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Published by Pasadena Chamber, 2020-03-06 12:38:39

March 2020 Chambergram

Chambergram March 2020

March 2020

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Thrivent Financial Named the Pasadena Chamber of
Commerce’s Business of the Year

Message From a Upcoming March Membership
Board Member Events Luncheon

From Milea Cosby Learn about the events we’ve got Join us at the March Membership
PinnacleART coming up at the Chamber Luncheon, featuring Dave Mattson,
CEO & President of Sandler Training

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In This Issue...

3 - Message From a Board Member
4 - Welcome New Members
5 - Ribbon Cuttings
6 - Diamond & Platinum Partners
7 - Platinum Member Spotlight
8 - 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities
9 - Business Honor Roll
10 - Discover Pasadena
11 - Thrivent Financial Named Business of the Year
12 - Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament
13 - IMPACT Pasadena Update
14 - Beautification Awards / Ambassador Spotlight
15 - Thank You Thursday / Community Events
16 - Membership 101
17 - March Membership Luncheon
18 - Networking Nites & Bites
19 - Annual State of the Precinct
20 - Upcoming Events
21 - Contact Your Chamber

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Milea Cosby
Board of Directors

Hello Chamber Members, When I was asked to become a 2020 Board Member,
As a new 2020 Board Member, I would like to introduce the word “yes” came to my mind almost immediately
myself to you all. My name is Milea Cosby and I am because of my experience with IMPACT Pasadena.
a Partner at PinnalceART where we focus on making I am honored to be given the chance to continue
refineries, chemical complexes, and heavy processing working alongside the Chamber and my new fellow
facilities more reliable. I am extremely proud of board members to not only see our community
everything we do at PinnacleART, including how we through another perspective, but to improve the city
continuously strive to take ourselves to the next level, where we live and work. If you see me around town,
which in return allows us to offer the best versions of please say “Hi” because I want to meet you and learn
ourselves to our clients. Sometimes it’s hard and we fail, more about you. We have an incredible line up of
but through those times I have learned and grown the new opportunities awaiting us this year, stay tuned!
most not only professionally, but personally as well.
Thank you,
During 2019, I became more involved by becoming
a member of the inaugural IMPACT Pasadena class. Milea
Throughout this program, I was given the opportunity to
meet and learn from leaders in healthcare, churches,
industry, city government, first response, education,
and non-profit organizations from around our local
community. I am forever grateful to have become
great friends with my fellow IMPACT team members as
each one of them has challenged me to become a
better speaker, friend, and leader. I hope I have done
the same for them.

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Chamber of Commerce

4334 Fairmont Pkwy.
Pasadena, TX 77504

Executive Board NOT A MEMBER YET?

Melinda Torrison - Chairman, Become a chamber member today! As a
Meador Staffing Services member you’ll have access to our marketing

Ken Phelps – Past Chair, Phelps Insurance benefits, exciting events & more!
Alix Fox - Chairman Elect,
Qualified Properties Join the Pasadena Chamber
Josh Campos, Frost Bank
Salvador Serrano, The Serrano Agency
Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College BJ’s Sand Bagger Chai Asian Fusion
Barry Joachim Michelle Adams
Ryan Taylor, T & T Construction (806) 438-1642 (832) 617-7142
Board of Directors
La Piazza Italian Restaurant
Heather Rhodes EXP Realty Tony Salihu
Heather Rhodes
Mustansir “Mus” Abbas, PostNet (936) 672-4711 (832) 831-4802
Chris Bezdek, CommunityBank of Texas
Milea Cosby, PinnacleART
Josiah De La Garza, HCA Houston Non-Profit Organizations

Healthcare Southeast
Steven Foster, FACHE, CHI St. Lukes Health -

Patients Medical Center
Stacy Gillaspey, Communities In Schools

Cheri Hutcherson, Ameraflex
Dr. Tommy Hysler, Houston Area

Safety Council
Chad Jennings, Chevron Phillips Chemical

Samuel Jimenez, McDonald’s
Deborah Moseley, The Bridge Over

Troubled Waters
Margie Pena, BakerRipley
Jeffrey Reich-Hale, Jelvin’s Candy Shoppe
Ruben Villareal, Alleluya Broadcasting
Linda Wischnewsky, Bayway Auto Group

Ex-Officio Directors Asbury United Methodist Church SUPERGirls SHINE Foundation
Lindsay Kirkpatrick Loretta Williams Gurnell
Dwayne Busby, U of H Clear Lake (281) 484-4814 (713) 249-4226
Nelson Espitia, Harris Co. Precinct 2
Pedro Garcia, Port of Houston Authority
Peace Lutheran Church Pasadena
David Gressett, Kaneka Rodwell Thom
Rick Guerrero, Pasadena EDC (281) 487-1635
Dr. Sandra Hughes, Texas Chiropractic College
Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD
Herman Williams, Qualified Properties

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Welcome to all who have recently joined the Pasadena

Chamber of Commerce! Welcome to our family!

Bob’s Truck Care VCare Clinics Pasadena

Heather Rhodes EXP Realty Chai Asian Fusion

The Grounds Guys of Pasadena

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Diamond Partners

Platinum Partners

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Platinum Member Spotlight

Located at 1860 E. Sam Houston Parkway in Pasadena, Texas, Ernie’s Cafe & Catering has
been serving our area for over 35 years. Ernie’s serves delicious food to its patrons during
lunch hours Monday - Friday, but is also happy to cater food to your business or school, or an
event of any size. Ernie’s recently catered the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce’s Annual
State of the City to over 700 guests, and got everyone served in under 15 minutes.

Ernie Zardeneta has been an active member of the Pasadena community for many, many
years. To find out more, please visit their website at:

The Independent, Locally Owned Alternative
For Owner Managed Businesses

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

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The Dates Are Set For Our 2020 Pasadena Chamber Events!
Get Ahead and Secure Your Sponsorships Today! Your company’s branding will be visible on all event

webpages as soon as you secure your sponsorships!

CLICK HERE to view all 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

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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.

5-10 years 21-25 years

Baywood Crossing Rehabilitation & Healthcare Armand Bayou Nature Center
Center B&G Pasadena Wholesale
Beyond Beaute’ Day Spa
Casa Palmas John O. Harris Interest LP
Channel Personnel Services Inc
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Pasadena The Phoenix Design Group Inc
Time Out #3 Sports Bar
Jimmy Changas
Randy’s Smoke House Turner Industries Group LLC
The Serrano Insurance Agency
Winkler Public Relations 26-50 years

11-15 years Petroleum Service Corporation
State Farm Insurance - Scott Loomis
Copper Ridge Apartments
McDonald’s - Fairmont Pkwy Steve Phelps
PV Rentals Leasing & Sales
Today’s Harbor for Children 50 + years

16-20 years CenterPoint Energy
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co
Carpet World
LJA Engineering Inc
Monument Chevrolet
R.B. Everett & Company

Visit to find out how YOU can become a member of our Chamber!

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Discover Pasadena February Episode
Now Available

WHATEVER YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS ... In a collaboration between the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
and the Pasadena Independent School District, the next episode
We’ll help you reach them. of Discover Pasadena aired on Thursday, February 27th on the
Pasadena Chamber YouTube Channel.
As your needs change, so do your goals. Get financial guidance and
The idea behind Discover Pasadena is to provide a media outlet
access to these products and services: that airs the positive news that comes out of Pasadena. Episodes
will feature interviews with key leaders in the city, business owners,
• Life and disability insurance • Charitable giving solutions students at PISD and local colleges, highlight fun things to do around
the city, and so much more.
• Retirement options • Brokerage account services
This episode of Discover Pasadena featured interviews with Heather
• Annuities • Education funding Betancourth from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Tim Pylate
from Armand Bayou Nature Center, and a very powerful & inspirational
• Mutual funds message from recent PISD graduate Eduardo Verastegui.

Together we’ll create a financial strategy that reflects your goals
and values.

Jerry Roth
Wealth Advisor

James A Guthrie Thrivent was named one of
FIC the “World’s Most Ethical
Financial Associate Companies” by Ethisphere
Institute from 2012–2019.

17450 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and Make sure you subscribe to the Pasadena Chamber YouTube Channel
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S. to view all upcoming videos. If you are interested in becoming a
“World’s Most Ethical Companies” and “Ethisphere” names and marks are registered trademarks sponsor, please contact [email protected]
of Ethisphere LLC. For details, visit
products issued by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Not available in all states. Securities and
investment advisory services offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., a registered
investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC, and a subsidiary of Thrivent. Licensed agent/
producer of Thrivent. Registered representative of Thrivent Investment Management, Inc. Advisory
services available through investment adviser representatives only. • 800-847-4836 20328 R12-19

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Thrivent Financial Awarded
2020 Business of the Year

On Thursday, February 20, 2020, a sold out crowd of more than 750 individuals gathered at the Pasadena Convention Center for
the Pasadena Chamber’s Annual State of the City Address, featuring Mayor Jeff Wagner, and announcing the 2020 Business of
the Year: Thrivent Financial.

“I want to thank the Chamber and the Chamber staff for all they do here in the community. We are honored to have been
chosen as the Business of the Year. I can’t say enough about the city of Pasadena. The best times are still ahead of us, and we
just want to be a small part of that process; helping all the people that are in need and get to the point where they are living
stable and secure lives so they can thrive here in the community. Thank you so much.” said James Guthrie of Thrivent Financial
after accepting the award.

As members of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce since 2003, Thrivent Financial has been involved in sponsoring various
events and is a wonderful example of a Chamber partner. Chambers focus on providing local businesses and organizations
a platform to share resources and collaborate for the betterment of the community and commerce, and Thrivent Financial
has been a pivotal part of this focus. Not only do they help people achieve financial clarity, enabling lives full of meaning and
gratitude, they work tirelessly to make a positive difference in the community they serve through their generosity supporting
programs such as Salvation Army, The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Armand Bayou Nature Center, and Pasadena Habitat for
Humanity to name a few.

One example of their impact is awarding ten home builds through their partnership with Habitat Pasadena over the past 13

Thrivent Financial and its team members are active in serving more than 15 non-profit organizations in our region. In addition to
their extensive work in the community, they have been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the last 8 years for
their commitment to ethical leadership, compliance practices, and governance and corporate citizenship.

For these reasons and many more, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is proud to name Thrivent Financial as the 2020
Business of the Year.

If you are interested in watching the State of the City address from Mayor Jeff Wagner, CLICK HERE
If you are interested in watching Thrivent Financial accept their award, CLICK HERE
To view pictures from this event, CLICK HERE

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Industrial Appreciation
Golf Tournament

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Questions Or More Information:

Registration: 7:30 am Julianne Echavarria, Events & Programs Coordinator
Shotgun Start: 9:00 am 281.487.7871 or [email protected]
Lunch & Awards After Tournament
Chair: Ryan Taylor, T & T Construction
Timber Creek Golf Course Phone: 281-808-8622

4554 FM 2351
Friendswood, TX 77546

Sponsor Opportunities

Titleist - $3,000 - SOLD OUT 50/50 Raffle Sponsor - $2,000
SOLD OUT - T & T Construction
(2) Four-Person Teams
(1) Promotional Tent Logo Printed On All Raffle Tickets
(3) Hole Signs Logo Recognition on Marketing/Signage
Logo on Promotional Video
Premier Recognition at Tournament Awards Sponsor - $500
Premier Recognition on Marketing/Signage
Recognition at Industry of the Year Luncheon Logo on Signage at Awards Table
Logo Recognition on Marketing/Signage
Driver - $2,000
Tent Sponsor - $600
(2) Four-Person Teams OR Hole Sponsor - $125
(1) Team & (1) Promotional Tent *Longest Drive - $250
(2) Hole Signs SOLD OUT *Closest to the Pin - $250
Special Recognition at Tournament *Monster Drive - $250
Special Recognition on Marketing/Signage *Limited Sponsorships Available

Putter - $1,200 Lunch Sponsors - No Fee

(1) Four-Person Team Provide Lunch For 200 People
(1) Hole Sign
Logo Recognition at Tournament Bag Sponsor - No Fee
Logo Recognition on Marketing/Signage SOLD OUT - Fully Promoted of Webster

Towel Sponsor - $500 - SOLD OUT - Ameraflex Donation Needs

You provide 200 towels with your logo on Provide 200 Promo Items For Golfer Swag Bags
them to distribute to golfers
Logo Recognition at Tournament Just Want To Play?
Logo Recognition on Marketing/Signage
$700 - Four Person Team
$175 - individual Player

Online Registration:

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March IMPACT Pasadena Update: Created In Partnership By:
2020 Legacy Sponsors:
On Tuesday, February 25, IMPACT Pasadena had its “Community
Foundations Day.” The group had the pleasure of having Steve Cote, FPahmeliplsy
Chairman of the Pasadena Economic Development Corporation,
join them for an interactive discussion and Q&A on an overview of
the PEDC, current projects, challenges and insight on what the future
of Pasadena holds. The group also took a special guided bus tour of
Pasadena featuring facilitators Lucy Turoff with the Pasadena Historical
Society, Dr. Troy McCarley with PISD, Sheena Salvino with PEDC, and
Dr. Allatia Harris with San Jacinto College. The tour covered the entire
city stretching from the Washburn tunnel to El Jardin Beach and
showcased the city’s history, redevelopment opportunities, housing
options, education, and the petrochemical industry to name a few.
The group also got to hear from TIP Strategies on some highlights from
the PEDC’s Strategic Plan that laid the foundation to the data behind
driving change and a focus on economic development for our region
to position Pasadena for prosperity.

The day ended with a networking reception with the 2019 IMPACT
graduated class to begin to extend the network of leaders the program
strives to cultivate! A special thank you to the legacy sponsors of
impact Pasadena and your investment to cultivating the next group of
innovative leaders for the city of Pasadena.

Want to be part of next year’s program? Look out for enrollment
information in August 2020.

CLICK HERE to learn more about IMPACT Pasadena

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Beautification Awards

Chamber Beautification awards are given out by the Classic Club to businesses and
residents for their efforts in improving their locations through landscaping, revitalizing or
the construciton of a new building. If there is a location you would like to recognize,
please contact Elizabeth Cox at [email protected]

Surgery Specialty Hospital of America GBI Partners LP
Renovation of the Month Landscaping of the Month

Transwest Mobile Truck Repair
New Building of the Month

Ambassador Spotlight

Robert Callahan | Partners in Primary Care

For the last 25 years, I’ve had the privilege of working as a private business
owner in the healthcare industry in both Mexico and Texas. I’m a University
of Houston graduate; and am a father to two wonderful children. Today, I
serve as a Market Director for Community Outreach in Texas and Louisiana for
Partners in Primary Care (Partners), which provides high-quality, senior-focused
primary care to members of Medicare Advantage health plans. I’m involved
with the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Ambassador
Committee and the Community in Action Committee and have participated
in several events and programs that have benefited myself and my company.

I became an Ambassador in order to expand to my network of business
contacts and meet new business owners and managers to create synergy
between Partners, Chamber member organizations and the community. The Chamber has provided an
excellent avenue for Partners in Primary Care to make valuable connections to community based organizations,
businesses, and local government officials that could benefit from our senior-focused primary care model.

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 & gifts once per month.

Congrats to the following businesses and thank you for
your partnership with the Pasadena Chamber.
Ditta Meat Food Service Co. - 54 Years
Clark Freight Lines - 26 Years
Texas Dow Employees Credit Union - 25 Years

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

Chamber In The Community

Pasadena Chamber President & CEO Cristina Womack, Pasadena Chamber’s Director of Marketing & Media Erin Webb,
along with Mayor Jeff Wagner, attends the Pasadena along with incoming Chairman of the Board, Alix Fox of Qualified
Classical Academy’s Community Appreciation Luncheon
Properties, participate as judges in the Houston Area Safety
with special guest speaker, Senator Larry Taylor. Council’s 2020 Tailgate Extravaganza.


HOSTED BY: Maximize Your

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce MEMBERSHIP
4334 Fairmont Parkway | Pasadena, 77504
RSVP: [email protected]
OR 281-487-7871

What Is Membership 101? Morning Opportunities: (8:30am)

Membership 101 is a one-hour January 16th
session, open to both existing and March 12th
future members, looking to learn April 9th
about opportunities and benefits of July 9th
Chamber membership. September 10th
December 17th
Membership 101 is designed to provide
you with the tools and information Afternoon Opportunities: (3:30pm)
necessary to enhance your member
experience and ensure that you are February 13th
utilizing the many marketing services May 14th
included in your investment level. It June 11th
also serves as a great opportunity to October 8th
ask questions and network with other November 12th
professionals in your community.

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

For membership information or questions contact us at:
[email protected]
or 281-487-7871

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Membership Luncheon

Thursday, March 19th

11:00am | Networking & Registration Featuring Dave Mattson
11:30am | Lunch & Program
CEO & President of Sandler Training
San Jacinto College’s LyondellBasell
Center For Petrochemical, Energy &
Technology Building
7901 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX

(Across From Convention Center)

Dave Mattson, President & CEO of Sandler Training, best-selling author, and leader of the world’s largest

sales effectiveness organization, will share insights on the barriers and blind spots which often prevent

companies from achieving the level of success they envision. He will also offer guidance of the process for

recognizing and avoiding these blind spots, and how to build an Organization of Excellence over the next

3-5 years.

Takeaways attendees can expect:

• Detailed process for hiring and onboarding
• How to tie corporate goals to personal goals
• Creating and maintaining a culture of accountability
• How to focus on lead generation
• Capturing best practices
• Training and coaching your management team


SOLD OUT - Platinum Sponsor: $1,000

VIP Table of 8 | 60 Second Commercial At Event
1/2 Page Ad in Program | Logo in Presentation
Table Signage | Premium Exhibit Booth
Logo in Event Marketing & Website

Gold Sponsor: $350 Silver Sponsor: $250 Bronze Sponsor: $100

Table of 8 with Premium Seating Table of 8 1 Individual Ticket
Exhibit Booth Table Signage Exhibit Booth
Table Signage Recognition in Event Marketing
Logo in Program & Website Individual Tickets
Recognition in Event Marketing
& Website *Non-member sponsorship pricing Pre-Purchased Member: $25
subject to $100 surcharge Day Of & Non-Member: $35

To RSVP For This Luncheon:

281.487.7871 |

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Upcoming Events

Membership Thursday, March 12, 8:30am - 9:30am
Membership 101
101 Learn about the benefits of membership

Thursday, March 19th, 11:00am - 1:00pm
March Membership Luncheon
Featuring: Dave Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training

Thursday, April 2nd, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Networking Nites & Bites
Honoring Non-Profit of the Year: Crown Hill Cemetery Association
(Jackie Welch Spirit of Community Award)

Thursday, April 30th, 11:00am - 2:00pm
April Membership Luncheon: State of the Precinct
Address From Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia

Wednesday, May 6th, Shotgun Start @ 9:00am
Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament
Honoring Industry of the Year: Turner Industries

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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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
President/ CEO Director of Finance Director of
Marketing & Media
& Operations

Julianne Echavarria Elizabeth Cox
Events & Programs Member Relations

Coordinator Coordinator

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

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