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September Chambergram

Check out the September 2019 issue of Chambergram to find out all the exciting things we've got going on at the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

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September 2019

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce



Message From a Upcoming Nestle Waters Seeking
Board Member Events AWS Certification

From Alix Fox, Qualified Properties Learn about the events we’ve got Nestle Waters announced their
coming up at the Chamber committment to certify all factories to
the AWS Standard by 2025.

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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 - Hospitality Industry Forum
9 - 2019 Business Expo Breaks Record Attendance
10 - Membership 101
11 - Breakfast With Champions
12 - Thank You Thursday / Ambassador Spotlight
13 - Business Honor Roll
14 - Wild About 30 Years of Taste of the Town
15 - October Membership Luncheon
16 - Chamber Papparazzi
17 - IMPACT Pasadena 2020 Application
18 - How To Do Business With Port Houston
19 - Volunteer at the Texas Invitational
20 - Nestle Waters Seeks AWS Certification
21 - Upcoming Events
22 - Contact Your Chamber

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Message From a
Board Member

Alix Fox
Board Member

Qualified Properties

Hello fellow Chamber members! This year continues Our higher-level investors will have a unique opportunity
to be full of excitement for the Pasadena Chamber. to be part of our “Chairman’s Roundtable”, which
I am proud to serve as co-chair of our membership includes quarterly meetings with elected officials from
committee and as a participant in the IMPACT the City of Pasadena, Harris County, Port Houston, and
Pasadena Leadership program. other influential entities that affect our businesses.

Membership Committee: In our digital society, it is easy to forget that personal
At the chamber, we began the year by taking a closer relationships are what drives a business. The Pasadena
look at our memberhip categories and inquiring about Chamber is the single best way to receive personal
how we may be able to better serve our largest groups. introductions and meet influential people across many
Our restaurant membership is one of our strongest industries. We know that the people of our city are
categories, and we asked some representatives from already accomplishing incredible things. Imagine
that group what we could do to help their businesses what more we could do as a connected group. I am
grow and succeed. Their response was simple; provide truly grateful for the mentors and friends that I have
more communication and connections between their met and continue to meet as we collectively push
managers and the city health department. When the boundaries of a traditional chamber to forge the
we contacted the city health department, they were connections that will eventually define our success as
thrilled with the idea and as a result, we are proud to a business community. Join us!
introduce our first annual Hospitality Industry Forum on
September 10th at 9:00AM.

The more we engage with our members, the more
we understand how important communication
and connections are for the people and businesses
working in this community. Toward the end of this year,
we will be releasing the details of our new investment
levels and membership opportunities. We are offering
so much more when it comes to business exposure,
promotion, and opportunities to personally get to know
the leaders of this city. We have enhanced our grand
opening and special event media packages, because
we know that a grand opening is just the beginning
and our businesses celebrate big achievements all
the time. We are so proud of our members’ success
and want to encourage them to celebrate their
accomplishments and milestones with the whole city.

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

Executive Board Join the Pasadena Chamber

Ken Phelps - Chairman, Phelps Insurance Say Hello To Our New Members...
James Guthrie – Past Chair, Thrivent Financial
Melinda Torrison - Chairman Elect,
Meador Staffing Services Partners in Primary Care
Robert Callahan
Salvador Serrano - Vice Chair of Finance, (409) 978-9041
The Serrano Agency
Deborah Moseley - Secretary,
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters Gold

Alix Fox, Qualified Properties Orangetheory Fitness Pasadena
Samuel Jimenez, McDonalds John Sparks
Dr. John Mrozek, D.C., Ed.D, Texas
(281) 377-5300
Chiropractic College
Michael D. West, West & West, LLP
Board of Directors
Kirkwood Medical Associates - Monica’s Image Makers
Dr. Frank J. Ponce Hair Studio & Spa
Crystal Lawrence Monica Ball
Mustansir “Mus” Abbas, PostNet (281) 487-3443 (281) 998-3161
Lee Betancourt, AT&T Business
Josh Campos, Frost Bank
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
Vince Tydlaka, Silver Eagle Distributors
Linda Wischnewsky, Bayway Auto Group

Ex-Officio Directors R & D Dirt Works & Construction Smiles of Pasadena
Patrick Ferrand Gloria Guevara
Nelson Espitia, Harris Co. Precinct 2 (281) 891-0701 (281) 525-4829
Pedro Garcia, Port of Houston Authority

Rick Guerrero, Pasadena Economic Texas Behavioral Health, PLLC
Development Corporation Jade McGowen
(281) 766-3920
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!

Pasadena Family Dentistry Hilton Garden Inn - Hobby

CareNow Urgent Care

Smiles of Pasadena Kirkwood Medical Assoc., Dr. Frank Ponce

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Platinum Partners

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Platinum Member Spotlight

This year, Shell Federal Credit Union has given away over
$1M in cash back for new, used and refinanced auto
loans. You see, Shell FCU is continuously giving back to
its communities through positive support, interest rate
reduction and debt consolidation. Right now they are
offering a $250 cash back special for all auto loans and
a special 30-month certificate. Check out their website at for details.

With ten branches – two in Pasadena – and a suite
of online services, Shell FCU serves more than 100,000
members, manages in excess of $1 billion in assets and
employs more than 300 dedicated professionals. Shell FCU
offers competitive savings and investment accounts, free
checking, free debit cards, affordable loans, mortgages,
free online and electronic services, retirement planning,
free financial education and more.

Establishing a loyal and steadfast commitment to their communities, Shell FCU has improved the lives of thousands since 1937
through service excellence, community outreach and lasting financial solutions for all stages in life. Anyone who lives, works, worships,
attends school or regularly conducts business in Harris County, Texas is eligible to bank with Shell FCU.

The Independent, Locally Owned Alternative
For Owner Managed Businesses

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

Pasade8naChamCbehrgraammber of Commerce Presents


September is Food Service Awareness Month!

Do You Serve Food?

Ever had questions for City of September 10th 9am

Pasadena Healt  h Inspectors? Hosted At:


Now is your chance to get to know city

officials and learn about code changes! 3225 Pasadena Blvd

Join fellow   owPBnauersssianadnedessnhEoantehEl DanCcePmaseaPndleetansPae,rRToSXgV7rP7a: 5m03

managers at our inaugural Hospitality [email protected]
Industry Forum where you will hear from
the City of Pasadena Public Health team

and inspectors on code changes, best

practices, and participate in Q & A and


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The Pasadena Chamber Annual Business Expo
Breaks Record Attendance at 1200 Guests

WHATEVER YOUR Let’s Do Business!
Over 1,200 visitors filled the Pasadena Convention Center on
We’ll help you reach them.
Thursday, August 15th for the Pasadena Chamber’s Annual
Thrivent Financial offers a full range of products, services and tools to help
you achieve financial security, including: Business Expo. The Expo comprised of 100 vendors who were

• Life insurance • Estate and legacy strategies ready to showcase their products and services to visitors, which
• Retirement options • Education funding options
• Annuities • Managed accounts consisted of the general public and a large showing of PISD
• Health insurance • Retail brokerage
• Mutual funds employees. Guests enjoyed free food samples from six of our local

We’ll create a financial strategy that reflects your goals and values. restaurant members, as well as had the chance to win 100 raffle

Jerry Roth James A Guthrie prizes, donated by each of our vendors. CLICK HERE to view photos
Wealth Advisor Financial Associate from the 2019 Business expo.

281-461-6200 • 17450 El Camino Real • Houston, TX 77058 “We have participated in previous years and
this year was the best year yet! As a vendor,
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® we knew exactly what to expect before the
and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S. day of, making set up and execution the day
of a breeze. So hats off to your team and vol-
Thrivent was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Institute for unteers as they were all extremely helpful!
our leadership in promoting ethical business standards and introducing innovative ideas to
benefit the public. “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and “Ethisphere” names and marks are Being a Hilton property, our Hilton Honors
registered trademarks of Ethisphere LLC. For details, visit members are important to us so we spent the
day giving away free Hilton honors points and
Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name made amazing connections with other busi-
for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all ness owners as well as community members.
states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment The one thing we stressed at our booth is how
Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member we try to give back to our community, one
and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered of the ways is by offering our 12% discount to
representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance residents in the area. The next week we had a
agents/producers of Thrivent. Investment advisory services, including fee-based financial couple that met us at the expo come in and
planning services, are available through qualified investment advisor representatives only. book a week’s stay with us while their house
For additional important information, visit was being renovated using the discount!” • 800-847-4836 20328 R4-18 Lauren Sistek
Director of Sales and Marketing
Home2 Suites by Hilton Pasadena

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Hosted by: 101
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
Presented by:
President/CEO, Cristina Womack

Join us to learn how to maximize your membership investment in the Pasadena Chamber
of Commerce. These sessions are open to both members and future members looking to
learn about opportunities and benefits of chamber membership.

Membership 101 is designed to provide you with the tools and information necessary to
enhance your member experience and ensure you’re utilizing the marketing services
included in your investment level.

Join other professionals at the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on one of the following dates:

Morning Opportunities at 8:30 a.m. Afternoon Opportunities at 3:30 p.m.
• January 10
• March 14 • February 7
• May 9 • April 4
• June 13 • July 11
• August 8
• October 10 • September 12

• December 12

For membership information or questions contact us at:
[email protected] or 281.487.7871

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
4334 Fairmont Pkwy Pasadena, TX 77504

RSVP Online at

Connecting Your Community

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Breakfast With


Dr. Dixie Mariselle Melinda
Melillo Quijano Torrison

Get Your Seat At The Table!

Join the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce to
connect, educate & inspire with the real
Champions in our community, at our next

Breakfast With Champions!

Wednesday, Sept. 25th | Breakfast: 7:30am, Program: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Location: San Jacinto College Center for Petrochemical Energy & Technology

Building is located across from the Pasadena Convention Center on Fairmont Pkwy

Join us & learn from our “Champions” on how they became successful:
Dr. Dixie Melillo M.D. General Surgeon & Co-Founder of The Rose
Mariselle Quijano McDonald’s Franchise Owner
Melinda Torrison President & COO, Meador Staffing Services

Tickets: $15 - Member | $20 - Non Member

RSVP: | 281.487.7871
Questions or More Info: [email protected]

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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!
Mamarita’s Mexican Restaurant - 23 Years
Sierra Smiles - 35 years
Shell Federal Credit Union - 18 Years

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

Ambassador Spotlight

Whitney Davis

Family Heritage

What a great time to be in Pasadena, Texas! For the past few months, I have had the
privilege of co-chairing the ambassador committee for the Pasadena Chamber of
Commerce. I have served the ambassador committee for almost 2 years and I’m so
grateful for the relationships I have built through this committee and this chamber.

Being an active member of the chamber has helped to grow my business tenfold over
the last year. Family Heritage is a supplemental insurance company that believes in
a proactive approach to healthcare and is very active in our clients’ preventative
screenings and education. We serve both the individual and commercial markets.
Our products are unique because they are all fully refundable. We offer a suite of
products including: cancer, heart, accident, ICU and life insurance. My team also
provides complementary health insurance reviews for all of our clients.

I look forward to serving your family and continuing to serve the great city of Pasadena.

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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 21-25 years

Air Conditioning Plus Agape Christian Preschool & Childcare
Council of Business Women L.E. Myers Co

DISA Global Solutions London Belle Apartments
Harris County Constable Phil Sandlin Pct 8
26-50 years
Providence Town Square Apartments
SouthComm Publishing & Target Marketing, Inc. Ethyl Corporation
NDS Products Inc.
10-15 years San Jacinto College District

Coastal Eye Associates PLLC Sellers Bros Inc.
Shell Pipeline Company LP Sulzer Electro-Mechanical Services (US) Inc

Storage Corral Twin Arts Dance Studio
Texas Citizens Bank

16-20 years Visit to find out
how YOU can become a member of our
Capital Bank
M & B Tools & Equipment Inc.

Rosewood Funeral Home

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Chamber Paparazzi

This months Chamber Paparazzi, Mrs. Jackie Welch, captured some wonderful images at
Off The Clock: An Evening with Elected Officials, where our members were able to enjoy
a night of networking and fun with elected officials and other Chamber members. Thank
you to our sponsors: Funeraria Del Angel, Silver Eagle Distributors & Pepsi.

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Want to be part of the next group of participants in IMPACT Pasadena?

Growing Leaders For Greater IMPACT

IMPACT Pasadena is a transformative professional leadership experience for Pasadena’s business and community

Applications are now being accepted for 2020 IMPACT Pasadena

Impact Pasadena will:

• Equip and empower participants with interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills for professional and
personal growth and application.

• Introduce participants to prominent and proven community leaders.
• Match every participant with an elite business or community mentor.
• Educate participants on economic, social, and governmental forces that shape the community.
• Bring participants together to address real issues impacting Pasadena that will help move our community

forward together.
• Motivate and encourage participants to engage in civic leadership roles in the community.

CLICK HERE For More Information 2019 IMPACT Pasadena Participants with
CLICK HERE To Download PDF Brochure Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner
CLICK HERE To Sponsor IMPACT Pasadena
CLICK HERE To Apply For 2020 IMPACT Pasadena

For more information, please visit the IMPACT Pasadena
website page at:

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Nestle Waters Seeking To Certify All
Factories to the AWS Standard by 2025

Formed in 2008, the Alliance for Water Stewardship
(AWS) is a global multi-stakeholder network that is
dedicated to advancing and deepening the impact
of credible water stewardship. Water Stewardship is
the use of water that is socially and culturally equitable,
environmentally sustainable and economically
beneficial. This Stewardship is achieved through a
stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site and
catchment based actions.

In 2018, Nestle Waters announced their committment
to certify all factories to the AWS Standard by 2025.
They belive this will reinforce their commitment to
safeguarding water resources for future generations
through a stronger collaboration with the Alliance for
Water Stewardship.

On their website, Nestle Waters states, “Water is essential
for life and it is essential for our business. Yet, water is also one of the most critical sustainability challenges facing society today. As
the leading healthy hydration company, we have a duty to responsibly and sustainably manage this precious resource.”

What Is AWS Standard?
The AWS Standard helps water users understand site-level risks and put those items into a catchment context. Actions, individual
and collaborative, can then be undertaken to address shared water challenges. The system is organized into required actions
(Criteria) and conformance evidence (Indicators). The AWS Standard is achieved through accomplishing advanced-level criteria.

Why Get Certified? CONERENATI

Certification is confirmation of havoincognsmsuesatmthXeeragelFoicbiias el sbt aelniqcuhismaliat rk for responsible water stewardship. Implementing the AWS
Standard without certification will certainly help yqouuateamdvderleipssawntaiotseRr challenges but only independent verification and certification

can provide the assurance to external and internal stakeholders that your claims of good water stewardship are credible. Retail

customers, wholesalers, consumers, government agencies, regulators, NGO’s, local civil society organizations, local communities,

investors and development financiers are just some of the audiences that certificate holders use AWS Standard certification to

demonstrate the efficacy of their water stewardship practice to.

As part of the AWS certification process, auditors look at a number of factors within the catchment where a facility is located, such
as water quality, the availability of existing water sources, and the health of water-related areas in the region. Additionally, AWS
auditors identify and interview internal and external community stakeholders, as well as individuals within the factory.

Nestle Waters AWS History
In 2017, the first Canadian AWS certification was awarded to the Hope, British Columbia factory. In 2018, two plants in Allentown,
Pennsylvania became AWS Certified. Now in 2019, Nestle Waters is implementing at multiple factories to pursue conformance
audits as part of their committment to certify all factories by 2025.

AWS Certification demonstrates that a site has successfully completed each of the steps in the AWS Standard. Certificate holders
believe that achieving AWS certification brings demonstrable benefits in regards of relationships with customers, increased investor
confidence, strengthened social license to operate, brand perception and dialogue with regulators and policy makers.

“Water is one of the most critical sustainability challenges facing society and our business. At Nestlé, we care for water. We are 100%
committed to safeguarding water resources for future generations. Today we pledge to certify all our Nestlé Waters sites around
the world to this publicly recognized, credible water stewardship standard. This demonstrates how we positively contribute to the
preservation of water resources wherever we operate, for the shared benefit of all water users,” said Nestlé Waters CEO, Maurizio

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Upcoming Events

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Presents Tuesday, September 10th, 9:00am - 10:00am

HOSPITALITY Hospitatlity Industry Forum
INDUSTRY FORUM Get to know your City Health Inspectors
September is Food Service Awareness Month!
Thursday, September 12th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Do You Serve Food?
Membership 101
Ever had questions for City of September 10th 9am Learn about the benefits of membership
Pasadena Healt h Inspectors? Hosted At:
  Wednesday, September 25th, 7:30am - 9:00am

Now is your chance to get to know city Breakfast With Champions
Speakers: Dr. Dixie Melillo, Mariselle Quijano, Melinda Torrison
officials and learn about code changes! 3225 Pasadena Blvd CLICK HERE to Register

  Pasadena, TX 77503 Thursday, October 17th, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Join fellow restaurant owners and hotel
Please RSVP: Membership Luncheon
managers at our inaugural Hospitality Speaker: Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg
Industry Forum where you will hear from CLICK HERE to Register

Membershipthe City of Pasadena Public Health team Thursday, November 7th, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
[email protected]
281.487.7871 Wild About 30 Years of Taste of the Town
Now Seeking Sponsors! CLICK HERE to Learn More

and inspectors on code changes, best
practices, and participate in Q & A and


Breakfast With


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 Financial Dir. of Marketing & Member Services Administrative
Administrator Special Events Assistant

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

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