Katy Business August 2017

| August 1, 2017

The community of Cane Island has been named one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States by Where to Retire Magazine.

The community of Cane Island has been named one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States by Where to Retire Magazine.


The master-planned community of Cane Island, where active retirees enjoy culinary classes to wine and book clubs, has been recognized by Where to Retire Magazine as one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States.

Cane Island’s selection follows a nine-month process when the magazine’s editors reviewed of hundreds of communities across the country to create its 50 Best Master-Planned Communities list.

The 2016 GHBA Community of Year, Cane Island boasts lifestyle patio homes and larger, family homes in a resort-quality setting where social clubs, classes and workshops create a well-rounded, active lifestyle.

Active retirees also enjoy Cane Island’s Amenity Village with 24-hour fitness center, lap pool, yoga studio with on-demand workouts, glass-walled conservatory and resort-style family pool with cabanas and children’s water playground, ideal for visiting grandkids. Plus, Cane Island’s full-time, on-site Lifestyle Coordinator plans activities for residents of all ages.

“As Cane Island develops its first phase, we’re finding the community has become a nice balance of young families, empty nesters and active retirees,” says Lawren Eckhardt, Cane Island’s director of marketing.

One of the most sought-after master-planned communities west of Houston, Cane Island presents new luxury homes from the mid $200s to the millions from CalAtlantic Homes, Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers and Trendmaker Homes.

The community also offers the Estates at Cane Island, an exclusive, gated enclave of custom homes by Jeff Paul Custom Homes, Mike Harrison Custom Homes, Westport and William David Custom Homes featuring half-acre homesites and Houston’s first street pantries.

To reach Cane Island, take the new Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway. Head south on Cane Island Parkway and take the temporary detour into the community. Go to CaneIsand.com for more information including builder incentives and homes available for immediate move-in.


Elizabeth Moreland-Mason

Elizabeth Moreland-Mason


Elizabeth Moreland-Mason, instructional officer for Special Education Curriculum and Instruction K-12 for Katy ISD, has been selected as a 2017 Texas A&M University Dean’s Roundtable honoree. The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) recently honored Moreland-Mason among 28 other transformational leaders from across the state for being excellent role models, mentors and servant leaders in their communities.

Established by Dr. Jane Stallings in 1991, the Dean’s Roundtable has recognized more than 550 individuals who positively impact the lives of people throughout Texas and beyond.

Moreland-Mason’s goal is to ensure that Katy ISD campuses and teachers have the support they need to implement high quality programming in their classrooms for special education students.

Moreland-Mason is the author of two books and has conducted staff development and training related to goal writing, state assessment for students with intellectual disabilities and programming for students with multiple disabilities.


Dr. Bob Basu

Dr. Bob Basu


Dr. Bob Basu, the owner of Basu Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, specializes in the internal bra technique which mimics the support of a push-up bra within a patient’s own tissue. When a woman’s tissue weakens due to weight loss, post-pregnancy changes, age, or a prior surgery, they can lack the elasticity in their breast skin to support long-lasting results. Additional soft tissue support is required to achieve the optimal cleavage and breast position they would like to have.

This unique procedure is a safe and effective answer for women with weak breast tissue that may not support an implant adequately, or women who may already have breast implants, but suffer from recurrent breast sagging or have had implant malposition. Supporting materials such as Gala Flex, SERI, Strattice and AlloDerm are used to create soft tissue reinforcement with a flexible and durable scaffold that integrates into the patient’s natural breast tissue. The scaffolds encourage natural tissue growth that will eventually reabsorb the scaffold over the course of 12-18 months, leaving behind natural tissue with a firm and youthful breast silhouette.

Dr. Basu is a board-certified plastic surgeon with the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has performed more than 11,000 cosmetic surgery procedures. He is ranked in the top 2 percent of cosmetic plastic surgeons in the nation, and has served in numerous leadership positions including on the board of directors for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


(L-R)- Dr. Mac McGuire, CEO of the Quality Texas Foundation; John Kueven, COO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; Heath Rushing, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; and Steve Arms, chair of the Quality Texas Foundation Board.

(L-R)- Dr. Mac McGuire, CEO of the Quality Texas Foundation; John Kueven, COO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; Heath Rushing, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital; and Steve Arms, chair of the Quality Texas Foundation Board.


The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance.

“We are honored to be among the select group of organizations to achieve this distinction from the Quality Texas Foundation. Winning the TAPE award is a reflection of the focus on clinical excellence, quality, and patient safety that the team at Memorial Hermann Katy provides every day,” said Heath Rushing, senior vice president and CEO, Memorial Hermann Katy.

The Quality Texas Foundation, known as a national leader in its field, was chartered to recognize the best organizations in Texas. The group uses an extensive evaluation process that includes hundreds of hours spent through on-site visits to evaluate and score applicants in several criteria.

Dr. Mac McGuire, CEO Quality Texas Foundation said, “This award is no small achievement. It’s not about a particular test, or one-day evaluation. It is a critical look at both the processes and results shown by Memorial Hermann Katy, in accordance with the Baldrige Criteria. Those who receive the TAPE award have a proven record of excellence.”

The Baldrige Excellence Framework is used by businesses, healthcare providers, schools, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations to improve and excel in their industries. This distinction takes Memorial Hermann Katy one step closer to achieving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital received the prominent award in 2016.

“We know the hard work isn’t over yet. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is a lofty goal, but we believe our staff already provides the high quality care outlined by the Baldrige Excellence Framework, and we are confident that we will prove that to the organization in the coming months,” said Rushing.

Memorial Hermann Katy received the award during the Quality Texas Foundation annual conference on June 27 at the Houston Westin Hotel.



New home sales are flourishing in Johnson Development’s Houston-area communities, with builders reporting 27 percent more homes sold during the first six months of 2017 than the previous year.

Builders sold a total of 1,560 homes through the first half of the year, compared to 1,225 in 2016. Three developments reported a year-over-year sales increase topping 35 percent: Richmond’s Harvest Green, with 48 percent more sales in 2017; Harmony in Spring, with 45 percent more sales during the first six months; and Imperial in Sugar Land, with 37 percent more sales this year.

In terms of actual number of homes sold, Riverstone heads the list not only among Johnson Development’s Houston-area communities, but all developments in the region, according to a recently released mid-year sales report by housing think tank Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO). With 276 sales – a 19 percent increase from mid-year 2016 – Riverstone is ranked at No. 1 in Houston, No. 2 in Texas and No. 16 in the nation. Johnson Development had six Texas communities ranked among the top 50 on the RCLCO list: Riverstone, Cross Creek Ranch (No. 31), Sienna Plantation (No. 32), Wood­forest (No. 37t), Harvest Green (No. 41) and Viridian (No. 49t).

“Again this year, we were blessed to have more top-selling master-planned communities in the nation than any other developer,” said Doug Goff, Johnson Development president and COO. “Thanks to a great team of professionals who manager our communities, our home sales are on pace to exceed 3,000 in the Houston market in 2017.”

Newmark Homes President Mike Moody says the amenities in Johnson communities and the thoughtful development has fueled home sales.“We build in seven Johnson developments and do so because we know the community will be well planned and no corners will be cut in creating a neighborhood where people will want to live,” he said.

Three Johnson communities started their first full year of home sales this year: Grand Central Park in Conroe, Jordan Ranch in Fulshear and Veranda in Richmond.

In its 42nd year, Johnson Development has 17 communities under active development — 14 in the Houston area, two in Dallas-Fort Worth and one in Atlanta. For more information, visit johnsondevelopment.com.


Liza Viera, with Katy ISD police officers Chief Deputy Robert Meirs (left) and Chief Robert Jinks (right).

Liza Viera, with Katy ISD police officers Chief Deputy Robert Meirs (left) and Chief Robert Jinks (right).


Sam Houston State University student Liza Viera recently surprised Katy ISD police officers with Saint Michael’s medallions, as part of her support campaign, “Back the Blue – Liza’s Mission.”

The campaign started after last year’s deadly shooting of four Dallas police officers. With encouragement from her father, who is also a law enforcement officer, Liza has presented over 22,700 Saint Michael’s medallions to police officers across Texas. Whether it’s in the form of a prayer card, medal token or car visor clip with the image of St. Michael, many law enforcement officers have expressed a sense of security and peace in carrying the image of the saint with them.

Katy ISD Chief Robert Jinks and Deputy Chief Robert Meier recently surprised Liza with two challenge coins from the Katy ISD Police Department and the Katy ISD Police Officers Association, a department patch, and a teddy cop for her efforts in bringing awareness and support to police officers.


The pocket prairie at Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston’s Fourth Ward is located on the roof with the backdrop of the downtown skyline.

The pocket prairie at Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston’s Fourth Ward is located on the roof with the backdrop of the downtown skyline.


The Katy Prairie Conservancy’s Prairie Builder Schools + Parks program is the focus of an award-winning video by Karen Loke produced for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. This video about Urban Pocket Prairies in the Houston area was celebrated by the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America’s Excellence in Craft contest and won first place in the Family Participa­tion/Youth Outdoor Education category.

The video highlights pocket prairies that have been created in partnership with Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC), a conservation land trust, and Westside High School and Kolter Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District, which enable students to get outside and learn on their own school grounds. Another pocket prairie at MD Anderson Cancer Center creates a natural place for patients and families to connect with the outdoors.

“In addition to saving grand places like the Katy Prairie, KPC is also helping people in the community find nature right where they live, work, and play”, says KPC’s executive director, Mary Anne Piacentini.

KPC’s Prairie Builders Schools + Parks program is one of many KPC educational initiatives which engages public schools and public spaces, often located in economically depressed areas, to establish on-site pocket prairies. These prairies become bridges for learning about science, history, culture, economics, and global environmental stewardship. Further, these prairies preserve a lasting location where students can interact with the land.

To date, 10,000 students have participated in educational programming through this project. KPC has also assisted six public parks in creating native grasslands habitats. Now KPC turns its work to colleges and universities. In t spring 2016, KPC partnered with the Univ­ersity of Houston to create a pocket prairie on its campus for student research. This year, KPC will collaborate with Rice University, University of Houston-Down­town, and the University of St. Thomas to accomplish this same goal.

The winning video is available for viewing on YouTube at youtu.be/rMYvhJ_AZMs

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