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Business News: January 2009

IW Marks Jewelers turns 30

OutSmart’s Thomas Chelena (l) with IW Marks Jewelers owners Daniel (c) and Brad Marks

A DIAMOND AMONG JEWELERS OutSmart’s Thomas Chelena (l) presents IW Marks Jewelers owners Daniel Marks (c) and Brad Marks with the magazine’s Gayest and Greatest Readers’ Choice Award 2008. The store, perennial winners of the Best Jeweler award, celebrated its 30th anniversary on November 20.

HOUSTON LEGAL Following the announcement that founding partner Jerry Simoneaux is pursuing a career in public service (see News Briefs, page 00), Simoneaux and Frye law firm is now called Frye and Cantú. New partners Patricia Cantú and Salvador Benavidez join the firm’s current slate of partners, Phyllis Frye and Rob Scamardo. Simoneaux remains with the firm in an advisory role with the title of “Counsel.” Details:

OUTDOOR PROMOTION The Miller Theatre advisory board has named Cissy Segal Davis as its new managing director. Owner and operator of Publicity Specialties marketing firm, Segal Davis takes responsibility for the overall management of the organization, programming, the grants process, special attractions, fundraising, and more. Details:

Houston Gym personal trainer Lorenzo Ortiz works with client Theo Rainey.

BEST OF BELLAIRE Joyce Gayles, PhD, has been selected for the 2008 Best of Bellaire award in the psychologists category by the U.S. Local Business Association. Dr. Gayles received the award based on her success in enhancing the positive image of small business through service to her customers and community. A clinical psychologist and success coach, Dr. Gayles is the founder of TransformationWorks, which offers psychotherapy, career counseling, and coaching for business and professional development. Details:

FITNESS AWARD Houston Gym was recognized in November by as its first official “ Gym of the Month.” The monthly winners are determined by the nutrition website based on the gym staff’s level of knowledge and friendliness, availability of free weights and appropriate machines, “and a motivating environment where serious training is taking place, all at an affordable price,” said Ryan DeLuca, chief executive officer. Houston Gym, owned by Johnnie West and John Langerman, is located at 1501 Durham in the Heights.


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