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Bps Technology Makes Leadership Moves

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Baron Lukas

Argyle-based BPS Technology is strengthening its executive team with the appointments of Baron Lukas as president and Cindy Peters as VP of Operations.

BPS Technology, formerly BPS JET, is a privately held holding company that works to identify, develop, and acquire technologies that can create chemical solutions that deliver superior products across a number of industry sectors.

Lukas, the current chief governance officer, has been named president to drive strategic initiatives across the firms operating entities. A retired United States Marine Corps Colonel, Lukas has held a number of C-suite, board, and advisory positions, and has served 27 years as a fighter pilot, commander, staff officer, and instructor.

He also sits on the Board of Managers for BPS Technology, BPS Agriculture, BPS Oil and Gas, and Shotwell Hydrogenics.

Cindy Peters

Peters, who is new to BPS Technology, is joining as VP of Operations to oversee operational excellence. In her role, she will direct operations and process improvement activities to meet current and growth trajectory needs. She brings more than two decades of manufacturing industry experience to the company.

Perot Museum Announces Plans To Reopen Thursday July 9

DALLAS With the safety of guests, staff and volunteers a top priority, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will reopen its doors Thursday, July 9, with new public-health protocols and ticketing procedures in place. To ensure the best experience during preferred times and to manage capacity, guests are strongly encouraged to purchase timed-entry tickets online and in advance at perotmuseum.org. Tickets will go on sale July 1.

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Buff City Soap Expands Its C

Buff City Soaps new hires, Ric Smith, Shellie Caudill, and Jean Grossman.

Dallas-based Buff City Soap, the plant-based home and personal care franchise, has added three leaders to its c-suite amidst rapid growth. The company expects to double its national footprint in 2022.

Ric Smith has been named as chief development officer, Jean Grossman as chief operating officer, and Shellie Caudill as chief product officer.

Smith has previously served as an early-stage leader at big-name food and beverage brands, such as Starbucks, Potbelly, Qdoba, and Scooters Coffee. Grossman has experience scaling some of the largest food and service franchise brands, including Dunkin Donuts, Cosi Restaurants, and European Wax Center. Caudill has led R& D at some of the most recognizable consumer companies: Procter & Gamble, Bath & Body Works, and Church & Dwight.

All three leaders come with 20+ years of experience in their respective fields and are best-in-class leaders, Craig Kessler, Buff City Soaps CEO, said in a statement. As Buff grows its footprint beyond our current 145 stores, our expanding leadership team is poised to continue innovating and enhancing the brand.

Founded in 2013, Buff City Soap has more than quadrupled in size since 2020. Its now in more than 145 stores in 27 states.

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Perot Museum To Present Covid

DALLAS The Perot Museum of Nature and Science will live stream its first Science Spotlight event on COVID-19 Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. in the Museums auditorium. The session will feature subject matter experts from the medical and civic fields operating at the forefront of the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 here in North Texas. They will present the latest updates and medical implications on the virus along with precautionary recommendations to help contain its spread. A Q& A session will follow the panels.

Arctic Edmontosaurus Lives Again Perot Museum Paleontologists Give A New Look At The Caribou Of The Cretaceous

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DALLAS A new study by an international team from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Hokkaido University and Okayama University of Science in Japan further explores the proliferation of the most commonly occurring duck-billed dinosaur of the ancient Arctic as the genus Edmontosaurus. The findings also reinforce that the hadrosaurs known as the caribou of the Cretaceous had a huge geographical distribution of approximately 60 degrees of latitude, spanning the North American West from Alaska to Colorado.

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Perot Museum Lays Off 168 Workers

Cuts come as the natural history and science museum grapples with school closures, cancelled events due to COVID-19

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has laid off 168 employees in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

That includes 70% of its part-time staff and more than a third of its senior leadership team. The museum did not disclose its full staff count prior to the layoffs.

The Perot says school closures and the prohibition of large group events due to COVID-19 has made its current cost structure unsustainable. The museums doors have been closed since March 14.

We worked tirelessly to avoid an outcome where we had to reduce our workforce, and, while we held on longer than most, our current cost structure was simply unsustainable, the museum said in a written statement. We had to adjust our employee count to the realities of the market when we do, in fact, re-open.

Museum CEO Linda Silver says the museums board of directors approved the layoffs on Thursday, May 7. Impacted employees were notified on Monday, May 11.

The museum says it will keep paying affected employees through July 1. Theyll also receive benefits through July 31.

Perot Museum Teams Up With African American Museum Dallas For Staircase Spotlight

DALLAS In partnership with the African American Museum, Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has announced a call for entries for a staircase commission to create a vibrantly colored and eye-catching site-specific creative design that celebrates African-American leaders in science from history and modern day who have made significant contributions to STEM . The Staircase Project is presented by Kroger.

To spotlight the artistic talent in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, the Perot Museum will commission an African-American creative designer who resides in North Texas to design the image.

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Texans Can Academies Names New Leadership

James Ponce

Texans Can Academies, a district of dropout recovery schools, has announced that its superintendent, Dr. James Ponce, will assume responsibility for all areas of School District operations following the retirement of CEO and President Richard Marquez.

Ponce joined Texans Can in 2016 as its chief of schools, and has since overseen all academic strategy, staff, and instructional implementation in the district. He also managed the districts facilities and instructional budgets. He has some 28 years of experience as an educator and administrator, previously serving as the superintendent of schools for the McAllen, Texas, school district.

Mpowerhealth Names A Cto

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Patrick Kelly

Addison-based MPOWERHealth, which offers value-based care solutions for neuromusculoskeletal independent physicians, hospitals and payors, is expanding its leadership team with the addition of Patrick Kelly as chief technology officer.

In the newly created role, Kelly will ensure that MPOWERHealths multistate clinically integrated network has secure access to the tools, infrastructure, and knowledge needed for practice optimization, patient outcomes, growth, and migration to value-based care.

He brings more than two decades of healthcare experience to the role, serving at companies such as Stratifi Health, Catalyst Health Network, Loopback Analytics, and Phytel . His career has most recently focused on helping providers transition from volume- to value-based care.

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Jamco Interests Llc Appoints A New Operating Partner

Sherif Mityas

JAMCO Interests LLC, the majority stakeholder of BRIX Holdings, a Dallas-based multi-brand franchising company, has added Sherif Mityas, an experienced restaurant and retail executive, as its operating partner.

Mityas has been serving in an advisory role to JAMCO, supporting the organization and its portfolio companies in strategic positioning, growth, and M& A. Prior to the role as operating partner, he has held various executive positions in consulting and in the retail-restaurant industry, specifically as the chief experience officer for TGI FRIDAYS and chief executive officer for Hollywood Video/Movie Gallery.

Sherif brings deep strategic experience and operational expertise to our consumer-facing portfolio including his knowledge and connections in the global ghost kitchen and virtual brand space, which will be a growing and important part of our portfolio moving forward, John Antioco, founder, chairman, and managing member of JAMCO, said in a statement. We look forward to his contributions to JAMCO and are confident he will meaningfully enhance our capabilities and those of the companies in which we invest.

Frontiers Of Flight Names New Ceo

Frontiers of Flight announced last week that it now has a new CEO piloting the museum Teresa Lenling.

In a letter to supporters, Frontiers of Flight board chairman Kevin Brooks said that Lenling brings more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, as well as experience in STEM education design, community engagement, and strategic management.

This background is well aligned with the mission of Frontiers of Flight Museum and our path forward to recognizing our full potential, Brooks said.

Most recently, Lenling served as CEO of Hope Cottage and Vice President for School and Community Engagement at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. While at the Perot, Lenling was responsible for developing the education program vision and strategy for the museums expansion to its new location in 2012 and also designed the museums TECH Truck community outreach initiative that provides hands-on STEM-based learning experiences.

Before her stint at the Perot, she served as director of public engagement at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines.

She has championed STEM programs, school programs, teacher professional development, and community partnerships, which have resulted in meaningful program impact across our communities, Brooks said. I am 100% confident in Lenlings ability to further these initiatives by working with the excellent Frontiers of Flight team already in place.

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Caliber Appoints A New Coo

David Goldstein

Lewisville-based Caliber, an automotive service provider, has named David Goldstein, its current chief talent officer, as chief operations officer, effective Jan. 1. Theappointment coincides with Steve Grimshaw transitioning from CEO to full-time executive chairman and Mark Sanders to president and CEO.

Goldstein has been in the industry since 1988, when he began as a technician in collision repair. Since, he has worked in all phases of the collision repair business including paint, bodywork, structural repair, parts management, and production. He served as Calibers SVP of Operations in California before being chosen to lead its Teammate Services group.

As Calibers Chief Talent Officer, Dave has been committed to ensuring that each of our 21,500+ teammates are inspired to reach their full potential, Sanders said in a statement. He has focused on every element of Calibers culture and teammate success, including training, recruitment, compensation, benefits, and talent development. Were excited to see his ongoing positive impact on our organization as COO as we continue to grow and expand market share.

The Catholic Foundation Adds New Trustees To Its Board

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Aileen Pratt

The Catholic Foundation, a Dallas-based trusted giving vehicle for the Catholic community, has elected Fernando Blanco, Dr. Mauricio Delgado, John Dziminski, and Jeff Schiefelbein to its Board of Trustees and Aileen Pratt as its Board Chair.

Blanco is the VP and chief information security officer at CHRISTUS Health, Delgado is a professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center and retired pediatric neurologist, Dziminski is president and CEO of The Rosewood Corporation, and Schiefelbein is the chief cultural officer for 5.

Pratt succeeds G. Marc Lyons, who has been Board chair for the past two years. She will serve in a two-year term and the new trustees will serve a three-year term.

The Catholic Foundation is honored to have Aileen as our new board chair given her strong leadership and service to The Catholic Foundation over the years. This past year demonstrated that goals can be accomplished, and dreams can be realized even in the most difficult circumstances, Matt Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation, said in a statement. With great confidence and gratitude, I welcome Aileen and our four new trustees to continue the outstanding legacy of The Catholic Foundation in the years ahead.

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Duane Morris Opens A Dallas Office

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, has opened a new office in Dallas and added four Trial partners to its team there: Robert M. Castle III, Randy D. Gordon, Jamie R. Welton, and Lucas Luke Wohlford.

The opening represents Duane Morris efforts to boost domestic operations within the high-technology and energy sectors in Texas. The firm sees Dallas as one of the most diverse regional economies in the nation, with a thriving commercial environment.

For more than 20 years, we have focused on and invested in Texas. With our new Dallas location and team, our commitment is clear, Matthew A. Taylor, chairman and CEO of Duane Morris, said in a statement. Duane Morris now has a critical mass of legal talent and a footprint in key markets, including Houston and Austin, and we expect to expand our presence in Texas in the years to come.

The group comes to Duane Morris from Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Castle represents clients in a variety of industries, with a focus on the healthcare industry Gordon has more than 25 years of experience in complex litigation for public and private companies Welton represents clients in high-profile, complex commercial claims in state and federal courts and Wohlford is a trial attorney who represents individuals, family-owned businesses, and publicly and privately held companies in commercial disputes.

Perot Museum Wins Imls Grant For Stem Education

DALLAS The Perot Museum of Nature and Science was recently awarded a $496,860 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of its IMLS CARES Act Grants program to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

IMLS received 1,701 applications requesting $409.2 million and awarded a total of $13.8 million to 68 organizations. Less than 4% nationally of all applications were funded, and the Perot Museums award was among the largest, with $500,000 being the maximum. Only two Texas institutions the Perot Museum and the Texas Historical Commission and just eight U.S. science museums were selected for the grants.

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Toyota Motor North America Announces Executive Changes

Plano-headquartered Toyota Motor North America has made a series of executive changes to its operations, effective January 4, 2021.

Ed Mantey, Jeff Makarewicz, John Kennelly, Lisa Materazzo, Monte Kaer, Tadahisa Isono, and Tom Stricker

Toshio Niimi, who is the current general manager at Toyota Motor Corporations plants in Honsha and Kinuura, Japan, will take on the new role of executive vice president of Production Engineering and Manufacturing at TMNA. His responsibilities include all aspects of Toyotas North American production engineering operations and 15 manufacturing vehicle, engine, and parts plants.

Tadahisa Isono, the current executive vice president of Production Engineering, will return to TMC as the chief project leader of Global Rebuild Plan and Sustainable Development Goals in its Production Group. Isono will oversee Production Engineering in the Advanced R& D and Engineering Company, Toyota Compact Car Company, Mid-size Vehicle Company, Commercial Vehicle Company, and Lexus International Company.

Lisa Materazzo, vice president of Lexus Marketing at TMNA, will be promoted to group vice president of Toyota Marketing. She will lead all Toyota division market planning, advertising, merchandising, sales promotions, incentives, NASCAR and motorsports, and social and digital media.

Edward Mantey, the executive advisor Research & Development and Corporate Strategy & Planning at TMNA, is retiring after some three decades of service, effective Jan. 29.

Perot Museum Names A Chief Learning Officer

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Jessica Chavez

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has named Jessica Chavez, a veteran education leader, as its chief learning officer following her relocation to Dallas.

Most recently, Chavez was the VP of Innovative Learning Strategies at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, where she has worked since 2015. There, she helped lead the creation of CONNECT, a digital platform that integrates outreach and formal educational programming to an online format for education and public users. She was also an educator for more than 15 years.

Jessica brings extensive expertise in education, innovation and strategic planningparticularly in the digital arenawhich will be crucial as the Perot Museum moves forward as a beacon for STEM learning and careers, Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, said in a statement. We look forward to Jessicas think-big approach as we strive to fulfill our mission of inspiring minds through nature and science.

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Just In: Karen Katz Elected To Chair Perot Museum Board Of Directors

Dec 7, 2020 11:30 AM by Jeanne Prejean

Since retiring from her role as president/CEO of Neiman Marcus Group nearly three years ago, Karen Katz hasnt been lolling on a beach in the Caribbean. No, indeed. Shes been involved with Harvard Universitys Executive Education Programs for Finance and Customer Service, chairing Street Trend and serving on the boards of publicly traded companies Under Armour, Humana and Casper.

Now comes word that the Dallas native has been elected to chair the Perot Museum of Nature And Science Board Of Directors for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

According to Perot Museum Eugene McDermott CEO Dr. Linda Silver, Karen Katz is uniquely qualified to become our next chair, bringing a vast knowledge of the Dallas community, a long corporate history of success, and a thorough understanding of what it takes to move an organization forward in a sustainable and innovative way. We are delighted to have her guide our board of directors in the coming year.

Joining Karen in the leadership of the board will be Chair-Elect David R. Corrigan, who has been associated with the museum for nearly 16 years.

Linda added, As chair-elect, David Corrigan will continue to co-chair the Museums Visioning Committee with an eye toward long-term sustainability in an ever-changing downtown landscape. We are fortunate to have his expertise and leadership on the board for the next several years.

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