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Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce  e-Newsletter
Volume 1 | Issue 11November 2013
In This Issue
New Members
Renewing Members
Inspiring Women's Health Luncheon
Going Green
State of the City
NEW Member Benefit
VOTE! Make a Differnce
Upcoming Events
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Executive Board
Chair- Honorable Tom Kennedy
Proforma A-Z Specialties

Chair Elect- Maranda Auzenne
Uptown Village at Cedar Hill

Vice Chair- Jonathan Davis
Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Vice Chair- Amber Hatley

Immediate Past Chair- Hon Stephen Mason
Mas-Tek Engineering

Secretary- Phillip Washington
Northwestern Mutual

Treasurer- Michael Lemmon
Haydin Insurance Group

Ex-Officio- Alan Sims
City of Cedar Hill

CEO- Amanda Hinton-Skinner

Board of Directors

Steve Hendon
Practice to Business 

Monica Hurtado 
Northwood University

Melissa Cothern
Marriott TownePlace Suites

Jamie Gatto
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

David Vedral
Attorney At Law

Del Ramirez
N'Sync Services, Inc.

April Soria
Alpha Omega Plumbing

David C. Wilson, Sr.
David's Seafood Grill

Dr. Tony Tran
Custom Eyes Vision Care

Dr. Brandon Florence
D.D.S., P.L.L.C

Warren Goss
Goss Allstate Insurance

Kathy Draxler
Individual Member

Ex-Officio Members

Honorable Rob Franke
City of Cedar Hill

Allison Thompson
Cedar Hill Economic Development Corp.

Chamber Staff

Director of Membership Development
Michelle Rodriguez

Director of First Impressions
Adrienne Schatzline
October Happenings 
Dr. Tran's Super Hero Team

John and Karen Haines

See more pictures on Facebook

Membership Corner
New Members in October


Love Your City Theater

Director: Crysti Robertson



Edward Jones

Veron Folks

875 Strauss Rd. Ste. 300 

Cedar Hill, TX 75104-2678
(972) 293-2010

Sponsorship Opportunity with
October Renewing Members 
  • Haylow Insurance Group
  • Trinity Christian Schools
  • RE/MAX Preferred Associates
  • Garden Design Landscape Management
  • Travel Agents of Duncanville

 thank you



DON"T MISS this Celebration of 10 Years of Giving to the students of CHISD.


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for this Community Event.  Registration is FREE but required for first 200 guests.




Thanksgiving is a time to reflect with family and friends and give thanks for the many blessings we have in our lives. We've been truly blessed at the Cedar Hill Chamber thus far and wish to extend everyone a joyful Thanksgiving Holiday. 


We had a great October at the chamber. Our first CardioShack Open with partner Methodist Charlton Medical Center was a huge success last Friday. Not only did we have perfect weather we had 100 golfers participate from the DFW area. Our first place winner of $1,000 went to the Covidean team. A special thank you to all our sponsors and awesome volunteers. See pictures on our Facebook page


Experience Cedar Hill in October was held at David's Seafood Grill with great attendance and participation for our annual costume contest sponsored by Dr. Tran from CustomEyes Vision Care. First place winners, Kathy and Andy Draxler won a free pair of sunglasses. 


 Both Man of the Year, City Manager, Alan E. Sims and Woman of the Year, Billie Ballingee rode in the back of a truck provided by Orr Toyota of Dallas with their spouses for Country Day on the Hill.  They smiled, took pictures and tossed out candy to the local community just one of many reasons both were chosen for their community involvement with our great city. 


Amanda had the privilege of chauffeuring CHPD Officer Larry Byrd around for National Night Out - both visited six local neighborhoods, met with local residents and supported the community efforts of promoting an awesome annual event. 


Thank you for your support. 


Chamber Staff-

"Helping Business Do Business"

Chamber Business Spotlight

Get Engaged.

City ~ IMPACT ~ Business   

Cedar Hill is Going Green! Steve Keller of Waste Management and Melissa Stephens from the City of Cedar Hill discussed the city's vision and how to reduce our carbon footprint. Partnerships with Oncor Energy and Waste Management are making Cedar Hill a pioneer in reducing waste and educating our residents and community about the importance of being aware and what we can do to make a change. Chamber member, Uptown Village, has incorporated charging stations for electric cars to charge while their owners shop! One of many great programs you can find around Cedar Hill. Read more about the "Going Green" initiatives.  

Stay Connected.

State of the City with Mayor Franke       

Mayor Franke captivated the audience with his State of the City address during our October Lunch & Learn at Northwood University.  He started with, "Cedar Hill, we have a problem," similar to the catch phrase we hear NASA use to communicate with ground control. Every problem Cedar Hill faces is an opportunity to improve, reevaluate and stay progressive. All to ensure that Cedar Hill continues to be a premier city for residents and businesses. 

Shop Local.

City Manager presented TCMA award 

Alan E. Sims was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award during October's city council meeting. Only two awards are awarded each year. It is a distinguished honor and privilege to be a recipient. The Texas City Management Association (TCMA), is an organization of local government professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards of governance, service, leadership, ethics, and education while embracing individual and regional diversity for the benefit of our membership and the cities of Texas.

For the members of the Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce

Warren Goss Insurance Agency  

Benefits Program


Check out this new member benefit!!!  Newly formed partnership with Allstate Benefits provides the opportunity to enhance your benefit program for your employees at no cost to your company.  Watch the mail for letter and/or read more details on Chamber website.
VOTE on November 5th

What is Proposition 6 & why is it so important?

  • The Texas population is expected to double by 2060.
  • Our water demands are expected to increase by 86 percent, while existing water supplies are projected to decrease by 10 percent.
  • Already, drought conditions have been declared in 240 of Texas' 254 counties.
  • In less than 50 years Texas businesses and workers could face roughly $116 billion in lost income due to water conditions.
If passed, Proposition 6 will help the state address these facts by ensuring that $2 billion of existing state revenue (no additional taxes) will be dedicated to essential water projects across the state-including several that would help us here in northeast Texas.  

The Dallas Regional Chamber created a video that is linked below and encourage you to use it to help spread the message on this very important issue for North Texas. 


Remember, this is the first election in which Texas voters will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person's photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph
  • United States passport
  Helping Business Do Business
Upcoming Events in November
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11.05 - Networking Lunch at Italia Express 11:30 am

11.06 - Membership Development at Chamber 11:30 am

11.07 - Love Your City Theater RC at Pioneer Park Amphitheater 11:30 am

11.12 - Cancun's Ameri-Mex Restaurant RC 11:30 am

11.13 - YP presents Breakfast with the Boss at CH Government Center 7:30 am 

11.14 - Inspiring Women's Health Event at Trinity Church 11:30 am- 2pm

11.14 - Experience Cedar Hill at Cedar Hill Design Center 5:30 pm

11.19 - Competitive Edge Business Forum at the Chamber at 12 pm  

11.21 - Lunch & Learn: Education Fest at Northwood University 11:30am

11.25 - YP presents Mo Money Monday at the Chamber at 12pm   



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