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One of these things is not like the other. Can you name the photo that is NOT artificial intelligence? Dr. Douglas Terrier, Chief Technologist at NASA's Johnson Space Center, said in last Friday's Leaders in Business luncheon that "artificial intelligence could overwhelm us in the next decade if we don't stay ahead of it." Gulp! On a more assuring note, Walter Ugalde, Industry Outreach Executive for NASA's Technology Transfer & Commercialization Office, spoke about how you can access JSC's intellectual property portfolio of software, technology and even R&D on the International Space Station.

See the presentation slides here and more luncheon photos from the City Club here.
Click on the links below to enter for prizes

Pegged for great food: Jay Coates (of many colors) and chef O.B. (Macaroni) Luna have some of the freshest ingredients and creative ideas about food at their Pegaso Mexican Diner, even if they didn't spend much time naming the burritos ... Nos. 4, 5 and 6. The food is fabulous in a number of ways, including its Blue Zones health rating. Mr. B favors the brisket and he has had it as a foot-long smorgasbord with The Pegaso Enchilada and Philly-style as a brisket torta. Every day is happy hour -- Nos. 3, 4 and 5 to 6 p.m. Try the coconut wowser! This $50 gift card and three t-shirts should be plenty for three of you to share a number of fresh food highlights.  Use the gift card after 4:30 p.m. May 10 because that's when Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables visit for the "official" re-opening and there will be fresh food for you to get the feel of a fresh new look and fresher menu.

Stories around the camp fire:
Mr. B once went to camp. He loved knocking about, but not being knocked around. This 1960s camp near Orlando had boxing as an activity. We were 12. A shaved-headed kid named Marvin from near Boston was chosen to box B, who lasted 12 seconds, including the count to 10. Everyone nicknamed Marvin "Marvelous" thereafter. You'll have a more marvelous time this Saturday if you attend the FREE Camp El Tesoro preview day in Granbury. Camp Fire First Texas pulls out all the adventurous gear to show what a great time campers have had every summer since 1934. There's archery, canoeing, hiking, crafts, s'mores, NO BOXING, and the new equestrian center, cabins and dining hall. So, B, sounds great, but it's free...where's the giveaway? Oh, right. Whether you show Saturday or not, you could win a 6-day session at Camp El Tesoro overnight camp for a child 6-16 for summer 2016. (Some tiny type applies.)
Texas tech: Jorge Varela, the Assistant Director at TECH Fort Worth, started come-as-you-are, not-so-proper Tech Tuesdays for tekkies at a Magnolia Avenue bar last year. Much like tech, the gathering has exploded in size and idea generation. Nowhere is the tech revolution more apparent than at the home base, TECH Fort Worth, which has an amazing assortment of early-to-late stage tech companies coming to market. TECH Fort Worth will showcase the companies at the annual IMPACT Awards from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 18 at Brown-Lupton on the TCU campus. Approximately 20 companies will exhibit their businesses and a luncheon honoring four of the companies begins at 11:30. If you're a tekkie, you'll want to be beamed up to one of these two seats.

7th heaven: Bites & Flights sounded like it would be the tagline for the Biscotti and pretzels airlines again are serving gratis to passengers. And while that's good, it's not as good as Vestar's West 7th spring Bites & Flights May 15. This is a premier food and wine event because of the many unique restaurants that dot the West 7th area. Angela (not related to Monty or Lydia) Hall has two foodie wristbands and two wine tasting wristbands that enable you to sample from every participating restaurant and visit the Wine Tasting Pagoda, where you will receive a commemorative wine glass and five tickets to sip...or gulp.

Congratulations to April 27 Prize Winners:
  • Allison Nixon, RHSB
  • Dena Walts, Expanco
  • David Milhollon, Heritage Land Bank
  • Cheryl Coon, Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller
  • Susan Stratton, Mary Kay
  • Geoff Shelton, Holt Lunsford Commercial

Tortoise and the 'hear': Bill Fairley of WWK Wealth Advisors might not get rich in "other ways" if he keeps offering newsy items about his lovely wife Julie Hatch of Creative Communications. "Julie participated in alumni events at Texas Wesleyan University, which included a 5K," Bill wrote. "She and two of her sorority sisters from the '80s walked the course. Toward the end, Julie noticed a police car following them a little close. She asked her friends, 'Do you think we're last?', and over the loud speaker of the police car they heard, 'Yes, you are.'"

Spoken from experience: Tim (don't pronounce the K) Knote of Print Pointe has a sales tip for you cold callers that can't get past a gate keeper (pronounce the k). "Call the sales department," Tim said. "Those guys will transfer to anybody."

Whining: After working diligently all day on a franchising info-fair, Sara Waskow of FranNet was lamenting that she "only had wine and cookies for dinner." Soooo ... the problem?

Delaying the inevitable: Kathy Stern of Gorrondona & Associates admits she isn't perfect. With Mother's Day this weekend, her kids are prepared. "They always buy me frozen (floral) arrangements," Kathy said. "They think it saves time for what I manage to do to anything living in mere days."

Getting a decade of credit:
If you didn't win a Mother's Day prize last week, get out the moolah and splurge on the big day and send mom on the Chamber's fall trip to Ontario and Quebec. It's October 1-8, 2016. Ontario and Quebec have everything from spectacular natural wonders and fabulous scenery to beautiful old towns and the delights of culture-driven modern cities. Click here for a detailed itinerary and a reservation form. This would count for a decade of Mother's Day gifts.

[On management] "I learned not to scream ... that slow, gentle pressure works. I learned that on the farm growing up while herding cows back to the barn."

                                                -- Wade Wallace,
Regional President, Southwest Bank
Hi ya'll: Be friendly to tourists. Mayor Price Is Right says sales taxes are 22 percent of the city's budget.

Getting the lowdown: Sunny Lowe of Blue Jean Networks, the Chamber's Small Business of the Year in the 1-10 employee category, says metrics are important for any business. "But it takes two years to get the right metrics...just own up to it." Sunny says it's OK to go Lowe-life and steal metrics from other successful entities.

Will work for pay:
Tucker Mullens, sales and development manager at staffer Key Personnel, which accommodated 844 hires last year, has some job hunting tips, especially during 4-ish percent unemployment:
  • If you're not sure, go to the interview over-dressed rather than under-dressed or not dressed;
  •  Be concise -- three, maybe four previous jobs listed with one or two sentences max for each.
  • Use an online template for guidance. There are many good ones so you have no excuse.
  • Job hopping is not good. Job gaps are worse. Better have good reasons.
  • Managers, "if everything looks great on paper and you're gut feeling says no, nine out of 10 times you're probably right."
Free cookies: If you want free cookies and snacks, head to shred your papers (also free) next Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Lee Johnson Capital Management.

Term is more uplifting? Chad Snyder of Collier's was listening to a presentation from Susan Shaw about life insurance. "The term Variable Life," he told her, "just seems so depressing."

The Besties: Tomorrow is the luncheon for the Chamber's 2016 Best Workplaces for Women Award(s), founded by Women Influencing Business and presented by the College of Business at University of Texas at Arlington. The finalists in three categories vying for top workplace at the City Club are: Small businesses -- Balcom Agency; PeopleFund and Skyline Sector 5; Medium businesses -- Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains; The National Bank of Texas and United Way of Tarrant County; Large businesses -- BDO USA, NAS Fort Worth JRB and Texas Wesleyan University.

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