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Arteriors Finds New CEO, and Remington Hospitality Names New Chief Legal Officer

Plus: McKool Smith promotes six new principals, Firehouse appoints new group creative director, and more.
John Hart, Shazmah, Hakim, and Mandy Price


John Hart, CEO


John Hart takes over as CEO of Arteriors, a Dallas-based provider in luxury lighting, furniture, wall decor and accessories. Hart has spent 28 years in the luxury design realm including his time as the CEO at Luminaire which served as a decorated national design retailer of contemporary European furnishings. At Arteriors, Hart will look to elevate the operational and logistical means of the company that holds 70 factories located in 13 countries across three different continents.

Education: Northwest University (MBA) University of Oregon (BA)

Remington Hospitality

Shazmah Hakin, Chief Legal Officer


At Remington Hospitality, Shazmah Hakim will bring her more than 20 years of professional and legal experience to her new role as CLO. Hakim will not only be responsible for helping push the hotel management company into their next growth phase but will also oversee the entirety of the legal department. Hakim’s most recent stop was at Kingdom Hotels Limited in Dubai where she served as senior vice president and general counsel before a stint at Marriott International where she initially helped oversee all operating hotels in Africa, the Middle East, the UK, and Ireland. She will now manage the legal aspects with Remington and its 135 hotels in 27 states.

Education: George Washington University (JD)

Bank of America

Aoife Burke, Southwest Region Executive for Global Commercial Banking


Prior to joining Bank of America in 2014, Aoife Burke spent time at Allied Irish Banks and CIT Bank. She will now slide into the role of southwest region executive for global commercial banking. Burke’s will be in charge of a team that is responsible for delivering financial solutions that are integrated to public as well as private companies that have annual revenues between $50 million and $2 billion in the South and Midwest regions of the US. She also served on the Operating Committee of Power of 10, along with being the executive sponsor of the Tennessee Chapter of LEAD for Women, both of which work to support the advancement of women at the bank.

Education: University of Galway (BS)

Wedbush Securities

Rebecca Hern, Managing Director, Investments and Financial Consultants in Charge


Rebecca Hern is making a return to her native state of Texas by joining Wedbush Securities, which specializes in diversified independent financial services, as its’ managing director, investments and financial consultant in charge. She will be tasked with helping grow the Los Angeles-based company that employs almost 900 people across 100 offices. She comes over from Merrill Lynch in Lexington, Kentucky, where she served as assistant vice president of financial services for nearly four years. Prior to her time at Merrill Lynch, Hern worked as a private banker with WesBanco Bank and PNC Bank.

Education: Auburn University (BA)


Krista McCrimmon, Group Creative Director


Dallas-based advertising agency Firehouse has a new group creative director in Krista McCrimmon, adding to its’ roster of female executives at the company which was named as one of the best places to work by Ad Age in 2023. As for McCrimmon, she brings experience from multiple prior agencies, most notably including Johnson and Sekin and Recreation Dallas, serving as the as the creative director at both spots. At those two stops, McCrimmon’s clients included American Airlines, 7-Eleven, The Dallas Zoo, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, and more.

Education: University of North Texas (BFA)

McKool Smith

Eliza Beeney, Principal


Eliza Beeney is one of six attorneys at McKool Smith—a firm that employs 130 trial lawyers in offices located in Dallas, Austin, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C.—that has been promoted to principal to begin 2024. Beeney joined McKool Smith in 2020 as an associate after spending a year as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York, serving in civil and criminal matters. She also served as an associate at Davis Polk and Wardell.

Education: Cornell University (JD), Johns. Hopkins University (BS)

Matthew Cameron, Principal


Before spending the last eight years at McKool Smith as an associate, Matthew Cameron served as a research assistant for the University of Houston Law Center as well as a student representative for LexisNexis. He brings his experience in intellectual property litigation to the table in his new role as principal.

Education: University of Houston (JD), Georgia State University (MS)

Alexandra Easley, Principal


Alexandra Easley also makes the jump from associate to principal after six years with McKool Smith. Prior to her two stints with the firm as a summer associate and associate, Easley most notably served as a judicial intern in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas as well as a jury and trial consultant for Cathy E. Bennett and Associates where she helped examine case material in order to prepare attorneys for trials. In that role, Easley also conducted jury research, mock trials, and created post-verdict interviews and questionnaires.

Education: Southern Methodist University (JD)

Arvind Jairam, Principal


With over 20 years of experience in practicing law, Arvind Jairam specializes in patent law experience with a focus on patent infringement case in district courts, appeals at the Federal Circuit, and patentability trials at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. Jairam spent five years at Paul Hastings as a senior associate and an associate at Duane Morris for six years before that. At his earliest stop, he worked on the associate staff at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Education: Boston University (MS, BA), George Washington University (JD)

Jonathan Powers, Principal


Much like Jairam, Jonathan Powers also deals with patent litigation and complex commercial disputes, specifically in the technology sector with video compression, fiber optics, video coding, and wireless communications. Powers served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas prior to rejoining McKool Smith in 2021 where he was initially an associate for five years.

Education: Baylor University (BS) University of Chicago (JD)

Mitch Verboncoeur, Principal


Mitch Verboncoeur has spent the last six years at McKool Smith after joining the firm in 2017 as an associate attorney. Verboncoeur works with defendants and plaintiffs in federal circuit courts, federal district courts, and the Supreme Courts primarily in technology such as cellular technologies, cable television, and RF hardware.

Education: Yale University (JD) Rollins College (BA)

Board Appointments

Dallas Zoo

Mandy Price, Board of Directors


While continuing to serve as the co-founder and CEO of Kanarys, a technology company that provides organizations with DEI advising, Mandy Price will also work on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Zoo. Price also sits on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Regional Chamber as well as for the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. She also has led Mayor Eric Johnson’s Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a co-chair and has also been nationally recognized for her work in pushing forward DEI and belonging in companies based in Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as globally. In 2023, she was recognized by AfroTech’s Future 50 List as a Founder of the Year.

Education: Harvard (JD), University of Texas at Austin (BBA)


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