Corporate Advisory Council

UT Tyler Soules College of Business

University of Texas at Tyler
I. Staff    
Dr. Krist Swimberghe
Chair and Associate Professor of Marketing
Soules College of Business, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75799
Director of Development
Soules College of Business, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75799


Janice Helfers
Administrative Associate – Dean
Soules College of Business, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75799
II. Executive Officers    
Patty Steelman, Chair (2021-2022)
Executive Vice President/Director of Marketing
Austin Bank, P.O. Box 438, Whitehouse, TX 75791
D. Jason Cooper (Smith County), Treasurer
Vice President, Corporate Development and Real Estate
Brookshire Grocery Company, P.O. Box 1411, Tyler, Texas 75703
Tara C. Odell (Smith County), Vice-Chair
Market Executive, Commercial Banking, SVP, CTP
Regions Bank, 100 E. Ferguson, Tyler, Texas 75702


III. Members    
Ty Beard
Beard, Harris, Bullock, Hughes Attorneys at Law
100 Independence Pl, STE 101, Tyler, TX 75703


Andy Bergfeld (Smith County)
Bergfeld Realty Company, LLC2001 South Donnybrook Avenue, Tyler, Texas 75701




Bob Bondurant (Gregg County)
Chief Executive Officer
Martin Resource Management, P.O. Box 191, Kilgore, Texas 75663


Todd Buchanan
Greater Texas Capital Corporation
100 E. Ferguson St., STE 1100, Tyler, TX 75702




Kevin Cashion, CPA (Smith County)
Gollob Morgan Peddy, 1001 ESE Loop 323, Tyler, Texas 75701


Scott Martinez
President / CEO
Tyler Area Chamber / Economic Development Council315 N. Broadway, Tyler, Texas 75702




Amber Owen
Market President
Bancorp South (7600 South Broadway Ave, Tyler, TX 75703)1544 Chaparrel Run Tyler, TX 75703


Karlista Patterson, Past Chair (2017-2018)
Chief Financial Officer
Heartland Security Group, 501 Shelley Drive, Tyler, Texas 75701




Kyle Stacy
Founder and President
KDS Medical Management477 Bush Buck Way, Bullard, TX 7575


John Soules, Jr. (Smith County) (UT Tyler Development Board Member)
Chief Executive Officer
John Soules Foods, P.O. Box 4579, Tyler, Texas 75712




Stephen Taylor (Smith County)
Agency Consultant
WFG National Title Insurance Company, P.O. Box 8935, Tyler, Texas 75711


Lonny Uzzell (Smith County)
Southside Bank, P.O. Box 1079, Tyler, Texas 75710-1079




Kelvin Woodfin (Smith County)
Tyler Lending Group, 6649 Oak Hill Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75703


Jay Ward
HUB International/The Ward Agency
7320 Princedale Tyler, TX 75703




Don Warren
Mayor of Tyler, TX
1614 S. College Ave., Tyler, TX 75701


Tom Williams
Tommy Williams Drywall Co., Inc. (TWD)16462 Hwy 31WTyler, TX 75709




Jeff Wood
Pine Springs Golf Club
PO Box 501Chandler, TX 75758



IV. Ex Offico Members    
Don A. Chandler (Smith County)
Chandler Properties – Real Estate & Investments
15990 Eastside Road, Lot #5Tyler, Texas 75707-7444




Susan Gill, CEcd, MEDP (Smith County)
Lindale Economic Development Corporation
P.O. Box 127, Lindale, Texas 75771




Roy Martinez
Swan Transportation Services LTD
7631 Lakeside Ln. Tyler, Texas 75703





Tom Mullins (Smith County)
(former) President & Chief Executive Officer
Tyler Texas Economic Development Council
(former) Chief Executive Office
Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway, Tyler, Texas 75702