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Business in Fort Bend November 2010

Alan Bauer

Alan Bauer, a 25-year veteran of Houston’s real estate development industry, has been named senior vice president and division manager for the Houston division of Newland Communities, which is developing Sugar Land’s Telfair community along with three other Houston area


In his new position, Bauer will provide overall business leadership for all levels of operations including acquisitions, entitlements, permitting, land planning, envisioning and architecture for Newland’s current and planned communities in the Houston market.


Mason Briscoe II

Mason Briscoe II has more than 40 years of dedication to the Fort Bend County Fair Association and, as a result, the 2010 Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo was dedicated to him.  He was one of the forefathers who lead the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo to where it is today.

Briscoe was born in 1924 at the family home in Richmond. He graduated from Richmond High School at the age of 14 and began college at Texas A&M University at 15. After serving his country in World War II, he returned to Texas A&M and graduated in 1947.

His career working with people and children started as assistant county agent in Harris County. He went on to serve as county agent in Dewitt and Matagorda counties. Later, he served as livestock supervisor for all the Texas prison system. For a short time, he ran a feed mill and sold insurance before coming back to the Richmond-Rosenberg area. In 1967, he purchased Fort Bend Feed and Farm Supply, which is still owned and operated by the Briscoe family.

Briscoe served on the board of directors for the Fort Bend County Fair and was fair president in 1967. He is a lifetime vice president of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where he served on the Commercial Steer Committee for 56 years and the Breeders Greeter Committee for more than 30 years. In addition to serving as past chairman of the board of the Federal Land Bank for nine years, he served on the Lamar CISD school board for six years.

He has always enjoyed working with children and helping exhibitors with information about animals, feed rations or whatever was needed. Briscoe is and has been a huge supporter of the youth of Fort Bend County by purchasing animals at the livestock auctions.


Larry Foos

Larry Foos is the new director of parks and recreation for Missouri City. Foos comes to Missouri City from Wichita, Kan. He succeeds Kelly Snook, who accepted the position of assistant director with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department this summer.

Foos is an accomplished professional with 26 years of experience and brings a wide-range of expertise to the position. He will oversee the maintenance, operation and development of the area’s 20 developed parks, which cover a vast 354 acres. He will also handle a wealth of other responsibilities including: oversight of all recreational and public facilities and athletic fields in several parks; supervision of all programs and projects, including the Trail System, forestry, Recycling Center and the Tree Farm; management of all adult and youth athletic leagues; management of recreation programs for people of all ages; and supervision of the Building Maintenance Division.


Jacqueline Baly Chaumette

Jacqueline Baly Chaumette has been named an ABC/13 Woman of Distinction for the 2011 Winter Ball, benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Houston Gulf Coast/South Texas Chapter. An ABC/13 News photographer and a contingent of friends and admirers staged a surprise announcement at the University of Houston where Chaumette serves as an adjunct professor.

The Winter Ball, in its 24th year, is one of the premier social events in Houston, and the largest fundraiser for the CCFA Houston Gulf Coast/South Texas Chapter. The ball, chaired by Jan Carson and Virginia Reisman, with honorary chair Mary Ann McKeithan, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at the Hilton-Americas Hotel Houston. Proceeds benefit critical research programs funded by CCFA to find a cure for debilitating digestive diseases. Celebrity guest Rolf Benirschke, former San Diego Charger’s place-kicker and ulcerative colitis patient, is spokesman for CCFA’s Great Comeback Awards Program.


Daniel Menendez

Daniel Menendez has been selected to serve as an official delegate to participate in the 2010 Texas Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly in Houston. Fort Bend ISD board member Marilyn Glover was elected to serve as an alternate delegate.

Menendez was first elected to Position 4 in 2008. He has been an active volunteer in the schools and community for years, and served as a Fort Bend ISD Bond Steering Committee member. Menendez graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and served in the U. S. Army prior to returning to the local area.


Keri Curtis Schmidt

Keri Curtis Schmidt was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors to assume the role of president of the Fort Bend Chamber.

As one of Fort Bend County’s esteemed community leaders, Louis Garvin will retain the role and title of Chief Executive Officer with the 1,000 member chamber and continue to serve the Fort Bend business community.

Bridget Yeung, Fort Bend chairman, said that Schmidt, who has more than 10 years of experience with the chamber and currently holds the title of vice president, is well qualified for the job. She has directed several of the successful signature programs for the chamber. She is also a graduate of the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the premier four-year professional development program. Prior to joining the chamber, Schmidt was senior vice president with a national bank for more than 16 years and managed branch operations.


Accredo Packaging Inc. has planned a 171,000-square-foot expansion of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Sugar Land Business Park.

The expansion is being designed for LEED Silver certification and will add more than $9 million in real property investment, $22 million in personal property, $1 million in new inventory value, and a minimum of 100 new jobs to the community.


Telfair won the 2010 “Houston’s Best Community of the Year” award from the Greater Houston Builders Association. The award honored Telfair for a number of achievements in the past year, including transforming a historic prison building into a state-of-the-art science museum, and rising to No. 4 nationally in new-home sales.

The GHBA judges, who are recruited from outside of the local homebuilding industry, lauded the transformation of the historic Central State Farm building at Telfair into the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.

Telfair’s winning entry also included the TelfairLife community service organization, which provides a social and cultural layer to the 300 acres of recreational amenities at Telfair. Annual TelfairLife events such as the Charity of Your Choice Walk have raised more than $160,000 for Fort Bend area charities, and TelfairLife has provided college scholarships for Telfair residents.


Billy Granville and Don Hooper are members of the board of trustees for Cornerstone Christian Academy.

Granville is the owner and principal of the Granville Financial Group, an independent, financial consulting firm, providing client-focused financial services primarily for the community banking industry. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University in North Carolina, where he served as captain for the varsity football team and earned All-ACC honors.

Dr. Hooper has more than 37 years of experience in public education, from serving 25 years as a superintendent to being named as Texas Superintendent of the Year in 1995 by Texas School Business Magazine. Hooper has the distinction of leading his district to a “Recognized Rating” from the Texas Education Agency. He has worked as an adjunct professor for the University of Houston, the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Austin.


Designs in Gems opened in Sugar Land Town Square and features the sale, manufacture, repair and appraisal of diamonds, gemstones and other jewelry. It also offers custom jewelry design.

Owner Bruce J. Snider chose to move his store from Houston, its previous location for 26 years. “I chose to relocate my business because I am from the area and enjoy the family atmosphere offered in Sugar Land Town Square,” said Snider.

Snider is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America.


New CT Scanner Reduces Radiation, Cancer Risk

In the past 18 months, research study findings and major television news reports have focused on radiation exposure from computed tomography (CT) scans. A valuable diagnostic tool, CT scans provide detailed views from deep within a patient’s body. But they require much higher radiation doses than conventional X-rays, creating growing concern among researchers that CT scans may contribute to an estimated tens of thousands of future cancer cases. The new CT scanner uses less radiation to produce images, and then sharpens the images to the clarity doctors need for diagnoses.

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has taken a leading role in adopting this new technology, which became available in 2009. Since bringing the new CT scanners to Fort Bend County in November 2009, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been able to offer patients CT technology that dramatically reduces the amount of radiation in scans while still producing the clear images doctors need to diagnose and treat many serious health problems.

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was the first in Fort Bend County to employ this newly developed CT software — called the Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction (ASIR), by GE, that experts say can reduce the radiation dose by 30 to 40 percent.

“I think it’s realistic for people to want to know more about this,” says Robert Malone, M.D., board certified radiologist at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Five years ago, patients almost never asked about the amount of radiation. In the past year to two years, the amount of concern has increased exponentially.”


Tracking Your PSA: Be Proactive

Experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center advise men to keep a record of their prostate specific antigen (PSA) test results to help determine if they are at increased risk for prostate cancer.

“Recent reports have debated the usefulness of the PSA test, but men should not write off this exam,” says John W. Davis, M.D., assistant professor in MD Anderson’s Department of Urology.

“It’s still an effective way to track trends in your prostate over time,” he says. Doing this increases the chances that your doctor will find prostate cancer as early as possible, when it’s most successfully treated.”

The PSA test is a simple blood test. It measures the amount of PSA in a man’s bloodstream. PSA is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland.

“Starting at age 40, all men should talk to their doctor about the PSA test,” Davis said.

Recent guidelines by the American Cancer Society stress that men should talk to a doctor before getting tested. A doctor can explain the possible benefits and risks of prostate cancer screening and treatment.

MD Anderson recommends that men age 50 and older, with no family history of prostate cancer, get a prostate cancer screening exam every year. African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should begin annual screening exams at age 45. Both a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test should be performed.

“If you decide to do the PSA test after talking to your doctor, start tracking your PSA levels as soon as you begin testing,” Davis said.

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