On Thursday, July 12th our Cultural Arts
Committee hosted their 20th Annual Theater
Night that featured The Wedding Singer. Read all
about this story on page: 11
Message From the Chairman
Dear Chamber Members,
Great things are happening at you Chamber. We James Guthrie
just had our Cultural Arts Committee’s Annual
“Theater Night” at the Art Park Players. It was a Chairman 2018
huge success thanks to our Cultural Arts
Committee members, Chamber staff and all our
wonderful members who came out to enjoy
dinner, the play and an amazing auction. Funds
raised each year are used to provide scholarships
for a San Jacinto College student and a Texas
Chiropractic College student.
The 2018 Business Expo is coming up August 16th from
2:30 – 5:30 PM at the Pasadena Convention Center.
We’re almost at maximum capacity, check with the
Chamber staff on booth availability.
To be continued...Pg.2
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After the Expo the Chamber is sponsoring a one-hour town hall
meeting for a presentation on the upcoming 2.5 Billion Dollar
Harris County Flood Control Bond Election to be held August 25th.
Your Chamber board voted unanimously to support this Bond
Issue. Ironically, August 25th is the one-year anniversary of
Our August “State of Education” membership luncheon will
feature Pasadena ISD Superintendent, DeeAnn Powell, San Jacinto
College Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Texas Chiropractic College
President, Dr. Stephen Foster and University of Houston Clear
Lake President, Dr. Ira K. Blake. This year we’ll honor Mickey Gilley
as the Cultural Arts Committee’s “Artist of the Year”. Accepting the
award for Mr. Gilley will be Smokey Culver. Many thanks to the
Texas Chiropractic College for hosting this year’s luncheon.
Mark your calendars for this year’s “Taste of the Town” which will be Thursday,
November 1st. Make your reservations now to beat the rush. Last year’s event was
a huge success, great crowd and a record breaking auction. With funds raised, we purchased a special
cargo van for Pasadena ISD culinary students.
Once again, a new leadership program is being developed under the guidance of incoming Chair, Ken
Phelps. The purpose is to develop leadership skills for participants with real life experiences in most
aspects of community involvement. We’ve been encouraged by the City’s Economic Development
Corporation to get this program up and running and they’ve offered to participate in the process.
I encourage you to come to one of our
Membership 101 classes (2nd Thursday of each
month). It’s the best way to learn about all the
services available to you as a member or
prospective member of the Chamber. Also, I
would encourage you to participate in one of
the many Chamber committees. This is your
chance to be of service and meet people like
yourself who want to make your community a
vibrant place to live and do business.
Again, it’s my pleasure to serve as this year’s
Chairman of your Chamber board. If there is
any way the staff or myself can be of service to
you, please reach out to us. We have a
wonderful staff and they want to help you be a
success in the Pasadena community.
James Guthrie, Thrivent Financial
2018 Chairman of the Board
In this issue...
A message from the Chairman - Pg. 1-2
Ribbon Cuttings - Pg. 4
Welcome New Members - Pg. 5
Platinum Partners - Pg. 6
Platinum Partner of the Month - Pg. 7
Ambassador Spotlight - Pg. 8
Board Nominations - Pg. 9
Upcoming Events - Pg. 10
Theater Night Recap - Pg. 11
Flood Control District Bond - Pg. 12
“Fill The Bus” - Pg. 13
Contact YOUR Chamber - Pg. 14
Welcome to all who have recently joined the Pasadena Chamber of
Commerce! Welcome to our family!
Chamber of Commerce
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Executive Board CarePatrol of Greater Fuzion Bar & Lounge
James Guthrie – Chairman, Thrivent Financial
832.698.9259 [email protected]
Kevin Jeter – Past Chair, Miles A/C Service CarePatrolHouston.com
Ken Phelps - Chairman Elect, Phelps Insurance Palm Grill at Quality Inn
Salvador Serrano - Vice Chair of Finance, 713-477-6871
The Serrano Agency QualityInnPasadena.com
Melinda Torrison - Secretary, United Safety
Meador Staffing Services UnitedSafety.net
Deborah Moseley, The Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Dr. John Mrozek, D.C., Ed.D., Texas Chiropractic
Stephen Trncak, San Jacinto College (Ex-Officio)
Michael D. West, West & West, LLP
Board of Directors Pasadena Performance
Mustansir “Mus” Abbas, PostNet 346.291.0332
Jeanna Bamburg, Bayshore Medical Center PCPasadena.com
Lee Betancourt, Iron Mountain
Alix Fox, Qualified Properties
Stacy Gillaspey, Communities In Schools
Denise Jennings, LyondellBasell
Sam Jimenez, McDonald’s
Margie Pena, Pasadena Hispanic Business Council
Gary Piana, Chevron Phillips
Jeffrey Reich-Hale, Hilton Garden Inn HOU Hobby
Ryan Taylor, T & T Construction
Barbara Van Rheen, Zaetric
Robert Wills, Silver Eagle Distributors
Linda Wischnewsky, Bayway Auto Group
Pedro Garcia, Port of Houston Authority
Tammie Nielsen, Commisioner Jack Morman Harris
County Pct. 2
Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD
Carlos Guzman, City of Pasadena
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Members! Wendy Solis
• Total Access MD
• Hammer Industries Ramyr Martinez
Bronze • United Safety
• Ability Rent A Car
Ronnie Weiss 281-241-1740
abilityautorental.com • Houston Methodist St. John Hospital
• Candlewood Suites - Deer Park 281-523-2000
• Carnes Funeral Home
• Gendi Pediatrics
• Legal Shield & ID Shield
• My Edgy Veggy by Local Harvest Company
• Plantation on the Bay Inc
• Texas State Teachers Association
A special thank you to our platinum members for investing at the highest level
of membership annually!
Platinum Partner of the Month - Home2Suites Houston/ Pasadena
Centrally located in the suburban area off Sam Houston Tollway, Home2 Suites by
Hilton Houston/Pasadena is Pasadena’s number 1 hotel, where you’ll find a
comfortable and relaxing atmosphere from the moment you walk into the lobby. Our
fun and modern property features spacious suites with flexible layout options, perfect
for an extended stay or leisure travel with the family when you’re in the Houston area.
Each suite features a fully equipped, energy efficient kitchenette. This kitchenette
comes complete with a microwave, full-size refrigerator, dishes, glassware and more.
You can start your day with complimentary continental breakfast at the Inspired Table.
Give multi-tasking new meaning at Spin2 Cycle, where you can run on a treadmill while
you run a load of wash. Stop by the 24- hour Home2Mkt convenience shop for a snack
and travel essentials. When you need to finish a project, use the 24-hour business
center with free Wi-Fi and free wireless Printing. If you need to unwind from a long day
you can soak up the warm Texas sun in our sparkling saline, outdoor pool while you
grill up dinner on the patio. Finally don’t forget to travel with your furry friend as they
are always welcome at Home2.
Home2 suites has recently welcomed a new team member, Lauren Sistek as their Director of Sales and Marketing. If
you are in the market for group travel, extended stay, or leisure travel please contact her to make the travel planning
process a breeze. A graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Commercial
Recreation and Event Management and Hospitality she brings her passion for event sales to help create a smooth
planning process for all of your travel needs. As a chamber Ambassador Lauren is always connecting with the
community and striving to stay informed on the current and upcoming trends in Pasadena.
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I love every aspect of real estate from assisting
buyers from finding their dream home to guiding
sellers through the process of marketing and
selling their home. “It’s not about selling one house;
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FINANCIAL GOALS ... community. I was previously employed with the State
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you achieve financial security, including: Navy and currently attending college and the other
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states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment
Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member
and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered
representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance
agents/producers of Thrivent. Investment advisory services, including fee-based financial
planning services, are available through qualified investment advisor representatives only.
For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS!
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is seeking your input! Each year new members are
elected to the Board of Directors to serve as a volunteer of the organization for a 3-year term.
Board service is an opportunity to engage with the work of the chamber providing strategic
oversight, leadership and support to the overall work of the chamber. Nominees must be
members in good standing with the ability to commit time monthly in attendance at board
meetings (held the 3rd Monday of each month at 4:00 PM) and value the mission of the
organization: to promote economic development and community growth to ensure the
prosperity of Pasadena’s businesses and citizens. For more information on the Board code of
conduct click here.
If you would like to nominate someone or yourself to serve in this capacity please submit their
name and resume to Cristina Womack at [email protected] Nominations will be
accepted until August 31, 2018. All submitted applicants will be reviewed by the Nominating
Committee, at which point a slate will be presented to the Board of Directors for approval and
then voted on by the chamber membership. Newly elected board members will be installed at
the Annual Gala on December 13, 2018 and serve a 3-year term expiring December 2021.
For a complete list of our current board
members, visit page 4 of the newsletter
or page 11 of the Resource Guide by
We appreciate the many individuals
who serve, have served and who will
serve to contribute to the success of the
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
Join us at our Pasadena Hispanic Business Council’s next
Breakfast Workshop taking place on August 8th. The event will
cover important information you need to know on advertising
your business through social media on a small budget.
Join us for Membership 101 on August 9th to learn how to
maximize your membership investment, RSVP at:
Our Annual Business Expo is taking place on August 16th at
the Pasadena Convention Center. Don’t miss the opportunity
to connect with both the business community and Pasadena
Independent School District as we showcase the stars of
For more information visit:
Save the date for our State of Education Membership Luncheon
taking place on August 30th at Texas Chiropractic College.
At the event we will get to hear from a panel of our major
education institutions’ leaders and recognize our
2018 Artist of the Year, Mickey Gilley!
PasadenaChamber.org/State of Education
Registration is now open for our 29th Greatest Taste of the
Town! This year we have also added and modified our
sponsorship levels and ticket packages in order to better fit
your needs! Some sponsorship items are limited, so be one of
the first to save your spot for this record breaking event!
20th Annual Theater Night
The Wedding Singer
By: Jamie Huffar
On Thursday, July 12 the Chamber’s Cultural Arts
Committee held its annual Theater Night at the Art Park
Players theater in Deer Park. Art Park’s production of
The Wedding Singer was a hilarious hit, well done with
highly talented cast and crew, creative costumes and
props, and sets that made you feel right at home.
Wedding punch, wedding cake cupcakes and roses kept
the theme going. Nearly every seat was filled bringing
a great crowd together to support theater arts and the
work of the chamber.
Proceeds from theater night benefit scholarships for
students at San Jacinto College and Texas Chiropractic
College. Both of the 2018 scholarship recipients- Hunter
Christian Garcia from San Jacinto College and Chad Long
from Texas Chiropractic College were on hand for
theater night to assist in everything from setting up
dinner to showcasing items during the auction. A live
auction was held prior to the play showcasing twelve
different themed packages and helped raise over $7000;
thank you Auctioneer Mark Beaver. The great spirit of
giving in our local business people and citizens was alive
and in the packages we received. Overall the night was
a huge success and everyone had a great time. The
chamber would like to thank our presenting sponsors,
Thrivent Financial & Home2Suites by Hilton Houston/
Pasadena, for their support in making theater night
We’d like to say a special thank you to Art Park
Players Director, Susan Mele for again partnering with
the Chamber during this event.
Harris County Flood Control District Bond
YOUR Pasadena Chamber supports the 2018
HCFCD BOND PROGRAM and
encourages you to vote yes on what could be
$2.5 billion in bonds for flood risk
reduction projects throughout the county this
YOUR Pasadena Chamber will also be partnering
with Armand Bayou Nature Center for a very
special Town Hall Meeting taking place on
Thursday, August 16th from 6-7PM immediately
following our Business Expo. At the meeting we
will share all the information you need to know
regarding the Flood Control District Bond. For
more information on the Town Hall meeting click
HERE for more information.
Click HERE for more information on meeting dates and times
Read more about the bond by clicking HERE!
Business Honor Roll
We applaud these individuals, organizations, and firms that have renewed their financial commitment to the
growth of our community through their continued investment in the chamber. We appreciate each and every
one of you. Congratulations on celebrating your anniversary this month!
5+ Years 20+ Years
Art Park Players Ichi-Ban Trophy & Engraving
Channel Personnel Services, Inc Larry’s Arts & Crafts
Community Pregnancy Center
Curb Planet Inc. 25+ Years
Immediate Medical Care BASF
Page Beyond Beaute’ Day Spa
Savannah Cafe & Bakery Cernosek Wrecker
10+ Years Golden Corral Restaurant
AFLAC - Herman Weber Haldor Topsoe, Inc.
Baity & Assoc. Tax & Financial Services
Doctors United Surgery Center 30+ Years
Innovative Alternatives Kaneka North America LLC
Mi Tierra Auto Sales
15+ Years Twin Arts Dance Studio
A. C. Cut Rate Wholesale
Brooks Concrete 55+ Years
Complete Environmental Products Ethyl Corporation
KKBQ FM Radio Station/ The New 93Q
Gear up for the City of Pasadena and Pasadena ISD’s
annual school supply drive to equip students with the
tools they need for the 2018-2019 school year!
School Supplies Needed:
• Clear/Mesh Backpacks • Glue sticks
• #2 pencils • Spiral notebooks
• Crayons • Folders/Binders
• Markers • Composition notebooks
• Erasers • Notebook Paper
• Highlighters • Facial tissue
• Elmer’s glue • Hand sanitizer
DROP OFF DATES
8 AM - 5 PM
PASADENA CITY HALL
1149 ELLSWORTH DR, PASADENA, TX 77506
2:30 - 5:30 PM
PASADENA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO
PASADENA CONVENTION CENTER
7902 FAIRMONT, PASADENA, TX 77505
For monetary donations please make checks payable to:
Pasadena ISD Education Foundation
Please mail checks to: 1515 Cherrybrook, Pasadena, TX 77502
For more information, please contact:
713-920-7948 or [email protected]
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provides excellent service, please turn their name and
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Administrator & Special Events Assistant
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