Food, flights and fun make a great, unusual holiday gift

Seeking a holiday gift for the traveler who has a taste for fine wine and food but hates to go through airport security?

Bombardier's Flexjet fractional ownership service, which is based in Richardson, is offering a holiday edition of its Flexjet 25 Jet Card.

The Napa Valley Edition card starts at $132,000 and includes not only 25 hours of private jet use but also an exclusive Napa Valley wine and cooking excursion in June.

Purchasers of the card, available through Jan. 15, also receive a dinner for two prepared by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and a private cooking class and sake tasting at Morimoto Napa, the chef's new restaurant, as well as a wine tasting. Lodging and ground transportation included.

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Public or private

Speaking of airport security, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport CEO Jeff Fegan says his facility was among those that received a letter from U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., asking that it consider switching to a private security firm.

Mica is expected to lead the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when Congress convenes in January, and he has received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from executives connected to private security contractors.

Fegan apparently doesn't buy into all the flak directed at the Transportation Security Administration over its X-rated body scans and intrusive pat-downs.

"We get fantastic support from the TSA at our airport," Fegan said, adding that airport employees have not decided about using private security. "The TSA here at D/FW was selected as the No. 1 TSA operation in the country."

Fegan did tell airport board members that two mid-size airports, San Francisco and Kansas City, using private contractors say there is no reduction in safety.

Circle is complete

BOKA Powell has moved its architecture, planning and design firm to The Carnegie, 421 W. Third St. in downtown Fort Worth, a building it helped design.

"We are expanding our presence in Fort Worth because of our growing client base here, which includes the JPS Health Network, Texas Wesleyan University, and corporate campus projects at Heritage Commons and the Alliance Airport Business Park," principal Don Powell said. It also has offices in Dallas and Austin.

BOKA also designed the Mercedes-Benz Financial and Daimler Truck Financial U.S. headquarters at Alliance, as well as the Omni American Bank headquarters and the DynCorp International regional headquarters.

Peer recognition

The Northeast Tarrant Chamber has received top honors from Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives for Outstanding Program of the Year.

The Texas chamber annually presents awards for unique programming in community and economic development, education, small business and governmental affairs. Texas has 614 chambers of commerce.

In economic development, the Northeast Tarrant Chamber received first place and honorable mention for its Transportation Focus and Family Fireworks programs, respectively.

Meanwhile, the chamber named John McIntosh of North Hills Travel & Cruises its member of the year, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine its designated large business of the year and Speedpro Imaging its small business of the year.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

Scott Nishimura, 817-390-7808

Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718