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The Chamber's Women's Insight Network kicked off the new year with coffee and conversation at the Historic Ashton Hotel on Tuesday. 
Nearly 40 attendees networked and discussed upcoming WIN events for the year. Pictured left to right are Melanie McGee, University of Texas at Arlington;  Lisa Marie Graves, Pulliam Pools;  Patty Potter, Quorum;  Kim Dowdy, Quorum;  Leimomi Kamiya, The Historic Ashton Hotel. For more information about WIN, click here. For more WIN photos, visit our gallery
 
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Love affair with tourists: About 9 million visitors to  Fort Worth annually don't just get here by accident. They come by planes, trains and automobiles. Most are subtlety helped along by Visit Fort Worth, the city's destination marketing agency. You can get the latest on the visitor economy during Visit Fort Worth's Annual Meeting breakfast Feb. 6 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and it is infinitesimally more exciting than your run-of-the-mill annual confab. In exactly 90 minutes --President and CEO Bob Jameson insists -- Visit Fort Worth will spotlight area "tastemakers" whose creativity is stretching our appetites, vibe and ... stomachs. And in a keynote team-up, YouTube talk show host Sean Evans will interview new media entrepreneur Chris Stang, co-founder and CEO of upstart restaurant review platform The Infatuation. Two readers can feast with one seat each for 90 minutes. Guaranteed!

Parade of puppets: TriQuest Technologies provides excellente IT consulting, installation and support services. One of its clients is Performing Arts Fort Worth, which manages Bass Performance Hall. TriQuest co-owner Cyndy Tonniges does EVERYTHING not IT at TriQuest, but she is B2B Insider's IT Girl for this fabulous giveaway. Cyndy sent over four tickets to a one-hour The Very Hungry Caterpillar children's show January 30 at 7 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall. Being a season sponsor of the BNSF Popular Entertainment Series, TriQuest's seats are primo -- Center Orchestra. If you haven't been a kid or adult since 1969, or been in a cocoon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold more than 43 million copies. The stage production features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle's stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 10 Little Rubber Ducks; The Very Lonely Firefly; and the star of the show -- The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

CarJack: Andrew Jackson Hollis -- Jack to anyone that drives a Toyota -- is responsible for leading all sales, marketing and guest experience and retention activities for Toyota, where he is group Veep and GM of the Toyota Division at Toyota Motor North America. He's been with Toyota since 1992, two years removed from his minor-league baseball career that ended in 1990 with the Charleston Wheelers...how appropriate! Jack knows wheeling and winning at the sales and marketing game, having been with Stanford when it won the NCAA baseball tourneys in the late '80s. He also has been named an Automotive News All-Star, and in 2017, he was named by Business Insider one of the 50 most innovative Chief Marketing Officers in the world. TCU Neeley School of Business Dean (O. He's a Homer) Erekson will interview Jack during the Tandy Executive Speaker Series Jan. 30. Want to be a Sci on at the B2B Insider table? 

Getting real: The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth is " a unified voice for the commercial real estate industry, influencing action and supporting change to accomplish long-term job growth and enhance the quality of life." Next Wednesday from 7 a.m. until about noon, property, development and municipal leaders will provide updates, and Chris Leinberger will keynote on the Future of Walkable Urbanism (Cliff Notes version: to find Urbanism, you walk two blocks south, take a left and the Fort Worth Convention Center is three doors down on your right.) B2B Insider has one ticket for two readers. 

Congratulations to the December 19th
Prize Winners:
  • Beverly Parker,  Financial Additions
  • John Anthony, Liberty Lift Solutions
  • John Fletcher, John Fletcher Consulting Public Relations
  • Sherry Green, Technology Team
  • Sharon Kidd, Hickman Investments
  • Molly Sandlin, CAET Project Management Consultants


A WORD FROM OUR GOLD SPONSORS


HE SAID, SHE SAID, THEY SAIDSoundBytes
Bitcoin? Really? Don Helm, owner of Southwest Professional Associates and a Chamber Am-Bass-Adorable before there was a Chamber and ever since, got hacked recently. The ransom demand to re-gain use of his computer? "Send us 3,000 Bitcoin or we'll send your contacts a site of (ill repute)."

Welcome mat x 3: Mark Litzler, the new Executive VP of Development for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, has an Airbnb going hisownself. He is the father of triplets -- Andrew, Peter and Molly -- who live in New York, Denver and Houston. Don't forget, your ticket to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo will get you into the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Cattle Raisers Museum and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame for free that same day.

The Big Show: Krish Patel, who handles the big event business for the Fort Worth Business Press, is nearing the end of about a 6-week "internship" with Page 3 Events in India. The company focuses on concerts, corporate events, fashion shows and celebrity management. "Event management is huge here," she wrote. "I was surprised to learn that it's a major that is offered at most universities. My uncle, Keyur Desai, is the owner of Page 3."

Alert! Help! Next Thursday's Chamber Forte Award(s) honoring small businesses in four industries has changed its dress code from chic to snappy casual. Mr. B is a fashion fool and the Prospective Ms. B is out of town, so what is he supposed to wear?

Surely you won something: During 2018, B2B Insider awarded 312 prizes with a total value of $19,977 (not including the priceless). All were donated and won by Chamber members! Thank you for reading, sharing and promoting your business through the newsletter, and thanks to our sponsors for making it possible. Please click on their ad banners during the year to make sure Mr. B keeps his job.

How are those resolutions coming? Matt Dufrene, head of the Blue Zones Project in Fort Worth, said the organization's philosophy is based upon "lessons learned from places in the world where people live longer." He said genetics is approximately a 25 percent part of well-being; behavior / environment is the other 75 percent.


"We designed this space for the talent the next 20 years, not the talent of the past 20 years."
--Hadley Woerner, Frost Bank Region President
on the mostly open office concept in Frost Tower
The (changing) Days of our Lives: Tony Creme, a Senior Veep for Hillwood,
says 20 years ago the driving factor for site selection was rent. Then it became
transportation and access. Now, he says, it is workforce availability.

Thin is in: Late-breaking news on sales of Girl Scout cookies. Overridge Wealth Advisors' Maureen Maidlow buys 18 boxes ("No lie") for her hubby. "It's his downfall." Hello? Who's feeding that? And Meryl Gunter of Clayton Youth Enrichment asks, "Why do they call them thin mints when I don't feel any thinner after eating a box?"

Kudos: SOS (Southwest Office Systems) and ASI Business Solutions have been selected 2018 Elite Dealers by ENX magazine. Only 130 providers were recognized nationally.

Kudos 2: The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) selected Casa Ferreirinha, a Portuguese reference brand in Douro Wines, as platinum medal winner in the 2019 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Wine Growing competition. Find it on the shelf waaaaay above Ripple and MD 20/20.

For more member news and announcements, go to the Chamber's website .
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