Newsmakers: PRSA Fort Worth Chapter names officers, board for 2019

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GCG Marketing has added Emily Ritter as full-stack developer and Emily Schoen as associate art director.


Dan Berner, a 28-year Deloitte veteran whose client-industry focus has centered on consumer products and retail, has been named North Texas managing partner of Deloitte LLP.

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Berner succeeds Jason Downing, who is becoming Deloitte’s U.S. vice chairman and Deloitte Private leader.

Valliance Bank has named Molly Thames as business banker at its Fort Worth office. She has a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the University of North Texas.

The bank has also hired Marie Fulton as assistant vice president of Treasury sales. She will work in the Fort Worth office.

Also joining in Fort Worth is Hope Collins as a lending assistant.

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The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named its officers and board of directors for 2019.

Beth Lamb is president. She joined the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth in January 2012 and is the chief marketing officer. Amiso George is vice president of membership/president-elect. George is associate professor and former chairman of strategic communication at Texas Christian University. Lesley Dupre is vice president of programs. Dupre is an account director and public relations specialist at the Balcom Agency.

Other officers are: Kate Norris, treasurer; Jessamy Brown, secretary; Lisa Albert, past-president; Richie Escovedo, director; Michelle Clark, director; and Claire Bloxom Armstrong, director. Assembly delegates are Margaret Ritsch and Gigi Westerman.

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Darryl Brewer, owner of Magic Carwash & Detail in Fort Worth, has been hired as the new economic development manager for the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. Brewer replaces Jeremiah Anderson, who left in November to take a job with the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce.

A U.S. Army and Army National Guard veteran, Brewer holds a bachelor’s degree in business and communications from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Freese and Nichols Inc. is expanding its municipal planning expertise with the hiring of three planners in the Urban Planning + Design Group in Texas and Oklahoma.

Chance Sparks, a project manager based in San Marcos, has more than 15 years of planning and management experience and has worked for the cities of Buda, San Marcos and Bulverde in Central Texas in addition to the Texas Department of Rural Affairs Disaster Recovery Program.

Dawn Warrick, a project manager in Tulsa, has more than 23 years of municipal planning experience, including seven years as the City of Tulsa’s planning director.

Eleana Tuley, who is based in Freese and Nichols’ Dallas office, has more than six years of experience in both the public and private sector. She worked for the City of McKinney and City of Fort Worth and was a land development consultant for a civil engineering consulting firm in Dallas.


Mark Lashley, president and CEO of Caregiver Inc., a provider of services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has announced the appointment of Beth Landry as president of operations for Caregiver’s recently acquired businesses in Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio.

Landry will work in Fort Worth at Caregiver’s support center.

Caregiver has also hired Brian Estler to coordinate efforts around Special Olympics involvement for Caregiver clients, initially in North Texas.

Estler was senior program executive with the Fort Worth-based Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America. Previously, he was program director for the Daniel Boone Council in North Carolina, where he helped organize attendance for the first U.S. special needs unit at the 2013 National Jamboree in West Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Ohio.


PytchBlack, a creative consulting firm, has been awarded gold in the Graphis Advertising Annual 2019 for its Peloton Land Solutions “Gain Ground” print in the Professional Services Category.

“We are fortunate to be included in this year’s Graphis Advertising Annual alongside the best creative thinkers in this business,” said Andrew Yanez, PytchBlack managing partner. “We are grateful for clients like Peloton Land Solutions that allow us to create intelligent advertising that differentiates them from their competition.”

Graphis is an international publisher that showcases work in design, advertising, photography and art/illustration.


Brian Brisco and Joshua Ross have been admitted as equity partners at Cantey Hanger LLP.

A native of Fort Worth, Brisco joined Cantey Hanger in 2010 after graduating from Baylor University School of Law. Ross, a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, joined the firm in 2015 after several years in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office.

Brackett & Ellis has added two new attorneys: Jennifer Covington and C.R. Moore III.-

Covington previously was a shareholder at Law Snakard & Gambill PC. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa.

Moore received his law degree from the University of North Texas-Dallas College of Law. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University. He previously was an associate at Law, Snakard & Gambill P.C.

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