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Published on Sunday, 1 September 2013 18:15 - Written by

Bob Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Fair Oil Co., was named chairman of the UT Health Northeast Development Board, succeeding Herb Buie, who led the board for 10 years.

“First we want to thank Herb Buie for the outstanding job he did on our development board. And I am very excited to have Bob Garrett elected as our new board chairman,” Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun, president of UT Health Northeast, said in a statement. “His energy, enthusiasm, and passion will inspire our 900 employees, scientists, and physicians to do an even better job for our patients and our community.”

Garrett is chairman the city of Tyler Unified Development Code Committee and is vice president of the R.W. Fair Foundation. He has served on the development board for six years and is a member of the Salvation Army Development Board, the Tyler Economic Development Council and the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Business-Education Council.

“It’s exciting to see the advancements that UT Health Northeast has made in the past several years under the leadership of Dr. Calhoun and former board chairman Herb Buie,” Garrett said. “We’re fortunate to have such an outstanding facility and economic driver as UT Health Northeast in our community. We look forward to its continued growth and to increased support from throughout the region,” he said.

Garrett is a real estate developer and has served as president of the Tyler Area Builders Association and the Texas Association of Builders. He was named Developer of the Year by the TAB in 2007. He also is a member of the boards of directors of Southside Bank and the T.B. Butler Publishing Co. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, he has been a member of SFA’s Board of Regents since 2007, served as chairman from 2010-12, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to a second term that expires in 2019. He earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas at Tyler and was named a UT Tyler Distinguished Alumni.


Soma Intimates is hosting its grand opening in Broadway Square Mall today.

The boutique offers lingerie, loungewear and beauty products. Each Soma associate is a trained bra fit expert, according to a statement. Soma’s Giving is Beautiful Soma Bra Donation supports local women’s shelters affiliated with the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Soma has collected more than 500,000 bras to support women in need.

The store is inviting the public to its grand opening at Broadway Square Mall, at 4601 S. Broadway Ave. to receive a free bra with any $75 purchase Sept. 2 to 16. Soma Intimates operates more than 210 boutiques nationwide, as well online at


The Skate Cellar Board Shop will open at 2 p.m. Tuesday at 12383 Highway 155 South in Tyler. The store is owned by Flint resident and local skater Max Saxon, who will sell his own brand of skateboards, Blitzkrieg Sk8z, as well as other brands of skateboards and skateboard accessories. The store can be reached at 903-312-9131 or .


Seven Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce members were elected to three-year terms on the Chamber’s Board of Directors beginning Oct 1. Each year, 14 members are nominated by a nominating committee, placed on a ballot and voted on by the entire membership. The seven elected were: Brian Brandt, Core Insights; Chad Cargile, Regions Bank; Dawn Franks, Your Philanthropy; Claude Henry, Texas Bank and Trust; Randy Hopmann, Texas Department of Transportation; Roy Martinez, Southside Bank; and Mike Metke, Tyler Junior College. Gary Halbrooks, Venue Properties, Inc., was appointed to an unexpired term.


Tara Suttle, of Flint, was named vice president of Southside Bank. She began her career there in the retail division in 2008 and has served as a business development manager of in-store branches since 2010.

Amy Saenz, of Tyler, was named vice president of Southside Bank. She began her career with the bank in the retail division in 2001, and she has served as a business development mana


Judith Robinson, with CFG Insurance, became certified through The National Association of Health Underwriters’ (NAHU) new professional development course on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). She completed the course to receive the most up-to-date information on the key technical components of PPACA and is prepared to counsel her clients on upcoming required health care changes and new options for health plans. Ms. Robinson takes a consultative approach with her clients to determine their needs and goals; then uses numerous insurance carriers, plans, and methods to come up with a variety of options to meet the client’s objectives. For more, call Ms. Robinson at 903-526-7300, ext. 2423 or email


Crystina Garcia, a local hair-loss technician, received her graduation certificate from Gemtress of Florida after attending classes in Dallas. Ms. Garcia was sponsored by Positive Hair Restoration, where she is a technician for men and women’s hair loss. She attended cosmetology school in Athens and has worked for Positive Hair Restoration, at 100 Independence Place, Suite 309, since 2011.


Income Solutions Wealth Management is hosting a free educational workshop offering overviews of Social Security and Medicare benefits on Sept. 19. The guest speaker will be Tom Clark, who has 33 years of Social Security experience. There will be a lunch session at 11:30 a.m. and a dinner session at 6 p.m. at the Tyler Junior College West Campus, at 1530 SSW Loop 323, Room 104. Income Solutions Wealth Management Founding Partner Lance Browning is hosting the event. RSVP by Sept. 18 to Becky Eason at 903-787-8909 or


Tyler-based PersonalWeb launched its latest version of StudyPods, a social-learning platform created for college students to store their files, share content and collaborate on assignments with other students worldwide. Also included is a textbook price comparison tool, which locates the lowest-priced textbooks for sale or rent from leading textbook vendors. The site was created with the help of students from The University of Texas System. Visit .