Partnerships in the Final Frontier

Patti Parish-Kaminski and Commander Randolph Bresnik.

Recently, I had the honor to attend a Downtown Houston Rotary luncheon and hear three amazing speakers from NASA:  NASA Director Mark Geyer, Colonel Walter Cunningham, Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 7 Mission and the third human in space, and Commander Randolph Bresnik, Commander and Flight Engineer of the International Space Station (ISS) Expeditions 52 and 53.

Their message?  NASA’s partnerships with business to achieve their mission:  Innovative and sustainable programs of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human exploration across the solar system. And exploration wasn’t the only thing in NASA’s grand partnership plan.  Because of these partnerships, space travel will become as frequent as airplane travel in the near future according to Commander Bresnik. He shared NASA’s goal to create the ultimate space office complex with NASA retaining the first two floors of the ISS and serving as essentially landlords for the other floors.  Companies will be able to rent space – in space.

Additionally, NASA has asked two private companies to produce space shuttles that adhere to their high quality standards according to Director Geyer.  So NASA isn’t the only team of rocket scientists building space shuttles; they have partners.

Building partnerships is essential for growth in an ever-changing economic environment, and absolutely! focus media is proud to partner with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce to bring you our newest endeavor:  Fort Bend CEO.  Our mission with our new business to business publication is to bring business owners and executives information that is vital to their growth.  From politics to human resource trends to local economic development issues, Fort Bend CEO is the discerning source for modern executives.

For our inaugural issue, we highlight a partner and an executive that has responded to the community in a big way:  Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and CEO Chris Siebenaler.  For over 20 years, Methodist Sugar Land has served as a community partner in a multitude of areas, including the most important one: bringing state-of-the-art medical care to Fort Bend.  We talk with Chris about Methodist Sugar Land’s 20-year anniversary and what the future holds for medicine as this rapidly progressing industry explores new frontiers.

We hope you enjoy our latest  endeavor.  Just like NASA and Houston Methodist Sugar Land, we hope to explore, discover and share all that is imperative to growing businesses and partnerships in Fort Bend – one issue at a time.

Your partner in the Bend,