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A MESSAGE FROM J.J. HOLLIE Resilience means the capacity of an entity to withstand sudden, unexpected shock, and be capable of recovering afterward. As we focus on next steps to position our members for future success, the Chamber has set forth principles to guide the road to recovery. KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO – From day one, the Chamber has aligned its approach to tackling COVID-19 head on with our mission and core focus areas – advocating for the business community, creating marketing and networking opportunities, serving as a professional and community resource and supporting local nonprofits. Having these strategic objectives defined is what keeps us inspired and focused each and every day. See page 5 to learn about what the Chamber is doing to help you. COMMUNICATE – Even if you don’t have all of the answers, talk often with everyone who is part of your normal business routine – your staff, colleagues, members, customers, volunteers, vendors, etc. Open communication will help reduce panic and anxiety among your stakeholders. BE FLEXIBLE – What seemed paranoid yesterday may seem reasonable today. As we learn about new protocols, guidelines and recommendations, those who adapt their decisions to suit

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the needs of the situation are going to have more success than those who are slow to take action. BE PATIENT – The pandemic has marked a turning point in how we work together as teams. Learning new technologies and adjusting to a different way of communicating can prove stressful for the strongest of teams. During tough times, vulnerability and patience could lead to stronger relationships and a better work experience overall. BE KIND – Saying “thank you” and spending an extra moment expressing how grateful we are to first responders, delivery workers and those serving us in stores and pharmacies goes a long way. If you’re in a management position, remind your staff their work is valuable and provide hope for the future. While we can’t avoid the repercussions of COVID-19, one thing is for certain: The Chamber team is here for you, and by working together, we can help one another emerge from this crisis stronger than before. Please continue to stay healthy, safe and hopeful!

J.J. Hollie President & CEO


THE PATHWAY TO OPPORTUNITY‌ The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce is

the largest business association in Greater Houston representing nearly 1,500 employers.

The Woodlands Area Chamber Provides Access To: Unparalleled business development Leadership opportunities Professional development and mentoring Business advocacy Strategic community partnerships A network of elite business leaders

Get Connected Throughout the year, The Woodlands Area Chamber offers events and programs focused on business advocacy, networking opportunities, professional development and giving back. Visit our online calendar at woodlandschamber.org/calendar.

More than 500 events, committee meetings and seminars every year offering networking and business development opportunities Nationally recognized industry experts, speakers and thought leaders

Not a Chamber member?

Reach out to a member of our sales team to discuss the best ways to maximize your benefits. Contact Royce Brooks, director of sales, royce.brooks@woodlandschamber.org, or Kelly Fuller, sales associate, kelly.fuller@woodlandschamber.org, and get involved today.

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H u l a o n ov e r fo r a Luau h o n o r i n g Saturday, August 15, 2020

Jeff Garrett

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

~ 6 p.m. to midnight

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

woodlandschamberball.com

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Individual Tickets: $200 Tables of 10: $1,500


F E AT U R E

VALUED

TO OUR VALUED

MEMBERS

We see you. We share your pain for the massive disruption you have incurred over the past two months and we understand the distressing business decisions you have to make that weren’t in your strategy for 2020. This is a letter about how The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce can help you. From day one, we have been connected with Governor Greg Abbott, Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough and Small Business Administration lenders, among others. And we are providing daily, around the clock relief support through:

THE WOODLANDS AREA CHAMBER COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER

DRAFT OPTIONS FOR RENEWING CHAMBER MEMBERS

woodlandschamber.org/COVID19

woodlandschamber.org/draft-dues

The complete list of Executive Orders issued by Governor Abbott and Judge Keough n Funding programs to keep workers paid and businesses from going under n Local, state and federal resources and health information n Updates from the Chamber and local media

We will continue to offer automatic payment for membership dues, including annual renewal drafts as well as monthly and quarterly installment drafts. There is no service charge for annual renewal drafts; however, there is a service charge for members electing to pay their dues in installments. To enroll in this program, please complete and return the credit card payment authorization form before your renewal date. If you have questions about your membership, contact Cyndi Alvarado at 281-363-8109 or cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

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WEEKLY “BETWEEN THE TREES BUSINESS TALK” UPDATES woodlandschamber.org/biztalk

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Featured every Wednesday at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live – Elected officials and subject matter experts provide information on relief options and perspective on The Woodlands area’s situation. Email lauren.joerg@ woodlandschamber.org to be considered as a guest.

We know the measures The Woodlands area will need to take to protect public health while reopening vital economic sectors. The Chamber is playing a leading role in this effort and will continue to partner with other organizations who will lead recovery efforts in communities across Montgomery County when it is safe to do so, as well as our members, who will be on the front lines of this restart.

EXCLUSIVE MEMBER MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES woodlandschamber.org/marketing

Chamber website: post your events, news releases, hot deals and job opportunities; advertise with a web banner n Chamber social media: tag us and we will share your posts n Weekly Member Minute: member-to-member email marketing n Business Today magazine: advertising and complimentary Business Briefs n

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT FELLOW CHAMBER MEMBERS Purchase gift cards from local businesses to use later. Shop local, if possible. Check out our Member Directory at woodlandschamber.org/list. n n

Choose local restaurants! Many local eateries are now open and offer takeout, curbside pickup or delivery: woodlandschamber.org/restaurant-updates. n

Share a positive message — watch and share our video featuring more than 40 Chamber members and public officials offering ways to support local businesses: youtube.com/watch?v=ynMymXj3rzQ. n

THE WOODLANDS AREA CHAMBER MEMBERS GIVING BACK woodlandschamber.org/business-today

The power of community is amazing and helping as we all work to get through this together. Learn about some of the incredible things your fellow Chamber members are doing on page 8.

Have questions or want to share information on our resource webpage, contact our COVID-19 point of contact Lauren Joerg at lauren.joerg@woodlandschamber.org or call 281-363-8108.

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Increase Your Visibility THE WOODLANDS

AREA COMMUNITY GUIDE & MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

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he Woodlands Area Community Guide and Membership Directory is available to all members and anyone in the community needing more information about The Woodlands area. Whether looking to move to The Woodlands area or interested in what the surrounding communities have to offer, this in-depth, annual publication provides community updates and the Chamber’s membership list. The 2019-2020 publication is available at woodlandschamber.org/guide, or a hard copy can be requested and mailed to you.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2020-2021 Guide in Three Easy Steps: The 2020-2021 publication will run from September 2020 to August 2021 and list all active Chamber members as of May 31, 2020, in both alphabetical order and listed by category:

1 Check Your Business Listing Visit woodlandschamber.org and click “Membership Directory” to check your current Chamber listing including name, phone number, address, website and category. To make changes to your listing, log in to the Membership Information Center at woodlandschamber.org/login using your username or email address or contact the membership department at 281-363-8109.

2 Reserve Your Ad Space Advertising opportunities for the 2020-2021 edition will be available soon. To secure your advertising space, contact our Town Square Publications representative, Steve Anderson, at 866-8502818 or sanderson@tspubs.com.

3 Receive a Free Listing in Our Annual Guides If you represent a nonprofit, hotel or restaurant, submit your information at woodlandschamber.org/guide by May 29 and receive a free listing in our popular giving, lodging and dining guides.

woodlandschamber.org/guide

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Health, Wellness, Fitness Expo Resheduled Saturday, June 27th @ Market Street The Woodlands

Free health, wellness and fitness pop-up event! | Visit with Health and Wellness Vendors | Free Health Screenings | Free Workout Classes | Teddy Bear Check-ups for the kids Secure your pop-up spot today and advertise to more than 200 people! VENDOR BOOTH | $250 Chamber Members ; $350 Non-members Single booth space (10’x10’ space; must provide table and chairs) Refreshments and lunch provided for two A tent will be provided for you

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FITNESS CLASS CHAMPION | $200 | Limited Availability All Demonstration participants sign a Fitness Center Waiver & Release of Liability Form Showcase your fitness class with a 30-minute workout session on stage performance

• 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 workout session to The Chamber for approval • • Must be a Chamber member VENDOR BOOTH | $250 Chamber Members ; $350 Non-members booth space (10X10 space- must provide own table and chairs) • Single Company placed on 200 event water bottles • Publicity inlogo Business Today magazine, Chamber social media, and website • Refreshments and lunch provided for two •

VENDOR BOOTH & FITNESS CLASS CHAMPION $350 | Limited Availability Vendor booth benefits

• • Fitness Champion benefits

behealthythewoodlands.com

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F E AT U R E

COVID-19

Resuming Normalcy

in the Face of

COVID-19 is not going anywhere, and neither are

indefinite leaves of absence are

the new leave laws passed by the federal government—

not “reasonable” accommodations,

at least for a while (Families First Coronavirus Response

and employers need not permit

Act, effective until December 31, 2020). With the

such leaves of absence. If, on the

inevitable lifting of social distancing restrictions,

other hand, a physician suggests

businesses shut down by such restrictions must make

a particular time frame, and it is of

plans to reopen. But it will not be business as usual

a reasonable duration, employers

when operations resume. Employers should start

should carefully consider permitting

thinking through new employment complications that

such leave.

are likely to accompany employees’ return to work.

If employees have been ordered to return to work, and they do not

Even as social distancing restrictions are lifted, some

qualify for leave under applicable

employees may still be hesitant to return to work.

employment laws (or if they have

While employers should be mindful that employees

exhausted their leave), employees

may be entitled to leave benefits under the new federal

may be terminated for job

legislation and previously existing employment laws, the

abandonment. However, before

“overly-cautious” employee cannot simply demand to

termination, employers should issue

remain on leave without a qualifying reason.

a written notice to the employee

If an employee is at particular risk for COVID-19, a doctor may advise the employee to continue working from home, or alternatively, remain on unpaid leave, as an “accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Importantly, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has already determined that

explaining the date at which the employee must return to work in order to avoid termination, along with a clear warning that the employee will be terminated for misconduct (i.e. the employee will not be entitled to unemployment benefits) if the employee does not

Employers are encouraged to seek legal counsel prior to taking actions to avoid violations of federal, state, and local employment laws. These materials are made available by Stibbs & Co., P.C. for informational purposes only, do not constitute legal or tax advice, and are not a substitute for legal advice from qualified counsel.

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return to work as ordered. If the employee is currently receiving unemployment benefits, the employer should notify the Texas Workforce Commission that the employee was ordered to return to work and refused to do so.

SOURCE: Stibbs & Co., P.C.


COVID-19 G I V I N G • G U I D E

Organization

Mission

Support the residents of Alden Bridge.

Phone/Website

405-613-4205 • Monetary donations for scholarships aldenbgridge.org

Teach deaf children how to listen and speak. 936-251-3021 allearscenter.org

Nurture the hearts and minds of all students and pursue academic excellence through continuous growth and learning.

Specific Items Needed

• Funding for summer classes and camps • Funding 2020-21 tuition scholarships • Funding 2020-21 therapy scholarships

832-510-8311 allnationscs.org

Break the generational cycle of abuse, neglect, 936-202-8498 and homelessness so individual lives of foster care angelreach.org and community youth can be enhanced.

• Monetary donations • Cleaning supplies (Clorox, vinegar, toilet bowl cleaner, floor cleaner, Windex, paper towels) • New 13x24x10 canopy tarp and food wagon for our food pantry destroyed during April 10 storm

Raise awareness of and expand access to educational opportunities for children with Autism and their families.

281-771-5348 texasautismacademy.org

• Monetary donations • Supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, Clorox wipes)

Preserve land along streams for flood control, clean water and wildlife.

281-576-1634 bayoulandconservancy.org

Enable people with Intellectual and Develop- 936-856-6460 mental Disabilities to reach their highest potential bridgewoodfarms.org by providing heart and hope for a community devoted to the challenges of special needs adult.

• Monetary donations • Paper goods • Sanitizer

Provide and promote court-appointed volunteer 936-441-5437 advocacy so that every abused and neglected casaspeaks4kids.com child can have the opportunity to thrive in a safe, nurturing, permanent home.

• School supplies, crafts • Monetary donations • Volunteers

Promote literacy by providing books, educational 281-844-7596 literature, resource and referral services for children’sbooksonwheels.org Pre-K to 12th grade students and their families in multiple languages, for Montgomery County rural community.

• Tech supplies (laptops, Ipads and tablets with keyboard) • Pulley wagon • Gas cards

Enhance the courage of sexually abused and 936-756-4644 traumatized children who seek restoration childrenssafeharbor.org themselves and their families.

• Cleaning supplies • Individual snacks and juice boxes for children and families • Food gift cards for families in need

Provide resources to meet basic needs 936-494-4412 and improve quality of life for our neighbors cac-mctx.org in Montgomery County.

• Monetary donations to assist clients with rent mortgage and utilies • Non-perishable food items • Cleaning and hygiene items

• Monetary donations

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COVID-19 G I V I N G • G U I D E

Organization

Mission

Phone/Website

Specific Items Needed

See our communities transform as we serve the 936-274-3799 x708 forgotten and marginalized through outreach, compassionunited.us relief, and empowerment.

• Not perishable food for our food pantry • Packaged breakfasts and ‘’Grab-n-go’’ food items for our daily food service to the homeless • Hygiene kits for the homeless

Support homeless students/families in the district and promote academic success.

• Kid-friendly goods and snacks • Gift cards to grocery stores

Provide and promote affordable high-quality 936-760-6914 dispute resolution services and trainings to the resolution-center.org Montgomery County area.

936-235-1851 conroeisd.net

• Gift cards • Unused office supplies • Monetary donations

Serve homeless families with children by uniting 936 441-8778 faith communities in a cooperative effort to familypromiseofmc.org provide shelter, meals, transportation, and compassionate assistance leading to independence.

• Gas gift cards for our families to get to and from work • Monetary for rental assistance and basic bills to prevent evictions and homelessness for our families • Grant writer

• Monetary donations • Art supplies

Provide unique and accessible fine arts experiences through programs focused on art education, scholarships, and community-based public art projects, all managed from its curated, museum-like exhibit center. Individuals and corporations form the essential base of support that sustains the foundation.

832-557-8781 gladeartsfoundation.org

Seek to put God's love into action, Habitat for 936-441-4663 Humanity brings people together to build homes, habitatmctx.org communities and hope.

• Monetary Donations • Volunteers once the Pandemic is over • Physical furniture/ building supplies donations at the Habitat MCTX ReStore

Healing With L

• Saddles • Horse grooming supplies • Bottled water

Provide physical, emotional, and psychological growth through the interaction with horses. Our programs benefit people who suffer from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, bullying, OCD, ADD, eating disorders, cancer recovery, and recovery from many other traumas.

832-917-5811 healing-withlove.org

Provide donors, volunteers, and advocates 281-292-1110 the organization requires to serve our henryshomehorsesanctuary.org communities rescued and donated horses and other farm animals, as well as our veterans, first responders, and their families through equine learning and activities.

• Used golf carts, ATV’s, riding lawn, mowers or tractors, to work the land, as well as transportation for our disabled veterans • Lumber, fencing, tools, or other ranch building materials • Gift cards from Tractor Supply, Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon, Walmart, Costco, or Demontrond Dodge Service Center

Empower youth and young adults with 281-240-0663 diagnoses of high-functioning autism, FocusAcademyHouston.org anxiety, or depression to become successful, contributing, independent members of society.

• Operational cash via one time donations or small monthly donations • Items for our silent auction that will be rescheduled for sometime in the upcoming months • Advertising for new student enrollments

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COVID-19 G I V I N G • G U I D E

Organization

Mission

Phone/Website

Provide evidence-based behavior analytic interven- 281.852.0501 tions for persons with autism and related disabilities includingkids.org to maximize individual potential and to facilitate their meaningful inclusion in the community.

Specific Items Needed • Monetary donations to help fund PPE • Hand sanitizer • Zoom licensing to executive ABA therapy to clients in their homes

Provide hope and improve the lives of those with 281-719-9322 physical, mental, and emotional challenges through InspirationRanch.org Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

• Donations: inspirationranch.org/makeagift • Gift Cards to Spring Creek Feed Center, Office Max/Depot, Wal-Mart, or Charlottes Saddlery • Gift cards to gas stations

Build a more loving and caring community 281-367-1230 through service and bring people together woodlandsinterfaith.org to provide basic needs to families and seniors in need.

• Monetary donations to purchase food and provide financial assistance in the form of mortgage, rent and utilities payments. • Non-perishable food donations and school supply donations • Clothing, furniture and housewares donations for the Hand Me Up Shop

Feed primarily preschoolers but we are feeding all of the children in the home at this time.

• Upright freezer • Monetary donations • Shelf stable food donations

Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Provide compassionate, affordable healthcare and preparing tomorrow’s family medicine professionals.

832-541-7283 kidsmealsinc.org

832-463-3641 lls.org

936-539-4004 lonestarfamily.org

• Monetary donations to specific items needed

• Monetary donations • Masks (N95, surgical or handmade) • Surgical gowns

Bring hope and healing to children and teens 832-823-1889 or in foster care. 281-433-9992 lovefostershope.org

• Face mask for foster families and older teens who have aged out of foster care • Games, puzzles, legos, art books, activities to give to children stuck at home in foster care and in Residential Treatment Centers • Weighted blankets to comfort children and teens with anxiety

To present theatre productions appropriate for 972-814-0811 all ages for the cultural education, entertainment, stage-right.org and inspiration of the community. To foster and develop, through theatrical workshops, seminars and other appropriate means, the artistic talents and skills of company members.

• Monetary onations to the Crighton Theatre (building utilities, maintenance, and renovation) • Legacy giving (long-term need to support rehearsal/storage building fund).

To foster the independence and dignity of 936-756-5878 homebound seniors in Montgomery County by mowmc.org providing home delivered meals, transportation and caring connections.

• Protein - jars of peanut butter, tuna and chicken (canned or in pouches) • Soup (regular size, low sodium preferred) • Adult Depends (any size) or Bedpads

A hub of hope, resources, and education to empower 346-703-0051 the journey toward mental well-being mosaicsofmercy.com

• Sponsorships of our “Hope Pieced Together” podcast • Gift cards to Home Depot, Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby for mosaic supplies • Marketing materials

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COVID-19 G I V I N G • G U I D E

Organization

Mission

Phone/Website

Specific Items Needed

To educate the public. 281-876-3063 nmfh.org

• Monetary donations • Cleaning supplies and sanitizer • Advertisement of postponing of our major fundraiser Charity Golf Tournament

• Volunteers to mentor our young people of neurodiversity • Volutneers to present online training for our young people of neurodiversity • Monetary donations to go 100% toward helping these young people start their careers

For young people with learning differences 713-594-9750 who seek supports for a successful launch gettingsorted.com/our- into independence. We provide the tools training-center you need that will help you overcome fear, target your intrinsic motivation and help you find purpose, unlike doing nothing and accepting the status quo.

Bring light and hope to children in need by 832-823-3398 providing for their basic and emotional needs project828.org

Prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath, “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times to keep myself Physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. Scout Motto: Be Prepared!

Help grow and sustain Houston's small business community.

• New and slightly used board games for foster children in group homes • Fabric masks, materials and elastic (1/4", 1/2" up to 3/4") • Monetary donations

713-659-8111 samhoustonbsa.org

713-487-6565 houston.score.org

Enahnce the lives of adults with intellectual 281-292-2073 disabilities by offering the highest quality specialangelsofthewoodlands.org Day Activity Center, with a strong emphasis on both enjoying and serving our communities.

• Monetary donations • Bottled water • Paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates) and plastic utensils

Use our unique gifts to build a welcoming, interconnected gathering of the faithful that will be a beacon, a light to the world.

• Non-perishable food

281-419-8100 ap.church/give

Provide adults with intellectual and 936-344-6200 developmental disabilities an opportunity newdanville.org to live enriched and purposeful lives.

• Household cleaning products (toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectend, trash bags, dishwashing/dishwasher liquid, etc.) • Toiletries (liquid soap, shampoo, deoderant, etc.) • Monetary donations

• Monetary donations • Volunteers • Disposable gloves (vinyl/nitrile)

Feed the body, nourish the soul, and transform our community.

512-537-8701 harvestkitchen.org

Eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness. 936-231-8460 iGoPink.org

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• Monetary donations to help in funding our essential program services • Product donations to help fulfill our program services (cosmetics, personal care items and toiletries) • Volunteers to help fulfill program services


COVID-19 G I V I N G • G U I D E

Organization

Mission

Phone/Website

Specific Items Needed

Save lives through quality breast health services, 281-484-4708 advocacy, and access to care for all. therose.org

• Monetary donations • PPE • Assistance with technology needs and upgrades for remote working

Provide cultural and educational enrichment opportunities that encourage, support, and promote the performing and visual arts for residents of Montgomery County and the neighboring region.

• Monetary donations • Friends of Council memberships • Arts festival sponsorships for October

Educate, empower, and excite children and families through play while inspiring a lifelong sense of wonder and discovery.

Showcase and promote Chinese culture, arts and education, while fostering a mutually beneficial exchange between Chinese and American people.

Put Judeo-Christian principles into practice 281-367-9622 through programs that build healthy spirit, ymcahouston.org mind and body for all. The Y is committed to being available to all regardless of financial resources.

• Monetary donations to provide support and services to families in need and the front line workers.

Provide a safe and nurturing home where abused, 936-537-3431 battered and at-risk youth can begin to heal from sayyestoyouth.org the past and become empowered for the future. We will strengthen the emotional and mental health development of youth and families by providing crisis intervention, counseling and suicide prevention services.

• Non-perishable food • Cleaning supplies (laundry detergent) • Monetary donations for operating funds

760-885-8191 or 281-744-0194 thewoodlandsartscouncil.org

281-465-0955 woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

774-408-8224 twccCenter.com

• Cleaning supplies (Lysol wipes) • Paper towels • Hand santizer

• Monetary donations

COVID19 SMALL & MEDIUM-SIZED

BUSINESS RESOURCES

Visit woodlandschamber.org/COVID19 for a full list of financial and advisory resources. U.S. Chamber Resources Resources for small businesses compiled by the U.S. Chamber including toolkits, financial relief options U.S. Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Guide to the CARES Act The SBA and the Department of Treasury have begun releasing the information that will guide the programs created through the CARES Act. Office of Texas Governor: Business Resource Site The Office of the Texas Governor provides COVID-19 updates, resources and information for Texas businesses. Texas Workforce Commission Coronavirus Resources State resources including information for employers impacted by COVID-19. SCORE Coronavirus Small Business Hub SCORE is offering advice and assistance from its business mentors, including how to navigate financial challenges during unprecedented challenges UH Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Centers With 14 locations, the University of Houston Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network is open and available to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. MAY 2020

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Re-Engaging THE TEXAS ECONOMY

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overnor Greg Abbott on April 27 announced his phased approach to strategically and carefully open the Texas economy, while still adhering to health protocols to keep Texas citizens safe. You can find The Governor’s Report to Open Texas here.

Texas started Phase 1 of its reopening process on May 1. Most businesses, including retail stores, movie theaters and malls will be permitted to reopen to customers at a maximum of 25% of normal listed occupancy, and with social distancing recommendations remaining in place. The food court, play areas and interactive displays in shopping malls will remain closed. Health care providers, such as dentists, primary care physicians and specialists may reopen. Hospitals must reserve at least 15% of its capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients. Museums and libraries may also reopen under the same 25% occupancy restriction, and interactive exhibits will remain closed. Local jurisdictions may decide when to reopen their library systems. State libraries and museums should be open May 1. Gyms, entertainment venues, bars, barber shops and hair salons must still remain closed until better best practices can be developed and implemented. Some sporting activities will now be permitted, specifically those with four or fewer participants and with social distancing between the participants. Golf and tennis were both cited. Religious services will be permitted, with guidelines issued by the Governor and Attorney General.

Open Texas CHECKLISTS The Governor’s Report to Open Texas includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline the Department of State Health Services’ minimum standard health protocols for all Texans. Individuals All Employers and Employees Retailers Retail Customers Restaurants Restaurant Customers Movie Theaters Movie Theater Customers Museums and Libraries Museum and Library Visitors Outdoor Sports Participants

Restrictions on visits to nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities remain in place in an effort to protect elderly and vulnerable populations.

Churches and Places of Worship

In recognition of the low prevalence of COVID-19 in many areas of the state, retailers in those counties with five or fewer cases will be permitted to operate at up to 50% occupancy.

Low-COVID-19 Counties

The 14-day quarantine period for travelers from California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, and Miami, Florida remains in place. The mandatory quarantine for travelers from Louisiana will end.

Single Person Offices

For more information, visit gov.texas.gov/opentexas.

Should COVID-19 cases continue to hold steady or decline, then Governor Abbott will announce Phase II to begin on May 18, with higher occupancy allowances and the potential for additional businesses to resume operations. A spike in cases could delay the second phase.

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Community Relations Team Ready to Serve Serving The Woodlands Since 1975

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he Community Relations Team (CRT) is made up of business leaders that have the heart for giving and the spirit of generosity. Some are first time volunteers that are looking to find their passion and others are finding ways to get their companies engaged in giving back. Whatever the case, the team enjoys meeting representatives from the various nonprofit organizations and learning what their needs are and how they can be of assistance. The team is open to all Chamber members. This team spearheads The Chamber’s fourth core function, supporting charitable causes. In order to best serve The Chamber’s 150-plus nonprofit organizations as members, CRT has established a monthly schedule of projects and organized an application process that takes place every summer. Are you interested in applying?

the team will be busy preparing for the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and will not select projects presented to occur in the month of April.

WHAT DOES THE APPLICATION LOOK LIKE? The application asks for specifics about your project. Such as, how many volunteers are needed, is there an age limit, and how many hours will the project take. If ever in doubt on what to include contact Cyndi Alvarado at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org. She is eager to get you involved and available to answer your questions.

WHAT IF MY PROJECT IS NOT SELECTED?

THE APPLICATION PROCESS: If you work for a nonprofit organization and want to know how the team can help you, please consider applying to be a CRT project. The team will invite each eligible nonprofit that submits an application to their August Strategic Planning Meeting on Wednesday, August 5. Each organization will be given the opportunity to present their project to the team and answer any questions. We say “eligible” because those that have received CRT assistance in the last two years are not eligible to reapply until year three. Following the Strategic Planning Meeting, the team deliberates over the many project opportunities and selects a project a month.

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WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS ARE SUCCESSFUL? It is the team’s goal to serve one nonprofit per month. Projects for consideration are volunteering to work fundraisers, help with a collection drive or a community service day where the teams goes out to provide sweat equity to help conquer a project. The most successful projects are the ones that are already established since the team is made up of volunteers all with full-time jobs, they are not equipped to create a project or solicit opportunities, but rather to increase your projects awareness or impact. Since many organizations present projects that often occur within the same month those with flexibility on dates are advantageous. We recommend proposing more than one project if dates are not flexible. In April

If your project is not selected, we encourage you to consider joining the team and applying again. Each meeting concludes with community announcements and allows everyone the opportunity to discuss what is going on in their organization. We have seen projects that the team was unable to fulfill, but the project impacted another team member and they were able to get their company involved.

WHO CAN JOIN CRT? CRT is open to all Chamber members. It is a great opportunity to get to know area nonprofits and can help you establish philanthropic endeavors for your business and engage your staff in the rewards of serving others. The Community Relations Team meets the first Wednesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Chamber offices. For more information, please contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at 281-363-8109 or cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.


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Did you know? Every year,

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a retreat for our organization’s leadership.

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he purpose of the Chamber Leadership Retreat is to gain input from our community leaders, continually develop their capabilities through education workshops, address important team issues, and discover ways to build and sustain a high level of performance. Attendees include our board of directors, team leads, assistant team leads, past chairmen and ex-officio members. The location changes every year and for 2020 the host location is Austin, Texas. Jeff Garrett, Chairman of the Board wanted this year to focus on innovation and technology and thought Austin encapsulates just that. Session topics will include a site visit to Dell Technologies to do an Interactive Lab Tour, a meeting with The Austin Chamber of Commerce to collaborate on how to best operate as an organization while elevating their community, and a team building scavenger hunt throughout the historic Driskill Hotel. The retreat is taking place July 16-19. For more information, visit woodlandschamber.org/retreat.

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CHAMBER EVENTS

MAY 2020

woodlandschamber.org/calendar

TUE, MAY 12 5:30-7:30PM

TUE, MAY 19 8:30-9:30AM

Business After Hours CANCELLED

Discovery Day Chamber Orientation

SPONSORED BY:

The Strong Firm P.C. 1790 Hughes Landing, Suite 200 The Woodlands

All Members Welcome

RSVP Required

WED, MAY 20 7:01AM

TUE, MAY 26 5:30-7:30PM

Networking Breakfast Not Confirmed

Meet the New Members CANCELLED

Truluck’s Seafood 1900 Hughes Landing, Suite 600 The Woodlands

The John Cooper School 1 John Cooper Dr. The Woodlands

Check Website for Update

All Members Welcome

CHAMBER TEAM MEETINGS

SPONSORED BY:

woodlandschamber.org/teams

Open to all members. Contact staff member to confirm meeting location.

MAY 6 MAY 14 MAY 15 MAY 21

11:30 AM

Community Relations

11:30 AM

Young Professionals Network

8 AM

Business Advocacy Council

4 PM

Chairman’s Ball

JUN 3 JUN 11 JUN 19

11:30 AM 9 AM

Employment Law Update

8 AM

Business Advocacy Council

SAVE THE DATE

JUL 16-19 6PM

Chamber Leadership Retreat Austin, TX

AUG 15 6PM-12AM Chairman’s Ball The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

OCT 26

Putt, Pass & Chip Golf Championship The Woodlands Resort - Panther Trails

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Community Relations


CHAMBER EVENTS

JUNE 2020

woodlandschamber.org/calendar

TUE, JUN 9 5:30-7:30PM

WED, JUN 17 7:01AM

Business After Hours Networking Social

Networking Breakfast Member Commercials

SPONSORED BY:

Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd., Suite 600 The Woodlands

Truluck’s Seafood 1900 Hughes Landing, Suite 600 The Woodlands

All Members Welcome

Pre-registration Required

TUE, JUN 23 5:30-7:30PM

SAT, JUN 27 10:00-3:00PM

Meet the New Members New Member Introductions

Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo Signature Event

Location TBD

All Members Welcome

SPONSORED BY:

Market Street 9595 Six Pines Dr. The Woodlands

behealthythewoodlands.com

WEBINARS The Chamber is accepting applications from members that are interested in hosting a live or recorded webinar. The webinar should provide important information dealing with business issues related to COVID-19. A short online application and a copy of your presentation is required. Submit your information at: woodlandschamber.org/form/view/19598. Our goal is to provide excellent and actionable advice to our members while helping promote your business expertise at the same time. Questions should be directed to Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at Cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

UPCOMING WEBINARS TUE, MAY 5 11 a.m. to noon: COVID-19 Tips to Survive the Pandemic by Andrea Perales, ACP Enlightening

WED, MAY 6 —•— 1-2 p.m.: Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series: East Texas

10-11 a.m.: Is a Virtual Event Right for Your Nonprofit? by Ann Wolford, The Wolford Group LLC

TUE, MAY 12 10-11 a.m.: A Coaching Session with Paul Nunn, ICC Certified Coach

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2-3 p.m.: The State of Energy: Industry in Peril by Houston Business Journal

THU, MAY 21 10-11 a.m.: Ready, Set Grow! by Elizabeth De La Pena Veeser, DLP Coaching

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PA R T N E R S P R O G R A M

Career Mentors Needed

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mid the COVID-19 pandemic, Education for Tomorrow Alliance staff is adapting summer career programming. The Student Internship Program (SIP) model has traditionally offered two-week internships to rising 12th graders. With social distancing practices in place, EfTA is switching to a virtual mentoring model for Summer 2020. Students will participate in industry-specific career panels and cultivate career readiness skills like interviewing and resume writing. In addition, EfTA staff will match small groups of students with professionals in career fields that interest them for virtual mentoring. Volunteers in a wide variety of fields are needed to participate.

We are asking volunteers to commit to two or three conversations with students to share a snapshot of their careers,” shared EfTA Program Director Corinne Coulter.

“This summer will look different. We realize on-site learning may not be possible, but we are looking to technology to enable career development opportunities to continue. Students will have the chance to learn about the ins and outs of an industry, network with someone in that field, Anyone interested in learning more or volunteering, please register and work on a project or case study related to that industry. here, or contact Corinne Coulter at ccoulter@efta-us.org.

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LMC Class of 2020 People Matter Initiative

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he Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2020 has joined their classmates and alumni together to fund and form a partnership with Russo’s NY Pizzeria to deliver pizzas to healthcare professionals and nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.

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NEW MEMBERS

MARCH

PROFESSIONAL DYNASTY FINANCIAL GROUP Ms. Vickie Mackey (832) 246-8200 5 Grogans Park Drive, Suite 103 The Woodlands, TX 77380 dfgrp.com

Ms. Patricia Thomas (281) 465-8399 1500 Research Forest, Suite 240 Shenandoah, TX 77381 ploythaicuisine.com

In partnership with Family Heritage Life Insurance Company we are dedicated to providing individuals, families, businesses and their employees the very best in supplemental benefits. Working hand-in-hand with our customers, our dedicated sales force provides personal face-toface service that is almost unheard of in today’s business world.

Ploy Thai Cuisine - New Look, New Management. The best place to experience Thai food. Karaoke on Thursday night, Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Lunch specials every day with soup/salad/desert bar. We now offer catering, please call for details.

PNC BANK

Mr. Rob Crigler (281) 298-0247 26660 Interstate 45 The Woodlands, TX 77386 roomstogo.com

Mr. Ryan Hyder (364) 224-9795 2000 Hughes Landing Blvd., Suite 100 The Woodlands, TX 77380 pnc.com For more than 160 years, we have been committed to providing our clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. We are proud of our history of supporting not only our customers but also our communities, employees and shareholders. Offering a wide range of services from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities.

COMMUNITY EZMETAL.COM Ms. Silvina Smith (832) 371-9224 19011 Aldine Westfield Road Houston, Texas 77073 ezmetal.com We are committed to serving the residential and commercial metal construction Industry; manufacturing high quality metal panels and accessories. We carry coil inventory and produce in house wall and roof panels, flash sheet, trim, steel deck (roof and composite) in standard and custom lengths. We want to become the trusted supplier that your projects need, big or small, anywhere in the US.

LAURELWOODE APARTMENTS Mr. Matt Elliston (281) 252-4222 10333 Research Forest Drive Magnolia, TX 77354 laurelwoodeapartmentstx.com Laurelwoode Apartments is an exceptional community in the perfect location in Magnolia near The Woodlands. Our community offers a variety of one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom apartments. Packed with amenities, residents enjoy 24-hr access to our fitness and wellness center, professional business center with wireless printing and conference tables, and Package Concierge package system.

NOVOPELLE MED SPA Ms. Emilee Davis (832) 422-8856 25 Waterway Ave., Suite 150 The Woodlands, TX 77380 novopellemedspa.com We are a physician-supervised med spa with over 10 years of experience. Our team offers cutting-edge non-invasive cosmetic procedures in a modern and welcoming environment that provides patients with a rejuvenating and fulfilling experience. We make beauty affordable, accessible, and unique from the aesthetic design of our facility to the ambient sounds we play to create a peaceful, inviting mood.

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PLOY THAI CUISINE

ROOMSTOGO

When Rooms To Go opened its first set of doors in 1991, the way people bought furniture was changed forever. Since then, we’ve grown into America’s #1 independent furniture company with the nation’s largest furniture inventory. By offering stylish furniture at everyday low prices, original room packages, superior service and fast delivery, today Rooms To Go is America’s favorite furniture place!

THE GROVE COMMUNITY SCHOOL Mr. Chris Gillaspie (281) 706-2498 3305 Red Bird Lane Conroe, TX 77384 thegrovewoodlands.com Pre-K (18 months) through 12th grade Montessori school that strives to support each student on their path to self-discovery. Helping your child reach their full potential is our common goal. To achieve this, we offer a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment comprised of teachers with years of experience. We strive to create a strong sense of community with parents, teachers and students.

THE WOODLANDS LAGREE Mr. Frankie To-ong (713) 805-1094 207 East Shore Drive, Suite 160 The Woodlands, TX 77380 thewoodlandslagree.com The Lagree Fitness Method is a high-intensity low impact muscular endurance workout that is adaptable to all fitness levels. It’s the perfect alternative to other high-intensity training options that can potentially damage the joints and connective tissues. It effectively combines strength, endurance, core, cardio, balance and flexibility training. All ages benefit from this complete body workout.

BUSINESS ARCPOINT LABS OF THE WOODLANDS Ms. Kathleen Buckland (214) 334-8074 Serving the Woodlands and Surrounding Areas arcpointlabs.com We are a full-service national third-party provider/administrator of accurate, reliable, and confidential diagnostic testing for individuals, companies, and legal and healthcare professionals. We’ve been testing for over 18 years, with over 60 years of combined industry experience. We offer testing for drugs, clinical care, DNA, steroids/PEDs, alcohol, corporate wellness and background checks. Sponsored by David Weygandt; Weygandt Law, PLLC


RENEWING 2020 2019

COMMITMENTS EXECUTIVE INVESTORS Occidental Petroleum Corporation

EXECUTIVE INVESTORS The Howard Hughes Corporation

PREMIER INVESTORS Buckalew Chevrolet, LP Keating Imports

PROFESSIONAL INVESTORS

Amerant Bank Chick-fil-A of The Woodlands

Guy M. Lewis, DDS Weygandt Law, PLLC

COMMUNITY INVESTORS Detcon Diligent Delivery Systems Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP Quick Quack Car Wash

RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring Mike Seder Sanderson & Associates, P.C. Town Square Publications, LLC

BUSINESS INVESTORS A & H Electric Jason’s Deli - Magnolia Adventure Kids Playcare Jennine K. Huet, DDS, PA American Cancer Society Kiwanis Club of The Woodlands and South Montgomery County Bridgewood Farms Lone Star Family Health Center Champions School of Real Estate Montgomery County Community Foundation Clarity Hearing Mr. Handyman of The Woodlands Class Act Productions New Danville Conroe ISD Education Foundation, Inc. Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies, Inc. double-S-studios, llc PaySphere Payroll & HR Emler Swim School StoneBridge Church Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers The Mansions On The Park Groen Realty Partners The Seiler Law Firm, PLLC GTIN Managed IT Support The Woodlands C12 Group Hagerman Corporation Henry’s Home, Horse and Human Sanctuary The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness VCA Woodlands Animal Hospital Houston MRI & Diagnostic Imaging Workforce Solutions Inspiration Ranch

We Sincerely Appreciate Our Lifetime Members Marilyn Abercrombie

Carol Gooch

Brian Arceneaux

Daryl W. Houck

Wendy Bolz

Karen L. Hoylman

Congressman Kevin Brady B. ‘Chic’ Chicoine

Rui Martin Maxine Mueller

Janis Cornmesser

Doug Stuart

Linda Curington

Sandra Vogt

Donna Daniels

Nancy Wallace

Beverly Denver

Denise Wranischar

Loretta DuBose

MARCH

NEW MEMBERS

AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING Ms. Patti Miranda (713) 443-8866 Serving The Woodlands Area Running a small business is hard enough without also having to worry about the details of HR and workforce administration. That’s where we come in. I am a Senior District Manager with ADP, a comprehensive global provider of cloud-based human capital management solutions uniting HR, Payroll, Talent, Time, Tax and Benefits Administration, and a leader in outsourcing service, analytics and compliance. Sponsored by Paul Miranda; Thryv

BOONE’S RESTORATION Mr. Nicholas Boone (281) 444-5959 27350 Blueberry Hill, Suite 16 Conroe, TX 77385 boonesrestoration.com Since 1991, we have helped countless families in our community get back into their homes after a disaster. Utilizing state of the art technology and processes, we are proud to serve our community with the highest level of integrity whenever disaster may strike. We specialize in Fire, Water and Mold Restoration, as well as Re-construction Services. 24/7 emergency service with a 2 hour response time. Sponsored by Amber Sickafoose; The Woodlands Country Club — Palmer Course

CATALYST PROPERTY SOLUTIONS Ms. Paula Forshee (832) 582-8127 28725 Robinson Road Conroe, TX 77385 catalyst-ps.com A primarily woman-owned Property Management company with over 50 yrs of experience offering a ‘’One Stop Solution’’ without geographical boundaries. We are experts in a multitude of real estate platforms; Multi-family real estate owned and third party, HOA and Single Asset Management-homes. Our experienced real estate and investment management professionals manage from an ownership perspective.

CLEAN SWEEP OFFICE CLEANING Mr. Mike Mogell (832) 689-7996 8202 Rudy Brook Way Spring, TX 77379 cleansweepofficecleaning.com We exist to prepare your business environment for positive productivity to benefit your clients and employees. We accomplish this by working with your company to provide a business cleaning schedule that fits the needs of your office. We also provide tenant readiness by professionally cleaning renovated work places for new clients. We are helping small businesses keep a professional appearance. Sponsored by Laurie Ash; Send Out Cards

IV BARS Ms. Rachel Koen (832) 764-0001 1500 Research Forest, Suite 120 The Woodlands, TX 77381 ivbars.com We have the highest caliber of service you will find in this industry. Your Health. Your Happiness. Your Trust In Us. These are iV Bars’ highest priorities. Our business is here to serve, not here to profit! We have a stringent hiring process allowing us to only select the best of the best. Our well paid staff is committed to providing the utmost care in your iV Bars experience.

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NEW MEMBERS

MARCH

Ms. Sheryl Bredeson (832) 506-7622 5850 San Felipe St., Suite 500 Houston, TX 77057 kandorgrouphr.com Kandor Group is a human resources professional services company delivering human resources expertise and managed services to support businesses in achieving HR compliance, optimizing workforce performance and maximizing business success. We place honesty and reliability at the center of everything we do for our clients. We commit to consistently delivering quality service. Sponsored by Debbie Kaschik;The Woodlands Young Learners Academy

NUNN TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT Mr. Paul Nunn (281) 923-0106 Serving Montgomery County nunntraining.net Your ability to get along in the workplace can make or break your business. Whether it’s coaching, service, sales, communication skills, handling conflict, or just improving your presentation skills, we can develop and deliver the right training program for your business.

P&P OIL & GAS SOLUTIONS, LLC Mr. Chris Pettigrew (832) 816-5587 2441 High Timbers Drive, Suite 300 The Woodlands, Texas 77380 ppogs.com P&P Oil & Gas Services, formerly known as “Pettigrew & Pettigrew Land Services, LLC,” is focused on preserving your greatest asset–the Oil, Gas and Mineral Lease. We are a full-service oil and gas professional and data services company, partnering with our customers on a project and ongoing basis, to achieve efficient and profitable results for almost 20 years.

SIMMONS AND FLETCHER, P.C. Mr. Paul Cannon (713) 932-0777 9821 Katy Freeway, Suite 925 Houston, Texas 77024 simmonsandfletcher.com When you are injured due to someone else’s negligent conduct, you need someone who will fight for your rights. Our passion is speaking up for the injured. The personal injury attorneys at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. have been fighting for victims of negligence across the United States Since 1979. We offer a free no obligation injury consultation and work on a contingency fee basis.

VERSA BUSINESS PARTNERS LLC Mr. Darin Coble (832) 497-2396 32938 Tamina Road, Suite 102 Versa Business Partners Magnolia, Texas 77354 VersaBP.com We are a human capital consulting and coaching firm with a passion for operations and business. With over 20-years of experience in companies ranging from 20 – 200,000, we have learned to deliver high impact leadership and client partnerships across all functions in a business. We excel at connecting the workforce with a company’s strategy and future. We help leaders make connections.

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Weygandt Law Are you in tune with what you care about? The Singing Lawyer is . . . not known for breaking out in song inside the Courtroom. However, if you have attended the Networking Breakfast recently, you are acutely aware of his knack for recrafting lyrics to a commonly known song in parody. His singing commercials, performed a cappella, typically pack a positive punch and exhibit creativity, while also advertising his local law firm’s services. You might discover, the use of alliteration or rhyme might have actually been a personal invitation to . . . Wine & Wills (or wills & whiskey, if you’re so inclined). These particular Wisdom Workshops are entertaining, educational and interactive estate planning seminars designed to help you plan for the inevitable. You will get a free wine (+ chocolate) tasting while you learn how you can keep your family in tune. Reserve your seat today at: WeyLaw.com/workshops. It’s also possible, the catchy jingle you just heard… offered to File Your LLC for FREE* (as long as you take care of the filing fees*). Or offered to schedule a complimentary session to make sure your business is built with strong legal foundation. Weygandt Law offers business planning and corporate legal services to both start-up and established companies. Weygandt Law is dedicated to providing affordable access to a personal & professional lawyer for life. As a trusted advisor, we charge flat fees for our work and those fees are always agreed upon in advance. As a zealous advocate, you’ll know how much it’ll cost to sling the first stone, and you’ll be updated every step of the way.

Sometimes you should follow the path of least resistance. Weygandt Law became a proud member of The Woodlands Area Chamber in January 2018. David W. Weygandt, our founder, quickly became active as a participant and a volunteer. Since joining David has attended nearly all of the Chamber’s Business Connections Events. Weygandt Law has also participated in many other Signature Events as a sponsor and attendee. At this point, it is safe to say, every opportunity has proven to be a beneficial use of our limited resources. “Within eight months of joining, we experienced disproportionate revenue growth in Montgomery County–even with a headquarters in Downtown Houston. Without delay we relocated to The Woodlands.” The atmosphere created and fostered by the Chamber, even to an outsider, has been overwhelmingly friendly and welcoming. As a result, we have been able to build a strong network of trusted advisors and referral partners for the firm and our clients. In retrospect, the vast majority of our current personal and professional relationships within The Woodlands are a direct (or at least an indirect) result from getting involved with the Chamber. As an Diplomat, David currently strives to promote the same experience for all members. If you ask, he will do what he can to help your business navigate all the Chamber has to offer. Learn more about the firm, its next Wisdom Workshop event or how you can schedule a FREE 15 minute call with Attorney David W. Weygandt at a mutually convenient time at WeyLaw.com.

JANUARY

KANDOR GROUP, INC.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT


THE

CHAIRMAN'S

CIRCLE S I G N AT U R E Bentley Houston at Post Oak Motors

EXECUTIVE 10-Needham, Inc Houston Galaxy Fireworks • Houston Galaxy Halloween Paul Duey Jones, Non-Paid Political Consultant America’s ER Medical Centers

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

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

ExxonMobil ExxonMobil - Hughes Landing • ExxonMobil - Hughes Landing II Heightened Leaders

Houston Business Journal

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands Houston Methodist Cancer Center at The Woodlands Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center at The Woodlands Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Houston Methodist Primary Care Group - Conroe Houston Methodist Primary Care Group - Montgomery Houston Methodist Primary Care Group - The Woodlands Houston Methodist Primary Care Group - The Woodlands IGS Group

PREMIER A Strong CPA, LLC Adcetera

Amerant Bank

Arnold Chiropractic Center, LLC Benihana

Better Bookkeepers, Inc. Blanton Advisors, LLC Black Forest Ventures Black Walnut Café • Galaxy FBO • The Kitchen • Tris BMW of Houston North MINI of The Woodlands

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI)

Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau City of Shenandoah

CenterPoint Energy CenterPoint Energy - C & P Tower Location CenterPoint Energy - Cypress Location CenterPoint Energy, Inc. - Government Affairs CHASE - Six Pines Branch CHASE - Alden Bridge • CHASE - Panther Creek CHI St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital

Doggett Ford

Edward Jones - Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor Tiny Paws Rescue

Excelerate Energy LP

First American Title - National Commercial Services First Financial Bank - Conroe First Financial Bank - Creekside First Financial Bank - Grand Parkway Branch Gensler

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

Kean Miller Independence Title

Valorem Insurance Group Sidecar Health

Waste Connections, Inc. Hardy Road Transfer Station - Waste Connections R360 Environmental Solutions Seabreeze Landfill - Waste Connections Waste Connections of Texas

Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Wells Fargo - Alden Bridge Wells Fargo - Kuykendahl and Woodlands Parkway Wells Fargo - Market Street • Wells Fargo - The Private Bank Wells Fargo - Woodlands Branch Wells Fargo Business Banking 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

SWBC Mortgage

Truist Truist Vision Park

Cypress Creek Hospital

Hodges Collision Center-Rayford Rd. Hodges Collision Center 1488 Hodges Collision Center Hwy 249 Hodges Collision Center - Lane Ln.

Urban Air Adventure Park - The Woodlands

Sunbelt Business Brokers

Corporate Incentives, Inc.

ComfortHome Caregivers, LLC

The Howard Hughes Corporation 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 Woodlands Christian Academy

Stephen F. Austin State University

TDECU Woodlands Member Center TDECU Business Services • TDECU Mortgage

Enterprise Holding Enterprise Car Sales

The Strong Firm P.C.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. - Shenandoah Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. - Augusta Pines Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. - The Woodlands

CLPF - Waterway Plaza, LLC

Rice Business Executive Education

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

Repsol

Sewell Automotive Companies Audi North Houston • Sewell INFINITI of North Houston

Buckalew Chevrolet, LP

Entergy Texas, Inc. Entergy Business Development: Texas

STRIKE

PlainsCapital Bank

BrightView Landscape Services

One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

PEM Consulting Group

Sergio’s Landscaping

Breakthrough Psychological Solutions, PLLC

Edward Jones - Bill Gervasi, Financial Advisor Edward Jones - Chantel Williams, Financial Advisor Edward Jones - David Lee, Financial Advisor Edward Jones - Edwin Nieto, Financial Advisor

Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring

Office Evolution - Conroe/Woodlands

Brickhouse Bridal

BMW of The Woodlands

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center • In the Pink of Health Ironman Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann Memorial Hermann 24 HR Emergency Care Memorial Hermann Bender’s Landing Urgent Care TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands

Questback

Naskila Gaming

National Museum of Funeral History

Bradbury Brothers - Cooling | Heating | Plumbing

Delta Life Fitness Franchising Delta Life Fitness - Spring-Klein • Delta Life Fitness Magnolia

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Milagro Interactive Inc

Morgan Bourque, Attorney at Law

Prosperity Bank - The Woodlands Prosperity Bank - Magnolia Parkway Prosperity Bank - Research Forest • Prosperity Bank - Spring

LGI Homes

MD Anderson Cancer Center MD Anderson Cancer Center

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions McKesson

Hyatt Centric The Woodlands John Daugherty Realtors

Keating Imports Keating Honda • Keating Nissan Kevin Baker Homes & Real Estate Team Keller Williams Realty Lexington Apartments Alexander Apartments • The Biltmore

Liberty Mutual Insurance - Bryan Selby Liberty Mutual Insurance Lone Star College System Office Lone Star College - Creekside Center Lone Star College - Montgomery Lone Star College University Center - The Woodlands Lone Star Corporate College Lubrizol

Madison Marquette Market Street

Marsh & McLennan Agency

The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere Mid-Rise & Townhomes The Abbey at Conroe The Abbey at Montgomery Park The Abbey at Northpoint The Abbey at Spring Town Center The Belvedere at Springwoods Village

The Broadmoor at Creekside Park Ashford Gardens • Solera at West Houston The Bradford at Brookside The Johnson Development Corp. The Johnson Development Corp. - Grand Central Park The Johnson Development Corp. - Harmony The Johnson Development Corp. - Woodforest The Lion Consulting Group

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

The Woodlands Country Club - Tournament Course Legends • Mitchell’s 74 Bar & Grill The Woodlands Country Club - Palmer Course The Woodlands Mall

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center Robard’s Steakhouse The Woodlands Township Visit The Woodlands The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Linder Young Learners Academy Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy The Learning Lane • The Learning Lane Little Lane TWFG Insurance United Airlines

Veritex Community Bank

Vernier & Associates, PLLC

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa WC Construction Will Carter Band

Wiesner Buick-GMC-Hyundai

Woodlands Primary Healthcare - Javier Sosa, MD Wright Business Technologies, Inc. Wright’s Printing

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

CHAMBER CONNECTIONS

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RIBBON CUTTINGS

BUSINESS CONNECTIONS

Business After Hours Hodges Collision Centers

We always looked forward to the Hodges Collision Centers ‘March Mardi Gras’ Business After Hours. This year was bittersweet as it was the last event for owners Steve and Deborah Guinn since selling the company to ProCare Collision.

Texas Hair Team – 242

3091 College Park Dr., Suite 250 832-797-8597

The Woodlands, TX 77384

Steve and Deborah celebrated by again generously donating $10,000 to Texas Autism Academy in their name. Pictured from left are Steve & Deborah Guinn, and Texas Autism Academy founders Cary Mollinedo, Shelinta Perez and Jane Walls.

The Learning Lane Little Lane

25232 Grogan’s Park The Woodlands, TX 77380 281-465-3519 thelearninglane.com

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

8611 W New Harmony Trail The Woodlands, TX 77375 281-374-2871 store.vioc.com/tx/tomball/oil-change-070052.html

Kitchen Tune-up

The Woodlands 832-710-5053 kitchentuneup.com/spring-tx

SCHEDULE YOUR RIBBON CUTTING

Guinn started his organization with the purchase of one autobody shop and either acquired or built them from the ground up to create the Hodges Collision Centers organization. Prior to the sale it was the largest independent body shop in the Houston area. Steve thanks his family for being so supportive all of these years and thanks his friends, the Chamber, the Community, and all of the Insurance Partners that he has worked with and gotten to know. Steve and Deborah – you and Hodges Collision Centers will be missed. We wish you the best!

Networking Breakfast The Chamber’s Networking Breakfast is expected to resume on Wednesday, May 20 at Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House, located at 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd., Suite 600, The Woodlands. This event allows all members the opportunity to give a one-minute commercial about their business. Incorporate the May Theme: “My Mother’s business advice to me….” Members are judged on most creative and have an opportunity to win a free breakfast voucher. Our Spotlight Table sponsor is Valorem Insurance Group. We look forward to learning more about Sidecar Health. For added exposure, we encourage members to donate a door prize valued at $20-plus. For more information, contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at Cyndi.alvarado@ woodlandschamber.org or (281) 363-8109.

Cyndi Alvarado, VP of Membership 281-363-8109 cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org MAY 2020

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TEAMS IN ACTION

Talks with the Team Lacey Prieto, RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, The Mike Seder Group. Team Leader, Chairman’s Ball

of beautiful décor, and a welcoming place to interact with professionals in our community that you may not have before. Lacey Prieto is the current team lead for the What are you most looking forward to for CB 2020? annual event, Chairman’s Ball. This is the 42nd SO MUCH! The theme is fantastic as we get to decorate with islandyear The Woodlands Area Chamber will honor the chairman of the board with an evening filled themed décor. I can’t wait to see how the community and businesses with socializing and celebrating. Chairman’s Ball will use the theme to showcase what they do in our community. Coming together as a community to celebrate the year’s successes 2020 is scheduled for August 15 from 6 p.m. to is going to be a highlight- despite the unfortunate pandemic at hand midnight at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott - as we all are coming together to help one another, business owner the theme this year is a Hawaiian Luau so hula on over and join us! to business owner, and come together as a community. Lacey works at RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring assisting first time home buyers, new construction, resale of homes, and all real estate What inspired you to join the CB committee and what would you needs for our community. With over a Billion dollars in residential say to anyone who is thinking about joining the team? and commercial sales, The Mike Seder Group has the experience and I have a background with over 12 years of experience in hosting knowledge to assist you in every aspect of real estate. events small and large with past companies such as the developer of CITYCENTRE in Houston. I truly have a passion to help people, Lacey, why did your company join The Woodlands Area Chamber? and I love events and marketing. As a small business owner in I joined the Chamber of Commerce to be part of the community, our community for the past 30 years and an entrepreneur, I love find ways to connect with business owners, consumers, and also be connecting people through networking and events. Since joining part of a team that gives back to those who make up the community. the team, I have gotten to know leaders within our community, am The amazing resources you all provide is also another great tool for able to get creative for such a staple event in The Woodlands. There business owners! is so much value in that. The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Tell us about Chairman’s Ball and why truly has amazing leaders within the organization and to be able people should attend. Chairman’s Ball is a gala highlighting to be part of an event like this is truly so special. Anything else you’d like to add? the outgoing Chairman and inducting Thank you – thank you to all of the people “behind the scenes” the new Chairman while celebrating the accomplishments of that year. It is also who are the leaders within this Chamber and who do what they can a great time for the community to come to help businesses, connect the community and people serving the together and use this unique opportunity to advertise their business area. It takes a village they say and we have an amazing village of people who give so many resources and opportunities to support and truly be creative, think outside the box and then enjoy a lovely the community through service, events, advertising and more! meal, dancing and activities with a memorable night full

The Diplomat Team of the Month

The Diplomat of the Month

The Chamber honored the AC/DC team as the March Diplomat Team of the Month. Team AC/DC rocked their way to the top. If you have attended any of the Chamber’s Business Connection events, you have seen our Diplomats in action. If you are looking to reconnect with the Chamber or you are new to the area and looking to expand your AC/DC is comprised of David Dewhurst, network, our Diplomat Prosperity Living; Janet Skeels, Youngevity; Team will help introduce Alfred Martinez, Go-On Group; (Not Pictured) Virginia deBond, Providence Office Products; and you to all The Chamber Deia Tucker, Wells Fargo – Woodlands Branch. has to offer. Please contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at cyndi. alvarado@woodlandschamber.org. We would be happy to help connect you with a Diplomat, so you may start building relationships!

Please join us in congratulating Tanya Bryan, Marsh & McLellan Agency, on being our March Diplomat of the Month. The Chamber is truly thankful for the dedication of volunteers like Tanya. An active member of our Chamber, Tanya not only serves on the Diplomat Team, but also our Board of Directors. She is active on a number of committees such as the Community Relations Team, Seminar Team, Business Advocacy Council, Employment Law and EOC. Being well versed in all things Chamber has helped Tanya build strong relationships. She is able to assist new members in plugging in to various committees and serves as a resource to many. If you see Tanya around The Chamber, please be sure to congratulate her. Congratulations, Tanya!

AC/DC Team Honored in March

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Tanya Bryan, Marsh & McLellan Agency


TEAMS IN ACTION

Community Relations Team CRT Cares

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n the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber and the Community Relations Team (CRT) had to change focus. Many of our nonprofit endeavors were cancelled or postponed, including the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and the Community Job Fair. We’ve created a COVID-10 Resource Center providing up-to-date information to help businesses and families through this time. This crisis has seen many organizations rise to serve those that have found themselves unemployed and unable to find work. Families are sheltered at home and money is running out. What we have seen is how our community has stepped up to support these many endeavors that help restore faith in random acts of kindness. As we work tirelessly to show support by volunteering and making donations to keep operations going, we ask you all to consider doing what you can to help a neighbor in need. Through the next few months, we will support a Virtual Food Drive benefitting the Montgomery County Food Bank. We hope you will consider making a donation or finding an organization that feeds whatever passion inspires you to show compassion during this time. You can find a list of nonprofits in our Membership Directory at woodlandschamber.org/nonprofits. If you are looking for ways to serve others, please consider joining CRT. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at The Chamber. For more information, please contact Cyndi Alvarado, Vice President of Membership at Cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org or 281-363-8109. We will get through this together.

Business Advocacy Council

Paycheck Protection Program Overview Terri Arora, senior tax manager at Haynie & Company, a CPA and management consulting firm in The Woodlands, presented an overview of the Paycheck Protection Program to the Business Advocacy Council on Friday, April 17. ICYMI: You can watch the presentation on the Chamber’s YouTube channel here. The next virtual Business Advocacy Council meeting is on Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m. We invite all Chamber members to join us to help identify priorities for the 87th Texas Legislature beginning January 12, 2021 and concluding May 31, 2021. Visit woodlandschamber.org/calendar to view the meeting agenda, ID and password. MAY 2020

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BUSINESS BRIEFS ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY NEWS HOUSTON MRI® & DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING remains open to serve you during the pandemic! MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-ray, call 713-425-8190.

Are you struggling to find a safe, quality place for your loved ones? Tracie Garcia, founder and director of ElderStage, has over 20 years of experience in marketing and consulting in the healthcare industry. She will find the right people, places and resources that truly care for seniors using heart, compassion and integrity. ElderStage.com ACP Enlightening offers a free session: 7 Proven Ways to Simplify Your Business Program (one on one or group). If you are a small business owner feeling frustrated with lack of time, focus and energy, are tired of working in your business instead of on it, and feel you’ve hit a ceiling, this program is for you! acpenlightening.com/homepage#program Offering the best in home or commercial landscaping, draining solutions, lawn care, and outdoor living solutions, Sergio’s Landscaping can assist you remotely to upgrade your yard. Now offering outdoor audio packages. Free estimates over the phone. Call 936-443-0589 Change is part of our culture lately. Office Evolution, The Woodlands offers virtual office space with a mailing address, answering phone services, private high-speed internet (in office), and privacy! Get your work done professionally! Day passes available with conference rooms! Thryv has teamed up with the SBDC, the nation’s largest and most effective small business assistance network, as a National Partner to celebrate the collective impact and success SBDCs have across the nation and in local communities. “Like the SBDC, we understand the impact small business has on our nation’s economy,” said Matthew Gourgeot at Thryv. Haynie & Company is a growing, full-service CPA firm with 15 locations and over 300 team members. We specialize in audit, tax, accounting, consulting and management advisory services. As we’ve grown, we’ve kept our small firm values of family, growth, trust, and communication. For more information visit HaynieCPAs.com. CPA firm Briggs & Veselka Co. LLC has advanced in the national rankings of CPA firms, according to Accounting Today magazine. Its dynamic growth of 29% propelled the firm to the 91st place in Accounting Today’s rankings this year earning them recognition as a Pacesetter in Growth, the second highest among all firms under $100M in the U.S.

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Serving their full menu every day, Citizens Grill is open for curbside and limited immediate area delivery at their location on FM 1488. Family meals are available that include a large 4-person entrée, and salad for 4, and 2 amazing desserts for $39.95 by calling (936) 320-0022. Choose from Spaghetti, Jumbo Meatballs, or Blackened Chicken Pasta. Tailgators Pub & Grill Magnolia on FM1488 next to Home Depot is open for curbside pickup or limited delivery from 11am to 9pm with the entire menu of great food available. Call for a phone order (281) 2595343, online ordering at TailgatorsPub.com/menu. Order a meal to go and pick up at Curbside or purchase the RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta Inc. pizza kit and make your own pizza at home for $10. Includes pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, a flour blend for the dough, and topping. Everything on the menu is available. rcsnycpizza.com

Several of our YMCA locations have been transitioned into Essential Personnel Child Care Sites. Eligible are children of emergency first responders (police, fire, EMS), medical personnel, city/county staff responding to the crisis and other essential front-line staff, such as grocery and pharmacy employees, providing critical services to the community. Visit ymcahouston.org/essentialpersonnel-kids-camp for more detailed information. VGXI announced it has completed manufacturing and release of a DNA vaccine to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. VGXI was selected by Inovio Pharmaceuticals in late January to produce the vaccine under a $9 million grant to Inovio from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Jeff Beard, CCIM of The J. Beard Real Estate Co. has represented the seller of Legends Sports Complex located at 602 Pruitt Road in Spring which will be the new home of Church Project. Diana Gaines has represented the seller of vacant land at 6753 FM 2920 in Spring which will be used as expansion to the adjacent 8 acres for Geronimo Adventure Park.

NEW TO THE TEAM/PROMOTIONS Bret L. Strong (right), founder and managing shareholder of The Strong Firm P.C., and active and long-standing community leader for 30 years, has been appointed to the board of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP). He is pictured with Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area EDP.

EDUCATION “The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center offers free webinars and online training to help you manage your business,” said Miguel Lopez, LSC SBDC director. “These webinars are delivered by industry experts and designed to give you solutions, tips and recommendations you can start using immediately.” Visit SBDC.UH.edu/SBDC/Workshop and Events. Lone Star College has loaned eight ventilators to local area hospitals in an effort to help combat the coronavirus. The LSC-Kingwood Respiratory Care program which uses these ventilators to train students also donated five nebulizers and 75 personal protective equipment kits.


BUSINESS BRIEFS GIVING BACK Due to the pandemic, Meals on Wheels staff regulated exposure to their 250 volunteers that help deliver 600 meals weekly by doing it themselves! And since the community feeding locations are closed, Chef John prepared nearly 2,500 meals each week to be delivered to the seniors in addition to the normal routes. MOWMC.org

Community Assistance Center began distributing food every Wednesday beginning in March to serve local residents affected by the pandemic. Pantry Wednesdays provided groceries weekly in collaboration with the Ark Church, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, and the Montgomery county Food Bank. Although there is a lack of hammer noise at the Cedar Creek Habitat for Humanity community, 9 houses are still on schedule to be ready for 9 deserving families by the end of 2020. Children’s Books on Wheels commemorated their Sweet 16 anniversary by distributing over 1600 books to nonprofits during food distributions throughout the county including Interfaith of The Woodlands, Community Assistance Center, and Society of Samaritans.

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CHAMBER LEADERSHIP Officers, Priority Goals & Project Leaders

Directors: Terms Expire 2021

Chairman Jeff Garrett..................................................Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Vice Chairman...........Linda Nelson, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center President & CEO..................................................................................... J.J. Hollie VP Business Opportunities.................................Steve Berry, Waste Connections, Inc. Sales..........................................................................Royce Brooks / Kelly Fuller Community Job Fair....................................................................................TBD Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo.....................................................Christin Cherry Employment Law Update..............................................................................TBD VP Committed Volunteers............. Dan Altom, The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Membership............................................................................... Cyndi Alvarado Diplomats........................................................ Josh Cherry / Courtney Schweitzer Discovery Day................................................................................... Dan Altom Business After Hours...................................................................David Weygandt Meet the New Members..............................................Deia Tucker / Leslie Guillermo Networking Breakfast................................................. Paul Miranda / Elaine Smith VP Financial Development.................................. Melissa Young, Corporate Incentives Signature Events....................................................................... Meagen Korenek Golf Championship..........................................................................Paul Miranda Taste of the Town....................................................................... Steffani Konzem Chairman’s Ball....................................................Lacey Prieto / Michelle O’Rourke VP Government Affairs............................ Kevin Kastor, Consolidated Communications Governmental Affairs.....................................................................Margo McZeal Economic Outlook Conference...................................... Kyle Rojas / Angela Storseth Business Advocacy Council.............................................................. Landon Estay Whistle Stop Tour................................................... Melissa Bochat / Landon Estay VP Legendary Leadership...................Julie Ambler, The Woodlands Christian Academy Leadership Retreat......................................................................... Julie Ambler Past Chairman................................................................................ Stuart Lapp Young Professionals Network.............................................................Brian Albert Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon...................... Josh Cherry / Courtney Schweitzer VP Visibility & Image.......................................................... Michele Kooken, STRIKE Marketing.....................................................................................Lauren Joerg Community Relations Team........................... Jennifer Majors Baca / Jessica Munselle Vice President & Treasurer....................................... Angela Strong, A Strong CPA, LLC Vice President & Chairman’s Appointment............. Danny Schroder, PlainsCapital Bank Immediate Past Chairman............................ Stuart Lapp, Stibbs & Co., P.C., Attorneys The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership..............................Gil Staley

Directors: Terms Expire 2020 Julie Ambler........................................................................ The Woodlands Christian Academy Melanie Bush............................................................................. Montgomery County Treasurer Rip Reynolds................................................................................................................ JLL Missy Herndon............................................................................. Interfaith of The Woodlands Michele Kooken........................................................................................................ STRIKE Zach Richmond.................................... Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring Melissa Young..................................................................................Corporate Incentives, Inc.

C H A M B E R S TA F F J.J. Hollie President & CEO...........................................jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org Mary Smith Vice President Community Service..............mary.smith@woodlandschamber.org Cyndi Alvarado Vice President Membership.................. cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org Gina Mitchell Director of Finance & Operations............. gina.mitchell@woodlandschamber.org Lauren Joerg Director of Marketing & Communications.....lauren.joerg@woodlandschamber.org Royce Brooks Director of Sales..................................royce.brooks@woodlandschamber.org Meagen Korenek Director of Special Events.................. meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org Margo McZeal Director of Government Affairs.............. margo.mczeal@woodlandschamber.org Kelly Fuller Sales Associate..................................... kelly.fuller@woodlandschamber.org Jae Kim Finance Assistant....................................... jae.kim@woodlandschamber.org

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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

Directors: Terms Expire 2022

Dan Altom.................................................................... The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Tanya Bryan................................................................................... Marsh & McLennan Agency Jay Dreibelbis................................................................................. Woodforest National Bank Kevin Kastor..............................................................................Consolidated Communications Bob Milner..........................................................................................TerBo Enterprises, Inc. Jim Parisi ............................................................CHI St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital Sarah Rhea..............................................................................Leadership Montgomery County

Ex–Officio Directors State Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. ................................................. Texas House of Representatives, District 3 Chief Palmer Buck............................................................... Fire Chief – The Woodlands Township James Brown.................................................................Conroe North Houston Regional Airport Gordy Bunch / Don Norrell................................................................... The Woodlands Township Commissioner James Metts............................................................... Montgomery County, Pct. 4 Sen. Brandon Creighton. ...............................................................Texas State Senate, District 4 Monica Bomkamp Enia.............................................................. Education for Tomorrow Alliance Michelle O’Rourke................................................................................................ United Way Constable Ryan Gable........................................................ Montgomery County Constable, Pct. 3 Pete Garcia...........................................................................U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce Melanie Bush............................................................................. Montgomery County Treasurer Lisa Gonzalez..............................................................................................................HARC Ted Harris............................................................................................... The Woodlands Mall Linda Head...............................................................................Lone Star College System Office Missy Herndon.............................................................................. Interfaith of The Woodlands Captain Tim Holifield....................................................Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Frank Holmes..............................................................................Sam Houston State University Randy Johnson.................................................................Montgomery County Hospital District Samantha Reiter...................................................... Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Mark Keough ................................................................................. Montgomery County Judge Mayor Paul Bond...................................................................................City of Oak Ridge North Miguel Lopez.......................................................................................SBDC Lone Star College Jerry MacDonald / Cameron Klepac............................................... Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Tammy McRae............................................................................. County Tax Assessor Collector State Rep. Will Metcalf .................................................Texas House of Representatives, District 16 Iker Pimienta..................................................................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 / Ron Roberson........................... The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership James Stinson, P.E........................................................................The Woodlands Water Agency Jenny Taylor / Noemi Gonzalez............................................................................. Market Street State Rep. Steve Toth ................................................. Texas House of Representatives, District 15 Heather Washburn.................................................................Office of Congressman Kevin Brady Mayor Ritch Wheeler ................................................................................. City of Shenandoah Nick Wolda..............................................................................................Visit The Woodlands

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