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Personnel Moves: Republic Title of Texas Hires New COO

Plus, GXA welcomes a new leader, Dallas City Homes promotes a president, and DLA Piper gains new partners.
Dr. Alicia Makaye, Chase Evans, and Jason Brown

Send your company’s personnel moves to online managing editor Bianca R. Montes at [email protected].

Republic Title of Texas

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Chase Evans

Chase Evans, Chief Operating Officer

Chase Evans has served as senior vice president of Republic Title of Texas since 2000. In his new role, Evans will provide company-wide leadership, team management, and vision as he oversees the implementation of Republic Title’s forward-focused strategies.

Education: Trinity University (BS)


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Alicia Makaye

Dr. Alicia Makaye, President and CEO

Dr. Alicia Makaye, who founded GXA with her husband in 2004, will continue to oversee all aspects of internal operations plus accounting, organizational development, and other business objectives for the company. Makaye is an Air Force veteran who holds a doctorate in public affairs and master’s and bachelor’s in human affairs.

Education: The University of Texas at Dallas (PhD), Troy State University (BS, MS)

Dallas City Homes

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Jason Brown

Jason Brown, President

Dallas-native Jason Brown previously served as treasurer role with DCH’s board of directors. In his role as the company’s third-ever president, Brown will focus on several housing and mixed-use developments that DCH has in the works.

Education: University of Texas at Austin (BA)

Megatel Capital Investment

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Ross Curtis

Ross Curtis, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations

Ross Curtis previously served as director of client relations and 1031 solutions at Capview Partners. Curtis has been active in the investment and financial planning industry since 1993, and his new role will have him supporting Megatel’s strategic growth initiatives.

Education: Baylor University (BA)

DLA Piper

Lyn Pruitt
Lyn Pruitt

Lyn Pruitt, Partner 

Lyn Pruitt joins DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice, having spent the past 20 years working on major product liability and other cases. Pruitt was previously at Mitchell Williams Selig Gates and has litigated more than 60 cases in her 20-year career.

Education: University of Arkansas-Little Rock (JD), Ouachita Baptist University (BS)

Adria Conklin, Partner

Adria Conklin will join DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice. She was previously a partner at Mitchell Williams Selig Gates and Woodyard.

Education: University of Houston (JD), University of Arkansas (BA)

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Mary Catherine Way

Mary Catherine Way, Partner

Mary Catherine Way will join DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice. Like Conklin, she was previously a partner at Mitchell Williams Selig Gates and Woodyard.

Education: University of Arkansas (JD), Union University (BS)

Brinker International

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Tammy Jones-Still

Tammy Jones-Still, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Tammy Jones-Still has been with Brinker International for 24 years, most recently serving as senior director. As vice president of diversity, equity & inclusion, Jones-Still will focus on strengthening the company’s D&I  strategies.

Cooksey Communications

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Karen Neal

Karen Neal, Vice President of Finance and Administration

Karen Neal joined Cooksey Communications in 2016 as a finance and administration manager to oversee the company’s accounting and financial matters, human resources initiatives, and administrative needs. Neal will continue with these duties in her new role as vice president of finance and administration.

Education: University of North Texas (BBA)

Solo Stove

Wilko Reinholz
Wilko Reinholz

Wilko Reinholz, Vice President of eCommerce

Wilko Reinholz will be responsible for all aspects of the Solo Stove website, including digital marketing and business intelligence in his new role. Prior to joining Solo Stove, Reinholz worked in senior eCommerce roles with Adidas and Tommy Johns.

Education: TH Köln (MSc), Hochschule Weserbergland (BA)

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