Automotive Industry Brings New Jobs to Irving U .S . Congressman by jizhen1947


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                                                                                                                                                                                      aprIL 14, 2009
Sculptor Honored                            U .S . Congressman Pete Sessions
Irving Businesses in
the News
                                            Addresses Blue Ribbon Winners’ Luncheon
                                            Receives Spirit of Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
DFW Connector Project                       U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions recently visited
                                            with a crowded room of Irving small business own-
                                                                                                    “It’s something I’m very proud of,” said
                                                                                                    Sessions. “And it’s something you should
Approved                                    ers at Hackberry Creek Country Club. The luncheon       expect from your Congressman. It’s a stamp
                                            honored Irving’s six Blue Ribbon Small Business         of approval that your Congressman is doing
                                            Award winners and also Congressman Sessions,            his job protecting the interests of the busi-
                                            the recipient of an award from the U.S. Chamber of      ness community.”
Legislative Update  .  .  .  .3             Commerce.                                               Certainly, the interests of the business
                                            Congressman Sessions received the Spirit of             community were of particular signifi-
Financial Tune-up for                       Enterprise Award, an award recognizing mem-             cance to those attending including many
                                            bers of Congress who voted in support of the U.S.       of Irving’s Blue Ribbon Small Businesses:
Small Businesses                            Chamber’s position on legislation a minimum of 70       Big State Drug Store, Car Concepts Rick’s
                                            percent of the time during the previous session. John   Independent Car Kare, Glory House
Get to Know Your                            Gonzalez, Regional Director of the U.S. Chamber         Catering, Kerri Miene State Farm, Mart Inc
                                            of Commerce, presented the award to Sessions, who       and Small Business of the Year nominee,
Chamber Board                               scored 100 percent with the U.S. Chamber.               Mammen Glass and Mirror.
                                                                                                    As Sessions visited with the group, conver-
                                                                                                    sation turned to the Card Check Act, a piece
                                                                                                                                                     cHris Wallace, conGressMan pete sessions
                                                                                                                                                     anD JoHn Gonzalez.
Leadership Irving  .  .  .  .  . 4                                                                  of legislation which if passed could strip
                                                                                                    away the right of 140 million U.S. work-
                                                                                                    ers to a federally supervised private-ballot election
April Anniversaries                                                                                 when deciding whether or not to unionize. The
                                                                                                    act is opposed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
Business Leaders                                                                                    the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber and
                                                                                                    Congressman Sessions.
in the News                                                                                         “It is the one piece of legislation that could effec-
                                                                                                    tively kill the free enterprise system,” said Sessions.
Added Value                                                                                         “And one which we have to fight at all costs.”
                                                                                                    As the luncheon concluded, many took photos with
                                                                                                    the Congressman and took the opportunity to visit
                                                                                                    one-on-one with the gracious Sessions, who listened
                                            JoHn Gonzalez presents tHe u.s.                         intently to the wishes of many of Irving’s business
                                            cHaMber spirit oF enterprise aWarD                      owners, and vowed his continued support to the             conGressMan pete sessions
                                                                                                    business community.                                        aDDresses tHe rooM.
                                            to conGressMan pete sessions.

                                              Automotive Industry Brings New Jobs to Irving
                                              Van tuyl Group and omega environmental
                                              Move corporate Headquarters to irving
                                            Despite tough times for the automotive in-              nancial officer at the Van Tuyl Group.
                                            dustry, Irving has gained two significant ad-           Omega Environmental Technologies
                                            ditions within that industry to the business            has already begun operations out of
                                            community. The Van Tuyl Group, a major                  a new 110,000-square-foot-facility,
                                            dealership operator and Omega Environmental             their new headquarters and distribu-
                                            Technologies, a leading distributor of aftermar-        tion center located at 1401 Valley View
                                            ket automotive air conditioning products, have          Lane, just south of DFW International
                                            moved their operations to Irving.                       Airport.
                                                                                                                                                              SKUs; and more room for growth, said Tommy
     please contact the                     The Van Tuyl Group, which operates about                “Being able to consolidate manufacturing and              France, vice president of Domestic Sales. “It all
                                            70 automobile dealerships across the U.S. in-           distribution under one roof as well as having
  chamber at 214.217.8484                   cluding 22 in North Texas, has purchased the
                                                                                                                                                              leads to improved service and product avail-
                                                                                                    18 docks to receive and ship product from, will
    if we can assist you.                   44,000-square-foot Royal Ridge Tech building            enable us to improve the flow not only of our
                                            at 8333 Royal Ridge Parkway, a single-story of-         products but will enhance our ability to turn
          Main office                       fice building on 3.6 acres. The facility which          that product around for our customers in a
5221 N. O’Connor Blvd., Ste. 100            previously housed a call center is being con-           timely fashion,” said Dominick Ferraro, Jr. vice
                                            verted to a regional corporate office for 35 em-
        Irving, TX 75039                                                                            president of marketing.
                                            ployees. The new office will host approximately         The company is in its 20th year of busi-
                                            3,000 to 5,000 employees for training each year.
   Heritage District office                                                                         ness, having been founded in 1989 in
                                            Irving’s central location within the Metroplex,         Dallas by Graciela Davis. The company’s
     301 W. Irving Blvd.                    as well as easy access to DFW International             modest beginnings were in a 5,000-
      Irving, TX 75060                      Airport, the George Bush Turnpike and other             square-foot warehouse with just two bays,
                                            major roadwayss were key reasons cited for              a far cry from the new facility.
  Business Focus is a publication           choosing the location.                                  “This new and modern facility will pro-
 of the Greater-Irving Las Colinas           “As we continue to expand in the Dallas-Fort           vide our customers with some exciting
                                            Worth market, it just made more sense to bring          benefits including: cross docking, more
      Chamber, which is solely
                                            training to the people rather than have them            racking space to accommodate our cur-
     responsible for its content.           travel to do training,” said Jim Thayer, chief fi-      rent inventory level that exceeds 24,000

President’s Message:                             DART Orange Line Must Remain on Original Course,
                                                 Directly Connecting Dallas to D/FW Airport

        he citizens and businesses of Irving have been          of new jobs and improve access to better-paying jobs                      prohibit a terminus station that
        paying into DART for 25 years, and that invest-         for residents of historically underserved areas.                          requires passenger transfers.
        ment will pay off. While some have suggested            The citizens of Irving and the Irving City Council have                   DART must honor Irving’s 25-
 alternate plans for the D/FW Orange Line, your Chamber         demonstrated their financial commitment to DART. In                       year commitment to bring rail
 is hard at work to make sure the original plan for the         fact, we have contributed more than $60 million to se-                    through our city and to D/FW
 development of the DART D/FW Orange Line remains               cure the original planned route. In addition, City Council                Airport.
 the plan of action. Originating from Bachman Station,          has adopted numerous ordinances and invested nearly                       By the time this column comes
 the Orange Line will head northwest to the Las Colinas                                                                                                                       ChrIs e. WaLLaCe
                                                                $1 billion of Irving’s sales tax funds into DART initiatives              out, an official rail-stacking cel- Chamber President/CEO
 Urban Center by 2011 and to D/FW International Airport,        to facilitate the creation of transit-oriented develop-                   ebration will have taken place,
 terminals A and B, by 2013.                                    ments along the Orange Line. The construction has                         hosted by the City of Irving and featuring guest speaker
 The benefits of a rail system which directly connects          already begun on the D/FW Orange Line, and it could                       U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions. Real progress on the
 Dallas to DFW Airport, are numerous and of the utmost          help generate more than $4 billion in designated devel-                   Orange Line, construction on its original course, is
 importance to the region. The Orange Line will enhance         opment projects.                                                          clearly being made. The mantra – Local Address, Global
 access and lessen travel time for 75,000 airport employ-       Your Chamber will continue its efforts to ensure that                     Access – is becoming an even more accurate description
 ees and 219,000 employees in Irving. Additionally, the         the original plan which incorporates a final Terminal                     of Irving and of our thriving business community as we
 D/FW Orange Line will link the airport to more than one        Station between Terminals A and B, comes to fruition by                   are poised to gain yet another convenient means of ac-
 million jobs in the Dallas area, as well as spur thousands     2013. Rest-assured that your Chamber will work hard to                    cessing our global business community.

the chamber encourages your support of these top investors as well as all of our members. For a complete directory, visit
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                                          Leon, Guanajuato, MEXICO (‘96); Espoo, FINLAND (2000) ;                                                                       Irving sister Cities /ITDaC will promote a
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     Chapa Visits with Mayor Guerrero in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
     Joseph Chapa, Executive Director of Irving Sister Cities /                                stamping and dating the letter. He plans to utilize the visit to explore
     International Trade & Development Assistance Center recently                              trade opportunity as well as advancing the cultural and educational
     visited Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, a sister city or Irving’s on Friday                     relationship between the cities. Accompanying him will likely be
     March 27. Accompanied by Sergio Ponce, Technical Coordinator                              a delegation of City officials and local business people, qualified to
     General for the U.S.- Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Chapa met                               dialogue on matters relating to trade and other opportunities.
     with Mayor Vicente Guerrero Reynoso as well as Francisco                                  An agenda for the visit is being determined, Mayor Guerrero also
     Garcia Leon, who holds the position of Secretary of the                                             suggested that during the visit, perhaps, the Sister Cities
     Municipality of Leon (a position comparable to City                                                  protocol that exists between the two cities could be
     Manager) and Lupita Robles, who is Acting Secretary of                                              ratified during a brief ceremony.
     Economic Development for the City of Leon.
                                                                                                          To become involved with ISC/ITDAC, please
     Chapa hand-delivered a letter from Mayor Herbert                                                     contact Michael Burlison, Director of Legislative and
     Gears inviting Mayor Guerrero to visit Irving from                                                  International Affairs, at 214-217-8481 or at mburlison@
     May 20 through the 24th, during the HP Byron Nelson                                      
     Championship. Mayor Guerrero accepted the invitation,

                                                                                                                         Mustangs of Las Colinas Sculptor Honored;
  DFW Connector Project                                                                                                  Visits with Business Leaders
  Approved                                                                                                               Internationally renowned sculptor of the Mustangs of Las Colinas, Robert Glen, recently made a
                                                                                                                         rare U.S. appearance to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the sculpture’s installation in the
                                                                                                                         plaza of Williams Square. Glen, who made the trip to Texas from his East African home, was
                                                                                                                         honored with two proclamations from Governor Rick Perry at a reception hosted by the La Cima
The Texas Department of Transportation                                                                                   Club’s Heritage Committee. The proclamations recognized both the Mustangs of Las Colinas and
recently voted to spend nearly $1 billion                                                                                also Mr. Glen for his masterpiece.
to reconstruct highways, promising                                                                                       The Mustangs of Las Colinas are recognized the world over and are a major tourist attraction for the
a smoother, faster drive for motorists                                                                                   area. While Glen’s pieces are known throughout the world and kept in the private collections of world
near DFW International Airport. That                                                                                     leaders including Queen Elizabeth II, the Mustangs are by far his most well-known work.
total includes $250 million in federal                                                                                   “Living in San Francisco, I recall watching many 49ers - Cowboys games” said Rich Lakers, General
economic stimulus dollars.                                                                                               Manager of La Cima Club, during a reception honoring the artist. “As Pat Summerall would discuss
Decades in the making, the project                                                                                       the game coming out of a commercial, the backdrop would always be the Mustangs of Las Colinas.”
will rebuild and expand main lanes                                                                                       A sculpture in the plaza was at the heart of Ben Carpenter’s earliest plans for the business development
and frontage roads on stretches of State                                                                                 that would occupy his family ranch. At the reception, Mr. Glen shared his account of first meeting
Highways 114 and 121. It will also rebuild                                                                               Carpenter, even doing an impression of the Las Colinas founder. As Glen tells it, Carpenter wasn’t
six interchanges on those highways                                                                                       happy with the seven small scale model horses which he had displayed; Ben Carpenter wanted nine.
and five others, and also add up to                                                                                      From those initial conversations, Robert Glen began a project that encompassed seven years of his life.
two managed lanes in each direction,                                                                                     Those who spoke before Mr. Glen – Rich Lakers, Irving City Councilwoman Rose Cannaday and
eventually doubling the roads’ traffic                                                                                   Chamber President/CEO Chris Wallace - echoed the sentiments of all in attendance by thanking
capacity. Managed lanes are toll lanes on                                                                                him for the remarkable creation and icon of Irving.
which the rates are changed according                                                                                    “The business community could not be more proud,” exclaimed Chris Wallace “to have such an
to how heavy traffic is on adjacent free                                                                                 enduring symbol as we have in the Mustangs of Las Colinas.”
One of three projects recently approved,
the projects together will cost about $4.7
billion to build and another $2 billion or more to operate and maintain. The Spain-based private
developer, Cintra, is kicking in about $4.7 billion, money that will be repaid with toll revenue
over 52 years. Texas is paying about $1.75 billion, plus another $250 million from the federal
stimulus package.

  CommunITY eXCeLLenCe aWarD. The Chamber requests your help in guaranteeing
  that one of Irving’s Blue Ribbon businesses wins the nation’s Community Excellence Award.
  Irving’s 2009 Blue Ribbon Award winners are: Big State Drug Store, Car Concepts Rick’s
  Independent Car Kare, Glory House Catering, Kerri Meine’s State Farm Insurance, and Mart,
  Inc. In addition, Mammen Glass and Mirror has been named the Southwest/South Central
  Small Business of the Year and is one of seven finalists for the 2009 national Small Business
  of the Year. Please go to before April
  6-17 and vote for one of these Irving businesses. The winner will be announced at the Small
  Business Summit, May 11-13 in Washington D.C. Irving has more Blue Ribbon small busi-
  nesses than any other city in the nation. Please help us demonstrate our support for these                             cHris Wallace, rose cannaDay, robert Glen anD ricH lakers.
  businesses with your vote.
  Las CoLInas meDICaL CenTer reCeIves ChesT paIn aCCreDITaTIon. Las Colinas
  Medical Center has received full Cycle II accreditation status from the Accreditation Review
  Committee of the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The Chest Pain Center at Las Colinas
  Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by                                   We make you and your
                                                                                                                            sign project look great!
  meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by
  a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
  norTh LaKe CoLLeGe souTh Campus open, rIbbon CuTTInG pLanneD. The new
  North Lake College South Campus, located at 1081 Shady Grove at MacArthur Boulevard, is
  now accepting applications for the summer academic semester. The school is open Monday
  – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00
  p.m. The public is invited to the grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on April 29,                                  Small Business
  at 10:00 a.m. To learn more contact the South Campus at 214-891-1342.                                                         of the Year
  horaCe mann InsuranCe LooKInG for aGenTs. Horace Mann Insurance, who re-                                                    FASTSIGNS – Irving was awarded the
                                                                                                                              2008 Small Business of the Year award
  cently opened a national claims center in Irving, is seeking agents to build an agency in the                               by the Greater - Irving/Las Colinas
                                                                                                                              Chamber of Commerce.
  Irving market. The company’s target audience is educators and offers auto and home insur-
  ance and retirement planning. For more information, contact Bruce Stubbs, Dallas District
  Field Sales Leader at 214-383-5512.
  DarT earns InTernaTIonaL reCoGnITIon. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is being
  recognized as the best transit agency in North, South and Central America at the annual
  MetroRail conference. The “Best Metro Americas” award was presented March 31.
  DeLsITe InC fILes for ChapTer 7 banKrupTCY. The Board of Directors of DelSite Inc.,
  an Irving-based drug development company formerly known as Carrington Laboratories,
  announced that the company has chosen to liquidate under Chapter 7 bankruptcy protec-
  tion. The company had failed to raise the money necessary to begin clinical trials on its
  GelVac branded nasal powder bird flu vaccine. The company had previously ceased opera-
  tions of its manufacturing facility in Irving and Costa Rica.
  neXsTar enTers DeaL WITh four poInTs meDIa Group. Irving-based Nexstar
  Broadcasting Group has entered a $2 million annual agreement with Four Points Media
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  Group to provide management services to that company’s seven television stations which
  are located in four markets.
  aLLsTaTe reCruITInG for aGenTs. The Allstate Corporation is recruiting 70 mid-level
                                                                                                                                            The HP Byron Nelson
  sales and financial professionals to open new agencies in the DFW Metroplex. As an ex-
  clusive agent, you will be operating your business as an independent contractor allowing
  greater control over your career and income potential. Candidates will need $50,000 in capi-
  tal to fund the upstart of the agency. For more information, go to http://www.allstateagent.
  com, or call 1-877-711-1006.
  LarGesT mInorITY-oWneD busInesses. In a survey by the Dallas Business Journal,
                                                                                                                                            Monday, May 18, 2009 thru
  four of the Metroplex’s largest minority-owned businesses are based in Irving. They include:
  Sun Holdings, Omega Environmental Technologies, State Bank of Texas and Collabera, Inc.
                                                                                                                                            Sunday, May 24, 2009
  2009 franChIse TaX WebInars. The Texas Comptroller’s office will host a webinar to
  help taxpayers and practitioners who are filing 2009 franchise tax reports. Taxpayers may
                                                                                                                                            TpC four seasons Las CoLInas
  log on from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28. The webinar is free, but pre-registration
  is required. Visit the Comptroller’s Web site at
  webinars_2009.html to register.
     Chamber of CommerCe                                                                                                                                                                  p u L L- o u T s e C T I o n                 

      Your Legislative Update                                                                                                                 anti-Tort bills alive in
                                                                                                                                              the Texas Legislature                                     Economic
   americans for Immigration reform outline advocacy plan                                                                                     While you may be hearing reports that bills
                                                                                                                                              aren’t moving much in the Texas Legislature,

  Americans for Immigration Reform (AIR) has com-             Chamber Report:                                                                 anti-tort reform bills may just be the exception.
  missioned an economic impact study of the current           According to Beto Cardenas, Executive                                           One measure, Senate Bill 1119 by Senator Chuy
  “enforcement only” policy and laws, as well as a pub-       Counsel to Americans for Immigration                                            Hinojosa is on its way to the full Senate and will
  lic opinion poll and focus groups across the United         Reform, “Texas’ Chambers are beginning to                                       be voted on very soon. Its House companion,                 The Irving Economic
  States, to gauge Americans’ attitudes toward im-            raise the issue of immigration reform with                                      House Bill 1956 by Rep. John Smithee, was                       Development
  migration reform. Using this information, AIR has           elected officials who are allies or leaning                                     heard March 30, by the House Judiciary & Civil             Partnership would like
  outlined an advocacy plan in anticipation of immi-          toward supporting sensible measures.”                                           Jurisprudence Committee.                                   to thank the following
  gration reform legislation working its way through                                                                                          The same committee will
                                                              Cardenas also points out that while there has not been a concrete piece of                                                               entities for their continued
  the legislative process this coming fall.                                                                                                   also hear House Bill 1811 by
                                                              legislation introduced, now is the best time to begin conversations and                                                                   support and investment
  AIR sees the following developments that could                                                                                              Rep. Craig Eiland, which
                                                              build a good foundation for pro-America, pro-business proposals.                                                                               in our program:
                                                                                                                                              rolls back asbestos reforms
  impact the ability to secure sensible, pro-business         “The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber would support legislation,” said        made in previous years.
  immigration reform:                                         Chamber President/CEO Chris Wallace, “that complements the Americans
                                                                                                                                              Senate Bill 1119 and House Bill 1956 would                  Strategic inveStor
  DREAM Act: The DREAM Act has been intro-                    for Immigration Reform principles.”                                             reverse reforms passed in 2003 that reasonably
  duced in the United States Senate and the House of                                                                                                                                                         City of Irving
                                                              In regards to the principles for immigration reform, your Chamber               limited the amount of medical bills a plaintiff
  Representatives, respectively. This bipartisan legis-                                                                                                                                                    Irving Convention
                                                              supports the following as approved by the Board:                                could recover to the amount actually paid or                 & Visitors Bureau
  lation would provide immigration relief to undocu-                                                                                          incurred by the individual or their insurer.
                                                              • Efforts to secure our borders.                                                                                                           Las Colinas Marketing
  mented students if they came here as children (under                                                                                        This bill would permit an individual in a
  the age of 16), are long-term U.S. residents (continu-      • The creation of an efficient temporary worker program.                                                                                          Alliance
                                                                                                                                              personal injury lawsuit (other than a medical
  ous physical presence for five years on the date of         • The creation of a fast, reliable employment verification program.             malpractice claim) to recover more money for             TIAA Realty, Inc / Cousins
  enactment), have good moral character and attend            • Employer accountability for hiring employees with legal status.               medical expenses than actually was or will be               Properties Services
  college or enlist in the military for at least two years.   • The development of a process to deal with the illegal immigrants who are      paid. This would be done by allowing a person              U.S./Mexico Chamber of
                                                                already in the United States.                                                 to submit bills that are higher than those                       Commerce
  Labor Coalition: A new coalition of labor groups
                                                              • Reform that strengthens national security by providing for the screening      actually paid to health care providers. Typically,
  has formed, to advocate on immigration reform is-
                                                                                                                                              an insured individual receives a statement
                                                                                                                                                                                                         chairman’S inveStor
  sues. This coalition is opposed to addressing new             of foreign workers and creating a disincentive for illegal immigration.
                                                                                                                                              with “billed charges,” but the individual’s                 American Airlines
  provisional/temporary immigrant worker programs,            • Reform that strengthens the rule of law by establishing clear, sensible im-
                                                                                                                                              insurance company has negotiated the bill                      Aviall, Inc.
  increasing the number of visas available in any cat-          migration laws that are efficiently and vigorously enforced.                  for a significantly lower amount. Under this                   ExxonMobil
  egory or changing the visa distribution system from         • Reform that ensures that U.S. workers are not displaced by foreign workers.   legislation, a claimant could submit the original
  one of geography to one based upon business needs.                                                                                                                                                    Flowserve Corporation
                                                              • Reform that ensures that all workers enjoy the same labor law protections.    bill to the jury as if their insurance company
                                                                                                                                              actually paid the “billed charges”. This would            Microsoft Corporation
  harper-brown named new subcommittee Chair                                                                                                   deceive the jury as to the true amount of actual        NEC Corporation of America
                                                                                                                                              medical damages.
  Representative Linda Harper-Brown of Irving has been appointed Chairwoman of
  a new subcommittee within the House Committee on Transportation. Chairman                                                                   House Bill 1811 would weaken standards in                  PreSident’S inveStor
  Joe Pickett recently named Harper-Brown the Chair of the Transportation                                                                     asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuits that
  Subcommittee on License Plates. The newly-formed subcommittee will hear legis-                                                              require plaintiffs to introduce proof of the
                                                                                                                                              dose of the product they contend contributed                 Allstate Insurance
  lation regarding guidelines for issuance and display of both standard and specialty
                                                                                                                                              to cause their disease. Without the legal                      Atmos Energy
  license plates; as well as the handling and disbursement of any fees related to li-
                                                                                                                                              standard, Texas courts would be flooded with                        Citi
  cense plates.
                                                                                                                                              mesothelioma litigation in which defendants                   Comerica Bank
  “I am honored to have been appointed to this subcommittee, and I look forward to                                                            would be forced to defend themselves for claims               DeVry University
  working with Chairman Pickett on legislation regarding these very important sub-                                                            for which they have no responsibility.
  jects,” Harper-Brown said.                                                                                                                                                                          EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
                                                                                                                                              As you may be aware, tort reforms beginning              Gardere Wynn Sewell LLP
  Representative Harper-Brown has been involved in Texas’ transportation policy                                                               in 1995 have transformed Texas’ civil justice
  for over 15 years at multiple levels. Since she was elected to the Texas House of                                                           environment and enticed more businesses
  Representatives, she has been committed to minimizing the burden to taxpayers                                                               to move and stay in Texas. According to The              Las Colinas Country Club
  and furthering Texas’ economic growth by improving the efficiency of the trans-                                                             Impact of Judicial Reforms on Economic Activity              North Lake College
  portation system. In addition to her work on the House Transportation Committee, Harper-Brown serves on the Sunset                          in Texas study, the total cost of the Texas tort          Oncor Electric Delivery
  Advisory Commission under which the Texas Department of Transportation was recently reviewed. She is also nationally                        system in 2000 was $15.482 billion. Without                    Optim Energy
  recognized for her transportation expertise, serving as vice chair of the National Conference for State Legislatures (NCSL)                 reforms, it is estimated that the total cost would             Reliant Energy
  Transportation Committee. Linda Harper-Brown represents Texas House District 105.                                                           have been $25.889 billion.
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Small businesses are often created in a flurry of activity. According              employer-sponsored defined contribution plans such as profit-                 emphasis on rehabilitation and                 Coldwell Banker
to the U.S. Small Business Administration, over 50 percent of                      sharing plans and Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs). Did you                returning disabled employees               Crow Holdings/Apollo
small businesses fail in the first year and 95 percent fail within                 know that in 2005, your business can deduct the lesser of 25 percent          to work has helped keep group                    Real Estate
the first five years. A few make it beyond this start-up period,                   of your salary (20 percent of net earnings for an unincorporated              disability income premiums                   Granite Properties
usually due to managed growth and access to commercial credit.                     individual) or $42,000? If your business sponsored a 401(k) plan,             in check. And, group life plans              Jones Lang LaSalle
Of these successful small businesses, a small percent grow into                    you and your employees could save as much as $14,000 pre-tax from             with supplemental individual
public companies—the Microsofts and IBMs of tomorrow. Smaller                      salary in 2005 and up to $4,000 more if the participant will be age 50        coverage are commonly used             Koll Development Company
percentages still remain in the hands of the original owners and are               or older in 2005.                                                             to meet the needs of highly-                  PS Business Parks
eventually transitioned to younger-generation family members at the                Health Insurance Plan—Rising health insurance costs remain                    compensated executives and                   Staffelbach Design
owners’ death, disability or retirement.                                           a major concern for many small business owners, but there are                 owners.                                           Associates
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be time for a “financial tune-up.” Like the name implies, a financial              The newest and perhaps most promising is the Health Savings                   businesses routinely insure                 Triple L Management
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Type of business entity—Many small businesses start out as                         to not paying tax on contributions, participants also pay no tax              key employees. If you haven’t                Chesapeake Energy
unincorporated sole proprietorships. The advantages are ease                       on earnings that accumulate in the HSA. Moreover, money not                   increased the amount of                          Corporation
of formation and simplicity of operation. The disadvantages are                    withdrawn to pay for medical care is carried over to the next year            existing key person life and
exposure of personal assets to business liabilities and reporting                                                                                                                                            Classic Fare Catering
                                                                                   and continues growing tax-deferred. And, provided money in                    disability coverage to keep                     Compass Bank
net business earnings on your personal income tax return. If your                  the account is used for health-related expenses or to pay health              pace with increasing profits
business has grown since you started out, it may make sense to                     insurance premiums, the participant pays no tax when withdrawals              and business lines of credit             Driver Pipeline Co., Inc.
consider a operating under a different business form. Some types                   are made. Single participants can contribute up to $2,650 in 2005             or to reflect the addition of         FastSigns – Irving / Las Colinas
of business entities popular with small business owners—limited                    pre-tax, while those who are married can contribute up to $5,250 for          new key employees, there’s                      Imlach Group
liability companies, S corporations and regular C corporations—                    a family plan. However, there is a catch — Not everyone is eligible           no better time to do so                           Irving ISD
protect the individual business owner’s personal assets from claims                for a Health Savings Account. To qualify, you can only be covered             than now. As employees
of business contractual and tort creditor. Furthermore, some of                                                                                                                                        Knight Security Systems, LLC
                                                                                   by a high-deductible medical insurance policy, either through your            age and/or become health-              Las Colinas Medical Center
these other business forms offer tax advantages to small business                  employer or as a self-employed person. “High-deductible” means                impaired insurance becomes
owners that are not available to sole proprietors. For example,                    the policy must not pay benefits until you have accumulated at least          more expensive or outright               Mammen Glass & Mirror
unincorporated sole proprietors pay self-employment taxes of 15.3                  $1,000 worth of out-of-pocket medical expenses that year. The family          unavailable. When it comes                Medco Health Solutions
percent on net income up to $90,000 (2005). By comparison, an S                    deductible must be at least $2,000.                                           to acquiring key person                      Northop Grumman
corporation owner/employee is subject employment tax withholding                                                                                                 insurance, the sooner you act
                                                                                   Life and Disability Insurance—Small businesses often find it                                                            Office Resource Group
on his or her compensation. However, net earnings over and above                                                                                                 the better.
a reasonable salary are included in income, but are not subject to                 challenging to attract and retain human resources. Employee                                                            Quantum Custom Homes
employment taxes.                                                                  benefits offerings such as life and disability income insurance are           Business Succession                              Sam’s Club
                                                                                   often necessary to compete with the “big boys.” Group plans provide           Planning—When business                 Signal Metal Industries, Inc.
Retirement plan—When is the last time you considered whether                       affordable coverage without the need for individual underwriting.             owners think about wealth
your employer-sponsored retirement plan was the best plan for you?                 These coverages can be offered as an employee benefit paid for                transfer, they usually think
Or, if you don’t have an employer-sponsored retirement plan, when                  solely by the employer, an employer-sponsored plan paid for by                about the transfer of their
is the last time you evaluated the benefits of starting a plan? The                the employee, or a combination plan. Furthermore, employer-paid               business or its value. Typically,
landscape for employer-sponsored retirement plans has changed                      premiums are generally deductible and are excludible from employee            businesses have only three
                                                                                                                                                                                                           To share in the benefits
considerably over the past few years and you may be missing out on                 income (only the cost of the first $50,000 of group life insurance            options available to them at             enjoyed by these entities,
a great opportunity for both you and your employees. One change                    is tax-free to the employee). If you haven’t considered these plans           the death of an owner. These                   please call us at
has been an increase in the maximum allowable contribution for                     recently, you’ll find that the market has changed significantly. An           include the following:
                                                                                                                                                                 • Sale of the business to an            214-217-8484
  Get to Know Your Chamber Board Member:
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                                                                                                                                                                 • Retention of the business
                                                                                                                                                                    for family members or other   
                                                                                                                                                                    surviving owners
  Jo Ann Goin, Glory House Catering /                                                                                                                            • Liquidation of the business

  Receptions on the Main                                                                                                                                         Liquidation of the business is typically what happens in the absence
                                                                                                                                                                 of a business succession plan. Lacking a plan, the owner’s executor is
                                                                                                                                                                 forced to sell business assets piecemeal. This results in loss of “going
                                                                                                                                                                 concern” value—the “goodwill” of a successful business due to its

 J o Ann Goin was born in Alpine, Texas. She graduated from the University of
   North Texas with a BBA in Productions and Operations Management and a Mi-
 nor in Statistical Studies in 1989.
                                                                                                                                                                 customer, supplier, and lender relationships.
                                                                                                                                                                 This means that business succession planning usually comes down
                                                                                                                                                                 to the decision to sell or retain the business. The decision is not an
                                                                                                                                                                 easy one. If your business has experienced growth, if you’ve brought
 After college, Jo Ann worked in the medical equipment industry first in customer ser-
                                                                                                                                                                 a family member into the business, or if you are approaching
 vice, then in billing. She worked as a billing director for All Care Medical/American                                                                           retirement, it makes sense to revisit your business succession plan.
 Home Patient. After leaving the medical equipment business, she began a career with
                                                                                                                                                                 A tune-up can be as painless as an oil change and lube job, or it can
 Lone Star Park, eventually managing Silks, a 1500 seat dining room.
                                                                                                                                                                 uncover some major work. But the benefit of a tune-up is that it puts
 With a love for entertaining, she launched Glory House Catering in January of                                                                                   you in control and minimizes the chance of getting stranded on a
 2000. Glory House then expanded to include Receptions on The Main in late 2007.                                                                                 lonely road at night. A financial tune-up offers the same benefit—it
 Glory House Catering has been recognized as one of the best small businesses in                                                                                 prevents you from getting stranded without adequate retirement
 the country, earning the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Blue Ribbon                                                                                     benefits, attractive employee benefits or an up-to-date business
                                                                                                                                                                 succession plan.
 Award in 2008 and 2009. Jo Ann is the Chamber Board’s Vice Chairwoman of
 Small Business Services.                                                                                                                                         Provided courtesy of The Prudential Insurance Company of America
    Chamber of CommerCe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         p u L L- o u T s e C T I o n                4

Leadership Irving Class of 2009 Graduates
Government, arts and transportation were the topics for March for                                                                            with the Mayor. The Arts in Irving were presented by Kass Prince,                        into the DFW Airport where the afternoon was spent learning about
the Leadership Irving-Las Colinas class of 2009 as they started the day                                                                      Assistant Director of Operations and External Programs with the                          the operations at the airport. A special visit into the Operations
early at City Hall.                                                                                                                          Irving Arts Center.                                                                      Command Post and the emergency preparedness areas was especially
Strategic budgeting, the City’s business philosophy, the BNSF/Orange                                                                         After lunch, sponsored by Baylor Hospital, the class headed off to the                   enjoyed by the class.
Line, Code Enforcement, and Boards and Commissions were all                                                                                  South Irving Transit Station and met with Carlos Huerta, Community                       Special thanks to Baylor Medical Center at Irving for their
covered in depth during the morning session. The highlight of the                                                                            Affairs Representative with DART and learned of the Trinity Railway                      sponsorship in the Month of April.
morning was a visit and presentation from the Honorable Mayor                                                                                Express and DART’s plans for the new light rail lines. Taking the TRE                    The class met for their final session in April to learn about healthcare
Herbert Gears, with the class having a question and answer period                                                                            heavy rail to the Centreport station, the class was then transferred                     in Irving.

  ThanK You To our                                                                        ConG r aTuL aTIons
 2008-2009 sponsors:
                                                                                          LeaDe rshIp IrvInG
               HMS                                                                          CL ass of 2009                                                                                allstate insurance/nicHols             Four seasons resort                    net inc
     EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT                                                                                                                                                                   972-393-7727, Lloyd Nichols            anD club                               972-999-4425, John DeWitt
        PROFESSIONALS                                                                                                                                                                                                            972-717-0700, Melissa Lehman
                                                             Melissa Baker                                                          Johanna Mandel                                        aMbius                                                                        niJi stanley pHotoGrapHy
  UPLIFT EDUCATION / NORTH                                                                                                                                                                214-638-1000, Patti Moody              GeorGe/Mckenna electrical              972- 871-8638, Lali Jean Stanley
     HILLS PREPARATORY                                       CITY OF IRVING                                                         CITY OF IRVING                                                                               contractors
                                                                                                                                                                                          AMEGY BANK OF TEXAS                                                           nokia tHeatre at GranD
                                                             Thelma Cantu                                                           Murl Miller                                           214-754-6131, Aidi Buston              972-721-1950, Don George               prairie
   Baylor Medical Center at Irving                           IRVING INDEPENDENT                                                     MURL E. MILLER,                                                                              Glenn, Janet DDs, MaGD                 972-854-5050, Julie Curtis
           Big State Drug                                    SCHOOL DISTRICT                                                        ATTORNEY AT LAW, P.C.                                 aMli la Villita
                                                                                                                                                                                          972- 910-0871, Clarissa Shaw           972-594-0022, Janet Glenn              nortH Dallas bank & trust
     Carrollton-Farmers Branch
                                                             Ryan Cross                                                             Mike Overby                                                                                  GooDson acura                          972-716-7244, Michael Howell
    Independent School District                                                                                                                                                           apartMent locatinG
                                                             COMERICA BANK                                                          EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT                                                                           972-554-0505, Richard Schindler
            City of Irving                                                                                                                                                                specialists                                                                   nortH lake colleGe
                                                             Lynn Farestad                                                          PROFESSIONALS                                                                                                                       972-273-3000, Herlinda Glasscock
       Crockett Middle School
                                                                                                                                                                                          972-786-7100, Renee Jacobson           Hooters irVinG
                                                             HMS                                                                    Billy Owens                                           asoMbra caterinG                       972-659-9464, Cindy Scufca             nuMantra
      Dallas Area Rapid Transit                                                                                                     CITY OF IRVING
                                                             Jerry Farmer                                                                                                                 972-820-8807, Tiffany Skelton          Houston Jackson Group                  214-635-2220, Dave Evans
            DFW Airport
                                                             FLOWSERVE                                                              Carlene Ross                                          astro controls inc.                    972-717-3890, Anne White               o’connor GarDens oFFice
  Dallas Las Colinas Marriott Hotel                          CORPORATION                                                            NORTH LAKE COLLEGE                                    972-253-7783, Chris Comire             ibM                                    park
          DeVry University                                                                                                                                                                                                       800-861-8335, Tom Trotter              214-566-3352, Allan English
                                                             Jo Ann Goin                                                            Carlos Sanchez                                        astro sHeet Metal co. inc.
   Irving Economic Development                               GLORY HOUSE                                                            LEADERS WITHOUT
             Partnership                                                                                                                                                                  972-438-1110, Allan Paxton             iGnite inDepenDent                     plyMoutH park baptist
                                                             CATERING/RECEPTIONS                                                    BORDERS                                                                                      associate                              cHurcH
    Four Seasons Resort and Club                                                                                                                                                          better business bureau oF
                                                             ON THE MAIN                                                            Stacey Starkey                                                                               214-668-4174, Becky Bigbie             972-986-7729, Ken Branam
                                                                                                                                                                                          MetroplitanD Dallas, inc.
  Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport                              Jennifer Hall                                                          IRVING RAMBLER                                        214-740-0310, Ron Colvin               irVinG senior arts proGraM             plyMoutH park cHurcH oF
   Irving Healthcare Foundation                              IRVING ARTS CENTER                                                                                                                                                  972-254-9389, Kitty Baker              cHrist
                                                                                                                                    Keith Station                                         blooMinGDales acaDeMy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        972-259-2631, Travis Stanley
         Irving High School                                                                                                                                                               972- 869-9145, Doug McRae              irVinG syMpHony orcHestra
                                                             Lance Hamlin                                                           IRVING CONVENTION
 Irving Independent School District                          CARROLLTON FARMERS                                                     AND VISITORS BUREAU                                                                          assoc                                  reliant enerGy
                                                                                                                                                                                          bolGer insurance aGency
     Irving Symphony Orchestra                               BRANCH INDEPENDENT                                                                                                                                                  972-831-8818, Tracy Boyd               972-831-7378, Sandee Treptow
                                                                                                                                    Nagraj Venkataraman                                   972-254-1669, Meredith Bolger
            La Cima Club                                     SCHOOL DISTRICT                                                        HMS                                                                                          J. ellis apartMent locators            resource one creDit union
                                                                                                                                                                                          business interiors
        Lamar Middle School                                  Tom Landry Elementary                                                                                                                                               972-256-0544, Rick Ellis               214-319-3100, Artemisa Velez
                                                                                                                                    Monty White                                           817-858-2000, Sally Smith
      Las Colinas Country Club                               Davitria Harrell                                                       IRVING CONVENTION                                                                            kiWanis club oF irVinG                 riM
                                                                                                                                                                                          capital one
     Las Colinas Medical Center                              DEVRY UNIVERSITY                                                                                                                                                    972-741-5489, Dave Ross                972-650-6126, Tom Sanchez
                                                                                                                                    AND VISITORS BUREAU                                   972-364-6293, Brandon Strom
        Microsoft Corporation                                Jeri Johnson                                                                                                                                                        la HacienDa coMMunity                  s & s MacHine inc
                                                                                                                                                                                          carniVal FooD stores
       Ranchview High Schoo                                  MICROSOFT                                                                                                                                                           outreacH                               972-438-6282, Jimmy W. Guest
                                                                                                                                                                                          972- 393-8700, Mark Cosby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 972-751-1200, Sylvia Hubbard           sauer, GorDon Jr pHD
                                                                                                                                                                                          clark, Waters & HarDy
     Tom Landry Middle School                                                                                                                                                                                                    las colinas pHarMacy                   972-867-2497, Gordon C. Sauer Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                                          972-444-9944, Angela Williams
34050 IVM B2B 4c             4/6/09                  4:34 PM                    Page 1                                                                                                                                           972-580-1814, Jim Hrncir               scHacHter Harris, llp
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 las colinas surGery center             972-402-8089, Deborah Harris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 972-257-0144, Mick Scott               state FarM – sanDi broWn
                                                                                                                                                                                          coMMercial Metals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 letourneau uniVersity                  aGent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bonita McClain Vinson                  972-253-9557, Sandi Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                          214-689-4300, Debbie Okle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 let’s party                            stone Gate cHristian
                                                                                                                                                                                          Delaporte & associates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 972-867-8616, Jenifer Glenn            acaDeMy
                                                                                                                                                                                          817-481-9903, Kim House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        972-790-0070, Rhonda Tuttle
                                                                                                                                                                                          ebby HalliDay realtors/                loFts at las colinas
                                                                                                                                                                                          rosson                                 972-402-0007, Rhonda Grubbs            rick stopFer
                                                                                                                                                                                          972-409-3229, Carolyn Rosson           Make a WisH FounDation oF              tHaWer laW/capital title
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 nortH teXas                            214-239-4511, Sherin Thawer
                                                                                                                                                                                          ebM corp
                                                                                                                                                                                          214-647-1919, Salama Wael              214-496-9474, Barry Smink              uniVersity oF Dallas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mart inc                               972-721-5201, Dr. Robert M. Galecke
                                                                                                                                                                                          erskine & associates
                                                                                                                                                                                          972-572-4163, Laurie Erskin-Williams   972-721-1522, Vernon Proctor           Vision city las colinas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Martin, FletcHer &                     214-393-3008, Rita Patel
                                                                                                                                                                                          eXpo Group, tHe
                                                                                                                                                                                          972-580-9000, Ray Pekowski             associates                             Vistas at Hackberry creek
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 972-501-5600, Dana Bucher              972-556-0580, Rebecca Hillin
                                                                                                                                                                                          First soutHWest coMpany
                                                                                                                                                                                          214-953-4000, Christopher Janning      Mission @ la Villita                   bob WHitney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 972-556-1630, Sherry Maggart

                                                                                                                                                                                         IRVING BUSINESS LEADERS IN THE NEWS
                                                                                                                                                                                         Thompson eLeCTeD ChaIrman TourIsm CounCIL anD roChe To naTIonaL boarD. Mark
                                                                                                                                                                                         Thompson, Vice President of Marketing for the Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been elected
                                                                                                                                                                                         Chairman of the Dallas-Fort Worth Area Tourism Council. Additionally, National Sales Manager for the Bureau,
                                                                                                                                                                                         Kelly Roche, has been elected to the National Board of Directors for the Society of Government Meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                         Professionals. Roche was the 2008 Sales Manager of the Year.
                                                                                                                                                                                         GaLanres eLeCTeD presIDenT of professIonaL esTImaTors. Luis Galanres, a director with Yates
                                                                                                                                                                                         Construction with an office in Las Colinas, has been named President of the American Society of Professional
                                                                                                                                                                                         Estimators – Dallas-Fort Worth.
                                                                                                                                                                                         neC names neW presIDenT. NEC Corporation of America announced the appointment of Takayuki
                                                                                                                                                                                         Okada to the position of President and CEO, effective April 1. Okada will oversee operations of the company’s
                                                                                                                                                                                         diverse business lines in the U.S., including unified communications, server and storage solutions, optical
                                                                                                                                                                                         network systems, microwave radio communications and biometric security from the company’s U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                                         headquarters in Irving.
                                                                                                                                                                                         proCTor appoInTeD To DaLLas WorKforCe boarD. General contractor Vernon Proctor, owner
                                                                                                                                                                                         of Mart Inc, has been appointed to the Dallas County Workforce Development Board by the Dallas County
                    Located in the heart of the Metroplex situated at the intersection of Highway 183 and Belt Line Road North in Irving, Texas. Shopping Line® 972.255.0571.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Commissioners. The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce nominated Proctor for this position.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Proctor was recently named a Small Business Blue Ribbon Award winner by the U.S. Chamber. Proctor also
                                                                                                                                                                                         serves as Chairman of Irving’s Preservation and Redevelopment Board.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    L & L security Concepts                    Texas motor speedway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Frank Gilligan, 682-203-6924               Dan Hanrahan, 817-215-8557
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Le peep Grill                              Travers orthodontics, p.a.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kelly Miller, 972-717-0422                 Dr. Kim Travers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Liberty Tax service                        university of phoenix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jonathon Smith, 972-607-1708               Chris Manning, 214-647-6230
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mandalay on the Lake                       vollmer public relations
   Your Chamber promotes “Member to Member” benefits! As a member you receive                                                                                                                                       Kathy Holman, 972-556-0506                 Denisha Stevens, 972-488-4790
   a number of discounts from other members. Take advantage and save money with                                                                                                                                     motivational speaker                       Woodland hills apartments
   special discounts offered for CHAMBER MEMBERS ONLY!                                                                                                                                                              Frank Luttrell, 214-496-0345               Misty Wesala, 972-255-7118
   Contact the members below, to find out how you can receive special discounts on
   products and services. Just another outstanding benefit of your membership.                                                                                                                                      niji stanley photography
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lali Jean Stanley, 469-585-3723
   To list your business as an “Added Value” member, call 214-217-8484.                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                            Groom & Zoom self serve                 numantra
   21st Century Dental                                                      aspen Catering
                                                                                                                                                                            Dog Wash                                Dave Evans, 214-635-2220
   Dr. Kent Smith, 972-255-3712                                             Pam Parizo, 972-401-4777
                                                                                                                                                                            Kimberly Andrews, 972-252-7908
   aaa Texas membership                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                       Qualtrust federal Credit union
   Christi Griffin, 972-444-7809                                            Coldwell banker residential
                                                                                                                                                                            health Connection                       Wes Vaughn, 972-714-1304
   acceleratus, LLC                                                         Sandy Brown, 972- 489-2523
                                                                                                                                                                            Billie Coburn, 972-255-4767   
   Marilee Robertson, 972-791-2237                                
                                                                                                                                                                            Intelligent office                      regions bank                                                  Driver alliant Insurance services
                                                                                                                                                                            Sue Utter, 214-624-5100                 George Christian, 972-444-0592
   advanced Dental Care                                                     (Chamber Discount Insurance
   972-506-9688 Amy or Judy                                                 program)
                                                                            John Crawford, 1-800-347-9547                                                                   Irving mall                             reliant energy
   alphagraphics of Irving Las                                                                                                                                                                                      1-866-RELIANT
                                                                            ebm Corp.                                                                                       Holly Conner, Director of Marketing
                                                                            Wael Salama, 214-647-1919                                                             
   Michael Davis, 972-570-0868
                                                                                                                                                 972-255-0572                            re/max Las Colinas
   apple one employment                                                                                                                                                                                             Wesley Trammell, 469-474-9828
                                                                            fairfield Inn of Las Colinas                                                                    Jericho Cuisine
   Terry Ann Long, 972-479-9359
                                                                            Stacey Austin, 972-550-8800                                                                     Ghassan Bilaih, 972-790-6600            speedpro Imaging
                                                                                                                                                                                Cherie Ostermann, 972-550-5200
   aroma Coffee & vending, Inc.                                             fastsigns-Irving/Las Colinas
                                                                                                                                                                            Jessy’s Girl hair Design      
   Abbey VaFaee, 214-303-1503                                               Jeff Youngblood, 972-255-2022
                                                                                                                                                                            Jessy Graham, 682-553-7894                                                 Glory house Catering
                                                                            JoAnn Goin, 972-259-1123

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