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Last week, Vision Fort Worth hosted its monthly Table of 10 breakfast, catered by Corner Bakery Cafe at the Livestock Exchange in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. State Representative Matt Krause was the mystery mentor and shared his experience in politics and business, and how he balances that with having a family of six and counting.  His optimism and passion to serve the Fort Worth community have propelled him to excel at age 35.  Key advice?  "Remember that whatever position you are in is about service and having an influence on people."  He is already thinking ahead regarding issues that may face Fort Worth in the next ten years.

L to R: Kendall Luther, American Heart Association; Michael Mischloney, Weaver; Ronnie De Manna, BB&T; Rep. Matt Krause; Travis Hopkins, Frost Insurance; Leah Stout, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; Jared Treesh, Worthington National Bank; Margo Herrera, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; and Lauren Tevis, Amon Carter Museum

Vision members, register for the next "Table of 10" here .
Click on the links below to enter for prizes

Ricky Nelson for $100: Mr. B has got the music in him and he is planning some concert-going, courtesy of some vouchers he found in his mailbox from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Its summer sensational Concerts in the Garden start June 3 and Mr. B is thinking Beatles? Pink Floyd? A little Jazz? Or maybe hometown fav Green River Ordinance? What? No way! Prize treasure(r) Miss Monta informs that these two vouchers, each good for two adult lawn tickets to a 2016 Concerts in the Garden performance, are for you, the B2B Insider readers. You will be singing along with one of your favorites. (Reading the tiny type from Tamara Clement, there only are a few blackout dates, including Star Wars, Eagles and some fireworks.)

Service with a smile:
Chuck Bouligny of Ascend Concepts, a branding/marketing strategy company, says "to think from your clients' perspectives. It's what they want, not what you want." Ascend Concepts designed this year's Chamber June 14 Annual Meeting invitation, Political Pandamonium, just the way the Chamber wanted. And if you want to give Chuck and his Ascend Concepts partner Chris all your business perspectives, then tell them what you want when you win this seat at their table for the funniest Chamber Annual Meeting in the U.S.
More on branding: The Prospective Ms. B dragged Mr. B hisownself to one of her wine tours from Johnson City to Fredericksburg last month and on the way, right about where 281 meets 6 at Hico, stopped off at Sloan Brands because that steak on its website was the best-looking one she ever had seen. Welder (Dean) Walker said sorry, you've got to bring your own steak, but we can stake you to the finest monogrammed steak brand in the USA. Imagine your Dad (Father's Day is a-coming) branding his grilled greatness with his initials or the family logo or maybe Texas itsownself. Dean can make it happen. He's also throwing in a rough cedar display board and cutting board.

A pick-me-up: Bonnie Braxton hears some tittering when she mentions that she works at LT Men's Clinic. Just think of the 30-second elevator speech possibilities, "they" say, though clueless Mr. B doesn't understand. The explanation: When you're LT, low testosterone, not Ladanian Tomlinson, you need more testosterone to maintain muscle bulk, adequate levels of red blood cells, bone growth and a sense of well-being, according to WebMD.  OK, so that's the online, G-rated version. There's more, and to help out, Bonnie and LT are offering an in-office testosterone check. A chance for guys to check their health for the LT (long term).

Congratulations to May 25 Prize Winners:
  • Donna Bromfield-day, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Michael Barnett, Sterling, Barnett, Little
  • Keith Hollar, Auldridge-Griffin
  • Angela Hall, Vestar
  • John Porhamer, Cowtown Insurance
  • John Schissler, Chicken Salad Chick
  • Tara Tibbetts, Peloton Land Solutions

Free is our favorite word: Yes, the musician Delfeayo Marsalis that opened last month's Third Thursday Jazz at the Fort Worth Library is the brother of Wynton and Branford. Fort Worth Jazz Legends Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, King Curtis and Cornell Dupree are featured June 16 at 6:30 at the Central Library. It's free.

Playin' the oldies: Sherry Green of Technology Team has five albums produced by long-ago D/FW radio station KZEW. "You still have a record player?" she was asked. "Yes," Sherry said. "We also still have a reel-to-reel."

Dogs work at night? Preston Wayman knows logistics, and not because he was the leader of Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables and all their running around with scissors. Preston heads Purolator International in this market. Purolator once had oil filters, but today only is a delivery service. Preston says he has arranged deliveries by dogsled (Antarctica) and by donkeys (Himalayas).

Lee Rogers, head of his namesake company, is one of the Rushmores of Fort Worth advertising/marketing. He says he had some alternatives to The Rogers Group name including ad nauseam, ad valorem, ad dictive, ad hoc, ad hesive, ad ulterate, ad lib and ad infinitum.

Chang gang: Greeter, glad-hander Sam Shafeeq at P.F. Chang's China Bistro was asked by an eater if he were Mr. Chang hisownself. Said Sam I Am: "No, I'm Mr. Indian Chang."

(The fake) Dear Abby: Some co-working space etiquette -- Mr. B learned this (chicken) nugget at IDEA Works, which presumably also is standard for coffee shops: One ear bud in/one ear bud out means a person is available to talk. Two ear buds in is a Do Not Disturb signal. In a related etiquette dessert, a person eating alone in a restaurant and reading a magazine is approachable; one reading a book is a danger zone for interlopers.

"A good lead for me is any business; we've never walked into a business that didn't have office furniture."

                                                -- Bob Lutz
American National Services
Excuses, excuses: Lee Johnson Capital Management is located in the tower across from Ridglea Country Club. LJCM's Maureen Maidlow drives -- 600 feet, maybe? -- to events at the club. "I usually have to put something in my car anyway," she said...seriously.

Arrow points up:
Andrew Feghali, in the process of launching Aero Blaze, an aerospace component testing laboratory, won the University of Texas at Arlington version of Shark Tank. That qualified him for the 2016 Business Assistance Center Business Plan Competition, which is taking applications now.

No sub-stitutes:
Angela Boone of Fort Worth Gasket & Supply says EVERY U.S. submarine has her company's gaskets.

He could sell and install? Chris Bateman went from a line man to sales for Spectrum Business. "I know what you need," he said, "and I only sell you what you need."

Read this! About 60 percent of Fort Worth Can Academy female students are single moms. So the high school started an Early Childhood Development Center. Development guy (money, not literacy) Vince Nelson says with daily literacy lessons, a 3- or 4-year-old can learn to read in 2-to-3 weeks.

Just sayin': If a guy named Scott Robertson calls on behalf of the Chamber, he is calling on behalf of the Chamber. Scott is the man with the plan for Target Marketing, which is publishing an updated, 4-color Greater Fort Worth Map and Resource Guide for 2017. 

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