September 2015
In This Issue
Basin BBQ Blowout Tickets On Sale NOW!
Tickets are on sale now for the 5th Annual Basin BBQ Blowout. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, 700 N. Grant, 2nd floor.

Each Fall, over a hundred local businessmen and women step out of their offices and sally up to the grill. Collars loosened, aprons tightened, they are ready to smoke it out for the title Best BBQ of the Basin.

5th Annual Basin BBQ Blowout
October 8, 2015
Downtown Odessa at 5th & Jackson

Cook Team Spots still available!

Fore more information, call
432-332-9111 or visit


The Basin BBQ Blowout is a fundraiser supporting the Odessa Chamber of Commerce Operations Department. 2015 Blowout Sponsors to date are: Advance Cleaning; Albertsons Market; Arctic Glacier; City of Odessa; Coca-Cola; CVA Advertising & Marketing, Ltd.; Grande Communications; Kathy McIntyre - Raymond James Financial Services; La Ley 104.7; Lamar Advertising; Light Tower Rentals; McAlisters Deli ; NewsWest 9; Odessa American; Odessa Fence, Inc.; Pemco Equipment; Standard Sales; Telemundo; The Original Dent Shop; Thrifty Nickel; True Image Productions; Wells Fargo; West Texas CW; West Texas Radio Group; as well as the Chamber's Platinum Sponsors (below)

Save the Date!

Join us for TWO Business After Hour Mixers in November!

November 3, 2015
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Odessa Jackalopes
November 17, 2015
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Meet Hope Bolton, Multi Media Specialist for the CVB!

Originally from Dripping Springs, TX, Southwest of Austin, Hope moved to Odessa last September. She studied PR/Advertising at St. Edward's University in Austin, and her background/work experience is in Marketing for a land management company as well as her family's farm and nationally award winning dairy located in Dripping Springs. Hope is the Multi Media Specialist for the CVB and will be managing and creating all content for the social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She will also manage the website, assist with advertising and marketing of the CVB and handle all things media related.
2015 - 2016 Leadership Odessa Retreat

September 12 & 13, 2015
Prude Ranch

2015 - 2016 Leadership Odessa Class
Joshua Alaniz (Permian Basin Community Centers for MHMR); Jessica Alvarado (Wells Fargo Bank); Kimbra Autry (Odessa Regional Medical Center); Greg Barber (Ector County Attorney's Office); Hope Bolton (Odessa Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau); Mellessa Brenem (Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse); Daniel Bright (Sewell Family of Dealerships); Tara Chisum (Steve Oliver Realtors); Travis Coombes (Coombes Equipment, Inc.); John Donaldson (Pinkies, Inc.); Erin Ernest (Ector County Appraisal District); Alex Garcia (Sims & Guess Realtors); Carolyn Gonzalez (ECISD); Susie Haynes (Odessa College); Rodd Huber (Odessa Fire Rescue); Dan Keast (The University of Texas of The Permian Basin); Amy Ledbetter (Southwest Bank); Crystale Lopez (Keep Odessa Beautiful); Leesa Mcneese (American Cancer Society); Jamie Minor (City of Odessa); Ross Padgett (Odessa Regional Medical Center); Sherri Pickens (Medical Center Health System); Alison Porter (Junior League of Odessa); Meghan Pry (Medical Center Health System); Ramiro Salinas (Odessa Pumps & Equipment, Inc.); Maria Sanchez (Pilot Club of Odessa); Kendra Self (Frost Bank); Austin Shelton (Latigo Petroleum); JJ Speck (Hilton Garden Inn); Chelsea Stallings (BHP Billiton Petroleum); Craig Stoker (Food 2 Kids, Inc.); Lorinda Tercero (Odessa College); Anthony Vandenberg (Harmony Home Children's Advocacy Center); Joe Weaks (First Christian Church); Harlan Whatley (Odessa College); Becky Williams (Johnson, Miller & Company); Lisa Wills (ECISD); Christopher Wright (The University of Texas of The Permian Basin).

Odessa Convention & Visitors Bureau to Host Brazilian Journalist Family
The Odessa CVB, with the help of Texas Tourism, will be hosting Brazilian journalists and world travelers, Andre and Ana Straus and their two children, Alex and Alice, on October 1, 2015.

The Straus family produces a weekly YouTube web series, Ases Abordo (Aces Aboard), with the goal of sharing their passion of travel and adventure as well as encouraging families to travel with their children.  Along with their web series, the family shares their kid friendly adventures to a worldwide audience on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. The family will be making a trek across Texas and will be arriving in Odessa October 1st and departing October 2nd. The Straus family will be in Odessa to learn about the city's kid friendly attractions and to share that information with their nearly 10,000 diverse followers.
Odessa Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) to Host Texas Travel Industry Association Study Tour

The Odessa CVB, in conjunction with the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA), is pleased to announce that they will be hosting representatives from Texas Travel Information Centers, editorial staff from
Texas Highways magazine and counselors from the Texas Department Of Transportation (TxDOT) Travel Information Division headquarters office. The VIP tour event taking place on October 4th in Odessa is part of the West Texas Region TTIA/TxDot Study Tour.

TTIA, the advocate for the travel industry in Texas, along with Texas Highways magazine editorial staff and photographer and the counselors from the twelve Texas Travel Information Centers, will arrive in Odessa on Sunday, October 4th and depart Monday, October 5th. The tour is designed to give counselors firsthand knowledge of Odessa's tourist facilities and activities. The group will be touring Odessa on Sunday, October 4th and will be visiting The Presidential Museum and George H.W. Bush Home, the Ellen Noel Art Museum, Stonehenge replica, The Globe Theatre, Ector Theatre and White Pool House. On Monday, October 5th, the group will be touring The Parker Ranch House Museum, taking photos with Jack Ben Rabbit and concluding the tour with a visit to the Meteor Crater and Museum.

Welcome New Chamber Members!
Musketball GroupGold Member
4718 E. University
Odessa, TX 79762-8105
Precious Smiles Dentistry              
2713 N. Grandview Ave, Suite 3119B
Odessa, TX 79762-6952

Happy Anniversary, September Gold Members!

American Legion Post #430, 1994

Atkins, Hollmann, Jones, Peacock, Lewis & Lyon, Inc., 1980

Ball & Seat Specialties, 2009

Complex Community Federal Credit Union, 1988

East Loop Surgery Center, 2003

Grow Odessa, 2011

Miller/Gold Printing Company, 1963

Nicholas Consulting Group, Inc., 1999

Nurses Unlimited, Inc., 1983

Odessa Jaycees, 1985

The Original Dent Shop, 2013

PBP Fabrication, Inc., 2000

Pyramid Industrial Supply, 2009

Ramada Odessa, 2009

Ref-Chem, L.P., 1962

Rockin' Q Smokehouse, 1998

Security Bank, 1997

Thrifty Nickel Want Ads, 2010

Westair Gas & Equipment/Praxair, 2000
Ribbon Cutting Schedule 

Drug Screen Compliance, Lou's Clinical Lab, Inc.
635 N. Grandview
Wednesday, Sept. 23rd at 3 p.m.

Odessa Chamber of Commerce | 432-332-9111 | |
700 North Grant
Suite 200
Odessa, TX 79761