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Business digest: Sunday, July 20

From Staff Reports
July 19, 2014 at 10 p.m.

<strong>Searcy wins state bar achievement award</strong>

Joshua P. Searcy of Longview has been presented the Romina L. Mulloy Bossio Achievement Award by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Texas State Bar.

The award was given June 27 during the State Bar of Texas annual meeting in Austin.

Searcy received the award because of his contributions to community service, pro bono work and efforts to encourage and support other young bankruptcy attorneys in their community and at large, the committee said.

Searcy is a 2003 graduate of Trinity University and 2005 graduate of Baylor University School of Law. He is a partner in Searcy & Searcy, PC in Longview. He practices civil law, primarily focusing on bankruptcy, banking and municipal law.

<strong>Pfeffer a shareholder in Blakely & Co.</strong>

Keith Pfeffer, a certified public accountant, has become a shareholder with Curtis Blakely & Co. P.C. of Longview.

Pfeffer joined the firm in 1998 after graduating from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting. His responsibilities include tax preparation and planning, accounting and numerous other business consulting services for individuals, business clients, estates and trusts.

Pfeffer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of CPAs and serves as a member of the board of directors of the East Texas Chapter of The TSCPA.

<strong>Jackson a principal at Blakely & Co.</strong>

Kathy Jackson has been named a principal with Curtis Blakely & Co. P.C. of Longview.

A certified public accountant, Jackson joined the firm in 1994 from Spicer and Oppenheim in Dallas and earlier worked with Arthur Andersen in Dallas.

She graduated summa cum laude from Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Jackson is active in the firm's audit, consulting and tax services for independent and cooperative telcos and non-regulated subsidiaries, with special emphasis on record retention.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has made accounting presentations to state and national organizations.

<strong>Sage joins Transet as project manager</strong>

Cody Sage has joined Longview-based Transet Co. as a project manager.

Sage, a native of Longview, is a 2003 graduate of Pine Tree High School and graduated with a construction science degree from Texas A&M University in 2007.

After graduation, he worked for a commercial construction firm in Houston.

His experience includes managing construction of several high-rise buildings, corporate campuses and numerous renovations and remodels.

At Transet, his role will include project management and business development.

"Transet Company is excited to welcome Cody to our growing firm," said Chris Tucker, vice president. "We believe his knowledge and experience make him an outstanding asset to our firm and to the East Texas community."

<strong>Beef quality assurance training set in Overton</strong>

Beef producers can get free training to help them become more competitive in the industry by attending a Texas Beef Quality Producer program set July 29 in Overton. The training will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center.

The training program covers Beef Quality Assurance principles, industry updates, record keeping, environmental stewardship and proper management practices associated with genetic selection, cattle handling, culling, vaccination, drug use and more.

The program is set to begin at 10 a.m. and includes lunch.

To RSVP, call (800) 242-7820, extension 192, or email

<strong>Total Torque launches new website</strong>

Total Torque, a Longview-based provider of hydraulic/pneumatic torque wrenches and bolting equipment, has a new website at

The company provides sales, service, rentals and calibrations, is a master distributor of RAD Torque Systems and an authorized distributor of IBT Hydraulics and Hi-Force Hydraulics.

<strong>County FSA committee nominations due Aug. 1</strong>

Aug. 1 is the deadline for farmers, ranchers and others to submit nominations for members of their local Farm Service Agency county committees.

FSA Administrator Juan Garcia said county committees are an important link between the farm community and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.

Garcia said he especially encouraged the nomination of of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities.

"This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county," he said.

County committees work closely with county executive directors to make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues.

Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

Nomination forms are available at

Forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1.

<em><strong>Share your news:</strong> Send news of new hires, job changes, promotions, awards, training completed and other news to the Sunday Business Digest by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Submissions may be faxed to (903) 757-3742; emailed to; or mailed to: Business Section, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606. For more information, call (903) 237-7744.</em>



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