Memorial Hermann executive presented 2019 Athena Award

June 1st, 2019

League City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Director, Rolando Villarreal with Hilltop Securities and 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, Ashlea Quinonez, Memorial Hermann Health System.

By Mary Alys Cherry

Ashlea Quinonez, Memorial Hermann Health System’s director of government relations, is the 2019 recipient of the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Leadership Award.

The presentation was made by last year’s winner, Clear Lake Shores Mayor Pro-tem Amanda Fenwick, at the annual Athena Leadership Luncheon, held at South Shore Harbour Resort. Jill Reason served as emcee.

The ATHENA Leadership Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment — qualities embodied in the Athena Leadership Model. The award is unique in both scope — local, national and international — and the Athena mission upon which it is based. The award is presented to a woman — or man — who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Introducing her to the crowd, the emcee said “She demonstrates the qualities of excellence, creativity and initiative in every task she is associated with. Ashlea continually works for the better health of the community at large and to improve quality of life for all. She is heavily involved and committed on local, state and national levels on initiatives that impact all members of the community.

“Ashlea is a role model and mentor to all that come in contact with her. She informally mentors many women with her involvement in the Women Leaders of Memorial Hermann program and the Dress for Success Initiative. She has led the efforts for suits to be donated throughout the Memorial Hermann system to help women in the community who want to return to the work force dressed properly for job interviews. The “Send One Suit Drive” reached approximately 3,500 women in 2018 and in 2019 is slated to reach 4,000 women. This is in large part due to Ashlea’s efforts and partnerships across the City of Houston and surrounding areas.

“A fun fact about Ashlea is that she graduated from the FBI citizen’s academy a few years ago. “

HomeTown Bank of League City Senior Vice President Elected to Chair the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce

January 30th, 2019

Bill Provenzano

HomeTown Bank of League City Senior Vice President, Loan Officer and Branch Manager Bill Provenzano has been elected to chair the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Provenzano holds the unique distinction of having chaired two chambers of commerce in the area: He was chair of the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce while Vice President and Loan Officer and at our Downtown Friendswood Branch, then became active in the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce when he was promoted to his current position in League City in 2015.

He has also served as president of the Friendswood Rotary Club, where he remains active, and he is on the Small Business Committee of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.

“The youngest of six siblings and native Houstonian,” Provenzano said, “my parents taught us to treat others the way we want to be treated and to always give back to our community.  I am proud to work for a Community Bank that allows me the opportunity to participate and support the local communities we serve.”

HomeTown Bank has 7 local branches: two in Galveston, two in Friendswood, Alvin, League City and the newest location- Pearland. Please visit www.htbna.bank for more information on HomeTown Bank.

Movers & Shakers: Rebecca Lilley

September 1st, 2018

Name: Rebecca Lilley

Occupation: Memorial Hermann director of Community Outreach and Physician Resources; League City Regional Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board

Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.

Current home: El Lago

Family: Son, Trent; and precious Australian Shepard, Wyatt

My favorite writer is: Agatha ChristieSomeone I’d like to meet: The late Alfred Hitchcock

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: No one. I love my life!

My favorite performers are: Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant

I like to spend my leisure time: Reading, riding bicycle

My favorite meal is: Chili Cheese Dog

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: An international flight attendant
You’ll never catch me: Awake after 11 p.m.

The thing that bugs me the most is: People that do not move over for emergency vehicles

My favorite movie is: The Trouble With Harry

Few people know: When I was 3 years old the doctors diagnosed me with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and told my parents I would be crippled and in a wheel chair for the rest of my life by the time I was 20. Prayer, faith and determination proved them wrong.

Movers & Shakers: Steve Paterson

August 1st, 2018

Name: Steve Paterson

Occupation: President and CEO League City Regional Chamber of Commerce

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Current home: League City

Family: Wife Debbie, daughters Kelly and Colby; granddaughter Amelia

My favorite writer is: Robert Ludlum

Someone I’d like to meet: Bill Gates

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Warren Buffet

My favorite performers are: Jimmy Buffet, Tony Bennett, Sting, Pavarotti

I like to spend my leisure time: Reading, fly fishing, woodworking, wine appreciation, kayaking

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Patagonia

My favorite meal is: Steak and lobster with a side of spaghetti with clams and banana pudding
As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: Archeologist

You’ll never catch me: Cave diving

The thing that bugs me the most is: Ignorance

My favorite movie is: The Great Escape

Few people know: I was a high-level masters swimmer and competed at nationals

Business Buzz

March 1st, 2015

Seabrook Mayor Glenn Royal, right, and City Manager Gayle Cooke visit with Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell as they arrive at Cullen’s Upscale Grille for the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership’s February luncheon.

Seabrook Mayor Glenn Royal, right, and City Manager Gayle Cooke visit with Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell as they arrive at Cullen’s Upscale Grille for the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership’s February luncheon.

Chamber votes to change name

After much debate, the League City Chamber has decided to change its name to the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The decision was announced by Chamber Board Chairman Bonnie Lem. “After lengthy discussions about the importance the city of League City has played in the tradition and success of our chamber, yet also recognizing that new opportunities for continued success and to expand our business footprint; the new name was determined to be very timely and appropriate,” Lem said.

Back in January, a chamber committee changed the name to the Bay Area Houston Regional Chamber of Commerce, a name that upset most members because it did not include League City in the name.

The chamber then gave members an opportunity to choose between three suggested names – League City Regional Chamber of Commerce, League City/Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and League City/Bay Area Regional Chamber of Commerce. Most liked the first suggestion.

Next step will be to select a new logo, Chamber President Laurie Baldwin said.

Union Pacific Railroad Public Affairs Vice President Brenda Mainwaring arrives at Cullen’s Upscale Grille to address the BayTran luncheon. With her are attorney Hugh McCulley, left, and Harris County Transit Services Director Ken Fickes, who is also a BayTran board member.

Union Pacific Railroad Public Affairs Vice President Brenda Mainwaring arrives at Cullen’s Upscale Grille to address the BayTran luncheon. With her are attorney Hugh McCulley, left, and Harris County Transit Services Director Ken Fickes, who is also a BayTran board member.

RadioShack set to close stores

RadioShack has announced that it is filing for bankruptcy and is closing about 1,700 of its stores nationwide, including some in the Houston area.

Among those expected to close are stores near Baybrook Mall in Webster, 142 Southmore in Pasadena, 2600 FM 1764 in La Marque and San Jacinto Mall in Baytown.

BayTran plans State of Counties

Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership President Barbara Koslov has announced plans for the 16th annual State of the Counties Address on Wednesday, April 15.

The luncheon at the Hobby Marriott at 9100 Gulf Freeway, will feature addresses by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry and Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta.

Individual tickets are $75 each with various sponsorship levels for tables for 10 available by contacting Mrs. Koslov at bkoslov@baytran.org

News Nuggets

March 1st, 2015

Space Center Rotary had some special guests in February – Rotary International President Gary Huang and his wife, Corenna. Here they were on hand when Space Center President Scott Rainey, from left, presented one of the club’s 50 Random Acts of Kindness to Shanna as the Huangs and Rotary District Governor Lisa Marie Massey look on. Shanna was a homeless Nigerian immigrant, a domestic violence survivor and the mother of two who was presented money to furnish a rental home for her family and to help her with her goal to become a registered nurse.

Space Center Rotary had some special guests in February – Rotary International President Gary Huang and his wife, Corenna. Here they were on hand when Space Center President Scott Rainey, from left, presented one of the club’s 50 Random Acts of Kindness to Shanna as the Huangs and Rotary District Governor Lisa Marie Massey look on. Shanna was a homeless Nigerian immigrant, a domestic violence survivor and the mother of two who was presented money to furnish a rental home for her family and to help her with her goal to become a registered nurse.

Kemah gets new city secretary

Patty Kloves, is Kemah’s new city secretary, replacing Marisela Garcia, who left to become city secretary in Nassau Bay.
Previously, she spent eight years working for NASA contractor Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering and also held financial and administrative posts at the University of Texas Branch in Galveston and at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, she also has a master’s degree from the University of Houston. The Kemah City Council set her salary at $65,000 annually.

CCISD bus program gets $100,000 grant

Members of the Texas PTA recently presented a ceremonial check to Clear Creek ISD, representing a $100,000 grant from the Texas PTA Clean School Bus Program.

The grant money will be used to help purchase two clean-air school buses. CCISD has 71 clean air buses, 55 buses powered by CNG, 16 fueled by propane and 213 diesel school buses. “Currently clear air buses comprise 25 percent of the CCISD bus fleet,” said Transportation Director Dean Lewis.

“We have another 12 propane buses set for delivery in March as we strive to provide the safest environment possible as we transport thousands of students each school day.”

The Texas PTA has partnered for several years with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to improve air quality for Texas youth.

Taylor to head education panel

Sen. Larry Taylor of Friendswood, who represents District 11, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Senate Public Education Committee by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

Taylor, who also was reappointed to the Senate Business and Commerce Committee that has been working to reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, said he was “honored by the appointment and I look forward to continuing to bring education into the 21st century.”

He was equally pleased, he added, to continue on the business panel.

Goose Creek picks superintendent

The Goose Creek CISD has selected Randal O’Brien as its new superintendent. O’Brien has been heading the district as acting superintendent since the beginning of this school year.

“It is an honor to be the lone finalist for the position of superintendent for Goose Creek CISD. I want to thank the members of the Board of Trustees for their vote of confidence in me,” he said after his selection as the lone finalist for the post.

League City's new Public Safety building on Walker Street.

League City’s new Public Safety building on Walker Street.

Webster church gets new pastor

The Rev. Dr. Keith Alan Uffman is the new pastor at Webster Presbyterian Church — moving to the Bay Area from Greensboro, N.C., where he served as a pastor for almost 20 years and his wife, Mary Helen, taught and coached young athletes.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, he earned his Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary where he was awarded a Thompson Scholarship. He also attended Duke Divinity School and LSU Law School.

The Dean of Union Presbytery Seminary describes Pastor Keith as “…one of the most gifted, imaginative, and energetic pastors I have ever known.”

Cruz to chair NASA panel

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been named chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s subcommittee, which oversees NASA.

He was the top Republican on the subcommittee last year but did not play a prominent public role concerning space agency matters in the last Congress. He is known mostly for advocating reduced government spending and a campaign to kill Obamacare.

Pearland OKs road funding

Pearland City Council has approved an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation that will mean its Smith Road Project can go forward, agreeing to pay 20 percent or $996,899 of the $5.1 million cost for improvements from Hughes Ranch Road to FM 518.

The state will pay the remaining 80 percent.