When Fort Bend County native Brandon Berryman was in college, he took a part-time job with a friend repairing leather seats in cars. Brandon says, “I was showing success early and saw this as a long-term career. We mostly serviced dealerships. Around 2006, I bought a body shop: Sport Performance Collision Center in Stafford. With my background, I marketed to both dealerships and retail.” A true entrepreneur, Brandon now owns the company he worked for in college: national corporation All-Pro Auto Reconditioning. And his Stafford-based body shop, Sport Performance Collision Center, is still going strong...getting you back on the road and making Fort Bend cars look like new for more than 10 years!
Do you have a secret recipe for great chili? Then it’s time to put it all on the line at the 7th Annual Classic Chevy Sugar Land Chili Cook-off.
Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land is excited to announce their 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off !! With the growth in popularity and attendance over the past six years, the big event this year will be held on a Saturday!
Shaping the leaders of tomorrow by energizing students to serve their community today is the core of the YIP (Youth in Philanthropy) experience.
Drag racing has existed since automobiles were first developed. For nearly a century, car-lovers all over the world have sought out the fascination found in two cars lining up and racing from a standing start
That’s right, the 6th Annual Classic Chevy Sugar Land Chili Challenge is just around the corner (April 14, 4-8pm) and this year the popular event includes the auctioning of a custom built AR-15!
Did you know chili recipes date back as far as 1850? And that prior to World War II, hundreds of small, family-run chili joints popped up throughout Texas, most of which laid claim to some sort of secret recipe?
Thirteen year veteran, SSG Charles R. Landry, Jr. experienced 39 months of active combat. Among other things, his tour of duty included numerous firefights, vehicle borne IEDs, friendly and enemy casualities, and rocket attacks. The trauma Landry endured through his deployments had a significant impact on his behavior. After seeking out help, Landry was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder, and traumatic brain disorder.
That’s the theme of the third annual Fall Classic Charity Fundraiser hosted by Sugar Land Rotary and title sponsor Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land on October 3, 2015 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. on the indoor tennis courts at Sweetwater Country Club.
Chrome so bright, it’s practically blinding. Handlebars so high you could fly a flag on them. Back tires that would fit on a bulldozer. And that rumble…the deafening rumble.
Ready to turn some heads and impress your friends? When you buy a sports car...you need sex-appeal and fun. You need advanced technology and fuel efficiency. You need “infotainment” systems and style. You need the all-new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray!
Car people know: When it comes to making a statement, it’s all about the classics. Can you imagine Ferris Bueller “borrowing” anything but a 1961 Ferrari? Or Steve McQueen car-chasing in anything but the green 1968 Bullitt Mustang? How about ZZ Top stepping out of anything but the 1933 Ford Coupe? And who can forget Vin Diesel shredding the road in his 900-hp, 1970 Dodge Charger at the end of The Fast and the Furious?
Five and half years ago, Don Kerstetter and his team took over the the dealership that stands at the corner of 59 and 90A. Don says, “My goal was to change the way you buy cars. We are a dealership that prides ourself on transparency, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. We’re not here to sell you just one car today…we want to be your dealership for the years to come!”
That’s Dustin Kime’s job! He’s the Audi Technologist at Audi Central Houston. Dustin says,“Audis are exceptional cars…they are born from intelligence and engineering. All of our associates are experts in the cars we sell, and they will certainly teach you about the technology associated with your new car at delivery. We call that ‘First Gear.’ During that phase, there’s so much excitement about buying a car that you focus on the big things. But once you settle in, we invite you to our ‘Second Gear’ or second delivery service. That’s what I do!”
Texas Licensed Optometrist, Certified Glaucoma Specialist and Clinical Director for Pro-Optix, Dr. Sairah Malik, has spent her career protecting her clients’ eyes and vision. So with a mind for safety, she knew she wanted only the best in safety when expecting her first child.
Founded in 1997, for the last three years the Youth in Philanthropy Program has required students to agree to a serious time commitment with only a single absence and perform rigorous work...and it’s growing by leaps and bounds! Dee Koch, Director of Community Engagement for the George Foundation, says, “This year our 165 youth came from twenty-three different high schools and one home school. They were from different demographics, different backgrounds, and with different interests but all the youth came together to make a real difference for the non-profit organizations in our community!”
When John Onofrey got out of the Marines back in 1981, he moved to Sugar Land, where he met his wife, Trudy. Today they have two kids, a married daughter Courtney and a son Sam currently at Texas Tech. As co-owner of BUGCO Pest Control (www.bugco.org) and owner of a home inspection business (www.texasinspectors.net), John says, “I decided to do business with Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land because of my father-in-law RC Brown. He told me ‘Those are the guys you need to see.’ Since then I’ve bought five fleet vehicles for my business from Classic Chevy Sugar Land and I couldn’t be more pleased. Every single transaction has been easy and pleasant. They also service our vehicles and they’ve got a great team!”
You can’t reach your destination unless you plan your route. Danny Posey, the General Manager for Audi Central Houston says, “Our EVP Jeff Dyke told me that he believed that our store here in Houston would be the number one Audi Dealership in the Nation...then in the world. He said, ‘We spent 28 million creating a beautiful facility to take care of our customers, but unless it has heart, it’s just brick and mortar.’ That’s a lesson all of us at Audi Central Houston have taken as our mission: We have a beautiful facility and we sell unsurpassed vehicles, but it’s the people —our customers and associates —that make us truly exceptional!”
Who has the best chili in Fort Bend? Is it you? Now it’s almost time to put it all on the line at the 5th Annual Classic Chevy Sugar Land Chili Challenge. Don Kerstetter of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land says, “Our 2014 Chili Challenge raised $20,000 for the Sugar Land Police Officer’s Association...that’s $7,000 more than last year! Presenting the check to Officers Brett Hayes, Lauren Stockholm, Harris Johnston, and Charles Krachala was a pleasure and a privilege. Now it’s time to challenge ourselves and our community...can we beat that record in 2015? I know you’ve been perfecting your chili recipes and I can’t wait to taste the competition!”
A huge life change starts with a single word, “Yes.” Through the Literacy Council of Fort Bend, students say “yes” to learning to read, write, and speak the English language, take GED preparation, basic Computer Skills, and US Citizenship classes from dedicated tutors...some of whom are homeland security trained. Through the Transitions Program, students earning their GED can take the next step in their education.
On this past Veteran’s Day, November 11th, wounded veterans from the Houston area gathered at Classic Chevy Sugar Land to share their stories of hope and healing...and how receiving a mortgage-free house from the national non-profit OPERATION FINALLY HOME changed their lives. Wounded veteran retired Sgt. Alexander Reyes said, “I’m the first one in my family that can call myself a homeowner. This is the best thing that could have happened to us!”
“Since we’re a non-profit staffed only by volunteers, we can always use more help from community sponsors like Classic Chevy Sugar Land. Visit us at www.hispanicheritageforum.org or on Facebook for information about sponsoring a scholarship or contributing to our established scholarship fund, attending or helping with our upcoming events, or applying for a scholarship (the deadline is the 2nd Saturday in May).”
The first thing you’ll notice in the driver’s seat is the space. Somehow, Chevy’s made the Trax bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside. At 168.5 inches from bumper to bumper, the Trax is a cinch to park (and the rearview camera that comes standard doesn’t hurt!). At 65.9 inches tall and 69.9 inches wide, there’s space inside for you, your friends (or the kids), and all your gear, too. Best of all, nobody will feel scrunched. If you’re hauling your sports equipment, your latest furniture “find,” or something for the garden, the passenger seat folds flat and the rear seats are 60/40 split-folding...so you can carry your 8-ft paddleboard down to Galveston. And we counted 15 available storage cubbies, consoles, and cupholders...the most in its class.
Believe it or not, people used to succeed in life without all that stuff. Yes, once upon a time, folks found a place, rolled up their sleeves, and went to work in hopes of creating something lasting. Sugar Land has few better examples of this kind of pioneering spirit than Robert “Bob” Brown, who arrived here in 1977 to create Sugar Land Telephone, before eventually selling, retiring, and becoming a key fixture in Fort Bend/Sugar Land philanthropy.
Several studies have shown that every dollar you spend at a locally-owned business returns five times that amount to our community. Your support helps create jobs and your tax dollars go right back into our roads, schools, and parks. Why would you want those dollars to go to some other state or some other far-off country? Don says, “At Classic Chevrolet we went from zero employees in January of 2009 to more than two hundred today and most live and do their shopping right here in Fort Bend. We are your friends and your neighbors...and we’ll treat you right!”
Charles Swihart founded Sugar Land PC eleven years ago...and today it’s a Fort Bend favorite. He says, “Our primary role is to provide IT support for area businesses. Our clients include engineering firms, doctors, oil and gas companies, music stores...essentially any business that doesn’t have an IT department. We install servers, network offices, and perform any IT service you might need. A cornerstone of our business is the level of customer service we provide...and that’s what I also expect from the companies I use like Classic Chevrolet.”
Oh the places you’ll go...with Classic Chevrolet! Michele writes: “We bought a 2014 Sonic as a graduation gift for our son and the service we received from our salesman was outstanding. He did a great job researching current inventory and getting exactly the price range we were looking for. Overall it was a great buying experience and we will be back in the future. Thank you to everyone at Classic. Job well done!”
At Classic Chevy you’ll always find good times with good people...and that’s one reason the Fourth Annual Chili Cook-off was such a success! Did you see Classic Chevrolet’s Community Liaison, Ray Aguilar in the dunk tank? We heard there was plenty of ice in that water! Kids enjoyed face painting, games, and a bounce house and all ages enjoyed the band! Of course, the main attraction was the chili!
Looking for a fun time with friends and family? 2014 marks the fourth year of the Classic Chevy Chili Challenge...one of the most highly-anticipated rockin’ good times in Fort Bend County every year! Don Kerstetter created this family-friendly event to unite our community in raising money for the Sugar Land Police Officer's Association.