When All Hope was Seemingly Lost...Gloria Sanderson of Pioneer Bank Showed Up for Arthur J. Smith Sr. and His Family with a $15,000.00 dollar Check

Arthur Smith Sr., his wife Darlene Koffey Smith, son Arthur Smith III, also known as “Yung Giant”, Gloria Sanderson, SVP, CRA/Fair Lending Officer for Pioneer Bank are the featured individuals on the cover of “VERSION 1” of Houston Business Connections Magazine’s “2017 Year-End Review” edition. Houston Texans football player J.J. Watt is also featured on the cover of this version. Inside this edition, J.J. Watt shares how he plans to distribute the millions of dollars the J.J. Watt Foundation received in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Beyoncé, Mattress Mack, Jim Crane, State Senator Borris L. Miles, State Rep. Shawn Thierry, Dr. Letitia Plummer, Judge Loyd Wright, Judge Christine Riddle Butts, Judge John Schmude, Judge Renee Magee, Attorney Sandra Peake, and Attorney Melanie Wilcox Flowers are just a few of the other distinguished individuals featured inside this edition. Houston Business Connections Magazine© is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. All Rights Reserved. Cover photo by: Kennedy Hall, Phillis Wheatley High School Journalism Department/Photographer

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 19TH, 2018


Gladys Knight is coming to Houston on Friday, January 19, 2018, for the Diamond Dreams Gala at Minute Maid Park

Held on the field at Minute Maid Park, the Diamond Dreams Gala features seven-time Grammy winner, Ms. Gladys Knight -The Empress of Soul, as well as Astros players and legends. The event benefits the Astros Foundation and New Hope Housing, an organization combatting homelessness by providing housing and support services for those in need. In case you don’t know, The Astros Foundation supports local 501(c)3 nonprofits and their causes through fundraising events. They support organizations whose efforts benefit Youth Baseball/Softball, Education/Literacy, Childhood Cancer, Military and Quality of Life.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Election Ballots for the City of Houston Election; HCC Board of Trustees Election; and the HISD Board of Trustees Election

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE HARRIS COUNTY BALLOT 
THE BIG THREE: Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine Election Handbook would like to thank Mayor Annise ParkerKeryl Burgess Douglas, and Ben Hall for finding value in our effort to empower, inform, and inspire our readers. Call 832.212.8735 to discuss your inclusion in the next issue of Houston Business Connections Magazine. Don't forget to vote!



The Early voting period for the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 City of Houston Mayoral Election Begins on Monday, October 21, 2013 and ends on Friday, November 1, 2013 

By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections

Mayor Annise Parker is currently serving her second term as the mayor of Houston. In the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Mayoral Election Mayor Parker is facing off against Ben Hall, Don Cook, Keryl Burgess Douglas, Victoria Lane, Michael Fitzsimmons, Derek Jenkins, Charyl Drab, and Eric Dick.

However, based on the result of the only televised debate which took place on PBS on Tuesday, November 8, 2013; Mayor Parker, Ben Hall and Keryl Burgess Douglas are the candidates who really stood out in my opinion. Other candidates who took the stage along with the trio of Parker, Hall, and Douglas were: Michael Fitzsimmons and Eric Dick.

The debate was put on by Houston PBS and The League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund.

Mayor Annise Parker Is Asking for Your Vote!

Mayor Annise D. Parker serves as the Executive Officer of the City. As the City's chief administrator and official representative, the Mayor is responsible for the general management of the City and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced. Administrative duties include the appointments, with Council approval, of department heads and persons serving on advisory boards.

As Executive Officer, the Mayor administers oaths and signs all motions, resolutions and ordinances passed by City Council. The Mayor also serves a legislative function, presiding over City Council with voting privileges. The Mayor is responsible for advising Council of the City's financial condition and presents to Council an annual budget for approval.

Born into a family of meager financial means, Benjamin Hall, III has experienced firsthand the struggle that accompanies difficult economic times. Ben also encountered challenges in the academic world, where teachers doubted his ability to rise above his humble beginnings and achieve higher education. However, he knew he had the potential to succeed and refused to compromise his goals.

Here are a few of the videos released by the Annise Parker for Mayor of Houston Campaign during the 2013 Mayoral Election Cycle:






Ben Hall Is Asking for Your Vote!

In 1975, Ben enrolled at the University of South Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977, with honors. His thirst for knowledge and desire to help others led him to continue his education at Duke University; obtaining a Master of Divinity degree in 1979 and a Ph.D. in 1985. Others might have stopped at that point, but Ben saw a real opportunity to help underrepresented communities as an attorney. In 1986, Ben earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and began working at the Vinson & Elkins law firm in Houston, Texas. He went on to serve as the City Attorney for the City of Houston in Mayor Bob Lanier’s administration.

Through his legal practice, Ben has applied the principles of courage, tenacity and justice that he learned as a young man; speaking out on behalf of those who need a strong voice to champion their causes. In 2000, Ben founded the nationally recognized Hall Law Firm. Ben is grateful for his professional successes, but also rough his numerous pro bono efforts on behalf of groups, corporations and individuals in need of representation.

Ben recognizes his personal blessings. He describes his family as his greatest treasure. Ben and Saundra, his wife of 31 years, have two sons. The entire Hall family remains committed to serving the Houston community.

Here are a few of the videos released by the Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign during the 2013 Mayoral Election Cycle:







Keryl Douglas Is Asking for Your Vote!

Keryl Douglas is an accomplished mediator and attorney, legal journalist and analyst. Keryl is also an appointed ad litem for local courts; a frequent moderator, panelist/educator for diverse legal seminars, and structured settlement consultant.

Attorney Keryl Douglas graduated summa cum laude from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She received her M.S. in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Texas Southern University; B.S. in Biology, cum laude, from Florida A&M University; completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at UTHSC.

Her diverse professional experience includes National NAACP’s Regional Director for Region VI, encompassing 250 units across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. She was co-architect of the NAACP’s historic 2000 National Voter Mobilization Campaign. She served for nearly a decade as Executive Director of NAACP-Houston.

Here are a few of the videos released by the Keryl Burgess Douglas for Mayor of Houston Campaign during the 2013 Mayoral Election Cycle:




The next edition of Houston Business Connections will be released and distributed throughout targeted city of Houston areas during the early voting period for the 2013 City of Houston Mayoral Election. To contact Aubrey R. Taylor directly, call (832)894-1352 discuss your inclusion inside the next issue of Houston Business Connections Magazine.


MAYOR ANNISE D. PARKER -- INCUMBENT
2013 City of Houston Candidates running for Mayor: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for mayor of Houston: Annise ParkerBen HallDon CookKeryl Burgess DouglasVictoria Lane, Michael Fitzsimmons, Derek Jenkins, Charyl Drab, and Eric Dick. Don't forget to vote early!







CONTROLLER RONALD C. GREEN -- INCUMBENT
2013 City of Houston Candidates running for Controller: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for City Controller: Ronald C. Green, and Bill Frazer. Don't forget to vote early!


2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District A: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District A: Helena BrownBrenda StardigAmy PeckRonald Hale, and Mike Knox. Don't forget to vote early!


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AMY PECK


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT B -- INCUMBENT
2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District B: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District B: Jerry Davis , Katherine Blueford-DanielsKenneth Perkins, and James "Joe" Joseph. Don't forget to vote early!

2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District C: Ellen Cohen is the only name you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District C: Ellen Cohen does not have an opponent contesting her re-election bid. Don't forget to vote!
 


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT D -- INCUMBENT
2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District D: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District D: Georgia ProvostTravis McGeeDwight BoykinsAssata-Nicole RichardsLarry McKinzieLana EdwardsAnthony T. RobinsonChristina SandersKirk WhiteDemetria SmithIvis Johnson, and Keith Caldwell. Don't forget to vote early!


CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANTHONY ROBINSON

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TRAVIS MCGEE



HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT E -- INCUMBENT
2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District E: Dave Martin is the only name you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District E: Dave Martin  does not have an opponent contesting his re-election bid. Don't forget to vote early!


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT F -- INCUMBENT
2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District F: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council (District F) Council Member: Al Hoang and Richard Nguyen. 


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT G -- INCUMBENT
2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District G: Here the names you could see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council (District G) Council Member: Oliver Pennington and Brian Taef. Don't forget to vote early!


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT H -- INCUMBENT

2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District H: Ed Gonzalez is the only name you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District H: Ed Gonzalez does not have an opponent contesting his re-election bid. Don't forget to vote early!


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT I -- INCUMBENT
2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District I: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District I: Graci GarcesLeticia Gutierrez AblazaRobert Gallegos, and Ben Mendez. Don't forget to vote early!


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT J -- INCUMBENT
2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District J: Mike Laster is the only name you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District J: Mike Laster does not have an opponent contesting his re-election bid. Don't forget to vote early!


HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT K -- INCUMBENT
2013 Candidates running for Houston City Council for District K: Larry V. Green is the only name you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council District K: Larry V. Green does not have an opponent contesting his re-election bid. Don't forget to vote early!


CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 1 -- INCUMBENT
2013 City of Houston Candidates running for At-Large Position 1: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council (At-Large Position 1) Council Member: Stephen Costelloand Mike "Griff" Griffin Don't forget to vote early!


CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 2 -- INCUMBENT
2013 City of Houston Candidates running for At-Large Position 2: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council (At-Large Position 2) Council Member: Andrew C. Burks, Jr.Trebor GordonModesto Rivera-Colonand David Robinson. Don't forget to vote early!

CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 3 -- INCUMBENT
2013 City of Houston Candidates running for At-Large Position 3: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council (At-Large Position 3) Council Member: Michael KuboshRoy MoralesRoland ChavezRogene Gee Calvert, J. Brad Batteau, and Jenifer Rene Pool. Don't forget to vote early!


CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 4 -- INCUMBENT
2013 City of Houston Candidates running for At-Large Position 4: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council (At-Large Position 4) Council Member: C.O. “Brad” Bradfordand Issa Z. Dadoush Don't forget to vote early! 


CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE POSITION 5 -- INCUMBENT
2013 City of Houston Candidates running for At-Large Position 5: Here are the names you will see on the 2013 Mayoral Election ballot in the race for Houston City Council (At-Large Position 5) Council Member: Jack ChristieCarolyn Evans-Shabazz, and James S. Horwitz.  Don't forget to vote early! 



Early voting for the 2013 HCC Trustee races will begin on Monday, October 21, 2013 and end on Friday, November 1, 2013. Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine is urging you to encourage your family, friends, and co-workers to actively participate in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 elections.

HCC Trustee -- District I

Yolanda Navarro Flores is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District I in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

Zeph Capo is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District I in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

Kevin J. Hoffman is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District I in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

HCC Trustee -- District II

Dave Wilson is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District II in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

Bruce A. Austin is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District II in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

HCC Trustee -- District III

Dane D. Cook is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District III in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

Adriana Tamez is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District III in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

Herlinda Garcia is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District III in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

HCC Trustee -- District V

Robert Glaser is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District V in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

Phil Kunetka is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District V in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

Roy A. Cormier is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District V in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

HCC Trustee -- District VII

Neeta Sane is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District VII in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.

Ann Williams is a 2013 candidate running for (HCC) Houston Community College Trustee for District V in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot. On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Houston Community College (HCC) will hold elections to fill five (5) Trustee positions on the HCC Board of Trustees. The election will fill expired terms in Trustee Districts I, II, and VII and unexpired terms in Trustee Districts III and V.





Candidates Running for HISD Trustee for District I 

Anna Eastman (i) is a candidate running for Houston ISD Trustee for District I in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121. 

Hugo Mojica is a candidate running for Houston ISD Trustee for District I in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121. 

Candidates Running for HISD Trustee for District V

Mike Lunceford (i) is a candidate running for Houston ISD Trustee for District V in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121. Lunceford is uncontested in the 2013 HISD Board of Trustees election. 

Candidates Running for HISD Trustee for District VI

Greg Meyers (i) is a candidate running for Houston ISD Trustee for District VI in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121. 

Candidates Running for HISD Trustee for District VII

Harvin Moore (i) is a candidate running for Houston ISD Trustee for District VII in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121. 

Anne Sung is a candidate running for Houston ISD Trustee for District VII in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121.

Candidates Running for HISD Trustee for District IX 

Lawrence Marshall (i) did not file to run for re-election for Houston ISD Trustee for District V in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121. The candidates seeking his HISD Board seat are: Wanda Adams, W. Clyde Lemon, Anthony Mandry, and Coretta Mallet Fontenot.

Wanda Adams is a candidate running for Houston ISD Trustee for District IX in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121. 

W. Clyde Lemon is a candidate running for Houston ISD Trustee for District IX in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121. 

Coretta Mallet Fontenot is a candidate running for Houston ISD Trustee for District IX in the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 HISD Trusee Election. For further information, please contact Board Services at 713-556-6121.
This edition of Houston Business Connections features Edwin Haynes and his wife Andrea -- Title Sponsors. Jimmy Coleman and his wife Cheryl -- Featured Sponsors. Ben Hall -- a 2013 candidate for mayor of Houston. And Houston's 61st Mayor -- Annise Parker -- also a featured sponsor. Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine is urging all Houstonians to actively participate in the process of electing the people who govern our city. Early voting begins on Monday, October 21st and ends on Friday, November 1, 2013. Houston Business Connections Magazine is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. To discuss your inclusion inside the next issue of Houston Business Connections Magazine, call us at (832)212-8735 today! And don't forget to vote early!