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Lake Houston Area Community Overview
Leadership Lake Houston
The program begins its fourth year preparing community leaders.
Business Retention and Expansion plus a look at LHA residential growth.
Follow the Leader
Three area business people inspire through leadership.
Lunch Lake Houston
These four restaurants won your votes for best lunch bites.
Chamber Advantage Program 'LVFRYHU EHQH¿WV RI ,QVSHULW\¶V SD\UROO services.
FMC Technologies Comes to Generation Park
This international industry plans to consolidate its Houston headquarters in a state-of-the-art campus.
Meet the CEO of DeLorean Motor Company, Stephen Wynne, who is taking this iconic brand into the future.
Small Business Saturday Shop Small on November 29.
Lake Houston Business Matters is a quarterly publication of Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. It is distributed to Chamber members and regional businesses. Digital copies are available at LakeHouston.org CONTACT INFORMATION Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce 110 West Main Street, Humble, Texas 77338 (281) 446-2128 | LakeHouston.org CHAMBER LEADERSHIP Chairperson Dr. Katherine Persson Lone Star College – Kingwood Chair-elect Melinda Stephenson Kingwood Medical Center President Charlie Dromgoole Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce EDITORIAL STAFF Editor-in-Chief Colleen Merritt – email@example.com Managing Editor Jenna Armstrong – firstname.lastname@example.org Contributing Writers Shelby Chappell – email@example.com Michael Prats – firstname.lastname@example.org Kelli White – email@example.com Audrey Winders – firstname.lastname@example.org Graphic Designer Jen Weber – email@example.com Photographers Lynn Cheney – firstname.lastname@example.org Diane Meredith – email@example.com PUBLISHER Metro Media, Inc. David Small – firstname.lastname@example.org 4210 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 314A Fairway, Kansas 66205 | (913) 951-8413 To Advertise contact Kathy Moore (913) 951-8441, email@example.com
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he Lake Houston region consists of several growing communities. From golf courses to country living and from upscale mixed-use developments to signature shopping, the Lake Houston Area has it all. But when someone says they live in the Lake Houston Area, what does that mean, exactly? Located in the northeast quadrant of the Houston metropolitan area, just 21 miles from downtown Houston on Highway 59, the Lake Houston Area includes Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Summer Creek and portions of East Montgomery County, all of which are currently experiencing robust population and economic growth. Current population of the entire area is 250,000. With the recreation of Lake Houston and the San Jacinto River, the proximity of Bush Intercontinental Airport and the Port of Houston, and the quality of its many subdivisions, the area has proven to be a strong attraction to newcomers. Abundant health care and exemplary schools add to the appeal while developments like Kingwood Parc, Kings Creek, Generation Park and Grand Texas Theme Park offer promise for years to come.
ATASCOCITA (77346) Population - 56,147 Rush hour drive to Downtown - 40 minutes Most of the individual subdivisions in Atascocita feature their own parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, and easy access to recreational facilities. Additionally, area residents can enjoy two recreational facilities. Located on more than 120 acres, the Lindsay Lyons Park/Sports Center features a playground and barbecue pavilion, in addition to numerous DWKOHWLF ÂżHOGV Bordering Atascocita on the east, Lake Houston plays a vital role in the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recreational offerings. Formed by the damming of the San Jacinto River, the lake offers excellent RSSRUWXQLWLHV IRU VZLPPLQJ ÂżVKLQJ ERDWLQJ DQG VNLLQJ
HUMBLE (77338) City Limit Population - 34,506 Rush hour drive to Downtown - 30 minutes Humble exploded into a pioneer oil boom town around $W WKDW WLPH WKH +XPEOH RLO ÂżHOG ZDV WKH ODUJHVW SURGXFLQJ RLO ÂżHOG LQ 7H[DV DQG WKRXVDQGV GHVFHQGHG RQ WKH community. Today the city limits of Humble encompass ten miles of land. Quality education, prosperous commerce and cultural and social endeavors by the city have contributed to a high quality of life that has thrived in Humble for decades. 6 | Lake Houston Business Matters
These ingredients helped form a groundwork for prosperity and have continued to attract some of the most successful businesses in Texas. Among the four public parks in Humble, recreation DFWLYLWLHV DUH SOHQWLIXO 6ZLPPLQJ SOD\JURXQGV D ÂżWQHVV course, an entertainment stage, tennis courts, baseball ÂżHOGV DQG PRUH DUH DYDLODEOH
KINGWOOD (77339, 77345) Population - 66,626 Rush hour drive to Downtown - 45 minutes Kingwood is a master-planned community located just 20 miles north of downtown Houston and 3 miles north of Humble. Known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Livable Forest,â&#x20AC;? each village in Kingwood is unique yet connected with greenbelts and parks that provide a serene environment and an escape from city life. Many professionals have traded their comPXWHV WR +RXVWRQ IRU RIÂżFH VSDFH LQ PDQ\ RI WKH SURIHVsional buildings. Kingwood is home to the third wealthiest zip code in the Greater Houston Area.
SUMMER CREEK AREA (77396, 77044) Population - 77,210 Rush hour drive to Downtown - 30 minutes Summer Creek encompasses the 2,300-acre masterplanned community of Fall Creek and the 1,500-acre master-planned community of Summerwood. Summer Creek is the newest community in the Lake Houston Area and offers illustrious housing options, a plethora of shopping and restaurant options, numerous places of worship, quality education choices and a growing array of medical and dental offices. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder this booming community at Beltway 8 and West Lake Houston Parkway has become one of the top communities in Houston. Summerwood is home to a 150-acre nature preserve and 17 acres of lakes. Parks, playgrounds, paved trails and picnic areas spread through the community. Fall Creek residents enjoy the natural grandeur of the Golf Club of Houston, home of the Shell Houston Open, and a broad spectrum of amenities, from hikeand-bike trails and catch-and-release fishing to a resort-style aquatic center, greenbelts with walking trails and tennis courts. The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to assist with professional developments in all of these outstanding communities!
he Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lake Houston Program began its fourth year in September, with a new class of 23 emerging and
existing community leaders. The purpose of Leadership Lake Houston is to prepare and enable participants to make an impact on the growth and vitality of the community. To accomplish this, the class will attend day sessions, once a month for eight months, to learn the current status and needs of various aspects of the community. Participants receive training for successfully serving on committees and boards. The session topics include Quality of Life, Business and Economic Development, Government, Justice and Public Safety, Education, Healthcare and Social Services.
Program participants include Jackie Barrett, Elisha Buster, Jim Carranza, Page Cherry, Dianne Crosley, Nikole Davis,
Leadership Lake Houston also provides participants an op-
Dr. Nici Esch, Angela Haydel, Trey Hill, Aaron Javener, Jen-
portunity to develop lasting relationships with Lake Houston
nifer Jozwiak, Sandy LaClave, Shanna Lopez, Pam McNair,
leaders and their fellow classmates. In addition to identifying
Marley Morris, Michael Prats, Carolina Redmond, Kelly
the needs of the community, the class will be motivated to take
Ryan, Nalini Shivraj, Geralyn Sullivan, Cody Sundbeck, Kel-
action. The program will culminate in May 2015 with a gradu-
sie Thaler and Terry Vaughn.
ation ceremony where the class will then be charged to put their leadership skills to work by getting involved, eventually assuming leadership roles within the community. Leadership Lake Houston accepts applications each spring. Contact Jenna Armstrong at (281) 446-2128 for information. Fall 2014 | 7
+ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
Business Retention & Expansion Program BY MICHAEL PRATS AND COLLEEN MERRITT
reation and implementation of a Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program is one of the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnershipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important endeavors. A BRE program is important because it is the most effective and simplest means of creating new jobs through expansion and retention of local businesses. It can also be the easiest
and most effective means of attracting new industries and jobs to the Lake Houston Area as a result of positive word of mouth from existing businesses. Accounts from existing business owners and operators explaining what makes our community such a great place to locate and operate is exWUHPHO\ LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQWLDO IRU QHZ EXVLQHVVHV FRQVLGHULQJ WKH /DNH Houston Area.
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he Greater Houston Area is experiencing tremendous residential housing growth and demand. Houston was number one in the nation for new home construction last year and looks to do the same in 2014 based on trends of continued job and population JURZWK :H FDQ VHH WKLV ÂżUVW KDQG LQ WKH /DNH +RXVWRQ $UHD as new and existing businesses continue to add primary jobs. Construction of the new FMC Technologies campus at Generation Park will bring thousands of jobs directly to our community. Future developments at Generation Park, and other sites in the Lake Houston Area, will provide substantial job creation for years to come. The new global headquarters of ExxonMobil at I-45 and the Grand Parkway will bring thousands of new residents to Northeast Houston and those residents desire contemporary housing with quality
public spaces and ample amenities. Residential developers are happy to oblige because all projections point to prosperity. Those factors combine to create a tremendous opportunity for new housing development. What does it mean for the Lake Houston Area? There is a wide range of diverse, quality housing options available. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got single-family homes from the 140â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to luxury multi-million dollar lakeside estates, and new multi-family developments offering upscale condo-apartment living with sustainable transportation options, walkability and superior amenities such as upmarket shopping DQG ÂżQH GLQLQJ $V WKH LQĂ&#x20AC;X[ RI \RXQJ SURIHVVLRQDOV DQG families to the Lake Houston Area continues, developers are answering the call for modern housing options, further solidifying the appeal of living in our community.
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1. TAVOLA 2. THE GROVES 3. THE BRIDGES OF LAKE HOUSTON 4. KINGS CREEK 5. NORTHWOODS 6. ROYAL BROOK 7. WOODRIDGE FOREST 8. BROOKWOOD FOREST SPRINGS 9. KINGWOOD PARC 10. RAVELLA AT KINGWOOD 11. RIVERGROVE 12. LAKEWOOD PINES ESTATES 13. WATERCREST 14. OAKHURST 15. ROYAL SHORES 16. RIVERPOINT VILLAGE
Total Single Family Units - 10,145 Total Multi Family Units -2,724 Total Estimated Upcoming Units â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12,869 in six zip codes, Lake Houston Area 10 | Lake Houston Business Matters
See pages 11-13 for residential growth details of each of the above cities.
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3. THE BRIDGES OF LAKE HOUSTON
Homes: 3,100 single-family homes Location: New Caney, seven miles north of Kingwood on 59 Acres: 1,560 Home prices: $140’s to the $400’s with a projected average of $225,000 per home Amenities: Recreation center with a pool, park, clubhouse and miles of wooded greenbelt trails School District: New Caney Independent School District Bonus: New segment of Grand Parkway offers residents easy access to North Houston and ExxonMobil campus; new elementary opening fall 2015; featured builders are Lennar and Perry Homes
Homes: 1,000 single-family homes and *250 condo apartment units Location: East side of West Lake Houston Parkway at Will Clayton Acres: 332 Home prices: New homes from the $200s to $1 Million+ Amenities: Bayou providing water frontage, convenient entrances at Atascocita High School, retail, office and/or multifamily uses and large native trees School District: Humble Independent School District Bonus: ±53 acres along West Lake Houston Parkway will feature mixed-use development; the eastern portion is ±278 acres of residential land; construction began 2Q 2014
2. THE GROVES Homes: 2,200 single-family homes and 540 condo apartment units Location: Four miles north of West Lake Houston Parkway & Beltway 8 Acres: 1,000 Home prices: From $250,000 to $400,000 Amenities: Ten-acre community center, parks and trails, neighborhood retail, pool and future schools School District: Humble Independent School District Bonus: Phase 1 of construction is underway with initial homes available late 2014; six different builders featured; The Groves encourages neighbors to get lost in the woods and reconnect with nature
4. KINGS CREEK Homes: 1,200 Class A, LEED certified luxury condo apartment units Location: Between Sorters McClellan Road and South Eastex Freeway Service Road Acres: 60 Home prices: Home prices have not been announced Amenities: Dog park, volleyball and tennis courts, outdoor fitness area and an edible forest with fruit- and nut- bearing trees and plants School District: New Caney Independent School District Bonus: $1.2 billion LEED certified mixed-use condo apartment-retail development; construction began late Fall 2014 | 11
summer 2014; extension of Kingwood Place Drive and Sorters Road from 59 to Northpark Drive; will supply thousands of jobs for local residents; similar to CityCentre but will be double the size
5. NORTHWOODS Homes: 1,000 single-family homes Location: South of Grand Parkway expansion at I-69 South, 6 miles west of the new ExxonMobil campus Acres: 700 Home prices: from $300,000 to more than $600,000 Amenities: Resort-style amenities, mature trees, trails, parks, lakes, recreation center and miles of walking and biking trails School District: New Caney Independent School District Bonus: Project expected to open fall 2014; Toll Brothers Inc., the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, has joined forces with Texas-based Cernus Development
6. ROYAL BROOK Homes: 800* single-family homes Location: Northern most point of Kingwood, East of Mill Branch Drive at West Lake Houston Parkway Acres: 330 Home prices: from $275,000 Amenities: Community recreation center, potential community water park with slides and recreation features School District: Humble Independent School District Bonus: West Lake Houston Parkway will be extended and widened; builders include Brickland Homes, Jaeger Homes, Rueby Custom Homes and Frontier Custom Builders; opening early 2015
between Loop 494 and Woodland Hills Drive Acres: 296 Home prices: $255,000 to $450,000 Amenities: Two creeks crossing the community, recreation center, miles of walking trails, wooded lots, St. Martha’s Catholic Church & Woodridge Baptist Church – both with future plans for private schools School District: New Caney Independent School District Bonus: Homeowners have access to all Kingwood Service Association (KSA) parks and recreation; development features six prominent homebuilders
8. BROOKWOOD FOREST SPRINGS Homes: 650 single-family homes Location: West of Highway 59 along Sorters McClellan Road, just North of Northpark Drive Acres: 100 Home prices: Home prices have not been announced Amenities: Community lake and recreation center, nearby recreation at Lake Houston and Lake Houston Wilderness Park School District: New Caney Independent School District Bonus: A KB Homes community; opening winter 2014; nearby Grand Texas Theme Park opening in Spring 2015
9. KINGWOOD PARC
Homes: 300 condo apartment units built above retail component Location: Main entrance to Kingwood, Highway 59 North and Kingwood Drive Acres: 600,000 SF Home prices: Home prices have not been announced 7. WOODRIDGE FOREST Amenities: Designed to include shops, apartment living, Homes: 800 single-family homes Location: At the front of Kingwood on Northpark Drive, restaurants and an office tower, all in a pedestrian-friendly, modern environment School District: New Caney Independent A re rend nder derrin ing off Tavol ing avol o a (#1) (# #11)) School District Bonus: Expected 300,000 SF of retail space, including a grocery store and 16-story, class A office building; scheduled to open 2015
10. RAVELLA AT KINGWOOD Homes: 264 condo apartment units ranging from 709 to 1,689 SF Location: 25710 Loop 494 at Northpark Drive Acres: 24 Home prices: Home prices have not been announced Amenities: Master-planned multifamily development in the Village at Northpark with 13 acres of upscale Class-A retail including the largest Kroger in Texas, dog “spaw” where residents can groom and pamper their pets, on-site bike repair and storage shop, 10,000 square foot clubhouse featuring a 24-hour 12 | Lake Houston Business Matters
fitness club, conference room, business center, latte lounge and game rooms and a resort-style pool with cabanas and fire pits School District: New Caney Independent School District Bonus: Two- and three-bedroom units including two-story townhomes with attached garages; granite countertops, designer tile backsplashes, custom cabinets, gourmet appliances and full-size washers and dryers
11. RIVERGROVE Homes: 246 single-family homes Location: West Lake Houston Parkway and Upper Lake Drive Acres: 60 Home prices: Home prices have not been announced Amenities: Neighborhood park and walking/biking trails, nearby shopping and entertainment at Kings Harbor, Kingwood Town Center and Atascocita Commons School District: Humble Independent School District Bonus: A KB Homes community; groundbreaking and land clearing began July 2014
12. LAKEWOOD PINES ESTATES Homes: 200 single-family homes Location: 15298 West Lake Houston Parkway Acres: 75 Home prices: Home prices have not been announced Amenities: Park area, pavilion, trails, pond, fountain, pool and recreation center all in close proximity to shopping and multiple employment centers School District: Humble Independent School District Bonus: A KB Homes community with lakefront lots available; land clearing and pre-development began June 2014
13. WATERCREST Homes: 170 senior villas and apartments Location: 24025 Kingwood Plaza Drive Acres: 35 Home prices: Home prices have not been announced Amenities: Villas and condo-style apartment will be integrated to current Emeritus at Kingwood and specialty care facility, creating a campus like development tying each building together School District: New Caney Independent School District Bonus: Construction is underway; community should be ready for move in Summer 2015
14. OAKHURST Homes: 50 luxury patio homes plus continued build out of development Location: Porter, one mile north of Northpark at 28825 Bentwood Oaks Drive Acres: 84 Home prices: $180,000 to $400,000 Amenities: Custom-built homes with golf-course and lakeview home sites, 75 miles of greenbelt trails, a centrally located resort-style clubhouse offering community room,
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playground, children’s pool and fountain, as well as a metered pool and slides. Oakhurst Grill open 7-days a week, offering casual dining School District: New Caney Independent School District Bonus: Enjoy living on one of Houston’s top golf courses, Oakhurst Golf Club
15. ROYAL SHORES Homes: 50 single-family homes Location: On the shores of Lake Houston at the back of Kings Point Acres: ±50 Home prices: $400,000s to the millions Amenities: State of the art swimming pools and long, grand landscaping, meandering drives leading to three car garages School District: Humble Independent School District Bonus: Gourmet kitchens, media rooms, spacious bedrooms with high ceilings and elaborate crown molding; builders include, Brickland Homes, Jaeger Homes, Rueby Custom Homes and Frontier Custom.
16. RIVERPOINT VILLAGE Homes: 49 single-family homes Location: Mills Branch Road in Kingwood near Shadow Forest Elementary Acres: 20 Home prices: $270,000 to $375,000 Amenities: An exclusive Brighton Homes community, private schools and community colleges in close proximity for those looking for continued education School District: Humble Independent School District Bonus: Minutes away from Kingwood Country Club, Lake Houston, and multiple parks and miles of green belts; convenient location; great value and exceptional quality homes. * Signifies estimated unit amounts. Development information, unit numbers and amenities current and accurate as of press time, mid-August 2014. Fall 2014 | 13
Over & Over Again, we focus on the abundant opportunity and prosperity of the Lake Houston Area but forget to pay tribute to the members of our community who lead the pack, brave the storms and work WLUHOHVVO\ EHKLQG WKH VFHQHV /HDGHUVKLS LV GHÂżQHG DV WKH SRVLtion or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group. We consider strong leadership to be more than that-- a vital and often underappreciated characteristic that drives the success of any community. Leaders go above and beyond. They have the innate drive and willingness to solve any issue, and they passionately dedicate themselves to work and volunteering. The Lake Houston Area is blessed with more than an ideal location to do business. We are blessed with strong leaders in every facet of business.
Skylla Engineering is a defense contractor that provides services to the Department of Defense and in ten short years has grown to a nationwide operation earning $25 million annuDOO\ 7KH +XPEOH RIÂżFH VHUYHV DV KHDGTXDUWHUV DQG KDV FUHDWHG many professional jobs. Giving back to the community is one of Beltranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true passions. He initiated the Skylla Support Fund, which donates to local charitable organizations and hosts an annual golf tournament ZLWK SURFHHGV EHQHÂżWLQJ WKH ,QMXUHG 0DULQH 6HPSHU )L )XQG Beltranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership skills are evident in running his business but are also displayed through his involvement with the Lake Houston Area Chamber where he serves as a Board Member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a difference between managing people and leadLQJ SHRSOH , KDYH OHDUQHG WKURXJK WULDO E\ ÂżUH VRPHWLPHV UHDO ÂżUH DQG , FRQVLGHU P\VHOI WR DOZD\V EH D VWXGHQW RI OHDGHUVKLS because there is always room to learn,â&#x20AC;? Beltran said. Beltran is furthering his education at Georgia State where he will graduate in May 2015 with his PhD in Business.
Gabriel Beltran, CEO of Skylla Engineering A veteran, a father, and now a CEO, Gabriel Beltran has endured a life full of leadership and service to our country and community. Born and raised in Houston, Beltran decided at the age of 18 to join the United States Marine Core. After 22 years of service, Beltran took the skills he obtained from the Naval Academy and LQ WKH ÂżHOG HQJLQHHULQJ DQG VWDUWHG KLV RZQ FRPSDQ\ 6N\OOD Engineering, in 2004. 14 | Lake Houston Business Matters
Corey Turner, General Manager of The Observer Newspapers A native Texan, Corey Turner truly encompasses every aspect of the Lake Houston community. Education and faith in God have been prominent factors that helped shape who Corey is today. As the General Manager of The Observer Newspapers, Corey is constantly involved with the news, cur-
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rent events, social outings, sports, economics, and local politics of the Lake Houston area. He has served The Observer for 10 years and has been part of its growth and development as a newspaper as well as a company. Corey states that his success derives from his willingness to learn from everybody, his continuing pursuit in networking, and surrounding himself by individuals who are positive and aspiring. Involvement in organizations and associations is important to Corey, especially when dealing with young children and education programs. Corey serves on the board for the Lake Houston Chamber as well as the Lake Houston YMCA. He devotes his time to Rotary Club and Kiwanis as well as with the Humble ISD and New Caney ISD as a volunteer/mentor in education programs for kids. Whether he likes to call himVHOI D OHDGHU RU QRW &RUH\ LV D OHDGHU LQ KLV ÂżHOG +H LV DEOH WR inform and create awareness for the community, promote local business growth through stories and advertisements, and encourage individuals to keep their dollars local within our community. Corey attributes his accomplishments to the collective effort among his coworkers and team members as well as to his number-one cheerleader, his wife.
Diana VanHorn, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones From NASA to Edward Jones, Diana VanHorn has experience in various market sectors. Born and raised in Houston, Di-
ana studied engineering at the University of Texas and ultimately found her herself as an engineer for NASA. After 14 years of service with NASA, in which her biggest accomplishment was serving as a project lead engineer for the Mir Space Station in Russia, Diana found herself back at Rice University pursuing a Masters of Business Administration. Her determination and passion to pursue education helped her to receive her Certified Financial Professional license from St. Thomas. Diana combined her knowledge of problem solving with her passion to help others and concluded that a position at Edward Jones was her true calling. Currently, Diana serves as a financial advisor for Edward Jones and has aided individuals within the community since August 2009. She is actively involved with various community organizations including the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce where she holds the position of an Ambassador, and was the president of Catholic Daughters of St. Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church in Kingwood. She has held many different officer positions for American Business Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association and donates countless hours to Family Time and HAAM. Diana initiated the Edward Jones Marketing Committee for the Lake Houston area. Her reason behind this committee was to pull together all of the financial advisors so they could commit to making a bigger difference to our community. Dianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s devotion to help others is reflected in her application of financial services for our community. Thanks in part to Dianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts, the Lake Houston community maintains its finances and employ funds for the benefit of all community members. Fall 2014 | 15
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#1 - CafĂŠ du Bois CafĂŠ du Bois was voted Lake Houston Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for business lunch. The restaurant opened in 2001 and has earned a reputation as a perfect place to meet colleagues and friends for an unhurried lunch. Guests enjoy a selection of gourmet salads, sandwiches, carte du jour and rotating specials. Chef Arturo Escobar delivers Continental-inspired cuisine complimented by the freshest ingredients. Tucked away at Kingwood Town Center Park, the restaurant offers beautiful scenery for a relaxed business meeting.
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Description: International and continental cuisine Address: 2845-A Town Center Circle West in Kingwood Features: Sunday brunch, indoor and patio seating, live music, monthly wine dinners and a banquet room Website: CafeduBois.com From the Owner: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are one of the only area restaurants offering a quiet atmosphere, perfect for conducting business,â&#x20AC;? said restaurant owner CJ Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guests come here to escape the hustle and enjoy our laid back ambience. Our chef is outstanding and the food is phenomenal. If you KDYHQÂśW GLQHG ZLWK XV \HW \RXÂśUH PLVVLQJ D JUHDW WUHDW Â´
#2 - Chimichurriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s South American Grill Chimichurriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combines the spices, cooking techniques and Ă&#x20AC;DYRUV RI /DWLQ DQG 6RXWK $PHULFDQ FXLVLQH ZLWK WKH IUHVKHVW local ingredients to bring guests a unique dining experience. Address: 1660 West Lake Houston Pkwy in Kingwood Features: Four-course Executive Lunch Website: ChimichurrisGrill.com From ChimichurrisGrill.com: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many ways to get to know a country, but one of the most gratifying is through its food. This is especially true of South America. Great wine, great food, good friends. We know ZKDWÂśV UHDOO\ LPSRUWDQW â&#x20AC;?
#3 - Amedeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Amedeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is an Italian restaurant owned and operated by Kingwood residents Tony and Leslie Raffa. Every dish is created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. They carefully select meats and seafood, cook pasta to perfection and make homemade desserts daily. Address: 22704 Loop 494 #A in Kingwood Features: Jazz Night with drink and appetizer specials Website: Amedeos.net
From the Owner: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe people choose to come here for business lunch because we offer high quality food, exemplary service and convenient location. We also offer catering and a banquet room so we can accommodate any group,â&#x20AC;? Tony Raffa said.
#4 - Zammittiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zammittiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s believes it takes more than exquisite cooking to make a memorable meal. With the highest quality of fresh ingredients and outstanding service, they strive to create an unforgettable dining experience on the lake, with a Sicilian flare. Address: 1660 West Lake Houston Pkwy in Kingwood Features: Italian Ristorante offering live entertainment every first Wednesday, patio seating, wine tastings, catering and to-go orders Website: Zammittis.com From the Owner: â&#x20AC;&#x153;As guests arrive, they are met with the inviting aroma of fresh food from our open kitchen. We have the round table perfect for socializing during OXQFK DQG ZHÂśUH KDSS\ WR DFFRPPRGDWH DQ\ JURXS ODUJH or small. I know the customers and they get special attention when they dine with us,â&#x20AC;? said Eddie Ghazal. Fall 2014 | 17
: s e c i t c a r Payroll P
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he Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and Insperity recently entered into a partnership through the Chamber Advantage ProJUDP 7KLV SDUWQHUVKLS LV EHVW GHÂżQHG E\ RXU shared mission: to inform, educate, connect and inspire the performance of small and medium-size businesses in the Lake Houston community. This article is designed to help those businesses decipher what payroll solution is best for them. You got your business off the ground, grew enough to hire an employee or two, and now, you have to pay them. Do you know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing? Many new business owners donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Even established business owners whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done SD\UROO IRU \HDUV PD\ GHFLGH WKH\ QHHG WR ÂżQG D PRUH HIÂżFLHQW RU FRVW HIIHFWLYH V\VWHP /XFN\ IRU \RX WKHUH DUH D variety of payroll practices that can help you. Your payroll provider should deliver the value and service you need to run your business effectively. Whether you use the do-it-yourself method, work with a CPA, or have a computer software program, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to make sure you understand the pros and cons of each option.
do it yourself manually One of the cheapest ways to start doing payroll is to do it yourself. There are very few start-up costs, and little personnel and equipment are necessary. You also have full control. 18 | Lake Houston Business Matters
the bad news is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you have full control. You will need to calculate the payroll each pay period; ÂżJXUH RXW IHGHUDO VWDWH DQG ORFDO WD[HV DQG SD\ WKHP WR WKH correct governmental entities in time; track voluntary deductions like health insurance and 401(k) contributions; SUHSDUH DQG ÂżOH TXDUWHUO\ UHSRUWV DQG SURFHVV : V DW WKH end of the year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also easy to make mistakes, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to keep up with any tax law changes to make sure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in compliance. For example, do you understand how health care reform affects your business? If not, DIY might not be the best choice for you.
hire a bookkeeper or CPA If you already have a bookkeeper or CPA, this can be an easy method for you to initiate. Your bookkeeper or CPA LV DOUHDG\ IDPLOLDU ZLWK D ORW RI \RXU ÂżQDQFHV +RZHYHU ZKLOH LW PLJKW VHHP PRUH FRQYHQLHQW WR KDYH PXOWLSOH ÂżQDQFLDO IXQFWLRQV LQ RQH SODFH WKLV DOVR PDJQLÂżHV WKH OLNHlihood for mistakes since there are no checks and balances in place. Using a bookkeeper or CPA to do your payroll will cost you more than doing it yourself. And, you may have less control of your payroll, exposing yourself to potential IUDXG ,I LWÂśV D VPDOO ÂżUP DOVR PDNH VXUH WKHUH LV D EDFNXS plan in case the person handling your payroll is unavailable for any reason.
use computer software Depending on how tech savvy you are, you may want to consider using computer software to manage your payroll. There are desktop and online versions available â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some that you buy outright and some that cost a small monthly fee per employee or per payroll. Though these systems initially take some time to set up (while you input your employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pay information, bonuses, withholding information, etc.), they require less time after start-up and can calculate payroll virtually error-free. After setup, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have 24/7 access to your payroll and the ability to run reports to get a more comprehensive view of your data. Some payroll systems also include the ability to incorporate employee HR information, so you can easily access this information in one place. If you choose a good payroll provider, you should also have access to a dedicated payroll consultant, 401(k) plans and compliance assistance, in addition to the payroll software itself. Some payroll providers have multiple direct deposit options, along with an employee self-service site where employees can review their pay stubs, end-of-year data and company documents anytime. As with most software, there is a learning curve to mastering it; however, once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trained, your other staffers
can be taught to input the weekly hours and salary changes so you have backup. Keep in mind youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in charge of computer maintenance and upgrades, which will take care of technical issues and update information such as tax rates and other compliance changes. Some payroll systems offer free upgrades and some require fees, so ask before you buy.
the takeaway No matter which system you decide is right for your business, you need to base your decision on the same set of questions: Â&#x2021; +RZ PXFK WLPH DUH \RX ZLOOLQJ WR devote to doing payroll? Â&#x2021; ,I \RX ZDQW RXWVLGH KHOS KRZ PXFK can you budget toward it? Â&#x2021; :KR RU ZKDW ZLOO VHUYH DV \RXU EDFNXS LI \RXÂśUH VXGdenly unavailable? Â&#x2021; +RZ PXFK LV \RXU WLPH ZRUWK" If you are looking for a payroll provider, InsperityÂŽ Payroll Services combines easy-to-use, online software with a dedicated consultant. With seamless payroll processing and accuracy assurance from our payroll team, we alleviate the stress from the payroll process. If you would like to learn more or schedule a live demo, call us today at 855-677-0395. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to help your business succeed. Fall 2014 | 19
Technologies, Inc. is a
and products such as subsea production
leading international pro-
and processing systems, surface well-
In May 2014, FMC Technologies
vider of technology solu-
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broke ground on a new campus at Gen-
tions for the energy industry. The com-
equipment, measurement solutions, and
eration Park, located on the northeast
pany, named one of the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most
marine loading systems for the oil and
corner of the Sam Houston Tollway
Innovative Companies by Forbes Maga-
gas industry. With approximately 19,700
(Beltway 8) in Houston. Within the next
zine, designs, manufactures and services
employees, FMC Technologies operates
10 years, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to con-
30 production facilities in 17 countries
solidate all of its 10 Houston facilitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;
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and is headquartered in Houston.
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including its corporate headquartersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;
said Patrick Kimball, spokesperson for
and accommodate continued growth.
to a single, state-of-the-art campus.
The company also wanted the space to
â&#x20AC;&#x153;This new campus will allow FMC
FMC Technologies is building its
plan an innovative campus with an in-
Technologies to create a purpose-built
new campus on 173 acres that it pur-
spiring and collaborative work environ-
facility with the latest capabilities and
chased from McCord Development in
ment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and one that promotes a healthy
amenities for employees. It will be a
late 2012. The company purchased the
work-life balance through social and
more collaborative, centralized environ-
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lake Houston is growing and this location will afford our employees the opportunity to participate in that growth.â&#x20AC;? - Patrick Kimball, spokesperson for FMC Technologies
Within the next two years, the company will move ap-
Located in Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new northeast growth corridor, Gen-
proximately 1,800 of its 3,700 Houston employees to the new
eration Park offers existing transportation proximate to the
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solidate its western region subsea services operations into a
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lake Houston is growing and this location will afford
single, 70-acre campus. With more than a million square feet
our employees the opportunity to participate in that growth,â&#x20AC;?
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double the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing subsea services capacity. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subsea services employees will begin moving to the new campus in early 2016. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are employees that service existing subsea infrastructure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the part of the business that installs, maintains, and refurbishes,â&#x20AC;? Kimball said. The timing of additional phases will be driven by the overall business environment and operating requirements, Kimball said.
$PHQLWLHV LQ WKH DUHD ZLOO EHQHÂżW HPSOR\HHV DQG RIIHU WKH advantage of a community setting. Quality neighborhoods, schools and recreation will be within minutes from work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a Houston-based company with locations around the globe but we make every effort to engage with the community in which we work,â&#x20AC;? Kimball said. Spanning 4,000 acres, Generation Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s massive scale required an entirely new approach to master planned design.
Why Generation Park?
The result includes a utility infrastructure conducive for large
Designed to give companies a competitive advantage,
companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manufacturing operations require a lot of pow-
Generation Park is the only commercial development in
er,â&#x20AC;? Kimball said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the infrastructure at Generation Park
Houston with the capacity and the flexibility to accommo-
will work perfectly for us.â&#x20AC;?
date large-scale users. FMC Technologies chose Generation
Phase 1 of Generation Park began in 2012. With parcels
Park for three main reasons: location, employee amenities
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History of FMC
company pursued new businesses. In 2000, FMC announced a
FMC Technologies traces its roots to 1884 when inventor
plan to restructure into two companies, one a machinery business
John Bean developed a new type of spray pump to combat
focused on the energy industry (FMC Technologies); the other a
San Jose scale in Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orchards and Bean Spray Pump
chemicals business (FMC Corporation). FMC Technologies, Inc.
Company was born.
became a newly listed public company on the New York Stock
At first, the company made agricultural equipment, but
Exchange in June 2001.
mergers in the late 1920s with makers of food processing equipment and cannery machinery for vegetables, created a larger company that changed its name to Food Machinery Corporation. By the mid-1930s, FMC was the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest manufacturer of machinery and equipment for handling fruits, vegetables, milk, fish and meat products. As World War II began, FMC entered the defense business, making amphibious tractors and tanks for the military. In the post-war boom, FMC introduced continuous freezers, providing for assembly-line production of prepackaged frozen foods and made strides in sterilization of canned foods. The boom also prompted acquisitions in chemicals and petroleum equipment. 24 | Lake Houston Business Matters
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+ HOME GROWN
CEO Stephen Wynne is taking this iconic brand into the future. BY KELLI WHITE | PHOTOS BY DIANE MEREDITH
Houston area resident since 1989, Stephen Wynne,
California and Houston. Along the way, the partnership
owner and operator of DeLorean Motor Company
dissolved and Wynne moved to Humble, Texas and started
in Humble, Texas, has spent decades in the auto-
what is now DeLorean Motor Company. And he has no re-
motive industry and plans to keep moving forward.
grets about making the move.
Wynne, originally from Liverpool, England, and a me-
“It was a business decision to move to Houston,” Wynne
chanic by trade, moved to Southern California in 1980
said. “But I really like it here. The business environment
where he opened his first automotive company, Cars of
is friendlier, with fewer obstacles to do business, and the
Distinction, which specialized in servicing English and
geographic location suits our business for two-day mail or-
French cars. Not long after Wynne set up shop in Califor-
der with reasonable rates to ship all across the U.S.”
nia, John DeLorean’s company filed bankruptcy leaving owners of the approximately 9,000 DeLoreans seeking
Wynne said his first move, from England to California, was also a business decision.
parts and service with nowhere to go. Wynne recognized
“I always wanted to be in the automotive industry.
the opportunity and created a company to deal exclusively
There is no better place than the U.S. for that. And I want-
with DeLorean automobiles.
ed the lifestyle that went with it. I didn’t want to be just a mechanic. I wanted to do something more with my trade.”
Word spread as fast as the cars. From 1984 to 1995, Wynne and his business partner operated under the company name DeLorean One. Initially, Stephen and his partner operated locations in
So far, Wynne’s business decisions have worked well. DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) is located in a 40,000 square foot purpose-built facility, with warehouse, show-
Decades of DeLorean Automotive company owner Stephen Wynne moves from England to California.
Wynne Wynne and
work on a
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;DeLorean is a brand that has lasted decades and one that still interests the market.â&#x20AC;?
Wynne changes the company name to DeLorean Motor Company (DMC).
is built in
Other franchises open
across the U.S.
2005 2006-2007 Fall 2014 | 27
room, offices and service/restoration center all under one roof on 2.5 acres 14 miles northeast of downtown Houston. DMC headquarters is near Interstates 10 and 45, Bush In-
But it’s a brand that has lasted decades and one that still interests the market. “To see a brand that at one time was not so popular [due
tercontinental Airport and the ship-
to shame of bankruptcy and a bit of
ping port of Galveston.
scandal] turn positive and even con-
With six franchises in the U.S. and
tinue to grow is rewarding. DeLorean
Europe, DMC is the sole resource for
has become a friendly, likeable brand,”
current owners to obtain parts and ser-
vice and for customers to buy an exist-
Wynne said his favorite part of
ing DeLorean. Wynne plans to take this
the business is also his least favorite,
iconic brand further with new models.
which is the challenge of growth.
Wynne stated that the company has
While it is exciting, it’s also challeng-
been looking to hire at least four more
ing to make everything happen all the
time. However, he’s been doing it for
“We are pursuing going back into
34 years and offers this advice to other
production with a whole new car and
entrepreneurs: “In spite of criticism,
are looking for a partner that has a
you must stick to what you believe in.” “Being true and honest to my busi-
product that fits our brand,” Wynne
ness and building and nurturing long-
term relationships with vendors, cus-
Wynne said according to DMC’s studies a few years ago, DeLorean’s brand recognition is in
tomers and staff has been the biggest attributes to success,”
the 80-90 percentile, on par with brands like Dr. Pepper
and 7-UP. “DeLorean is a phenomenal brand without a product,” Wynne said. “And that’s a unique situation.” 28 | Lake Houston Business Matters
Time will tell where the story of this brand goes, but one thing is worth betting on – Stephen Wynne will be in the driver’s seat.
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mall Business Saturday is a
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to service industries such as insurance
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providers, print shops, web developers,
This year, the Lake Houston Area
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and more. When you shop small the
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Business Saturday is November 29 and the Chamber would like to encourage everyone to Shop Small. In the Lake Houston Area, we can
pion. The Chamber supports Small Busi-
How can local small business leverage Small Business Saturday?
ness Saturday because the more we shop local, the more vibrant our community becomes. We’re your advocates and we’re
Shop, Dine, Stay and Play right in our
American Express offers free tools and
own backyard. There are more than
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On November 29, celebrate local
6,800 established businesses in our
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businesses and Shop Small to help the
area and 90 percent have fewer than 20
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Lake Houston Area prosper. Remem-
employees. These small businesses are
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