September 11, 2019
Presented By
Congressman Marc Veasey, who represents Texas' Congressional District 33 in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Small Business, was the featured speaker Sept. 5th for the Chamber's Leaders In Government luncheon at the Fort Worth Club.   Veasey spoke on immigration, the economy, census efforts and the Panther Island project. Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP was the presenting sponsor.

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Camped out to win this: Mr. B and his 13-month younger brother Bald B were shipped 150 miles to camp in Ocala, Fl., one July week way, way back. Average temperature 90 degrees. Average humidity 64 percent. Average mosquito 6'1", 215 lbs. It was miserable. You, however, are taking three adults or your family of up to four to the Fall Camping Weekend Friday-Sunday Oct. 11-13, courtesy of Camp Fire First Texas. Lodging, food, activities, limited heat or humidity, and no mosquitoes at Camp El Tesoro in Granbury. Take it all in -- ghost stories around a campfire, canoeing and kayaking, archery, stargazing, movie nights, trail hikes and art projects. All your food, including a salad and fruit bar, and cuisine in a canoe. Christy Jones at Camp Fire asks “Who has their backpack packed?”
Star cooks in the kitchen: Mr. B has a fabulous triple-b recipe that would be perfect for the Stockyards, but his beans, burgers and bacon didn’t make it into Fort Worth Magazine’s Top Chef Challenge . Chef host Jon Bonnell said Mr. B was a one-trick pony. Instead, he’s rounded up Jenna Kinard - Hotel Drover, Steve Mitchell  -  Bistro 1031, Kobi Perdue - Paris 7 th and Max Zubboli - Zeno’s on the Square to cook Sept. 25 from 6-9 p.m. at River Ranch Stockyards for 2019 Top Chef honors. You can watch the chefs, shop the live auctions, sip on cocktails and grab a few morsels of food. Natasha sent over two pairs of general admission tickets that includes drinks and complimentary valet.
Wonders of Wizardry : Whether by flying car or a train from King's Cross Station, get to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History this month for REEL Adventures: Journey to Hogwarts. It would be a night of magic and fun with more than 10 activities from 5:45-7:15 p.m., including photo ops, potion making, flyover experiences and Hogwarts house sorting. The final muggle ingredient is the film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , in the Omni Theater, which starts at 7:35. Harry Potter is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry . Alexa Canipe, director of marketing at the museum , has three four-packs of tickets that can be used for any REEL Adventures date: Sept. 20, 27 & 28 or Oct. 5.
Basked in masks: Communities In Schools is a fundamental element of keeping at-risk students in school and performing well academically and in life. CIS “ needs to be able to say ‘yes’ when schools request a CIS social worker full-time on their campus.” You can’t mask the need for funds, so CIS is holding its inaugural Behind the Mask gala Oct. 4 at Ridglea Country Club . Keynote speaker is Emmitt Smith, maybe “masked” in his Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame helmet. Trey and the Tritones provide the sounds and Rachel and Melissa at CIS provided two tickets for a night of dinner, drinks, dancing and donating. 
Congratulations to the September 4th
Prize Winners:

  • Lonnie Burns, GFF Architects
  • Joe Stout, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
  • Susan Clayton, James L. West Center for Dementia Care
  • Pat Aspan, Aspan Construction
  • Devan Peplow, TechFW
  • Reagan Ferguson, Pressman Printing
  • Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank
  • Benita Harper, FW Employees' Retirement Fund
  • Jason Duling, Johnson Controls Security Solutions
  • Chandry Manzke, Victory Awning
  • Lisa Hasbach, Pinstripes
Flyover: Reed Pigman, owner of Texas Jet at Meacham International Airport , is one of a group of funster punsters. When asked how his business was doing, he said, "Everything’s up in the air." Ba da boom!
Happy Mr. B-day: Leigh Dodson, veep of operations for Encore Live, spent almost three weeks in Ranger, Texas helping to set up a 60 th birthday party for the wife of a Dallas couple. She called it Encore’s event of the year. Of course, it all was hush, hush. Entertainment she lined up included Andrew Sullivan opening for Garth Brooks (and a few tunes / serenades with wife Trisha Yearwood) and Josh Weathers as the closer. And what did you do for your birthday party? 
I love a parade! Want to be one of about 100 floats in the GM Financial Parade of Lights Nov. 24 in downtown Fort Worth? Applications are open until September 27 and can be found here . Downtown Fort Worth Initiative’s parade caboose will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus.
What’s that Sounde? Mostly because of vanity, the average person with hearing loss waits 8-to-10 years before doing something
(coerced?). Sounde is a company that has licensed a proprietary algorithm from a TCU professor that uses an app, Bluetooth and headphones. You look “cool,” says Sounde partner Devan Peplow (center, with partners).
Desk top stories: Lots of stand-up readers attempted to win the Varidesk in last week’s giveaway. “Standing while working from the office would at least help me feel like I’m working behind the counter at one of our locations,” said John Schissler, multiple Chicken Salad Chick franchise owner. And from Shaina Dempski at Topgolf: When I first started (here) … I had so much back pain that I ended up using cardboard boxes and built my own. It was ugly. But it worked!”
“I ended up in Fort Worth after 9/11 as military police at the base (Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base). I had some barbecue and never left.”

--Cortney Gumbleton
Locavore co-founder
The conductor: David (not Fatty) Arbuckle is veep of external affairs for Texas Central, the high-speed railway system from Dallas to Houston (and back). He talks facts and numbers as fast as the 400 miles-per-hour trains. David says, “We’re still playing with the idea of going 40 miles north of the Dallas stop and to Fort Worth.” The estimated travel cost is between $100 and $200 per trip. Each train has 400 seats and leaves every 30 minutes. When Mr. B asked about a 2023 start time, he said, “Maybe sooner.” 
On politics and bi-partisanship: “ Still working to make decisions in a bi-partisan way. It takes a lot of listening to do that.” – U.S. Rep. Kay Granger . I’m looking for a time when politics is a whole lot less nasty.” – Texas State Senator Beverly Powell.
Hate to think about it: Emily Wilkins of Aekos Technologies asks if your business has an IT disaster recovery plan. “What will one day out of service cost you?”
Pardners: The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber have created a partner blueprint to grow and develop the city’s economy. Specific objectives and actions in three categories: engagement, inclusion and project partnerships. The three chambers have more than 2,500 business members. 
Kudos: SporTherapy, pre-eminent physical therapy providers, turns 30 this month and is opening its 7 th location, this one in Granbury. An 8 th SporTherapy is on the horizon, probably on West 7 th . Steve Lackey says September also brings good news for Texans -- direct access to physical therapists, no prescription required. 
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Chamber Engagement Insight
Sept. 19 - 4:00 p.m.
CERA Meetings and Events
Healthcare Symposium
Sept. 25 - 7:30 a.m.
PalmWood, Frost Tower
State of the County
Sept. 26 - 11:30 a.m.
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
September Meetup
Sept. 26 - 5:30 p.m.
Meso Maya
Mayor's International Luncheon
Oct. 2 - 11:30 a.m.
Colonial Country Club
Ribbon Cutting
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