Children are greeted by a jungle-themed area and the waiting room is full of toys and puzzles. Children pick a video game or movie to watch while they get their hair cut and each styling chair is equipped with a safety belt for younger children. After their haircut, the children get to pick a prize from the prize basket.
The salon, at 4513 Troup Highway, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It can be reached at 903-617-6575.
Ms. Beers grew up in Hughes Springs and attended The University of Texas at Tyler before going to Star College cosmetology school in Tyler. After working at children's salons in Rhode Island, she moved back to Tyler to open her own. She also offers nail painting, ear piercing and glamour girl birthday parties.
NEW LAW OFFICE
Ward & Smith's new Tyler office, located at 110 N. College Ave., Suite 1118, follows former U.S. District Judge T. John Ward Sr. joining the firm after serving 12 years on the bench. The judge will be allowed to practice before his former colleagues in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler beginning in October under a local rule that restricts former judges from practicing before their former colleagues for one year. He is currently allowed to practice in the Marshall Division before U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap, the Eastern District's newest judge.
Ward & Smith is based in Longview and specializes in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property law, oil and gas disputes and personal injury claims. The new Tyler office will be staffed by a firm attorney two to three days per week and office visits can be made by appointment only by calling 903-500-2750.
Michael E. Bugh, of Tyler, is a project manager with experience in structural design of buildings, building evaluations, structural forensic investigations and historic renovations. He has been with Dietz Engineers, formerly Kassaw & Dietz, Inc., for eight years. He earned his engineering degree from Texas Tech University.
Laura A. Brown is a project coordinator with experience in structural design of buildings, structural forensic investigations and historic renovations. She has been with Dietz for seven years and earned her engineering degree from Texas A&M University.
Dietz Engineers also welcomed a new engineer to the firm.
Eric C. Dietz was previously employed by Kassaw & Dietz and has worked for Dallas-based engineering firms for the past four years. He has experience in structural design of buildings, water treatment facilities and on-site construction management. He grew up in Tyler and earned his engineering degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. Hart was director of the cardiac catheterization lab at a university-affiliated hospital and as director of the hospital's intensive care unit. She received her master's degree in nursing from Lubbock Christian University and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Tech University.
Deirdre Leung, nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for patients with cancer, joined the center's Cancer Treatment and Research Center. She is a certified oncology nurse with five years experience working with cancer patients. She is also certified in advanced cardiac life support. She received her nurse practitioner certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and her master's and bachelor's degrees in nursing from UT Tyler.
Nalbone will serve a four-year term rotation for the member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. Beginning his career as an industrial hygiene and environmental analytic chemist, he joined the organization in 1986 and is the current interim chairman of UT Tyler departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Management.
Serving UT Tyler since 2003, he holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M University and a master of science in environmental science-engineering from UT Dallas School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The event will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Willow Brook Country Club. Featured speaker will be Sid Mallory, principal of Henderson Mallory Partners. He will speak on “Fundamentals of U.S. Tax Law.”
The new directors include Jana Humphrey, president; Rita Fryer, president elect; Courtney Mayfield, vice president professional advancement; Bill Smialek, treasurer/administrative chairman; Deanna Harrison, secretary; Peggy Berry, membership chairwoman; Tim Connor and Amanda Fishback, national philanthropy day chairpersons; Debbie Wood, public relations/marketing chairman; Jerre Iversen, mentoring/advisory members liaison chairman; Randy Yeakley, immediate past president; and Marilyn Abegg, advisory board member.
The East Texas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals represents development professionals, nonprofit executives and others dedicated to fundraising and philanthropy. The chapter represents Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.
Faulkner is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Tyler, with an M.S. in Engineering — Management and a Masters in Business Administration. He earned his B.S. in Engineering (Mechanical) from Le Tourneau University.
He has been responsible for more than 60,000 multi-family units in his 35-year career. He serves as president of Mission Residential Management in Oakton, Va. and was senior vice president and director of management operations at CAPREIT, Inc. He was chief operating officer at Stellar Realty Management and was co-founder and president of Artery Property Management, Inc. in Bethesda, Md.
Finlay Management for more than 30 years has managed multi-family units, including market-rate, senior and affordable housing communities in Texas, Florida and New Hampshire.
Carol Weisman, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, humorist and specialist is leadership training and community service, will be the guest speaker. To reserve a seat, contact Colleen Colby at 903-535-9242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $50.
A Teambuilding Strategies workshop will be held Wednesday. Participants will learn more than 20 hands-on, interactive and economical activities and strategies to build their team. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Courtyard Marriott, 7424 S. Broadway Ave. Cost is $149 for Leadership Tyler alumni and $199 for non-members.
On Feb. 22, Leadership Tyler will hold a Business Etiquette workshop, where participants will learn how to make the right choices in business etiquette. It will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Courtyard Marriott and cost is $79 for Leadership Tyler alumni and $99 for non-members.
For more information on either event, contact Roxanne Apolskis at 903-707-1889 or Roxanne@leadershiptyler.org. Reserve your seat at leadershiptyler.org.
In addition to celebrating 100 years, BBB will present the BBB Awards of Excellence to two companies that exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of their operations; toward their employees, vendors, customers and within their community. Winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges.
Twenty companies were nominated for the 2012 awards. Finalists and winners will be announced at the event. Interactive entertainer/comedian Adam Christing will also speak at the celebration. For sponsorship information, to buy tickets, to download a nomination form or form more information, contact Melissa Isham, director of administration, at 903-581-5888, ext. 109, or email@example.com.
The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 1 at Hollytree Country Club.
Bourland is the founding shareholder of Bourland, Wall & Wentzel, P.C., a Forth Worth law firm specializing in business, tax, estate planning, probate, charitable entity and charitable giving law. To make reservations for the luncheon, contact Janice Carter at Janice@gmpcpa.com or 903-534-0088.
The loans will offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought, excessive heat, high winds and wildfires that occurred in 40 primary counties beginning Jan. 1, 2011.
The primary Texas counties eligible for the loans include Henderson, Kaufman and Van Zandt counties while neighboring counties include Anderson, Cherokee, Smith and Wood.
SBA eligibility covers economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster, Alfred Judd, director of SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center-West, announced in a prepared statement.
Small, nonfarm business, agricultural cooperatives and businesses engaged in aquaculture, as well as most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred. The loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for businesses and 3 percent for private, nonprofit organizations. For more information or to register, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
TALL is a two-year leadership development program managed by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Applications for the newest class, Class XIII, are due March 15 and the class will begin in July. The program invests 455 hours of intensive training per person in seminars, speakers and domestic and international study trips. The next class will travel to Brazil. The program is equivalent to the time spent obtaining a master's degree in agriculture. Typical class size is about 25 and tuition is $2,500. Participants include traditional crop producers, ranchers, bankers and attorneys, as well as those who work in lumber, food processing, agricultural corporations and horticultural industries.
Over the next few weeks, the company will distribute more than $36 million to customers on TXU Energy electricity plans eligible for cash back. These customers, who were on TXU Energy Texas Choice plans in 2011, will receive up to 3 percent cash back in the form of a Visa prepaid card to be spent however they choose.
TXU is also kicking off a $10,000 sweepstakes via Facebook to mark the occasion as, with this year's distribution, the TXU Energy Cash Back Loyalty Reward program has now paid out more than $100 million in cash back rewards since the first payout in 2008.
For more information, visit txu.com/cashrewards.com.
Express also ranked in the top 100 on the magazine's Top Global Franchises in America list. This marks the fifth year the franchise has been named on the lists, which measure companies based on financial strength and stability, growth rate and the number of years in business.
The Tyler Express Employment Professionals franchise began operation in 1995 and served the greater Tyler area with temporary help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields. Worldwide, Express puts nearly 300,000 people to work each year and has more than 550 offices in three countries.
Moving up 14 spots from 2011, Chesapeake ranked No. 18; the top ranked natural gas and oil producer.
The magazine noted the company's high-paying career opportunities and employee perks and benefits. Chesapeake, based in Oklahoma, has more than 12,500 employees, including many in Texas. In 2011, Chesapeake hired 4,800 new employees, nearly doubling its workforce, and plans to hire 5,000 more in 2012.
The list will appear in the Feb. 6 issue and is available at www.fortune.com/bestcompanies.