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Business News: November 2009

Businesses in the Community that Support the Community
Stan Ford partners with Allen Dave Funeral Directors. Rothoko Chapel development Sean D. Carter appointed to international board. Rotor Envy Helicopters. Center for Beautiful Bodies. Gay Yellow Pages Laura Villagran number 3 at Curve mag
By Nancy Ford

A FRIEND IN TIME OF SORROW. Veteran Houston funeral director Stan Ford recently announced a newly formed partnership with Allen Dave Funeral Directors and Cremation Tribute Center offering funerals, cremations, and life insurance. In partnering with Allen Dave, Ford brings concierge service at affordable prices through a locally owned independent funeral home. Ford, who began his career with Earthman Funerals in January of 1981, marks his third decade serving families throughout Texas at a time when great empathy is needed. Also an active community leader, Ford has served as president of Dignity Houston, co-chaired Houston Gay Pride Parade, and served on the Mayor’s City County Panel on AIDS, which gave birth to Thomas Street Clinic. stanfordtributes
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CHIEF FUNDRAISER. The 2010 International Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has announced it has appointed Sean D. Carter as one of the newest additions to its 35-member international board. Elected to the District H position, Carter represents Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. Currently chief development officer for the Rothko Chapel, Carter is a founder of the Imperial Court of Houston fundraising and performance group.

CHOPPER SERVICE. Rotor Envy Helicopters, “the most luxurious facilities of any helicopter service company in the area,” has expanded its flight services to two types of Robinson helicopters: one that seats two people and one that seats four. Employing the newest and most updated equipment, the small boutique company offers an affordable array of services, including sightseeing, romantic proposal flights, flight training, photo flights, and more, says chief says pilot, Kelley Bishop. 11210 Blume Ave. • 832/221-0943.

A NEW YOU. Center for Beautiful Bodies’ Dr. Amir Rassoli is Houston’s sole practitioner of Vaser Hi Def Lipo system, an advanced body sculpting technique that creates a sculpted, athletic appearance in both men and women. The procedure precisely removes both superficial and deep fat around muscle groups, enhancing the visibility of the underlying musculature. 6363 Woodway Dr., Suite 850 • centerforbeautifulbodies.com • 281/501-8357.

CURVE AHEAD. Curve magazine, the nation’s leading national publication for lesbians, has ranked Gay Yellow Pages founder and owner Laura Villagran in the number 3 slot in its annual list of Top 10 Lesbian Business Owners. Founded in 1990 and based in Houston, Villagran’s LGBT-friendly business directories earn in excess of $2 million annually, and are available online in more than 40 markets. gayyellow.com.


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