June 26, 2019
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On June 20th, Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America , was the keynote at this month's Leader Insights Series presented by UTA College of Business at Palmwood Event & Conference at Frost Tower . He spoke on his company's approach to designing specialized products for defense, commercial aviation, and security, such as the F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System for Lockheed Martin, and their Everysight Raptor smartglasses , shown right.

See more photos from this event here .
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Can’t Top this: Mr. B (not for Bully) got pushed around a bit hisownself growing up. Why? He entered 10 th grade at 5-1 and 112 pounds. But payback is sweet. Mr. B doesn’t golf, but he loves payback on weekend nights at Topgolf with his single bay reservation. Topgolf’s own top-of-the-chart, Candice Stinnett, describes the reservation as “similar to a jump-the-line pass, very beneficial on weekends when wait times for bays could be multiple hours.” Candice is a Top Gun sales account exec and Topgolf can host any kind of business group meeting … with play, a tailored celebration for any occasion or just host a competitive golf outing. Two readers will be skipping for joy when they jump the line with a single bay reservation and a $50 Topgolf game play gift card.
Let’s get this party started: Many of you are fortunate to have a Pulliam Pool. Others, not so fortunate. Everyone, however, can find fortune with this incredible basket of outdoor July 4 th pool and party supplies from Debra Smith, who oversees pools from her own high dive. This year, Debra’s annual rite of gift giving to celebrate America has goodies including small American flags, towels, kitchen towels, four large clear glasses, red plastic cutlery, star-studded napkins, hard plastic plates, smaller red plates, hard plastic lunch container, a set of cookie cutters, cake and cookie mixes, cupcake holders, assorted sprinkles, hot sauce, Extra gum, Twizzlers, a package of golf balls, a small book of the Constitution, bubble wands, and a salt and pepper shaker set. This makes for an incredible 4 th .
Man bites dog … lots of ’em:  One of Fort Worth’s favorite and most creative PR gurus is John Fletcher. He has plenty of stories and likes to tell them his way…even giveaways. “Competitors chomp down on Curly’s 4th of July Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest and a Chompion is declared.  Curly’s Frozen Custard  Grand Master will win four front-row seats above the home dugout for a  Texas Rangers  game… plus a giant, two-foot Boomstick Hot Dog. Last year’s Chompion, Trevor Cofold, was taking his wife to Curly's to get a chili cheese dog. He said he was pretty hungry, so he competed and defeated the previous year’s Chompion. This year, it could be you!” John sent over a $50 gift card, good for hot dogs, chili cheese dogs and/or frozen custard.
An ol’ firecracker herownself: Mr. B’s B ossymama just received 90 roses in five vases from her youngest (spoiled rotten child) as she’s about to turn 90. (The party is a surprise, so mum’s the word.) She posted the roses on Instagram and texted her other five children with a caption, “From my favorite.” At 39 cents pay from Chamber boss Miserly Mistress, Mr. B is only sending a card, one of the Monet florals showing at the Kimbell Art Museum Flowery mon Cheri Kirkman , always blooming at Gordon Boswell Flowers , offered to send 91 roses and put Mr. B on a 10-year payment plan. Well, instead we agreed to make someone’s July 4 th party with a bouquet of flowers. If Mr. B wins, he is getting red, white and blue roses in a ’65 Mustang. If you win, Gordon Boswell Flowers will let you do it your way.   
We’ll be grillin’, sunnin’ and funnin’ July 3, so no B2B Insider . Enjoy Your 4 th .
Congratulations to the June 19th
Prize Winners:

  • Jamie Ortiz, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling
  • Ann Sheets, Camp Fire First Texas
  • Keishi High, Southside Bank
  • J.R. Holland, Texas Health Resources
Funster punster: From the Chamber’s own Netty Matthews – “If a lawyer can be disbarred, can a musician be denoted or a model deposed?”
Biting commentary : Obviously not too busy on this day, Tracy Georges of Transwestern wrote to Mr. B – “It always strikes me as strange when people can’t tell alligators and crocodiles apart, because obviously one you see later and one you see after a while.”
Pho, sure: The lead “interest” for Fort Worth newcomer Nhu “Jasmine” T. Vu, an associate attorney at Cantey Hanger , is “finding the best bowl of pho in town.”
To your health: Healthcare M&A has had “a 7-year run that is unprecedented,” said Michael Malloy, Managing Partner at JTaylor , an accounting firm with a highly-recognized healthcare consulting group. He was presenting a lunch & learn at Gus Bates Insurance . The U.S. ranks 37 th of 40 countries in the World Health Organization ratings based on outcomes, access and costs. “Outcomes and access are improving; costs have plateaued,” Malloy said. “We’re trending well, but not fast enough.” He said the CVS/Aetna merger, if approved, and the Chase /Berkshire Hathaway/ Amazon alliance will be disruptive forces. 
Good Will Primping: Goodwill Industries was hangin’ at the White House earlier this month to promote connecting second-chance individuals with opportunities to learn and earn. During 2018, Goodwill Industries Fort Worth provided job training to 706 individuals returning from incarceration and placed 250 in employment.
“If you don't know how to be entrepreneurial, your business going forward is going to be in trouble.”

--Michael Sherrod, TCU
William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence
No, yes, maybe: The Chamber’s Cowtown Leads Group ran off the rails recently and ended with a session discussing startup business ideas. 1) Port-a-potty with attached shower; 2) Fast food drive-thru for fresh veggies; 3) An app to register for roping events instead of sitting around all day waiting to get your start time.
If you build it, they will come: For its 30 th anniversary, Trinity Habitat will build a house in 30 hours over two days in early October. Sandra Houston already has built it into a fundraising event.
Any way you slice it: Want to work in the foodservice/hospitality industry and get tuition-free job training? Ms. B -- an original, not the Prospective -- heads the Community Kitchen at Tarrant Area Food Bank and can hook you up for the 16-week course and internship if you attend an info session July 8 or 9. Professional chefs provide the training. The next class begins August 19.
Waste not, want …award: The City of Fort Worth has broadened its Environmental Excellence Award giving of 20 years to honor innovation in waste reduction, recycling and water efficiency. There will be an Innovation Award and a Recognition Award. The application to the 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards is available here . Also honored are companies in full compliance with wastewater regulations by tier of consecutive years.
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Impact Your Business Luncheon
July 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Meals on Wheels Campus

Table of 10 Mentoring Lunch
July 16- 11:30 a.m.
Briggs Freeman Sotheby's Intl. Realty Cultural District Office
TCU Football Preview with Coach Gary Patterson
July 11 - 11:30 a.m.
TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium- Champion's Club
Chamber Engagement Insight
July 18 - 3:30 p.m.
Vision FW: Community Service Project
July 11 - 6:00 p.m.
Tarrant Area Food Bank
Ribbon Cutting
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