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An official publication of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce

Vol. 7, Issue 3 • March 2019


Rotary Club members live to serve Meet Gil Salinas: KEDC leader talks growth, priorities


Hill Country Economic Summit provides glimpse of area’s future

KERRVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 1700 Sidney Baker St., Kerrville, TX 78028 | 830-896-1155 |



1700 Sidney Baker St., Suite 100, Kerrville, TX 78028 PHONE: 830-896-1155 | FAX: 830-896-1175 |

CHAMBER BOARD OFFICERS Lisa Winters Chairwoman of the Board, Peterson Health Tim Rye Chairman-Elect, Peterson Medical Associates Mike Wittler First Vice Chairman, Kerrville Public Utility Board Gregg Appel Immediate Past Chairman of the Board, Centennial Bank Justin Foster Treasurer, Community First National Bank Tricia Byrom Secretary, Guadalupe Bank

CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michael Anglin, ARTIFEX42 Brian Bowers, Centennial Bank Rose Bradshaw, So Fast Printing Allison Bueche, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly Shawna Fahrenthold, Alamo Colleges Clint Fiore, Texas Business Buyers LLC David Reast, Schreiner University Kerry Sutton, HCTC Sue Tiemann, Brinkman Preferred Properties

CHAMBER STAFF E. Walter “Walt” Koenig III President and CEO, Rachel London Vice President and COO, Theresa Metcalf Director of Finance and Human Resource, Angela North Membership Director, Jennifer Lord Receptionist,

BUSINESSLINK STAFF Carlina Villalpando, Publisher Travis Webb, Managing Editor Tom Holden & Bonnie Donaldson, Photographers John Doran, Advertising Director Advertising: Brandon Baldwin, Jeff Herring and Luly Miller Composing: Manager Dean Heep and Johanna Rangel


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Chairman’s CORNER

Brought to you by the letter ‘E’ It’s official. Your Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce has formally adopted the mission to make 2019 “The Year of the Entrepreneur.” But what does that mean? Google defines an entrepreneur as “A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking in greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.” And according to Merriam-Webster, an entrepreneur is “one who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of business enterprise.” So in adopting this mission, your chamber is making a promise to identify, encourage and support entrepreneurs. Programs like the mentoring program SCORE are in place and chamber staff, including the Kerrville Economic Development Corporation, are armed and ready to embrace your ideas and goals for new growth and success. And while there is risk associated with starting a business, your risks are far less as a chamber member due to the resources and support we pledge to provide. From the get-go, our members can utilize all of our resources — from the networking opportunities we provide monthly, (mixers/socials/ special events), professional development offerings (coffee talks/seminars/ forums), leadership training, marketing and advertising avenues (ribboncuttings/BusinessLink/Business Expo), or simply the use of our facilities (conference room) to conduct important business or meetings. No matter the need or level of membership, the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce is here for you. And while we roll into 2019 focusing on the entrepreneur, we’ve already had many other standout “E’s”, with many more to come to include the Economic Summit which exceeded our expectations. Not to mention our first two mixers of the year full of energy and excitement. This is shaping up to be a banner year as we strive to meet the needs and goals of our members, businesses and community. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want in life, is someone who shall make us do what we can. This is the service of a friend. With him, we are easily great.” And that’s how we feel about you. Our goal is to help you get where you need to go. It’s a service we are here to provide and together we both succeed. So launch that great idea, start that dream business, branch out and feel confident in your chamber’s ability and obligation to help you succeed. The timing is right as your Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to take on greater than normal risk, as well, in order to help you do so!

Lisa Winters

Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman of the Board, 2019

On the Cover The Kerrville Economic Development Corporation, Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce and city and county leaders worked together on the recent Hill Country Economic Summit.

Table of CONTENTS Membership

4 New and returning chamber members 6 Ribbon Cuttings: The Auto Spa, Families & Literacy and J. Bowlin Security

Get to Know People & Places

12 Cover Story - Economic summit

8 Spotlight: The Rotary Club of Kerrbille Events 10 Volunteer Spotlight: John McCalla with the Society of 19 Snapshots from the February After Hours Business Mixer St. Vincent de Paul Leadership & Education

16 Leadership group learns lesson about nonprofits 18 CoffeeTalk: Find out what’s brewing for April

at Moore’s Home Furnishings

20 Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic, Leadership Kerr County Easter Fest

22 March and April events calendar

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Thank you, returning members!

New and returning chamber members The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following businesses and organizations that recently joined or renewed memberships with the chamber. Learn more about them by visiting the chamber’s membership directory at

Interested in joining the chamber? The KACOC is a resource for everything related to growing your business and networking with other professionals in the Kerrville area. The chamber is the front door of Kerrville, and the door is always open. For more information, visit and select “Membership Information,” then “Join the Chamber.”

Welcome, new members! Bronze • Cactus Creek Construction – Bain McNeil 830-285-1237 • Camp Gladiator, Lois Hayes Park – Hayley Marlar 512-423-0616 • Heart Choices Care Management – Rebecca Piszczor 830-739-3608 • J. Bowlin Security – James Bowlin 830-315-0245 • Kerrville Medical Equipment – Nick Harris 830-955-9272 • Rock Revival Records – Rosa Toler 830-890-8079 • SportClips Haircuts – Patti Ragsdale 979-241-1948 • Supercuts – Rochelle Green 443-857-7291 Silver • Pucek Electric – Alicia Pucek 830-257-0446

Than k you!

Gold • Mike Kasberg Jazz Blues & Motwon – Mike Kasberg 830-329-9463 • UBS Financial Services - Julie Kasberg 325-653-4525 Platinum • Superior Services Tree Care – Samuel Henke 830-992-3336

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Bronze • 1011 Bistro • A3 Studio • Any Baby Can • Arrow Z Ranch • Audio Video Technologies • B.C. Collision Center • Big Brothers Big Sisters • Bill’s Bar-B-Que & Catering Service • Books To Share • Browning Warehouse Self Storage • Chartwells at Schreiner University • Clima Storage at The West Kerr Center • Craig Wolcott, PLLC • Custom Glass & Mirror • Dairy Queen - River Oaks • Davis Bonding Company, LP • DLWRE, LLC • Earnest Roofing • Edward Jones- Zach Riffett • Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co. • Gregory R. Seibert, CPA • Hill Country Cafe, a Texas Legend • Hill Country Dist. Jr. Livestock Show • Hill Country Stone, Inc. • I.H.R. Security • JCGraphix • J M Lowe & Company • Kairos/The Celebration Barn Inc. • Kerr Emergency 911 Network • Kerrville Board of Realtors, Inc. • Lone Star Mini Storage

• Medical Arts Imaging, Inc. • Residential Finance Corp. • River Hills Mall Management • San Antonio Kennel Club • Texas Tree Service • The SALT Group Silver • Davidson Freedle Espenhover & Overby, P.C • Days Inn Kerrville • First Baptist Church • Johnson, Richard B., MD PA • Museum of Western Art • OutBack Patio Furnishings • Vista Verde Builders, LLC Gold • Huser Construction Company, Inc. • University Health System Platinum • Atmos Energy • Guadalupe Bank • Kerr County Abstract & Title Co. • Kerrville State Hospital Diamond • HCTC • Inn of the Hills Hotel • Ken Stoepel Ford - Lincoln, Inc. • Moore’s Home Furnishings Individual • Bonnie White • Samuel, J David

Who are these members? Check out the chamber’s membership directory to learn more about these businesses, by visiting business.

Kerrville loves Schreiner students By Toby Appleton The city of Kerrville and local businesses are showing their visible support for Schreiner University and its students all around town. Schreiner University recently started an initiative with the Kerrville business community to show this support for Schreiner students through the “Kerrville Loves Schreiner University Students” campaign. With the Kerrville community and Schreiner University showing support for each other, there is value and opportunity that they can bring to one another. Schreiner University is a big economic contributor in Kerrville and the Texas Hill Country. This positive relationship between the community and Schreiner University will lead to positive economic impacts and benefits for both. The goal of the “Kerrville Loves Schreiner Students” campaign is to help foster a welcoming environment and a visible sense of appreciation for the Schreiner students in our community and also to attract them and their families to stay in Kerrville, shop in our businesses and eat in our restaurants. The community is not only using the decals, but they are also hanging up banners, posters, flags and even prints of student art. You may have noticed some of the banners or decals on your way to work or on your way back home. With Schreiner University having a physical and visible presence in the community, we hope this generates interest in the community to take part and experience all that it has to offer.

The university provides numerous cultural events, such as lectures, workshops, coffeehouse performances, star parties and NCAA athletics. Just as Tivy High School is often thought of as Kerrville’s hometown high school, Schreiner University is Kerrville’s hometown university. Business owners with the decal placed in the window of their business are seeing increased buzz and engagement on social media. The same goes for Schreiner University — there has been an increase in the attendance for their campus events. Continually building on the relationship between Schreiner and the community creates an increase in educational opportunities as well, by providing even more locations in town where Schreiner University students can go to local businesses and perform internships or work. This enables the students to gain real work experience while benefiting our local businesses. Schreiner has sent many of its students to local businesses in the Hill Country area where they have exceeded expectations and continually provides quality employees to an expanding market. The support that the city and community is showing Schreiner University students is remarkable. If your business hasn’t already, show your support for these remarkable students that are a true asset to Kerrville, the Hill Country and all of Texas.

Contact Toby Appleton, university relations specialist for Schreiner University, at 830-792-7462 or to find out how to get a decal for your office window.

Thank You to Our Diamond & Platinum Investors

Diamond Investors

• Jam Broadcasting 94.3 • Lotus recovery Foundation • Adapting Online, LLC • martin marietta • Alamo Colleges • moore’s Home Furnishings • Alara Strategic and Creative • Peterson Health • Ashley HOmeSTOre • Precision Dentistry and • Brookdale Senior Living Implants of Kerrville • Calvary Temple Church • Presbyterian mo-ranch • Carlton Club Inn Conference Center • Centennial Bank • ragsdale Family Camps • Century 21 The Hills realty • randolph Brooks Federal • Comerica Bank Credit Union • Community First National Bank • Sam’s Club • Frost Bank • Schreiner University • ronnie Gesell Construction • Security State Bank & Trust • robert Glossop Jr. • SrCWireless, LLC • HCTC • Tango Homes, LLC • H.e.B. Foods-Drug Store • Texas Lions Camp • Hill Country mHDD Centers • United Hunting • Inn of the Hills resort & Heritage International Conference Center • UTSA Small Business • James Avery Craftsman, Inc. Development Center • Ken Stoepel Ford - Lincoln, Inc. • Wal-mart Store, Inc. #508 • Kerr County Federal Credit Union • Wells Fargo Bank • Kerrville Public Utility Board

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Platinum Investors • 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating • Airtech A/C & Heating • All-Plastics • Ameriprise Financial Talarico and Associates • AT&T • Atmos energy • Broken Stone Pizza Co. • Buckhorn Lake r. V. resort • Double L Feed & Back 40 Trailers • Douville, Goldman & Associates, PLLC • Farmers Insurance - renee Smith • Goodwill Industries • Guadalupe Bank • Heart of the Cards • Hilco Federal Credit Union • Hill Country memorial • Hill Country Youth event Center • Kerr County Abstract & Title Company • Laity Lodge Youth Camp H e Butt Family Foundation

• Lemeilleur’s rV, Truck & equipment repair Co. • Pioneer Bank • Precision Dermatology, PA Kerrville Dermatologist • Prime Capital Investment Advisors • realty executives Jaylynn Perkins • San Carlos ranch • State Farm Insurance Justin Hamilton • Superior Services Tree Care • Texas Hill Country Bank - Kerrville • Tru-Skin Dermatology • Volunteer Services Council for Kerrville State Hospital • Windstream Communications • Y.O. ranch resort Hotel and Conference Center • Y.O. ranch Headquarters

Your Membership Is An Investment In Your Business The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce 1700 Sidney Baker St., Suite 100 • Kerrville, TX 78028 Phone 830-896-1155 / Fax 830-896-1175

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Membership Ribbon cuttings

Auto Spa Ribbon Cutting: Oct. 11, 2018 Business: Auto Spa celebrated their grand opening and chamber membership with a ribbon cutting in October. The Auto Spa has a 147-foot tunnel-style car wash equipped with the most advanced brushes and cleaning products, simply relax and enjoy the light show. The process is quick and you never have to leave your car. Their friendly staff will be there to assist you along the way. Contact: 1010 Sidney Baker St., 830-315-2886 kerrvilleautospa


Families & Literacy Ribbon Cutting: Feb. 7 in celebration of the nonprofit’s new location. Business: Families & Literacy, Inc. is a nonprofit organization located in Kerrville, Texas, and serving the surrounding area with low-cost adult classes and tutoring in Adult Basic Education, English As A Second Language, GED and Civics & U.S. Government. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Kerr, Bandera, Gillespie, Kendall, and Kimble Counties.Contact: 1530 Methodist Encampment Road, Kerrville | 830-896-8787 famandlitofc@

Ribbon Cutting: Jan. 31, 2019 Business: On Jan.1, 2018, Flores Security was purchased by James W. and Amy Bowlin, and rebranded as J. Bowlin Security in May of that year. Their patch, and their creed, now reads “Vigilance and Integrity.” Contact: 222 Sydney Baker South, Suite 530, Kerrville | 830-377-0245

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‘Service above self’ Rotary Club members live to serve community


Story by Ariel Lutnesky

hen a Kerrvillian’s heart for service joins the ranks of others just like it, they can work together to make a difference. The Rotary Club of Kerrville is the best place to do just that, said its president, Robin Miears. “I wanted to be able to serve my community and this is just a natural way to do that,” Miears said. The Rotary Club is a part of a worldwide network, Rotary International, with more than 35,000 clubs and 1.2 million members, according to their website. The organization’s main focus is on the eradication of polio, but each individual club has its own focus, too. “We basically help our communities and help different people around the world,” Miears said. “Locally, we do things like scholarships for high school and college students, we do a veterans’ breakfast twice a year and we do first responder training grants for advanced training.”

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She said that what makes the Rotary Club of Kerrville stand out from other clubs is its focus on funds for training first responders. But that’s not all Rotary Club of Kerrville does. From highway cleanups and food drives to special speakers and school visits, they find ways to stay busy. Even so, Miears said the club is understanding of members’ demanding schedules and responsibilities. “I like the fact that in Rotary, you can jump in and jump out when you have time,” she said. “In any one month, we may have six events, but maybe you can only do one.” For some people, their involvement in Rotary went from zero to 60 much faster than they expected, like Jeff Harris, who started a little over a year ago and is now on the board and is the incoming secretary. “I’m blessed, where I came from and where I’m at now, to be able to be a part of it and be able to give back,” he said. “When I saw what it was all about, I was like, ‘Yeah, I want to do this.’ It’s a no-brainer

once you get in and you get The noon group boasts involved with it.” about 170 members, all Harris said being involved eager to continue the tradiThe next event the club is with Rotary makes him feel tion that started in 1926. working on is a combination like a better person than he There are different of food drives — a local food ever had before. branches of the Rotary Club drive, with food going to St. “Rotary is service above of Kerrville, too, such as Vincent de Paul Society and self — that’s our motto,” the Rotaract Club, which is the local veterans’ center, and Harris said. “It really just composed of people in their a bigger program called Rise helps you become a better 20s and 30s, Interact proAgainst Hunger. person. I thought I was a grams, which is for junior “We’re going to try to have pretty good person doing Rotarians still in school, and 200 people help us package things, but when I got the Satellite Club, Harris over 41,000 meals and we’re involved in Rotary, it’s just said. None of those are going to do it really quickly,” awesome how much more chartered as separate clubs club president Robin Miears we do in the community.” from Rotary. said. “Those meals go to He said he also feels like “For people who are really catastrophe-stricken areas, it’s a great opportunity to busy with work, maybe (with) hurricanes, typhoons, meet people from different they’re newly established fires, those types of things, fields, as all kinds of profesin their jobs or younger and also for school lunches sionals join. and they can’t afford their for third-world countries.” “Rotary is a bunch of difdues for the noon club, the ferent individuals with difSatellite Club only meets ferent career fields, from car sales to bankers once a month,” Miears said. “That might be to doctors to attorneys, all coming together to something in the evenings that somebody help one cause, and that’s to help our comelse might be interested in, too, if they want munity as the local Rotarians,” Harris said. to serve.” There are actually two Rotary clubs in The Rotary Club is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) Kerrville. The Kerrville Rotary Club, or noon service organization that conducts programs Rotary, meets at lunchtime at The Inn of the and events for places around the community Hills Hotel and Conference Center and The and the world that are in need. Kerrville Morning Rotary. The Rotary Club of Kerrville has an Interact The latter is a separately chartered Rotary program at Tivy High School that has been organization that meets at 6:45 a.m. at The around for about 40 years, said Miears, and Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps also a program at Peterson Middle School, Community Center. which has been around for about three years.

Coming up

Want to participate? Those interested in volunteering can contact Robin Miears at robin@ or at 830-377-4819. The Rotary Club of Kerrville, or noon Rotary, meets every Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Inn of the Hills. The meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in joining. For more information on the Rotary Club of Kerrville, go to

Miears said she is happy to have so many people who want to serve and that the community also offers support to their club. “The giving and the support is phenomenal in this community,” she said. “They provide services, they provide equipment or anything like that for anything that we’re doing. We are very fortunate to live in Kerrville and have the support of the community that we do.”

Carol Twiss, lead investigator at the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, speaks during a Rotary Club meeting in February. Photo by Ariel Lutnesky

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Get to Know Volunteer Spotlight

His favorite quote:

In my life I want become better and do a little good.


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Q&A with John McCalla Q: Where do you volunteer and how long have you served in that role?

involved with Kidney Solutions, a network of transplant recipients and donors.

A: I currently serve as the Director of Food Pantry Operations for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Notre Dame Kerrville Conference. I have volunteered since joining in 1996.

Q: How has volunteering impacted or changed your life?

Q: What other organizations do you volunteer with and for how long? A: I am also involved in the Glory Community Garden, an extension of my work in our food pantry. I also volunteer with The Ultimate Gift of Life Foundation (TUG), a local organization committed to educating the public and expanding the organ donor base across Texas. I am a living kidney donor. Our middle child has an extremely rare disease which necessitated a kidney transplant when he was 23. Through my involvement with TUG, I became

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A: My involvement as a volunteer has grown over the years. In St. Vincent de Paul, it went from eight hours a month distributing groceries from the kitchen shelves of a four-room house to 120 hours a month restocking shelves following delivery of six thousand pounds of food. Volunteering a few hours weekly changed into a calling that I look forward to as I put on my blue SVdP tee shirt which replaced Marine green. Volunteering for a cause that can change lives is rewarding, even if you don’t see the change right away. Q: How is volunteering both rewarding and challenging for you? A: I have had many people tell me that they came to us for assistance just once for food

or financial aid, and that single visit was all they needed to get back on their feet. Seeing gratitude on faces as they leave the food pantry with two sacks that will help the family for a few days is a reward. Hearing shoppers say this is a great thrift store and that the workers are so friendly and helpful is a reward. Assisting a stranded traveler get back home is a reward. There are definitely challenges operating a thrift store and food pantry, number one being having enough volunteers.

Q: When not volunteering, where do you work or spend your time? A: When not working/volunteering, my wife, Susie, and I love to travel. We have taken groups of high school students and adults on numerous trips to Europe over the past several years. We have a pilgrimage scheduled for 2019 and an adult trip planned for Italy and Greece in 2020.

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Cover story Economic summit

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The Kerrville Economic Development Corporation, Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce and city and county leaders worked together on the recent Hill Country Economic Summit. Pictured are, from left, Mark McDaniel, Kerrville city manager; Kenneth Early, KEDC board member and Economic Improvement Corporation president; Gilberto Salinas, KEDC chief operating officer; Walt Koenig, KEDC executive director and chamber president/CEO; Kerr County Commissioner Jonathan Letz; Mike Wittler, KEDC board president and Kerrville Public Utility CEO and president; and County Commissioner Tom Moser, KEDC board vice president.

Outlook good

Economic Summit paints promising portrait for Hill Country Story by Jenna Carpenter Roughly three hundred people flocked to the Hill Country Youth Event Center last month for a day of economic education and information. “It was great to see a fantastic turn out of business leadership in the community,” said Walt Koenig, president and CEO of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce. “It was an amazing opportunity to hear about the economy at the national and local level.” On Feb. 14, the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the third annual Hill Country Economic Summit, which featured both local and state speakers, all of whom touched on topics pertinent to the county. From managing growth and Kerrville 2050

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Plan implementation to updating the public about the $89 million Kerrville Independent School District bond, city leaders took the first half of the summit. Mark McDaniel, city manager, spoke of efforts to manage growth, such as hotel and retail studies, and an effort to revamp the city’s zoning codes. He said the Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan is one way to manage that growth. “Do we want to sit back and let it happen to us, or do we want to be in the driver’s seat in terms of shaping our community?” he asked. “In making sure we maintain our identity and the quality of life we all came here to enjoy in the first place.”

It’s been about a decade since the city addressed a document for Kerrville, McDaniel said. The last plan that was developed on outward growth and how it would

About KEDC The Kerrville Economic Development Corporation recently received something of a makeover. KEDC was formed in 2010 in an effort to provide a wide variety of financial, technical and real estate services to assist primary employers looking to start, relocate and expand their businesses in Kerr County. It is made up of representatives from the city, county, the Kerrville Independent School District, Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, local business owners and the Economic Improvement Corporation, which manages the 4B funds generated by a half-cent sales tax. During the summer, Wittler and Walt Koenig, president of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, presented a new plan

for the organization to the Kerrville City Council. The new organizational structure has paired KEDC with the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce in an effort to eliminate administrative redundancies, reduce operating costs and create a unified vision, which KEDC board members and stakeholders alike hope will improve business retention and recruitment. It was approved unanimously by council members in August. The business plan has four focus areas and also addresses performance metrics, marketing, communications and stakeholder investment relations. KDEC’s four priorities are: • Business retention and expansion. • Strategic development leveraging existing community infrastructure. • Talent development. • Business recruitment.

“This information is relevant not just to businesses, but people in the community as well. You don’t have to own your own business — it’s great information for people to know what to expect from the economy over next year. It’s such good information for people to be aware of.”


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~ Brian Bowers, event organizer grow into the extraterritorial jurisdiction, he said. “This time around, the community told us to focus internally, annexation and outward growth is going to happen, but let’s focus on catalyst areas, and what we might do to promote growth in those areas,” McDaniel said. The plan also addresses capital improvement spending and guides decisions for development

regulations, he said. He also highlighted other city efforts like the creation of the new TIRZ district, upgrades to the downtown parking garage and the group behind the Kerrville Urban Trail System, which aims to build a path on Clay Street in an effort to grow foot traffic between business districts. The summit also featured two keynote speakers — Joe Tracy, of


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Cover story Economic summit

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Attendees at the annual Hill Country Economic Summit heard from a wide variety of speakers and experts during the Feb. 14 event. the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and Jim Gaines, chief economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Gaines was back by popular demand. “I would say he is a big draw,” said Brian Bowers, one of the event organizers. “He’s a great economist and a great speaker. It’s hard to find an economist who’s a great speaker.” He hopes Gaines will become a permanent fixture in the economic summit, moving forward. “We appreciate having him for two years in a row,” Koenig said. “He is able to communicate complicated, and at times, dry information, in a very entertaining and meaningful way. We hope to have him as a regular speaker as we roll it out for years to come.” When choosing speakers, the economic summit planning committee hones in on topics relevant to Kerrville in that day and time, Bowers said. “We try to mix local speakers up. With the Kerrville 2050 Plan, it was a good platform to have Mark McDaniel and his crew to talk about how things stand,” Bowers said. Moving forward, the Kerrville 2050 Plan is a good jumping off point for the economic summit, he added. “With years gone by, we can get an update on how things stand,” Bowers said.

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“This time around, the community told us to focus internally, annexation and outward growth is going to happen, but let’s focus on catalyst areas, and what we might do to promote growth in those areas.” ~ Mark McDaniel, Kerrville City Manager

The inspiration for the event came about four years ago when Bowers wanted to host something that was more than simply networking. “The chamber does good things with ribbon cuttings, and the golf tournament, but we wanted to do an event that was really meaningful and added some value.” About 200 people attended the first economic summit, he said. “This is information is relevant not just to businesses, but people in the community as well,” he said. “You don’t have to own your own business — it’s great information for people to know what to expect from the economy over next year. It’s such good information for people to be aware of.” Planning for one summit ends just as the other one wraps up, Bowers said. “The good news is, the venue is the venue, but the key is finding those keynote speakers and scheduling,” he said. Other local speakers at this year’s summit included Koenig, Gil Salinas, chief operation officer of the Kerrville Economic Development Corporation, Ashlea Boyle, director of the Parks and Recreation Department and EA Hoppe, deputy city manager. “We continue every year to make it better and we drive for the best speakers, and even larger crowds,” Koenig said. “One of the best things we do, and we continue to put a lot of focus on it.”

The next great metropolis

Salinas predicts growth for Texas Hill Country Taking a page from the Forbes bustling with activity. Magazine article in 2017 ‘The Next And the other bookend is? Great American Metropolis is in Texas’ Bingo. has placed Kerrville in a position to The Texas Hill Country, which is control its own destiny as it pertains to the Kerrville-Fredericksburg-Johnson economic growth, fabric of the work- City-Boerne area. One of these cities force and vibrancy of the city. has already been engulfed with ecoThe metropolis the magazine nomic activity from the San Antonio is referring to is the 73-mile area. In case you haven’t noticed, stretch between San Antonio it’s Boerne. The other three citand Austin, a region of 4.5 ies are on the brink. million — that’s 2.1 and 2.4 Kerrville is in an enviable million in San Antonio and position in several ways. Austin, respectively. It’s also The city is close enough home to three of the to the activity where top fastest growing it will experience a Gil Salinas counties in the U.S. certain economic with populations of ‘spillover effect’ from 100,000 or more. such sectors as hi-tech, advanced Since 2000, Austin’s job scene manufacturing, back office operations has grown by 52 percent, outpacing and retail. But, the city is far enough all other cities nationally and San where the spillover will not be to the Antonio was not far behind at 31 per- likes of Round Rock or Boerne, which cent. Between these two metros, San have been swallowed by Austin and Marcos and New Braunfels have now San Antonio. started to show signs of economic Growth is coming to Kerrville. growth as well. But the partnership between the The majority of that job growth is Kerr EDC, Kerrville Chamber of in the tech industry, STEM related Commerce, city of Kerrville and the jobs and the medical and health sec- business community will be vital tor. These jobs are being filled with to how the growth is managed. The talent from Central Texas. However, process of managing this growth this economic corridor has reached has started with the 2050 Kerrville such heights of attractiveness that it’s Comprehensive Plan as a road map. become the No. 1 region in the nation This era of economic activity is for importing people from other states. reminiscent of the vibrant economic California is the state sending the growth associated with Silicon Valley most people to Texas, specifically to in the 1980s. In that decade, Northern this corridor, followed by the New California was the No. 1 destination England area and Florida as well as for landing techies, investors and parts of the Southeast. much of the brain power from other The burgeoning activity of this states. Great American Metropolis, however, Since 2010, that has tilted to Central does not stop at both city limits of San Texas and does not show signs of Antonio and Austin. This region has slowing down as we move into the two bookends, one to the north and 2020s. another to the west. Kerrville is on the periphery of this Northward, the book topper is activity. Waco-Killeen-Temple metro area, And a bookend to this Great which is also experiencing phenom- American Metropolis. enal growth. Part of the growth is due to the military base but also Waco’s Gil Salinas is the chief operating officer resurrection as a hip city and Temple’s of the Kerrville Economic Development industrial sector are keeping that area Corporation.

Meet Gil Being bored easily has its perks when it comes to being productive, said Gil Salinas, the chief operation officer for the Kerr Economic Development Corporation. “I get bored easily, which means I always have to be busy, which is good not only for the organization but for the community because it means that I’m usually working non-stop,” Salinas said. He said that capacity for work ties into his perseverance when it comes to finding solutions. “I’m the last person that you can tell,‘Nothing can be done,’” Salinas said.“I always find a way, which is part of who I am. I always find a way to deliver. That is one of the single most important skillsets that I bring to the table.” Salinas did not start out in the economic development field. Rather, he was a journalist, and later, a city editor, for the Brownsville Herald. While he was there, he got a call from the Brownsville Economic Development Council that changed the direction of his career. “They asked me if I was interested in taking over their marketing position, which was basically coming in and working on their newsletter,” Salinas said. “I did 13 years of economic development ... I like to say that the rest is history.” And that history lead him to Kerrville, where he said he sees a promising future. “With all the growth that’s happening in the San Antonio and Austin corridor, it positions this community very well for some very interesting, forward-thinking projects,” Salinas said.“That is enticing to me.”

Salinas started the job in November and has thus far impressed some of the people he works with, including Mike Wittler, who is the KEDC board president. “He’s got a tremendous amount of experience that I don’t think we’ve really had before and so he’s really kind of opened my eyes to new ideas and new possibilities,” Whittler said. Salinas said his impression of the community is that there is change bubbling on the horizon. “I really can sense that there’s a vibe that people are wanting to see something different, a little bit of change,” he said.“The area has that pioneer spirit which was the foundation not only for Kerrville, but for the state of Texas.” Some of his priorities include growing the medical and health sector, developing more advanced manufacturing and data centers, strengthening the fields of aviation and aerospace as well as craft agriculture and helping young entrepreneurs in the area. “There’s a younger entrepreneurial generation that’s in the pipelines that’s getting ready to start working on some interesting projects that I hope to be a part of,” Salinas said.“I have three boys and I have to make sure that both my wife and I can continue to be role models for them, to give them a blueprint for success.” He also wants to have more high tech companies in the Kerrville area and start partnering with developers to break ground on new subdivisions or mixed use developments to attract more people to the area. “He’s a tremendous asset and a blessing to the community,” Whittler said.“I’m looking forward to what he’ll do for us.” — Ariel Lutnesky

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Leadership & EDUCATION Leadership Kerr County

Q: Where in the world was LKC in February? A: Having a valuable day with local nonprofits

Photos by Michael Anglin/ARTIFEX42

By Michael Anglin One of the most heartfelt and memorable days for Leadership Kerr County is Nonprofit Day. On Feb. 19, each member of the LKC Class 34 began the day by donating bags of non-perishable food and canned goods to the Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM), accompanied by an informative talk by Dan Sebesta. Austin Dickson, executive director of The Hill Country Community Foundation, followed with an informative overview of nonprofits and needs in Kerr County. The class then had the opportunity to visit with area nonprofits as they walked around the room learning more about each organization and meeting the great people making these groups possible. The class watched on short film on the value of even the smallest donation can make a difference experienced a

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poverty simulation led by Ambra Starr. The class then discussed their experiences during the activity as well as what they have experienced in their own lives. Next month, the class will take a trip to Austin. Keep an eye out for the group in the blue shirts, each month, as LKC Class 34 learns more about Kerrville and the many people involved. For more information on Leadership Kerr County, contact Angela North at 896-1155.

About LKC The Leadership Kerr County program is offered through the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce. LKC class members grow as leaders and learn what Kerr County is really all about during their monthly classes every third Tuesday. For more information, visit or call chamber membership director Angela North at 896-1155.

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Leadership & EDUCATION Leadership Kerr County

February & March CoffeeTalk in review Story and photos by Allison Bueché Matt Nelson of Prime Capital Investment Advisors presented the February Coffee Talk “Alternative, Private Equity & Tax Advantage Strategies” talk alongside his colleague, Wyatt Schrepfer, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, educating attendees on investment strategies that are not your typical stocks, bonds and mutual funds. The March 5 Chamber Coffee Talk “The Basics of Buying and Selling Small Businesses” was presented by Clint Fiore, founder and president of Texas Business Buyers. Clint shared his expertise with audience members about the benefits of purchasing an established business versus a risky startup. His program also shared knowledge for those who were contemplating growing their business by acquisitions and takeaways for owners considering selling their business down the road.

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Are you a chamber member with a topic to share? Contact Angela North at 830.896.1155 or Pattillo Richards, P.C. Greg’s presentation will explore key issues that business partners face in putting a deal together: allocating risk and reward based upon the financial contributions and commitments of the partners, developing a decision matrix for management of the venture and key issues, maintaining business continuity following a partner’s death, divorce, bankruptcy, and separation from a business partner.

About CoffeeTalks Kick off your morning the right way and join us for coffee, networking and an informational and educational hour. Chamber Coffee Talks are a free educational series that are open to chamber members as well as nonmembers and are hosted at the chamber in its conference room generally on the first Tuesday of every month, from 8 to 9 a.m.

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Mixer snapshots The Moore’s Home Furnishings team

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A mixer at Moore’s Story by Rachel London | Photos by Jack Parker The February Chamber Mixer was a great example of the Kerrville Business Community coming together to support each other — with over 200 guest from a wide array of businesses in Kerrville.

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Our host, long time family business Moore’s Home Furnishings, welcomed everyone to relax amid the beautiful furnishings and enjoy great food, drink and fellowship. Rachel Johnson and son William (Will) spoke about the fourth generation family owned business. The initial business was started in 1892 by Tom Moore in Ingram, Texas and throughout the years has consisted of many different operations including general store, lumber and furniture.

David Cortinas - Jam Broadcasting, Walt Koenig - KACoC and Albert Vasquez Brookdale

“We are proud of our heritage and deep roots to the Texas Hill Country” said Rachel Johnson. “We are dedicated to our customers and have significant repeat business, which we believe provides strong evidence of our outstanding customer service. “Our ancestors instilled a deep belief system and business philosophy in us that we continue to utilize and implement on a daily basic. We feel these philosophies are simple but important to share: Strong dedication to customers; Strong dedication to employees; Strong dedication to family; Strong dedication to God.”

Dick Rubright - Sherman and Company Real Estate and Sharon Coronado, Moore’s Home Furnishings

Thank you to the members who donated door prizes: • Davis Chiropractic • West Central Wireless • Discount Tire • Jam Broadcasting

• Body Pure Holistic Center • So Fast Printing • Wahoo’s Seafood • Advanced Insurance Group • Bending Branch Wine • Whataburger • MR Automation/Hester Windows • Mo Ranch • Pitch Black Window Tint • Moore’s Home Furnishings The Member Jackpot of $1,300 was not won, so it will increase to $1,400 for the next mixer. Thank you to the Jackpot Sponsors: • LeMeilleur’s RV, Truck & Equipment Repair Corp. • Ameriprise Financial – Talarico & Associates • Peterson Health • Arden Hills Realty – Joseph Hennigan • Moore’s Home Furnishings • Crenwelge Motors • Douville, Goldman & Associates, LLC • Broadway National Bank • Precision Dermatology, PA – Dr. Matthew Lambiase • Membership Chair – Kerry Sutton • Crenwelge Motors 2nd Donation • Kerr County Abstract & Title Co. • STUFF Safe Secure Storage Special thanks to The Kerrville Daily Times for a free add in the BusinessLink Magazine — won by Margie Jetton.

Next mixer The next mixer will be a Networking Luncheon – sponsored by The Rotary Club of Kerrville at The Schreiner University Banquet Room. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling Angela North at 830-896-1155.

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Chamber events

Leadership Kerr County Easter Fest returns April 20 By Donna Provencher Leadership Kerr County, an offshoot of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, will once again unite the community by hosting its annual EasterFest on April 20. The free event, which takes place at Flat Rock Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is put on by the Leadership Kerr County class. The event includes live music performers, food vendors, a car and motorcycle show, a chili and barbecue cook-off, special visit from the Easter Bunny on a fire truck, an Easter egg hunt and games and rides for all ages. One of the best parts of the

event is that it not only brings the community together and helps grow friendships, but also benefits local charities and projects of Leadership Kerr County, London said. The event was extraordinarily well attended last year, she added. “There were no parking spaces last year,” London said. She noted that her favorite part, personally, is the egg hunt. “Watching the different age groups hunt the eggs, the excitement of the kids … is so nice,” she said. “There are great food vendors and great music, too.” Sponsorships for EasterFest are still available. Those interested in sponsoring the event can contact

Courtesy photo Cairnia Lalla, center, helps children search for the bicycle ticket within their plastic Easter eggs gathered up during a mad dash in the 2017 EasterFest egg hunt. Chris Braaten at 214-507-0212 or Susan Roig at 830-890-8332. “Everyone’s extremely excited

Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic slated for April 1 By Ariel Lutnesky The Kerrville Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 24th Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic on April 1. The tournament will take place at Comanche Trace, with check-in slated top open at 10 a.m. Those interested in the tournament can register online by visiting KerrvilleTX. com, and can find out more by calling 830-896-1155. Rachel London, the vice president of the Chamber, said many of the people participating in the golf tournament come every year, such as chamber members, but some people come because of the location. This year, it will take place at Comanche Trace. One of the main reasons for holding this event every year is to raise funds for the general needs of the chamber, London said. This year, however, the chamber has added a

new program, and some of the proceeds will go to that, as well. “What we’re going to do is choose five different recipients this year to receive (a scholarship fund) and (it’s) going to be for technical or trade schools,” London said. London said her favorite part of the tournament is seeing all of the teams who stay after golfing to see the awards party and the scores. “It’s just the animosity and the competitiveness between the teams to see who won,” she said. “There are gentlemen who do these every year and they’re very competitive. It’s your bankers and your insurance people.” Another new part of the tournament this year will be the addition of a 500 golf ball drop, where golf balls will rain down from a helicopter and land in areas that could lead to some surprises for those playing. “It’s a cute little addition, like a raffle-type thing,” London said.

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about EasterFest,” London said. “It should be bigger than last year, which was hard to beat.”

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Events Calendar


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Kiwanis Club of Kerrville

Noon–1 p.m.

Finds, 516 Quinlan St. | 830-315-3463 or |

Kerrville Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive

Kerrville Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive 830-370-3156 |

Friends of the Library Book Sale


Noon–1:30 p.m.


Kerrville Host Lions Club

11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

1–3 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month


Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, 505 Water St. | 830-257-8422 |

Kerrville Noon Rotary 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.


Inn of the Hills Hotel & Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway | |

Kerrville Farmers Market 3 p.m.–dark

A.C. Schreiner Home, 529 Water St. | 830-928-4261 or |

Kerrville Morning Rotary 6:45–8 a.m.


Kerrville Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive 830-895-7650 |


Friday Republican Women of Kerr County Luncheon 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway 830-955-5433 |


Monday Chamber Golf Classic Sponsored by Ken Stoepel Ford - Lincoln Inc. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.



Comanche Trace, 2801 Comanche Trace Dr. Contact: Rachel London 830.896.1155 rachel@ or



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Thursday Membership/ Netoworking Luncheon Rotary Club of Kerrville 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Saturday Family Free Day 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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