Congratulations to our 2018 Citizen of the Year
Read all about Cote on page 11
Message From the Chairman James Guthrie
Dear Chamber Members, Chairman 2018
As 2018 ends its time to reflect on the many
accomplishments of your Chamber. We worked
hard to create excellent opportunities for
networking and member engagement all year
long. All events, including our luncheons,
Business Expo, Theater Night, Taste of the
Town, our Gala and others were well organized
and most set records for attendance and
income over previous years. Thanks to our
wonderful staff led by Cristina, all activities
were entertaining and went off without a hitch.
They function very well as a team and deserve
our compliments on a job well done.
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Thanks to all Chamber members who supported the
Chamber throughout the year. Your participation is
necessary and greatly appreciated. I’m personally
heartened and grateful for your involvement in events
throughout the year. This is your Chamber and I hope
you feel we’ve met your expectations for membership
in the organization. I would also like to thank my wife,
Pam, and my daughter, Moriah, for all your help,
encouragement and support. God’s greatest gift is a
It was a pleasure to work with the members of our board
of directors. What an excellent, qualified and
professional group of leaders they are. Thanks to each
of you for the time you took leading the Chamber, constantly pulling
together to create the quality year we’ve enjoyed.
Thank you, Kevin Jeter, 2017 Chairman, for your support. Kevin truly set the standard for
participation and support of Chamber staff throughout his term of service. Kevin was
always there when I needed help and encouragement. He showed me how to manage
situations but never told me how to manage them and for that I’m grateful.
Last week at the Annual Gala I passed the gavel to a man who needs no introduction, Mr.
Ken Phelps. Ken and his family are lifelong stalwarts in our community. I have no doubt
Ken will continue the process of lifting the Chamber to the next level. This past year Ken
and his team worked long hours
developing the new IMPACT Pasadena
leadership program for up and coming
leaders in our community and now he’ll
have the pleasure of presiding over the
results of their hard work. Ken, God’s
blessings and thank you for your
The new year is here, and plans are in
place at the Chamber to help you
promote your business or organization
in the greater Pasadena Community.
It’s a year to look forward to and it is
my prayer each one of you find success,
health and happiness.
James Guthrie, Thrivent Financial
2018 Chairman of the Board
In this issue...
A message from the Chairman - Pg. 1-2
Ribbon Cuttings - Pg. 4
Welcome New Members - Pg. 5
Platinum Partners - Pg. 6
Annual Circle of Trees - Pg. 7
2018 Citizen of the Year - Pg. 8
Business & Industry of the Year Award Applications - Pg. 9
Volunteer Awards Luncheon Recap - Pg. 10
November Beautification Awards - Pg. 11
Ambassador Spotlight - Pg. 12
Business Honor Roll - Pg. 12
Contact YOUR Chamber - Pg. 15
Welcome to all who have recently joined the Pasadena Chamber of
Commerce! Welcome to our family!
Chamber of Commerce
4334 Fairmont Pkwy.
Pasadena, TX 77504
Executive Board Pasadena Dental Care
James Guthrie – Chairman, Thrivent Financial Community Health 1st ER
Kevin Jeter – Past Chair, Miles A/C Service Randy Haddox
Ken Phelps - Chairman Elect, Phelps Insurance (281) 691-7178 [email protected]
Salvador Serrano - Vice Chair of Finance, [email protected]
The Stage Dance Studio
The Serrano Agency Zelene Alvarez
Melinda Torrison - Secretary,
Meador Staffing Services
The Fountain Blu
Deborah Moseley, The Bridge Over Troubled Waters Banquet & Event Centers
Dr. John Mrozek, D.C., Ed.D., Texas Chiropractic
College (Ex-Officio) (713) 256-6514
Stephen Trncak, San Jacinto College (Ex-Officio)
Michael D. West, West & West, LLP
Board of Directors General Surgeons of
Mustansir “Mus” Abbas, PostNet Carla Norman
Jeanna Bamburg, Bayshore Medical Center (713) 944-2240
Lee Betancourt, AT&T Business
Alix Fox, Qualified Properties care.com
Stacy Gillaspey, Communities In Schools
Denise Jennings, LyondellBasell
Sam Jimenez, McDonald’s
Margie Pena, Pasadena Hispanic Business Council
Gary Piana, Chevron Phillips
Jeffrey Reich-Hale, Hilton Garden Inn HOU Hobby
Ryan Taylor, T & T Construction
Barbara Van Rheen, Zaetric
Robert Wills, Silver Eagle Distributors
Linda Wischnewsky, Bayway Auto Group
Pedro Garcia, Port of Houston Authority
Tammie Nielsen, Commisioner Jack Morman Harris
County Pct. 2
Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD
Carlos Guzman, City of Pasadena
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A special thank you to our platinum members for investing at the highest level
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Cultural Arts Committee Annual Circle of Trees
Thank you to all the non-profit organizations that participated
in the Cultural Arts Committee’s Annual Circle of Trees. And the
1st Place – Pasadena Historical Society
2nd Place – First Baptist Church Pasadena
3rd Place – Pasadena Strawberry Festival
1st Place – Madison Jobe Senior Center
2nd Place – Pasadena Public Library
3rd Place – Communities in Schools
1st Place – The Bridge over Troubled Waters
2nd Place – Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra
3rd Place – Armand Bayou Nature Center
Facebook Favorite: The Salvation Army
Children’s Favorite: Pasadena Public Library
People’s Choice: Pasadena Historical Society
The trees will remain on display at City Hall (1149 Ellsworth) through January 2 so you still have time to go
visit them and see all of the beautiful displays. Congrats to all the award winners and thank you for taking
the time to make City Hall sparkle with some Christmas magic!
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2018 Citizen of the Year - Steve Cote
Since 1967 the Pasadena Chamber has recognized one
individual as the Citizen of the Year annually; someone who
exhibits a level of dedication and contribution to Pasadena
above and beyond the call of duty. We are pleased to name
Steve Cote as the 52nd honoree for his commitments to the
betterment of our community.
Our 2018 Citizen of the Year began his journey of success in
Pasadena schools, building forever friendships among his
classmates and earning the respect of friends and teachers
alike. After graduating from Deer Park High School, he went on
to attend San Jacinto College Central Campus and is a proud
alumni of the University of Houston.
He grew up in a family owned business developing an
unwavering work ethic and learning the true value of a dollar.
As a sales manager in the electronics industry, he traveled the
world but in 2004 the pull of home and the desire to be closer
to his growing family brought him back to Pasadena. He took
a risk and stepped into a new career path training under the
Phelps family at Phelps State Farm Insurance and in 2007 he
joined Brady Chapman Holland & Associates as a risk consultant
and is now the Shareholder/Sr. Vice President.
His time with BCH has been instrumental in his ability to access a need and create a solution that benefits
businesses, their employees and the economic vitality of our community. The desire to develop cohesive
solutions for the betterment of many, led him to public office. He ran a successful campaign and was
elected in 2009 as the city councilman for district G where he worked tirelessly for 6 years to support our
economy and to insure sustainable growth into the future.
Steve is deeply involved in giving of his time to numerous non-profit organizations including Economic
Alliance Houston Port Region, Associated Builders & Contractors and supporting Pasadena ISD through his
involvement on the McDonalds Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament and serving on the board for the
Pasadena ISD Education Foundation. Steve is known for his willingness to not only join, but for also serving
as Chairman or leadership in some capacity.
Steve is also currently serving as Chairman of the Pasadena Economic Development Corporation, the
nonprofit organization that directs economic development efforts for the city. Under Steve’s leadership the
board has spent significant time engaging with the community to understand its needs through a strategic
planning process. His experience on city council and professional background compliments his ability to
move forward together for the success of our community.
He and his wife Amy were married at First Baptist Church and remain active members along with their two
beautiful daughters Morgan and Meredith. Steve continues to live a life of integrity in business and in his
personal pursuits and we are grateful for his dedication to our city and its successful future.
Congratulations Steve! Pasadena is lucky to have you as an advocate and we appreciate all that you invest in
making Pasadena great.
Business & 2019 Award Application
Each year the Pasadena Chamber of
the Year Commerce recognizes 2 award recipients that
honor industry and business within Pasadena.
WHATEVER YOUR These organizations set the standard for
FINANCIAL GOALS ... excellence through their commitment to our
community and deserve to be recognized for their
We’ll help you reach them. outstanding achievements.
Thrivent Financial offers a full range of products, services and tools to help We invite you to submit a nomination for one or
you achieve financial security, including: both of the categories listed for
consideration of selection. Nominees should be
• Life insurance • Estate and legacy strategies members in good standing with the
• Retirement options • Education funding options Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
• Annuities • Managed accounts
• Health insurance • Retail brokerage Complete lists of previous award winners are
• Mutual funds available online by clicking HERE.
We’ll create a financial strategy that reflects your goals and values. Business of the Year
Jerry Roth James A Guthrie Companies who exhibit financial stewardship, active
MBA, CFP®, FIC FIC involvement in the chamber and other community
Wealth Advisor Financial Associate organizations, participation in local events and lending
resources are considered for this award. Recipients
281-461-6200 • 17450 El Camino Real • Houston, TX 77058 can be any size business. This award is announced
annually at the State of the City Membership luncheon
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® in February.
and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S.
Industry of the Year
Thrivent was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Institute for
our leadership in promoting ethical business standards and introducing innovative ideas to Industry plays a key role in the economic development
benefit the public. “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and “Ethisphere” names and marks are and growth for Pasadena. Recipients of this award
registered trademarks of Ethisphere LLC. For details, visit Ethisphere.com. exemplify characteristics of involvement in charitable
organizations, community projects, place emphasis on
Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name safety, environmental and quality control standards in
for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all their respective industry. The honoree is recognized at
states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment the Industrial Appreciation Luncheon and golf tourna-
Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member ment in the spring.
and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered
representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance Click HERE to submit a nomination online for either of
agents/producers of Thrivent. Investment advisory services, including fee-based financial the awards mentioned above.
planning services, are available through qualified investment advisor representatives only.
For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures. Click HERE to download a form to submit for either of
the awards mentioned above.
Thrivent.com • 800-847-4836 20328 R4-18
Applications must be turned in by December 31, 2018.
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
On Thursday, December 6th we hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Membership Luncheon at D’gala Event
Center. At the event, we had the opportunity to celebrate a successful year and recognize those individuals who
went above and beyond during the year to support the Chamber. Volunteer award recipients were each voted on
and selected by their respected committee members. Staff members had the opportunity to recognize each of
their respective committees and took turns announcing the men and women who’s contributions led to a
• Classic Club Member of the Year: Diane & John Edwards
• Cultural Arts Member of the Year: Greta Davis, Lonestar Promo Products
• Ambassador of the Year: Lauren Sistek, Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston/ Pasadena
• Committee Chair of the Year: Jeffrey Reich-Hale, Hilton Garden Inn Houston Hobby
• PHBC Member of the Year: Margie Pena, BakerRipley
• Volunteer of the Year: Lee Betancourt, AT&T Business
• Board Member of the Year: Ken Phelps, Phelps Insurance
We also had the opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who serve our city as First Responders
protecting citizens everyday. These recipients were each selected by their departments.
• EMS of the Year: Carla Castio
• Firefighter of the Year: Joseph Dunne
• Police Officer of the Year: Chris Rock
At the event we celebrated our student interns who participated in the fall internship program: Marissa Belmares,
Yulissa Garza, Michele Gibson & Lesley Hurtado and presented them with their $500 scholarships. The chamber
is grateful to them for all they have done this semester, as they have been a tremendous asset to the organization
and absolutely helpful during our very busy fall season.
Without a doubt the event was a great opportunity to reminisce about a great year and show our appreciation to
all of our volunteers without whom our events and committees would not be possible.
November Beautification Awards
Mae Smythe Elementary School - Building of the Month
Bayshore Tower Apartments - Landscaping of the Month
If you have any business or residential home in Pasadena that you would like to nominate for a
Beautification Award, please submit the name, address, and contact information. We present businesses
with plaques in the areas of new buildings, building renovations, or property landscaping.
Residential awards are presented for landscaping; however, the award is simply a written notification of
the recognition. We do not visit private homes to present the award.
You may email your nominees to: [email protected]
(Awards are not guaranteed to every nominee and those already recognized may be eliminated.)
Ambassador Spotlight - Lauren Sistek
I am the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Pasadena which
features 123 spacious suite guest rooms that make you feel like your home away from home. If you
are in the market for group travel, extended stay for projects, leisure travel, or local negotiated
agreements we will make the travel planning process a breeze. December 5th, 2018 marks our
second year in the Pasadena community and we could not be more honored to be Pasadena’s
number 1 hotel on TripAdvisor!
As an Ambassador for the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce I have connected with small and large
businesses in the area, as well as, those expanding in our thriving city. Through several various
sponsorships throughout the year we have invested in the Pasadena
Community and look forward to prosperity in the future. Not only have I built
business relationships with the community of Pasadena, but I have also
created lasting personal relationships within the community. As a Michigan
native, I have relied upon the chamber for guidance in my new role at the
hotel and the rewards have been phenomenal. Home2 Suites is
fortunate to be a part of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
Business Honor Roll
We applaud these individuals, organizations, and firms that have renewed their financial commitment to the
growth of our community through their continued investment in the chamber. We appreciate each and every
one of you. Congratulations on celebrating your anniversary this month!
5+ Years 20+ Years
King of Cars B&G Pasadena Wholesale
ProHealth Wellness Solutions US Dermatology Partners of Houston
Southern Komfort Kitchen
SUEZ Treatment Solutions National Tailors
Drury Inns Inc
Associated Credit Union (Inside Kroger) Studio 6
Harris County JP Holly Williamson Pct 8 Pl 1 TDECU (Texas Dow Employee Credit Union)
PV Rentals Leasing & Sales SGS Petroleum Service Corp
15+ Years 30+ Years
Trustmark National Bank Pasadena Interfaith Manor
Animal Medical Center of Pasadena
Ditta Meat Co
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