Mitchell in Motion Quarterly – May 2018
Wow! This past April sure was a fun-filled, action-packed month! As President of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, I was honored to be a part of all the festivities and couldn’t be prouder of our city and its success over those 11 days. This is the time of year where all of San Antonio comes together to celebrate our heritage, have fun and raise money for hundreds of nonprofit organizations. It surely was Party with a Purpose! Whether you attended Oyster Bake, the Taste of the Northside or the King William’s Fair, I hope you too thoroughly enjoyed yourself and I truly appreciate your support of these amazing events.
For as long as I can remember, Fiesta has been a part of my life in one way or another. As a kid, I remember attending the Battle of Flowers Parade, the Flambeau Parade, the River Parade and NIOSA every year. I even marched in the Battle of Flowers Parade multiple times in the mid-70s as a member of the Alamo Heights Band. Later, I proudly watched my mom Chair the Battle of Flowers Parade in 1989, the first year the parade had large helium balloons. Since then I have been a member of the Order of the Alamo and the German Club, as well as the Texas Cavaliers, serving as Parade Marshal in 2007 and Commander 2009-2010. Working with the City of San Antonio, the nonprofit parade participants, and the 200 plus volunteers on behalf of the Texas Cavaliers was an extremely rewarding experience. Prior to being Parade Marshal, I had worked on the River Parade for nine years, during which I chaired four different committees and was Operations Officer and Vice Parade Marshal. Due to the construction of the Riverwalk in 2007, we had to change the route of the parade to start where we used to end, creating a route that has not changed to date.
But my most rewarding Fiesta role (until this year) was serving as King Antonio LXXXIX in 2011 as it was all about giving back to the community. Whether we were supporting children’s charities financially or just attending schools or events where the children love Fiesta and King Antonio, it was all about the giving. No one cared about my name; they just loved King Antonio and the traditions surrounding the title. I was able to spread love and encouragement through my “Don’t Stop Believing” campaign, which urged children never to stop believing in themselves, their family and friends, and their faith.
Lastly, I must mention the military as we are Military City USA and Fiesta is proof positive of that statement. We celebrate the military throughout the week and have 10 Military Ambassadors that are an official part of Fiesta and are celebrated at every event they attend. There are at least 12 events that are specifically directed at the military, but the military is a part of many more. One of the commanding Generals last year commented that a lot of cities talk the talk that they are a “Military City” but Fiesta is proof that San Antonio walks the walk.
As President of G.W. Mitchell Construction, a company with roots as deep as Fiesta and responsible for building much of the iconic San Antonio landscape it’s an honor to be a part of an organization, such as the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, that supports and celebrates the history, traditions, and community of San Antonio. Since 1891, Fiesta has grown from one event to 113, involving 97 nonprofits with 75,000 volunteers, as well as providing entertainment for more than 2.5 million Fiesta attendees. This Party with a Purpose has had an economic impact on the San Antonio community of more than $340 million – that’s quite astounding!
Attending these events was not only fun, but it allowed you to directly make a difference while celebrating San Antonio. Remember that you, the San Antonio community, is what made Fiesta great, providing help to the organizations that need it most.
Until next year – Viva Fiesta!
Building San Antonio for 1/3 of its History
To celebrate the Tricentennial and Commemorative Week, we want to take a look back at our history, our Founder and some of the historical projects we have built over 1/3 of San Antonio’s history.
In 1921, after attending Texas A&M College and serving in France as a U.S. Army officer in World War I, George W. Mitchell established himself as G. W. Mitchell General Contractor. Mitchell got his start building homes for families on the Southside of San Antonio but quickly moved up to larger custom homes and commercial projects. In 1929, he successfully completed a large residence that put him on the map as a premier local contractor – the Atkinson Family Estate, widely recognized today as the McNay Art Museum.
G.W. Mitchell General Contractor survived the Great Depression and moved primarily into commercial construction during World War II. After the war, G.W.’s three sons (George, Bob and Melvin) joined the company and the firm was incorporated G.W. Mitchell & Sons, Inc. The company continued to thrive from the 1950’s through the 1970’s and completed many notable San Antonio landmarks. Some of these include: La Villita Assembly Building, Laurie Auditorium and other buildings at Trinity University, Alamo Cement Quarry, South Texas Medical School known today as the UT Health Science Center, and the Hemisfair Arena Expansion.
Construction Zone – Boerne Jaguar – Land Rover
On March 26, 2018, G.W. Mitchell broke ground on a retail project, Boerne Jaguar – Land Rover, in beautiful Boerne. This collaboration with McIntosh Architecture Inc. is ground up construction of 41,563 square feet that will house a high-end gallery showroom, office space, Parts and Service Departments, and a make-ready car wash station. This project is slated to be complete during the first quarter of 2019.
GWM would like to send special congratulations to Ben Clark and his wife Stevi on welcoming a beautiful baby girl, Elsie.
Congratulations to the following employees for celebrating multiple years as part of our team. GWM is proud to have you as a member of the GWM family.
- Lee Trevino – 3 years on April 6
- Ariel De Luna – 17 years on April 11
- Amy Lopez – 4 years on April 21
- Griffin Kissling – 1 years on April 26
- Dennis Darr – 5 years on May 6
- Andy Mitchell – 23 years on May 15
- Lane Mitchell – 36 years on May 17
- Kim Williams – 2 years on June 1
- Keith Steigleder – 4 years on June 2
- Erin Clementson – 6 years on June 5
- Joel McLeod – 18 years on June 26
- Kristi Nuyttens – 10 years on June 30
Wishing a very happy birthday to:
- Ervin Breiten on April 1
- Art Ramos on April 2
- Miles Neubauer on April 5
- Sarah Soto on May 9
- Griffin Kissling on June 17
- Bill Mitchell on June 18
- Andy Mitchell on June 24
Last, a big shout out to our employees of the month Amy Lopez and Joe Rodriguez.
Amy is a tremendous asset to GWM. Being the resourceful, innovative, approachable, and enthusiastic person that she is, she is everyone’s “Go To” person around here. Amy juggles a lot of balls in the air yet always has time to help anyone who asks. Always smiling.
Joe does a great job and often stays late to make sure his work is done well. He is an awesome team member and a pleasure to work with. Congratulations to you both for making GWM a great place to work!
Whooohooo summer is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate that than with a cool, refreshing, adult beverage recipe. Summertime is for BBQs and entertaining, and sangria is the perfect addition to any gathering. Check out this yummy sangria recipe that will amaze your guests.
1/4 cup sugar
2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry white wine
3/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup orange liqueur
2 to 3 cups lemon-lime soft drink, chilled
2 lemons, thinly sliced
2 limes, thinly sliced
2 oranges, thinly sliced
1 pint fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
Bring sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.
Combine sugar mixture, white wine, and mint and orange liqueur in a large container; cover and chill 4 hours. Stir in lemon-lime soft drink and the remaining ingredients about 1 hour before serving. Return to chill. Serve over ice, if desired.
More fun sangria recipes from Southern Living here.