Generations FCU to host ‘Facebook for your Business’ webinar

180x150-generationsGenerations Federal Credit Union will continue its Small Business Workshop series with a free webinar, Facebook For Your Business, which will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30. Hosted by social media expert, Ajay Tejawani, the webinar will cover such topics as how Facebook can help your business, how to build a business page that attracts buyers and how to create an effective content strategy. The webinar is free and participants must pre-register by visiting the Generations website.

Tejawani brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and is a recognized author and international speaker on Digital Internet Marketing. He is the founder of Digital Marketing Sapiens which combines traditional marketing skills, experience, technical knowledge as well as creative new marketing approaches with an emphasis on mobile and social media marketing.

The Generations Small Business Workshop series presents topics that are relevant to today’s small business owners and reinforce the skills they need to be successful. Upcoming classes in the series include Money Management and Tax Responsibilities for Business Owners. The series includes in-person classes as well as sip and socials.

Alliance announces October International Business Forum

FreeTradeAlliancelogoTop Tier 1 suppliers to Toyota Texas Manufacturing “Los Compadres” will share their insights, best practices, and knowledge on how to increase international business in San Antonio. The noon meeting is part of Free Trade Alliance San Antonio’s Annual International Business Forum scheduled on October 30, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown San Antonio.

Explore| Connect| Expand is the Forum’s theme and will be an all-day event beginning at 8:00 a.m. and will include four one-hour panel discussions on best practices in international selling, global sourcing, top exporting markets and opportunities, and key international business resources. “Los Compadres” is the partnership of Berto Guerra, Max Navarro, Frank Herrera, and Fernando Reyes who supply the truck manufacturer. The event will also feature matchmaking and networking appointments for those companies seeking international business opportunities.

“The International Business Forum 2014: Explore| Connect| Expand is the re-branded Export Day,” explained Jose E. Martinez, President and CEO of Free Trade Alliance San Antonio. “Last year the City hosted San Antonio’s first Export Day to officially launch the City’s Export Plan. Our City partners handed the event over to the Alliance and we’ve re-envisioned it to make it an effective tool to build export awareness and educate San Antonio businesses on the key aspects, resources, and expertise available for export facilitation. As well as showcasing San Antonio’s assets, we want to facilitate foreign investment by bringing international investors to the event,” he added.

Carlos Jarquin, Vice President for Exports and Foreign Investment and the Forum’s lead coordinator said, “We’ve already had a lot of interest from companies in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. We are encouraging our local companies to register early for the event so that they can take full advantage of the opportunity to connect with local experts and international companies. We see great opportunities for local companies to come explore other markets and increase awareness for the global economy,” he stated.

Sept 14 International Business Forum Flyer

August Word from the Chairman

Turner_Annie-Chairmans-photo-PRAdvocacy Alert: Storm Water Fee “Postponed Indefinitely” by Mayor, City Manager
Your North San Antonio Chamber has been hard at work for you as we attended stakeholder meetings for the proposed City of San Antonio Storm Water Fee changes. Over the last several weeks, we reviewed and provided comments on the proposed Storm Water Fee rate and methodology restructuring. While we recognize the need to fund critical drainage programs across the City, we did not agree with the proposed methodology and rates that were proposed to take effect in FY15 and FY16, respectively. We took the issue to the North SA Chamber board, which voted at the July board meeting to oppose the fee changes. After an advocacy campaign that included a letter to City staff and elected officials, an email alert to members, media interviews and social media posts, we were pleased to learn from Mayor Ivy R. Taylor at this month’s sold-out Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio event that she was recommending to the City Manager that the proposed Storm Water Fee changes be “postponed indefinitely.”

We couldn’t be happier with Mayor Taylor’s decision and Manager Sheryl Sculley’s willingness to revisit the Storm Water Fee methodology, while also removing it from the FY15 budget. We will continue to work in partnership with City staff and officials to identify a reasonable methodology and rate structure that will not impede business expansion, retention or recruitment, while still allowing the City to secure the funding it requires for the important drainage infrastructure maintenance and capital improvement projects our districts need.

You can read and watch coverage from Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio here:

Rivard Report, WOAI 4, KENS 5, KSAT 12, KABB 29

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 road rolls (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!

Announcing – North SA Chamber Member Benefit Solutions program by MetLife

We’re proud to announce that 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. The program features a product suite including:

  • Basic Term Life Insurance including Supplemental Term Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Group Dental Benefits that include Pediatric Dental Essential Health Benefits (EHB), where appropriate
  • Employer-Sponsored Short- & Long-term Disability
  • Voluntary Short-term Disability (VSTD)
  • VisionAccess Program*

*   The MetLife VisionAccess program is a discount program and not an insured benefit. It is provided through Vision Service Plan (VSP), Rancho Cordova, CA. VSP is not affiliated with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company or its affiliates.

Learn more about Member Benefit Solutions program by MetLife

To learn more about how MetLife can benefit you, we encourage you to contact your agent or broker or search the FIND A MEMBER online directory to find a North SA Chamber member agent or broker.

Like most group insurance policies, MetLife group policies contain certain exclusions, exceptions, waiting periods, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. Eligibility varies by product based on the number of eligible versus participating employees. Ask your MetLife group representative for costs and complete details.



Businesses can follow Spurs “Good to Great” example

Wright, John_CroppedBy John Wright, Managing Partner, PS&Co.

As I write this article, we are hours away from the San Antonio Spurs beginning the NBA finals against the Miami Heat for the second straight year.  A little about me – first, I am a sports fan and second, a HUGE Spurs fan.  I know many of you, likely most of you, would also say that you are huge Spurs fans, too.  Over the past week, as the finals have grown closer, much has been made of the accomplishment of the Spurs team, the coaching staff, and the organization as a whole.  According to many of the “experts,” few teams, if any, could have recovered from such a devastating loss and had the focus, drive, and determination to return to the finals for a shot at redemption.  Obviously, the Spurs are no ordinary team.  And they are no ordinary organization.

While it can be hard to fully separate the Spurs fan inside of us, we can look at the Spurs and take some great organizational lessons.  When you hear members of the team, the coaches, or even Peter Holt talk about their success this year, you hear them mention the principle of “Good to Great.”  Much of the inference is applied to moving the ball to improve a “good” shot to a “great” shot.  However, that business principle is not new.  The book “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t” by James C. Collins must be the catalyst.  Further, in those same interviews, you will hear the players talk about culture, commitment, accountability, teamwork (okay that is one they should say), leadership, development, and on and on.

When you look at them through a “non-sports” lens, the Spurs do what we all strive to do.

  • They hire and retain the best talent. The core of the team has been together for a number of years and stay in San Antonio by choice. Don’t forget how seemingly close Tim Duncan was to becoming a member of the Orlando Magic. He, like the others, has stayed because of the organizational difference.
  • They manage and maintain their culture. And they don’t just announce it – they live it. Their culture is clear and consistent.
  • Leaders lead. Peter Holt simply doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He certainly is in a position to be a dominant voice in Spurs operational decisions. Yet, clearly he lets his leaders do their job. I love coach Pop, but I am sure that there are a lot of owners that might not have been able to check their ego and let Pop be Pop. Similarly, Coach Pop had to set aside some of his own control when R.C. Buford became the team’s General Manager. And the examples go on all the way down the bench. Again, the Spurs demonstrate a “Good to Great” principle in getting the right people in the right seat on the bus.
  • They adapt. Just like in business, the market changes, our capabilities change, and products change. While the Spurs will still hold firm the team’s commitment to defense, they clearly are not the same defensively focused team they were when they won their last championship.   In those days, with the same core players, about the only time you saw the Spurs fly up and down the court was when they were matching the speed of the old Mike D’Antoni Phoenix Suns. Those were fun, high-scoring games, but they were rare. Several years ago, Pop and his staff revamped their offense to better suit their roster. While they are still focused on key defensive principles, today the Spurs are a much different team because of their ability to adapt.
  • Lastly, and today most obviously, they take their experiences for what they are and work to improve. I think the “experts” are right. Few, if any, teams or organizations could have responded so well after last year’s loss in game six of the finals.

Admittedly, I am a Spurs “homer,” however, they are a wonderful example for many businesses on strategic thinking, organizational planning, and execution that we should all look to emulate.

In closing, I’d like to leave you with a couple of quotes:

F. Scott Fitzgerald ~ “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

Tim Duncan ~ “We’ll do it this time.”

Go Spurs Go!

Padgett, Stratemann & Co. announces new promotions

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 throughout the firm.

Kothmann, Will_Cropped1Will Kothmann, CPA – Will is the newest audit partner at PS&Co.  He has more than ten years of public accounting experience serving energy, retail, construction, manufacturing, and distribution industries.  Will has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University in College Station 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 Petroleum Accountants Society of San Antonio. He was named one of the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2012. Will is a 2010 graduate of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lab program, the treasurer of the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, and a committee member of S.A.L.E. for Kids for San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

Munoz, Leo_Cropped2Leo Munoz, CPA/CFF, CFE – Leo is a senior manager and has been promoted to partner-in-training.  He has more than 24 years of accounting, finance, and management experience in public accounting, in industry, and as a business owner.  He spent six years in public accounting in the audit department of a national public accounting firm, nine years in various director-level financial positions with a publicly-held company, and three years as a partner in a real estate investment company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas and is a certified public accountant, a certified fraud examiner and is certified in financial forensics. Leo is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio Class 38.

Foshe, Renee_cropped3Renee Foshee, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), CPA – Renee has been promoted to manager in the tax department. She is an attorney, a certified public accountant, and a former adjunct professor of accounting. Her practice is concentrated in federal and international tax issues. Renee holds a LL.M. in taxation from the SMU School of Law in Dallas, a juris doctorate from the Texas Tech School of Law, and a master of accountancy from Texas State University in San Marcos. She is active in the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, the AICPA, serves on the board of directors of the TSCPA and the San Antonio CPA Society, and is the treasurer of the International Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association.

Hatch, Alissa_cropped4Alissa Hatch, CPA – Alissa has been promoted to tax manager. She specializes in tax compliance and planning within the private client services niche, working with high-wealth individuals and family-owned businesses, and in the financial institutions niche.  Alissa has a BBA and a master’s of accountancy from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and is a certified public accountant. She is a member of the AICPA, the TSCPA, the San Antonio Chapter of the TSCPA, and serves as the treasurer for the Alamo City Cancer Council.

Hyde, Michelle_cropped5Michelle Hyde, CPA – Michelle has been promoted to audit manager. She primarily serves the public sector industry and audits various public sector entities, including school districts, not-for-profits, municipalities, local government agencies, and various state agencies.  She has more than 13 years of accounting experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a certified public accountant. Michelle is a member of the AICPA, the TSCPA, and the San Antonio Chapter of TSCPA.

Niblett. Linda_cropped6Linda Niblett, CPA – Linda has been promoted to a manager in the audit department. She has more than seven years of public accounting experience, primarily in financial and compliance auditing for state and local governments and not-for-profit organizations.  She also has audit experience in the manufacturing, construction, and insurance industries.Linda has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from St. Edward’s University in Austin and is a member of the AICPA and the TSCPA.

Turner, Matt_cropped7Matt Turner, CPA – Matt has been promoted to manager in the audit department.He has more than seven years of public accounting experience, including services provided to the manufacturing, retail and distribution, construction, and banking industries. Matt has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Trinity University in San Antonio, is a certified public accountant, and is a member of the AICPA and the TSCPA.

About PS&Co.
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, communication, entertainment, 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


SSFCU names Braden Graham Manager of Corporate Services

Braden Graham 2014_smallBraden Graham, JD, has been named manager of corporate services for Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU), where he will be responsible for managing tenant and landlord relations, as well as overseeing and managing food service and mailroom operations at SSFCU headquarters.

Graham recently completed his masters in business administration and earned a juris doctorate from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Prior to going back to graduate school, he was an equities trader in New York City.

About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with $8 billion in assets and 70 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. The credit union is among the top 10 credit unions in the nation. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at or call 1-800-52-SSFCU.

Broadway Bank celebrates the ‘Big 4-0’ with Wilderness Oak banking center

BroadwayBank_Logo_tagBroadway Bank is celebrating the big 4-0 with the opening of the Wilderness Oak banking center at 23510 Wilderness Oak Road in Stone Oak on June 16. This marks the fortieth Broadway banking center serving San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding communities.

BB_40 banking centerWilderness Oak follows the opening of the Congress Avenue banking center in Austin on May 19. Like the Congress Avenue banking center, Wilderness Oak offers the latest in convenience banking including a customer bistro and conference room and a self-service coin machine.

“The opening of Wilderness Oak is the right combination of commitment to personalized attention that is at the core of how Broadway Bank does business and innovation,” said Jim Goudge, Broadway Bank chairman and CEO. “Our intentions are always to keep the customers unique needs and expectations as our number one priority.”

Wade Scroggins steps in as the Wilderness Oak market manager bringing 13 years of banking experience in the Stone Oak/Vineyard market area.

The Wilderness Oak banking center features a “Smart” ATM, night depository, safe deposit boxes and a motor bank. The Broadway Bank portfolio of banking services includes commercial real estate, business banking, private banking, wealth management and personal banking.

The Wilderness Oak banking center finishes out a triad of banking centers in the Stone Oak area, including the Encino and Stone Oak banking centers. A fourth Broadway Banking center on 16767 Huebner Road offers an additional location along the 1604 corridor also nearby.

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 40 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at for more information.

North San Antonio Chamber partners with State Farm and UTSA to launch Student Memberships

North Chamber logo 4c stackedThrough the generosity of a grant by State Farm, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce announces the addition of 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


Volunteer Spotlight – Networking Breakfast Chair: Jennifer Krause, eESI

Jennifer_KrauseJennifer Krause

About the Company: eESI (eEmployers Solutions, Inc.) was established in 1999 and is a leading Professional Employer Organization (PEO) based in Texas with a national presence.  eESI partners with businesses by providing HR services and solutions for employee benefits, HR initiatives and management, risk management, payroll administration and technology advantages. Jennifer is a well-versed Human Resources Manager responsible for all facets of human resources. She leads and develops a client-focused team that works collaboratively to ensure an exceptional client experience.

About the Program: The Networking Breakfast is the city’s original and largest networking event. Hosting nearly 100 attendees on the second Tuesday of every month, the breakfast promotes networking and member visibility by offering attendees the chance to introduce themselves and be a featured speaker at an upcoming breakfast.

Personally Speaking: Jennifer is a graduate of the 2013 Leadership Lab class.  She believes the North SA Chamber provides an avenue to connect with business owners, executives and professionals, provides professional and personal growth opportunities, and the ability to be involved and give back to the community. Jennifer says the Networking Breakfast is the perfect avenue to get to know your business neighbors. “By getting to know your neighbors and building these relationships, everyone builds their business. It is a win-win,” says Jennifer.

eEmployer Solutions, Inc. welcomes new Business Development Manager, Lisa Mochel

Lisa MochelMochel has joined eEmployer Solutions, Inc. (eESI) as Business Development Manager with a focus in maintaining and initiating client relationships to foster growth in identified markets while remaining active in the community. Mochel is a native San Antonian with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University. She has been in the banking industry for the past 20 years, and for the last 8 years worked in treasury management sales. Mochel says she is “excited to utilize her years of experience in the San Antonio business community to generate genuine business relationships and growth for eESI.”


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