Broadway Bank Easter Delivery brings smiles

Broadway Bank logoFor a full day, Broadway bankers step into a conference room that has been transformed into an Easter basket factory, with a mission unrivaled in the San Antonio community—to stuff more than 600 baskets for children in need in the local community.

“I don’t think Broadway Bank employees realize how important this is to our children,” said Barb Dampman, the vice president of program operations at Catholic Charities. “For many of our children here at the Guadalupe Community Center this is the only thing they will receive for Easter. It means the world to them.”

Broadway Bank_DSCN4402Along with the Guadalupe Community Center, the Broadway Bank Care Corps volunteers delivered baskets to the Children’s Shelter, the Rainbow Room and Haven for Hope. Stephanie Lyles, Broadway Bank assistant vice president, senior commercial credit analyst, trained for this day and served as the official bus driver for the deliveries.

“It was amazing to be able to see the four organizations at work in our community. Our individual donations may not seem like much, but together we are making a huge impact,” said Lyles. “The organizations that we visited expressed so much gratitude and wanted us to know that we have made a difference in the life of a child,” she added.

The Austin Midtown banking center donated Easter baskets to the Austin Children’s Shelter and the Broadway banking centers in other local communities made an impact with baskets going to Hill Country Family Services in Boerne, The Hope Center in Bulverde, Angel’s Crossing in Castroville, Roxanne’s House in San Marcos, San Antonio Military Medical Center on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and the Christian Women’s Job Corps in Kerrville.

Broadway Bank_DSCN4442The Easter basket drive has grown into one of the bank’s most anticipated events because of the joy it brings to local children, and also because it is such a unifying event for Broadway Bankers. Jeannette Flores Westbrook, senior vice president, community reinvestment at Broadway Bank, takes this bunny business very seriously. She said, “Our employees are very generous with their contributions and enjoy adding their own personal touch to each basket. This individualized attention is what sets Broadway Bank apart and it is how we approach everything we do here.”

Broadway Bank Care Corps is well-known in the San Antonio community, stepping in to help at community events and at local non-profits where the extra hand can change a life. Some of the other organizations that benefit from the Care Corps are the San Antonio Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Salvation Army and many more. Additionally, Team Broadway raised more than $55,000 in the MS150 bike ride and a little more than $3,600 in the MS Walk to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Research. In 2013, the Broadway Bank Care Corps volunteers worked together to benefit 130 charitable projects, donating 10,557 hours of their valuable time, at a dollar value of $233,732.

About Broadway Bank
Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to function as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With more than $2.9 billion in total assets, the highly-rated Bank operates 39 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at for more information.

BKD announces the addition of Tax, Audit Associates: Romero, Olivares, Thompson, Strickland, Arredondo

BKD logo colorJon M. McDowell, managing partner of BKD, LLP’s San Antonio office, is pleased to announce the addition of David Romero (Senior Associate – tax), Adriana Olivares and William Thompson (Associates-tax), and Aissa Strickland and Amanda Arredondo (Associates – audit) in BKD’s San Antonio office.

David Romero_Jan 2014Before joining BKD, Romero spent over seven years with Carranco & Lawson, P.C., most recently as a tax accountant. Romero is a graduate of Texas A&M University – International University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. David passed the CPA exam and is awaiting his Texas license.

Adriana Olivares_Jan 2104Before joining BKD, Olivares spent over two years with Alamanza Business Group, LLC, as a tax accountant. Olivares is a 2011 graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting.

William Thompson_Jan 2014Thompson is a 2013 graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Master of Business Administration.

Aissa Strickland_Jan 2014Strickland is a 2013 graduate of St. Mary’s University with a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and a 2010 graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law with a Juris Doctor.

Amanda Arredendo_compressedArredondo is a 2010 graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She obtained a Master of Accountancy from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012. Arredondo previously worked with BKD San Antonio as an audit intern (2011 and 2012) and associate (2013).

About BKD
BKD is the top-tier U.S. CPA and advisory firm that delivers its experience and service with a deep understanding of your business, your needs and what it takes to improve your business performance. BKD’s approximately 2,000 personnel, including approximately 250 partners, are based in 32 offices serving clients in 50 states. To learn more, visit

Praxity, AISBL, a global alliance of independent firms, enhances BKD’s ability to serve the dynamic needs of multinational clients. Praxity™ provides the gateway to tax, assurance and consulting services delivered by alliance firms committed to the highest standards required in international business.

Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Mochel, Broadway Bank – On the Horizon Chair

Lisa Mochel
Broadway Bank

About the company: Broadway National Bank was established in 1941, and is the largest independent bank in the San Antonio and Hill Country region. As Vice President of Treasury Management Sales, Lisa is focused on consulting with businesses and commercial customers to provide financial products and services that help them manage their business more effectively and efficiently.

About the Program: On the Horizon is an informational luncheon program focusing on emerging trends in business. This year, the program focused on digital trends that affect businesses in the 21st century i.e., how to minimize costs and consequences of cyber fraud and how to avoid being the victim of a digital break-in. Watch the North SA Chamber website for information on the 2014 program.

Personally Speaking: Lisa has been devoted to the North Chamber for more than six years, serving as the 2010 chair of the Enterprising Women’s Conference and assisting with sponsorships and the ATHENA Award selection process. She is a Leadership Lab alumna, class of 2009. She says, “The North Chamber has been an excellent resource for me, both professionally and personally, as well as allowing me endless opportunities to be more involved with my community.”

#PadgettStratemann announces promotions and new hires

Padgett Stratemann & Co.Padgett, Stratemann & Co., L.L.P. (PS&Co.), one of Texas’ premier CPA and business advisory firms, is pleased to announce several new promotions and the new director of the Accounting Solutions group.

Guerrero, Lalo_HeadshotEulalio Guerrero, CPA – Eulalio has been promoted to senior manager and partner-in-training for the firm.  He has more than 14 years of public accounting and industry experience, specializing in taxation of real estate transactions and partnerships.  He is part of PS&Co.’s real estate and manufacturing, retail, and distribution service teams.  Eulalio has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas and is involved with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), the San Antonio Chapter of TSCPA, and the San Antonio Real Estate Financial Society.

Kelley, Melissa_HeadshotMelissa Kelley, CPA – Melissa has been promoted to senior manager and partner-in-training.  She has more than ten years of public accounting experience and is part of PS&Co.’s manufacturing, retail, and distribution, real estate, and professional services teams.  Melissa also provides support with tax credits and incentives for entities involved in research and development and international business.  She has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University in College Station and is a member of the AICPA, the TSCPA, and The Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University.  She also serves on the board of directors of the Risk Management Association Young Professionals and Transplants for Children.

Carroll, Mac_02_HeadshotMac Carroll, CPA
– Mac has been promoted to manager in the tax department, working primarily with the firm’s construction and energy clients.  He has seven years experience in public accounting, specializing in tax compliance and consulting.  Mac has a master’s degree in professional accounting and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.  He is involved with the AICPA and the TSCPA and is a member of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Leader Awards Committee and a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Lab program.

Edwards, Brian_HeadshotBryan Edwards, CPA, MSA – Bryan joins PS&Co. as the new director of the Accounting Solutions group.  He comes to the firm with more than 25 years of public accounting experience, including family wealth advisory, estate planning, trusts, hospitality, retail, real estate, energy, construction, trucking, employee benefit plans, and not-for-profit organizations.  Additionally, Bryan has served as a personal financial advisor to a large privately-held family business.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.  He is a member of the AICPA and the TSCPA.

King, Michael_headshotMichael King, CPA – Michael has been promoted to audit manager, serving the firm’s commercial, construction, manufacturing, retail, government, and not-for-profit clients.  He has five years of accounting experience with privately-held, family enterprise, and owner-managed businesses.  Michael has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.   He is a member of the AICPA, the TSCPA, the San Antonio CPA Society, and the Risk Management Association.

Perez, Kelli_headshotKelly Perez, CPA – Kelly has been promoted to manager in the tax department’s private client services and professional services niches.  She has more than 20 years of public accounting experience, specializing in partnership income taxation, individual taxation, and payroll reporting and compliance for high-wealth individuals and family-owned businesses.  Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a member of the AICPA and the TSCPA.

PS&Co. is one of Texas’ largest locally-owned CPA and business advisory firms.  In business since 1945, PS&Co. has offices in San Antonio and Austin.  The firm is dedicated to professional excellence, integrity, and community service. PS&Co. provides a range of sophisticated accounting, audit, tax, and other business advisory services for both publicly-traded and private companies.  Its experienced professionals serve clients in various industries, including banking, construction, government-based, non-profit, medical, professional services, manufacturing, retail, distribution, technology, insurance, oil and gas, and real estate.  PS&Co. is a member of the RSM McGladrey Network, the premier affiliation of independent accounting and consulting firms in the nation.  To learn more about our services, visit

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio to offer Thanksgiving Day buffet

On Thursday, November 22, Las Canarias at Omni La Mansión del Rio, will offer a dedicated Thanksgiving Day buffet available from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The cost is $72 per person; children ages 6-12, $36.00; children 5 and younger, free. The buffet menu includes classic breakfast options, chef prepared salads, fresh seafood selections and a gourmet carving station. The buffet also includes complimentary parking and choice of champagne, mimosas and bloody marys; all other alcoholic beverages are non-inclusive.

Las Canarias’ regular à la carte dining, with added holiday features, will resume at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Las Canarias at (210) 518-1063.

Make the Most of Your Membership

Through the involvement of individual and corporate members representing small and large organizations from a range of industries, the North SA Chamber is building business and leaders across Bexar County.

North SA Chamber members …

  • Make business-to-business connections
  • Advocate for business
  • Focus on an issue and get involved on a committee
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn about community initiatives
  • Apply for award recognition
  • Share information
  • Gain visibility
  • Promote your company

Now, the North SA Chamber is offering more opportunities for members to amplify their involvement with benefits that help to deliver a return on your membership investment. In fact, after surveying our members you told us that you’re looking for ways to promote your businesses, get more company visibility and share information with other professionals.

The North SA Chamber has created a dynamic, cross-platform digital content and marketing program that integrates web and social media to promote our members. We post member news to our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter channels and help you fan-build with reciprocating “likes” and “follows” for active members, and Chairman’s Council members receive additional benefits that pack a lot of punch for the marketing dollar.

Chairman’s Council Benefit Features:
(Benefits vary based on level of Chairman’s Council membership.)

  • Membership plaque, window cling noting Chairman’s Council membership status
  • Chairman’s Council membership level classification/prioritization in online membership directory
  • Enhancements (color background and logo) to online membership directory listing
  • Complimentary attendance for company representative at exclusive quarterly Chairman’s Council events
  • Frequent “Share” and “Re-Tweet” of member company social media content
  • Member press releases/articles published in chamber blog
  • Member news in chamber blog posts featured on chamber website homepage and shared to chamber social media outlets
  • Member news in chamber blog posts featured in chamber email newsletter at least once during year
  • Company sponsorship banner on select chamber website pages and in email newsletter
  • Company recognition in Chairman’s Council event email invitations to Chairman’s Council level members
  • Provide white papers, webinars and/or instructional video for distribution to members and/or member prospects – Coming soon!

If you’re interested in learning more about Chairman’s Council and how you can access these benefits, please explore our Membership Benefits and Marketing Toolkit, or contact Manager of Marketing & Membership Services, Samantha Fojtik, for more information.

NEW! Find A Member Features Now Available: Offer a Coupon & Feature Social Media Profiles

The North SA Chamber online membership directory – FIND A MEMBER – now has more features to help your business be found by other members searching for your products or services. Valued members and Chairman’s Council members can now add a color logo, include links to company social media profiles and add a coupon or special offer through your company listing in the online membership directory.

Add a color logo:

  • Valued Members (based on 1 to 300 employees and annual dues between $300 and $900) and Bronze Chairman’s Council Members (elective participation or based on 301 to 500 employees and annual dues at $1,000) may add a logo to their listing for $50/year.
  • End of year special offer: Get 20% off annual rate – that’s a $10 savings – when paid by Friday, December 14, 2012. Prorated pricing not available. Company Logo spec sheet.
  • Silver, Gold and Diamond Chairman’s Council Members (Elective participation or based on 501+ employees and annual dues at $1,500+) receive a color logo included in their membership benefit package. To provide a logo for inclusion in your directory listing, please see the Company Logo spec sheet.
  • Once a logo request is submitted, staff processing may take up to 2 business days before the logo is live.

Include social media links, edit business description (member login required):

  • All members are invited to include a business description in company listings. When members do a keyword search, your description of specific information about the products and services you provide is scanned for matches. New! Members can now add to a business listing links to company social media profiles for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and You Tube.
  • To add/edit your business description and add links to company social media profiles, please see the Company Business Description spec sheet.

Add a company coupon, special offer (member login required):

  • All members are invited to add a coupon or special offer in company listings. New! When members do a search, they now have the option to query by members who are offering a coupon. Set-up a coupon or special offer to chamber members and be sure to include details of the offer, percentage off, exclusions and/or expiration date.
  • To add a company coupon, please see the Company Coupon spec sheet.
  • Once a coupon request is submitted, staff processing may take up to 2 business days before the coupon is live.

Member Login:

  • A Username and Password are required to Login and access the business listing to add/edit business description, add social media links and coupons.
  • To login, go to Member Login
  • To obtain login, email Debby Zucker


Member Login, Find a Member, Event Registration and Calendar of Events pages temporarily unavailable starting November 15 at 1 p.m., pages live again November 16

To ensure the best service to our members, the North SA Chamber is conducting system maintenance today and some functionality of the website will be temporarily unavailable starting Thursday, November 15, at 1 p.m., and will come back online Friday, November 16.

Starting Friday, members may login to pay invoices, edit their business description and add links to company social media profiles, and all website users may view the calendar of events, register for events, search the membership directory or join the chamber.

“Like” and “Follow” the North SA Chamber, “Share” and “Retweet” often

Thanks to all of our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn fans! We’ve only been engaging in social media for a few monhts and we’re excited to have nearly 500 individual and company “fans” on Facebook and Twitter combined.

We want to share chamber, community and business news with your company, employees and the wider business community, but we need your help to do it.

Please share this post so your friends will see us and consider engaging in our online communties too.

Thanks for all you do to #keepSAstrong. It’s our pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you soon.

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Add the North SA Chamber to your Marketing Toolkit

As the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce works to improve connectivity, we will continue to engage and promote members in our growing online communities and digital media. We have launched a new and improved that features more member visibility via social communities. Learn how to amplify your involvement by visiting our website and exploring the new Marketing Toolkit.

Marketing Opportunities:

  • Reciprocating  “Like” and “Follow” for member company social media profiles
  • Member articles may be submitted for consideration for publication in the SustainAbility email newsletter
  • Member articles may be submitted for consideration for publication in the eTech News email newsletter
  • Leadership Lab participants & alumni member news may be submitted for consideration for publication in the Leadership Lab email newsletter

Active members are invited to submit news daily for consideration for publication in NorthSAChamber social media channels. Copy is subject to editing. The North San Antonio Chamber will consider business and professional announcements such as:

  • company anniversary, award, grand opening, office relocation, expansion, special event, community service, or public service announcement; and
  • personnel new hire, promotion, retirement, award or other career milestone.

Pure advertising promotions will not be posted.

Submit news to:

  • NorthSAChamber social media channels and Leadership Lab News to Marilyn White
  • eTech News and SustainAbility News to Debby Zucker
  • active members are also welcome to post appropriate content directly to the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Facebook page

Submittal formats:

Please provide text in the body of an email or in a Microsoft Word document and submit associated graphics as a separate .jpg attachment. Please do not fax news or submit scanned hard copies.

It’s our pleasure to serve you and we hope to see you very soon.