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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

Woodmont Outlets of Fort Worth, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co., has partnered with Cherokee Nation Businesses for a proposed upscale retail development at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Barnett still packs economic punch, study finds

Despite reduced drilling and unstable gas prices, Fort Worth continues reaping the rewards of the Barnett Shale, according to a newly released study by The Perryman Group.7

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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From the desk of Grant James, Community Trust Bank

Photo and story by Kenneth Perkins

Grant James, regional president, Tarrant County, Community Trust Bank

Grant James of Community Trust Bank knows it is there, on his desk, even though a mere mortal couldn’t necessarily find it. James is a “pack rat” (his words) who does not want to get rid of anything but often has to, if only to make room for the flurry of new business rolling in. U-shaped with stacks of papers, mementoes and photos pretty much everywhere, desk life for James is best described as methodized disarray. Here’s what we found on James’ desk.

Daily information book: Full of handwritten notes of

clients, possible clients, meetings, what was talked about, not talked about, what he needs to do. Or not. This has long been his way of organizing his days. He has previous folders of notes going back years. “I can go back and see what action I took on something years ago.”

Golf articles. Found one on short game techniques. Another on the best balls to purchase. James cuts them out of Golf magazine and reads them when time permits. He recently played in the Colonial Pro-Am. “I like to play.” (Ask him about golf balls and settle in for a conversation about maximizing distances, producing spin, compression, reducing curvature on shots, etc.)

Community Trust coin: Used for Community Hero presentations at Texas Christian University home football games until Big 12 rules spoiled the party.

Clear piggy banks: For James’ two grandkids. Each time they pop into the bank they earn a deposit of some kind into their bank.

Fort Worth Social Directory: “A great source of accurate information about who’s who in this town. It’s hard to connect people sometimes. I’ve been at it for 35 years and this is a pretty handy tool.” And yes, he’s in it.

Stationery: James prefers the personal touch. “There’s one thing to fire off an email but it’s quite different to send a personal note. I think we’re losing that and need to do more of that.”

Hub peanuts. Not only his office snack of choice but his choice of snack, period. “The greatest peanuts ever packaged.”

Business cards. Yet another old school way James stays in touch.

Quote: “I’m a pack rat. I have to really think about organizing and getting stuff put away. It’s only times that I’m leaving town or if I have some kind of an inspection, I’ll clear it off. Stack it up and stick it under the desk.”
 

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