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.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Could Black Voters Get Tricked Again in the Saturday, December 14, 2013 Runoff Election between Andrew C. Burks Jr. and David Robinson for the Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 seat?

There were three candidates on the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot seeking to unseat Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. in the Mayoral Election. David Robinson finished first among all candidates in the race having received 49,597 votes. Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. finished second with 45,457 votes. Moe Rivera finished third with 19,781 votes. And Trebor Gordon finished fourth with 7,639 votes. Click here for your complete 2013 City of Houston Election returns.

 
Could African American Voters Get Tricked Again in the Saturday, December 14, 2013 Runoff Election Between Burks and Robinson?

By Aubrey R. Taylor
President of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine

There is “NO” doubt about it, African American voters were played like a fiddle by Dave Wilson, the newly elected Houston Community College District II Board Trustee. However, many people in the community are not laughing. Many are “OUTRAGED” and “UPSET” at the fact Wilson (a white candidate) used misleading and deceptive campaign tactics to fool voters in the largely African American populated district into believing that he was a black candidate.

HERE'S THE RADIO SPOT DAVE WILSON USED AS PART OF HIS STRATEGY TO FOOL BLACK VOTERS INTO VOTING FOR HIM
 


IN THE VIDEO BELOW DAVE WILSON EXPLAINS HOW HE WAS ABLE TO FOOL BLACK VOTERS INTO BELIEVING HE WAS BLACK



COULD THIS HAPPEN AGAIN?

On Saturday, December 14, 2013, Houston voters will be headed back to the polls to decide several races for Houston City Council and the Houston Community College Board of Trustees from the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 General Elections where no candidate received a majority of the vote.

 THE KEY RACE TO WATCH

Pay close attention to the Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 runoff between (first-term) incumbent Andrew C. Burks Jr. and his challenger David Robinson.

Houston City Council -- At-Large Position 2
David Robinson vs. Andrew Burks, Jr.


 A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

      *The David Robinson running for Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 in the Saturday, December 14, 2013 runoff election is not David Robinson the hall-of-fame basketball star who played for the San Antonio Spurs.

      *The David Robinson running for Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 in the Saturday, December 14, 2013 runoff election is not a relative of former Houston City Council Member, and current Houston Community College Board Trustee for District IV Carroll G. Robinson.

      *The David Robinson running for Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 in the Saturday, December 14, 2013 runoff election is not a relative of Houston Area Urban League President and CEO Judson Robinson III.

     *Please be aware that at the time this post was written, (the date of this blog post) the David Robinson running for Houston City Council At-Large Position 2 did not have a picture of himself or any of his supporters posted on his website.

     *Please understand that there is nothing illegal about a candidate not publishing their photo prior to an election to give voters an idea of who they're voting for. Sometimes, candidates choose to not run photos of themselves because they simply don’t feel that it’s in their best interest to do so. However, sometimes, candidates use this political maneuver as a very deliberate attempt to fool an uninformed electorate. Such was the case in the KHOU Channel 11 video featuring Dave Wilson, a newly elected Houston Community College Trustee for District II who deceived voters into thinking he was an African American candidate trying to unseat a 24-year African American incumbent by the name of Bruce Austin.

FEATURED 2013 RUNOFF RACE

There were three candidates on the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 ballot seeking to unseat Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. in the Mayoral Election. David Robinson finished first among all candidates in the race having received 49,597 votes. Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. finished second with 45,457 votes. Moe Rivera finished third with 19,781 votes. And Trebor Gordon finished forth with 7,639 votes.

HERE'S A LITTLE INFORMATION ON DAVID ROBINSON:
According to his campaign website, early in his architectural career, David Robinson assisted with the new U.S. Embassy in Amman Jordan and then contributed to the development and production of the master planning document for the campus of the Texas Children’s Hospital. In 1999, he started his own company as a sole practitioner with an emphasis on building large commercial and institutional buildings. As a small business owner, David has kept his practice going through good times and lean. Currently, he is fortunate to have a healthy list of projects mostly located in the Houston area. He also teaches a graduate level course here in Houston for Texas Tech University on planning and development called "Infrastructure in the Urban Environment."

Along with his architectural practice, David has been actively involved with neighborhood issues, serving eight years as an officer of the Neartown (Montrose) Association, including a couple of terms as president. With the nomination of civic club representatives from across Houston, he was elected to serve as chairman and president of the citywide Super Neighborhood Alliance to a maximum two year term that concluded in January 2013. While serving on the board of directors of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, David was appointed to the City of Houston Planning Commission by Mayor Bill White in 2007 and re-appointed by Mayor Annise Parker in 2009 – becoming the first licensed architect to serve the city as a commissioner since the 1970's.

David Robinson received a BA in Architecture from Yale College and earned a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University in 1993. David is the proud father of Elissa, a 13 year old who attends the Lanier Middle School. They are active members of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church and love living here in the great city of Houston, TX.

HERE'S A LITTLE INFORMATION ON ANDREW C. BURKS, JR. 
According to the City of Houston website, Andrew C. Burks, Jr. is a native Houstonian with a passion for making Houston the best city in the country to live, do business and raise a family. Growing up, Andrew’s parents instilled in him high moral values and taught him the importance of giving back to the community. Andrew grew up in Houston’s Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School. Andrew continued his education at San Jacinto Junior College, Houston Community College and later Texas Southern University.

Andrew Burks served in the United States Air Force, and is a proud military veteran. Andrew’s commitment to community extends to his leadership with the YMCA and Red Shield Boys’ Club. Having served as president of his local civic club, Councilman Burks understands neighborhood quality of life issues. Andrew has dedicated his time to understanding constituent concerns and solving problems for Houstonians.

A successful small business owner, Andrew achieved entrepreneurial success in launching Am-PM Telephone Service, Inc., the first African American owned telephone company in Houston. Andrew continues to serve as CEO today.

Leading Our City Forward

Andrew Burks is committed to Houston’s future. As a small businessman, Andrew is focusing on economic development and job creation. As a veteran, Andrew is especially interesting in veterans’ quality of life issues. As a member of City Council, Andrew is working to bolster small businesses, international business, tackle homelessness, increase the quality of life for Houston seniors and boost tourism. Andrew is making sure the city uses resources responsibly and ensures the financial health of Houston for years to come.

Creating jobs and honoring our veterans and seniors is an important focus for Councilmember Burks. Working together, Andrew is moving toward making Houston a world class city for individuals of all backgrounds. To that end, Andrew brings religious and community representatives to the table from all walks of life to help create policy benefiting all Houstonians.

Andrew’s interests on City Council include a strong dedication to working with civil clubs, super neighborhood organizations and local non-profit organizations, increasing accountability and cooperation between City Hall and neighborhoods.

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