Business Digest: July 11, 2021 | Local
Texas Bank and Trust Announces Staff Changes
Shannon Beadle has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, and Adam Norton has joined the staff of Texas Bank and Trust as Vice President and Mortgage Originator in its Longview Mortgage Division.
Beadle has been employed in the bank’s human resources division since October 2010. She graduated from the bank’s 2012 leadership class, its corporate university of 2017, and attends the Institute of Independent Banking. Bankers Association of Texas.
Originally from Louisiana, Beadle received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northwestern State University at Natchitoches and completed the Human Resource Management School through the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Norton has been involved in mortgage lending for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from York College in Nebraska and is a graduate of Southwest CUNA Management School.
Texas Bank and Trust Company operates 21 full-service branches in East Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Longview Realtor Dearborne Obtains Accreditation
Bethani Dearborne, a real estate agent with Sugar Magnolia Properties in Longview, has been appointed a Certified Buyer’s Representative from the Board of Real Estate Buyer’s Agents of the National Association of Realtors.
Over 25,000 real estate professionals around the world have achieved the designation after completing a Buyer Representation Course and an Elective Course in Buyer Representation Specialty. They must also document their professional experience.
HUBZone webinar scheduled for July 21
UT’s Tyler-Longview Small Business Development Center is hosting an SBA HUBZone, Texas HUB and Certifications Online Workshop for Minority and Underprivileged Small Business Owners on July 21 at 10 a.m. HUBs are historically underutilized businesses that are certified to be located in federally designated territory. HUBZone. Small businesses can also qualify under the statewide HUB program. Certifications are also available for businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans.
“If your business has 500 or fewer employees, you are considered a small business and you are automatically eligible for local, state, and federal reserved contracts,” said Day Shelmire, director of UT’s Small Business Development Center. Tyler-Longview. “These government entities buy food, clothing, furniture, cleaning services and many other products and services. There are more opportunities for our local small businesses than the owners realize. “
The Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that achieve HUBZone certification in part by having an office and employing staff who live in a HUBZone.
“Important HUBZones are located in Gregg, Rusk and Upshur counties,” Shelmire said. “The counties of Harrison, Marion and Panola in their entirety are designated HUBZones. This gives small businesses certified in these areas a significant head start in securing government contracts. “
The webinar workshop is free. To register visit https://tinyurl.com/ymjnactd. For more information, call the Longview Small Business Development Center at (903) 757-5857.
Sparklight obtains a national ranking in the magazine
Local ISP Sparklight was recently named the fifth fastest ISP in the country by PC Magazine.
PC Magazine tested Internet service providers through PCMag Speedtest from April 1, 2020 to June 7, 2021 – a period that Sparklight said has seen unprecedented broadband usage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have designed a robust and reliable network to meet the high-speed Internet needs of our customers and communities, now and in the future,” said Julie Laulis, President and CEO. “Through the company’s continued planning and investment in our network, we were able to cope with the increase in internet use throughout the pandemic and provide the seamless connectivity that was so critical. over the past year. “
Sparklight is expanding its network in Longview and Kilgore.
Groendyke Transport named CCJ Innovator of July 2020
The Commercial Carriers Journal recently recognized Enid, Oklahoma-based Groendyke Transport as the July 2020 CCJ innovator due to the tanker hauler’s work to reduce rear-end collisions with the help of a fire. pulsed amber brake system on its trailers. Groendyke has a facility in Longview.
The company reported that 30 months of testing showed a 33.7% decrease in rear-end accidents. That’s when Groendyke said it filed an exemption request with the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association in April 2018 to continue testing. A year later, the association approved Groendyke’s five-year exemption. In October 2020, National Tank Truck Carriers’ 5-year exemption request for all tanker trailer operators was also approved.
Groendyke said it began work in 2015 to improve the visibility of its trailers to reduce rear-end collisions, starting with a 12-trailer pilot in Denver, Fort Worth and Kansas City. By July 2017, the company had modernized 632 trailers with favorable results.
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