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For the first time since 1881 the GOP will have African-American representatives in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.

DEMOCRAT Ronald C. Green

“History Maker” HOUSTON, TEXAS

Ford was founded in 1903 by Henry Ford and is one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world.

It is the fifth largest car company in the world with car numbers taken into consideration.

The Ford Motor Company is the world’s largest family-owned business.

Since the time Henry Ford retired from his CEO position all subsequent CEO’s are direct relatives.

The GT40 which is the company’s famous race car won the Le Mans car race 4 times in succession. This is a 24 hour race.

The oval blue Ford label badge was introduced for the first time in 1907 and is synonymous with the brand.





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Americans 2014

Mayor Allen Owen, mayor of Missouri City, Texas is one of the longest serving mayors in the state of Texas." -- PLEASE SEE P.48 06


The GT40 is only 40 inches high and thus qualifies to be a race car. It is one of the world’s most well-known race cars.

Meet Allen Owen


“Mayor Allen Owen, mayor of Missouri City, Texas is one of the longest serving mayors in the state of Texas."

Meet Ronald C. Green


“Ronald C. Green made history by becoming the first African American Controller for the City of Houston."

Meet Will Hurd


“Congressman Elect Will Hurd (23rd Congressional District of Texas) defeated a powerful Democratic Congressman by the name of Pete Gallegos to become the first black Republican from Texas to ever win a United States Congressional seat."


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Americans 2014


Ronald C. Green made history by becoming the first African American Controller for the City of Houston." -- PLEASE SEE P.48



Henry Ford was the inventor of the assembly line concept in car manufacturing. This method of assembly is the way most cars are built today. He is said to have got the idea from looking at a pig-slaughtering line.

Meet Mia Love


“Congresswoman Elect Mia Love (4th Congressional District of Utah) is the first black Republican woman to be elected to the United States Congress."

Meet Tim Scott


“Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina's first black elected senator is the first black senator elected in the Southern Region of the United States since Reconstruction.”

Meet Frank Jackson


“Frank D. Jackson has served as the City of Prairie View's Mayor Since May 4, 2002. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1973 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and was Commissioned and Ensign in the United States Navy.”





Congressman Elect Will Hurd (23rd Congressional District of Texas) defeated a powerful Democratic Congressman by the name of Pete Gallegos to become the first black Republican from Texas to ever win a United States Congressional seat." -- PLEASE SEE P.44





Ford purchased the Lincoln Motor Company in 1925 and is the company’s luxury car line. This line is the company’s luxury line and is popular for the “Town car”.

Meet Michael S. Wolfe, Sr.


“Mayor Michael S. Wolfe, Sr. is the mayor of Hempstead Texas. Mayor Wolfe is working hard to make Hempstead a city anyone would want to live in.” Meet Dr. Patricia Bath


“As a noted Opthamologist and famous black inventor, Dr. Patricia Bath has dedicated her life to the treatment and prevention of visual impairments. Her personal belief that everyone has the "Right to Sight" led to her invention in 1985 of a specialized tool and procedure for the removal of cataracts. With the Laserphaco Probe and procedure, Dr. Bath increased the accuracy and results of cataract surgery, which had previously been performed manually with a mechanical grinder. The difference between the old method and her new invention was the difference between the use of highly accurate laser technology and the somewhat subjective accuracy of a mechanical device.” WWW.AUBREYRTAYLOR.BLOGSPOT.COM



Congresswoman Elect Mia Love (4th Congressional District of Utah) is the first black Republican woman to be elected to the United States Congress." -- PLEASE SEE P.44 12





The company opened its first overseas factory in Manchester England, in 1911. The company also went by the name of Ford of Britain.

Meet George Alcorn


“George Alcorn is probably most famous for his innovation of the imaging x-ray spectrometer – a device that helps scientists better understand what materials are composed of when they cannot be broken down. Receiving a patent for his method in 1984, Alcorn's inclusion of the thermomigration of aluminum in the spectrometer was regarded as a major innovation by experts in the field. The invention led to Alcorn's reception of the NASA Inventor of the Year Award.” Meet Kevin Brady


“Congressman Kevin Brady takes a moment to share a few thoughts on why he’s proud to be an American.” Meet Patricia Harless


“State Rep.Patricia Harless shares a few thoughts on why she’s proud to be an American.”



Americans 2014

Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina's first black elected senator is the first black senator elected in the Southern Region of the United States since Reconstruction.” -- PLEASE SEE P.46 14



The very first car that Ford released was the Model A but the Model T became the company’s real success story.

Meet Loyd Wright


“Judge Loyd Wright takes a moment to share a few thoughts on why he’s proud to be an American. Judge Wright is a the Court #1 Probate Judge for Harris County.” Meet Carl Pittman


“Carl Pittman takes a moment to share a few thoughts on why he’s proud to be an American. Pittman is an African American Republican running for Harris County Sheriff in the 2014 Republican Primary.” Meet Carroll G. Robinson


“Carroll G. Robinson announces his intentions to run for City of Houston Controller in the November 2015 Mayoral Election for Houston, Texas. Carroll G. Robinson is committed to making sure that city government works for all Houstonians.”



Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

A tradition of valor... 3816 Caroline Street Houston, Texas 77004 Contact: (713)942-8920 The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution was founded in the year 2000 by a Vietnam veteran and African American military historian, Captain Paul J. Matthews. The museum’s Historian is Dr. Franklin D.B. Jackson, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. Currently, Major Charles Williams, Historian and former member of the United States Army, serves as the Museum’s Chief Docent. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a proud member of the Houston Museum District. We are the only Museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the AfricanAmerican soldier, in the United States of America. The museum is also a proud member of the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Exhibit Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Free Admission on Thursday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM General Admission: $10.00 per adult $5.00 per student(including college W/ID), Senior 60-older, military, children 5-under-FREE

Museum Booking Allow the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum to assist you with planning your next meeting, social outing, or business networking event. For more information call(713) 942-8920 or send us an e-mail at






Captain Paul J. Matthews Founder of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum




“Thank you so much for the privilege of serving the people of Harris County as judge of Harris County Probate Court 4 for another four years. I pray that I will always be a blessing to those we serve, my co-workers, my family, and my friends.” – Christine Riddle Butts



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Christine Butts was raised in Houston and graduated from Westfield High School. While in high school, she worked with her father, a probate lawyer, in his small law firm. She went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of business administration degree. Soon after college, she married Donald Butts and studied law at the University of Houston. After graduating from law school, Christine joined her father's boutique estate planning and probate firm. Serving clients in a private practice has enabled her to learn a great deal about probate, guardianship, and mental health issues. More importantly, private practice has given her a balanced perspective and a view into how these issues impact families. In 2010, Christine was elected as the judge of Harris County Probate Court 4, where she, along with the other probate judges, developed the following enhancements designed to improve the courts' service to the public and increase efficiency for the attorneys practicing in the probate courts: • The Guardianship Handbook was created and published in English and in Spanish. It is now given to every person appointed as a guardian • The courts offer a free Continuing Legal Education program every quarter • The Standards for Attorney Fees were updated and clarified • Helpful Guidelines designed to assist attorneys seeking help with less common probate procedures were published to the court’s website and are offered in the offices of the court free of charge Throughout her legal career, Christine has been dedicated to the mission of helping families in crisis, as evidenced by the following professional accomplishments, recognition, and leadership: • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2003 • Attorney ad Litem appointed by the probate courts in probate and guardianship matters • Former Partner in the boutique probate and estate planning firm, Riddle, Butts & Akiens, LLP • Texas Rising Star (2008, 2009, 2010) (As published in Texas Monthly Super Lawyer Magazine) • Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People (2007-2009) (As published in H Texas Magazine) • Houston’s Top Lawyers (2007-2009) (As published in H Texas Magazine) • Former Board Member Planned Giving Council of Houston • Member of Attorneys in Tax and Probate • Member of Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association • Member of Pasadena Bar Association • Member Association of Women Attorneys • Board Member of National College of Probate Judges • Published works located at Christine is dedicated to her community. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston and served as a seamstress for many years making blankets and diaper bags for young mothers. She and her husband enjoy raising their four children, raising money for MS through bike riding, and hiking in the Hill Country.



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FEATURED SUPPORTER Q&A With United States Congressman Kevin Brady AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Congressman Brady, why are you proud to be an American?

CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY: I first understood why I’m proud of being American from my mom. In 1967, my world changed when dad took on a difficult case for our local church. While helping an elderly woman escape an abusive marriage, we were repeatedly threatened. Mom even learned to use a gun, just in case. When the trial started, this angry man burst into the courtroom, killed his wife, killed my father and shot the judge – who thankfully lived. His actions left our mom to raise five children by herself – ages 14 to 3. I tell you this because being an American is about making my fiercely independent and determined mother proud. She kept five kids on the straight and narrow with a good offensive. She had us serving our community from morning to night. For me, it was Boy Scouts, altar boy at two churches, year-round sports and student government. In our community, if a club or activity existed, it was a good bet you’d find a Brady kid there. She taught each of us to be independent, optimistic, to have faith in God and to give back. Everything I am. Everything I know about being an American, I owe my mom.





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of Asian-owned firms. The report further found that on average, for every dollar that a White-owned firm made, Pacific Islander-owned firms Blogging the Intersection of Politics and Technology made about 59 cents, Hispanic-, Native American-, and Asianowned businesses made 56 cents, and Black-owned busi...Black Enterprise analyzed a 2012 Nielsen study that connesses made 43 cents cluded that African American buying power will reach 1 Trillion And in this economy where sequestration is affecting contracdollars by 2015. The BE piece tackled the data from the pertors, it is key to note that minority firms depend more heavily on spective of how marketers and advertisers have taken this government contracting opportunities than do non minority-owned group for granted, but maybe shouldn’t given all the money it businesses, according to a 2012 report. Thus, minority-owned has to spend. small businesses are suffering the most under austerity cuts. Mainstream underestimation of Black spending potential is Of course, it is fair to note the role of institutions like slavery an important observation to point out, as I myself have in the gap. Black workers were prevented from argued that more businesses ought to be investing in earning money for their labor and to build wealth to emerging markets (those in predominantly minority pass down. Later, institutional discrimination played communities, in business owned by minorities and a part, like that which prevented blacks from benethose servicing minority communities). fiting from free education via the GI Bill of the However, barely beneath the surface of what 1940s and 1950s or from the Homestead Act which maybe should be an optimistic report is an underlining awarded whites virtually free land. distressing story. But since then and despite ongoing discrimiShould we be proud of just making up 13% of the Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt nation and racism as impediments, there should be total population yet spending at a rate of growth that an examination into whether leanings toward instant outpaces the remaining population by 30 percent? gratification purchases as opposed to saving and investing in While it is wonderful to acknowledge the report’s data homes, businesses and other sustainable areas are dooming which shows that the Black American demographic is younger, our prospects to build wealth. more educated and have higher incomes than commonly beThus, Nielsen 1 Trillion spending and buying power by 2015 lieved, what can be said about the fact that we aren’t retaining prediction is not necessarily good news when turned on its that wealth for the long term and at a rate sufficient to pass head,and juxtaposed with a not so good Black financial outlook. down wealth to subsequent generations? That report should not be a call for marketers to spend more And it is getting worse just as this report shows we are time and energy trying to convince us to buy their stuff, but spending more, a more recent report from the Urban Institute rerather a call to arms to better educate ourselves on saving and leased in April reveals that the Black –White wealth gap has growing money so that it lasts longer than one pay period. widened significantly over the past half decade. It noted that in 2010, white families earned, on average, about $2 for every $1 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------that black families earned, a ratio that has been the same for the past 30 years. And in terms of assets, cash savings, homes and ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt represents small, women, retirement accounts, subtracted from debt like mortgages and and minority owned business and technology companies at The Ghatt credit cards, white families have six times the wealth. Law Group LLC, the nations’ first communications law firm owned by And for all the spending we are doing, it’s not necessarily women and minorities. She's won landmark cases on behalf of her going to help black businesses either. clients which include national civil rights and public interest organizaAlthough Blacks make up 13% of the US population, they tions. In addition to actively authoring several blogs, being a radio show own merely 5% of all US firms and only 1.8% of companies that host and sitting on the boards of three non-profits, she is a tech junkie employ more than one person, a Small Business Administration who has been developing online web content since the very early years Report states. And Black owned firms are not necessarily the of the Internet, 1991 to be precise! Follow her on Twitter at@Jenebasmost profitable either. More than half of Black-owned busipeaks, on her blog,, which covers the internesses had less than $10,000 in business receipts in 2002, section of politics and technology or on herPolitics of Raising Children compared with one-third of White-owned firms and 28.8 percent blog at The Washington Times Communities section.



FEATURED SPONSOR The Honorable Frank D. Jackson has served as the City of Prairie View's Mayor Since May 4, 2002 ABOUT MAYOR JACKSON Mayor Frank D. Jackson was born and raised in Luling, Texas and is the second of three sons born to Robbie Jackson Sr. and Willie Louise Jackson. He graduated from Luling High School in 1969 and entered Prairie View A&M College during the Fall Semester of this same year. Frank D. Jackson majored in Geography and earned a 4-year Scholarship as a Naval Science student. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1973 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and was Commissioned and Ensign in the United States Navy. During his Eight years of Active Duty, Frank D. Jackson served aboard the Nuclear Powered Cruiser USS Long Beach CG (N) 9, the USS Coral Sea CV 43 and the USS Inchon LPH 12. He ended his active duty service at Prairie View A&M University in 1982 as Assistant Professor for Naval Science – Navigation and Ship-handling Instructor. Frank D. Jackson immediately accepted a Commission in the US Naval Reserves and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995 (Officer Grade 06). He began his employment at Prairie View A&M University in 1982 as Associate Counselor for Admissions. Frank D. Jackson has served the University as Director of the Memorial Student Center, Assistant Director of University Centers, Director for Auxiliary Services, Director of Student Initiatives and Development and currently serves as Governmental Relations Officer for Prairie View A&M University. He served on the City Council – City of Prairie View for 12 years, and 8 years as County Commissioner Precinct 3, Waller County, Texas. Frank D. Jackson was elected Mayor for the City of Prairie View, Texas on May 4, 2002. He was re-elected to serve a second term May 8, 2004, re-elected to serve a third term on May 13, 2006, re-elected to serve a fourth term on May 10, 2008, re-elected to serve a fifth term on May 8, 2010 and re-elected to a sixth term on May 12, 2012. In addition, Frank D. Jackson is President and Fire Chief of the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc., and Past Master of Lone Star Lodge #85 – Hempstead, Texas and currently serves as Grand Junior Warden for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas and is a 33º Mason. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter – Prairie View, Texas. Frank D. Jackson was inducted into Prairie View A&M University’s Sports Hall Of Fame with the Hall Of Fame Class of 2010. He is a 2012 recipient of the Texas Conference of the NAACP’s President’s Award. He is the author of five books: A Brief History of The City of Prairie View, Texas; A Brief History of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas & Jurisdiction; Juneteenth In the Brazos River Valley; His-Story – A History of Africans in America; Down That Road – A Pictorial History of Prairie View A&M University. Mayor Jackson is married to the former Marian Elaine Jones and is the father of four children, Tracy, Ayanna, Cheikh & Okofo. The Jackson’s have two grandchildren Chazrel & Simone.


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Regardless of the phenomenon we encounter in this life; it would be a whole lot better if we just do it together” – Mayor Frank D. Jackson


THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE WRIGHT CHOICE! “I am very grateful and humbled to keep the best job I've ever had. The effort in Harris County by so many individuals and groups was overwhelming. Thank you all.” -- Judge Wright



…and Justice for ALL 30 YEARS OF PROBATE AND GUARDIANSHIP EXPERIENCE From Judge Wright: In 2010 and just recently in 2014, I had the honor and privilege of being elected Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1, one of the busiest probate courts in the country. I am near the end of my first term and it continues to be the most rewarding experience of my career. As an attorney with over 27 years experience in probate, trust guardianship, estate planning, and elder law, I developed a reputation for handling the matters entrusted to me with diligence and integrity. I often represented executors, administrators, trustees, guardians, and beneficiaries in complex probate proceedings, and recovered millions of dollars in assets lost through fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Over the years, I was also appointed by the probate judges to handle both contested and uncontested estate and guardianship matters. The experience I garnered over the last thirty years has served me well on the bench. Prior to coming to the bench, I was licensed to practice in all Courts in the State of Texas, the United States District Court (SouthTHE WRIGHT FAMILY ern District), the United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit), and the United States Tax Court. I also served two terms as a member of the District 4A grievance committee (which disciplines attorneys) and served as Chair in 1994. I am a member of the State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section, Taxation Section and Litigation Section and the Houston Bar Association Probate, Trusts and Estate Section, Taxation Section and Litigation Section. I also belong to the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council and the Houston Estate and Financial Forum. I am also a member of the Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association and Attorneys in Tax and Probate. I received my JD from the University of Houston in 1981, and a BBA (1977 - accounting) and MBA (1980 accounting/taxation) from the University of Texas. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to earn your trust and support as Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1.



Multi-Millionaire Blue Diamond Edwin Haynes Is On A Mission to Create More Millionaires Edwin Haynes is a successful entrepreneur, international business consultant, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and multi-millionaire who has experienced the highs and lows of success. After a successful 13-year career as an Entertainment Executive, Haynes experienced a devastating setback that crippled him personally, professionally and financially. As result of a series of setbacks Haynes hit rock bottom, free-falling from millionaire status into foreclosure, bankruptcy and repossession. When everything seemed to be crashing down around him, including emotional and physical health; at his worst moment, Haynes would not let his circumstances consume him. He knew that he innately possessed the mindset of a millionaire, and the tools that would lead him to his true purpose. Although Edwin’s journey on the road to success was paved with obstacles that would normally sideline the average person, Haynes prepared for change and climbed his way back up the ladder by utilizing the “nine mile markers to success” outlined in his current book, “You Have Permission to Succeed.” Blessed with the gift of captivating audiences with his seemingly effortless down to earth and honest style, Haynes positively changes the lives of thousands daily through powerful messages of faith, encouragement and empowerment. Today, he continues to dominate his industry while empowering individuals worldwide to advance on both personal and professional levels.

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2014 Start with what you have and where you are. Don't wait for something big to occur.� – Edwin Haynes


Texas Supreme Court Judicial Intern

■ Appointed by the Governor in November 2012 ■ Formal Investiture in December 2012 ■ Confirmed in a unanimous vote of the Texas Senate in February 2013 ■ Ranked in the top tier of all Harris County Civil District Judges in various categories

■ Highly-rated in the 2013 HBA Judicial Evaluation Poll “Outstanding” rating in all areas evaluated: - Follows the law - Rules decisively and timely - Courteous & attentive - Demonstrated impartiality - Uses attorneys’ time efficiently - Works hard and is prepared ■ Captain on Houston Livestock Show Team Penning & Ranch Sorting Committee ■ Past Chair of Associates’ Roundtable, Rice’s James A. Baker III Center for Public Policy ■ St. Luke’s United Methodist Church – Sunday school teacher, usher, member of Board of Stewards, youth soccer coach ■ Married 17 years to the amazing Molly Ward, with 3 awesome children – Lily, Ava, and Wylie

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES ■ Eagle Scout ■ Texas A&M, BBA-Accounting, National Merit Scholar ■ Certified Public Accountant since 1995 ■ Graduate of UT Law School, with Honors Order of Barristers Niemann Cup as top advocate Pd. Pol. Ad by Wesley Ward Campaign, in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act, Kaye T. Goolsby, Treasurer.

“Wow! Thank you all so much for all your friendship and support through this long campaign. I am so honored and pleased to be able to continue to serve our community, and will work diligently to provide fair and efficient justice to all matters! Thank you!�

Americans 2014 Judge Wesley Ward with his wife, Molly, and their three children.

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Americans 2014

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Michael S. Wolfe, Sr.

Mayor of Hempstead Te “I am Michael S. Wolfe, Sr., the Mayor of Hempstead, Texas. I graduated from Hempstead High School. I received my B.A. in Political Science and my Master’s in Counseling at Prairie View A&M University. I am the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. My loving wife Deborah and I have two children; Demetria, and Michael S. Wolfe, Jr. We also have six grandchildren. I am dedicated to making Hempstead the best city anyone would want to reside in.”





We’re Building W “Older Men and Women teach the young children and the young adults that will listen. Each generation should start on our shoulders as we encourage,support and teach . We need finance,education and wisdom but we also need to pass down values.” - Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries TITUS 2:1-5 IN THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION - You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2). Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. 3). Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4). Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5). to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

“I am the founder of Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries and The Pastor of Zion Tabernacle Church. We’re located at 13155 Westheimer in Houston, Texas. ( Between Eldridge and Synott in the Wind Chimes Shopping Plaza ). We meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 12:15pm-2pm.” - Bishop

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Anthony A. Allen President/Apostle - (281)210-8374 Bishop Anthony A. Allen is an apostolic leader who also serves the community at large as a businessman, entrepreneur, investor, author and entertainer. He is the founder and president of Anthony Allen Ministries, a ministry called to serve the urban community. In 2001 Bishop Anthony A. Allen received a word from the Holy Spirit instructing him to create systems that will keep and grow God’s people. Giving up his dream of one day becoming a head coach for the NFL he set out to pursue the call of God on his life. The first system he set out to create evolved from the first message he preached entitled: “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.” This message which came from the book of St. Luke 9:23 lead Bishop Anthony A. Allen to begin designing a church operation system entitled Total Control. After years of development, his spiritual father the late Pastor Noah Newcoste and his mother Evengelist Christine Newcoste handed over the responsibility of carrying on their ministry, House of Hope International Church. Once given this responsibility he was directed to implement the Total Control system. The first instructional book entitled: “Total Control 101” (You Are In Total Control) was released in February of 2013, and the system was launched. Total Control 101 serves as the first of a thirteen instructional book series that ranges from you taking total control of you, to you taking total control of your community duties abroad. Now that the book which serves as the foundation to the system has been released, Bishop Anthony A. Allen serves the Kingdom of God eagerly awaiting a word from the Holy Spirit on when to release the next book from this series along with other material associated with the system. Beyond his ministerial duties, Bishop Anthony A. Allen is also the owner of Allen Hip-Hop Enterprise LLC, a company aimed at gaining the attention of the urban community at large with subsidiary companies like MBBG Records, D.O.C FA LIFE (Urban Wear) and Bishop A Enterprise (Production Company). He is also a licensed T.V. Producer with the Houston Media Source, a music producer and music artist (TPK BISHOP A) with the group Hip-Hop Party League. His music group has been featured on several reality shows, T.V. competitions and sitcoms. He is a former collegiate football and track athlete for Texas A&M Commerce who gives back to the future of athletics by serving as an assistant coach with the Mainland Jaguars out of Galveston County. He is also the proud husband to First Lady Matishe R. Allen and the father of a combined family of 12 outstanding children and grandfather to 6 blessed grandchildren. Soon to celebrate 16 years in ministry, Bishop Anthony A. Allen looks forward to getting involved in his passion of ministering economic growth to the masses. A business major and licensed financial services agent, Bishop Anthony A. Allen plans to empower people around the globe with the knowledge of how their economy works verses how it really should work and how to get it to work for them. His philosophy to life is “He that owns the darkness controls the darkness”.


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Americans 2014 “The primary focus of Anthony Allen Ministries is to empower people with the knowledge on how to achieve economic success within any society despite the current hardships at hand.� - Bishop A.


Meet Will Hurd



"Congressman Elect Will Hurd (23rd Congressional District of Texas) is a former CIA Officer who recently defeated a powerful Democratic Congressman by the name of Pete Gallegos to become the first black Republican from Texas to ever win a United States Congressional seat." Since June 2010 Will has been a Senior Advisor with the cybersecurity firm FusionX, which he joined following a decade of federal service and a run for public office in Texas. As a member of the FusionX team Will helps tackle a wide range of complex cybersecurity challenges facing large manufacturers, financial institutions, major retailers and critical infrastructure



providers. Additionally, from 2010 to 2013, Will was a partner with a strategic advisory firm, Crumpton Group LLC, where he provided leadership across the full range of Crumpton Group’s service offerings—helping companies capture opportunities in international markets while managing risks to their physical assets, intellectual property and human resources. Prior to returning to Texas in 2010, Will served for almost a decade as an undercover officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. At the CIA, he worked at the nexus of some of America’s most important national security issues leading intelligence operations on counterterrorism, cybersecurity and other critical threats.

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Meet Mia Love "Congresswoman Elect Mia Love (4th Congressional District of Utah) is the first black Republican woman to be elected to the United States Congress." Mayor Mia Love is the daughter of Haitian-American parents who legally immigrated to the United States in the 1970s with the hope that they would one day achieve the American Dream for themselves and their children. Born in Brooklyn, Mia was raised primarily in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in Fine Arts. Soon after graduation she moved to Utah and married her husband, Jason Love. Mia won a seat on the Saratoga Springs City Council in 2003, and six years later she was elected Mayor of Saratoga Springs with nearly 60 percent of the vote. During her one full term as mayor, Mia pursued an agenda focused on reducing city spending, fighting

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The majority of his career was spent overseas in South Asia and the Middle East where his primary mission was the recruitment of foreign assets, collection and dissemination of intelligence in support of the President and senior government policymaker’s national security decision making. Will has the pleasure of serving on a School Advisory Committee within the Northside Independent School District (NISD) and he had the honor of being recognized as one of NISD’s “Pillars of Character” for the 2011-2012 school year. He is also a board member of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. A native of San Antonio, Texas and the youngest of three siblings, Will graduated in May 2000 from Texas A&M University in College Station with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. While at A&M, he served as the President of the Student Union and was elected Student Body President.



against intrusions on personal liberty, and implementing sound fiscal policies. Despite the recent economic downturn, Saratoga Springs continues to hold the highest bond rating possible for a city of its size. Over the past three years the city has also been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Only about 20 cities and towns in

Dr. Patricia Bath Fight for the Right to Sight




Imagine living in a world ranging from hazy, clouded vision to that of total darkness for 30 years. Before 1985, that was the plight of those with cataracts who did not want to risk surgery with a mechanical grinder. Now imagine sitDr. Patricia Bath ting in a doctor's office without being able to see her as she explains that it may be possible to restore your vision. You can't tell by studying body language whether to trust this person or if they're pulling your leg. All you have to go by is the sound of the voice assuring you that this procedure is safe, more accurate and more comfortable than traditional cataract surgery. As a noted Opthamologist and famous black inventor, Dr. Patricia Bath has dedicated her life to the treatment and prevention of visual impairments. Her personal belief that everyone has the "Right to Sight" led to her invention in 1985 of a specialized tool and procedure for the removal of cataracts. With the Laserphaco Probe and procedure, Dr. Bath increased the accuracy and results of cataract surgery, which had previously been performed manually with a mechanical grinder. The difference between the old method and her new invention was the difference between the use of highly accurate laser technology and the somewhat subjective accuracy of a mechanical device. The Laserphaco Probe combined an optical laser, irrigation system and suction tubes. In use, the laser is inserted into a tiny incision on the eye; the laser then vaporizes the cataract and lens material, which is removed via the suction tubes. A replacement lens is then inserted on the eye. With the Laserphaco Probe invention and the development of the procedure for its use, Dr. Bath helped restore the sight of several people who had been blinded by cataracts for up to 30 years. Imagine the joy they felt when they opened their eyes to see Dr. Patricia Bath's smiling face for the first time.

the state of Utah receive this prestigious award each year. Citing the importance of getting federal spending under control, Mia announced last May that she is again running to represent Utah’s 4th congressional district. At the 2014 Utah Republican Nominating Convention, Mia received over 78 percent of the delegates’ votes to become the Republican nominee in Utah’s 4th congressional district.

Meet Tim Scott "Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina's first black elected senator is the first black senator elected in the Southern Region of the United States since Reconstruction.” United States Senator Tim Scott is working daily to ensure that every American has the opportunity to succeed. Growing up poor in a single parent household in North Charleston, South Carolina, Tim learned the importance of faith, hard work, and living within your means. By understanding the basic economic principles Washington so often forgets, and with the same determination he brings to advancing conservative principles in the Senate, Scott grew from his humble beginnings to build

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one of the most successful Allstate agencies in South Carolina. An unbridled optimist, Senator Scott believes that despite our current challenges, our nation’s brightest days are ahead of us. As a teenager, Tim had the fortune of meeting a strong, conservative mentor, John Moniz. Moniz helped instill in Tim the notion that you can think your way out of poverty, and that the golden opportunity is always right around the corner. The American Dream is alive and well, and Tim’s story is a concrete example of that. Senator Scott was sworn in to the U.S. Senate in January 2013. He has launched his Opportunity Agenda, a new way forward including robust initiatives that give our students and workers the greatest chance to succeed. Tim knows that success is created in studio apartments and garages, at kitchen tables, and in classrooms across the nation - not in government conference rooms in Washington. His agenda will empower Americans through economic freedom and high-quality education. Senator Scott will work with anyone else committed to building a better future to develop bold ideas that break away from our past failures. This includes tax reform to increase economic freedom, expanding school choice so every child has a chance at a quality education, and providing alternatives for single parents to work their 40 hours a week by allowing for wider use of comp time. Senator Scott is also working to find ways to help redevelop our poorest areas without pushing current residents out, bring down energy costs that consume a quarter of after-tax income for families making $30,000 or less, help young offenders and those aging out of the foster care system to receive the vital opportunity for education, and ensure our kids who want to attend college can do so without incurring debilitating debt. Tim also continues his work to get our nation’s spending under control, and has opposed measures he believes do not go far enough. In his first hundred days as a Senator, he worked with colleagues to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment, and was an original cosponsor on a bill to permanently ban the wasteful earmarking process. Prior to being sworn in to the Senate, Senator Scott served in the United States House of Representatives from 2011-2013, where he was a member of House leadership and sat on the influential House Rules Committee. Tim also served on Charleston County Council for 13 years, including four terms as Chair and in the South Carolina House of Representatives for two years where he was elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip. He was the owner of Tim Scott Allstate and partner of Pathway Real Estate Group.

Meet Ronald C. Green "Ronald C. Green made history by becoming the first African American Controller for the City of Houston." On January 4th, 2010, former Houston City Council Member Ronald C. Green was sworn in as the first African American City Controller in Houston’s nearly 200-year history. The City Controller is the second highest



George Alcorn Inventor of the Imaging X-ray Spectrometer




Not many inventors have resumes as impressive as George Edward Alcorn's. Among his credits, the African-American inventor received a B.A. in physics, a master's degree in nuclear physics and a Ph.D in atomic and George Alcorn molecular physics. On top of that, Alcorn worked for the likes of PhilcoFord, Perkin-Elmer, IBM and NASA, created over 20 different inventions and was granted eight patents. Despite such impressive credentials, Alcorn is probably most famous for his innovation of the imaging x-ray spectrometer – a device that helps scientists better understand what materials are composed of when they cannot be broken down. Receiving a patent for his method in 1984, Alcorn's inclusion of the thermomigration of aluminum in the spectrometer was regarded as a major innovation by experts in the field. The invention led to Alcorn's reception of the NASA Inventor of the Year Award. And that wasn't the only award George Edward Alcorn received. Along with being awarded a NASA medal for his work in recruiting minority scientists and engineers, he also won the Government Executives Magazine's prestigious Technology Leadership Award for the Airborne Lidar Topographical Mapping System. And, in 2001, Alcorn was awarded special congressional recognition for his efforts in helping Virgin Islands businesses through application of NASA technology and technology programs. George Alcorn's work as an educator should not be overlooked either. He held positions at both Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia, where he taught courses in electrical engineering. He also was an organizer and mentor for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's (UMBC's) Myerhoff Program, which works to promote minority Ph.Ds in science and mathematics.

cation was part of the reason Missouri City was honored as one of the top 10 safest cities in Texas by real estate website Movoto back in August of 2014. Movoto combined crime data from the top 100 most populous municipalities in Texas, and used the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report to determine that Missouri City is the sixth safest city in Texas. 24/7 Wall St., a web-based corporation designed to report financial news and opinions, also recently ranked Missouri City 16th on their list of the top 50 places to live in the United States. Using data to rank municipalities based on factors such as employment, economy and infrastructure, 24/7 Wall St. celebrated Missouri City’s low crime rate, proximity to Houston and affordability. Missouri City was the only city in the Houston area to make the list; other Texas cities on the list include Richardson (#17) and Flower Mound (#9). The news organization’s profile of the

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elected office in the City of Houston, and serves as the public’s independent “watchdog” over City finances. Controller Ronald C. Green is a 1988 graduate of the Houston Independent School District's High School for Health Professions. Green earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business

Administration from the University of Houston, as well as a law degree from Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, the District of Columbia, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Green is also a licensed real estate broker. Ronald Green is a founding partner of his own law firm and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and Government Finance Officers Association. Green and his wife, Justice of the Peace Hillary Harmon Green, have one son, Christopher. They are active members of Windsor Village United Methodist Church.

Meet Mayor Allen Owen "Mayor Allen Owen, mayor of Missouri City, Texas is one of the longest serving mayors in the state of Texas." Mayor Owens has faithfully served as Missouri City’s mayor since 1994. Mayor Owen has a long-standing documented track record of placing the citizens of Missouri City first. This track record and dedi-



“Show Me City” also reflected the following details: Median household income: $84,511; Median home value: $163,000; Average commuter travel time: 29.5 minutes. Missouri City is also one of the most diverse cities in America.

Dr. James E. West Electret Microphone Inventor




Ninety percent of microphones used today are based on the ingenuity of James Edward West, an African-American inventor born in 1931 in Prince Edwards County, VA. If you’ve ever talked on the telephone, you’ve Dr. James E. West probably used his invention. Dr. James E. West and a colleague, Gerhard Sessler, developed the mic (officially known as the Electroacoustic Transducer Electret Microphone) while with Bell Laboratories, and they received a patent for it in 1962. The acoustical technologies employed became widely used for many reasons including high performance, acoustical accuracy and reliability. It is also small, lightweight and cost effective. West started at Bell labs as an intern and joined them full-time in 1957 after graduating from Temple University. As the inventor of the microphone, James West has received numerous awards and honors including a Fellow of IEEE, Industrial Research Institute's 1998 Achievement Award, 1995 Inventor of the Year from the State of New Jersey and induction in the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1999. James E. West holds 47 US patents and more than 200 foreign patents from his 40-year career with Bell Laboratories. During his career, West also involved himself with programs designed to encourage minorities to take more of a role in the sciences. In the 1970's, he was a member of the Association of Black Laboratories Employees (ABLE) at Bell Labs that influenced management to fund the Summer Research Program (SRP) and Cooperate Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) – programs that helped more than 500 nonwhite students graduate with degrees in science, engineering and mathematics. James Edward West now works with Johns Hopkins University as a research professor.

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE ED EMMETT: "As a grown man, I have had the privilege of holding elected and appointed offices, and I have traveled the world. As I saw the world, I reflected upon my growth and realized that the one factor most responsible for my success was being born an American. The United States of America provides the fertile ground from which an East Texas boy can become educated and play on the world stage. And if the United States provides the fertile ground for accomplishment and progress, it is the freedom given to each individual that nurtures their growth. Every day, I am grateful that I was born an American."

Q&A with Orlando Sanchez AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? COUNTY TREASURER ORLANDO SANCHEZ: "Because our country not only fights to preserve my freedom, but it fights to preserve other's freedom and promotes that concept around the world."

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Dr. Mark Dean Computer Inventions




As a child, Mark Dean excelled in math. In elementary school, he took advanced level math courses and, in high school, Dean even Dr. Mark Dean built his own computer, radio, and amplifier. Dean continued his interests and went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a masters degree in electrical engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford. He is one of the most prominent black inventors in the field of computers. Dr. Mark Dean started working at IBM in 1980 and was instrumental in the invention of the Personal Computer (PC). He holds three of IBM's original nine PC patents and currently holds more than 20 total patents. The famous African-American inventor never thought the work he was doing would end up being so useful to the world, but he has helped IBM make instrumental changes in areas ranging from the research and application of systems technology circuits to operating environments. One of his most recent computer inventions occurred while leading the team that produced the 1-Gigahertz chip, which contains one million transistors and has nearly limitless potential.

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? CITY OF HOUSTON CONTROLLER RONALD C. GREEN: "People around the globe are envious of the enormous opportunities that most Americans have. I believe the greatest advantage we have is the ability to choose our leaders—and our history is rich with brilliant, humane and thoughtful leaders. Democracy is synonymous with America. I am personally proud that I have served my community through elected office. In the larger scheme, I am proud of the ingenuity that defines America: our industrial and commercial strengths, our medical and scientific breakthroughs, our arts and cultural geniuses. As an African-American, I take special pride in that heritage and the many individual accomplishments made to this country by those of my race who came before me."

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE BERT RICHARDSON: "I am proud to be American because of the many opportunities we are afforded as citizens of this great country in so many different ways. To the person who is willing to work hard, obtain an education, the opportunities are limitless. These are opportunities not readily available in other parts of the world. While my father had a successful military career, he and my mother both started their own business in the fine art industry after that career and have one of the most successful fine art galleries in San Antonio. My parents made sure that each of their children obtained college degrees geared towards helping us gain employment and support our families. These are blessings many take for granted, but given my occupation as a former State and federal prosecutor and judge, I am constantly aware that others would risk their lives to come to this country just to have those advantages."

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Q&A with Justice Wise AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUSTICE KEN WISE: "I am proud to be an American but even more than that I am so grateful to God for being born an American. No other country in the world gives its citizens the freedom we enjoy. The freedom to worship as we choose, build a business, raise a family, and do it all without a government directing how it is to be done is a precious state of affairs. I am proud of my country and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a small part of her government."

Q&A with Comptroller Elect Hegar Q&A with Congressman Brady AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? CONGRESSMAN KEVIN BRADY: “I first understood why I’m proud of being American from my mom. In 1967, my world changed when dad took on a difficult case for our local church. While helping an elderly woman escape an abusive marriage, we were repeatedly threatened. Mom even learned to use a gun, just in case. When the trial started, this angry man burst into the courtroom, killed his wife, killed my father and shot the judge – who thankfully lived. His actions left our mom to raise five children by herself – ages 14 to 3. I tell you this because being an American is about making my fiercely independent and determined mother proud. She kept five kids on the straight and narrow with a good offense. She had us serving our community from morning to night. For me, it was Boy Scouts, altar boy at two churches, year-round sports and student government. In our community, if a club or activity existed, it was a good bet you’d find a Brady kid there. She taught each of us to be independent, optimistic, to have faith in God and to give back. Everything I am. Everything I know about being an American, I owe my mom.”



AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? TEXAS COMPTROLLER ELECT GLENN HEGAR: "I am extremely proud of the millions of soldiers that have put their country before themselves, all in order to defend these fought after liberties. Not only have they protected our freedom, they have also fought to defend the safety and freedom of millions all around the world. Our Founding Fathers ensured that everyone is entitled to unalienable rights given to them by God, and no one is allowed to infringe on these rights of ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is because of this that I am proud to be an American and a Texan."

Q&A with Attorney Roberts AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? ATTORNEY SEAN ROBERTS: "I am proud to be an American because we strive to provide opportunities to succeed to anyone willing to work hard enough to achieve their goals."

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? STATE REPRESENTATIVE PATRICIA HARLESS: "I am proud to be an American because America is a country of people that understand "to whom much is given, much is required". We have everyday citizens that give their time, talent and treasures to help others, not because they are required to by the government, but because they choose to. We are a country founded, though at time it seems weak, on faith in God and the Bible. We give, help, and sacrifice for others. It is just the American way. Every time I see a disaster in some part of the United States, though my heart grieves for the loss, it also rejoices when I see complete strangers standing shoulder to shoulder to help those in need. You don't see that in other countries, unless it is Americans that are there helping."

18, the many examples of America's liberation of other nations from tyranny, the interstate highway system, the creation and maintenance of many of the worlds’ greatest institutions of learning, the birth and growth of commercial airline transportation, our successes in our efforts to explore the universe beyond our own planet, the advance of life saving medical technology, tools, and medicines, the volunteer military that is unparalleled in the history of the world, the peaceful coexistence of a diverse population, the fact that what is known as poverty in America could pass for wealth in so many other nations in the world. I could go on and on. America's greatness is a product of her commitment to freedom rightly understood and appropriately exercised. As freedom expands, so does opportunity and justice. When freedom contracts, both opportunity and justice diminish. America exists to serve the cause of freedom, and that makes me proud of my country."

Q&A with Judge Butts Q&A with Judge Elect Newell AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE ELECT DAVID C. NEWELL: "I am proud to be an American because it is founded upon self-governance and reliance. Our government was the first of its kind to secure the freedom and opportunities of the people the government serves rather than a select group of people or a single individual. Indeed, our founding fathers included checks and balances in the bones of our republic so that when one group might edge towards tyranny another group has an institutional interest in curtailing that overreach. Moreover, its citizens have a voice not only in their representatives, but in the rule of law. Because America was founded upon the principle that no man is above the law rather than the divine right of kings, citizens have a path through the court system to directly challenge laws that infringe upon their constitutional rights. And where government exceeds its authority, it is always within the power of the governed to affect meaningful change. This interplay between rights and responsibilities is unique in the world, and it is the cornerstone of what makes America great. It provides an example to the rest of the world as a shining city on a hill and a harbor to those who want to share in the American dream. And it fosters such an abundance of freedom and opportunity that those who enjoy its blessings rarely have occasion to question those gifts."

Q&A with Judge Elect Yeary AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE ELECT KEVIN PATRICK YEARY: "I am proud to be an American because no other country in the history of the world has secured more freedom for more men and women on the planet than America. I believe that because America secures freedom, it generates blessings for its own people and for all the people of the world. So many examples are apparent: the rejection and defeat of slavery and racial segregation in this country, the expansion of the vote to all citizens who have achieved the age of



AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What is your mission in life Judge Butts? JUDGE CHRISTINE RIDDLE BUTTS: "My mission is to serve families in times of crisis in a thoughtful, compassionate, and deliberate way, whether that crisis involves the loss of a loved one, the need for a guardianship, or a mental health issue."

Q&A with Businesswoman Boutte AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? BUSINESSWOMAN STEPHANIE BOUTTE: "I am proud to be an American because even with all of the injustices found in our nation, we still stand proud. We still find a way to compete. We are a competitive nation. I am proud to be an American because I know the truth about how this nation was built. I know the truth about who the true inventors were. I know what MLK stood for. I understand what Malcom X was saying. I am proud to be an American because I come from a legacy of doers. I come from a legacy of people who did what it took to get the job done. For these reasons and more I am proud to be an American. I am also proud to be an American because, although she has a deep, dark, storied history; it still provides some of the greatest opportunities in the world. It gives me great pride to know that my willingness to face adversity, challenge the systems and work diligently towards my goals can warrant me sweet success and a better life. Freedoms, which I take for granted and rights which are constitutionally protected are not easily guaranteed in other nations. I am proud to be an American because, it takes character, pride and dignity to accept the fact that I may always be seen as a third class citizen but I will never be deterred from achieving greatness. I am proud to be an American, because of the defiance that was shown and the blood that was shed by my ancestors to make this country great is the same blood that runs in my veins-today. I am proud to be an American, because I know that in this country you can actually have an idea that when nourished properly, planted in fertile soil, and watered meticulously can become a living legacy."



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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE DAN HINDE: "No country, no nation in history was ever founded on an idea—not Athens, Rome, nor Egypt; not England, France, Germany, Russia, nor China. No nation was built on an idea, that is, until the United States declared its independence in 1776. And what an idea it was! All men are created equal and endowed by God with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. My pride in America begins with that great conception of our nation, but it does not end there. The Framers wrote a Constitution to establish a national government designed to protect our freedom and liberty. Then, our nation fought a terrible civil war to preserve that then-radical form of government—government of the people, by the people, for the people—and to cleanse it of the horrible stain of slavery. But in the rebirth that President Lincoln described, our freedom and democratic manner of government nourished and nurtured a society that has advanced not only its own population but all of humankind beyond belief. Our society developed an economy that has lifted millions out of poverty, hunger, and illiteracy, not only at home but abroad. Our country led the effort to vanquish the twin scourges of fascism and communism, giving the lie to the totalitarians’ pretensions to utopia. The United States remains a shining beacon to the world—a safe harbor in times of difficulty and a light to guide the world. Our nation always—always—sends aid to countries suffering natural disasters, whether friend or foe. Our people generate new ideas in technology, industry, the arts, and music. We are what other countries strive to be. And I am proud to be a citizen of such an amazing, sublime country. God has blessed America, and may God continue to do so!"

Q&A with Judge Elect Schmude AUBREY R. TAYLOR: How important are our rights as Americans? JUDGE ELECT JOHN SCHMUDE: "I believe that the fundamental rights of individuals do not originate from government or from courts but from a higher law that is written on the hearts and consciences of all by our Creator. This principle, which served as the cornerstone of the common law system for centuries, is sadly being lost, and the inevitable result is a subjective system of jurisprudence grounded in nothing more than the whims of judges and legislators. Governments have no natural right to abolish or to compromise the rights of the people because such rights are



Q&A with Attorney Franklin AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? ATTORNEY RAMONA FRANKLIN: "I am proud to be an American because of the rights we are all afforded. As an American I have the right to vote and the right of religion. I do not take my right of religion for granted. So many other people in other countries do not have the right to worship their appointed gods. Here in America, I have the right to worship my God who provides for me and my family daily without any interference. I am proud to be an American because I am able to pursue my dreams, goals, desires and ambitions without restraints."

Q&A with Judge Loyd Wright AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT: "I am proud to be an American because I believe in the goodness and greatness of America. Alexis De Tocqueville said, “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there.... in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there.... in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great." De Tocqueville also said, “The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.” The concepts behind this ability to repair her faults are primarily contained in three documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These revered documents, along with a historically Judeo-Christian philosophy, continue to provide the foundation for America to be the greatest force for good the world has ever known. Rush Limbaugh defines what he refers to as American greatness as follows: “American Exceptionalism and greatness means that America is special because it is different from all other countries in history…..It does not mean that we Americans are better than anyone else. It does

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rooted in a higher order, and recognition of this principle, which was universally accepted by our founding fathers, serves as a strong check against intrusions by the government upon the liberty and dignity of individuals."

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not mean that there is something uniquely different about us as human beings compared to other people in the world. It does not mean that we as a country have never faced problems of our own…..Our country is the first country ever to be founded on the principle that all human beings are created as free people. The Founders of this phenomenal country believed all people were born to be free as individuals. And so, they established a government and leadership that recognized and established this for the first time ever in the world….. The sad reality is that since the beginning of time, most citizens of the world have not been free. For hundreds and thousands of years, many people in other civilizations and countries were servants to their kings, leaders, and government. It didn't matter how hard these people worked to improve their lives, because their lives were not their own…..[America] is a land built on true freedom and individual liberty……The role of the United States is to encourage individuals to be the best that they can be, to try to improve their lives, reach their goals, and make their dreams come true.” Ibelieve the greatness of America also lies in the American “melting pot” where people of all races and ethnicities join and embrace the “American” culture, a culture not governed by race or ethnicity, but by initiative, hard work, personal responsibility, individuality combined with humility, and an understanding that, while we are all in this together, most of what happens in our lives is up to each of us. I am proud to be an American because time and time again, America has sacrificed its blood and treasure to expand freedom and fight tyranny around the world. Colin Powell said, “We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in.” I am proud to be an American because of our system of free enterprise where any man or woman can go from rags to riches in the blink of an eye. More often, though, it is the long-term commitment to hard work and sacrifice that leads to a better life - to the "American Dream". There is no other country that offers the limitless opportunities of America and it is always inspiring to see the multitude of ways one can be successful. This could only happen in a free society. I am proud to be an American because we are the most generous country in the history of the world. Whether it is the charitable giving of its citizens or the foreign aid given around the world, America has always come to the aid of those in need. America has always made the effort and sacrifice to be a positive force for democracy, freedom and good around the world."

Q&A with Judge Ward AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE WESLEY WARD: "Why NOT?!? (That seems like a good place to start.). My pride in America has always been thorough and complete. It did not start at some point, and it will not end. For America is more than any single point in time or any single victory or misstep, it is the promise of continuing improvement, eternally striving to achieve the ideals of justice, equality and opportunity. America is the greatest land of opportunity ever conceived. And not by a little. By a LOT. It is the beacon of hope for the world, hope that the world can be better when we trust and love our fellow man, and when we give people the opportunity to suc-



ceed. Through our adherence to our Constitution, free enterprise, and equal protection under rule of law, America has raised the standard of living for the entire world. America is not perfect; never has been and probably never will be. But it is by far the greatest system ever devised, and it is still getting better (especially in Texas!). Harry Truman said that “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” Every Monday morning, we start our court session in Texas’ 234th District Court with the Pledge of Allegiance the flag of the United States of America, and then to the flag of the Great State of Texas. We then set in to the hard work of justice, raising up the rule of law, seeking fairness and rightness for all who bring their disputes. Everymonday morning, and every minute of that day and every other day, I am so proud to serve America. (And why NOT?)."

Q&A with Nancy Simms AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? POLITICAL CONSULTANT NANCY SIMS: "I am most proud to be an American when I think of our military and their commitment to protecting our freedoms. I am proud when I see our flag flying or hear voices raised in unison singing our national anthem and I am most proud when election day comes and voters cast their ballots to protect and engage in our democracy."

Q&A with State Rep. Gary Elkins AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why do you believe our rights as Americans originated? STATE REPRESENTATIVE GARY ELKINS: "I possess a Judeo-Christian world view. I believe like our founding fathers that all men are created equal and are endowed with inalienable rights that come from God and not the State. So my world view is that our rights are granted to us by God Almighty, and not the state (i.e. government)."

Q&A with Carl Pittman AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? 2016 CANDIDATE FOR HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF CARL PITTMAN: "I am proud to be an American because it is truly the greatest country on the face of this planet. It allowed a small boy from the most humbling of starts to do some incredible things, with more to come. I am proud to be an American because no other country in the world can come back from the brink of destruction at the hands of a corrupt government like America will surely have to do! I have always been proud of America, not because America is perfect, but because America is mine. I knew as a 18 year old United States Marine that I was part of something far greater than myself and I was willing if necessary to die to protect it. I am proud of America because I love America."

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Q&A with Judge Jay Karahan AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE JAY KARAHAN: "I am proud to be an American because, as a first generation American, I observed first-hand my immigrant father's struggle to seek and achieve the American Dream. To this day I marvel at my father's pride in his naturalized American citizenship. I marvel at his lifelong commitment to self-sufficiency and personal responsibility. I marvel at his patience in waiting for a

dreams can come true for those willing to work hard to achieve them. Being an American is not about belonging to one ethnicity; it’s about buying into a collection of ideas about how people should live their lives: freely, dutifully, and according to the rule of law. And I’m proud to be an American because more often than not, America has stood up for goodness and decency and fair play. America and Americans are far from perfect, but we are exceptional because of the ideals we strive to realize, both for ourselves and the whole world."

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AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE JEFF SHADWICK: "I am proud to be an American because we are the only country, ever, to be founded upon an idea rather than geography or ethnicity. The idea is that all men are created equal; that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All anyone has to do is "buy in" to become an American. You cannot become French, or become Chinese, but you can become American. It is the origin of our country around an idea that makes this so. America is the greatest force for good in history. I am proud of that."

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visa to enter the U.S. to seek a better life for himself and to eventually become a responsible citizen. The U.S. gave my father the freedom to work as many jobs and as hard as he could or wanted to accumulate the knowledge and capital to start his own business. His enthusiastic patriotism despite the ignorance and bigotry he encountered along the way made him the successful man I'm so proud of. His sacrifices, hard work and enthusiasm - and that of all like him since the founding of our great nation - gave me the freedom to enjoy the blessings of life in the U.S. It is my responsibility now to honor that and to pay it forward."


Q&A with Judge Grant Dorfman

Q&A with Justice Jeff Brown AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUSTICE JEFF BROWN: "I’m proud to be an American because our country is an exceptional place. It’s a place where big



AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? JUDGE GRANT DORFMAN: "I am proud to be an American not just for the blessings of liberty that this birthright has afforded me. I am the grandson of an immigrant who came to this country with no property, no family and no connections, but who succeeded through hard work and ingenuity. It was this country that gave him that opportunity, regardless of cultural and language barriers and his commitment to a religion that was oppressed in his native land. And that story is far from unique in our country. I am proud to be an American because our exceptional country has always been generous with its freedom -- a shining City upon a hill that is a beacon to all freedom-loving peoples; and we have, at our best, endeavored to share and expand freedom to all the corners of the world, not to hoard it as our possession."

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CITY CONTROLLER GREEN Ronald C. Green is currently serving his third and final term as Controller for the city of Houston. Voters in Houston will elect a new controller in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

MAYOR ANNISE PARKER Mayor Annise Parker is currently serving her third and final term as Mayor of Houston. Voters in Houston will elect a new mayor in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

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I AM IN! Dear Friends, As we begin to prepare for another holiday season, I wanted to personally let you know that, after much deliberation and prayer, I will run for City Controller in 2015. I will officially launch my campaign in March 2015 at my annual Women for Robinson (WFR 2015) Meet, Greet and Network Reception. Next year, the WFR Reception will be open to all who want to join me in my commitment to: 1) empowering the women of our community; 2) ensuring that all the young people in our city have “An Opportunity To Do Better”, and 3) Making Houston Greater. For all who support me – I am asking all of you who receive this letter for your support and vote – we will run a positive campaign focused on common-sense solutions for fixing the city’s budget, paying down our General Fund Debt including the Unfunded Pension Liability Debt; fixing our streets, sidewalks and infrastructure; modernizing city government; attracting more good paying jobs, business, entrepreneurs, college graduates, engineers, construction and development inside our city; consolidating and cutting city fees; consolidating city departments to reduce the city’s operating expenses; auditing city departments and programs and providing the Mayor and City Council with a Financial Impact Analysis of City Council Agenda Items (like the Legislature’s Fiscal Notes); increasing cooperation and coordination between the city and county on police protection, health care services, parks and libraries; extending light rail to Hobby Airport and from Hobby to the Astrodome/Reliant area; securing private funding for commuter rail and building the University Light Rail Line; deepening and widening the Port; and legalizing gaming. We are going to do these things because it is the job of the City Controller to offer ideas and solutions to protect taxpayers while sustaining and growing the city’s tax base and revenues without having to increase the property tax burden on homeowners and businesses or increasing city fees on all Houstonians. I helped pass the city’s spending “Rev Cap” City Charter Amendment and I still support it. It forces fiscal discipline on City Hall and it is why the City Council Fiscal Affairs Committee is now engaged in the process of defining what “core” city services are and how they should be fully funded. I support asking city voters to allow the city to keep excess revenue above the “Rev Cap” to speed up paying down the General

Fund Debts and fully funding Public Safety Services. I opposed establishing a city garbage fee when I was a City Council Member and I am still opposed. I support Early Matters – the Greater Houston Partnership’s Early Childhood Education/Pre-K Initiative; creating the South Main Innovation Zone and putting all existing public infrastructure plans and city building permits into one common 3D GIS Database so that city, neighborhood and business leaders can all see the cumulative impact of what the city, Metro, TxDOT, H-GAC, Gulf Coast Rail District, TIRZs, MUDs and Water Districts are planning to build over the next five (5) to fifty (50) years so we can mitigate traffic congestion, storm water run-off, air pollution and avoid duplication, conflicts and wasting taxpayers money. The database can also be used to help improve and better coordinate police patrols among local law enforcement agencies. Together, we are going to run a different kind of campaign; a campaign focused on Safety, Opportunity and Prosperity. We are going to run a campaign of BIG, BOLD, IDEAS and SOLUTIONS based on what I have heard from Houstonians during the last three years. I have heard your hopes, your desires and your concerns. I have heard your voice. I am personally asking you for your vote and support to be your voice at City Hall. I am committed to making sure that city government works for you, and that like you, city government does more with the revenue it already has so that you can keep more of your hard earned money to take care of yourself and your family and grow your business, if you own one. If you elect me your City Controller, I will be The Taxpayers Voice at City Hall. Sincerely,

Carroll G. Robinson for Houston P.S. Contributions cannot be accepted until February 1, 2015. If I can count on your support, I would greatly appreciate a contribution on February 1, 2015. The campaign can only accept personal or PAC checks. ----------------------------------------------------------Carroll G. Robinson for Houston I P.O. Box 8325 I Houston, Texas 77288 Victor L. Cardenas, Jr., Treasurer

Meet Carroll G. Robinson Carroll G. Robinson is an Associate Professor at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) where he has served as Associate Dean of External Affairs and is Associate Director of the E-MPA program. Professor Robinson is a Co-Principal Investigator of the TSU National Transportation Security Center of Excellence-Petrochemical Transportation Security and is Associate Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) E-Government Center. He is Chairman of the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Third Vice President of the NAACP Houston Branch and a former board member of the Northeast Family YMCA, a member of the Houston Independent School District™'s (HISD) Bond Oversight Committee, was a member of the City of Houston™'s Term Limits Review Commission, and is a former At-Large (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council where he served as Chairman of the city™'s Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. Professor Robinson is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Children at Risk (C@R) and the National League of Cities where he served as a member of the Board™s Finance Committee and was a member of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Steering Committee. He is a former member of the Texas Municipal League™s Utilities and Environment Committee and Transportation Task Force; a former Vice Chair of the Houston-Galveston Area Council™s (HGAC) Transportation Policy Council, is a former member of H-GAC™s Board of Directors; a former Advisory Board member of the Texas Environmental Defense Fund; a past President of the Texas Association of Black City Council Members; has served as a member of the Texas Department of Transportation (Tx-DOT) 2001 Work Group on Transportation Goals and Objectives, is a former Advisory Board Member of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) at Texas A&M University and is a member of the Advisory Board of the TSU Center for Transportation Training and Research. Professor Robinson provided testimony to the Texas Governor™s Task Force on Evacuation and Logistics on October 26, 2005 on how to use technology to improve Emergency Preparedness. Professor Robinson has worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Political Science from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey and his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Professor Robinson is a Life Member of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi and the author of numerous legal and public policy articles and commentaries. Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Professor Robinson was an Associate Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and served as Executive Assistant to two Presidents of the University. He has also served as an Adjunct Law Professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas where he taught Constitutional Structure. Professor Robinson is a past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas and National Bar Association. - - HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE




Council Member Dwight Boykins is currently serving his first term in office and will be up for reelection in the November 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election.

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Mayor Owen: Missouri City’s Story is One That Features a Diversity of Strong Partnerships According to Mayor Allen Owen, every day, Missouri City officials and staff members collaborat to provide excellent services to citizens, businesses and stakeholders residing in the “Show Me City.” “By utilizing strategic policies and goals, City leaders adhere to an alignment to achievement approach, thereby ensuring continuous progress across all operations, including public safety, fiscal management, infrastructure improvements, economic development initiatives, parks programs and citizen outreach projects,” Mayor Owens explained recent “State of the City” address. With a cohesive focus on results, we all adhere to the following principles: *Number 1….City First: The top priority for our 68,000 citizens, seven elected City officials and 300 City employees is maintain-

ing our vibrant Fort Bend community known for its rich legacy of history and tradition, robust commercial development, dynamic diversity, and excellence in education. *Number 2….Communication: All forms must be clear, concise and constructive. And, regular, objective feedback is also a key factor to ensure all colleagues are on the same page at all times. *Number 3….Collaboration: Partnering to enhance the City’s strategic position in the region, state, nation and world, our leaders regularly join together to attain the four main organizational strategies: Retain Existing Property Values Increase Commercial Development Create Value Added Services Develop an Organization for Optimum Performance Implementation of these principles cre-

ates an opportunity for all parties to participate in the administrative process and to consistently produce measurable results.

Here are a few “Show Me City” accomplishments from the past year that were made possible through our strong partnerships: *Our local economy remains robust: Over the past year, more than 27 new retail, commercial and industrial buildings completed construction. Within the same period, the new buildings completed added about 1,037,000 square feet of new nonresidential space. Of that new square footage, industrial growth amounted to the largest share with the opening and additions of Ben E. Keith, 2 new buildings in the Lakeview Business



Park and the continuation of Beltway Crossing office/warehouses along the South Gessner Road business corridor. Both Lakeview Business Park and the Beltway Crossing Business Complex are conveniently located near major travel connections—Beltway 8 and US90A—making them an attractive location for companies. New companies opening their doors along Highway 6 in the City include: * Discount Tire * Sphier Emergency Room * ALDI * Taco Bell * Bank of America New companies to Lakeview Business Park include: Bimbo Bakeries Rich’s Food Products, which is under construction and will add another 200,000 feet of industrial space. Allied Group Expansion, which will add an additional 300,000-square-foot office warehouse. CNC Manufacturing And, Niagara Bottling, LLC. The largest family-owned, private-label manufacturer of bottled water in the United States hosted an open house ceremony at the company’s newly constructed 357,000square-foot facility. The plant has a capacity to make 1,350 water bottles a minute, 81,000 bottles an hour and 2.3 million to 2.5 million bottles each day. Along the South Gessner/Cravens Road business corridor, we have: Ben E. Keith, the City’s largest employer, which hosted an open house at its 474,861-square-foot facility. The eighth largest broad-line distributor in the nation has based its Southwest distribution headquarters in the “Show Me City” and currently employs 350. The company plans t o expand to more than 1 million square feet in the future. Texans Center, a gas station And, Beltway Crossing Phase III. In April, Tool Mart completed their 38,070 square-foot build out in Building 1 of the new phase. And, a second company, Industrial Income Trust, is under plan review


for 47,430 square feet in the same building. Elsewhere around the City, we welcomed the Riverstone Office Center; a condo office park in Riverstone; Dance Works, a dance school on Knights Court; and Safety America, a gymnastics and karate school on Sienna Parkway. With this business growth, we have added more than 1,000 new jobs, which is important to attracting new businesses and residents to the area. And, speaking of population changes over the last year; with the completion and opening of The Huntington, our newest senior retirement community on Murphy Road, residential completions within the City continued to grow. Almost 400 new housing units, including 120 units in the Huntington were added within the City limits. Meanwhile, residential growth in the City’s ETJ, in the Riverstone and Sienna planned developments continued, adding more than 700 new residential units. Based upon this growth, our City projects an addition of about 1,150 people within the City limits and about 2,150 people in our ETJ. Additionally, we’re excited about:

Changes taking place along the US90A corridor: Millis Development & Construction is building near Highway 90A and Cravens Road. The company is relocating its construction offices and storage yards into a low-impact designed development to include a two-story office building and one maintenance building. Reinvestment in existing properties: Burger King on Texas Parkway and Wendy’s on Highway 6 recently completed an update to their exterior building facades and made improvements to the interior of the restaurants. Hampton Inn, our second hotel, opened its doors along Highway 6 and is set to cater to the needs of businesses and visitors. The hotel is equipped with a 3,000-square-foot meeting room and offers a variety of guest rooms and suites. Also….we had a local house of worship celebrate its 100th anniversary with some special upgrades. Holy Family


Church on Fifth Street modernized its interior, expanding the building and adding a new entry way and classrooms. And, Toll Brothers, Inc. purchased the area known as Sienna South and has begun development plans for the construction of about 6,500 new homes on about 3,700 acres of land. The development will be a continuation of the character and design of the Sienna planned development community. In the coming months, we’re looking forward to continued commercial development citywide, including the increase of private, medical care facilities. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s emergent care facility is nearing completion on Highway 6 and is set to open later this summer. The hospital’s new 9,600-square-foot center is located between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities and will house 10 treatment rooms and the latest technology in diagnostic imaging equipment. Then, Memorial Hermann has plans for a 23,000-square-foot emergency clinic to be located in the Sienna Village shops on Highway 6. Also coming to town is LockTite Storage, which is designed to be a superior storage facility. The 500 unit operation is scheduled to open in early 2015 and will have special features including covered loading, breezeways and drive-up access. Another project we’re looking forward to is the continued expansion of the Fort Bend Toll Road, creating the opportunity for a vital employment center in the Sienna area. As you can see, business partners are essential to the City’s future and as we look at the fact that we have limited development space remaining, we’re aware that the decisions our leaders make today will impact the City retaining its affordable tax base and continuing to provide the quality services homeowners and business owners have come to expect.

Beyond the economy, Missouri City has marked numerous other milestones, including: *The passage of a $40 million bond referendum by voters citywide to ensure the maintenance and improvement of infrastructure in all areas. The four-proposition package was overwhelmingly approved

and will enable the City to devote: - $6.5 million to drainage projects - $5.7 million to public facilities - $5 million to the construction of a future fire station; and - $22.8 million to mobility enhancements The referendum was the result of a citizen-city collaboration including leadership from a 35-member Bond Exploratory Committee that met with City officials and Staff over an eight-month period to discuss and identify proposed projects. The $40 million package was designed based on the City’s capacity to sell bonds during an approximate 10-year period with no tax rate increase. As you can see, this bond money is very important to the future of Missouri City and we will rely on our partnerships with many of you to get these projects done. In addition to the referendum, we are also proud to announce: *As part of our proactive crime prevention measures, we’ve established a Police Motorcycle Unit that will begin patrol duty this summer. This specialized group of officers will be help us to keep our streets safe through traffic education and enforcement. *We’re moving toward the opening of Fire Station 5, which will serve the southern portion of Sienna Plantation. The facility was fully funded by the Sienna Municipal Utility District #1 and is located on Waters Lake Boulevard. Four firefighters will staff the new station and have use of a new fire engine. And, most importantly, the new station will allow us to reduce response times in that area by 50 percent. *Our first-class public amenities continue to see significant gains. Both the City Centre at Quail Valley and the Recreation & Tennis Center hosted dozens of tournaments and events over the past year. And, the award-winning Quail Valley Golf Course recorded a 16 percent increase in tournament rounds over the past year and was the host site for the Texas Golf Association South Region Four Ball Tournament. The golf course is also still proud to partner with the First Tee of Greater Houston, a youth development program that teaches life lessons

such as the importance of honesty, sportsmanship, perseverance, responsibility and judgment. *The City is financially sound. Our Finance Department once again earned accolades from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the City Budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. We were commended for our superior budget policies and procedures and have been recognized for this achievement for more than 25 years. *We partnered with our neighbor Stafford to build and open a new, stateof-the-art Animal Shelter that serves both cities. The 2,600-square-foot shelter was built through an interlocal agreement and features 24 kennels for dogs and 12 kennels for cats. The project cost $620,000 and was funded through the City’s Capital Improvement Program; Stafford contributed 25 percent of the total cost. Adoptions are steady and the shelter is a prime part of our newly launched Volunteers Program. *And, one of our first subdivisions— Fondren Park—turns 50 this year. The community has been a great contributor and friend to the City. In the fall, we will gather with homeowners there to honor their golden anniversary. As you can see partnerships are a capstone for us, and, the most important is the one we share with our citizens. We have our Senior Planning Council that advises Staff on programs and events as you saw in the video. Members of the group are here with us today and we salute them for their service. Citizens are also instrumental in the success of our premier parks’ programs, our code enforcement initiatives which help keep our communities among the best in the nation, our new Community Garden at Buffalo Run Park that promotes healthy lifestyles and our environmental projects, which protect our City’s green spaces. Missouri City and all of our partners are accountable and responsible for the City staying on its course of advancement. Equally required is all of us being fully engaged to ensure the sustainability of the Show Me City’s vast social, economic, political, educational and cultural wealth. The future of our scenic City depends on it.

Allen Owen Missouri City Mayor Mayor Allen Owen will be up for re-election in May of 2016

Jerry Wyatt Council Member - At Large Position #1 Council Member Jerry Wyatt will up for re-election in May of 2016

Chris Preston Council Member - At Large Position #2 Council Member Chris Preston will up for re-election in May of 2016

Yolanda Ford Council Member - District A Council Member Yolanda Ford will up for re-election in May of 2015

Don Smith Council Member - District B Council Member Don Smith will up for re-election in May of 2015

Robin Elackatt Council Member - Mayor Pro Tem, District C Council Member Robin Elackatt will up for re-election in May of 2015

Floyd Emery Council Member - District D Council Member Floyd Emery will up for re-election in May of 2015






General Manager Ben E. Keith Company

Assistant General Manager Ben E. Keith Company

Branch Controller Ben E. Keith Company

Mike began his career with Ben E. Keith in 1991, after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in History. He has served in many capacities during his tenure with the company including Warehouseman, District Sales Representative, Produce Specialist, Purchasing Manager, District Sales Manager, and Operations Manager. Since 1997, he has served as the Assistant General Manager and in 2008, was named the General Manager of the San Antonio Division. In July 2014, he was named the General Manager of the new Houston Division.

Jerry is a graduate of Texas A&M who began his career with Ben E. Keith in 1996 as a DSR in the Bryan/College Station area. In 2001, he was promoted to a DSM and then in 2009 was promoted again to the Director of Sales Training and moved to the General Office. In July 2014, Jerry became the newest Assistant General Manager in the Houston Division.

Lou began his career as a CPA in Public Accounting in 1981 after graduating with a BS in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University. Lou has over 30 years of accounting experience, most of which has been in the food industry with the following companies; Nabisco Brands, RTM (Arby’s), Huntington Restaurant Group (Chili’s/Denny’s), and Shamrock Foods. Before joining Ben E Keith Foods in July of 2012, Lou spent ten years with Shamrock Foods as their Controller.

SCOTT DAVISON Assistant General Manager Ben E. Keith Company Scott, a Sam Houston State University graduate with a BS in Agriculture Business, has been with Ben E. Keith since 1995. He has held positions such as District Sales Representative, District Sales Manager, and Branch Manager for the Conroe Sales Office. In 2008, Scott was named an Assistant General Manager.


MARK HERZOG Director of Purchasing Ben E. Keith Company Mark came to Ben E. Keith in 2007, with 20 years of food service experience, including Operations as well as extensive Purchasing duties. He has also served as a Senior Merchandiser and as a Director of Purchasing before joining Ben E. Keith. Mark began his tenure as the Director of Purchasing in our new Houston Division in 2008.


SHAUN MCFAUL Operations Manager Ben E. Keith Company Shaun began his Ben E. Keith career in 1999. He has an AA in Business Management. Shaun started his career at the Ben E. Keith Foods division in Amarillo working in several warehouse positions. In 2005 Shaun was promoted to Operations Manager in the Albuquerque Division, Shaun also served as the Safety Manager, DOT Compliance Manager, Transportation Manager and Sanitation Manager while at the

Albuquerque Division. In 2012, Shaun moved to Houston to be the Operations Manager.

JAMES WALLACE Transportation Manager Ben E. Keith Company James began his career in 1994 as a local Route Service Associate for the Dallas/Fort Worth division. He delivered in the Houston and Collage Station markets. As Ben E. Keith grew in the market so did his career. He moved from Route Service Associate to lead RSA then on to be the first supervisor in the Houston market. In 2010, James was named the Transportation Manager for the Houston Division.

DREW SCUDDAY Marketing Manager Ben E. Keith Company Drew joined Ben E. Keith Company in 2007. He has a BBA in Finance from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Beginning his career at the San Antonio Division, he has held positions as a District Sales Representative, VPT An-

alyst, and Business Development /Marketing Specialist. In 2012, Drew was named the Marketing Manager for the Houston Division.

IRENE GALVAN Credit Manager Ben E. Keith Company Irene began her Ben E Keith career in March 2001. She held the position of Assistant Credit Manager in the San Antonio Division for the past 11 years. In 2012, Irene was named the Credit Manager for the Houston division.


CRAIG VAUGHN Information Systems Manager Ben E. Keith Company Craig joined Ben E. Keith Company in 1998 as an I.S. Support Specialist for the Oklahoma City Division. He transferred to Amarillo to assume the role of I.S. Support Manager in 2003. Craig is a graduate of UCO with a BBA in Management Information Systems. In 2008, Craig was named the I.S. Support Manager for the Houston Division.

CHARLES DUPRE First African American Superintendent for FBISD Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees extends Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre’s contract through April 2018 Fort Bend ISD – At a Regular Board Meeting on November 17, members of

CHARLES DUPRE the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to amend the employment contract of Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre, extending the agreement through April 30, 2018. Dupre’s initial contract, signed in April of 2013, was due to expire in 2016. In addition to extending the duration of the contract, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees also agreed to a five percent increase in Dupre’s base salary of $285,000 to $299,000 annually and an additional 10 vacation days. “Under Dr. Dupre’s leadership, the Board of Trustees feels the District has made great strides during the last year and a half,” said Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees President Grayle James. “Moving forward, our Board is com-

mitted to continuing to work as a team, with the community, and with Dr. Dupre in order to fulfill the District’s mission.” Dupre was named the Superintendent of Fort Bend ISD in April of 2013, joining Fort Bend ISD from Pflugerville, where he served six years as the Pflugerville ISD Superintendent and was named the Region 13 Superintendent of the Year in 2012. Before his time in Pflugerville, Dupre worked 11 years in Fort Bend ISD, serving as the District’s Associate Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer. Under the agreement signed Monday, all other terms of Dupre’s previous contract remain in effect. In addition to his base salary, Dupre receives $700 a month for a vehicle and vehicle-related expenses and a $300 a month technology allowance. The contract, including the amendment, is available to view on the District’s website at

Meet the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees The mission of the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees is to focus on the knowledge, skills, and character development of each of our students by providing policies, oversight, and support to ensure continued district growth and improvement. The local School Board concept grew out of American

history dating back more than 300 years. Times have changed, but the basic function of School Boards remains the same: to provide local citizen supervision and control over education at a point close to the parent and child. This means that the School Board should represent the citizens of the school district — not just some of the citizens — all of them. Because different citizens have different ideas about schools, this responsibility always presents a challenge. The ultimate responsibility for public education rests with the state. Texas has delegated much of that responsibility to the local School Board. Within the framework of state and federal law, and State Board of Education and Commissioner of Education rules, local school districts have significant latitude in shaping the educational programs of their schools. Because a School Board is a governmental body, it can take action only by majority vote at a legally called public meeting. The individual Board Member’s major responsibility is to study, evaluate, and deliberate the policy issues confronting his or her district; then to vote in the best interest of ALL students. A Board Member who steps out of the policymaking role and attempts — without authorization — to speak for the total Board, direct members of the staff, interfere with the administration of policy, or make other individual decisions, is exceeding his or her authority.



Grayle James

Fort Bend ISD schools.

President Fort Bend ISD - Position 2 Term Expires - 2015 Grayle James was elected to Position 2 in May 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Secondary Education teaching credentials in mathematics and physical sciences from California State University, Bakersfield. Grayle has volunteered for many years at multiple FBISD schools, and has served as the PTO/PTA President for Lakeview Elementary, First Colony Middle School and Kempner High School. In the past, she has served as PTO/PTA Treasurer and VIPS Coordinator, as well as serving on the FBISD Parent Advisory, Health Advisory and Discipline Advisory committees. Grayle and her husband, David, have three children, who all currently attend or have graduated from FBISD schools.

Dave Rosenthal Vice President Fort Bend ISD - Position 7 Term Expires - 2016 Dave Rosenthal was elected to Position 7 in May 2013. Dave is a geophysicist with a private oil and gas firm in Houston and more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Geological Sciences in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Geology from the University of Delaware in 1983. Dave and his wife, Joan, have three children, two of which attend


Jenny Bailey Secretary Fort Bend ISD - Position 6 Term Expires - 2015 Jenny Bailey was elected to Position 6 in May 2012. Jenny worked for the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC), a financial firm specializing in teacher retirement annuities, as a manager, project coordinator and research analyst. She also worked for Nova Pension Valuations (NPV) as retirement plan administrator. Jenny received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University of Ohio in 1984. Jenny’s school volunteer experience includes serving on the PTO, fundraising committees, room parent, and a Junior Achievement teacher, providing her numerous opportunities to interact with teachers and parents. Besides being an active volunteer in FBISD, her other volunteer experience includes First Colony Community Association, Fort Bend Boys Choir, Boy Scouts of America, and First United Methodist Church in Missouri City. Jenny and her husband, Bob, have two sons enrolled in FBISD schools. They have been residents in Missouri City since 1998.

Jason Burdine Fort Bend ISD - Position 1 Term Expires - 2017 Jason Burdine was elected to Position 1 in 2014. His family has called Fort Bend their home for the past seven years. He is a graduate


of Texas A&M University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Education Degree. As an independent contractor with Investment Professionals, Jason has earned numerous accolades for his commitment to exemplary service. He currently partners with a money management firm that specializes in the area of Educational Trusts. In the Fort Bend community, Jason mentors at-risk youth, and serves as a member of the Ridgemont Elementary and Early Childhood Center’s Campus-Based Leadership Team. Other community involvement has included volunteering at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where over the past ten years he has logged a total of 500 volunteer hours. Additionally, he has served on the District Strategic Steering Committee working collaboratively on the Master Facilities Plan for FBISD. Jason has two young children that will be attending Fort Bend ISD schools in the near future.

cations and licenses. KP is currently self-employed as a Board Certified Financial Planner and owns and manages an independent financial planning practice with six other advisors. Since 1999, KP and his wife Sheeba (an FBISD educator) have raised their three children in Sugar Land. One of his children is a recent graduate, and two are currently attending Fort Bend ISD schools. KP took the lead in establishing the Hightower High School Academies’ Booster Club in 2013 and served as its first president. He has also served local Indo-American groups, the Sugar Land Rotary Club, and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the FBISD Parents Advisory Team and State Elections Policy & Affairs Team for State Representative Rick Miller. KP George is very thankful that God has given him the opportunity to live The Dream. Now, he wants to ensure that our children have the necessary tools to achieve their DREAMS, because they are our future.

KP George Fort Bend ISD - Position 5 Term Expires - 2017 KP George was elected to Position 5 in 2014. He grew up in a tiny village in South India. He began his education learning the local language as he walked barefoot to get to school. As he did his homework in his straw hut by the light of a kerosene lamp and helped his parents farm before and after school, KP dreamed of achieving his greatest goal: coming to the land of opportunity and living the American Dream. His hard work propelled him out of the poverty of his hometown. He arrived in the U.S. in 1993 to work for a financial firm, and has since earned multiple financial certifi-

Jim Rice Fort Bend ISD - Position 3 Term Expires - 2016 Jim Rice was elected to Position 3 in 2013 and has previously served as Board President and Board Secretary. He has been a resident of Sugar Land since 1981 and is the president of Rice & Gardner Consultants, an engineering and construction management firm. Jim is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and is currently serving on the Sam Houston Area Council Board of Directors. He has extensive experience working directly with youth in the Boy Scouts and church, and all three of his sons are

Eagle Scouts. In addition, Jim has served on the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2005 and is currently serving a second term as Vice Chair of the Chamber’s Education Division. Jim is also a 2005 graduate of the Fort Bend Chamber’s Leadership Forum Class. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County; the Fort Bend Regional P16 Council, which is dedicated to supporting student achievement; and is co-founder and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fort Bend Cares - a 501 c(3) charitable foundation. Jim and his wife Mary have raised three sons who graduated from Fort Bend ISD schools.

Kristin K. Tassin Fort Bend ISD - Position 4 Term Expires - 2017 Kristin Tassin was elected to Position 4 in 2014. She has lived in Missouri City for 17 years. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantitative Business Analysis (Computer Science option). She also earned her Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Law School. She is currently employed as an attorney at Dry & Tassin and is CoFounder/Director of the charitable organization, Father's Joy. Kristin is a member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Houston Young Lawyers Association and the Exchange Club of Sugar Land. In 2011, she was named a Texas Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers magazine. Kristin was founding PTO president at Heritage Rose Elementary and has served in that position for three consecutive years. She also served as head of fundraising for three consec-

utive years, as well as on the Campus-Based Leadership Team and numerous other PTO leadership positions. She is a member of the FBISD Parent Advisory Council, member of the FBISD Steering Committee for Facilities Planning and is a Mentor Program volunteer. Kristin and her husband, Shannon, have three children – all of whom attend FBISD schools.

Attend a Fort Bend ISD Board Meetings Fort Bend ISD Board Meetings will generally take place the second Monday of the month to discuss all items that will be considered as part of the agenda at a regular business meeting on the third Monday of the month. The meetings are held in the Board Room of the FBISD Administration Building, 16431 Lexington Blvd., in

Jim Rice

Kristin K. Tassin Jenny Bailey

Sugar Land. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. with Board Recognitions and other Special Meetings that are open to the public. The Board regular business meetings begin at 7 p.m. Called Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis, although Texas law does allow the Board to call an emergency meeting in a crisis situation. In accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Board has the privilege to meet privately in closed session to discuss matters related to personnel, student discipline, security, land acquisition or to consult with legal counsel. No action, however, may be taken during a closed session.

Board of Trustee Elections Information

provides an important public service to the Fort Bend community and serves without compensation. In accordance with the Texas Elections Code, Fort Bend ISD calls Board elections for the second Saturday in May of each year. Vacancies occurring after the election are filled by appointment until the next election is conducted. Trustees are elected to three-year terms on a rotating basis. Two are elected each year, one from each side of the district (Position 1, 2 and 3 on the West, and Positions 5, 6 and 7 on the East). Also, every third year, the “at large” Position 4, is elected. The seven Board of Trustees members are voted on by all residents of the district, and represent all residents of the district.

Your Board of Trustees, comprised of seven local citizens, Jason Burdine Dave Rosenthal Grayle James

K.P. George



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