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
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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
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, 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
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
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
• Hilton Garden Inn Houston Hobby Airport
Members! Jeffrey Reich-Hale
• A to Z Rent a Hand
• Buffalo Specialties
• MY SALON Suite
• Quality Inns and Suites
• Volterra Energy
• Ginny Wagner
• Wise Tutoring Center
A special thank you to our platinum members for investing at the highest level
of membership annually!
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
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
MBA, CFP®, FIC FIC, CLTC®
[email protected] Financial Associate
Thrivent Financial was named
one of the “World’s Most Ethical
Companies” by Ethisphere
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®
and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S.
“World’s Most Ethical Companies” and “Ethisphere” names and marks are registered
trademarks of Ethisphere LLC.
Appleton, Wisconsin • Minneapolis, Minnesota • Thrivent.com • 800-847-4836
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
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
“Emilio was the perfect fit for this occasion,” said Cristina Womack, President of the Pasadena Chamber of
Commerce. “...like 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
Click HERE to view BASF’s Industry of the Year Video
Click HERE to video photos from the event
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:
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
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.
Air Liquide Large Industries, US LP
Johnny Tamale’s Cantina
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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