Newsmakers: JTaylor promotions


JTaylor has announced the promotions of seven professionals.

In the tax and business services division, Hayden Grahm was promoted to senior manager and Abigail Royce was promoted to manager.

Matthew Edmonson was promoted to manager of the assurance division.

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In the consulting division, Garrett Grim and Matthew Spangler were promoted to associate, and Garrett Gastil and Arielle Austin were promoted to manager.


Lisa Nagy has been appointed vice president for student affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. Nagy is UT-Arlington’s associate vice president of student affairs and has served as interim vice president since the spring.


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The City of Saginaw has hired Gabriel “Gabe” Reaume as the new city manager effective Jan. 1.

Reaume has worked for the City of Denison as director of Community and Development Services since April 2015. His leadership responsibilities included Planning and Zoning, Building Inspections and Code Enforcement, Parks and Recreation, and the Denison Public Library.

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed James Michael Lunsford and Joe E. Martin to the Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2019. He also appointed Leslie Campbell and Renee K. Pietzsch for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2021, and Brian Bradford Carpenter and Travis A. Motley for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2023. The governor named Motley presiding officer. Motley, of Colleyville, is a podiatrist, professor of orthopedic surgery, and director of the podiatric surgical residency at John Peter Smith Hospital. Motley received a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry and a master’s in biology from Texas Christian University and a doctor of podiatric medicine from Des Moines University.


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Bill Renfro, a two-time first place chili cookoff winner, was inducted into the Chili Appreciation Society International’s Hall of Flame for his service with the nonprofit organization during its 51st Terlingua International Chili Championship Cookoff, held Nov.1-4.

Renfro has judged the chili cookoff championships about 25 times and has been qualified to cook chili at CASI four to five times.

In 1999, CASI began a salsa competition, which he has judged since, and is now joined by son James and nephew Doug. He is also a lifetime member of CASI Cowtown, established in 1976.

Janine Iannarelli, founder and president of Houston-based Par Avion Ltd., will be recognized by Girlstart at its inaugural Game Changers luncheon on Dec. 13 at the Westin Galleria in Houston. Iannarelli is among four Houston area women being honored who are committed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. Iannarelli was named a Great Woman of Texas by the Fort Worth Business Press in 2011.

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