Corporate Memberships to Champions Club Available for Employees of Southlake Businesses

Do you work for a business in Southlake? You’re eligible for a discounted corporate membership to Champions Club!

An inclusive corporate membership gives you access to all of Champions Club’s amenities and benefits at 10% off the base membership rate. You’ll also receive members-only pricing for room and meeting space rentals.

Southlake businesses must be verified by the City of Southlake to qualify for corporate membership rates. Employees must show proof of current employment in the form of a pay stub dated within thirty (30) days of enrollment.

Employee Wellness Programs

If you’re a Southlake business owner or corporation looking to increase employee engagement and satisfaction, we can help you transform your workplace.

Employee well-being is directly tied to a company’s efficiency, productivity and overall culture. An inclusive and thoughtfully-designed wellness program can have a positive impact on your employees’ physical, mental and emotional health, ultimately contributing to a healthier, happier workplace. Corporate memberships to Champions Club make it easy and affordable for employees to take advantage of our many health and wellness opportunities, including:

  • Lunch and Learns
  • Health and Wellness Seminars
  • Walking/Running Club on Indoor Track
  • 50+ Group Fitness Classes
  • Personal Training

To learn more or purchase a corporate membership, contact our Membership Services Coordinator at (817) 748-8955 or memberships@themarqsouthlake.com.

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Education campaign kicks off before city employees vote on pension solution

On Dec. 13, the city council voted to approve a proposed plan that will put the City of Fort Worth’s pension on the path to sustainability and eliminate its $1.6 billion unfunded liability.

Part of this plan requires an employee vote, which will be held Feb. 4-22. Current city employees of all employee groups — general employees, fire and police — will vote on whether or not to:

  • Increase employee contributions to the fund.
  • Approve employee contributions to the fund for all overtime hours.
  • Adopt the risk sharing mechanism to allow further contribution increases in the event that the health of the pension is not restored by these changes.

In order for the plan to succeed, a majority of all city employees — 50 percent plus one — must vote in favor of it. Both the City of Fort Worth’s increased contribution and an extension of the DROP period from five to six years are contingent upon approval of the employee contributions.

A failed employee vote will send the city’s pension to the state Legislature in Austin, where the final decision will be made regarding further contribution increases and benefit reductions.

Pension education resources

Several resources are now available as part of the city’s comprehensive education campaign, so employees can learn more about the proposed plan and cast an informed vote next month.

The city’s pension webpage will continue to be the most up-to-date resource for all things related to the pension discussions. Among other information, the webpage contains:

  • A collection of articles and videos of council presentations about the proposed plan.
  • Information organized by employee group — General Employees, Fire and Police — about how changes to the pension will impact each group.
  • A pension glossary, which helps provide definitions for many of the concepts and terms being used throughout the education campaign.
  • A pension FAQ section, which will be updated during the next few weeks with answers to employee questions.

Pension meetings

The pension webpage also contains a complete schedule of more than 20 educational meetings, which will be given by city management at locations throughout Fort Worth. City employees will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more information about the proposed changes prior to next month’s employee vote.

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Public Safety Employees Graduate Leadership Academy

Over the last six months, 11 Public Safety employees have participated in our fifth DPS Leadership Academy.

The Leadership Academy was developed as a way to bring members of both the Fire and Police departments together to strengthen their skills as leaders.  Its purpose is to develop quality leadership within our Police and Fire departments. The program included both internal and external experts who spoke on the topics of Pride and OwnershipCritical Thinking & Decision MakingLeadership & Communication StylesGenerational DifferencesEmployee Relations and Southlake’s Strategy. This program was originally made possible by a very generous anonymous donation facilitated through SDCA.

On September 19th, we celebrated the graduation of the program participants listed below. At the graduation ceremony, each participant spoke about what they learned from the program and how they will use it to become a better leader. The program was very successful and we look forward to offering it again in the future.
Fire Department:
Wes Adams
Mike Leonard
Jason Moloney
Jay Nunnally
Cory Teague
Vann Wakefield
Police Department:
Nate Anderson
Andrew Davis
Micah Davis
Myles Jenkins
Dakota Mowdy

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City Recognizes Employees During Annual Awards Ceremony

It’s that time of year again to give a big shout out to all City of Southlake employees and employees who stood out in 2017.

The City of Southlake is hosting its annual employee appreciation celebration the week of February 12 -16 to show gratitude for the hard work that employees do each day. True to the Southlake Way motto, “We are world class professionals serving a world-class community,” the City is excited to host this annual event to recognize employee performance.

A dozen or so employees are being recognized for outstanding performance including; departmental Director’s Awards, the Kristin Pitzinger Customer Service Award and Value Superhero Awards.

All employees will be treated to special events and each department will host their own fun, spirit day to celebrate their employees. The City also presents each employee with a small City of Southlake logo gift as a token of their appreciation.

The leadership team would like to thank Southlake employees for their commitment to excellence and also give enthusiastic congratulations to all of this year’s award winners. Take a look at the stories of this year’s award winners. They are stories of dedication, and service to the City of Southlake residents.

Director’s Award recipients include:

Ashley Newhart for the Community Services Department, who is being recognized for her flexibility and dependability.  She is described as a go-to team member who always accepts a challenge, most recently as a key team member preparing for the opening of Champions Club at The Marq Southlake, and as a key leader for the LiveFit program. Known for being detail-oriented and someone who is always looking for ways to improve programs and services, Ashley’s Department Director Chris Tribble says simply, “I can always count on her.”

Chris Brown for the Fire Department, chosen for substantially impacting the efficiency and safety of the organization.  Chris is known for his strong work ethic and positive attitude, and above average work quality. Responsible for the department’s firefighting protective gear, and meeting regulatory requirements, he manages this important project in addition to his regular duties. “I appreciate his hard work and dedication,” said Fire Chief Michael Starr.  “The safety of our personnel is largely dependent on his work, and he quietly manages it extremely well.”

Preston Logan for the Police Department, whose knowledge of Police Department operations, passion for the job, great interpersonal skills, and sincere care for those he serves make him a stand out. He has a positive attitude and an infinite desire to learn, as well as a keen understanding of the complexity of his role as a law enforcement officer.  “Corporal Logan is an outstanding police officer who will tackle tough assignments, but he is also a caring person.  His compassionate service to the community makes him a stand out in our department,” said Police Chief James Brandon.

Misty Knaust for the Finance Department, an energetic and positive force who creatively and proactively implements processes and projects to better serve utility customers.  CFO Sharen Jackson considers Misty an invaluable member of the team and has noted that “Misty truly cares about her work, and it shows.  She routinely finds new and better ways of doing things and works cooperatively with her coworkers to make important improvements.  She is a hard worker, and a positive leader, someone who will make real and lasting impacts on the way we do business.”

Susie Hernandez for Planning & Development Services, an employee who performs her assigned duties very well because she possesses considerable knowledge of building codes and the department software used for this operation.  “She is a great resource for our department, and other city colleagues, a data guru who helps prepare reports and successfully implements projects,” said Ken Baker, senior director of planning & development services. “The list of accomplishments attributable to her is long and meaningful. She is a true professional and key component to the department’s success.”

Tarl Plank for the Public Works Department, considered by his peers and department leaders to be a man of “unwavering integrity.”  Tarl is a safety champion who takes care of important projects – such as installing valley gutters, placing asphalt, and modifying handicap ramps – with an eye for meeting customer expectations, managing his team with skill, and works with positivity. “I appreciate Tarl so much,” Public Works Director Rob Cohen said. “He has a strong moral compass and works hard. He’s an outstanding employee.”

Jintana Jones for the Administration Department, recognized as a strong performer with an even temperament, who gets the job done all the while smiling and encouraging her co-workers. Overseeing the front office of the City Manager’s Office, including the switchboard operations, requires skills and patience, which Jintana has in abundance.  And she recently took on additional responsibilities supporting economic development efforts. “Jintana is, in a word, wonderful,” said Assistant City Manager Alison Ortowski.  “She works incredibly well with the public because she is a good listener, and so intelligent. Her willingness to work on anything that needs to be done makes her a real asset to us, and to the community.”

Recipients of The Kristin Pitzinger Customer Service Award Include:

Internal:  Jacob Goodsell from the Public Works Department (Facilities Management), who cheerfully goes about his day doing anything that is needed to keep Town Hall looking good and functioning well.  “If you need help with anything at all, Jacob is there with a smile and helpful hands,” said Stacey Black, human resources director. “He graciously serves the employees who work in Town Hall, as well as visitors. It’s not uncommon to see him holding doors open, giving directions, or laughing with someone. We really value him.”

External:  Seantay Carpenter from Planning & Development Services (Code Enforcement) whose ready smile and even-temperament make him ideal for the job responsibilities he handles.  “There aren’t enough good words to describe Seantay’s attitude,” said Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher.  “He has a tough job, but you’d never know it.  He handles his duties with class and grace and supports his co-workers unconditionally. We’re proud of him, and appreciate his strong customer service.”

Superhero Value Awards recipients include:

Integrity:  Jason Arrellano from the Public Works Department, who regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty to make needed sewer system repairs and maintain the system.  He does whatever it takes to get the job done, whenever needed. He is known for “doing the right thing.”

Innovation: Stacy Wells from the Library who energetically brings new ideas to serve the youth department and Southlake’s young children.  With strong demand for these services, more than 65% of the Library’s overall demand is attributable to youth services, Stacy is going constantly.  But she creatively implements new programs and services to keep things fresh and new, regularly thinking outside the box.

Accountability: Daniel Ford from the IT Department is widely recognized as a go-to guy, bringing his know-how, strong work ethic, and kindness to each and every project or problem.  He is widely respected for his ability to get the job done with professionalism and competence, as well as for his sincere care and concern for those he serves. Daniel is known for taking ownership of his assignments, relentlessly pursuing solutions.

Commitment to Excellence: Andy Alvarado from the Community Services Department, is an employee known for working hard and making City parks beautiful and ensuring they are clean. Citizen survey data regularly shows an appreciation for the appearance of parks and open spaces.  Andy and his crew anticipate the needs of park patrons and go above and beyond to ensure that expectations are exceeded.

Teamwork: Thomas Roberson from the Police Department, a detective who has a strong desire to assist others.  He has patience and investigative thoroughness, a good fit for working crimes against persons cases.  He will do whatever is needed to help his co-workers but is also known for working closely with neighboring police departments to develop leads and coordinate investigative efforts. He recognizes the importance of working together to successfully prosecute cases

Be sure to take a moment to congratulate the award winners when you see them and again congratulations to everyone for their hard work this past year.














 

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TCC Students, Employees Make Holidays Brighter for North Texans in Need

As part of its commitment to serving the community, Tarrant County College is celebrating the holiday season with charitable-giving projects across the District.

TCC Northwest is collecting items for 6 Stones’ New Hope Center, which provides emergency assistance of food, clothing and other resources to local families. Student Development Services is coordinating the project, with collection boxes located in Advising & Counseling, Student Accessibility Resources, Testing and other campus offices. Organizers will deliver donated items in mid-December and again in the spring

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City Employees Receive Special Awards

Several Southlake employees received special awards this past week for their work in the City and we couldn’t be more proud of them.

Employees with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department were recognized during the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) awards luncheon for outstanding contributions to the Parks and Recreation field. Parks Manager Mike Reasoner received the “Parks Professional of the Year” award.

Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher wrote the nomination for Mr. Reasoner. Thatcher said, “When you’re in Southlake you know it! Thanks to Mike’s attention to detail, and his commitment to excellence. Mike has distinguished himself as a true professional in the parks field.”

The nomination for Reasoner continues, “As a Division Manager, Mike spends a significant amount of his time engaging with the community. He truly understands the expectations of our citizens and goes above and beyond on a daily basis to ensure their needs are being met. Mike will always make accommodations to meet with a resident, athletic association member or a City employee at their request to discuss an issue or solve a problem. I know that he accepts phone calls and responds to email on his personal time just to ensure a customer knows their request has been received and is important to him.  He always handles citizen complaints and compliments with a high degree of professionalism and courtesy. It is his dedication to the customer and their concerns that have made Mike so successful in his position as Parks Manager. Congratulations Mike!”

Miracle Eggstravaganza received the Lone Star Programming Award, recognizing an innovative, first-time recreation program spearheaded by Parks and Rec Program Supervisor Ashley Newhart and Special Events Coordinator Corinne Klitzke.

The City of Southlake saw a need for a special event like this that is completely handicap accessible and designed for children who have disabilities and their families. The Community Services Department presented the idea to the Miracle League of Southlake and partnered with them in the development of this new special event.  Eggstravaganza was held in the completely wheelchair accessible Texas Rangers Miracle League Field in Bicentennial Park. This first-time event was a huge success with more than 400 guests in attendance. Congratulations to Ashley and Corinne for their outstanding work!

Southlake’s Purchasing Manager Tim Slifka, was honored with the Presidential Award from the Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA). TxPPA strives to make public purchasing in Texas the most efficient and effective in the nation. The organization represents the highest ethical standards of conduct in the performance of public and non-profit purchasing.

The TxPPA president selects the award recipient each year based on performance. “We look for someone who goes above their regular responsibilities and provides outstanding leadership. Tim is deserving of this prestigious award. He exemplifies the standards of the TxPPA organization. He is always standing by ready to step up and help whenever and wherever needed,” Kim Gould, 2017 President of TxPPA. Congratulations Tim!

These employees epitomize the Southlake Way. At the City of Southlake, our professionals are the most important resource in our service commitment to our customers. We nurture a progressive environment where challenging, empowered and purposeful work is celebrated. Today we celebrate the accomplishments of these four employees. Congratulations to you all.

 

Mike Reasoner

Ashley Newhart and Corinne Klitzke

Tim Slifka

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TCC, Fort Worth ISD Students and Employees Receiving Free Vaqueros FC Tickets for May 20 Game

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 17, 2017) – High school and college students now have a reason to head to Farrington Field for a Fort Worth Vaqueros game.

 

Fort Worth ISD Night presented by Tarrant County College offers free admission to all students, faculty and employees of FWISD and TCC attending the May 20 match between the Vaqueros and Houston Dutch Lions. Saturday’s match at Farrington Field, 1501 University Drive, begins at 7:30 p.m.

 

All fans have to do is show a valid student or employee ID to gain admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one ticket per person with valid ID. Parents and friends may purchase tickets for $10, with 50 percent of ticket proceeds being donated to the FWISD Foundation.

 

For more information on this promotion, please call 817-200-7355 or visit www.fortworthvaqueros.com.

 

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Southlake Public Safety Employees Complete DPS Leadership Academy

Over the last six months, 13 Public Safety employees have participated in our third DPS Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy was developed as a way to bring members of both the Fire and Police departments together to strengthen their skills as leaders. Its purpose is to develop quality leadership and management, manage our organizational philosophy, culture and values, and build organizational capacity. The program included both internal and external experts who spoke on the topics of Pride and Ownership, Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Leadership & Communication Styles, Generational Differences, Employee Relations, and Southlake’s Strategy. This program was originally made possible by a very generous anonymous donation facilitated through SDCA.

On April 26, 2017 the City celebrated the graduation of the program participants listed below. At the graduation ceremony, each participant spoke about what they learned from the program and how they will use it to become a better leader. The program was very successful and we look forward to offering it again in the future.

Robert Briggs, Police Corporal
Officer Joshua Ellis, Police Officer
Officer Delaney Green, Police Officer
Cpl Preston Logan, Police Corporal
Cpl Christopher Melton, Police Corporal
Officer Thomas Roberson, Police Officer
Officer Weston Wood, Police Officer
Joshua Bors, Fire Engineer
Ricky Davis, Fire Lieutenant
Jimmy Elliott, Fire Engineer
Daniel Massengale, Fire Engineer
Robert McCallion, Fire Engineer
Brent Nobile, Fire Engineer

Congratulations to all the participants!

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