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(L-R): Jeff Wiley, president and chief executive officer of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council; Grady Walker, chairman and chief executive officer of Hudson Products; Joey Coatney, Hudson’s director of manufacturing; and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Vincent Morales, Jr.

(L-R): Jeff Wiley, president and chief executive officer of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council; Grady Walker, chairman and chief executive officer of Hudson Products; Joey Coatney, Hudson’s director of manufacturing; and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Vincent Morales, Jr.

HUDSON PRODUCTS EXPANSION TO ADD 150 FORT BEND JOBS

The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court along with the State of Texas have approved a number of incentives that will see Hudson Products bring 150 new jobs to Fort Bend County over the next three years.

The direct, indirect and induced economic output from the expansion of Hudson Products is estimated at nearly $1.2 billion.

Hudson Products, a leading global heat transfer solutions company providing air-cooled heat exchangers (ACHE) and axial floor fans, is headquartered outside of Rosenberg and currently employs 366 people. The company has developed approximately 160 of the 260 acres it owns to house five office buildings and nine primary manufacturing and warehouse buildings. It was looking to consolidate its existing ACHE manufacturing operations from Oklahoma to its subsidiary Hudson Products de Mexico in Monterrey, Mexico.

To bring the expansion to Fort Bend County instead, the commissioners court approved a 60 percent abatement over 10 years for Hudson Products. The Fort Bend Economic Development Council also worked with Hudson Products to apply for a Texas Enterprise Fund grant, an economic development tool designed to attract new businesses to the state and expand existing ones. Hudson Products was awarded $1.02 million for the 150 jobs the company is expected to bring to Fort Bend County.

Precinct 1 County Commissioner Vincent Morales, Jr. said, “The impact these 150 jobs will have on Fort Bend County is tremendous. We are growing the tax base, growing the job base and bringing more residents into west Fort Bend County who will live, shop and eat here.”

The City of Rosenberg also approved a 10-year non-annexation agreement with Hudson Products. The company is in Rosenberg’s extra-territorial jurisdiction.

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The children's play area at the new Westmoor Club at Aliana where children enjoy climbing structures, swings and hilltop rocks and logs.

The children’s play area at the new Westmoor Club at Aliana where children enjoy climbing structures, swings and hilltop rocks and logs.

THE WESTMOOR CLUB AT ALIANA NOW OPEN

The Fort Bend master-planned community of Aliana has opened its second rec center, the Westmoor Club at Aliana, an all-new recreation experience where residents can work out, swim, play tennis, attend fitness classes, enjoy game room activities and relax with movies under the stars.

Carefully designed to meet the active lifestyles of residents, the Westmoor Club at Aliana is located on a five-acre setting within walking distance of several Aliana neighborhoods. The club also is accessible via a tunnel under West Airport.

Topping the list of amenities is a 24-hour fitness center accessible by biometric fingerprint reader offering free weights, resistance training and advanced cardio equipment with built-in televisions.

A large, multi-use room, ideal for
residents of all ages, features ping pong, foosball, arcade-style basketball and board games. Several smaller spaces present classes in karate, zumba, yoga, Bollywood Shake, dance, piano and several new activities while a children’s birthday party room opening onto a expansive patio also is available.

Outside, residents will enjoy a lap pool with shallow tanning shelf, shaded poolside seating, two tennis courts and children’s play area with climbing structures, swings and hilltop rocks and logs. The club also features a splash pad and event lawn for movies and community events.

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FBISD BOARD APPROVES NEW EXECUTIVE, CAMPUS LEADERS

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved several senior leadership positions at its May 8 Board meeting. Four assistant superintendents were approved to fill positions that were open due to three advancing administrators and one retirement.

 

Dr. Devin Padavil

Dr. Devin Padavil

Dr. Devin Padavil was named Assistant Superintendent after most recently serving as principal of Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco ISD. Padavil has served as principal and assistant principal at both the high school and middle school level, as well as an assistant principal at the elementary level. He is the current President of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and was the 2015 Region XIII High School Principal of the Year. Padavil received his Doctor of Education and master’s in educational administration degrees from the University of Texas, and his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Illinois State University.

 

Mary Ellen Eidson

Mary Ellen Eidson

Mary Ellen Eidson was named Assistant Superintendent and currently serves as principal of FBISD’s Austin High School since 2010. Eidson began her career as a special education teacher and worked for 13 years at both the elementary and secondary level for various school districts. She then served as an assistant principal, dean of instruction and associate principal at FBISD high schools over a seven-year span. Eidson has a master’s degree in education administration from Houston Baptist University, a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi State University, and is working toward her Doctorate of Education Administration from Texas A&M University.

 

Carmela Levy-David

Carmela Levy-David

Carmela Levy-David was named Assistant Superintendent and currently serves as the principal of Goodman Elemen­tary. Levy-David began her career in 1998 in Fort Bend ISD, where she won the Rookie Teacher of the Year award. She then went on to serve as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at various school districts at both the secondary and elementary level. She has won several education awards and grants, and is fluent in Spanish. Levy-David earned her master’s in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Counseling degree from Prairie View A&M, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Texas A&M University.

 

Dr. Kwabena Mensah

Dr. Kwabena Mensah

Dr. Kwabena Mensah was named Assistant Superintendent and most recently served as principal of McRoberts Elementary in Katy ISD. Dr. Mensah has served as a principal and assistant principal at various schools in the Houston and Austin areas, and previously served as an assistant principal at FBISD’s Burton Elementary. He received his doctorate in education leadership from the University of Houston, a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Rice University.

Other leadership positions that were named include:

 

Julia Erdie

Julia Erdie

Julia Erdie is the new Director of STEM Curriculum and Instruction. Most recently, she served as principal of East Rowan High School in North Carolina. She began her career as a math teacher and has 20 years of education experience. Erdie received a master’s in school administration and Bach­elor of Science in mathematics degrees from the University of North Caro­lina, where she is also working toward her doctorate in educational leadership.

 

Kate Kargbo

Kate Kargbo

Kate Kargbo has been selected as the new principal of Walker Station Elementary. She has served as a teacher at both the elementary and middle school level, as well as an assistant principal at the middle school level. Kargbo currently is the assistant principal of Massey Ranch Elementary in Pearland ISD. She holds a Master of Education in administration and supervision and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Houston.

 

Adrienne Garcia

Adrienne Garcia

Adrienne Garcia has been approved as the associate principal at Sartartia Middle School. Garcia most recently served as assistant principal at Tom Glenn High School in Leander ISD. She began her career as a Spanish teacher, and has been an assistant principal at the middle school level as well. Garcia earned her master’s degree in education from Concordia University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Southwestern University.

 

Jeanne Sniffin

Jeanne Sniffin

Also recently approved was Jeanne Sniffin as the new principal of Ronald Thornton Middle School, which opens in the fall of 2018. Sniffin has served as principal of Sienna Crossing Elementary for the past seven years and has more than 20 years of experience. She received her Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from the University of Houston and her bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from Stephen F. Austin State University.

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Residents of Johnson Development communities and company employees raised $28,521 in the recent March for Babies Walk, topping the company’s $25,000 fundraising goal.

Residents of Johnson Development communities and company employees raised $28,521 in the recent March for Babies Walk, topping the company’s $25,000 fundraising goal.

JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT SURPASSES GOAL FOR MARCH OF DIMES

Johnson Development Corp. decided to go all in when signing up to help one of its favorite worthy causes, the March of Dimes.

When the nonprofit announced its plans for a March for Babies Walk to prevent birth defects and premature birth, Johnson Development set a high fundraising goal.

The real estate development firm reached out to all of its communities — asking them to encourage residents to participate and to donate to the cause. When 10 communities got on board, Johnson Development Corp. decided to set its sights on raising $2,000 for each development, or $20,000.

“The March for Babies is close to our hearts,” said Doug Goff, president and COO at Johnson Development. “The contributions made to March of Dimes directly helps babies and their mothers survive and thrive. We wanted to give our all and help as much as we could for this important event.”

A number of residents from Johnson Development Corp. communities hit the track on Saturday, April 29, at Constellation Field in Sugar Land’s Imperial development. Others donated online to support the cause. When all the pledges and donations were tallied, Johnson Development Corp. surpassed its goal by raising $28,521.

“We are looking forward to presenting this check to March of Dimes — to help fund research that could save lives,” Goff said. “It was a great race, a fun day, promoting health and showing solidarity for all the families in NICU.”

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(L-R): Laurel Wendt, Evalyn Moore, Billie Wendt, Amilee Wendt and Jackie Martin.

(L-R): Laurel Wendt, Evalyn Moore, Billie Wendt, Amilee Wendt and Jackie Martin.

OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER RENAMES ACE UNIT IN HONOR OF JACK AND BILLIE WENDT

The Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit at the Jackson Street Campus of OakBend Medical Center filled with family and friends as the hospital unveiled the dedication of the ACE Unit in honor of Jack and Billie Wendt on May 10.

“We are here tonight to express our gratitude and appreciation to Billie Wendt and her late husband, Jack Wendt. Thirty years ago last month, Mrs. Wendt was the first woman to be elected to the hospital’s board, leading the way for change,” said Jeff Council, the current president of OakBend Medical Center’s Board, “We are truly blessed to be here to honor this great family.”

The program began with an opening prayer given by Pastor Jeff Gantz, senior pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Richmond, followed by a few remarks from Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center and Mrs. Wendt’s son-in-law, Jay Martin.

“Billie Wendt is a kind, gracious and genteel woman who is a pillar of our community,” said Freudenberger. “Over the years, she has supported many organizations throughout Fort Bend County. She is truly a role model and we are grateful that she has chosen to continue her support to OakBend Medical Center.”

Mrs. Wendt, along with her four daughters, two son-in-laws, and her niece and husband, unveiled the new sign in the ACE Unit which marks the renaming to Jack & Billie Wendt, Acute Care for the Elderly.

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(L-R): Sporting their Red Noses were (l-r) Asst. Police Chief Dixie Brzozowski; Lieutenant Lowell Neinest; Officer Robert Oliver; Police Chief Gary Adams (sitting); Lieutenant Jesse Martin, Lieutenant Donald Kovar; and Lieutenant Diana Butinski.

(L-R): Sporting their Red Noses were (l-r) Asst. Police Chief Dixie Brzozowski; Lieutenant Lowell Neinest; Officer Robert Oliver; Police Chief Gary Adams (sitting); Lieutenant Jesse Martin, Lieutenant Donald Kovar; and Lieutenant Diana Butinski.

RICHMOND POLICE DEPARTMENT SUPPORTS RED NOSE DAY

Police departments around the country need some comic relief when dealing with their daily trials and tribulations. And sometimes that comic relief comes wrapped for a good cause. The Richmond Police Department Command Staff members showed their support towards Walgreens’ participation in the Red Nose Day fundraising campaign. Bringing awareness to the cause of children living in poverty, right in our own communities, is something local police officers are faced with daily. Red Nose Day was observed this year on May 25.

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25-year honorees (l-r): Petra Martinez, Dana Watts, Michelle Brown, Theodore Chong (at top of stairs), Yvonne Dawson, Debra Acosta, Catherine Clark and Sheila Lofton.

25-year honorees (l-r): Petra Martinez, Dana Watts, Michelle Brown, Theodore Chong (at top of stairs), Yvonne Dawson, Debra Acosta, Catherine Clark and Sheila Lofton.

30-Years

30-year honorees (front row, l-r): Janie Head, Cynthia Musslewhite, Nancy Valdez; (back row): Alice Velasquez, Pamela Munoz Gloria Wilson and Denise Hlavaty.

35-a-Years

35-year honoree: Ella Banks.

LAMAR CISD HONORS EMPLOYEES AT ANNUAL BANQUET

Lamar Consolidated honored employees April 25 at the annual Employee Banquet. Each year, the District honors employees for their service to the children of our community. The honors began with employees with five years of experience and continued in five-year increments, culminating in the honoring of one 35-year veteran, Ella Banks.

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FBISD BOARD MEMBERS SWORN IN

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees canvassed and certified the unofficial results of the May 6 election during a Special Board meeting on May 15. Voters re-elected Kristin Tassin, Jason Burdine and KP George, and they will serve additional three-year terms on the Board. The three trustees were first elected to the Board in 2014.

During the May 15 meeting, the FBISD Board of Trustees also elected its officers, selecting Tassin as board president for the second consecutive year. Burdine was elected vice president, also for the second consecutive year, and Addie Heyliger was re-elected secretary.

Tassin was elected to Position 4 and has lived in Missouri City for 17 years. She is currently employed as an attorney at Dry & Tassin and is co-founder/director of the charitable organization, Father’s Joy. She is a member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Houston Young Lawyers Asso­ciation and the Exchange Club of Sugar Land.

Burdine was elected to Position 1. Burdine’s family has called Fort Bend their home for the past nine years. He is a financial adviser and was recently appointed to the Texas School Safety Board by Governor
Greg Abbott.

George was elected to Position 5. He grew up in a tiny village in South India and arrived in the U.S. in 1993 to work for a financial firm, having earned multiple financial certifications and licenses since. He is self-employed as a board certified financial planner and owns and manages an independent financial planning practice with six other advisers.

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (left) and Congressman Pete Olson meet in Washington, D.C.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (left) and Congressman Pete Olson meet in Washington, D.C.

EPA ADMINISTRATOR SCOTT PRUITT AND U.S. REP. PETE OLSON TALK TEXAS’ ENVIRONMENT

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Texas Congressman Pete Olson (TX-22) met to discuss clean air policy and other issues vitally important to Texas, its environment, and its economy on May 19. “Congressman Olson understands how important it is for EPA to work with municipalities and states across Texas and America to help them reach compliance under the Clean Air Act,” said Pruitt. “In addition to our discussion on national clean air policy, it was good to speak with the Congressman about environmental issues important to the people of Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris Counties.”

“Improving air and water quality while growing our economy is critical in a city like Houston that has vibrant communities alongside our nation’s energy and petrochemical powerhouse,” Olson said. “Administrator Pruitt understands this.”


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