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Congrats: Jake Richter of Edward Jones received all but one vote from the board and was named Job Links Excelerator Business of the Year. Richter is on the board and dissented for hisownself. Job Links Excelerator is a monthly forum for employers to discuss job openings. Chamber EVP David Berzina presented the award and dropped a nugget that a Massachusetts food company was in town last week checking out a possible relocation. Possibly more jobs to link with. L to R: Jake Richter, Edward Jones; David Berzina, Betty Harvey, and Cynthia Miller of the Chamber; and Robert Munoz, Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus.

Click on the links below to enter for prizes

Best of nights: And the winner of Best Party Pictures is ... Fort Worth, Texas magazine. It's not a category in the magazine's annual Best Of readers' votes, but no one knows social better than FWTX. Party pictures, the Top Chef competition and one of the great parties of the year -- Best Of -- all courtesy of FWTX. Thanks to Hal and Diane, you can rock it, eat it, drink it and SMILE! for the cameras May 28 in Sundance Square Plaza at the Best Of Fort Worth Party. B2B Insider has two pair of tickets and a Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival Cookbook for each winner.


A Buffett breakfast buffet: The first weekend in May, a bevy of Berkshire Hathaway Buffett-heads make their annual pilgrimage to Omaha to hear the Oracle's words of wisdom. You only will have to go to the Fort Worth Club May 18 to get the CliffsNotes version. Leadership Fort Worth has assembled the CEOs of Berkshire's Tarrant County holdings -- Burlington Northern Santa Fe (Carl Ice), TTI (Paul Andrews), Acme Brick (Dennis Knautz) and Justin Brands (Randy Watson) -- to talk about ...what else ... leadership in support of the nonprofit's programs. Hunch at B2B Insider is that Warren's name might come up a time or two or three. The breakfast moderator is Matt Rose, Executive Chairman of BNSF, and you'll be all aboard with this ticket from Leadership Fort Worth. 


Screen scene: One of Mr. B's favorite things about the Magnolia at the Modern film series is you won't walk to your seat and squish Gummi Bears and you won't leave smelling similar to buttered popcorn. Oh, and the movies, one different one shown five times a weekend for six consecutive weeks. The latest series at The Modern Art Museum  -- May 29-July 5 -- is heavy on documentaries/biographies, including H. R. Giger, who terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Alien; fashionistas Yves Saint Laurent and Iris Apfel, and Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement. There is a thriller, too, about a group of old friends on a holiday retreat that isn't so friendly. Thanks to Kendal (Jump in the Lake) Smith, you could document them with a season pass for two.     


Waste not, want not: Pretty proud of yourownselves, huh? Finished that spring cleaning and it still is spring, unlike the New Year's resolutions that lasted only 14 hours. Where does all that STUFF go? How about one of Cody Rodgers' containers. Cody is the Junk King of Fort Worth. Whatever you don't donate to Goodwill, YWCA or SafeHaven, Cody will LEED the way and take the rest, up to 1/2 truckload (equal to about three pickup truck beds) from any residence or business within Tarrant County*. And he won't just trash it. He'll scatter some on 30, some on 20, some on 35. No, seriously, he'll sort it and deliver it to the best recycling source, then take the rest to the landfill. You'll feel as if you've gone Green. *Excludes cement, gravel, tile, dirt or roofing materials.



Congratulations to May 6 Prize Winners:

  • Tucker Mullins, Your Key Personnel
  • Carolann Morris, Inwood Bank
  • Loren Hitchcock, McCune Cos.
  • Clare McGarrey, InterConnect Wiring
  • Chris Gebhardt, Lackland Security
  • Steve Troy, Synergy Home Care
  • Christopher White, Sproles Woodard
  • Melanie McGee, UTA


Winners will be announced weekly 


High fives: Congrats to the five new veeps at the Chamber...boss Andra Bennett, boss Lydia Hall and new bosses Melonye Whitson, Matt Geske and Cynthia Miller. Whoopeee! More editors for Mr. B. And still no VP (just a Peon) of Newsletters.

Spotless record: QCS Unlimited is a family business. It cleans up your offices. Clara Knox is CEO and three female and one male (Shawn) family members work there. Lashelle Knox is marketing/development and you see her around Chamber events so much because she "DOES NOT LIKE TO CLEAN."  


That didn't last long: Mary Lee Hafley, retired just months from a long and successful reign as Executive Director of SafeHaven, is the acting Executive Director of Clayton Youth Enrichment Services (YES). Wonder if she knows definition of "acting."  


Queen for a day: Making a HUGE splash in her new role as Director of Sales and Marketing at Embassy Suites Fort Worth, Chamber Am-Bass-Adorable Bridget Shelton has secured the casting call host site for the new season of ABC's The Bachelor. ABC says that women who have the "enthusiasm, playfulness, sparkle and passion to become America's next leading lady" should come meet the casting producers from 4-8 p.m. Saturday June 27. Wonder if casters would  give B2B Insider a judgeship to give away?     


Dogged dilemma: Neal Shields, Wells Fargo wealth manager, poses an interesting question. His wife, Sue, says you can't punish a dog unless it knows what it did wrong. Their dog, Dusty, was "slinking around exuding guilt" one morning, according to Neal, and he asked, "If he knows but I don't, can I punish him anyway?"


All major points: David Minor knew his would be an entrepreneur's life when he realized he was making more part-time as a senior at TCU with Minor Landscape Business than corporate recruiters on campus were offering for full-time. Minor helped start and ran the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center before starting The Landscape Partners. He spoke at an Impact Your Business luncheon this month and here is a sampling of tips:
  • Identify other top performers to emulate and benchmark your performance.
  • Education should be continuous.
  • Shop your vendors, keep them honest; pay them promptly and treat them well.
  • Set goals for ALL employees and monitor them.
  • Foster an associate-centered culture.

New name, same greatness: Because it has focused more on family dynamics and relationships, the home in its name has been dropped and it's just Lena Pope

"A vision without funding is hallucination."
                                                --  Capt. Gil Miller, NAS JRB Commander
on future growth at the base
Name game: Tassie (not related to Jake) Gaither is the business development manager at Hawaiian Falls. Tassie? She joked that her mother had too many drugs during delivery. Some little pecan cakes are called tassies as is the Tasmanian devil in Australia. Cleverly, Tassie attaches a mini beach sandal to the back of her business card.

Clever tagline: Jeanne Smith, Weaver: "Tax evasion is illegal. Tax avoidance is the American way."


How is your year going? Tucker Mullins of Key Personnel is $11k short of his annual sales goal after the first quarter. Tim Halden of Fort Worth Bike Sharing made his 2015 goal Jan. 30. Obviously, they need higher goals. BTW, Tim says he'll have (semi-free) bikes available for Ride Your Bike to Work Day this Friday.  

Tourista: DFW International Airport now can get you to trendy tourist destination Guadalajara on Volaris.

15 seconds of fame ... twice: Psychotherapist Natosha Monroe was quoted two Sundays in succession in the Jobs section of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Running with scissors: Not sure how many times a hotel can do a re-opening, but Mr. B is game for all of them at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa, 1701 Commerce Street. This re-do will have you coo, too. Am-Bass-Adorables will be there next Thursday. There will be fantastic prizes, including a trip. To see photos from many Chamber events, click here.

Strings attached: During 2012-13, a symphonic association determined that the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performed more education concerts than any of the nearly 500 orchestras in the country ... 53 total with nearly 40 of them for underserved children because of economic, geographic or cultural barriers. The guy carting that Steinway around is under a chiropractor's care.

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