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


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, May 25, 2015

2016 PRIMARY WATCH: Ben Carson Beats Out Cruz, Christie, Perry, Bush, Paul, Rubio, Jindal, Florina, Huckabee, Trump, Other Potential Candidates in 2015 SRLC Straw Poll

2016 PRIMARY WATCH: Ben Carson Beats Out Cruz, Christie, Perry, Bush, Paul, Rubio, Jindal, Florina, Huckabee, Trump, Others in 2015 SRLC Straw Poll


What the 2015 Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) alluded to was a rendezvous with destiny in Oklahoma City at this year's conference. Now its going to take a little time before we can actually label what's unfolding as a date with destiny. But there's no mistaking that there's a shifting going on within the Republican party. And there's absolutely no doubt that the GOP has found a gem in Ben Carson. But whether or not we're seeing history unfold before our eyes remains to be seen. Just what are we seeing unfold? Well for starters, on Saturday, May 23, 2015 the SRLC held a Straw Poll at their 2015 conference, which marks the unofficial start of the 2016 Republican Presidential campaign cycle. The Straw Poll participants were asked to choose the person whom they would vote for if their primary were held on that day. Over 25.4 percent of the Straw Poll participants chose Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson who happens to be an African American who grew up poor in a single-parent household in Detroit with bad grades and a horrible temper. However, he defied the odds and went on to eventually be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the land. He was awarded this medal back in 2008. He also rose above poverty (and beat the statistics) by getting a good quality education, which eventually afforded him the opportunity to work as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over 29 years.


On Saturday, May 23, 2015 SRLC Straw Poll participants were asked this: “If the presidential Republican primary was TODAY, for whom would you vote?”


HERE’S HOW THE STRAW POLL PARTICIPANTS ANSWERED: 25.4 percent of the Southern Republican Leadership Straw Poll participants chose Dr. Ben Carson, the African American former neurosurgeon for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over 29 years, over star-studded field of Republican Presidential hopefuls. Among them were: Scott Walker (20.5%), Ted Cruz (16.6%), Chris Christie (5.3%), Rick Perry (5.0%), Jeb Bush (4.9), Rand Paul (4.1%), Marco Rubio (4.1%), Bobby Jindal (4.1%), Carly Florina (2.7%), Mike Huckabee (2.7), Rick Santorum (1.9%), Donald Trump (1.2%), Mark Everson (0.8%), Lindsey Graham (0.5%), John Kasich (0.2%) and Jim Gilmore (0.0%).


We’re not saying that Dr. Ben Carson is going to win the Republican Party nomination and go on to become only the second African American President in U.S. history. But stranger things have happened…haven’t they? Stay tuned...

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