s first Fan Fest on May 14. Robinson played his entire 22-year major league career for the Baltimore Orioles. The groundbreaking took place at the site across the Sugar Land Regional Airport, where the land is undergoing


Among the guests at the home plate ceremonial groundbreaking of Sugar Land’s StarTex Power Field were these two ball game aficionados. Sugar Land councilmember Don Smith and Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup “stike the pose.”

transformation. It is to the northeast of U.S. Highway 90A on State Highway 6 and these days one can see the clearing for the stadium and ball field taking place on what seems like a daily basis. This ball park district is part of the Imperial

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Project, which includes other districts such as the former sugar factory refinery site currently being cleared for redevelopment. The Sugar Land city council awarded a $27.9 million contract to Barton Malow/Linbeck recently as the design/ build contractor for the construction of the baseball stadium, which is scheduled for opening in April 2012. Planning work continues as the opening of the stadium gets closer. At the Sugar Land Town Center office, the Skeeters have four full-time employees and several interns and they expect to add more employees, also in the marketing and sales area. Sugar Land Skeeters Team President Matt O’Brien is saying that once the stadium is open, “the experience will begin when you pull into the ball park, maybe before that looking on your iphone on your way to the ball park.”

Enjoy the Inaugural Skeeters FanFest where fans of all ages can enjoy a day full of festivities. Come out and get a taste of what minor league baseball is all about and reserve your priority number for season tickets. The Houston Area’s Minor League Baseball Team • Hilarious Minor League Baseball Performers Such As Reggy, Zooperstars And Dave The Horn Guy • Clowns, Balloon Artists And Face Painters • Live Music Can you feel the excitement about the new ball park in the making in Sugar Land? Jaimie Virkus, Carolyn Williams and Susie Goff of Johnson Development look like they’re ready to play ball at the StarTex Power Field groundbreaking. But first, “let’s build a ball park,” is what Mayor James Thompson said as he headed to the location where the home plate was placed.

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There will be free parking--1,300 spaces, 700 offsite connected by a 300-foot bridge over Oyster Creek serving the stadium, advises his office. With the reality of the stadium at the 20-acre site soon to be raised from the ground up, that’s when there will be more excitement from those passersby, who have witnessed the land clearing to this point. With just one year away from playing their first game, O’Brien has been providing updates. Tickets and sponsorships continue to sell; for the 7,500 seam stadium already 1,200 season tickets have been sold each at $575 per season; 18 of the 21 leased sky boxes are under contract for 10 years at $3,500 a year. Individual tickets will go for $8 a game. More teams may be added in the future as the Skeeters become a success possibly in Baytown, the Woodlands,

Conroe and Waco. The Skeeters will be in a nine-team Atlantic League with prospective players already having called thinking the league would be playing this year. For the road trips, an airline provider will be sought to fly the team; out of town play would be along the lines of three games, then off time, followed by another three games; the Sugar Land Skeeters is the franchise that is intended to be the role model. The baseball stadium’s events will have built-in entertainment—a huge playground will be situated on the outfield and there will be a Texas icehouse. Hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, cold beer—the regional flavor, they’ll all be at concession stands run by Opening Day Partners and sold at the going rates that can be checked out at the May Fan Fest. The mascot will come later this year and we’re told he won’t ever be traded.

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Fort Bend Women to Watch 2011 continued from page 11 we’ll say it again, fast as in high gear. She’s already on the Chairman’s Council of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, and a regular at numerous business events where she’s getting singled out by so many of Fort Bend’s who’s who. It is apropos that she’s high energy for a company that sells the electrical kind. Her successes in Fort Bend County continue to mount and among them are accounts that include the Wallace & Bajjali Development Partners. Native to this area, Gordon has been in Austin for the last 10 years and returned now living in “lovely Fort Bend” as a resident. On the other side of her profession, her interests include music, cooking, socializing and being the best mother she can be. Her 8-year old daughter Grayce is the true apple of her eye.

D’Neal Krisch is the community relations manager for Fort Bend County. She joined County Judge Bob Hebert’s office in 2003, when he assumed his elected position. Krisch has executive authority when it comes to performing her duties. She serves as the county’s liaison with the community, the Governor’s office, the Texas D’Neal Krisch legislature, regional county judges and mayors, and area community service groups. Active in too many organizations to mention, she’s on the board of directors of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. Also on the professional front, she’s the county’s public information officer and is among those principal in developing the informative public information website with access off the county’s website to provide fast and direct emergency management communications. Krisch is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Also a manager on the home front, Krisch and husband Brad live in Sienna Plantation with their two boys, five-year-old Clayton and two-year-old Chase.

Leigh Love is an attorney and specializes in family law, probate work, and criminal defense. During her 12 years in the legal profession, Love has achieved an impressive record of triumphs. She’s handled more than a 1,000 cases and has never lost a single one in Texas! Love is an honors graduate of Sewanee, The Leigh Love University of the South, and she’s a national moot court award winner at the John J.Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall. Those who know her will say she was clearly destined to practice law. She began her career in insurance and construction defense. She


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then joined the District Attorney’s office in Atlanta, Georgia, where she underwent what has been referred to as a test by fire—handling criminal cases in inner city Atlanta. After moving back to her home state of Texas, she joined the DA’s office in Fort Bend and now she practices law in specialty areas.

Suzette People is a motivational speaker. She’s the CEO of People’s Promoting Company in Sugar Land. She is also the Broker/Owner of Peoples Properties and she has earned several top awards and was ranked in the top one percent in the nation during her 21 years in the business. She also is the CEO of her newest company, Suzette Peoples Peoples Promoting Company, and she’s marketing a new book through it. As a principal in her new company, she’s passionate about helping women to market themselves, look great and she provides powerful networking ideas, all part of her marketing and networking focus. She has many more successes to her claim having earned awards and honors locally and nationally from her accomplishments. During the 26 active years with the ABWA (American Business Women’s Assoc.), she’s served as past president several times and was selected three times as Woman of the Year. Also a top ten candidate four times, she has been selected and recognized for the Women of Excellence award. On top of that, there’s that author side to her. It’s “All about you, you, you” is her new book, and she delivers presentations about it as well. Peoples is also a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, Federation of Houston Professional Women, National Association of Female Executives, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and National Association of Professional Women. She is a long time supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the Children’s Miracle Network. In addition, she is a proud “Aggie” mom and an active member of the Fort Bend Aggie Moms Club.

Laura Richard is the executive director for the Mental Health America of Fort Bend County (MHAFBC). Having grown up in Fort Bend County, she’s well known and has deep ties to the communities in this local area. Richard has 20 years of experience in management, marketing and development both in Laura Richard profit and nonprofit organizations. She also has a background in fundraising management and public relations, leading and managing cross-functional teams, and a history of working with community leaders. Active in the Fort Bend Junior Service League, she’s also active in numerous other undertakings. She received her degree in Marketing and Management from Houston Baptist University. Richard and husband, Jim, are members of many Fort Bend based volunteer organizations and consider it a privilege to give back to the community. They reside in Sugar Land with their three children. continued on page 20

County Judge seeks to quench the future thirst of Fort Bend County By Wayne Chandler


udge Bob Hebert is seeking – NOW – ways to quench Fort Bend County’s water thirst through the end of this century. Is that planning ahead? At his ninth annual Breakfast With Bob, he surprised a large roomful of guests at Safari Texas Ranch by announcing a new plan to get more water for the county’s everincreasing population, instead of giving his usual State of the County address. “Planning for too little and managing for too much will guarantee the economic well being of Fort Bend County for decades to come,” Hebert told this attentive crowd of municipal officials and movers and shakers. He noted : • Water supplies beyond 2040 don’t exist. • No local sponsor exists to procure that water. • Projected water supplies in the Region H Water Plan may be impractical or impossible to achieve. “People just keep coming to this county,” the Judge stated, “and we may have 2 million people here by 2050.” U.S. Census figures placed the county’s 2010 population at near 600,000. Hebert’s proposed solution? Creation of a Conservation & Reclamation District which would represent all present and future water retailers in Fort Bend. Its sole focus would be to identify and obtain “a firm yield water supply beyond 2040.” It would be funded by a surcharge on water revenue only—no taxing authority. Hebert already has discussed this new district cretion proposal with our local legislative delegation, including State Senator Glenn Hegar and Representative John Zerwas (who have responded positively), urging that a bill be drafted, developed and approved in this Legislative Session, if possible. The judge admits that there may be a “small window” of opportunity to create the district in this session but that “consensus for

Bob Hebert at “Breakfast with Bob.”

action must be built, ” before a bill could be submitted. Future steps: If the bill passes, continue public education and prepare for a county election. If voters approve the district, establish a board of directors and initiate work. The judge recognizes that consensus is important, but he knows that the three major players in water distribution in this county are aware of a need for future planning. The three entities are The City of Missouri City, City of Sugar Land and the North Fort Bend Water Authority, which currently is contracting with the City of Houston for surface water. Hebert emphasizes that Fort Bend County doesn’t have one major municipality to lead the way such as Harris County does in the City of Houston. “We can’t depend on the City of Houston to provide our water needs forever,” the judge stated. They have needs of their own for 2040 and beyond.” The answer to meeting the county’s water needs after 2040 may come from a variety of sources. There are improvements in desalinization processes, there is ground water available in some areas, a relatively small reservoir might be feasible, and perhaps water could be acquired from the Toledo Bend Reservoir. A new Conservation & Reclamation District is the judge’s suggestion for weighing these and other options, and

pursuing the best options available. The judge also noted the importance of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) becoming solvent. “If the NFIP were a private business, it would be in Chapter 7,” he said. NFIP currently has $3 billion in revenue and more than $18 billion in unfunded liabilities, mainly due to all of the funds being spent to repair property in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, plus as series of floods in the Midwest. Congress is preparing to rewrite legislation by the end of this September to “adjust a revenue stream, and the rules for setting up premiums. “ He urged “aggressive support of federal legislation recognizing the full value of our levees when setting future premiums.” He also urged FEMA certification of all existing levees. He pointed out that all 22 levees in Fort Bend County have full FEMA certification. Hebert has had 40 years of experience in the public water business, beginning in 1972 when an Alief water district convinced him to set up an operating company, which he named ECO Resources. When he sold ECO in 1985 it managed 58 water districts. ECO’s successor, SouthWest Water, now manages some 250 water districts, most of them in Fort Bend County. Hebert has served as vice president of the Brazos River Authority, was president of the Fort Bend County Surface Water Supply Corporation prior to becoming county judge. He currently serves as a member of the Region H Water Planning Committee, and is a member of the Texas Water Conservation Association and the National Water Resource Association. He’s now in his third four-year term as county judge after being reelected last Fall. Hebert has noted that the year 2040 may be the benchmark and challenge year for water in Fort Bend County. “God willing, I would be 99 years old at that time and others will be using the water that we procure in the next decades to help secure their future,” he said. “As long as I am in good health and mind I hope to promote good use of water,” he said. “ If I didn’t, I feel that way I would be neglecting my job.”

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By Nancy V. Mills, APR | Photos by Larry Pullen Photography

Comprehensive neuroscience program provides expert diagnosis and treatment for brain, spine and nerve disorders


alking, touching, thinking, moving, experiencing emotions – these are just a few of the daily functions aided by the human nervous system – and key reasons why spine, brain and nerve problems can be so life changing. Dedicated neurologists and neurosurgeons affiliated with the Neuroscience Center at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital are available around the clock to diagnose and treat brain, spine and nerve disorders. Some common conditions include Alzheimer’s disease, brain and spinal cord injuries, brain tumors, cerebral palsy, degenerative spine disease, epilepsy, head injuries, migraines, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Memorial Hermann Southwest’s comprehensive neuroscience program includes a 20-bed hospital unit specifically designed for neurology patients and neurointensive care capabilities that ensure groundbreaking treatments can be delivered faster than ever before. Here, the hospital’s highly skilled and compassionate staff helps patients and their loved ones manage the challenges posed by neurological disorders.

numbness or tingling in the extremities, this may signal a more serious condition. Ajay Bindal, M.D., is a neurosurgeon affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest. He often sees patients who suffer from back pain caused by herniated discs, spinal fractures, degenerative spine disease and spinal cord compression, among other neurological disorders. While noninvasive procedures are the preferred first line of treatment for back pain, not all patients

benefit from rest, medications and physical therapy. Now, because of major breakthroughs in neurosurgery, patients can experience significant pain relief from minimally invasive procedures. “In the past five years or so, spine technology advancements have made it possible for the majority of patients to resume nonphysical work within two weeks following surgery,” says Dr. Bindal. In addition to the ability to perform

FINDING RELIEF FROM BACK PAIN Back pain is a common medical problem, affecting eight out of 10 people at some point in their lives. Overuse injuries account for many of these incidents and generally heal within a week. However, when back or neck pain persists for weeks, and particularly when it is accompanied by weakness or pain in the arms or legs, or


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Ajay Bindal, M.D., a neurosurgeon affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest, uses the latest Leica OptiChrome surgical microscope in the hospital’s neurosurgery operating room for improved magnification. The microscopes feature advanced technologies to improve patient safety.

spinal surgery through small openings, Dr. Bindal says some of the greatest advancements include bioengineered discs and fusion grafts embedded with growth factors that promote bone growth and healing. As one of the most advanced neuroscience centers in Houston, Memorial Hermann Southwest utilizes several technologies that provide a higher level of patient safety. Frameless stereotactic technology allows surgeons to navigate more precisely through the spine and cranium. With images of the surgical field in the computer, a digitizing camera senses the position of the surgeon’s instruments and shows them in real time on a computer monitor. The unique NuVasive® technology, used during all spinal surgeries, provides real-time

feedback about nerve health, location and function, helping to reduce the risk of nerve damage. Leica OptiChromeTM surgical microscopes give surgeons an expanded range of movement and greater magnification. “Memorial Hermann Southwest offers the highest quality of perioperative services in the city,” says Dr. Bindal. “I have operated in most of the operating rooms in the city and I prefer this hospital for my patients.”

NEW NON-DRUG THERAPY FOR TREATMENT OF EPILEPSY Epilepsy is another common condition treated at Memorial Hermann Southwest. Seizures occur because of a malfunction in the brain’s electrical system, affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. Epilepsy is also called a seizure disorder.

When relatively healthy individuals have a single seizure, they have a low risk of experiencing a second one. However, once the second seizure occurs, the risk of subsequent seizures is substantially increased. That’s why someone who experiences two or more unprovoked seizures is considered to have epilepsy. Almost 3 million Americans have some form of epilepsy. Steven Croft, M.D., a neurologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest, specializes in the treatment of epilepsy and other nervous system disorders. For the majority of his patients, antiepileptic drugs, taken as prescribed, are successful at preventing or reducing the frequency of seizures. Because epilepsy patients respond differently to antiepileptic medication, careful monitoring by the physician and vigilant patient cooperation are required. Patients whose epilepsy cannot be controlled by antiseizure medications may be candidates for vagus nerve stimulation therapy (VNS TherapyTM). This breakthrough non-drug therapy works like a pacemaker to help treat seizure disorders that are not controlled with medication alone, significantly improving the quality of life for those with epilepsy. The VNS Therapy system is implanted during a minor surgical procedure that takes about one hour. One incision is made in the upper chest area or under the arm to insert the pulse generator. A second incision is made in the neck to insert the thin, flexible wires that connect the pulse generator to the vagus nerve. Patients go home the day of surgery. The pulse generator automatically delivers electrical pulses to the brain through the vagus nerve in accordance with a physician-directed schedule. A special magnet empowers patients and caregivers to deliver an extra dose of stimulation, when needed, at the start of or during a seizure. Because the magnet is small and discreet, it is easily worn like a watch or pager. continued on page 18

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“Home caregivers particularly appreciate VNS Therapy because it provides them with an additional measure of support to help their loved ones gain control over an unpredictable situation,” says Dr. Croft. VNS Therapy is usually used in addition to medication, but does not have the side effects one might experience from drug therapy. Studies have shown VNS Therapy reduces seizure frequency and duration and improves the recovery periods after seizures. Also, a large number of patients can reduce their number of antiepileptic medications once VNS Therapy is started. More than 60,000 patients worldwide have used VNS Therapy, helping improve the way they feel and the things they are able to do.


Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death. It is also the leading cause of disability, with an estimated 15 to 30 percent of stroke survivors living with some type of permanent functional disability. It takes just minutes for brain damage to occur after a blood vessel is blocked or bursts. To prevent or limit damage to the central nervous system, stroke victims must receive proper care within the critical three hours following the onset of symptoms. The Neuroscience Center at Memorial Hermann Southwest offers proven protocols for quickly identifying and treating stroke, including clot-dissolving drugs like tPA that can limit brain damage and improve recovery. On average, in the last six months, patients requiring tPA received the medication within 90 minutes of arrival at the hospital. Memorial Hermann Southwest is recognized by The Joint Commission (TJC) as a Primary Level 2 Stroke Center and has earned TJC’s prestigious Gold Seal of Approval as a Primary Stroke Center. The hospital has also earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Gold Award Recognition for stroke. Additionally, Memorial Hermann Southwest is ranked in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals in the treatment of stroke by HealthGrades®, a leading, independent healthcare ratings organization.

COMPREHENSIVE, COMPASSIONATE NEUROLOGICAL CARE Diseases of the nervous system can be painful as well as frustrating for both patients and caregivers. The Neuroscience Center at Memorial Hermann Southwest and its affiliated neurologists and neurosurgeons stand ready to help. From thorough and comprehensive diagnoses to breakthrough treatments, award-winning compassionate care means our patients can live well. To learn more about treatment for brain, spine and neurological disorders at the Neuroscience Center at Memorial Hermann Southwest, visit southwest or call 713.222.CARE (2273) for a physician referral.



or some post-stroke patients who experience functional impairment, a surprising new treatment is providing relief. New research shows that receiving Botox after a stroke reduces spasticity, or painful muscle spasm, and reduces pain in the arms and legs, thereby enabling patients to more easily tend to their daily care. Shahin Shirzadi, M.D., a neurologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest, says Botox is not for everyone and it won’t totally restore the range of motion of an affected muscle. “If patients complain of cramps and muscle pain, and muscle-relaxing drugs aren’t working or are making them drowsy, we can consider adding Botox while lowering other medications,” he said. Additionally, Botox injections are administered every three months to reduce the risk of antibody formation which would make the medication less effective.


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Shahin Shirzadi, M.D., a neurologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest, is using Botox to help post-stroke patients who suffer from spasticity, or painful muscle spasms.

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Keri Curtis Schmidt, president & CEO of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, embodies executive leadership demonstrated by her meteoric rise to the top post after about only 11 years. Calling the shots for several of the Chamber’s successful signature programs she previously directed, as head Keri Curtis Schmidt chief she’s a role model to those aspiring to accomplish what she has done. Now at the administrative helm of The Grand Wine & Food Affair she’s overseeing its success as the event enters its eighth year among the Chamber’s distinctive projects. When Schmidt arrived at the Chamber, she came with over 16 years experience as a senior vice president with a national bank having also managed branch operations. She is a graduate of the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management, a premier four-year professional development program, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Schmidt also received a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Design and Business from the University of Northern Iowa. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and schooled in San Juan, Puerto Rico and later Iowa, she has lived in Fort Bend County for the past 17 years.

Veronica Wasek, owns VM Wasek CPA, LLC. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Quick Books ProAdvisor. Reinventing the traditional CPA firm and changing how business owners view their relationship with their CPA, she’s an outsidethe-box thinker with over 20 years, hands-on experience working with small businesses. A unique Veronica Wasek perspective is what has allowed her to carve a niche in the Quick Books consulting arena. Wasek has been referred to as being creative and innovative as a resource to clients and as a business advisor. She is a member of the Texas Society of CPA’s and the Houston CPA Chapter. She is also an approved third party reviewer by the Peer Review committee of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. Veronica is a certified Advanced Quick Books® ProAdvisor. Quite personable, this Sugar Land executive with highly developed technical skills is active in her church, the community, networking groups, and social media. She was recently appointed to the board of directors of Shape Up Sugar Land, a non-profit organization. Wasek is committed to fitness and even boasts of exercising five days a week. Sharpening her tools, she belongs to Toastmasters and loves public speaking. She balances her work career with other important things in her life. She also sings and works on crafts. A fraternity member of the accounting honors Beta Alpha Psi in college, Wasek is a graduate of the University of Houston and has a BBA in Accountancy and Taxation. The Fort Bend Business Journal salutes these women for their professional roles of distinction setting them apart and for their selection as Fort Bend Women to Watch 2011.

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Senate unanimously passes fair water bill

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he Texas Senate unanimously passed a bill that would provide fair voting representation on the Gulf Coast Water Authority Board of Directors. Sen. Joan Huffman filed Senate Bill 683 to add Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties on the GCWA board, an agency responsible for conveying surface water throughout the region. A companion bill -- House Bill 3621 -- was filed by Rep. Dennis Bonnen in the Texas House of Representatives. The GCWA owns and operates canals (i.e., creeks and man-made channels) that provide surface water in Galveston, Fort Bend and Brazoria counties. The management and control of the authority is vested in its board of seven directors who are currently appointed entirely by the Commissioners Court of Galveston County. With the passage of SB 683 on a 31-0 Senate vote -- which includes senators representing Galveston County -- the House is expected to consider HB 3621 in the near future. The GCWA has hired a lobbyist to block the bill. Since the water authority’s creation in 1965, it has grown in both capacity and customer base, and the authority no longer supplies water to just the citizens, municipalities and industries of Galveston County. Today, 40 percent of the authority’s total contracted water volume is from outside Galveston County in Brazoria and Fort Bend counties. SB 683 provides fair voting representation for both Brazoria and Fort Bend counties by adding two members to the board of directors of GCWA, bringing the total number of board members to nine. One new member would be appointed by the Commissioners Court of Brazoria County, and one new member would be appointed by the Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County. Fort Bend and Brazoria counties representation, as proposed would only be 22 percent of the board where nearly 40 percent of the GCWA’s total contracted water volume is from these two non-voting member counties. Some additional facts: In 1988, Galveston County Water Authority purchased the State of Texas’ Brazos River Authority’s canal system across Fort Bend and Brazoria counties. In 1991, the Texas Legislature changed the name of the Galveston County Water Authority to the Gulf Coast Water Authority to reflect operations in Fort Bend and Brazoria counties. This change was made at the GCWA’s request. On April 18, 1996, the GCWA approved “Amended and Restated By-Laws” stating “After the authority has contracted to sell at least 10 MGD of water to be used for potable water for customers in Fort Bend or Brazoria Counties, it is the intention of the Board to seek to have the Texas Legislature amend Article 8280-339, Vernon’s Texas Civil Statues, as amended, in order to add two additional positions to the Board of Directors of the authority to be filled by directors representing such counties so that they might participate fully in the policies and decisions of the Board.” This milestone was met in 1997. SB 683 simply ensures the commitment is honored. On May 14, 1996, the GCWA sent a letter to the Fort Bend County judge confirming the board’s action to allow for future voting representation on the board of directors.

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BookKeeping Express inks franchise agreement to open office in Sugar Land Local mother daughter entrepreneurial team opens second BookKeeping Express franchise in Texas


ookKeeping Express, the first U.S. franchise focused solely on bookkeeping services, has signed a franchise agreement with Fort Bend residents Diane Lundell and Jenneth Watson to open an office in Sugar Land serving the city, including Richmond, Katy, Stafford, and West Houston. The new BookKeeping Express office opened in April and is the brand’s second to open in Texas. “A void exists locally for skilled bookkeeping services that focus on the small business community,” said Lundell, a bookkeeper with 18 years of experience with QuickBooks and Peachtree Accounting Software. “We look forward to bringing professional bookkeeping services to the Sugar Land area and becoming part of the Bookkeeping Express family. BookKeeping Express has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and their proven business model will provide experience in the industry and its proven business model will provide us with the marketing and operations support we need to help grow the business, which will allow us to help others grow theirs.” Lundell, who has owned and operated her own bookkeeping training company in the Sugar Land area for more than 17 years, and Watson, who has more than eight years of sales and marketing experience for a luxury hotel management company, were looking for a new challenge in their professional careers. When the motherdaughter team learned about BookKeeping Express, they knew that opening their own office locally would be a perfect fit for them to partner on; it provided them with the opportunity to each bring their expertise to the company. “Joining the BookKeeping Express family gives us the support we need to reach our goals,” said Watson. “And, at the same


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time, gives us the ability to offer local businesses the expertise, support and resources they need without the large firm cost.” With more than 10,000 small businesses throughout the Sugar Land area, BookKeeping Express offers a much-needed service to companies that are not equipped or do not wish to handle accounting responsibilities such as setting up charts of accounts and general ledgers, monthly data entry, processing and managing accounts payable and accounts receivable, producing monthly reports and tax reporting. Plus, BookKeeping Express utilizes an alternative pricing model that is based on the clients’ needs instead of a one fits all, hourly billing approach. The expansion into the Sugar Land area is part of the company’s aggressive national development plans which call for more than 400 new territories throughout the United Sates. “The small business community is growing in Texas and around the country, and BookKeeping Express is expanding with it, providing qualified franchise investors with a niche franchise option that caters to this growing segment,” said Greg Jones, CEO of BookKeeping Express. “We are looking to grow with franchise partners such as Diane and Jenneth who are serious about

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owning a business and sincere about their desire to fill a void in their communities with our distinctive services.” Prior to opening their BookKeeping Express office, Lundell and Watson will earn the company’s certification after several days of training at the company’s headquarters in Vienna, Virginia. As part of the BookKeeping Express franchise model, local BKE office owners have the support of the BookKeeping Express Service Center to take care of any outsourced bookkeeping needs so they can focus their attention on their business and client consultation. This gives business owners the ability to grow their business without hiring additional employees. The Service Center also serves as a new sales channel for BookKeeping Express franchise offices. Local BKE office owners can sell the service in their communities to CPA firms and independent bookkeepers. In addition, all BKE franchise offices will offer the BKE Connect system, which allows businesses access to all bookkeeping files remotely through an outside server, as well as a dashboard that clearly and visually ‘sums’ up the business’ operations for thorough analysis. Plus, small to mid-sized business owners can synchronize their QuickBooks and enjoy convenient, anytime access to their financial documents through BKE EDocs, a new electronic filing system designed to provide secure, online storage of financial documents. BookKeeping Express, a national company focused on providing professional bookkeeping practices to small businesses, was founded in 1984 in California and grew to over 150 locations through licensing agreements. In 2007, Greg Jones, along with Bob Stocker and Merritt Green, purchased the company and launched the new business model in January 2008.

Life really is better in Texas


e Texans have known for a long time that life is just better in Texas. Not that we needed any science to prove it, but apparently, the economic numbers agree. As of the end of February, the unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) in Texas was 8.2 percent, or 15 percent lower than the national average. Heading into the worst recession in decades, Texas was on par with the rest of the nation, but has since separated itself with a strong probusiness environment and healthy energy sector. Not only are more Texans working, they’re keeping more of that income. The consumer price index (CPI) is a measure of the cost of goods and how they change. The CPI for Texas is currently 9 percent lower than the national average, which means Texans are paying less, particularly at the pump and grocery store. And more Texans are buying new homes. Our real estate market remains

consistent and strong. According to the Hanley Wood Builder Market Health Index, Texas has five of the top 15 healthiest homebuilder markets in the nation. The study compares home prices, employment data and median income in 100 of the largest housing markets in America; Texas towns making the grade are Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and El Paso. One reason housing sales are so strong is that Texas housing is affordable. As of the third quarter of 2010, the Texas Housing Affordability Index was 8 percent above the national average. This measure compares median family income to the typical income requirements for a fixed-rate mortgage. Firsttime homebuyers in Texas finished even better, 43 percent ahead of national totals. Compared to the rest of the nation, Texas workers have jobs, costs are low and the real estate market is healthy. Life really doesn’t get much better than in Texas. WJ Interests is a fee only financial planning and investment management firm in Sugar Land. For more information, please contact us at wj@wjinterests.comor 281-634-9400.

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RIBBON CUTTING AROUND THE BEND Chairman’s Council New Member Champion Energy Ribbon Cutting with Candelari’s Bar

The Champion Gang - Director of Sales – Jeff Colvin; CEO – Scott Fordham; Energy Origination Manager Jocelyn Gordon, Cindy Smith – Marketing Manager Nicole Wilson – Marketing Assistant.

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Highland Homes – Summer Lakes: From left: Angie Sanders, Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance; Georgia Flynn, Avant-Garde Solutions, Inc.; Gail Parker, Chamber President/CEO; Shirley Jackson, La Casona Mexican Restaurant; Joe Imperial, Highland Homes; Frank Burdick, Ameriprise Financial; Andi Wallis, Texana Center; Randy Berry, Highland Homes; Lou Jackson; Denise Dimicili

Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Ribbon Cuttings

Greatwood Retirement and Assisted Living Community (7001 Riverbrook Drive • Sugar Land): Front row, from left: Rocky Lane, Lane Real Estate; Karla Mejia, Greatwood; Melanie Heathcock, Greatwood; Gail Parker, Chamber President/CEO; Lesha Vaccaro, Greatwood; Ana Ortiz, Greatwood; Lisa Matthews, Servpro of West Fort Bend County; Shirley Jackson, La Casona Mexican Restaurant; Andi Wallis, Texana Center.


SIG – McDonald & Wessendorff Insurance (611 Morton Street, Richmond): Amber Stevenson, SIG; Jennifer Guitierrez, SIG; Cathy Pitts, SIG; Austin Evans, SIG; Richard Pollard; Dan McDonald, SIG; Joe Freudenberger, OakBend Medical Center; Lisa Matthews, Servpro of West Fort Bend County; Shirley Jackson, La Casona Mexican Restaurant; Teresa Nolasco, First Community Bank; Angie Sanders, Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance, and Alicia Davis, Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance.

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Newmark Homes (6135 Harmony Park, Cross Creek Ranch, Fulshear): From left: Levi Bennett, Newmark Homes; Rocky Lane, Lane Real Estate; Cheryl Stalinsky, City of Fulshear; CJ Snipes, City of Fulshear; Charlie Braun, bizINTOUCH; Rob Bamford, Trendmaker Homes; Jeff Dye, Newmark Homes; Mike Moody, Newmark Homes; Mike McCroskey, First General Services of Fort Bend; Lisa matthews, Servpro of West Fort Bend County; Alicia Azuara, Newmark Homes; Angie Sanders, Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance; Georgia Flynn, Avant-Garde Solutions, Inc., Suzanne Stieber-Loehr, Stieber Insurance Group, LLC.



Commercial Real Estate

By Kolbe Curtice, CCIM, CLS

Managing Director Colliers International - Fort Bend

Fort Bend Commercial Real Estate One of the more polarizing topics leading into the city elections in Sugar Land this spring has been the land use debate in Johnson Development’s Imperial Sugar development at the NE corner of Hwy 90 and Hwy 6. That debate has been over whether the city should allow Johnson to construct apartments in the development. If approved, the apartments would be beyond those that were identified in Sugar Land’s land use plan adopted in November, 2004. A portion of the apartments would be constructed around the city’s new minor league ballpark, with the remaining units constructed around the Imperial Sugar factory re-development. Opponents of additional apartments have voiced concerns about the potential for decreasing property values in the area due to increased crime and traffic that they feel will result from

the higher density and lower priced development. Supporters, however, have stressed the need for additional affordable housing as an option for singles and young professionals. They stress the importance of this option to provide a young professional workforce that is critical to attracting new companies and furthering economic development in the city. With exponential growth in the city over the past two decades, the amount of remaining undeveloped land has been rapidly absorbed and only a small amount remains. Surrounded by Stafford, Missouri City, Houston, and Richmond Rosenberg to the west, the city is basically “landlocked”. Because of this, Sugar Land has expended a great deal of time and effort to attempt to identify the best use for the remaining undeveloped land. In 2003 and 2004, the city’s Planning and Zoning

Commission and staff worked to incorporate input from a wide array of interests, including property owners, homeowners and broad public interests such as economic development and future infrastructure needs to develop the land use plan. The land use plan has spurred dialogue between current city officials and the candidates in the upcoming city election. Some feel that the 2004 land plan should not be amended. Others I have spoken to feel the plan should be dynamic and that reasonable deviations suggested by land owners deserve to be given appropriate due diligence. There are few residents that have been opposed to economic development in Sugar Land. We enjoy the quality of life that we have in Sugar Land today because of past our success

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OakBend Medical Center receives American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award 2010-2011


apidly expanding OakBend Medical Center responds to the need for community cardiovascular care - provides recognized specialists, and state-of-the-art technology to Fort Bend County Again, OakBend Medical Center scores recognition for excellence in cardiovascular care and their state-of-the-art Stroke Center with the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. Providing the latest technology and treatment options to the Fort Bend community, OakBend Medical Center is the only designated primary stroke center in Fort Bend County. As a recognized Gold Plus Performance

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Receiving the award are BJ Patel, Stroke Program Coordinator, Jody Noirot, Joe Freudenberger, Dr. Amitabh Shukla, Sue McCarty and Peggy Smith.



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Achievement Award Hospital, OakBend has met the Gold Plus Performance standards established by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association - achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. According to OakBend’s Chief Executive Officer Joe Freudenberger, the award confirms the commitment that OakBend has made to Fort Bend county and serves as a standard for all areas of care the center brings to the community. “We are pleased to be recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. We are

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working hard to provide the highest standard of care to families in our community and are pleased when the excellent work of our center is recognized,” said Freudenberger. To better serve the needs of the community, OakBend Medical Center now has two campuses within the county and a new emergency care facility at Grand Parkway and West Bellfort. After providing healthcare to Fort Bend families for over 50 years, it stands today as Fort Bend’s only accredited Cancer Center, Advanced Trauma Center and multi disciplinary Wound Care program with Hyperbaric treatment. The center also has a recognized Women’s Center with full-service pediatric care, an integrated Health and Wellness Center and a top-rated laboratory onsite. To learn more go to www.





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Will your corporate tax structure stay right under the new tax rules? Last year, the possibility of a rise in individual tax rates had many business owners questioning whether so-called “pass-through” entities were still viable. The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 put on hold any such concern until 2013 - maybe. 2013 is when individual rates are now scheduled to rise, instead of 2011 – under current rules. Given that, now is a good time to size up your business structure to review its strengths and weaknesses. There are many good reasons for incorporating your business and operate under either the C or the S corporation structure. Incorporation generally offers greater protection than a partnership does against legal claims that can’t be satisfied with assets of the company. Also, corporations can add new shareholders and

transfer business shares more easily in some cases. From a tax perspective, C corporations often get a bad rap because they’re subject to double taxation. That is, the corporation pays taxes on its income, and then that income is taxed again when it’s paid out in dividends or liquidating distributions to its shareholders. The impact of that second level of tax was reduced but not eliminated when qualified dividends began to be taxed at a lower rate (generally 15%). Another tax downside of a C corporation is that C corporation shareholders don’t build up additional tax basis when income is recognized by the business. S corporation or LLC owners do. Double taxation and no basis build-up still drive many business owners to make an “S election.” If you’re considering doing so, be aware that there are eligibility requirements.

For example, you must have no more than 100 shareholders, all of whom must be U.S. citizens or residents. Also, partnerships, LLCs, certain trusts and other corporations generally don’t qualify as shareholders. S corporations are referred to as “pass-through” entities because income and losses pass through the corporate structure to the shareholders, who must then report the income or loss on their tax returns. Those shareholders pay tax on the income and may deduct losses only to the extent of their tax basis. Losses may also be subject to passive activity loss limitations. In addition, “dividend” distributions of company income to S corporation shareholder-employees aren’t subject to employment taxes, but shareholder-

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The Bumberas race to Katy By Wayne Chandler


enny and Cheri Bumbera, and their three hard-charging, auto racing children have taken the family’s exciting venture -- Bumbera’s Performance Associates – a full family auto repair, recreational vehicle and high performance facility - to the City of Katy. Eldest daughter Kristin outlined the family’s plan to serve the North Fort Bend area before a full house at the Katy Area Economic Development Council breakfast in April. The new location is at 6103 Highway Blvd., formerly the home of the Lopez family’s historic ABC Feed and Supply. The Bumberas bought the store a year ago, spending $135,000 in improvements and spreading that throughout the 12,000 square foot facility. After only a week in operation, the Bumberas now plan to construct an additional 2,500 square foot annex to handle a growing demand for automotive repairs and upgrades. “The first day that we were open, we took in 43 cars by noon,” Kristin said. “We’re excited to be bringing close to $2 million in business to the Katy community annually,” she told the EDC group. There’s enough space for the annex on the 1.25 acre site. They presently have 11 employees and “are hoping to hire more in the very near future.” Since 1992 , Kenny and Cheri have had their business on SH6 just south of I-10. Kenny, who has been in the Greater Houston automotive industry for more than 35 years, began his career by working for a local engine builder who supplied engines for racers such as Hall of Famer A.J. Foyt. Kenny has been involved with racing throughout his entire life and the entire Bumbera family has had outstanding racing careers in Texas and throughout the U.S. Kenny acts as the children’s mentor, car builder, mechanic, crew chief and car owner.


He and Cheri own Next Generation Racing, Inc., a NASCAR team that is located at the new facility. The Bumberas have made a name in the Greater Houston area for specializing in high performance upgrades and repairs. Recently, the Bumbera name made its way into Chevrolet dealership showrooms with plans to expand to Ford and Dodge. Their line of upgraded BAD FAST Camaros and Corvettes is available on the new models. “We’re proud to be serving the third generation of our customers, “ said Kenny. “But because customers see so many show cars, hot rods and race cars around the place, they think that’s all that we do. Instead, they learn family auto repair always has been a big share of our business.” “We do love racing,” Kenny said. “The whole family does.” Kristin, 23, has been racing some sort of vehicle since she was 8, starting her career with go-carts. She already has an impressive national record in a sport where virtually all of her competitors are men. Since 2007, she already has made racing history with 16 wins, 52 Top Five, and 94 Top 10 finishes. She was named NASCA Diversity Driver of the Year in 2008. Most of her races have been on concrete and asphalt one-mile tracks in grueling 150-

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and 200-lap races in California, Arizona, Iowa and Texas. She’s a veteran of the raceways in Houston and in Kyle, Texas, near Austin. Kristin has a multiyear endorsement deal with Epilady, and is the personality and face behind that company’s newest EPILADY SPEED, a personal electronic hair remover. To learn more about her accomplishments in this male-dominated world, visit www. Kristin’s sister Kendall began her racing career a little later, at age 14, but quickly earned her own Rookie of the Year title in 2007, and after advancing to a more competitive class was again named Rookie of the Year in Texas Late Model Racing in 2009.. Both girls are the only female athletes in their series. Brother Boyd began his racing career at age 8, driving a bandolero car at 70 mph-plus around a 3/8-mile oval track. “ Even his older sisters have a hard time watching their little brother racing door to door at these speeds,” said mother Cherie, who, herself raced stocks in the 1990s. She was the first female to earn Rookie of the Year title in Texas Stock Car racing in 1990. Her two daughters are the only females to earn that title since. The Bumberas opened at this Katy location last month with 400 persons attending the grand opening. “The response has been great,” Kenny said, “and we’re glad that we decided to relocate here.” Lance LaCour, president and CEO of Katy Area EDC, said, “Bumbera’s is a welcome addition to the Katy business community, both in business generated and for the Katy residents Bumbera’s will hire. And we’re pleased at the property location, too.”

Exploring Texas land options Rural land offers real estate investors a rare opportunity: to buy property for investment and run it for recreation

By Kelly Ferguson, CCIM


e hear the same story frequently: “We lost our hunting lease; we have to find another one.” Many lease (and improve) acreage for hunting or other recreational purposes for years, only to lose it because of changes in the landlord’s situation or a change in ownership. The idea of land ownership may be daunting, but thoughtful and creative consideration may reveal that there are a number of investment and ownership options to make owning land attainable--and quite profitable.

Acquisition - In addition to working

with individual investors to purchase land, we have also advised investors in structuring groups to acquire large land tracts. Acquisitions by such groups can be structured for either shared or partitioned ownership. Shared-ownership structures have some of the same attributes of hunting leases and provide economy of scale. For example, they could provide the ability to acquire a better piece of property than one might afford individually, and land improvements and facilities (lakes, lodging, etc.) may be on a larger scale. They could also involve hiring a ranch manager and be run in the same manner as a hunting club on leased land. Partitioned land tracts have individual ownership. The original land parcel is partitioned among owners at closing. Owners can choose to run their properties entirely separately or they can pool certain aspects of the property with neighbors. For example, Bud Friedman structured a purchase of 1100 acres in Gonzales County. He brought together three investors who purchased the property, which was partitioned into separate tracts at closing. Advantageous “pooling” aspects adopted by the owners include joint efforts in a wildlife management program and rights of first refusal when an owner decides to sell.

Holding Costs - Texas ranch land

with agricultural exemptions in place is taxed with only a fraction of normal property-tax rates. Farming and ranching provide means to generate income on land and obtain property-tax exemptions. However, these “ag” tax exemptions are not limited to farming and ranching; more and more ranches are obtaining wildlife exemptions by providing intentional habitat for certain species. This can be a rewarding experience, both financially and through personal enjoyment. Maintenance of and improvements to land can be tax deductible. The extent that holding costs can be offset by exemptions, income and deductions can be surprising.

Investment - History demonstrates

that land offers a stable investment and hedge against inflation. Texas is the fastest-growing state in the nation, and investors have the opportunity to purchase land within or around the powerful Houston-San Antonio-DFW triangle. Through the Great Recession Texas land transaction volume declined, but prices remained relatively firm. Bob Roy, Manager of the Rosenberg branch of Capital Farm Credit, reported that quality, well-located ranches maintained their value through our recent recession. Many of them actually appreciated during this time. A tremendous advantage to purchasing land in today’s environment is the fact that favorable financing terms are available. Lending programs created specifically for agricultural and recreational land offer flexible terms that may not be available from other lenders. 80% financing is available with a variety of interest rates and terms to meet borrowers’ requirements. Further, many cooperatively owned lenders pay sizable patronage refunds (similar to dividends). Rural land can also qualify for a 1031 tax-deferred exchange.

As with any real estate investment, the same principles hold true for land: buy quality, well-located properties for long-term value...but there’s an additional principle of investing in ranch land: enjoy it! Kelly Ferguson, CCIM is a principal of Fort Bend Real Estate Corporation (www., a boutique firm that has offered specialty services in commercial and residential real estate since Kelly Ferguson 1974. Call Bud Friedman or Kelly at 281.242.2200 for more information on ranches and other real estate investments.

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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 March 2011. More Assumed Names may be viewed online at There were 512 Assumed Names with Notary Fee for month of March. There were also 83 Assumed Names without a notary fee. Koleva Ivanka Hronos 6419 N Shore Bend 77469

Fatani Yusuf Fafy International 4619 Blakes Ridge St 77545

Dickinson Matthew C Gglea Class 26 1410 Williams Way Blvd 77469

Wenzel David Country Side Inspection 15112 Quail Covey 77444

Shaw Salena (+) Glam Divas Events 15035 Four Winds Dr 77489

Alfred Johnny Iii Apartment Blitz 3134 Jenny Drive 77479

Virkus Michael Virkus Consulting Group 3962 Inglewood Circle 77459

Barrett Jan Cross Way 1613 Chestnut Lane 77469

Quality Wrecker Service Inc Quality Rental Car 513 Pecan St 77545

Van Rooy Willem T M (+) Willem T. M. Van Rooy Consulting 2314 Madera Canyon Ln 77469

Antia Ini Edet Iny Global Ventures 15770 Bellaire Blvd Ste 316 77083

Hall Rodnekka Patty’s Hair Salon 10539 S Post Oak 77035

Jackson Jaqua X10did-Family 2118 Peachwood Dr 77489

Mir Abid Mohamed Vice And Virtue (+) 642 Meadow Knoll Dr 77477

Shadle Sheila Global Tech 1414 Meadow Glade Ct 77479

Ma Thea Snowflake Donuts 29615 Fm 1093 Ste 1 77441

Demazeliere Mouton Barbara Barbara Demazeliere-Mouton Enterprise 16811 Quail Crest Court 77489

Sung Steve Steve Sung Realty 12221 S Kirkwood #2334 77477

Cherian Vinil Vj Truckline 3755 Country Place Dr 1019 77477

Tydlacka Joshua X Gear 101 1802 Auborn Trails Ct 77479

Demazeliere Mouton Barbara Children Service Unlimited 16811 Quail Crest Court 77489

Rodriguez Marianna No Gotta Team Kookers 12811 Folkcrest Way 77477

Hartfiel Scot A Hartfiel Architecture & Design Llc 1000 Austin Ste E 77469

Akhtar Muhammad N (+) Showtimeusa 902 Frostwood Dr Ste 246 77024

Hashim Jafrani Medical Practice Consultants 1006 Mockingbird Way 77478

Fernandez Elda G Elda Salon 2745 D Town Center 77479

Beaman Michael S M. S. Beaman Remodeling (+) 3350 Hwy 6 South Ste 104 77478

Green Lula Booker Ceramic, And Decor 3322 Shady Glen Ln 77459

Blair Scott Netera Group 3810 Lamplighter Circle 77459

Cavazos Norma Lola-Rose Richmond Candles 1009 Winston Dr 77469

Johnson Eurica Demetrice Coordinating Designs By Ej 1315 Noble Glen 77545

Ajsri Industries Llc Anchor Machine Works 6211 Evergreen 77081

Jackson Jennice L Salvation After Hiv 5930 Southridge 77033

Wu Zhoutao Kumon Of Katy-Pin Oak Village 8610 Rising Oak Ln 77494

Black Kenneth L Reliance Senior Services 634 Winston 77479

Prilucik Albert Edward Jr High Profile 16818 Tranquil Dr 77498

Davis Terrence E Jr Doe 2 Doe Ink 6630 Mccullum 77489

High Profile Shop 1 Direct 16818 Tranquil Dr 77498

Ross Gwen (+) Town & Country Equities 519 Main 77498

Beeby John Joel Media Rotation 16902 Tibet Rd 77546

Ross Gwen (+) Phoenix Ii 519 Main 77498

Lindsey Ventures Inc Southwest Renovations 1122 Wildwood Ln 77494

Aziz Rasheed City Wide Make Ready 2218 Heatherwood Drive 77489

Essix Jerry Sovereign Transportation P O Box 951 77406


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Jimenez Sergio Design Woodworks Inc. 2603 Hodges Bend 77479 Rice Debra Simply B Photography 21711 Venture Park 77406

Ambriz Deanna Ambriz Pediatric Therapy 3006 Hampton Dr 77459-3207 Malveaux Tommy Tmia Tommy Malveaux Insurance Agency 2318 Ashmont Dr 77489

Mitchell Traci Exorbitant Designer Shoes And Acessories Po Box 35182 77235 Epic Ministries Inc The Fort (+) 28003 Barberry Banks Ln 77441 Epic Ministries Inc Debt Free Music 28003 Barberry Banks Ln 77441 Tai Wei One Red Blossom 25318 Springwood Lake Dr 77494 Harris Sophia The Purple Page Foundation For N.I.A. (+) P O Box 920539 77292 Reed Jarad G One Touch Glam Squad 15411 W Antone 77071 Perez Melinda Design-A-Tee Of Fortbend 9427 Hwy 6 77083 Austin Antonio U Move Me Moving Company 6814 Navidad Rd 77083

Karim Rahmat Bosarge Joshua Cody M&M Locksmith Services (+) Serene Green 13406 Naples Bridge Rd 77498 Po Box 17854 77496

Everitt Gayle W (+) Everwest Enterprises 1958 Fm 1463 77494

Perez Lee Roy Hottest Deals In Rosenberg.Com 5050 Hwy 36 South 77471

Kauffman Lisa Kauffman Custom Designs 20630 Garden Ridge Canyon 77407

Ward Frances Prosperity Global Holdings 5555 New Territory Blvd Suite 4303 77479

Madry Ryszard Madry Realty 16136 April Ridge Dr 77083

Rundgren Helen Home Decor By Helen 6407 Morningside Dr 77479

Gardner Roberts Group Llc Crossfit Elevate 3750 S Mason Rd Ste 500 77494

Leinen Kyle R Leinen Consulting Services 2903 W Autumn Run Cir 77479

Smith Josh Leonardo J.L. Smith Transportation Inc 6934 Gettysburg 77469

Tate Debra M Creations By Revelation 400 Solomon Rd 77469

Jorjay Inc Always Best Care Senior Services 6906 Spring Run Lane 77494

Cook Thriedria A Safe In His Arms 15911 Beechnut 77083

Wimberley Andrea Proficient Home Entertainment 24710 Lakecrest Creek Dr 77493

Coleman Ray A L Jr Ray Coleman Consulting Po Box 1279 77459

Solis William Alexander Willie’s Tex Mex 1111 Falcon Park Dr Suite 10206 77494

Dutkosky Kim Studio13eleven (+) 3003 Shady Ridge Trl 77498 Delaney Preston Straight Line Systems 9401 Line St 77461

Whitfield Steven Hardriders Of Ft. Bend Co. 3760 Cartwright Rd 77459

Solis William Alexander Willie’s Mexican Restaurant 1111 Falcon Park Dr Suite 10206 77494

DBA (Assumed Names)

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Mcintyre Vermice Jr The Cartwright School (+) 1647 Cartwright Rd 77489

Matthews David B Nfinity & Byond 8422 Orchard Mist Ln 77407

Sonii Hamzatu A Goderich Pharmacy 15044 Beechnut St 77083

Halani Anisha B (+) Anisha’s Boutique 2114 Black Oak Dr 77479

Fernandez Joseph Shammah Ministries 8220 Wateka Cir 77074

Taymoori Leyla (+) Floor Chem Carpet Care 2823 Meadowcreek Dr 77459

Shah Rasik Shah Consulting Engineers 21011 Indigo Field Ln 77407

Thomas Clifford Lincliff Business Solutions 15523 Indian Woods 77489

Anthony Amber Pic Of The Party 6607 Ginger Lily Ln 77494

Scott Grant L Straight Up Fishing Co. 5711 Silkbay Meadow Dr 77494

Winston Glenda Love & Care Place 6847 Chasewood Dr 77489

Boyd Beth A Lady Savory Spice Company P O Box 2528 77497

Spencer Jennifer The Perfect Find (+) 6211 Royal Hollow Ln 77450

George Joshua M Idea Unlimited 7007 Brazos Lakes Drive 77469

Gay Donald The Gulf Coast Basketball And Training Academy (+) 16748 Quail Park Dr 77489

D & C Nail & Spa Llc Star Nails Spa 22720 Bellaire Blvd Ste 3 77469

Spencer Jennifer The Emerald City Of Oz (+) 6211 Royal Hollow Ln 77450

Miller Misty (+) Little Angel’s Learning Center 4719 Reading Rd 1201 77471

Ayers Willie Roy Thresh Evangel Ministries (T.E.M.) 15915 Val Verde Dr 77083

Garza Stephen (+) On Duty Apparel 1415 Brady Creek Ln 77406

Monroe Gerry W Mr. V.I.P. Sports Foundation, Inc. 2911 Acacia Fair Ln 77545

Crawford Walter (+) Solar Plus 4434 Bluebonnet Dr 77477

Casada Christopher Booyah Marketplace 1602 Morton League Rd 77406

Roberts Darrell (+) Wildcat Auto Broker’s 20825 Southwest Frwy Suite 18 77479

Miller Robert Glenn Atm Management Service 1527 Tilman 77406 Calloway Kelesia Mezmoreyez By Kellie 2423 N Main 77477 Gonzalez Luis Angel Best Price Construction 10002 Trey Dr 77461 Davis Marlin Peggy Davis Foundation 2803 S Main 77477 Willowridge Christian Academy Pto Willowridge Christian Academy Pto 2803 S Main 77477 Meyers Lori Sassyfrass Hair Design 17314 Woodfalls Lane 77407

Casada Christopher Booyah Outdoor Products 1602 Morton League Rd 77406 Manek Kishan G X. J. Diamonds 14910 Alderwick Dr 77498 Burnett John Spices For Life 2103 Parkview 77459 Washington Darnell Black Stone Bbq Catering 1307 Mossridge 77489

Farris Carl D Bread Of Life Prison Ministry P O Box 1202 77487-1202 Chacko Tobin Fuse Fitness 13522 Schumann Trail 77498 22nd Century Health Home Care Inc Century Health Home Care 2826 Greeen Fields Dr 77479

Group H Llc Texas Realty Connect 2415 Town Center Dr 77478 Murray John W Jsm & Assocates 7323 Windy Port Ln 77407 Adams Michon Juz Jo E 7707 Chasewind Dr 77489 Farzaneh Parichehr Pari’s Gallery Hair Salon & Day Spa 24219 Kingsland Blvd 77494 Jocob Mathew Top Furniture 5314 Autumn Rose Ln 77479 Arthur Claxton Community Medical Laboratory 5200 West Loop South 2Nd Floor Ste 204 77401 Fuentes Blanca Five Star Commercial Cleaning 13103-A Stafford Rd 77477

Hicks Ken Pinnacle Pool And Spas Po Box 387 77545

Toma-Mirro Donna Angels In Action Home Care Consultants 5406 Moss Meadow Ct 77479

Lopez Carlos Air Control Solutions 4517 W Columbary Dr 77471

Sbr Hwy 90 Lll Autochek #3 1141 E Highway 90A 77406

Hamdieh Malek Itsm Works 26110 Pointer Ridge Ln 77494

Momin Ahmed Texas State Properties 30 Rippling Creek Dr 77479

Sullivan Creg C Universal Source Code 3906 Pleasant Run Ct 77545

Moore Bryan X Emage Inc. 12660 Stafford Rd Ste 214 77477

Lopez Santiago (+) Twin City Driver Education School 405B South Second St 77469

Oboh-Ogbeide Philip Sonny Nation Car Center 13806 Wilde Forest Ct 77498

Okereke Michael Meridian Autos And Spares 1907 Appleton Dr 77489

Alaniz Robin (+) After Care Houston 16442 Hidden Gate Ct 77498

Fisher Gerald S Fisher Oil Recycling Service 5022 W Davis 77583

Mcstravick Paul R Mcstravick’s DebrisFree Hauling 2114 Musket Ridge Dr 77406

Ndukwe Chidinma A C - Med Pharmacy And Health Care Services Llc 5633 Avenue I Ste C 77471

Stewart Joanna Elizabeth Joanna Stewart Photography 7606 Grand Pass Ln 77494

Jensen Heidi (+) Heidi’s House 28506 Pewter Knolls Dr 77494

Mcstravick Paul R Mcgreen Recycling 2114 Musket Ridge Dr 77406

Ongaga Evaline Omari Rescue Tows 15734 Boss Gaston 77498

Trevino Jose Jtx Construction Co. 2507 Bluemist Dr 77498

Jones Eula E & J Business Consulting 16527 Lacey Lane 77489 Solis William Alexander Ruthie’s Tex-Mex 1111 Falcon Park Dr Apt10206 77494

Garza Joshua Jk Custom Framing 19715 Lark Orchard Way 77407 Flores Heather F (+) Extreme Clean 23615 Windhurst Rd 77494

Rudd Donnie Emmajean Medical Supply 3102 Shawnee Dr 77479 Wells Geri J Wells Consulting 4531 Bermuda Drive 77479 Igbinoba Idahosa (+) Bawo Consult 15515 Waumsley Way 77498 Fleeks Andrea C (+) Abiding Faith Sitter Services 1710 Carriage Run Ct 77545 Sonii Hamzatu A (+) Goderich Pharmacy 15044 Beechnut St 77083 Cordero Thomas Cpm 4103 Cedar Bend Dr 77459 Hung - Thien - Mi Llc K K & B Gold Silver Buyer 3599 Hwy 6 South 77478 Fitts Bobby D (+) Unique Services Inc. 1818 Grove Court Dr 77489 Mickens Markell Accurate Healthcare Services 4002 Highland Vale Ct 77545 Jaramillo E J (+) C I A Investments 12819 Bexley Dr 77099 Cortez-Grace Vicki Gulf Coast Direct 901 Hwy 90A Ste 100 77469 Mcdonald Waterwork Insurance Services Llc (+) Sig/Mcdonald & Wessendorff Insurance 611 Morton 77469 Hashmi Syed Samiullah Illustrated Math Series 11226 Ramp Creek Ln 77498

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Data Beat

Commercial Building Permits

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



MISSOURI CITY 727 Cravens Rd 3320 Double Lake Dr 8331 Copper Creek Ln 9119 Sienna Ranch rd 5011 Hwy 6 112 8711 Hwy 6 Res D 6215 Hwy 6 100 4811 Hwy 6 8740 Hwy 6 150 Res E 10220 Hwy 6 6302 Hwy 6 S

Commercial New Commercial Remodel Commercial New Commercial Remodel Commercial Lease New Commercial New Commercial Lease New Commercial Remodel Commercial Lease New Commercial New Commercial Building

$80,500,000 $144,532 $1,500,000 $713,643 $80,000 $545,000 $175,000 $200,000 $196,650 $375,000 $100,000

Grand Total Valuation (of Listed)



ROSENBERG 3316 Avenue H #A 445 Highway 36 6902 Industrial Pkwy 1001 Ave G 3801 Ave H 4310 Highway 36 819 Lane Dr

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

$47,000 $1,968,155 $111,535 $64,000 $19,650 $82,450 $26,000

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial & Residential)



STAFFORD 13011 Mula Ln 12613 Executive Dr 712 4167 Bluebonnet Dr 13823 North Promenade Blvd 300 10311 West Airport Blvd 111 10315 West Airport Blvd 6

Commercial Remodel Commercial Remodel Commercial Remodel Commercial Buildout Commercial Buildout Commercial Buildout

$15,000 $30,000 $22,000 $1,600,000 $18,500 $25,500

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial & Residential)



SUGAR LAND 1550 Lake Pointe Pkwy Ste 500 15625 Southwest Fwy 1327 Lake Pointe Pkwy Ste 515 9722 US Hwy 90A Ste 111 19875 Southwest Fwy Ste 220 2701 Town Center Blvd Ste 22 11420 Dair Ashford Rd Ste 104 16605 Southwest Fwy Ste 530 16605 Southwest Fwy Ste 250 16605 Southwest Fwy Ste 520 15591 Creek Bend Dr Ste 200 101 Parklane Blvd Ste 202 17510 W Grand Pkwy Ste 190 4690 Sweetwater Blvd Ste 200 12682 Cardinal Meadows Dr 716 State Hwy 6 510 State Hwy 6 550 State Hwy 6 16540 Southwest Fwy 351 State Hwy 6 2323 State Hwy 6 165100 Southwest Fwy 14100 Southwest Fwy Ste 100 2735 Town Center blvd N Ste N 500 Dulles Ave One Sugar Creek Center Blvd Ste 250 2145 Lone Star Dr 224 Terminal Ln

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

$62,325 $66,000 $118,444 $250,000 $44,950 $137,789 $51,231 $162,518 $332,739 $106,716 $100,000 $161,306 $95,991 $168,000 $12,200,000 $695,000 $600,000 $550,000 $200,000 $1,131,920 $300,188 $53,925 $756,750 $48,000 $40,000 $214,032 $56,384 $49,923

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial & Residential)




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OWNER/CONTRACTOR Ben E Keith Foods First Colony Community Service/Millis Development & Const Stone Development Group Colony Baptist Church Sugar Land Sweetwater Enterprise/Excel Buildouts Sienna 1688 LP/Tyhan Construction Inc. SDI Missouri City Holdings LLC/Krell Commercial Const McKinney Real Estate Properties Hwy 6 Sienna Parkway LTD/Henderson Quality Construction A-S 91 Ft Bend Parkway-Hwy 6L/Global New Millennium Partners Missouri City & LP/A2Z Builders

Warwick Construction City of Rosenberg/KDW LTD Warren SW. Refrigeration FW Walton, Inc City of Rosenberg/Tricon Construction Inc City of Rosenberg/Remedy Roofing AG Investments LP/Church Services

JC Stonewall Constructors LP Service Master/ US Construction Services EV Tex Management Co/Joe Evans/ Vision Contracting Revolution Foods/ Corvus Construction Le Nguyen/ TK Design & Construction Crown Trophy/ TK Design & Construction

Lake Pointe Town Center, LTD/Accent Sign & Awning Fort Bend MB Land LP/Crossmark Devel & Constr LLC Dr. Hernandez/Black Mountain Construction Nguyen Family Partnership, LTD/JTK Construction Inc. KM-TS Greatwood, LLC/PLK Services Weingarten Realty Investors & JMJ Contractors Inc. Stafford Dorothy/Bey Commercial Construction Methodist Hospital/South Coast Cont Services Inc Methodist Hospital/South Coast Cont Services Inc Methodist Hospital/South Coast Cont Services Inc LPTC, Inc./Super Tech Construction APAAR Sugar Creek LP/Precon Construction Services Memorial Hermann Hospital/Forney Construction FBC Fort Bend Holdings. LLC/Crossmark Devel & Constr LLC API Realty, LLC/Kingham Dalton Wilson, LTD Fadi’s Telfair, Inc/Richland Construction Hwy 6 & 90, LTD/Williams Development & Constr Hwy 6 & 90, LTD/Williams Development & Constr Sugar Land Properties, Inc/Global New Millennium Partners Sams Real Estate Business/Journeyman Construction Inc Kensinger Properties, LTD/Benchmark Building Contractors Inland Western Sugar Land Colo/Chance Construction Trademark Construction & Remodel Weingarten Realty Investors & Hood Masters Fort Bend ISD/Jamail & Smith Construction Parkway Portfolio I LLC/Forney Construction Town Center Lakeside, LTD/D E Harvey Builders, Inc City of Sugar Land/CZS Developers, LLC

Data Beat

April 2011 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

% Change To Date

2009 Payments To Date

2008 Payments Change


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

20,200.90 5,343.56 27,778.40 1,334.69 62,271.91 382,753.14 25,938.46 3,021.11 3,020.12 249,603.78 795,792.28 7,881.27 911,160.83 3,301,740.68 1,658.96

15,380.82 4,830.20 21,836.93 1,223.35 71,819.87 405,116.48 23,968.03 2,209.69 15,112.24 262,112.31 775,968.36 4,435.68 854,871.71 2,568,983.67 2,405.38

31.33% 10.62% 27.20% 9.10% -13.29% -5.52% 8.22% 36.72% -80.01% -4.77% 2.55% 77.67% 6.58% 28.52% -31.03%

89,798.18 22,344.52 131,456.69 6,206.36 290,541.38 1,875,846.57 112,238.83 13,398.67 18,464.57 1,245,672.88 3,681,692.48 32,218.96 4,207,111.57 13,535,381.06 4,937.62

76,883.69 23,078.99 109,089.45 5,299.41 310,670.55 1,893,302.50 104,653.30 13,772.54 37,219.30 1,294,538.35 3,453,754.00 26,184.45 4,017,834.11 12,842,966.64 12,318.19

16.79% -3.18% 20.50% 17.11% -6.47% -0.92% 7.24% -2.71% -50.38% -3.77% 6.59% 23.04% 4.71% 5.39% -59.91%








Top 20 City Sales and Use Tax Comparison Summary - April 2011 Please note that Sugar Land is 17th in sales tax revenues in the state. City

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

Net Payment This Period

Comp Payment Prior Year

% Change To Date

2009 Payments To Date

34,990,748.44 14,997,329.81 14,621,100.82 9,773,194.54 6,954,833.59 5,803,577.71 5,291,509.49 4,518,082.84 4,534,159.96 4,251,878.75 4,457,637.96 3,923,247.18 3,548,951.95 3,015,421.21 2,878,990.65 2,922,198.76 3,301,740.68 2,597,626.60 2,548,763.14 2,437,669.36

32,360,773.27 14,394,282.72 13,768,980.09 9,768,310.31 6,686,134.29 5,552,593.00 5,031,520.36 4,192,692.37 3,885,200.51 3,970,751.16 4,574,842.13 3,924,481.33 3,480,682.30 2,779,951.69 2,533,576.59 2,557,461.81 2,568,983.67 2,372,931.06 2,388,324.64 2,394,554.39

8.12% 4.18% 6.18% 0.05% 4.01% 4.52% 5.16% 7.76% 16.70% 7.07% -2.56% -0.03% 1.96% 8.47% 13.63% 14.26% 28.52% 9.46% 6.71% 1.80%

162,067,242.27 70,485,926.40 68,252,541.47 47,003,854.08 34,261,699.90 26,854,200.86 23,832,066.13 21,526,978.22 21,361,053.85 19,846,421.04 19,465,118.59 19,200,053.27 16,946,179.75 15,401,438.60 14,133,525.62 13,953,710.31 13,535,381.06 12,197,822.98 11,768,588.31 11,600,379.45

2008 Payments Change


152,782,902.49 66,620,937.74 66,164,453.71 45,042,212.52 31,686,670.25 26,208,733.53 22,673,351.27 20,409,918.53 19,166,936.07 18,188,142.24 18,334,710.21 19,532,692.35 16,106,437.21 14,008,672.22 12,832,980.34 11,028,456.30 12,842,966.64 11,066,749.82 10,783,164.48 11,268,290.50

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6.07% 5.80% 3.15% 4.35% 8.12% 2.46% 5.11% 5.47% 11.44% 9.11% 6.16% -1.70% 5.21% 9.94% 10.13% 26.52% 5.39% 10.22% 9.13% 2.94%


Donation of Rio Bend community allows Catholic Charities to expand foster care services in Fort Bend County


atholic Charities of the Archdiocese of GalvestonHouston recently received the 30-acre Rio Bend community located at 1500 Pultar Road in Richmond as a gift for its foster care program. Rio Bend, established in 2005 as a community for foster children and their foster families, includes eight single-family homes, a chapel and playground. “We are so grateful to be entrusted with this gift,” said Bonna Kol, Catholic Charities president and CEO. “It allows us to expand our work supporting the care of foster children in Fort Bend County and provides the opportunity to serve vulnerable children

in a safe and loving community setting.” Children will begin moving to the new community in early June. When Catholic Charities fills Rio Bend to capacity, it will serve 48 children, those of whom may be referred from the state foster care system, refugees separated from their parents, or orphans and trafficking victims from countries as far as Burma, Congo and Central America. Catholic Charities has provided foster care services since its inception in 1943, helping children who have suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment. Today the agency serves these children through both group foster homes and individual foster families, depending on the children’s needs.

Rio Bend will offer group and individual family settings. Catholic Charities works with foster parents across the Greater Houston and Fort Bend areas to provide their foster children with strong family connections and experiences, and benefits such as life skills training, medical care and mentoring. The agency also serves children in a group foster setting. Here, children who are victims of human trafficking or refugees who have been separated from their parents receive a comprehensive evaluation of their needs in a nurturing setting and are provided with special services such as English classes, ongoing family tracing and legal assistance.

Bering Exploration announces process to become licensed


ering Exploration, Inc. has begun the process to be licensed by the State of Texas to conduct drilling and operations in Texas. The company expects to receive the approval in the next thirty days. Bering recently announced that drilling operations have begun on its Gulf Coast prospect with potential revenue valued at $29 million over the life of the prospect. Additionally, Bering announced that it will initially drill four test wells on


its Eagle Ford shale play in Central Texas targeting $11 million in gross potential reserves and will utilize the results to help with the design and development of a more in depth drilling program for the remaining 116 potential well locations targeting gross potential reserves of more than $300 million. The figures above are based upon the current price of oil and gas and assume all wells are drilled and successful. “We expect our application for an operator’s license with the Texas Railroad Commission to be approved in the next

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thirty days,” stated Steven Plumb, VP of Finance of Bering. “This license will allow Bering to enter the first phase of our drilling program on our Eagle Ford prospect.” Headquartered in Houston, Bering Exploration, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company that focuses on identifying, evaluating, developing and acquiring potential natural gas and oil wells in the Gulf Coast onshore region. Additional information about Bering can be found on the web at www.


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Houston Chapter of Credit Unions provide $100,000 to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus


he Houston Chapter of Credit Unions donated $100,000 to the new Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children. The Houston Chapter of Credit Unions’ focus on families mirrors that of West Campus, which began admitting and treating patients at the hospital early March, while the outpatient clinic facility has been open since December 2010. Located at I-10 and Barker Cypress and built on 55 acres with ample free parking spaces, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus will serve one of the nation’s fastest growing pediatric populations –the area from Sugar Land to Bryan-College Station, and will provide access to the same unsurpassed standard of care that parents have come to expect from Texas Children’s. The 515,000-square-foot hospital houses the only 24/7 pediatric emergency room in the Greater West Houston area; two operating rooms, expanding to four in summer 2011; 24 intermediate and acute-care patient beds, with a planned increase to 48 beds; advanced imaging services including MRI and CT scans; a neurophysiology sleep lab; a pathology lab and a full-scale pharmacy.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus receives $100,000 donation from The Houston Chapter of Credit Unions. Back, from left: James Tuggle, Steve Gilman, and Greg Storch. Front, from left: Julirey Velasquez, and Jennifer.


Aztec announces six months results, strong growth and doubling of total assets


ztec Oil & Gas, Inc. has announced the recent filing of its financial results for the quarter and six months ending February 28, 2011. For the three months ending February 28, 2011, Oil and Natural Gas Sales increased to $474,804 versus $34,118 for the comparable three months ending February 28, 2010, or approximately a 1,292% increase. The Company has achieved further significant improvement over the year end results of six months ago, August 31, 2010. A quick summary of the filings show that Aztec’s Total Assets more than doubled to $22,884,268. Cash (as reported in Current Assets) increased approximately 54% to $7,596,283. On a related basis, Current Liabilities decreased approximately 23% to $1,670,879 and Total Liabilities decreased from $3,115,185 to $2,505,362, or approximately 20%. In the foregoing regard, Aztec maintains a significant line of credit with a major Houston bank, but has paid down the outstanding balance on that line to the minimum of one thousand dollars ($1,000). Also, during the current six month reporting period, Total Equity for Aztec increased to $20,378,906 from $8,318,708, or approximately 145%. All of the latter foregoing percentages are compared to the period for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2010, and all percentages are rounded to the nearest full number. “Aztec has been substantially ramping up its operations, and those efforts are beginning to show in its corporate financial results. With oil prices posting very dramatic increases, and our drilling focus being principally on oil for over 3 years now, we anticipate a very nice year in 2011,” stated Waylan R. Johnson, President of Aztec Oil & Gas, Inc.

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Johnson further stated, “Our people have worked very hard establishing Aztec’s reputation for quality, reliability and performance in both our corporate endeavors plus our public drilling programs. When we do offer our drilling programs, they have been gaining popularity with broker dealers and investors.” Houston-based, Aztec is an experienced oil and gas exploration, development and production company focusing on Texas plus other areas of the U.S. Its interests are highly diversified between exploration drilling and development drilling; however, when it offers drilling/production partnerships, Aztec focuses primarily on shallow, Texas, low risk, development wells. When offered, those programs/partnerships are placed only by FINRA registered Broker Dealers and Registered Investment Advisors with accredited investor partners, and are focused primarily on oil, with natural gas normally a secondary target. Aztec entered the sponsored drilling program industry in 2006. In 2008, it was ready to substantially expand its sponsored drilling program activities, primarily for oil in Texas. Since 2008, Aztec has, indeed, focused most of its drilling partnerships on oil wells in Texas. In addition to its early, initial three small Appalachian natural gas drilling partnerships mentioned above, Aztec has, intermittently, sponsored and closed eight other drilling/production partnerships (all of the latter focused on drilling for oil in Texas). Aztec Energy LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aztec, is the Managing General Partner of all Aztec drilling partnerships and another wholly-owned Aztec subsidiary, Aztec Drilling & Operating, LLC, is the drilling contractor and operator for such partnerships.

Fort Bend meets with Consul General Gao Yanping of China


ounty Judge Bob Hebert met with Consul General Gao Yanping, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston. Judge Hebert invited the Consul General to attend a private welcome reception and luncheon prepared by Allison Wen of Safari Texas Ranch. Others who attended with the Consul General included the Consul & Director of the Education Office and the Consul & Director of Economic Development. Fort Bend representatives attending with the Judge included the Fort Bend County “Friendship Committee” and representatives of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. The Fort Bend County Friendship Committee was created to explore and facilitate a “Sister Community” relationship that will our understanding of the Chinese culture and heritage, while benefitting the Fort Bend economy with opportunities for future business recruitment and the development of key industry ties in business sectors Judge Bob Hebert complimentary to Fort Bend County. Members who participate on the Friendship Committee include George Chang, Michael Liu, Gary Lo, Howard Paul, Allison Wen, Jeff Wiley and Daniel Wong. Consul General Gao received a crystal bridge from Judge Hebert as a token of friendship. Herb Appel, CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council, presented an overview of local economic conditions and the strengths of Fort Bend county for the benefit of Consul General Gao and her staff. “As we look to the future development of mutual friendship and respect, we envision a growing awareness and appreciation of each other’s culture and people,” said Hebert. “As we move forward, we hope this partnership will provide a means of fostering educational, economic, and professional exchanges.”

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OakBend Medical Center celebrates with its volunteers


akBend Medical Center recently held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch at Safari Texas Ranch. The theme of the event was Volunteers Have All the Right Ingredients. Joe Freudenberger, C.E.O. personally thanked each volunteer for the hours they contributed and for making the hospital a better place. In 2010, the hospital volunteers donated over 15,000 hours of service. From funds raised through the hospital gift shop, bake sales, book sales, and other various fundraising efforts, the volunteer auxiliary President Goldie Leinweber, presented Freudenberger with a check for $11,000 to be directed to the hospital’s

capital campaign. Marketing Manager Cindy Reaves installed the incoming auxiliary board of directors for 2011/2012. Betty Humphrey will serve as president, Carolyn Culpepper - president-elect, Donna Schulze - treasurer, Dianne Williams - secretary and Bobbie Scott - historian. The Auxiliary President’s Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Peggy Kriehn, who volunteers in the Labor and Delivery Department and has served 1,098 hours over the past year. “Peggy is such a wonderful addition to this team. She assists the staff and takes care of each and every patient as if they were her own family. We are very lucky to have her,” said Jannice Phillips, department director.

Sugar Land begins tourism marketing effort


essica D. Brown has joined the City of Sugar Land as tourism and marketing manager to oversee its new tourism marketing pilot program. Brown has in-depth knowledge of Texas tourism initiatives and programs and an accomplished history in destination sales and marketing. Her 14 years of experience includes the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development & Tourism and the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. The city initiated the tourism marketing pilot program to establish itself as a regionally, nationally and internationally recognized destination for conventions, meetings, events, trade shows and leisure travel. Sugar Land’s hotels, attractions, restaurants and retailers will all benefit from the sales and marketing efforts. Major components of the three-year program include developing a branding and marketing initiative; facilitating synergy between hoteliers, event facilities, retailers and other destination partners; and providing marketing and support for events. Funding for the tourism marketing pilot program is generated by the City’s Hotel


Occupancy Tax (HOT), the use of which is restricted to tourism/marketing programs and historic preservation. This program is focused on increasing Jessica Brown visitors to Sugar Land which will have the added economic benefit of increased sales tax revenues, stimulating economic growth and development of the community. As a regional employment center, the city is home to numerous high-profile regional and international corporations housed in over 22 million square feet of commercial space, including Minute Maid, Schlumberger, Fluor Corporation, Bechtel EO and Aetna. Sugar Land has also uniquely positioned itself as a hub for premium shopping, dining and entertainment. Venues such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, the recently announced StarTex Power Field, as well as the future concert/ performing arts center and Sugar Land Heritage Museum will further establish the community as a cultural and historical destination.

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Joe Freudenberger, C.E.O. and Goldie Leinweber with the check $11,000 to the hospital capital campaign.

Goldie Leinweber, left, Joe Freudenberger, C.E.O. right, present Peggy Kriehn with Volunteer of the Year Award. Over 15,000 hours of service were contributed in 2010.

Auxiliary Committee Chairs were also recognized for their service: Carolyn TodishGift Shop chair, Anita Filip- Telephone Committee chair, Dianne Williams Sunshine Cards chair, Harriet Karnei Membership Committee chair, Bill Fulton - Blood Drive chair, Carolyn Todish – Recruitment & Orientation Committee chair, and Sandra Sanborn - Scholarship Committee chair. The 2010-2011 Board of Directors included Goldie Leinweber – president, Carolyn Culpepper – president elect, Donna Schulze – treasurer, Carolyn Todish – historian and Dianne Williams as secretary. “The volunteers are an inspiration to us all, not only do they donate their time to serve and assist our staff in so many ways, but they also raise funds which they donate year after year to the hospital. We are extremely grateful to have such outstanding people in our community and as part of our team at OakBend,” said Freudenberger. In keeping with the theme, each volunteer was given an embroidered apron and the centerpieces contained assorted cooking utensils. To become a volunteer at OakBend Medical Center call 281-633-4015 to find out more about the opportunities available.

Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance’s Third Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party in Downtown Fulshear Ray’s Gourmet Country was the epicenter of the Third Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party.

.B. Collins, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Fulshear, Randy Parker, Gail Parker, Chamber President/ CEO, Cheryl Stalinsky, City of Fulshear, and CJ Snipes, City of Fulshear.

Gilbert Lomones, First Victoria National Bank, works the prize wheel at the Chamber booth.

Gail Parker, Chamber President/CEO, and Donna Lamb, Cross Creek Ranch.

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Redstone begins planning with Johnson Development on Imperial


he Redstone Companies, who own a host of luxury properties in the Houston area, has agreed to consult with Johnson Development on the exploration of renovating the historic Char House and developing a new hotel and conference center as a part of the new Imperial project. With a reputation for upscale hotel, resort and clubs in the industry, Redstone properties include The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Lakeway Resort and Spa and Houstonian Lite Fitness Clubs. Their golf properties include Shadow Hawk Golf Club, The Houstonian Golf & Country Club, Redstone Golf Club - Home of the PGA TOUR’s Shell Houston Open, BlackHorse Golf Club and Vanderbilt Legends Club. “With The Redstone Companies, we are looking at the feasibility of developing a hotel and conference center along with the possible reuse applications of the Char House,” said Shay Shafie, general manager of Imperial. “Redstone’s superior track record in hospitality and mixed-use projects makes them the perfect choice to examine all opportunities for Imperial. Their reputation for the finest in luxury hotel accommodations, private fitness clubs and golf properties is stellar, and we are enthusiastic about working with them to explore all options for the redevelopment of

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Imperial.” The proposed hotel conference center will be located in the Historical District of Imperial along Highway 90A. Imperial’s goal is to integrate the smoke stacks and other artifacts from the Imperial refinery into the complex to preserve the heritage of the area, as well as turn the historic Char House into executive offices. “Redstone has had a successful partnership with Johnson Development in the development of the Fall Creek community which surrounds Redstone Golf Club. When they approached us about consulting on this project, we were thrilled with the opportunity,” expressed Mark Yanke, president of Redstone Companies Hospitality. “It’s a wonderful property that could enhance the economic landscape in Fort Bend County, where we currently operate Shadow Hawk Golf Club and The Houstonian Golf & Country Club, while maintaining a special historical reference for Imperial.” The proposed hotel and conference center will serve as a complement to the StarTex Power Field, the stadium for the City of Sugar Land’s new minor league baseball team. It will also compliment the other entertainment-oriented venues featured in the700-acre master-planned community located in Sugar Land. Imperial plans to include the redevelopment of the historic Imperial Sugar Company refinery site and the preservation of several of the iconic structures dating back to the early 1900���s. Just over a year ago, Johnson Development was selected as Imperial’s development manager by Cherokee Sugar Land LP and the State of Texas General Land Office. Johnson’s charge is to bring life back to the old Imperial Sugar Refinery site with a mix of retail, commercial, hospitality, restaurants, office and urban residential land structures. The master plan also includes a significant amount of land across from the Sugar Land Regional Airport being dedicated for the city’s next professional business and technology park. For more information about Imperial, visit

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Levi Strauss to pay more than $1 million in overtime back wages to nearly 600 employees


evi Strauss & Co. has agreed to pay $1,011,413 in overtime back wages to 596 employees nationwide after the U.S. Department of Labor found that the company violated overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. An investigation conducted by the San Francisco District Office of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division determined that the San Francisco-based company misclassified several groups of workers, including assistant store managers of newly acquired stores, as exempt from overtime. Although their counterparts at previously existing stores were exempt from overtime compensation, the newly hired employees were not. “Misclassification of employees has serious and adverse consequences for employees, as well as for corporations,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “When violations of federal labor laws are discovered, this department will take appropriate action to ensure that workers receive the wages they deserve.” This investigation covered back wages for time worked over a two-year period. Levi Strauss has agreed to pay the back wages and committed to upgrade its time and attendance system, as well as maintain future compliance with the law. The applicable employees are now treated as non-exempt under the FLSA. Founded in San Francisco in 1853, Levi Strauss was the first company to manufacture blue jeans. Today, the company operates 164 retail stores and employs more than 4,000 workers in the U.S., and its global operations span more than 100 countries. The FLSA requires that covered employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for all hours worked, plus time and one-half their regular rates of pay, including commissions, bonuses and incentive pay, for hours worked beyond 40 per week.

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NEWSWORTHY FBISD art student first to win Junior High Champion Award Michelle Huang, an eighth-grade student at the Quail Valley GT Academy, entered her oil painting, “The Long Way Home,” in the 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Contest and won the “Junior High Champion” prize. She was the only student, among 300,000 students representing 100 school districts and more than 60 private schools throughout Southeast Texas, to receive the award in the Junior High School division. Students were asked to submit artwork based on Western culture, history or heritage. Michelle’s artwork originally won “Best of Show” and was among 662 pieces of artwork that advanced to the Grand Prix judging after winning top awards at the district level of the competition. This was the third year that Michelle has won “Best of Show” for artwork entered in the competition. Her 2011 winning painting was displayed at the Reliant Center’s Hayloft Gallery throughout the rodeo season.

Pictured (from left) are: Thomas Heinly, principal at Quail Valley Middle School; Michelle Huang, contest winner; and Carl Stockman, art teacher.

The Long Way Home,” an oil painting by Michelle Huang that was awarded the “Junior High Champion” award in the 2011 HLS&R Student Art Contest.


State Representative Charlie Howard fights to maintain small business tax cuts State Representative Charlie Howard business community.” (R-Sugar Land) proposed House Bill 1187 According to recent data from the U.S. before the House Committee on Ways and Small Business Administration (SBA), Means. House Bill 1187 makes permanent there are approximately six million small the current tax exemptions for businesses in the United States. Of businesses who generate $1 million these six million businesses, 386,422 or less in revenue annually. are in Texas. These businesses In 2009, the Texas Legislature represent more than 98 percent temporarily exempted businesses of the state’s employers and more from paying the franchise tax if than 46 percent of its private sector they generated $1 million or less in employment. Charlie Howard revenue. Previously, the exemption “Under the current economic applied to businesses that generated $300,00 conditions that we face, it is imperative or less in annual revenue. The current tax that we provide small businesses with an exemption is set to expire this year. environment that encourages their job “Small businesses are the backbone of growth and success,” said Howard. “The our state and our nation,” stated Howard. “ continued success of small businesses will The million dollar exemption has provided produce new jobs, additional prosperity, and much needed tax relief to our state’s small a better Texas for us all.”

Sugar Land attracts national headquarters of Atos Origin, Inc. Atos Origin, Inc. has chosen Sugar Land for the location of its North American headquarters. The company — a leading international information technology services provider — will bring a minimum of 55 leadership jobs to the city this August. To attract Atos Origin, the Sugar Land Economic Development Department crafted an incentive package which was recently approved by Sugar Land City Council. The incentive is based on the company locating to Sugar Land in the Offices of Kensington, maintaining a certain number of jobs and generating new sales tax revenues for the city. Paul Stewart, EVP and CEO North America, Atos Origin, Inc. states: “The City of Sugar Land’s approach to planning and development is a cultural match to our high tech industry and will make a great partnership. They are forward thinking, with ample amenities and acclaimed schools that

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match our well being at work (WB@W) initiatives for our employees.” As one of the Top 10 international IT service providers in the world, Atos Origin generates annual revenues of $7.2 billion dollars and employs 49,000 people. Its international headquarters are located in France. From Sugar Land, the firm will oversee 800 employees in the United States and Canada. Among its clientele of large multinational groups and organizations is the International Olympic Committee, for which it is the Worldwide IT Partner and in charge of the IT for the Olympic Games. “The City of Sugar Land welcomes this successful global firm,” said Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson. “We are proud that Atos Origin has chosen our city for their national headquarters location. Our stable local economy provides an excellent location for the firm to continue to thrive.”

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Four Companies earn Missouri City’s Golden Tree Award Four companies that consistently demonstrate their commitment to improving the environment were recognized at the April 18 City Council meeting with Missouri City’s 2011 “Golden Tree Award”. TXU Energy donated 10 trees for 5th Street esplanades, sponsored and planted a tree grove at the Edible Arbor Trail, and donated gloves, lip balm, and LED nightlights to volunteers. In addition, 10 TXU staff members spent a collective 20 volunteer hours planting plum trees. The company’s contributions total an estimated value of $4,800. Apache Foundation is the first business to receive this honor two years in a row. They donated 795 trees during the last three years. This year they have also sponsored a mulberry tree grove at the Edible Arbor Trail. The company’s contributions total an estimated value of $19,875. Kroger has demonstrated a commitment to helping our community through volunteerism and sponsorship of a tree grove at the Edible Arbor Trail. The Highway 6/Murphy Road Kroger team gave six volunteers and 12 collective hours of time to help plant a persimmon grove at the Edible Arbor Trail. The employee’s contributions total an estimated value of $2,400. HEB/Sienna promoted energy conservation in its business facility and operations, demonstrating leadership in green building by achieving LEED certification, including using locally made materials, and certified wood, low water usage fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens, energy reducing devices in heating and cooling systems, and promoting recycling during construction and in daily operations. “These awards are given to local businesses that really have taken a leadership role in conservation and urban forestry support in Missouri City in the last year,” said City Forester Paul Wierzbicki. “They set an example for other businesses to follow.”

26th annual Central Chamber Golf Classic May 23 at Houstonian The Houstonian Golf & Country Club in Richmond is one of the most prestigious tracks in the region, and, because of its partnership with the Houstonian, the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Golf Classic has grown into one of the area’s most recognized team tournaments. Scheduled for May 23 at the Houstonian, it is one of 10 tournaments they schedule each year. The Rose-Rich Auto Mile is comprised of four local auto dealerships: Finnegan Auto Group, Fort Bend Toyota, Gillman Honda and Legacy Ford. The Houstonian, which was conceived by internationally acclaimed golf course architect, Rees Jones, offers more than 7,100 yards of pristine play, with five sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels. The golf course engages approximately 50 acres of lakes and waterways along with 43 bunkers. Fairways of 419 Tif-way Bermuda and Tif-eagle greens are meticulously maintained for championship golf course conditions year round. The limited sponsorship opportunities are selling rapidly, and it is anticipated those opportunities, as in past years, will sell out

Rose-Rich Auto Mile: From left: Marvin Marcell, Fort Bend Toyota; Vince Finnegan, Finnegan Auto Group; Chris Gillman, Gillman Honda, and Ron Ewer, Legacy Ford .

well before the tournament. For sponsorship information, contact Chamber Development Director Angie Sanders at 281-342-5464 or Sponsors already committed are: Gift Sponsor – Silver Eagle Distributors; Birdie Sponsors – Amegy Bank of Texas, JE Dunn Construction, Landtech Consultants, Inc., Republic Services, Inc., and Trendmaker Homes; Tent Sponsor – JE Dunn Construction; Beverage Cart Sponsor – Servpro of West Fort Bend County.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium coming soon to Sugar Land Town Square Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is coming soon to Sugar Land Town Square. Flying Saucer features appetizers, hot sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, salads, wraps and an extensive array of micro and imported beers on tap, along with a full-service bar. Flying Saucer will open its second Houston-area location at 15929 City Walk in the fall of 2011. The eatery will occupy 5,059 square feet of space and will feature the same eclectic design elements found at other Flying Saucer restaurant locations. The walls will be covered with collectable plates scoured from garage sales and antique malls around the country. “We chose to open in Sugar Land Town

Square because we were impressed by the growth of the development in the past few years,” said Flying Saucer Owner Shannon Wynne. “We believe Flying Saucer will be a valuable addition to a community that already recognizes great food and entertainment.” Charles Adams, vice president of retail for Planned Community Developers, Ltd, represented PCD in the transaction; James Namken of The Weitzman Group, represented Flying Saucer. For a complete list of Sugar Land Town Square retailers visit SugarLandTownSquare. com. More information about Flying Saucer can be found at

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NEWSWORTHY OCuSOFT, Inc. breaks ground at new corporate headquarters

From left: Gerald Andrews, GRA-Gulf Coast Construction; Charles Hewitt, OCuSOFT; Sue Herreth, OCuSOFT, Cynthia L. Barrett, President/ CEO OCuSOFT; Dorothy Eakins, OCuSOFT, Thomas Mason, OCuSOFT, Angie Sanders, Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance, and Joe Milton, Milton Architects.

Congressional Update

Congressman Pete Olson recently provided a congressional update at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square hosted by the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance. With the Congressman are Gail Parker, Executive Director of the Chamber and Elsa Malakoff Maxey of the Fort Bend Star.

CYNACON, Inc. a company founded in 1986 as a research and development company by Nat G. Adkins, Jr., Chairman and Cynthia L. Barratt, President-CEO. Shortly thereafter, a second corporation, OCuSOFT, Inc., was formed to market over-the-counter (OTC) ophthalmic products. The two companies were merged in 1993. OCuSOFT, Inc. (dba CYNACON / OCuSOFT) is the leader in the development and commercialization of

novel products for the treatment of ocular surface disease. The company now services the ophthalmic industry with a complete selection of pharmaceutical supplies and continues to market its proprietary brand of OTC products. The Fort Bend-based company recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially kick off construction of its new corporate headquarters at 30444 Southwest Freeway in Rosenberg.

2011 Surf’s Up, School’s Out set for May 6 Beat the heat is to grab your friends and get ready to party, because Surf’s Up! OakBend Medical Center is the title sponsor for the 2011 Surf’s Up, School’s Out, with the Triumphs, benefitting the Lamar

Getting ready for this year’s Surf’s Up with a game of beach volleyball are Long Elementary teachers Kristie Belmarez and Tiffany Andel, Long Principal Jill Nehls, OakBend Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer Joe Freudenberg, Sue McCarty, Jody Jones Noirot and Susan Carruth.

Educational Awards foundation (L.E.A.F.). The dinner, dance and auction is set for May 6 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with a live dessert auction following immediately. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. with entertainment by Fort Bend County’s favorite party band, The Triumphs. Funds raised at Surf’s Up go to underwrite grants for Lamar CISD teachers. More than $193,000 was awarded by the L.E.A.F. “Grant Express” in 2010. Since 2000, L.E.A.F has awarded more than $1.25 million dollars in grants for innovative classroom projects. Individual tickets are $25, which includes a chicken-fried steak dinner catered by Vincek’s. Tables for groups of 10 or can be reserved for $250. For ticket information or to reserve tables for Surf’s Up, contact Janice Knight at 832223-0334.

Sugar Land first in region to install flashing yellow arrows New traffic signals with Flashing Yellow Arrows (FYAs) for left turns have been installed at nine intersections on Eldridge Road and two on Burney Road. Flashing yellow instinctively implies caution, which is the preferred reaction when drivers make judgment calls about turning left into a gap in traffic. The signals were successfully utilized during a pilot project in the Sugar Land Business Park, where the flashing yellow arrows resulted in reduced wait times and fuel usage at intersections. So, how do the signals work? When


approaching the intersection, a solid red arrow indicates a required stop -- left turning drivers must wait. Drivers must also stop at a solid yellow arrow. A flashing yellow arrow requires motorists to first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before proceeding cautiously to turn left. A solid green arrow permits drivers to turn left while oncoming traffic stops. According to the City of Sugar Land, the FYAs have the potential to greatly benefit air quality and reduce accidents. A national research study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation has identified

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FYAs as the preferred option for left-turn movements. “Research data has shown that retiming traffic signals can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 percent and reduce mobile emissions by up to 22 percent,” said Assistant Director of Public Works David Worley. A U.S. Department of Transportation report has shown that intersections using FYAs compared to circular lights have fewer crashes -- a 30 percent reduction in crashes over an eight-year period as compared to the circular green “ball” indication.

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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 Aling’s Hakka Chinese Cuisine

Blue Bee Promotions, LLC

Gateway to Care

Patricia Harris, President 16107 Kensington Drive, #274 Sugar Land, TX 77479 800-558-7145 Advertising, Promotional Specialties

Tom Hemingway, Health Provider Network Manager 3611 Ennis St. Houston, TX 77004 713-783-4616 Health Care

Alpha Eyecare Associates

Candyland Vacations, LLC

GlobalSpex Web & Graphic Design

La Escondida Mexican Grill

Balanced Brain Chiropractic

City Publications Houston

The Goddard School

La Fonda Restaurant

Clean as a Whistle

Greer Wealth Management Company

Living Magazine

Direct TV

The Interface Financial Group

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Gary Yan, President 15425 Southwest Fwy Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-242-0432 Restaurants

Philip Aitsebaomo, CEO 12401 South Post Oak #D Houston, TX 77045 713-721-9000 Optometrists

Sophia Bekiaris, Chiropractor/Owner 4610 Sweetwater, Ste 210 Sugar Land, TX 77479 713-301-6216 Chiropractors

Benefit Concepts, Inc. Josh Pipes, Broker 1173 Brittmoore Rd. Houston, TX 77043 713-728-7200 Health Care


Charles Braun, President 4510 Devonshire St. Sugar Land, TX 77479 713-443-8061 Marketing Services


Candy Smits, Owner 3350 Hwy 6, #212 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-980-3289 Travel Agencies

Darren McClimans, Owner 1910 Crisfield Dr Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-723-8160 Advertising Services Howard Partridge, Owner 808 Park Two Dr Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-784-4648 Carpet Cleaning

Fernando Delgado, General Manager 16126 Southwest Freeway, Suite 130 Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-491-3888 Cable Television

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Christina Hawkins, President 19901 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-940-7002 Internet Solutions

Kyle Davison, CEO 15 Berenger Place Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-886-4970 Financial Services

James Bennett, Doctor/Owner 4690 Sweetwater Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-633-8600 Physicians, Orthopedics

Sergio Espinosa, President 7270 Highway 6 Missouri City, TX 77459 281-403-3306 Restaurants

Gina Vu, Owner 9722 US 90 A, Ste 111 Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-382-8387 Child Care

Blake Greer, Owner 311 Morton Street Richmond, TX 77469 281-785-2104 Financial Services

J. Michael Bennett M.D. P.A.

Martin Moreno, Owner 13134 Dairy Ashford, Suite 600 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-277-0338 Restaurants Kristen Ford, Advertising Consultant 6 Horizon Court Rockwall, TX 75032 800-269-6020 Advertising, Magazines


Ashley Harris, Account Executive 8280 Willow Place No Houston, TX 77070 713-397-7286 Advertising Services

Education Division

Understanding School Finance With David Thompson

Newman Regency Group

Mike Kowalick Secretary and Treasurer 12705 S. Kirkwood, Ste 140 Stafford, TX 77477 281-980-7448 Recycling, Waste Disposal

Nino Realtors

Gloria Nino, CEO 3 Greenway Plaza, Ste 110 Houston, TX 77046 713-964-4700 Real Estate, Residential

Phenomenal Products, Inc.

Howard Partridge, CEO 808 Park Two Dr Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-634-0404 Business Coaching

Riverbend Country Club

Chuck Cox, General Manager 1214 Dulles Avenue Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-269-2526 Country Clubs

Sienna Dental

Brian Reeder, Doctor 4225 Sienna Parkway, Ste 130 Missouri City, TX 77459 281-778-5330 Dentists

Smart Financial Credit Union

Juan Ramirez, Branch Manager 9810 Hwy 90-A Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-407-4352 Credit Unions

States Health Inc., Home Health Agency Rosemary Ekeh, Administrator 6666 Harwin Dr., #540 Houston, TX 77036 713-532-6800 Home Health Care

Sugar Land Courier Services

Johnnie Anderson, Owner 13126 Stafford Rd Stafford, TX 77477 281-403-0022 Courier & Delivery Service

Techno Chaos

Jeanette Breton 7320 Hwy 90, Ste 210 Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-410-1768 Educational Services

Texas Sports Medicine Institute

Wayne Horak, Administrator 7830 W. Grand Parkway S. Richmond, TX 77406 832-223-9200

The Law Offices of Sal Momin, P.L.L.C.

Sal Momin, Attorney at Law 12750 S. Kirkwood Road, Ste 100 Stafford, TX 77477 281-402-3660 Attorney(s) at Law

Total Chiropractic and Wellness Center Yvette Nadeau, President 14873 SW Fwy, Ste. A -105 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-242-4476 Chiropractors

Fort Bend ISD Annex Building May 6 – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Government Relations Division

Mayor Joe Gurecky City of Rosenberg

Luncheon Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Events Save the date

May 9 – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Chamber Young Professionals (CYP)

Lunch & Learn – LinkedIn with Glenn Smith Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce May 11 - 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Business & Professional Division

Lunch & Learn – Managing Generational Differences with Mike Dolbert Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce May 18 - 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Infrastructure Division

Infrastructure Monthly Breakfast Meeting Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce May 26 – 7:30 am – 9:00 am

JUNE An Economic Outlook: Stability in the Face of Uncertainty – Michael Krach Sugar Creek Country Club June 2 – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Infrastructure Division

Infrastructure Monthly Breakfast Meeting Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce June 23 – 7:30 am – 9:00 am Government Relations Division

State of the City – Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen Sugar Creek Country Club June 24 – 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Network Nites Sweetwater Country Club June 30 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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HR Green Mark Gehringer, 713-338-8001 Family Practice of Fort Bend Robert McClendon, 281-265.3456 Sugar Land Spine and Disc Stacy Croft, 281-491-3472 The Language Factory Belinda Bentahar, 281-261-2302

2 Years

The Trestles Chris Sandblom, 281-208-2779

MDN Enterprises II Jennifer Flanery, 979-387-3180

Broadstone New Territory Nora Butcher, 281-340-5555

4 Years

Miracle Method Surface Restoration Paul Barnett, 281-240-2284

PCD Management, LLC Wende Lewis-Buckley, 281-276-6000

Milestone Member 5 Years

ESE Partners,LLC Erin Clark, 281-501-6100

Diagnostic Cardiology of Houston Matt Mahoney, 713-776-9500

West End Ranch Mai Olaussen, 281-265-3200

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. Kim Stensvaag, 281-637-6200

Mission Burrito Chad Lindsey, 281-325-0033

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Nationwide Insurance/Mortgage Tony May, 713-807-8264

6 Years

The Mills Agency Nancy V. Mills, 281-491-2369

Charlie’s Restaurant & Catering Charles Irving, 281-778-5222

Fertility Specialists of Houston Cristina Treadway, 832-553-5483

Harmony School of Science Huseyin Sari, 281-265-2525

Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc. James Rice, 713-482-2300

3 Years

Champion Contractors of Texas Brent Mikeska, 713-898-9817

Buffalo Wild Wings Cliff Sadowsky, 281-313-9464

7 Years The Preserve at Colony Lakes Creekstone Management Adrienne Johnson, 281-499-4007

Ester Buentello Flores, Inc. Ester Buentello Flores, 281-499-1223

4 Years

Southern Ice Cream Mike Johnston, 281-499-9837 Amani Engineering, Inc. H. Prasad Kolluru, 713-270-5700


Paradigm Consultants, Inc. Brent Lapsley, 713-686-6771 Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen Javier Contreras, 281-980-7482 (RITA)

9 Years

Summus Industries, Inc. Rodney Craig, 281-640.1765 ext 100

American Property Tax Service, Inc. Ali A. Gilan, 281-240-0101

NAMI Fort Bend Larry Davis, 281-980-7463

Crossmark Development & Construction, LLC Jeffrey A. Anderson, 281-313-1383 x2

Tuscany Room Julie Trudeau, 281-565-5566

8 Years

Ben Bridge John Reyes, 281-313-8900

Newland Real Estate Group, LLC Ted Nelson, 713-575-9000 Ad Valorem Advisors Jeff Simmons, 281-491-4445 Merrill Lynch Bart A. Reese, 281-490-1600 RE/MAX Southwest Realtors Curtis Warren, 713-303-1111

Milestone Member 10 Years

Halff Associates, Inc. Raul Wong, 713-523-7161 Wal-Mart Charles Smith, 281-340-0900 First Community Credit Union Nancy Trennel, 281-856-5300

Houston Chronicle Liz Mortenson, 713-362-3045

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Become a member Today! For membership information contact: Jan-Michael Jenkins • 281.491.0218 11 Years

14 Years

22 Years

Fort Bend County James Patterson, 281-980-2235 x204

American Red Cross Sandra Startz, 281-342-9480

23 Years

Milestone Member 15 Years

Truitt Insurance Agency Jim Truitt, 281-499-5499

RE/MAX Southwest Realtors Virginia Mack, ABR, CBR, 281-491-1776

Harry M. Green Interests, Inc. Harry M. Green, 713-953-9800 Leonetti Graphics Donald Leonetti, 281-499-4959 Millis Development & Construction, Inc. Jason Millis, 281-240-6066 JRM Architects, Inc. Jim Merriman, AIA, 281-242-5255 Keep Sugar Land Beautiful Vicki Gist, 281-313-5752 Southwest Irrigation Systems, Inc. Peter Hudson, 281-494-3700

12 Years

Fort Bend County Robert J. Kern, 281-238-3290 Brookstreet Barbecue Louie Roukab, 281-313-4000 Houston Community College SouthwestMissouri City Andrew Johnson, 713-718-2900

13 Years

Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc. Dale Conger, 713-462-3242

Brooks & Sparks, Inc. Frank Brooks, 281-578-9595

Windfield Townhomes/Rockwell Yvonne Saenz, 281-240-7700 South Grand at Pecan Grove Madonna Turner, 281-342-9414 East Fort Bend County Jaycees Karen Kovar, 281-431-0759

Gables Lions Head Apartments Donna Anderson, 281-980-6723 The Resort Townhomes Susan Murillo, 281-240-9700

17 Years

First Colony Community Association Doug Pepping, 281-634-9500 La Quinta Inn Peter Cruickshank, 281-240-2300

18 Years

Contract Land Staff, LP Brent Leftwich, 281-340-3309 J Loggins Jewelers Jan Loggins, 281-242-2900

Southwest Lincoln-Mercury Carl Bilsky, 713-981-3500 Tejas Surveying, Inc. Randy McClendon, 281-240-9099

24 Years

Freedom Automotive Services, Inc. John Miller, 281-499-4797 Wal-Mart Matt Ware, 281-933-7800

Milestone Member 25 Years City of Stafford Leonard Scarcella, 281-261-3900

27 Years

United Way Service Center/Fort Bend County Jan Ridings, 281-207-2300

28 Years

Nalco Company Don Comer, 281-263-7391 direct

Milestone Member 30 Years

Planned Community Developers, Ltd. Les Newton, 281-242-2000

Wharton County Junior College Sugar Land Robert Wolter, 281-243-8411

19 Years

32 Years

PGAL Paul Bonnette, 713-622-1444

21 Years

39 Years

The State Bank of Texas Nicki Black, 281-494-6686

Earthman’s Funeral Directors Southwest Susan N. Moody, 281-240-3300 AECOM Stephen G. Berckenhoff, 713-267-3266

Bailes Bates & Associates, LLP Robbie Bates, 281-565-6400 Texas Instruments, Inc. Fran Dillard, 281-274-2000

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Service King Collision Repair Centers Clayton Geisendorff, Store Manager 10475 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX 77074 Phone: 1.866.730.KING or 713.773.5000

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ervice King began in Dallas in 1976 & has grown to 32 locations throughout Dallas Fort Worth & Houston with further expansions on the horizon. They are the largest independently owned multi-shop operator in the nation. They, also, offer a full-service collision repair provider. With 9 locations in Houston, they are available to serve the community Monday

through Friday, 7 am to 6pm and Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. 9 out of 10 insurance companies recommend Service King and they are a local collision center of choice to many local dealerships. At Service King they don’t just fix wrecked cars, they help repair peoples lives!

Alexandre’s Etiquette Advantage, LLC 9203 Hwy 6, South, Suite 124-404 Houston, TX, 77083 281-879-9663


lexandre’s Etiquette Advantage, LLC is an etiquette consulting firm that delivers seminars to clients ranging from individuals to CEOs. Our program is a combination of seminars and workshops designed to ensure that learning about etiquette is both educational and entertaining. Good social skills are absolutely essential to professional success and can make the difference between getting ahead and getting left behind. Learn the teachings of business etiquette, social skills, good manners and all the necessary tools to make a good impression. Alexandre


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Etiquette Advantage offers workshops in a relaxed, easygoing atmosphere. You will learn things you’ve always wanted to know. You can be cool, calm and collected, under any circumstances. Also you will learn how to build the best possible business relationships by applying the principles of etiquette. To learn more about the services, visit www. or you can contact Alexandre Wood at 281-879-9663

Staybridge Suite 11101 Fountain Lake Dr. Stafford, TX 77477 281-302-6535


taybridge Suites® is an innovative all-suite hotel brand designed to meet the needs of extended-stay guests. It is ideal for travelers seeking a residentialstyle hotel that is perfect for business, relocation and vacations. Staybridge Suites was ranked the highest in guest satisfaction among extended-stay hotel chains, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. Amenities include: three suite types (deluxe studio, onebedroom and two-bedroom/2 bath) with fully equipped kitchens, highly functional work areas, two-line speaker phone with voicemail and direct dial access and free highspeed Internet access. Staybridge Suites offers free “Wireless Anywhere,” complimentary daily deluxe breakfast buffet

and evening Sundowner receptions three days a week, and 24-hour business services featuring complimentary PC work stations and free Internet access. Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI) named Staybridge Suites best in customer satisfaction within the upscale hotel segment several times over the past few years. Staybridge Suites has continually surpassed more than 20 other hotel brands in this category. The new Staybridge Suites Houston Stafford-Sugar Land, at 11101 Fountain Lake Drive in Stafford, close to the Southwest Freeway – US Highway 59 – and behind the Fountains Shopping Center.

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Six Memorial Hermann hospitals named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters


ix Memorial Hermann hospitals have been named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Memorial Hermann’s hospitals were the only ones in the Houston-area to earn the recognition. The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. For the second year in a row, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital was recognized in

the medium community hospitals category. And, for the first time, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital was awarded in the small community hospitals category. “Memorial Hermann is gratified that six of our hospitals were rated by Thomson Reuters to be among the Top 100 U.S. hospitals in 2011,” said Michael Shabot, M.D., chief medical officer for Memorial Hermann. “Thomson Reuters provides an objective evaluation based on calculations made on publicly reported quality, safety and patient satisfaction measurements from all hospitals in the country. The result of those calculations is that six Memorial Hermann hospitals were ranked in the upper 1 percent of all hospitals in the country. We want only the best for our patients and this recognition indicates we are delivering it.” To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, nonfederal hospitals. They used public

information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor. The winning hospitals were announced in Modern Healthcare magazine. “This year’s 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. “The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity, yet remained focused on mission and excellence, which drove national benchmarks to new highs.” More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at For more information on Memorial Hermann, visit

KOLBE CURTICE... in attracting new companies and businesses; businesses that pay local taxes and bring an employment base which invests in the local economy by buying houses, shopping in our stores, eating in our restaurants, etc. Both Sugar Land and Fort Bend Economic Development employees have structured incentive plans to lure companies to the city. Those incentive plans are based on the projected economic impact that new employees bring to our community. At the same time, no one that lives here wants to add development that would increase crime, traffic, etc.. That goes for area developers as well. The principals (and employees) of the master planned communities in the city are residents of the city as well. Not only do they risk their capital in the community, but they have raised their families here and have as much at stake in the quality of our community as anyone. The land use plan for the city should be dynamic and should be able to adapt to current economic trends and conditions. Because it is dynamic, however, does not mean that it should sacrifice quality. Appropriate due dili-

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gence can and should identify the positives and negatives associated with a change in land use. If the positives warrant a change in the plan, it should then be determined if the negatives associated with the change can be eliminated. Doing less than that would be a disservice to

both the land owner and the community. Kolbe Curtice is a licensed real estate broker. He is the Managing Director of Colliers International – Fort Bend, a full-service commercial real estate brokerage company located in Sugar Land Town Square. He can be reached at 281-4944769 or H

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employees must take “reasonable” wages to avoid potential penalties. What is “reasonable” depends on the facts and circumstances and therefore opens the door for a controversy. Because of possible tax rate increases for individuals in 2013, many S corporation owners are starting to ponder whether converting their companies to a C corporation would be beneficial. When you consider all of these variables, don’t forget to consider corporate and individual income tax rules in all of the states in which you operate, as well as whether federal corporate tax rates are expected to change. Remember that if your business is expected

to generate capital gains (whether in the normal course of business or as part of your exit strategy), those gains won’t result in favorable federal tax treatment within a C corporation structure. Finally, bear in mind that while terminating an S corporation election is relatively simple (additional tax reporting may be required), you must generally remain a C corporation for five years after converting before electing S status again. Alan Sandersen is a columnist for the Fort Bend Business Journal and is a Partner with Sandersen Knox & Co, L.L.P., Certified Public Accountants. He can be reached at 281-2423232. H

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NAMES IN THE NEWS CEO named for St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital Bryan J. Hargis has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital (SLSLH) and Vice President of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System (SLEHS). Hargis will be responsible for all aspects of hospital operations at SLSLH. “We are excited to have Bryan Hargis join our management team at St. Luke’s and we look forward to his leadership in Sugar Land as our hospital continues to grow in this important community,” said David Koontz, senior vice president, SLEHS. Hargis is accomplished in leading midsized community hospitals to prominence and good financial health. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Missouri, a member facility of Capella Healthcare since 2008. Prior to Mineral Area Regional Medical

Center, Hargis served as CEO of facilities in other for-profit health systems. In 2005, he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by Community Health Systems for best Bryan J. Hargis performance among the 72 hospitals in the corporation for year-over-year financial improvement. Hargis’ background has provided him a strong, interdisciplinary skill set, including operations, business development and financial analysis. Hargis, a Certified Public Accountant, completed his Master of Business Administration at Auburn University, graduating with a 4.0 GPA, and received a Bachelor of Science in both Accounting and Marketing at Arizona State University.

Tsai places first in national HOSA competition Foster High School student Stephanie Tsai took 1st place at the State Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) competition, earning a trip to the National Competition in Anaheim, California in June. Stephanie bested 20 other students in the Emergency Preparedness Epidemiology in Corpus Christi, April 14-16. Stephanie won the Area II HOSA competition to advance to State. Stephanie’s contest requires students to study the effects of health and disease in


populations, to improve their scientific literacy and provide insight into public health careers. Students in this event take a written exam of concepts related to the study of epidemiolStephanie Tsai ogy. The contest includes an 80-queston exam and detailed written responses to a case study. Terri Johnson is Tsai’s instructor at Foster.

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Suneja celebrates seeing 50,000 patients in 18 years Dr. Randeep Suneja, medical director of Cardiology Center of Houston, PA, reached a monumental milestone in April by seeing the 50,000 patient in his 18 years of solo practice. To Dr. Randeep Suneja celebrate this momentous occasion, Dr. Suneja donated $1,000 to the Katy Christian Ministries. Dr. Suneja is one of only a few Quadruple Board Certified cardiologists in the nation. He moved his practice from Houston to Katy almost five years ago. Practicing from his 9,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility at 20710 Westheimer Parkway in Katy, Dr. Suneja continues to provide excellent, compassionate and comprehensive care to his patients with the help of his dedicated staff. Dr. Suneja has been nominated as one of the leading physicians of the world and has received the Best of Katy Physician and Surgeons Award three years in a row. Dr. Suneja can be reached at 281-646-9000.

Roberts named Greater Houston Federation of Coach’s Association Athletic Trainer of the Year Lamar’s B.F. Terry High School head athletic trainer Kevin Roberts is the unanimous selection as the Greater Houston Federation of Coach’s Association’s Bobby Gunn Athletic Trainer of the Year for 2010-11. The trainer will be honored at a special ceremony Wednesday, May 4 at the University of Houston’s Moore Athletic Complex.

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Port of Houston approves $20 million for security contracts Port of Houston Authority awarded new, three-year certification for Security Management System; CEO Dreyer reports on strong increases in all commodities for March


he Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority awarded $20 million for security-related contracts, including installation of fiber optic cable, TWIC implementation and security gate services. The Port of Houston Authority received a new, three-year certification for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 28000 security management, following successful completion of its security management systems audit. “I congratulate you on being the leader in the security management field,” said Patti Macon, Environmental, Health & Safety Certification Manager for ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. “We consider the Port of Houston Authority our partner in security management system evaluation.” Macon noted that the Port Authority has achieved continual improvement with each audit. In February 2008, the Port of Houston Authority set a standard for security as the first port authority in the world to receive the international designation of ISO 28000:2007 certification for its Port Police and perimeter security operations. The SMS was modeled after the Port Authority’s highly successful Environmental Management System, which made it the first port authority in the U.S. to attain ISO 14001 certification in 2002. In his monthly report, Chief Executive Officer Alec G. Dreyer said March was strong in all commodity categories, calling it the best month since he joined the Port Authority in September 2009. “Ship arrivals at our container facilities were up a strong 22 percent for the month, regaining what was lost in February due to the short month and fog-related impacts,” he said. Twenty-foot-equivalent unit (TEU) volumes and container tonnage were both up


16 percent for the month, Dreyer noted. Year-to-date, TEUs are up 6 percent and tonnage is up 7 percent. “Steel also had an excellent month in March, with tonnage up 112 percent or 192,000 tons to a monthly total of 363,000 tons,” he said. “Year-to-date, steel is at 863,000 tons -- ahead of last year by nearly 400,000 tons. Turning Basin revenue is up 43 percent - 31 percent for the first quarter which is directly related to the increase in steel. “Container volumes for April also look very strong through the first three weeks of this month,” he said. “We had two 8,000TEU ship arrivals-- the largest container ships that have ever come into the Gulf (of Mexico).” Engineering & Real Estate The Port Commission approved a $3.7 million construction contract with Southeast Underground Utilities, Inc. for security fiber optic cable installation in the Turning Basin Terminal area. The project will include cabling to the existing wireless security equipment at various Turning Basin and Clinton Drive area locations. The project qualifies for federal reimbursement of up to 75 percent of its costs. The Port Commission approved a $1.5 million construction contract with Texas Technical Services, Inc. for Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) implementation at the Barbours Cut and Bayport terminal gates. The project will install upgraded TWIC-compliant readers and associated equipment and qualifies for federal reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the project cost. The Port Commission approved a $1.15 million contract with APS Technology Group, Inc. for Phase 3 entry gate optical character recognition (OCR) system to Bayport Terminal. The Bayport exit gate

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currently uses an OCR system by APS. To ensure full compatibility, efficient operational performance and ease of use by operations, Phase 3 of the Bayport Terminal entry gate will use the same system. Operations The Port Commission approved a threeyear, $14.8 million contract with U.S. Security Associates, Inc. for unarmed, uniformed, security gate officer services at Port Authority facilities, including Turning Basin, Barbours Cut, Bayport ,Manchester, Woodhouse and Care terminals, beginning July 1, 2011. About the Port of Houston Authority The Port of Houston Authority owns and operates the public facilities located along the Port of Houston, the 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities designed for handling general cargo, containers, grain and other dry bulk materials, project and heavy lift cargo, and other types of cargo. Each year, there are more than 7,700 vessel calls at the port, which ranks first in the U.S. in foreign waterborne tonnage and second in overall total tonnage. The port authority plays a vital role in ensuring navigational safety along the Houston Ship Channel, which has been instrumental in Houston’s development as a center of international trade. The Barbours Cut Container Terminal and Central Maintenance Facility are the first of any U.S. port facilities to develop and implement an innovative Environmental Management System that meets the rigorous standards of ISO 14001. The second recertification of those facilities in 2009 included an extension for the state-of-the-art Bayport Container Terminal. The port authority is the first port authority in the world to receive ISO 28000:2007 certification for its port police and the perimeter security operations at both the Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals. Additionally, the port is an approved delivery point for Coffee “C” futures contracts traded on the New York Board of Trade’s Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange. For more information, please visit www.portofhouston. com.

Governor’s small business forums begin second series


he Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is joining forces with the Office of the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism division and other local economic development partners throughout the state to present a second series of Governor’s Small Business Forums in 2011. Forums have been planned for: Bay City (May 12), Brownwood (May 17), San Marcos (June 16), Giddings (June 22), Eagle Pass (June 28), San Antonio (July 21), Waco (August 9), Lufkin (August 24) and Corpus Christi (August 26). Other cities hosting the events include Abilene, Arlington and Fort Bend with dates to be determined. The Governor’s Small Business Forums provide businesses employing fewer than 100 workers with valuable information on workforce development, training grants, expanding markets and other business growth opportunities. “Small business is a major reason Texas has been home to more new jobs than any other state over the last 10 years,” Gov. Rick Perry said. “These forums will help ensure business owners have the tools necessary to survive and thrive, which will mean more

jobs and stronger communities throughout Texas.” The first series of small business forums were held in 19 communities throughout Texas between August 2010 and January 2011. More than 5,500 people attended the events. “We are excited to build on the momentum from last year,” said TWC Chairman Tom Pauken. “These events, along with our new Skills for Small Business job-training initiative, underscore the state’s commitment to serving the more than 430,000 small business employers in Texas.” TWC will provide comprehensive information on workforce programs designed to support Texas’ small businesses. Presentations on workforce programs and services include: Workforce Solutions – Local workforce development board offices provide employers and workers the opportunity to benefit from recruitment and training of new employees and to access job-matching, training, resume preparation help and more. dirs/wdbs/wdbweb.html – Thousands of employers are registered to post jobs on, TWC’s online jobmatching tool, saving thousands each year in

Unmasking the Promise of Mental Health Wellness


ental Health America of Fort Bend County will present its sixth annual Beacon of Hope banquet from 6:30- 10:30 p.m.on Friday, May 20 at Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is the scheduled guest speaker and Jacquie Baly Chaumette is mistress of ceremonies. Cochairs for the event are Teresa Reading and Deanna Clappsaddle. “Come to hear an inspirational message from Mack and enjoy a great line-up of

entertainment as we raise funds to help MHAFBC further its mission of linking Fort Bend County residents to mental health providers and social Jim McIngvale services,” said Laura Richard, executive director of MHAFBC. This year 10% of all dollars given to this event will benefit the Parks Youth Ranch serving at risk and homeless youth by providing a safe and supportive environment.

recruitment and hiring costs. www. Skills for Small Business – TWC’s Skills for Small Business provides grants to community colleges that small businesses can access for employee training needs. Texas Back to Work – Texas Back to Work provides wage subsidies of up to $2,000 for each qualified employee hired who had been receiving unemployment benefits. txback2work.pdf Texas Veterans Leadership Program – TWC’s Texans Veterans Leadership Program assists veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with locating resources, services and other tools in their communities to help them lead productive lives and enjoy the full benefits of the society they have so willingly served. tvlp.html Work Opportunity Tax Credit – TWC assists employers accessing the valuable Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) on their federal business tax return when they hire new workers from specific groups that face challenges finding employment including veterans, recipients of temporary government assistance and others. html. More information about the Governor’s Small Business Forums is available online at

Burn ban issued for all Fort Bend County


he Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County has issued a burn ban for the entire county. The order prohibits or restricts outdoor burning in general or of a particular substance in all or part of the unincorporated area of the county. The Texas Forest Service has determined that drought conditions exist in all of Fort Bend County. May 2011 • Fort Bend Business Journal


Employment increased by 37,200 in March

Texas unemployment rate drops to 8.1 percent


exas total nonfarm employment was up by 37,200 jobs in March for a total gain of 251,100 jobs from a year ago. The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March is 8.1 percent, down slightly from 8.2 percent in February and well below the U.S. unemployment rate for March of 8.8 percent. “The Professional and Business Services industry led Texas’ job growth in March with an increase of 10,800 jobs,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “This industry has shown positive monthly growth for the past year with a total employment increase of 53,800 jobs.” Leisure and Hospitality employment increased by 9,900 jobs in March for a total of 28,000 positions added over the year; Manufacturing added 4,000 jobs in March for its fourth consecutive month of expansion and a total of 12,100 positions added over the year. Employment in Mining and Logging increased for the fifth consecutive month, adding 4,300 jobs in March. The annual growth rate for this industry was more than 15 percent as employers have added 31,100 jobs over the past year. “More jobs and more Texans working are the bottom lines,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Our labor force, strong and diverse, continues to grow, but our goal is a job for every Texan who wants to work.” Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 2,300 jobs in March, representing the addition of 33,900 jobs over the year; Construction employment increased in March by 2,200 jobs and has had six consecutive months of annual growth for a total of 34,600 jobs since last year. “The Texas labor market continues to make positive gains with the addition of


jobs and a decline in the unemployment rate,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “These job gains occurred across most major industry sectors.” The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest March

unemployment rate in the state at 4.6 percent. The Amarillo MSA had the second lowest unemployment rate in March at 5.4 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan MSA at 5.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands) United States State of Texas Abilene Amarillo Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos Beaumont - Port Arthur Brownsville - Harlingen College Station - Bryan Corpus Christi Dallas -Fort Worth - Arlington Dallas - Plano - Irving MD Fort Worth - Arlington MD El Paso Houston - Sugar Land - Baytown Killeen - Temple - Fort Hood Laredo Longview Lubbock McAllen - Edinburg - Mission Midland Odessa San Angelo San Antonio - New Braunfels Sherman - Denison Texarkana Tyler Victoria Waco Wichita Falls

C.L.F. 153,022.0 12,216.1 81.3 132.4 913.5 190.4 157.5 117.3 216.9 3,237.8 2,160.8 1,077.0 322.8 2,917.4 169.5 94.5 112.9 145.7 312.6 78.4 74.1 55.3 996.0 58.0 65.1 101.4 58.9 117.3 71.6

March 2011 Emp. Unemp. 138,962.0 14,060.0 11,231.7 984.4 76.0 5.3 125.2 7.2 851.0 62.5 169.4 21.0 138.6 18.9 110.3 7.0 199.7 17.2 2,976.2 261.6 1,985.3 175.5 990.9 86.1 290.5 32.3 2,675.6 241.8 156.2 13.3 86.7 7.8 105.2 7.7 137.0 8.7 275.4 37.2 74.8 3.6 69.4 4.7 51.9 3.4 923.2 72.8 53.1 4.9 60.3 4.8 93.7 7.7 54.6 4.3 108.6 8.7 66.5 5.1

Rate 9.2 8.1 6.5 5.4 6.8 11.0 12.0 5.9 7.9 8.1 8.1 8.0 10.0 8.3 7.9 8.3 6.9 6.0 11.9 4.6 6.3 6.1 7.3 8.4 7.4 7.6 7.3 7.4 7.1

C.L.F. 152,635.0 12,152.4 83.1 132.2 908.4 188.8 159.7 116.1 213.3 3,222.8 2,157.7 1,065.1 322.3 2,905.5 169.5 95.3 112.0 145.8 311.3 77.7 73.2 54.9 984.4 57.2 65.4 101.4 58.7 115.3 71.9

February 2011 Emp. Unemp. 138,093.0 14,542.0 11,160.3 992.1 77.7 5.4 124.9 7.3 845.7 62.7 168.0 20.8 140.5 19.2 108.9 7.2 195.8 17.5 2,960.7 262.1 1,981.7 176.0 979.1 86.0 289.7 32.6 2,662.2 243.3 156.0 13.5 87.3 8.0 104.1 7.9 136.9 8.9 273.4 37.9 74.0 3.7 68.4 4.8 51.4 3.5 911.1 73.3 52.4 4.8 60.5 4.9 93.5 7.9 54.4 4.3 106.6 8.7 66.7 5.2

Rate 9.5 8.2 6.5 5.5 6.9 11.0 12.0 6.2 8.2 8.1 8.2 8.1 10.1 8.4 8.0 8.4 7.0 6.1 12.2 4.8 6.6 6.4 7.4 8.5 7.5 7.8 7.4 7.5 7.3

C.L.F. 153,660.0 12,074.6 83.3 130.9 907.4 186.7 157.4 115.3 212.9 3,190.7 2,128.2 1,062.7 316.8 2,873.6 166.2 95.7 110.9 146.4 306.1 75.9 71.6 54.6 984.4 57.1 64.8 100.7 59.0 114.6 72.7

March 2010 Emp. Unemp. 137,983.0 15,678. 11,076.7 997.9 78.0 5.3 123.5 7.4 842.2 65.2 166.5 20.2 140.2 17.2 108.3 7.0 196.3 16.6 2,922.0 268.7 1,948.6 179.6 973.5 89.2 287.4 29.4 2,627.4 246.2 154.1 12.1 87.0 8.7 102.6 8.3 137.6 8.8 270.1 36.0 71.7 4.2 65.7 5.9 51.1 3.5 913.2 71.2 52.2 4.9 59.8 5.0 92.7 8.0 54.3 4.7 106.2 8.4 67.0 5.7

Rate 10.2 8.3 6.4 5.7 7.2 10.8 10.9 6.0 7.8 8.4 8.4 8.4 9.3 8.6 7.3 9.0 7.5 6.0 11.7 5.6 8.3 6.4 7.2 8.6 7.6 7.9 7.9 7.4 7.9

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED+ INDUSTRY TITLE TOTAL NONAG. W&S EMPLOYMENT TOTAL NONGOVERNMENT** GOODS - PRODUCING Mining & Logging Construction Manufacturing SERVICE - PROVIDING Trade, Transportation, & Utilities Information Financial Activities Professional & Business Services Education & Health Services Leisure & Hospitality Other Services Government

Mar. 2011

Feb. 2011

Mar. 2010

Feb. '11 to Mar. '11 Absolute Percent Change Change 37,200 0.4 36,400 0.4

Mar. '10 to Mar. '11 Absolute Percent Change Change 251,100 2.4 235,700 2.8

10,526,100 8,662,200

10,488,900 8,625,800

10,275,000 8,426,500

229,800 598,800 821,500

225,500 596,600 817,500

198,700 564,200 809,400

4,300 2,200 4,000

1.9 0.4 0.5

31,100 34,600 12,100

15.7 6.1 1.5

2,073,900 187,500 622,300 1,312,700 1,418,400 1,028,400 368,900 1,863,900

2,071,600 188,400 621,600 1,301,900 1,417,000 1,018,500 367,200 1,863,100

2,040,000 196,100 623,400 1,258,900 1,376,000 1,000,400 359,400 1,848,500

2,300 -900 700 10,800 1,400 9,900 1,700 800

0.1 -0.5 0.1 0.8 0.1 1.0 0.5 0.0

33,900 -8,600 -1,100 53,800 42,400 28,000 9,500 15,400

1.7 -4.4 -0.2 4.3 3.1 2.8 2.6 0.8

The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call (512) 463-8556 or visit

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Four Methodist hospitals make U.S. News & World Report’s Best Metro-Area Hospitals list


.S. News & World Report named four hospitals within The Methodist Hospital System to its inaugural Best Metro Area Hospitals list. The Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was recognized as 18th among the best in the Houston area based on a record of high performance in key specialties. “This impressive showing by our hospitals, and our consistent ranking by U.S. News over the past two decades, highlights our commitment to our patients throughout the Houston area,” said Ron Girotto, president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System. “Having all of our eligible hospitals ranked is an honor and a testament to the quality of health care our physicians and staff provide our community every day.” U.S. News ranked hospitals within all 52 U.S. metro areas with populations of one

million or more, using existing data from the 2010-11 Best Hospitals list. The metro rankings identify hospitals that scored in the top 25 percent among its peers and performed nearly as well as the nationally ranked Best Hospitals in at least one of 16 adult specialties. The new rankings add 490 of these highperforming hospitals to the 132 nationally

ranked Best Hospitals in the metro areas. The metro area rankings will be updated in July at the same time the 2011-12 national Best Hospitals rankings are posted online. The metro rankings are online at www. For more information on The Methodist Hospital System, see

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Auto Repair / Maintenance Auto Central-Automotive Service & Sales 281-499-9684 David Fauvelle, 2526 Fifth Street, Stafford, Texas 77477, Fax: 281-499-0183, Fast, friendly and professional automotive repair. AAA approved auto repair. Charlton’s Body Repair - 281-499-1126 Chuck Charlton, 1131 Staffordshire @ 5th St., Stafford, TX 77477, 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! Colony One Auto Center - 281-980-4440 Rod Tate, 1131 Dulles Avenue, Stafford, TX 77477, Fax: 281-261-0048, Complete state of the art automotive repair & maintenance facility. First Tire & Automotive - 281-313-2886 Craig Popp, owner,3 Sugar Land Locations. 960 Eldridge, 281-313-2886 & 2303 Williams Trace Blvd. 281-9802666 (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 Founders Bank - 281-325-5000 Email: Fax: 281-325-5050. Fort Bend County only. Locally owned and managed bank. 4690 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land 77479 The State Bank of Texas - 281-494-6686 Nicki Black, 13010 Murphy Road, Stafford, TX 77477, Fax: 281-494-6747, , Locally and independently owned - our prime interest is you!


Sterling Bank - Fort Bend - 281-277-0100 12840 Southwest Freeway, Stafford, TX 77477, Fax: 281-277-0223, Serving owneroperated businesses with local decision makers.

Blinds / Window Coverings Budget Blinds - 281-416-8499 Bob Dimmitt, 1306 FM 1092, Suite 401, Missouri City, TX 77459, Fax: 832-220-8051, Custom window coverings, personal style consultant, “expert fit” measuring and installation.

Home Health Care Texas State Healthcare 281-208-4344 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”

Insurance Agencies Country Clubs Riverbend Country Club 281-269-2526 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. The Houstonian Golf & Country Club 281-494-4245 Nicole Scarbrough, Membership Private golf & country club, *Limited membership available.

Insurance Solutions of Texas 281-565-2222 • 281-341-5060 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 281-341-5558.

Jewelers The Gold Connection Jewelers 281-344-9900 • We Buy Gold Full service jewelry store. Diamonds, Gold & Silver Jewelry and Watches. Repairs done on the premises. Custom design are our specialty. Front door parking. 206 Hwy 90A, Richmond, Texas 77406.

Locksmith Fire Extinguisher Service Gillen Fire Extinguisher Service Commercial/Residential 281-342-6969 Gillen Fire Extinguisher Service provides a full line of fire extinguisher inspections, sales and services, as well as lighted exit sign inspections and service. Our highly trained staff can even provide fire extinguisher training for your employees. For all of your safety needs, call Gillen Fire Extinguisher.

Financial Products & Services Sugar Creek Financial Group - 281-565-2266 Robert H. Roy, ChFC, Fax: 281-565-2277, 12946 Dairy Ashford #430, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Life, Health, Pensions, Investments for businesses and individuals.

Golf Carts / Mobility Scooters CBC Golf Cart Services, Inc. - 281-494-1164 Scooters by CBC - 281-494-3454, 203 Ulrich Street, Sugar Land, TX 77498 (Behind Imperial Sugar). CBC offers Sales, Service, New & Used, Rentals and Parts for two lines of products, GOLF CARTS and MOBILITY SCOOTERS. Authorized Dealer for Fairplay and Pride Mobility products. fax 281-494-1189

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B&B Locksmiths • 281-392-5500 624 S. Mason Rd., Katy, TX 77450, Fax 281-395-5625. Full service locksmith including safe sales & service: Commercial, Residential, and Automotive.

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Medical Billing Complete Business Solutions 1-888-445-8609 Complete Business Solutions, the medical billing professionals, is dedicated to improving your cash flow results. Our goals include: lower billing costs, savings of up to 50% by outsourcing with us, reduced

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Optometrists Elissa R. Wedemeyer O.D., FCOVD, F.A.A.O 281-499-2600 6026 Hwy. 6 Missouri City, TX 77459. Therapeutic Optometrist, in house optical with a large selection of frames and contact lenses, medical management of eye infections and diseases.

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Pest Control - Commercial / Residential Gillen Pest Control 281-342-6969 - Fort Bend 979-532-5701 - Wharton Family owned and operated in Fort Bend and Wharton Counties since 1963, Gillen Pest Control’s highly trained professionals know where bugs hide, what their eating and breeding habits are, and how to get rid of them. They try to avoid the use of chemicals inside by working with you to create a barrier on the outside of your home or business, thus keeping those unwanted pests at bay. From the first time we visit your home or business, you will recognize we are no ordinary pest control company!

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 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. Mobile on-site clinics available for churches and corporations.

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Real Estate / Residential Colliers International, formerly Curtice Commercial Real Estate 281-494-4769 Kolbe M. Curtice, CCIM, CLS, 15999 City Walk Suite 250, Sugar Land Square located at U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 6, Fax: 281-494-3227, Brokerage, Development, Investment & Tenant Representation, 25 yrs exp. in Fort Bend. Riverstone Development Co. 281-499-8700 Tom Wilcox, 4855 Riverstone Blvd, Missouri City, Texas 77459, Fax: 281-499-8704, Luxury waterside living in Fort Bend from $200s to the many millions.

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University of Houston-Victoria grieves loss of former head of business studies


assudeo “Ron” Sardessai, a management professor at the University of Houston-Victoria since 1985, died April 20 at his home in Missouri City. He was 70 years old. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a dedicated colleague and friend of the School of Business Administration,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “He has contributed in many ways to the school’s growth and success, from educating students, to hiring faculty and staff, to helping out with day-to-day activities.” Two faculty members will fill in so students can complete his “Contemporary Management Issues” graduate class this semester. Sardessai began teaching at UHV in

1985 as an assistant professor of business, later becoming an associate professor, then chair of the UHV Division of Business, which preceded the School of Business Administration. Vassudeo Sardessai He taught courses in contemporary issues in management as well as organizational behavior. He was a former task force committee member for the G-7 Economic Summit in Houston and a former member of the International Visiting Accreditation team for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He served as president of the Texas Council of Collegiate Education in Business, an association of deans of schools of business administration. He was wellregarded by faculty and students alike.

Rupak Rauniar, a UHV assistant professor of management, said he found the news difficult to believe. “In the short time I have been with UHV, I found him a gentleman with high moral character, a friend who cared, and a mentor who was concerned about the well-being of all his faculty members,” Rauniar said. Sardessai was born in Margao, Goa, India. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Bombay University in Bombay, India, in 1963. He was awarded his master’s and doctoral degrees in management from the University of North Texas in 1969 and 1977, respectively. Sardessai began his teaching career in 1969, working at Tennessee State University, the University of Texas-Tyler and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, before settling in Victoria in 1985.

A bit of restaurant history is now in “Old Sugar Land”


eresita’s décor is warm and slightly familiar. Greeted by owner Jaime Crespo, you may be suddenly transported back in time to a place called Jalapeno’s, which was a Houston restaurant tradition on Kirby for many years. Teresita’s is located at 939 Eldridge Road in Sugar Land and has been open since early March of this year. The menu of this popular new restaurant sports many Jalapeno’s favorites, such as the famous Spinach Enchiladas (yes, the same ones that Emeril Lagasse showcased on his cooking show), as well as exciting new offerings. Jaime’s wife and co-owner Theresa Crespo explains, “Think of it as New Age Tex Mex.” Gone are the lard and fried taquitos, now replaced with a slightly healthier versions of the classics. “Sure, we still have all the greats such as Cheese Enchilada with Chili Gravy, but you can also get a terrific salad, or one our specials like the Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken served with a salad and grilled sweet


Photo courtesy of restaurant

Theresa Crespo (left) is seen with Paul Dean (center), when she enjoyed being a guest at her home. Crespo went to Savannah, Georgia with Dana Grubich (right) of Sugar Land’s Aldo’s Gourmet for an event at Dean’s residence benefitting the Bethesda Boys Home.

potato fries.” Try the delightful Mexican pizza – you’ll be glad you did. It’s topped with Teresita’s signature Cilantro Pesto, fajita meat and grilled onions and finished with the just-rightspiced pico de gallo. And oh, those fajitas! They are melt-in-your-mouth. Yummy. Yes, they are the same fajitas that were once voted

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Best in the State by Texas Monthly. And by the way, it was nice to hear a little Robert Earl and some vintage latino music playing. Why Sugar Land? Says Theresa: “We have been residents here since 1985. It is a very close-knit wonderful city. In fact, this town was built on hard work and a feeling of community. We get that, being that we are one of the few ‘ma and pa’ restaurants in town.” You’ll notice when you dine at Teresita’s that many of the customers know each other. It has a real local feel to it, but is also very welcoming to newcomers. You’ll feel like a regular after your first visit. Your Teresita’s experience won’t be complete until you come back to try the Sunday brunch. The buffet provides some of Teresita’s most popular dishes, and the price is a very reasonable $11.95. Don’t forget to try the pecan chicken and save room for the outof-this-world bread pudding for dessert. Teresita’s is opening a patio in time for Cinco de Mayo, and currently offers beer, wine and Margaritas.

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.

Aristotle Grill The Greeks have landed in Sugar Land! Owner Hamid Panah and his staff have just opened on the corner of Hwy 6 and Hwy 59 providing the best Greek dishes in the area! Everything from appetizers to traditional Greek salads, to plates specials and traditional Gyro sandwiches, Chicken Shawarma & Kafte Kabobs, this is the place for a nice, relaxed atmosphere and elegant Greek dining! Aristotle Grill also caters employee lunches, business meetings, and corporate gatherings. Their goal is to leave their guests impressed! Open 7 days, Sun-Thurs 11 am -9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am -10 pm. 2109-B Highway 6 @ Highway 59 South, Sugar Land. 281-277-7787. $ WB AURA Restaurant Chef/Owner Frédéric Perrier brings over 30 years experience to his newest venture - AURA. In an upscale yet casually comfortable setting, Innovative American Cuisine reigns and is highlighted in the numerous Daily Specials. AURA features only the finest, freshest ingredients. A three course prix fixe lunch for $12.95 to Mussles Marinieres, Roasted Red Snapper or Filet Mignon with Cognac Peppercorn Sauce. No need to go to Houston or into Sugar Land for a truly high quality dining experience... you will easily find it at AURA (without ‘Big Restaurant’ prices!) at Township Square - Missouri City. Lunch Mon-Sat 11-2. Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9 and Fri-Sat 5-10. Please call for Reservations &/or Catering ~ 3400 FM 1092, 81-403-AURA (2872). $$ • WB

Candelari’s Pizzeria Albert Candelari began making sausage over 50 years ago. As the years have passed the flavor remains the same, which is why Candelari’s is the “King of Sausages”! They take that delicious Italian sausage and put it in pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches. Enjoy appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas and desserts in there dining room, large patio, or full bar with large screen TV’s. Happy hour is Monday - Thursday 3 to 7pm. This casual dining experience is available at two locations in Fort Bend. Call either location for take-out or delivery. 7425 Hwy 6 S (Just North of Sienna) 832-947-0440 / 6825 S Fry Rd (Fry & 99) 281-395-6746. $ • FB Fernando’s Latin Cuisine We are pleased to announce the arrival of Fernando’s Latin Cuisine-An exotic culinary adventure! Started by, Fernando Echeverria, the same owner of Los Andes by the Compact Center in Houston-Another wonderful Latin American restaurant. Fernando’s Latin Cuisine is located in the same building where Ruth’s Chris used to be. Featured dishes include Empanadas appetizer, Fileton, (Filet mignon) and Asada Y Camarones, Casually called the surf and turf. 14135 Southwest Freeway, in Sugar Land. 281-494-9087. wwww. $$ • FB Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen Since 1993, we strive to provide the highest quality Mexican food at the lowest price possible. Gringo’s

offers dine-in, take out and customized catering to fit your needs. Open Sun-Thurs: 11am – 9pm and Fri-Sat: 11am – 10pm. Join us for Happy Hour (Mon-Fri: 2pm – 6pm) with $2.99 Margaritas and $1 Draft Beers. Some favorites include the Pollo Marisco, Smokin’ BBQ Pork Quesadillas, Sizzling Fajitas and Silver Star Margaritas. Located at 12330 Southwest Freeway in Stafford (59S & W Airport). 281980-7482 (RITA) $ • FB J & L Café Homestyle Cookin’ like Grandma used to make! Joy Smith and Paul Jordan are back, and they’re cooking up a delightful assortment of homemade dishes to satisfy the heartiest of appetites. Since they opened their new restaurant, they’ve been serving up family recipes handed down for 3 generations. Stop by J & L Café and enjoy Chicken and Dumplings, Smothered Oxtails, Meatloaf, Ribs, Fried Catfish, Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Okra, and Cornbread Dressing, to name just a few menu items and daily specials. The assortment of Desserts includes Peach Cobbler, Cheesecake and Banana Pudding, all guaranteed to make your taste buds smile! Joy Smith, co-proprietor, worked as Personal Chef to Former Houston Juneor Lee Brown for many years. Whole Cornish Hens are available on Sundays. Breakfast served TuesdaySaturday 6-9am, Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Closed Mondays. 1110 FM 2234 on the border of Stafford & Missouri City. 281-499-9895. $ continued on page 64

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continued on page 64 Karl’s At The Riverbend Romantic Dining in the Country, across the creek from a horse farm. Swiss Chef Karl Camenzind’s menu features Angus steaks, Prime Rib, Wienerschnitzel, Trout Almondine and other fresh fish, Rack of Lamb, Steak and other wild game, Atkins specials, a budget weeknight menu offered along with the regular menu, plus a wonderful Sunday Brunch Buffet. Company Luncheons and Rehearsal Dinners invited. Open Tues-Sat for Dinner and Sunday Brunch 5011 FM 723 Richmond 281-238-9300 Read our reviews at $$ • FB La Magia Cafe & Pizza If you are looking for casual dinning with an easy atmosphere then La Magia is just the place for you! La Magia Café & Pizza recipes and menu are based on almost 30 years of Italian cooking. The dishes served at La Magia are prepared and cooked in the traditional Italian way, using fresh ingredients and herbs, giving them a home cooked flavor since 1980. In addition to authentic Italian cooking, La Magia offers popular American dishes. The pizzas are made with medium crust and cooked in a stone oven. This cooking process gives the dough a slow rise, for a true pizza flavor. All meals are prepared with extra virgin olive oil and the freshest ingredients and herbs. Open 7 days, Sun-Thurs 11 am -9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am -10 pm. Lunch menu specials Mon – Fri. 3699 Highway 6 @ Settlers Way Blvd, Sugar Land. 281-565-0366. $ WB 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. 281240-3060. $ • FB Lupitas Mexican Restaurant Jaime and Lupe Garcia have lived in Fort Bend for 36 years. Twenty-three of those years have been spent in the restaurant business. If you want authentic Mexican food made from only the freshest ingredients and at a reasonable price, go


to Lupitas Mexican Restaurant formerly Pico De Gallo Mexican Restaurant. The Garcias continually concentrate on customer satisfaction. That includes the quality and freshness of their food as well as the family atmosphere of their restaurant. Dine-In, Take-out, and Catering available. 3121 Highway 6, Sugar Land • Call 281-265-6556. $ • WB Mantra Fine Indian Cuisine Discover India with exotic spices and aromatic flavors that will awaken your taste buds and lift you off your feet, we will make you feel like royalty. Mantra Fine Indian Cuisine offers Lunch Buffet and To-Go lunch options, that’s in your budget and leave you to come back for more. Mantra caters to all from spicy hot to mild flavors. We prepare our meals fresh and offer a wide selection of healthy choices. We have full menu and full bar and you can enjoy the evening out on our patio with your family or friends. Mantra also offers special catering promotions for parties and formal functions or any event any size, host in our restaurant or choosing of your choice. Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, Friday to Sunday, Lunch: 11a.m. to 2:30p.m. Lunch: 11a.m. to 2:30p.m. Dinner: 5:30pm to 10p.m. Dinner: 5:30pm to 11p.m.Come visit us at 15295 Southwest Freeway off of Williams Trace exit. For more information, contact us at 281-325-0071 or visit www. $$ • FB Outback Steakhouse Inspired by Australia’s spirit of adventure, Outback Steakhouse has been an innovator in the culinary world by creating big, bold flavors using only the freshest ingredients. Voted #1 Best Steak in the 2009 Zagat Survey of National Full-Service Restaurant chains, Outback’s mission is to provide high quality fresh dishes at affordable prices. Explore Outback’s new menu with 15 meals under $15 including new choices, classic favorites and down under prices starting at $9.95. Our favorites include the Bloomin’ Onion®, Outback Special Sirloin with Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie, Honey Dijon Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and much more! The local Proprietor is Anthony Antonidis. Open Mon.- Thur. 4-10 pm, Fri. 4-11 pm, Sat. 3-11 pm, Sun 11 am-9:30 pm. Located at 15253 Southwest Freeway, (Off Highway 59 and Williams Trace Exit) in Sugar Land, Texas. 281-980-4329. $ FB Panda Garden Panda Garden Restaurant, the three times winner for Best Oriental Restaurant in Fort Bend County,

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located at 3563 Highway 6 in Kroger Center, provides a warm, casual environment to best service all diners. The goal of our restaurant is to offer 100% satisfactory to the customers with variety selection of popular Hunan Cuisine. “We offer fresh, made from scratch meals that is unforgettably delicious!” Manager Kenny adds. The restaurant offers accommodations for small group meetings and wonderful party tray for catering to the near by businesses and schools. Panda Garden is open 7 days a week on Mon. – Sat.: 11a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sun. 11a.m. – 9:30p.m. Delivery is available everyday with a min. of $15.00 purchase. A lunch special is offered daily as well as the full regular menu offerings. 3563 Hwy 6 @ Williams Trace, 281-265-0303. $ • WB Post Oak Grill Restaurant & Bar The Rios Family invites you to come and experience the same quality, ambiance and service that you have at the original Post Oak Gill. Join us for a wonderful culinary adventure featuring fine centercut steaks, chops, fresh seafood, soups, sandwiches, salads, and outstanding wine selection. Open lunch & dinner - Monday-Thursday 11:00-9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00-10:00pm. Happy Hour 3:00-6:00pm. 4524 Highway 6, Sugar Land • Call 281-491-2901. $$ • FB Sandy McGee’s Restaurant & Catering The “BEST” soups, gourmet sandwiches and salads in TEXAS. Casual Dining in Historic Downtown Richmond. Sandy McGee’s has a sterling reputation for “FRESH”. Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm and Sat.-Sun. 10am-3pm. 314 Morton St., Richmond. 281-344-9393. $ Tornado Burger Home of the famous Spicy Burger. Find out why Houston’s largest newspaper raves about their burgers! Read the review by the Houston Chronicle at: archives/2007/09/burgerology.html. They make their burgers with fresh-ground chuck, and even their buns are handmade! The French fries are fresh Idaho potatoes cut right in front of you and fried to order! They compete with the multinationals with fresh food at low prices and very fast service. Their Philly Cheesesteaks are as good as Pat’s if not better! Open Mon. - Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-9pm. Dine-In or Drive-Thru. 505 Murphy Rd (FM 1092) just south of Hwy 90 in Stafford, 281-403FAST (3278). $

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