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UNT Health Science Center Welcomes First College of Nursing Dean

Plus: Two restaurant brands announce new C-Suite leaders; NorthPark jeweler names new president; and more.
From left: Corey Horsch, Salad and Go; Bryan McVay, Milkshake Concepts; Cynthia Weston, UNTHSC

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Cynthia Weston, Dean, College of Nursing

Cynthia Weston

In her new role as the founding dean of UNTHSC’s college of nursing, Weston will lead strategic planning, as well as recruitment of personnel and development of partnerships for the college. She and other HSC leaders will continue the work underway to engage with regional stakeholders via listening sessions to better understand regional workforce opportunities and needs. This will help the college determine which undergraduate and graduate degrees to offer upon the launch of its first term in fall 2024. Weston previously served as associate dean for clinical and outreach affairs and associate professor at the Texas A&M School of Nursing. She has been a co-recipient of more than $20 million in funding for research across nurse-managed care delivery models, simulation, integrated behavioral healthcare models, and health outcomes in vulnerable populations.

EDUCATION: The University of Texas Health at San Antonio (DNP), The University of Texas Health Houston (MSN), The University of Texas Medical Branch (BSN)

Eiseman Jewels NorthPark Center

Taylor Frank, President

Taylor Frank

In Taylor Frank’s new role as president, he will oversee Eiseman’s day-to-day operations, as well as company culture. Frank, who joined the company in 2018 as managing director, is only the fourth president of Eiseman Jewels in its 60 years and the second individual outside of the Eiseman family to hold a leadership role. Prior to joining Eiseman in Dallas’ NorthPark Center, Frank held various leadership roles at jewelry giant Tiffany & Co over 12 years. Most recently, he served as store manager of the brand’s second-highest volume store in Texas, overseeing an annual sales plan in the eight figures.

EDUCATION: Southern Methodist University (MBA), Brigham Young University (BBA)

Salad and Go

Corey Horsch, Chief Financial Officer

Corey Horsch

Corey Horsch joins Salad and Go from Gordon Ramsay North America, where he has served as chief financial officer for four years. Prior to that, he was the CFO and treasurer at Sonic Drive-In, leading the publicly traded company for more than three years and positioning Sonic for its sale to Roark Capital in 2019. In his new role, Horsch will help Salad and Go reach its goal to expand to 135 locations nationwide by the end of the year. Led by CEO Charlie Morrison, the brand recently opened its 100th location.

EDUCATION: The University of Texas at Austin (MBA), Texas Christian University (BBA)

Milkshake Concepts

Bryan McVay, Chief Financial Officer

Bryan McVay

Bryan McVay joins Milkshake Concepts after 10 years of work at Front Burner Restaurants, where he rose to vice president of finance and worked with brands including Velvet Taco, Mexican Sugar, Whiskey Cake, Sixty Vines, and many more. Prior to that, he was senior director of finance and accounting for Twin Peaks Restaurants for seven years. In his new role, McVay will oversee financial aspects of Milkshake’s portfolio, as well as lead financial strategy across its brands. He will ensure that each restaurant concept is efficiently tracking cashflow, optimizing financial planning, analyzing strengths and weaknesses, and proposing improvements. Milkshake Concepts currently operates eight brands, including The Finch, Vidorra and Harper’s, across 11 locations and expects to have a total of 23 venues open by the end of 2024.

EDUCATION: Robert Morris University (BSBA)

Matt Smith, Chief Marketing Officer

Matt Smith

Matt Smith previously served chief marketing officer of The Madera Group, which included fast-casual brand Tocaya Organica and the fine-dining concept Toca Madera. Following Tocaya’s combination with Tender Greens, Smith joined Madera Group’s newly formed holding company, One Table Restaurant Brands, where he became chief marketing officer, overseeing marketing operations. Now, Smith will be responsible for marketing efforts across Milkshake Concepts’ portfolio. He will also facilitate growth, sales, and marketing strategies across its brands.

EDUCATION: Texas Tech University


Patrick Burke, Senior Vice President of Architecture

Patrick Burke

In his new role, Patrick Burke will help spur collaboration between Premier’s architecture and design teams. This will help all teams align on client needs. Before joining Premier, Burke served as vice president and principal at the Dallas office of Kansas-based BRR Architecture. Prior to that, he served as COO and principal at Dallas-based RHA Architects for four years, before it was acquired by BRR. He oversaw RHA’s new-builds, renovations, expansions, acquisitions, and special projects, while guiding project management teams to ensure quality and time management.

EDUCATION: Drury University (BArch)


Kelsey Vanderschoot

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Kelsey J. Vanderschoot came to Dallas by way of Napa, Los Angeles, and Madrid, Spain. A former teacher, she joined…