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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Hallmark Financial names new CEO

Hallmark Financial Services Inc., a publicly traded insurance holding company headquartered in Fort Worth, has appointed Naveen Anand as chief executive officer, the company said Aug. 14.
Anand takes over from Mark J. Morrison, who will remain with the company as senior executive vice president. Morrison joined Hallmark in 2004 and served as CEO since 2006.
Anand has more than 25 years of experience in the property/casualty insurance industry. He joins Hallmark from Torus Insurance Holdings Ltd., where he served since 2009 as U.S. chief executive and global chief operating officer. Prior to joining Torus, Anand worked for CNA Financial Corp., Chubb Corp. and St. Paul Insurance Co.
Mark E. Schwarz, executive chairman of Hallmark, said, “We are fortunate to have someone with Naveen’s skills, experience and record of accomplishment assuming the chief executive officer role at Hallmark. I am confident his leadership abilities will be a valuable addition to the Hallmark team and believe he will do a terrific job in furthering Hallmark’s continuing development into a larger and more valuable company.”
Hallmark Financial Services, through its subsidiaries, engages in the sale of property/casualty insurance products to businesses and individuals. Hallmark’s common stock is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol “HALL.”

Betty Dillard
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