February 2006 North Houston Bank Casino Night You’ve heard it said – what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas – that’ll be true on st rd March 31 at the North HoustonGreenspoint Chamber of Commerce’s 3 annual Casino Night – A Night in Old Las Vegas. Come try your hand at Black Jack, Roulette, Craps and Texas Hold’em – it’s all good fun to raise funds for two worthwhile causes. The event will also showcase some the fabulous Chamber restaurants and caterers, which will provide the great food for the evening! Casino Night will include new and exciting elements as well as many long time favorites. Guests can look forward to: · A spacious location – the Ballroom of the Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center! NORTH HOUSTON-GREENSPOINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE · Everyone’s favorite poker game – Texas Hold’em Pacesetter · Along with favorites Black Jack, Roulette & Craps Fabulous prize packages ranging in value from $300 $700! Tickets are available at the North HoustonGreenspoint Chamber of Commerce office and th North Houston Bank beginning February 15 . Tickets are $50 per person. Ticket price include hors d’oeuvres, funny money chips for casino gaming and chances to win prizes. There will also be a cash bar available. Still need to know more? Turn to page 6 for the Casino Night Frequently Asked Questions and Sponsorship Opportunities. “Why should people attend Casino Night?” Interview with Bill Townsend, Casino Night Committee Chair “Casino Night is going to be a great event. Chamber members and their friends can come together for a good time while knowing that the proceeds, which are being split 5050 be tween the Chamber’s general operating fund and the Chamber’s Foundation, are going to a great cause. Casino Night will be a wonderful opportunity to entertain clients, provide a perk to your hard working employees, or expose potential Chamber members to what a great group of people they can become a part of. Let’s recap all the reasons you MUST be at Casino Night: · FUN! FUN! FUN! · 50% of your cost is a tax deductible donation. · Get to practice your gambling with funny money. · Hang out with some of North Houston’s finest citizens. · Proceeds go to great causes. · Opportunity to win great prizes. · Food and drinks provided by area restaurants. · FUN! FUN! FUN! 2006 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Message from the Chair Chair, Jerry Lowry What a terrific way to start the year by celebrating the great volun Greater Greenspoint District teers that gave so much last year and the installation of your new Past Chair, Ray Shotwell board. I am honored to serve as Chair this year. So many of you shared kind comments and encouragement, and I especially thank Brookside Funeral Homes & Memorial Park you. It is my hope to lead and serve in such a way you’ll be as kind when I step down. Chair Elect, Bill Ginder, CCIM, SIOR Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group February is a special month for many reasons – Love, chocolate, Secretary, Rosemary Buske flowers. Do these ring a bell? Yep, Valentine’s Day! For some there is an anticipation of meeting ‘the one’ and for others there is Contact Promotions the rekindling with ‘the one’ already found. What does this have to do with the Chamber? We are in a similar position – there is a Treasurer, Bill Townsend search for new members and rekindling with current members. North Houston Bank The Board of Directors and Ambassadors are beginning their search for ‘the ones’ – those members will be the cornerstone Vice Chair, Business Development, Bill Hester members of tomorrow and are renewing the ties with ‘the ones’ – those members who are the foundation of this organization. IBC, Innovative Business Consultants , Inc. Vice Chair, Community & Governmental Relations, Dr. David Sam I hope you have marked Thursday’s as “Chamber Days” – Break nd rd North Harris College fast on 2 Thursday; Lunch on 3 Thursdays; Business After th Hours on 4 Thursdays. On February 16, 2006 Oliver Luck, Vice Chair, Marketing & Fundraising, Jill Boullion President of Houston 1836, will be speaking about the Economic Boullion Graphics Impact of Soccer in Houston. Vice Chair, Membership, Mary Skaff Don’t forget, the Chamber will work for you if you work the Directors at Large chamber. Let’s make this a fantastic year by staying “Connected Clark Austin, Austin & Associates for Growth”. Jerod Becton, Willow Creek Golf Club Ray Bennett, ABS Cheryl Canova, GFI Management , Inc. Sherran Domescik, Sam Houston Race Park Margaret Eyster, Magoo’s PrintShop Jerry Lowry Chair of the Board Bill Ferebee, O’Donnell, Ferebee, Medley & Keiser, PC Ken Harris, Harris & Associates ExOfficio Members Representative Kevin Bailey, District #140 Ben McCaslin, Wells Fargo Marilyn Bayless, North HoustonGreenspoint Chamber of Commerce Dana Podsednik, Hydril Seth Sharr Regina Curry, Spring ISD Kristin Wells, Hines Ray Laughter, North Harris Montgomery Community College District Senator Jon Lindsay, District #7 Ralph Wheeler, AldineGreenspoint YMCA Dr. James Simpson, North Forest ISD Bill White, Parsons Ben Wilson, Aldine ISD John Zizelmann, MATTCO Manufacturing Page 2 P AC E SE T T E R Welcome New Members Shredit Glenn Magee 600 N Shepherd Suite 512 Houston, TX 77007 713.861.9927 Onsite Document Destruction “Shredit is the world’s first and largest onsite document destruction company. We provide help with Federal & State Compliances.” Convergys Corporation Charles Cooper 12031 North Freeway Houston, TX 77060 281.765.3430 Call Center Convergys Corporation (NYSE:CVG) is a global leader in providing customer, human resources, and billing services. Convergys combines specialized knowledge and expertise with solid execution to deliver outsourced solutions , con sulting services and software support. Convergys serves the world’s leading companies in many industries including communications, financial services, technology and consumer products. Design Expo Furniture Golf Plus Gifts, LLC Brandy Carmona Bill Cantrell 60 FM 1960 W 3418 Kings Mountain Dr Houston, TX 77090 Kingwood, TX 77345 281.866.7740 281.361.7086 Retail – Furniture Retail—Gifts Please welcome these new members with your patronage! Calling ALL members… Join us for the Networking Breakfast Monthly Luncheon where you can give a 30second commercial promoting your Thursday, February 16th—11:30 am business ~ come meet your fellow Chamber members! DoubleTree Hotel, 15747 JFK Blvd Bring a Guest ~ you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free Breakfast at the March Networking Breakfast! Oliver Luck, President—Houston 1836 Consider more exposure for your company by donating a door prize. Economic Impact of Soccer in Houston Thursday, February 9th, 7:30 am RSVP by February 15th at 12 noon to firstname.lastname@example.org Hotel Sofitel Houston 425 N Sam Houston Pkwy E $25 for members/$35 nonmember or w/out RSVP RSVP by February 8th at 12 noon to email@example.com Bring a Guest ~ you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free Lunch at $15 for members/$20 nonmember or w/out RSVP the March Luncheon! Thank you Renewing Members! Abby’s Catering Service Houston Marriott North at Greenspoint Outback Steakhouse Aldine Scholarship Foundation International Specialist, Inc. Same Day Signs The Anderson Agency Kingwood Personnel Seth Sharr Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group Magoo’s PrintShop Storage USA Express Personnel Services Northeast Medical Center Tarantino Properties, Inc. The Greenspoint Club Northline Terrace Civic Club Texas World Wide Insurance Agency Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center Northside Lexus UTi United States, Inc. Page 3 Annual Awards Presentation The Airport Marriott was the setting for the Like any event the Chamber presentation of the Chamber’s Annual hosts, the Awards Banquet Awards Luncheon where the best and would not have been possible brightest were highlighted for their commit without the very generous sup ment to the Chamber and the North Hous port of the event sponsors. tonGreenspoint area. Thank you to the Observer Newspapers as a Retiring Board Members Diamond Sponsor and North Erv Baumeyer Brookside Funeral Homes & Memorial Park receives Harris College as a Gold Terry Burge, The Leader Newspapers Company of the Year—2005! Sponsor. Nadine Kujawa, Aldine ISD Brookside Funeral Homes & Company of the Year Brookside Funeral Homes & Memorial Park Memorial Park, 2005 Committee Chairs Caldwell Watson Ambassadors – Citizen of the Year Real Estate Group, Rosemary Buske, Contact Promotions Bill Ginder, Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group CenterPoint Energy, Economic Development – Greater Greenspoint District, Marilyn Sander, Proaction Careers Pinnacle Awards Hines, Epicurean Extravaganza – Rosemary Buske KerrMcGee Oil & Rodney Anderson, Northside Lexus Contact Promotions Gas Corporation and Golf Tournament – Jerry Lowry PrimeWay Federal Rosemary Buske, Contact Promotions Credit Union Greater Greenspoint District Job Fair – were all Table Sponsors for the Brian Dooley, North Harris College Ray Shotwell Brookside Funeral Homes & Memorial Park event. Legislative – John Farrell, Hughes, Watters & Askanase Ralph Wheeler AldineGreenspoint YMCA Thank you to these members Neighborhood Revitalization & Beautification – Mark Hecker, Power Procurement Specialists for your continued support of Networking Breakfast – the North Houston Humanitarian Award Greenspoint Chamber of Angila Ervin, Weekenders USA Public Safety Mayor Bill White Commerce! Alex Batres Jerry Lowry, Greater Greenspoint District Community Development The Starlight Ball – Representative Kevin Bailey Amanda Graham, Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group Transportation – Small Business of the Year Erv Baumeyer Magoo’s PrintShop Workforce/Education – Jana Anders, InvesTex Credit Union Volunteer of the Year Bill Townsend—North Houston Bank Shining Stars Mark Hecker, Committee of the Year 2006 Board of Directors Power Procurement Specialists The Starlight Ball Committee— Bill Hester Amanda Graham, Chair IBC Innovative Business Consultants Jill Boullion Rosemary Buske Kelli Knapp Shataria Franklin Houston Training & Conference Ctr Kristie Gibson Mary Skaff Debbie Howle Martha Velazquez Chris Lopez Fitness Connection Jerry Lowry Bill White Jaclyn Sharp Parsons Mary Skaff Khristene Walker Page 4 P AC E SE T T E R February 2006 Calendar of Events Week of January 30th 01 Job Fair Committee Meeting, 9 am Chamber Conference Room, Suite 150 01 Casino Night Committee Meeting, 11:30 am Chamber Conference Room, Suite 150 02 Golf Committee Meeting, 9 am Chamber Conference Room, Suite 150 Week of February 6th 06 ANHOC Meeting, 4 pm, Two Greenspoint Plaza, Suite 120 (Exception in schedule to accommodate speaker) 07 New Member Orientation, 9 am, Chamber Conference Room, Suite 150 08 Community & Governmental Relations Division Meeting, 8:30 am Chamber Conference Rm, Suite 150 09 Networking Breakfast, 7:30 am—Hotel Sofitel, 425 N Sam Houston Pkwy E th RSVP by February 8 at 12 noon to firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachael at 281.442.8701 $15 for members/$20 for nonmembers or w/out RSVP Week of February 13th 13 Executive Committee Meeting, 11:30 am, Chamber Conference Room, Suite 155 14 Marketing Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm, Chamber Conference Room, Suite 150 15 Casino Night Committee Meeting, 11:30 am Chamber Conference Room, Suite 150 16 Monthly Luncheon, 11:30 am – Oliver Luck, President – Houston Major League Soccer Economic Impact of Major League Soccer in Houston DoubleTree Hotel Houston Intercontinental, 15747 JFK Blvd th RSVP by February 15 at 12 noon to email@example.com or Rachael at 281.442.8701 $25 for members/$35 for nonmembers or w/out RSVP—Seating is limited – please RSVP early! Week of February 20th 21 Board of Directors & Ambassador Membership Meeting, 11:30 am, The Greenspoint Club, 16925 Northchase Dr. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20th by 12 noon 22 Ribbon Cutting – Design Expo Furniture, 12noon 60 FM 1960 Road W 23 Workforce/Education Committee Meeting, 11:30 am Chamber Conference Room, Suite 150 23 Business After Hours, 4:30 pm to 7 pm, Steak and Ale Restaurant, 17425 North Freeway Week of February 27th 27 Transportation Committee Meeting, 4 pm Chamber Conference Room, Suite 155 28 Economic Development Committee Meeting, 12 noon Chamber Conference Room, Suite 150 Beautification Award Presented Dwane Hanson Developments dedicated nearly a full acre on a very visible corner of land for a public park and open space which provides the Greens Crossing area a much needed usable greenspace. The location will hopefully be utilized by the Continental Reservation Center workers and other workers in the area. Residents along with local employees now have a great place to have a picnic, enjoy coffee breaks or lunch hours, or include a workout as part of their day. The park includes a winding walk/jog path, large red brick planters that provide additional seating within the park, several bench areas, picnic tables, xerescaped landscaping (plants indigenous to this area,) additional street trees, and workout stations such as a pullup bar, balance beam, situp platform, etc. Thank you to Marcia Tuck of the Greater Greenspoint District for nominating this deserving Beautification Award Winner! Why I’m A Chamber Member By Bill White, Parsons “The Chamber has enabled Parsons to establish an identity and presence, with relatively minimal capital outlay, throughout the North Houston/Greenspoint/Intercontinental Airport area. Although we are an internationally established company, this is our first opportunity in North Houston. Although in this case we provide unique sole client services, our membership and participa tion in the NHGCC facilitated the accomplishment of a major corporate goal. Simply stated that is to establish Parsons in every community we serve as a “good corporate citizen”. The NHGCC Chamber has provided that and the ability to interact with a dynamic business community.” Page 5 P AC E SE T T E R North Houston Bank Casino Night Sponsorship Levels Greer & Lowedermilk Conference Center - - March 31, 2006 Pit Boss $3,000 High Roller $2,500 Company name included with all mention of event Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center Special introduction at event Observer Newspapers Company Logo Present at every table at event Company listed in all promotions 10 tickets to event Company listed on all marketing materials $1,000 in casino money for each guest Special introduction at event 1 complimentary drink ticket per guest Company name at every table at event 5 premier parking passes 10 tickets to event $1,000 in casino money for each guest 1 complimentary drink ticket per guest Shooters - $ 1,000 5 premier parking passes Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group (Craps Table - 1 SOLD - 1 Available)/ (Texas Holdem - 2 Available) Jackpot - $ 1,500 Company name listed in all promotions (Roulette Table - ONLY 1 Available) Company logo featured at sponsored table Company name listed in all promotions 6 tickets to event Recognition at event and in program $500 in casino money for each guest Company logo at Roulette table 3 premier parking passes Company name at every dining table at event 8 tickets to event "Hit Me" - $500 $1,000 in casino money for each guest (Black Jack Table - 1 Sold - 7 Available) 4 premier parking passes Company name listed at sponsored table Gambler - $50 4 tickets to event $500 in casino money for each guest 1 ticket to event -- $500 in casino money 2 premier parking passes 50% of the proceeds from event will be donated to the North Houston-Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce Foundation - 50% of sponsorship being a tax-dedcutable donation Casino Night FAQ… What should I wear? Casino Night is a semiformal event, which means different things to different people. Most men will come in suits, most women in cocktail dresses. Some guests will be more dressed up (tuxedos & ball gowns) while others will be more casual. Will I win money? No, it’s against the law to win money from gambling. The gambling is just for fun, with no direct prizes tied into your winnings. However, the more “funny money chips” you purchase for gambling the more prize tickets you will have the opportunity to end up with. Prize tickets are used to enter drawings for the raffle prize packages that will be given away. Each package typically ranges in value from $300 $700. My ticket includes food and beverages, what do I get? There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres served between 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. They will be set up in stations around the ballroom. There will be a cash bar available throughout the evening for cocktails. How much of my ticket is tax deductible and how do I get a receipt? Fifty percent of the amount paid is tax deductible. To obtain a receipt email Nicole Dukehart at email@example.com with your name and address and she’ll send you a receipt. How does this event benefit North HoustonGreenspoint? The proceeds of the funds raised at Casino Night supports the North HoustonGreenspoint Chamber of Commerce’s mission to promote and stimu late business development and community involvement. Fifty percent of the proceeds are shared with the North HoustonGreenspoint Chamber of Commerce Foundation which operates exclusively for community charitable, scientific, arts and educational purposes. Can I buy tickets at the door? Yes, tickets will be available at the door for $50 per person—BUT reservations are requested. Can I use a credit card at the event? Yes – cash, check and credit cards will be taken for tickets and to purchase additional chips at the event. Page 6 Texas Scholars Program As Aldine ISD is of the one of the School Districts within the North HoustonGreenspoint service area the Workforce/Education Committee would like to share the Texas Scholars Program with the members. Committee Chair, Jana Anders, InvesTex Credit Union shares, “As a business partner in the community and former student of Aldine ISD, I feel the Texas Scholars Program helps better prepare the students for high school and college. Educating the students about the Texas Scholars Program is very rewarding!” Letter from Mike Hardy—Coordinator of Student Financial Services As we begin the New Year, it is time to begin planning for the Texas Scholars Program in the Aldine schools for this spring. Last year I received so many positive comments from students, teachers and counselors about the quality of the presenters for the eighth grade presentations last February. Having business and community leaders providing presentations is such a fundamental part of Texas Scholars. I believe it really serves to motivate students to accept the challenges necessary to become productive, successful members of our community. This year we will have two organizational meetings, and you may select one meeting that is most convenient to your schedule. The first th date is Tuesday, February 7 , 2006 at 8:00AM in room 103 of the Resource Center located at 14909 Aldine Westfield. The second date is Wednes th day, February 15 at 8:00AM also in room 103 of the Resource Center. If convenient to your schedule, the first meeting would be preferable as it allows more “lead time” before the presentation. At this organizational meeting you will be able to sign up for the presentations that suit your th schedule according to time, date and location, so be sure to bring your calendar. This year the presentations will be done the week of February 20 th – 24 . After the brief organizational meeting (approximately 30 minutes) we will provide another training session for the trainers. There are significant changes in the Texas Scholars program this year, so even if you are an experienced presenter, you will need to stay for the second part of the training. The training should conclude by 9:30AM. Please contact Rachael Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281.442.8701 to let me know of your planned participation. I look forward to seeing you in February. North Forest ISD—Middle Schools Career Day The middle schools of North Forest ISD request the assistance of business professionals to help with Career Day. “Career Day allows our students to meet and dialogue with persons who help them in making career decisions for the future” says Principal Gwenette Ferguson, Elmore Middle School. If Chamber members are able to assist please contact the schools below: Friday, March 3rd Friday, March 10th Friday, March 31st 8:30 am to 11:30 am 8:30 am to 11:30 am 8:30 am to 11:30 am BC Elmore Middle School RE Kirby Middle School Oak Village Middle School Attn: Wanda Pegues Attn: Leona Price Attn: Lawrence Evans 7136427466 7136330670 2814496561 National School Board Appreciation Month—Local Districts Honored At the very first meeting of the 2006 Board of Directors three resolutions were approved by the board. The resolu tions were presented as appreciation to the Aldine ISD Board of Trustees, the North Forest ISD School Board and the Spring ISD Board of Trustees. The North HoustonGreenspoint Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors wanted to express their deep appreciation to the various entities for their dedication and commitment to the youth of today and the leaders of tomorrow. Sam’s Club hosts Small Businesses According at a recent media release, Sam’s Club is in business for small business and offers advice either in club or online at www.samsclub.com to help their valued mem th bership base of 47 million save both time and money. On January 26 local Sam’s Club, 325 E Richey Road, hosted an Office Products Showcase where members had the opportunity to get a glimpse of the latest Office Products Catalog, complimentary break fast and learn about the various services provided at a discount through Sam’s Club. In addition, the Chamber was the recipient of community grant—Thank You Sam’s Club! Page 7 110% Club Adecco Employment Services Houston School of Morals & Ethics Africa 2000, Inc. IBC Innovative Business Consultants Aldine Greenspoint YMCA International Specialists Allseas USA Inc. Magoo's PrintShop Allstate Insurance/The Lipton Agency Mir Fox & Rodriguez, P.C. Boring Specialties, Inc. North Harris College Brothers Lighting & Electrical Specialists Northeast Medical Center Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group Parsons Case Contractors Partners Bank of Texas Contact Promotions Peacock Building Services EFG Insurance Agency PrimeWay Federal Credit Union Golf Plus Gifts Ross Enterprises Insurance Company Greater Greenspoint District Seth Sharr Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center Steak and Ale Restaurant Hines Stevens, Pilkington & Co PC Houston Pipe Benders The WorkSourceGreenspoint Chairman’s Circle Membership Developer’s Circle Investors Grant Prideco Reliant Energy Aldine Improvement District Greenspoint Mall Ross & Baruzzini Brookside Funeral Homes Hines SBC Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group Hotel Sofitel Houston SETEC Protection Service KerrMcGee Oil & Gas Corporation Houston Community CollegeNE Shell Oil Products US Observer Newspapers Houston First Insurance Associates Smith International , Inc. Executive Investors Hydril Sterling Bank ABS Landmark Chevrolet Stone Energy Corp. Fitness Connection Mac Haik Dodge Chrysler Jeep Swift Energy Company Greater Greenspoint District MATTCO Manufacturing Texas Southern University Partner Investors Aldine ISD Montgomery & Associates WalMart Amegy Bank of Texas Moran Gulf Shipping Agencies Wells Fargo Baker Hughes North Forest ISD Wyndham Greenspoint Boring Specialties, Inc. North Harris College CenterPoint Energy Business Investors North Houston Bank Continental Airlines ACI, Fully Booked Northeast Medical Center Convergys Corporation Boullion Graphics Northline Mall Delaware North Companies Harris & Associates Northside Lexus DeMontrond Automotive Group Southwest Housing/ O'Donnell, Ferebee, Medley & Keiser Primrose Del Sol Exxon/Mobil Production Office Systems of Texas, Inc The Employment Guide FMC Technologies, Inc. OMNIBANK Frost Bank Partners Bank of Texas GFI Management Services Peacock Building Services Page 8 NORTH HOUSTON-GREENSPOINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 15600 JFK Blvd, Suite 150 Houston, TX 77032 Phone:281.442.8701 Fax: 281.442.8713 Www.nhgcc.org Houston's Gateway to Global Growth Advertise in the Pacesetter Are you looking for an affordable way to have local business professions see your company? Well –you are looking at the BEST way to accomplish that! Consider advertising in the Chamber’s monthly newsletter. Full Page Ad $300 Back Cover Ad (halfpage) $250 Half Page $200 Quarter Page $90 Business Card $50 This opportunity is a MEMBER ONLY benefit—start putting your membership to work for you!