The Woodlands Business August 2016
STAR-SPANGLED SALUTE PROMOTION AT LIBERTY BRANCH IN THE VILLAGE OF CREEKSIDE PARK
The Woodlands Development Company has announced the launch of its latest summer promotion – Liberty Branch Star-Spangled Summer. When homebuyers purchase a new home in The Woodlands in Liberty Branch until Labor Day, Sept. 5, they will receive up to $5,000 towards closing costs. New single-family homes in Liberty Branch are offered by Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes and J. Kyle Homes while luxurious patio homes and townhomes are presented by Palmetto Homes.
Builders’ incentives include:Coventry Homes – No electric payment for two years (47 Liberty Branch Blvd.); David Weekley Homes – Receive $4,000 to use towards electric bill (54 Liberty Branch Blvd.); J. Kyle Homes – $10,000 towards design center (138 Kendrick Pines Blvd.); Palmetto Homes – Builder closeout pricing (see sales agent for details; visit models by appointment).
“Liberty Branch is front porch living at its best,” said Heath Melton, Vice President of Master Planned Communities, Residential for The Woodlands Development Company. “The community delivers a small town feel blended with modern amenities with classic American architecture and the convenience of being steps away from Creekside Park Village Green, which offers shops and restaurants along with a park and splash pad.”
Homes in Liberty Branch are priced from the upper $200,000s to $900,000s. There are three Tomball ISD elementary schools and one junior high school located in Creekside Park along with the new Lone Star College – Creekside Center. For more information, visit thewoodlands.com.
GRAND CENTRAL PARK BEGINS PRE-SALES OF NEW HOMES
Pre-sales of luxury homes in Conroe’s Grand Central Park are now underway giving homebuyers the opportunity to be among the first to purchase a new home in one of north Houston’s most anticipated master-planned communities. As part of the pre-sale phase, Grand Central Park has released the first detailed map of homesites and soon-to-open luxury model homes in its West Village where residents will enjoy immediate access to Loop 336 and I-45. The new color-coded map can be accessed at the community website, GrandCentralParkTX.com..
In addition to breaking down the West Village section of Grand Central Park according to lot size, the new map pinpoints the location of each luxury model home opening later this year. Thoroughfares, neighborhood streets and parks also have been identified.
The new master-planned community by The Johnson Development Corp. offers new homes by Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Jaeger Homes, Perry Homes and Village Builders.
In addition to their proximity to Loop 336 and I-45, the first sections of new homes will be within a five-minute walk to natural settings of parks and open spaces and only minutes from The Woodlands, the ExxonMobil corporate campus, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Conroe North-Houston Airport. Several area hospitals are also nearby.
MEMORIAL HERMANN SEEKS TO PROVIDE BETTER ACCESS TO HIGHER LEVEL TRAUMA CARE
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital have embarked on a journey towards earning Level II trauma verification from the American College of Surgeons.
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands began providing services as a Level II trauma center on March 1 and Memorial Hermann Southwest will begin providing services as a Level II trauma center in the spring of 2017.
Currently, the Houston metro area and its population of more than six million people are served by two Level I trauma centers, Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute and Ben Taub Hospital.
The addition of two Level II trauma centers will help to ease the burden on Memorial Hermann’s only Level I trauma center –– the busiest trauma center in the country –– and provide more immediate access to a higher level of trauma care to communities north and south of the Texas Medical Center. To provide a seamless continuum of care, Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands will work very closely with the trauma team at the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute. The Institute is also home to Memorial Hermann Life Flight.
For more information, visit trauma.memorialhermann.org.
LJF MARKETING WINS 2016 ‘COMMUNICATOR AWARD OF DISTINCTION’
LJF Marketing was recently honored with an Award of Distinction in the Design and Print category of the 2016 International Communicator Awards. The Award of Distinction is given for communications professionals whose work exceeds industry standards in quality and achievement.
LJF Marketing won for its work creating a marketing campaign package and annual report for the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council.
“We are always honored to be recognized for our creative work,” said Linda Freede, President of LJF Marketing. “And we are proud of the branding and design we created for the Greater Conroe Economic Development Council. It is especially nice to not only be rewarded for the work that we’ve accomplished together, but the GCEDC group is also wonderful to work with.”
The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals who are the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. This year’s Communicator Awards received over 6000 of entries from companies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.
CONROE ISD RECEIVES FIVE STAR RATING FROM TXSMARTSCHOOLS
Conroe ISD received the highest rating of five stars from the TXSmartSchools program which is based on the foundational work of the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST), the former rating system of the Texas State Comptroller. TXSmartSchools uses academic, financial, and demographic data to identify school districts that produce high academic achievement while also maintaining cost-effective operations. Five stars reflects the strongest academic progress combined with the lowest spending of a district when compared with its peers.
“We are proud to be recognized for efficiency in spending and high academic achievement for the sixth consecutive year,” stated Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton. “This is truly the result of the hard work of everyone in Conroe ISD.”
Conroe ISD is one of only 26 public school districts out of the approximately 1,100 across the state to receive the five-star rating. Furthermore, Conroe ISD is one of only three public school districts to earn the highest possible rating in all six years of the FAST and TXSmartSchools programs.
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RIDE INDOOR CYCLING OPENS NEW STUDIO IN THE WOODLANDS
Boutique fitness studio, RIDE Indoor Cycling, has opened its second Houston-area location in The Woodlands’ Hughes Landing development. The 45-minute indoor cycling sessions combine music, weights and spin for a high-intensity, full-body work out.
“RIDE classes combine the fun of being with your friends and an exceptionally effective full-body workout,” says RIDE Founder, Kim Dowling. “I love when we open a new studio because I get to see people discover the joy in our classes and watch them grow into strong, front-row RIDErs.”
RIDE Hughes Landing will be located at 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd., #1500 within The Woodlands Development Company’s new 66-acre, mixed-use development on 200-acre Lake Woodlands. The new location joins The Heights studio, which launched last year and has since drawn thousands of clients to the popular work out.
“When we opened in the Heights, we were inspired by how welcoming the community was and how many people enjoyed RIDE as much as we do,” shares RIDE Houston Partner, Taryn Woods Burt. “We are excited to bring this unique experience to The Woodlands and to be able to offer it in such a beautiful facility.”
The Hughes Landing studio will feature the familiar Schwinn AC performance bikes, a state-of-the-art sound system, energizing and colorful LED lighting, retail offerings and space design by Ali Tayar. RIDE clients who purchase five, 10, and 20-class packages will not be restricted to any particular location and will be free to use their class credits at any of the RIDE studios once open for business.
Additionally, RIDE studio incorporates the ever-growing retail program featuring the RIDE active wear line, which is designed and made in Austin, and sought-after brands like Goldsheep, Koral Activewear, Malin+Goetz, Michi, Onzie, Prismsport, Private Party, Splits59 and Varley.
For more information or to register for sessions, visit ride-indoorcycling.com
LEADERSHIP MONTGOMERY COUNTY WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) has announced a new chairman, vice chairman and six new board members in 2016.
Julie Ambler will serve as chairman of the board for LMC in the 2016-2017 year. Ambler has been the Head of School at The Woodlands Christian Academy since 2006. .
Phillip Moore will serve as the vice chairman for the 2016-2017 year. Moore has served as executive pastor of The Ark Church since 2003.
Six new board members are joining the board of directors in the new board year including Andy DuBois of Houston Community Newspapers, Jennifer Hudson of Starzyk & Associates, John Nguyen of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, Michelle O’Rourke of Montgomery County Youth Services, Erich Peterson of Jones & Carter, and Amanda Trapp of Stibbs & Co.
Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing current and future leaders of Montgomery County, and a mission to prepare emerging and existing leaders to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with others to better serve Montgomery County.
For more information, visit LMCTX.org.
IKARD & COMPANY ADDS CPAS TIFFANY KENNEDY AND JEFF POKORNY
Paul Ikard, managing partner of Ikard & Company, LLP, a full-service CPA firm based in The Woodlands, has announced the recent addition of certified public accountants Tiffany Kennedy and Jeff Pokorny.
Kennedy originally joined the firm in 2010 and after moving out of state for three years has recently returned. She has several years experience with local CPA firms. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a CPA.
Pokorny brings several years of experience from CPA firms and private and public companies. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Science degree in managerial economics from the University of Oklahoma and is a CPA.
ROOMS TO GO HOSTS GRAND OPENING OF NEW CYPRESS LOCATION
Rooms To Go opened its Cypress showroom on on July 9 at 29060 Northwest Fwy., the retailer’s 52nd site in Texas and the eighth in the Houston market. The new facility features the very best of Rooms To Go design and boasts 43,000 square feet of living room, dining room and bedroom furniture displayed in decorator coordinated room settings. Features such as an interactive flat screen TV and in-store tablets allow customers to easily customize their selections.
Rooms To Go offers next day delivery on more than 90 percent of its inventory, including Cindy Crawford Home and the Sofia Vergara Collection. The latest collaboration with country artist Eric Church can also be found at the Cypress showroom. Each collection is exclusively available at Rooms To Go. The Cypress showroom also houses a full Kids & Teens showroom, which features its own exclusive brands including Disney and the NFL.
“We’re excited to open a new state-of-the-art store in Cypress,” said Rooms To Go founder and CEO, Jeffrey Seaman. “We have a loyal customer base in the Houston market, and we’re thrilled to offer a convenient showroom location to our customers in the Cypress area.”
Rooms To Go is committed to supporting its communities and will be donating a portion of the grand opening sales to Cy-Hope, an organization whose mission is to make life better for all kids in Cy-Fair. Cy-Hope brings hope to all students so they will grow up to be well- educated and productive citizens, making a lasting and positive impact on the community.
On opening day, the ribbon cutting festivities featured former Astro pitcher Larry Dierker, CFISD District Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry, Cy-Hope President Dr. Godfrey Hubert, city dignitaries and Rooms To Go executives.
BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF HOUSTON COLLABORATES WITH MIT
The British International School of Houston in Katy, a private school that caters to local and international students from PreK to Grade 12, will be part of a new collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The British International School of Houston will implement a unique science, technology, engineering, visual arts and mathematics (STEAM) program based on the multi-disciplinary approach pioneered by MIT.
Launching in September, the program includes the development of a series of in-school challenges for students which focus on the juncture between the five STEAM disciplines. This recognizes that many of today’s innovations arise from the intersection of these different subjects; from art and engineering to technology and science.
In addition to the in-school activities, students from the British International School of Houston will travel to Massachusetts to participate in an exclusive program each spring along with students from other Nord Anglia Education schools. They will learn directly from lecturers and students at one of the world’s leading STEAM institutions. The British International School of Houston STEAM discipline teachers will also benefit from unique professional development opportunities through annual workshops and ongoing training with MIT staff, hosted by the MIT Museum.
Core to the collaboration is the reflection of MIT’s philosophy of “Mens et Manus,” or mind and hand, which calls for a hands-on approach to problem solving. Through this approach, British International School students will develop key transferable skills, such as flexibility, creativity and communication, which can be employed across all academic subjects, and in future careers.
“I am delighted to be able to announce our collaboration with MIT,” said Andrew Derry, Principal of the British International School of Houston. “Our new Strategic Plan states we must prepare our students with the contemporary skills, attributes and concepts that equip them for their fast-changing, globally connected, technology-rich future. Our new, state-of-the-art, ‘School of the Future’ has been designed purposefully around learners and learning with specialist areas for Design Thinking, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Maker Spaces, all of which fit perfectly with the MIT philosophy, Mens et Manus, to genuinely prepare our students for the challenges of their future.”
Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer at Nord Anglia Education, said, “As educators, it is our role to ignite our students’ ambitions and prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges. This new program with MIT will ensure that our students are equipped with the skills they will need in the future workplace, and that they learn these skills in an inspiring way. This is an exceptional opportunity for both our students and teachers to benefit from the expertise of one of the world’s preeminent education institutions.”
The program is expected to expand to educate more than 35,000 students at Nord Anglia’s 42 international schools in following years. For more information, visit houston.nae.school.
CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CENTER OPENS AT MEMORIAL HERMANN THE WOODLANDS HOSPITAL
In a move to shift cancer patients’ focus from experiencing cancer to living and celebrating life at every stage of their journey, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital has announced the opening of Canopy, a Cancer Survivorship Center.
The 3,000-square-foot facility, located in Medical Plaza 1 at 1120 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 250, offers cancer survivors of all kinds and their caregivers access to resources and a place to connect with others.
Drop-in hours for Canopy are scheduled Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The facility and affiliated staff will serve survivors and caregivers in a variety of ways, including: a kitchen for nutritional education and counseling; a large group room for support sessions, yoga classes, tai chi, music, art and dance therapy, etc.; a small group room for private counseling, group counseling, etc.; a consultation room for one-on-one counseling; an on-site resource library; a children’s play room; a private dressing area for breast prosthesis and bra fittings; a wig salon for individuals coping with hair loss, and more.
Carolyn Allsen, RN, BSN, OCN, oncology nurse navigator, and Amanda Poole, facility coordinator, will manage ongoing Canopy programs and services. Allsen will serve patients directly while Poole oversees programming, scheduling, volunteers and more.
To support Canopy, call the Memorial Hermann Foundation at 713-242-4400. For general information, visit thewoodlandscanopy.org or call 713-897-5838.
THE WOODLANDS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLDS MEET THE NEW MEMBERS EVENT
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Meet the New Members (MNM) event on Tuesday, June 21 at CRISP in The Woodlands, 2520 Research Forest Drive.
This monthly event is complimentary and attracted 103 Chamber members and guests. Members that joined in the past 90 days were invited to give an introductory commercial. The following new members shared their commercial: Bruce May from Axix Group, Delila Williams from Birch, Karina Mireles Garza from Clean Portables, LLC., Tim Freese from Condon & Company, Bob Asaf from Dale Carnegie Training of Texas, LLC., Judy Drabold from LP Printing, Michael Farris of Modern Woodmen of America, Sergio Martinez of Sergio’s Landscaping and Sharla Grayson of Woodlands Event Planners, LLC.
Hosts for MNM are selected by lottery twice a year. For more information on hosting, call 281-367-5777. See WoodlandsChamber.org for a full calendar of Chamber Events.
The Woodlands Business August 2016