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The Woodlands Business September 2017


(L-R): Kim Phillips, director of marketing; Lona Shipp, director of residential marketing; Lorrie Parise, manager of PR & community relations; Heath Melton, vice president, master planned communities, residential; Kristina Dorchak, marketing manager; and Martha Gros, realtor relations & marketing coordinator, all with The Howard Hughes Corporation.

(L-R): Kim Phillips, director of marketing; Lona Shipp, director of residential marketing; Lorrie Parise, manager of PR & community relations; Heath Melton, vice president, master planned communities, residential; Kristina Dorchak, marketing manager; and Martha Gros, realtor relations & marketing coordinator, all with The Howard Hughes Corporation.

THE WOODLANDS AND BRIDGELAND WIN AT 2017 TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS STAR AWARDS

The Woodlands and Bridgeland, two award-winning Texas developments which help comprise the preeminent portfolio of master-planned communities around the country for The Howard Hughes Corporation, received a combined total of seven wins at the 2017 Texas Association of Builders (TAB) Star Awards on Aug. 3.

The Woodlands took home the top award for “Best Mixed-Use Community” in the multifamily category for Hughes Landing while Bridgeland won for “Best Social Media Marketing.” The Woodlands also won awards for “Best Landscape Design,” “Best Email Message,” “Best Online Advertisement” and “Best Direct Mail Piece,” while Bridgeland rounded out the evening with “Best Special Promotion.”

TAB launched the awards program in 1992 and considers The Star Awards as the only statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry.

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Summer Day

Summer Day

MEALS ON WHEELS MONTGOMERY COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Meals on Wheels Montgomery County (MOWMC) has announced the selection of Summer Day as its new executive director. Day will fill the vacancy created by the departure of the former executive director, Allison Hulett in July to join the local Montgomery County Food Bank. Day had previously served as Operations Manager for MOWMC, during which time she revised and streamlined operations to be more effective and efficient. Within the first three months of her tenure, MOWMC was able to increase service by 22 percent, while reaching the most in need client base.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Bill Crowl, of Crowl & Associates, PLLC, and MOWMC Board Chair. “As our new executive director, Summer is bringing fresh leadership and creativity to the MOWMC’s programs and cultivating a deep sense of commitment to the nonprofit sector in our community.”

Day’s resume includes over 15 years of experience in public relations, communications, administration, and planning across diverse industries. She has spent the last six years working in the nonprofit community, serving as the program manager of Days of Caring of Montgomery County and then Greater Houston.

Day is a graduate of University of Houston – Downtown and has been a resident of Montgomery County for almost 20 years.

“My heart is serving those in need while building strong relationships with the team that fulfills that mission,” said Day. “My staff is the foundation of this organization and I am honored to work alongside such an amazing team. I am ready to take this to next level!”

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New Danville’s resale store Jazzy Junque kicked off its week-long 5th Anniversary celebration with a cake decorating demonstration by Rao’s Bakery professional baker, Dalton Kirk. (L-R): Volunteers Deborah Howard and Cyndy Oller, Rao’s Baker Dalton Kirk, volunteers Odette D’Agostino and Nanci Day, New Danville Board members Stephanne Davenport and Mel Oller.

New Danville’s resale store Jazzy Junque kicked off its week-long 5th Anniversary celebration with a cake decorating demonstration by Rao’s Bakery professional baker, Dalton Kirk. (L-R): Volunteers Deborah Howard and Cyndy Oller, Rao’s Baker Dalton Kirk, volunteers Odette D’Agostino and Nanci Day, New Danville Board members Stephanne Davenport and Mel Oller.

NEW DANVILLE’S JAZZY JUNQUE STORE CELEBRATES FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

It’s been five years since “Jazzy Junque & Other Great Stuff” became a permanent store, and it has become a tremendous success. What started as a popular annual fundraising sale in 2009 to benefit New Danville, Jazzy Junque was transformed into a permanent storefront in August 2012 at The Outlets at Conroe located off I-45 at League Line Rd. (exit 90).

Not your typical resale store, Jazzy Junque caters to discriminating shoppers by selling donated items that are new or in good working condition at affordable prices. Savvy shoppers can discover incredible steals on custom bedding, living room furniture, and boutique accessories, children’s toys, books, specialty collectibles, and more, sold at a fraction of what it would cost to buy new.

Jazzy Junque’s reputation and convenient location are drawing shoppers from far and wide. Proceeds from the store’s sales benefit New Danville, a master-planned community for adults with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities as well as others who want to live independently but may need some assistance such as with transportation, money management and in-home training.

Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Visit JazzyJunque.org for more information.

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HOSPITALS IN TOMBALL, SUGAR LAND JOIN MEMORIAL HERMANN SYSTEM

Emerus hospitals in Tomball and Sugar Land are now officially operating under the trusted name of Memorial Hermann. The Emerus Community Hospital, 24429 Tomball Parkway in Tomball, is now Memorial Hermann Tomball Hospital. The Emerus 24HR Emergency Hospital, 16000 Southwest Freeway, Suite 100, in Sugar Land, is now Memorial Hermann First Colony Hospital.

The seamless transition resulted from a joint venture partnership between Emerus Holdings Inc., the nation’s first and largest operator of micro-hospitals, and Memorial Hermann Health System, one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in Southeast Texas. The deal was announced in May. As part of the transaction, the partnership has the option to open additional health care facilities in the future.

Uniquely different from urgent care clinics, these hospitals include emergency centers with additional services such as primary care, diagnostic imaging, and lab services in a smaller, more efficient footprint, with shorter wait times and convenient parking, closer to patients’ neighborhoods and homes.

Each hospital is staffed by ER-trained physicians, experienced nurses and other clinical specialists. For more information, visit memorialhermann.org/locations.

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COUNTY JUDGE CRAIG DOYAL, COMMISSIONER NOACK ANNOUNCE BUDGET OFFICE CREATION

Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack are seeking the formation of a county budget office, with the goal of having the staff in place in time to help with preparing next year’s budget for fiscal year 2019.

“The growth Montgomery County has experienced and the complexity of managing a $300 million budget and over $400 million in debt necessitates the creation of a county budget office,” Noack said.

Currently, the function of the budget office is under the county auditor. While the auditor and her staff have controlled this process in the past, due to the size and scope of the county budget, a year-round budget office would assist the court in identifying key operational efficiencies.

Doyal said, “I believe it is the right time for our county to being preparations for the creation of a County Budget Office. Our tremendous growth, and the need to manage our county government’s growth, requires the creation of a budget office to ensure our county operates as efficiently as possible.”

The Chief Budget Officer is a pivotal position responsible for financial and resource planning for all of Montgomery County. The budget office would assist the court in setting a budget policy, lead the budget process, review and analyze budget requests, collaborate with all department heads and elected offices to identify efficiencies and areas for improvement, participate in financial/budget committees and create short and long term budget plans.

In addition, the budget officer would develop and maintain long-range budgetary financial models in internal controls for Montgomery County and implement best-in-class mechanisms for departmental budgetary review to identify opportunities to more effectively deploy the county’s financial resources.

“When looking at counties we consider to be in our peer group based on similar budgets, population or proximity, every county has a separate budget office,” Noack said.

Contact Chief of Staff James Fredricks at 936- 539-7812 for more information.

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(Front row, l-r): David Bratton, Dr. B.J. Westbrook, Michael Richmond, Kim Marling, Cathy Nash, Debbie Sukin, Larry Eichenbaum, Dr. Gerald Cobb, Ken Babcock, Kelly Holmes. (back row): Dr. Dearl Dotson, Tom McCarley, Robert Marling, James Morell, Joe, Gillen, Dana Hoyt, Jay Dreibelbis, Mark Widawski, Chuck Vernon, Derrick Ragland.

(Front row, l-r): David Bratton, Dr. B.J. Westbrook, Michael Richmond, Kim Marling, Cathy Nash, Debbie Sukin, Larry Eichenbaum, Dr. Gerald Cobb, Ken Babcock, Kelly Holmes. (back row): Dr. Dearl Dotson, Tom McCarley, Robert Marling, James Morell, Joe, Gillen, Dana Hoyt, Jay Dreibelbis, Mark Widawski, Chuck Vernon, Derrick Ragland.

WOODFOREST NATIONAL BANK GIVES $1 MILLION TO HOUSTON METHODIST THE WOODLANDS HOSPITAL

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital’s leadership team and Woodforest National Bank Board members celebrated the naming of Woodforest Bank Sky Plaza during a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 19.

In late 2016, Woodforest National Bank committed $1 million to the new hospital to name its third-floor atrium space and support the hospital’s Excellence Fund. The Excel­lence Fund advances the hospital’s highest priorities and accelerates innovative research and physician recruitment in key clinical areas.

“Our demonstrated commitment to our communities is a perfect match for a partnership with Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital,” said Cathy Nash, CEO of Wood­forest National Bank. “Our gift to the Excel­lence Fund provides the forum for our or­gan­- ­­i­za­tions to work together with a focus on offering the best programs, delivering lead­ing medicine, and making a positive impact on our friends and neighbors.”

The $1 million gift is the largest philanthropic commitment to a Houston Methodist hospital, outside the Texas Medical Center.

“Not only are we thankful to Woodforest National Bank for this remarkable gift, but we are also thankful that our institutions share common values and the commitment to serve The Woodlands and surrounding communities with integrity and purpose,” said Debbie Sukin, CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands.

Sky Plaza provides a space for patients, visitors, physicians and staff to visit and relax, and it will be the site for future hospital and community gatherings.

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Allison Hulett

Allison Hulett

MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT/ CEO

The Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) Board of Directors has announced Allison Hulett, former Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, as the new President and CEO of the Montgomery County Food Bank.

Hulett brings a wealth of knowledge of nonprofit management, strategic planning, and fundraising to the organization. Early in her career, she was a Clinical Social Worker at the Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York. Before taking over as Executive Director at Meals on Wheels Montgomery County, she worked as the first Clinical Social Worker for The Friendship Center in Mont­gomery County, assisting with program development and community collaborations.

Search committee member Harlan Hooks, HEB vice president of marketing and merch­andising and MCFB vice chairman, states, “Allison brings with her a heart for the Food Bank’s mission, and for our Montgomery County community as a whole, along with a proven track record in the nonprofit arena that will enable her to successfully lead and grow the Food Bank as we strive to meet the increasing hunger needs within our county.”

Hulett added, “I am excited and honored to accept the role of president and CEO of the Food Bank and look forward to meeting their key community partners, volunteers, and 52 agency directors. I believe strongly in approaching the need with collaborative relationships and partnerships to best assist those in need in the community I’ve called home for 16 years.”

Hulett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Texas A&M University as well as a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University. She and her family live in The Woodlands.

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2017-2018 EDP Board of Directors.

2017-2018 EDP Board of Directors.

THE WOODLANDS AREA EDP ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Woodlands (TW) Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) held its Annual Meeting and Partner Celebration on Aug. 8 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center. Terry Sellers, chairman of the nomination committee, announced the newly appointed officers and board members for the 2017-2018 term.
Gil Staley, CEO, provided an organizational overview of accomplishments for the past
fiscal year.

More than 140 partners and guests attended the reception to honor the outgoing chairman, Debra Sukin, CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital for her contributions to EDP this past year.

Effective Sept. 1, the newly appointed 2017- 2018 officers include chairman, Heidi Carney with First Financial Bank; vice chair, Jim Calvetti with Calvetti Ferguson; secretary, Ron Roberson with Caldwell Compan­ies; treasurer, Brad Thompson with Wells Fargo and immediate past chair, Debra Sukin.

Also, effective Sept. 1, the 2017-2018 board members include Gold Partners, Gordy Bunch, TW Township; JJ Hollie, TW Area Chamber of Commerce; Don Norrell, TW Township; Steve Pate, Strike, LLC; Alex Sutton, TW Develop­ment Company; Silver Partners, David Argueta, CHI St. Luke’s Health; Nick Loporcaro, McKesson Specialty Health; Ryan Edone, Petroleum Wholesale; Dr. Steve Head, Lone Star College System; Scott Kitchen; Consoli­dated Communi­cations; Steve Pilgrim, En­ter­gy Texas; Josh Urban, Memorial Her­mann TW Hospital; Public Partners, Danny Gallant, Stephen F. Austin State University; Frank Holmes, Sam Houston State Univer­sity; May­or James Kuykendall, City of Oak Ridge North; Commissioner James Noack, Mont­gomery County Precinct 3; Mayor Ritch Wheeler, City of Shenandoah and Bronze Partners, Paul Carroll, Efficient Wealth Man­agement; John Frere, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; Jud Miller, Bank of Texas and Virgil Yoakum, Woodforest Development, Inc.

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Quadvest presents a $10,000 check to help support the Angel Reach foundation.

Quadvest presents a $10,000 check to help support the Angel Reach foundation.

QUADVEST SUPPORTS LOCAL YOUTH THROUGH DONATION TO ANGEL REACH

In support of local youth, Quadvest has donated $10,000 to support the programs led by Angel Reach, which offers a multitude of resources to at-risk children and youth. These include a Transitional Living Program which offers young people ages 18 to 24 who have aged out of foster care a safe, temporary residence which includes housing as they transition into society, and a Kinship Care Program which assists kinship placement families with their day-to-day living needs.

Angel Reach has been dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the foster care system since its founding in 2004. The organization recently launched a new focus on the homeless youth population as a whole in addition to children and youth living in and transitioning out of the foster and kinship care systems.

“We are humbled by the work that Angel Reach does in our community,” Quadvest President Simon Sequeira said. “We believe that part of running our business includes being dedicated to providing support to our neighbors. When we saw an opportunity to help support Angel Reach, we did not hesitate.”

Help support Angel Reach through its gently used clothing and furniture shop, Shared Treasures, or by volunteering for one of its many outreach programs. Donations can be made by visiting angelreach.org.


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