Laura Salinas was recently appointed vice president of sales for the U.S. and Latin America with Avalon Distribution.
F. Chase Simmons is chair-elect of Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm serving corporations, institutions and entrepreneurs nationally. Simmons has been with Polsinelli since 1997 and currently serves as chair of the firm’s national real estate practice group and real estate equity group.
Jennifer McSpadden Curtin, who served as a campus tour guide at SMU in 1997, says, “I’m still giving tours 20 years later – now in Healdsburg, California!”
Tony Casagrande, PE, has been promoted to president of Campos Engineering, Inc. He started working for the firm as a student and joined the team full time after graduating from SMU.
Jim Contardi has been named CEO of ARCOM, a leader in architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) software solutions that integrate building specification content.
Jeff Roberts is the new director of client services for Augustine, a California-based integrated marketing agency that has expanded to Dallas to serve Texas-based clients.
Jill Cox has published her first novel, The Bridge, the setting of which was inspired by her spring semester at SMU-in-Paris.
Chris Schwegmann of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, a boutique Texas litigation firm, has been named by D Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Intellectual Property” for 2015 and 2016.
Sharon K. Snowton, a bilingual-ESL teacher in the Cedar Hill, Texas, school district, has been nominated for a national 2017 LifeChanger of the Year Award for her work in bilingual education.
A. Shonn Brown, a partner with Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, has collected accolades this year as a distinguished attorney, business leader and alumna.