7Nov, 2019

Chamber Proudly Recognizes November Anniversaries

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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 use your services or products. In addition, your fellow members provide referrals to your business. Our appreciation goes to these members celebrating anniversaries:

30 Years
Circle Saw Builders Supply, Inc.
17 Years
Alpha Electric Co.
Opera In The Heights
10 Years
Prosperity Bank
8 Years
BNI Heights of Professionalism
Culturally Creative Travel
6 Years
Salon in the Heights
The Duplifund Group
Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T)
4 Years
Mildred Holeman Realty
3 Years
Karbach Brewing Company
Space & Serenity
2 Years
re:store Construction Company
Cogi Logistic Solutions LLC
1 Year
Dentini Pediatric Dentistry
All Saints Early Childhood Center
Houston Winery
Northside Columbus Club
IV Bars of Houston Heights
AAA Texas
R Bar


28Oct, 2019

Chamber Seeks Donations for Houston Area Schools

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For students to succeed in life, basics must be met and our area schools have identified a serious need for food and household items. Many of the area HISD schools are classified as Title 1. This means that the students come from low-income family at poverty levels. A school with a Title 1 designation requires that 35 percent of students residing within the school’s boundaries qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Many of our Chamber area schools have 100 percent of students meeting these criteria.

The need is urgent and we must be persistent to help give these students a foundation for success! The Chamber is beginning a food and supply drive to help alleviate this shortfall and give students a positive learning environment. Helping this noteworthy cause is easy and will be greatly appreciated. The following items represent foods that students can cook, open as well as clothing. Please consider collecting the following items:

Easy-Mac, fruit cups, apple sauce, peanut butter and jelly, granola and protein bars, cereal, oatmeal, baby formula and wipes, winter coats and jackets. There is also a need for warm clothing, gently used is good or new, all sizes from new born to 18. Another way to help is to make a donation to the Chamber’s Community Fund; it is tax deductible as the Community Fund is a 501c3. This is the Chamber’s charitable arm to help our community. Donations of all types can be delivered to the Chamber offices or brought to events.

Although single donations are greatly appreciated, consistency is essential to make a difference. If you have a desire to partner with a specific school all you have to do is ask and the Chamber’s Education Committee will set it up. Our students need your help, and donors can reach out to Cindy Reibenstein at rcreibenstein@aol or Willie Diefenbach-Jones at This program will provide benefits to Title 1 elementary, middle, and high schools. Our chamber is known for our community outreach and with your donation we can make a difference in our students and schools.



1Oct, 2019

2020 Print Directory Advertising on Sale Now

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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 is always there. For new businesses this is a low-cost way to reach members and present your capabilities. Placing an ad featuring your photo is an effective way to enhance your recognition among members. The directory features a membership roster section that enables users to quickly locate the name of a member contact and their business. The alphabetical business directory section contains category listings making it an easy and well-organized way to find the member provided products or services you are seeking.

Directory copies are sent to every member, distributed at Chamber events, and placed periodically at community locations so usage and readership can occur almost anywhere. A variety of ad sizes are available, beginning with a 1/8 page, a ¼ page, ½ page and full page. Your print ad in the 2020 Membership Directory automatically appears in our online directory at no extra cost. Full page ads are $900* , ½ page ads are $600* , ¼ page ads are $375* and 1/8 page ads are only $250*.


*Prices listed are discounted for payments received before Oct. 31.   Prices increase to: Full page $1150 , ½ page ads are $720 , ¼ page ads are $450 and 1/8 page ads are only $290 after November 1st.

For information or to contract for print advertising space or website online advertising please contact Jill Johnston at the Chamber, or go to


24Sep, 2019

2019 Gala Returned to the 70’s

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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 vigorous as attendees hoped their bid would win gifts such as an antique white gold & diamond ring, a Home and Garden Apple 4K TV, ballet tickets, and even a private Penguin Tour Encounter at Moody Gardens. An enticing wine raffle brought the opportunity to buy chances for desirable wine baskets containing 12 bottles.

Disco music played in keeping with the theme and preceded dinner that was served in the Junior League’s elegant ballroom. MaryBeth Wegner was the Master of Ceremonies and presided over a brief program where in-coming Board Chair Teresa Nicolas-Briggs expressed the Chamber’s appreciation for Dee’s service and presented her with a floral bouquet.

Following the program, the lively, fast-talking auctioneer took the stage to begin the bidding process for highly anticipated live packages and items that included: a sports lovers swag package, a 5 day and 4 night beach vacation at the Disney “Aluani Resort” in Hawaii, a night on the brew package, a comprehensive chef’s package for kitchen aficionados, and an Igloo cooler containing bottles of  spirits ranging from bourbons to vodkas. Everyone welcomed the opening of the gambling tables and trusted their luck and or skills at poker, roulette or craps. Disco dancing rounded out the evening.  It was truly a memorable and fun evening and photos of the event are displayed on the Chamber website in the “Events Photos” section under “Calendar & Events.”

With special gratitude the Chamber recognizes the generous support and work of our members, donors and volunteers. We proudly recognize the Gala Committee members: Craig Atkinson, Teresa Nicolas-Briggs, Dee Farino, Vicki Fleeger, Jessica Leone, Cindy Reibenstein, Robert Rodriguez, Belinda Rossiter, April Petronella, MaryBeth Wegner and Donna Torres.

The Chamber is grateful for these terrific sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors – Houston Highway Credit Union, Members Trust of the Southwest Federal Credit Union, PrimeWay Federal Credit Union, and Memorial Hermann Greater Heights.

Gold Sponsors – Adams Insurance Service, Allegiance Bank, CenterPoint Energy, Harris County Constable Jack Cagle, Hancock Whitney Bank, Kelly Simon Properties, Reynolds & Associates and Vickers Property Group-Kelly Simon Properties.

Silver Sponsors – BNI Heights Professionalism, BMI Energy, Disco Kings & Queens, Dr. Lindsey Pollock, Greater Heights Business Solutions, HTX Fight Camp LLC, Pinspiration, Reibenstein & Associates, MaryBeth Wegner of Send Out Cards, Taylor Woodard of Raymond James, Dee Farino, Third Coast Impressions and White Oak Medical Associates/Dr. Terah Issacson Campaign.


10Sep, 2019

Fun Alert: Don’t Miss the “Chamber54” Chairman’s Gala

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No there won’t be fireworks, but “Chamber54” is the exciting theme for this year’s Gala. Members and guests are encouraged to bring the theme to life with fun clothing and accessories that take us back to the “Disco” days of the 70’s!   By the late 1970’s, most major U.S. cities had thriving disco club scenes and one of the most famous was the renowned Studio 54 in New York City. Extravagant and sexy fashions were the popular choice of celebrities as they danced to music by the Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, the Village People, Michael Jackson and more.

The evening of September 20 at the Junior League Building brings a revival of those days as the Chairman’s Gala takes place that evening. Be sure to be there for all the fun, the drama in spirited silent and live auction bidding; placing your bets at the casino tables for a chance to win impressive prizes; and of course, a sumptuous dinner and entertainment. Be sure to purchase your $20 ticket for the wine raffle because that will give you a chance to win one of the 4 baskets filled with 12 desirable wines and other items. The complimentary reception beginning at 6:30, and ending at 7:30, offers plenty of time to review the silent auction treasures and enjoy cocktails with your fellow members

An impressive array of silent auction items awaits your bid. Just to name a few, there are:

An antique white gold & diamond ring (donated by Houghton’s Jewelers),  a private Penguin Tour Encounter for four at Moody Gardens (from Moody Gardens and Houston Highway Credit Union), a Home and Garden Apple 4K TV (donated by Houston Highway Credit Union), two orchestra tickets to Houston Ballet’s: Forged in Houston (donated by the Houston Ballet Foundation), Happy Hour at Harold’s for six (provided by Harold’s in the Heights), an Island Paddle Experience for 5 (provided by Island Paddle, LLC), a Camrose & Kross replica of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Howlite Necklace and Bracelet (donated by Jessica Leone). More awaits you so plan on winning your item during the silent auction.

Get ready for even more exciting prizes that will be auctioned off live by the auctioneer. There is sure to be one that you want because this year’s items include:

Comprehensive Chefs Package for Your Kitchen

Where to begin? This array of kitchen aids is one-of-a-kind beginning with a KitchenAid Artisan Design, Pearl Silver Mixer and stand. Complimentary items included are various attachments of all types, bakeware sets, stainless steel and glass bowls, oven mitts, kitchen towels, baking mats and KitchenAid recipe binders, best recipes book plus a useful 17-gallon hot dipped steel tub to hold party beverages. Package generously donated by Matt Kelly of Memorial Hermann, Brian Gilbert of Members Trust of the SW Federal Credit Union and Ricky Hurst of CenterPoint Energy.

Sports Lovers Swag PackageTruly designed for the sports fan who loves Houston sports. Beginning with our two-time NBA Champions Houston Rockets, your Toyota Center tickets will let you watch the team and its new player Russell Westbrook embark on its 53rd season. Then going “small ball,” you will watch all the action at the Houston Open Golf Tournament to be held at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble. So, after being inspired by the pros, you will enjoy a series of golf lessons from a professional instructor. Step up to the plate and make the winning bid. Package contributed by Jessica Leone of Frost Bank, MaryBeth Wegner of SendOut Cards and Jason Cantrelle of State Farm.


Disney “Aulani Resort” in Exotic Hawaii

What a way to kick off 2020 with a 5 day and 4 night get-away at the fabulous Disney Aulani Resort and Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii. A party of two will depart Houston on February 17th with $1,500 in an airfare allowance ($750 per person), and airport transfers of $100. Besides sunning on the beach, other amenities include two restaurants serving: “The Bounty of the Islands” and Contemporary Island Cooking, 3 lounges, live entertainment by Hawaii’s renowned musicians and storytellers, a fitness center, Laniwai Spa, stargazing, and of course pools, waterslides and more.  Enjoy a gift basket getting you ready for the beach where you will find towels, sunscreen, towel clips and a beach bag. Package courtesy of Teresa Briggs and Craig Atkinson of Houston Highway Credit Union, Dee Farino of Third Coast Impressions and Jack Van Pelt of JVP Jewelers & Jewelry.


Night on the Brew Tour Package

Ok party folks, here’s a package for you and your 5 guests. The tour package begins with 3 rooms for 1 night at Sara’s Inn. Leave for the tour on a Saturday afternoon of your choice, and subject to Sara’s Inn room availabilities. Take with you $150 in Uber gift cards and a gift card from The Creek Group for dinner. Uber delivers you to the brewery which can be either Karbach Brewing Company or Eureka Heights Brew Company. Beer tokens and swag from each brewery will accompany the enjoyment of a variety of beers sure to please.  Try out the suds as you take this Houston brew tour. Package sponsored by Tony Allman, PrimeWay Federal Credit Union, Taylor Woodard of Raymond James, Amy Ritter of Allegiance Bank and Sara’s Inn, Eureka Heights Brew Company, Gary Mosley of The Creek Group and Karbach brewing Company.



22Aug, 2019

Pre-Gala Party Showed Off Fashions

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 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 tied-in nicely with the Chamber’s upcoming Gala themed “Chamber54” which will be held on September 20 at The Junior League.

Clothing and accessories were on hand from Chamber member The Fashion Time Machine and many of those items were on sale and displayed on the runway. Thank you, Mary Keene, for all your assistance. April Petronella, of Petro Fox Education, coordinated the event. Her hard work was clearly evident as the fashion parade entertained a large audience eager to re-visit or learn more about the 1970’s, when Studio 54 in New York City was a popular venue. The club was known for discotheque-goers who often wore expensive and sexy fashions. At the same time the disco music movement was driven by the baby boom generation.

Special thanks to Evan Camp of Eureka Heights Brewery for hosting the event, providing the fashion runway space and offering tasty brews. Jack Case, Jr. of Jason’s Deli brought in ample sandwiches, chips, fruit and vegetables to satisfy a hungry audience and models. It was truly an enjoyable fashion show and set the stage for even more at the Chamber Gala. Please check our website for full details, buy a table, or a ticket. The Gala will feature a sumptuous dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, gambling, a wine raffle and much more. Attached are photos from the fashion show as a preview of what’s to come.




8Aug, 2019

2019-2020 Chamber Board

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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.

Board members who are continuing to serve include:  Tony Allman, PrimeWay Credit Union, Craig Atkinson, Houston Highway Credit Union, Dee Farino, Third Coast Impressions, Brian Gilbert, Members Trust of the Southwest Federal Credit Union, Jessica Leone, Frost Bank, Jack Van Pelt, JVP Jewelers, Amy Ritter, Allegiance Bank, and Taylor Woodard, Raymond James.

Board members returning to the Board for three year terms are:  Teresa Nicolas-Briggs, Houston Highway Credit Union,  Matthew Kelly, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, Dr. Lindsey Pollock, Garden Oaks Montessori School, MaryBeth Wegner, SendOut Cards, Jason Cantrelle, State Farm, and Rick Hurst, CenterPoint Energy.

10Jun, 2019

Memorial Hermann Health System Earns 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

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HOUSTON (June 10, 2019) – Memorial Hermann Health System is proud to announce that it has once again received the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. This is the sixth time Memorial Hermann has been recognized with this award.

“I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award Winners,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. “Their innovation and leadership enhance America’s economic competitiveness. Reducing costly energy waste improves air quality and public health while protecting the environment.”

The highest honor among ENERGY STAR Awards is the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award. EPA presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition.  Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations – representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

“It’s a great honor to again be recognized by ENERGY STAR as a leader in energy efficiency,” said Michael Hatton, vice president of facilities engineering services at Memorial Hermann.  “Our teams work extremely hard to maintain patient comfort while positively impacting the bottom line and protecting the environment and it’s empowering to be acknowledged for a job well done.”

For a complete list of 2019 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit

For more information on Memorial Hermann, visit


6May, 2019

New Feature: Chamber Connections!

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A primary benefit of being a member of the Chamber is the opportunity to build business and personal relationships through attendance at events and effective networking.  These benefits can translate into business for each, referrals for each, and similar beneficial activities.  This new feature will incorporate comments and suggestions from members for inclusion in the section.  If you have an example of mutually buying or purchasing from another member, or obtaining a valuable referral from another member, please email a short summary to Larry Plasek at Our goal is to demonstrate our watchword that our “Members do business with people they know, like and trust.”  Thank you for your support of this new web addition.

6Mar, 2019

Annual Education Luncheon May 21st!

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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 and Houstonian, as our special guest and keynote speaker.

The goal of the luncheon is to provide as many scholarships as possible to deserving students. Donors are being solicited as we would like to continue our $1,000 per scholarship but other levels will also be awarded.  The number of scholarships and amount is determined by your donations. Donations of any amount are welcome and groups can combine donations toward a full scholarship. A variety of sponsorship packages are available: Summa Cum Laude are $2,500, Military are $2,500, Magna Cum Laude are $2,000, Cum Laude are $1,500, Valedictorian are $1,000, and Salutatorian are $500. The final deadline for inclusion in the event program is May 9.

Non attendee sponsors are welcome and for $100 businesses can be the sponsor of a lunch for a scholarship recipient’s parent or school performer.

The members of the Education Committee are over 70 strong with schools and businesses who meet monthly to work towards making our community education strong at all levels, Elementary through high school, public, private and parochial. Donations or sponsorships can be obtained by contacting Jill Johnston at the Chamber, All sponsorship levels are Tax-Deductible and are the only annual Chamber event to provide this opportunity. The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Community Fund is a 501c3.  Since the inception of the scholarship program, the Chamber has awarded scholarships representing over $350,000.