DI People: The Riveter, GameStop, Topgolf, Smoothie King Announce Executive Moves

Also, you’ll find news from Civitas Senior Living, Nuvectra, EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, and Wilson Perumal in this roundup of executive and leadership moves by companies in North Texas.

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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The Riveter hires Rachel Chang as general manager of its Dallas location

Rachel Chang

Rachel Chang has been hired as general manager of The Riveter Dallas, the coworking and office space company built by women, for everyone.

“We’re excited that Rachel is joining The Riveter team. She’s tapped into the Dallas startup community and brings a fresh perspective as we launch The Riveter Dallas,” The Riveter’s founder and CEO, Amy Nelson, told Dallas Innovates via email.

The Seattle-based company focuses on women and their work, but is open to all genders. The North Texas location is expected to open in the middle of the year.

Chang is known in DFW entrepreneurial circles for her work in consulting and as a mentor at WeWork. Previously, she was a venture associate at Tech Wildcatters and was lead organizer for Startup Dallas Week. 

GameStop Corp. taps Sherman as new chief executive officer

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George Sherman

Grapevine-based GameStop Corp. has appointed George Sherman as its new chief executive officer and member of the board of directors.

Sherman’s appointment is effective April 15. He will succeed Shane Kim, who has been interim CEO since May 2018 and has been a director since 2011.  

Most recently, Sherman was CEO of Victra, the largest exclusive authorized retailer for Verizon Wireless products and services.

GameStop is one of the most-recognized brands in the video game retailing sector. It operates over 5,800 stores across 14 countries.

Topgolf names Fine as its chief people officer

Rebecca Fine

Dallas-based golf entertainment company Topgolf has hired Rebecca Fine as its chief people officer, with the aim of aligning its business and growth strategies with its people strategies.

Fine will report to CEO Dolf Berle. Topgolf said that Fine has more than 30 years of experience in human resources and operations, and before coming to Topgolf, she worked at Panera Bread as its chief people officer.

“Topgolf is a place where innovation and fun fuse together, changing the way people gather and play golf,” Fine said in a statement. “The company’s unique culture and dynamic leadership team are key elements to empowering every Associate to go above and beyond, creating moments that matter for everyone.”

Irving-based Smoothie King names Thomas Kim as CFO

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Thomas Kim

Irving-based Smoothie King has named Thomas Kim as its new chief financial officer.

He joins Smoothie Kings from YourCause, a Plano-based corporate social giving software technology company, where he was chief financial officer. 

”Not only are we growing, we are also transitioning into a health and wellness brand with our ongoing focus on the Clean Blends initiative, and Tom’s strong financial leadership will ensure we remain well-positioned to continue leading the smoothie category,” said CEO Wan Kim.

Civitas Senior Living appoints Powell as chief people officer

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Misti Powell

Misti Powell has been promoted to the new position of chief people officer by Fort Worth-based Civitas Senior Living.

Powell is a co-founder of Civitas and previously served as the company’s senior vice president of operations.

“The future of Civitas and the senior living industry as a whole is its people. Investing in them is not only the right thing to do—it’s one of the smartest business decisions we can make as a company,” Powell said in a statement. “My goal is to create and continue to innovate a positive environment of growth and passion for each and every employee of our company. A happy, dedicated workforce that understands the value they bring not only benefits the stability of our company but also, and more importantly, the residents we serve.”

Wilson Perumal appoints Elliotte as partner at the firm

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Hundley Elliotte

Dallas-based global management consulting firm Wilson Perumal & Co. announced that Hundley M. Elliotte has been appointed to partner.

Hundley will work closely with clients to help them align operating and growth strategies and to reduce business complexity, the firm said in a release. Previously, Hundley was a partner at George Group Consulting and was a senior partner in the Accenture Strategy practice.

Wells, Pitzer join EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants

JoBeth Wells

Stephanie Pitzer

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced that JoBeth Wells and Stephanie Pitzer have joined its property and casualty operations as Principals. The women will report to EPIC Managing Principal and Director of the Southwest Region KJ Wagner.

Both Wells and Pitzer are based in Dallas. They will be responsible for new business development and the design, placement, and management of property/casualty insurance programs, offering risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market and large clients.

Both women join EPIC from Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, brokerage, and solutions company.

Bihl appointed chairman of the board by Nuvectra

Anthony Bihl

Plano-based Nuvectra Corp., a neurostimulation medical device company, announced the appointment of Anthony P. Bihl III as chairman of the board of directors.

His appointment comes after Dr. Joseph A. Miller’s retirement from the board, effective immediately.

Also, Jane J. Song was appointed as an independent member of its board of directors and as a member of the board’s Governance and Nomination Committee.

Philanthropy Southwest names Fundaro as top executive

Tony Fundaro

Tony Fundaro is joining Dallas-based Philanthropy Southwest as its top executive. He will start his new role on April 1.

Philanthropy Southwest is an association of grantmakers that has hundreds of member organizations across the Southwestern U.S. 

Founded in 1949, Philanthropy Southwest’s goal is promote a thriving region through collaborative philanthropy and creating partnerships aimed at tackling some of the region’s top concerns. Fundaro has more than 20 years of leadership experience with foundations and nonprofits, including with Social Venture Partners. 


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