BUSINESS  NOTES: Industry  News  From  Across  East  Texas

Published on Sunday, 3 November 2013 22:26 - Written by Staff Reports


Blue Haven Pools held a workshop on Oct. 26 designed to inform interested clients about the stages of pool building and the strong advantages to building in the off season. “We feel the workshop was a success and will continue to hold it yearly,” said Boyce Eldridge, president & CEO of Blue Haven Pools, Tyler.



Charles “Chuck” Allard has received the Golden Trowel Award from Lindale Masonic Lodge No. 848. Doye Sudduth presented Allard with the award on Oct. 26. Allard is a 4th generation Mason, has been a member of the Lindale Lodge for more than 41 years and is a former Worshipful Master. The Golden Trowel is the highest award that is bestowed upon an individual member of a Masonic lodge.



Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop, the national sandwich chain known for its flavorful gourmet subs, is expanding to Tyler, with plans to open two locations within the next three years. Unique flavor combinations, such as cranberry wasabi chicken, featured on the menu, alongside classic options. Erbert & Gerbert’s offers extreme flavor with a relaxed, vintage atmosphere reminiscent of its Wisconsin roots. The satisfying sandwiches provide a healthy meal, and also serve vegetarian options. Expansion after success in initial Midwest markets will allow Erbert & Gerbert’s flavorful message of quality ingredients and zesty tastes to grow nationwide.



On Sept. 19, Horizon Industries, a manufacturing division of East Texas Lighthouse selected Tony Powers, as its 2013 nominee for the Artie Lee Hinds Award for Works Wonders Employee of the Year. Powers has been with Horizon Industries for 32 years; his outstanding job performance and professionalism with employees as a production crew leader earned him this year’s nomination. The award given since 2008 is named for a lifelong humanitarian, founder and chairman emeritus of Texas Industries for the Blind and Handicapped (TIBH).



Eleno Licea, owner of Licea Insurance Group, received an award in the Micro Business category for businesses fewer than 5 years old that have demonstrated potential for growth and success at the Hispanic Business Achievers Awards Luncheon on Oct. 29. The annu­al awards recognize Hispanic business owners who have been successful in their industries. Licea, 36, is a 2002 communications graduate from the University of Texas at Tyler He also is a graduate of the MBA’s School of Mortgage Banking. He holds active real estate, securities and insurance licenses.



“Driving Workforce Change”will be the topic for the 2013 Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Workshop to be held on Friday. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include the following topics: Recruitment 101; Avoiding Employee Claims; Understanding Obamacare; Social Media: Opportunity or Threat; Becoming an Employer of Choice and Developing your Leadership.



American State Bank, an 102-year-old, locally owned and community driven bank, selected Los Angles based Sagon-Phior as its advertising and integrated marketing agency. Sagon-Phior will be responsible for developing all integrated branding and ad­vertising including website development, television, print, online and radio.

American State Bank began an evaluation of its current and future branding and advertising needs earlier in the year to position the bank to better communicate the significant heritage, changes and community support that has taken place over the past two years.



Christopher Cox has been named coordinator of The University of Texas at Tyler’s Veterans Resource Center, effective Nov. 1, Ona Tolliver, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, announced. Cox has worked as an enrollment services officer at the UT Tyler Enrollment Services Center since 2011. Cox is a UT Tyler alumnus and veteran.



Altra Federal Credit Union’s has announced its latest promotion, “Taking it to the Streets.” Until Dec. 31, Altra Federal Credit Union employees will be scouring the city looking for vehicles with a special window cling in their back window. If your vehicle is spotted with the cling, you’ll be given a cash prize and gift on the spot. You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible and not on Altra Credit Union property. Members or individuals planning to join Altra who would like a DriveAltra cling to display in their cars for an opportunity to be spotted can stop by any of the Altra Federal Credit Union locations to pick up a window cling.



James E. Smith, aTyler petroleum engineer, recently attended the 2013 Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. On Oct. 29, Smith completed the “SPEE Monograph 3” Short Course presented by Russell K. Hall. Attendees learned about the use of probabilistic methodology for justification of proven, undeveloped reserves. Smith, president of James E. Smith & Associates, Inc., Spartan Operating Co., and Peak Oil & Gas Co., is a 1958 graduate of Texas A&M University.



On The Border is saying “Thank You” on Veterans Day, as all veterans and active duty military will receive, for free, “Create Your Own Combo menu,” on Nov. 11.

In addition, On The Border will extend its giving with a give-back event on Veterans Day at participating locations benefiting Carry the Laod, a nonprofit organization that is restoring the meaning of Memorial Day by assisting and honoring fallen heroes, veterans, active duty military, firefighters, law enforcement and rescue personnel and their families. On The Border will donate 15 percent of all eligible sales on Veterans Day from guests who bring in a give-back flier.



Barnes & Noble Inc., announced that the Barnes & Noble store at 4916 S. Broadway Ave. will invite customers to share the joy of reading with the launch of the annual Holiday Book Drive, taking place Nov. 1 to Jan. 1.  The Holiday Book Drive provides an opportunity for customers to donate books to children in need through locally designated nonprofit organizations. This year, Barnes & Noble will be collecting books for Tyler ISD.



Brittany Childs will serve as director of alumni relations at The University of Texas at Tyler, effective Oct. 29, Jerre Iversen, vice president for advancement, announced. Ms. Childs has been with UT Tyler since 2008. As alumni relations director, Ms. Childs will handle all external communications to UT Tyler alumni, while serving as a university liaison to the Tyler community. She also will oversee the university’s annual Alumni Gala. Before serving UT Tyler, Ms. Childs served Baylor University as the graduate assistant for campus activities and special programs. Ms. Childs also is a graduate of Baylor University.



 TheBright Ideas for Success Conference will be held Nov. 15 at the Green Acres Crosswalk Center in Tyler. The event is hosted by the East Texas Center for Nonprofits, which was formerly known as the Nonprofit Development Center of United Way of Smith County. To register, visit www.



Gary Mooring, superintendent of the Tyler Independent School District will be the spe­aker at the “State of the District” luncheon on Nov. 20 at Willow Brook Country Club. For more information please contact Heather McDaniel at



Brookshire Grocery Co. announced the promotions of four key leaders to vice president.

Rae Champagne is now vice president of education and communications Ms. Champagne is a 12-year employee who has had leadership of internal and external communications. Prior to joining BGC, Ms. Champagne was a professor of English and holds bachelor degrees in both English and journalism, a master’s degree in English and a doctorate in literature.

Ginger McCullough is vice president of training and change management. Ms. McCullough has 30 years of experience with BGC and has served in various retail and human resources leadership roles and holds a professional certification in human resources (PHR), is certified in change management, and will soon complete her bachelor’s degree in business management.

Dave Moss is vice president of merchandising. Moss began his grocery career with another super­market chain 36 years ago Moss started with BGC in 1992 in retail merchandising and in 2008 became project manager for the development of the FRESH by Brookshire’s store, from its inception to its opening in 2010.

Ozzie Osborne, vice president of facility services. Osborne joined BGC in 2011 with 22 years of experience at Flor­ida-based Publix Supermarkets Inc. As director of facility services with BGC, he has overseen store design, construction, capital equipment purchasing and maintenance for all retail stores and some corporate facilities.