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Word From The Chairman

For nearly 40 years, your North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work advocating for business and education, providing professional development, delivering opportunities for you to make results-oriented business-to-business connections and recognizing deserving leaders. With staff and volunteers focused on these efforts daily, it’s my privilege to shift the focus to the staff and recognize their many accomplishments.

Chamber staff people are a special breed of individual, and it is a unique and personal calling each answers to serve. Not only does it take a “Jack-of-all-trades” person to wear the many hats of a Chamber executive – from fundraiser and event manager to volunteer coordinator and finance manager, it takes an amazing level of dedication to serve in this role for decades. And that is just what many of our staff has done.

Staff Tenure Awards

10 & 20yr anniversariesThis summer, four members of the Chamber staff were recognized by the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives for their commitment to serve business, our membership and the community as demonstrated by their tenure with the North Chamber. At the July board of directors meeting staff were recognized and presented with tenure awards including: Sr. Vice President of Operations, Chris Bugg – 20 years; Administrative Assistant, Marilyn White – 20 years; Vice President Leadership Programs & Lead SA, Yolanda Crittenden – 10 years; and Vice President IT & Finance, Debby Zucker – 10 years. I hope you will join me in congratulating and thanking staff for their service to the membership and for all they do to keep San Antonio and Bexar County strong.

Media Excellence Awards

TCCE Media AwardAdditionally, I am proud to announce that the North SA Chamber now has an “award-winning” marketing approach, website and social media program. At the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives conference in June our Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Renée Crittenden Garcia, accepted three Media Excellence Awards in the largest chamber size category. Judges chose the top three entries in seven media categories and the North SA Chamber received the following accolades: Second Place – Marketing Program; Second Place – Website; and Third Place – Social Media. Congratulations to Renée, her marketing staff and the many member companies – particularly Full Fusion, Texas Creative and Zukini Creative, who contributed to the marketing infrastructure re-development.

Social Networking

We are committed to helping our members succeed at doing business in the digital age. Join us for the Small Business How 2 Series on Wednesday, August 21, for How 2 share social media content on Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter at the Hilton San Antonio Airport. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8 to 10 a.m.

Finally, why not join the conversation online? Come “like” and “follow” the North SA Chamber on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter – it’s a great way to stay informed of member, community and Chamber news. Want to get more visibility for your member business? Send the North SA Chamber your news and staff will share it to Chamber social media channels and/or blog (based on membership level).

Thank you for all you do to keep Bexar County strong and I hope to see you soon.

Brad Rollins

Dahill, President
2013 North Chamber Chairman of the Board

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Chairman's Council Spotlight

Rackspace collaborates with CPS Energy
to save money, energy and emissions

When your company’s motto is Fanatical Support, an unscheduled power outage is not acceptable. That’s why Melissa Gray, Rackspace’s director of sustainability and strategic partnerships and Brian Carney, director of global real estate, came to CPS Energy last year. They also wanted to make sure that back-up power was as clean and efficient as possible… Read more.

Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital
appoint Chief Medical Officer

Jane Appleby, MD, FACP, has been appointed chief medical officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital. Dr. Appleby has been in practice as an internal medicine doctor for over twenty years and is board certified in internal medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine. During this time, she has established herself as a leader in… Read more.

Padgett Stratemann announces promotions and new hires

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… Read more.

Sam’s Club begins hiring for new San Antonio club

Sam’s Club is looking to hire approximately 175 associates to work at its new club in San Antonio, set to open this winter at 2530 Marshall Road. To facilitate the process, Sam’s Club will open a Welcome Center at 21803 Encino Commons Blvd., Suite 103. Sam’s Club will mark the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, Aug.19… Read more.

Security Service helps you score back to school savings
with a little know how

In less than a month, the kids will be back in school. It’s an exciting time of year for everyone…except your wallet. According to the National Retail Federation, families with school-aged children will spend an average of $637.78 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics. Don’t panic yet. There are lots of savvy ways to save a few bucks if you just know where to look… Read more.

Hummel and Grove Join SWBC

WBC is pleased to announce that Linda Hummel and Andrew Grove have joined SWBC. Hummel, a healthcare industry veteran, joins SWBC as CEO of the Executive Benefits Consulting Division. She will be responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the operations, sales, and marketing efforts to employee benefits clients and prospects. Hummel brings nearly 24 years of health… Read more.

Member Spotlight

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio selects Bartlett Cocke General Contractors to manage project

Children’s Hospital of San Antonio selected San Antonio-based Bartlett Cocke General Contractors as construction manager to oversee building the $135-million, 415,000-square foot children’s hospital downtown. The selection was announced by Patrick Carrier, president and CEO for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System.… Read more.

CommuniCare Health Centers expanding across San Antonio

CommuniCare Health Centers, a non-profit healthcare organization, recently opened up its newest Pediatric clinic in the Sea World area of San Antonio. The campus, CommuniCare Health Centers-Potranco Pediatrics, located at 9594 Potranco Road, will provide pediatric care services to children in that area. Dr. Josue Molina is the Pediatrician at this location… Read more.

Non-Profit Spotlight

Facts about Alzheimer’s disease and how you can help
create a world without it

Alzheimer’s disease is the nation‘s largest underfunded public health threat. Currently, there are no survivors of Alzheimer‘s disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s disease kills more Americans than diabetes, and more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined… Read more.

ARTS San Antonio presents The Spectacular 2013-14 Season,
tickets on sale now

ARTS San Antonio’s The Spectacular 2013-14 Season brings performances by globally significant groups and musicians to San Antonio. This season includes eleven performances encompassing everything from modern dance to international piano competition medalists. Five cost-saving season-ticket packages are available so audience members can attend multiple events at a discount… Read more.

Communities In Schools surrounds students with community of support to stay in school, achieve

You can imagine how apprehensive children can be about starting a new school year but imagine if the child also has to worry about when they might get to eat their next meal or family problems they may have or even if they will have the proper tools to start the new school year. All of these and much, much more are barriers that can threaten a student’s success in school… Read more.

Faith Family Clinic – Serving the Working Uninsured

The Texas Medical Association reports that 33% of adults in Texas do NOT have medical insurance and we all know that eventually all will become ill and need medical care. Too often people without insurance will use the most expensive care available – a hospital emergency room! The vicious cycle is described by the Texas State Comptroller’s office in a 2005 special report, Texas… Read more.

San Antonio Museum of Art announces publication of two more
books in Arte Kids bilingual children’s series

The San Antonio Museum of Art announces the publication of the last two books in a series of five bilingual board books for young children. Featuring artwork from the Museum’s collection, the Arte Kids books are collaboration between Trinity Press, the Library Foundation and the Museum. The two new titles, Black & Blanco! and Animal Amigos, join… Read more.

Volunteer Spotlight

Karen Guz — SAWS

Leadership Lab Alumni Association Chair

About the Company: The mission of San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is to provide secure affordable water services for their customers. Since the formation of SAWS, San Antonio has been recognized nationally for its novel conservation efforts and proactive water management planning… Read more.

Jim Koenig — Jacobs

Infrastructure Committee Chair

About the Company: Jacobs is a multidiscipline architecture/engineering firm with more than 60,000 employees worldwide. The firm’s 65-person San Antonio office provides professional services including Global Building (vertical building), Water Infrastructure Programs (public works projects, environmental… Read more.


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