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Congressman Joe Barton spoke at last week's Leaders in Government luncheon at the Petroleum Club of Fort Worth. Barton highlighted his recent work in ending the export ban on crude oil, which allowed the first export since the 1975 ban to leave U.S. shores for Switzerland last December. OPEC, the international council regulating oil prices, is no longer in control of the market, according to Barton. The move intends to counteract any OPEC production limits and allow Texas to compete internationally. L to R: Mark Nurdin, Bank of Texas; Congressman Joe Barton; John Gonzales, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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He knows real estate: Dallas Cowboys fans are atwitter (@emmittsmith22) that Emmitt Smith is rambling to Fort Worth's Omni Hotel as the guest speaker for The Salvation Army's annual Doing The Most Good Luncheon. Emmitt did the most good for the Cowboys, becoming the NFL's all-time rushing leader with 18,355 yards. The Salvation Army does the most good in many different ways for individuals and families around the world. From noon-1:30 April 12, The Salvation Army's Nancy Woodson is doing the most good for two B2B Insider readers, who will get to support the red kettle brigade with seats at the luncheon.

A lot of tired elbows:
One of the factors in the crowning of the Brewfest Games champion before Brewfest on Crockett starts is "ensuing hilarity and costumes." Seems as if there would be more ensued hilarity if the Brewfest Games were post- Brewfest on Crockett, when you've already used those two drink tickets each team member receives. Nonetheless, the two Brews are April 23 at West 7th. From noon-to-5 p.m., teams of four will make their way through a relay course consisting of games, including flip cup, pong, corn hole, bouncy ball, "Dizzy Lizzy" and more. From 5 p.m. onward, it's the bands, opening with Big Mike Richardson and closing with Poo Live Crew (on brew?). Angela (not related to Lydia or Monty) Hall has your team of four to Brewfest Games, which includes those drink tickets for Brewfest on Crockett, access to a VIP lounge with snacks, and a one-hour game card at The Main Event in Fort Worth.
She's no softie: Mr. B always thought White Collar crime was perpetrated by those dastardly shirt manufacturers that have blue, green and yellow shirts with white collars and cuffs. Mr. B still has his blue one from 1994 neatly pressed and bagged and hanging and never worn. He is about to find out the true White Collar meaning when Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson is featured during the April 13 Business for Breakfast Series hosted by Fort Worth Business at the Fort Worth Club. White Collar Crime: Impact on your Business is moderated by Editor Robert Francis and Shivaun Palmer. Hmm, two on one ... a crime in the making? B2B Insider's bet is with the DA. Lauren (oy) Vay has breakfast and a seat for two readers.

Strap this on: It's In The Bag is probably what Northern Iowa was thinking against Texas A&M basketball in the NCAAs or Utah and Houston are thinking with Dallas Mavericks Chandler Parsons out for the season. Around these parts, though, It's In The Bag is the bestest display of bags, ladies, and officially known as the luncheon and auction for The Ladder Alliance. The nonprofit provides female victims of domestic violence and low-income women with the tools to lead self-reliant, independent and successful lives. The lunch is Friday, April 22, at Ridglea Country Club, emceed by NBC 5 news anchor Deborah Ferguson. Kelli (not related to Miranda) Lambert bagged one seat for a B2B Insider reader.

Fit, fitter, fittest: Mr. B was worn out just reading all the fitness activities offered at Orangetheory Fitness at Montgomery Plaza. Stud(io) manager Clint Shumate has you switching between treadmills, indoor rowing and weight room/resistance training blocks. The thinking is you won't be bored ... if you survive. And you'll be tight, pitted and marbled, your acting career will take off and you will be promoted within two weeks. None of that is guaranteed, just a hint from Clint. No skin flint, Clint came up with a package that includes four sessions, an OTF duffle bag, water bottle, workout towel and OTF accessories.

Congratulations to March 30 Prize Winners:
  • Kim Satz, TCU
  • Julia Buswold, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • Steve McCune, McCune Construction
  • David Cox, Goodwill Industries
  • Susan Jones, Credit Card Guy
  • Jason Duling, Tyco Integrated Security

Post haste: NAS Joint Reserve Base Commander Michael Steffen grew up on a farm in Virginia. "One day, F4 Phantoms were flying over our farm," he said. "I thought that looked like more fun than digging fence posts."

Brown sugar: Carol Bane of Advantage Supply has a chocolate lab that is a Champion Hunt Retriever. Nicknamed Tater, her real name is Sweet Potato Pie and she goes very well with (glazed) duck.   

Separated at birth: Mitch Whitten, marketing veep at the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Harry Hadden-Patton (Lord Bertie Pelham, husband of Lady Edith on PBS's Downton Abbey).

Massage is the MVP message: Steve Looney, the founder of 10-year-old Fort Worth Marathon, won more than 300 trophies as a judo competitor, trainer and coach. During the 1999 Texas Rangers' pennant-winning season, he was the personal sports massage therapist for catcher Pudge Rodriguez, the league's Most Valuable Player that year.

By the numbers: Kristi Raney explained that Ventavia Research Group, a Chamber Small Business of the Year winner among Emerging Businesses, finds patients and conducts trials for pharmaceutical companies. Oddly enough, Kristy, the Ventavia CFO, failed accounting in college, dropped the class and changed majors. For extra spending money, Mr. B has enrolled in one of Ventavia's trials ... a drug that burns fat from love handles.

Or before the boss yells at him: Allen Spinner of Technology Team has this desk item somewhere between the size of a buffalo wooden nickel and a circular coaster. Printed on the circular item is Tuit. It's a reminder to do things when he gets a "round Tuit."

Buck stops here: Marty and Sandy Rew own Home Instead senior care. The husband and wife  incentivize employee caregivers with Buck-A-Rews.  They are awarded when Home Instead receives a compliment from a client, or a caregiver takes an extra day or weekend shift or ... The Buck-A-Rews are redeemed for prizes at quarterly meetings.

"Grandchildren are one of the few things in life not overrated."

                                                -- Carolyn Bennis
wife of Peter Bennis, President of Pinnacle Bank
Getting to be a habit(at): The sound of hammers and chain saws downtown that continues through Saturday is XTO Energy, in partnership with Trinity Habitat for Humanity, building its seventh Habitat home in Sundance Square. More than 200 XTO employees and family members will build Lasham/Roi's home. Wonder what the rent would be if the home actually were in the Square.

High interest rate: Credit Card Guy Dane Young makes claim to be the No. 1 Seattle Seahawks fan in north Texas. He is still awaiting his invite to quarterback Russell Wilson's wedding, but did manage to honor the quarterback on his engagement announcement to Ciara, who finally will get a last name.

Senior smorgasbord: Kathryn Rotter, assistant to Tarrant County Judge Glenn Whitley, is SHOUTING OUT about the Senior Synergy Expo from 8:30-1:30 p.m. May 5 at Will Rogers - Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. Senior Synergy Expo offers health and dental screenings, blood pressure and vision testing, fall risk/ balance assessments, mammograms and much more, including free lunch and even more valuable, free parking, if you register before April 28. There are workshops on healthy eating, Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, and aging gracefully. Facebook's Ana Martinez is the keynote speaker. Everyone knows the kiddos have abandoned Facebook, leaving it for us seniors.

Friendly norther: In B2B Insider's never-ending quest to save you dollars, you can buy this trip by April 15 and save $100. The Chamber's fall trip is to Ontario and Quebec from Oct. 1-8 and the approximate $3,100 fare includes seven nights' accommodation, sightseeing, meals and airfare from D/FW International Airport. The tour visits the province of Ontario, the lively, modern city of Toronto and the inspiring spectacle of Niagara Falls. In Quebec, you will visit the beautiful French knock-off cities of Montreal and Quebec City. Click here for more info or contact Monta for inquiries.

Go figure:  Which is better ... Fat with more jobs or skinny with fewer jobs? WalletHub says Fort Worth/Dallas is the 15th Fattest Metro Area in the U.S., yet we're Top 10 for jobs for yoga, personal trainers and nutritionists.

Running with scissors: DO NOT invite Mr. B anywhere Friday at 1 p.m. -- not that you would -- because Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will be ribbon cutting at Nestle Toll House Café/Red Mango Sundance Square. They may be cuttin', but B will be dunkin' delicious chocolate chip cookies into aromatic Nestle's coffee. Tuesday is Steve Looney tunes day (see item above) for a cross-the-finish-line race to Fort Worth Marathon. And next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Am-Bass-Adorables showcase Project 4031, an end-of-life service nonprofit named after Isaiah 40:31. 

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