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Pretty awesome name tags for those of you attending Friday's Chamber Annual Meeting luncheon featuring former White House correspondent Ann Compton. Your name and company goes below and you're an official correspondent. This is where Mr. B's 2015 raise went. He is at table 1,413 -- wearing his awesome name tag -- if you want to stop by and say, "Hi, I'm...

Click on the links below to enter for prizes

(Un) Undercover Boss: The Texas Tornadoes Leads Group gets outstanding lunch service and excellent food at Buffalo West. Probably helps that restaurant owner Paul McKinney is a member of the Leads Group and in the meeting most every Tuesday. You won't be undercover, either, with this $50 gift card to Buffalo West. Flaunt it, child! You'll be eating great food at great prices day or night and you won't be paying. Dine inside or on the expansive patio and listen to wild west music. Say hello to the Boss, too. He is quite visible.


Don't forget Dad: Courtney McCaleb of Gordon Boswell Flowers and Mr. B were playing a game of one-tulip-upmanish because of recent Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's and Mother's days giveaways from Boswell. Boy, is she generous or what? Mr. B thought he had Courtney thorned when he asked what she was doing for a Father's Day giveaway? Courtney never is stumped; she isn't even going out on a limb by putting together "accoutrements" into a basket of snacks and goodies "fit for a King" or just your Dad. Who says Mom has to have all the fun? 


Paint this green: You have got to see the cute "My Horse Rocks" infant jumper sold at the American Paint Horse Association General Store. It is too cute, but might be a tad tiny for B2B Insider readers. But there's more... clothing, accessories, jewelry, home décor, tacks and even a joint ointment good for horses and humans. Allyson (no relation to Tom) Pennington reined in a $50 gift card to the General Store and why not shop 'til you drop during the APHA's World Youth Championships June 26-July 4 at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Letz feel better:
The Prospective Ms. B is perennially planting annuals in the B Mansion rock gardens and beds. Mr. B argues annually to plant perennials. Guess who loses that discussion. After lovingly doing the shovel, squat and shower to hundreds of plants for hours at a time during lightening strikes and raging rain, Mr. B had a few cricks here and there and everywhere. Monday was off to a creaky start and Mr. B was off to Path to Wellness Chiropractic (PTWC). GM Pal Steven Gribin and Dr. Lauren Letz did an initial consultation, including all x-rays, and a neurological exam and gave Mr. B a complete report of their findings -- "You are very old!"  (Yung'un PTWC just celebrated its 7th birthday.) Mr. B picked up the initial consultation deal for one reader.

Congratulations to May 27th Prize Winners:
  • Monty Clegg, ESPN
  • Joanna Crain, WCT Events
  • Kimberly Matthys, HDR Inc.
  • Reagan Ferguson, Pressman Printing
  • Kourtney Jenke, Sanford Baumeister & Frazier
  • Bill Kresser, BBVA Compass
  • Jonathan Callaway, Technifax Office Solutions

Winners will be announced weekly 


All quiet on western front: Captain Gil Miller, Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB), says he gets more compliments than complaints about the jet noise in areas neighboring the base. "When it's quiet, people call and ask if everything is ok."

Already posturing: Mr. B is comforted that if 14 editors miss something libelous in B2B Insider that the new Chair of the Chamber board is Dee Kelly Jr., managing partner at law firm Kelly Hart & Hallman.    

Rain, rain go away: We'll be begging for it in August, but... 

  • "Usually I have a funny comment about the weather; it's not funny anymore," said landscaper Darrell Samuelson of Glennscape.
  • "Unfortunately, it's tough for homeowners but great for us," Will Anderson, Texas Reconstruction Company.
  • We do sell flood insurance," Diana Troy, Allstate.  


Quite flavorful: That Dannon Greek Yogurt Chantilly Cream that is part of your dessert from the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel at the Chamber Annual Meeting Friday is one of 390 Dannon flavor SKUs, according to plant manager Robert Reid (not a former Houston Rocket). One hundred 20 flavors are produced in Fort Worth, as is the liquid yogurt Danimals.  


Harvey house: If you see Chamberite Betty Harvey at Job Links Excelerator today, you might high-five her on doctor/daughter Alison Harvey. The Galderma Laboratories hotshot accelerates herownself and was selected a Business Press 40-under-40 honoree.          


Very touristy: Convention & Visitors Bureau top traveler Bob Jameson updated schmoozing business folks last week at Pinnacle Bank about Fort Worth as a travel destination:
  • $1 in business travel is said to be $10 in revenue.
  • The CVB sees opportunities in filmmaking and sports industries and an opportunity by joining CityPASS.
  • 50 percent of visitors are here as friends and family.
  • Kreskinite urban planners envision a streamlined east side of the Convention Center and a straighter Commerce St. That would leave a block east of the CC for hotels/restaurants.

"We give out money, but we have to get it back."

                                                --  Eddie Broussard, Texas Capital Bank
That sounds so familiar: Many of you might recall and associate the name Vandergriff  (Tom & Victor) with autos and politics. Kristin, married to Victor, is the new District Director for U.S. Rep. Kay Granger. Victor sold the dealerships, though he continues to consult.

There's an app for that:
The Prospective Ms. B's garden really is in full bloom and now that The Botanical Research Institute of Texas has partnered on a plant identification app, Mr. B is in faux flora heaven. The not-free app is Flora of Texas: FW Prairie.

Wine styles: For approx $3,000, or about $2,991 more than Mr. B earns, you could tour Tuscany via the Chamber Oct. 28-Nov. 5. Click here for info.


Not playing around: If you're hunting for a little theater June 13, check out The Choir, written and directed by Kasha Hunt of R.D. Howard Construction. It's the second play from the drama grad and she wrote it and will direct at a local church. She says it is a gospel play about "choir members who sing for the Lord and go home to all kinds of hell."

Murphy's slide rule: Next Wednesday, Murphy Express #8750 has a groundbreaking at 11:15 a.m. at 2501 Avondale Haslet Road. That is not hashtag 8750. And the 8750 is not the address. What is the 8750? Murphy has about 1,300 fill-up stations nationally. Mr. B is guessing they just multiply each new property by the station number in the chain times 6.7307, similar to dog years. Am-Bass-Adorables, while you're there, could you ask if Mr. B's math is correct?

Just a reminder: If you want the Chamber to work for you while you're working yourownself, make sure you have an updated and workable member profile here. You can work it by posting company news and job openings, and offer member discounts or coupons.

Just wondering: If someone with claustrophobia were put in solitary confinement, would that be cruel and unusual punishment?

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