Katy Business December 2016

| December 1, 2016

Stan Goss

Stan Goss


In March of 2016, the Katy area lost a leader and community member in Stan C. Stanley. To honor his contributions and continue his legacy, the Katy Area Economic Development Council created the Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award. On Nov. 3, Stan’s birthday and what has been proclaimed Stan C. Stanley Day by the City of Katy, the Katy Area EDC announced Stan Goss as the winner of the inaugural Award.

Goss has been a pillar of the Katy area through his involvement in numerous organizations and activities with a goal of bettering the community much like Stanley did. He is a nationally recognized executive coach and leadership development professional, and has been involved with organizations such as Katy Area EDC, Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church, Katy ISD and youth basketball organization Katy Rebels.

For the past eight years, Goss has served on the Katy Area EDC Board of Governors and spearheaded the Talent and Leadership Taskforce to recruit new organizations to the Katy Area EDC; he has led groups at Grace United Fellowship Methodist Church; and he has worked with the Katy ISD Miller Career and Technology Center to help grow its impact on students and increase local business involvement with MCTC, among other volunteer roles in the Katy community.

Goss was selected from a pool of award finalists including Carol Adams of the Katy Heritage Society; Kathy Gerritzen, director of Katy Area Ride Service; and Tommy Golczynski, managing partner/founder, Assured Flow Solutions.


Kat Garza

Kat Garza


Kat Garza never dreamed she would work for Cane Island when she moved to the new Katy master-planned community with her husband and two small children.

“We were looking for a community to raise our kids with good schools and a short work commute to the Energy Corridor where my husband works,” she says. “I never thought my new job would be right in my backyard!”

As Cane Island’s new Lifestyle Coordinator, Garza will be responsible for planning a range of activities for residents and prospective homebuyers including movie nights, wine and cheese events, fun runs, walks and holiday festivals. Garza replaces Olivia Montagna who moved with her family to upstate New York.

“I love Cane Island’s hometown feel, welcoming atmosphere and the opportunity to interact with our neighbors,” Garza adds. “When presented the opportunity as the community’s new Lifestyle Coordinator, I jumped at it.”

One of the most sought-after master-planned communities west of Houston, Cane Island offers new luxury homes from the $200s to the millions, including those in gated sections and on prized, cul-de-sac homesites from Coventry Homes, Toll Brothers, Ryland Homes, Shea Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes and Trendmaker Homes.   Residents enjoy a resort-style Amenity Village along with easy access onto Interstate 10 via the Cane Island Parkway.

The community also offers The Estates at Cane Island, a gated custom home neighborhood with 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 north on Cane Island Parkway and take the temporary detour into the community. For more information and for e-mail updates from the community, go to CaneIsland.com.



New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced Oct. 31 by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Houston Methodist West was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“Keeping our patients, guests and staff out of harm is at the forefront of every decision,” said Vicki Brownewell, chief nursing officer of Houston Methodist West. “We empower staff to continually make our care safer by recognizing them for avoiding hazards and involving them in adopting the safest processes and procedures.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Houston Methodist West’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.



The Katy ISD Communications Department was recognized by MarCom Awards, an international competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by creative pro­fes- ­s­ionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs, as a Gold Winner in the category of E-Newsletter.

The Katy ISD Update, a monthly publication created by the Department and delivered via e-mail to nearly 20,000 sub­- scri­bers, was recognized for its creative design and concept.

The Department was also awarded Honorable Mention by MarCom in the category of Information Video for its video feature on K9 Officers Marcel and Juno, four-legged heroes that sniff out trouble to keep Katy ISD safe, which was produced to honor the Katy ISD Police Department during the District’s Police Week from Aug. 28-Sept. 3.

The mission of the MarCom Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the creativity, hard work and generosity of marketing and communication professionals.


(L-R): Courtney McDaniel, Carla Wells, Cari White, Tracey Posey, Lisa Shepherd, Susan Gerhards, Shereen Sampson, Larry Cook, Jane Woodward and Tamara Lipani.

(L-R): Courtney McDaniel, Carla Wells, Cari White, Tracey Posey, Lisa Shepherd, Susan Gerhards, Shereen Sampson, Larry Cook, Jane Woodward and Tamara Lipani.


Abigail’s Place, a Fort Bend County centered charity, has announced the members of the Board of Directors. Shereen Sampson, the organization’s founder, president and chairwoman of the Board, commented, “I am thrilled to have such a strong and focused board, made up of talented, dedicated, and God-centered individuals who are focused on serving our community.”

Abigail’s Place Executive Board Members are Sampson, president, director, chairwoman of the board; Tracey Posey, vice – president, community outreach, special events and fundraising; Susan Gerhards, treasurer, community outreach and fundraising; Lisa Shepherd, secretary, community outreach, chair of Abigail’s Race for Grace.

Board Directors include Larry Cook, strategy, development, special projects, and fundraising; Tamara Lipani, client vetting and advocacy, and community relations; Courtney McDaniel, communications, community relations, and client advocacy; Carla Wells, client vetting and advocacy, and community relations; Cari White, client vetting and advocacy, and community relations; Jane Woodward, donor relations and community relations.

Sampson commented further, “The Board provides a strong understanding of Abigail’s Place mission and vision statements. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of our organization, as well as to raise awareness of our services to the surrounding communities, a role I know this group is extremely well suited to perform.”

Abigail’s Place is a nonprofit relief organization committed to supporting single mothers in Fort Bend County by providing safe, transitional housing while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization.


(L-R): Jim Parisi, Brenda Kepner Sauls, Avadele Short, Heather Rojas,and Jackie Walker.

(L-R): Jim Parisi, Brenda Kepner Sauls, Avadele Short, Heather Rojas,and Jackie Walker.


Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently celebrated volunteers, both past and present, who have supported the hospital’s operations throughout its 35-year history of serving the Katy community.

“The volunteers at Memorial Hermann Katy are just as instrumental as our employees and clinical staff. They show up with smiles and positive attitudes that help facilitate a comfortable and calming environment throughout our hospital,” said Jim Parisi, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy.

While the event recognized all those who have volunteered at the hospital over the past 35 years, it also recognized one special volunteer who has served the hospital since the program’s inception. Avadale Short began volunteering with the hospital shortly after it first opened on Pin Oak Road in 1981, and continues to volunteer today. She received her 10,000-hour pin at the celebration.

“Avadale is a great example of how the Katy community supports one another. She has been a fixture within this hospital for over three decades, and we appreciate greatly her continued commitment to the patients, staff, and our services,” said Heather Rojas, manager of volunteers at Memorial Hermann Katy. “We have many volunteers who’ve served at this hospital for more than 10 years and I think it reflects the neighborly attitude that many people in Katy possess.”

The volunteer services program at Memorial Hermann Katy has more than 180 active members but is always looking for others who would like to serve. Volunteers support both clinical and non-clinical areas, patient transportation, the gift shop and other areas. To learn more or to volunteer, visit memorialhermann.org/locations/katy/volunteer-katy-hospital



Coventry Homes received two awards in the recent Houston’s Best PRISM Awards hosted by the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Houston-based builder won Volume Builder Townhome Product Design for its Versailles floor plan offered in Somerset Green. Coventry’s Design 8264 in Avalon at Spring Green took home the award for Volume Builder “Specialty Home” Front Elevation up to $750k.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized among such an elite group of residential real estate professionals in one of the nation’s top housing markets,” said Paul Blackburn, division president for McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc., (MHI), parent company of Coventry Homes.

The builder’s four-story model home at 709 Somerset Green Drive boasts expansive outdoor living areas including two balconies and a roof-top deck with an outdoor kitchen. Floors are accessible by an oval, spiral staircase and an optional elevator. The third floor is completely devoted to the master suite, which includes a deluxe bath, walk-in closet, laundry facilities, a private elevator and a balcony overlooking the community lake.

The award-winning elevation of Coventry’s Design 8264 in Avalon at Spring Green features a courtyard entrance behind private wrought-iron gates, as well as a stucco-and-stone façade with turrets. The varying heights of the stone-and-stucco transitions add dimension, while massing brings height to the front elevation of the 5,107-square-foot home. The model is located at 2611 Hollingsworth Pine Lane on the lakefront of the gated Katy community.

The Greater Houston Builders Association has hosted the awards for nearly 40 years, recognizing the industry’s best people, products and promotions. Entries are judged by an independent panel of experts from across the nation.

Coventry Homes builds throughout the Houston region, with homes priced from the $300,000s to more than $1 million in 31 planned developments. For more information, visit coventryhomes.com.



This fall, Newmark Homes is not only helping Houston-area residents settle into their perfect homes, but also helping strays with Fort Bend County Animal Services find “furr-ever” homes.

Representatives from animal services are bringing adoptable pets to Newmark model homes during several special events, plus the builder is donating $250 to the organization for each visit.

Shelter animals will be at Frost Fest in Sienna Plantation Dec. 3 in Missouri City, as well as Snow Fest in Fulshear’s Jordan Ranch Dec. 10.

“Fort Bend County Animal Services has more than 100 animals waiting for adoption,” said Melissa Guerra, marketing director for Newmark Homes. “We are excited to help these animals find homes this fall while we are also helping prospective home buyers find homes in Fort Bend County — it’s a perfect match.”

Fort Bend County Animal Services offers an online directory of lost pets, and also places stray pets, registers and licenses animals, provides vaccinations and helps control unrestrained free-roaming animals. Volunteers are welcome to help care for and socialize with shelter animals, and donations of food, treats, blankets, toys and more are appreciated.

Newmark Homes and Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes, part of the Newmark family of companies, can be found in 11 Houston-area developments including six in Fort Bend County. For more information on Newmark Homes, visit newmarkhomes.com.

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