__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 1

DETAILS ON PAGE 6


A Message from J.J. Hollie

Celebrating Montgomery County Day at the Capitol

With the Texas General Assembly now in session, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, along with our Montgomery County Council of Chambers partners, visited Austin February 25-26 to ensure lawmakers understand the unique needs of our member businesses and the area economy. As the leading voice of business in Montgomery County, The Chamber opened the door for more than 150 business leaders to explain their needs to legislators directly. Topics included transportation and infrastructure, health care, education and workforce development, and tourism. For more than 40 years, the business community has united together to help grow Montgomery County and promote a strong business community through economic development, legislative involvement and bellowing voices at all levels of government. For you as a member, this means that your policy concerns are joined by thousands of others making your voice more powerful. Along with the opportunity to hear on the ground updates from key members of the Texas House, Senate and Administration, The Montgomery County Council of Chambers received recognition on both the House and Senate floors. With another successful Montgomery County Day at the Capitol behind us, I encourage you to attend our monthly Business Advocacy Council meetings to help identify issues important to your business and the area’s economic vitality. This month, the Business Advocacy Council will meet March 15.  To view a full list The Chamber’s 2019 legislative priorities and all upcoming council meetings, visit woodlandschamber.org.

J.J. Hollie President & CEO 2 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019


v

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019 11am – 1pm

v

Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Parish Event Center

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

v

EMERALD SPONSOR

SAPPHIRE SPONSOR

OPAL SPONSOR

AQUAMARINE SPONSOR

AMETHYST SPONSOR

RUBY SPONSOR

PEARL SPONSOR Carol Stromatt, The Woodlands Township — Director Position 7 Children’s Books on Wheels Homewood Suites by Hilton — The Woodlands/Shenandoah JMB Insurance Solutions Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies, Inc. The Woodlands Young Learners Academy

For Sponsorship Opportunities contact Cyndi Alvarado, Vice President of Membership at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org or 281-363-8109.

3


ThankYou! APRIL 30, 2019 10 AM TO 2 PM Scout out potential employers and employees at the annual Community Job Fair taking place at Lone Star College – Montgomery. Booth Opportunities: VIP Employer | $500 | Limited space available. First come, first serve basis. • Double booth (16’X12’), skirted tables and (4) chairs with prominent location • Publicity in Business Today, Chamber website (with logo/link), Chamber social media and press releases • Company logo listed in event program Employer | $250 | Limited space available. First come, first serve basis • Single booth space (8’x6’) with one 6’ skirted table and (2) chairs • Publicity in Business Today, Chamber website, Chamber social media & press releases • Company name listed in event program Event Supporter | $100 | Display your company information on designated, unmanned table during the job fair.

2019 Montgomery County Day at the Capitol:

YOUR BUSINESS. YOUR LEGISLATORS. YOUR DAY. PRESENTED BY:

For more details and to purchase an employer booth, visit thewoodlandsjobfair.com

ADVOC ACY SPONSORS:

COMMUNIT Y SPONSORS McKesson Specialty Health The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Vicki Fullerton – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring

Saturday, May 18th | 9 am to 2 pm

Get ready to move at The Chamber’s annual Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo taking place at Market Street. Booth Opportunities: VENDOR BOOTH | $250 | Single booth space (10x10 space- must provide own table and chairs) • Refreshments & lunch provided for 2 FITNESS CHAMPION | $200 | Showcase your fitness class with 30-minutes of stage time to perform a workout session • Opportunity to handout promotional items (coupon/ flyer) upon conclusion of workout session • Must bring 10+ participants to workout session • Must provide additional equipment for 10 guests to join the workout • Must provide a detailed description of the workout session to The Chamber for approval *Demonstration participants will have to sign a Fitness Center Waiver & Release of Liability Form. VENDOR BOOTH AND FITNESS CHAMPION | $350 Limited Availability | Vendor booth benefits • Fitness Champion benefits

To get more information, visit behealthythewoodlands.com 4 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

SAVETHE DATE

Underr TTh The h BBig Bii Top 41 ST ANNUAL CHAIRMAN’S BALL Honoring Chairman Stuart Lapp Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

WOODLANDSCHAIRMANSBALL.COM


ThaYnoku!

“On the Path to Sustainable Growth”

More More than than 500 500 businesses businesses and and community community leaders leaders attended attended the the Economic Economic Outlook Outlook Conference Conference on on February 8, 2019 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The event covered activity on the local, state February 8, 2019 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The event covered activity on the local, state and and national national level. level. Among Among the the many many issues issues discussed discussed were were incorporation incorporation of of The The Woodlands, Woodlands, major major employers employers in in area, area, an an economic economic forecast forecast of of the the coming coming year year and and the the feature feature of of the the energy energy industry. industry.

Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers that made this event possible. PRESENTING SPONSORS:

KEYNOTE SPONSOR:

WIFI SPONSOR: PLATINUM SPONSORS:

GOLD SPONSORS:

VIP RECEPTION SPONSOR:

LANYARD SPONSOR:

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER:

MEDIA SPONSORS:

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

For more information, please contact Lupe Cuellar at lupe.cuellar@woodlandschamber.org or visit woodlandschamber.org 5


Be Involved! C Join a Chamber Team…

TASTE OF THE TOWN

FEATURED hamber teams are peer-to-peer, collaborative environments, offering members an opportunity to shape The Chamber’s programming and events for the South Montgomery County business community. Every team is led by a leader and co-leader representing thought leaders in The Woodlands area.

Team activities include meetings and events designed and presented by the respective team. Team meetings and events provide expanded opportunities for strategic relationship development, intellectual exchange, and enhanced connections with business leaders. If you would like to join a Chamber team, contact the team’s Chamber staff member for more information about getting involved.

======

SPECIAL EVENT TEAMS = = = = = =

Team Leader: Steffani Konzem, City of Shenandoah Chamber Staff: Meagen Korenek, meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org About: The Taste of the Town team produces the area’s annual culinary event featuring scrumptious selections from top restaurants, caterers, bakeries, delis and beverage companies for guests to sample. The team is responsible for securing sponsors, restaurants and raffle items. Meeting Frequency: Team meets from July to January Who Can Serve: General membership

=================================================

MONTGOMERY COUNTY DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Team Leader: Melissa Bochat, Entergy Texas Inc. Co-Leader: Landon Estay, Estay LLC Chamber Staff: J.J. Hollie, jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org About: This special events team produces The Whistle Stop Tour, a political campaign stop held every even-numbered year to inform the public about candidates running for office in Montgomery County. Meeting Frequency: Team meets from August to March, every other year Who Can Serve: General membership

=================================================

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK CONFERENCE

Team Leader: Nathan Adams, BGE, Inc. Co-Leader: Angela Storseth, McKesson Specialty Health; Kyle Rojas, Goldman, Sachs & Co. Chamber Staff: J.J. Hollie, jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org About: This special events team produces the annual Economic Outlook Conference, including recruiting sponsors and speakers and setting the agenda. The conference is the business and economic forecasting event of the year, providing an economic analysis and predictions for the coming year with panel discussions, guest speakers and presentations about industries that are driving our regional economy. Meeting Frequency: Team meets from June to February Who Can Serve: General membership

=================================================

GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Team Leader: Dennis Silva, TDECU Chamber Staff: Meagen Korenek, meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org About: This special events team produces the annual golf tournament, including recruiting sponsors, hosting teams and event logistics. Meeting Frequency: Team meets from April to October Who Can Serve: General membership

=================================================

HEALTH, WELLNESS & FITNESS EXPO

Team Leader: Christin Cherry, Delta Life Franchising Chamber Staff: Meagen Korenek, meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org About: This special events team produces the Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo to provide a platform for health and wellness professionals, practitioners, and service and product providers to showcase their offerings to hundreds of health-conscious 6 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

consumers, from children to seniors, in an interactive setting including vendor booths, medical screenings, and fitness demonstrations. Meeting Frequency: Team meets from November to April Who Can Serve: General membership

=================================================

COMMUNITY JOB FAIR

Team Leader: Bill Gervasi, Edward Jones Chamber Staff: Meagen Korenek, meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org About: This special events team produces the Community Job Fair, including recruiting sponsors and employers and event logistics. The Community Job Fair invites job seekers to connect directly with recruiters and hiring managers from local and national companies of all sizes. Meeting Frequency: Team meets from December to May Who Can Serve: General membership

=================================================

CHAIRMAN’S BALL

Team Leader: Hanna Pollet, Haynie & Company Chamber Staff: Meagen Korenek, meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org About: This special events team identifies a theme and coordinates decorations and entertainment for The Chairman’s Ball, an annual gala honoring the chamber’s outgoing chairman of the board. Meetings: Team meets from February to August Who Can Serve: General membership

=================================================

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

Team Leader: Elaine Roberts, Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. Co-Leader: Annette Kreuz, Marsh & McLennan Agency Chamber Staff: J.J. Hollie, jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org About: Constantly changing labor and employment laws and regulations are an endless challenge for employers dealing with human resource issues. This special events team produces the Employment Law Update, an annual conference designed to help member businesses ensure compliance with new labor and employment laws. The team secures sponsors and speakers and helps promote ticket sales. Meeting Frequency: Team meets from summer to fall Who Can Serve: General membership

=================================================

CARDS & COCKTAILS

Team Leader: Robby Marlow, Delta Life Franchising Chamber Staff: Meagen Korenek, meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org About: This special event team helps coordinate the Chamber’s annual poker tournament which also includes other gaming activities such as roulette, craps, blackjack and bingo. The team is responsible for securing raffle items, players and sponsors. Meeting Frequency: Team meets from April to September Who Can Serve: General membership


======

BUSINESS CONNECTION TEAMS = = = = = =

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK

MEET THE NEW MEMBERS

Team Leader: Brian Albert, The Strong Firm, P.C Chamber Staff: J.J. Hollie, jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org About: The Young Professionals Network brings together the next generation of leaders in South Montgomery County. Whether you are embarking on your professional journey, beginning to accelerate your career, or aspiring to grow your business as an entrepreneur, this is your opportunity to collaborate, grow and network with like-minded leaders in The Woodlands area. Meeting Frequency: Monthly for networking events Who Can Serve: General membership

Team Leader: Kristi Leggett, Bridgewood Farms Chamber Staff: Cyndi Alvarado, cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org About: This team coordinates monthly meet and greet receptions that invite new members to introduce their business to the Chamber community while allowing the member sponsor a chance to showcase their facilities. Meeting Frequency: Last Tuesday of every month for networking events Who Can Serve: Diplomat Team

=============================================== DIPLOMAT TEAM

Team Leader: Michelle O’Rourke, United Way of Greater Houston Co-Leader: Josh Cherry, Delta Life Franchising Chamber Staff: Cyndi Alvarado, cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org About: The Diplomat Team is the goodwill arm of the Chamber. This group of dedicated volunteers welcome and mentor new members and promote member retention by attending ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and networking events. Meeting Frequency: Monthly for events and meetings Who Can Serve: Members by invitation only

===============================================

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Team Leader: Elaine Smith, Beryhill Baja Grill Chamber Staff: Cyndi Alvarado, cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org About: This team coordinates monthly Business After Hours events to provide an opportunity for members and prospective members to network while allowing the member sponsor a chance to showcase their facilities. Meeting Frequency: Second Tuesday of every month for networking events Who Can Serve: Diplomat Team

======

=============================================== NETWORKING BREAKFAST

Team Leader: David Dewhurst, Prosperity Living Co-Leader: Jamie Plunk, JD Precision Plumbing Service Inc. Chamber Staff: Cyndi Alvarado, cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org About: This team organizes monthly breakfast and networking events for members and prospective members, curating the crowd to make introductions and ensure attendees meet the type of people they’re looking to meet. Meeting Frequency: Third Wednesday of every month for networking events Who Can Serve: Diplomat Team

=============================================== ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS LUNCHEON

Team Leader: Chris Elmi, Heritage Texas Properties Co-Leader: Jennifer Majors Baca, JMB Insurance Solutions Chamber Staff: Cyndi Alvarado, cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org About: This team produces the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, an event to celebrate the Chamber’s dedicated investors and The Woodlands area’s economic growth. To honor standout board members, community leaders, and ambassadors, the following awards will be conferred at the event: Community Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Diplomat of the Year and Chairman’s Award. Meeting Frequency: March to September Who Can Serve: Diplomat Team

COMMUNITY & EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TEAMS = = = = = =

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Team Leader: Chris Elmi, Heritage Texas Properties Co-Leader: Jennifer Majors Baca, JMB Insurance Solutions Chamber Staff: Cyndi Alvarado, cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org About: The Community Relations Team embraces and promotes the value of teamwork, community service and stewardship. The team completes monthly community service projects or donation drives to serve nonprofit Chamber members. Meetings: Year-round on the first Wednesday of every month Who Can Serve: General membership

============================================ TRANSPORTATION EDUCATION COUNCIL

Team Leader: Laura Lea Palmer, The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Co-Leader: Kevin Kastor, Consolidated Communications Chamber Staff: J.J. Hollie, jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org About: The mission of the Transportation Education Council is two-fold: to facilitate discussion and action related to the business perspective about transportation, and to educate member businesses on local and state policy issues. Meetings: Year-round on the first Friday of every month Who Can Serve: General membership

============================================ BUSINESS ADVOCACY COUNCIL

Team Leader: Melissa Bochat, Entergy Texas, Inc. Co-Leader: London Estay, Estay LLC. Chamber Staff: J.J. Hollie, jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org About: Connect with fellow Chamber members, key elected officials and policy leaders to discuss the legislative and policy issues that have a

significant impact on employers. The Business Advocacy Council assists in developing Chamber policy positions that are advocated at the respective levels of government to improve the business climate. Meetings: Year-round on the third Friday of every month Who Can Serve: General membership

============================================ CHAMBER SEMINAR

Team Leader: Ann Wolford, The Wolford Group Co-Leader: Tanya Bryan, Marsh & McLennan Agency Chamber Staff: Cyndi Alvarado, cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org About: The Chamber Seminar Team produces monthly educational seminars featuring keynotes speakers or panelists on a variety of topics. The programs provide opportunities for members and prospective members to meet, connect and engage with Chamber staff and other business leaders and learn about timely and topical business issues in The Woodlands area. Meetings: Year-round on the first Tuesday of every month Who Can Serve: Invitation only

============================================ VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

Team Leader: Chris Elmi, Heritage Texas Properties Co-Leader: Jennifer Majors Bacca, JMB Insurance Solutions Chamber Staff: Cyndi Alvarado, cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org About: This team coordinates an annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to recognize nonprofit organizations for their contributions to the community. Meetings: November to April Who Can Serve: Community Relations Team 7


P

PARTNERS R

O

G

R

A

M

S

Strengthen the Future Workforce by Hosting a Summer Intern Each summer, Education for Tomorrow Alliance partners with companies large and small throughout the Houston area to offer local students career exploration opportunities. The Student Internship Program (SIP) provides two-week internships to more than 100 motivated 12th grade students each summer. Each student learns about the day-to-day experiences of a profession that interests him or her. Partner companies offer access and career mentoring that give students insights as they plan their future paths.

The program has great potential for last impact on students’ career growth. Will, a current college sophomore studying computer science at the University of Southern California, participated in 2016. He shared, “EfTA gave me an amazing opportunity to intern at On Center Software. I was given real tasks and responsibilities. As a result, I was able to gain a clear idea of what the working life is really like and what computer scientists really do. In addition, my EfTA internship introduced me to professional role models that I was able to cultivate connections with. I was given the opportunity to come back for a second and third summer at On Center, and could not be happier.” There is a need for internships in a wide range of fields, including business, law, marketing, and more, but greatest demand is for companies in STEM fields. The program kicks off in June and can run for any two consecutive weeks until the end of July. To learn more or to sign up to host an intern, visit efta-us.org > Get Involved. 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.

Will with his On Center Software mentor Karl as a 2016 SIP intern (left) and as a 2018 college intern (top left).

8 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019


P

PARTNERS R

O

G

R

A

M

S

Leadership Montgomery County Class: Public Safety Session LMC Class of 2019 Explores Public Safety at Session Sponsored by the City of Conroe

Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to cultivating the future leaders of Montgomery The Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2019 recently spent County. The mission of LMC is to prepare emerging and existing leaders a day learning about public safety in Montgomery County at the LMC to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with Public Safety Session sponsored by the City of Conroe. others to better serve Montgomery County. The session was planned and directed by Lt. Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

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 Area Chamber, and the Montgomery County Hispanic 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.

The session began at The Woodlands Fire Department Central Station with the LMC Leadership Series facilitated by Chad Patterson and LMC alumni. A Fire & EMS Panel followed that included The Woodlands Fire Department Chief Alan Benson, City of Conroe Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Legoudes, Jr., Montgomery County ESD #1 Fire Department Chief Jason Oliphant, and Montgomery County Hospital District Director of Emergency Medical Services Jared Cosper. The class then toured The Woodlands Fire Department Central Station before traveling to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy. Once at the training academy, the class was welcomed by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tim Holifield and heard from a Law Enforcement Panel that included Holifield, Conroe Police Chief Jeff Christy, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon, Texas Department of Public Safety Captain Henry Scarbrough and Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable. Following the panel, the class got to experience a crime scene exhibition from investigator Mark Wright. The class then toured the Montgomery County Jail as well as the Montgomery County 911 and Communications Center. The class then explored law enforcement vehicles and equipment including specialized vehicles, SWAT vehicles, patrol cars, motorcycles, fire marshal vehicles and more. The day ended with a debrief of the entire session.

9


CHAMBER

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK CONFERENCE 2019

E V E N T S

10 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

Visit The Chamber’s Facebook page for even more photos.


MEET THE NEW MEMBERS

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

CHAMBER E V E N T S

11


CHAMBER

E V E N T S

SAVE THE DATE 2019

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

>

APR 30

10 A.M.-2 P.M. Community Job Fair

MAY 18

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

JUNE 6-9 AUG 17

Leadership Retreat

6 P.M. -MIDNIGHT Chairman’s Ball

>

Lone Star College – Montgomery

>

>

Market Street

Waco, TX

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.

MAR 4

4 P.M.

Community Job Fair

APR 1

4 P.M.

Community Job Fair

MAR 6

11:30 A.M.

Community Relations

APR 3

11:30 A.M.

Community Relations

MAR 15

8 A.M.

Business Advocacy Council

APR 5

8 A.M.

Transportation Education Council

MAR 27

4 P.M.

Chairman’s Ball

APR 19

8 A.M.

Business Advocacy Council

APR 22

4 P.M.

Community Job Fair

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

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

Thursday, March 21, 2019 • 9-11 a.m.

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

The Chamber LAKESHORE CONFERENCE ROOM

SBU 105

UNDERSTANDING YOUR FINANCIALS/CASH MANAGEMENT

PRESENTER: Lynne Abercrombie, Haynie & Company

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 • 9-11 a.m.

HOW TO SECURE FINANCING SBU 201 PANEL: FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

PRESENTER: Richard Rector, Green Bank; Jeremy Horton, Woodforest National Bank; Dennis Silva, TDECU; and SBA Representative

Thursday, April 4, 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

Advanced Pre-Paid Reservations Required. ONLINE REGISTRATION: woodlandschamber.org/calendar 12 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019


FEATURED

Make the Most of Your Membership

A

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 market you want. Make the most of your membership this year and take advantage of the following opportunities.

J MEMBER DIRECTORY LISTING!

Every member is promoted online through our Member Directory. Here, you have the ability to upload multiple photos of your business, products, services or team as well as upload your logo and write an in-depth description of your business. Spotlight keywords for a quicker more direct search and promote any “Hot Deals” you would like to promote.

J USE THE CHAMBER’S LOGO ON YOUR MATERIALS!

You can find approved Chamber Logos and colors in your Member Information Center under “resources” to be used on your printed brochures, business cards and website. Your Chamber membership must be in good standing to circulate our logo within your materials. Please call 281.367.5777 if you have any questions.

J GET INVOLVED!

We offer a wide variety of teams that help us function as a Chamber throughout the year. Some teams meet year-round and some are seasonal. Get involved with a team that peaks your interest to meet and develop working relationships with other Chamber members! The best way to learn about these teams is to attend one of our Discovery Days. Our Discovery Day is designed to help our members learn to utilize their memberships. Here The Chamber is covered from A to Z! This event is free to attend and offered every other month at The Chamber for new members, members that have a team member that is new to The Chamber or members that may need a refresher course.

J BRING A DOOR PRIZE TO EVENTS!

Every Chamber member has the opportunity to bring a door prize to four of our monthly events. When you check in at Business after Hours, Networking Breakfast, Young Professionals and Meet the New Members Reception you hand the volunteer your prize. Prizes must be valued at $20 or more (limit one per member, per event). Please clearly display what the prize is (if it’s not obvious), its value and the name and business that provided the prize. These elements will be read during the announcements to the attending crowd. Door prizes are exclusive for members only to bring, but all attendees have a chance to win.

J MARKET YOUR BUSINESS INSIDE OUR DISCOVERY DAY BAGS!

All active members are welcome to deliver 50-60 pieces of their marketing materials to us at the beginning of every Discovery Day month to have your materials placed in our Discovery Day bags. We do all the stuffing for you and this is a FREE service that we offer to our members! These bags are handed out to all of our Discovery Day participants.

J ATTEND NETWORKING EVENTS!

With four or more networking events offered on a monthly basis, this is a great way to network in a relaxed environment and meet up to 500 people a month! As a Chamber member, you are welcome to bring your marketing materials to ALL networking events to display on our member information table (Please note that this is only open to Chamber Members). Most events are free to attend. Check our Chamber calendar to see a list of all upcoming events.

J ADVERTISE IN OUR ANNUAL RELOCATION DIRECTORY!

Every year The Chamber puts together a Relocation Directory that lists every Chamber Member and provides important details for the newest residents to our region and included in our mailing to any business or organization seeking information about our region prior to their move.

J MEMBERS ARE CROSS-PROMOTED WITH WOODLANDSONLINE!

Did you know that every month our Chamber members are cross-promoted with the businesses on WoodlandsOnline.com. Any members listed through the WoodlandsOnline Business Directory are updated monthly and noted with The Chamber’s icon next to their name indicating they are members.

J POST TO FACEBOOK!

Members are able to post to The Chamber’s Facebook page. Highlight events, new services and provide hyperlinks back to your business.

J GET NOTICED BY SCHEDULING A SEMINAR!

Did you realize that you can apply to have your seminar promoted by The Chamber? Contact Cyndi Alvarado to receive the Chamber Seminar application via email. Fill it out and email it back to us so that your seminar can be considered at the next Chamber Seminar Team Meeting (meets the first Wednesday of every month). Upon approval, your seminar will be scheduled and promoted through all Chamber marketing avenues.

J USE OUR COMPLIMENTARY MEETING ROOMS!

As a member, you are able to schedule and use one of our five complimentary meeting rooms. Ranging in size from seating four to 50, these rooms can be arranged to fit your needs. Scheduling is created by our lobby team members (Kelley or Mary). Please call the main number at 281.367.5777 and learn how you can use the rooms. Limit one use, per member, per month.

J MARKET TO OUR MEMBERS BY

PURCHASING A SET OF MAILING LABELS!

With more than 1,500 members, there are countless opportunities to promote your business

via mail. Our member labels come pre-addressed on Avery Labels (30 to a sheet). Also, we can send the list electronically to a Chamber member mailing house for a one-time use. We charge $125 per set or $75 for our nonprofit members. Labels can be purchased, with a three to fiveday turnaround, by calling our Chamber lobby. Please note that pre-payment is required.

J GET RECOGNIZED AS AN EVENT SPONSOR! With numerous events and sponsorships available, there is something for everyone’s size and budget. Sponsorships are available to fit any type of budget, all the way up to major sponsoring event underwriters. Call our Chamber lobby today to have an updated sponsorship packet sent to you and decide what type of advertising would be best for your business!

J SCHEDULE A RIBBON CUTTING!

To our members, we offer a one-time-only opportunity to host a ribbon cutting for your business. This is a FREE opportunity for you to be highlighted in our Business Today publication and to meet some of our other Chamber members. You are welcome to make this event as large or as small as you desire. Don’t have an office… don’t worry, we can host it for you at our Chamber offices. Limited space and times available, so be sure to book quickly! Contact Cyndi Alvarado for more information.

J ADVERTISE IN OUR BUSINESS TODAY MAGAZINE!

This monthly publication goes out to more than 5,000 people and local businesses. It serves as a great opportunity to get recognized by your fellow Chamber members and other community affiliates. Contact Lauren Joerg for advertising information.

J WRITE A BUSINESS BRIEF!

Every month, we have pages in our Business Today devoted to our members’ news to help the community keep up to date about what is happening with your business. These are FREE for you, as a Chamber member. Have something newsworthy? Send it a 50-word brief to media@ woodlandschamber.org. Limit one per member, per month.

J PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS ON OUR WALL OF HONOR!

In The Chamber’s lobby, we have a beautiful display of illuminated clear plaques that showcase a distinguished grouping of member logos. The members that are a part of our Wall of Honor have made a monetary commitment to The Chamber resulting in their logo or business name positioned on a plaque mounted and on display for the next nine years. Three plaque sizes remain for members to choose from: 9” x 9”, 6” x 9”, and 3” x 9”. 13


• EXE CUT I VE LUS •D

THE

IA ND

E XE

T

P IVE

AL

AT IN

ER

UM

EM

D

Creekside Park The Residences CubeSmart Self Storage – College Park CubeSmart Self Storage – FM 2978 One Lakes Edge The Millennium One Waterway Ave. The Millennium Six Pines The Strong Firm P.C.

MO

CU

EXECUTIVE PLUS LEVEL : $6,405

PL

Alexan Spring Crossing Avana Sterling Ridge Apartments Boardwalk at Town Center Crescent North Point The Plantation at The Woodlands The Retreat at The Woodlands Waterford Springs

America’s ER Medical Centers

\

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

EXECUTIVE LEVEL : $5,460

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

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

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 Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring

ExxonMobil ExxonMobil – Hughes Landing ExxonMobil – Hughes Landing II

SteepSteel, LLC

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Heightened Leaders

Strike, LLC

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

Team National

Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands Texas Children’s Pediatrics The Strong Firm P.C.

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership 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 : $3,750

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 14 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

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


RUBY LEVEL : $1,940

Masters In Dietetics, L.L.C. Memorial Hermann Surgery Center Woodlands Parkway Milagro Interactive Inc Morgan A. Bourque, Attorney At Law PHP Agency (People Helping People) 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 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

• EXE CUT I VE LUS •D

ND

THE

IA MO

T

P IVE

AL

AT IN

ER

D

UM

EM

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 – David Lee, Financial Advisor Prudential Financial 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 Lub – Line Corp. 26010 Oak Ridge L.L.C. Macy’s Marsh & McLennan Agency Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

CU

E XE

EMERALD LEVEL : $2,540

Advanced Fertility Center of Texas Amerant Bank 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 Especialidades Emyasa SA de CV Laguna Outdoor Grills Industrial & Commercial Mechanical (ICM) 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 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

PL

15


CHAMBER

E V E N T S

MARCH 2019

APRIL 2019

16 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019


CHAMBER

E V E N T S

APRIL 2019

17


NEW MEMBERS

F E B RU A RY

EMERALD

SILVER

ESPECIALIDADES EMYASA SA DE CV

MAINE-LY SANDWICHES

Mr. Arturo Mireles Esparza Luis F. Garcia Jiemenz • 283 Colonia Ciudad Industrial • Torreón Coahuila, MX CP27019 emyasa.com.mx

Mr. Mehmet Mazlum Ozpagda (281) 719-5828 • Fax: (832) 719-5834 7 Switchbud Place, Suite 194 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 mainelysandwichese.com

EMYASA has earned an excellent reputation for high-quality fabrications, customer service and efficiency. These components are and will be the foundation of our future. We have been in the market for 38 years of meeting customer’s needs with our products and services.

We are your local Houston sandwich shop. We offer a variety of sandwich choices: Turkey, smoked ham, tuna salad, veggie, Italian, BLT, spicy salami, roast beef, grilled chicken, cheeseburger, meatball, chicken salad. We also have specialty sandwiches, including the crab roll, and our most popular choice, the lobster roll. All of our sandwiches can be customized with the toppings of your choice to compliment the flavors. Sponsored by Jennifer Majors Baca; JMB Insurance

LAGUNA OUTDOOR GRILLS Mr. Arturo Mireles Esparza • (713) 513-7150 283 Colonia Ciudad Industrial • Torreon Coahuila, MX CP27019 lagunaoutdoorgrills.com Laguna Outdoor Grills started operation in 2009 manufacturing coal grills in different models. We currently have more than 15 different models and we are sure that you will find the one that best suits your needs. We are exporting 90% of our grills to the United States with the commitment to manufacture the product according to the highest quality standards.

RUBY DOGGETT FORD Ms. Kristi Williams • (281) 878-4250 9225 North Freeway • Houston, TX 77037 doggettford.com Doggett Ford is proudly serving Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas and states. In 2018, Doggett bought the long established Lone Star Ford and moved it up the road, next to the corporate headquarters of Doggett Industries, also renaming the dealership Doggett Ford. With the new location, we are now serving customers, exceeding expectations, and developing lasting relationships.

R ASSOCIATES INC (RAI) Ms. Brittany Nicole Coker • (713) 447-1170 • Fax: (713) 973-8969 1080 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N #115 • Houston, TX 77043 r-associates.com Building custom technology hardware & services solutions is the lifeblood of our business & why we’ve thrived for 40 years. Our management comes from executive ranks of large IT manufacturers such as HP. We know IT better than most & have partnerships with the world’s leading component suppliers, bringing their experience to the table. IT for us means everything you need in Information Technology.

PARTNERS DENTURES & IMPLANTS Ms. Lety Wilson •(936) 756-9015 • Fax: (888) 845-3013 9420 College Park Dr., Suite 230 • The Woodlands, TX 77384 partnerspdi.com New Smile, New Life! Are you ready to have the smile you’ve always wanted? The experts at Partners Dentures and Implants are ready to make your dream a reality. With state-of-the-art equipment, professional staff, competitive pricing, and an in-house lab, you can be certain you are receiving THE BEST care possible! Schedule an appointment today and let us be YOUR SMILE PARTNERS FOR LIFE!

REFUGE STEAKHOUSE & BOURBON BAR Mr. Mark Zientek • (832) 559-8541 8540 Creekside Forest Drive • Tomball, TX 77375 refugeinthewoodlands.com We offer guests a casually-elegant dining experience right in the heart of The Woodlands, TX. We offer a selection of premium wood-fired steaks, seafood and pastas along with the largest bourbon selection in North Houston with the friendliest service you just can’t find anywhere else in town. The go-to destination for intimate dinners, great brunches and special occasions!

SWEET PARIS CREPERIE & CAFE Mr. Mike Kelton • (281) 651-2153 9595 Six Pines Dr., Suite 450 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 sweetparis.com

PLATINUM

Sweet Paris is a French themed creperie & cafe offering a large variety of savory & sweet crepes, sandwiches, waffles, soup, espresso, coffee, tea, shakes, beer wine and more. We serve a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our hours of operation are Sunday - Thursday 8 AM - 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 8 AM - 11 PM.

IMMUNOTEC RESEARCH, INC

VIKING ADVISORY GROUP

Ms. Angelique Gee • (832) 592-0006 1780 Hughes Landing Blvd., Suite 1175 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 immunotec.com Immunotec is a member of the Direct Selling Association specializing in health & wellness products. Recognized by researchers & medical professionals worldwide, we’re the only nutritional company with a nondrug nutritional product listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference & the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals & Specialties. We continue to set the standards for products that produce consistent results

18 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

(832) 348-3939 10655 Six Pines Drive, Suite 230 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 vikingadvisorygroup.com Viking Advisory Group provides business owners with CFO Services, Capital Raises, Management Advisory, Transaction Preparation & Integration and Business Valuations.


NEW MEMBERS

F E B RU A RY

BRONZE CHAMPIONS OF CIVILITY Ms. Martha J. Rogers • (806) 679-1962 Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas goldenrulecivility.com

JUMPING FIESTA RENTALS Ms. Nancy Baron • (832) 228-4462 19627 FM1314 • Porter, TX 77365 jumpingfiestarentals.com

What would you do if you thought you could make the world around you more peaceful, more productive, more enjoyable? Most of us want happy and healthy relationships with the people we are with every day..at home, at school, at work and community. Champions of Civility is a new organization to teach, train and inspire us all to value each individual, beginning with oneself.

Your one-stop shop for your party. We offer everything from moonwalks, climbing walls, obstacle courses, big inflatable slides, water slides, concessions including: popcorn, sno-kones, and cotton candy, to tent rentals, simple table and chair rentals. Our goal is to help you make your event, no matter the size, a great success!

CHICKEN SALAD CHICK

LIVING UP WELLNESS

Ms. Michelle Huval • 3026 College Park Dr., Suite A • The Woodlands, TX 77384 chickensaladchick.com/conroe

Ms. Jill Roberts • (936) 666-2818 • Fax: (281) 528-1112 9320 Lakeside Blvd., Suite 200 • The Woodlands, TX 77381 livingupwell.com

At Chicken Salad Chick, we use fresh ingredients & time-honored traditions. We take great pride in making our flavors by hand each morning, using only premium chicken tenderloins & our special combinations of sweet & savory ingredients. We have over a dozen varieties of chicken salads along with pimento cheese or egg salad. You’ll also find delicious sides, soups, and desserts plus a great kids menu!

Jill Roberts is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Living Up Wellness where they specialize in health for the whole family whether it’s weight loss, pregnancy, baby’s first foods, picky eating, sports nutrition, or many chronic diseases. Our goal is for you to enjoy health at any age through a whole-body approach to wellness.

CHUY’S

Ms. Rose V. de Bond • (800) 496-7818 16753 Donwick Dr., Suite A5 • Conroe, TX 77385 providenceofficeproducts.com

Ms. Jenn Breed • (936) 321-4440 18035 Interstate 45 S • The Woodlands, TX 77385 chuys.com

PROVIDENCE OFFICE PRODUCTS LLC

Founded in 1982 in Austin, Texas, Chuy’s serves authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere full of color and personality. The menu offers family recipes from south Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. Chuy’s has the reputation as the most fun and friendly spot to eat real Tex-Mex at a great price. Visit our website for details.

PROVIDENCE, a woman owned business serves many corporations & colleges by delivering all office needs at competitive prices. Our team is dedicated to fulfilling our customer’s Promotional Products, Commercial Printing, Office Supplies, Furniture, Educational Supplies, Apparel and other OFFICE needs saving you time & money. Our low cost items are very competitive with other vendors in the market.

CLEAN JUICE THE WOODLANDS

SCREEN GRAPHICS

Mr. Nick Pepitone • (281) 705-3527 6777 Woodlands Pkwy., Suite 320 • The Woodlands, TX 77382 cleanjuice.com

Ms. Donna Sommer • (954) 552-8087 Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas screen-graphics.com

First & only USDA-certified organic juice bar franchise. Our mission is to become the world’s most plentiful juice bar, allowing everyone access to easy, on-the-go organic products, while maintaining the ‘’local’’ juice bar feel to the individual communities we serve. While serving juices, smoothies, acai bowls & some ‘’bites’’, we hope to provide the perfect nutrition that comes from organic food. Sponsored by Tanya Bryan; Marsh & McLennan Agency

Screen Graphics has been serving the graphics needs of major Fortune 500 companies for over 45 years under the same ownership. We are one of the largest manufacturers of Fleet and Branded Graphics in the US. We provide graphic solutions for markets including Sanitation, Propane, Transportation, Heavy Equipment, Utilities, Public Safety, Federal, State and Local Government.

SUCCESS PRO

GIAMMALVA RACQUET CLUB

Ms. Meru Hunter McMahon • (832) 819-1380 Serving The Woodlands and Surrounding Areas yoursavingspro.com

Ms. Kenya Gibbs • (281) 370-5801 16400 Sir William Dr. • Spring, TX 77379 giammalva.com Family-oriented club specializing in tennis instruction along with fitness center, great personal trainers, yoga, pool, and an on-site Cafe. Our club features 20 lighted tennis courts plus ball machines, demo racquets and our fabulous staff of tennis pros to help your game grow and have fun along the way.

INNOVATIVE WOMEN IN BUSINESS OF AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION Ms. Carol Brace • (832) 791-3349 • Fax: (713) 223-7454 PO Box 8603 • Spring, TX 77380 abwaiwib.org The Innovative Women In Business of American Business Women’s Association (ABWAIWIB), The Woodlands Chapter of ABWA, teaches leaders how to master the human elements that drive business. Mentoring, productivity, profitability, and business development are available at our monthly meetings. Come join us! Sponsored by Dawn Candy; I Promote You

Our mission is to help you spend less. We work with you to eliminate profit leaks by reducing expenses, recovering overcharges, taking advantage of available specialized tax incentives and providing alternate revenue solutions. The ability to reduce costs is as important as the ability to increase sales. Widening the gap between revenue and expense can help your business become more profitable.

US GREATER CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY Mr. JC Juan Carlos YU • (832) 588-8152 Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas usccci.org The U.S. Greater China Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a Chinese Chamber of Commerce established in October 2008 in Houston, Texas under the laws of the United States. The main members of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce have long been engaged in international maritime industry and international trade and have close ties with businesses from all walks of life around the world. 19


F E B RU A RY

BUSINESS ALADIN MOVING Mr. Dylan Konen • (936) 539-4339 2235 Atascocita Rd • Humble, TX 77396 aladinmoving.com Aladin Moving is the best commercial, residential & apartment movers in the area, with a growing history of over 40,000 moves. Whether the move is commercial or residential you can count on Aladin.

ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY Ms. Cookie Grant • (281) 732-2655 Serving The Houston Area altrusamocotexas.wildapricot.org Altrusa is an international non-profit organization making our local communities better through leadership, partnership and service.

BENEFITMALL Mr. Zachery Hearon • (214) 998-2362 10370 Richmond Ave. • Houston, TX 77042 BenefitMall.com BenefitMall is a full service Payroll & HR solution. We offer large company solutions for small businesses without breaking the bank. Accurate, Timely, Compliance solution here to earn your business!

GIBRALTAR INSURANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES Mr. Ed Falkenstein • (281) 713-5977 9000 Forest Crossing • The Woodlands, TX 77381 gibraltarinsuranceservices.net Whether you need to find insurance coverage or simply upgrading a current policy, Gibraltar Insurance Services can help.

LA GOULUE CHOCOLATIER Mr. Guillermo Nicosia • (832) 388-6556 Serving Montgomery County lagouluechocolatier.com We are chocolate & wine lovers, inspired by the vineyards & landscapes from Mendoza, Argentina. We produce hand crafted belgium chocolates filled with elegant wines from Argentina grapes.

MANHARD CONSULTING Mr. John Unterreiner • (832) 823-2200 • Fax: (832) 823-2201 2445 Technology Forest Blvd #200 • The Woodlands, TX 77381 manhard.com Manhard Consulting is a full service civil engineering and surveying firm that serves public and private clients worldwide.

PALETTE INDIAN KITCHEN Ms. Sujatha Kolluri • (281) 979-4782 3559 Rayford Road • Spring, TX 77386 paletteindian.com Palette is a dine-in Indian restaurant where we pride ourselves in our traditional as well as family recipes served with generous hospitality.

THE STEWART FIRM PLLC Mr. Anton Stewart • (832) 706-0535 1610 Woodstead Ct., S622te 475 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 stewart.legal.com The Stewart Firm was founded with a single goal in mind - to serve day-to-day legal needs of the Texas medical and dental communities.

20 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

RENEWING COMMITMENTS EXECUTIVE INVESTORS Consolidated Communications Strike, LLC

The Woodlands Christian Academy Woodforest National Bank

DIAMOND INVESTORS Lone Star College System Office

EMERALD INVESTORS Conroe Coca-Cola Bottling Company

RUBY INVESTORS

Better Bookkeepers, Inc. Excelerate Energy LP

First Financial Bank - Conroe Masters in Dietetics, L.L.C.

PLATINUM INVESTORS Caldwell Companies Drury Inn & Suits Gullo Ford of Conroe

GOLD INVESTORS Avanti Senior Living at Vision Park Everson Developments, LLC Fresenius Medical Care

Huntsman Corporation Shrieve Chemical Company, Inc. Sterling Ridge Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

SILVER INVESTORS

Blake Wilcox Properties, LLC Davam Urgent Care Matt Powers Custom Homes & Renovations P.F. Changs China Bistro Schwartz, Page & Harding, LLP Sterling Ridge Cosmetic & Family Dentistry The Forum at The Woodlands

The Grand Estates in the Forest Transwestern Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House W3 Luxury Living Woodlands Moving and Storage Woodway Financial Advisors, A Trust Company

Adams Transfer & Storage Bayou Land Conservancy Cherry Creek Mortgage Crain Caton & James, P.C. Cruise Planners Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery EXIT Lone Star Realty Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Houston Halbert Hargrove Global Advisors HFG Wealth Management, LLC* Honda of Spring Lane Property Tax Advocates

Meridian Springs Primary Care Nick’s Fish Dive and Oyster Bar Oak Haven Apartment Homes Precision Design Signs Rockland Capital, LLC San Jacinto River Authority Star Furniture - North The Flying Locksmiths The Grand Estates Woodland The Kangaroo Forest Early Childhood Center The Woodlands Dental Group Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare

ACM Logistics & Consulting, Inc. adWhite - advertising & marketing Angel Reach Apple Glass Company, LTD. Bay Equity Home Loans Carlton Hofferkamp & Jenks Wealth Management Cassidy Joined for Hope, Inc. Christ Church United Methodist Community Assistance Center (CAC) Crossroads Baptist Church Donna’s Printing Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Greater Houston March of Dimes Guaranty Bank and Trust, N.A. Henry’s Home, Horse and Human Sanctuary Hughes & Cozad Orthodontics Jerry Porter Attorney at Law - The Woodlands Knighton & Stone, PLLC Lenora Stein Photography Lone Star Family Health Center Lorena Perez McGill for Texas House of Representatives

Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber Montgomery County Hospital District New Danville PaySphere Payroll & HR Picket Fences Pie town SAFE 2 SAVE LLC Score Association Sound Defense, LLC Stanfield & Dupre Law Firm St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Stepping Stones Preparatory Academy Texas Pools The Rubicon Academy The Woodlands Courier Service The Woodlands Famly YMCA at Shadowbend The Woodlands United Methodist Church Voter Awareness Council Waste Management of Texas Wham & Rogers, LLC Yes to Youth Montgomery County Youth Services Zircon Consulting

BRONZE INVESTORS

BUSINESS INVESTORS

*These renewing members increased their level of investment.

NEW MEMBERS


R e n e w i n g

Member Spotlight NEW NAME, VISION AND FOCUS Crisis Assistance Center is now Community Assistance Center serving Montgomery County, Texas. While the change in our name is subtle, the impact our organization will continue to have throughout our county is significant. We assist our neighbors experiencing hardships by providing support and assistance, moving them toward self-sufficiency. CAC is excited about this name change and how it will allow us to align our mission, vision and services within the growth of the community and our strategic plan and future vision. Special thanks go to many people that helped us in the process — Simon Printing, Graphic Design FX, Taylorized PR, Big Frog and Signs, Etc.

Upcoming Special Events •

TOPGOLF TOURNAMENT Thursday, February 28th •

LEGACY LUNCHEON Friday, May 10th

12TH ANNUAL DUCK RACE Saturday, August 24th

Community Assistance Center is a not-for-profit agency committed to providing quality social service programs to those in crisis throughout all of Montgomery County. Our mission is to provide resources to meet basic needs and improve quality of life for our neighbors in Montgomery County. CAC is focused on building stronger client relationships and assisting families in establishing attainable goals, accessing community resources and gaining valuable skills pertinent to their success. CAC provides assistance to thousands of residents throughout Montgomery County whose health and well-being are threatened by unexpected circumstances and need. These are our neighbors who

are facing temporary financial crisis, and we are committed to providing practical solutions through financial assistance with rent, utilities, prescriptions, transportation vouchers, food, clothing and education. CAC has developed a strong collaboration of community partners to coordinate the delivery of comprehensive resources to our clients. What separates CAC from other basic needs organizations is our Case Management services offering long term solutions, providing a holistic approach, wrapping clients in services to establish a stronger foundation to lift families up towards self-sufficiency. Our membership with The Woodlands Area Chamber plays a significant role in our community outreach efforts. We are constantly introduced to local businesses, both new and established, creating meaningful community partnerships through volunteer and services support opportunities that link these chamber members to local residents in need through CAC’s assistance programs. Visit CAC’s Unique Resale Shop Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. located at 1022 McCall Ave. in Conroe. For more information about Community Assistance Center, please call Kathy Rifaat at 936-494-4412 or visit cac-mctx.org.

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

Janis Cornmesser

Linda Woods Maxine Mueller

Vogt Ventures / Sandra Vogt Wendy Bolz 21


TEAMS IN ACTION business advocacy council/

Transportation Education Council

CISD BOND REERENDUM

LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS FOR TRAFFIC CONGESTION

Conroe ISD Superintendent Explains $807 Million Bond Package to Chamber’s Business Advocacy Council

The Transportation Education Council received updates on long-term solutions to mitigate traffic congestion on I-45 corridor in The Woodlands area.

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Advocacy Council received an update on Conroe Independent School District’s $807 million bond referendum election set for May 4 at a council meeting on Friday, February 15 at The Chamber office. In a presentation to the council, Superintendent Curtis Null explained the bond proposal addresses CISD’s growing student population and districtwide needs. According to data from a 2018 Population and Survey Analysts demographics study, CISD has grown by more than 15,000 students over the past decade, and it is estimated the district would reach 76,000 students by 2028. The bond package includes capital projects including new school buildings, major renovations and additions, land purchases, buses, and technology and safety and security upgrades. Null said CISD financial advisors project a 1-cent property tax rate increase the first year of the bond, with a maximum increase of 3 cents on the tax rate over the life of the bond. A 1-cent tax increase on a home in Conroe ISD valued at $300,000 is $2.29 monthly or $27.50 per year, while a 3-cent tax increase on a home in CISD valued at $300,000 is $6.88 monthly or $82.50 annually. The current CISD tax rate is $1.28, the lowest ISD tax rate in Montgomery County by approximately 6 cents and the second lowest tax rate in the greater Houston area.

Null also stated that according to state law, residents 65 years and older who have filed for a homestead exemption are eligible to have their school taxes frozen; therefore, if you are 65 or older and have filed for homestead exemption, this bond issuance will not affect your tax bill. The CISD Facilities Planning Committee recommended the framework for this bond package. The committee consisted of 27 community members appointed by the Board of Trustees, included Chamber President J.J. Hollie and Chamber Board Member Linda Nelson of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. To learn more about the 2019 CISD Bond Referendum, visit bond.conroeisd.net or call 936-709-7707. 22 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

TxDot Area Engineer Adam Galland presented updates on Montgomery County transportation projects at the February 1 Transportation Education Council Meeting. Galland explained projects including the Planning and Environmental Linkage Study (PEL) on I-45 from Beltway 8 to Loop 336 South spanning Harris and Montgomery Counties will employ ongoing agency and stakeholder involvement in order to create a resolution to congestion issues and improve I-45 mobility.

Pictured left to right: J.J. Hollie, Chamber President & CEO; Kevin Kastor, Consolidated Communications; Adam Galland, Texas Department of Transportation; Abraham Guzman, Texas Department of Transportation; Laura Lee Palmer, The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

“As part of The Chamber’s core functions to advocate for business, it is important that we engage and inform our members on important issues affecting our region,” J.J. Hollie, president and CEO of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, said. “Transportation is a core concept to every aspect of daily life in our community, so we have a long-standing interest in mobility as we evolve to meet the needs our growing population.” Other TxDot projects and studies discussed included improvements from the I-45 feeder road intersection at SH 242 to US 59, the widening of FM 2978 from Dobbin-Hufsmith Road to FM 1488, and the reconstruction and widening of FM 1488 from Joseph Road to FM 2978. The next TEC meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2019, at The Chamber offices.


TEAMS IN ACTION Community Relations Team /HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESOTRE

Community Relations Team Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County ReStore. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is where physical item donations are accepted and processed for sale to the public at a discount with all proceeds going toward the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, TX. In January members of the Community Relations Team volunteered over a course of two days to help sort and bag hardware for sale. While at the ReStore, volunteers had an opportunity to browse the wide selection of inventory. If you are looking for home improvement supplies at a discount, we encourage you to come out to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They have a wide selection of furniture, unused building supplies, appliances, light fixtures and more. To learn more about the Habitat for Humanity ReStore visit during operating hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9AM – 5PM located at 9407 State Highway 242, Conroe, TX 77385 or contact them at (936) 441-5888. 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. DIPLOMAT TEAM

of the Month:

STEELERS Team was honored as the January Diplomat

the diplomat team

of the Month:

Team of the Month.

DIPLOMAT JENNIFER MAJORS BACA

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.

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, insuring that new members understanding the membership benefits and are utilizing them. 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 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.

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

If you see Jennifer at any upcoming Chamber Business Connection Events or team meetings, please be sure to congratulate her.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

We would be happy to help connect you with a Diplomat, so you may start building relationships. Pictured from the Steelers is Jennifer Majors Baca, JMB Insurance Solutions with Chamber Leadership; Leslie Guillermo, Quality of Life Chiropractic and Elaine Smith, Berryhill Baja Grill.

23


BUSINESS

C O N N E C T I O N S

RIBBON CUTTINGS

networking breakfast /

ABS (American Bureau of Shipping)

SPOTLIGHT TABLE: The Woodlands Modern Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics The Woodlands Modern Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics offers friendly and knowledgeable staff that is committed to meeting the needs of their patients with comprehensive care using advanced, proven technology. Modern equipment helps make them one of the most technologically advanced offices in the area. Enabling them to be faster, less invasive and more efficient while offering the highest level of dental care at affordable prices.

Contact: Brandy Delapaz 1701 City Plaza Drive Spring, TX 77389 (281) 877-6306 ww2.eagle.org

Advanced Health & Wellness

Contact: Theodore Piliszek 13661 Vermarion Houston, Tx. 77070 (281) 469-4156 advancedhealthandwellness.org

Services provided include braces/orthodontics, clear aligners, same day crowns, dental hygiene, root canal/endodontics, fillings, gum disease/ periodontics, wisdom teeth/oral surgery, teeth whitening, veneers, and implants.

Leigh K. Freeman, Attorney at Law Contact: Leigh K Freeman 2002 Timberloch Pl., Suite 200 The Woodlands, TX 77380 (281) 402-6797 lkfreemanlaw.com

The Woodlands Modern Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics is conveniently located at 1500 Research Forest Dr., Suite 220, Shenandoah, TX. Contact them at (281) 859-624 to see how they can help you with your smile. To learn more about how to showcase your business at the next Networking Breakfast, please contact Cyndi Alvarado, VP of Membership at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

Mutual of Omaha Advisors

Contact: Dilmurod Adkhamov 2204 Timberloch Place, Suite 250 The Woodlands, TX 77380 (281) 362-7200 mutualofomaha.com

Palace Nails Bar-The Woodlands Contact: Steve Ho 2725 Rayford Road, Suite E Spring, TX 77386 (832) 813-5816 palacenailsbar.com

March’s theme: Here is why I view each experience as an opportunity to learn. Work this into your commercial and you may win the Creative Commercial Award. Be sure to visit woodlandschamber.org and register to join us at 7:01 a.m.!

24 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

Providence Corporate Services

Contact: P. Natalia Turnquest 2002 Timberloch Place, Suite 200 The Woodlands, TX 77380 (713) 878-8098 providencecorporate.com


RIBBON CUTTINGS The Shoreline Condos At Waterpoint

Contact: James Winkler 15264 Hwy 105 West Montgomery, TX 77356 (936) 777-9772 theshorelinecondo.com

BUSINESS

C O N N E C T I O N S

meet the new members / WASTE CONNECTIONS, INC.

Waste Connections, Inc. hosted the January Meet the New Members Reception providing an inviting atmosphere for new members to speak about their organizations and how we could all work together.

Winnie King, MD Aesthetics & Wellness

Contact: Winnie King 282 Ed English Dr., Bldg. 6, Suite A Shenandoah, TX 77385 (936) 224-7990 winniekingmd.com

Woodlands Copier, LLC

Contact: Nicole May 1544 Sawdust Rd., Suite 404 The Woodlands, TX 77380 (281) 296-8059 woodlandscopier.com

[PICTURED] Diplomat Team Leaders: Michelle O’Rourke, United Way of Greater Houston – Montgomery County Regional Center and Josh Cherry, Delta Life Frachising presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to Stephen Berry and Sue Naetherton with Waste Connections, Inc. for hosting Meet the New Members.

Waste Connections, Inc. is the third largest provider of solid waste services in North America and are also the leading providing of E&P waste services in the U.S. and Intermodal services in the Northwest. Serving 41 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces.

Pictured are our newest members with host, Stephen Berry, Waste Connections, Inc.; Kristi Leggett, Meet the New Members Co-Team Leader and Diplomat Team Leader Michelle O’Rourke, United Way of Greater Houston –Montgomery County Regional Center.

Their longevity stems from a “Servant Leadership” philosophy that has driven their company culture that consists of respect, encouragement, accountability, teamwork and colleagues that truly care for each other. “Our unique culture cherishes our employees expect the highest moral standards from our leadership team and seek to give back to the local communities in which we operate” stated Ron Mittelstaedt. Waste Connections has grown from a handful of employees to over 17,500.

The following is a list, in alphabetical order, of new members who attended the reception and delivered their introductory commercials: Dylan Konen, Aladin Moving; Martha Rogers, Champions of Civility; Kim Prevost, Innovative Women in Business of American Business Women’s Association; Giovanni Baron, Jumping Fiesta Rentals; Phillip Karczewski, Keller Williams Northeast -Phillip Karczewski; Guillermo Nicosia, La Goulue Chocolatier; Genevieve Keeney, National Museum of Funeral History; Tarun Gupta, NetForChoice Solutions; Brittany Coker, R Associates Inc. (RAI); Natacha Abreu, Screen Grahics; Melanie Malvis, Smart Tech USA; Johnny Mata, Spring Party Rentals LLC; Terry Weaver, VEL Institute; Chris May, Woodlands Copier, LLC. 25


BUSINESS

C O N N E C T I O N S

business after hours / OAK RIDGE YOUNG LEARNERS ACADEMY

The Chamber kicked off 2019 with a Business After Hours hosted by all our friends at Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy. “We are very excited to grow our family and open a new Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy (also lovingly known as O·RY·LA/õ ri la/), an early childhood learning center providing infant, preschool and Private Pre-Kindergarten care and education to children beginning at age six weeks, in the Oak Ridge community. ORYLA is a part of The Young Learners, a group of learning centers and ABA clinics serving children, and their families, in The Woodlands, Oak Ridge and Northwest Houston, for more than eleven years. Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy is their fourth and newest location opening their doors on December 3, 2018. This newly built facility is also home to The Learning Lane, an Applied Behavior Analysis Center dedicated to children ages from one to seven years of age with Autism.

26 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

location. Our sister school, in The Woodlands, has been successfully expanding young minds for 11 plus years and we look forward to doing the same at ORYLA.” Deborah Kaschik, Owner | Director of Curriculum The Young Learners Group takes pride in providing the academic and social framework needed when entering each child’s next level of school. As experienced and knowledgeable academic professionals, their goal is to ensure students and families receive the very best early childhood education and foundation for transition to their next educational experience! On January 8, 2019, ORYLA happily hosted Business After Hours with The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. As a new business, they find that the networking power of The Woodlands Area Chamber events’ builds strong community relationships and creates refreshed brand awareness for our locations. “We always enjoy hosting BAH at all of our locations. It’s a great networking event and The Chamber is always a joy to work with.” Deborah Kaschik, Owner, Director of Curriculum Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy is located at 25511 Richards Road, Spring, TX 77386. For information about this location, please contact Vicky Stanton at (346) 331-5252 or please visit theyounglearners.com to learn more about all their locations.


27


BUSINESS

B R I E F S

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW TO THE TEAM & PROMOTIONS

Millennium Physicians is expanding its Medical Oncology & Hematology services to the Montgomery County area with two new offices located in Conroe. Providers at these locations include Dr. Sandeep Kodityal, Dr. Eric Kleinbaum and Dr. Anirudha Dasgupta. All new patients please call 1-866-362-7672 to schedule an appointment.

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital welcomes Randall J. Wright, MD to its comprehensive neuroscience team. As a board-certified, fellowshiptrained neurologist with unique expertise in stroke, dementia prevention and brain health, his clinical interests also include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and sleep disorders. Dr. Wright is now seeing patients at Houston Methodist Comprehensive Care Center in Conroe. To make an appointment, call 936.270.3333.

Two new Delta Life Fitness locations opening in the Greater Houston area! Friendswood just opened and Magnolia is opening by XScape Theatre on FM 1488 this month! Who else wants to be part of this? DeltaLifeFitness.com

AEI Engineering recently announced the addition of Ed Shackelford, P.E. to the firm as Associate Vice President and Director of Water Resources. Shackelford brings a broad array of highlevel engineering management experience to Houston-based AEI Engineering. His background spans leading positions with local and county government as well as private consulting for organizations such as North Harris County Regional Water Authority, Harris County Precinct 4, and a number of municipal utility districts and cities.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Weygandt Law is expanding its personal professional footprint online with new low cost quick and easy Child Protection System. Ensure your child is legally protected: choose who will raise your child (don’t let the judge decide) with a guardianship document. Learn more at NameLegalGuardians.com Jeff Beard, CCIM, of The J. Beard Real Estate Company has represented LC Slim Properties, LLC, in the recent sale of a newly-constructed Slim Chickens restaurant. The NNN leased investment, located at 2490 S. Gulf Freeway in League City, TX, was sold to Curtis and Susan Shafer as part of a 1031 Exchange. Sold within a few short weeks of being marketed for sale, The J. Beard Real Estate Company provided commercial real estate services to locate and acquire the initial site and also provided for the development of the project on behalf of the seller.

Market Street is pleased to bring the Spring Fine Arts Show back to the shopping and entertainment center Saturday, May 4, 2019 (inclement weather date May 11). Artists are encouraged to apply to participate in the popular show, which will take place in Market Street’s newly-renovated Central Park. The show features paintings, photography, jewelry, metal works, sculptures, digital art, mixed media and other original works of art.

The latest calendar of events for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion include performances by Chris Tomlin with Tauren Wells and Pat Barrett on April 13; Leon Bridges on April 26; Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band on May 2; Dave Matthews Band on May 17; ZZ Top and Bad Company with Special Guest Cheap Trick on May 18; Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on June 1; Hootie & The Blowfish with Barnaked Ladies on June 14; Train and Goo Goo Dolls on June 28; Third Eye Blind with Jimmy Eat World and Ra Ra Riot on July 27. For more information and tickets, call 281-364-3010 or visit woodlandscenter.org.

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady attended The Woodlands Christian Academy’s Color Run February 9. Brady remarked, “The Woodlands Christian Academy is a remarkable channel for educating our young people and helping them reach their highest potential. To be able to be a part of this run that supports so many important activities here at the school is a big honor.”

Wells Fargo served as a Theater Sponsor for the 3rd annual Inspire Film Festival (IFF) on Feb. 14-18, 2019 in The Woodlands. The Inspire Film Festival is a five-day cinematic experience in The Woodlands themed “Game Changers” and is dedicated to entertaining and inspiring audiences with films, speakers, and events that celebrate the human spirit.

WORKSUITES’ shared offices are designed for privacy, productivity and professionality. These turnkey offices are move-in ready and equipped with conference & team rooms, coworking spaces, full-service coffee lounge, and the latest IT infrastructure. Our staff will take care of every detail of your office, so you can focus on running your business. Visit us at worksuites.com or call 866-274-WORK.

The Woodlands Township Chairman of the Board Gordy Bunch addressed public officials and business leaders at the annual Economic Outlook Conference on Friday, February 8, 2019. The event, which had more than 650 attendees, was produced by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. The conference theme was “On the Path to Sustainable Growth” and featured a number of speakers from areas of politics, medicine, economics, development and energy.

Have a legal question? A free callin public Law Line for residents of Montgomery County who have general legal questions is offered on the first Monday of every month at 281-645-6344 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. by volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association. (If the first Monday is a Federal holiday, then the Law Line will be offered on the second Monday of that month.) 28 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019

Looking for mediation training? The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. will be providing both general and family mediation training this calendar year. For specific dates and topics go to our website: resolution-center.org/training-schedule. In addition, we are excited about adding Mediator Mike Fortner to our Advisory Committee and Mediator David Dewhurst to our Board of Directors! Congratulations to to both of them!

In addition to our great cleaning services, We Clean 4 You also offers home organizing. If you need to declutter/downsize and de-stress, please call We Organize 4 You!


BUSINESS

B R I E F S

GIVING BACK Larry Abston has been named as the Honoree of the Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County Building Hope Gala – “Making Dreams Come True” set for May 4, 2019, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. In partnership with the IRS and Entergy, Children’s Book on Wheels provides Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for families with an annual income of $57,000 or less by certified IRS volunteers at 15 various mobile sites February through April 15 deadline for filing. No appointments are necessary for the various days/times but interested individuals and families are requested to bring information with them to expedite the process. For days/ locations/times please follow Facebook.com/cbow. childrensbooksonwheels.

Center in Conroe from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Speaks with a focus on senior care. Lunch included. RSVP at YourComfortsofHome.com

EDUCATION Lone Star College has been awarded a $968,537 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to focus on the skilled workforce shortage. The grant will be used to help Daikin Industries train 415 current employees and hire an additional 115 employees. Daikin is the World’s No. 1 air conditioning company and operates the Daikin Texas Technology Park, a major factory and office in Waller. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

Senior Lunches provided by Comforts of Home are every third Wednesday at Community Assistance

After competing in the state meet, The Woodlands Christian Academy’s varsity girls swim team is the 2019 TAPPS 4A State Champion. Setting three new state records, six new school records and five personal best times, the girls overcame a 37-point deficit to

eventually win the field by 40.5 total points. This marks the Warriors third State Championship in the 2018-19 school year, after both the girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams earned the title for the third year in a row this fall.

Submit Business Briefs to media@woodlandschamber.org

29


30 woodlandschamber.org MARCH 2019


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.................................................... Christin Cherry 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 Meet the New Members................................................................. Kristi Leggett Networking Breakfast............................................. David Dewhurst / Jamie Plunk Melissa Young............................................................... VP Financial Development Signature Events....................................................................... Meagen Korenek Golf Championship......................................................................... Dennis Silva Taste of the Town......................................................................Steffani Konzem Chairman’s Ball..............................................................................Hanna Pollet Cards & Cocktails......................................................................... Robby Marlow Linda Nelson..................................................................... VP Government Affairs Governmental Affairs......................................................................... J.J. Hollie 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 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 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............................................................................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 Chief Alan Benson............................................................. Fire Chief – The Woodlands Township 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 Monica Bomkamp Enia..............................................................Education for Tomorrow Alliance 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 Lisa Gonzalez............................................................................................................ HARC 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 Randy Johnson.................................................................Montgomery County Hospital District Kathy Turner Jones..................................................Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Mark Keough ................................................................................. Montgomery County Judge 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 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

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

DESIGN & LAYOUT

double-S-studios, llc art@doubleSstudios.com doubleSstudios.com 832–878–7519

PRINTING & MAILING

10810 Craighead Drive Houston, TX 77025 713–666–1296

DELIVERY SERVICE

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce ​9320 Lakeside Blvd-Bldg 2, Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77381 (281) 367–5777 FAX (281) 292–1655 woodlandschamber.org

P.O. Box 131752 The Woodlands, TX 77393 281–761–9773


Profile for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce

Business Today | March 2019  

Business Today is a monthly magazine produced by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce featuring news, articles and events from The Chamber...

Business Today | March 2019  

Business Today is a monthly magazine produced by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce featuring news, articles and events from The Chamber...