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The Chamber welcomed Sean Burke, Fort Worth Star-Telegram's new publisher and president at the Leaders in Business luncheon series last week. The luncheon was held at the Petroleum Club and Burke enthusiastically briefed attendees about the turn of the news business and his innovative ideas on the Star-Telegram's future and direction. According to Burke, "We're more than just a newspaper. We are in the news and information business and we've changed how we deliver news and information. We're a multi-media news and information company." Read more of Burke's comments below and on our blog.

L to R: Dr. Chandra Subramaniam, University of Texas at Arlington College of Business; Sean Burke, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Melanie Woodard McGee and Dr. Greg Frazier both with University of Texas at Arlington College of Business
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Here come da judge: Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said he was too taxed to "Penn" his annual State of the County address, which is to be delivered during a Chamber-presented luncheon Sept. 6. Judge Reinhold, Mike Judge, Christopher Judge and Aaron Judge also were unavailable. Whitley has been Tarrant County Judge since 2006.  He is a leader on matters regarding efficiency in government, transportation, sustainable communities, air quality and youth and children's issues. Also during the luncheon, TxDOT (Department of Transportation) celebrating its 100th anniversary, will be accorded the 7th Annual Vandergriff Award, presented in memory of former County Judge Tom Vandergriff. It is given to a legacy individual or organization whose contributions have positively impacted Tarrant County. And who could argue that roads don't impact Tarrant County? Here's a chance for four readers to attend and Judge the state of Tarrant theirownselves.

Opposite of wet bar is...? Mr. B was sitting next to Shannon Williams at a Chamber event. He was staring. Her hair was magnifico, layers of blonde sayshaying to and fro, hither and yon. Mr. B asked her how she did it. "Well, I'm the operations manager of Drybar and I have to test run operations and this is what a blowout looks like," Shannon didn't really say. "It works such wonders that we could make Mr. Clean look hirsute." The Drybar at West Bend doesn't cut, doesn't color. It just blows out your hair. Shannon blew Mr. B away with a gift card for a Drybar for two readers.

Dream reader, dreamweaver: Casa MaƱana opens its Broadway theater series with more song than theater in the very family-friendly musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The September 9-17 run of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber production captures the biblical saga of Joseph and his dazzling coat of many colors. Joe is the 11th of 12 sons (that would not play well in China) and his father's favoritism does not sit well with his 11 brothers. They sell him. He ends up in jail. He reads dreams, becomes a star. Brothers come back begging...and not going to spill the final verses. Casa's Lindsey Rushen-ed over a pair of tickets to the 8 p.m. opening night show.

Urgency in their care: Mr. B and granddaughter BamBino were having a blindfolded Alchemy Pops taste test. She was feeding Mr. B and missed the mark by a bit and the stick got stuck in his schnoz and he was rushed to the iCare ER and Urgent Care. The perfect spot because it is a hybrid ER and Urgent Care center for patients who might be unsure of what kind of treatment they need. And it is owned and operated by local emergency physicians. iCare ER and Urgent Care minimizes wait time and has laboratory and imaging suites on-site. Results are available within minutes and the digital x-ray suite, ultrasound and 4th generation CT scanner allow for real-time readings. In real time, President Melanie Edmondson flew over a family four-pack of flu shots.

Congratulations to the August 23rd Prize Winners:
  • Tom Mitchell, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Lindsey Rushen, Casa Manana
  • Bobby Mays, T&G ID Systems
  • Becky Fetty, Downtown Fort Worth Inc.

Should he merge with Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables? TCU is just days away from its 2017 opener against Jackson (Ms.) State. As head coach, Gary Patterson says only 20 percent of his time is on football. "I feel more like an ambassador for TCU and Fort Worth." Entering his 20th season in Fort Worth, he stressed the importance that two of his new coaches have head coaching history, Chris Thomsen (Abilene Christian) and Sonny Dykes (Cal). And unsolicited, Patterson raved about Matt Campbell, Iowa State's young head coach.

Cradle to grave: That is the term Managing Partner Darien George uses to describe a key component of interviews his firm Mackenzie Eason & Associates uses while interviewing executive job candidates. "It takes hours, but we literally talk them through their life," he said. "(Most) everything comes out."

Dollars and non-centsicle: Pretty good one from the Funster Punster group. Chamber's Netty Matthews wrote, "A friend just told me his church welcomes all denominations, but prefers tens and twenties." And a response from T.D. Smyers, head of the United Way of Tarrant County: "I heard the new pastor in that church is a former actor -- Robert Dinero."

I wanna be in pictures: Gunnar Wilbert, direct from TCU to being a newbie on the PR team at PAVLOV Advertising, brings a 21st-century toy to work. It's a drone that he flies around the office. Coming soon: Pictorial days in the life of an ad agency.

Lightning round with Cornyn: During a quick, but wide-ranging Q&A session for a Chamber Leaders in Government luncheon, John Cornyn, Texas' senior U.S. Senator, had lots to say, including "it's great to be out of Washington, particularly here in Fort Worth."
  • "Impressed with the quality of people (President) Trump has picked for his cabinet and justices."
  • "There are 130 judicial vacancies, 13 in Texas ... filling those would be a Trump legacy."
  • NAFTA: "Five million jobs depend on trade with Mexico."
  • "Tax reform is imperative to get the economy growing."
  • "Health Care is just too important to walk away from."
  • Tax havens: "We need to incentivize companies to bring the money home."
"At the end of the day, there's a difference between an idea and an opportunity."  

                                                -- Carolyn Phillips,
Chief Alchemist, Alchemy Pops
Jabbering about jobs: At the last gathering of the Chamber's Job Links, Colby Waldrop of CornerStone Staffing had 142 positions to fill, including Chief Customer Officer for a financial tech company moving to Fort Worth from Ireland. The next Job Links is Sept. 6 at TCU and will feature Chamber EVP Brandom Gengelbach and surprise guests.  
Longshot lodging: Michael Crain, august agent for Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty, is being patient and understanding of Mr. B's 39-cent pay. He's holding off the sale of Texas Rangers co-owner Bob Simpson's $7 million Montserrat mansion for Mr. B to cobble together all his pennies.
Plenty of Puente: The National Philanthropy Day Awards are being given out during a luncheon Nov. 16. Alice and Buddy Puente will be honored as 2017 Distinguished Philanthropists by the Fort Worth Metro Chapter and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation. The Alice and Buddy philanthropy gene has been passed to daughters Andrea and Victoria. And Buddy's SOS is a reigning Chamber Small Business of the Year honoree.

On the ground floor: Would you be floored to hear that Floors To Go has a weekly radio show on stations 570 and 820 AM and 94.9 and 100.7 FM? Tex Williams (Cowboy hat and all) says his dad, owner Theril Williams, hosts the show and callers ask questions about vacuum cleaners, floors damaged by water, cleaning grout, new types of more durable hardwood floors and lots more.
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            Date          Event NameCalendar

Job Links at TCU, Featuring Chamber EVP Brandom Gengelbach

Membership 101: Orientation

31st Annual Chamber Golf Classic, Presented by GM Financial

Women's Golf Clinic - "The Business of Golf"

Vision FW: "Table of 10" Mentoring Breakfast

West Area Council Coffee & Conversation

Ribbon Cuttings

Hooters Fort Worth Downtown
150 Throckmorton, Ste. 132, 76102
4:00 P.M.

RiverVue Fort Worth
5828 Arborlawn Drive, 76109
7:00 P.M.

Camp Bow Wow Fort Worth West
6411 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite C, 76116
9:00 A.M.

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