Rivard Report Features Group 42's Corporate Art Collection, Investment in Culture of Creative Thinking

Nancy Cook-Monroe of the Rivard Report published an article featuring outstanding corporate art collections of San Antonio businesses and featured Group 42. The article, “Corporate Collections Show Art Can Be Good Business”, was featured in the July 10, 2017, issue of the Rivard Report, which is San Antonio’s leading local online daily news source that focuses on government and politics, education, arts and culture, and business and technology.

Excerpt taken from "Corporate Collections Show Art Can Be Good Business" taken from the July 10, 2017, issue of the Rivard Report:

Nowart’s artwork “Van Gogh” is displayed in the Group 42 office. Photo by Bonnie Arbittier of the Rivard Report.

Nowart’s artwork “Van Gogh” is displayed in the Group 42 office. Photo by Bonnie Arbittier of the Rivard Report.

When Group 42, an energy-focused holding company, moved its offices to the Pearl, President and CEO Paul Bell saw the new space as a place to “showcase local artistic talent as an investment in a culture of creative thinking.” The offices include artwork by  local and international artists, including Rudy Choperena, Ansen Seale, Larry Graeber, Martha Durke, Ben Mata, and the late Reginald Rowe. Even the furniture is art. To furnish a three-sided meeting room, Harold Wood designed a triangular conference table using 400-year-old reclaimed wood handcrafted without nails or glue by cabinetmaker John O’Brien.

“We work with a lot of people internationally, and the art gives a nice talking point about our progressive culture and support of local artists,” Bell said. “Also, it’s a very calming and clean space, and employees appreciate that.”

San Antonio-based art curator Allison Hays Lane consulted with Bell and his wife, Audrey Mangold, and his brother Chris Bell, on the collection, making purchases in Basel, Switzerland, New York, Dubai, Berlin, and London. They also agreed on acquiring works on paper from national presses “to give a mixed-media feel to the art program,” Lane said.

“I like working with clients like Paul and Audrey who have an excellent art compass, but also enjoy pursuing new avenues and are willing to take a chance,” Lane said.

As an energy-focused holding company based in San Antonio, Texas, Group 42 enables its international subsidiaries to provide production enhancing chemical and mechanical solutions to oil and gas companies worldwide.

Group 42 is committed to supporting the San Antonio community including the arts and the development of future business leaders that share in a vision for progressive and sustainable community-wide growth.

Business Journal on Group 42-Sponsored Initiative, Choose San Antonio, "Casa San Antonio returning to SXSW"

Editor-In-Chief of the San Antonio Business Journal, Tony Queseda, published an article focusing on Group 42-sponsored initiative, Choose San Antonio, and the organization's annual campaign at SXSW. The article, “Casa San Antonio returning to SXSW”, was featured in the February 3, 2017, issue of the San Antonio Business Journal, a regionally-anchored branch of the American City Business Journals (ACBJ). The ACBJ is the largest publisher of metropolitan business newsweeklies in the United States, with 43 business publications across the country reaching more than 3.6 million readers each week.

Excerpt taken from "Casa San Antonio returning to SXSW" taken from the February 3, 2017, issue of the San Antonio Business Journal:

Choose San Antonio, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting this city’s opportunities and lifestyle to millennials and GenXers, will return this year to South By Southwest with its second installment of Casa San Antonio.

The annual festival in Austin is among the most well-stocked ponds for an organization like Choose San Antonio to fish for young talent.

Casa San Antonio, which will host three days of official and unofficial events during the festival, will be housed in a new venue for 2017 — a place called Half Step at 75 1/2 Rainey St. in Austin’s Rainey Street Historic District. In all, Casa San Antonio plans to host 11 sessions, 15 speakers and four marque SXSW events, which are aimed at showcasing the Alamo

City’s startup, entrepreneurship, tech and cybersecurity communities.

Meanwhile, Choose SA community partners are expected to host up to 15 networking events.

For information about how to get involved in Casa San Antonio, contact Christian Reed-Ogba at [email protected] or Meghan Oswald at [email protected].

Choose San Antonio this week also launched a year-long social campaign called #iChooseSA, meant “to encourage San Antonio natives, transplants and boomerang community members to share their civic pride on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.”

Choose San Antonio was co-founded in 2015 by local business leaders Eric Bell and Kevin Peckham with initial funding and support coming from Group 42 and Lightning Jar.


Group 42 Continues as Presenting Sponsor for November 4th Rudy's 1-35 Cup "Rivalry Before the Match"

Group 42 returns to the Rudy's I-35 Cup presented by Ameritas as the presenting sponsor for the Rivalry Before the Match. This year's event will be held Nov. 4, 2016 at the Onion Creek Club in Austin, TX. 

This year marks the 8th occurrence of the annual tournament and charity event. The “Rivalry Before The Match” Presented by Group 42, Inc. kicks off the Rudy's I-35 Cup presented by Ameritas with a friendly rivalry competition open to corporate teams, individuals, and businesses in from the regional area.

In the seven years the Rudy’s I-35 Cup Presented by Ameritas and the “Rivalry Before the Match” have generated significant opportunity for deserving charities. The unique event has raised over $365,000 for our benefiting charitable organizations, including The First Tee of Greater San AntonioThe First Tee of Greater Austin and Africa New Life

The First Tee of Greater San Antonio impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. The First Tee of Greater Austin champions the same initiatives for the capital city-area.

Africa New Life exists to break the cycle of poverty in Rwanda by providing education, spiritual insight and necessities to poor children and families.

Group 42 VP Eric Bell Supports Choose San Antonio at SXSW Eco

Eric Bell (second to right), Chairman of Choose San Antonio and Vice President of Corporate Development at Group 42, joins Board Members from the organization at SXSW Eco.

Eric Bell (second to right), Chairman of Choose San Antonio and Vice President of Corporate Development at Group 42, joins Board Members from the organization at SXSW Eco.

Group 42's Eric Bell represented Choose San Antonio at the SXSW Eco conference from October 10-11, 2016, in Austin.  

Bell, Vice President of Corporate Development at Group 42, and Group 42 have supported Choose San Antonio since its inception in November, 2015. Bell serves as Chairman and co-founder of the non-profit organization dedicated to promoting San Antonio to the world as a great place to live, work and play.

Read more about Choose San Antonio's presence at SWSX Eco here.