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Last Wednesday David Bekerman, Sara Metzinger, and Kurt Schaal -- all with Capital One -- were among those who gathered at Amon G. Carter Stadium to enjoy the Chamber's Sport Series luncheon sponsored by Ciera Bank. Gary Patterson --  TCU Football head coach -- gave a preview of what to expect from his 17th season.

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Nashville sounds: Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten and Jonathan Jackson will be in concert July 28 at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie. Whoooo? OK, how about Scarlett, Will, Deacon and Avery of the hit Country Music Network television show Nashville will be in concert July 28 ... and your seats are in's suite. Reviews, mostly from fans of the show, are over the top, about Will's guitar playing, Deacon's stage demeanor (despite Rayna's death) and Scarlett's vocals. In a nearly two-hour show, each will do a set and there are many duets. has two spots in the suite and a VIP parking pass.

On the hot seat: The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau Sports Commission has arranged for ex-Star-Telegram sports columnist Jim Reeves to interview Texas Rangers President and GM Jon Daniels the day after the baseball trade deadline. The significance of the timing for the luncheon Aug. 1 at TCU? The trade deadline tells us if the Rangers were buyers or sellers. Are they planning a playoff run or preparing for 2018? Is All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish here, there or in contract nowhere land? The CVB's Sports Commission looks to book various youth, amateur and college competitions into Fort Worth; for example, the first two rounds of the 2022 Division I March Madness basketball already are scheduled for the under-construction Dickies Arena. The second annual Sports Huddle luncheon is presented by Pinnacle Bank, which has a seat for two readers.

Friday fireworks: Two baseball teams face off Friday July 28 at Globe Life Park. The Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles are home run juggernauts and won't be the only fireworks that night because a post-game mini July 4th re-creation is scheduled. Underwood Law Firm has two great seats in the right-field porch, so bring your glove, plan to stay for the light show and know the Aggie Yell (it also is Texas A&M alum night).  Attorney Cara Kennemer constructed the double (ticket) play, with an assist from Linda.

Holy feast, Batman: Vestar is rolling out a new event for its newly-branded Crockett Row -- Blues Brunch 11 a.m. -- 1 p.m. July 22 -- and you will be rolling out happily in a wheelbarrow. Four Crockett Row restaurants, including The Social House, will serve eight different breakfast favs, including Crab Cake Benedict, Bulls in a Blanket, Hang Over Helper and Blackberry Walnut French Toast. Legacy 4 will entertain with a slew of soulful blues. Each ticket includes large brunch samplings and two drinks, including bloody Marys and mimosas. Vestar marketer (and sous chef) Cristina Ruiz-Goodwin has two tickets and that would be a good win.

Congratulations to the July 12th Prize Winners:
  • David Bloxom, Speed Fab-Crete
  • John Fletcher, Fletcher Consulting
  • Julie Wright, Painting With A Twist
  • Sonia Fronczak, Ethan Allen Retail

She threw a high, hard one: OK, maybe a one-hopper. But nerves will get you in front of a crowd of 25k. Junior Achievement Director of Development Sunny Brous Erasmus, repping ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), threw out the first pitch before a Texas Rangers game during the last homestand. "I threw the SunnySlider to coach Hector Ortiz," she said.  "It was life changing, more exhilarating than I ever could have dreamed." More than 200 family and friends were there for support. "I mean there were A LOT of Brouses there and Tarleton grads. The beer was a-flowin'," she said.

Anti-Pinocchio: Charlie Hodges, a long-time newsmeister in north Texas, had some tips for companies in crisis mode while speaking during a recent Chamber Impact Your Business luncheon:
  • Have a plan for crises and control the story. Tell the truth. Don't lie!
  • You have responsibility to various entities, notably the media, your employees, your customers, your investors or partners and possibly, the government.
  • Attorneys will protect you in court, but not necessarily in the court of public opinion, which can be even more costly.

1st pick to 1st row: TCU football head coach Gary Patterson, at the start of his annual Chamber TCU football preview luncheon, warmly introduced the mother of a player he unsuccessfully recruited just a few years ago. In the very front was Audrey Garrett, who works for BNSF. Her son is Myles Garrett, defensive end from Texas A&M and the No. 1 pick (Cleveland Browns) in the 2017 National Football League draft.

I scream, you scream: Happy 35th to Blue Bell in Fort Worth. Don Scroggins is doing a cookout for employees Friday and offered Mr. B a "press pass" to cover the event with this note: "... cookout and then cake & ice cream in the afternoon. I know we will have plenty of ice cream!"

Are you expecting visitors? Carolyn (Alchemy Pops) Phillips and husband Wiley have started construction on their tiny house, being built on a trailer for a lot they own. Their Arlington Heights home will be rented out. "Trying a simpler life," she said. The home will be approximately 200 square feet and you can follow on Instagram @goingtinyintexas.
"I says 'Yes, dear' a lot ... at home and at the office."
                                                --Gary Patterson
TCU Football Head Coach
Biff, bam, pow! Josh Jones, 17-year-old son of Cheryl Jones, manager of programming at the Business Assistance Center, is a senior at Arlington Martin High School and a potential Olympian in taekwondo. He was tournament MVP and part of the boys team that took first place at the 2017 U.S. Nationals in Detroit. And the self-proclaimed "Proud Mama?" "I had to remind him he had to fight through the pain like Karate Kid; after all, what are moms for but encouragement, right?"

High ratings: Susan Shaw is passionate about insurance coverage. So keeping answers short during a recent Ch. 11 television appearance was an acting chore. "In short, my answers were longer than the clip!" said the Shaw Insurance Agency owner. "I did say a couple of positive things besides rates are going up."

High flyin': Texas Jet, based at Meacham International Airport, is ranked No. 1 in Professional Pilot magazine's annual survey of top fixed-base operators (FBOs) in the U.S. It is the third time it has been No. 1 during 39 years of the survey. Reed Pigman is owner and president of Texas Jet, which caters to pilots and planes during their airport stays.

Kudos: Paul Dorman, CEO and Chairman of DFB Pharmaceuticals, has been selected 2017 Fort Worth Business Executive of the Year and will be honored Oct. 5 by Texas Wesleyan University, the Fort Worth Business Press and the Chamber. "Paul Dorman represents an extraordinary blend of business acumen and scientific curiosity. He has made an enormous contribution to the Fort Worth community and beyond in the way he has built businesses and contributed to the greater good," Wesleyan President Fred Slabach said. Dorman also is the guy paying the tuition of ALL med students during the inaugural year of the TCU-UNTHSC joint venture.

Grass is always greener: New Chamber member WinterGreen Synthetic Grass works commercial and residential acreage. Their fake grass is real news. Imagine your own putting green, or better yet, never having to mow. Owners are Winter (as in WinterGreen) and Ashley Moore.

Practice makes perfect: Mr. B has nominated hisownself 17 times. His losing streak is the longest in history now that the Cubbies have won a World Series. We're talking the Chamber's Small Business of the Year awards. It honors companies that demonstrate exemplary "Best Practices." Go here to nominate yourownself or some other business before Sept. 22.
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West Area Council: Blue Zones Purpose Workshop

Central Area Council: Coffee & Conversation, sponsored by Bank of Texas

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Business After Hours at 5th & Carroll Events

Vision FW Events  (Chamber programs for 20-40 year-olds) 

YP Wake UP! Bi-Monthly Coffee

Ribbon Cuttings

Andy's Frozen Custard
5100 North Tarrant Parkway
10:45 a.m.

Dreamworks Dental & Orthodontics
4420 North Tarrant Parkway, #146
3:30 p.m.

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This four-color street map covers Tarrant County and includes a special inset indicating the location of the DFW International Airport in proximity to Fort Worth and Dallas.

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