Business Digest: July 18, 2021 | Local


Citizens Bank of Kilgore appoints new officers and retires

Sammy York, current CEO of Citizens Bank of Kilgore, is retiring at the end of 2021, after a 49-year career in the banking industry. York has been with the bank since August 2004. He will retain the title of Managing Director.

Kenneth Plunk, executive vice president and chief loan officer, has announced that he will be retiring from the bank at the end of August. Plunk has been in the banking industry for 45 years and started at Citizens Bank in July 1990.

Roland Velvin has been hired as the new president and chief operating officer. He will add the title of CEO on January 22 when he retires from York.

“I am delighted to join the Citizens Bank team and look forward to continuing the great work Sammy has implemented and accomplished during his tenure at the bank,” said Velvin.

He comes to Citizens from First Lockhart National Bank where he has been President and CEO since 2008. While at Lockhart, the bank, which had a location prior to his arrival, opened three new branches. Prior to coming to First Lockhart National Bank, Roland worked for City National Bank in Kilgore from 1991 to 2008, where he was President and CEO when the bank was sold to Austin Bank.

Velvin graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma.

To succeed Plunk, the Citizens Board of Directors has selected John Mills as the new Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer. He joined Citizens after a 20-year career with Spirit of Texas Bank in Tyler, formerly Citizens State Bank. Mills most recently served as Regional President and was responsible for lending activities for seven sites in East Texas. Previously, he had spent time with First Federal and Regions Bank, both in Tyler.

Mills graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Marketing / Management.

Ishihara obtains a certification in elder law

Ross & Shoalmire attorney, Kristen Ishihara of Longview, has been certified as an Elder Lawyer by the National Elder Law Foundation. Ishihara joins 28 attorneys in the state of Texas who hold this level of expertise.

The objective of the certification program is to identify lawyers who have the knowledge, skills, experience and enhanced skills to be properly identified to the public as certified lawyers in elder law. To receive the designation, a lawyer must have practiced for five years with an emphasis on special needs and the law of the elderly; demonstrate “substantial involvement” in special needs and elder law practice; pass a one-day written exam with a success rate of less than 50%; and undergo peer and colleague review.

As estate planning and elder law attorneys, Ross & Shoalmire specializes in assisting clients with asset protection, medical planning, special needs trust planning, assistance and VA assistance, trusteeship, powers of attorney, trusts, wills and probate.

East Texas Law Firm Recognized in Global Legal Guide

Global Legal Guide, IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2021 recognized East Texas law firm Ward, Smith & Hill for their successful litigation.

Firm partners Johnny Ward, Wesley Hill and Chad Everingham were also honored for their work in the area of ​​patent litigation.

Described by the International Law Guide as “a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern District of Texas,” the firm is “feared by many of the leading patent litigation firms in the United States.”

The guide praised the work of former Eastern District Magistrate Judge Chad Everingham for his “unique insight into what works and what doesn’t in this patent litigation hotspot.”

The selections for the IAM Patent 1000 guide are based on a process that includes interviews with lawyers and in-house legal advisers to identify potential companies and individual award winners. The guide is distributed by the intellectual property management magazine IAM (Intellectual Asset Management).

Recent successes for Ward, Smith & Hill include serving as local advisor on a test team that won a $ 502.8 million patent infringement victory over tech giant Apple for infringing VirnetX patents. .

The company also helped secure a $ 62.7 million price tag for Ireland-based Solas OLED based on a finding that Samsung Display Co. deliberately infringed on-screen display patents on Samsung phones. Galaxy.

UT Tyler-Longview SBDC sponsors HUBZone events

UT’s Tyler-Longview Small Business Development Center will sponsor a free online SBA HUBZone, Texas HUB and certification workshop for minority and disadvantaged small business owners at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Separate in-person events are also scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Longview and Marshall.

HUBs are historically underutilized businesses that are certified as being in a federally designated HUBZone. Small businesses can also qualify under the statewide HUB program. Certifications are also available for businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans.

The Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that achieve HUBZone certification in part by having an office and employing staff who live in a HUBZone.

Both live certification events take place Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Jodac Office Outfitters, 2402 Mobberly Ave. in Longview, and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Marshall at the George Washington Carver Community Center, 2302 Holland St. Both events are free, open to all small business owners, and do not require an appointment.

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