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.

Friday, May 22, 2015

BEN HALL 2015 CAMPAIGN WATCH: Ben Hall, a 2015 Candidate Running for Mayor of Houston Was Recently Spotted at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center in Houston, Texas

CAMPAIGN NEWS: 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall Was Recently Spotted at a Community Meeting at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center in Houston, Texas

Many Houstonians see the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center as a place to participate in: Art & Craft Classes, Dance Classes, Evening Exercise Classes, or Language Classes. Some even see it as simply a place to go and have fun. But make no mistake about it: the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center is also a place where serious community-minded people gather to discuss important political and socio-economic related topics and issues affecting their community. 

Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center is also one of the hottest "EARLY VOTING" and "ELECTION DAY" voting locations in Harris County during citywide and countywide elections. Click here for a few more popular “VOTING LOCATIONS” in Harris County.


So, whether you’re a candidate running for election on the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election ballot; or the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Republican Primary or Democratic Primary ballot; or a Houstonian looking to become more informed, it may not be a bad idea for you to attend one of the "Community Events" taking place at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center sometime in the very near future. The Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center is located at 1414 Wirt Road in Houston, Texas.


The Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center is a non-smoking handicap-accessible facility where individuals under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. If you live in the area and want to take Art & Craft Classes, Dance Classes, Evening Exercise Classes, or Language Classes you may want to contact the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center by calling (713)956-0881 or email them at: mendenhallcc@hctx.net.


Recently, Ben Hall, a 2015 candidate running for mayor of Houston was spotted at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center along with former CIA agent Jack Devine, current term-limited At-Large Position 4 Houston City Council Member C.O. “Brad” Bradford and many others.

Below are a few of the photo highlights from the “Community Meeting” at Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center which took place on Thursday, May 21, 2015.


Attorney Ben Hall was the City Attorney for the City of Houston during the administration of Mayor Bob Lanier. For approximately three years, he managed and supervised a 200+ member legal department, as well as an annual budget of $12+ million dollars. His responsibilities included supervising all city litigation, drafting and implementing legislative enactments desired by city council, Mayor and/or client departments, drafting all city contracts, negotiating with vendors and other local governmental entities on behalf of the City of Houston, including agreements with METRO, Galveston Pasadena, South Houston, Katy, the Memorial Villages, etc.

Attorney Ben Hall is a recognized legal expert in construction law and personal injury litigation. He has received numerous honors and accolades for his services in the legal field, including but not limited to the following: The highest rating for professional competence and ethical standards award by Martindale-Hubble, the leading legal reference manual in the United States (AV Rating); dual board certified which is achieved by less than 1% of all Texas lawyers; four times recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine; recognized as a Houston Top Lawyer for the People by “H Magazine;” obtained the highest reported verdicts/awards ever obtained as recognized by the legal website “Verdict Search.”

Attorney Ben Hall has received many scholastic honors, including but not limited to: Rockefellar Scholar to Africa; Duke Merit Scholar; Black Graduate Fellow; DAAD Scholar to Germany and German Research Fellow.

Attorney Ben Hall is also a popular lecturer on a wide variety of topics ranging from insurance and legal issues to minority rights and ethics. Hall is a lifetime member of the NAACP and is a recipient of the NAACP’s highest local “ALEX” Award.

Of all things, Ben Hall prides himself in being a Christian Minister. He has been an ordained minister since 1975 and has served the congregation fo the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ since 1974.

He has been married to Saundra Turner Hall since April 18, 1981, and they both are the proud parents of two sons: Benjamin, IV and Zachary.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: "On behalf of Houston Business Connections Newspaper and Magazine we would like to thank the Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign for their Support."

If you don't receive a copy of our "CELEBRATING FREEDOM AND LIBERTY" edition of Houston Business Connections Magazine in the mail by Friday, June 19, 2015. Call Aubrey R. Taylor at: (832)212-8735 and we will get a copy in the mail to you! This edition will highlight "JUNETEENTH" and "THE FOURTH OF JULY" holidays. Click here for our calendar of "JUNTEENTH" and "4TH OF JULY" events calendar.

2015 JUNETEENTH CALENDAR OF EVENTS: A few of the key supporters already signed up are: 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall, Attorney Farrah Martinez, Judge John Schmude, 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Candidate Victoria Lane, 2015 City of Houston Candidate for Controller Carroll G. Robinson, and Judge Loyd Wright and many others.


Check out the Houston Business Connections Magazine “2015 JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION” calendar of events edition made possible by the Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign. This “KEEPSAKE” edition will be published an a printed and e-edition, and distributed in Galveston, Missouri City, and Houston, Texas thanks to the Ben Hall for Mayor of Houston Campaign, and several other sponsors, supporters and advertisers who support this very important holiday.

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