November 2015
In This Issue
5th Annual Basin BBQ Blowout Winners

Chairman's Choice Award  
Albertson's Market

Ribs Category

1st: The Original Dent Shop
2nd: Pemco Equipment, Inc.
3rd: Heff's Burger

Chicken Category

1st: Atmos Energy
2nd: Cemex, Inc
3rd: Prosperity Bank

Brisket Category

1st: BarnDoor Steakhouse
2nd: Prosperity Bank
3rd: Musketball Group & Equipment, Inc

Other Category

1st: Odessa Country Club
2nd: BHP Billiton Petroleum
3rd: Odessa Pumps

Business After Hours
Save the Date!

Hosted by:

Medical Center Health Systems
January 5, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Meet Madison Tate
Meet the Chamber's new Communications Specialist 

Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Madison moved to Odessa in October. She received her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Texas Tech University, and is currently in her last semester of Graduate school for a master's degree in Mass Communications and Media Strategy. She has experience in both communications and branding, with a specific focus on Marketing and Public Relations.

Madison is the Communications Specialist for the Chamber of Commerce and will direct all areas of communication activities including media relations, special projects and social media for the operations department. She will also be in charge of the development and publication of marketing across all platforms. Welcome to the Chamber Madison!

TTUHSC Nationally Recognized
The Fall 2015 medical school rankings are in, and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center was nationally recognized among a handful of prominent universities. According to, the rankings were based on a graduate survey taken by former and current medical students, in which TTUHSC was ranked the third best medical school program across the country. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, and quality of network. 
Saulsbury Industries Receives Traffic Safety Award

Saulsbury Industries, one of our proud platinum sponsors, recieved honors from the National Safety Council in October for its "demonstrated commitment to the safety and well-being of their employees on-and-off the job in the area of traffic safety." Saulsbury was awarded the  2015 "Our Driving Concern" Texas Employer Traffic Safety Award. "Safety is one of Saulsbury's core values," said Bubba Saulsbury, vice president of business development. In addition to being recognized for the safety it ensures its employee's,  Saulsbury also initroduced its "TXT L8R" safety campaign that encourages drivers to avoid distractions while driving. "The lives of our community members are equally important as the lives of our emplyees and their families, said Rick Graves, chief executive officer. "We are asking that every driver take the pledge to text later and stay safe on the roadways. Congratulations to Saulsbury for taking such a proactive approach in the community!

How will the new Open Carry law affect your local business?

The House Bill No. 910 legalized open carry of handguns in Texas effective Jan. 1, 2016. But what does this mean for businesses? According to the October 2015 Texas Business Report, business owners may still prohibit handguns, both openly or concealed, on its premises.However, i n order to prohibit both open and concealed carry, the establishment must place two  separate signs that state the following:
Prohibiting Concealed Carry

"Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under subscriber H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun."

Prohibiting Open Carry

"Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly."

Welcome New Chamber Members!
2357 8th St
Odessa, TX 79761

3135 E University Blvd
Odessa, TX 79762

120 E Second St.
Odessa, TX 79761

308 W University Blvd Ste. B
Odessa, TX 79764

911 West Texas
Midland, TX 79701
Happy Anniversary, October Members!
American Legion Post #430, 1994

Ace Specialties, 1977

Alliance Medical Supply, 2013

Basin Abstract & Title, 1994

Bassett Construction, Inc., 1965

Cashway Lumber, 2003

Gemstar, Inc., 2009

IWash of Texas, 2009

Johnson, Miller Company, P.C., 1990

Jones Bros. Dirt & Paving Contractors, Inc., 1959

Kent Oil Inc., 1957

La Margarita, 1994

Magellan Midstream Partners, 2012

Parks Senior Living, 2014

Rhino Rentals, Inc. 2002

Standard Company Sales L.P., 1952

Sponsor a Student for Junior Leadership!

For $175, you can sponsor a student this year for Junior Leadership of Odessa. 

Interested applicants should contact Lynn Van Amburgh at (432)333-7832
or by email at
Ambassador of the Mont h
2015 October Ambassador   

Mary McClelland
Digital Monthly Mailer
Odessa Chamber of Commerce | 432-332-9111 | |
700 North Grant
Suite 200
Odessa, TX 79761