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Friday night, 80 Vision FW members celebrated Vision's 10th Birthday Bash with a progressive art walk/stroll in the Cultural District. Guests noshed on heavy hors d'ouerves and cocktails at each destination. The group met and started the evening at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, then proceeded to walk to the Kimbell Art Museum and ended at The Modern Art Museum terrace where dessert shooters and a signature birthday cocktail were served. 

Left to right: Garrett March, ACH Child and Family Services; Katie Anderson, Westermann and Associates, P.C.; Becky Burrus, Hahnfeld Hoffer Standford Architects; Clayton Collins, Keller Williams Realty
View additional pics from VisionFW's 10th Birthday Bash  here or other Chamber photo galleries here. 

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So many choices, each better than the next: Eighteen months ago, a reviewer called Grace Restaurant the best fancy (Fort Worth) dining destination for when the parents are paying. So, here's a dinner for two and Adam Jones is playing the role of Paying Proprietor Pop. You could enjoy the filet, a rib eye, the Colorado rack of lamb or maybe the beef short rib "pastrami," but Mr. B is musing an alternative dinner. Would you, could you fill your face at Grace with just appetizers? Would you have charcoaled prawns with scampi butter? Could you have cold smoked Alaskan king salmon and a tartare Albacore tuna salad? Or the grand question to say/ask/beg Grace over...could dinner be a shared Grace Seafood Tower of king crab legs, lobster tail, selection of oysters, jumbo prawns and chef Baline Staniford's daily offering? 

Girl power: "I found a lump while I was driving to yoga in Austin." That was 10 years ago and it was a mind-numbing feeling for one of Mr. B's besties. "Within two months I had a dramatic and radical set of breast surgeries that were the first two of what would be eight over the next five years. Since that day, 10 years ago, I have been the best person I have ever been. But also the worst." The folks at Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth hear similar stories way too often. Komen's mission is to "save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer." The Komen Race for the Cure is one way it raises support dollars. The race, celebrating its 25th year, will be April 22 at Clearfork. Seventy-five percent of all funds raised locally stay in the affiliate's four-county area. New Executive Director Tracey Boyes sent over two sets of two registrations. 

This smells a little fishy: Really, a mermaid making a deal with a witch and it's gonna turn out well? Only Disney could make that happen and only Casa Mañana can make it look and sound perfectly. The Little Mermaid, a fishy fable, is next up on Casa's children's theater and Lindsey Rushen-ed over a four-pack of tickets for 7 p.m. opening night April 21 (through May 14). Ariel, a mermaid and Princess, is tempted by life out of the water. She bargains with the evil Ursula to trade her fins for legs. It goes sting-array and life-foundering Ariel needs her buds Flounder, Scuttle and crabby Sebastian to help part the waves. Songs include hits Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl. 

You want to bag this one: It is quite the fortunate circumstance that the Prospective Ms. B can't win a B2B Insider giveaway. Especially one to attend The Ladder Alliance's "It's In the Bag" Luncheon April 21. The B Mansion has no more room for hand bags. One of its 2.5 bathrooms had to be converted to a pouch powder room. If you arrive at the Ladder luncheon's 10:30 a.m. start at Ridglea Country Club, you'll have a step up on securing an item from the Ladder's incredible selection of quality bags and accessories donated by local boutiques and national stores. The Ladder Alliance is dedicated to providing women victims of domestic violence and low-income women the tools to lead self-reliant, independent and successful lives. Kelli Warner successfully provided a seat for two readers.

Congratulations to March 29th Prize Winners:

  • Steven Platt, SWBTS Riley Center
  • Randy Roberson, Sandler Training
  • Stephanie Valadez, North Texas Lead
  • Lauren Vay, Fort Worth Business Press
  • Laura Riehm, Skin Deep Laser
  • Janice Marsh, J. Marsh Communications

Sell & Sail: Dave O'Lenick, super sales success at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, won a 7-day, all-expenses paid cruise April 27 out of Puerto Rico during an in-house regional competition. Perfect timing to celebrate with wife, Deann, who graduates with her Ph.D. May 13. Dave said, "hard work and dedication pays off."

Cold beer here: Creative Carolyn Phillips loves to experiment with her Alchemy Pops. One is a blackberry-lemonade pop in a feisty blonde ale as a unique and delicious way to keep your beer cold.

Speed vs. scrutiny: A wistful John Hill, partner at Iron Egg Web Design: "I could be upset about getting a red light camera ticket, but I'm thankful I have a car fast enough to run a red light."

That didn't take long: A Dallas business pub has named Capital One Bank Dallas Market President Tiffany Cason one of its 2017 40-under-40 honorees. Last year, while she was Fort Worth Market President, the Fort Worth Business Press selected her to its 40-under-40 list. "FW was one step ahead," she said. "Hope my hometown is proud. And that I say I live in 'Far East Fort Worth' now.'"

Future fraught with questions: Michael Sherrod, Entrepreneur in Residence at TCU's Neeley School of Business, spends a lot of time pondering the future. With the Texas legislature in session, he is wondering if these issues are being addressed:
  • Should we tax robots as we do employees?
  • Do we want driver-less trucks? Four million truck drivers on the road support jobs for six million others.
  • Right-to-fix laws ... automobiles are becoming computer-mobiles. Should your technician be software certified to work on your car?
  • The cybersecurity issues potentially affecting the Internet of Things, such as refrigerators, doorbells, thermostats and cable wiring. 

This could get creative: West 7th and Mr. B are doing Crockett Creates, a one-of-a kind interactive art festival April 15. You get to be an artiste while listening to music and eating artsy stuff. Mr. B has been invited because some 3D printing guy is going to replace his 2001 Kia Rio with a 2017 version for just $1,117.

" We used to charge by number of devices. Now we charge by belly buttons."

                                                --  Peter Groman
CMIT Solutions

Stout defense: Marjorie Lewis, writer/professor and first woman to cover the Dallas Cowboys for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, has written a book about a woman named Tylene Wilson, who coached football in Brownwood during World War II. Let Marjorie tackle the rest of her incredible story: "I saw a job posting for an assistant football coach at Texas Wesleyan and got the courage (stupidity) from Tylene's story to give it a try," she said. "I'm actually a part-time volunteer working with the defense. I'll be in the press box during games letting the defensive coordinator know what I see and charting for second-half adjustments. I'm probably too old for this -- bus trips to Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, around Texas -- but as long as my Advil is within reach, I'm good to go."

Where are they now?
Kenyon Coleman, who had two stints with the Dallas Cowboys, is working with Mel/Arch Architectural Studios on a coffeehouse/co-working space in downtown Grapevine.

Yu go, Boss: The Chamber is taking nominations for the Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award, which recognizes a president, principal or CEO who demonstrates the "ability to actively support advancement; create a vision and inspire others; establish a positive image for his or her business while leading it to higher levels of success; encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees; give back to the community; and mentor." Halsey, a former Chamber Chairman, was a prominent figure in Fort Worth's legal, real estate and civic worlds. Click here for a nomination form. Deadline is April 28.

Clean plate and slate: Carlo Capua, owner/GM of Z's Café, a 2017 Chamber Small Business of the Year, says every new employee starts as a dishwasher. The company also "interviews" employees about their personal goals. Z's is a place for second chances; 107 low-income individuals -- homeless, previously jailed or fighting addiction -- have returned to work "with dignity."

Fort Worth, Ah Luv Yew: Thom Lasley, a senior associate with RSP Architects, moved 7,757 miles from his last job site to get to Fort Worth. "Kuwait," he said. "Right in the nook on the Persian Gulf where Iraq and Iran come together." Thom said he was there 3.5 years -- "for the experience and the money" -- and is prepared for the Texas summer. Kuwait got as hot as 136 degrees.

Kudos: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has become the largest single-site employer in Fort Worth to achieve Blue Zones Project status.
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6300 Ridglea Place, Suite 408
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