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Banking & Finance

Premier Bank Texas, a branch of Providence Bank, promoted Russell Alexander to Grapevine market president; Angela Thornton to senior vice president, commercial banking officer; Karen Endres to senior vice president and SBA manager; and Allison Taylor to SBA banking officer.

Alexander joined Premier Bank in 2011 as senior vice president, commercial banking officer, and will continue to serve as a commercial banking officer as well. He has had many executive positions and has served on the boards at other Texas banks, been a dealer principal/owner of a General Motors Chevrolet franchise in the Dallas area, and has owned and managed several real estate investments.

Thornton has 18 years of commercial banking experience and joined Premier Bank in 2009. She was formerly vice president of commercial banking at a large regional bank. Endres has 20 years of banking and industry experience, including 15 years in commercial and SBA lending. She joined Premier Bank in 2011 as a vice president, SBA commercial banking officer. Endres was a small-business owner for eight years before starting her banking career. Taylor joined Providence Bank in 2011 as a loan coordinator and has nine years of banking experience including five years with government guaranteed loans.

Rylander, Clay & Opitz LLP hired Brentley A. Jackson as a tax manager. With more than 10 years of tax experience, Jackson will focus on tax planning, research and compliance. He also prepares returns for individuals, corporations and partnerships.

TrueNorth added Greg Truex, previous area vice president at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc., to its Arlington team.

Boards & Organizations

New officers of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth for the 2016-2018 term are: President Andy Taft, who will begin serving on July 1; President-Elect David Campbell; Vice President Don Marable; Secretary Charlie Powell; Treasurer Susan Morgan; and Sergeant-at-Arms Larry Anfin. The newly elected directors include Buzz Brightbill, Harriet Harral, Ralph Mecklenburger, Marable and Morgan. Directors continuing on the board include Anfin, Connie Blake, Doug Briley, Campbell, Powell, Taft and Joan Trew.

The Fort Worth Police Officers’ Award Foundation re-elected its executive committee, including Chairman Larry Anfin, Vice Chairman Tim Gilpin and Secretary/Treasurer Robert Glaser Jr.

Katherine Hopkins, attorney at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, was recently elected to serve a one-year term as treasurer for the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers. Kelly Hart partner Shauna Wright has been elected to the board of The Women’s Center of Tarrant County for the 2016-2018 term. And Kelly Hart attorney Clark Rucker was re-elected to a three-year term and chosen as treasurer for CASA of Tarrant County.

The Fort Worth Independent School District’s school board president, Jacinto Ramos Jr., is the newest member of the Steering Committee for Council of Urban Boards of Education.

The 2016 board for the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation includes: Chairman Jacob D. Smith, Vice Chairman Bond Malone, Secretary Becky Bullard, Treasurer S. Martin McDonald, Assistant Treasurer Kitty Miller, Judy Alton, William M. Booker, Vianei Lopez Braun, Barbara Cordray, Will A. Courtney Sr., Dr. John L. Crawford, Thom Fox, Dr. John W. Freese, Jennifer Oliver Henderson, Julia Huseman, Walter Littlejohn, Kathryn McGlinchey, Carley Moore, Anne Oswalt, Karen S. Precella, Michael Price, Betty Rutherford, Brian W. Salvant, Todd Spake, Thomas E. Turner, Priscilla Veeder, Elena Yorio and Stephanie Zavala. The board also created a support organization of ambassadors including the following: Dr. Karen Barlow, Delores Buckalew, Judith Carrier, Tim Carter, Elizabeth Doane, Jill Goff, Petra Grimes, Doug Harman, Nancy Knight, Linda Scroggie, Ann Simms and Gil Zepeda.

Honors & Awards

Mary Beth Mitchell, chief nursing informatics officer at Texas Health Resources, has been honored as the 2015 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award winner. Mitchell has been with Texas Health for more than 20 years, serving in various positions at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas before becoming Texas Health’s CNIO in 2010. Currently she oversees nursing adoption, use and optimization of Texas Health’s electronic health record. Mitchell will accept her award during a ceremony at the 2016 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Conference & Exhibition on March 3 in Las Vegas.

Moncrief Cancer Institute received a 2015 Fort Worth Beautiful Award for its “outstanding contribution to the appearance of the community through quality landscaping” of the grounds and site.


D. Michael Lynn, who recently retired after presiding over a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth for 14 years, joined Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller LLP as senior counsel in the firm’s Bankruptcy Group. During his tenure on the bench, Lynn oversaw the Chapter 11 cases of Mirant Corp., Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and the Texas Rangers, among many others. Lynn previously practiced as a bankruptcy attorney in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for nearly 30 years. He is the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise, has been a contributing author for Collier’s various bankruptcy publications and a former columnist for Bloomberg Law. Lynn has been a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and at Texas A&M School of Law.

Also joining Shannon Gracey as a bankruptcy associate is Paul Lopez, who clerked for Lynn prior to joining the firm.

Amy E. Ott and Rachel W. Saltsman have been promoted to partner at The Blum Firm. Ott serves on the board of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs and on the Texas Society of CPAs Advanced Estate Planning Conference Committee. Saltsman also joined the firm in 2008; her areas of practice include probate, estates and trusts.

Real Estate

Visions Realty & Investments hired Jason Reynolds as sales associate. Reynolds is a Realtor and has been in the real estate industry for a couple of years, working as an agent at Keller Williams in Arlington. Prior to that, he specialized in marketing and development for multiple businesses.

CBRE Group Inc. appointed Daniel Taylor as managing director of retail for the company’s Texas-Oklahoma division. Taylor is a 15-year industry veteran with extensive market knowledge and landlord and retailer relationships. He specializes in multi-market retail tenant representation and roll-out assignments across the country.

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Former World Bank exec

to join TPG as partner

Economist Jin-Yong Cai, most recently the executive vice president and CEO of International Finance Corp., a member of the World Bank Group, has been named a partner of TPG, a Fort Worth-based global private investment firm.

Cai’s appointment is effective Feb. 1.

In the newly created role, Cai will help expand TPG’s investment strategy in emerging and frontier markets.

“Partnering a leader of Jin-Yong’s experience and depth with our local teams in China, Southeast Asia, India and Africa is a truly exciting next step for TPG,” said Jim Coulter, co-founder and co-CEO of TPG.

Cai, a Chinese national with a doctorate in economics from Boston University, joined IFC in October 2012. IFC is the largest global development institution focused on private sector development. Before joining IFC, he worked in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. Cai worked 12 years with Goldman Sachs Group, where he was part of the firm’s global leadership team and its top executive in China. Before that, he had senior positions in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division and was a key player in developing China’s first joint venture investment bank, China International Capital Corp. Cai began his professional career in the World Bank Group in 1990.

TPG has more than $70 billion of assets under management and offices in Fort Worth, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. Since the start of 2014, TPG has raised more than $18.6 billion for its investment funds and has launched six new products, including Pace Holdings, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust and TSL Europe.

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