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Woodlands Business FEB 2014

Ellie Pfahl

Ellie Pfahl


The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership hired Ellie Pfahl  as its administrative and marketing coordinator. In this capacity she will be responsible for handling the daily administrative needs for the organization and coordinating its marketing efforts. She will be assisting with the preparation of board meetings, special events, and various marketing projects. She will help maintain marketing materials and assist clients with requests for information and demographics.

Pfahl most recently served as the director of community relations with Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and minor in International Business.

Chase Ericsson

Chase Ericsson


Lennar sales representative Chase Ericsson, who has been with Lennar three years and worked in Woodforest since 2011, sold 72 homes in the South Montgomery County development last year, more than any other sales representative. The number is impressive even by Lennar standards. The company is ranked No. 3 among the nation’s largest homebuilders, with 13,802 closings in 57 metropolitan areas during 2012.

“To sell 72 homes in any community is a significant accomplishment for one person,” said Charlene Aulds, director of sales for Lennar’s Houston division. “Chase takes all the tools and training provided, couples that with positive energy and has made a contentious effort to change his customer’s world.”

Adam R. Fracht

Adam R. Fracht


Jack Stibbs, managing shareholder and

founder of Stibbs & Co., P.C., Attorneys  announced that Adam R. Fracht has

been hired as associate attorney at the law firm. Fracht joins Stibbs & Co. with more than six years of legal experience. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a litigator at The Walker Firm in Houston. “We are happy to welcome Adam to the firm,” said Stibbs. “He offers a great deal of knowledge and legal expertise in the area of commercial litigation, and we are excited to have his talents to better serve our clients.”

Fracht earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University and graduated magna cum laude.


Over the course of three days, employees of Waste Connections Inc. assembled 622 bikes that were distributed to children by nonprofits throughout the county during the holiday season. Houston employees donated more than $15,000, which was matched by the company, and with additional vendor donations, was used to purchase the bikes. Waste Connections, Inc. donated 269 bikes to the Interfaith of The Woodlands holiday toy distribution which was held over two days at the Central Fire Station.

In addition to Interfaith, nine other nonprofits also received bikes including Montgomery County Youth Services, CASA, Family Promise, the YMCA, Tri-County Community Center, Toys for Tots, the Tamina Community Center, Bethel Baptist Church, and Humble Area Assistance Ministries.

“The bike build is something the employees look forward to every year. It is an investment they make with their money and their hearts,” said Darin Mittelstaedt, wife of Waste Connections Inc. CEO Ron Mittelstaedt.


Mirrorcle Frames will exhibit at the Franchise Expo South at the Reliant Center in Houston from Feb. 6-8, bringing its low-starting-cost, quickly profitable business model to interested investors and franchisees. During six years of successful growth and keen market analysis, Jon Long has created a simple, systemized business with training, support and no inventory. For more information, visit MirrorcleFrames.com .


Rep. Steve Toth, Rep. Cecil Bell, Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep.Brandon Creighton with LMC Government Session Director Steve Williams of the city of Conroe.


The Leadership Montgomery County Class of 2014, along with LMC alumni, enjoyed a day learning about government at local, state and national levels at the LMC Government Session held at the Conroe Tower. The event was directed by Steve Williams, director of administration and finance for the city of Conroe and a graduate of the LMC Class of 2006. Each year, LMC alumni are invited back to the Government Session to meet the class, visit with other alumni and hear updates from their government officials.

Williams welcomed the LMC class and alumni to the session that began with a breakfast sponsored by Glen Bernstein and Vic’s Precision Automotive. Just after breakfast, they heard from Congressman Kevin Brady via satellite from Washington, D.C. Class members and alumni then made their way to the Commissioner’s Court to hear a presentation from County Judge Alan Sadler and Commissioner Mike Meador.

For a look at state government, Sen. Robert Nichols, Rep. Brandon Creighton, Rep. Steve Toth and Rep. Cecil Bell presented to the class. After lunch sponsored by Rico’s Mexican Grill, a municipal government panel included Paul Virgadamo (city of Conroe), Greg Smith (city of Shenandoah), Susan Cates (city of Oak Ridge North), Hector Forestier (city of Willis), Bill Kotlan (city of Montgomery) and Monique Sharp (The Woodlands Township). The class finished the day with a tour of the city of Conroe Emergency Operations Center.

Creekside Village groundbreaking

The Woodlands Development Company, together with representatives from Tribble & Stephens and Bailey Architects, break ground for Creekside Village Green.


The Woodlands Development Company began construction of Creekside Village Green, the centerpiece for the highly-anticipated Creekside Park Village Center in The Woodlands. The Village Green will encompass a scenic tree-lined park with a water feature surrounded by a lawn and pergolas for shade. A 4,500-square-foot restaurant will anchor the west end of the park and two 40,000-square-foot split level retail/office buildings will flank the north and south sides.

Designed by Bailey Architects, Creekside Village Green will feature Craftsman-style architecture in keeping with the design of other public buildings, parks and signage throughout the Village of Creekside Park. Lush perennial plantings and walkways will enhance the pedestrian experience throughout the entire Creekside Park Village Center. Tribble & Stephens is the contractor.

Creekside Park Village Center will be anchored by an H-E-B grocery store and Walgreen’s drug store. Signed tenants at Creekside Village Green include Creekside Village Dry Cleaners, Crust Pizzeria, Dentistry of Creekside Park, Realty Executives, Studio A Pilates, Subway and Woodlands Family Dental. Other tenants at Creekside Park Village Center will include neighborhood shops and services, professional offices and restaurants. Primrose School is already open. First Bank and Walgreen’s are under construction, and First Victoria National Bank has purchased a site in the center.

The project is situated off Kuykendahl Road, between Creekside Forest Drive and Creekside Green Drive in the Village of Creekside Park. The Village Green is slated for completion in the fall of 2014.


Conroe ISD held its annual Employee Health Fair at College Park High School. Several local health care providers and numerous community businesses that specialize in health services or products volunteered their time to help educate employees about the importance and means to healthy living. At the fair, all full-time employees had the opportunity to participate in a Blueprint for Wellness Screening. Employees who participated in the screening will receive online results, normal ranges, and a brief description of the tests via mail within two weeks. Once again, the Health Fair was a success.

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) announced that Conroe ISD received the Meritorious Budge Award (MBA) for its 2013-14 budget submission. To earn this award, Conroe ISD submitted its budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria. The MBA criteria guide school business officials toward a quality school budget presentation by enhancing the school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget.

“The award represents a significant achievement in budget development. It reflects the commitment of the budgeting department and the school entity to meet the highest standards of school budgeting,” said John Musso, ASBO executive director.


Four Houston-area communities by The Johnson Development Corp. rank among the nation’s top-20 best-selling master-planned communities for 2013, according to rankings released by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, an independent research provider and consulting firm. No other developer in the nation landed more than one community on the list.

Johnson Development’s three Fort Bend master-planned communities, Riverstone (No. 6), Cross Creek Ranch (No. 13) and Sienna Plantation (No. 17) joined the Montgomery County master-planned community of Woodforest (No. 16) among the ranks of the nation’s top-20 for new home sales in 2013. With 509 new home sales in 2013, the west Houston community of Cross Creek Ranch experienced a 69 percent increase in year-over-year new home sales, the second largest jump on the list.

Riverstone generated 791 new home sales last year, a 31-percent hike from the previous year. Woodforest accounted for 457 new home sales in 2013, a 48 percent increase; and Sienna Plantation reported 445 new home sales last year, a 15 percent increase from the year prior.

“Our communities appeal to families looking for new homes near their workplace, quality builders, well-planned amenities and great schools,” said Doug Goff, chief operating officer of The Johnson Development Corp. He also stated that sales among first-time and move-up buyers, empty nesters and active retirees remain brisk in Johnson Development’s master-planned communities of Tuscan Lakes, Edgewater, Riverstone, Fall Creek, Harmony and Willow Creek Farms.

The Johnson Development Corp. also is developing Imperial Sugar Land and the Camp Strake property in Montgomery County.
memorial hermann the woodlands hospital volunteer tea‹THE MEMORIAL HERMANN THE WOODLANDS

The Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital Auxiliary hosted its annual Community Volunteer Appreciation Tea. This event is held in recognition of volunteer service outside the Auxiliary, including those in the community who make Hug-a-Bears, cough pillows, heart pillows and pouches, chemotherapy caps, knitted/crocheted baby caps, and Christmas stockings. The tea social included refreshments, raffles and recognition from the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Administration team.


New technology, green energy initiatives, and corporate stewardship were honored at the 15th annual Platts Global Energy Awards  held in New York City. The awards, often described as the “Oscars” of energy, included more than a dozen performance categories and 20 individual awards, which were presented to executives and companies from all spectrums of the energy arena.

Winning Platts’ top honors for leadership required implementing bold strategies, demonstrating operational safety, excellence and innovation, achieving positive financial results, and making an industry-wide impact in the past year. There were four awards in this category. Receiving the award for Industry Leadership – Exploration & Production was Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas entities. Judges praised Anadarko for besting the industry average in deep-water exploration and appraisal averages and for its track record of economy-altering, deep-water drilling in such places as Mozambique, where deep-water finds have positioned the nation to become a key exporter of liquefied natural gas.

woodlands development Donation to Habitat for Humanity

The Woodlands Development Company presents a donation to Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County.

 The Woodlands Development Company (TWDC) presented a $12,200 donation to Habitat for Humanity-Montgomery County, one of the beneficiaries of the Company’s 2012 Holiday Countdown promotion. The promotion involved new home buyers who signed contracts between Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2012. A total of 122 new home sales closed during 2013 as a result of the promotion. TWDC donated $100 for each sale in The Woodlands to Habitat for Humanity-Montgomery County.

Bridgeland, another top-selling master planned community developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, also participated in the promotion and donated $5,600 to Habitat for Humanity – Northwest Harris County, bringing the total donation by TWDC to $17,800.
woodforest no 6 mpc in houston‹WOODFOREST

Woodforest is now ranked No. 6 among the Houston area’s top-selling master-planned communities in a recently released list by housing research firm Metrostudy.

Woodforest sold 457 homes in 2013, a year-over-year increase of 48 percent. The community was previously listed as No. 7 in Metrostudy’s annual ranking. “The Houston residential market is one of the most vibrant and competitive in the country, with nine communities listed among the nation’s top-selling developments,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest. “We are thrilled to move up on the Houston list.”

Robert Charles Lesser & Co (RCLCO) ranks Woodforest No. 15 on its list of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities. Another national tally, released this month by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, lists Woodforest No. 16.

Builders started 452 homes in Woodforest during 2013, an increase of 51 percent over 2012 starts. More than 2,400 people live in Woodforest, a project of The Johnson Development Corp.

“We anticipate 2014 to be just as busy in Woodforest,” Yoakum said. “We are introducing new model homes and new builders, as well as a new community for people ages 55 and older.”

Sixteen builders currently offer homes priced from the $200,000s to the millions in Woodforest.

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