Katy Business January 2017

| January 1, 2017

Rick Ellis

Rick Ellis

Chick-Fil-A Operator Rusty Wylie (third from left) with scholarship recipients Luis Gomez, Avery Fontenot and Stefany Gonzalez.

Chick-Fil-A Operator Rusty Wylie (third from left) with scholarship recipients Luis Gomez, Avery Fontenot and Stefany Gonzalez.

‹Katy EDC Names Rick Ellis VP of Economic Development

The Katy Area Economic Development Council has announced Rick Ellis as its new Vice President of Economic Development, bringing over 18 years of marketing, sales, and corporate relations experience to the Katy Area EDC team.

“We are very excited to bring Rick on as our new Vice President,” said Lance LaCour, President/CEO of the Katy Area EDC. “He has a wealth of experience in business development and marketing which is a great fit for our organization and the growth of the Katy area.”

Ellis will replace Frank Lombard, who will be voluntarily moving from his full-time position as Vice President to Director of Membership, a part-time position. Lombard has been with the EDC since 2006, briefly serving as interim President/CEO of Katy Area EDC prior to LaCour’s arrival. “Frank has been a tremendous asset to our organization,” said LaCour. “Without his leadership and dedication, our organization would not be what it is today. We look forward to his continued role with our organization.”

Ellis is a Houston native with an array of professional experience spanning the real estate, economic development, family entertainment, and senior living arenas. HIs experience in economic development originates with his work with the Greater Houston Partnership’s Economic Development Division, where his responsibilities revolved around working with companies and site selectors in encouraging corporate relocations to the greater Houston area and 11 surrounding counties. Prior to his marketing and sales endeavors, Ellis worked in the built environment industry as a construction project manager and a real estate property manager and leasing associate.

In addition to his professional career, Ellis has served as a director on the Interstate Municipal Utility District board for 10 years and is a representative of MUD boards in the Katy area.

Ellis is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction science and a Master of Science degree in land and real estate development.

“Having lived in the Houston area for the better part of 50 years, it has been amazing to witness up close the incredible transformation of Katy from a small, outskirt town to the thriving community it is today,” Ellis said. “I am excited to join the Katy Area EDC team and look forward to working with the Katy community and businesses to further promote growth and quality of life in the area.”

Rick and his wife Kelly have two teenage daughters, Erin and Shea.

 

 

Chick-Fil-A Operator Rusty Wylie (third from left) with scholarship recipients Luis Gomez, Avery Fontenot and Stefany Gonzalez.

Chick-Fil-A Operator Rusty Wylie (third from left) with scholarship recipients Luis Gomez, Avery Fontenot and Stefany Gonzalez.

‹Chick-fil-A Restaurant Awards 100th Leadership Scholarship

Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Katy resident Avery Fontenot as a recipient of the chain’s $1,000 Leadership Scholarship, making her the 100th nominee of Chick-fil-A Operator Rusty Wylie to receive the award.

Wylie commented, “Avery is a fantastic young leader. She exemplifies everything we love to see in young people – a servant’s heart, work ethic, and great attitude. I am so proud of Avery. She’s worked extremely hard since she started, and this scholarship is only the beginning of great things in her future.”

Currently an assistant manager at Chick-fil-A Mason Road, Fontenot graduated from Taylor High School and is now a freshman at Lone Star College in Houston. She plans to transfer to University of Houston in the fall to study Hotel and Restaurant management. She has been actively involved in Best Buddies, Future Farmers of America (FFA), youth group, and worked as an Athletic Trainer. Avery said, “I love the energetic atmosphere at Chick-fil-A, the friends I have made, and the opportunities for growth. I want to be an entrepreneur someday and maybe even a Chick-fil-A franchisee. This is a great place to start!”

 

‹Houston Methodist West Hospital Gets Redesignated for Excellence in Nursing

Houston Methodist West Hospital has achieved Pathway to Excellence re-designation by the American Nurses Creden­tialing Center.

The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of interprofessional work environments where nurses can flourish and feel empowered. The designation substantiates nursing job satisfaction at Houston Methodist West and identifies it as one of the best places to work. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.

“We pride ourselves on our delivery of unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation to our community,” said Vicki Brownewell, chief nursing officer of Houston Methodist West. “Our entire staff puts limitless effort toward keeping our patients safe and happy, and together we work hard to maintain a healthy and fulfilling work environment.”

The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of the six Pathway to Excellence Practice Standards: shared decision-making, leadership, safety, quality, well-being and professional development

For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research. These initiatives must be integrated in the facility’s practices, policies and culture. Nurses in the organization validate the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely voluntary and confidential online survey.

 

(Back row, l-r): Kyna McGill, Mary Behringer, Sadhana Balasubramanian, Sarah Behringer, Beatriz Pizarro, Hazina Wanjagi; (front row): Ishika Patel, Kashish Patel and Ava McGill.

(Back row, l-r): Kyna McGill, Mary Behringer, Sadhana Balasubramanian, Sarah Behringer, Beatriz Pizarro, Hazina Wanjagi; (front row): Ishika Patel, Kashish Patel and Ava McGill.

‹Houston Methodist West Hospi­tal Demonstrates Surgical Robot for Girl Scouts Robotics Group

The “Brainiac Maniacs,” a Girl Scouts robotics interest group, alongside members of the West Houston community, joined Hous­ton Methodist West Hospital surgeons and staff for a hands-on demonstration of the new da Vinci Xi surgical robot on Nov. 21.

Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to test the dexterity and precision of the robot by completing simple tasks such as moving tiny rings and opening a box of Girl Scout cookies. Through learning about the intricacies of the robot and its capabilities, guests were able to better understand the immense impact that the da Vinci Xi will have on the future of minimally invasive surgeries. Houston Methodist West is the only facility in the Energy Corridor to acquire this complete surgical system.

Robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery that uses a robotic interface to control surgical instruments. With this specially designed system, the surgeon gets a magnified, three-dimensional view of the surgical area and is able to maneuver instruments more precisely during complex and delicate procedures.

“The complex robots can be easy to use with the right interface,” said Sarah Behringer, a member of the Girl Scout’s Brainiac Maniacs group. “[The da Vinci Xi] was actually easy to control.”

At Houston Methodist West, the specially trained and credentialed surgeons are leaders in robotic surgery. Since its introduction a few years ago, robotic surgery has been used in thousands of procedures, proving its safety and effectiveness. Patients benefit from the least invasive, safest surgical treatment for even the most complex conditions.

 


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