Business Digest: Eastman employee in Longview honored

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Business Digest: Eastman employee in Longview honored

The Manufacturing Institute has named Amy Hooper, the director of chemical intermediates manufacturing at Eastman's Texas Operations manufacturing facility in Longview, a Women MAKE honoree for 2023.

Women MAKE Awards recognize women who excel in leadership roles within their company's science, technology, engineering, and production fields. Eastman states that this national award recognizes the best talent in the manufacturing sector and encourages award recipients to mentor and support future female talent.

The 2023 Honorees and Emerging Leaders come from a variety of companies and represent diverse careers in manufacturing at all levels.

'I'm very excited, but not surprised, that Amy has been recognized by the Manufacturing Institute for her continued outstanding leadership,' said Andrew Coggins, Eastman vice president, chemical intermediates manufacturing and Texas Operations site leader. 'Amy embodies what we value in a leader both inside and outside of Eastman and is an example of how we hope all our team members will strive to achieve their full potential and grow both personally and professionally.'

Award winners were chosen by an external panel of industry leaders — Women MAKE alumnae — based on the highest-scoring application essays .

Hooper has held many traditional engineering positions throughout her career. These include process improvement and technical staff.

According to Eastman, she has been a leader in many important positions at Eastman’s second largest manufacturing site, including in the adhesives cracking and cogeneration manufacturing department.

She was most recently the leader of tenant operations, which includes the Longview polyethylene and long-range polypropylene operations.

'I am proud to be a woman in the manufacturing industry because I am influencing the materials and processes that produce products that help solve some of the world's most complex problems,' Hooper said.

Hooper will receive the award at the Women MAKE awards gala on April 20 in Washington, D.C.

Sherwood Financial earns Ameriprise award

Sherwood Financial in Longview, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, has qualified for the company's Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement in 2023.

Sherwood Financial was recognized as one of the top advisors in the company to achieve this distinction.

Sherwood Financial has 24 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial.

UT Health Tyler wins Ardent Cup

UT Health Tyler has been recognized for excellence with the Ardent Cup, the highest honor awarded by Ardent Health Services.

UT Health Quitman also received honors with Chief Nursing Officer Rob Terry named CNO of the Year.

UT Health Tyler and Rob Terry were selected among other eligible hospitals and leaders within Ardent, which includes 30 hospitals and more than 200 sites of care. Ardent operates UT Health East Texas through a joint venture with The University of Texas System.

Presented annually, the Ardent Cup recognizes outstanding overall performance and an uncompromising commitment to excellence. Winners must demonstrate success in a variety of areas including clinical quality, patient satisfaction and employee engagement while meeting financial and operational benchmarks.

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