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Business digest: Sunday, Dec. 3

Dec. 3, 2017 at 1 a.m.


Miller joins Boon firm in Longview

Amy Miller has been named an associate of the law firm Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby of Longview.

Miller's practice areas are general civil litigation, estate planning and probate. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Oklahoma and before the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Arkansas, and Eastern District of Oklahoma

She graduated cum laude from Southwestern University in Georgetown in 2003 with a double major in English and psychology and from Baylor Law School in 2006, where she was an editor of the law review.

Before joining Boon, Calk, Echols, Coleman & Goolsby, Miller worked for more than a decade with a nationwide litigation firm.

She is a member of the Gregg County Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. She is a volunteer with the Junior League of Longview, where she has served as an officer for multiple years. She resides in Longview with her husband, Chapin, and their daughter.

Hospice of East Texas CEO to chair alliance

Marjorie Ream, president and CEO of Hospice of East Texas, has been elected chairwoman of the board of the Texas Non-Profit Hospice Alliance.

The alliance is a statewide organization of nonprofit hospices dedicated to providing quality end-of-life care and committed to enhancing the availability of nonprofit hospice care throughout Texas. Each member hospice is unique to its community but united in the belief the nonprofit hospice model best reflects the caring culture that exists in Texas communities.

"Marjorie's leadership and vision have long been an asset to our organization, and we are very excited to have her step into this new position," said Kirsti Krejs, TNPHA's president.

A nonprofit, community-based organization, Hospice of East Texas provides care to people with life-limiting illnesses and support to the families who care for them in 23 counties of East Texas, including an office and significant presence in the Longview area. It has been serving East Texas for 35 years.

Christus' Wylie named FACHA fellow

TYLER — Jamie Wylie, administrative director of operations at Christus Trinity Clinic, recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a professional society for health care leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development, according a statement from Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System. Only 9,100 health care executives hold the distinction.

To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/ community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Oil and gas talk Tuesday at chamber

Luke Legate of the Joint Association Oil & Natural Gas Education Initiative will lead a discussion on the state of the oil and gas industry Tuesday morning in Longview.

The event is scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Longview Chamber of Commerce, 410 N. Center St.

Topics include the state of the industry, economic impact, regulations, Haynesville Shale and East Texas drilling, and growth in exports and forecast of demand.

The event is free. For more information, call Suzanne Brown at (903) 237-4003.

REV Group rolls out hybrid vehicle

REV Group, a $2.4 billion manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands and provider of parts and services, introduced what it said is the world's first production plug-in gas/electric, hybrid wheelchair accessible vehicle at the LA Auto Show.

The introduction also marked the first public show for Revability, REV Group's latest specialty vehicle brand.

Revability was fully responsible for conversion of the plug-in gas/electric hybrid Chrysler Pacifica, which was created at its Clarkston, Michigan, facility. The vehicle is intended for commercial and personal use.

The REV Group owns and operates the Capacity of Texas and ElDorado Mobility plants in Longview. It designs, manufactures and distributes specialty vehicles and related aftermarket parts and services primarily in the United States through three segments: fire and emergency, commercial and recreation.

Grazing management webinar set Thursday

COLLEGE STATION — "Grazing with a purpose-Managing for what you want!" is the title of the Thursday natural resources webinar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit.

Conducted online, the webinar is a part of the Texas Range Webinar Series scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month., said Pete Flores, AgriLife Extension webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi.

Tim Steffens, AgriLife Extension range specialist and West Texas A&M University department of agricultural sciences assistant professor, Canyon, will be the presenter.

"We will discuss some reasons to manage when, where, how many, how often and how long animals use different parts of the landscape," Steffens said. "I'll also provide some examples of how grazing can be adaptively applied in different situations to achieve desired outcomes that may complement other vegetation management actions like herbicides and fire."

There is no charge for the webinar. No Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education credits will be offered.

This webinar and others in the series can be accessed at naturalresourcewebinars.tamu.edu. For more information, contact Flores at Pete.Flores@ag.tamu.edu.

Four-States Cattle Conference Dec. 14

TEKARKANA — The fifth annual Four States Cattle Conference will provide relevant information about how cattle producers can improve operational profitability amid a challenging market, coordinators said.

The conference will be Dec. 14 at the Texas A&M University of Texarkana University Center Building, 7101 University Ave. in Texarkana.

The event begins with registration at 8 a.m. followed by speakers at 8:30 a.m.

A catered lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided. The conference also features a large trade show that will give producers access to pharmaceutical and feed representatives as well as various agriculture-related vendors.

Cost is $70 per couple, $45 per individual and $15 for 4-H and FFA students. Contact Amy Simpson at 870-246-2281 or by email at asimpson@uaex.edu for more information.

Grape growing event set Dec. 15

A workshop for prospective wine grape growers is set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Skinner Bridge Vineyard, 848 County Road 1213, Canton.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is focused on educating East Texans in growing grapes as a hobby and commercially.

The workshop will be a full day of research-based education information to prepare attendees as they consider viticulture, said Michael Cook, AgriLife Extension regional viticulture specialist in Denton.

The cost to is $150 per person or $220 per couple. Those who would like to attend must RSVP by Dec. 13, and payment via cash or check is due at the workshop. Lunch will be provided.

Attendees can bring soil or water analysis reports for evaluation by AgriLife Extension viticulture specialists.

For more information, contact Michael Cook at 940-349-2896 or by email at m.cook@tamu.edu.

From Staff Reports

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