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Personnel Moves

Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison Departs

Plus, Communities Foundation of Texas veteran retires; AMN CEO to step down; and more.
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From left: Michael Skipworth, Wingstop; Charlie Morrison, Wingstop; Susan Salka, AMN Healthcare

Wingstop

Michael Skipworth, Chief Executive Officer

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Michael Skipworth

Succeeding former chairman and CEO Charlie Morrison, who recently announced his acceptance of a new post at Arizona-based Salad To Go, Michael Skipworth will take the lead of Dallas-based Wingstop. Skipworth joined Wingstop in 2014 and has since served in various leadership roles including EVP, CFO, and most recently president and COO. In 2015, Skipworth helped the brand IPO. Before joining Wingstop, he also served as senior vice president of finance and accounting at Cardinal Logistics Holdings for four years, and as senior manager at KPMG’s audit department for seven years.

Education: Midwestern State University


AMN Healthcare

Susan Salka, Retiring

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Susan Salka

AMN president and CEO Susan Salka will step down by year’s end after more than 32 years with the company. Salka joined AMN in 1990 and rose through positions including chief operating officer, chief financial officer, executive vice president, and vice president of business development. She was named president and a member of the board in 2003. She became CEO in 2005 when AMN posted revenue of $706 million. At the close of her leadership, AMN is delivering over $4 billion in annualized revenue.

Education: San Diego State University (MBA), Chadron State University (B.A.)


Communities Foundation of Texas

Beth Bull, Retired

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Beth Bull

Beth Bull is stepping down as senior vice president and chief financial officer after 14 years with the nonprofit. She was responsible for CFT’s budget and led finance, audit, and human resources, and more. Bull also led the nonprofit’s expansion, growth, performance and investment management strategies. Before she joined CFT in 2008, she served as vice president and treasurer of Texas Instruments for twenty-five years.

Education: Northwestern University (MBA), DePauw University (B.A.)

Jim Berry, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

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Jim Berry

Jim Berry will fill Beth Bulls’ previous position, managing CFT’s assets across more than 1,200 charitable funds and supporting operational planning and evaluation. He will also be responsible for financial reports, performance, direction and more. Before Berry joined CFT, he was the CFO at Harwood International, where he planned, managed, and controlled its finances. 

Education: University of Texas (MBA), Washington & Lee University (B.S.)


Altitude Trampoline Park

Amy Phillips, President

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Amy Phillips

Retaining her role as chief marketing officer, Amy Phillips has been promoted to co-lead the brand’s franchising phase as president. Phillips joined Altitude in 2020 as EVP and head of brand experience, becoming chief marketing officer in 2021. She previously co-founded then served as executive marketing consultant for Powerhouse Marketing for seven years, where she worked with brands including Walt Disney Company, Oncor, City of Dallas, and more.

Education: Texas A&M University (BBA)


ActivePure

Vincent Lyons, Chief Technology Officer

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Vincent Lyons

In his new role at air purification company ActivePure, Vincent Lyons will help direct strategies in innovation. Lyons previously served as senior engineering leader at Raytheon Technologies for four years, where he was responsible for managing the Texas and east coast operations for lateral test capabilities. Before joining Ratheon, Lyons also served as president and CEO of bottling equipment company National Instrument dba Filamatic.

Education: University of Phoenix (MBA), Stanford University (M.S.), Southern University (B.S.)


Remington Hotels

Robert King, Chief Accounting Officer

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Robert King

In his new role, Robert King will oversee hotel and corporate accounting. Since joining Remington Hotels in 2013, King has served as vice president and SVP of accounting. Prior to Remington, he served in numerous leadership roles at Hilton Worldwide, including vice president of finance for 11 years and director of finance for two years.

Education: University of Memphis (MBA, B.S.)

Keith Oltchick, Executive Vice President of Business Development

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Keith Oltchick

Prior to his promotion, Keith Oltchick served as senior vice president of acquisitions and development, where he was responsible for expanding Remington’s third-party management platform, acquisitions, and more. In his new role, he will focus primarily on growth with capital partners and mentoring the company’s business development team. Before Oltchick joined Remington, he served as senior vice president of business development at Pyramid Hotel Group for three years and VP of business development for ten years.

Education: University of Arizona (MBA, BSBA)

Zach Cunningham, Vice President of Analytics

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Zach Cunningham

Zach Cunningham will grow Remington’s business analytics team and manage third-party growth. Cunningham has been with Remington for more than eight years, where he has served as senior director of analytics and business intelligence for more than two years, and director of analytics for more than a year. In 2018, Cunningham’s team spearheaded the development of the company’s business intelligence platform, REMi.

Education: Millsaps College (MBA, BBA)

Laura Simmons, Vice President of Corporate Human Resources

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Laura Simmons

Laura Simmons joined Remington Hotels in 2011 as corporate HR director, a role she held for nine years before being promoted to senior director of corporate human resources. In her new role, Simmons will lead efforts across associate engagement, performance, development, and more. Prior to her career with Remington, she served as team manager and senior HR specialist for more than 12 years at Insperity.

Education: Stephen F. Austin State University (BBA)


Texas Capital Bank

Blair Oden, Executive Vice President of Commercial Real Estate

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Blair Oden

In his new role, Blair Oden will support Texas Capital’s bankers in commercial real estate. Prior to joining Texas Capital, Oden served as senior managing director of advisory and transaction services for CBRE, where he oversaw occupier service offerings and worked on deals throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for eleven years.

Education: University of Arkansas (BSBA), University of Texas


MOOYAH Burgers

Sarah Beddoe, Vice President of Marketing

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Sarah Beddoe

Sarah Beddoe will help lead MOOYAH’s marketing and franchising opportunities nationwide. Beddoe previously served as chief brand officer of Main Event Entertainment for two years, as well as vice president of marketing for Pizza Hut prior.

Education: Texas A&M University (BBA)


NELSON Worldwide

Blaik Ritchie, Vice President and Mixed-Used Business Leader

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Blaik Ritchie

As VP, Blaik Ritchie will lead the Minneapolis-based architecture firm firm’s mixed-use team’s growth and operations from its Dallas office. Ritchie will also work across sectors, including retail, hospitality, residential, and more to better position the company’s teams worldwide. Prior to joining NELSON, Ritchie served as principal at Huckabee for three years and as director of operations at THA Architects for five years.

Education: Texas Tech University (B.Arch)


THREE

Sarah Bay, Director of Interior Design

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Sarah Bay

Sarah Bay will manage interior workplace projects and lead business development within the corporate sector at THREE Architecture. Prior to joining THREE, Bay was an interior designer at REES, an architecture firm, for over two years. In her new role, Bay will lead the expansion of the firm’s innovation, vision, and activity into interior design for commercial workplaces.

Education: Colorado Technical University (MBA), University of Texas (BFA)


Hilton Anatole

Bruce Roy, General Manager

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Bruce Roy

Bruce Roy will lead all aspects of the Hilton Anatole property, including overseeing 600,000 square-feet meeting space, 1,606 rooms, SER steakhouse, and more. Roy served as general manager of the Hilton Boston Logan Airport for four years, where he oversaw a multi-million-dollar guestroom renovation. Roy also served as general manager at HEI Hotels & Resorts for three years.

Education: Johnson State College (B.A.)


Premier

Gail Cavanagh, Project Architect

Gail Cavanagh will spearhead projects in Premier’s portfolio and manage the firm’s hospitality, multifamily, and student housing projects. Previously, Cavanagh was a senior project architect for Illinois-based Sarfatty Associates, where she was responsible for writing proposals, billing and invoices, and project management for more than five years.

Education: Boston Architectural College (B.Arch)


Coldwell Banker

Shirin Askari, Realtor

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Shirin Askari

Shirin Askari was a leading contestant on season six of Project Runway, a fashion reality show on Bravo network. Askari has previously been a licensed realtor and designer of Ebby Halliday, Realtors for over a year, as well as the designer of Askari Collection, a contemporary womenswear for five years. Now, she will leverage her interior design experience as a realtor at Coldwell.

Education: University of North Texas (BFA, AA)


The Retail Connection 

Shantelle Lilly, Senior Property Accountant

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Shantelle Lilly

Shantelle Lilly has been with The Retail Connection for more than two years. After her promotion, she will continue to assist various account’s property accounting. Prior to joining TRC, Lilly served as corporate accountant for Streetlane, where she was responsible for maintaining employee credit lines with JP Morgan Chase and communicating with the banking institute.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Camden Homes

Ted Zadeh, Founding Member

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Ted Zadeh

One of the founders of the homebuilding company, Ted Zadeh has owned and managed more than 2,000 multifamily units throughout the DFW metroplex for more than 35 years. Zadeh has also helped develop one million square-feet of commercial space, including Univision in Downtown Dallas, a 26-story telecom hotel. Zadeh currently serves as principal of CH, where he is co-CEO.

Education: University of North Texas (M.A.), University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A.)

Simmie Cooper, Founding Member

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Simmie Cooper

Simmie Cooper co-founded Camden Homes and Casa Modernas, where he has built more than 5,000 homes throughout North Texas and Houston. Cooper also established Cooper Homes in 1990, birthing the popular “Mediterranean-style Stucco home” in DFW.

Education: University of Southern California (BBA)

Roger A. Cregg, Advisory Board Member

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Roger Cregg

Roger Cregg previously served as president and CEO of AV Homes for nearly six years. Cregg has also been the audit committee chair of the board of directors of Comerica since 2006 and a member of the Enterprise and Risk Management and Qualified Legal Compliance Committees.

Education: Northwestern University (MBA, B.A.)

Steven G. Brenner, Advisory Board Member

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Steven G. Brenner

Steven Brenner currently serves as the senior vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co, where he has led the financial services firm for the past 36 years. Brenner has also served on various boards including the board of Equity Bank, now known as Triumph Bancorp, in Dallas.

Education: Brooklyn College (B.S.)


The Real Estate Council Community Investors

John C. Adolph, Shareholder

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John Adolph

John Adolph has been a member of TREC since 2016 and the Real Estate Development & Investments Practice Group at Winstead PC since 2018. Prior to becoming a shareholder at Winstead, Adolph was a partner at Wick Phillips for more than two years.

Education: SMU Dedman Law (J.D.), University of Texas (B.A.)

Matt Bryarly, Treasurer

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Matt Bryarly

Matt Bryarly serves as an audit partner at KPMG, where he leads public and private REITs, real estate investment funds, and companies. Bryarly also served as audit senior manager for ten years at KPMG, as well as an audit manager for two years.

Education: Texas McCombs (MPA, BBA)

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