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The Woodlands Business June 2016

Cheer the Grad. Honor Dad.

Cheer the Grad. Honor Dad.


Christine Hale, a Realtor at RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring represented her team, Christine Hale Team, at The Woodlands Development Co.’s recent The Woodlands and Bridgeland 2015 Realtor and Builder Awards held at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center.

Honored with a Silver Level Award, presented to those who accomplished three to five new home closings the previous year, the team earned membership in the company’s 2015 Producers Club.

“Despite the effect of the issues the energy industry is facing, my team and I were very busy in 2015,” said Hale, a 20-plus-year veteran agent in The Woodlands and Spring areas. “Our hard work and diligence paid off by closing homes in numbers high enough to rank very well on some prestigious rankings.”

In addition to honors from The Woodlands Development Co., the success of Hale and her team has led to accolades, both state­wide and locally, based on full-year 2015 production numbers.

The team landed a spot in RE/MAX of Texas’ 2015 Top 20 Teams, ranking 19th statewide and No.13 in the greater Houston area, receiving a RE/MAX of Texas Top 20 award at the franchise’s state­wide convention held earlier this year in Galveston.

The Houston Business Journal’s annual listing of the Top Residential Real Estate Teams By Sales Volume honored the Christine Hale Team as the seventh most successful team with fewer than 10 members. In addition, the team ranked No. 15 on the Journal’s listing of the Top Residential Real Estate Teams by Transactions.

“Christine and her team set a pace that raises the barre for success in the area’s real estate industry,” said Danna Furnace-Grimes, director of agent services and relocation director at RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring. “We all are so pleased that this fine group of agents has been recognized for its outstanding efforts.”

To contact Hale or any member of her team, which includes Joe Hagle, Kassandra Bissett, Stacie Fontenot, Cheryl Littlejohn and Amy Lamber, call 281-362-2514 or visit WeSellTheWoodlands.com.


Daniella Franco

Daniella Franco


Harmony, a master-planned community in Spring, has hired Daniella Franco as its new resident lifestyle director. Franco will plan an array of family festivals, pool parties, back-to-school events and other gatherings for Harmony residents. She will be on-site full-time after a new community center – part of The Thicket recreation complex – opens in June.

“I’m excited to be out here,” Franco said. “Harmony is beautiful; its name suits it. The fact that my sole focus will be on the amenities and lifestyle program and be officed in the community will be a bonus for residents.”

This will be the first time Harmony will have a dedicated, on-site lifestyle director.

“We’ve had a part-time lifestyle director to plan and conduct events for residents, but having someone on-site will give her a chance to get to know residents more thoroughly and zero in on their interests,” said Bob Douglas, general manager of Harmony. “Daniella’s enthusiasm, energy and attention to detail make her ideal for this position.”

A native Houstonian, Franco previously worked for Greystar Management and McCauley Architectural Review.

Harmony is a 1,000-acre project of Johnson Development Corp. It has a wooded location five miles east of Interstate 45 with direct access to a recently opened segment of the Grand Parkway. Learn more at harmony-houston.com.




The Howard Hughes Corporation and its whol­ly-owned subsidiary The Woodlands Dev­e­l­opment Company, announced that Hughes Landing –– the premier “lifestyle intersection” situated on Lake Woodlands –– garnered the 2016 Houston Business Journal’s Landmark Award in the mixed-use category. The award was presented to executives of the company at the Landmark Awards Dinner held at the Omni Houston Hotel on April 14. The 66-acre pedestrian-friendly project was conceived and developed in only three years and is quickly becoming recognized as one of the Houston region’s best mixed-use developments. According to the Houston Business Journal, the Landmark Awards “recognize real estate projects that make significant impressions on the Houston landscape and improve the look, feel and image of the city.”

“We are honored by the overwhelmingly positive reception that the Houston area has shown for Hughes Landing, including this honor from the esteemed judges and Houston Business Journal,” said Peter Doyle, executive vice president, development of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “We also would like to acknowledge the collaboration among thousands of people who helped make this project a success.”

Hughes Landing offers seven eateries at Restaurant Row, retail, multifamily living, Embassy Suites by Hilton and Class A office space. Hughes Landing also features water sports, numerous pieces of public art, a dog park and an entertainment venue.

One Lakes Edge, an eight-story luxury apartment community situated in Hughes Landing, was also named as a finalist in the Landmark Awards’ multifamily category.


Joel Blake

Joel Blake


Jack Stibbs, managing shareholder and founder of Stibbs & Co., P.C., recently announced that Joel Blake has been hired as an associate attorney at the law firm. Prior to joining the firm, Joel practiced litigation and transactional law at Jim L. Culpepper & Associates, P.C., in Houston. Joel also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Cara Wood in the 284th District Court of Texas, in Montgomery County.

“We are happy to welcome Joel to the firm,” said Stibbs. “Joel will add depth to further assist our clients in their business and corporate needs.”

Joel earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in public relations, cum laude, from Harding University.


Model home in the Pintail community.

Model home in the Pintail community.

Model home in the Sweetgrass community.

Model home in the Sweetgrass community.


Gracepoint, a community builder and dev­eloper, is actively helping meet the demand for quality homes and master-planned communities in The Woodlands and Conroe area with Stillwater, its newest community development in Conroe. The 188-acre development officially celebrated its grand opening on April 30 showcasing model homes by Gracepoint Homes. Darling Homes now has models available to tour.

“As the developer and homebuilder in Stillwater, Gracepoint is very pleased to celebrate the opening of the community with our model homes available in each of the neighborhoods,” said Tom Cox, Jr., president of Gracepoint. “The community sits on the edge of W.G. Jones State Forest and we’ve designed the lifestyle experience with that in mind, providing easy access to community lakes, miles of walking paths and panoramic views of the forest, making it a relaxing environment to come home to each day.”

Stillwater features four distinct neighborhoods giving homebuyers a variety of home designs and price points, each inspired by the unique Lowcountry architectural styles seen throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Traditional and contemporary architectural interpretations featuring welcoming col­umned porches, extended covered patios and broad gable or hipped rooflines have been developed to complement the surrounding nature backdrop. Seven community lakes, walking paths and a picturesque bridge connect the neighborhoods and residents within the community. While nestled in the outdoors, Stillwater is only minutes from   I-45 and all the amenities The Woodlands has to offer including the acclaimed Conroe ISD and Woodlands High School.

The four neighborhoods are:

New Chapel – Deep within Stillwater is New Chapel, featuring homesites fronting two large lakes and walking trails along with im­me­diate access to the service road leading to I-45. Home designs offered by Gracepoint Homes include one- and two-story homes priced from the $370s with homesites featuring panoramic views of the lake and forest.

Pintail – Pintail is the closest to the community’s entrance with 29 oversized homesites placed in a circular design. Priced from the $550s, Gracepoint Homes provides a variety of home designs each with views of the forest, walking paths, lake and lush landscaping at water’s edge.

Sweetgrass – Oversized homesites feature scenic views of the forest and lake–both within walking distance of the homeowner’s front door. A bridge off the community’s main drive leads into Sweetgrass providing a sense of privacy to this tranquil setting. Buyers in the Sweetgrass enclave have the choice of home designs built by Gracepoint Homes and Darling Homes.

Prosper, A Gated Neighborhood – Prosper is priced from $1M and slated to open in 2017. Luxury homebuilders include Jeff Paul Custom Homes, TD Cox Custom Homes and Tommy Bailey Custom Homes.

Model homes and sales centers in each neighborhood are open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon-6 p.m. For more information, visit gracepointhomes.com.



Master-planned Woodforest is adding long-time Houston company Westin Homes to its array of community homebuilders.

Westin Homes has acquired 22 homesites in the Woodforest neighborhood of Deerbourne Ridge, where it will offer plans designed for 60-foot homesites. Westin, who joins Perry Homes in the neighborhood, plans to open a model home there later this year. Westin Homes’ pricing in Deerbourne Ridge has not yet been determined.

Westin Homes entered Houston’s residential market in 1994, with a focus on customer satisfaction, architectural design and attention to detail. All of Westin’s homes are built to the stringent guidelines of the Environments for Living Platinum level, which provides an 18 percent greater energy savings than those set forth in the International Energy Conservation Code. “The high standards of Westin Homes are a perfect match to the complement of quality builders now in Woodforest,” said Virgil Yoakum, the community’s general manager. “We are excited to add Westin’s innovative home designs to the many choices our prospective buyers enjoy.”

Currently, 12 builders offer a broad collection of home designs in Woodforest, including townhomes, patio homes, executive homes and those created for buyers age 55 and older. Pricing is from the $190,000s. In addition, seven builders offer custom homes priced into the millions.

Woodforest is ranked among the nation’s 20 top-selling developments. It is located approximately seven miles west of Interstate 45 and five miles north of The Woodlands. For more details, visit woodforesttx.com.


Platinum Level Sponsors were given a one of a kind collaborative art piece of The Woodlands done by Wildlife Conservation Artist, Vickie McMillan.

Platinum Level Sponsors were given a one of a kind collaborative art piece of The Woodlands done by Wildlife Conservation Artist, Vickie McMillan.


The Woodlands Area Economic Develop­ment Partnership (EDP) held its annual Elected Officials Reception at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center on March 10.

For the past 18 years, the EDP has hosted a reception honoring elected officials at the local, county, state and federal levels. “Our members take great pride in saying thank you to our elected officials who unselfishly dedicate themselves to prospering our county by supporting economic development in our communities. We appreciate our officials pro-business and work attitude towards maintaining our economic vitality.” said Gil Staley, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership.

Over 40 elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels were in attendance at the reception, as well as over 135 guests.

The EDP gave a special thanks to its Platinum Level Sponsors, Gallagher Benefit Services, The Kroger Co., Petroleum Wholesale, The Wood­lands Development Company, The Wood­lands Resort & Conference Center and The Woodlands Township, who made hosting the reception possible.


Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln dealership held a special showing of the new 2017 Lincoln Continental and 2017 Lincoln MKZ.

Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln dealership held a special showing of the new 2017 Lincoln Continental and 2017 Lincoln MKZ.


Planet Lincoln in Spring recently held an exclusive, private showing of the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental and 2017 Lincoln MKZ. The event was a huge success.

“Our team has been so excited for the return of Lincoln’s flagship vehicle, the Lincoln Continental,” said Randall Reed, owner of Planet Lincoln. “Customers really enjoyed seeing this iconic vehicle back in the Lincoln dealership. This vehicle provides a powerful, yet quiet elegance that appeals to the discerning driver who wants quality, craftsmanship, performance and safety.”

The vehicle will be available this fall, but pre-orders are now being accepted. The Lincoln Continental offers first-class travel with warm, human touches and a contemporary design. “The Continental name has long been associated with the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “With the all-new model, we are focusing on creating more human, personally tailored experiences for our clients – providing what we call quiet luxury.

“Planet Lincoln’s event also featured the redesigned MKZ,” said John Dvorak, general manager of Planet Lincoln. “We really enjoyed seeing how our customers reacted to the popular vehicles. They just loved it. Our clientele had been looking forward to seeing the new Lincoln MKZ, from its new expansive interior to its sophisticated technology.”

Planet Lincoln is located at 20403 I-45. Visit PlanetLincoln.com for more information.


(L to R): LMC Chairman of the Board Rob Koester of Consolidated Communications, LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, LMC class member Michele Kooken of Strike, LLC, Ky Bishop of Strike, LLC, and the Serving Our Community Session Director and LMC Board Member Phillip Moore of The Ark Church.

(L to R): LMC Chairman of the Board Rob Koester of Consolidated Communications, LMC Executive Director Sarah Rhea, LMC class member Michele Kooken of Strike, LLC, Ky Bishop of Strike, LLC, and the Serving Our Community Session Director and LMC Board Member Phillip Moore of The Ark Church.


Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) recently hosted its Serving Our Community Session for the Class of 2016 at The Ark Church in Conroe.

The session, sponsored by Strike, LLC and introduced to the LMC program in 2015, is designed to allow class members to learn about issues and needs in the community as well as the organizations that are filling those needs, and how they can help as leaders in the community.

Session director and LMC board member Phillip Moore of The Ark Church welcomed the class to the session and gave an overview of the day’s events before kicking off the day with the class leadership series facilitated by LMC alumni.

After the leadership series, Ky Bishop of Strike, LLC spoke to the class about Strike’s community advocacy initiative called Cam­paign for Change. Class member Nicole Robinson Gauthier then spoke to the class about Montgomery County United Way and how they are addressing community needs.

The class spent the rest of the morning participating in a poverty simulation facilitated by Paula Odom of Entergy Texas. Nearly 30 LMC graduates and supporters participated in the simulation with the class.

After the simulation and lunch, the class heard from Nancy Heintz of Montgomery County Homeless Coalition, Chad Patterson of Crisis Assistance Center, and Rodney Dickerson of the Montgomery County Food Bank. Each presenter spoke about their organization and how their organizations work together to benefit the community.

Missy Herndon, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands then presented to the class on the many ways Interfaith is filling needs in the area with their programs and services, child development center, and workforce solutions.

To address how educational institutions play a role in serving the needs in the community, Rod Chaves of Conroe ISD spoke to the class on his role in the school district, before a faith-based panel that included Luke Redus of Compassion United, LaToya Carter of Family Promise of Montgomery County, and Chris Follet of Innerfaith Disciple House. The Ark Church senior pastor Alan Clayton then addressed the class before sending them out to the nonprofit volunteer/board fair.



The Conroe Independent School District was honored at the April 19 Board meeting for receiving the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award for the fifth year in a row. The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing music education through active participation.

“Of the 14,000 potential applicants and over 2,000 school districts that applied, Conroe ISD was selected as one of the 476 in the nation to earn this designation,” commented Dr. Robert Horton, Conroe ISD Coordinator of Fine Arts. “I wanted to thank each of you on the Board for not only giving us the opportunity to have this recognition for the exemplary work by the music educators of CISD, but also for your support of music education in Conroe. We appreciate you so much.”

Board member Datren Williams thanked the teachers for their hard work stating, “As a Board, and as a parent, we can’t say enough about how much we love and support what you do.”

Fine Arts Coordinator Dr. Robert Horton shared about the award on behalf of the Fine Arts Department and Conroe ISD.


Lucy Gomez

Lucy Gomez


nterfaith of The Woodlands has announced Lucy Gomez as the new director of programs and services. Gomez brings more than 10 years of experience to the executive-level position. She will lead staff in program operations and guidelines and other community resources, including family ser­vices, senior services, Veggie Village and the Hand Me Up Shop.

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