Business Notes: Industry  News  From  Across  East  Texas

Published on Monday, 29 July 2013 10:31 - Written by

Nathan Lamaster started Suburban Butler Errand Service on July 11 and serves Tyler, Flint and Whitehouse.

He saw the need for such a service because of time constraints of two-income families, the physical assistance needs of baby boomers reaching age 65 and older and the increased resource and time needs of small businesses, he said in a prepares statement. Current services include grocery shopping and delivery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. He plans to soon offer restaurant food delivery, dry cleaning/laundry pick-up and drop-off, dog walking, mail and document delivery, delivery of medical and pharmaceutical supplies, vet appointments, donation pick-up and drop-off, Craigslist item verification and pick-up, gift/flower delivery, waiting service (for repairmen, ticket lines etc.), business and Realtor services and traveling notary service.

Lamaster and his wife, Nikki, moved to Tyler from California to pursue Mrs. Lamaster’s dream job as music director and radio disc jockey. Lamaster graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2012 and worked in a skilled nursing/rehabilitation facility as director of activities. His passion to improve the quality of life for senior citizens led him to think about how he could help other groups of people. He saw the need people have for time and created a concierge service business to help with that, he said. First time customers of the grocery service get 30 percent off the service fee and skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility and independent living community residents 55 and older get discounts for having multiple people interested in using the service. To book appointments or for more information, call 903-484-6050 or visit .



Nothing Bundt Cakes, a bakery specializing in Bundt cakes, will open in Tyler on Friday in the Broadway Market Center, 4917 S. Broadway Ave. Nothing Bundt Cakes offers a range of cake flavors, sizes and decorations. The bakery will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 14. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 16, it will give 20 percent of its proceeds to CASA for Kids of East Texas. And starting at 9 a.m. on Aug. 17, the first 50 customers will receive one free “bundlet” per month for a year; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the “Aloha Bundtini” family fun event will feature cake samples and Hawaiian fun. Founded in 1997, Nothing Bundt Cakes has its headquarters in Las Vegas, and the Tyler store will be its 69th bakery in 16 states. For more, visit .



Carroll Rog← was named board president of Leadership Tyler for 2013-14. Rog← serves as corporate marketing director for the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, as well as chief operating officer for FirstNet, a regional health information system. He earned an MBA from The University of Texas at Tyler, where he taught marketing for 12 years. He has a bachelor’s in journalism from Louisiana Tech University. Rog← serves on the UT Tyler Regional Alumni Council and has volunteered for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Smith County Crimestoppers, The Arc of Smith County and the United Way. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and The Society for Healthcare Strategy and Development.

Other board members of Leadership Tyler for 2013-14 include: Kim Beckham, Tim Connor (VP, alumni), Nancy Crawford, Shannon Dacus (VP, CAT 100), Darryl Flynn, Dawn Franks, Justin Holt, Jim Huggler, Laura Jackson, Jeb Jones (VP, outreach), Nancy Johnson, Nathan Kelly, Kay Latta (VP, development), Roy Martinez (past president), Chris Molina, Patrick Moran, John Nix (VP, programs), Smittee Root (president-elect), Jessica Schmalbach and Leah Wansley (VP, information technology). Leadership Tyler provides opportunities for people to improve their professional skills, learn about Tyler area needs and serve as community leaders. For more, visit .



The boards of directors of AgriLand Farm Credit and Texas AgFinance signed a letter of intent to merge. Tyler-based AgriLand and Texas AgFinance, with headquarters in Robstown, are targeting a Jan. 1 merger. Mark Miller, chief executive officer of Texas AgFinance, anticipates the merger will bring additional value to stockholders of both financing cooperatives. Combined, the new association will serve 100 counties. As of Dec. 31, AgriLand had total assets of $291 million, and Texas AgFinance had assets of $478 million. The new combined association will manage total assets of $769 million. The two lending cooperatives finance agricultural production, agribusiness, country homes and rural real estate. Established in 1933 and 1934 respectively, AgriLand and Texas AgFinance are part of the nationwide Farm Credit System.



Chaundra Thomson joined Capstone College and Career Advising in Tyler as a college advisor. A longtime teacher and school counselor, she most recently served as the lead high school counselor for the Whitehouse Independent School District. In her new role, she will work with high school students and their parents, helping them prepare for the college application process. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English education from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in school counseling from The University of Texas at Tyler. She can be contacted at 903-747-3424 or cthomson@cap Capstone College and Career Advising was founded in Tyler in 2011 to help students get into their college of choice.



Threlkeld & Co. Insurance announced four employee promotions.

Diane Smith, formerly the commercial lines service manager, was promoted to vice president of commercial lines. She has been worked there for 22 years. 

Ryan Slaughter was promoted from producer to vice president sales. He has worked there 10 years. 

Wendy Vanderwater was promoted from producer to vice president employee benefits after working there for 15 years. 

John Freeman was promoted from producer to vice president sales after bing with the company for nine years.

Threlkeld & Co. Insurance was established in 1982, has 43 employees and is a direct descendant of Clyde & Prestridge Insurance Agency, established in 1929. 



Jim Hooker will present on “The Influence of High-Touch Event Communication on Donor Support” at the Association of Fundraising Professionals East Texas Chapter from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Hollytree Country Club, 6700 Hollytree Drive. Hooker will examine why events are critical for building an emotional relationship with donors and supporters. Hooker is the founder and president at Innovative Protocol — Event Strategies, Production and Communication. The association represents development professionals, nonprofit executives and other individuals dedicated to fundraising and philanthropy. RSVP for the meeting by Thursday to Registration is $25 for AFP members; $30 for non-members. For more information, contact Debbie Wood at 903-566-7411.



Marlon Sullivan, 52, of Linden, was elected president of the Rural Rental Housing Association of Texas, a 35-year-old housing association dedicated to the success and preservation of affordable rural housing in Texas.

Sullivan is a second generation owner, developer, designer, builder and property manager. A partner in the Sullivan Companies of Linden, a family owned company founded in 1971 by Sullivan’s parents, Winston and Judy Sullivan. Sullivan and sister Jina Sullivan-Hamm own MJS Management Co., which manages the daily operations of more than 800 affordable apartments and homes with the assistance of 15 resident managers. Properties in the Tyler area include Mineola Seniors Community, Quitman Square, Winnsboro Square, Palestine Seniors Community, Big Sandy Manor and Edgewood Seniors Community. MJS was recognized by the USDA Rural Development Agency and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for their expertise in the management of Affordable Rural Housing.



Robroy Industries Conduit Division, manufacturer of ETL-Verified PVC coated galvanized rigid conduit, announced that Horacio Ramirez was appointed plant manager of its Gilmer facility.

Ramirez brings to Robroy Industries a track record of optimizing manufacturing operations within a diverse, global industry base including automotive, electronics, and paper office supplies.

He has reduced maintenance, repair, annual labor and total inventory cost. His expertise also includes defining and implementing lean projects for maximized performance and quality in domestic and overseas facilities.   Ramirez holds a Bachelor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Technological Institute of Monterrey, in Mexico; and recently completed a Master of Business Administration and Finance from the Universidad Tec Milenio, Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.



The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the luncheon, “Confused About the Affordable Care Act? Why You Still Need to Prepare Now!” on Aug. 12. Ann Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities and a “budget and health care expert” will be the guest speaker at the event, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The University of Texas at Tyler Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by Aug. 9 at acai13.

Organizers said 350 will be sold.

The Tyler Chamber is still taking sponsorships for its quarterly East Texas Kick-Off Luncheon, set for Aug. 31 at Harvey Convention Center. Guest speaker will be Brad Sham, “The Voice of the Cowboys” sports broadcaster, while KYTX CBS19 sports commentator Bryan Houston will emcee the event. East Texas area scholar athletes, head football coaches and school superintendents will be special guests at and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List will be announced.

The event is presented by the Tyler Chamber and SportTyler, and sponsors include Azalea Orthopedics, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital and the city of Tyler. For more, contact Cindy Smoak at 903-592-1661, ext. 237.



Tyler Independent School District’s 2013 Stuff the Bus with School Supplies collection day will be Friday at Brookshire’s stores at 2020 Roseland, in Bergfeld Center; 2734 E. Fifth St.; and 100 Rice Road. Brookshire’s and TISD are partnering to provide students with the supplies they need to succeed in school. For more information or for alternative drop-off locations, call 903-262-1000. Visit for school supply lists.



Broadway Square Mall and other area retail businesses invite residents and visitors to enjoy back-to-school shopping deals during tax-free weekend Aug. 9 to 11. During the three-day sales tax break, retailers will not be required to collect state and local sales use tax on most footwear, clothing, backpacks and school supplies priced less than $100. For more, visit .



The State Comptroller’s Office will conduct a free taxpayer seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Tyler Chamber’s Genecov Room, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Taxpayers can learn how to properly fill out tax forms, and file and pay taxes electronically. For more, call the Tyler Field Office at 903-534-0333.