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New Partnership Members in September

Published Oct 12, 2020 by Julia McGowen

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The Greater Houston Partnership welcomed 10 new member companies in the month of September. 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 September include:

Infrastructure Networks, Inc: iNET is a Houston-based company that owns and operates a telecom networks across major shale basins and provides expertise and field-support for remote connectivity.  Founded in 2011 with a mission to bring broadband wireless connectivity to upstream oil and gas operators in remote, rugged environments. Website  

J. Flowers Health Institute: J. Flowers Health Institute specializes in providing truly comprehensive health and wellness evaluations for individuals who want to improve their quality of life.  
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Southwest Schools: Southwest Schools is a state charter school, governed by the Texas Education Agency, providing an academic program that celebrates the diversity of student interests, cultures, and talents. Website 

CHess Executive Insights LLC 

Commercial Resource Installation: Commercial Resource Installation, a prominent installation company headquartered in Houston, TX, offers comprehensive and exceptional solutions to transform commercial workspaces to create a constructive workspace. With additional locations in San Antonio and Austin, CRI upholds a reputation of quality and excellence among past and present clients in the Gulf Coast region 
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Express Home Services: In business since 2002, Express Home Services, LLC, specializes in all types of flooring, including wood, engineered wood, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, and much more. They offer next day installation on all in stock products and free in-home estimates. The company is located in Arizona and opened a new location in Houston in October 2020. Website

Houston Business Automation, LLC: Houston Business Automation provides technology-related consulting and development services with a focus on automating processes, creating custom data analytics, and developing web-based applications. Website 

Sunstone Properties Trust, LLC: Sunstone Properties Trust is a real estate firm headquarters in Westlake Village, CA. The company acquires assets to generate growth in investor capital and improve the communities where they invest. Sunstone is actively involved in acquiring value-add multifamily assets, developing industrial properties in Qualified Opportunity Zones, rehabilitating and repositioning office properties, and developing LIHTC multifamily projects. Website 

Star of Hope Mission: Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Website 

goPuff: goPuff is a delivery service that brings thousands of products to your doorstep in minutes, from essentials to snacks. 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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