LET­TER

FROM THE PUB­LISHER

Austin Way - - LETTER - LOU DELONE

Wel­come to our Spring is­sue of Austin Way, the first of 2017. To cap­ture the ex­cite­ment of the sea­son, this is­sue cov­ers ev­ery­thing from the lat­est fash­ion trends to South by South­west. And of course, Aus­tinites are front and cen­ter: We have in­ter­views with cover stars Spoon, the lo­cal pro­duc­ers of the new Ter­rence Mal­ick movie pre­mier­ing at SXSW, and di­rec­tor/ writer Jeff Ni­chols of the movie Lov­ing, which re­ceived a Best Ac­tress Os­car nom­i­na­tion for star Ruth Negga.

Ni­chols is go­ing to be hon­ored in March at the Texas Film Awards, one of the big­gest events of the year and a vi­tal part of the com­mu­nity, with pro­ceeds sup­port­ing the

Austin Film So­ci­ety. One of the an­nual spon­sors of the gala is a com­pany that I think has reached su­per­star sta­tus it­self: H-E-B.

It seems that every time I at­tend a char­ity func­tion, run in a 10K, or go to a lo­cal sports event, H-E-B is a spon­sor. In 2016, 12 per­cent of its pre­tax earn­ings went to causes in H-E-B com­mu­ni­ties, and in 2015, Forbes ranked H-E-B No. 67 on its list of Amer­ica’s Best Em­ploy­ers. But its com­mu­nity sup­port doesn’t end there. I was ex­cited re­cently when H-E-B added my friend Matthew Lee’s award-win­ning TEO Gelato to its lineup in 15 stores. I com­mend H-E-B for rec­og­niz­ing the qual­ity be­hind Matthew’s gelato and get­ting be­hind his boom­ing Austin busi­ness.

We Tex­ans are well-versed in the H-E-B leg­end—how it was born when Florence Butt bor­rowed $60 to open the CC Butt Gro­cery Store at her fam­ily home—and how CEO Charles Butt grew the chain to what it is to­day. But I give a lot of credit for the suc­cess of H-E-B in Cen­tral Texas to my friend Jeff Thomas. Jeff has spent his en­tire ca­reer with H-E-B and is now se­nior vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager, over­see­ing 81 stores. Not only is Jeff a great op­er­a­tor, he is a truly ex­cep­tional per­son. He is greatly re­spon­si­ble for the lo­cal pres­ence we all feel here in Austin.

Lo­cal pride is some­thing we take se­ri­ously in this city and at Austin Way. I’m look­ing for­ward to show­cas­ing a lot of it this year in the mag­a­zine as well as on Austin­way.com, which is up­dated every day with fresh con­tent, and on our so­cial me­dia chan­nels. We’re ready for a great 2017.

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