Caviness Beef Packers will build a new $52 million facility near the 335 loop and S. Washington Street in Randall County. Estimated completion time for the factory is May of next year.

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents has approved the donation of five acres of land from Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF) to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Amarillo. According to a news release, the value of the land is $1.25 million and is located west of the current TTUHSC campus at 1400 S. Coulter.

The Lone Star Emmy Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized Panhandle PBS producers Hilary Hulsey (Director), Karen Welch, Nolyn Hill and Brian Frank with Regional Emmy Awards (Best Documentary, Topical Category) for work on the station’s series, Living While Black.

Jonathan R. Grammer announced that Brian Cebull has joined
U.S. Carbon Capture Solutions as Advisory Director of Reservoir Engineering. Cebull will continue to hold his position as President of Nance Resources. Cebull is a graduate of Stanford University and former Reservoir Engineer for SM Energy.

Rick Treon’s action thriller Divided States has been named a finalist in the 2021 Best Thriller Book Awards, according to award sponsor BestThrillers.com. The novel was released in June by publisher Black Rose.

Randall County Sheriff Christopher Forbis has been chosen to serve as a member of the State Child Fatality Review Team Committee, according to a release from the Randall County Sheriff’s Office.

FirstBank Southwest was named a recipient of the 2021 American Banker “Best Banks to Work For” award. The American Banker program is a survey competition to determine which banks are the nation’s best employers. The process is managed by Best Companies Group (BCG) and winners are published in American Banker magazine. 

The Texas Retailers Association presented The United Family with the “2021 Grocer of the Year” award at their annual Texas Retailers Forum event in Austin.

Scottco Mechanical Contractors won a BBB International Torch Award for Ethics. The torch awards recognize companies in North America dedicated to upholding ethical business standards and promoting trust in the workplace.

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Perry Gilmore, Ph.D., to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council. Gilmore is the Executive Director of the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Foundation and is a reserve deputy sheriff with the Randall County Sheriff’s Department.

 Coffee Memorial Blood Center announced that Brad Duggan will serve as Executive Director for the Amarillo Market. He is a graduate of West Texas A&M University. Duggan brings more than two decades of experience to his new position.

Gina Woodward was named interim director of the WT Enterprise Center. The center is conducting a search for a permanent executive director.

The Panhandle Down Syndrome Guild has endowed a new scholarship for students in speech therapy, occupational therapy and education who plan to remain in the Panhandle to work with people with special needs. A minimum of $1,000 will be awarded annually to one or more qualified students from WTAMU.

Andrew Boggs was named WTAMU Intern of the Year. He played a crucial role in ensuring that power and heat stayed on in the Panhandle during the historic February blizzard. As Intern of the Year, Boggs will receive a $1,000 scholarship provided by Phillips 66.

Leslie Hinojosa, a new social work instructor in WT’s Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, was awarded the 2021 Young Rising Star Award from Los Barrios de Amarillo. 

Underwood Law Firm announced four new associates. Erin Milliken graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in business. She then attended Texas A&M University School of Law and received her Juris Doctorate with concentrations in both Environmental Law and Water Law. Erin’s focus is Environmental Law, Oil and Gas, and Real Property Law. 

Gabrielle Bechyne focuses primarily on Employment Law and Public Education matters. At Texas Tech University School of Law, Gabrielle participated in the Civil Practice Clinic as a student attorney and served as a comment editor for Texas Tech Law’s award-winning Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal. She served on the Pro Bono Student Board of Directors and graduated cum laude. 

Jarod Russell earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from West Texas A&M University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from The University of Texas at Austin and graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law. His practice focuses primarily on School Law and Municipal Law.  

Jake Ware attended Texas Tech University, where he graduated from the Texas Tech Honors College with a degree in Honors Arts and Letters. He then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Prior to joining Underwood, Jake worked as a law clerk at the Office of General Counsel to the Board of Regents at the University of Oklahoma.

West Texas A&M University’s Department of Communication Disorders  has been ranked No. 8 in Texas by universities.com. SpeechPathology
GraduatePrograms.org gave the department an overall B+ for its graduate degree, citing cost and affordability, student achievement, praxis exam pass rate, on-time program completion rate, employment rate and more. 

Gina Woodward, regional director of America’s Small Business Development Center at WTAMU, was presented the Top Gun Award by The High Ground of Texas. The award recognizes members who continually represent the organization and the region in a positive light, going above and beyond the call of duty.

Curtis McGill and Josh Woods recently launched Vofspace. Headquartered in Amarillo, Vofspace is an innovative new site that combines virtual meeting space, appointment scheduling, billing and all other communications into a single dashboard. McGill is the co-founder of the Eggmazing egg decorator kit and a local businessman. Woods is a recent Texas Tech graduate who had a vision for Vofspace. 

BSA Health System acute care and ambulatory facilities have both earned 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified level 8 out of 10. The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively health care organizations apply core and advanced technologies into clinical and business programs to improve health in their communities. The hospital also received an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade by the Leapfrog Group for fall 2021.

 

Tyson Foods is expanding support to its Amarillo workers and their families by starting a pilot program to offer access to safe, reliable child care for its overnight shift workers at the company’s local beef production complex. The new program will offer free tuition to children of overnight workers through two local service providers, the Wesley Community Center and the Maverick Boys and Girls Club of Amarillo. 

The Cultural Foundation of the Texas Panhandle (CFTP) has announced a new Leadership Team under Executive Director, Andrew Hay. Buster Ratliff is the Director of Operations for CFTP. He supervises all day-to-day operations for PPHM and Texas. Heather Friemel will serve as the Assistant Director of CFTP. She is responsible for all administrative and financial functions for PPHM and Texas, and oversees the operations and marketing teams. Stephanie Price is the Director of Communications and Marketing. She directs and executes all advertising, PR and social media along with visitor experience for PPHM and Texas.

Rory Sheppard and ActionCOACH of West Texas announced that they were named the winner of 100% Client Advocacy Award at the ActionCOACH 2021 Regional Coach Conference. The award reflects outstanding performance as a certified business coaching firm and franchise partner. 

The Barrio Neighborhood Planning Committee (BNPC) board of directors announced that the City of Amarillo and the BNPC are the recipients of TXDOT Transportation Alternatives federal grants in the amount of $1,790,434. These funds will be used for the Barrio 10th Avenue Streetscape Project, from Garfield to Ross Street, for revitalization needs.

AC Student Media won 20 statewide media awards at the 2021 Texas Community College Journalism Association (TCCJA) virtual awards presentation on Nov. 5. The prizes include two first-place awards in magazine story package and magazine cover design; five second-place awards for column writing, headline writing, magazine story package, illustration and editorial cartoon; seven third-place awards for in-depth reporting, news photo, sports action photo, picture page, non-journalism story, magazine cover design and editorial cartoon; and five honorable mention nods for sports action photo, feature photo, editorial writing, non-journalism story and advertising. 

Lindsey Arbeiter has been promoted to Executive Vice President at the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. Arbeiter began her Chamber career in August 2012 in the Convention Sales Department of the Amarillo CVC (now CVB) before moving to the Membership Sales Director then Vice President. Christy Bigler has been promoted to Director of Finance/Database Administrator. Bigler handles all billing and receiving and oversees the thousands of records in the membership database.

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Upcoming Events

Amarillo

Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Fall Mega Market
Nov. 18
Fairfield/Four Points Downtown Amarillo
1911 I-40 East

Ag Appreciation Luncheon
Dec. 1, 11:45 a.m.
Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza

Chamber Annual Banquet & Business Excellence Awards 
Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza

Canyon

2021 Holiday Style Show
Nov. 2, 6 p.m.
Legacy Hall, WTAMU

Women in Business Breakfast
Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.
Guest Speaker is Jarah Mendoza

Panhandle Great 25 Nurses
Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m.
Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St.

Women in Business Breakfast
Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m.