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Mr. Brooks Gremmels

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Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation

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Brooks Gremmels, co-founder ..., 8 Aug 2013 [cached]
Brooks Gremmels, co-founder of Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation, has said since the beginning of the Festival in 2008 that, "We're just making lemonade out of lemons."
This is huge news because we ..., 29 Mar 2012 [cached]
This is huge news because we now have the potential to add lodging, a grocery store, and other enhancements to our community," said Brooks Gremmels, the co-founder of Ben Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation, the 501 c (3) organization behind the renovation of the town since 2008. "It will definitely improve the quality of life in our community and serve as a high profile reminder that Ben Wheeler not only matters, but it is making the hard decisions necessary to get ahead of the changes we know the future will bring," he said.
Gremmels explained during the Feb. 21, meeting that on the high end, "there would be about eight customers (including himself) who would pay up to $170 per month," based on their water usage. He said that it is reasonable to assume that not all folks within the Ben Wheeler community will either embrace the idea of constructing a sanitary sewer system or choose to switch from a septic tank arrangement. "This decision to either be connected to the new sewer system or to stay with a septic tank set-up, is strictly voluntary. I certainly respect and support each person's right to make that decision," he said.
2005 :: Brooks Gremmels and ..., 10 Jan 2015 [cached]
2005 :: Brooks Gremmels and Ben Spies
Brooks Gremmels Brooks grew up in Tyler, Texas and has been involved in a wide variety of businesses, including concert promotion, beer distribution, real estate syndication and oil and gas production. Brooks started racing with the CMRA in 1999, winning several sprint championships. He served for five years on the CMRA Board of Directors starting in 2000, bringing a wealth of wisdom and experience to the organization and creating new processes and procedures to bring CMRA into the 21st century. In addition, as co-owner of Shogun Motorsports, Brooks has contributed over $100,000 in purses and prizes to the CMRA, has provided more than $1 million in sponsorship support to CMRA and other riders in the U.S., has been the top contributor to the Roadracing World Air Fence Fund and has been a major contributor to Jason Pridmore's STAR Motorcycle School.
Our team owner Jason handed both ..., 14 Oct 2002 [cached]
Our team owner Jason handed both of them to Brooks about 6:45 PM on Saturday.
Our team owner Jason handed both of them to Brooks about 6:45 PM on Saturday.
Thats it Bob bite the hand that feeds you. speaking of being fed thank Brooks.
ysr612 10-14-2002, 12:25 PM Thats it Bob bite the hand that feeds you. speaking of being fed thank Brooks.
Brooks Gremmels 10-15-2002, 08:36 AM Bob, I assure you that I turned your transponders in. I'll follow through on making sure you get credited. Thanks. Brooks
Brooks Gremmels 10-15-2002, 08:36 AM
About Us, 24 Sept 2009 [cached]
Fueled by childhood memories of a once-thriving town and a desire to give back to the community, Brooks Gremmels bought property - lots of it - in and around small, unincorporated Ben Wheeler along Hwy. 64 and FM 773 in southern Van Zandt County. His plan: to return the town back to its 1935 look and to bring new businesses, and inspire a new community-friendly attitude and sense of pride back into the area through events, festivities and other social projects.
Brooks' basic project through Ben Wheeler Development Company (BWDC) will take some time before his full vision comes to fruition. But when complete, Gremmels will have provided Ben Wheeler with a downtown and surrounding areas with sustainability and profitability for future generations to enjoy easy-living-conveniences life in Ben Wheeler can afford each of its residents - an endeavor that strives to afford the community with restaurants, a winery, downtown shops and artisans' wares, a fully restored downtown park complete with gazebos and stages for entertainment, a farmers market, a classic car museum and motorcycle hall of fame, and much, much more.
"We're working with a clean sheet of paper," Brooks explained. "When I grew up in Tyler and went back and forth to Dallas, Ben Wheeler was a nice little town," he said. "When I moved back 35 years later, I guess they'd lost their pride. It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to do something positive to help restore it."
Since last February, Gremmels and his team have been working on various projects which have included refurbishing old houses, buildings and store houses, cleaning up park land and putting on family-friendly events to help in that restoration of pride and community.
"I don't know if that's something we can really measure, but it's something you feel if you have it," he said.
Brooks, is a member of the Van Zandt County Historical Commission. As such, he is in constant communication with local residents for input into BWDC's plans.
"I've solicited all of the input I could get, especially from people who have lived here for generations," he said. "Many have furnished photos, and it's amazing how much history is in people's heads. We're putting together a pretty good picture of the way Ben Wheeler looked from the mid 1930s, and our long-term goal is to reconstruct the town similar to what it was in 1935. We want to try to recapture the feeling, the old-fashioned atmosphere where people walk and sit and visit and play dominos. historical commission veteran and Ben Wheeler native, Sybil Creasey, said Brooks wanted to know more about Ben Wheeler as soon as he joined the commission.
For Brooks and his wife, Rese, a Longview native, it's about giving back to the community.
"We want to raise the bar high enough so that we have something unique that will draw people into town," Brooks said.
Brooks has the means to renovate Ben Wheeler because of his business successes.
For more than 20 years, he managed oil and gas companies that operated several hundred wells. He also was president and CEO of WhamTech, which developed virtual data and information integration, sharing, and interoperability technology products. He started racing with the Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association in 1999 (well past his 50th birthday) and won several road-racing sprint championships. He served on CMRA's board of directors and was named to its hall of fame. In connection with his racing career, he founded Shogun Enterprises and Shogun Motorsports.
Brooks retired from Oil and Gas Producers/OGP Operating about five years ago, giving the company to its employees, moving back into this area, and buying ARC Ridge Ranch which is mostly used for youth gatherings and other special and charitable events.
"My retirement is a total failure," he said. "I intended to see if I could clean up the town a little, and one thing led to another."
Today, as more people move back into the country, Ben Wheeler may thrive again. It will if Brooks Gremmels, Rese, and their small band of men and women work with other local residents to make it happen.
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