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Business in Fort Bend October 2010


Tyson Stittleburg is the new general manager/head golf professional at the Quail Valley Golf Course. Dave Elmendorf of the Williams Charles Group will remain onsite for the next two to three months as a consultant to Stittleburg.

“While the city is working hard toward growing revenues to continue to meet expenditures, staff is also pleased with how much progress has been made,” City Manager Frank Simpson said, explaining that the city has experienced and overcome many challenges, including facing court battles; a complete course reconstruction; a major hurricane; record cold, drought and rain; and a historic recession. “Additionally, we’re well on our way to fulfilling the original vision of the Quail Valley Parks Project: To preserve green space, improve property values across the community, and to create a focal point and a gathering place that will attract people from across the area to Missouri City so they, too, can experience our great community.”

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Sugar Land City Council Member Thomas Abraham has been elected regional director of Texas Municipal League Region 14, which includes an area comprised of Houston, Galveston and San Jacinto.

As regional director of TML’s Houston, Galveston and San Jacinto region, Abraham will promote interest in municipal government on a regional level, facilitate the exchange of information among cities in the region, and assist the TML board of directors in formulating policy that represents the diverse interests of the state.

“I am pleased and honored to be elected to this key role within the Texas Municipal League and will focus my energy and attention on the range of needs and future direction for the Houston, Galveston and San Jacinto area region,” said Abraham, who is also one of Sugar Land’s representatives on the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s board of directors.

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Dr. R. Lee Clitheroe was elected by his peers to continue service as a vice president on the 2010-11 board of directors of the 8,000-member Texas Dental Association. This is Dr. Clitheroe’s final year of a three-year term. He represents the TDA’s Southeast Division, one of the four divisions in Texas.

Clitheroe’s general dental practice is in Sugar Land. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston in 1985.

He is an active participant in all three levels of the organized dentistry tripartite system, which includes the Greater Houston Dental Society, the TDA and the American Dental Association. Clitheroe has served as a delegate or alternate delegate in the house of delegates for both the TDA and ADA. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, and he is an alumnus of The Pankey Institute.

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Kathy Mathison was approved as Lamar CISD’s director of staff development. She has a bachelor’s in education from Sam Houston State University. She earned her master’s in curriculum and instruction from Houston Baptist University.

Mathison has 30 years of experience in education, including six years of administrative experience in Fort Bend ISD, most recently as the coordinator for organizational development.

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Toron Wooldridge is the new assistant principal for McNeill Elementary. He graduated from Texas A&M University with his bachelor’s in sgriculture and earned his master’s in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. Wooldridge has five years of teaching experience in Houston ISD.

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Warren Clark, marketing manager for the Houston Region of BMC SELECT Building Materials, was named the winner of the 2010 CADRE Award for “Associate of the Year.” The award recognizes Warren’s leadership and contributions to the industry. The CADRE is known in the industry as the “Council Award for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence.” He received the award at the 2010 NAHB Remodelers Gala in Baltimore in September.

Warren’s service includes being on the Remodelors Council’s board of directors for 12 years including the current year. He also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Builders Association and previously served as a director of the Galveston County Builders and Remodelers Association. He is active in the GHBA’s Remodelors Council, Associates Council, Bay Area Builders Association, Sales and Marketing Council and Custom Builders Council in addition to his participation in and directorships of both the Remodelors Council and GHBA.

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Jerry Kipping has been named the principal at Lamar Junior High. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Kipping has 22 years of experience in education, including 12 years of administrative experience in Corpus Christi ISD, the Regional Service Center in Corpus Christi and Lamar CISD. He was an assistant principal at Terry High School from 2002-10, and an assistant principal at George Junior High from 1999-2002.

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Amber Babarow will be the principal at McNeill Elementary. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and master’s degrees in both psychology and administration and supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria.

Barbarow has eight years of educational experience, all in Lamar CISD. She began as a teacher at Pink Elementary and has served as an assistant principal at Austin and McNeil elementary schools.

Juan Dueñas is the new assistant principal at Beasley Elementary. He has bachelor’s degrees in science and elementary education from the University of Houston and has his master’s in education administration from Grand Canyon University.

Dueñas has eight years of teaching experience in the Spring and Fort Bend school districts.

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Brian Lee, CFBCA communications director, accepts the award from board of directors President Dan McDonald and Chamber President/CEO Gail Parker.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance’s website, which is maintained by Chamber communications director Brian Lee, was awarded first place for Web design during the The Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives annual conference in Nacogdoches.

During the past year, Lee converted the chamber’s online newsletter to an interactive format, created a channel to stream video of chamber events through YouTube, upgraded the site’s members-only and member-coupon portals, maintained the chamber’s Facebook page and has worked relentlessly to keep the site as up-to-date and as user-friendly as possible. Since October of 2009, the site has averaged more than 10,000 unique visits per month.

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(L-R) Wells Fargo employees Rochelle Sims, Mayor Allen Owen, Shaun Cord and Cary Yates present a check to Manuela H. Arroyos (third from left) for the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels program.

Wells Fargo transitioned the Wachovia Branch to Wells Fargo at the Missouri City Highway 6 location. Allen Owen, mayor of Missouri City and Wells Fargo senior vice president, district manager; and Cary Yates, senior vice president, market growth and development manager; Shaun Coard, senior vice president, business banking manager; and branch manager Rochelle Sims presided at the event.

In addition, Wells Fargo donated $18,000 to the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels Program.

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Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Emergency Center was named as one of the top-performing Emergency Centers among hundreds nationwide by TEAMHealth, one of the nation’s largest providers of hospital-based clinical outsourcing.

“We are honored to be recognized for the quality of care that we provide in the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land emergency center,” said Jin Kim, M.D., director of the emergency center. “It reflects the tremendous effort by our team of physicians, nurses and administrators to provide the best care for all of our patients.”

Recognition is based on patient satisfaction, timeliness, core measure compliance, community reputation, growth, staff engagement/teamwork and physician and nursing leadership.

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Planned Community Developers Ltd. announced the completion of its third Class A office building in Sugar Land Town Square. Located at 2245 Texas Drive, the new six-story building contains 166,000 square feet of office space and 13,000 square feet of ground level retail space.

Among the property’s strongest attributes is its participation in the First Colony Management District. Town Square office tenants benefit from a unique partnership between the local management district and the city of Sugar Land Police Department utilizing state-of-the-art technology. Governed by local business owners, the management district provides 24-hour patrols within the development and has direct communication with the police department to report suspicious activity. New wireless technology also allows the police department to access live footage from Town Square’s public cameras from their patrol cars.

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Cornerstone Christian Academy announced its enrollment grew 36 percent from August 2009 to August 2010. The school’s enrollment, including preschool, elementary school and middle school, is at 320 students, up from 236 in the fall of 2009. CCA’s numbers have risen each year, but this year marks a new era of growth for the school.

“We are thrilled with our growth and owe it to meeting the needs of our community and providing a quality education in a Christian environment,” Chad St. Jean, head of school, said. “Our percentage growth has never been this high. Our numbers are there to show the trust our community has in us. We do not take that lightly.”

With each year and enrollment growth come new programs. This fall, CCA successfully added a seventh grade and introduced a competitive athletics program with its first-ever sports event, a girl’s volleyball game. The Cornerstone Cougars also had its first football game.

Staff, curriculum and facilities have been enhanced to accommodate CCA’s growth. A new preschool director position was announced last spring to lead CCA’s preschool. LuAnn Park serves as the school’s first preschool director. Curriculum has been modified to reach a growing number of students.

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Janet Buffamante at Lamar Consolidated High School, Lisa Regan at Foster High School and Kristie Sulak at Terry High School are the district’s first college/career facilitators. They will be helping all Lamar CISD students find money for the years after high school, whether that is a two-year college, a technical school, a four-year college or a trade school.

Buffamante has a degree in psychology, but has found working with children to be the most rewarding. Regan comes to Foster with 13 years of experience as an elementary teacher. She has served on the Lamar Education Awards Foundation board for five years and is involved in community organizations. Sulak is a recent college graduate from the University of Houston-Downtown. She worked at Wharton County Junior College’s Richmond Campus, assisting the campus director.

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Staff from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services present an Employer of the Year”award to Missouri City. (L-R, front row) Andre’nea King, Steven Moskowitz, Cheryl Guido; (back row) Barbara Madrigal, Michael Higgins, assistant director of finance, Mayor Allen Owen and Cynthia Conley, budget/financial reporting manager.

Missouri City was honored as “Employer of the Year” by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Blind Services. The award was given for the staff’s support of a colleague who developed viral meningitis last year.

The dangerous disease caused health problems for the employee, including a deterioration of vision. After a hospital stay and rehabilitation, the individual chose to return to work and Missouri City partnered with TDARS to create a safe and viable professional environment for the valued employee.

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Rep.-elect Ron Reynolds, Dist. 27, and Sen. Glenn Hegar, Dist. 18, listen as Rep. John Zerwas, Dist. 28, and also a physician, offers feedback to comments at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Governmental Affairs Department.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Governmental Affairs Department engaged the health care community in a series of roundtable discussions. The purpose of the forums is to determine challenges in the industry that may warrant state or federal legislative change.  The chamber will incorporate its findings into its 2011 Legislative Agenda.

Officials from several area hospitals and clinics have been active participants including OakBend Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, West Houston Medical Center, Richmond Bone & Joint Clinic, South Texas Medical Clinic, the Fort Bend Medical Society, and others, plus physicians in private practice.

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Fort Bend County has been recognized by the National Association of Counties with a 2010 Achievement Award for the Flood Map Modernization Project. The Annual Achievement Award Program began in 1970 and applications are judged based on their own merits according to a set of outlined criteria.

The Flood Map Modernization Project was initiated to replace obsolete information with accurate information, gathered by applying modern mapping technologies, in order to properly identify and manage county flood hazards effectively while protecting lives and property.

The initial formal floodplain study was performed in 1984 prior to Fort Bend County joining the National Flood Insurance Program in 1987. That mapping project necessarily relied on often questionable historic observations and limited factual data in arriving at a 100-year flood elevation.

FEMA initiated the new project in 2004 and its preliminary findings were released in late 2006. Fort Bend County contributed $1.1 million to the project while the city of Sugar Land added $200,000, thereby doubling FEMA’s original budget. The preliminary study showed that numerous levee districts and four utility districts in Fort Bend County would be required to increase the height of existing levee structures by varying amounts, and in a few cases construct new levees, in a very brief period of time in order to maintain their accreditation by FEMA under the National Flood Insurance Program. Additionally, much unprotected property along the Brazos would fall within the new 100-year flood hazard zone.

In response to these findings, Fort Bend County and 18 Levee Improvement Districts within the county embarked on a fast-track, cooperative program to elevate or extend levees as necessary to meet FEMA levee recertification requirements using the new flood-plain elevations prior to final adoption of the new flood maps. The multi-year mapping project was substantially completed in 2009 with the publishing of the preliminary revised maps. Most levee systems meet FEMA standards under the preliminary revised maps, and all levee systems in the county are expected to meet those standards well ahead of final adoption of the preliminary maps.

Updated preliminary flood insurance rate maps are available online at www.co.fortbend.tx.us/getsitepage.asp?sitepage=3229 or by visiting the Drainage District offices at 1004 Blume Road, Rosenberg.

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(L-R) Bhavisha Patel, RN, stroke coordinator; Jody Jones-Noirot, senior vice president and Jackson Street Campus administrator; Dr. Amitabh Shukla, stroke program medical director; Peggy Smith, American Heart Association representative; Sue McCarty, vice president and Williams Way Campus administrator.

OakBend Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines Gold plus Performance Achievement Award. OakBend Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes OakBend’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the award, OakBend achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award demonstrates OakBend Medical Center’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Jody Jones Noirot, Oak Bend’s senior vice president and Jackson Street Campus Hospital administrator. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”

“OakBend is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

•Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers health care teams to save lives and reduce health care costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

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Travis Stone, Aliana, and Gail Parker, Chamber president/CEO.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance and Aliana welcomed visitors to a Business Blender at the Club at Aliana in Richmond.

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The Hispanic Business Division of the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance provided vital information to members  when the group hosted Shauna Evans of the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.

Evans presented information on various methods of preparation for potential hurricanes for business owners and homeowners. She offered insight into the warning system and also extended an invitation for tours of the county’s emergency management office.


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