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Excused absence? Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner and his bride, Suleyka Macias Scribner, are all smiles listening to the  Paschal High School Jazz Choir sing Embraceable You and Route 66 during week's Chamber State of Education luncheon at Cendera Center. Lots of student musicians and singers participated and what teacher could argue with a leave of absence note signed by the FWISD Super. Scribner spoke in English and Spanish during his presentation, but only laughs in Spanish.

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Season's greetings: Tyler Underriner is a Premium Sales Account Executive with the Dallas Mavericks. B2B Insider wasn't too clear if the "premium" refers to the seats that he sells or the quality of his salesmanship. Now it knows. Definitely the quality of his performance, which ranks right up there with future Famer Dirk Nowitzki. Tyler posterized the box office and sent over two lower level tickets to the Mavericks' home opener Friday October 28 against James Harden and his unknown Houstonians. Opening night! Lower level! Dirk! The over is more than the under for Underriner making the B2B Hall of Fame.

By George, he did it! If you run into David George, he most likely and curiously is wearing a tailored suit chasing foodfests downtown. Those that have met and talked with David know he's much better suited to showing horses at one of the Will Rogers complexes. David wasn't horsing around when he offered this giveaway. "I don't really have a service to offer," he said. "Can I just want to do something to give back to the Chamber and do a gift card somewhere?" Yes, David, you can, especially one that's for $50 to The Capital Grille. You might try the new Waygu and Wine burger with Jarlsberg cheese and caramelized onions. Just sayin'.

Artful dance steps: Mr. B would love to describe what actually happens during late night at Modern 'til Midnight, except that it is about 2 hours and 15 minutes past his bedtime. He's only heard the stories of the Modern Art Museum's eventfulness and greatness. From 6 p.m. 'til midnight Oct. 28, five bands will rock the Modern lawn. You also can venture inside and tour / explore the exhibition KAWS: Where the End Starts, then join the DJ-led dance festivities in the Grand Lobby. There's food, too, including picnic baskets for order if the lawn is your dining destination. The very merry Modern Kendal (Jump in the) Lake fished around for two tickets good 'til midnight.

Party like it's (before) 1999: Last week, B2B Insider had a reference to the '80s. Remember? Think Cabbage Patch Dolls, mullets, MTV, Richard Simmons and Sony Walkman. This week, the '80s are coming from University Drive to downtown Fort Worth. Studio Eighty & The Fashion Lounge, a self-described '80s video club, opens next Wednesday night at 500 Taylor St. Studio Eighty also will feature a Fashion Lounge, which will host weekly shows by top clothing stores in Fort Worth. Marissa Mayo, fashionably, modeled a prize for two readers that includes two VIP entrance cards that never expire and an invitation for two to the Private VIP Party Oct. 19. Included with the VIP Party are complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from 7-9 p.m.

Congratulations to October 5th Prize Winners:

  • Elaine Cole, TCU
  • Chris Gebhardt, Lackland Security
  • Beth Ellis, City of Fort Worth
  • Dale Brock, Visiting Angels
  • Nikki Maucere, BluPlume Promotions
  • Blake Woodard, Woodard Insurance
  • Greg Stephenson, Newark E&P Operating, LLC
  • Ruth Nokes, Chickasaw Nation


Second-hand Smoke: Cally Smoke of MMG Building & Construction Services announces "the next gen Smoke is a'brewin. She arrives in Feb." Names could be a problem. Cally says, "We almost considered the middle name Mae ... after a couple of weeks we realized the poor girl is (Whoever) Mae Smoke. Anita Smoke is also out."

Need to hire just to keep track of this: Employment attorney Caroline Harrison sure woke up a few human resources types last week at the Chamber's Job Links breakfast meeting with her explanation of the new Dec. 1 labor laws concerning salary and overtime. The minimum salary for exempt employees jumps from $24k to $47k ($913 weekly). Stricter definitions for exempt status, too.
  •  "It's a really good idea for employers to track all hours worked," she said.
  • Do not call or ask employees to work or even text when they are off!
  • Outside salespeople on commissions truly must work outside the office. 
  • No excuses, even for federal and state grants for nonprofits with designated salaries below the threshold. 
I got the music in me: Ensemble Coworking space has four conference rooms with musical names to tie back to Ensemble. They are Quartet, Jam Session, Band Room and Orchestra. The Chamber Lone Star Professional Alliance leads group meets there Thursday mornings. 

Giveaway follow-up No. 1: From half to ultra marathons, Buxton's Elizabeth Northern runs and runs and runs, including victories in all Cowtown Marathon races. Entering to win a year's worth of pancakes from Original Pancake House, she wrote, "This is a dream come true. WOW! Pancakes for a year!"

Giveaway follow-up No. 2: Mark Grace, Gus Bates Insurance & Investments, entering to win dinner for two at Grace Restaurant: "Mr. Grace. Party of two. Mr. Grace, party of two."

Giveaway follow-up No. 3: Why would Stephanie Raben of Center for Transforming Lives even bother to enter (for a friend, indeed!)? How would that look if she were to  win? 

"Some people have jobs; we have a calling."

                                                -- Vanessa Burns, Director of HR
Baylor Scott & White/All Saints Medical Center

Before or after Nehru jackets? Sherry Green of Technology Team has this story about Chicago, which is performing at UNTHSC's gala Nov. 15. "I saw Chicago at the Fort Worth Convention Center in 1969/1970.  That was when they wore light blue leisure suits (probably polyester) and white ruffled shirts. I wonder if they still do?"
Stock B roll: Add commercial extra to the resume of Cowtown Insurance's John Porhamer. The man with the cowboy hat was among 20-to-30 extras for 2017 Stock Show and Rodeo commercials. "I was instructed to wear dark colors, so I am wearing a black shirt with a black hat instead of my traditional white hat," John said. The commercials? "The first shot was of the extras taking a picture of a charolais named Ribeye. It was a good thing that Ribeye was not standing on the red carpet because he did leave several deposits."

Only treats here: Mr. B would love to go trick or treating with Matt, but he is too old. Matt and MedStar miracle medics are looking for a child who would like to go out Halloween night but needs medical support to do so. Register before Oct. 21 to nominate a child to have a chance via ambulance to join a MedStar paramedic, EMT and Safety Clown door-to-door. The child will be escorted through a neighborhood on a MedStar stretcher and returned after the bag is full of goodies.

Round trippin': At Job Links, a roomful of employers twice gave Rebecca Montgomery of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority a round of applause because of the T's new downtown-to-Alliance-to-Denton and back route. Alliance has approximately 435 companies -- eventually it will be double that -- and one irritant has been getting people that last mile from the bus station to Alliance. Looks as if the nimble and mobile Catholic Charities may provide a solution.

You're so bossy:
If you haven't caught up with monthologist John Fletcher, today is Boss / Employee Exchange Day and Take Your Parents to Lunch Day. Now that you're boss, perhaps you also could exchange parents for the day.

Kids think the darnedest things: Asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, grown-up Williams Trew realtor Julie Webber said, "The rodeo queen; the girl with the sparkles that rode the horse." John Hill of Iron Egg said at 4-years-old he wanted to grow up to be a fire truck.
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Business After Hours at Trinity Courtyard, Luxury Senior Living

Leaders in Government with Dr. Jim Riddlesperger, Presented by Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Women's Insight Network - Leadership Lessons & Workshop & Luncheon, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

Mayor's International Luncheon with Robert Kaplan, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Presented by Frost

Vision FW Events (Chamber's 40 and under programming)

 Thirsty Thursday Meet-Up at Martin House Brewing

Goblins, Ghouls & Grub at Ronald McDonald House

Ribbon Cuttings

LegacyTexas Bank
2700 E. Berry Street  
11:15 a.m.

LoneStar Home Lending
3116 W. 6th Street, Ste. 100


Polished Family Dental
6708 S. Hulen St., Suite 3 
4:00 p.m.

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