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Case Summary: September 7, 2022 | Local

Eastman grants scholarships to East Texas students

Eastman Chemical Co., which operates in Longview and Tyler, awarded $48,000 in scholarships to 24 East Texas high school students. Fellowships pay $1,000 per semester for up to two semesters, with additional fellowships and internships available.

The following area seniors are the 2022 recipients of the Eastman Chemical Co. Scholarship: Justin Oliphant and Mason Mosier of Beckville High School; Raul Rebollar from Central High School; Taylor Nealy of Gilmer High School; Lindsey Robertson and Logan Bohanon of Gladewater High School; Dina Asencio, Dalen Lansdale and Conner Smith of Hallsville High School; Blake Blassingame of Harleton High School; Heath LaFleur from Kilgore Secondary School; Michael Dennis of Chapel High School in Leverett; Jordan Weeks of New Diana High School; Jayden Lanier of Pine Tree High School; Oscar Gonzalez and Brent Roberts of Sabine High School; Easton Ballard and Jared Hill of Spring Hill High School; Dewy Nelms of Saint Mary’s Secondary School, Devin Hawkins and Jose Mata of Tatum Secondary School; Andrew Topp of Union Hill High School; Tanner Riley of West Rusk High School; and Cade Carter of White Oak High School.

Each year, Eastman Chemical Co. in Longview offers a scholarship to local high schools for a qualified graduate who chooses to pursue an associate’s degree in the field of process technology, industrial maintenance, instrumentation or welding at one of Eastman’s partner colleges. The scholarship award process is used to educate students about career paths and validated degree programs available at local community colleges. The company’s goal is to help provide students in the region with the education and skills needed in hopes of developing a more diverse, productive and skilled workforce.

The first Eastman Scholarship Day was held on June 11 at the Learning Services Training Center in Longview. The day was designed to help Eastman Scholars succeed by providing them with resources and contacts they can use over the next two years. Seventy-five people attended, including scholars and their parents, instructors and admissions representatives from the college programs they plan to attend, Texas Workforce Solutions, members of the Eastman High School partnership team, and Eastman resource group leaders.

ABC Supply promotes Longview manager

Beloit, Wis.-based ABC Supply Co. Inc., the nation’s largest wholesale distributor of roofing, siding and other exterior and interior building products, recently promoted Thomas Pigg to its location manager at 1006 W. Cotton St. in Longview, partner-managed.

To be selected as managing partner, Pigg met rigorous requirements for associate development, customer satisfaction, branch performance, safety compliance and excellence in overall business practices. .

“Thomas exemplifies all the qualities we look for in our leaders,” said Mike Jost, COO of ABC Supply. “We are pleased to recognize his hard work, leadership and commitment to his team and clients.”

Pigg started at Bradco Supply in 2005 and joined the ABC Supply team in 2010 upon acquisition of the business. Initially associated with inside sales, Pigg was promoted to branch manager in Jackson, Mississippi in 2013. In December 2013, Pigg moved to his current branch in Longview and was named manager.

As Managing Partner, Pigg continues to oversee the Longview site and will participate in ABC Supply’s National Advisory Board, which advises senior management on a wide range of topics that help shape future strategic business initiatives.

New Vice President for Texas Bank and Trust

Elizabeth Hutcheson joined the staff of Texas Bank and Trust Co. as vice president, head of wealth and trust, within the bank’s wealth management division at Longview and Tyler.

Hutcheson was most recently Assistant Vice President, Head of Wealth Management and Trusts, at Southside Bank in Tyler. She studied Business Management at the University of Texas at Tyler and graduated from Tyler Leadership, Class 34. Hutcheson volunteers for Christian Women’s Job Corp, Smith County Children’s Advocacy Center’s Bling-o fundraiser and Hospice of East Texas’ Hope Blooms fundraiser. She is also a member of the Andy Woods Elementary PTA.

TxDOT appoints new director in Atlanta

The Texas Department of Transportation has named Katie Martin, a professional engineer, the new director of transportation planning and development for the District of Atlanta.

In his new position, Martin will lead the coordination of district-wide project planning and oversee advanced project development and public engagement.

Martin started with TxDOT in 2001 as a design technician. She has been an advanced planning engineer since 2018. She graduated from Louisiana State University and received her professional engineering license in 2010.

She and her 21-year-old husband have two sons and reside in Atlanta.

Martin replaces Deanne Simmons, who has accepted a position based in Austin.

New title of physiotherapist

Longview resident Kevin Johns has been awarded the professional designation of Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Johns was already a physical therapist, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy, Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, and Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer.

Johns specializes in the identification and rehabilitation of various nonoperative and postoperative orthopedic conditions. He has a particular interest in the use of orthopedic manual therapy treatment techniques. With a background in athletic training, he is interested in the safe return to sport for athletes recovering from injury.

“Becoming a Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy demonstrates a commitment to learning and pursuing the highest level of skill with which to best serve my patients,” Johns said.

Johns graduated in 1990 from Texas Woman’s University at Denton, with a Master of Science degree in physical therapy. In May 2019, he graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock with a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy. Johns is a physical therapist at the Christus Good Shepherd Institute of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation Services. This fall semester, he will also be an Adjunct Professor in Kilgore College’s Physiotherapy Assistant program.

Eastman Chemical Co. recognized

Eastman Chemical Co., with facilities in Longview and Tyler, won two Brandon Hall Group Gold Awards for Excellence in the categories of Best Unconscious Bias Award Learning Program and Learning Program Supporting Business Strategy transformation of change.

The two winning entries were for Eastman’s inclusive leadership training program and its life cycle assessment training.

Entries were evaluated by a panel of veterans, senior independent industry experts, analysts and Brandon Hall Group executives based on these criteria: fit for purpose, program design, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

“Receiving two gold medals at the 2022 Brandon Hall HCM Excellence Awards is something all of our Eastman team members should be proud of,” said Perry Stuckey, Eastman senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “This means we develop and evolve our training programs to become the best of the best, which translates into better results for those who take the training and for Eastman as a company.”

Excellence Award winners are to be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, January 31-February 31. 2. Selected winners will also serve as presenters in breakout sessions, sharing their best practices during the conference.