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Word From The Chairman

Spring is in the air and with the season comes all things fresh and new. Now is a great time to make a new start and begin re-connecting with your North Chamber. Why not take some time to reflect on why you joined the North Chamber in the first place? Perhaps you wanted to network, build relationships and work on business development…or maybe you’re looking for leadership or professional development opportunities.

Get Connected. Get Involved.

Whatever your motivation for membership with us, we’re excited that you are a part of it. Now it’s time to get connected and get involved. One of the best ways to get connected is to join a committee, where you can work alongside fellow member professionals to plan and implement events, volunteer for events or benefit from informational sessions on a variety of topics from government affairs and technology to social media. Learn more about Participation Opportunities.

If you require more personalized assistance, please reach out to the staff liaison for membership and marketing, Renée Crittenden-Garcia, and she will be happy to help you identify ways that you can make the most of your membership.

Remember, the North Chamber is a membership organization and all that we do depends on the volunteer participation and support of our valued member businesses. It’s your leadership and involvement that helps to keep Bexar County strong. Read more...

Brad Rollins

Dahill, President
2013 North Chamber Chairman of the Board

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Chairman's Council Spotlight

Baptist Heart and Rhythm Center Defines the New Beat
of Heart Health in San Antonio and South Texas

Center is First to Offer Stereotaxis Robotic Navigation to Heart Patients
The Baptist Heart and Rhythm Center is the first in San Antonio to offer Stereotaxis Robotic Navigation System to heart patients in the South Texas area. The system, which offers 10 times less risk for major complications during… Read more.

CPS Energy's Demand Response program savings surprises customers

When CPS Energy approached Doyle Jennings of Oak Hills Church three years ago about participating in the utility’s Demand Response program, he thought it was possible that the church’s largest building would be able to shed 100kw of power when demand on the grid was highest. “Turns out, we were able to save 300kw,” said Jennings, the church’s plant engineer… Read more.

San Antonio Educators named Finalists for 2013 H-E-B
Excellence in Education Awards

Educators to Compete on a Statewide Level for $500,000 in cash prizes
Eight San Antonio educators have been named finalists for a 2013 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, spotlighting them as some of the best educators in Texas. The eight San Antonio educators were among 40 finalists… Read more.

Silver & Black Give Back

Silver & Black Give Back, the nonprofit partner for Spurs Sports & Entertainment’s family of teams, is excited to celebrate our 25th anniversary with you! We are honored and grateful to everyone who has participated in our programs over the last 25 years, and we are especially grateful to donors – like our Silver Circle partners – who continue to invest… Read more.

Omni at the Colonnade undergoing major renovations

On the heels of it being named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 hotels in San Antonio, the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade is poised for some exciting upgrades and additions in 2013. The hotel's 326 guest rooms are undergoing an extensive makeover in the 2nd phase of a of a two-phase $6 million dollar renovation project… Read more.

Duncan to retire, O’Donnell named CEO of USAA Real Estate Company

Pat Duncan, CEO of USAA Real Estate Co. (“RealCo”), will retire from the day-to-day activities of the company effective May 1, 2013. Mr. Duncan will remain on several entity-related company boards, including the RealCo board as executive vice chairman. He will also remain on the boards of various… Read more.

Member Spotlight

Ancira is Updating at the SPEED OF LIGHT

Ancira is updating at the SPEED OF LIGHT to make the customer experience even better. Ancira began with the remodel of Ancira Nissan on I-10 West and Huebner and then followed with the complete ground up build of a new Ancira Volkswagen store. Shortly after was the new Ancira Chevrolet sales facility. Ancira GMC/Buick freshened up their appearance, and at this very moment… Read more.

Non-Profit Spotlight

Gretchen Garceau-Kragh Appointed Interim President and CEO of Guide Dogs of Texas

Gretchen Garceau-Kragh has been appointed interim president and CEO of Guide Dogs of Texas (GDTX) by the organization’s board of directors. Garceau-Kragh assumed the responsibilities as president and CEO in January after former president Larry Tuttle retired after eight years with the nonprofit organization… Read more.

El Rey Fido Coronation!

Alright, San Antonio, time to gear up for your favorite fundraiser party of the year, the El Rey Fido Coronation! You and your canine companion are invited to get an early kick off to fiesta as you party with San Antonio’s newly named royal pups. The coronation will begin at 10 a.m. on April 13th… Read more.

AT&T Tuition Grant to The Winston School San Antonio
Seeks 8th – 10th Graders

At the Mayor’s SA2020 Press Conference on February 4, 2013, AT&T recognized The Winston School San Antonio (WSSA) as one of five grant awardees in San Antonio. WSSA received a $100,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation’s Aspire Program to attract new students with the goal of graduating more at-risk… Read more.

Volunteer Spotlight

Linda Howard

Edward Jones & Co. — Networking Breakfast Chair

About the Company: Linda Howard is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones & Co. She consults with Individuals and businesses, helping them develop targeted investments to reach their goals… Read more.

Bryan Guinn

Prism Technologies Group — Business Technology Series Chair

About the Company: Prism Technologies Group enjoys more than 60 combined years of IT experience. Prism has made a name for itself in South Texas for delivering cost-justified, ROI-steeped IT solutions. Their approach is simple – Prism will not make a single recommendation without first having… Read more.

Special Alert

Government Affairs Council Update

by Rob Killen, Kaufman & Killen, Inc. — Government Affairs Council Chair
The Government Affairs Council is an advocate for North Chamber member businesses, working with local and state elected officials on public policy and legislative issues that impact our economy and quality of life. The Government Affairs Council hosts monthly meetings with local officials… Read more.


Upcoming Events

Small Business How 2 Series
Tuesday, March 19
Hilton San Antonio - Airport
8:00 am

Ambassador Luncheon
Thursday, March 21
Carino’s Italian
11:30 am

11th Annual Employment Law Update
Thursday, March 28
Hilton San Antonio-Airport
7:30 am

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

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Ribbon Cuttings
January-February 2013

CFO Forum
February 2013

Business Technology Series
March 2013

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Upcoming Events

2M Lighting, Inc.
Airport Security Parking
Awny Swaiden Creative Image Salon
Canyon Springs Golf Club
Capital CDC
ERA Troy, Realtors
HTS (Heat Transfer Solutions)
Industrial Systems, Inc.
JRS Business Solutions LLC
Koepp Chevrolet
Lionheart Assurance Solutions, LP
Lone Star National Bank
Manrique Custom Vision
Mercyfull Home Health San Antonio
Ogletree, Deakins,Nash,Smoak, & Stewart, P.C.
Primera Partners, LLC
Quarter Moon Plumbing
Select Staff Inc.
SWCA Environmental Consultants
Triton Energy Solutions

Upcoming Events


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