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Newsmakers:Malloy promoted to president of JTaylor

The Fort Worth-based accounting and advisory firm JTaylor recently appointed Michael Malloy as president and managing partner.

Malloy succeeds founder and co-managing partner Joseph D. Taylor, who will serve as chairman of the board.

“As a company that always has prided itself on recruiting, nurturing and retaining top young talent, Michael represents the next step in the firm’s evolution and growth,” Taylor said. “With a dynamic leadership team composed mostly of people under 40, JTaylor is poised to provide best-in-class service to our clients for the next 20 years and beyond.”

In his previous role as co-managing partner, Malloy collaborated with Taylor to lead the firm through a period of organic growth that saw the firm’s revenue and personnel grow by more than 40 percent over 24 months.

Malloy began his career in the business consulting division of Arthur Andersen. Before joining JTaylor, he was a manager in the health sciences advisory services practice at Ernst & Young.

Malloy is active with United Community Centers, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Banking & Finance

Barry A. Wellins joined First Financial Bank N.A. as executive vice president of retail banking. Wellins has more than 20 years of banking experience in leadership positions for several national financial institutions.

Boards & Organizations

The 2016 board for Arts Council Northeast includes: Chairman Joan Matzke, President Lee Koch, First Vice Chairman Fund Development Cheri Ross, Treasurer Steve Wilson, Secretary Jessica Farrell, Rebecca Barksdale, Victoria Barth, Ray Champney, Dr. Paul G. Davis, Charles R. Elhoff Jr., Mary Martin Frazior, Sarah Green, Sherry Knight, Joan Lanford, Malaika Marion and honorary members Trish Biddle and Larry Darlage.

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Courtney Sherman to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council for a term to expire on Aug. 1, 2021. Sherman is a nurse practitioner and clinical supervisor for Tarrant County Public Health. She previously was a nurse educator for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg and a nurse practitioner at Humana Military Healthcare Services on Fort Hood. She is a member of the Texas Nurses Association, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Team, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Texas Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. She is a member of the Tarrant County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Community Action Team.

Rienke Radler, a community volunteer and philanthropist, has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Governor’s Commission for Women for a term to expire on Dec. 31, 2017. A native of South Africa, she worked as a physiotherapist in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Radler serves on the executive boards of Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth Pregnancy Center and the Radler Foundation.


Brenda Hicks-Sorensen has been named assistant director of the city of Fort Worth’s Economic Development Department. Most recently, she was the director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Previously, she was president and founder of Economic and Community Development Solutions LLC, a Wisconsin consulting firm. She also was vice president of economic and community development with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., president of the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corp. and economic development coordinator for Washington County, Wisconsin. She earned her certified economic developer designation in 2005 and earned several awards, including Outstanding New Economic Developer of the Year from the International Economic Development Council, Outstanding Young Alumni from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the President’s Award from the Site Selectors Guild.

Health Care

Alexis Burnett is the new vice president of quality services at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. Burnett, a registered nurse, has worked in leadership positions within HCA North Texas, Plaza Medical Center’s parent company. She has received one of the top employee awards within the HCA corporate system, the Frist Humanitarian Award. Prior to joining Plaza Medical Center, Burnett was director of quality management and regulatory compliance manager for Medical Center Arlington. She also was emergency medical services coordinator and stroke coordinator for North Hills Hospital. Later this year, she expects to complete a doctorate of business administration in health care leadership from California Intercontinental University.

Honors & Awards

Dave Fleming, vice president and corporate director of dispute resolution and corporate director of ethics and compliance at Sundt Construction Inc., received the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) 2016 Stephen P. Byrne Award for supporting the advancement of the construction industry and AIC’s Constructor Certification at a high level. Fleming is a past president of AIC and an industry veteran of 40 years. He joined Sundt in 1991, first as a consultant; in 2003 he became an employee-owner of the firm. He has been a key leader at Sundt, including as vice president and operations manager of the Texas district and vice president and operations manager with respect to the company’s federal government work. Prior to joining Sundt, Fleming was an executive for two other commercial contractors. In 2014 he was named among the Outstanding Alumni of the Texas A&M College of Architecture.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW’s principal brokers Gary Walker and Theron Bryant have placed in the top 2 percent of producers from among nearly 3,000 CBC-affiliated sales professionals in North America. Walker, managing principal, and Bryant, principal, have joined CBC’s Circle of Distinction at the platinum and silver levels, respectively. Walker has been a commercial real estate professional since the mid-1980s. He also is the managing member of SkyWalker Property Partners, which oversees real estate value-add investment funds. Walker serves on the boards for Trinity River Vision TIF and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, Real Estate Council of Fort Worth and Baylor Angel Network. Bryant is a member of the Fort Worth and Arlington chambers and serves on the board of Vision Fort Worth.

Skyline Sector 5 received the Customer Engagement Leader Skyline Brandy Award at the Skyline dealer meeting in Las Vegas. In addition, design manager Scooter Hendon received three of six Marshal Johnson Design Awards in recognition of his exhibit designs for ProPath and PFSweb.

For the third year in a row the Fort Worth Independent School District has won the designation of Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants.


Melinda H. Barlow joined Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP as senior counsel in the litigation and public law practice groups. Barlow has more than 20 years of experience in civil trial, personal injury and municipal law. She worked for the city of Arlington as the assistant city attorney and employment/litigation section head, where she supervised a staff of attorneys and paralegals monitoring all litigation for the city. Barlow is a board-certified personal injury trial lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Elizabeth Tiblets joined the Fort Worth office of Winstead PC as of counsel in the energy practice group. Tiblets represents clients on oil and gas litigation matters, including putative class actions, contractual and title disputes, and royalty payment disputes. She worked in the financial services industry at an investment firm before attending law school and interned at the Securities and Exchange Commission. She previously worked as an associate at Locke Lord LLP.

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United Way adds Leah King

as VP for development

Fort Worth businesswoman Leah King has been named senior vice president of development at United Way of Tarrant County.

King, formerly vice president and marketing director at Northstar Bank, will begin her new duties on April 18.

“Leah has a deep knowledge of the community based on relationships developed by working with a variety of people and community organizations over many years,” said United Way President and CEO Tim McKinney. “That, along with her executive leadership at local companies and her experience in leading their United Way campaigns, will provide us with valuable perspective.”

King started her Fort Worth roots with RadioShack Corp. advancing in positions in community relations, advertising and marketing, and investor relations. More recently she was senior director of public affairs at Chesapeake Energy Corp. and senior vice president of marketing and communications at Holland Services.

King has been associated with United Way of Tarrant County for many years. She is a founding member of the United Way of Tarrant County’s Women’s Leadership Council and has served as its Women’s Fund Development Committee chairman. She also has been a director on the boards of the Child Study Center, Junior Achievement and Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County. She currently serves on the Cook Children’s Medical Center board. She is active in Women Steering Business and the Fort Worth Chapter of The Links Inc.

She has volunteered on numerous committees and advisory boards, including those of Circle Theatre, Catholic Charities Refugee Services and Brighter Outlook Inc. She is a member of the Leadership Fort Worth 2010 class and Leadership North Texas 2011 class.

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