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The Woodlands Business July 2017


(L to R): LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, Dr. Steve Byrum, Linda Nelson of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and LMC Chairman of the Board Julie Ambler of The Woodlands Christian Academy.

(L to R): LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, Dr. Steve Byrum, Linda Nelson of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and LMC Chairman of the Board Julie Ambler of The Woodlands Christian Academy.

MEMORIAL HERMANN THE WOODLANDS HOSPITAL SPONSORS LMC LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) recently hosted the LMC Class of 2017 Leadership Development Session sponsored by Memorial Hermann The Wood­lands Hospital.

The session, the final of eight for the class, featured the Hartman Value Profile with Dr. Steve Byrum, allowing class members to learn about themselves, their strengths and their weaknesses. The class also spent time reflecting on the Leadership Series and their class project process. The day ended with a sponsor reception, thanking those that made the year possible.

LMC is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to cultivating the future leaders of Montgom­ery County. The mission of LMC is to prepare emerging and existing leaders to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with others to better serve Mont­gomery County.

The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce, the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber, and the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber are all partner Chambers in the LMC program. Participants are chosen by application process in June of each year.

For more information, visit LMCTX.org.

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Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

MOORHEAD JUNIOR HIGH PRINCIPAL NAMED AT BOARD MEETING

The Conroe ISD Board of Trustees approved the naming of a new principal for Moorhead Junior High for the 2017-18 school year at their meeting May 16.

Robert Garcia, Conroe ISD school safety coordinator and district hearing officer, was named principal of Moorhead Junior High. Robert has served in Conroe ISD for the past 5 years. He began as an assistant principal at Conroe High School in 2012. Prior to coming to CISD, Robert served in administrative capacities in Bryan and Hearne ISDs.

In his remarks to the Board, he stated, “I’m so excited about this opportunity. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the students, staff, and parents of Moorhead Junior High, and I’m honored to join the Panther family. I plan to continue to build on the great things that are already happening at Moorhead. It has been an amazing experience working in Conroe ISD for the last five years. I look forward to serving the students, staff, and families of Moorhead Junior High for years to come.”

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Mary Trone

Mary Trone

JASPER’S RESTAURANT NAMES NEW SALES MANAGER

Jasper’s announced that Mary Trone has been named sales manager of The Wood­lands location. Trone will be the lead contact for planning events at the restaurant’s private dining. Jasper’s offers three private dining rooms, an enclosed outdoor space and semi-private options. Exclusive use of the entire restaurant and off-site catering are also available.

Trone has worked for Jasper’s since January of 2008 in two of their locations, The Woodlands and Austin. Her entire career has been in the restaurant industry, including her prior post at Cyclone Anaya’s.

As one of six children and having lived in six different states, Mary has developed a talent for “getting along with everyone.” With two daughters of her own, she “feels inspired by her family and loves to make others feel like family” when planning events at Jasper’s.

“Mary’s smile and easygoing manner caught my attention,” noted Frank Santos, Jasper’s The Woodlands general manager. “She truly likes people and in her new role as sales manager, this trait will become obvious to those who call to inquire about our private dining services and special private dining menu.”

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Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson

NEW ANIMAL SHELTER DIRECTOR FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has announced the selection of a new animal shelter director, Aaron Johnson.

Johnson currently serves as medical services manager for the City of Houston BARC Animal Shelter.

He has around 15 years of experience in various roles related to animal shelters, veterinary services or animal control, and has been with BARC for a decade in a variety of positions, including shelter supervisor.

“We are excited that Aaron has agreed to come direct our Animal Shelter. Aaron has a wealth of experience, and in our interviews demonstrated a thorough understanding of shelter operations and a true passion for animals and their care,” said Doyal. “I am confident that he will help bring our shelter to the next level.”

Johnson said “I am very excited to bring my decade of experience to Montgomery County. I look forward to working with the judge, commissioners, shelter staff and the community. I want us to be a transparent organization that has excellent effective communication.”

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(L-R): Robyn Hughes, Michelle Harding, Kasey Williams, Traci Smith, Vira Jefferson and Maria Valdez de Correa.

(L-R): Robyn Hughes, Michelle Harding, Kasey Williams, Traci Smith, Vira Jefferson and Maria Valdez de Correa.

CISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES RECOGNIZE CHILD NUTRITION EMPLOYEES

The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition to outstanding Child Nutrition managers and employees at its May meeting.

Conroe ISD awards Ambassador Awards to recognize individuals for their positive contributions to campus life and campus climate. The Board of Trustees was proud to honor the following five employees from The Child Nutrition Department for their extraordinary contribution to the District.

Michelle Harding is the cafeteria manager at Patterson Elementary, and has been with CISD for five years. Michelle went above and beyond this year to promote breakfast to the students, and even organized a ‘50s themed breakfast to celebrate National School Breakfast Week. Michelle is always willing to help, is an excellent trainer, and serves quality meals to the students.

Kasey Williams, cafeteria manager at The Woodlands High School, has been with CISD for three years. She did an excellent job during the Child Nutrition audit, and her demeanor never changes even when times are stressful. She is friendly to the students and staff, is very organized, and runs the kitchen efficiently.

Traci Smith is a new manager at Oak Ridge Elementary, and has been with the District for three years. Although Traci is a new manager, the Oak Ridge Elementary kitchen passed the Child Nutrition audit with flying colors. She takes pride in her work and truly cares about the students. She loves working for the department, and it shows in her attitude.

Vira Jefferson is an associate at David Elementary. She has been with CISD for two years. She has a positive attitude and outstanding job performance. Vira is always smiling and has a can-do attitude every day. She adjusts to change with ease and enthusiasm, and her response to anything given to her is “We got this girl!”

Maria Valdez de Correa has been with CISD for two years and is an associate at Peet Junior High. She has such a pleasant attitude and welcomes the students each day. Maria works very efficiently and can do anything she is asked to do. She helps everyone in the kitchen and is very patient.

The Director of Child Nutrition, Robyn Hughes, introduced these employees to the Board. After presenting each recipient with their award, Trustee Skeeter Hubert stated, “On behalf of the board, we want to personally say thank you for what you do. We understand that Child Nutrition is vital for [the students’] success. We appreciate your dedication to the kids.”

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Conroe North Houston Regional Airport hits new milestone with potential for corporate business travel.

Conroe North Houston Regional Airport hits new milestone with potential for corporate business travel.

CONROE AIRPORT EXPANDS CORPORATE JET SERVICES

Conroe North Houston Regional Airport Director Scott Smith announced the airport’s new custom’s office has cleared 100 international flights in eight months – beating expectations.

County Judge Craig Doyal said the new milestone is proof the airport can be successful in attracting corporate and business travel, proving its potential as a tool for corporate recruitment. “I applaud Scott for his hard work getting this facility operational and posting such excellent results.”

Smith initially had projected the customs facility would clear 60 aircraft in its first year – based on the first year of operations of a similar facility at Sugar Land Regional Airport in Sugar Land. Instead, the new facility has cleared 100 aircraft since it first opened Sept. 12, 2016. Smith predicts the airport eventually will be clearing 500 international flights a year.

The customs facility allows individuals and corporate customers on international flights to fly directly into Conroe North Houston Regional Airport and clear customs at that location, avoiding more congested airspace at IAH and Hobby and creating a time savings and reduced operating costs for these travelers. This is the northernmost customs clearing facility in the greater Houston area. It is expected to weigh into the decision-making of corporations in the future as they consider relocating operations here.

“Our airport continues to demonstrate it can be a destination for business travel,” Doyal said. “That makes it a key part of our economic development toolkit. We are aggressive about recruiting major corporations to the county, because those corporations enable us to expand our tax base and reduce the burden on residential taxpayers.”

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(L-R): Dr. Sakina Davis presents Allison Hulett, executive director of MOWMC, with a $1,375 donation, which is enough to provide 299 home-delivered meals.

(L-R): Dr. Sakina Davis presents Allison Hulett, executive director of MOWMC, with a $1,375 donation, which is enough to provide 299 home-delivered meals.

WOODLANDS WELLNESS EVENT BENEFITS MEALS ON WHEELS MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Woodlands Wellness hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5 which benefitted Meals on Wheels Montgomery County (MOWMC) with a donation of $1,375. The celebration included signature margaritas by Pura Vida Tequila, tasty treats from Torchy’s Tacos, a photo booth and raffle prizes at the offices of Dr. Sakina Davis and Dr. George Davis overlooking the lake at 2829 Tech­nology Forest Boulevard.

The mission of Meals on Wheels Mont­gomery County is to improve the lives of the homebound elderly of Montgomery County by providing home-delivered meals and transportation services. Serving 550 people each weekday, MOWMC helps aging neighbors in our community remain well nourished, connected to the community, and independent within the comfort of their own home.

For more information, visit mowmc.org.

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The iconic Houston restaurant is expanding to The Woodlands and is accepting applications in advance of summer opening.

The iconic Houston restaurant is expanding to The Woodlands and is accepting applications in advance of summer opening.

GOODE COMPANY BARBEQUE ARRIVES IN THE WOODLANDS THIS SUMMER

As it celebrates its 40th year of business, Goode Company Restaurants is growing and The Woodlands is the first non-Houston location for the restaurant group. It is bringing its signature mesquite-smoked barbeque to a new restaurant in the Six Pines III development at 8865 Six Pines Drive.

Located just south of Research Forest Drive near Interstate 45, the barbeque restaurant will feature the same lineup of smoked meats and handcrafted side dishes as the much-loved original on Kirby Drive.

“Our customers who live in The Woodlands area have been asking us to join their community. We participated in The Woodlands BBQ Festival in September and received a very enthusiastic reception,” says Levi Goode, president of Goode Com­pany Restaurants. “We believe this area is a perfect fit for the Goode Com­pany brand. The family-first environment and local ‘foodie’ appreciation of good, quality food matches our values and interests. We look forward to serving area residents and businesses – and to making Goode Company food more convenient for our loyal customers.”

A fifth-generation Texan, Levi attributes the Goode Company brand’s longevity and success to his family’s authentic Texas recipes that are handcrafted daily with quality ingredients. Each dish reflects his commitment to preserving and sharing the rich cooking traditions of Texas.

Levi notes, “Since the very beginning, we’ve prepared our food from scratch. People don’t realize that we have our own butchers and bakers. Our folks begin each day by preparing stocks from scratch, hand-cutting herbs and vegetables, hand-trimming meats to our specifications and creating our proprietary blends of BBQ rubs. All of our food is created in the same time-consuming way and it shows in the quality of the final product.”

A branded van is already on the premises and will be delivering full-service caterings to businesses and individuals.

Goode Company Barbeque will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with service beginning at 11 a.m. Construction continues on the restaurant and a summer opening is planned.

For employment inquiries, visit
goodecompanyjobs.compeatonboard.com/ and click on the careers link, or stop by the company’s trailer at 8865 Six Pines Drive.

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Highland Homes has started presales in Emory Birch, the newest neighborhood to open in master-planned Woodforest, the most active community in Montgomery County.

Highland Homes has started presales in Emory Birch, the newest neighborhood to open in master-planned Woodforest, the most active community in Montgomery County.

WOODFOREST OPENS NEW NEIGHBORHOOD, EMORY BIRCH

Woodforest has opened its newest neighborhood – Emory Birch, an enclave of 58 homesites along the Fish Creek tributary.

Highland Homes is the exclusive builder in Emory Birch and has begun presales. The builder is offering plans for varying sizes with pricing from the $210,000s. The 11 home designs range from 1,500- to 3,200-square-feet and offer up to five bedrooms, open-concept common areas and options for extended outdoor living areas and additional garage bays.

“Highland Homes has been with us from the beginning,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest. “We are happy that such a well-regarded builder has been such an integral part of Woodforest for these many years and is choosing to continue to grow as we grow.”

Highland Homes also builds in Wood­forest’s Deerbourne Ridge and Blanton Bend neighborhoods.

Woodforest is Montgomery County’s most active development, according to a report released by the Houston Business Journal earlier this year. The 3,000-acre development also ranked No. 26 this year on a list of the nation’s 50 top-selling communities released by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. and No. 27 on the annual tally compiled by John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

In addition to introducing new neighborhoods, Woodforest also is debuting new amenities this year, including a newly opened fitness pool and the Stampede Sportsplex that opens later this summer. The development’s second child care center – Children’s Lighthouse – recently opened in Woodforest and plans for a Star Stop Chevron fuel station and Pine Market were announced earlier this year. Thirteen production builders have opened 30 models in Woodforest, showcasing the wide range of home choices available. Nine custom builders also feature designs in the community. Pricing in the community is from the $190,000s to the millions. For more information, visit woodforesttx.com.

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Opening this summer near H-E-B, Full Cycle will feature a studio with 40 bikes, an apparel shop, locker rooms, men's and women's showers and more.

Opening this summer near H-E-B, Full Cycle will feature a studio with 40 bikes, an apparel shop, locker rooms, men’s and women’s showers and more.

FULL PSYCLE CYCLING STUDIO TO OPEN AT MARKET STREET – THE WOODLANDS

Full Psycle, a rhythm-based indoor cycling experience, will be opening its doors at Market Street – The Woodlands this summer, near H-E-B. Full Psycle chose Market Street to debut its first Texas location.

The Full Psycle experience incorporates an exhilarating 45-minute full-body cycling workout from start to finish, where riders can expect to burn between 550-900 calories. Riders navigate hills, flats and intervals while moving to the beat of the music with weights. Co-founders PK Harmeling and Shelly Scott created Full Psycle’s proprietary workout to incorporate three distinct components ­– live performance tracking, choreography/rhythm riding, and resistance training designed to tone abs, triceps, shoulders, biceps and back.

For more information, visit fullpsycle.com.


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