March 11, 2020
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New members of Vision Fort Worth , the Chamber's Young Professionals group, gathered yesterday morning for the New Member Breakfast. New members networked and heard from the Chamber’s CEO, Bill Thornton about professional growth and development and EVP of Economic Development, Chris Strayer about Chamber initiatives and Fort Worth progress. New members also completed 90 day goal cards to set personal and professional goals for themselves. 

For more information on Vision Fort Worth's upcoming events, visit its event page  here.
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Thank you, Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives: Four years ago, Mr. B told you the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival was No. 6 of its kind in the universe. You laughed. Two years ago, he said it was No. 3. You snickered. Today, it is official – MAIN ST. has been recognized as the No. 3 fine arts festival in the U.S. and the largest in Texas. It’s free to attend the 18 square blocks of activities April 16-19, hear and dance to the sounds, and browse the collections of 203 juried artists. About $4 million worth of art is expected to be sold, and consecutive Best of Show-winner, Richard Wilson, and 2019 Best Emerging Artist and People’s Choice-winner, Shanna Steele, are back. There’s a TCC “maker” zone for children and music headliners are Reckless Kelly and Josh Weathers. Claire (no relation to Louie) Armstrong at Pavlov crafted a package of admission for two to the VIP Hospitality Tent any night –- free food and drink, great viewing and networking -- and a 2020 MAIN ST. commemorative poster.
Elvis is in the casa: Taylor Rodriguez was selected The 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champion by Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE). He won $20,000 and a contract with EPE. Bring your dancing shoes for one of his six shows – A Tribute to the King: Taylor Rodriguez -- March 24-28 in the cozy and comfortable Reid Cabaret Theatre at Casa Mañana . He’ll win your hearts with “the stories, the hits, the hair … and those hips!” Rodriguez’ infectious energy will have you doing a whole lotta shakin’ as the Tribute includes covers such as “Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Lindsey at Casa rocked our world when she Rushen-ed over two tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance March 24.
Don’t worry, be happy: Is there a science to happiness? Joy? Jubilance? What is it that brings cheer, smiles, laughs? DELIGHT! Science on Tap March 28 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History “will explore all the things that are scientifically proven to make us happier humans.” This is NOT an exhibit. It is an adult-only event from 7-10 p.m. during which you can have a drink, have a bite to eat, and have the opportunity to explore hands-on activities that, obviously, will be an absolute DELIGHT! Anne (not related to Carlos) Santana sent over a pair of Science on Tap VIP tickets for two readers; VIPers have shortened lines, a free drink, exclusive activities and surprise perks.
When dollars make sense: Laura Baldwin, Director at Golden Seeds. Kerry Rupp and Sara Brand, Partners at True Wealth Ventures. Carolyn Cason, Cowtown Angels. Women & Wealth is the theme and TechFW is host March 25 when female investors and entrepreneurs will be networked and showcased. Events open to the public include open office hours for entrepreneurs to get advice from 2:30-4 p.m. and a mixer for investors and those looking for dollars from 5-7 p.m. at WeWork . This is a day devoted to increasing the connectivity of the investment community to women-led businesses. That evening, there is a private “deal” dinner during which eight investors meet with eight entrepreneurs. TechFW has a spot for four readers at the mixer.
Congratulations to the March 4th
Prize Winners:

  • Jeff Hunter, Lockheed Martin
  • Ronnie De Manna, Plains Capital Bank
  • Denise Roa, CORE Insurance
  • Susan Little, Hill School
  • Erika Hersh, PeopleFund
Cost & value: IT service provider Triquest Technologies has 14 employees. Each has four hours of training a week. Every week. Another 50 hours a year is spent on soft skills training. “Cost is not a consideration,” said co-founder Cindy Tonniges. “Training is a priority.” 
48 and counting: Mayor Price Is Right and husband, Tom, are celebrating 48 years of marriage. “We married at 10,” she said. Price, actually, is 70 and participated in her 31 st Cowtown Marathon 12 days ago.
Inexpensive date: Mayor Price Is Right typically will not eat during an event if she is a keynote speaker. After the Chamber’s State of the City, she took her staff and family to lunch at Cork & Pig Tavern.  
Aced this math: So, how much is it to play in a Charles Schwab Challenge Pro-Am with a PGA Tour player? The Challenge at Colonial Country Club has two opportunities -- the Ben Hogan Pro-Am Monday for $4,000 per playing spot or $14,000 per foursome; and the Wednesday Colonial Pro-Am presented by MetLife for $8,000 per single / $32,000 per foursome. Both come with additional perks, such as tickets and promotional items.
And the winners are: The winners of the City of Fort Worth’s first Best Places for Working Parents are PMG (policy innovator), Bell (resource innovator), Fidelity Investments (events innovator) and SigmaPro (small business innovator).
“She (Mayor Price Is Right) doesn't drink 5-Hour Energy. 5-Hour Energy drinks her.”

--Brandom Gengelbach
Chamber President
Just sayin’: Chamber Executive Vice President of Marketing Miserly Mistress’ last day after 30 years is April 7. In an incredible coincidence during 2008, she was named one of the  Great Women of Texas  by the  Fort Worth Business Press , a Woman of Influence by  Fort Worth, Texas  magazine and a  Legacy of Women  honoree by  SafeHaven . The thought must have been that she was retiring in 2008.
Hopefully, not too early an education: Mark Z. Mourer, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, went to Hefner Junior High School.
Sleep has its rewards: Bridget Shelton, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth – Downtown , does more corporate work these days. Which means travel, which means (free) hotel rooms, which means Hilton Honors rewards points. She says she uses her points on Amazon.
New housing tip: Rocky Cleveland, home inspector at Rock Solid Property Inspections, says 11 months after a move-in you should hire an inspector to check electrical, plumbing and more before the one-year warranties expire.
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Legislative Power Hour
March 18 - 5:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Club
Employment Law Update
March 24 - 7:30 a.m.
PalmWood Event & Conference
Vision FW: YP Wake Up
March 27 - 8:00 a.m.
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