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Karina Ramírez: Partnership benefits Boys & Girls Clubs kids

Officials with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Texas announced this week that the group was selected as an official partner of Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Kansas-based Payless ShoeSource.

On Friday, club members received free shoes when they visited the Payless ShoeSource store on Round Grove Road in Lewisville.

Babs Troutman, president and chief professional officer of the Lake Dallas-based club, said in a statement that many club families struggle financially and would benefit from receiving a new pair of shoes. The partnership, she said, would help “any child’s self-esteem.”

This is the fifth year of the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program, according to its website. The program — implemented in all 50 states in the United States, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and 11 Latin America countries — has provided more than $1.5 million of free shoes to children of families in need, according to the site.

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World Trade 100 magazine, a leading transportation industry publication, and SMC3, an industry trade association, awarded Averitt Express and its customer, Tuesday Morning, with an Alliance Award in the domestic freight multimodal category, Averitt announced last week.

The new awards program recognizes alliances in high-performing supply chains that are driving results. Attention is focused on why and how the alliance was formed, the roles of the various partners, and the results attained by close collaboration and cooperation, a news release said.

Sarah Harding, group publisher of World Trade 100, said in a news statement that the award recipients demonstrate a more holistic view of their supply chains, and the vendors, suppliers, customers and peers received positive results from the partnership.

Averitt and other recipients were presented with the award during the SMC3 Jump Start 2013 conference on Tuesday.

Tony Allison, regional vice president at Averitt, and Brian Turner, director of logistics and planning for Tuesday Morning, made a presentation at the conference and accepted the award.

Averitt Express is a provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries.

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AAA Texas reported last week that the price of gasoline is remaining fairly stable.

Texans are paying $3.16 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. The price is 1 cent less than the previous week’s price and 9 cents less than one year ago, a news release stated.

Drivers in Dallas and Fort Worth are paying the most, at an average of $3.20 per gallon, while El Paso has the lowest average price at $2.95.

The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.32.


Coming up

Financial Fitness, a personal and small-business financial management firm, will have an open house and ribbon-cutting from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at its new location, 5099 U.S. Highway 377 South, Suite 400, in Aubrey.

For more information, call 940-365-3115 or e-mail


Take a 90-second elevator speech about your business and a stack of business cards to the upcoming “Nitty Gritty Networking” luncheon presented by Women Business Owners of Denton County luncheon. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Los Toreros Restaurant, 2900 Wind River Lane.

The nonprofit organization was established to strengthen women-owned businesses economically, socially and politically by energizing and expanding its members’ centers of influence.

Registration is available online at by 5 p.m. Thursday. The cost to attend is the price of your meal at the restaurant.


Samuel P. Golden, managing director of Alvarez & Marsal, a financial management consulting firm, will address College of Business students at the University of North Texas next month. Golden’s talk, part of the college’s Distinguished Speaker Series, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 8.

Golden has 34 years of executive leadership experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, he served with the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the regulator and administrator of the national banking industry.

The presentation will take place in Room 170 at the UNT Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St. The event is free.    

For more information, call Stacy Suits in the College of Business dean’s office at 940-369-8476.


The Lake Cities of Chamber announced details of its 2013 annual Banquet, scheduled from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Drive.

The “Experience the Magic” banquet will feature magic by Sonu Varkey along with music from the North Central Texas College Jazz Band and Queen Anne’s Lace, a vocal group. The event is sponsored by GEICO Corinth.

Tickets cost $40 each, or two for $75.

Reservations are needed by Feb. 15. To make a reservation online, visit



KARINA RAMíREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is kramirez@