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Newsmakers: Smith joins Elements of Architecture


Mallori Smith – has joined Elements of Architecture as a full-time intern architect. Smith, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design, has been working with Elements for two years as a part-time intern while earning a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Mark Floyd and Kenn Wardle, former executives at AmeriCredit, Exeter Finance and Jet Capital, have taken an equity stake in Irving-based Horizon Digital Finance Holdings, parent company of online auto loan website myAutoLoan.com.

Donna Young has joined Wells Fargo, where she will manage the Business Process Risk Management Program and the New Business Initiatives Program. She will also play a key role in building product integrity controls. A lifelong resident of Fort Worth, Young chairs the Fort Worth Downtown Neighborhood Alliance and is a member of Downtown Fort Worth Inc.


Cooksey Communications has promoted Jennifer Janicki to account executive.


Justin Gans has joined Elbit Systems of America as vice president of strategy and corporate development.


Mike Leese has been appointed vice president of Tarleton State University’s Division of Student Affairs, effective June 18. Currently associate vice president for the division, he will serve until his retirement at year’s end. Leese started his Tarleton career in 1969, where his positions included nine years as vice president for student affairs, before accepting a position at Texas A&M University. He later was associate vice president and dean of students at Southwestern University in Georgetown. He returned to Tarleton in 2012 as executive director of student affairs development.


The Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association has earned a Platinum designation for activities in 2017, the highest possible chapter recognition from the Society of Human Resource Management.

Medical City Arlington has received the 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Medical City Arlington is among 458 hospitals across the nation to achieve the award in 2018.

Mayor Betsy Price and Fort Worth Sister Cities presented Bell with the Global Nexus Award and Rotary International with the Global Citizens Award at the Mayor’s International Dinner on May 24. Dinner chairmen for the event were Joanna and Michael Crain.


Magnolia Hospitality Group LLC has appointed Toni Richardson as general manager and regional sales and marketing director. Magnolia owns the Candlewood Suites Fort Worth West, where renovations of Phase 1 are nearly complete.


Mary Hazelwood Barkley, partner with Cantey Hanger LLP, has been appointed for a second three-year term (2018-2021) to the Texas Bar Journal board of editors. The Texas Bar Journal is the official publication of the State Bar of Texas, with a mailed circulation of 102,000 and the only legal publication reaching every attorney who is a member of the Bar.

Orest B. Dachniwsky has joined Kelly Hart & Hallman as senior counsel in the Litigation Practice Group. Dachniwsky previously was associate general counsel in the Law Department of BNSF Railway Co. He was employed at BNSF and its predecessor companies for over 17 years and coordinated the company’s legal response to issues that arose in the areas of operations, regulatory compliance, safety, risk management, technology, telecommunication and corporate procurement.

Jackson Walker has added Jason C. Rodgers – photo – as senior counsel in the Fort Worth office. Rodgers is a former member of the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Shoppa’s Material Handling has appointed certified public accountant Jeffery Little as controller at Shoppa’s Material Handling and Shoppa’s Mid America. Shoppa’s has also appointed Christina Schagren as human resources director at Shoppa’s Material Handling and Shoppa’s Mid America.

Momentum Glass has hired two Dallas-Fort Worth-based market executives, Kyle Gaskill and Jared Parker, and has added dedicated warehouse and office space at 8925 Sterling St., Suite 100, in Irving, just north of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.


Clayton Youth Enrichment has appointed three new board members: Jarrett Jackson, field representative for U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey; Curtis Linscott, attorney at Hudson Cook LLP; and David Jackson, retired vice president of business development for American Traffic Solutions.


Robyn S. Accipiter has joined Alamo Title Co. as general counsel and the residential and commercial escrow officer working in the Mansfield office.

Send newsmakers to Robert Francis at rfrancis@bizpress.net.

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