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Last Wednesday, members and employers gathered at Harris Health Methodist Hospital to network and share job openings. The Chamber Job Links meeting has been supporting workforce and educational needs for over 15 years and continues to evolve as a resource and forum to share the ongoing changes challenging businesses.

View photos from the event here  and  view pics from a variety of Chamber events, click here .

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Turkey call: Oprah called it best in class for her "Oprah's favorites under $100." The Wall Street Journal described it as a "best value." Kiplinger's says it is No. 1. We're gobbling about celebrity turkeys today and Tyler, Texas is home to the celebritiest of 'em all ... Greenberg Turkeys. You can take the greatness of this succulent smoked turkey to the bank, and the Greenberg folks do that daily ... to hometown Southside Bank. AVP Keishi High did some succulent cooking of her own and arranged for one reader to feast on a 10-pound Greenberg smoked turkey this holiday season.

Flowery prose: Just as the weather cools and the spirits rise, Courtney McCaleb of Gordon Boswell resurfaces from her B2B Insider giveaway hibernation to bring the bestest, seasonal and traditional fall centerpiece. This Thanksgiving must-have table centerpiece includes lilies and fall poms (without the pons...these are centerpieces, not cheerleaders). Its colors blend nicely with the orange of the sweet potato and the off-maroon cranberry sauce, which heaven forbid don't forget and leave it in the refrigerator again this year. Your centerpiece from Gordon Boswell will NOT be forgotten. It will stand tall above the meal.

Reversal of Fortune: The outlawed in-laws are coming to town for the holidays. They intend to stay with you ... in your home ... and there go the happy holidays. It's OK. Let them stay there. Thanks to Lauren Brown at the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth / Medical Center, you are moving out for a grand night of peace, quiet and comfort.  These are luxurious beds and come standard. Free WiFi access, an indoor pool and a whirlpool. Eat there or bring your leftovers because each room includes a refrigerator, microwave and a Keurig. Make it your home for a night when you don't want to be home.

Red & Breakfast: Though there will be thousands of sightings, Santa isn't due back to Fort Worth for good kid / bad kid fact-checking until Dec. 3. The reindeer, on a tight schedule that day, will have the jolly one at Camp Fire First Texas' Breakfast With Santa at El Tesoro from 8-11 a.m. Free food, crafts, outdoor games, a hayride  and a digital picture with the man in red. You only pay ($10) for breakfast (in a canoe) but Camp Fire's Christy Jones rowed over with tickets for a group of five.

Congratulations to November 2nd Prize Winners:

  • Scott Arnold, Kimley-Horn
  • Mischelle Lancaster, Buzz Custom Fence
  • Mark Hotchkiss, First Command Financial Services
  • Chandry Buck, Victory Awning
  • Brenda Pereda, Interstate Restoration
  • Lisa Boyd, Brackett & Ellis


Journey you can bank on: John Gerdes played piano for eight years. It didn't get him the girl. He took up drums, which drive his one and three-year-old daughters bonkers. He did eventually get the girl (and the kids). The Bank of America lender followed Elisa to the University of North Texas. He took biology and science majors because she wanted to have a medical career. He graduated and became a P.I. ("scary!") and she is a P.A. When a bank called, he changed careers for safety reasons.

Carolyn Phillips, Alchmey Pops, meet Carolyn Phillips, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Concessionaire Manager.

Day trippin': Geof Bowie, who runs the Monday Funkytown Force Leads Group, says Mondays are the best day of the week (not sure why he is so juiced). His partner at Iron Egg, John Hill, leads the Friday Panther City Leads Group. Says it's the best day of the week. Makes you wonder what happens Tuesday through Thursday in their office. 
Frank Kent talk: Kent Paredes Scribner, super of the FWISD, says 52 percent of FWISD grads go to college but 39 percent of those need remediation - they're not college ready. Their 6-year college completion rate of 25 percent, according to Scribner, "is not acceptable." Improving results is one of the administration's priorities. On the FWISD upswing are scholarship offers, which increased from $36 million to $50 million during Scribner's first year. 

Sweat shop: Jessica Christopherson, PR point person at the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau and director of the Fort Worth Film Commission, knows what it is like to work hard. She told Fort Worth Texas magazine that her grandparents owned a chain of dry cleaning businesses. From age 14 to 18, "I worked in the back sorting clothes and doing laundry. It was so hot. There was no air-conditioning back there and not a place anyone would want to be in Texas summers ... it was an opportunity to make some money and I definitely learned a strong work ethic."

Kudos: UBS investment banker Mike Hyatt is soon to be a Spears Hall of Famer. He is being recognized Friday by Oklahoma State University's Spears School of Business as a "distinguished alum ... distinguished professional careers (and graduates) who have given back to their communities and displayed leadership skills." Around here, the investment banker is known for his work with the Fort Worth Zoo and Sister Cities, among others.

Kudos, too: Pavlov won honorable mention in three categories of a national PR contest for public relations and social media campaigns. Their work was created for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport's corporate rebrand and a spring break promotion.  

"Build the best company you can; money will find it."

                                                -- Jorge Varela, Director, TECH Fort Worth
giving advice to entrepreneurs
There's a plan for this: Dig through your emails, if you would, and please fill out the Chamber's request for your thoughts for its multi-year Strategic Plan. It's due by THIS Friday and will be part of a strategic planning session at Big Boss Bill's turkey dinner later this month. It's not so easy just to go to a link for the survey because members got segmented requests. For instance, the Chamber doesn't want Mr. B's thoughts on how to budget its dollars. The survey is confidential and anonymous, responses collected by an outside researcher. You can only vote once, not often, but if you need a resend, email Monta Noe for the link.

Survey says: The Fort Worth ISD has a 10-question survey here that only seems as if it is 20 questions because each line of English is followed by a line of Spanish. The ISD's Educational Design Team is seeking input to create its learning framework for the next five years. The survey is available to anyone until Nov. 14, even Mr. B. He wrote in a suggestion for more creative writing so students could prepare for a low-pay newsletter career similar to his. Even newsletters need good grammar.

Not flowing ... yet:
During a Leads Group discussion on how members were doing against 2016 goals, Clinton Biggs of Underwood Law Firm said rather succinctly, "I refer you to the price of oil & gas."   
Spinning a story: Sherry Green of Technology Team has six GREAT grandchildren "I married an older man," she said with a hearty laugh.

You had me at 25 or 6 to 4:
Two more "recalls" about Chicago, which is playing the UNTHSC annual gala Nov. 15.
  • Amanda Osburn of Southwest Bank says, "My parents' "song" was Colour My World.  When planning our wedding last year, we found out that it also was my husband's parents' first dance song.  So we played it for them at the wedding as a special tribute. That was a long few minutes.  That poor song is not what you'd call timeless."
  •  Lisa Erwin of Texas Health Care says "My aunt (growing up in Cleburne) was a backup dancer for Donnie Dacus. I was just a little kid when I got to meet him.  He was actually with Chicago by that time."
Huge salute: The first class of Community Champion Awards, which recognize and honor military veterans who have made substantial contributions to the City of Fort Worth, include former Cantey Hanger attorney (Major) Charles Florsheim, United Way chief executive officer (Captain) Tim McKinney and (Lieutenant Colonel) Nat O'Day, who worked in the City of Fort Worth finance department for 25 years and then with Congresswoman Kay Granger.

On-point marketing: How is this for combining military and football? U.S. Army Green Beret and former Texas Longhorns long snapper Nate Boyer is the keynote speaker for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl luncheon Dec. 22 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.
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Impact Your Business Luncheon with Sandi Mitchell, APEX Leadership Mastery, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

 Cowboy Santas Annual Toy Drive and Networking Event

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

5th Annual ACH Thanksgiving Dinner

Ribbon Cuttings

Springhill Suites by Marriott-Fort Worth Fossil Creek
5301 N. Riverside Drive
11:30 a.m.

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Our Fort Worth fold-out maps are free for members who would like to come by and pick them up (no shipping charge). Up to 50 copies per member. Email Christine Gores or call 817-338-3332 to schedule pick up.

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