DI People: Stantec, BBG, Methodist Health Systems Make Leadership Moves

You’ll also find news from from Veritex Community Bank, MV Transportation, Trinity Metro, Lucid Energy Group, Troxell, Perkins + Will, and NaturalShrimp in this report of executive and leadership moves by companies with ties to North Texas.


Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on executive and 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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Pigford joins Stantec’s buildings practice in Plano office

Gianna Pigford

Gianna Pigford, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined Stantec as a senior associate and program manager in the firm’s buildings practice in its Plano office, where she also will support projects out of the firm’s offices in Irving, California and Phoenix, Arizona.

In her new role, Pigford will focus on retail and workplace design and project management, the firm said in a release. 

Pigford has almost 20 years of experience working across a wide variety of projects. She is known for strong project delivery, design integration, sustainable design, and innovative initiatives, the firm said.

BBG appoints Taylor managing director of its Zoning Reports service

Rosetta Taylor

BBG, an independent commercial real estate due diligence firm, has appointed Rosetta Taylor as managing director of its new Zoning Reports service.

Taylor will be responsible for overseeing the service which will augment the firm’s appraisal, property condition, and environmental assessment reports, the company said in a release.

BBG’s Zoning Reports service allows banks and other lenders to use a single company for all of these services, which streamlines the process and allows for greater consistency across the entire zoning report, the company said. 

Before joining BBG, Taylor was a senior zoning analyst at Armada Analytics, an Atlanta-based provider of commercial real estate underwriting, due diligence and asset management consultancy services.

Scoggin returns to Methodist Health System as interim CEO


Stephen Mansfield

James Scoggin Jr. will come out of retirement to lead Dallas-based Methodist Health System as interim chief executive officer, after Stephen Mansfield announced that he is moving up his anticipated retirement by more than seven months, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Mansfield, 66, has been CEO at Methodist Health System for more than a decade. He will become CEO emeritus on Tuesday, according to the report. Mansfield had previously said he would step aside at the end of the year.

Scoggin had a long career with Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, and retired in 2013 as president of Nashville-based HCA Healthcare’s North Texas Division, the Morning News said.

Anderson joins Veritex Community Bank as SVP, mortgage president


Russell Anderson

Russell Anderson has joined Dallas-based Veritex Community Bank as senior vice president, mortgage company president.

Anderson brings over 25 years of banking and mortgage experience to his new role at Veritex. His experience includes managing multiple branches and funding thousands of loans over that timeframe, Veritex said in a release.

Veritex Community Bank is a mid-sized community bank that serves customers with a full suite of banking products and services. It has total assets of roughly $8 billion.

MV Transportation names Egan as chief executive officer


Tom Egan

Tom Egan has been named as chief executive officer of MV Transportation, a Dallas-based transportation company that made $1.3 billion in revenues in annual revenue.

The company, which employs 20,000 people, offers fixed-route, school buses, and shuttles for corporations and universities.

He is replacing Kevin Jones, who is leaving the company to become chief executive at a large Texas technology company, MV said. Previously, Egan, who joined MV in early 2018, was president and chief operating officer. The Dallas Business Journal said that the largest portion of MV’s business comes from paratransit services–the transportation of people with disabilities and the elderly.

The company’s customers include Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which earlier this year, approved a three-year, three-month $105 million contract with MV to provide paratransit services.

Trinity Metro taps Arjanen as VP, chief operating officer for rail

AJ Arjanen

Jon-Erik “AJ” Arjanen has joined Trinity Metro as vice president and chief operating officer for rail.

Arjanen’s previous work have focused on rail operations, safety systems and strategy implementation.

Arjanen previously served as vice president/ general manager for Martin Marietta/Rock & Rail LLC, in Lakewood, Colorado, where he led a nationwide project and launched two facilities.

Before that, Arjanen worked for Fort Worth-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe as operations director. 

Lucid Energy Group adds 2 industry veterans to board of directors

Lucid Energy Group announced Donald R. Sinclair and Michael A. Creel have accepted appointments to serve on its board of directors, effective immediately.

Both men are energy industry veterans, the Dallas-based diversified energy company said.

Sinclair has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry and is chairman and president of WTX Pumping Services. Creel has 39 years of experience in the energy industry, including executive positions in midstream, refining, exploration and production, according to a release. Most recently, he was CEO of Enterprise Products Partners LP and its affiliates beginning in 2010 after serving as chief financial officer before that.

Flores takes over Dallas-Fort Worth territory for Troxell

AJ Flores

Troxell has announced that AJ Flores is the new account executive for the Dallas-Fort Worth territory of the national education technology and collaboration solutions provider.

The company said that Flores will work closely with schools in his area as they focus on their education technology needs and initiatives for the next school year.

Flores is taking over the DFW territory from Warren Dillon, who left the company.

Perkins + Will announces promotions at its Dallas studio

Mary Dickinson

Gardner Vass

Robert Ting

The Dallas studio of Perkins + Will announced the promotions of three people to associate principals—Gardner Vass, Mary Dickinson, and Robert Ting.

Their promotions came at the same time as the firm announced the promotions of five people as senior associates and nine associates.

New senior associates are Robert Casstevens, Cory Griffin, Ashley Roberts, Ryan Roettker, and Devin Weaver. 

The new associates are EmilyShea Cartusciello, Deirdre Crawford, Matt Davis, Whitney Hendrickson, Kristin Henry, Jennifer Kosobud, Lauren Mereness, Kendra Ordia, and Robert Sweney.

The Dallas studio of Perkins+Will, established in 1988, is the largest office in the firm, which was founded in 1935.

NaturalShrimp names Iedema as corporate chef

Dallas-based NaturalShrimp, Inc. has named Douwe Iedema as Corporate Chef, saying his appointment is an integral part of the company’s expanding marketing program.

Iedema has more than 20 years experience in successfully planning and directing the operations of large restaurants and events, driving top performance metrics, and revenue growth, while enhancing productivity and profitability, the company said in a release. Iedema trained as a culinary chef in the Netherlands and received his Master of Arts, Classic French Cuisine, at the Karl Van Erven Private School also in the Netherlands.

He served as an executive chef in his native country for six years, overseeing multiple food outlets for more than 8,000 military personnel from 28 delegations assigned to NATO’s Northern Headquarters, Europe, NaturalShrimp said.

NaturalShrimp has developed the first commercially viable system for growing shrimp in enclosed, salt water systems, using patented technology to produce fresh, never frozen, naturally grown shrimp without the use of antibiotics or toxic chemicals.

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