Movers & Shakers: Kurt Otten

July 2nd, 2019

Name:  Kurt Otten

Occupation: Operations manager for NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, working for Raytheon as the Raytheon Team and mayor of Clear Lake Shores

Hometown: I grew up in Nassau Bay

Current home: Clear Lake Shores

Family: Married to my wife, Teresa, and between us we have three grown children, Stefani, Jeff, and Caitlin, and three grandchildren, Klein, Elinor and James

My favorite writer is: John P. Kotter but unfortunately not much time to read

Someone I’d like to meet: Donald Trump
If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: The President of the United States

My favorite performer is: Supertramp

I like to spend my leisure time: Camping, boating, working around the house and now working on a 1963 VW Beetle that my Dad owned. I also enjoy fishing, SCUBA diving and just hanging out with family and friends.

If I could travel to any place, I’d choose: Belize. We just love the no nonsense atmosphere and no hustle and bustle.

My favorite meal is:  Beef stroganoff

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be:  I always wanted to be a firefighter but then quickly followed my Dad’s footsteps in becoming an electrical engineer. I still think being a firefighter would be cool.

You’ll never catch me: Running or something really bad is happening behind me.

The thing that bugs me the most is: People not appreciating how good we have it and dishonesty

My favorite movie is:  Toy Story…I loved watching it with my kids and now I can enjoy it with my grandkids.

Few people know: That I was actually born in Smithtown, N.Y., and come from a family of New York firefighters, including my cousin, Michael Otten, who was lost in 911.

Movers & Shakers: Bill Provenzano

June 1st, 2019

Name:  Bill Provenzano

Occupation: Senior vice president / commercial lender / HomeTown Bank of League City and League City Regional Chamber chairman

Hometown: Houston

Current home: Friendswood

Family: Married to Mindy Provenzano 34 years this July;  2 sons – Colton and Blake (one lives in Friendswood the other in League City); 1 granddaughter – Blakely Grace Provenzano

My favorite writer is: Tom Clancy

Someone I’d like to meet: JJ Watt

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose:  Happy with what the good Lord gave me.

My favorite performer is:  The Eagles

I like to spend my leisure time:  Playing golf, listening to music, watching Houston sports teams, spending time with family and friends, and cooking!

If I could travel to any place, I’d choose:  Italy

My favorite meal is: Steak

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be:  Like my Dad!

You’ll never catch me: Bungie jumping, sky diving or hang gliding

The thing that bugs me the most is:  Inconsiderate people

My favorite movie is:  The 10 Commandments starring Charlton Heston

Few people know:  I plan everything!

Movers & Shakers: John Branch

April 1st, 2019

Name: John Branch

Occupation:  Retired logistics manager; president of the Clear Lake City Water Authority

Hometown:  Overton, Texas

Current home: Clear Lake City

Family: Wife Patty, two sons and six grandchildren

My favorite writer is:  Tom Clancy

Someone I’d like to meet:  Wish I could have met Neil Armstrong

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose:  An astronaut on the space station

My favorite performers are: George Strait and Garth Brooks

I like to spend my leisure time:  At Exploration Green

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

My favorite meal is:  Lobster

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be:  A Texas Ranger

You’ll never catch me:  Not trying to make things better

The thing that bugs me the most is: People who do not give back to the community

My favorite movie is: The Scarlet and The Black; When the Game Stands Tall

Few people know:  I grew up on a ranch

Movers & Shakers: Jeff Wagner

March 4th, 2019

Name: Jeff Wagner

Occupation: Mayor of Pasadena and retired Houston Police Officer (33 Years)

Hometown: Galena Park

Current home: Pasadena

Family: Wife – Ginny, Daughters – Jessica and Jillian

My favorite writer is: John Grisham

Someone I’d like to meet: Roger Staubach

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Houston Astros Manager A. J. Hinch

My favorite performers are: Mickey Gilley, Aaron Watson and George Strait

I like to spend my leisure time: With my grandchildren

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

My favorite meal is: Cheeseburger

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: Police officer

You’ll never catch me: Kneeling for the National Anthem

The thing that bugs me the most is: Politics

My favorite movie is: Brian’s Song

Few people know: I collect autographs

Movers & Shakers: Roy Green Jr.

January 2nd, 2019

Name: Roy Green Jr.

Occupation: General Manager – South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center

Hometown: San Angelo

Current home: League City

Family: Husband Nick of 32 years

My favorite actor is: Morgan Freeman

Someone I’d like to meet: Former President Barack Obama

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Bill Gates. His generous philanthropy especially with the fight to end polio is inspiring.

My favorite performers are: Michael Buble, Ellen Degeneres and the Fighting Texas Aggie Band.

I like to spend my leisure time: Planning my next adventure and spending time with family.

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Beaches of Normandy with my father.

My favorite meal is: Baked chicken and grilled asparagus.

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: National Park Ranger.
You’ll never catch me: At the gym. I know I should, but probably not going to happen.

The thing that bugs me the most is: Rude and disrespecful people. Life is too short to be mean, cruel and ugly towards other people.

My favorite movie is: Braveheart

Few people know: At A&M I had the honor of being a student host to comedian Red Skeleton for five days prior to his campus performance. What a great week that was.

Movers & Shakers: John Baumgartner

November 1st, 2018

Name: John Baumgartner

Occupation: League City’s city manager

Hometown: Juneau, Alaska

Current home: League City

Family: Wife, Dee Dee; Children: Dallas 26, Robert 26, Emily 22, and Daci 14

What do you like about your job: The great people working together to make League City the very best!
Someone I’d like to meet: Jesus

My favorite performers are: James Taylor or anything sports

I like to spend my leisure time: Relaxing with family

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Alaska in the summer and Hawaii in the winter

My favorite meal is: Anything my mother cooks, but a great steak and salad with her apple pie is the best

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: Lawyer, but math was better than English, so I went to engineering school

You’ll never catch me: Cheating at golf

The thing that bugs me the most is: Dishonesty

My favorite movie is: Forrest Gump

Few people know: I ran the Boston Marathon when I was skinny

Movers & Shakers: Bryan Bogle

October 1st, 2018

Name: Bryan Bogle

Occupation: Vice president for Information Systems & Technology at AMOCO Federal Credit Union and Clear Lake Area Chamber chairman

Hometown: Fort Worth

Current home: Clear Lake

Family: Wife of 20 years – Shari, Daughters Megan (15) and Nicole (10)

My favorite writer is: Tom Clancy – Got to meet him in 2002

Someone I’d like to meet: George H.W. Bush

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

My favorite performers are: George Strait and Rush

I like to spend my leisure time: Flying, riding road/mountain bikes, computer gaming

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: The mountains in/around Switzerland, Austria, and Germany

My favorite meal is: Fajitas

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: An airline pilot

You’ll never catch me: Sitting around waiting for things to happen

The thing that bugs me the most is: Complacency

My favorite movie is: A Few Good Men

Few people know: I worked at the Pentagon for almost two years as an Army Reservist after the attacks of 9/11

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

Movers & Shakers: Carla Medlenka

July 1st, 2018

Name: Carla Medlenka

Occupation: Marketing Manager at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

Hometown: South Side of Chicago

Current home: League City Historic District

Family: Hubby (Galen) and I are empty nesters and loving it. One son (Justin), two daughters (Mackenzie and Anastasia) who all live close and visit often.

My favorite writer is: Right now I’m reading The Outsider by Stephen King. Arundhati Roy is a favorite. I like many genres and authors.

Someone I’d like to meet: President Obama

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

My favorite performers are: The Dave Matthews Band and Krishna Das (look him up, he actually performed on the Grammys)

I like to spend my leisure time: Reading by the pool, watching what goes on in my garden (I have pollinator gardens and bird feeders that fascinate me), cooking. I’m also very involved in the community, serving as Bay Area Turning Point board chairman and on the Bay Area Democratic Movement board.

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Croatia is high on my bucket list – my great-grandparents’ birthplace. This fall I’m traveling to Switzerland and Italy, which includes a yoga sail trip along the Amalfi Coast

My favorite meal is: Chicago pizza (thin crust) and ice cold local beer

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A nurse – like many girls in the 60s and 70s!

You’ll never catch me: Complaining or being bored – I love the adventure of life

The thing that bugs me the most is: Toxic and angry people

My favorite movie is: The English Patient

Few people know: I’m a certified yoga instructor, though I prefer to be a student these days