February 2016
In This Issue
2015 Citizen of the Year Honoring Minka Sibert

Each year the Odessa Chamber of Commerce selects a recipient based upon the quality and effectiveness of volunteer work performed for the good of the community. Volunteer efforts to be considered as examples of community service include: the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, church, civic clubs, local government, education, and charitable/service organizations. This year, On Thursday, February 4, more than 300 people attended the 2015 Citizen of the Year Luncheon to honor this year's recipient, Minka Sibert. Congratulations to Minka Sibert, our 2015 Citizen of the Year! 
Upcoming Business After Hours

When:   March 1, 2016
Tuesday, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Where:   Prosperity Bank
620 N. Grant Ave.

When:   April 5, 2016
Tuesday, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Where:   ORMC
 East Campus Auditorium
Corner of 5th & Adams

Mike George Announces Retirement After 23 Years at the Chamber
After more than 20 years, Mike George, President/CEO of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, will retire on June 30th.

"For 23 years, I've been fortunate to have worked with professional staff members who work earnestly, and rub shoulders with a countless number of dedicated community volunteers and elected officials," said George.

During Mike's tenure at the Odessa Chamber, he was very active in developing effective relationships with the leadership throughout the entire Permian Basin. When asked about his time with the Chamber, he spoke fondly of the support he received from individuals along the way.

"I always found it motivating to see hometown heroes volunteering hundreds of hours from their personal lives," said George. "They consistently offered me advice and expertise, which helped tremendously in our mission to make Odessa and the Permian Basin a better place to live, work and play. I'd do it all over again."

Under George's leadership, the chamber led a 1997 campaign that would establish the Odessa Development Corporation, which greatly impacted Odessa ability to grow and expand the local economy.

"Mike has skillfully led our Chamber of Commerce to statewide prominence during both the good and bad economic times here in Odessa," said Craig Van Amburgh, chairman for the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. "His efforts helped bring the leadership of the city, county, ECISD and others to the table to work hand-in-hand to address the concerns and needs of our great city to the benefit of all Odessans. "I am grateful to Mike for his years of service to the Chamber, and hope that we can find a suitable replacement for his position that will carry forward the good work he started into the future."

Mike George has arguably been the face of the Odessa Chamber for many years, and he will not be an easy individual to replace. His leadership and passion for this community will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
Permian Basin Area Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications
Permian Basin Area Foundation is currently accepting college scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. According to the Permian Basin Area Foundation website, scholarships are generally awarded to graduating high school seniors based on their county of residence. Other few scholarships are specific to a particular field of study or academic institution, and in some instances, are available to students who are currently enrolled at a college or university.

Scholarship applications are due by March 31, 2016 Applicants must meet the selection criteria to be considered by the Foundation's Scholarship Committee. For more information on eligibility, selection criteria, and application forms online, visit the Foundation's website at www.pbaf.org.

West Texas Relays Set for March 4-5, 2016

For event details contact  Melissa Aguirre at  432-333-7890 
or email  melissaa@odessacvb.com
Texas Scholars Seeking T-shirt Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities for Entrepreneur of the Year and Business Hall of Fame
No accepting sponsors for Entrepreneur of the Year and Business Hall of Fame Luncheon 

Luncheon will be 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. 
April 7, 2016 at the Odessa Country Club

Download sponsor form

No refunds after March 19.
Welcome New Chamber Members!
Arvey Villa Insurance
4401 N. Grandview Ave 

Brookdale Sherwood, 
3939 East 52nd St. 

Candlewood Suites, 
750 South JBS Pkwy

EAKOM Engineering & Consulting  
405 N Marienfeld St. Ste 210

Holiday Inn Hotel,
5275 E 42nd St. 

Tractor Supply Co., 
1511 W. Interstate 20 

Gold Member Anniversaries
B & B Telecom  Solutions, 2015

Chase Bank, 2015

Colorado River Municipal Water District, 1961

DEW Investments, LLC. 2004

First Financial Bank, N.A., 2014

Gilliland Insurance Agency, 1975

Kline Oilfield Equipment, Inc., 2011

LarMar Industries, Inc. 2004

McMinn Furniture, Inc., 1986

Names & Numbers, 2011

Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang, Inc. 1992

Odessa-Ector power Partners, LP, 2000

Oncor Electric Delivery, 1953

Permian Enterprises, Ltd., 2003

Pyramid Instrumentation & Electric Corporation, 2004

Raymond James Financial Services, Peggy McCall & Kathy McIntyre, 2004

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. - John Arrick, 1993

Skateland Roller Rink, 2015

Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 2012

STA Benefits, Ltd., 1987

Sterling Park Development, 2015

United Blood Services, 1996

Wagner Supply Company, 1986

West Texas Educators Credit Union, 2006

West Texas State Bank, 1983

WOW Fashion Warehouse, 2007

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Odessa Chamber of Commerce | 432-332-9111 | Madisont@odessachamber.com | www.odessachamber.com
700 North Grant
Suite 200
Odessa, TX 79761