DI People: Downtown Dallas Inc, Sunoco, Weitzman, and More Make Moves

In this week's roundup of hires and promotions in North Texas, you'll also find news from Comfort Care Hospice, Prescott Group, HistoryMaker Homes, and Transplace, among others.

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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Comfort Care Hospice rebrands and appoints a new CEO

Alfonso Montiel

Dallas-based Comfort Care Hospice, a hospice care provider that serves the North Texas market, has named Alfonso Montiel as its new CEO.

The appointment coincides with the news that Comfort Care Hospice was acquired and rebranded as SilverStone Hospice. The acquiring group has expansion plans and an enhance purpose, per a news release, that will include new services in home health care and palliative care.

“Our goal is to grow a Texas-focused business through aggregating a series of acquisitions. We are benefiting from a highly fragmented market serving a rising demand and gaps in levels of care.” Montiel said in a statement. “Our mission is to empower families to provide the best care and experience for their loved ones.”

Montiel enters his new role with experience founding a private equity hedge fund, leading strategy development for Fortune 500 companies, and serving as CEO for The Lemon Tree Trust.

Downtown Dallas Inc. appoints a chief of communications

Scott Goldstein

Downtown Dallas Inc. has added Scott Goldstein to its team as the chief of communications & policy, effective Nov. 30.

In the newly created position, Goldstein will report directly to DDI President and CEO Kourtny Garrett. He will be tasked with advancing the voice and position of the organization, focusing on corporate, business-to-business, economic development, and government relations, per a news release. He will also lead all external and internal communications efforts and manage policy matters that relate to Downtown Dallas.

Goldstein has more than a decade of civic and communications experience, most recently service as senior vice president of communications, marketing, and events for the Dallas Regional Chamber. Before that, he was chief of policy and communications for former Mayor Mike Rawlings.

Sunoco LP names new CFO

Dallas-based Sunoco LP, a master limited partnership that is a wholesale distributor of motor fuels, has appointed Dylan Bramhall as its new chief financial officer, effective immediately.

Bramhall brings some 15 years of experience to the role, most recently serving as SVP of Finance and treasurer for Energy Transfer, which Sunoco is a subsidiary of. He joined that company in 2015, and was responsible for overseeing financial planning and analysis, credit and commodity risk management, cash management, and capital markets groups.

“We are very excited to have Dylan join Sunoco as our new CFO,” Joe Kim, the president and CEO of Sunoco, said in a statement. “We have worked with Dylan for years in his role at Energy Transfer, and he has a proven record of accomplishments. His leadership and expertise will further enhance our strong financial foundation and better position us for the future.”

Prescott Group expands its investor relations and capital formation team

Megan Sandler

Dallas’ Prescott Group, a real estate investment, debt resolution, and asset management firm, has hired Megan Sandler to its investor relations and capital formation team.

Most recently, Sandler led U.S. fundraising initiatives at Quilvest Capital Partners. Before that, she helped build a private capital platform for family offices and high-net-worth individuals at Schechter Wealth.

“We are thrilled to welcome Megan to our growing team. Her diverse background and expansive knowledge in the family office and RIA sectors will be invaluable to our firm’s goals and trajectory,” Vance Detwiler, co-founder and president of Prescott Group, said in a statement. “Her unique skillset perfectly positions her to advance our efforts during this next fundraising period.”

HistoryMaker Homes brings on new executives

Matt Wiggins

Grapevine-based HistoryMaker Homes, a homebuilder in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, has hired Matt Wiggins as its new chief financial officer and Bruce Pine as its director of Land Acquisition.

In his new role, Wiggins will be responsible for all financial operations. He previously worked at Leon Capital Group and Ernst & Young, holding various leadership positions.

“The broad scope of Matt’s expertise positions him as the perfect choice to manage our finances as we continue our ongoing expansion within the Houston and D-FW markets,” Lane Wright, HistoryMaker Homes president, said in a statement.

Bruce Prine

Pines will focus on land acquisitions primarily for the Dallas-Fort Worth market in his position. He was most recently the director of land acquisition for CB Jeni/Normandy Homes, and has previously worked for multiple other builders.

“We are extremely lucky to have someone as experienced and well-known in our industry as Bruce join our team,” Wright said. “He will be a definite asset as we continue to grow our residential development projects.”

Weitzman expands its investments platform and brings on a manager of acquisitions

Tim Baker

Dallas-based Weitzman, a retail-focused commercial real estate firm, is making moves to expand its investment properties platform with a key new hire, Tim Baker.

In his newly created role as executive vice president and managing director of acquisitions, Baker will manage all acquisitions activities. Those responsibilities include sourcing acquisition opportunities for existing properties in Dallas-Fort Worth and across Texas’ major metro areas, according to a news release.

Baker is an experienced retail and commercial real estate professional who has previously served in the Dallas-Fort Worth shopping center industry. Previously, he was the SVP of Real Estate and Development for Giant Eagle.

“Tim is a powerful addition to our team, and in his new role and in working with Ryan Stempf’s investor sourcing, he will be instrumental in our growth across the state,” Weitzman Presidnet and CEO Marshall Mills said in a statement. “We have developed a substantial group of investors looking to place capital in retail real estate with us, and we are also in dialogue with several institutional groups. We continue to target two main buckets of deals: grocery-anchored centers and well-located, shadow-anchored neighborhood strip centers.”

Transplace appoints a new CMO

Carmen Palo

Dallas-based Transplace, a provider of logistics technology and services, has named Carmen Palo as its new chief marketing officer.

Palo is known as a seasoned marketing executive who has a career focus in technology. Her experience spans more than two decades in marketing communications; most recently, she was the SVP of Marketing and Corporate Communications at HID Global. There, she led the company’s global marketing organization.

In her new role, Palo will be tasked with enhancing integrated communications strategies that can extend Transplace’s footprint and better serve its clients.

“Carmen is a welcome addition to the Transplace executive team,” CEO Frank McGuigan said in a statement. “She will drive momentum in building our brand and will amplify our mission to empower high-performance supply chains with advanced technology and analytics.”

Secured Title of Texas names general counsel

Kerry Prisock

Plano-based Secured Title of Texas, a subsidiary of Title Midwest Inc that provides title and closing services, has appointed Kerry Prisock as its general counsel.

Prisock has more than two decades of legal expertise and vast experience in the title industry. Per a news release, that includes monitoring multistate compliance and licensing, establishing underwriting and examination guidelines and procedures, handling title claims, training and managing escrow officers and other staff, legal document review and preparation, managing commercial and residential closings, as well as short sales and REO transactions, and providing practiced underwriting support to agents and to internal operations staff.

He deeply understands real estate law and associated transactions. 

“Kerry’s background and specific skills will make him a great new asset to our Texas team, and we look forward to the leadership and wide range of legal knowledge he will bring,” David Stauffer, vice president of operations for Title Midwest, said in a statement.

Whitley Penn brings on a tax manager

Jen Youngberg

Public accounting firm Whitley Penn has added Jen Youngberg to its team in Plano as a tax manager.

Youngberg has been in public accounting for more than four years, mostly focusing on federal, state, and international tax consulting, compliance for high net-worth individuals, family groups, and middle-market business entities. Per a news release, she has worked with a variety of industries, including automobile dealerships, real estate, professional service, retail, and manufacturing and distribution.

“We are excited to welcome Jen to our firm. Her experience and skillset will be beneficial, and we look forward to her leadership within our team,” Toby Cotton, a partner in charge of Whitley Penn’s tax department, said in a statement.

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