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New Partnership Members in August

Published Sep 13, 2020 by Julia McGowen

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The Greater Houston Partnership welcomed 14 new member companies in the month of August. The Partnership works to connect companies with resources, information and networking opportunities to help increase business while also providing a platform to influence the direction of the region.

New members joining in the month of August include:

Penflex Corporation: Penflex is a leading manufacturer of corrugated and interlocked metal hose, braid products, and stainless-steel metal bellows and expansion joints. Website 

Center for Urban Transformation: Led by the two anchors, a collaboration of Houston organizations and institutions established the Center for Urban Transformation in the 5thWard to provide community members a better continuum of services, bridge gaps, drive innovative cross-sector programming, and expand resident capacity to lead change. Website  

Leadership ISD: Leadership ISD is an independent 501c3 organization built on the belief that every child deserves access to high-quality public education and that a successful school system is closely tied to a strong community and corporate support. Website  

HAZA Foods: Haza Foods, LLC. is located in Sugar Land, TX, United States, and is part of the Fast-Food & Quick-Service Restaurants Industry. Website  

Oleon: Oleon brings you a natural chemistry. Their specialty lies in converting natural fats and oils into a wide range of oleochemical products, such as fatty acids, glycerin, esters, dimers, technical oils, specialty oleochemicals, and biodiesel. Website  

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world's leading international law firms. Website  

Botello Builders Corporation: Botello Builders Corporation performs Commercial Concrete services for a variety of industries. Services include Concrete Foundations, Paving, Tilt-Up Panels, Piers, and Retaining Walls. Website  

CustomerFirst Renewables: CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR) is a trusted energy advisor that helps impact-oriented businesses and institutions move confidently towards a renewable energy future. Website  

Smart City Media, LLC: Smart City’s mission is to make cities smarter, safer and better connected for the benefit of citizens and tourists alike. They merge interactive Smart Signs with our mobile application in order to deliver helpful location-based media in real-time. Website 

Pena Property Management: Pena Property Management provides exceptional commercial property management services to businesses throughout Texas. Website

Lennar Multifamily Communities: Lennar Multifamily Communities is a multifamily management company that develops, builds, and manages Class A midrise and high-rise communities across the United States. Lennar Multifamily Communities is making their mark in Houston by opening two Class A communities located in The Heights and River Oaks and looking to offer exceptional apartment living in the greatest neighborhoods Houston has to offer. Website  

WGU Texas And South Region: WGU is an accredited, nonprofit university offering online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Website 

Brigade Fire Solutions, LLC: Brigade Fire Solutions, LLC works on fire sprinkler design and installation, providing the most comprehensive fire protection solutions to homes and offices in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas. Website 

Endurance Builders, LLC: General Contractor and Construction Manager proudly serving Houston, Texas. Website 

Click here to see the Partnership's Membership Directory.

To learn more about membership with the Greater Houston Partnership click here, or contact membership@houston.org.

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