Phyllis Browning Company agent Tiffany Stevens featured in REALTOR® Mag

Tiffany StevensTiffany Stevens, REALTOR® with Phyllis Browning Company, was recently featured in REALTOR®Mag, the official magazine of the National Association of REALTORS®.  In the publication’s article “Going it Alone” spotlighting single homebuyers, Stevens explained why the relationship between real estate professionals and their single clients can be especially strong: “Buying and selling real estate and moving is already a highly emotional process. If you’re doing it alone, it can be scary and stressful.  I keep that in mind when working with my single clientele, so that they never feel like they are completely alone in the process.”

Nearly a quarter of the country’s homeowners go through the house-hunting and -selling process alone.  With a lifestyle including frequent job and status changes, members of this segment are likely to encounter more frequent real estate needs throughout their lifetime—thus proving to be an important client base to REALTORS®, especially those who can connect to them on a personal level early in their homeowning phase.

Stevens also shared a key tip for reaching this demographic: a regular presence on Facebook, including her popular Friday local events posts.  Realizing that singles are likely social and looking to meet others, these particular posts make current and potential clients in this demographic feel she’s “more connected and really know[s] the community.”

Phyllis Browning_colorFor more than 25 years, Phyllis Browning Company has served buyers and sellers of high-quality real estate in the greater San Antonio area, the Hill Country, and throughout South Texas.  A key component of this dedication includes serving as a source of knowledge and information, whether specific to ranches, luxury high-rise condominiums, historic gems, or Hill Country properties—or to the market as a whole.  Stevens’s approach also aligns with the company’s belief in forming genuine relationships with clients and building on those over the years.  Phyllis Browning Company continues their commitment to being The Very Best in service, ethics, technology, information, and community.  Find a REALTOR® and view current listings at

Ranch Hand Truckfitters partners with KJ97 and San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo for 2014 BBQ Cookoff & Festival

Ranch Hand KJ97 SA RodeoRanch Hand Truckfitters has partnered with San Antonio’s Country Station KJ97 and San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo to present the 2014 BBQ Cookoff and Festival September 26-27th, 2014.

San Antonio rodeo goers and all cook off visitors can take advantage of Ranch Hand Truckfitters special offer:

  • $50 credit towards GAME GUARD merchandise with purchase of any RANCH HAND product during September 1-30. 2014.

Cook off goers should visit Ranch Hand, KJ97 and Silver Eagle Budweiser’s tent inside the grounds to have an opportunity to win CAMO GAME GUARD Gulf Coast Coolers, Riffle Cases, Back Backs, Riffle Cases, apparel and much more! Ranch Hand Truckfitter’s sales team from our stores at 2625 Broadway, 12257 West Avenue and in Boerne off of I-10 at 32954 IH10 West will be available on site and at the stores every day, Sept. 15-216 to answer any questions.

EPS metallic backgroundRanch Hand, doing business for over a century, manufactures heavy duty, high quality Grille Guards, Front End Replacements (Legend Series, Summit Series, Bullnose, and Winch Ready), Back Bumpers, Headache Rack Systems, Bed Rails, Steps, and Toolboxes for Chevy Ford, GMC, Jeep, Ram, and Toyota trucks and SUVs. The Ranch Hand logo has been recognized in the truck accessory industry since 1986 as the symbol of quality and safety.

“Whether you’re taking the kids to Little League, going on a cross-country road trip, or high-tailing it to a rodeo, you can be assured you’ll Be on the Safe Side when you choose Ranch Hand,” said Marketing Director Mavis Arambula-Medellin, “so plan to stop by the Ranch Hand Truckfitters, KJ97 and Silver Eagle Budweiser tent and let us show you why Ranch Hand is the preferred brand in truck accessories from coast to coast.”

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is a fun way to celebrate the end of summer with delicious food and incredible concerts with a variety of live performances. There is literally something for everyone at this year’s cook off.

So come one, call all! And for truck owners who want to “Be on the Safe Side” for you and your family — plus save up to $50 on Game Guard products — visit Ranch Hand tent inside the groundsAlso, visit our stores at 2625 Broadway, 12257 West Avenue and in Boerne off of I-10 at 32954 IH10 West, check out our website at or call 800-366-9712 for more information.  See you at the cook off!

Soccer for a Cause unveils proposed expansion of Toyota Field to create top-tier soccer stadium

scorpions logoSoccer for a causeSoccer for a Cause unveiled a proposed expansion of the home of the San Antonio Scorpions – Toyota Field – to make it one of the nation’s premier soccer and special-events venues.

“The escalating interest in the Scorpions and professional soccer over the past two years has been mind-boggling,” said Gordon Hartman, who launched Soccer for a Cause to bring pro soccer to San Antonio and benefit the special-needs community.  “We are blessed to be a franchise playing in the North American Soccer League, however we must be prepared to expand once support and investment are secured to allow for additional opportunities.

“We want to be ready to take our venue to the next level as fan and sponsor support in soccer continues to grow.  The recent World Cup competition serves as a great example that the most popular sport internationally is gaining even more popularity all over the globe including San Antonio and South Texas.”

In the interest of elevating soccer to the highest professional level, District 10 City Councilman Mike Gallagher has already received the support of four fellow Council colleagues to request that the full City Council pass a resolution affirming its desire to assist in bringing Major League Soccer (MLS) to San Antonio.

“The success of the San Antonio Scorpions and Toyota Field is providing compelling evidence that a professional soccer market exists here in San Antonio,” Councilman Gallagher said.  “Soccer has the same potential to transform San Antonio into a major league city as pro basketball did over 43 years ago.  The opportunity to bring MLS to San Antonio not only benefits the citizens of this city but also impacts South and Central Texas and Mexico.”

Toyota Field Additions and Improvements
The cost to expand Toyota Field is estimated at $38-45 million.  Designed by Pro Sports Developments (PSD) of San Antonio, the expansion envisions the addition of 10,000 seats to the existing 8,000, with 9,000 of the new seats on a new upper tier that would create a bowl-like configuration around the playing field.

“A roof canopy above the new upper-tier seating would provide shade as well as amplify the crowd noise that Toyota Field is famous for,” Hartman explained.  “This would rival the fan experience and atmosphere of any top-tier soccer-specific stadium across the country.”

Eighteen suites accommodating up to 24 fans apiece would be added to the east side of the stadium, bringing the total number of Toyota Field suites to 32.  Plans also call for three new clubs – the East Club with 130 balcony seats on the east suite level, the West Club with 40 observation-terrace seats on the existing west suite level and a Members Club at the southeast corner of the stadium.  Club patrons and suite holders would be allowed to use a new entrance directly across from existing reserved parking.

Other proposed enhancements include concessions, restrooms and merchandise outlets on each stadium level to efficiently meet the level of fan demand at halftime; field lighting for Division 1 network broadcasting; and a team store accessible from inside and outside the stadium.

Just as Soccer for a Cause has been a “beacon of light” for San Antonio and professional sports, Hartman said, a high-powered beam of light is planned to extend from the southeast corner of the stadium high up into the night sky during Scorpions matches.  The shaft of light would be seen for miles away, reminding San Antonio and surrounding areas that the home team is on the pitch.  The beam of light would turn red when the Scorpions score a goal or win the match.

About Soccer for a Cause
In 2010, Soccer for a Cause mobilized community support for pro soccer and ultimately led to the establishment of the Scorpions franchise, the only one of its kind in professional sports.  The Scorpions and Toyota Field – along with the nearby STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex, with its 13 FIFA-sized fields for league and tournament play – commit all net profits to Morgan’s Wonderland, which was designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone.  This helps the non-profit theme park meet its operating expenses as well as expand programs and services for the special-needs community.

Hartman sold his homebuilding business in 2005 to devote – along with wife Maggie – time, vision and energy to philanthropic pursuits.  They began with Morgan’s Wonderland so people of all ages with and without disabilities could come together in an inclusive, safe, totally wheelchair-accessible theme park for fun and understanding.  Now in its fifth season, Morgan’s Wonderland features more than 25 attractions including rides, playscapes and gardens spread out over 25 acres in what once was a limestone quarry.  The park admits anyone with a cognitive or physical special need free of charge.

Construction of Toyota Field began in April 2012, and the Scorpions played their first home match there a year later.  On Aug. 28, 2012, global automaker Toyota announced its presenting sponsorship of Toyota Field, which is also designed to host special events, community activities and concerts.  Toyota Field is owned and managed by the same 501C-3 non-profit organization as Morgan’s Wonderland.

Toyota Field is located adjacent to Morgan’s Wonderland at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive, a half-mile west of IH 35 in Northeast San Antonio.

For More Information
Additional information about Toyota Field is available at, while more info about the San Antonio Scorpions can be found at, or  Visit or call (210) 495-5888 to learn more about Morgan’s Wonderland, and go to to find out more about Monarch Academy, a school for students with special needs next to Morgan’s Wonderland.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa celebrates Oktoberfest

Hyatt Hill Country_gretyWhen you call the Texas Hill Country home and you happen to be the only resort in Texas that features a FlowRider® machine creating perfect waves every day of the year,  what better way to celebrate October than with terrific brews, fabulous German food and  tasty waves? Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is throwing an Oktoberfest like no other, so come say hello to fall and make a splash during the hotel’s festive, fun-filled evening of craft beers, dancing, all of your favorite German foods and enjoy the hotel’s famous five-acres of water fun while you’re at it on Saturday, October 4, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Held on the resort grounds, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort’s Oktoberfest will fill its Luckenbach Pavilion with live music from the 2 Rivers Brass Quintet, a terrific selection of the best brews sure to put the “fest” in your October and authentic German cuisine that will make you feel as if you’re enjoying a meal in Germany itself.

Terry Vine PhotographyTickets for the event are $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-12, while children 5 and under are free. The admission price includes food, entertainment, one drink ticket and parking. A cash bar will be available to purchase beer, wine, cocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages for additional purchase after the use of the one drink ticket. So where does the splash come in? Tickets for the event also include access to the resort’s pools and waterpark from noon – 8 p.m. on the day of the event, making sure that you can wet both your whistle and your bathing suit during this special Oktoberfest. Tickets may be purchased by calling the resort at 210-767-7999.

130827_hyatt_cf&b-10Brews featured during the festivities include Texas Craft Beers and German Oktoberfest and Fall beers such as St. Arnold’s Octoberfest, Karbach Krunkin Pumpkin, Hacker Pschorr Marzen Amber Ocktoberfest, Erdinger Hefe Weissbier Dark, Hofbrau Maibock, and Paulaner Oktoberfest among others. There may even be a few surprises to tempt your beer taste buds—like growlers for sale—and a full bar with other beers, wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available to quench the thirst you work up while demonstrating your best German polka.

A true Texas resort that celebrates its heritage whenever possible, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort features Texas beers throughout the property—in fact, the draft lines in Charlie’s Long Bar consist of only Texas draft beers, so if you’d like to check out the selection while you’re enjoying Oktoberfest, feel free to pull up a bar stool and enjoy some Texas brews.

Happy Couple sitting in Beer gardenThere’s nothing like a fantastic German feast to accompany your beer and Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort’s delicious food stations definitely fill the bill. With traditional German favorites such as Slow Cooked Sauerbraten and Egg Noodles, Shiner Bock Bratwursts, Braised Red Cabbage, Roasted Chicken with Beer and Onion Sauce, Warm Potato Salad, Pumpernickel Bread, Pretzel Rolls, Molasses and Honey Pfeffernuesse cookies, German Chocolate cake and much more, you’re sure to feel like you’ve stepped into a German brewhouse for a meal.

Nestled in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort is the perfect spot to celebrate Oktoberfest. The Hill Country features a rich German heritage, with language, foods and celebrations that have distinct German roots, giving the area a fun German feel. But it’s not just the Hill Country that features such natural ties to the motherland of beer—did you know that German was once the official language of the government of the City of San Antonio? That’s right—city council meeting minutes and other city documents used to be written in German, making it your official duty to mark Oktoberfest and raise a glass to the area’s German heritage! (By the way, “Prosit!” is a traditional German toast, so be sure to say that when you’re enjoying Oktoberfest.)

Terry Vine PhotographyJump In, The Water is Fine:  Five Acres of Water Fun Welcomes Oktober
Only in Texas can you enjoy Oktoberfest and a river ride at the same time, so bring your suits and jump in a tube to float in the resort’s Ramblin’ River®, or hang ten on the FlowRider® wave machine. Access to the resort’s full water park is included with admission to Oktoberfest. To ride the FlowRider®, there is an additional fee per hour of use.

Long known for its ever-popular water playground featuring three swimming pools, cascading water falls, a sandy beach, the Ramblin’ River® and more, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort’s new FlowRider® wave machine turns up the fun meter for anyone who enjoys riding the waves. The exciting attraction simulates a “barrel-less” wave, complete with a sloped wave surface featuring 40,000 gallons of water being driven up at a rate of about 18,000 gallons per minute. What does that mean?  Perfect waves, all year long, ready for guests to flowboard their day away.

Flowboarding resembles surfing, but is a combination of skateboarding, wakeboarding, boogie boarding, snowboarding and surfing—a fantastic mix of fun for any board sport fan. The wave machine spans an impressive length of 54 feet and is 22 feet wide, with a water depth of between 3 to 4 inches, perfect for bodyboarding, kneeboarding or stand-up boarding. The FlowRider® is heated seasonally, meaning guests are able to enjoy this adrenaline-packed thrill all year long, though guests must be at least 42 inches tall to boogie board and 52 inches tall to stand-up ride/surf.

In addition to the wave machine, the resort recently added a 22-foot-tall tower waterslide to its already amazing water park which now offers five acres of hydrated fun and relaxation. Perfect for guests more than 42 inches tall, the slide is a great complement to the water park’s 950-foot Ramblin’ River® and sandy beach. The park also features an activity pool equipped with water volleyball and basketball, an adults-only Texas-shaped pool, 2 hot tubs and a zero-entry kiddie wading pool, ensuring wet fun for everyone, no matter what their height. And the pools are all heated, making them a great spot year-round.

Terry Vine PhotographyMake it a Getaway!
If you’d like to turn your Oktoberfest into a fall getaway, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort has a special rate to help your fest last all weekend. With special Oktoberfest weekend rates starting from $189 for Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4, it’s easy to relax and recharge while enjoying Oktoberfest and water fun, an afternoon on the links at the Hill Country Golf Club or a relaxing massage at Windflower-The Hill Country Spa. The resort’s traditional Hill Country architecture complements the site’s inherent beauty, highlighted by thousands of native Live Oak trees, limestone-banked creeks, mossy springs and rolling wildflower meadows, making Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa an ideal location for a fun-filled weekend or relaxing family vacations year-round.

Located just 16 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio and the San Antonio International Airport, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa offers a retreat that feels a world away, but the convenience and fun of San Antonio is just outside your door. Built in 1993, the AAA Four-Diamond resort features a 500-room luxury hotel, championship 27-hole golf course, a full-service state-of-the-art spa. The resort also boasts a tennis court, award-winning dining, walking/jogging path and nature trail, health club facility, five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, tower water slide, three swimming pools and cascading waterfalls, two outdoor whirlpools, Camp Hyatt children’s program and a 950-foot Ramblin’ River intertwined with lush gardens.

About Hyatt Regency Hill Country
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is located on 300-scenic acres in the heart of San Antonio. The recently renovated 500-room resort features 53,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 165,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space.

Resort amenities include the full-service Windflower-The Hill Country Spa featuring 21-treatment rooms with world-class services, a five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, 22’ tower waterslide, four swimming pools, Ramblin’ River and regulation sized sand volleyball court. With five restaurants, a lounge and tavern, guests can enjoy superb epicurean dining or cocktails with colleagues overlooking a lushly landscaped 27-hole Arthur Hills-designed golf course. For reservations or information contact 210-647-1234 or visit us at

About Hyatt Regency
The Hyatt Regency brand is an energizing hotel brand that connects travelers to whom and what matters most to them. More than 140 conveniently located Hyatt Regency urban and resort locations in over 30 countries around the world serve as the go-to gathering space for every occasion – from efficient business meetings to memorable family vacations. The brand offers a one-stop experience that puts everything guests need right at their fingertips. Hyatt Regency hotels and resorts offer a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences; technology-enabled ways to collaborate; the space to work, engage or relax; and expert planners who take care of every detail. For more information, visit or

Weaver named to INSIDE Public Accounting’s ‘Best of the Best Firms for 2014’

180x150-WeaverWeaver, the largest independent accounting firm in the Southwest, announces that the firm received INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) magazine’s 2014 Best of the Best firms recognition.

“We are very proud to be among those named an IPA Best of the Best firm,” said Tommy D. Lawler, Weaver’s managing partner and CEO. “Our employees work very hard, and this is truly a firm-wide success.”

This recognition honors 50 firms that demonstrate long-term consistency and exceptional performance, as well as operational excellence. More than 540 firms from all over
the country participated in the 24th IPA Annual Survey and Analysis of Firms. The IPA 2014 Best of the Best firms stand out as well-managed and well-executed examples of how to succeed. Firms receiving this recognition range in size from 20 people to more than 2,000 people.

best of the best firms“The IPA Best of the Best firms represent the pinnacle of high-performing firms in the United States. Each firm demonstrates the right combination of vision, planning, training and execution to deliver superior performance,” said Michael Platt, principal of the Platt Group and publisher of the accounting trade publication, INSIDE Public Accounting. “We congratulate this year’s Best of the Best and welcome them to this exclusive group of high-performing firms.”

“The success of the Best of the Best firms is a tribute to their leadership and staff,” said Kelly Platt, publisher of INSIDE Public Accounting. “These firms’ enviable performance provides a model to others to better understand and implement winning strategies to run a more successful firm. We salute all Best of the Best firms and are proud to bestow this honor upon them from INSIDE Public Accounting.”

The special section titled, “The 2014 IPA Best of the Best Firms” that lists the top 50 firms in alphabetical order, published in the September 2014 issue of INSIDE Public Accounting.

About Weaver
Originally founded in 1950, Weaver currently has approximately 500 employees and Texas offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Midland, Odessa and San Antonio. The firm also operates in Denver, Colo., and Stamford, Conn. Weaver is ranked the largest independent accounting firm in the Southwest by Accounting Today magazine. The firm is also ranked the 38th largest firm in the United States by INSIDE Public Accounting.

Weaver serves a broad range of clients including public and private national and international companies, nonprofit organizations and governmental entities. In addition to traditional assurance and tax services, Weaver also provides numerous advisory services, including energy compliance and consulting; risk advisory; transaction advisory; IT advisory; forensic and litigation support; international tax; property tax; state and local tax; and wealth strategies services. Learn more at


8th Annual Bilingual Diabetes Conference: Por Tu Familia

ADA_Por Tu FamiliaSaturday, Sept. 27, the American Diabetes Association will host the 8th Annual Por Tu Familia Conferencia, sponsored by H-E-B. This FREE event includes activities such as: interactive bilingual educational workshops presented by physicians, nurses and diabetes educators, health information and resources for the whole family, free health screenings, cooking demonstrations by HEB, and giveaways and prizes.

Over 29 million adults and children in the United.States.are living with diabetes and an additional 86 million have pre-diabetes. If current trends continue, one in three children will face a future with diabetes. People with diabetes can take steps to manage the disease and lower the risk of its deadly complications. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is critical. Unfortunately, many people living with diabetes do not even know it. Coverage of this important event is essential in educating the San Antonio population about local programs and events, advocacy activities and research being conducted in your community. Staff will be on hand to interview in English and Spanish.

For more information about diabetes or Por Tu Familia Conferencia, call (210) 829-1765 ext. 6129, or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

What: American Diabetes Association 8th Annual Por Tu Familia Conferencia
When: Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:00am-2:00pm
Where: The Neighborhood Place – 3014 Rivas St., San Antonio, TX 78228

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

San Antonio Water System Federal Credit Union votes to merge with Generations FCU

180x150-generationsThe Boards of Directors of San Antonio Water System Federal Credit Union (SAWS FCU) and Generations Federal Credit Union (Generations FCU) have announced their intent to merge.  The merger was approved by SAWS FCU members at a special meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 and had previously been approved by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

“When we began to consider a merger, we knew we wanted to provide our members access to the same services they would expect from the larger banks and credit unions, but at the same time, we wanted them to retain the personalized and detailed service they have come to expect from our credit union,” said Veronica Godley, Board Chair of SAWS FCU.  “Generations is the perfect combination of both.  After meeting with their senior team and discussing philosophies, we know they share the same dedication to community and the membership that we’ve held for 56 years.”

SAWS FCU was founded in 1958 to serve employees of San Antonio Water System.  Since that time it has grown to a credit union with $2.7 million in assets and nearly 1,100 members.  The credit union is currently headquartered at the SAWS Building located at 2800 U.S. Highway 281 in San Antonio.

Generations FCU was founded in 1940 and has more than $500 million in assets, 48,000 members and 14 branches across the community.  In addition to an expanded portfolio of both consumer and small business products, SAWS FCU members will have access to 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide, 5,000 shared branching locations, deposit by phone and the ability to access their accounts through mobile device or computer.  The merger is expected to be complete as of Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

“We are honored by the faith that SAWS FCU has placed in us through this merger and look forward to welcoming them as Generations members.  For nearly 75 years, our credit union has been a trusted advisor to our members and to our community, providing them with the tools they need to be financially successful. We look forward to bringing that same level of expectation and dedication to our newest members,” said Steve Schipull, President and CEO of Generations FCU.

San Antonio awarded 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships

The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf awarded San Antonio, Texas the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships slated for August 17-22, 2015 at the Northside Independent School District’s Northside Swim Center.

SanAntonioSports_color“We thank the ICSD for approving San Antonio, but also thank Texas Governor Rick Perry, former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, San Antonio Sports, the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, NISD and its Swim Center, South Texas Region USA Swimming, and particularly the USA Deaf Swimming Delegation for their hard work,” says USADS bid lead Ben Hobbins.

Worlds at Northside Swim Center will feature an outdoor 50m Olympic competition pool, interactive sound and video scoreboard systems, high-tech timing and state-of-the-art start systems for deaf swimmers, officials and coaches command centers, drug testing rooms, lighting, shaded seating for 2,400 spectators and locker room facilities accommodating up to 1,200 athletes.

“USA Deaf Swimming is thrilled San Antonio was approved,” says Dana Elam. “WDSC 2015 will be attended by deaf swimmers representing the world.” The event is considered the key venue for American and International deaf swimmers competing to attend the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and the other array of ICSD sanctioned competitions around the world.

2015 will be a banner swimming year for San Antonio and the NISD Swim Center. First, US Masters Swimming will hold its spring National Championships April 23-26. Then, USAS Phillips 66 National Championships is slated July 28-Aug 3, featuring the nation’s top swimmers and Olympic medalists. Next, Speedo Junior National Championships are Aug 6-10, featuring the nation’s elite up-and-coming swimmers ages 14 through 18. Then lastly, it’s the World Deaf Swimming Championships Aug 17-22.

“We look forward to having Team USA athletes compete at both USAS and USADS competitions next summer,” says USADS Head Coach Hobbins. “I expect great things again from our swimmers, including Marcus Titus and Matt Klotz.” USADS swimmers have been placing consistently in finals A, B and C in Arena Grand Prix meets this year. Titus placed 4th & 8th at the Phillips 66 Nationals in Irvine, CA in 50 & 100 Breast, just missing a spot on the Pan Pacific Team USA, but readying for the US Olympic Trials.

Special Swimming Events planned for San Antonio Worlds
USA Deaf Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation are planning a series of unique Make-A-Splash events with Team USA Ambassadors teaching pool safety and swimming leading up to and during the Worlds. These events will embrace both the public and substantial deaf communities at large in the San Antonio and adjacent areas. San Antonio’s very own Abby McAlpin is a USA Deaf Swimming Ambassador. All Team USA swimmers are part of the USADS Ambassadors Program.

USA Deaf Swimming – USA Swimming Partnership
On August 8, a landmark USADS-USAS Partner Coalition agreement was announced by USAS bringing the organizations together for the first time. “We have important initiatives to develop with so much goodwill present in both organizations,” states Foundation Director Ben Hobbins. In fall 2013 USADS Ambassador Deuce Hobbins reached out to USAS, commenced planning and successfully organized USADS’ first MAS event at the International Championships in Rochester, NY held in January. A first, Team USA Ambassadors and a Team Great Britain swimmer taught 800 youth and adults about pool safety and swimming. In May, USADS was part of the Phillips 66 Make-A-Splash Tour at the Belmont Olympic Training Center in Long Beach with a booth, USADS staff and Ambassador Deuce Hobbins with US Olympians Rowdy Gaines, Jessica Hardy, Anthony Erwin, Janet Evans, Chloe Sutton, Rada Owens and Jason Lesak. In August, USADS Ambassador Deuce Hobbins and USADS Foundation Director Hobbins were special guests/participants at AT&T Sigma Gamma Rho Clinic with Olympian Maritza Correia during the Phillips 66 Nationals in Irvine, CA.

“In Water, We are ALL Deaf.”
“The deaf swimming community aims to increasingly identify and guide deaf youth to suitable club swim programs,” states Hobbins. “We are looking at development of joint efforts that embrace the deaf community early in the K12 school environment, focus on initiatives related to developing athletes, programs, outreach, club development, meets, relevant education modules pertaining to the deaf for coaches, parents, officials and volunteers.” Rowdy and Judy Gaines have been early supporters for USADS efforts, actively expressing support. “Izzy Gaines has been learning American Sign Language!” states Ambassador Deuce.

“We feel USAS as an organization will be committed to our objectives” states USADS’s Doug Matchett. “We have much work to accomplish but we are all in this for the right reasons.”

About San Antonio, NISD Northside Swim Center, USA Deaf Swimming
Greater San Antonio is home to the historic Alamo, Sea World, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 2014 NBA Champions Spurs. The metro area has a population of over 2.23 million, the 25th-largest metropolitan area in the United States and third-largest in the state of Texas.

NISD’s Northside Swim Center was completed July 2013 with two Olympic 50-meter pools –one indoor and one outdoor. It has two warm-up and warm-down pools,  a 25-meter pool and a 10m competition diving platform/diving as well. NISD has a substantial deaf and hard-of-hearing student community among its student population as do other districts in San Antonio. Northside remains one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, opening three new schools for the 2013-2014 school year.

USA Deaf Swimming represents American deaf swimmers under authority of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf. USADS develops programs and outreach for the deaf community including an Ambassadors Program and Network also identifying, assembling, and organizing American deaf swimmers for national and international competition.

September Word from the Chairman

Turner_Annie-Chairmans-photo-PRRecognizing Excellence
One of the most rewarding aspects of Chamber service and involvement is to participate in one of our recognition programs. We recently recognized Jane Macon, Edith McAllister and Rosemary Kowalski with the Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Salute to Excellence Award, and it was an honor to listen and learn more about three of San Antonio’s most distinguished trailblazing women. Each has contributed so much to our economic and social landscape through her professional, civic and philanthropic works. To each – Jane, Edith and Rosemary, we salute your excellence!

You’ll have another opportunity soon to join our chamber community in recognizing the nominees of the ATHENA Award® Program on Friday, September 26, at the Omni Hotel at the Colonnade during the Enterprising Women’s Conference. EWC will feature informative speakers – including San Antonio’s Poet Laureate Dr. Carmen Tafolla, networking, retail exhibits and the presentation of the prestigious ATHENA Young Leadership Award, ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award and the ATHENA Leadership Award to a deserving organization, young and seasoned leader for professional accomplishment, community service and opening doors of leadership opportunity for women.

Advocacy Alert: Support for Constitutional Amendment for Increased Funding for Transportation
A strong transportation infrastructure is fundamental to Texas’ quality of life and economic vitality, attracting new businesses and generating new jobs. According to the latest report of the 2030 Commission, approximately $6.1 billion per year in construction funding is needed to achieve “worst possible” transportation conditions and $9.5 billion per year is need to achieve “minimally competitive” transportation conditions. The current State budget results in a $1.1 billion shortfall in transportation construction funding and that shortfall will increase to $3.5 billion in the next biennium based on current revenue projections.

Thus, the North San Antonio Chamber board of directors supports the proposed constitutional amendment to provide for the transfer of certain general revenue to the economic stabilization and state highway funds, and for the dedication of the revenue transferred to the state highway fund to be used only for developing public roads (not toll roads) and that those dedicated funds be allocated by the Texas Department of Transportation in a manner consistent with existing formulas to ensure that the entire state benefits from this additional funding. The proposed amendment will be on the November 4, 2014 ballot and we encourage you to vote in favor of the amendment that increases funding for transportation. Help to keep Texas moving!

Online Resources: Training, Job Bank
Did you know the North SA Chamber offers an Online Training web shop? In partnership with a premier Internet source for thousands of online training courses, your Chamber provides your business access to online training – anytime, anywhere. Your HR department and managers can utilize online courses to create a well-trained, knowledgeable workforce in an efficient, convenient and cost-effective manner; and your employees can access courses at their computer workstations, home computers, tablets and even smart phones. The online training catalog features hundreds of high-quality affordable courses created by world-class training developers, and covers virtually all industries including human resources, management, healthcare, safety and many more.

The North SA Chamber also offers a no-cost Job Bank for member businesses to gain access to a larger pool of applicants, and the online search tool is a free community resource to job seekers. Members may post job openings and there is no additional charge beyond your annual membership dues. You will need a personal login to post a job, and you may request a login here. All job listings are reviewed and approved for publishing, posted within 24 to 48 hours and remain online for 30 days – or until a member removes the post.

New! – North SA Chamber Member Benefit Solutions program by MetLife
We have teamed up with MetLife to present the North SA Chamber Member Benefit Solutions program that offers members with 2 to 999 employees competitive group rates for life, dental, disability and vision coverage. To learn more about how this supplemental coverage program can benefit you, download the Membership Benefit Solutions flyer, contact your agent or broker or search the FIND A MEMBER online directory to find a member agent or broker.

Be a part of it.
Your North SA Chamber is hard at work with member volunteers planning and producing top quality professional development programming to help your business. On behalf of our staff and volunteer corps, I invite you to join a committee or attend an event to take advantage of the services your Chamber provides. You can learn more about various Participation Opportunities and upcoming Events online, or call the North SA Chamber at (210) 344-4848.

North San Antonio Chamber, State Farm and UTSA launch Student Memberships

North Chamber logo 4c stackedThrough the generosity of a grant by State Farm, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has added college student membership to its community offerings, and the first 10 student members will be selected from the UTSA College of Business.

State Farm LogoCOSOne of the North SA Chamber’s strategic goals for 2014 is to meet the needs of the business community with a readied workforce. The North SA Chamber 2014 Chairman of the Board, Annie Turner, Vice President and Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo, is focused on engaging millennial workers by building a bridge between education and the workforce.

“So many business owners and organizations are looking for qualified people. If you have a qualified workforce, then that just improves the community overall,” says Turner. “Thousands of baby boomers are retiring from the workforce each day, and we’re facing an enormous leadership gap. The North SA Chamber can help veterans, millennial workers and just about every professional in any interest area to access resources to sharpen their professional skills and build relationships through our various instructional and networking events and volunteer opportunities,” she adds.

The college student membership is $75 per student and is a two-year, non-renewing membership. Students must be 18 years or older, enrolled in a four-year university or college, and enrolled in their senior year of coursework. Through membership with the North SA Chamber, college students will be afforded the opportunity to meet professional members, get involved in committees, learn about community initiatives, share information, gain personal visibility and develop personal, professional and leadership skills through their involvement. Additionally, student members will be promoted through the Chamber’s online membership directory under the categories of “Student” and “Job Seeker.”

North SA Chamber member Jake Jacobson, Sales Leader of the West Sales Territory for State Farm, was seeking ways to increase the insurance company’s involvement within the North SA Chamber and recognized the student membership offering as an ideal opportunity to support emerging leaders. “State Farm engages in ongoing efforts to recruit the best qualified talent,” says Jacobson. “Getting college students involved in real-world interaction with the business community struck us as a practical way to help grow the local talent pool,” he adds.

Jacobson, who works closely with the UTSA College of Business, identified UTSA as the sponsoring university to select the inaugural 10 student members.

Dr. Lisa Montoya is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in UTSA’s College of Business. She will work with Jacobson to identify eligible students and the State Farm Team will select the grantees. The 10 student members will be identified and their memberships activated by August 1.

“At UTSA, we’re doing our part to educate our future business leaders and provide them with the skills they will need to compete in the business world,” says Dr. Montoya. “We’re excited that the North Chamber is providing college students a forum for relationship building with business leaders in a real-world environment. Experience makes all the difference when it comes job seeking and candidate selection. We’re grateful to the North Chamber and State Farm for creating this opportunity,” Dr. Montoya adds.

State Farm will identify five local agents who each will mentor two college students through their early months of membership with the North SA Chamber. “The business community is a big place. We want to help shepherd the college students through to help them network and build confidence,” says Jacobson. “But we trust this first class of students will leverage their membership, and hope to see each of them placed with local employers as they build relationships and build their resume,” says Jacobson.

Businesses interested in sponsoring college student members, or students interested in joining individually may learn more by visiting and clicking on the Join Now tab or calling (210) 344-4848.

About State Farm®
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit®.

About UTSA
The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. The UTSA College of Business offers a comprehensive curriculum at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level that expands the boundaries of a traditional business education. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, the college is home to 5,100 business students and features traditional degrees in areas such as accounting, finance and marketing as well as specialized programming in entrepreneurship, information security and real estate finance and development.

About North SA Chamber
The North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been keeping member businesses and San Antonio strong for 40 years by advocating on behalf of member businesses large and small; delivering exceptional, business-to-business networking opportunities; honoring leaders at every age and career stage; and cultivating the workforce through leadership and professional development training. For more information, visit us online at