Where do we begin on this human dynamo because she lives by a mantra that states: “being a go-giver as well as a go-getter?” With that philosophy Terry doesn’t miss a minute in her personal or professional life. She was born in Houston and matriculated at Bellaire High School. Getting a running start on participation and involvement, she was a member of the Bellaire Belles, a drum and bugle corps and then was in the honor corps as senior hand bells.
Terry was the first one in her family to graduate from college, of course the University of Houston! She proudly points out that her daughter attended her graduation at 16 months old, and years later she did likewise. Perhaps a little known fact is that during college Terry had an Antique shop in the Heights on 19th street. The completion of college saw her go into residential real estate after chairing a home tour in Garden Oaks. A decision that 30+ years later has served her well since she is a One Career Real
tor and Sales and Marketing Specialist for Re/Max specializing in residential transactions with an emphasis on the Greater Heights area. Plus, we should salute her many honors, including being a consistent Top Producer, a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and a recipient of Re/Max’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Joining the Chamber was easy for Terry, “I enjoy networking, giving back to the local community, lifting up others as they succeed in their respective career and life paths.” Her association participation is too numerous to mention. Suffice it to say that she holds memberships in all the state and local Real Associations and is a graduate of the Realtor Institute. She gives back through her involvement in local school projects for Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School, is a founder of Heights POWER Network and has been active in the Garden Oaks Civic Club since 1981.
Terry’s family includes parents, a daughter, Becky, and the “absolute joy of her life, 2-year old granddaughter Bryn. She spends time at the Whistle Stop Inn in Smithville with her friends, putters in herb gardening, does Texas two-stepping and other enjoyable things. One of those is her long-time participation in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where she serves on the Breeders Greeters committee. And, don’t question her tractor driving skills because she enjoys being a go-giver as well as a go-getter driver!
David Maldonado brings impressive credentials and experience to the Chamber and has made many friends among members in a short time. A native of Dallas, David has outstanding academic achievements including St. Marks School of Law, Princeton University, the University of Texas School of Law and IMD International Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Besides being a former presiding Municipal Judge, he is principal and owner of Law Office of David J. Maldonado, PLLC. In addition he is an energy advisor to Houston Technology Adviser a nonprofit business incubator plus the founding member of Texas Market Strategies. However, more significantly if that is possible, he will be named one of two 2015 “Best Attorney” selections in the survey conducted by The Leader newspaper. That speaks to his ability to provide his clients with exemplary estate planning and counsel on legal matters.
With a fascinating background, David proudly points out his days as a door-to-door Kirby vacuum salesman! But there is more. He saw JFK in the motorcade about 10 minutes before his assassination; once won $5,000 in a basketball shooting contest and was the first in his family to graduate from college. Actively involved in multiple legal associations and Chambers, David came to the Heights Chamber because “of the frequency and number of networking events and because many of his clients are Heights residents.”
David came to Houston off and on since 1972 he says, and the most important reason was marrying Maryanne, the woman he calls “someone beautiful from Houston. “ Today the Maldonado family includes Maryanne, son John, Daughter Annelise, stepson Michael and stepdaughter Megan. Numerous grandkids and pets, Schuler and Max round out the family. We appreciate David and applaud his enthusiasm and dedication to being a valued member.
This month we recognize Justin Lasiewicz who joined the Chamber after a referral from Mr. Rick Ross a SCORE Small Business Mentor. Why did Justin choose the Heights Chamber? In his words, “I chose the Heights because of its cool sophistication and artistic appreciation.”
Justin was born in Chicago and grew up between Telluride, Colorado and Pascagoula, Mississippi. Noting his first job, he remembers shoveling dirt and debris! He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and holds a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering and currently attends the Glassell School of Art.
In terms of coming to Houston, Justin says “Because that’s where the world took me.” Today he is the owner and creative director of J & H Design Time, a source for advertising and marketing services. Obviously, the J in the company name is Justin, and the H is his wife, Helia who handles the events. The firm “rocks” at creativity and saves clients time so they can devote their efforts elsewhere.
Justin holds life memberships in the American GO Association and Mensa. In addition, he is involved in AIGA, Economist, Communication Arts, AdAge, GoodReads and Toastmasters. Speaking of creativity, he enjoys painting, playing a Tabia (musical instrument) meditating and Reading. The Chamber appreciates members like Justin because he has a unique view of life. He says “We’re all given gifts that enable us to better this place, for others as well as ourselves – that’s called a win-win, and yes, it is possible.” We could not have said it better, Justin and congratulations.
Where to start on this talented and experienced attorney? How about the beginning? Teri Walter was born in Des Moines, Iowa which often times has been referred to as “Desperate Moans!” She grew up in Marion, Iowa and spent time in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Schaumberg, Illinois. Finishing High School in Des Moines, she attended the area Community College and later received her BA, Economics, and JD from the University of Houston. By the way, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was in the top 25% of her class at U of H. During her early years she was a “jack of all trades, master of some, with more to come.” For instance, Teri was an usherette, billing clerk, bartender, paralegal, dispatcher with a police department, and last but not least, saw her enter the legal field.
Teri came to Houston in 1982, enticed by a desire to move to a large city in the South with a law school offering inexpensive public college tuition and a job. She began at Lapin, Totz & Mayer and worked full time while finishing her undergraduate degree and law school. In the subsequent years leading up to 2012 when she founded Walter Law Firm, P.C., she moved up from being an Associate Attorney at three local law firms to becoming Senior Counsel at a law firm where she handled business litigation matters, including contracts, leases, collections and other disciplines. Today, Teri is a Board Certified, Civil Trial Lawyer and was admitted to practice in Texas in 1988. Houstonia Magazine named her one of the Top Lawyers in 2013 and 2014.
This highly-skilled attorney points with pride to the many successes she has enjoyed. Successes that range from positive settlements or jury awarded cases ranging up to more than $3 million. Teri is actively involved in many legal associations and also holds a Texas Real Estate Broker’s license. She enjoys the Alley Theater, Rockets basketball, reading, movies and travel. Chamber membership was a natural for her because she wanted to meet other local business leaders, network and grow her business. And grow it she has, while supporting the firm’s tagline: “It feels good to prevail!”
One of our members has a special fondness for coffee. Yes, it is true because otherwise why would her company be named Saccone Bean? This month we feature Kathy Saccone of Saccone Bean and invite you to get to know her better. She was born in Upland, Indiana and graduated from Eastbrook High School.
The Midwest didn’t hold this ambitious woman for very long because it was on to Houston in 1980 with experience gained in administrative duties, payroll, shipping and ordering. Today she calls herself a consultant and has carved out a reputation as being conversant and involved with health and wellness activities which includes a special brand of drinks.
As an independent distributor, Kathy offers Organo Gold which is a healthier alternative to regular coffee that not only tastes great, but makes people feel great. Her line of products also includes hot chocolate and teas.
Kathy joined the Chamber to network, and network she does by attending ribbon cuttings, the Breakfast Connection, Business After Hours and numerous other Chamber events. Her participation has earned her high visibility, enabled her to make many new contacts, and delivered new opportunities for business. In addition, she takes pride in being a member of the
Professional Speakers Network. Her family includes three sons, Ryan, Matthew and Michael. And if that were not enough to keep her busy, she enjoys exercising, reading, bowling, water aerobics and most outdoor sports. Kathy Saccone has taken advantage of the Chamber’s benefits by recognizing that sharing her time and experience results in being an effective and valued member. We appreciate you Kathy and lift a cup of coffee in your honor – Organo Gold of course!
Wow! Where do we start in familiarizing you with the many skills, talents and experience bundled inside Bonnie Sheeren? This lady is an independent patient advocate who helps people navigate the world of health care to achieve the best medical care possible at a reasonable cost.
She is a fourth generation Texan, born in Baytown, a graduate of Baytown Sterling History and English at Texas A & M University with a teaching certification added on. Following a stint with Harper and Row Publishers she traveled and spent time in the New York office, however, she decided the East Coast was not for her. It was on to graduate school at UT-Austin to learn corporate video production. Armed with new capabilities she returned to Houston and put her talents to work for UT-Health Science Center as a writer/producer on a drug use prevention video project.
As one who easily makes friends, Bonnie did just that and went to work for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she wrote and produced videos including patient education, to doctor’s presentations, to pediatric Christmas card programs. This was followed by taking on the 90 second weekly syndicated Health Report featuring the world renowned Dr. “Red” Duke. In effect she went from writing and producing oncology videos to the world of the ER.
When two national patient advocacy groups formed in 2009 she researched this new field and made her decision at the beginning of 2014 to open her own business, Houston Health Advocacy, LLC. Since her family has lived in the Heights for 20 years, she wanted to be a part of the local business community and that gave her the impetus to join the Chamber. And she adds, “It is a very friendly group, so that’s a big plus!”
Bonnie is active in several industry associations including the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants. In keeping with her outgoing personality, she enjoys Laughter Yoga, taking care of the family menagerie of pets, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. The Chamber salutes your drive and dedication Bonnie, and applauds your many accomplishments.
There is a gentleman you may have seen at one of the Breakfast Connections and he has an outstanding hair styling. There is a good reason for that because Parrish Warren became a hair stylist in 1995, and today is an educator for Schwartzkopf Professional.
Holding forth at Salon in the Heights, Parrish became a Houstonian in 2012. Originally from Crescent City, California, he grew up in Norman, Oklahoma and worked toward an acting scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. The move to Houston occurred when his wife accepted a job here with Marathon Oil Corporation.
His reason for joining the Chamber happened one day when Natalie Coyle stopped by the Salon and sold him on the benefits of being a part of a dynamic Chamber. Thanks Natalie for continuing to spread the word about how the Chamber can build a business. You can see Parrish at the Salon, located at 1438 Yale Street and take advantage of his specialization in cuts, color, extensions, and whatever a “Brazilian Blow Out” may be! Thanks to his talents and experience, two months out of the year he helps other stylists by educating them on the use of Matrix color and products. Parrish enjoys playing games, live music and lives with his wife and their three cats. Their daughter is attending Medical School at the University of Oklahoma. His family includes a father and brother both of who are hair stylists. Runs in the family we guess! We are proud to recognize Parrish Warren as a productive and valuable member of the Chamber.
The Waltrip Alumni Association was formed on October 16, 2010 during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas. By a standing vote of those alumni who attended a special program commemorating 50 years of Waltrip High School’s existence, the association was so formed. Our alumni association represents 21,050 alumni of S.P. Waltrip High School.
The school has become the nerve center of an active community. Today, once again, we find ourselves on a threshold. We must make sure that Waltrip continues to develop in importance. We must maintain and build upon the fine reputation which Waltrip enjoys. The challenge which we have met and must continue to meet is that of developing, “Our Waltrip High.”
The Waltrip Alumni Association strives to reconnect our graduates through alumni and public fundraiser events and to support the further development of our alma mater, Waltrip High School, for a new generation of students. The alumni association provides scholarships to Waltrip students to further their education either at college, or in their chosen career path. We also provide stipends for teachers and faculty to meet the needs of the classroom as well as raising funds for capital improvement to the campus. Find out Dr. Jon Enloe, President and Chair more by going to the Waltrip alumni website, www.waltripalumni.org.
Our featured member for this month was born, grew up and attended local schools in Galveston. For his higher education, Paul chose Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned a BBA degree in Accounting. Next it was on to the University of Houston at Clear Lake for his MBA.
Beginning work, he joined Browning-Ferris Industries as a staff accountant and moved up to be District Controller with stints in Dallas and Lubbock. In 1991 he came to Houston as Controller for one of the hauling companies. Gaining additional experience saw him holding responsible positions with Robert Half International and Specialized Staffing.
Currently he is a Certified Public Accountant and works with clients on behalf of Stander & Oppermann PLLC where he is a partner. His lengthy industry experience finds him assisting individuals with tax filings, IRS issues and representation, analytical review of business operations and benchmarks, cash flow analysis and more.
Paul joined the Chamber to become an active member of the organization and to get to know the businesses that operate in the greater Heights area. He values the networking opportunities and gladly gives referrals to other Chamber members.
Besides giving time to the Chamber and its operations, Paul is actively involved in many other organizations. Just to name a few, there is the Texas Society of CPA’s – Houston Chapter, he is past Chairman of the CPA continuing professional education conference, a member of the Relations with Taxing Authorities committee, the Houston Heights Association and the Knights of Columbus.
The Oppermann family includes wife Nancy and son, Joseph. This multi-talented man enjoys cycling, running and archery. But that’s not all; he is involved in Beekeeping and cattle at a location inMarquez, Texas. Congratulations Paul, the Chamber appreciates your support and your clearly evident enthusiasm for being a member.
Getting to know Crystal Ruiz, our featured member this month, revealed a woman on the move.This native Houstonian grew up in “Big H” as well as in April Sound at Conroe, and attended schools in
the Aldine district and Reagan High School. Beginning work early at age 15, she worked in her mom’s salon and took on all the jobs including receptionist, cashier and even shampoo girl. Today, she is preparing to continue her education and plans on enrolling in Houston Community College.
Crystal joined the CARisma Wash team and serves as event coordinator and marketing executive. In that role, she is in charge of handling all fundraising events and the marketing for their three locations. Labeling herself as a “very social person,” Crystal enjoys the support and opportunities the position gives her and “praises the organization for its community involvement and for entrusting her with the responsibility of representing such an awesome company.”
When it came time to consider Chamber membership, Crystal said, “What better way to bring a quality of service to the local community than through a well-organized and friendly organization.” Besides the Chamber membership, she stays active in the East End Chamber andthe Heights Power Women’s Network. Remember reading about her being on the move? Well that’s easy to understand because she stays on the go taking her children, Bryanna, Alex, Matthew and Jacob to the beach, parks, swimming or anything else that has to do with the outdoors. Crystal has participated in many Chamber events as a volunteer, always with a ready smile and sometime a courtesy car wash! We are pleased to have her and her many talents as a valued member.