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Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Orlando Carvalho told Chamber members that ramped-up production on the F-35 JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) would mean up to 1,500 jobs by the end of next year. Carvalho spoke at a Leaders in Business luncheon sponsored by UTA College of Business, held at the Petroleum Club of Fort Worth. He also revealed that Lockheed is one of four bidders for a new T-50A trainer aircraft for the US Air Force.

L to R:
Mark Nurdin, Bank of Texas; Bill Thornton, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; and Orlando Carvalho, Lockheed Martin.
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Fired up for camp: Just so you'll know, the Dallas Cowboys won't play Oct. 16 against Green Bay until 3:45 p.m. That should give you even more impetus to choose one of two nights for this outrageous reservation for a family of four to Family Weekend (Oct. 14-16) at Camp Fire First Texas Camp El Tesoro on the Brazos in Granbury. Lydia Goetz gets it and was able to gets together this package that includes a cabin, delicious meals and family memories, whether it's the climbing wall, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, archery, art projects and more. No cell phones and no video games necessary with all the family good times you'll have (jk).

Here come da Judge: Not sure why Texas county leaders are called Judge. Anybody? Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley seems opinionated but not judgmental. And judging by his opinions, the Sept. 7 judgment day for his State of the County luncheon address is must-see.  He will bring down the info gavel on transportation projects, property tax issues, the Texas Rangers, new construction, public health initiatives, early childhood education and more. All in 18.4 minutes. Former Tarrant County Judge Tom Vandergriff has a legacy award named for him and this year the Chamber will honor UNTHSC/TCU MD School. The school is an extension of the two universities' long-standing collaboration on science and health care issues. B2B has a seat for two readers.

Rx of smart phones: Cell phone damage can come in many ways beyond the cracked screen and back-pocket-into-the-toilet varieties. How about the chef at the Texas State Fair that accidentally fried hers and entered it for best new food? There is an app for those woes. Dr. Smart Phones has the prescription for your phone's illness. Dr. Dustin is pretty Sharp. His fix-it applications are in the Rx Hall of Fame. Until you see the Dr., and you will, feast on his giveaway of wireless bluetooth headphones and a 3-in-1 phone/device charger.

Congratulations to August 17 Prize Winners:

  • Sherry Crume, CUNA Mutual Group
  • Joseph DeWoody, Clear Fork Royalty
  • Cory Henderson, Recovery Resource Council
  • Deanna Holderith, Cattle Raisers Museum



Innovate, change or perish: Marcie Finney Ditto, owner of Mustard Seed Jewelry, is a marketing/design strategist and presented these statistics...a) 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies in 1955 are gone; b) 80 percent of companies fail to achieve profitability, though 90 percent of those had a business plan. 
Business with a bite: Marie (Doc) Holliday, owner of Flowers to Go in Sundance Square, also is a dentist. Says she can't help checking out teeth ... "always looking for clients."

She won't be rail-roaded: When asked at Brunch at the BAC (Business Assistance Center) if Fort Worth would be part of Texas Central's high-speed rail from Houston, Mayor Price Is Right said, "We better be.... It has to be...sometimes you just have to draw a line in the sand." 

Good, bad and no ugly: John Hill, Partner Iron Egg Web Design, heads the Panther City Friday Leads Group, one of the newer ones. His perspective on the good and bad of running a group.
  • Good -- It gives me something else to talk about when I am out and meeting people; everyone wants to meet with a guy who can get them into some networking groups.  A lot of connections I have made have been based around the group.  Meeting to talk within the group lowers the suspicion that I am only meeting with them to try and sell them something.
  • Bad -- Everyone's networking experience is different and a lot of people have been burned. They don't want to go to a group where a number of referrals is required and would prefer relationship building instead; telling people that our group doesn't work that way is sometimes met with skepticism. The other bad part is that some people don't understand the long game of networking. You are not there to try and sell to the people in the room; you are trying to build close relationships with other business owners so when they talk to someone who needs your services they feel comfortable making an introduction.    
He ensures with insurance: Ed (E for Excitement) McLin, who says "I'm passionate about insurance," has a tip to ensure you are covered for the latest threat. The Managing Director for Larkin Addison says Cyber Liability is one of the hottest topics in the industry. "You only read about the (cyber breaches) that happen to the big guys like Home Depot and Target," Ed said. "It also happens to medical offices, accounting firms and restaurants."

Mouse that roared: Lara Ingram, a PR pro with J.O. and accustomed to dishing out kind words in exchange for coverage, wrote about Mr. B's spa adventure -- "Hey, hey, hey! A real man visits the spa and gets relaxing treatments that nourish the soul. Way to go. I'm trying to get my hubby to do the same as it would help his "mouse muscle."

Where am I officing today? Friday is five years for Jeng Won at Spectrum (formerly Charter) Business. In that time, he has had four different offices back-and-forth between 360 & Trinity Blvd. and Hurst locations.  He has plenty of Charter Business polo shirts, too, for a future garage sale. Need to also mention Spectrum's Evan Eastman, Chairman of the East Area Council, only because he and Jeng are competing for most mentions in B2B Insider.

"How many of you have had a (lousy) boss? Your spouse doesn't count."

                                                -- (Coach) Amber Antolik
owner, Antolik Group

In line ... behind the ropes: There are more than 1,000 volunteer opportunities for the Dean and DeLuca Invitational golf tournament at Colonial Country Club. Committees include marshals, standard bearers, scorers, carts, transportation and more. You pay $85 to "volunteer," yet there are waiting lists because of the outstanding perks. Now might be the time to get your name on a list.

croisière de Let:
Next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the Chamber is presenting an information session for any travelers interested in its Spring 2017 Bordeaux Region River Cruise. Contact Monta Noe for details. Nine days and seven nights (April 2-10) through Bordeaux, Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne, Saint-Emilion, Cadillac and Cognac. Price is from $4,000 and includes all the wine you can drink while on board.

Rabbit redux: Meghan Parker, marketing director at Priority Power Management, on trying to win some Kelley Honey Farms -- "Hunny Bunny? I call my husband that, mostly because we now live on a street named Bunny Run Lane."
Rehab redux: SporTherapy Southwest might be building the largest out-patient physical therapy site in D/FW. A holding company for Steven and Cassie Lackey purchased two acres at 6501 Harris Parkway; the plan is for an acre+ for SporTherapy's new facility and the remainder for other medical services.

When small is big: Blue Jean Networks IT man Sunny Lowe, whose company was a Chamber Small Business of the Year winner last year, on nominations that are due Sept. 23. "Do it! Enter! It was a great opportunity to focus on our business. At the end, it's either 'Oh wow, we're great,' or 'Oh, wow, we have things to do.'" 
Running with scissors: Next Tuesday, Chamber Am-Bass-Adorables will be at their second Murphy Express groundbreaking this year. No. 8788 is at 2228 Jacksboro Hwy at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at 4:30, the Adorables are intelligently ribbon cutting IntelliTect. Why intelligently? It's being held at Times Ten Cellars, 1100 Foch Street. 
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