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A fond fare-thee-well to our friend and colleague Pam Cason Tindall after a 26-year stint at the Chamber. Survived working for seven bosses in economic development, she did. Lunch buddies Monta Johnson Noe and Jennifer Johnston Vuduris made sure she won't be without her People magazine subscription. #HappyTrails, Pam, and may they lead you back to visit us often! #Officefamily

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Break a leg! Mr. B is in LOVE with the bread pudding -- bourbon caramel sauce, creme anglaise - at the Cast Iron Restaurant at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. So he did a search for it on the restaurant website and found some available on the pre-theater dinner menu. Whaaaat? Yes, but only from 5-6 p.m. So, if Dione Kennedy, President & CEO at Performing Arts Fort Worth/Bass Performance Hall, ever invites Mr. B or you to her boxed seats, get your pre-theater dinner at the Cast Iron, which is priced well enough that this $50 gift certificate could cover it. Before your bread pudding, you can choose from a tortilla soup or Caesar salad and an entrĂ©e of skirt steak, salmon or chicken. 

Early Christmas sightings: Aside from the foundations, The Junior League of Fort Worth may be the G.O.A.T among charitable/educational organizations in the city. And when Jr. League President Carrie Cappel of Harris, Finley & Bogle law firm called Mr. B, he did flips ... he was about to become the first male ever to be invited in as a member. Well, Mr. B ain't in, but Jr. League is with its first B2B Insider giveaway! These passes to Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Gift Market don't include the fabulous and private shopping Cocktails in Cowtown Preview Party or the new Making Spirits Bright Brunch, but two readers will receive four admission tickets good any day of the October 11-14 Gift Market. This year's Market at Will Rogers is bigger than ever, having moved into a second exhibit hall and featuring more than 230 juried merchants.

Spooky science and haunted history: Want to get boo-ed like the pros? Science on Tap is Friday, October 12th at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and  History and if you aren't a scaredy cat, then go for a hauntingly fun night full of spooky hands-on activities, haunted expert chats and a bewitching costume contest. Try out Virtual Reality with a zombie flair, try tasty treats from area artisans and visit spooky spots in the museum. Stop by the Chats Lounge to learn about haunted hot spots and cemetery symbols in Fort Worth, black holes, Day of the Dead and the odd and sometimes downright spooky things we do in our sleep. The event has a VIP admission that includes a private social hour, shortened lines, early access and other shocking surprises.  If you already are a FWMSH member, then your general admission ticket automatically becomes VIP status. Purchase in advance and receive a free drink voucher. Anne (no relation to Carlos) Santana flew her broomstick over with two pair of VIP tickets. 

Deal of the year! Mr. B realizes the majority of you don't raise cattle unless it's on a fork. Deanna Holderith, however, knows how to raise the roof on a bargain. She is the Membership Director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation and Cattle Raisers Museum. Her Wrangler Membership ($75) has benefits for two people that include: 1) Free admission to the Cattle Raisers Museum and all interactive exhibits at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History; 2) Free admission to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame; 3) Free parking in a Museum lot except during the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo; 4) 10% discounts at The Shop at the Cowgirl and at the Museum of Science and History Gift Shop; and the whopper, 5) Free daily grounds admission to the 2019 Fort Worth Stock Show.

Congratulations to the September 26th
Prize Winners: 
  • Louise Appleman, Tarrant County College District
  • Jaime Pacilio, SBL Architects
  • Sean Miller, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Lauren Albrecht, Paychex
  • Madeline Henderson, EY
  • Jason Ray, Clayton Youth Enrichment
  • David Duman, Quorum Architects
  • Nathan Draughn, BB&T
  • Roger Partridge, Gladney
  • Jeff Thomas, Ryan Place YMCA

(Mikey) He Likes It! Jef Drummond had a simple description for the hundreds of HR and financial services his employer Insperity offers to inspire business performance. "We take all the yucky stuff off your plate."

She's devoted to this chef: Gina Manzo, floor manager and special events helper at B&B Butchers & Restaurant, is married to the restaurant's executive chef, John Piccolino. Obviously, she has some inside scoop and says her three favorites on the menu are The Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell, Cajun Bone-In New York and 55-Day Dry-Aged Wagyu Ribeye (Marfa). "We love all the food," she said, "so it's hard to scale down to just three."

Hey, I'm working! Mayor Price Is Right on her multitude of trips domestically and internationally: "Trust me, they're not all for fun," she said. "During one, we started by 7:15 every morning and I made 30 presentations in nine days."

Building an empire: As part of its branding, Topgolf has Topgolf Tour, a competition for bands to play its sites; Topgolf Swing Suite, in hotels; and Topgolf Crush, which is baseball stadium golf.

Really, not fake news: Dan Donohoe, a Comerica Bank senior veep and Director of Government Relations, visits Fort Worth before most elections to offer a what to expect. His thoughts:
  • There is an "indifference" about mid-term elections, he says; the dropoff averages 18 percent but was 23.3 percent in 2014. Because of this, mid-terms tend to have an older and whiter electorate.
  • You can track the elections by 1) the incumbent President's approval ratings; 2) voter enthusiasm.
  • The Democrats have a 50 percent chance of re-taking control of the house; they need a 23-seat gain. Republicans could gain 1-to-3 Senate seats. There is precedence: During President Ronald Reagan's first mid-term, Republicans lost 23 House seats and gained one Senate seat.
MedStar a medical star: As part of a 5-year plan, MedStar has the first of its 60 new ambulances on the street. With input from MedStar's field crews, new features include an integrated, under-the-hood generator that powers a dual high-performance air conditioning system; a 'floating' patient compartment to smooth the ride for patients and crew members when performing medical care; crew seating that allows paramedics to complete patient care while fully secured in a four-point harness; a refrigerated safe to secure medications and five 'live-view' cameras on the ambulance.
"There will be another recession. It will be a saggy economy, not something that goes off the cliff. It will remind us it's a cyclical economy."   

-- Robert Dye, Comerica Bank
Chief Economist on late 2019, early 2020
Am I reading these numbers correctly? Read Fort Worth, the city- Fort Worth ISD-local business community effort to get all third-grade students reading at  grade level by 2025, is a finalist in the Reliant Energy Gives non-profit competition. First place gets $100k, second $20k and third $10k. Voting is Oct.15-21 and the winner is announced Oct 23. Finalists don't know what they win until the check presentation. Mr. B told Sandy Treptow at Reliant that he should be considered as a non-profit for the 2019 competition.

That didn't take long: After 12 years as Executive Director of TechFW, Darlene Boudreaux stepped back to a part-time CFO / advisor role Oct. 1. bionorthTX last week announced that Boudreaux is the 2018 recipient of its annual The Dennis K. Stone Award. It is presented to an individual who has "positively affected quality of life by raising awareness and funds for life science research, who has impacted innovation to bring discoveries to commercial relevance, and who has given back to their community and those in the scientific field as a supporter, mentor, leader or educator." She is all that and more.

From Russia, with love: Barb Walker, the EECU Director of Social Responsibility & Community Involvement, has special interest in all the political landscape news about Russia. As part of a small group with Fort Worth Sister Cities, she attended an International Peace Mission to Russia during the summer. "...two weeks and had a variety of meetings, including a private meeting with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev," she said. "Amazing trip. I was quite suspicious based on all the 5-alarm fire reporting about Russia. I would go back in a heartbeat -- beautiful, nice people, amazing art, architecture and history, smart people, great transportation, uber clean ... Obviously, we still have some work ahead of us on the peace front, but one step at a time."
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