FLOODED HOTEL REOPENS
Last year, the flood in Humble took a devastating toll on Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Humble. The first floor was a total loss and one of the hotel’s representatives even had to travel by kayak to get into the hotel to retrieve personal items such as medications for guests who had to evacuate. The hotel has successfully recovered and reopened after 7.5 months. The renovation cost more than $2 million. Although many found jobs in the interim, 80 percent of the previous staff came back to work at the hotel.
CLASSIC BLACK WINS
It’s official; the number one specialty state of Texas license plate design sold by My Plates in 2016 is the full black background design, Classic Black. This new design outsold the previous record holder, Lone Star Black, that had held the top spot for the past seven consecutive years. In 2016, more than 8,100 Texans purchased the new Classic Black design. The last time a full black plate was available in Texas was in 1968 as a general issue pattern. Since that time, Texas has moved to a number of other designs, with the most recent being the full white plate with black lettering.
SULLIVAN HAS NEW POST
Group 1 Automotive, Inc. an international, Fortune 500 automotive retailer, recently announced the appointment of Mike Sullivan as director of governmental and public affairs. Sullivan joins the company after spending 12 consecutive years as an elected official, most recently as Harris County tax assessor-collector. He also served three terms on the Houston City Council.
“We are delighted to welcome a highly respected, dedicated public servant of Mike’s caliber to our proven public affairs team,” said Pete DeLongchamps, Group 1’s vice president of manufacturer relations, financial services and public affairs. “As the company navigates complex industry and policy landscapes around the U.S., Mike’s legislative and regulatory experience will help facilitate constructive dialogue among our stakeholders in both the public and private sectors.”
Sullivan currently serves as a board member or advisory board member of HCA Healthcare-Gulf Coast Division, The 100 Club of Houston, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, and Camp Allen. He was recently appointed as commissioner of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
MORE PLACES FOR SPIRIT
Spirit Airlines continues to strengthen its commitment to the Houston market with an announcement about the addition of two new routes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The ultra-low cost carrier begins nonstop, daily, year-round service from IAH to Newark International Airport and a seasonal route to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, both beginning April 27. The latest additions are part of 10 new routes announced. With the two new destinations at IAH, Spirit Airlines will serve 19 markets out of Houston with 20 daily flights.
The newest Dairy Queen location in Texas has opened at 1314 Northpark Drive in Kingwood. Lines have been long as interested patrons flock to the popular eatery. This location is the newest restaurant in a family of more than 6,700 restaurants worldwide. The first Dairy Queen opened in 1940 in Joliet, Ill.