Newsmakers: Nelon of Fort Worth reappointed to Texas Board of Occupational Therapy


Jim Wright has been named as CEO at Xpressdocs, a provider of on-demand marketing solutions. Wright succeeds Eric Chandler.


Alfred Vidaurri Jr., a vice president at Freese and Nichols Inc., was elected treasurer of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards at the group’s 99th annual business meeting. Vidaurri previously served terms as secretary and director of the council’s Southern Conference (Region 3), which encompasses Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Vidaurri served on the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners from 2004-2015, including as chairman from 2009-2015 and vice chairman from 2006-2008. He also chaired Region 3 in 2014-2015 and was vice chairman from 2011-2012.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington’s master of architecture program. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Certified Planners, U.S. Green Building Council, Texas Society of Architects and AIA Fort Worth. He was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2015 and received the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service in 2014.


Basic Energy Services Inc. has named Adam Hurley as vice president, strategy and business development, a new leadership position at the company. Hurley will be responsible for focusing on Basic’s strategy of leveraging its strong market position in its core markets to accelerate the growth of the company through a more efficient allocation of its assets. Hurley earned his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Duke University. He served for eight years as an officer in the U.S. Army, including in multiple combat missions.

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Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Michael A. Ebbeler Jr., Bobbie Jean Hodges, Elizabeth “Lisa” Maciejewski-West and Rodrick D. Robinson and reappointed Neva M. Fairchild and Karen Stanfill to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas for terms set to expire on Oct. 29, 2019. The council advises the Texas Workforce Commission on the policy, scope and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services.

Hodges of Fort Worth is senior director of workforce development for Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth. She is a volunteer for New Friendship Baptist Church in Dallas, a former member of the Association of People Supporting Employment First and the Mayor’s Advisory Council in Shreveport, Louisiana, and former volunteer for Coats for Kids and Tour De Goodwill, Louisiana. Hodges has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in recreation therapy from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Blanca Cardenas and Karen Gardner and reappointed DeLana Honaker to the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2023. Abbott reappointed Stephanie Johnston, Sally Harris King and Pamela Nelon for terms set to expire Feb. 1, 2021. He named Johnston presiding officer of the board. The board licenses and regulates occupational therapy services in the state of Texas.

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Nelon of Fort Worth is a Realtor with Virginia Cook Realtors, and previously owned Nelon Consultants. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and a past committee member of the American Cancer Society. She is a volunteer with the North Texas Animal Shelter, Safe Haven Women’s Shelter and Mayfest Festival. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Dallas Baptist University.


Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival received 26 awards from the Texas Festivals and Events Association, including first place for the Zenith Award in its budget category. The Zenith Award is the best-overall award category and is judged based on event promotion and involvement of programs such as volunteers, education, entertainment and community outreach.

Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival also received first place in Best Event Video Promotion, Best Volunteer Program, Best Promotional Poster, Best Organization Website and Best Social Media Campaign.

TFEA is a professional trade association for Texas-based festival and event planners, volunteers and suppliers.


Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc. has named Mia Meachem as chief marketing officer.

Valencia Group’s Texican Court in Irving has appointed Patrick Hildebrandt as executive chef of the court hotel. Hildebrandt worked previously at Sweet Basil in Vail, Colorado, the Empty Stomach Group in San Antonio and The Hollow in Georgetown.


The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals has recognized Arlington resident Josie White as among the most successful Latino real estate agents in the country for 2018. White is affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Arlington/ Mansfield regional office.


E-Mist Innovations, the developer of infection prevention and control technologies, has named Andrew J. Thompson as president and CEO. Thompson replaces interim CEO Clint Weber, who served from September 2017 until earlier in July. Thompson founded Thompson Development Group to provide business consultation, executive leadership and public speaking services to corporations and associations as well as college and professional sports teams. Previously, he was senior vice president at Fusionetics LLC. Thompson also served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 24 years.

E-Mist also hired Lance Cowart, a device and pharmaceutical sales executive, as national sales manager.


Lori Bradley has been named senior vice president for talent management and organizational effectiveness at United Airlines.

Bradley formerly worked at PVH Corp., a global apparel company with a portfolio of brands led by Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. While she led global talent management for PVH, the company was recognized by Chief Learning Officer magazine as a top 100 company for learning and development.

Bradley holds a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of North Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from UNT and a master’s degree in English/critical theory from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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