LAWLER FOODS BOUGHT BY GRYPHON INVESTORS
Gryphon Investors, a middle-market private equity firm based in San Francisco, recently announced that they have bought Lawler Foods, the Humble manufacturer of gourmet cheesecakes, layer cakes, pies and other desserts for retail and foodservice customers across North America.
Lawler Foods is a family-owned business that has steadily grown over its 40-year history. The Lawler family retains a significant investment in the company and the Lawler Foods management team remains in place under the new ownership. Vice President of Sales Wes Stasny was promoted to president as part of the transition.
“While our family business has grown successfully for more than 40 years, joining Gryphon’s premium dessert platform will enable our company to achieve a new level of success,” said Mike Lawler, a member of the founding Lawler family. “We value the ability of the Gryphon operations team to help accelerate our expansion.”
Lawler Foods will be part of the same platform as The Original Cakerie, which Gryphon acquired in December 2015. The Original Cakerie is a leading manufacturer of high-quality frozen desserts for retail and foodservice customers across North America.
The Wellness Center at Memorial Hermann Northeast held an open house recently. Costco's booth offered a gift bag and the smiling faces of Adree Humphrey, Cynthia Vela and Erica Ramirez, from left. The center offers a variety of classes, equipment, and more. For more information, visit memorialhermann.org/locations/northeast/wellness-center.
Lone Star College-Kingwood broke ground recently on their Process Technology Center at Generation Park. This new 40,000-square-foot facility will be home to Lone Star College’s first process technology program, which will utilize state-of-the-art simulation equipment, hands-on training with a fully functional pilot plant, applied technology and general academic coursework to train students. The Process Technology Center is located on 8.3 acres in Generation Park. The program will begin January 2017 at Lone Star College's Atascocita Center and move to the Generation Park campus when doors open in the fall of 2017.
INSPERITY PROMOTES MORTELL
Insperity has announced the promotion of Patrick Mortell to district manager for one of its Houston sales offices. He will be responsible for helping to oversee area sales efforts. Mortell joined Insperity in 2014 as a manager of human resources in Houston. Prior to Insperity, he served as a division manager for the United States Environmental Services. Mortell earned a bachelor of science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a master of public administration degree from The University of Oklahoma.
FAMILYTIME WINS DISTINCTION AWARD
FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center was recently recognized as a Winner of Distinction by the Better Business Bureau at their annual Awards of Excellence luncheon. The event was held at the Bayou City Events Center. This award recognizes businesses and nonprofits for their achievements and commitment to quality in the workplace. FamilyTime was one of 292 companies this year, making this the fifth time that FamilyTime has received this award from the BBB.
TAC SURPASSES 1 MILLION TRANSACTIONS
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan recently announced that the auto division has processed more than one million transactions in automobile credit/debit card transactions since introducing credit card machines in 2013. Sullivan has implemented the TxDMV One Sticker program, successfully executed the webDEALER program, extended the renewal period for auto registrations at grocery stores, installed more than 400 new computers and upgraded software to improve service as well as productivity. Learn more about the Automobile Services Division by visiting www.hctax.net.
SEPTEMBER TAX SALE HELD
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is working to reclaim lost revenue for Harris County residents. Thousands of properties sit vacant throughout the county, creating unsafe conditions and lowering property values. Many property owners are delinquent and for years they fail to meet their tax obligations. Each month, the county holds a tax sale. The goal is to collect delinquent taxes and put neglected properties into the hands of new owners. For the month of September 2016, a total of 350 properties were posted for sale. Sullivan reclaimed $2,905,180 for the citizens of Harris County. To learn more, visit www.hctax.net.
PINK RIBBON PLATES AVAILABLE
Most people nowadays are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as a result, we see a lot of pink ribbons displayed during this time of year. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, My Plates will donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every “Pink” plate sold, which includes two official Pink Ribbon plate designs, plus four other pink-themed plates. The official Pink Ribbon plates in Texas can be purchased directly online at MyPlates.com.
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Local business owners turned out to support the grand opening of Planet Beach in Kingwood. Planet Beach offers spa services sucha as massages, facials, full body hydration, weight management and spray tanning.
ROTARY DONATES TO TEACHERS
The Rotary Club of Kingwood donated $900 worth of classroom supplies to the teachers at Foster Elementary in Kingwood Aug. 30. Teachers in the U.S. spend an average of $513 out-of-pocket on classroom supplies, instructional materials, books for their classrooms, and professional development. Kingwood Rotary supports local public education and encourages other organizations to support a local school in Humble ISD. From left: Diana Zelezinski, principal; Carolyn Wise, Kingwood Rotarian; Anne Margaret Gomez, counselor; Assistant Principal Cindy Barker; Dei Murray, Kingwood Rotarian.
STATE TAX BREAKS NEW GROUND
State Tax Advisors celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for their new headquarters Friday, Sept. 9. The new facility sits on two acres in Kingwood Place West, the rapidly expanding commercial and residential corridor west of I-69 between Sorters-McClellan Road and Northpark Drive. The complex will have a campus feel with crushed granite walkways and a fishing pond. “One of our goals with the new facility is to invest in the community through employment with our bigger facility. We’re hoping to double our headcount in three to five years,” said Managing Partner Riley Epps. The firm looks forward to occupying their new offices, located at 23740 Woodford Place Dr., in the late spring or early summer of 2017.
Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan presents a check to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner of money collected from delinquent taxpayers.
TAC PRESENTS $330,488 TO CITY
Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan has successfully recovered $1.6 million in delinquent taxes after releasing his list of the “Top 10 Delinquent Tax Violators.” “We put pressure on these account holders to pay their fair share,” said Sullivan. “I’m incredibly proud of our efforts. With the help of local media, we were able to collect payments from three of the top 10 delinquent accounts, as well as recover $985,705 from a bankruptcy case.” During a recent council meeting, Sullivan presented a check to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner for $330,488. The tax assessor-collector office is responsible for collecting taxes for Harris County. It collects more than $6 billion each year with a 98 percent collection rate.
TAC SERVES NOTICE TO BREAD COMPANY
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is getting tough on delinquent property taxpayers. Sullivan, joined by the county's delinquent tax attorneys, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, recently served notice on Slow Dough Bread Company. "I shouldn't have to show up at their doorstep, with a tax bill in hand, to collect their delinquent tax obligations," said Sullivan. "If I have to make a personal visit, they will have the choice to pay in full, or we will seize their property to satisfy the obligation." Slow Dough Bread Company owed more than $13,000 in delinquent taxes for tax year 2015. Each year, since 2012, this company pays their taxes late. Upon meeting with Mr. Sullivan and the delinquent tax attorneys, the property owner paid the amount in full.
Harris County Sheriff's Office opening a new 911 call center.
COUNTY TO OPEN NEW 911 CALL CENTER
On Sept. 22, the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) broke ground on a new state-of-the-art call center in the East Aldine District that will span 40,000 square feet and include 50 call stations. Featuring an energy efficient design that can withstand hurricane force winds, the center will be able to maintain round-the-clock operations and handle 911 communications such as text messages, photos, and videos delivered over the internet. Every year, the HCSO answers approximately one million 911 and 500,000 non-emergency calls in unincorporated areas of the county. The call center will be complete in about 18 months.