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Vision FW members sat down with Hillwood President Mike Berry last Tuesday to talk candidly about Fort Worth's strengths and weaknesses at the Table of Ten lunch at Joe T. Garcia's.

Attendees enjoyed hearing Berry's honest reflection about his rise to success. "I'm your poster child for 'it's not what you know, it's who you know,'" Berry said. 

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Sun dancin': The place to be during December for daily holiday greatness is Sundance Square. The Plaza itsownself is special enough, but add in the Sid Richardson Museum tea and talk, seeing A Mowtown Christmas at a theater, The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall, celebrities such as Santa, Rudolph and Ricki (Bo's ex) Derek, fabulous foods, crunchy and chewy cookies, cheesecakes, drinks and cigars. Too much to do and eat in one visit. Tracy Gilmour will make your visits even (Gil)more pleasurable with this $100 gift card good with any Sundance Square merchant.
 
Ice Age: If it weren't for the Trinity River Vision Panther Island Ice blowing into Fort Worth during November, we might still be waiting on Ol' Man Winter. You can get your cool on daily through Jan. 15 at the skating rink at Coyote Drive-In, off Main, north of downtown. Kids and adults up to size 13 can skate, slide or stumble for 90 minutes for $12, though there are discount offers and half-price Tuesdays. It's outdoor and the ice is wet, so dress accordingly. B2B Insider favorite Megan (M&M) McMullen has two family four-packs of tickets.

Tee this one up: So, you go to a golf facility and you learn nine core values for a lifetime and how to play golf? That's part of the greatness of The First Tee of Fort Worth. Go to one of First Tee's camps and it's like getting a hole-in-one for life. At Rockwood and Squaw Creek courses, campers can go for half or full days of life and golf lessons. Better putter, better person. B2B Insider set its target pin-high on development guy Mark Mourer and he caddied over two registrations for a week of camp during spring break or summer.

Wright on! Being a leader is not easy. Establishing a corporate strategy is as difficult, unless you are on the right side of John Wright. John's company is Simple Leadership Strategies; he makes things simple. He has a one-hour micro workshop called Creating Meaningful & Lasting Change. If your business and its employees want to change for the better, then John will come to your site and do his workshop for as many employees as interested. Be meaningful and enter for lasting results.


Congratulations to the November 29th Prize Winners:
  • Robert Gaudry, Dignity Memorial
  • Lisa Segelquist, Sente Mortgage
  • Bryan Way, Bell Helicopter
  • Jennifer Smith, Humane Society of North Texas


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Traveling man: Mitch Whitten, communications veep for the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, has copies of a magazine in Japan called Hail Mary. The publisher is a Cowboys fanatic.  

Watson IS smarter than us: John Dewar, a veep focused on infrastructure at Freese and Nichols, says about 50,000 people die a year in traffic accidents. He says autonomous vehicles "will virtually eliminate that."

Trap door: Red Sanders (Red Productions) is the producer of A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, which premiered last week and opens in 19 cities this week. Two thieves break into a house and are accidentally trapped inside.

Tex connect: Michele Klepser, self-proclaimed Sign Queen at Signarama, has 13-year-old true Texan twins named Tyler (son) and Dallas (daughter). Their last name is Rose. Tyler Rose, hmmm? Someone in the family definitely is an Earl Campbell fan.

What's up, Doc? Trevor Adams, owner of Vertical Chiropractic, got interested in the neurological approach to health after having constant ear infections as a child. His approach includes understanding the messages the brain sends to the nerves through the vertebra. Doc Adams says he's seeing more neck pain in kids and teens who are constantly looking down while texting.

Taking flight: 10 years ago, Mr. B was in a meeting with Brian Dunaway of Epic Helicopers. Brian wanted to heli-hover above and haul commuters from Fort Worth to Plano/McKinney. Wow, crazy, Mr. B thought. Epic does day commutes and charters, and now Hillwood is teaming with Uber and others for daily commuters to fly by car, due 2020. Check out Hillwood's video that shows what congestion-free travel might look like in the very near future.

"The way you make a great product is to make a lot of horrible ones first."     
 
--Doug Renfro,
Renfro Foods 
 
2020 over DFW: Just wondering (if aerial transport is the future): How does MedStar get to an accident? How do you pay the toll while going over Chisholm Trail Parkway? If you toss trash, is that messing with Texas? Are there speed limits, traffic lanes? Will there be handicap levitating? How will an elevated Fort Worth T make its regular stops?

Blowin' in the wind: Chamber economic development diplomat Brandom Gengelbach says Fort Worth/Dallas will surpass Chicago as the nation's third largest metropolitan area sometime after 2020. "We've been riding on the coattails of many amazing leaders," he said while outlining the upcoming Chamber strategic plan. "Opportunities (growth) make challenges. But, like the book, What Got You Here, Won't Get You There."

I'll trade you...: Ranaan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America, says long-term, the chatter cannot overcome "the natural market forces" of foreign trade. He says protectionism is nothing new and a lot of countries have the "me-first attitude."

Bobblehead business: Referencing Mr. B's desire for a Roger Maris bobblehead in last week's 3D Me Studio giveaway, Whitney Vaughn, an attorney with Hoppes & Cutrer, wrote: I would choose a baseball player, too...Cal Ripken, Jr., standing next to my dog, Ripken. Laura Riehm, SkinDeepLaserMD, wrote: "I'm dying to get two mini-me(s) to put up high on a shelf in both my college boys' rooms next year; it might help keep them in line!"
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