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


Chairman’s Vision for 2014

Turner_Annie-Chairmans-photo-PRAnnie Turner
VP/Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo
2014 Chairman of the Board, North SA Chamber

Annie Turner was born and raised in Laredo, Texas and was one of eight children. She attended Baylor University where she earned a degree in journalism, and one summer thereafter started working at what she thought would be a temporary job as a teller at Wells Fargo Bank.

Early in her banking career, Annie was offered a role to profile prospective borrowers and prepare loan packages to present for approval. Having an appreciation for small business – her mother a pharmacist and entrepreneur, Annie melded her knowledge of small business and journalism skills to help borrowers build persuasive, informative presentations to get loans and access capital to help grow their small businesses. She stayed on that track throughout her career, and Annie has progressed with Wells Fargo as a manager of lenders assisting small businesses for over 33 years.

She and her husband relocated to San Antonio 15 years ago to raise their family in Boerne. Annie’s management role at Wells Fargo provided her the opportunity to volunteer, and so began her service with Chambers. She served on the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber board for five years, and then transitioned to service on the North SA Chamber board.

Annie says, “The most rewarding part of my Chamber service is the recognition of what small business owners – particularly women business owners – have done in our community.”

Her mother was widowed when Annie was a teenager, and was the sole provider for eight children – of which six were under the age of 16. “I grew up with seven siblings and all of them are professionals. Four are physicians, two are nurses and I am a banker. So education is really important in my family, and I am especially passionate about leadership and helping others along to success and personal and professional growth,” Annie explains.

40 Years of Keeping Bexar County Strong
Now in her sixth year of board service to the North SA Chamber and during the organization’s 40th Anniversary, Annie has demonstrated that commitment through her Chairmanship of the Leadership & Professional Development Council, overseeing the Enterprising Women’s Conference and Leadership Lab programs, and now through her role as the 2014 Chairman of the Board – and as only the seventh woman in 40 years to lead the 1,300-member strong organization.

In 2014, Annie will guide the North SA Chamber to focus on veterans, workforce development, small business advancement, the millennial workforce and community collaboration to promote our mission to strengthen member businesses and the community through the delivery of advocacy, networking, recognition, leadership and professional development programs.

Heeding the Call to Support Veterans
In 2013, the North SA Chamber and our nonprofit arm, Lead SA, recognized USAA chief executive Maj. Gen. Joe Robles, USA Ret. with the Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. Salute to Excellence Award. In his acceptance remarks, Gen. Robles said, “You gave me an award, and I’m giving you a challenge.” Gen. Robles appealed to the business community to hire veterans and help them transition from military life to the civilian workforce, and the North SA Chamber is heeding the call.

“This is ‘Military City,’ we should be doing more to offer resources for this segment of our workforce,” says Annie.

The North SA Chamber’s first response is to offer a discounted level of membership for individual and retired veterans, and veteran-owned businesses.

“We have already noted an influx in veteran inquiries in 2013,” Annie explains. “The North SA Chamber recognized the opportunity to expand our relationship with veterans and began offering discounted memberships, and now we’re going to formalize that commitment to all veterans seeking the resources we provide,” she adds.

Workforce Development
Additionally, the North SA Chamber will continue to meet the needs of businesses for a readied workforce and ongoing professional development. First, the North Chamber launched a Job Bank in late 2013, and the online search tool is a free community resource to job seekers.

“We will promote the Job Bank heavily in 2014 to veterans, transitioning professionals, college students and recent grads,” says Annie. In this way, the North Chamber will help veterans to access career opportunities and assist member employers with an additional no-cost tool to access a larger pool of applicants.

“So many business owners are looking for qualified people. If you have a qualified workforce, then that just improves the community overall,” says Annie. “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 North Chamber offers a myriad of instructional programs starting with Leadership Lab, the Chamber’s nine-month leadership development academy. Annie describes Leadership Lab as “our top tool to help our member businesses develop the leaders in their companies, retain talent and aid in succession plan strategies.” Additionally, the Chamber will continue to offer a wide range of education topics from technology and finance to sustainability, women’s leadership, social media, small business operations and more.

Moreover, recognizing the growing time scarcity among busy professionals, the North SA Chamber is exploring online training offerings to provide a more vast range of course topics and to accommodate members’ busy schedules.

Small Business Advancement
Approximately 75% of the North SA Chamber’s membership is comprised of small businesses, and the organization will continue to advance small business in the coming year. Since 1996, the Chamber has been recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of entrepreneurs through a program that started as the Pride in Progress Awards and evolved to become the Small Business Leaders Awards (SBLA). Having grown tremendously over almost two decades, SBLA honors small businesses across multiple categories including innovation, community service, employee relations, career and business achievement, and new in 2014 – veteran-owned businesses and smaller non-profits who operate much like a small business.

Annie’s husband is also an entrepreneur, and she says, “I know what it takes to run a business and how hard they work. They need the resources a Chamber provides. That’s why I love my job as a banker and my service to the Chamber so much.”

Through Annie’s direct experience in lending at Wells Fargo, she says that more than ever millennial workers are interested in starting their own businesses. According to Forbes magazine, in 2013 millennial workers were making the transition to freelancing and business ownership in droves. “Previous generations wanted the security of a 9 to 5 job. Millennial professionals are more creative and independent, and they want to work on their terms,” she adds.

Annie sees an opportunity for the North SA Chamber to expand its reach to attract millennial professionals to make the North Chamber their Chamber of choice. “We’re working to offer new individual levels of membership for college students, recent grads and transitioning professionals,” says Annie. “We are seeing much younger professionals, and it’s important to get them engaged early on,” she adds. Annie says the key is to connect with them across social media and online channels. An area of professional development that Annie feels is just as important for mature businesses to adopt.

“Business needs to get on the train with social media. It’s our responsibility to educate them and show them how,” she says. This is an area the North SA Chamber addresses through Social U, a social media university for savvy marketers and professionals with a vested interest in the profitability of marketing initiatives.

Advocating for Business
Founded in 1974, the North SA Chamber had the foresight to anticipate San Antonio’s future growth beyond downtown, and we’ve continued to play a major role in shaping and defining solutions for urban and quality of life issues including transportation infrastructure, water quality and supply, energy diversification, economic and workforce development, health and wellness, technology and education.

The North SA Chamber government affairs committee and board will work with members and community partners to develop, present and endorse a Legislative Agenda for the 2015 session. “We have a long history of supporting the advancement of higher education in our immediate community,” explains Annie. “The next Legislative Session will be no different. We will advocate for Tuition Revenue Bonds for growing state institutions including Texas A&M – San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.” As with the 2013 Legislative Session, the North SA Chamber will look to partner with other Chambers of Commerce, trade and civic groups to ensure “our voice is loud, clear and unified before legislators that higher education is a need for our community.”

Once again, we will advocate for funds for transportation infrastructure and work with the San Antonio Mobility Coalition and Alamo Regional Mobility Authority to press for funding alternatives for projects that best leverage our resources and benefit the residents and businesses of Bexar County and surrounding areas.

Annie’s position is that, “Roads and highways are a productivity issue. Time is money. Our workforce is much more productive in the office than they are sitting in a car.” She says well-planned roadways attract business to San Antonio and keep them here. “It’s a quality of life issue with economic impact consequences.”

Be a part of it.
Over the last 40 years, the North SA Chamber has left an indelible mark on the city with our culture of entrepreneurialism and cooperation. Today, the North SA Chamber has earned a reputation as one of the state’s most dynamic and inclusive trade organizations. Resolute in our efforts to advocate for business and education, recognize deserving leaders and provide professional development – we deliver opportunities to make results-oriented business-to-business connections.

“I invite each of our members to do what they can to engage in that 40-year legacy and join us in our efforts,” says Annie. “The North SA Chamber has only come this far because of the commitment, dedication and action of our volunteers. We need your involvement more than ever. Thank you to our board, volunteers, members and supporters for all you do to keep Bexar County strong. And I look forward to working with you and serving you in 2014!”


The cookie that could: Girl Scout cookie season is here!

GirlScouts_SW TEXAS_servicemark_croppedA Girl Scout cookie can do a lot. That’s because when you buy Girl Scout cookies, girls decide where the money goes.

Through Girl Scouting, girls become leaders in their daily lives and prepare for bright futures. The Girl Scout Cookie Program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

These skills give girls the talents and resources to make the world a better place because girls have big hearts and big imaginations. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program fund a girl’s unique leadership experience and makes what is imagined possible.

A Girl Scout cookie could help buy school supplies for needy kids, send a care package to cheer up a soldier far from home or fly a troop of girls from San Antonio to Washington, D.C. where they’ll be motivated to become congresswomen or senators. The box of cookies you buy could be the one that inspires a president.

Many successful businesswomen credit their professional accomplishments to an early start selling Girl Scout cookies. Today’s Girl Scouts follow in their footsteps, and through participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, learn how to be members of a team, work toward a common goal, interact with customers in a professional manner, follow through on a commitment and strive to do their best.

With every season of Girl Scout cookies, another generation of girls gains these valuable skills. As women, they’ll need these skills, whether their goal is to start a business or a family.

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Everybody likes cookies. And there are a lot of cookies that taste good. These are cookies that do good:

  • Thin Mints – crisp mint wafer covered in chocolate
  • Samoas – vanilla cookie smothered in coconut, caramel and chocolate
  • Trefoils – delicate-tasting shortbread
  • Do-Si-Dos – crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookie with peanut butter filling
  • Tagalongs – topped with creamy peanut butter and covered in chocolate
  • Savannah Smiles — crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar
  • Dulce de Leche – cookie rich with milk caramel chips and icing
  • Thank U Berry Munch – made with real cranberries and white fudge chips

Look for Girl Scouts in your neighborhood this month as they take orders for your favorite treat.

Beginning Feb. 7, Girl Scout cookies will be available for purchase in front of your local H-E-B and other neighborhood stores. Celebrate the Girl Scout Cookie Program with your favorite Girl Scout cookies during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (Feb. 7-8).

You can now download the Official Girl Scouts of the USA Cookie Finder app for your iPhone, iPad or Android phone. Your next box of Thin Mints is just a touch away! Just don’t forget to tell your friends—you can even post a cookie sale location to Twitter or Facebook.

For more information, visit

Want to join the fun? Visit to become a Girl Scout or volunteer today!

About Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT):
Based in San Antonio, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas serves more than 33,000 girl members and adult volunteers in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson and Zavala counties. Girl Scouting helps girls in grades K-12 develop the courage to experience new adventures, the confidence to defy self-doubt and the character to impact a community. For more information, visit





Leadership Lab Chair: Lisa Pinto, SWBC

Pinto_LisaAbout the Company: SWBC is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of insurance, investments, mortgages, employee benefits, and more to individuals, businesses, and financial institutions. I am the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. I am responsible for the company’s public relations efforts and working with the media throughout the country. I also lead our business-to-business marketing efforts.

About the Program: Leadership Lab is an award-winning program that fosters and enhances leadership by focusing on a foundation of relationship building and professional development utilizing new and innovative practices. More than just a nine-month experience—the relationships nurtured and the personal development gained from the program inspire greatness in personal and organizational leadership.

Personally Speaking: Lisa is a 2008 graduate of the North San Antonio Chamber Leadership Lab. Lisa says, “This program is a wonderful personal and professional development course that helps all of the area’s rising stars! It helped me tremendously as I became a manager with SWBC.” Lisa also serves on the Chamber’s Gala creative committee.

Himes named Vice President at Security Service Federal Credit Union

Kate Himes Shoot 12-10-13Kate Himes has been named vice president of asset recovery for Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU). She will be responsible for effective operation and development of the asset recovery department, mitigating losses while providing service to credit union members in need.

With 20 years experience, Himes most recently was vice president of loan servicing with Golden 1 Credit Union.

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 $7.5 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 1-888-415-7878.

Goss Promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer at Security Service Federal Credit Union

Chalres_Goss_FinalSecurity Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) is pleased to announce that Charles Goss has been promoted to executive vice president/chief lending officer. In his new role he will be responsible for all of the credit union’s consumer lending, mortgage lending and asset recovery operations.

Goss returned earlier this year to SSFCU after three years as chief lending officer at Golden 1 Credit Union in Sacramento, Calif. Prior to heading west, he spent 13 years at SSFCU, eventually rising to vice president of Texas lending.

“Charles Goss has distinguished himself as an outstanding executive, leader and role model who is respected by all who know and interact with him,” said SSFCU President, Jim Laffoon.

He holds a bachelor of business administration with a concentration in finance from Southwest Texas State University. Goss was named to the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Rising Stars program in 2002.

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 $7.5 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 1-888-415-7878.

Broadway Bank announces new Market Managers


A_Lara-2013Amanda Tomlinson Lara has been selected as the new market manager for the Boerne Banking Center. Previously, Amanda was the market manager at our Downtown Banking Center located in the Metropolitan Methodist Gateway Building. Amanda currently serves as a board member of the Downtown Rotary Club. She has also served on the boards of Child Advocates of San Antonio and San Antonio Kids Exchange. Additionally, she has chaired the Providence High School Gala and co-chaired the Broadway Bank United Way campaign. Amanda has 20 years of banking experience.

G_Rodriguez-Elliott-2013Grace Rodriguez-Elliott has been named market manager at Broadway Bank’s Downtown Banking Center. Prior to moving to the downtown location, Grace was the market manager of our West Commerce Banking Center for six years. Grace serves on the board of the Westside Family YMCA and is vice-chair of the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Westside Development Corporation and the Lupus Foundation of South Central Texas.

SONY DSCBrenda Hemberger has accepted the position of market manager at the West Commerce Banking Center. Prior to this position, Brenda was the market manager at our Potranco Village Banking Center. Brenda plays a key role in assisting various organizations, including Haven for Hope, American Diabetes Association, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and St. Paul School Festival organizations.

J_Carpenter-2013Jill Carpenter has accepted the position of market manager of our Schertz Banking Center. Previously, Jill served as the market manager of our Fort Sam Houston Banking Center. Jill has been involved with the Healthcare Business Women’s Association, and has served as a board member of the Alamo City Cancer Council, the Association of the United States Army and the Preservation of Historic Fort Sam Houston.

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

Chairman’s Reflection on 2013

Rollins_Brad-Chairman lgAs the 2013 Chairman of the Board, I want to extend my appreciation to the North San Antonio Chamber and Lead SA Board of Directors, our volunteers, members and Chamber staff for your support, involvement and accomplishments this year.

Over the last year, our volunteers and staff collaborated to: increase visibility and promote commerce among our members; deliver best in class leadership and professional development programs; recognize outstanding business leaders; and hear your voice on important issues affecting San Antonio.

Promoting Your Business, Promoting Commerce
At the beginning of 2013, I called upon our member businesses to Buy Local – Buy North Chamber – and commit to doing business with a fellow member. To support that effort, the North Chamber has implemented a number of strategies to help you get noticed.

Through the Chamber’s website and social platforms, members had the opportunity to increase their online presence and improve their visibility among fellow members and the community. We now offer improved web services like: enhanced online directory listings, special offers, and the inclusion of links to member social profiles. Additionally, chamber staff received and posted nearly 4,500 member news items across our social platforms and blog – creating thousands of impressions for our member businesses.

And, we launched yet another tool to help you operate your business. Our new Job Bank went live in October, and has already seen an abundance of listings and activity. The Job Bank is a free community resource and no cost to members to post job opportunities.

I’m proud to announce special recognition the North Chamber received at the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives conference this past summer. Two Chamber staff members earned 20-year Tenure Awards – congratulations to Chris Bugg and Marilyn White for their many years of dedication to our membership and the community. Additionally, the North SA Chamber website, marketing and social media programs were recognized with Media Excellence awards.

Leadership & Professional Development
The North Chamber worked diligently to engage our emerging leaders and millennial workforce through a number of programs – primarily, Leadership Lab. The number one priority for area businesses is an educated and prepared workforce. Our nine-month leadership academy, Leadership Lab, is the centerpiece of our effort to respond to that need.

This year, the program surpassed 2012’s record-breaking class registration with 79 Lab participants – the largest graduating class to date. Lab participants heard from many local thought leaders and explored topics including self-awareness and leadership style, ethics, high-performance, communication, negotiation and change, community and leadership in action.

As we all operate in the digital age, the North SA Chamber is committed to educating business and bringing our members into the world of social media. Through our quarterly How 2 Series and our newest program – Social U, we are helping businesses replace concerns about social media with information to undertake and implement interactive marketing techniques.

Finally, the North Chamber has distinguished our programming with events designed to meet the specialized needs of financial, technology, construction and facilities professionals and our community’s women leaders. You supported and attended several educational events including CFO and CIO Breakfasts, Business Technology Series, the CIO Panel, On the Horizon, SustainAbility Seminars and the Enterprising Women’s Conference.

Honoring Leadership
We know that people make the difference in our companies and our community. And the North Chamber is dedicated to honoring the individuals who are innovating, contributing to our community, achieving in business and leaving a legacy from their life’s work.

In 2013 we honored pediatrician Dr. Dianna Burns-Banks as the Small Business Leader of the Year and CPS Energy for their Small Business Advocacy. Lead SA saluted USAA CEO Maj. Gen. Joe Robles, USA Ret. for his transformative leadership and commitment to education with the Governor Dolph Briscoe Excellence Award. We recognized Conceptual MindWorks CEO Elaine Mendoza with the ATHENA Leadership Award, SeeKing HR’s Jennifer Swisher with the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, Susan G. Komen San Antonio with the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award, as well as acknowledged many others for their achievements in small business, personal and organizational leadership.

Amplifying Your Voice
Finally, our voice is never stronger than when we speak as one on the issues that affect our businesses and quality of life. Last year, our members had a number of opportunities to be heard before their elected officials at every level.

Members met with U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith at the Spring Chairman’s Council breakfast, and Senator Ted Cruz hosted a small business roundtable at our Chamber headquarters. County Judge Nelson Wolff and Mayor Julián Castro each addressed our members – and guests even got a surprise performance from Indy rock band, Girl in a Coma, as Judge Wolff promoted Bexar County as an ideal venue for an outdoor music festival.

The North Chamber Government Affairs Council partnered with a number of like-minded organizations and chambers to advance a legislative agenda focused on: creating a sustainable, long-term source of revenue for transportation infrastructure funding; restoring funding for public education and tuition revenue bonds for public universities; and diversification of water resources. Locally, the board of directors endorsed: 1) a local supplier ordinance that allows the City of San Antonio to give preference to businesses located in the city; and 2) Texas Constitutional Amendment No. 3 to eliminate the tax levy on aircraft and other manufacturing inventory, and No. 6 implementing the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund.

Furthermore, we partnered with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber to present the Mid-Year Economic Report to our members, and conduct a City Council Meet & Greet with both of our Chamber boards in attendance. My special thanks to North SA Chamber President & CEO Duane Wilson and Hispanic Chamber President Ramiro Cavasos. I’m appreciative of their continued efforts to do the good work of Chambers – promoting economic development and prosperity for our business community.

Keeping Bexar County Strong
As I exit my post as Chairman of the Board, I want to extend to you my sincere thanks for the honor of serving this organization and each of your businesses. We’ve had an incredible year, and I’m grateful to each of you for your membership, involvement and patronage. Our volunteer work is supported by the day-to-day and hands on efforts of the North Chamber staff and the leadership of Duane Wilson. I want to offer special thanks to them for their commitment to our member businesses and the community.

Finally, please join me in welcoming our 2014 board chair, Annie Turner of Wells Fargo. I call on you to continue to support her and the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in all that we endeavor in the New Year. We’re humbled that you have chosen us as your Chamber and we’re here to be a resource to you. Thank you for all you to do keep San Antonio and Bexar County strong.

Security Service Federal Credit Union CEO to step down

Security Services Federal Credit UnionThe Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) Board of Directors has announced David E. Reynolds will step down from his position as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 24, 2014. He will be succeeded as CEO by Security Service’s current President, Jim Laffoon.

Reynolds began his credit union career in August 1974 as a Field Examiner and Auditor for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). After nine years with NCUA in positions of increased responsibility, he joined Pentagon Federal Credit Union in 1983 and established the credit union’s first office in San Antonio. Reynolds joined Security Service in March 1986 as Senior Vice President and in August of 1986 he was promoted to Executive Vice President. On May 14, 1997, SSFCU’s Board of Directors selected him for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

ReynoldsUnder Reynolds’ leadership as Chief Executive, the credit union has grown from $330 million with nine branches to an enterprise serving more than 900,000 members with $7.5 billion in assets and 70 branches in Texas, Colorado and Utah. Security Service is now the largest credit union in Texas and San Antonio and the eighth largest in the United States.

During his tenure, the credit union has been the number one credit union indirect auto lender in the nation for over a decade, was an industry leader in adopting online delivery channels for improved member convenience and completed numerous mergers with and acquisitions of troubled credit unions allowing SSFCU to expand service to members and to serve new markets in South Texas, El Paso, Colorado and Utah.

“Under David Reynolds’ leadership, Security Service has expanded the credit union’s reach to serve more members and to provide enhanced products and services to meet their financial needs,” said Jim O’Farrell, SSFCU Chairman of the Board. “He has been committed to ensuring the continued safety and soundness of Security Service while also giving back to the members and the communities where we work and live.”

In addition to his work at SSFCU, Reynolds has served as a member of the Finance Committee and Board of Directors for the Credit Union Direct Lending organization; the National Association of Federal Credit Unions’ Share Insurance, Liquidity and Development Fund Oversight Committee; Board of Trustees of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County; the Boards of San Antonio’s CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; and the Advisory Council for the College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

TMI appoints new board members

TMI 120 logo COLORTwo new members have joined the Board of Governors at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas.

TMI_Patrick_GarciaPatrick R. Garcia, a member of the school’s class of 1972, is president of Division Laundry and Cleaners. A previous president of the TMI Alumni Council (now Association), he is a member of the board of the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association; serves on the steering committee of the Citizens’ Bond Committee of Northside Independent School District; and as an alternate member representing industries on the Region L, South Texas Regional Water Planning Group. Garcia is also a member and former chairman of the Water Resources Committee of the San Antonio Manufacturers Association. A longtime advisory director of Frost National Bank, he previously has served on the boards of Santa Rosa Long-term Care Hospital and the Incarnate Word Retirement community and held numerous committee positions with San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS). Garcia earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from St. Mary’s University.

TMI_Daryl_LansdalDaryl L. Lansdale Jr., the parent of two TMI students, is partner-in-charge of the San Antonio office of Norton Rose Fulbright and head of its Corporate and Securities practice. He is experienced in mergers and acquisition, securities offerings, conducting internal investigations and advising directors on corporate governance and fiduciary duty issues.  He is a member of KLRN-TV’s Alamo Public Telecommunications Council Board of Directors and on the board of The First Tee of Greater San Antonio, an organization that provides educational programs to promote healthy choices through the game of golf. He also is a past president of St. Mary’s University’s Forum on Entrepreneurship. Lansdale earned a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

Other TMI Board of Governors members are: Michael R. Amini, Tom C. Frost, Patrick R. Garcia, Robert Jalnos, Lisa Cooper McCutcheon, Jeffrey W. Miller, Marc A. Notzon, J. David Oppenheimer and Richard W. Smith Jr. The Rt. Rev. Gary R. Lillibridge, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, serves as chairman of the board, and Stephen E. Walker is executive chairman. Retired Maj. Gen. James M. Lyle, president of the school’s board of trustees, and John W. Cooper, Ph.D., headmaster, serve as ex-officio members.

Members of TMI’s Board of Governors preserve the mission and purpose of the school. They determine, monitor and strengthen the school’s programs and services; and provide financial oversight, effective organizational planning and adequate resources to fulfill the mission.

Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, TMI is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its founding in 1893. The flagship school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, TMI is a private, co-educational, college-preparatory school for grades 6-12, with optional Junior ROTC and boarding programs. For information, visit or call 698-7171.