Corporate Advisory Council

UT Tyler Soules College of Business

Dr. Krist Swimberghe                
Dean, Associate Professor of Marketing
Soules College of Business

Janice Helfers
Administrative Associate 
Soules College of Business

Executive Officers

Patty Steelman, Chair (2021-2022)
Executive Vice President/Director of Marketing
Austin Bank

Tara C. Odell (Smith County), Vice-Chair
Market Executive, Commercial Banking SVP, CTP
Regions Bank

Jason Cooper (Smith County), Treasurer
Vice President, Corporate Development and Real Estate
Brookshire Grocery Company


Ty Beard
Beard, Harris, Bullock, Hughes Attorney at Law

Sharon Taylor (Greg County)
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Resource Management

Todd Buchanan
Greater Texas Capital Corporation

Kevin Cashion, CPA (Smith County)
Gollob, Morgan, Peddy

Scott Martinez
Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce / Economic Development Council

Amber Owen
Market President
Bancorp South

Karlista Patterson, Past Chair (2017-2018)
Chief Financial Officer
Heartland Security Group

Kyle Stacy
Founder and President
KDS Medical Management

John Soules, Jr. (Smith County) (UT Tyler Development Board Member)
Chief Executive Officer
John Soules Foods

Stephen Taylor (Smith County)
Agency Consultant
WFG National Title Insurance Company

Lonny Uzzell (Smith County)
Southside Bank

Kelvin Woodfin (Smith County)
Tyler Lending Group

Jay Ward
HUB International / The Ward Agency

Don Warren
Mayor of Tyler, Texas

Tom Williams
Tommy Williams Drywall Co, Inc.

Jeff Wood
Pine Springs Golf Club

Yaziri Orrostieta (Yo)
Christus Health
Northeast Texas Regional Director, Marketing Strategy & Communications

Ex Offico Members.

Don A. Chandler (Smith County)
Chandler Properties - Real Estate & Investments

Susan Gill, CEcd, MEDP (Smith County)
Lindale Economic Development Corporation

Mike Henderson
Bancorp South

Roy Martinez
Swan Transportation Services LTD

Tom Mullins (Smith County)
Former President & Chief Executive Officer - Tyler Economic Development Council
Former Chief Executive Officer - Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce

Andy Bergfeld (Smith County)
Bergeld Realty Company, LLC

Bob Bondurant
Chief Executive Officer
Martin Resource Management