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Nominees for Fort Worth Chamber Board of Directors 2017-2020

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Fort Worth Chamber Nominating Committee puts forth the following community and business leaders as nominees for incoming directors to serve three-year terms beginning April 2017, which coincides with the Chamber’s fiscal year. The Nominating Committee consists of the present chair, president, past three chairs as well as three at-large members of the board with the immediate past chairman serving as chair of the committee.

If there are no signed petitions received from at least 25 Fort Worth Chamber members within 10 days of publication of this Chamberletter, the aforementioned nominees, as presented by the Nominating Committee, will be elected to the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at the next board meeting April 20, 2017.


Charlie Campbell
Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration
Hillwood Properties

Richard Casarez
Vice President/Customer Operations
Oncor Electric Delivery

Joseph Faust
Regional Public Affairs Director
BNSF Railway Company

Robin Hamilton
Chairman-Fort Worth Region
Texas Capital Bank

Eddie Hartfield
Plant Director
The Dannon Company

William Jenkins
Managing Partner
Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Andrew Lombardi
Vice President, Corporate Counsel
Crescent Real Estate Equities, LLC

Elizabeth McCoy
Market Area Manager
Williams Trew Real Estate

Fred Maldonado
Vice President-External & Legislative Affairs

Joanne Massey
Sundance Square

Ben Perryman
Search Consultant
WhitneySmith Company

Andrea Puente
Site Coordinator

Nick Salomone
Senior Vice President, Regional Vice President
Wells Fargo

Terry Smith
Chief Lending Officer
Southwest Bank- W. 7th Street




Welcome new members for February

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

See our full Member Directory here. It’s searchable by keywords and categories.

Welcome New Members for February!

  • 5th and Carroll Events
  • Arlington Heights Animal Hospital
  • Austin County State Bank
  • Averett Financial
  • Beving Books
  • Blue Mesa Grill-Fort Worth
  • BlueStone Natural Resources II, LLC
  • Campos Engineering
  • Cancer Support Community North Texas
  • CASA of Tarrant County, Inc.
  • Con-Real, LP.
  • Crimson Energy Partners IV, L.L.C.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Elemental Yoga and the Mind Arts
  • Fort Worth Aviation Museum
  • Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association
  • Hyatt Place Fort Worth Cityview
  • JEM Aesthetics
  • Liberty Lift Solutions
  • Monaco Watch Co.
  • Opt In Events, Inc.
  • Patterson Law Group
  • Power Jack Foundation Repair
  • Seanergy Consulting Services
  • Shoot Smart
  • SplashDayz WaterPark and Conference Center
  • Sylvan Learning Center- Southwest Fort Worth
  • Tokyo Joe’s Inc.
  • Valliance Bank
  • Vulcan Information Packaging

Welcome new members for January

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

See our full Member Directory here. It’s searchable by keywords and categories.

Welcome New Members for January!

  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Balderas Painting Service
  • Blaies & Hightower, L.L.P.
  • Carmella Designs, LLC
  • Clean Slate Cafe
  • DFW Alliance Business Park
  • Encore Live, LLC
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites University Drive
  • Fort Worth Indoor Billboards
  • Hampton Inn by Hilton Southwest-Cityview
  • jebSEO
  • KLA Laboratories
  • LNV Inc.
  • Long Hill Designs
  • Mathnasium of Fort Worth West
  • Mercury Chophouse
  • Mi Casita Spanish Immersion Preschool
  • National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
  • Nurse Next Door Fort Worth
  • R Family Chiropractic
  • Remington College
  • RSP Architects, LTD
  • Salsa Limon- Centro
  • SKC Communications
  • SRG Creative, LLC
  • St. Paul Lutheran School
  • The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth
  • Three Danes Inn/Three Danes Baking Company
  • Title Boxing Club
  • WDS Logistics
  • Youth Enterpreneurs

Action Ambassadors Capture Top Awards

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Lashelle Knox, marketing director for QCS Unlimited, Inc., has received the Charles Cox Service Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. QCS Unlimited is a full service commercial janitorial company.

Nominated and voted upon by peers in the Chamber’s Action Ambassador program, the Charles Cox Service Award recognizes an Ambassador who is exemplary in the role by rarely missing an Ambassador event, is always ready to help, and who represents the Fort Worth Chamber exceedingly well.

“I was so shocked and honored, I cried, Knox said. “Receiving this great award touched my soul. I love my Chamber family and I can truly say they love me, too. Go BIG or go home, and the Charles Cox Service Award is as big as it gets! I love being an Ambassador because I love meeting new people and knowing what is happening in my town, Fort Worth. As, an Ambassador I get to see firsthand who is moving in or moving up.”

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Marnie Stites

Marnie Stites, Director of Marketing and Resource Development for the non-profit Guardianship Services, Inc., received Ambassador of the Year for 2016, an honor based on the number of points earned for attending Ambassador events.

“It is a privilege and honor to be an Action Ambassador,” said Stites. “Representing the Fort Worth Chamber throughout the community has provided remarkable opportunities to learn more about the local business environment. This, in turn, has allowed me to assist businesses, form partnerships and develop working relationships. In addition, I have met a number of amazing people!”

The Chamber is looking for 25 more Ambassadors. Please contact Teresa Pearson if you’re interested.







Welcome New Members for December

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

See our full Member Directory here. It’s searchable by keywords and categories.

Welcome New Members for December!

  • Drybar
  • Imlach & Collins Brothers
  • MB2 Dental Solutions
  • Parker Products. inc
  • RDSL LLC DBA Jack in the Box
  • Spa Paws Hotel
  • Spina Group Fitness Four LLC dba UFC Gym Alliance
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Whole Woman’s Health of  Ft. Worth

Small Business of the Year Award finalists named for 2017

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

SBOY2015_logo_verticalIn a record year for the number of award nominations and applicants, twelve top Tarrant County businesses have been selected as finalists in competition for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Small Business of the Year Award, presented by Northstar Bank of Texas.

Winners will be announced at a reception prior to Mayor Betsy Price’s Annual State of the City address February 22, 2017, at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The prestigious annual Small Business of the Year Award salutes those that operate with exemplary Best Practices.

“Small businesses may not make big headlines, but they are the foundation of a thriving economy,” said Sherry Green, chairman of the Chamber’s Small Business Council committee and president of Technology Team, a previous award winner. “These passionate and determined business owners reflect the pioneering spirit of our city and the diversity of Fort Worth’s business base.”

From a record 147 nominees and 39 written applications, finalists were selected by members of the Chamber’s Small Business Council committee, which includes past award recipients. Site visits by judges to the finalists’ business locations in January will determine the winners.

Finalists, by category, are:

EMERGING BUSINESSES (less than 3 years old)








Additional sponsors for the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award program are BB&T, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, CliftonLarsonAllen, TCU Neeley School of Business, Tarleton State University, Wells Fargo, Cendera Center and Fort Worth Business Press.






Welcome new members for November

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

See our full Member Directory here. It’s searchable by keywords and categories.

Welcome New Members for November!

  • A1 Staffing & Recruiting Agency
  • Aaron Brothers Framing
  • APEX Leadership Mastery
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Dreamworks Dental of North Tarrant
  • Fort Worth Arborist Co.
  • Four Thirds Creative
  • Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC
  • ICare Emergency Centers, LLC
  • Information Discovery Services
  • JC Roofing, Inc.
  • John Askew Homes
  • Paychex Inc.
  • Pop-N-Cream, Inc.
  • Regent Construction Group
  • RiverVue Apartments
  • St. Francis Veterinary Clinic
  • Taco Heads
  • Tarrant County
  • The Hampton Law Firm P.L.L.C.
  • Tory Giddens- Edward Jones
  • Whitebox Real Estate, LLC

North Texas delegation promotes trade with Tokyo, Hong Kong

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

A delegation of more than 20 North Texas government officials, economic development representatives and corporate executives completed a trade mission to Tokyo and Hong Kong Nov. 7-11. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and the Fort Worth Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development Melonye Whitson were among the participants promoting tourism, business opportunities and diplomatic ties with the region.


Bob Jameson, Fort Worth Convention & Visitor Center; Melonye Whitson, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; and a prospective Japanese investor smile for the camera.

Additional participants included Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board Chairman Sam Coats and other senior airport executives, representatives of the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. Corporate representatives included American Airlines, Civitas Capital Group, Ebby Halliday, Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Texas Central Partners and PwC.

The trip included a series of meetings, seminars and company visits to show the value of conducting business in North Texas. In Tokyo, the delegation met with members of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Japanese Federation. Delegation members also had opportunities to meet with State Minister of Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura and Governor Hideaki Ohmura of Aichi Prefecture, as well as with executives from Toyota, ORIX, NEC and others. During a meeting with Japan Central Railway, delegates received an update about its high-speed rail technology and efforts to provide technical assistance to Texas Central Partners, the private developer of the proposed high-speed train between North Texas and Houston.

“The future for our relations between the two regions is quite positive and we learned a great deal about what is important to the Japanese,” said Whitson. “There’s a lot of interest in Texas and we’re building on the synergy that’s already taking place.”

The trip comes during a time when Japanese companies have been particularly active in the North Texas marketplace. In 2016, more than 160 Japanese companies have a presence in the region, as compared with 112 companies in 2012. Some of the most recent announcements include Toyota, which is moving its U.S. headquarters to Plano, and OKI Data Americas, which is opening a regional sales office in Irving.

“Fort Worth is the perfect location for Japanese economic expansion thanks to a number of advantages for businesses looking to establish or expand operations in the area,” said Whitson. “We have a diverse economy, excellent infrastructure, favorable regulatory environment, first-rate educational institutions, a highly skilled workforce and an outstanding quality of life.”

In Hong Kong, the delegation met with the Trade Development Council and the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. A meeting with the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong also took place.

Whitson joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on a panel.

Increasing the amount of air service between Asia and North Texas was another primary point of discussion during the visit since international flights play an important role toward expanding economic growth between these markets. Japan currently ranks 7th for international visitors to Fort Worth and Dallas, with half coming here for business. Japanese visitors stay in the area an average of six nights and spend almost four times what domestic visitors spend.

In 2015, Japan Airlines resumed daily nonstop service between Tokyo Narita and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and American Airlines offers twice daily nonstop flights. Still, opportunities remain for establishing additional routes between North Texas and key Asian markets.

“It’s no secret that North Texas has become a ripe area of growth for trade and tourism with Asian companies, welcoming passengers daily on direct flights from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport,” said Mayor Price. “We greatly anticipate the deepening of existing relationships and the opportunity to forge new ties with our partners in Asia.”

Fort Worth representatives also visited its sister city, Nagaoka. It is the second largest city in Niigata prefecture and home to about to 280,000 people in this city. “Keeping strong ties and forging new ones with Japan and other nations is important to keeping the North Texas economy thriving,” Whitson said.







Membership muscle punches through for new fitness enterprise

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016


Matt and Kamille McCollum, owners of the new Bodybar Fitness studio on West Seventh, know that launching a business is like building strength. Along with willpower, having the right resources makes all the difference.

Through their Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce membership, they found some strong helping hands – just when they needed them most.

“When we ran into issues during construction, getting a certificate of occupancy, I reached out to the Chamber and expressed to them concerns with communicating with the City,” Matt recalled in a video on the Fort Worth Chamber’s YouTube channel.

Pressure was on to have his permit in time for a scheduled soft opening and appointments with 350 customers within days.

The Chamber’s Governmental Affairs department “jumped into action right away,” McCollum said, contacting the City and quickly obtaining guidance about McCollum’s options.

“By the end of that day,” McCollum said, “we had a temporary certificate of occupancy.” Construction moved forward to on-time completion.

The close call highlighted a need that will be addressed, said Netty Matthews, Chamber vice president of Membership.

“Many first-time business owners are unfamiliar with City permitting processes, the time required and the options they may have,” she said, “so the Chamber is going to be working with the City in the near future to develop a checklist for our small business members that will help them navigate this process more easily.”

McCollum received additional support from the Membership team.

Their outreach includes helping member businesses develop ribbon-cutting ceremonies into high-profile events replete with giant scissors and huge ribbon.

Ribbon-cuttings may be announced in the Chamber’s weekly B2B Insider newsletter. The Chamber also will send a text-only invitation to member businesses in the same ZIP code and Area Council territory. Chamber Ambassadors attend as well.

It added up to a packed event for the Bodybar Fitness ribbon-cutting that introduced a business focused on taking proven Pilates principles to create “fiercely effective workouts.”

“One of the best ways to grow our business is through word of mouth and community leaders,” McCollum says. “We were very pleased to see the amount of Chamber members, community leaders, customers and other businesses in the area spend their time to show up for our ribbon-cutting.

“The Chamber really is in the corner of businesses they’re working with.”





Santa’s Helpers

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Cowboy Santa’s helpers

Below are donors (as of 10/15/16) for the Cowboy Santas networking mixer silent auction and the first of what will be more than 30 locations where donations may be dropped off.


Courtyard Fort Worth at Alliance Town Center

Bass Performance Hall

Performing Arts Fort Worth, Inc.

McDavid Studio

Hill Design Build

Chi Designs

K&L Enterprises, Inc.

Masterpiece Consulting and Coaching, LLC

BluPlume Promotions

Wild Acre Brewing Company

Norris Conference Centers

The Squire Shop

Barse Jewelry

The Orchard Event & Venue Retreat

Billy Bob’s Texas

Hilton Garden Inn Fossil Creek

Radisson Hotel Fossil Creek

Collection centers

Bourland Wall & Wendell P.C., 301 Commerce, Suite 1500

Tarrant County College District, 1500 Houston St.

Professional Caretakers, 6050 Harris Pkwy.

MedStar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Dr.

IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Chapter, 5809 E. Berry St.