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Volume 32 • No. 5


MAY 2014

Fort Bend’s Own Legal Powerhouse

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Doggone gooD Time A s part of their ongoing commitment to supporting their Fort Bend County neighborhood, Texas Direct Auto proudly announced the opening of a community dog park in the spring of 2013. Now, in celebration of this anniversary, the Stafford-based dealership would like to cordially invite everyone and their dogs out to the park for a day of furry fun on Saturday, May 31st from noon to 2 pm. James Coney Island’s “Coney Cruiser” will be on-site serving up complimentary hot dogs for all, and attendees can rock out with Theresa, dog-lover and midday hostess on 94.5 The Buzz FM. Texas Direct Auto’s lovable canine mascot, Auto, will be there as well, handing out over $500 in PetSmart gift cards and other treats for dogs large and small. Texas Direct Auto is a dealership unlike any other, so naturally the dog park had to be extraordinary as well. Located in Meadows Place, the Texas Direct Auto Dog Park features four levels of cascading waterfalls, two cooling ponds, shaded cedar pavilions, walking paths, a dog-washing station and separate areas for large and small dogs – it even has a doggie slide! In short, it’s fourlegged heaven. Jessica DeMarr, Texas Direct Auto’s Director of Busi-

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ness Development, said, “We hope everyone will come out and bring the kids for a day of fun in the park. We’ve invited several rescue organizations, so if you don’t have a dog, you can adopt one!” The Texas Direct Auto Dog Park is located just across Highway 59 from the dealership at 11230 Dorrance St., City of Meadows Place, TX 77477. Both the park and the “Paws in the Park” event are open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.

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ell folks, we’re almost half way through 2014 already! So far we’ve endured and survived crummy weather, tax season, elections, and Obamacare. It’s time to look forward to spring and summer. Graduation ceremonies, schools are soon to be out, and vacations are on the horizon. It’s time to relax before it begins all over again. And speaking of graduations, Star Digital Studios offer commencement ceremony videos. Preserve your graduating student(s) memories of their big day. Contact Star Digital Studios for more information on page 23. This month the Fort Bend Business Journal features “Fort Bend’s Own Legal Powerhouse,” our cover article on page 24. We also highlight Fort Bend Rising Star’s. Meet the upcoming entrepreneurs and executives in our county. Also, an interesting article written by Elsa Maxey, page 36, asks the question “Where did your tax money go? We offer many more interesting articles this month about our county, businesses, and our residents. In the meantime, keep the cash register’s ringing. Jean Sandlin Editor scan with you smart phone to launch website

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Jacqueline Baly President and CEO Baly Projects, LLC

Alan Sandersen Certified Public Accountant Sandersen Knox & Co. L.L.P.

Dee Koch Grant Officer The George Foundation

Tim Stubenrouch President First Community Bank

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Inside Stories Dr. Osina offers dental anesthetic and state-of-the-art office and equipment..........6 Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day on June 6........................................................8 FBISD Juniors explore leadership in the business community.............................10 Cinco Ranch achieves top livability ranking in state and nation............................15 Foundation ranks Fort Bend 5th healthiest in Texas......................................................16 A Big Deal: UH SYSTEM Sugar Land..................................................................................18 Fort Bend Parkway extension to Sienna Plantation now complete............................21 Texana breaks ground on new facility.....................................................................22 Non-stop US 59 to I-10 completed......................................................................................28 Conversations In Leadership set for June 18 ........................................................29 Missouri City Green is putting down roots while branching out ...........................30 Where Did Your Tax Money Go?...........................................................................................36

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Sharon Wallingford ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Diane Strehl Jessica Kij Jerry Poscovsky John Sazma Susan Dannhaus CONTRIBUTORS Karen Daniels Betsy Dolan Elsa Maxey ART DIRECTOR Joey Belleza GRAPHIC DESIGNER / WEB Jan Carlo Arcillas

Departments Newsworthy................................................................. 20-21 Names in the News............................................................. 29 Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Newsletter............ 32-35 Data Beat..................................................................... 38-41 Service Directory........................................................ 42-45 Meet & Eat - Food, Drink & Entertainment Guide.................................................. 46-48


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ON THE COVER Roberts Markel Wienberg Butler Hailey Left to Right Rick Butler, Himesh Gandhi, Gregg Weinberg, Marc Markel, Jeffrey Roberts, Carl Favre and Roy Hailey. Photo by Larry Pullen taken at Imperial Sugar Char House.

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Dr. Osina offers the latest in dental anesthetic and state-of-the-art office and equipment


ort Bend native, Dr. Tamara Osina-Felinski, prides herself on providing comprehensive dental care while treating each patient like family. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. Osina completed her dental degree at University of Texas Dental Branch before returning to her hometown to practice dentistry, raise a family, and give back to her community. Dr. Osina believes the best way to provide personalized, painless care for her patients is to stay current on the latest technologies. She is committed to doing so through post-graduate continuing education and feels that a dental education is never complete.


She has completed curriculum at LVILas Vegas Institute, attends many post graduate courses every year, and has served on the Council which organizes the annual dental convention Dr. Tamara Osina bringing continuing education to all dentists in the Houston area. Most of the team members that you will meet at Dr. Osina’s office were born and raised in Fort Bend county, and actively participate in community events with spouses, children and grandchildren. Family, community, genuine care and concern are pervasive in this warm,

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friendly environment. Dr. Osina’s roots in the community continue to deepen as she and her husband, Bob, have chosen to raise their two sons in Fort Bend County. She looks forward to seeing the boys grow in the community she is so proud to call home. Contributing to Fort Bend has been and continues to be a top priority for Dr. Osina. Dr. Osina supports Lunches of Love, L.E.A.F. local schools, and charities. Additionally, Dr. Osina serves as a Fort Bend County Fair Director, sponsor, and buyer. Dr. Osina is proud of Fort Bend County’s outstanding legacy and hopes to continue to pursue excellence in dentistry and foster community in this wonderful place she calls home.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day on June 6


ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 14 million American cancer survivors in celebrating the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD) this year. Also being

recognized are the many family members, friends and health care providers whose contributions to, and support of, the cancer survivors help make the celebration possible. “Come learn how surviving cancer is more than just living. It’s an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” says

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration 2013.

TCEQ announces grants for emission reduction efforts


he Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has announced that up to $4.6 million in grants is being made available to eligible individuals and businesses to offset the incremental cost of emissions reductions of air pollutants from facilities and other stationary sources in Texas. The New Technology Implementation Grant (NTIG) program is part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, and is offered to eligible entities that intend to build, own, and operate new technologies


to reduce emissions from point sources or store electricity related to renewable energy. The application deadline is Friday, June 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m., CST. There are three NTIG program categories: • Advanced Clean Energy projects involve the use of certain hydrocarbons (coal, natural gas, or petcoke), biomass, solid waste, or derived-hydrogen fuel cells, while meeting minimum emissions reductions requirements. • New Technology projects reduce emissions of regulated pollutants (such May 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

as criteria pollutants or hazardous air pollutants) from point sources. • Electricity Storage projects store electrical energy related to renewable energy sources. The TCEQ has scheduled a grant application workshop to review the grant requirements and the application process. Reservations are not required. For more information on the grant program and to access up-to-date information on the application process, and copies of all application forms, visit or call 800-919TERP (8377).

Frances Goerlich, director of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center. “You will find our community’s NCSD event filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith, and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage.” “National Cancer Survivors Day is a great opportunity for cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family to come together and affirm the possibility of quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer,” added Clive Shkedy, M.D., radiation oncologist and medical director of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center. A “survivor” is anyone living with a personal history of cancer, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. Additionally, the foundation says that more people are surviving cancer than ever before, which can be attributed to advances in

prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care. Cancer, however, does come with many challenges, such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. “Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives,” says Shkedy. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center welcomes all local cancer survivors and a guest to join us as we honor the survivors living with a history of cancer. The Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held Friday, June 6 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. RSVP Required. Call 281274-7500 or visit houstonmethodist. org/events to reserve a seat.

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Fort Bend ISD Juniors explore leadership in the business community


embers of FBISD’s Junior Leadership 101 program had the opportunity to explore leadership in the business community as they met with professionals from the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Johnson Development Corporation, Constellation Field, FBISD’s executive team and Alexandre’s Etiquette Advantage. Grayle James, FBISD School Board Assistant Secretary, served as sponsor for the day and joined the students on the visits to explore

Shown at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce are (from left): Joshua Mack and Hudson Blom (Ridge Point High School), Glen Smith, business owner and Chamber volunteer; Zachary Person (Bush High School); Juliette Bloomer, Director of Programs; and Grayle James, FBISD School Board Assistant Secretary.  

leadership in the business community. She also provided insight into the business world from a Board Member’s point of view. The students began their field trip with a visit to the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce where they met with staff members who explained their roles in business and spoke of the various services the Chamber provides. Glen Smith, business owner and Chamber volunteer, explained that the Chamber exists to give business owners and leaders a network from which they can support each other. “The Chambers’ success is based on placing value on other people, supporting others and serving others,” said Smith.

During their visit to the former Imperial Sugar Refinery site, the cohorts had the opportunity to visit with Jerry Ulke, Development Manager with The Johnson Development Corporation, who revealed plans for the Imperial Redevelopment Project (a master-planned community project that will feature hike/bike trails, housing units, retail shops, restaurants and more). Ulke also led students on a tour of the char house, three-bay warehouse and silo. “I am really impressed with the redevelopment of the Imperial Sugar Company that’s taking place,” said Josh Mack of Ridge Point High School. “I’m also glad to know that the developers are keeping the historical value of the factory intact when deciding new construction.” The students then visited Constellation Field to meet with business leaders of the Sugar Land Skeeters Minor League Baseball Team. Chris Parsons, Group Services Manager, and Kyle Dawson, Senior Director of Community Relations, spoke of the services the organization provides to the community, including educational programs for students, before leading the group on a tour of the facility. The leadership session ended at the FBISD Administration Building, where students enjoyed lunch, followed by presentations from Steven Bassett, FBISD’s Chief Financial Officer, and Alexandre Wood, Alexandre’s Etiquette Advantage consultant. Bassett explained his role in school business and shared how the district functions with the funding it receives, and how the funding is allocated to support student learning. Wood provided the students with tips on table manners by sharing a few “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of proper etiquette.

Jerry Ulke of The Johnson Development Corp. (second from left) gives students a tour of the former Imperial Sugar Refinery site.





Pictured at Constellation Field are (from left): Grayle James, FBISD School Board Assistant Secretary; Anthony Samuel and Yuthika Gundamaraju (Austin High School), Shelby Stone (Clements High School) and Kyle Dawson, Senior Director of Community Relations.

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Meet the Upcoming Entrepreneurs and Executives in Fort Bend County

Jeremy Alberty

Adam Bartling

Dr. Khang Bui

Jennifer Chang

Julius Eric Junker

Michaela Filla

Carla Freeman

Daniel Nguyen, M.D.

Tamara Osina-Felinski

John Park

Patrick Rodrigues

Jay Patout

Grace Suk

Travis Shaw

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ongratulations to Fort Bend’s Rising Stars! These fine women and men were nominated by their peers as the upcoming movers and shakers. There are many of you in the community, we hope to get to know each of you over this next year. As a result of these selections, Fort Bend County residents can be proud and encouraged to know there is so much talent, passion and vitality available. These individuals offer an emerging business climate with a balanced life pace. Congratulate them! Join us in supporting their efforts. They have earned this recognition and because of their dedication Fort Bend’s tomorrows will be even brighter!

Jeremy ALBERTY Jeremy’s career began at NALCO Sugar Land immediately from college into our Sugar Land Shipping office. He has moved around within our organization and Jeremy Alberty held numerous positions at other US and Canadian plants but has always considered Nalco Sugar Land to be his home. Our employee ratings and morale for the Sugar Land Plant have never been higher since we have had the pleasure of him leading as our Plant manager. That is evident in our record breaking Production and shipping numbers. Strong leadership is one of Jeremy’s main attributes. He is always very approachable, honest, and trustworthy and treats everyone fair.


He has continued to excel at Nalco Champion throughout his career. He is popular for his down to earth personality and always has a positive “Can Do Attitude.” Safety & keeping our employees, community and environment unharmed is his number one priority.

health. Dr. Bui has been married to his high school sweet heart for eleven years and together have two wonderful children. Dr. Bui and his wife have been members of the community for twenty plus years and plan to grow his new dental practice on a foundation of trust and patient referrals.


Jennifer CHANG

A Adam bought Mike Davis Signs in February 2012. He graduated Lamar in 1999 and Sam Houston State in 2004. Some of his milestones: obtaining Eagle Scout, Adam Bartling earning rank of Sargent and is currently the Fire Support Officer for the 1-112 Cavalry. He is an active member in both the VFW (Veterans of Foreign War) serving 2 tours and the Richmond Rotary. His leadership has helped expand Mike Davis Signs to now include: NEON, Bucket Truck Sign Servicing, Flag Printing, and Offset Printing. When it comes to what Mike Davis Signs can do for you Adam says, “Don’t Limit Your Imagination”. This expansion would not be possible if it was not for the talent of our Graphic Designer, George Originales, and his ability to make these ideas come to life and the great customers that believe in us.

I am nominating Jennifer because she is one of the most outstanding citizens in Fort Bend County that I have had the pleasure of meeting. I have known Jennifer for more than a Jennifer Chang decade, and she has never ceased to impress me with her drive, intelligence, and determination to be the best. Jennifer joined our firm in May 2012 and has been a key player in the growth of Mitchell and Duff, where she has taken a leadership role in hiring, and mentoring young attorneys and law clerks. As a senior associate, Jennifer plays a significant role in Mitchell and Duff’s business litigation and transactional practice. A graduate of Clements High School, she has a JD from the University of Houston Law Center and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Jennifer has an impressive background with experience in varied industries including oil and gas, non-profit management, and real estate. Further, she has worked at major institutions such as the Texas First Court of Appeals, the Texas Railroad Commission and Union Pacific Railroad. However, Jennifer takes on much more than just practicing law. She is also passionately committed to bringing her considerable organizational know-how and experience to a number of volunteer positions, from being the Secretary of the Fort Bend Republican Party to being a founding member of the Fort Bend Young Lawyers Association, volunteering for the GT Mentorship program at Fort Bend ISD, and served as the only female commissioner on the City of Sugar Land Charter Commission. Mitchell and Duff, Sugar Land, and Fort Bend County is lucky to have such a great rising star!

Khang BUI Dr. Bui graduated from the University of Texas, in 2010, as a general dentist and has a preceptor ship in dental implantology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Dr. Bui’s new Dr. Khang Bui dental practice, iCare Dental, is at the fore front of dental technology, offering patients with state of the art digital x-rays and is doing its parts to help the environment by providing a paperless office. Dr. Bui is know for his love of dentistry and providing patients with up to date accurate information so they can make informed decisions regarding their dental May 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal



Daniel NGUYEN, M.D.

Eric Junker manages an Estate Planning, Probate and Special Needs law firm in Richmond, Texas. Since opening in 2009, Eric has served the needs of hundreds of Fort Bend, Julius Eric Junker Harris, Wharton, Brazoria, Montgomery and Lavaca County residents in reaching their estate planning goals. Prior to returning to Fort Bend County, Eric worked for the trial law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, & Friend. Eric is a seventh generation Texan and continues a strong family legacy of entrepreneurship in Fort Bend County. He is a graduate of South Texas College of Law (’07) and Texas Christian University (’04). He is an active member of the Richmond Rotary Club, Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance, and a graduate of the Leadership Fort Bend class of 2010. He is also a member of the Fort Bend Bar Association, and the TCU Alumni Association.

Carla Freeman is an associate with the Mitchell and Duff Law Firm. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2010.She practices in all areas of general civil Carla Freeman law and civil litigation. She has been a qualified mediator since the Spring of 2009. Carla is excited about working with her clients to protect their interests and achieve their goals in an expedient and cost effective manner. She looks forward to increasing her legal skills and to building her practice. She is professional, compassionate, courteous and exemplifies a “rising star.” Carla is detailed and thorough while learning from her elders who have paved the way in Fort Bend County as top female Attorney’s. With her ambition Carla will certainly lead the pack one day. Carla earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in 2006. She majored in business administration with concentrations in finance and marketing. At Trinity, she was on the Dean’s list, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Fraternity, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In addition, she was the captain of the trap and skeet team and a member of Sigma Theta Tau sorority. Carla graduated from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas in 2010. She was on the senior staff of the Law Review, the Dean’s List, and a Dean’s Scholastic Scholarship recipient. During law school, she studied abroad at the University of Granada in Spain. Carla later was privileged to work as an intern for Federal District Judge Lynn N. Hughes in Houston. Carla is a 5th generation Katy, Texas resident where her family runs a rice farm and ranch. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, hunting, fishing, skeet shooting, and helping out on the ranch.

After 9 years of clinical experience, Dr. Nguyen has witnessed the devastating complications of obesity, which affects nearly two thirds of all Americans. That is why for the past Daniel Nguyen, M.D. 3 years he has dedicated his medical practice to the evaluation and treatment of obesity. Becoming board certified in Obesity Medicine was the first step. In fact, Dr. Nguyen is the only physician in the Sugar Land area who is certified by both the America Board of Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine. He’s also a proud member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. Medical Weight Loss and Wellness is the result of Dr. Nguyen’s commitment to excellence in patient care and his concern for every patient who wants to get onto a path of health and wellness.

Michaela FILLA Michaela Filla is a product of Fort Bend County’s famous Swinging Door BBQ, owned by her dad Steven Onstad. Beginning in grade school you would find her bussing tables, Michaela Filla seating or waitressing. After high school she was in and out of the restaurant business as she completed her Finance degree at University of Houston – Downtown. Today she is a wife, mother of three boys and co-owner of the Swinging door at Fort Bend Country Club. Michaela has served as the Youth Leader for the Bridge Fellowship for 5 years and is an active member of the Fort Bend Chamber and Leadership Class of 2013. She is a huge supporter of Shopping Small Business and Local and also volunteers with the Rainbow Room. In her free time she enjoys saltwater fishing with her sons and watching them play sports, 2 of them play baseball and 1 enjoys basketball.

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Tamara OSINA-FELINSKI Fort Bend native, Dr. Tamara Osina-Felinski, prides herself on providing comprehensive dental care while treating each patient like family. A graduate of Texas Tamara Osina-Felinski A&M, Dr. Osina completed her dental degree at University of Texas Dental Branch before returning to her hometown to practice dentistry, raise a family, and give back to her community. Dr. Osina believes the best way to provide personalized, painless care is to stay current on the latest technologies- committing herself to doing so through continuing education. Her roots in the community continue to deepen as she and her husband look forward to watching their two sons grow in Fort Bend. Contributing to Fort Bend continues to be a top priority for Dr. Osina. continues...


SPECIAL FEATURE: FORT BEND’S RISING STARS Supporting local charities and schools while serving as a Fort Bend Fair Director, Dr. Osina is proud of Fort Bend’s outstanding legacy and hopes to continue fostering community and pursuing excellence in dentistry.

John PARK When people discover that I am a teacher and manager at a SAT preparation and school tutoring center in Fort Bend County, they are surprised. They say that I’m too John Park young and that it’s too early for my life to be decided this way. The truth is, I don’t see myself that way at all. The most exciting aspect of working in the education field is that the industry is constantly changing. In 2016, CollegeBoard will implement their new SAT while the ACT will implement their computer-based testing in 2015. In Dulles High School, their recently launched Math and Science Academy has generated a growing number of students who need supplementary help with their corresponding subjects. Because my field is always changing, I don’t see myself only as a teacher or manager. I am an entrepreneur at Solutions Education who has to continually adapt to meet the ever-changing demand of education.

Jay PATOUT Jay Patout is a Partner at Patout & Shaw, PLLC, a business litigation law firm based in Fort Bend, where he leads the firm’s construction and real estate practice groups. Jay Patout After finishing his law degree at the top of his class at South Texas College of Law, he worked at one of the premier firms in Houston where he handled a diverse number of domestic and international cases. However, one aspect remained the


same – his desire to become an entrepreneur and interest in the growth, development and community of Fort Bend. With this in mind, he left that firm and started his own in Fort Bend, along with business/law partner Travis Shaw. In less than a year, Patout & Shaw has doubled in size and thrives in the community. Jay is truly an asset to the business community, and his ability to view markets and trends in a unique manner will undoubtedly contribute to Fort Bend’s current and future growth.

Patrick RODRIGUES Patrick Rodrigues currently serves as an Account Executive for PV Rentals. Patrick came to Houston from Florida in 2012 where he served in management Patrick Rodrigues positions for various hotels, including the Waldorf Astoria in Boca Raton. He started at PV Rentals as a front counter agent and was offered his current position after only a year on the job. He has an unrivaled passion for customer service and makes those around him better by always going the extra mile. Patrick is certainly an asset to the company with his continuous efforts and “can do” attitude and the sky truly is the limit for him. His dedication his co-workers and our customers reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest standards at PV Rentals.

Travis SHAW Travis Shaw is a Partner at Patout & Shaw, PLLC, a business litigation law firm based in Fort Bend, where he practices business transactional law and business litigation. Piqued Travis Shaw by the exceptional business opportunities that the rapidly growing Fort Bend County had to offer, he opened his firm less than two years ago with his partner Jay

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Patout and has seen it flourish. Working closely with growing and newly established businesses that do not have the time or the capital to hire their own, full-time, in-house-counsel, he has had a great influence in the county. As Fort Bend’s business growth is at an all-time high, he will undoubtedly continue to make an impact in the businesses that serve the community..

Grace SUK Solutions Education Test Prep Center is a college entrance examination and school subject education provider originally based in Houston. This past June, we Grace Suk opened another branch in Missouri City and are enjoying extensive success providing help for students all over Fort Bend County, mainly from Dulles and Clements High School. This past Fall, students who partook in our Summer Intensive SAT Program received exceptionally high scores, including two students who achieved a perfect score of 2400 from their October and November SAT. As the Director and Founder of our program, I take great pride in what we have to offer and aspire to widen our influence in other communities, especially though offering top-notch programs in our Missouri City location. We hope that as education providers, we can assist our students by building the bridge between their academic potentials and their greatest ambitions.

Cinco Ranch achieves top livability ranking in state and nation


reaVibes, a website rating the livability of cities, zip codes and areas, has rated the Cinco Ranch community in Katy as “No. 1” for livability statewide and nationwide. Specifically, Cinco Ranch rated a 92 livability score. AreaVibes’ livability scores are based on various metrics for each city, including: amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. Cinco Ranch scored an “A” or better in all metrics. “This is great news for the Katy area and further substantiates the fact that Cinco Ranch has a high quality of life and is a great place to live,” said Lance LaCour, President and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC). One major factor behind Cinco Ranch’s strong livability rating, according to Katy Area EDC research, is the Katy Independent School District, a

nationally-acclaimed school system with several Texas Education Agency (TEA) Exemplary Schools. Also, Katy ISD’s performance on American College Tests (ACTs) and Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs) regularly rate above state and national averages. In addition, AreaVibes noted the income per capita in Cinco Ranch is 128.4 percent greater than the Texas average and 102.9 percent greater than the national average. The median household income in Cinco Ranch is 165.9 percent greater than the Texas average and 151.2 percent greater than the national average. By contrast, Cinco Ranch’s poverty level is 92.8 percent less than the Texas average and 89.6 percent less than the national average. Meanwhile, Cinco Ranch enjoys a welleducated and growing workforce.   Cinco Ranch has a high school graduation rate of 98.5 percent, compared to 73.1 percent overall in Texas, and a 69 percent U.S. high school graduation rate.  More than 65.9 percent of Cinco Ranch residents

have earned bachelor’s degrees versus 10.3 percent overall for Texas and 13.9 percent nationwide. Cinco Ranch excels in advanced education demographics with 20.5 percent of residents having master’s degrees compared to 3 percent for Texas and 5.9 percent nationwide.  Additionally, employment in Cinco Ranch is expected to grow 24 percent (from 9,214 to 11,493) by 2018. Cinco Ranch also benefits from the surrounding area’s steady influx of businesses opening headquarters or branch facilities in or near Katy. Companies opening and expanding new facilities and offices in the area within the last two years include, GEICO; Kobelco; BP America; Shell Exploration and Production; Jacobs, Sasol; Subsea 7, Houston Offshore Engineering, Welltech Americas; Memorial Hermann; Methodist Hospital; Igloo Corporation; Dyna-Drill; Medline Industries; Hampco/G-Tech; Goya; and Entrust.   Other communities in the area scored are noted below:


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Foundation ranks Fort Bend 5th healthiest in Texas Annual rankings show where Texas 232 counties do well and have opportunities for improvement


ort Bend County is the fifth healthiest county in Texas, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at www. “Fort Bend County is very pleased to see these positive health-related measures. We know that having a good job, achieving high educational levels, living in a healthy environment and having access to good health care all contribute to healthy outcomes,” said Dr. M. desVignes-Kendrick, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services director. “We in Fort Bend County Health & Human Services will continue to focus on providing a healthy environment for our residents by consistently paying close attention to the attributes that make for a healthy Fort Bend community.

Dr. desVignes-Kendrick continues, “The county health rankings point to the interrelation of factors that improve health outcomes. Public health, medical providers, schools, businesses and many other organizations can all work together to ensure that the great strides made in Fort Bend County are applied to the entire spectrum of illness and to the entire population.” The 2014 County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. The Rankings allow counties to determine how well they are doing on 29 factors that influence health including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity, and access to healthy foods. Additional Fort Bend County rankings among 232 state counties include: • Health Outcomes - 5th • Length of Life - 6th • Health Factors - 4th • Healthy Behaviors - 2nd • Social & Economic Factors - 7th

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According to the Rankings, the five healthiest counties in Texas, starting with most healthy, are Presidio, Williamson, Collin, Denton, and Fort Bend. The five counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are San Augustine, Polk, Limestone, Red River, and Brooks. “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision for a culture of health is one where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy,” said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. “The County Health Rankings are a starting point for change, helping communities come together, identify priorities, and create solutions that will help all in our diverse society live healthier lives, now and for generations to come.” The Rankings provide county-to-county comparisons within a state. Nationally, this year’s Rankings show that people living in the least healthy counties are twice as likely to have shorter lives as people living in the healthiest counties. Unhealthy counties also have twice as many children living in poverty and twice as many teen births as the healthiest counties. This year’s Rankings also feature several new measures including housing, transportation, and access to mental health providers. The County Health Rankings is part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. The program includes the Roadmaps to Health Action Center which provides local leaders with tools, step-by-step guides, and stories to help communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to live healthy lives. The program also includes the annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize, which celebrates communities that are harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and stakeholders to build a culture of health. This year’s Prize winners and the call for 2014-2015 prize applications will be announced in June at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Spotlight: Health. “The County Health Rankings show us how health is influenced by our everyday surroundings—where we live, learn, work, and play,” said Bridget Catlin, PhD, MHSA, director of the County Health Rankings. “The County Health Rankings often provide the spark for businesses, community planners, policymakers, public health, parents, and others to work together for better health.”

Central Fort Bend Chamber Ribbon Cuttings The Central Fort Bend Chamber recently conducted ribbon cuttings at the newly opened Sonic at FM 723 and FM 1093 and Old Main Street Bakery in Downtown Rosenberg.

SONIC DRIVE IN (25022 FM 1093, Richmond): From left: Kelly Shelton, Community Bank of Texas; Tom Dutka, Tom Dutka Insurance Agency; Lisa Matthews; Servpro of West Fort Bend County; Juan Martinez, Sonic Drive In; Haroon Khawaja, Sonic Drive In; Ryan McMaster, Sonic Drive In; David Arcos, Sonic Drive In; Dalia Arcos, Sonic Drive In; Tom Wilson; Lorenzo Lerma, RE/MAX Plantation; Tiffany Pace, American Promoprint; Diana Barentine, Central Fort Bend Chamber.

OLD MAIN STREET BAKERY (808 Third Street, Rosenberg): From left: Jim Hill, bizINTOUCH; Doug Brock, James Hippler Electric A/C; Joyce Baranowski, Old Main Street Bakery; James Hippler, James Hippler A/C; Bob Vogelsang, Vogelsang Antique Emporium; Kay Garrett, Absolutely Brazos!; Jeff Messer, Red Queen’s Attic; Ron Saville Cast Theatrical Company; Lisa Walker, Old Main Street Bakery; Jocelyn Tobar, Old Main Street Bakery; Cooper Hawkins, Old Main Street Bakery; Cathy Pitts, SIG Wessendorff & McDonald Insurance; Jeremy Searl; Chris Craven, Old Main Street Bakery; Ashley Boring, Old Main Street Bakery; Shianne Richm, Old main Street Bakery; Adrienne Boring; Mary Barcak; Liz Stegint, Reese Real Estate; Nicholas Maresh, Old Main Street Bakery; Larry Barcak; Renee Butler, Another Time Soda Fountain; Dwayne Grigar, Rosenberg City Council; Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales; Katy Barcak; Matthew Maresh; Tom Wilson; Jakob Barcak; Tia Barcak; Brian Barcak; Felix Maresh; Joey Montalvo; Diana Montalvo; Tracey Satterwhite, Southern Sister Designs; Lupe Uresti; Bruce Maresh; Joe Gurecky, Gurecky Manufacturing; Shanta Kuhl, Cenral Fort Bend Chamber; Frances Buzek; Diana Barentine, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Bryton Williams.

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A Big Deal: UH SYSTEM Sugar Land By Jeffrey C. Wiley President & CEO Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council


he organizational details of higher education institutions are a bit of a mystery to most of us. For example, very few people understand the subtleties or distinctions between a self-standing university, branch campus or multi-institution teaching center. It is perhaps understandable then that little fanfare occurred when the UH System board of regents voted last month to make the University of Houston the exclusive provider of baccalaureate and graduate programs at the Sugar Land campus. For those of us, however, who have worked to see higher education reach its true potential in our community, this was a watershed moment. For the first time since the original granting of land to the UH System in the 1990s, this campus will have exclusive ownership within UH. As Joe Biden once said, “This is a big …deal.” By way of background, a self-standing university is what its name implies, a standalone university with its own president, educational leadership (deans), and financial and organizational objectives and mission. There are four self-standing universities in the UH System, University of Houston, University of Houston - Downtown, University of Houston - Clear Lake, and University of Houston - Victoria.  


A branch university is a satellite, or extension, of a self-standing university. In effect it is one and the same, only detached. Finally, a Multi-Institution Teaching Center (MITC) is a location that offers all self-standing universities the opportunity, but not the requirement, to offer programs. The differences between the first two and third classification are stark and important. In a self-standing university or branch campus, stakeholders have direct university management accountability to a community, in a MITC they don’t. While the branch campus concept was introduced more than a year ago to Sugar Land, it is the newly voted accountability and ownership that make the difference.  UH leadership has now made clear we are one and the same as the Tier One UH main campus. After a period of transition, gaining a degree at the UH campus in May 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

Sugar Land will be indistinguishable from earning a degree from the main campus. As a person who has been intimately involved in the effort to bring significant expansion and growth in higher education to Fort Bend County, I believe we will see substantial benefits from this clarification of leadership and designation of ownership. We will also retain the hybrid nature of the existing partnership with Wharton County Junior College and Houston Community College that provides the first two years of the four-year Tier One degree at substantial discounts. UH programs offered at its Sugar Land campus will become among the most affordable Tier One degrees available in the country. Our community deserves this attention, accountability and designation. No community has worked harder or provided more to see expansion and

development in higher education in their community. From the generosity of the George Foundation, Parks Foundation and other private donors, to the synergy and investment by the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County, our community has put its money where its mouth is. Change is never easy, and I am sure this is not the path of least resistance for a university. It requires change to other UH entities offering courses in Sugar Land, particularly UH Victoria. It also involves change for professors teaching courses and students taking courses. To mitigate potential impact, the UH board of regents wisely acknowledged these issues and planned for a transition for all affected parties. Details remain that community leadership will discuss with UH as the transition occurs, such as: long-term planning and expansion goals; financial dedication of growth experienced on the campus back to the campus; eventual standing as its own self-standing university in the future;

and, partnerships that build a world-class workforce to support one of the strongest local economies in the nation. For starters, however, the retention of nursing programs in the Houston market and the move of the School of Technology to Sugar Land are bold statements about the importance and value UH places on the role of our local campus to make UH Tier One delivery more robust. We greatly appreciate the increased focus that has been given to our community by the UH board of regents Chairman Jarvis V. Hollingsworth, the entire UH board of regents, and UH Chancellor Renu Khator. In the past, we scratched our heads about the delivery and follow through of leadership at UH. There were even times when we pondered alternatives. Those times are gone. In this chairman, board of regents and chancellor, we have seen commitments followed through with actions – actions we believe will be richly rewarded by a community that has previously sought a partner, and has now fully embraced one.

The Tradition Continues

Long known as Sugar Land’s premier destination, Sugar Creek Country Club provides a superior membership experience in an intimate country club setting. Continuing in 2014, a $2.5 million renovation of the golf course, clubhouse, swimming and fitness amenities will enhance what is already a celebrated retreat for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Inquire about membership opportunities by contacting Nicole Scarbrough, Membership Director, at 281.494.9131 or

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SBA improves Small Businesses access to 7(a) and 504 Loan Programs Enhances job creation U.S. small businesses will gain improved access to two major government-guaranteed loan programs once a final rule to that effect issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration becomes effective April 21, 2014. The SBA recently published a Final Rule on the Federal Register that eliminates or revises several requirements for its two main loan programs, 7(a) and 504. The rule expands eligibility, makes it easier for small businesses to secure SBA-backed financing, and encourages job creation. “These 504 and 7(a) program enhancements will expand program eligibility and improve access to capital for small businesses.  Improvements in CDC corporate governance oversight enhance program integrity and encourages more local involvement,” said Ann Marie Mehlum, SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access. The changes include, but are not limited to:

• Elimination of the personal resource test which benefits borrowers by adding flexibility  in the management of their allocation of personal resources to the small business; • Elimination of the nine-month rule for 504 eligible project expenses which allows businesses a longer timeframe in which to organize and initiate their small business project; • Revised 504 loan program collateral requirements to allow Third Party Lender to take collateral in addition to Project collateral under certain conditions; and • Enhanced CDC corporate governance requirements to ensure more board accountability and to reduce risks to the SBA portfolio.  For the full text of the Final Rule as published on the Federal Register, visit http:// Rule%20-%20Federal%20Register%20 2014-06237.pdf

Popular American music showcased in Fort Bend Symphony’s season closer Popular music by American composers George Gershwin and Aaron Copland awaits concertgoers as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra presents American Showcase II on Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford. FBSO’s season closer features Gershwin’s beloved An American in Paris, which captures the sounds and atmosphere experienced by an American visitor strolling the streets of Paris. Concertgoers will also enjoy Copland’s famous Fanfare for the Common Man, a short, moving piece designed to stir the patriotic spirit of Americans during World War II. In addition, Houston pianist Rodolfo Morales will perform Robert Nelson’s Concerti-


no for Piano and Orchestra, only the second time this work has been performed in the United States.   “The wonderful thing about American music is that it is unmistakably diverse,” said FBSO Music Director Dr. Héctor Agüero. “It reflects elements of the different people that make up our great nation”. Tickets for American Showcase II are available at or by calling 281-2769642. Reserved seats for adults are $12 to $30 with discounts for adults 55 and over, students, military and groups of 10 or more. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult, but need a reserved ticket.

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Fort Bend drivers need to be alert Work Zone signs appear to be posted in any direction you drive in Fort Bend County. As the population increases, so does the need to be safe. When traveling to and from work and keeping business appointments, be sure to pay attention to signs, other motorists and your speed. With 84 percent of 2013 work zone fatalities being motorists rather than workers, the Texas Department of Transportation kicks off its Be Safe. Drive Smart campaign. The campaign reminds drivers to slow down, stay alert and obey traffic signs to protect themselves and roadside workers. “We do everything in our power to make work zones as safe as possible, but ultimately each driver must be responsible for his or her safety and the safety of others,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “If you don’t give work zones your undivided attention, you could face increased fines and potential injury or death.” In Texas, there can be more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. Last year, 17,266 work zone crashes resulted in 3,522 serious injuries and 115 fatalities. As roadway maintenance and construction efforts continue to address a state population that grows by about 1,000 people per day, drivers should expect to encounter a work zone at any time. In many work zones, posted signs warn drivers that traffic fines can increase if they disobey posted speed limits and other warning signs. Since 1938, TxDOT has lost 103 employees to a third-party vehicle crash on or near a roadway. Outside of TxDOT work zones, drivers also are reminded to move over or slow down when approaching work crews, vehicles and other equipment performing maintenance and clean-up along roadways. Failure to do so can result in a fine up to $2,000.


River Park West commercial frontage at I-69/ US 59 and Williams Way purchased The highly sought 15 acres of commercial property on the Northwest and Northeast corners of I-69/US 59 and Williams Way. was purchased by WW I-69 Partners, LLC for commercial development. The site sits at the front of RiverPark West master planned community of 1.100 homes and between the Grand Parkway and FM 762. The project, Williams Crossing, will be developed to serve the travelers on the Interstate as well as the surrounding communities by offering shopping, dining, medical and professional services and hospitality. The property is anchored between 540 luxury multi-family units. Further north on Williams Way sits Hutchinson Elementary, as well as, the Fort Bend County Justice Center with over 1,500 employees and several hundred visitors daily. Sweetgrass, a Del Webb community, will directly connect to Williams Way in the near future. Both Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, one mile to the east, and OakBend Hospital, across the highway, provide medical amenities to the area. Brazos Town Center, a regional commercial development, is situated at the next exit to the west offering retail and entertainment. Williams Crossing will allow

for additional retail, office and medical options with ease of access to the consumers. Brokers Jim Shaw and Jennifer Raymond with JPR Commercial Real Estate represented the  buyers and are principals in the new

partnership that purchased the property. The transaction was financed by NewFirst Bank. Boucher Design Group is the architect designing the land plan while LJA Engineering is performing the engineering.

Fort Bend Parkway extension to Sienna Plantation now complete After two years of construction, the extension of the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road has finally reached Sienna Parkway, thereby providing Sienna Plantation residents with the ease and convenience of toll road access directly from the master-planned community all the way to U.S. Highway 90A, just minutes from the downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center. The completed extension of the EZ tagonly Fort Bend Parkway from Highway 6 to Sienna Parkway is expected to reduce drive times from Sienna Plantation to points in

Houston by 10-15 minutes, according to Sienna Plantation General Manager Alvin San Miguel. “The direct access to major employment corridors provided by the extended Fort Bend Parkway right from Sienna Plantation will be a major selling point as we continue to develop the community,” says San Miguel. The completion of the extended Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road follows the announcement by The Johnson Development Corp. to develop additional land for the continuation of Sienna Plantation.

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A temporary road sign informs motorists traveling on Sienna Parkway of the opening of the Fort Bend Parkway.


Texana breaks ground on new facility


exana Center broke ground last week on a new facility that will be home to the Intellectual & Developmental Disability (IDD) Crisis Stabilization Program. There are an increasing number of patients with a diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disability (i.e., autism, pervasive developmental disorder or mental retardation) who have a co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness and/or a history of challenging and harmful behaviors. When a behavioral crisis occurs, this complex behavioral health population typically seeks crisis intervention services through the emergency room, psychiatric inpatient system or law enforcement. In these cases, a frequent long term solution

L to R:  Ron Ewer, Community Advisory Board Chair, Franco Albarran, Albarran Architects,  Beth Duncan, Manager IDD Crisis Stabilization Service, George Patterson, CEO, Dianne Wilson, Texana Board Chair, Bob Bass, Bass Construction and Kate Johnson-Patagoc, Director Specialized Services.



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is admission to a State Supported Living Center. Patients with IDD who have a cooccurring serious persistent mental illness and challenging behavior enter into a cycle of crisis driven care: the patient receives long term supports from a designated inhome caregiver who is unable to manage challenging behaviors; the behaviors result in an acute crisis; the treatment for the crisis is hospitalization or out of home institutional care, which does not involve the caregiver in the treatment plan; the crisis resolves and the patient returns home to the caregiver who still lacks competencies for managing the behaviors. Often the challenging behaviors reoccur and result in an acute crisis; the cycle repeats, and this complex population becomes a frequent user of local public health systems. The crisis behavioral health care team will respond to acute crisis and will design, May 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

implement, and monitor individualized treatment plans for individuals admitted to the program. Texana Center selected Bass Construction to build the facility for people with IDD who are in crisis with a goal of avoiding placement in the more costly setting of; state supported living centers, emergency rooms, state mental hospitals or county jails. The 4,500 square foot building designed by Albarran Architects LLC will be a four bed respite facility, equipped with two clinical treatment rooms, and offices for therapeutic staff including Behavior Analysts. The new location will provide ongoing supports to clients and their caregivers to avert crisis and establish stable living environments. The facility will be constructed on the West Campus’ undeveloped property which is owned by Texana Center and is expected to be complete before the end of the year.

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Dr. Patsy Taylor elected as a new leader to serve on NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education  Board of Education • JulieMarie Shepherd of Colorado’s Aurora Public Schools • Dr. Patsy Taylor of Texas’s Fort Bend Independent School District Patsy Taylor “Attending the National School Board Association Conference and participating as a member of the Council of Urban School Board Executive Steering Committee was a rewarding experience,” said Dr. Patsy Taylor. “I had the opportunity to gauge the pulse of what is happening in the urban school districts and attend forums to learn how to build and improve the nation’s schools including FBISD; set policy and provide guidance for districts with nearly 7.5 million students in more than 12,000 schools, with collective budgets of approximately $99 billion. I look forward to


he National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) has elected new leaders and members to its Steering Committee. Van Henri White of New York’s Rochester City School District was elected Chair and Harium Martin-Morris of Washington’s Seattle Public Schools was elected Vice Chair. Minnie Forte-Brown of Durham Public Schools in North Carolina, who served as 2013-14 Chair, is now Immediate Past Chair. The following school board members also were elected this year to serve on CUBE’s 16-member Steering Committee: • Bruce Alexander (incumbent) of Ohio’s Akron Public Schools • Willetta Milam (incumbent) of Ohio’s Cleveland Municipal School District • Nandi Seko of the U.S. Virgin Island’s

a great three years as a member of the NSBA Council of Executive Steering Committee and representing the US Southern Region and Fort Bend ISD at the national level,” said Taylor.   Since May 2011, Dr. Taylor has served in Position 5 on the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees. She has served as the Board Vice President for one year. She has been a resident of Fort Bend County for 28 years. Dr. Taylor earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership, Administration and Supervision. “The leaders of the Council of Urban Boards of Education have strong experience in advancing urban education, and we are proud of their deep commitment to aiding the work of urban school boards so that all students can succeed,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of NSBA.

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lot can happen in a year…for the Fort Bend law firm of Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC (RMWBH) that certainly holds true. In just one year, RMWBH has brought together two well established Texas law firms, both with a strong presence in Fort Bend County. RMWBH has further bolstered its commitment to better serve Fort Bend County residents with the addition of Himesh Gandhi, a long time resident and community leader of Fort Bend County. In July 2013, RMWBH expanded is Fort Bend County practice by adding Himesh Gandhi as the managing Shareholder of the Sugar Land office, located in Sugar Land Town Square. Mr. Gandhi represents individuals and entities in a wide variety of complex business transactions and litigation matters. His primary focus is in the areas of real estate, commercial disputes, business entities, construction, risk management and avoidance, acquisitions, collections, finance, and general corporate matters. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Gandhi demonstrates his strong sense of community service by serving on the Sugar Land City Council as At-Large, Position One Council Member. In 2012, Mr. Gandhi became the youngest at-large councilman ever elected in the history of the city at the age of 35. Prior to that in 2011, he was named a Fort Bend Rising Star by the Fort Bend Business Journal. Mr. Gandhi has also served as a board member for a number of organizations in Fort Bend, including the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, and is a former Vice Chairman and current board member of the Arc of Fort Bend.


Butler, Marc Markel, and Roy Hailey are among the most experienced practitioners in this practice area and together bring more than 100 years of combined experience. While most companies want to make Keri Schmidt, the President/CEO of the money, RMWBH knows there is more to life Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce says, “The than just counting profits at the end of the RMWBH law firm is comprised of a group day. Through its work, employee initiatives, of strongly committed community leaders, and volunteer programs, RMWBH finds who have extensive legal experience and are ways to make serving Fort Bend County long standing members of our community. residents a year-round mission. In addition to Their integrity is unquestionable.” providing direct financial assistance to many Along with the addition of Mr. Gandhi, Fort Bend County non-profit organizations RMWBH had other exciting news and charities, RMWBH also offers its state regarding the expansion of its Fort Bend of the art conference room, complimentary, practice. In January 2014, Robert Markel to many Fort Bend County organizations to Weinberg PC and Butler | Hailey merged conduct meetings. RMWBH’s conference to establish RMWBH, the product of two room, which can seat up to 30 comfortably, law firms rated by Martindale-Hubbell as has hosted the following organizations and AV preeminent law firms. RMWBH has their directors: Fort Bend Regional Council offices in Houston, Sugar Land, Austin, San On Substance Abuse; Child Advocates of Antonio, and Dallas. The five principals, Fort Bend County; Toys for Tots; Sugar Jeffrey Roberts, Marc Markel, Gregg Land Rotary Club; Fort Bend Friends and Weinberg, Rick Butler, and Roy Hailey, are Neighbors; Keep Sugar Land Beautiful; each board certified in their respective practice Tri-City Women’s Club; Rainbow Room; areas by the Texas Board of Legacy Foundation; Sugar Land Legal Specialization. Heritage Foundation; The Fort The RMWBH The new law firm offers Bend Community Museum law firm is experience in many areas of civil Association and Fort Bend Cares comprised of a law with a continued emphasis among many others. on commercial litigation, real In addition to offering its group of strongly estate, labor and employment, financial assistance and resources committed professional liability, directors community leaders, to the community, RMWBH’s and officers litigation, fiduciary own attorneys also donate their who have extensive personal time by being involved litigation, energy arbitration, legal experience and corporate transactions. in community affairs. Carl and are long Community association law will Favre, who serves Of Counsel be a particular focus as the new to the real estate section of the standing members firm will have more attorneys firm’s Sugar Land office, also of our community. dedicated to this field than any acts as the Director and former Their integrity is other practice in Texas. Rick Legal Counsel for the Fort Bend unquestionable. Chamber of Commerce and serves on boards for the Sugar


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Left to Right: Gregg Weinberg, Rick Butler, Marc Markel, Roy Hailey and Jeffrey Robertsx. Photo by Larry Pullen

Land Heritage Foundation, the Parks Youth Ranch, and Deacon’s Dugout Foundation. Mr. Favre has recently provided pro bono legal services to the Fort Bend Women’s Center and is a member of the Sugar Land Exchange Club and was a charter member of the Southwest 59 Sunrise Rotary Club. Although RMWBH’s expansion and merger are recent news, RMWBH is no newcomer to Fort Bend County. RMWBH has handled some of the most recognizable business transactions in Fort Bend County history. One such example is RMWBH’s handling of the sale of the historic Imperial Sugar factory, which involved a chain of title dating back prior to the Texas Revolution. Bill Schwer, former General Counsel of the Imperial Sugar Company says, “RMWBH is a powerhouse of skilled and dedicated attorneys who ensure that their clients receive the proper legal guidance tailored to their specific needs. It was a pleasure working with the RMWBH team, as their efficiency, attention to detail, and experience is commendable and noteworthy.” The firm continues to work with developers of communities within Fort Bend, such

as Sugarland Properties Incorporated, the developer of First Colony, Planned Community Developers, the developer of Sugar Land Town Center, and Johnson Development Company, the developer of both Sienna Plantation and Riverstone. RMWBH also worked with Johnson Development in various aspects of the redevelopment of the Imperial Sugar site and assisted the developer with drafting documents for Constellation Field, the home of the Sugar Land’s Skeeters. Kolbe Curtice, Managing Director with Colliers International says “I have had the privilege of working on commercial real estate transactions in Fort Bend County for over two decades. I learned long ago the importance of referring service providers to my clients that not only know their craft, but more importantly, know Fort Bend County. For legal matters, no one knows Fort Bend commercial real estate better than Himesh Gandhi, Carl Favre and their team at Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey in Sugar Land. I use them often and give them my highest recommendation!” RMWBH understands that the success Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal H May 2014

or failure of any business depends on maintaining and training business leaders in the community. As such, the firm holds ongoing educational seminars for businesses and organizations in Fort Bend County and surrounding areas. In March 2014, the firm offered an employment law seminar entitled “Employment Law Basics” with many Fort Bend human resource directors in attendance. The seminar’s presenter, Laura Alaniz, a Shareholder at RMWBH, knows the importance of having a fundamental understanding of employment law in developing and maintaining an organization, through her representation of businesses in employment matters for almost twenty years. Ms. Alaniz has been practicing in Texas since 1996 and is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Although RMWBH hopes that its education and training seminars will help prevent businesses and individuals from seeing the inside of a court room, RMWBH is also equipped with an aggressive team of CONTINUES...


Left to Right: Dustin Fessler, Carl Favre, Rahila Sultanali, Kristina Jurecek, Chastity McPeters, Himesh Gandhi and Jeffrey Roberts. Photo by Larry Pullen

trial attorneys noted for their abilities in the court room to help you get out. Jeffrey Roberts and Gregg Weinberg are both Board Certified Civil Trial attorneys with over 50 combined years of trial experience across Texas. Mr. Roberts holds one of the largest plaintiff’s verdicts in Fort Bend County. RMWBH also celebrates its client’s successes outside the court room. The firm has hosted numerous wine events at its Sugar Land Town Square and Williams Tower locations with some of the finest craft wine makers from Napa Valley in attendance. The firm also frequently donates from its diverse wine collection for various charities to raise funds at auctions. The firm hopes to build on its client’s

successes and its diverse practices areas and experience by bringing in competent and qualified young lawyers to carry on the firm’s tradition of excellence in client representation. Associate Dustin Fessler works in the firm’s general civil litigation and directors & officers sections. Mr. Fessler is a member of the Fort Bend County Bar Association and a member of the Fort Bend Leadership Forum Class of 2014. He is licensed in Texas, New York, and New Jersey. Recently joining RMWBH is Associate Rahila Sultanali. Ms. Sultanali works in the firm’s corporate and real estate sections, assisting in property acquisitions, entity formation, and in the drafting of real estate and

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Non-stop US 59 to I-10 completed Last of Grand Parkway toll overpasses open

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SEGMENT D GRAND PARKWAY RIBBON CUTTING – Overpass between Bellaire Boulevard and Westpark Toll Road. Pictured (l-r) Melody Hess, FBTRA; William D Key, III, FBTRA; Mike Alford, TXDOT DIstrict Engineer; Jim Condrey, FBTRA Chair; County Judge Bob Hebert; Commissioner Precinct 3 Andy Meyers; Commissioner Pct 2 Grady Prestage; Commissioner Precinct 4 James Patterson —along with several county officials and community members—celebrated the opening of Grand Parkway Segment D on April 11.

By Elsa Maxey


ribbon cutting between Bellaire Blvd. and Westpark Tollway next to the Shops at Bella Terra between Sugar Land and Katy marks the opening of another toll overpass on what is known as Segment D of the Grand Parkway in Fort Bend County. The event last Friday, Apr. 11 featured a ceremonial stage in front of the overpass, now open to southbound traffic from the Westpark Tollway/FM 1093 to U.S. 59. Northbound traffic can already travel from U.S. 59 to West Belfort, and a remaining northbound section between Bellaire and the Westpark Tollway is scheduled to open this week. “There are a lot of people who had a hand in making this project come to fruition,” said Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert at the ribbon cutting about


the segment’s impending completion. “A very necessary improvement to traffic flow,” he said, as there will be no traffic lights on the road with the overpasses for EZ tag motorists traveling on the nonstop thoroughfare. This direct connection

Stanley G. Short, Jim Hunt and Richard Fields

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between U.S. 59 and IH 10 will relieve traffic on the feeder roads in an area that continues to expand commercially and residentially. Managed by Fort Bend County through the Fort Bend Toll Road Authority, the improvements to Segment D with the nine new overpasses, bridges and seven toll locations include about 18 miles of new main lane pavement costing $2.45 to drive on the entire tolled section one-way and less for traveling on sections of the road. Access to motorists on roads without tolls, however, remains in the same area as a free option with traffic lights at some locations, just as feeder roads operate. As it continues to improve traffic mobility, Fort Bend County is reportedly working on designs on another segment of the Grand Parkway to connect U.S. 59 in Sugar Land to Highway 288 for an eventual hook up to the Fort Bend Parkway in Missouri City. Visit this story online for event photos.


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Conversations In Leadership set for June 18 – Luncheon roundtable with mayors The Chamber Young Professional Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon roundtable with Mayors Tommy Kuykendall, Evalyn Moore, Vincent Morales, Allen Owen, and James Thompson representing their respective cities. The luncheon will be held at the Quail Valley’s City Center, 2880 La Quinta, Missouri City, TX, on Wednesday, June 18, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Our mayoral panelists will candidly discuss leadership lessons learned while providing insight into the future of their respective cities.   Event Presenter Sponsorships Available for $1,500 – Corporate Table of 8 available for $400 - Individual session is $35 for members and $45 non-members.

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Lunch and materials are included. Register today online at or contact Matthew Ferraro for reservations at 281.491.0277 or  About the Fort Bend Chamber The Fort Bend Chamber is a broadbased business organization whose mission is to serve its 1,200 members as the

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voice and advocate of business in Fort Bend County, and as a catalyst for excellence in business and economic growth in the Fort Bend region. As the largest singlecounty chamber in the nine-county area surrounding the Houston Metroplex, membership provides both immediate and long-term benefits for your business and helps build momentum for our community’s future.

 George Foundation announces addition to Grant Leadership Team Roger Adamson, CEO of The George Foundation, announced the appointment of Quynh-Anh T. McMahan, MSW, as Grant Officer, effective April 1, 2014. Ms. McMahan will be joining longtime Grant Officer Dee Koch, who will soon transition into a new role with the Foundation as Director of Community Engagement.  “We are excited to bring Quynh-Anh and her talent on board to help continue the Foundation’s mission to support the Fort Bend County nonprofit community,” said Mr. Adamson, CEO.  Quynh-Anh is neither a stranger to Fort Bend County nor to The George Foundation. She arrived in the U.S. from Viet Nam as an infant, and Quynh-Anh and her family moved to Stafford, Texas when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Stafford High School and upon graduation Quynh-Anh

was awarded a George Foundation scholarship for her academic and leadership accomplishments. Her educational journey led her to the University of Houston, where she reQuynh-Anh T. McMahan ceived a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Bachelor of Science in Psychology graduating summa cum laude in the dual degree program. Following her undergraduate degree, Quynh-Anh earned her Master of Social Work in 2002 from the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work.  Quynh-Anh spent the past nine years with the Rockwell Fund, Inc., where she most recently served as Senior Program Officer. She was responsible for facilitating planning for grant staff functions, ensuring appropriate

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infrastructure, policies and procedures were in place to support efficient and effective grantmaking. Through her work with the Rockwell Fund, Inc., Quynh-Anh supported grantees to accomplish goals with resources, partnership development and technical assistance.  “Having worked with Quynh-Anh on numerous projects over the years, I know she will be an asset to the Foundation and the community in her role as Grant Officer. Her past achievements speak for themselves, but the foundation’s grantmaking and grantees will be the recipients of the knowledge and compassion Quynh-Anh will bring to her role at The George Foundation,” said, Dee Koch, Grant Officer.  Quynh-Anh and her husband, Jay, reside in Missouri City and are the proud parents of three month old, Aiden.


Non-profit teams up with City to meet “green” needs in community

Missouri City Green is putting down roots while branching out 

This is just one of the groups that participates in the Trash Off event.

By Betsy Dolan


hen Paul Wierzbicki and his wife Angie arrived in Missouri City in 2009, they noticed that the community didn’t have an organization working on conservation issues like other Houston suburbs did.   Paul, in his new job as an arborist with Missouri City, also realized that limited city resources would make it difficult to build the sort of program that could make a real difference.  That’s when Angie stepped in.  “She had worked in the parks and rec department in Pearland and saw the power that a non-profit could bring to the city,” said Paul.  “She wrote a press release, organized a meeting and a handful of people showed up.”  That was in 2010.  Four years later, Missouri City Green, now with 501c3 status and a Keep Texas Beautiful affiliation,  a has a core group of volunteers who organize eco-friendly events for the community. An electronics recycling event in January filled a 27-foot truck to capacity in just 90-minutes.  “It was wonderful to see all of the cell phones, big television sets and old computers that won’t be going to our landfills”, said Diana Giltner, who volunteers with Missouri City Green and who also sits on Missouri City’s Parks Board.   Volunteers have planted native flowers outside of municipal buildings, planted trees along the Edible Arbor Trail and Buffalo Run Park and recently hosted a city-wide trash off where over 200 bags of trash were collected in just a few hours. A backyard composting program is in the works as is another electronics recycling event June 14.  The beauty of Missouri City Green, say its organizers, is the partnership


These volunteers plants trees at the Edible Arbor Trail.

that exists with the City and allows for beautification and “green” living initiatives without increasing taxes or decreasing other services.   “It would take the City weeks to do what the volunteers with Missouri City Green can do in just a few hours,” Wierzbicki said. “We provide some logistical support and marketing but the events are really their doing.”

At the 2014 Eggpalooza, recycling barrels were set up to collect plastic eggs that were being discarded. May 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

A 27 ft. recycling truck filled up in record time as residents participated in this event.

 Wierzbicki cites the community garage sale as an example of how a non-profit organization like Missouri City Green, can keep a popular event going even after the City steps away because of budget constraints.  The community garage sale is now organized by Missouri City Green and serves as one of their primary fund raisers.   “We’re not trying to force conservation down anyone’s throat”, said Giltner.  “But through our events, we are showing the community that even one person can make a difference and it can change the way they think about conservation in their every day life.”  For more information on the group or its upcoming events, visit


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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

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Member Updates

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston Ernest Lewis, Director of Development 1520 A Airline Drive, Houtson, TX 77009 713-868-3426 Associations


Chemplast Inc. Justin Kallingakudiyil, Account Manager 1002 Texas Parkway Stafford, TX 77477 281-208-2585 Manufacturers Constant Contact, Inc. Amy Olivieri, Regional Dev’t. Director 1601 Trapelo Road Waltham, MA 2451 1-866-289-2101 Marketing Services Custom Decor Solutions Nancy Beaman, Owner 7746 Highway 6 Missouri City, TX 77459 281-778-4680 Window Coverings Family Eye Health Solutions Dr. Jimmy Joseph, Doctor 5201 Highway 6 South Missouri City, TX 77459 832-539-6448 Optometrists Fogarty Financial Fred Fogarty, President 4501 Cartwright Rd Missouri City, TX 77459 281-403-1818 Financial Services, Insurance

Goddard School Long Meadow Farms Tamkeen Manasia Shroff, Owner 21024 West Bellfort Road Richmond, TX 77406 281-232-7980 Child Care

Orange Theory Fitness Jim Potesta, Owner 15890 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-325-0018 Fitness Center

Hearing Professional Center Caitlin Childress, Audiologist 1400 Creekway Dr. Houston, TX 77479 281-302-5063 Hearing Healthcare

Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club Richard Rewell, General Manager 3000 Plantation Dr. Richmond, TX 77406 281-342-9940 Country Club

Katy Contemporary Arts Museum Ana Villaronga-Roman, Museum Director 805 Avenue B Katy, TX 77493 832-857-1340 Museums

Pioneer Energy Ahmed Malik, COO/ VP 14090 Southwest Freeway Suite 300 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-203-0600 Energy Utility

KCI Technologies Jim Spackman, Office Manager 7120 Grand Blvd., Suite 100 Houston, TX 77054 713-680-0080 Engineering

Porter Hedges, LLP J. Patrick LaRue, Partner 1000 Main Street, 36th Floor Houston, TX 77002 713-226-6000 Attorney(s) at Law

Mosset Grill and Wine Bar Jose Cruz, General Manager 14019 Southwest Freeway Suite 101 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-201-8296 Restaurants

Potbelly Sandwich Shops Sarah Baylis, Catering Sales Manager 1815 Hwy 6 S Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-277-2515 Restaurants

Red Mango Cafe - Sugar Land Janet Tu, Owner 16535 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-980-1074 Restaurants Security Reconnaissance Team, Inc. Celso Pacheco, Director of Operations 7114 Tara Dr. Richmond, TX 77469 956-266-0769 Security Sri Energy Inc. Radha Sundararajan, President 12950 S Kirkwood Rd., Ste 150 Stafford, TX 77477 832-742-7500 Oilfield Services The Locker Room Sports Bar and Grill David Steadman, Owner 16227 Lexington Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-565-8795 Restaurants The Muller Law Group Richard Muller, Partner 16555 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-500-6050 Attorney(s) at Law

For membership information, contact: Jan-Michael Jenkins | 281-491-0218 | May 2014 H Fort Bend Business Journal

Call Juliette Bloomer for more information at 281-566-2161 or email





614 Texas Parkway, Suite 500 • Missouri City, TX 77489 16535 SW Freeway, Suite 2600 • Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-980-1074 • 281-208-2800 •

11220 Highway 6 #A8 • Sugar Land, TX 77498 281-313-0654 •

16535 Lexington Blvd, Suite 145 • Sugar Land, TX 77479 713-627-4000 •



First Colony Mall Food Court • Sugar Land, TX 77479 832-928-6264 •

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Member Updates

To Schedule Your Business Ribbon Cutting

16902 SW Freeway, Suite 106 • Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-325-6620 •

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Success is just around the bend 1 YEAR

Patout & Shaw, PLLC Travis Shaw, 713-893-0564 Compassion Katy Diane Walker, 281-395-1130 Apex Physical Rehab & Wellness Amir Kazemi, 281-242-5252 Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Rick Ellstrom, 281-497-7907


Muzak Ashley Harris, 713-397-7286 Home Instead Senior Care Sara Hanzel, 832-379-4700

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Member Updates

The Morales Law Firm, PPLC Christopher Morales, 281-232-0707


Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance Mary Collins, 713-600-1131

J. Michael Bennett M.D. P.A. James Bennett, 281-633-8600

Whitley Penn, LLP Steve Metzenthin, 281-242-8600

Texas Sports Medicine Institute Wayne Horak, 832-223-9200

Southern Ice Cream Mike Johnston, 281-499-9837

A Time and Place for Everything Lisa Giesler, 832-277-1745

Amani Engineering, Inc. H. Prasad Kolluru, 713-270-5700

Smart Financial Credit Union Tiffany Halfon, 713-407-4352


DeVry University Stephanie Ross, 281-566-6000


Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center Joseph Janes, 713-580-2582 Titanium Electrode Products Cathleen Johannessen, 281-498-4727 Servpro of Sugar Land Natalie Hart, 281-313-1338

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. Kim Stensvaag, 281-637-6200 2/7/2006


Champion Contractors of Texas Brent Mikeska, 713-898-9817 Yokogawa Corporation of America Nita Williams, 281-340-3800


Interiorscapes of Houston Alan L’Roy, 281-933-0470


CBC Golf Carts Chris Bunkiewicz, 281-494-1164

The Marquis at Sugar Land Jessica Medrano, 281-265-3200

Aveda Concept Salon Eben & Day Spa Dario G. Beistegui, 281-980-5160

Nora Anne’s Flower Shoppe Nora Sim, 281-491-5858

Republic Harley-Davidson Craig D. Slovak, 281-295-1000

Emeritus at Sugar Land Rachel Dietrich, 281-491-6257

First Community Credit Union - HEB Alex Samoilov, 281-856-5300

TXU Energy 800-225-5898


Whataburger, 281-498-2248

NMG Medical Planners, Inc. Bassem Nassif, 832-668-4527

The Preserve at Colony Lakes Creekstone Management 281-499-4007

Archi*Technics/3, Inc. Christus Powell, 713-868-0088

HEB Food & Drugs David Solis, 281-778-1300

Sweetpea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Nasha Hunter, 281-566-6112

Harmony School of Science Abdullah Zorba, 281-265-2525

Corgan Associates, Inc. John Haskew, 832-652-3601

Tax Tech Esther Buentello Flores, 281-499-1223

Candyland Vacations, LLC Candy Smits, 281-980-3289

11 YEARS The Trestles 281-208-2779

Gulf Coast Stabilized Material Dana Osborne, 281-491-7376


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


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Lane Pearson, 713-857-4416

ARCADIS U.S., Inc. Rebecca Gordon, 713-953-4800

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Workforce Solutions Benito Guzman, 281-564-2660


J Loggins Jewelers Jan Loggins, 281-242-2900

TREK Donna Alexander, 713-965-1711

The Enclave at Woodbridge 281-313-1900 Merrill Lynch Bart A. Reese, 281-490-1600 RE/MAX Southwest Realtors - Warren Curtis Warren, 713-303-1111


Riverstone Community Christen Johnson, 281-499-8700 Halff Associates, Inc. Raul Wong, 713-588-2450 Turner Construction Company Joe Glowaki, 713-840-8441


RE/MAX Southwest Realtors - Mack Virginia Mack, ABR, CBR, 281-207-5200

Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc. Dale Conger, 713-462-3242 Katy ISD Alton Frailey, 281-396-6000 Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Chip Sutton, 281-342-9636 Wallstreet Texas Michael Sachs, 281-953-2050

Heritage Texas Properties Judy Monroe, 281-240-8800


Republic Services Todd Fawcett, 713-726-7300


Tejas Surveying, Inc. Randy McClendon, 281-240-9099



South Grand at Pecan Grove Yolanda Morales, 281-342-9414 3/5/1996

Houston-Stafford Electric (IES Residential) Teddy Wilks, 281-498-2212



Chick-fil-A at First Colony Mall Brent Kubala, 281-494-2500

APAD First Colony LLC Laura Benner, 281-243-700

Wal-Mart Tannika Scott, 281-933-7800

Fresh Air, L.P. Sonny Roncancio, 281-499-3511

Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers Andy Meyers, 281-238-1400

The Holoway Jones Law Firm, PLLC Russell C. Jones, 281-242-8100

Internet Access Point Corp. Charles Newcomer, 281-242-1001

Morris, Ligon & Rodriguez, PC Larry D. Morris, 281-242-2400

Millis Development & Construction, Inc. Jason Millis, 281-240-6066

Creative Consumer Research Patricia Pratt, 281-240-9646


Leonetti Graphics Donald Leonetti, 281-499-4959

Tallas Insurance and Financial Services Jeff Tallas, 713-271-2000

Harry M. Green Interests, Inc. Harry M. Green, 713-953-9800


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

JRM Architects, Inc. Jim Merriman, AIA, 281-242-5255 Murphy Road Self Storage Gloria McClellen, 281-208-5623


Child Advocates of Fort Bend Jane ODell, 281-341-9955 Fish Construction, Inc. Scott A. Fish, 281-261-3375

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Member Updates



Sweetwater Country Club Michelle Inberg, 281-980-4100


Bailes Bates & Associates, LLP Robbie Bates, 281-565-6400


Randalls Food Markets, Inc. Dawne Proffitt, 713-268-3500

La Quinta Inn Stafford / Sugar Land Peter Cruickshank, 281-240-2300

WJ Interests, LLC Jared Jameson, 281-634-9400

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he yearly obligation to the IRS for most people in Fort Bend and probably across the nation has probably been met for the latest tax filing year for those working and earning income. Given the amount of federal spending, the deficit and debt on the books, of particular interest is the suggestion that tax time should be close to election time – i.e. moving the tax filing deadline from April 15th to November, and there’s a bill that’s been introduced in Congress towards that end. The intention behind it is to help people realize what their taxes are paying for and that could even encourage more of them to vote, maybe even differently. The tax filing deadline, April 15th and Election Day in November are over a half year apart, and by the time people vote, according to those pushing the tax filing date change, they say taxpayers probably do not remember how much they paid in taxes in order to make more deliberate voting decisions about their concurrence or otherwise about how their money was spent. Locally, Fort Bend taxes are due at the end of each calendar year. Elections at the city government level are held mostly in May and some of them, like for county positions, take place in November, unless some kind of special election is called. The local elections are nonpartisan, which means the candidates do not appear on the ballot aligned with a political party. But with some effort, the candidate’s party affiliation may be made known. In Fort Bend, there’s hasn’t been any known


By Elsa Maxey


Where did your tax money go?

talk about linking the local, nonpartisan elections to the calendar year tax filing deadlines, although the topic comes up every now and then about the May elections being held in November. For now, the elections and tax payment dates are set in stone both at the federal and local levels and if warranted, that proverbial stone could be broken up in the future. With so many impending elections, it’s a good time to take a look at where your tax dollars are being spent. Your elected officials are acting on your behalf, and if you’re in agreement with their action, then all is well. If not, take notice. On, taxpayers are given an opportunity to view what is called “Your 2013 Federal Taxpayer Receipt.” With some information entries, a breakdown will show how an individual’s tax dollars are spent in areas like education, health care and other areas of expenditures. In light of how much taxpayers collectively pay for public services, they should be able to influence how their government spends their money. The following pie charts are for some selected local governments and they are intended to keep taxpayers in the know as the approved budgets corresponding to all of them are posted online. Here’s a brief look. May 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

SUGAR LAND Expenditures by Type Airport Services 9%

Other 10%

General Gov't 9% Community Services 9%

Utility Services 12%

Public Safety 15%

Construction 18%

Debt Service 18%

Source: City of Sugar Land 2014 approved budget

KATY 2013-14 Total Expenditures

$18,701,315 Visit for complete budget summary for City of Katy total expenditure



“WHERE THE MONEY GOES” The following pie chart shows the budgeted expenditures by function for all Governmental Fund Types in relationship to each other for the 2014 fiscal year.

Source: City of Richmond 2014 approved budget

ROSENBERG Expenditures by Division 2013-14 Budget Community Development 9%

Source: Fort Bend County 2014 approved budget

This chart indicates that the largest percentage of the budget funds the Public Safety departments in the County in which the Sheriff’s Department accounts for $62,413,572 the $71,751,843 allocated to the Public Safety departments. The second largest activity is General Administration with a $45 million dollar budget. In the 2014 budget $3.7 million dollars was allocated for Capital Improvement Projects.

General Government 18%

Public Works 21%

General Fund Revenue FYE 2014 Public Safety 52% Source: City of Rosenberg 2014 approved budget Expenditures by Function

2013-14 Budget



EXPENDITURES BY ACTIVITY FOR ALL FUNDS Contingency 2.3% Capital Outlay 20.1%

Other Financing Uses 1.8% Personnel 31.0%

Commodities 5.6%

Debt Service 17.9% Other Services 1.9%

Contractual Services 17.5%

The city with no property tax, Stafford eliminated its property tax in 1995 for both residents and businesses. As reported, its operations are supported by revenues from sales taxes, franchise taxes and user fees that are in line with or lower than those of neighboring communities. The Freeport tax exemption, initiated by the City, complements Stafford’s zero property tax rate, which helps attract many companies to the city. For review of the city’s budget, visit


Capital Projects 1.53%

Operations 30.96%

General Fund Expenditures by Department FYE 2014 Personnel and Benefits 67.51%

General Fund Reasources 2013-14 Budget Transfers 7%

Other Revenue 5%

Property Texas 18%

Fees/Fines Source: Meadow Place 2014 approved budget 18%

Source: Missouri City 2014 approved budget

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Licenses/Permits 2% Franchise Taxes 7%

Sales Texas 43%


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 2014. More Assumed Names may be viewed online at There were 610 Assumed Names for month of March. Mitchell Deadrianne Mitchell Transports LLC Po Box 285 77487

Robeson Melinda 3:16Creationsonline.Com 565 South Mason Rd #365 77450

Clark David H Montgomery County Gop Pac 14432 Bellaire Blvd #2008 77083

Sebesta Tyler (+) The Drugstore Gypsies (+) 410 North 9Th St 77417

Merenu John First Line Consulting and Provider Services 10719 Braes Bend Dr 77071 Olumba Sebastian 3 Amigos Contractors 538 W 21St Street Suite 53126 77008 Olumba Sebastian Lice Busters 538 W 21St Street Suite 53126 77008

Torrez Jesus Maya Luscious Couples Spa Rosenberg Pierres Poutine LLC Pierre’s Poutine & Chinese Gourmet 12323 Maple Leaf Ln 77477

C & B Mischief LLC My Ryder B*Tch 10500 Fountain Lake Dr #631 77477

Leonard Latasha Lil Saints By Lil Saints Collections 12229 Carlsbad St 77085

Wheeler Angie Caeby’s Teas 3 Ember Branch Drive 77459

Evans Jocelyn Black Out Tint & Craftsman 5534 Arthington St 77053 Hernandez Tony (+) Tonys Trucking 4714 Hwy 36 S 77471 HT Financial Corp (+) Vical Financial 10555 Westpark 77042

Davis Hanh Ho Hair Machine 206 FM 1092 77477

Murdock Lesebra Rn (+) Happy Feet Foot Care 14026 Blue Vista Dr 77498

Kaminisky Clay Camar Rangers 8002 Agora Circle 77479

White Emanuel (+) Rlq Sports & Marketing Inc. 7823 Royal Cliffr 77407

Carrasco Ann De Farrah Farside 5127 Grand Phillips Ln 77450

Diaz Carmen Sal Y Limon 3603 Front St 77423 Brooks Gerald Jr Money Hungry Guerillaz Entertainment 3131 Hayes Rd Apt #104 77082

Paul Theodis Wayne Paul’s Barber Shop 1669 Cartwright Rd 77489

HDP Ltd (+) Houston Trane 10555 Westpark 77042

Knowles John Wayne J.W. Knowles Pest Management 2722 Coyote Trail Dr

Hubbard Paula Johnson (+) Paula Johnson Properties 826 Longview Dr 77478

Lopez Refugio (+) “Lopez Remodeling” 5010 A Heatherbrook Dr 77045

HDP Ltd (+) Hunton Distribution Group 10555 Westpark 77042

Flinn William Paul Midtown Realtors 2702 Van Gogh Lane

Babaahmadi Kourosh K Kks Auto Sales 9545 Hwy 6 South #A 77083

Hermann Anna M (+) Squeaky Clean and More Inc Po Box 583 77510

HTI Ltd (+) Houston Trane 10555 Westpark 77042

White Emanuel (+) Rl9nation.Com 7823 Royal Cliff 77407

Patel Vishal Healthcare Billing, Inc. 17710 Shelby Oaks Cir 77407

Bartlett Juluette F Quinan Family Reunion 13702 Woodspire Dr 77085

Hti Management Corp General Partner (+) Hunton Trane 10555 Westpark 77042

Garcia Eugenia Algaze Mindful Art 31803 Tall Grass Ln 77441

Nutall Barbara Essential Home Care Hospice and Palliative Services 6231 Surfside Lane 77459

Rodriguez Rudolpho Jr Imperial Earth Works 1414 Pecan Crossing 77406

Davis Theresa M T & T Baby Cakes 6719 Haven Forest Ln 77469

Cantu John Sting Rays Landcaping & Lawn Services 1132 Lawrence St 77471

Johnson Linda D Newsome Papa J’s Cookies Po Box 784 77441

Perez Jaelyn Jo Minor (+) Scentsational J’s Boutique & Designs 2002 Sandy Knoll Dr 77489

Khan Reit LLC Atlas Autos 12507 Murphy Road 77477

Leonard Latasha Thirsty Christian’s By Thirsty Christans Collection 12229 Carlsbad St 77085

Robeson Melinda 316Creationsonline.Com 565 South Mason Rd #365 77450

Hvac Mechanical Services Ltd (+) Hunton Trane Services 10555 Westpark 77042 Paul Jeremiah St John Word Center 7629 Goudin Dr 77489 Bermudez Jose R J.B. Marmol Y Granite (+) 4010 Vermont St 77545 Bethels Place Bethels Heavenly Hands 12660 Sandpiper 77035

Rosenberg Financial Inc Sky Auto Sales 2529 Ave H 77471 Paige Thyra (+) Natural Roots Hair Therapy Studio P O Box 861 77545

HT Financial Corp (+) Hunton Services 10555 Westpark 77042

Hvac Mechanical Services Ltd (+) Hvac Mechanical Services 10555 Westpark 77042

Nichols Veronica L 4 My Kidz 1803 Thornbrook Dr 77489

Sides James E (+) J & D Home Improvements 7407 Rain Drop Ct 77407

Hampton Corey Home Advocate, Inc. (+) 1711 Lansing Cove Dr 77545

Olumba Sebastian A-Team Assembly 538 W 21St Street Suite 53126 77008


Uyen Cong (+) Creative Foot Spa 15550 W Airport Blvd # C 77498

Leonard Latasha Hungry Saints By Hungry Saints Collections 12229 Carls Bad St 77085

Shapland Scott (+) Group243 8807 Stowe Creek Ln 77459 Timmons Christina N (+) Bling 3915 Figure Four Lake Ln 77406 Hughes Robert Glen (+) Texas House Check 7307 Alder Springs Ln 77494 Reis Valerie J (+) Take Time For Parenting 1707 Wyndale Ct 77406 Nichols Veronica L 4 Our Kidz Moving 1803 Thornbrook Dr 77489

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Fojtik Calvin L Jr Fojtik’s Storage 15036 Hwy 36 77461 Imperial Clothing LLC Fine Decors 225 Fluor Daniel Dr Apt# 11206 77479 Jones Paul PMJ BBQ 1374 Lake Pointe Pkwy 77478 Rehman Azra Medcall 30 Penny Green St 77479 Hinton Tera Your Dry Clean Valet 22627 Indian Ridge 77450 Andrews Shane A ECR Services 10855 Redstone Ct 77459 Townes Trevor Firethorne Postal 2750 Fm 1463 Ste 150 77494 Rogers Annissa R (+) Ne’ Renee’ (+) 16302 Edgemont Dr 77053

DBA (Assumed Names)

Data Beat (+) = More Names

Kalu Ukpai Uwaka Danks Global Auto 4011 Oakwood Rock Ln 77494

Cassat Terry (+) Custom Tlc 5303 Manor Dr 77479

Tawa Inc (Retail) (+) 99 Ranch Market 3430 Hwy 6 77478

Wilson Ruby Terrell (+) We Buck Em’ Enterprises 2730 Almeda Plaza 77045

Collins Joel Global Upscale Landscape 345 Dulles Ave Ste C-2 77477

Barber Charles Ivos, International Vision Of Strategy Corporation 14822 Earlswood Dr 77083

Dial Melanie (+) Makeup Artist M. D. 148 Dogwood St 77478 Dorsett Kristin Da Effect 6202 Breezy Hollow Ln 77450 Rivas Victoria E Brazos Bend Pottery and Arts 3125 Main Ave 77471 Prime Novelties Wholesale Inc Prime Novelties Wholesale 225 Fluor Daniel Dr Apt 5203 77479 Transcendent Global Networks LLC Five Point Energy Services 13327 Larkhill Gardens 77498 Velvadam Brothers LLC Pavani Express Vegetarian Restaurant 209 Fm 1092 77477 Attaway Lindey (+) Chanvre 1810 Pinewood Ct 77498 Chenier Craig Elton Media Production 4135 Teal Valley Ct 77545 Sandle Arthur L Jr Brother Bo’s Bubbles Carpet Cleaning Service 603 Chaseway Dr 77489 Le Thuha Thi T & N Nails & Spa 802 Texas Pky #E 77477 87402134606/2014 Kolberg Grif (+) Grif Kolberg Photography 8702 Saratoga Dr 77479 Vidya Academy LLC (+) Childrens Lighthouse Of Sienna 6511 Sienna Ranch Rd 77459 Galloway-Crawford Latrice (+) The Zone (+) Po Box 667 77469

Lam Vicki (+) Panda Bear Academy 5 / Saph & Eme LLC 10570 Synott Rd #89 & 99 77498 Lam Vicki (+) Abb Daycare / Saph & Eme LLC 6701 Hwy 6S #100 & 120 77459 Knit At Night Guild Knit At Night Guild 2500 Lazy Hollow #212C 77063

Jones Lytania Robyn Caring Hands Professional Care Services 20214 Castlebury Ln 77407

Martins Stephen Stephen R Martins Home Improvements 3119 Wagon Trail Dr 77479

O’hara Lucy (+) Yy Relaxology 6202-A Highway 6 77459

Smith Gloria Parker Psa Consulting 8622 Quailmont Dr 77489

Blue Fish Bowl L L C Canine Searches P O Box 1011 77441

Smith Gloria Parker Psa Consulting Of Texas 8622 Quailmont Dr 77489

Levine Cynthia M Levine Fine Art 830 Lake Grayson Dr 77494

Smith Gloria Parker Start Out Like You Want To End Up 8622 Quailmont Dr 77489

Pascual Ahmad Piniones (+) J C Cores (+) 19214 Merchant Mark Ln 77407 Cariel Rafael (+) Cc Party Planning and Rentals 3439 Yasmine Ranch Dr 77494 Gilbo Rhonda (+) Transnational Solutions 3222 Confederate Dr 77459

Hanif Sarah Sarah Sells Houston Nguyen Melissa Ann (+) 1410 Ralston Branch Way 77479 Keynote Travel 6314 Carnaby Lane 77471 Mitha Mohammed S (+) Adobe Houston Varughese Nelson 1650 Hwy 6 Suite 350 77478 Nikash Oilfield Supplies LLC 5814 Creek Crossing Ct 77459 Johnson Annette Victory Haven For Swearingen Kristina Kids Incorporated For Pets Sake 1606 Meadow Green Dr 77489 5322 Greenbrae Lane 77494 Salinas-Vega Roxanne Lynn (+) Ax3 Design and Construction Services 2403 Spencer Rd 77471 Nickerson Carmen Ultra True Blue Travel/Utb Travel 1822 Quail Valley East Dr 77459

Rane Rupali The Coloful Arts (+) 9550 Spring Green Blvd Ste 408-173 77494 Poole Thomas Preston Poole Project Services 1334 Caravelle Ct 77494 Cargle Carla June Genesis One Wealth Builders 14090 Sw Freeway Ste 300 77478

Middleton Michael C (+) Image 2C, LLC 32919 Willenhall Ct 77441 Seamster Demetric (+) Y$H$B 2715 Dawn Star Drive 77489 Bates Steven G (+) Bates Business Solutions 24906 Cactus Sage Trl 77494 Barrera Elsy Tropical Cleaning Services 209 Brand Ln #36 77477 Rucker Alfred (+) Midtown Bail Bonds 6602 W Fuqua #D 77489 Harper Monika (+) The Farmer’s Daughter (+) 5850 Guttenberger 77461 Haye William S (+) Wsh Enterprise LLC 2131 Hammerwood Dr 77489

Forde Farrah A&O Style Studio 11027 Hayden Falls Dr 77406

Davis Lloyd (+) 24-7 Delivery Service 639 Beverly Circle 77477

Roland Kenneth Ro-Co Engineering 21566 Hawkspur Ridge St 77406

Davis Lloyd (+) Lloyd’s Martial Arts 639 Beverly Circle 77477

Kabani Asif Abdulaziz (+) Social Media Avenue 15611 Mustang Island Dr 77498

Gay Sophie Intek Gear 1330 S Gesner 77477

Rowntree Michael (+) Owl Business Services 3015 Bluegrass Ct 77459

Li Weihong Wendi Realtor Service 3801 Bending Key 77479

Wilson Lydell Campwil 81 6725 S Fry Road Sutie 700-325 77494

Jones Chanta Xotic Glo Int’ Consumer Goods 8787 Sienna Spring Blvd #1011 77459

Houston Relationship Therapy PLLC Texas Sex Therapy Institute 1302 N Shepherd Drive 77008 Colony Ridge Land LLC (+) Terrenos Houston Armendariz Diego Tomas (+) Po Box 279 77545 Diego Armendariz Campaign 2303 Trinity Manor Ln 77469 Ramirez Pedro Pinnacle Computer Solutions Hamadeh Abdelnaser 3318 Schroder Street 77461 Hrr Roadside Service 7406 Cove Royale Ln 77407 Debow Doyal Diero Designs Romero Francisca Trinidad (+) 3115 Wagon Trail Dr 77479 Chiral Cleaning Service 5014 Ridge Creek Cir 77053 Sharma Suman (+) Aaa Bazar 4888 Highway 90A #700 77498

Childs Elton L (+) Advance Vacuum Trap Service P O Box 940984 77094

Arceneaux Roy H Like A Baby Auto 15859 River Seide Grove Dr 77083 Drewery Detric 3D Entertainment P O Box 31614 77231 Posh Girlz LLC Mystique Lingerie 23114 Cinco Ranch Blvd 77494 Lindsey Richard E R&L Bodyworks (+) 2015 Borwn Street 77489

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Escamilla Eric Abran Imperial Logistics 6611 Crown Oak Ct 77469 Marcial Mark Mr. K’s Lawn and Tree Shrubs 9606 Oberrender 77461 Universal Money Finder Universal Money Finder 1931 Vinces Bridge 77478 Momin Almas (+) Cloud 9 Salon and Spa 7909 W Grand Parkway South Suite #215 77407 Mclehany Troy (+) H-Town Bail Bonds 201 Jackson St 77469 Haughton Kimberly Genesis Independent Living 16366 Paiter St 77053 Haughton Kimberly Halo Youth Services 16319 Covey Run Ct 77489


Data Beat

April 2014 Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports

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

Net Payment This Period

Comp Payment Prior Year

Percent Change

2014 Payments To Date

2013 Payments To Date

Percent Change

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

30,131.78 6,736.97 62,512.62 876.46 86,487.59 604,884.41 33,325.59 2,747.72 4,184.71 353,605.82 1,212,134.87 10,336.90 1,150,063.22 3,154,964.56 3,901.88

32,126.78 7,076.20 49,582.64 742.80 84,340.42 501,397.92 29,097.27 2,539.44 5,875.95 420,961.44 1,011,737.41 10,628.16 1,140,698.74 3,227,499.40 3,085.33

-6.20% -4.79% 26.07% 17.99% 2.54% 20.63% 14.53% 8.20% -28.78% -16.00% 19.80% -2.74% 0.82% -2.24% 26.46%

157,657.65 35,188.90 291,961.89 4,157.16 375,651.18 2,549,321.97 145,762.91 15,291.57 18,696.87 1,512,094.72 5,331,470.48 46,544.56 5,107,288.38 16,195,125.83 10,084.36

146,750.19 31,357.78 225,497.42 3,291.46 354,944.65 2,308,020.54 130,966.25 13,291.96 17,980.81 1,516,722.71 4,349,812.97 50,424.64 4,957,441.24 14,720,820.62 3,085.33

7.43% 12.21% 29.47% 26.30% 5.83% 10.45% 11.29% 15.04% 3.98% -0.30% 22.56% -7.69% 3.02% 10.01% 226.84%








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

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


Net Payment This Period

46,306,733.15 21,367,958.47 18,826,557.62 13,167,771.71 8,823,379.33 6,351,712.14 6,149,646.98 5,906,385.08 4,978,326.21 5,236,975.32 4,960,094.05 4,586,562.69 4,682,959.48 4,486,887.29 4,463,735.13 3,933,357.99 3,154,964.56 3,272,083.77 3,280,773.33 2,963,317.63

Comp Payment Prior Year

44,441,893.48 18,402,997.39 16,809,091.84 12,189,474.22 8,357,523.37 6,472,246.22 5,692,724.82 5,622,276.75 5,198,583.00 4,749,463.66 4,941,476.42 4,636,567.15 4,300,196.21 4,093,476.23 4,376,352.54 3,685,986.38 3,227,499.40 3,038,916.09 2,959,207.80 2,724,516.10

% Change To Date

4.19% 16.11% 12.00% 8.02% 5.57% -1.86% 8.02% 5.05% -4.23% 10.26% 0.37% -1.07% 8.90% 9.61% 1.99% 6.71% -2.24% 7.67% 10.86% 8.76%

2013 Payments To Date

210,334,354.64 97,456,589.39 82,271,589.36 59,283,195.60 40,469,002.57 29,426,602.93 26,703,341.82 26,352,419.22 24,691,737.09 23,578,319.87 23,163,853.10 21,711,861.60 21,143,740.76 20,911,251.22 20,256,010.50 18,041,135.43 16,195,125.83 14,150,525.92 14,102,792.73 14,017,066.27

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2012 Payments Change

195,761,943.26 81,052,121.66 77,357,325.55 54,913,187.37 37,883,708.17 32,427,987.81 24,419,761.26 25,691,077.03 22,741,657.33 22,453,548.62 22,636,032.09 21,592,516.91 19,299,043.08 18,942,832.96 19,681,776.15 17,376,537.06 14,720,820.62 13,793,486.69 12,784,247.48 12,188,690.25


7.44% 20.23% 6.35% 7.95% 6.82% -9.25% 9.35% 2.57% 8.57% 5.00% 2.33% 0.55% 9.55% 10.39% 2.91% 3.82% 10.01% 2.58% 10.31% 15.00%

Data Beat

Commercial Building Permits

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




ROSENBERG 2425 Spur 10

Commercial Building


5101 Avenue H #23

Commercial Building


5205 Reading Rd

Commercial Building


514 Carlisle

Commercial Building


Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)



6155 Sienna Ranch Rd

Commercial New


Axiom Construction Co. Inc.

10401 S Sam Houston Pky S

Commercial New


Arch-con Corporation

5011 Hwy 6 103

Commercial Lease New


Sugar Land Sweetwater Enterprise/Epic Construction Services

5011 Hwy 6 101

Commercial Lease New


Sugar Land Sweetwater Enterprise/Robert Dering Construction

4885 Hwy 6

Commercial Building


6210 Hwy 6 B

Commercial Remodel


Colony Lakes Center LTD

2601 Cartwright Rd F

Commercial Remodel


Palmer Center LP/Wilson Building Services Inc.

4309 Sienna Pkwy 640

Commercial Building


The Shops at Sienna Ranch LTD/PFG Construction, LLC

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)



CNG Station, Daniel Utility Construction Dixie Partners IV, LP/Master General Contractors JB Granada Construction Our Lady of Guadalupe Church/Arch-Con Corporation


Turner Construction

SUGAR LAND 402 Brooks St

Commercial Addition


Carter Kent K/Gregory Financial Service Inc.

1720 Dulles Ave

Commercial Addition


Parkview Properties, Inc./SAI Development

16535 Southwest Fwy Ste 2605

Commercial Addition


First Colony Mall, LLC/Comet Signs LLC

1006 Park West Dr

Commercial Addition


Bechtel Equipment Operations

1226 Museum Square Dr Ste 200

Commercial Buildout


NNP-Telfair, LP/CS Products

1226 Museum Square Dr Ste 600

Commercial Buildout


NNP-Telfair, LP/CTC Contractors LLC

101 Parklane Blvd Ste 103

Commercial Buildout


16035 Lexington Blvd

Commercial Remodel


2600 Interests, LTD/Lexington-Cordes Property LLC

130 Industrial Blvd

Commercial Remodel


130 Industrial, LP/Sundance Construction Co.

2222 Texas Dr

Commercial Remodel


12727 W Airport Blvd

Commercial Remodel


Amerisource Bergen Corp/Maynard Electrical

One Fluor Daniel Dr Ste S1

Commercial Remodel


Lakepointe Assets, LLC/Mahaca Construction

16675 Southwest Fwy Ste 105

Commercial Remodel


Methodist Hospital/J T Vaughn Construction

16655 Southwest Fwy 1st Floor

Commercial Remodel


8410 US Hwy 90A Ste 110

Commercial Remodel


FBRE II, LLC/Fort Bend Real Estate Corp

3737 State Hwy 6

Commercial Remodel


Old Mill, LP/Art Star Construction Inc.

16535 Southwest Fwy Ste 410

Commercial Remodel


First Colony Mall, LLC/VCMG, LLC

12620 W Airport Blvd Ste 130

Commercial Remodel


ARI-Sugar Land Business Park L/O 5 Interior Systems, Inc.

13135 Dairy Ashford Rd Ste 600

Commercial Remodel


GPI-M Sugar Creek, LP/O’Donnell/Snider Construction

13135 Dairy Ashford Rd Ste 700

Commercial Remodel


GPI-M Sugar Creek, LP/O’Donnell/Snider Construction

3640 State Hwy 6

Commercial Demolition

Grand Total Valuation (Commercial)



APAAR Sugar Creek, LP/Precon Construction Services

Town Center Lakeside, LTD/D E Harvey Builders, Inc.

TMH Medical Office Buildings/JT Vaughn Construction

HSMEP William Trace, LP/West Design & Build LLC


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

Advertising Fort Bend Focus 281-690-4242 Fort Bend’s ONLY feature magazine Direct mailed to almost 40,000 homes every month in Fort Bend’s most affluent subdivisions. Fort Bend Star 281-690-4200 We have been delivering a free community newspaper to homes throughout Fort Bend County longer than ANY OTHER Newspaper.


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

Alterations & Tailoring LIZ’S TAILOR and ALTERATIONS 281-242-3193 3626 Highway 6 South (In the Luby’s/Big Lots Shopping Center) Sugar Land, TX 77478. Our

To Advertise, call Diane Strehl at 281-690-4210


Alterations Service for Ladies and Gentlemen include: Full resizing of your dress or prom to make a perfect fit; hem pants & jeans, taper in and out; shorten jacket sleeves and zipper changes. We fix your clothes at affordable prices. We offer professional tailoring. We will make your clothes from a catalog or pattern. For one-day or immediate service, please call Liz at 281-242-3193. We offer free estimates or visit us at or email us at liz@ Auto Repair / Maintenance Auto Central-Automotive Service & Sales 281-499-9684 2526 Fifth Street, Stafford, Texas 77477, Fax: 281-499-0183, Fast, Friendly and professional automotive repair. ASE Blue Seal Certified, State Inspection Station, Diesel Repair, Open Monday-Friday 7-6pm. Saturdays by Appt. only. Charlton’s Auto Body Repair and Vehicle Detailing 281-499-1126 Chuck Charlton, 1131 Staffordshire @ 5th Street, Stafford, Texas 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 P - 281-980-4440 F - 281-261-0048 Are you tired of searching for a AAA approved auto repair center? Colony One Auto Center is a family-owned and operated business, having serviced more than 210,000 vehicles since 1991. The BBB has rated Colony One Auto Center its highest score, capturing an A+ rating. Angie’s List has designated Colony One Auto Center its highest rating as a “Super Service Provider,” also garnering an A+ rating. Colony One Auto Center has a complete state-of-the-art automotive repair and maintenance facility. Your search is finally over. Bring your vehicle to Rod Tate at 1131 Dulles Avenue, Stafford, 77477. First Tire & Automotive 281-313-2886 Craig Popp, owner, 3 Sugar Land Locations. 960 Eldridge, 281-313-2886 & 2303 Williams Trace Blvd. 281-980-2666 (First Colony), 20015 Southwest Freeway. 281-343-5666 (Greatwood), Diagnostic testing and evaluation, Manufacturer’s routine recommended maintenance, domestic and foreign vehicle repairs, AAA approved, ASE certified. Ask about our Fleet Service! May 2014 H Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal

Banks 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! Catering Salata Salata is a fresh and unique way to eat healthy and create your own freshly prepared hand tossed salad or salad wrap. Offering over 50 toppings of fruits and vegetables with the option to add chicken or seafood. Salata’s Signature Dressings, Soups and Sauces are made in house and are Gluten Free. We cater and deliver for any occasion including business meetings or training sessions. In a hurry? Go to and we’ll have your order prepared and ready to go. We are conveniently located across from the Marriott and in the corridor of the Coca-Cola/ Minute Maid building. For catering service contact Vilma (cell) 832-2795323, Fax: 832-886-4591, Email: Sugarland@salata. com. Country Clubs & Golf Courses Quail Valley Golf Club 281-403-8518 (Direct) 281-403-5910 (Golf Shop) Quail Valley Golf Course offers 36 holes of championship golf, a full practice facility, lessons and a fully stocked golf shop. The Missouri City Community Center at Quail Valley Golf Course hosts the Bluebonnet Grille at the 37th Hole, multiple event rooms as well as the 300 seat Magnolia Ballroom. Quail Valley Golf Course and the Missouri City Community Center are the perfect sites for your next meeting or big event. For more information visit Quail Valley Golf Course 2880 La Quinta Dr. is located at Missouri City, TX 77459. 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.

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

Economic Development The Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) 281-396-2200 The Katy Area conomic Development Council (Katy Area EDC, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit corporation, is a full service economic development corporation representing the Katy ISD area (Katy Area). Katy Area EDC : recruits new businesses, helps retain and expand existing businesses, helps create new businesses, facilitates the construction of business infrastructure and helps improve the quality of place and quality of life of the Katy Area. Floral Flowers By Tiffany LLC 281-208-8681 13230 Murphy Road, Suite 400, Stafford, TX 77477. 281-208-8681. 2011 CMUS Power Award Winner – Internet Customer Service Award. Beautiful Flowers for all occasions, Weddings, Events, Funerals, Plants, Fruit & Gourmet Baskets. Member of the Better Business Bureau and Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Mention the Fort Bend Business Journal for a special discount. Foundations / Sprinklers Root Wall Pro 832.776.2338 3346 East T.C. Jester D-47, Houston, TX 77018. Stop! Before you uproot your mature trees as the solution to your foundation issues, call us! Simply adding peers to a faulty foundation is a misguided, incomplete solution when trees are also a part of the puzzle. One needs to also address mature tree roots. We can handle any size job in solving deep root foundation structure issues. Adding a deep root watering systems to your sprinkler system or any Root Wall Pro foundation watering system is crucial. With more than 20 years experience, Root Wall Pro offers the perfect solution to faulty foundations with our perfected barrier system

and root watering system. Keep your mature trees (at a distance from your home) that add value to often your biggest investments--your home and business. Root Wall Pro is endorsed by Randy Lemmon and other local engineers. We also offer financing. We’ll alleviate your worries and give you the solution you need. Call us. You won’t be disappointed and will see the results quickly! Golf Carts / Mobility Scooters CBC Golf Cart Services, Inc. 281-494-1164 Scooters by CBC 281-494-3454 Fax 281-494-1189; www.mobilityscooters. com., 203 Ulrich Street, Sugar Land, TX 77498 (Behind Imperial Sugar). CBC offers Sales, Service, New & Used, Rentals (daily, monthly or yearly) and Parts for two lines of products, GOLF CARTS and MOBILITY SCOOTERS. Authorized Dealer for Merits and Pride Mobility products. We rent all sizes of golf carts from 2-8 seaters and also short- and long-cargo boxes. Glass Block/Showers/Windows South Texas Glass Block 281-355-8882 www. We offer complete glass block solutions, providing excellent service and product to all of our customers. We have been in business since 1995, serving the entire Houston and surrounding areas. Our excellent workmanship is unmatched both in the commercial and residential arena. No job is too big for South Texas Glass Block.

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

Insurance Agencies Prince Benefits Group 281-325-0384 Insurance Agency, that works with individuals & companies to purchase health, dental, vision, life & 401K. We represent Aetna, BCBS, United Healthcare, Guardian, Humana, Principal and many others. Don’t pay a 2014 TAX Penalty for being uninsured due to the new Healthcare Reform laws. Call us for affordable credible coverage.



Insurance Solutions of Texas 281-565-2222 • 281-341-5060 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. 281-3415060, Fax 281-341-5558. Jewelers

Home Health Care Texas State Healthcare & Hospice Care 281-208-4344 or 979-323-7099 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” Home Inspection Services Armadillo Home Inspection Services 281-342-9955 Stan Snyder Licensed Professional Inspector TREC # 5285 “A Home Inspection Saves You $$$!”

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Gold Connection Jewelers 281-344-9900 • We Buy Gold We are a full-service jewelry store in your neighborhood. We offer diamonds, gold and silver jewelry and watches. Repairs are done on our premises. Custom design is our specialty. We offer front door parking for your convenience. Our hours are M-F from 10:00-6:00 pm and again on Sat from 10:00-4:00 pm. We are located at 206 Hwy 90A, Richmond, 77406. Come see our fabulous inventory! Live Music musicSource, Inc. 281-242-3049 281-204-7716 - Cell Set the mood with LIVE MUSIC at your next event. Vince Ramos and The Continental Combo will provide continued, on page 46


music for your Gala Event or a casual Oldies Party. One Man Band to 8 pc. MusicSource, Inc. will provide Acoustic Music and any genre including Rock-n-Roll, C&W, Jazz, Dixieland and Holiday Music. European and Hispanic International Theme Music? Luau, Pool Party, Margarita Party.......etc. Let’s have Fun. Give us a call. Outdoor events? No problem, we have portable power. Call or e-mail Vince Ramos 281-242-3049 ramusica@

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

position of pain. It is ideal for patients who have difficulty lying down due to respiratory or cardiac problems. Mention this ad and receive $25 off your first scan. 2655 Cordes Drive #150, Sugar Land, 77479. Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Optometrists Elissa R. Wedemeyer O.D., FCOVD, F.A.A.O 281-499-2600 6026 Hwy. 6 Missouri City, TX 77459. Therapeutic Optometrist; Visual Perceptual / Binocular Therapy; medical management of eye infections and diseases. The office has a large selection of fashion frames. Pest Control Austin Exterminating Co., Inc. 281-342-4328 2714 Avenue I, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 CA00566484 • TPCL 148. Owner operated Monday Friday. Pest Control Company specializing in service designed for customers who are looking for something different. “We don’t just spray baseboards.”

Nature’s Pest Control




Nature’s Own Pest And Lawn Service 281-656-2847 18035 W. Little York Rd. Ste. F, Katy, TX 77449. Using an exterminator that will practice the safest and most natural techniques for pest control can be reassuring and December be the only consideration for those who are determined to live green in every way. Natural pest control with the best guarantee in the business. At Nature’s Own, we will eradicate your bugs and make your home bug free once again. Don’t lose any sleep over these pesky bugs. Call Nature’s Own today. Mention Fort Bend Business Journal and receive a special discount. Newspaper Fort Bend Star 281-690-4200 We have been delivering a free community newspaper to homes throughout Fort Bend County longer than ANY OTHER Newspaper.

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

Open MRI Printers / Graphics Upright MRI of Sugar Land 281-494-0505 CLAUSTROPHOBIC? Upright MRI is the only True OPEN MRI in Sugar Land. We scan patients standing, sitting, or lying down. For the first time, patients can be scanned in weight-bearing postures and in their

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

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Real Estate / Residential Angie Snyder 281-787-8718 Office: 281-265-5533 X 1282

Hall of Fame, ABR, BROR, GRI, SRES RE/MAX Fine Properties. Celebrating 20 years in Real Estate Home Staging Specialists!

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 & State Highway 6, Fax: 281-494-3227, Brokerage, Development, Investment and Tenant Representation, 25 years experience in Fort Bend. Riverstone Development Co. 281-499-8700 Tom Wilcox, 4855 Riverstone Blvd, Missouri City, Texas 77459, Fax: 281-499-8704, Luxurious waterside living in Fort Bend from $200s to the many millions. Jeanne Gregory, CRS, GRI 281-344-8918 14905 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478, Fax: 281-242-6754, Re/Max Southwest. Residential real estate sales & corporate relocation. Jennifer Weaver, ABR, CRS, GRI 281-207-5037 RE/MAX Southwest, 14905 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Residential sales and corporate relocation since 1979. Remodeling / Outdoor Living Living Improvements - 281-499-7000 AWARD WINNING - 2010 & 2011 Houston’s BEST “Outdoor Living Space” Living Improvements’ commitment to excellence makes us the perfect fit for your building needs. We have over 200 years cumulative in-house experience in the remodeling and construction industry making us highly skilled, professional and detail oriented striving to exceed our customer’s expectations. We feature outdoor living spaces, custom homes, interior and exterior renovations. Our commitment to excellence is just one of the reasons we have over 5,000 satisfied customers. SERVING FORT BEND & SURROUNDING COUNTIES FOR OVER 35 YEARS.

Video Services Star Digital Studios 281-690-4280 A full service video production studio providing all phases of video production including professional writing, videography, editing, DVD duplication, distribution; also video deposition services to the legal community. For video needed for a TV commercial, website posting, employee training, promotional DVDs, special presentations, coverage of live events/trade shows, or corporate videos, give us a call. If you are interested in something you do not see on our website, let us know and we’re ready to accommodate your needs! Water Softening and Purification Systems RS Water Service 281-416-9353 R & S Water Service is a Full Service Licensed Water Treatment Company. We offer CostEffective and Long-Lasting Water Softeners. We are 30%-50% less expensive than other water softening companies and we offer the best customer service even after the sale! Sales, Service and Installation of Water Softeners, No Salt Conditioners, Reverse Osmosis Systems, Well Water Systems, Ambassador II Chem-Free Iron Filter Systems and Chloramine Removal Systems. We also can test and repair Back Flow devices. For other services or any questions please contact us. 281-416-9353 or **List with the BBB. **Licensed members of the TWQA Texas Water Quality Association.

For your corporate meeting, seminar or private event, Santikos Palladium AVX provides the picture-perfect setting. Comfortable stadium-style seating to accommodate 50-440 guests

Dining options from grab-and-go boxes to buffet, wine, beers and cocktails

State-of-the-art digital projection and sound with full A/V capabilities

Dedicated support and service from arrival to departure

To host your next event at Santikos Palladium AVX, call 281-239-4205 or email Visit us at 7301 Grand Parkway (just south of Westpark Tollway).

To be listed call Diane Strehl


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At Hoggs & Chicks, we serve a delicious and original French/Southern influenced cuisine that satisfies those with ‘Small Bites’ to those with a Larger Appetite.

Dine-in, Take-out or Catering

Saturday / Sunday

BRUNCH 10:30-2:00 p.m.


8817 Highway 6 • Suite 900 Missouri City, Texas 77459

HOURS: Monday ~ Thursday 11am – 8:30pm • Friday 11am – 9pm • Saturday 10:30am – 9pm • Sunday 10:30am – 8pm


Senior Citizen Discount

“Biggest Selection in Town” with 10 Buffet Tables 5425 HWY 6 SOUTH • SUITE - A 100 • MISSOURI CITY, TX 77459 (Across from Kohl’s near Riverstone Blvd.)

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Banquet & Party Room Available Open 7 days 11a.m. - 10 p.m.

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

Bombay Palace Do you want to savor some of the best Indian Bombay food in all of Fort Bend, Palace surrounded by elegant furnishings, a majestic mahogany full-service bar and soothing background music? You can also book your very own private wine room that seats up to 14. Bombay Palace offers fine dining at affordable prices. Savor two of their finest dishes: Rack of Lamb that is skillfully marinated with ginger, garlic and our secret spices or the fabulous Chilean Sea Bass that is topped with a garlic spinach. Both dishes are served for under $20. Bombay Palace is open seven days a week for lunch: M-F – 11:00-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Brunch – 11:30-3:00 p.m. and then again for dinner every day from 5:30-10:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, come in and enjoy either the delicious Tawa Special or Chat Corner. We cater for any sized party! Book your holiday party now. We promise you won’t be disappointed! 15295 SW Freeway, Sugar Land, 281325-0071, $$ • FB Cafe India Come enjoy the best Indian food in Fort Bend County! Sultan Momin is not only the friendly owner but also one of the experienced chefs in this quiet, very clean family-owned restaurant. Cafe India offers an excellent, fresh lunch buffet selection from 11:00-2:45 every day (except closed on Tuesday). From Monday-Thursday, come in and have an a-la-carte dinner and then enjoy a free dessert! Cafe India has not only received excellent reviews but is affordable and special-

izes in catering for any event. There is no better Tandoori Chicken, flavorable vegetable samosas, lamb dishes or biryani in town! Cafe India offers an excellent meal selection for two or four people. Cafe India is also open for dinner Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5:00-9:30 p.m., and then on Friday and Saturday from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Affordable, fresh, authentic Indian food while also offering wine and beer in a relaxed atmosphere. Cafe India is located at 2319 Williams Trace, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Call 281-565-5881 or visit $ • WB Hoggs n’ Chicks At Hoggs & Chicks, we have a casual atmosphere for everyone’s dining pleasure. We serve a delicious and original French/Southern influenced cuisine that satisfies those with ‘Small Bites’ to those with a Larger Appetite. As we like to say; “Southern Fried with a French Twist” – Frédéric Perrier (chef)! Hours Monday-Thursday 11:00am – 8:30pm, Friday 11:00am – 9:00pm, Saturday 10:30am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:30am – 8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10:30 – 2:00pm. We now have Shakes, Smoothies, and Frozen Lemonades. 8817 Highway 6, Suite 900, Missouri City, Texas 77459. 281-778-4644. Visit us online at $$ 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, Fort Bend / Katy Business Journal H May 2014

fajitas and much more. Catering available as well as a party room for private parties. • 12821 Southwest Freeway. 281-240-3060. $ • FB QQ China Cafe QQ China Cafe, a family owned Restaurant, has been serving a variety of oriental cuisines for over 3 years, Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin, and Mongolian. Only 100% vegetable oil is used and you will never find MSG. Located between Sienna Pkwy. and Fort Bend Pkwy. on Highway 6 in Missouri City., QQ China Cafe is open 7 days a week. Visit for a quiet, quaint, enjoyable lunch or dinner and take out is always available. Sunday - Thursday, 11AM - 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 11Am - 10:30PM, 10330 Hwy. 6 #G Missouri City, TX . 77459. Call 281-431-7777 or 281-431-7773. www. $ Regal Seafood Lounge “The Freshest Seafood “Hong Kong Cantonese. Open 7 Days a week, Sunday- Thursday 11: 00- 10:00 p.m., Friday- Saturday 11:a.m.-11:00 p.m. 12350 Southwest Freeway , Stafford, Tx. 77477. (Between W. Airport and S. Kirkwood) Phone 281-494-8888. $ Supper 6 Buffet “Biggest Selection in town”with 10 Buffet tables. Chinese, American, Sushi, Hibachi Grill and Chocolate Fountains. Banquet and Party Room Available. Open 7 Days 11a.m.-10

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

p.m. Senior Citizen Discount. 5425 Hwy 6 South Suite A100, Missouri City, Tx. 77459 (Across from Kohl’s near Riverstone Blvd.) Phone 832-539-6633. $

food. Join them for a wonderful culinary adventure featuring USDA certified prime beef, chops, fresh seafood, soups, sandwiches, salads and an outstanding wine selection. They are open for both lunch and dinner Monday – Thursday 11:00 – 10:00 pm, Friday 11:00 – 11:00 pm, Saturday 4:00 – 11:00 pm, and closed on Sunday. Partake in their happy hour specials from 4:00 – 7:00 pm Monday – Saturday. 1550 Lake Pointe Parkway, Suite 500, Sugar Land • Call 281-491-2901. $$ • FB

Veritas Steak & Seafood The Rios family invites you to come and experience a superb quality cuisine and impeccable service combined with an elegant and warm ambiance at Veritas Steak & Sea-

Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse is the premier steakhouse in Fort Bend. Tradicao, pronounced Tra-dee-son, was named after the Brazilian word for “tradition” and founded on the idea to continue this traditional way of grilling. They are a family owned and operated churracaria whose goal is to make sure your dining experience is one you will never forget. Their prixe fixe menu includes 14 cuts of perfectly grilled meats brought to your table side, a large salad bar and hot sides. Private dining and catering is available. Tradico would like to invite you to come join them, sit back and relax. Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Sun 12-3pm. Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri 5-10pm, Sat 4-10pm, Sun 5-9pm. Phone: 281-277-9292. 12000 Southest Freeway, Meadows Place, TX, 77477, $S • FB


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

12350 Southwest Freeway Stafford, Texas 77477

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