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Byron Rusk

This month we profile a man who is only one of two individuals in the entire state of Texas to have been named as an “Accredited Master Automotive Manager” by the national Automotive Management Institute. Give up? It is Byron Rusk, owner of Master Car Care & Collison and RMS Automotive. We might add, a [...]

2020-07-13T13:24:04+00:00July 13th, 2020|Member Spotlight|

Long-term Chamber Member Antonio “Tony” Vega Passed Away

Antonio Vega, known to a multitude of Chamber members as “Tony,” and the owner and founder of Tony’s Mexican Restaurant, passed away in early July. His “Heights-Institution” restaurant opened in 1992 and became a valuable Chamber member in 2000. His restaurant is family owned and operated, and he will be sorely missed in the Heights [...]

2020-07-06T14:09:11+00:00July 6th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Board Nominations

Chamber Seeks Nominations for Board of Directors The GHACC is now accepting applications and nominations for its Board of Directors. If you are interested, or know of someone who would be a good Board Member, please submit your resume to President@heightschamber.org A standard Director’s term is 3 years, although occasionally there is an introductory 1 [...]

2020-06-23T11:40:05+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Kelly Simon

Corpus Christi, Texas was the starting point for this month’s member spotlight, Kelly Simon. Although born there, she grew up in Spring, Texas and began her academic studies at Klein High School. It’s hard to believe that Kelly did not really know what she wanted to do when she grew up, but boy-o-boy did she [...]

2020-05-28T13:14:56+00:00May 28th, 2020|Member Spotlight|

Business Building Relationship Skills

We hope that you have been able to schedule time to participate in the weekly Thursday Zoom meetings being conducted by the Chamber. These have been instrumental in helping to foster communications among members, finding answers or shared solutions to difficult questions, and maintaining the “family-like” hallmark of this Chamber. Certainly, these unusual circumstances and [...]

2020-06-12T10:20:14+00:00May 26th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner’s Office Donated Face Masks

Elizabeth Stinsman, Director of Community Assistance Department, and representing County Commissioner, Jack Cagle, has graciously donated 3,000 face masks to the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce for distribution to schools, businesses, and the community. The Chamber was recognized for its incredible outreach in providing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stinsman stated: “It is because [...]

2020-05-19T10:02:56+00:00May 18th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

In Memory of Norma Skowronek

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce extends its sympathies to the family of Norma Skowronek, a former member of the board of directors. Norma passed away on March 18, 2020 in the company of her loved ones. She was a true local community person, growing up in Houston, attended Waltrip High School, and recently [...]

2020-05-05T13:39:38+00:00May 5th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Former Chamber President Passes

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of commerce board of directors and staff mourn the passing of former president David Santana. David was elected as GHACC President and took office on March 17, 2008. When the announcement was made in the Chamber newsletter, LINKED, he said: “I look forward to working with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, [...]

2020-04-29T12:43:12+00:00April 29th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Coronavirus Update

Dear Chamber Members. With the uncertainty surrounding the on-going impact of the Coronavirus, your Chamber has been compelled to make decisions regarding pending and upcoming events, activities and administrative operations. The result of our decision, a decision shared with our fellow Chambers, is that for the next 4-weeks, all events will be cancelled. This decision [...]

2020-03-16T15:16:45+00:00March 16th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

GHACC Annual Crawfish Festival

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Crawfish Festival in the Heights was held on March 7th at 411 West 20th street. Cooler than expected weather greeted festival attendees, but the crawfish, corn and potatoes were in abundance. Mudbug eaters along with those that favored hot dogs and sausage on a stick enjoyed the [...]

2020-03-11T09:21:08+00:00March 10th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

Don’t Forget to Purchase Your Crawfish Bucks Before the March 1st Deadline!

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual Crawfish Festival in the Heights for March 7, 2020. The festival will be held at 411 West 20th Street, across from Heights Hospital and the hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This family fun event is one of the Chamber’s primary fund-raising projects [...]

2020-02-21T09:32:26+00:00February 20th, 2020|Chamber News, General News|

February Education Meeting Recap

Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Meeting February 19, 2020 at Baptist Temple Today our meeting was filled with lots of success stories as our businesses and schools are partnering up and fulfilling the needs of students and their families. Tiffany Mensing with Space and Serenity helped to provide for family in need [...]

2020-02-20T14:29:31+00:00February 20th, 2020|Chamber News, Education, General News|

Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Education Meeting January 15, 2020

Wednesday, we had a full meeting with returning businesses and schools along with new businesses and schools. It is exciting to see our committee continue to grow and build partnerships. April Petronella is working with The Leader to gain more exposure for our committee and the school needs and she is going to work with [...]

2020-01-17T09:46:18+00:00January 17th, 2020|Chamber News, Education|

Louie Gill Becomes Chamber President

The Chamber Board of Directors and members have welcomed Louie Gill as the new president of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce. Gill brings extensive business and military credentials as he assumes the leadership of the more than 550-member Chamber. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Louie holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and [...]

2020-01-15T15:30:41+00:00January 15th, 2020|Chamber News|

Education Committee Values Contributors, Cites Needs and Seeks Additional Partnerships

Great Partnerships are being forged through the Education Committee; Tiffany Mensing with Space and Serenity gathered the Christmas and holiday supplies to help make Heights High School Winter Holiday Festival spirited. In the past, Hermann and Sons donated uniforms to Waltrip Ladies Soccer and this one act has led to increased interest as well as [...]

2019-12-20T10:01:39+00:00December 20th, 2019|Chamber News, Education|

Chamber Annual “Economic Forecast” Luncheon on January 30

One of the most highly anticipated Chamber events takes place on January 30 and that is the Economic Forecast Luncheon. The presentation features Dr. Bill Gilmer, Director of Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston’s Bauer Commerce. Dr. Gilmer’s forecast and projections provide a guide for planning and business operations in 2020. His analyses factor [...]

2019-12-02T10:44:35+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Chamber News, General News|

Chamber Education Committee Blends Business and Education

The Chamber’s Education Committee, chaired by Cindy Reibenstein with co-chair Willie Diefenbach-Jones, has created a very successful union involving Chamber members and leaders from area schools. Monthly meetings bring out diverse groups whose collective emphasis is to assist, support, and provide much needed aid in multiple activity areas for school leaders, students, families and the [...]

2019-11-25T11:14:32+00:00November 25th, 2019|Chamber News, Education|

Front Desk/Sales Associate-Lash Lounge

Front Desk/ SALES Associate  Want to join a team of highly motivated individuals in the fastest-growing premier eyelash salon? The Lash Lounge at Yale Marketplace in Houston, TX is a is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Front Desk Sales Associate. Position Details: This will be a part-time position, focusing on front desk duties [...]

2019-11-18T16:15:21+00:00November 18th, 2019|Job Board|

Lash Stylist-Lash Lounge

Lash Stylist/ Licensed Cosmetologist Want to join a team of highly motivated individuals in the fastest-growing premier eyelash salon? The Lash Lounge at Yale Marketplace in Houston is a is looking for a highly motivated and professional Lash Stylist. Details: The stylist will provide a menu of services including lash extensions, lash tintings/perms, and eyebrow tinting/threading. The [...]

2019-11-18T16:14:16+00:00November 18th, 2019|Job Board|

Holiday Shopping Reminder

Yes, we know the turkey and pumpkin pie are memories, so many individuals have and will be turning their thoughts to gift buying. So, in the spirit of helping, we ask that you keep the local merchants in mind when shopping for products or services. The Chamber’s “Buy Local First” initiative promotes businesses many of [...]

2019-12-02T11:12:00+00:00November 12th, 2019|Chamber News|

Clifton Middle School Food Pantry

We are starting up our Food Pantry (in partnership with the Houston Food Bank) next week. All the information is on the attached poster, please share with your community. I am also looking for student and adult volunteers (Adults must be VIPS approved) to help with the distribution. High school students will be able to [...]

2019-11-12T11:16:28+00:00November 12th, 2019|Education|

Chamber Proudly Recognizes November Anniversaries

Anniversaries are very special and the Chamber takes pride in recognizing an important date for our members. Whether it is your first or twenty-fifth, it signifies members that consistently value the benefits of being in a progressive organization. Your Chamber provides opportunity. The opportunity to build recognition among a network of fellow businesses that can [...]

2019-11-07T12:03:15+00:00November 7th, 2019|Chamber News|

Willie Diefenbach-Jones

This month’s spotlighted member Willie Diefenbach-Jones grew up with humble beginnings living in the countryside near Kankakee, Illinois. It would not be erroneous to say that Willie was a farm girl comfortable among her family that was raising cattle, hogs, chickens, corn and soybeans. School days were local before she journeyed to Southern Illinois University [...]

2019-10-30T10:22:28+00:00October 30th, 2019|Member Spotlight|

Job Openings- Memorial Assistance Ministries–Resale Store

Resale Third Key Holder Department: Resale Store Reports to:  Vice President of Operations Employment Status:  full-time, non-exempt Location:  MAM Resale - 1625 Blalock Road, 77080 We are also always looking for great volunteers!   If you are interested please see the Volunteers page. Department Description MAM’s Resale Store was established in 1983 as a core aspect [...]

2019-10-01T13:57:30+00:00October 1st, 2019|Job Board|

Job Openings at Memorial Assistance Ministries–Accountant

Accountant Department:  Administration Reports to:  Comptroller Employment Status:  30+ Hours/Week, Exempt Location:  MAM Main Office - 1625 Blalock Road, 77080 We are also always looking for great volunteers!   If you are interested please see the Volunteers page. Department Description MAM’s Administration Department consists of five positions:  the President and CEO, Comptroller, Accountant, HR Generalist/Executive Assistant [...]

2019-10-01T13:54:10+00:00October 1st, 2019|Job Board|

2020 Print Directory Advertising on Sale Now

The annual printed directory of members is a prime way to keep your advertising message before not only Chamber members, but the community as well. Published for more than 17 years, this pocket-sized directory is a reference guide for products and services offered by Chamber members. The directory has a 365-day life, so your ad [...]

2019-10-01T10:09:35+00:00October 1st, 2019|Chamber News|

Michael Smith

Our featured member this segment is a tall, gregarious man who since joining the Chamber in 2018, has been seen frequently at breakfast connections, business after hours, ribbon cuttings and more. Making friends and business contacts comes easy for Michael because he is a good networker. On joining the Chamber, he says “I joined the [...]

2019-09-30T17:04:02+00:00September 30th, 2019|Member Spotlight|

2019 Gala Returned to the 70’s

Reliving the “Disco” days was readily on display at the Chamber’s Gala celebrating Dee Farino’s two years of service as Chairman.  With a theme of “Chamber 54,” members and guests dressed in vintage disco costumes enjoyed cocktails during the opening reception and took opportunities to view an array of exclusive silent auction items. Bidding was [...]

2019-09-25T13:23:33+00:00September 24th, 2019|Chamber News|

Pre-Gala Party Showed Off Fashions

 Chamber members, staffers, Yellow Rose Derby Girls and professional models all took part in the Gala Pre-Party held on Tuesday, August 20 at Eureka Brewery. Donning period costumes and clothing from the disco (1970’s era) it truly was a return to that Disco era, complete with bell-bottoms, peace signs, tie-dye, wigs, and capes. It all [...]

2019-08-22T11:42:47+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Chamber News|

Candice Rodriguez

Our featured member profile this time belongs to Candice Rodriguez. Hailing from the Alamo City originally, (San Antonio for the uninitiated), Candice said “I came to Houston shortly after I was born!” She grew up in Houston and attended local schools plus doing her college work at Lone Star, Texas A&M and Houston Community College. [...]

2019-08-13T10:31:29+00:00August 13th, 2019|Member Spotlight|

2019-2020 Chamber Board

In accordance with the by-laws, a nominating committee was appointed in June by the Board of Directors.  The committee presented nominees for Board approval in July. The slate of nomicees will be presented to the membership at the annual member meeting on September 12th which is the Breakfast Connection.  All members are invited to attend. [...]

2019-08-08T14:17:05+00:00August 8th, 2019|Chamber News|

All Saints Childhood Center

Greetings! We are currently hiring for a full-time early childhood director who will be responsible for the administration and daily operations of the Tuesday & Thursday program.   All Saints Early Childhood Center provides a high quality, age-appropriate environment rich with Catholic values and traditions where all children can develop through hands-on experience and purposeful [...]

2019-06-24T12:07:23+00:00April 21st, 2019|Job Board|

Annual Education Luncheon May 21st!

Our annual Education Luncheon honors high school seniors who have been awarded Chamber scholarships as well as those area seniors who are entering the military.  We will also honor the Teacher of the Year, Staff Person of the Year, and Educator of the Year.  And we are pleased to welcome Jonathan Horton, two-time Olympic Gymnastics Champion [...]

2019-03-21T16:27:37+00:00March 6th, 2019|Chamber News, Education, General News|

Mayor Turner to Declare March 15th American Legion Centennial Day

MAYOR TURNER to declare March 15 AMERICAN LEGION CENTENNIAL DAY   HOUSTON - March 4, 2019 – The American Legion is turning 100 and American Legion Post 560 in Houston is planning to celebrate. The post, located in Garden Oaks, was chartered in 1946. The organization as a whole traces its roots to March 15-17, 1919, in Paris, France, [...]

2019-03-05T14:23:09+00:00March 5th, 2019|Chamber News|