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Word From The Chairman


When the North San Antonio Chamber decided to re-image our connectivity in 2012, it was a real opportunity to talk to our membership, understand their perceptions of this Chamber and identify their media usage and preferences. Special thanks to the Membership Council chair Chris A. Scherer, the Membership Committee chair Maria Barrett, and staff liaison Renée Crittenden-Garcia, for their work in surveying our membership. As a result we are having a historic year of growth in membership and depth of involvement.

Additionally, we’ve got a brand new look and re-focused our core emphasis on “Keeping Bexar County Strong.” You may have noticed the new look on our social media channels and here at our headquarters.

In August, we launched a new website, featuring the Marketing Toolkit to help you navigate chamber communications, visibility and referral resources; enhanced Find A Member online membership directory; Chamber and member news content; easy access to Events Calendar & Registration; expanded photo and video event coverage; and social media follow/share options. Special thanks to Texas Creative for delivering a fresh, new logo and hard-working website that will help to promote our members, and our gratitude for the efforts of the many members who helped to achieve the overall rebranding initiative including: Accolades Awards & Engraving, Allegra Print, Cheapo Signs, Comsite, Eagle Print, Full Fusion, Phoenix Promotional Products and Zukini Creative.


Part of the vision this year was to engage with the millennial generation and continue to support small business. Thus, we’ve taken care to utilize dynamic and integrated communication platforms that allow us to listen and respond to our members like never before, as well as give them a voice and increased visibility opportunities.

This kind of environment is ideal for identifying and developing new leadership, and I am extremely proud of our investment in Leadership Lab, the conception of an internship program for small and midsized business and the affirmation from our membership that these are indeed the kinds of programs that help to grow their businesses.

In fact, one of our members – Quality Fence and Welding, recently acknowledged Leadership Lab as an important component of their professional strategy in a recent San Antonio Business Journal article. Craig Noto said, “‘I like learning about communication,’” referring to an effective listening workshop, while, his next daughter, Crystal, stated, “For me, it’s about networking.’” For every generation the needs may be different, but the North San Antonio Chamber is poised to respond.


This year, your North San Antonio Chamber has been involved in issues that affect your businesses and our community. Earlier this year the board took a position in support of a $500M+ bond package that will provide for citywide roads and infrastructure projects – among many others; and most recently, this Chamber was asked to respond to the Pre-K 4 SA initiative. Following the Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio luncheon and after discussions with our Executive Committee and Board of Directors, leadership voted to support placing this initiative on the November ballot for the voters to decide. While the Board discussion was not unanimous on the details of such a new program, the North San Antonio Chamber did request additional citizen oversight and emphasize the importance of parental involvement. We have historically supported educational attainment and workforce development initiatives, and we are hopeful for the success of Pre-K 4 SA. Ultimately, the voters of San Antonio will decide if this initiative has a chance for success.

Finally, Lead SA recognized SWBC co-founders Charlie Amato and Gary Dudley with the Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Salute to Excellence Award for their exceptional entrepreneurialism, philanthropy in the areas of education and health care, and their contributions to economic development across the region. Congratulations to them both and to the continued success of SWBC.

Let’s all continue to work together to build business and leaders across Bexar County. Thanks for all you do to keep San Antonio strong, and I hope to see you soon.

Word From The Chairman
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Member Spotlight

Largest public power solar project in U.S. leads to national recognition

CPS Energy’s groundbreaking mega solar and economic development project prompted the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) to name the utility’s President and CEO Doyle Beneby its 2012 Utility CEO of the Year. SEPA will recognize Beneby for his leadership in integrating solar power into the company’s energy portfolio at its annual membership meeting today that’s being held… Read more.

Volunteer Spotlight

Marilynn Hartmann

TexStar National Bank

About the Company: Marilyn is Executive Vice President of TexStar National Bank, a locally owned and operated bank founded in 2004 by by a former small businessman who understands the importance of having a banker on which you can depend. TexStar has grown to over $170 million in assets with five locations in Universal City, Converse, New Braunfels, and near the airport and in downtown San Antonio…

About the Program: The SBLA program recognizes the very best of our community’s business leaders. Qualifying nominees must have less than 100 employees to be considered and awards are presented in a number of categories including new business, community service… Read more.

Kirk Kistner

Bartlett Cocke General Contractors

About the Company: For more than 50 years, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors has been a leader in the San Antonio commercial building industry. As the largest commercial building contractor in San Antonio, Texas, Bartlett Cocke has a reputation of timely completion, a commitment to safety, honoring warranty services, financial stability and prompt payment. The Bartlett Cocke team members are experts…

About the Program: Hear the Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio during a luncheon program featuring keynote address by Mayor Julián Castro and get “the Bexar facts” regarding County priorities directly from County Judge Nelson Wolff… Read more.

Yvonne Fernandez

Security Service Federal Credit Union

About the Company: Founded in 1956, Security Service Federal Credit Union has 36 branches in San Antonio, South Texas and El Paso, as well as 19 in Colorado and 14 in Utah. Security Service has more than 840,000 members and assets of $6 billion. It is Texas’ largest credit union and the eighth-largest credit union in the country.

About the Program: The Enterprising Women’s Conference (EWC) is a full-day leadership and professional development conference that provides a powerful learning environment with informational speakers and robust networking opportunities. In partnership with… Read more.

Special Alert


Part of moving to digital communications means a greater reliance on email to communicate with our members. The North San Antonio Chamber is working on standardizing our email to include an easily recognizable format with social share and follow icons, as well as customary opt-out capabilities. You can expect to receive a variety of emails each month including this newsletter and a separate consolidated upcoming events reminder, along with various seasonal, event-specific emails.

We respect your busy professional life and don’t want to overwhelm your in-box with emails. You’ll notice that you will have the option to opt-out of various event emails so that you’re subscribing only to the updates you wish to receive.

Questions on your email preferences? Contact Debby Zucker.


Upcoming Events

Business Wellness Conference
Wednesday, October 3
Hilton Airport San Antonio
7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Business Wellness Conference (Lunch Only)
Wednesday, October 3
Hilton San Antonio Airport
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, October 9
The Petroleum Club, 7:00am
7:00 am – 9:00 am

Business Technology Series: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Wednesday, October 10
Old San Francisco Steak House
7:15 am – 9:00 am

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Salute to Excellence
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Salute to Excellence
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Salute to Excellence
- Tribute Video
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Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio
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Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio
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Next Generation Water
R&K Specialized Homes
Rooster Products
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