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SPARK Luncheon

Member Price: $35 Nonmember Price: $45 Date: Location: The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center Address: 300 N. Fifth St., Garland, TX 75040 Categories: Chamber Events, Luncheons

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Event Details

Strong Partnerships and Relevant Knowledge (SPARK) is a quarterly luncheon that will host a variety of high-profile speakers to engage business and community leaders on current business issues. The event allows professionals from a diverse business community to interact in a relaxed environment and learn more about better business practices or issues facing the Garland community.

Speaker: Curtis Hite
Topic: The Conscious Business: A fresh look at Capitalism

Date: Nov. 18, 2019
Networking: 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Program Begins: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center

Sponsor: Good Samaritans

Meet & Greet

Want a little extra time to connect with local professionals on Luncheon day? Show up early for an informal opportunity to network with this month's sponsor and other luncheon guests. 

Time: 11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Atrium Lobby

The Conscious Business: A fresh look at Capitalism

An introduction to the growing Conscious Capitalism movement. Recently, capitalism has found itself increasingly under attack. This presentation discusses how businesses have the potential to be one of the greatest forces of good in our society. Hite introduces the framework for creating a conscious business — one that is built for purpose and profit, one that focuses on stakeholders beyond the shareholder, and one that is dedicated to culture and leadership. 

About the Speaker

Curtis A. Hite, CEO and Chairman of Improving Holdings, LLC. (Improving) graduated from Texas A&M University in 1994 with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science. At Texas A&M, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, serving as commanding officer of Squadron 6 and as a member of the Ross Volunteers. In 2007 Curtis was honored by the Department of Computer Science as a CSE Distinguished Former Student and later in 2013 he received the inaugural Outstanding Early Professional Achievement Alumni Honor Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

Curtis began his career as a software engineer building systems in the Defense industry – first with Rockwell International and then at E-Systems (later acquired by Raytheon). In 1998, Curtis and several partners founded Expede, a software development consulting and training company. Its quick growth drew the attention of a French company, Valtech, which acquired them in 1999. Curtis soon became CEO of Valtech’s North American operations and remained in that position until late 2006. In early 2007, Curtis and many of the same partners established the Blue Ocean Group, which quickly acquired a small training company called Improving Enterprises and adopted the Improving name. The company has been blessed with continued growth since then — repeatedly receiving accolades including the Inc500/5000, Dallas 100, and Aggie 100. More importantly, the company has received recognitions from its employees as one of the best work places in Texas as noted by the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, and Texas Monthly.

2019 Partner in Education

As part of our partnership with the Garland Independent School District, and with the assistance of our 2019 Partner in Education, Environmental Waste Services, the Garland Chamber will recognize "Teachers of the Month" at each SPARK luncheon. Between the months of February thru November, the program will recognize up to 14 teachers of the month from the 56 Garland ISD campuses located in Garland. 

Pricing

Member Price: $35
Non-Member Price: $45

Group Discount
Active Chamber Members in good standing are eligible to receive a group discount when two or more representatives of the member company register to attend a Chamber Luncheon. The first representative will pay the member pre-registration price of $35 and each additional representative added will receive an additional $5 discount. Registrations must be completed in a single online transaction to receive the group discount.

Cancellation Policy
Because of facility requirements, we must charge the full registration amount for reservations not canceled two business days prior to the event. See our fee policy for additional details.