BUSINESS NOTES: Industry News From Across East Texas, August 4

Published on Sunday, 3 August 2014 23:33 - Written by Staff Reports

As part of Keep Tyler Beautiful’s mission to encourage the ongoing beautification of Tyler, the board selected Juls Restaurant, Lounge and Cafe to receive the “Beauty and Business Award.” 

Board members select businesses that show pride in the community through the efforts of business owners to be a good community neighbor. The board presented the award to Juls, at 7212 Old Jacksonville Highway, on Tuesday.

“I would like to thank the city of Tyler and Keep Tyler Beautiful for promoting the use of landscaping to beautify our community,” Juls owner Jay Schulz said. “We are delighted to have received the Beauty and Business Award.” Every “Beauty and Business Award” recipient receives a framed certificate and personalized yard sign.

“There is no other place that looks like Juls,” Keep Tyler Beautiful Board Chair Phyllis Carlyle said. “It has obviously been designed to be unique and earth friendly. The owners and planners have done a great job with this addition to our city.”

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The annual state sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“Families gearing up for the new school year will not pay any sales tax for many back-to-school items ranging from pens to blue jeans,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “When the back-to-school list is long and the money is short, it can be difficult for Texas families. We hope this tax break will help ease that burden.”

Lists of tax free items can be found at .



Tyler Allstate agency owner Chip Crist received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for Special Wish Child Inc. in Tyler, where Crist volunteers. The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to nonprofit organizations across the country in honor of dedicated Allstate agency owners who give back. To be eligible for nomination, Allstate agency owners must volunteer with, mentor or lead a nonprofit of their choice.



Bruce “Mac” McClellan rotated off the board of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists after serving a seven-year term. McClellan was the academy president in 2012-13 and served as immediate past president in 2013-14.

He represented the academy and the profession at large in a combined national webinar on appropriate medical documentation for prostheses. The webinar was done as a joint venture between the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the legal counsel of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Alliance.

McClellan is the owner and president of Prosthetic-Orthotic Associates in Tyler, which provides rehabilitation for physically challenged individuals through the provision of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces.  



Tanos Exploration II LLC in Tyler announced that it closed on its acquisition of certain oil and gas producing properties in Rusk and Nacogdoches counties for an undisclosed amount.

In conjunction with the closing of the acquisition, Tanos established a $250 million revolving credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank.

The acquisition was funded with proceeds from its $200 million private equity commitment from Quantum Energy Partners and borrowings under Tanos’ revolving credit facility.



For the second consecutive year, Brookshire’s has partnered with Gatorade for a promotion to benefit emergency first responders across Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, while rewarding customers for their purchases. Through Aug. 26, customers will receive 200 bonus yourpoints for every five 32 ounce bottles of Gatorade purchased in a single transaction at a Brookshire’s store.

Customers are encouraged to donate Gatorade to local firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians who serve areas where Brookshire’s Food Stores are located.

Donation bins are located in each store, and Gatorade will be donated to organizations predetermined by the store.


Duane Champagne, general manager of the Olive Garden in Tyler, attained Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status for the second time. David Reed, general manager of Olive Garden in Longview, also has attained the status for the second time.

Each year, general managers throughout North America who demonstrate out­standing results by showing strong and inspiring leadership while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year are recognized.

The men join an elite group of 38 general managers selected from the more than 800 Olive Garden restaurants in North America.



Megan Dodd, marketing associate at East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind, was recognized as National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Award winner for the Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award.

She graduated Sigma Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Tyler with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and began work at the Lighthouse in 2012 as the marketing assistant for rehabilitative services.

In 2013, she was promoted to marketing associate of the Low Vision Store and to marketing associate of Lighthouse Graphics. In 1996, the NIB Board of Directors established the Milton J. Samuelson Career Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual who demonstrates career advancement at an NIB associated agency or in the private sector.



Kim Colquitt, of Kilgore, was named se­nior vice president of Southside Bank. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Houston and has worked for Southside Bank for 17 years. Ms. Colquitt began her career as a lending secretary at Southside’s South Broadway Avenue branch. She transitioned into the Retail Division and in 2003 was promoted to regional sales manager.



The Tyler Young Professionals will host Lunch & Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Genecov Room, at 315 N. Broadway Ave. The speaker will be Nan Moore with a topic of “Why United Way? “Share the Vision.”

The group is asking attendees to bring school supplies (No. 2 pencils, Elmer’s Glue, boxes of crayons and notebook paper). For more, go to .



Ponch Cosmetics will host its first Makeup Class 101 at 4 p.m. Saturday at Interstate 20 Holiday Inn Express in Longview. The class will focus on proper skincare, colors that compliment the skin, foundation and eyeshadow application. Patrons can win prizes and receive free Ponch products. The class is free to the public, and Ponch products will be available for purchase. Ponch Cosmetics is an e-commerce store that also provides bridal and skincare services and makeup parties. It was established in 2012 and targets African American and Hispanic women. For more, visit .