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July August 2016 BusinessLink

July August BusinessLink


Salary or hourly?
Is your business
prepared for the new
Department of Labor


Texas State Forest Festival
Ribbon Cuttings
On the Scene
Plus More


The mission of the Lufkin/Angelina 3 Tee It Up For Teachers
County Chamber of Commerce is to Golf Tournament
continuously improve the economic 4 Calendar & Event Spotlight
prosperity, the business environment 5 New and Renewing Members
and the quality of life in Angelina County. 6 Angelina Beautiful / Clean
7 Greetings from the Expo
Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce 8 Science and Tech Fair
1615 S. Chestnut, Lufkin, Texas USA 75901 9 Texas State Forest Festival
phone (936) 634-6644 fax (936) 634-8726 10 Angelina Arts Alliance
12 Lufkin Convention and
2016 EXECUTIVE BOARD Victor Patel
Gene Lee Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Visitors Bureau
Board Chairman Express, Comfort Suites 13 Volunteer Spotlight
Lee TranServices, Inc. 14 Teacher of the Year
Joe Rich 15 Junior Achievement
Codie Jenkins BancorpSouth Race for Success
Board Chairman-Elect 16 Cover Story
First Bank & Trust Terry Morgan 18 Economic Indicators
East Texas Morgan Insurance 20 Chamber Events,
Nominations & Awards
Aimee Slusher Kelli Wayland 22 Ribbon Cuttings
Immediate Past Chairman GE Oil & Gas 24 Member Anniversaries
Skelton Slusher Barnhill 25 On the Scene
Watkins Wells, PLLC David Flowers
Huntington ISD
Martha Quintanilla
Secretary John Alston
La Unica Tortilleria Brookshire Brothers

Brian Cyr Jim Cumbie
Treasurer Georgia-Pacific
Commercial Bank
of Texas 2016 APPOINTED
Chris Johnson Starla Bickerstaff
Vice Chairman KTRE
Kyle Swift
Mark Hicks Woodland Heights
Vice Chairman Medical Center
JM Management
Chris Fleniken
Chad Roberts Real Graphics
Vice Chairman
City Wide Directories LLC CHAMBER STAFF
Jim Johnson, IOM
Jeff Todd President & CEO
Vice Chairman
Advanced Financial Group Charlene Black
Information Specialist
BOARD MEMBERS Susie Cardwell
Trent Ashby Community Development
Citizens National Bank Manager

Mark Dunn Tori Charanza
Dunn Construction Marketing Coordinator

Dr. LaTonya Goffney Tori Jones
Lufkin ISD Membership Coordinator

Stephen King Jill Roberson
Consolidated Business Manager
Melissa Wheeler, IOM
Shawn Barnett Program & Operations
CHI St. Luke’s Health Manager
G. William Newton Rebecca West
Angelina Plastic Surgery Layout Design

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Thank you to of our sponsors, volunteers staffing group
and participants who supported the
9th Annual Tee It Up for Teachers Golf “We Place You First”
Tournament. Through the funds raised at CLERICAL
this event, teachers will receive training
opportunities for the Angelina County INDUSTRIAL
teachers from the county’s six independent TECHNICAL
school districts. FLEXIBLE STAFFING

Thank you to our Congratulations to 3810 S. Medford Dr.
Tee It Up our top three teams! Lufkin

for Teachers 1st Place- Etech 818 University Dr. Suite 101
Sponsors! Nacogdoches
2nd Place- Commercial Bank of Texas
Presenting Sponsor 936-632-2223
3rd Place- Premier Kia 936-559-7777
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Snack/Beverage Lufkin
Cart Sponsors
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Farmer’s Insurance- 1320 S John Redditt, Ste C
Garrett Massie
Heritage Land Bank
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Allen Loggins & Sons
Carroway Funeral Home

East Texas Asphalt,
Pepsi Bottling Group
S&W Expert Collision Repair
The Advanced Financial Group

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July 7
Business After Five
Business After Five Thursday, July 7, 5:30pm-7:00pm hosted by Morrison Supply
5:30pm hosted by Morrison Supply Thursday, July 28, 5:30pm-7:00pm hosted by Coburn’s
Thursday, August 11, 5:30pm-7:00pm hosted by Consolidated Communications
July 8 Thursday, August 25, 5:30pm-7:00pm hosted by Etech
First Friday Luncheon
First Friday Luncheon Friday, July 8, 12:00pm at Crown Colony Country Club
12pm at Crown Colony Country Club First Friday presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
First Friday Presenting Sponsor: Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Gold Sponsor: Charanza Law Office
Friday, August 5, 12:00pm at Crown Colony Country Club
July 14 New Member Showcase
First Friday presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Young Professionals Network Connect Four Tournament Gold Sponsor: Carpets by Curiosity
5:30pm at Big Thicket Brewery Power Networking Breakfast
Friday, July 22, 8:00am-9:00am presented by Southland Federal Credit Union
July 2 Presentation by: Shelby Nerren, Texas A&M Health Science Center- Lufkin Campus
July Sponsor: Bartlett, Baggett & Shands
Overtime Rule Information Session Chamber of Commerce Community Room
8am in the Angelina College Community Services Building Conference Friday, August 26, 8:00am-9:00am presented by Southland Federal Credit Union
Center Room CS104 Chamber of Commerce Community Room
Speakers: Scott Skelton, Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins and Wells, Young Professionals Network
PLLC & Lori Lamb, Axley and Rode, LLP Thursday, July 14, 5:30pm Connect Four Tournament at Big Thicket Brewery
3500 S. First St. Thursday, August 11, 12:00pm Lunch & Learn

July 22 JULY | AUGUST 2016  BusinessLINK

Power Networking Breakfast
8am in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room
Presentation by: Shelby Nerren, Texas A&M Health Science Center-
Lufkin Campus
July Sponsor: Bartlett, Baggett & Shands
Power Networking Breakfast Presenting Sponsor: Southland Federal
Credit Union

July 28

Business After Five
5:30pm hosted by Coburn’s

August 5

Frist Friday Luncheon & New Member Showcase
12pm at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center
First Friday Presenting Sponsor: Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

August 11

Young Professionals Network Lunch & Learn

Business After Five
5:30pm hosted by Consolidated Communications

August 12

Women’s Networking Luncheon
12pm at Crown Colony Country Club
Guest Speaker: Betty Lewing

August 25

Business After Five
5:30pm hosted by Etech

August 26

Power Networking Breakfast
8am in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room
August Sponsor and Speaker: Larkspur

Power Networking Breakfast
Presenting Sponsor: Southland Federal Credit Union


NEW MEMBERS Century 21 Cota Realty- Michael Bryan You work all day.
Clear View Window Services Do you really
A Hot Mess Dixon Safety, LLC want to clean
Absolutely Fiction Books Kimberly Russell all night?
Acclaim Mobile Notary Company Luftex Gears
Altus Emergency Center NetCo Investments, Inc. $25 OFF
Ambit Energy, Independent Consultants Nitomek Healthcare Services
Angelina Pediatrics Office barn 1st, 3rd & 5th
Casa Morales, Inc. clean with
Century 21 Cota Realty recurring
Century 21 Cota Realty- Sandy Bryan service!

RENEWING MEMBERS 1819 W. Frank • Lufkin
936.225.5004 •
103 The Bull Farmers Insurance Principal Financial Group
A Pineywoods Home Health Group District Office Ray Polk SShhSSrreeeeccduuddrriiinitntygyg
Alexander and Spencer, P.C. Regional Physical Therapy
Alligator Annie’s Septic Fenley & Bate, Secure Hard Drive Record Document
Attorneys At Law Center Shredding Destruction Storage Imaging
Systems Richard Byler, D.D.S.
American EChem, Inc. Floors N More Schlotzsky’s Secure H9ar3d6D.r6ive37.2R0ec0or0d Document
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Angelina County Heart Alliance GENCO Federal Credit Union
Angelina County Senior Gentiva Nacogdoches County
Guardian Reliability Group Shafer Funeral Home, LLC
Citizens Center Hip Hicks Boutique Signs By Debbie
Angelina Internal Medicine J. E. Kingham Construction Co. Southland Eco LLC
Johnson Excavating Southwood Drive Animal Clinic
Associates - Dr. Huber K & B Pools St. Andrew Catholic Church
Angel’s Construction & Kaye M. Alderman, Stephen F. Austin University
Texas State Bank
Remodeling LLC. Attorney at Law The Cedar Tree
Best Buy Kwik Kopy Printing The Dream Center
Billy Lee’s Locksmith Service - Landmark Pest Control The Joseph House
Langston Construction, Inc. The Knife Shop
#B11411 Legacy Real Estate Group Timberland Mobile Housing LLC,
Cellular One Little Caesar’s Pizza
Century 21 Cota Realty - Livewell Athletic Club DBA R & H Mobile Housing
Lufkin Adult Learning Center Todd, Hamaker & Johnson,
Twila Bertrand Lufkin Federal Credit Union
Chili’s Grill and Bar Lufkin First United Methodist LLP
Computer Learning Center Tokyo Japan
Connie & Crew Church Tome Catering
Deep East Texas Association Maurices #2192 Lufkin Mall Trudy Giddens Patrick, CPA, PC
Merle Norman Cosmetics United Rentals, Inc.
of Builders Mike Love & Associates LLC Urgent Doc
East Texas Asphalt Company, Miss McGillicuddy’s Virginia Lewis
Morales Salsa Company Visiting Angels
LTD. Museum Of East Texas Weismuller Law Firm
East Texas Monument Office Furniture Warehouse Windco, Inc.
Orange Leaf Wishing Well Antiques & Gifts
Company Peltier Chevrolet, Cadillac Inc. Woodmen Life
East Texas Timber Rattlers Physicians Of East Texas, L.L.C.
East Texas Urology Specialists Poland Enterprises
Edward Jones - Vince Treadwell,

Financial Advisor
Edward Jones- Kristin Fraizer
Express Employment




Angelina Beautiful/Clean has been working
with youth all over Angelina County to make
our part of Texas a better place to live, work
and play. Their efforts for recycling, reducing litter,
and keeping angelina county beautiful makes AB/C
proud to partner with so many talented students.

The first photo is a recycle fashion show at St.
Cyprian’s. The second graders put together a
recycle fashion show each year. Their parents help
them put together recyclable items from home.

The second picture (and fourth photo) is of Coston
Elementary students. The side of the paint store on
Atkinson has graffiti on it, and the students wanted
to change that. The side of the store is visible when
driving to school and leaving school each day. The
school had an art contest and the winners’ pieces
were used to make a mural to cover the graffiti.
These students will be awarded at the keep Texas
beautiful conference this summer for first place
for best elementary beautification project in texas.

The third photo is of students during EEK week
camp. Middle school students from angelina county
participated in a week long camp to learn about
recycling, nature, and how to take care of our part
of Texas.


from the

Happenings from the George H. Henderson, Jr. Start
Exposition Center….. Saving
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make the 33rd Annual
Expo Party on May 11 the most successful event we’ve ever held. Your town. Your money. Your credit union.
Thank you to Citizens National Bank, Brookshire Brothers, Lufkin 2601 S. John Redditt, Lufkin
ER, Consolidated Communications and Truss & Sons Plumbing,
our major sponsors that helped make this year’s Expo Party the (936) 639-2311 •
place to be! The generosity of our local businesses to donate Se Habla Español
auction items is amazing. The Expo Party Committee worked for
months to organize this event, and the volunteers that cooked, LUFKINTEXAS.ORG 7
set up, decorated and then cleaned up – it could not have
happened without you. Go ahead and mark your calendars NOW
for the 34th Annual Expo Party next May 10, 2017!

Coming to The Expo the Summer of 2016…….

 Premier Equine Auction – June 24 & 25

 Crossfire Team Roping – July 2 & 3

 Big Body Trail Ride – July 9

 Pineywoods Youth Rodeo Association – August 20 & 21

Looking ahead to the Fall,
here are just a few of the
upcoming events that will
be at The Expo.

 Texas State Forest Festival
September 21 – 25

 25th Annual Pineywoods
Purgatory – October 1
(please call us to volunteer –

in Concert – Thursday,
November 10th

Hope to see you soon
here at The Expo!

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Conversion Conversion Eron Santoyo & Kason Madden
Contraption Contraption Central High School, 1st Place
Competition Competition

Aliana Willmon & Sage Yancey Alishbah Khan & Elizabeth Jones Kimber Penick & Corby DuVall
Hudson Middle School, 2nd Place Lufkin High School, 1st Place Hudson Middle School, 1st Place

Invention Invention Life Science
Competition Competition Competition

Maddie Zimmerman Andrew Lanigan Leah Akridge
Lufkin High School, 1st Place Lufkin Middle School, 1st Place Lufkin High School, 1st Place

Life Science Catapult Catapult
Competition Competition Competition

Elizabeth Lawrence & Jocelyn Gonzalez Ty Clifton Joshua Gonzalez & Aidan Wood
Hudson Middle School, 1st Place Central High School, 1st Place Lufkin Middle School, 1st Place


Texas32nd Annual State Mesmerize Her.
Forest Festival
September 21-25

The 32nd Annual Texas State Forest Festival is quickly approaching. Save
the date for our exciting competitions! Kick off the first night of the
festival with dance fever. Area Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Dance Studio
squads perform at the Annual Townsquare Media Pom Pon/Dance Competition at
the Texas State Forest Festival.
Come and show your school spirit at the East Texas Cheerleading
Championship sponsored by Y100 KYBI. Saturday morning, Varsity and Junior
Varsity cheerleading squads from across the Texas Forest Country come to
compete for the crown of East Texas Cheerleading Champion.
Saturday afternoon, tempt your taste buds at the 45th Annual Southern
Hushpuppy Championship! Watch as cooks from all stages of life compete to
create the best hushpuppy. The Southern Hushpuppy
Championship has been previously featured on The
Food Network and The Travel Channel. It’s an
event you won’t want to miss.
Do you have talent? Show off your skills
at the East Texas Got Talent Competi-
tion. With the talent search open to all
acts of all ages, East Texas Got
Talent is searching for hopeful
stars, including singers, dancers,
comedians, contortionists,
impressionists, jugglers,
magicians, ventriloquists or
any other talent. It will be an
entertaining show fun for the
whole family.
Sunday afternoon,
hear a joyful noise at the
Inspirational Praise Sing-Off.
Choirs and teams of vocal talent
from all over our community will
join together for an event that you
won’t want to miss! For more
information or to sign up for any of
these competitions, visit

BusinessLINK  JULY | AUGUST 2016


Celebrating 16 Years of fabulous programming!

Is a Season of ‘FIRSTS’ – IllusIonIst Single Tickets On Sale BaRefoot In
LIVE From LUFKIN! RIck thomas August 1st at 11 am the PaRk
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fore been seen here in Lufkin on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 / 7:30pm
the Temple Theater stage. The
2016-2017 season of attractions is
sure to thrill longtime audience
members and newcomers alike,
with an enticing mix of outstand-
ing artists.

September 18


is a premier illusionist having

completed five world tours cov-

ering over 50 countries. High JImmy WeBB Wynonna Judd eRnIe haase &
honors include the coveted “Ma- Tuesday, November 22, 2016 / 7:30pm Saturday, December 17, 2016 / 7:30pm
gician of the Year” by the Acad- sIgnatuRe sound
emy of Magical Arts and “Stage
Saturday, May 20, 2017 / 7:30pm


Magician of the Year” by the Orchestra has transcended the dream held by its
World Magic Awards. Thomas performs the most founders in 1912 when they assembled a group of
intriguing and innovative grand illusions in the musicians to create what is now one of the com-
world with a style unlike any other magical en- munity’s greatest assets. The 65 piece orchestra
tertainer. His stage presence is unmatched as he performs an impressive 200 concerts each year for
weaves magic, music and dance into a seamless an audience of 250,000 adults and children from
spectacle. Thomas is the first illusionist to per- all walks of life. The orchestra’s annual summer
form for an Arts Alliance audience. music festival, Concerts in the Garden, has grown

October 25 to be one of the largest and most successful sum-
THE FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA mer outdoor festivals of its kind in Texas, attract-
– Making Beautiful Music, will be the first full ing an annual audience of 40,000.
symphony orchestra to ever appear on the Tem- For a complete list of all show descriptions visit
ple Theater stage. The Fort Worth Symphony or call 936-633-5454



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The 2015-2016 Season is a wrap ing tickets go on sale online,
– And what a season it was! by phone and in person at the
Celebrating the 15 year Temple Theater Box Office
milestone, the Arts Alliance located inside the Temple
delivered an unforgettable Theater on the Angelina
season, from Vince Gill through College campus.
MAMMA MIA! each and every August 2, 6-8 pm: Annual
performance was spectacular. Volunteer Sign-Up
A record setting seven of the Just call the Temple Theater
last ten performances of the Box Office to learn more!
Performing Arts Series have Purchase tickets online at
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Don’t let the Texas sum-
mer heat ruin your good regions of Washington State. Wines Athletic Club’s summer day camp!
time- be sure to get out and from àMaurice Cellars, Novelty Hill Maybe your child dreams of be-
and Andrew Januik will be paired ing on the stage?! Sign them up for
KidzACT a brand new theatre camp
enjoy all of the Lufkin activities! with a five-course dinner by Chef hosted by the Angelina Commu-
nity Theatre. For a complete list of
Mark your calendars for some indoor Kate Rudasill. These renowned wine- summer camps and dates come by
fun on July 9th as The Fab 5 takes makers will walk guests through the the Lufkin Convention and Visitors
the stage at The Pines! The Fab 5 is menu and the wines they’ve selected Bureau or go online at www.visit-
recognized as a leader in the fun-old- to accompany each course. Seating for to download it at home.
ies tribute market. They are not only Pour & Explore is limited, and tickets Wanting to enjoy a night out at the
a BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND, but one are available through the Lufkin CVB, movies without paying an arm and a
of the BEST 60s TRIBUTE BANDS in 936-633-0359, for $65 a person or $550.00 leg to take the whole family? Join us
the nation. If you love music from The for a table of 8. at The Pines Theater on July 16th for
the classic 1975 JAWS! Tickets are just
Beatles then you won’t want to miss Parents- don’t forget- it is not too $5 each and snacks and refreshments
just $2 each! Tickets can be purchased
this show! Tickets are available online late to get your child involved in the online at or
by calling 936-633-0359.
at or by call- many summer camps that are tak-
If you have any questions about an up-
ing 936-633-0359. ing place in Lufkin! There is some-
coming event feel free to give us a call
In a perfect pairing of elegance and thing for every child’s interest! If they
education, Brookshire Brothers and love to paint, contact the Museum of at 936-633-0359 or go online to check
the Lufkin Convention and Visitors East Texas for one of their many Art
Bureau are teaming up to create Pour Camp. Maybe your child loves read- out our entire event calendar as well
& Explore, a new fine-dining event that ing! Check out the Kurth Memorial as other activities at
will take East Texans on a tour around Library and join in on their summer
the world of wine. Join us at 6:30 p.m., reading program. For the athletic
Thursday, July 14, at Shelton’s Place child, enroll them at the Crown Colo-
in Lufkin with a guided tasting tour ny County Club for Tennis Camp and
through the famous wine-producing Golf Camp, or check out LiveWell


since 1956
Selena Mitchell

For 15 years, Selena ABSTRACT CO.
Mitchell has served our
community in a variety Professional
of ways. “Volunteering through Land Title Services
organizations and events is
the easiest way to give back Hall Henderson Jeff Chance
to the community and meet
people” says Selena. As a Lufkin President Legal Counsel
native, Selena graduated from
Hudson High School and later center Banquet. 517 South First Street
attended Stephen F. Austin State As a small business owner, Lufkin, Texas 75901
University where she received Selena understands it can be
a BBA in Accounting. She now hard to find time to volunteer. 936.632.6661
owns her own business, Selena Her advice prospective volun-
Mitchell Farmers Insurance, teers is “Do what you can. You
which has been open since 2012. don’t have to volunteer at ev- Over
From boards to events, Selena ery event. Volunteer for events 50,000 sq. ft.
is involved in many different or causes that interest you!” of new, used &
groups that support the com- Through volunteering you get recycled office
munity. She is the Board Chair- to interact with the community
man for Angelina Beautiful/ and meet many great people furniture
Clean, Immediate Past Presi- while giving back.
dent for the Leadership Lufkin When Selena isn’t running East Texas’
Alumni Association, Presi- her business or volunteering, Largest Office
dent of the Angelina County she likes to travel, play adult Furniture Source!
Ladies Lions Club, and she is coed softball, and is involved
on the Expo Party Committee with Carpenters Way Baptist New or Used, Modular
and the Women’s Networking Church. She has been married or Custom Built,
Luncheon Committee. Selena to her husband Terry Mitchell We Have It!
believes it is important to as- for nine years, and she has two
sist with community events be- stepsons, Todd and Jeff. Office Furniture
cause “many events wouldn’t For local volunteer opportuni- Warehouse
be possible without volunteers. ties, visit our website Lufkin-
I like to help and make sure an 602 Bonner • Lufkin
event is successful.” She volun- 936-632-3375
teers at many events including
the Women in Red Luncheon,
Texas State Forest Festival,
and Junior Achievement Race LUFKINTEXAS.ORG 13
for Success, Chamber Banquet,
Dueling Pianos, and Mosaic

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Hudson ISD
Congratulations to our

Teacher of the Year


Presented by Citizens National Bank

Julie Jinkins Becky McKinley Ann Menz
Huntington ISD St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School St. Patrick’s Catholic School

Amber Price Matt Mettlen Milissa Perkins
Diboll ISD Pineywoods Community Academy Central ISD

Vercie McMullen Charlotte Peritte Crystal Shives
Lufkin ISD Crimson Christian Academy Zavalla ISD



Lace up your tennis shoes and join Junior Achievement for its
4th annual Race for Success – a USA Track & Field Certified
5K, 10K and Half Marathon, October 29, 2016 at Slack
Elementary. This year by request, we’re adding a Fun Run to the
mix. This means regardless of your age or ability, this Race is
for you!
Proceeds enable Junior Achievement to provide entrepreneur-
ship, financial literacy & work readiness programsto local school
districts for grades K-12. Students learn what it takes to be an
entrepreneur, how to prepare a budget, how to match their
interests to their skills, and whatto expect in the workforce.
During the race, enjoy the beautiful East Texas pine tree views,
and remember – you are helping to empower young people to
succeed in a global economy!
Whether you walk it or run it – we hope that you Race for Success!


Department of Labor
Enacts New Overtime

Rule for Salaried



Join us at Angelina College for information about the new Department of
T Labor Rule for salaried workers.
he U.S. Department als on salary who were paid threshold for highly compen-
of Labor’s new rule about $455 per week were ex- sated employees to $134,004
updating overtime empt from being paid over- as opposed to the current
regulations focuses time. As the years passed, the threshold, $100,000.
on updating the sal- salary threshold was slowly 3. Establish a mecha-
ary and compensation levels eroded by inflation. This rul- nism for automatic updates
needed for executive, admin- ing seeks to change that. to the salary thresholds ev-
istrative and professional According to the De- ery three years, beginning on
workers to be exempt. partment of Labor, the key Jan. 1, 2020, based on wage
President Barack provisions of the final rule growth over time, increasing
Obama and U.S. Secretary will: predictability.
of Labor Thomas Perez an- 1. Raise the salary 4. Amend the salary ba-
nounced the publication of threshold indicating eligibil- sis test to allow employers to
the final overtime rule on May ity for overtime exemption use nondiscretionary incen-
18. Until this year, overtime from $455 per week to $913 tive compensation to meet up
labor laws had been updated ($47,476 per year), affecting to 10 percent of the new sal-
only once since the 1970s, in roughly 4.2 million workers ary threshold. This addresses
2004. (370,000 people in Texas). a long-standing complaint
In past years, individu- 2. Increase the salary from employers who pay em-


ployees on commissions or ers they currently treat as ex- regulation from taking effect
use other incentive compen- empt under the white-collar and “directs the Secretary of
sation. (This change does not exemptions to ensure that Labor to conduct a more de-
extend to highly compensat- those employees are properly tailed economic analysis to
ed employees for the weekly classified when the new rule determine the impact on an
threshold, but employers may goes into effect. array of employers before
continue to count incentive In order to educate busi- proposing a new rule,” John-
compensation and other non- nesses about the effects of the son said.
discretionary deferred com- new ruling and changes they Skelton urged business-
pensation paid at least annu- need to make in their payroll, es to attend the seminar in or-
ally to the total annual HCE the Lufkin/Angelina County der to better understand how
threshold.) To receive credit Chamber of Commerce will the new ruling will impact
for nondiscretionary bonuses hold a seminar July 21 at the them and how businesses can
and incentive payments to- Angelina College Communi- follow the rule correctly.
ward the standard salary lev- ty Services Building, Confer- “We are going to give
el test, employers must make ence Center Room CS104. people a lot of information to
such payments on at least a Speakers will be Scott make sure they are doing it
quarterly basis. The final rule Skelton of Skelton Slush- right,” Skelton said. “It could
also permits the employer to er Barnhill Watkins Wells, all change at the next election
make a “catch-up” payment PPLC, and Lori Lamb of because we are going to have
to maintain the exemption if Axley and Rode, LLP. Regis- a new Congress mid-January,
an employee does not receive tration is at 8 a.m. with the and some people have said
enough in nondiscretionary discussion from 8:30 to 10:30 they want to change it back
bonuses and incentive pay- a.m. or do it slower. But we can
ments in a given quarter to “The Lufkin/Angelina at least get people ready if it
remain exempt. County Chamber of Com- does stay.”
In response to the over- merce advocates for the busi- He said he has seen a
time rule, employers can pay nesses in Angelina County lot of problems from both the
time-and-a-half for overtime and regularly monitors issues employers’ side and the work-
work, raise workers’ sala- and regulations that could ers’ side in which overtime
ries above the new threshold, potentially impact our mem- wasn’t paid correctly or there
limit workers’ hours to 40 per bers,” Chamber President was misclassification.
week or establish some com- and CEO Jim Johnson said. “So my opinion is that
bination of these options, ac- “This seminar will be a great whatever the rule is, employ-
cording to the Department of opportunity for information ers need to do their best to
Labor. on a complicated topic and follow it so they can stay out
In one win for the em- hopefully ensure our busi- of trouble,” he said. “One of
ployers, the rule made no nesses are able to understand the main dangers of breach-
changes to the Duties Test the material and ensure that ing the Fair Labor Standards
for executive, administrative they maintain all their cur- Act is that if you lose the law-
and professional employees. rent employees under the suit, you have to pay the oth-
Another win for employers is new regulation.” er side’s attorney fees, which
that the effective date of the However, House Reso- can be very expensive. What-
final rule is Dec. 1, which pro- lution 4773 would prevent the ever the rule is, we need to
vides employers additional ruling changes from taking understand and to follow it
time to evaluate the impact place. accurately.”
on their workforce and imple- The Chamber board of
ment changes. directors sent a letter to Con- Stephanie Stevens’ email address is
Between now and then, gressman Louie Gohmert to
all employers should review co-sponsor the bill, which
the classifications of all work- would prevent the overtime


Economic Development Update
Lufkin/Angelina County

Economic Development is a field that focuses on capacity, enhance patient experience, upgrade aesthetics, improve efficiency
retaining, expanding, and creating new jobs. This and allow for continued growth. CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial has
community has taken some blows with the multiple continued to invest in the community with their dedication to healthcare.
GE layoffs, however our economy remains strong. CHI continues to receive nationally recognized awards such as one of
Much of the Nation continues to experience similar America’s Best Stroke Centers, Silver Performance Achievement Award,
layoffs due to advancing technology, lower overseas National Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Care and Women’s Choice Awards
wages, and a shortage in supply and demand. as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care. Direct Orthopedic Care
Statistics shared from an International Economic opened in 2015 specializing in immediate care for broken bones, fractures,
Development Council (IEDC) training course sprains, tears, etc. Lufkin also welcomes multiple standalone ERs to town.
state that “U.S. manufacturing dropped from 26% Lufkin ER opened in April, and Altus and Neighbors standalone emergency
to 9% of all jobs in the last 30 years” and “since Steve Floyd rooms are under construction. Dr. Glass describes it best as, “I have found
1970, the total U.S. employment in manufacturing that the medical community in Angelina County shares the same traits as
Assistant City Manager the business leaders in Angelina County. The physicians are eager to work
together to explore new and innovative ways to provide high quality cutting
has fallen by 7 million”. To combat this, the Lufkin Economic Development edge services to the resident of the community. Whether it be specialty
Corporation is focusing on a diverse labor force that can sustain the ebbs and care of premature newborns, intensive care of adults, robotic surgery,
flows of the economy. We are lucky enough to still have some manufacturing cutting edge cardiology care or basic primary care of our most vulnerable
here in Lufkin and surrounding areas along with a strong medical and retail populations, the physicians and leaders of Angelina County dedicate their
hub. lives to providing the best medical care possible.”
Our Community is also very fortunate to have long standing family owned
Highlighting our local industry and assisting them in growth when able is businesses, a strong retail market, business expansions and a busy housing
a primary focus of the Lufkin Economic Development team. The team is market. Brookshire Brothers will be celebrating their 95th Birthday in
composed of Steve Floyd, Robin Alderman and the Economic Development September and plan to open 4 new stores in the 2017 fiscal year. Brookshire
Corporation board members who are committed to helping current Brothers remains one of Lufkin’s largest employers with 1100 Angelina
businesses expand and new businesses succeed in Lufkin. Examples of such County employees and 7000 total employees. The company has been an asset
growth are Atkinson Candy Company, Holmes Smokehouse, PID Services, to Lufkin since 1921 and continues to expand with 111 retail operations
Waste Management-Dolphin Services and LufTex Gears. These businesses throughout Texas and Louisiana. Brookshire Brothers is 100% employee
continue to grow and help sustain the quality of life and our workforce in owned and gives back to the community regularly through the Brookshire
Lufkin. Atkinson Candy Company has been making candy in Lufkin since Brothers Charitable Foundation. Another long standing asset is Lufkin Coca
1932 and has become known and loved worldwide. We are proud to have Cola bottling company which has called Lufkin home since 1905. They have
the Atkinson family and the Chic-O-Stick call Lufkin home and appreciate remained stable and strong throughout the ups and downs of the economy
their continued investment and current expansion. This expansion includes for over a century. Jim Watkins, General Manager, advised that 2016 remains
an additional 28,000 sq. ft. warehouse to increase manufacturing capabilities to be a good year. Lufkin’s retail remains to grow with businesses such as
and 32 new jobs. Holmes Smokehouse joined Lufkin in 2014 and revitalized TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory and Ulta. The Angelina Village Shopping
the former Loggin’s Culinary Facility. Holmes has continued to grow and Center continues with renovations. Burke Outlet relocated here and opened
has created 121 jobs since this time. PID Services works with multiple in June. Fish & Still Equipment is open and ready to meet your John Deere
industries within its company and is looking into new ventures that will needs. Etech is expanding and has already hired approximately 270 people
be announced later this year. Dolphin Services has partnered with Waste this year with at least 200 more to go. Angelina Animal Hospital is also
Management and will continue to work with a wide range of industrial expanding and should be moving into their new facility in September. They
markets and geographies. Local entrepreneurs are an asset to our economy also recently welcomed two new Doctors to their staff to continue providing
as well. LufTex Gears is open and moved into their new location where they excellent veterinary care. “The real estate market in Lufkin remains active
will continue a trade our workforce perfected over a century ago. and positive with residential sales continuing to be the bulk of the market,”
according to Gann Medford Broker, Sid Medford. This market has continued
In addition to the local industry, the medical community continues to grow to sell over 600 homes the last 3 years and is on pace to continue at this rate.
and enhance the quality of life in Lufkin. Angelina Pediatrics just opened There is still much work to be done to replace the jobs lost by GE, but
its new 11,700 sq. ft. facility across from the Children’s Clinic of Lufkin that thankfully we still have a lot of activity in our business community. Steve
allows children to be cared for in a colorful, calm atmosphere that puts both and Robin will continue working hard to assist current business expansions
them and the parents at ease. Angelina Pediatrics is supervised by Dr. George and attract new companies to create new jobs for our citizens. The Lufkin
Fidone and Dr. Jeff Glass, and they along with the rest of the Children’s Economic Development team can be reached at 936.633.0251 or visit us on
Clinic’s staff, Drs. Cristina Graves, Melissa Handley, and Ghazala Khan, are our website at
available to each of Lufkin’s Hospitals 24 hours per day. Woodland Heights
Medical Center opened their Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2013
that has since served over 200 babies and also added a NICU transport team
earlier this year. Woodland Heights began construction last fall to expand




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Small Business of the Year The 2015 Division II Small Business of the Year Award went to Carroway Funeral
The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Home. This year’s nomination are due by August 5.
Commerce is recognizing and honoring a company in
three separate “Small Business” categories. The 2016 part of Texas
recipients will be announced and presented a plaque • The Texas State Forest Festival has been
at a special luncheon at noon on Friday, September recognized by both the Texas Festival & Events
2nd at Crown Colony Country Club. Association and the Texas Association of Fairs and
The following requirements must be met Events as the “Best in Texas”, in both our attendance
for nominations: open to any business located in category and our income category.
Angelina County three years or longer under the same • Net proceeds from the Festival support not
ownership, must be a current member of the Lufkin/ only the Chamber, but the George H. Henderson Jr.
Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, nomina- Exposition Center, Angelina Beautiful /Clean and the
tions may be submitted by any business or person in Texas Forestry Museum.
the community, nominations must contain answers • Friends will receive many benefits, including
to questions on the nomination form, may not have four VIP admission passes to the TSFF, two tickets to a
been a previous Small Business Award winner and special VIP Luncheon on Thursday, September 22nd,
nominees must be a for-profit organization. a TSFF and more! Full benefits and other information
Nomination forms can be found at the can be found at
Chamber office, 1615 S. Chestnut St. Lufkin, TX 75901. • Deadline to become a Friend of the Forest
Complete forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. August Festival is August 12thfor the 2016 festival season.
5th. • To become a Friend of the Forest Festival
For more information visit simply visit , fill out
or contact Melissa Wheeler at (936) 634-6644 or then submit the online form. For more information visit
Friends of the Forest Festival If you have questions,
Show your support for the 32nd annual Texas please contact the Chamber office at (936)634-6644.
State Forest Festival by becoming a Friend of the Business Hall of Fame
Forest Festival! As a Friend of the Forest Festival, you The Angelina County Business Hall of Fame
will be supporting the largest and best festival in our program is designed to posthumously honor past
prominent business leaders who made extraordinary
2015 Friends of the Forest Festival participants. contributions to Lufkin/Angelina County by growing
the business community and earned the respect of the
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local community. road, the award is presented to a
To be considered as a Hall graduate of at least 10 years who
of Fame Laureate, an individual’s has excelled in their role as a
record of business achievement leader in all areas of his or her life.
must have demonstrated excel- The winner of this award
lence in the following general will have exhibited the following
categories: Business excellence, characteristics that were exempli-
Entrepreneurialspirit,Courageous fied by Butch McMullen:
thinking and action, Inspiring • A leader and role model
leadership, Community impact, in profession, church, and/or
Positive role model, Enduring community.
accomplishments, local influence. • A strong positive influence
Nomination forms can be and source of encouragement
found at the Chamber office and to others to be actively involved
must be returned at the Lufkin/ in the community and make a
Angelina County Chamber of positive difference.
Commerce, 1615 South Chestnut • An avid planner with a
St. Lufkin, TX 75901 by 5 p.m. on heart and vision for the future of
Friday, September 16th. Angelina County.
For more information The recipient of this award will
visit or contact be announced at the First Friday
the Chamber at (936) 634-6644 or Luncheon on October 7th at Crown Colony Country Club.
Jack O. (Butch) McMullen Nomination forms can be found
Silver Spike Award at the Chamber office, 1615 South
Since 1991, Leadership Chestnut St. Lufkin, TX 75901.
Lufkin has selected annually Completed forms must be submit-
an outstanding graduate of the ted by Friday, September 12th.
program to honor with the Silver For more information visit
Spike Award. Named in memory or contact
of Butch McMullen of the Susie Cardwell at (936)634-6644 or
Angelina and Neches River Rail-

Jeff Todd with The Advanced Financial Group was presented with the 25th Annual Jack O. (Butch) McMullen 936.634.6621
Silver Spike Award. This year’s nominations are due by September 12th.
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Ribbon Cuttings

Angelina Pediatrics Century 21 Cota Realty

Angelina Pediatrics- Angelina Pediatrics celebrated their brand new facility with a ribbon cutting. Century 21 Cota Realty- Century 21 Cota Realty celebrated their new ownership with a ribbon
Angelina Pediatrics specializes in medical care of newborns through teen years. They are a full cutting. Kevin and Becky Cota are the proud new owners, and they are excited to continue to serve
service medical clinic offering same day appointments for children who are well, sick or require the area. If you are looking for a new home or looking to sell your current home, give them a call.
urgent care. Angelina Pediatrics is located at 1222 Ellis Avenue. Century 21 Cota Realty is located at 1306 North Medford Drive.

Blackledge & Co. Studio CMS IP Technologies

Blackledge & Co. Studio- The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce welcomed CMS IP Technologies- CMS IP Technologies celebrated the grand opening of their new facility
Blackledge & Co. Studio to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Blackledge & Co. Studio with a ribbon cutting. CMS IP Technologies offers many IT services including, network managed
is owned by Jenni Blackledge, a high end editorial and senior photographer. She specializes in services, web & app development, video conferencing, and much more. They are located at 2720
senior and teen photography. Blackledge & Co. Studio is located at 5 Lakewood Court. South Medford Drive.

Casa Morales Commercial Bank of Texas

Casa Morales- The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Casa Morales to Commercial Bank of Texas- Commercial Bank of Texas had a ribbon cutting ceremony to
the Chamber with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Casa Morales is a locally owned, authentic Mexican celebrate the renovation of their Diboll location. Their facility has been upgraded to better serve
food Restaurant with an award winning salsa available at Brookshire Brothers! They are located at their customers and the community. Commercial Bank of Texas’s Diboll location is at 501 North
1005 South First Street. Temple Drive.



Dixon Safety Hospice in the Pines

Dixon Safety- The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Dixon Safety, LLC Hospice in the Pines- Hospice in the Pines celebrated their 30th Anniversary. To celebrate
to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Dixon Safety is a safety training, fire simulator, their 30 years, the Lufkin/Angelina County held a Red Carpet Salute to honor their service and
and CPR training company. They are located at 941 FM 706 in Lufkin. commitment to our community. They are located at 1504 West Frank Avenue.

Evergreen Lawn Care Leadership Lufkin

Evergreen Lawn Care- The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Evergreen Leadership Lufkin Project Ground Breaking- The 34th class of Leadership Lufkin breaks ground
Lawn Care to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting. Evergreen Lawn Care services Lufkin and at the location of one of their class projects; a special needs swing at Winston Park.
Nacogdoches and they have a variety of services to meet your lawn needs. They are located at
4601 NW Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches.

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Lufkin ER VePteirnienyawryooCdlisnic

Lufkin ER- Lufkin ER celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Lufkin ER is Pineywoods Veterinary Clinic- The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce welcomed
an emergency room that provides a comprehensive, full range of medical services. They are open Pineywood Veterinary Clinic to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting. From small house pets to
24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offer short wait times. Lufkin ER is located at 2807 South First livestock, Dr. Brian Hafernick can address every animal’s needs! Pineywoods Veterinary Clinic is
Street. located at 2518 US HWY 69 North in Lufkin.

Miss McGillicuddy’s RingsPTarrukeHEilvleFnatsrmVenue

Miss McGillicuddy’s- Miss McGillicuddy’s recently moved to a new location in Diboll! The Lufkin/ Rings True Events Venue/Park Hill Farm- The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
Angelina County Chamber of Commerce welcomed them with a ribbon cutting. They carry a welcomed Rings True Events Venue/Park Hill Farm to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting. Rings
variety of women’s clothing, baby items, and personalized gifts. Miss McGillicuddy’s is located at True Events Venue is a 100 acre event venue in Crocket. Park Hill Farm is a perfect place for
575 North Temple Drive in Diboll. weddings, corporate events, and reunions. Rings True Events Venue/Park Hill Farm is located at
1901 W Navarro in Crockett.

Pinewood Park Apartments Signs By Debbie

Pinewood Park Apartments- Pinewood Park Apartments celebrated the completion of their Signs By Debbie- Signs by Debbie celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a Red Carpet Salute.
renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Pinewood Park Apartment renovated 94 of their units. Signs by Debbie offers many different signs including banners, billboards, building wraps, and
If you or someone you know is in need of affordable housing, contact Pinewood Park Apartments. window lettering. They are located at 3514 FM 1819 in Pollok.
They are located at 120 Kirksey Street.

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