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Lubbock Named Chamber of the Year Finalist By: Erin Reid The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce was named a finalist for the 2012 American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Chamber of the Year award. In 2008 the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce won ACCE’s prestigious Chamber of the Year Award. However, since competition rules prohibit a Chamber from applying within four years of winning the title, this is the first opportunity for the Chamber to apply since winning the award. “We are incredibly honored to be named finalists again,” said Tim Collins, Chairman of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. “As a business owner, I know both the Chamber and the Lubbock business community have put a lot of hard work and dedication into the programs and opportunities that were submitted in our application.” Preliminary judging is based on the Chamber’s excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership. Applicants were also asked to include examples of electronic and printed communications, the
Chamber’s strategic plan and documentation related to two chamber-led initiatives to better the community. Started in 2006, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s unique health care plan outshined competition during the 2008 Chamber of the Year selections. Since then, the Chamber has only improved this program as more than 7,600 members from more than 900 local businesses receive their medical insurance through the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Employer Health Plan. In addition to the health care plan, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce also submitted a new program, Chamber University, with its application. Chamber University is an innovative business seminar series designed to address critical business topics and to offer tools to navigate and thrive in the everchanging demands of the 21st century workplace. “There are only a handful of chambers in the United States that are offering similar programming,” said Dr. Kathy Crockett, chairwoman of the Chamber
University Steering Committee. “We believe Lubbock’s program to be unique as it was developed as part of the Chamber’s leadership program. It is a tremendous validation of Chamber University to be reviewed with favorable comments by the American Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to continuing the program into 2013 with Covenant Health System as the Presenting Sponsor.” The Chamber’s member retention plan received high remarks from the judges, who wrote, “Finally, a chamber with a well-structured and documented retention plan…I have been judging apps for years and this
is the most thought out plan I have seen.” The judges also praised the Chamber for its efforts to improve the business community, saying that the Chamber’s programs, “…address workforce issues. It helps people be more valuable to employers and helps businesses improve their bottom line.” The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will travel to the ACCE Annual Convention in Louisville, Ky., in August to interview with a panel of judges. The Chamber of the Year winners will be announced at an awards banquet on August 3, 2012.
Chamber Golf Classic July 23rd Registration is currently closed for the 2012 Chamber Golf Classic at Hillcrest Country Club, 4011 N. Boston Ave. Both morning and afternoon flights are SOLD OUT!!! The morning flight will begin with breakfast and registration at 7:30 a.m. Tee time is 8 a.m. The afternoon flight will begin with lunch and registration at 12:30
p.m. Tee time is 1 p.m. We are still looking for door prizes and volunteers, so let the Chamber know if you are interested! If you have a team, make sure you get the names of your players to the Chamber no later than Wednesday July 18. For questions, please call Audrey DeLeon (See Sponsors, Page 3)
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2 Ribbon Cutting for The Bridge of Lubbock 2:30 p.m. – 1301 Redbud Ave. 4 Chamber Offices closed for Independence Day 9 Ribbon Cutting/Press Conference for Buffalo Springs Lake 11 a.m. - 9999 High Meadow Rd. 0 Leadership Lubbock 1 Committee Meeting 11 a.m. - LCOC 1 Ambassador Monthly Luncheon 1 Noon – American Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Dr. 13 BBQ Committee Meeting 11:30 a.m. - TBD Executive Committee Meeting Noon – LCOC Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting 2:30 p.m. – LCOC 4 Ribbon Cutting for Salvation Army 1 Discount Outlet 10 a.m. – 1600 Ave. K 7 Ribbon Cutting for Lubbock Essential 1 Home Health Care 11 a.m. – 2501 Baylor Ave. YPGL Committee Meeting Noon - LCOC 8 Business Development 1 Committee Meeting 11:30 a.m. – TBD Ribbon Cutting for Abbeville Denture Care Center 11:30 a.m. - 3801 50th St., Suite 13A 9 Ribbon Cutting for Whataburger 1 10 a.m. - 2412 19th St. Focus Lubbock Committee Meeting 3 p.m. - LCOC Ribbon Cutting for Outback Steakhouse 4:30 p.m. - 4015 S. Loop 289 23 2012 Golf Classic Tournament 8 a.m. – Hillcrest Country Club, 4011 N. Boston
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TOWEL SPONSOR: Teinert Commercial Building Services, Inc.
DIAMOND SPONSOR: Lamar Outdoor Advertising
BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Chick-fil-A at South Plains Crossing
ACE SPONSORS: Atmos Energy Bayer CropScience (FiberMax) Suddenlink UMC Physician Network Services X-Fab Texas, Inc.
SIGN SPONSOR: FastSigns AWARD SPONSOR: Chili’s
EAGLE SPONSORS: Carino’s Italian Grill Llano Estacado Winery Walgreens Watson State Farm
BIRDIE: AMD Engineering, Caprock Home Health Services, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dan Wilson Homes, George McMahan Development, J Bailey Wireless & The Dish Store, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Stephen Hamilton PC, Valentine’s Building Services
LUNCH SPONSOR: Advanced Graphix SHIRT SPONSOR: Morrison Supply Company
GOLF BALL: FirstCare Health Plans
DRINK CART SPONSOR: First Bank & Trust Co.
HOLE-IN-ONE: Gene Messer Auto Group, Gibson Plumbing Heating and Air
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Get Ready for the 11th Hub City BBQ Cook-off Is your BBQ the best in West Texas? Compete and find out at the 11th Annual Hub City BBQ Cook-off, presented by Suddenlink, to be held Thursday, September 20, in downtown Lubbock. Companies may choose which division they wish to participate – Corporate, Professional or Amateur/Student. We are returning to the cobblestone’s and will be running down Broadway in historic downtown Lubbock. Space is at a premium, so send in your entry form and get your cooker ready! Team entry fee will be $100 per 10’ x 20’ space. A map of the event, registration form and frequently asked questions are available online.
Check out pictures from the 2011 Hub City BBQ and follow us on Facebook! Bodyworks and Chick-fil-A are sponsors of the family friendly area of the Hub City BBQ this year. The event will be open to the public from 5-8 p.m. Thursday evening with entertainment by Granger Smith, presented by WesTex Document! Since his early teens, the native Texan has been writing, singing and honing his craft as a musician. Smith taught himself to play the guitar at 14, using the booklet inside the case stashed in his closet which showed him where to put his fingers. Smiths’s musical contributions are not limited to exotic travels or remote locations. At 19, his work paid off by landing him a deal with EMI Music Publishing in Nashville. Smith followed his dream to what would be a five-year stay in Tennessee. “That experience at 19 years old was critical
in developing who I am today as an artist,” Smith said. “I tried to soak in the craft of song writing like a sponge from the older guys I was paired with. I credit so much of my learning to those mentors.” Read more about Granger Smith. Presenting: Suddenlink Diamond & Media: Arctic Glacier, KCBD, Red Dirt Rebel 105.3 Band Sponsor: WestTex Document Emerald: City of Lubbock, Griffin Wink Advertising, Republic National Distributing Company, United Supermarkets Platinum: Acme Electric Co., Atmos Energy, B & J Welding Supply, Coors Light, Lubbock Power & Light, Midtown Printing & Graphics, Miller Light, Raider Red Meats, Scarborough Specialties Inc., X8Environmental Inc. Gold: American State Bank, Benchmark Business Solutions, Carpet Tech, Collins Stone, Custom Electronics, First Bank & Trust Co., Hugo Reed & Associates, Llano Estacado Winery, Westech Electric Silver: ADC, Inc., Alderson Enterprises, AMA TechTel Communications, Angela Hightower Income Tax Service, B & S Woodworking, Inc., Brink Suzuki LTD, Caraway, McMahon & Co. LLP, Carino’s Italian Grill, Citizens Bank, Extreme Packets Inc, Family Power Sports, Ferguson Enterprises, FirstCare Health Plans, Hillcrest Country Club, Hurst Farm Supply, Kimbell Gin Machinery Co., Lakeridge Estates, Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant, Morrison Supply Company, Oberkampf Supply of Lubbock, Inc., Ollie’s Liquor, Overhead Door Company of Lubbock, Inc., Southwest Bank, Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre, Tejas Motors, Wells Fargo, West Texas Gas, Inc., Yates Flooring Center To inquire about teams or to get more information about the BBQ, go to hubcitybbq. com, contact Robin Raney at robin.raney@ lubbockbiz.org or call (806) 761-7009.
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Ambassador of the Month Shara Konechney was recently honored as the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Month for July. Shara is the owner of 10-20 Boutique and has been a member of the Chamber for eight years and an Ambassador for six years. The 10-20 Boutique is a women’s fashion accessories store with most items under $10 and nothing over $20. “I like the fact that the Chamber staff promotes member businesses first over nonmembers,” Shara said. “The staff offers the 10-20 Boutique as a referral and where to shop suggestion.” Shara enjoys being an Ambassador because of the camaraderie of her fellow Ambassadors and that they share a goal to congratulate and welcome new businesses. “I love everything about being an Ambassador!” Shara said. Ribbon cuttings and ground breakings are Shara’s favorite activities to participate in as an Ambassador because of the opportunity to network with potential customers that come along with welcoming new businesses. Shara and her business also participate in other charitable organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the American Heart Association and walk, The Children’s Home of Lubbock, and the Soles for Souls campaign for Women’s Protective Services.
“I am very honored to be selected among other wonderful ambassadors,” Shara said. “This award is not only fun, but neat and makes me feel important for helping out the Chamber and its member businesses.”
'Thunder in the Canyon' - To all of our Lubbock Chamber of Commerce friends and family Buffalo Springs Lake proudly invites you to the “Thunder in the Canyon” Drag Boat Races July 13-15, 2012. This Southern Drag Boat Association sanctioned boat race will be the fourth in the series. The race will entail 10 classes of races, with more than an expected 100 boat racers. This event should draw 3,000 to 5,000 race fans to see the boats traveling over 200mph. We will be holding a press conference and ribbon cutting at the
lake marina on July 9, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. We have enlisted the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Select-a-Seat to sell tickets. All Chamber members will receive $5.00 off of the $30.00 Weekend Pass, and children 12 and under are FREE. This event should have an ongoing positive impact on the Lubbock economy. For more information on the races go to www.buffalospringslake.net or www. sdbaracing.com. See you at the lake!
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An Official Statement from Chairman Tim Collins The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce acknowledges the decision made on June 28, 2012 by the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010. Although the Chamber has long advocated effective health care reform and has been a nationally recognized and awardwinning leader in creating health care solutions, the Chamber was not in favor of this legislation as passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2010. The Chamber remains ultimately committed toward advocating for market-based changes and solutions that can reduce the number of uninsured and that are positive for our economy and jobs. As the largest business federation on the South Plains, the Lubbock Chamber will continue to advocate on behalf of the over 2,100 businesses and their 80,000 employees, and work with lawmakers on reforms that actually increase access to health care and reduce costs. We continue to believe that the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act as signed by the President in 2010 will increase taxes, penalize employers with mandates or egregious fees, cost our community jobs, and pile billions on the deficit -- all without significantly cutting the cost of health care plans. Reinforcing our prediction of increased taxes, the Court has, in fact, upheld the individual mandate by defining it as a tax. We remain committed to advocating for reforms that are proven to have worked successfully in the marketplace such as a Texas law that enabled the Lubbock Chamber’s award-winning and nationally recognized Chamber Employer Health Plan.
Big Events for 2012 Golf Classic – July 23, 2012 Fiestas Patrias Luncheon – September 11, 2012 Chamber University Accounting & Taxes – September Human Resources – October Hub City BBQ – September 20 Harvest Breakfast – October 2 Business Mercado – October 11 Tuscany Trip – November 8 - 16 Annual Meeting – November 29
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Harrigan’s Reopens after Makeover By: Erin Reid Lubbock‘s favorite prime rib is back! Harrigan’s restaurant reopened its doors Friday, June 16, after a kitchen fire and remodel forced Harrigan’s to close in February. Renovations at Harrigan’s include removing the steps that were part of the original 1970s layout, new kitchen appliances, new décor, a remodeled bar opening the first week of July, and the addition of the Memphis Room. The Memphis Room is a banquet room with state of the art visual and audio, Wi-Fi and a wireless microphone system. “Over the years, people kept asking if we had a banquet room,” said Fred Popanz, owner of Harrigan’s. “The addition of the Memphis Room was one we definitely needed.” Harrigan’s, which has been a local favorite since 1977, proudly displays Lubbock’s history with vintage pictures and news articles incorporated into the décor. “We took an old penny and made it shine,” said Popanz.
Harrigan’s community involvement goes far beyond the restaurant walls. They donate meals to Ronald McDonald House and proudly support the American Cancer Society and Wounded Warrior Project. The community excitedly supported Harrigan’s opening weekend as the restaurant was completely booked. “Lubbock is a faithful community,” said Popanz. “The community has really supported us.” If Harrigan’s is the old penny that has been
Robin Raney Earns IOM Certification Robin Raney, vice president of business development at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, graduated from the Midwest Institute for Organization Management (Institute), a four-year nonprofit management training program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. “The Chamber’s participation in Institute is essential for our success and for our members,” said President and CEO Eddie McBride, a 2012 graduate of the program. “Graduates are known nationwide as leaders with the knowledge, skills and desire to achieve success in all facets of their professional careers.” Since 1921, Institute has attracted association and chamber professionals from across the country to its five university sites. During the four years, most Institute participants attend one-week sessions at the same site, therefore, building valuable relationships with others in the industry. Through a combination of required courses and electives, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations. Institute is a 501(c) (3) affiliate of the U.S.
shined, then Zookini’s is the shiny new penny. Zookini’s has been relocated and rebuilt into an upscale, “green” dining establishment. Zookini’s has revamped their menu, keeping only Lubbock’s favorites. In fact, the 60-item salad bar has been upgraded to a 90item salad bar. The new Zookini’s will feature a full-service bar, featuring local beer and wine, and the latest cocktail craze, “poptails.” Zookinis will be the first environmentallyconscious restaurant in Lubbock as it will have reusable to-go cups and carry-out bags, glutenfree options, whole wheat baked goods, turkey burgers and low-sugar desserts. Zookinis will open mid-late July.
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Chamber of Commerce and is the premier nonprofit professional development program for nonprofit professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. So far, eight staff members of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce have attended Institute at four separate university facilities across the nation, and six have received the IOM designation. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.
The Volunteer Center will host the prestigious 16th Annual Cornucopian Luncheon November 1, 2012, presented by title sponsors Atmos Energy and University Medical Center. The event will honor individuals, businesses and groups for outstanding volunteerism and community service with the “Get Involved” awards. Nominations are due by noon Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Individuals, groups, agencies and businesses may make one nomination per category. All nominations must include a completed nomination form and a nomination statement explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award for which they are being nominated. Two letters of support from a nominee’s references may be included as well. The nomination form may be found on-line at www.volunteerlubbock.org. “This event is a truly special way to honor a person or business who has been an extraordinary volunteer and recognize the impact you have seen them make on an organization,” said Stacy Keith, Development Director for the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Keith at 806747-0551.
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2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN Tim Collins Collins Tile, LLP CHAIRMAN ELECT Carlos Morales Caprock Home Health Services, Inc. IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRWOMAN Irasema Velasquez Velasquez Insurance & Worksite Benefits TREASURER Alona Beesinger Suddenlink West Texas SECRETARY Eddie McBride Lubbock Chamber of Commerce VICE CHAIRMAN, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIVISION Beth Bridges South Plains Mall VICE CHAIRMAN, COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION Dan Jackson KCBD TV-NewsChannel 11 VICE CHAIRMAN, GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS DIVISION Jay Jacobus Scarborough Specialties, Inc. VICE CHAIRMAN, HISPANIC BUSINESS DIVISION Rudy Rosales Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant VICE CHAIRMAN, LEADERSHIP DIVISION Peter Hur RFS Financial Services VICE CHAIRWOMAN, MEMBERSHIP DIVISION Polly Vann V-tech Environmental Services HISPANIC BUSINESS DIVISION REPRESENTATIVE Yolanda Gonzaga TTUHSC BOARD ADMINISTRATION Martin Aguirre Workforce Solutions South Plains Cathy Allen The Gibraltar Group Larry Allen People’s Bank Stephen Beasley Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Ron Betenbough Betenbough Homes John D. Brock NorthStar Surgical Center Jeff Dane UMC Health System Renee Davis Alderson Enterprises Linda Gaither WestMark REALTORS Karen Garza Lubbock Independent School District Gary Gregory Atmos Energy Grace Hernandez Texas Tech University Sidney Hopper United Supermarkets Clayton Isom TAO Development Group Robert Lacy PYCO Industries Gabe Martinez Telemundo KXTQ-TV 46, Ramar Comm. Stephanie Massengale Advanced Graphix Brandon Mulkey Chick-fil-A at South Plains Crossing Richard Parks Covenant Health System Keith Patrick American Cancer Society Bill Patton Robison, Johnston & Patton, CPAs Joe Phea African American Chamber of Commerce - Lubbock Norval Pollard City Bank Shirley Schleuse Lamar Outdoor Advertising David Seim Happy State Bank Frank Silvas AFLAC Gabe Vitela National Teachers Life Insurance Company Mitch Watson First Bank & Trust Co. Gary Zheng Lubbock Power & Light
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Texas 4-H Makes History in Lubbock Contributers: Erin Reed, Katelyn Karney, and Faith Jurek Green jackets, youth, and four leaf clovers took over Lubbock for the week of June 11 through June 15. This was a historical week for Texas 4-H Roundup and its attendees, because instead of the event commencing in College Station, where it has been held for the last 65 years, youth migrated to Texas Tech University for the event. In regards to “first-time” occurrences, it was the first time for Texas 4-H to experience a ribbon cutting. During the kick-off event, officials, members and friends gathered as the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Visit Lubbock welcomed them to the city. After the snip of the scissors, each student on Texas 4-H Council was given a small piece of the ribbon to remember the significant day. Texas 4-H Roundup is designed to strengthen youth by shaping their leadership and competition skills through team building activities, citizenship development and career building opportunities. There were approximately 50 individual competitive events, in addition to 13 invitational contests and workshops. Aside from compe-
tition, Texas 4-H Foundation awarded 243 scholarships totaling more than $2 million. With nearly 4,000 youth and adults traveling to Lubbock, this was a huge event not only for Texas 4-H, but Lubbock as well. Visit Lubbock estimates the total economic contributions to the Lubbock economy as reaching more than $1.07 million. “The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is honored to have conducted the first ever Texas 4-H Roundup ribbon cutting,” said Tim Collins, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Chairman. “This event was a huge success, and we look forward to welcoming the Texas 4-H Roundup to Lubbock in the future.”
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Cotton Industry Seeks Volunteer Leaders Submitted by Mary Jane Buerkle The success of the High Plains cotton industry, like any group effort, is directly tied to the willingness of qualified individuals to volunteer to serve in various leadership positions. To identify these volunteers, the High Plains cotton industry caucuses each year with other cotton groups within Texas to identify producers interested in serving as a volunteer leader. In preparation for this year’s caucus, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., encourages all qualified individuals interested in representing the High Plains as a representative to the Cotton Board, National Cotton Council of America (NCC) or Cotton Incorporated to contact PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett to request additional information and learn
more about the opportunities that exist for volunteer service. In addition to naming representatives to the NCC and Cotton Incorporated, PCG and the Texas cotton industry also work together to identify and nominate qualified individuals to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for possible appointment as a Member or Alternate on the Cotton Board. Qualified individuals interested in serving on the Cotton Board, which oversees the highly successful U.S. Cotton Research & Promotion Program, are also encouraged to contact Verett at the PCG office in Lubbock, Texas to request additional information. PCG’s telephone number is 806-792-4904. To be a qualified producer nominee for the Cotton Board an individual should be
actively engaged in cotton production at the time of nomination, be committed to the mission of the Cotton Board and the Cotton Research and Promotion Program and have demonstrated leadership skills and experience. Through the nomination process the Cotton Board encourages groups given the responsibility of identifying candidates to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all individuals who qualify as a producer nominee for consideration by the Secretary. Editor’s Note: The Cotton Board seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all those who qualify for nomination and appointment to the Cotton Board regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, socioeconomic status, religion or sexual orientation.
Governor's Small Business Forum on August 7 The Office of the Governor is hosting Small Business Forums across the state to provide Texas small business owners access to valuable information on workforce development, training grants, expanding markets and other business growth opportunities. Through regional collaboration with hundreds of community, business and educational organizations throughout Texas, the Governor’s Small Business Forums are one more reason Texas is “Wide Open for Business.” On August 7, 2012, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 2012 Governor’s Small Business Forum at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center. The Forum is designed to give small business owners essential tools to help their businesses succeed, provide jobs
for Texans and strengthen the South Plains economy. The Texas Workforce Commission will present information on the many services available for small business owners, including the $2 million dollar Skills for Small Business Fund, which provides grants to community colleges that small businesses may access for employee training needs. Frank J. Kenny, author of The 7 Secret Laws of Society: Social Media Essentials and Strategies for Small Businesses and Associations, will discuss key components of an effective Social Media Strategy. Participants will have the opportunity to meet subject matter experts from the Texas Workforce Commission, Small Business Development Center, Lubbock Economic Development Corpora-
tion, Workforce Solution South Plains, U.S. Small Business Administration, Texas Tech University Office of Purchasing and Contracting, Texas Tech University Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business and South Plains College. The forum will conclude with the presentation of the State of Texas Small Business Awards. Members of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce may register for a discounted fee of $20 per person. Non-members may register for $25 per person. The registration fee includes all presentations and a luncheon. Click here to register online or call the Chamber at (806) 761-7000. For additional information, contact Robin Raney at robin.raney@ lubbockbiz.org.
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Ground Breakings & Ribbon Cuttings
10th Annual Montelongo Pool Party 3021 Clovis Road
Savant Photography 3212 Woodrow Rd
AimBank 3004 Slide Road
4-H Roundup United Spirit Arena Names & Numbers 7310 Slide Rd, Suite 100
Out on the Patio 12308 Slide Rd
Happy State Bank 4402 19th Street
Simply Decadent Bakery 5905 82nd Street, Suite #101
Lubbock Welding Supply 4005 Avenue A
LOFT 8201 Quaker
Double B Party Barns 1910 Research Blvd Lubbock
TownePlace Suites 5310 West Loop 289
Hogland Office Supplies & Furniture 1602 Ave Q
Chick-fil-A 312 University Ave
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Colleen Evans and Suzanne Cox
Danny Soliz and Fonda Moneymaker
Kathy and Allie Timms
Amy Rock and Marie Evans
Families grow professionally through Chamber activities Contributors: Katelyn Karney and Kacy Steele For some parents, as their children become older and enter the professional world, football games and college orientations are substituted for luncheons and business meetings, meaning less time for family fun. But at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, four parent-child duos have found a way to interact in a professional setting through an ambassador organization sponsored by the Chamber. Kathy and Allie Timms; Marie Evans and Amy Rock; Colleen Evans and Suzanne Cox; and Danny Soliz and Fonda Moneymaker, represent four parent-child duos that were excited to highlight their experiences with the Chamber, as well as discuss how becoming part of a professional group with a family member has benefited them. What business or organization are you a part of? Kathy Timms: Bates-Wells Advertising Allie Timms: Happy State Bank Marie Evans: Geiger Amy Rock: Mary Kay Cosmetics Colleen Evans: Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Suzanne Cox: Texas Tech University School of Law Danny Soliz: Workforce Solutions South Plains Fonda Moneymaker: Sweet & Sassy How did you become a part of the Chamber? Colleen Evans: I have worked at the Chamber since November 2004 and started working as the staff liaison with the Chamber Ambassadors in 2008. I love having my daughter involved with the ambassador program because it allows me to get to see her in a whole different light—not as my daughter, but as a business person.
How long have you volunteered with the Chamber Ambassadors? Kathy Timms: 8 years Allie Timms: 1 year Marie Evans: 8 years Amy Rock: 8 years Colleen Evans: 8 years Suzanne Cox: 5 years Danny Soliz: 10 years Fonda Moneymaker: 1 year Did your parent encourage you to join? Suzanne Cox: My mother did encourage me to get involved with the Chamber. Once I was in a position that becoming an ambassador would be advantageous to my career, she explained the role of the ambassadors to me and how my involvement could be mutually beneficial to the organization as well as me professionally. What is the greatest part or benefit of having your parent involved in the Chamber with you? Amy Rock: We get to spend more time together, even if it’s just to or from an event. It’s nice to do it together. Plus we have a lot of friends in common because of it. Fonda Moneymaker: I love being able to have father/daughter time like when I was a kid. I have truly enjoyed every minute of it! What is your favorite part about being a Chamber Ambassador and volunteer? Kathy Timms: All the great friends that I have made along the way. I would not have had the opportunity to meet them otherwise. I have been introduced to many new things through my association with the Ambassadors and the Chamber of Commerce. I have also been blessed with many business connections that would not have happened had it not been for the Chamber and the networking possibili-
ties they offer. Allie Timms: I love getting to know all the new businesses that are coming to town. It is a wonderful way to get involved with things that you might not know are going on in the community. I have made so many wonderful contacts through this great group! It has opened up many doors for my career here in Lubbock. How else do you donate your time to the Chamber? Marie Evans: Being active in the community and helping at various events. Suzanne Cox: I have also been on the BBQ committee since 2007. I have served as the Volunteer Sub-Committee Chair for 4 years, and this year will be heading up the VIP Sponsorship Recognition, as well as assisting with running the judging. I have also served on the Business Expo committee in the past. I am a member of Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock and am excited to now see it as a part of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. Outside of business, what do you and your family do for fun? Danny Soliz: My wife, Charlotte and I stay involved at our church and participate in several fun activities with fellow members. We also enjoy our grandkids and try to do fun things with them as well as having family meals together.
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Colleen Evans Ranked in ACCE Circle of Champions The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) recently announced the winners for the annual Circle of Champions National Sales contest, and Lubbock Chamber Vice President of Membership, Colleen Evans, ranked second in total number of new sales, and fourth in new member dollars. The ACCE’s Circle of Champions has recognized top chamber membership sales persons for almost 10 years. “We are honored to have Colleen on our Chamber staff,” Chairman Tim Collins said. “Her accomplishment is not only important for the Chamber but for the entire city of Lubbock as well.” Evans has been with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce since 2004. She has ranked nationally in the Circle of Champions Contest since 2008. Evans completed her Institute for Organization Management (IOM) certification in 2011. IOM is a four-year, non-profit management training program and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Record Breaking Total Resource Campaign
Final numbers have been released for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Total Resource Campaign (TRC). With the support of Chamber business members more than $413,000 was raised during the eightweek campaign. The Chamber boasts a 66 percent increase in sponsorship from last year’s campaign. This record breaking campaign was led by Alona Beesinger of Suddenlink Communications. “The success of the Chamber’s second annual Total Resource Campaign can be directly attributed to the hard-working volunteers who dedicated their time and energy for a wonderful cause,” said 2012 TRC Chairwoman Alona Beesinger. “I was confident this group would surpass their goal of $350,000 this year, and am excited to see what the 2013 campaign will bring.” The funds raised go toward assisting the
Chamber in promoting local businesses through events that showcase their sponsorship. Members also benefit from contributing to TRC through promotion via the Chamber’s social media outlets as well as recognition in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter. Top five cash contributors for the 2012 TRC include Chris Ramirez of Suddenlink, Phebe Ellis-Roach of PrimeWest Mortgage, Andrea Wilson of The Price Group, Brice Foster of Southwest Bank, and Tony Garcia. The 2013 TRC campaign which is tentatively scheduled for March 1 through April 30 will be organized by Chairwoman Jennifer Frager of Suddenlink Communications and Co-chairman Brice Foster of Southwest Bank. For more information about opportunities to volunteer, sponsor Chamber events, earn cash prizes or promote your company, please contact the Chamber at (806) 761-7000.
X8 Environmental, Inc. Completes Two Acquisitions Less than one month after receiving a prestigious Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC, X8 Environmental (X8e) announced the acquisition of Vinyard & Associates, Inc. and Subsurface Exploration, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vinyard & Associates, Inc. provides environmental engineering, geotechnical and construction materials testing services. Subsurface Exploration, Inc. specializes in core drilling to obtain subsurface soil samples. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, X8e consolidated to offer Environmental Consulting, Geosciences and Engineering services in 2009. The company is relationship driven, providing professional services to institutions, schools, real estate, banking, municipalities
and business, as well as outsourcing to engineering, architecture and other environmental service companies. Major environmental consulting services include environmental assessment (determining the environmental condition of a particular site), site remediation (cleaning up polluted sites), environmental resource management (strategies for managing client resources), environmental auditing and waste management. Additional services include regulatory compliance, construction and land use permit(See X8e Acquires, Page 14)
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A History of South Plains Mall – 1972-2012 Submitted by Beth Bridges What was once an empty cotton field in 1972, sitting at an intersection in southwest Lubbock that didn’t even need traffic lights, is now host to the region’s strongest, most diverse retail establishment – South Plains Mall. Forty years ago, South Plains Mall opened its doors for shoppers on July 26th. Then, the mall had one hundred specialty stores and three department stores including: JC Penney, Hemphill-Wells, and Dillard’s. There was very limited retail, residential and commercial development around the area. In the mid80’s, Bealls, Sears and Mervyn’s department stores, as well as more specialty store spaces were added, bringing a grand total of over one million square feet of retail space to the center. Fast forward to 2012 – Dillard’s occupies two buildings, Barnes & Noble Booksellers boasts a premier spot on the mall’s east side, and Mervyn’s has exited the retail playing field. But the exit of Mervyn’s brought the exciting opportunity to make an already successful retail center even more well-rounded and successful by adding a first-class movie theater. Taking the former Mervyn’s department store, plus some of the existing common and retail area, Premiere Cinemas 16 & IMAX is the latest and greatest addition to South Plains Mall. Opening in the summer of 2012, this state-of-the-art digital theater will have 16 screens, including the region’s only IMAX theater, restaurant, bar/lounge and other amenities that make this theater experience stand out above all others. It’s hard to imagine this area of town as the sleepy, undeveloped area it once was. The development of South Plains Mall helped to lead
the entire development of southwest Lubbock, resulting in millions upon millions of dollars in economic impact. The economic impact of South Plains Mall alone – in terms of employment, sales tax generation and property tax contribution – is extremely important to the city of Lubbock. We are proud of our service to the community, grateful to the people in the city and region for making us a part of their lives, and will always strive to provide the best retail shopping and entertainment experience for our community. Happy Birthday to South Plains Mall – and thank you to everyone who has helped us achieve this outstanding milestone!
X8e Acquires New Mexico Companies (From Page 13) ting, environmental engineering, management consulting, the cleanup of hazardous soil and groundwater spills, and air, soils and water monitoring and management. Vinyard & Associates, Inc. was established in 1987 as a multi-disciplined geotechnical consulting and materials testing firm. For more than 26 years the company has provided professional consulting services in the fields of geotechnical engineering, foundation analysis, flexible pavement design, rigid pavement design, earthwork construction, and materials testing. Vinyard & Associates, Inc. also provides specialized consulting services to evaluate geotechnical related causes of structural distress.
Both companies provide Environmental Services including Risk Assessment and Reporting, Design, Monitoring and Inspection - Asbestos, Lead, Mold, Indoor Air Quality, Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Phase 1, 2 and 3, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Energy and Weatherization Assessments. “The shared Environmental component of each company was one of the initial drivers of the acquisition,” said Randy Sherwood, X8e’s President and CEO. “In addition to creating their own revenue stream, the Environmental departments often generate opportunities for the Geosciences, Geotechnical and Engineering disciplines of the company.” Subsurface Exploration, Inc. provides
drilling services which provide core samples to the company’s Geotechnical department and monitoring and remediation wells for the Geosciences group. Executive Vice President, CMO, Jon Wiegand has temporarily relocated from his home in Austin, Texas to Albuquerque to help drive business development efforts as part of the acquisition transition team. From its inception, X8e has focused on expanding beyond a local footprint with the objective to develop a regional presence through continued marketing efforts and the targeted acquisition of complimentary companies, talents and resources. The addition of these companies fulfills each of these goals.
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West Texas Home Builders Association Wins Water-Smart Business Award By: Faith Jurek Congratulations to the West Texas Home Builders Association for winning the WaterSmart Business award for this quarter from the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. Larry Driskell, Secretary/Treasurer of the West Texas Home Builders Association said the Parade of Homes displayed 16 homes that were water-saving models this year. In fact, all 16 homes utilized West Texas SmartScape landscapes to help reduce water usage. According to the Texas SmartScape website, SmartScape utilizes xeriscape principles, but goes beyond the basics by providing design, care and plant search tools that are “smart” for West Texas to ultimately help home and business owners conserve water. “The significance of utilizing SmartScape is that we are in a semi-arid climate,” Driskell said. “Starting out with plants that are native or adaptive to this area that are better prepared to deal with drought, we think as homebuilders this represents an effort towards making new homes in some ways better than existing homes.” When most people think of saving water, Driskell said they think of xeriscaping and yards full of rocks and cacti. However, with SmartScape, people can have an attractive yard, something in-between a lush tropical yard and a barren yard. For both new home buyers, and people with existing landscapes, Driskell said establishing a SmartScape landscape is not difficult to do. “I think that with new construction it is a slam-dunk,” Driskell said. “It’s easy, it looks
good, it uses less water, and it’s not more expensive. It just makes good sense and there is a lot of guidance to help you establish the landscape.” Driskell said Smartscape is a new way for home buyers to think outside the box when it comes to water savings. This award will also help West Texas Home Builders Association grow interest in SmartScape. “When someone goes to buy a new home they’re expecting better energy efficiency, better windows, and nicer counter tops, thinking more of the inside and not so much the outside,” Driskell said. “This award will recognize our effort to make new homes better top to bottom, and inside and out.”
In addition, Driskell said builders are encouraging the use of high efficiency dishwashers and washing machines, as well as low-flow shower heads, to also reduce the amount of water being used on a daily basis. To learn more about SmartScape, Driskell said to contact the West Texas Home Builders Association, the Lubbock Water Conservation District, or visit Texas SmartScape. If you are conserving water – inside or outside – at your place of business, or know someone who is, the Water Conservation Council would like to know, as you could be a candidate for this quarterly award! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (806) 761-7006 with your nomination.
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Welcome to the New Chamber Members
Please place this addition in your Chamber Business Directory and Resource Guide! Advanced Neuro & Sleep Diagnostics (806) 771-7879 4601 S. Loop 289, Suite #12 Lubbock, TX 79424 Sleep Disorders/Diagnostics
Last Calls (806) 761-1800 5741 50th Street Lubbock, TX 79424 Furniture
Osteogenics Biomedical, Inc. (806) 796-1923 4620 71st Street, Bldg 78-79 Lubbock, TX 79424 Medical Biomedical
Chaparral Jet Center (806) 762-6670 2201 E. Jamestown Lubbock, TX 79403 Aircraft Charter and/or Rental
The Little Gym of Lubbock (806) 368-9444 5217 98th Street Lubbock, TX 79424 Gymnastic Instruction
Texas Land & Cattle Company (806) 791-0555 7202 Indiana Avenue Lubbock, TX 79423 Restaurants
Chili’s (806) 744-2025 607 University Ave. Lubbock, TX 79401 Restaurants
Live Oak Community Church (806) 798-5583 10710 Frankford Lubbock, TX 79424 Churches
West Texas Guar (806) 637-4662 807 North 5th PO Box 528 Brownfield, TX 79316 Agricultural Related Businesses
Family Power Sports (806) 793-2551 4202 West Loop 289 Lubbock, TX 79407 Boat Sales and Services
LOFT (806) 698-0237 8201 Quaker, Suite 141 Clothing - Apparel – Retail
Heroes and Legacies (806) 589-0281 4210 82nd Street, Suite #220 Lubbock, TX 79423 Cigar Store Juice Plus - Debbie Yocham (806) 535-5293 Health Food & Wellness Products KS Supplies, Inc. (806) 744-8009 2015 Ave C Lubbock, TX 79404 Bearings
Mary Kay - Debra Padgett (806) 793-0001 Cosmetics & Skin Care Products The Matador (806) 368-9030 2424 Broadway Lubbock, TX 79401 Clothing - Apparel – Retail
White Building Materials (806) 745-8600 12702 CR 2500 Lubbock, TX 79404 Building Material Wilson Wrecker Service, LLC (806) 548-3698 1700 S. 11th Slaton, TX 79364 P.O. Box 3784 Lubbock, TX 79452 Wrecker Service
Occutest Solutions (806) 686-6959 PO Box 64571 Lubbock, TX 79464 Drug Screening - Alcohol Testing
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