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Karina Ramírez: Head of Warrior Group to speak at annual banquet

Gail Warrior, president and CEO of the Warrior Group Construction Co., will be the guest speaker at the 16th annual Denton Black Chamber of Commerce Banquet, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of North Texas Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd.

Warrior spent eight years working as an accountant for the Mobil Oil Co. before leaving in 1997 to launch her own enterprise, now valued at over $100 million. The Warrior Group is one of the largest women- and minority-owned general contractors in the country.

A Dallas native, Warrior is involved with a variety of civic and business organizations, including Young Presidents’ Organization North Texas, the University of Dallas Alumni Board, University of North Texas at Dallas Foundation, Dallas Assembly, Dallas Regional Chamber, Entrepreneurs for North Texas and Leadership Dallas. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her business leadership and community involvement, according to her website.

Established in 1995, the goal of the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce is to help with the creation, expansion and proliferation of African-American and minority-owned businesses.

Tickets cost $50. The deadline for tickets is Wednesday.

For more information, contact John Baines at 940-565-9015 or, or Ronald L. Johnson at 214-455-7410 or


Joey and Amy Hawkins opened Royal’s Bagels on Feb. 18.

Last October, the owners of Jupiter House Coffee decided to close their second location, Jupiter House Europa, and work on creating a bagel shop.

The new business serves breakfast and lunch as well as cinnamon rolls baked in-house.

Royal’s Bagels is located at 503 W. University Blvd. Business hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 940-808-1009 or visit


Lisa Britten, owner of Lake Dallas-based Sugar Queen Cupcakes, will open her fourth location next month, at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace in Denton.

Sugar Queen Cupcakes is planning a soft opening March 15 at 2320 W. University Drive, next to Starbucks. A grand-opening event is scheduled for March 23, according to the business’ Facebook page.

In addition to the Lake Dallas and Denton locations, Sugar Queen Cupcakes also has stores inside the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano and Stonebriar Center in Frisco. The menu includes both gluten- and sugar-free cupcakes.

For more information, visit


Social commerce fans can now take part in American Express’ new program, “Sync With Twitter.”

Cardholders can register at, look for special offers on Twitter, then tweet using a related hashtag in order to get a discount on a qualifying purchase or to make a purchase that will be delivered to their billing address.



Real estate broker Anita Marcos of Hickory Creek will be one of the recipients of the Profiles in Leadership Awards, granted by Southern Methodist University’s Annual Women’s Symposium on March 6.

Marcos is the founder of Marcos Productions, which provides bilingual seminars for women and girls.

She is also a longtime member of the Dallas Chapter of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, where she runs the Empowering Women Today (Mejorando Nuestra Vida), a social initiative program. The program, launched in 2010, helps empower women through self-discovery and education, so they can become positive role models for their families and their community.

She also serves on the board of Peacemakers Inc., a nonprofit that sponsors international women’s conferences on peace issues.

Marcos said the award is a great honor.

“I am being rewarded for following my lifetime commitment to help to enrich and improve the lives of women,” she said in an e-mail. “Like so many volunteers in the Denton and Dallas area, we do the work because we want to make a difference in our communities. I didn’t expect to be recognized, or even noticed, and I feel very honored to have been chosen.”

Marcos has been a devoted community volunteer, serving on the boards of many Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofits. She has been chairwoman of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas and a member of the AIDS Interfaith Network, Project Esperanza, Mi Escuelita Preschools, Girls Inc., Corazones Unidos of the American Heart Association, and Dallas Can Academy’s Latino task force.


Arlington-based Texas Health Resources has been named one of America’s Top 150 Workplaces by WorkplaceDynamics, a national employee service provider.

Texas Health ranks No. 38 nationwide among 872 entities with more than 1,000 employees, according to the survey.

Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based nonprofit health systems in the U.S. It includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian Denton, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals; a large physician group; outpatient facilities; home health, preventive and fitness services; and an organization for medical research and education, according to a news release.

WorkplaceDynamics’ Top Workplaces survey was launched in 2006. More than 4,000 entities participate in the program each year.

For more information, visit and


Coming up

DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks, at 220 W. University Drive, will have a fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to aid the community service work of social work students at Texas Woman’s University.

Ten percent of all sales that night will go toward the students’ community project, the annual Walk Against Child Abuse. The students will help conduct the walk — which has the theme “Walking in Love” this year — along with Community Partners of Denton County and the Child Abuse Prevention Society.

It is the eighth year for the walk, which will be April 13 at TWU, according to a news release. Proceeds will benefit the Rainbow Room, which provides abused and neglected children with critical needs.

For more information, call 940-243-3283.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is