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Woodlands Business Jun 2014


Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith

Paula Nicolini

Paula Nicolini

CONROE ISD

Tasha Smith was named principal of Peet Junior High School and Paula Nicolini was named principal of Hauke High School at the April Board meeting when Conroe ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the
recommendations of Superintendent
Dr. Don Stockton.

Smith began her career in education thirteen years ago, serving all of the years in Conroe ISD. She is currently associate principal of School Operations at Conroe High School. She has worked as Summer School principal and as an assistant principal at Conroe High and Academic Achievement Specialist and as an eighth-grade math teacher at Washington Junior High. Smith received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Sam Houston State University.

Nicolini has worked in education for 29 years, with the past five years being at Conroe High School as an assistant principal. She received her both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from University of California.

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Phil Platt

Phil Platt

PHIL PLATT

Interfaith of TheWoodlands named Philip Platt as the new chief operating officer.

Platt brings more than 20 years of experience to the executive-level position. As COO, he will lead and manage the operational functions throughout Interfaith while developing an organization-wide strategy for continued program excellence.

“We are thrilled to welcome Phil into the Interfaith family,” said Dr. Ann Snyder, president & CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands. “We know he will further strengthen Interfaith’s mission in our community by advancing the productivity of our staff and operations, while promoting and creating additional ways to meet the needs of our clients, service providers and community partners.”

Platt holds a M.Ed. from Harvard University, is a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University with a B.A. degree, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Prior to joining Interfaith of The Woodlands, Platt served as the Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives at Harvard Business School, and was a Managing Partner at Vantage Point Consulting in Boston, Mass.

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Charles White

Charles White

CHARLES “BUD” WHITE

Charles “Bud” White has been appointed Director of Grounds for The Club at Carlton Woods, situated in the gated communities of Carlton Woods and Carlton Woods Creekside in The Woodlands.

One of the top United States Golf Association Agronomists, White will be responsible for the enhancement and maintenance of the grounds at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Carlton Woods and the Tom Fazio Championship golf course in Carlton Woods Creekside. The Club at Carlton Woods is one of only two private clubs in the U.S. to feature the Nicklaus/Fazio combination. Both courses are among the top 10 in Texas, as ranked by Golf Digest in 2013.

“It is extremely important that The Club at Carlton Woods has selected someone with the knowledge, experience, credibility and leadership that Bud White displays as the new Director of Grounds,” said David Sizelove, CCM, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of The Club at Carlton Woods. “Together with his talented team, he will continue the vision of The Club at Carlton Woods as one of the premier Country Clubs in Texas and the nation.”

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(L-R) Sarah Raleigh, President and CEO of MCWC; new board members Sarah Pietraszek-Mattner, Angie Signorelli, Datren Williams, Peter Huntsman, Brynn Huntsman, Ally Seder, and Aletha Harris with Tom Cox, MCWC Chairman of the Board.

(L-R) Sarah Raleigh, President and CEO of MCWC; new board members Sarah Pietraszek-Mattner, Angie Signorelli, Datren Williams, Peter Huntsman, Brynn Huntsman, Ally Seder, and Aletha Harris with Tom Cox, MCWC Chairman of the Board.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WOMEN’S CENTER

The Montgomery County Women’s Center announces the addition of seven new members to its board of directors. Joining the board for the term of 2014 – 2017 are Aletha Harris, Brynn Huntsman, Peter Huntsman, Sarah Pietraszek-Mattner, Ally Seder, Angie Signorelli, and Datren Williams.

They join existing board members Kim Bates, Tom Cox – Board Chairman, Marion Fischer – Vice Chair, Gerald Glenn, Audra Hoegemeyer, Jean Hruby, Adora Kutchin, Austin Lane, James Larson – Treasurer, Linda Manley, Jeffrey Shipley, Debbie Stanford, Julie Stuble, Gwen Sullivan – Secretary, and Cheryl Tyson.

The Women’s Center provides safe shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, legal and support services to victims/survivors of family violence, sexual assault, stalking and abuse in Montgomery County and surrounding counties, and provides education to the community about such issues.

“The Montgomery County Women’s Center’s coverage area shows so many signs of economic and corporate growth in the future, and that growth presents many challenges for our present and future budgets,” said Tom Cox. “Our focus in the coming years will be to partner with a number of these corporations for financial help, as well as to increase our volunteer base.”

The Montgomery County Women’s Center is a 501(C) 3 nonprofit, private organization. For more information, call 936-441-4044 or the 24-hour crisis hotline at 936-441-7273, or visit mcwctx.org.

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A new model from Darling Homes, one of five new model homes now open in the Spring master-planned community of Harmony.

A new model from Darling Homes, one of five new model homes now open in the Spring master-planned community of Harmony.

HARMONY

Just in time for the busy summer home buying season, five new model homes have opened in the Spring, Texas, master-planned community of Harmony with new models open daily from Perry Homes, Westin Homes, Darling Homes and two from Highland Homes. The opening of the new models also coincides with the growing wave of corporate relocations for the ExxonMobil corporate campus, Anadarko’s second tower and other nearby employers.

The steadily-growing north Houston master-planned community by The Johnson Development Corp., Harmony is located near the intersection of Rayford Road and Riley Fuzzell Road, just two miles east of the Hardy Toll Road and minutes from the new Exxon Mobil corporate campus.

Two new models from Highland Homes include a two-story floor plan with stone exterior offering 4,064 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a formal dining room, media room, study, game room and covered outdoor living area. Highland’s one-story layout, also with stone exterior, offers 2,828 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, formal dining room and extended outdoor living area with fireplace.

The Darling Homes model offers four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a formal dining room, two full baths upstairs and a separate master suite downstairs. The first floor includes a gourmet kitchen that opens to a breakfast nook and expansive family room with corner fireplace. Darling Homes floor plans in Harmony range from 2,134 – 3,083 square feet.

The new model from Perry Homes offers four bedrooms and three baths with an open family room, game room just off the morning area, an impressive Island kitchen with walk-in pantry and Butler’s pantry, covered backyard patio and mud room off a three-car garage. Its spacious master suite with 12-foot ceiling includes a corner garden tub, dual vanities and two large walk-in closets.

The new Westin Homes model known as The Castlebrook offers four bedrooms including a private master suite with sitting area and dual walk-in closets, three and one-half baths, game room, media room, study and gourmet kitchen. Its grand entry leads to an impressive, 18-foot rotunda foyer with an open, wrought iron staircase while its covered patio is dressed in beautiful brick and stone.

In addition to opening its five new model homes, Harmony opened its first aquatics complex with resort-style pool, splash pad and fountains, covered pavilion and shady playground in May. The community also maintains a full-time Lifestyle Director on staff to plan community festivals and events.

Harmony offers new homes from the $200’s – $500’s from Ashton Woods Homes, Darling Homes, Highland
Homes, Perry Homes, Village Builders and Westin Homes.

Families in Harmony attend schools in the highly acclaimed Conroe Independent School District. .

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(L-R) Roz Dauzat, former MCUW Board chair, thanks outgoing MCUW Board Chair Danielle Scheiner for her service to MCUW.

(L-R) Roz Dauzat, former MCUW Board chair, thanks outgoing MCUW Board Chair Danielle Scheiner for her service to MCUW.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY UNITED WAY

Montgomery County United Way welcomed new board members Brad Ivie of National Oilwell Varco, Rob Koester of Consolidated Communications, and Jeff Scott of Ball Metal Beverage. Board members who are returning for an additional term include: Peggy Colsman, CP Chemical Company; Mike Giblin, retired from ExxonMobil, Carmen Hill, BBVA Compass Bank; Mike Jordan, Praxair; and Christi Thoms, CB&I. Bob Abendschein of Anadarko Petroleum will be taking the lead in serving as the 2014 chairman of the Board.

Outgoing Chair Danielle Scheiner stated, “It has been an absolute privilege and honor to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for Montgomery County United Way. \This organization is taking the lead in identifying the challenges our residents are facing and in mobilizing the right players to address those challenges head on.”

“We are grateful for Danielle’s leadership and have really benefited having her depth of knowledge of and concern for our community,” said Julie Martineau, president of Montgomery County United Way. “We are very fortunate to have such amazing volunteers serving on our Board and particularly as our Board chairs.”

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Rendering of Creekside Park Village Center where Levure Bakery will be located.

Rendering of Creekside Park Village Center where Levure Bakery will be located.

LEVURE BAKERY

Levure, LLC has signed a 2,000-square-foot lease for its first French bakery in the new Creekside Park Village Center in The Woodlands’ Village of Creekside Park. Levure Bakery will be situated in Creekside Village Green, the centerpiece of Creekside Park Village Center. The 60-acre village center is located on Kuykendahl Road between Creekside Forest Drive and Creekside Green Drive. Construction is underway on the Village Green. Levure is an upscale French bakery/patisserie with a modern contemporary approach. Along with pastries, Levure will serve a limited breakfast and lunch menu, incorporating local and organic ingredients to a large extent. Levure is inspired by French Bistros. Completion is expected in late 2014.

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(L-R) Sharon Lavery, Brenda Johnston, Mike Jordan, Karen Hoylman, Anne Edwards, Julie Martineau, Courtney Woltemath and Betty Pineda.

(L-R) Sharon Lavery, Brenda Johnston, Mike Jordan, Karen Hoylman, Anne Edwards, Julie Martineau, Courtney Woltemath and Betty Pineda.

PRAXAIR INC.

Montgomery County United Way recognized Praxair Inc. at the 2014 Annual Meeting held at Sam Houston State University – The Woodlands Campus.

Julie Martineau, MCUW president, presented the Mitchell Energy & Development Heritage Award to the Praxair Inc. team for their ongoing commitment and outstanding contributions to the Montgomery County United Way. The award signifies a company’s lifetime achievement in the community through its efforts with Montgomery County United Way. The Heritage Award honors the legacy of George Mitchell and the employees of Mitchell Energy and Development Company.

Praxair Inc. is one of five remarkable organizations that were awarded the 2013 Mitchell Energy & Development Corp. Heritage Award; other honorees include Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, CB&I, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and Entergy Texas Inc.

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Rendering of the four-story, approximately 95,000-square-foot building The Woodlands Development Company is constructing for Kiewit Energy Group Inc. in The Woodlands Research Forest.

Rendering of the four-story, approximately 95,000-square-foot building The Woodlands Development Company is constructing for Kiewit Energy Group Inc. in The Woodlands Research Forest.

KIEWIT ENERGY GROUP INC.

The Howard Hughes Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Woodlands Development Company announced that Kiewit Energy Group Inc. has signed a 70,561-square-foot lease in a new four-story, approximately 95,000-square-foot building that The Woodlands Development Company is constructing on an 11-acre site located at 3831 Technology Forest Drive in The Woodlands. Kiewit’s Houston-based operations provide integrated engineering, procurement and construction services to the oil, gas, refining, petrochemicals and other process industries.

“This move is one more piece of Kiewit’s continued growth and expansion in the oil, gas and chemical market,” said Dan Lumma, senior vice president of Kiewit Energy Group Inc. “We’re excited about our current and future opportunities in this important market.”

The contractor for the project is EE Reed of Houston. The architect is PGAL. Construction of the building is underway, with a completion date scheduled for the end of 2014.


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