Price named to leadership role in Conference of Mayors

Mayor Betsy Price was named to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board during the group’s annual meeting.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

The Advisory Board functions in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee on all matters of policy and program.

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Burghdoff, Gunn named interim assistant city managers

City Manager David Cooke appointed two seasoned veterans of municipal government as interim assistant city managers, replacing longtime city employee Susan Alanis, who will become chief operating officer at Tarrant County College District in July.

Dana Burghdoff, a 20-year employee, will oversee the Planning & Development, Water, and Transportation & Public Works departments, as well as the city’s relationship with the Fort Worth Zoo, upcoming changes at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, and mass transit initiatives.

Burghdoff has previously worked as deputy director of the Planning & Development Department.

Kevin Gunn, who has worked for the city since December 2014, will oversee the Information Technology Services, Finance and Property Management departments. Gunn previously had been director of ITS and was serving on an interim basis as director of the Financial Management Services Department.

Burghdoff and Gunn join assistant city managers Jay Chapa, Fernando Costa and Valerie Washington.

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Zeno named City of Fort Worth CFO

Reginald (Reggie) Zeno has been named director of the Financial Management Services Department and CFO of the City of Fort Worth.

Zeno has been finance director for the City of Cincinnati since June 2010. He was finance director for the City of New Orleans from 2002-2010 and held chief of staff and budget director positions for Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana from 2000-2002. He also worked for the New Orleans Public Schools from 1980-2000 in several positions, including interim chief financial officer for several years.

Zeno is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, where he serves as a reviewer for the Distinguished Budget Award Program.

Zeno holds bachelor of science in business administration and master of business administration degrees from Tulane University.

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Sgt. Manny Ramirez named to 40 Under 40

The Fort Worth Business Press named Manny Ramirez, a Fort Worth Police sergeant and Police Officers Association president, among the 2019 honorees of its 40 Under 40 Awards.

Ramirez, 31, was born and raised in Fort Worth. He has worked as a patrol officer, gang enforcement officer, hostage negotiator, robbery detective and sergeant. He has received multiple awards for lifesaving efforts and dedicated service. Most recently, he was awarded the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas 2018 Officer of the Year Award.

Ramirez is an alumni of W.E. Boswell High School, Tarleton State University and Texas Christian University. He is an Advisory Council member for the Salvation Army DFW.

The 40 Under 40 Awards honor young Fort Worth residents who are part of the next generation that will make Tarrant County a great place to live and work.

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TCC Trinity River President S. Sean Madison Named Presidential Fellow by Aspen Institute

Tarrant County College Trinity River President S. Sean Madison, Ed.D. is one of 40 educators recently named to the 2019-2020 class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for College Excellence. Beginning July 2019, Madison and his cohort of Aspen Presidential Fellows will participate in a 10-month leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success, both in college and in the labor market.

“Evidence shows that substantial improvements in student success are achieved

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Tarrant County College Student-Led Newspaper Named Best in Texas

Tarrant County College’s student-run newspaper, The Collegian, was named University and College Newspaper of Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors at the organization’s 2019 convention held earlier month. TCC eclipsed numerous four-year schools including Lamar University, Baylor University, Texas Tech University and Texas State University to take top honors.

The Collegian won the University and College Category in the statewide competition that recognizes excellence in journalism. Each year, TAPME joins the Headliners Foundation of Texas to recognize outstanding journalism

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TEXRail named project of the year

Trinity Metro’s new commuter rail line, TEXRail, was honored as 2018 Project of the Year by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association.

The RHCA Pillar Award was awarded to Trinity Metro and Archer Western Herzog, a joint venture company formed to lead project management for the construction of TEXRail.

Winners were chosen based on many factors, including leadership diversity and inclusion, community involvement and awards and recognitions. The TEXRail project launched with an established goal of 30 percent M/WBE participation. At the end of the project, the M/WBE participation was 36 percent.

Trinity Metro is the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

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Councilmember Jungus Jordan named Community Builder of the Year

Tabernacle Masonic Lodge of Woodway will honor Fort Worth City Councilmember Jungus Jordan (District 6) as Community Builder of the Year on March 1.

“Our decision to recognize Councilman Jordan with this year’s Community Builder Award was based on the totality of his service. To name everything he has done, in our opinion, would fill pages,” said Steve Kaneaster, past master of Tabernacle Masonic Lodge No. 1195. “His years of serving our great country as a member of the U.S. Air Force, his service to the citizens of Fort Worth and District 6 and the volunteer and philanthropic work he has performed encompasses those ideals of Masonry. But more than that, for all the service contributions he has made and for all that he will do, Jungus is considered a good friend to all he serves.”

In 1991, the Grand Lodge of Texas adopted a resolution to create the Community Builder Award. The award recognizes non-Masons who have distinguished themselves through service to their community, to local, state or national government, to their church or synagogue or to humanity. Although recipients are not Masons, the individuals represent the precepts, ideals and standards that have been established for Masonic behavior.

In the past, Tabernacle Masonic Lodge has recognized Mayor Bob Bolen; Buddy Calzada with Fort Worth Metro and now a Fort Worth police officer; Gary Randle with HOPE Farm; and FWPD Officer Travis Chromaster, among others.

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Amy Shelley Named City Secretary

The Southlake City Council has named former Deputy City Secretary Amy Shelley, as City Secretary

Shelley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and HR management from Concordia University in May of 2010. She received her Texas Registered Municipal Clerks Certification in January of 2013.

Shelley has more than 15 years of experience working for city governments in various positions. She started her municipal career in 2003 as a permit clerk for the City of Westworth Village.

She then served more than ten years with the City of Colleyville as Planning and Zoning Assistant, Community Development Coordinator, and then as City Secretary.

Since receiving her municipal clerk designation, Amy has served in several leadership positions with the North Texas Municipal Clerks Association including Board Secretary, Historian, and Treasurer.

Shelley started her career with the City of Southlake in 2018 as the Deputy City Secretary. She worked alongside Carol Borges, who recently passed away after a brief illness.

In her capacity as City Secretary, she serves as the administrative support to the Mayor and City Council, coordinates municipal elections, prepares City Council agendas and packets, posts all City Council-appointed boards’ meeting agendas, maintains City records, and preserves the City’s legislative history.

 

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Legends Hall Named One of 2019’s Top Local Event Venues in Society Life Magazine

Readers of Society Life Magazine, the exclusive magazine of Northeast Tarrant County, have named Legends Hall one of the top three event venues in the area.

Legends Hall at The Marq recently celebrated its third anniversary as Southlake’s premier special event venue. Each year, the Legends Hall team has aspired to exceed guest expectations, going above and beyond to ensure each client’s event is run perfectly.

In the January 2019 issue of Society Life Magazine, Legends Hall was named one of the top three event venues as part of their annual “Tops in Tarrant” list. “Tops in Tarrant” is a web survey where members of the Northeast Tarrant County community vote for the 100 best local businesses across 34 carefully selected industries. We are thrilled to be recognized by our guests and clients as one of the best venues around!

To celebrate this recognition, we’d like to take a moment to share how Legends Hall has grown over the years and all the ways—both big and small—our team embodies world-class service each and every day. Since 2015, Legends Hall has hosted over 3,000 events, including over 50 weddings and countless birthdays, graduations, banquets and more. The beautiful Traditions Ballrooms have also been home to 10 community art events and performances by local institutions such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera and Southlake Swing Band.

Legends Hall has had an amazing first three years, and we owe it all to our wonderful clients, guests and staff. We feel blessed to find ourselves listed among the “Tops in Tarrant” and look forward to being the perfect place for life’s biggest moments for years to come.

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