Business Notes for July 15,2013

Published on Sunday, 14 July 2013 23:08 - Written by Staff Reports

Officials recently joined CP Homes President Ted Good and Country Place Senior Living founder Jack West to celebrate the groundbreaking of Country Place Senior Living of Canton.

The Canton facility is the first of 70 planned residences across Texas, Good said in a statement. It also will be the first time the company builds two separate assisted living residences side by side and each on a 2-acre parcel. Scheduled to open in January, Country Place Senior Living assisted living residence will be equipped with private living suites. The 17,700-square-foot building also will include a large dining area, indoor and outdoor social areas, a guest suite, exercise facility, library and commercial kitchen. Personal and health care services will be offered 24-hours-a-day. Canton Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Mercy Rushing said the assisted living facility will offer 48 units, create about 40 new jobs and bring about $6 million in capital investment to the city.


Paul and Debbie Michael announced expansion plans for The Paul Michael Co. in Canton because of their love for First Monday Trade Days, where Michael started trading and selling in the 1970s, according to a statement. The Paul Michael Co. started in Canton and now has four retail locations in Lake Village, Ark., where the Michaels live; Monroe, La.; and Lafayette La. This year, the Michaels launched a new warehouse concept store, D&P Interiors, in a 28,000-square-foot open-style warehouse retail shop along Interstate 20 in Canton. D&P stands for design and price. The Paul Michael Co. began manufacturing its own line of accessories and furniture Michael designs to be the “antiques of tomorrow.”

On June 26, the Canton Economic Development Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony to build a new two-story, 60,000-square-feet combination showroom and warehouse next to the Paul Michael Co. retail store along U.S. Highway 19 North in Canton. The new facility will add several employees, according to the statement.


Suddenlink officials announced that customer care representative David Lawrence, of Tyler, earned a Customer Service Hero Award, recognizing exceptional efforts to serve customers, colleagues and the community. In a company with 6,000 employees nationwide, Lawrence was one of 12 to receive the award, which was based on nominations submitted by colleagues. Colleagues commended Lawrence for his technical skills and friendly manner, which prompted a customer to praise him in a letter to Suddenlink’s chief executive officer.


UT Health Northeast professor Dr. Jeffrey Levin received the Marcus Key Award from the Texas College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (TxCOEM). Levin, chairman of the Department of Occupational Health Sciences at UT Health, received the award during TxCOEM’s annual meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) in San Antonio. The award recognized Levin’s “devotion to occupational and environmental health.” It is named for Marcus Key, a dermatologist and the first director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Levin also was one of six physicians to receive the TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine, Silver Level. It is a special recognition for academic physicians who are excellent teachers, role models and medical professionals. Levin founded the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at UT Health in 1994 and has more than 25 years of experience in occupational medicine.

In addition, a poster by UT Health medical professionals about a new way to manage emergency room patients who don’t need emergency care won first prize at the TMA meeting. The poster showed how ER patients who don’t have actual medical emergencies were screened and then given the option of seeing a doctor in the Family Health Center. Lead author of the poster was Dr. Jonathan MacClements, chairman of UT Health’s Department of Family Medicine. Dr. James Menard was the second author. The team also included Brenda Lee, MSN, RN; Dr. Michele Bosworth; Dr. Minh Le: and staff of the Family Health Center and the ER.

MacClements also received the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System Board of Regents. He is one of 39 faculty members from these health institutions to receive the 2013 award. He received the Exemplary Teaching Award from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians in 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has taught family medicine residents at UT Health Northeast since 2000. He is also director of medical education, and is the Smith County Health Authority, serving as a senior federal aviation medical examiner. MacClements completed his family medicine residency at UT Health Northeast in 1996.


Retired engineer, Richard Cawley, who is a fellow ASHRAE and life member, received a Distinguished Service Award from ASHRAE, a building technology society with more than 54,000 members worldwide. The award was presented at the society’s 2013 annual conference in June. It is given to individuals who have served the society faithfully and with distinction. The honor recognizes participation in chapter, regional and society activities. ASHRAE was formerly an acronym for “American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.”  Cawley, of Tyler, is retired and has served on several technical committees. He wrote handbook chapters, participated in programs and authored several research statements. He served for five years on the research administration committee in varying capacities. Cawley also makes presentation to local ASHRAE student branches on the rewards of an HVAC career and is an active participant in National Engineers Week each year.


Keen Solutions Group LLC is holding a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration at 4 p.m. Tuesday for its new Tyler office, at 110 N. College Ave., Suite 203, in the downtown Bank of America Building. The event will be held downstairs at its local date center partner, Tyler Vault, located in the lower level of the Plaza Tower. Tours of the Tyler Vault, a data center, will be available. Drawing on more than 13 years of experience in electronic document management, business process automation and electronic medical records systems founder and president Joshua Norris created Keen Solutions Group to be a true customer advocate, according to . Keen Solutions Group started in Tyler and has opened a second sales location in Dallas to serve its clients with a global presence.


Alexa Fisher joined Edward Jones’ South Tyler office, at 455 Rice Road, as a branch office administrator. She is responsible for the daily operation of the office, as well as providing top-level client service and marketing support. Ms. Fisher brings a background in banking and administration with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. For more, visit www.edwardjones .com.


Regions Investment Solutions in Tyler announced that Anna Malone is its new financial consultant. She brings more than six years of experience, most recently working with Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University. Mrs. Malone will be at the main office, at 100 E. Ferguson, and will be available by appointment at any Regions Bank office.


Faithco Electric has been selected as a winner of the 2013 Best of HomeAdvisor Award, which recognizes top industry professionals based on exceptional quality, service and value. It rates top-rated service professionals in the HomeAdvisor network, a nationwide pro-finding organization that has set the standard of service and excellence. Faithco Electric, in Hideway, offers residential and commercial services, as well as troubleshooting and repair, panel upgrades, LED lighting, under and cover cabinet lighting, boat house and power shed lighting, whole house back-up and commercial generators, custom home wiring and remodeling. It is an independent energy consultant providing energy through Ambit Energy. For more, call 903-882-9664 or visit


BBB Serving Central East Texas will host a workshop for the local nonprofit community from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. July 30 at Tyler Junior College West Campus in Room 104. Jim M. Judge, with Judge Evaluation Services, will discuss BBB’s Charity Information Service, including its history, BBB standards for charity accountability, the five most missed standards and benefits of local charity review. BBB reports on more than 10,000 charitable organizations and is the oldest charity evaluator in the country. More than 5 million consumers looked to the BBB System to inquire about a nonprofit in 2012. Judge is the former director of Charity Information Service for the BBB Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. In 2012, he started a consulting company that works with BBBs throughout the nation to begin and maintain local charity review programs. He is also membership chairman of Community Service Public Relations Council and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. To RSVP or for more, call 903-581-5888, ext. 105, or info@easttexas.


East Texas Center for Independent Living is hosting its annual Americans with Disabilities Act Update from 8:30 a.m. to noon on July 26 at the ETCIL offices, at 4713 Troup Highway. The informative seminar is geared towards local business owners, state and local government, property owners, builders, school officials, persons with disabilities and anyone interested in Tyler’s success stories in ADA compliance. Topics include ADA compliance for affordable housing, public accommodation in transportation and medical services, local parks and recreation accessibility, ADA compliance in schools and employment for persons with disabilities. To register, request special accommodations or for more information, contact Cassie Nipp at 903-581-7542, or or visit .