Movers & Shakers: Joe Dee Barlow

September 3rd, 2019

Name: Joe Dee Barlow

Occupation: Attorney

Hometown: Petersburg, TX

Current home: Friendswood

Family: Wife, Jeanette and two daughters, Jessica Waller and Jackie Barlow

My favorite writer is: Dr. Catherine Langford

Someone I’d like to meet: William J. Bennett, former Secretary of Education

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

My favorite performers are: Tom Selleck

I like to spend my leisure time: Playing tennis

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

My favorite meal is: My wife’s gumbo

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: Major league baseball player

You’ll never catch me: Jumping out of an airplane

The thing that bugs me the most is: Hypocrisy

My favorite movie is: The Thomas Crown Affair

Few people know: I’m a seventh generation Texan with Ottawa Indian ancestry, and a member of the Sons of The Republic of Texas

Movers & Shakers: Mark Geyer

August 1st, 2019

Name: Mark Geyer

Occupation: Director, NASA Johnson Space Center

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Current home: Clear Lake

Family: Wife- Jacqueline Geyer, Daughter Samantha Berno, Son-in-law Alex Berno, Sons Russell and Andrew Geyer

My favorite writer is: John Grisham

Someone I’d like to meet: Living: Drew Brees, Past: Stan Musial

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: The President of the United States. Would be really interesting to see what happens up there.

My favorite performers are: Jethro Tull, Needtobreathe

I like to spend my leisure time: Spending time with my family, playing video games

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

My favorite meal is: German Bratwurst

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: Involved in the space program

You’ll never catch me: Eating sushi

The thing that bugs me the most is: The middle seat on a long flight.

My favorite movie is: Dr. Strangelove

Few people know: I went to high school in Boise, Idaho.

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.