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Newsmakers: Peloton hires veteran engineer as senior consultant

Peloton hires veteran engineer as senior consultant

Local engineer Ken Davis has joined Peloton Land Solutions as a senior consultant. With more than 37 years’ experience in planning, design and construction management of large-scale land development, institutional and municipal projects, Davis will play a key role in expanding Peloton’s capabilities and client relationships. Some of his previous notable projects include AllianceTexas, Edwards-Geren Ltd., Circle T Ranch, Westlake, and The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia.

“I have known Ken my entire career. He is well-respected in the North Texas market and we realize how fortunate we are that he’s now an integral part of our team,” said Peloton President and CEO Aric Head. “Ken is a strategic hire for us and will be integral to growing our market share in the North Texas region. We look forward to his leadership and expertise.”

Davis has planned and designed water, wastewater, storm water and roadway systems for large mixed-use developments and has extensive experience in site selection and analysis. His experience also includes roadway route selection, design and construction administration for federal-aid highway projects, urban arterial roadways and municipal streets. Davis’ land development experience includes negotiation of development agreements for municipal utility districts and long-range infrastructure planning and development.

He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and New Mexico and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University.

ARTS

Texas Women for the Arts, a program of the Texas Cultural Trust, has selected 25 arts programs across the state to receive more than $278,000 in grants at its 13th annual meeting in Fort Worth May 7-9.

Among those receiving grants were The Cliburn, Fort Worth, $15,000, and Creative Arts Center of Dallas, $10,000. Outreach grants of $2,000 went to statewide arts programs including the Texas Boys Choir in Fort Worth, and Big Thought in Dallas.

“Since its inception in 2005, Texas Women for the Arts has awarded more than $2.2 million to more than 180 arts organizations across Texas, and we are honored to continue this legacy in 2018,” said Heidi Marquez Smith, executive director of Texas Cultural Trust.

Texas Women for the Arts is a circle of women who supports arts and arts education programs across the state.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Melissa Edwards has joined the Balcom Agency as senior digital media buyer and planner in an expansion of the company’s media department.

Fort Worth-based GCG Marketing has added account executive Sarah Moore, account coordinators Alex Lunder and Justin Wagenhauser, and associate art director Gillian Mayfield.

BANKING& FINANCE

Brandon Chase, first vice president for investments at Beacon Hill Wealth Services of Raymond James in Fort Worth, has been invited to participate in the inaugural RJA Top 40 Under 40 Conference in Chicago. Forty of the firm’s top-performing advisers under age 40 will participate in discussions around emerging topics such as innovation, socially conscious investing and next-generation philanthropy.

BOARDS & ORGANIZATIONS

Alexander J. Ott, an agriculture industry leader with more than a decade of experience leading category organizations, will join Fort Worth-based American Pecan Council as its new executive director beginning July 1. Ott is executive director of the California Apple Commission, the California Olive Committee and the California Blueberry Commission. He will relocate from California to Texas to lead the APC.

FOOD & RESTAURANTS

Doug Renfro, president of the 78-year-old family business Renfro Foods, will be inducted into the Specialty Food Association’s Hall of Fame on July 1 at the Javitz Center in New York. The induction is part of the association’s Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony during the Summer Fancy Food Show. Renfro will be inducted along with seven other food industry pioneers who helped build the specialty food industry.

“It is an honor to not only be among the inductees this year, but I am also humbled to be following in the footsteps of my father and uncle who were inducted in 2016,” Renfro said.

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Jim Watry has been named chief operating officer for Texas Live!, a $250 million sports-anchored dining and entertainment development under construction in Arlington.

Watry has more than 20 years of experience in the dining, entertainment and hospitality industry. He previously held the same position at Cardinals’ Ballpark Village, another sports-orientated development project by The Cordish Companies located near Busch Stadium in St. Louis. It opened in 2014 and a $260 million second phase is under construction.

Send newsmakers to Robert Francis at rfrancis@bizpress.net.

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