July/August 2011 - North SA Chamber of Commerce
July - August 2011
Building Business . . . Building Leaders
Word from the Chairman
The vision of the North
Chamber is to be the Chamber of
choice in San Antonio. In order
for us to be successful in achieving
this vision we must deliver value
to our members and be relevant
in helping our membership grow
The majority of the North
Chamber membership is small
businesses, and I have been asked
many times how small businesses
can get involved without investing
substantial amounts of cash.
There is one specific program
that delivers tremendous value,
2011 Chairman of the Board
and the only cost is the time
commitment from the business leader. This program is the
Business Leader’s Circle (BLC), which are small groups of
approximately seven to 10 member business leaders who are noncompeting. The Chamber staff works diligently to ensure that
each person in the group represents a different area of expertise
including marketing, accounting, legal, human resources,
information technology as well as banking, manufacturing, sales,
engineering and many other services.
The secret to success for each BLC group is the exchange
of ideas and success stories, as well as the questions that can be
asked and answered related to marketing campaigns, accounting
issues, business lending, compliance issues, technology, vendor
management and more. If this concept seems appealing to you,
please take the time to apply for a BLC. These groups offer
beneficial and free consulting services from other experienced
Additionally, I extend special thanks to Kate Crosby and
Larry Anthis for hosting the BLC Meet and Greet at the
beautiful new Frost located at Highway 281 and Evans Road;
to Rob Killen for his leadership as the Business Development
Council Chair; and to all the volunteer facilitators who lead the
Lastly, I invite all of our Chamber members to purchase a
seat at the Small Business Leaders Awards (SBLA) luncheon on
Tuesday, July 12. The compelling finalist stories are sure to leave
you inspired. Finally, I thank Jim Heaney for chairing the event
again this year.
Enjoy your summer and let’s all commit to conducting
business with North Chamber members!
Chairman’s Council Spotlight
AT&T and Small Business
mall businesses are critical to our country’s economic growth
and job creation. AT&T is investing in enhancements to the Small
Business customer experience – increasing broadband speeds,
enhancing bundles and integrating online customer touch points
• Back-office platform – deliver a streamlined customer
experience that includes IP-based bundled offers, integrating
wireline and mobility portfolios across the 22-state local footprint.
• Online storefront consolidation – integration of all public
internet B2B storefronts into a single att.com/small business
storefront, with a consistent look and feel, intuitive offer buy
flows and consistent back office support processes.
We deliver Small Business Services that are big on innovation,
and simplify the ability to manage technology assets.
• AT&T Web Hosting makes it easy for small businesses –
whether they need a domain name, business e-mail solution or
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Omni Appoints General Manager
The four-diamond Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
has appointed Delfin Ortiz as General Manager. Ortiz will be
responsible for the overall strategic direction of the hotel as well as
the day to day leadership of the property.
Ortiz brings more than 19 years of hospitality industry
experience to the Omni at the Colonnade. He most recently
served as the Director of Operations at the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel. Before joining the Houston Galleria Hotel, Ortiz
was the Director of Operations for the Omni at the Colonnade.
Due to his outstanding performance, he comes back as the
General Manager. His background also includes Management
positions at the Omni Berkshire, Omni Colonnade in Coral
Gables, FL. and Omni Charlottesville.
Ortiz earned an Associate degree in Applied Science from the
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Chairman’s Council Spotlight
AT&T Continued from page 1
website hosting solution. We have the fast and reliable solutions
to help small businesses save time and grow their business.
Putting a Value On Your Business
By Annie Turner, Wells Fargo Vice President
The first wave of Baby Boomers has turned 60, and among
them are small business owners thinking about transitioning
How do you find out what your business is worth and
whether it will be enough to fund retirement and legacy?
In determining the value of a business, it’s much more
than the “book” value of assets minus liabilities. You have to
consider how its assets have appreciated over the long term and
what the earning power of that business will be in the future.
Other factors can impact value as well.
For example, the type of business or industry your business
is in can impact the value. If the market is saturated with
competitors or if you’re the sole business working to serve a
niche, that could impact your valuation as well.
It may be that the real estate your business owns is just as –
if not more – valuable than the business itself.
Many financial services companies, like Wells Fargo,
provide highly specialized business valuation services to help
partnerships, family businesses and corporations plan for the
transition or sale of your business.
These specialists can help you determine the value of your
company’s earning capacity, marketability, goodwill, contracts,
copyrights, reputation, cash flow and other factors. And he
or she can help you compare your company’s value to that of
When determining the value, business appraisers and
potential buyers will look to see that your business is in order.
That means, among other things, producing audited financial
statements so that potential buyers will be comfortable with the
You want to present a diversified customer base – a business
that has just one customer or two main customers may be
seen as a greater risk to potential buyers and have an impact in
bringing potential value down.
Knowing the value will help you plan your succession. Even
if your plan is to pass the company down to your heirs, knowing
the value will help you develop strategies for handing off the
business in a way that mitigates the potential estate and gift tax
burden on your heirs.
• AT&T Tech Support 360 is a virtual IT helpdesk that
provides live, remote technical support for small businesses.
Services like PC Optimization, PC tune-ups and software
installation services can help make businesses more productive
• AT&T Tech Support 360 Backup and Go is a new
automated, online data backup service that offers small businesses
unlimited backup and storage of PC data with remote access from
any location via web-connect computer or mobile device. Backup
and Go is the first data backup service to be optimized for
smartphone access and viewing, making it even easier to remotely
access and view files, read e-mail and print documents.
We provide Small Business Customers free access to decision
making resources, tools and expertise – saving them time and effort
sorting through complex topics when considering technology and
other critical management decisions.
• Articles across a range of technology topics to enable business
in a mobile society, build and manage online presence and deploy
secure broadband solutions
• Tips and tools for business facing start-up and growth
• Live and On-Demand Web seminars and articles featuring
Small Business Experts
AT&T also helps small businesses with our participation in
a private/public partnership through SCORE - Counselors to
America’s Small Businesses. SCORE, Fortune 500 Companies
and leading technology firms are launching a national initiative
to increase small business growth through broadband adoption.
online at www.att.com.
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City University of New York, a degree
in Hospitality Management from New
York University and studied Food
& Beverage Management from the
Florida International University. He was
awarded the Manager of the Year from
the Omni Berkshire Place as well as the
Excellence Award for Outstanding Service in New York.
“I am very pleased to return to San
Antonio and especially proud to be named
as the General Manager of the Omni San
Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade. As
always, the team is ready to exceed guest
expectations, particularly as we gear up for summer,” said Delfin
Ortiz. “It is our collective vision to continue the focus on delivering
the Omni’s award-winning, top-notch customer service.”
The Capital Group Companies supports
nonprofits from A to Z
Each year, Capital Group associates donate time and resources to
nonprofit organizations around the world - including nearly 50 in
San Antonio. They’re involved in organizations from the Alamo
Area Boy Scouts to the Zoological Society.
It’s our associates’ passion for improving the lives of others that
guides our charitable giving programs, which include matching gifts,
grant making and many volunteer opportunities.
A highlight of 2011 was seeing Yo-Yo Ma and several of his
colleagues interact with students from the Capital Group’s adopted
school, Sul Ross Middle School. Each musician spoke about an
instrument, its history and the importance of music. Many of the
students attended a Silk Road Ensemble performance at the Majestic
Theater, made possible through a Capital Group grant.
“It’s amazing to see young students captivated by the music
and participating in the discussion,” shares Erika Ivanyi, co-General
Manager in San Antonio. “We’re proud of our long-standing
commitment to arts education. It’s important to give back to our
In addition to these activities, many associates participate in
San Antonio CARES, a company-sponsored group that coordinates
volunteer opportunities in the community. online at
At Morningside Ministries, we may not be the new kid in town,
but our reputation of servicing the community for 50 years, makes
us an “oldie but goodie!” Morningside Ministries is San Antonio’s
oldest and largest not-for-profit, faith-based organization with a
mission of caring for those who cared for us.
Founded in 1961 by the Southwest Texas Conference of the
United Methodist Church, and later joined by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio,
Morningside has grown into four distinct and unique retirement
communities in San Antonio and Boerne - Morningside Ministries
at the Meadows, Morningside Ministries at the Manor, Morningside Ministries at the Chandler Estate and Morningside Ministries
at Menger Springs in Boerne.
Today we continue to serve over 800 residents in retirement,
assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. We are
also dedicated to educating our staff, residents, family members
and caregivers to provide the highest quality of care and services
through online training. There is always something new around
the corner, but classic never goes out of style.
online at www.mmliving.org
We Do More at IBC Bank
By Steve Edlund, CEO
At IBC Bank, we realize that being a member of the community
means offering more than financial services. Since opening our
doors to San Antonians in 1986, we have supported numerous local causes and organizations.
• Through our ongoing partnership with St. Leo the Great
Catholic School, we provide volunteer and financial assistance to
a school offering quality education to students on the Southside.
• This spring, we reached over 200 local students through our annual “Money Buzz” program, a kid-friendly financial lesson.
• On Memorial Day, we launched Operation Care Drop, a yearly
initiative supporting soldiers overseas through the collection of
care packages and encouraging letters. We will accept donations
at IBC branches across the city through July 4th.
• We also serve as a corporate sponsor for Light the Night, a
fundraising walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am
privileged to serve as co-chair for this event with my colleague
Pat Stewart, president of the IBC Bank Service Center.
“We Do More” isn’t just a slogan, but a commitment we’ve
made to San Antonio for the last 25 years.
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s latest high-tech facility
changes the phrase, “seeing is believing” to “feeling and seeing in
high-definition and 3D is believing.”
The university’s new Advanced Visualization Laboratory is a
Tier One facility that allows researchers and students from all disciplines to physically experience theories and practices.
By using tools known as haptic devices, participants can feel
the actual force of a Newton or feel what it is like to cut through
layers of earth or skin, for example. The 14.5 - by 6-foot visualization wall made up of two dozen 30-inch Dell UltraSharp
widescreen monitors lets one vividly see how blood travels through
arteries or virtually experience the wonders of space.
“The Advanced Visualization Laboratory on our Main Campus is an amazing place that cannot be described with words,” said
UTSA President Ricardo Romo. “One has to visit the lab to truly
understand its potential to enhance research, teaching and industry
in South Texas.”
The lab is funded by a three-year, $482,600 National Science
Foundation Grant. Learn more or schedule a tour of the Advanced
Visualization Library. online at http://viswall.utsa.edu/
Non Profit Spotlight
Understanding Cash Flow
= Successful Business
By Celina Peña, VP Central Texas Lending
& Business Support
Area Nonprofits Need Business Expertise
on Their Boards
Cash flow is a critical piece of the puzzle that keeps your business on
the right trajectory. Here are some tips for analyzing your cash flow:
• As a business owner, keep a true pulse of your cash flow. You
should know all your inputs and outputs.
• You should have an external eye reviewing your financials consistently. This means hiring and vetting a trusted bookkeeper and
CPA that help to tweak your costs and bottom line.
• Link your cash flow to production and sales and be proactive in
improving the course always.
• Track all investments into your business.
• Understand your financial limitations.
• Complete a personal financial statement. Buy a full report of your
credit score, and tend to what needs to be fixed.
• Be proactive and strategic when mapping out your business. If
you are a startup and need more cash – don’t wait. If you are an
established business and are having some strong financial months
and can show cash flow, then be proactive in applying for funds.
s a major funder of charitable activities, the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation conducts regular due diligence on the nonprofit
agencies we fund. In our work, it is clear that many of their boards
desire more business expertise in their board meetings. I encourage readers to seek out nonprofits active in their areas of interest.
To be a successful board member one must first and foremost only
become involved in nonprofits that you can be passionate about.
Fundraising, monitoring, mentoring and compliance are the general areas of board member responsibility. Most do not like to raise
money, but believe me, if you see first-hand the miracles worked
by Kinetic Kids, Seton Home, HandsOn, House of Neighborly
Service or Owl Radio (just to name a few), you will find it easy to
ask others to help them serve more persons in need. Experiencing
the fun of children at the Zoo, San Antonio Children’s Museum
or the Witte will turn you on as well. “Ten Basic Responsibilities of
Nonprofit Boards” by BoardSource is a great reference guide for
potential board members of nonprofits.
• Don’t wait to apply for funds. Be prepared to become “financially
ACCION Texas Louisiana is a nonprofit alternative lender that
provides micro and macro loans, business consultations and seminars.
online at www.acciontexas.org
ocated on 27 natural acres in North
San Antonio, The Montessori School of
San Antonio serves 280 children from age
three through eighth grade. Montessori
education is a method free of rewards and
punishments; instead, from the earliest
ages children are naturally motivated by
their role in forming their own plan for
each school day. The result is an intrinsic,
lifelong learner. Perseverance and concentration are characteristic of
The Montessori School is a private school with a very public
purpose. The school awards over $120,000 in financial aid annually, and MSSA graduates go on to thrive in highly competitive high
schools, of which more than two-thirds are public or magnet. Environmental awareness and appreciation for cultural differences are
components both of the school’s academic curriculum and daily life.
In our rapidly changing world, the qualities of kindness, wisdom, scholarship, and self-initiative are ever more needed and
timeless. At Montessori schools, character education and personalization of instruction are not recent initiatives; they are, in fact,
foundations traceable back to Maria Montessori’s very first “House
Event Partners Champion
When people think about corporate sponsors, the perception
could be that the company’s involvement is only for tax benefits.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society seeks out corporate partners
that want a mutually meaningful relationship which will make a true
impact on the lives of those affected by MS.
Our vision, quite simply, is to create a world free of MS. To
accomplish this goal, we must mobilize the talents and resources of
the millions of people who want to do something about MS. We
invite you to partner with us, whether as a volunteer group, part of
our planning committee or as a fundraising team, you will make a
It is the goal of the National MS Society to continue to find
corporate partners that want to support our fundraising events, and
to bring about social consciousness and assistance for the people we
serve. It is our hope that your vital support will make the end of MS
To learn more about partnering with the National MS
Society, contact Alyssa Smith at [email protected] or
Non Profit Spotlight
September 26, 2011 will
mark the Salesian Sisters of
St. John Bosco eighth annual
golf tournament benefiting
children’s education. Sonny
Melendrez, beloved radio personality, inspirational speaker,
TV host, author, voice artist,
supporter and advocate for
our community, has enthusiastically accepted to partner with us and help raise more funds for
Our Sisters have dedicated their lives to educating youth of
all ages while also helping the poor and women at risk. They not
only dedicate their lives to helping others, but in doing so, joyfully
proclaim the Good News to all cultures and promote the regeneration of a more just and humane society.
Supporting our event will benefit your business though public
exposure and the opportunity to network with local and remote
businesses - all while knowing you are furthering children’s education and the future of our community!
Our tournament and silent auction will take place at Fair Oaks
Ranch and Country Club. So if you love golf or simply want to
make a difference in a child’s education, contact Esmeralda Castillo, Director of Development at (210)431-4999 or email [email protected]
The San Antonio Medical Founda-
tion continues to report record numbers in both activity and construction
dollars in the medical center.
Medical Center outpatient visits
continue at well over 5 million annual visits. Medically related research
grants, primarily at the UTHSC-SA, currently exceed $235 million,
an 88% increase over the year 2000. There are approximately 50,000
employees in the medical center.
Current construction projects exceed $1.5 billion, primarily at
the University Health System’s 400 bed addition to University Hospital, the Veterans’ Administration’s addition of a Polytrauma Center
and the UTHSC-SA’s new South Texas Research Facility.
Improvements continue to be made by the partnership of the
Medical Center Alliance and City of San Antonio in relieving traffic
congestion. The intersection of Medical Drive and Babcock Road is
currently being modified. Way finding signs are also being added and
modified for ease in finding popular locations.
A new 2.2 mile walking-jogging trail, including seven exercise
stations, has been constructed on Foundation property. In addition,
the UTHSC-SA has added a walking-jogging trail around its property. A trial joining the two is in the process of being constructed.
The Journey Continues…
All aboard! Take a voyage down the largest river in the world - the
Amazon! Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches, on view
in the Witte Museum’s Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery through
September 5, takes visitors on an exciting journey through the diverse
ecosystems, identifies the vicious creatures known as the Seven Perils
and introduces the amazing people who inhabit the Amazon River.
Through hands-on activities, original multimedia presentations,
computer interactives, storytelling, original artifacts, dance, music
and live demonstrations, visitors investigate the region’s incredible
biodiversity, encounter field researchers making incredible new discoveries and participate in a celebration of the Amazon River.
This journey is alive! See live piranha swimming in their tank,
meet Pepper the Amazonian Parrot, spot the poisonous dart frogs,
crawl into an underwater viewing tunnel of a tetra fish tank and
identify several other species of live fish.
There is a $3 surcharge in addition to museum general
admission for Amazon Voyage. For more information call
(210) 357-1900. online at www.wittemuseum.org
CFO FORUM CHAIR
About the Company: Padgett,
Stratemann & Co., LLP is a full service
accounting firm that provides accounting and consulting services through an
industry niche model. Niches include construction, MRD (manufacturing, retail and
distribution), energy, government contractors, public sector, professional services,
real estate, private client services and financial services. As a tax partner, Bill supports
the MRD and professional services niches,
and as an Accredited Senior Appraiser in
& Co., LLP
Business Valuation, he supports the business valuation and litigation support practice.
About the Program: The CFO Forum is a learning series that
caters to CFOs and focuses on offering speakers that provide CFOs
with timely topics and information they can use in their day-to-day
Personally Speaking: Padgett Stratemann has been a North Chamber member for 12 years, and Bill has been involved with the CFO
Forum since its inception in 2003. During that time, Bill says the
firm has seen the benefits that come from developing a partnership
with the Chamber. “Participation by our firm makes good business
sense given the services we provide and the key relationships we have
been able to develop.”
About the Company: The Economic
and Workforce Development Team of
the Alamo Colleges develops innovative
partnerships with local industry, academic
institutions, and city, county and state government agencies. Their programs include
the Alamo Area Academies, including the
Information Technology and Security
Academy (ITSA), and several workforce
skills development grants sponsored by the
Alamo Colleges Economic Texas State Workforce Commission. They
& Workforce Dev. Division seek to meld the best aspects of industry,
government and academia into cutting
edge training programs designed to increase the overall competitiveness of San Antonio’s workforce.
About the Programs: The eTech Newsletter is a valuable member
service that provides thought leadership on timely technology issues,
products and services.
Personally Speaking: Tod has been active on the North Chamber Technology Council since 2007 and has assisted with the
Tech Resource Guide. He says, “The Technology Council plays a
vital role in technology advocacy and information dissemination
among the small and medium business community members of
HEALTH & WELLNESS
About the Company: Morningside
Ministries is a faith-based, not-for-profit
ministry serving older adults for 50 years.
Their communities provide a full range
of housing and health services, including
independent retirement living, assisted living, rehabilitation and nursing care. They
provide older persons with a sense of home
where they remain active, find compassionate care and each resident and their family
About the Program: Providing value-added and educational
employee health resources localized to the San Antonio business
community, the Health & Wellness committee looks at a range of
programs and educational resources with an eye toward helping
businesses better manage their employee health costs and maintain a
healthier and more productive workforce.
Personally Speaking: Alvin says, “The San Antonio community
has given Morningside Ministries much support throughout our 50
years of service. Our involvement in the North Chamber is one way
in which we are able to give back. Our volunteer efforts at the North
Chamber have opened many doors for Morningside and have allowed us to have a stronger presence in the community. There is no
way to measure the tremendous value of those opportunities.”
About the Company: Jacobs is a multidiscipline architecture/engineering firm with
more than 55,000 employees worldwide.
The firm’s 89-person San Antonio office
provides professional services including Global Building (vertical building),
Water Infrastructure Programs (public
works projects, environmental services),
Transportation Programs (highways,
airports, railways), Site Civil (commercial,
mixed-use, residential), Urban Design &
Planning (master planning, landscape, urban planning), Construction Management and Inspection and Survey.
About the Programs: This committee reviews transportation and
infrastructure planning, construction and maintenance issues, as well
as the political and financial issues relating to these improvements.
A guest speaker presents on a related topic followed by a report by
each public agency present.
Personally Speaking: Jim has been an active North Chamber
volunteer for over six years and has served on the board for five
years. Jim says, “The North Chamber is a great venue for business
networking and establishing meaningful and long lasting personal
MAYOR’S VISION FOR S.A.
& STATE OF THE COUNTY
About the Company: For more than 50
years, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
has been a leader in the San Antonio
commercial building industry. As the
largest commercial building contractor
in San Antonio, Bartlett Cocke has
a reputation of timely completion, a
commitment to safety, honoring warranty
Bartlett Cocke General
services, financial stability and prompt
payment. The team members are experts
at CM-at-Risk, Design-Build and Bid services, and their foundation
is their people. Many of their employees, craftsmen, officers and
shareholders have been with the company for over 20 years. Because
Bartlett Cocke is employee-owned and well managed financially,
many of their employees are motivated to remain with the company
throughout their careers.
About the Program: Hear the Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio
during a luncheon program featuring keynote address by Mayor
Julián Castro and get “the Bexar facts” regarding County priorities
directly from County Judge Nelson Wolff.
Personally Speaking: Kirk says, “The North Chamber is one of San
Antonio’s greatest assets, providing the business community with
world class professional development, networking and leadership
SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS
AWARDS (SBLA) CHAIR
About the Company: Sterling Bank is a
Texas-based commercial bank with locations in San Antonio, the Hill Country,
Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston and has
been serving Texans for over 30 years.
Sterling’s competitive advantage is demonstrated in their ability to create lasting
relationships by meeting all the banking
needs of their customers – including the
business owners, their employees and
their families. Sterling Bank prides itself in
“Helping Texans Prosper”.
About the Program: The SBLA program recognizes the very best of
our community’s business leaders. Qualifying nominees must have
less than 100 employees to be considered and awards are presented
in a number of categories including new business, community
service, employee relations, business innovation, career achievement,
business achievement and overall achievement.
Personally Speaking: Sterling Bank has been a North Chamber
member for 21 years, and as the bank’s Regional CEO, Jim encourages Sterling’s bankers to be active participants. “The North Chamber
not only helps its members grow and reach their full potential, it also
helps the city by promoting a healthy business climate.”
About the Company: IBC Bank San
Antonio is a member of International
Bancshares Corporation, an $11.3 billion
multi-bank financial holding company
headquartered in Laredo, Texas with 279
facilities serving 105 communities in Texas
and Oklahoma. As an Assistant Vice President, Jennifer Martinez is responsible for
the continued success and growth of the
branch network as an Area Sales Manager.
About the Programs: The Enterprising
Women’s Conference (EWC) is a full-day leadership and professional development conference that provides a powerful learning
environment with informational speakers and robust networking.
In partnership with the national ATHENA Foundation, the North
Chamber is the exclusive host organization for the presentation of the
ATHENA Award® Program that credits rising starts, seasoned professionals and model organizations for achievement, community service
and leadership cultivation with the ATHENA Young Professional
Leadership Award, ATHENA Award and ATHENA Organizational
Leadership Award. For the first time, all three awards will be presented
in one forum at the EWC luncheon.
Personally Speaking: Jennifer is also a North Chamber board
member and says her involvement has benefitted her professionally
Leadership Lab Sponsor Spotlight
Elumicor is an electronic
discovery company that assists
corporations and law firms with
culling, processing, and analyzing
electronic evidence involved in litigation. Elumicor provides responsive,
economical and innovative solutions for our clients. We offer the
advantage of owning and controlling the technology at the hub of
our e-discovery services, coupled with strong engineering support.
Adaptable technology allows for immediate response to client requests
and the ability to promptly address client challenges. Elumicor provides
an unparalleled combination of proprietary software, customer service
and project management. We handle cases consisting of millions of
documents ranging from antitrust, employment, environmental, class
action, regulatory and intellectual property.
Elumicor is woman-owned (WBENC Certified) and assists with
prominent cases for corporations and law firms nationwide. Elumicor
persistently operates with strong company values and seeks long term
relationships with clients. Elumicor is recognized as “The Top 50 Best Places to Work”
in 2011 by the San Antonio Business Journal, and has an 11-year
legacy in the industry.
We are proud to sponsor the Leadership Lab program and invest
in San Antonio’s future leaders. Elumicor. Brilliant Discovery. online at www.elumicor.com
Leadership Lab Sponsor Spotlight
n June 27th, a new era in health care begins with the opening of Mission Trail Baptist Hospital. Like no other hospital
in San Antonio – Mission Trail is an innovative healing environment that brings together state-of-the-art medicine with
compassionate, patient-centered care. From all private rooms, to
natural light and views and the latest advances in healing technology, Mission Trail Baptist sets a new standard for hospitals in
“The patient is at the center of every design and operational
consideration,” says Andy Harris, President of Mission Trail
Baptist Hospital. “Safety, respect, trust, quality and comfort are
some of the words we use to describe the kind of care that we
will offer patients.”
Some of the unique hospital features include:
• All private patient rooms with access to natural light and
• Noise reduction features
• Flat screen TVs with entertainment, health education and
movies on demand
• Meditation garden
• Adequate space for families to stay overnight
The new Mission Trail Baptist Hospital will offer a full
range of health care services including cardiac services, mother
and baby care, world-renowned minimally invasive surgery,
emergency and intensive care, a dialysis unit, orthopedics, urology, vascular and men’s health care services as well as monthly
free educational seminars.
Mission Trail Baptist Hospital is the first hospital in San Antonio to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental
Design) Certification. Some of the conservation designs that are
built into the hospital include:
• Six electric car plug ins
• Use of native vegetation
• Grey water irrigation
• Recycling program
• Use of regional and recycled building materials
• Highly efficient lighting & water systems
• Energy efficient design and construction
• Low Volatile Organic Compounds usage
• CO2 air quality monitoring
• Wind power offset purchasing
Mission Trail Physicians Plaza Medical Office Building will
also open June 27th, offering space convenient to the hospital
for physicians and their patients. It will feature physician offices,
Baptist M&S Imaging, HealthLink Rehabilitation and 2,500 sq.
ft. of dedicated education space.
The hospital and medical office building are located at
3333 Research Plaza on the campus of Brooks City-Base. For
more information, call 297-7005. online at
State of the City Address
Keeping San antonio
Welcome New North Chamber Members!
The North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the following new members. We ask that you make this a
part of your membership directory and encourage you to use it as a resource when purchasing products or services.
Aircraft Parts & Supplies
Computers - Software & Services
Mr. Carl Wulfe
2538 SW 36th Street
San Antonio, TX 78237-4032
Mrs. Marlene Jarrett
2710 Treble Creek
San Antonio, TX 78258-4579
Mr. James N. Waisley
322 W. Summit Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212-2280
Auto Parts & Supplies - Whol &
Construction - Commercial
Internet Marketing & Advertising
Schlemmer USA, Inc.
Mr. Rajiv Iyengar
4709 Macro Drive
San Antonio, TX 78218-5422
Pittman Construction Services
Ms. Susan Pittman
24902 Birdie Ridge
San Antonio, TX 78260-4843
Contractors - General
Signature Flight Support
Mr. Scott Moerbe
1115 Paul Wilkins
San Antonio, TX 78216-4125
Mr. Bill McCullough
4930 Enterprise Drive
San Antonio, TX 78249-1339
Contractors - Landscape
Lone Star National Bank
Ms. Almira Hayes
10000 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX 78216-3859
Lone Star National Bank
Ms. Claudia Maldonado
7954 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX 78229-3408
Best Landscapes, LLC
Mr. Martin Garcia
4393 Stahl Road
San Antonio, TX 78217-1342
Book Dealers - Retail
Half Price Books
Ms. Diana Lindsay
5803 E. Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75231-6519
Sharp Point Strategic Advisors
Mr. Mario Pastrana
62 Bighorn Canyon
San Antonio, TX 78258-7336
Computer Security - Systems &
Mr. Jesse A. Rodriguez
12001 Network Suite 210
San Antonio, TX 78249-3355
SAECO Electric & Utility Ltd.
Mrs. Amber Gonzales
17430 Bandera Road, # 2
Helotes, TX 78023-3488
Financial Planning Consultants
Sears Wealth Management
Group of Raymond James and
Mr. Dave Sears
745 East Mulberry Ave, Ste. 210
San Antonio, TX 78212-3167
Jordan’s Magnetic Energy
Mrs. Crystal Barkley
4035 Naco Perrin Ste 106
San Antonio, TX 78217-2513
Santikos - Northwest
Mr. David Medina
7600 IH 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78230-4807
Mr. George Brothers
1150 N. Loop 1604 W., Ste. 108-632
San Antonio, TX 78248-9997 Santikos - Palladium IMAX
Mr. Barry Potts
17703 IH 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78257-9529
GVS Ideal investments
Santikos - Rialto
Mrs. Graciela Ybarra
Ms. Rebecca Rangel
24115 Horse Prairie
San Antonio, TX 78261-2371 2938 NE Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78218-1528
www.theidealinvestmentsgroup.com (210) 656-8261
Rooster Products Intl., Inc.
Mr. Juan Pablo Cabrera
17280 N.Green Mountain Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78247-4605
Door & Door Frames
Ms. Valerie Hull
625 Florida St
San Antonio, TX 78210-1845
Santikos - Mayan Palace
Ms. Stephanie Gonzalez
1918 SW Military Drive
San Antonio, TX 78221-1433
Medical Services Temporary
U. S. Safety Services
Mrs. Cristina Morales Heaney
5525 Blanco Road, Ste. 124
San Antonio, TX 78216-6678
Mr. Joseph Kryszak
18402 Hwy 281 North, #229
San Antonio, TX 78259-7606
Santikos - Bijou
Mr. Ken Howell
San Antonio, TX 78201-6521
Santikos - Embassy
Mr. Roger Trevino
13707 Embassy Row
San Antonio, TX 78216-2001
Santikos - Silverado
Mr. Eli Perez
11505 W. Loop 1604 N.
San Antonio, TX 78254-9709
Radio Stations & Broadcasting Cos Restaurants
Texas Public Radio
Ms. Kim Gardner
8401 Datapoint Dr Ste #800
San Antonio, TX 78229-5903
Carino’s Italian Restaurant
Ms. Stacy Acosta
JB Goodwin Realtors
7500 Rialto Blvd.
Mr. Reagan Greer
Austin, TX 78735-8531
18503 Sigma Rd. Ste 100
San Antonio, TX 78258-4211 (512)574-5686
RLMK WOLF Real Estate
Mr. Ryan W. Luxon
680 E. Basse Rd., #222
San Antonio, TX 78209-8335
Mr. Pedro Mercado
510 Portland Road
San Antonio, TX 78216-4631
Physicians & Surgeons - Internal
Retirement & Lifecare Communities & Homes
Mrs. Kelly Vanburkleo
2702 Cembalo Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78231-3009
Schools - Private
Mr. Brian K. Lopez-Rosa
San Antonio, TX 78258-4478
KIPP San Antonio
Mr. Martin Acevedo
731 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX 78201-6348
Real Estate - Commercial &
Security Guard & Patrol Services
Mr. Brian Cheong
14833 Bulverde Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78247-2603
Ms. Kim Wood
700 E. Sonterra Blvd., # 1117
San Antonio, TX 78258-4384
Endura Advisory Group
Mr. David Held
9311 San Pedro, Suite 850
San Antonio, TX 78216-4412
Real Estate Investment
Calton Investments, Inc.
Mrs. Trina Meyer
9731 Boerne Haze
Boerne, TX 78006-5238
G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc.
Mr. Vince Panella
901 N.E. Loop 410, Ste. 900
San Antonio, TX 78209-1310
Taxes - Consultants & Representatives
Ms. Adriana Bautista
11615 Lida Rose Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78216-3017
L C Vending Co. Inc.
Mr. Ladd Little
Implicity Management Co.
310 E. Mitchell
Ms. Jody Marquez
San Antonio, TX 78210-3847
8603 North New Braunfels
San Antonio, TX 78217-6305 www.lcvending.net
Physicians & Surgeons - Radiology
River City Imaging Associates
Dr. Carmen Emery, MD
Westover Hills Rehabilitation Cntr.
210 Circle Street, #5
Alamo Heights, TX 78212-5358 Mr. Duncan Sczepanik
9922 State Hwy 151
San Antonio, TX 78251-4554
Martin J. Wiesenthal, MD, PA
Dr. Martin J. Wiesenthal, MD
8038 Wurzbach, Ste. 320
San Antonio, TX 78229-3859
Real Estate Management
(from left) Title sponsor Steve Patti, Generations
Federal Credit Union, chats with presenter Janette
Johnson, Dok-Itonline.com, and committee chair
Leanne King, SeeKing HR, at the May Small Business Connection event “Life Happens. Be Prepared.”
(from left) Title sponsor Brad Rollins, Dahill,
joins dinner sponsor Todd Malaise, Malaise Law
Firm, and team members Jeff Sailor and Brad
Lieurance on the green.
(from left) Event sponsors Rick Rein, Dave
Bonney, Walt Whitnum and Fred Offutt,
First Command Financial Services, join co-sponsor
(center) Lisa Kopecky, eEmployers Solutions, Inc.,
at the May Networking Breakfast at the
Golf Tourney participants enjoy a meal on the
terrace overlooking the course.
Golfers ride out to the tee boxes for the shot-gun
start of the 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament at
Fair Oaks Ranch
Guests gathered at the Business Leaders Circles
(BLC) Meet & Greet, hosted by Frost on May 31.
Business professionals explored BLC groups and the
opportunity to share business issues and concerns at
the Meet & Greet.
May 4, 2011 - 20th Anniversary
and Relocation Celebration
Travis Wolff Independent Advisors & Accountants
9901 IH 10, Suite 500
May 5, 20011 - Grand Opening
Guerrero & Co. CPA
12330 West Avenue, Suite 204
May 25, 20011 - Relocation
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.
South Texas Chapter
814 Arion Parkway, Suite 204
June 1, 20011 - Relocation
Jordan’s Magnetic Energy Wellness 4035 Naco Perrin, Suite 106
April Ambassador Team Building
Fiesta Float Contest Winners: Team
“Good Enough 4 Government”
2011 Board of
Directors & Staff
Chairman of the Board
Chairman’s Council Chair
SpawGlass Contractors, Inc.
Law Office of Chris A. Scherer
San Antonio Water System
Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
Charles P. “Frosty” Forster
Spurs Sports and Entertainment
USAA Real Estate Company
Cleary Zimmermann Engineers
Small Business Council Chair
Baptist Health System
Wittigs Office Interiors
eEmployers Solutions, Inc.
Texas Capital Bank
Finance Council Chair
Kaufman & Killen, Inc
Business Development Council Chair
Bartlett Cocke General
Government Affairs Council Chair
Gallagher Benefit Services
Structure Tone Southwest
CNG Engineering, PLLC
Membership Council Chair
North Chamber Staff
Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.
Leadership & Professional
Development Council Chair
J. Todd Malaise
Malaise Law Firm
Senior Vice President,
New Horizons Computer
Technology Council Chair
Vice President, Leadership
Programs & Director Lead SA
Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison
and Tate, Inc.
Federal Credit Union
Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P.
Padgett, Stratemann & Co., LLP
Cox Smith Matthews
Methodist Stone Oak Hospital
Vice President, Finance &
Manager, Business Development
Manager, Business Development
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and Bexar County. Our mission is to strengthen member businesses and the community through
the delivery of advocacy, recognition and leadership and professional development programs.
2011 Board of Directors
Bain Medina Bain
The Bank of San Antonio
USAA Real Estate Co.
Kaufman & Killen, Inc.
Planners, Inc. (CTP)
University of the
Federal Credit Union
Lawrence Morales II
Haynes and Boone, LLP
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