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Cutline: Louis Smith, left, passed the gavel to Katherine Persson, right, at the annual Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce awards gala. Smith is the outgoing chairman of the board and Persson is the 2014 chair. MAKING THE MOST OF AN EXPO Attendees will receive expert advice on trade show marketing at the Lake Houston Area Chambers seminar planned for 11 a.m., Feb. 12, at the chamber office. Doug Harris of Noisemaker Communications will present Maximize Your Expo Experience: Making an Impact in 100 Square Feet. Topics include strategy and planning, objectives and making a good impression. Free to chamber members; $10 for guests. Reservations can be made online at lakehouston.org. ECONOMIC LUNCHEON SET The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerces Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon will feature national economist Kate Warne, Ph.D., CFA and regional economist Pat Jankowski. Both will take the podium to offer a glance at the economic climate for 2014. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Kingwood Country Club. Warne has been with the Edward Jones Research department since 1997. She was named a principal with the firm in 1999 and became a member of the Investment Policy Committee in 2003. Warne is the firms investment strategist, interpreting market conditions and recommending appropriate long-term investment strategies to aid the firms nearly 7 million clients in reaching their investment goals. Jankowski is a regional economist and vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. He oversees the research department which provides information gathering, data analysis, database management, economic forecasting and mapping functions for the partnerships five divisions. For reservations, visit lakehouston.org or call the chamber at 281-446-2128. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for guests. SUMMER CREEK BIZCOM PLANNED The community if invited to join the Summer Creek BizCom group from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 13, at Summer Creek High School to get community project updates, hear about economic developments and find out whats happening in Summer Creek schools. BizCom is a project of Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce created to address the unique needs of the businesses and community in each of the chambers respective coverage areas; Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood and Summer Creek. Complimentary lunch included. Free with RSVP. Four Summer Creek BizCom meetings are planned for 2014: Feb. 13, June 12, Sept. 11 and Dec. 11. To register, call the chamber at 281-446-2128. NEW BOARD AT CHAMBER The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce announces six new members on the board of directors and a new executive committee. New members of the board include Connie Chandler of Minuteman Press Humble, Renee Howard of PostNet, Jeffrey Hulon of CenterPoint Energy, Sam Schrade of Digital Network Associates, Danny Sullivan of Sullivans Advanced Paint and Body and Terry Vaughn, Jr. of Walgreens. The 2014 Executive Committee is Dr. Katherine Persson, Lone Star College Kingwood, chair; Melinda Stephenson, Kingwood Medical Center, chair-elect; Louis G. Smith, Jr., Memorial Hermann Northeast, outgoing chair; Corinn Price, Insperity, vice chair; J.P. Espinoza, Wealth Design Group, vice chair; Jerry Martin, Light of the World, vice chair; Nancy Shortsleeve, Logostuff Inc., vice chair; and Robert Sitton, Edward Jones Investments, treasurer. Others serving on the 2014 board of directors are Tony Austin, Kingwood Town Center/Cafe DuBois; Gabe Beltran, Skylla Engineering; Scott Brady, Joiner Partnership; Bert Brocker, Texan Buick GMC; Dr. Kyle Buchan, Kingwood Chiropractic Associates; Dewayne Chappell, Divergys; Jenna Dhayer, Lake Houston Family YMCA; Don Gaddy, Edward Jones Investments; Ted Guest, retired; Cheryl Howell, Commercial State Bank; Duane Johnston, Chick-fil-A Fall Creek; Roddy McAlpine, McAlpine Interests; Greg Mielke, Currin, Wuest, Mielke, Paul & Knapp PLLC; Patrick Pettit, Clubs of Kingwood; Dr. Guy Sconzo, Humble ISD; Jamie Smith, Citizens Bank; Corey Turner, Observer Newspapers; and Marietta Winters, Green Oak Diagnostics. NOW IN KINGWOODS WOODRIDGE FOREST Woodridge Forest announces that two national homebuilders M/I Homes and Pulte Homes - have joined the builder line-up in the 296-acre community. Served by recognized New Caney ISD and nestled in the Piney Woods environment for which the Kingwood area is known, Woodridge Forest offers new homes priced from the $200s. The two new builders join Ashton Woods Homes and Ryland Homes in the wooded community, located only one-and-a-half miles from U.S. 59 and adjacent to Northpark Recreation Area. Pulte Homes offers homes built from 1,800-to-3,000-square-feet priced from the $200s. The sales trailer is currently open, with the model home scheduled for completion in the spring. M/I Homes offers new homes from the $215s-290s and ranging from 1,800 3,000 square feet. Future homebuyers are encouraged to stop by the M/I sales trailer at 22739 Whispering Timber Ways. Their model home is under construction and slated to open this summer. With scenic walking and biking trails, playgrounds, greenbelts, boat ramp access at River Grove Park and much more, Woodridge Forest residents have access to all facilities managed by the Kingwood Service Association. Future plans for Woodridge Forest include an on-site recreation center, green belts and additional walking trails. To reach Woodridge Forest, take the Northpark exit off of US 59 North and travel east one-and-a-half miles. Look for Woodridge Parkway after the Kingwood monument sign and turn left. Go past St. Martha Church to the model homes on Soaring Woods Lane, or visit WoodridgeForest.com.