Katy Business November 2015

| November 1, 2015

Khalid Almoosa, M.D.

Khalid Almoosa, M.D.

Khalid Almoosa, M.D., Appointed Regional CMO At Memorial Hermann Katy And Cypress

Dr. Khalid F. Almoosa has been appointed Regional Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. In his role, Dr. Almoosa will provide leadership to affiliated physicians and clinical staffs to ensure the hospitals sustain Memorial Hermann’s long standing reputation for high-quality and safe care.

Board certified in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine, Dr. Almoosa most recently served as medical director of the Transplant Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at UT Health Science Center. He currently serves on several critical care and health care quality committees and has published manuscripts on pulmonary, critical care, and end-of-life topics. Dr. Almoosa is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. During his career he has been awarded grants to study critical care topics, and has been a principal investigator on several clinical trials.

Dr. Almoosa received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, where he also received a Masters of Science degree in clinical research.

Dr. Almoosa has lived in Houston for eight years with his wife, who is a native Houston­ian, and two children, ages 5 and 7.

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Ann F. Hodge

Ann F. Hodge

William A. Callegari

William A. Callegari

Houston Methodist West Announces Two New Board Members

Houston Methodist West Hospital has announced the addition of Ann F. Hodge and William A. Callegari to its board of trustees.

Hodge has served as president and CEO of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce since 1999. She has held leadership roles for numerous national, regional and local organizations. Her commitment to the West Houston and Katy communities earned her Citizen of the Year in February 2006 by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, Hodge served as divisional vice president of external affairs for Browning Ferris Industries, the world’s second-largest solid waste disposal firm.

Callegari, a 40-year resident of Katy, is founder of Am-Tex Corporation. He has participated in numerous professional organizations and committees relating to water, environ­mental and engineering issues. Listed in the Who’s Who in the South and Southeast, Worldwide, and Environmental Registry, he remains actively involved in the community and his church. Callegari is president of the southern region, Aqua Source Services and Technologies, Inc. He has previously served as president of ST Environ­mental Services Corporation, WC Engineers, Inc. and Am-Tex Corporation. He is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 132 from 2001 to 2015.

“The hospital will benefit greatly from Ann and Bill’s involvement on our board,” said Wayne Voss, Houston Methodist West CEO.

Houston Methodist West board members serve three-year terms, with medical staff presidents and vice presidents serving two-year terms. New members are identified through and evaluated based upon their commitment, tenure and role in the West Houston and Katy communities.

Board members include: Chairman Vidal Ramirez, Stuart Levin, Dr. Charles Simmons, Rahul Mehta, Dr. Robert Vanzant, Dr. Hector Herrera, Dr. Todd Holt, Dr. Marc Boom, Mick Cantu, and Wayne Voss.

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Lisa Pepitone

Lisa Pepitone

Remodelers Council At Greater Houston Builders Association Wins National Awards

The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Remodelers Council was honored with a national award, the Council Award for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence (CADREs), in two categories from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers.

The awards – known in the housing industry as the CADREs – were announced during NAHB Remodelers annual awards presentation at the 2015 Remodeling Show in Chicago on Oct. 1.

NAHB Remodelers and Professional Remodeler magazine presented the national awards for outstanding service and performance by a remodelers council.

Lisa Pepitone, director of membership at the GHBA, was honored as the Outstanding Council Coordinator for advising and guiding the remodelers council leadership. Pepitone is key to the health of the group’s finances and membership, organizing programs that make the remodelers council one of the largest in the nation.

In the public relations category of the CADREs, the Remodelers Council of the GHBA took home the honors for their work to combat remodeling scams and educate home owners following the floods that devastated Houston in 2015. Accepting the award for the Houston Remodelers Council was its public relations chairman, Amy Ahlbrand Robinson with the Fort Bend Publishing Group.

The CADRE is the NAHB Remodelers’ highest national award for work at the local level. The awards, judged by members of NAHB Remodelers’ leadership, are presented each year to local remodelers councils and individuals whose work at a local remodelers council exemplifies the best practices of the remodeling industry.

For more information about remodeling, visit, ghba.org or nahb.org/remodel.

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(L-R): Ashley Warren with her fiance Justin Wagner and her son Brayden.

(L-R): Ashley Warren with her fiance Justin Wagner and her son Brayden.

Cane Island Welcomes First Residents

About a year after plans for Cane Island were first unveiled, the Katy community has welcomed its first residents, a Katy family drawn to the new community for its location, amenities and builders.

Ashley Warren, son Brayden and Ashley’s fiancé Justin Wagner may not have many neighbors now, but that’s expected to change soon with the completion of new luxury homes in Cane Island’s first phase.

The owners of a new home by Perry Homes, Ashley and Justin moved to Cane Island from the Katy subdivision of Mason Lakes. While Cane Island’s first family enjoyed their previous home, the opportunity to own a new home in Katy’s newest master-planned community was too good to pass up.

“We’re really proud to be the ‘first family’ of Cane Island,” Ashley added. “We loved working with Perry Homes. The plan we selected is perfect for our family.”

Cane Island’s first homeowners are excited about the amenities in their neighborhood, such as the new family pool. The pool is part of the community’s Amenity Village where families also will enjoy a recreation center, poolside cafe, glass-walled conservatory and yoga studio.

In addition to Perry Homes, Cane Island offers new luxury homes by Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Ryland Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers and Trendmaker Homes. Model homes are open daily, Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, noon-7 p.m.

Developed by Rise Communities, Cane Island is minutes from the Energy Corridor, Katy Mills and Memorial Katy Hospital. It also is minutes west of the extended Grand Parkway, Houston’s third ring road currently open from Sugar Land to U.S. 290.

Families currently can reach Cane Island from First Street in Katy. Later this year, the community will be accessible via the all-new Cane Island Parkway interchange at I-10. _________________________________________________________________________________

Katy Area EDC Expanding Presence On Social Media

The Katy Area EDC has been diligently working to expand its social media presence in an effort to provide more information about the ongoing outstanding development and growth in the area. Presently, the Katy Area EDC utilizes Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The organization also has a YouTube page.

Social media provides a great platform and affords the organization the opportunity to share relevant content pertaining to economic development and growth in the Katy Area. It also allows the Katy Area EDC to quickly publicize important announcements.

“Social media is a great way for us to easily share information about the great quality growth and economic development taking place in our area,” added Katy Area EDC president and CEO Lance LaCour.

The Katy Area EDC Facebook page and Twitter page allow the organization to quickly share stories, pictures and information to a vast audience. LinkedIn is used similarly, but also provides an outstanding opportunity to network and connect with members of the Katy Area business community through a professional medium.

LaCour stated, “Engaging with business leaders, members of the community and those looking to move to the Katy Area via social media has been extremely beneficial. We have a great story to tell about our area, and social media is a great tool to do that.”

If you are not presently doing so, be sure to follow the Katy Area EDC on its numerous social media platforms. Current followers are encouraged to share posts and tweets to help others discover why Energy Grows Here.

The Katy Area EDC can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, on Twitter via @KatyEDC and YouTube.

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Harvest Green’s new elementary school will be the community’s third on-site campus

Harvest Green’s new elementary school will be the community’s third on-site campus

Fort Bend ISD To Add Elementary School In Harvest Green

A new Fort Bend ISD elementary school will soon arise amidst the farmland and future new homes of Harvest Green, Fort Bend’s newest master-planned community and Houston’s first with an on-site farm, community and backyard gardens.

Scheduled to open for the 2017-18 school year, the to-be-named elementary school is expected to place a strong emphasis on agriculture-based curriculum given its location within the innovative Fort Bend community, where residents will enjoy farm-fresh produce from an on-site farm co-op. Plus, the new school will be connected to the community by several paved, hike-and-bike trails.

Harvest Green’s new elementary school will be the community’s third on-site campus joining Bowie Middle School and Travis High School, both of which earned the Texas Education Agency’s “Met Standard” Accountability Rating for 2014. Bowie Middle School and Travis High School also received several Distinction Designations in the TEA’s 2014 ratings.

Harvest Green homebuilders include D.R. Horton, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, Lennar, MHI Homes, Meritage Homes, Newmark Homes, Perry Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Westin Homes. Model homes by each of the builders are expected to open later this year.

In addition to its on-site farm co-op, Harvest Green residents will participate in chef-instructed culinary classes, farm-to-table dinners and various social gatherings as planned by an onsite lifestyle director. Each new home in Harvest Green will include an option of a ready-to-grow backyard vegetable garden as installed by Enchanted Nurseries & Landscapes of Richmond.

Harvest Green also will offer more than 50 acres of parks and greenbelts. For more information, visit HarvestGreenTexas.com.

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A rendering of the developed Boardwalk District.

A rendering of the developed Boardwalk District.

Katy Development Authority And Sueba USA Corp. To Develop The Boardwalk District

The City of Katy has announced that the Katy Development Authority has taken a key step forward in the development of the Boardwalk District by entering into an agreement with Sueba USA Corporation for the development of a 22-acre parcel located adjacent to Katy Mills Mall.

Sueba will use the parcel to construct a high quality mixed-use development consisting of loft living space, retail and restaurant facilities, and a public plaza. Sueba’s development will be a strong addition to the Boardwalk District which will also include a convention center, hotel, and restaurant row, all anchored by an 89- acre nature park with a central lake, boardwalks, nature preserves, and a 2-mile walking trail system. Construc­tion of the nature park will commence this winter with an anticipated completion and public opening by the end of 2016.

Katy Development Authority and Sueba USA Corporation are excited to be joint participants in the construction of the Boardwalk District — a project that will provide Katy residents and visitors an additional first class development to live, work and play.

Katy Development Authority was formed by the City of Katy to promote economic development through public-private partnerships that support the completion of public infrastructure and high quality private development. Sueba USA Corporation is a Houston- based real estate development company that is an established leader in the acquisition, development, construction, and management of both residential and commercial real estate.

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The new Mystique Lingerie Store in Rice Village

The new Mystique Lingerie Store in Rice Village

Mystique Lingerie Opens New Store In Rice Village

Mystique Lingerie has been an established boutique specializing in proper bra fittings in the Katy area since 2007. In September, a second location opened at 2426 Times Blvd. in the Rice Village area. Mystique Lingerie has experienced staff assisting customers in finding the perfect bra for their shape and size. The owners believe that being properly fit in the correct bra will increase a woman’s self-esteem and confidence. The boutique also carries a variety of sleepwear and shapewear.

Bra fitting specialists are on site listening to the needs of the customers. The large variety of sizes and brands of bras and lingerie sets this boutique apart from the rest.


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