Atascocita resident, George Garrett, co-author of new book, “Evolved,” (pictured) presents his newly published book to Kingwood librarian Christi Whittington. Garrett and his co-author, Theresa Zimmerman, have a consulting business, called Future Focus Group. They hope to engage companies who are willing to give up old ways of leadership and look for new techniques in today’s modern world. Their book can also be found on Amazon, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and Westbow Press.

RILEY BECOMES PRESIDENT
Dr. Rebecca Riley, a Kingwood resident, has been chosen to serve as interim president of LSC-Montgomery, beginning Jan. 15. Riley, an accomplished artist, has served as vice president of instruction at LSC-Kingwood since August 2009. She began her career at Kingwood in 1993 as an adjunct instructor of art and has also held positions as associate dean and dean of arts and humanities and interim vice president of student success. Riley holds an Ed.D. from Sam Houston State University in Higher Education Leadership and an MFA (Printmaking and Art History) and a BFA (Painting and Art History) from Texas Tech University.

BYNUM CHOSEN VP OF LAND DEVELOPMENT
Kingwood resident Russell Bynum has been named the vice president of land development for Taylor Morrison, a leading homebuilder in North America. Bynum will oversee the company’s Houston division. Bynum will supervise the division’s contracted land and lot positions, along with presiding over the development of land in the Houston market. With a degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas and a MBA from the University of Houston, Bynum will be a major asset to the Houston team. With a background in land development, a wealth of job experience and being an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Urban Land Institute, Bynum is a perfect fit for the company.

 

JOHNSTON CRUISE SPECIALIST
Lanelle Johnston, MCC (Master Cruise Specialist) and a Vacation Destination Specialist, has been a travel agent for 18 years. She worked for Enex Securities; a company led by Gerald Eckley in Kingwood as a marketing associate and planned travel for the company. When the oil industry fell, she was invited by Joy Greiner, owner of Travel With Joy, to learn the travel industry. After Greiner retired, Johnston joined CruiseOne Inc., a home-based franchise agency owned by Wayne and Pam Wassom, in 2006. CruiseOne Inc. is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and specializes in offering cruises and land vacations by combining the latest technology with old-fashioned service. The computerized “best fare” search program enables Johnston to identify excellent values on all the major cruise lines and vacation destination suppliers. "I take great pride in working with my clients and helping them decide what ship or travel itinerary will best fit their personality and budget. After the right cruise or vacation has been chosen, my service does not end, I handle all the details,” said. Reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call directly at 281-358-8441.

FASHIONS AND MORE
Audrey Smart opened Fashion and More a few months ago and invites the public to come visit. Always a hard worker, Smart has wanted a dress shop all her life – she loves clothes and fashions. This is her last stop on the way to retirement – her shop will provide the nest egg for those relaxing years in the future. Smart chose to open her shop in Kingwood to be close to her granddaughter plus she loves the smalltown feel, yet bustle, of Kingwood. She specializes in boutique type apparel, handbags, jewelry and boots. Stop in and say hello – her shop is located in the Fiesta Azteca Center at 20669 West Lake Houston Parkway, Suite and the shop's telephone is 281-852-2022.

Delta Air Lines Pilots Captain Mike Spicuzza and First Officer Jim West complete the airline's first GBAS landing using the B737 Fleet. (pictured)

AIRPORTS INCREASE TECHNOLOGY USE
More and more airlines operating from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) are using the Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS). GBAS is a technology that provides differential corrections and integrity monitoring to ensure precision navigation in the approach and landing phases of a flight. IAH was one of only two airports in the nation to participate in the pilot program through a partnership launched in April 2013 with the Federal Aviation Administration, United Airlines and Honeywell to demonstrate the effective use of GBAS. The system delivers a cost-effective solution to increase airport capacity, decrease air traffic noise and reduce weather-related delays.The flexible approaches provided by GBAS may produce a significant reduction in aircraft delays and carbon emissions at airports. For more information on GBAS, visit FAA.gov.
 

NEW STAR ON TEXAS LICENSE PLATES
There’s a new star on Texas license plates! The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles board recently approved the addition of a new star symbol as an option on all personalized specialty license plates in Texas. It will be offered in addition to existing symbols that include the Texas silhouette, heart, period and dash. My Plates also recently introduced a new price reduction in Texas to further broaden the appeal of its specialty plates for all Texans. Since November 2009, Texans have purchased more than 214,000 My Plates, putting more than $27M in the general revenue fund, which helps pay for services for all Texans.
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SUDDENLINK OFFERS 150-MEG SERVICE
Suddenlink has launched a new high-speed Internet service with a download speed of 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) and an upload speed of 7.5 Mbps in Kingwood and Porter and announced that Internet speeds for its existing customers have been increased at no additional charge. Customers with 15, 30 and 50 Mbps services are being upgraded to faster speeds and are being notified directly about those new speeds. Suddenlink also is introducing a 100 Mbps service option. Nearly half of the planned 1 Gigabit launches are expected to be completed in 2015 and most of the remainder the following year. In addition, while Suddenlink already offers its business customers a range of custom services capable of multi-Gigabit speeds, the company also plans to enhance its standard commercial services through this project. Suddenlink will communicate additional details to customers in the area as the investments continue and again when 1 Gigabit speeds are available. More information is available at Suddenlink.com.


LEGISLATIVE TRIP TO AUSTIN
The Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Trip To Austin provides opportunity for members to meet with state officials, legislators and agencies in odd-numbered years. The two-day event will be held in February. Constituents deliver the Lake Houston Chamber’s legislative agenda to legislators and attend pre-arranged meetings, tours and other legislative activities. The Lake Houston delegation will participate in some activities for ANHOC’s North Houston Day in 2015. For information, call 281-446-2128.

NEW RESTAURANTS COMING TO KINGWOOD
Pollo Tropical, the Caribbean-inspired restaurant brand, and its Mexican food counterpart, Taco Cabana, plan to open this at the Kroger Marketplace Shopping Center on Northpark at U.S. Highway 59. Both restaurants are part of the Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc. According to Frank McCrady, president and CEO of the East Montgomery County Improvement District, construction on the buildings began in mid-December. The newest Pollo Tropical, being built adjacent to BreWingZ Sports Bar & Grill, will feature the brand’s signature flame-grilled marinated chicken, as well as roast pork, guava barbecue ribs, made-from-scratch side dishes and world-renowned Create Your Own TropiChops®. Taco Cabana, which is going up alongside Carl’s Jr., serves fresh, handmade Mexican food, including fajitas, quesadillas, hand rolled flautas, enchiladas, burritos, a selection of made-from- scratch salsas and sauces, frozen margaritas and beer. Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns more than 250 restaurants in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

NEW LOCATION FOR SPARKS INSURANCE
Sparks Insurance Agency has a new location. The company is now located at 25103 FM 2100 in Huffman. Owner John Sparks may be reached at 281-324-9119. 

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