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November 23, 2018

Kitchen Cabinet Distributors selects Houston for new distribution center

In January 2019, the city of Houston will add Kitchen Cabinet Distributors to its ever-expanding city limits as the company opens its first distribution center outside of its Raleigh, N.C., headquarters. The 11-year-old cabinet company will open its new 180,000 square-foot distribution in Houston’s Greenspoint neighborhood, just north of downtown.

“Growing demand for affordable, quality cabinetry and a steady housing market continues to drive our growth and our new Houston facility will allow us to better serve the state of Texas and other nearby markets,” says Megan Mazur, vice president of sales and marketing. “At this new facility, our expansive inventory and world-class customer service will allow customers to receive cabinets in days, not weeks, for both renovation projects and new construction.”

The distribution facility will feature a showroom for contractors, home improvement dealers and cabinet shops to experience the company’s affordable styles and possibilities. The showroom will host customers seeking kitchen or bathroom inspiration to fit any budget. The facility will be integrated with the company’s recently launched online dealer ordering system. The system provides full transparency to inventory levels and product specifications allowing customers to submit orders anytime and anywhere.

Kitchen Cabinet Distributors will be filling more than 50 Houston-based positions in 2019, including customer service representatives, and warehouse personnel.

Thor Equities Group welcomes Dakota to Kirby Collection

Thor Equities Group, an urban real estate development, leasing and management, has leased more than 11,000 square feet at Kirby Collection in Houston to Dakota, company executives announced.

The high-end restaurant and lounge, which will include two outdoor patio spaces, is scheduled to open next summer on the first and second levels of the luxury mixed-use property.

Additional retail tenants at Kirby Collection include Pinstripes, clothing boutique A Ma Maniére, Atelier Isabelle Rose, and modern contemporary Indian restaurant Verandah. Approximately 6,300 square feet of retail space remains available for lease.

Office tenants at 3200 Kirby (the office component of Kirby Collection) are Hancock Whitney Bank, Novum Energy Trading, Lukoil, The Alexander Group, and Regency Centers.

Kirby Collection is located in the Upper Kirby District near Houston iconic River Oaks neighborhood. The 1 million-square-foot luxury property features a 25-story residential tower with 199 apartments, a 13-story Class A office building, and two levels of prime retail space.

Etoile raises funds in November for HARC Houston

Every month since it opened its doors, Etoile Cuisine et Bar in Uptown Park has been pleasing lovers of good French food, but the restaurant has also been quietly been sharing some of that pleasure around the city its owners call home.

Chef Philippe Verpiand, who owns the restaurant with his wife Monica Bui, create two special prix fixe menus each month, one for dinner and one for weekend brunch, and from each sale, a portion goes to a designated monthly charity.

For November, the restaurant in joining forces with the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center to continue that organization’s work in providing support for people with aphasia, their families and caregivers. Those suffering from aphasia have lost the ability to speak or easily communicate, usually the after effect of a debilitating stroke, and most have been denied further insurance coverage to help.

The Houston Aphasia Recovery Center was conceived in 2008 to address a conspicuous void in Houston’s medical services community. As the fourth-largest city in the country, Houston has one of the most respected medical centers in the world, yet nothing existed for long-term recovery and wellness for people with aphasia, their families and caregivers. HARC provides counseling, group therapy and various other activities that work toward improvement and recovery. For more information, visit www.harctx.org.

At Etoile, the monthly prix-fixe dinner menu includes four courses, which includes a choice for each course. The cost for this dinner is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity, from which $7 will go to HARC.

Similarly, there is a special brunch menu on Saturday and Sundays. This three-course meal sells for $29 per person plus tax and gratuity and provides $4 to the program for each one sold.

In December, Etoile will raise money for Abandoned Little Angels, a Houston organization that works to financially support various religious orders (both Catholic and non-Catholic) in Viet Nam that are currently adopting abandoned children regardless of their ethnic or religious background.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar is located at 1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd in Uptown. It is open daily lunch and dinner seven days a week.Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10:30 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10:30 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9 p.m. Free valet service is offered for lunch and dinner daily. For reservations or information, call 832-668-5808 or go to www.etoilecuisine.com.

GSM named a winner of Houston 2018 top workplaces award

GSM, a full-service marketing agency specializing in omnichannel, digital, and direct solutions for the automotive industry, has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Houston Chronicle.

The criteria evaluates several aspects of workplace culture, rating areas such as potential for advancement, flexibility of work schedules, pay and benefits and leadership. The list is based solely on anonymous associate feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools.

GSM was endorsed as a 2018 Top Workplace based on its commitment to fostering leadership, a culture offering a family spirit that promotes fun and growth, and meaningful ways for associates to showcase teamwork and productive engagement. Respondents cited strong internal alignment scores well above industry benchmark standards - noting GSM operates by strong values and ethics, offers above average interdepartmental communication and overall, associates feel genuinely appreciated.

Visit gsmarketing.com for more information.

Houston Methodist named 2018 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recipient

For the 11th time, Houston Methodist has been named one of the 2018 Most Wired recipients by College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) HealthCare.

CHIME, comprised of 2,700 members in 51 countries, chooses hospitals and health systems at the forefront of using health care IT to improve the delivery of care and adopting technology and applying it strategically to achieve great outcomes. HealthCare’s Most Wired, now in its 20th year, traditionally tracked the adoption of health care IT in hospitals and health systems.

The report findings fell into the two categories of foundational and transformational technologies. Highlights under foundational technologies include:

94 percent of participants used integrated clinical application suites and 86 percent used remote published applications.

About three-fourths send blood glucose, bedside blood pressure, bedside pulse oximetry and EKG data directly to the EHR but only 25 percent send data directly from IV pumps and 10 percent from in-bed scale.

Almost all physicians have electronic access to the EHR and other resources but only half have access to these resources using mobile applications.

94 percent can consume data in some form from a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) and 97 percent can contribute to a CCD but only 60 percent can consume discrete data with a home health agency or a skilled nursing home.

Only 29 percent report having a comprehensive security program in place.

Nearly all use firewalls, dispose devices containing personal health information properly and secure mobile devices with passwords but many lack other fundamental authentication and safeguarding procedures.

Meg Booth named CEO of Society for the Performing Arts

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Meg Booth as the new Chief Executive Officer of Houston’s prestigious non-profit presenting arts organization, effective Dec. 1. An international arts leader, Booth joins SPA from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the leading cultural center in the nation’s capital, where she currently is Director, Dance Programming. She joined the Kennedy Center in 2003 and has been in her most recent position for the past 11 years.

SPA Board Chair Theresa Einhorn conveyed the enthusiasm of the Board of Directors saying “Meg is a dynamic and talented leader in both the U.S. and international performing arts communities, having helped steer one of the world’s premier performing arts centers. She will be a tremendous asset to SPA, and we are delighted to welcome her as our CEO. Through our extensive national search, Meg stood out among many brilliant and gifted candidates. Her artistic vision, her marketing savvy and her curation and programming expertise, along with strong management skills, are the perfect combination for SPA as we plan for our future.”

Booth’s prior arts administration experience includes positions with the prestigious Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation, Baryshnikov Productions, Inc., and IMG Artists (all in New York City) along with Charlotte Ballet in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a past board chair and long-time board member of Dance/USA and currently serves on the Audit Committee and also serves on the board of Dance Metro DC. Booth earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame.

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