Features Region: Southwest

Jennifer Rote – TGI Fridays

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s been a change in the leadership at TGI Fridays, the casual dining chain transforming the brand and wanting its franchisees to share a common vision with headquarters. While most have been comfortable with the new approach, a few have opted to depart the chain and, at last count, the mothership has bought back five. […]

Chad Wiener – Tenet Healthcare

Est. reading time: 5 mins

If baseball, as its more philosophical followers say, is a metaphor for life, could officiating hockey be the same for practicing law? Given that few people have done both, it’s worth hearing Chad Wiener’s take. “All the traits I developed while officiating hockey have been applicable in my legal career,” says Tenet Healthcare’s new vice […]

Sarah Hurt – Jefferson Energy Companies

Est. reading time: 4 mins

They were already a fixture on the Neches River waterfront in Beaumont, Texas. The Jefferson Energy Cos. had six rail track loops connecting three interstate railroads, two docks, and storage for 2.9 million barrels of crude oil and refined products. In the past two years, the company, a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors, […]

Maria Garton – Signature Aviation

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The private aviation industry has soared for most of COVID-19, many adventurers opting for the convenience and cleanliness of privately owned or chartered jets rather than the delays and discomforts of commercial flights. Signature Aviation thinks the trend will continue, and it’s well positioned to take advantage; the now U.S.-based multinational had focused on becoming […]

Sherry Williams – Strategic Materials, Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Sherry Williams was hired at Strategic Materials Inc. in January 2021, she didn’t want to make sweeping changes that wouldn’t work for the company. But, with four titles to her name—chief legal officer, chief compliance officer, senior vice president of human resources and corporate secretary—she was ready to make an impact. “When you’re hired […]

Kent Christensen – Solo Brands

Est. reading time: 4 mins

If you ask Kent Christensen what’s cooking at Solo Brands, expect to hear about plenty of irons in the fire. Since joining the company in March 2021 as its first general counsel, Christensen has helped Solo Brands grow from making portable camp stoves and firepits to kayaks, paddleboards and men’s apparel. Oh, and he helped […]

Esther Grossman – Homeowners of America Insurance Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Not every law school student would think to hop up on a roof in the wake of a major storm. Then again, heights have not deterred Esther Grossman—especially if she’s hot on the scent of potential fraud. During her tenure as a senior claims representative with State Farm,  and while attending the University of Tulsa […]

Robert Anderson – Peoples Mortgage

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Robert Anderson remembers the day in 1970 when he moved into his  apartment on the campus of Arizona State University for his senior year. Along with his friends and roommates, Stan Morris and Steve Padilla, Anderson quickly embraced his unfettered freedom by spinning vinyl late into the night—Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” was a favorite—and ordering […]

John Stewart – Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It seemed like an ordinary assignment for crews at Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC. Trees outside a customer’s home were growing into the path of the wires and they needed to be trimmed back. Then, the crew discovered the homeowner perched in the tree to prevent trimming. She wasn’t budging. So, Vice President for Litigation […]

Ryan J. Kretschmer – Walton Global Holdings

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Georgia’s population is growing over 14 percent annually while its housing supply lags, so there’s ample opportunity for a company to thrive while making up the difference. First things first, that means acquiring the land on which to build, which Walton Global Holdings does. Then, it sells that real estate to homebuilders with which it […]

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