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New Partnership Members in July

Published Aug 12, 2019 by Sarah Hunter

Greater Houston Partnership welcomed 22 new member companies in the month of July. 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 July include:

Agha Engineering, LLC:  A civil engineering firm headquartered in Houston Texas. The firm specializes in Transportation, Drainage and Site Development.  Website

AIS Insurance Services Agency Inc.: AIS Insurance is into providing Group Health Insurance and Business Insurance to clients across the United States.  Website

Aitken Manufacturing:  Specializes in BIM, steel design and engineering, preconstruction budgeting, steel management, fabrication and erection.  Website

Baths of America: Baths of America is a home furnishings and appliances gallery specializing in luxury kitchen and bathroom remodeling, and new home construction. Website

Action Supply: Chiron Financial LLC: Chiron Financial LLC is an investment banking firm that arranges private placements of debt and equity capital as well as mergers, acquisitions and sales for middle market companies.  Website

Citadel Hospitality Group: Citadel Hospitality Group has two event venues. One restaurant offers off-site catering services for corporate and social events. We offer full-service for catering and bar as well as event planning.  Website

Crowne Plaza Hotel Houston Near Reliant - Medical: Crowne Plaza is a multinational chain of full service, upscale hotels headquartered in the United Kingdom. It is catering to business travelers and to the meetings and conventions market.   Website

Dawning Years Academy: Dawning Years Academy is a childcare center located in Houston, Texas near the Medical Center caring for infants through 10-year-old after school children. Website

Dean and Draper: Dean & Draper is a trusted choice Insurance agency and represents leading Insurance companies in the industry.  Website

Engineered Sustainable Solutions, Inc.: Work with clients to provide an alternative pavement type, specifically Roller compacted concrete (RCC) pavement. Use the optimized gradation of aggregate and density principles of soil and asphalt in combination with cement binder using 75% less water than conventional concrete. 

Healthcare Highways:  We deliver measurable healthcare value to employers, plan members, and service providers. Our mission to “challenge health care to do better” makes us committed to building flexible, affordable health plan solutions to optimize your employee healthcare expenditure.  Website

Houston XFL: Houston XFL is a professional football team based in Houston, Texas. Website

Mi4 Corporation: Mi4 provides software and analytics mainly to the oil and gas sector. Mi4 is a certified Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider and Data Analytics Partner. Website

Olson & Olson LLP: A premiere local government practice providing quality service to Texas cities, counties, special districts, and other units of local government since 1974. Website

PayChex: Payroll, tax pay, human resource compliance and benefits administration. Website

The Plaza Group: Distribute petrochemicals to consumers for house, automobiles, and paint industries. Website

Refinitiv: Refinitiv is one of the world’s largest providers of financial markets data and infrastructure, serving over 40,000 institutions in over 190 countries. Website

Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.:  Specialty Contractor on public and private jobs. Website

Sultan Global Group: Sultan Global Group is a multi-industry, multi-sector business advisory firm specializing in government affairs, engagement, public affairs, energy, and strategy. Website

Think BIG Productions:  ThinkBig Productions specializes in award-winning corporate, documentary, and narrative videos. We are a full-service production company handling all aspects of moving images, from concept to post-production delivery. Website

Valens Project Consulting: Valens Project Consulting is a Houston, Texas based firm specializing in helping small to medium sized businesses achieve revenue growth by focusing on business efficiencies and facilitating growth of your existing customer base. Website

Wild Blue Health Solutions: Ken Janda is the principal of Wild Blue Health Solutions, LLC., a consultancy bringing people and solutions to the audacious challenges in our health care landscape. Website

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