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March April Business Link Final (3)

March April Business Link Final (3)

March | April 2016


The best time to plant a
tree was 20 years ago.
The second best
time is now.
– Chinese Proverb

New beginnings

The mission of the Lufkin/Angelina “T he best time to plant a tree was
County Chamber of Commerce is to 20 years ago. The second best
continuously improve the economic time is now.” As we move into
prosperity, the business environment
and the quality of life in Angelina County.

Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
1615 S. Chestnut, Lufkin, Texas USA 75901
phone (936) 634-6644 fax (936) 634-8726

Joe Rich spring, this Chinese Proverb provides a
Bancorp South
2016 executive board vision for our business community.  Our
Terry Morgan
Gene Lee Morgan Insurance businesses did not grow overnight; in
Board Chairman
Lee TranServices, Inc. Kelli Wayland reality, they took cultivation over genera-
GE Oil & Gas
Codie Jenkins tions to produce dynamic companies that
Board Chairman-Elect David Flowers
First Bank & Trust Huntington ISD provide the backbone for Angelina County.
East Texas
Neice Bell Our organization has been around over 90
Aimee Slusher The Lufkin Daily News
Immediate Past Chairman years and even today we are continuing
Skelton Slusher Barnhill John Alston
Watkins Wells, PLLC Brookshire Brothers to look toward the future and how we can

Martha Quintanilla Jim Cumbie best service our members.
Secretary Georgia-Pacific
La Unica Tortilleria The spring season is a great time for Jim K. Johnson
2016 appointed
Brian Cyr board members new beginnings and new growth, and at
Commercial Bank Starla Bickerstaff the Chamber it is no different. Our
Chris Johnson Annual Banquet introduced our new Board of Directors which will
Vice Chairman Kyle Swift
Whataburger Woodland Heights provide our leadership for years to come. This season the chamber will

Mark Hicks Chris Fleniken create a strategic plan that will lay the groundwork for our organization
Vice Chairman Real Graphics
JM Management to move forward and provide the best programs and opportunities for our
chamber staff
Chad Roberts business members.
Vice Chairman Jim Johnson, IOM
City Wide Directories LLC President & CEO The Chamber has also launched our new website at

Jeff Todd Charlene Black Please take time to visit and take a look at the new design and additional
Vice Chairman Information Specialist
Advanced Financial tools that will serve our membership. The entire Chamber Staff looks for-
Services Susie Cardwell
Community Development ward to seeing you at the many upcoming events and are always available
2016 elected Manager
board members to answer any questions about programs and opportunities.
Tori Charanza
Trent Ashby Marketing Coordinator – Jim Johnson, President / CEO
Citizens National Bank Lufkin / Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
Tori Jones
Mark Dunn Membership Coordinator Annual Chamber Banquet
Dunn Construction
Jill Roberson
Dr. LaTonya Goffney Business Manager
Lufkin ISD
Melissa Wheeler, IOM
Stephen King Programs & Operations
Consolidated Manager
businesslink staff
Shawn Barnett Jennifer Gage
CHI St. Luke’s Health Layout Design

G. William Newton
Angelina Plastic Surgery

Victor Patel
Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn
Express, Comfort Suites

BusinessLINK for advertising March | april 2016  BusinessLINK
is a publication information call
(936) 631-2630
in partnership
2 l u f k i n t e xwaitsh. o r g

4 New and Renewing Members
4 Member Anniversaries READY IS
5 Volunteer Spotlight
6 Calendar & Event Spotlight BETTER.
7 Women’s Networking Luncheon
8 Ribbon Cuttings Vince Treadwell, CFP®
9 Ground Breakings and Red
Financial Advisor
Carpet Salutes 321 S. First Street
10 Leadership Lufkin Profiles Lufkin, Texas 75901
13 Greetings from the Expo 936-634-6116
14 Cover Story: Building Leaders
16 Angelina Beautiful / Clean
18 Science and Tech Fair
19 Texas State Forest staffing group

Festival Awards “We Place You First”
20 Angelina Arts Alliance CLERICAL
21 Leadership Tomorrow
22 Economic Indicators INDUSTRIAL
24 Lufkin Convention and TECHNICAL
Visitors Bureau
26 On the Scene 3810 S. Medford Dr.
BusinessLINK  March | april 2016
818 University Dr. Suite 101

936-559-7777 3

New Members Hicks-Co New York Life Insurance Company – Signs By Debbie TyhoaunkfoCthroeubCneLotiuynmfgkCmihanea/mArmcneebgm!eerblieonrfaof
Jenny Schroeder Solitaire Homes
Community Contractors, LLC Investors of the Kingdom Tami’s Bistro
New York Life Insurance Company – Texan’s Barber School
Del-Tin Fiber, LLC Joe Martin, Attorney at Law Rex ‘’Mike’’ Floyd The Rose

East Texas Fun Bunch, Inc. Legacy Institute for N-Line TrafficMaintenance
Financial Education
Edward Jones- Kristin Fraizer

Guardian Reliability Group

Renewing Members David S. Tamminga Ivan Smith Furniture Point A Media, Inc.
Davis Insurance Agency, Inc. Jake Lyon & Associates Inc. Polk Energy Partners, LLP
A R Services Deep East Texas Council of Governments James Hilliard & Son’s Popeyes #3128
A1 Recycling Denum Moving & Storage Landscaping LLC Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin
A-1 Self Storage & Pack Mail Diboll Housing Authority Jerry Highnote Ralph & Kacoo’s
Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy, Inc. Diboll I.S.D. Jerry Whiteker Regency Cleaners
Advanced Financial Group Don Duran, Attorney Jewell Hudgens Ritter Millwork
Air Cooled Engine Co. Don’s Sanitation JM Management Robert G. Osborn, Attorney At Law
Al Meyer Ford Mitsubishi Dr. & Mrs. Sidney C. Roberts Joe Martin, Attorney at Law Rose Rentals – ’’A Place to Call Home’’
Alene’s Florist Dude Development Company Joe W. Elliott House Ryan K. Hinckley, D.D.S., M.S.
Alexander, Lankford & Hiers, Inc. Dunagan Warehouse Corp. Jordan Family Dentistry, PA Security & Guaranty Abstract Co.
American Cancer Society Dupree Tire Company Inc. Junior Achievement Security Finance
American Filter Service, LLC Duran Pools & Spas Kaywin Carter & Associates Security Shredding
American Real Estate - Jennifer Oliver East Texas Eye Associates KETK/KFXK Shaw Insurance
America’s Car-Mart East Texas Hematology KSA Engineers, Inc. Skelton, Slusher, Barnhill, Watkins &
Angelina College Small Business East Texas Nephrology Associates KSWP/KAVX/LEBF
Eastex Bilingual Services KTRE TV Wells,PLLC
Development Center Eastview United Pentecostal Church Lamar Advertising Solitaire Homes
Angelina County & Cities Health District Edward Jones - Ashley Bratton, Financial Law Office of Robert L. Flournoy Sonic Drive-in
Angelina County Farm Bureau Advisor Lehman’s Pipe & Steel, Inc. Sound Techs
Angelina Excavating Ellen Temple Loggins & Sons, Allen Sound Techs
Angelina Glass Everett, Griffith, Jr. & Associates Inc. Loggins Plumbing Southern Supply, Inc.
Angelina Hardwood Sales Excel Car Wash Loving Toyota Scion Southland Federal Credit Union
Angelina Savings Bank Farmers Insurance Group District Office Luckett’s Hole-In-One Cafe Spherion Staffing
Anita Caraway Feather Crest Farms, Inc. Lufkin Barbecue Inc St. Cyprians Episcopal School
Atkinson Candy Company Fenley & Bate, Attorneys At Law Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc. Stafford’s Liquigas
Audiological Services First Bank & Trust East Texas Lufkin Convention & Visitors Bureau Star Professional Cleaning
Axley & Rode CPA’s Fleetwood Transportation Services Lufkin Daily News State Farm Insurance - Chad Morgan
BancorpSouth Friesen-Strain Insurance Assoc. Lufkin First Baptist Church Story Wright
BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc. Gann Medford Real Estate Lufkin Golf Club Suddenlink Communications
Bartlett, Baggett & Shands, LLP Gann Medford Real Estate - Nathan Lufkin Host Lions Club Swain & Baldwin Insurance
Beard Fine Jewelers Gann Lufkin I. S. D. T.L.L. Temple Foundation
Bill Simpson Gateway Community Partners, Inc. Lufkin State Supported Living Center Texas Document Solutions
Blown Away Salon George Thannisch Lumbermen’s Insurance Texas Forest Country Retreat
Boys & Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas Geraci Audibel Hearing Centers Maddux Lumber & Hardware Texas Forestry Association
Brookshire Brothers, LTD Gibbs Insurance Agency MarTeres Tea Room Texas Forestry Museum
Buckner Children & Family Services Gibraltar Construction MasseyMedia, Inc. Texas Institute for Kidney and Endocrine
Burke Gipson Funeral Home Matheson/Etox
Business Benefits Corporation Goff & Herrington, P.C. Medicine Shoppe Disorders
Cafe Del Rio Goodwin-Lasiter-Strong - Engineering, Mercer Nissan Texas Timberjack Inc.
Carpets By Curiosity Architecture, Interior Design, Midnight Express The Center For Sight
Cartwright Real Estate Surveying Moore Brothers Construction Co. The Children’s Clinic
Central I.S.D. Grinding & Sizing Co. Inc. Moore Building Associates The Coalition
Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC H & S Pallet Company Morgan Insurance Agency The History Center
Cheddar’s Casual Cafe Hampton Inn & Suites Mueller Inc. The Mosaic Center
CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Haney Trucking Inc. Music World Tom Brown A/C & Heating, Inc.
Chick-Fil-A At South Loop Crossing Harmony Hill Baptist Church Mustang Tractor & Equipment Townsquare Media
Chick-Fil-A Lufkin Mall Heritage Land Bank New York Life Truss & Son Plumbing, Inc.
Cintas Corporation Hexion Inc. New Zion Baptist Church of TXU Energy
City Of Lufkin Holiday Travel Agency Lufkin, Texas Inc. Vend Buffet
Coburn’s Supply Company Hospice In The Pines Overhead Door Company of Lufkin Weisinger Electric
Commercial Bank of Texas Hudson I.S.D. Palmer & Ross Dental Group Whataburger
Community Title Hudson Water Supply Papa John’s Pizza Wil-May Enterprises, Inc.
Consolidated Communications Humane Society of Angelina County Paul E. White Woody Ingram, DDS
Contractor’s Supplies, Inc. Hunt Stone & Fireplace Pax-Sun Engineering Inc. Workforce Solutions
Cook Saw Shop, Inc. Huntington I.S.D. Payne Electrical Contractors Wright Buick GMC
Cook Tire & Service Center Huntington State Bank Physicians Of East Texas, L.L.C. YGM, L.L.C.
Cooper Buschmeyer, MD IHOP #1474 PineCrest Retirement Community Zavalla I.S.D.
Cooper Buschmeyer, MD Innovative Office Systems Pinewood Park Apartments Zimmerman Communications
Cotton Patch Cafe
Crime Stoppers of Lufkin
Critical Leadership

Member Anniversaries March / april 2016

15 Years 10 Years 5 Years

Borden Dairy Products U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert Jordan Health Services
Huntington I.S.D. STS Electronic Recycling, Inc.
Legacy Real Estate Group - Marie West Foster
March | april 2016  BusinessLINK

Volunteer Spotlight For All Your
Pharmacy Needs
Don Schultheis
A s the pastor of Lufkin’s First Mon-Fri 8am-6:30pm
Church of the Nazarene, Don group of volunteers who offer free home Sat 9am-1pm
Schultheis is no stranger to serv- repairs to those in need. The mission of
ing others. In fact, it was his faith that the group is to bridge the gap between 639-2346
sparked his service. “I decided one day different demographics through service
to broaden my definition of ministry” and God’s love. Refill Line 634-7746
says Don. “Most of us have been con-
ditioned to think of ministry as some- There are many reasons to volunteer,
thing that only pastors do. But, the but Don’s are strongly rooted in his faith. Locally owned
true definition of ministry is everyone He volunteers because he appreciates since 1979
meeting needs with the resources that what God has done in his life. “The more
God has given to them. In a nutshell, I mature, the more I come to realize that 200 Gaslight Blvd
ministry is service. In ancient nautical there is such a thing as Gratitude Ethics. Lufkin, Texas
circles, the word servant meant under- Gratitude Ethics leads us down this path,
rower. Think of the lower galley of a ‘God has given me more than I could ever AL&H
ship where men and women labored to pay back, but I will devote the rest of
get the boat to where it needed to be. my life to trying.’” He would encourage ALEXANDER
If we want to keep our boats sailing anyone to get involved with the commu- LANKFORD &
to where God wants them to be, there nity and get connected with its citizens.
must be a greater enlistment to the “I have connected with people over the HIERS, INC.
rank of under-rower! I decided one day past three years that I would have never
to find a place to serve and quit buying have come to know without volunteering
into the mindset that I was too busy to and giving back to our community. From
serve others. The greatest people in Bankers to Hospital Staff to City Offi-
our midst are, and forever will be, the cials, those who now know me by name
servants!” are seen as not just acquaintances, but as
friends who are connected through the
From that moment on, Don was com- ups and downs of life.”
mitted to serving the community in
any way he could. He currently serves In his free time, Don likes to keep up
as Chairman of Diplomats through the with sports and work in the yard. Don
Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President and his wife, Terena, have been married
of the Angelina Rotary Club, Member of for 24 years. They have one son, Ory, who
the City’s Parks and Recreation Board, is a sophomore at Southern Nazarene
Member of the Lufkin Pastoral Alliance, University and one daughter, Alexis, who
and he teaches for Junior Achievement. is a junior at Indiana University South
In addition to his many volunteer posi- Bend.
tions, Don founded the Tool Time Min-
istry through Lufkin First Church of Don’s final encouragement for volun-
the Nazarene. The Tool Time Ministry is teers is “You are not as busy as you think
you are! If Lufkin, Texas is going to get
where God wants it to go, someone has to
do the rowing.”

Don Schultheis, top right,makes time to volunteer in the community in addition to serving as pastor of 4000 S. Medford Dr.
Lufkin’s First Church of the Nazarene. Lufkin, Texas 75901-5500

BusinessLINK  March | april 2016 (936) 632-7771

A Professional Corporation 5

Calendar & Event Business After Five First Friday Luncheon
Power Networking Breakfast Young Professionals Network
March 3
Business After Five
Business After Five Thursday, March 3, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm hosted by Dr. Sees with Woodland Heights Cardiothoracic
5:30 pm hosted by Dr. Sees with Woodland Heights Cardiothoracic Associates and Dr. Mohani with Woodland Heights Cardiology at 710 Gaslight Boulevard
Associates and Dr. Mohani with Woodland Heights Cardiology Tuesday, March 15, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm hosted by Restoration Wine Bar
Wednesday, March 23, 5:30pm-7:00pm hosted by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Center
March 4 in the main lobby
Thursday, March 31, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm hosted by St. Cyprians Episcopal School
First Friday Luncheon Thursday, April 7, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm hosted by Regions Bank
12 pm at Crown Colony Country Club; Presentation by: Senator Robert Thursday, April 14, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm hosted by Johnson Furniture
Nichols Thursday, April 26, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm hosted by Courtyard by Marriott
First Friday Luncheon
March 10 Friday, March 4, 12:00 pm at Crown Colony Country Club
Presentation by: Senator Robert Nichols
Young Professionals Network Social/ Happy Hour First Friday presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola
5:30 pm Restoration Wine Bar Gold Sponsors: Carpet by Curiosity, Urgent Doc
Friday, April 1, 12:00 pm at Crown Colony Country Club
March 15 Presentation by: Eric Atkinson, President of Atkinson Candy Co.
First Friday presented by Lufkin Coca-Cola
Business After Five Gold Sponsors: Alene’s Florist, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School
5:30 pm hosted by Restoration Wine Bar Power Networking Breakfast
Friday, March 18th, 8:00am-9:00am presented by Southland Federal Credit Union, March Sponsor
March 18 and Presentation by Advance’d Temporaries, Inc., Chamber of Commerce Community Room
Friday, April 22nd, 8:00am-9:00am presented by Southland Federal Credit Union, April Sponsor
Power Networking Breakfast IHOP, Presentation by Anthony Key with Special Olymics, Chamber of Commerce Community Room
8 am in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room; March Sponsor and Young Professionals Network
Presentation by Advance’d Temporaries Thursday, March 10, 5:30 pm Social/Happy Hour Location Restoration Wine Bar
Thursday, April 14, 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room
March 23
March | april 2016  BusinessLINK
Business After Five
5:30 pm hosted by CHI St. Luke’s Health

March 25

Chamber Offices Closed for Good Friday

March 31

Business After Five
5:30 pm hosted by St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School

April 1

First Friday Luncheon
12 pm at Crown Colony Country Club; Presentation by Eric Atkinson,
President of Atkinson Candy Company

April 7

Business After Five
5:30 pm hosted by Regions Bank

April 14

Lunch & Learn
12:00 pm in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room

April 14

Business After Five
5:30 pm hosted by Johnson Furniture

April 15

Women’s Networking Luncheon
12:00 pm at Crown Colony Country Club; Guest Speaker Vicky Clark

April 22

Power Networking Breakfast
8 am in the Chamber of Commerce Community Room; April Sponsor IHOP,
Presentation by: Anthony Key, Special Olympics

April 26

Business After Five
5:30 pm hosted by Courtyard by Marriott

April 28–29

19th Annual Angelina County Science and Tech Fair


Women’s Networking Luncheon

Guest Speaker:
Vicky Clark

I f you are looking to connect local women 936.634.6621
while growing personally and professionally,
join us for at the Women’s Networking Lun- 1307 South First Street
cheon! The mission of the Women’s Networking Lufkin, Texas
Event is to connect women of all career levels,
strengthen their professional networks, and en- Lufkin • Nacogdoches
gage them in the Lufkin/Angelina County busi- Livingston • Crockett
ness community.
The next Women’s Networking Luncheon will be • Jasper
held at Crown Colony Country Club on April 15th
from 11:30am-1:00pm. Vicki Floyd Clark will be
speaking about her passion, “Building the Capac- Serving Lufkin & East Texas
ity of Organizations”. Vicki has devoted the past Vicky Clark Since 1949

30 years of her life to building capacity in organi- Tax, Audit, Accounting
zations and inspiring community leaders. A noted speaker, facilitator, consultant and Business Advisory
and trainer, she has extensive experience in the nonprofit, government and private
sectors. Her work includes numerous specialty areas; board development, inclu- Services
sion and diversity, leadership development, strategic planning, project planning,
volunteer resource development, and effective communication. Your Hiring Source
In addition, Athena Award nominations are now available! Each year the Athena
Leadership Award is presented to a woman who embraces professional excellence, Test Drive
community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of profes- Our People
sional excellence and leadership skills. The 2016 winner of the Athena Leadership for YOur
Award will be announced at the April Women’s Networking Luncheon! Nomina-
tion forms are due by Friday, March 25. Please send all nominations forms to Me- Business
lissa Wheeler the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce or email them Let uS Handle
to [email protected] It is going to be an exciting year for the Women’s
Networking Luncheon and we hope you join us! Recruiting
Thank you to our sponsors! Presenting Sponsor: Texas State Bank, Silver Spon- and Screening
sors: Audiological Services & Merrill Lynch, Bronze Sponsors: Austin Bank, Down-
town Café, Merry Maids, Ray’s Drive-In, Savvy, The Agency, Selena Mitchell Farm- for YOu
ers Insurance, Servpro of Lufkin/South Nacogdoches County, Tome Catering.
Thank you to the Junior League of Lufkin for being the Speaker Sponsor. We can provide
you with qualified

employees for
your permanent
or temporary
staffing needs.
Call us today
to see how we
can help your


BusinessLINK  March | april 2016 AdvAnce’d TemporAries, inc.

1411 Turtle Creek, Ste. A • Lufkin
(936) 632-8204

Medical • Clerical • Industrial 7

Ribbon cuttings

Kamcare Home Health Services Kamcare Home Health Services is a reputable home health East Texas Fun Bunch The East Texas Fun Bunch is a non-profit, charitable organization that
care agency that serves the local residents of East Texas. They provide competent, efficient, and provides adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities opportunities to socialize through
friendly healthcare professionals who take pride in making a difference in others lives. Kamcare various local outings and activities. The goal of the East Texas Fun Bunch is to enrich the lives
Home Health Services is located at 1303 Slack St. For more information about their service, visit of these people through fun and unique experiences. For more information about events,
their website. volunteering, and donations, visit their website!

Kovar Capital Kovar Capital is a financial services and consultation company that focuses on Fox Run Apartments Fox Run is an apartment community with clean, spacious units and fast,
delivering holistic, customized, financial advice to their clients. By using a personalized approach friendly service. Fox Run Apartments are conveniently located near Lufkin businesses and the
to investing and risk management coupled with a commitment to the highest level of personal medical community. They offer many amenities including a courtesy officer, a well-lit sparkling
service, Kovar Capital is committed to looking out for their client’s best interest. For more pool, 24 hour emergency maintenance, a community room available for rental, as well as a pet
information about their services, visit their office at 106 E. Lufkin Ave. area for their furry residents. Fox Run is located at 300 S. John Reddit Dr. Check them out!

Texas Urological Clinic Texas Urological Clinic is the practice of Dr. Shawn P. Todd. The focus of Tami’s Bistro Tami’s Bistro is a cozy little bistro located in the Fashion District. They serve fresh
the Texas Urological Clinic is to offer comprehensive and personalized care for their patients while coffee, homemade muffins and cookies, and an assortment of entrees including paninis, wraps,
ensuring a high degree of privacy and comfort. They are located at 1704 E. Denman Ave. and open soups, and salads. They are open Monday-Saturday from 9:00am- 4:00pm. Next time you need a
8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Thursday and from 8:00am-12:00pm on Fridays. sweets treat or delicious lunch, drop by Tami’s Bistro.

8 Blown Away Salon Blown Away
Salon is a full service salon located
in the Fashion District. Their services
including haircuts, hair coloring, blow
outs, spray tanning, waxing, manicures
and pedicures. For more information
pricing and scheduling, visit their
Facebook page or drop by the salon at
1905 Tulane Dr., Suite A.

March | april 2016  BusinessLINK

Ground Breakings and red carpet salutes


Parkwood Place Parkwood Place Healthcare and Rehabilitation broke ground for their new facility that will be located at 902 Hill
Street. Parkwood Place is an assisted living center and rehabilitation facility that currently is located at 300 N. Bynum St.

818 N. Raguet • Lufkin • 936-632-7765

Helping People Succeed

Atkinson Candy Co. Atkinson Candy Company broke ground on an expansion of their manufacturing floor at the Lufkin Facility.
Atkinson Candy Company has been in Lufkin since the 1930’s, and it continues to grow as a nationally known company as it expands.
Atkinson Candy Company is located at 1608 Frank Avenue.

Respecting People.
Impacting Business.

• Administrative
• General Labor
• Sales/Marketing
• Welding
• Engineering
• Professional Staffing

936-632-1171 936-560-1810
Lufkin Nacogdoches

American Legion Auxiliary The American Legion Auxiliary celebrated the 10th Anniversary of their “Because We Care” program with Thank you for voting Express the
a Red Carpet Salute. In January 2006, the “Because We Care” program started sending care packages to troops serving all over the Best Employment Agency in both
world. In the 10 years of the “Because We Care” program, the American Legion Auxiliary has never missed a month of sending boxes
to troops. Lufkin & Nacogdoches!

BusinessLINK  March | april 2016 9

Leadership Lufkin Profiles 2016

Sherri Anthony Mendi Brent Kayla Campbell Rebecca Dilday
Sherri Anthony is represent- Mendi Brent is sponsored by Kayla Campbell is represent- Representing Hospice in the
ing First Bank & Trust East Georgia Pacific where she ing Huntington State Bank Pines in this year’s class is
Texas in this year’s Leader- works as a Systems Analyst. in Leadership Lufkin class Rebecca Dilday. Rebecca is a
ship Lufkin class. Sherri is a She has a BBA in Computer #34. Kayla is a Lobby Service Licensed Vocational Nurse
Vice President there and has Information from Stephen F. Manager at the bank and has and works there as a Commu-
been a resident of Angelina Austin State University and resided here for 10 years. nity Liaison Officer. She has
County for 30+ years. She has has resided here for over 15 lived in Angelina County for
an associate’s degree in Busi- years. most of her life.
ness from the University of
West Alabama and has studied
at various banking schools.

Ben Honeywell Jay Jelinek Jim Johnson Phillip LaCorte
Ben Honeywell comes to the Jay Jelinek of Brookshire Jim Johnson is representing Phillip LaCorte represents the
Leadership Lufkin program Brothers is this year’s class the Lufkin/Angelina County Heart Institute of East Texas
from Jay Jackson State Farm president. Jay works at Chamber of Commerce in in Leadership Lufkin this
where he is an Insurance Spe- Brookshire Brothers as the this year’s class. Jim came to year. Phillip is employed as the
cialist. Ben has been in Ange- Distribution Center Opera- Lufkin from Pearland, Texas, Practice Administrator at the
lina County for over 10 years tions Manager since 2001. He in 2015 and is the President Institute and moved here in
and brings great connections has lived in Angelina County and CEO of the Chamber. Jim 2015 from San Francisco. He
and energy to the community. for approximately 20 years brings to the job a bachelor’s has a bachelor of science in
and has a bachelor’s degree in degree in History and has business management and a
Marketing from Texas A&M. studied at the Institute of Or- masters in healthcare admin-
ganization Management. istration from California State
University. Welcome to Texas,

10 March | april 2016  BusinessLINK

Tiffany Elder Jeff Fatheree Burt Hairgrove Healthiest Credit Unions 2015
Tiffany Elder represents Jeff Fatheree of CHI St. Burt Hairgrove represents
the Lufkin State Supported Luke’s Health Memorial is the George H. Henderson #130 out of 6,655
Living Center and has a Physician Liaison Heart Jr. Exposition Center in federally insured credit unions
worked in Angelina Coun- and Vascular Regional Ser- this year’s class. Burt is the
ty about 5 years. Tiffany vice Line. Jeff has a bach- Director of the facility and in America.
has a bachelor’s degree elor’s degree in business comes to us from Nacogdo-
in Rehabilitation Services and history from Stephen ches. He has a bachelor’s #9 in great
and with minor in Special F. Austin and has lived degree in Agriculture from state of Texas.
Education. here for about 12 years. Stephen F. Austin State
University. Your first

Gary Litton Stephanie Love Becca McMahon DepositAccounts just released
Gary Litton is representing Regions Bank is repre- Becca McMahon is spon- their 2015 edition of its Top
Angelina County & Cities sented in the 2015-2016 sored by Skelton Slusher 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in
Health District in this year’s Leadership Lufkin class by Barnhill Watkins Wells America and GENCO Federal
Leadership Lufkin class. Class Historian Stephanie PLLC in this year’s class. Credit Union is proud to be a
Gary is currently employed Love. Stephanie has a BBA Becca is an Associate At- member of that distinctive list.
at SETRAC (Southeast in Management and is torney and came to Lufkin We’ve been working at getting
Texas Regional Advisory employed at Regions as a about 3 years ago. She is a
Council) as the Emergency branch manager. She has graduate of Baylor Univer- better for decades and
Management Operations lived here most of her life. sity and Baylor School of we’ll continue to improve
Coordinator. He is work- Law.
ing toward his degree in each and every year.
Interdisciplinary Studies.
Gary has been in Angelina Go online, call or stop by any
County for 17 years and branch and see for yourself why we
plans to remain here.
are ranked so high on their list.
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Leadership Lufkin Profiles 2016

Keldon McPherson Velta Page Wayne Ramsey Jill Roberson
Keldon McPherson of Lock- Velta Page represents Commu- Wayne Ramsey is a member Lufkin/Angelina County
heed-Martin is participating nities in Schools in Leadership of the Leadership Lufkin class Chamber of Commerce is rep-
in this year’s class. Keldon is Lufkin this year where she is and is employed as a Financial resented by Jill Roberson this
employed as a Test Engineer employed as the Site Coordi- Advisory for Principal Fi- year where she is employed
at Lockheed-Martin and has nator. Velta has a degree in nancial Group. He has a BBA as the Chamber’s Business
resided in Lufkin for 2 years. Social Work from Stephen F. in Finance from Stephen F. Manager. Jill came to us from
Keldon is a graduate of the Austin and serves as the Pub- Austin State University. California about 2 years ago
University of Technology in lic Relations Coordinator for and plans to make Lufkin her
Kingston, Jamaica and Florida the Leadership Lufkin class. home. She has an associate’s
International University in She is originally from Lufkin degree from Fullerton College
Miami, Florida. and plans to remain here per- in California.

Lauren Stacy Sarah Vest Julie Warren Emily Welch
Lauren Stacy of the Lufkin Sarah Vest represents Lee CHI St. Luke’s Health Memo- Emily Welch is representing
First United Methodist TranServices, Inc., in this rial is represented by Julie the First Christian Church in
Church is a participant in the year’s Leadership Lufkin Warren in this year’s class. Leadership Lufkin this year.
2015-2016 Leadership Lufkin class. Sarah is employed as the Julie is employed at CHI as Emily is the Youth Director
class. Lauren is from Lufkin Office & Human Resources the Community Education at the church and brings to
and is employed at the church Manager and has a BBA in Fi- Coordinator and has a bach- the table a bachelor of science
as the Director of Student nance from Stephen F. Austin elor’s degree in Nursing from degree in Early childhood
Ministries. She brings to the State University. She has lived Bloomsburg University of Education. Emily is originally
table a degree in Recreation, in Lufkin all her life and plans Pennsylvania. She moved here from Lufkin and plans to live
Park & Tourism Science from to remain here permanently. about 8 years ago to make here indefinitely.
Texas A&M. Lufkin her home.

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tional circus which will take place under an actual BIG TOP
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The Bureau of Land Management will be having a wild horse
and burro adoption on April 15-16. A great opportunity to find a
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nights of one the best rodeos in the United States!
April 28-29: Lockheed-Martin presents the Leadership Lufkin
Science and Tech Fair. Come out to support youth and educa-
tion as students compete in several categories ranging from
robotics to engineering.
As you can tell from our list of events, we are getting busy
and excited about all of the upcoming activities. Our staff has
been working hard to have the grounds and facility looking
good and set up for our guests.
Hope to see you soon here at the Expo!
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building leaders

Chamber programs focus on leadership
to support the local economy

Story by Stephanie Stevens, The Lufkin News Gene Lee is the CEO of Lee TranServices and sends an em-
ployee through the program every year.
E ach year the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of
Commerce works hard to develop future business “We have some young professionals every year in the program
leaders through various programs and recognize in my company mentored to take a leadership role in the future,”
worthy business leaders for their impact in the he said. “I think it is a vital program that is well structured and
county. well led.”
Chamber President Jim Johnson said it is important for the
community to have good business leadership. Through Leadership Tomorrow, high school juniors have the
opportunity to learn about Angelina County firsthand, explore
“I think the business community is vital to the ongoing success opportunities for their futures in this area and take part in com-
of the community,” he said. “Our business leaders have invested munity volunteer service.
into this community, and that strong leadership of business that
provided job, economic stability and economic growth.” “Our Leadership Tomorrow prepares them for their future
before college,” Lee said. “I think preparing our young profes-
The Chamber has various projects to build leadership as a sionals is going to be vitally important here in Lufkin as we be-
character strength, including Leadership Lufkin and Leader- gin to build jobs. That’s what we are going to do through small
ship Tomorrow. businesses.”

“If we can entice and educate them about what all is taking The class year will begin with an opening reception to wel-
place in this county, hopefully we can get them back here to raise come students and thank their sponsors. During the following
their family and open their business here or get a job,” Johnson seven months, the students will attend a day on the ropes course
said. “This will create a thriving community.” and five additional sessions that educate them on social services,
health care, education, economy and government in Angelina
Leadership Lufkin is a nine-month introductory program de- County. Also included in the program are three community vol-
signed to identify and educate the existing and potential leaders unteer projects.
of Lufkin and Angelina County. It has been in effect for 35 years
and produced over 800 graduates. It consists of day-long sessions Leadership Tomorrow has been around for 25 years and pro-
covering issues such as health care and safety, social services, duced almost 600 graduates.
local/county/state government, education, economic develop-
ment and quality of life in Angelina County. Each session also Lee said this year as board chairman he plans to stress im-
includes a leadership training class, facilitated by a professional, portance of small business development and the development
that is the backbone of the program and grows in depth and in- of young professionals.
tensity with each session and culminates in a celebratory gradu-
ation. “I think those two go hand in hand, since the future of Lufkin
is going to be built on small businesses,” he said. “In order to
2016 Board Chairman Gene Lee said the program is “very in- do that, we have to have the young people come back to Lufkin.
tensive.” That’s why business leadership is so important — to have those
jobs available.
“There is a process you have to go through to be chosen, and
I think it shows real depth for the program in the fact that the “Jim and I are already planning. We’ve got a planning session
people that are chosen are really serious about it,” he said. “The coming up for that soon so we can outline what we are going to
agenda they lay out will take time away from work, but it is do. We’d like to implement more along the lines of preparatory
worth it.” work for young professionals.”

In May 2008, the Leadership Lufkin Alumni Association was
established to provide opportunities for participants who have
successfully completed the Leadership Lufkin program to

“They were small businesses that grew because of the dedication of some people. Those young
folks need to look back and see that and say, ‘Hey, those folks grew something large in Lufkin and
were very successful doing it.’ I think it’s vitally important they see that path.”

Gene Lee
2016 Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman

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support the local leadership programs. This includes oversee- The Young Professionals Network of Lufkin and Angelina County is a group
ing the leadership programs, continuing leadership education of professionals ages 21 to 40 who meet monthly for happy hour at local
for alumni through speakers on important issues, reconnect- restaurants or professional development presentations at The Chamber.
ing with classmates, networking and establishing new friend-
ships, providing scholarships and serving the community by Jane Ainsworth, center, was awarded the 2015 ATHENA Leadership Award.
continuing to provide quality leaders.
“Typically you find that people in leadership roles are doing it
“Leadership Lufkin Alumni Association is an ongoing way because they believe in it, not to pat themselves on the back.
that they can continue to have leadership training and in- That’s why we as a business organization want to recognize
volvement,” Johnson said. “Typically you find that people in business leaders. We know their contributions are lasting.”
leadership roles are doing it because they believe in it, not to
pat themselves on the back. That’s why we as a business or- Jim Johnson
ganization want to recognize business leaders. We know their President and CEO
contributions are lasting.” Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber provides an assortment of awards for indi- 2015 – 2016 Leadership Tomorrow Class
viduals and businesses who have proved great business lead-
ership. 15

To highlight the important role of small businesses, each
year during the September luncheon, The Chamber presents
Small Business of the Year awards to three different business-

“Every September we also recognize our Business Hall of
Fame,” Johnson said. “These are deceased people that we rec-
ognize have made extraordinary contributions to the county
and earned the respect of the community.”

The Chamber also has an annual Athena Leadership Award
for women who epitomize professional and community ser-
vice excellence.

“This is a way that we can recognize them with an award in
front of people,” Johnson said. “We recognize business lead-
ers and what they are doing to help the business community,
and therefore, we try to get those great business leaders on
our board of directors as well. So it’s a different way to look at
how we involve leadership in our program of work.”

Every October luncheon, The Chamber awards a Silver
Spike Award to a graduate of Leadership Lufkin of at least 10
years who has excelled in their role as a leader.

“These are the quiet leaders, so to speak,” Johnson said.
“They are not looking for the spotlight; they just truly care.”

Also, the Golden Anvil, Angelina and Diplomat awards are
presented at The Chamber’s annual banquet.

Lee said recognizing business leadership is important be-
cause it provides a path people can follow.

“They can look back and see a clear-cut path that someone
took toward what they want to achieve, which I think gives
people hope,” he said. “I think it’s vitally important we recog-
nize those.”

He said when they say the future of Lufkin is going to be
built on the backs of small businesses now, not large compa-
nies, “what we are really saying is, there was never a large
company that moved into Lufkin.”

“There was a large company that bought a company that
grew in Lufkin but every company here, even the ones we lost
like Temple and Lufkin Industries, started with two or three
people,” he said. “They were small businesses that grew be-
cause of the dedication of some people. Those young folks
need to look back and see that and say, ‘Hey, those folks grew
something large in Lufkin and were very successful doing it.’
I think it’s vitally important they see that path.”

For more information on nominations for awards and
applications for programs, visit

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Angelina Beautiful / Clean

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Angelina Beautiful / Clean

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Angelina ARts Alliance

Get your spring on with live concert
performances at the Temple Theater

ANNIE MOSES BAND A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented ensemble of songwriters,
Rhapsody in Bluegrass singers, and musicians, combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship on March 17.
March 17, 7:30 pm
Band leader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth combine with the Sardine ensemble of
The Annie Moses Band has been in- powerhouse musicians – and their very own tap dancer – to play “hot jazz” on April 5.
spiring and entertaining audiences for
over a decade with their captivating ALL tickets for every show are on sale NOW for these fabulous shows AND
blend of folk and classical music. These MAMMA MIA! Coming in MAY for two performances! Purchase by phone,
virtuosic siblings bring their Julliard- online, and at the Temple Theater Box Office! Visit our website to view LET’S GET SOCIAL
honed chops to the Nashville music videos, photos and for ticket information.
scene. With record-breaking numbers
of airings on PBS and Christian televi- (936) 633-5454 •
sion, they unify audiences - young and
old—classical connoisseurs and roots March | april 2016  BusinessLINK
enthusiasts, jazz lovers and bluegrass
buffs. Rhapsody in Bluegrass is a pan-
oramic exploration of America and her
music. Featuring favorites from Aaron
Copeland and George Gershwin, it fus-
es Appalachian bluegrass, Irish fiddle,
beloved classic themes and roots mu-
sic to create a beautiful and transport-
ing concert experience. Jung-Ho Pak,
Artistic Director and Conductor of
the Cape Cod Symphony says, “Their
combination of high energy, raw tal-
ent, and showmanship is a consistent
recipe for success.”

Joyous Jumpin’ Jazz
April 5, 7:30 pm

A New York City actor meets a Pari-
sian-born writer at a popular noodle
shop in Manhattan, during an open
jazz jam. And before you know it, The
Hot Sardines were bringing their con-
tagious brand of joy to audiences all
over the world. Said to be the BEST
jazz band in NYC, this 8-piece ensem-
ble combines powerhouse musicians, a
sultry lead singer, and their very own
tap dancer to play “hot jazz” as it was
in the era when live music was king…
with a little glamour, a little grit, and
a lot of passion. Even while giving
voice to the history-defining jazz of the
1920s, 30s, and 40s, The Hot Sardines’
vibrant performances bridge genera-
tions and captivate 21st century audi-
ences. Their brand of fun is described
as, “unforgettably wild and consistent-
ly electrifying!”


31st Annual Texas State Forest Festival Awards

I t was another successful year for the Texas
State Forest Festival! The 31st Annual Texas
State Forest Festival received eight first place
awards and four second place awards from the
Texas Association of Fairs and Events (TAF&E).
In addition, the 31st Texas State Forest Festival
was recognized as the BEST OVERALL event in
its category for the fifth year in a row!

Best Overall Award – 5th year in a row
First Place Awards

Best Newsletter
Best Media Guide / Press Kit
Best Miscellaneous Multi-Page Materials (direct
Best Online Advertising
Best New Media Platform
Best Mascot
Best Volunteer Program
Best Environmental / Green Program

Second Place Awards
Best Promotional Advertising – Outdoor
Best Promotional Poster
Best Pin, Badge or Button
Best Scholarship Program

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Science and Tech Fair

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Leadership Tomorrow Lufkin Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
L eadership Tomorrow has had another wonderful year. The students will
Proudly Supports
graduate from the program on April 17 and are in the process of finish- the Chamber
ing the last of their 3 community projects. The Leadership Tomorrrow
program is made possible through student sponsorships by business and par- Serving Angelina, Polk & Trinity Counties
ents. The Leadership Tomorrow class, which is hosted by the Lufkin/Angelina Since 1905
County Chamber of Commerce, is led by chairman Bonnie Dowdy of Music
World. Leadership Tomorrow consists of 25 high school juniors from schools in 704 Webber • Lufkin • 936-639-2355
Angelina County. The program was designed for high school and home school
juniors in Angelina County and mirrors the Leadership Lufkin Program. Stu-
dents in the program have the opportunity to learn about Angelina County first
hand, to explore possible career opportunites that exist in Angelina County, and
give back to the community through three volunteer service projects. For more
information about Leadership Tomorrow contact Susie Cardwell at [email protected]

Thank you to the Leadership Tomorrow Sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor: Commercial Metals Company; Class Shirt: Chick-fil-A;
Welcome Reception: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen; Justice, Order, and Politics Day
Session Sponsor (November): Whataburger; Volunteer Day Session Sponsor
(December): Computer Learning Center- ET; Doing the Right Thing Day Session
Sponsors (January): Angelina Beautiful/Clean, Walmart; Local Economy and
Financial Services Day Session Sponsors (February): Temple Inland Federal Credit
Union, Security & Guaranty Abstract; Social Services and Healthcare Day Session
Sponsor (March): Carter Bloodcare; Graduation Sponsor: Trent Ashby for State

Applications for the 2016-2017 Leadership Tomorrow class are now
being accepted. They are available at The deadline for
applications is April 1, 2016.

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Diboll High School Chandler Moree
Ari Garza Stephanie Salinas VanSchoubroek
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Helena Collmorgen Lufkin High School Ian Cavenall
Kristen Ferrara Caroline Chance
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Economic Development Indicators Lufkin/Angelina County

Labor Force Statistics for Lufkin/Angelina County

Last Year (December 2014) This Year (December 2015)

Area Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate Area Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
U.S. 5.6 U.S. 5.0
Texas 156,142,000 147,439,000 8,704,000 4.1 Texas 157,833,000 149,929,000 7,904,000 4.2
Deep East Texas 5.2 Deep East Texas 5.9
Angelina 13,152,203 12,612,084 540,119 4.3 Angelina 13,077,390 12,522,151 555,239 5.7
Lufkin 3.9 Lufkin 5.5
155,150 147,129 8,021 153,261 144,198 9,063

37,962 36,321 1,641 37,743 35,605 2,138

15,896 15,278 618 15,843 14,977 866

According to a press release from the Texas Workforce Commission the September and October labor market data for Texas, including the total nonfarm jobs and the unemployment rate, were postponed due to the Federal
shutdown. According to ADP Regional Employment Report Texas added 22,330 Private Sector Jobs in September. For more information, please visit Texas Workforce Commission’s labor market database at

City of Lufkin

Sales Tax History-Cash Basis 2010-2015

Month FY 2011-12 FY 2012-13 FY 2013-2014 FY 2014-2015 FY 2015-2016 Increase/Decrease
from Previous Year
October $987,222.68 $1,038,819.47 $1,028,742.67 $1,073,521.04 $1,076,600.49
November $1,139,305.20 $1,174,785.12 $1,072,565.72 $1,243,722.39 $1,295,623.56 0.29%
December $1,095,142.70 $1,094,006.48 4.17%
January $964,237.65 $986,749.77 $997,167.18 $1,108,342.98 $1,216,821.99 -0.10%
February $1,009,051.23 $969,343.57 $777,486.15 $1,564,497.54 9.79%
March $1,502,956.01 $1,567,624.14 $1,490,009.83 $1,067,202.55
April $1,011,733.01 $943,200.10 $1,067,603.69 $4,683,052.52 3.59%
May $874,217.29 $1,093,675.87 $1,021,055.22 $1,311,373.79
June $988,920.18 $1,326,336.42 $1,317,880.66 $1,048,003.29
July $1,254,399.52 $994,927.04 $1,055,012.06 $1,025,437.84
August $942,167.10 $1,001,108.76 $1,067,975.66 $1,333,216.74
September $999,856.61 $1,274,895.79 $1,257,510.87 $1,140,947.44
Totals $1,250,538.12 $972,280.47 $1,076,881.27 $14,079,011.99
$952,712.26 $13,412,279.43 $13,105,487.39

City of Lufkin Cities Comparison

Sales Tax Historical Analysis for January 2016 receipts

Month % Change % Change % Change % Change % Change State Collections only
2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
October 6.14% 5.23% -0.97% 4.35% 0.29% City Net Payment Comparable % Change
November 2.28% 3.11% -8.70% 15.96% 4.17% This Period Payment
December 12.93% 2.33% 1.06% 9.83% -0.10% Lufkin Prior Year 9.92%
January 2.48% -3.94% -19.79% 42.55% 9.79% Beaumont $1,214,238.36 1.33%
February 4.55% 4.30% -4.95% 5.00% Diboll $3,013,461.37 $1,104,646.28 -63.61%
March 5.71% 15.73% -6.77% 13.15% Henderson $2,973,716.82 -1.60%
April 9.29% 10.59% -6.64% 4.56% Jasper $42,935.31 -4.27%
May 3.20% 5.73% -0.64% -0.49% Nacogdoches $432,412.26 $118,007.67 6.36%
June 5.34% 5.60% 6.04% -0.66% Tyler $299,261.09 $439,449.69 -1.46%
July 8.16% .13% 6.68% -3.98% $501,932.18 $312,627.65
August 3.16% 1.95% -1.36% 6.02% $3,065,758.51 $471,897.72
September -7.08% 2.05% 10.76% 5.95% $3,111,470.63

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Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau

A spring full
of events at
The Pines

S pring is here and so are these great shows that sense of liberation is apparent throughout her many re-
you won’t want to miss at The Pines Theater! cordings and in everything she does. It can be felt in her
Join us in downtown Lufkin, March 8, for the wide-ranging choice of material, in the unique arrange-
Music City Hit-Makers, “the most famous people you’ve ments, and in her own fearless performances and interpre-
never heard of”. The Music City Hit-Makers are “classin’ tations. As comfortable singing Lennon /McCartney, as she
up country” with a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring is with Cole Porter, Monheit’s range and vocal skills are
Nashville’s hottest songwriters and a 10 piece local studio rarely heard today. Jane Monheit has been a leading light
symphony. In this Bluebird Cafe-esque style writer’s round, and a wonderful role model since emerging as a finalist in
three of Nashville’s elite songwriters perform and share the the Thelonious Monk Institute’s 1998 vocal competition. In
stories behind some of the biggest hits they’ve penned for addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside
today’s most iconic stars set to the sounds of a symphony. many illustrious artists who have easily recognized her tal-
With over 30 #1 hits, these GRAMMY® winning writers ent and commitment to hard work. She currently is build-
have had songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Un- ing a show and a recording of the music of one of the grand
derwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson stars of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald. The show is entitled Jane
and many more. Come join us Tuesday, March 8 and listen Monheit Sings Ella Fitzgerald—The Songbook Sessions.
to the original song writers sing your favorite songs set to
symphony music! Tickets can be purchased online at www. Tickets for all performances at The Pines can be pur- or by calling 936-633-0359. chased on our BRAND NEW, beautiful website, www., or by calling 936-633-0359.
The Pines has a special ADDED EVENT performing Mon-
day, March 14! Mike Farris and The Roseland Rhythm Re- The Pines also shows movies from time to time! March
vue are returning to the theater! If you missed his show back 12, don’t miss the 1963 classic thriller, The Birds! Melanie
in August during the 2015 Pines Presents Series, you truly Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor)
missed out! Mike Farris is one of the most dynamic ENTER- in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home.
TAINERS we have ever seen! Don’t miss this ONE NIGHT She brings with her the gift of two love birds and they strike
ONLY performance! Mike Farris is a musical renaissance up a romance. One day birds start attacking children at
man. He’s toured as lead singer for the Southern Rock Band Mitch’s sister’s party. A huge assault starts on the town by
Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and following the demise of
blues & rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, as the lead singer for March | april 2016  BusinessLINK
the incomparable blues band, Double Trouble. In his solo ca-
reer he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black
spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern
soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana
Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist, a Dove Award
for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and a 2015
GRAMMY award for Best Roots Gospel Album.

April 7, Jane Monheit, jazz artist, will be joining us in
Lufkin for her performance at The Pines. Jane Monheit’s


The Music City Hit-Makers are “classin’ up country” with a one-of-a-kind musical
event featuring Nashville’s hottest songwriters and a 10 piece local studio
symphony on March 8.

attacking birds! April 16, The Pines heart, a hot-to-trot blonde, a bratty Dependability.
will be showing American Graffiti! adolescent and a disappearing angel In•te•gr•ity.
On the last day of summer vacation in a Thunderbird provide all the ex- Invest with
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Other fun happenings in Lufkin in-
Jane Monheit, jazz artist, will be joining us in clude Spring Break at The Museum Retirement & Estate Planning
Lufkin for her performance at The Pines on of East Texas beginning March 7-11.
April 7. Join them for painting and other ac- FITNHAENACDIAVLAGNRCOEDUP
tivities! Then, the Texas Forestry Mu-
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endars for the Downtown Hoedown,
April 16, in downtown Lufkin, The 25
Angelina Benefit Rodeo at the George
H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center
April 20-23, Earth Day Celebration at
The Ellen Trout Zoo on April 23, The
Angelina County Science and Tech
Fair on April 28-29, and on April 30
Zoo Brew at The Ellen Trout Zoo.

For more upcoming events get on-

On the Scene
Snapshots from recent Chamber events.
To learn more about upcoming events
see the Chamber Calendar on page 6.

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Lufkin, Texas 75901


900 Crown Colony Dr. Lufkin TX 75901
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