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Message From the Chairman
Dear Chamber Members,
Well here we are, Spring is almost over and
Summer is about to begin. April was a busy
month for the Chamber. The Cultural Arts
Committee had their annual “Spelling Bee” for
Pasadena Independent School District
students and the Chamber’s 7th Annual
“Rugged Race” was a huge success. I’m so
proud of the relationship between our
Chamber and PISD. Pasadena residents are
blessed to have such a stellar school district. I
want to thank the Chamber staff and all of you
who supported these events.
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The Pasadena Hispanic Business Council’s “Breakfast
Workshop” was hosted by the new Bayway Chrysler, Dodge,
Jeep dealership on the Pasadena Freeway. The subject was
marketing on the internet and the workshop was very well
attended. Many thanks to Bayway for hosting and best of
luck at your new location!
The April Chamber luncheon at the Silver Sycamore featured
Mark Rush, CPA with Ham, Langston & Brezina and my
associate at Thrivent Financial, Jerry Roth, CFP. They gave a
presentation summary on the new “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act” and
went into detail how the tax law changes will impact business
owners as well as individuals. Mark, Jerry, Attorney Kim
Hegwood and myself will be follow up with a “Lunch and
Learn” at the Chamber offices on May 22nd dealing with how the tax law
changes will impact estate planning.
Our “Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament” will be held May 14th at Timber Creek Golf Club.
Congratulations to our Industry of the Year, BASF Pasadena. If you haven’t done so already
please plan to participate by playing, sponsorship or both. I want to thank Mark Rush for
chairing the tournament committee this year.
Many other events are on the calendar. Our May Membership Luncheon will be held May 24th
at Silver Eagle Distributors. And look forward to our Cultural Arts Committee’s “Theater Night”
July 12th, featuring the Deer Park - Art Park
Players. This year’s play will be the musical
comedy “The Wedding Singer”.
Once again thank you for your support of
the Pasadena Chamber. Please take time to
introduce yourself to the staff and consider
volunteering for one of our many
committees. Committee involvement is one
of the best ways to develop relationships in
our community and the Chamber.
Looking forward to a very wonderful
James Guthrie, Thrivent Financial
In this issue...
A message from the Chairman - Pg. 1-2
Ribbon Cuttings - Pg. 4-5
Platinum Partners - Pg. 6
Platinum Partner of the Month - Pg. 7
Welcome New Members - Pg. 8
Beautification Awards - Pg. 9
Rugged Race Event Recap - Pg. 10
Upcoming Events - Pg. 11
Ambassador Spotlight - Pg. 12
Ultimate Sports Package Raffle - 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
4334 Fairmont Pkwy.
Pasadena, TX 77504
Executive Board Pro Staff
James Guthrie – Chairman, Thrivent Financial ProStaff.com
Kevin Jeter – Past Chair, Miles A/C Service Dex YP
Ken Phelps - Chairman Elect, Phelps Insurance 832.883.0278
Salvador Serrano - Vice Chair of Finance,
The Serrano Agency
Melinda Torrison - Secretary,
Meador Staffing Services
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
Mustansir “Mus” Abbas, PostNet
Jeanna Bamburg, Bayshore Medical Center
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, Home2Suites by Hilton HOU/PAS
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
Ribbon Cuttings - Continued
First United Methodist Church Louisiana Fried Chicken
Sign Guys 365 Texas First Bank
Hawthorne at Crenshaw
A special thank you to our platinum members for investing at the highest level
of membership annually!
of the Month!
Paying it Forward with High CD Rates
ASK ME ABOUT “The recent tax breaks give us an opportunity to give
back to customers in a big way,” said Texas Citizens
THE THRIVENT STORY Bank Chairman and CEO Duncan Stewart after a recent
board meeting. “Coming off a strong financial year and
Thrivent is a We help members be And The result is looking to reinvest in customers, we decided to increase
membership organization wise with money … live generously. stronger members, families
our certificate of deposit (CD) rates significantly.”
of Christians … and communities.
Since January, our annual percentage yields (APY) on
Let’s start a new conversation about money. CD accounts have skyrocketed. Our 7-month Special
Term CD went from 1.25% APY to 1.71% APY, while our
Houston Bay Area 13-month Special Term CD broke 2% APY, going from
17450 El Camino Real 1.35% APY to 2.02% APY! Our standard CD, Reward CD,
and Money Market accounts also experienced large rate
Houston, TX 77058 bumps. All currently available CD accounts require a
281-461-6200 $1,000 minimum balance. Visit texascitizensbank.com/
Jerry Roth James A Guthrie rates.aspx for more details.
MBA, CFP®, FIC FIC, CLTC®
Wealth Advisor Email [email protected] or call
[email protected] Financial Associate 713.948.5700 to open a CD account today.
Thrivent Financial was named Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is a percentage rate
one of the “World’s Most Ethical reflecting the total amount of interest paid on an
account, based on the interest rate and the frequency of
Companies” by Ethisphere
Institute 2012–2016. compounding during a 365-day period.
The annual percentage yield (APY) assumes that
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®
and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S. interest remains on deposit until maturity. A
“World’s Most Ethical Companies” and “Ethisphere” names and marks are registered withdrawal of interest will reduce earnings. An early
trademarks of Ethisphere LLC. withdrawal penalty will be imposed for withdrawals
before maturity. Rates mentioned current as of April 2,
Appleton, Wisconsin • Minneapolis, Minnesota • Thrivent.com • 800-847-4836 2018. Rates may change after opening. Member FDIC.
• Louisiana Fried Chicken
Members! Gulam Sahriar
• Sudie’s Catfish House
• Angels Medical
• Sign Guys 365
• The UPS Store #6942
May Beautification Awards
Red Robin Outback Steakhouse
Building of the Month Building of the Month
Landscaping of the Month
If you have any business or residential home in Pasadena that you would like to nominate for a
Beautification Award, please submit the name, address, and contact information. We present businesses
with plaques in the areas of new buildings, building renovations, or property landscaping.
Residential awards are presented for landscaping; however, the award is simply a written notification of
the recognition. We do not visit private homes to present the award.
You may email your nominees to: [email protected]
(Awards are not guaranteed to every nominee and those already recognized may be eliminated)
7th Annual Rugged Race - Event Recap
More than 500 participants ran or walked
in our 7th Annual Rugged Race on April
7th. Participants completed a 1K or a 5K
obstacle course across the grounds of the
Pasadena Convention Center.
Winners were awarded medals based on
age categories and finish times. Rugged
Race is for anyone of any age wanting to
help promote a healthier lifestyle among
PISD students and their families.
The Chamber staff and members of the
PISD community want to thank Kasie
Fernandez, Volleyball Coach at Pasadena
Memorial High School for her vision and
dedication to not only our Rugged Race
but to the improved health of all
Pasadena citizens. With participation high
at this year’s event, we will make a $10K
donation to a deserving area school.
If you would like to learn more about
Rugged Race or want to watch the
website for advanced notice of next
year’s event, please visit
There is a selection process to identify
the elementary or middle school
recipient of the athletic grant raised
through Rugged Race proceeds. If you
are interested in learning more about
this grant program or wish to donate,
please contact Cristina Womack at
281.487.7871 or [email protected]
Stay tunned to hear more about this
year’s recipient in month’s to come!
Click HERE to watch a video from the
Join us for Membership 101 on May 10th to learn how to
maximize your membership investment, RSVP at:
Our Annual Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament
is taking place on Monday, May 14 at Timbercreek Golf
Course. Test your swing or sponsor this event.
Register online at:
Join us for our next Membership Luncheon where we will
honor our 2018 Industry Partner of the Year, BASF Pasadena
and present our PISD Scholarships.
Register online at:
Join our Pasadena Hispanic Business Council’s next
Breakfast Workshop taking place on June 13th. The event will
cover important information on healthcare for both the
insured and uninsured. Register online at:
Join our Cultural Arts Committee for their Annual Theater Night
taking place on July 12th at Art Park Players and will showcase
“The Wedding Singer” For more information visit:
Ambassador Spotlight - Crystal Guillen-Rios
I am a Marketing Director with World Financial Group, and market
financial solutions for reputable financial companies nationwide. My
journey started selling home and auto insurance, and immediately fell
in love with customer service. I’ve been in the industry for 8 years now,
and enjoy helping families in the community to be more knowledgeable
as to how money works and have money work for them. At such a young
age, I have always wanted to have my own business and give back to the
community. Now being a business owner it’s time to give back and what a
better way than being part of this great organization.
From the first meeting of Membership 101 I saw value in what the
Pasadena Chamber does for the community, and knew I could fit right in.
Being part of the Chamber and Ambassador I’m happy to have met more
local businesses that make Pasadena GREAT! As an active member in my
church ministries now I know more businesses to recommend. My
ultimate goal is to show you how to make money and save money.
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 First Baptist Christian Academy
Chick-fil-A Fairmont Parkway First Presbyterian Church
Kindred Hospital - Bay Area
Guidry’s Cajun Kitchen Pasadena Lions Club
McDonald’s Fairmont Pkwy
Harris County Commissioner - Jack 20+ Years
Grand View Funeral Home
Subway #18 - Southmore and Memorial Park
Fisher Life Cycle Services
Ultimate Pet Spa
United Rentals 25+ Years
United States Postal Service Apache Oil Co. L.P
10+ Years Phelps Insurance
Project Surveillance, Inc.
Sanyo Chemical Texas, Inc. 40+ Years
Subway #19 - HWY 225 Texas Power Sports Pasadena
Complete Environmental Inc.
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#4 events in our community calendar?
Whether you want to share about an upcoming
engaging event, ribbon cutting or a special meeting
you have access to the community at large.
For assistance or instructions on how to share your
events contact [email protected]
Contact YOUR Chamber Staff
Cristina Womack Jamie Huffar Suzette McDowell Elizabeth Cox
President/ CEO Financial Director of Marketing Administrative
Administrator & Special Events Assistant
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