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2019 Montgomery County Day at the Capitol:

YOUR BUSINESS. YOUR LEGISLATORS. YOUR DAY. FEBRUARY 25-26

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A Message from J.J. Hollie It’s a great time

to be involved with The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and this area’s business community! As we all return from the holidays and back into the routine of our business, the Chamber has been working to bring you excellent events to begin the new year. Every year in January, the Chamber features an impressive array of local restaurants at Taste of the Town and provides an excellent opportunity for our local eateries to display their talents. This year’s event was sponsored by Randall Reed’s Planet Ford Lincoln and Visit The Woodlands and had over 3,000 attendees. Winners for Best Appetizer was Broken Barrell, Best Entrée was Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab House and Best Dessert was Robard’s Steakhouse. Attendees also voted on the Best Decorated Booth (Johnnie’s Italian Steakhouse) and the People’s Choice Award (Robard’s Steakhouse). Our thanks to all of the restaurants who participated. Every booth had excellent offerings and it was impossible to leave hungry! In February, the Chamber hosts our annual Economic Outlook Conference (sponsored by Stibbs & Co. Attorneys and Petroleum

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Wholesale L.P.) where attendees hear about employment information concerning our largest employers, thanks to The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, and learn about local, state, and national economic trends. Companies who understand the facts and issues facing their business are the most prepared to succeed in today’s competitive environment and the Chamber is committed to being a resource for that information. Led by all seven Chambers of Commerce in the County, our local business community will visit Austin during Montgomery County Day at the Capitol, presented by Entergy Texas, Inc., to spend time with our legislators and discuss policies that are important to our economic stability. Issues like mobility, flood mitigation and workforce development need our constant attention in order to make the changes that keep Texas the best state to do business in the country. For more details on these events, Please visit woodlandschamber.org. We hope you will keep these events on your calendar and join us for some excellent opportunities to experience what makes The Woodlands one of the best places to live in the country.

J.J. Hollie President & CEO


Tickets: Chamber Member - $169 | Non Member - $199

Friday, February 8, 2019 8am 8am – 1pm

— The Woodlands Waterway Marriott —

“On the Path to Sustainable Growth” The premier business and economic forecasting event of the year includes a program with dynamic and diverse speakers along with great networking — an unmatched event in The Woodlands. This event attracts more than 700 attendees every year from the greater Houston area. PRESENTING SPONSORS:

KEYNOTE SPONSOR:

WIFI SPONSOR: PLATINUM SPONSORS:

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EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER:

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SILVER SPONSORS: Alta Mesa Holdings, LP • Bank of Texas Private Wealth • Jones & Carter, Inc • Repsol Sam Houston State University • The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere • Toll Brothers BRONZE SPONSORS: Blanton Advisors, LLC./Better Bookkeepers, Inc. • Burditt Consultants, LLC • Efficient Wealth Management ExxonMobil • Heightened Leaders • Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center • Pioneer Bank • Prosperity Bank–Research Forest The John Cooper School • Vicki Fullerton – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring

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PRESENTED BY: ADVOC ACY SPONSORS:

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McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Vicki Fullerton – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring

Chamber members from across Montgomery County will convene in Austin Feb. 25-26, 2019, for Montgomery County Day at the Capitol The day is set aside to provide our member businesses the opportunity to see the Legislature in action and hear from Texas’ top government leaders on specific policy interests of the business community. The Montgomery County Council of Chambers represent thousands of companies and entrepreneurs that have joined together to promote jobs, economic growth and strong communities in the county and beyond.

PARTICIPATING CHAMBERS INCLUDE: The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Greater East Montgomery Chamber Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The event is designed to keep Montgomery County in the forefront of the minds of Texas Legislators and provides a great opportunity to network and build relationships with policymakers and businesses from many hometowns.

All Chamber members are encouraged to attend. ITINERARY

Monday, February 25 6:30-8:30 p.m. • Legislative Reception Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

Tuesday, February 26 8:30-10 a.m. • Networking Breakfast • Guest Speaker: Comptroller Glenn Hegar Capitol - Legislative Conference Room 10 a.m. • Montgomery County recognized by the House of Representatives • House floor 11 a.m. • Montgomery County recognized by the Senate • Senate floor 12:30-2 p.m. • Luncheon • Guest Speaker: Speaker Dennis Bonnen Capitol - Legislative Conference Room 2 p.m. • Group photo / 2:15-4 p.m. • Office visits

SPONSORSHIPS & TICKETS

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The Community Relations Team hosts this annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon each Spring to recognize non-profit organizations for the amazing contributions and impact they have on our community

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Q&A with J.J. Hollie How long have you lived in The Woodlands and what has kept you here? • We moved to TW in July of 2016 after selling our house in Conroe and working for the Chamber for almost a year. We have always enjoyed the quality of life in TW and enjoy all of the amenities. What is the No. 1 thing in The Woodlands area you’d take a visiting friend to see/do? • It probably depends on the time of year but the Ice Rink is a perfect place to visit during the holidays. Otherwise, a nice dinner and walk along the Waterway is always a big hit. At the time you graduated from Pacific University — what did you expect to be doing at this point in your career? • Having graduated with a political science degree, I assumed I would be working in Austin or Washington D.C. But, after staffing for Congressman Charlie Wilson for six years, I felt it was important to work in the private sector. That led to almost 20 years in the telecom industry, which then led to my position at The Chamber. What experiences from childhood later influenced your career path? • Being an Army brat, we moved around a lot so I had the chance to meet a lot of people and see a lot of different places like Japan, Holland and Alaska. I think that experience helped me to embrace new things and enjoy meeting new people, which led me to the ultimate person to person job here at The Chamber. Do you remember your first pay check? How did you earn it? • I just remember how small it was! I started working as a landscaper and remember how hard it was to earn a few bucks. Who mentored you? Who first recognized your gifts? • I have been very fortunate to have many leaders and mentors in my life that have encouraged me to grow, take risks and hold me accountable. From high school coaches to professors to bosses, those individuals pushed me to succeed beyond my perceived limits. What skills did you develop early on that you still use every day as an executive? • The best skill is listening and I struggle with it every single day… I am constantly reminding myself to stop and hear the whole story before plunging in with a solution. After listening to all the options and engaging the right people, we can usually find a solution. Which entrepreneur or businessperson really inspires you? And why? • I recently watched a movie about Steve Jobs and his drive, vision and determination was impressive. He inspired me to think bigger and strive for things that people think are impossible. Also watching him struggle with relationships (both personally and professionally) inspired me to avoid those pitfalls as well. 6 woodlandschamber.org FEBRUARY 2019

Prior to becoming the president of The Chamber, you served as a board member. How did you get involved in The Chamber/The Woodlands business community? • When I moved from Lufkin to Conroe in 2007, I immediately enrolled in the next Leadership Montgomery County class, which led to meeting a lot of new people and led to joining the Legislative Team at the Chamber. From there, I volunteered on various committees, was nominated to the Board, then to Chairman of the Board. Please describe your position in five words: • Challenging, engaging, rewarding, fulfilling and humbling. What do you think most people don’t know about The Chamber? • I think most people do not know about our advocacy efforts on behalf of the community. We regularly meet and discuss important issues with elected officials from Montgomery County and beyond. What Chamber events/programs are you most looking forward to in the new year? • The next event I am most looking forward to is Montgomery County Day at the Capitol on February 25 and 26. For the first time, all The Chambers in Montgomery County are working together to represent our area in Austin and support legislative priorities that can make a difference in everyone’s daily life. What’s still on your bucket list? • I would love to do another Ironman Texas and then one more abroad, perhaps in Europe…but I just don’t know if my body could handle it! What legacy do you hope The Chamber leaves for future generations? • The Chamber should be the premier business organization that every single business wants to be involved with and support because we should be doing the most for them whether it is representation on key policies, providing meaningful events to learn and network with their peers, being a resource to resolve problems or supporting local charities. What advice or resource would you offer to someone looking to grow as a leader? • Be brave! Don’t avoid doing something because you fear failure. In fact, seek out risk and embrace doing new things. Nothing great was ever accomplished by staying on the sidelines.


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January the Transportation Education Council received a community update from local leaders. Speakers included:

• Kathie Reyer, City Administrator - City of Shenandoah • Don Norrell, President - The Woodlands Township • Richard Derr, City Manager - City of Oak Ridge North Current and future transportation projects such as the Tamina/ David Memorial Drive intersection and major intersection improvements at I-45 and Research Forest were discussed. Short term project updates included changes to extend the west bound right hand lane at Tamina Road and David Memorial located in the City of Shenandoah. The Transportation Education Council is focused on roads, interstates, airports, alternative transportation, rail, etc. and informing and soliciting input from our members on how mobility affects businesses in and around the region. Our objective is to educate, engage, inform and involve our chamber membership. u All members are welcome to join us the first Friday of every month at 8am. For more information on the council, please contact Lupe Cuellar, Director of Government Affairs, lupe.cuellar@woodlandschamber.org.

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Education for Tomorrow Alliance is grateful to the individuals and organizations that graciously contributed to the success of the 29th Annual SCI: //TECH Exposition, themed Where STEM Gets Its Roots. With the support of businesses, community volunteers and partner schools, EfTA engaged nearly 5,000 K-12 students through the 13 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics events. Thanks to the following partners who made the 2019 SCI: //TECH Exposition possible: ANNUAL SPONSORS: The success of each SCI://TECH event depends on dedicated volunteers, and there are several ways to engage.Judges are needed for events ranging from the Biotechnology Competition to robotics to technical writing, but the greatest need is for science fair judges on Friday, February 1. There are three volunteer shifts throughout the day starting at 7:45 am, 9:30 am and 2:00 pm where volunteers are given a training and the opportunity to engage with students about their projects. Volunteering does not require a background in science, but rather a willingness to talk with students about their findings. Visit efta-us.org/volunteer to learn more or to sign up.

EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS: Conroe Independent School District, The John Cooper School, Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy, Rubicon Academy, Sacred Heart Catholic School, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, and The Woodlands Methodist School.

EVENT PARTNERS: Amegy Bank, Entergy Solutions, Strike, LLC, The Lone Star Convention Center, Wright’s Printing, Buca di Beppo, Chick-fil-A The Woodlands at College Park, Chuy’s, Conroe’s Incredible Pizza, Costco, El Pollo Loco Humble, Jason’s Deli, Panda Express, Russo’s New York Pizzeria, Shipley Do-Nuts, Sonic Drive-In, and Starbucks.

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who gave their time to support local students! Congratulations to all the student winners, especially those advancing to the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston. To learn more, visit efta-us.org. Education for Tomorrow Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating education and community partnerships that advance student success. With innovative programs focused on science, technology and career preparation, EfTA is the portal through which business leaders can access and strengthen local education.

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Leadership Montgomery County Class: Insight into Healthcare in Montgomery County

The Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2019 recently explored healthcare in Montgomery County at their Healthcare Session, sponsored and hosted by Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. The day kicked off with the Leadership Series facilitated by Chad Patterson and LMC alumni. Session Director Linda Nelson welcomed the class and gave an overview of the day’s events before Walter Wilkerson, Jr., M.D. presented the history of healthcare in Montgomery County. Freddy Warner with Memorial Hermann Health System presented the class with legislative healthcare updates. The class then got a look into the issues facing hospital CEOs in Montgomery County with the CEO panel, consisting of Dr. Debra Sukin of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, Jim Parisi of CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital, and Michelle Riley-Brown of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. Each CEO gave insight to real concerns and issues they face as well as how they got to where they are now.

[PICTURED] LMC Board Member and Session Director Linda Nelson of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, LMC Chairman Melissa Young, LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, Trent Johnson and Michelle Riley-Brown of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.

The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce, the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber, the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber, and the Montgomery Area Chamber are all partner chambers in the LMC program. Participants are chosen by application process in June of each year. For more information about Leadership Montgomery County, please visit LMCTX.org.

[PICTURED] LMC Board Member and Session Director Linda Nelson of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, LMC Chairman Melissa Young, LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, along with members of the CEO panel: Dr. Debra Sukin of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, Michelle Riley-Brown of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, and Jim Parisi of CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital.

After lunch, the class heard from Scharlotte Spencer on end-of-life issues and Dr. Divya Chirumamilla on the opioids crisis. Evan Roberson of Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare spoke to the class about mental health in Montgomery County. The class then had the opportunity to tour Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. After the tour, the class learned about the role healthcare centers play in the community from Missy Herndon of Interfaith Community Clinic and Karen Harwell of Lone Star Family Health Center. The day ended with a presentation from Dr. Charles Henley on the new College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University. Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to cultivating the future leaders of Montgomery County. The mission of LMC is to prepare emerging and existing leaders to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with others to better serve Montgomery County. 11


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SAVE THE DATE 2019

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

FEB 8

7:30 A.M.-1 P.M. 2019 Economic Outlook Conference

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Montgomery County Day at the Capitol

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APRIL 26

11 A.M.-1 P.M. Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

MAY 18

9 A.M.-2 P.M. Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo

AUG 17

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

6 P.M. -MIDNIGHT Chairman’s Ball

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Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Parish

Market Street

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

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.

FEB 1 FEB 6

8-9 A.M.

Transportation Education Council

11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Community Relations

FEB 15

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FEB 20

4 P.M.

Business Advocacy Council Chairman’s Ball

MAR 6 MAR 15

11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Community Relations 8-9 A.M.

Business Advocacy Council

Learn more about Chamber Teams and how to join by visiting woodlandschamber.org/teams

PLAN BASICS SBU 102 BUSINESS PRESENTER: Barry Blanton, Blanton Advisors

Thursday, February 7, 2019 • 9-11 a.m.

The Chamber

Registration fee: $50; Chamber members receive discounted rate of $25

LAKESHORE CONFERENCE ROOM

UPDATES SBU 103 TAX PRESENTER: Kyle Kmiec, Calvetti Ferguson

AND ENTITY FORMATION SBU 104 LIABILITY PRESENTER: Clay McCollar, Knighton & Stone PLLC

Thursday, February 28, 2019 • 9-11 a.m.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 • 9-11 a.m.

Registration fee: $50; Chamber members receive discounted rate of $25

Registration fee: $50; Chamber members receive discounted rate of $25

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Mr. Giorgio Ferrero • (832) 839-5435 2 Waterway Square Place • The Woodlands, TX 77380 comosocialclub.com Como Social Club overlooks the Woodlands Waterway. The setting is hip and stylish and the vibe is fun and high-energy, capturing the ambiance of an upscale club on Lake Como in Italy with handcrafted cocktails and distinctive lite bites.

SORRISO MODERN ITALIAN KITCHEN Mr. Giorgio Ferrero • (832) 839-5436 2 Waterway Square Place • The Woodlands, TX 77380 sorrisoitaliankitchen.com Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen is a gathering place in the tradition of a neighborhood trattoria with regional Italian cooking, from pastas to Neapolitanstyle pizzas and artisan charcuterie - made from the freshest ingredients.

RUBY MILAGRO INTERACTIVE INC. Mr. Bharat Sidhu • (281) 363-8154 9320 Lakeside Blvd., Suite 200 • The Woodlands, TX 77381 milagrointeractive.com Milagro Interactive Inc. is an award winning digital technologies firm that offers an integrated approach towards the planning, design and development of digital technology solutions. We combine strategic approaches with a passion for delivering innovative, intelligent, next generation technologies.

GOLD ABS (AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING) Ms. Susan Lundgren • (281) 877-6000 1701 City Plaza Drive • Spring, TX 77389 ww2.eagle.org For more than 150 years, ABS has been at the forefront of marine and offshore energy innovation. We work alongside our partners tackling the most pressing technical, operational and regulatory challenges so the marine and offshore industries can operate safely, securely and responsibly.

SILVER WORKSUITES Ms. Tosha Bontrager • (214) 800-2306 2001 Timberloch Place, Suite 300 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 worksuites.com Flexible, full-service office space with impressive amenities in a private, productive and professional atmosphere for businesses both large and small.

Mr. Phillip Karczewski • (281) 358-4545 20665 W. Lake Houston Pkwy • Kingwood, TX 77346 kwnortheasthouston.com/phil.karczewski As an agent representing one of the most dynamic real estate brands in the country, you can expect the utmost professionalism and dedication to all your real estate needs. From our very first meeting to the final closing, I’m here to provide you with best-in-class service to help you buy or sell a home. Equipped with the finest tools and technology, I’ll guide you through the real estate transaction. Sponsored by: Jay Stittleburg

SALES XCELERATION Mr. Brandon Taylor • (512) 470-3089 513 Sawdust Road • Spring, 77380 salesxceleration.com/advisors/brandon-taylor At its core, Sales Xceleration is a company that gives business owners hope and freedom – hope that the future looks much different than their present and the freedom that comes from not being tied to their business. This hope and freedom stems from our Advisor’s ability to develop your sales strategy, build your sales process and execute the plan. Sponsored by Megan Alarid; Heightened Leaders

TACO NATION Gladys Garcia • (713) 389-5391 8021 Research Forest, Suite A • The Woodlands, TX 77382 taconation.us Many Mexican restaurants have a few types of tacos on the menu; what makes Taco Nation unique is that we offer several different choices, with over 35 varieties of tacos, quesadillas and burritos. We also have classic sides, such as Mexican rice, charro beans, refried beans and guacamole and chips. Try Taco Nation for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We have all options-all day.

BUSINESS BATTERIES PLUS BULBS Mr. Brian Francis • (346) 248-5115 6531 FM 1488, Suite 315 • Magnolia, 77354 batteriesplus.com We offer a comprehensive selection of nearly 60,000 batteries, light bulbs and related products and services to meet the growing demands of retail and business consumers.

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVIES ANDERSON PROPERTIESCLAUDIA DA SILVA Ms. Claudia Da Silva • (281) 898-8337 9303 New Trails Drive, Suite 300 • The Woodlands, TX 77381 claudiadasilva.com Whether you are buying, selling, renting, looking to invest or moving abroad, I match your home to your lifestyle.

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BRIGHTLINE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Ms. Aimee Metzler • (281) 853-8000 9450 Grogans Mill Rd., Suite 105 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 BrightlinePropertyManagement.com Brightline Property Management is a local residential management company with over 25 years of management/real estate experience in the greater Houston area. Sponsored by Kristi Leggett; Bridgewood Farms

CORINTH COMPANIES Mr. Allen Rosenbaum • (713) 993-7886 128 Vision Park Blvd. • Shenandoah, TX 77384 corinthcompanies.com Our mission is to guide and support agents and first time business owners. We achieve this by improving their planning and execution to achieve a highly successful start to their new agency and/or business.

ECOLAB INC. Mr. Mark Prether • (936) 499-2944 Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas ecolab.com The global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. Businesses worldwide choose Ecolab in foodservice, food processing, hospitality, healthcare, industrial and oil and gas markets.

ELEVATED CUSTOM HOMES Mr. Henry Kahn • (713) 300-2496 26232 FM 2978, Suite B2 • Magnolia, TX 77354 elevatedhouston.com Elevated Construction and Design has over 20 years of experience with designing, building and renovating. We specialize in high end quality work.

PKB BOOKKEEPING & TAX SERVICE Mr. Percy Bonilla Jr. • (281) 727-0127 2914 Legends Ranch Drive • Spring, TX 77386 pkbcorp.com PKB Bookkeeping & Tax Service Corp. is built on a Christian foundation governed by strong ethical values. We aim to exceed your expectations whether you are an individual or small business client.

THE SUM Mr. Michael Rahn • (281) 940-4859 8111 Ashlane Way, Suite 215 • The Woodlands, TX 77382 thesumplanning.com The Sum is a group of highly-motivated CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioners. Our extensive industry and academic experience drives our commitment to continue raising the bar for our clients.

RENEWING COMMITMENTS EXECUTIVE INVESTOR The Strong Firm P.C. *

DIAMOND INVESTOR The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

EMERALD INVESTOR Entergy Texas, Inc.

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Corporate Incentives Liberty Mutual Insurance - Bryan Selb Lub-Line Corp.

Morgan A. Bourque, Attorney At Law SWBC Mortgage

PLATINUM INVESTORS Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates, PA - The Woodlands Honor Trophies & Awards Landry’s Seafood House Toll Brothers

GOLD INVESTORS Backyard Oasis, Inc. Frost Bank - East Shore Financial Center Goode Company Kitchen and Cantina Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton North

Houston Kindred Hospital Spring Northside Imports Houston Woodforest Golf Club

SILVER INVESTORS Adacemic Investment Management Advanced Foot Care Champions Printing & Publishing Honey Bee Ham & Deli

Patrinely Group Stewart Title of Montgomery County, Inc. Topgolf - Spring

BRONZE INVESTORS Alphagraphics Woodlands Mailing Assessment Advisors Baker Tilly Blackwood Gun Club C & S Executive Transportation Craft Grill Deb Hall Homes - Better Homes and Gardens DM Premier Services Esprit International School Gray Matter Marketing Communications Haynie & Company Houston Business Journal JMB Insurance Solutions

Leger Ketchum & Cohoon, PLLC LVWellness & Aesthetics MHW Commercial Real Estate, Inc Sentry Self Storage The Golf Trails of The Woodlands The Michels Firm, PLLC The Woodlands Heating & Air Conditioning The Woodlands Yoga Studio Trader Joe’s Waterway Wealth Management Wild Stallion Vineyards WorkSpace Resource

BUSINESS INVESTORS Brazos Transit District Bush Law Firm, P.C. Calvetti Ferguson Career Services at Sam Houston State Univ. Carnes Natural Gas, Ltd. Center for Teaching & Learning City of Oak Ridge North Compassion United COMPU-DATA International, LLC Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County Houston Association of Realtors Montgomery County Branch Lakeview Health Montgomery County Women’s Center myeMED Management, LLC Park At Northgate Special Life Network The Residence Doctor The Woodlands Bible Church Youngevity

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

EXECUTIVE LEVEL : $5,200 America’s ER Medical Centers

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital Community Impact Newspaper ExxonMobil ExxonMobil – Hughes Landing ExxonMobil – Hughes Landing II

Memorial Hermann 24 HR Emergency Care Memorial Hermann Bender’s Landing Urgent Care TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Mercantil Bank

Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring Southwestern Energy SteepSteel, LLC

Heightened Leaders

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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

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Strike, LLC

Houston Business Journal

MD Anderson Cancer Center – The Woodlands

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center In the Pink of Health Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann

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

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership The Woodlands Christian Academy

Vintage Creek Centre, LLC BRealty • Maverick Development • The Butler House 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 Talon International Inc.

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The Red Brick Tavern Glenn Insurance Agency

The Woodlands Mall The Woodlands Pain Institute St. Mary Ambulatory Surgical Center, Inc The Woodlands Integrative Care Hospital

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


RUBY LEVEL : $1,850

Memorial Hermann Surgery Center Woodlands Parkway Morgan A. Bourque, Attorney At Law Newfield Exploration Co. PHP Agency (People Helping People) Pioneer Bank Prosperity Bank – The Woodlands Prosperity Bank – Magnolia Parkway Prosperity Bank – Research Forest Prosperity Bank – Spring Randalls Randalls – Buckthorne • Randalls – College Park Randalls – Panther Creek Sewell Automotive Companies Sewell INFINITI of North Houston Audi 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 Financial Group 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 Weygandt Law, PLLC The Singing Lawyer • Weygandt Enterprises, LLC Woodland Springs Hospital Xavier Academy

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A Strong CPA, LLC Adcetera Arnold Chiropractic Center, LLC Ascend at Jacobs Reserve 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 Edward Jones – Bill Gervasi, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – Chantel Williams, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – Michael Conway Edward Jones – David Lee 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 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 Kean Miller Independence Title Lexington Apartments Alexander Apartments • The Biltmore Liberty Mutual Insurance – Bryan Selby Liberty Mutual Insurance Liberty Mutual Insurance – Susan Gonzalez 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.

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Advanced Fertility Center of Texas Black Forest Ventures Black Walnut Café Galaxy FBO The Kitchen Tris Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI) Comcast Comcast Business Conroe Coca-Cola Bottling Company Conroe Regional Medical Center Dan’s Networks, LLC Entergy Texas, Inc. Entergy Business Development: Texas H-E-B Woodlands Market-#579 H-E-B #564 H-E-B #594 H-E-B Creekside Market H-E-B North Woodlands Market Industrial & Commercial Mechanical (ICM) Keating Imports Keating Honda Keating Nissan John Daugherty Realtors Kevin Baker Homes & Real Estate – Keller Williams Realty Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP Market Street McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions McKesson Naskila Gaming Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies, Inc. Peak Roofing Systems Sergio‘s Landscaping Stephen F. Austin University TDECU Woodlands Member Center TDECU Business Services TDECU Mortgage The Westin At The Woodlands Embassy Suites The Woodlands / Hughes Landing The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center Robard’s Steakhouse United Airlines Up My Brand Executive Coaching BGBC Management Chairman’s Academy Constant Spark Vernier & Associates, PLLC VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa Wright Business Technologies, Inc Wright’s Printing

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THE CITY OF OAK RIDGE NORTH

The City of Oak Ridge North was incorporated in 1979 and is one of the youngest cities in Montgomery County.

Oak Ridge North sits on I-45 about 10 miles south of Conroe and encompasses approximately 1.5 square miles. The City of Oak Ridge North adopted a City Manager – Council form of government. City Manager Richard Derr manages the day-to-day operations with City Council making all major policy decisions. The current City Council is made up of five (5) councilpersons and the Mayor. Mayor Jim Kuykendall, Mayor Pro Tem Paul Bond, Dawn Candy, Alex Jones, Clint McClaren and Frances Planchard make up the City Council. The City Council is helped in their duty by the participation of several boards and commissions, including: Planning and Zoning Commission whose charge is to regulate zoning and long range planning; the Community Affairs Committee whose charge is to engage the community at large with events and outreach; and the Oak Ridge North Economic Development Corporation (ORNEDC) whose charge is to maintain the business environment. Currently, the City of Oak Ridge North is working on plans to help relieve congestion on Robinson Road. As is well known, when you are the 7th largest growing county, there are bound to be mobility

issues. The City has partnered with Montgomery County to improve the intersection at Patsy and I-45/Woodlands Parkway. This will begin a long process to create improvements and ultimately realign Robinson Road. The City also completed a Master Drainage Plan (MDP) in 2017 and plans to begin implementation in phases to decrease water retention throughout the City. The ORNEDC is also constantly working on bringing in quality businesses. The ORNEDC is a citizen volunteer group appointed by the City Council. It is a not for profit 4B Economic Development Corporation funded by a voter approved one half-cent dedicated sales tax, which help keep property taxes down. The ORNEDC’s focus is to increase quality of life for our community through: richer job opportunities that come from commercial development, diverse options in retail, restaurant, and service providers and investment in the community that will maintain the high standards our residents have enjoyed for years. The City of Oak Ridge North is celebrating twenty (20) years with the Chamber. We are proud to be members and work with businesses and organizations – even if not in Oak Ridge North – for the betterment of the community as a whole. The Woodlands Chamber affords the City an opportunity to not only share the projects we are working with but to get updates on the area at large that feed into our plans. The County shares transportation/mobility issues as well as drainage strategies to create contiguous planning to ensure the counties forward progression.

We Sincerely Appreciate Our Lifetime Members AABCO Insurance / Denise Wranischar Abercrombie Retreats / Marilyn Abercrombie

Congressman Kevin Brady Donna Daniels Doug Stuart / Shaklee

Linda Curington

B. ‘Chic’ Chicoine BeautiControl / Loretta DuBose

Houston Woman Magazine

Nancy Wallace Transcendental Solutions / Daryl W. Houck

Carol Gooch / Montgomery County Association of Business Women

Karen L. Hoylman Keller Williams Realty / Rui Martin

Arceneaux Insurance & Mortgage Services

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Janis Cornmesser

Linda Woods Maxine Mueller

Vogt Ventures / Sandra Vogt Wendy Bolz


TEAMS IN ACTION Community Relations Team /MOMENTS OF COMPASSION Community Relations Team join Moments of Compassion for Holiday Market Fundraiser. When Zipporah Singleton met with the Community Relations Team in August 2018, she updated them on her passion to help those in need. Moment of Compassion was formed with the purpose of providing resources and assistance to those that have been affected by devastation such as hurricanes, flooding and fires. Having just seen our community pull together after Hurricane Harvey, the team was quick to get involved.

In December 2018, Moments of Compassion hosted a Holiday Christmas Market Fundraiser. The event brought in various vendors with a percentage of the sales going back to Moments of Compassion. CRT provided volunteers to help with set-up and check-in. To learn more about Moments of Compassion and how you can help this organization, please reach out to them at (888) 369-3330 or email YouShow@CompassionCares.org.

If you are looking for ways to connect with local non-profits and have a heart for community service, we invite you to join our Community Relations Team. The team meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at The Chamber offices. To learn more contact Cyndi Alvarado, VP of Membership, at cyndi. alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

Young Professionals Network /PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENTS The Young Professionals Network (YPN) exists to create professional development events geared toward young leaders that encourage community involvement and provide valuable networking opportunities. YPN activities include:

BREAKFAST WITH THE BOSS – a candid discussion with local leaders and executives on success. NETWORKING SOCIALS – evening social hours with young peers. INDUSTRY TOURS – the professional version of a field trip to develop a better understanding of a local business or resource. LUNCH & LEARNS – a mid-day meeting covering a specific topic regarding professional development or community citizenship. COMMUNITY SERVICE INITIATIVES – projects that cultivate the spirit of generosity and service that is woven into the culture of our community. If you are interested in participating with the Young Professionals Network as a professional or a presenter, please contact Lupe Cuellar, Director of Government Affairs at Lupe.Cuellar@WoodlandsChamber.org.

the diplomat team DIPLOMAT TEAM

of the Month: COWBOYS Team was honored

as the December Diplomat Team of the Month. 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 their 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. [PICTURED] Kathy Rifaat, Community Assistance Center; Michelle O’Rourke, United Way of Greater Houston Montgomery County Regional Division; Tanya Bryan, Marsh & McLennan Agency; Josh Cherry, Delta Life Franchising; Dan Altom, The Woodlands Young Learners Academy and VP of Committed Volunteers; and J.J. Hollie, President & CEO.

of the Month:

DIPLOMAT TANYA BRYAN

Congratulations to Tanya Bryan with Marsh & McLennan Agency on being named the Diplomat of the Month for December. Tanya has been a valued member of the Chamber for many years and has served in various leadership roles, overseeing teams and projects. We are truly grateful for the support that Tanya provides The Chamber and our members. She makes it her personal mission to meet with members one on one offering guidance to both new and existing members. She will review your membership level benefits with you and insure that you are at the right level for what it is you are hoping to accomplish with your membership. Tanya takes great strides insuring members understand the huge advocacy efforts being made by the Chamber and how they bring value to all businesses. If you see Tanya at any upcoming Chamber Business Connection Events or team meetings, please be sure to congratulate her.

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meet the new members /

RECEPTION The Chamber’s Meet the New Members Reception is an opportunity for new members to educate our membership on their business, where they are located and what type of industries they are looking to connect with. As members, it is a great opportunity to meet these new members, make new friends and learn how we can all do business together. Please join us on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at The Medical Resort at The Woodlands located at 24854 Cathedral Lakes Parkway, Spring, Texas 77386 and help us welcome our newest members.

The Learning Lane

Contact: Deborah Kaschik 25511 Richards Rd. Spring, Tx. 7386 (281) 465-3519 theyounglearners.com/ the-learning-lane

Thistle Draftshop

Contact: Mary Thorn 5210 FM 2920 #100 Spring, Tx. 77388 (281) 352-2060 thistledraftshop.com

networking breakfast Far too often, we hear that Networking Breakfast starts way too early and does anyone really go. Well the answer is YES! The Chamber averages 100 members and guests each month. David Dewhurst of Prosperity Living is the Team Leader for the event. When asked what he receives from his attendance, he stated “I have met a number of members that provide services that I need for my business and over the years, I have built some solid relationships. If there is only one networking event you are able to attend, I would recommend the Networking Breakfast because no other event allows you the opportunity to tell that many people about what you do and also learn what others do.” The fun starts when each member ties their business commercial into the monthly theme or topic for the month. We promise it will be the most rewarding networking before 9AM. As members there are additional opportunities to put your business out there when you are unable to attend. The Chamber offers a Business Card Display Board so if members miss you after your commercial, they can grab your card from the board and contact you. If you miss a breakfast and someone is hoping to catch up with you, they can grab your card from the board. The Business Card Display Board is one of the most effective ways to connect with other members and guests and the cost to display your cards is just $10/year. There are also sponsorship opportunities for the Spotlight Table at each month. You can learn more about that opportunity by contacting Cyndi Alvarado, Vice President of Membership, at The Chamber.

Join us on February 20, 2019 at Grotto Italian Restaurant in Market Street, where the fun starts at 7:01 a.m.

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business after hours / SOUTHERN STAR BREWING

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Members enjoyed a festive holiday edition of the Business After Hours at Southern Star Brewing. Founded in July 2007 in Conroe, Texas, Southern Star Brewing was the first craft brewery in the great state of Texas to can craft beer. Due to increase in popularity of their brews, they delightedly moved their operations to a new, custom built facility on 13-acres of wooded property in 2016. Members were able to enjoy an overlook of the production brewhouse from the extraordinary tap room while sampling their fine

craft beers, including Bombshell Blonde, Buried Hatchet Stout, Conspiracy Theory IPA and Blood Belt Pale Ale. Though “Baby it was cold outside�, ale drinkers still enjoyed the outdoor Biergarten where Southern Star Brewing has been known to host a homebrew competition to which the grand prize winner gets a chance to brew their recipe on the Southern Star Brewing system. Visit southernstarbrewing.com or email events@southernstarbrewing. com for more details about tap room and tour hours or renting the taproom for your own event.

[PICTURED] Business After Hours Team Leader Elaine Smith of Berryhill Baja Grill presented our Southern Star Brewing host Omar Viengar with a Certificate of Appreciation.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS New members elected to the Lone Star College Board of Trustees Nov. 6 were sworn into office during the December meeting. The new members are Michael Stoma representing District 1, Ernestine M. Pierce representing District 2 and Mike Sullivan representing District 8. “I am grateful for the service these board members provide to Lone Star College,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. In addition to swearing in new trustees, members selected Dr. Alton Smith to serve a second term as chairman of the board. Other officer positions appointed at the Dec. meeting: Myriam Saldívar, vice chairman; Art Murillo, secretary; and Linda S. Good, assistant secretary.

Elevated Custom Homes is a premier construction and design company. They have served the Houston and surrounding areas for over 20 years! Their custom homes are made to include all the customizations to make your house your DREAM home. You can contact them at (713) 300-2496 or email at hkahn@ elevatedhouston.com. Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC), a local land trust focused on conserving land and protecting Houston’s primary water source, Lake Houston, announced that the westernmost trailhead of the Spring Creek Nature Trail, Creekside Park West, is now officially open to the public, along with four additional miles of natural surface trail. The location of the Creekside Park West Trailhead is on Dr. Ann Snyder Way, off Creekside Forest Dr. More than 2,500 hours of volunteer labor went into trail construction, which included 20 bridges and boardwalks. “The Spring Creek Nature Trail is one of the most unique trails in all of Texas and the country,” said Gordy Bunch, Chairman of The Woodlands Township.

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Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital has been recognized as the first DNV GL - Healthcare certified Hip and Knee Replacement center in the northern Houston region. DNV GL - Healthcare certification as a Hip & Knee Replacement Center validates the hospital’s excellence across the spectrum of hip and knee replacement care, from diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation, education and outcomes.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is now ranked third in the top 100 amphitheaters in the world based on the number of tickets sold so far in 2018, according to Pollstar magazine, the concert industry’s leading trade publication. The Pavilion’s ticket sales have totaled 467,620 for concerts between November 23, 2017 and November 21, 2018. The Pollstar report is reflective of this year’s nearly twenty sold-out events at the Pavilion. Grand Central Park has announced several new amenities, including a resort-style pool. The pool will be part of a 13-acre amenity complex that will also encompass a fitness room, event room, kitchen, yoga/ event lawn, playground and large outdoor pavilion. Also new will be Twilight Park, with a playground, fitness trail and fitness stations; and Mystic Pond, offering a fishing pier, fire pit, café lights and gazebo. Learn more at grandcentralparktx.com. The 12th annual New Danville Tea on the Lawn luncheon, scheduled for Friday, April 26, announced Meagan Jamaluddin will chair the event and Reverend Kimberly Constant of The Woodlands United Methodist Church will be emcee. Tea on the Lawn and its pre-event Chapeaux for Charity will celebrate with the theme “L’Art de Vivre.” “I am honored to chair Tea on the Lawn and very excited about the theme of this year’s event “L’Art de Vivre” which means “The Art of Living,” Jamaluddin stated. “The theme embodies the mission of New Danville to provide programs and services for their clients to help them to live vibrant lives where they can see the world as a place of full colors, textures and opportunities! Your support helps provide that for our clients and their families and I hope you will join me!”

Interfaith of The Woodlands elected four new distinguished individuals to serve on the 2019 Interfaith Board of Directors. Rob Johnson, 2018 Board Chairman of Interfaith of The Woodlands, announced the recent appointments of Father Tom Rafferty, Pastor Rodney Mills, Kerrie Guerrero, and Jim Parisi to the Board. The Pavilion Partners, the official volunteer organization of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, will hold its 20th Annual Wine Dinner and Auction Sunday, March 24 at 5 p.m. on The Pavilion’s Main Stage. This exclusive dinner funds scholarships for local students pursuing the fine arts in higher education.

Affiliated anesthesiologist Kyle Stanosheck, M.D. has been named the 2018 Physician of the Year at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. Dr. Stanosheck was recognized by his colleagues and hospital administrators for his professionalism, compassion, collaborative spirit and patient-focused care. Congratulations to Dr. Stanosheck!

Robert E. Marling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Woodforest Financial Group, Inc., is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of Woodforest National Bank has named James “Jay” Dreibelbis as the bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 27, 2018.

Submit Business Briefs to media@woodlandschamber.org


FEATURED

Increase Your Visibility and Grow Your Business

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s greater Houston’s largest business organization, membership in The Woodlands Area Chamber opens the door to traditional and not-so-traditional ways to reach the markets you want – visitors, new residents, business decisionmakers and people like you who want to support the local business community.

. hether you’re a small business owner or the leader of a large regional firm, The Chamber can provide a cost-effective W package that will deliver results and meet your bottom line.

MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

The Chamber offers low-cost advertising as an exclusive member benefit, giving you an edge over your non-member competitors:

J BUSINESS TODAY MAGAZINE

The Business Today print edition reaches more than 5,000 businesses and individuals. Online that number goes up to nearly 10,000. Business Today is the go-to place for news about The Chamber, its members and the local business community. Increase your visibility with an ad placement or tell a personalized story of your organization with a Profile of Success.

J WOODLANDSCHAMBER.ORG

With more than 25,000 monthly page views, The Chamber’s website is the first stop for people planning to visit or relocate to The Woodlands area. It’s also “information central” for our more than 1,500 member businesses. Put your business on the map with an ad placed prominently at the top of every page throughout The Chamber’s website.

J MEMBER MINUTE E-BLAST

The Chamber’s weekly Member Minute e-blast, sent every Thursday, allows your ad to land in more than 4,500 inboxes of active business and community members. Submit your content at woodlandschamber.org/memberminute.

J RELOCATION GUIDE PACKETS

With the population explosion in The Woodlands area come opportunities to reach consumers new to the community. The Chamber distributes hundreds of relocation guide packets every month through the Lone Star Greeting Service, to walk-ins at The Chamber and by mail. Including your materials in The Chamber’s official Relocation Guide Packet is an excellent way to market your business to thousands of visitors and business professionals moving to The Woodlands Area. (Sponsorship is limited to a maximum of four businesses per industry.)

WHY ADVERTISE WITH THE CHAMBER?

REACH: With more than 1,500 members representing tens of thousands of employees and a substantial audience of engaged online users, The Chamber’s reach is unmatched by any organization in the region.

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CREDIBILITY: As the trusted voice of the business community, The Chamber leverages its high visibility and reputation to boost credibility for your business. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FOLLOWING COMPLIMENTARY WAYS TO MARKET YOUR BUSINESS:

Submit a Business Brief Submit a 50-word brief on your company’s announcements, milestones, new products or services, prominent new hires or community involvemecnt to media@woodlandschamber.org and we’ll include it in Business Today.

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Bring Promotional Items for Discovery Day The Chamber hosts Discovery Day Orientation for new Chamber members every other month. You can bring 55 items to The Chamber and we’ll include your materials in the next Discovery Day swag bags.

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Post Promotions on Hot Deals Post an offer on the Hot Deals page of our website to promote your business and provide a discount or special offer to other Chamber members and the community at large. Our website gets more than 8,000 visitors every month.

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Bring Promotional Items to Monthly Business Connection Events Arrive early

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Bring Door Prizes to Monthly Business Connection Events Bring door prizes

The Chamber provides visitor bags to welcome tourists and attendees of largescale special events in The Woodlands area. Promote your business to potential customers through an insert in The Chamber’s Visitor Bags, distributed annually to more than 3,000 people.

New homeowners are five times more likely to become your long-term customers – if you reach them first. Make a lasting first impression with an ad in The Chamber’s annual Community Guide and Membership Directory. This publication is the trusted resource for businesses and residents who want to do business with other community-spirited companies. We distribute more than 10,000 copies annually that help guide purchasing throughout the year. (Ad sales for the 2020 edition start in April 2019.)

J THE WOODLANDS AREA MAP

Help locals and visitors find their way with an ad in The Woodlands area street map. Maps are distributed at local resource centers, hotels, in our relocation packets and visitor bags, and by mail to all members and residents. (Ad sales for the 2020 edition start in September 2019.)

and set out your promotional items or brochures at monthly Networking Breakfast, Business After Hours, Meet the New Members and Young Professionals Network events. (Members are invited to arrive at the Networking Breakfast as early at 6:30 a.m. to place materials in takeaway bags.)

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to raffle off at monthly Business Connection Events for added publicity.

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Add Your Events to the Community Calendar Our online community calendar makes it easy for you to promote your upcoming activities. Remember to include a photo or logo and great description when you submit your event for the best impression.

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Post Your News to The Chamber’s Website Posting a news story on The Chamber’s website is a great way to let the community know about your business, improve online presence, plus get traffic from The Chamber website to your website.

To learn more about how you can begin marketing your business with The Chamber, contact Lauren Joerg at lauren.joerg@woodlandschamber.org and visit woodlandschamber.org/marketing. 25


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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 / Shirley Santangelo Community Job Fair..........................................................................Bill Gervasi Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo....................................................... Michelle Hill Employment Law Update........................................Elaine Roberts / 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 / Brooke Batchelor Meet the New Members............................................... Ken Skadal / Kristi Leggett Networking Breakfast............................................. David Dewhurst / Jamie Plunk Melissa Young............................................................... VP Financial Development Signature Events....................................................................... Meagen Korenek Golf Championship......................................................Chris Gagne / Dennis Silva Taste of the Town................................ Alexa Horak / Holly Price / Steffani Konzem Chairman’s Ball..............................................................................Hanna Pollet Cards & Cocktails......................................................................... Robby Marlow Linda Nelson..................................................................... VP Government Affairs Governmental Affairs...................................................................... Lupe Cuellar Economic Outlook Conference............. Nathan Adams / 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 / Callie Painter 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 Lupe Cuellar Director of Governmental Affairs............... lupe.cuellar@woodlandschamber.org Meagen Korenek Director of Special Events................. meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org Jennifer Kramer Membership Engagement Coordinator....jennifer.kramer@woodlandschamber.org Shirley Santangelo Sales Associate.......................... shirley.santangelo@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.................................................................................. Better Bookkeepers, Inc. 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 Chief Alan Benson............................................................. Fire Chief – The Woodlands Township Monica Bomkamp Enia..............................................................Education for Tomorrow Alliance James Brown.................................................................Conroe North Houston Regional Airport Gordy Bunch / Don Norrell...................................................................The Woodlands Township Commissioner Jim Clark................................................................... Montgomery County, Pct. 4 Sen. Brandon Creighton. .............................................................. Texas State Senate, District 4 Mark Keough ................................................................................. Montgomery County Judge Judi Foster.........................................................................................................United Way Constable Ryan Gable........................................................ Montgomery County Constable, Pct. 3 Pete Garcia.......................................................................... U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce Adrian Gonzales............................................ Greater Montgomery County Restaurant Association Ted Harris...............................................................................................The Woodlands Mall Linda Head................................................................................... Lone Star Corporate College Missy Herndon..............................................................................Interfaith of The Woodlands Captain Tim Holifield.................................................... Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Frank Holmes............................................................................. Sam Houston State University Lisa Gonzalez............................................................................................................ HARC Randy Johnson.................................................................Montgomery County Hospital District Kathy Turner Jones..................................................Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Steve Toth ...............................................................Texas House of Representatives, District 15 Mayor Jim Kuykendall........................................................................... 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 Ricardo Mora, MD............................................................ 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 Joint Powers Agency Jenny Taylor / Noemi Gonzalez............................................................................ Market Street Heather Washburn................................................................ Office of Congressman Kevin Brady Mayor Ritch Wheeler ................................................................................ City of Shenandoah Nick Wolda............................................................................................. Visit The Woodlands

about business today Business Today is published monthly by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and is a membership benefit of The Chamber. Advertisements in Business Today do not reflect an endorsement by The Chamber of any product or service. Business Today reserves the right to refuse advertisements. PUBLISHER....................................................J.J. Hollie EDITOR......................................................Lauren Joerg SALES....................................................... Royce Brooks

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Business Today | February 2019  

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