BUSINESS  NOTES: Industry  News  From  Across  East  Texas

Published on Sunday, 22 December 2013 22:33 - Written by Staff Reports


The University of Texas at Tyler’s Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering student chapter and industrial technology program were both recognized at the 2013 ATMAE Conference. The UT Tyler ATMAE student chapter earned the Outstanding Student Chapter Award for the third consecutive year.

Danny Belknap, of Van, won the virtual welding competition in his first conference attendance, bringing home a new MIG welder from the Lincoln Electric Co., sponsors of the competition.



East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has announced the retirement of Jerry Massey, senior vice president of affiliate operations. Massey joined the ETMC System in November 1988 at the Medical Center in Pittsburg. In March 1990, Massey was promoted to senior vice president of affiliate operations. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Massey received a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Perry Henderson has been promoted to the role of ETMC senior vice president of affiliate operations. For the past 16 years, Henderson has served as senior administrator of ETMC Pittsburg and of ETMC’s northern hospital group.

In addition, two of the health system’s affiliate hospital administrators; J. Warren Robicheaux and Jorge Leal have advanced into new roles.



Denise Guanco, CPA, has joined Henry & Peters PC as a tax supervisor. Ms. Guanco is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she completed her BBA in accounting and finance in 2000 and her MBA in 2012. During her eight years in public accounting, Ms. Guanco has gained experience working with a local CPA firm in Houston and Whitley Penn LLP in Dallas. She gained the majority of her experience while working with Stiefel, Lyles and Allen PC as a Senior Tax Accountant.

Brendon Dane, has joined Henry & Peters as a staff associate. Dane graduated from the University of North Texas In May 2013 with his bachelor’s in accounting. Dane previously worked with the Dallas firm of Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP.


For the third time, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recognized the city of Tyler with a “Gold Leadership Circle Award” for transparency in local government. The Comptroller’s Leadership Circle program recognizes local governments across Texas striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online, in a user-friendly format. “Transparency has been a priority for me personally during my tenure as mayor of Tyler,” Mayor Barbara Bass said. “Tyler works hard to ensure financial information is readily available to citizens via our website.” Tyler was the first city to receive this award when it began in 2009.


Applications are now available to all Smith County freshman and sophomore high school girls to be an Azalea Belle at the 55th Annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail events. This year’s Azalea and Spring Flower Trail will take place in the Downtown Azalea district on March 21 to April 6. Azalea Belles promote Tyler, greet tourists, and pose for photographs while wearing antebellum dresses. The girls must be academically eligible and are required to attend certain events and trainings. Applications and more details are available online at or at the high school counselor’s office and are due no later than Jan. 21.