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Chamber members welcomed new Fort Worth med school Dean Dr. Stuart Flynn at last week's Leaders in Business luncheon at City Club of Fort Worth. He says UNTHSC / TCU graduates will have "empathy, communication skills, humanism, understand evolving technology and collaborative approaches, appreciate life-long learning and provide service to the community."
Pictured are L to R: Nick Karanges, Fort Worth Business; Dr. Stuart Flynn, Dean of UNTHSC/TCU M.D. School; and Shawn Snell, Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth.

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Get aboard this train: Toyota and Kubota have moved their U.S. headquarters to north Texas. Additionally, Asian investors are targeting $4 billion to build a high-speed rail train from Houston to Dallas to Fort Worth for Texas Central. Fort Worth isn't part of the plan ... yet. But when Texas Central Railway CEO Tim Keith brought investors to Fort Worth for a look-see, he went to Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House. The Tuna Tartare and the Wagyu Tomahawk Chop are huge sellers and scored well with the visitors. (Mr. B knew that chop from his no-classes, all-football days at Florida State. He, too, was dining at Del's that night from the valet stand.) Del Frisco's was the perfect place for Keith and his investor friends. Word is the investors bought in and the bullet train IS coming to Fort Worth. Plan is for it to dock daily at the valet stand in front of Del's. This dinner for two will dock you at THE place for steak.

Pooling resources: The incredible Pulliam Pool at the B Mansion Senior Folks homestead is closed. Nothing to do with the pool's greatness. The city says the community watering hole doesn't have some kind of safety somethin' somethin' at the gates for kids, though there hasn't been anyone under 60 at the pool in 10 years. So the Bs will be traveling to your pool with this incredible patriotic July 4th giftpalooza from Debra Smith and Lisa Graves at Pulliam. The  red, white and blue Flag-motif items included are two sizes of bowls, a serving tray, table decorations and hanging décor, cooking supplies, plates, cups, cutlery and placemats, dish towels, small U.S. flags for decorations and all of it in a big metal tub suitable for icing drinks.
 
Everything it's cracked up to be: The No. 1 tip for summer from Abigail Hardee at Handyman Matters is to have proper maintenance of your home's foundation. Constant moisture levels around the foundation reduce the likelihood of cracks appearing in the drywall, especially around doors and windows. Sounds great, until you get that water bill. Make sure you don't water on days you can't. Ouch! Here is something to reduce the potential pain. Handyman Matters, which can do 1162 different jobs on your Honey-Do list, is offering two hours of professional craftsman work by a background-checked company employee.

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Cheers: Jay Coates (of Many Colors) made margaritas of many flavors and mucho sippable during his Pegaso Mexican Diner presentation to the Chamber's Cowtown Leads (Lushes?) Group, which meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. The meeting was shakin' with regular, jalapeno and pineapple margaritas. Jay says fresh limes are paramount; for flavored margaritas, he says to use 1/2 ounce less of water and add the preferred ingredient for flavoring. Jay also announced his bricks and mortar diner now has its first food truck.

Healthcare 2025:
The first class of UNTHSC / TCU Medical School graduates will begin practicing at the quarter century mark and new med school Dean Dr. Stuart Flynn has some Kreskin-ite thoughts on the medical environment.
  • One in five people will be 65 or older; 90 percent of those will have a chronic disease.
  •  Health ailments and medicines will be tracked by bio-sensors.
  • Lab and imaging results will be to your physician before your doctor's appointment. Your physician should spend more quality time with you.
  • Patient will be the focus of care, not the physician.
  • There will be chips in the cap of your prescription bottle with medication instructions, refill notices and the ability to alert a family member if you've missed taking your medicine. 
Clucking over this: Naomi W. Byrne, President of Fort Worth Housing Solutions, has about 100 chickens that she is raising. Asked if she eats a lot of chicken, she said, "Not the chickens so much ...yet. But we do eat lots of eggs."

Do-it-yourselfer does it herownself:
Alexis Nguyen long has had the entrepreneurial bug. So she left Burlington Northern Santa Fe to work at TECH Fort Worth and to be invested in the entrepreneurial ecosphere at the Guinn Center. She has launched and continues building a website that allows do-it-yourselfers to share info and prices. The site then links you to a store for purchases.

Signs of the times: Glenn Monroe, Tarrant County President of Northstar Bank, says his bank and Southside Bank fight for sign supremacy in their fraternal twin towers at I-30 and University. "We just increased the size of ours; it's up to Tim (Carter, Southside President) to respond."

Sign up:
More businesses must be because Roger Carroll of Cowtown Graphics & Signs says revenues are up 75 percent year to date.

Self employed no free lunch: Greg Heitzman bought Performing Ads Company from long-time owner Greg Ricks. Heitzman is a master of sales, but being self-employed is a whole 'nother  thing. Greg entered to win a food giveaway. "Self-employed people need as many free lunches as we can find," he wrote.

Making home a home again: Veteran Al Hearne got back into his home just in time for Father's Day thanks to donated efforts of Texas ReConstruction and Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas. Will Anderson of ReConstruction says the company spent five months remodeling the Hearne home. "We already are transitioning from this re-build project into our next rehab," Will said. "She is a veteran and single mom with two kids in Fort Worth."

Lots of momentum: Andy Taft, president of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., wasn't short of optimism even if he was short of descriptive words during a recent real estate update:
  • Cheesecake Factory and H&M are "retail game changers." Their being downtown has moved Sundance Square conversations to other high-end retailers.
  •  TexRail, the T's train between downtown and DFW International Airport, is planned for late 2018. "It's a game changer. It can help the CVB (Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau) sell Fort Worth. A $60 cab ride will now cost a few dollars and you'll be able to have Internet access along the way."
  • Texas A&M has a 4-block area under development going beyond its Law School. "It's a game changer for the southeast part of downtown."

"Though my title is Controller, I only can change myself."

                                                -- Sarah Webb
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A fit bit: Cantey Hanger attorney Jeff Kinsel is a U.S. Golf Association rules official. He walked 40 miles during the U.S. Open earlier this month.

This process can be copied:
Dan Claterbaugh says DOCUmation has converted the City of Fort Worth's 1,200 copier system from 123 different models to just six.

Massaging the message: Integrity Chiropractic Fort Worth owner Dr. Kevin Sykes will bring his massage chair and advice to any corporation. Said Robert Yarbrough of Tom's Mechanical -- "Oh gosh, when I get off the treadmill, I NEED YOU!"

Spoonful of sugar: A teacher at heart, a hearty businesswoman, too, Glenn Spoons is retiring from the Chamber, boo hoo. For more than 10 years she pushed education, including advocacy and support of the GO Centers for students wanting to get a leg up on college admissions. "It is my hope that we (all hands on deck) have made a difference, a collective impact on the Fort Worth community, particularly as it relates to student success and ensuring we have a qualified workforce," she wrote. "It has been a plum, pleasing, pleasure." Tomorrow is her last day.

Making a splash: White Settlement has taken ownership of the abandoned water park in its city and will re-open it Friday. Carlo Capua of Z's Café says his company is expanding its business model to partner with the city to handle all food and beverage. "None of our famous chicken salad," Carlo said, "but at least I'll get a tan."

Now, for its encore...: Four Day Weekend will launch Encore Theater July 12, a second, smaller theater space at its 312 Houston St. home. The main Four Day Weekend Comedy Theater has 212 seats. Encore Theater will have about 50 and be a performance venue for the Training Center House Teams. The Training Center was founded to nurture and develop the art of improvisation.

Feast or ... famine for her: Junior Achievement arranged a Reverse JA Day for an H-E-B ISD culinary school at a very large Grapevine hotel. Students cooked and ate ... then napped. "I wanted to go. Apparently, 'it was full' and they 'didn't need any additional eaters' er, I mean staff," said JA's Sunny Brous.
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