3rd Quarter 2011


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

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Accountability Groups

An accountability group is a small group who meets regularly to exhort its members to create a life by design instead of living life as it happens. LLab encourages the use of accountability groups. Why?


  • They are safe places to reveal dreams, set goals and discuss obstacles.


  • They encourage bold moves in the direction of your dreams.


  • They help chart paths by regularly reporting progress.


  • They issue challenges to consider other options.


  • They offer a practice arena to test new concepts and role-play difficult conversations.


  • They provide support when mistakes, setbacks or unforeseen circumstances occur, preventing forward movement as planned.


  • They are a sounding board to problem-solve current obstacles or brainstorm big ideas.


  • Last, they are a checkpoint when life is out of balance, stifled by inertia or jumping ahead without due diligence.

To quote Sun Tzu, "Opportunities multiply as they are seized." Consider an accountability group to help you seize every opportunity to accomplish your dreams.


Travel safely until next time.


 - Jamie Suriano

   2011 LLab Chair Jamie Suriano Photo

Reflections from the current Lab class.. 


The Leadership Lab class of 2011 has certainly been challenging to the participants. Each month, we push ourselves to learn to be better leaders and prove to ourselves that we can be by the overwhelming amount of participation at each meeting. From the initial teambuilding exercises at the retreat in Bandera to the most recent heartfelt "I believe" essays, this class continues to amaze.


Every carefully-planned class pushes us to be our best and forces us into somewhat uncomfortable situations at times, but by the end of the day everything makes sense. Two recent exercises involved situational leadership and emotional intelligence. I was able to take what I learned back to my workgroup and improve our leadership team in effort to lead and further develop the talented individuals we have.


I'm very glad I chose to participate in this year's Leadership Lab. I have pushed myself to new heights as a leader and made some great friends along the way.


Jeff Hardwick, CHC, CHFM, SA, SHE

North Central Baptist Hospital

Director of Facilities


2011 Lab Throwdown 

Congrats to the class of 2011 for having the most members attend the Throwdown!


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Greetings from Larry Lapaglia and Leadership Lab 2011


Hello Fellow Lab-Rats!


It is almost unbelievable that we are half way through our 2011 Leadership journey! It has been quite an adventure! The involvement, personal and professional growth and engagement from all of the participants have been outstanding and has contributed to making this Lab session one of our most successful!


Session Five of our journey, "Community Leadership," was hosted and sponsored by the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy, elumicor and North Central Baptist Hospital. This session was highlighted by a mock city council meeting in the actual City Council Chambers with theatrical participation by every Lab member. The lessons and experience gained from this activity will serve each of our Lab members extremely well in the years to come as they themselves throw their hats into the political arena.


Session Six, "Leading with Integrity," found our journey taking us to the Westin La Cantera. The Westin hospitality and sponsorship was so incredible that the entire Lab class requested by acclimation that all future Lab sessions be conducted there! The level of service, responsiveness and technical support from the entire Westin staff dramatically reinforced our session topic of Leading with Integrity. The messages communicated during this session by all presenters were extremely beneficial, with the individual reading of "This I Believe" from each Lab member being the emotional and professional highlight.


Now our journey turns toward home. Our next session will cover the incredibly important and volatile topic of "Navigating Change." Of all things in our lives, not withstanding death and taxes, the singular constant is and will always be "change." How we all adapt to change in our personal and professional lives will dictate the level of success we ultimately achieve.


Prepare yourselves and know that no matter what you encounter, personally and professionally, you will always be a "Lab Rat." That resource, that support group, is bequeathed to you to use as you desire. larry picture


Be safe and be strong. 

Larry Lapaglia

2012 Leadership Lab Chair-Elect



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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Riverwalk Museum Reach

1-5 p.m. - Live entertainment at Pearl Amphitheatre

5 p.m. - Rubber duck race

6-8 p.m. - Free concert by Two Tons of Steel



Support the Leadership Lab by purchasing ducks!!


$5 for a Single Quack

$25 Quack Pack (6 ducks)


About the Cause

Proceeds from duck adoptions benefit the Paseo del Rio Association and Haven for Hope, a transformational campus in downtown San Antonio.



Our goal is 1,000 ducks! To help support the Lab, purchase ducks here http://www.duckrace.com/riverwalk/TeamPage/tabid/9567/Default.aspx?DSParam1=3484&TeamID=3484



Honored Sponsor...


Leadership to me is all about core values and how a person displays them. Honesty, integrity, good work ethic and a strong moral compass are fundamental values of a good leader. Although this sounds like a "No Brainer" to most folks, there are instances when we are all challenged to follow these traits. It is easy to do the right thing when everything is going your way, but as we know, that's not always the case. A true leader makes the right choices and follows his heart (fundamentals) even when it hurts to do so. We must keep in mind that we are all leaders. Some are good leaders and some are not so good. People are constantly watching you. They take note of how you react in good times and bad times. How we act when things are not going our way is the true measuring stick that determines which category we fall in.


Mark A. Jones

Vice President

Struture Tone Southwest, Inc.


Greetings from the 2011 Leadership Lab Alumni Board


Alumni Association:

The fall season is fast approaching and the cooler weather is just around the corner. We have already accomplished many successful alumni events and look forward to celebrating the end of another great year for the LLab program in just a few months.


But if you think we are done for the year, think again! We still have several North Chamber events to attend at discounted prices as well as a few more alumni events for the remainder of the year. In fact, the LLab Alumni Board is excited to offer an educational event on October 21 that will take you back to the emotions and challenges you experienced at retreat. Take a look at our other upcoming events and put them on your calendar. We look forward to your participation!


On another note, I was recently preparing for the LLab Alumni Board presentation to the current 2011 class and I couldn't help but reflect on our alumni mission and purpose. I am very pleased to say that this year's LLab Alumni Board has done an excellent job in planning events that stay true to our mission and purpose. If you need a reminder of what the Alumni Association represents I've included our mission below. I encourage you to get involved this year and the years to come.


LLab Alumni Mission 

  1. Support and foster the relationships created by participation in the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lab Program
  2. Provide alumni ongoing opportunities for leadership development and the establishment of new business and personal relationships
  3. Provide support and resources to the Association members and Leadership Lab participants
  4. Enhance the image and visibility of the alumni and Leadership Lab in the San Antonio community
  5. Market alumni to other business members of the North San Antonio Chamber of CommerceMonica

Monica Gutierrez

2011 Leadership Lab Alumni Board President   








Alumni Association Calendar of Events for 2011:



September 8 - Enterprising Women's Conference & ATHENA Award presentation  

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the OMNI Hotel at the Colonnade. Dues-paid alumni can purchase tickets for the discounted price of $35.


September 14 - Mayor's Vision for San Antonio featuring Mayor Julian Castro   

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at Oak Hills Country Club. Dues-paid alumni can purchase tickets for the discounted price of $35.


October 8 - 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.


October 21 - Alumni Leadership Challenge - LLab Ropes 2.0
Revist what you learned during your Leadership Lab retreat and challenge yourself to take leadership to the next level. Lunch and ropes course will be at the Ye Kendall Inn in Boerne, Texas. 


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   

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the OMNI Hotel at the Colonnade. Dues-paid alumni can purchase tickets for the discounted price of $35. 


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Save the date!!



December 2 - Holiday Party at the Academy at Westin La Cantera 

7:00 p.m. Celebrate Leadership Lab friendships made throughout the years at our annual holiday event. The party includes a buffet meal, one free drink for paid members along with a cash bar and a DJ from 8-11 p.m. Money and toys will be collected as a donation to Boysville and Family Services Association.


The cost for guests and non-paid members is $20 per person. More information about special hotel rates and prizes is coming soon! 
















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It is about that time! Recruiting for the 2012 class starts soon!


If you know of anyone for the 2012 class, please have them contact Marylin White at 210-344-4848.



Leanne King (2000) was recognized by the North Chamber, receiving the 2011 Community Service Award at the Small Business Leaders Awards Luncheon in July. 


Jeffrey Dean, (2001) formerly with the City of San Antonio Finance Department, is now the Assistant EMC with the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management. His new contact phone and email is: (210) 206-8561; jeffrey.dean@sanantonio.gov.

Rebecca Mansfield (2007) won the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) San Antonio Marketer of the Year Leonardo Award. Inspired by the Renaissance inventor, writer, printer and sculptor, the Leonardo Award recognizes an individual that has demonstrated excellence in marketing creativity and innovation as it relates to the built environment.

Larry Mitchell, (2010) formerly with Rackspace, is now the business development manager with Modis IT Staffing. His new contact information is: (210) 394-3279; lmitchell@roarsanantonio.com.

Lori Spahn (2010) has a new position as the advancement assistant at Providence Catholic School, the College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 6-12. Lori can be reached at lorispahn@yahoo.com. 

Lucy-Jane Baxley (2011) welcomed her baby boy, William, on Wednesday, August 9, 2011, at 5:07 p.m. He is 8 lbs. - 10 oz. and 20.5" long.


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.

Jennifer Van Cleave, 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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