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Congressmen Marc Veasey, Pete Sessions and Michael Burgess spoke to a group of members from the Fort Worth Chamber, Texas Association of Manufacturers and the Texas Association of Business recently at the Fort Worth Club. Sessions told attendees to "wear sunglasses, a ball cap, and come to town hall meeting to get a true sense of voter frustration." Veasey commented on career readiness and education as a top priority to address the manufacturing skills gap. And when asked about exporting crude oil, Burgess said we ought to lift the ban and be able to help the world with energy needs and get going on the infrastructure.

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 7th Heaven: Angela (Annie?) Hall brings to market all that is vibrant around and about West 7th. A spring favorite is Bites & Flights, which is May 3 from 2-6 p.m., because there is a restaurant about every six meters to sample delicioso and, of second and third and fourth course, the wine tastings. And those whose tastes might be country or rock or soul or salsa might have too much of the wine tasting and could be what Angela describes as the "live music." Angela got management at Vestar to dine and wine two people with wristbands for food and drink.


Derby delights: Mr. B went shopping at Goodwill and found a boater and a bow-tie to wear to Sedona Derby Day at Cendera Center April 29. Sedona at Cendera will be serving mint juleps, bourbon and southern cocktails, and bourbon-inspired bites.  Site Sovereign Amy Shackelford, who doesn't have a horse in the May 2 Kentucky Derby but does have a dog that races, galloped over with two pair of tickets for the 5:30-8 p.m. festivities. 


Janelle is Mama Cass(ata): Noche de Gracias is the perfect name for a non-profit's annual gala. A night to say thanks to funders and supporters. A night for students to say thanks to teachers. A night to say thanks that Cassata High School is around and committed to providing young people with another chance at success.  Since 1975, more than 4,000 youth have transformed their lives and become Cassata graduates. Noche de Gracias is a dinner, live auction and raffle April 28 at Joe T. Garcia's. Board member Janelle Kavanaugh will be honored with the Spirit of Cassata award. B2B Insider harried Amanda Harrier for two tickets.     


A marketer always markets: The Fletch, communications guru of Fletcher Consulting Public Relations, has a part-time, pro bono gig managing the Leadership Colleyville program. The Colleyville Chamber recently honored him with its Leadership Award. John's a giver, not an acceptor, and to celebrate this sweet honor, he's giving away a $50 gift card to visit his sweet-tasting client, Curly's Frozen Custard. $50 buys a lot; you'll be there a while, similar to Custard's Last Stand.  



Congratulations to April 8 Prize Winners:

  • Scott Fredricks, Cantey Hanger
  • Penny Haight, Counseling by Penny Haight
  • Justin Ditmar, Fulcrum Group
  • David Hester, Northwest ISD
  • Joanna Bromfield, Harmony Public Schools
  • Sarina Harz, AIDS Outreach Center
  • Julie Hatch, Creative Communications
  • Jerry Bolz, Peloton Real Estate Partners
  • Chuck Bouligny, Ascend Concepts
  • Martin Garcia, Texas Secure Title Company
  • Angela Wills, Homewood Suites Fort Worth-Medical Center
  • Terri Rios, The Women's Center

Winners will be announced weekly 


P stands for publicity: Tonight, TCU football Coach P receives the American Advertising Federation - Fort Worth 2014 Dateline Award for bringing positive publicity to Fort Worth. (He just did it again.) Coach Gary Patterson's leadership and the team's one-loss season made TCU a prominent story line during the first College Football Playoffs rankings.

Grandparents and grads: Two great freebies, Mr. B's favorite word.
  • The Senior Synergy Expo is 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 7 at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Creakers get in free and if they register by April 30, a free lunch. Parking is free. Advice is free. There are mammograms and health screenings for dental, blood pressure, vision and balance. Forever youthful Dr. Sid O'Bryant of UNT Health Science Center will discuss healthy brain aging.
  • And Lila Boydston sends word that your free booth is awaiting if you register by April 30 and have jobs to offer graduating Fort Worth ISD students. The FWISD grads job fair is June 11 from 1-4 p.m. About 800 job candidates will be resume-ing throughout Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Family business: The Business Assistance Center has a free breakfast seminar April 23 about the work environment in a family business. Free breakfast. Free advice. The panel includes two family members from three different businesses.


The bridge to quality: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorable Bridget Shelton has been promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing at Embassy Suites Fort Worth Downtown. Probably only a coincidence that this Embassy's internal quality scores are between 97-98 percent and it is ranked among the brand's Top 10 WORLDWIDE.

Write on! David Thomas, former Star-Telegram sports humor columnist and the author of "Foxcatcher," was the featured and leadoff speaker at a new Texas Wesleyan writing forum. He came with a warning. "My freshman year of college, I was a leadoff hitter. Started 1-for-21. By the time I got my second hit, I wasn't the leadoff hitter." On writing:
  • "Too many dreams perish because of unrealistic expectations."
  • "Writing is the No. 1 cause of criticism ... you have to have a thick skin."
  • Keep improving your craft. "On Facebook, my occupation is 'writer, re-writer, re-writer.'"
  • "Your own family won't always support you. I have a wife and two kids that don't read."

Quite campy: Wonder if his kids are feeling separation anxiety? Jake (you knew him as Fancy Pants) Richter, a financial planner with Edward Jones, is an ultra runner -- 50K, 100k, 100 miles. He won a trip from Edward Jones and chose Hong Kong because it coincided with a run. These runs take 15-30 hours, which gets expensive for babysitters. Wife Breinn is no slouch, alternating his runs with 25k runs herownself. They bought a 1970s camper for $1,000 and remodeled it. Now they travel as a family, staying in state parks...except when in Hong Kong.  

On customer service:

"The worst customers are the ones that are unhappy and silent. They won't come back. Be thankful when someone voices a complaint."
                                                -- Marcelle LeBlanc, owner of The Velvet Box

"We are people of servitude. Every bad review is a punch in the gut ... and an opportunity."
                                                -- Greg Kalina, General Manager Del Frisco's
We're No. 1 ...? After having won local and regional contests, Balcom Agency advances to a June category final for a National American Advertising Awards ADDY. Up for honors is a Dairy MAX Dairy Discover Zone Interactive Exhibition.

We're proud to announce: With scissors, ribbon and lots of pride, Am-Bass-Adorables will be looking for jobs at 8:15 Tuesday morning at PrideStaff, 3250 Hulen, Ste. 150. Catering for this event was not a problem; PrideStaff proudly promotes it is six yards of ribbon from Chick-fil-A and Starbucks. Both are big draws, as is PrideStaff's Kelly Pilkington. This morning at 9:45, the Adorables were learning whether Community put the Trust into banking or Trust put the Community into banking. They were teller-ing with Community Trust Bank at 500 Throckmorton St., Ste. 350.

Painting a rich tapestry: The 2015 American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show in Fort Worth during November has added another $80k in cash awards for reining, cutting and working cow horse events. Brings total prizes to about $600k. And what's in your wallet?

Energizing sales: Should salespeople be out in the field or in a learning lab? Actually, they can do both thanks to the $500k Abe Issa donated to construct the Abe Issa Field Sales Lab at the Neeley School of Business at TCU. Issa, 32 (not a typo) is a TCU alum and the founder and CEO of Global Efficient Energy, which has 2015 projected revenues of $60 million.

Fools' gold: No foolin', but on April 1, more than 50 First Command employees had a fun(d)raiser at Mexican Inn with the Chamber's South Area Council to benefit South Hills High. Approximately $1,000 was raised during the dinner and First Command Educational Foundation will match the money raised and award more than $2,000 to a local student in the AVID program.

On the Base paths: Did you know that Captain Gil Miller, Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB), has 200+ children in a Child Development Center on base? Or 50 air traffic controllers? A customs department? 73 jets? During hurricane season, even more jets are here from Texas' Gulf Coast and south Florida.

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