February 19, 2020
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This week, we're recognizing Manufacturing/Distribution Forte Awards category winner All American Tire Recyclers (pictured at right), which is the only 100% green tire recycling facility in Tarrant County.
More than 200  Chamber  members gathered to celebrate the best of Fort Worth's small businesses during the 2nd annual Forte Awards at  The Ashton Depot  on January 30th. DPC Healthcare, All American Tire Recyclers and  Electro Acoustics  took home the prizes for Emerging Business, Manufacturing / Distribution and Professional Services.   

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Klotz was a klutz: “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Tell that to Player/Coach Red Klotz and the Washington Generals, who won once and lost more than 16,000 games to the Harlem Globetrotters. YES! The Globetrotters are coming to Dickies Arena for one performance, 2 p.m. this Sunday Feb. 23, and marketing superstar Alissa Cunningham dribbled over a set of four tickets. Did you know Wilt Chamberlain played for the Globetrotters? Or that Lynette Woodward was the first female? Meadowlark Lemon, Marcus Haynes and Curly Neal brought international recognition to the Globetrotters and this year’s squad, in its 94 th season, features players from Poland, China and the Ukraine. Get your tickets. The “game” promises to be filled with high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, record-breaking attempts and unforgettable family moments.
Dough-re-mi: Not sure how Melvin Roberson, owner of Dough Boy Donuts , went from a culinary career at a steakhouse to staking his claim as a donut entrepreneur. Mr. B has a hole in the middle of his very slim wallet, but is a Loyalty Rewards member and gets points for every donut dollar spent. Melvin has monthly specials, and Mr. B doesn’t mean to ruin your day or your diet, but try these February specials: a vanilla butter glaze topped with chopped Oreo cookies and/or (and!) a chocolate glaze with a chocolate covered strawberry and white chocolate drizzle. For two readers, he is offering a dozen incredible, fabulous, guiltless, fully dietetic donuts.
BOLD strides: Girls Inc. of Tarrant County inspires more than 20,000 girls a year w ith messages of aspiration rather than limitation and the resources to help overcome challenges they may face. One hundred years (Aug. 18, 1920) after the 19 th Amendment gave women the right to vote, Girls Inc. will celebrate six BOLD Women that work and speak to empower girls to set high expectations and pursue success. The Champions Breakfast is March 5 at Ridglea Country Club and honorees are Jo Anna Cardoza, Greer Christian, Rosa Navejar, Gloria Starling, Joanna Crain and Julie Swearingin. Girls Inc. greatness Valerie Salter provided B2B Insider with a seat for two readers.
Will he be bringing money? Money, money, money…That’s the focus of the March 18 TCU Neeley School of Business Tandy Executive Speaker Series. The breakfast features a talk with Cullen / Frost Bankers Chairman and CEO Phillip Green. Phil (we’re tight) has been with Frost 40 years, becoming President in 2015 and Chairman and CEO in 2016. The bank has won numerous accolades (too many to mention) for excellence and customer service, including a zillion Greenwich Excellence Awards and 16,000 A+ grades in J.D. Power U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction studies. The Federal Reserve Board asks Phil for advice and he assists The University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee, the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council and the McCombs Scholars Program committee. Neeley Dean Pullin will converse and try to extract the key to the safe. Money grab with this seat at the Chamber table.
Congratulations to the February 12th
Prize Winners:

  • Lisa Forrest, Colonial
  • Sam Florence, Pure Flow
  • Teresa Jeffcoat, Privia Medical Group
  • Randy Roberson, Sandler
If you were Juan-dering: Juan Torres reps Tiffany & Co. at Clearfork quite dapperly. He and Mr. B sitting together at a breakfast was the definition of Odd Couple and Juan doesn’t even get a clothing allowance. Juan says Tiffany’s at Clearfork is a huge success, with sales up 15 percent during 2019 and developer Cassco a fabulous partner. He also surprised Mr. B with this tidbit: Average sale at Tiffany is $176. 
And the vote goes to...: Mr. B voted yesterday. You can vote early, too, until Feb. 28, at any site in Tarrant County . With Boss Miserly Mistress leaving soon, but not soon enough, and Mr. B looking for ways to oust new Boss Sammie the Slasher, he requested the write-in ballot. And wrote in Ms. Rodriguez for every race. She wins and Mr. B is free, free at last. Tarrant County Commissioners are partnering with six transit services to provide free rides to get voters to the polls during early voting and for the March 3 Primary.
Top boss: The annual Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award is again accepting nominations, which makes sense if it’s an annual award. The Chamber award honors its 2013-14 Chairman of the Board; she passed away because of colon cancer in December 2014. Halsey was an attorney / Managing Partner with Jackson Walker and recognized as a distinguished lawyer by numerous organizations. The award recognizes presidents, principals, GMs or CEOs who strengthen and transform the organization they lead with vision, innovation and inspiration. Last year’s honoree was Dr. Michael Williams at UNT Health Science Center. Deadline for the nominee form and one supporting letter ( psst : secret supporting letter is B) is March 13.
No privacy concern: A daughter of Bill McCoy, senior veep at Bank of Texas, recently took a job with Facebook . Bill said she “would know everything about him if only I ever were on Facebook.” 
Goal setting: David Valentine, an owner of marketing group Avadel, a Chamber Forte Awards finalist, said the company set out in 2019 to get out into the marketplace and commit to growth. And it succeeded…more employees, nearly doubling its space and making acquisitions of three firms in three states. “It created a lot of talent,” he said.
Bob Ray or Billy Dee? Thomas Williams sells Aflac. What he could sell is being the stunt double or separated at birth with former journalist / present Metro Black Chamber exec Bob Ray Sanders. Thomas, however, says with all due respect to Sanders, he believes he favors actor / singer Billy Dee Williams ( L to R: Billy Dee, Bob Ray, Thomas).
“Execution is more important than vision. I hate execution; I'm a dreamer.”

--Sunny Lowe, CEO
Blue Jean Networks
Great news / bad news: Marsha Evans, retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, also was CEO of the Girls Scouts and American Red Cross. When she spoke at the TCU Neeley Tandy Executive Speaker Series this month, there were three boxes of Girls Scouts cookies at each of the 44 tables. A brawl broke out at every table of eight. 
Crowded living room? Here’s a unique freebie, courtesy of the Downtown YMCA . If you have a teen or grand-teen, or you are a high school coach with an athlete(s) about to enter the world of college sports recruiters, the Y is offering a Recruiting 101 seminar Feb. 25 from 7-9 p.m. The Bedford Agency will lead discussions on the college sports recruiting evaluation process, communication process with coaches, timelines for recruiting, scholarship offers and more. Go online to register; space is limited.
Smoked-pineapple dessert? That yummy is what clinched a victory for Cafe Modern chef Denise Shavandy   on the Food Network show “Chopped.” Located inside the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth , Shavandy and Café Modern are scheduling a “Chopped” dinner that could include competitor Lance McWhorter of Tyler. The café also is participating in the Blue Zones Restaurant Week Feb. 25-March 1.
Talking, not eating, food: Did you know we have a Tarrant County Food Policy Council and it is presenting, along with Blue Zones, food revolutionary Malik Yakini of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. The lecture/discussion is free, from 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Sid Richardson Building, Lecture Hall 1 at TCU.
Kitchen kudos: Executive Chef Tim (no relation to Steve) Prefontaine at The Fort Worth Club has been inducted into the American Academy of Chefs, the standard of excellence for chefs. The B Mansion will host Tim for a P&J cut crust sampler next Thursday.  
Green kudos: M-Pak, which supplies accessories to fire and police departments, and the military, is forging a new frontier … greenspace. Writer / photographer Jim Domke profiled owner Debbie Cooley in GreenSourceDFW. When shipping, she fills empty space with modified paper padding and not “popcorn.” The company coffee bar has compostable cups, wooden stirrers and paper sweetener packets saying at the bottom “thank you for your efforts in sustainability.” And Cooley installed at her expense a big ol’ recycling bin for the entire business complex and has donated other bins to several Little League parks. 
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February Meetup
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Feb. 28 - 11:15 a.m.
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March 12 - 5:00 p.m.
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