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A Message from J.J. Hollie

Celebrating 41 Years of Pro-Business Advocacy!

When business leaders established The South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce in 1978, they set out to create an environment where companies could thrive and create jobs, transforming South Montgomery County from mostly residential into a self-sustaining community offering not only superior quality of life but also a multitude of employment opportunities. Today, the Chamber, formally known as The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer-driven group governed by 21 elected board members representing more than 1,500 businesses. For 41 years, the Chamber has served as a means to link business and community for the betterment of the greater Houston region. During this time, countless staff and volunteers have worked to provide leadership and vision to expand The Woodlands area into a community that consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As we celebrate more than 40 years of business leadership, we look back proudly at the achievements made in the area since 1978 and recognize the many individuals whose commitment and vision have made our community what it is today. We invite you to celebrate some of those individuals at the Chamber’s 41st Annual Chairman’s Ball on Saturday, August 17 and our 41st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 27. 2 woodlandschamber.org AUGUST 2019

On August 17, we will honor Stuart Lapp of Stibbs & Co., P.C., thanking him for his dedicated service as the Chamber’s 2018-2019 chairman of the board. The lavish black-tie celebration, themed “Under the Big Top,” promises to be an entertaining evening with an exceptional meal, dancing and music.” The ball is from 6 p.m. to midnight at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. Individual tickets are $150 and a table of 10 is $1,250. To purchase tickets and learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meagen Korenek at meagen.korenek@ woodlandschamber.org. On September 27, we will announce the 2019 Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Top Influencer Under 40 and Diplomat of the Year at the 41st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Others honored at the event will include our board of directors, vice presidents, team leaders and members celebrating 10 to 40 years of membership. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course. Tickets are $75 for members, $100 for nonmembers and $750 for a table of 10. Spouses, guests and friends of the community are encouraged to attend. To purchase tickets and learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cyndi Alvarado at cyndi. alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

J.J. Hollie President & CEO


RAIL CAR SPONSOR

LION TAMER SPONSORS

GRANDSTAND SPONSORS

TRAPEZE SPONSORS Champions School of Real Estate and Enterprise Holdings Interfaith of The Woodlands Market Street The Woodlands Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Strike, LLC The Woodlands Christian Academy The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

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19th HOLE SPONSOR | $2,500 *Exclusive

• Ability to set up a table in the reception/awards area • Logo on drink ticket in every player bag • Signage in the reception/awards area • Company logo displayed on event banner • Publicity in Business Today, social media, website, and press releases • Verbal recognition at the event

ALL-STAR SPONSOR | $1,500

• 1 Team Registration (4 players) • Extra Point Package • Hole Sponsorship* • Company logo displayed on event banner • Publicity in Business Today, social media, website, and press releases • Verbal recognition and signage at event • Includes lunch and awards reception for team

THE GOLF TRAILS OF THE WOODLANDS MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019

9 AM Shotgun Start

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WoodlandsChamberGolf.com

HOLE SPONSOR | $300

• Signage at designated hole • Option to set up a table/tent at your hole *Must provide own table, tent and chairs • Publicity in Business Today, social media, website, and press releases • 2 Lunch and reception tickets

Team packages begin at $700. Individual players are $200. Chamber members can drop off promo items to be included in player bags at no cost. The deadlineis October 21.

The Putt, Pass and Chip Golf Championship is a twist on the classic game: everything is sports-themed. Whether it’s the Astros, Rockets or Texans, we encourage you to come dressed in your favorite team’s gear — nothing is off limits! Mulligans are also themed, and players can purchase the “extra-point” package to give their team an added advantage. Show off your quarterback skills and toss a football down the green. Wherever it lands, you tee off! Not your best swing? Throw the yellow flag and redo it!

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Friday, November 9, 2019 8 AM to 3:30 PM

— Lone Star College System Office 5000 Research Forest Drive The Woodlands, TX

Presented by experts in the employment field, the annual Employment Law Update is designed to assist employers to protect their business or company from possible labor or employment lawsuits. The event is coordinated in conjunction with The Woodlands Bar Association.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS SEMINAR? In-House Counsel, Human Resources Professionals, Certified Public Accountants, Business Owners and All Managers!

Sponsorships & tickets are available. For more information on the 2019 Employment Law Update, visit woodlandschamber.org/ELU. 5


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Thursday, January 16, 2020 4 – 9 P.M.

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

This food and beverage expo is one of the largest events held in Montgomery County attracting more than 3,000 people! Enjoy mouth-watering food from over 50 restaurants, bakeries and distributors.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES EXECUTIVE CHEF | $5,000

• Publicity in Business Today, chamber social media and website, press releases and event invitation • 100 tickets, 10 vendor bands for event and early entry • Double exhibitor booth with prominent placement • Display of your banner in lobby area at event • Invitation for (4) to VIP/Media kick-off event • Logo included on window display in Market Street that will be featured during Black Friday • Verbal recognition at the event • Opportunity to be on Lone Star Community Radio Conroe Culture News 104.5FM

GOURMET CHEF | $2,500 • Publicity in Business Today, chamber social media and website, press releases and event invitation • 30 tickets, (4) vendor bands and early entry to event • One exhibitor booth with prominent placement • Invitation for (2) to VIP/Media kick-off event

MOBILE CHEF | $750 *Limited Availability • Placement for Mobile Catering Truck *Must adhere to the Marriott’s vehicle requirements • Publicity in Business Today, chamber social media and website, press releases • 15 tickets, (4) vendor bands and early entry to event • One exhibitor booth with prominent placement • 120 AMP circuit at the event SINGLE BOOTH | $275 • Invitation for (2) to VIP/Media kick-off event • 10X10 booth space, 8’ skirted table and two chairs

FOOD INDUSTRY BOOTHS DOUBLE BOOTH | $550

Individual Tickets: $30 Includes (2) alcoholic drink tickets and unlimited food samples, water and soft drinks. Group packages are also available. 6 woodlandschamber.org AUGUST 2019

• 20X20 booth space, 16’ skirted table and four chairs

Visit tasteofthetown.org for more information.


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Submit Nominations and Make Reservations Volunteer of the Year

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Join us for the Chamber’s 41st Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Friday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course in the Legacy Ballroom. Chamber President and CEO J.J. Hollie will update guests on the Chamber’s accomplishments and vision and unveil our new logo.

Following the annual report, the Chamber will then honor its 2019 Volunteer of the Year, Diplomat of the Year, Community Citizen of the Year and Top Influencer Under 40.

The Volunteer of the Year is an individual who has been an outstanding volunteer for The Chamber and has gone above and beyond to assist and participate in various committees, events and activities. This individual sets an example for future volunteers.

The Community Citizen of the Year is a local resident that has made a significant contribution to our community. This individual provided leadership to move the economic, civic and/or cultural wellbeing of The Woodlands area.

The Top Influencer Under 40 is an individual who has made innovative contributions to their company and has distinguished themselves as an emerging leader within the community.


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Harry Tate James Pitchford Don Gebert Jim Williams Leon Kennedy Jeanne-Anne Moran Doug Earle Myrna Irons Patti Derr Dan Green Bonnie Magill Dave Smalley Bob Williams Joel Deretchin Rob Eissler Gary Louie Corky Shaw WD Broadway John Webb Dr. Bill Law Dr. Joel Kerschenbaum Tommy Williams Dr. David Gottlieb Mike Huffine Frank Robinson Michael Richmond Steve Sanders Jim and Nelda Blair Jeff Early Bruce Tough Dr. Ann Snyder Dr. Don Stockton C.J. Haynes Conroe I.S.D. Kevin Brady Ed Chance Kathy Sanders Robert Heineman Linda Nelson Melanie Bush Barry Blanton Julie Martineau

Chairman’s Award

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August 14, 2019

In addition to the announcement of these specialty awards, the luncheon will also honor our 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40-year members and our 2018-2019 board members, vice presidents and team leaders.

Reservations for the luncheon are required by September 20. The fee is $75 for members, $650 for a table of 10 and $100 for guests. For additional information, contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at (281) 363-8109 or cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org; or visit WoodlandsChamber.org/AnnualAwards.

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Kim Fox-Marchetti Al Diller Kenny Speight Jack Stibbs James Stilwell Lou Ann Tiger Nelda Luce Blair Chick-fil-A of The Woodlands Chief Alan Benson Don Norell Gary Gelfman Rhese Hoylman IV Randy Lovelace Royce Brooks Keaton McDaniel Bruce Tough Ann Snyder Angela Strong Linda Nelson

Legacy Award 2012 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Alex Sutton Tim Welbes Nelda Luce Blair J.R. Moore, Jr. Karen Hoylman Ray Sanders Dr. Don Stockton Dr. David Gottlieb

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CHAMBER NEWS

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Celebrating 25 Years

Chamber Vice President of Community Service Mary Smith Celebrates 25th Work Anniversary The Woodlands Area Chamber honored its longest-serving employee, vice president of community service Mary Smith, who recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with the organization. Chamber staff members showered Mary with flowers and balloons and president and CEO J.J. Hollie commended Mary’s dedication to the Chamber and thanked her for her 25 years of service and loyalty. “We’re excited to celebrate Mary reaching the 25th-anniversary milestone,” Hollie said. “Her experience and talents are invaluable to us. She always has our members in mind and takes pride in working for the Chamber all these years and it is evident in her work. She is simply the best!” Mary started her career at the Chamber in 1994 as a part-time employee managing the front desk. To put it in perspective, the year Mary began her employment at the Chamber, the first commercially successful web browser, Netscape Navigator, was released. It was also

the year the TV series “ER” and “Friends,” along with the films “Forrest Gump,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The Shawshank Redemption” premiered.

For this major milestone, we sat down with Mary and asked her some questions. Q: How long have you lived in The Woodlands? 28 years Q: What do you like most about The Woodlands and what parts of it would you want to show a friend from outside the area? I’m amazed by the amount of growth the area has experienced and I would want to take them on a tour of the area to show them this growth. Q: Who mentored you? A business owner I worked for in Tulsa, Okla. I admired and respected her strong work ethic, leadership and integrity. Her generosity to the Tulsa community is an inspiration.. Q: What skills did you develop early on that you still use every day? At 16, I started working part-time at Coca-Cola. The customer service skills I learned from that job has stayed with me to this day. My father also taught me to treat customers with respect and listen to their needs. Q: How would you describe your position in a few words? Helpful, challenging, ever-evolving and growing. Q: What do you think most people don’t know about the Chamber? The number of resources the Chamber has to offer to the community as well as marketing opportunities for our members. Q: What is still on your bucket list? From servers to cellphones, technology has revolutionized the way organizations conduct business, so continuing my education and learning new tech skills is important to me. Q: What is your favorite memory you’ve had working at the chamber? I have so many memories from working at the Chamber over the years, but one that stands out is a surprise party the staff hosted on my 50th birthday. Q: What is the best part about working at the Chamber?” The best part about working at the Chamber is the opportunity to serve our member businesses and interacting with The Woodlands area community at large. Q: What is your favorite Chamber event? While I enjoy them all, my favorite is the Chairman’s Ball because it is an opportunity for us to honor our board chairs and acknowledge their leadership. Q: How has your work with the Chamber shaped you as a person? Working at the Chamber has exposed me to so many more different perspectives and helped me think outside the box. Q: Over the years, many Chamber members have repeatedly praised you for your telephone etiquette. What makes your interaction with others so positive? I treat others with the respect that I would like to be treated with because that’s what my parents taught me.

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FEATURED Promote Your Company at the Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament

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hen it comes to finding new customers for your company, the more people that know about you, the better. Simply advertising your company as often as possible works but attaching your business name to an event helps the event’s participants and the larger community remember who you are. Promoting your company at an event like the Chamber’s annual golf tournament is one way to get people talking. The Chamber will host its Annual Putt, Pass and Chip Golf Tournament on Monday, October 28 at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands at The Woodlands Resort. We invite all Chamber members to consider offering special promotional items to be included in the tournament’s player bags. Items may range from branded golf balls, tees, towels, divot tools, hats, sunscreen, fans or even snacks. Interested organizations may deliver at least 120 promotional items to the Chamber by Monday, October 21. For more information,visit woodlandschambergolf.com.

That’s a Wrap! Chamber Members Hear Recap of the 86th Texas Legislative Session

The 86th Texas Legislature ran from Jan. 8 to May 27 this year. A total of 10,877 pieces of legislation were filed, 7,324 of which were bills: 4,765 House bills and 2,559 Senate bills. All in all, 1,429 bills – less than 20 percent – managed to pass both chambers. Gov. Greg Abbott signed 1,323 bills into law and vetoed a total of 58 bills. An additional 144 bills were filed without the governor’s signature, meaning that the legislation went into effect after Abbott failed to sign the bills by the June 15 deadline. On Friday, June 21, Texas Sen. Brandon Creighton (District 4) and Texas Rep. Steve Toth (District 15) presented a legislative recap to our Business Advocacy and Transportation Education Councils detailing what happened during the legislative session and how it impacts area businesses. Following the presentation and Q&A time, Sen. Creighton presented the Chamber with a resolution celebrating the 2019 Montgomery County Day at the Capitol.

Open to Chamber members and guests, Business Advocacy Council meetings provide an opportunity for you to connect with fellow members, key elected officials and policy leaders to discuss issues that have a significant impact on employers. The council meets the third Friday of every month from 8-9 a.m. at the Chamber. Learn more about the Chamber’s advocacy efforts and how to get involved, by contacting Margo McZeal, director of government affairs, at (281) 363-8106 or margo.mczeal@woodlandschamber.org. 12 woodlandschamber.org AUGUST 2019


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LMC is pleased to welcome new board members (right to left): Laura Lea Palmer ‘12 with The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, Travis Smith ‘18 with Caldwell Companies, Doug McCormick ‘95 with Entergy Texas, Danielle Scheiner‘06 with Conroe Economic Development Council and Sarah Blakelock ‘16 with Conroe ISD. Not pictured Julie Amber ‘10 with The Woodlands Christian Academy.

LMC Class of 2019 Eric Allum Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands Kristen Bates The Strong Firm P.C. Nick Davis Guaranty Bank & Trust Lauren DeGeorgio Montgomery County Food Bank Katherine Dolson McKesson Helen Doran STRIKE Angelle Dugas Entergy Texas Nichole Frank Lone Star Family Health Center Hunter Grimes Caldwell Companies Nancy Heintz Coalition for the Homeless – Houston Jeremy Horton Woodforest National Bank Nate Jackson Jones | Carter Lauren Janssen Frost Bank

Lini John The Woodlands Christian Academy Krystle Keller The Woodlands Hills Residential Community, Inc. Jason Kercheval Price & Price Meagen Korenek The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Craig Lewellyn Kevin Brady for Congress Guillo Machado Manhard Consulting Sam Masiel, Jr. City of Conroe Holly Mayer Interfaith of The Woodlands Crystal McPhie Better Bookkeepers Inc.

Chuck Meyer Law Firm of Chuck Meyer, PLLC Kali Moxley Inspiration Ranch Mike Muckleroy City of Montgomery Troy Neumann Consolidated Communications Brent Parker The Woodlands UMC – Church at Woodforest Dr. Terry Peterman Lone Star College – Montgomery Dr. Doug Peters Grace Crossing, A Community Church of Christ Warner Phelps Soules Insurance Agency, LP Nicole Preston Community Impact Newspaper

Education for Tomorrow Alliance

Kicks off 30th Year

Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA) will celebrate 30 years of service to Montgomery County students during the 2019-2020 school year, kicking off at the August 22 Trivia Night & Silent Auction. EfTA started as a working group at HARC that partnered with The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce in 1989 to ensure young people are prepared for the workforce. Education for Tomorrow Alliance volunteers began by providing volunteer support for the local science fair in 1990, which then included about 100 student projects. In 2019, what has become known as SCI://TECH, included 13 STEM events and competitions, with 1,600 students competing in science fair alone. Through the years, EfTA has come to offer a variety of career, leadership, and STEM programs that reach thousands of students annually with the support of community and business volunteers. To learn about ways to volunteer, or to purchase tickets for EfTA’s seventh annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction, visit efta-us.org/events. All proceeds support local K-12 students through educational enrichment programs. Education for Tomorrow Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating education and community partnerships that advance student success. With innovative programs focused on career, leadership, and STEM preparation, EfTA is the portal through which business leaders can access and strengthen local education. 14 woodlandschamber.org AUGUST 2019

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Eric Rabel The Howard Hughes Corporation Eric Ransom CHI St. Luke’s Health Chase Redden HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe Luke Redus Compassion United, Inc. Krystle Riley Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Cheryl Shay Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Beth Shelton Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce Christie Siedhoff Texas State Senate Donna Stedman Henry’s Home Horse and Human Sanctuary Jennifer Steen Bleyl Engineering Helen Thornton Thornton Financial Services Ashley White The Woodlands Township / Visit The Woodlands Dr. Shellie Winkler Conroe ISD Jay Young The Signorelli Company

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one Star College has a standing tradition to award the great work of our small businesses and business owners in our community. This year Lone Star College presents the 33rd Annual Small Business Development (SBDC) Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to be held at Lone Star College Community Building. Join Lone Star College as we celebrate our small businesses and leaders in our local communities. Categories this year include: • Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year • Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year • Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year • Home-Based Owned Small Business of the Year • Family-Owned Small Business of the Year • Small Business Owner of the Year • Small Business Franchise Owner of the Year • Young Entrepreneur of the Year The SBDC services are available for companies in every phase of

the business life cycle. SBDC provides business advising for ‘for-profit’ businesses by sitting down with them in a one-on-one, confidential, no-cost meeting. SBDC works with start-ups and existing businesses in a variety of ways; business plan creation and implementation, marketing planning and strategies, how to secure financing and many more.

For more information contact:

Miguel Lopez, Executive Director & Advisor LSC Small Business Development Center (823)913.6621/Miguel.Lopez@LoneStar.edu The Lone Star College SBDC is a business advising and training center of the University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network serving 32 counties in Southeast Texas. The SBDC program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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NETWORKING BREAKFAST MEET THE NEW MEMBERS

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

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Visit woodlandschamber.org/calendar for up-to-date information and registration details.

11 A.M.-1:30 P.M. 41st Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon 9 A.M.

Putt, Pass & Chip Golf Tournament

8 A.M.-3:30 P.M. Employment Law Update 4 -9 P.M.

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Golf Trails of The Woodlands

Lone Star College System Office

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7:30 A.M.-1 P.M. Economic Outlook Conference 11 A.M.-1 P.M.

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CHAMBER TEAM MEETINGS Chamber Teams are open to all members and meetings are held at the Chamber office, located at 9320 Lakeside Blvd, Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77381.

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Community Relations

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Economic Outlook Conference

AUG 7

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Chairman’s Ball

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Community Relations

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Employment Law Update

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Employment Law Update

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Young Professionals Network

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Young Professionals Network

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Chairman’s Ball

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Business Advocacy Council/ Transportaion Education Council

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AUG 27

Golf Tournament

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Golf Tournament Economic Outlook Conference

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UPCOMING SEMINARS All seminars are held at the Chamber’s Lakeshore Conference Room, located at 9320 Lakeside Blvd., Bldg. 2, Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77381. Registration fee: $25 for members and $50 for guests

AUG 15 Social Media Marketing Extravaganza

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By: Martin Obiozor, Empowered Pulse and Siva Yenneti, ITVibes, Inc.

Using social media for your business and just getting started or not getting the results you expected? Let us take you from average to rockstar.

AUG 29 Sales Training Essentials

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By Steve Berry, Waste Connections, Inc.

Join us for a back-to-basics sales training experience.

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EMERALD WOODHOUSE DAY SPA THE WOODLANDS Ms. Suzanne Grove • (512) 269-5445 9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 1270 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 thewoodlands.woodhousespas.com/services Our team of dedicated professionals possesses a genuine desire for your overall well-being and will make your experience the ultimate retreat. Choose from over 70 rejuvenating spa treatments from our famous nurturing facials, to invigorating body treatments in our Vichy shower. Succumb to our Swedish, deep tissue, or our 90 minute volcanic hot stone massage, and relax with an expert mani-pedi.

RUBY BRIGHTVIEW LANDSCAPE SERVICES Mr. John C. Caragonne • (346) 814-8180 6225 Shadowbend Pl. • The Woodlands, TX 77381 brightview.com With steadfast focus on you and your goals, we’re changing the way landscape services are delivered. From design to development, maintenance and enhancements, our depth of experience makes us a seamless partner for the entire lifecycle of your landscape. Benefit from a comprehensive landscape maintenance plan designed to meet your needs & exceed your expectations, delivered by a team invested in you

GOLD BOULDER DESIGNS BY TLI Mr. John Torrey • (832) 639-8828 24119 Lenze Rd Unit C • Spring, TX 77389 Boulderdesigns.net Whether you’re looking for commercial signage or residential landscape edging, we’ve got the rock-solid experience you need to fashion your oneof-a-kind project. Large or small, any shape or color, your custom crafted boulder or border is limited only by your imagination. We’ve helped cities, schools, parks, tourist attractions and many other businesses. Now we look forward to working with you.

RED DOOR REALTY & ASSOCIATES, THE WOODLANDS

DR. EDWARD ESTRADA DDS Dr. Edward Estrada • (281) 296-7411 • (281) 362-7014 9006 Forest Crossing Dr. Ste.F • The Woodlands, TX 77381 smilesforallages.com Practicing in The Woodlands since 1999, Dr. Estrada has brought his 38-years of dental experience and provided world class dental care to his patients. Dr. Estrada & his team have all been through advanced dental training and are very knowledgeable and experienced in dental care. We work to assure that your visit runs as smoothly and timely as possible, so you receive the utmost in care. Sponsored by Steve Berry; Waste Connections

BRONZE ALEXAN EXCHANGE Ms. Lisa Sherman • (281) 688-4030 21603 Spring Plaza Dr. • Spring, TX 77388 alexanexchange.com ALEXAN EXCHANGE is the newest luxury-inspired, lifestyle-focused apartment community in north Houston. An elevated array of exceptional amenities and designer interiors gives you the best of everything in a stylish and sophisticated setting.

CG TRANSLATION SERVICES Ms. Carolina Garrido • (281) 602-9926 Serving The Woodlands cgtranslationservices.com Native Spanish-speaking translator with 18 years of experience; member of the American Translators Association and the Houston Interpreters and Translators Association. MA in education (University of York, UK) and Google Adwords certified. I can make sure your website reaches the Hispanic market, with the right tone and the most efficient SEO. Open the door to the Spanishspeaking market!

COLLEGE LOGIC SPORTS LLC Mr. Jeff Hanson • (281) 967-9163 2495 Sawdust Rd. #1204 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 mycollegeloic.com

Ms. Christi Harvey • (832) 616-3422 917 Spring Cypress Rd. • Spring, TX 77373 reddoorrealtyandassociates.com

National college advisors, helping students and athletes find their right college fit, helping parents save thousands on college costs and helping families get the outcomes for college that they desire.

We celebrate the excitement of home ownership and welcome the opportunity to help our clients buy, sell and lease properties, whether it’s their next place to call home or for investment purposes. You won’t find a group of more experienced, professional real estate agents than at Red Door Realty and Associates. Our knowledge and enthusiasm for home buying and selling shows. Like the Red Door, we welcome you.

Ms. Melanie W. Mazorra • (281) 734-6497 594 Sawdust Rd. #363 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 fb.me/coordinatedspaces

SILVER BLAZING BINS Mr. Richard Shubin • (832) 833-2467 Serving The Woodlands/Surrounding Areas blazingbins.com Our custom-made trucks use an eco-friendly, efficient, affordable and unique process to clean, sanitize and deodorize trash cans. We use 180-degree water to give them a deep clean. We have a monthly plan ($9.50), bi-monthly plan ($12.50) and quarterly service plan ($16.50). We also pressure wash driveways, patios, sidewalks and more! We are veteran owned and operated. Small business ~ Big difference! Sponsored by Jennifer Majors Baca; JMB Insurance Solutions

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COORDINATED SPACES

Bringing harmony, peace and efficiency back to your space. Coordinate your home or office to fit your lifestyle and get organized. Coordinated Spaces prides itself in finding the most cost-effective ways to organize your space. Before we bring in outside storage solutions, we use all available resources in your home. Sponsored by Ann Wolford; The Wolford Group

LA FITNESS Mr. Kane Atkinson • (832) 403-2913 3570 Harmony Commons Drive • Spring, TX 77386 lafitness.com We offer a wide range of amenities including state of the art equipment, group fitness classes, swimming pool and spa, personal training, kids club babysitting, racquetball and basketball at most locations and a highly trained staff, we provide fun and effective workout options to family members of all ages and interests. We know that a healthy society depends on the well-being of all those who comprise it.


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SILHOUETTES HAIR DESIGN STUDIO Ms. Joanne E. Davidson • (832) 326-6806 25710 Budde Rd. • The Woodlands, TX 77380 silhouettehair.studio If you’re not thrilled with your hair, it’s time to visit Silhouettes. We’ve been giving woman, men and children exactly what they have wanted for over 20 years. We will analyze your current condition and discuss cut, shape, color and style during a complimentary consultation in a private room. As experts, we transform hair that is too fine, too short or damaged with the latest techniques available.

BUSINESS ALISA BAILEY IMAGERY, LLC Ms. Alisa Bailey • (832) 830-2119 Serving The Woodlands, Conroe & Montgomery TX AlisaBaileyImagery.com Specializing in business branding imagery and creating your personalized stock library of images (your location, staff in-action, products, food/drink) for your website, social media, ad campaigns etc.

ALLIED EXTERIOR Mr. Connor Van Gemert • (936) 827-6017 Serving The Woodlands Alliedexterior.com Professional Landscapers specializing in: Landscape installation, Landscape lighting, Irrigation/Sprinklers, Drainage, Hardscapes.

ALLIED UNIVERSAL SECURITY SERVICES Mr. David VanDyke • (281) 763-1502 1776 Woodsstead Ct. Suite 224 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 aus.com For more than 60 years, Allied Universal’s mission has focused on leveraging manpower, data and technology to deploy smarter security for our customers.

DRAMA ROCKET, LLC Ms. Katie Lindsay • (713) 294-6012 Serving The Woodlands dramarocket.com We use theater arts as a tool to help students link real world context with concepts learned in school. Our crew’s mission is to encourage deeper learning skills and develop future creators & leaders.

FINDING JOY IN ENOUGH LLC Ms. Melody VonFeldt • (346) 291-5510 6211 Elmgrove Road • Spring, TX 77389 findingjoyinenough.com Professional organizer Melody VonFeldt offers organizing solutions for your home and small business. Services include downsizing, decluttering, organizing, custom system creation, and coaching.

LET THEM DRUM Mr. Ralph Hicks • (281) 849-8583 6606 FM 1488 Suite 148-501 • Magnolia, TX 77354 letthemdrum.org Recreational and therapeutic group drumming experiences for all ages and abilities! Free weekly drum circles with special needs focus, also available for public and private events. Sponsored by Gayle Fisher; Our Training Center

LIFE GIVING LIFE THE RECOVERY PROJECT Ms. Crystal Sipes • (936) 597-3339 13740 Liberty Street • Montgomery, TX 77356 lifegivingliferecovery.com We are here to help support you in your transition into long term sobriety. We are a safe place for individuals and families to come to for support throughout your recovery.

PROVENANCE CREATIVE LLC Mr. Jonathan Daniel • (832) 791-1787 6700 Woodlands Parkway Ste 230 #271 • The Woodlands, TX 77382 provenancecreative.com Without a plan to save your memories, your connections to previous generations (photos, letters, videos) may be disorganized, misplaced and ultimately lost. As master storytellers we can prevent that.

SUN COAST RESOURCES, INC. Ms. Caressa Bateman • (800) 667-3835 6405 Cavalcade St., Bldg. 1 • Houston, TX 77026 suncoastresources.com We provide high-quality fuels, lubricants, chemicals & related programs/ services to thousands of businesses and countless agencies in the US. We are the #1 Chevron ISOCLEAN provider in the nation.

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Hardy Road Transfer Station – Waste Connections R360 Environmental Solutions Seabreeze Landfill – Waste Connections Waste Connections of Texas

EXECUTIVE LEVEL : $5,460 America’s ER Medical Centers

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital Community Impact Newspaper Consolidated Communications

ExxonMobil ExxonMobil – Hughes Landing ExxonMobil – Hughes Landing II Heightened Leaders

Houston Business Journal

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands Houston Methodist Cancer Center at The Woodlands Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center at The Woodlands Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Houston Methodist Primary Care Group – Conroe Houston Methodist Primary Care Group – Montgomery Houston Methodist Primary Care Group – The Woodlands Houston Methodist Primary Care Group – The Woodlands MD Anderson Cancer Center – The Woodlands MD Anderson Cancer Center Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center In the Pink of Health Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann Memorial Hermann 24 HR Emergency Care Memorial Hermann Bender’s Landing Urgent Care TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands

The Woodlands Christian Academy

Woodforest National Bank – Town Center Two Woodforest National Bank – College Park Woodforest National Bank – Rayford Road Woodforest National Bank – Research Plaza Woodforest National Bank – Sterling Ridge Woodforest National Bank – Waterway

DIAMOND LEVEL : $3,575

Alta Mesa Holdings, LP Green Bank Lone Star College System Office Lone Star College – Conroe Center Lone Star College – Creekside Center Lone Star College – Montgomery Lone Star College – Tomball Lone Star College University Center – The Woodlands Lone Star Corporate College PM Realty Group

Repsol Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. – Shenandoah Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. – Augusta Pines Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. – The Woodlands The Woodlands Mall

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Wells Fargo Business Banking Wells Fargo – Alden Bridge Wells Fargo – Kuykendahl & Woodlands Pkwy Wells Fargo – Market Street Wells Fargo – The Private Bank Wells Fargo – Woodlands Branch Wiesner Buick-GMC – Hyundai

EMERALD LEVEL : $2,540 Amerant Bank

Black Forest Ventures Black Walnut Café • Galaxy FBO • The Kitchen • Tris Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI) Comcast

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Conroe Coca-Cola Bottling Company Dan’s Networks, LLC

Entergy Texas, Inc. Entergy Business Development: Texas Especialidades Emyasa SA de CV Laguna Outdoor Grills John Daugherty Realtors

Keating Imports Keating Honda • Keating Nissan

Kevin Baker Homes & Real Estate – Keller Williams Realty Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP Market Street

McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions McKesson Naskila Gaming

National Museum of Funeral History

Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies, Inc. Sergio‘s Landscaping

Stephen F. Austin University

TDECU Woodlands Member Center TDECU Business Services • TDECU Mortgage

The Westin At The Woodlands Como Social Club • Embassy Suites The Woodlands / Hughes Landing • Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen

Rice Business Executive Education

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center Robard’s Steakhouse

SteepSteel, LLC

Up My Brand Executive Coaching BGBC Management • Chairman’s Academy • Constant Spark

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Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands Texas Children’s Pediatrics

Woodhouse Day Spa The Woodlands

Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Team National

The Strong Firm P.C.

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Vernier & Associates, PLLC WC Construction Will Carter Band

Wright Business Technologies, Inc Wright’s Printing

RUBY LEVEL : $1,940

3 Steps to College A Strong CPA, LLC Adcetera Advanced Health and Wellness Arnold Chiropractic Center, LLC Better Bookkeepers, Inc. Blanton Advisors, LLC BMW of Houston North MINI of The Woodlands BMW of The Woodlands Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) BB&T Vision Park Buckalew Chevrolet, LP CenterPoint Energy CenterPoint Energy – C & P Tower Location CenterPoint Energy – Cypress Location CenterPoint Energy, Inc. – Government Affairs CHASE – Woodloch Forest CHASE – College Park • CHASE – Creekside Park CHASE – Panther Creek CHI St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital CLPF – Waterway Plaza, LLC Conn’s Home Plus Corporate Incentives, Inc. Cypress Creek Hospital Delta Life Franchising Delta Life Fitness – Spring-Klein • Delta Life Fitness – Magnolia Doggett Fordl Edward Jones – Bill Gervasi, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – Chantel Williams, Financial Advisor Edward Jones - Edwin Nieto, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor Tiny Paws Rescue Enterprise Holdings Enterprise Car Sales Excelerate Energy LP First American Title – National Commercial Services First Financial Bank – Conroe First Financial Bank – Creekside First Financial Bank - Grand Parkway Branch Gensler GTIN Managed IT Support Hodges Collision Center – Rayford Road Hodges Collision Center 1488 • Hodges Collision Center Hwy 249 Hodges Collision Center – Lane Ln. Hyatt Centric The Woodlands Lexington Apartments Alexander Apartments • The Biltmore Liberty Mutual Insurance – Bryan Selby Liberty Mutual Insurance Lub – Line Corp. 26010 Oak Ridge L.L.C. Macy’s Marsh & McLennan Agency Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty Masters In Dietetics, L.L.C. Memorial Hermann Surgery Center Woodlands Parkway Milagro Interactive Inc Morgan A. Bourque, Attorney At Law Office Evolution Pioneer Bank Prosperity Bank – The Woodlands Prosperity Bank – Magnolia Parkway Prosperity Bank – Research Forest • Prosperity Bank – Spring R Associates Inc (RAI) Sewell Automotive Companies Audi North Houston • Sewell INFINITI of North Houston Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau City of Shenandoah SWBC Mortgage TETRA Technologies, Inc. The Belvedere at Springwoods Village The Broadmoor at Creekside Park Ashford Gardens • Solera at West Houston The Bradford at Brookside The Johnson Development Corporation The Johnson Development Corp. – Grand Central Park The Johnson Development Corp. – Harmony The Johnson Development Corp. – Woodforest The Mark at Cityplace The Woodlands Country Club – Tournament Course Legend’s • Mitchell’s 74 Bar & Grill The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course The Woodlands Hearing Center The Woodlands Township Visit The Woodlands The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Linder Young Learners Academy Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy • The Learning Lane ThrIVe Drip Spa TWFG Insurance Weygandt Law, PLLC The Singing Lawyer • Weygandt Enterprises, LLC


RENEWING COMMITMENTS EXECUTIVE PLUS Waste Connections, Inc.

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AABCO Insurance / Denise Wranischar

Wiesner Buick-GMC-Hyundai

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Abercrombie Retreats / Marilyn Abercrombie

John Daugherty Realtors Naskila Gaming VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa

Arceneaux Insurance & Mortgage Services

RUBY INVESTORS Alexander Apartments BMW Of Houston North

Conn’s Home Plus Gensler

Lexington Apartments The Biltmore

PLATINUM INVESTORS Chick-fil-A of The Woodlands The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Woodlands Online

GOLD INVESTORS Amerigo’s Grille

Republic Payment Systems

HARC Robert Half International - Office Team Sentry Garage Door & Gates Stibbs & Co., P.C., Attorneys

Texas RockStar Group - EXP Realty The Towers Woodland The Weems Group U.S. Army Woodlands Recruiting Station

BRONZE INVESTORS ASD Hope, Inc., dba Texas Autism Academy Crius Energy, LLC EHRA Engineering El Kiosko Frutas y Helados, Inc. Executive Service Corps of Houston Global Shop Solutions Harman Wealth Management Jack Gordon & Sons Air Conditioning & Heating

Jonah’s Movers, LLC Main Event Entertainment Michele Flory & Company One Source Residential Services LLC Outback Western Wear LLC Outside The Boardroom Paula Kruppstadt MD ~ Hope for Healing Precise Global Translations, Inc.

Prévu / Move Resource Group Silver Rock Productions Sirius Video Productions, Inc. Studio A Pilates The Alainian, Executive Suites The Woodlands Dance Club USI Benefits & Risk Management Strategy Xavier Academy

BUSINESS / NONPROFIT INVESTORS Acara Solutions, Inc. Assistance League of Montgomery County Brinkmann Quality Roofing Services, Inc. Children’s Safe Harbor Community Insurance Associates Kenny Speight Agency Crighton Theatre Foundation Efficient Wealth Management

Hilton Garden Inn-The Woodlands Image 360 Houston Spring JD Precision Plumbing Services Inc Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Matos & Jawad PLLC Meador Staffing Services Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

B. ‘Chic’ Chicoine BeautiControl / Loretta DuBose Carol Gooch / Montgomery County Association of Business Women Congressman Kevin Brady

SILVER INVESTORS CKR Law Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS Courtyard Houston North/Shenandoah Daniel Office Products

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Special Angels of The Woodlands State Farm Insurance - Jim Cochran Terracon Consultants, Inc. Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law Texas Engineered Roofing and General Contracting The Woodlands Lions Club

Donna Daniels Doug Stuart / Shaklee Houston Woman Magazine Janis Cornmesser Karen L. Hoylman Keller Williams Realty / Rui Martin Linda Curington Linda Woods Maxine Mueller Nancy Wallace Transcendental Solutions / Daryl W. Houck Vogt Ventures / Sandra Vogt Wendy Bolz

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Board & Brush

419 Gentry St., Ste. 204 Spring, TX 77373 Contact: Reuben Morgensteren (936) 333-6080 boardandbrush.com

HOUSTON CITYPLACE MARRIOTT AT SPRINGWOODS VILLAGE The Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village, host of June’s Meet the New Members reception, is located in the heart of CityPlace, just a few minutes from The Woodlands, Bush Airport (IAH) and a number of local attractions. With luxurious amenities, smartly designed work desks, ergonomic chairs, and comfortable beds, guests can enjoy a rejuvenating night’s rest. Guests staying in M Club rooms will have exclusive access to the M Club Lounge, featuring complimentary snacks, daily breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Our Meet the New Members diplomat team lead Kristi Leggett of Bridgewood Farms and Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership for The Woodlands Area Chamber, present a certificate of appreciation to Lynnanne Hamel from Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village for hosting the reception.

Dine in at the on-site SwitcHouse Restaurant & Bar, serving wine, beer, cocktails and Texasinspired cuisine in a stylish and unique setting or take a complimentary area shuttle to anywhere within five miles.

Edward Jones – Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor

2219 Sawdust Rd., Suite 2002 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Contact: Keaton McDaniel (281) 419-7891 edwardjones.com

Gemini Bodywork

26014 Budde Rd. The Woodlands, TX 77380 Contact: Casey Maier (346) 857-3686 geminibodywork.com

Healing with Love

24706 FM 2978 Tomball, TX 77375 Contact: Kathy Rogers (832) 917-5811 healing-with-love.org

TemperaturePro The Woodlands

With nearly 25,000 square feet of meeting space, guests can host an idyllic outdoor wedding, corporate meeting, or holiday event celebration. Offering state-of-the-art AV equipment, support and spaces to bring the perfect event to life, guests will enjoy the party of a lifetime. To book your stay at The Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village, contact us at (281) 350-4000.

33015 Tamina Rd. Ste. B Magnolia, TX 77354 Contact: Kinsey Tipton (832) 856-2876 temperatureprothewoodlands.com

U.S. Army Woodlands Recruiting Station

265A Sawdust Road The Woodlands, TX 77381 Contact: Kaleb Williams (281) 298-8857 goarmy.com

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Patrick Clark and Christian Jablonski attended the June Meet the New Members reception and delivered their introductory commercials on behalf of Houston Dynamo.

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business after hours / RICHMOND REALTY GROUP RE/MAX THE WOODLANDS & SPRING

The June Business After Hours was hopping with a full house of outstanding attendees when The Richmond Realty Group — RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring generously hosted the event at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar at Market Street. Founders Zach Richmond – a native of The Woodlands – and his business partner (and mother-in-law) Marlys Mulkey, along with Aleisha Bannenberg, marketing coordinator, Colleen Stockert, transaction coordinator and Heather Gable, real estate agent and certified professional stager, worked the room as gracious hosts for this power networking event. The Richmond Realty Group is known for providing every client with the distinctive service of “Exceeding Expectations Always.” Clientele range from first-time homebuyers, experienced homeowners, to entrepreneurs searching for investment properties.

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SPOTLIGHT TABLE: Stage Right of Texas

The Chamber recognized Stage Right of Texas as the June Networking Breakfast Spotlight Table. Stage Right of Texas is the nonprofit resident community theatre company at the historic Crighton Theatre, whose goal is to provide clean, family-friendly and uplifting entertainment at a family-friendly price. Located in Downtown Conroe, Crighton Theatre is the home base for performances offered by Stage Right Productions. Upcoming Stage Right of Texas productions include the popular Harold Gray comic strip Annie, which has become a worldwide phenomenon and winner of seven Tony Awards, including best musical. The beloved book and score features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written. For performance and ticket information, visit stage-right.org.

[L TO R] Aleisha Bannenberg, Colleen Stockert, Zach Richmond, Marlys Mulkey and Heather Gable of Richmond Realty receiving a certificate of appreciation for hosting from Adrian Gonzales of Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar, and JJ Hollie, president and CEO of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce.

Richly steeped in serving the community, Richmond Realty is a huge supporter of YES to YOUTH - Montgomery County Youth Services. Richmond Realty believes in three core values: • Serving to the best of our God-given ability; • Exceeding expectations always; and • Giving time and resources back to the community Buy or sell your home with The Richmond Realty Group! Check out their virtual tours of listings at RichmondRealtyTX.com.

Please join us… TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 FROM 5:30-7:30 P.M.

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THE LEARNING LANE 25511 RICHARDS RD. SPRING, TX 77386

August Networking Breakfast:

Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House Wednesday, August 21 • 7:01 a.m.

Theme: In 5 years my business will… Work this slogan into your commercial and you may win the Creative Commercial Award.

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TEAMS IN ACTION Young Professionals Network / TEEING UP A REVITALIZED GROUP Members of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network took a swing at making meaningful connections at a social on June 27 at Topgolf Spring. More than 65 like-minded emerging leaders had the opportunity to mingle, win raffle prizes and play a round of golf! YPN gives emerging leaders an opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with peers and engage with business leaders. Join us and connect with other career-focused young professionals (ages 21-39) as we develop programs and events designed to accelerate the growth and leadership of the business community. YPN hosts monthly meetings on the second Thursday at the Chamber, as well as an event on the fourth Thursday of every month. To learn more about YPN membership, contact Margo McZeal, director of government affairs, at (281) 363-8106 or margo.mczeal@woodlandschamber.org.

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TEAMS IN ACTION Community Relations Team / ROTARY CLUB THE WOODLANDS The mission of the not-for-profit Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and preach through improvement of health, support of education and alleviation of poverty. They are supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the foundation who share its vision of a better world. The Rotary House is a community service provided by The Woodlands Rotary Club to outof-town families and patients receiving extended medical treatment in The Woodlands area. Rotary House currently serves patients of CHI St. Luke’s Hospital, Conroe Regional Medical Center Memorial Hermann Medical Center, Methodist Hospital The Woodlands, Texas Children’s

Hospital The Woodlands and MD Anderson Treatment Center. Rotary House has access to two fully-furnished, ground floor, onebedroom apartments. To assist the needs of the homes as well as those clients seeking home assistance, the team collected donations during the month of June. Items such as food and general living materials, as well as restaurant and store gift cards were collected. All were turned over to Shannon Smith, private event coordinator of Good Company BBQ Restaurant and Julie Martineau of Montgomery County Community Foundation, who were extremely grateful for the donations that will help The Rotary House help others. If you are looking for a team where you can donate your time and talent to help local nonprofit organizations, we invite you join the Community Relations Team. The team meets the first Wednesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at The Chamber.

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Team was honored as the June Diplomat Team of the Month. Pictured from The Incredibles team is Leslie Guillermo (Quality of Life Chiropractic) and Paul Miranda (Thryv). Not pictured is David Dewhurst (Prosperity Living) and Jason Rocha (The Woodlands Pride, Inc.).

If you have attended any of the Chamber’s Business Connection events, you have seen our Diplomats in action. This dedicated team of volunteers help the Chamber with member outreach. They are the friendly faces eager to help you get connected. If you are looking to reconnect with the Chamber or you are new to the area and looking to expand your network, our Diplomat Team will help introduce you to all the Chamber has to offer. Please contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at cyndi.alvarado@ woodlandschamber.org. We would be happy to help connect you with a Diplomat so you may start building relationships

of the Month: JENNIFER MAJORS BACA

Congratulations to Jennifer Majors Baca with JMB Insurance Solutions on being named the Diplomat of the Month for June.

Jennifer is a dedicated Chamber member that you will see attending events, committee meetings and volunteering on various community service projects for the Chamber. She has been a great asset to our membership department, ensuring new members take advantage of membership benefits. The Chamber works for you, but you have to put forth the effort to engage in the various opportunities to expand your network and build lasting relationships. If you see Jennifer at any upcoming Chamber Business Connection Events or team meetings, please be sure to congratulate her.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS The new Zanti Cucina Italiana restaurant has announced Chef Stefano Ferrero as the Executive Chef. The first concept of its kind, Zanti presents traditional, handmade Italian food including fresh pasta made every day inhouse, in a well-appointed, yet casual and charming atmosphere. It is located in the new Westgate Crossing at the corner of 10000 Research Forest and Egypt Lane in The Woodlands/Magnolia area, near the FM 2978 and FM 1488 corridor. zanticucina.com Glacier Pool Supplies has an incredibly knowledgeable team trained to help keep your pool and hot tub running beautifully. Glacier is the premier dealer of Bullfrog Spas in Houston. The most technologically advanced hot tub with superior hydrotherapy JetPaks and pure eloquence. Go to bullfrogspas.com or bring your suit and try it out in person. Visit us at 27382 I-45 North in Oak Ridge North. 832-246-8541 | glacierpooltx.com

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) has announced that they will relocate their office effective August 1, 2019 to Lake Front North, Building 2, at Hughes Landing®, owned and managed by The Howard Hughes Corporation®. Lake Front North is situated on 200acre Lake Woodlands in the award-winning mixed-use development of Hughes Landing. The EDP will occupy temporary office space at Lake Front North until construction of their new space is completed at the end of August.

At Office Evolution-The Woodlands, freelance designers and entrepreneurs can now experience a professional workspace with all the amenities of a conference room, training room, mini kitchen, phone services, abundant parking spaces, fully furnished offices, and convenient dining steps away in a centralized location on FM 1488. Connect with Phil Anderson to learn more about Office Evolutions. Phil.Anderson@ OfficeEvolution.com

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NEW TO THE TEAM & PROMOTIONS Image 360 Houston Spring helps businesses get noticed through consistent branding with indoor/outdoor signage, banners, digital marketing, and graphic design services. Their franchise has received awards from the home office for Excellence in Operations and Excellence in Sales. Serving many large corporations in the area Image 360 offers free delivery, free on location consultation, free surveys, and over 50 years experience in design, marketing, and branding among the staff.

Have a legal question? A free call-in public Law Line is offered by The Woodlands Bar Association to residents of Montgomery County who have general legal questions is offered on the first Monday of every month at 281-645-6344 from 5 to 7 p.m. by volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association. Topics include bankruptcy, family law, criminal law, consumer protection, and more. Callers’ identities, as well as the identities of the volunteer lawyers, will remain anonymous. Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for Spirit of Texas Bank, today announced that Nelda Luce Blair was elected to the Spirit Board of Directors at the Company’s annual meeting of shareholders held on May 23, 2019. Additionally, David M. McGuire, Thomas Jones, Jr., Leo T. Metcalf, III, William K. Nix and Allen C. Jones, IV were all reelected to the Spirit Board of Directors. Please visit https://www.sotb.com for more information. Memorial Hermann Health System is proud to announce that it has once again received the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. This is the sixth time Memorial Hermann has been recognized with this award. For more information on Memorial Hermann, visit memorialhermann.org. Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC) is excited to announce they have launched a free Eco-Tour on The Spring Creek Nature Trail (SCNT). The SCNT is a 14-mile natural surface, hike/bike trail that runs along Spring Creek, in both Harris & Montgomery County. By simply downloading the free TravelStorys app onto a mobile device, the public can learn about the ecology, history, and biology of the Spring Creek Nature Trail through an exciting brand new tour. For more information please visit travelstorys.com.

Mohammed Z. Ansari, M.D. has joined the Specialty Physician Group at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Ansari is board certified and fellowship trained in endocrinology, specializing in diabetes and thyroid disorders, with a special interest in hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, lipid disorders and pituitary and adrenal disease. To schedule an appointment, call 936-270-4400. We are excited to welcome our new Delta Life Fitness headquarters team member Ashley Singleton to the team. Ashley is working with Christin Cherry to move programming incorporating tone and torch workouts to the next level. DLF is on the move creating opportunities for additional franchisees throughout the country! DeltaLifeFitness.com

Community Assistance Center’s Back to School Program is in need of new and gently used clothing and shoes for children from Pre-K thru High School. Donations can be dropped off at CAC’s Unique Resale Shop Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1022 McCall in Conroe. Thank you for supporting your Montgomery County neighbors in need!

COMMUNITY NEWS The Lone Star CollegeSmall Business Development Center (LSC-SBDC) is accepting nominations for the 33rd Annual Small Business of the Year Awards which will be held Nov. 13 at the Lone Star College Community Building in The Woodlands. Winners are chosen based on leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth and success, as well as a meaningful contribution to the community. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

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On June 19 Interfaith of The Woodlands kicked off their annual school supply assistance program, Kits 4 Kidz, providing local CISD students with grade and school specific supplies to begin the 2019 school year. With the program expecting to serve over 2,000 children this year, Interfaith is encouraging the community to organize school supply and backpack drives to meet the growing need. For more information, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

Children’s Books on Wheels held Camp Noah in June at the Sleepy Hollow Resource Center in Tamina in partnership with Lutheran Social Services, providing a safe and fun environment where elementary age children developed resiliency skills in selfesteem, problem-solving, stress management, and preparedness for the future with no fee to attend. Activities included story sharing, skits, music, outdoor recreation, puppets and crafts. All campers received two meals and a snack.

Light the Night teams, The Blanton Bunch & #FEARLESS, are pleased to announce a successful 2nd annual Corks for a Cure benefit Thursday, May 9th at The Woodlands East Shore Clubhouse. The event raised $27,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Pictured presenting the proceeds check to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are from left to right, Barry Blanton, Fran Blanton, Melissa Young, Tiffany Robinson (LLS) and Shauna Huffington (LLS).

GIVING BACK EDUCATION

Casting Crowns returns to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on October 12. The local church has been the base for Casting Crowns’ music since their label debut release in 2003. With more than 10 million records sold and the title of Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007, the local church is still where the music is created. Order tickets at woodlandscenter.org. San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) announced July 13 a project resulting from their ongoing partnership with Harris County Flood Control District to provide residents of Montgomery, Harris, and surrounding counties the ability to sign up and receive water level and rainfall alerts. Automated alert notifications will be delivered via text message or e-mail when defined rainfall or water level values are reached at specific rainfall and stream gauges. Create an account and sign up for alerts at fwsalerts.org. Three Montgomery County nonprofits received much-needed assistance from college students recruited from across the nation for a special program benefiting the community during the busy summer months through ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program. Intern Reagan Heilman, a senior communications major at Texas A&M University, spent eight weeks at Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc., where she assisted with grant applications, news releases, marketing communications materials, and observing mediations. Thanks, ExxonMobile! Resolution-Center.org It has been over a year since Comforts of Home started having monthly senior lunches in partnership with the Community Assistance Center the third Wednesday of every month. This is an opportunity for seniors over 65 years of age to eat a free lunch, socialize with others, and learn about resources available to them at no fee or low fee to impact their livelihood positively. Informative speakers welcome to connect with us. Bring your seniors! YourComfortsofHome.com

Woodforest National Bank recently presented a $25,000 donation to Meals on Wheel Montgomery County. The donation was facilitated by a creative entrée at TRIS restaurant, named the Woodforest Steak Board. This generous board of meat selections along with sauces, cheeses and vegetables that was created as a way to give back to the community. For every board sold, Woodforest National Bank agreed to make a donation to Meals on Wheels to help provide senior citizens with nutritious meals.

Mattress Firm in Conroe held a BBQ fundraiser and raffle to raise money to purchase a refrigerator for the girls at The Treehouse Center. Patricia Bedoya, Regional Manager organized the fundraiser raising $2,592 for the residential shelter for young girls. Waste Connections, Inc. recently gave a generous donation to the beneficiary of their 11th annual Golf Classic for Kids held at Golf Trails of The Woodlands - Interfaith of The Woodlands. Interfaith received $100,000 to continue the legacy of caring for those in need throughout South Montgomery County.

Each of the 11 Middle School student artists from The John Cooper School who entered their work in the Jr. Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), a statewide art competition held at Bryan High School on May 18, received at least one “Superior” rating, the highest awarded. Two Cooper students were also acknowledged as among 10 overall who were awarded The Platinum Medal of Distinction. Seventh grader Saami Baig received this top honor for “Crumpled Up,” and eighth grader Reva Guinn was awarded with two Platinums, for “New Mexico Road Trip” and “Louie.” Lone Star College has joined with WGU Texas to create pathways for LSC students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree and further their education. LSC graduates, faculty and staff may select from more than 60 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree in programs such as information technology, business, health professions and K-12 teacher education through the agreement with WGU Texas. Visit LoneStar.edu/Start to learn more about the exciting programs LSC has to offer. Join Professor Vikas Mittal for B2B Marketing: A Customer-Centric Approach, a new course from Rice Business Executive Education. Identify what customers want by measuring what they value and linking it your organization’s financial success. The four-day course debuts October 29. Learn more and register for a sneak peek webinar, business.rice.edu/b2b 29


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the chamber leadership Officers, Priority Goals & Project Leaders

Stuart Lapp........................................................................ Chairman of the Board Jeff Garrett................................................................. Vice Chairman of the Board J.J. Hollie....................................................................................President & CEO Steve Berry.................................................................. VP Business Opportunities Sales........................................................................ Royce Brooks / Kelly Fuller Community Job Fair..........................................................................Bill Gervasi Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo.................................................... Christin Cherry Employment Law Update...............................................................Annette Kreuz Dan Altom.....................................................................VP Committed Volunteers Membership...................................................... Cyndi Alvarado / Jennifer Kramer Diplomats........................................................... Michelle O’Rourke / Josh Cherry Discovery Day...................................................................................Dan Altom Business After Hours......................................................................Elaine Smith Meet the New Members........................................... Kristi Leggett / LaDeia Tucker Networking Breakfast............................................ David Dewhurst / Paul Miranda Melissa Young............................................................... VP Financial Development Signature Events....................................................................... Meagen Korenek Golf Championship......................................................................... Dennis Silva Taste of the Town......................................................................Steffani Konzem Chairman’s Ball..............................................................................Hanna Pollet Linda Nelson..................................................................... VP Government Affairs Governmental Affairs......................................................................... J.J. Hollie Economic Outlook Conference.................................... Angela Storseth / Kyle Rojas Business Advocacy Council..................................... Melissa Bochat / Landon Estay Transportation Education Council............................Laura Lea Palmer / Kevin Kastor Day at the Capitol................................................. Melissa Bochat / Landon Estay Julie Ambler.................................................................. VP Legendary Leadership Leadership Retreat......................................................................... Julie Ambler Past Chairman..............................................................................Frank Holmes Young Professionals Network.............................................................Brian Albert Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon........................ Michelle O’Rourke / Josh Cherry Michele Kooken....................................................................VP Visibility & Image Marketing.................................................................................... Lauren Joerg Community Relations Team..................................Chris Elmi / Jennifer Majors Baca Chamber Seminar Team............................................... Ann Wolford / Tanya Bryan Angela Strong...............................................................Vice President & Treasurer Jack Stibbs............................................ Vice President & Chairman’s Appointment Frank Holmes.................................................................Immediate Past Chairman Gil Staley.......................... The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

Directors: Terms Expire 2019

Dan Altom.................................................................. The WoodlandsYoung Learners Academy Bob Milner.........................................................................................TerBo Performance Inc. Dr. Curtis Null.................................................................................................. Conroe I.S.D. Debbie Sukin............................................................... Houston Methodist Woodlands Hospital Greg Usher......................................................................................... Cypressbrook Company Kristy Villarreal.......................................................................................Urban Woods Realty Tim Welbes.......... The Woodlands Development Company/A Division of The Howard Hughes Corporation

chamber staff J.J. Hollie President & CEO......................................... jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org Mary Smith Vice President Community Service.............. mary.smith@woodlandschamber.org Cyndi Alvarado Vice President Membership................. cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org Gina Mitchell Director of Finance & Operations.............gina.mitchell@woodlandschamber.org Lauren Joerg Director of Marketing & Communications.....lauren.joerg@woodlandschamber.org Royce Brooks Director of Sales................................. royce.brooks@woodlandschamber.org Meagen Korenek Director of Special Events................. meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org Margo McZeal Director of Government Affairs...............margo.mczeal@woodlandschamber.org Jennifer Kramer Membership Engagement Coordinator....jennifer.kramer@woodlandschamber.org Kelly Fuller Sales Associate.................................... kelly.fuller@woodlandschamber.org Jae Kim Finance Assistant....................................... jae.kim@woodlandschamber.org Kelley Misetich Communications Assistant.................. kelley.misetich@woodlandschamber.org

Directors: Terms Expire 2020

Julie Ambler.......................................................................The Woodlands Christian Academy Melanie Bush............................................................................Montgomery County Treasurer Jeff Garrett...................................................................Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP Missy Herndon.............................................................................Interfaith of The Woodlands Michele Kooken...................................................................................................Strike, LLC Zach Richmond.................................. Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring Melissa Young................................................................................. Corporate Incentives, Inc.

Directors: Terms Expire 2021

Steve Berry........................................................................................Waste Connections, Inc Ryan Edone.................................................................................... Petroleum Wholesale, L.P. Randy Lovelace....................................................Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies, Inc. Linda Nelson...................................................Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Don Norrell.......................................................................................The Woodlands Township Kathy Rifaat.............................................................................. Community Assistance Center Dr. Dawn Schwab.......................................................................Spinal Care Chiropractic Center

Ex–Officio Directors

State Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. ............................................... Texas House of Representatives, District 3 TBD................................................................................ Fire Chief – The Woodlands Township James Brown.................................................................Conroe North Houston Regional Airport Gordy Bunch / Don Norrell...................................................................The Woodlands Township Commissioner James Metts............................................................... Montgomery County, Pct. 4 Sen. Brandon Creighton. .............................................................. Texas State Senate, District 4 Monica Bomkamp Enia..............................................................Education for Tomorrow Alliance Michelle O’Rourke................................................................................................United Way Constable Ryan Gable........................................................ Montgomery County Constable, Pct. 3 Pete Garcia.......................................................................... U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce Melanie Bush............................................................................. Montgomery County Treasurer Lisa Gonzalez............................................................................................................ HARC Ted Harris...............................................................................................The Woodlands Mall Linda Head.............................................................................. Lone Star College System Office Missy Herndon..............................................................................Interfaith of The Woodlands Captain Tim Holifield.................................................... Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Frank Holmes............................................................................. Sam Houston State University Randy Johnson.................................................................Montgomery County Hospital District Samantha Reiter.....................................................Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Mark Keough ................................................................................. Montgomery County Judge Mayor Paul Bond................................................................................. City of Oak Ridge North Miguel Lopez...................................................................................... SBDC Lone Star College Jerry MacDonald / Cameron Klepac.............................................. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tammy McRae.............................................................................County Tax Assessor Collector State Rep. Will Metcalf ...............................................Texas House of Representatives, District 16 Lorena Perez McGill......................................................... Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber Commissioner James Noack / Evan Besong .......................Montgomery County Commissioner, Pct. 3 Dr. Curtis Null.................................................................................................. Conroe I.S.D. Sarah Rhea..............................................................................Leadership Montgomery County David Riddle............................................................... Harris County Commissioner Cagle, Pct. 4 Commissioner Charlie Riley............................................................... Montgomery County, Pct. 2 Dr. Rebecca Riley....................................................................... Lone Star College Montgomery Betty Russo....................................................................... Officer of The Governor Greg Abbott Gil Staley / Jim Calvetti............................ The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership James Stinson, P.E....................................................................... The Woodlands Water Agency Jenny Taylor / Noemi Gonzalez............................................................................ Market Street State Rep. Steve Toth ................................................Texas House of Representatives, District 15 Heather Washburn................................................................ Office of Congressman Kevin Brady Mayor Ritch Wheeler ................................................................................ City of Shenandoah Nick Wolda............................................................................................. Visit The Woodlands

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Business Today | August 2019  

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