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Production is underway for the 2011-2012 Chamber Membership Directory.  Lawton Publications will be producing our directory again this year.  We distribute this important publication all over the United State in response to inquiries from prospective businesses and residents considering  a move to our area. In addition, it is given to all current and prospective Chamber members and is used by other businesses when they are looking for established and reputable companies with whom to do business.


If you are interested in advertising in the Chamber Membership Directory, please contact the Chamber at 838-6581 and ask for Steve Anderson.

Jim Rich, Jessica Hill, and Cheryl Kizer attended the annual conference of the National Association of Development Companies in Phoenix, May 18-21. NADCO is the trade association for groups working with the SBA to market and deliver the 504 loan program to small businesses. Jim Rich participated in a panel, "Manage Your Portfolio, CDC External & Controls CDC Options" at the conference. We were delighted to be recognized for best practices and actions especially after Hurricanes Rita and Ike.


Jim Rich attended the U.S. Chamber Small Business Council meeting in Washington on Monday. A meeting with Megan Barnett Bloomgren, Vice President for Strategy with the Institute for 21st Century Energy was conducted on Monday afternoon to brief her on the My Town campaign and to ask for U.S. Chamber support and collaboration. The meeting went well with further discussions scheduled for the week of May 31.


Jim Rich joined Randy Reese and Rick Lewis from the Sabine Neches Navigation District for a full day and half of visits with the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works); staff from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; Congressmen Poe, Flores, Brady, and Boustany; and Senator Cornyn. Further visits included key staff for Senators Hutchison, Landrieu, Boxer, and Congressman Culberson.  The group discussed completion of the U.S, Army Corp of Engineers feasibility study and next steps to get Congressional authorization.

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Jim Rich (R) speaking candidly with Senator John Cornyn (Center)
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  From L to R:
Renny DeVille, Milam Mabry, Randy Reese, Senator John Cornyn, Jim Rich, Patsy Thomasson and Rick Lewis 

The first participants in the Leadership Development Mentorship Program were recognized Friday, May 27  for completing their year as mentees and mentors.  Chairman of the Board Nathan Cross, President Jim Rich, and Leadership Development Division Chairman Daniel Risso presented certificates of completion to the mentees and mentors.  Recognized for their participation in the program were Reverent Robert Besser, minister at Wesley United Methodist Church and mentor former Mayor Evelyn Lord;  Robert Jacobs, regional information management executive Southeast Texas Region at CHRISTUS and mentor Larry Beaulieu, station manager, KFDM-TV; Karen McRight, regional director, marketing, physician relations and business development at CHRISTUS and mentor Tom Burger with ExxonMobil; Judy Meade with Dillard's Department Stores, Inc. and mentor Tim Sudela, plant manager at American Valve & Hydrant Company; Edward T. Scott, mechanical department head with ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery and mentor Guy Goodson, partner, Germer Gertz; and, Johnny Trahan, customer service manager, Entergy-Texas, and mentor Commissioner Eddie Arnold.


The Leadership Development chairman and division members welcomed the new group of mentees and mentors and reviewed several aspects of the program including the development plan, expectations, frequency of feedback, guidelines and requirements and field trips schedule.  Serving as mentors will be The Honorable Nancy Beaulieu, Jefferson Country Justice of the Peace with mentee Dr. Judy Sebasta, department chair of theatre and dance at Lamar University; Jeff Dyson, professor at Lamar University with mentee Aimee Slott, vice president, JP Morgan Chase Bank; Kathleen Jackson, public & government affairs manager at ExxonMobil-Beaumont Refinery with mentee Amy Denison in human resources at American Valve & Hydrant; Vernon Pierce, director of customer service with Entergy-Texas and mentee Karl Huch, accountant III, A/P Supervisor at Spindletop Center and Sally (Walden) Broussard, director of network services at Spindletop Center with mentee Robin Williams, marketing director with American Personnel & Temps.


Larry Beaulieu, Daniel Risso, Robert Jacobs and Nathan Cross
New class of Mentees and Mentors
Karl Huch, Daniel Risso, Nancy Beaulieu, Robin Williams, Sally Walden-Broussard, Amy Denison, Aimee Slott and Jeff Dyson 

Rich with Opportunity Coffee Table Book

Now Available!

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The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce is now selling a coffee table book titled Rich with Opportunity. The book is written by Rogayle Franklin with photography by Joy Pruitt.  It is a "coffee table" style art book and contains hundreds of photographs, illustrations and other images from Beaumont and Jefferson County. It provides historical profiles of businesses and organizations that have contributed to the development and economic base of Beaumont. 


Rich with Opportunity is ideal for a going away gift, history buffs, new residents to the area and makes an interesting discussion piece. The book is available for purchase online in the Chamber store at www.bmtcoc.org for $39.95. Bulk pricing is also available.



1-4 = $39.95

5-24 = $34.95

25-49 = $29.95

50+ = $24.95



Please make sure you check out our new and improved website!  There is tons of information for you to utilize to help grow your business. There is also an online version of our printed directory on the homepage!


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SETX YPO is an organization of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 35, living in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties, interested in making a difference in their community and networking with other young professionals with similar interests.


For information about Southeast Texas Young Professional Organization, check us out on facebook or at bmtcoc.org.

We congratulate

Rev. Robert Besser

as the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce's May Chamber Member Employee of the Month!

Rev. Robert Besser
Rev. Robert Besser with Nathan Cross, Chairman of the Board of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

He was surprised by our staff and camera crew from KBTV Fox4 with flowers donated by Petal's Florist, a $50 gift card donated by Gulf Credit Union, a gift basket donated by American Personnel and Temps and lunch for 4 at Carino's Italian Grill.

Membership Division

We are always looking for motivated individuals to participate on the Membership committee. Please contact Rene' at 838-6581 if you are interested.

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Orange Terminal #133

12191 Highway 62 N, Orange, TX  77632

409-745-2900 FAX: 409-745-2909



Since 1960, ACME TRUCK LINE has been a leader in the transportation of equipment, materials, and supplies catering to the oilfield industry.  Terminal 133 is a woman-owned commission terminal committed to exceptional customer service.  We specialize in OVER-SIZED LOADS and Passenger transportation, but we have all sizes of vehicles in our fleet, from pickup trucks to tandems.  Our equipment is inspected regularly, our professional drivers are continually trained, and our office is a 24/7 facility.  We offer backhaul opportunities, volume discounts, timely invoicing, and courteous dispatchers.

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Welcome June New Members!


Latrobe LLC

Ms. Latanyua Robinson

276 Hannah Lane

Lumberton, TX  77657

(724) 317-8414


Lightfoot Enterprises

Mr. Buddy Lightfoot 

P.O. Box 267

Vidor, TX  77662

(409) 422-4848


Big Red Motor Company

Ms. Kathy Catalano

1060 N. 11th Street

Beaumont, TX  77702

(409) 833-4200


Northwestern Mutual-

     Tx Financial Group

Mr. Kenny Phan

One Riverway, Ste. 900

Houston, TX  77056

(409) 549-1049


Northwestern Mutual


Mr. Randall Kruchten

One Riverway, Ste. 900

Houston, TX  77056

(713) 333-4712


Best Little Hair Place in TX

Ms. Shelly Haynes

7575 College St. Ste. A

Beaumont, TX  77707

(4090 896-2223


Beaumont Orthodontic


Ms. Lori Lynch

3954 Eastex Freeway

Beaumont, TX  77703

(409) 781-0480


Yellow Cab (Beaumont)

Mr. Herb Foreman

6594-D College Street

Beaumont, TX  77707

(409) 860-3335


Major League Grill

Mr. Derek Diaz

4430 Dowlen Road

Beaumont, TX  77706

(409) 898-7500


LL Melton Family Life Ctr.

Ms. Cheryl Guidry

3455 Sarah Street

Beaumont, TX  77707

(409) 434-0000






Thank You to our Reinvesting Members!

Painting With a Twist

Lawton Publications


Reed Service Company

Alvin Prause, MD

Courtyard by Marriot

Cheniere LNG

Dana Archibald, REMAX

Benckenstein & Oxford

MSC Systems

Prescription Mart

Silva Employment Network

Red Roof Inn 

Upcoming Events



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Centex Long Term Healthcare

4500 Main Ave

Groves, TX  77619


June 9

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Desselle Maggard Corp

865 S. Business Park Dr.

Port Arthur, TX  77640


June 21

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Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza

3950 IH-10 South

Beaumont, TX  77705 




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Want to learn more about Beaumont? Want to provide your clients a more in depth look at what our community has to offer? 

Please visit bmtcoc.org and check out our new informational videos on education, real estate and quality of life!


A special thank you to the following members that participated in advertisement for the videos. While visiting, be sure to learn a little about their business as well!


Richard Weaver, DDS

Dayna Simmons Team

All Saints Episcopal School

Advanced Staffing, Inc.

Mobiloil Federal Credit Union

Legacy Christian Academy

Wade Billingsley Insurance


All Star Plumbing, Inc.

Quality Care Sitter Services, Inc.

Air Comfort, Inc.

MCM Elegante Hotel &

     Conference Center

St. Anne Catholic School

Talon Insurance Agency, LTD

Lumpkin's Insurance & Associates

St. Anthony Cathedral School

Cathedral Christian Center &  


American Personnel & Temps

Windstorm Doors & Shutters 

Chamber Mission
The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce serves its members
and community as a catalyst to have a positive impact on the economic well-being of Beaumont and the surrounding region.

Vision Statement
The Chamber's vision is for a healthy economy for the greater Beaumont area with maximum employment at all levels, quality of life venues for all levels of citizens and an attractive and well though of community.

Values Statement
The Chamber seeks to maintain integrity in ventures undertaken to promote economic prosperity and quality of life for the greater Beaumont community.

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