2nd Quarter 2011


North Chamber Leadership Lab Newsletter
Table of Contents
Leadership Lab Chair
Honored Sponsor
Alumni Association Benefits
President's Corner
2011 Calendar of Events
Alumni Board Members

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Reflections from the current Lab class..top


I can sum up my LLab experience thus far in three words...Line Dancing Competition. I'm joking, but that was one of many highlights from our retreat. What it has really meant for me has been a lot of self discovery and an opportunity to meet so many great people. Through the DiSC profile and Strength Finders, I have learned a lot about myself and it has really opened my eyes to why I react the way I do in different situations. I believe this awareness will allow me to grow and become the great leader I hope to become one day. I think at the end of the year, I will walk away with a lot of great tools and some long-lasting friendships. I am excited for what the remainder of the sessions will bring.
Denise Beneke, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Marmon Mok Architecture

Greetings from Jamie Suriano and
Leadership Lab 2011

Our Leadership Lab (LLab) journey has now taken us to "Language of Leaders" hosted by The University of the Incarnate Word, "The People Side of Leadership" hosted by Wells Fargo and "Finance Savvy for Leaders" hosted by Our Lady of the Lake University.  Thank you to Dahill, Capital Group Companies and Padgett, Stratemann & Co., L.L.P. for sponsoring these sessions.

LLab covers a variety of topics and experiments.  However, a recurring theme is that interacting with others requires risk and may lead to misunderstanding. When a misunderstanding occurs, do you react or engage? 


Reactivity arises from a threat to something you value.  It is a way of identifying your "Authentic Truth," and is a signal to look inward and determine the value, belief or behavioral standard violated. Taking time to reflect and determine your Authentic Truth requires courage in two dimensions: attitude and action.


Attitude:  Identify your Authentic Truth

ˇ   What is really bothering you?

ˇ   What is at risk for you?

ˇ   What do you really care about?

ˇ   How have you contributed to the situation?

ˇ   What do you really want from this interaction?


Action:  Reveal your Authentic Truth

ˇ   Take the initiative to bring up difficult issues and concerns.

ˇ   Reveal what is important to you.

ˇ   Get curious about the other person's story.

ˇ   Take responsibility for contributing to the situation.

ˇ   Identify next action steps.


Are you speaking and living your Authentic Truth? 


Travel safely until next time,Jamie Suriano Photo

 Jamie Suriano Signature

Jamie Suriano
2011 Leadership Lab Chair 


Honored Sponsor...

Over the course of our lives, we have all been inspired by strong leaders. It might have been a teacher, a coach, someone at work, a fellow board member or maybe even a president. Strong leaders have the ability to motivate you to achieve much greater success than you had ever imagined for yourself; to inspire you to reach your full potential. How does a leader effectively bring about these results, many times without you even realizing?
Leaders help to set the bar and they lead by example. We look up to our leaders and we take our cues from them. As leaders, we must always be cognizant of our actions, knowing that our every move is seen as a guide to others. Leaders must also be cheerleaders, constantly offering words of encouragement and treating others as they would like to be treated. They must be willing to take on the challenges and tasks that others won't. While you may not succeed at everything you try, true leaders embrace challenges. A quote from Julius Irving sums it up well. "I always demand more of myself than anyone could ever expect." Push yourself, inspire others and be the best that you can be!
Some say that leaders are born, while others argue that leaders are made. While it is obvious that some people are natural leaders, I still believe that leaders can be created. The North Chamber Leadership Lab is a proven program that has been helping to sharpen those valuable skill sets that make great leaders. I would strongly encourage everyone to take full advantage of the program.Wade Cleary
Wade Cleary, PE
Managing Principal, LEEDŽ AP
Cleary Zimmermann Engineers




 Leadership Lab Alumni Association

 It's not too late to join for 2011!



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Being a part of the Alumni Association allows 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...

ˇ 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

ˇ 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

ˇ 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

ˇ 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


Alumni Association:
The first six months of our 2011 alumni association year has nearly come and gone. We have reached the midpoint and now it's time to assess where we have been and where we want to go, with the main goal of providing valuable alumni events, staying connected and increasing alumni participation. Your participation in the 2010 end-of-year-survey has definitely helped the alumni board plan for better events and has geared us in the right direction for the future.
Most recently, we have been able to increase alumni participation at our events by using some new tools like Eventbrite to help register and track attendance. We have also started using Constant Contact to distribute our quarterly Alumni Newsletter and have created a single email (saleadershiplab@gmail.com) to send and receive alumni information and help keep us connected. In addition, our social events have created a new "Labbers helping Locals" concept to promote how our alumni give back to the community.
The Alumni Association is also gearing up for the upcoming North Chamber events. We have the Enterprising Women's Conference, the Mayor's Vision Luncheon and the State of the County Luncheon coming this fall. As dues-paid members, alumni will have a chance to purchase tickets for these events at a discounted price on a first-come-first-served basis.
We have come a long way in just the first six months and on behalf of the alumni board, thank you to those that have attended our events and especially to those that have paid your annual dues! We hope you continue to reap in the benefits by attending our upcoming events and enjoy being a part of the alumni association. Have a great summer!


Monica Gutierrez

2011 Leadership Lab Alumni Board President 

Alumni Association Calendar of Events for 2011:



Join your fellow Labbers helping Locals and volunteer to help hundreds of families, who have recently made San Antonio their home, celebrate their different cultures. There will be games, face painting, free food, music and dance performances. You and your family can help with set up, food distribution and clean up.


What:    World Refugee Fair
Time:     8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
When:   Saturday, June 18



St. Francis Episcopal Church

4242 Bluemel Road

San Antonio, TX 78240


Located in northwest San Antonio, just north of Wurzbach Rd., between I-10 and Fredericksburg.

Click on the below link for directions

Map and Directions


Questions:  Call Kristy Walston at 210-229-2738.
To register for the event, click here: http://leadershiplabrefugeefair.eventbrite.com


July 13 - Leadership Lab Class Throwdown at the Frost Bank Plaza Club; 5:00-8:00 p.m. Parking is available at the Frost Bank Building and is free after 5:30 p.m... Come show your class spirit! The Leadership Lab class with most attendees gets bragging rights. 


September 8* - Enterprising Women's Conference & ATHENA award presentation at the OMNI San Antonio Hotel.


September 10 -Family Social Event: Family Service Association Physical Fitness Fair

Enjoy the start of a new school year with alumni and family.


September 14* - Mayor's Vision for San Antonio featuring Mayor Julian Castro at a location to be announced.


October8 - Community Event: Lucky Duck Race at the Pearl Brewery
Promote your company and "adopt" ducks for a chance to win great prizes and support Haven for Hope.


November 9 - Membership Drive at Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill
Network with fellow alumni and the 2011 class. 


November 30* - State of the County Address featuring County Judge Nelson Wolff at the OMNI San Antonio Hotel.


December 2 - Holiday Party at the Academy at Westin La Cantera (discounted price for dues-paid alumni). Celebrate Leadership Lab friendships made throughout the years at our annual holiday event.




*North Chamber events with discounted prices available for dues paid alumni.














A Great Loss


2006-Bruce Mather. It is with great sadness that the Leadership Lab shares in the loss of a true friend... On May 12, 2011, Bruce lost a valiant battle with brain cancer surrounded by his wife, Tracey, and love ones. Gifts may be made to the Children's Bereavement Center, 205 W. Olmos Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78212, the Clarity Child Guidance Center, 8535 Tom Slick, San Antonio, Texas 78229 or the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Ste. 146, Des Plaines, Illinois, 60018.



2003 - Patrick Von Dohlen... The Von Dohlen Knuffke Financial Group, Inc. has moved to the previous office address of the North Chamber. The new address is 45 NE Loop 410, Suite 100,  San Antonio, TX 78216.


2004 - Wendy Albers, VP/Market Manager with Broadway Bank... Wendy's son, Dakota, graduated Cum Laude on June 2nd from MacArthur High School. He is a Texas Scholar candidate and recipient of the Douglas MacArthur "Duty-Honor-Country" award. Please join us in congratulating the Albers family!


2004 - Spencer Brown, with Accountable Aging Care Management, has increased the number of educational presentations about aging issues that give continuing education to nurses, social workers and home health/hospice administrators. Presentations are also available to the general public in dealing with complex eldercare dilemmas. Accountable Aging's business continues to grow and the company is expanding its staff in 2011 with the addition of a registered nurse to its team. The search for a part-time nurse has begun.


2007 - Bryan Anderson's company has changed names from Benefits Unlimited to Gallagher Benefits Services.

2008 - Eva Ramirez is now the Director of Marketing at RVK Architects.
2009 - John Saba's new contact information is: DiNovo, Price, Ellwanger & Hardy, LLP; Plaza 7000, Suite 350

7000 N. MoPac, Austin, TX  78731; phone: 512.539.2622   fax: 512.539.2627; jsaba@dpelaw.com


2010 - Aaron Wood has accepted a position at Lone Star National Bank as a Vice President and Business Relationship Manager. His new e-mail is wooda@lonestarnationalbank.com.


2010 - Angeles Aboites, formerly with the City of San Antonio, has accepted a position with Rackspace. Angeles is now the Executive Assistant to the VP of Real Estate and the VP of Operations. 


2010 - Craig Bourquin has an updated e-mail: craigb@satx.rr.com.

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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