Trina Griffith

Trina Griffith

Garner retiring from Martin Midstream

KILGORE — Ron Garner, vice president of fertilizer with Martin Midstream Partners, is retiring after 29 years.

“Ron has served as the leader of the Partnership’s fertilizer division within the Sulfur Services segment since it was established,” Ruben Martin, president and CWO of Martin Midstream, said in a statement.

Garner has been active in numerous industry associations throughout his career, including the Texas Ag Industries Association and Southwest Fertilizer Conference. He has served as president of the board of directors for the Tennessee Plant Food Association and on the SWFC board since 2004 in various capacities, including program chairman, General Conference chairman, Executive Committee chairman and currently Local Arrangements chairman.

Garner joined Martin Resource Management Corp. in 1990 and was promoted to vice president of fertilizer in 1998, continuing in that role when Martin Midstream Partners LP was founded in 2002. His retirement began Friday.

Griffith featured in Top Agent Magazine

Longview real estate broker Trina Griffith was featured on the cover of Top Agent Magazine Texas Edition in May. Top Agent Magazine features the top-producing and most accomplished professionals in the real estate industry, offering a look at their careers and providing a blueprint for their success.

A nomination and interview process leads to consideration for the magazine, which evaluates them on production, professionalism, and industry and community involvement.

Griffith said she was honored to have been nominated and chosen.

“This comes at such an exciting time, with me celebrating 25 years in the real estate business,” she said. “My motto, ‘love what you do,’ is the reason for my love of the business. The love for people and relationships established with others who become my longtime friends, is a very rewarding part of my everyday life.”

Texas Realtor honors Holmes

Jessica Holmes, owner/broker of East Texas Preferred Properties in Kilgore, has been named to the 2019 class or Realtor Magazine’s 30 Under 30, which recognizes rising stars in the industry.

“I always work incredibly hard in every facet of my business to provide for my family,” Holmes told the publication. “As the broker and owner of my company — where my husband also works — my livelihood depends on my performance and ability to effectively market and sell property. I think my tenacity coupled with my experience at such a young age definitely helped me stand out among my fellow professionals.”

Randall named to PAC Hall of Fame

Melinda Randall, a real estate agent at Re/Max First Choice, has been named to the Realtors Political Action Hall of Fame.

Randall garnered the honor because of her advocacy for property rights and for contributing $25,000 to the PAC during her career, said David Alan Cox, an agent at Re/Max and vice chairman of the PAC’s Major Investment Council.

Cox said Randall has been a real estate agent for at least 18 years and involved with the PAC since 2008.

Aviation conference set in Longview

MooneyMAX Aviation Maintenance and Right Seat Ready! will be conducting an educational conference on aviation maintenance and flying June 6-9 in Longview.

Seminars from top aviation mechanics and engineers will be conducted during the three-day event. Mooney International, the aircraft factory located in Kerrville, will be at the conference as a major sponsor.

A special Mooney Zoom Speed Trial Competition will be available for aircraft coming in from across the country. Aircraft arriving from around the country will be tested for top ground speed in each aircraft model.

The conference will take place at the East Texas Regional Airport and Hilton Garden Inn. It is open to the public for registration for additional training, experience and safety. Registration may be made by contacting Don Maxwell Aviation Services Inc. at East Texas Regional Airport, (903) 643-9902.

Colonial Village a Great Place to Work

The Colonial Village in Longview and more than 200 other senior living communities owned by Holiday Retirement have achieved the Great Place to Work distinction from the independent analysis at the Great Place to Work Institute.

The honor extends to nearly 90 percent of Holiday Retirement’s senior living communities across 42 states, a 9 percent increase for last year’s results.

The designation was based on ratings Holiday Retirement employees provided through The Culture Audit and Trust Index Survey. Those tools provide insight into the company’s value system, programs and practices, and measure levels of credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

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— Share your news: 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 newstip@news-journal.com; or mailed to: Business Section, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606. For information, call (903) 237-7744.