Newsmakers: Bankers celebrate 30-plus years

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Trio at Woodhaven National Bank achieve milestone Ron J. Casey, chairman and CEO of Woodhaven National Bank, along with Dorothy Shepherd, senior vice president of the bank’s Rhome branch, and Kim Denbow of Mansfield, are each being recognized for more than 30 years of service to the bank. Mike Myers, chairman of Myers Financial Corp. and founder of Woodhaven National Bank, said all three have made key contributions to the bank’s success. Woodhaven National Bank is the largest locally owned independent bank in Tarrant County operating under the same continuous ownership since its inception in 1983. “All three demonstrate their commitment and professionalism to our customers every day through exceptional service,” Myers said. “They are true assets to the Woodhaven National Bank team and role models for their fellow employees as well.” Casey joined Woodhaven in 1983 as executive vice president and was promoted to president in 1985. He became chairman and CEO in 2003. Shepherd has been with the Rhome location since it opened in 2001, overseeing security and operations. In 2005, she was promoted to vice president and later to her current position. Denbow joined Woodhaven in 1984, starting out as a teller and later working as a loan processor. She started working at Woodhaven’s Mansfield branch in 1998, when Mansfield Community Bank first opened. Today, she supports personal, commercial and SBA loan processing services as an assistant vice president.

Boards & Organizations SME named Michael Packer, vice president of manufacturing strategy and technical integration for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., to its 2015 board. Besides SME, Packer is active in the Institute of Industrial Engineers, SAE International, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he was conferred as an associate fellow in 2011. He serves as an executive board member for the National Defense Industrial Association-Manufacturing Division, executive board member and treasurer for the National Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal board member and is a past member of the Georgia Tech Industrial Advisory Board. Packer is Shingijutsu Lean Production System trained and certified, and is a past board member of the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative. Bobby Evartt, vice president of information technology at Legend Bank, has been appointed to the Fiserv Premier Advisory Council Development Team and as vice president of the Fiserv EFT Client Advisory Board. The 2015 board of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council consists of: Chairman John Warner, vice president/CEO, UT Southwestern University Hospitals; Past Chairman Daniela Decell, CEO, HCA’s Las Colinas Medical Center; Chairman-Elect Audra Early, executive director, Kindred’s DFW Hospitals; and trustees Doug Hock, executive vice president, chief operating officer, Children’s Health System of Texas; Lillie Biggins, president, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth; Brett Lee, CEO, Tenet’s Lake Pointe Medical Center; Cindy Schamp, president, Baylor Medical Center at Irving; E. Kenneth Hutchenrider, president, Methodist Richardson Medical Center; Debbie Paganelli, president, Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB; Ashley McClellan, CEO, HCA’s Medical Center of Lewisville; Bill Whitman, executive vice president/COO, JPS Health Network; and Scott Peek, president, Baylor Medical Center at McKinney. Ex-officio members are Robert Walker, president/CEO, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and Dr. Frederick Cerise, president/CEO, Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Energy Quicksilver Resources Inc. appointed Vanessa Gomez LaGatta senior vice president-chief financial officer and treasurer effective Jan. 1. LaGatta has served as vice president-treasurer since September 2009. She has 15 years of financial experience in the energy industry and has led several key financial initiatives. She had increasing responsibility in corporate development and strategic processes during her tenure with Quicksilver. LaGatta also served as Quicksilver’s representative on the board of Crestwood Midstream Partners GP LLC from August 2012 to October 2013. Prior to joining Quicksilver, LaGatta served as a director of Credit Suisse’s Investment and Corporate Banking group from 2001 to 2009.

Engineering JRB Engineering added Jennifer C. Yoder as vice president of business development, bringing 20 years of experience in the engineering industry. Based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Yoder will be developing and implementing strategies throughout the Southern U.S. Yoder also represents Rone Engineering, mentor firm to JRB Engineering. She is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and the American Society for Highway Engineers, and is leading its new D-FW section.

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Government The city of Fort Worth selected John Robert Carman as the new Water Department director, effective April 6, 2015. Carman is currently public utilities director for the city of Raleigh, N.C. He brings more than 30 years of experience in water and wastewater as well as several accolades for management excellence and performance. The majority of his career in water was spent in Utah, where he began as a wastewater plant operator. From 1979-1994, he worked in water and wastewater treatment plant operator roles, maintaining equipment and facilities for Salt Lake City Public Utilities. He then took a role managing operations, water resources and laboratory functions for the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy, where he became general manager. Carman joined an international engineering firm in 2005 where he worked in Utah, California and Illinois before going to Raleigh.

Health Care Texas Health Resources selected Kirk King as executive vice president and operations leader for the Southwest Zone. King will help direct Texas Health’s operational and clinical initiatives in the Fort Worth, Arlington, Azle, Cleburne and Stephenville communities. He joined THR in October 1999 as the president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman. In December 2005, he became the president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford and since July 2007, he has served as the president of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. King is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Honors & Awards Matthew Seasock, executive sous chef at The Fort Worth Club, recently received two gold medals at the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg as part of a chef team representing the U.S. The U.S. chefs competed against teams from 29 countries and won gold medals in both competition categories, placing third overall. The Culinary World Cup is every four years, and this year’s competition hosted 1,000 chefs from 56 nations competing in various events. Next, Seasock and his teammates will compete in the 2015 American Culinary Classic in Orlando, Fla., in July, and the 2016 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung in Germany. Seasock, an American Culinary Federation member, is an avid competitor and has won numerous medals in ACF-approved culinary competitions, including a gold medal and Best of Show at the 2012 Ben E. Keith Culinary Salon in Fort Worth. Det. Joe Adcock, with the Flower Mound Police Department, will receive the 2015 Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas Partners in Courage-Multidisciplinary Team Member Award. Adcock was nominated by the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County. He has served in law enforcement since 1995, and has been with the Flower Mound PD since 1997. He is an active member of the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force and has federal credentials pending as a member of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations Cyber Child Exploitation Group Task Force. Adcock will accept his award in January at the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas Annual Conference in Austin. Five Texas Health Resources hospitals earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Quality Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The hospitals and award levels: Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington and Texas Health Presbyterian Health Plano, Silver Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award; Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award; and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, Bronze Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award.

Law Harris, Finley & Bogle PC welcomes Merrill E. Jones and Paul T. Elkins to the firm. Jones joined the oil and gas section, where she will represent operators and landowners in matters related to ownership rights, title examination and related issues. Elkins joined the litigation section, where he will practice primarily civil and commercial litigation, including oil and gas litigation.

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Real Estate Serene Homes named Ron Ramirez as executive vice president of engineering and construction. He will oversee and direct engineering activities for residential and commercial land development projects and will also help evaluate potential sites for land acquisition. Ramirez came to Serene Homes from Wier & Associates Inc. with 18 years of tenure, where he operated as vice president and principal for the last 10 years.

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Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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