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Published by Pasadena Chamber, 2018-06-07 14:36:52

June Chambergram

Monthly publication for the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

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Chambergram JUNE


2018 Rugged Race Check Presentation James Guthrie

On Friday, May 25th we visited South Shaver Elementary to Chairman 2018
surprise them with a $10,000 check, for being named the

2018 Rugged Race grand recipient. Congratulations!

Message From the Chairman

Dear Chamber Members,

Well Summer is here and we have all kinds of
Chamber Activities taking place. We just had our
Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament which
raised the most money of any tournament in
recent history. Many thanks to Mark Rush and his
committee for a job well done. The tournament
was followed later in the month by our Industrial
Appreciation Luncheon where BASF Pasadena was
recognized as our Industry of the Year. Our guest
speaker was Reid Ryan, President of Business
Operations – Houston Astros. Congratulations to
BASF Pasadena and thank you to Silver Eagle
Distributers for hosting in your fantastic facility.

To be continued...Pg.2

1 Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

With proceeds from the golf tournament four scholarships were
awarded to graduating students from Pasadena High Schools and
one each to our two student interns for a total of six scholarships.
Of course Cristina and her wonderful staff made sure the
tournament and luncheon were well planned and enjoyed by
everyone. Ladies, you always outdo yourselves and make us very

On June 13th, the Chamber’s Pasadena Hispanic Business Council
will host a breakfast workshop at CHI St. Luke’s Health – Patients
Medical Center. The topic of Accessing Health Care for the Insured
and Uninsured will be addressed. A panel of five health care
professionals will lead the discussion on this timely topic. I plan to
be there and hope you will to.

The Chamber’s Cultural Arts Committee will host their annual Theater Night July 12th
at the Art Park Players facility in Deer Park. Dining before the play is an option and this
year’s presentation will be “The Wedding Singer”. This event has grown each year and
funds raised provides scholarships for a student at San Jacinto College and a student at the Texas
Chiropractic College.

The Chamber is searching for a Member Services Coordinator to join an award-winning team that prides
itself in excellence and customer service. If you know someone that would be interested, please tell them
to contact Cristina at the Chamber offices.

Please remember we have several ways for you to engage with your Chamber. Each month on the
second Thursday at 8:30 am we have
Membership 101. This is a one-hour program
that gives you an entire overview of the services
offered by the Chamber to help you promote
your business or agency. We have several active
committees that give you a chance to work with
others that have similar interests and concerns.
Committee participation is one of the best ways
to personally get involved with your Chamber
and make a difference.

As always, if I may be of service to you please
don’t hesitate to call.

Enjoy your Summer,

James Guthrie

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
Beautification Awards - Pg. 8
May Membership Luncheon Recap - Pg. 9
Upcoming Events - Pg. 10
Staff Annoucements - Pg. 11
Member Services Coordinator - Pg. 12
Contact YOUR Chamber - Pg. 12


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 Antler Technologies
James Guthrie – Chairman, Thrivent Financial
Kevin Jeter – Past Chair, Miles A/C Service
Ken Phelps - Chairman Elect, Phelps Insurance A to Z Rent a Hand
Salvador Serrano - Vice Chair of Finance, 832.895.9005

The Serrano Agency [email protected]

Melinda Torrison - Secretary,

Meador Staffing Services

Deborah Moseley, The Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Dr. John Mrozek, D.C., Ed.D., Texas Chiropractic

College (Ex-Officio)

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, Hilton Garden Inn HOU Hobby
Ryan Taylor, T & T Construction
Barbara Van Rheen, Zaetric

Robert Wills, Silver Eagle Distributors
Linda Wischnewsky, Bayway Auto Group

Ex-Officio Directors

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


Welcome SILVER
• Hilton Garden Inn Houston Hobby Airport
Members! Jeffrey Reich-Hale


• A to Z Rent a Hand
Timothy Shanks

• Buffalo Specialties
Andrea Boren

• MY SALON Suite
Aaron Gillaspie

• Quality Inns and Suites
Talena Hines

• Volterra Energy
Elida Trevino

• Ginny Wagner

• Wise Tutoring Center
Zehra Madhani


Platinum Partners

A special thank you to our platinum members for investing at the highest level
of membership annually!

Platinum Partner
of the Month!

ASK ME ABOUT John Phelps opened his State Farm Agency in
1962 in the garage of his home on
THE THRIVENT STORY Strawberry Road. He retired in 2013
after serving his customers and community,
Thrivent is a We help members be And The result is alongside his wife Wynell, for 51 years. His
membership organization wise with money … live generously. stronger members, families State Farm legacy lives on through his son,
Ken Phelps. Ken followed in his father’s
of Christians … and communities. footsteps and opened his State Farm Agency
in 1990.
Let’s start a new conversation about money.
Phelps Insurance is a family business with a
true family feel. Operating in the John Phelps
Building on Fairmont Parkway, Ken and his
staff of licensed professionals are always on
hand to help you with your insurance and
financial service needs.

Houston Bay Area Always offering:
17450 El Camino Real • Free Notary Service for All Customers.
• Free Courier Service – If you don’t have
Houston, TX 77058 time to stop by our office, we’ll come to you!
Jerry Roth James A Guthrie
Wealth Advisor
[email protected] Financial Associate

Thrivent Financial was named
one of the “World’s Most Ethical

Companies” by Ethisphere
Institute 2012–2016.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®
“World’s Most Ethical Companies” and “Ethisphere” names and marks are registered
trademarks of Ethisphere LLC.

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28304 R6-16

June Beautification Awards

Monterey’s Little Mexico Take 5 Oil Change
Landscaping of the Month Landscaping of the Month

Pasadena Food Mart
Building 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)


Industrial Appreciation Membership Luncheon
Event Recap

On Thursday, May 24, 2018 over 200 individuals gathered at
Silver Eagle Distributors to not only honor 2018 Industry of the Year;
BASF Pasadena but to also recognize 6 outstanding students and
an opportunity to hear from Houston Astros President of Business
Operations, Reid Ryan.

Scott VanWagner, Site Director of BASF, was present to accept the
2018 Industrial Appreciation recognition awarded by the Pasadena
Chamber of Commerce. The prestigious honor is presented to one
local industry every year since 1995. Past recipients were also
present at the Luncheon.

During the Luncheon attendees had the opportunity to enjoy a
video that captured the essence of what BASF is as an organization. This was made possible by Firefox Video who
produced an excellent synopsis of all that BASF offers to the community.

Student scholarships were made available through funds generated at the Pasadena Chamber’s 2018 Industrial
Appreciation Golf Tournament held May 14, 2018. The scholarships were presented to 4 deserving PISD students.
Each student received a $500 cash scholarship to be applied towards their college expenses. Scholarship recipients
were Isaac Arredondo, Marc Cabrera, Joel Munos, Karen Perales.

Additionally, two scholarships were also presented to students
interning at the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce through their
internship program. A partnership program between the chamber
and the Pasadena Independent School District. Recipients of these
scholarships were Anahi Briones and Angela Padilla.

The honorary event ended with an informative and motivational
presentation from Reid Ryan, President of Business Operations for
the Houston Astros. Ryan’s presentation gave attendees a complete
explanation of the structure for the Houston Astros, as well as
highlighted the team’s key players and their plans to continue
building on their team to build greatness.

“We get it, people like greatness,” said Ryan “...that is why we chose Never Settle as our tagline this year, our team
will continue to work towards being great and continue working hard to keep winning many titles.”

The Chamber thanked Ryan for being their guest speaker by presenting him with a very special gift in collaboration
with PISD. A one of a kind painting designed specially for Ryan by Emilio Recio, a Sam Rayburn High School Senior
who was named a Scholastic National American Vision Award Recipient and soon to be recognized at Carneige Hall
in NYC.

“Emilio was the perfect fit for this occasion,” said Cristina Womack, President of the Pasadena Chamber of
Commerce. “ the Houston Astros, he too earned his own championship title as the 2018 HLSR Grand
Champion Artist through a painting that sold for $225,000. We are so proud of having such a talented student in
our city.”

Click HERE to view BASF’s Industry of the Year Video
Click HERE to video photos from the event


Upcoming Events

Join us for Membership 101 on May 10th to learn how to
maximize your membership investment, RSVP 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:

Save the date for our Annual Business Expo
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 Pasadena.
For more information visit:


Staff Annoucements

Join us in congratulating our Financial
Administrator Jamie Huffar, who celebrated
her first work anniversary at the chamber

this past Tuesday, June 5th!

We love having you as part of our team!

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! 20+ Years
5+ Years

Art Park Players Grand View Funeral Home

Bass & Meineke Complete Auto Care John O. Harris Interest, L.P.

Chick-fil-a Fairmont Pkwy Pinnacle Industries, LTD

Gardner & Martin, Inc. The Bridge Over Troubled Waters

John’s Granite & Cabinets LLC

Mobil Steel International Inc. 30+ Years

Pasadena Fence Co. Apache Oil Co. L.P

Safety RX Golden Acres Pet Inn

10+ Years 40+ Years
Baycenter Family Physician, P.A. BakerRipley
Pasadena Citizen HCN
Deer Park Family Clinic
State Farm Insurance - Caroline Tuck 60+ Years
Clyde D. Thomas & Company, P.C.
Timber Creek Golf Club
GBS Insurance Agency, Inc.
15+ Years
Air Liquide Large Industries, US LP

Johnny Tamale’s Cantina
Monument Chevrolet
Maxim Crane Works

Palace Inn - W. Pasadena Frwy.
Pasadena Trailer & Truck Accessories

RE/MAX 1st Source - Mark Benoit
San Augustine Apartments


DID YOUR Pasadena Chamber of Commerce team is
YOU looking for a Member Services Coordinator to
join our award winning team!

If you are interested in joining a team that
takes pride in excellence & customer service
then click HERE to read the job description and

instructions on how to apply.

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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