DI People: Comerica, Shermco, Encore Bank, Mary Kay, and More Make Moves

In this week's roundup of hires and promotions in North Texas, you'll also find news from the Center For BrainHealth, Mitel, PestRoutes, Animal Supply Company, and more.

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations.

Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits—from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are the people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

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Comerica Bank names president of its Technology and Life Sciences Division

David Whiting

Dallas-headquartered Comerica Incorporated has appointed David Whiting as president of its Technology and Life Sciences (TLS) Division.

Comerica’s TLS Division is known as one of the country’s leading technology banking practices.

Whiting currently serves as the senior managing director of the TLS Division. In his new role, he will manage TLS teams in California, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Toronto, Canada.

According to a news release, Whiting is a 17-year veteran of Comerica. Since, he has served in numerous leadership roles within the TLS Division, most recently directing all TLS Division U.S. offices outside of California. He led the TLS team in Dallas for more than a decade, according to Comerica.

Shermco appoints a new chief financial officer

Andrew Gay

Irving-based Shermco, a provider of electrical testing, maintenance and repair services, has made Andrew Gay its new chief financial officer, effective Sept. 21.

Gay has more than 30 years of relevant experience in financial leadership and consulting roles. Most recently, he served as the SVP, CFO, and treasurer of NAES Corporation. Prior to that, he held senior roles at URS, Barclays, Vodafone and Australand. 

According to Shermco, Gay also has a technical Big 4 chartered accounting background at KPMG.

Encore Bank makes hires upon expanding to Dallas-Fort Worth

Scott Jones

Encore Bank of Little Rock is moving into North Texas. To cover the expansion, it has hired Marc Massad as executive vice president and regional president of Dallas and Scott Jones as executive vice president and regional president of Tarrant County.

Massad is a 16-year Texas banking veteran and Jones a 35-year. Jones was previously the Dallas-Fort Worth market president for Regions Bank and Massad the senior vice president and commercial group manager at IberiaBank Corp.

“Early on in the Encore Bank story, we made our intent to operate in the Dallas and Fort Worth markets a top priority. Our philosophy of being a private, boutique bank that promotes a culture of empowerment and innovation, we believe, is a great fit in these markets,” Vice Chairman and President Phillip Jett said in a statement. “Our passion for delivering products and services with a unique client experience will go well with the traditions and expectations of the individuals and businesses in the North Central Texas market.”

Center For BrainHealth announces new Advisory Board

Roger Gault

The Center for BrainHealth has named a new Advisory Board and leaders of its Think Ahead Group (TAG).

Roger Gault, the Board’s chair, announced the new members of its Advisory Board.

They are: Linda Asberry from KXAS Television, Kim Askew from DLA Piper, Debbie Hernandez, Hattie Hill from T.D. Jakes Foundation, Sophia Johnson from Alpha Business Images LLC, Manoj Kutty from GreenLight Credentials LLC, Wendy Lopez from AECOM, Peter Milley from Potomac Royalty Partners LLC, Meredith Ryan from CNA Financial, Gail Warrior Suchy from CASPR Group, Amanda Coleman from Fort Worth ISD, Laura Gordon from LBG Marketing and Innovation, Marissa Horne from American Airlines and Michael Horne from Parkland Foundation, Mike Rials from STATinMED Research, Molly Soper from Brigade Events, Steven Soper from ExxonMobil Corporation, Mitzi Wadsworth from Global Realty Resources, Mike Wadsworth from McSmith Interests, and Andy Walsh.

As for TAG, Co-Presidents Kristen Carter and Kendal Dodge are returning for a second year, and Rachael Carter, Makenna Covington, Aaron Diggins, Alberto Hernandez, Bora Laci, Jenna Martin, Mitch Mason, Mulvey McDavid, Jorden Moxley, Katelyn O’Donel, Tucker Robinson, Kathryn Simmons, Morgan Tinsley, and Emily Wingate are joining.

Animal Supply Company gets a new CEO

Tim Batterson

Irving-based Animal Supply Company, a provider of pet food and supplies distribution, has promoted Tim Batterson to chief executive officer.

The appointment comes upon ASC announcing that former CEO Don McIntyre had accepted a CEO position for a company outside of the pet industry.

Batterson has been with ASC since 2014, most recently as the chief operating officer. He has more than three decades of experience in sales, marketing, IT, manufacturing, purchasing, logistics and distribution.

PestRoutes hires a new CEO to lead a stage of growth

William Chaney

McKinney-based PestRoutes, which is a software provider to the pest control, lawn and pool industries, named William Chaney its new chief executive officer.

Most recently, Chaney was the executive vice president and chief product officer at RealPage. There, he spent 12 years helping to grow the company to have more than $900 million in revenue.

In all, he has more than two decades of SaaS leadership experience, in which he accelerated the growth of both private and public companies.

According to PestRoutes, it has seen 125 percent growth in the past two years alone. The company said there is no better person to lead the business to the next stage of growth.

Mary Kay’s chief scientific officer joins Baylor Scott & White Boards

Lucy Gildea

Dr. Lucy Gildea, the chief scientific officer at Mary Kay, is joining two Boards for Baylor Scott & White: the Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation Board and the Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center Board of Advisors.

The Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation Board is meant to promote the well-being of all individuals, families, and communities of Baylor Scott & White Health.

The Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center Board of Advisors is a provider of counseling strategy, fundraising, community linkage, and political influence to oncology care and services at Baylor Scott & White Sammons Cancer Center and Baylor Scott & White T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital.

“Our new board members include individuals like Dr. Gildea who bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields and who will be tremendous assets to the Foundation as we further our mission,” Kristi Sherrill Hoyl, interim president of Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation and chief policy and community affairs officer for Baylor Scott & White Health, said in a statement. “Working together, we are helping drive positive change and improving the health of the North Texas communities served by Baylor Scott & White. We are thrilled to have their incredible leadership.”

Mitel names a chief revenue officer

Scott Peterson

Global business communications leader Mitel has promoted Scott Peterson from SVP of Americas to chief revenue officer.

Peterson will now be tasked with driving global revenue growth through the execution of Dallas-based Mitel’s go-to-market strategy and channel ecosystem of value-added resellers, service providers, distributors, and master agents. He joined Mitel last year to lead sales for the company’s unified communications-as-a-service solutions.

He has more than two decades of experience in business communications, having led tech teams in more than 25 countries. Previously, he was at Verizon serving multiple executive positions over a 15-year tenure.

Terracon appoints a national director of logistics

Jon Arita

Fort Worth’s Terracon, a provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, has added Jon Arita to its team as the national director of Logistics.

Most recently, Arita was at BNSF Railway. He joins Terracon with a track record of experience in supply chain, logistics, transportation, and rail. In his new role, Terracon said he will be tasked with collaborating with clients to provide solutions to complex challenges.

According to Terracon, its Logistics team includes professionals who tailor its “environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services to align with clients’ evolving needs at each phase of every logistics project’s life cycle.”

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