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More than 200 young professionals attended Vision Fort Worth's annual YP Night at the Rodeo. The feastivities kicked off at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame where guests enjoyed bites from The Capital Grille Fort Worth, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers - University Dr., and Corner Bakery Café and then they moseyed over to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

L to R: Nikki Stanley, Frost Bank; Tony Prenger, Pinnacle Bank; Jeka Sisco, Healthways, Inc.; Staci Kirpach, EMIT Strategies & Solutions;  Matt Daugherty, Wells Fargo; and Kristen Marcum, Buxton.

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Networking with the stars: Fort Worth Business and Community Foundation of North Texas are sponsoring a business breakfast at 7:30 Feb. 17 at the Fort Worth Club. It's called leveraging your network for success. The panel is fabulous -- Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin and newly announced deputy executive vice president for mission systems and training (This may be her last day in Fort Worth, where she oversaw the F-35 program.); Elva (not Marcelle) LeBlanc, president of Tarrant County College-Northwest Campus; Luddy Arias, senior manager, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway; and Debbie Cooley, president of M-Pak. Lauren Vay at FW Business leveraged us with a seat for two readers. 

Friends ... w/out Jennifer Aniston: Mr. B and the Prospective Ms. B are taking her talkative niece Bquietforonce to Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend and we're looking to B-friend Rosita and Abby Cadabby, who we don't know. Old friends Bert, Ernie, Elmo, Oscar and Big Bird will be there, too. Rosita is new and bilingual, a perfect performer for Texas, and Abby is a new "fairy in training." Visiting the Street is Chamki, Grover's friend from India. Sesame is at Verizon Theater for a few shows and Norma at has two tickets for the jimaustinonline suite Sunday Feb. 21 at 4:30, which includes parking in a jimaustinonline spot.
Step-by-step, slowly I turn: This actually is The 39 Steps, a wild, wacky whodunit from Hitchcock (film version) with 150 characters played by 12 talented students of Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, a program of Texas Center for Arts + Academics. The 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play is packed with nonstop laughs, a plane crash, missing fingers and some good, old-fashioned romance! Katoiya Bell at the Academy rang up two sets of four tickets for performances Feb. 19 or 20.

Tugging at heartstrings: There are 21 Tarrant County members in the American Heart Association's Circle of Red: 20 kind-hearted, community-minded women and the 1-and-only John Roach. The 2016 Go Red for Women luncheon Feb. 26 at the Hilton Fort Worth unites women and men in the nonprofit's endeavor to prevent heart disease and stroke. Mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk; heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. AHA's Jas was jazzed about providing a seat for two readers and they might get heart-felt hugs from the event's Passion Committee co-chairs, Bric Shelton of the Chamber and Bridget Shelton of Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown.

Congratulations to Feb. 3 Prize Winners:
  • Karen Abernathy, CliftonLarsenAllen
  • Jane Cohen, Interstar PR
  • Ricky McBride, Denke CPA
  • Lisa Logan, Northern Realty Group
  • Mark Brown, Wortham Insurance
  • Maggie Jones, Center for Transitioning Lives
  • Amanda Osburn, Southwest Bank

Atten-HUT! Last Saturday, Betty Harvey, the Chamber's Director of Workforce Development / Military and Veteran Affairs, was inducted as Honorary Commander of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base - Fort Worth by the 301st Fighter Wing. Betty is great to hang with, a fabulous wing-woman. She says "it is a 2-year commitment. I will be paired with a commander and be a civilian liaison between businesses and the base. It includes attending ceremonies and a variety of activities."

Who knew!
"I was 12 or 13 and I danced with Patrick Swayze." That's a daily dusk-to-dawn memory for Dr. Stevie Dawn of Stevie Dawn Inspires. The leadership coach and trainer won a dance competition way back when at the Houston dance school of Swayze's mother. Patrick, who had surged to stardom the year before in Dirty Dancing, happened to be in the studio and took the winner on a victory dance lap.

She talks, he listens: David Bloxom, owner of Speed Fab-Crete Corp. Intl., is married to Julia, who was an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University and Tarrant County College on Russian and contemporary European literature. "I over-married," David admitted.  

They're legit: What did winning the Chamber's Small Business of the Year 1-10 employee category in 2015 mean to Precision Energy Products? "98 percent of our business is international," said CFO Lisa Cobb. "Having a Chamber award really legitimized us." Winners will be announced next Tuesday during the Mayor's State of the City luncheon.

It's official: David Berzina, economic development with the Chamber, officially has a new dance partner from the City of Fort Worth. Gone is assistant title. Gone is interim title. Congrats to Robert Sturns, the city's Economic Development director.

Why we staycation: The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau's annual meeting breakfast was last week at the Hilton Fort Worth. Approximately 500 people were themed "All In" (#allinfortworth) and heard how Fort Worth is attracting 8.5 million visitors.
  • Five percent of visitors are international, yet they are 16 percent of the spending and $1.9 billion in direct economic impact.
  •  About 19,350 jobbers serve those 8.5 million visitors.
  • CVB CEO Bob Jameson says Fort Worth is meeting growing demand with another convention center hotel, an expanded convention center and the new multi-purpose arena.
  • The CVB honored five museums in the Cultural District - Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Guest speaker Doug Lansky, an international tourism thought leader, was a laugh-a-minute speaker; a sensational surprise at the event's conclusion was singer Luke Wade singing Stand By Me with the First St. John's Praise Team.
No Leaf Left Behind: Tarleton State University's Department of Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences and Botanical Research Institute of Texas will begin collaborating to jointly support their interests in bio-diversity and sustainability education.

Marlon on "Hey, Stella!" You probably already have heard that the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents FRANK STELLA: A RETROSPECTIVE April 17-Sept. 4. The exhibition showcases Stella's stellar career to date, approximately 100 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures and drawings. So, B2B Insider has some tie-in suggestions for the Magnolia at The Modern movie series -- A Streetcar Named Desire, Stella (the Bette Midler version), Stella Dallas and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

"There's not a greater ambassador on the global stage than Mayor Price for Fort Worth. 'Howdy, ya'll' melts an audience."

                                                -- Sean Donohue
CEO, DFW International Airport
Droning on: You high fliers with your drones should know it is against the law in Texas to perform intentional "surveillance," according to Cantey Hanger aviation attorney Bryan David. "Surveillance, however, is not defined by the statute." David says it would be another misdemeanor to post illegal surveillance on something such as YouTube.

Towering above others:
The design of Fort Worth Alliance Airport's control tower is arty awesome. So arty that it's one of only three American airport towers on display at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for the Art of the Airport Tower exhibit.

Can you hear me now? A huge Chamber membership event is coming to a phone near you Feb. 23-24. Teams of heavyweight community peeps and business celebs will compete and make calls to help increase membership. Reagan Ferguson of Pressman Printing and Bill Fairley of WWK Wealth Advisors are two of the 45 competing team captains. "I pay more than Reagan," Bill said. If you have a non-member lead to share, send it to the Chamber membership mavens.

This item has bite: Those crowns, dentures or new molars you have or may be getting most likely are made by a 3D printer. (Wonder if their printers ALWAYS are low on ink?) Century 21 Judge Fite realtor Cindy Byers says her husband just had a tooth replaced with one from a 3Der. You still need a human tooth fairy to paint your new tooth a near matching color.

Not blowing smoke: The city's Fort Worth Convention Center is hosting the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo Texas Feb. 27-28. Wow, man, the marketing brochure doesn't mention sampling. 

Cock-a-doodling: Hillwood's Reid Goetz celebrated Halloween about nine months early during a "rock star" video shoot. He sported a reddish/orange rooster haircut/wig. The video celebrated the four recipients of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors' Young Citizen Award.

Running with scissors: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables had better be careful this week and stick to cutting ribbons. If not, they might own a house or be selling one. Tomorrow, the cuties are at Remax Pinnacle Group, 4255 Bryant Irvin Road, and they will have their choice of two, three or four bedrooms with a side of fruit and cookies. Friday (no rest for the weary), they are morning peeps with a 9:45 meet and greet at Champions School of Real Estate, 6324 Waverly Way. The school grows Sprouts into Champions.


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