Katy Business May 2017

| May 1, 2017

Cane Island's glass-walled conservatory, the only such facility in the area, is available for seasonal use in the fall and spring.

Cane Island’s glass-walled conservatory, the only such facility in the area, is available for seasonal use in the fall and spring.


Cane Island’s glass-walled conservatory, the only one of its kind in the area, and its multi-purpose event center, both situated within the community’s resort-style Amenity Village, now can be reserved for business, civic and social gatherings.

Available for both residents and nonresidents of the Katy master-planned community, both venues are located minutes north of the Cane Island entrance at 2100 Cane Island Parkway.

Cane Island’s 3,500-square-foot event center is serviced by a restaurant-quality commercial kitchen making it ideal for morning, afternoon or evening catered functions, receptions, meetings and networking events. Ample covered space just outside the event center is available for pre-function activities. The event center also can be converted into an indoor/outdoor venue by opening its large sliding doors.

For more intimate events, groups can reserve Cane Island’s 1,500-square-foot glass-walled conservatory, the only such facility in the area. Available for seasonal use in the fall and spring, the enclosed, air-conditioned space with its wall of fresh flowers is ideal for showers or smaller social events. The conservatory also is serviced by the Amenity Village’s full-service commercial kitchen.

Groups reserving either the event center or glass-walled conservatory also can access an upper level fireplace loft and the Amenity Village community lawn with fire pit framed by rescued, 75-year-old oak trees. Ample surface parking for both facilities is available.

For rental rates and information, e-mail info@caneisland.com. For more information and for e-mail updates from the community, go to CaneIsland.com.



Amazon.com, Inc. has announced plans to open its 10th Texas fulfillment center in Katy where it will create 1,000 new, full-time jobs. Since Amazon launched operations in Texas in 2013, the company has quickly grown its fulfillment workforce in the state to 10,000-plus full-time employees across seven existing facilities in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz and San Marcos. Previously announced facilities in Houston and Coppell are currently under construction.

Amazon employees at the one million-square-foot Katy fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship larger-sized customer items, such as music equipment, sports gear and electronics.

“We are honored Amazon chose Katy to be the location for their next fulfillment center, and we know the City of Katy will benefit from this relationship through increased job opportunities for our residents and their support of local Katy businesses,” said Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes. “We look forward to working with Amazon and the local team for years to come.”

To learn more, visit amazondelivers.jobs.


Doug Goff

Doug Goff

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson


Johnson Development Corp. has announced the promotion of Doug Goff and Michael J. Smith to co-presidents of the company, a milestone achievement for two key members of the management team who have helped establish Johnson as a preeminent residential and commercial land development company.

Goff, 21 years with Johnson, most recently served as COO while Smith, 17 years with Johnson, served as its senior vice president and director of land development. In their new roles, Goff will be responsible for the company’s overall residential sales and marketing strategy and will oversee commercial development initiatives while Smith will lead general land development and corporate operations. Goff and Smith will be responsible for relationship management and negotiations with Johnson’s strong stable of homebuilder partners. Larry D. Johnson, formerly president and CEO of the Company, will continue to serve as the Company’s CEO and will hold the new position of chairman.

Under the team’s leadership, Johnson has become one of the nation’s leading land developers with a portfolio of 17 active master-planned communities today in Houston, Dallas and Atlanta. Collectively, these communities span over 44,000 acres with entitlements for 74,000 residential units and more than 16 million square feet of commercial space. Over the past 20 years, Johnson communities have created an impressive $25+ billion in new taxable value for the communities in which they reside.

The company’s award-winning roster of master-planned communities includes four of the top-30 selling master plans in the country as ranked by new home sales in 2016, including Riverstone (#20), Cross Creek Ranch (#23), Woodforest (#27) and Sienna Plantation (#30). Johnson is also pleased to announce the recent launch of new home sales activity at Houston communities Grand Central Park, Jordan Ranch and Veranda.

Johnson Development also continues to provide development and construction services for third-party property owners who lack the management resources or in-house development team to maximize the potential of their land positions. “As we look ahead in 2017, we are excited about the continued opportunity to expand the Johnson platform on a more national basis and will take advantage of new opportunities as they arise,” said Johnson.


Employees at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital celebrated the expansion of heart and vascular services with a ribbon cutting.

Employees at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital celebrated the expansion of heart and vascular services with a ribbon cutting.


Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently expanded heart and vascular services with the opening of two new cardiac laboratories that can be used for catheter-based procedures as well as electrophysiology procedures.The labs represent a $5.2 million investment into the Katy community by Memorial Hermann Health System.

“We see this expansion as further proof that we are focused on meeting the healthcare needs of this community. Not only will the additional space allow us to care for more patients, but our highly-trained affiliated physicians can now perform additional types of specialized procedures,” says Heath Rushing, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy.

In the new labs, cardiac electrophysiologists can insert pacemakers and perform ablations to treat irregular heartbeats. Specialists can also now offer procedures like removing life-threatening blood clots or inserting stents to help blood flow through arteries via a catheter, which is a small tube that is inserted into a large blood vessel usually in the groin.

“Having an irregular heartbeat can raise your chance of developing serious conditions like blood clots, heart failure, even stroke. The highly-trained team at Memorial Hermann Katy is prepared to treat arrhythmias in a variety of ways, including through minimally invasive procedures similar to the ones being done at the Texas Medical Center, in our new EP lab,” says Sunil Reddy, M.D., a cardiac electrophysiologist with Memorial Hermann Katy and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

Memorial Hermann Katy is equipped to handle a variety of heart and vascular conditions, including treating heart attacks at its accredited chest pain center. Learn more at memorialhermann.org/locations/katy/heart-and-vascular-services


Dr. Peter Walker

Dr. Peter Walker


Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently appointed Peter Walker, M.D., as its new medical director of the bariatric program.  In his new role, Walker will oversee the growth of the program, which aims to help people lose weight after diet and exercise options have been exhausted.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more and one-third of Americans are considered obese. “Obesity puts people at risk for other serious diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or stroke. It’s important those looking to lose weight, especially those concerned about type 2 diabetes, consult with a physician to explore the various techniques, both surgical and non-surgical, that can help manage their weight,” says Walker.

Walker earned his medical degree at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. His general surgery residency at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth was followed by an NIH-funded research fellowship and an advanced laparoscopic and robotics fellowship at UTHealth.

Board certified in general surgery, Walker’s clinical interests include advanced robotic surgery, weight loss surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) surgery, hernia repair, biliary (gallbladder) surgery and general surgery.

Walker is also an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, and associate program director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program at UTHealth.

To schedule a free consultation with Walker to discuss your weight loss options, call 281-644-8824.


Maddy Burt

Maddy Burt


The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island has named Maddy Burt as its new on-site Lifestyle Director where she will plan family movie nights, wine dinners and tastings, culinary classes, signature and holiday festivals, arts workshops and photography classes, resident social clubs and many other events for residents and prospective homebuyers.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for event planning,” says Burt. “Our Amenity Village, with its central lawn, conservatory, fire pit and multi-purpose event space, is ideal for year-round activities.”



Memorial Hermann Health System has announced Heath Rushing as Sr. Vice President and CEO for Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress. Rushing, who previously served as Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, officially began his role on February 6.

“Having a single leader for the two hospitals speaks to Memorial Hermann’s commitment to providing coordinated and consis­­tent care throughout the System. We are confident this streamlined structure will foster a spirit of collaboration, allowing us to better meet the healthcare needs of the entire region,” says Craig Cordola, Sr. Vice President & Regional President – West, Memorial Hermann Health System.

Rushing joined Memorial Hermann in 2002 and throughout his career he has held several leadership roles. During Rushing’s tenure at Memorial Hermann Northeast, the hospital became a certified primary stroke center, introduced the community’s first neurosurgery spine program, began a start-up interventional cardiology program, and re-established the hospital’s peripheral vascular program. Rushing also established deep roots in the community, serving on a variety of community boards within the Lake Houston area.

“Heath led Memorial Hermann Northeast during a time of great change and expansion. I know he has the expertise to guide Memorial Hermann Katy and Cypress into a bright future,” adds Cordola.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the team at both Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress hospitals. I am confident that together we will be able to build on the strong foundation that is already in place to navigate this ever-changing industry,” says Rushing. “I hope my tenure as CEO will not only facilitate a better experience for our patients, but also for our employees and affiliated physicians.”

Rushing, his wife, Sara, and their three children plan to relocate this summer to be closer to the communities he now serves.


Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah surrounded by some of his McRoberts ES students.

Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah surrounded by some of his McRoberts ES students.

McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah is one of eight Texas principals recently selected as a Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Super­visors Association (TEPSA).

The final award winner will be surprised in May at their school with $10,000 as well as represent Texas at the 2017 National Distinguished Principal event in Washington, D.C.

TEPSA received 123 nominations for the 2017 NDP award. After a rigorous reading process in which applicants shared their educational philosophies and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, a peer-review committee selected eight finalists. These outstanding leaders then showcased their achievements during a school visit by a team of educators. Finalists will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception June 14 in Austin.

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