Berry new TB&T VP in market research

Becky Berry has joined the staff of Texas Bank and Trust as vice president and marketing research officer.

She comes to the Longview-based bank from the Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation Department of the City of Shreveport. Among her accomplishments was development and implementation of the department’s marketing and public relations/communications strategies, including branding, print materials, social media and web content.

Berry holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. She was recognized as one of the City of Shreveport’s Female Leaders in 2016 and has served on the boards of the Red River Revel, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, and Caddo Council on Aging. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier.

Salazar TB&T’s new compliance officer

Apryl Salazar has been named compliance and BSA officer at Longview Bank and Trust.

Salazar, who offices in the bank’s Richardson location, has been employed by the bank in its compliance/BSA department since 2015. She has been involved in the banking industry for over 10 years and oversees the day-to-day operations of the BSA/AML group, as well as performing other compliance related duties.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in political science, constitutional law, from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is also a Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer, Certified BSA/AML Professional and a Certified AML and Fraud Professional.

Nelson retail office manager at Austin

Morgan Nelson has been named retail office manager of Austin Bank’s Longview Greggton office, 3400 W. Marshall Ave.

“Morgan’s knowledge and experience will add value for our customers and staff in today’s rapidly changing financial services industry,” Austin Bank Vice Chairman Jeff Austin III said in a statement. “We are proud to have her as a member of the Austin Bank team.”

Nelson joined the bank in 2008 as a teller. She also has worked as teller operations supervisor and customer service representative.

A long-time resident of White Oak, Nelson and her husband, Jace, have one son, Luke. She is a graduate of White Oak High School and has completed the Austin Bank Leadership School.

Robroy Industries’ re-branding honored

GILMER — Robroy Industries recently received an award from The Electrical Distributor Magazine for its re-branding launch. The launch included an updated logo, new website, updated HR literature and a set of core values the company embraces.

Robroy is a manufacturer of electrical products including PVC-coated conduit and fittings, non-metallic enclosures, galvanized elbows, couplings, nipples and the original Korns clamps.

Over the years, the magazine’s Best of the Best judges have developed criteria to evaluate marketing efforts. They are based on solid marketing principles and the experience of judges who come from academia, electrical distribution and professional marketing firms. Judges are looking for relevant research, ambitious goals, specific objectives, focused strategies, clearly defined target audiences, and well-executed tactics.

Robroy Industries Marketing Manager Stephanie Ellis led the re-branding project and accepted the award at the National Association of Electrical Distributors AdVenture Conference in Minneapolis.

“I am extremely honored to be bringing home this award,” she said in a statement. “Several people from numerous departments within our organization as well as outside vendors contributed to the project. I think we accomplished our goal, which was to hold on to our legacy, yet communicate that we are the ‘new’ Robroy.”

Robroy Industries was founded in 1905 as Enameled Metals Co. by Peter McIlroy, a native of Scotland who began his career working at a steel mill in Pennsylvania. Over the years Robroy has developed a rich history through four generations of leadership by the McIlroy family. The company’s progression in growth is reflected in the updated branding.

Robroy said the updated logo and other efforts have helped launch several new innovative products over the last 12 months.

“We’ve developed our infrastructure and built up the resources needed to support ongoing growth,” said Chairman of the Board Jeff McIlroy. “Today, we balance our past experience with the innovative needs of the future. Our commitment is learn from the past, plan for the future, live for today.”

To view the logo and learn more about the Robroy corporate values and products, visit

Session covers fence laws, leases, estates

NACOGDOCHES — An Ag Law in the Field program, which will cover lease agreements, estate planning and fence laws, is set for Sept. 17 in Nacogdoches.

The program is free and open to the public. It begins with registration and meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6 p.m. at the Nacogdoches Expo Center, 3805 NW Stallings Drive.

RSVPs are requested by Sept. 10 by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Nacogdoches County at (903) 560-7711.

Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural law specialist, Amarillo, will discuss the do’s and don’ts of lease agreements and why they are important for landowners and producers. She will also cover a difficult but necessary topic – estate planning.

Lashmet will also discuss fence laws and cover aspects including liability questions, such as who is liable if a cow gets out and is hit on the highway, or neighbor responsibilities regarding fence maintenance and other real-world scenarios.

East Texas is one of the largest cow/calf production regions in the state, and land leases are an important part of ranching, said Ricky Thompson, AgriLife Extension agent, Nacogdoches County. Leased land provides grazing and hay production potential for producers and income for landowners, and agreements ensure both parties’ interests are protected.

For more information, contact Thompson at (903) 560-7711 or

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