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The Woodlands Business February 2017



May 2016 brought severe flooding to southeast Texas. At The Club at Carlton Woods’ Tom Fazio Championship Course, which sits adjacent to Spring Creek, the story was no different. After days of heavy rain, over half of the course was underwater with heavy structural damage.

Superintendent Tim Huber met with the Board of Directors in June to assess the damage and explain that the time to invest in the course had arrived. Work on the bunker renovation began in August 2016.

The Club worked with Fazio Design Group and Heritage Links to complete the project, which included an overall bunker size reduction from 135,000 square feet to 95,000 square feet. Bryan Bowers of Fazio Design said that their group focused on three key areas during the renovation: improved playability (with new liners and California White sand), improved accessibility (including slope reduction at entry points), and overall reduction of size, which will increase the efficiency of maintenance and provide long-term cost reduction for the Club.

During its first year as a member-owned club, Carlton Woods has continually invested in the facilities and amenities that the Club provides to its members and their guests. The completed bunker renovation is the latest in a series of investments that includes renovation of the Nicklaus practice facility, premium range balls, luxury golf carts and renovation of the Founder’s Lounge at the Nicklaus clubhouse. With the bunker renovation now complete, the Club will continue to demonstrate their commitment to being one of the finest golf and country clubs in the country, deserving of our rank as a Platinum Club of America.



John McMullan


Gordy Bunch


Laura Fillault


Ann Snyder


The Woodlands Township is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors. Directors are elected by the community at large to serve two-year staggered terms. The Board of Directors serves as the legislative body, sets policy and approves the budget. All seven Directors serve on a volunteer basis. Per the Township’s enabling legislation, a Director is not entitled to compensation for service on the Board.

The following officers were recently elected to serve on The Woodlands Township Board of Directors for 2017: Richard “Gordy” Bunch, chairman; John McMullan, vice chairman; Laura Fillault, secretary; and Ann Snyder, treasurer.



On Wednesday, Nov. 2, the Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Board of Directors approved the LMC Class of 2017 class project. The project’s beneficiary is Henry’s Home Horse and Human Sanctuary located in Grand Central Park, a new mastered-planned community in Conroe. Com­po­nents of the class project plan presented to the board of directors included strategic support, capital improvements and a marketing initiative.

Henry’s Home’s defined vision is, “enhancing the quality of life for horses and humans who have suffered trauma, known neglect or simply need a quiet place in nature with a loving family to heal from unseen wounds.” With the successful completion of the LMC Class of 2017 class project, this organization will be able to begin holding therapy sessions at its location, recruit additional therapists to serve veterans and their families, promote the organization to gain additional referrals of veterans and families, better operate at the board level and step firmly toward a successful future as an organization that serves this community’s veterans.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, stress afflicts as many as one quarter of the troops returning from the Middle East, or about 300,000 men and women. There are many possible treatments for stress after deployment and a person may have to try a number of them before finding one that helps. There is a rapidly growing interest in equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) supporting the psychological health and family relationships of service members, veterans and their families worldwide. More than 30 major VA Medical Centers in the U.S. are participating in equine assisted activities and that number is growing.

The programs offered at Henry’s Home would reach out and offer a new way to help veterans and their families reintegrate into normal life after deployment. The improvements made through the LMC Class of 2017 class project will allow Henry’s Home to begin family building sessions for veterans through the equine therapy programs. For more information, email ahamlin@lonestarfamily.org.


Alysia Robichau, MD

Alysia Robichau, MD


Alysia Robichau, MD has joined Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Robichau, a board certified family medicine physician, is fellowship trained in primary care sports medicine, specializing in fractures, non-operative treatments of musculoskeletal injuries, and concussions.

For the past decade, she has enjoyed working with student athletes in Montgom­ery and Harris County school districts. She works with students by providing school physicals, and when they are injured, rehabilitation. According to Robichau, educating parents is often as important as treating the injuries, especially when the athlete has experienced trauma to the head.

“Many people don’t understand the dangers and risks of head injuries, including concussions, or how to differentiate types of head trauma. Concussions and brain hemorrhages are unique injuries and not treated the same way,” said Robichau. “Educating parents is extremely important.”

While she treats patients with nonsurgical methods, sometimes surgery is required to get patients back on their feet. One thing that attracted Robichau to Houston Methodist The Woodlands is the network of orthopedic surgeons she will work with to provide her patients with all-encompassing health care.

“Houston Methodist has a reputation for making sure patients have access to the specialized care they need. I am happy that my patients will have access to these resources,” said Robichau.

Robichau welcomes patients of all ages who would like to improve their fitness levels and maintain lifestyle goals. She is currently seeing patients at 3115 College Park Dr., Suite 112. To make an appointment, call 936-737-2630.


Laura Dumas

Laura Dumas


The Strong Firm P.C. has recently welcomed the addition of Laura F. Dumas as Of Counsel Attorney to the business law firm.

Her ten years of experience includes handling all types of cases in litigation with an emphasis on real estate, commercial litigation and corporate governance disputes. Dumas’ areas of practice also include oil, gas and energy; business law and contracts; corporations, LLCs and partnerships; and education.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Laura,” said attorney Bret L. Strong, founder and managing shareholder of The Strong Firm. “Her being licensed in California where we represent energy companies and real estate developers along with her experience in litigation and her strong commitment to the community makes her an excellent fit for our firm.”


Bob Milner, co-owner of Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands.

Bob Milner, co-owner of Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands.


When Bob Milner, co-owner of Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands (MBOTW), heard about the devastating injury local high school football player Grant Milton suffered during a playoff game in Waco, he knew the dealership had to help. In December, Milner launched the MBOTW Supports #21 Campaign and a #21 Challenge to show his support for the teen, and to help ease the financial stress that his family is facing. During December, $21 was donated to the Milton family for every car that Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands sold, and Milner also called on his fellow dealership friends to take on the challenge.

When news of Milton’s injury reached The Woodlands, the community was stunned. Support came with wristbands, socks, and t-shirts supporting the teen selling out almost immediately.

“Life is about what happens in split seconds,” Milner said. “A split second could have made a difference for Grant, and now we don’t know what his recovery will entail. If we can help ease the financial burdens in any way, we wanted to step up.”



YogaOne Studios (The Woodlands) is scheduled to open a Market Street location in February. The studio will be located in Suite 4005 on the property (above Kate Spade).

Owners Roger and Albina Rippy aim for their students to feel supported, empowered, and connected to the YogaOne community along with growing as an individual. They see yoga as a way to create a happier, healthier, more inspired life for each yoga student.

For additional details on YogaOne, visit yogaonehouston.com.


(L-R) Gil Staley; Don Norrell, President & General Manager of The Woodlands Township; John McMullan, Vice Chairman of The Woodlands Township; Dr. Ann Snyder, Treasurer of The Woodlands Township; Gordy Bunch; Brian Boniface, Director of The Woodlands Township; John Anthony Brown, Director of The Woodlands Township; and Debra Sukin, Chairman of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors.

(L-R) Gil Staley; Don Norrell, President & General Manager of The Woodlands Township; John McMullan, Vice Chairman of The Woodlands Township; Dr. Ann Snyder, Treasurer of The Woodlands Township; Gordy Bunch; Brian Boniface, Director of The Woodlands Township; John Anthony Brown, Director of The Woodlands Township; and Debra Sukin, Chairman of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors.


The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) held its Quarterly Partner Luncheon at The Wood­lands Resort & Conference Center on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Nearly 120 partners and guests heard from Gordy Bunch, Chairman of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, with a special presentation, “The State of The Township.”

Bunch gave an overview of The Woodlands and reviewed The Township’s accomplishments, resources, law enforcement services, economic development investments, budget, property tax values and an update on The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For the past 11 years, the EDP has held its luncheons for Partners in order to keep them informed of important issues facing businesses today. Past topics have included Economic Development, Regionalism, State of Education, Law Enforcement Update, Center for Houston’s Future Scenarios 2040, Anadarko’s Current and Future Projects, State Economic Development and Tourism, Banking Executives Update, Life Science Update, State of our Economy, Local Tourism and Healthcare.

Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership, said, “As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., it was beneficial to hear from our community’s governing body, The Woodlands Township. The Township plays a critical role in the success of economic development for our area by working together with the public and private sectors to create jobs and bring visitors and customers to our community.”


Investment Advisory Services Designates Portion of Donation Award to Women’s Center

Investment Advisory Services, Inc. in The Woodlands has recently designated the Montgomery County Women’s Center as the co-recipient of funds donated by Fidelity Investments to the firm.

Investment Advisory Services, Inc. was one of three firms recognized nationwide for their growth and success, and, in turn, the firm received $15,000 from Fidelity Invest­ments’ 2016 Be Greater Awards to be given to a charity of their choice. Investment Advisory Services, Inc. decided to split the award evenly among the Montgomery County Women’s Center and Henry’s Home horse and human sanctuary.

“We are thrilled to be presented with this generous donation of $7,500 by Investment Advisory Services,” said Sarah Raleigh, President and CEO of Montgomery County Women’s Center. “Every dollar truly helps us serve the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or abuse and stalking from all areas of Montgomery County and surrounding counties. We appreciate their generosity, especially at this time as the holidays roll out.”

The Montgomery County Women’s Center is a nonprofit organization and is a United Way agency. For more information, visit mcwctx.org.

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