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Last Wednesday members of the East Area Council attended an informative luncheon at the C.R. Smith Museum. Guests were generously provided free admission and were permitted full access to the museum's features: interacting with exhibits, viewing flight paraphernalia dating back to the 30's, stepping inside a remodeled aircraft, and the opportunity to watch a simulation video. Members also had the pleasure of listening to Sean Donohue, CEO, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, who discussed updates about the latest developments at DFW Airport including new business opportunities and updated predictions for the economic effects here in DFW. L to R: Pamela Seddio, Tommy Dold, Kelly Ripkowski and Samantha Daggett, all with Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth.

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Jack & Jackie: Ten years ago, Fort Worth Opera did a business plan pivot, leaving behind a regular schedule of performances for one Festival, three operas performed over 16 days during 2016. On April 23, its altos, baritones and the like sing proof of the success of the Festival concept by debuting the first of its Opera of the Americas initiatives -- the world premiere of JFK by the acclaimed creative duo David Little and Royce Vavrek. The Fort Worth Opera is calling it The Hopeful Night Before The Fateful Day; it's the final evening spent by the 35th President of the United States before he was assassinated in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963. The opera is set in downtown Fort Worth's historic Hotel Texas, now the Hilton Fort Worth. The opera recounts moments from the couple's personal (room 850) and political lives. There are three shows, April 23, May 1 and May 7, and Sheran Keyton was key to getting two tickets for the 7:30 performance May 7.
Holy & Moly! Millions of you will be heading to Sundance Square during April, for grand openings, festivals and food. Baked into your visit should be the Nestlé Toll House Cafe, which is Mr. B's new favorite office space. Ah, the smell of melting chocolate chips in the morning. The next week (April 14-17) is the world's second-greatest arts festival and who wouldn't want to be part of the magic of MAIN ST. ARTS FESTIVAL on Sundance Square. And if it gets too warm, saunter over to the Plaza for a little misting. Sundance marketing goddess Tracy Gilmour knows how nice it is to have a little spending money when Sundancin' and she has you Squared away with this $100 SS-only gift card.

Sell with cell: If you are a "relationship" service provider, you probably like being face-to-face. So get a load of this facial assault provided by McKee Smith of Modern Media Answers. For $50, you won't be just any Smith or Jones. McKee will develop an animated email signature -- your picture animated into a cell phone, tablet or laptop for the bottom of your emails.  Three winners will get face time with McKee and if you're not a technical selfie, he'll get you set up. If you don't win, be on the lookout for his offer of a member-to-member discount at the Chamber website.

Soft spoken: There are many fundraisers, thousands and thousands, and they get recycled and recycled.  Three-year-old Fort Worth Bike Sharing will be cycling out its first and it's rather different. Milli Vanilli copycats compete with their best non-vocals in the first Lip Sync Battle; proceeds will go toward the First Mile Program, which provides training and memberships for low-income and transit-dependent individuals in Fort Worth. Dinner, drinks and lots of low-end drama are April 21 at 6:30 at Brix. Tickets go on sale April 1, but B2B Insider can spoke your date night for two.

Congratulations to March 23 Prize Winners:
  • Ashley Neill, Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
  • Trey Cure, H&R Block
  • Natalie Ayala Moore, City of Fort Worth
  • Lucy Carrion-Barnes, The Women's Center of Tarrant County
  • Shay Dial Johnson, Goodwill Industries
  • Carolyn Holt, Royer & Schutts
  • Mathew Thomas, HKS

Eight is (never) enough: The father of Bob Akin, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the M.J. Neeley School of Business at TCU, recently had a hole-in-one on the 15th hole at Mira Vista Country Club. Bob Akin Sr. used a six iron on the 165-yard hole. It was his EIGHTH hole-in-one! One of his playing partners was former TCU football coach F.A. Dry (1977-1982).

Wading into mo' money: Because Boss Miserly Mistress has barricaded every Mr. B attempt at a raise, he went to the Chamber Board Treasurer and asked for money. Wade Wallace, Regional President of Southwest Bank, said no, but offered up important skills to Mr. B and some Vision Fort Worthers during a mentor "Table of 10" luncheon at Los Vaqueros that make you better at work and higher paid. "1) Know who you are; 2) Understand others; 3) Talk about your vision, your ideas and your leadership."   

Employees are en-Title-d: Chris Baker, owner of Small Business of the Year The Baker Firm - Fidelity National Title, has cooked up great gifts to create a family office environment. It costs some dough, though. Fidelity has lunches brought in a few times a month, along with occasional mobile car washes and massages. Annually, there is a company trip/vacation. During a recent Chamber breakfast at Joe T Garcia's, he had (at least) two interesting ideas about hiring:
  • "There is a lot of stress around (real estate) closing time. The end of the month is like a rock concert. We try to hire smart, friendly, thick-skinned people."
  • "We pay more for receptionists, who are the first impression, the face of our company. And we tell them there is plenty of opportunity to be promoted."
Some guys have all the luck: Ricky McBride of Denke CPA, having his full of eats, was leaving a recent Chamber event when he heard the call for attention to do prize drawings. "Might as well hang on a minute and see if I won," he said. He did...a bottle of (non-taxable) wine.

Holy testimonial: The Chamber's Job Links Excelerator, next up April 6 at Fort Worth Housing Solutions, received this endorsement from Zoey Murzyn at Catholic Charities of Fort Worth -- "Job Links is the No. 1 way I've been able to share our message." The Excelerator is must-attend for HR folks and job posters.

Started up for startups: The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business has launched an interdisciplinary Certificate in Entrepreneurship that can be earned as a stand-alone certificate or by current UTA students as part of their degree plans.

Happy birthday: MedStar is 30 and celebrating April 1. No fooling! You can drop by its new 85,000-square-foot facility on Alta Mere that day from 4-7 p.m. for tours, games, food, drinks, bounce houses, balloons and free CPR training.

"We do everything your favorite daughter would do."

                                                -- Steve Troy, President, Synergy Home Care DFW,
on the firm's in-home services
Firing line: Deans do get fired, though not so often as college football and basketball coaches. "The biggest transitional thing for Deans," said TCU Neeley School of Business Dean (He's a Homer) Ereksen, "is new leadership that decides to go in a different direction. Otherwise, it's more voluntary departures. What is really nice at TCU is the stability of the leadership...and the stability of values."

Running numbers: Rosalind Sullivan loves thrift shopping. She has been in accounting 30 years with the Chamber, most of it being thrifty. The last 11 years, she dutifully has written Mr. B a monthly check for $1.69 (39 cents x 4.33 weeks). Always on time, too. The Poly High grad says the biggest receivable recorded in her time with the Chamber was during the development of the University of Texas at Arlington's Research Institute (UTARI) when funding passed through the Chamber Foundation.

Why Leads Groups work, No. 3171: Lupe Zamora with Zamora Construction arrived with his family for dinner at Buffalo West at 10 p.m. (Who eats at 10 p.m.?) The Buffalo West kitchen had just closed, but owner Paul McKinney, a fellow Texas Tornados Leads Group member, saw Lupe and made arrangements to open and serve the group.

Don't forget your toothbrush: Julie Webber with Williams Trew seems to have been worried from the get-go about 24-year-old son Drew's live-a-little excursion to Australia. He has been there since October, and after having stayed at hostels, is carving out some real estate in the back of an old Land Rover in which he put a mattress. Like any mother, she worries; unlike most mothers, she is mostly worried about "snakes ... the weird, poisonous stuff."

Pain , pain, go away: Today is Doctors' Day. We're most thankful that they have an Rx for most everything.

Attention dawdlers! And today is the last day to enter the Chamber's Best Workplaces for Women. Fill out an application here.

Hopping with scissors: Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will be croaking with excitement, tasting the frog legs...oops, delicious frozen yogurt treats Friday at noon during a ribbon cutting at SweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt, 8825 Tenaha Ridge Parkway. Tuesday, they visit women's fashion retailer Maurices at 2245 Porter Creek Dr. Featured entertainment is Steve Miller singing The Joker.


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