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Six YP's met with United Way's Leah King as part of Vision FW's "Table of 10" mentoring series, an intimate meeting held monthly and limited to no more than 10 people with a top community leader. Attendees are encouraged to actively participate in topic discussions, ask questions and talk openly throughout the meeting. Key takeaways and "food for thought" from King were as follows:
  • Have a good group of friends that you all can support one another and be your personal advocates.
  • Have thick skin.
  • Be intentional about defining your own personal brand.  Ask yourself, "What do you want to be known for?"
L to R: Hestin Hurst, BBVA Compass Bank; Hannah Seals, United Way of Tarrant County; Casey Lindsey, Fort Worth Transportation Authority; Leah King, United Way of Tarrant County; Tyler Grant, Fort Worth Transportation Authority; and Rachel Navejar Phillips, Tarrant Regional Water District.

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Ready, set ... stomach growling?: Diver scallops with pesto over potato cakes...beef tartar ... 20-ounce, bone-in rib eye ... bacon-wrapped stuffed filet with aged cheddar and mushrooms ... handmade capellini with lobster ... pozole verde... bacon wrapped onions with blue cheese ... black truffle butter ... espresso horseradish...goat cheese with pistachio crust cheesecake ... butterscotch pudding ... a Grace Manhattan ... Need Mr. B offer more to say grace over? OK, here's one from a reviewer: "Those lamb chops were dope!" Don't be a dope; enter to win a Modern American Classic dinner for two courtesy of the most hospitable Adam Jones at Grace Restaurant.

20 days and counting: To be as romantic as Mr. B, you have to plan ahead. In 2013, he reserved a cabin at The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat for Valentine's 2017 for, or just in case, there was a Chamber member ready to engage. What have you planned? Perhaps, if you hurry, you could enjoy THE ultimate experience at The Orchard for Valentine's by winning this Romance One-Night Stay Package. If you dawdle, then the prize is good through March 31. This overnighter in a single cabin includes a bottle of champagne and flowers. There are 11 cabins located on the 100-acre property known widely for WooHoo weddings. The cabins come fully furnished, including linens, towels, toiletries, blow dryer, iron/ironing board, coffeemaker and flat screen TV with satellite. Each cabin also has an attached porch with rocking chairs that encircle two fire pits and a game area.

You'll be dancin' in the aisles: Jimaustinonline is one of the top networking vehicles in north Texas. The jimaustinonline suite at Verizon Theater is a whirlwind of meets, greets and great seats for every event. Feb. 8, Olympic champion Laurie Hernandez and Army hero Alek Skarlatos join a dozen or so hoofers from Dancing with the Stars for a live show. You'll be cha cha-ing if you get these two seats and VIP parking.

The Ryan Express:  Up to speak from Houston (without a bullet train) Feb. 7 for the TCU Neeley School of Business Tandy Executive Speaker Series is Reid Ryan, the President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros. The Astros, mind you, are the Texas Rangers' toughest on-paper opponent in an effort to repeat as division champion during 2017. Reid has a long and lasting connection with north Texas.  He was a pitcher on the 1994 TCU Southwest Conference champion and a Rangers draftee and minor-league pitcher during 1994-95. Spring training is three weeks away and if you'd like to talk the business of baseball over breakfast, TCU is the place.

Congratulations to January 18th Prize Winners:

  • Ethel Steele, Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Schell, Kelly & Taplett
  • Robyn Daughtrey, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Dean Walker, Sloan Brands
  • Megan Stiller, Community Storehouse
  • Reagan Ferguson, Pressman Printing
  • Patty Genster, G.L. Seaman & Co.
  • Peter Lindsey, Sproles Woodard
  • Jessica Thomas, Jr. Achievement of the Chisholm Trail
  • Tina Hearne Wallis, Tina Hearne Realtors
  • Chuck Bouligny, Ascend Concepts
  • Jerry Bolz, Worth Commercial Real Estate

Networking to a T: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorable Jackie Pierce of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More was working the recent Business After Hours at Cendera Center. After her Adorable duty, she met a young lady who wanted a one-of-a-kind t-shirt for the women's march in Fort Worth two days later, a Saturday. The woman had her shirt Friday and posted it on the organizer's Facebook page. "This was around noon on Friday," Pierce said. "The phones blew up!!! I kid you not. From noon on Friday until noon on Saturday (the march's official start time), we generated more than $3,400 in single shirt sales. The best part was not even the sales, but meeting 115 new appreciative customers who had no idea we were here."

On bended knee: Mayor Price Is Right's vision for citizen engagement with their city - 1) Know what the government is doing ("Our agenda will give you insomnia most weeks."); 2) Know your councilmember and Mayor; 3) Commit to giving back to the community; and 4) Stand up and be counted when the opportunity presents itself. Her Fort Worth Chamber State of the City luncheon is Feb. 22.

Rodeo pun: "I would love to have a new pair (Justin Boots), but it's so hard to find ones that fit over my calves." A little yuk yuk from Meghan Parker, marketing director at Priority Power Management, who says she is going to go the cheap route for soon-to-be-baby Parker and get the socks with a boot pattern screen printed on them.

Three thirds of the story: The name of Chamber member Four Thirds Creative, according to Michael Ryan, the artistic director and a Partner, comes from the four founding members all being the third child born in their family. 

Unforgettable: "(Business trainer) Stevie Dawn...I met her the other day," said Brian Dowling of CSG Companies. "How can you forget that name; sounds like an '80s rock star."
Truth or tale? Former Star-Telegram sports columnist and reporter Jim (Revo) Reeves couldn't have timed the release of his book Dallas Cowboys: The Legends of America's Team this fall any better. The book is into its fourth printing, and in progress is a new chapter that will include the 2016 season and playoff game.  Feedback and reviews have been exceptional, Revo said. One story centers around Dallas Cowboys owner Clint Murchison owning and using the Redskins' fight song to his advantage. Another is about Roger Staubach "window shopping" for a new contract. Revo is eager and available to speak to breakfast and luncheon groups.

Girl (Scout) crazy: Several decades ago, Cyndy Tonniges of TriQuest Technologies, "wore the brown uniform (Brownies) and then graduated to the green (Girl Scouts)." No photos of proof were provided B2B Insider. During third grade, she sold 468 boxes of cookies and earned two free weeks at Girl Scouts camp. "Thin mints are my favorite. I started freezing them to keep the family (away) and it was a great strategy until I realized they taste GREAT right out of the freezer. I never make it past spring with cookies remaining. It makes for a long remainder of the year."

Real nuts and bolts learning: Reeder General Construction not only is building a replacement school for Birdville Elementary, but had Project Manager Tanner Whitson and Superintendent Coy Rhine talk with students about commercial construction. The kids are getting ground-up lessons about the construction, which should be completed by August.  

"I got a Fitbit as a gift ... and I brought donuts in this morning."

                                                -- Robert Yarbrough, Tom's Mechanical
Cowtown Leads' group leader
Name game: Abby Slayton found her No Place Like Home by getting married "after almost 10 years of dating 'bliss.'" Mrs. Slayton-Tobin says hubby Bill is retired and hanging around her retail store. She has found so much for him to do he wishes he were really retired.

And this, and this, and...: In his job about 10 months, Robert Sturns, Economic Development Director for Fort Worth, has found saying no to requests one of his more difficult tasks. For 2017, he says "I'm resolved to understand what I need to do to say no."

Six of the 10 category winners of the first Entrepreneurs of Excellence event presented by the Fort Worth Texas business magazine Inc. are Chamber members -Aviation, Reed Pigman, Texas Jet; Energy and Natural Resources, Gregory Cobb, Precise Energy Products; Manufacturing and Distribution, Debbie Cooley, M-PAK;  Media and Communications, Frost Prioleau,; Commercial Construction: Chris and Luke Jordan, Electro Acoustics; and Professional Services, Rusty Reid, Higginbotham.

Some kind of record? Dr. Kim Kamin has left the Board of Directors of Clayton YES! ... after 26 YEARS! The HEB ISD and Texas Woman's University advisor played an important role in the development and growth of the Clayton YES! after school programs.

Just wondering: Would you rather be Four Day Weekend or soul stylist Leon Bridges? (Bridges is the honoree at the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Meeting next week.)
Presented By

            Date     Event NameCalendar

Central Area Council Coffee, Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

Job Links Meeting at Texas Wesleyan University

Mayor's State of the City Address, Presented by Southwest Bank

Impact Your Business Media Workshop, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

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

YP Night at the Rodeo - SOLD OUT

Table of 10 Mentoring Lunch

YP Wake UP! Bi-Monthly Coffee at Brewed

Ribbon Cuttings

January 25, 2017 (Central AC)
Mercury Chop House
525 Taylor Street
4:00 p.m.

January 26, 2017 (Central AC)
Barnett Howard & Williams, PLLC
209 W. 8th Street

January 31, 2017, (Southwest AC)
Ensemble Coworking
1617 Park Place Avenue, Ste. 110
4:30 p.m.

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