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Mayor Betsy Price sat down with Jason Whitely, WFAA, for a Q & A session during the 16th Annual State of the City Address yesterday. This was Mayor Price's 8th State of the City Address. "It's a 24/7 job if you're not careful. Thank you to my family for their passion for this job." 
The pair discussed the City of Fort Worth's progress and milestones, as well as goals and future plans.
Furniture provided courtesy of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
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Irons in the (Camp) fire: You may recall last week that Mr. B was going to set hisownself up as a non-profit (legit) and host daily fundraisers at Topgolf. Well, lo and behold, Camp Fire First Texas went ahead and did the same thing itsownself, although, Mr. B thinks Camp Fire might have been a non-profit before last week. Anyways, Camp Fire got Bank of Texas to help out with a "tourney for bragging rights."  On March 7 at 6 p.m., Camp Fire First Texas and supporters are at Topgolf, where golf professionals will offer one-on-one tips and a "challenge the pro" competition. And there is more. A $100 ticket also includes a fajita bar, two drink tickets per person and prizes. Mr. B promised to brag on Christy and Chloe at Camp Fire and they putted over admission for two.

fajita_dinner.jpg What is 'young professional' age cutoff? Before he was Maverick (1986) and will be again (2020), actor Tom Cruise was in a film called Risky Business, the content of which is too risqué for a Chamber newsletter. Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail has taken the risk out of learning business, sending established professionals into classrooms to work with students. JA (2019) also brings you Whiskey Business , a fundraiser March 28 at Whiskey Ranch. No risk whatsoever in this event; young professionals network and can compete in glow-in-the-dark putting and chipping contests. The $50 ticket gets you three drink tickets and loads of live music. There will be food trucks on site if you get the munchies. B2B asked Candice Stovall unsuccessfully for a Tom Cruise autograph, but was thrilled to get admission for two.
Head of the class:  Once, Mr. B was in a Nordstrom, obviously lost and more obviously out of his league. It was about 2011 and Mr. B was perplexed. There were no "pay" counters. He was transfixed as sales personnel went to patrons and checked them, there, anywhere. What service! In fact, if you look up customer service in a dictionary (they still have those?), there is a picture of Anne Bramman, the CFO of Nordstrom. Anne graduated with an accounting degree from Texas Christian University and is back on campus March 6 as the interviewee during the Tandy Executive Speaker Series breakfast. Previously, her opportunities included stints with Carnival Cruise Lines, Henri Bendel and Victoria Secret Stores. TCU Dean (He's a Homer) Erekson will interview her and has seats if you don't want to shop around.
This breakfast is Super: How cool was CBS teaming with non-profit Girls Inc for a donated ad during the Super Bowl? Girls Inc. is focused on empowering and educating girls through mentorships and programming, and our local organization inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. On March 7 at Ridglea Country Club, Girls Inc. hosts its Champions for Girls Breakfast, an annual event celebrating individual donors and corporate partners. "Bold" honorees are Marianne Auld of Kelly Hart & Hallman, Sharon Cox of The Ladder Alliance, Dr. Sophia Garcia of Tarrant County College, Carolann Morris of Pinnacle Bank, Leah King of United Way of Tarrant County and Linda Valdez Thompson of DFW International Airport. Valerie Salter provided one seat for two readers to attend and be inspired.

Congratulations to the February 13th
Prize Winners:
  • Linda Berger, Mt. Olivet  Cemetery Association
  • Bobby Williams, Christian Brothers Automotive
  • Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank
  • Carly Jordan, Envoy Managed Services

Here's the inside coop: Cortney Gumbleton of Locavore is one of first five entrants for B2B Insider prizes just about every week. Mr. B asked if she reads B2B or feeds her chickens first. "Newsletter always," she said. "The chickens can wait." Cortney also wanted to know how B2B winners were selected because " if it were based on who gave you farm fresh eggs, I might know someone."
Grand(e) celebration: We've all seen posted birthday pictures on social media, but Sandy El-Rayes' post last week was a bit different. The TechFW Marketing Director was pictured with Ariana Grande. Sandy can explain the 2014 photo: "My best friend in L.A. manages all the Nickelodeon warehouses, so we would hang out there while she was filming Sam & Cat!  I got to meet her a couple of times."
What's up, Doc? For those of you confused (read Mr. B) how UNT Health Science Center can have medical students and TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine can have medical students, UNTHSC recruiter Pam Alphin explains: "UNTHSC is an Osteopathic Medicine D.O. degree;  TCU-UNTHSC is an M.D. degree.  Both physicians, but different degree types." 

Anything but Modern: Here is an oddity considering the number of job changes people average these days. Dustin Van Orne (Marketing Analyst and Visitor Services Manager), Derrick Saunders (graphic designer/art director) and Kendal Smith-Lake have worked together in the communications department of the Modern Art Museum for 16 years. "In the same office, every day," Kendal wrote. "Long time, but it flies when you're having fun, right?!"
Job security? Pat Gleason, with Associated Time & Parking Concepts, is wondering a decade ahead about the need for parking lots when autonomous vehicles dominate the roads.
"It's something not Google-able."

--Daniel Wright, guest speaker,
Texas Tornadoes leads group
50.36 miles: That's how far Sarah Caldwell, Senior Tax Manager at JTaylor, ran in 14 hours and 15 minutes within Huntsville, TX earlier this month. She expects to run 100 miles this summer (up north); the farthest she had run previously was 34 miles from Dallas to Fort Worth on New Year's Eve 2018. 50 miles only calculated to 4061 calories lost. Some of her thoughts -- At mile 28, "language escapes me. I try to say something encouraging to another runner and it comes out, 'fjwoeifjewojff'" Miles 29 - 38: "I should have really focused more on strength training." Mile 44: It's dark again.  I'm freezing. I will not die out here." Mile 48: "My coach comes looking for me and let me borrow his jacket. I'm starting 
to get a little emotional with gratitude."

Better ensure your insurance: Susan Shaw of her namesake insurance agency says if you are Uber-ing and Lyft-ing people here and about, you better check with your insurance company. There appears to be a gap in coverage when t he app is turned on and the driver is waiting for a fare.

We're No. 5, we're No. 5! In a wide-ranging report on driving, WalletHub concludes Texas ranks fifth best in overall drive-ability. We're 2nd in auto dealerships per capita and 4th in lowest gas prices. We're worse than average in road congestion, car thefts and traffic fatalities.

Come sail away: The Chamber's Travel Program has a Rhône and Saône river cruise scheduled Nov. 1-9. Mr. B brings this up so far in advance for two reasons. 1) An early-bird discount is available if you register with the great Monta by the Ides of March (15th). 2) Mr. B's bosses go as chaperones. And while the bosses are away, Mr. B will play...hooray! Check the trip out here  and you'll notice there also are pre- and post-cruise options.

Life well lived: Betty Poage, an advisor with Ameriprise, was a Chamber member nearly 15 years and a long-time Am-Bass-Adorable. She was kind, gracious and fun-loving. She helped anyone and everyone. Betty passed Feb. 5.

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