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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

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 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

UT Physicians Community Health &Wellness Center – Rosenberg, the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), celebrated the grand opening of the newest health center at 5115 Avenue H, Suite 701 with a ribbon cutting. UT Physicians staff, Central Fort Bend Chamber representatives, elected officials and over 350 guest enjoyed tours of the new facility; fun activities for the attendees; free health screenings; including a meet and greet with the Rosenberg Fire and Police Department.

Fort Bend County residents will now be able to receive high-quality primary care and medical screenings at the multispecialty center. The clinic offers primary care for children, adolescents and adults. Specialists include a family practitioner, pediatrician, psychiatrist and urogynecologist.  Andrew Casas, vice president and chief operating officer of UT Physicians, welcomed the large crowd and spoke about UT Physicians’ mission, “Providing exceptional health care close to home is one of the missions of UT Physicians,” Casas said. “UT Physicians is looking forward to providing excellent, comprehensive care that people can count on in their neighborhood.”

UT Physicians brings to Rosenberg the world renowned care of the Texas Medical Center and has partnered with Community Health Choice whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of underserved residents of Southeast Texas by opening doors to coordinated, high-quality, affordable health care and health-related social services. The new facility will have a dedicated space for wellness education programs, including a food demonstration kitchen where they will be teaching diabetes awareness and Zumba classes for the exercise enthusiasts.


For more information on UT Physicians Health and Wellness Center, visit or call (713) 486-1950.


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


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Andrew Casas, UT Physicians; Dr. Thomas Murphy, UT Physicians; Carmen Lawrence, UT Physicians; Tom Wilson; Dr. Kevin Hwang, UT Physicians; Kenneth Janda, Community Health Choice; Karen Love, Community Health Choice; Cynthia McConathy, Mayor, City of Rosenberg; Dr. Johneca Broussard, UT Physicians; Dr. Kairav Shah, UT Physicians; Rose Pickens, Attack Poverty; Dr. Sevahn Carril, UT Physicians; Griselda Zacek, UT Physicians; Jernae Bijou, UT Physicians; Brenda Ramagnoli, UT Physicians; Victor Garcia, UT Physicians; Amanda Barta, Council Member City of Rosenberg

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Dr. Thomas Murphy; UT Physicians; Karen Love, Community Health Choice; Kenneth Janda, Community Health Choice; Andrew Casas, UT Physicians

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Cynthia McConathy, Mayor City of Rosenberg; Dr. Johneca Broussard, UT Physicians; Andrew Casas, UT Physicians

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Twana Wilson, UT Physicians; Johnathan Gray, UT Physicians; Cynthia McConathy, Mayor, City of Rosenberg; Esmeralda Melton, UT Health Center

HOUSTON (5/9/2017) – Step right up, step right up! Circus 1903-Golden Age of Circus will help cap off SPA’s 50th Anniversary Season, for several performances June 9th through the 11th in Jones Hall, presented by the Society for the Performing Arts.

From the producers of The Illusionists, the best-selling magic show in the world, and the creative minds at Significant Objects, the award-winning puppeteers behind War Horse on Broadway, comes a celebration and reimagining of a turn-of-the-century circus spectacular.

Two decades ago, Cirque du Soleil famously removed the animals from the circus, but with Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus they are back and more beautiful—and distinctive—than ever! Along with mesmerizing puppets and special effects to create the animal acts, Circus 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus also features the most amazing, dangerous, and exceptional acts from the four corners of the globe. It all comes together to transport the audience to the golden age of the circus, a truly captivating circus extravaganza that is the perfect night for the entire family.

All performances will be held in Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. There will be five total performances from Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th.
Friday, June 9, 7:30pm
Saturday, June 10, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, June 11, 2pm and 7pm Tickets are $33-93 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 713-227-4772 or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday. For groups of 15 or more call 713-632-8113. Prices are subject to change. About Society for the Performing Arts Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is the largest independent non-profit presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than 1,000 performances of the world’s finest music, dance and theater events, in adherence to the belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community. In addition to presenting artists, SPA seeks to provide a variety of learning experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as build relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.

Kids can sample water sports, horseback riding and more on May 21 

HOUSTON – On the banks of scenic Lake Livingston mounted to the tall pines is one of the longest dual zip lines in Texas. All summer long, children – secured in their harnesses – race each other down the cabled lines in what many have described as an “experience of a lifetime” on the 530 acres of YMCA’s Camp Cullen.

For those who have never experienced Camp Cullen in Trinity, Texas, the YMCA is opening its doors to the public free of charge on May 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. During this time, children will get to sample what this lakeside camp has to offer, specifically kayaking, horseback riding, archery and tours of the extra modern and air-conditioned cabins and a newly built dining hall that offers dramatic views of the lake at any time of day.

After attending Camp Cullen and climbing its 55-foot tall Alpine tower, going wake boarding, sailing, and playing sports, parachute games and paintball, kids often return home from this residential camp having gained much more than a week of fun.

“YMCA Camp Cullen is more than just a summer camp. It provides an opportunity for kids to have life-changing experiences. While each day is packed full of tubing, ropes courses, creative arts, drama, dancing and opportunities to learn about geology and environmental science, behind the scenes kids are building self-confidence and making lasting friendships,” said Andrew Hood, director of the camp. “Camp Cullen is a community that instills a sense of belonging and being a part of something.”

Camp Cullen has consistently garnered the highest ratings from camp participants and their parents. Hood believes this is because the camp is also designed to appeal to a kid’s heart and soul.

“No doubt our kids like the cool stuff, but at Camp Cullen, they feel at home. They are welcomed energetically from the minute they arrive and are embraced by a staff that takes caring of the children to more meaningful levels,” Hood said of the camp counselors, many of whom travel from as far away as Great Britain and Australia to be an instrumental part of the camp experience. “Every year, parents tell us that their children return home more confident than ever, and that they forged so many new and lasting friendships with kids they otherwise would never have met.”

Camp Cullen is open to kids ages 7-17 and operates in one-week sessions. It is located 90 miles north of Houston.

No registration is necessary to try Camp Cullen on May 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. for free. Simply drive up and have fun! Camp Cullen is located at 460 Cullen Loop in Trinity, Texas: Camp Map and Directions

Want to arrange a tour on another day? Please call 936-594-2274.

For more information, please visit:


Adventure Courses include: Challenge Course, Alpine Climbing Tower, Hamill High Ropes Course, Dual Zip Lines.

Special Tracks include: Horsemanship, Water Sports (water skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, tubing, canoeing, sailing), Teen Leadership and Kamp K’aana for children who struggle with weight issues.

Sports include: Basketball, Kickball, Soccer and Parachute Games.

Target Sports include: Archery, Paintball, and a .22 Rifle Range with a focus on safety.

Other Activities include: Creative Arts, Dance, Fishing, Outdoor Living Skills, Cookouts, Hiking, Nature Classes, Geology and Environmental Science.

Themed Weeks include: Aloha Summer, Teen Leadership Camp, Under the Big Top, Sci-Fi, Outdoor Leadership Development, Teen Adventure Camp, Superheroes, Passport to Another World, Wild Wild West, Planet Earth Safari and Time Traveler.

By: Tom Behrens

May 12-13 at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium.


SHOT PUT … 1. Adrian Piperi, The Woodlands, 68-3 3/4; 2. Gabe Oladipo, FB Hightower, 65-7; 3. Cooper Campbell, Katy Seven Lakes, 64-1
Campbell repeated as a state qualifier after winning the III-6A shot put championship. He placed eighth in the state with a heave of 51 feet, 8 ¾ inches as a junior. His performance has reached a new level this year, evidenced by a winning throw of 66-7 in League City which ranked second entering the state meet.
HIGH JUMP … 1. Mason Corbin, Katy Tompkins, 6-11; 2. Josh Canete, Copperas Cove, 6-8; 3. Jack Scarborough, SA Johnson, 6-8
Tompkins junior Mason Corbin. Corbin won the III-6A gold medal by clearing 6-9 in the regionals.


100 … 1. Kynnedy Flannel, Alvin, 11.43; 2. Kaylor Harris, Mes. Horn, 11.56; 3. Kailei Collins, Katy Tompkins, 11.61
Tompkins boasts the top-ranked sprinter in the state as sophomore Kailei Collins carried an 11.31 into the state 100.
100 HURDLES … 1. Kaylor Harris, Mes. Horn, 13.38; 2. Milan Young, Hou. Lamar, 13.44; 3. Javlyn Cameron, Katy Mayde Creek, 13.54
Cameron entered the state meet as the No. 4 seed in the 100 hurdles after running a 13.72 at the regional meet. Cameron said her primary goal was to beat her personal record of 13.62 seconds, set at the area meet during her junior year.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber welcomed Select Title with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Richmond location at 1117 FM 359, Suite 110. The enormous turn out of Business owners, Chamber Ambassadors and friends gathered to welcome the new member and joined in on ribbon cutting photos. A great BBQ lunch was served and catered by Swinging Door.

When Brad Elder, CEO of Select Title first entertained the idea of building a new beginning for the agency, he envisioned pulling together some of the best and brightest minds in the industry. He sought after some of the top producers within the Houston market to form an alliance; a “dream team” of people sharing a common vision and passion for serving the real estate industry throughout the Lone Star State. Mr. Elder stated, “With many exciting milestones ahead, Select Title is well on its way to becoming the best title agency in Texas.”  Mr. Elder thanked everyone for coming and supporting Select Title, “It is a great opportunity not only to have a great team to work with, but also to be a part of the Central Fort Bend Chamber.”

Select Title provides title insurance and settlement services, ownership and encumbrance reports, commercial and residential closings, as well as providing interactive worksheets, financial tips, financial seminars, retirement planning, and assistance with credit report management.

For more information on Select Title, visit their website at:

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

Riveredge Dentistry opened its doors to business owners and community members as the Central Fort Bend Chamber celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Owner, Dr. Nester Arrellano thanked all who came to show their support. “We are so happy to be with the Central Fort Bend Chamber, thank you all for coming today and to my family who came all the way from California”.

Riveredge Dentistry is a Family General Dental practice near Brazos Town Center at 535 FM 2977, Suite 138, Rosenberg, TX 77469.  Riveredge Dentistry has been in business in Sugar Land for 20 years and has just relocated their office to Rosenberg.  Dr. Arrelano explained what services Riveredge provides and told about how his office uses the most advanced equipment available, “We provide dental care for children, adults, military families, and senior citizens. Our practice has the technology combined with my personal experience skills to provide you with cosmetic dentistry, teeth replacement implants, preventive, and emergency care for those unprepared toothaches”.   Dr. Arellano further explained, “We use the most current and most advanced technology available, including waterless suction for water conservation”.

For more information call Riveredge Dentistry at: (281)491-6010

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

May 23, 2017


HOUSTON (May 10, 2017) – The Houston Symphony and National Geographic Live present Climbing Dreams, the last event in a dynamic four-part speaker series featuring some of the world’s most fascinating explorers, scientists, filmmakers and adventurers. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Jones Hall.

The evening’s featured speaker, climber and National Geographic Explorer Mike Libecki, will take audiences on a thrilling journey, sharing captivating stories about the secluded and unique places, people and experiences he has embraced from his expeditions to climb the most remote and exotic locations on the planet.

Named Men’s Journal 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years, Libecki has completed over 60 expeditions and has made first ascents on all seven continents in places like Afghanistan, Antarctica, Baffin Island, Guyana, Greenland, China, Madagascar, Kyrgysztan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Venezuela, Yemen, Indonesia, Africa and many islands around the globe.

In 2013, Libecki was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and was featured in the magazine’s cover story, “Untamed Antarctica,” for his treacherous and unprecedented summit of Bertha’s Tower in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.

Libecki is the recipient of countless grants and awards for his pioneering feats in climbing and exploration, including two Shipton-Tilman Grants from GORE-TEX®, four Mugs Stump Awards, and two Helly Hansen Awards from the American Alpine Club.

This event will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in 32 cities around the world, including, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Singapore and Sydney. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit


Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Mike Libecki, climber and National Geographic Explorer

Tickets from $15

About the Houston Symphony
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony, one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, held its inaugural performance at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians presents nearly 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. Additionally, musicians of the orchestra and the Symphony’s four Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 900 community-based performances each year, reaching thousands of people in Greater Houston. For tickets and more information, please visit or call 713-224-7575.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or, or find us on FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Theatre Southwest presents When We Were Young And Unafraid by Sarah Treem directed by Bob Maddox

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of her tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.


May 26—June 17

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm

Matinee, Sunday June 4 at 3 pm

Cast/Crew & Zip codes
Agnes – Lisa Schofield (77318)

Penny – Rachel Watkins (77459)

Mary Anne – Jenna Morris (77063)

Paul – Austin Heps (77459)

Hannah – Miriam Okafor (77459)

Director – Bob Maddox

Stage Manager – Melissa J. Mayo (77057)


$18 Regular/$16 Seniors


or email

or call (713) 661-9509


Houston, Texas, April 2017 – The Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo presents a star‐studded, empowering and entertaining weekend on May 20 and 21, 2017, at the NRG Center. Keynote celebrity speakers include:

Brandy, Award Winning Actress and Grammy Winning Superstar

Mariel Hemingway, Oscar Nominated Actress, Bestselling Author and Health Advocate

MC Lyte, Legendary Entertainer, Actress and Bestselling Author

Sonja Norwood, Hollywood Agent, Dealmaker and Super Mom

Each celebrity delivers, in their own unique style, motivational messages to women on “Living Your Best Life.” Prepare to laugh and become inspired as the Keynote Speakers share their personal stories and roadmaps to achieve success and happiness and ultimately live your very best life. Join Brandy, Mariel and Sonja on Saturday, May 20, 2017. MC Lyte presents on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo also offers women a wealth of memorable, transformative experiences:

Beautify: Complimentary haircuts, makeovers, manicures, facials and plenty of free samples of the best cosmetics, skin care, and beauty products in the industry.

DoItHerself Workshops: Afraid of a drill or glue gun? Never fear. The “Do‐It‐Herself” lounges provide a terrific variety of complimentary Make‐N‐Take workshops including Jewelry Making, Cake Decorating, Sewing, Candle Making, Gardening, Martha Stewart Home Décor and more.

Get cooking: Talented chefs showcase their culinary skills with easy recipes for the summer and every day‐‐from flambé to sauté, from hors d’oeuvres to desserts. And, tastings, of course!

Extraordinary Discount Shopping: Over 450 boutiques where you can uncover one‐of‐a‐kind finds in fashion, accessories, jewelry, home décor and handbags at sensational pricing.

Get Started: Respected experts in finance, healthcare, career development, personal growth, style, beauty and home design and décor will educate and inspire. Top achievers share insights and reveal struggles that propelled them to the top of their fields.

Rejuvenate: Enjoy a luxurious complimentary massage from inside the Rejuvenation Massage Garden.

Houston’s Ultimate Women’s Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 at the NRG Center. Advance tickets are $5.00 when purchased online at and include all makeovers, tastings, Celebrity Speakers, shows, seminars and more.