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A Message from J.J. Hollie Hello 2019!

On behalf of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and Staff, I want to thank you for your continued support of The Chamber. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2018 and there’s much to look forward to in the New Year. We are committed to helping you make 2019 your best year ever by:

• Advocating for your business • Creating networking and marketing opportunities • Serving as a community and professional resource • Supporting charitable causes

Our work in business advocacy ranges from navigating transportation issues, discussions on community infrastructure to encouraging voter awareness. We are dedicated to making this community a great place to do business. Get the update on business advocacy on page 10. And consider joining The Chamber in Austin February 25-26 for Montgomery County Day at the Capitol. More details on page 5. The Chamber is most notable for creating marketing and networking opportunities and our 2019 calendar is packed full of events and socials for you to engage with fellow members. See up to date 2 woodlandschamber.org JANUARY 2019

events at WoodlandsChamber.org/Calendar. I also encourage you to get involved in a Chamber team this year. Serving on a team provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development. Find a team that matches your interests at WoodlandsChamber.org/Teams. We are excited to bring back one our most popular professional resources, Small Business University in 2019. Led by local industry experts, this 18-course series is geared toward the small business owner’s experience and covers topics ranging from basic start up knowledge to technical financial assistance, strategic planning, leadership, marketing and more. Find out more information at WoodlandsChamber.org/SBU. Supporting charitable causes is not a traditional Chamber function, but it is the heart of our Chamber here in The Woodlands Area. The Community Relations Team leads the charge to support a different nonprofit organization every month by collecting donations or with a service project. The team will kick off 2019 volunteering at Habitat for Humanity Restore. To learn more about CRT’s service projects, contact Cyndi Alvarado at cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

J.J. Hollie President & CEO


SAVETHE DATE

Thank You to All Participants January 17, 2019 4 – 9 P.M.

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Join us and over 40 area restaurants while sampling mouthwatering cuisine ranging from Italian, Mexican, BBQ, Cajun to seafood and discover your new favorite restaurant! Chefs will compete in the 2019 “Best of Taste” competition for titles including “Best Appetizer,” “Best Entrée,” “Best Dessert,” and the 2019 “Planet Lincoln People’s Choice Award.” Showcase your best dish and be the talk of the town at Taste of The Town!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES EXECUTIVE CHEF | $5,000 • Publicity in Business Today, chamber social media, website, and press releases • 100 tickets, 10 vendor bands for event and early entry • Double exhibitor booth (10’ X 20’) with prominent placement (2) 8’ skirted tables and (4) chairs • Display of your banner in lobby area at event • Invitation for (4) to VIP/Media kick-off event at Amerigo’s • Logo included on window display in Market Street that will be featured during Black Friday • Verbal recognition at the event • Opportunity to be on Lone Star Community Radio Conroe Culture News 104.5FM

GOURMET CHEF | $2,500 • Publicity in Business Today, chamber social media, website, and press releases • 30 tickets, (4) vendor bands and early entry to event • One 10’ X 10’ draped booth with prominent placement, (1) 8’ skirted table and (2) chairs • Invitation for (2) to VIP/Media kick-off event at Amerigo’s

MOBILE CHEF | $750 *Limited Availability • Placement for Mobile Catering Truck *Must adhere to the Marriott’s vehicle requirements • Publicity in Business Today, chamber social media, website, and press releases • 15 tickets, (4) vendor bands and early entry to event • (3) 10’ X 10’ booth space with prominent placement • (2) 8’ skirted tables and (4) chairs SINGLE BOOTH | $275 • 120 AMP circuit at the event • 10’ X 10’ booth space, 8’ skirted table and two chairs • Invitation for (2) to VIP/Media kick-off event at Amerigo’s

FOOD INDUSTRY BOOTHS DOUBLE BOOTH | $550

Adult Tickets: $30

Includes limited samples and (2) alcoholic drink tickets

Child Tickets (4-10 years): $20

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

Get your tickets and check out an updated list of participating restaurants at tasteofthetown.org.

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

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

— The Woodlands Waterway Marriott —

“On the Path to Sustainable Growth”

The premier business and economic forecasting event of the year includes a program with dynamic and diverse speakers along with great networking — an unmatched event in The Woodlands. Every year, this event attracts more than 700 attendees from the greater Houston region. PRESENTING SPONSORS:

KEYNOTE SPONSOR:

WIFI SPONSOR: PLATINUM SPONSORS:

GOLD SPONSORS:

VIP RECEPTION SPONSOR:

LANYARD SPONSOR:

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER:

MEDIA SPONSORS:

SILVER SPONSORS: Jones & Carter, Inc • Repsol • Sam Houston State University • The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere • Toll Brothers BRONZE SPONSORS: Blanton Advisors, LLC./Better Bookkeepers, Inc. • Consolidated Communications • Efficient Wealth Management ExxonMobil • Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center • Prosperity Bank–Research Forest • The John Cooper School

For more information, please contact Lupe Cuellar at lupe.cuellar@woodlandschamber.org or visit woodlandschamber.org 4 woodlandschamber.org JANUARY 2019


2019 Montgomery County Day at the Capitol:

YOUR BUSINESS. YOUR LEGISLATORS. YOUR DAY. FEBRUARY 25-26 PRESENTED BY:

ADVOC ACY SPONSORS:

Participanting Chambers include: Chamber members from across Montgomery County will convene in Austin Feb. 25-26, 2019, for Montgomery County Day at the Capitol. The day is set aside to provide our member businesses the opportunity to see the Legislature in action and hear from Texas’ top government leaders on specific policy interests of the business community.

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

The Montgomery County Council of Chambers represent thousands of companies and entrepreneurs that have joined together to promote jobs, economic growth and strong communities in the county and beyond.

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

All Chamber members are encouraged to attend.

Sponsorships and tickets are available at woodlandschamber.org. For more information, contact Lupe Cuellar at lupe.cuellar@woodlandschamber.org or 281-636-8106.

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Friday, February 8, 2019 8am – 1pm

— The Woodlands Waterway Marriott —

“Our Path to Sustainable Growth” Keynote Speaker

and Chief Executive Citizens for Affordable Energy John Hofmeister Founder & Former President, Shell Oil Company

Upon retirement as President of Shell Oil Company in 2008, Mr. Hofmeister founded and heads the not-for-profit membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This public policy firm promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions for the nation, including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policies and public education on energy issues. A business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 45 years, Hofmeister also has held executive leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International). Hofmeister served as the Chairman of the National Urban League and Chairman of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. He served as non-executive Director and Lead Independent Director of Hunting plc, London until Aug 2018 when he became term limited by UK governance; he serves as NED for Applus+, Madrid, and ioneer Ltd., Sydney; and he was formerly Chairman of Erin Energy in Houston until May 2017. Hofmeister also serves on the boards of the Foreign Policy Association, Strategic Partners, LLC; and the Gas Technology Institute. Hofmeister is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He also is a past Chairman and serves as a Director Emeritus of the Greater Houston Partnership. He is the author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Hofmeister serves as a Wrigley Scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. He is also a Lecturer at the University of Houston and Kansas State University. Hofmeister earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science from Kansas State University. In May 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Houston and from Kansas State University in 2014.

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CEO & LEADERSHIP PANEL

Sallie Rainer

President & CEO, Entergy Texas, INC. Sallie Rainer serves as president and chief executive officer of Entergy Texas, Inc., an electric utility that serves more than 450,000 customers in 27 Southeast Texas counties. As president and chief executive officer for Entergy Texas, she is responsible for the company’s electric distribution system, customer service, economic development, regulatory and governmental affairs, as well as the company’s financial performance. Before being named to her current role at Entergy Texas, Rainer served as vice president, federal policy. In this role, Rainer advised Entergy’s regulated utility companies around federal policy issues. In this role, Rainer led the company’s effort to join the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), a move that resulted in greater reliability and savings for its customers. Since beginning at Entergy Corporation in 1984, Rainer has held roles in regulatory strategy and resource planning to ensure reliable and affordable supply of energy for customers. She held various management roles in longterm system planning before being promoted to director of regulatory affairs and energy settlements. Rainer currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Interfaith of The Woodlands, Lone Star College Foundation and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Executive Committee, and the Texas Children’s Hospital Ambassadors and Leadership Cabinet. She also serves on the Texas A&M University Engineering Advisory Board. Rainer holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from Louisiana State University and a master’s in business administration from Texas A&M University. She and her family live in The Woodlands, Texas.

Paul H. Layne

President, Central Region The Howard Hughes Corporation® Paul H. Layne is President, Central Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for the master planned communities of The Woodlands, Bridgeland, and The Woodlands Hills in Houston, Texas and the office development of the 56 story tower at 110 North Wacker in Chicago, Illinois. He also provides strategic oversight for Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada and Columbia, Maryland along with other assets within the HHC portfolio in Dallas and Washington D.C. For more than 30 years, Mr. Layne has been a vital leader in Houston’s commercial real estate community as well as in national and international real estate. Mr. Layne received a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Houston and attended South Texas College of Law. He currently serves on the boards for the University of Houston Graduate Real Estate Program, the Board of Trustees for Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, the Foundation Board for Catholic Charities and advisory board member for Houston’s Urban Land Institute. He previously served on the boards for the Houston Downtown Management District, the Central Houston Association, the University of St. Thomas, Lone Star College Foundation, Houston’s Center for Hearing and Speech and Houston’s Coalition for the Homeless. He also serves as a Trustee for the Scanlan Foundation, a moderator and advisory board member for the Houston Business Ethics Forum and the South Texas College of Law Real Estate Conference and is a member of the Serra Club. He is President Emeritus of the Houston Downtown Management District Board and the Christian Community Service Center Board of Directors. Mr. Layne has been a speaker at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Business Ethics Conference.

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Lonnel Coats

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director Mr. Coats has been our president and chief executive officer and a director since July 2014. Mr. Coats served in a series of leadership positions at Eisai Inc. and Eisai Corporation of North America, U.S. subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Eisai Co., Ltd., from 1996 through June 2014, including as chief executive officer of Eisai Inc. from 2010 to June 2014.

Chuck D. Stokes President & CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System

Charles (Chuck) D. Stokes joined Memorial Hermann Health System in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In June 2017, he was named President and CEO of the System. In his role, Chuck is responsible for leading and overseeing the System’s network of 19 hospitals and more than 290 diagnostic and specialty centers, with more than 26,000 employees and 6,300 affiliated physicians in the Greater Houston area. Chuck has nearly four decades of leadership experience in healthcare, and throughout his accomplished career has achieved success in service line leadership, quality and patient safety improvement, leadership development, employee engagement, and physician collaboration. During his tenure with Memorial Hermann, Chuck has worked tirelessly to establish a culture of high reliability, innovation, and transformation throughout the organization. Under his visionary leadership Memorial Hermann has attained unprecedented accolades in patient safety, safe and high-quality care, and operational excellence. Chuck models servant leadership with an emphasis on coaching and team building while using Malcolm Baldrige criteria as a platform for driving operational excellence. His leadership was most recently instrumental in helping Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital secure the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence.

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In this role, Mr. Coats helped establish Eisai as a leading innovator of medicines for oncology and specialty therapeutic areas, and he oversaw the expansion of Eisai’s business across the Americas and improved profitability for all of its U.S.-based operating units. In addition, Mr. Coats served as president and chief operating officer of Eisai Inc. from 2004 to 2010 and led the diversification of its business through over $5 billion in strategic acquisitions and licensing and partnership transactions. Mr. Coats also previously held a variety of sales and management positions at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, from 1988 to 1996. Mr. Coats is also a member of the board of directors for Blueprint Medicines. Mr. Coats holds a B.S. from Oakland University. As part of his commitment to developing the next generation of healthcare leaders, Chuck has taught numerous leadership development programs for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an organization of more than 48,000 healthcare executives working together to improve care delivery and population health. In 2017, Chuck was named Chairman of the ACHE Board of Governors and currently serves as Immediate Past Chairman. In addition to his service to ACHE, Chuck is on the Houston Holocaust Museum Advisory Board, the Board of United Way of Houston, Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors, Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and the American Heart Association Board of Directors. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is the author of numerous articles on leadership development. In 2017, Stokes was named among the Top 25 COO’s in medicine by Modern Healthcare. Prior to his role as COO and President and CEO of Memorial Hermann, Chuck served as President of North Mississippi Medical Center, a 650-bed tertiary hospital and a 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. He previously served as COO for three other healthcare systems. Chuck, who is board certified in Healthcare Management as an ACHE fellow, began his career as a critical care nurse and nurse executive before completing his master’s degree in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Chuck is married to wife, Judy Liswood Stokes. They have three adult sons, Neil and his wife, Sherry, Joshua, and Sidney Joel.


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FEATURED BAC UPDATE

FBI

Houston Victim Specialist Cheryl L. Moores and Special Agent Lt. Theo Williams spoke to the Business Advocacy Council on November 16 about the growing problem of human trafficking in Montgomery County and common indicators to help recognize human trafficking situations. Moores and Williams cited a month-long human trafficking and prostitution sting conducted in The Woodlands area in late October 2018 by the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office and several other agencies that resulted in 75 arrests and the rescue of five trafficked individuals. BAC members learned that recognizing potential red flags and knowing the indicators of human trafficking is a key step in identifying victims and helping them find the assistance they need. Signs that may indicate someone is being held against her or his will and trafficked for sex include: • They do not hold their own identity or travel documents • They appear to suffer from verbal or psychological abuse which intimidates, degrades, and frightens • They are not permitted to speak for themselve • They appear nervous, especially in presence of their trafficker • They are not allowed to move about by themselves and seem to have little understanding of where they are. If you believe you have observed indicators of human trafficking operations or are a victim contact law enforcement, the FBI at tips.fbi.gov  or the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888. NHTRC is a national, toll-free hotline with specialists available to answer calls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected to occur. The Business Advocacy Council is committed to educating and informing members about important community issues and being a resource. The council meets the third Friday of every month at 8 a.m. u If you would like to learn more about the Business Advocacy Council, please contact at The Chamber. All members are welcome to attend. Lupe Cuellar, Director of Government Affairs, lupe.cuellar@woodlandschamber.org.

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CHAMBER FOCUS

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2019 Montgomery County Day at the Capital

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and chambers from across the county will travel to Austin February 25-26 for the 2019 Montgomery County Day at the Capitol. Montgomery County Day at the Capitol brings together business leaders and government officials to talk face-to-face and participate in a variety of educational and networking events. This is a terrific opportunity to speak directly with elected officials and to learn about the current business climate in Texas. The premier summit includes a Legislative Reception from 6:308:30 p.m. on Monday, February 25, providing sponsors and business leaders with a networking opportunity. Other highlights include a breakfast and luncheon with elected officials and legislative staff and recognition on the House and Senate floors on Tuesday, February 26.

Frank Holmes

2017 Montgomery Day at the Capitol

The Chamber encourages all members in Montgomery County to join us in Austin February 25-26 as we advocate for the business community. Visit woodlandschamber.org/mocoday19 to check out the complete itinerary and register. For more information about Montgomery County Day at the Capitol, contact Lupe Cuellar at lupe.cuellar@woodlandschamber.org.

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

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MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

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

WHY ADVERTISE WITH THE CHAMBER?

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

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

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

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

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

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Bring Promotional Items to Monthly Business Connection Events Arrive early

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Bring Door Prizes to Monthly Business Connection Events Bring door prizes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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to the following Chamber Members who shared referrals in 2018. Our members are our greatest advocates. Thank you for sharing your Chamber experience with clients and colleagues and growing our membership. LIST OF RECRUITERS & REFERRALS:

Amber Clark (1) Cypress Creek Hospital

Elizabeth Eddins (1) Visitthewoodlands.com

Michael Martin (1) Martin, Earl & Stilwell

Annette Kreuz (1) USI Southwest

Gil Staley (3) The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

Mike Fortner (1) Open Door Benefits

Ashley Byers (1) The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

Adrianne Batchelor (6) Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital

Bill Gervasi (1) Edward Jones – Bill Gervasi Financial Advisor

Jamie Plunk (1) JD Precision Plumbing Service

Bob Milner (3) TerBo Performance Inc.

Jennifer Landers (1) Crisis Assistance Center

Carol Gooch (4) Montgomery County Area Business Women

Jennifer Majors Baca (12) JMB Insurance

Carolyn Gray (1) Zircon Consulting

Joshua Cherry (10) Delta Life Franchising

Carrie Ranney (1) Shoreline Condos At Waterpoint

Julie Martineau (1) Montgomery County Community Foundation

Cary Mollinedo (1) Texas Autism Academy

Ken Skadal (2) Prevu/Move Resource Group

Cindy Heiser (1) The Flying Locksmiths

Lee & Darielle Hunt (1) Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation – The Kelso Group

Colette Cole (4) First Models and Talent Agency Courtney Schweitzer (1) Kimball Group Dan Altom (1) The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Debbie Kaschik (1) The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Deia Tucker (1) Wells Fargo

Liz Grimm (1) Liz Grimm Public Relations Lorrie Parise (1) Howard Hughes Corporation Megan Alarid (2) Heightened Leaders Mel Saettone (1) 21 Strong Foundation

Missy Herndon (1) Interfaith of The Woodlands Nina Marino (1) The Nina Marino Team – Keller Williams Patty Ward (1) Green Bank Paul Miranda (1) Thryv Pete Garcia (1) United States Mexico Chamber of Commerce Randy Lovelace (1) Paragon Independent Insurance Rick Lowry (1) Wakerobin Partners Inc. Sergio Martinez (1) Sergio landscaping Sheila Greaver (1) Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch Shelli Whittecar (1) Woodlands Online Steve Berry (1) Waste Connections Trey Diller (1) Inspire Productions Zach Richmond (1) Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring

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Our Referral Reward Program is The Chamber’s way of rewarding dedicated members and growing our network. By recruiting new members, recruiters will receive a complimentary Member Minute advertisement in our weekly member-to-member e-blast which goes out to more than 4,500 subscribers and carries a $100 price tag. For more information about the Referral Reward Program, contact Royce Brooks or Shirley Santangelo at sales@woodlandschamber.org or call (281) 367-5777.

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January 25 kicks off four weekends of scientific discovery through SCI://TECH 2019, themed Where STEM Gets its Roots. SCI://TECH is a partnership between Education for Tomorrow Alliance, Conroe ISD, and area private schools that offers 13 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics events for K-12 students. With the support of educators, businesses, and of hundreds of community volunteers, SCI://TECH programming engages 5,000 students each year. Get involved as a volunteer or visitor! VOLUNTEER: The success of each SCI://TECH event depends on dedicated volunteers, and there are several ways to engage. Judges are needed for events ranging from the Biotechnology Competition to robotics to technical writing, but the greatest need is for science fair judges on Friday, February 1. There are three volunteer shifts throughout the day starting at 7:45 am, 9:30 am and 2:00 pm where volunteers are given a training and the opportunity to engage with students about their projects. Volunteering does not require a background in science, but rather a willingness to talk with students about their findings. Visit efta-us.org/volunteer to learn more or to sign up. VISIT: SCI://TECH Expo Day is Saturday, February 2! Kids of all ages have the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn by doing at the Huntsman Elementary Science Festival. How do bubbles form? How do animal adaptations help them to survive? Free and open to the public, the festival fills the Lone Star Convention Center with hands-on experiments led by K-4 students that answer these questions and more! The festival is open from 10 am to 4 pm. To learn about volunteer opportunities or for a full 2019 SCI://TECH event list, visit efta-us.org. Education for Tomorrow Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting the business and education communities in Montgomery County, Texas. With innovative programs focused on science, Congratulations to Cathy Zhang, an 11th grader at The John technology and career preparation, EfTA is the portal through which business Cooper School, for creating the winning design in the 2019 leaders can access and strengthen local education. SCI://TECH Wright’s Printing Poster Competition!

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Class of 2019 : Government Session The Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2019 recently spent the day learning about local, state and federal government at their Government Session, hosted by the City of Conroe at the Conroe Tower.

a welcome by City of Conroe Mayor Toby Powell followed by the LMC Leadership Series, sponsored by Repsol and presented by Chad Patterson and alumni facilitators.

LMC graduates Steve Williams ’06 and Angela StorsethCooper ’15 served as session directors for the day, where alumni were invited alumni to join for the day to meet the class, visit with other alumni and hear updates from their government officials.

Giving a look into government at the state level were Representative Will Metcalf and Senator Robert Nichols. Back at the Conroe Tower, Congressman Kevin Brady spoke to the class and alumni about government on the national level.

After the Leadership Series, the class walked over to the Judge Alan B. Sadler Annex — Commissioners Court to hear about county government from Montgomery County Commissioners Mike Meador and James Noack.

After lunch, topics related to municipal government were headed up by Paul Virgadamo, Jr., City of Conroe; Don T. Norrell, The Woodlands Township; and Hector Forestier, City of Willis.

The session, sponsored by Houston Methodist The The session concluded with judicial panel speakers J D Lambright; Montgomery County Woodlands Hospital and All Star Catering, began with Attorney; Claudia Laird, Judge, County Court at Law 2; and Wayne Mack, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1.

Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to cultivating the future leaders of Montgomery County. The mission of LMC is to prepare emerging and existing leaders to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with others to better serve Montgomery County.

2019 class and alumni bringing toys for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Operation Blue Elf

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

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

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SAVE THE DATE 2019

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

JAN 17

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33rd Annual Taste of the Town

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

FEB 25-26 APRIL 26

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott

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Montgomery County Day at the Capitol

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

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Austin, Texas

Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Parish

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

JAN 2 JAN 4 JAN 18

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

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Transportation Education Council

FEB 6

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Business Advocacy Council

FEB 15

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Transportation Education Council

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

Business Advocacy Council

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

YOU WANT TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR? SBU 101 SO Panel Discussion

The Chamber LAKESHORE CONFERENCE ROOM

PRESENTERS: Brian Albert, The Strong Firm; Bob Milner, TerBo Performance Inc.; Paul Ikard, Ikard & Company, LLC; and Annie Bradbury, Amegy Bank of Texas

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 • 9-11 a.m. Registration fee: $50; Chamber members receive discounted rate of $25 or $200 for entire SBU 100 Series

PLAN BASICS UPDATES SBU 102 BUSINESS SBU 103 TAX PRESENTER: Barry Blanton, Blanton Advisors PRESENTER: Mike Karlins, Calvetti Ferguson

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

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

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

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

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

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EMERALD NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FUNERAL HISTORY Ms. Genevieve Keeney • (281) 876-3063 • Fax: (281) 876-3907 415 Barren Springs Dr. • Spring, TX 77090 nmfh.org We are an educational experience like no other, offering something for everyone. Discover America’s largest collection of authentic, historical funeral service items. Learn about caskets & coffins, hearses through history, plus the funerals of Presidents, Popes, celebrities & more while you witness the cultural heritage of the funeral service industry and its time-honored tradition of compassion. Sponsored by Amber Clark; Cypress Creek Hospital

RUBY ADVANCED HEALTH AND WELLNESS Dr. Theodore Piliszek M.D. • (281) 469-4156 • Fax: (281) 469-7315 13661 Vermarion Street • Houston, TX 77070 advancedhealthandwellness.org We are a Functional, Regenerative and Individualized Longevity medical practice. Functional medicine focuses on identifying & addressing the root cause of disease in the individual. Regenerative medicine optimizes the body’s own mechanisms of self-repair to restore normal function. Longevity Medicine focuses on the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age related health decline.

THE WOODLANDS SPECIALTY HOSPITAL, PLLC Ms. Erica Jensen • (281) 602-8160 • Fax: (281) 771-3460 25440 Interstate 45 N. • Spring, TX 77386 woodlandsspecialtyhospital.com The Woodlands Specialty Hospital is a provider of choice in the arenas of emergency care with no wait time, specialty surgery, endoscopy, orthopedic, spine and general surgery and imaging services. Your medical condition gets immediate attention. Our outpatient surgery services are designed to let patients recover comfortably and return home on the same day

PLATINUM MARY M. SMITH - RE/MAX TYLER Ms. Mary Smith • (903) 530-9707 Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas myrtisproperties.com Buying or selling a home is a major life choice. Whatever your real estate needs, we can help you reach your goals with confidence. My expertise of the local market will give you the best possible experience from start to finish. Using my website, you will have all the information you need about the current real estate market. RE/MAX: The #1 name in real estate.

PALACE NAILS BAR-THE WOODLANDS Mr. Steve Ho • (832) 813-5816 10700 Kuykendahl Road, Suite M • The Woodlands, TX 77381 palacenailsbar.com Specialty foot spa and premier nail salon, focusing on the luxurious and therapeutic care of your feet and spirit. As you enter Palace you are enveloped by the finest aromatherapy essences and soothed by tranquil and serene music. We offer flexible appointment times to fit the busiest of schedules, and we are committed to ensuring that every time you visit us, you are 100% satisfied.

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WELLNESS WOODLANDS Ms. Mary Smith • (832) 930-9355 Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas woodlandswellnesswisdom.com If you’re tired of feeling tired and moody, if you crave something sweet or salty after every meal, or you want to take a nap after you eat… if you don’t feel absolutely awesome about yourself, or you feel like life is harder than it should be… NOW is the time for you to TAKE YOUR LIFE BACK. You can do it! Please call for details.

GOLD GUARANTEED RATE Ms. Debbie Taylor • (713) 396-5728 26310 Oak Ridge Dr., Suite 1 • Spring, TX 77380 rate.com/derektaylor Purchasing a home is a big deal, whether it’s your first home or fifth move. We get it. That’s why we built a mortgage company that places you and your needs at the center of everything we do. Our Promise: Low, low rates and the ultimate in technology, service and advice. We’re committed to making the process of choosing a mortgage as seamless, friendly and financially valuable to you as possible.

PILATES ON PINECROFT Dr. Dawn Schwab • (832) 381-2679 • Fax: (281) 298-1132 9303 Pinecroft Drive., Suite 200 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 pilatesonpinecroft.com Pilates on Pinecroft is a pilates-based fitness studio focusing on individualized and small group instruction. Instructors work closely with doctors at Spinal Care Chiropractic Center to help clients achieve their fitness goals.

SILVER BELLAGREEN Ms. Erin Jarvis • (281) 292-4515 2501 Research Forest Dr at Lakeside Blvd • The Woodlands, TX 77381 bellagreen.com We are a premium fast casual restaurant with no waiters, no valets and no hassles. Just great food that is good for you. Our diverse menu includes soups, salads, pastas, entrees and freshly prepared desserts. We take pride in being able to customize items to meet your dietary needs as well. We also proudly protect the Earth with every meal we serve through sustainable sourcing & cooking.

CORNERSTONE COLLISION Mr. Bumper Jack • (936) 441-2758 6465 Highway 105 W. • Conroe, 77304 cornerstonecollision.com At Cornerstone Collision, we believe there is a better way to run an auto body business. A more valuable, honest approach, where customers are earned rather than bought. That’s why, since 2006, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to put our customers first, rather than the insurance company. We offer free, no-obligation estimates and unrivaled customer service.


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BRONZE D.R. HORTON Ms. Diana Pittman • (936) 777-6600 400 Carriage Hills Blvd. • Conroe, TX 77381 drhorton.com Since 1978, D.R. Horton has consistently delivered top-quality new homes to homebuyers across the nation. Our livable floor plans, energy efficient features and robust new home warranty demonstrate our commitment to excellence in construction. D.R. Horton new homes are built with unmatched efficiencies.

KIDS’ MEALS Ms. Laran Cone • (832) 585-4517 2700 Silverstone Way • Conroe, TX 77304 kidsmealsinc.org Kids’ Meals’ mission is to end childhood hunger in Houston by delivering free, healthy meals, year-round to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschoolaged children. We provide a nutritious, fresh meal each weekday for 250 delivery days each year to impoverished children under six years of age. We are the nation’s only home delivery meal program targeting preschool-aged children.

KNLY MEDIA Mr. Sidney Young • (713) 876-2617 10210 Grogan’s Mill Road, Suite 265 • The Woodlands, TX 77381 thedailybuzzradioshow.com KNLY Media helps bring the community together thru radio. Sponsor of: The Daily Buzz Radio Show 91.1 FM * Mon-Friday * 12 Noon

MOSAICS OF MERCY Ms. Sherry Burkhard • (817) 773-0873 33300 Egypt Lane, Suite K300 • Magnolia, TX 77354 mosaicsofmercy.com A nonprofit ministry serving as a hub of empowerment supporting each unique journey toward mental health and addiction recovery. Mosaics creates this hub through educating about mental health and addiction issues, connecting people to mental health resources, and cultivating community through groups and our Beauty In Brokenness mosaic making sessions.

MUTUAL OF OMAHA ADVISORS

SPEAK INTERNATIONALLY Mr. Ernesto Verdugo • (713) 591-2251 Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas important.click/snap Speak Internationally helps Speakers, Authors, Experts and CEO’s secure well-paid speaking engagements domestically and internationally. Develop your speaker marketing assets and discover how to create profitable pipeline of speaking engagements using their methodology. Call to request a free consultation or visit www.speakindubai.com for a powerful free training session. Sponsored by Pete Garcia; United States - Mexico Chamber of Commerce

WOODLANDS COPIER, LLC Ms. Nicole May • (281) 296-8059 1544 Sawdust Rd., Suite 404 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 woodlandscopier.com Since 2001, Woodlands Copier has been providing businesses in the Houston Metro area with smart solutions for their document management needs. In addition to our selection of new and used equipment, we also provide copier leasing, supplies and service to meet your business’ needs. Our in-house leasing programs make finding the right copier for your need easy and affordable.

BUSINESS BLUE SKIES BOOKKEEPING Ms. Ashley Reina • (936) 666-2143 Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas blueskiesbk.com Don’t let your books take away from the important business of working on your business! Contact me for your FREE consultation and get some peace of mind.

DANCING THRU LIFE Ms. Elizabeth Porter • (832) 444-4816 Serving Montgomery County dancingthrulife.org

Mr. Dilmurod S. Adkhamov • (281) 362-7100 2204 Timberloch Place, Suite 250 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 mutualofomaha.com

We help economically disadvantaged youth to succeed in life through dance. Since dancing is both a sport and an art, it can develop skills unlike any other activity.

Insurance based Financial Advisors. Wealth accumulation and asset protection. Life, Long-term care, medicare supplement.

TEXAS MARINES MEDAL OF HONOR FUND

NEWLOTUSMOON Ms. Rebecca Schner • (346) 299-5440 2260 Buckthorne Pl., Suite179 • The Woodlands, 77380 newlotusmoon.com NewLotusMoon Jewelry & Fair Trade Boutique sells fine hand wrought sterling silver jewelry crafted on site, ethically sourced jewelry from around the world and Fair Trade textiles & gift items. We all need connection. NewLotusMoon carefully creates and chooses jewelry, textiles and gift items that help create that connection. Creating and spreading happiness ethically is what makes us happy.

SMART TECH USA Mr. Jose Gonzalez Franco • (832) 482-9686 Fax: (832) 482-0260 18 Wyckham Circle • The Woodlands, TX 77382 smart-tech-usa.com

Mr. Burt Cabanas • (281) 719-3264 Serving The Woodlands & Surrounding Areas texasmarinemedalofhonor.com Dedicated to remembering, honoring and helping Marines & their families in our community & nation-wide; sponsoring two fundraisers each year. Maintenance of Town Green monument.

VEL INSTITUTE Mr. Terry Weaver • (949) 212-7923 330 Rayford Rd #759 • Spring, TX 77386 velinstitute.org Helping Veterans, Entrepreneurs & Leaders connect/develop thru collaborative learning.Connect with like-minded people, Develop leadership & entrepreneurship skills. Collaborate/learn from one another. Sponsored by Josh Cherry; Delta Life Franchising

A full-service residential & commercial custom electronics design & integration company. Our smart home technology solutions make homes safe, elegant, fun & easy to use. Businesses experience increased productivity, enhanced environments for employees & customers and simple control. Our team is comprised of world-class experts in every field, our #1 priority is to provide the best products & services. Sponsored by Steve Berry; Waste Connections 21


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

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

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

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

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

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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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

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Strike, LLC

Houston Business Journal

MD Anderson Cancer Center – The Woodlands

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

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

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership The Woodlands Christian Academy

Vintage Creek Centre, LLC BRealty • Maverick Development • The Butler House Woodforest National Bank – Town Center Two Woodforest National Bank – College Park Woodforest National Bank – Rayford Road Woodforest National Bank – Research Plaza Woodforest National Bank – Sterling Ridge Woodforest National Bank – Waterway

DIAMOND LEVEL : $3,575

Alta Mesa Holdings, LP Green Bank Lone Star College System Office Lone Star College – Conroe Center Lone Star College – Creekside Center Lone Star College – Montgomery • Lone Star College – Tomball Lone Star College University Center – The Woodlands Lone Star Corporate College PM Realty Group Repsol Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. – Shenandoah Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. – Augusta Pines Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. – The Woodlands Talon International Inc. 22 woodlandschamber.org JANUARY 2019

The Red Brick Tavern Glenn Insurance Agency The Woodlands Mall The Woodlands Pain Institute St. Mary Ambulatory Surgical Center, Inc The Woodlands Integrative Care Hospital The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Wells Fargo Business Banking • Wells Fargo – Alden Bridge Wells Fargo – Kuykendahl & Woodlands Pkwy Wells Fargo – Market Street • Wells Fargo – The Private Bank Wells Fargo – Woodlands Branch Wiesner Buick-GMC – Hyundai


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Memorial Hermann Surgery Center Woodlands Parkway Morgan A. Bourque, Attorney At Law Newfield Exploration Co. PHP Agency (People Helping People) Pioneer Bank Prosperity Bank – The Woodlands Prosperity Bank – Magnolia Parkway Prosperity Bank – Research Forest Prosperity Bank – Spring Randalls Randalls – Buckthorne • Randalls – College Park Randalls – Panther Creek Sewell Automotive Companies Sewell INFINITI of North Houston Audi North Houston Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau City of Shenandoah SWBC Mortgage TETRA Technologies, Inc. The Belvedere at Springwoods Village The Broadmoor at Creekside Park Ashford Gardens • Solera at West Houston The Bradford at Brookside The Johnson Development Corporation The Johnson Development Corp. – Grand Central Park The Johnson Development Corp. – Harmony The Johnson Development Corp. – Woodforest The Mark at Cityplace The Woodlands Country Club – Tournament Course Legend’s • Mitchell’s 74 Bar & Grill The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course The Woodlands Financial Group The Woodlands Hearing Center The Woodlands Township Visit The Woodlands The Woodlands Young Learners Academy Linder Young Learners Academy Oak Ridge Young Learners Academy The Learning Lane ThrIVe Drip Spa Weygandt Law, PLLC The Singing Lawyer • Weygandt Enterprises, LLC Woodland Springs Hospital Xavier Academy

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

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RENEWING COMMITMENTS EXECUTIVE INVESTORS Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ExxonMobil MD Anderson Cancer Center - The Woodlands

DIAMOND INVESTORS Green Bank

EMERALD INVESTORS Black Forest Ventures

RUBY INVESTORS Audi North Houston Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau

PLATINUM INVESTORS Citizens Bank Kelsey-Seybold Clinic - The Woodlands

Spirit of Texas Bank - Magnolia VCC, LLC

GOLD INVESTORS AEI Engineering, LLC CDC Houston, Inc./Springwoods Village Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse Gallagher Benefit Services

Grotto Italian Restaurant Houston Dutch Lions FC Spinal Care Chiropractic Center *

SILVER INVESTORS

Abacus Plumbing Company LLC Avalon Insurance Agency of The Woodlands First Models and Talent Agency, Inc. (Lic.No.153) Insperity Olive Garden

On Stage Hair Design The Village at The Woodlands Waterway Top Florist Weaver and Tidwell, LLP Woodlands Family Institute, P.C.

Ikard & Company, LLC Mike Powell Insurance® Northwestern Mutual Outlook Wealth Advisors, LLC Pacific Yard House PurePoint Financial The Tile Shop True Companion Animal Hospital Twin Liquors UT Physicians Pediatric Center at The Woodlands Waterway Dental Care

BUSINESS INVESTORS Atkins & Grainger PLLC Bank of Texas BSI EHS Services and Solutions Catering Delights Christine Hale & Associates - RE/MAX Clover International Coastal EMS FedEx Services Grenadier Energy Partners II, LLC GSI America, Inc. Houston Inspections Just Cats Veterinary Services Kyle A. Rojas - Goldman, Sachs and Co. Leisure Getaways, Inc. Lone Star Pro Services Nationwide Insurance Mellisa Ray Agency

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Owen Properties RAMDAS ACCOUNTING Sanders Business Consultants, LLC STAC Bizness Solutions Symtech Corporation International Texas State Optical Wagner Insurance - Farmers Insurance We Clean 4 You Woodlands Petmobile Alden Bridge Village Association Emergency Chaplain Group Pregnancy Assistance Center North (PACN) The J-Walkers Band The Woodlands Arts Council The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency

*These renewing members increased their level of investment.

BRONZE INVESTORS AEM The Woodlands Amegy Bank of Texas - Research Forest AudioTheater Services, LLC Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of The Woodlands Charbonneau Interiors Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum Estay LLC ExtremeTix, Inc. G&L Installations, Inc. Home & Leisure Designs, Inc. Hope’s Path Houston Serenity Place


TEAMS IN ACTION Community Relations Team /ANGEL REACH Community Relations Team dedicate time to Angel Reach’s Celebrate Me event. The Community Relations Team sent a handful of volunteers that worked alongside other community leaders to assist Angel Reach in hosting 120 Montgomery County foster teens, ages 14-19 for their annual Celebrate Me! It was a day where these teens were able to have some fun participating in a variety of activities from worship, rock climbing, hair styling lessons and more. It was a celebration that gave these teens the opportunity to

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

Transportation Education Council /EDUCATE, ENGAGE, INVOLVE AND INFORM The Chamber has had a long-standing interest in mobility and as we evolve to meet the needs of our membership, we have transitioned from the “Mobility Team “to the “Transportation Education Council”.

The Council will focus on roads, interstates, airports, alternative transportation, rail, etc. and informing and soliciting input from our members on how mobility affects businesses in and around the region.

TEAM MEMBERS PICTURED: Linda Nelson, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center; Stuart Lapp, Stibbs & Co., P.C., Attorneys; Randy Lovelace, Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies, Inc.; Dawn Candy, I Promote You; Amy Lecocq, Voter Awareness Council; Patty McHugh, Community Impact Newspaper; Nicole Preston, Community Impact Newspaper; Roger Galatas, George’s Coffee Club; Steve Sanders, Sanders Business Consultants, LL; Julie Ambler, The Woodlands Christian Academy; Todd Stephens, The Woodlands Township; Sergio Van Dusen, Vogt Engineering, L.P.; Steve Leakey, Voter Awareness Council; Andrew Dubois, Commissioner James Noack - PCT# 3; Randy Schulze, Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc.; Tanya Bryan, Marsh & McLennan Agency; Colin Stautner, The Woodlands In Focus; Landon Estay, Estay LLC; Theresa Wagaman, Theresa Wagaman & Associates - Abby Realty; Janko Trenkoski, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Lorena Perez McGill, Lorena for Texas

Council Chair: Laura Lea Palmer, The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership • Co-Chair: Kevin Kastor, Consolidated Communications

the diplomat team DIPLOMAT TEAM

of the Month: AGGIES Team was honored as the

November Diplomat Team of the Month. If you have attended any of The Chamber’s Business Connection events, you have seen our Diplomats in action. This dedicated team of volunteers help The Chamber with their member outreach. They are the friendly faces eager to help you get connected. If you are looking to reconnect with The Chamber or you are new to the area and looking Margie Taylor, Taylorized PR; Brett to expand your network, our Diplomat Team Rohloff, COSTCO Wholesale; and will help introduce you to all The Chamber has Tiara Gary, Stepping Stones Preparatory Academy. Not pictured to offer. Please contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice are Kathy Rifaat, Crisis Assistance president of membership, at cyndi.alvarado@ Center; Zach Richmond, Richmond woodlandschamber.org. Realty Group, RE/MAX The WoodWe would be happy to help connect you with a lands & Spring; and Jamie Plunk, JD Precision Plumbing. Diplomat, so you may start building relationships.

of the Month:

DIPLOMAT JENNIFER MAJORS BACA

Congratulations to Jennifer Majors Baca of JMB Insurance Solutions on being named the Diplomat of the Month for November. Jennifer’s commitment to The Chamber and the community is something that we truly treasure. Jennifer is happy to share her experiences on how she has expanded her network through her Chamber membership. She is always willing to offer guidance to new and existing members to ensure they take advantage of all the opportunities their Chamber membership offers. If you see Jennifer at any upcoming Chamber Business Connection Events or team meetings, please be sure to congratulate her.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

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SPEEDSPORTZ RACING PARK Ready to race? The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce members lived life in the fast lane at the November Business After Hours event at Speedsportz Racing Park, Houston’s high-speed go-kart track located at State Highway 242 and US 59/I-69. Open to the public, drivers can buckle into a top-of-the-line, high-performance rental kart and go full throttle, even if they’ve never driven a go-kart before. Karting was fun for all chamber members alike, some not able to stop at just one race! Offering single and multi-race packages, with some karts capable of 70 mph, this outdoor racing experience will get your adrenaline pumping like nothing you’ve experienced before! Just north of Houston, Speedsportz is easily accessible from Conroe, The Woodlands, Humber, Kingwood, Spring, Tomball, Cypress and Katy. Check out speedsportzracingpark.com and hit the gas pedal on a thrill-seeking Kart race experience of a lifetime.

Daiquiri Lounge

Contact: Ray Ethridge 25302 I45N, Suite 105 Spring, TX 77386 (832) 458-2800 daiquirilounge.net

FOLK Portraits

Contact: Heather Schneider 30420 FM 2978, Suite 180 The Woodlands, Tx. 77354 (713) 437-3939 hello@folkportraits.com

My SALON Suites

Contact: Aaron Gillaspie 19075 I45N, Suite 250 Shenandoah, TX 77385 (832) 930-1677 mysalonsuite.com/houston

The Kink Team – Keller Williams Realty

Contact: Diane Kink 2201 Lake Woodlands Dr. The Woodlands, TX 77380 (281) 364-4828 TheKinkTeam.com

Pathway Forensics

Contact: Tiffany Weng 25700 I45 N, Suite 175 The Woodlands, TX 77386 (832) 463-4110 pathwayforensics.com

Xavier Academy

Contact: Nadia Perla 25162 Grogans Park Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380 (713) 389-5545 xavieracademy.org Business After Hours Team Leaders: Elaine Smith, Berryhill Baja Grill and Brooke Batchelor, AEI Engineering presented our Speedsportz hosts with a Certificate of Appreciation. 26 woodlandschamber.org JANUARY 2019


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meet the new members /MITCHELL’S 74 BAR & GRILL

Board Member and Diplomat, Kathy Rifaat with Crisis Assistance Center presents our hosts from Mitchell’s 74 with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Members relished in a warm and inviting mixer at Mitchell’s Bar & Grill, the dining room at The Tournament Clubhouse in the Woodlands. Featuring an upscale bar and sophisticated lounge with fresh looks, spectacular floor-to-ceiling golf course view and big-screen TVs playing everyone’s favorite games, members enjoyed an assortment of chef-crafted specialties and signature drinks. In addition to providing year-round dining amenities for all members, the club hosts special seasonal events to tempt even the most discerning palettes. Make your next dining experience a Mitchell’s 74 memorable one by contacting them at (281) 863-1400 to reserve your table today. The following is a list, in alphabetical order, of new members who attended the reception and delivered their introductory commercials: Dr. Theodore Pilszek, Advanced Health and Wellness; David Solis, American Marketing Association Houston Chapter; Ashley Reina, Blue Skies Bookkeeping; Jim Cone, Kids’ Meals; Dilmurod Adkhamov, Stephen Cantini, R.Q. Swann, Mutual of Omaha Advisors; Phil Anderson, Office Evolution – Conroe/Woodlands; Jeff Miller, Potentia; Ernesto Verdugo, Speak Internationally; and Randy White, Superior Home Renovations.

networking breakfast /SPOTLIGHT TABLE: The Woodlands Modern Smiles Dentistry & Orthodontics The Chamber invites you to come grow your business in 2019. Start the year off by striving to build relationships within our business community. The Chamber’s Networking Breakfast offers an opportunity for members to educate us on what is going on in their business. The fun starts when members tie their business commercial into the monthly theme or topic for the month. We promise it will be the most rewarding networking before 9.

January’s theme: If I cannot help a client, I will help them find someone who can because… Be sure to visit our website at woodlandschamber.org and register to join us!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) announces the newest Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) in Montgomery County, Laura Lea Palmer the Vice President of Business Retention & Expansion. Laura Lea is a recent graduate of University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, a premier economic development program in the nation, and after taking the CEcD exam has become one of two in Montgomery County with this professional certification. Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center was one of 855 hospitals in the United States to be awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes the hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the country. “Providing safe, high-quality care is our top priority at Memorial Hermann,” said Angela A. Shippy, M.D., senior vice president and chief quality officer at Memorial Hermann. “Over the past several years we’ve worked tirelessly to build a system that ensures timely, accurate, safe and effective treatments. Recognition like this from Leapfrog validates that our system is working and that we are successfully improving healthcare and making it safer for our patients.” The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center named its 2018 Small Business of the Year Award winners November 15, 2018. Family-Owned: Flying M Feed & Company; Franchise Owner: Primrose School of Conroe; Home-Based: Home Exterior Systems, LLC; Minority-Owned: Petra Oil Company, Inc.; Small Business: Norris Training Systems, Inc.; Veteran-Owner: Hanigan + Johnson Orthodontics; Woman-Owned: Animal ER of Northwest Houston; and Young Entrepreneur: Pretty Little Things Boutique.

Grand Central Park has announced a new home information center, The Finding Place. The facility, which will also house the community’s development team, will be located at the corner of Grand Central Parkway and Town Park Drive. It will be a one-stop source for details on builders, amenities, lifestyle and more. Grand Central Park is located along Interstate 45 and Loop 336 South. Learn more at grandcentralparktx.com.

Woodforest’s commercial district is growing, with six businesses now open and one more announced late last year. CVS Pharmacy was the first retailer to open in Woodforest. Last year, five more joined — Exxon Star Stop service station, Woodforest Dental Lofts, Crust Pizza, Rush Cycle and Grand Liquor. Coming soon is F45 Fitness. Get more information at woodforesttx.com. Delta Life Fitness has been recognized as a top 100 GameChanger franchise of 2018 by Franchise Dictionary Magazine! This is the Top-Rated Magazine for Franchise owners and those looking to learn more about involvement with franchises. They competed against Sport Clips, Fast Signs, All State Insurance, Cinnaholic Kona Ice, LearningRX and other big names! For a limited time, you can get a free 15-minute phone call with a Guardianship Nomination Document to protect your family from Weygandt Law. Protect your family and your children by deciding now who will care for them in your absence. WeygandtLaw.com Colliers International is pleased to announce the sale of ±4.0 acres on South Persimmon Road (Lot 10), just north of Spell Road located in Tomball, Texas. This build-to-suit project in Tomball Business & Technology Park will consist of a tilt-wall office/warehouse distribution facility of ±20,000 square feet to be occupied by Bimbo Bakeries, USA. This new project is anticipated to create 14 new full-time jobs operating two 8-hour shifts within the city of Tomball once operational later in 2019. The Annual WISE Conference -(Women Inspiring Supporting Empowering) wrapped up a successful leadership seminar devoted to professionals desiring to learn more about worklife balance. Emceed by Michelle Merhar, former FOX 26 anchor, speakers included Rebekah GregoryBoston Marathon Bombingsurvivor, Nelda Blair- Blair Law Firm, Linda Nelson- Regional Marketing Director Memorial Hermann, The Woodlands, Dr. Ann SnyderThe Woodlands United Methodist Church, Dr. Pamela Schlembach- Medical Director MD Anderson, The Woodlands, and Jill Chapman- Insperity Traditional Employment Solutions. Attendees commented that it was the most significant group of women speakers they have ever seen! TheWiseConference.com Newcor Commercial Real Estate handled the lease renewal and expansion negotiations for a steel solution provider in The Woodlands, TX. Ryan Dierker and Rob Banzhaf of Newcor Commercial Real Estate

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represented the tenant, Plateplus, Inc., in renewing and expanding their space to 10,807 square feet at 21 Waterway. AEI Engineering of Houston is among the top 100 companies from around the world which were selected for the 14th annual Aggie 100 list of the fastest-growing companies owned and operated by former students of Texas A&M University. The Aggie 100 is founded and sponsored by Mays Business School’s McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University.

NEW TO THE TEAM & PROMOTIONS Stibbs & Co., P.C., a Houston-area business law firm, promoted attorney Adam R. Fracht to the position of partner. Mr. Fracht has practiced business and commercial litigation for the past 11 years, first in downtown Houston and now at Stibbs & Co., P.C. In 2017, he was named a “Rising Star” by the nationwide legal publication Super Lawyers. He is known to his colleagues as a vigorous advocate for his clients but also practical about solutions that can save time and money. Millennium Physicians is proud to welcome Sandeep Kodityal, MD, FACP. Dr. Kodityal specializes in hematology and oncology. He received his medical doctorate from Texas Tech School of Medicine and graduated in the top quartile of his class. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and HematologyOncology Fellowships at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Kodi is accepting new patients at our Shenandoah and Conroe locations. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-866-362-7672. Meals on Wheels Montgomery County welcomes its new board members, Rich Burket, Denise Essenburg, Rudy Wentzler, and Randy Johnson. Rich Burket retired after a career in Human Resources with Exxon/ExxonMobil which spanned 32 years, including assignments in Colombia, Thailand, and Singapore. Denise Essenberg is a certified public accountant and a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers with more than 38 years of experience advising clients in the financial services industry. Rudy Wentzler is a Financial Advisor at Woodforest Financial Services, where he is passionate about serving his clients and his community. He is a West Point graduate and combat veteran with two Bronze Stars, and he holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin


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COMMUNITY NEWS The latest calendar of events for The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion include performances by Hootie & The Blowfish with special guest Barenaked Ladies on June 14, Chris Tomlin with Tauren Wells and Pat Barrett on April 13, Leon Bridges on April 26, Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band on May 2, and Trevor Noah on June 22. For more information and tickets, call 281-3643010 or visit woodlandscenter.org.

Attention, Italian food aficionados! Construction is underway for Zanti Cucina Italiana restaurant at the new Westgate Crossing mixed-use development located at the corner of 10000 Research Forest Drive and Egypt Lane in The Woodlands/Magnolia area, near the FM 2978 and FM 1488 corridor. Zanti will present authentic Italian cuisine in a well-appointed, casual atmosphere. The restaurant is set to open its doors in the spring of 2019. For more information, visit zanticucina.com. Have a legal question? A free call-in public Law Line for residents of Montgomery County who have general legal questions is offered on the first Monday of every month at 281-645-6344 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. by volunteer attorneys from The Woodlands Bar Association. Upcoming dates are January 7, February 4, and March 4, 2019. We Clean 4 You is now offering a new service to clients: We Organize 4 You will de-clutter and organize your home, closets, garage, office, pantrywherever you need a little assistance. Bundle packages available with cleaning services. WeClean4You.com

GIVING BACK More than 300 attendees gathered at MINI of The Woodlands earlier this month for Canopy Quest, an inaugural fundraiser event for Canopy, a cancer survivorship center at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. In its first year, the event not only raised money for Canopy, but also awareness of the services it provides for the community. Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands are pleased to announce CHI St. Luke’s Health as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2019 Giving Goes Glam Fashion Show and Luncheon, as well as Event Chairs Nicole Murphy and Emily Wilcox. The highly anticipated 8th annual event will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Friday, April 5, 2019.

effort was focused on helping the 41 million people, including 13 million children and more than five million seniors, who struggle with hunger in the U.S.

The Woodlands Chamber Community Relations Team scored a big success for homebound seniors with the Ensure/Glucerna drive in October. The team collected 784 bottles of liquid meal replacement drinks, a vital source of nutrition for many Meals on Wheels Montgomery County clients. “We are grateful for the community support that enables us to continue helping this very fragile population,” stated Sarah Redfield, community development coordinator. For more information on how you can help, visit mowmc.org. The Dispute Resolution Center is honored to be named a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. In 2018 they have handled over 1,000 mediations with 63 volunteer mediators. The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that DRC-MC received from volunteers, donors, and recipients of their services. Jamie Meche, founder of Comforts of Home, provides projects for Alzheimer patients residing at Carriage Inn every month so the caregivers can attend support meetings. Actively listening and caring for the elderly is a passion for Jamie. YourComfortsofHome.com Maria Jordon was the chair for the Jingle all the Way to Literacy event in December. “Children’s Books on Wheels has been invaluable in reaching vulnerable communities,” Maria Jordan said. “Children and families are our most precious resource and this outreach organization shares love and hope in our most isolated communities,” said Founder Rita Wiltz. ChildrensBooksonWheels.org Watch for details on a BIG upcoming announcement to happen in January. You will want to be part of this event with Crisis Assistance Center. More information will be shared via Facebook.com/CACMCTX. Ameriprise Financial advisors, employees and clients recently came together to help families and individuals in The Woodlands. Organized by Schroeder & Associates, 35 people volunteered at the Montgomery County Food Bank to sort food donations. This

On October 20, 2018, with a ballroom of nearly 800 guests at The Woodlands Resort, the Will Herndon Research Fund celebrated the 10-year anniversary of HOPE Under the Stars. The event raised over $900,000 for research and much needed clinical trial funding for a treatment for juvenile Batten disease. Long-time friends Will and Nicole Murphy and Wells Fargo The Private Bank were the presenting sponsors for the event. Will and Nicole, the evening’s honorary chairs, were recognized at the event for their years of support and dedication to the fund.

EDUCATION The Lone Star College Board of Trustees will have three new members following last night’s election. The new members will each serve six-year terms and be officially sworn in during the December 6, 2018 Board of Trustees meeting. Representing District 1 will be Michael Stoma, District 2 Ernestine M. Pierce and District 8 Mike Sullivan.

The Woodlands Christian Academy (TWCA) has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School (ADS) for the 2018-2021school years. Apple recognizes institutions throughout the world, “dedicated to offering their students a campus that blends digital learning and prepares them to create and invent as prominent and innovative leaders in college and the workforce.” This marks the third consecutive term for which TWCA has applied and been selected. Only 400 schools in 29 countries are recognized worldwide. Legacy Prep is excited to recognize senior Jack Granack signing with St. Edward’s University in Austin to play baseball. Granack has been MVP two years in a row for the Legacy Prep baseball team as well as AllState two years in a row and All-District three years in a row. He also received All-District and All-State in football for the 2017 season. Visit.legacypca.org for more information on Legacy Prep and dates for upcoming enrollment informational meetings.

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PROFILE OF SUCCESS HEIGHTENED LEADERS

Megan Alarid

Helping Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders achieve their goals is an absolute passion of Megan Alarid, Founder and President of Heightened Leaders. Heightened Leaders was founded in 2016 by Megan, a Professional EOS Implementer™, to help business owners clarify and achieve the vision for their organization.

As a business leader herself, Megan struggled with many of the challenges business owners, and their teams, face. Frustrations that often focused on people, market conditions, growth, lack of control, and temporary fixes that can prevent the business from succeeding. It wasn’t until she and her team began to implement a system that those frustrations began to go away. The system is the Entrepreneurial Operating System™ (EOS®). EOS is a complete, proven system full of time-tested, proven tools that help business owners get what they want from their business. By crystalizing and clarifying the vision for the organization and ensuring the team shares that vision, results can be achieved. The tools learned from the EOS system help to create an environment of discipline and accountability allowing for organizational health to flourish! Megan is passionate about helping businesses strengthen Six Key Components™ of their business so that they may break through the ceiling and achieve the desired results. When organizations are strong, frustration melts away, team health excels, and growth happens. In 2019, Heightened Leaders will be taking another giant step in its mission to support the businesses of Montgomery County by opening a state-of-the-art Training Center here in The Woodlands.

This center will be a place that will allow Heightened Leaders clients to disconnect from the day to day and devote their time and energy to working on their business and achieving results. Megan is a Professional EOS® Implementer, working with leadership teams throughout Texas to strengthen their leadership abilities and cultivate a strong environment for organizational growth. Her clients achieve an average of 20% YOY growth in revenue, more employee engagement, and higher customer satisfaction as a result of implementing EOS and Megan’s facilitation. A few have even been recognized as top-performers in their industries.

“Are You Running Your Business or Is It Running You?”

She is also a facilitator for various Executive Roundtables, a founding member of Houston Executive Advisors, and is Chairperson for The WIT Network, Houston Chapter. Megan has led various groups and organizations to discuss organizational growth, cultivating culture, accountability and EOS® as a whole.

Learn more about Heightened Leaders at HeightenedLeaders.com, send an email to Megan@HeightenedLeaders.com or stop by one of the “Are You Running Your Business or Is It Running You?” seminars around town. Keep checking the Member Minute on Thursdays for more information.

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

Linda Curington

Arceneaux Insurance & Mortgage Services

Congressman Kevin Brady Donna Daniels Doug Stuart / Shaklee

B. ‘Chic’ Chicoine

Houston Woman Magazine

Nancy Wallace

BeautiControl / Loretta DuBose Carol Gooch / Montgomery County Association of Business Women

Janis Cornmesser

Transcendental Solutions / Daryl W. Houck Vogt Ventures / Sandra Vogt

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Karen L. Hoylman Keller Williams Realty / Rui Martin

Linda Woods Maxine Mueller

Wendy Bolz


the chamber leadership Officers, Priority Goals & Project Leaders

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

Directors: Terms Expire 2019

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

chamber staff J.J. Hollie President & CEO......................................... jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org Mary Smith Vice President Community Service.............. mary.smith@woodlandschamber.org Cyndi Alvarado Vice President Membership................. cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org Gina Mitchell Director of Finance & Operations.............gina.mitchell@woodlandschamber.org Lauren Joerg Director of Marketing & Communications.....lauren.joerg@woodlandschamber.org Royce Brooks Director of Corporate Accounts................ royce.brooks@woodlandschamber.org Lupe Cuellar Director of Governmental Affairs............... lupe.cuellar@woodlandschamber.org Meagen Korenek Director of Special Events................. meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org Jennifer Kramer Membership Engagement Coordinator....jennifer.kramer@woodlandschamber.org Shirley Santangelo Sales Associate.......................... shirley.santangelo@woodlandschamber.org Jae Kim Finance Assistant....................................... jae.kim@woodlandschamber.org Kelley Misetich Communications Assistant.................. kelley.misetich@woodlandschamber.org

Directors: Term Expire 2020

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

Directors: Terms Expire 2021

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

Ex–Officio Directors

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

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Business Today | January 2019  

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

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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...

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