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An official publication of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce



Kerrville Area

Issue 25 | OCTOBER 2011


Grant S. Mein Financial Advisor 1234 Bandera Hwy. Kerrville, TX 78028 830-895-0997

Kendall N. Davison, AAMS速 Financial Advisor 712 Hill Country Dr. , Ste 201 Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-7877

Bryon Mein Financial Advisor 1016 A Junction Hwy. Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-5254

Joyce D. Mechler, AAMS速 Financial Advisor 301 Earl Garrett Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-4059

Stephanie Marschall Financial Advisor 1406 Sidney Baker Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-5311

Amy D. Bush, AAMS速 Financial Advisor 3285 Junction Hwy., Ste A Ingram, TX 78025 830-367-6026

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Kerrville Area

An official publication of the

Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce

Business October

Officers: Bob Waller, Chairman of the Board, Broadway National Bank Mark Tuschak, Chair-Elect, Schreiner University Sue Steele, First Vice Chairman, Bank of the Hills Kyle Bond, Vice Chairman, Terminix Pest Control Brenda Beaty, CPA, Treasurer, Pressler, Thompson, PC Joe Herring Jr., Immediate Past Chair, Herring Printing Co.

Directors: William “Bill” Beltrone, CPA Kim Clarkson, Kerr County Abstract Frank Dunlap, The Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center James Eastland, Camp Mystic­­­ Judy Eychner, Century 21 Malson Realty Denny Foster, Lemon Tree Cleaners Mike Graxiola, Kerrville Daily Times Trevor Hyde, Comanche Trace Tracy McCuan, Kerrville Public Utility Board Kent McKinney, Guadalupe National Bank Scott Peschel, Fidelity Abstract & Title Co. Joe Piszczor, Peterson Regional Medical Center Linda Somerville, Security State Bank & Trust Ellen Williams, Kerrville Independent School District Delbert Wilson, Hill Country Telephone Cooperative


President’s Message and Chairman’s Corner




James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic


Member Discounts


New Members & Member Anniversaries


Member Profile


All the Way to the Bank


Extra! Extra!


Leadership Kerr County


Business Barometer


89th Annual Awards Banquet

Advertising Morgan Schooley O: 830-285-4373 -


Ribbon Cuttings

Creative Director Jeanna Goodrich -


Photos from the Member Mixer

PUBLISHER Morgan Schooley Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Traci L. Carlson - President Dora Gonzalez, Susan Rogers, Kristan Craddock O: 830-896-1155

Grape Juice

Mike Huff, President of Wells Fargo Bank

Class of 2011

and Kerrville’s Got Talent Wrap-Up

Contact Kerrville Area Business 2733 Indian Wells Drive - 830-285-4373

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October 2011

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cal community bank with all the technology of the big banks. You can bank online or mobile when you want, and when you need someone to talk to— we’re here for you. Come in and see why we’re the best bank for your business. From operating hours to mobile and online access, Guadalupe National Bank is the hard-working local bank for local businesses.

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Looking forward, and back

ways for members to get We all know being involved, whether it is a a member of your local committee or just simply chamber of commerce is attending a mixer. a good business strategy. Speaking of getting More so, we all know involved: I want to being a member of the congratulate and thank Kerrville Area Chamber all the award winners this of Commerce is a GREAT year; Business Person of business strategy. What the Year - Denny Foster, you might not know Lemon Tree Cleaners, is seven out of ten TRACI L. CARLSON Ambassador of the Year consumers believe that Jeff Talarico, Wells Fargo being actively involved Advisors, Health Care Industry Leader in the Chamber is an effective strategy of the Year - Dr. Lena Rippstein, for enhancing a business’ reputation Schreiner University, Volunteer of the and for demonstrating that it uses Year - Hill Country Chapter of the good business practices. Furthermore, Vietnam Veterans of America, Woman specifically in the South, customers of the Year - Kristy Vandenberg, are 82% more likely to patronize American Red Cross-Hill Country your business if you are a member of Chapter and Citizen of the Year the Chamber of Commerce. Include Warren Ferguson. All these people chamber membership in your business are heavily involved in the Chamber strategy by becoming more involved in and I’m sure they would tell you their your Chamber. We have a whole host


October 2011

Traci L. Carlson President/CEO Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce

A New Chamber Year

welcome new members The new chamber year to the chamber. We are is upon us and it promises fortunate that Bob was the to be a good year. I expect board chair in this time of with new staff leadership transition—I couldn’t have and with new blood on done all that he did. Bob, our board we will see some I hope you know how changes with our chamber. grateful we are for your I am excited to work with service. our new president and MARK TUSCHAK I also want to express leader, Traci Carlson and my thanks to Joe Herring, Trevor excited to welcome our new board Hyde, and Linda Somerville, who are members, Paul Avery, Scott Rain, Bart retiring from our board. All have been Stevens, and Kari Wilt. Their fresh mentors to me and they represent years eyes, business experience and wisdom of service and experience. When you will serve you well. see them around town, I hope you will Before I proceed I must offer special thanks to Bob Waller our retiring thank them for all the wonderful work chairman. During the past year he they’ve done on behalf of our members has gone above-and-beyond; serving and the Kerrville area business as chairman of the board, interim community. They will be missed. president, chairman of the presidential As the new year starts, my search committee, as well as service commitment to you is to focus on the on the government affairs committee. things that will benefit our members and the business community. My He also took a very active roll to call vision for the chamber’s work this year members to ask them to renew and to 8

business is better because of it! While the Chamber has paid staff members we could not operate without the unlimited time donated by all of our members. We appreciate the many different types of support we receive from our members and the community. Just as you are committed to the Chamber, the staff is committed to you. Over the coming months we will be creating programs to strengthen that commitment. We plan to provide services and programs that will make Kerrville the best place in the state to do business. As always, in Kerrville and in the Chamber... It’s ALL right here.

is in all we do the following principles will be paramount: •Is there a benefit to our members? •Does it drive business to our members? •Does it encourage people to travel to the Kerrville area? •Will it be profitable for the chamber? •And how can we build stronger partnerships to build the area’s economy? I look forward to working with you to these ends and I look forward to hearing from you (good, bad, or ugly). If you ever have a question, suggestion, concerns, or praise for the work the chamber is doing, please let me know. My direct line at work is 792-7215.

Mark Tuschak Chairman 2011-2012 Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce

OCTOBER October 1st Hill Country Grand Slam Wild Game Dinner


October 7th-9th Hill Country Tour of Homes

Saturday 5:00pm Exotic Game dinner and raffle. Sponsored by Kerr County 4-H. Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center, 3655 Hwy 27, 830-257-6568.

Friday 1:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm The tour of homes takes a special look into the homes and developments within the Hill Country. 830-895-5424.

October 1st Down by the Riverside Fall Festival

October 20th Kerrville Area Chamber After Hours Mixer hosted by Bank of the Hills and held at 1075

Saturday 8:00am-3:00pm Exhibits, displays, seminars and plants sale. Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos, 830-257-4837. October 1st-2nd Kerrville Triathlon Festival Saturday-Sunday.... Saturday will be a sprint distance triathlon event. Sunday will be a half distance triathlon. Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center, 1001 Junction Hwy,

October 1st-2nd USA Olympic Trial Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-Finished, 1st leg of the Olympic trials for 2012 games. HCSSC 1886 Cypress Creek Rd.830-995-2169. Shotgun events only (skeet, trap and double trap)

October 6th Symphony of the Hills-Tunes from Transylvania and Beyond Thursday 7:30pm Performing Mussorgskt’s Night on Bald Mountain, Romanian Rhapsody No 1, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Kodaly’s Hary Janos Suite, Symphony of the Hills, Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St, 830-896-9393.

Junction Hwy from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

October 22nd Kerr County Market Days Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm An old-fashioned market on the square. Over 75 vendors selling Texas wares; arts, crafts, jewelry, plants & more. Courthouse Square, 700 Main St, 830-895-7962.

October 28th-30th Kerr County Fair Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-11:00pm Parade 10:00am, Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm An old fashioned county fair with a carnival, midway, bull riding, chili cook-off, talent contest, dance, live entertainment and more. Hill Country Youth Exhibit Center, 5001 San Antonio Hwy, 830-257-6833 or 830-739-7027.

October 29th Hill Country Pumpkin Run Saturday 8:00am, 5K run/walk & costume contest, proceeds will fund 2012 scholarships for Kerrville Tivy High School Seniors. There will be prizes for the best costumes. Salvation Army Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Dr, 830-792-4668.




8th Annual

James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic November 11 - 13, 2011 3 great courses, 3 great days of golf in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! Two-Person ~ Best Ball ~ 54 Holes Thursday, November 10th 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration & Welcome Reception at Inn of the Hills Resort Friday, November 11th ~ Sunday, November 13th All rounds played at The Club at Comanche Trace, Riverhill Country Club, and Scott Schreiner Golf Course. Each team plays one course each day. Hospitality provided Friday and Saturday afternoons. Register online at or contact the Chamber at (830) 896-1155. Early Entry Deadline: Friday, Oct. 14th $595 per team Late Entry Deadline: Monday, Oct. 31st $745 per team

$20,000+ in prizes 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Place Overall + Flight Winners Each Day!


October 2011

Your Life. Our Calling. Ambulatory Care Center


Peterson Medical Associates

Peterson Hospice



Peterson Home Care

Peterson Anti-Coagulation Clinic

551 Hill Country Drive


Kerrville, TX




Women’s Services

Acute Rehabilitation Unit





LeMeilleur’s RV, Truck & Equipment Repair Co., The Diesel Doctor 214 Peterson Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-895-2888, 10% off any preventative maintenance service performed. Appointment required. Tim Jones Signature Homes 154 G Street, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-896-8087 Free plan, designs drafting on home remodeling & custom building. Hill Country ChapterAmerican Red Cross 333 Earl Garrett St., Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-4677 10% discount on any adult CPR and First Aid classes. Davis Chiropractic- Dr. John W. Davis 208 Wesley Dr., Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-3284, Waive co-pay or 20% discount on initial visit. Hill Country On Call 317 Sidney Baker South, Ste 400-265 Kerrville, TX 78028 830-866-3000, One FREE Hour of Concierge/Personal Assistant Services with each Booking! Please Call for Details. On call 365 days/year for your specific needs. Licensed, Bonded and Insured. Hill Country Limousine Service, Inc P.O. Box 291152, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-896-1429, or $10 off per limo rental – 3 hour minimum, $10 off airport fare one-way. First American Storage 2390 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-895-2454, 1 month free on all new storage rentals. Texas Etc. - Wayne J. Este 1001 Junction Hwy @ Inn of the Hills Kerrville, TX 78028, 830-257-4300 10% discount on Jewelry, Art, and Gift Items. 10% discount on consigned items.


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TS Hill Country Wine Tours 830-329-WINE Rates for Chamber Members are $50 per person, 3 person minimum (tasting fee not included). Elks Lodge The Elks Lodge Hall is available to rent for meetings, parties and special occasions. Published rental rate is $75 per hour, with a minimum of 3 hours. Chamber members pay only $50, a 33 1/3% discount off regular price. Hall will accommodate 210 people. Tables and chairs available at no extra charge. Stage with ample power sources for band or DJ. Kitchen and full service bar are available. For details call: Jim Keefe at 830-792-4377. “All proceeds help support the Elks Local Charitable Programs.”

YO Ranch Resort & Branding Iron Restaurant 2033 Sidney Baker St., Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-4440, www.yoresort.comor Offering a 20% discount to Chamber Members on sleeping rooms or meals in the restaurant. Not valid with other discounts. Please tell us you are using your member to member discount at the beginning of your reservation or meals. Texas Homeplans, LLC dba Archetype Designs Mickey Thompson 815 Jefferson St., Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-2311, 5% off any Stock Plan by Texas Home Plans Partnership, LTD. We appreciate referrals. As a token of our appreciation, when the referred job is completed, we will award a restaurant gift certificate to the Chamber Member who has referred a client.

Comanche Trace 3074 Bandera Highway, Kerrville, TX 78028 Sherri Jones: 830-895-8500 ext. 224 50% off the banquet room deposit for your next event. Offer good for August, September, October or November. Please call today before your preferred date is booked. This discount is only good for a one time use. Kerrville Folk Festival 3876 Medina Hwy., Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-3600, $200 off Small Business Package includes tickets, parking, & advertising. Details at:

TERMINIX 3100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-257-8233 10% off pest control and/or Termite Services. New customers only. Annual contract required. 830-257-8233 (Kerrville) 830-997-1930 (Fredericksburg) 830-796-3507 (Bandera) 888-522-9574 (Toll Free) KERRBAY.NET 100 Guadalupe Plaza C3, Kerrville, TX 78028 25 Free eBay Listings for Business overstock or Merchandise Liquidation. Clean & Shine Sherri Baker 411 Harper Road, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-370-7223 25% off top to bottom clean, carpet shampoo or floor buffing or polishing and window cleaning. Hill Country Chiropractic & Wellness Center 311 West Main Street, Kerrville, TX 78028 830-896-4108 Free complete nutrition consultation with initialvisitand 75% off your first supplement order. Established patients receive 50% off an adjustment with referral of friends or family. Hill Country Telecommunications, L.L.C. SECURITY ALARM DIVISION P.O. Drawer D, 220 Carolyn Street Ingram, Texas 78025 830-367-1111 FREE wireless Robbery/Panic Button ($50 value) with the purchase and installation of a new monitored commercial or residential security alarm system. Hill Country Smiles - Dr. April Brown 417 Tivy Street Kerrville, TX 78028 830-896-5400 office 830-896-5403 fax Braces & Invisalign for Children & Adults: Free Initial Consultation. Mention this magazine for $200 off. Expires 12/31/11

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new members

Welcome to the Chamber!

The Coming King Foundation Max Greiner, Jr. P.O. Box 290555, Kerrville TX 78029-0555

In God’s Hands Christian Counseling Patricia J. Fernandez 1100 E. Main St., Kerrville, TX 78028

Muze Matic Studios Erik Strickland 1216 Broadway, Kerrville, TX 78028

Days Inn Junction Resort Brandt Bailey 111 Martinez St., Junction, TX 76849

KER Seniors Partners, LP Dale Hermes 9301 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 300 Dallas, TX 75231

Power-Tronics, Inc. Paul Herbert 2802 Cobbler Ln. P.O.Box 291509, Kerrville, TX 78029

Max Greiner, Jr. Designs Max Greiner, Jr. P.O. Box 290552, Kerrville, TX 78029-0552

Key Hill Country Real Estate & Reservations Becky Key 1634-A Hwy. 29 P.O. Box 724, Hunt, TX 78024

member anniversarieS 25+ YEARS

Fidelity Abstract & Title Co. Ricks Furniture Co. Finley Financial Services Super S Foods America’s Best Value Inn La Hacienda Treatment Center Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center Edson’s Kerrcrafters, Inc. Johnny Brinks Floor Store Edward Jones - Bryon Mein


Parmley, Robert J., Attorney at Law I.H.R. Security Maxey Energy Company Flagstaff Inn Thomas H. Murray, Jr.


First Christian Church Family Sports Center Texas Arts & Crafts Educational Foundation Vista Care


Shutter Factory, Inc., The Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau UPS Store, The RE/MAX Kerrville San Saba Cap & Apparel, Inc. Holloway Plumbing Steve & Cindy Chapman Bee Creek Communications, Inc. Lowe, J M & Company National Hearing Aid Center

member renewals A & A Tire Service, Inc. Bank of the Hills, a Branch of Sterling Bank Best Insurance Services By The River RV Park & Campground Capital Farm Credit, FLCA Century 21 Malson R.E. - Judy Eychner Cleaning Ideas, Inc. Coldwell Banker Heart of the Hills, Realtors Comanche Trace Conlee’s College of Cosmetology Edwin Cook Crawford Insurance Dietzel Aerospace Double L Feed Euro-Tex Design / Build Farm Country Club, The First Christian Church Fitness First Sports, Inc. Gipson Real Estate Services, LLC Grape Juice Green Hills Center Guerra, Michael E., M.D.


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McDonald’s of Kerrville / R.T.P.A.J. Inc. Consolidated Office Systems Kerr County Market Assn. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Mary Kay Beauty Consultant - Lori Franks Hill Country Dry Clean Super Center Century 21 Malson R.E. - Judy Eychner Special Opportunity Center A Child’s Place Learning Center Law Office of Patrick O’Fiel River’s Edge Tuscan Grille Riverhill Ophthalmology, PA

Thank you for your continued support!

Hager Construction Holloway Plumbing Hood Real Estate Hunter House Inn & Suites Randall T. Johnson Kass Autobody Stacie Keeble Kerr Business Services Kerr County Fair Association, Inc. Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau Kerrville Framing Kerrville Funeral Home, Inc. Kerrville Public Utility Board Kerrville Veterinary Clinic, Ltd. KRNH-KSYY-KKVR Lakehouse Restaurant, The Ray Lehman Mary Kay Sales Director - Virginia Smith McDonald’s of Kerrville / R.T.P.A.J. Inc. Medical Arts Imaging, Inc. Medicine Stop, The Mountain St. Executive Suites

National Hearing Aid Center Natives of Texas Notre Dame Catholic Church Law Office of Patrick O’Fiel Parmley, Robert J., Attorney at Law Pet Supplies “Plus” Purple Sage Ranch Risinger, Brad A., D.D.S., M.S.D. Roberts Auto Sales Schneider, Richard, DDS Sonic Drive In - Junction Hwy. Starlite Recovery Center TECABOCA A Marianist Center for Spiritual Renewal Texas Railing Systems Tinley, Pat, Attorney at Law - County Judge Town & Country Animal Hospital UniFirst Corporation Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kerrville Wilson Family Chiropractic Clinic Y.O. Ranch Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel and Conference Center

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Owners: Keri and Patrick Wilt Year Opened: We Opened in Ingram in 2007 as a retail wine shop, then in 2008 we opened the By the Glass Bar above the Ingram Retail Shop, then in 2009, we bought the building in downtown Kerrville and Opened Grape Juice as you see it today: a retail shop, wine/beer bar, and restaurant. This month is our 2 year anniversary in downtown Kerrville! How did you get in this business?: I, Keri, took a job out of college in California doing sales in the tech industry. So Patrick, who still had a year left in school, took an internship with a Wine Store in Dallas, knowing he would be following me to California as soon as he graduated, and thinking this would get his foot in the door in the wine industry. Unfortunately, no one explained to this Texas girl that there was a MAJOR cost of living difference in California—and after living on 32 cent cans of Campbell’s soup 3 16

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times a day—I transferred back to Dallas after about 10 months. Patrick graduated a few months later and was offered a job in Dallas with a distributor selling wine to all of the high end restaurants and bars. Patrick worked for wine distributors all of his career opening him up to a world of relationships in the wine industry that are always represented on the walls of the wine shop and on the wine list today. In 2008, after the birth of our second child, we made the decision to move the Hill Country in search of a simpler life with more community… and less “keeping up with the Jones’s”. Patrick had always longed to open his own business and was frustrated at the lack of good wine selection in the area. So, after months of driving by the little rock building in Ingram thousands of times…we took a chance with Patrick’s 10 years of wine experience and opened GRAPE JUICE, a retail wine shop focusing on great wines under $25.

“It takes a lot of beer to run a wine shop.” - Pat

What is your favorite aspect of doing business in Kerrville? For sure the people(both customers and our amazing staff family) are what makes us tick. Grape Juice has been coined by many locals as “Kerrville’s Living Room”, because over the last two years, it has become a true community meeting place. You can walk in on any given day or night and see people you know. And it’s small enough that if you didn’t know someone when you walked in, chances are you will when you walk out. We love that. In what ways has the Chamber been a resource for you? The Chamber played a critical role in the opening of Grape Juice, as it provided us the resource of the San Antonio Small Business Administration. The SBA local representative walked with us hand in hand through the business planning process, which we believe, provided us with a roadmap for success. We are both also graduates of the Leadership Kerr Country program and have found this to be an invaluable resource daily. The relationships

we developed with our classmates as well as business, city and county leaders in the community are key to keeping us and our business plugged into community events, issues, progress and more.

our Antelope Nachos and Sliders, and the quail for the Flying Tacos come from Diamond H Quail in Bandera. We also rotate our wall art often, always featuring local artists throughout the space.

What does your business do for the community? Grape Juice works with local charities to host Grape Juice Give Back Nights. Once a month the Charity takes over Grape Juice, decorates it to their theme, and invites the community to Grape Juice for a FUNdraising event. That night there are silent auctions and raffles as well as a portion of food sales is donated to the charity. It’s been a fun and easy way for charities to raise awareness and funds for their local causes. The next events are Thursday Oct 13th for Executive Women’s Club who raise money for local cancer needs and women’s scholarships, and Thursday November 5th we will help raise funds for American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Grape Juice also supports local purveyors by featuring truly wild game on our menu from Broken Arrow Ranch in Ingram with

Favorite quote: “At the end of the day… It’s Just Grape Juice”-Keri and Patrick Wilt This is how the name came to be Grape Juice. When living in Dallas, Keri worked for Crayola, and Patrick worked for a wine distributor. On particularly stressful work days, they would reassure the other one by saying things like “We are not doctors and no one’s life is in jeopardy…It’s just Crayons…It’s Just Grape Juice”. And it strikes us even today how that one quote embodies what Grape Juice is all about. It’s JUST Grape Juice…don’t overthink it… if you like it great…if you don’t…try a different one. We believe Wine, and Beer, and Food should be a journey in trying new things and experiences and we strive to provide those experiences daily to our customers.







BANK mike huff,

president of wells fargo bank by Mary Lee Gowland


October 2011

“I have a very blessed life,” says Mike Huff, local president of Wells Fargo Bank. Mike is responsible for the business banking operations in the West Hill Country, which includes branches in Ingram, Comfort, Bandera, and two branches in Kerrville.

A Boy Chooses Banking

I fascinated was

Mike’s father was in the Air Force for twenty-eight years. As a result, the family lived all over the United States, from New England to the Heartland, and when Mike was a teen, they lived in his mother’s native country of England. “I went to boarding school at London Central High from grades nine and ten,” Mike remembers, “and got to know my English relatives.” When his dad was transferred back to the States, he finished high school in Alamogordo, New Mexico. As Mike was nearing graduation, his father sat him down to discuss his future plans. “It’s time for you to either get a job or join the military,” his dad told him, “and I’m hoping you’ll follow in my footsteps and choose military.” Mike knew the military wouldn’t be the best fit for him, and he wanted an education. He told his parents he wanted to go to college instead, and they told him it just wasn’t a possibility. Over the years, the path to the Air Force would be followed by his sister, whose husband is stationed in Palmdale, California, and by his brother who is at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. But Mike chose not to follow that path, and took his father’s advice to get a job. He worked in construction, sweating under the hot New Mexico sun, breaking up concrete and swinging a sledgehammer until his back ached. It wasn’t the life he had hoped for, but it was a paying job he was grateful to have. “That first Christmas after I graduated from high school, I was watching It’s a Wonderful Life on TV and thought, ‘I want to be George Bailey!’ I knew right then I wanted to be a banker and live in a community where people would know me and see me as a standup guy. I was fascinated by the financial world, where one must make decisions based not only on the past, but also on the future.” He mentioned these ideas to a coworker buddy on the construction site the next day. That friend told Mike about options that might be available for going to college, even if his parents weren’t able to help him out. Mike researched it, and wound up putting himself through college at New Mexico State University by working various jobs, including head bouncer in a rowdy bar. Mike’s first banking job was as a teller in a small New Mexico savings and loan. He went on to handle consumer loans and mortgages and found his passion was for business banking. Weathering the bad times of the 1980s and early 90s helps him see that although we are currently in a down cycle, “recessions are typically followed by years of prosperity.” He realizes there is a great deal of deferred demand that will blossom once world markets stabilize.

financial world, by the

where one must make decisions based not only on the past, but also on the future.



W e l l s Fa r g o , Fa m o u s f o r G i v i n g When Mike got a job at Wells Fargo in Amarillo, he found out what a generous organization it is. Wells Fargo is among the most generous of all corporations in the country for donating money to charities and non-profits. Mike is a member of the Rotary Club of Kerrville and serves on the boards of CASA, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, United Way, and is on the advisory council of the new Boys and Girls Club. “Wells Fargo has been around a long time,” says Mike. “Our corporate giving doesn’t change just because the economy is down. This is the Wells Fargo philosophy, and

We’re very involved in the community and

Kerrville a better place.

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I’m proud of it. We’re very involved in the community and want to make Kerrville a better place.” Wells Fargo recently donated $100,000 to the Red Cross to aid victims of the horrible wildfires in the Bastrop area, an act Mike feels exhibits the bank’s true philanthropic spirit. “It’s great to be part of a group that truly cares about others and does what it can to help those in need,” he says. “It’s an honor to be able to provide for a community, to make it a better place to live, whether it’s aid for natural disasters or a scoreboard for a sports team.” The banking industry has been experiencing some turmoil recently, and Mike says, “It’s unfortunate, but the truth is, I still see a lot of honor in banking. We help people send their kids to college, we help families buy homes, and we help expand small local businesses. Watching real people succeed financially is a goal we have, and I’m proud of that.”

Calling Kerrville Home Mike Huff didn’t know much about Kerrville when he heard about an opening at the bank in the West Hill Country, other than that it was located in the beautiful Texas hills. “That was 2007,” he recalls, “a very rainy year. It was so lush and green. We fell in love with the town and the surrounding area, with its interesting shops and restaurants, progressive arts and cultural scene, active business environment, and most of all, the friendly people.” The “we” is Mike and his wife Charlotte, who is an officer on the board of the Kerrville Public School Foundation. “She’s very involved in education. Her parents were both teachers, and she loves words, loves to read, and writes short stories.” When Mike met Charlotte in Lubbock, she was a court reporter. They fell in love and spent nine years in Amarillo. They planned to have a family and were sad when they found they were unable to have children. So they decided to enroll in a foster-adopt program. This involved hours of classes, rigorous background checks and inspections, and testimony from friends and family. With all the red tape and paperwork, the couple realized it might take a long time before they found a child to call their own. But then they got a call: A premature baby was in the neonatal ICU at the local hospital. Doctors weren’t sure the child would survive. The caseworker asked the couple to consider taking her in despite all that. Mike and Charlotte rushed over, and as soon as their eyes fell on that tiny little girl, they were in love. A decade later, Nicole Huff is a healthy fifth grade student at Starkey Elementary School. When Nicole was six, Mike and Charlotte adopted Mason, a funny and active boy who attends St. Peter’s Preschool and plays flag-football through the YMCA. “I love my job. I try to come in early each morning so I can leave by five and help coach Mason’s team and spend time with my family.” Mike believes the Hill Country is a great location for businesses. He found the community very welcoming and supportive. “This town is special to me,” Mike says. “I like where it’s going. The state of Texas is one of the only states that is reporting significant population growth. People are drawn here because of employment opportunities, low cost of living and appealing life style. It’s a great place to live.” We’re glad that Mike and Charlotte are two who made the decision to settle here and enrich our town.

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A Better Consumer Choice by Bobby Zirkel In 1999 Better Consumer Choices set out to find, verify and promote honest companies in our community. While our processes have become more efficient and standardized, our goal has not changed. BCC continues to seek, represent and hold accountable only those businesses with the ability to pass a high level of scrutiny and distinguish themselves as advocates for consumer protection. Once verified, BCC then promotes these businesses to discriminating consumers, thus making our community a safer place to live and conduct business. In the past 12 years it has become more evident of the need for third party business verification. In an evergrowing community such as ours, it is important to continually reach out to new community members as well as to reassure our current residents of the integrity of a company. With a slow economy, many new methods of fraud plague the world of small business and have created a fear in the minds of consumers. With so many new fraudulent schemes it has become clear over the past few years that the need for third party verification of companies is crucial. According to local businessman Kyle Bond, “At Terminix, we depend on BCC to help us verify the background of all of our service technicians. Screening of our employees has always been our policy; with BCC we now have another layer of protection for our customers.” For the past year BCC has been designing a program to meet the needs of the community, businesses and the chamber of commerce. While our marketing goal is to reach out to a national audience, we have met with state chamber officials and have decided to begin in Texas. We are proud to announce that the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce wanted to be the first chamber to partner with BCC and has led the way in Texas. This partnership will provide the chamber members access to new benefits available through BCC membership. BCC has networked with various insurance companies in order to provide members with potential discounts on business property and casualty insurance

policies. Third party verification of risk management allows an insurance company to validate the processes that are being taken. We are able to provide objective feedback to the business, the insurance company, and to the consumer. According to Robin Miears of Joe Cook & Associates, Inc, “Our association with BCC has enabled us to help those clients, who are BCC members, obtain potential discounts on their commercial insurance.” Our goal is for the BCC shield to stand as a Good Housekeeping seal of approval for businesses. We highly encourage businesses to utilize the BCC logo in their own marketing material in order to demonstrate their status to the public. David and Denise LeMeilleur, of LeMeilleur’s RV, Truck & Equipment, aka, The Diesel Dr, claim that, “Sometimes when a new customer cannot decide who they want to repair their vehicle the decision to use our company was based solely on the fact we are an approved business with Better Consumer Choices. I call it the ‘Hill Country Seal of Approval’, and our customers like knowing they have made the Better Consumer Choice.” Richard Copisarow, of Hill Country On Call, found that, “as a new business owner, BCC definitely helped us open more doors, and with greater ease.” Even long established companies such as Aramendia Plumbing, in San Antonio, have enjoyed the benefits of BCC membership. John Aramendia claimed, “Our industry has been waiting a long time for a company like BCC to come around. We can market that we are trustworthy and honest all day, but it is meaningless until it is verified through a third-party.” Through BCC membership, companies such as these now have a thirdparty which can verify the trust they share with consumers. We invite all companies, large or small, to receive the benefits of this partnership. For more information on both BCC and Chamber membership, contact the Chamber at (830) 896-1155, or visit To apply for membership online, be sure to enter promo code KCC1.

KPD Officer Receives Award On August 23, 2011, Kerrville Police Officer Paul Gonzales received the Ray Ramon Peace Officer of the Year Award at the Texas Police Academy Alumni Banquet held in Galveston, Texas. The Ray Ramon Peace Officer Award is an honor bestowed upon a Texas peace officer deemed to have contributed the most to the development of the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) program during 2010-2011. The award is named in honor of the officer who hosted the first CPAAA Convention in 1993, Officer Ray Ramon. In the fall of 1990 Officer Ramon, Sgt. Glenn Repp, and Mr. Tom Bryson the department Community Relations, Crime Prevention Coordinator, and Public Information Officer, respectively, of Duncanville Police Department graduated their First Citizens Police Academy Class. During the next three years, Officer Ramon and Mr. Bryson helped several police departments in Texas and around the nation to start their Citizen Police Academy programs. Officer Ramon worked with the Dallas Police Department to start their CPA program. Officer Gonzales and several members of the Kerrville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association attended the Texas Citizen Police Academy Alumni Convention. The convention offers assistance and training to the various Citizen Police Academy Alumni Associations within the State of Texas to serve their communities by supporting the law enforcement agencies in their area. Officer Gonzales was honored at the Kerrville City Council Meeting on September 13.



Laurie Montgomery was born in Burlington, WI and moved to San Antonio at age four. Laurie received a volleyball scholarship to the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Laurie was a realtor for three years before she got into the waste industry in 2009, where she has worked for Allied Waste for more than a year. She recently moved to Kerrville with her son and looks forward to their life here.

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Richard Eastland is the Head Chef and Kitchen Supervisor out at Camp Mystic, where he manages and oversees the dayto-day operations of the camp kitchen and dining hall. Richard attended The University of Texas and later graduated from Saint Edward’s University. He then attended Texas Culinary Academy in Austin. He has been running the kitchen since 2001.

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Dr. Brandon Briery is Camp Director at Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP). He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology and has worked with individuals who have special needs for more than 20 years. He serves on the board of the Children’s Oncology Camping AssociationInternational, and is also actively involved in the American Camp Association and American Psychological Association.

Lee Howard was born in Fort Worth. Lee moved to Kerrville in 1997 and opened Sunset Entertainment. In 2009, Lee and his brother Jim opened Wing King in Kerrville. Lee also purchased Vicki’s Burger Barn in Center Point, Texas, in early 2011 and co-operates the restaurant with his brother. Lee is the proud father of one daughter, Olivia.

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allison hinton Kristen Johle has over 13 years of professional experience in long term care, home health and assisted living management. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions from Texas State University in 1998. She moved to the Hill Country in 2005 with her husband, Colby and two daughters. She is actively involved in the Hill Country Coalition on Aging and currently serves on the Rotary Club of Kerrville Board of Directors.

Amber Thomas is the Day Camp Director and Naturalist at Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly near Hunt. She received her degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Northern Arizona University. In 2006, Amber joined the staff at MoRanch. She absolutely loves her job as it allows her to acquaint children with the natural world around them in creative and fun ways!

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Allison Hinton, Senior Director and Food Service Manager at YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow, grew up in El Campo, TX. She attended Texas State University earning a degree in Recreation Administration. Allison, along with husband Bill, is proud to direct YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow where they live with their two children.

Ron Hackett has been married to Tina Hackett over 33 wonderful years. He is retired from the US Army as Chief Warrant Officer with over 22 years’ service. Ron currently works at Coldwell Banker Heart of the Hills and has worked in real estate for over 17 years, Past President of Kerrville Board of Realtors and Kerrville Morning Rotary and also donates time volunteering for the Hill Country Red Cross.

Scott Bolton lives in Kerrville with his wife, Shelly, and their 4 children. He has worked in the financial services industry for 22 years. Scott graduated from Abilene Christian University (BBA) and the University of Texas (MBA). He also attended Pepperdine University and the Austin Graduate School of Theology. Additionally, Scott has worked as a commercial loan officer and adjunct professor.

After moving to the Hill Country in 1999, Steve Schulte’s practice has been centered on litigation related to real estate, construction, fiduciaries, probate, and small businesses. Steve is married to Catherine and they have three children. He is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, is a board member of the State Bar Solo and Small Firm section, and is active in the Kerrville Noon Rotary Club.

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Janelle Peralt is owner of JP Properties and JP Business Brokers. Janelle received her degree in marketing from Arizona State University. Janelle and her husband, Patrick, have two sons. Janelle is an officer/founder of the Hill Country Business Group, on the board of directors for the Kerrville Rotary noon club, a Harper PTO Board member and committee chair, and race director/founder of the annual Harper 5K Run/Walk.

Parker Harrison is the Director of the Hill Country Home Opportunity Council Inc. Parker graduated for Schreiner University in 1998. In 2007, Parker started the Hill Country Home Opportunity Council, a non-profit that helps low to moderate income homeowners and homebuyers in the Kerrville area. Parker is married to Sunshine Harrison and has two children.

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Ray Watson is the current Executive Director of Kerrville Economic Development Corporation. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University in Agricultural Development and Agricultural Education. Watson serves as a member of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s BioEnergy Initiative. He and his wife, Dr. Susan Watson, have two children.

T. Justin MacDonald is Executive Vice President of MacDonald & Associates, and G. G. MacDonald Inc. He currently serves as the Texas Association of Builders’ Area 4 Vice President. Justin holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Angelo State University. He is also a Certified Graduate Builder through NAHB’s University of Housing.

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edward eastland machelle hazelett Machelle Hazelett is currently the Director of Administrative Services for the Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB). She was appointed to the position in May of 2011. Machelle has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from California Coast University. Machelle is a native and long-time resident of Kerr County. She shares her home with her fiancé, his son, and their two furry children.

Heath Gregory moved to Kerrville in 1997 to attend Schreiner College and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He married his wife Laurie in June of 2004. They have two beautiful daughters and two Labrador retrievers. Heath has been with Texas Farm Bureau Insurance for 7 years and has been very blessed. His main focus in life is to be the man God created him to be.

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Lee Vanacker is a local CPA who has been specializing in the tax area since 2002. He moved back to the Kerrville area in 1997 to attend Schreiner University where he graduated in 2002 with degree in accounting. He began his career at Davidson, Freedle, Espenhover & Overby, and PC before starting his own firm in 2010. He is married to Keely Vanacker and they have one young son.

Edward Eastland grew up at Camp Mystic in Hunt, where he spent most of his summers working on the grounds as a teenager. Edward received a degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Since graduating, he has worked full-time at Camp Mystic as Business Manager. He resides on the camp grounds with his wife, Mary Liz, and their two sons, Edward Jr. and Andrew.

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Denise LeMeilleur has been married to David LeMeilleur for 32 years and together they have 3 boys. Denise and David have owned LeMeilleur’s RV, Truck, & Equipment since June 1998. Denise graduated from Austin Community College with an Associate’s Degree of Science in Business. Both she and David attribute their success to their deep faith and they presently attend Trinity Baptist Church.

William Woods, professor of English and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Schreiner University, came to Kerrville in 1993. He completed his BA and MA in English at Texas State University, and his PhD in English at Texas Woman’s University. His works have appeared in literary and academic journals across the country. He and his wife Stephanie Drake-Woods have three children.



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Classic Golf Your Name: Kelly N. Starnes Hometown: San Antonio, TX Home Golf Course: La Cantera Resort

How many times have you played in the James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic? 6 What keeps bringing you back to Kerrville? Kerrville is a wonderful place to visit, stay, shop and relax. Why do you like playing in this tournament? The hospitality of the Chamber and the staff at the various golf courses is fantastic.

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How does it compare to other tournaments you’ve played in from your area? The tournament is well-organized. What would you say to golfers who may consider playing in the James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic in 2011? You will enjoy the tournament format, the courses and the other contestants.

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If you missed the 89th Annual Banquet & Awards Dinner, held on September 1st, you missed quite an evening! With approximately 450 in attendance, the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce filled the Inn of the Hills Conference Center to wrap up the 2010-2011 Chamber year. We enjoyed a wonderful evening, recognizing the accomplishments of our organization over the past year and presenting awards to several outstanding people. Banquet planning began back in the summer as the committee hosted auditions for “Kerrville’s Got Talent!”, with almost fifty acts auditioning. Judges Heather Cunningham, Executive Director, Playhouse 2000, David Cockerell, Executive Director, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Michael Kahl, Director, Schreiner University Choir, and Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, Conductor, Symphony of the Hills Orchestra, filled a very tall order as they chose fourteen acts to move on to a semi-final round, then four finalists for the Banquet. These four acts were given the opportunity to showcase their talent to the entire Banquet audience. Jessica Roberts, “3” (Cheyanne Saunders, Kalueb Valverde, and Allie Dinsmore), April Runcik, and Ethan Terry provided entertainment for the evening’s affair, and each member of the audience was given a ballot on which to vote for their favorite. Ethan, a local musician, went on to win the competition and a $500 cash prize! Bob Waller, Broadway Bank and 2010-2011 Chairman of the Board, emceed the evening, celebrating the achievements of several outstanding individuals with the following awards. Jeff Talarico-Wells Fargo Advisors, was named winner of the Jack Fournier Ambassador of the Year Award. Kristy Vandenberg, American Red Cross-Hill Country Chapter, was named Kerr County Women’s Chamber Woman of the Year. Dr. Lena Rippstein was presented with the Health Care Industry Leadership Award. The Hill Country Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America were named the Mary C. Williams Volunteers of the Year Award. Denny Foster, Owner of Lemon Tree Cleaners, was named Business Person of the Year. Warren Ferguson was named the Kerrville Daily Times/ Bill Dozier Citizen of the Year. The evening culminated with Bob Waller passing the gavel to the incoming Chairman, Mark Tuschak with Schreiner University. The Banquet audience also enjoyed a “Year in Review” slideshow, a celebration of the accomplishments of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce over the past year. Of course, the evening wouldn’t have been the show that it was without the outstanding women and men who make up our Banquet committee: Traci Bond (Chairwoman), Betty Hughey, Marysue Douville, Kim Clarkson, Tammi Clanton, Linda Garrett, Kacy Smith, and Jeff Talarico. Executive Producers of this year’s event were Schreiner University, Wells Fargo Bank, Guadalupe National Bank, and Bank of the Hills. We earnestly hope to see you next year!


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The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated ribbon cuttings on August 9th for the following businesses, which are all now located in The Greenery office suites at 1225 Bandera Hwy.: Advanced Insurance Group (830) 895-4477, The Ladyman Law Office for Senior Planning Services (830) 896-8972, Hill Country Home Audio & Video (830) 257-1919, Megastorage (830) 895-1225,

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Greg Maxwell Motors The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated a ribbon cutting on August 17th for Greg Maxwell Motors, located at 228 West Main. Call them at (830) 315-5555 or visit

Lucas Consulting and Development The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated a ribbon cutting on August 24th for Lucas Consulting and Development. Contact Cheri at (830) 377-4340 or visit the website at

Hill Country Home Opportunity Council The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated a groundbreaking on August 18th for the Hill Country Home Opportunity Council at the Pinto Trail subdivision. Call Parker Harrison at (830) 895-0735. You can visit their website at

Travel with Liz The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated a ribbon cutting on August 22nd for Travel with Liz. Call her at (830) 285-1027 or visit www.

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1. State Representative Harvey Hilderbran gives Joe Herring Jr. a resolution proclaiming him “Mr. Kerrville” 2. Russell Galahan from the State Comprtollers Office gave a presentation on the 4B sales tax and other funding sources 3. Sherri Jones, Comanche Trace and Cheri Lucas, Lucas Consulting and Development 4. Jody Brown, Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Matt Sletten of HCPM, and Ward Jones of Benefit Choices Company 5. Ray Wayson of the Kerrville Economic Development Corporation 6. Lainie Johnson of the Pregnancy Resource Center, Belinda Esparza of Premier Designs Jewelry, Sue Steele from Bank of the Hills, and Linda Garrett from Bank of the Hills 7. Jennifer Latiolais of Atek Plastics, Bunny Bond of Texas Democratic Women, and Rose Bradshaw from SoFast Printing 8. Mingling at the event 9. Raye Haney, Grace Ayala with KACC, and Liz Farris with Travel with Liz 10. Harvey Hilderbran


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