1st Quarter 2011

Table of Contents
Leadership Lab Chair
Honored Sponsor
Alumni Association Benefits
President's Corner
2011 Calendar of Events
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Alumni Board Members

A big Thank You

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Meet the 2011 Leadership Lab Class

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Reflections from 2011 Retreat...top


When I think about our time at the Leadership Lab retreat, there are three things that will stay with me. 

First is values - I need to take personal time for self analysis to think deeply about my personal values, write them down, articulate them to someone and analyze how they compare to my company's values.  Making time to do this will be difficult and it was nice to have a distraction-free environment at the retreat to start thinking about this.

Second is friendships and fun - being still new to San Antonio, it was refreshing to make new friends in a fun environment. I look forward to developing these friendships through this experience.

Last is trust and perception - how do I instill trust in myself as a leader and how do I improve at trusting others? I need to understand better how my leadership style and tendencies are perceived. How do I learn to adjust my actions and reactions?

I have high expectations for our journey together and look forward to challenging myself and others as we learn together.

Anita Bateman
CPS Energy

Be a part of it.


Leadership Lab is like a fully-escorted tour with each session a destination on our itinerary. At some destinations, we linger. At others, concepts are introduced and revisited later in our travels.

We began our leadership journey on February 9th with our Kickoff Breakfast at the Petroleum Club. Seventy one participants were presented to distinguished guests and sponsors. Our next destination was the Flying "L" Ranch in Bandera for retreat on March 3rd and 4th.  Values, DiSC, trust and teambuilding were the focal point. Thank you SWBC for sponsoring the kickoff breakfast and Security Service Federal Credit Union for sponsoring retreat.

The retreat evaluations extol the benefits of dedicated time focusing
on values. We often neglect this in our daily life. Alumni, since your graduation from this program, have you pulled out your binder to review your values? Where are you now? What have you achieved toward your 10-year goals? I realized I must make time to keep true to myself, my values and goals. Values and goals are part of us but we must continually reflect, re-evaluate and renew to remain true to our purpose.


With this in mind, I issue you a challenge. Start your day deliberately.  Schedule a short meeting with yourself first thing in the morning. Review your values, mission and goals. Review your company's. This helps us stay focused on the big picture while performing the necessary tasks to accomplish our goals.


Remember, days are long, life is short. Live purposefully.Jamie Suriano Photo


Travel safely and until next time.


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Jamie Suriano

2011 Leadership Lab Chair


Honored Sponsor...


Leadership is not about the position you hold. Successful leaders are very adept at achieving extraordinary results by getting people to exert extraordinary efforts because they want to. In Leadership Lab, we want to change the way you think about leadership.  Leadership is everybody's business. Leadership is you!


We need leadership now. Increasingly, as our business cultures adapt to global demands, people must influence without formal authority. We must learn to change our lives and thinking from where we are. We need people of all ages from all backgrounds to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities that exist to make a difference.

We all possess the capacity for leadership, but only those who cultivate it will ever become truly effective leaders. With the resources provided through Leadership Lab, we encourage you to develop the leader in you - to become an active participant in shaping your future and the future of others.

Life doesn't happen to us, it happens through us. Leaders don't have all of the answers, but they know the questions. They create an environment where the questions can be answered.

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan, once said that the best training a top manager can be engaged in is management by example. Each of you should make sure there is no discrepancy between what you say and what you do. Don't expect people to believe just what you say; have that belief reinforced by what you do.

The world needs you to live up to your potential. Imagine yourself leading. Where is your leadership needed now?

Phyllis Gallay

Accenture, LLC



 Leadership Lab Alumni Association

 It's not too late to join for 2011!


Being a part of the Alumni Association will allow you to continue networking and building relationships with other Leadership Lab graduates, representing a number of companies within our San Antonio business community.

You can also "give back" and stay involved by participating in different committees within the Alumni Association and the North Chamber.


Pay your $50 annual dues and you will be able to...

 Stay connected with the Leadership Lab program and have an opportunity to get more involved with the Alumni Association and North Chamber by participating in different committees

 Network with 484 Leadership Lab graduates from many companies within our San Antonio business community and attend all alumni social events for free or at a discounted price

 Continue your leadership education and promote the Leadership Lab program by participating in all education events where you and a guest can attend for free

 Expand your business and community awareness by attending North Chamber events held throughout the year at a discounted price


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Greetings from the 2011 Leadership Lab Alumni Board


Greetings Leadership Lab Alumni,

We have had an exciting start to a great year for the Alumni Association. First, the Alumni Board had a productive retreat in January at the Haven for Hope volunteer center. Cindy Stynchula facilitated the session and helped the Board begin planning a wide range of alumni events for the year. The Board also volunteered at the Haven for Hope Food Bank kitchen immediately after retreat. I truly believe this exercise helped set the tone for the year of "giving back" to the community. You will notice that most of our alumni events this year will somehow support different community organizations within San Antonio. I feel it is important to recognize that we are a group of business professionals representing a number of companies and we can make a significant impact in "giving back" to our own community.

In addition, Structure Tone Southwest sponsored the LLab Alumni Association table at the North Chamber Gala where many of our LLab North Chamber Galafriends served on event committees and were in attendance. In February and March, the 2011 LLab class began their "Passport to Leadership." The Alumni Association was well represented as volunteers for the breakfast orientation and retreat. The Alumni Association also had an opportunity to sponsor the leadership book the 2011 class will use throughout the year and will close out the year by helping sponsor the last session in November.

Finally, we had a huge success at our first alumni social event at the County Line. It was great to see former graduates of the LLab program stay connected and continue to build relationships.

David Dunne - Raffle Prize Winner
David Dunne

We collected food cans and sold raffle tickets with proceeds going directly to the San Antonio Food Bank. David Dunne, from Preferred Landscaping and
Lighting, won the big prize and Kate Leonard, from SWBC, won our "fun" prize. Her task now is to bring it to our next alumni event where someone else will be the lucky one to pass it on.

This is just the beginning of what's to come so please feel free to get involved in our committees and help us have another successful year for the Alumni Association. The Alumni Board has worked hard in planning this year's events and look forward to your participation.

 Monica Gutierrez
2011 Leadership Lab Alumni Board President



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Alumni Association Calendar of Events for 2011:



Palmer Clubhouse at The Westin
The Palmer Clubhouse 

Texas Wine Tasting...

April 26 

5 to 8 p.m.


The Palmer Clubhouse

17865 Babcock Road

San Antonio, 78255

The wine tasting event will feature an assortment of three Texas wines.

For dues paid members, cost of the wine tasting is free. For non-dues paid members and guests, cost is $10 per person. Complimentary appetizers will be provided and the bar will feature happy hour pricing on select beer and wine.

Steven Krueger, resort sommelier for The Westin La Cantera, will guide us through the Texas wine tasting and will sample the three best Texas wines that you may not have tasted ...   

1.     Blanc du Bois, Dry, Haak Vineyards, Texas, 2009

2.     Dolcetto, Duchman Family Winery, Bingham Family
        Vineyard, Texas, 2009

          3.     Tempranillo, Pedernales Cellars, Texas, 2008



Steven Krueger is a wine server seeking to create tasting experiences

Palmer Grille Bar at The Westin
The Palmer Grille Bar

that transcends time, place and our material world through a deeper understanding and knowledge of the world of wine...


As the resort sommelier for The Westin La Cantera, Steven is

responsible for the wine lists and the purchasing of all alcohol for the property. He aspires to advance in the Court of the Master Sommelier's program and is a firm believer in the old adage, "The best way to learn something is to teach it."  A major focus of his attention is on the wines of Texas and, through The Westin's evening Texas Wine Tastings in Steinheimer's Bar, Steven has shared the flavors and stories of the best Texas wines with thousands of guests. 



 May 26 - Education Event
Leadership as a Second Language
Location: Padgett, Stratemann & Co.  
 Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
June 25 - Family Community Event  
Location: One of the Head Start Centers for Family Service
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
Give back to your community by serving others

 July 13 - Leadership Lab Class Throwdown  
Show your class spirit and the Leadership Lab class with most
 attendees gets bragging rights

 August - Education Event  
Continue your education on topics covered during Leadership Lab

 September - Family Social Event   
Enjoy the new school year with alumni and family

 October 8 - Community Event: Lucky Duck Race  
Promote your company and "adopt" ducks for chances to win great
 prizes and support Haven for Hope

 November 9 - Membership Drive   
Network with fellow alumni and the 2011 class 

 December 2 - Holiday Party  
Celebrate Leadership Lab friendships made throughout the years at
 our annual holiday event


Job / Promotions / Relocations


2002 - Jeffrey Prince, formerly with Haynes and Boone, has moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


2004 - Andrew Glasspoole has been promoted to CEO of CDS Events.


2007 - Heather Felty, Rackspace Hosting, was promoted to Cloud Product Marketing Launch Manager.


2008 - John Cruz, formerly with Frost Bank, has joined BBVA Compass Bank as VP Commercial Relationship Manager.


2009 - John Saba, formerly with Prichard Hawkins McFarland & Young, has moved to Austin to join Lancaster Helling. They provide outsourced general counsel services and John is assisting them in building their litigation practice.


2010 - Kevin Moore, CFP, AIF, of i*financial, has obtained a Series 24 license, a securities principal license that will allow i*financial to hire additional representatives and expand the business.


2010 - Jonathan Schlueter was named a Shareholder at Cox Smith Matthews in December 2010.


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2008 - Laura Hay and her husband, Bobby, welcomed their new son, Caeden Lane Hay, on January 18, 2011. He weighed 7 lbs, 15 oz and was 20.75" long.


2008 - Brittany Tradup and her husband welcomed a daughter, Eilie Jane Tradup, on December 10, 2010. She was 6 lbs, 1 oz and 18.5" long.


2008 - Melodye Tomsu and her husband Tommy welcomed their daughter, Emily Anika Tomsu, born February 7, 2011 at 4:31 a.m. She weighed 6 lbs, 15 oz & was 20" long.


2010 - Michelle Totten, SWBC Mortgage Corp, was married to Jose Juarez on February 26, 2011.

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Lions, Tigers & Bears

Business Related Announcements


2000 - Larry Keller, AT&T Inc., was recognized in the Who's Who for African Americans in San Antonio in February 2011.


2004 - Spencer Brown, with Accountable Aging Care Management, served on a panel of experts for a March 24 Q&A session about heart disease and stroke issues from the persective of an eldercare consultant. In April 2011 he will give a presentation on the 3 M's of Health Insurance - Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap to a financial planning firm's clients. Accountable Aging is able to give presentations for professionals and the general public on an array of complex aging issues.


2006 - Sandra Hernandez Coleman served as the historian and chairperson of the 50th Anniversary Celebration event for the San Antonio Junior Forum (SAJF) on March 5th at the Oak Hills Country Club. The SAJF is a women's volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has provided more than $1.2 million to various San Antonio charities. They have also given over $250,000 in scholarships and have given hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to various service projects. 2007 Lab Alumna Tracey Mather is the current SAJF President. Anyone interested in learning more about this wonderful organization may contact us at SAJF@SAJF.org.


2009 - Melissa Unsell, has announced that Legal XtraNet, Inc. has changed its name to elumicor, which reflects their commitment to provide "illuminating e-discovery solutions to corporate counsel." Elumicor launched this new identity as a way to celebrate their 10-years of service, providing e-discovery services to corporations through proprietary software. Elumicor also launched an advertising campaign in targeted publications and has a redesigned website at www.elumicor.com.


2010 - Lauren Guido, CPSM, Guido Brothers Contstruction, earned a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) certification in December 2010.

Meet the 2011 Alumni Board

The 2011 Leadership Lab Alumni Board is listed below. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any comments or suggestions on how to make the Alumni Association even better.


Monica Gutierrez, Lab 2008 - President Alumni Association, H-E-B

Jamie Suriano, Lab 2007 - LLab Chair, H-E-B

Larry Lapaglia, Lab 2008 - LLab Chair-elect, Accenture


LLab 2010 Board Members

Elizabeth Stamper - Success For All Foundation

Jami Champagne - Westin La Cantera Resort

Kristy Walston - Family Service Association

Malcolm McGee - CMIT Solutions  


LLab 2009 Board Members

Alan Harmon - Marmon Mok

Joseph Baumgartner - SWBC

Mason Hester - Leadership Lab Alumnus

Melissa Unsell - elumicor


At-Large Board Members

Aaron Coleman, Lab 2007 - Leadership Lab Alumnus

Cari Takao, Lab 2006 - Fisher, Herbst & Kemble, P.C.

Deanna Stewart-Parker, Lab 2001 - Leadership Lab Alumnus

Jennifer Van Cleave, Lab 2006 - Padgett, Stratemann & Co., LLP

Joanna Baltierra, Lab 2006 - Padgett, Stratemann & Co., LLP

Judy Allan, Lab 2002 - Leadership Lab Alumnus

Karen Guz, Lab 2004 - San Antonio Water System

Rachelle Gonzalez, Lab 2006 - Leadership Lab Alumnus


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