|April 2007, Issue 2|
In This Issue...
The new HAF Time Online newsletter was received with great enthusiasm. Several of you provided positive feedback, as well as information for this issue. One thing I heard often is that the reason why members join is to network.
Since 2007 started, several new members joined HAF. In this issue we provided a brief profile of a few as a way to welcome and introduce them to the organization. This month's luncheon program with Stan Richards is certain to have a large turnout. Make them feel welcome and say hello if you see them at this or other upcoming events.
There is a lot going on and we will continue to keep you informed. What’s going on in your corner of the world? If there is anything you want included in future issues, send it to me at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
Until next month, thanks for reading!
Stan Richards is Coming to Town!
On Wednesday, April 18, Stan Richards, founder and principal of The Richards Group in Dallas, will speak at the Houston Advertising Federation luncheon at the Junior League. Stan founded The Richards Group after graduating from Pratt Institute in New York. His work has received awards in virtually every major competition, and Stan himself has garnered dozens of honors.
The Dallas Society of Visual Communications named him as "the single individual who has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of creative standards in the Southwestern United States." He's been ADWEEK's "Top Creative" four times, one of The Wall Street Journal's "Giants of Our Time" and Inc. magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year." And he, along with Walter Cronkite, Ted Turner and Bill Moyers, has received the University of Texas' Reddick Award for leadership in communication. In 1999, Stan achieved the highest honor in his field: election to the Art Directors Hall of Fame. Fellow laureates include Walt Disney, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol. Register Now
The HAF Nominating Committee
Under the Direction of Lou Congelio, the HAF Nominating Committee met recently to propose the slate of nominees for board and officer positions in 2007-2008. The election meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2007 and ballots will be sent to all members in mid-April.
Serving on the Nominating Committee this year are: Lou Congelio, Jim Conlan, Leo DeLeon, Cliff Gillock, Jay Hagins, Bob Livermore, Bill Powell, Justin Smith, Dennis Vegas, Jim Walker, Erin Williams and Jay Janecek.
Hollywood of the South?
In an effort to become the "Hollywood of the South", Louisiana has been promoting their tax incentive program aimed at giving filmmakers and film infrastructure healthy incentives to develop projects in the state. These incentives have made Louisiana a major Hollywood player, with filming of high-profile movies like The Dukes of Hazzard, The Guardian, and The Runaway Jury.
But things are not so rosy. Louisiana's unregulated Film Office has caused confusion and disorganization for the tax incentive program. The state's arbitrary practice of spreading incentives over a period of time has caused problems for more than one proposed project. According to Stephen Moret, CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, the state wants to spread the credits because it is receiving applications for projects much larger than anticipated. The sizeable tax credits of these projects would be material to the total state budget. The absence of clear, consistent rules has frustrated a number of producers and tarnished Louisiana's reputation.
The Motion Picture Association of America reported that nearly 30 states have passed their own film incentives and another eight, including Texas, have plans in the works. Will producers pass over Louisiana for a state with attractive tax credits and a better reputation? There are members in HAF who hope so and are working on legislation to position Texas to be that state. For more information about these efforts in Texas contact Cynthia Neely, Houston Representative, Texas Motion Picture Alliance
This excerpt is from LIGHTS! CAMERA! INACTION?, written by Chuck Hustmyre and Jeff Roedel that appeared on 225BatonRouge.com.
Welcome New Members
Please welcome the newest members of HAF. To help break the ice if you see them at an event, we profiled a few. If you are a new member and would like to include a short profile in future newsletters, contact Becca Castillo.
Jessica Manning - Love Advertising, Laura Ehrlich - C4 Omnigroup, Denesha James - Ad2 Houston, Gregory Watts - Ad2 Houston, John Robert - Ad2 Houston, Amal Adi-Ad2 Houston, Kelly Theisen, Kristin Vance - The Media Audit, James Holder - Aquent, Tommy Legg - Houston Community Newspapers, Michael Pettiette - Houston Community Newspapers, Tabitha Pagel- Page Parkes Talent, Larry Kelley - Fogarty Klein Monroe, Brian Distefano - Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Michael Hart - Michael Hart Photography, Thomas B. Hensey Jr. - Rhino Marketing Inc., Darrin Poole - Solid State Information Design, J.B. Kenna - GolfPanache LLC
Michael Hart started dabbling in photography at 14 and since then built a successful commercial photography business. When he is not snapping photos, he likes to travel, cheer on the Astros, and play and listen to music. A self-professed sentimentalist, his favorite book is "For One More Day" and his motto is: "You're only young once, but immaturity can last indefinitely"
Brian Distefano is the Director of Marketing for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. He enjoys restoring classic cars and is working on a '56 Porsche Cabriolet. He was involved in the first annual Lone Star Motorcycle Rally. Over 250,000 people attended the event, which has grown into the single largest AMA sanctioned motorcycle rally in the United States.
Darrin Poole is a partner of Solid State Information Design, a marketing strategy and communications company. He is an avid sport enthusiast and is in desperate search for a single digit golf handicap. Darrin and his wife have two boys who actively participate in team sports, cub scouts, and music lessons.
Tabitha Pagel started out as a model and now oversees the careers of talent worldwide as the agency director for Page 713 Model and Talent Agency. She is from Sweeny,a town two hours south of Houston with a population of 4,000 people. When not working, she enjoys reading while sipping a glass of red wine. People would describe her as overly organized and a good friend.
Tommy Legg is a native Houstonian. Currently in advertising sales, he has been involved in many facets of advertising from territory rep to vendor development and co-op coordinator, to special sections coordinator to business development and major accounts manager. He survived the West Nile Virus, enjoys playing golf and tries to live life to the fullest.
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