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Business News: February 2007

Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
New GLBT Chamber of Commerce board. The LaDay Group. DIFFA Sweetheart soiree benefit. Lasting Legacy resale shop opens. And more…

NEW CHAMBER LEADERS The Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce members recently elected a new board of directors and executive officers for 2007. Rick Dickson will serve as the board president, with Danny Kallen assisting as vice president, Sean Carter as secretary, and Robert “Shane” McShane as treasurer. Other directors are Victor Cordova, Jonathan Lanz, Jack Richardson, Jerry Simoneaux, Chris Warren, and Harold Kelly. Chosen as this year’s intern from HATCH, the GLBT and supportive youth group, is Pamela Palmer. Dickson says the new board is currently organizing a strategic planning retreat with a focus on increased programming to help promote membership. “We have a great team and have set forth distinct and focused goals,” Dickson said. The chamber hosts its annual Honoring our Allies Luncheon on February 16 at Holiday Inn Select. Details: 713/523-7576,

LADAY AND LA SOIREE NEWS Alton LaDay has announced the move of his public relations firm, The LaDay Group, to River Oaks Tower, 3730 Kirby, Suite 1200. This month, LaDay and Matthew Burrus co-chair Sweetheart Soiree 2007, a Valentine’s Eve reception benefiting DIFFA Houston (Design Industries Foundations Fighting AIDS). The event, which includes a painting called The Heartbreaker by Houston artist Tom Glass as part of the live auction, is set for February 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria. Details: 713/528-1703.

DIFFERENT NAME, SAME SERVICE Travel by Jeff owner Jeff Grieder has announced a name change for his firm: ASAP Cruise Vacations. In addition to performing his duties as a travel agent specializing in cruises, Grieder helps raise money dollars for local GLBT health and services organizations as the drag performer Jessica Van Shelton. Details: 832/875-4800,

BASIC LEGACYOn December 3, Tim Wilde (r), owner of Male Uwear, presented a check of $500 to Bayou City Boys Club’s Red Ribbon Toy Drive for children with AIDS. The funds were raised through a raffle, which this year included merchandise valued at nearly $500 from Male Uwear (415 Westheimer, 713/527-8499) and Eclipse Sunless Tanning. Chuck Wesley, pictured here on the left with Wilde, won the raffle. The Male Uwear website is

ON THE ISLAND Former OutSmart account executive John Nagy (l) has joined the sales team at Sand Dollar Autoplex, 8020 Broadway in Galveston. Nagy says his goal is to provide customers “a comfortable, non-stress experience, as well as offering the gay community special incentives and discounts on new and pre-owner vehicles.” A GMC store, Sand Dollar Autoplex also delivers Pontiac, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, Honda, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Ford, Toyota, and Scion vehicles. Details:   409/744-5711.

GO WITH THE CURRENT After you’ve shopped for a new vehicle down Galveston way, drop in to say hello to the new owners of Undercurrent, Jason Cryer (a.k.a. SoFonda St. John), Daryl Quijano, and Brandon Brown. The mammoth nightclub is located at 2409 Market St. (409/750-8571). The website is


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