Congratulations! 2014 Leadership Lab Class

Ll_Logo_2012The North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2014 Class of Leadership Lab participants. Candidates submitted applications last fall, completed an interview process and were selected early this year.

Leadership Lab is the North Chamber’s nine-month, award winning leadership series focused on empowering the leader within each of the Lab participants. The program inlcudes a two-day retreat: Discovering Leadership & You, and eight full-day sessions covering a number of topics from integrity and culture to communications and decision making, as well as change, community involvement and brand strategies.

Please join us in congratulating the 2014 Leadership Lab class and help provide encouragement and support as they embark on their leadership journey.

Jason Adam
Joeris General Contractors, LTD

Bruce Ahlswede
Walton Signage

Gena Alvarez
DeWied International

Victoria Arellano
Walton Signage

Rosantina Aranda

Danny Arnold
Security Service Federal Credit Union

Caitlin Bagnall
KGBTexas, Inc.

John Barbour
Alterman, Inc.

Colleen Bartee

Sjanna Bernal
Security Service Federal Credit Union

Bryan Beverly
Denim Group, Ltd

Marian Braggs
CPS Energy

Scott Brant
Catholic Life Insurance

Meagan Brown
San Antonio Water System

Christal Carrick

Genaro Castro
SeaWorld San Antonio

Melissa Cody
SeaWorld San Antonio

Jonathan Contreras
Structure Tone Southwest

Paul Cruz

Rosemary Davis
Security Service Federal Credit Union

Jessica Delgado
Broadway Bank

Ben Dolan
Deacon Recruiting, Inc.

Brenna Dominguez
Airrosti Rehab Centers, LLC

Michael Easterling

Jan Edmondson

Bryan Edwards
Padgett, Stratemann & Co., LLP

Candy Ferdin

Samantha Fojtik
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Todd Freedman
Security Service Federal Credit Union

James Garcia

Bonnie Garza

Fred Gibbons
Broadway Bank

Marco Gonzalez
Plains Capital Bank

Joey Goode
CPS Energy

Shannon Grenet
USAA Real Estate Company

Phillip Guajardo
Cleary Zimmermann Engineers

Michelle Hartman

Meredith Hatzenbuehler
Denim Group, Ltd

Greg Hemphill

Ralph Hernandez
Walton Signage

Reynaldo Hernandez
Morningside Ministries

Katherine Howe-Frilot

Mark Johnson

Juan Juarez
Bear Audio Visual, Inc

Tanner Kirchoff
RVK Architects, Inc.

Louis Labatt
CPS Energy

Kathleen Labus
Northeast Lakeview College

Yvonne Larson
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Blake LaRue
Joeris General Contractors, LTD

Jesse Lotay
Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Selena Marquez
Preferred Landscape and Lighting

Charlie Martinez
Robot Creative

Pablo Martinez
DeWied International

Willie Martinez
CPS Energy

Teresa McFalls
DeWied International

Sonny Montiel
Broadway Bank

Peter Moser
Security Service Federal Credit Union

Eric Neuner
Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc.

Adam Neveu
Beyer Mechanical

Amy New
Trinity University

Greg Padalecki

Ann Pena

Amber Potts
Padgett, Stratemann & Co., LLP

Kimberlee Phoenix
Structure Tone Southwest

Wende Preston
Security Service Federal Credit Union

Hilda Quinones
dba Hilda R. Quinones, Engineer

Christen Ramirez
Goen South Events

Kent Rooen
Walton Signage

Sonya Ryals

Krystal Saenz
eEmployers Solutions, Inc.

Rosa Santillan
Crosspoint, Inc.

Paul Santoyo
Cox Smith

Bronwen Scott
Deacon Recruiting, Inc.

Rhonda Scott
eEmployers Solutions, Inc.

Abby Smith
Strasburger & Price, LLP

Sally Smith
Marmon Mok Architecture

TJ Steinkirchner
Project Control

Mark Tang
Equinox Louvered Roofs

Susan Valdez
Akin Doherty Klein & Feuge, P.C.

Jorge Vazquez

Dennis Wagner
Gallagher Benefit Services

Eric Wanke
SpawGlass Contractors, Inc.

Jen Webb

Chris White
Walton Signage

Alexandra Wood

Michael Wyant
Zukini Creative

Andrew Young
ENTRUST Technology Consulting Services


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Member Plaque (gray)Chairman's Council Plaque (gold)The North SA Chamber values your membership and appreciates all you do to keep San Antonio and Bexar County strong. Show your pride in membership and display this plaque on your member company website along with a link to The images below are optimized for web use. You may also download a vector file (PDF) of the plaques to resize for your website.

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

SearchThe 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 (1 to 300 employees and annual dues between $300 and $900) and Bronze Chairman’s Council Members (annual dues at $1,000) may add a logo to their listing for $50/year.
  • Special offer: Get 20% off annual rate – that’s a $10 savings – when paid by Thursday, February 14, 2013. 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

Chairman’s Reflection on 2012

by Larry Anthis
2012 North Chamber Chairman of the Board
Vice President, Frost

The North San Antonio Chamber and Lead SA Board of Directors, our supporters, volunteers and Chamber staff have achieved so much in 2012. When I began my chairmanship in January, the primary objectives for the year were: to meet the needs of the millennial generation; emphasize leadership development; maintain high quality programs; reimagine our connectivity to the community; advocate for business; and broaden member participation.

To that end, the board of directors built a strategic plan to anticipate the current and future needs of our membership over the next three to five years. We executed the agenda immediately and made great strides in communications, leadership cultivation, event support and attendance, membership development and advocacy.

Reimaging our connectivity to San Antonio
In an effort to engage our membership more fully, we conducted a survey, and you, our members, noted the positive impact the North Chamber is having  not just on the North side, but also across  San Antonio and Bexar County. In response, we refreshed our brand and re-focused our core emphasis on “Keeping Bexar County Strong.” This continues to be a dynamic and evolving chamber because of our volunteer leadership.

You also communicated the importance of relationship building, advocacy, informational programming, participation and visibility. As a result, the North Chamber revised and expanded membership benefits to reflect the resources our members value most, including: communications, visibility, referrals, discounts/offers and exclusive member programming. The result is a new, multi-platform, digital content marketing program that promotes our members and engagement with the larger community.

Engaging with the community and our members
There are several issues on which to focus as a member – whether it’s small business, technology, sustainability, leadership, finance, government affairs, and get involved on a committee. And, due to a varied and diverse program offering, enriching volunteer opportunities and an emphasis on value-packed membership benefits, we increased our membership by 234 members as of November 2012 while achieving an average membership retention rate of approximately 80%.

Furthermore, recognizing our chamber’s ability to make a difference with our excellent programs, Mayor Alan Baxter of Windcrest and the Windcrest Economic Development Corporation (EDC) approached us to deliver a chamber of commerce experience to the businesses of Windcrest. For the first time, the North Chamber added a regional council in partnership with the City of Windcrest and the Windcrest EDC, and the Windcrest Council was started this year.

Advocating for business
Moreover, we successfully advocated for the North Chamber membership on economic development issues including:

  • my participation at the 2012 White House Business Summit discussions with the Executive Office and Business Forward;
  • board of directors opposition to impromptu zoning changes by the City Council;
  • board of directors endorsement of City Bond Election for transportation infrastructure;
  • board of directors consensus that led to a decision for the North Chamber to support Pre-K 4 SA as a viable solution to the city’s growing need for an educated workforce;
  • my appointment as a 2013 City Commissioner on the Convention & Visitors Bureau through a newly-created appointment for business leadership; and
  • my appointment to the 2013 executive committee for the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.

Just over a decade ago, the North Chamber launched a Capital Campaign to secure $1 million to build and finance our own office building – a first in a city that hosts multiple chambers of commerce. North Chamber members met the campaign financial goals, and in 2002, the doors opened to the North Chamber’s headquarters. I’m proud to say the North Chamber has been an exceptional financial steward, and this year, we have retired the building debt.

Cultivating and recognizing leaders
Additionally, we have continued our commitment to cultivate our community’s emerging leaders. The Leadership Lab Class of 2012 has expanded to 86 graduates – the largest since the program’s inception in 1999. This program too has been re-envisioned and re-focused on empowering leaders, self-discovery and success.

Furthermore, we have continued to honor leaders at every age and career stage. We began the year recognizing Pat Duncan, USAA Real Estate Company, with the San Antonian Award, and later Charlie Amato and Gary Dudley, SWBC, with the Gov. Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Salute to Excellence Award, while 10 other business leaders were recognized through the Small Business Leaders Awards program and the ATHENA Leadership Awards® program.

Keeping Bexar County Strong
In closing, the North Chamber is successful because of our members and your participation. Our board met monthly and consistently focused on topics that addressed the needs of our members. I salute the North Chamber and Lead SA board of directors, our supporters and volunteers, and the hard-working chamber staff led by Duane Wilson for working tirelessly to fulfill our promise to the community to “keep Bexar County strong.”

Finally, as I depart, our incoming Chairman of the Board Brad Rollins, Dahill, is preparing to lead this great organization in 2013. Brad and Dahill have been wonderful supporters of the North Chamber and the San Antonio community and I know you’ll welcome him and his leadership team. The North Chamber is here to help you be noticed, be heard, be informed and be there as we work to strengthen our community. Please get involved and be a part of it all. Thank you for the privilege and honor of serving as your Chairman.

Word from the Chairman

After an early banking career in Dallas and more than a decade of service in the ministry, in 2006 Larry Anthis relocated his family to his hometown of San Antonio, re-entered banking and immersed himself in his community – including volunteering for the North Chamber. Today, Larry is a Vice President at Frost developing the Schertz market for the Texasbased bank and will serve as the North Chamber’s 2012 Chairman of the Board.

“At Frost, we hold entrepreneurialism, relationships and community in high regard,” says Larry, “and the North Chamber shares our values to help people build their business while being flexible and nimble to respond to a fluctuating business environment.”

For 38 years, the North Chamber has endeavored to offer an atmosphere of inclusiveness in which any member – regardless of company size or revenue, has access and the ability to make an impact on the community at a micro level. “The North Chamber’s milestones have been achieved by the actions of volunteers who worked together to affect change in the areas of education, infrastructure and quality of life,” says Larry, emphasizing that he will build upon such projects initiated by previous board chairs. “I am a steward of an ongoing legacy to build business and build leaders, but I also feel we are at the top of our game, and I’m challenging our chamber leadership to increase performance and build upon the chamber’s success,” he adds.

At a working retreat last year, the incoming board of directors evaluated the chamber’s values, deliverables and member needs, then developed a few concise objectives to help define the chamber’s course in a more strategic manner.

From the planning session emerged a consensus that the North Chamber consistently advocates for a pro-business agenda and offers a proven array of programs that provide leadership and professional development, networking and recognition for professionals at every age and stage of career development. “Members find a lot of value in our programs, so we won’t change what we deliver. We will continue to listen to our members and ask ourselves, ‘Does this benefit our members? Can we do it in an excellent way?’ And if a program isn’t meeting this criteria, then our members will dictate that we do something else, and that keeps us dynamic,” says Larry.

Furthermore, the board suggested a revised communication strategy in terms of becoming a more virtual chamber in a digital age. This year, the chamber plans to design and build a modernized marketing and communications infrastructure that better facilitates the flow of information between the chamber, its members and the community. “We are reimagining our connectivity to serve multiple audiences who are more reliant on mobile computing devices, smartphones, digital and social media and personalized content that is tailored to their interests,” explains Larry.

Engaging the millennial workforce was also a recognized challenge to member businesses. “Today’s workforce and employers have a unique set of needs and circumstances. In some cases it’s about training young professionals for the workforce and other times it’s training the employers about what Generation Y needs,” says Larry. “Companies are employing these folks and want to keep them retained, and we’re offering solutions among others, like Leadership Lab and the Enterprising Women’s Conference, that help the business community cultivate a more skilled and empowered workforce,” he adds.

The North Chamber understands that small business members require particular focus as they seek resources and value for their organizations, thus will continue to deliver specialized programming like the How 2 instructional seminars and Sustainability Series, as well as financial and technology related programming. “The men and women who put it on the line every day in their businesses are taking the risks to help grow this economy,” says Larry. “They are largely represented within the North Chamber, and in us they have a voice and an advocate.”

Additionally, the North Chamber will work to bolster the return on investment for its members through an individualized effort to get more people involved and engaged via volunteerism. “We know that service hours and financial involvement are the keys to realizing a return on membership investment,” says Larry. As such, the chamber will aim to broaden the depth of member business participation by creating more than one touch point within member organizations, thereby increasing leadership opportunities to more professionals.

Finally, Larry feels that by optimizing the North Chamber’s offerings and operations, it will be positioned to deliver higher value to its membership. “By getting involved, our members use this chamber as a vehicle to work on their business. This is an ideal venue for professionals to demonstrate their expertise, position themselves as an authority in their community, grow their business and even cultivate employees,” says Larry. “I look forward to working with the membership and community to make 2012 a successful year.”