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TCU's Popular Professor of Politics Jim Riddlesperger, shown here with  Chamber CEO and President Bill Thornton and Chamber Chairman Mark Nurdin of Bank of Texas, had all his Ps and Qs in order at the Leaders in Government luncheon at the Petroleum Club. Riddlesperger said if you strip away all the negative rhetoric you will see two accomplished candidates with distinguished backgrounds.
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Four score and ... it rocks: Bring your dancin' shoes because it's way, way back to 1956 and one special Empire TV-like recording studio session. Producer Sam Phillips, considered the Father of Rock and Roll, managed to corral Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night of recording.  For nine days beginning Nov. 5, Casa Maņana has in its theater Million Dollar Quartet, the high-voltage, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. A monumental night of rock and roll features a full show of timeless hits, including Blue Suede Shoes, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line and Hound Dog. Winner of two tickets from Casa's Faye Austin to any show will feel like a million dollars.

Tee this up: Most golf course GMs want to talk golf and profits. Jason Heitschmidt at Waterchase Golf Club wants to talk nonprofits, especially the recent Lena Pope Home fundraiser at his course. It was "a high-five" event in every way. During October, Waterchase is host to 24 tournaments, nine for different nonprofits. It's a testament to the Waterchase team's customer service and servitude attitude. Jason says come see yourownself with this round for four good any time Monday-Thursday, and after 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Toy story: Susan A. Chiasson, Ph.D. was frustrated with information she was getting from the interviews and focus groups she did as a qualitative researcher. She heard about a program developed by Swiss business school professors and the director of Research & Development at LEGO Education. "I tried it and got hooked." Today, she is a Trained Facilitator, Lego, and the owner of Innovations Powered by Play, an accelerated group learning and performance curriculum based on using Legos. "It changes the dynamics of groups," she said. "I started focusing on how to use it for problems that groups have. I've been surprised by the wide variety of uses it can be put to." Friday, Oct. 28, she is facilitating Possible Selves: You and Career Change Workshop at IDEA Works FW and B2B Insider Lego-ed its way to a spot for two readers.

Mouse that roars: Sunny Lowe, who tags hisownself as "something sounding like a low tropical depression coming in from Mexico," is really an astute businessman that volunteers his time and know-how to help entrepreneurs and others who ask. His business, Blue Jean Networks, helps businesses be better than they would be without IT that (Net)works. Sunny brightens up someone's day with this Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse, which folds flat for storage and works as a great mouse when folded into an arc shape.

Congratulations to October 12th Prize Winners:

  • Tim McKay, Harris Finley & Bogle
  • Teresa Jeffcoat, Texas Health Care
  • Richard Standlee, ASL
  • Kim Middleton, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Marisa Medina, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.


Riddle me this: Form the first sentence to the last, Jim Riddlesperger, Professor of Political Science at TCU, was not short of opinions during the Leaders in Government luncheon last week at the Petroleum Club and sponsored by Kelly Hart. First sentence? "That was almost a complete misrepresentation of the facts (his introductory bio)." Some of his observations:
  • Prefacing this with "I don't condone their actions," Riddlesperger said the candidates are accomplished people (with distinguished careers) and it's "too easy to turn them into caricatures."
  •  We need to get past this divisive rhetoric that doesn't get us anywhere ... My students (18-30) are turned off by this election; they are incredibly disaffected by the system.
  • Made mention of being addicted to the 538 app/website for politic statistical information. 538 has Trump leading Texas by 4%, which is approximately 12 percentage points less than what Mitt Romney attained statewide in 2012 vs. President Obama.
Miles of smiles: Steve Looney tuned out the dare, at first.  "When I turned 54, a few friends of mine dared me to run (a marathon)," he said. "My first thought was how could I at my age? But I love a challenge. My first marathon was Austin; I ran 16 in four years. What did you expect, my last name is Looney!" Director Looney "runs" the Fort Worth Marathon; the 10th annual is scheduled as a fundraiser for the Run Like a Cheetah kids program Nov. 13 at Panther Island Pavilion.

Spotlight's glare: Michael Wheaton of Lucien Wright Insurance Services is the chair of the Chamber's West Area Council; the councils are segmented for Chamber members to additionally network with other members in a defined geographic area. Michael, with assistance from former Chair Reagan Ferguson of Pressman Printing, is getting the hang of chairmanship. "It's quite an undertaking for Reagan to make me presentable," Michael said.

Breaking the ice: Michael McClinton, fairly new Director of the Business Assistance Center, welcoming guests to an event -- "Not sure why I was asked to do this," he said, "and we're going to find out if it was a good idea."

Birthdays are the best days: The American Cancer Society's tag line is The Official Sponsor of Birthdays. The thinking is "a world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays." ACS spends $7.7 million locally on research. A north Texas CEOs Against Cancer group begins Nov. 10, headed by retiring CEO Joel Allison of Baylor Scott & White Health.

Revamped 3Rs: Kent Paredes Scribner, super of the Fort Worth ISD, says the 3R's Reading, Writing and Rithmetic are now augmented with Rigor, Relevance and Relationships.

It still works after all these years: Jan Tyler of Cimarron Window & Door, after an initial consultation and two visits with Kevin Sykes, owner of Integrity Chiropractic, said, "He didn't find me decrepit."

Building Bridges: Did you see that ex-Del Frisco's dishwasher turned mega-superstar singer Leon Bridges is the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau honoree at its Feb. 1 Annual Meeting! Would be pretty cool if attendees serenaded him (off-key, of course) to the stage to sing a few. 

"Our motto is never having to say 'No.'"

                                                -- Deanna Stuart, Director of Development
Cancer Care Services 
Follow the leader: At a Chamber lunch last week, attendees were asked to describe "A leader's most important job." Some contributions: "Vision, delegation and support," said Kathryn Rhadigan of Nolan Catholic High School. "Engage, enable and encourage their team," said Meghan Phillips of the Fort Worth Club. Lauren Brown and Holly Bergthold of the Hilton Garden Inn - Medical Center offered, "Develop. Encourage."
Amon is probably smiling: Dr. Stuart Flynn, Dean of the UNTHSC / TCU Medical School, says, "I've heard a lot about the Fort Worth way. I won't say what I've heard about Dallas."

The more the merrier:
Cheryl West, sales sensation at Hyatt Place in Fort Worth Stockyards, says the recent two-day renewal of the cattle auctions packed the hotel at premium rates. Cheryl says October weekends have been fully booked for Stockyards events. "We're not opposed to more hotels in Fort Worth," she said.

Mentor-ees: Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail
turns 60 Oct. 25 with "let them eat cake" and a Chamber ribbon cutting. A recent JA survey found this nugget -- One in five JA alumni work in the same industry as their JA volunteer.
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Mayor's International Luncheon with Robert Kaplan, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Presented by Frost - SOLD OUT

North Area Council Coffee at Main Event, Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

Central Area Council Luncheon - "The Cliburn 40th Anniversary," Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

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

CycleBar Waterside
5924 Convair Drive #440

5924 Convair Dr., Suite 416

Junior Achievement of the Chisolm Trail
6300 Ridglea Place, Ste. 400 
4:30 p.m.

Painting with a Twist - FW South Hulen
5521 South Hulen Street 
5:00 p.m.

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