Chamber Express - September 2022 Edition

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SEPTEMBER 2022

Texas City-La Marque Chamber President resigns

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age Michel, President/CEO of the Texas CityLa Marque Chamber of Commerce, has announced her resignation effective Sept. 15. “It has been a great honor to work for the Texas City-La Marque Chamber, to oversee the success of the staff and help shape the future of the organization,” Michel said in her letter. “I’m proud that we have met and exceeded all budget and program goals during my two years as president. I’m moving to be closer to family. It is a bittersweet announcement because I have grown to love this community and all the wonderful people I’ve had the privilege to work with here.” Michel is leaving to take over the president/ CEO position at the San

Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. Starting Sept. 1, Jenny Senter, former President/ CEO, will be acting as Interim President for the Texas City-La Marque Chamber as the Executive Board Search Committee begins the candidate selection for a new Chamber President. The Chamber is grateful for Michel’s past leadership and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.

Enjoy a round with the Chamber

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he Chamber is excited to promote the 35th annual Jimmy Hayley Golf Classic on Sept. 28 & 29. This first-class tournament hosted at Bayou Golf Course in Texas City is renowned as the biggest and best in Galveston County. The Golf Classic is named after legendary former Chamber President Jimmy Hayley. Hayley designed this tournament to benefit members as well as the Chamber. You can enjoy the benefit of having your business promoted in front of more than 500 golfers, local business representatives, and civic leaders.

Sponsors are recognized on signage at the tournament, in print and online promotions, in the newsletter and in the golf program. The Golf Classic features three flights this year with 144 golfers in each (36 teams of 4 players). Team awards are presented after each round. Awards for Overall Champion Team will be presented at the conclusion of the tournament on Thursday evening. Players receive awesome gifts and services: • Custom Nike Golf Shirt courtesy of The Port of Texas City • Tournament Golf Balls courtesy of Marathon Petroleum • Custom Nike Cap

courtesy of Valero • Arctic Tumbler courtesy of Midwest Steel • Registration Tote Bag courtesy of Ashland • Nike Apparel Bundle courtesy of College of the Mainland and Dunn Heat Exchangers • Beverages courtesy of Faust Distributing • Meals courtesy of EMCOR Industrial Services’ operating companies: Ohmstede, Repcon, AltairStrickland, Ardent, Turnaround Welding Services

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Bayou Fest/New Staff ������������������������������������������� 3 New Teachers/Women in Business ����������������� 4 Leadership Mainland photos ���������������������������� 5 Shrimp Boil and Dance photos ������������������������� 6 First Responders Luncheon photos ���������������� 7

Ribbon cuttings ����������������������������������������������������� 8 Business of the Month ����������������������������������������� 9 New members ������������������������������������������������������10 Board of Directors �����������������������������������������������11

and Diamond Refractory. Thursday p.m. flight only, players will enjoy a steak dinner sponsored by Republic Services. There are sponsorship opportunities designed to fit all budget sizes: • Champion Level Sponsor: $15,000 (Sold Out) • Tour Sponsor: $7,500 – includes 1 team • Master Sponsor: $5,000 (includes 1 Team) • Ace Sponsor: $2,500 • Eagle Sponsor: $1,500 • Birdie Sponsor: $1,000 • Hospitality Tent: $1,800 (Sold Out) • Drink Cart Sponsor: $1,500 (Sold Out) • Sign Sponsors: $175 for Hole Signs, $500 for Pavilion Banners SEE GOLF » PAGE 3

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WELCOME NEW STAFF Bianca Jenson Member Services Manager

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he Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce welcomes Bianca Jenson, who joined the Chamber staff as the Member Service Manager. Prior to joining the Chamber, Jenson spent 20 years working in the financial industry, helping clients achieve their financial goals. She is skilled at target marketing and driven by relationship building and client engagement. Jenson is a native Texan and has lived in the area for the past 20 years. She is the proud mother of two adult sons. She enjoys giving back to her community and has volunteered at the Galveston GOLF Continued » Page 1

Sponsors receive great exposure! A limited number of options remain. Contact Chamber Vice President Stefanie Aldrich to promote your business at the 2022 Golf Classic! There will be a Raffle for a Golf Getaway to Wolfdancer Golf Club and a Ball Fall contest. You don’t have to be present to win. For those not able to attend the tournament, these are opportunities for you to be involved, support the event, and have a chance at winning big! RAFFLE Unlimited purchase of raffle tickets for $20 each or six tickets for $100. The drawing will be held on Thursday during the awards ceremony. BALL FALL Win $1,500 if yours is the first ball in the hole or closest to the hole! Numbered balls are $10 each or a dozen for $100.

County Food Bank, Boy Scouts of America, Bridge Over Troubled Water and many school organizations. When not working, you can find Jenson reading, writing, shopping, working out and spending quality time with family and friends.

2022 Golf Classic Sponsors (confirmed as of Sept. 1): DBG CHAMPION SPONSOR Dunn Heat Exchangers Port of Texas City Energy Rental Solutions TOUR SPONSORS Frost Bank Marathon Mustang CAT Valero Enterprise Commercial MASTER SPONSORS Paving AMOCO Federal Credit Frank’s Collision Union Great Western Valve City of Texas City ICCI Dow Kodiak Metals Industrial Tent Services Kort Industries Midwest Steel Midwest Steel ACE SPONSOR Moore Industries College of the mainland Ohmstede/AltairStrickland Dunn Heat Exchangers (EMCOR) EAGLE SPONSORS Stronghold A&A Machine & Fabrication Taylor & Hill Aggreko Texas First Bank Ameriprise Texas Stress Ashland TNMP Bergaila Companies Tolunay-Wong Blazer Inspection Turner Industries BrandSafway United Rentals Braun Intertec Ward Vessel & Exchanger COM

Sponsored by Bergaila Companies. To purchase raffle chances, ball fall chances, sponsorships, or to enter a team in the 2022

Golf Classic, contact Stefanie Aldrich by Sept. 21 at stefanie@TCLM chamber.com or 409935-1408. See you on the course!


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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

WELCOME NEW TEACHERS

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he TC-LM Chamber welcomed new teachers of TCISD for the 2022-2023 school year. A few team-building games were played, and it was fun to see their cooperative and competitive spirits. Lunch was provided by Chick-fil-A. The teachers heard a motivational and encouraging message from Superintendent Dr. Melissa Duarte, sharing wisdom for a wonderful

new school year. Thank you to all Chamber partners that provided door prizes or donated giveaway items for the teacher gift bags. It all helped the new teachers feel welcomed into the community. Huge thanks to all the Luncheon Sponsors who helped make the event possible. We all send wishes for a great school year!

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The Power of Mentorship

he Women in Business networking group met Aug. 25 and heard from guest speaker Josette Armendariz-Batiste, DNP, RN, CCRN, CENP, Vice President, Regional Hospitals & System Chief Nursing Executive for UTMB Health. The theme was “The Power of Mentorship!” and was sponsored by UTMB Health. Josette spoke about how her career has been impacted by mentors and how she mentors others. All the women in attendance were able to share their experiences with mentoring. Everyone was inspired in their paths of mentoring others. The next Women in Business event will be on Thursday, Oct. 20. Find full details online at www. TCLMchamber.com under “Events.”


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LEADERSHIP MAINLAND Leadership, Law and Order

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eadership Mainland focused on law and justice at its August session. The group met at the Galveston County Justice Center where they heard an overview of the justice system, historic court records and historic immigration and naturalization records from Chief Deputy District Clerk Doryn Glenn. The group also toured the Galveston jail, led by Capt. Cody Schlageter and Maj. Kevin Walker. Afterward, the group enjoyed a lunch at Maceo’s Spice & Import Company. The session included a stop at the Scholes International Airport. The Leadership class was given a tour of the airport facilities, led by Mike Shahan, C.M., Director. Thank you to all who inspired and motivated the Leadership Mainland Class of 2022 at this exciting session. The next class forms in December. Contact the Chamber office for details about how to get involved.


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SHRIMP BOIL & DANCE End of summer celebrated at the Shrimp Boil

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he community-wide Shrimp Boil & Dance was held on Aug. 12 at the Nessler Civic Center in Texas City with more than 700 guests in attendance. Delicious food — cooked by the presenting sponsor, Marathon — live music from The Line Up Band, and a fun crowd all combined to create a

memorable evening. The Chamber sends a huge round of thanks to all the Shrimp Boil Sponsors, community partners and volunteers whose support and hard work made the event a success. View more event photos online at www.facebook.com/TCLMchamber.


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FIRST RESPONDERS SALUTE LUNCHEON

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he First Responders Salute business luncheon was held Aug. 31 at the Doyle Convention Center in Texas City with over 200 guests in attendance. Anchored Real Estate Team’s Fred Rogers spoke about his service career in the U.S. Navy and the experiences that have led him to where he is today. He gave a heartwarming motivational speech to all the first responders present. All guests also enjoyed live entertainment by the Peace Project Band. Thank you to the La Marque Fire Department, La Marque Police Department, Texas City Fire Department, Texas City Police Department, Galveston County Sheriffs Office and the Emergency Management Leaders and for all of their hard work on behalf of this community. Huge thanks to the presenting sponsor UTMB Health and these luncheon sponsors: AMOCO Federal Credit Union, Exodus Consulting and Psychological Services, City of Texas City, Valero and TNMP.


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RIBBON CUTTINGS

Boterra at Lago Mar 3301 Gulf Freeway Texas City 77568 409-207-0999 Representative: Angie Harvey www.boterraatlagomar.com bla@villagegreen.com Apartments

Frank’s Collision Repair 2627 Palmer Hwy. Texas City 77590 409-943-5000 Representative: Mari Martinez www.frankscr.com mari@frankscr.com Auto Paint & Body


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BUSINESS OF THE MONTH

Barcenas Mexican Restaurant 11013 Delaney St., La Marque, TX 77568 | 409-908-9800

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arcenas Mexican Grill is a family-owned business. Since 1998, the restaurant has been known for its authentic, homemade Mexican and traditional Tex-Mex food. The food is made fresh daily with only the finest ingredients and served with love! With three locations including La Marque, Friendswood and League City, you can enjoy Barcenas any time of day for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The restaurant’s most popular meal is the Angus beef fajitas. The restaurant also

serves menudo, barbacoa, enchiladas, tacos and burritos. And the menu does not stop there. Barcenas also offers dine-in and carry-out options for customers. Barcenas Mexican Grill is a long-time dedicated supporter of the Chamber of Commerce and many community events. Join us in celebrating this Business of the Month! Learn more at www.barcenas mexicanrestaurant.com.

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Bergaila Companies 10300 Town Park Dr., Houston 77072 281-496-0803 Representative: Meghan Bergaila www.bergaila.com opportunity@bergaila.com Staffing Service/Employment Agency

Glad Tidings Church 902 N. Logan St., Texas City 77590 409-945-9468 Representative: Pastor John Humphries www.gladtidingstexascity.org info@gladtidingstexascity.org Churches

Coastal Ice & Water 6004 N. Shepherd, Houston 77091 832- 405-1750 Representative: Monica Baynaerts www.coastal-ice.com monica@coastal-ice.com Industrial Services/Ice & Water

Innovative Alternatives 1335 Regents Park Drive, Houston 77058 832-915-5023 Representative: Debbie Corn www.innovativealternatives.org dcorn@innovative alternatives.org Counseling

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LTD Tax Services & Business Solutions 1322 Space Park Drive, Houston 77058 281-339-7442 Representative: Latasha Solomon www.ltdtaxservices.com latasha@ltdtaxservices.com Finance & Insurance

Mainland Toastmasters 41 Borodo Stretch, La Marque 77568 409-750-2928 Representative: Terry Pettijohn www.toastmasters.org terri.l.pettijohn@gmail.com Non-Profit Organization

Timeout Sports Bar #5 9300 E.F. Lowry Expwy., Texas City 77591 832-736-9400 Representative: Randy Fluker www.timeoutsportsbars.com office@timeoutsportsbars.com Restaurant/Bar

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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

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Dr. Warren Nichols, CHAIR ELECT College of the Mainland

Jon Branson Texas City Economic Development James Brumley, VICE CHAIR Oiltanking-Texas City, L.P.

Alan Hutchins A&A Machine & Fabrication April Jones Queens Attic Boutique Thomas Keim Industrial Commissioning Consultants International

Jay Carnes Carnes Funeral Home Desoto Clark ROBCO Services

Caitlin Kim Domac, Inc.

Shane Day Kodiak Metals Recycling Richard Devries Standard Steel Supply

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

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Chamber Staff Jenny Senter, Interim President/CEO Stefanie Aldrich, Vice President Lauren Kaiser, Operations Manager Marielle Gomez, Communications & Promotions Coordinator Bianca Jenson, Member Services Manager

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 www.TCLMchamber.com


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