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The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Vol. 22 No. 6 June 2014 2014 Business Expo

Meet New Chamber Staff

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Revealed: 2014 Hub City BBQ Entertainment pg. 11

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In the news this month:

2014 Board of Directors

2014 Business Expo Recap...................................... 6 Cinco de Mayo Luncheon Recap............................. 7 Meet New Chamber Staff........................................... 8 Chamber University: Social Media......................... 8 Mark Your Calendars: Hub City BBQ 2014...........11 Community Prayer Breakfast Recap....................13

A Message from the Chamber Since 1913, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s mission of strengthening, promoting and serving its member businesses has positively benefited the entire region and local quality of life. As the largest business federation on the South Plains, the Chamber represents almost 2,200 members who employ approximately 73,000 workers, and account for around $900 million in economic impact in Lubbock and West Texas. This is accomplished without the use of tax dollars. Each day, the Chamber strengthens, promotes and serves its member businesses through numerous programs and events. The Chamber advocates on local, state and federal levels and offers diverse programs for both large and small as well as minority-owned businesses.

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To submit an article or sponsor an issue, contact the Chamber at (806) 761-7000.


Chamber Chat is a weekly video update meant to inform Chamber members about Chamber happenings. Click here to see the latest edition of Chamber Chat. Interested in sponsoring one or more editions of Chamber Chat? Contact Marketing Specialist Haily Assiter by email at, or by phone at 806-761-7003.

Executive Committee

Chairwoman Alona Beesinger, Suddenlink Chairman-Elect Jay Jacobus, Scarborough Specialties, Inc. Immediate Past Chairman Carlos Morales, Caprock Home Health Services, Inc. Treasurer Beth Bridges, South Plains Mall Office Secretary Eddie McBride , Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairwoman, Business Development Diannah Tatum, Sanford & Tatum Insurance Agency Vice Chairman, Communications & Marketing Peter Hur, RFS Financial Services Vice Chairman, Education & Workforce Development

Gabe Vitela, Twisted Root Burger Co.

Vice Chairman, Leadership Sidney Hopper, United Supermarkets LLC Vice Chairman, Government & Community Relations David Park, Atmos Energy Vice Chairman, Membership & Investor Relations Brice Foster, City Bank

Board of Directors Carmen Aguirre, Children’s Advocacy Center of the South Plains Sharon Hyde Bass, Volunteer Center of Lubbock Ron Betenbough, Betenbough Homes Michael Calvillo, Michael Calvillo Bail Bonds Renee Gonzales Davis, Alderson Enterprises/Mercedes-Benz Scott Fagin, First United Bank Linda Gaither, WestMark Realtors- Gaither/Ratcliff Sonny Garza, City Bank Clayton Isom, The Isom Group Dan Jackson, KCBD TV-News Channel 11 Brent King, UMC Health System Robert Lacy, PYCO Industries, Inc. Jason Medina, Glasheen, Valles & Inderman, LLP Jessie Mendoza, FirstBank & Trust Co. Kathy Oaks, American Cancer Society Richard Parks, Covenant Health Bill Patton, Robinson, Johnston & Patton, CPAs Tony Pena, FirstCapital Bank L. Timothy Perrin, Lubbock Christian University Norval Pollard, City Bank Cathy Pope, StarCare Specialty Health System Cory Powell, TTU Mentor Tech Jorge Quirino, Essential Home Health Care/Absolute Home Medical Frank Silvas, AFLAC-Frank Silvas Polly Vann, V-tech Environmental Services Irasema Velasquez, Velasquez Insurance & Worksite Benefits Dr. David Vroonland, Frenship Independent School District Chuck Walker, FirstCare Health Plans Mitch Watson, FirstBank & Trust Co. Connie Wharton, Centennial Bank


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Upcoming June 12 Business After Hours hosted by FirstCapital Bank June 17 Chamber 101: Pizza with the President June 18 Chamber University: Social Media Ambassador Luncheon June 26 Board Meeting Business After Hours hosted by Overton Hotel

Reserve your 2015 Chamber Directory Sponsorship today!

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Young Professionals First Tuesday Networking – 5:30 p.m. McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas Ave. Ribbon Cutting: Lubbock Moonlight Musicals – 1:30 p.m. 2806 Ave A Golf Committee Meeting – 4 p.m. – LCOC Agriculture Committee Meeting – 8 a.m. – LCOC Water-Smart Task Force Meeting – 9 a.m. – LCOC Transportation Committee Meeting – 10:30 a.m. – LCOC Ribbon Cutting: Lubbock Area Association of Health Underwriters Golf Tournament – 1:15 p.m. Rawls Golf Course, 3720 4th St. Ribbon Cutting: Qdoba Mexican Grill – 11:15 a.m. 5017 Milwaukee Ave., Suite 300 New Century Leadership Steering Committee Meeting 1 p.m. – LCOC Golf Committee Meeting – 4 p.m. – LCOC Ribbon Cutting: Southwest Bank – 5 p.m. 1901 W. Loop 289 Ribbon Cutting: Rawe Yates Media Group – 4:30 p.m. 1901 W. Loop 289 Business After Hours hosted by FirstCapital Bank 5:30 p.m. – 6811 Indiana Ave Leadership Lubbock Application Deadline Chamber 101: Pizza with the President – 11:30 a.m. San Jacinto Room, 2nd floor Wells Fargo Center, 1500 Broadway Young Professionals Tuesday Networking – 5:30 p.m. Windsor Creek Apartments, 5301 Chicago Ave Chamber University: Social Media – 8 a.m. Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University Ambassador Luncheon – 12:30 p.m. – Cottage Village 110 Frankford Ave. New Century Leadership Steering Committee Meeting 2 p.m. – LCOC Golf Committee Meeting – 4 p.m. – LCOC Ribbon Cutting: Aim Mortgage – 11 a.m. – 6506 19th St. Executive Committee Meeting – Noon – LCOC Ribbon Cutting: Texas Boys Ranch/Therapeutic Recreation Center – 2 p.m. – 4810 North CR 2800 Ribbon Cutting: Thrivent Financial – 4:30 p.m. 2024 82nd St., Suite 103 Government Relations Committee Meeting – 10:30 a.m. LCOC Young Professionals Steering Committee Meeting Noon – LCOC Leadership Lubbock Steering Committee Meeting 2 p.m. – LCOC Board Meeting – 10 a.m. – American Wind Power Center, 1701 Canyon Lake Drive Business After Hours hosted by Overton Hotel – 5:30 p.m. 2322 Mac Davis Lane Hub City BBQ Committee Meeting – 4 p.m. – LCOC For a complete list of Chamber and member events, visit our calendar online at

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Chamber 101: Pizza with the President 11:30 a.m. June 17, 2014 1500 Broadway San Jacinto Room, 2nd floor Wells Fargo Center Sponsored by: Buffalo Springs Lake

Make plans to attend Chamber 101: Pizza with the President on June 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the San Jacinto Room, on the second floor, of the Wells Fargo Center, 1500 Broadway. If you are a new member of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce or a new employee of a long standing member, attending Chamber 101 is a great way to learn about the Chamber. You will learn about what we do, and more importantly how you can get involved. This is also a great opportunity to grow your business network and start building relationships with other members, as well as our volunteers and Chamber staff. The lunch is free to attend for all members and prospective members. To RSVP, or for additional information, contact Chamber Marketing Specialist Haily Assiter by email at or by phone at 806761-7003.

Chamber Staff President & CEO Eddie McBride, IOM Executive Vice President Government & Community Relations Norma Ritz Johnson, IOM, CCE CFO & Vice President Administration Sheri Nugent, IOM Vice President Business Development Chrisyte Weld Vice President Communications & Marketing Tammi Boozer

Vice President Education & Workforce Development

Diana Fabing

Vice President Membership & Investor Relations

Colleen Evans, IOM

Government & Community Relations Specialist

Amy Marquez Community Relations & Program Specialist Audrey DeLeon Marketing Specialist Haily Assiter Event Specialist Haley Howey Office Coordinator/Accounting Clerk Patsy Moffett Customer Service Representative Patricia Picon Intern Peyton Waldrip

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2014 Business Expo “Launching Bold Pursuits” was the theme for the 2014 Business Expo, presented by American National Bank, at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on May 8. The largest business trade show on the South Plains featured over 200 business exhibitors and plenty of networking opportunities for both exhibitors and consumers. This year marked the 21st year of the Business Expo! The day began with an Exhibitor Only networking time, meant for exhibitors to meet and greet each other and learn more about each other’s businesses. This new feature proved to be a favorite feature for exhibitors this year! A celebratory ribbon cutting was held right before the doors opened to the public. New to Business Expo this year was the “Wellness Zone: Launchpad to a Healthier You,” held in the Banquet Hall. This area was reserved for businesses showcasing products, services and resources focused on fitness, health and wellness. The Wellness Zone drew 18 exhibitors and featured special door prizes donated by Chamber members, only available to visitors who

by Christye Weld registered when they visited the Wellness Zone. Special door prizes for the Wellness Zone were contributed by Farmer’s Insurance–Shoenig Potts Agency, Helton Chiropractic, Jason White, DDS, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, Sam’s Club, Title One Digital Title Solutions, United Supermarkets and Visit Lubbock. The day concluded with Business After Hours hosted by Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. Business Expo award winners are pictured below with Alona Beesinger, Lubbock Chamber Chairwoman; Molly Harris, 2014 Business Expo Chairwoman; and Bryce Looney, 2014 Business Expo Co-Chair.

Presenting Sponsor:

Congratulations to the 2014 Business Expo Award Winners!


Benchmark Business Solutions was the recipient of the 2014 Business Expo Best Dressed award.

Healthy Meals To Go was the recipient of the 2014 Business Expo Best Giveaway award.

GriffinWink was the recipient of the 2014 Business Expo Best of Show award.

Battery Joe was the recipient of the 2014 Business Expo Best Staff award.

Lubbock KIDS Dental was the recipient of the 2014 Business Expo Best First Time Exhibitor award.

Hogland Office Equipment was the recipient of the 2014 Business Expo Best Interpretation of the Theme award.

TapSnap was the recipient of the 2014 Business Expo Most Fun award.

The Price Group was the recipient of the 2014 Business Expo Most Innovative award.

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Cinco de Mayo Luncheon The Chamber’s Cinco de Mayo luncheon was held on Mon., May 5 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The luncheon gave members of the Lubbock business community the opportunity to celebrate the Hispanic heritage common to many of our members and fellow citizens. This year’s key-note speaker was John Esparza, President and CEO of the Texas Motor Transportation Association and Regent of Texas Tech University. A big thank you to our sponsors and all those in attendance for making this event a great success!

Isabel Cordero singing the National Anthem

Ballet Folklorico Nuestra Herencia

Key-note Speaker John Esparza, President & CEO of Texas Trucking Association and TTU Regent

Mariachi Carino

Presenting Sponsor:

2014 Chamber Golf Classic is SOLD OUT! July 21, 2014 Hillcrest Country Club, 4011 North Boston Two flights - 8:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Presenting Sponsor:


Imagine Lubbock Together Public Information Sharing Session

Adrienne Cozart shares about Education.

Attendees were divided into small groups to hear about each element.

Kathy Gilbreath shares about Arts & Culture.

Jim Gilbreath shares about Downtown.

The Imagine Lubbock Together Steering Committee held a Public Information Sharing Session on May 13, at the Studios at 5th and J (1106 5th Street) in the downtown arts and entertainment district. The event gave the public an opportunity to learn what has been happening with the Imagine Lubbock Together eight key element areas since the Implementation Phase started last July. Imagine Lubbock Together has enjoyed continued progress with many of its partners on the community-wide strategic plan based on its previous year-long visioning process. Thanks to the Imagine Lubbock Together Steering Committee members: Chairwoman, Connie Wharton, Cathy Allen, Rob Allison, Stephen Beasley, Annette Boles, Adrienne Cozart, Karen Gibson, Jim Gilbreath, Kathy Gilbreath, Dr. Donald Haragan, David Langston, John Osborne, David Park, Jorge Ramirez, Suzanne Taylor and Charlie Wall.


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Introducting Newest Chamber Staff Members Meet Christye Weld, Vice President of Business Development The Chamber welcomes Christye Weld as Vice President of Business Development. Weld began her duties at the Chamber on March 17. A native of Abernathy, Texas, Weld joined the Chamber staff after serving two and a half years as Vice President of Marketing at Built for Dreams. Weld brings with her Chamber of Commerce experience as she spent three years as the Membership Representative at the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. She also has been actively involved with the Lubbock Chamber serving as an Ambassador. Weld, who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University, currently sits on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of North Texas and the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas.

As the Vice President of Business Development for the Chamber, Weld will work to increase the Chamber’s ability to offer stellar programs and services to its members by providing a core stream of diversified events that expand non-dues revenue, showcase member businesses and offer valuable networking opportunities. Other responsibilities include: organize, plan and coordinate the Chamber’s Business Expo and the Hub City BBQ Cook-off, identify issues that will impact Lubbock and member businesses, and formulate, prioritize and promote the business positions on behalf of the Chamber membership.

Meet Haily Assiter, Marketing Specialist A few months into her job, Haily Assiter has been in full swing as the Marketing Specialist in the Communications and Marketing Division. A native of Lubbock, Assiter came to the Chamber after spending the last two years working in Community Relations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Southwest in Lubbock. She received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Texas Tech University. Assiter is no stranger to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce having served as an Ambassador for two years. As Marketing Specialist, she is responsible for communicating and marketing Chamber sponsorships; assisting with cre-

ating and implementing meaningful Chamber communications; and coordinating the Ambassadors program, ribbon cuttings/ground breakings, Business after Hours events and Chamber 101. Assiter has implemented a new media outlet for the Chamber to communicate through, during her time at the Chamber. Assiter has successfully launched “Chamber Chat,” a weekly Chamber news update.

Join this social media boot camp which includes best practices, driving word of mouth location technologies, and three case studies. In addition to discussing online branding, how to build a digital identity with LinkedIn as the anchor, review supporting tactics such as online portfolios and slideshare. Speaker is Lin Humphrey, Ph.D. Candidate at the Rawls College of Business. Humphrey was named the 2011 Global Mobile Marketing Academic of the Year and the 2013 Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholar. For additional information, or to inquire about group pricing, contact the Vice President of Education and Workforce Development Diana Fabing at 806761-7005 or

8:00-11:30 a.m. | June 18, 2014 Rawls College of Business Click here to register today! ®


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High Plains Water District is a “Water-Smart Business“ Sandra Harris, Chairwoman of the Chamber Water-Smart Task Force, presented the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District its Water-Smart award this month.

New Century Leadership and Leadership Lubbock: A Year in Review Each year, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce provides opportunity for Chamber members to participate in the annual Leadership Lubbock program. Now in its 38th year, Leadership Lubbock boasts over 1,300 graduates. New this year to Leadership Lubbock were six leadership forums led by 1999 Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Chairman, David Miller, through Spirit Ranch. Miller’s wisdom and leadership training challenged the class to reach beyond their leadership skills and seek a higher understanding of what being a leader means, and how to achieve a balance in being a leader while serving their community. Modeled after Leadership Lubbock, New Century Leadership is a program specifically for high school juniors. Both programs teach leadership skills while introducing participants to community leaders, businesses, and organizations vital to our thriving economy. New Century Leadership students were given a leadership skill of the day to practice and learn firsthand. Each month featured a new skill that was incorporated into the day’s planning.

Leadercast 2014 Leadercast 2014 launched on May 9 at Bacon Heights Baptist Church. Leadercast is a leadership seminar, broadcast live globally. Designated locations, across the world, were invited to tune in and watch the program. This year’s list of speakers was comprised of Andy Stanley, Leadership Communicator and Best-Selling Author; Henry Cloud, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Leadership Consultant; Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate and Human Rights Activist; Laura Schroff, Former Advertising Sales Executive and Best-Selling Author; Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United

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Interview skills, social media etiquette, and dining etiquette are just a few examples of what students learned. Both groups traveled throughout Lubbock and the surrounding community, going as far as Ropesville to visit Buster’s Gin during Ag & Energy Day or as close to home as the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts for Sports, Recreation & Entertainment Day. Llano Logistics provided a detailed tour of its facilities; The Triple J Chophouse & Brew Co. revealed how to make beer; the Byron Martin Technology Center provided an in-depth tour and explanation of its career training programs; and the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance presented an exciting overview of our current economic trends and the future of Lubbock. Each business who presented, spoke, visited and took time to teach left a mark on the classes, impressing upon students the value of smart business and learning about our community. Thank you to all of our presenters and guests who taught each class something new and for taking time to be with us.

Winter 2013

by Diana Fabing States; Malcolm Gladwell, Award-Winning Journalist and BestSelling Author; Randall Wallace, Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Songwriter; Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP AG; Simon Sinek, Leadership Expert and Best-Selling Author; and Co-Hosts Cat Deeley and Tripp Crosby. Four sessions were presented. Each session began with an inspirational video that underlined the theme of the day, Beyond You. The theme, Beyond You, reflected selfless leadership. Thank you to our presenting co-sponsors, Chick-fil-A and Benchmark Business Solutions for supporting Leadercast.



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June Business of the Month: Chick-fil-A The Chamber congratulates Chick-fil-A at South Plains Crossing and 82nd and Milwaukee for being named the Chamber’s June Business of the Month. Abie Rampy, Chick-fil-A’s Director of Marketing, said the Chamber has opened a door for Chick-fil-A to influence other businesses’ customer service practices by allowing Chickfil-A to present their model at Chamber University, as well as to Chamber members such as Walgreens and Texas Tech. “We feel that the Chamber has a giant impact in helping Chick-fil-A create business contacts through the many events such as the Business Expo, Hub City BBQ, and the golf tournament,” Rampy stated. “Our partnership has exposed our business to many local companies with catering needs, speaking engagements and community leadership.” Chick-fil-A has been a member of the Chamber since 1998.

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“We know the true success of leaving a lasting impression in your local community is actually being seen in the community,” Rampy said. “The Chamber allows us to be present in the community where we can reach as many people as possible through charitable events and community involvement.” Chick-fil-A’s involvement in the Business Expo, Leadercast, golf tournament, Chamber University and Leadership Lubbock has created a channel that allows Chick-filA to be seen as a leader in Lubbock. The Chamber is proud to congratulate Chick-fil-A on its June Business of the Month achievement. Chick-fil-A, along with all of the other businesses of the month for 2014, will be considered for the Chamber’s Business of the Year award, in December 2014.

Congratulations, 2013-2014 Leadership Lubbock Graduates!

Leadership Lubbock Chairwoman, Jeanna Roach awards David Miller, of Spirit Ranch, with a certificate of appreciation for teaching leadership skills.

Leadership Lubbock graduates and guests enjoyed cocktail reception before the ceremony.

Greg Stevens, 2014-2015 Leadership Lubbock Chairman-Elect, presents the class challenge.

Leadership Lubbock Chairwoman, Jeanna Roach, “passes the gavel” onto 2014-2015 Leadership Lubbock Chairman, David Crews.

Key Speaker, Dr. Gary Schwantz, reminds the class that leadership involves having grace towards others.

StarCare staff enjoying the evening with the Leadership Lubbock class.

Barry and Holly Givens, of LEDA, with Roger Karr, of American National Bank, enjoying the cocktail reception.

Final words of wisdom from Leadership Lubbock Chairwoman, Jeanna Roach.

by Diana Fabing The Leadership Lubbock year drew to a close on May 20 with its annual banquet. After spending the last nine months trekking through the community together learning about our Chamber businesses, class members eagerly greeted each other and exchanged introductions with guests. Once classmates, they were now friends and a tight-knit group. It was a packed house at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center and the excitement grew as the audience moved into the banquet hall following the reception and cocktail opening. Chairwoman, Jeanna Roach, of Betenbough Homes greeted the audience and class member Raymond Richardson, Lubbock Christian University, gave a stirring invocation. Dr. Gary Schwantz asked the audience to remember grace and respect in business,


and to always treat others, as well as ourselves, with the highest human dignity. This year’s Distinguished Alumni was awarded to Matt Bumstead for his boundless energy and dedication to improving the Lubbock community. Greg Stevens, Lubbock Police Department, challenged the class to use its resources, focus, and time on people rather than objects and things to reap the highest satisfaction in life and work. The evening drew to a close with the introduction of the 2014-2015 Leadership Lubbock Steering committee. A tremendous thank you to our businesses who sponsored, presented and hosted the many events and programs held throughout the year.

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April Ambassador of the Month: Rex Andrews Congratulations to Rex Andrews for being named Ambassador of the Month for the second consecutive month. Andrews represents Edge Concepts, Innovative Designs, Metro L&L, L.L.C., and Shaded Acres Tree & Boulder Farm. In April, Andrews earned 89 points. In 2014, Andrews’ Ambassador Team, Team Soliz, has earned 940 points. Andrews has contributed 272 of those points. In the Q&A below, we ask Andrews about what he has done to achieve his successful professional experiences. Andrews also gives advice to new Chamber members and ambassadors. What steps did you take to get to where you are today professionally? Seeking God’s advice daily. Connecting with the proper people. Don’t take no for an answer. What steps did you take to get to where you are today in the LCOC? Once I became an Ambassador, I took full advantage of what the organization was designed for. I used my membership to get to know other people that could help benefit the businesses that I represent, and made great contacts and friends along the way.

April Ambassador Team of the Month: Team Soliz

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What advice do you have for aspiring sales representatives? Be honest. Do exactly what you say you’re going to do. Answer your phone. If you don’t have the answer find it in a very short time. Return calls. If you say you are going to be there, then be there. Be on time always, and on time is at least five minutes early. If you sell yourself, you can sell anyone. Smile! What advice do you have for new Chamber members? If you’re going to spend the money to be a member, then be involved. Go to all activities available when your job allows, shake hands, tell people what you do and how your company can help theirs. What advice do you have for new Chamber ambassadors? Show up, meet people, get involved, and smile! Rex Andrews (left) received his award from Brooks Jay (right), of Alan Henry Insurance Agency. Ambassador of the Month Award sponsored by:

Mark Your Calendars: 2014 Hub City BBQ Coming Soon! by Peyton Waldrip

Members of Team Soliz received the Ambassador Team of the Month scissors at the May Ambassador Luncheon.

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Congratulations, Team Soliz, Ambassador Team of the Month! Team Soliz finished April with 272 points and 71 percent participation. To date, Team Soliz has earned 940 points this year. The Chamber’s ambassador program is comprised of 194 ambassadors, representing their member businesses. These 194 ambassadors are split up into five teams. Ambassadors compete, every month, for the most patricipation in ambassador events. Ambassadors are most commonly seen welcoming new businesses and helping existing businesses celebrate milestones at ribbon cuttings and ground breakings. They also serve as greeters and hosts for monthly luncheon meetings, Business After Hours, Chamber 101, and a number of other Chamber special events, receptions, meetings, etc. If you are interested in sponsoring the Ambassador Team of the Month Award through June 2015 or if you are interested in becoming an ambassador, please contact Haily Assiter, Marketing Specialist, at or by phone at (806) 761-7003.

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce’s infamous Hub City BBQ will be held 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 18 between Avenues J & O in Downtown Lubbock. This year’s BBQ committee is gearing up and anticipates another successful BBQ event. Team Registration forms are now available. Sign your team up today! Click here to request a form. The BBQ committee and Chamber staff are excited to announce that the entertainment for the 2014 Hub City BBQ will be the Bart Crow Band. For more information, please visit the BBQ website, the BBQ Facebook page, or contact the Chamber’s Vice President–Business Development, Christye Weld, at christye.weld@lubbockbiz. org or by phone at (806) 761-7009. 2014 Entertainment: Bart Crow Band

Presented by: Suddenlink


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Board Member Spotlight: Sidney Hopper Getting to know Sidney Hopper, Board gaining a better understanding of how Member. they can serve in their communities. How did you get involved with the Chamber and what keeps you involved? I had been involved with the Chamber in other communities that I had lived in, and have always appreciated the role they play in supporting business in our communities. When Eddie called and asked if I would serve it was an easy decision. What is your favorite event or program of the Chamber? I feel that the Chamber has many valuable programs for its members to benefit from, however, I personally think the Leadership Program is one of the best. Our company has used the Chamber Leadership program in all of our markets as part of our internal leadership development program. We have found the opportunity it presents for some of our up and coming leaders is invaluable in the relationships they build as well as

What are some of your other community leadership roles? I am leading our company’s United Way campaign this year. I also currently serve as vice-president of our Foundation Board, which handles all charitable giving and donations in all of our trade areas. Finish this sentence: Never again will I... underestimate the power of people working together with the same purpose and overcoming obstacles to achieve great results. I have the opportunity to work alongside over 12,000 outstanding team members every day and see first hand what they can accomplish working together and how dedicated they are to serving our guests. It is amazing to see and without a doubt the best part of my job.

Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock Spotlight: Nick Atwood

Why is being a YP member important to you? Being someone that is involved in their community is important to me. My involvement with the YP group offers opportunities to grow myself and opportuniWhy did you choose to be a member ties to help grow others. I strive to make a of Young Professionals of Greater Lub- positive difference in peoples’ lives and YP bock? I want to be involved in my com- is a great avenue. munity and grow both personally and professionally with other young business Where do you work? Mass Mutual Southprofessionals of the Lubbock area. I also west want to help expand the presence of the Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock What is your position? Vice President and enhance the opportunities for those that come after me. What all does your position entail? I actively recruit and manage a team in the fiHow long have you been a YP mem- nancial services industry. My main responber? Almost 3 years sibility is to maintain and to continue to grow our agency’s footprint in West Texas. What are some of your favorite YP I look for both experienced and inexperievents to attend? First Tuesday Net- enced business professionals that seek a working & Lunch and Learn career in the financial services industry and help train and coach them for success. What do you feel is the most rewarding part of being a YP member? Net- How long have you been with your curworking and the business contacts/ rent company? Three years friends you make Getting to know Nick Atwood, Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock member, and the Chamber’s 2014 Total Resource Campaign co-chair.


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2014 Community Prayer Breakfast The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Community Prayer Breakfast May 1 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The Community Prayer Breakfast started years ago and has been tied to the National Day of Prayer during the month of May. Each year, the breakfast features a Christian speaker or performer to present a message to the business community honoring the National Day of Prayer. This year’s performer was Award-winning contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Jason Gray. Gray garnered his first No. 1 single when “Nothing is Wasted” reached the top spot on the Soft Adult Contemporary Chart in May 2013. Also, that same month, he was honored at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ (ASCAP) 35th Annual Christian Music Awards with the “Most Performed Song Award” for his song “Good to Be Alive”. The song was a top five single on Christian radio and was released on Gray’s album A Way to See in the Dark.

by Amy Marquez Presented by:

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

1st Choice Fencing

Alliance Federal Credit Union 2220 34th St.

Arbor Hotel & Conference Center 62nd & Milwaukee 13

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Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings cont’d Ribbon Cuttings sponsored by

Community Health Center of Lubbock 1610 5th St.

Designs in Thread 5044 Frankford Ave, Suite 200

Edge Concepts 13033 Quaker Ave

Fill the Boot Campaign Muscular Dystrophy Association

Golf Headquarters 5044 Frankford Ave, Suite 100

Grady Henley Decorators 50th Anniversary

Heartland Payment Systems

Red Robin 4805 S. Loop 289

Sleep Number 5605 Slide Rd.

Stone Creek Special Events Center 4709 NCR 1700

TEEN TOWN Covenant Children’s Hospital 4000 24th St.

VetStar 2701 81st St.


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Welcome New Chamber Members! Please place this addition in your Chamber Business Directory & Resource Guide

Wrench A Part 4210 E. Slaton Hwy 24/Seven Security 3403 73rd St., Ste. 17 Lubbock, TX 79423 (806) 722-2600 Security Control Equipment, System & Monitoring American Wind Power Center 1701 Canyon Lake Dr. Lubbock, TX 79403 (806) 747-8734 Museum Best Buy 5916 W. Loop 289 Lubbock, TX 79424 (806) 791-4384 Retail Sales - Electronics, Computers & Appliances Cabela’s 3030 W. Loop 289 Lubbock, TX 79407 Retail Sales - Sporting Goods California Medical Weight Management 7202 Slide Rd., Ste. 303 Lubbock, TX 79424 (806) 771-0913 Weight Loss and/or Control Center Candy Wrapper 6002 Slide Rd., Ste. 68209 Lubbock, TX 79414 (806) 791-5459 Candy and Confectionery Cariloop 2011 N. Collins Blvd., Ste. 805 Richardson, TX 75080 (214) 403-0049 Assisted Living & Care Center Referrals City of Idalou 301 Main Idalou, TX 79329 (806) 892-2531 Government Agencies

Clear-Vu Auto Glass 7415 82nd St. Lubbock, TX 79424 (806) 791-4311 Auto Glass CLEAT - Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, Inc. 2201 University Ave., Ste. B Lubbock, TX 79418 (800) 752-5328 Non Profit Organization Club Pink 510 N. University Lubbock, TX 79415 (806) 632-8628 Night Club and/or Lounges Comfort Security & Sound PO Box 16556 Lubbock, TX 79409 (806) 632-4019 Security Control Equipment, System & Monitoring Consider It Done PO Box 65476 Lubbock, TX 79464 (806) 759-7689 Organizing Services

4/16/14 - 5/15/14 Good Karma Cigar, LLC 3411 S. Loop 289 Lubbock, TX 79423 (806) 799-3223 Cigar Store J. Walt Hagood Farms 9808 FM 2378 Wolfforth, TX 79382 (806) 866-4051 Farms Hub City Wings 1902 34th St. Lubbock, TX 79411 (806) 786-3332 Restaurants Idalou Economic Development Corporation 301 Main Idalou, TX 79329 (806) 892-2531 Government Agencies IDLife - Denton, Mike & Jody 5206 CR 1425 Lubbock, TX 79407 (806) 252-6310 Health, Food & Wellness Products

Crusty’s Wood Fire Pizza 3606 61st St. Lubbock, TX 79413 (806) 544-9088 Catering

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich - 50th & Slide 4730 Slide Rd. Lubbock, TX 79414 (806) 795-0800 Restaurants

Elwood Staffing 2811 S. Loop 289, Ste. 4 Lubbock, TX 79423 (806) 745-0070 Employment Agency-Permanent and/or Temporary

King’s Point Cove & The Hideout Golf Club 6624 FM 2632 Brownwood, TX 76801 (325) 784-8000 Resort and/or Retreat Center

Exit Realty of Lubbock - Zaji, PJ 5102 60th St., Ste. G Lubbock, TX 79414 (806) 787-5533 Real Estate

Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Federation 2305 120th Street (79423) PO Box 6685 Lubbock, TX 79493 (806) 745-8290 Non Profit Organization

Gicon Pumps & Equipment 1001 Texas Ave. (79401) PO Box 701 Lubbock, TX 79408 (806) 401-8287 Pumps

Lubbock Design Homes 4403 108th St. Lubbock, TX 79424 (806) 549-1286 Home Builders


Lubbock Business Network

New Chamber Members cont’d Matador Motors, LLC 5901 34th St. (79407) PO Box 16621 Lubbock, TX 79490 (806) 687-7300 Automobile Dealers - Used

Rain Uptown 5217 98th Street Lubbock, TX 79424 (806) 798-5900 Restaurants

Mesa Verde RV Park 503 E. Hwy 62/82 Wolfforth, TX 79382 (806) 773-3135 Camp Ground and Recreational Vehicle Park

R-Energy, LLC 5306 39th St. Lubbock, TX 79414 (806) 773-2169 Roofing Contractors

Nerium International - Lacey Hegi 1701 Ave. H Abernathy, TX 79311 (806) 241-4925 Health, Food & Wellness Products Rain Cafe 2708 50th Street Lubbock, TX 79413 (806) 785-8500 Restaurants

Short Enterprises 1604 B FM 1585 Lubbock, TX 79423 (806) 789-7311 Golf Cart Sales and/or Service Time Forge 2206 Broadway Lubbock, TX 79401 (866) 684-7191 Computer - Software Development

Richard Meek Air Conditioning 3301 86th St. Lubbock, TX 79423 (806) 793-1799 Air Conditioning & Heating Contractors Salyer Homes 5812 83rd St., Ste. 145, PMB #112 Lubbock, TX 79424 (806) 928-0419 Home Builders

Ventura Homes 4806 Knoxville Ave. Lubbock, TX 79413 (806) 791-0367 Home Builders Vision Wealth Advisors 2026 82nd St., Ste. 103 Lubbock, TX 79423 (806) 553-2800 Investments

Shaw Services PO Box 64664 Lubbock, TX 79464 (806) 543-6363 Contractors - Dirt Contractor

Current membership information can be found on the Chamber’s online Business Directory. Members can be searched by category or keyword. Membership information can be verified online through the Member Only section.

Business After Hours Hosted by: FirstCapital Bank

Hosted by: Overton Hotel & Conference Center

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. June 12, 2014 6811 Indiana Ave.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. June 26, 2014 2322 Mac Davis Lane ®


Lubbock Business Network - June 2014