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, June 8, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS: 2015 Lee High School Co-Valedictorians Dashuang, Xiao-Shuang Liang to be Featured in June 2015


CONGRATULATIONS: Liang sisters Dashuang, left, and Xiao-Shuang Liang will be Featured in the June 2015 Edition of Houston Business Connections Newspaper along with Many Other Top students from HISD’s Class of 2015 thanks to Attorney Ben Hall, Mayor Allen Owen, Judge Loyd Wright, Judge John Schmude, Attorney Farrah Martinez, Businesswoman Victoria Lane, Attorney/Educator Carroll G. Robinson, and Captain Paul J. Matthews

HISD HIGHLIGHTS

Each spring, the Houston Independent School District honors the top two scholars at each of its high schools with a formal celebration of their outstanding academic achievements.

In 2015, the district recognized the valedictorians and salutatorians of its 47 high schools during a special ceremony held on April 7. A valedictorian has earned the highest grade-point average in his or her graduating class, and the student with the second-highest grade-point average is designated as the salutatorian.

At Lee High School, twin sisters Dashuang and Xiao-Shuang Liang shared top billing, as they tied for the valedictorian spot.

“These two young ladies have done exceptionally well,” said Lee Registrar Xernona Martin. “They always find time to incorporate studying into the most unique places—such as on field trips, in the cafeteria, or during student assemblies, just to name a few. We are extremely proud of these sisters, and we know they will achieve academic excellence at the University of Texas at Austin.”

You can CLICK HERE to see photos and read the biographies of each valedictorian and salutatorian, please click on the links below.To see photos from the Scholars Banquet, please visit the HISD Facebook page.

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We would like to thank the following individuals for finding value in "CELEBRATING" our "FREEDOM AND LIBERTY" during this special moment in "AMERICAN" history: Attorney Ben Hall (2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston), Mayor Allen Owen (Mayor of Missouri City, Texas), Judge Loyd Wright (Judge for Harris County Probate Court #1), Attorney Farrah Martinez (Farrah Martinez P.L.L.C.), Justin Jordan (Founder of Patriot Group Strategies), Darvin Taylor (Founder of Champ Ready Mix), Attorney/Educator Carroll G. Robinson (2015 Candidate for City of Houston Controller), Bishop Anthony A. Allen & Matishe Allen (House of Home International Church), Bishop K.J. Brown & Priscilla Brown (Founders of Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries), and Victoria Lane (2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston), and Captain Paul J. Matthews (Founder of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum) are just a few of the people you can expect to see inside this historic edition.

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Fireworks will ignite the sky, and country tunes will set the stage for Houston’s signature annual patriotic celebration, Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at the newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park (CLICK HERE FOR LOCATION) on Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway). Prolific singer-songwriter and Houston son, Clint Black and double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter Josh Turner will headline the 29-year-old annual event on the Southwest Airlines Stage that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display by CITGO. 

This year’s festivities include the Walmart All-American Kids Zone, a children’s entertainment area with a stage featuring entertainment for young and old, alike; the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash, featuring the American Beer Garden and a fun in the sun good time; the Dr Pepper One of a Kind Zone, featuring Houston professional sport team set-ups, music, food, and a salute to all 5 branches of the military; and ending the evening with an exciting fireworks finale sponsored by CITGO. New this year is the US Family Health Plan Backstage Pass; see what takes place behind the scenes via live streaming on abc.comUS Family Health Plan is a product of CHRISTUS Health. 



Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas will further expand the availability of recycling receptacles to make it easier for attendees to recycle. The City of Houston is committed to supporting green initiatives and promoting sustainability. 

The Houston Parks & Recreation Department regulations prohibit dogs, amphibians, reptiles and snakes that are considered dangerous. Therefore, we require the ban of all such animals. This does not include Seeing Eye dogs or other dogs that provide assistance to physically challenged individuals. No smoking allowed in any City of Houston park interior and exterior spaces/facilities. 


Freedom Over Texas is one of the signature events produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events. The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Special Events (MOSE) produces and permits events for the City of Houston. City-wide and neighborhood festivals, dedications, inaugurations, parades, tree plantings, fun runs, galas, ground-breakings, holiday celebrations are examples of events coordinated by this office.



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BEN'S RESOLUTION: "My commitment to you as mayor will be to improve our streets, improve public safety, and protect our neighborhoods...That is the way that our city can move forward. I am Ben Hall and I'm asking for your vote."