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People Feb. 17, 2014

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Advertising, Marketing & Research
Trey Sprinkle, senior art director at Balcom Agency, has been promoted to brand creative director for the agency's work with Justin Brands. Sprinkle has been the design force behind Balcom’s work for Justin Brands for more than 10 years. His packaging design for Justin Bent Rail Boots was honored by the American Advertising Federation and Print Regional Design Annual in 2012, while a brand book for Chippewa Boots won national recognition at the highest level of the American Advertising Awards in 2013. Over the past decade, Sprinkle’s work for Justin Brands also has garnered more than 30 marketing awards from the Western & English Trade Association.
Grotta Marketing Research LLC welcomes Angie Highland – photo – as partner and chief operating officer. She worked for the city of Fort Worth for 10 years and is a recognized authority on the Texas Events Trust Fund program.

Banking & Finance
Ryan Harwell and Jeff Danies have joined the Northwestern Mutual office in Fort Worth as recruiters. Harwell previously worked at Nationstar Mortgage in Lewisville. Daniels joins Northwestern Mutual after 20 years with the United States Marine Corps.

Boards & Organizations
The Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation elected three new board members: Brian Williams, – photo -- BNSF Railway Police, Todd Miller, Worth Benefits and Consultants Inc., and Kenneth Jones,  a retired attorney. Newly elected board officers are: Chairman, Larry Anfin, Coors Distributing Co.; Vice Chairman, Tim Gilpin, Lonestar Land Services LLC; and Secretary-Treasurer, Robert J. Glaser Jr., retired from American Airlines.
The 2014 officers of the Society of Commercial Realtors are: Bill Makens, The Makens Co., chairman; C.B. Team, Ellis & Tinsley, vice chairman; Colt Cantrell, Cantrell Commercial Real Estate, secretary/treasurer; and Tyler Trahant, CASE Commercial Real Estate Partners, immediate past chairman. Governors for 2014 include: David Aldrich, William C. Jennings Co.; Norma Crow, Rattikin Title Co.; Gene Jolley, Gene Jolley Co.; Huck Newberry, The Newberry Co. Inc.; Sue Sistrunk, RE/MAX Associates I; Mark Sullivan, Ritter and Associates; and Mark Thielke, Community Bank.

Health Care
Texas Health Physicians Group selected Jim Parobek as senior vice president of operations. He will also serve as a board member and senior vice president of operations for Texas Health Organization for Physicians. Parobek has worked with Texas Health in a consulting capacity since July. He joins from Kentucky, where he led three of the largest multi-specialty employed physician groups. He also served as president and CEO of Saints Mary & Elizabeth Hospital and Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital, in Louisville, Ky.

Honors & Awards
The Society of Commercial Realtors presented its 2013 Charles D. Tandy Commercial Realtor Award to James Blake, senior adviser for Sperry Van Ness. Blake specializes in multi-tenant retail shopping centers, freestanding single tenant retail buildings and industrial properties. Blake has more than 27 years of Dallas-Fort Worth commercial real estate market experience. He has served as Region 3 representative for the Texas Association of Realtors Commercial Investment Division and served as chairman of the SCR in 1995. Additionally, Troy Moncrief with Fidelity National Title, The Baker Firm received the Dottie Pletch Extra Mile Award for his dedication and service to the SCR.
Christopher Blay,  curator at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, received the Moss/Chumley Artist Award, presented annually by the Meadows Museum to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least 10 years and has a proven track record as a community advocate for the visual arts.
Dan Wright,  a director in the Fort Worth office of Integra Realty Resources-DFW, has been recognized as the Professional of the Year for 2013 by the International Right of Way Association’s North Texas chapter.

Courtyard & TownePlace Suites DFW Airport North/Grapevine, the first dual-branded Marriott hotel in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, opened Jan. 27. The executive team at the new development by NewcrestImage LLC consists of: Michelle Strong, general manager; Jason Troncale, assistant general manager for Courtyard; Justin Kuzski, assistant general manager for TownePlace Suites; Elisa Berdych, director of sales; Bethany Hastings, sales manager; Peggy Gutierrez, senior catering manager; Angela Roberts, director of food and beverage; Jonathan Pape, executive chef; and Jenna Clary, events manager.

Nonprofit Organizations
The Rotary Club of Fort Worth named Amy Houston Bearden as its new executive director. Bearden served as associate director, and is active in the community, working with Main Street Arts Festival, Parade of Lights and the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation. Bearden replaces Neva Williams, who recently retired after 40 years with the Rotary Club.

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Coors Distributing’s Larry Anfin receives leadership award
Larry Anfin, CEO of Coors Distributing Co. of Fort Worth, received the 2013 Distinguished Leadership Award from the Northeast Leadership Forum.
Anfin has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, the late philanthropist and CEO of Coors Distributing of Fort Worth, John McMillian. Larry began working at Coors Distributing in his teens, attended Texas Christian University and then joined the family business. This year he celebrates 40 years with Coors Distributing.
Anfin’s philanthropic efforts benefit the entire Tarrant County area, with a focus in Northeast Tarrant County. He drives a regular monthly route for Meals On Wheels, and he has supported the Hurst Fire Department, Mid-Cities Care Corps and Metroport Meals On Wheels. He is a board member of A Wish With Wings, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Catholic Charities, Victory Therapy Center and the I-35W Coalition.
This year, Anfin will be the second Anglo chair of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, again in the footsteps of his grandfather. In 2012 and 2013, he chaired the Stock Show Syndicate for the Fort Worth Stock Show. Under his two-year leadership, the Syndicate members raised more than $6 million to raise the prices of participants’ animals in the livestock show auction.

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