June Word from the Chairman (2016)

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June 29, 2016
The North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is committed to our mission of keeping Bexar County strong through the delivery of advocacy, networking, recognition, leadership and professional development programs. In June we offered the third of our CFO Forum series, co-hosted a very successful Cybersecurity Conference, awarded three ATHENA Leadership Awards to local, leading women, and delivered a full-day educational course on the topic “Leader as a Communicator” to our Leadership Lab class. Additionally, our board of directors voted in support of restructuring the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau to become a designated not-for-profit 501(c)(6).
 
Wait – I thought I was the Company’s CFO?
On June 2nd, we held the second of our three-part CFO Forum series, “Wait – I thought I was the Company’s CFO?”, at the Oak Hills Country Club. As family businesses grow, leadership is often able to consider opportunities outside of reinvesting in traditional business. The responsibility for managing this diversification of holdings often falls to the CFO. This event focused on navigating this diversification with a distinguished panel of speakers including Todd Brockwell – Brockwell Family Advisors, Lauren Ciminello – Jackson Walker, LLP, Janet Stigent-Burns – BDO USA, LLP, Adam Bridgman – Holt Companies, and moderator Stephanie Chandler of Jackson Walker, LLP. Seventy-six attendees received 2 hours of CPE credit for attending the event. Our next CFO Forum will be held on Thursday, October 6th, 2016. For registration details, please contact Wendy Thomas, Program Manager, at (210) 344-4848.
 
Cybersecurity Conference
In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Texas Business Administration, and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the North SA Chamber hosted a Cybersecurity Conference on Tuesday, June 28th. During his luncheon keynote presentation, Congressman Will Hurd stressed the importance of preparing and educating our workforce, emphasizing the importance of digital infrastructure, and protecting ourselves against digital acts of war. Congressman Hurd also spoke about the much needed communication between the federal government and small businesses in order to combat these threats. If you are a small business owner or employee and feel that you need to be more aware of how to protect yourself, your family and your business, join us for next month’s Networking Breakfast from 7 – 9 a.m. on July 12th at the Petroleum Club of San Antonio. Call or register online at the event page.
 
Honoring Women Breaking Barriers
On Thursday, June 30th, the North SA Chamber hosted the Enterprising Women’s Conference entitled “Waves of Change… Oceans of Opportunity”. The newly-updated conference offered a half-day of professional development featuring a morning keynote, several learning sessions and culminating in the ATHENA Leadership Awards® luncheon. The luncheon included award-winning journalist and community advocate Kathryn Clark Childers, who is one of the first women to be employed by the United States Secret Service. During the luncheon, we acknowledged award recipients in the following categories available in Texas only through the North San Antonio Chamber: Marisol V. Robles, San Antonio Water System – ATHENA Young Professional Leadership®; Lisa Fullerton, A Novel Idea, LLC d.b.a. Auntie Anne’s & Cinnabon – ATHENA Organizational Leadership®; and Laurie Griffith, Texas Capital Bank – ATHENA Leadership®. The North Chamber’s Leadership & Professional Development Council is continuously finding ways to improve the programming we offer and this year certainly provided enlightenment for each attendee. “It is the North SA Chamber’s 27th year providing this conference for its members and we have made a focused effort to refresh our format, look, and content,” says Leadership & Professional Development Council Chair Melodye Tomsu. Thank you to each of our sponsors and congratulations to each of the recipients on this outstanding accomplishment. Thank you for making our community stronger because of your work.
 
Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio
The North SA Chamber will present the Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio featuring Mayor Ivy R. Taylor on Friday, August 19, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Omni Colonnade. Hear an update on the city’s comprehensive plan and initiatives for the 2017 legislative session and engage with a live poll. Registration and sponsorships can be found on the event page.
 
Leader as a Communicator
June’s Leadership Lab session topic was, “The Leader as the Communicator”, and taught students how to move ahead in today’s competitive marketplace by using effective communication skills. In the morning, the topic of “Conducting a Carefrontation” was addressed to the class of 87 by Jim Dreher, Assistant Vice President for Leadership Development at Security Service Federal Credit Union. In the afternoon, they were able to practice “Persuasive Writing for Business” with UTSA Lecturer, Ryan McPherson, and talk about “Communications, Chaos, and Consequences” with Eric & Casey Whittington of The Whittington Group. So far, students have completed 4 of the 9 months that they will need to graduate. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor or student of Leadership Lab, contact Marilyn White at (210) 344-4848.
 
San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
In a letter to the Mayor and city council members, the North SA Chamber emphasized their support for the restructuring of the San Antonio Convention & Visitor’s Bureau to become a designated not-for-profit 501(c)(6). We believe that the structural changes being proposed will positively impact the city’s competitive abilities on the national and international stage and ensure that our visitors have the best experience possible. We think that the new structure will allow the SACVB to market under a larger budget and promote the city as a leisure and convention/meeting destination. The North SA Chamber believes that this decision will promote a strong economy and thus, provide more opportunity for our member businesses and community.
 
If you want to be more involved with your membership, take a look at our Participation Opportunities and see where you can make your voice known in the coming months. Thank you for your membership, involvement, and all that you do to make San Antonio a great place to live and work.