DI People: Credera, J.C. Penney, Modern Message Make Executive Moves

You’ll also find news from Pinecrest Capital Partners, Eyecare Services Partners, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Vivify Health, and the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine in this roundup of executive and leadership activity by companies and organizations in North Texas.

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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 people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

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Credera appoints Justin Bell as new CEO

Justin Bell

Addison-based Credera, a full-service management consulting, user experience, and technology solutions firm, announced the appointment of Justin Bell as its new chief executive officer.

Bell has been with the company for 15 years and has served as its president since 2016, according to a statement.

Bell takes the helm from Rob Borrego, who has led Credera for the past 15 years. Bell’s promotion is the result of a multi-year succession plan, starting with Bell’s appointment to president three years ago.

J.C. Penney hires new EVP of Stores

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James DePaul

Plano-based J.C. Penney Company Inc. has named James DePaul as executive vice president of stores.

DePaul will report to Jill Soltau, J.C. Penney’s CEO, and will be responsible for improving in-store and omnichannel operations as part of Penney’s concentration on evolving the customer experience, according to a statement.

DePaul has almost 25 years of experience in the retail industry.

Woods joins Eyecare Services Partners as VP

Stephen Woods, has joined Eyecare Services Partners, the Dallas-based provider of integrated eye care services, as vice president of finance.

Woods reports to Aaron Cho, the company’s CFO, and will lead ESP’s corporate finance function. He will be responsible for financial planning and analysis, monetary operations, and financial management support for initiatives to expand naturally and through acquisitions, according to a statement.

Previously, Woods was vice president of finance for Evolution Health, where he was in charge of financial planning and analysis as well as financial operations.

Pinecrest Capital announces promotion, new hire

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Austin Jolesch

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Anthony Taylor

Dallas-based investment banking firm Pinecrest Capital Partners announced that it has promoted Anthony Taylor to associate and Austin Jolesch has been hired as an analyst.

Pinecrest provides advisory services to middle market companies. 

In his new role, Taylor is expected to provide research as well as market analytics and execution support on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and other financial services.

Jolesch previously worked in KPMG’s audit practice in Dallas where he mainly focused on asset management clientele.

Modern Message appoints Berger as business development exec

Chantelle Berger

Chantelle Berger has been appointed as the new business development executive at Modern Message, a resident engagement platform for apartment communities and the creator of Community Rewards.

Berger’s concentration will be on expanding Modern Message’s student housing business and specific partnerships in the Multifamily sector. She is bringing with her eight years of experience with Dinerstein, Greystar, and Bainbridge in the apartment sector.

The company focuses on inventing novel ways to approach resident engagement, as well as empowering operations, marketing, and on-site teams to develop smarter business choices.

Vivify Health names Fickle as vice president of sales

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Chris Fickle

Chris Fickle has been named the vice president of sales by Plano-based Vivify Health, a developer of a connected healthcare platform for holistic patient care and engagement.

Fickle has more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience in sales. He comes to Vivify Health after almost seven years as senior director of business development at Qualcomm, where he worked with the company’s large MedTech and RPM customers throughout North America, Europe, and the APAC countries.

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity appoints eight board members, elects new board chair

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity appointed eight new members to its 2019-2020 board of directors and elected a new board chair.

Dena Stroh is the general counsel and ethics officer for the North Texas Tollway Authority and a Habitat board member since 2013. She was elected as the new board chair, replacing Scott Wallace.

Dallas Habitat’s 25-member Board serves four two–year terms and provides governance and fiduciary oversight, while furthering the organization’s goals. 

The eight new board members include:

  • Steve Dillon, VP of business development at Balfour Beatty US, North Texas Buildings Operations
  • Craig J. Lewis, founder and CEO of Gig Wage
  • Clarisa Lindenmeyer, founder and CEO of Proximity to Power
  • Heather L. Lorch, an independent human resources management consultant
  • Steven J. Reed, managing partner and co-founder of Stonehollow Capital Partners
  • Kathryn G. Stricker, program manager at Texas Instruments
  • Dietmar Ultes, global finance executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Steve Westerheide, EVP of operations and compliance at Tolleson Private Bank

NexPoint hires 2 execs in sales, distribution

Kirby Noel

Angela Barbera

Dallas-based NexPoint, an alternative investment platform, has hired two sales and distribution executives, Angela Barbera and Kirby Noel.

Barbera is a managing director and head of national accounts, while Noel is a managing director and national sales manager.

According to a statement, these hirings expand NexPoint’s distribution leadership, which coincides with the company’s recent growth in its real estate offerings and key retail alternative products.

Ibrahim joins CCRM in Dallas office

Dr. Yetunde Ibrahim

Yetunde Ibrahim, M.D., M.Sc., has joined Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine in Dallas.

Ibrahim is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She will work alongside Dorette Noorhasan, M.D., medical director and co-founder of CCRM Dallas-Fort Worth. Ibrahim comes to CCRM from Salt Lake City, Utah.

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