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.

Friday, January 17, 2014

BULLETIN: Mayor Frank D. Jackson of Prairie View is Asking for Your Vote and Support in the 2014 Mayoral Election for Prairie View, Texas to be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Vote to Re-Elect Mayor Frank D. Jackson on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in the Prairie View Texas 2014 Mayoral Election

The City of Prairie View, Texas will be holding an election for Mayor and two of its city council positions on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The mayor and council members in Prairie View serve two-year terms once elected or re-elected. Currently, Prairie View, Texas does not have term-limits.

The incumbents up for re-election on the Saturday, May 10th election ballot are: Frank D. Jackson – the mayor of Prairie View; Herbert Thomas the Council Member for Position #4; and Simeon L. Queen, the Council Member for Position #5. Below you will find a few important dates and deadlines associated with the 2014 Mayoral Election for Prairie View, Texas.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 is the first day for candidates who wish to run for Mayor, City Council Position #4; or City Council Position #5 in Prairie View, Texas to file for a place on the ballot.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 is also the first day to file your declaration on write-in candidacy for the 2014 Mayoral Election in Prairie View, Texas.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 is the last day for filing an application for a place on the 2014 City of Prairie View, Texas Mayoral Election ballot. Your application to appear on the ballot must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. 

Friday, February 28, 2014 is also the last day for write-in candidates to declare candidacy in the General and Special Election to be held in Prairie View, Texas. Your declaration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 is the first day to accept applications for voting by mail ballot in the 2014 Mayoral Election in Prairie View, Texas.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 is the last day to mail balloting materials for early voting by mail in the 2014 Mayoral Election in Prairie View, Texas.

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Monday, April 28, 2014 is the first day for early voting by personal appearance for the 2014 Mayoral Election in Prairie View, Texas. Please make a mental note that Mayor Frank D. Jackson is asking for your vote and support during the early voting period.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 is the last day of early voting by personal appearance in the 2014 Mayoral Election in Prairie View, Texas. 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014 is Election Day for the 2014 Mayoral Election in Prairie View, Texas. Please make a mental note that Mayor Frank D. Jackson is asking for your vote and support.

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MAYOR FRANK JACKSON IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT IN THE SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 MAYORAL ELECTION FOR PRAIRIE VIEW, TEXAS

Please make a mental note that Mayor Frank Jackson is asking for your vote and support in his bid for re-election in the Saturday, May 10, 2014 Mayoral Election in Prairie View, Texas. Early voting for the May, 10, 2014 Mayoral Election in Prairie View, Texas begins on Monday, April 28, 2014 and ends on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Don't forget to vote in this important election. This note is a paid political ad by the Frank Jackson for Mayor Campaign.

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ABOUT MAYOR JACKSON

According to the City of Prairie View’s website, Mayor Frank D. Jackson was born and raised in Luling, Texas and is the second of three sons born to Robbie Jackson Sr. and Willie Louise Jackson.

He graduated from Luling High School in 1969 and entered Prairie View A&M College during the Fall Semester of this same year.

Frank D. Jackson majored in Geography and earned a 4-year Scholarship as a Naval Science student.

He graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1973 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree and was Commissioned and Ensign in the United States Navy. During his Eight years of Active Duty, Frank D. Jackson served aboard the Nuclear Powered Cruiser USS Long Beach CG (N) 9, the USS Coral Sea CV 43 and the USS Inchon LPH 12. He ended his active duty service at Prairie View A&M University in 1982 as Assistant Professor for Naval Science – Navigation and Ship-handling Instructor. Frank D. Jackson immediately accepted a Commission in the US Naval Reserves and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995 (Officer Grade 06).

He began his employment at Prairie View A&M University in 1982 as Associate Counselor for Admissions. Frank D. Jackson has served the University as Director of the Memorial Student Center, Assistant Director of University Centers, Director for Auxiliary Services, Director of Student Initiatives and Development and currently serves as Governmental Relations Officer for Prairie View A&M University.

He served on the City Council – City of Prairie View for 12 years, and 8 years as County Commissioner Precinct 3, Waller County, Texas. Frank D. Jackson was elected Mayor for the City of Prairie View, Texas on May 4, 2002. He was re-elected to serve a second term May 8, 2004, re-elected to serve a third term on May 13, 2006, re-elected to serve a fourth term on May 10, 2008, re-elected to serve a fifth term on May 8, 2010 and re-elected to a sixth term on May 12, 2012.

In addition, Frank D. Jackson is President and Fire Chief of the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc., and Past Master of Lone Star Lodge #85 – Hempstead, Texas and currently serves as Grand Junior Warden for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas and is a 33º Mason. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter – Prairie View, Texas. 

Frank D. Jackson was inducted into Prairie View A&M University’s Sports Hall Of Fame with the Hall Of Fame Class of 2010. He is a 2012 recipient of the Texas Conference of the NAACP’s President’s Award. He is the author of five books: A Brief History of The City of Prairie View, Texas; A Brief History of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas & Jurisdiction; Juneteenth In the Brazos River Valley; His-Story – A History of Africans in America; Down That Road – A Pictorial History of Prairie View A&M University.

Mr. Jackson is married to the former Marian Elaine Jones and is the father of four children, Tracy, Ayanna, Cheikh & Okofo. The Jackson’s have two grandchildren Chazrel & Simone.

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

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 We would also like to take this moment to encourage you to take part in a few other very important events and elections listed below if you are reading this post and happen to live in Harris County. The 2014 Texas Democratic and Republican Primary Elections taking place on Tuesday, March 4th in Harris County are extremely important. Early voting for the 2014 Democratic and Republican Primaries will take place from Tuesday, February 18th through Friday, February 28th.

The winning candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries will then compete for your vote and support in the November General Midterm Election to be held on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. So, it doesn't matter whether you're a Democrat or Republican, you must participate in your party's primary to have the best slate of candidates on the ballot in November.

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MARCH 2014 - REMINDER

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DEMOCRAT DALE HENRY IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT IN THE TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION IN TEXAS

Please make a mental note that Democrat Dale Henry is asking for your vote and support in his bid to gain the Democratic nomination for the Texas Railroad Commission. He needs to defeat fellow Democrat Steve Brown in the Democratic Primary to accomplish this goal. You can begin voting for Dale Henry for Texas Railroad Commissioner on Tuesday, February 18th, during the early voting period. This note is a paid political ad by the Dale Henry for Texas Railroad Commissioner Campaign.

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MARCH 2014 - REMINDER

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DEMOCRAT SANDRA J. PEAKE IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT IN THE TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION FOR HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

Please make a mental note that Sandra J. Peake is asking for your vote and support in her bid to win the Democratic nomination for District Judge for the 246th District Family Court in Harris County, Texas. Peake must defeat fellow Democrat Julia Maldonado to accomplish this goal. You can begin voting for Attorney Sandra J. Peake in the race for Harris County District Judge for the 246th District Family Court on Tuesday, February 18th, during the early voting period. This note is a political ad paid for by Sandra Peake in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.

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MARCH 2014 - REMINDER

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DEMOCRAT ALLECIA LINDSEY POTTINGER IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT IN THE TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION FOR HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

Please make a mental note that Allecia Lindsey Pottinger is asking for your vote and support in her bid to win the Democratic nomination for District Judge for the 280th District Court in Harris County, Texas. Pottinger must defeat fellow Democrat Barbara J. Sadler to accomplish this goal. You can begin voting for Attorney Allecia Lindsey Pottinger in the race for Harris County District Judge for the 280th District Court on Tuesday, February 18th, during the early voting period. This note is a political ad paid for by Allecia Lindsey Pottinger in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.

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MAY 2014 - REMINDER

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MAYOR ALLEN OWEN IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT IN THE SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 MAYORAL ELECTION FOR MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS

Please make a mental note that Mayor Allen Owen is asking for your vote and support in his bid for re-election in the Saturday, May 10, 2014 Mayoral in Missouri City, Texas. Early voting for the May 10, 2014 Mayoral Election in Missouri City, Texas begins on Monday, April 28, 2014 and ends on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Don't forget to vote in this important election. This note is a paid political ad by the Allen Owen for Mayor Campaign.

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NOVEMBER 2014 - REMINDER

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REPUBLICAN SEAN SEIBERT IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT IN THE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014 MIDTERM GENERAL ELECTION IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

Please make a mental note that Sean Seibert the Republican running for United States Congress for the 18th Congressional District of Texas is asking for your vote and support in his bid to unseat U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Midterm Election. Early voting for the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Midterm Election in Texas will begin on Monday, October 20th and end on Friday, October 31st. Don't forget to vote in this important election. This note is a paid political ad by the Sean Seibert for Congress Campaign.

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ATTENTION ALL DEMOCRATS

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BULLETIN: Senator Wendy Davis is widely considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Texas. By (CLICKING HERE) you will find the list of other candidates who are participating in the 2014 Democratic Primary Election. Early voting for the Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Democratic Primary in Texas begins on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 and ends on Friday, February 28, 2014. Reynaldo "Ray" Madrigal is also running for Governor of Texas in the Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Democratic Primary.

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ATTENTION ALL REPUBLICANS

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BULLETIN: Greg Abbott is not running for re-election for Texas Attorney General in the March 4, 2014 Texas Republican Primary. Abbott is instead running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas. Governor Rick Perry has decided to not run for re-election. Other candidates running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas are: Miriam Martinez, Lisa Fritsch, and SECEDE Kilgore. Early voting for the Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Republican Primary in Texas begins on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 and ends on Friday, February 28, 2014. By (CLICKING HERE) you will find the list of other candidates who are participating in the 2014 Democratic Primary Election. 

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