August 2015
In This Issue
Chamber Hosts ECISD New Teacher Welcome Breakfast
On Wednesday, August 12, the Odessa Chamber of Commerce & Chevron hosted the 2015 ECISD New Teacher Welcome Breakfast.
Held at the Ector County Coliseum, Building G, over 250 new teachers attended the event. Welcomed by Odessa Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Mike George, Education Committee Chair Mara Barham, City of Odessa Mayor David Turner, ECISD Superintendent Thomas Crowe, ECISD Board of Trustees Nelson Minyard and State Representative Brooks Landgraf, the new employees enjoyed a delicious breakfast from Barn Door.
After the welcome, the employees had time to stop by more than 30 tables set up by Chamber members and learn about a variety of businesses, services and organizations. Each table provided information as well as goodies for the teachers to take away.
The Odessa Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Chevron for sponsoring the event, as well as Betenbough Homes, Complex Community Federal Credit Union, Frost Bank, Medical Center Health System and Odessa Regional Medical Center for sponsoring the breakfast.
Save the Date!

5th Annual Basin BBQ Blowout

October 8, 2015 in Downtown Odessa
Corporate Packages still available
General Admission Ticket: $30

For more information, call 432.332.9111 or email
Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet will be held at six in the evening, September 17, at the Odessa Country Club. Sponsorship opportunities include:
$1200 Event Sponsor
$750  Reserved Table for Eight
$50 Individual Reservation, open seating
$45 Gold Member Reservation, open seating.
To reserve your place or for more information, please call 432.332.9111 or visit
Platinum Sponsorships are Available!

As a Platinum Sponsor, your company's logo and/or name appears on all programs, sponsor boards, newspaper advertisements, television spots and periodicals. There are numerous advertising opportunities that can be taken advantage of, and Platinum Sponsors get maximum exposure in the community.

For more information, contact Lynn Van Amburgh at
Innovative Programs Elevate Odessa 
College to "Model of Excellence"

Odessa College has again been elevated onto the national stage as one of only six institutions of higher education in the U.S. to be honored in the Summer 2015 Models of Excellence recognition program. University Business magazine, the leading publication for senior managers at colleges and universities throughout the United States, named Odessa College as one of the summer 2015 honorees of the prestigious Models of Excellence program.
The Models of Excellence program is sponsored by Higher One, a leading provider of financial services and data analytics to more than 1,900 college and university campuses across the U.S. The program was established to recognize colleges and universities that develop and implement "thinking outside the box" approaches to enable, encourage and nurture their students' success.
Odessa College Success Data Points
  • 95% course completion rate for all enrolled students enrolled in 2014 (significantly up from 83% in 2010, and one of the highest in the nation)
  • 75% of all OC students received an A, B or C in their courses in 2014 (a dramatic increase from the success rate of 68% in 2010)
  • 78% increase in the number of degrees and certificates awarded each year from 2010 to 2014, with an historical high of 1106 graduates earning degrees and/or certificates in 2014.
Welcome New Chamber Members!
All American Chevrolet Odessa                 
5020 John Ben Shepperd Pkwy
Clint Gillispie Enterprises, Inc (Anytime Fitness)                    
1501 East 8th Street
Trinity School            
3500 W. Wadley Avenue
Midland, TX 79707-5799
Vive MagazineGold Member
12912 Hill Country Blvd
Bee Cave, TX 

Happy Anniversary, August Gold Members!

3N Oilfield Services, LLC, 2014

Brown Electric Company, 1964

Community National Bank, 2005

D & B Oil, Inc., 1984

Diamond Lanes, 2005

Hunt Advertising & Consulting, Inc., 1996

Ingram Concrete LLC, 1994

Kirk Strahan Realty, LLC, 2014

Latigo Petroleum, 2001

N. C. Sturgeon, Inc., 2001

Netswork US,LLC, 2012

Odessa Spring, Brake & Axle, Inc., 1991

PhyTEx Rehabiliation, 2006

Rig Works Inc., 2005

Sherwood Christian Academy, 2001

Southwest Heritage Credit Union, 1988

Tilley Pressure Test, 2013
Ribbon Cutting Schedule 

Sky Mazda - Ground Breaking
Friday, August 21 at 10 a.m.
BLAZE, A Social Media Firm
Thursday, August 27 at 4 p.m.
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