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The Ballpark in Arlington opened in April, 1994. A new Texas Rangers stadium is expected to open April 2020. Rob Matwick, right, the E-veep of Business Operations for the team, will oversee the project. He told a Chamber luncheon last week that construction by the HKS team is scheduled for 31 months. "That is an aggressive timeline, but they always are," Matwick said. Fort Worth Convention & Visitor Bureau boss Bob Jameson, left, was a keen listener of all the new touristy things to push nationally.
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Opening day, baby! That's right...the AL West champion Texas 
Rangers  open the 2017 season  Monday night April 3 against the AL champion Cleveland Indians and this year, Na-po-li is on o ur side. The game is thisclose to a sellout , but Sterling Barnett Little has your seats...and your beverages...and your peanuts, popcorn and hot dogs. Our fav architects, whose work has kept the Rangers' Globe Life Park trendy, convenient and cozy long before it was Globe Life, have offices in left-centerfield. Jaime Pacilio, architect of the firm's fun, and loyal B2B Insider reader Michael Barnett, the man with the plans, are inviting you and a guest into the luxury of their corporate office. It's a tailgating, game-watching Rangers rallying roost. What a way to open the season!

Home, sweet home: Mr. B has written extensively about his retirement move to Homewood Suites - Fort Worth / Medical Center. The daily free breakfasts. The free snacks and adult beverages Monday through Thursday evenings. Free fitness center and pool and putting green. Free Wi-Fi, printer and fax (will they still do that then?). Free cribs and high chairs for the great grandkids. A kitchen with a stove, full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker and utensils. One bill and no HOA. TripAdvisor says this Homewood is Heaven! You, however, won't have to wait until retirement to get the feel of great satisfaction. Thanks to Chief Home Suite Homer, Justin Smith, here's a night with all the amenities you'll ever want. 

Fashion & passion: Community supporters and the Texas Health Resources Foundation's annual Puttin' on the Pink fashion luncheon have generated more than $4.5 million to support the Wellness for Life Mobile Health Program. It is run through Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. The program serves the uninsured, patients who otherwise would not be able to afford or have access to potentially life-saving screenings for many cancers, diabetes and cholesterol. This year's Pink-out is April 5 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, highlighted by fashionistas from Highland Park Village. Those of you who want to look good AND feel good need to be there, and not too fashionably late. The ever-dapper, bow-tied J.R. Holland helped get a seat for you and a guest.

007, Shaken and Stirred: During 2012, with the release of the James Bond movie Skyfall (title song by Adele), Billboard magazine thought it time to rank the top Bond movie songs from the previous 50 years. 5) Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey; 4) For Your Eyes Only by Sheena Easton; 3) Live or Let Die by Paul McCartney & Wings; 2) Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon; and 1) A View to a Kill by Duran Duran. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present an exciting musical salute to Bond, James Bond, the nights of March 31 and April 1 and the afternoon of April 2. B2B Insider hasn't spied the playlist, but promises these two tickets to a performance will leave you feeling quite debonair.

Congratulations to March 8th Prize Winners:

  • Tamara Payne, Ensemble Coworking
  • Pepper Sims, Pepper-L Specialties
  • Jen Langenberg, Long Hill Designs
  • Deanna Garcia, The T
  • Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank
  • Brandon King, HUB International
  • Jerry Bolz, Worth Commercial Real Estate
  • Keith Hollar, AuldridgeGriffin
  • Sheila Webb, Garrett Transportation Services
  • Erika Hersh, PeopleFund

Wine not tie this in: This year, the Botanical Research Institute
of Texas (BRIT), will present its international sustainable wine
growing award to Yealands Family Wines March 30 during the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival. Dr. Edward Schneider, President and Executive Director of BRIT, says, "A New Zealand winery is this year's honoree. The good thing about the award is you get to travel to meet the award winners." BRIT's Chris Chilton says the plan March 30 is for a mass toast to the honoree, which has "graciously agreed to provide the wine."

Carrying extra weight: At about 23 weeks along, Meghan Parker at Priority Power Management hasn't given up running. She's doing a virtual 10k with her Hogwarts Running Club. Virtual because her doctor won't let her run farther than a 5k. In a virtual, you run on your own or with some friends. You can do it on a treadmill, at a park, or walking around and around a big mall; it doesn't matter as long as you get the miles in. Wondering if Meghan's 10k is really a 15k because she is running for one and a half-sized peeps.

What was she thinking? The scene is a table of eight at a Chamber luncheon. A young man says he is a science teacher at Nolan Catholic High School. Lisa Baird of Datamax is listening. And she is getting that look in her eyes. "I remember Mr. Morris," she says. "We ALL wanted to be in his class. And that's all I remember about science class."

Enter, stage right on! Greg Heitzman bought Performing Ads Company last May. It is the company that designs and publishes most theaters' Playbills. At the time of purchase, PAC was producing about 65 Playbills a year. After signing up TCU's Fine Arts department and Lone Star Film Society's Lone Star Film Festival, Greg has passed 100 programs a year.

Every line scrutinized: Mayor Price Is Right says the city will do a "full" ordinance review within the next year.

Respect your elders: The incredible Kathryn Rotter handles engagements for Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. Her most awesomeness is bringing the Senior Synergy Expo to the peeps. Last year, it drew Mr. B and 2,398 other old folks for free food, free health screenings, free prizes and more stuff ... all free, Mr. B's favorite word. The 5th annual event, with more than 150 exhibitors, is May 4th at Will Rogers - Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall -- from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Check it out online for more information.

"When it comes to technology, my husband says I'm a walking virus." 

                                                --  Erika Hersh

Commercial timeout: In case you didn't notice, B2B Insider has a new marketing opportunity, smack dab in the center of this newsletter. Thank you, Colonial Country Club, FW Inc. and Comerica Bank. The ad interrupti are sold on 3-week to 52-week packages. For the very best deal, e-mail Mr. B; he gets 92 percent commission. For the real deal, e-mail Jennifer Vuduris at

Go, team(work), go! After about three years of a partnership with Notre Dame's Lab for Economic Opportunities, Catholic Charities Fort Worth says it has learned, evolved and grown while creating programs and eradicating barriers for those eager to escape poverty. "We want to share this knowledge and make it a community-wide effort," senior associate director of fund development Missi Cowart told a Chamber gathering. Catholic Charities was founded 107 years ago on St. Patrick's Day.

Bonding: Chris Handy, Thinkhandy marketing, says his dad enjoys seeing anything Moody Blues. They recently took in a Justin Hayward show; he was vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the group, which sold more than 55 million records. Chris says it was their 15th Moody Blues-related show.

Mamma Mia! Z's Café's Carlo Capua, after winning a Chamber Small Business of the Year award --"This validates that good chicken salad can change the world." After the announcement, Carlo was sentimental, describing why mom/chef Janet was his hero. "She woke up at 63 and decided to finally follow her passion. She said she wanted to cook for people. I said, 'Mom, why did you wait so long?'"

Kudos: During the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce 25th annual Film and Movie Institute event, Jim Austin ( was presented the Rising Star award for his support for more than 25 years.

So long, farewell...: With sadness, the Chamber is about to say
goodbye to its favorite doctor. Cynthia Miller, Ph.D and the Chamber's Vice President, Workforce Development and Education, is stepping away at the end of the month, frustrated that Mr. B couldn't learn nuthin' or be edukated no how. Doc Fisher said, "It has been a joy and privilege to work with everyone on the Chamber team."

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Southwest Area Council Luncheon w/ Paxton Motherall, Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth - SOLD OUT

Membership 101: Orientation, Presented by Cantey Hanger LLP



Vision FW Events (Chamber's 40 and under programming)

Thirsty Thursday at World of Beer


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