Business Notes for 10-23

Published on Sunday, 22 October 2017 17:20 - Written by


ETMC will offer a free KnowledgeFirst Forum on seizures with Dr. Gina Jetter, fellowship-trained epileptologist with Northeast Texas Neurology Associates and the ETMC Neurological Institute, at noon Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the ETMC Pavilion in Tyler.

Dr. Jetter will also talk about ETMC Tyler’s epilepsy monitoring unit.

Lunch will be served. Free parking is available next to the ETMC Pavilion, 801 Clinic Drive in Tyler. The gate and building will open at 11:15 a.m. and the presentation will begin at noon. Please pre-register by calling 866-333-ETMC and press 6.


The FAA has selected Raymond F. Spengler Jr. to be awarded the 2016 Southwestern U.S. Regional Flight Instructor of the Year.

Every year for more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction and aviation safety.

Ray Spengler was recognized as the 2016 Southwestern U.S. Regional Flight Instructor of the year during a special ceremony hosted by the Longview Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 16 at Skypark Aviation's office at the East Texas Regional Airport. The presentation was made by Darrell Hughes from the North Texas regional FAA office.

Spengler owns and operates Skypark Aviation LLC at the East Texas Regional Airport (Gregg County Airport) in Longview and specializes in initial private pilot training and advanced flight training in the Longview and Tyler areas.


Jucy’s Hamburgers has opened their sixth location at 3356 Gilmer Road in Longview. The new hamburger store is adjacent to Brookshire’s Grocery Store and will be open 6 a.m to 10 p.m. daily, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In 1980, the family owned business first opened its doors on the corner of Spur 63 and Highway 80. Still going strong today, the Jucy’s team attributes their success to their loyal customer base and their unwavering commitment to making the freshest, and, of course, juiciest hamburger on earth.

Texas Highways Magazine named Jucy’s Hamburgers as No. 1 Burger in Texas in 2015 and featured it again in the September 2017 issue. Jucy’s Hamburgers currently has two locations in Tyler, one on Old Jacksonville and the original on Fifth Street.

100 BEST

Texas Spine & Joint Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for spine surgery. Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Healthgrades identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within spine surgery.

The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes.


Visit Tyler has promoted Holli Fourniquet to Vice President of Marketing. Fourniquet will be responsible for spearheading the Communication and Marketing efforts for Visit Tyler.

In her former position as Assistant Vice President - Marketing, Fourniquet laid the foundation for a strong marketing department, including creating an official Marketing & Communication Strategy and an effective reporting system. Under her leadership, website views, earned media and social media engagement have more than tripled.

Fourniquet also serves on several committees and boards, including the Downtown Tyler Film Festival, Texas Forest Trail and Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. She is a graduate of Leadership Tyler and Leadership Academy. She has also received the Texas Destination Marketing certification, is a Certified Tourism Executive and was the 2015 recipient of the Texas Travel Industry Association’s Rising Star Award.


Southside Bank, Austin Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) awarded $11,500 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funds to A Circle of Ten, Inc. - Network for Collaboration (C10), a Jacksonville-based organization that provides nonprofit management services, empowering local leaders and enabling healthy collaboration. Local leaders joined bank and C10 representatives at a check presentation Tuesday to announce the grants.

FHLB Dallas has awarded C10 $36,000 in PGP funds since 2003. The 2017 grant will be applied to organization capacity-building, including training for the staff.

Since its establishment in 1996, the nonprofit has provided training and updates on corporate trends via workshops to more than 1,000 East Texas leaders.


East Texas Human Needs Network (ETHNN) will host the second annual Take the Step – A Job Skills Event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. This free event is designed for individuals in Tyler and Smith County who are unemployed or underemployed.

The opportunity for a better reality can seem out of reach due to a series of complex barriers. A brief and private intake assessment and referral process will be utilized to identify each individual’s barriers and assist on-site agencies in offering appropriate assistance. Often, these barriers to getting and holding a good job involve personal and financial concerns, emotional and physical obstacles, a lack of planning and career decision-making or inadequate job-seeking knowledge, training or education.

Take the Step is not a job fair.

In order to make Take the Step accessible, ETHNN partner Champions for Children will provide free on- site childcare for children ages 2 to 12.