August Word from the Chairman (2016)

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August 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. As we head into September, we are inspired by Mayor Ivy Taylor’s vision for our city, looking forward to recognizing some hard-working business leaders, and preparing you and your business for new regulations with the Department of Labor as the year comes to a conclusion.
Small Business Leaders Awards Recipients Announced
For the first time, we are announcing the recipients of our 2016 Small Business Leaders Awards (below). These individuals and companies will be recognized at our “Evening of Stars” awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the new Mays Family Center at The Witte Museum. The evening will culminate in the presentation of the overall Small Business Leader of the Year to be announced by a representative from our presenting sponsor, Generations Federal Credit Union. The North SA Chamber believes in promoting and giving small businesses opportunities for recognition. If you’re interested in being an award sponsor or attending the event, visit the event registration page here. Please join us in congratulating the 2016 recipients:
New Business
Rudy Quinones | Renown Auto Restoration
Business Achievement
Kim Ford | theKFORDgroup
Community Service
Robert Fleming | Magnolia Pancake Haus
Elizabeth Reise | Child Advocates San Antonio
Conquering Adversity
Emilio & Christi Soliz | King’s Hwy Brew & Q
Employee Relations
Wade Cleary | Cleary Zimmermann Engineers
Business Innovation
Alan Pyle | WaterFleet
Darryl Lyons | PAX Financial Group, LLC
Jeffrey Jaime | Taurean
Cathy Amato | River Sub d.b.a. Subway
Small Business Advocate of the Year
Small Business Leader of the Year
To Be Announced!
New Overtime Rule Effective December 1, 2016
In May the Department of Labor issued new regulations regarding overtime. The regulations raised the minimum annual salary qualifying as “exempt” to $47,476 or $913 per week. This change, which should become effective December 1, 2016, can have an impact on business operations. The North SA Chamber is offering two different perspectives on this new regulation in our upcoming events. The first will take a look at what this new rule will mean for small business. Join us on Tuesday, September 13th from 7 – 9 a.m. at the Petroleum Club to hear Attorney James D. Rosenblatt explain the changes in the law, the implications, and steps that all business owners should be taking to ensure that they are in compliance. You can register for this event and others at the North SA Chamber’s Events Calendar & Registration or by clicking the registration page here.
The next, will be an event focused for Chief Financial Officers at our Thursday, October 6th CFO Forum entitled, “The Evolving Cost of Human Capital”. This forum will feature four panelists discussing the recent changes to wage and labor rules, health coverage and the ACA, and recent DHHS actions and implications. CFO Forums are designed exclusively for CFOs and attendance includes two hours of CPE credit. If you are a CFO and are interested in attending, you can ask about sponsorship or registration by contacting Debby Zucker at (210) 384-7720.
Adapt. Compete. Win.
On Thursday, September 15th the North SA Chamber technology council brings you an Optimizing Business event focused on utilizing people, process, and technology to accelerate your business and bottom line. Join them from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Oak Hills Country Club for a unique presentation involving interactive customer interviews. During the presentation, you will have the opportunity to see three different presenting teams from a variety of technology-focused organizations tackle problems and develop best strategies for each customer in different stages of their technology journey. You can register for this event online by visiting the registration page here.
Leader as a Change Agent
Our Leadership Lab students have completed six of their nine month professional development series. In August’s session, students learned about the leader as an agent of change. The morning program went over the impact that culture has on change. Students heard from two different international speakers via Skype on “Constructing the Best Culture to Perform” from Marga Donehoo, Management Consultant and Coach and “Gaining Competitive Edge through Cultural Competence” from Michael Gates, Vice Chairman of Richard Lewis Communications. Students also had the opportunity to “Debunk the Myth of the Millennial” with Tara Schwegler, Ph.D. with Redsquared Consulting. Highlights from the afternoon included case study presentations from President and CEO of San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, Mike Gilliam and Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau on “Leading Transformational Change”. Something new that we are doing this year is having a Lab student come to the North SA Chamber Board meeting each month and describe the previous month’s session. Many times, we get a candid testimonial on why the student loves the program. To hear an excerpt from this month’s presentation, click here. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Catholic Life Insurance for hosting and sponsoring our session. If you want to learn more about our Leadership Lab program, please contact Marilyn White at or (210)384-7722.
Vision for San Antonio
On Friday, August 19th the North SA Chamber hosted over 500 attendees for the annual Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio luncheon featuring San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. In her 30-minute address to the crowd, Mayor Taylor reflected on her very first year providing her vision saying, “Some of you remember that two years ago at the North SA Chamber’s event, I gave my first major speech as Mayor. In 2014 I said that we needed to work as a team. Today we are a city at work together.” Mayor Taylor pointed to major successes such as the return of ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, the recent approval of SA Tomorrow’s comprehensive master plan, and her collaboration with Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on workforce development and SA Works. Mayor Taylor also brought up recent compromises made in the Police Union contract – defending the progress made and encouraging her fellow councilmembers to show support. She looked ahead to goals for technological innovation in the City’s proposed 2017 budget and inspired the crowd with her visions of a “Smart City” ahead.
The annual Mayor’s Vision for San Antonio is just one way that the North SA Chamber brings its’ members face-to-face with leaders and decision-makers in the community. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and to help move your business forward. Thank you for your membership and all that you do to make San Antonio a great place to live and work.

Whitney Lewis, Director of Communications & Public Affairs
(210) 384-7725