DI People: Tango, Clarus, and Learfield IMG College Make Executive Moves

In this weekly roundup of executive and leadership moves by companies and organizations in North Texas, you’ll also find news from Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Partnership With Native Americans, Avocados From Mexico, Venture Metals, Tuesday Morning, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Parks for Downtown Dallas, and Sandler Law Group.

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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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Software maker Tango taps Huseman as chief sales officer 

Mike Huseman has joined Dallas-based Tango, a provider of in-store lifecycle management and integrated workplace management software solutions, as its chief sales officer, according to a statement.

Huseman has experience in growing global enterprise business development teams. He plans to support Tango’s leadership in helping retail and corporate organizations with their real estate, lease accounting, and facility management strategies. In his new role, Huseman is expected to manage global sales and business development activities, according to a statement.

Before coming to Tango, Huseman was senior vice president of global field sales, operations, and business development at EnterpriseDB. 

Clarus hires VP of sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

Chris Buck

Chris Buck has been named as the new vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa by Clarus, a glassboard manufacturer headquartered in Fort Worth.

Buck comes to Clarus from Steelcase where he was vice president of sales for the East Business Group and Government Solutions, according to a statement.

Buck has nearly two decades of experience in the office furniture industry and has developed multiple sales teams.

Founded in 2009, Clarus calls itself a pioneer of premium visual communication and collaboration systems and the largest glassboard manufacturer in the world.

Learfield IMG College names Gahagan to lead content, revenue, enterprise

Cole Gahagan

Cole Gahagan has been selected as president of Content, Revenue and Enterprise Solutions for Learfield IMG College, a Plano-based provider of content and commerce solutions in collegiate athletics, effective Jan. 6.

Currently, Gahagan is the chief commercial officer for Fanatics Inc. At Learfield, he is expected to report to Learfield IMG College president and CEO Greg Brown, according to a statement.

Before working at Fanatics, Gahagan was the chief revenue officer for Ticketmaster, and the senior vice president of business development and strategy for Live Nation.

Perot Museum selects Stenesen as chief development officer

Katherine Stenesen

Katherine Stenesen has been named chief development officer at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, effective Jan. 13.

Stenesen comes to the museum after working for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas since 2012, where she most recently served as its chief development officer, according to a statement.

Under Stenesen’s direction, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas saw growth in its major gifts and investments. Stenesen led the fundraising team to secure more than $60 million in annual commitments through corporate campaigns, corporate gifts, community giving, and major gifts, according to a statement.

Partnership With Native Americans chooses Arce as new president and CEO

Vice President

Joshua Arce

Joshua Arce will become the new president and chief executive officer of Addison-based Partnership With Native Americans, a nonprofit serving the needs of and supporting long-term solutions for Native Americans living in reservation communities.

Arce is expected to assume the post effective Jan. 6, according to a statement. The organization’s current president and CEO, Robbi Rice Dietrich, previously announced her retirement after seven years with the nonprofit.

Arce is a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and previously served on PWNA’s board of directors. He will now oversee operations for the Native-led and Native-serving nonprofit.

Pidgeon named president of home services by Goodman Networks

Daniel Pidgeon

Goodman Networks, a Frisco-based provider of installation services for electronics brands and retailers, has appointed Daniel Pidgeon as its president of home services, according to a statement.

The appointment of Pidgeon emphasizes Goodman’s commitment to diversifying and retaking its workforce to deliver tailored experiences for homes through installation platforms designed for their respective objectives and products, according to a statement.

Goodman Networks’ installation solution is designed to keep pace with the value of the globally recognized brands. 

Methodist Health makes Scoggin its permanent CEO

Jim Scoggin

Methodist Health System has named Jim Scoggin as its chief executive officer after he served as the company’s interim CEO since April, reports D CEO.

He succeeds Stephen Mansfield, who helmed the Dallas-based health system for 13 years.

Scoggin brings 34 years of healthcare experience to the role, including several years as president of the Hospital Corporation of America’s North Texas Division, reports D CEO. 

Avocados From Mexico hires Spirito to top culinary and foodservice post

David Spirito

Irving-based Avocados From Mexico announced that David Spirito is its new senior director of culinary and foodservice. 

He will be responsible for guiding the strategy and execution of the organization’s foodservice department, which operates the Avocados From Mexico Culinary Center and oversees AFM’s foodservice operations such as TACOS Por fAVOr at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium and AvoEats at American Airlines Center in Dallas, according to a statement.

Spirito brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry—most recently as senior director of global food and beverage innovation for Plano-based TGI Fridays. 

Venture Metals appoints Ramirez as EVP and CFO

Michael Ramirez

Michael “Mike” Ramirez has been appointed as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Dallas-based Venture Metals International, a provider of recycling solutions for the industrials, manufacturing, energy, and metals sectors.

He is expected to report to CEO Mike Uhrick, according to a statement. Venture Metals is a portfolio company of Mill Rock Capital. 

Ramirez will be responsible for financial planning, financial operations, accounting, risk management, and information technology, as well as for integrating the financial functions of Venture Metals and Versatile Processing Group, which Venture Metals acquired in partnership with Mill Rock Capital earlier this year.

Tuesday Morning names Metcalf as acting chief merchant

Paul Metcalf will assume the role of acting chief merchant at Dallas-headquartered Tuesday Morning Corp., effective immediately, according to a statement.

Metcalf has been working with Tuesday Morning as a part-time consultant since April. The transition is expected to formalize Metcalf’s role within the company. Metcalf will continue to be the owner and principal of BEL Retail/Wholesale Advisors while serving in this position for Tuesday Morning, according to a statement. 

Tuesday Morning is an off-price retailer specializing in products for the home, including home textiles, home furnishings, housewares, food, toys, and seasonal décor. It operates more than 700 stores in 39 states.  

United Way announces new board members 

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has welcomed new members to its 2019-2020 board of directors and to the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas Board.  

New members include top-level executives from Comerica Bank, KPMG, PepsiCo, the PGA of America, and Vistra Energy, according to a statement.

New United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board of Directors members include: 

  • Darrell Crall, chief operating officer of the PGA of America, who directs the day-to-day operations at PGA headquarters and oversees the PGA’s organizational growth, strategic plan, performance goal, and annual budget execution as the organization is relocating to North Texas.
  • Scott Hudson, president of the retail business at Vistra Energy, including president of TXU Energy, who has also served as the company’s chief operating officer with responsibility for sales, marketing, product development, operations, and business technology organizations.
  • Peter Sefzik, executive director of the Business Bank at Comerica Bank, who is responsible for all lines of business in the Business Bank segment of Comerica.
  • Steven Williams, CEO of PepsiCo Foods North America, leading the $18 billion snack and convenient foods business including Frito-Lay North America and Quaker Foods North America.

The new United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas board member is Stacy Nahas, the audit business unit partner in charge at KPMG Dallas.

Parks for Downtown Dallas promotes Meadows to CEO

Vice President

Amy Meadows

Amy Meadows has been promoted to CEO of Parks for Downtown Dallas by its trustees, D CEO reports.

Parks for Downtown Dallas is a privately operating foundation focused on the development of four priority parks. Previously, Meadows served as president of the foundation.

“The trustees are extremely grateful for the steady, effective and aspirational leadership Amy has provided over the past four years,” Chairman Robert W. Decherd told D CEO. “With the highly-successful development of Pacific Plaza, opened to the public on Oct. 14, Amy and the Parks for Downtown Dallas team have demonstrated how a public-private partnership can operate at the highest level.”

Decherd noted that under Meadows’ direction, the organization is on its way to delivering four “extraordinary urban neighborhood parks for the citizens of Dallas” by the end of 2022.

Uhl joins Sandler Law Group as partner

Vice President

Regina Uhl

Regina M. Uhl, a real estate attorney and regulatory expert in Texas document preparation, has joined the Sandler Law Group as a partner.

Uhl is licensed as an attorney in Texas, Kentucky, and Illinois and is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for her expertise in the area of residential real estate law, according to a statement.

Sandler Law Group works to deploy technology and services to enable mortgage lenders to generate fully compliant and cost-efficient loan closings. 

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