Chamber Express - August 2022 Edition

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Women in Leadership Awards

18 finalists and luncheon details


o help recognize and honor women who are key to the success of local organizations, the Chamber hosts the “Women in Leadership Awards” (WILA) program. Nominations were gathered in June and July, and the Chamber is now proud to announce these 18 Finalists in the 2022 WILA program: LARGE BUSINESS • Anita Jones, Linde Inc. - Plant Manager • Monica Davis, Valero Texas City Refinery - Sr. Manager Supply Chain Execution • Jay Marmo, Tanger Outlets - General Manager SMALL BUSINESS • Dr. Kimberly Grimsley, Exodus Consulting and Psychological Services - Owner • Judy Slocumb, Independence Village - Executive Director • Gerselda Bourgeois,

Zel’s Massage and Fitness Zone - Owner WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS • Georgia Meyer Barzilay, Karat Creations Jewelry - Co-Owner • Mandie McMillan Crowder, RE/MAX Coastal - Broker/Owner • Lori Carnes, Carnes Funeral Home – Co-Owner NON-PROFIT/VOLUNTEER • Amy Reid, SBDC Galveston County - Director • Stephanie Hughes, St. John’s United Methodist Church - Senior Pastor • Tonia Griffin, Khambrel Foundation - Founder/CEO EDUCATION SECTOR • Lisa Watson, Ph.D, College of the Mainland – Executive Director of COM Foundation • Melissa Duarte, Ed.D., Texas City ISD - Superintendent of Schools • Sarah Piel, The Grand – Director of Education

& Resource Development YOUNG PROFESSIONAL • Krystal McKinney, Galveston Central Appraisal District - Deputy Chief Appraiser • Bianca Cervantes, Valero Texas City Refinery - Human Resources Specialist • Tracy Pryor, ACOO, HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland - Assistant Chief Operating Officer The award winner in each of the six categories will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Doyle Convention Center. The WILA Luncheon is an elegant event, including a delicious catered lunch. You are invited! Enjoy watching video highlights from the finalists and get inspiration for leadership at your own business or organization! Tickets and reserved tables are now on sale. Reserved tables for eight are $250 and individual

tickets are $25 for Chamber Members and $30 for non-member guests. THANK YOU SPONSORS Special thanks to these sponsors for making this year’s WILA program possible: • Presenting Sponsor: Valero • Luncheon Sponsors: Eastman, Marathon, City of Texas City, MD Anderson Cancer Center • Video presentation sponsor: Ashland • Awards sponsor: AMOCO Federal Credit Union • Spotlight sponsors:

The 18 finalists from 2021 on the stage at the WILA Luncheon event.

Hospitality Health ER, Tanger Outlets Houston Consider joining this list of WILA Sponsors and help recognize women leaders in the Texas CityLa Marque community. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES • Luncheon Sponsor, $1,000 – receive a reserved table for eight guests with premium placement, recognition in

print and online promotions, signage and emcee recognition at the event. • Spotlight Table, $300 - have a display table at the event to provide your promotional items to guests and a reserved table for eight guests. For more information about the 2022 WILA event, contact the Chamber at 409-935-1408 or events@

INSIDE THIS ISSUE First Responders Salute Luncheon �������������������� 3 Jimmy Hayley Golf Classic info/ Welcome new members ��������������������������������������� 4 Night on the Town at Lago Mar Lagoon/ Bayou Fest ������������������������������������������������������������������ 5 State of the Industry luncheon photos ����������� 6

Leadership Mainland photos ����������������������������� 6 Ribbon cuttings ������������������������������������������������������� 8 Business of the Month ������������������������������������������� 9 Membership renewals �����������������������������������������10 Board of Directors �������������������������������������������������11

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n Wednesday, Aug. 31, the Texas City-La Marque Chamber will host a “First Responders Salute” business luncheon to honor the men and women who serve as First Responders in the community. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Doyle Convention Center. The La Marque Fire Department, La Marque Police Department, Texas City Fire Department, Texas City Police Department and Galveston County Sheriff’s Office will all be honored at this event.

It will be an excellent networking event for local business owners and managers, community leaders, and elected officials to applaud our public servants!. Guests at this luncheon will enjoy live music by The Peace Project and motivational speaker Fred Rogers of Anchored Real Estate in La Marque. The Chamber thanks presenting sponsor UTMB Health for making this event possible. Additional luncheon sponsors include: Exodus Consulting and Psychological Services, Valero, AMOCO Federal Cred-

it Union, City of Texas City and TNMP. Tickets are $25 per person or $250 for a reserved table of eight. Luncheon Sponsors receive a reserved table for eight in a premium location, recognition at the event, and inclusion in print and online promotions for $1,000. To make reservations or for more information, contact Chamber Vice President Stefanie Aldrich at 409-935-1408 or

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t’s that time of year to register for the legendary Jimmy Hayley Golf Classic! This year’s tournament will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29, at Bayou Golf Course in Texas City. (Rain dates are Oct. 5 & 6.) Meet, greet and socialize with industrial plant managers, business colleagues, customers, clients and guests...all in a casual, relaxed setting. It’s truly one of the region’s “can’tmiss” events! The cost for a team of four this year is $1,200. This two-day event hosts more than 400 golfers and two dozen hospitality tents to create an amazing networking and social atmosphere. This year’s tournament will consist of three flights: Wednesday PM and Thursday AM and PM. The Thursday AM flight

has sold out, but there is still room on the other flights. The Chamber is also excited to introduce a fun twist and theme for the 2022 Golf Classic: “Around the World in 18 Holes!” More than 24 hospitality tents will represent different countries and showcase the culture of those nations with exciting food and décor in their tents. Golfers can tie-in to this global theme by sporting any exotic golf duds you may enjoy wearing. If you’re interested, plan now to register before all the tee times fill up. It is expected to sell out quickly. A few valuable sponsorship opportunities are still available. For details, reach out to Chamber Vice President Stefanie Aldrich at 409-935-1408 or

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS C2C Technical Services 31B S. Logan Street Texas City, TX 77590 832-905-1002 Representative: Peter Noto Electrical & Instrumentation

Tello’s Collision 2510 24th St. N Texas City, TX 77590 409-943-5750 Owner: Fernando Tello Automobile Repair, Sales, Service, Parts

Mastertech Services, Inc. 28420 Hardy Toll Rd., Suite 140, Spring, TX 77373 281-842-7800 Representative: Jay Wester Cooling Towers

Yard Excellence LLC 1317 Cedar Dr. La Marque, TX 77568 806-523-7019 Owner: Dale Alberts Landscape–Maintenance, Designers

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agoonFest at Lago Mar was the site for an amazing after-hours mixer July 28. A great crowd of community members and elected officials attended to network and have fun. Dozens of guests enjoyed the event with delicious appetizers and cold drinks served by LagoonFest managers. It was the first visit to the crystal

lagoon for many of the attendees! The next Night on the Town will be Oct. 27 at the Texas City History Museum, sponsored by Valero. It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and it is free to attend for Chamber members and their employees. Find more details online at under “Events.”

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o provide the most up-to-date information to the community about local major industries, the annual “State of Industry” business luncheon was held July 20. It took place at the Doyle Convention Center with more than 200 guests in attendance. The panel of speakers included: Kevin Bogard, Marathon; Jim Brumley, Advario; Andrew Connolly, Air Products/

Gulf Coast Ammonia; Mike Meyer, Ashland; Cory Moss, Valero; and Andy Venables, Eastman. They spoke about facility updates and headwinds facing major industries. Kathy Thomas from Community Strategies LLC was the host/moderator and asked the panel pressing questions about facility updates and headwinds challenging the industries. Huge thanks go to these luncheon sponsors:

A&A Machine and Fabrication, AMOCO Federal Credit Union, Ashland, City of Texas City, Dow, Dunn Hear Exchangers, Inc., Eastman, Marathon, TNMP and Valero! You can watch a video of the “State of Industry” presentation that was recorded by i45NOW on YouTube! Find the Chamber’s YouTube channel link on top of our home page: www.TCLM

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eadership Mainland focused on Health Care at its July session. The group was greeted at HCA Houston Health Care Mainland and heard excellent presentations from the executive team. Afterward, class members were able to tour areas of the hospital and then everyone was led in a group stretching activity! The Leadership group also visited the UTMB Health–Pediatric & Adult Primary Care clinic in Texas City. They were treated to a delicious catered lunch and were joined by the clinic

leadership group. After lunch, the class members were given proper CPR Training. The last stop in the session was at the Galveston County Health District in Texas City. The group heard a presentation on Public Health and Coastal Wellness. They were also given tours of the GCHD Health Workers building, clinics and departments. The Chamber appreciates all of these local health leaders who gave valuable time to inspire, inform and motivate the members of Leadership Mainland Class of 2022!

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Luxe Wellness and Aesthetics 5885 Gulf Fwy Suite 101 Texas City, TX 77591 Located in Tanger Outlets 832-819-0038 Representative: Josephine Edwards Health & Wellness and Beauty

Pharaoh Health and Rehab 832-523-4663 Representative: Dr. Ahmed Soliman Chiropractor - Mobile

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BUSINESS OF THE MONTH Standard Steel Supply Inc.


tandard Steel Supply, Inc. is celebrating its 56th year in business in Texas City and is being recognized by the Chamber as the Business of the Month! Standard Steel Supply is a local supplier of steel, fasteners and general supplies for the Houston-Galveston area. Their main commodity is structural A36 quality beams, channels, angles, plate and flat bar. In addition, they stock walkway grating, structural pipe, reinforcing bar and miscellaneous steel products. Industrial fasteners are a major part of the total product line as well as industrial valves and fittings. They stock a large range of stud bolting products (B7, B8, B16) and carry a full line of cap screws, nuts and washers in grade 8, A325 and stainless steel, along with eye-bolts, all-threaded rods and miscellaneous fastener products. Industrial hardware such as turnbuckles, shackles, wire rope clips and cable are also in stock. Quality products with fast service is the number one goal.

Standard Steel Supply recently received the 2003 Association of Chemical Industry of Texas Supplier of the Year Award for the Houston/ Ship Channel region, Division II (Small Company). This marks the second time in the last three years that Standard Steel’s customers voted to award the Texas City company this honor, which recognizes exceptional service to petrochemical manufacturers and suppliers along the Houston Ship Channel, Galveston Bay and Gulf Coast Area. The leadership team includes Chris DeVries as President, Zach DeVries as Operations Manager and Richard DeVries as General Partner. Serving the community and giving back remains their basic philosophy. They are a long-time dedicated supporter of the Chamber of Commerce and many community events. Kudos to this Business of the Month! Learn more online at www.standard Located at 2901 Hwy. 146 S in Texas City.

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS A big THANK YOU to these businesses for their longstanding support of the chamber and this community. Renewals from June 28 to July 21. Mainland

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Company Years Since Join Date A&A Machine & Fabrication................58 Wyatt Real Estate ...................................40 Oxbow Energy Solutions.....................37 BFJ Construction.....................................35 Gulfway Plaza...........................................32 Swagelok Texas Mid-Coast..................32 Luna’s #3 Mexican Restaurant............30 Housing Authority-City of Texas City....27 Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America..................................25 Galveston Limousine & Transportation.....................................18

Company Years Since Join Date Brazos Urethane......................................16 Express Employment Professionals.... 12 Bay Area Auto & Truck Rental............... 9 El Cubano Cigars - Texas City................ 9 Herc Equipment Rental.......................... 7 Craft 96 Draught House + Kitchen..... 5 Kleen Supply.............................................. 4 Texas City Commissioner Jami Clark.....4 Kort Industries .......................................... 3 O-Zone Industrial Services ................... 3 Enterprise Commercial Paving............ 2

HOT DEALS Texas City-La Marque Chamber members offer “Hot Deals” on lodging, dining, jewelry, dental care, vehicle services, personal care and more. View Hot Deals by scanning the QR code.

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2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ron Assad, CHAIRMAN Gallant Industrial

Harry Faust Faust Distributing Co.

Cory Moss Valero

Ramiro Barba, SECRETARY Port of Texas City

Alex Getty La Marque Economic Development

Georgia Barzilay, PAST CHAIR Karat Creations Jewelry

George Hill Tolunay Wong Engineers

Dr. Warren Nichols, CHAIR ELECT College of the Mainland

Jon Branson Texas City Economic Development James Brumley, VICE CHAIR Oiltanking-Texas City, L.P. Jay Carnes Carnes Funeral Home Desoto Clark ROBCO Services Shane Day Kodiak Metals Recycling Richard Devries Standard Steel Supply

Alan Hutchins A&A Machine & Fabrication April Jones Queens Attic Boutique Thomas Keim Industrial Commissioning Consultants International Caitlin Kim Domac, Inc. Shane Long BWC Terminals Stacey Malbrough AMOCO Federal Credit Union

Jason Pollard Grand Prize Barbeque Phil Roberts Roberts, Johnson & Cain Jim Russell HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland Bob Senter Texas First Insurance Sonny Tholcken Trey Industries Candice Towles Texas First Bank

Mandie McMillan Crowder RE/MAX Coastal

Andy Venables Eastman

Dr. Melissa Duarte Texas City I.S.D.

Mike Meyer, TREASURER Ashland

Christine Wade UTMB Health

Lavelle Edmonson Marathon Petroleum

Frank Mistretta Houston Hurricane & Security

Cathie Woitena Associated Credit Union of Texas

Shannon Doyle Osborn VICE CHAIR, South Land Title

Chamber Staff Page Michel, President/CEO Lauren Novack, Office Manager & Administrative Assistant Marielle Gomez, Communications & Promotions Coordinator Stefanie Aldrich, Operations & Events Manager Jordan Kleinecke, Director of Membership Alyssa Jennings, Small Business Support Coordinator

Chamber Mission

To serve members and enhance economic and community development.

Chamber Vision

To be recognized as a vital resource, providing relevant, innovative and impactful programming that produces a healthy business climate and an enhanced quality of life.


Chamber Express Newsletter The publication of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce is published monthly (second Sunday of the month). Some content and photos provided as a courtesy by The Galveston County Daily News. Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce 9702 E.F. Lowry Expressway Texas City, TX 77590 409-935-1408


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