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An official publication of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce

Kerrville Area

Issue 26 | NOVEMBER 2011


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Kerrville Area

An official publication of the

Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce

Business November

Officers: Mark Tuschak, Chairman of the Board, Schreiner University Sue Steele, Chair-Elect, Bank of the Hills Kyle Bond, First Vice Chairman, Terminix Pest Control Mike Graxiola, Vice Chairman, Kerrville Daily Times William “Bill” Beltrone, Treasurer, CPA Bob Waller, Immediate Past Chair, Broadway National Bank

Directors: Paul Avery, James Avery Craftsman Brenda Beaty, CPA, Pressler Thompson & Co., PC Kim Clarkson, Kerr County Abstract & Title Company Fran Dunlap, the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center James Eastland, Camp Mystic Judy Eychner, Century 21 Malson Realty Denny Foster, Lemon Tree Cleaners Tracy McCuan, Kerrville Public Utility Board Kent McKinney, Guadalupe National Bank Scott Peschel, Fidelity Abstract & Title Company Joe Piszczor, Peterson Regional Medical Center Scott Rain, Huser Construction Company Bart Stevens, Stevens Rich PLLC Ellen Williams, Kerrville Independent School District Delbert Wilson, Hill Country Telephone Cooperative Keri Wilt, Grape Juice


President’s Message and Chairman’s Corner




2012 Mixer Sign-Up Form


Member Discounts


New Members


Member Profile


Internet Use at Work


Blue Santa


2012 Mixer Badge Form


Chamber Week


Classic Golf

Advertising Morgan Schooley O: 830-285-4373 -


Business Barometer

Creative Director Jeanna Goodrich -


Investing Tips


Ribbon Cuttings


Photos from the Member Mixer

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

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

Helwig Hunting Services

Better Consumer Choices

A Different Kind of Blue Christmas

The Chamber Celebrates

David Moir

Keeping Emotions in Check

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Looking forward, and back

Last month the Chamber Board of Directors decided to take business advocacy to the next level. In October the Chamber distributed a survey to our membership TRACI L. CARLSON requesting feedback on whether the Chamber should take a position on the Guadalupe River Trail Experience and boy did you respond. The survey asked one question: Should the Chamber support the Guadalupe River Trail Experience and the proposed funding for the project? The membership responded with an overwhelming YES! I believe the Guadalupe River Trail Project is something the whole community can get behind. The river project will strengthen our economy by


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The Chamber will “be on the road”, so to speak, to provide education and support for the Guadalupe River Trail over the next couple of months. I hope businesses and citizens will attend the presentations and get acquainted with the plans of the trail and the potential impact the trail will have on the quality of life we hold so dear here in Kerrville.

Traci L. Carlson President, Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership based business organization formed to advance the economic base and enhance the quality of life of the Kerrville/ Kerr County area through promoting, serving and protecting our members.

A New Fiscal Year

Your chamber board of director has just approved the budget for fiscal year 20112012 which began on October 1. If you take a look, you’ll see a MARK TUSCHAK modest increase in expenditures (about 1.5%), but big changes in how we operate are on the horizon. You will soon get tired of my mantra: we are here to serve you, our members. I expect you to hold us to that promise and hope you will share with me how we do, what you like and what you would like to see done differently. From your first contact with the chamber, whether you call or walk in the door, you should expect un-parallel customer service. According to our new president, we are here to “serve, 8

creating job growth through the actual construction of the trail, but more substantially through the community use of the trail. As citizens and organizations utilize the trail through events, programs and recreation it will naturally spur commercial growth. As the river trail receives more foot traffic the commercial need will grow. In addition to the commercial growth, studies show properties along river trails, such as this one, increase in value. A study, published in October 2011, at the University of Cincinnati found housing prices went up nine dollars for every foot closer to the trail entrance. Amid tough economic times and tough budget decisions by local government, research emphasizes that investment in infrastructure and public amenities is a solid investment that will result in a positive return for our community.

promote and protect”. Serve is first on the list and serve we will! You will soon see greater functionality and ease of navigation on our web site. • You will be able to access your account directly and on your own time • You will be able to enjoy a higher profile with search engines • You will receive more timely information and responses • You will be able to receive direct referrals As a member, you receive many benefits: listing on our web-site including a hyper-link; business and political contacts through many networking functions; ribbon cuttings and ground breakings so your business will get high visibility in local media; free reports to help you plan; business counseling, seminars and workshops; access to about 1,000 contacts on the

Chamber membership mailing list; and advocacy of pro-business government policy. These are just a few of the benefits available to you—there are many others that you can find at www. html. I hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities available to you and maximize the value of your membership. When you renew your membership this year you will see a rate increase. Even with the increase, the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce is still the best value among similar chambers. The new base rate is $195. We hope you will consider this a worthy investment.

Mark Tuschak Chairman 2011-2012 Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce



NOVEMBER November 1st

25th Annual Circle of Service Benefit Gala Tuesday. 6 p.m. Silent Auction, 7 p.m. Dinner. Speaker Dr. David Cook, author of “Seven Days in Utopia”. The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corp Community Center gymnasium, 201 Holdsworth Dr. (830) 315-5761

November 10th-30th

Annual Texas Furniture Maker’s Show Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. A statewide competition of the finest custom furniture makers in Texas. Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St. (830) 895-2911

November 11th-13th

8th Annual James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic Friday-Sunday, all day. A 3-day, 54-hole, 2-man best ball. Over 20,000 in prizes. Scott Schreiner Golf Course, Comanche Trace Golf Course, Riverhill Country Club. (830) 896-1155

November 11th-12th Buttons & Bows Bazaar

Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 11th Annual Bazaar. Handmade crafts, baked goods, frozen casseroles, canned pickles, jellies, jams and a quilt will be raffled off. First Christian Church, 1900 Goat Creek Rd. (830) 895-5355

November 17th

Chamber of Commerce After Hours Mixer Hosted by Guadalupe National Bank. 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. 1309 Bandera Hwy.

November 18th-19th Sleigh Bell Boutique

Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Breakfast with Santa on Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon. YO Ranch Resort & Conference Center, 2033 Sidney Baker. (281) 701-6335

November 18th-December 3rd “Christmas at the Point”

Friday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Join us for this holiday musical variety show. The Point Indoor Theatre, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Hwy 39, Ingram. (830) 367-5121

November 19th

Holiday Parade, Festival & Court House Lighting Saturday Festival from noon - 5 p.m. Parade 6 p.m. Court house lighting after the parade. Join us for a festival of live music, crafts, games, lighted parade and food. Courthouse Square, 700 Main St. (830) 792-8395

November 25th-26th

Kerr County Market Days Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. An old-fashioned market on the square. Over 75 vendors selling Texas wares; arts, crafts, jewelry, plants and more. Courthouse Square, 700 Main St. (830) 895-7962

November 27th

Michael Martin Murphey Cowboy Christmas Show Sunday 3 p.m. Come enjoy the "Singing Cowboy Poet." His show goes back to the first Cowboy's Christmas Ball in 1885 at the Star Hotel in Anson, Texas. Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. (830) 896-9393


2012 Mixer Sign-Up Form After Hours Mixers


Quarterly Membership/Networking Luncheons


Before Hours Breakfast Host

Drawing for 2012 Hosts will be held following the November After Hours Mixer. Circle the month(s) you want to be considered. If your name is drawn, you may invite a Chamber member co-host of your choice. Investment includes four (4) complimentary passes and logo added to broadcast emails and Chamber website the month of the event.

Sponsorship Investment:



January 19th

May 17th

September 20th

November 15th

February 16th

July 19th

October 18th

Any After Hours Month

April 19th

(at Chamber)

August 16th

Quarterly Membership/ Networking Luncheon Months March 22nd

Sponsorship Investment:


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June 21st

Before Hours Breakfast Month December 13th

❑ If my name is drawn, I will host a Mixer, Lunch or Breakfast in any month circled above. Business Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Contact Person: _______________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _________________________________ Does your business have a liquor license?

Email: ____________________________________________

❑ Yes

❑ No

Please fax to the Chamber office at 896-1175 by Friday, November 18th. *If you have hosted/sponsored a Mixer or Breakfast during the past twelve (12) months, we ask that you wait for at least twelve (12) months from the month you hosted/sponsored the event before submitting your company/organization for another month. 10

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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 Sherry 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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BCFS Health and Human Services Jeremy Taylor 1105 E. Main St., Kerrville, TX 78028,

Hill Country Veteran's Council Walter Schellhase 1700 Sidney Baker, Ste. 100, Kerrville, TX 78028,

Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht Memorial AMVET'S Post 1000 Bill Cantrell, Commander P.O. Box 291555, Kerrville, TX 78028

Hill Country Visitors Frank Boynton 448 Sidney Baker, Ste. 108 Kerrville, TX 78028

Heart of the Hills VFW Post 1480 220 Thompson Dr., Kerrville, TX 78028 High Five Events Dan Carroll P.O. Box 442, Austin, TX 78767,

Taylor Properties - Debbie Freed Debbie Freed 518 Junction Hwy., Kerrville, TX 78028 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 863 Art Modgling, Jack Scott P.O. Box 291704, Kerrville, TX 78029,

Lester Meier Rodeo Company Lester & Holly Meier 501 W. Main, Ste. 104 Fredericksburg, TX 78624,

Young's Jewelers LaVisa Young 2022 Sidney Baker Kerrville, TX 78028,

Taylor Properties Billy Taylor 518 Junction Hwy., Kerrville, TX 78028

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The problem with having an “Internet Use Policy” is the same as the old predicament of “not being allowed to use the company telephone to make a personal call.” Some of us can remember the days before cell phones, iPhones, BlackBerrys, and keyboards --- if an employee needed to make or receive a telephone call they had to get permission from their supervisor and use a company telephone; and calls were limited to one or two minutes. Larger organizations even had payphones in the reception area, hallways, and breakrooms (calls were a dime.) The scenery has changed, but the problems have become worse. Through electronics, employees have unlimited availability to talk, text, listen to music, take photos, shop, read a book, hear the news, conduct personal business, and socialize with friends and relatives. Individuals are paying a monthly fee for their portable personal electronic gadgets, and this increases the belief that they have a right to use them. Social social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, are too tempting for many employees; they cannot resist “connecting and communicating.” For some it is a cell phone; for others it is the company-provided computer. Most companies have a policy about using cell phones during working time; and a similar





policy about accessing the Internet and using the company computer for personal needs. However, it is nearly impossible to track and/ or enforce these rules. It always gets back to the leaders/supervisors/managers doing their jobs and scrutinizing what their employees are doing. I believe that only the worst offenders will ever get caught or disciplined for spending too much time on a cell phone or the Internet --- the ‘net is the ‘net --- and it will not be going away any time soon. Electronics are here to stay; and people will play! There are various ways to enforce policies against talking on a cell phone, “surfing the Internet,” or the use of various electronics devices: 1) Do not provide Internet service to employees; 2) Make the penalty for surfing or socializing a very severe penalty that no one will dare violate; 3) Enforce the policies without exceptions and, as an example, terminate the first employee who violates the rule; and, 4) Instruct your IT person to monitor and track Internet use during working hours. However, each of these ideas is extreme, risky, and not very practical; nor would any of them build relationships between employer and employee. Strict rules and strict enforcement typically do not work. The best policy, of course, is selfdiscipline.



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Christmas will be more joyous this year for many Kerrville families, thanks to the Blue Santa program, sponsored by the Kerrville Police Department and administered by the Kerrville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (KCPAAA), a 501(c)(3) organization. “Over twenty years ago, field officers saw so many needy families they purchased gifts for them out of their own pockets,” says Community Service Officer Paul Gonzales. By the time Officer Gonzales joined the force, sixteen years ago, the Kerrville Police Officers Association (KPOA) had created the Blue Santa program to assist needy families and to “provide their young children with a genuine Merry Christmas.”


Blue Santa and other outreach programs provide a favorable environment for both officers and citizens. In 2002, KPOA sent out a mass mailing, asking for donations to the Blue Santa program. Coupled with food, clothing and toys donated by local businesses, the program was in good shape and they were able to help over forty families a year through 2010. “In 2006 the ‘Alumni elves’ became involved in the program,” says Officer Gonzales. He is referring to citizens who have graduated from the Kerrville Citizen Police Academy. Up until this time Officer Gonzales was overseeing the program while fulfilling his full-time duties. Just last month a formal partnership was formed between the KPOA and the Alumni Association, who will be responsible for the future fund raising efforts, and “to take some of the burden off of Paul,” says Brenda Smith, administrator of Blue Santa.


Pictured Right Officers Brenda Smith, Paul Gonzales and Jacques Duhr, active members of the Blue Santa program, pose outside of the Kerrville Police Department.


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Like thousands of Citizen Police Academies across the country, ours in Kerrville educates attendees about various operations within the police department. Originally presented once a year, so many people wanted to attend that in 2008 a second session was added. The course is now presented twice a year, one night a week, for eleven weeks. Attendees come to understand the inner-workings of the department, its policies, challenges and can even accompany

an officer on patrol. So far over 160 people have graduated from the program and of those, sixty-five joined the Alumni Association.

KCPAAA KCPAAA members perform a myriad of duties in and out of the police department. Within the police department they man the front desk, provide administrative services, and fingerprint children. Out in the community they provide traffic support for parades and festivals; assist in “National Night Out,” the Citizen Police Academy and Junior Police Academy; and increase public awareness and rapport between the police and community. “Most of the time, police officers deal with people in trouble,” says Brenda, “But Blue Santa and other outreach programs provide a favorable environment for both officers and citizens. Citizens see cops in a favorable light, and cops see citizens in a favorable light. They build trust and better communications. And that helps the police department and the public bridge the gaps necessary to reduce crime and safety problems”

HOW BLUE SANTA WORKS Last year over 150 families applied to the Blue Santa program. Every November a press release goes out and families in need may pick up an application, or families may be nominated. Some who make nominations request that the family not be told, so that when they’re notified they’ll be surprised. In December, a committee, headed by KCPAAA Vice President and Chairman of Events and Activities, Jacques Duhr, will review the applications. By working closely with other agencies such as the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Christian Assistance Ministry,


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Our Daily Bread, and others, “We can spread our resources to the most families.” Last year sixty-seven families were selected for the program. Each family received notification to come to the Ronnie Bock’s RV Dealership where they were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Santa (both police officers) and given the fixin’s for a delicious holiday meal, clothing, and toys for each child in the family. “We received food donations from Super S, HEB, Albertsons, and toys from Walgreens and Dollar Tree,” says Officer Gonzales. Whereas the original program included only toys, now a wish-list is created for each family that notes the sizes of each child’s shoes and clothes, and the toy he or she wants most. “Everything is brand new,” says Brenda. “We have volunteers lined up to go shopping.” Last month the Kerrville Noon Rotary gave a $2,000 grant to the Blue Santa program, a great start to their 2011 fundraising campaign, KCPAAA will continue to raise money for the program.

MAKING KERRVILLE HOME Brenda Smith and her husband came to Kerrville after spending most of their professional lives in Dallas. In the seventies she co-founded AIMS, a non-profit that offers aptitude tests and career advisory services, and stayed actively involved in its operation for twenty-five years. Then one day their bank was held up and within the same week her husband Jeff was targeted by teenagers doing a “practice drive-by”, firing blanks. These events convinced them they didn’t want to live in a big city any longer. Jeff had graduated from Schreiner when it was a military academy, so it was on their list of places to consider. “I was a little apprehensive,” she remembers, “because I’d lived so long in a big city, I wasn’t sure how I’d fit into small town life. We found we always arrived early because we figured on traffic that didn’t exist. It didn’t take long for me to feel that Kerrville is my home. I’m a “Kerr-vert!” Jacques Duhr graduated from hotel school in France and landed in Houston in the mid-sixties, where he worked as a chef and restaurant owner. In 1981 he decided to retire to Kerrville and live a peaceful life. But soon he found himself the owner and operator of Hunter’s Lodge. After selling the lodge he managed the Highlander, a retirement community. Then, finally, in 2005 he really, truly, retired for the last time. But this didn’t mean he sat idle. He was elected President of the board of directors at the Dietert Center. And when a fundraiser was planned for the new building construction, he was auctioned off to prepare a delectable feast for the winning bidder. “A five-thousand dollar meal!” he says. Always the gourmet, he occasionally prepares dinners for private parties. After living here for thirty years he says, with French flair, “Kerrville has adopted me. It’s my hometown and I love it!”

For more information on the Blue Santa program, or to nominate a local family, call the Kerrville Police Department Community Services Office at (830) 258-1371.


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Your Name: David Moir Hometown: Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Home Golf Course: Mahogany Run, St. Thomas United States Virgin Islands. How many times have you played in the James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic? This will be my third year. What keeps bringing you back to Kerrville? The warm welcome from everyone you meet. Why do you like playing in this tournament? I entered the first year and was teamed with Bill Badeaux who drove down fromWeatherford, Texas. We had so much fun we vowed to try and play the tournament each year. We start making our plans to return right after the prize giving.

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How does it compare to other tournaments you’ve played in from your area? As far as I am concerned, this is one of the best run tournaments anywhere. What would you say to golfers who may consider playing in the James Avery Hill Country Golf Classic in 2011? Three great rounds of golf only $595 per team, Over $20,000 in prizes: Unbelievable. Playing in The James Avery Hill Country Classic: Priceless!

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Disciplined Investing Helps Keep Emotions in Check Knowing that financial markets are constantly changing, it’s often hard to gauge when the best time would be to jump in. Trying to time your investments in this way can cause you undue stress and cost you financially when you try to invest by guessing when the market has hit the “top” or the “bottom.” Fortunately, however, there are several timeless strategies that can help you eliminate the emotional component, and get you on the right track to successful investing. Think long term. While past performance is never a guarantee of future results, the markets have historically performed well over the long run. Investors who have developed the discipline and patience to stay the course over the long run, despite market fluctuations, have generally experienced more favorable results. Patiently accept volatility. Building on the last point, it’s important to realize that market highs and lows are a natural occurrence, and should be considered a normal part of investing. Once you accept that fact, you can prepare yourself to resist the emotional urges to jump in and out of the market based solely on its current direction. Stay in the market. Some investors attempt to time the market. When it’s down, they sit on the sidelines waiting for it to rally before they get in on the action. Conversely, when the market is up, they wait for a correction so they can buy at what they see as bargain rates. Moving in and out of the market by timing its ups and downs is a skill not even the most seasoned investment professionals have mastered. Consistent investment – in both up and down markets – should produce more reliable results over time. Diversify. Possibly one of the most important investment principles – and at the same time most overlooked – is the need for careful asset allocation. The popular adage that tells you not to keep all your eggs in one basket is especially true when it comes to your investments. A well-diversified portfolio should include complementary asset classes, so they can 34

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cushion each other against the effects of market downturns and lower your portfolio’s overall risk. Watch your asset allocation. Even if you properly diversify your portfolio in the beginning, changing markets will affect the value of your investments and could alter your actual allocation. Consistent reviews will help you identify when your portfolio needs to be rebalanced, helping you maintain a proper asset mix. Bear in mind that asset allocation does not protect against fluctuating prices and uncertain returns. Pay yourself first. You may have heard this before, but it’s certainly worth repeating: Save first and then spend what you have left, rather than spending first and saving what you have left. Inevitably, if you attempt to do the latter, you’ll often find there’s nothing left to save. Reinvest dividends. Many quality companies have a history of paying dividends, regardless of overall stock market performance. Reinvesting these dividends offers you an excellent way to easily build your stock positions. Set goals. While this may seem like the most basic idea, it’s still one of the most important. When considering your investments, you need to have a clear idea of where you are, a goal in mind of where you want to go, and then put strategies in place to help you get there. By incorporating all of the above-mentioned ideas, you will have a guide to help you in all your important investment decisions. This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Jeff Talarico, Branch Manager- Financial Advisor in Kerrville at 830-792-4645. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANKGUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered broker-dealer and a separate nonbank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. CAR # 1010-1833

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The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated a ribbon cutting on September 28th for Covenant Academy, located at 210 Spence St (behind Holy Cross Lutheran Church). Call them at (830) 777-6114 or visit for more information.

The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated a ribbon cutting with Becky Key and Key Hill Country Real Estate & Reservations on September 15. They are located at 1634-A Hwy. 39 in Hunt. Call Becky at (830) 238-7539, visit or email

The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated the opening of Bumdoodler’s Lunch Company on September 26. They are located at 1312 Broadway. Call them at (830) 315BUMS (2867), or visit during their business hours: Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Bumdoodler's features sandwiches, salads, soups, spuds, and sweets.


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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. Visit their website at

State of the City Address and Town Hall Meeting

November 15, 2011 Inn of The Hills Conference Center LeMeilleur’s RV, Truck, And Equipment Repair The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrated a groundbreaking on September 20th for LeMeilleur’s RV, Truck, And Equipment Repair at the corner of Yorktown and Stadium Drive. Call David or Denise at (830) 895-2888 for more information.

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4 Sue Steele with Bank of the Hills and Belinda Esparza with Premier Designs Jewelry

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