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During her Mayor's International Luncheon last week, Mayor Price Is Right interviewed Humberto Antunes, Chairman of the Board of Galderma Pharma. He explained the importance of Galderma's $22-million, 350-job R&D center to be built in north Fort Worth next to its U.S. headquarters. During the past 10 months, Galderma has introduced five new products not sold in the U.S. "There were a lot of (site) options but my heart already was set on Fort Worth," he said "We are building in Fort Worth to be able to better get approval in the U.S., but these products will be sold worldwide."

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Thank(s) you very much: Thanksgiving is less than a month away and Dez and Romo will be here playing those Panthers and some of your kinfolk -- even some from North Carolina-will be invading for Thanksgiving and you KNOW you don't feel like cooking for everybody or even anybody. B2B Insider went to Leanne Green at Ridglea Country Club. She's in charge of keeping members happy and they are verrrrry happy with Chef and the kitchen and especially the coconut pie. Plus the golf, tennis and swimming. But back to your problem with unwanted guests and no Ridglea membership. Leanne talked Chef into a dinner for 10, including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy, cranberry sauce and homemade pie, but not made in your home. You win, you order it and you pick it up Wednesday Nov. 25.  

Cart this art: Mr. B went online to check out the art auction that benefits Camp Fire First Texas An Artists' Christmas event and found a ceramic and stoneware piece that resonated with him. He bid $0.78, which is two hours' Chamber pay. The site resonated back ... "LOL, uproariously."  OK, so Mr. B won't be taking home any of the fabulous artwork donated by mostly local artists and will have to go see it instead from 6-11 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Fort Worth Zoo. Get wild and party like artists and raise money at the same time to support Camp Fire's wonderful youth programming. These are valuable tickets (sans artwork), but Lydia Tovar painted a beautiful picture with two of them for you. 
This is not on thin ice: It only took until mid-October to get below 90 degrees around these parts and about five months for some rain and thunder and lightning. The wait for ice is not so long. The Trinity River Vision Authority's Panther Island Ice, located at Coyote Drive-In, is coming back; the ice rink opens for the holiday season Nov. 20 and you can skate and stumble on the open-area rink any and every day through January 18. You can go as an individual or bring a group for family, birthday or holiday celebrations. B2B asked Mr. Oliver if we could have some more, please, and he came up with a pair of tickets for three readers.

No fruits allowed: Archibald Asparagus and Junior Asparagus may look alike, but are not related. In Veggie Tales name-ology, Asparagus is comparable to Smith. The Asparaguses and Papa Razzi (get it?) will join Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and the rest of eat your Veggie friends Saturday, Nov. 28 at Verizon Theatre. The new, fresh, funny and unforgettable show is called VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things. It's a musical review that celebrates how with help and faith, even little kids can do big things.  One new song, I Love My Lips, is performed by Beet-ox. If you are going to Verizon, you definitely want to be in the suite. Jim Austin tried to say no, but B2B squashed that idea and got two tickets and a VIP parking pass.

Congratulations to October 28 Prize Winners:
  • Mary Ryglewicz, Homewood Suites-Fort Worth Medical Center
  • Bob Luce, American National Services
  • Barbara Higbee, Tarrant Area Food bank
  • Kaleb Curtis, BBVA
  • Mike Roundtree, Zebra Crossing
  • Shirley Rasberry, Meridian Bank Texas
  • Carolyn Phillips, United Way
  • Jerry Bolz, Peloton Commercial Real Estate
  • Peter Lindsay, Sproles Woodard
  • Robert Pollock, Culture Index
  • Kathryn Miller, The Senior Voice
  • Jason Duling, Tyco International
  • Cheri McDuff, Meridan Bank Texas
  • Sean Evans, Merrill Lynch
  • Dave O'Lenick, Sheraton Fort Worth
  • Erin Vader, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Scott Fredricks, Cantey Hanger
  • Steve McCune, McCune Cos.
  • Pepper Sims, Pepper L Specialties

Same name, wrong team: Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Randy White met Washington Redskins fullback John Riggins head on many times during their playing days. So, when White met John Riggins of Comforcare Home Health face-to-face at a seniors expo presented by Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes, White was not fooled. Media man John Fletcher said that White quipped, "I bet you disappoint a lot of people."

Great web name: A dental management/software company that is a client of IDEA Works FW writes a column for

4 stars: The real Adam Jones -- not Bradley Cooper as Adam Jones in the movie Burnt - has "been in the kitchen" a time or two. The owner of Grace didn't waste any time seeing the movie and here is his review as the interim-official B2B Insider movie critic: "Hollywood plays the anger part of the kitchen way up...overblown. Yes, long hours...yes, it's hot...yes, it's, you do not need to belittle people! Glad they got Bradley Cooper to play Adam Jones. (Who wouldn't be?) All the food stuff was right on. Oh, and Sienna Miller playing the girlfriend was perfect." Off that screen, Adam offered, "Bridge of Spies was well done."

Strike it rich!
ZooMeez, founded by marketing guru Kenn Scott, and Alchemy Pops, founded by Carolyn Phillips of the United Way, finished first and second in the Business Assistance Center Business Plan Competition. Kenn said, "The exciting result has fostered amazing introductions and opportunities that can help fulfill the long-term vision of ZooMeez (Exercise DVDs/CDs/App to music for kids 6-under). Fort Worth is a great place to launch this kind of a business and winning the competition has set us up for success."

Skin-tastic: Humberto Antunes, the only Lausanne-ian spending summers in Fort Worth, is CEO of Nestlé Skin Health and Chairman of the Board of Galderma Pharma. He was the featured guest of Mayor Price Is Right's International Luncheon with the Chamber last week at the Omni Hotel.
  •  Antunes said there are more than 3,000 skin diseases and 70 percent of humans are affected. Yikes!
  • Galderma's No. 1 product is Cetaphil, which has grown to more than $4 billion in sales.
  • Teasingly, Antunes said that when you smile, the brain functions differently. You have a "more positive attitude ...Our products make you smile."  
It's time: Raegan Bell of Bell Brothers Moving really needs a getaway. Attempting to win a night's stay at Homewood Suites in B2B Insider, she entered with this plea - "This would mean that my hubby and I could spend some special alone time....SLEEPING!  A rare commodity with four kids. Could you image more than six hours of really sleeping.  A girl can dream."  

Shower the people: Norma Rae Davila of Spectrum Business is assisting on a baby shower for 47 people. 47! If planned well, kid could have clothes until it graduates high school.

There's always HOPE! A company out of Utah is sending about 70 employees to Fort Worth tomorrow through Saturday to give "winner" Hope Center for Autism an extreme makeover. "On Saturday they will do a "Reveal," said HC4A's ED Susan Wood. "We do not have details, but we do know they are remodeling our outdoor play area, our lobby and our motor lab area. They are building a small sensory room and re-doing three or four therapy rooms. (Sounds like a lot of details.) I would love to shout to the world just how amazing it is to have been chosen."

"Great conversation, ladies. Humberto says he can make us look 10 years younger."

                                                -- Mayor Price Is Right at her International Luncheon,
introducing Galderma Chairman of the Board Humberto Antunes
Heartfelt: Great birthday gift for ex-Texas Electric community relations champ Carlos De La Torre. He was discharged from a hospital after open heart surgery to replace a leaking aortic valve. "Life is full of surprises and one must prepare to be open to them," he said. "Never underestimate the power of faith and prayer."

No place like home: How big is home health care? Dave Laurenzo, regional doc, recruiter, franchisor for Synergy Home Care DFW, is looking for 20 caregivers. One of his franchises was named national corporate Rookie of the Year.

Ouch: This from Chamber funster/punster Netty Matthews -"After five years with the same chiropractor, I moved and had to change doctors. It was quite an adjustment."

They need an agent: Teresa and Yolanda and Bric are signing up so many new Chamber members who all want ribbon cuttings because it's valuable and great exposure and fairly inexpensive (similar to Mr. B) and, well, Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables are about as exhausted as this seemingly never-ending sentence. Check out these upcoming ribbon cuttings; there are photos from many Chamber events here. Friday at 11:30, Am-Bass-Adorables are at Boot Barn at 9320 Sage Meadow Trail. Dusty Crawford will be there and that's an apropos Texas name for a boot barn.  Tuesday at 3 p.m., they are at Medifast Weight Control Center, 4867 Bryant Irvin Road, trying to deflategate Mr. B's love handles. And next Wednesday at 4:15, they hope to strike black gold drilling down with the American Association of Professional Landmen at 800 Fournier Street.

It's Electric! Cowtown Cycle Party has jolted its business offerings with guided electric bike tours of the Fort Worth Stockyards and downtown, and a Bike-n-BBQ lunch tour. The bikes are battery operated so you have the option to pedal or not. Cowtown also will be selling the bikes once they move into its new building off Magnolia.

How do they get any work done? Chamber cruisers aren't even back from their fall wine party in Tuscany and already the save $100 early deadline Nov. 10 for next spring's March 31-April 8 trip to Costa del Sol, Spain is upon us. Costa del Sol or 'Sun Coast' runs from the tropical south of Granada to the tip of Tarifa past Gibraltar. Think sandy beaches, year-round sunshine, excellent sporting facilities, a rich history, a lively nightlife and no hurricanes. Click here for more info.

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