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Published by Pasadena Chamber, 2019-10-10 15:55:25

October Chambergram

October Chambergram

October 2019

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Three of Pasadena’s most influential women
end the 2019 Breakfast with Champions series

Message From a Upcoming Pasadena Volunteer
Board Member Events Fire Department

From Lee Betancourt, AT&T Business Learn about the events we’ve got October is Fire Prevention Month & a
Solutions coming up at the Chamber great opportunity to learn about the
history & ways to engage with our
Pasdena Volunteer Fire Department

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In This Issue...

3 - Board Member Spotlight
4 - Welcome New Members
5 - Ribbon Cuttings
6 - Platinum Partners
7 - Platinum Member Spotlight
8 - October Membership Luncheon
9 - 2019 Breakfast W/Champions Series Concludes
10 - 30th Annual Taste of the Town
11 - Annual Gala: Legacy of Leadership
12 - Thank You Thursday / Ambassador Spotlight
13 - Business Honor Roll
14 - Beautification Awards / In the Community
15 - Can-Do Food Drive
16 - Chamber Papparazzi
17 - Volunteer at the Texas Invitational
18 - History of the Pasadena Fire Department
19 - Your Chamber is Hiring!
20 - Upcoming Events
21 - Contact Your Chamber

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Message From a
Board Member

Lee Betancourt
Board Member

AT&T Business

Hello Pasadena Chamber Members, There are so many pieces that the Chamber takes care
of already and if I can help to offload by volunteering,
Since joining as a member in 2014 it has been such I am happy to do so. I was Awarded Volunteer of the
a benefit for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Year 2018, which was very unexpected, as well as
opportunity to get to know the community, the a highlight to my time here with the Chamber and I
businesses, and to witness how everyone helps each am very appreciative. The Annual Golf Tournament
other. I have really gotten to see how tight knit this is another event I look forward to helping with every
community can be. Being a volunteer for the Chamber year!
has opened my eyes to a new vision of how ‘Great’
looks. Why do I volunteer? It is something that is second
nature to me since I can remember. How can I help an
Originally, going into this I wasn’t sure where it would event run as smooth as possible? For me personally,
lead me, since day one I have never regretted it. Being I hope my time here has shown me as a trustworthy
a volunteer means to me that you are offering time, person in the community and someone to count on
working side by side with others toward a common for help if needed. Professionally, if I earn your business,
goal, and making connections with other leaders in fantastic. Most importantly, I want you to know I will
the community. Personally, I want to make sure my go above and beyond for clients, just as I do for the
kids see that volunteering helps you grow as a person, Chamber. I will be the first to admit, I may not have all
and the importance of instilling the idea of service and the answers in my industry, but I will always point you in
connections with the community. As my sons have the right direction or with the help of my network get
grown up, I have been involved with their baseball, the end result trying to be achieved.
soccer, and football teams, W.A.T.C.H. DOG program
at their schools, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Lee and his wife Brandy, aboard the M/V Sam Houston Boat Tour, a special
Pasadena Chamber, and Fraternity alumni events. evening to thank our board members and IMPACT Pasadena participatns.
Any time I volunteer, I feel just as excited as if it was my
first time, knowing I contributed to make an event a
success is such a reward.

I am proudly serving as your Co-Chair and Judge
Coordinator for this year’s 30th Annual Taste of the
Town. I am very excited for the Chamber and guests
on Nov. 7th to see what we have put together for
this year’s event. While it’s not everyone’s cup of tea,
I enjoy being a part of the planning, making calls,
lead committee meetings and day of the event
activities. Seeing it all come together and being able
to contribute to the Chamber’s success is an honor.

4 Chambergram Welcome NOT A MEMBER YET?
Become a chamber member
Members! today! As a member you’ll have
Pasadena access to our marketing benefits,
Chamber of Commerce
exciting events & more!
4334 Fairmont Pkwy.
Pasadena, TX 77504 Join the Pasadena Chamber

Executive Board Say Hello To Our New Members...

Ken Phelps - Chairman, Phelps Insurance Platinum
James Guthrie – Past Chair, Thrivent Financial
SER Construction Partners TIMEC
Melinda Torrison - Chairman Elect, Miguel Ramos Tina Dean
Meador Staffing Services (713) 473-7900 (281) 471-3209
Salvador Serrano - Vice Chair of Finance,
The Serrano Agency
Deborah Moseley - Secretary,
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters Amigo Energy Eastview Rehabilitation & Healthcare
Karina Abdul Rachel Deason
Alix Fox, Qualified Properties (281) 702-5700 (281) 457-6462
Samuel Jimenez, McDonalds
Dr. John Mrozek, D.C., Ed.D, Texas

Chiropractic College Bronze
Michael D. West, West & West, LLP
Dana Industrial Group Massage Heights - Pasadena
Board of Directors Eric Froeschner Pamela Nguyen
(832) 742-5994 (832) 327-5088
Mustansir “Mus” Abbas, PostNet
Lee Betancourt, AT&T Business Xmile Orthodontics (MOVA Orthodontics PLLC)
Denisse Arredondo
Josh Campos, Frost Bank (832) 280-7670
Steven Foster, FACHE, CHI St. Lukes Health -
Patients Medical Center
Stacy Gillaspey, Communities In Schools

Dr. Tommy Hysler, Houston Area
Safety Council

Denise Jennings, LyondellBasell
Margie Pena, BakerRipley

Gary Piana, Chevron Phillips
Jeffrey Reich-Hale, Unique & Fresh Consulting

Ryan Taylor, T & T Construction
Linda Wischnewsky, Bayway Auto Group

Ex-Officio Directors

Nelson Espitia, Harris Co. Precinct 2
Pedro Garcia, Port of Houston Authority

Rick Guerrero, Pasadena Economic
Development Corporation

Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College
Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD

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Welcome to all who have recently joined the Pasadena

Chamber of Commerce! Welcome to our family!

R & D Dirt Works & Construction Fairmont Orthodontics

1940 Air Terminal Museum Colonial Oaks at Vista

TIMEC Eastview Rehabilitation & Healthcare

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Platinum Partners

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Platinum Member Spotlight

At Partners in Primary Care, we believe you deserve to feel
as welcome and comfortable as possible when you’re
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you deserve high-quality care and consultation, no matter
what brings you in. And we believe you deserve respect
— for your time, your schedule and your vision for your own

We’re not just concerned with what brings you here today,
we also want to understand if that might be connected to
something that could impact you in the future. It means
taking a bit more time to let your doctor connect the dots
that form the larger picture of your health. Trusting us to
keep track of that larger picture means you can focus on getting and living well today, as well as in the years ahead.

Learn more about us by CLICKING HERE

The Independent, Locally Owned Alternative
For Owner Managed Businesses

© Copyright 2018 Texas Citizens Bank, N.A. All rights reserved.

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2019 Breakfast With Champions Series
Ends with three very dynamic speakers!

WHATEVER YOUR Connect. Engage. Inspire
When Chairman of the Board, Ken Phelps, and incoming Chairman
We’ll help you reach them. of the Board, Melinda Torrison, came up with the idea to host three
Breakfast with Champions events in 2019, we all knew it would be a
Thrivent Financial offers a full range of products, services and tools to help raging success. We opened the series in March with Ben Meador,
you achieve financial security, including: Chad Burke and Jeanna Bamburg, heard from the six Pasadena
ISD high school principals in June, and ended the 2019 series with
• Life insurance • Estate and legacy strategies Dr. Dixie Melillo, Mariselle Quijano and Melinda Torrison.
• Retirement options • Education funding options
• Annuities • Managed accounts The sold out crowd gathered at the brand new San Jacinto College
• Health insurance • Retail brokerage Center for Petrochemical, Energy & Technology. You could hear
• Mutual funds laughter explode at times, as well as tears being shed as these
three remarkable women vulnerablly opened up to the audience
We’ll create a financial strategy that reflects your goals and values. and shared their personal stories of how their lives have transpired
from adolescence into adulthood.
Jerry Roth James A Guthrie
MBA, CFP®, FIC FIC The panelists shared stories about their times of struggles and
Wealth Advisor Financial Associate triumphs, shared insight into their leadership styles and motivated
the crowd that anything can be achieved with hard work, great
281-461-6200 • 17450 El Camino Real • Houston, TX 77058 work ethic and, as Dr. Melillo stated, “just be kind.”

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® If you missed any of these series this year, don’t worry, we have
and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S. slated three more dates in 2020 that you will not want to miss!

Thrivent was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Institute for Thank you to our generous sponsors in 2019 and the many guests
our leadership in promoting ethical business standards and introducing innovative ideas to who shared their mornings with us learning to connect, engage
benefit the public. “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and “Ethisphere” names and marks are and inspire one another.
registered trademarks of Ethisphere LLC. For details, visit

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name
for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all
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 • 800-847-4836 20328 R4-18

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Annual Gala: Celebrating the

Legacy of Leadership

Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of 2019 with a night
of networking, announcing the 2019 citizen of the year, and

honoring the board of directors and
impact pasadena participants.

Special Guest Speaker:

Texas Railroad Commissioner

Ryan Sitton

“The opportunity to Lead”

Sponsorship Information:

Platinum: $2,000 Gold: $1,000 Silver: $750

VIP Table of 8 with Table of 8 with Table of 8 with
Table signage preferred seating & Table Signage
Name in Program
1/2 page ad in program Table Signage Name on webpage
Logo in program Logo in Program
Name on webpage Individual
Logo on webpage & all Tickets
event marketing
Individual tickets can be
Legacy purchased for $75 each
Thursday, December 12th
Leadership 6:00pm: Cocktail Reception

6:30pm: Program & Dinner

Next Houston Marriott Hobby Airport
Level 9100 Gulf Frwy | Houston, 77017

Attire: Black Tie Optional

or call 281.487.7871


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Thank You Thursday

“Thank You Thursday” is an initiative we started in an effort to show gratitude to our loyal
members who have been with us for many, many years. Our staff and Ambassadors
surprise a few members with a Facebook Live video and gifts once per month.

Congrats to the following businesses and thank you for
your partnership with the Pasadena Chamber!
Coastal Eye Associates - 11 Years
M & B Tools & Equipment - 19 years
Rosewood Funeral Home - 18 Years

Thank you to our Ambassadors who donated prizes to
give away to these very deserving members!

Ambassador Spotlight

Laura Board | Candlewood Suites - Deer Park

I am the Director of Sales/Marketing for Candlewood Suite Deer Park, an extended stay
Hotel with multiple room types including Singles, Doubles, Suites, and Handicapped rooms.
We are perfect for the extended stay corporate travelers, traveling families, or even families
that have been displaced due to catastrophe such as flooding/fire, or just moving, and
haven’t found that perfect home. We also are a pet friendly hotel, so you may bring your
pets with you, rather than leaving them at home or in a shelter. All rooms are equipped
with Kitchenettes, that include a full-size refrigerator, two burner stovetop, pots pans, plates
utensils, silverware, dishwasher, microwave etc. We also have a free laundry mat, gym, and
gas grill which is in our gazebo area just steps away from the pool. We have been in the
Deer Park/ Pasadena area for almost 10 years, and our Hotel is still looking great! We offer
numerous different Corporate rates that include, Group, Military, AARP, AAA & more!
I always considered myself outgoing, but when it came to crowds, I was a little intimidated.
Since joining the Pasadena Chamber a year ago, I have been going to many functions
and getting involved with the community. The Chamber family has tremendously helped
me with being more confident and vocal in crowds and answering all my questions while always being positive
and motivating. I have connected with new people and businesses that I never would have met with or even
heard of. I love to volunteer at functions and go to as many ribbon cuttings as possible. I am very proud to be an
Ambassador for the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

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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.

5-9 years 26-50 years

Angel Animal Hospital American Title Co.
Brooks & Sparks Inc. APM

Dannenbaum Engineering Corp. Faust Distributing Co Inc
Empire Village Apartments Gulf Coast Authority
Fischers Hardware J. Morales Inc.
Gayesco-WIKA USA LBC Houston
McMillin Agency Inc.
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office
Texas First Bank Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo
Texas CRES
10-15 years
The Salvation Army
ABC Dental Waste Management
Access Service Team
Casa Ole - Deer Park

Curb Planet Inc
Highpoint Insurance Group LLC

Mi Tierra Auto Sales Inc.
Pasadena Health Center

Primrose of Pasadena
San Jacinto Harley Davidson
San Jacinto Museum of History

16-20 years

Calpine Channel Energy Center
HEB - Fairmont Pkwy.
Stockstill & Associates

21-25 years

Essential Janitorial Services LLC
Moody Bank
Spanky’s Pizza

Beautification Awards

The Classic Club of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce selects three local businesses
each month for a Beautification Award, thanking them for their efforst to beautify our

Congrats to the following businesses and thank you for
keeping our community beautiful!

Discovery Kids Childcare - Renovation
The Broadwater Luxury Apartments - Landscaping

The Simple Greek Pasadena - New Building
If you have someone you’d like to nominate for a
beautification award, please contact the Chamber office.

Chamber In The Community

Erin Webb and Julianne Echavarria from the Pasadena The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce surprised the teachers and
Chamber of Commerce attended the 24th Annual San faculty at Young Elementary with a check for $500 for having the
Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament in an effort most attendance at the Annual Business Expo in August. Principal
to support the Foundation, as welll as help spread the word Amy McClellen informed us that they would be using the funds
about all the exciting things we’ve got going on at the to take students on field trips this year. A huge thank you to Pheps

Pasadena Chamber. Insurance for sponsoring the grant.

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Chamber Paparazzi

Photo Credit: We were so fortunate to partner with ABC 13 during the month of September for a series
Mrs. Jackie Welch they did called ABC13+, in which they spent a week in Pasadena highlighting all the
amazing things we do here, along with the extraordinary people we have in leadership.
The pictures below are from the kick-off party held at Silver Sycamore

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History Of The Pasadena
Volunteer Fire Department
October is Fire Prevention Month

The Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department was organized in
the summer of 1930 with twenty-five (25) members, led by
Joe Fels, Fire Chief. Through the untiring efforts of these 25
firefighters, the loss of life and property, due to fire, was held
to a minimum during the lean years of the small town of old

The first piece of apparatus, an American LaFrance pumper
was purchased in 1929 and the second truck, a Ford, was
purchased in 1941. The 1929 American LaFrance, endearingly
called “Old Betsy” still remains in our fleet of apparatus and is
proudly displayed during parades and other special events.

Today our Department is led by Lanny Armstrong, Fire Chief,
and consists of 200 volunteers, serving a population of
approximately 150,000 citizens, covering 54 square miles. We
provide fire protection with over 40 pieces of apparatus and
operate from nine (9) fire stations located throughout the City.

The Pasadena Fire Department remains the largest single municipal volunteer fire department in the United States and has attained
a Public Protection Classification (ISO Rating) of Class I, which is the highest classification for Fire Departments. This rating provides
significant cost savings for both residential and commercial fire insurance rates.

Although techniques and equipment have changed over the years, the dedication of those who founded this Department has
not wavered. Still today we continue as a proud group of men and women, striving each day to protect our neighbors from the
ravages of fire.

Our Department responds to approximately 170 alarms per month within the City Limits, including rescue calls and hazardous
material responses. While providing fire protection to the City of Pasadena, our Department is an active member of the Channel
Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA) and also provides mutual aid fire protection with adjoining Cities, Ellington Field, Johnson Space Center,
the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the City of Taylor Lake.

As with any volunteer organization we are constantly looking for volunteers who are interested in making a difference in their
community. Becoming a fire fighter is physically demanding and dangerous work and there is a chance you will get injured. Being a
member of the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department requires a great commitment of time from the fire fighter and also their family.
Our most successful fire fighters owe their success to the support from their families. Since we are a volunteer fire department, our
members are on call 24 hours a day,7 days a week, 365 days a year. The fire fighter must balance their time between a job, family,
friends, church and the fire department. This puts a great strain on the fire fighter’s personal life. The average Pasadena Fire Fighter
is 43 years old and has 12 years of experience in the department. It takes a special person to balance all these commitments and
to be a successful member of the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department you will have to complete an application,
have a background check performed, pass a physical and an agility test. Once this is completed the fire department will run a
14 week academy that meets 6:00 -10:00 on Tuesday and Thursday nights and all day Saturday. The academy is time consuming
and physically demanding but we are teaching you skills that will save people’s lives. We will teach you the basics of firefighting,
rescue and hazards materials. Upon completion of the academy the fire cadet will test for SFFMA Basic Fire Fighter Certification. This
certification is a requirement in order to join the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department.
To contact the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department, see the information below.

923 Shaw Ave. Fire Prevention Festival
October 12th, 10am - 4pm
Pasadena, TX 77506 Strawberry Park Pavilion (1104 Parkside)
Moonwalks, Rock Wall, Face Painting, Petting Zoo & More!
Phone: 713-475-5554

Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Your Chamber Is Hiring!

Your Pasadena Chamber Board of Directors and staff have been busy this year listening to the needs of our members and creating
solutions that add value to our member organizations.

In 2019, we have introduced several new events and programs, marketing & promotional benefits, and new committees to engage
with. These added offerings, as well as some that will be introduced in the coming months have created the opportunity for a staff
realignment and team expansion!

Please join me in congratulating our team on their new roles and shift in responsibilities:

Our Member Services Coordinator, Julianne Echavarria, has been promoted to Events & Programs Coordinator. She will support our
IMPACT Pasadena leadership program and coordination of all chamber fundraising events, membership luncheons and chamber
connection events.

Our Administrative Assistant, Elizabeth Cox, has also been promoted to Member Relations Coordinator and will now be the first stop
for all new and prospective members as well as engaging current members on a regular basis.

Erin Webb will now be the Director of Marketing & Media, continuing the marketing, media, and communication efforts as well as
leading the way on sponsorship sales and providing you the best opportunities to promote your business through existing marketing
opportunities and exciting new advertising benefits to be released soon!

Jamie Huffar will shift her focus to the internal operations, governance and functions of the Chamber as the Director of Finance &

We will now be recruiting an additional team member to serve as the Member Services Coordinator! This administrative position will
support the growth of membership through successful on-boarding of new members, retention of existing members, and supporting
committee volunteer efforts.

Please CLICK HERE to see and share the Member Services Coordinator job description as we search for our newest Chamber team


Cristina Womack

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 17th, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Membership Luncheon
Speaker: Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg
CLICK HERE to Register

Thursday, November 7th, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Wild About 30 Years of Taste of the Town
Get Your Tickets Now!
CLICK HERE to Learn More

Membership Thursday, December 12th, 8:30am - 9:30am

101 Membership 101
Learn about the benefits of membership

Thursday, December 12th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Annual Gala: Legacy of Leadership
With Special Guest Speaker: Ryan Sitton
CLICK HERE to Learn More

DID You Have A Member Portal On Our Website!
KNOW? Your Chamber membership includes an online portal on our
website. Here you can update your information, add events,
post job opportunities, and even add photos and videos to your

Not sure what your log-in information is? Contact any of us at
the Chamber to help: (281) 487-7871

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Connecting Your Community

The Purpose of the Pasadena Chamber is to ADVOCATE & CONNECT
our community through SERVING & EDUCATING our members

Contact YOUR Chamber Staff

Cristina Womack Jamie Huffar Erin Webb Julianne Echavarria Elizabeth Cox
President/ CEO Director of Finance Director of Events & Programs Member Relations
Marketing & Media
& Operations Coordinator Coordinator

Follow The Pasadena Chamber of 4334 Fairmont Parkway
Commerce on Social Media! Pasadena, TX 77504

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