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TCU Baseball Coach Jim Schlossnagle gets a hand from comedian David Ahearn of Four Day Weekend for his opening joke at our Sports Series luncheon March 22 at the Colonial Country Club.

Schlossnagle discussed the Big 12 Conference new pitch clock rule of 15 seconds, scholarships for the upcoming year, and more.

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Where the (Buffalo) West Begins: Financial guy David R. George understands the value of a dollar and loves money, especially folks with millions of dollars. So his love affair with Buffalo West Restaurant means either the menu is of tremendous value or David owns a herd of cattle at 44 Farms, the ranch where Buffalo West gets its meat. David is proffering a $100 gift card and suggesting you try out (anything, really) the steak and lobster Thursday night special with a sider and salad bar trip for $25. Mr. B says to get a feel of the quality offerings you could try a Buffalo West Sampler Platter of potato skins, sirloin steak bites, hand-breaded onion rings, chicken tenders and  home-cooked Buffalo chips, served with assorted dipping sauces. P.S., you'll need a doggy bag.

Proclamation time! Carlo and Janet Capua, founders of Z's Café and Catering and its give-back partnership with Samaritan House, officially are a "case study" on entrepreneurship. Critically Thinking college textbook has their business mini-profile. Just about 10 years ago, Z's did its first B2B Insider giveaway, featuring the self-proclaimed best chicken salad in Fort Worth. There are a lot more chicken salad choices in 2018, but none that are yet disputing Carlo's claim. So, B2B Insider is boldly proclaiming that the winner of this package of eight carryout box lunches is going to eat great chicken, eat hearty and eat smart.  (P.S.: Don't forget Carlo is looking for volunteers to work the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.)

Happy to meet you: Mr. B was texting and driving the Kia Rio. A smiling Jeanine Werberig was driving her Volkswagen "Happy Bug." CRASH! And that's how Mr. B met Jeanine, a senior veep in commercial lending at Happy State Bank. The Happy Bug already is back in action, just in time for its April 21 date with the Ridglea North Neighborhood Association's Ridglea North 5K and Kids Fun Run presented by Happy State Bank, which must be even happier with all these mentions. Runners will run and walkers will walk about three miles beginning at 9:30 at Berney Park to support the Parks and Green Spaces fund. If you are among the first 20 people and use registration code HSB2018, Happy State Bank will pick up your registration fee. And if you win this $50 Visa gift card, Happy State Bank will make you very Happy.

Iron chefs: At the Cast Iron in the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, you can have lunch, dinner or a pre-theater meal. The kiddos have their own menu. And then there is breakfast. Good morning, Sunshine! Mr. B skipped the breakfast buffet; it was early and he had to be able to walk or stumble out for the rest of the work day. Instead, from the menu, he was enticed by the short rib and chorizo hash offering, with two eggs sunny side up and redneck cheddar cheese grits. But his eyes kept wandering to the soft scrambled eggs, caramelized onions, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, sriracha mayo and chives on a toasted brioche bun. Fortunately, you won't have to make a tough choice with this $50 gift card.

Congratulations to the March 28th Prize Winners: 
  • Marianne Schmidt, Medstar Mobile Healthcare
  • Mary Chilton, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors
  • A. Foster, Bell
  • Mark Mourer, First Tee of Fort Worth

Nash bridges way to Dallas: Nash Gunjal of NashCRM was invited to present at Launch DFW's Dallas New Tech, even though he headquarters in Fort Worth. Launch takes keen interest in startups, entrepreneurship and technology in north Texas.

Balls and strikes: TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle says he has his dream job. If it ever nightmares, he could transition to luncheon speaker. Coach Jim homered in his talk to a Chamber audience, offering humor, insight and passion.
  • He said superfans 3M (former Mayor Mike Moncrief) and First Lady Rosie sit right behind home plate. "They have a better view than me. I'm off to the side. On a borderline pitch, I look to Mike and he signals me ... a little outside, a little inside..."
  • "The business office out there (luncheon attendees from TCU) would tell you I have zero idea what a budget is."
  • Schlossnagle said he and two other college coaches spent time with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred about the pace of play. The Big 12 has a 15-second clock for conference games - no pitch in that time frame and it's a ball; if a batter isn't ready to hit with five seconds to go, it's an automatic strike.
  • Coach Jim has 11.7 scholarships to divvy up between 30 players at a school tuition that cost $60k a year. 3Ps are his recruiting mantra -- "Can they play, can they pass and can they pay?"
  • "As good as TCU is, Fort Worth is better."
Die-hard to die hard? Neil Barrow, director of Business Development at Whitley Penn and Texas Rangers' fan nonpareil, plans to watch every game again this season. Every game? "Going to try," he said. "They are bad, but watchable." He says he is happy "Fat Bart," better known as 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon, might be along for the ride.
"I don't tweet. My phone rings 24/7 and I answer it."  

-- Ben Wallace, co-owner
Site Barricades
Foat Wuth, ah luv yew: Dr. Kyle McGregor, VP, Institutional Advancement at Tarleton State University, said the Fort Worth campus that opens in 2019 will outgrow the main campus in Stephenville by 2035.

A regular LOL: Kerry Hunsaker, Development manager for the Fort Worth Opera, has quite a few puns in his song bag. Mr. B inquired after having read a few. Said Kerry: "My kids tell friends that we are the Pun-saker family."

Costs a lot to study: Last year, $52 million in research dollars was spent among the 2,400 graduate students at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth (not Denton). Much of that was in geriatric and eye care.  

Strategic plan: It's a bit ironic that while a Fort Worth-Dallas light rail would be a valuable resource, the easy commute would make it more agreeable for those who live in Fort Worth to work in Dallas.

Could a Ouija board do this? Some of you might have heard of a potential Medical Innovative District in the Near Southside as part of Fort Worth's strategic plan for economic development. Did you know there is planned a "Futures Forum?" Led by Mayor Price Is Right, it is a formal working group that addresses city issues from a futures perspective.

Really, really cool: Mr. B was stone-cold stunned that beneath nearly every seat in the Kimbell's Piano Pavilion auditorium was a personal air conditioning vent.  

Finest dining: When Reata Restaurant offers its exclusive dining tribute to Texas cuisine tomorrow, it will show off its legacy of top foodies. Consider the participating chefs: Andrew Dilda - culinary consultant (Reata 2015-2016); James Gaines - Reata (2014 - present); Tim Love - Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon and Woodshed Smokehouse (Reata 1999-2000); Brian Olenjack - Eagle Mountain Tavern (Reata 1996-1998); Juan Rodriguez - Magdelena's (Reata 2007-2015); Grady Spears - Horseshoe Hill Café (Reata 1995-2001); JR Clark - Central Market (Reata service manager, 1999-2003); Glen Keeley - Thompson's Bookstore & Poag Mahone's Irish Pub (Reata bar manager, 2002-2008); and Lindsey Lawing - Sweet Lucy's Pies (Reata server and bartender, 2009-2015).
'Leads groups are beneficial in so many ways!' So says Diana Troy of her namesake Allstate agency. She was telling her Fort Worth Business Exchange leads group members that the Allstate Foundation was making a contribution to The Women's Center. Surprising her, the leads group members added $100 to the gift.
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