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Houston’s premier furniture retailer, Gallery Furniture and Mattress Mack, have announced a new, limited-time  promotion that will resonate with Houston families and Astros fans alike; if the Astros win it all – Gallery customers get it all.

The limited time promotion will fully refund customers who purchased $3,000 or more of mattresses, box foundations or adjustable bed bases – including Tempur-Pedic – if the Astros win the final championship series in 2017

“It’s a great way to re-engage with our loyal customers and attract new ones,” says Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale. “We’re thrilled to be able to host such a fun promotion for Houstonians and give them another reason to get excited about our Astros this season.”

Customers can visit any Gallery Furniture location at I-45 North between Tidwell & Parker, Post Oak across from the Houston Galleria or Grand Parkway to buy $3,000 or more worth of mattresses, box foundations or adjustable bed bases (including Tempur-Pedic).

Customers will receive a full refund on their mattress purchase if the Astros win the World Series. Customers across the continental USA can also buy mattresses online at GalleryFurniture.com at a $3,000 value or more and have it delivered to their home within seven days.

This isn’t the first time Mattress Mack has offered a promotion dependent on the Astros performance. In 2014, he refunded $4 million in furniture when the team won more than 63 games. His latest contest in 2016, offered refunds to customers who bought mattress sets for $2,000 or more and correctly guessed the political party that would win the presidency and the store paid back about $10 million.

For more information about Gallery Furniture visit https://www.galleryfurniture.com/

About Gallery Furniture

Since 1981, Gallery Furniture has grown from a neighborhood store to the largest furniture retailer per square foot in America by putting the customer first, living up to the promise to “Save You Money” and delivering quality furniture, mattresses and home electronics TODAY.  With two locations in Houston, the original location at 6006 North Freeway and the newest location at 2411 Post Oak Blvd at Westheimer, Gallery Furniture features a wide selection of the best names in the industry like Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster, Sealy Posturpedic, Mayo, United Leather, American Leather, Lane, Broyhill, HGTV Home Furniture Collection and more. Committed to offering customers the best service and an entertaining family atmosphere, Gallery Furniture is more than a store, it’s made in America.


Muse, Ronald (Ron) Gene

Ron Muse, age 66, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Sterling Oaks Rehabilitation Center in Katy, Texas. A memorial service is scheduled for 4:00 PM on Friday, May 26, 2017, at Faith West Academy, 2225 Porter Road in Katy, Texas, with Keith Walsh officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Claire Brothers Funeral Home of Houston, Texas.

Ron was born at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 30, 1950, to Wesley Eugene Muse and Elizabeth Kloesel Muse. After getting married, Ron’s father announced to his new bride that he wanted to have four children within four years and even specified a birth order of boy, girl, boy, girl. Per his specifications, Ronald Gene was the first son born in 1950, followed by first daughter Deborah Jean in 1951, second son Richard Gene in 1953 and second daughter Sandra Jean in 1954. Since Mr. Muse had picked out all four children’s first names, Ron’s mother jokingly wanted to use the middle name “Ann” but finally agreed to “Gene” for the boys and “Jean” for the girls.

During the time Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Muse served in the U.S. Army, his wife and their four children followed him to every duty station.  In 1960 Ron moved with his family to a 25-acre farm in New Braunfels where they raised cows, horses and chickens, and grew a 1-acre garden. Not having a tractor at the time, Ron’s mother would have him pull the single blade plow like a horse so she could have a garden full of beautiful fruits and vegetables.  Ron also worked side by side with his father digging postholes to build a strong fence.

Ron attended New Braunfels High School where he played football for four years. After graduating in May 1968, he attended one year at Texas A&I, which later became part of the Texas A&M University System and renamed Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He was self-employed as an independent long distance truck driver.

He is survived by his sons, Wesley Muse and his wife, Andrea, and their two children, Wes and Candice of Tomball, Texas; Jason Muse and his wife, Shannon, and their two children, Madison and Haley, of Sealy, Texas; and Chad Muse and his wife, Melanie, and their children, Cooper Muse, Cody Contreras, Trey Contreras and Ryan Contreras, of Richmond, Texas; the mother of his sons, Sherry Jean Muse of Katy, Texas; his mother, Elizabeth Muse of Converse, Texas; his sisters Deborah and her husband, Greg Weber, of Refugio, Texas, and Sandra and her husband, John Matheson, of Canyon Lake, Texas; his brother Richard Muse of Katy, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Wesley E Muse; paternal grandparents, Tal and Bessie Muse; maternal grandparents, Adolph and Leopauldina Kloesel; and a nephew, Adam Matheson.

Memorials may be made to Amazing Grace Hospice, 5502 Fourth Street, Katy, Texas 77493.

Published by Henery Press, River City Dead is now available nationwide

River City Dead, the latest mystery by award-winning Texas novelist Nancy G. West, is now available wherever fine books are sold. Published by Henery Press, one of the country’s preeminent mystery publishers, River City Dead is available in trade paper (ISBN: 978-1635111330, 224 pages, $15.95) hardcover (ISBN: 978-1635111361, 224 pages, $31.95) and eBook ($2.99) editions.

San Antonio novelist Nancy G. West delivers a tantalizing tale about murder, mystery and mischief in River City Dead. Set against the backdrop of San Antonio’s vibrant Fiesta Week, River City Dead features an appropriately colorful protagonist, Aggie Mundeen. A newspaper advice columnist who pens the “Stay Young with Aggie” column, Aggie is single, pushing forty, and determined to postpone a precipitous descent into middle age.

But determination, one of the hallmarks of Aggie’s spirited personality, has a tendency to get Aggie in trouble, especially when it’s coupled with her penchant for playing amateur sleuth. Fortunately, Aggie has her mind on other things—namely, romance—having planned a River City rendezvous with the man she loves, SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven, at a hotel on the San Antonio River Walk. After all, it’s time for a vacation from crime, and past time for a reset on their tumultuous relationship. Plus, Aggie is ready for Sam to sweep her off her favorite Fiesta-worthy espadrilles in the middle of River City during Fiesta Week. What could possibly go wrong?

Turns out there’s nothing that puts a chill on hot romance quite like cold-blooded murder. When hotel guests are murdered, Aggie is determined—albeit against Sam’s wishes—to help solve the crime. As she seeks answers, Aggie is befriended by the Fabulous Femmes, a group of ladies holding a convention at the hotel. But Aggie soon discovers a dark side to these flamboyant new friends: seems some of the Femmes have questionable backgrounds. To further complicate matters, Aggie’s investigation causes big problems with Sam—and if she isn’t careful, Aggie might find herself alone in the Lone Star State. When her unexpected dancing debut in a Fiesta performance goes terribly awry, Aggie, Sam, the SAPD, the Femmes, and even Fiesta partygoers are in grave danger. Will this be Aggie’s final Fiesta?

Brimming with Texas-sized twists, turns and thrills, River City Dead is peppered with humor, wit, sizzle and just the right touch of romance. With its to-die-for plot, magical River City setting and fabulous Fiesta Week backdrop, River City Dead takes readers on a wild, witty and wonderful romp through splendid San Antonio with a tour guide like no other: the irrepressible Aggie Mundeen. In Nancy G. West’s capable hands, Aggie, the city of San Antonio, and Fiesta Week all spring to vivid, vibrant life. With its sensational setting, suspenseful storyline, and charming, wholly relatable protagonist, River City Dead is a fun, fresh, fast-paced mystery that will leave readers clamoring for more of the adventures (and misadventures) of Aggie Mundeen.

Nancy G. West is author of the award-winning Aggie Mundeen Mystery Series. She lives in San Antonio. For more information, visit: www.nancygwest.com

Henery Press is an award-winning publisher of mystery novels, with a special focus on cozy mysteries. www.henerypress.com



Author Tricia Kaye Exman launches marketing campaign for new ‘Twisted Truths’ resources

In 2013, WestBow Press announced Tricia Kaye Exman’s non-fiction, “Twisted Truths” (published by WestBow Press), aiming to take readers on an adventure to transform their lives. The book incorporates various multimedia sources to engage the reader beyond the book by having them encounter other types of medium for learning and contemplation, including Exman’s own 21-video EdenQuest series. Readers have declared it “offers a different perspective than any other self-help book on the market” and “one book that will take you further into your journey than you’ve ever dared to go.”

Exman’s work is the intersection of spirituality, social and emotional intelligence, and critical thinking, expressed in her own term, “Spiritual Psycholosophy.” “My best attempt at describing it,” says Exman,” is that it’s a bit like encountering C.S. Lewis, Brené Brown, and Dr. Caroline Leaf all together.”

Exman now releases the latest addition to her “Twisted Truths” portfolio: coach-led EdenQuest Groups. She does more than simply provide information, she supports the reader with resources to reinforce learning and immerse the reader in the transformation process. The book states, “Two very important support systems for this process are a journey mate (or more) and a mentor.” With the launch of coach-led EdenQuest Groups, readers can engage the “Twisted Truths” journey more intentionally with others, as intended.

Exman explains that architecting experiences is her signature. “It’s foundational to everything I do as an author and coach,” she states. “We think we know what transformation means, but the fact that history repeats itself in our personal lives and in our societies is an indication that we don’t really understand what it is or how to become transformed,” Exman states. “There is no observable, sustainable evidence that proves otherwise. This book exposes all the ways true transformation is prevented.”

“The clamoring for change is heard throughout the world,” Exman states. “It is everywhere. To answer that cry, we must transform.”


“Twisted Truths”

By Tricia Kaye Exman

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 206 pages | ISBN 9781449799731

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 206 pages | ISBN 9781449799717

E-Book | ISBN 9781449799724

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Tricia Exman is a transformation coach, author and speaker. She has over 20 years of experience in corporate roles that include vice president of global project management and operations director of small to mid-sized businesses, and as an organization and leadership development analyst with Lockheed Martin. Her credentials include certifications in coaching, emotional intelligence, and introductory training in right brain therapy. She is the president and founder of Presence Coaching and Tricia Exman Ministries. More information about her coaching and book is available at www.thepresencecoach.com/coaching-videos and www.womanofpresence.com respectively.


WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at www.facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.


Dr. Davis E. Lindsay hopes to help readers get their life back on track

In “The Truth, The Way and The Life: The Truth about Why You Are a Slave to Sickness, the Way to Transform Your Health, and How to Live an Abundant Life” (published by WestBow Press), Dr. Davis E. Lindsay offers a practical guide for health based on the latest scientific research combined with Scripture.

“I believe God has great things planned for your life and using these principles will allow you to break free from fear, ignorance and bad habits,” says Lindsay. “Knowing the truth and following the way of health sets you free to live the abundant life that God has for you.”

Dismissing easy, quick-fix solutions for regaining a healthy body, Lindsay stresses that maintaining a suitable lifestyle takes work and individual effort. The book also dispels common fears and misconceptions about illness, such as how to prevent infections and cancer.

“Research shows that about only 10% of people in the developed world are truly healthy. … This is due to the fact that most people don’t truly understand health and instead of preventing illness or getting to the root of their health problems, treat their symptoms with drugs,” says Lindsay. “I want readers to take back their power over their own health.”

“The Truth, The Way and The Life”

By Dr. Davis E. Lindsay

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 170 pages | ISBN 9781512746990

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 170 pages | ISBN 9781512746983

E-Book | 170 pages | ISBN 9781512746976

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Dr. Davis E. Lindsay began his search for wellness at 12, when he suddenly and mysteriously became ill. After conventional medicine failed to provide him with answers and relief, he started looking for the truth about health. Since then, not only has he continued to become healthier into his 40s, he has also helped hundreds of people regain their health naturally. More information is available at: www.spinefit.ca.

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at www.facebook.com/WestBowPress and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.




The educational future is bright for 423 Texas high school graduates who received $8.4 million in scholarships from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Wednesday, May 24. These college-bound seniors have their sights set on 39 different Texas universities and colleges and will major in 151 different fields of study.

“The students recognized tonight are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Joel Cowley, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president and CEO. “With the support of more than 33,000 volunteers, our generous donors and those in the community who attend our Show, we are proud to contribute to the education of these very deserving individuals.”

In 2017, Show scholarships were increased from $18,000 to $20,000 for students pursuing a four-year, undergraduate degree. Tonight, students received $8,405,000 in funds from the following Show scholarship programs: Metropolitan, Opportunity, Exhibitor, Hildebrand, School Art, Technical and Military. Each recipient received a $20,000 scholarship, payable over four years, with the exception of Technical recipients who received a $9,000 scholarship to apply toward a two-year degree.

Among the 423 scholars, 23 percent are first generation high school graduates. In addition, a majority of students — 238 Metropolitan and 114 Opportunity recipients — were selected from Houston-area high schools in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties.

In the second, and largest, of four scholarship presentations this summer, the students recognized tonight will attend college in the fall alongside their fellow Area Go Texan and Texas 4-H and FFA scholarship recipients for a total scholarship commitment of $14.3 million in 2017. Currently, more than 2,000 scholars currently attending 80-plus Texas colleges and universities on Show scholarships.

These scholarships represent a portion of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s annual commitment of more than $26 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants and other educational programs. For more information on the Show’s educational support, visit rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/Commitment.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2018 Show is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 18.


Addresses ‘The Bridge’ Conference Policy Day hosted by International Christian Concern

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today addressed the ‘The Bridge: The Annual Conference on the Persecuted Church’ Policy Day, hosted by International Christian Concern (ICC). There he discussed his efforts to highlight the human rights violations in North Korea and provide hope and assistance for persecuted Christians throughout the world.

“Thank you for shining a light on religious persecution, and for speaking out the truth,” Sen. Cruz said. “We see religious persecution on the rise across the globe. Whether from ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists in the Middle East or tragically, this week in the United Kingdom, or in North Korea, where religious liberty is constantly under attack. There is estimated to be roughly 25 million people in North Korea, and recent reports estimated between 200,000 and 400,000 of them are Christians. Under the rules of the regime, being a Christian is a crime. And like all Marxists, the Kim regime views God as a direct conflict with the loyalty that is demanded of the people to the regime. You cannot be completely subservient to the state if there is indeed an almighty and all-loving God who created us in His image. And that is why so many totalitarian regimes have sought out believers to persecute, because of the threat, the existential threat that a higher power poses to an evil dictator. We must stand with the oppressed and the persecuted. It is worth remembering that light is stronger than darkness and truth is stronger than lies. The prayers of the men and women here are heard behind jail cells throughout the world.”

Still photos of Sen. Cruz’s address may be viewed here. Video of Sen. Cruz’s address may be viewed here.

As a salesperson, time doesn’t wait for you or your business. You need to stay ahead of the competition reaching your markets or you will become obsolete. Understanding how sales has evolved and how to keep competitive was the focus of the Working Lunch Series hosted by Central Fort Bend Chamber at Fort Bend Country Club on May 18th.

Guest Speaker Rob Thompson of TruCore Business Development presented on sales effectiveness including ways of communication, differences in buyer types, making sales your competitive advantage, importance of having a sales process, and more. “A sales person should develop a sales approach and processes for sales calls that create value, engage the buyer, and get their attention,” says Thompson. The seminar covered the various changes in technology for social selling, inbound marketing and how to generate more top leads and opportunities. Thompson continued, “Technology [social media] has introduced a different level of communication that creates challenges if not used correctly. However, good old fashion cold calling is still effective with persistence and the right approach.” The seminar closed with some actionable insights that can be used immediately – increasing sales and enhancing engagement.

Thompson is an expert in sales, sales operations, sales effectiveness, and sales team leadership. His consulting process applies passionate practices that win for companies and individuals seeking to achieve more.

For more information about the speaker and TruCore, visit https://www.trucorebd.com

The Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Working Lunch Series focuses on technical education topics for small business and is held the third Thursday of each month. The next seminar is on emergency preparedness for small businesses. Learn how to prepare and cope with natural and man-made disasters that could affect your business and everyday life.

The cost of the luncheon is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

For more information on how to sponsor or register, go to www.CFBCA.org or call the Chamber at 281-342-5464.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.








IMG_1984                  (left to right): Matt Breazeale, Jones|Carter; Rene Casanova, Casanova Insurance; Tom Crayton, Crayton & Vilt, PLLC


IMG_1981                  (left to right): Matt Breazeale, Jones|Carter; Mona Parikh, Keller Williams; Tom Crayton, Crayton & Vilt, PLLC


IMG_2003                  (left to right): Regina Morales, Central Fort Bend Chamber; Rob Thompson, TruCore Business Development


IMG_2007                  (left to right): Ann Bivin, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union; Amaris Kinsy, Greenway Cleaning Solutions; Tom Crayton, Crayton & Vilt, PLLC; Tom Skupnjak, CPG Energy; Marla Jurek, Brazose Valley Schools Credit Union; Rob Thompson, TruCore Business Development; Rene Casanova, Casanova Insurance; Mark Bratton, Bratton Pools; Maggie Castillo, Bratton Pools; Veronica Mendoza, Bratton Pools; Mona Parikh, Kellwe Williams; Joel Raymond, GreenScape Associates, LLC; Matt Breazeale, Jones|Carter; Chris Prewitt, GreenScape Associates, LLC

July 18-21, 2017

Attend Youth Fashion Week this summer!  The only summer camp designed to take you on a 4-day exploration through the Fashion Industry.  This event will be held on July 18-21, 2017, from 8:00am-3:30pm, at the Fort Bend County Extension Office, located at 1402 Band Road, Suite 100, Rosenberg, Texas.  The event is open to all youth ages 10-16 years of age.  Youth Fashion Week is a summer fashion camp developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Fort Bend County in partnership with the Cooperative Extension Program.  This camp is designed to teach students about fashion design and illustration, sewing, modeling, buying, and careers in the fashion industry.  Fashion enthusiasts will have the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to the many aspects of fashion.  The camp is open to all levels of sewing and fashion design.  Campers will participate in activity sessions that will allow them to explore fashion trends and create their own personally-styled outfit and accessories.  Campers will learn the basics to sewing, improve their stitch technique, and help jazz up their wardrobe.  Campers can plan on learning how to add dazzle to any outfit.  They will also learn the simple in’s and out’s to applying age appropriate makeup and how to have a successful photoshoot. In our sewing lab, students will learn to use the sewing machines properly, and will learn how to sew a stylish garment.  Participants do not have to know how to sew to participate. Interested participants should submit their registration form to Victoria Zwahr at the Fort Bend County Extension Office no later than Friday, June 30, 2017. Registration forms can be found on the website at: https://fortbend.agrilife.org/youthcamps/.  For more information please contact Victoria via email at victoria.zwahr@ag.tamu.edu or by phone at 281-342-3034

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On Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Young Professionals Committee hosted Golf Talk sponsored by Oak Bend Medical Center at the Fort Bend Country Club in Richmond, TX. At Golf Talk, young professionals in Fort Bend County had the opportunity to receive hands on instruction from immediate past Chairman Jeff Haley, and Chair Elect John Kennedy.

Jeff Haley, Si Environmental, LLC; John Kennedy, Texas State Technical College

With extensive backgrounds in golf, both Mr. Haley & Mr. Kennedy provided attendees with tips on improving their golf game and taught about the basics of golf etiquette. Mr. Haley played golf at the Texas Lutheran University and upon graduating, worked as a Pro at the Houston Country Club for six years, owned Lonestar Golf Academy in College Station for four years and spent five years as a Pro at the Houstonian Golf Club. Mr. Kennedy was a Pro at the Sweetwater Country Club for three years, followed by fourteen years with the Shadow Hawk Golf Club and the Houstonian Golf Club.

For more information regarding the Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Young Professionals program visit www.CFBCA.org or contact Mac Flores directly Mflores@cfbca.org.

John Kennedy, Texas State Technical College; Noell Myska, Stancil Property Tax LLC ;
Anna Webster, Oak Bend Medical Center; Rene Casanova, Casanova Insurance

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.