October 2, 2019
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T arrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley spoke at the Chamber's 2019 State of the County luncheon last week at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel about the county budget, veterans, taxes and healthcare. Whitley also highlighted upcoming changes for Election Day, including a choice of more than 300 voting locations and new machines. The Texas Rangers Baseball Club was honored with the Chamber's 9th Annual Vandergriff Award for its positive impact on Tarrant County. 

Pictured (L to R): Chamber Chairman Lonnie Nicholson; Kellie Fischer, Texas Rangers Baseball Club ; Judge Glen Whitley.
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Float my boat:  It’s October and officially time to start thinking Christmas! B2B Insider has learned from an elf-like, Antarctic source that a Mr. and Mrs. S. Claus have reserved a VIP room and eight stalls at the Hilton Fort Worth the night of Sunday, Nov. 24. Source says the Clauses have been asked to ride herd over the final float during the GM Financial Parade of Lights that evening in Sundance Square . The theme of the 6 p.m. parade is Sounds of the Season. Local PR pro Claire Armstrong of Pavlov has contract clauses and wouldn’t confirm the Claus’ appearance, but says just in case, she has four reserved street seats for one reader. The parade, in its 37 th year and produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., has grown to more than 100 floats and half a million lights. Pre-parade festivities begin at 2 p.m., and it’s all free, except for these reserved seats for a winner.
All true--no fish tales: Frogs, salamanders and toads, oh my! Tarantulas and scorpions, yikes! SeaQuest Aquarium Fort Worth, inside Ridgmar Mall, is not your father’s Flipper. And the adventures go beyond the “sea.” There are parrots, macaws and toucans, sloths and rabbits. Fish, too. Thousands of them, including Blue (no relation to Wu) Tang, Bat and Cat fish; sharks, dog-face puffers and a really not-ready-for-dating cownose stingray. You can hang and interact with a sloth or an otter, who you can feed. SeaQuest is as “fin’tastic!” as advertised and Tammy O’Shields has an Annual Pass that is good for up to five people for one year; admission would be free and other discounts and benefits are included.
Flowerly praise: Mr. B loves how GM Cheri Kirkman and the creative florists at Gordon Boswell Flowers are able to combine the autumn harvest flowers with the joys of Halloween. The Harvest Charm bouquet is elegant crème roses blended with the hues of autumn and arranged in a white-lid, pumpkin bowl. There’s another bouquet that has fall foliage and a keepsake gift as part of a ceramic pumpkin arrangement. Prefer treats? How about the Candy Cornie, fall flowers in a vase filled with candy corn. Mon Cheri sent over a $100 gift certificate to fall in love with autumn and to celebrate Gordon Boswell Flowers’ 100 th anniversary.
Take this to the bank: Comerica Bank’s outstanding traveling Women Business Symposium arrives in north Texas Friday, October 18, with nearly five hours of business education. Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and New York Times bestselling author of “Brave, Not Perfect,” is the keynote speaker at the Westin Galleria Dallas event. She highlights a powerful list of speakers sharing their insights and experiences. From 10:15-3 p.m., you’ll learn, connect and grow as you share perspectives and secrets for success with business women while gaining leadership development and enhanced networking opportunities. Comerica’s Vickie Ray has reserved a seat for two readers.
Congratulations to the September 25th
Prize Winners:

  • Jerry Miller, Jerry's Express Car Wash
  • Paul Reuland, Quarles Lumber
  • Nancy Harmon, NBC-Channel 5
  • Camille Curry, Fort Worth Zoo
  • Taylor Hardy, Visit Fort Worth
  • Jennifer Demas, Fort Worth Library
(Read the next headline backward)
Stsohg dna snilbog: In her hometown of Independence, Kansas, Halloween is called Neewollah and the backward celebration is 100 years old in 2019. Ethel Allen Steele of  Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Schell, Kelly & Taplett says it's  a 10-day celebration and the town of 10k or so swells to nearly 75k, the largest non-sports gathering in the state. “Roy Clark and Minnie Pearl were often around – does that ever date me,” she said. “It’s also where I first rode a camel and an elephant.”
Also 100: Easter Seals, Junior Achievement and Gordon Boswell Flowers started in 1919. Happy centennials.
Real answers: Meredith Trew, Director of Business Relations for Texas Builders, is the granddaughter of Joan Trew, half the Williams Trew Real Estate greatness. Why no real estate for Meredith? “I have a family and didn’t want to work seven days a week,” she said. “My grandmother didn’t start in real estate until her children were grown.”
Not biased at all: Mr. B asked Lisa Cobb of Precise Energy Products for a promotional products referral. “Definitely The Promo Queen, BluPlume,” Lisa said. Good mom. Nikki Maucere, The Promo Queen, is her daughter. 
Rollin’ on the river: Jessica Leigh, GM of franchise Cyclebar in Waterside, says she has more than 250 members on daily, monthly and annual packages. Mr. B has been there, half-pedaling an electric bike, and is working those calves to challenge Mayor Price Is Right to a race.
Fun facts: Mayor Price Is Right—
  • First concert: Tina Turner.
  • Actor she oogled gowing up? Robert Redford.
  • Favorite film? Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • Famous meets: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Israel’s Ariel Sharon, Arnold Schwarzenegger and four Presidents.
“We constantly ask employees, 'If this were your company, what would you do differently?'”

--Lerii Smith, President
Project Partners
Recommended reading: Dave O’Lenick, super senior sales guru for the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, says read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team , which explores “fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure.”  
Pivot = plus: From Dave Munson, El Presidente at Saddleback Leather – “I’m a big enough man to admit it when I make a mistake … I messed up and I’m making it right. I discontinued one of my favorite and most popular designs, the Leather Pouch, and I shouldn’t have. I was young and immature … So I’m bringing it back with some slight changes and calling it the EDC Leather Satchel.”
Awww, paws: Balcom Agency , which stole its B from Mr. B to brand its building at Summit and 30, celebrates its pets on Four-Legged Fridays. The Balcom website even has bios of its pets! So it’s no surprise that Balcom has become agency of record for the Humane Society of North Texas. For 114 years, HSNT has cared for animals, worked to end animal homelessness, provided low-cost pet services and helped to eliminate animal cruelty.
Agency kudos: Kernel, the creative agency of Spectrum Reach , earned a Telly Award for Cinematography for its “Start Living the Life you Dream” TV campaign for Viridian - a master-planned community in Arlington.
At least it's not July: Last year, Mayor Price Is Right and the Chamber led an exclusive delegation to Kansas City to share economic development strategies. She came back with 1,500 Hallmark specialty cards and nine barbecue restaurants. This year, the Mayor, Chamber, Visit Fort Worth and American Airlines invite you to Phoenix Oct. 13-15, which is like right around the Corner (Bakery). If you want to fly, you better buy now . This package includes three days and two nights at the exclusive Biltmore, transportation in Phoenix, all meals, visits with Phoenix leaders and a welcome reception. Why Phoenix? It is a leader in economic development strategies, talent development with universities and sports tourism. 
-30-: As Mr. B has complained many times, he has 13 editors at the Chamber. El Jefe.Pain.com has been Andra Bennett (not in my) House. Admittedly, she has saved Mr. B from hisownself many times. She has remained patient for 14 years. She has hacked away with grace. She is leaving…finally…and her work for Cooksey Communications will include some gigantic stuff with Hillwood/Alliance . B won’t admit it, but she will be missed. And now, it’s on to wearing out the next editor. 
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