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July 8, 2020
FACES & PLACES

The  Fort Worth Chamber , with partners  Visit Fort Worth, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce,  the  City of Fort Worth,  and  Fort Worth Now,  distributed more than 250,000 masks free to businesses from eight distribution locations. The majority of the funding for these masks came from a CARES Act grant from the City of Fort Worth.

Pictured (L to R):  Sammie Rodriguez, Fort Worth Chamber, Andrea Timbes, Visit Fort Worth, Leah Hersey, Fort Worth Chamber.
PRESS YOUR LUCK
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Off your rocker fun: Holly Martin, Executive Director of YMCA Camp Carter, and Mark Mourer, Y Director of Major Gifts, fell off their six-feet-apart chairs upon hearing Mr. B never had been to the YMCA’s 350-acre Camp Carter. B’s memories (nightmares, actually) of camp in central Florida are humidity, heat and mosquitoes. Rinse and repeat. But a Camp Carter tour from Holly is just jolly –that’s quite the lake and falls out there – and leaving with a giveaway of a week of day camp … my golly! This certificate is for campers between ages 5 that have completed kindergarten through 12. Your kiddo will be able to participate in activities such as canoeing, swimming, archery, riding horses, hiking, playing outside games, nature crafts, survival skills and the ropes course for older kids. There’s lunch and an afternoon snack. Camp ends August 7, so if you win, or don’t, reserve your spot asap.
Who is that behind the mask? “Apparently, 2020 is my year to be on camera,” says Chandry Manzke, COO of Victory Awning, “My husband and I renovated our home this year and were on HGTV (local designer Grace Mitchell’s show One Of A Kind).” In addition, Chandry recently was featured in a Chamber video about converting her manufacturing plant into one for COVID-19 related masks. The project started with employees, grew when neighbors wanted to get involved and even further when volunteers arrived. Now, there are thousands and thousands of masks produced weekly. Chandry set aside 25 for a B2B Insider reader. As to her on-camera fame? “My cousin says my next appearance had better not be on Dateline.”
Mission possible: “To make our clients better than their competitors through the acquisition and management of talent.” You want that team on your team? Darien George founded Mackenzie Eason when he was about seven and has grown the company and hisownself to expert status with regard to assessing, hiring, training and managing talent. He’s so cognitive, intuitive and astute that he suggested Mr. B retire. Nevertheless, he’s offering an hour to meet with your team and talk one of these topics … Bias in decision making: The science and how to overcome it; How top companies, from Aetna to Google, evaluate leadership, culture and fit; How great leaders set expectations; Growing your team by asking great questions; Developing your people using best practices from science and research.
Congratulations to the July 1st
Prize Winners:

  • Scott Engle, Simmons Bank
  • Jami Hoffman, City of Fort Worth
  • Steve McCune, McCune Construction Services
HE SAID, SHE SAID, THEY SAID
There IS such a thing as a free lunch: Steve Meek, founder, The Fulcrum Group, explained on the Chamber’s Open Forum that Fulcrum buys lunch for employees that choose to work in the office. 1) A little treat for people. 2) We can support local restaurants in our area, near Keller. 3) Fewer employees going out mean fewer interactions with others, hopefully reducing risk.
Very cheeky: Andrew Yanez at PytchBlack designed this helmet and mask for Top Gun Brant Ringler and the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind: Donnie Nelson, GM of the Dallas Mavericks and a Billy Bob’s investor, said on a Chamber webinar that “getting here 23 years ago, my first stop was Billy Bob's. Half my wealth is probably invested in Fort Worth. My kids went to TCU. ” He said of the projected July 30/31 start of the NBA season: “Entertainment/ sports are part of our DNA. We are hoping to be a beacon of light for hope.” His Business After Hours talk was sponsored by Molinar Property Group.
Just sayin’: Mayor Price Is Right -- “I don’t want to take advantage of others’ misery, but we’re poised to grow business.”
This on your resume? After eight sessions with business groups, Brandom Gengelbach, President of the Chamber, shared their three priorities:
  • Home-grown talent;
  • Tech ability and workforce readiness, including soft skills;
  • People who have been taught how to learn … for quick pivots because of innovation and creativity.
“Everything that can go online will go online.”



--TCC Chancellor Eugene V. Giovannini
Sunny days ahead: Acre Distilling was one toast away from connecting to its solar-powered grid in its parking lot when Gov. Abbott put back the kibosh on bars being open. AD’s new parking facility provides shade to vehicles with a roof that has about 350 solar panels. Owner Tony Formby estimates it will generate 104% of his power needs, saving $2k a month on average.
Second opinion? Greg Head, founder of city-by-city software chronicler Gregslist and Scaling Point, said during a TechFW webinar that “in general, I don’t know Venture Capitalists that are so interested in patents for software. You think Zoom feels protected right now?”
Masked e-mail: Whoa! Johnny Campbell, President and CEO of City Center Management and long-time Sundance Square sultan, entered to win a B2B Insider for the first time in 15 years. Why now? “I’ve read everything that has print on it anywhere around my home or in my devices at this point,” he said (strongly indicating B2B was the last resort). “Thank you for the laugh this morning!”
Seamlessly : The advisory boards of industry professionals who provide valuable information to educators in the  FWISD  and at  TCC  to prepare students to enter the workforce have merged. It is expected to increase collaboration in creating programs for students. 
Kudos: Cassie Poss, Sports Events Manager with Visit Fort Worth, is the 2020 winner of the Meeting Professionals International Rise Award for Young Professional Achievement. “…nothing short of a dream come true,” Cassie said. “Thank you to my mentors who have helped guide me in a career that I landed in by chance, but have come to love…”
UPCOMING EVENTS
To comply with Tarrant County's recommendations on public gatherings, our in-person programs are currently on hold. Please see our upcoming virtual resources below.
Thursday, July 9
TCU Preview
Friday, July 14
Women's Insight Network:
Dine & Discuss
Thursday, August 27
Vision FW: YP Summit 2020
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