July 24, 2019
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Locavore hosted Women's Insight Network: Dine & Discuss on July 11. This event consisted of 6 tables with 6 women, each with a different topic surrounding women in the workplace. Topics included generational gaps, hospitality, and effective communication skills. After discussing within these small groups, the entire group came together to share insights from each table.

Pictured (L to R): Clare McGarrey, Interconnect Wiring LLP ; Lerii Smith, Project Partners, Inc .; Anna Urban, Cancer Support Community Network ; Monica Stanley, Frost.
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You’ll be drooling in 10 seconds: Wood-grilled marinated skirt steak … adobo marinated brisket … white mar de cortez shrimp … seared, diced pork chop … Yucatan-style braised pork … hard-seared, skin-on chicken breast … grilled Scottish salmon with creamy coconut rice… ENOUGH, B! I’m on my way, wherever it is. Mr. B was hooked by the menu’s content at Meso Maya-Tanglewood and overwhelmed by the tastes. This is not the Prospective Ms. B’s Tex-Mex, but Mex-in-Tex and she still is smitten; you might need a few translations, unless you already have been there a few times for some of the finest food and margaritas in town. Rachael Collins, from owner Firebird Restaurant Group, sent over a $50 gift card.
Every bottle has a story: Mr. B has watched a parade of speakers at Chamber events walk away with a thank you gift of a bottle of TX Whiskey from Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. Mr. B asked Julie Headley, the new veep-events, who got smart and moved here from Dallas, “How about a bottle to give away for a B2B Insider reader?” You probably won't ever speak at a Chamber event, but here’s your chance to grab a bottle of a premier, award-winning whiskey. Let these flavorful words linger in your brain because it has to be 5 p.m. somewhere -- vanilla bean, pear, honey butter, banana, caramel.
A new beat for salsa: You’re about to turn 80. Might be time to work on the lids, the body and adopt a bit more colorful look to stand out … in the grocery aisle. Fort Worth-based Renfro Foods , a third-generation family business that manufactures salsas, peppers, relishes and sauces , thought so. Featuring a great new tagline – “True to Family. True to Flavor.” – the refreshed design and brand update are a hit in the industry. “We feel that the new designs represent our Texas family roots while reflecting the growth, diversity and fun nature of our product lineup,” said President Doug Renfro. What’s inside hasn’t changed; the same award-winners such as Habanero Salsa, Green Salsa, Mango Habanero Salsa, Peach Salsa, Raspberry Chipotle and Ghost Pepper Salsa. Doug dished deliciousness for two B2B Insider readers.
I want in the Express lane: The Prospective Ms. B is a bit of a rat-packer, and not the Frank/Dino/Sammy version. So much so, the garage qualifies as a Richard Minker -leased storage facility. Parked outside was not good for Mr. B’s 2004 Kia Rio. A bunch of the willowy white stuff floated around and about this spring, followed by weeks of torrential rains, and voila!, the blue Rio is spotted white. Stuck-on spotted white. Mr. B took the Rio to Jerry's Express Car Wash and top toweler Doug Cookston said, “Sell that puppy!” Actually, Doug Cooked up some special formula, scrubbed a bit here, sponged a bit there and the Kia was looking at least as good as the 2003 models. Jerry's Express Car Wash gives every customer preferential care and Doug’s got a free car wash for one car , the same car, once a day for 30 consecutive days.
Congratulations to the July 17th
Prize Winners:

  • Taylor Hansen, DroneAlytics
  • Ricky McBride, DMR CPAs
  • Cortney Gumbleton, Locavore
  • Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank
  • Christy Yorek, Lockheed Martin
  • Alexia Willis, Jr. Achievement of the Chisholm Trail
We’ll drink to that: Sonya Cisneros, Modern Art Museum , was married Saturday in Maine. “Good luck learning how to spell my new last name: Wierzowiecki,” she said. “It’s pronounced: Where's-zuh-whiskey! Basically...and I'm not kidding, ‘Where's the whiskey!’"
Wedding walkers: To Fortify its health, the Chamber had an internal staff competition for a couple of months to see who could reach 70,000 steps per week. Reach it any week and you were entered for a gift card. Drawing winners were Margo Herrera and Sammie Arriola, who, coincidentally, will both have weddings in September.
How to enter a room: Steve Meek, President and CEO of Fulcrum Group, Inc., which was a 2017 Chamber Small Business of the Year honoree, worries about hackers because he would be an easy and ideal target for digital extortion. “Every time I watch Seinfeld, I do my Kramer impression.”
High stepping: David Bloxom, Mr. Fab at Speed Fab-Crete , says he never has felt better since buying a new mattress on sale. “It’s so thick I need a step stool to get into bed.” 
Taking it to the Matt: If Mr. B had a podcast, or even knew what one was, he is pretty sure he’d want to interview Matthew Byrne, the CEO of Byrne Construction Services . Mathew has a Doctor of Philosophy, a law degree from Texas A&M School of Law , runs the Byrne Foundation and is in the band Kyser.
Cyberattacks are definitely on the rise, but I would also say that the tools that we are utilizing to combat them are getting progressively more sophisticated.

--Maya Leibman, SVP and CIO
American Airlines
Bowled over: Carol Murray, Blue Zones Project, North Texas Healthy Communities, challenged Mr. B to a fitness competition. She outran Mr. B 26.2 miles to .3 miles. Mr. B came back and caffeined her six cups to one. To break the tie, Carol suggested bowling at Pinstripes. Let’s just say Mr. B realized he was conned when she arrived with a pearly-white bowling ball. He guttered to a career-high 99; Carol missed her career-high by one, rolling a 252.  
Could he balance other budgets? Fort Worth Spinks Airport has reached financial self-sufficiency for the first time since it opened during the 1980s. For that, Assistant Aviation Director Aaron Barth received the 2019 Reliever Airport Manager of the Year Award from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division.
Moneyballing: North Fort Worth financial neighbors Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, JP Morgan Chase and TIAA have formed the North Texas Investment Services Coalition, which, in the spirit of “coopetition, will advocate, serve the community and help build a stronger talent pipeline that benefits all.” 
Kudos: Shady Oaks , the country club, not the hat, will be inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame Oct. 14. Its category is the Texas Registry of Historic Golf Courses.
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Vision FW: July MeetUp
July 31 - 5:30 p.m.
Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe

Business After Hours
Aug. 22 - 5:30 p.m.
Encore Live
Small Business Summit 2019
August 1 - 1:00 p.m.
Texas A&M University School of Law
State of Public Education 2019 Luncheon
Sept. 12 - 11:30 a.m.
PalmWood, Frost Tower
Fort Worth's Art Scene
Aug. 13 - 11:30 a.m.
Joe T. Garcia's La Puertita
Ribbon Cutting
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