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Newsmakers: Carlson joins Regions

Banking & Finance

Steve Carlson joined Regions Bank as senior business banking relationship manager for the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Carlson will serve business clients throughout the Metroplex, specifically those with revenues of up to $50 million per year. His areas of focus will include food and beverage companies, nonprofit enterprises, professional services companies and businesses devoted to lifestyles of health and sustainability.

Carlson has 25 years of banking management experience. Previously, he held senior level positions with Chase Bank, including president of the Waco-Temple market. He also was a senior credit approver and underwriting group manager for large commercial lending transactions in Chase’s south and west regions and was a business banking sales leader for Chase in Texas and Louisiana. Carlson is a director of Social Venture Partners Dallas and in board service with Café Momentum.

Boards & Organizations

New directors elected to the board of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo include: Glenn Beck, Rebecca Emery, Chris Farley, Gilbert “Beto” Gamez III, Gary Griffin, Roland K. Johnson, Sherman Jones, David Moore and Stormy Mullins. Elevated to honorary vice president were Bob Moorhouse, Alan Schutts, Robert W. Semple, Bert Williams and J. Roger Williams. Officers re-elected include: Bradford S. Barnes, president and general manager; Edward P. Bass, chairman of the board; Charlie Geren, vice president; Charlie Moncrief, secretary; Randy Rogers, treasurer; and W.R. “Bob” Watt Jr., president emeritus.

Lynn O’Neill, chief nursing officer of Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, has been elected a voting member of Plaza’s board. O’Neill has more than 30 years of experience in nursing leadership. She joined Plaza as CNO in August 2014 after serving nine years as CNO at Medical Center of Lewisville, a sister HCA hospital. O’Neill began her career as a staff nurse at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where she worked her way up to executive director and chief nurse.

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Kevin Pottinger to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2021. Pottinger, a retired major general in the U.S. Air Force, is the former mobilization assistant to the commander, Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Previously, he was director of operations and chief of weapons for the 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. He later was commander of the 301st Fighter Wing at the Fort Worth base. He completed Air Force pilot training as a distinguished graduate at Reese Air Force Base, spent 15 years on active service and then entered the Air Force Reserve. He is a command pilot with more than 4,000 career flight hours and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal.

Chambers of Commerce

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce elected new officers, committee chairmen and incoming directors at its April board meeting.

Officers are: Chairman Mark Nurdin, CEO-Fort Worth region, Bank of Texas; Vice Chairman Allyson Baumeister, principal, CLA Fort Worth; Treasurer Wade Wallace, regional president, Southwest Bank-Fort Worth region; and Bill Thornton, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber.

Incoming directors are: Michael Appleman, Cantey Hanger LLP; Marianne Auld, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP; John Avila, Thos. S. Byrne LTD; John Black, Merrill Lynch & Co.; Robert Briggs, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty; JJ Cawelti, Bell Helicopter; Brian Happel, BBVA Compass; John Jarrett, Jetta Operating Co. Inc.; Pat McDowell, Jones Lang LaSalle; Lisa Rettew, Luther King Capital Management; and Wyntress Ware, Ware & Associates.

New board/committee chairmen are: East Area Council, Evan Eastman, Spectrum Business; Southwest Area Council, Amir Mirzadeh, Frost Bank, Alta Mesa; West Area Council, Michael Wheaton, Lucien Wright Insurance; North Area Council, Mandy Forbus, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance; Central Area Council, Dione Kennedy, Performing Arts Fort Worth Inc.; and Vision FW Chairman, Nicole Stanley, Frost Bank, downtown.


Southwest Christian School appointed Brian E. M. Johnson as head of school, effective July 1. Johnson served in the U.S. Army as an attack helicopter platoon leader and has more than 25 years of experience in education. He worked at several independent schools as head of school, administrator, teacher and coach. He has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. He is pursuing an MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Honors & Awards

The Fort Worth Independent School District will add six alumni to its Wall of Fame on May 13. They are: Paul Andrews (Arlington Heights High School, 1961), founder and CEO of TTI Inc.; Sherrill Headrick (North Side High School, 1956), five-time All-Star linebacker who played in the first Super Bowl and is in the Kansas City Chiefs Ring of Honor and Hall of Fame (deceased); Karen Ruble Johnson (Eastern Hills High School, 1962), first female executive director of the State Bar of Texas (1990-1994) and received the 2016 Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Austin Bar Association; Bob Nichols (R.L. Paschal High School, 1942), pioneer in environmental engineering and former president of Freese and Nichols Inc., president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (deceased); Jim Nichols (Paschal, 1941), civil engineer and former president of Freese and Nichols, helped develop water supplies across Texas and was instrumental in the creation of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (deceased); and Christopher Smith (Southwest High School, 1986), assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, overseeing the department’s research and development program and the U.S. Petroleum Reserves.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth recognized Steve Boma with its highest volunteer award, the Chi Rho Award, and presented the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation with its 2016 Community Partnership Award. Boma joined the Metropolitan board in 2000 and has held numerous leadership roles, including board chairman and finance committee chairman. He has also served on the endowment fund for 10 years. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation has partnered for more than 20 years with the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth and has a long-standing commitment through the youth and government program. The foundation has made more than $1 million in documented gifts to the organization.

Richard Kimmel received the Career Services Award from the Fort Worth chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for his efforts to improve the financial services industry. Kimmel has been with the Principal Financial Group since 1981. He is the past president of NAIFA-Fort Worth, former member of the state board for NAIFA-Texas and past president of General Agents & Managers Association-Fort Worth and GAMA-Texas. He has served on the Principal Advisor Network Field Leaders Council since 1995.

Local winners of the 2016 Small Business and Champion Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration Dallas/Fort Worth District Office are: Financial Services Champion of the Year, James L. Stokes Jr., executive director of Alliance Lending Corp. in Fort Worth; Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year, Patrick E. Alcorn, business consultant, Texas Veterans Commission in Arlington; Woman in Business Champion of the Year, Barbara Jo Jones, president of BRJ Paving Inc. in Burleson; and SCORE Chapter of the Year, Fort Worth SCORE Chapter 120.

Balcom Agency earned 15 awards at the 33rd Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. More than 3,700 entries were submitted nationwide. The agency received five gold, three silver, one bronze and six merit awards for work completed for Cook Children’s Health Care System, USMD Health System, LifeGift, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, PCCA and Pediatric Eye Specialists.

North Hills Hospital has been accredited as a Cycle 5 Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) and Resuscitation, the first hospital in North Texas to achieve the accreditation. The rating is given by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the accreditation arm of the American College of Cardiology. North Hills was the first hospital in the nation to attain Cycle 4 accreditation.

TTI Inc. received the 2015 Global Distributor of the Year Award from Molex. In addition, for the third consecutive time, TTI’s subsidiary Mouser Electronics was recognized by Molex as the 2015 Global e-Catalog Distributor of the Year.

Real Estate

James D. Petty is a full-time associate at Peyco Southwest Realty Inc., after completing a two-year internship program with the company. He supervises the administration of the company, with areas of expertise in property tax valuation cases, commercial real estate appraisals and real estate investment analysis.

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