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Business Digest: August 7, 2022 | Local

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Gilmer Florist Recognized as a Certified Floral Designer

Brandy Ferrer, owner of Simply Beautiful Floral Co. in Gilmer, has been awarded the title of Certified Floral Designer by the American Institute of Floral Designers.

Ferrer was given the designation after completing the Professional Floral Design Evaluation on July 3, just prior to AIFD’s National Symposium Roots in Las Vegas. The Symposium is the flower industry’s leading flower design educational event.

Accredited Floral Designer accreditation is granted by demonstrating that flower designers understand design concepts through education and by subjecting their floral design work to a rigorous peer review conducted by an international panel of design experts. will be

Ferrer’s designs and marks of appreciation were not only awarded this title, but were considered so artistic that she was also invited to become an accredited member of the American Association of Floral Designers. He will be inaugurated in a ceremony as part of the 2023 AIFD. National symposium “GROW” held in Chicago.

Institute of Certified Public Accountants Appoints Officers

Tyler-based CPA Misty M. De Wet was elected President of the East Texas Chapter of the Texas Institute of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA) for 2022-2023.

De Wet is the Vice President of Internal Audit at Southside Bank.

Heather Sanders, tax manager for Henry & Peters, PC and a Longview-based CPA, has been named the next president of the chapter.

Joining De Wet and Sanders on the Chapter leadership team are: AJ Evans Vice President, CPA, Prothro, Wilhelmi & Co., PLLC. and Secretary and Treasurer, Kindle Chapman, CPA, Brookshire Grocery Co.

The remaining 2022-23 TXCPA East Texas Board of Directors includes the following members: Mehgan Ibanez, CPA. Brandon Mays, CPA. Tom Brunton, CPA. Ren Song, CPA. Kevan Kirksey, CPA. John Ussery, CPA.

Amy Taylor, CPA, MBA, Senior Manager, Henry & Peters (PC), will serve on the TXCPA Executive Committee. The following persons will join his TXCPA Board of Directors. Kathy Kapka, CPA, CGMA. Kelly Noe, CPA, CGMA; Brandon Mays, CPA; Stephanie Morgan, CPA. Keith Pfeffer, CPA. Lois Reed, CPA. Tom Thiel, CPA. Mike Thomas, CPA, ABV, CFF. Veronda Willis, CPA, CGMA.

The chapter also honored three members who received special awards.

Distinguished Directors: Heather Sanders, CPA, Henry & Peters, Tax Manager for PC.

Distinguished Board Member: Misty de Wet, CPA, Vice President of Internal Audit, Southside Bank.When

Distinguished Member: Kevan Kirksey, CPA, Director of Henry & Peters, PC

A chapter of the Texas Institute of Certified Public Accountants, TXCPA East Texas has been serving TXCPA members since 1953.

This branch includes Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Freestone, Greg, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Marion, Nacogdoches, Panora, Raines, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Upschall, Van Zandt and Wood.

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Financial Advisor Matthew Simcox holds the title of Certified Kingdom Advisor.

Simcox, a J.D., is a financial advisor to Truevine Wealth Partners in Longview. Truevine is the Private He Wealth Advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services.

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Westlake Chemical Announces Earnings

Westlake Chemical, which employs about 200 people at its Longview plant, reported record second quarter results this month.

The company reported record net sales of $4.5 billion and record net income of $858 million.

President and Chief Executive Officer Albert Chao said: Officer, in a statement. “Approximately three-quarters of our sales are in North America, and our competitive advantage and focus on disciplined execution will help us weather continued logistical constraints and the impact of rising energy and raw material costs. I would like to thank all Westlake employees for their commitment and dedication in achieving these results.”

These results represent a $336 million increase in net income from the second quarter of 2021.

EnPro Industries sales and net profit increase

Charlotte-based EnPro Industries’ sales and net income increased in the second quarter compared to the same period last year

Truck equipment manufacturer Stemco, part of EnPro Industries, employs approximately 340 people at the East Longview Business Park.

Net sales for the quarter increased 11.6% from $298.6 million to $333.3 million.

Net income for the quarter was $33.1 million, up from $29.3 million a year ago, and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $2.32, up from $1.56 a year ago.

President and Chief Executive Officer Eric Vaillancourt said in a prepared statement: “Our company delivered strong sales and earnings growth across the company as his adjusted EBITDA margin exceeded 24%. Supported by sustained gains from restructuring actions.”

“Demand for our key industrial technology applications remained strong in the second quarter, and we entered the second half with a strong backlog and order pattern. and continues to demonstrate our ability to drive value for our stakeholders. Build on Enpro’s strong foundation.”

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