Home » Business News

Business in Fort Bend December 2017


Jacquie Baly receives her award from the Federation of Houston Professional Women.

Jacquie Baly receives her award from the Federation of Houston Professional Women.

‹FHPW Names Jacquie Baly Woman Of Excellence

Jacquie Baly, former Councilwoman of the City of Sugar Land and current appointee of Governor Greg Abbott, was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Woman of Excel­lence award. For over 35 years, the Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW) has recognized extraordinary women in the greater Houston area for their accomplishments, altruistic efforts, dedication, and diverse background.

“The Women of Excellence Honorees inspire other women for the good of their organ­i­zations and businesses transforming them by impacting the greater Houston area,” said Federation President Jackeline Gascon-Webb. “This year’s Honoree reflects the vision of our theme: Inspire Women to Be Effective Leaders. She motivates and empowers women to become effective leaders.”

Members are from business and professional organizations whose goals include the advancement of women in business and support women’s interests. Baly was nominated for this award by the National Associa­tion of Women Business Owners, one of the largest and most respected organizations for business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Baly is president and CEO for BalyProjects and is a policy analyst for various television and radio stations. She is also a current appointee of Governor Abbott’s Univer­sity Research Board. As a former member of the Sugar Land City Council and adjunct professor at the University of Houston, Baly has been active in the Houston region for over two decades and recognized by numerous other entities with many awards including Channel 13 KTRK Woman of Distinction, U.S.Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young American, Texas Executive Women’s Woman on the Move and University of Houston Alumni Association’s Rising Star award.

 

‹Macro-Photography Exhibit At George Memorial Library’s Bohachevsky Gallery

Fort Bend County Libraries announces the opening of “Macros,” an exhibit showcasing works by members of the Fort Bend Photography Club, beginning Dec. 11 and continuing through Jan. 31 in the Bohachevsky Gallery at George Memorial Library in Richmond.

Macro photography is a specialized challenge of taking extreme close-up photos of very small subjects, such as raindrops, insects, or flower petals, and capturing intricate details to achieve dramatic works of art. Viewers of the exhibit will discover an entirely new perspective of tiny worlds often overlooked, but found all around us every day.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It can be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call 281-342-4455. George Memorial Library is located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.

 

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

‹Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Achieves Prestigious Magnet Recognition

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition – the highest and most respected national honor for nursing excellence – from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Houston Methodist Sugar Land is the only hospital in Fort Bend and one of just 42 in Texas to receive Magnet designation. Nationwide, just 461 hospitals hold the prestigious honor, which is awarded to hospitals with superior nursing professionalism, teamwork and patient care following a rigorous credentialing process.

“This is a tremendous honor and a well-deserved recognition for our staff, which exemplifies the very best in nursing care every single day,” said Janet Leatherwood, vice president and chief nursing officer. “Achieving Magnet recognition is a lengthy, challenging journey, and one that we’ve worked on for several years.”

The credentialing process evaluates a number of factors related to nursing, including the quality of nursing leadership; coordination and collaboration across specialties; and processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care. Hospitals that earn Magnet recognition have increased patient satisfaction, higher levels of patient safety and care and higher rates of job satisfaction among nursing staff.

The hospital’s designation will remain in place through September 2021, and can be renewed at that time.

“Magnet designation is recognition of the culture of excellence that we have worked so hard to build and maintain here – the cornerstone of how we serve the community,” said Chris Siebenaler, senior regional vice president and chief executive officer. “It is the ‘gold standard’ for nursing excellence.”

Visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland to learn more.

 

Joe Zimmerman

Joe Zimmerman

‹Joe Zimmerman, Mayor Of Sugar Land, Seeks Re-Election

Joe Zimmerman, mayor of Sugar Land, has announced his bid for re-election. He was elected the 10th Mayor of Sugar Land in 2016. As mayor, Zimmerman has seen the City of Sugar Land experience business and residential growth, including the much-anticipated grand opening of the Smart Financial Centre, the annexation of Greatwood and New Territory later this year.

Zimmerman is a champion of education and has been instrumental in creating an alliance between the Fort Bend ISD board as well as other school districts. The City of Sugar Land is now home to a festival site, a children’s museum and a heritage museum.

Zimmerman is a successful businessman and is the director of development for Cobb Fendley & Associates, Inc., a private civil engineering consulting firm. His background includes having served in senior management positions in a number of different industries including engineering, water and wastewater operations, land acquisition/land development/homebuilding as well as an international assignment in Libya.

Before becoming mayor, Zimmerman held many positions including four years as the at-large position 2 city councilman and was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for eight years, serving six years as Chairman. He currently serves on the Economic Development Committee, Inter-Governmental Relations Committee, Sugar Land Development Corporation Board, 4b Board, TIRZ 4 Board and as the COSL representative to the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council.

Zimmerman and his wife of 41 years, Nancy, have made Sugar Land their home since 1990 and are active members of Second Baptist Church.

 

Shannon League

Shannon League

‹Johnson Development Wins At Houston’s Best PRISM Awards

The people and projects of Johnson Development Corp. were honored Saturday, Oct. 7, as the Houston-based residential developer won five awards in the Greater Houston Builders Association’s (GHBA) Houston’s Best PRISM Awards. Johnson Development was also named a finalist in 10 categories. Sienna Plantation was recognized as Master-Planned Community of the Year and Shannon League was named Marketing Professional of the Year – Developer.

“Sienna Plantation is a prime example of a community that has it all – incredible builders, on-site schools, places of worship, shopping and an easily accessible location in Fort Bend. It’s extra rewarding that this honor comes during the same year as Sienna marks 20 years of development,” said Christen Johnson, senior vice president of marketing.

Other Johnson Development winners include Cross Creek Ranch for Event of the Year – Developer and Woodforest for Event of the Year – Community and Direct Mail Piece of the Year Business to Consumer – Developer.

Named as finalists in various categories were Woodforest, Harvest Green, Harmony and Riverstone, which was a runner-up for Master-Planned Community of the Year. The GHBA’s Houston’s Best PRISM Awards recognizes excellence within Houston’s homebuilding industry.

Now in its 42nd year of development, Johnson Development has 17 active communities – 14 in the Houston area, two in Dallas-Fort Worth and one in Atlanta. For more information, visit johnsondevelopment.com.

 

 

(L-R): Kristen Joyner, South West Transit Association director; Paulette Shelton, Fort Bend County Public transportation director; and Meredith Greene, Texas Transit Association executive director.

(L-R): Kristen Joyner, South West Transit Association director; Paulette Shelton, Fort Bend County Public transportation director; and Meredith Greene, Texas Transit Association executive director.

‹Fort Bend County Transportation Employees Recognized For Service During Hurricane Harvey

The South West Transit Association and Texas Transit Association met with Fort Bend County Transportation at the Downtown Metro to present Fort Bend County Trans­portation, Houston Metro and Harris County Transit on Sept. 27 with gift cards of appreciation to employees that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Employees of Fort Bend County Trans­portation worked in collaboration with Fort Bend ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Katy ISD, and First Transit to provide assistance to those in need during the Hurricane Har­vey emergency. Thirty-one transit employees from the five organizations sustained personal damage from the event. These employees assisted in taking rescued residents to shelters and coordinating rides through dispatch. Paulette Shelton, director of Fort Bend County Transportation accepted the gift cards on behalf of each of the impacted transit employees.

 

 

Mharbe Masculino

Mharbe Masculino

‹Fort Bend ISD Announces New Ridge Point High School Assistant Principal

Mharbe Masculino was named the new assistant principal of FBISD’s Ridge Point High School at the Oct. 23 Board Meeting.

Masculino began her career with FBISD at Dulles High School as a science teacher in 2006. She recently served as an administrative intern after receiving her principal certification in 2016. Her leadership experience includes serving as a new teacher mentor, a team leader for the DHS Chemistry Depart­ment and student council advisor. She also was named the 2014 Dulles High School Campus Teacher of the Year.

Masculino earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Texas and her Master of Education at Lamar University.

 

 

(L-R): Laurie Christensen, Texas Fire Marshal Association President; Steven McDonald, Fort Bend County Fire Marshal Assistant Chief; Robert Matheson, Fort Bend County Fire Marshal Deputy Chief; David Zietz, Fort Bend County Fire Marshal Investigator/Inspector; Mark Flathouse, Fort Bend County Fire Marshal; John Erskine, Texas Fire Marshal Association Vice-President; and Ariana Hargrove, Texas Fire Marshal Association board member.

(L-R): Laurie Christensen, Texas Fire Marshal Association President; Steven McDonald, Fort Bend County Fire Marshal Assistant Chief; Robert Matheson, Fort Bend County Fire Marshal Deputy Chief; David Zietz, Fort Bend County Fire Marshal Investigator/Inspector; Mark Flathouse, Fort Bend County Fire Marshal; John Erskine, Texas Fire Marshal Association Vice-President; and Ariana Hargrove, Texas Fire Marshal Association board member.

‹Fire Marshal’s Office Recognized At Annual Texas Fire Marshal Conference

The Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office received the Texas Fire Marshals Associa­tion’s (TxFMA) Achievement of Excellence Award and a Letter of Appreciation from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) at the Annual Texas Fire Marshal Conference in Austin on Oct. 19.

The Achievement of Excellence in Fire Prevention Award (AEFP Award) is an annual award that recognizes organizations for performance excellence in fire prevention. Estab­lished in 2008 and administered by TxFMA, the official state chapter of the Inter­national Fire Marshal’s Association, this award is the only formal recognition for performance excellence of organizations given by TxFMA.

The TCOLE Letter of Appreciation identifies the outstanding Fort Bend County Fire Mar­shal staff and its leadership as a TCOLE agency for their assistance with projects that affect the Houston area as well as their aid to future licensed police officers.

Fort Bend County Fire Marshal Mark Flathouse said, “Applying for this award represents the hard work and teamwork that the entire office completes daily. Receiving the Gold level, shows that the staff are on top of their field of work. I am proud to be a part of this organization and look forward to what we can accomplish in the future.”

 

 

OakBend Junior Volunteers visit PHI Medical Air Ambulance.

OakBend Junior Volunteers visit PHI Medical Air Ambulance.

‹Oakbend Medical Center Junior Volunteers Learn About Caring For Others

The Junior Volunteer Program at OakBend Medical Center strives to introduce local high school students to the diverse career opportunities within healthcare and to experience the satisfaction from serving others while developing a sense of civic responsibility.

OakBend Medical Center’s 2017 Junior Volunteer Program began in mid-June and the students had rotations through clinical as well as non-clinical departments and also attended interactive bi-weekly presentations by varied healthcare professionals. This experience enriches students’ knowledge base and allows them to observe how multiple hospital departments synchronize their operations to provide the best and safest patient care. The program ended shortly before Hurricane Harvey with students reviewing their experiences with CEO Joe Freudenberger and receiving completion certificates.

The Junior Volunteers said OakBend’s program brought value to their future career path.

“What we don’t realize is that hospitals don’t just mean doctors. There are so many different groups of people that work together to keep a hospital running,” said Anushka Abedin, one of the Junior Volunteers.

 

 

(L-R): OakBend Medical Center's Quality Team: Anne Graves, Cindy Johnson, Helen Maniego, Rose Nabhan, LaToya Bates, BJ Patel, Lisa Schwarz, Soumya Thomas, Sheeba Datta, Darlene Williams, Cynthia Holt and Rakhy Jubin Jacob.

(L-R): OakBend Medical Center’s Quality Team: Anne Graves, Cindy Johnson, Helen Maniego, Rose Nabhan, LaToya Bates, BJ Patel, Lisa Schwarz, Soumya Thomas, Sheeba Datta, Darlene Williams, Cynthia Holt and Rakhy Jubin Jacob.

‹Oakbend Joins Antibiotic Stewardship Program

OakBend Medical Center is one of 482 facilities in Texas participating in the TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) antibiotic stewardship (ABS) project. This Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality improvement initiative will promote the appropriate use of antibiotics, improve patient outcomes and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms. These efforts will be focused at the point of care, where antibiotics are prescribed.

Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs and save millions of lives each year. However, widespread, long-term use has led to an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that, in the U.S. alone, cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year.

“We are honored to be a part of this important team,” stated Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “Positive patient outcome is extremely important and by joining this initiative, the hospital and its patients both benefit from the outcome.”

As part of the project, OakBend Medical Center is working with the TMF QIN-QIO, a CMS contractor, to form an interdisciplinary team at its facility that will incorporate into practice the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship, which provide a framework for improving antibiotic prescribing. The team will oversee the development and implementation of ABS prescribing policies and/or practices, review their effectiveness and make modifications, as needed.

 

 

Now celebrating 20 years, Sienna Plantation was named Master-Planned Community of the Year during the recent Houston’s Best PRISM Awards hosted by the Greater Houston Builders Association.

Now celebrating 20 years, Sienna Plantation was named Master-Planned Community of the Year during the recent Houston’s Best PRISM Awards hosted by the Greater Houston Builders Association.

‹Sienna Plantation Wins GHBA Community Of The Year

Sienna Plantation edged out its competitors at the Oct. 7 Greater Houston Business Association’s (GHBA) Houston’s Best PRISM Awards to take home the coveted Master-Planned Community of the Year award.

Established 20 years ago by Johnson Development Corp., the top-selling Fort Bend community has never rested on its laurels, consistently attracting home buyers with an ever-increasing list of amenities, on-site schools and innovative additions.

“Sienna Plantation is, in many ways, the blueprint for all of the master-planned communities that followed it,” said Alvin San Miguel, general manager of Sienna Plantation. “Twenty years down the road, Sienna is still a premier lifestyle community.”

That lifestyle includes three water parks, six on-site schools, 35+ miles of trails, resident-only events and more than 100 acres of parks and playgrounds.

Committed to sustainability, Sienna’s developers have spent money and care in the preservation of century-old oaks and forested areas throughout the development. Trails feature crushed granite pathways, glimpses of wildlife and a stop at a scenic overlook as well as lakes for fishing and an amphitheater ensconced on a large hill.

The result has been strong buyer demand, prompting the recent opening of three new neighborhoods in the community’s Village of Sawmill Lake.

Leonetti Elementary, the development’s fourth on-site elementary, opened this August. It will be joined by Thornton Middle School next year. PRISM Awards are presented annually by the GHBA as part of its recognition of the industry’s top performers in sales, marketing and development. Visit siennaplantation.com to learn more.

 

 

Richmond’s Aliana development is releasing more than 200 homesites in preparation for an expected busy holiday sales season. Aliana is ranked No. 2 for sales in the Houston area.

Richmond’s Aliana development is releasing more than 200 homesites in preparation for an expected busy holiday sales season. Aliana is ranked No. 2 for sales in the Houston area.

‹Homebuyers Can Find Joy In Aliana During Busy Sales Season

New sections in fast-selling Aliana are now open for presales as the community moves into an expected busy holiday season.

With the latest demand for homes in Aliana, a 2,000-acre development that is ranked the No. 2 top-selling community in the Houston area by housing research firm Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO), the pace has been stepped up to release more than 200 new homesites for the 2017 holiday season. The new homesites will accommodate a variety of homes and appeal to families of all sizes. Pricing will start in the $270,000s.

The Richmond community now has 18 models open daily for touring and a wide selection of under-construction and move-in ready homes available.

“Our award-winning builders are ready to answer the needs of homebuyers, whatever they may be,” said Linda Kilgore, marketing director with Aliana Development Company.


Comments are closed.