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The Woodlands Business Jan 2016

Gregory Freede

Gregory Freede


Gregory Freede, retired sales executive, has been named to the Montgomery County Youth Services (MCYS) board of directors.

“We are so honored to have Greg Freede serve on our board,” commented John Bracken, Executive Director at MCYS. “He has served as The Woodlands Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament Director since 2000. MCYS is fortunate that Greg has agreed to serve on the board of directors as well as keeping his role as tournament director.”

Freede retired in 2015 as a sales executive from Glaxo SmithKline after 29 years with the company. In addition to serving as the tournament director for MCYS The Woodlands Celebrity Golf Classic, Freede was also honored with the MCYS Volunteer Bridge Builder Award and the Interfaith of The Woodlands 2010 Hometown Hero Award with his wife Linda for their contributions to youth in Montgomery County. Greg, Linda and their son, Brett, moved to The Woodlands in 1986.


Debbie Phillips

Debbie Phillips


Jim Kacur


The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees named the new elementary and secondary assistant superintendents at their meeting on Nov. 17.

Debbie Phillips, executive director of curriculum and instruction for Clear Creek ISD, was unanimously approved as the assistant superintendent for elementary education. She is following Dr. Cathy Gibson, who is retiring in December after 38 years in education with the last 13 of those years in Conroe ISD.

“I appreciate your confidence in me and my ability to take on this task,” stated Phillips as she addressed the board. “It’s no secret to any of you that Conroe ISD is known throughout the state, especially in the world of education, as the premier district in Texas; it’s a great honor for me to be a part of that.”

Phillips has 31 years of experience in education, serving the past 19 years in Clear Creek ISD. While in Clear Creek ISD, she served as executive director of curriculum and instruction, executive director of elementary education, and principal of two Title I, bilingual campuses. In attendance with her at the board meeting was her husband of 27 years, Todd.

Jim Kacur, York Junior High principal in Conroe ISD, was named as the assistant superintendent for secondary education. Kacur has 25 years in education and has been principal at York Junior High since 2014. Prior to coming to Conroe ISD, he served for 15 years in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia in a variety of capacities including assistant superintendent, principal and assistant principal.


Peter Huntsman

Peter Huntsman


Peter R. Huntsman, president and CEO of Huntsman Corporation, has been named to the Memorial Hermann Health System Board of Directors, effective Jan. 1.

“Memorial Hermann is a nationally recognized healthcare provider that has served the Houston region for more than 100 years,” Huntsman said. “I look forward to serving with an organization that has provided such a vital service to our community. The challenges and opportunities of the healthcare industry will be an important base of our quality of life as the Houston region continues to be a global leader in so many areas.”

Huntsman Corporation is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, healthcare, detergent, personal care and appliances.

“Peter is a tremendous businessman, civic leader and humanitarian,” said Will Williams, chair of the Memorial Hermann Health System board. “We are thrilled to have someone of his caliber on our board. We will welcome his insights and perspective about how Memorial Hermann can continue to provide the highest quality, safest and best patient care in this region.”

Huntsman also serves on other executive boards and councils including those of the Wharton School of Business, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Montgomery County Women’s Center and the Interfaith of The Woodlands. He also helps to direct a number of domestic and international humanitarian projects funded by the Huntsman family and Huntsman companies.   Huntsman also serves as CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the Huntsman Family Foundation.



The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau is modifying the operating hours for The Woodlands Waterway Cruisers.

Effective now through March 31, the cruisers will operate on Fridays, 2-10 p.m.; Satur­days, noon-10 p.m.; and Sundays, noon -8 p.m. The final round trip for each evening starts at The Woodlands Mall turning basin one hour before closing.

The Waterway Cruisers will continue to provide service throughout The Woodlands Town Center with stops at The Woodlands Mall, Landry’s Restaurant, Anadarko Tower, Woodloch Forest Drive at Waterway Bridge, Waterway Square, Koi Garden, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and Town Green Park.

Waterway Cruiser day passes are $5. Youth, seniors and disabled persons are $2.50. Tickets can be purchased on board any Waterway Cruiser with cash or credit. Buy-one, get-one-free coupons can be downloaded at VisitTheWoodlands.com.


(L-R): Matthew Lieder, Rene Moreno, Brad Botts, Julie Martineau, Rob Koester, Sherry Jackson and Emile Gourieaux.

(L-R): Matthew Lieder, Rene Moreno, Brad Botts, Julie Martineau, Rob Koester, Sherry Jackson and Emile Gourieaux.


The second annual Montgomery County United Way Lone Star Leaders appreciation event was held on Oct. 13 at Top Golf just south of The Woodlands. Lone Star Leaders are donors who have generously committed to a leadership giving level of $1,000 or more a year.

Starting with a cocktail hour, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, catching up with friends and colleagues, and a look back through 60 years of the great work and people involved in Montgomery County United Way. MCUW President Julie Martineau delivered a message of gratitude and appreciation for the leaders’ commitment to United Way’s mission of improving lives and creating lasting change all throughout Montgomery County.

As dusk settled, the neon lights came on, and it was time for some golfing fun. The evening continued with a buffet style dinner and delicious desserts. Groups and individuals teamed up to play together while some guests brought spouses and their children making it a family night at the driving range.

Montgomery County United Way is proud to partner with such charitable companies like Consolidated Communications, which so generously sponsored the event. Vice president of consumer products and MCUW board member Rob Koester, along with several others representing Consolidated Communications, were on hand to join in the celebration.


Houston Methodist just recently opened its first Welcome Center, located at Hwy 242 and 1-45.

Houston Methodist just recently opened its first Welcome Center,,, located at Hwy 242 and I-45.


Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital has opened The Woodlands Welcome Center to provide job information, and educate physicians, volunteers, visitors and guests about the newest Houston Methodist Hospital and medical office building.

“We wanted a centralized location to include human resources, medical staff services and the business development and marketing offices,” said Debra Sukin, regional senior vice president and chief executive officer of, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. “Until the medical office building and the hospital open, the Welcome Center is ideal for coordinating recruiting and bringing staff and volunteers on board.”

Sukin said the Welcome Center provides an opportunity for interested, future staff to learn about job opportunities and get information about Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital without coming to the construction site. Prospective employees can visit the Welcome Center to learn more about the hospital, including a sneak peek of a patient room.

The Woodlands campus will hire 600 positions, with 40 percent of those being nursing related, said Debby Roberts, director, human resources, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital.

Interested applicants can visit houstonmethodistcareers.org regularly over the next 18 months to see what positions, medical and nonmedical, are open.

As part of its role in recruiting, the Welcome Center also offers an onsite employee health clinic for processing new-hire physicals for those joining Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital.

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital will open in 2017. Its medical office building will open in early 2016.



Carlton, Hofferkamp and Jenks (CHJ) Wealth Management has announced the launch of their “Cares Program,” a year-round giving back program wholly for the purpose of strengthening the local community through community service and donations. The program will launch in early 2016.

This holiday season, CHJ Wealth Management continued its annual tradition of giving back by volunteering during Thanksgiving and joining the global movement #GivingTuesday.

The organization hosted a #GivingTuesday Holiday Open House, and all nonperishables and toys collected were donated to nonprofit organizations throughout the community, including CASA, Children’s Memorial Hermann and The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Food Drive.

“When we formed our company back in 2010, we always wanted the giving back to the community to be an integral part of the fabric of CHJ. It was a unanimous decision to continue with the spirit of giving back, and it is our great pleasure to announce the launching of our CHJ Wealth Management Cares Program, which allows us to give back to our community year round,” said Jim Carlton, managing director of CHJ Wealth Management.

The CHJ Cares Program will consider making a contribution to local nonprofits with small budgets, direct community impact and support in areas of education, health and wellness, hunger relief and the environment.


Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing.

Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing.


The Blue Fish has leased a 5,000-square-foot site for its Japanese and Asian fusion establishment in Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing, a 66-acre mixed-use development offering panoramic views of 200-acre Lake Woodlands. With The Blue Fish marking the seventh dining establishment in Hughes Landing, Restaurant Row is now 100 percent leased. The Blue Fish plans to open in mid-January.

The Blue Fish, “home of the original Ahi Tower,” offers sushi and sashimi along with other signature dishes at its award-winning restaurants. The eatery began more than 17 years ago with a small site in Dallas. Today, The Blue Fish has multiple locations in several cities. This will mark the debut of The Blue Fish in The Woodlands, with two locations in Houston.

Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing along Lake Woodlands, 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands



(L-R) Artist Doru Nuta and Dragos Tapu, Glade Gallery owner.

(L-R) Artist Doru Nuta and Dragos Tapu, Glade Gallery owner.


Glade Gallery’s grand opening was held in The Woodlands in December. Glade Gallery highlights the diversity in contemporary figurative art and fuels the creative exchanges between American and European art today.

The gallery is featuring the art of renowned European figurative artist Doru Nuta, who questions the human condition in the modern globalized era. His most recent work focuses on the portrait as both a medium for mass communication as well as for a more intimate investigation on spirituality and poetics of the soul. Passing through various phases in his creative journey, Nuta has established himself as a remarkable artist on the international scene. His work, be it painting, sculpture, ceramic, drawing or installation, has been commissioned by art institutions all over the world, and presented in personal or collective exhibitions and large-scale biennials.

Nuta’s work will be on exhibit through April.

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