BUSINESS  NOTES: Industry  News  From  Across  East  Texas

Published on Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:45 - Written by Staff Reports


On Monday at the Renaissance Arboretum Hotel Austin, six Tyler women graduated from Leadership Texas Class 2013. They include Shannon Dacus, attorney with the Dacus Firm, Laura Jackson, senior information strategist at The University of Texas at Tyler; Verlaine MacClements, financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors; Carolyn Morales, human resource manager for Morales Tax Service; and Cassandra Cooper, director of organizational development and talent management at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals & Clinics and Shari Rickman, general manager and vice president at the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Leadership Texas launched in 1983 as the first statewide program for women’s leadership development, is a program of Women’s Resources and provides the most up-to-date information on leadership and issues affecting Texas. The theme for the 2013 program year is “The Future of Texas is now: From Local to Global.” This year’s class of 92 women leaders from throughout the state visited Dallas, Bryan/College Station, Galveston and Austin.



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



Headquarters will be hosting the Tyler Young Professionals Network November Mixer on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 5028 Old Bullard Road.



Join the Tyler Young Professional Network at Business After Hours on Nov. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ables-Land Office Supplies, 402 S. Fannin St., Tyler.



From Nov. 15 to Jan. 5, Shreveport is offering “Holiday Hot Deals.”All visitors who book an overnight stay at a participating hotel will receive a variety of valuable shopping discounts and freebies, including a $20 gift card to Dillard’s, a free shopping tote bag from the Outlets at the Louisiana Boardwalk, 20 percent off shopping at retailers, such as The Enchanted Garden, Lewis Gifts and Timeline Antiques, and more. For information on the discounts, free gifts and more being offered at each property, visit .



Connie Nobles has been named safety coordinator for Goodwill Industries of East Texas. Connie holds a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Business Administration and e-Business, as well as a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Nobles has lived in Tyler for two years and looks forward to serving the East Texas community.

Wanda Welling has been promoted to director of donated goods. Ms. Welling holds a Bachelors of Science in computer science from Weber State University and recently received her Master of Business Administration from Baker College. Ms. Welling joined Goodwill in 2007. Her positions at Goodwill included managing the Canton store and as an Area Manager, supervising five stores over the past three years.

Sylvia VanZandt has accepted the position of executive assistant and will be responsible for assisting Executive Director Kim Lewis, as well as planning and coordinating special events for the organization. Ms. VanZandt began with Goodwill as a human resources administrator in 2006.



DeHaven Eye Clinic announced the addition of Dr. Michael Ford to their team of vision care specialists.

Ford is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the Texas Medical Association.



The University of Texas at Tyler is among the top 11 international collegiate teams to compete in a prestigious cyber security competition at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University-Brooklyn, Wednesday through Saturday. The contest challenges students’ knowledge in one of the newest and most difficult fields within cyber security, testing and protecting electronic hardware. Chosen from nearly 50 collegiate teams worldwide, the team will submit three circuit designs prior to the finals.