Oct 24

The Woodlands EDP hosts quarterly luncheon

by Houston Chronicle

The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership hosted its Quarterly Partner Luncheon at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center recently.

The presenting speaker was Craig Krause, owner and founder of Direct Development Training. Having taught training programs in three countries, for all different types of industries, Krause has reached thousands of people from all backgrounds and experience levels. He works with a wide variety of businesses – from sales to resorts, services to manufacturing, as well as nonprofit organizations.


Direct Development Training has been used by several Fortune 500 companies and large organizations to improve in many areas.

Nearly 100 partners and guests enjoyed an interactive presentation titled "Achievement Now!," which is designed to address the mental aspects of success within a person's personal life, career and organization.

For the past 11 years, the EDP has hosted its luncheons for partners in order to keep them informed of important issues facing businesses today.

Past topics have included Economic Development, Regionalism, State of Education, Law Enforcement Update, Center for Houston's Future Scenarios 2040, Anadarko's Current and Future Projects, State Economic Development and Tourism, Banking Executives Update, Life Science Update, State of our Economy, Local Tourism and Health care.

Partners in attendance at the luncheon were Abercrombie & Associates, ACM Logistics & Consulting Inc., Bayside Printing, Calvetti FergusonCongressman Kevin Brady's office, Consolidated Communications, Efficient Wealth Management, Entergy Texas, First American Title NCS, Frost Bank, Gallagher Benefit Services, Jones Walker, Linscomb & Williams, LJF Marketing, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands HospitalPioneer Bank, Repsol USA, Sam Houston State University, Spirit of Texas Bank, Stibbs & Co., Attorneys, Stringer Executive Search, Texas Premier Mortgage, The Blair Law Firm, P.C., The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Township, Tough Law Firm, PLLC, Wells Fargo, Woodforest National Bank and Wright Business Technologies, Inc."As our first skills development program, we were extremely pleased to hear so many positive comments from our members and guests," EDP CEO Gil Staley said. "Everyone in attendance walked away with applicable skills that will benefit them in their personal and professional lives."