News 2017-08-11T09:25:04+00:00
14Aug, 2017

Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital Recognized for Nurses

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Susan Jadlowski, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital announced that Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital earned the Commissioners unanimous vote as a MAGNET recognized American Nurses Credentialing Center. This award is exceptional, as only 8% of U.S. Hospitals have this certification. The Magnet designation is the highest distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence. Congratulations to Susan Jadlowski, a Chamber Board Member, and to the entire Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital team.

14Aug, 2017

Allison Jones & Associates Becomes Lockwood & Jones PLLC

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Allison Jones, a Gold Patron Member in the Chamber since 2003, has announced that the law firm has changed its name to Lockwood & Jones, PLLC. The firm is located at 1526 Heights Boulevard and specializes in divorce cases utilizing settlement conferences, mediation and traditional divorce to end marriages as amicably as possible. Allison Jones and Owen Lockwood co-authored a popular book titled “How to Survive a Divorce.”

14Aug, 2017

Former Chamber Board Chair Honored

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Congratulations to former Chamber Board Member Scott Lester of Allegiance Bank. Scott was recognized by the Rotary Club of Houston and presented with their prestigious Hall of Fame award which dates back to 1988. Only 13 Heights Rotarians have received this award over the year. The award was given for Scott’s “continuous and above and beyond” actions on behalf of the organization.                                                                              

14Aug, 2017

Memorial Hermann Earns Top Recognition

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TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital holds the No. 2 spot for the third consecutive year as one of the country’s top rehabilitation hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital Rankings for 2017-2018.  TIRR Memorial Hermann has been included in the prestigious rankings since the report’s inception in 1989.

“TIRR Memorial Hermann continues to transform lives with innovative, results-driven rehabilitation. We are honored once again to be ranked the No. 2 rehabilitation hospital in the United States,” said Carl Josehart, Senior Vice President and CEO, Post-Acute Care Services at Memorial Hermann.  “Every patient’s rehabilitation journey is unique; our team of experts is committed to providing the best care possible focused around the individual needs and goals of each of the people we serve, anchored in leading-edge research and innovation.”

11Aug, 2017

Night at the Oscars Chairman’s Celebration

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The red carpet rolls out on the evening of September 29 when the Chamber presents Night at the Oscars at the Heights Theater which has been a fixture on 19th street since it opened in 1929.

What could be more appropriate than a vintage theater and a Heights historic landmark as the site for musical entertainment, a wine pull, live and silent auctions, our achievement awards presentations, new board member recognition and much more?

The Chamber Board of Directors have provided an amazing array of auction items.  To date they include:

Live Auction Items:

A Texans Tailgate Package that includes (Yeti Tundra 65, 8 piece grill set w/case, car flags, round tailgate table, 4 Tervis tumblers, JBL waterproof Bluetooth speaker, 2 tailgate chairs with carrying cases and 2 game day hats).

A Night on the Brew, which includes lodging at the Hampton Inn & Suites for 6 people (3 rooms/1 night), private transportation to 3-4 local craft breweries for 6 people, tokens/vouchers for each brewery and brewery swag.

A Galveston Weekend Extravaganza

A trip to Hawaii for 5 nights with a stay at the Disney Aulani Resort

The annual, highly-coveted Booze Wagon filled with spirits of all types.

Silent Auction Items:

If live auctions are not your thing, make your plans to bid on some of these wonderful silent auction items: A men’s steel quartz chronograph watch donated by J W Marks, 5 classes at Studio NiaMoves donated by Studio NiaMoves, Karbach Brewing merchandise basket donated by Karbach Brewing, and 2 tickets for Stages Repertory Theatre donated by Stages Repertory Theater, a Custom Shirt, bottles of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil from We Olive & Wine, Bar and Blue Bubbles Deluxe Spa for your dog. A Cocktail Creation Mixer that includes a mixer for up to 8 people, portable bar set up, cheese & Fruit Platter & Assorted sweet bites, instructor & additional bartender for 3 hours plus liquor and other accompaniments. Each participating attendee takes home a small cocktail shaker, a herb & fruit guide for cocktails and cooking, laminated recipe card and party planning tips from Event Management Houston.

The achievement awards given out throughout the program will recognize finalists and winners of the annual member awards which called for nominations in July. All will be recognized in the Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and the Biggest Champion of the Buy Local First program.

Gala Committee Chair Teresa Briggs and Vice Chair Josh Alberto of Houston Highway Credit Union, along with committee members, as of press time: Craig Atkinson, Cindy Reibenstein, Dee Farino, Salma Estrada, MaryBeth Wegner, John Frels, Julia Hayes, David Shapiro and Belinda Rossiter, invite you to join in the celebration.

To purchase tickets, please follow the link to our Events page.  We hope to see you there!

28Jul, 2017

The Leader Newspaper Announces 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winners

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The Chamber congratulates its members who earned first place votes in The Leader’s annual contest:

Asian Restaurant                                           Ginger & Fork

Art Gallery                                                       First Saturday Arts Market

Auto Repair and Oil Change                       Adolf Hoepfl & Son

BBQ                                                                  Gabby’s

Caterer, Mexican, Tacos,  Service              Cyclone Anaya’s

Cleaning Service                                            Maid in the Shade

Chiropractor, Wellness Center                   George Junkin, NW Chiropractic Center

Church                                                             St. Rose of Lima

Community College                                      Houston Community College

Computer Service                                         Clerc Computer Consulting

Cocktail Bar                                                   Harold’s

Dermatologist                                               Dr. Tejas Desai

Donuts/Kolaches                                         Shipley’s

Funeral Home                                              Pat H. Foley

Gift Shop, Florist, Women’s Clothing Store              Darlene’s Flowers & Gift Shop

Hardware Store                                           C&D Hardware

Hospital                                                        Memorial Hermann Greater Heights

Jewelry Store                                               JVP Jewelry

Massage Therapist                                     Marcy Basile@ Connect Massage

Patio                                                              Harold’s

Tanning Salon                                             GloGirl

Toy Store                                                      Big Blue Whale

Travel Agent                                                Culturally Creative Travel

Weight Loss Facility                                  The Torres Center

Women’s Health Provider                        Dr. Anna Torres


6Mar, 2017

Gold Patron Profile – The Flying Locksmiths of Houston

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The Chamber welcomes The Flying Locksmiths of Houston as a new Gold Patron member. Unusual name? Yes, because the business was founded by William McMenimon Sr., who was a pilot and a locksmith! The business has been flying since its founding in 1946. This successful business routinely do commercial locksmith work for high-profile businesses such as JP Morgan Chase, Starbucks, Brookdale Senior Living, Marriot, and others.

Today, Richard Gomelsky runs his business from a Houston office. There are also sister locations serving the Woodlands, Katy, and Sugarland, as well as 70 local offices in most major markets across the U.S..  If you are wondering what this business does, think of them for their ability to offer cutting edge commercial locksmith services that range from simple re-keys and commercial grade mechanical locks, all the way to high security locks, as well as electronic card and bio-metric access control systems. A wide variety of other products and services are also available, such as expert commercial safe repairs, door and hinge repairs, and are easily reviewed by going to

Their mission statement, according to Richard is simple: “We provide new age security solutions backed by three generations of family values, with a focus on customer service that is second to none.”

The Richmond Avenue office has five employees and all take pride in their expert workmanship, warranty and offers attractive discounts to fellow Chamber partners. Exhibiting an impressive personal business philosophy, Richard says: “We understand that being able to provide safe and secure homes and commercial facilities is our customer’s top responsibility to their loved ones, employees, and customers.”  Backing up his philosophy is the fact that each of their technicians are licensed, insured, and dedicated to giving high-quality customer service. The Chamber welcomes the Flying Locksmiths organization, looks forward to their support, and appreciates their staunch adherence to exemplary business performance.

6Mar, 2017

Familiar Faces: Dee Farino

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With credit to Journey’s song, “Don’t Stop Believing,” this month’s familiar face, Dee Farino grew up in Elgin, Texas (for the uninitiated, it is pronounced like the word “begin)!” Just a few miles from Austin, she attended all three local schools and remembered cruising up and down the main drag, or getting “gussied up” for the local SPJST Lodge dance.

College beckoned and Dee made the journey to Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos (now known as Texas State University) and majored in journalism. Joining the workforce saw her working in an Austin women’s apparel shop. Feeling the desire to max her major, Dee next worked with different publishing companies, first as a graphic artist and then editor of another Austin real estate publication. Today she is president of Third Coast Impressions and serves her clients with expert printing knowledge and dedicated service.

Looking for better opportunities and greener pastures (Houston, really?) she migrated to Houston and began her career in what was to become a specialization in design, print and mailing services. She says “Houston provided me with countless opportunities that would have been more difficult to achieve in Austin.”

A Chamber member for 12 years, Dee felt the Chamber was a good fit for her and did provide a wide array of networking opportunities with multiple clients. Dee has held Chamber positions on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. In fact, she is the Chair Elect and will assume those duties beginning in October of this year. Although not a gem partner, she describes herself as a “sparkle” partner, and the title is very apropos based on her dedication to the Chamber.

So, what does an “uptown girl” now, like to do? How about reading, sketching, traveling and interacting with people to find out more about their lives, loves and dreams. Known to her family as Honey, Dee has been married for 13 years and has a “smart” daughter and a “handsome” teenage son. Whole-hearted Chamber advocates, of which Dee is surely one, enhance the entire organization and never fail to exhibit a “sparkling” desire to see the Chamber grow and prosper. Thank you Dee Farino for being the consummate volunteer who always raises her hand!

6Mar, 2017

Spotlight on Non-Profit

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New Heights Christian Academy was founded in 1993 in the home of our founding father, Dr. Richard Walters, who, today, is serving as headmaster of the school.  Dr. Walters attended several of the area schools in the neighborhood where New Heights Christian Academy is located.  The school’s location began in the Heights of Houston, and in 2006 moved to its present location, within the walls of Oak Forest Baptist Church, at 1700 W. 43rd Street. The school began as a homeschool with one student, teacher and principal, however, today its boasts an enrollment of 120 with a faculty of seventeen.  Our maximum enrollment is one hundred twenty-five students ranging from kindergarten through the twelfth grade.  NHCA also includes an early college program in cooperation with Houston Community College.  Every year, most of our high school graduates also receive their associate’s degree from HCC within a day of their high school graduation.

NHCA uses the very popular Abeka curriculum out of Pensacola, Florida.  The curriculum is Christian based, and is quite rigorous and challenging.  The school’s Fine Art Department features an award-winning Girls’ Choir, and yearly musical productions given by the entire student body, led by Mrs. Jessica Evans and Mrs. Ceci Castaneda.  The Girls’ Choir recently participated in the Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association Concert and Sight-reading Contest, where they received the Sweepstakes Award for rating number one in both concert presentation and sight-reading abilities.   The school also has an outstanding art program lead taught by local artists, Mrs. Delsie Cotton Walters and Mrs. Lynne Evans.

The tuition for attending New Heights Christian Academy is relatively low compared to most private schools in Houston and surrounding areas.  Several of our students are on scholarships (where more than two students come from the same family).  Our students come from various backgrounds and ethnicities.  We have students from many school districts around the Houston area due to the convenient central location of the school to downtown Houston where many of their parents work. For more information about the school, contact the school’s principal, Mrs. Victoria Grable, at 713-861-9101.