Grow Northwest Lands Key Investment

Houston, Spring, Klein, Cypress – The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Grow Northwest Campaign has received the ultimate vote of confidence from Houston Northwest Medical Center in the form of a $100,000 pledge this week. Hospital CEO Tim Puthoff and COO Juan Fresquez made the announcement last week.

“We believe strongly in this effort and we have confidence that our investment will be a catalyst for rebranding and revitalization, while helping the community in which we operate”, explains Juan Fresquez, COO of Houston Northwest Medical Center. Juan also serves as the 2014 Chamber Board chairman and has participated in this initiative from its inception.

Grow Northwest is a campaign and a strategy to build upon the community’s successes and to advance the local economy. For over a year, the Chamber has taken steps to develop and refine a community strategic plan that will support economic growth, better insure the safety and security of the commercial areas and that will provide a pleasing identity and brand for the Cypress Creek Community. Anne Vallette, former executive director of the Klein Education Foundation, was selected to take the staff lead in the Capital Campaign effort.

“We have learned a lot in the process of reaching out to the community and while we are getting a very positive response, we recognize that it takes time for our larger corporations to approve investments such as this,” Anne Vallette shared. “For this reason, the Grow Northwest Campaign will extend into early 2015 to allow us time to reach everyone.”

“This is the most important effort the Chamber has taken on in its 40-year history”, says Barbara Thomason, Chamber president, “It is the Chamber’s highest priority”.

The Grow Northwest Campaign has an active website, and a Facebook page. A Grow Northwest video can be found on the homepage. A dynamic Campaign Committee was established to drive its success. The members of the Campaign Committee include; former city councilwoman Toni Lawrence; Barbara Schlattman, advocate for the Green Medians; Salty Thomason, owner of Pella Windows and Doors of Houston; Jim Alexander of Amegy Bank, Shah Ardalan, president of Lone Star College – University Park and the Chamber’s incoming Board chair; Enrique Lima of Real Estate Brokerage Group and former Chamber Board chair; Delora Wilkinson, real estate consultant and advocate, chair of the Chamber’s successful 40th Anniversary event and former Chamber Board chair; Barbara Thomason, Juan Fresquez, and Adrian Cadena of Frost Bank serving as Campaign Committee chair.

“Stay tuned”, says Vallette, “there will be more good news to share!”

For more information about the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, contact the Houston Northwest Chamber at 281-440-4160 or visit the web at For more information about “Grow Northwest”, go to The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has enjoyed 40 years of service in north Houston, Spring, Klein, Champions, FM 1960, FM 2920, SH 249 and Sam Houston Tollway Corridors. The Chamber has over 750 members and is committed to its mission of developing successful businesses and a thriving community.