Newsmakers: Amon Carter’s Klein receives national award

Amon Carter’s Klein receives national award

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) named Sara Klein, teacher and school programs manager at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the 2015 Western Region Museum Art Educator of the Year.

The award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the contributions, service and achievements of an NAEA member annually at the regional level within his or her division. Klein received the award at the NAEA National Convention in New Orleans in March.

“Sara Klein exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today – leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates – who give their best to their students and the profession,” said NAEA President Dennis Inhulsen.

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Klein joined the Amon Carter in 2009. She develops and implements programs designed to help educators and students of all grade levels and disciplines to explore and understand the museum’s collections and special exhibitions.

“Sara is passionate about connecting students and educators with the Amon Carter’s collection and special exhibitions and works tirelessly to create opportunities for these connections that leave all involved positively impacted,” said Stacy Fuller, director of public engagement at the Amon Carter. “Whether a 3-year-old experiences the wonder of the museum’s architectural spaces for the first time or a veteran teacher sees a favorite painting from a new perspective, Sara’s thoughtful attention to program creation, implementation and evaluation ensures that each student and educator who enters the museum can have a transformative experience.”

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations

Amy Populorum joined Decision Analyst Inc. as senior vice president of client services. She has worked in custom and syndicated research since beginning her career in the mid-1980s. She has had various senior marketing research positions, specializing in restaurants and hospitality, telecommunications, financial services, cable and satellite, retail, lottery, publishing and energy.

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Architecture & Engineering

Eric Canales is senior project manager at MULTATECH. Previously with AECOM, Canales is a civil engineer who has managed, designed and performed design reviews for projects that included airport terminals, runways, streets, bridges, railroad crossings, utility relocations, drainage, signalized intersections and signage. He has more than 18 years of experience and was recently named a Society of American Military Engineers Fellow at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


Executive AirShare promoted J. Michael McMillan to the newly created position of senior vice president, sales and marketing. He previously was regional vice president of sales for Fort Worth, West Texas and Oklahoma, and has been with Executive AirShare since 2009. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of S-TEC Corp., president and founder of Aircraft Travel Solutions Inc., vice president of sales and marketing for Piaggio America Inc. and regional vice president for Raytheon Aircraft Co. McMillan has an airline transport pilot certificate with more than 6,000 hours of pilot-in-command flight time and extensive commercial flight department operational experience.

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Banking & Finance

Southside Bank named Russell Pulliam to its mortgage division as the senior vice president, regional sales mortgage manager. Pulliam will oversee the mortgage lending group in the North Texas Region, including processing and secondary marketing activities. He has more than 25 years of sales experience, including business development, operations management and team building.

Weaver promoted James Mihills to partner in financial institutions consulting. Mihills joined Weaver’s Fort Worth office in June 2012 when the firm merged with Delong Consulting Services LC. He has more than two decades of experience with financial institutions. He oversees the audit plans for numerous banking clients and conducts independent interest rate risk and liquidity risk reviews for financial institutions across the nation. Mihills is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Health Care

Dr. David Tietze, a specialist in internal medicine and sports medicine, joined USMD Affiliated Services and will practice at USMD’s Arlington South Internal Medicine and Pediatric Clinic. Tietze completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine at the Ohio State University Medical Center, his residency in internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center and his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Tietze worked as the team physician for Dallas Baptist University and Northwood University. He also spent time as an attending physician at Baylor Specialty Hospital.

Honors & Awards

Judge Timothy A. Menikos of the 323rd District Court will be honored with the Judge Scott Moore Award for his advocacy for abused and neglected children at CASA of Tarrant County’s annual Judge Scott Moore Voices for Children Awards Dinner April 7 in Fort Worth. For more than two decades, Menikos has heard cases of child abuse and neglect. Across that time he has invited thousands of CASA volunteers into his courtroom to share their insights and recommendations for the children before him.

Alfred Vidaurri Jr., vice president and principal at Freese and Nichols Inc., has been named to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows. His other professional accolades include the 2014 President’s Medal for Distinguished Service from the National Council of Architectural Registrations Boards and his appointment to the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners in 2004 by then-Gov. Rick Perry. He has served as chairman of the board for eight years. Vidaurri will be inducted into the College of Fellows during the AIA National Convention in Atlanta May 14-16.

G. Michael “Mike” Gruber, a founding partner of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP, received the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice. Gruber earned his law degree in 1981. He has served on the board of the Dallas Zoo for more than 20 years, most recently as chairman. He is a board member for the lieutenant governor’s Transition Committee on Education and Workforce and has been a councilman for the city of DeSoto. He received the Sager Award from The Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the Award of Excellence from the Dallas Association for Young Lawyers and the Justinian Award for Community Service.

For the second consecutive year The NAMM Foundation has recognized the Fort Worth Independent School District for its commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation, one of only 35 in Texas. The distinction recognizes districts that have shown exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the core curriculum.

American Aero FTW, a fixed-base operator in Fort Worth, became the first FBO in the Western Hemisphere to be issued a new safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council. American Aero was awarded the IBAC International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS- BAH) certificate of registration.

Radio & Television

Mike Kannon is the new morning drive host on 103.7 KVIL, weekdays 5:30 to 10 a.m. Kannon was most recently morning drive host for KLIF-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth. Prior to that, he was program director at WRDW-FM in Philadelphia. Kannon also has served as music director and nighttime host at WBTS-FM in Atlanta and had the same positions at WJBQ-FM in Portland, Maine. He began his radio career as a high school student in Raleigh, N.C., hosting weekend overnights at WRDU-FM, and went on to become the mix show DJ in Boston for the nationally syndicated program “Open House Party,” which he now hosts on Sunday nights.


Andrew Dilda, most recently of Barter restaurant in Dallas, joined the culinary team at Reata Restaurant in Fort Worth. Dilda has more than 15 years of experience in the culinary industry and did some of his first work at Reata in 1996-1998, while he was still in high school. He worked for seven years at Central Market and also had stints at CBD Provisions in Dallas, Fort Worth’s Woodshed Smokehouse and the now closed Angeluna restaurant in Fort Worth. In 2014, Dilda’s team won Dallas’ annual “Meat Fight” competition.

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