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Business in Fort Bend March 2017


(L-R): Travis Greenway, Jasmine Filla, Chad Rogers, Lili Carranza, Jorge de los Santos,Cody Edwards, Gabriel Garcia, Dominick Carranza, Lawren Guidry, and Tom Wilson.


The Central Fort Bend Chamber welcomed Sherwin-Williams to its newest store in Fort Bend County, located at 20400 Southwest Freeway in Richmond. Staff and guests took part in the ceremony and enjoyed fun, networking and learned of the services and products available.

The Sherwin-Williams Company first opened its doors in 1866, recently celebrating its 150th anniversary. Since then, it has grown into the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States and around the world, having over 4,000 neighborhood stores across North America. Customers can expect industry-leading innovation paired with product made to perform with excellence. For more information, visit sherwinwilliams.com.


Duc Le, M.D.

Duc Le, M.D.


Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is now offering single-site robotic hysterectomies to patients.

Duc Le, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, performed the procedure using the da Vinci surgery system, which utilizes advanced robotics, computer and optical technologies to provide enhanced vision, precision and control.

Physicians at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital use the da Vinci robot to perform a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to: prostatectomy (removal of the prostate), nephrectomy (removal of the kidney), hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids), lung resections and colorectal surgery. Le is the first at the hospital to use the system to perform a single-site hysterectomy, which requires just one small incision.

“With the da Vinci robot, we see everything in 3-D high-definition and magnification, which gives us an extremely close-up view of the area we are operating on,” said Le. “The system then translates our hand motions into small, precise movements through the robot’s instruments. It’s a state-of-the-art tool for performing successful, minimally invasive procedures.”

Similar to single-incision traditional laparoscopy, a single-site hysterectomy performed using robotics technology removes the uterus through a small incision in the patient’s belly button. This procedure is virtually scarless and offers numerous other benefits when compared to abdominal or vaginal hysterectomies, which require large incisions and stitches.

“Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is committed to implementing new technology like the da Vinci system to improve our ability to care for patients,” said Le. “Studies show that about one-third of all U.S. women will require a hysterectomy by age 60, and the single-site hysterectomy with the da Vinci system is a major advancement for patients, with less pain, fewer complications and faster recoveries when compared to the traditional method of surgery. It’s an extremely valuable tool that is making a real difference for women who need a hysterectomy.”

To find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure, call 281-274-7500. To learn more, visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland.


Mike Rockwood

Mike Rockwood


Mike Rockwood, Lamar CISD executive director of community relations, has been named to the National School Public Relations Association’s (NSPRA) 35 Under 35 list for 2016.

NSPRA is recognizing 35 young professional members from across the country who have demonstrated excellence and are making a difference for their school districts or education-related employers. All awardees were 35 years old or younger on May 1, 2016. Nominations were made by current NSPRA members.

“Many of the new leaders in our profession are young people who are proving strategic school communication is timeless and translates easily to this next generation of NSPRA’s Leaders in School Communication,” said Rich Bagin, executive director of NSPRA. “It is exciting to see these young professionals step up to meet the challenges of our school communication profession. They continue to grow and also have much to share with all NSPRA members.”

Rockwood will be featured in an NSPRA newsletter during 2017. He will also be honored at NSPRA’s Annual Seminar to be held in San Antonio this July.


(L-R): Dean Black and Ken Rowland, Stripes Conven­ient Stores; Mark Smith; Jennifer Sowells and Lasonya Newell, FBISD; Anh Huynh and Eddie Rowe, Stripes; Dana Guzman Adeoye and Roderick Martin, FBISD; Mary Betton, Laredo Taco Company; Anel Perez, FBISD; Jose Suarez and Christopher Lewis, Stripes; Rashan Carter, FBISD; Tom Wilson; and Travis Conrad, Stripes.

(L-R): Dean Black and Ken Rowland, Stripes Conven­ient Stores; Mark Smith; Jennifer Sowells and Lasonya Newell, FBISD; Anh Huynh and Eddie Rowe, Stripes; Dana Guzman Adeoye and Roderick Martin, FBISD; Mary Betton, Laredo Taco Company; Anel Perez, FBISD; Jose Suarez and Christopher Lewis, Stripes; Rashan Carter, FBISD; Tom Wilson; and Travis Conrad, Stripes.


Stripes Convenient Stores held a Grand Opening for its new location in Missouri City at 3818 Cartwright Road. The opening is adding 30 new jobs to the community. Guests arrived and were greeted by Stripes Convenient Stores’ smiling staff and sampled tacos provided by Laredo Taco Company. The first 200 guests also received a Stripes refillable mug and other small giveaways.

The Stripe Store features delicious food offered by Laredo Taco Company with a dining area that seats 28, and an outdoor patio that seats 20. The store also includes 16 Sunoco Branded Fuel dispensers to add a quick in-and-out service to commuters. Ken Rowland, regional directional manager stated, “We are so very excited to add our third location to Missouri City.” Stripes Con­ven­ient Stores presented a $1,000 check to Fort Bend ISD as an investment to the community, allowing Stripes Convenient Stores to continue with their “Giving” tradition when a new store opens its doors. To date, over $25 million has been raised for children’s health and education causes.

The Grand Opening concluded with a ribbon cutting certificate given to Eddie Rowe, general manager of the Stripes Convenient Store, by Central Fort Bend Chamber Ambassador Mark Smith. For more information, visit stripesstores.com.



The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court has approved a tax abatement to bring TexPharma into the Rosenberg Business Park, a move that could bring up to 500 new jobs to Fort Bend County. The company is consolidating operations in multiple locations to one facility in Rosenberg that will house production and bottling of nutraceutical and pharmaceutical vitamins, dietary supplements and other items.

“Space, highway access and a location removed from the city center drew TexPharma to the new business park,” said Al Pirani, manager of one of the facilities being consolidated. “We expect Phase 1 construction to begin soon on a 210,000-square-foot building, with the center possibly opening in 2017.”

TexPharma will start with 80 employees in Rosenberg and hopes to see the number grow to approximately 500. TexPharma’s capital investment for the 19.1-acre complex is projected at $21 million.

The county’s move to approve a 60 percent tax abatement for seven years mirrors a similar gesture made by the City of Rosenberg late last year.

“This will have a tremendous impact onour economy,” said Randall Malik, economic development director for the City of Rosenberg. “These employees will beworking here, probably living nearby and spending locally.”


The Texas Gun Club will boast 23,000 square feet.

The Texas Gun Club will boast 23,000 square feet.


Texas Gun Club, Fort Bend County’s premier shooting experience, will open in the spring. It will be a 23,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that provides 20 indoor shooting lanes, the area’s only indoor 50-yard lanes, personal shooting suites, three fully equipped training classrooms offering classes ranging from personal safety to advanced tactical training, almost 3,000 square feet of retail space, and an elite members-only lounge.

“We are committed to creating a facility where ladies and gentlemen alike, regardless of their level of knowledge or skill, will feel safe and comfortable,” says Jason Short, President of Texas Gun Club. The range target system will feature a modern, easy to use touch screen interface with 27 skill-building games and training scenarios for all skill levels.

Texas Gun Club is dedicated to being a range and retailer that is customer-focused and stands out for its efforts in safety, community service and education.

Discounted Founder’s Guild memberships are on sale now. Visit texasgunclub.com for more information.



Planned Community Developers, Ltd. (PCD) has announced that Bonchon will join Lake Pointe Village East in mid-2017. The newest location will be the third in the Houston metro and the first in Sugar Land.

The newest franchise location of the restaurant brings its signature Korean-style fried chicken to its Asian fusion menu. Beyond chicken, patrons can dine on other delicious dishes, like bulgogi, bibimbap, pork buns and more in this fast-casual-style eatery. Lighter options, like soups and salads, are also available. The new location will have patio dining overlooking the lake.


For a sixth consecutive year, Riverstone has been ranked among the nation’s 20 top-selling master-planned communities.

For a sixth consecutive year, Riverstone has been ranked among the nation’s 20 top-selling master-planned communities.


Riverstone has again been included among the nation’s 20 top-selling master-planned communities, according to lists recently released by two independent research firms.

John Burns Real Estate Consulting and Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO) have listed the Fort Bend community as the highest-ranked Houston-area development, with 441 homes sold last year. Riverstone lands
at No. 18 on the RCLCO list and No. 20 on the report compiled by John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

“Riverstone still posted amazing numbers, even though there were fewer new home neighborhoods in 2016 versus the previous year,” said David Jarvis, senior vice president with John Burns Real Estate Consulting. “Riverstone is well located, has the amenities people want and is zoned to a school district known for academic excellence.”

Riverstone has been among the nation’s 20 top-selling communities since 2011.

Riverstone is one of four projects by Johnson Development to rank among the 30 top-selling master-planned communities in the nation. Others included on the lists were Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, Woodforest in South Montgomery County and Sienna Plantation in Missouri City.

Eighteen builders offer designs in River­stone, with prices from the $300,000s to the millions. For more information, visit riverstone.com.



Planned Community Developers, Ltd. (PCD) has announced that Vino & Vinyl will join Sugar Land Town Square this spring. The newest location is the second for the popular lounge.

Vino & Vinyl will combine the wine bar experience with a fine wine retail shop featuring products from nearly every fine wine-producing country, with an emphasis on supporting small family wineries. As the name suggests, the space’s atmosphere will feature music played on classic vinyl. The company also focuses on providing space to local artists with gallery-style walls, and offering work for purchase. Vino & Vinyl offers Club Vino to oenophiles, providing a unique selection of wine based on the subscriber’s preferences.

“We are excited that Vino & Vinyl has chosen to expand into Town Square,” said Jennifer Fogle, director of retail leasing for PCD. “The mix of music and wine will be a great addition to our community and will be a special place for people to unwind.”

Construction is already underway for the new location, which will occupy 2,045 square feet of space at 15977 City Walk.

For a complete list of Sugar Land Town Square restaurants and retailers, visit SugarLandTownSquare.com.



A year after being elected to Special Olympics Texas’ Board of Directors, Western Container Corporation Chief Financial Officer Dale Hosack has been promoted from an at-large role to an officer and will now serve as Treasurer.

“We are thrilled to have Dale Hosack serve as the Treasurer for the Board,” said Chad Tywater, SOTX Board Chairman.

“After a year as a board member, I’m honored to be selected as Treasurer for 2017,” Hosack said. “It has been a pleasure to serve and to promote the thousands of athletes who participate in Special Olympics Texas events each year. The real work is done by the thousands of coaches and volunteers who support the over 55,000 athletes we are privileged to have within our program.”

Hosack, who holds a degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has spent his entire career working in manufacturing and driving lean accounting organizations. He is only the second CFO Western Container Corporation of Sugar Land has had in the company’s 36-year history. Western Container is the second-largest producer of plastic bottles for the Coca-Cola Bottling System in the world.


Yvette Westford, M.D.

Yvette Westford, M.D.


OakBend Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Yvette Westford. Westford was raised in Guyana, South America and immigrated to the United States to attend college in New York.

She received her AAS in physical therapy from Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York and her BS in biology from Pace University in New York City. Westford’s Doctor of Medicine was received from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, WI. After completing her residency at Yale University School of Medicine Affiliate Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Danbury Hospital Medical Center in Danbury, Conn., Westford moved to Victoria, Texas to begin her practice.

Specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a secondary specialty in menopause, sexual medicine and wellness, Westford prides herself on providing a different kind of care. As a mother and a working woman, she understands how difficult it is to achieve balance in all aspects of a woman’s life and she aspires to help women with their issues. She is board certified with the American Board of OB/GYN and her specialized treatments and/or procedures include obstetrics; minimally invasive gynecology surgery; women’s wellness; bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and sexual medicine. Dr. Yvette Westford’s office is located at 22001 Southwest Freeway, Suite 100, in Richmond.


Diana Miller

Diana Miller


Diana Miller, Broker/Owner of Fort Bend Homes, has been appointed to the 2017 National Association of REALTORS® Land Use and Environment Committee. NAR committees will meet with legislators in Washington, D.C. in May on issues that affect businesses and homeowners. As the largest trade association in the U.S., the National Association of REALTORS® advocates every day on behalf of the nation’s 1 million REALTORS® and 75 million property owners. NAR is widely considered one of the most effective advocacy organizations in the country.

At the state level, Diana has served on the Texas Association of REALTORS® Land Use Committee for the past five years. This year’s committee focus will be Property Tax Reform including property tax appraisal caps.


Johnson Development Corp. has chosen eight well-known builders to offer the first homes in Veranda, a 590-acre community in Richmond near Williams Way Boulevard and U.S. 59.

Johnson Development Corp. has chosen eight well-known builders to offer the first homes in Veranda, a 590-acre community in Richmond near Williams Way Boulevard and U.S. 59.


Leading builders are coming to Veranda, the newest project of premier residential developer Johnson Development Corp.

The eight well-known builders will offer a range of home designs that employ timeless architecture and modern-day conveniences, reflecting the rich legacy of historic Rich­mond. Current builders include: Coventry Homes, which will offer home designs for 65-foot homesites; Highland Homes, which will offer homes on 55-foot homesites; Lennar, which will build townhomes and single-family homes on 50- and 70-foot properties; New­mark Homes, which will offer homes designed for 45- and 60-foot homesites; Perry Homes, which is planning home designs for 50- and 65-foot homesites; Sitterle Homes, which will bring its line of 55-foot patio homes to Veranda; David Weekley Homes, which will offer homes for 55-foot properties; and West­in Homes, which will offer homes for 60-foot properties.

“Builders have been eager to be a part of our newest development, especially given its exceptional location near U.S. 59,” said Trey Reichert, vice president and general manager of Veranda. “These builders are bringing an impressive selection of home designs that should appeal to a multitude of households.”

Home designs are expected to offer multiple outdoor living options, as well as offer other architectural elements of a nostalgic nature. Pricing will be from the $190,000s.

“Model home construction begins soon, with the first models expected to open this spring,” Reichert said. Veranda is Johnson Development’s seventh Fort Bend community. For more information and to register for community updates, visit verandatexas.com.


Steve Griffith

Steve Griffith


City of Sugar Land’s 1st Assistant City Manager Steve Griffith has been promoted to the vice chair position on Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) Board of Directors a year after returning to the board in at-large role as the Board’s treasurer.

“The Board is proud to recognize Steve Griffith as the new incoming Vice Chair,” said Chad Tywater, SOTX Board Chairman. “Steve has served in this position in the past and brings a wealth of experience that will be invaluable to the board in 2017.”

With more than 25 years of involvement with SOTX, Griffith has spent more than 11 of those years on the Board, including a two-year stint as chairman.

A Houston-area native and a 35-year law enforcement veteran, Griffith was named the City of Sugar Land’s Chief of Police in August 2005 and was promoted to 1st Assistant City Manager in 2014. He oversees Police, Fire, Public Safety Dispatch, Municipal Courts, the Airport and Communications.

Griffith is actively involved in the Sugar Land community. He serves on the Board of the Fort Bend Council on Substance Abuse where he served as treasurer from 2010-2011. He is a member of the Sugar Land Exchange Club and served as president from 2011-2012.

Griffith earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in criminal justice management from Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the public executive institute at The University of Texas Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs. Griffith holds a master peace officer and instructor certificate and served as an adjunct criminal justice instructor at Texas State University. He is a member of the International Association of Chief of Police, the Texas Police Chief’s Association, Texas Police Association and Harris County Area Chief of Police Asso­ciation. In late 2007, Griffith accepted a request by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a Commissioner on the Board of Commis­sioners for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).


Sandra Templeton, M.D.

Sandra Templeton, M.D.

Board-certified surgeon Sandra Templeton, M.D., a longtime member of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital medical staff, is joining Houston Methodist Breast Surgery Partners in February.

Templeton specializes in diseases and surgery of the breast and is a well-respected breast surgeon in Fort Bend County. Her clinical expertise includes advanced breast surgery techniques, nipple-sparing mastectomies, skin-sparing mastectomies, onco­plastic procedures and benign breast diseases to include high-risk patients.

The affiliation with Houston Methodist Sugar Land gives patients increased accessibility to the hospital’s outstanding breast cancer team of specialty radiologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, and will enhance communication and coordination with her patients’ care team.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining Houston Methodist Breast Surgery Partners,” said Templeton. “I truly believe that Houston Methodist Sugar Land is dedicated to providing the best care possible for patients.”

Templeton is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has been a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons for more than a decade. She is an alumna of Baylor University and received her doctor of medicine degree from Baylor College of Medicine where she taught before focusing on her practice in Sugar Land.

To schedule an appointment with Templeton, call 281-494-3000. Her office is located on Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s campus, in Medical Office Building 3, suite 220. To learn more, visit houstonmethodist.org/spg.



The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) recently announced that Missouri City will receive a $50,000 grant for the Quail Valley North Park Playground Replacement project.

“I am very proud of Parks & Recreation Director Jason Mangum and his team for their efforts in understanding the importance of public/private partnerships in achieving our goals,” City Manager Anthony Snipes said. “Their hard work on this application is evident and will result in an enhanced quality-of-life for residents.”

As part of the City’s High Performance Organization (HPO) model, staff is finding innovative ways to fund projects and programs. In addition to the newly created Missouri City Parks Foundation (MCPF), which is actively pursuing proposals and sponsorships, employees also took the initiative to apply for multiple regional and national grant applications to fund several projects, including the LCEF grant.

“Thanks to the hard work of staff, we were awarded the highest level of funding from the LCEF to replace a park that was destroyed by an arsonist two years ago and unfortunately has not been replaced due to limited resources,” Snipes said. “This is a great partnership with Lowe’s that will help rebuild a community recreation space and allow us to work collaboratively with one of our corporate sponsors. I am proud of the ‘Show Me’ spirit exhibited during this process and look forward to an innovative new playground that area families can enjoy.”

As they proactively plan for growth and development, City Council goals are being met with creative and strategic methods and are already showing successful through the LCEF grant and the MCPF, which will focus on Parks, Recreation Facilities, Trails, Special Events, Public Art, Education, Equipment, Scholarships, and Municipal Facilities.

To establish initial funding for the foundation, the Parks & Recreation Department collaborated with MCPF to host a range of signature events with community impact; they started in October 2016 and will run through spring 2017. All ticket proceeds and net revenues from the events will go to support the foundation’s purpose and scope.

Business in Fort Bend March 2017

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