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PGA Tour golfer Martin Flores (middle) chatted with members this week before the Chamber's Dean & DeLuca Invitational preview luncheon at the Colonial Country Club. Flores was the featured guest of CBS Sports Producer Lance Barrow. A Fort Worth native, Flores considers the invitational as his "hometown" event. With Flores, left to right: Tournament Director Michael Tothe and John Cychol, Kayla Gostnell and Jason Sands, all of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Bravo! Well done:  If you are serving authentic Italian deliciosa, you naturally have a guy named Sampugnaro in charge. Mathew is THE man at Bravo! Cucina Italiana, which is not just any old spaghetti western bistro on Hulen. Mr. B was taste testing and couldn't decide between parmesan-crusted beef medallions, linguine carbonara or quattro formaggi pizza. He tried them all and left in a wheelbarrow. With this chef's dinner package for two, you'll be in heaven from the first bread dipped in olive oil, parmesan and pepper.

Party on: FW Inc. magazine knows how to throw a party. Period. It's entirely probable the idea for its Best Of June issue was pre-dated by a staff meeting a decade ago during which it was suggested, "Hey let's come up with an idea so we can throw a party." Each year, the magazine asks readers to name their favorites -- shopping, playing, feasting and drinking, spa-ing and more. Then, to celebrate the chosen ones, there is a party, which would be a Best Of if there were a party category. The food and drink, the music, the glitz... Put on your best and grab your bestie for VIP tickets to this June 2 event at Mopac Events Center.

This is creamy dreamy:
The Chamber's Annual Meeting luncheon is June 1 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and Allyson Baumeister of CliftonLarsonAllen becomes the new gaveler, GM Financial is the Spirit of Enterprise honoree and Mr. T-shirt, Johnny Cupcakes, is the headline speaker. Lastly, and as important, The Dannon Company is the presenting sponsor, which means it's time to think desserts. Mr. B called Dannon plant manager Eddie Hartfield to suggest Dannon whole milk vanilla yogurt cupcakes with Dannon blueberry and Dannon mango yogurt frostings. If you want to see what the chefs come up with, get one of these four seats.

Where was this last century? Renowned terrible student Mr. B could have used a Sylvan Learning Center of Fort Worth. He tried apples to bribe teachers; today, Sylvan is all Apple iPads all the time. Sylvan offers remedial and enrichment training in reading, writing, math and study skills, SAT/ACT college prep, and tutoring for advanced courses, which Mr. B never got close to or knew existed. Caitlin McCuaig, Sylvan's Director of Education, is offering a diagnostic assessment, parent conference, four hours of instruction or college prep.

Congratulations to May 10th Prize Winners:

  • Meghan Phillips, Fort Worth Club
  • Allan Cardozo, Pavlov Agency
  • Mike Langenberg, Long Hill Designs
  • Roni Bumpas, Katours Salon
  • Tyler Emler, United Way of Tarrant County

The road well traveled: Welcome to head tollmaster Robert Hinkle and the  North Texas Express as a  B2B Insider Gold sponsor. Sponsors are highway to success for  B2B Insider.

And I helped: Texas Wesleyan's
baseball team (44-15) lost its conference championship game, 15-14. The team is managed by former Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Jeffcoat (1987-92), noted for his quote that teammate "Nolan Ryan and I combined to win 349 games during our careers." Ryan won 324.

Cures for couples: Stevie Dawn Inspires has tips for spouses that work together. She should know; her husband joined the leadership training business this year. "We have a weekly staff meeting where we ONLY discuss business-related issues," she said. "We also make sure that if we start talking business during dinner, we put a pin in it and save it for the meeting. We have very specific skill sets and make sure to keep to our own sandbox."

Objects may be closer than they appear: Be careful Friday. It is Bike to Work Day and our re-elected Mayor Price Is Right will be among 200-300 bicycle riders heading to work ... and probably home, too. The Mayor will start her hot wheels in the Near Southside and be wearing "professional attire." This also is the weekend of Fort Worth's first Ironman Triathlon and she will be doing the bike portion of the competition.

Life savers: Susan Farris and Kay Sharp at the James L West Alzheimer's Center were blunt enough to tell Don Armstrong he wasn't looking very good. That was on a Friday in 2005. By the next Thursday, Don was undergoing chemo treatments for leukemia. He was the speaker at last week's Chamber Impact Your Business lunch at Joe T Garcia's. Eleven years and 18 marathons later, Don has four business tips learned during his journey -- 1) Face adversity; 2) Have the right attitude; 3) Know the significance of your expectations; and 4) Take action, turn ideas into reality. 

" (On family businesses) "First thing you have to do is get the right family members."
                                                -- Clara Knox, owner
QCS Unlimited

Woohoo! Welcome back: Gail Henderson is back to work at Wells Fargo, a champ in her battle with Stage 3 cancer.

Do you copy? DOCUmation (San Antonio) has split with North Texas, so Dan Claterbaugh finds himself with the same company, just with a new name -- UBEO Business Services. He managed the change with a sense of humor. "There's good service and bad service, but no great service," Dan said. "You just don't hear anyone say, 'I love my copier people.'"

Getting a kick out of this: Jeff Thomas, district executive director, says the southwest YMCA just completed a "successful" trial soccer season for two-year-olds. Mr. B is wondering if two-and-under or 75-and-over would have more game action.

Easy come, easy change: Ryan and Brittani Rollen (attorney with McDonald Sanders) will be celebrating anniversary No. 15 during Colonial week. The past five years, the daytime date of their anniversary is spent at Colonial Country Club for the golf tournament. When Colonial tournament dates are moved around in May, the Rollens just move their anniversary date.

Kudos: Susan Wright and Lockheed Martin's AERO Club, an employee-run charity, wrote checks totaling $358,500 to 29 area nonprofits covering services for children, families, healthcare and social services... PRIM Construction (Elizabeth Prim) is No. 21 on the list of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned/Led Companies in the Women Presidents' Organization.
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