Business News-May 2009

The Agency gay dating network, Mad Clik, Space City Empire founder Sean Carter, Texas A&M University Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award, and Stonewall Estates subdivision.

By Nancy Ford

Christophe Brillard


Christophe Brillard has announced a new enhancement to The Agency, the first private, exclusive, and personalized dating network for gay men in Houston. Brillard, president of the service, says new memberships now include a one-hour, complimentary coaching session with life coach, Melissa Hudson, C.P.C.C. Hudson, Brillard says, helps clients identify self-defeating influences and offers pro-active steps to overcome them. Details:

DEMONSTRATED SUCCESS. Despite a shaky economy, Mad Clik continues to grow. The parent company of Gay & Lesbian Rainbow Pages has added more online directories to its website, including Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Miami, Atlanta, Portland, and Seattle, says Mad Clik chief executive officer, Cristina Martinez. Additionally, Martinez has launched SynC Employment, an agency that specializes in finding GLBT people employment with companies and corporations that offer same-sex benefits. Details: •

JAYCEES AWARD. What do former Houston Oiler Warren Moon, Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, and now, Space City Empire founder Sean Carter, have in common? They are all recipients of Houston Junior Chamber Foundation’s Five Outstanding Young Houstonians awards. Carter, who currently works as chief development officer for The Rothko Chapel, was male grand marshal in Houston’s 1999 Pride Parade. He receives the HJCF award with 2009 co-recipients, financial writer, Shannon Buggs; attorney, Alberto Cardenas Jr.; Harris County District Clerk, Loren Jackson; and software consulting firm founder, Norman Nolasco at a banquet set for June 23. Details:

NEW TAMU AWARD. A new honor has been created at Texas A&M University as part of the university’s annual Diversity Awards. Beginning last month, the Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award is presented each year “to an individual or organization who has shown great leadership in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex civil rights at the infrastructural and/or interpersonal level,” says Lowell Kane, program coordinator of TAMU’s GLBT Resource Center. The award was presented April 29 in TAMU’s Memorial Student Center after this issue of OutSmart went to press.

RAINBOW LIVING. Representatives of Rainbow Ranch, a popular campground for GLBT guests located in Groesbeck, Texas, have announced they are developing a subdivision of home sites called Stonewall Estates. To gauge interest, they are currently soliciting e-mails from prospective buyers of the 2.5-to-5.5-acre wooded, secluded lots located across the street from the campground. Details: [email protected].

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