August 21, 2019
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Vision Fort Worth , The Fort Worth Chamber 's Young Professionals group, featured a panel to discuss Fort Worth's art scene and how YPs can get plugged in. The panelists spoke to the 97 attendees at Joe T. Garcia's about the art they produce, what makes their businesses unique, and how Fort Worth's culture impacts its art. The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business was the presenting sponsor for this event.
Pictured  (L to R) Kristen Soble, Kristen Soble Art Co.; Margery Gossett, Artspace111 Inc.; Jessica Christopherson, Visit Fort Worth; Sonya Cisneros Wierzowiecki, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Katie Anderson, Broude Smith Jennings and McGlinchey PC.
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This is the Big Bopper: During a lifetime of just 23 years, Buddy Holly of Lubbock set rock ’n roll on a trajectory that influenced the Beatles, the Stones, Dylan, Clapton and Elton. He was among the first honorees inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is No. 13 all-time on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest artists. After having opened three times for Elvis, Holly moved from country to rockabilly.  “That’ll Be the Day” reached No. 1 in 1957 and “Peggy Sue” kept him there. Casa Mañana Theatre will present Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Sept. 7-15. It’s your chance to don some black-rimmed glasses, dance in the aisle and celebrate what’s called the “World’s Most Successful Rock Musical.” The last half of the show re-enacts his last night on earth 60 years ago – the concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, complete with the moves of Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.  Casa’s Lindsey Rush-ened over two tickets to opening night Sept. 7.
Two thumbs up ! Molly Ivins is among the greatest of a long list of Texas writers. Outspoken and outrageous, liberal with venom and her politics, Ivins’ razor-sharp wit hit home with its truths and taunts. Her essence is captured in Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins Sept. 6-8 as part of Magnolia at the Modern . It is one of six films during weekends from Aug. 30-Oct. 6 and the Modern Art Museum’s Kendal (jump in the) Lake has provided two tickets to each film. Last up is Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice . There’s also a re-make of After the Wedding with Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore; Aqualera , a picturesque look at the power and beauty of water in its many forms; the recent release, The Farewell, starring Awkwafina; and Official Secrets , the true story of British Intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley).
Teacher’s pet: In 11 th grade, Mr. B was asked by his teacher to “drop out” of her first-period class because of snarkiness. He only could get re-admission by buying two dozen donuts a day for two weeks. Which cost more daily than Mr. B makes weekly writing B2B . Do not be a dropout! So, as parents and grandparents, you want a good relationship for your progeny with their teacher(s). Why not take Cheri Kirkman up on her fabulous idea. Cheri is the GM of Gordon Boswell Flowers and she has a " Teacher Survival Kit Basket" for back to school, all the things a hard-working teacher will need to relax during a busy school year, including fresh flowers, a candle, chocolates, hand soap and a sachet in its Sweet Grace fragrances. She gave one to B2B Insider for the teacher in your life. By the way, Gordon Boswell Flowers turns 100 Sept. 19.
The Wright Stuff: Mr. B was reading about "Excellence Through Leadership: How to get an A." He never saw one A during 13.27 years of schooling and dropping out. So Mr. B called John Wright to ask about A’s, the seminar and possibly getting his transcripts re-Wrighted. Par for the course, Mr. B was wrong about Wright. John owns Simple Leadership Strategies and his workshop is offered to individuals and corporations looking to prepare better leaders. So, if you want leaders moving in the Wright direction , let John bring this one-hour, on-site session to your company.
Congratulations to the August 14th
Prize Winners:

  • Roger Partridge, Gladney
  • Robert Gaudry, Dignity Memorial
  • Liz Miller, Alzheimer's Association, N. Central TX
  • Kathy Richardson, Catholic Charities
Cooks in the kitchen…Not! Julie Hunter, Southside Bank, fully transparent on why she needed to win last week’s cooking class giveaway: “I want to inspire my husband to cook even more; he is the one that cooks, but some nights is not inspired and I have to 'cook,' which involves stopping at a restaurant and picking up takeout!”
He is your pay pal: Edmund Prater, Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management at University of Texas at Arlington and Executive Director of Veterans Business Outreach Center, says, “Everything we teach is really theory until you make payroll.”
You think you’re busy: On top of its big “get” in moving American Airlines employees into the new corporate headquarters, Technology Team also was asked to continue on with upgrade work for Southwest Airlines. “We have hired 23,” President Sherry Green said. “Some really good people.”
Nothing to sneeze at: Kimberly Clark is about to be a senior business major at University of North Texas . She interned at Premier Transportation Services this summer. This public service announcement is a Fortify talent lead.
We Are the Champions: The Chamber has begun recognizing best practices in talent development with its Fort Worth Talent Champions. 36 so far and you could be No. 37 or 38 or… A Champion is a company implementing best practices in talent development, attraction and retention. There are four criteria instrumental to being recognized. Click here for more information.
Grassy droll: Darrell Samuelson of GlennScape lawn and landscaping had some “cutting” humor about the lawn care business in this August heat. “If you have a lawn care service, please offer water or coke. Our guys like Bud Light.” And … “At Glennscapes, we pay well and offer a free weight-loss program.”
“Get involved in the city or your community. Work is done 9-to-5; business is done from 5-to-9.”

--Rosa Navejar, President, The Rios Group
to Fort Worth Magazine
Their story: A group of young women from Eaton High School are in Atlanta today representing Junior Achievement of The Chisholm Trail and trying to win $75K from FedEx. JA was founded 100 years ago and assists and mentors students on how to start and run a business. Eaton is presenting “Our Story,” a journal that helps teenagers chronicle their thoughts, dreams, fears and concerns. “Our Story” donates a percentage of sales to a local suicide prevention foundation. Added woohoo: GM’s Arlington Assembly has given $15K to JA for funding two programs within the Arlington ISD.  
Gently touching: With assists from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Ed Bass , the Amon Carter Museum of American Art has put together a collection of work and established the Gentling Study Center. Brothers Scott G. Gentling and Stuart W. Gentling had been two of Fort Worth’s most accomplished and recognized artists. 
Are you on this bus, Gus? PAVLOV, an advertising/marketing firm, has a client with mid-sized buses for use in smaller cities and commercial enterprises. It developed a marketing campaign that features a guy with a full-throttle chainsaw hacking, not pruning, his delicate bonsai tree. “No one …wants to make the mistake of putting the wrong-sized fleet of buses on its roadways. The right tool can make a big difference,” said Allen Wallach, CEO of PAVLOV.
Road thrill: Engineering News-Record Texas & Louisiana named North Tarrant Express’ I-35W a winner in its 2019 Best Projects competition. Robert Hinkle, North Texas Corporate Affairs for 35W developer/manager NTE Mobility Partners, said, “Managed lane corridors continue to provide congestion relief, enhanced mobility and economic development.”
Coming up 7s : Bill Thornton, Chamber President & CEO since 2000, is retiring 7/7/2020 after 31 years. He was intimately involved in the Wright Amendment agreement, the Base Realignment and Closure task force and the formation of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council. In retirement, he expects to make Chamber appearances in his Mr. B costume. 
I want to win:  Nominations for  The Forte Award,  recognition of top  Chamber  small businesses in five areas, are open until Sept. 2 The awards honor for-profit businesses that have demonstrated “Best Practices” of entrepreneurship, such as sound business planning, fiscal responsibility and work process innovation. The areas are Technology, Emerging Business, Consumer/Retail, Service and Manufacturing/Distribution. Click  here for criteria and a nomination form.
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Table of 20 Mentoring Lunch
Aug. 29 - 11:30 a.m.
Impact Your Business
Talent Champions
Sept. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Joe T. Garcia's "La Puertita"
Economic Development Update
Sept. 4 - 8:00 a.m.
Ridglea Country Club
State of Public Education Luncheon
Sept. 12 - 11:30 a.m.
PalmWood, Frost Tower
Leaders In Government With Congressman Veasey
Sept. 5 - 11:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Club
Ribbon Cutting
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