DI People: Mohr Partners, UT Dallas Callier Center, Stream Realty Partners, Bank of Texas Make Moves

In this week's roundup of hires and promotions in North Texas, you'll also find news from Kanter Financial Forensics, JLL, Veritex Community Bank, G6 Hospitality, AVIO Consulting, 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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Former PwC director joins Kanter Financial Forensics

Darrell Lane

Dallas-based Kanter Financial Forensics has added Darrell Lane, a data analytics expert, to its team. Kanter said the move will help expand its forensic accounting, data analytics, and litigation consulting capabilities.

Lane is the former technical leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Forensic Technology Solutions group in Dallas. He has vast experience in developing technical solutions for investigative and data analytics issues in a variety of business sectors.

Kanter said he has also previously provided expert testimony in a range of cases, from capital murder to contract disputes to theft of trade secrets.

“Increasingly complex business litigation and investigations demand that legal teams have the ability to analyze vast amounts of data from a variety of sources,” Kanter Financial Forensics Founder Larry Kanter said in a statement. “Darrell’s skills and experience compliment the work that we’re doing and allow us to provide high-level analysis that few beyond the very largest accounting firms can match.”

Mohr Partners appoints a head of D&I

Clyde Robinson

Mohr Partners, a Dallas-based commercial real estate services firm, has made Clyde Robinson its new Head of its Diversity & Inclusion.

In his new role, Mohr Partners said Robinson will be tasked with continuing the firm’s commitment as the most diverse commercial real estate firm in the world.

Robinson first joined Mohr Partners in November 2018 as the head of Mohr Partners’ Charlotte, North Carolina office.

“Clyde has been instrumental in helping us recruit diverse senior leadership as evidenced by the fact that 25% of our leadership are African-American, Hispanic or Asian,” Mohr Partners Chairman and CEO Robert Shibuya said in a statement. “Under Clyde’s leadership, we are targeting to ultimately have people of color and women represent the majority of our leadership roles.”

UTD names a new executive director of its Callier Center for Communication Disorders

Angela Shoup

Angela Shoup, an alumna of The University of Texas at Dallas, has been named the university’s new executive director of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, UTD announced.

Shoup is currently head of the Division of Communicative and Vestibular Disorders at UT Southwestern Medical Center. In her new role at UTD, she will also be a professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS). The Callier Center collaborates closely with UT Southwestern in providing children with cochlear implants, UTD said.

She succeeds Dr. Thomas Campbell, who will retire come September 1.

Shoup earned three degrees from UTD, and the university said it is more than thrilled to welcome her back.

In 2016, Shoup, who earned three degrees from UT Dallas, received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

“I’m very excited. It’s definitely like coming home,” Shoup said in a UTD blog post. “I’ve had a commitment to UT Dallas Callier since the days when Callier and the University were much smaller.”

That goes both ways: “We are more than thrilled to welcome Dr. Shoup back to UT Dallas,” Dr. Steven Small, dean of BBS and the Aage and Margareta Møller Distinguished Professor in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, according to an email to Dallas Innovates.

Stream Realty Partners adds partners to its Dallas-Fort Worth Office

JJ Leonard

Stream Realty Partners, a national real estate services, development, and investment company, announced that Seth Koschak and J.J. Leonard are new partners in its Dallas-Fort Worth office.

Koschak has been with Stream since 2009, when he first joined the industrial team at the company’s headquarters in Dallas. He then opened Stream’s Fort Worth office in 2015, which Stream said has excelled over the last five years.

“We are excited to see Seth further grow our platform and current business in Fort Worth, while also expanding our service offerings within that market,” Blake Kendrick, managing partner of Stream’s Dallas-Fort Worth office, said in a statement.

Seth Koschak

“Seth has consistently excelled during his tenure at Stream, and we can’t wait to see what he accomplishes in the future.”

Leonard joined Stream’s Dallas office in 2015. Currently, he overlooks the office leasing team. Stream said he has played an integral role in growing the portfolio from 8.1 million to 16.1 million square feet. 

“J.J.’s leadership, diligence and dedication to a well-organized and empowered team will no doubt enable this trend to continue,” Kendrick said. “We are thrilled to announce that he has made Partner and look forward to seeing his continued success in growing our office leasing platform.”

Bank of Texas gets new corporate banking leadership

Greg Campbell

Hudson Marshall and Greg Campbell have been appointed to co-lead the corporate banking group at Bank of Texas in Dallas. The group works with companies that have annual revenues more than $50 million.

The corporate banking group supports clients in manufacturing, distribution, service, healthcare services, public and private educational institutions, financial services, and technology.

Marshall, who has been with Bank of Texas for five years, was promoted from his former team lead role to senior vice president and manager for the corporate banking group. Prior to joining the company, he was a vice president and senior relationship manager for Regions Bank, and before that spent spent six years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Hudson Marshall

Campbell is a fellow banking veteran. He previously led the Dallas corporate banking team at Amegy Bank and held two different roles—business development in Dallas middle market banking and director and senior relationship manager of corporate banking—at Wells Fargo. His career began in the Dallas middle market group at Comerica Bank.

“As we all make our way through this pandemic and economic downturn, we’re proud to partner with our corporate clients,” Mandy Austin, Dallas market president for Bank of Texas, said in a statement. “Hudson and Greg are strong leaders to shepherd our team and lend expertise to clients when they need it the most.”

JLL strengthens its South Central brokerage team

Ethan Garner

Commercial real estate expert Ethan Garner, CCIM has been added to the JLL Dallas team as the South Central healthcare lead.

In his new role, Garner will help expand the commercial real estate services company’s footprint in healthcare leasing and tenant representation in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Kansas City. He will also serve as a key partner on integrated, multi-service line solutions.

Garner previously led the leasing of more than 85 properties for a Fortune 500 company, according to JLL. He was responsible for more than 1,000 lease transactions with lease values totaling in excess of $500 million.

“Ethan’s expertise and national scope align with our business’s growth trajectory,” Jay Johnson, JLL’s national director of healthcare markets, said in a statement. “We are in a position to capitalize on tremendous opportunity for our clients within the South Central Region and across the U.S. We continue to look beyond and identify new ways to ensure healthcare providers and investors are positioned to achieve their mission and business objectives.”

Newmark Knight Frank adds to its Dallas office

Catherine Gibbons

Catherine Gibbons has been made an associate director in Newmark Knight Frank’s Dallas office.

Newmark, a major commercial real estate advisory firm, will work alongside Managing Director Garrett Gibbons. She will focus on tenant representation services and users of office and industrial product types.

Prior to joining Newmark, Gibbons worked at ESRP Real Estate Advisory for six years, where she was a senior associate that provided brokerage and tenant advisory services.

SMU appoints a new university registrar

Bobby Lothringer

Dallas’ Southern Methodist University has named Robert “Bobby” Lothringer its new university registrar, effective July 6.

SMU announced in a blog post that Lothringer is its seventh registrar. He replaces John Hall, who will retire in August after 50 years at SMU.

Previously, Lothringer was university registrar at Texas Woman’s University, where he spent nine years. There, he was tasked with giving strategic management and operational leadership for the Denton, Dallas, and Houston campuses. Before TWU, Lothringer worked at Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas.

In his new role, SMU said Lothringer will lead strategic operations and policies for academic records, course scheduling, and academic ceremonies.

Veritex welcomes Texas banking veterans

Cara McDaniel

Dallas’ Veritex Community Bank announced that James D. Recer and Cara McDaniel will join the company’s senior executive management team.

Recer will serve as the senior executive vice president and chief banking officer and McDaniel as the senior executive vice president and chief HR/talent officer.

Recer brings more than three decades of experience in banking, having served in executive level positions at some of Texas’ largest banks. In his new role, Veritex said he will lead the bank’s efforts in all revenue initiatives and develop scalable strategies designed to support organic growth.

James Recer

McDaniel brings more than 20 years of experience from serving in executive and leadership positions at banking and financial institutions. In her role, she will lead and develop Veritex’s overall human resources strategy, which includes talent acquisition, talent management, and leadership development programs. 

“As Veritex prepares for the potential challenges and exciting opportunities that the future will bring, we need highly experienced leaders with a clear understanding of complex banking and lending operations,” Malcolm Holland, Veritex Community Bank’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Jim and Cara have that experience and expertise. They have been around for a long time and both have the on-the-ground experience we need to succeed.”

G6 Hospitality promotes Laplante to CIO

John Laplante

The parent company of Motel 6 and Studio 6, Carrollton-based G6 Hospitality, announced that John Laplante has been promoted to chief information officer.

Laplante will oversee all IT operations, IT security, DevOps, guest relations, reservations, ecommerce, and distribution in his new role, per Hospitality Tech. He succeeds Jessie Burgess.

Laplante has more than two decades of experience in tech. He has served the Motel 6 IT team in various capacities for 18 years.

“Our commitment to innovation continues with the appointment of John Laplante,” CEO Rob Palleschi said in a statement. “His experience heading various successful software and product development initiatives for the company, and a deep understanding and commitment to our values, makes him a key player in driving further advancement of our digital operations. We look forward to continued strategic development under his leadership.”

Nexus Recovery Center appoints new CEO after Crowell retires

Heather Emmanuel Ormand

Rebecca (Becca) Crowell has announced her retirement from Dallas-based nonprofit Nexus Recovery Center after 30 years of service. Heather Emmanuel Ormand has been chosen to take her place.

Ormand has big shoes to fill. Crowell helped lead Nexus to become a leader in treatment for women by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment, a goal near to her heart.

“The most important thing for me when I joinedNexus was to deliver quality programs; programs just as good as those offered at expensive, private treatment centers,” Crowell said in a release. “In particular, I wanted low-income clients to have the opportunity to receive the care they needed to break the cycle of addiction, regardless of their ability to pay.”

Ormand was selected as CEO after an intensive four-month regional search. She was previously the COO at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), overseeing finance, information services, HR, education, and the Crimes Against Children Conference. Prior to that, she served for 12 years in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“Heather brings to the job an exceptional combination of energy, sensitivity, and proven leadership to the challenges of working with people in the social services sector,” Karen Rogers, Nexus board president, said in a statement. “We expect Heather to not only continue Nexus’ excellent programs, but to work with partners and funders to help expand Nexus Recovery Center’s programs to help more people in need of substance abuse treatment.”

Hughlett gets promoted at AVIO Consulting

Greg Hughlett

AVIO Consulting, a Dallas software consulting firm specializing in accelerating digital evolution in large enterprises, has promoted Greg Hughlett to director of talent and development.

AVIO made the announcement in conjunction with the news that it received an investment from Salesforce Ventures and their Consultant Trailblazer Fund.

Hughlett designed a MuleSoft bootcamp for AVIO, which uses existing training courses and augments those with exercises and content already created. AVIO said the bootcamp reskills and upskills developers to be project-ready with MuleSoft and consulting skills.

“Hughlett was promoted to this position to address the dearth of qualified developers, and 21 developers have graduated from the program over nine months,” AVIO said in its statement.

NEC Corporation appoints Beroukhim to CXO

Raffie Beroukhim

Irving-based NEC Corporation of America has named Raffie Beroukhim to the newly created position of chief experience officer.

NEC said its CXO will be tasked with accelerating the company’s transformation into a social value-creation engine. Beroukhim will use platform-based technology and services focused primarily on enhancing the customer experience.

Beroukhim originally joined NEC in 2011, and has since led the growth of its Advanced Recognition Systems business. During that time, he established NEC’s Federal Government Operations and office in Washington, DC and launched NEC’s Global Aviation Center of Excellence.

“For his proven track record of loyalty among clients and employees, and a demonstrated ability to lead and grow our business, I am proud to appoint Raffie Beroukhim to the post of Chief Experience Officer for NEC Corporation of America,” Mark Ikeno, NEC’s president and CEO said in a statement. “Now more than ever, the world needs technology companies focusing their energies and resources on customer experiences that are prioritized in serving the ‘greater good.’”

Head Start of Greater Dallas names a CEO

Kathryn L. McCartney

Kathryn L. McCartney is the new chief executive officer of Head Start of Greater Dallas (HSGD) effective June 22, the Board of Directors announced.

It was a lengthy and thorough national executive search, the Board said.

HSGD provides children with foundational skills and knowledge to be successful in school and life. McCartney has been with the organization for 25 years, most recently serving as the head start director and chief operations officer.

HSGD said she has dedicated her entire career to working in the early childhood community. During her time at the organization, she has spearheaded multiple initiatives, such as the Math and Science and the Dual Language programs.

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