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Rylander, Clay & Opitz LLP welcomed back Sabrina Najera after her leave from the company. Najera was a tax professional for RCO for more than five years before taking leave. Najera’s specialties include working with high wealth individuals, tax exempt organizations, homeowners’ associations, partnerships, corporations and federal and state tax compliance. She began her career as a claims processor for Tim Truman, and continued on as a bankruptcy assistant to John Dee Spicer. She also worked for Quicksilver Resources Inc. and TXO Energy.
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Johnny Simons, Hip Pocket Theatre co-founder and artistic director, has been selected by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to receive the Doris Duke Impact Award. The award recognizes artists who are helping to move forward the fields of dance, jazz and/or theater. Recipients are nominated by previous award winners. Simons has been selected for his contribution to theater through his original works, which often combine multiple areas of theatrical techniques, including mime, pantomime, music, dance, puppetry and the spoken word. Simons will travel to New York City in June to accept the award.
Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Marketing Management Inc. hired Tim Hauser as vice president of strategic business alliances. Hauser has worked for Kimberly-Clark and Kal Kan Foods (a division of Mars), had senior management roles at CBS Marketing, Advantage Sales and Marketing, and Crossmark. Most recently, he worked for the Fuel Rewards Network, a loyalty marketing business.
Banking & Finance
Southwest Bank promoted Richard Dopson to president of the Beltline banking center. Dopson was previously senior vice president-senior commercial lender at the same location, and has more than 15 years of banking industry experience. Prior to joining Southwest Bank in January 2014, Dopson was senior vice president of commercial real estate at ViewPoint Bank (formerly Highlands Bank). He also has served as a vice president for Sovereign Bank and Regions Bank, and began his career in banking as a bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Uma L. Dalta has been promoted to chief accounting officer at Approach Resources Inc. Dalta, a CPA, joined Approach in August 2013 as director of financial reporting. Previously, she was with Ernst & Young LLP since 2005, most recently as audit manager.
GreenHunter Resources Inc. established a new environmental solutions division in conjunction with its Total Water Management Solutions and promoted Paul Falgoust to vice president of this business segment.
Honors & Awards
Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Walter Dansby will receive the Communicator of the Year Award from the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America on May 29 in Fort Worth. Dansby was selected based on his leadership provided last year in two FWISD initiatives – the implementation of a new strategic plan and a $489.9 million Capital Improvement Program. Dansby also recently received a Texas Environmental Excellence Award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He was recognized “for taking care of Texas through outstanding efforts in environmental protection and pollution prevention.” Other finalists in the same Innovative Operations/Management category included Bell Helicopter, UT Southwestern Medical Center and H-E-B grocers.
Three University of Texas at Arlington kinesiology faculty members will receive national awards for their work in the field of athletic training from the National Athletic Trainers Association. Cynthia Trowbridge, an associate professor, will receive the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award for service and leadership activities at the national and district level. Paul Krawietz, clinical assistant professor, will receive the Athletic Trainer Service Award recognizing volunteer efforts at the local and state level. Louise Fincher, chair of the kinesiology department, will receive the Gail Weldon Award of Excellence for her contributions to improving the health care of women by an athletic trainer.
The Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The center earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound.
TBG Partners promoted Eric Garrison and Seth Atwell to senior associate and Yixiao Liu to associate. Garrison joined TBG in 2012 in the firm’s Fort Worth office and has more than 12 years of experience working on projects throughout the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, China and Vietnam. Atwell has been a member of TBG’s Dallas office since 2007 while Liu joined the Dallas office in June 2011.
AZZ incorporated appointed Tara D. Mackey to serve as its chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Mackey has served in legal leadership roles with both private and publicly traded companies, including Silverleaf Resorts, SuperMedia and Flowserve, and was an attorney at Jackson Walker LLP.
Henry S. Miller’s HSM Dalcon Inc. Development Group hired Jeff McKenney as vice president and the Investments/Land Division named Chris Burrow its vice president. Previously, McKenney was a transaction manager at Jones Lang LaSalle Americas in Dallas where he managed land for multiple states on the BNSF Railway Co. account. He also was the director of land development at Prime Income Asset Management. McKenney will be responsible for residential land development throughout Texas and surrounding states.
Burrow began his real estate career in 1981 as an acquisitions analyst with the Miller Company’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group. He later served as senior vice president of the Investment Properties and International Divisions of the Miller Company where he was a top producer and member of the company’s Chairman’s Council. Prior to returning to Miller, he served as CFO/COO of the Episcopal School of Dallas. Burrow will offer investment real estate services for individual investors, family offices and fund managers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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Jim Webb receives Law Day Professionalism Award
Jim Webb, a practicing attorney for 40 years with McDonald Sanders, is the 2014 recipient of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Law Day Professionalism Award.
“No one is more deserving of this honor and award than Jim Webb,” said Rick Sorenson, president of McDonald Sanders. “Since I began working with Jim in 1977, I have seen how he handles himself in good times and during those rough days all lawyers experience. Throughout, I have admired his unfailing commitment to always put his clients first, and have appreciated his demonstrating time and again that we, as lawyers, can be zealous proponents of our clients’ interests without compromising our ethics or principles, and without tearing down our colleagues on the other side.
“Jim's approach to practicing law with respect for each and every individual with whom he comes in contact; and with an allegiance to what is right, all while delivering legal services of the highest caliber, demonstrates the highest level of professionalism to which we should all aspire,” he said.
At McDonald Sanders, Webb represents financial institutions, governmental entities, and real estate owners and developers in the financing, purchase, sale and leasing of commercial real estate. He is a member of the firm’s Banking & Finance and Real Estate Practice Groups.
Webb currently serves as board chairman of Cook Children’s Health Foundation and Cook Children’s Health Care System and is a director of Star Bank of Texas. He previously served as a director of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel and is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Tarrant County Bar Foundation.
Arlington’s Nunez named Physician of the Year
Dr. Ignacio Nunez, gynecologist and medical director of minimally invasive surgery at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, recently earned the Physician of the Year award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation.
“Dr. Nunez has made invaluable contributions to Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s numerous achievements to advance and promote quality health care and patient satisfaction,” said Kirk King, hospital president. “He’s unselfish with his time and talent, despite a long list of clinical and leadership roles, and his loyalty and servant leadership is greatly appreciated by his physician peers, our staff and, last but certainly not least, the Arlington community.”
Nunez has served on the medical staff at Texas Health Arlington Memorial since 1983, and in 2008, he became the hospital’s medical staff president for a two-year term. Other key leadership positions include serving as the hospital’s department chair of obstetrics and gynecology on two separate occasions.
Just this year, Texas Health Arlington Memorial became the first facility in North Texas to earn distinction as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG). Nunez and three fellow physicians each earned the COEMIG designation as a Surgeon of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology.
Nunez has served as trustee for the Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation, and he currently serves as chairman for Texas Health Resources’ Physician Leadership Council.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, earned his medical degree from UT-Southwestern Medical School and completed his residency at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Parkland Hospital. Nunez is a recipient of UTA’s Distinguished Alumni Award.