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Business digest: Sunday, Oct. 13

From Staff Reports
Oct. 12, 2013 at 11 p.m.

<strong>Tyler Junior College hires Mejia as new vice president</strong>

Dr. Juan E. Mejia has joined Tyler Junior College as vice president of student affairs.

Mejia was at South Texas College in McAllen, where he was vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer since 2003. In this role, he provided the leadership for the academic deans, campus administrators, academic directors, department/program chairs, and the almost 600 faculty members who served the college's student population.

As TJC vice president of student affairs, Mejia is responsible for intercollegiate athletics, student life and involvement, enrollment management services, advising, admissions and dual credit, registrar, campus safety, support services and judicial programs.

Mejia has been recognized at the local, state and national level for his work in higher education, which spans more than 25 years. He has served on national councils, boards, committees and task forces.

His achievements include serving as chairman of the South Texas Higher Education Regional Council, vice president for the National Council for Workforce Education, board member for the Texas Association of College Technical Educators, vice chairman of the Texas Skill Standards Board Task Force on Skill Standards, and steering committee member on the Texas State Leadership Consortium for Curriculum Development and the Texas State Leadership Consortium for Professional Development.

He has completed programs of study at Texas State Technical Institute, a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and master's and doctorate degrees from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

<strong>UT Tyler professor earns service award</strong>

Dr. Olga Fischer, professor of education at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been recognized for her longtime service to the Academic Rodeo, announced Dr. Ross Sherman, College of Education and Psychology dean.

Academic Rodeo is a collection of competitive events for Texas students in grades kindergarten through 12. Events range from individual to team contests, written tests as well as identification and construction activities. Fischer served as a judge for the Academic Rodeo Writing Contest for 18 years.

Serving UT Tyler since 1980, Fischer holds a Ph.D. in English education from Vanderbilt University and a master of arts in teaching with concentrations in English and education from Colgate University. She also holds permanent Texas teaching and supervisory certifications from the Texas Education Agency.

Among other awards and honors, she received the 2008 UT Tyler Faculty Senate Medal of Recognition for Teaching Excellence. Fischer also is a four-time winner of a UT Tyler Alpha Chi Teaching Award and two-time nominee for the Piper Professor Award.

Academic Rodeo began at the East Texas State Fair in 1991 as two contests, art and writing, for schools in the Tyler ISD. It soon enlarged to include all schools – public, private and home schools – in the East Texas area. Contests were added throughout the years, expanding opportunities for students.

In 2007, Academic Rodeo became a stand-alone event, operating separately from the East Texas State Fair. There are 14 competitive events and a teacher recognition program.

<strong>Employees join RBC Wealth Management</strong>

RBC Wealth Management, a full-service securities firm, has welcomed Troy Schaap, first vice president – financial advisor, to the Longview office, according to Bruce Cammack, Longview branch director.

Schaap joins RBC Wealth Management from Wells Fargo Advisors, where he worked for the past 13 years. His business focus is wealth and investment management, retirement planning and estate planning.

Also joining Schaap is Bobbi Thompson, registered client associate.

In the United States, RBC Wealth Management operates as a division of RBC Capital Markets.

<strong>RBC financial adviser Murray recognized</strong>

Nancy Murray, from the RBC Wealth Management-U.S. Longview branch, has been recognized for having her best year ever as a financial adviser.

This challenge was issued during the 2012 Women's Association of Financial Advisors conference. During the conference, the women advisers received a challenge to "Plan For Your Best Year Ever." To provide momentum toward that goal, RBC Wealth Management-U.S. challenged the women to meet growth goals and win a reward.

Of those who participated in the challenge, 41 percent of the women advisers and private bankers met and exceeded the growth goals.

The women advisers were recognized at the WAFA conference in September in Minneapolis where the theme was "Dare to Soar." The agenda included speakers and breakout sessions focused on education, advice and encouragement for growing a business and realizing personal dreams.

<strong>Biggs marks 30 years at radio group</strong>

East Texas Radio Group celebrated the 30-year anniversary of Barbara Biggs' employment with a luncheon recently at Pinecrest Country Club. Biggs started with KYKX in 1983.

Biggs consistently ranks as the top producer for the company, officials said.

<strong>Chem-Dry receives certification</strong>

Chem-Dry of Longview, a carpet and upholstery cleaning service, has been recognized by the Harris Research Circle of Excellence Committee for 2013-14.

Chem-Dry has 4,000 franchises in 50 countries, cleaning more than a billion square feet of carpet every year.

<strong>Groups offer sales, management seminars</strong>

The Kilgore College Small Business Development Center and Longview Economic Development Corp. will offer two new seminars this month for business sales forces and managers.

The first seminar, "High Performance Sales Training: Learn to Crush Your Competition!" is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at LEDCO, 410 N. Center St. Fee to attend is $99.

Topics discussed will cover key techniques to make a sales team more effective including the sales cycle, defining a market, referrals and closing the deal.

The second seminar, "Leading the Lazy," is set for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview, 100 Grand Blvd.

Fee to attend is $79, and lunch will be provided.

John Grubbs, founder of the company GCI, will instruct the class. GCI is an international training and consulting firm with clients around the world.

Grubbs will explain why the management techniques of the past will not suffice and share evidence of how a younger workforce will affect every business.

Seating is limited, and early registration is recommended for both classes.

To register and to receive more information on this and all SBDC training programs, call the SBDC at (903) 757-5857 or (800) 338-7232.

<strong>Spanish courses for nurses offered at Panola College</strong>

The Office of Workforce and Continuing Education at Panola College is set to offer an 18-hour command Spanish for nurses class beginning this week.

The classes are set 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. beginning Monday until Dec. 9 in the Merle Glass Building on the Panola College campus in Carthage.

The cost of the class is $125, and pre-registration is required. The instructor is Nancy Nunez.

The program prepares non-Spanish-speaking nurses to provide medical care and attention to Spanish-speaking patients in medical office settings and in hospitals.

In addition to workplace Spanish language, the program provides trans-cultural training for nurses and future nurses. Emphasis is placed on enhancing quality of patient care.

For information and to register, contact the Continuing Education Office at (903) 693-2067 or email

<strong>Longview represented at business event</strong>

Longview was represented at the 2013 National Business Incubation Association Training Institute earlier this month in Fort Worth.

Attending from the Longview Chamber of Commerce was Chelle Brown, director of entrepreneurialism and advocacy.

NBIA's Training Institute is a three-day event that offers a collegial atmosphere for informal networking and targeted, in-depth training for incubation and economic development professionals.

Experienced incubation practitioners and other industry supporters lead the workshops, which provide strategies and techniques that can be implemented to strengthen organization's incubation program and ensure greater client success.

U.S. rig count down 13, settles at 1,743

HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by 13 this past week to 1,743.

The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,367 rigs were exploring for oil and 369 for gas. Seven were listed as miscellaneous.

A year ago there were 1,835 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma gained seven rigs, Alaska and Pennsylvania gained four, New Mexico gained two and Arkansas and Ohio gained one.

Texas lost eight rigs.

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