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.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mayor Tom Reid, Quentin Wiltz, Woody Owens and Dalia Kasseb are Key June 10 Runoff Election Candidates for Pearland



The General Election Turnout Was Historic for Pearland; But Turning Out Voters for the Saturday June 10, 2017 Runoff Election Must Become a Total Community Effort Embraced by All Pearlanders Says Local Publisher


MESSAGE FROM AUBREY R. TAYLOR

According to the Brazoria County Clerk's Office 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 only 7,652 participated in this election – that’s only an 11.15% turnout. While this was a record turnout for the city of Pearland, Texas -- it's still unaccepteble. We can do better than this! Mayor Tom Reid, Quentin Wiltz, Woody Owens and Dalia Kasseb deserve better than this! IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW: Over 60,981 registered voters decided for one reason or another to stay at home. Why? We’re not sure. But this trend of non-participation in city-wide elections must change – and now!

TURNING OUT THE VOTE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017 MUST BECOME A TEAM EFFORT

Voter apathy in local elections is a major problem. So it’s incumbent upon the electorate in Pearland to choose to participate in the process of electing the best, most qualified candidates who represent their own best interests on Saturday, June 10, 2017. But this must be done in a very positive and responsible way by engaging fellow Pearlanders and educating them on the importance of their participation during the early voting period which begins on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and ends on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

RUNOFF BALLOT SPEAKS WELL OF GROWING DIVERSITY AND OPEN MINDEDNESS OF THE ELECTORATE IN PEARLAND, TEXAS

In a lot of ways, the upcoming Saturday, June 10, 2017 runoff elections in Pearland will serve as a litmus test of sorts for America. Mayor Tom Reid, Quentin Wiltz, Woody Owens and Dalia Kasseb aren’t just candidates on a ballot. They actually represent the fabric of our nation in general and the changing diversity of Pearland in particular. So keep in mind that the largest Pearland racial/ethnic groups are White (45.9%) followed by Hispanic (21.5%) and Black (16.7%) according to US Census Bureau statistics. And also keep in mind that a candidate’s ethnicity should not be a major determining factor when trying to determine who deserves your vote. Neither should Pearlanders be persuaded by divisive political maneuvers, plots or strategies that have no place in American politics. These divisive, and in many cases hurtful tactics only serve as mechanisms that destroy the fabric of communities.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

On behalf of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine® I implore all Pearlanders to do your research and vote for candidates who value and respect your vote! As it stands right now Mayor Tom Reid is the only candidate whom I’ve met personally and can assure you values and respects the vote of every Pearlander. However, I do plan to try to reach out again to Quentin Wiltz (Candidate for Mayor), Woody Owens (Candidate for Pearland City Council Position #7) and Dalia Kasseb (Candidate for Pearland City Council Position #7) to see if they have a willingness to ask for the vote of every Pearlander!


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HOUSTON, TEXAS 77058-3039
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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


DALIA KASSEB VS. WOODY OWENS




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 votes for (40.78%), Woody Owens 1,527 votes for (21.05%), Sherry Stockwell 1,399 votes for (19.29%), G.C. Sonny Atkins 699 votes for (9.64%), Terry Gray 498 votes for (6.87%), and Bud Tollefsen 172 votes for (2.37%). The unofficial turnout for this race was 7,253 according to the Brazoria County Clerk. Both candidates are invited to seek the vote of Houston Business Connections Magazine® readers in the runoff election. Call (281)788-3033 to discuss inclusion.



CAROL McCUTCHEON VS. QAISAR Q. IMAM



Carol McCutcheon and Qaisar Q. Imam are the Candidates Running for Sugar Land City Council District #4 in the Saturday, June 10, 2017 Runoff Election

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.  Both candidates are invited to seek the vote of Houston Business Connections Magazine® readers in the runoff election. Call (281)788-3033 to discuss inclusion.
 



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HOUSTON, TEXAS 77058-3039
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