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A Message from J.J. Hollie A Legacy of Leadership

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1978 as a membership organization to drive business growth. Since that time, the Chamber has focused on delivering value for our members and making The Woodlands area a world-class place to live and work.

From launching successful programs like Education for Tomorrow Alliance and The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership to representing thousands of companies from all major industries, the Chamber has been an integral part of The Woodlands area community since its inception. Through various programs and teams of devoted volunteers, the Chamber continues to move our region forward in every facet of the community: workforce, growth and business advocacy. And every new year brings a fresh dynamic to the Chamber with the appointment of some new board members, while saying goodbye to a few who have given their time and leadership for a number of years. We are pleased to announce Jeff Garrett (Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP) as the chair of the 2019-2020 board of directors and Linda Nelson (Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center) as the vice chair. Jeff and Linda will begin their new roles Sept. 1, 2019. 2 woodlandschamber.org JULY 2019

Additionally, the board will welcome seven new members in September, to serve three-year terms: Dan Altom (The Woodlands Young Learners Academy), Tanya Bryan (Marsh & McLennan Agency), Jay Dreibelbis (Woodforest National Bank), Kevin Kastor (Consolidated Communications), Bob Milner (TerBo Performance Inc.), Jim Parisi (CHI St. Luke’s Health - The Woodlands Hospital), and Sarah Rhea (Leadership Montgomery County). On behalf of the Chamber and its members, I would also express thanks for dedicated service to our current Chair Stuart Lapp (Stibbs & Co., P.C. Attorneys), along with five board members whose terms expire in September: Dr. Curtis Null (Conroe Independent School District), Debbie Sukin (Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital), Greg Usher (Cypressbrook Company), Kristy Villarreal (Urban Realty Group) and Tim Welbes (The Woodlands Development Company / A Howard Hughes Corporation). The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce looks forward to working with these great individuals who govern our organization, uphold its mission and assist the Chamber in supporting our business communities. Read more about our new board members on page 6.

J.J. Hollie President & CEO


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THE WOODLANDS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Annual MEETING & Awards Luncheon

2019 SEPTEMBER 27 SAVE THE DATE

11 AM TO 1:30 PM | THE WOODLANDS COUNTRY CLUB - PALMER COURSE

Honoring Chamber volunteers, loyal members and community leaders since 1978 Join The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce as we celebrate 41 years of service in South Montgomery County Friday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Woodlands Country Club - Palmer Course, 100 Grand Fairway Drive in The Woodlands. This year’s annual meeting will recognize our board of directors, vice presidents, team leaders and members celebrating 10 to 40 years of membership.

Award Nominations Open Through August 1 COMMUNITY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

CHAMBER VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

TOP INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR UNDER 40

We will award the Community Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Top Influencer of the Year Under 40 to individuals who have demonstrated superior devotion to our community. Have someone you would like to nominate for this year’s awards? Find out more about each award and eligibility at woodlandschamber.org/annualawards.

Sponsorship Opportunities Interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities? Contact Cyndi Alvarado at 281-363-8109 or cyndi@alvarado@woodlandschamber.org.

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FEATURED “This year, we wanted to make it about memorable experiences for our leadership team while creating unique and productive he Chamber’s leadership team, including board members, atmospheres for networking, team building and leadership past chairman, executive committee members and team training,” Meagen Korenek, leads ventured to Waco in June for the Chamber’s annual director of special events at The leadership retreat. Every year the destination changes. Chamber Chairman Stuart Woodlands Area Chamber, said. During the first session, Lapp chose Waco for the 2019 retreat because of the variety of activities the city offers. During free time, many attendees visited attendees got a first-hand look inside The Greater Waco Chamber HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market at The Silos. of Commerce’s operations, Attendees also visited the Dr. Pepper Museum, Texas Ranger membership levels and benefits, museum and Cameron Park Zoo. advocacy work and signature events. It was great to step outside our own chamber ‘bubble’ and gain valuable insight from a fellow chamber. It is something we hope to add to every retreat in the future,” JJ Hollie, president and CEO of The Woodlands Area Chamber, said. Post-event surveys were sent to 2018 attendees which revealed that participants wanted more team building activities along with professional development sessions for 2019. Based off those responses, a session was held at Baylor University this year where attendees went to a class at the university’s leadership academy. Lastly, additional sessions centered around the Chamber’s rebranding efforts, annual membership survey results and discussion around the future of the Chamber and its annual goals. “Overall, it was a great success with 45 of our leaders in attendance. We are already beginning to plan for next year and look forward to growing and enhancing the next retreat,” Meagen said. The Chamber will announce the 2020 leadership retreat this fall. For more details, visit woodlandschamber.org.

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JEFF GARRETT, 2019-20 CHAIR

DAN ALTOM The Woodlands Young Learners Academy

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP Jeff Garrett serves as an assistant general counsel at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP located in The Woodlands. He joined Chevron in 2002 and has served in several commercial and intellectual property legal positions. He has handled many international commercial and technological transactions as he leads currently leads the intellectual property group. Jeff was born in Bryan, TX. He received and master’s degree in engineering from Texas A7M and a law degree from South Texas College of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, a registered patent attorney of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and a registered Professional Engineer. Jeff has previously served as vice president of economic development for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a board member of the Education for Tomorrow Alliance, The Woodlands Bar Association, a Pacesetter Chairman for the United Way of Montgomery County, a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a Master of the Bench member of Nancy Atlas Intellectual Property Inn of Court. In addition, he has served on college recruiting teams and acted as a mentor for Chevron Phillips Chemical’s leadership development program.

Dan Altom grew up in the wild west of Abilene, TX but arrived in The Woodlands area soon after graduating from Texas A&M in 1996 with a degree in finance. After working at a couple of small busi-nesses performing business valuations and financial assessments, his entrepreneurship caught up to him when he and his business partner, Debbie Kaschik, founded The Woodlands Young Learners Academy in 2007. Through growth, expansion, and acquisitions, The Woodlands Young Learners Academy now has four fantastic preschool academies and clinic services for children with autism. The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce was one of the first organizations Dan joined and remains a big part of his community involvement, as well as the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and Montgomery County Youth Services. Dan and his wife, Leah, live in Magnolia with their teenage daughter and feisty old dog.

TANYA BRYAN Marsh and McLennan Agency Tanya Bryan began her career as an independent insurance agent, specializing in employee health and benefits, in 2009. She accepted a position in house with Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) in 2016 and, most recently, was promoted to the role of associate director of sales over MMA’s Houston sales team for business insurance of employee

Jeff’s hobbies include traveling, many outdoor activities, and attending Texas A&M football games. He and his wife, Debra, are members of The Woodlands United Methodist Church and are the proud parents of two children.

LINDA NELSON, 2019-20 VICE CHAIR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center Since 1997, Linda Nelson has been with Memorial Herman The Woodlands Medical Center. She currently serves as the business development and regional marketing director. Linda completed her undergraduate degree in business at West Virginia Wesleyan College and her MB at Texas Women’s University. Wanting to stay involved in the community that she calls home, Linda has been active in her role at The Woodlands Area Chamber- including chairing the Business Advocacy Council, Health Care Committee, the Transportation Education Council, additionally Linda is an active member of the Leadership Montgomery County (LMC), The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber, EDP, and the Conroe ISD Site Based Committee. She has earned many recognitions, including: Hometown Hero, IRONMAN Captain of the Year, LMC Distinguished Alumnus Award, The Woodlands Area Chamber Citizen of the Year, The Woodlands Area Chamber Chairman’s Award, and the Montgomery County Women’s Council on Organizations’ Women of Distinction. 6 woodlandschamber.org JULY 2019

health and benefits. Tanya has served on many teams within The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce including: Community Relations, Diplomats, Networking Breakfast, Chamber Seminar, and the Annual Awards Luncheon Team, as well as, the Business Advocacy Council and the Transportation Education Council. Additionally, she is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County. Tanya is not only dedicated to her career but has a passion for serving our community through her involvement with local non-profit organizations. Her top priorities include maintaining core principles of hard work, honesty, and integrity in all aspects of life.

JAY DREIBELBIS Woodforest National Bank James “Jay” D. Dreibelbis was born and raised in San Juan, TX. He attended Texas A&M where he received his undergraduate degree in 1980. Jay joined American Bank in Conroe, TX as its president in 1986, and served in that capacity until American Bank became part of the First National Bank Texas, where he became regional president overseeing the East Texas Region. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the first in-store branch for the First National Bank in Willis, TX in 1994. Jay assumed the role of president of the First Community Bancshares, INC. (FCBI) in 2000.


While with FCBI, Jay also held the titles of chairman of the board, chief executive officer, president of the First National Bank Texas, and vice chairman of the board of Fort Hood National Bank. During Jay’s tenure at First National Bank and Fort Hood National Bank, these organizations were recognized by the Independent Consumer Bankers Association for outstanding ROA and ROE performance, and Fort Hood National Bank was recognized as the Department of Defense’s Military Bank of the Year. Under Jay’s leadership, FCBI also grew its in-store bank operations to over 200 locations across Texas. In February 2007, Jay joined Woodforest National Bank as chief executive officer of its newly acquired institution, Woodforest Bank, F.S.B. He was named president and chief executive officer of WNB in 2018. Jay is a dedicated father, husband, and outdoorsman. Jay has been a member of the board of directors of the Texas Banker Association, he served on the advisory board for the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking at Sam Houston State University, was a member of the board of directors of Killeen Independent School District Education Foundation, was a chairman and member of the United Way Board of Directors, member of the Economic Development Foundation Board and a volunteer at Texas Children’s Hospital. Jay currently serves on the board of directors for Woodforest National Bank, the Conroe Economic Development Council, LiftFund, and Payrailz.

KEVIN KASTOR Consolidated Communications Kevin Kastor is the director of government affairs for Consolidated Communications, a mid-sized telecommunications company. Kevin has been in the telecommunication industry for more than 20 years. He is on the boards of directors of Leadership Montgomery County, as well as industry trade associations in Kansas, Texas, and Washington. Kevin has a master’s degree in economics from Texas A&M and a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Baylor University. He lives in The Woodlands with his wife D’Aun and their two children.

BOB MILNER TerBo Performance Inc. Bob Milner is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, and professor who focuses on impact. He and his wife, Teresa, live in The Woodlands with their five rescue dogs. They have four children and two grandchildren. Bob is a graduate of the Accenture Executive Leadership Development Academy and the Thayer Executive Leadership Development Program at West Point Military Academy. Additionally, he is a decorated veteran who served seven years in the USAF and is the recipient of the 2017 VEL Institute Legacy Award for his service and commitment to his fellow veterans. Bob has a bachelor’s degree in business, a MBA, and is working towards a doctorate in organizational development and executive leadership. A finalist for the 2017 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Bob is an active philanthropic leader in Montgomery County with a focus on impacting future entrepreneur and growing his entrepreneurial footprint. Along with being the CEO of TerBo Consulting Inc. and MRH Auto Enterprise LLC., he is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Sam Houston State University, an advisor to many non-profit organizations on strategy, employee engagement, and leadership development. Bob currently serves on the board of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, the Memorial Herman-The Woodlands Executive Leadership Advisory Council, Interfaith The Woodlands Executive Advisory Council, VEL, The

Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, the Insperity Golf Charity, and the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers. He is a past board member of The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Women’s Shelter of Long Beach. Additionally, Bob is the 2018 St. Jude Children’s Hospital Lifetime Achievement Honor recipient for his support and contributions to help fight child diseases.

JIM PARISI CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Jim Parisi was appointed president of CHI St. Luke’s Health-The Woodlands, Lakeside, and Springwoods Village Hospital in 2018. Jim, a leader with more than 30 years of health care experience, brings to the organization an accomplished, established career as an administer committed to growth and excellence across a balanced scoreboard. Jim has served as chief executive officer, chief operating officer, vice president, and chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann. Jim helped build a culture of safety, improve communication, nurse and physician relationships, and physician satisfaction. Under Jim’s leadership, the hospital received the Quality Texas Foundation’s 2017 Award for Performance Excellence and attend a top two percent patient safety score from Truven. Furthermore, the facility was one of only 72 hospitals in the United States to achieve Leapfrog straight A’s since 2012 and was named one of Becker’s Top 49 Hospitals. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Jim was vice president - Trauma for the East Texas Regional Healthcare System (ETMC) in Tyler, TX and was the director for Trauma Services at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, TX. Jim holds a master’s of business administration and a bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University of Texas, additionally he has an associate’s degree in applied science and nursing from Central Texas University. Jim currently serves on the board for Quality Texas Foundation, the Montgomery County American Heart Association, The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, and Interfaith of The Woodlands. He is a past member of the Katy Chamber of Commerce, Katy’s Children’s Discovery Museum, and as served on the Governor’s Emergency and Trauma Advisory Committee, as well aa, treasurer on the Executive Board of the Texas EMS Trauma & Acute Care Facility.

SARAH RHEA Leadership Montgomery County Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a master’s degree in mass communication form Southwest Texas State University. She is the executive director of Leadership Montgomery County (LMC). She is a graduate of the LMC Class of 2007 and served on the LMC Board of Directors. Sarah is dedicated to serving the community and had been a board member, and vice president, of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and has served as a team leader for The Woodlands Area Chamber’s Taste of the Town event, Community Relations Team, Men Who Cook event, and the Golf Classic event. She was honored as The Woodlands Area Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year in 2008. Furthermore, Sarah has served on The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, Cure PH, and The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival committees for many years. Currently, Sarah serves as president of the Executive Women’s Alliance, a mentor for the Women of Vision program at Conroe High School. She also serves on the ATHENA Leadership Award committee at the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce and on the National Conference Marketing Team for the Association of Leadership Program. 7


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Class of 2019 Graduates Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) recently celebrated the graduation of the LMC Class of 2019 at their Graduation Celebration Luncheon presented by Consolidated Communications. With more than 400 people in attendance, the luncheon highlighted the accomplishments of the current LMC Class over the past year and also celebrated the 2019 LMC Distinguished Alumnus and 2019 LMC Honorary Alumnus. The 44-member class of business and community leaders spent the past nine months learning about the inner workings of the county through monthly education sessions, completed a leadership development series, and worked together to give back through their class project. Topics for the monthly education sessions included Economic Development, Education, Government, Infrastructure, Public Safety, Healthcare, Serving Our Community, and Leadership Development. The luncheon also highlighted and honored the session directors who planned each of these sessions. The Leadership Series, sponsored by Repsol and presented by Chad Patterson & Associates, covered the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. LMC alumni led the class in small groups to discuss the book and allow class members to learn from each other’s experiences and grow in their leadership development. The class left their mark on Montgomery County through their Class Project benefiting Angel Reach. The class worked together to help rebuild a resale furniture store for Angel Reach, called Angels Loft. The class raised more than $14,000 in cash donations and even more in in-kind donations for the project. The class renovated the space, created a business plan, created a human resources manual, implemented a store pricing system, and developed marketing and social media campaigns. “This class has certainly left their mark on Montgomery County and will only continue to do so for years to come. They are a wonderful group of leaders who care greatly about this community,” said LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea. “They have gained a greater understanding our county, grown in their leadership development, and formed lasting relationships with other community leaders. I’m excited to see the difference they will continue to make in the community.” 10 woodlandschamber.org JULY 2019

Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2019

T H E GRA D UAT I N G CL ASS I N CLU D ES: Megan Alarid Heightened Leaders, LLC Dr. Julie Barrett Texas Children’s Hospital Sandy Barton Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce Dr. Mustapha Beydoun Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) Phillip Black Dossey & Jones, PLLC Audrey Blevins-Winkle Spirit of Texas Bank John Brown Huntsman Patty Bruha The Woodlands Christian Academy Nataly Castro Lone Star Family Health Center Margaret Cecil CHI St. Luke’s Health Justus Corley Woodforest National Bank Julie Crocker The Woodlands UMC Lupe Cuellar Exxon Mobil Corporation Jeffrey Dewese Signorelli Company Anna Dudley Manhard Consulting Judi Foster United Way of Greater Houston

Cindy Frazee Mindy Reynolds MDAnderson Cancer Center, The Leukemia and Lymphoma The Woodlands Society Trent Fulin Terry Rogers-Jefferson Houston Methodist Consolidated Communications The Woodlands Hospital John Sellars Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber Brian Garcia Entergy Texas, Inc. of Commerce Dr. Michael Gerlach Lt. Scott Spencer Conroe Dental Health Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Paula Green Conroe ISD Laura Starzyk YES to YOUTH Montgomery Dr. Brandy Harvey County Youth Services Lone Star College - Montgomery Alli Stephens Macy Hunsaker CASA Child Advocates of Martin Earl & Stilwell, LLP Montgomery County Tracy James Todd Stephens Corporate Incentives The Woodlands Township Jeremiah Kamerer, P.E. Sarah Tillman Royce Lanning State Representative Will The Strong Firm, P.C. Metcalf Daniela Mead Lee Tipton Daniela Mead State Farm City of Conroe Police Insurance Department Ryan Morton Dr. Larry Verfurth Conroe Welding Supply Inc. HCA Houston Healthcare Lorrie Parise Conroe The Howard Hughes Corporation Will Warren Amanda Poole PurePoint Financial Memorial Hermann/Canopy Heather Washburn Laura Powers U.S. Representatives Laura Powers Property Group - Congressman Kevin Brady Keller Williams Realty Courtney West The Woodlands University of St. Thomas

The event also honored Barry Blanton as the 2019 LMC Distinguished Alumnus. Blanton, of Blanton Advisors, was honored for his dedication to the community and to Leadership Montgomery County. Blanton has chaired both the United Way and the South Montgomery County YMCA. In 2010, he was honored as a Hometown Hero by Interfaith of The Woodlands. He helped bring Light the Night to Montgomery County and is an avid supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


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LMC Chairman of the Board Melissa Young, 2019 LMC Distinguished Alumnus Barry Blanton, LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, and LMC Alumni Chair and Board Member Linda Nelson.

“Barry is an incredible leader who lends his time and talents to many community organizations,” said LMC Chairman of the Board Melissa Young. “He leads with integrity and inspires teamwork, creativity, and dedication. We are pleased to honor him as our 2019 Distinguished Alumnus.” Leadership Montgomery County also honored Frankie Alexander as the 2019 Honorary Alumnus. Alexander served as president of LMC for 15 years and laid the foundation for a strong, comprehensive leadership program. “LMC would not be what it is today without Frankie Alexander,” said Rhea. “Her dedication to this organization and her incredible work as a leader in our community made her a perfect fit for Honorary Alumnus. We are thrilled to honor Frankie with this award.” Applications for the LMC Class of 2020 are available online now at LMCTX.org. The deadline for applications is June 7, 2019 at 5 p.m.

LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, 2019 LMC Honorary Alumnus Frankie Alexander, and LMC Chairman of the Board Melissa Young. Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to developing and enhancing current and 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. 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 participating Chambers in the LMC program. Visit LMCTX.org for more information about Leadership Montgomery County.

Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA) will be hosting the seventh annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction presented by Consolidated Communications on Thursday, August 22 at the Sts. Simon & Jude Event Center in The Woodlands. All are invited to an evening of brain-busting fun and friendly competition where guests will be challenged with trivia ranging from biology to pop culture in pursuit of the Smarties Cup. Each team of up to ten will attempt to demonstrate their mastery of trivial knowledge to win prizes and bragging rights. All proceeds support local K-12 students through EfTA’s educational enrichment programs. Doors open at 6:00 pm and trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person in advance and $85 on the day of the event. Ticket prices include

catering by Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Ages 21 and up are welcome. To register as an individual or a team, visit efta-us.org/events.

Education for Tomorrow Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating education and community partnerships that advance student success. With innovative programs focused on career, leadership, and STEM preparation, EfTA has become the portal through which business leaders can access and strengthen local education. To learn more, visit efta-us.org. 11


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

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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.

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Golf Tournament

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UPCOMING SEMINARS Learn how to manage the most vital element to the sustained growth of your business: leads, prospects, customer and clients. Seminars are held from 9–11 a.m. at The Chamber. Registration fee: $50; Chamber members receive discounted rate of $25

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SILVER BOARD & BRUSH Mr. Reuben Morgensteren • (936) 333-6080 419 Gentry St. Ste. 204 • Spring, TX 77373 boardandbrush.com If you are looking for a warm, welcoming & open atmosphere where you can relax while embracing your inner DIY master, you have found it at Board & Brush’s wine, paint & wood sign creative workshops. We are your place to build on-trend, farmhouse-classic, inspirational pieces of décor for your home, office or cottage. We teach you techniques needed to create a custom piece that looks professional. Sponsored by Keaton McDaniel; Edward Jones - Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor

HOUSTON FOCUS ACADEMY Ms. Jacquelyn Mulkey • (281) 240-0663 2408 Timberloch Pl D1 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 focusacademyhouston.org Focus Academy empowers quirky youth and young adults to become successful, contributing, independent members of society. This is done through academic, life and social education, vocational training and family support. Quirky includes individuals with diagnoses of high-functioning autism, anxiety, depression or gifted and talented.

RADUNARE RESTAURANT Dr. Frank A. Morello, Jr.• (281) 465-8995 2520 Research Forest Dr. Ste.500 • The Woodlands, TX 77381 radunare.com Radunare, meaning ‘’to rally or gather,’’ is an Italian-American restaurant that melds authentic family recipes with the joyous spirit of gathering around the table.

TELEMEDVIP Mr. Gerald Stansbury • (713) 452-1873 1011 Augusta Dr. Ste. 102 • Houston, TX 77057 telemedvip.com Our Network offers you a secure video platform to see your medical & health providers from the comfort of your own home or almost anywhere you are. If you are seeing a TeleMedVIP Primary Care Physician, you may be able to utilize this as an alternative to having to be seen in-person in the office. We offer a wide variety of services across our network with service providers at convenient rates.

TEMPERATUREPRO THE WOODLANDS Ms. Kinsey Tipton • (832) 779-5664 • Fax: (832) 856-2876 33015 Tamina Rd. Ste. B • Magnolia, TX 77354 temperatureprothewoodlands.com We are passionate about your comfort & well being. We have been helping our friends & neighbors stay comfortable, breathe easily & stay healthy. We take a great deal of pride in our work & have become a leader in our community 14 woodlandschamber.org JULY 2019

through relationships built with home & business owners. Our heating & air conditioning service technicians are professionally certified & are among the best in the business Sponsored by Brian & Kathy DeNoble; SpeedPro Magnolia

BRONZE ACORN MANOR ASSISTED LIVING Mr. Kevin Hickman • (832) 955-9655 25807 Budde Rd. • Spring, TX 77380 acornmanorassistedliving.com We have created an environment & array of services to meet the unique needs of our residents, carefully taking into consideration that each resident has distinct tastes, preferences & capabilities. We proudly offer the highest quality service & care with the warmth & hospitality of home. Our compassionate staff is committed to maximizing the independence & enhancing the lifestyle of your dear one. Sponsored by Priyanka Johri; Woodlands Eco Realty & Executive Rentals

BODY & BRAIN YOGA & TAI CHI (CONROE) Ms. Cherie Clark-Moore • (936) 235-04924 3600 FM 1488 Ste.175 • Conroe, TX 77384 bodynbrain.com/conroe We are a community of open-hearted people up for the challenge of improving ourselves physically, emotionally & spiritually. More than just a yoga studio, we are a sanctuary for healing, health and happiness. We offer yoga & Tai Chi classes with an emphasis on mindfulness & meditation. Our practice has its roots in Korea & focuses on opening energy channels to promote overall mind/body wellness.

CAS GROUP LLC Ms. Jennifer Lindbom• (832) 823-5099 2219 Sawdust Rd. Ste.1603 • The Woodlands, TX 77380 casgroupllc.com We provide professional consulting services focused on two distinct but related, practice areas: Planning & Public Engagement Services, Infrastructure & Technical Services. We link the people with the process; balance issues, build consensus, take action & deliver. Our staff has worked in more than 21 States & 17 countries. Our core team is flexible & responsive providing well-respected expertise. Sponsored by Elizabeth DeLaPena Veeser; DLP Coaching

CHERRY BLOW DRY BAR Ms. Tisha Adams • (281)907-6100 2162 Spring Stuebner Rd Ste.150 • Spring, TX 77389 cherryblowdrybar.com/spring-tx Cherry Blow Dry Bar launched in 2013, providing glam styling services at affordable prices. Since then, our following has grown, transforming the original concept of blowout styling into a wildly popular membership model. We offer that ‘look good, feel good’ service whenever you need it - all day, every day! Sponsored by Kimberly Daskas; The Market At Springwoods Village

CLIENT SUPPORT OPS Mr. Ed Khundmiri • (800) 815-9493 • Fax: (800) 815-9493 Serving The Great State of Texas The Woodlands, TX 77381 clientsupportops.com We are a full service Contact Center Solutions company offering 24/7/365 Voice, Chat, Email support for inbound campaigns and Appointment Setting, Fundraising, Telesales for outbound campaigns. Our singular goal is a sharp focus on customer delight. In every interaction, we strive for enhanced customer experience. Our business goal is to be completely aligned with your business objectives.


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TEXAS PROFESSIONAL SURVEYING

Mr. Richard Digenova • (832) 663-9958 1 Waterway Ave. • The Woodlands, TX 77380-3474 CrossroadsInternationalMissions.com

Ms. Briana Winget • (936) 756-7447 3032 N. Frazier • Conroe, TX 77303 surveyingtexas.com

Crossroads International Missions Travel is a full service travel agency designed to meet the specific requirements for Christian churches, ministries and faith based organizations. Our affiliation with C&H International, one of the largest travel management companies in the world, enables us to provide our customers with deeply discounted international airfares and other valuable travel services.

Texas Professional Surveying is a land surveyor and mapping firm that serves both public & private sectors in Montgomery County & surrounding areas. Fully integrated state-of-the-art technology, aerial photography, conventional mapping & GPS technology are utilized by our professional service teams to collect topographic information, conduct surveys and execute complex aerial mapping. Sponsored by Lance Mericle; The Dauber Stopper by MACP

HEALING WITH LOVE

TEXAS WOLFDOG PROJECT & SHELTER

Ms. Kathy Rogers • (832) 917-5811 24706 FM 2978 • Tomball, TX 77375 healing-with-love.org Our Mission is to provide physical, emotional and psychological growth through the interaction with horses. Our Vision is to touch the lives of each person through a unique experience with horses. We hope to empower them with the necessary tools to succeed in their inner healing process.

INSPIRE MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. Ms. Wendy Jordan • (763) 235-6727 Serving The Woodlands inspiresleep.com Inspire Medical Systems’ unparalleled technology treats the root cause of obstructive sleep apnea by working inside the body with the natural breathing process, giving those struggling with their current sleep apnea treatment lifechanging sleep.

JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS Mr. John Foster • (713) 302-2111 3091 College Park Drive, Suite 150 • The Woodlands, TX 77384 jerseymikes.com We offer a sub above that’s measured in more than inches or seconds ‘til served. We carefully consider every aspect of what we do–every slice, every sandwich, every store. We provide our customers with sustenance & substance too. Here’s how we do it: The juice with zing, Pride in our Produce, Quality Ingredients, Cooked In-store Roast Beef, Fresh sliced/Fresh Grilled & Oven Fresh Bread.

SNOOT GEAR, LLC Ms. Valschkia (Val) Dabney • (800) 504-9409 Opening in June at The Woodlands Mall The Woodlands, TX 77381 snootgear.com SnootGear.Com is a company specializing in officially licensed sports team pet fashion accessories such as beds, collars, crates, harnesses & leashes. SnootGear.Com also offers a limited-edition pet clothing line, which includes bandanas, hoodies, sweaters, shoes & jackets. While most products are made for pets, there are some accessories, such as caps, shirts, sweaters and jewelry for pet parents

SPEEDPRO MAGNOLIA Mr. Brian De Noble • (281) 789-4474 32503 Tamina Rd. #1 • Magnolia, TX 77354 SpeedProMagnolia.com We are a leading provider of large format printing in Magnolia. Our focus is helping our clients grow their businesses. We have modern equipment & a team of dedicated professionals for extreme-resolution graphics & wide formats as vehicle, window & floor graphics, trade-show displays & wall murals. We handle accounts big and small. We’re supported by a national brand with more 20 years experience. Sponsored by Leslie Guillermo; Quality of Life Chiropractic, Daniel Mendez; Big Frog

Mr. Austin Brisco • (855) 897-9653 24874 Weeren Rd. • Montgomery, TX 77316 texaswolfdogproject.org We are an all-volunteer, donation-based rescue dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating & placing as many wolfdogs & northern breed dogs in the State of Texas as humanely possible. This is based off of available foster homes, suitable adoptive homes & financial resources for veterinary care, transportation & basic care of the residents. We also help educate the public about this misunderstood breed.

WEWORK Mr. Leor Reef • (646) 491-9060 1725 Hughes Landing Boulevard • The Woodlands, TX 77381 wework.com/l/houston--TX When looking for office space, companies here no longer need to work the way it’s always been done. WeWork enables you to secure space with all the necessary amenities that spell success—dedicated front-desk staff, spacious conference rooms & impressive private offices—along with modern perks like month-to-month flexibility, passionate Community Managers, & special events.

BUSINESS AXOSNET LTD CO

Ms. Claudia Sierra • (281) 370-1511 2002 Timberloch Place, Suite 200 • Woodlands, TX 77380 axosnet.com Axosnet develops solutions and offers consulting services through our main partner SAP Concur. We are ready to implement, train, consult and integrate Expense & Invoice modules to your SAP system.

COUNSELING CENTER OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY Ms. Rebecca Smith • (281) 948-8768 212 Conroe Drive • Conroe, TX 77301 CounselingCenterMC.com Our goal is to help you uncover your true potential & lead a life worth celebrating.While we can’t change the past, we can work together to better understand & resolve challenges in your life.

OCEAN AQUARIA Mr. Andy Post • (281) 825-8207 32214 Tamina Road Unit B • Magnolia, TX 77354 oceanaquaria.com Custom artificial coral reef inserts & aquarium décor. Exhibit builders for public aquariums worldwide. Commerical and residential custom aquariums.

STAFF SOLVE, INC. Ms. Jaclynn Payton • (281) 931-4490 100 Glenbourgh Drive, Suite 500 • Houston, TX 77067 staffsolve.com We are a full service employment agency, ‘’customer driven’’ to provide quality service. We offer personal attention to detail and total commitment to excellence, serving business & individual needs. 15


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EXECUTIVE PLUS LEVEL : $6,100 Creekside Park The Residences CubeSmart Self Storage – College Park CubeSmart Self Storage – FM 2978 One Lakes Edge The Millennium One Waterway Ave. The Millennium Six Pines

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

EXECUTIVE LEVEL : $5,460 America’s ER Medical Centers

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

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 The Woodlands Mall

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center

Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Wells Fargo Business Banking Wells Fargo – Alden Bridge Wells Fargo – Kuykendahl & Woodlands Pkwy Wells Fargo – Market Street Wells Fargo – The Private Bank Wells Fargo – Woodlands Branch Wiesner Buick-GMC – Hyundai

EMERALD LEVEL : $2,540 Amerant Bank

Black Forest Ventures Black Walnut Café • Galaxy FBO • The Kitchen • Tris Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI) Comcast

Comcast Business

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Conroe Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Community Impact Newspaper

Entergy Texas, Inc. Entergy Business Development: Texas

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

ExxonMobil ExxonMobil – Hughes Landing ExxonMobil – Hughes Landing II Heightened Leaders

Houston Business Journal

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

Dan’s Networks, LLC

Especialidades Emyasa SA de CV Laguna Outdoor Grills

Industrial & Commercial Mechanical (ICM) John Daugherty Realtors

Keating Imports Keating Honda • Keating Nissan

Kevin Baker Homes & Real Estate – Keller Williams Realty Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP Market Street

McKesson Pharmaceutical Services and Solutions McKesson Naskila Gaming

National Museum of Funeral History

MD Anderson Cancer Center – The Woodlands MD Anderson Cancer Center

Paragon Independent Insurance Agencies, Inc.

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

Stephen F. Austin University

Sergio‘s Landscaping

TDECU Woodlands Member Center TDECU Business Services • TDECU Mortgage

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

Richmond Realty Group – RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center Robard’s Steakhouse

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Up My Brand Executive Coaching BGBC Management • Chairman’s Academy • Constant Spark

Team National

VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa

SteepSteel, LLC Strike, LLC

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

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

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United Airlines

Vernier & Associates, PLLC WC Construction Will Carter Band

Woodhouse Day Spa The Woodlands Wright Business Technologies, Inc Wright’s Printing

RUBY LEVEL : $1,940

3 Steps to College A Strong CPA, LLC Adcetera Advanced Health and Wellness Arnold Chiropractic Center, LLC Better Bookkeepers, Inc. Blanton Advisors, LLC BMW of Houston North MINI of The Woodlands BMW of The Woodlands Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) BB&T Vision Park Buckalew Chevrolet, LP CenterPoint Energy CenterPoint Energy – C & P Tower Location CenterPoint Energy – Cypress Location CenterPoint Energy, Inc. – Government Affairs CHASE – Woodloch Forest CHASE – College Park • CHASE – Creekside Park CHASE – Panther Creek CHI St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital CLPF – Waterway Plaza, LLC Conn’s Home Plus Corporate Incentives, Inc. Cypress Creek Hospital Delta Life Franchising Delta Life Fitness – Spring-Klein • Delta Life Fitness – Magnolia Doggett Fordl Edward Jones – Bill Gervasi, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – Chantel Williams, Financial Advisor Edward Jones – David Lee, Financial Advisor Prudential Financial Edward Jones – Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor Tiny Paws Rescue Enterprise Holdings Enterprise Car Sales Excelerate Energy LP First American Title – National Commercial Services First Financial Bank – Conroe First Financial Bank – Creekside First Financial Bank - Grand Parkway Branch Gensler GTIN Managed IT Support Hodges Collision Center – Rayford Road Hodges Collision Center 1488 • Hodges Collision Center Hwy 249 Hodges Collision Center – Lane Ln. Hyatt Centric The Woodlands Lexington Apartments Alexander Apartments • The Biltmore Liberty Mutual Insurance – Bryan Selby Liberty Mutual Insurance Lub – Line Corp. 26010 Oak Ridge L.L.C. Macy’s Marsh & McLennan Agency Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty Masters In Dietetics, L.L.C. Memorial Hermann Surgery Center Woodlands Parkway Milagro Interactive Inc Morgan A. Bourque, Attorney At Law Office Evolution Pioneer Bank Prosperity Bank – The Woodlands Prosperity Bank – Magnolia Parkway Prosperity Bank – Research Forest • Prosperity Bank – Spring R Associates Inc (RAI) Sewell Automotive Companies Audi North Houston • Sewell INFINITI of North Houston Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau City of Shenandoah SWBC Mortgage TETRA Technologies, Inc. The Belvedere at Springwoods Village The Broadmoor at Creekside Park Ashford Gardens • Solera at West Houston The Bradford at Brookside The Johnson Development Corporation The Johnson Development Corp. – Grand Central Park The Johnson Development Corp. – Harmony The Johnson Development Corp. – Woodforest The Mark at Cityplace The Woodlands Country Club – Tournament Course Legend’s • Mitchell’s 74 Bar & Grill The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course The Woodlands 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 TWFG Insurance Weygandt Law, PLLC The Singing Lawyer • Weygandt Enterprises, LLC Xavier Academy


RENEWING COMMITMENTS EXECUTIVE INVESTORS Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

DIAMOND INVESTORS Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. - Augusta Pines Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. - Shenandoah Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. - The Woodlands Wells Fargo - Alden Bridge Wells Fargo - Kuykendahl & Woodlands Parkway

Wells Fargo - Market Street Wells Fargo - The Private Bank Wells Fargo - Woodlands Branch Wells Fargo Business Banking Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking

EMERALD INVESTORS Kevin Baker Homes and Real Estate Team Keller Williams Realty

Como Social Club Embassy Suites The Woodlands / Hughes Landing

Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen The Westin At The Woodlands Wright’s Printing

RUBY INVESTORS Edward Jones - Keaton McDaniel, Financial Advisor Legends

Mitchell’s 74 Bar & Grill The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Course

The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course Tiny Paws Rescue

PLATINUM INVESTORS Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery-Dignity Memorial Honea Egypt Self Storage

Milstead Glass - Home Décor Milstead Glass Co., Inc. The Woodlands Lodge

GOLD INVESTORS 5Point Credit Union American Financial & Automotive Services, Inc. Cassio Creations, Fine Jewelry Clark Hearing, Inc

Karate of The Woodlands Panoptic ® Insurance Russo’s New York Pizzeria Spring Marketplace

Russo’s New York Pizzeria The Woodlands TownePlace Suites by Marriott Houston North/Shenandoah Walmart - College Park

SILVER INVESTORS Brookdale The Woodlands Conroe’s Incredible Pizza Company Dawson Security Group Gauntt Koen Binney & Kidd, LLP

Jones & Carter, Inc. Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse Manuchar Inc Overhead Door Company of Conroe

Coaching Franchise Freese, Peralez & Associates Laura Powers Property Group McDonald’s McKenzie’s Barbeque Optimum Computer Solutions, Inc. Parking Services of Houston - Valet Repair One Automotive Repair/Service Saltgrass Steak House Sellers Benefits Services

Grace Community Church Humane Society of Montgomery County Interfaith Community Clinic Interfaith of The Woodlands J. R. Moore, Jr. Jay Stittleburg for Texas Juice Plus Lone Star Greeting Service Montgomery County Food Bank Moon Commercial Construction, LLC Nannies of The Woodlands Our Training Center OurTrainingCenter.org Project 828 Foundation Proven Results Marketing Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary

*These renewing members increased their level of investment.

AABCO Insurance / Denise Wranischar Abercrombie Retreats / Marilyn Abercrombie Arceneaux Insurance & Mortgage Services B. ‘Chic’ Chicoine BeautiControl / Loretta DuBose Carol Gooch / Montgomery County Association of Business Women Congressman Kevin Brady

Doug Stuart / Shaklee Houston Woman Magazine Janis Cornmesser

SHB Development, LLC State Farm Insurance - Greg Sherlock, CLU Sterling Wealth Advisors The Koch Insurance Group The Woodlands Office Suites Theresa Wagaman & Associates Abby Realty Wilson’s Appliances & Mattresses Woodlands Eco Realty & Excecutive Rentals The Woodlands Swim Labs

BUSINESS / NON-PROFIT INVESTORS Adventure Kids Playcare Alight Solutions Amy Cat, Realtor Avalon HR AVM Research Foundation Beers Law Firm Crown Trophy Dependable Kleening Services Earth Works Education for Tomorrow Alliance EMCA LLC Fellowship of Christian Athletes Four Lions Management Company Frassati Catholic High School G & A Partners

Lifetime Members

Donna Daniels Sunbelt Business Sales and Acquisitions The Woodlands Courtyard by Marriott United Capital Financial Life Management

BRONZE INVESTORS AutoNation Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Spring Beauty IQ Medi Spa Berryhill Baja Grill & Catering BGE, Inc. Blissful Waters Float Center Comforts of Home, LLC ETSZONE, LLC FMS Logistics Focus Optical Focused Growth, LLC - A FocalPoint

We Sincerely Appreciate Our

Sam Houston State University The Woodlands Center Sandlewood Manor, LLC Small Biz Tech Con, LLC Superior Renovations & Construction Tamina Cemetery & Community Project CDC Tamina Community Center The Blooming Idea Events The Brownstone Group | Keller Williams Realty The Pangea Network The Wolford Group The Woodlands Pride, Inc. Windsor Building Services, Inc

Karen L. Hoylman Keller Williams Realty / Rui Martin Linda Curington Linda Woods Maxine Mueller Nancy Wallace Transcendental Solutions / Daryl W. Houck Vogt Ventures / Sandra Vogt Wendy Bolz

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Your Security First…

SPOTLIGHT

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Serving The Woodlands and surrounding communities since 1998, Mark and Kathy Dawson founded Dawson Security Group, Inc. on the premise that nothing is more valuable than the safety, security and protection of families and assets. “We have always focused on The Woodlands and surrounding communities,” Dawson said. “Over the years we have gotten to understand that nobody can really offer security solutions better than local individuals who live, work, play and worship in the same community that their customers do.” There are two clear divisions in security; physical and electronic. Both of which provide layers. Dawson Security Group, Inc. is a firm believer that multiple layers of defense are what makes security effective. They have the products needed to circumvent security breaches, from locks, safes and keys to alarms, access control and surveillance. The one thing Dawson knew when opening his company in 1998 was that his Woodlands Area Chamber membership was going to be an invaluable asset to his growing business. “The Chamber itself I owe a debt of gratitude to,” he said. “My Chamber membership put me in front of people immediately, where I could shake hands and network. The relationships that I have built over the past 20 years have been incredible. I have people that I have known that entire time that still work their

businesses in our community and I have never seen a chamber in any compacity that I’ve ever been involved with work better in our community than The Woodlands Area Chamber.” Dawson believes that because the community is full of businesses using neighboring businesses, that everyone should continually strive to work with their neighbors and other chamber members. Another important factor in his business model is that when Dawson Security Group has the opportunity to serve the community, they do so quietly. They also pride themselves in being a generational business, providing decent jobs and career opportunities in the community hose at Dawson Security Group, Inc. take their jobs very seriously. Their team of extensively trained, appropriately licensed bonded, and fully insured locksmiths, security technicians and support staff, are all committed to the same thing: excellence in workmanship and customer service. For more information about Dawson Security Group, Inc., and their services, stop by our showroom on the soutbound feeder at 26309 I-45 North, contact Mark at (281) 364-0500 or visit dawsonsafeandlock.com.

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Acton Academy

THE ABBEY ON LAKE WYNDEMERE

11510 FM 1488 Magnolia, TX 77354 Contact: Michelle Bowen (208) 680-8052 actonwoodlands.com

Members were able to get a taste of how good life can be in a luxury mid-rise while meeting other new members at the Chamber’s Meet the New Members event in May. The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere in The Woodlands offers residents a home filled with high-end features, including granite countertops, hardwood flooring, twin-basin bath vanities and designer lighting fixtures. They can relax in the resort-style pool with beach entry or catch some rays on the sundeck. Mid-rise has several elevators for access to apartment homes from the parking garage.

JLA Realty The Woodlands 574 Sawdust Rd The Woodlands, TX 77380 Contact: Teri Meyer (832) 616-3441 jlarealestate.com

DLP Coaching

26 Scarlet Sage Place The Woodlands, TX 77381 Contact: Elizabeth De La Pena Veeser (713) 805-5376 dlpcoaching.com The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere hosts with a certificate of appreciation for hosting May’s Meet the New Members event.

Residents find they don’t need to worry about an expensive gym member- ship because they have access to a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness facility, as well as an indoor basketball court. Awarded Apartment Rating’s Top Rated Award in 2016, tenants enjoy life the way it was meant to be at The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere.

Uniforms Corporate Image LLC

8601 Fawn Trail, Bldg. 4 Conroe, TX 77385 Contact: Ricardo Donino (936) 273-8218 privateclothier.com

For more information, visit abbeyresidential. com/apartments/tx/the-woodlands/sawdustroad or give us a call at (832) 791-3112.

The following is a list of new members who attended the reception and delivered their introductory commercials: Jose Polito, AXOSNET LTD CO.; Tisha Adams, Cherry Blow Dry Bar; Gladyss Delanoche, Cherry Blow Dry Bar; Kayla Jones, Cherry Blow Dry Bar; Casey Maier, Gemini Bodywork; Brandee Carey, Glacier Pool Supplies & Spa; Kathleen Nathan, Glacier Pool Supplies & Spa; Heather Loop, Mail Call Commerce; Andy Post, Ocean Aquaria; Brian De Noble, SpeedPro Magnolia; and Aisha Moin, Woodlands QuickBooks. 22 woodlandschamber.org JULY 2019

Your Lean Life LLC

11957 Scarlet Oak Trail Conroe, TX 77385 Contact: Lisa Agens (832) 289-0489 yourleanlife.com

WORKSUITES

2001 Timberloch Place, Suite 300 The Woodlands,TX 77380 Contact: Tosha Bontrager 888-312-WORK worksuites.com


RIBBON CUTTINGS Code Ninjas Magnolia

6875 FM 1488 Ste.1100 Magnolia, TX 77354 Contact: Alwin Thomas (281) 756-7645 codeninjas.com/locations/tx-magnolia

The Toasted Yolk Café

207 East Shore Dr., Suite 100 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Contact: Michelle Bowen (832) 503-5272 thetoastedyolk.com

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business after hours / TEXAS CENTER FOR COSMETIC DENTISTRY Chamber members were all smiles at the May Business After Hours held at The Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry in The Woodlands. Recognized as one of the best cosmetic dentists in the world, founder Dr. Guy Lewis is the only dentist in Houston who is both an accredited and founding member of the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry. His practice specializes in the artful restoration and re-creation of smiles. The Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry also serves its patients by addressing all aspects of general dental needs, from professional teeth cleanings to root canals and dental implants.

3 Steps to College

Covenant Church- 8455 Creekside Green Dr The Woodlands, TX 77389 Contact: Franco Soldi (713) 870-2747 3stepstocollege.com

Innovative Women in Business, The Woodlands Chapter of ABWA

The Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry hosts.

Contact: Kim Prevost (832) 791-3349 abwaiwib.org

Cherry Blow Dry Bar

2162 Spring Stuebner Road, Ste 150 Spring, TX 77389 Contact: Tisha Adams (281) 907-6100 cherryblowdrybar.com/spring-tx

Office Evolution – Conroe/Woodlands

525 Woodland Square Blvd, Ste 250 Conroe, TX 77384 Contact: Phil Anderson (936) 270-1150 officeevolution.com/locations/woodlands

Their unique field of focus—a concentration in partial and full-mouth reconstruction through the use of finely-tailored crowns, veneers, and dental implants—has remained their passion and highest proficiency since they helped pioneer the industry three decades ago. They excel at the advanced and exacting task of building a beautiful, natural looking smile: the remarkable dovetailing of art and science, ingenuity and experience, and intuition and s kill that many attempt but few master. Whether finessing a subtle shift in a smile’s aesthetic, addressing the most complex of reconstructions, or meeting your everyday dental needs, TCCD’s compassionate service and artisan-level quality continue to define the standard for excellence in this industry. They are rewarded in turn with a legacy of smiles from local and international clientele who expect nothing less than exceptional. Please visit lovethatsmile.com to learn more about the Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.

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Mahoney’s Texish Bar & Restaurant

SPOTLIGHT TABLE: Image360

24 Waterway Avenue Suite 100 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Contact: Lisa McConnell (713) 591-5593 mahoneysbar.com

Angela Schimmels and her business Image360 took to the spotlight table at the Chamber’s Networking Breakfast in May, ready to promote graphics that enhance, signage that works and displays that inform. Image360 distinguishes themselves not only with comprehensive solutions, but also professional results. Customers can be sure that colors and designs remain consistent across many applications, serving to unify their marketing efforts. Best of all, Image360 is consultative; collaborating closely with every consumer from imagination through installation to attain the high quality they seek, while adhering to a reasonable timeframe and budget.

Quick Quack Car Wash – Rayford 2302 Rayford Rd. Spring, TX 77386 Contact: De’Andrae Ealy (832) 987-6493 dontdrivedirty.com

Nebular Films

26119 Interstate 45 N Suite 202 The Woodlands, TX 77380 Contact: Julio Resendez (832) 510-6193 nebularfilms.com

Image360 is intent on not meeting but exceeding expectations. As a result, clients work with highly motivated experts whose efforts are backed by the newest technologies and supported with the latest materials and techniques. Kindred Hospital Spring 205 Hollow Tree Ln. Houston, TX 77090 Contact: Sohail Azeem (832) 249-2700 kindredhealthcare.com

Building signage from one supplier, vehicle wraps from another, and event displays from perhaps a third is one way to address your needs – but no way to achieve the project coordination and aesthetic cohesion that distinguish the best efforts, let alone the convenience and potential cost savings that come from relying on a single specialist. So, begin benefiting from a source that’s unmatched to any other and contact Angela to discuss your needs at (281) 528-8670 or visit image360.com/houstonspringtx to request a quote.

July’s Networking Breakfast:

Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House Wednesday, July 17 • 7:01 a.m.

Theme: Competition is good because… Work this slogan into your commercial and you may win the Creative Commercial Award.

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Meridian Springs Primary Care

25420 Kuykendahl Road, D 700 Tomball, TX 77375 Contact: Sunil Gopalkrishna (281) 826-1359 springsmd.com

Lakonia Imports, LLC 8223 Whirlaway Elm Dr. Humble, TX 77346 Contact: Peter Marules (832) 527-5495 lakonia-imports.com

Apricot Lane Boutique

295 Enclave, Suite 400 Conroe, TX 77384 Contact: Trudy Peveto (281) 728-3040 apricotlaneboutique.com/conroe


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TEAMS IN ACTION Business Advocacy Council /

SHARES INSIGHT INTO TAX ABATEMENTS The Business Advocacy Council held a meeting about Montgomery County Tax Abatements on Friday, May 17. Montgomery County Tax Assessor Tammy McRae and Assistant County Attorney B.D. Griffin shared information about the process of tax abatements and revisions to the program. The implemented changes will help boost the attraction of new businesses to seek interest in the county. McRae gave insight into the levels in which a tax abatement is offered for projects and the incentives in remaining competitive. In addition, Griffin explained his role as assistant county attorney and how he works with McRae to ensure the guidelines are followed with tax abatement agreements.

ABOUT THE BUSINESS ADVOCACY COUNCIL The Business Advocacy Council facilitates discussion and action with key elected officials and policy leaders in making a significant impact for area businesses and their employees. The council holds meetings on the third Friday of every month at 8 a.m. at The Chamber and all members are welcome. For more information about the council, contact Margo McZeal, director of government affairs at the Chamber, at (282) 363-8106 or margo.mczeal@woodlandschamber.org.

Young Professionals Network /

CALLING ALL YOUNG PROFESSIONALS! Are you between the ages 21 and 39 looking to meet and network with other young professionals in the area? Join the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) and get connected! YPN will hold its next meeting on Friday, July 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber. For information about YPN activities and how to get involved as a YPN Ambassador, contact Margo McZeal at {281) 363-8106 or margo. mczeal@woodlandschamber.org.

YPN /TEAM CHARTER

BACKGROUND: The Young Professionals Network was created in 2001 to engage and empower young professionals in the business community. OBJECTIVES: Create professional development events geared toward young leaders, encourage community involvement and provide valuable networking opportunities. SCOPE: The Young Professionals Network will enhance the next generation of leaders by providing professional networking events and comprehensive development opportunities. MEMBERS: Chamber members between the ages of 21-39 YPN AMBASSADORS: YPN Ambassadors represent the network to their peers and help serve as the voice of the next generation.

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Team Spotlight / BUSINESS CONNECTION EVENTS Behind every monthly Business Connection Event, there is a team of volunteers that help to make sure the event runs smoothly.

The friendly faces you see greeting you at check-in, helping you with name tags, holding quiet signs and assisting the membership department with event logistics are all members of the Chamber’s Diplomat Team. This dedicated team of professionals want to ensure every member and guest has an enjoyable experience at all Business Connection Events.

MEET THE DIPLOMATS WHO HELP COORDINATE THESE EVENTS: BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Team Leader: Elaine Smith, Berryhill Baja Grill NETWORKING BREAKFAST Team Leader: David Dewhurst, Prosperity Living Co-team Leader: Paul Miranda, Thryv

MEET THE NEW MEMBERS

Team Leader: Kristi Leggett, Bridgewood Farms Co-team Leader: Deia Tucker, Wells Fargo Bank – Woodlands Branch The next time you see one of them at a Business Connection Event, be sure to thank them for their service and commitment to the Chamber.


TEAMS IN ACTION Community Relations Team /

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WOMEN’S CENTER For more than three decades, the Montgomery County Women’s Center has provided a 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy and legal services to survivors of family violence, sexual assault and stalking. Throughout May, the Community Relations Team collected donations such as gift cards, under garments, t-shirts, towels, pillows, flip flops and socks to assist the Women’s Center in meeting the basic needs of their clients. Montgomery County Women’s Shelter Volunteer Program Manager Siomara Rodriguez accepted the donations with extreme gratitude. If you are looking for a team where you can donate your time and talent to help local nonprofit organizations, we invite you join the Chamber’s Community Relations Team. The team meets the first Wednesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at The Chamber.

The Diplomat Team DIPLOMAT TEAM

of the Month: WORK♦ LIFE♦BALANCE

Team was honored as the May Diplomat Team of the Month.

Paul Miranda, Thryv; Jennifer Majors Baca, JMB Insurance Solutions; Tiara Gary, Stepping Stones Preparatory Academy; and Albert Martinez, Go-On Group, LLC. Not pictured is Eric Saville, Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse.

If you have attended any of the Chamber’s Business Connection events, you have seen our Diplomats in action. This dedicated team of volunteers help the Chamber with their member outreach. They are the friendly faces eager to help you get connected. If you are looking to reconnect with the Chamber or you are new to the area and looking to expand your network, our Diplomat Team will help introduce you to all the Chamber has to offer. Please contact Cyndi Alvarado, vice president of membership, at cyndi.alvarado@ woodlandschamber.org. We would be happy to help connect you with a Diplomat so you may start building relationships

The Diplomat Team DIPLOMAT

of the Month: JENNIFER MAJORS BACA

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

Jennifer is a dedicated Chamber member that you will see attending events, committee meetings and volunteering on various community service projects for the Chamber. She has been a great asset to our Membership Department, ensuring that new members understand the membership benefits and are utilizing them.”. The Chamber works for you, but you have to put forth the effort to engage in the various opportunities to expand your network and build lasting relationships. If you see Jennifer at any upcoming Chamber Business Connection Events or team meetings, please be sure to congratulate her.

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BUSINESS

B R I E F S

ANNOUNCEMENTS Three new retailers will be setting up shop in Grand Central Park’s 336 Marketplace. Five Below and Ulta Beauty are expected to open by Christmas 2019 while Burlington is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020 at the regional shopping destination at the southwest corner of I-45 and South Loop 336. Grand Central Park is located along Interstate 45 and Loop 336 South. Learn more at grandcentralparktx.com.

Are you employed with the government, law enforcement, human resources, or in social services? The Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. will provide General Mediation Training in a 40-hour workshop July 10-12 and 18-19 at The Strong Firm Mediation, Arbitration & Collaboration Center, 1790 Hughes Landing Blvd. Details on resolution-center.org/mediation-training If County Judge Keough thinks it’s important, maybe you will too! Woodforest is introducing a new neighborhood — The Crest, a 700-home enclave that sits at the community’s highest elevation. Highland Homes, Lennar and Perry Homes will be the first builders to offer floor plans in the neighborhood. Pricing will be from the $230,000s. Highland Homes has opened the first of five model homes currently planned. The Crest also will feature a 5-acre park. Learn more at woodforesttx.com.

Does your team demonstrate Direction, Alignment and Commitment? Would you like to improve business results by having a more effective team? Partner with DLP Coaching to drive business success through greater team performance! Wright Business Technologies is proud to announce Ericka Villeda earned her Bookkeeping Certification thru Lone Star College. Using the Texas Workforce Commission Skills for Small Business Program, Ericka completed her certification in 16 months. “I knew beginning school again was something I wanted to do, being a mother, wife and working full time wasn’t going to make it easier, but I was determined. Not everyone has the opportunity to continue with their education, especially thru their job. 28 woodlandschamber.org JULY 2019

Memorial Hermann Health System is expanding its minimally invasive cardiovascular care services by bringing the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure to West Houston and The Woodlands. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to treat aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve, the main heart valve supplying blood to the body. Learn more about the conditions treated by our multidisciplinary cardiovascular teams at heart. memorialhermann.org.

NEW TO THE TEAM & PROMOTIONS Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital welcomes Abhishek Agrawal, MD to its comprehensive neurosciences team. As Medical Director of Neurointerventional Radiology he specializes in minimally invasive procedures for the brain and spine. His clinical interests also include brain aneurysms and AVMs, stroke intervention, carotid disease management and spinal procedures. For more information about the neurosciences program, call 936.270.3900. Bret L. Strong, founder and managing shareholder of The Strong Firm P.C. has recently announced the addition of Brittany A. Sloan as an associate attorney. Her areas of legal practice include estate planning, probate, elder law, tax, real estate, and business matters. She comes to the firm with more than five years of experience at firms in Dallas and Montgomery County. Sloan is an Accredited Claims Attorney by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and an Appointed Attorney Representative by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

COMMUNITY NEWS New Danville serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in an environment promoting dignity, respect and the opportunity to live enriched and purposeful lives. Our day and residential programs were developed to empower and maximize personal independence by offering learning opportunities that reinforce personal growth and freedom of choice.”.

Since 1990, each summer, young professional musicians descend upon the University of Houston campus for a four-week intensive orchestral fellowship program. The program features a concert at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion where the Texas Music Festival Orchestra will take the Main Stage for a free concert Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m. under the direction of Conductor Franz Anton Krager. Tickets are not required for this event. You are invited to join Bayou Land Conservancy for an exclusive event as we launch the Travel Story’s Eco-tour on the Spring Creek Nature Trail! Event begins on Saturday, June 1st at 9 am at Rob Fleming Recreation Center (6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands, 77389). R.S.V.P. to Info@bayouland.org.

The 21st Annual Woodlands Family YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge Presented by Repsol is Scheduled for September 26 – 29, 2019. Registration is Now Open for Alumni Teams. The Society of Samaritans will celebrate its 33rd anniversary on Friday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Montgomery County Community Center. Founded in June 1986, SOS continues to grow and expand its services to the greater Magnolia community for neighbors needing emergency financial assistance for rent or utilities, food, clothing, household furnishings, job assistance, and support for victims of sexual abuse. To purchase tickets for the Gala, go to: sosfundraising.square.site. The safe driving app launched their SAFE 2 SAVE 100 Days summer long initiative encouraging the community to drive with increased levels of caution. The summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day is the most dangerous time for teen drivers during the year and Safe to Save rewards drivers for driving undistracted. Join the SAFE 2 SAVE initiative today as we work to spread awareness about the importance of driving safe amongst teens and ultimately save lives.


BUSINESS

B R I E F S

Celebrate the end of school and start of summer with a concert and movie! On Thursday, May 30, take an epic adventure with the Houston Symphony at How to Train Your Dragon in Concert, sponsored by Insperity. Mezzanine and lawn seating are free. Reserved orchestra seating tickets are $20. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. and gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Registration is now open for annual YMCA Kids Triathlon on Saturday, July 20, 7:30am at the Branch Crossing location. Children, ages 6-12 are eligible to register and experience the fun and excitement of triathlon. It’s a morning of friendly competition and physical activity that can lead to a lifetime of fitness. The event is designed for all levels. Previous triathlon experience is not required. For more information and on line registration visit ymcahouston.org/ymcakids-tri.

Meals on Wheels has supported Ironman since 2016 by providing volunteers on the bike portion of the event. This year, 70 volunteers encouraged participants with a “Got Meals” theme. The Ironman Foundation and a volunteer grant combined donated $8,500 to Meals on Wheels! about the importance of volunteerism. For more information, visit mcwod.org.

The Habitat for Humanity MCTX Building Hope Gala was held May 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Celebrating Habitat’s 30th anniversary, it was presented by LGI Homes for the 3rd consecutive year. This year’s gala raised an impressive $700,000 that will make a significant impact on building homes in the Cedar Creek neighborhood.

GIVING BACK

This summer Community Assistance Center is ensuring our community of kids are receiving nourishment by providing summer stock bags on Fridays through August 16 filled with kid friendly meals, snacks and fruit. Donations encouraged! One in four children in the county are food insecure and do not know where their next meal will come from. Save the date for the Annual Dress White Linen party at the Sleepy Hollow Multipurpose Building in Tamina for a night of dancing to the music of the Ray Parsee’s Allstar Review to benefit literacy for children programs at Children’s Books on Wheels. Contact Rita Wiltz for information at 281-844-7596.

The next Senior Luncheon provided by Comforts of Home is July 17 with Entergy. Entergy will host, serve our lunch and provide updates to lower your utility costs or get supplemental assistance. All seniors welcome to attend for free every third Wednesday of the month at Community Assistance Center.

It was all about the kids in need as the 3rd annual “Shelter for Shelter” event presented by Richmond Realty Group RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring successfully raised $50,00 to benefit the YES to YOUTH (Montgomery County Youth Services) homeless shelter, bringing the total raised over the last three years to $150,000. The Montgomery County Women’s Council of Organizations (MCWCO) had its 29th annual Women of Distinction luncheon on Friday, May 3, 2019 and celebrated in a big way by honoring 29 extraordinary volunteers from 29 nonprofits in Montgomery County! The luncheon including a special speaking presentation from Gigi Woodruff of YMCA of the USA as well as owner of Gigi Woodruff & Associates where she uplifted attendees with a motivational speech

Since joining the Chamber, The Treehouse Center has connected with wonderful members that want to help the shelter and bring hope to the girls that live here. Kati Krouse (Bears Etc.) is doing a presentation on exotic wildlife, Rita Wiltz (Children’s Books on Wheels) has enrolled all the girls into Camp Noah as campers or counselors to teach resiliency skills, and Carol Gooch is involving MCABW ladies to teach empowerment and hope. Thank you, Chamber! The Treehouse Center is excited to be part of this dynamic, caring organization!

EDUCATION

Commencement for the 112 members of The John Cooper School Class of 2019 on May 24 was steeped in tradition, not only the processional to “Pomp and Circumstance,” but others that distinguish a Cooper graduation. This event marked the 30th anniversary of The John Cooper School and the 26th class to graduate. Cooper’s alumni now numbers 1,896. Lone Star College-Houston North has received approval and accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer students greater access to affordable education close to home. Dr. Quentin Wright has been named founding president of LSC-Houston North and will assume his duties June 15, 2019. Dr. Wright, was selected after a national search and he “[looks] forward to continuing the mission of providing affordable education to the community.” Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy celebrated the graduation of its senior class on Friday, May 17, 2019. This memorable event recognized the graduation of 39 outstanding senior students. Founded in 2005, Legacy Prep is a Christ-centered, university style school that creates college-worthy, character witnesses for Christ.

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the chamber leadership Officers, Priority Goals & Project Leaders

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

Directors: Terms Expire 2019

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

chamber staff J.J. Hollie President & CEO......................................... jjhollie@woodlandschamber.org Mary Smith Vice President Community Service.............. mary.smith@woodlandschamber.org Cyndi Alvarado Vice President Membership................. cyndi.alvarado@woodlandschamber.org Gina Mitchell Director of Finance & Operations.............gina.mitchell@woodlandschamber.org Lauren Joerg Director of Marketing & Communications.....lauren.joerg@woodlandschamber.org Royce Brooks Director of Sales................................. royce.brooks@woodlandschamber.org Meagen Korenek Director of Special Events................. meagen.korenek@woodlandschamber.org Margo McZeal Director of Government Affairs...............margo.mczeal@woodlandschamber.org Jennifer Kramer Membership Engagement Coordinator....jennifer.kramer@woodlandschamber.org Kelly Fuller Sales Associate.................................... kelly.fuller@woodlandschamber.org Jae Kim Finance Assistant....................................... jae.kim@woodlandschamber.org Kelley Misetich Communications Assistant.................. kelley.misetich@woodlandschamber.org

Directors: Terms Expire 2020

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

Directors: Terms Expire 2021

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

Ex–Officio Directors

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

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Business Today | July 2019  

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

Business Today | July 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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