On Thursday, June 21st we hosted our Annual Chairman’s James Guthrie
Circle Luncheon, where we had the chance to share chamber
successes and ideas/plans for the future with past leadership. Chairman 2018
A special thank you to all of them for joining us and staying
committed to the work of the chamber.
Message From the Chairman
Dear Chamber Members,
By the time you read this, we’ll be close to the half
way point of the summer and a lot of good things
are happening at your Pasadena Chamber of
Commerce. We had our Chairman’s Circle
Luncheon last month. Fifteen former Chairmen of
the board attended and many memories, as well
as future programs were shared. A new
Leadership program is being developed under the
guidance of incoming Chair, Ken Phelps.
To be continued...Pg.2
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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.
The evening of July 12th is the Chamber’s Cultural Arts
Committee’s annual “Theater Night” at the Art Park Players
in Deer Park. This year’s dinner theater performance is “The
Wedding Singer”. In addition to the play, we’ll have a
fantastic auction with lots of packages. Proceeds from the
event go toward two scholarships, one for a San Jacinto
College student and one for a student at the Texas
Chiropractic College. Please come and enjoy the evening with
us and help support these students. Seating is still available, I encourage you to
call the Chamber office and our team will assist you with tickets and information
(show only tickets are also available for only $15).
We’re already half way sold out on booths for this year’s Business Expo at the Pasadena
Convention Center. The Expo will be held the afternoon of August 16th. Changes to the format
have been made the last two years, crowds have been increasing. It’s an excellent way to display
the products or services your company or agency provides. I encourage you to call the Chamber
office for more details.
I encourage you to come to one of our
Membership 101 classes (2nd Thurday 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. I consider these classes to be
like defensive driving. I’ve been to most of
the classes and I learn something new each
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, they want to help
you be a success in the Pasadena
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
TCCE Media Excellence Awards - Pg. 8
Upcoming Events - Pg. 9
Chamber President Receives IOM - Pg. 10
Staff Annoucements - Pg. 11
Business Honor Roll - Pg. 11
“Fill The Bus” - Pg. 12
Contact YOUR Chamber - Pg. 13
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
James Guthrie – Chairman, Thrivent Financial McDonald’s - Red Bluff
Kevin Jeter – Past Chair, Miles A/C Service
Ken Phelps - Chairman Elect, Phelps Insurance McDonalds.com
Salvador Serrano - Vice Chair of Finance,
American Title Company
The Serrano Agency 281.479.1913
Melinda Torrison - Secretary, [email protected]
Meador Staffing Services
Deborah Moseley, The Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Dr. John Mrozek, D.C., Ed.D., Texas Chiropractic
College (Ex-Officio) The UPS Store #6942
Stephen Trncak, San Jacinto College (Ex-Officio)
Michael D. West, West & West, LLP [email protected]
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 Country Gone Crazy
Pedro Garcia, Port of Houston Authority
Tammie Nielsen, Commisioner Jack Morman Harris CountryGoneCrazy.com
County Pct. 2
Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD
Carlos Guzman, City of Pasadena
• McDonald’s - South Richey
Members! John Jo
• McDonald’s - Spencer Hwy
• A Helping Hand Home Care Service
• Clearhope Counseling & Wellness Center
• Country Gone Crazy
• Farris Servics LLC
• Music & Arts
• My Edgy Veggy by Local Harvest Company
• Pasadena Performance Center
• Town Square Publications
A special thank you to our platinum members for investing at the highest level
of membership annually!
of the Month!
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registered trademarks of Ethisphere LLC. For details, visit Ethisphere.com.
Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name
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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
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Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual
Conference - Media Excellence Awards
Grapevine, TX—Local Chambers from across the
state of Texas convened Tuesday night June 19, 2018
for the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives
(TCCE) Annual Excellence Awards. The awards honor
organizations for exceptional efforts in marketing,
communications and media outreach. Awards are
judged in seven separate categories: Social Media
Marketing and Communications, Brochures, Cham-
ber Map, Magazine or Community Guide, Print /
Electronic News, Outstanding Chamber Website, and
Outstanding Traditional Marketing Campaign.
In the category of Newsletters the Pasadena
Chamber was honored as one the best in Texas,
winning second place for its Chambergram.
In the caterogy of Social Media the Pasadena
Chamber was also honored as a second place
“This is an extremely competitive process,” said Page Michel, TCCE Chairman of Communications whose
division oversees the process. “This year we had a large number of entries from around the state and judges
that were attentive to every detail. Rest assured the winners had to demonstrate their best. A victory tonight
truly indicates the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is one of the best in 2017 in Newsletters & Social Media.”
The overall competition had more than 200 entries from which the best were judged by panels of experts in
the specific field around the state. “This honor demonstrates the phenomenal work done by the Pasadena
Chamber of Commerce organizationally and in the community” said Kelly Hall, 2018 TCCE Board Chairman and
CEO of the Longview Chamber of Commerce.
“One of the primary responsibilities for a chamber is to promote the organization, community and that
chamber’s members,” said Hessel. “By winning this award the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce can be held
up as an example of the best at promoting the chamber, its businesses and providing excellent information to
people in Pasadena.”
The Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) is the professional society of chamber of commerce
executives and professional staff in the state of Texas. Established in 1908, TCCE remains a strong, viable
organization and the longest standing association of chamber of commerce professionals in the nation.
As a private not-for-profit 501 (c)(6) TCCE operates with the primary goal of serving its membership by
providing excellence in professional development, networking, resource and idea exchange opportunities and
grassroots advocacy information and coordination. Through its publications and other resources TCCE
provides operational guidance and leadership to chambers across the state.
Join us for Membership 101 on July 12th to learn how to
maximize your membership investment, RSVP 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:
Our Annual Business Expo taking place on August 16th at the
Pasadena Convention Center and space is filling up quick!
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 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.
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 edu-
cation institutions’ leaders and recognize our
2018 Artist of the Year, Mickey Gilley!
PasadenaChamber.org/State of Education
President/CEO Receives IOM Designation
Cristina Womack, IOM of
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
Graduates from Institute for
A Leadership Training Program Produced by the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization
Management, the professional development
program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Foundation, is pleased to announce that Cristina
Womack, IOM, President/CEO, of the Pasadena
Chamber of Commcerce, has graduated from
the program and has received the recognition of
IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute
program, the IOM Graduate Recognition
signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours
of course instruction in nonprofit management.
In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or
Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.
“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and
organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of
Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication
necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber
Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of
association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better
serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four
weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a
combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing,
finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational
management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and
Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for
association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and
Please join us in welcoming Julianne Echavarria to the Pasadena
Chamber of Commerce staff! Julianne will serve as the Member
Services Coordinator. She is a recent graduate of the University of
Houston where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.
Julianne brings her expertise from her work experience at CenterPoint
Energy and more recently, CHI St. Luke’s Health – Patients Medical
Center where she worked in their respective corporate communications
and marketing departments. Julianne is a high-spirited individual with a
passion for community service and helping others grow.
Julianne’s ultimate goal is to build lasting relationships within the
Chamber and the local community to make a positive impact and
support the growth of the city. Through Julianne’s academic and
professional experiences, she’s able to bring her writing, interpersonal
and leadership skills to the Chamber. She hopes to be a great asset to
the Chamber and its members and looks forward to working with the
community to build a better future for the wonderful city of Pasadena!
You may contact Julianne at [email protected]
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! 25+ Years
Accrinet Corporation ADS Custom Signs, Inc.
Advanced Compressor Technology InkSpot Printing
Art Park Players LBC Houston
Bay Area Council Sellers Bros, Inc.
Council of Business Women Stuart’s Pest Control, Inc.
Dannenbaum Engineering Corp
FedEx Office 30+ Years
Immediate Medical Care, P.A. Houston Marriott South at Hobby
RPS John Manlove Marketing &
Texas Lawn & Sprinkler Co. Communications
Pasadena Interfaith Manor
10+ Years Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Texas Citizens Bank Oxy Vinyls, LP
15+ Years San Jacinto College District
The Boeing Company
HR Green, Inc. 40+ Years
Miller Pools Vista Continuing Care Center, Inc.
20+ Years 45+ Years
HASC James Plumbing Co. Inc.
Ichi-Ban Trophy & Engraving 50+ Years
Meador Staffing Services
Did you know, your membership includes
unlimited postings of events in our community calendar?
Use this as a benefit to promote an upcoming open house, ribbon
cutting, fundraiser and more!
All you need to do is click “Add my event to the calendar” from the
Contact YOUR Chamber Staff
Cristina Womack Jamie Huffar Suzette McDowell Elizabeth Cox
President/ CEO Financial Director of Marketing Administrative
Administrator & Special Events Assistant
Join us in wishing our President/CEO
Happy Birthday! (July 9th)
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