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Each April, the Chamber celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Month with the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. This annual themed luncheon is an exclusive event for the Chamber’s nonprofit organization members to recognize their amazing contributions and impact on our community.

This year’s theme was “Super Volunteers!” because not all superheroes wear capes. Some heroes quietly display courage, conviction and determination every day as they work to support and strengthen their community.

Attendees were wowed by Keynote Speaker Marcus Bridgewater who is a nationally recognized author, influencer, educator and the CEO of Choice Forward.

These super volunteers are the backbone of our community. It’s important to honor the major positive impact they have on The Woodlands area. Thank you to Presenting Sponsor, Richmond Reality Group (richmondrealtytx.com/ the-group) for making this event possible and for continually supporting The Woodlands area community.

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Photo By: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands Photo By: Rod Prado, Hello Woodlands
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Nestled in the heart of The Woodlands, Waste Connections is deeply committed to participating and giving back to communities in which their employees live and work. Since moving their headquarters here from California in 2012, the company, including around 300 employees and their families, has been an integral part of this community, constantly striving to make a difference.

Being a proud standing member of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce for 12 years, Waste Connections acknowledges it’s not just about business growth but community growth. The membership, beyond providing an opportunity for networking with other local business entrepreneurs, grants the company a chance to remain closely connected to the community pulse. It allows Waste Connections to understand the continuing development projects, the growth, the shared challenges, and the everevolving opportunities to lend a hand.

Participation is key. Waste Connections has been actively involved in numerous chamber events. The ‘Taste of the Town’ and ‘Business After Hours’ are two worthy mentions. These events act as platforms for the employees and other members to learn, share, and foster a sense of unity and understanding for this area’s business landscape.

The company recently had the honor of sponsoring the Economic Outlook Conference. The President/CEO/Founder of Waste Connections, Ron Mittelstaedt, had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion. His valuable insights and the abundance of useful information presented at this conference greatly benefited all members, regardless of the size of their businesses.

Looking ahead, Waste Connections eagerly anticipates continuing its active involvement with the chamber. The company wholeheartedly recommends that all businesses, large or small, new or established, join The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s an invaluable opportunity to be involved, get connected, and keep a pulse on the community, for it’s by being an active participant that you can truly make a difference.

FEATURE BENEFIT S OF JOINING

ABreakfast Connections | Natural Balance Counseling

pril’s Breakfast Connections had members share their favorite volunteer opportunities as we celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Month. Natural Balance Counseling was our Spotlight Sponsor.

Natural Balance Counseling is a contemporary counseling center that is changing the way The Woodlands thinks about therapy! Coming from an action-oriented mindset, all the counselors at NBC are dedicated to providing the highest quality of service to our clientele.

Their approach is designed specifically to meet the needs of the high-performing individual who is working to have it all and make sure it doesn’t all fall apart. By gaining an accurate understanding and background of who you are, they can develop customized interventions and strategies that are specific to you and your needs. In each session, you will leave with practical tools that support you in moving forward to your goals.

They also provide relationship counseling for those wanting to improve their relationship with their significant other with evidence-based approaches to help your relationship be the best it can be! Like individual counseling, they pride themselves in providing our couples with practical tools and actions from the very first session.

We hope to see you at the next

With all of their approaches, NBC understands the goal is to support you using the best techniques, informed by up-to-date research, to help you in reaching your goals. All prospective clients get a free consultation to match you with the counselor that is the best fit for you.

To get started, email admin@naturalbalancecounseling.com. Natural Balance Counseling – where you deserve to be heard!

We hope to see you at the next Breakfast Connections. Contact Cyndi Alvarado, Vice President of Membership at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org to spotlight your business at the next Breakfast Connections.

Breakfast Connections | WHERE LONG LASTING CONNECTIONS BEGIN

Business After Hours | Waste Connections

Waste Connections Hosted

The Chamber’s April Business After Hours. The event brought together several members and quite a few nonprofit members that directly benefit from Waste Connection’s generosity.

Waste Connections’ business culture embraces the spirit of giving back and since moving their headquarters to The Woodlands, they have been supporting many local nonprofits and causes.

Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides non-hazardous waste collection, transfer and disposal services, including by rail, along with resource recovery primarily through recycling and renewable fuels generation. The Company serves approximately nine million residential, commercial and industrial customers in

mostly exclusive and secondary markets across 46 states in the U.S. and six provinces in Canada. Waste Connections also provides non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in several basins across the U.S. and Canada, as well as intermodal services for the movement of cargo and solid waste containers in the Pacific Northwest.

Waste Connections strives for a greener and cleaner tomorrow in all our locations spread across the U.S. and Canada. We demonstrate this daily through our quality service solutions for our residential and business customers in our communities.

We are very fortunate to have a company like Waste Connections here in our community. To learn more about their services, please visit wasteconnections.com.

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Join us for the next Business After Hours | BUILD CONNECTIONS WITH AREA BUSINESS LEADERS
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Meet the New Members | Cadence Creek at Gosling

InApril the Chamber traveled to Cadence Creek at Gosling to welcome our newest members and learn more about their businesses.

Cadence Creek at Gosling is an active adult community for those 55 and better. Experience carefree living with our maintenance-free lifestyle, where routine upkeep tasks are handled by their dedicated team, leaving you with more time to enjoy life’s pleasures.

Located conveniently in Spring, TX, their community offers easy access to shopping, dining, and a wealth of on-site amenities. Enjoy their resort-style pool, game room, library, and picturesque courtyard, all just moments away from your doorstep.

Indulge in their robust lifestyle programming, featuring organized social events, fitness classes, and casual gatherings designed to foster connections among residents.

Whether you’re joining a book club, attending a fitness class, or simply mingling at a social event, there’s something for everyone to find their community at Cadence Creek.

Say goodbye to the hassle of home upkeep and repairs, and embrace a luxurious lifestyle filled with amenities and opportunities for enrichment. Relax and unwind knowing your home is in expert hands, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in all that Cadence Creek has to offer. Come discover the joy of carefree living and vibrant community at Cadence Creek.

BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS START HERE

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Join us for the next Meet the New Members | STRONG
Our newest members that were introduced included: Nick Kennedy, Brothers Coating LLC; Jeremy de los Santos, Game Day Men’s Health; Sarah Davis, My Functional Smile; John Guydon, John Guydon Studios; and Michaela Murry, Progress Amplified LLC.

The Great Danes named Diplomat Team of the Month for April

The Great Danes earned the title as the Diplomat Team of the Month for April 2024.

The Great Danes are led by Angela Schimmels, Image 360 Signs & Graphics, and include Cathy Bruce, Milstead Automotive; and not pictured David Dewhurst, Prosperity Living; and Lacy Gigout Martinez, First Priority Title of Texas.

The Great Danes have been busy welcoming new members and helping them navigate the various resources available to them through their membership. Member engagement is a priority for the Diplomat Team as they understand the value the Chamber brings to their businesses and want to make sure all members can thrive.

The next time you are at a Chamber Event or Meeting, please take a moment to visit with a member of the Diplomat Team and thank them for their service. We are here to help connect you, so you may start building relationships!

We Sincerely Appreciate Appreciate

Lifetime Members

Marilyn Abercrombie

Brian Arceneaux

Wendy Bolz

Congressman Kevin Brady

Connie Carll

Lloyd Carll

B. ‘Chic’ Chicoine

Janis Cornmesser

Linda Curington

Donna Daniels

Dan Davis

Beverly Denver

Loretta DuBose

Rob Eissler

Byron Ellis

Carol Gooch

Barbara Holland

Frank Holmes

Karen L. Hoylman

Mike Karlins

Rui Martin

Mary Matteson

Maxine Mueller

Wayne O’Neill

Frank Robinson

Ray Sanders

Steve Sanders

Dr. Ann Snyder

Doug Stuart

John Tatum

David Vogt

Sandra Vogt

Nancy Wallace

Denise Wranischar

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Our May Business Advocacy Council featured a fascinating presentation by Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon and his Financial Crimes & Forfeiture Section team. They prosecute complex, high-value crimes including money laundering, embezzlement, theft and elder fraud/exploitation. Attendees learned how offenders operate and how employers and businesses can protect themselves against becoming victims. Don’t miss our next #WCBAC meeting on Tuesday, June 18!

Diplomat of the Month

Cathy Bruce, Milstead Automotive, Inc.

Join us in congratulating Cathy Bruce, Milstead Automotive, on earning the title of April Diplomat of the Month.

This is the sixth month to honor Cathy Bruce for her hard work and dedication to The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Cathy has been a true ally in helping members reap the benefits of Chamber membership. She has been

instrumental in member engagement connecting new members to resources to help them grow their business and increase their visibility. We are truly blessed to have Cathy on our Diplomat Team.

Congratulations,Cathy!

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Pictured: Cathy Bruce, Milstead Automotive, Inc. and Chairman of the Board, Brian Albert.

One of the Chamber’s strategic goals is to be a “Catalyst for Innovation and Technology in the Region”. To that end the Chamber partnered with Houston Exponential to launch the Innovation Council. Like the Chamber, Houston Exponential (HX) is committed to cultivating a thriving ecosystem for startups, entrepreneurs and startup support businesses in the Greater Houston area.

The Innovation Council is aimed at improving the innovation ecosystem in South Montgomery County and better integrating it with the greater Houston innovation community. The council’s objective is to identify and support the innovation economy by providing advocacy, marketing and connection opportunities and resources to innovation/technology-oriented businesses and organizations.

The Woodlands area is perfectly poised to become the innovation hub of the Houston region, which would fuel economic growth, attract top talent and cultivate a dynamic ecosystem of entrepreneurship and discovery. We already have the resources, the leadership and the people to build on our thriving innovation economy that is fueled by innovators in technology, biosciences and energy.

Creating a center of innovation would enhance The Woodlands area’s reputation as a destination for people and businesses, attracting new businesses to boost the business community and the local economy.

For businesses in the innovation sector, entrepreneurs and those looking to have an impact on future growth, consider getting involved with the Innovation Council. The Innovation Council meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month, 2:00PM – 3:00PM at the Chamber office and will host special events throughout the year.

Join us as we help create the next 50 years of The Woodlands history.

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Discovery Day | Sponsored by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The Chamber welcomed 40 new members to the April Discovery Day. Discovery Day is the Chamber’s New Member Orientation and provides members with a comprehensive view of all the opportunities available from events, committees, community service opportunities and advertising options. Members are provided with a Blue Sheet to mark their interests so the Chamber staff can help engage by adding them to the email distribution list for upcoming meetings.

The University of MD Anderson Cancer Center was our gracious sponsor for Discovery Day. For more than 80 years, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer

Discovery Day

Center has provided an unparalleled level of cancer care. With multiple locations around Houston, MD Anderson offers convenient, comfortable access to world-class cancer care in your community, close to where you live and work in The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe and communities north of Houston. Their multidisciplinary approach to patient care means that you and your loved ones are part of the team that helps decide the best course of treatment possible.

While we treat many types of cancers in The Woodlands, the faculty here has particular expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of the following cancers: Breast, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Gynecologic, Head & Neck, Lung & Thoracic and Skin.

MD Anderson The Woodlands provides medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology services along with a range of supportive programs, including: Cancer pain management, Cancer prevention, Chemotherapy administration, Clinical nutrition, Diagnostic imaging, Diagnostic laboratory services, Endoscopy, Genetic testing and counseling, Interventional procedures, Physical, occupational and speech therapy, Plastic surgery consultations, Pre-surgery evaluations, Social work counseling, Support groups, Survivorship care and Tobacco cessation.

MD Anderson The Woodlands also offers screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, and risk assessment for several types of cancer, which can help reduce your risk of cancer or detect it early, when it is most treatable. If you have been diagnosed with cancer or would like to learn more about lowering your risk, we’re here to help. Appointments are readily available, and patients are cared for in an easily accessible location with free parking.

To learn more about the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center visit mdanderson.org.

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Business After Hours

Discovery Day

Breakfast Connections

woodlandschamber.org/calendar

TUE, JUN 4 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

LOCATION: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar 9595 Six Pines Dr., Suite 700 | The Woodlands, TX

Registration Required. No Walk-Ins.

THU, JUN 6 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

LOCATION: The Woodlands Area Chanber of Commerce 9320 Lakeside Blvd., Suite 200 | The Woodlands, TX

Registration Required. No Walk-Ins.

WED, JUN 19 7:01 AM-9:00 AM

LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Shenandoah–Woodlands Area 19333 David Memorial Drive | Shenandoah, TX

Registration Required. No Walk-Ins.

Thanksgiving Holiday THU, NOV 23-FRI, NOV 24

Meet the New Members TUE, JUN 25 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Chamber offices closed. Returning November 27.

LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Conroe 1001 Grand Central Parkway, Conroe, TX

Registration Required. No Walk-Ins.

TEAM MEETINGS

CHAMBER C.A.R.E.S:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM

INNOVATION COUNCIL:

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM

BUSINESS SUMMIT: THURSDAY, JUNE 13 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM

BUSINESS ADVOCACY COUNCIL: TUESDAY, JUNE 18 | 8:30AM - 9:30AM

GOLF CLASSIC: TUESDAY, JUNE 18 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

CHAIRMAN’S BALL: THURSDAY, JUNE 20 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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JUNE 2024 Calendar
of Events

Business After Hours

Breakfast Connections

woodlandschamber.org/calendar

TUE, JUL 2 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

LOCATION: TBD

Registration Required. No Walk-Ins.

WED, JUL 17 7:01 AM-9:00 AM

LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Shenandoah–Woodlands Area 19333 David Memorial Drive | Shenandoah, TX

Registration Required. No Walk-Ins.

Thanksgiving Holiday

Meet the New Members

THU, NOV 23-FRI, NOV 24

TUE, JUL 23 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

LOCATION: TBD

Chamber offices closed. Returning November 27.

Registration Required. No Walk-Ins.

TEAM MEETINGS

INNOVATION COUNCIL:

TUESDAY, JULY 9 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM

CHAIRMAN’S BALL:

THURSDAY, JULY 11 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM

BUSINESS SUMMIT:

THURSDAY, JULY 11 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM

BUSINESS ADVOCACY COUNCIL: TUESDAY, JULY 16 | 8:30AM - 9:30AM

GOLF CLASSIC: TUESDAY, JULY 16 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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JULY 2024 Calendar
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EXECUTIVE

TARGET HOSPITALITY

Ms. Margarita Salazarn (817) 983-9779 targethospitality.com 9320 Lakeside Blvd, Suite 300 The Woodlands, TX 77381

We believe well-fed, well-rested humans working in clean, safe environments contribute to the bottom line. So that’s our mission: to turn your workforce into a crazy-productive team of rocket-propelled superhumans. Our foundation is built on the core values of safety, care, excellence, integrity, and collaboration.

Sponsored by Ann Wolford; The Wolford Group, Paul Miranda; Thryv, Rob Eissler; Westwood Magnolia Parkway Improvement District

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PICKET FENCES HOME DECOR

Ms. Catherine Woods (281) 465-4144 picketfencesdecor.com 19193 I-45 Shenandoah, TX 77385

At Picket Fences, we’re your destination for exquisite home decor & bespoke floral arrangements. Explore our curated selection of stylish decor pieces, each one carefully chosen to elevate your home. Let our designer create a floral masterpiece that complements your style & adds a touch of natural beauty to your home. Come shop Picket Fences Home Decor for a delightful shopping experience.

Sponsored by Justin Woods; Woodlands Online

PROFESSIONAL

HOLCOMB FAMILY YMCA

Mr. Andrew Sommella (281) 681-6711 ymcahouston.org/locations/holcomb-family-ymca 5201 Imperial Promenade Drive Spring, TX 77386

At the Y, we strengthen communities by connecting people to their potential, purpose and each other. The YMCA of Greater Houston’s programming is designed to empower youth, build healthier families and foster more inclusive communities. We strive each and every day to spark real change by providing high-quality development opportunities from infancy through graduation and beyond.

Sponsored by Blake Kelly, The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend

COMMUNITY

ALIANZA PRESCHOOL THE WOODLANDS

Ms. Jeanette Vargas (281) 465-4069 alianzaecoschool.com

7303 S. Forestgate Drive The Woodlands, TX 77382

Alianza Preschool is a Spanish immersion school with a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. We strongly believe in emotional education and provide a family-oriented environment. #Alianzaexperience!

MONKEE’S OF THE WOODLANDS

Mr. Dan Durski (402) 321-4547

1900 Lake Woodlands Drive, Suite 300 Houston, TX 77380

The ultimate in ladies shoes, clothing and accessories. Experience boutique shopping as it is meant to be - fun and personal! Opening Fall 2024.

TEXAS INSTALLS

Ms. Maria Callejas (281) 975-2030 rgwealth.com

25505 Richards Road Houston, TX 77386

Texas Installs LLC is an Appliance and Cabinet distribution and Installation company. We are known for our customer service and installations. Texas Installs is Whirlpool Exclusive Distributor for JennAir, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Amana and Maytag.

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SMALL BUSINESS

BROTHERS COATING LLC

Mr. Nick Kennedy (713) 487-8026 brotherscoatingco.com

Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas

COMING SOON! Proudly serving Houston, TX with the highest quality polyurea coatings to protect, repair, or enhance your concrete floors. Get on our schedule today by calling us at (713) 487-8026 or emailing info@brotherscoatingco.com.

Sponsored by Ann Wolford; The Wolford Group

CTA SENTINEL

Ms. Laurie Chaput (713) 264-8971 ctasentinel.com

1 Riverway, Suite 1700 Houston, TX 77056

We focus on helping you and your business to remain compliant with the Corporate Transparency Act. At CTA Sentinel, we are ready to provide support and guidance for your Corporate Transparency Act filings. Don’t make costly mistakes. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

JORDAN BURAS CONSULTING SERVICES

Mrs. Jordan Buras (504) 912-0920

Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas

We enhance organizational efficiency & driving growth through strategic process refinement. Our core offering? Comprehensive Process Playbooks - comprehensive guides that document standardized procedures, best practices, and step-by-step instructions for executing critical processes consistently. These Playbooks streamline workflows, optimize productivity, & facilitate continuous improvement.

KANNECT

Mr. Yogesh Kondaskar (973) 303-3280 kannect.co

Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas

Kannect is a Community Engagement Platform that is reimagining how you connect, communicate, and collaborate with Members, Supporters, Volunteers or online Followers and harness their loyalty to grow your cause.

Sponsored by Eric Fishhaut; MKB Services

MAGNOLIA NEIGHBORS MAGAZINE

Mrs. Amy Gore (713) 557-805

Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Area

Magnolia Neighbors is a monthly publication that shares positive news, family-friendly stories, and information specific to the greater Magnolia community. We bring people together by building relationships between our readers and local businesses. Our print and digital advertising solutions add value to businesses by connecting them to customers and keeping them top-of-mind in the community.

MANDI ROACH PHOTOGRAPHY

Ms. Mandi Roach (832) 592-3045 mandiroachphotography.com

Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Area

With over a decade of experience capturing love stories in Houston, TX, & beyond, I’m committed to ensuring your experience is as unforgettable as the images themselves. From our first chat to the moment I deliver your images, I’m here to support you every step of the way. You’re not just hiring a wedding photographer; you’re gaining a teammate, chaos coordinator, cheerleader, and a trusted friend.

MARK SPURGEON INSURANCE AGENCY, INC.

Mr. Mark Spurgeon (409) 739-2282 spurgeonagency.com 21 Waterway Avenue, Suite 300 The Woodlands, TX 77380

Mark Spurgeon Insurance Agency, since 1995, offers a wide range of insurance services including auto, home, life, and business insurance. They provide tailored solutions to help individuals and businesses in Texas protect their financial futures while emphasizing client care and comprehensive coverage options.

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MTC GROUP

Mr. Jim McDonald (770) 696-3231 roisecuritysavings.com

Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas

Unlock Total Business Protection: Our Customized Physical Security Solutions Are Your Ultimate Shield! Expertly Crafted by Specialized Professionals, We’ve Got Every Angle Covered. Experience Unwavering Support, Quality Assurance, and Ironclad Confidentiality Every Step of the Way. Join Forces with Us for Seamless Improvement and Forge a Trust-Fueled Partnership for Long-Term Success!

SARAH KELLY MUSIC SCHOOL

Mr. Jonas Ekman (281) 687-3307 sarahkellymusicschool.com

9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 6255 The Woodlands, TX 77382

We train the next generation of singer-songwriters. Lessons in vocals, piano, guitar recording and music business. Over 100 of our students have been on the Grammy ballot (yes, the actual Grammys that you watch on tv). Our students get to collaborate with musicians and engineers whos credits includes Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus etc.

SINGLE SOURCE EVENTS, LLC

Mrs. Tressa Robinson (713) 680-8899 sse-events.com

2301 McAllister Road Houston, TX 77092

While staging a big event can be incredibly complicated with numerous moving pieces to keep track of, Single Source Events will help simplify the process, making sure you have access to everything you need with the power supply and accommodations to shape a truly hassle-free experience.

TEMPERATUREPRO CONROE

Mr. Danny Archer (936) 290-4032 temperaturepro.com 1300 S Frazier, Suite 411 Conroe, TX 77301

The TemperaturePro mission is to deliver transparent HVAC solutions conveniently with professional business expertise. Expect different. Expect extra. Because we are–because you deserve it.

TEXAS AUTISM ACADEMY

Ms. Cary Mollinedo (281) 771-5348 texasautismacademy.org

32605 Tamina Road Magnolia, TX 77354

At Texas Autism Academy, we believe that every child with Autism deserves the opportunity to succeed. We are committed to creating an innovative environment that is engaging and responsive to each child at each stage of their development. We are dedicated to unlocking the potential of each child, nurturing their talents and overcoming their challenges.

TNR ADVISORS & MANAGEMENT CONSULTING, LLC

Ms. Nannette Ray (832) 398-6125 TNRaccounting.com 24285 Katy Freeway, Suite 300 Katy, TX 77494

Our Executive Team has a combined thirty-three (33) years of experience in Accounting, Financial Services, Management Consulting, IT Consulting, and Graphic Design experience. The Executive Team has worked in Fortune 500 companies such as Marathon Oil & Gas, El Paso Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and USAA.

TRUSTWORKZ

Mrs. Jennifer Coleman (470) 263-8414 trustworkz.com

Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas

TrustWorkz, Inc. is a digital marketing agency on a mission to make your business shine with a creative, fun, and resultsdriven approach to web design, SEO, content marketing, and PPC management. Our team knows that digital marketing done right builds customer relationships and strengthens your brand. Why? Because building trust works! Contact us for a FREE Business Scan to see where you stand.

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Business Connection Events

Create Lasting, Authentic Relationships That Grow Your Business

The Woodlands Area Chamber members are some of the most influential business leaders in the Houston area. The Chamber’s business connection events give you a chance to meet top business leaders, connect with your peers and forge powerful partnerships for your business. Visit woodlandschamber.org/ calendar for a listing of upcoming events.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS —Monthly Business After Hours is a complimentary social providing opportunities to meet, mingle & build relationships with other area business professionals. The BAH crowd is welcoming, business-minded and looking to forge authentic business connections.

BREAKFAST CONNECTIONS —Monthly Make connections and share your company news with dozens of influential business leaders before the workday begins. This monthly event provides the opportunity for members to give a one-minute “commercial” and for guests to provide their name, title and company name. For added publicity, members may arrive early to place marketing materials on the promo table and donate a door prize.

MEET THE NEW MEMBERS—Monthly Meet the Chamber’s newest members at this complimentary networking social. New members in the first 90 days of their membership are invited to give introductions of their business and network with other members and guests.

DISCOVERY DAY—Every Other Month Discovery Day is designed as an orientation to educate new members on how to best use the benefits of The Chamber. New Members (or new team members) enjoy a complimentary breakfast while learning about member benefits, events and activities, committees and teams, advocacy options, marketing opportunities and using the Member Information Center.

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THE CHAIRMAN'S CIRCLE

SIGNATURE

Hendley Associates LLC

Hotwire Communications

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center

Canopy Cancer Survivorship

America’s ER Medical Centers

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Community Impact Newspaper

Consolidated Communications Fidium

Corax Cyber DOCUmation

ExxonMobil

Garcia Real Estate Group

GBR Roofing Solutions

Heightened Leaders

Houston Business Journal

Houston Exponential

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

EXECUTIVE

Howard Hughes 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 • Two Lakes Edge

Image 360 Houston Signs & Graphics Lane Property Tax Advocates

Lauren Holverson, Realtor LGI Homes

METRO Star Vanpool Nexus Health Systems

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating One Medical Repeat

Silver Rock Productions

St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital

St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Target Hospitality

Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands

Texas Children’s Pediatrics

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – The Woodlands

PREMIER

Avison Young – Texas, LLC

Black Forest Ventures

Black Walnut Café • Galaxy FBO • The Kitchen • Tris

BMW of Houston North MINI of The Woodlands

Boardwalk at Town Center

Buckalew Chevrolet, LP

Cellipont Bioservices

CHASE – Six Pines Branch

CHASE – Alden Bridge

CHASE – Panther Creek

JP Morgan Chase

Chemex Global

Chick-fil-A of The Woodlands

Chick-fil-A Sawdust • Chick-fil-A The Woodlands Mall

Choice Forward LLC

Comcast Comcast Business • effectv

Corporate Cleaning Group

Corporate Incentives, Inc.

DeFord Law Firm PLLC

Dupuis Law Firm, PLLC

Edward Jones – Bill Gervasi, Financial Advisor

Edward Jones – Austin Sturrock, Financial Advisor

Edward Jones – Brian Bohr, Financial Advisor

Edward Jones – Brian Hanley, Financial Advisor

Edward Jones – Wade Hollis, Financial Advisor

Edward Jones – Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor

Tiny Paws Rescue

Entergy Texas, Inc.

Entergy Texas, Inc. – Lake Front North

The US Oncology Network / McKesson McKesson

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

The Woodlands Christian Academy

TMH Consulting & Investment Group

Tough Law Firm, PLLC Ubiquity

Waste Connections, Inc.

Hardy Road Transfer Station – Waste Connections R360 Environmental Solutions

Seabreeze Landfill – Waste Connections

Waste Connections of Texas

WeKinnect Global Branding Agency, LLC 360 Entrepreneur

Western Midstream Weygandt Law

The Singing Lawyer • Weygandt Enterprises, LLC

Woodforest National Bank – Town Center Two

Woodforest National Bank – College Park

Woodforest National Bank – Fish Creek

Woodforest National Bank – Imperial Oaks

Woodforest National Bank – Rayford Road

Woodforest National Bank – Research Plaza

Woodforest National Bank – Sterling Ridge

Woodforest Wealth Strategies

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

Excelerate Energy LP

Conroe

Creekside

Financial Bank – Grand Parkway Branch

Harvey Builders

Houston Tents & Events

Hyatt Regency Conroe

IMG Worldwide LLC

John Guydon Studios

Keating Imports

Keating Honda • Keating Nissan

Lone Star College System Office

Lone Star College – Creekside Center

Lone Star College – Montgomery

Lone Star College University Center – The Woodlands

Murphy

National Museum of Funeral History Pawtown Pet Boarding

Picket

Sergio’s Landscaping

The Broadmoor at Creekside Park Ashford Gardens • Solera at West Houston

Bradford at Brookside The Fitzpatrick Group

The Johnson Development Corp. The Johnson Development Corp. – Grand Central Park

Woodforest by Johnson Development Corp.

The Koch Insurance Group

The Strong Firm P.C.

The Woodlands Mall

The Woodlands Young Learners Academy

Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy The Learning Lane – Grogans

The Learning Lane – Richards

Thrive Advisors

True Insurance Group Vernier & Associates, PLLC

Vision Integrated Systems Houston LLC Visit The Woodlands Walke-Wilson Law WC Construction

Carter Band

Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking

Fargo

Kuykendahl and Woodlands Parkway

Fargo – Market Street Wells Fargo – Woodlands Branch Wiesner Buick-GMC-Hyundai

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Center In the Pink of Health Memorial Hermann | Rockets Sports Medicine Institute Memorial Hermann 24 HR Emergency Care TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands My Houston Surgeons My Evergreen MedSpa The John Cooper School The Woodlands Township Woodhouse The Woodlands
Arnold Chiropractic Center, LLC
Enterprise Holding Enterprise
Rent-A-Car
Car Sales
Enterprise
First
First
Financial Bank –
Financial Bank –
First
Lone Star Corporate College Market Street
Business Sales – The Woodlands
PlainsCapital
Bank
Bank
Fences Home Decor PlainsCapital Bank
The Woodlands
Bank Plunk Productions Prosperity
– The Woodlands Prosperity
– Magnolia Parkway Prosperity Bank – Research Forest Prosperity Bank
Spring
Second Mile Financial Services
Sunbelt Business Brokers TDH IT 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
Will
Wells
Wells

Advancial Federal Credit Union Lisa McGarity (281) 679-1133 1735 Research Forest Drive Shenandoah, TX 77380 advancial.org

Gameday Men’s Health The Woodlands Jeremy de los Santos 25701 Interstate 45 North Spring, TX 77380 (936) 300-4551 gamedaymenshealth.com/the-woodlands

North Houston Hearing Solutions Courtney Foreman 18551 Champion Forest Drive, Suite 10 Spring, TX 77379 (281) 444-9800 northhoustonhearing.com

Charles Schwab Sarah Jo Brockhouse (832) 562-4313 1599 Lake Robbins Drive, Suite B-150 The Woodlands, TX 77380 client.schwab.com/Public/BranchLocator/branchdetails.aspx?branchid=1220

Innovation DOD Landscaping Services Alma Tapia Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas (832) 562-6073 prolawnnow.com

Picket Fences Home Décor Catherine Woods (281) 465-4144 19193 Interstate 45 Shenandoah, TX 77385 picketfencesdecor.com

RIBBON CUTTINGS Recently joined the Chamber and looking for added exposure and visibility? Ribbon cuttings are scheduled on Fridays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Based on your level of membership, we can schedule a ribbon cutting at your place of business within a 12-mile radius or at The Chamber office. A photo of the event will be posted across Chamber’s social media sites as well as published in our Business Today monthly magazine. Email Becky Rossi, Membership Assistant, at becky.rossi@woodlandschamber.org to coordinate your ribbon cutting, grand opening, or open house.

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Frutta Bowls Cory Mayo (832) 422-2448 26400 Kuykendahl Road, A155 Tomball, TX 77389 restaurants.fruttabowls.com/tx/tomball/26400-kuykendahl

2001 Timberloch Place, Suite 500 The Woodlands, TX 77380 (832) 476-0030 intshiplog.com

ScreenBeam Matthew Lieder (832) 655-0533

Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas7 screenbeam.com

Thomas Hogg +52 811 583 0699 18511 Highway 105 West Montgomery, TX 77356 tmh.com.mx

EXECUTIVE INVESTORS

PREMIER INVESTORS

The Koch Insurance Group

Chemex Global

Chick-fil-A Sawdust

Chick-fil-A of The Woodlands

Chick-fil-A The Woodlands Mall

Excelerate Energy LP

Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy

Sergio’s Landscaping

The Learning Lane - Grogans

The Learning Lane - Richards

The Woodlands Young Learners Academy

PROFESSIONAL INVESTORS

APEX Executive Suites - Conroe

APEX Executive Suites - Woodland Square

Regions Bank - Harpers Preserve

Regions Bank - Rayford Crossing

Regions Bank - The Woodlands

COMMUNITY INVESTORS

Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware

dorothy may’s By: Alspaugh’s

Gauntt Koen Binney & Kidd, LLP

Insight Environmental Northside Lexus

Reunion Court of The Woodlands

SMALL BUSINESS INVESTORS

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Senior Living Byrd Automotive Class Act Productions Crown Trophy Dawson Security Group, Inc. double-S-studios,
Education for Tomorrow Alliance Events Plus Freese, Peralez
Associates GoldWiser Huet Dental IAS Wealth Management
Club of The Woodlands
South Montgomery County Legist, PLLC
PR & Marketing Group, Inc.
Squeeze Juice Co. Woodlands Matos & Jawad PLLC Montgomery County Women’s Center Morton’s Grille One Source Residential Services LLC Paddington British Private School PetSuites Spring Rayford Reynolds & Reese, CPA, LLC Speedsportz Racing Park Spring Creek Barbeque StoneBridge Church The Brownstone Group | Keller Williams Realty The Woodlands Lions Club Threadgill Financial Vogt Engineering, L.P. Windsor Building Services, Inc
Communications Fidium
Petroleum Corporation
Hour Air Conditioning
Abundant
llc
&
Kiwanis
and
LMG
Main
Consolidated
Occidental
One
and Heating
Real Estate
Sapphire Gas Solutions SVN | J. Beard
The Woodlands Lodge Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar VCA Woodlands Animal Hospital RENEWING COMMITMENTS
Group
TMH Consulting & Investment

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Brothers Coating Co. New Business! We offer the highest quality concrete coatings. Let us enhance your garage, patio, or pool deck while delivering the highest quality customer service. Think epoxy, but better!

Atlanta-based FirstKey Homes announced recently it has partnered with RentTrack by Self to provide Houston area residents with free credit reporting and financial literacy assistance.

GOMEGA Travel & Tours is a full-service travel company specializing in crafting exceptional travel experiences for groups and individuals worldwide. As a business owner you wear many hats, let us plan your next adventure. We’ll stress the details, so you don’t have to.

Mike’s Subs – Woodlands Town Center Grand Opening on May 1st, 2024 in Pinecroft Shopping Center, 9300 Six Pines, Drive. Proudly supporting The Woodlands High School by donating 20% of the first week’s sales.

Lawgical Workspace has opened an innovative coworking space designed for lawyers and legal professionals in The Woodlands at 8708 Technology Forest Place. The workspace offers legal professionals an experience that transcends traditional office environments, with a commitment to fostering a vibrant community of legal experts. lawgicalworkspace.com

Traveling Bar & Lounge is a mobile bar service that brings exceptional bartending, unique mobile bar rentals, and creative drink packages directly to your event. Driven by a genuine love for hosting unforgettable experiences, we specialize in simplifying the process for hosts, event planners, and venues.

For the 2024 YES to YOUTH gala, set for Aug. 10 in The Woodlands, Dr. Hilton and Alison Yee have been chosen as the honorees and The Strong Firm has been selected as the corporate honoree. These honorees contribute their time, treasure, and talent selflessly to make the lives better for children and their families. sayyestoyouth.org/2024gala

double-S-studios proudly celebrates 17 years of creating a “Pathway to Opportunity” with The Chamber. Over this time, we’ve delivered logos with impact, informative annual reports, and successful non-profit campaigns, amplifying missions and creating lasting impressions. Cheers to continuing on our pathway and creating future opportunities together!

COMMUNITY NEWS

Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake Conroe | Houston offers the perfect setting for groups of all sizes, combining serious learning with serious fun. Modern and comfortable meeting facilities, teambuilding activities, all-suite accommodations, and enjoyable amenities make it ideal for hosting your next conference, corporate gathering, or retreat.

MOR Strategy Partners One of our biggest problems as a business owner is the ability to hire & keep key employees, or it’s that you’re paying too much in taxes. Let’s fix that. We provide innovative solutions that set you apart as an employer & save you thousands in taxes! Let us optimize your employee expenditures effectively.

Girls just wanna have fun! Make friends at The Trybe.

the-trybe.com

Charles Schwab of The Woodlands invites you to our annual SHRED DAY on June 7th, 9a-4:30p @ 1599 Lake Robbins Drive! As a service to the community, we offer a chance to bulk shred documents, old forms and mail at no cost! Drop off your old docs and pick up a donut!

GIVING BACK

Image 360 Signs & Graphics partners with Lenora Stein Photography to raise money for local dog/cat rescue Operation Pets Alive. Proceeds from the calendar sale and photo contest will assist with the spay and neuter of MoCo animals as well as medical bills, vaccines, and heartworm treatments.

The Republic Grille A uniquely popular dining destination in The Woodlands, has marked the 10th anniversary of its original location in the Panther Creek Shopping Center. In celebration, the restaurant will donate a portion of proceeds from the month of May to benefit the Wayne Walker Foundation and Montgomery County First Responders Foundation.

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CHAMBER LEADERSHIP

Officers, Priority Goals & Project Leaders

Chairman ........................................................................ Brian Albert, Kean Miller LLP

Vice Chairman ............................................................. Ann Wolford, The Wolford Group

VP Business Development ...................................................... Rachel Richmond, IRCODE

Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon ........................ Kathy Rifaat / Amber Sickafoose

Breakfast Connections

Business After Hours

David Lee / Paul Miranda

Kristi Legget / Margaret Robinson

Diplomats .......................................................... Kathy Rifaat / Amber Sickafoose

Discovery Day

Meet the New Members

Directors: Terms Expire 2025

Stuart

Jocelyn Durfield

Justin

Courtney

Directors: Terms Expire 2026

Jennifer

Rachel Richmond

Selina Garrett / Kelly Hoot

Membership .............................................................................. Cyndi Alvarado

Sales Royce Brooks

VP Signature Events...........................................Debbie Kaschik, The Young Learners

Chairman’s Ball .......................................................... Melissa Young / Dusty Paez

Golf Classic ................................................................. Ashley Reina / Bill Warner

Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo

Courtney Foreman / Denis & Darlene Gagnon

Taste of the Town ..................................................... Cathy Bruce / Sharla Grayson

VP Government & Economic Affairs ........................................................................

....................................Angela Storseth-Cooper, The US Oncology Network /McKesson

Business Advocacy Council ................................ Heather Ramsey / Shiva Baradaran

Economic Outlook Conference

Governmental Affairs

Linda Nelson / Jordan Buras

Jennifer O’Neal

VP Leadership and Development ............................... Carolyn Gray, Zircon Consulting

Business Diversity Solution Committee Joe Lopez

Innovation Council ....................................................................... Eric Fishhault

Leadership Retreat

Carolyn Gray

Past Chairman................................................................................ Jim Carman

Young Professionals Network TBD

VP Marketing & Community Relations ...................... Jennifer Bruse, Hello Woodlands

C.A.R.E.S Committee

Roxanne Davis / Cherie Diehl

Business Summit Leo Simpson / Cherelle Simon

Marketing .................................................................................. Brenna Hapes

Vice President & Treasurer ....................................... Paul Ikard, Ikard & Kennedy LLC

Vice President & Chairman’s Appointment ..............................................................

............................... Linda Nelson, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center

Immediate Past Chairman ............................................

Directors:

Storseth-Cooper

Mary Coley

Vice President Community

Cyndi Alvarado

Gina Mitchell

cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org

Director of Finance & Operations gina.mitchell@woodlandschamber.org

Brenna Hapes

Director of Marketing & Communications brenna.hapes@woodlandschamber.org

Royce Brooks

Director of Sales royce.brooks@woodlandschamber.org

Gabby Peña

Director of Signature Events gabby.pena@woodlandschamber.org

Jennifer O’Neal

Director of Government Affairs jennifer.oneal@woodlandschamber.org

Jae Kim

Finance Assistant jae.kim@woodlandschamber.org

Becky Rossi

Membership Assistant becky.rossi@woodlandschamber.org

Ex–Officio Directors

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Jim Carman, Howard Hughes The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership............................. Gil Staley
Terms Expire 2024
...................................................... Woodforest National Bank – Town Center Two Barry
...................................................................................... Blanton Advisors, LLC Carolyn Gray ..............................................................................................Zircon Consulting
............................................................................... The Woodlands Mall
IRCODE Angela
The US Oncology Network / McKesson
Christin Allphin
Blanton
Theodore (Ted) Harris
Rachel Richmond
.......................................................................................... Entergy Texas, Inc.
Barrett
................................................................................. The Signorelli Company
Kendrick ............................................... Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center
Curtis Null.................................................................................................. Conroe I.S.D.
Dr.
Schweitzer .................................................................... The Kimball Group Insurance
Shults ......................................................................................... Western Midstream Ketrese White .............................................................. Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
Kristen
Bruse Hello Woodlands
Buras Jordan Buras Consulting Services
Carter WC Construction
Kaschik The Young Learners
Marlow Montgomery County Food Bank
Stephens The Woodlands Township Kendra Windisch The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – The Woodlands
Jordan
Summer
Debbie
Kristine
Todd
Bailey / Nick Wolda ............................................................................ Visit The Woodlands Matt Beasley Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Mayor Paul Bond City of Oak Ridge North Chief Palmer Buck Fire Chief – The Woodlands Township Melanie Bush Montgomery County Treasurer Congressman Dan Crenshaw Representative, Texas’ 2nd District Sen. Brandon Creighton ................................................................ Texas State Senate, District 4 Monica Bomkamp Enia ............................................................. Education for Tomorrow Alliance Mayor John Escoto City of Shenandoah Constable Ryan Gable Montgomery County Constable, Pct. 3 Matt Gray Montgomery County Commissioner, Pct. 4 Debbie Glenn-Cross Montgomery County Restaurant Association John Hafley Judge County Court Law 1 John Hall ..................................................................................................................HARC Ted Harris .............................................................................................. The Woodlands Mall Linda Head Lone Star College System Office Missy Herndon Interfaith of The Woodlands Sheriff Rand Henderson Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Randy Johnson Montgomery County Hospital District Mark Keough Montgomery County Judge Kristine Marlow ........................................................................ Montgomery County Food Bank Jeff Young Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion John Mayner Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau Tammy McRae County Tax Assessor Collector Commissioner James Noack Montgomery County Commissioner, Pct. 3 Dr. Curtis Null Conroe I.S.D. Erich M. Peterson, P.E ................................................................... The Woodlands Water Agency Michelle Kominas................................................................................................ United Way Aubrey Spear San Jacinto River Authority Sarah Kouba Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Commissioner Tom Ramsey Harris County Commissioner, Pct. 3 Sarah Rhea Leadership Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley Montgomery County, Pct. 2 Dr. De ‘Reese Reid-Hart ...............................................................Lone Star College Montgomery Governor Greg Abbott Governor of Texas Dr. Ann Snyder/Monique Sharp The Woodlands Township Gil Staley The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Brandon Steinmann Montgomery County Clerk Jenny Taylor Market Street State Rep. Steve Toth ................................................ Texas House of Representatives, District 15 Charlie Vienne............................................................................ Sam Houston State University Senator Ted Cruz U.S. Senator
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Business Today is a monthly magazine produced by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce featuring news, articles and events from The Chamber and our members. Business Today offers a variety of advertising options including editorial pieces. See the Business Today media kit and read the latest issue at woodlandschamber.org/business-today. EDITOR Brenna Hapes SALES Royce Brooks ABOUT BUSINESS TODAY CHAMBER STAFF DESIGN & LAYOUT MEDIA PARTNERS The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce 9320 Lakeside Blvd., Suite 200 n The Woodlands, TX 77381 281-367-5777 n info@woodlandschamber.org @TheWoodlandsAreaChamber @TheWoodlandsChamber @ChamberChatting The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce PRINTING & MAILING
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