Welcome New July 2017 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 21 new business members in the month of July. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the link below.

Membership Thank You

1st Choice Foundation Repair Co.
Alpha Marketing Group
Atlas Point at Prestonwood
Baymont Inn & Suites Plano
Communities Foundation of Texas
Farmbyrd Rotisserie & Fry
Good Life Family Magazine
Ketamine Health & Wellness Center of Texas
LeTourneau University
Mark Heard Agency
Mattress Firm / Sleep Experts
Mic Global Services
Millennium Smiles
MP Orthodontics
Newman Cost Recovery Advisors
Plano ISD Education Foundation
SnapRecruit.com
Tastefully Yours Bakery & Catering
Terry Mitchell
The Boeing Company
The Colony ER

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact Tracy Bartholomew, Director of Membership Development, at tracyb@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Taking Care of Business: An Intern Blog – Issue 3

As my internship at the Plano Chamber comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on the highlights and takeaways of what I experienced. Every time I walked through the glass doors of the Chamber, I was offered an opportunity to learn more about Plano’s businesses along with proper etiquette and professional workplace expectations. Events such as Business Interchange and Public Policy allowed me to meet the faces behind the local businesses where I shop and the movers and shakers of my city. Meeting the diverse Chamber members was definitely one of the best parts of my internship.

At the beginning of the summer, I had a pretty basic idea of what “business” meant, but over time my definition has transformed to become more detailed and in-depth. From what I have experienced, the business world is methodical with planning, impactful on its community, and purposeful with its constant innovation.

Not a lot of high schoolers can say that they spent their summer interning at their local Chamber of Commerce, which so happens to be one of the top Chambers in the nation. The people I met and all that I have learned will stay with me as I venture on into the next journey of my life: senior year of high school (dun dun duuun!).

Thank you to Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Ms. Vicki Wait, Ms. Allison Venuto, and everyone at the Plano Mayor’s Program for granting high schoolers the possibility to not only develop the workforce skill-set they need for the future, but the opportunity to learn more about the City of Excellence. In addition, I could have easily been sitting at home on my computer this summer, but Cigna’s generous intern sponsorship made the transformation of my laptop to a cubicle possible.

Last, but not least, a big thank you to the Chamber staff for allowing a curious high schooler to attend their programs and work on meaningful projects. I can’t wait to apply all that I have learned towards my future goals.

The Chamber Staff with Extern Alice Micheal and Intern Supriya Anand
The Chamber Staff with Extern Alice Micheal and Intern Supriya Anand (Photo by Misty Hoyt)

 

Thank You Donuts!
Thank You Donuts!

 

Taking Care of Business: An Intern Blog – Issue 2

As an outsider looking in, the business world seems vast. There are so many components to consider when getting involved a company. As a young adult in the 21st century, where do I start? These past few weeks at the Plano Chamber have guided me to an answer: Education. I’ve seen that taking a back seat and learning as much as I can about the business world before I start will help maximize my success in the future.

I haven’t even graduated high school yet, and I’ve met local Plano business owners, shared my viewpoint on the millennial generation within the workforce, and learned tips and tricks on marketing a small business thanks to attending the programs that the Plano Chamber offers. Each program varies in size, purpose, and audience, thus accommodating to diverse needs of Plano’s business population. These three factors varied at two events I recently attended, the Plano Culture and Inclusion Alliance Meeting and the Plano First Luncheon.

The Plano Culture and Inclusion Alliance consists of invited professionals in the Plano business community congregate to share thoughts and ideas about diversity and inclusion practices in their companies. This event usually has 15 to 30 attendees along with a healthy lunch. PCIA is hosted at and sponsored by Cigna. A few days before the June 20th meeting, I got a sneak peek of who was attending through preparing the attendees’ table name tents.

Organizing the name tags for Plano Culture Inclusion and Alliance Group Meeting.
My own table name tent for the June 20th Plano Culture Inclusion and Alliance Group meeting

When I was first informed that the Cigna building was located at Dallas Pkwy. and West Plano Pkwy., all I could think of was: Isn’t there just a plot of grass there? I later discovered that yes, while there was a plot of grass in the area, there were also large corporate buildings at this intersection. I realized that I tend to disregard buildings like these because they don’t play a role in my daily life. I mean, they’re just regular offices, right? This preconceived belief of mine was shattered as I entered the Cigna building through its glass doors. The interior was modern and lively, and there were all types of people interacting, not just the corporate archetype I had constructed in my head.

Katie Gimenez, the Programs and Communications Director, and I were given our visitor badges at the front desk and then headed down a hallway towards a meeting room. Inside, the room was set up in a classroom style, with tables set up in lines that were facing the front of the room. During the lingering minutes before the start of the program, I grabbed a plate with a turkey sandwich and honey mustard, a light pasta salad, and a fresh sugar cookie. After a quick bite, I made my way up to the front of the room along with college interns Sai Pasikanti of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Daniel Smith of Ericsson.

Let me back up a few steps. What were three millennials doing at the front of the room of curious business professionals? Sai, Daniel, and I were about to participate on an Intern Panel in order to provide insight and answer questions on our views of our generation within the workforce.

As I was walking up to the front of the room, a question popped in my head like bubblegum: Was the entire future of Plano millennials on our shoulders?!?! To answer my melodramatic question: no. The millennial generation is constantly evolving with the modern times, meaning that companies will have to consider much more factors than what we would discuss to accommodate this broad age group. Additionally, millennials even have branches, like my generation, Generation Z (born 1995-present).

Intern Panel- Supriya
(Left to Right) Supriya Anand, Sai Pasikanti, and Daniel Smith listen to a question being asked.

We were asked basic questions about ourselves first, like what we did at our organizations and how we planned to apply what we learned towards our future careers. With Sai and Daniel entering their senior year of college next year, it was a little daunting to hear how confident they were about their “future career” answers. My answer to what I wanted to do in the future was an entire field of study, pretty vague overall. Nevertheless, I still have time to figure my future out.

After these questions, the floor was open for the professionals to ask us their own questions, which revolved around our ideal work environment and key issues companies represented. My response to these questions was that I would want to work in a company that is dynamic and integrates modern technology with their field. In addition, growing up in a time period with social media and change, I can easily become aware what a company’s standpoint is on an issue thanks to the internet. Personally, a company’s stance on an issue can correspondingly put them in a positive or negative light in my opinion.

Lastly, we heard speakers Christina Flores of Capital One and Toni Howard Lowe of USAA present their company’s approach towards the topic of “The Impact of Changing Demographics in Plano.” Hearing the “behind-the-scenes” logistics from the presentations definitely broadened my viewpoint on the social standards a company has to consider for their employees.

The next major event I attended was the Plano First Quarterly Luncheon, which is an informational session that has business-to-business networking and a high-profile speaker with an attendance that can exceed 300! The speaker for this particular luncheon was the U.S. President of Merchant Services of JPMorgan Chase, Kim Fitzsimmons.

The preparation for this event was much more intensive than the Plano Culture and Inclusion Alliance. With over 200 guests registered, all hands were on deck at the Chamber. Name tags had to be stuffed, flyers had to be printed, and the attendees had to be entered into Chamber Master. Registration was even occurring the day before the event.

Before I knew it, my Outlook calendar was bolded under June 29th , the day of the luncheon. It was go time. After many weeks of hard work, the success of the event would come down to just a few hours. The Chamber staff and I collected all essential equipment and we made our way down to the Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center hours before to prepare for what was to come.

Everyone was given assignments to ensure the event would flow smoothly. The Chamber’s teacher extern, Alice Michael, and I worked on placing Best of Plano cards, question note-cards with a pen, and a Plano First table tent at every table. The remaining Chamber staff met with the Marriott staff to make any last minute necessary changes or to set up the registration table.

The calm before the storm: The tables are set, and all that's left is the attendees!
The calm before the storm: The tables are set, and all that’s left are the attendees!

I helped with registration at the start of the event, which consisted of greeting the attendees and assisting them with finding their nametag in the sea of plastic holders. It may seem small, but it was rewarding to see how the hours of work at the Chamber translated to the event; in this case it was seeing people pick up the nametags that I had put together.

Once they were seated, the attendees were given a three course meal. The courses consisted of watermelon and feta salad with tangy vinaigrette, seasoned chicken breast with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, and (my personal favorite) light and delectable strawberry shortcake. After lunch, Kim Fitzsimmons gave a presentation on technology and JPMorgan Chase’s role and challenges. Overall, she was an effective speaker that brought valuable insight to the audience at this luncheon.

The Board of Director's Table + Food
The Board of Director’s Table + Food

To end my second blog, I just wanted to state that just by attending these two events, I have gained experience in and learned a lot about time management, event planning, networking, and Plano’s businesses. With a Chamber that organizes events like these, I can definitely see why companies of all sizes and types would want to come to Plano. 🙂

 

Thank you to the Plano Mayor’s Internship Program and a sponsorship by Cigna for granting me the opportunity to become a Special Projects Intern at the Plano Chamber of Commerce. I’m excited for what this summer has in store for me!

Taking Care of Business: An Intern Blog

Hello! My name is Supriya Anand and I am a Special Projects Intern at the Plano Chamber of Commerce for the summer of 2017. As an incoming senior at Plano West High School, I was granted this opportunity through the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. I want to thank Cigna for sponsoring my participation in this unique program.  I will be writing an Intern blog throughout this summer to share my experiences and thoughts while in this unique position.

When I’m not interning at the Plano Chamber, you can find me working on my latest creative writing project, listening to David Bowie, The Cure, or other 80’s pop music icons, and bending a soccer ball like Beckham.

Fun Fact: I recently created a documentary revolving around individualism and the American dream within a local Plano theater, Rover Dramawerks, who are also Plano Chamber members.

I am currently interested in pursuing either Neuroscience or Management Information Systems after high school. I also want to learn more about the logistics behind starting and growing a business, in order to apply the knowledge towards opening my own company in the future.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In March, I decided to research how I could get involved with a small business this summer and stumbled upon the Plano Mayor’s Internship Program online. Started in 2014 by Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, the Plano Mayor’s Internship Program provides sophomores and juniors in Plano high schools the opportunity of a summer internship with the purpose of building skills for the future workforce. Over 60 non-profits, small businesses, and large companies in the Plano area such as Minnie’s Food Bank, Ericsson, and Toyota of Plano participate in the program. Over 350 students applied, and only around 100 students were accepted… including me!

Plano_Mayors_Summer_Internship-1024x682
(From Left to Right) Paul Littlejohn of Capital One, Garrett Shipman of Alliance Data, and Mayor Harry LaRosiliere stand in front of the 300+ prospective interns, ready for Summer 2017!

Ecstatic would be an understatement of how I felt when I found out I had gained the opportunity to work in the Plano Chamber of Commerce. What makes an internship at the Chamber unique compared to other internships is that it would expose me to various industries of different sizes in Plano instead of one business. While I know that Plano’s business landscape is diverse and booming, I want to learn how local businesses became successful and what was required to maintain that success. I can apply the information I will learn from attending Chamber events, shadowing various employees, and meeting various Plano business executives towards determining what role I would like to take on in the future business world.

Now that I had the internship, there was something else I had to address: clothes. I had never really worried about what to wear in the past, but this internship required me to step my daily attire of “blue jeans and a shirt” up a notch. Would I need to wear a dress every day? With high heels? I decided to push my indecisive thoughts away and settled on black dress pants with a long-sleeved crème blouse for my first day. The outfit ended up being just right for the Plano Chamber, and I was relieved that I was off to a good start.

On June 12th at 8:25 a.m., I made my way up the winding staircase to the second floor of the Legacy Building for my first day at the Plano Chamber of Commerce. I was nervous because this was the first time I would be working in a professional environment, but elated nonetheless.

The first section of the day consisted of meeting with Jamee Jolly, the CEO and President of the Commerce. She led the new Member Services and Business Center Coordinator, Judy Webster, Plano ISD extern, Alice Michael, and I through orientation and a tour. What caught my attention during the tour was how modern the front desk, business center, and meeting rooms were. I was unsure of what to expect of the Chamber’s environment, and I was definitely impressed. At the end of the tour, I was introduced to my very own cubicle! Overall, I felt extremely comfortable in the Chamber’s work environment.

(From left to right) Alice Michael, Judy Webster, and Supriya Anand ready to take on business at the Plano Chamber!
(From left to right) Alice Michael, Judy Webster, and Supriya Anand ready to take on business at the Plano Chamber!

The rest of the day consisted of lunch at Lita’s La Mexicana Restaurant, training, and introductions to the staff. I learned more about everyone’s area of expertise, such as: Membership Retention, Project Management, and Communications. I noticed that each area required strong computer skills, so I was pleased to know that I could apply what I already knew with various Microsoft programs in the internship and learn more about other programs that are used in a professional environment.

On the second day of the internship, I had the exciting opportunity to have lunch with the past three Special Projects Interns at the Chamber, Karolina Pazdrazdis (2014),  Nick Hughes (2015), and Maria Martinez (2016).  While the past interns came from different backgrounds and ended up at universities all over the country, all of them exhibited passion and drive. The past interns offered me valuable advice on the internship, my senior year of high school, and college.

After two spring rolls and a bowl of fried rice, I learned that it was important to create a LinkedIn profile in order to connect with other Chamber members, to maintain a journal about what I learn and accomplish, and to get ready to become independent once college starts. In addition, I learned that the Chamber had moved to a more centrally located building in August 2016, so I was the first intern at the new location. In general, I found the lunch informative and reassuring that I was in for an exciting summer. I’m looking forward to next year’s Intern lunch and am already brainstorming of advice to give to the 2018 Intern.

All of the Plano Chamber Interns reunited!
All of the Plano Chamber Interns reunited!

Overall, the first few days of the internship were quite enlightening. I learned how interconnected Plano’s businesses were, even beyond their own field. I attended staff meetings and witnessed collaboration channeled towards projects that were outside of my personal realm, a school classroom. Business etiquette is one skill I’m taking in as I go and hope to improve by the end of the summer. I’ve already experienced so much, and am ready to learn from and engage with Plano Chamber Members this summer.

Another day at the office at my cubicle! This day I was analyzing the previous Plano Community Guides so I could brainstorm some ideas for the 2018 Guide.
Another day at the office at my cubicle! This particular day I was analyzing the previous Plano Community Guides so I could brainstorm some ideas for the 2018 Guide.

Thank you to the Plano Mayor’s Internship Program and a sponsorship by Cigna for granting me the opportunity to become a Special Projects Intern at the Plano Chamber of Commerce. I’m excited for what this summer has in store for me!

Welcome New June 2017 Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 26 new business members in the month of June. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the link below.

Membership Thank You

Allstate
Body Machine Fitness
Brookdale Hospice
The Capital Grille Plano
Closet Revival
Costco Warehouse West Plano
Costco Wholesale #664 – East Plano
Dallas Associated Dermatologists
Datamax
Dental Place of Plano
Farmers Insurance – Serrano Agency
Firebird Restaurant Group, LLC
Intuit
iTecs IT Support
MesoMaya
Norma’s Cafe
PurePoint Financial
Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel
Sandy Clark Travel
Señor Locos Tex Mex Icehouse
Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar
SoftwareOne
Southwest Community Foundation
The Bar Method Plano
Total Wine & More
Via Wellness Coach

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact Tracy Bartholomew, Director of Membership Development, at tracyb@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

Deadline Extended – 2017 Dream Big Small Business Awards

BIG DREAMS DESERVE BIG REWARDS – APPLY TODAY

2017 Dream Big Awards

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is in search of outstanding small businesses to participate in the 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards program. This year’s Dream Big Award winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize and national recognition as part of the 2017 Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

Due to an overwhelming response from the U.S. Chamber’s corporate and chamber of commerce partners during the nomination process, they are extending the online application deadline to Monday June 5! This allows every small business the opportunity to celebrate their growth and success.

As part of the online application, each small business is required to:

  • Provide documentation of grossed revenues of less than $20 million in 2015 and 2016;
  • Provide documentation of in-kind and/or financial support to their community; and,
  • Provide responses to four (4) short essay prompts.

All online applications must be received by 11:59 P.M. EST on Monday, June 5, 2017.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to recognizing a diversity of small business owners for their contributions to creating jobs to support economic growth.

To apply for the 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards, please CLICK HERE.

Welcome New Members!

The Plano Chamber was thrilled to welcome 33 new business members in the month of May. Learn more about each member business and the services they offer by clicking the link below.

Membership Thank You

1 Solar Solution
972Rewards
Advance Auto Parts
AsTech
Bloomfield Knoble Advertising
Carrara
Celtin Bookkeeping Services LLC
Cendera Funding
CloudMellow Technologies and Consulting
Colleen Frost Realtors
Del Frisco’s Grille Legacy West
Farrah I. Ahmed PLLC
Flippin Pizza
Gemini Investments
Harmony Public Schools
Highpoint Apartments & Townhomes
Hutchins BBQ & Catering Co.
JPaul Roofing & Construction
Keating Marshall PLLC
Mersatech
Miklos Law, PLLC
North Italia Legacy West
OnQ Financial
Plano Housing Corporation
Productions Plus
ProPlanIt
Residence Inn Dallas Plano/Richardson
Rosenberg, Johnson & Sparks, PLLC
Sunfinity Solar
SwitchPlace, LLC
Texas Pain Physicians
Travel Host
True Food Kitchen

Are you interested in learning more about the Plano Chamber of Commerce and what your business can gain from joining the Plano Chamber? CLICK HERE for information about member benefits, services, and programs or contact Tracy Bartholomew, Director of Membership Development, at tracyb@planochamber.org.

Don’t forget to visit the Plano Chamber Business Directory the next time you are looking for products, services, or a fun night out with friends! Remember to support local businesses and Shop Plano First.

In Booming Plano Labor Market, Some Employers Struggle to Hire

Restaurants, hospitality employers have trouble retaining employees as new jobs flood into suburb.

Garland resident Antonio Oreste, 42, works two jobs at The Shops at Legacy, including this one as a cook at Taco Diner.  Photo by: Daniel Houston, Community Impact Newspaper
Garland resident Antonio Oreste, 42, works two jobs at The Shops at Legacy, including this one as a cook at Taco Diner.
Photo by: Daniel Houston, Community Impact Newspaper

By Daniel Houston

May 25, 2017 – A series of prominent developments in Plano is expected to bring tens of thousands of jobs to the city in the coming years—but it will be harder to fill some of those job openings than others.

From the executives and staff in brand-new, sparkling corporate offices, to the cooks and servers in restaurants at the Legacy West development, the demand for labor in Plano is diverse and growing. But local business leaders have said the Plano restaurants, retail stores and hospitality employers that have struggled for years to retain their workers could be in for a harder time in the coming months.

“In a community like Plano where you have a large number of restaurants, retail [and] hotels that are coming online at once, you have a lot of competition” for labor, said Jamee Jolly, president and CEO of the Plano Chamber of Commerce.

Part of the issue, Jolly said, is tied to the cost of living in Plano, where fewer service-industry and retail professionals can afford to live than in some other areas of North Texas. The average home in Plano is valued at well over $300,000, and apartment rents tend to be higher than most low-wage earners can afford, she said.

These same conditions, common throughout Collin County, mean the area draws a high concentration of educated residents that higher-paying employers would like to attract. More than half of Plano residents have a bachelor’s or graduate degree, compared with fewer than 1 in 4 residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at large.

The local labor market has been moving in this direction for years, even before the latest round of development in Plano, state demographer Lloyd Potter said.

“There’s been a shift of the occupation of people that are in the labor force toward higher-skilled, higher-paid jobs, and away from the lower-skilled, lower-paid jobs,” Potter said.

Looking outside for answers

The restaurant industry is known for its chronic struggle to maintain stable staffs, but the past three years have been the most difficult Javier Ventura can remember.

Ventura, general manager for the Taco Diner location at The Shops at Legacy, said he works regularly to fill vacancies on his high-turnover restaurant staff.

“I will say that 80 percent of the people that I hire are going to be young, really young people,” Ventura said. “Those are the ones that either they last for one month or they just work for maybe a couple weeks and they say, ‘You know what, it’s just not for me.’”

Over time, Ventura said, the older, more experienced employees tend to stick around longer than younger employees with less experience. However, most of these employees who constitute the backbone of his staff do not live in Plano, he said.

“It’s people that come from Dallas, Garland, maybe Carrollton, because I guess they find it a little bit more hard for them to find a job,” Ventura said.

The restaurant starts employees off at $11 to $12 an hour in an effort to attract more candidates, Ventura said. When out-of-town candidates express interest in working at Taco Diner, however, Ventura said they will often hesitate when they learn the exact location.

Other business owners and managers have reached out to the Chamber with similar stories of hiring difficulties, Jolly said.

“When you’re talking about an hourly job, to ask someone to drive across North Texas to get to that job is not really feasible,” Jolly said. “Plano is surrounded on three sides by a toll road. That can be cost-prohibitive when you’re talking about a lower-wage-earning job.”

Antonio Oreste, a 42-year-old cook at Ventura’s restaurant, drives to work from his home in Garland each day. After he finishes his shift at Taco Diner each day, Oreste walks to a second job at another restaurant.

For other potential employees who, unlike Oreste, depend on public transportation to get to work, a broad swath of Plano is not served directly by rail or buses. That said, Plano is more connected to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit network than suburbs to the north.

“We do have light rail into our eastern sector, and that’s been very good for the restaurant industries on the eastern portion that have been able to bring in talent from Dallas and other areas; that’s been great,” Jolly said. “We are increasing the [bus] routes … into Legacy and Legacy West.”

Increasing these bus routes is a step Ventura and other employers in The Shops at Legacy have sought for a while, Ventura said.

High cost of housing

Home prices are rising in Plano, but area apartments are not getting cheaper, either.

New apartment communities are popping up across the city, many as part of mixed-use developments coming online, including Legacy West on the city’s northwest corner and Heritage Creekside on its southern border.

But many of these apartments are aimed at the young professionals who may be living and working in the offices nearby. The lowest rent at one Heritage Creekside apartment community, for instance, is over $1,000 per month. Figures like that are more than what many who earn service-industry wages can afford, Jolly said.

“With the housing costs currently the way they are in Plano and most of our immediately surrounding communities, it’s cost-prohibitive for those folks to live and work here,” Jolly said.

Jolly said some measures companies have used include offering competitive wages and benefits, as well as flexible hours compared with competitors more central to Dallas.

Despite the continued hiring difficulties many employers in the retail and service industries are having, Jolly said she believes they will manage the new challenges as they have until now.

“Again, there’s a lot of competition, but I feel good that they’re aware of it,” Jolly said. “They’re doing their best to be proactive.”

Read the full article about Plano’s labor market by Community Impact Newspaper HERE.

Take the LEED

Cambria Hotels & Suites Recognized as Plano’s First LEED-Certified Hotel

Cambria-Hotels-Plano

Cambria Hotels & Suites Plano – Legacy was awarded a LEED Silver Rating by the U.S. Green Building Council on May 16, 2017. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification requires multiple criteria that address sustainability levels, including using less water and energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and becoming more resource efficient.

“Sustainability isn’t just a state of mind, it’s your lifestyle, it’s how you live and exude it, from the inside/out,” John Henry, General Manager of the Cambria Hotels & Suites Plano – Legacy. “As a team, it’s our primary focus, and is discussed in everything we do, day in, day out. Our goal is to educate every team member, guest, client, vendor, and to take it into the community.”

O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC – the parent company of Cambria Hotels & Suites – is headquartered in Springfield, MO and participates in many sustainability programs as part of their everyday commitment to leaving less of an environmental impact. These programs include:

  • National Recycling Coalition
  • Clean the World Campaign
  • iStayGreen
  • Aquanomic Laundry Program

The four-story, 129-room Cambria Hotels & Suites opened in March 2015 at 7500 Parkwood Blvd. Located just minutes from The Shops at Legacy and several of Plano’s Fortune 1000 companies, the Plano property is ideal for business travelers. The hotel includes more than 2,400 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art meeting and conference space plus a restaurant, free Wi-Fi, fitness center, and outdoor pool.

“It truly is an honor to receive this extraordinary distinction for the Plano property,” said Tim O’Reilly, CEO for O’Reilly Hospitality Management. “Choice Hotels has been a tremendous partner throughout the process of bringing this hotel to the area as well as in other cities, and provides all of the resources for us to be able to achieve an accomplishment like this.”

Cambria Hotel & Suites Plano – Legacy held a press conference on May 24, 2017 to reveal their accomplishments in hotel sustainability and efforts to a healthier environment for the city of Plano. Guest speakers included General Manager John Henry, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, and Chris Day with City of Plano Commercial Recycling.

###

About Cambria Suites: Cambria Suites offers contemporary, upscale accommodations at affordable prices. Designed as a lifestyle hotel brand, Cambria Suites offers more than just a place to sleep at night. As of March 31, 2013, there were 19 properties open across the country, representing nearly 2200 guest suites, and 26 properties in various stages of development, representing an additional 3700 guest suites.

About Choice Hotels: Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world’s largest lodging companies. With more than 6,300 hotels franchised in more than 35 counties and territories, they represent more than 500,000 rooms around the globe.

About O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC: O’Reilly Hospitality Managment, LLC has developed and manages many award-winning upscale restaurants, full select and extended stay service hotels, conference and convention centers, and other properties.

Legacy West Grand Opening

Grand Opening Celebrations Announced for Legacy West

Legacy West

Plano, TX – May 19, 2017Legacy West, the largest new mixed-use destination in North Texas, invites the public to attend its Grand Opening Celebration during the June 2-4, 2017, weekend. The celebration will feature live entertainment from top national and local musical acts as well as food and drink tastings, special store discounts and a “sneak peek” first look inside Legacy Hall, the 55,000 square foot food hall.

Developer Fehmi Karahan couldn’t be more excited. “The only thing better than watching this new magnificent project evolve from ground breaking to grand opening, is seeing fabulous new store and restaurants open and watching people genuinely enjoy the experience we have worked so hard to create,” said Karahan. “I can’t wait to hear the music, feel the vibe, and savor the taste of it all.”

The concert line-up will include the Jordan Kahn Music Company performing Friday, June 2 starting at 7:30 PM, followed by Emerald City Band on Saturday, June 3 at 2 PM and Party on the Moon Band at 7:30 PM. On Sunday, June 4, Taylor Pace Band will take the main stage at 2 PM.

Many Legacy West restaurants will offer food and drink tastings throughout the weekend including Bistro 31, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Fogo de Chao, Haywire, Mesero, Shake Shack, Starbucks Reserve, Taverna, True Food Kitchen, and Toulouse. Legacy Hall, a 55,000 square foot food hall, will offer tours to the public for the first time and will also have several of its food stall operators on site sampling their menu items.  Sprinkles will serve an exclusive Legacy West Chocolate Caramel cupcake and True Food Kitchen will offer a special cocktail called the Plano Paloma, only available June 2-4.

Legacy West retailers including Bonobos, Coach, Fabletics, Filson, Johnny Was, Peter Millar, Pockets Menswear, Suitsupply, Tesla, Tommy Bahama, TUMI, and West Elm will host special in-store events, parties and exclusive discounts and promotions. Also participating, The Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel and Visit Plano.

Grand Opening Weekend event times will be Friday, June 2 from 5 PM – 9:30 PM, Saturday, June 3 from 12 PM – 9:30 PM, and Sunday, June 4 from 12 PM – 5 PM.

###

About Legacy West Located in one of America’s fastest growing, wealthy and most vibrant cities, Legacy West in Plano, Texas will be the very best place to live, work, eat, play and shop. The $3.2 billion dollar, 255-acre development boasts 415,000 dynamic square feet of open-air retail and restaurant space. Additionally, it will also be home to the North American headquarters of Toyota and FedEx Office as well as the regional headquarters for JPMorgan Chase and Liberty Mutual with more than 20,000 employees, making it one of the largest new job centers in the state. A 303-room Renaissance Legacy Hotel, two stunning, high-rise luxury living towers, more than 1,200 luxury apartments and 127 urban villas complete the project. At the helm of Legacy West is The Karahan Companies, a fully integrated real estate development, property management and investment firm that has been actively involved in Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate since 1982. Established in 1983, capital partner Invesco Real Estate is a global leader in the real estate investment management business with $68 billion in real estate assets under management and a local presence in 21 regional offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Curating a premium blend of retailers and restaurants is Open Realty Advisors, a renowned real estate firm lauded for spearheading the retail growth of America’s most innovative brands.