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.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

J. David Little defeated Jude T.A. Smith in the race for Pearland City Council At-Large Position #5



In the race for Pearland City Council At-Large Position #5 (Unexpired Term) J. David Little defeated Jude T.A. Smith. According to unofficial results J. David Little finished the night with 4,214 votes for 64.64% of the vote. Jude T.A. Smith finished the night with 2,305 votes for 35.36% of the vote. The unofficial turnout for this race was 6,519 according to the Brazoria County Clerk. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


According to the Brazoria County Clerk there were 68,633 registered voters eligible to vote in the Saturday, May 6, 2017 General Election for Pearland, Texas. Of the 68,633 registered voters 7,652 participated in this election – that’s an 11.15% turnout. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for Mayor of Pearland, Texas, Tom Reid was being challenged by Quentin Wiltz and Jimi Amos. Mayor Tom Reid finished the night with 3,703 votes for 48.85% of the vote. Quentin Wiltz finished the night with 3,460 votes for 45.64% to force a runoff to decide the winner. Jimi Amos finished the night with 418 votes for 5.51% of the vote. The unofficial turnout for this race was 7,581 according to the Brazoria County Clerk. The runoff election between Mayor Tom Reid and Quentin Wiltz will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for Pearland City Council At-Large Position #3 Gary Moore defeated J. Darnell Jones. Council Member/Mayor Pro Tem Gary Moore finished the night with 3,921 votes for 55.32% of the vote. J. Darnell Jones finished the night with 3,167 votes for 44.68% of the vote. The unofficial turnout for this race was 7,088 according to the Brazoria County Clerk. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for Pearland City Council At-Large Position #5 (Unexpired Term) J. David Little defeated Jude T.A. Smith. According to unofficial results J. David Little finished the night with 4,214 votes for 64.64% of the vote. Jude T.A. Smith finished the night with 2,305 votes for 35.36% of the vote. The unofficial turnout for this race was 6,519 according to the Brazoria County Clerk. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for Pearland City Council At-Large Position #7 Dalia Kasseb and Woody Owens are heading into a runoff to decide the winner of this race. Sherry Stockwell finished third to narrowly miss the runoff election. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Dalia Kasseb 2,958 (40.78%), Woody Owens 1,527 (21.05%), Sherry Stockwell 1,399 (19.29%), G.C. Sonny Atkins 699 (9.64%), Terry Gray 498 (6.87%), and Bud Tollefsen 172 (2.37%). The unofficial turnout for this race was 7,253 according to the Brazoria County Clerk. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


According to the Brazoria County Clerk there were 61,886 registered voters eligible to vote in the Saturday, May 6, 2017 General Election for Pearland Independent School District Trustee. Of the 61,886 registered voters 6,242 participated in this election – that’s an 10.09% turnout. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for PISD Trustee for Position #1 Charles Gooden, Jr. was running unopposed on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Trustee Charles Gooden was first elected to this position back in 2014. He is part-owner and chief operating officer of Charles D. Gooden Consulting Engineers, Inc. A Pearland resident since 2003, Gooden earned his master's degree in accountancy from the University of Houston. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for PISD Trustee for Position #2 Mike Floyd, the 18-year old Pearland Dawson High School student unseated Rusty DeBorde, the 2-term incumbent who was first elected back in 2011. By winning election to the Pearland Independent School District Board of Trustees Mike Floyd has become one of the youngest candidates to ever be elected to public office in the lone star state. He joins Kelvin Green who was also 18-years old back in 2014 when he was elected Mayor of Archer City, a very small town close to Wichita Falls. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Mike Floyd 3,075 (54.21%) and Rusty DeBorde 2,597 (45.79%). The total unofficial turnout for this race was 5,672 according to the Brazoria County Clerk. There will not be a runoff in this race. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for PISD Trustee for Position #3 Pam Boegler defeated Al Lloyd and Trevor Hale. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Pam Boegler 3,273 (60.39%), Al Lloyd 1,527 28.17% and Trevor Hale 620 (11.44%). The total unofficial turnout for this race was 5,420 according to the Brazoria County Clerk. There will not be a runoff in this race. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


According to the Fort Bend County Clerk there are over 321,210 registered voters in Fort Bend County. Of the 321,210 registered voters 11,093 participated in the Saturday, May 6, 2017 General Election for FBISD for a 3.45% turnout. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for FBISD Trustee for Position #1 Jason Burdine defeated Lorenzo Angelo Decamps. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Jason Burdine 3,207 (61.90%) and Lorenzo Angelo Decamps 1,974 (38.10%). The total unofficial turnout for this race was 5,181 according to the Fort Bend County Clerk. There will not be a runoff in this race. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for FBISD Trustee for Position #4 Kristin Tassin and Shirley Rose-Gilliam are headed to a runoff election in the race for FBISD Trustee for Position #4. Kristin Tassin, the incumbent was being challenged by Dr. Shirley Rose-Gilliam and Rodrigo Carreon. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Kristin Tassin 2,654 (49.35%) and Shirley Rose-Gilliam 2,227 (41.41%). Rodrigo Carreon finished the night with 497 (9.24%) and is out of the running for this seat. The total turnout for this race was 5,378 according to the Fort Bend County Clerk. The runoff election to decide the winner of this race will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for FBISD Trustee for Position #5 KP George defeated Lorena Dueñas. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: KP George 3,341 (63.72%) and Lorena Dueñas 1,902 (36.28%). The total unofficial turnout for this race was 5,243 according to the Fort Bend County Clerk. There will not be a runoff in this race. (CLICK HERE) for more information.


In the race for Sugar Land City Council District #4 Carol McCutcheon and Qaisar Q. Imam are heading into a runoff to decide the winner of this race. UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: Carol McCutcheon finished the night with 702 votes or 36.35% of the vote. Qaisar Q. Imam finished the night with 653 votes or 33.82% of the vote. Sean Burnett finished the night with 576 votes or 29.83% of the vote. The unofficial turnout for this race was 1,931 according to the Fort Bend County Clerk. The runoff election to decide the winner of this race will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017. (CLICK HERE) for more information.



Carol McCutcheon, Quentin Wiltz, Dalia Kasseb, Troy Brimage, Dale Lemon, Debra Davison, Mike Floyd, Kristin Tassin, Dr. Shirley Rose-Gilliam, Mayor Tom Reid and Mayor Jason A. Perez are the featured people on this cover of Houston Business Connections Magazine®. Aubrey R. Taylor Communications is the publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine®. Call (281)788-3033 if you have any questions or rate inquires. All Rights Reserved.



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