June 5, 2019
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Last Wednesday, 35 new members of Vision FW (young professionals program) gathered for an orientation meeting at the Fort Worth Chamber office. Over breakfast tacos from  Z’s Café and Catering , the group received an overview of membership benefits, met members of the  Steering Committee  and staff all while learning how to get involved with events and outreach this summer. For information on how to join and get involved, check out  www.visionfw.com .   

Pictured (L to R): Kasadi Cole, Edward Jones ; Nathan Draughn, BB&T ; Joseph Poverelli and Ryan Whitlock, Fidelity Investments .
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Still play-ing: Post-football, former Dallas Cowboy Greg Ellis is man about film and stage. He produced the movie Carter High and has written, directed and produced two plays. The latest, Juneteenth The Stage Play , will be presented Tuesday June 18 at Will Rogers Memorial Center . Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln finally reaching Texas in 1865. Ellis uses that as the foundation of the play, which explores the strength of faith, love and ingenuity that sustained the slaves to hold on until freedom came. These two VIP tickets, courtesy of Dione Sims, include a catered reception by Reata, a meet-and-greet with Ellis and the show.
Firecracker fun: Mr. B is guessing you missed the deadline before VIP ticket prices were raised for the greatest 4 th of July show in the area. Well, don’t worry. B2B Insider and Megan McMullen with Tarrant Regional Water District have your life vest for a day of food, floating and fireworks. Two of you are going VIP-style to Trinity River Vision’s Fort Worth’s Fourth at Panther Island Pavilion. VIP includes parking, air-conditioned (OMG) seating, a cash bar with liquor options and prime views of the fireworks show, which concludes a full day of free family fun on the Trinity. Join the activities in the kid zone, go tubing, be entertained by live music and flyboard shows. There’s nothing funner than Fort Worth’s Fourth.
  Threading the needle: “Good ideas should be worn out.” So cleverly sayeth Printed Threads, a north Fort Worth company founded by El Capitan, Brett Bowden, and specializing in screen printing, embroidery, retail finishing and fulfillment for items such as caps, tees, tank tops, leggings (made that up) and more. It even does live printing at events. The printing peeps at Printed Threads have their roots in music, but rock it with an eclectic group of companies, including the Dallas Mavericks, 95.9 Ranch , Toadies, Heim BBQ, Gateway Church and RG29 (Rusty Greer). Maybe you’ll be the next great client with this first order of 200 custom, one-color, screen-printed koozies thanks to customer relations superstar Justin (not related to Mary or Gerry) Schlegel.
Marketing to your market: During the past 10 years, marketing has changed dramatically because of social media. The past 10 minutes, social media has changed drastically. And it will in another 10 minutes. Keeping up with the constant evolution is near impossible … unless you’ve taken Megan ( MB Marketing ) Brown’s Evolve Your Social Media seminar . B2B Insider has a ticket for two readers, with lunch included, for her June 20 socializing and you will learn how to keep your social media manageable and successful. You’ll gain a better understanding of demographics, personality of each platform, setting objectives, defining your social media brand, planning content, goal setting and more.
Congratulations to the May 29th
Prize Winners:

  • Bryan Delgado, Pytchblack
  • Michelle McWethy, City Kitchen
  • Nick Martin, Concorde Asset Group
  • Marquerite Jones, Tarrant Co. Community Development
Old school: CPA Sarah Caldwell of JTaylor on phishing: “The IRS definitely isn’t e-mailing you. We still have fax machines because they won’t even give us their e-mail addresses.”
Mr. B ain’t in any halls: A jealous Mr. B asked Randy Landers of Speed Fab-Crete how it feels to be in the Design-Build Hall of Fame. “I’m a legend in my own mind,” he said.
Costs of doing business: Brett Jeffreys, franchise owner of Handyman Matters, says hiring employees, not contractors, and being properly insured means “w e’re not the low-cost provider; we’re the lowest-risk provider.”
Do they have lunch boxes ready? The first class of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine is July 8, just 33 days. Sixty students, 60 percent of them women and 30 percent diverse. One from Alaska. TCU and UNTHSC set out to devise a very different medical school, so much so that the curriculum – practical training and doctors with empathy -- has been trademarked.
1984 + 40: Michael Sherrod is the William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence at TCU . He has started 17 businesses. His desk is where ideas come to blossom … or die. Some tidbits about the future from his recent presentation at the Business Assistance Center :
  • By 2025, more than 50 percent of workers will be 1099s.
  • There’s a shift from robots to co-bots. “People and robots are more effective than either one by itself.”
  • People will have more than 15 jobs in their lifetimes. “Competition for the right people will be fierce. Training and HR positions will be in great demand.”
  • Healthcare can expect the most disruption – AI, robots, tele-medicine, Amazon-JP Morgan Chase-Berkshire Hathaway health system initiative. “Doctors are going to be working for retailers.”  
“Paying attention on your time off pays off.”

--Marketer John (The Fletch) Fletcher
Law & Order: The idea for Tarleton State’s new offering of a PhD in criminal justice came after Fort Worth's Bass family asked the school to assist with the training of its security teams .  
Cleaning up: Technology Team has launched an extension of its data relocation services. It’s called Computer Maids. In its initial outings, it cleaned and sanitized 900 computers and keyboards, 1,800 monitors and even zapped one mouse. President Sherry Green joked that technicians were thrilled they didn’t have to wear French Maid outfits.
Like fine wine: Happy 96 th Mr. B-day to the o ldest operating fire station in Fort Worth . Fire Station 18 is at the corner of Carlton Avenue and Camp Bowie Boulevard.
And that’s a rap: Among the five things you probably didn’t know about Decker Jones attorney and Shareholder Leslie Hunt was this gem: She knows every word to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ’80s rap hit “Posse on Broadway” and his ’90s hit “Baby Got Back.”
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YP Wake UP
June 7 - 8:00 a.m.
Frost Tower
Leader Insights Series Luncheon
June 20- 11:30 a.m.
PalmWood Event & Conference in Frost Tower
Table of 10 Mentoring Lunch
June 18 - 11:30 a.m.
Chadra Mezza Grill

Garrett Hull Flag Football Tournament
June 22 - 8:00 a.m.
Farrington Field
Economic Development Update
June 19 - 8:00 a.m.
Ridglea Country Club
Ribbon Cutting
(see events)
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