The 27th annual TI/TIHAA BBQ Event was held this year on September 23rd, in the Stafford Convention Centre, in Stafford, TX. It was the fourth year for us to use the Stafford Centre for this event.
This event is funded each year in the late-Summer or Fall by Texas Instruments and is supported by the TIHAA. TI Sugar Land HR administrator, Donna Manderscheid was the TI facilitator. She was assisted by Lucy Salas and her team of volunteers in arranging all the details and making an event that was enjoyed by all in attendance.
A few weeks prior to the event, a group of TIHAA volunteers met in the Caudel Conference Room at TI in Sugar Land to process over 1000 invitations that were mailed out to eligible TI Retirees and members of the TIHAA.
Folks began to arrive early and were greeted by Mary Ann Almendarez and signed in by Jeannette & Thomas Johnson, Della DuHart and Joe McMann, and Israel & Nora Morales. Once signed in they entered the banquet room.
In the back of the room, Mary Brown displayed brochures and a signup sheet for the upcoming Drive yourself Day Trip. And to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, Lola McMann was giving everyone the opportunity to sign up for the TIHAA Christmas Party that is scheduled for December 2rd.
TIHAA Treasurer, Jean Houston and Coral Harrington were available at the Membership table to allow new members to sign up and old members to renew for 2017. We are happy to welcome the new members and returning members that joined the TIHAA tonight.
As people picked out their tables and began conversations, the hum of conversations increased, indicating that everyone was having a good time. As everyone was socializing, background music was playing and a slideshow provided by Mary Brown & Lucy Salas was in progress on the front screen, with many photos collected over the years. They brought back many fond memories at TI and TIHAA past events.
After the majority of the folks arrived, TIHAA Vice President Mary Brown introduced herself and made general announcements like: where the rest rooms are, encouraged them to get their drinks. President Gary Luckett began the formal program. He recognized Donna Manderscheid and Lucy Salas for all the work they did to prepare for this occasion.They were given a round of applause by the appreciative audience.
Gary Introduced our guest speaker, Mike Pienovi, C2000 Marketing Manager since May of this year. Mike graduated in 2007 from Santa Clara University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Marketing, and joined TI in Portland, OR. He worked in the TSA Program, with major account responsibility in the Pacific NW from 2008 to 2011, for Intel, Microsoft and Nike/Synapse. From 2012 to 2013, Mike was TSR for North America MNC team in Shanghai, China. His hobbies include spending time with his family, golfing, skiing, traveling and watching Trailblazers and Seahawks games.
Mike gave a brief update on the progress of the renovation of the TI Stafford site, and a photo of the Building 2 rubble pile that is being removed. He then covered the TI growth in the automotive business sector. He said that TI Automotive Processors drive significant innovation in the industry. Applications continue to evolve, but include camera mirror replacement, driver monitoring, reconfigurable instrument cluster, headŐs up displays, cabin noise suppression and advanced audio. The audience gave Mike an appreciative round of applause.
After Mike's remarks, Gary recognized some of the founding members of the TI Retiree Club that were in attendance.
TIHAA member, Thomas Johnson, prayed and asked for God's blessings on our gathering. Gary then invited our founding members to go get their food and then for everyone to form two lines at the buffet tables. As the folks gathered in the two lines, the conversations continued. The BBQ, consisting of roast beef, chicken and sausage, and the customary side items, including delicious desserts was soon distributed and the noise level dropped as everyone ate. The BBQ was catered by Ben's Chuck Wagon in Wallis, TX.
At the end of the evening the centerpieces were given away in a drawing conducted by Gary and Ralph Garcia to a lucky individual at each table.
I want to Thank all the TIHAA Club members for a job well done. Daryl Moss, Ralph & Estella Garcia, Israel & Nora Morales, Della DuHart, Jean Houston, Coral Harrington, Mary Ann Almendarez, Joe & Lola McMann, Thomas & Jeanette Johnson, Mary Brown, Mary Gomez, Lawson Cook and Gary Luckett for all that they did.