Katy Texas News

Find community news about Katy, Texas! Learn about fun family events and happenings, Katy area schools and students, local sports teams, community groups and organizations, health and medical news, Katy people, and business news. If you have news you would like to share with the Katy community, email editor@katymagazine.com.


Texas Children’s Hospital Launches upWORDS Program to Improve Long-term Success of Children

Katy Texas News
Posted June 17th 2016

Katy, TX (June 17, 2016) As one of the first hospital-based programs of its kind, Texas Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce the launch of upWORDS, a program aimed at closing the opportunity gap. The upWORDS program will give parents the knowledge of how to improve the quantity and quality of language spoken with their child and educate them on the long-term impact language can have on their child’s success in life. Developed in association with the LENA Research Foundation, the program at Texas Children’s will launch a pilot program this summer at the hospital’s West Campus. To learn more about, or register for, the upWORDS program at Texas Children’s, visit texaschildrens.org/upwords-program.


Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Receives Business Partnership Award

Katy Texas News
Posted May 20th 2016

Katy, TX (May 20, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently received the Houston West Chamber of Commerce’s Business Partnership Award for their continued efforts to improve and enrich the lives of individuals in the west Houston area. Since the hospital opened its doors five years ago, they have been incredibly committed to not only providing the highest-quality care possible for patients, but investing in the community through partnerships, events and educational opportunities.

Business Partnership Award_West Campus


Solis Mammography Adds New COO to Leadership Team

Katy Texas News
Posted April 15th 2016

Katy, TX (April 15, 2016)  – Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of screening and diagnostics for breast health, today announced that Ted Bucknam has been named their new chief operating officer.

As COO, Bucknam will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and will lead internal operational efforts in promoting Solis’ planned expansion into additional markets across the U.S. The Solis board of directors made the unanimous selection after careful consideration of his past career success in the healthcare field. (more…)

MHMD, the Memorial Hermann Physician Network, Appoints New Physician-in-Chief

Katy Texas News
Posted April 04th 2016

Katy, TX (April 4, 2016) Memorial Hermann Health System announced today the appointment of Nishant “Shaun” Anand, MD, FACEP, as Physician-in-Chief for MHMD, the Memorial Hermann Physician Network, effective June 2016. Dr. Anand most recently served as Chief Medical Officer for Banner Health Network (BHN), a large physician and provider network based in Phoenix.

Dr. Anand


Memorial Urology Associates in Memorial City and Katy Will Join Memorial Hermann Medical Group

Katy Texas News
Posted March 25th 2016

Katy, TX (March 25, 2016) Beginning Friday, April 1, Memorial Urology Associates in Memorial City and Katy will join Memorial Hermann Medical Group and become Memorial Hermann Medical Group Urology.

The group of seven doctors combines for more than 120 years of professional experience.

Dr. Melvyn Anhalt, M.D., Dr. Ramesh Krishnan, M.D., Dr. Mark Kalish, M.D., Dr. Andrew Selzman, M.D., Dr. Alan Skolnick, M.D., and Dr. Paul Smith, M.D., will staff the office located at 915 Gessner Road, Suite 720, Houston, 77024.

Dr. David Kent, M.D., will staff the Katy office located at 23920 Katy Freeway, Suite 380, Katy, 77494. Dr. Krishnan and Dr. Smith will also see patients at the Katy location.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 713-830-9100.

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Medical Group


Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted March 10th 2016

Katy, TX (March 9, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children, has proudly served the west Houston area for five years. Since opening their doors in 2011, West Campus has provided more than 750,000 patient encounters in one of the fastest growing pediatric communities.

2k12-0253-AK3_8632 TCH West Campus Summer 2012 Photo by A kramer


Memorial Hermann Health System Announces Benjamin K. Chu, M.D. as new President and CEO

Katy Texas News
Posted March 09th 2016

Katy, TX (March 8, 2016) Following an extensive nationwide search that included both internal and external candidates, the Memorial Hermann Health System Board announced today the appointment of Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., MPH, MACP as President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, effective June 2016. Dr. Chu – a well-respected, national thought leader in the health care industry – brings to Memorial Hermann an accomplished, four-decade long career as a physician, administrator and policy advocate.

Chu Photo 3


Ron Hoover RV & Marine Just Got Bigger

Katy Texas News
Posted March 08th 2016

Katy, TX (march 8, 2016) Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers, Houston’s #1 Google-rated dealership, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new 100,000 square-foot dealership, located at 29029 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas (just west of Katy Mills Mall), April 28 through April 30, 2016. This special 3-day event will include lots of door prizes, free hamburgers and hot dogs from 11am to 2pm, and a Grand Prize that will be your choice of a Sabre 365MB 5th Wheel or a Blue Wave 2200 Pure Bay boat.

Ron has included two gourmet coffee bars, a play area for the kids with videos and games, and a pet area for the four-footed members of your family. And, when our customers bring their units in for service, there are 19 service bays, ensuring the quality service and fast turnaround time that Ron Hoover is famous for. Add to that the RVIA-Certified Service Technicians, Factory-Certified Marine Technicians and an entire staff of Service and Sales support personnel, and it’s no wonder that Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers is Texas’ largest RV and boat dealership.

During this fun-filled 3-day event, we will be joined by Manufacturers Reps for those with questions, Bank Reps for those looking for financing, and the Hoover family will be there as well to meet you and welcome your family to our newest location. Food, fun, friends and a first visit to our new comfortable “home” where every day, in every way, we care about making your time with family a time to remember!

Courtesy of Ron Hoover RV & Marine


Larry Boyd Receives Prestigious Award

Katy Texas News
Posted March 07th 2016

Katy, TX (March 7, 2016) Lawrence (Larry) E. Boyd, Jr. of Katy received the 2015 Benjamin “Woody” Woodson Award presented by the Society of Financial Service Professionals Houston Chapter.  The Woodson Award is presented to an individual from the Houston financial service community in recognition of meritorious service to the industry and community.



SabinoCompTech Focuses on HealthCare IT

Katy Texas News
Posted March 04th 2016

Katy, TX (March 4, 2016) In October of 2015, SabinoCompTech made the transition from residential and business IT support to business only. The idea was that the transition would allow them to focus on providing higher quality IT support to businesses in the area. Since then, the family owned company relocated their office from a retail location in old Katy to a centrally located office on Mason Road.

Since the transition, SabinoCompTech has hyper-focused on the Healthcare industry helping medical and oral health care offices with all of their IT needs. After working closely with many offices in the area, they found that there was a large gap between the technical understanding of HIPAA compliance and the use of technology, so to help with that, SabinoCompTech is now extending their consulting services to include HIPAA IT consulting.

HIPAA compliance is no longer something that can be ignored or thought of as a “eventually”. The fines are outrages and a breach can cost more than just the federal fines. SabinoCompTech is on a mission to help healthcare offices be HIPAA compliant especially with more technology being used.

For more information on HIPAA IT Consulting or SabinoCompTech, please visit www.hipaaitconsulting.com or www.SabinoCompTech.com or call them at (281) 392-8802.


Courtesy of SabinoCompTech


Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Announce 2015 Physicians of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted March 03rd 2016

Katy, TX (March 2, 2016) Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital are proud to announce the two individuals selected as their 2015 Physicians of the Year: Saleem Khan, M.D., Chief of Emergency General Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, affiliated with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, and KuoJen Tsao, M.D., the Children’s Fund, Inc. Distinguished Professor in Pediatric Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and co-director of The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.


Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute and UTHealth Welcome Neurosurgeon Sebastian R. Herrera, M.D.

Katy Texas News
Posted March 03rd 2016

Katy, TX (March 3, 2016) The Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) and the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Sebastian R. Herrera, M.D. Dr. Herrera will serve as a neurosurgeon at Mischer Neuroscience Associates-The Woodlands as well as Mischer Neuroscience Associates-Cypress. He will also serve as an assistant professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth’s Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery.



Karen Myers Named Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (February 22, 2016) Karen Myers, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been named Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), effective Feb. 26. As a Magnet®-designated hospital in recognition of its excellence in nursing, Memorial Hermann-TMC is committed to the highest standard of nursing care, a standard that Myers has spent her entire career advancing and nurturing.


Memorial Hermann Unveils Countdown Clock to Super Bowl LI

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16th 2016

Katy, TX (February 16, 2016) The countdown to kickoff for Super Bowl LI has officially begun. Memorial Hermann Health System, a Founding Sponsor of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, unveiled a five-foot-high digital countdown clock in the lobby of the Memorial Hermann Tower at 929 Gessner. The clock will keep track of the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the big game kicks off on Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium.



Generous Donations Delivered to Memorial Hermann Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 29th 2016

Katy, TX (January 29, 2016) Earlier this month, United Airlines’ North Houston Contact Center Leadership team took time to deliver Adventure Bears to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  Forty-eight “Ben Flyin” Bears will be donated to children as they undergo outpatient procedures, visit the Emergency Center or are admitted to the hospital.

Additionally, a new neighbor recently gave back to the hospital.  Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highland Knolls presented a $1,000 check to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary.  The funds will be used to support hospital patients and staff.

Thank you to these generous organizations for giving back to their community!

For more information about Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, call 281.644.7000 or visit www.memorialhermann.org/katy.

memorial hermann 2 memorial hermann

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Activates Helipad

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 19, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently activated the hospital’s helipad and have fully trained their staff on how to receive patients via air transport. The activation of this helipad allows for faster transport and subsequently quicker treatment.

Previously, patients coming to West Campus via helicopter would land at an adjoining facility and then be brought to Texas Children’s via ambulance. With this activation, all helicopter services in southeast Texas are now able to bring patients directly to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Helipads will also be built at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands when it opens in 2017 and on the roof of the new pediatric tower being built at the main campus in the medical center.

For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus.



British International School of Houston Choir Sings at Economic Development Council Meeting

Katy Texas News
Posted December 18th 2015

Katy, TX  News (December 18, 2015) – The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its final General Assembly meeting of the year at the Katy ISD Education Service Center on Tuesday, December 15. As members and guests gathered for the meeting, they were treated to holiday music by choir students from British International School of Houston, setting the mood for a festive December meeting.


This month’s meeting featured presentations by British International School of Houston and Katy ISD. Andrew Perry of British International School of Houston provided an overview of the world renowned school which is located in the Katy area. Perry discussed the outstanding educational opportunities the school provides as he detailed the school’s new $100 million dollar campus which is set to open in August 2016 at West Green and I-10, and its newly formed partnership with Julliard.  The school also boasts partnerships with Harvard University and MIT, and affords its students the opportunity to graduate with a prestigious International Baccalaurean diploma, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed while preparing them for the rigors of college.


Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute Names Dr. Joseph Love Medical Director of Life Flight

Katy Texas News
Posted December 16th 2015

Katy, TX  News (December 16, 2015)Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute is proud to announce Joseph Love, D.O., trauma surgeon and associate professor of surgery at UTHealth, as the new Medical Director of Memorial Hermann Life Flight®.

memorial hermon

After founding Life Flight in 1976, the late James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., M.D., trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences at UTHealth Medical School, served as the program’s first and only Medical Director until 2015.


Local Salon Featured in National Salon Magazine

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2015

Katy, TX News – (December 14, 2015)– Mo Elkurdi, owner of BH Hair Studio in Katy, TX was interviewed for leading national salon magazine, American Salon. At 138 years old, American Salon is one of the most respected publications in the professional beauty industry. BH Hair Studio was of the  three studios across the nation included in the Culture Club article of American Salon’s December 2015 issue.


The feature included a photograph of Elkurdi and his team, as well as, insight from him in regards to the culture of team building with tips for other salon owners. Elkurdi shared that team building “establishes relationships that breaks barriers, promotes creativity and continues to motivate team members for more than just a paycheck.”


Flaunt Hair Salon Celebrates Stylist Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – This November marks the one year anniversary for Erica Galvan at Flaunt Salon. Erica has made a home for herself alongside the Flaunt Salon Stylists and Co-owner Mary Wesley. Erica takes great pride in her work with a passion and vigor to help clients look their best. Erica is experienced in handling all hair services with her completion of classes that focus on techniques, new products, and current hair trends. She especially enjoys what we call “special occasion hair”.



New Physician Joins Memorial Hermann Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – Family medicine physician, Prasuna Sajja, M.D., has joined Memorial Hermann Katy Convenient Care Center. Dr. Sajja received her medical degree from Stanley Medical College in Madras, India. She completed her residency with the Houston Methodist Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Sajja sees patients of all ages and her clinical interests include preventive medicine for children, diabetes and weight management for adults and children.



Grand Vision Center receives the Art of Katy Award

Katy Texas News
Posted November 18th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 17, 2015) – At KVPAC’s Roaring 20’s Ball at the Mall event, Grand Vision’s Dr. Brett Donaldson and his wife, Fatima were presented with the Art of Katy Award. Grand Vision sponsors the Grand Vision Children’s Theatre at KVPAC as well as the annual KVPAC Arts for All Festival in LaCenterra.


Rancher’s Ball Attendees Win New BMW

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 9, 2015) – Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers was pleased to present the keys to the winners of the brand new BMW X1 at the BMW Dealership of West Houston. The luxury vehicle was raffled at the Inaugural Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball on October 24 for $100.00 per ticket with only 600 tickets available for purchase. Steven Gee and his wife, Suzanne, are now the proud owners of this beautiful SUV.

BMW 2015 Winner-FBRB



Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns ‘A’ in Patient Safety

Katy Texas News
Posted November 02nd 2015

Katy, TX News (November 2, 2015) – An announcement released nationally today by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, shows that all nine of the acute-care hospitals within the Memorial Hermann Health System earned an A in this elite national ratings program, recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety.


Early Voting for Harris County Election Dates

Katy Texas News
Posted October 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 19, 2015) – Early voting for the upcoming November 3, 2015 Election starts today and runs through Friday, October 30. There are 41 Harris County Early Voting locations, some of which have changed. The Houston Community College (HCC) Northeast Campus, the Alief Administration Building, the Riley Chambers Community Center in Crosby and the John Phelps Courthouse in Pasadena will serve as new Harris County early voting locations.


Eagle’s Trace Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted October 14th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 14, 2015) – Honoring history and celebrating a bright future, Eagle’s Trace held a three-day celebration to commemorate its tenth anniversary.

The festivities at the Erickson Living retirement community began on October 8 during a ceremony that honored its “founding members,” 93 pioneer residents who moved or reserved in 2005 and the eight employees who began working at the campus the same year.

ELM Texas Events-October 15 071



SabinoCompTech to Provide Business Services Only

Katy Texas News
Posted October 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 13, 2015) – SabinoCompTech, the family owned and operated computer repair center and IT company located in Katy, will be restructuring to focus on providing IT consulting, support and managed solutions to small and medium sized businesses.  The company has worked with health care offices, financial and consulting firms, and more in the Katy and surrounding areas since their inception and feel that it is right to return to its roots in order to provide the highest level of service. SabinoCompTech’s goal with this transition is to provide enterprise level expertise to businesses who would not normally have access to such level of IT support through customizable subscription based support packages or on a per incident consulting basis.


Katy to Develop Boardwalk District

Katy Texas News
Posted October 09th 2015

Katy, TX News – (October 9, 2015) – The City of Katy is pleased to announce that the Katy Development Authority has taken a key step forward in the development of the Boardwalk District (as shown in the accompanying rendering) by entering into an agreement with Sueba USA Corporation for the development of a 22-acre parcel located adjacent to Katy Mills Mall.Boardwalk District


New Regional CMO for Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted September 30th 2015

KATY, Texas (September 30, 2015) – Dr. Khalid F. Almoosa has been appointed Regional Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.  In his role, Dr. Almoosa will provide leadership to affiliated physicians and clinical staffs to ensure the hospitals sustain Memorial Hermann’s long standing reputation for high-quality and safe care.

New CMO for Memorial Hermann Katy Hosptial Dr. Almoosa


Momentum Indoor Climbing Coming Soon, Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted September 29th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 29, 2015) – Utah-based Momentum Indoor Climbing has purchased land at the intersection of Kingsland Blvd. and Katy Mills Pkwy. and is slated to open in the summer of 2016.


Not only will this be Momentum Indoor Climbing’s first Houston location, it will also be the one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. There will be 36,000 square feet dedicated to providing a mountain climber’s paradise, with 50 feet of climbing, yoga classes, and a fitness area.

For more information about what’s coming soon or just opening in Katy, read the New to Katy section in every issue of Katy Magazine!

Katy’s Flaunt Salon at Las Vegas Hair Show

Katy Texas News
Posted September 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 23, 2015) – The Flaunt Salon Stylist team recently attended the TiGi (Tony and Guy) World Release Las Vegas Hair Show 2015. Hair Cuts, Hair Color, Fashion, and Photo Shoots were the main focus of instruction and education for the dedicated Team. The Hair Industry Show’s theme for 2015 is to “Reignite your creative inspiration”.

IMG_7643 (more…)

HEB to Open New Location in Cross Creek Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted September 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 23, 2015) – Approximately 30 acres has been purchased by HEB Grocery Co., LP at the northwest corner of FM 1463 and Fulshear Bend Dr. for a new store near Katy’s master-planned community, Cross Creek Ranch.

When completed, HEB will be surrounded by 200,000 square feet of retail space that will include restaurants and medical and real estate offices.

The complex will join the already completed CVS Pharmacy on Fry Rd. and FM 1463, as well as additional retail centers, and  is expected to boost sales tax revenues. The timing for construction and anticipated opening date have not yet been announced.


Katy Triathlon Benefits Local Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 22, 2015)  – Since taking over management and planning of the Katy Triathlon in 1998, the Rotary Club of Katy has raised approximately $380,000 for scholarships to graduating Katy ISD seniors, community service projects, grants to rotary philanthropies, and most recently the construction of the Freedom Park Memorial tower near George Bush Park.


The race attracts thousands of participants in a wide range of athletic abilities and ages every year, and features a 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race, and 3-mile run in and around Firethorne’s 1,400 acre master-planned community.

Triathlon teams may be two or three people, and all-male, all-female, or co-ed. The youngest competing age category will be 11 – 14 years, with many participants over 70 years of age competing.

Computer Repair Center Celebrates 7 Years

Katy Texas News
Posted September 14th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 14, 2015) -SabinoCompTech, a family owned and operated computer repair center located at 5805 Highway Blvd in the Midway market center on Highway 90 and Avenue D in old Katy celebrates 7 years in business on October 1, 2015. To show their appreciation to the Katy community, SabinoCompTech is offering a Free Tune-up with every virus and spyware removal during the week of their anniversary October 1, 2015 – October 8, 2015.


Chick-fil-A Mason Road Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted September 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 9, 2015) – Chick-fil-A Mason Road celebrates their 20th anniversary on September 14th, 2015. Rusty Wylie, franchisee of the Mason Road location since its Grand Opening, also operates the Cinco Ranch and Greenhouse Chick-fil-A locations. “What an amazing journey it has been. To have started 20 years ago and been a part of the growth of Katy for the past 20 years is beyond what I ever imagined possible. It really has been a blessing to be a part of this community. We are thankful for the support of our guests, and the groups we partner with here in Katy,” Mr. Wylie commented. The Mason Road location was just the third free standing restaurant for Chick-fil-A in the Houston area when it opened in 1995. Now sixty-three stand-alone locations dot the local landscape. Mr. Wylie explained, “When we opened, Chick-fil-A was really struggling with results in the Houston area. Our brand awareness was low. People didn’t know who we were, what products we served, or even how to say our name!” However, it didn’t take long for Chick-fil-A’s popularity to soar.



Taylor High School Student Struck by Car, Hospitalized

Katy Texas News
Posted September 02nd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 2, 2015) – From KPRC Local 2 – A 15-year-old Taylor High School student was taken by Life Flight after being struck by a vehicle in Katy Wednesday morning.

According to Harris County deputies, a blue Mini Cooper struck the boy on Kingsland and Provincial Boulevard around 7:25 a.m.


Typhoon Texas Coming to Katy in 2016

Katy Texas News
Posted August 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 20, 2015) – Groundbreaking occurred today on Typhoon Texas, a new water park in Katy, Texas. The park is being constructed as part of a 43-acre development east of Katy Mills Mall on Katy Fort Bend Rd., just south of I-10.

Typhoon texas (more…)

Ryland Model Home Opens in Cane Island

Katy Texas News
Posted August 12th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 12, 2015) – Ryland Homes has opened a new model home, fully furnished and professionally decorated, in the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island where the Houston home-builder will add more than 100 new homes with many on prized, waterfront and cul-de-sac home-sites.

Ryland model home in Cane Island


District Rep Mike Schofield Will Seek Reelection

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2015) – Mike Schofield, Republican State Representative from House District 132 , announced his intention to seek reelection. First elected in 2014 with 66% of the vote, Mike’s hard work in the 84th Legislative Session earned him “Freshman of the Year” honors from his colleagues in the House as well as being named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition.



New Katy City Hall Makes Progress

Katy Texas News
Posted July 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 20, 2015) – The City of Katy has released the latest rendering of the new City Hall building that will be built adjacent to the current facility on 910 Avenue C. in historic downtown Katy. The building, which will encompass 33,000 sq. ft. and stand three stories high, is expected to open in spring 2016. According to Mayor Fabol Hughes, the best part is what this will mean for Katy residents. “When it’s finished, it’s paid for without a tax increase or bonding. It will totally belong to the citizens of Katy unencumbered,” he says.

Katy City Hall

Rendering by TurnerDuran Architects/Courtesy of the City of Katy


For more up-to-date information on the City Hall project and other news, follow the City of Katy on Facebook or visit cityofkaty.com.


Katy ISD Trustee Earns TASB Master Trustee Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted July 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 15, 2015) – Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

Henry Dibrell


Cane Island Names New Lifestyle Coordinator

Katy Texas News
Posted July 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2015) –  The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island has named Olivia Montagna as Lifestyle Coordinator where she will plan resident-only activities including movie nights, wine and cheese events, fun runs, walks and holiday festivals.

Olivia Montagna Cane Island Lifestyle Coorindator


Katy Fitness Facility to Begin Expansion Project

Katy Texas News
Posted June 29th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 29, 2015) – Crews will begin construction on the west parking lot at the Katy Family YMCA on June 30, 2015. The project is expected take no longer than two weeks, and will add 25 new parking spaces for members. Once completed, the crew will build a sidewalk to connect the Y property with the sports fields on Westheimer Parkway. In addition, a misting station has been added to Camp Cinco for day campers.

Katy, TX News – Camp Bow Wow Chosen as Franchisee of the Month

Katy Texas News
Posted June 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (June 22, 2015) – The Featured Franchisees of the Month are José and Joan Morillo, owners of Camp Bow Wow Katy, TX, which is opening in late summer!



Katy, TX News – Dine-In Movie Theater Coming to Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted June 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 8, 2015) – Star Cinema Grill, which is building its flagship location at the Baybrook Mall, will build another location in the Katy area, Houston-based commercial real estate firm Wulfe & Co. announced May 28.

Capture (more…)

Katy, TX News – Enhanced Convenience and Treatment for Patients at Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute with Brand New Gamma Knife

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 5, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) has recently renovated and expanded its Gamma Knife facility, offering patients enhanced accommodations and technologies including a brand new, advanced Gamma Knife.


Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann President & CEO Named to Texas Business Hall of Fame

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Health System President & CEO Dan Wolterman will be inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Wolterman joins five other Texas businessmen in the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 and is the only healthcare professional in this year’s class.

Dan Wolterman


Katy, TX News – Diversified Economy Will Help Katy Weather the Oil Slump

Katy Texas News
Posted May 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 13, 2015) – The Katy Area Economic Development Council today announced that Katy is well positioned due to strong economic diversification to thrive as the oil industry continues to contract.

“Katy has kept pace with the greater Houston metro in terms of economic diversification,” said Lance LaCour, president/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council.  “Between 2013 and 2014, the Katy area added nearly 5,000 new jobs in the engineering, accounting and research industries.  Couple this with strong growth (over 3,000 new jobs) in the services industry over the same time period as well as attractive, new class A office space coming online this year for prospective employers and the overall outlook is far from bleak.”

Newly available, class A office space

Newly available, class A office space


Katy, TX News – Cowboy Chicken Restaurant Coming to Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2015

Katy, TX News – Cowboy Chicken, the popular thirteen-unit, Dallas-based fast casual wood fire rotisserie chicken brand, has done it again! Cowboy Chicken is thrilled to announce their newest franchise partner, Fisher Rothchild, LLC. The 15-store development agreement is the largest agreement signed to date, and will expand the concept to Houston, TX.Cowboy Chicken is excited to welcome Joe Rothchild and his operations partner, Barry Fisher to the family.



Katy, TX News – Commercial Development Projects Near Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 14, 2015) – Information and photos courtesy of the City of Katy  – The Katy Development Authority continues to pursue its goal of launching a convention center/hotel development next to Katy Mills Mall. Center plans include a two-mile boardwalk that will surround the mall’s 80-acre retention pond.

Aerial map of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District.Aerial map of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District. Photo: City Of Katy

Note: This is only a rendering of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District. Photo courtesy of the City of Katy


Katy, TX – Retail and Entertainment Park to Open Near Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
Posted April 07th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 7, 2015) – Courtesy of the Katy Area Economic Development Council – The Katy Development Authority continues to pursue its goal of launching a convention center/hotel development next to Katy Mills Mall. Center plans include a boardwalk that will surround the mall’s 80-acre retention pond. “We hope it will be a nice attraction to the area in addition to the mall,” said former Katy mayor Skip Conner, chairman of the Katy Development Authority.


Katy, TX News – Salata Relocates Headquarters to West Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 19, 2015) –  Houston-based custom salad restaurant Salata is relocating from downtown Houston to a 26,000-square-foot facility in West Houston. The new facility, which sits on two acres at 16720 Park Row, began in January and is expected to be completed this summer.

Salata HQ


Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Encourages Healthy Snacking Habits

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 13, 2015) – According to recent statistics, Texas has the 15th highest adult obesity rate in the country. When it comes to childhood obesity, the state isn’t faring much better. Obesity can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even contribute to some forms of cancer.


Katy, TX News – YMCA Purchases Land for Second Katy Location

Katy Texas News
Posted February 24th 2015

Katy, TX News (February 20, 2015) – The YMCA of Greater Houston is proud to announce the purchase of a prime site that will serve as its second location in the Katy community. Located in the Katy Main Street development, the 6.58 acre property sits west of Pin Oak Road and I-10, on Main Street near Kingsland.

Second Katy YMCA  SiteSecond Katy YMCA Site


Katy, TX News – Hospital Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

Katy Texas News
Posted January 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 9, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has selected a new leader for its executive team with Linda Stephens, RN, MBA, BSN being named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).

Linda Stephens


Katy, TX News – New Convenient Care Center Coming to South Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted November 05th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 5, 2014) – Memorial Hermman hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Convenient Care Center in South Katy this week. Executive officers from various branches posed for a photo to celebrate the construction of the new facility.

Katy CCC Groundbreaking (18)



Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Bond Referendum Approved

Katy Texas News
Posted November 05th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 5, 2014) – Katy ISD community voters approved the $748 million dollar School Bond Referendum that will provide new schools and student activity facilities, address growth trends, and improve existing campuses.

Building Tomorrow Together Narrow


Katy, TX News – Second Helping

Katy Texas News
Posted October 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (October 13, 2014) – On Saturday, October 11, hundreds of volunteers mobilized to collect items at Houston-area grocery stores in support of local food banks, homeless shelters and returning military families.

This was Second Baptist Church’s sixth annual Second Helping food drive. Volunteers gathered at entrances of the area supermarkets to distribute lists of needed items. As shoppers exited the store, volunteers collected and consolidated their donations.

G 12 Second Helping-5578


Katy, TX News – Houston Methodist Breaks Ground in Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted October 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (October 2, 2014) – Cinco Ranch and Fulshear residents will soon have access to Houston Methodist emergency care services in their community.

Houston Methodist West Hospital recently began construction on a new 9,600 sq. ft. emergency care center, scheduled to open in spring 2015 on the western side of Katy, located at FM 1093 and Cinco Rose Dr. The new facility will serve residents of the Cinco Ranch, Fulshear, Katy and north Fort Bend County communities.

The Houston Methodist Cinco Ranch Emergency Care Center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offer 10 private treatment rooms with onsite emergency care services, including the latest technology in diagnostic imaging and laboratory services.  Board-certified physicians specializing in emergency care from pediatric to geriatric patients will work alongside specially trained nursing and ancillary staff to provide care to patients of all ages who are ill or injured.

The hospital’s westward expansion will improve access to emergent care for Fulshear and neighboring communities while also offering the most sophisticated services and technology possible.  For conditions requiring hospital admission or further evaluation, patients will have direct, expedited admission to Houston Methodist West.

“The new emergency care center gives Houston Methodist a physical presence in the fast-growing communities west of our hospital,” said Houston Methodist West CEO Wayne Voss. “Most importantly, this is an exciting development because it will give local residents a first-class medical facility within minutes of their homes.”

To learn more about Houston Methodist West, please visit houstonmethodist.org/west or call 832.522.5522.

Katy, TX News – Katy Area EDC Earns Community Economic Development Award

Katy Texas News
Posted September 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 29, 2014) -The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) recently honored Katy Area Economic Development with the top award for communities over 250,000 in population. The awards will be presented at a special luncheon to be held at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston.

The Community Economic Development Awards program recognizes exceptional contributions of TEDC member areas toward the economic vitality of their communities and the state of Texas through creativity, leadership, and partnership in the achievement of business retention, business recruitment and community improvement.

In the largest population category, the Katy Area competed with Austin, San Antonio and Williamson County and came out on top, marshalling numerous recruitment and expansion projects which created over 3,000 jobs and $218 million in capital investment in office and industrial sectors.



Katy, TX News – Most Technologically Advanced Senior Living Community in Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted September 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 11, 2014) – PinPoint Commercial, LP, announced today the completion of The Legacy at Falcon Point, the most technologically advanced Senior Living community in the state of Texas.

The community is a 164 bed Assisted Living and Memory Care Community located at 1520 Katy Gap Rd in Katy, Texas. Through its collaboration with operating partner, Thrive Senior Living, PinPoint and The Legacy at Falcon Point will set a new standard of care for seniors by implementing a new philosophy on how it cares for its residents. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Vista Equities Group Announces Pure Barre as New Tenant at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 14, 2014) – Pure Barre, a new ballet barre-based studio has signed a 1,475 sq. ft. lease with Vista Equities Group for a new space at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.

Pure Barre, which is anticipated to open in Fall 2014 will be centrally located at LaCenterra. Pure Barre tones the body and creates the long and lean muscles of a dancer through small isometric movements centered around a ballet barre. Although it is an intense athletic workout, Pure Barre is for everyone. As long as you can hold onto the ballet barre, you can participate in Pure Barre.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Skybox Datacenters Moving to Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted August 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 13, 2014) – Data center developer Skybox Datacenters has great expectations for its new Houston One facility currently under construction at Franz and Mason Rd. in Katy. Skybox Managing Partner Rob Morris spoke at the Katy Area EDC General Assembly meeting where he reviewed the detailed plans for the new campus.

Skybox Rendering


Katy, TX News – H&M to Open at Katy Mills on August 14

Katy Texas News
Posted August 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 11, 2014) – Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, will further distinguish itself with the addition of H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, scheduled to open Thursday, August 14 at noon. H&M will have special deals and offers during opening day in celebration of their new store.  (more…)

Katy, TX News – Mathnasium of Cinco Ranch Honored for Outstanding Performance

Katy Texas News
Posted August 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 11, 2014) – Mathnasium of Cinco Ranch has been honored for its outstanding performance at the tenth annual Mathnasium International Franchise Convention.

The Cinco Ranch Mathnasium center won the award for Top Performing Center, selected from a pool of more than 500 Mathnasium franchise locations in the U.S. and Canada for the fourth year in a row. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann to Open Convenient Care Center in Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted July 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2014) – In an effort to continue to provide patients with convenient access to high-quality health care, Memorial Hermann announced today that it will build its third convenient care center in one of the fastest growing areas in Texas.  The new facility in South Katy will join sister facilities in Summer Creek and Pearland.

“This new model of health care delivery provides patients with a highly accessible location for a variety of services, from 24-hour emergency care to screening mammograms,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

The Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Katy is slated to open in the spring of 2015 and will provide one-stop, coordinated access to a vast array of Memorial Hermann services in a single location. The Convenient Care Center will house primary care physicians (adult and pediatric), lab services, imaging, a 24-hour emergency room, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and more.

“The response from the communities where we currently operate Convenient Care Centers has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Dan Wolterman, CEO and President of Memorial Hermann Health System.  “Our patients say they appreciate the ease of scheduling appointments, the convenience of being able to drive up, park and walk in, and that our staff is friendly and professional.  We look forward to bringing this model of care to the Katy community.”

The $19.1 million, 30,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center is designed to take the stress out of scheduling appointments for routine health needs by offering families convenient options such as walk-in access and extended evening and weekend hours for primary care. For non-routine and more urgent needs, the Convenient Care Center will house a 24-hour, seven-day a week, emergency department staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and emergency-trained nurses. Patients in need of higher levels of care would be transferred to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, or Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Teleflora Make Patients Smile

Katy Texas News
Posted July 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2014) – On July 22, hospital patients, such as Deb Gdala at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, received an unexpected gift to brighten their day – a bouquet of flowers from Teleflora. Every year, Teleflora florists and community volunteers celebrate Make Someone Smile® Week by delivering thousands of bouquets to people most in need of a smile, like individuals recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. Known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation, Memorial Hermann, the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, has 12 hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services conveniently located throughout the Greater Houston area.

Hospital volunteer Gail Owen, patient Deb Gdala and Stacy Williams, RN

For an inside peek at the surprise deliveries, click here.

Teleflora visits Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital


Katy, TX News – 2014 Volunteers of the Year Announced at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) – Katy residents Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh have been named the 2014 Volunteers of the Year at Memorial Herman Katy Hospital.

“Both Mary Ann and Doris’ passion for helping others, as well as their dedication to Memorial Hermann Katy made them the ideal candidates for this award,” said Heather Rojas, manager of volunteer services.  “We typically pick just one volunteer of the year, but we couldn’t narrow it down this year.  Every day they both go above and beyond the call of duty.  They both deserve this honor.”

(L to R) Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh

Memorial Hermann Katy staff and volunteers are responsible for nominating the Volunteer of the Year. The manager of volunteer services and a randomly selected volunteer and staff member select the winner.  In order to be nominated, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Active membership in the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
  • Demonstrates remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of hospital patients, staff, and other customers of the hospital.
  • Performs extraordinary acts of kindness.
  • Has a positive effect on others.
  • Willingly performs duties, as requested or identified.
  • Day-to-day performance is dependable, consistent, and people-oriented.

Knowles began volunteering at Memorial Hermann Katy in 2005. In the years since, she has dedicated more than 2,600 hours of her personal time to the hospital.  She currently serves as the Volunteer Auxiliary Treasurer. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Recognized for High-Quality Care

Katy Texas News
Posted July 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 10, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Bronze Award from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. The award recognizes Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures, including readmission rates.

“We are proud to have achieved this recognition. We are deeply committed to patient safety and to delivering high quality health care,” said Jim Parisi, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, Memorial Hermann Katy.

TMF Board of Trustee Starr West, Parisi, and William Riley, M.D., Memorial Hermann Katy chief medical officer

Out of the nearly 400 hospitals evaluated, 33 earned the Texas Health Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award. The Silver Award went to 45 hospitals, and 57 hospitals earned the Bronze Award. Hospitals receiving these awards were recognized at a special ceremony in Austin last month.

“TMF is proud to recognize these hospitals for promoting quality improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank Memorial Hermann Katy for their commitment to improving the health of Texans and the efficiency of health care in our state.”

“We will continue to enhance our quality improvement efforts through our collaboration with partners like TMF Health Quality Institute to ensure that every person gets high-quality and safe care every time,” added Parisi.



Katy, TX News – Ker & Downey to Provide 9,000 Mosquito Nets, Medical Care to Remote Villages in Uganda

Katy Texas News
Posted July 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 10, 2014) – This July, Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana are heading to Uganda to deliver medical supplies, care, and mosquito nets to two remote villages near Mbale. This marks their sixth trip with Nets For Africa, a Ker & Downey initiative established to serve the communities of Uganda. Last year the program provided six days of clinics and gave away 9,000 mosquito nets, a goal that will be matched on the 2014 trip. Committed to an ongoing and continual effort to assist the people of Uganda, Ker & Downey has acquired warehouse space to collect mosquito nets in the town of Mbale so that nets can be distributed throughout the year.

Over 300 Ugandans succumb to malaria every day. Almost 40% of Ugandans don’t have access to clean water, and 32% do not have access to basic vaccines and medicines. “Each net protects up to four children and with 9,000 nets we will help protect 36,000 children,” notes David Marek. These treated nets cost $7 each and are a proven way to reduce a child’s exposure to malaria.

“During our six days of handing out nets, approximately 12,000 to 15,000 of mostly women and children will be examined by a doctor, have their blood tested, and then receive any medications necessary,” says Marek.

Ker & Downey underwrites 100% of the cost of the administration for this project, assuring donors that their entire donation is used to purchase nets and medical supplies. Donations can be made at nets.kerdowney.com.

To learn more about Ker & Downey, please visit www.kerdowney.com.

Katy, TX News – EY Announces Igloo Products Corp. Chairman and CEO Gary Kiedaisch is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award Finalist

Katy Texas News
Posted July 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 9, 2014) – EY announced on May 5, 2014 that Chairman and CEO Gary Kiedaisch of Igloo Products Corp. is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Gulf Coast Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Kiedaisch was selected as a finalist from nearly 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Hilton Americas Hotel – Downtown Houston.

In response to the announcement Kiedaisch said, “I am truly humbled to once again be a regional finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ award. This nomination is a testament to all of the hardworking, talented people at Igloo. The successful growth of Igloo is a direct result of their dedication and teamwork, and I would be honored to bring this award home on their behalf.”

Furthermore, Kiedaisch said, “EY does such a wonderful job spotlighting talented entrepreneurs and their companies from all over the world and highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship to our economy.”

This is Kiedaisch’s third time participating in the program. He was nominated and became a finalist for the Central West Area first in 2007. In 2013, Kiedaisch was nominated for the second time and named as a finalist for the Gulf Coast Region.

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Katy, TX News – New Screening Tool for Lung Cancer Now Offered at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted July 08th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 8, 2014) – The new Lung Cancer Screening Program at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital helps individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer detect lung nodules and potential lung cancer at an early stage when the disease is more treatable and curable.

Lung cancer typically does not cause symptoms in its early stages. A persistent cough, coughing up blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonia, chest pain, hoarseness, weight loss, and bloody or rust-colored sputum, or mucus, may be signs of lung cancer.

Since lung cancer is difficult to detect in its earliest stages, it’s not often discovered until it has spread to other tissues or organs.  The good news is the United States Preventive Services Task Force recently issued its final recommendation approving low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screenings for those at high risk of developing lung cancer. A low-dose CT is a test that takes detailed pictures inside of the lungs.  The amount of radiation used is lower than standard chest CT scans.

“The new screening test for lung cancer has shown to be useful in the early detection of lung cancer, leading to a decrease of deaths,” said Terence O’Connor, M.D., medical director of radiology at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

Up to 90 percent of all lung cancers are thought to result from smoking. In addition to cigarette smoking, cigar smoking increases risk. Non-smokers who are frequently exposed to secondhand smoke also face an increased risk. Other risk factors include: exposure to asbestos, radon, or ionizing radiation and lung scarring from chronic infections.

Screenings at Memorial Hermann Katy are now being offered to current or former smokers 55 years of age or older who have smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes a day, and individuals who have any of the risk factors mentioned above.

To schedule a lung screening, call 877-704-8700.



Katy, TX News – Women’s Services Floor at Memorial Hermann Katy to Undergo Facelift

Katy Texas News
Posted June 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 23, 2014) – The women’s services floor at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, which includes seven labor-and-delivery rooms and 27 post-partum rooms, will undergo a facelift starting tomorrow, June 24.

“We’re always working to enhance the patient experience and that includes the aesthetics of the hospital,” said Linda Salter, RNC-OB, MSN, director of women’s and children’s services at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  “Our new parents are with us anywhere from two to four days or longer, and we want to ensure they feel at home in their surroundings.”

Renovations include new wood vinyl flooring, sleep chairs for Dads or visiting family members, and atomic wall clocks that display room temperature.  Additionally, the walls in the unit will be adorned with lifestyle newborn and family photography.

“During the flooring install, construction crews will work around staff and patient needs so they don’t disturb the calm, quiet environment,” added Salter.

The hospital also will gift new keepsakes to families following the birth of their baby.  A time capsule stuffed with the newspaper of the day, an Aden & Anais swaddle blanket and a water bottle are just a few items that will be sent home with the family. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Named One of Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted June 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 19, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital announced today that it has achieved Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.  The distinction places Memorial Hermann Katy within the top 10 percent of all hospitals for its excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.

“The most important thing we can do for our patients is to keep them safe while in our care,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy.  “This recognition is a testament to the daily commitment our employees and medical staff make to provide high-quality and safe patient care.”

When compared to hospitals performing in the bottom 5 percent for patient safety, patients treated in Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals, on average, were:

  • 73 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation.
  • 72 percent less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation.
  • 67 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation.

“Healthgrades is dedicated to providing quality information that helps consumers make decisions based on objective data leading to the best care for themselves and their families,” said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can rest assured that a hospital recognized with a Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety.” (more…)

Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Medical Group Opens New Firethorne Location

Katy Texas News
Posted June 16th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 16, 2014) – Board-certified family medicine physician Joshua DeFriece, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG) is anchoring the newest MHMG location at Firethorne.

Dr. DeFriece provides highly personalized care for patients of all ages. Among the many conditions he treats, his special interests include preventive medicine, chronic disease management, and acute care.

Patients can find the new Firethorne location at 2750 FM 1463, Suite 100, in Katy, TX 77494.  Appointments may be scheduled by calling 832-658-3010, or online through ScheduleNow at mhmg.memorialhermann.org.

Memorial Hermann Medical Group Firethorne is the newest location of MHMG, a physician-led subsidiary of Memorial Hermann Health System.  Practicing within MHMG allows physicians to focus on each patient’s personal healthcare needs while drawing on the resources, innovations and technological advancements of a well-respected health system.

Joshua DeFriece, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Medical Group

Joshua DeFriece, M.D., of Memorial Hermann Medical Group

Katy, TX News – New Video Service Helps Parents Capture Baby’s First Days of Life

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital now offers new parents the personal, private opportunity to capture and preserve their baby’s first moments of life on video.

With more than 25,000 births every year, Memorial Hermann was the first in Houston to offer this free, electronic service.

“We believe this new service is a great way for parents to relax and focus on their new baby, and not on their cameras,” said Linda Salter, director of women’s and children’s services at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. “Parents have already told us they are excited to have such an expert product to show friends and family.”

Shawna and Violet Reeder

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann’s partner, Biovideo®, each family receives a fully customized video capturing the highlights of a newborn’s arrival. Following strict guidelines with a clear understanding of the medical components, a professional team of digital photographers unobtrusively films precious moments and emotions documenting the mother’s first minutes with the baby and the baby’s introduction to the rest of the family.

“The Biovideo team was very warm and extremely flexible as they captured Violet’s first moments in our arms and hearts,” said Memorial Hermann Katy patient and new mom Shawna Reeder. “We love the final product and can’t wait to show it to Violet when she’s older.” (more…)

Katy, TX News – Galaxy Fireworks Partners with Local Schools and Students

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 12, 2014) – Galaxy Fireworks partners with Morton Ranch High School’s Maverick Band and Band Booster Organization throughout peak firework season, serving and assisting as the band’s main fundraiser for the year. Band Director Kyle Coleman says, “In today’s economy, raising the necessary funds to establish a top quality band program is extremely difficult.”

Through their partnership with Galaxy Fireworks, the Maverick Band is able to raise a significant amount of funds for their program. During firework season, eager students in the Morton Ranch High School band staff the Galaxy Fireworks warehouse west of Westgreen Road and I-10.

Galaxy Fireworks collaborates with the schools in various ways. The company offers volunteer hours to students within the community. For many student volunteers, Galaxy Fireworks is their first experience in a work place environment, and it allows them to gain experience in customer service, sales, time management, and understanding the importance of product knowledge. Galaxy Fireworks awards a scholarship to a graduating senior whom shows strong leadership skills and dedication to education and extracurricular activities.

This year, a scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to this year’s recipient, Ernesto Martinez. Martinez plans to attend the University of Houston in the Fall. He has also been hired by Galaxy as a daytime store manager to further help finance his college tuition and further grow his workplace skills. The 2013 recipient, Mathew Korioth, recently finished his freshman year at Texas A&M.

Pictured is Desiree Urrutia, 2013 recipient Matthew Korioth (who attends school at Texas A&M), 2014 recipient Ernesto Marinez, Tony Urrutia.



Katy, TX News – Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Give Kids A Smile

Katy Texas News
Posted June 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 9, 2014) – Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry hosted Give Kids A Smile Day. Give Kids A Smile program is a way for dentists to join in the community and provide dental services to underserved children. The dentists and team members at Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry volunteered their time and services to provide screenings, treatments, and education to forty-two Katy area children. The team performed $19,000 work of dental work for free with the support of the following sponsors: FastSigns, Pizza Hut, Selah Medi-Spa, Bagel Café, Brammer’s Athletic Sportswear, HEB, Chic-Fil-A, Jason’s Deli, Wal-Mart, and Red Bull.


Katy, TX News – Rover Oaks Pet Resort Launches Operation: War Dogs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2014) – Rover Oaks Pet Resort has officially launched  its fourth annual month-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs, to support non-profit organization United States War Dogs Association (USWDA).  The drive officially began on Memorial Day and ends on Independence Day, July 4, 2014.  Last year, Rover Oaks raised over $15,000 for USWDA through Operation: War Dogs.

USWDA exists to provide much needed support to the Military Working Dogs serving in the United States Armed Forces. They facilitate adoptions of retiring War Dogs; support returning troops and service dog organizations such as Military Working Dogs, Police K-9 units, and Search and Rescue units; establish War Dog Memorials, and educate the public on the history of all U. S. Military War Dogs from all wars.

During Operation: War Dogs, donors can stop by Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Houston near Reliant Stadium or Rover Oaks Katy near Katy Mills mall to make a contribution or mail a check to Rover Oaks made out to United States War Dogs Association.  Rover Oaks will be giving away a free night of lodging at their facilities to every donor who contributes $100.  Donations of $25 will receive a commemorative army dog tag necklace or USWDA bandana.  In addition, Rover Oaks will decorate their facilities with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contribute to USWDA.  Every dollar counts and anyone interested in donating is encouraged to stop by either Rover Oaks location to make a contribution in their name or in honor of a soldier or war dog they wish to recognize.  These donations will provide an abundance of critically needed items including K9 medications, food, grooming tools, bedding, and other necessities. The donations also cover travel costs and facilitate adoptions to bring our war dogs home. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Simon Kidgits Club® Welcomes All to Annual Super Duper Lil Chefs Event

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2014) – Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), a leading global retail real estate company, is stirring up tasty fun for families as Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil ChefsSM makes its annual appearance at Katy Mills on Saturday, June 7 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the AMC Plaza. Lil Chefs events are being presented at approximately 100 Simon® shopping centers nationwide to get kids learning about the craft of cooking and having fun with food.

The hands-on atmosphere of Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs will engage both parents and children in exploring the endless imaginative possibilities of pairing creativity with cuisine. The event menu offers a variety of food-focused festivities ranging from cooking demonstrations to etiquette lessons and craft-making with meal items. Other food-inspired activities include pasta art, lollipop flowers, cereal jewelry making, and cookie decorating sponsored by Great American Cookie.

Additionally, Simon Kidgits Club® is teaming up with Lil Chefs presenting sponsor Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for the launch of Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure, coming to DVD, Blu-ray™, and Digital HD Tuesday, May 20. The super-cute, talented two-some of Sophia Grace and Rosie sang and danced their way to stardom on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and now families can see the little, lovable performers in their first original live-action movie. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Local Businesses Plant Seeds of Support in Branding Campaign Initiative

Katy Texas News
Posted May 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 28, 2014) – “Katy – Energy Grows Here” is taking on a literal meaning at the entrance of the PetroSkills Conference Center. A proud supporter of the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s place brand initiative, PetroSkills is one of the first area businesses to purchase a planter specific to the Katy brand.

Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager, says she is looking forward to seeing the Katy brand develop throughout the area. “We feel this will further enhance greater Katy and are proud to showcase how ‘Energy Grows Here’.” The planters prominently display the brand logo along with the sponsoring business’ name. The conference center’s planter boasts a beautiful array of seasonal flowers and an ornamental tree.

Lance LaCour, Katy Area Economic Development Council CEO (Center), Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager (4th from left) and Don Massey, Katy Mills Mall General Manager and KAEDC Place Brand Committee Member (5th from right) are flanked by oil and gas industry professionals attending training sessions at the Katy Conference Center. These professionals represent 7 different countries and were excited to be part of the “Energy Grows Here” moment!

For the past three years, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has been working on a major place-based branding project designed to capture and articulate the defining characteristics of Katy, as well as to provide a graphic platform for key city assets to have a cohesive look and feel. (more…)

Katy, TX News – Langford Market to Open Saturday May 24, 2014

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (May 22, 2014) – Langford Market, the Houston local women’s clothing boutique will be opening at La Centerra in Katy, Texas on Saturday May, 24. The Katy location will be located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Suite E140. Langford Market will be open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Langford Market provides a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, offering carefully chosen, classically feminine clothing, accessories, and gifts. They emphasize authenticity, quality, and impeccable service in a friendly and welcoming setting. Most importantly, they strive to help you select the perfect wardrobe, complete with dynamic finishing touches that will highlight your personality and make you feel beautiful and unique.

Katy, TX News – Construction Ramps Up at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 15, 2014) – Construction on the new six-story patient tower and second medical plaza is now underway at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and officials are encouraging visitors to plan ahead and utilize on-site resources, including directional signage, to navigate around the campus.

To facilitate construction equipment and crews on the building sites, hospital officials have temporarily relocated the bulk of visitor parking to the north side, or backside, of the campus. During this time, patients visiting Medical Plaza I should park in the northwest corner of the campus, while those visiting the hospital should park in the northeast corner of the campus.  Handicap spots and dedicated parking for laboring moms are still in close proximity to the hospital and medical plaza entrances.

Directional signage has been installed around the campus to guide visitors to the appropriate lots.  Additionally, the hospital is running a shuttle for those who need help getting to and from their vehicles.  Visitors can call 281-644-7130 to access the shuttle service.

“This is an exciting time for Memorial Hermann and Katy area residents,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  “The expansion will enable us to better meet the wide-ranging health needs of our community.”


Katy, TX News – Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity Announce Partnership

Katy Texas News
Posted May 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 13, 2014) – Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity announced they have formed a partnership to begin a program in Katy, Texas. Compassion Katy Executive Director Diane Walker and Houston Habitat for Humanity Development Manager Jerry Kovaly made the announcement following recent discussions between the two organizations.

“We are completely thrilled,” stated Walker. “The opportunity to partner with a great team like Houston Habitat to bless a Katy family with a decent, affordable place to live offers a great opportunity to make dreams come true and share Christ’s love.”

Compassion Katy is a registered not-for-profit (501c3) organization committed to developing and mobilizing partnerships between churches and the community within Katy, Texas to serve in the name of Jesus. Houston Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope.

“This partnership offers a unique opportunity for Houston Habitat,” Kovaly said. “Not only are we extending our reach beyond geographical Houston, but in joining with Compassion Katy we are mobilizing a community through its churches’ volunteers, partners and supporters.”


Katy, TX News – Koko FitClub of Houston Area Announces Winners of “Ultimate Transformation Giveaway”

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (April 22, 2014) – Koko FitClub, which has gained the reputation as “The World’s First Digital Gym,” hosted the “Ultimate Transformation Giveaway” as an incentive for local men and women to commit to becoming fit or fitter this year. Five winners were chosen randomly from entries submitted through the contest conducted on Koko FitClub’s Houston area locations Facebook pages. The Ultimate Transformation Giveaway prize packages are valued at approximately $2,500 each and include a membership to Koko FitClub, nutritional foods and supplements, and massages for 12 full months, beginning March 2014.

The Koko FitClub Katy winner and prize package are listed below.

  • Koko’s Katy locations (19901 Kingsland Blvd. and 23010 Seven Meadows Pkwy.) presented winner Laura Ritchie with a yearlong Koko FitClub membership, smoothies from Smart Drinks & Nutrition, massages from Concierge Massage, and healthy meal options from Chick-fil-A on Mason Road or Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch.

    Laura with Travis Denson, co-owner of Koko FitClubs in the Houston area


Katy, TX News – Grand Smiles Dental Now Open in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted April 16th 2014

Katy, TX (April 16, 2014) – Dr. Dat Pham has opened Grand Smiles Dental in Katy, located at 403 W. Grand Parkway S. Grand Smiles Dental provides general dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, implants, oral surgery, and more. Their advanced technology will save you time because no matter what you need, they handle it there in the office.

Entrance to Grand Smiles Dental, now in Katy, TX

Patient exam room


Katy, TX News – New $10 Million Innovative Memory Care Community Now Open in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (March 19,2014) – The LaSalle Group, a leader in memory care, just opened its ninth Autumn Leaves community in the Houston areas, dementia and memory impairment. s research and includes new high tech equipment to help keep the residents safe. The community will also offer free programs to the public, including seminars and support groups. 

Autumn Leaves of Cinco Ranch - exterior photo


Katy, TX News – Koko FitClub Expands with Second Facility in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 07th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 7, 2014) – Koko FitClub, which has gained the reputation as “The World’s First Digital Gym,” has expanded its footprint in the greater Houston area with the opening of its sixth club. Koko FitClub Katy-Kingsland opened to members and guests on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 19901 Kingsland Blvd. Suite G, at the intersection of Fry Road and Kingsland Boulevard. Special events and promotions will be held throughout January and February.

Katy Tx News


GEICO to Open New Location in Katy, Bringing up to 1,000 Jobs

Katy Texas News
Posted December 02nd 2013

Katy, TX (December 2, 2013) – Governor Rick Perry joined GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely today to announce the company is opening a new claims operation in Katy, Texas. GEICO expects the office to grow to 400 associates by 2015 and up to 1,000 associates in the next three years. The office is located at 21420 Merchants Way in Katy, Texas.

Katy, TX


Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Hosts Groundbreaking

Katy Texas News
Posted September 27th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 27, 2013) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its $85 million expansion. Construction is set to begin in November on the new medical plaza and early 2014 on the six-story patient tower. 

Sohail Noor, M.D., Dennis Laraway, Marshall Heins, Vish Kalapatapu, M.D., A.T. Blackshear, Memorial Hermann Katy CEO Scott Barbe, Robert Croyle, Chuck Stokes, Memorial Hermann President and CEO Dan Wolterman, John Zerwas, M.D., and James Mendez

Pictured left to right: Sohail Noor, M.D., Dennis Laraway, Marshall Heins, Vish Kalapatapu, M.D., A.T. Blackshear, Memorial Hermann Katy CEO Scott Barbe, Robert Croyle, Chuck Stokes, Memorial Hermann President and CEO Dan Wolterman, John Zerwas, M.D., and James Mendez.

For more information on the hospital, visit memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE (2273).

Katy’s Baby Boot Camp Owner, Maria Gorosito, Wins Award

Katy Texas News
Posted September 17th 2013

Katy, TX (September 17, 2013) – National stroller fitness program Baby Boot Camp awarded its prestigious 2013 Owner of the Year to Maria Gorosito of Baby Boot Camp in Katy, Texas, at its annual conference in Sarasota, Fla., on Sept. 13. 

2013 Owner of the Year     Maria Gorosito

2013 Owner of the Year Maria Gorosito

Available in over 500 locations across the United States, Baby Boot Camp offers innovative fitness and nutrition programs designed specifically to help moms get fit in the years following childbirth.

Parents incorporate their children and stroller as an integral part of the small-group training classes. Weekly play dates and monthly moms’ night out events provide additional social support for new moms.

Gorosito is an owner and instructor for her franchise. Baby Boot Camp client Tricia Richardel of Katy, Texas, nominated Gorosito for leading her to discover her “inner athlete.”

“When I joined Baby Boot Camp, I was a depressed, overweight, out of shape and newly stay-at-home mom,” Richardel said. “Maria gave me an outlet for all that pent-up stress and anxiety. She motivated me to change my lifestyle of sedentary misery to a healthy, active one. With her help and encouragement, I not only lost over 35 pounds and two dress sizes, but I completed my first half-marathon!”

As part of her prize package, Gorosito received a Mountain Buggy terrain stroller. Eighty-five Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness owners and instructors represented locations worldwide at the 2013 Annual Conference, where attendees enjoyed a semi-formal three course meal using local, sustainable ingredients and organic wine provided by CalNaturale.


Trader Joe’s Announces New Location Coming to Katy’s LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted September 04th 2013

Katy, TX (September 4, 2013) – Trader Joe’s, a unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages ranging from the everyday to the exotic, has signed a lease to open two additional Texas locations  – Katy and Dallas (Southlake) both scheduled to open in 2014. This announcement will mark the third Trader Joe’s slated to open next year.

The LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch store is located at 2643 Commercial Center Boulevard in the city of Katy and is approximately 12,500 square feet.  

Trader Joe's

Katy EDC Helps Persuade Grocery Giant Costco to Open New Store in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 14, 2013) – Costco, the giant grocery store chain with locations worldwide, is planning to open a Katy area store in the southwest corner of the Interstate 10/Grand Parkway intersection, about one mile east of the border between Fort Bend and Harris counties. The new store will be built by early spring 2014 and will be Costco’s fourth Houston area location.



Composites One Constructing 40,000 Square Foot Distribution Center in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 28th 2013

Katy, Texas — Composites One, the nation’s leading distributor of composite materials serving customers from more than 30 locations in North America, has begun construction of its 40,000-squarefoot, concrete tilt-up distribution center in Katy.


Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Welcomes Texas One Volleyball/Athletics

Katy Texas News
Posted June 24th 2013

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance recently conducted a ribbon cutting at Texas One Volleyball/Athletics, which is located on FM 723, north of Foster High School. The beautiful new indoor athletic facility has four full-size volleyball courts, batting, pitching cages and much more. If you have a young athlete, this is a great place to hone those skills – out of the Texas heat! For more information, call 713-446-0275 or visit www.texasonevolleyball.org.

tx one

Brothers Launch New Home Building Company

Katy Texas News
Posted May 01st 2013

A brand new homebuilder in town is putting down its initial stakes in Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-planned residential community in Katy/Fulshear.  Houston-based Ravenna Homes is launching into the builder team of  the top-performing master-planned community this month.


Jersey Mike’s donation to the Katy YMCA

Katy Texas News
Posted April 08th 2013

Jersey Mike’s Subs recently presented a check to the Katy YMCA in the amount of $4,000. The new restaurant circulated thousands of coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the Katy Y’s Partners Campaign.

Brent Jones exemplifies Jersey Mike’s quest for excellence as it selects franchise owners who share the company’s commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service and who are dedicated to giving back to the local community. Since 2010, locations throughout the country have raised more than $5 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 500,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.


Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women makes one year

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2013

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women marked its one year since it transitioned its labor and delivery services into the new $575-million facility on March 26, 2013. This new facility signaled the pediatric hospital’s major expansion into obstetrics and gynecological care with a special focus on high-risk pregnancies and multiple births.


West Houston Express Network names the 2013 Women of the Year and Top 10 Candidate

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2013

The American Business Women’s Association’s (ABWA) West Houston Express Network (WHEN) named Dawn Mortus as their 2013 Women of the Year and Top 10 Candidate at their monthly meeting on March 14, 2013.

The Women of the Year and Top 10 awards recognize a member in the Network who has made notable contributions and outstanding achievements in their ABWA group, in their profession and in their community.

Dawn is a Director for Keep Kids Connected, a local non-profit organization that provides Netbook computers to kids with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

Since August 2010, the organization has given away over 484 computers.  The organization was created by her daughter, Caitlyn, who is a 3 1/2 year cancer survivor and now, a junior at Seven Lakes High School.

For more information on WHEN, please visit www.whenabwa.org.

West Houston Express Network

Pictured from left to right:
Rebecca Blackmon, Bobbi Horne (past presidents of WHEN), Dawn Mortus (recipient), Mary Jane Brock (current president of WHEN)

Vista Equities Group Welcomes New Retailers and Restaurants to LaCenterra

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2013

Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group welcomes new retailers and restaurants to its mixed-use development in Katy: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.

Three new retailers opened for business in the fourth quarter of 2012, and six others have plans in place for first and second quarter openings this year. Lease locations include existing retail space in Phase I and in the new Phase II-A, currently under construction.

New retailers and restaurants include Brothers, The Flower Girls, LAVO Collections, The Sweet Boutique, Bonefish Grill, Emmanuel Salon, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, World of Beer and Zoës Kitchen. (more…)

Join Sprouts Team at Job Fair for New Katy Store

Katy Texas News
Posted January 30th 2013

Natural foods store taking employment applications Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Sprouts Farmers Market will be accepting job applications for its newest store at 23105 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in Katy, Texas, from January 31 through February 2. The new store, representing the natural foods chain’s 24th in Texas and the first of five slated to open in or near Houston, will open in late March and employ approximately 100 people in a friendly, upbeat work environment. (more…)

The Entrust Group Moving Into Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2013

Entrust Inc., a premier benefit management and consulting firm, is preparing to bring its corporate headquarters to the Fort Bend County section of the Katy area.

Founded in 1975, Entrust handles all areas of benefit management, including human resources consulting, benefit planning and administration management. Entrust is moving into a 34,000-sq. ft., two-storey office building being constructed at Westpark Tollway and Grand Parkway 99.

The Entrust group of companies is set to occupy 22,500 square feet of the new building and will bring 85 employees to the new facility. Construction of the building and Entrust’s presence there amounts to a $6 million investment and is projected to be completed by August 2013. The Mission Companies are developing the building and plan to offer the additional office space for lease to other Katy-based businesses. (more…)


Katy Texas News
Posted January 15th 2013

At the recent Annual Symposium in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Robert Parker of Houston, was inducted as the new President of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons a specialty medical organization and affiliate American Podiatric Medical Association. The society focuses on advancing treatment and research of the extremity nerve, especially in relation to chronic pain, nerve damage neuropathy and nerve related issues. 

 Dr. Parker is a foot and ankle surgeon in whom has been in private practice in Houston, Texas for over 40 years. He is a Diplomate of American Board of Podiatric Surgeons, Fellow of American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and Fellow of Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. He did his BS pre-med studies and is a graduate of the University of Houston and doctorate at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He is an alumni of Sigma Chi Fraternity. (more…)

IRS Delays Tax Return Processing

Katy Texas News
Posted January 10th 2013

Liberty Tax Service is alerting consumers of another delay to the official beginning of the 2013 filing season. The Internal Revenue Service has announced it now plans to begin processing individual income tax returns on January 30, eight days later than originally targeted. The announcement means that the vast majority of tax filers — more than 120 million households — should be able to start filing tax returns starting January 30. To further complicate the situation, refunds could be delayed to mid to late February.


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Announces Growing Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted January 07th 2013

On Sunday, January 6, 2013, the congregation of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church viewed a new, professionally-created video supporting their new chapter of “Growing in Grace,” a strategic campaign with goals which include expanding the current facilities.


Foundations Academy Awarded Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2013

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs announced today that Foundations Academy has been awarded Accreditation.


Igloo Corporation is Set to Occupy Major Distribution Facility in West Ten Business Park

Katy Texas News
Posted December 31st 2012

Igloo Corporation, a top-ranking company in the cooler industry and headquartered in Katy, recently announced plans to occupy a new distribution facility in the West Ten Business Park.


PinPoint Commercial Breaks Ground on Innovative Assisted Living Facility in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 26th 2012

PinPoint Commercial broke ground today on a new assisted living and memory care facility in the Katy area. Located at Roesner Rd and Katy Gap Rd, The Legacy at Falcon Point will be a two-story, 104 bed community strategically located to be less than one mile from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Katy Mills Mall, and the planned St. Luke’s Hospital. It is designed to accommodate up to 44 memory care and 60 assisted living residents; however, the innovative building design will allow for adjustments to meet residents’ needs. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2013.


Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Awarded a Third Energy Star Label

Katy Texas News
Posted December 18th 2012

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy have recognized Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital as an ENERGY STAR facility for its leadership in energy efficiency. This designation indicates the hospital building performs in the top 10 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. It is the only hospital in HarrisCounty to achieve this designation.


William B. Riley, M.D. Named Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted December 06th 2012

William B. Riley, M.D. has been named chief medical officer (CMO) at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  In this role, Dr. Riley will serve as a member of the hospital’s administrative management team while providing leadership to the hospital’s affiliated physicians and clinical staff to ensure Memorial Hermann Katy continues its long standing reputation for high-quality care.


Katy Resident Raises the Real Estate Bar

Katy Texas News
Posted November 29th 2012

 In Jennifer Freeman Stence’s rookie year she has earned 4 real estate certifications: Certified Negotiation Expert, Master Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Home Marketing Specialist, and Farm and Ranch Certification; and has also earned her Accredited Buyer Representation designation.


Newell Cheatheam Designs RV-Storage and Spec Houses

Katy Texas News
Posted October 31st 2012

International and national award winning building designer Newell Cheatheam, C.P.B.D., A.I.B.D., T.I.B.D. of Newell’s Designs, Katy, www.newellsdesigns.com has completed project plans for a 58,588 s.f. two RV/Boat metal buildings and one  climate control building proposed to be built on 3.96 acres West of  Katy, by Ward-Brown Partners LLC with offices in Houston and Katy, Texas.


Anchor Dental Expands

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2012

Anchor Dental is growing! They have added 2 more chairs and a new doctor to better serve you. With all the support from Katy residents, Anchor wanted to offer more available appointment times and expanded services with the addition of Dr. Tim Brune.


Paul Bing, M.D. Named Chief of Staff

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2012

Paul Bing, M.D. has been named chief of staff at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy.  During his one-year term, Dr. Bing will be responsible for ensuring the continuation of quality medical care throughout the hospital.  He also will serve as chairman of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee and as a member of the Peer Review Team.


NCI Building Systems Sponsors Upcoming Heart Walk

Katy Texas News
Posted October 24th 2012

Houston-based NCI Building Systems will sponsor the 2012 American Heart Association (AHA) Northwest Harris County Heart Walk, taking place Saturday, Nov. 3 at Lone Star College-Cy Fair. Opening ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. before the crowd of more than 2,000 participates in the non-competitive, 3-mile walk.


Scarp Technologies To Participate in Start-Up Chile

Katy Texas News
Posted October 23rd 2012

Scarp Technologies (Scarp) secured initial funding by being selected for the Chilean Government’s increasingly competitive and prestigious Start-Up Chile program, garnering $40k of equity-free seed capital. Scarp was one of 101 companies chosen out of 1509 applicants from around the world. Selected participants, 101 in total, hail from 37 different nations and comprise the fifth round of Start-Up Chile applicants.


Lance LaCour Receives Council Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted October 18th 2012

Lance LaCour, President/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) hasearned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment, and a commitment to personal and professional growth.  With 21 years of economic development experience, Lance LaCour has helped create over 14,500 jobs and over $2 billion in capital investment.


Academy Sports Outdoors opens new location in Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted October 08th 2012

Customers can expect the same everyday low prices and great customer service as the other Katy and Houston-area stores. This location will feature an archery lane and a digital golf simulator. The store also provides many services including assembly and delivery, hunting and fishing licenses, scope mounting, bore sighting, line winding/spooling, propane exchange and racquet, stringing.

Academy Sports & Outdoors is proud to open another location in the Houston area, specifically in Cinco Ranch. “We are continuing to grow in our hometown and are excited to offer customers a great selection of sports, outdoors and lifestyle products and services at everyday low prices,” says Kevin Chapman, Academy Sports & Outdoors senior vice president of stores. “We look forward to continuing to be an active member of the Katy community for years to come.”


Drilling Rig Equipment Firm Hampco and G-Tech to Build New Facility in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted October 05th 2012

It’s a long way from Aberdeen, Scotland to Katy, but the two cities do have things in common.  Aberdeen is known as the oil capital of Europe, while Katy is the headquarters of various petroleum industry-related businesses and is about to become home to one more: Hampco, a company that builds drilling rig equipment and which is owned by Scotland native Andy Grieve, who entered the drilling business while living in Aberdeen.

Katy EDC President and CEO Lance LaCour Earns Certified Economic Developer Designation from IEDC

Katy Texas News
Posted October 04th 2012

Lance LaCour, president and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC), recently earned the designation of certified economic developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment, and a commitment to personal and professional growth. The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on Sept. 29 and 30 in Houston at the Hilton Americas – Houston. With 21 years of economic development experience, LaCour has helped create over 14,500 jobs and over $2 billion in capital investment during the course of his career.

School of Rock Katy Joins Katy Chamber

Katy Texas News
Posted August 07th 2012

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed School of Rock Katy as a new member with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 31. School of Rock Katy is located at 3750 S. Mason Rd., #800.


Cinco Ranch Celebrating “Summer of Cinco”

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2012

The “summer of Cinco” is unfolding in west Houston’s Cinco Ranch, highlighted by two new neighborhoods showcasing eight new decorated model homes. Right now, early buyers can take advantage of pre-grand opening pricing and can also have first pick of new homesites, including a limited number of lakefront and lakeview locations.


Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Returns as Katy ISD’s Official Healthcare Provider

Katy Texas News
Posted July 27th 2012

Katy ISD and Katy Athletics are proud to announce the return of Memorial Hermann Katy as the official healthcare provider for the district’s athletic program. Memorial Hermann and Katy ISD originally entered into this agreement back in 2008. The agreement started out as a partnership with Memorial Hermann physicians and the district’s trainers to provide timely and cardiovascular screenings, nutrition letters, and Saturday morning athletic clinics. Katy ISD’s trainers work in tandem with Memorial Hermann’s team to constantly educate student-athletes, ensuring long-term wellness and short-term success in their athletic outings.


HealthOne West Campus Partners with Katy Area Chamber of Commerce for Business After Hours

Katy Texas News
Posted July 26th 2012

HealthOne 24 Hour Emergency Center West Campus recently hosted a Business After Hours event with the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. At the networking event, HealthOne provided tours, food, giveaways, and a complete ice cream bar from Marble Slab. Over 40 Katy Chamber members were in attendance, including Katy Chamber President Ann Hodge and West Houston Medical Center CEO Todd Caliva.


Cross Creek Ranch to Open New Model Home Collection

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2012

Cross Creek Ranch, one of the top 20 best-selling master-planned communities in the U.S., soon will be home to one of the largest collections of new model homes in the Houston area. Beginning Oct. 5, 11 model homes will be open in Cross Creek Ranch for home buyers to discover the latest in new home design and style as part of their visit to the award-winning community, located minutes west of the Grand Parkway and Westpark Tollway. The model homes are located by the Cross Creek Ranch entry at Fry Road and FM 1463.

Katy ISD Adopts Incentives Policy for Energy Manufacturing Project

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2012

Recently, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees adopted an incentive policy and accepted an application under the Texas Economic Development Act (Chapter 313) incentive program for Weatherford Artificial Lift Systems, Inc., a project that may create up to 425 jobs and $100 million in capital investment. According to the Katy Area Economic Development Council, the incentive may allow Katy ISD to lower the assessed property tax value of the project to $30 million, while the State of Texas makes the school district whole.

Rooms To Go Set to Expand Its Katy Area Distribution Center by Spring 2013

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2012

America’s largest independent furniture retailer, Rooms To Go, is ready to make room for more furniture and accessories in the heart of the Katy area, according to the Katy Area Economic Development Council. Rooms To Go is preparing to expand its I-10 West distribution center, located between Katy and Brookshire. When completed in about nine months, the distribution center will rank as the company’s largest regional facility.

First Victoria National Bank Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Katy Location

Katy Texas News
Posted June 11th 2012

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for First Victoria National Bank’s Katy location, which is scheduled to open in early September. The banking center is officially scheduled to open its doors in early September and will be located at 9610 Spring Green.

Officials Seek Bids for Further Grand Parkway Construction

Katy Texas News
Posted June 08th 2012

As construction continues on a new portion of the Grand Parkway from I-10 north to U.S. 290, officials are soliciting bids for construction of three more segments that will extend the road to U.S. 59.

Katy Area EDC Announces Construction of Mason Creek Office Center

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2012

The Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) recently announced that Myers, Crow and Saviers, Ltd. will begin construction on the 135,000-square-foot Mason Creek Office Center, located on Merchants Way near Mason Road in Houston’s Energy Corridor, in the third quarter of 2012 with completion set for April 2013. The property is located on 10.8 acres in Mason Creek Corporate Park, a covenant-restricted, master-planned business park owned by Parkside Capital. The two-story office building will feature 67,500-square-foot floorplates, energy-efficient construction and systems, and flexible parking ratios to accommodate high-density office users. The project is applying for LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Dyna-Drill Moving Headquarters and Manufacturing to the Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

Business expansion in the Katy area received a major boost this week with Dyna-Drill Technologies’ decision to move its headquarters, research and development, and manufacturing facility to the Katy area, according to the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC). Dyna-Drill, a Houston-based company, has been designing and manufacturing down-hole motor equipment for the oil and gas industry since 1958. The company’s new facility of more than 300,000 square feet will be located at Colonial Parkway and Grand Parkway, just north of Interstate 10.


Bamford Named General Manager at Cross Creek Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted May 10th 2012

Rob Bamford, who has developed multiple, award-winning communities spanning more than 73,000 home sites, has been named general manager of the west Houston master-planned community, Cross Creek Ranch. A project of Johnson Development Corporation, Cross Creek Ranch ranked as one of the top 20 best-selling master-planned communities in the U.S. in 2011. Most recently, the community was recognized as Houston’s 2012 Master Planned Community of the Year by the Greater Houston Builders Association.

The Plazas at Spring Green on Schedule for Summer 2012 Opening

Katy Texas News
Posted April 18th 2012

Construction continues on The Plazas at Spring Green, a 20,000-square-foot specialty retail center in Katy. Developer Vista Equities Group (VEG) projects a July completion date for construction and subsequent August openings for retail tenants. The Plazas at Spring Green is currently 80% leased with negotiations underway on an additional 4,270 square feet of center space. Tenants include Natural Pawz, Shipley’s Donuts, Pepperoni’s Pizza, MW Cleaners, Curtain Call, CR Nails, Revolution Eyes, and the offices of Dr. Amy Lueddemann, DDS.

Katy Birth Center Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2012

On Feb. 18, 50 family members with new babies celebrated the one-year reunion and anniversary of the Katy Birth Center in the heart of Katy at 1002 Avenue A. Despite cold and rainy weather, there was fun for all with games, an inflatable bounce house, healthy snacks, and a birthday cake.


Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s Rodeo Float Wins First

Katy Texas News
Posted March 08th 2012

The team from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently won first place in the commercial division for their float in the Katy FFA Rodeo Parade. Float participants included Debbie and Steve Harrison, Elizabeth Henley, Beebe and Marty Flugge, Jennifer Rovell, Tammy Paine, Brandon and Tyler Paine, Jackson Warren, Raylene Cotter, Rachel and Britteny Cotter, Mary Gilbert, Elizabeth, Sarah, Alyssa Gilbert, Rebecca Holt, Jillian and Bridget Holt, Violeta Quilantan, Daisy Quilantan, and Juila Quilantan, Laura Spiteri, Brandon, Courtney, and Caitlyn Spiteri, Veronica and Jr. Buentello, Eydan and Evan Buentello, Janet Murphy, and Karlea and Caleb Murphy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.


Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Honors Award Winners at Gala

Katy Texas News
Posted February 23rd 2012

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its annual gala, A Tribute to Katy on Feb. 17 with a record crowd. The event was chaired by Lori Gunn and held in the Safari Texas Ranch Ballroom. The elegant evening included dinner, as well as commemorative portraits for guests and entertainment and dancing by the Password.


Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union Becomes Katy ISD KEYS Platinum Sponsor

Katy Texas News
Posted January 16th 2012

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union (BVSCU) has committed to supporting Katy ISD students by becoming a 2012 KEYS Scholarship Platinum Sponsor.  As a KEYS sponsor, BVSCU is helping to create scholarships for students who have participated in KEYS through their senior year.  One-hundred percent of their contribution will go directly to KEYS Scholarships. (more…)

Katy Area EDC Shares Updates on Local Businesses

Katy Texas News
Posted December 20th 2011

Energy Corridor Vacancy Rate at 13% in 3rd Quarter, New Office Buildings Being Planned
With BP North America leasing 300,000+ sq. ft. at Three Eldridge Place in the Energy Corridor, some developers are developing plans to construct new Class A office buildings in the Energy Corridor including Lincoln Property Company. Lincoln owns Energy Crossing, which is located at Highway 6 and I-10. Their plans are to construct a 240,000 sq. ft. Class A office building next to the existing 190,000 sq. ft. building. Lincoln intends to break ground when they secure a major tenant. (more…)

Katy Area EDC Moving Into New Space

Katy Texas News
Posted December 20th 2011

The Katy Area Economic Development Council, Inc. is ready for a slight change of scenery within Katy. Katy Area EDC has signed a new lease with the Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union (BVSCU), and will be relocating to a new 3,000-sq. ft. suite in the BVSCU building located at 438 FM 1463 in Katy. (more…)

Cotton Companies Consolidating, Expanding to Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 20th 2011

Cotton Companies co-owners Pete Bell and Daryn Ebrecht recently presented their consolidation and expansion plans at the October EDC General Assembly Meeting. Both owners are Katy natives and detailed their plan to move all their operations from Houston to the 33-acre Katy headquarters and charitable foundation campus located at the Katy Hockley cut-off road. (more…)

Argentine Software Engineering Firm Moving Headquarters to Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted December 20th 2011

TISA, an Argentine software engineering company, has signed a lease to move into office space at 16360 Park Ten Pl., which is located in the Energy Corridor and Katy area according to the Katy Economic Development Council. TISA provides expertise for construction of applications and products from its locations in Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as the Houston area. TISA’s project expertise includes main programming languages, development frameworks, mobile platforms, databases, analysis methodologies, and other technologies and tools. (more…)

Vista Equities Group Welcomes Peloton to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted December 16th 2011

Houston based developer Vista Equities Group (VEG) welcomes Peloton Computer Enterprises, Inc. to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in Katy. The global drilling and well data software company has leased 10,800 square feet of office space for its new Houston headquarters. (more…)

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in November

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of November, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: The Jaggers Group LLC, 24044 Cinco Village Center Blvd., #100; Multiplicity, 1306 Ave. A; Amerejuve Medspa, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. C200; Heritage Texas Properties, 23123 Cinco Ranch Blvd., #200; Verizon Wireless – Katy Main Street, 25705 Katy Fwy.; Another Round, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. D130; and Tilt Studio – Katy Mills, 5000 Katy Mills Cir., #100. (more…)

Katy Area EDC Preparing to Move Office into BVSCU Building

Katy Texas News
Posted November 16th 2011

The Katy Area Economic Development Council, Inc. is ready for a slight change of scenery within Katy. Katy Area EDC has signed a new lease with the Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union (BVSCU), and will be relocating to a new 3,000-sq. ft. suite in the BVSCU building located at 438 FM 1463 in Katy.

Katy Area EDC will share the building with the BVSCU Credit Union, which has occupied space in the building since 1990. Katy Area EDC expects to launch operations in the new facility in April 2012. (more…)

ESN Health Named to 7th Annual Aggie 100

Katy Texas News
Posted November 14th 2011

ESN Health of Katy is among the top 100 companies named to the 2011 Aggie 100 honoring the fastest-growing companies in the world, owned or operated by Texas A&M University former students. ESN Health was recognized as number 63 on the list with a growth rate of 22.43%. The Aggie 100 honors graduates from across disciplines and is a program created by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. (more…)

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in October

Katy Texas News
Posted November 08th 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of October, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Floriography, 22758 Westheimer Pkwy., #200; Medifast Weight Control Centers, 22140 Westheimer Pkwy.; and Trebah Village Apartments, 19501 W. Little York Rd. (more…)

Bridgeland Celebrates 5-Year Mark with Record Sales

Katy Texas News
Posted October 07th 2011

Party hats? Check! Birthday cake? Check! Favors? Come check and see! Bridgeland’s fifth anniversary is Oct. 14 and the master-planned community has much to celebrate. (more…)

Apricot Lane to Host Pink Party for Breast Cancer Awareness

Katy Texas News
Posted October 06th 2011

Apricot Lane Boutique at LaCenterra Cinco Ranch is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout October, support from various brands of clothing, accessories and specialty gift items will lead up to a “Pink Party” in the store, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. C110, on Thursday, October 20 in honor of The Breast Cancer Society. (more…)

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in September

Katy Texas News
Posted October 04th 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of September, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: First Community Credit Union – Cinco Ranch, 23120 Cinco Ranch Blvd.; Good to Go, 23144C Cinco Ranch Blvd.; Learning Rx of Cinco Ranch, 24124 Cinco Village Center Blvd., #20; The Learning Experience, 21418 Kingsland; Fulbrook, 5530 Fulbrook Green, Fulshear; Health One 24 Hour Emergency Care West Campus, 5510 W. Grand Parkway S, Richmond; and Stadia Sports Grill, 20900 Katy Fwy., Ste. N1. (more…)

LearningRx Opens in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted September 12th 2011

A new LearningRx brain training center opening in Katy promises to help anyone get smarter. The training is proven to reduce or eliminate learning problems and owners David and Nicole Midkiff, SLP say they are thrilled to bring this life-changing help to the Cinco Ranch area. (more…)

Houston Solari Hospice Care Seeks Compassionate Volunteers

Katy Texas News
Posted September 01st 2011

Houston Solari Hospice Care is seeking special individuals to help brighten the lives of terminally ill patients and their loved ones in the Greater Houston community through unique volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can serve in a variety of capacities, including providing smiling companionship to patients, sharing their favorite hobbies (such as reading and playing music), running necessary errands, and offering respite to family caregivers. (more…)

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in August

Katy Texas News
Posted August 29th 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of August, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Affiliated Bank Mortgage, 2004 S. Mason Rd., Ste. D2; Rita’s Water Ice of Katy, 6825 S. Fry Rd.; and The Art Gallery at Brookwood, 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire. (more…)

Texas Children’s Health Plan awarded contracts for STAR Medicaid and CHIP

Katy Texas News
Posted August 11th 2011

Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) has been tentatively awarded managed care renewed contracts by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The contracts are for the STAR Medicaid and CHIP programs. As part of the contract, Texas Children’s Health Plan will also provide CHIP perinate benefits, which include prenatal care for the unborn children of low-income women who do not qualify for Medicaid. (more…)

Tax Free Shopping Weekend at Katy Mills Aug. 19-21

Katy Texas News
Posted August 05th 2011

While shoppers around the state are looking forward to saving money during Texas’s Tax-Free Holiday, Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21, what they may not know is that they will save even more at Katy Mills. Plus, families will have even more time to shop and save, as Katy Mills will extend its mall hours to accommodate eager back-to-school shoppers, on Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Regular mall hours will remain on Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (more…)

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in July

Katy Texas News
Posted July 29th 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of July, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Preston’s, 26400 FM 1093, #490, Richmond; The Pizza Shoppe, LLC, 5815C Franz Rd.; Edward Jones Investments – David Tucker, 21707 Kingsland Blvd., #102; All Stars Family Grill, 26440 FM 1093, #400, Richmond; and AlphaGraphics of Katy, 20302 Park Row, #800. (more…)

Cardiologist José G. Díez, MD Joins CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted July 15th 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital announced cardiologist José G. Díez, MD, FACC, FSCAI has joined the hospital as medical director of cardiovascular programs. Dr. Díez will be the only physician offering a full radial artery diagnostic and interventional program in the Katy area. (more…)

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in June

Katy Texas News
Posted July 01st 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of June, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Well Pollished, 1428 FM 1463; Pinot’s Palette, 2910 Commercial Center Blvd.; iRealty Group of Texas LLC, 1773 Westborough Dr. #223; Buffalo Wild Wings, 19910 Park Row; and Tropical Diner, 3111 N. Fry Rd. (more…)

Texas Children’s Hospital Receives CIO 100 Award for Excellence in Information Technology

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2011

CIO magazine has named Texas Children’s Hospital a recipient of the 2011 CIO 100 award for exemplifying the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). The 24th annual award program recognizes 100 organizations around the world that innovatively use IT to create business value. (more…)

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in May

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of May, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Eat Katy; Pope John XXIII Ground Breaking of new gymnasium and the Crosthwait Student Center, 1800 W. Grand Pkwy. N.; CincoAuto, 25827 Cinco Ranch Blvd.; and Pima Medical Institute, 10201 Katy Fwy. (more…)

Katy ISD Receives Houston Symphony Education Resource

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2011

Wood Group Management Services, in collaboration with the Houston Symphony and Katy ISD’s Partners in Education, has provided funding for each Katy ISD campus to receive a free educational CD-ROM and DVD copy of “The Planets-An HD Odyssey” produced by the Houston Symphony. (more…)

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in April

Katy Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of April, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Meritage Homes, 2901 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., Ste. C250; Bumbera’s Performance Associates, 6103 Hwy. Blvd.; AT&T, 19959 Katy Fwy.; Keller Williams Signature Realty, 920 S. Fry Rd.; Houston Stallions, 16360 Park Ten Place, Ste. 330; Corporate Office Centers, 16225 Park Ten Place, Ste. 500; Pilates and Motion, 21322 Provincial Blvd.; and PfP Technology, 29738 Goynes Rd. (more…)

Ashton Woods Homes Joins Firethorne Builder Team, Debuts Seven New Floor Plans

Katy Texas News
Posted April 15th 2011

Ashton Woods Homes will signal its debut on the Firethorne, builder team by unveiling seven entirely new floor plans created for Firethorne West. The homes, priced from $160,000 to the $220,000s, will range in size from 1,800 to 2,900 square feet. Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-designed community Katy/Fulshear, is located 10 miles west of the Texas Medical Center-West Campus.

“We’ve designed a set of all-new floor plans especially for Firethorne to fit the needs of young families just starting out,” says Dan Gezella, vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods Homes-Houston. Gezella was named National Association of Home Builders Sales Manager of the Year in The Nationals 2011 Gold Awards.

For over 20 years, Ashton Woods has been known for designing versatile, energy-efficient homes, balancing healthy-home features with energy efficiency. The company is a Platinum Level Environments for Living and Energy Star builder and is honored with extensive builder awards on the local, regional and national levels.

“We hand-select each of our builders based upon their high standards for design, quality, customer satisfaction and reputation,” says Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. Completing the Firethorne builder team are: Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes and David Weekley Homes.

Ashton Woods Homes will begin work on a one-story, four-bedroom model home this spring in Firethorne’s Model Park II. The floor plans to be featured at Firethorne will offer such options as extended covered patios, bay windows, recreation room/bedroom, living room/study and half-car and full-car garage add-ons to the two-car garage.

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Magazine Makes Community Proud Once Again Winning Bit at State Level Awards Ceremony in San Antonio

Katy Texas News
Posted April 06th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted April 6, 2011

Katy Magazine just returned from the TCNA Conference and Awards Ceremony held in San Antonio, Texas on April 1 & 2, 2011. They competed in 18 state level media categories and won 13 awards total for their three community magazines. The TCNA Annual Awards are open to all free publications including magazines and newspapers across Texas. The competition covers editorial, advertising, photography, and general excellence awards.

Katy Magazine’s 2010 TCNA Best of Texas Awards include:
1st Place – Best Original Page Design
“5 Fun Weekend Vacations”

1st Place – Best Original Ad – Full Color
“Sans Pareil Center”

2nd Place – Best Original News Headline
“The Weight of Katy’s Future”

3rd Place – Best Original Ad – Full Color
“Weston Lakes Country Club”

Katy Magazine’s sister publications Sugar Land Magazine and Cy-Fair Magazine also brought home four and five Best of Texas Awards respectively, for a grand total of 13 awards. For the first time in history, their magazines dominated the Best Original Ad Category winning the first, second, and third place awards for their creative ad designs.

Since 2005, Katy Magazine and its sister publications have won more than 90 TCNA awards. Additionally, they have won numerous other journalism, business, and community awards from various organizations and entities.

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Magazine Marketing Director Lisa McGarity and Katy Magazine Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Katrina Katsarelis proudly display their 13 collective awards from TCNA.

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in March

Katy Texas News
Posted April 01st 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of February, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Sams Club, 20424 Katy Freeway; and ICON Bank, 23123 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Sams Club


Firethorne Stampede Auction Team Supports Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Sale

Katy Texas News
Posted March 15th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted March 15, 2011

The Firethorne Stampede auction team continued its support of the Katy ISD Future Farmers of America (FFA) Livestock Show and Sale scholarships by purchasing 13 animals, including the Grand Champion Pig, Reserve Champion Lamb. Reserve Champion Pig and the Grand Showman/Fourth Place Lamb.

“We especially were thrilled to purchase the showmanship lamb raised by one of our own Firethorne Visitor Center Guides, Hanna Holsapple, who is a junior at Cinco Ranch High School,” says Firethorne Stampede spokesman Wayne Meyer.  “Hanna has done an outstanding job as a Future Farmers of America student, raising an award-winning lamb, and at Firethorne, where she helps showcase our community to future homeowners.”

The Firethorne Stampede participants included: Firethorne, Jefferson Development Company, Allen Boone & Humphries, BKD LLP, Bluegrass Maintenance, Canady & Canady, Clearwater Utilities, Inc., First Southwest Co., Founders Bank, Freed Advertising, HBC Terracon, Jones & Carter, Inc., Lake Management, Perry Homes, RHC Investments, Southwest Water Co., Storm Water Solutions, Susan Farb Public Relations and Tax Tech Inc.

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Cinco Ranch High School Junior Hanna Holsapple, center, poses with her Grand Showman Fourth Place lamb, along with Firethorne Stampede representative and Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer at the recent Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Sale. (Photo courtesy of Rodney Copeland.)

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in February

Katy Texas News
Posted March 07th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted March 7, 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of February, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Texas Borders Bar & Grill, 20940 Katy Freeway, Ste. H; Saratoga Homes; Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 22756 Westheimer Pkwy., Ste. 120; Titan Business Suites, 24044 Cinco Village Center Blvd., Ste, 100; Canine Country Club, 1440 Katy Ft Bend Rd.; and Katy Birth Center, 1002 Ave A.

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Texas Borders Bar & Grill

Saratoga Homes

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Titan Business Suites

Katy Birth Center

Technology Incubator West Houston Holds First Event

Katy Texas News
Posted March 01st 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted March 1, 2011

On February 23, the Technology Incubator West Houston (TIWH) held their first social event of the year at the Falcon Point Country Club in Katy, Texas. The event was billed as a Technology New Venture Social and guests were invited to mingle with entrepreneurs and investors within both technology and lifestyle industries. TIWH is a non‐profit technology business development corporation in the Katy / Greater West Houston area.

The “poster presentation” arrangement was a chance to get up close and personal with resident Katy Area entrepreneurs and investors in an informal, networking‐heavy environment.

The purpose of the event was to expose promising entrepreneurs to sources of capital including angel investors, bank representatives and other funding sources in a setting that makes it easy to get to know each other on a personal level. Falcon Point Country Club provided a mini‐tradeshow format where entrepreneurs were stationed around the perimeter of a banquet room while guests toured the area availing themselves of food, drinks and plenty of interesting conversation.

“We had a lot of interest generated in our selected firms,” says Lance LaCour, chairman of Technology Incubator West Houston. “Our main goal is to put the right people together in the room, and give them the best opportunity to learn about each other. We definitely accomplished that.”

Ten new businesses were stationed around the room representing a wide variety of industries, including: transportation, online security, medical devices, communications, home construction and maintenance, children’s fitness and several other emerging business models. Funding sources included individual investors, investment banks and companies in the energy industry.

Zach Bell, President of TIWH adds: “It was a great mix of funding sources and serial entrepreneurs; and everyone present has a strong interest in growing the Katy Area community.” Zach continues, “You could tell it was a good opportunity for building new relationships. Successful deals take a lot of due diligence, and people getting to know each other on both sides. We’ll definitely do more of these events because they are great for one‐on‐one first impressions.”

Entrepreneurs were selected for having successfully productized a new idea and completed the planning needed to go to market. There were also a few firms beyond the startup phase looking to progress to the next level of growth.

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Canine Country Club Opens in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25, 2011

Canine Country Club recently opened in Katy. The facility offers pets a place to relax and be pampered while owners are out of town.

Jeff and Adrienne Murphrey, owners, say they’re proud of their professional training, boarding, grooming and doggie daycare business.

“We offer Katy something truly different; an affordable Country Club for dogs, giving them a home away from home,” says Jeff.

“We opened up to our customers December 17, 2010 and have had over 182 doggie customers,” adds Adrienne.

Canine Country Club prides itself on being a favorite spot for dogs. It has 79 kennels and features swimming pool and a splash pad as well as separate dog daycares for both small and large dogs. Dogs can live in his or her own private cabana suite with a flat screen high definition televisions and a view that overlooks the outdoor swimming pool. They will also have access to their very own backyard. For dogs who prefer to stay inside and lounge, Canine Country Club has indoor runs with “furnished” suites, beds included.

Canine Country Club includes Jeff Murphrey, a Certified Professional Trainer, Jessica Powell, a Certified-Professional Trainer and Behavioral Specialist, and Kathy Haley, an award-winning Master Groomer.

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy TKD Academy Announces New Black Belts, Instructors, Tiger Cub Grads

Katy Texas News
Posted February 21st 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 21, 2011

The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy announced its newest class of Tiger Cub graduates, new first degree black belt students and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next rank level during the February rank exam.

Students who earned their First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belt are: Brandon Baker, Jake Brown, Kishore Mugundhan, and Luke Parmenter.

Students who earned their First Degree Level 2 “Decided” Black Belt are: Christopher Duan, Adolfo Alzate, Emma Duncan, Kent Gonzales, John Jones, Ishaan Lahoti, Joshua Lopez, Luke Schaefer, and Michael Schaefer.

Students who earned their Second Degree Black Belts are: Amanda Barnett-Saez, Mira Bhat, Neha Bhat, Jacob Cummins, and Skylar Galicia.

Students who graduated from the Tiger Cubs program into the Junior program are: Aura Maria Mosquera, Adam Mitchell, Kayla Mitchell, Isabel Salazar, Luke Stoddard, and Megan Stubbs.

In addition, student Carlos E. Trujillo earned his Third Degree Black Belt and River Silversmith passed testing requirements to become a Level 1 Instructor.

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Local Business Looking for “One Day Without Shoes” Partners

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18, 2011

Wet Will-E Water Balloons, Inc. is teaming up with TOMS Shoes to support One Day Without Shoes on April 5.

TOMS Shoes was founded in 2006 by American traveler Blake Mycoskie who befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need over the course of their childhood.

As of September 2010, TOMS has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children in need through giving partners around the world. TOMS now gives in over 20 countries including the United States, and works with charitable partners in the field who incorporate shoes into their health, education, hygiene, and community development programs.

One Day Without Shoes is a day in April when TOMS asks people to go without shoes to raise awareness of children growing up barefoot and the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. The first One Day Without Shoes took place in 2008, primarily fueled by university students on the West Coast. Since then, it’s grown far beyond college campuses, and in only its third year, people of all ages got involved — in 2010, over a quarter of a million people went barefoot and over 1,600 barefoot events took place globally.

Along with donating one percent of all 2011 sales in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Texas to charitable organizations benefiting children in Rockford and Houston, Wet Will-E Water Balloons, Inc., is organizing One Day Without Shoes in the Houston area, and they are looking to Cy-Fair residents to participate. They want high schools and elementary schools, corporations, colleges, and non-for-profits to help raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by going without shoes on April 5.

The movement is simple and easily carried out. On April 5 Wet Will-E want to see teachers and students, office managers and ancillary staff, loan officers, salespeople, waiters and librarians spend One Day Without Shoes and make a statement to the world. If you are interested in participating, contact wetwille@charter.net for more details regarding coordination and outreach. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Based Weisser Engineering Employee Earns Local Award

Katy Texas News
Posted February 11th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 10, 2011

Mark H. Swanson, P.E. Director of Land and Site Development with Weisser Engineering & Surveying Company Inc. has been named by the Houston/Galveston Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) as the Young Engineer of the Year. Swanson graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He currently serves as the Chair of the Public Agency Committee of SAME. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Mark Swanson

M/I Homes Enters Houston Market in Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 9, 2011

Katy’s reputation as the nation’s number one “most notable high-growth area” has attracted a major national homebuilder, Columbus, Ohio-based M/I Homes. Katy’s Cinco Ranch, along with its sister community of Eagle Springs in Humble, will be the first Texas location for this top national builder, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (MHO).

M/I Homes now has a model home under construction in Cinco Ranch. It plans to open the model in early April to showcase all-new floor plans and architectural designs created especially for the Houston market after extensive research with local homebuyers.

M/I Homes will offer new homes priced from the $450,000s to $550,000s in Cinco Ranch, with plans ranging from 3,200 to 5,200 square feet. M/I Homes will build on 80-foot-wide homesites in the Cedar Grove Village neighborhood in Cinco Ranch.

Founded in 1976, M/I Homes is one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, currently operating in 10 additional markets outside of Houston, mostly located in the Midwest and Eastern United States.

“With its strong employment base, Houston has one of the most vibrant economies in the United States, and it was a good fit for expansion outside of our current template in the Midwest and Southeast region,” says Dennis Bailey, region president for M/I Homes.

Bailey noted that Katy’s growth was particularly impressive within the Houston region, with the Gadberry Group naming it as the nation’s top high-growth area for 2010.

With its high customer satisfaction ratings from J.D. Power Associates and features such as a 30-year structural warranty on all new homes, M/I Homes is the type of homebuilder that Cinco Ranch developer Newland Communities looks for when expanding the community’s new-home offerings, said Heather Gould, marketing director for Newland Communities.

“We were already familiar with M/I Homes as one of the most successful homebuilders in Newland’s Briar Chapel community in North Carolina’s Research Triangle market,” Gould says. “M/I Homes’ longevity and financial stability perfectly fit what Newland seeks in our homebuilders. We were also very impressed by the care that M/I took to create all-new plans for Cinco Ranch and Houston.”

M/I Homes’ new plans for Cinco Ranch emphasize traditionally styled exteriors with lots of stately curb appeal.  With steeply pitched rooflines, these one- and two-story plans blend timeless materials such as stone, brick and stucco. Inside, the plans emphasize dramatic volume spaces such as soaring foyers and wide-open family rooms. The plans combine high-design details with functionality and flexibility. A rotunda-shaped foyer in one plan, for example, creates a memorable first impression while also providing easy access to several different rooms off the foyer. One plan has a master suite closet with a secret door to the laundry room, providing for convenience while preserving the suite’s privacy.

For more information on M/I Homes in Cinco Ranch, visit cincoranch.com or call Simply Cinco at 281-395-2200. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

An artist’s rendering of one of M/I Homes’ new plans for Cinco Ranch.

Orange Leaf at Villagio Town Center to Celebrate Grand Opening

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 9, 2011

Orange Leaf Self Serve Frozen Yogurt will hold a weekend long grand opening and Katy Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on February 18-21 during business hours. The ribbon cutting will be held on Mon., Feb. 21 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Planned for the weekend are free yogurt samples, special discounts, and food from local restaurants to sample. Activities for kids include face painting, games and crafts. Rodeo tickets will be given away to guests throughout the weekend that includes tickets for Kid Rock, Janet Jackson, Selena Gomez, KISS and Rascal Flatts and more.

Orange Leaf is co-owned by four couples that know each other through working relationships. The couple and family responsible for operating this store in the Villagio Town Center live in Katy. In addition to running a full-time business, Mark and Dara Sleeper are parents of four children and also hold down full-time day jobs in Houston. Dara said it has been her husband’s dream to open his own business.

“Mark always wanted to open up his own business for families to enjoy,” says Dara. “He also felt owning a shop like this would be good for our family as well. It is good for them to learn what it takes to own a business, and develop a good work ethic.”

The Sleepers also enjoy being able to offer a place for teenagers to work and learn about the business. They have already become involved in the Katy community and have participated in events at the YMCA, school fund raisers, and local mother’s groups. They look to expand by offering a comfortable and inviting place for groups to gather. Beverages including coffee are available as well as Wi-Fi, kids play area, and televisions with Wii.

With 71 stores across the country, Orange Leaf separates itself from other self-serve yogurt shops by the quality of yogurt as well as the variety of toppings. Orange Leaf boasts of its 16 different flavors and numerous toppings. The latest toppings are Girl Scout cookies and others include seasonal fresh fruit, gummies, candy hearts, chocolate, and nuts to name a few.

Orange Leaf is located in the Villagio Town Center, 22756 Westheimer Parkway, Suite 120 at the corner of Peek Road and Westheimer Parkway. Hours are Sunday – Thursday, 12 – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Visit www.orangeleafyogurt.com for more information. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Gala

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 8, 2011

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Annual Gala, “A Tribute to Katy” on Friday, February 4. The event was held at the Safari Texas Ballroom and included dinner as well as commemorative portraits for the guests and entertainment and dancing by the Password.

The Chamber recognized the 2010 Award for Exceptional Service, Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce presented these awards at the Gala:

Exceptional Service Award
The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce presented Lori Gunn with the Exceptional Service Award for 2010.

With Lori’s hard work, dedication and long list of contributions, many of the most important yearly chamber events, including the Annual Gala, Katy Rice Harvest Festival and Home for the Holidays have enjoyed great success and have helped the chamber do its job in providing local businesses and the community with quality events and services.

Lori has been a Chamber member since 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. A strong presence in the community, she is a founding member of the Katy Performing Arts Society, served as the treasurer for the Katy Heritage Society, and a board member and treasurer for ARTreach. Her service also includes chairing and supporting the Houston Aeros Charities from 2005-2009, a current member and past secretary for P-16 West Council, and continues with a seat on the CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Advisory Council. In addition, she is a CAPS Foster Home volunteer and fills a vital role with Home Delivered Meals of Katy.

Professionally, Lori held the position of vice-president at Bricker + Cannady Architects for a number of years, controller for PWM Electronic Price Signs, and currently works as controller for Lamoureux Assc, Inc. She also serves as the Social Editor for Katy Lifestyles and Homes.

Lori’s family includes husband Alan, daughters Chelsea, Breann and her husband Doug Worthy and grandsons Trevor and Lawrence.

Volunteer of the Year
The 2010 Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year is Rick MacDonald. His service to the people of the Katy area and his tireless efforts to make the lives of others better is a shining example of what makes our area such a nice place to live.

Through the Katy Home Savers Association, a non-profit organization that aids and assists disadvantaged senior citizens and disabled Katy residents by making repairs to their homes, his group has enabled them to remain in their homes and to enjoy a more comfortable and much safer environment. Repairs include anything from a wheelchair ramp to new flooring or walls.

To the Katy Cowgirls and FFA students, Rick MacDonald has been a key figure in the support and success of those programs. After his own daughters were Cowgirls and seeing first-hand the benefits to the kids, he has remained involved by supplying hay to those who need it, buying projects for the kids to raise, promoting and taking part in the livestock auction, and creating scholarships for Katy ISD students.

Rick lives in Katy with his wife Doris and has two adult daughters. He is employed by El Paso.

Business of the Year
With over 20 years of serving the Katy Community as a business and community partner, the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Amegy Bank as the 2010 Business of the Year.

By partnering with the City of Katy, the Katy Police and Fire Departments, Katy Social Services and Keep Katy Beautiful, Amegy Bank has been able to raise funds to support many local projects and efforts, recently sponsoring the new scoreboard at Rhodes Stadium for the use of all Katy ISD Athletic departments. Last November, Amegy Bank collected toys for local children on behalf of the Katy Rotary Club.

Amegy Bank has recently added The ARC of Katy, ARTreach and the Katy Foundation to their roster of partnerships, which also includes Katy ISD FFA, the Katy Family YMCA, the National MS Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Walks in Katy. Amegy employees spend time giving back to Katy by being active volunteers in the Katy school district teaching Junior Achievement and reading during the Promise to Read annual event.

During the Katy Rice Harvest Festival, Amegy Bank serves as the financial headquarters and processing center for the event.

Amegy Bank is a proud member of the Katy Business Association, KISD Partners in Education, Katy Area Economic Development Council, the Katy Heritage Society, Katy Rotary Club, and the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Amegy Bank has partnered with the Katy Area EDC and the Katy Area Bank Alliance to assist local businesses access financing with the hopes of creating new jobs and investment in the Katy area.

Citizen of the Year
The 2010 recipient of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award is Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert.

Judge Hebert is especially proud of lowering the county tax rate by nine percent and since taking office, achieving a real reduction in property taxes this year. All of this was accomplished while reorganizing and streamlining the organizational structure of county government, modernizing the IT systems, building over $200 million worth of new county roads, initiating the largest modernization and expansion of county facilities in our history, including a new precinct office at Westpark Toll Road and the Grand Parkway, a second jail tower and the new Justice Center.

Personally, Judge Hebert notes the satisfaction he received from the county’s emergency management response to the four hurricanes in three years, including Katrina, Rita and Ike, the sense of history he felt celebrating the 100th birthday of the Old Courthouse in Richmond and the friendship and affectionate responses he gets from citizens around the county as he carries out his official duties.

Judge Hebert is a graduate of South Texas Junior College (now the University of Houston, Downtown), Pepperdine University and California Coast University. He founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Eco Resources, Incorporated in Sugar Land in 1972 through September of 1985, when the company was acquired by Southwest Water Company, Inc.

From 1985 through the present, Judge Hebert has served as a consultant to the public and private sectors, specializing in water utility and general management issues. His broad public service background includes president and trustee of the Alief Board of Trustees; vice-president and director of the Brazos River Authority; president, chairman and director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships; trustee and vice chairman of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council as well as offices held in several area chambers of commerce and service agencies.

Judge Hebert and his wife Pat have lived in Fort Bend County for over 26 years.

For more information, contact the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce at 281-391-5289 or visit katychamber.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

From left, Hon. Bob Hebert, Lori Gunn, Doyle Callender, Linda Nichols, and Rick Mac Donald.

Katy Mills Adds ‘More’ with Delicious New Dining Options

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 4, 2011

Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, will welcome three more dining options to its already popular shopping, dining and entertainment mix. Great Wraps, Asian Too and Lou’s Cajun are slated to open in the Katy Mills Food Court during spring 2011.

“We’re excited to welcome these new dining options, providing visitors even more selection when they need to refuel to enjoy more of our incredible outlet and value retail shopping,” says Mace Hirt, general manager at Katy Mills. “These delicious additions will continue to show why Katy Mills means more stores, more brands, more savings and more fun.”

Shoppers will enjoy fresh healthy dining options at Great Wraps, a high-quality national franchise known for its famous wraps and specialty sandwiches.

Asian Too offers an incredible selection of fresh Chinese cuisine, including several chicken, beef, rice and vegetable dishes.

Plus, shoppers will enjoy Lou’s Cajun, featuring its tasty homestyle Cajun menu, including meat, seafood, rice, vegetable dishes and more.

These new food court restaurants complement Katy Mills’ amazing shopping and dining mix, which already includes Rainforest Café, a popular nationally recognized full-service restaurant. For shopping, Katy Mills can’t be beat with more than 175 outlet and value retail stores, including Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Coach Factory Store, Juicy Couture, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Forever 21, Banana Republic Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, J.Crew Factory, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Guess Factory Store and Nike Factory Store.

For more information about Katy Mills’ special events and promotions, and for a complete list of retailers and restaurants, call 281-644-5000 or visit www.KatyMills.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Launch of Katy Tech Entrepreneurs Provides Area Tech-Based Businesses with Valuable Networking Opportunities

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted February 4, 2011

Arthur Chong, a local software entrepreneur, announced today the launch of a new online community networking organization, Katy Tech Entrepreneurs. KTE has been formed specifically to assist technology-based start-ups in Katy, Texas and West Houston; enabling local entrepreneurs to connect, meet and share valuable information and best practices for success.

Drawing support from organizations such as Tech Ranch Austin and BootStrap Austin, Katy Tech Entrepreneurs exists as a resources and networking forum for local tech entrepreneurs in the following areas: Software, Electronics and Alternative Energy. Meant as a service to the community, KTE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, resources and skills and will evolve according to members’ requests and needs. With its online discussion forums, KTE offers its members a choice for both virtual and face-to-face participation; this being especially beneficial to those unable to physically attend the meetings.

“Those thinking of starting their own new technology venture will benefit greatly from KTE,” says Arthur Chong. “Each meeting will have a casual yet informative setting allowing each member to meet like-minded individuals comfortably. As we also provide members with online discussion forums, members are able to join and participate at their convenience. We look forward to each individual that we connect with and look forward to seeing KTE grow and benefit others.”

Katy Tech Entrepreneurs is highly beneficial to those in the following areas:

• Technology Entrepreneurs
• Technologists looking to join startup companies • Founders looking for co-founders
• Marketing, Sales and Business Development Specialists
• Web Design, Graphics, Video, Advertising Specialists
• Technology Investors
• Banking, Financial and Accounting Specialists
• Project Managers

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in January

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28, 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of January, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Redi Clinic Katy, Main Street 25675 Nelson Way; and Whataburger, 25635 Katy Fwy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.



Katy Christian Ministries Awarded Grant from Marathon Oil Corporation

Katy Texas News
Posted January 25th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 25, 2011

Marathon Oil Corporation recently awarded $1,000 in a charitable grant to Katy Christian Ministries (KCM) as part of its employee-based Global Volunteer Award Program. The grant was given in honor of Marathon employee, Deanna Washington, for outstanding achievement as a community volunteer.

“At Marathon, we are proud of the many ways our employees make a difference in their communities by volunteering their time and talent in support of worthy organizations,” says Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., president and CEO, Marathon Oil Corporation. “We call this ‘Living Our Values’ and the Global Volunteer Award Program is a way for us to recognize our employees’ efforts, while at the same time providing support to the communities in which we live and conduct our business.”

Washington has volunteered with the KCM food pantry since the implementation of the one-acre, organic and handicap-accessible vegetable garden in 2008. She has lent her expertise to grow a variety of fresh produce, which augments the nonperishable foods that KCM clients receive through its social services program.

“Deanna has been an instrumental part in the development and on-going administration of the vegetable garden,” says Bruce Kingwell, KCM food pantry director. “Her passion for service is evident by her dedication to assisting those in need through her gifts and talents.”

The grant money will be used toward the addition of an orchard to be planted in the spring, which will add to the more than 3,000 pounds of produce that the community garden produced in 2010.

The fresh fruits and vegetables provided to those Katy-area residents who qualify for assistance include: tomatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, green beans, watermelon, and cantaloupe among many more.

Marathon has given $42,000 to nonprofit organizations worldwide on behalf of the involvement and dedication of 44 employees who have earned the Global Volunteer Award since 2003. The annual program has provided nearly 50 grants of $1,000 each to the nonprofit organizations designated by the Marathon employee volunteer chosen to receive the award.

Nominees for the award are selected based on significant volunteer service during the prior calendar year that benefit the general community, including committee work, fundraising, tutoring, mentoring or neighborhood revitalization. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Deanna Washington, left, gives Sandy Faucett, Katy Christian Ministries’ CEO a $1,000 grant from her employer, Marathon Oil Corporation, as0 support of her volunteer efforts at KCM to start an organic orchard to benefit the community.

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union to Build New Administrative Office in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24, 2011

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union (BVSCU) celebrates the groundbreaking of its new home office on Katy Mills Parkway in west Houston on Friday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m.

The credit union is commemorating the site to begin construction on a new administrative building. BVSCU President Joe Simmons will lead the ceremony and will be on hand to greet guests. BVSCU members and non-members are invited to attend.

“It’s a new year, and this groundbreaking ceremony begins an exciting new chapter for our credit union and members,” says Simmons. “The more we grow in members and locations, the stronger we become, and this move is a substantial reflection of our continued growth. We hope to maintain this success for many years.”

Construction is projected to finish at the end of this year. Once completed, the new two-story building will contain approximately 25,000 square feet. The current administrative office, located at 438 FM 1463, will continue to operate as a retail branch. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Physician Nominated for Arthritis Award

Katy Texas News
Posted January 20th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 20, 2011

Dr. Padma Chimata of Katy Rheumatology and Associates (KRA) has been nominated by her parties for her outstanding patient care to the Arthritis Foundations’ “My Doc Rocks” program. KRA provides compassionate, evidence-based, team-oriented medical care of various muscular skeletal disease like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and osteoporosis. KRA has a state-of-the-art infusion suite for dispensing various medications like Remicide, Orencia, and Reclast. Dr. Chimata is a principal investigator and conducts clinical trials for new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, gout and other diseases.

Katy Rheumatology offers patients infusion-therapy in the comfort of their state-of-the-art infusion suite. Infusion therapy provides the patient with a safe, effective alternative to oral treatment as it administers medications such as Remicide, Orencia and Reclast intravenously. Patients can watch HDTV to pass the time while their treatment is overseen by an RN with fifteen years of infusion experience. Visit katyrheumatology.com for more information. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Mills to Host 4th Annual Puddle for the Ducks Fundraiser

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17, 2011

Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, is excited to continue to host the 4th annual Puddle of the Ducks on Saturday, February 5 at 7 a.m., with the start and finish in front of Sun & Ski Sports. All of the event’s proceeds will benefit Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands conservation.

“Katy Mills is proud to continue to team with Puddle of the Ducks to raise funds for critical wetlands conservation,” says Cynthia Stansberry, director of marketing and business development at Katy Mills. “This popular bike ride provides a fun way for our shoppers to also get involved and give back to the outdoor resources we all share.”

Ducks Unlimited, founded in 1937, works to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, including ducks and geese. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Over the past few decades, natural habitats have rapidly diminished. The Katy prairie that surrounds Katy Mills historically has provided important wintering habitat to migrating waterfowl and has benefited from conservation efforts by Ducks Unlimited and their conservation partners. Two restored wetland projects are just south of Katy Mills and will be referenced during the bike ride.

“Waterfowl across North America need our help and the Texas coast is a high priority area for Ducks Unlimited,” says Texas Ducks Unlimited State Chairman, Pat Arthur. “We applaud Katy Mills for consistently helping us with this great event and we hope to surpass the 2,000 bikers at last year’s ride.”

Participants can choose from a 25, 37, 45 or 70 mile bike route. The registration fee is $30 through January 30, $35 thereafter. Following the ride, registered riders will be offered a light lunch and the opportunity to win a bike. Puddle of the Ducks is sponsored in part by Sun & Ski Sports at Katy Mills and Sellers Bros Grocery. For more information or to register for the bike ride, please visit puddlefortheducks.org or call 713-669-9810. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Dinner Is Done Katy delivers fresh, preservative-free meals to your door

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13, 2011

Families on the go often struggle with the issues of healthful nutrition and quality time during the frenzy of work, school and extra-curricular activities. Cinco Ranch mother of three, Katie Moore, grew up in a home where dinner was always served at the kitchen table and the conversation allowed her family a chance to reflect on the day’s events. She enjoyed the tradition and – because she also enjoyed cooking – implemented it in her own home by making dinner time family time with a home-cooked meal. Over time, she began to offer to cook dinners and deliver them to family and friends in the Katy area. Dinner is Done Katy was born.

“As a wife and mom, I witnessed the battle that so many of my friends had – and often lost – in trying to be creative enough in the kitchen to entice their young ones,” Moore says. “Too often, fast food and eating on the go becomes a default. I wanted to be helpful to others through my own integration and exploration of classic meals with the reality of outside competition. After awhile, it became clear that our community had a real “appetite” for what I provided.”

In the summer of 2009, Moore partnered with friend and Cinco Ranch mother of two, Kathleen Ram, who has more than 20 years experience in restaurant management, and moved the business to “the kitchen” at 20660 Westheimer Parkway (near S. Fry).  Through Dinner is Done Katy, they offer delicious, fresh and homemade meals delivered to busy families who enjoy a nutritious and fun dinner together. Dinner is Done Katy has quickly grown into an expanded menu of family favorites like chicken enchiladas, Mom’s meatloaf, chicken tenders and flank steak, among others. Each meal is delivered cooked and ready to be served in recyclable containers for quick and easy clean up. As an added value, a simple conversational game is provided to keep families connected. In addition to family meals, Dinner is Done Katy provides a la carte freezer meals, nuts, breads, cookies, salads, snack packs and gift certificates.

“Dinner is Done Katy not only has helped my family out on those hectic school nights, but it also enables me to be able to provide meals for my friends who have had surgery or a baby,” says Jennifer Dolcefino. “Sometimes I just don’t have time to cook, but still want to help. The meals are always fabulous and well-balanced!”

Weekly menus are posted online at dinnerisdonekaty.com and sent via e-mail every Thursday. Customers simply call or e-mail orders@dinnerisdonekaty.com at least 24 hours ahead, with the order, delivery location, telephone numbers and desired delivery time (between 4 – 6 p.m.). Areas located north of I-10 are delivered between 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. only. Delivery is free within a 10-mile radius and a minimum purchase. Dinner is Done Katy accepts all major credit cards, PayPal, or cash/check at delivery. Average cost for a dinner (entrée, side and starch) is $29.00 (feeds four) and $39.00 (feeds six), less than a restaurant or other take out.

Customers are also encouraged to stop by the Dinner is Done Katy store front kitchen to pick up a delicious loaf of just baked bread, fresh salads, veggie and fruit trays or popular freezer meals like French toast casserole, chicken divan, spaghetti pie, king ranch casserole and more.

Katie Moore and Kathleen Ram

Newland Communities CEO Receives Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13, 2011

Bob McLeod, chief executive officer of Newland Communities, the country’s largest privately held land development company and the developer of the Cinco Ranch master-planned community in Katy, will receive the 12th Annual Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award tomorrow at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show in Orlando.

The Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award honors leaders in the homebuilding and community development industry who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to making their communities a better place to work and live. The award includes a $100,000 prize that recipients donate to the charity of their choice.

“Receiving the 12th Annual Hearthstone BUILDER award represents the dedication of our team members in communities across the country that lend their time, compassion and expertise to helping neighbors in need and to strengthen communities,” says McLeod. “In Katy, our Cinco Ranch community offers an excellent example of how Newland is truly committed to helping people facing challenges, even during times when we might be facing challenges in our industry.”

Examples of Newland’s recent humanitarian efforts at Cinco Ranch include hosting the Westside Chef’s Throwdown this past fall, which raised money for summer camp programs for the Houston chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Newland also donated a homesite in Cinco Ranch to provide a new home for a severely wounded veteran through the HelpingAHero.org program

In addition to a core focus on philanthropic efforts, Newland has achieved solid business results with five of its communities ranked in the top 15 bestselling master planned communities in 2009, including Cinco Ranch, ranked number one nationally in new-home sales. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Firethorne Achieves Record High in 2010 New Home Sales

Katy Texas News
Posted January 11th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 11, 2011

Firethorne continued its record-breaking ways in 2010, selling 254 new homes, an all-time high for the five-year-old Katy/Fulshear residential development. This represents a 6.7 percent increase in new home sales over 2009, when the 1,400-acre master-designed community marked its previous record-breaking 238 homes sold.

“The continued growth of the Katy/Fulshear/West Houston economy, the Federal tax credits for first-time homebuyers (offered earlier in the year), our outstanding public schools and ongoing support from the local Realtor community have fueled the success we achieved in 2010,” says Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer.  “Realtors have been instrumental to our growth, generating more than 80 percent of our 2010 new home sales.” The industry norm in a new community such as Firethorne is 60 percent Realtor-generated home sales.

Jimmy Franklin of ReMax Grand, followed by Jay Theime ReMax Cinco Ranch, ranked as Firethorne’s Top Producing Realtors in 2010.

Project-to-date, Firethorne has sold 1,132 new homes.   The Firethorne homebuilders are Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes and David Weekley Homes.

In terms of growth, energy companies have relocated employees to the area, plus three major Houston hospitals are expanding in the Katy/West Houston areas, including Texas Children’s Hospital-Katy, Memorial Hermann-Katy and The Methodist Hospital-Katy.

Firethorne is attractive to the Houston relocation market with its proximity to the Energy Corridor, location in the top-ranked Katy Independent School District and Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, and availability of lots typically found in the country with all of conveniences of master-designed recreational amenities, such as state-of-the-art technology and nearby shopping, retail, dining, entertainment, schools and medical facilities.

The community features 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, resort-style swim center, sports fields, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat.  It’s where the vibrancy of West Houston meets the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear. Firethorne is located 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor off I-10. Visit firethorne.info or call 281-693-1011. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Chamber Welcomes RediClinic

Katy Texas News
Posted January 07th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 7, 2011

Members from the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, RediClinic staff and Katy-area residents celebrated the grand opening of a new RediClinic, located at 25675 Nelson Way in Katy, with a ribbon cutting ceremony inside the H-E-B store at Pin Oak and I-10 on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The new RediClinic location is a part of a 20-clinic expansion across Texas, and is the second RediClinic in Katy (the Grand Parkway RediClinic is located at 6711 S. Fry Road). RediClinic, a leading operator of retail-based healthcare clinics, is open seven days a week with extended weekday hours, and no appointments are necessary. For more information about clinic locations, hours of operation, services and prices, visit rediclinic.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

RediClinic is now at HEB at Pin Oak and I-10.

New Year Brings New Eye Surgeon for Mann Eye Surgical Team in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 05th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 5, 2011

The Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center, a leading refractive and cataract surgery center, announces that Brian D. Wright, M.D., has joined the Katy office as the newest member of the surgical team.

“We are pleased to begin the New Year by welcoming Dr. Wright to the Mann Eye Institute,” says Mike Mann, M.D., founder of the vision center.  “Dr. Wright will allow us to expand our practice in Katy to better serve the growing population there.”

A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Wright specializes in the latest advanced procedures for vision correction.  He is certified in several leading-edge technologies, including all-laser LASIK; Intacs corneal implant lenses as an alternative to LASIK and for the treatment of keratoconus; and the STAR Vision Implantable Collamer Lens for the treatment of nearsightedness.

In addition, Dr. Wright is experienced in premium lenses for cataract surgery and has received certification in the groundbreaking IStent, a new implantable medical device for treating glaucoma that is pending FDA approval.

“I am very enthusiastic about joining the Mann Eye Institute,” says Dr. Wright.  “I appreciate the opportunity to be part of organization that has such an excellent reputation for superior results and patient satisfaction.”

A Texas native, Dr. Wright graduated cum laude and was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honor society at Texas A & M University in College Station.  He then went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where earned the class rank of 15 and was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society.  He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA.

Before joining the Mann Eye Institute, Dr. Wright was in practice locally for several years.  He is a member of the Houston Ophthalmological Society, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

For more than 30 years, The Mann Eye Institute has been at the forefront of advances in cataract and refractive surgery.  In addition to Blade-Free LASIK and cataract surgery with premium lenses, the Mann Eye Institute offers treatment for corneal and retinal disease, including corneal transplants, surgery for glaucoma, advanced treatment for dry eye syndrome and a variety of cosmetic procedures, including Botox.

Patients can be seen at one of the following locations: Humble, Houston, Austin, Sugar Land, Katy, Liberty and Cleveland.  The 30,000 square foot vision care center in Katy is the newest and largest Mann Eye Institute facility, offering patients a state-of-the-art cataract and surgery center, a laser suite, optical services and general eye care clinic under one roof. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Members Choice Credit Union Opens LaCenterra Branch

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 4, 2011

Members Choice Credit Union held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 8, 2010 for their sixth branch located in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch (Grand Parkway @ Cinco Ranch Boulevard).

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce provided the “super-sized” scissors that President/CEO Steve Gilman used to officially open the office. The ribbon was lined with $10 bills that were donated to the Spirit of Texas Toy Drive, which Members Choice is proud to support.

“We are delighted to be opening another branch for the residents of Katy and the surrounding area,” says Steve Gilman, president and CEO of Members Choice. “We welcome everyone here where you can shop, dine and then bank at the new MCCU location.”

The 4,100 square foot facility features two drive-up lanes, a drive-up 24-hour ATM, full lobby services including walk-up teller facilities and new account and lending services. The office also features an eight person conference room that can be used by community groups in need of a meeting space.

Members Choice Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution established in 1941, and proudly serves residents of West Houston, Katy, Cy-Fair, and nearly 200 employee groups. Members Choice has over 34,000 members and $328 million in assets. For more information, visit mccu.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in December

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 4, 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of December, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Duffey and Grissom CPA’s, PC, 21218 Kingsland Blvd.; Steak N Shake, 20950 Katy Fwy; Members Choice Credit Union LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Ste 100; Fala Creative, 2501 S Mason Rd Ste 263; and Galaxy Fireworks, 21311 Katy Freeway. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Duffey and Grissom CPA’s, PC

Steak N Shake

Fala Creative

Galaxy Fireworks

Methodist West Now Open in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 30th 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted December 30, 2010

Methodist West Houston Hospital (I-10 & Barker Cypress) admitted its first surgery patient on Monday, Dec. 20.  Melanie Green of Houston had a tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy.  After her surgery, she was visited by (from left) Wayne Voss, CEO of Methodist West Houston, Alfonso Chicas, R.N., director of Perioperative Services, and Dr. Hector Herrera, anesthesiology.  Dr. John Craddock, otolaryngology, performed Melanie’s surgery; she was able to go home later in the day. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

IT firm makes multi-million dollar investment in Katy area with new data center, headquarters

Katy Texas News
Posted December 21st 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted December 21, 2010

One company is betting big on the power of the Texas economy.

StratITsphere, a technology services company based in the Houston area, invested $15 million to renovate a warehouse in Katy into a new company headquarters and state-of-the-art data center. And that’s just the first phase of the project the company unveiled today.

“Texas, especially in the Houston area, has a robust economy and a great environment for business,” said Stephen Webster, president and CEO of StratITsphere. “This is the right time and the right place to invest in the future.”

The company will move from its offices in Humble to the 94,000-square-foot facility at 1510 Primewest Parkway in January. StratITsphere plans to invest additional millions to build out the facility over the next five years.

The first phase of development will create 10 jobs in 2011 with an annual payroll of $1 million, Webster said. The employee base will grow to 35 during the next five years.

The building represents the highest quality of data center that can be built. A data center provides a secure off-site location for companies to store their most important computer equipment and data, Webster said.

The site offers 24-hour manned security and advanced physical safeguards like video surveillance equipment and biometric locks to keep equipment and data secure, he said. In the event of an emergency, the site has generators, showers, kitchens and other amenities that allow it to operate independently from the outside world for up to six days. It also has multiple internet connections to guarantee clients can access their systems and data and keep their businesses open.

“If you have to evacuate for a hurricane and your systems are in our facility, you can run your business by pulling into a Starbucks and opening up your laptop,” Webster explained. Clients also can set up shop or camp out in data center if their respective offices are unusable.

Most companies can’t afford or justify the expense to build and maintain such facilities on their own, so there is great demand to rent space from firms like StratITsphere, Webster said. Nationally, demand for such services is outpacing available supply by a 3-1 ratio.

Along with the data center, StratITsphere offers IT infrastructure and security consulting to Fortune 500 companies, including many energy companies based in Houston.

“Most companies don’t get the full benefit from the millions of dollars they spend on computers and technology because they don’t know exactly what they should buy, or they don’t know how to use all the capabilities they’ve purchased,” Webster said. “We help them on both counts, and help them secure their systems so a low-level employee can’t post company secrets on WikiLeaks.”

For more information on StratITsphere, visit www.stratitsphere.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital offering Direct-Access Testing this flu season

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14, 2010

While flu season most commonly peaks in January and February, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital in Katy reports more than 220 Katy area residents have already been tested for the 2010-2011 flu.

For patients looking for quick, convenient and “one stop shop” testing options to protect themselves against the flu and other holiday health concerns, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital offers an on-site screening service called Direct-Access Testing (DAT), which provides cost-effective and confidential lab tests for flu, cholesterol, glucose, pregnancy and much more.

Direct access to licensed, quality labs gives patients quick results and insight into maintaining personal wellness and potential health problems. Especially during the busy holiday season, DAT is a convenient way to get tested and determine the appropriate treatment to head off illness.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Laboratory is located at 701 S. Fry Rd. at Kingsland Blvd. and is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, visit christusstcatherine.org. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Birth Center to open soon in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13th 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted December 13, 2010

The Katy Birth Center, offering midwifery services, will open in the first quarter of 2011. The Center is located at 1002 Ave. A in Katy.

“There are people who live in Katy that drive to the Woodlands to have their baby because they want to use a birth center,” says Cathy Rude. Rude, the administrative director of the Katy Birth Center is a licensed midwife as well as certified professional midwife with 18 years experience. She has been delivering 50-60 babies a year at her client’s homes.

“I get calls monthly from people who are looking for a birth center in the (Katy/West Houston) area,” she says. “We believe we will be meeting that need. The midwives of the Katy Birth Center hope to give moms more options for natural birthing in a home like setting.”

In addition to Rude, Connie Blokkum MSN, CNM and Natalie Wommack RNC, CPM will offer midwifery care and well woman services. The use of midwifery services is growing in popularity. According to the Citizens for Midwifery the woman-centered model of care has proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

The Birth Center offers holistic pregnancy care, from pre-natal, to the birth of the child, through post partum. Besides assisting families with the delivery of their babies, the Center will also offer mother support groups and classes in topics relative to childbearing families as well as a full range of lactation services.

Additional information on the Katy Birth Center is found at www.katybirthcenter.com or calling 832 437-5876. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Monkey Joe’s bounces into Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 08th 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted December 8, 2010

Monkey Joe’s, a popular inflatables-filled indoor play and party center that provides families with engaging activity and entertainment, bounces into Katy with its official grand opening this weekend. This opening represents a growth trend in one of 2010’s hottest categories, children’s party and entertainment centers.

The grand opening festivities kick-off with a VIP party on Friday, Dec. 10 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and will include free food and admission. The party and play center will officially open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

Walk into Monkey Joe’s and you will find a large space with bright décor and wall-to-wall inflatables, providing fun in the form of bouncing, sliding and jumping. With a main play center and a separate Mini Monkey Zone for toddlers, Monkey Joe’s is suitable for all kids 12 years-old and younger. Customers at Monkey Joe’s may even get a glimpse of the official Monkey Joe, the concept’s beloved mascot, a purple monkey known to make special appearances.

The facility also provides a variety of party packages, group sales and fundraising opportunities.  A proven favorite, birthday parties, can accommodate small and large groups. Birthday party packages cover all your party needs, including courtesy set-up and clean-up, invitations for your guests, a dedicated Monkey Joe’s party host, drinks, paper plates, cups, tablecloth and utensils.

A destination that also caters to parents, Monkey Joe’s provides a long-overdue component to play centers: an unmatched parent lounge with comfortable seating, computer stations and flat screens TVs. As an added bonus, the entire facility provides free, high-speed Internet access.

All Monkey Joe’s locations have committed to full jump sanitation from Swisher Hygiene, the country’s leading provider of commercial hygiene services. The service is intended to reduce exposure to germs and cross-contamination for all who visit and play at Monkey Joe’s, making it a cleaner environment than public playgrounds, schools, daycares and amusement parks. Monkey Joe’s has also developed its own Access Child Control System (SACCS) to create a safe environment for kids to play and parents piece of mind. Children receive arm bands matching them to their parent.  These arm bands are adhered from the minute the child steps into Monkey Joe’s, and are checked by Monkey Joe’s employees upon exiting the facility.

“Safety and cleanliness for the families who enjoy our facilities is a top priority. From the time our guests enter and are processed through the SACCS to when they play on the first inflatable, we strive to offer peace of mind to parents by offering the highest standards of safety and cleanliness,” explains Shonna Lester, director of marketing for Monkey Joe’s.

With 54 locations nationwide, Monkey Joe’s has proved to be a promising business venture. “We’re excited about Monkey Joe’s success and contribute it to the core values of the brand, extensive corporate support and finding the perfect franchisee partners,” explains Lester. “Monkey Joe’s is a unique concept that strives to combine fun, family and exercise in a safe and clean environment.”

The Katy Monkey Joe’s is located at 511 South Mason Rd, Suite A. Operating hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Orange Leaf now open at Villagio Town Center

Katy Texas News
Posted December 01st 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted December 1, 2010

Looking for a different type of holiday treat this season? Visit the newly opened Orange Leaf Self Serve Frozen Yogurt at the Villagio Town Center, located at Westheimer Parkway and Peek Road. Orange Leaf has special holiday flavors like gingerbread and eggnog, as well as specialty flavors like cheesecake, mango and wedding cake. They also offer more than 40 topping choices, free Wi-Fi, TVs and even special seating for kids. Store hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Orange Leaf at Villagio Town Center is now open.

Katy Chamber Holds November Ribbon Cuttings

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30th 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted November 30, 2010

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of November, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Brookwood Store and Café, 1752 FM 1489; Art Montage, 2501 S. Mason Rd., Ste. 240; First Community Credit Union, 25675 Nelson Way (in HEB); HiDefinition Electronics, 3130 N. Fry Rd.; and Outback Steakhouse, 20455 Katy Fwy.

Brookwood Store and Cafe

Art Montage Center

First Community Credit Union

HiDefinition Electronics

Outback Steakhouse

HIMSS Analytics Honors Memorial Hermann in Katy with Stage 6 Recognition

Katy Texas News
Posted November 23rd 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted November 23, 2010

HIMSS Analytics announced that Memorial Hermann Healthcare System hospital in Katy, along with their Sugar Land and Southeast locations, achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM). As the largest nonprofit healthcare system in Texas, Memorial Hermann supports a 5,000 member clinical staff and treats more than 1.4 million patients annually.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database.  Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), hospitals can review the implementation and utilization of information technology applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

Stage 6 hospitals

  • Have made significant executive commitments and investments to reach this stage.
  • Appear to have a significant advantage over competitors for patient safety, clinician support, clinician recruitment, and competitive marketing for both consumers and nurse recruitment.
  • Have almost fully automated/paperless medical records when they have implemented their IT applications across most of the inpatient care settings.
  • Are either starting to evaluate their data for care delivery process improvements or have already documented significant improvements in this area.
  • Have made investments that are within reach of most hospitals and recognize the strategic value of improving patient care with the EMR.
  • Have begun to create strategic alignments with their medical staff to effectively utilize information technology to improve the patient safety environment
  • Are well positioned to provide data to key stakeholders, such as payers, the government, physicians, consumers, and employers, to support electronic health record environments and health information exchanges.

Stage 6 hospitals also have achieved a significant advancement in their IT capabilities that positions them to successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates Memorial Hermann for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” says John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, executive vice president of organizational services for HIMSS.  “Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 150 U.S. hospitals have reached to date.”

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Tradition Bank Night at Rhodes Stadium

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11th 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11, 2010

President and CEO of Tradition Bank Downy Vickery and wife Kavin, joined Katy High School and Seven Lakes High School football players for the coin toss at Rhodes Stadium before the Seven Lakes homecoming game on Tradition Bank Night. Later in the evening, Tradition Bank presented both school’s booster clubs with checks.

Tradition Bank joins Katy and Seven Lakes High School footbal players on field for the game coin toss.

Katy-based business announces winners in first-ever Appleseed Challenge

Katy Texas News
Posted November 05th 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted November 5, 2010

Appleseed Express Carwash announced the winners of its first-ever Appleseed Challenge, a unique opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to raise awareness and funds for projects that help children in west Houston.

The carwash, located in Katy at 6020 Fry Rd., opened its doors in late September with a commitment to creating a better future for today’s kids. After their first month in operation, they’ll make good on the promise and donate $10,000 to three nonprofit organizations: Langham Creek YMCA, Krause Children’s Center and Joe Joe Bear Foundation.

During the Appleseed Challenge, which ran from September 23 through October 31, each organization spread the word about their worthy cause and carwash users voted at the self-pay kiosk located at the carwash or online for the project they cared most deeply about.

Troy Black, general manager of Appleseed Express, announced the winners of the first Challenge today. They include:

Langham Creek YMCA, in first place, will receive $7,000 to fund a computer lab for their after-school enrichment program, called Club IDK.

Second place winner Krause Children’s Center, a residential treatment home for severely neglected and abused boys and girls ages 11-17, will receive $2,000 to fund an after school program.

Third place winner, Joe Joe Bear Foundation, receives $1,000 to fund a donation of bears to local hospitals that are treating children of Houston and Katy with life threatening illnesses.

“Our IDK afterschool enrichment program currently serves over 100 children monthly in grades K-5,” says Catherine Hollis, community relations director for the Langham Creek YMCA. “With the $7,000 donation, we are thrilled to be able to purchase computers that will allow us to extend our programming to older children.”

Appleseed Express will announce the participants in the next challenge on November 15. These three nonprofits will have through December 31 to utilize the carwash to raise awareness for their cause and to generate the most votes from daily and monthly carwash users and receive seed money from Appleseed Express.

“It is our mission to eliminate the roadblocks affecting today’s kids,” says Black. “With the help of these strong non-profit partners, we were able to start achieving our mission from the day we opened. We can’t wait to see the results of the seed money we provided.”

Appleseed Express is a best in class carwash catering to busy professionals and families-on-the-go. A longer wash tunnel allows for a cleaner car, and the use of RFID technology means customers that become monthly members have the added convenience of zipping through a dedicated lane without so much as rolling down their window. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy’s Texas Guitar Company celebrates five years

Katy Texas News
Posted November 05th 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted November 4, 2010

James Anderson and Robert Chaney opened the doors of Texas Guitar Company in November 2005 with little more than their collective 10 years experience in the industry, a handful of guitar students, and a desire to offer the best customer service possible. The idea to open their own store sprang from conversations between Bob and James when they became acquainted at another local music store.

We thought “We can do this, only better!” says Anderson, who had five years teaching experience when the store opened, as well as a two-and-a-half year apprenticeship with luthier (guitar builder) Jim Hewett. Combined with Robert’s five years experience repairing guitars and managing the afore-mentioned music store, the two “knew we had the collective experience to make it work.”

From the beginning, Texas Guitar Company knew that providing excellent customer service would begin with attracting and keeping excellent employees. Their instructor roster includes two elementary school music teachers, critically acclaimed jazz musicians, Suzuki method certified teachers, two worship leader/music directors at local churches, several “gigging” professionals as well as some younger instructors earning their degrees at the University of Houston’s Moore School of Music.

Keeping the atmosphere fun is another key to success.  “Happy employees that enjoy their work are just more likely to provide that quality customer experience we believe people are looking for” says Anderson. “Everyone has a good time here.”

Currently, Texas Guitar Company boasts over 200 students, 16 instructors, seven employees, and brand names such as Fender and Marshall.

“We’re not done yet,” says Anderson. “In fact, we feel like we are just getting started.  We have plans to open a second location as early as next year.”

To celebrate five years in business, Texas Guitar Company will host a free concert featuring several local bands, an instructor recital, and student performances. The concert takes place Sunday, November 21 from 12 – 6 p.m., rain or shine.  Everyone in attendance has a chance to win several prizes, including the grand prize of a free guitar.  Local barbecue purveyor John Banks will be selling Texas barbecue for those with an appetite. Texas Guitar Company is located at 2351 N. Fry Rd. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center opens first “green” facility in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted October 29th 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted October 29, 2010

Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center recently celebrated the grand opening of their highly anticipated new location at the corner of Westgreen and Kingsland across from Taylor High School and next to CrossPoint Church. The first “green” state-of-the-art eye care facility in Katy offers the most advanced eye care available in our community with ophthalmologists, Mike Mann, MD, Paul Mann, MD now available to see patients four days a week. To schedule an appointment, call 713-580-2500 or 1-800-MY-VISION!

The Katy Chamber of Commerce welcomed Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Next Page »

Back To The Top