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August 5, 2020

The votes for Fort Worth Herd's favorite steer are in and BIG MAC is the runaway winner! Big Mac hails from Midland, TX. and joined The Herd in 2019.

He and his team of nearly two dozen steers participate in the world's only twice-daily cattle drive in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. It's at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. along East Exchange Ave.

Click here to learn more about The Herd.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Staycation heaven: How good is the TownePlace Suites Fort Worth Northwest/Lake Worth? It’s seriously nicer than the B Mansion, and just one of its suites may be bigger, too. The pet-friendly hotel, whose name hits every local keyword search possible, has everything except Corinthian leather. Suites could comfortably hold 25 if we weren’t limited to gatherings of 10. There are separate sleeping, living and dining areas with every utility and amenity possible, including elfa closets from The Container Store. Free high-speed Wi-Fi. A pool, Weber BBQ grills and a business center. A fitness center with free weights, but you can’t actually take them with you. Breakfast for two, hot or cold, is free. And to put the topper of all toppers on top, Boss Lady April Dalton and Director of Sales Linda Franko have declared your two-night stay as Netflix Nights, giving you free access to Netflix, piles of popcorn and a six-pack of local beer. (Of course, you must be 21 to imbibe.)
You WIN, B loses: Mr. B once had the greatest assignment ever. Attend the Chamber's Women's Insight Network events. Mr. B and hundreds of women in one room. The virus has made him sick. Dine & Discuss is virtual now. Women arrive, go into one of eight separate breakout rooms and chat about certain topics. Mr. B is not allowed in a room or even room-hopping. That Chamber decision was made by a once-friendly relative, Double B. The August 12 luncheon discussions include topics such as social media, public speaking, generational and personality types in the workplace, and how you should run your business like a non-profit. (Mr. B runs his business as a no profit.) Each attendee gets a meal voucher from CHICKEN SALAD CHICK! If you don't win this spot to WIN Dine & Discuss, you can register here. Event sponsor is University of Texas - Arlington College of Business.
Beauty, violence, intimacy, oh my! Good news for arts patrons of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Kimbell Art Museum’s special exhibit, Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum, has been extended to Aug. 16. The closest Mr. B ever got to art was the illustrations for his second-grade bestseller, The Beautiful Peanut (Amazon $.25). So all of the following, including four passes to the exhibit, is courtesy of Katherine Polenz, Head of Marketing and Public Relations at the Kimbell. “The incredible gathering of pictures is a journey through the major artistic achievements of Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting, featuring captivating stories, from Christian martyrdom to mythological passion, and diverse formats and purposes, from the intimacy of private devotion to the grandeur of state portraiture.” From the 16th and 17th centuries, there are great talents and great characters presented, including the Farnese family dynasty and Pope Paul III. “These extraordinarily beautiful scenes can be moving or imposing, violent, extravagant, or even seductive.”
Congratulations to the July 30th
Prize Winners:

  • Ashleigh Herron, United Way of Tarrant County
  • Tim Halden, Spectrum Enterprise
  • Carol Childress, Cook Children's Health Foundation
Pivoting…by the hour: Jason Ray, President / CEO of Clayton Youth Enrichment, which provides before and after school child care, has kept a sense of humor about the in-school, out-of-school debate. “Let’s just say I am keeping my emails short because if I take too long to write a message, there is a good chance something with the schools has changed. We are trying to stay on our toes and adapt to the moving target that is the school year. Our window for getting our staff ready to go is getting really narrow, but we’ll figure it out."
Name game: Lucia Minick Power works for Satori Energy. And the Minick? “I can’t claim any ownership, but as Garth would say, ‘I have friends (or family) in high places.’ I am Billy and Pam’s niece.”  
Thoughtful moments: Some interesting moments from a discussion presented by JTaylor and Locavore in late July on race, diversity and equity:
  • Christina Brooks, Chief Equity Officer | Director of Diversity and Inclusion Department at the City of Fort Worth -- “No surprises (about what she found upon arrival). Pretty consistent around the country. There are pockets of individuals and community members that don’t have a context of history for why we’re in the situation we are now in ... (George Floyd) resonated in a way that stories at the water cooler couldn’t.”
  • Bob Ray Sanders, long-time area journalist and Director of Communication Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber – “We have not talked honestly about (race) until recently. I’m hopeful … Get to know someone that is different than you.”
  • Rosa Navejar, former President of Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber and owner The Rios Group – “I didn’t have a college degree because Latina women were told we were housewives and mothers …We all have biases; we have to learn what those biases are … Get out of your comfort zone.”
So long, farewell…most of the time: Whitney Smith senior veep Steve Peglar’s wife landed “her ultimate dream job – the Senior Minister at University Christian Church.” But it’s in Austin. Steve will move and work remotely, establishing an Austin presence for the firm. “I still have two kids in college in the N. Texas area, two rental houses and lots of clients up here. The whole COVID situation has made lots of people realize that lots of jobs can be done pretty much anywhere. I will miss Fort Worth, but really looking forward to getting to Austin due to music scene, politics, etc.”
Woohoo! As you might expect, the business for Bob Morgan and Mission Restaurant Supply has tapered quite a bit during COVID-19. Still, not one of Mission’s 132 employees has been laid off (as of this writing).
“Recruit better...upgrade your game.”

-Gary Patterson, TCU head football coach
on how to dethrone Oklahoma
Book your membership: Mr. B is one of the Fort Worth Public Library’s nearly 400 Stay at Home Book Club members, thanks to Communications Manager Theresa Davis. Hearing that the last book he read and comprehended was Green Eggs & Ham, Theresa allowed him entry via the Stay at Home qualification. The group was launched during March and is hosted on Facebook. “Even when I haven’t participated in the reading of the book, it’s still a joy to engage with other participants,” Melyssa Prince said.
Yay, Fort Worth: Carol Childress, gift processing coordinator at Cook Children’s Health Foundation on the state of donations – “Everyone has been so generous! It makes you feel so good to know that no matter what is going on around you, our community sticks together and takes care of one another.”
Happy Mr. B-day: 25 years ago Friday, Lance and Julie Turner opened their Express Employment Professionals agency at I-35 and Western Center. A second location, led by Jan Riggins, opened at Forest Park and I-30 in 2004.
Assistant to the assistant? Interesting title on LinkedIn — Junior Assistant General Manager.
To comply with Tarrant County's recommendations on public gatherings, our in-person programs are currently on hold. Please see our upcoming virtual resources below.
Wednesday, August 12
Women's Insight Network: Dine & Discuss
Thursday, August 27
Vision FW: YP Summit 2020
Thursday, July 30
Membership 101 - New Member Orientation
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