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  • The Lubbock Chamber of Com-merce announced on June 10 that Norma Ritz John-son, vice president of legislative af-fairs, received the prestigious Cer-tif ied Chamber Executive (CCE) designation by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

    CCE is the only national certification for chamber professionals. CCE candidates must exemplify commitment to the chamber of commerce profession, dedication to manage-rial and leadership excellence, and leadership in chamber professional associations. Johnson joins less than 500 chamber executives who

    Johnson Earns Certified Chamber Executive Certificationhave earned the designation of Certified Chamber Executive in the programs almost 40 year history.

    There are fewer than 20 active Certified Chamber Executives in Texas today. Cur-rently five CCEs are women and Johnson becomes the 6th.

    Normas recognition as one of the best in our industry exemplifies her work here at the Chamber for our business community. This is further proof we have one of the best, most professional staff of any chamber in America, Eddie McBride, president and CEO.

    Johnson joined the Chamber in 2004 and is responsible for grassroots advocacy and government relations with a special focus on transportation, agriculture and health care, which includes managing the cooperative-based Lubbock Chamber Employer Health Plan. During her tenure, the Chamber has been awarded Government Affairs Program

    Norma Ritz Johnson

    of the Year by the Texas Chamber of Com-merce Executives (TCCE) for various govern-ment relations efforts during four of the past six years. In 2010, Johnson received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Orga-nizational Management (IOM) professional designation and served as a Winter Institute Class Advisor in 2011.

    In 2007, Johnson was recognized with a Top Twenty Under 40 award by the Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock, and in 2006 was named a Top Twenty Hispanic in Lub-bock by Latino Lubbock Magazine.

    Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education & Communications from Texas Tech University and in 2011 was recognized as an Alumnus of Distinction by her academic department.

    Written by: Constance Barbian, VP Com-munications LCOC

    Business NetworkThe Lubbock

    Vol. 19 No. 8 August 2011

    Meghan Gandy, M.S., R.D., L.D.director of wellness

    Bill Hartsfieldpresident/ceo

    iaWellness is a comprehensive corporate wellness solution that targets behavior and lifestyle changes

    in an effort to control healthcare costs.

    start your own health reform today!!call meghan at 765-7265 or visit

    4902 lakeridge drive | lubbock, tx 79424 | (p) 806.765.7265 |

    A Division of Insurance Asssociates Employee Benefit Company

    The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is proud to have very recently marked the 5th Anniversary of the award-winning Chamber Employer Health Plan! To celebrate this 5th Anniversary, the Chamber Employer Health Plan is offering a great new opportunity to thank members who have helped to make the plan a success.

    For groups renewing September 1, the

    Chamber Employer Health Plan Marks AnniversaryChamber and our partner, FirstCare Health Plans, have partnered with Lubbock-based iaWellness to add an entrepreneurial Well-ness Option/Wellness Discount feature that provides a 5 percent discount the first year, a 7.5 percent discount the second year, and a 10 percent discount in the third year if certain requirements are met, said Eddie McBride, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce President

    and CEO.The program requires 100 percent par-

    ticipation for each groups employees who are enrolled in the Chamber Employer Health Plan. Participation requirements the first year include having an employer representative at-tend a kickoff meeting or webinar and having 100 percent of enrolled employees participate

    (See Chamber Employer, Page 4)

  • August 2011 Page 2 Lubbock Business Network

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    More than 250 golfers completed in the Chamber Golf Classic, held July 25 at The Hillcrest Country Club. The tournament was a four-person scramble. Winning teams and players are as follows:

    Morning Flight1. Watson State Farm2. Suddenlink Communications3. Sams ClubLongest Drive John Altman (Global

    Health Chiropractic)Closest to the Pin Otilo Castellano

    (NWT Small Business Development Center)Afternoon Flight1. EPM, Inc.2. ADC, Inc.3. Hugo Reed & AssociatesLongest Drive Mitchell Anderson (ADC,

    Inc.)Closest to the Pin Rob Gula (Taco Bell/

    Pizza Hut)

    We appreciate our sponsors! They include:Ace: Creative Homes, Atmos Energy, Sud-

    denlink Communications, Greenstreet, Inc., Bayer CropScience, FirstCare Health Plans/Davis Allen Agency

    Eagle: Stephen Hamilton PC, Llano Es-tacado Winery, Dions, Betenbough Homes, Watson State Farm Agency

    Birdie: Dan Wilson Homes Inc., BBVA Compass Bank, Lubbock Economic Devel-opment Alliance, Steel Depot, AMD Engi-neering, George McMahan Development, Caprock Home Health Services, Coca-Cola Refreshments, South Plains Electric Coopera-tive, AmeriPride Linen & Apparel Services

    Par: Security State Bank, David Tate Insurance Agency, Texas Homeland Security & Sound, Dorsey Construction, Southwest Bank, Radio Lab Brandsource, Gristy Clean-ers, Byron Cowling Moving & Self Storage, Willcoxon Insurance Agency, Lubbock Regional MHMR, Rix Funeral Directors, Stephens Insurance Services, The Pavilion

    Chamber Golf Classic Wrap-UpHole-In-One Contests: Messer Auto

    Group, Gibson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

    Breakfast: Chick-fil-A Brandon MulkeyLunch: Advanced GraphixPutting Green: First Bank & Trust Co.Towel: Names and NumbersShirt: Prock AutomotiveSign: FastSigns Drink Cart: Glazers Wholesale DistributionAward: Montelongos Mexican RestaurantDrinks: Sams ClubCoffee: StarbucksIce: Glazers Arctic Ice

    Our Golf Classic Committee devotes countless hours of time to this event and we thank them for their involvement! They are:

    Frank Silvas AFLACJennifer Moritz Buffalo Springs LakeTony Garcia CarinosMary Whistler Congressman Randy Neugebauers OfficeWes Garner Heart & Soul Grooming SalonDonna Garner Heart & Soul Grooming SalonJake Seideman Hugo Reed & AssociatesMonty Konechney Just Fix It!Roger Karr Lubbock Regional MHMRShauna Riney Lubbock Trail RidersRudy Rosales Montelongos Mexican

    RestaurantTammi Wood Primewest Mortgage Corp.Phebe Ellis-Roach PrimeWest Mortgage Corp.Peter Hur RFS Financial ServicesKandy Jay Saturn GolfKevin Watson Watson State Farm AgencyKay Fowler WestMark REALTORSWill Carter West Texas Independent

    Financial ServicesDanny Soliz (Chairman) Workforce Solu-

    tions of the South Plains(See August, Page 3)

    AugustCALENDAR OF EVENTS 1 Ribbon Cutting for Liberty Print & Copy 10 a.m. - 716 A Hwy 62/82, Wolfforth

    4 Business After Hours Renaissance Apartment Homes at NorthPark 5:30 p.m. 5202 Auburn Avenue

    8 Ribbon Cutting for Casas for CASA 11:30 a.m. South Plains Mall Fountain Area

    9 Transportation Committe 9:30 a.m. LCOC

    10 New Century Leadership Committee 11 a.m. LCOC Ambassador Monthly Luncheon Noon TBD Ribbon Cutting for Ollies Liquor 4:30 p.m. 3411 34th Street

    11 Joint Ag Committee & Water Conservation Council 7:30 a.m. TBD Leadership Lubbock Committee 11 a.m. LCOC Ribbon Cutting for Parkway Sommerville Center 3:30 p.m. 405 North MLK Blvd Community Prayer Breakfast Committee 4 p.m. LCOC

    12 Legislative Affairs Committee 9:30 a.m. LCOC Business Expo Committee Appreciation Lunch 11:45 a.m. - Carinos

    16 Leadership Lubbock Orientation Day 7:30 a.m. TBA Leadership Lubbock Orientation 9 a.m TTU Merket Alumni Center

    18 Executive Committee Noon LCOC Focus Lubbock Committee 3:00 p.m. LEDA Board Room, 5th floor of Wells Fargo Center

  • August 2011 Page 3 Lubbock Business Network

    Is your BBQ the best in West Texas? Com-pete and find out at the 10th Annual Hub City BBQ Cook-off, presented by Suddenlink West Texas, to be held Thursday, September 29, in downtown Lubbock.

    Team entry fee will be $100 for all teams (including amateur) except student teams which will pay $50.

    Companies may choose which division they wish to participate Corporate, Profes-sional or Amateur/Student. Space is at a premium, so send in your entry form and get your cooker ready!

    The event will be open to the public from 5-8 p.m. Thursday evening with entertain-ment by the Hogg Maulies!

    Current committed sponsors include Presenting Sponsor: Suddenlink West Texas; Media Sponsors: KCBD News Channel 11, 99.5 THE BEAR, 98.1 Kool 98; The Red Dirt Rebel 105.3; Diamond Sponsor: