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Business Digest: September 7, 2022 | Local

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Eastman Award Scholarship

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

The following Area Seniors are 2022 recipients of the Eastman Chemical Company Scholarship. Justin Olyphant and Mason Mosier at Becville High School. Center High School’s Raul Levora. Taylor Neely of Gilmer High School. Lindsey Robertson and Logan Bohannon of Gladewater High School. Hallsville High School’s Dina Asensio, Darren Lansdale, and Connor Smith. Harleton High School’s Blake Brushin’ Game. Heath Ruffler at Kilgore High School. Michael Dennis of Chapel High School in Leverett. Jordan Week at New Diana High School. Jaden Lanier at Pinetree High School. Oscar Gonzalez and Brent Roberts of Sabine High School. Easton Ballard and Jared Hill of Spring Hill High School. Dewey Nelms of St. Mary’s High School, Devin Hawkins and Jose Mata of Tatum High School. Union Hill High School Andrew Top. Tanner Riley of West Rusk High School. Cade Carter of White Oak High School.

Each year, Eastman Chemical Company (Longview) invites qualified students from their local high school who choose to pursue an associate’s degree in process technology, industrial maintenance, instrumentation or welding at one of Eastman’s partner colleges. We are offering scholarships to some graduates. The scholarship award process is used to educate students about career paths and available degree programs available at local community colleges. The company’s goal is to provide local students with the education and skills they need to develop a more diverse, productive and talented workforce.

The first scholarship day at Eastman was on June 11th at the Learning Services Training Center in Longview. The day was intended to prepare Eastman Scholarship recipients for success by providing resources and contacts they can use for years to come.Scholarship recipients and their parents, to attend 75 people attended, including instructors and admissions officers from college programs, Texas Workforce Solutions, Eastman High School Partnership Team members, and Eastman Resource Group leaders.

ABC Supply Promotes Manager

ABC Supply Co. Inc., based in Beloit, Wisconsin, is one of the nation’s largest wholesalers of roofing, siding, and other exterior and interior building products, and recently expanded its operations at 1006 W. Cotton St., Longview. promoted Thomas Pigg, manager of the company, to management. Partner.

To be selected as a managing partner, Pigg met stringent requirements for employee development, customer satisfaction, branch performance, safety compliance, and excellence across business practices.

ABC Supply Chief Operating Officer Mike Jost said: “We are delighted to recognize his hard work, leadership and commitment to his team and customers.”

Pigg joined Bradco Supply in 2005 and joined the ABC Supply team in 2010 when the company was acquired. Initially an in-house sales representative, Pig was promoted to branch manager in Jackson, Mississippi in 2013. In December 2013, Pig moved to the current Longview branch and was appointed Manager.

As Managing Partner, Pig will continue to oversee the Longview location and participate on ABC Supply’s National Advisory Board. This committee advises senior management on a wide range of topics to help shape future strategic business initiatives.

New Vice President of TB&T

Elizabeth Hutchison

Elizabeth Hutchison has joined the staff as Vice President and Wealth and Trust Officer of Wealth Management in Longview and Tyler, Texas Bank and Trust.

Most recently, Hutcheson served as Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management and Trust Officer at Tyler’s Southside Bank. She studied business administration at the University of Texas at Tyler and is a graduate of her Tyler class 34 in leadership. Hutcheson has volunteered for the Christian Women’s Job Corp, the Children’s Advocacy Center at the She Bling-o fundraiser in Smith County, and the Hospice Blooms fundraiser in East Texas. She is also a member of her PTA at Andy Woods Elementary School.

TxDOT Names New Atlanta Manager


Katie Martin

The Texas Department of Transportation has appointed professional engineer Katie Martin as the new transportation planning and development director for the Atlanta area.

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

Martin joined TxDOT in 2001 as a design engineer. Since 2018 he has been a pre-planning engineer. He graduated from Louisiana State University and received his Professional Technician license in 2010.

She and her husband of 21 have two sons and live in Atlanta.

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

New title for physical therapist

Longview resident Kevin Johns was awarded the professional title of Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association’s American Physical Therapy Committee.

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 a variety of non-surgical and post-surgical orthopedic conditions. He has a particular interest in the use of therapeutic techniques in orthopedic manipulative therapy. With his training background in athletics, he is interested in helping athletes who are rehabilitating from injuries return to sport safely.

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

Johns graduated from Texas Women’s University in Denton in 1990 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. In May 2019, she graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock with her Doctor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Johns is a physical therapist in the Rehabilitation Services Division at the Christus Good Shepherd Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute. This fall semester, she will also serve as an Adjunct Professor in the Kilgore College Physiotherapist Assistant She Program.

Eastman acknowledged

Eastman Chemical Company, with facilities in Longview and Tyler, won two Gold Awards for Excellence from Brandon Hall Group for Best Learning Programs in Unconscious Bias and Learning Programs for Supporting Transformation.

Two winning entries were for Eastman’s Inclusive Leadership Training Program and its Life Cycle Assessment Training.

Entries are judged by a panel of veterans, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts, and executives on fit to needs, program design, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable It was evaluated on the basis of profit.

Perry Stuckey, Eastman Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, said: “This means we are growing and evolving our training program to be the best of the best, which translates into better outcomes for our trainees and for Eastman as a company.”

Excellence Award winners will be recognized at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, January 31-February 31. 2. Selected winners will also participate as breakout presenters and share key practices during the conference.