Hayes appointed to Appraisal Management Companies Advisory Committee

Leandro Mortenegro

Julia Hayes of Beaumont has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Appraisal Management Companies Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on Jan. 31, 2024. The Committee advises the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board and makes recommendations on the regulation of appraisal management companies. 
Hayes is a Shareholder at Lawrence, Blackburn, Meek, Maxey & Co., P.C. She is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts Peer Review Board and a board member of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Beaumont, Inc. Hayes received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Lamar University.

More than 4,600 Walmart pharmacies across the country will host Walmart Wellness Day events on Saturday to get their customers and their children ready for the flu season and other health needs.

The even will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includ:  
Affordable immunizations, including flu, pneumonia, shingles, HPV, measles, mumps, whooping cough (TDAP), Hep A & B and more.  
No out-of-pocket cost to patients for COVID-19 bivalent boosters. 
Wellness resources and the opportunity to talk with pharmacists. 
Demos, giveaways and product sampling (in select stores.  
“As we move into the fall and winter seasons, we want to do our part in helping families remain protected through immunizations,” said Kevin Host, Walmart’s senior vice president of pharmacy. “Wellness Day is such an impactful event because it allows customers an opportunity to check in on health priorities, meet our incredible pharmacists and engage in conversations around wellness.”
Since 2014, Walmart pharmacies have hosted Walmart Wellness Days, administering more than 5 million health screenings for customers. More than 4,000 Walmart stores are in medically underserved areas, which means Walmart is often the first stop for health care in these rural and underserved communities. To find a Wellness Day event in your neighborhood, visit Walmart.com/wellnesshub. 

Burlington Stores, through its partnership with the national non-profit organization  AdoptAClassroom.org, donated $5,000 towars school supplies to Guess Elementary School of the Beaumont ISD in celebration of its new store location now open in Beaumont at 5855 Eastex Freeway.
A representative from AdoptAClassroom.org helped to secure the donation for Guess, which will provide $5,000 in new supplies for each teacher’s classroom. Guess cheerleaders, Student Council representatives and staff administration attended the ribbon cutting in support of their partner last month.
“On behalf of Guess Elementary, I would like to welcome our new local Burlington store and thank them and AdoptAClassroom.org for their generous donation to our school,” said principal Sylvia Jenkins. “Our teachers are so excited to purchase the tools they need for their classrooms. We are thankful for the support.”
Burlington officials says they are committed to supporting education through its partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org. Each time they open a new store, Burlington celebrates by adopting and funding a local school in their store community.

The Board of Directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association has selected its chief legal and legislative officer, David Durden, to be the association’s next General Manager after an extensive search process.

TWIA Board chair Chandra Franklin Womack said, “David has distinguished himself over his 10 years of service to TWIA, and he has demonstrated throughout the search process that he is the clear choice to lead TWIA. All board members are excited about this decision, and we look forward to working with David in the years ahead.”

Durden began working at the Windstorm Association in June 2012. Previously, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs from 2007 to 2012 at the Texas Department of Insurance, where he was responsible for coordinating all facets of public relations, communications, and the tracking of emerging issues. Durden began his tenure at the Texas Department of Insurance in 1985 and served in various capacities.

During the 81st Texas Legislative Session, Durden served as Senior Insurance Policy Advisor to House Speaker Joe Straus, advising him on all bills related to the business of insurance, including worker’s compensation, and assisting other Texas House of Representatives members with issues regarding insurance legislation.

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