Patti LaBarba & Nancy LaBarba Scott, Principals, LaBarba Permit Service
Patti and Nancy Labarba’s LaBarba Permit Service helps clients obtain a TABC liquor license including Beer + Wine Permits, Brewpub Licenses, Mixed Beverage Permits and TABC renewals.
Their parents, Joe and Billye LaBarba began the business in 1965, and has served many of the most successful and prominent alcohol sellers in the state, with clients such as Andrews Distributing, Gloria’s, Lombardi’s Restaurants, Minyard Food Stores, Javier’s, and Katy Trail Ice House.
Joe and Billye’s two daughters, Nancy and Patti, have been involved in alcohol permitting for decades. They grew up learning the business and took over full-time in the late 1980s following their parents’ retirement.
Curtis A. Hite is the CEO and Chairman of Improving; a software training and consulting company which he founded in 2007. With a focus on Conscious Capitalism, he has grown the company to 60 million in revenue, 500+ employees and 8 offices.
Curtis began his career as a software engineer building systems in the Defense industry – first with Rockwell International and then at E-Systems (later acquired by Raytheon). In 1998, Curtis and several partners founded Expede, a software development consulting and training company. Its quick growth drew the attention of a French company, Valtech, which acquired them in 1999. Curtis soon became CEO of Valtech’s North American operations and remained in that position until late 2006.
In early 2007, Curtis and many of the same partners established the Blue Ocean Group, which quickly acquired a small training company called Improving Enterprises and adopted the Improving name. Improving Holdings provides management and technology professional services including consulting, project outsourcing, training and networked recruiting. The company operates in Atlanta, Cleveland, Calgary, College Station, Columbus, Dallas, Houston and Minneapolis. Consistent growth since its inception has allowed Improving to be one of 116 companies that have been named to the Inc. 500/5000 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. for nine consecutive years (2008 – 2017).