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Sept. 1, 2012 at 4:01 a.m.

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Donald Ray Finch was recognized by the Texas Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of dedication to the industry. He was cited for "his inspiring example of compassion, hard work and innovation within his community" at the organization's annual convention in Corpus Christi.

Patrick J. Kennedy, the city of Yoakum's Economic/Community Development Coordinator attended the Texas Economic Development and Energy Summit in San Antonio Aug. 23-24. Mayor Julián Castro was the keynote speaker.

Steptoe and Johnson PLLC announced that Philip D. Vasquez has become Of Counsel to the firm. Vasquez joins the firm's energy law team working out of the firm's Southpointe, Pa. and Houston offices. Vasquez will assume leadership of the firm's International Oil and Gas Practice. Vasquez joins the firm after spending the last four years as an independent International Legal Consultant advising U.S. energy interests seeking energy development opportunities in Latin America, Central Asia and the Middle East.

Darryl Lesak was promoted to director of environmental services at the city of Victoria. He has served as assistant director of environmental services since June 2008. He will oversee air quality programs, the solid waste department and fleet services. Lesak has 24 years of experience in the waste industry, having previously served 10 years as district manager for waste management. He is past president of Keep Victoria Beautiful, serves on the Warrior's Weekend board and serves on the Salvation Army board as treasurer.

Jerry James, who has been serving as director of environmental services at the city of Victoria since 2003, has shifted his focus to concentrate on water resources and legislative activity. In his new role as the city's director of intergovernmental relations, James will participate in regional planning efforts and develop suggested changes to state surface/groundwater policies for the Texas Legislature. He currently serves as director of the Edwards Aquifer Authority and on other numerous legislative committees.

Michelle Vela was promoted to utility billing office manager at the city of Victoria. She has worked at the city for eight years.

City of Victoria assistant fire chief Robert "Tracy" Fox received the Robert A. Kubena Regional Citizenship Award from the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission. The award recognizes individuals who have performed a significant act of humanitarian service. Fox was recognized for his development of the critical care program.

Victoria firefighter/paramedic Emilio Reyes received the EMS/Paramedic of the Year Certificate of Commendation from the American Legion Post 166. The American Legion Post recognizes outstanding law enforcement and first responders each year, honoring them for their unwavering service to the community. Reyes was nominated by fellow members of the fire department for his work in the field of emergency care to the citizens of Victoria.

Amador "A.J." Sandoval was sworn-in as a Victoria police officer on Aug. 2. Sandoval is originally from Pasadena and is a graduate of the Austin Community College Police Academy.

Christopher Carson was sworn-in as a Victoria firefighter and emergency medical technician on Aug. 21. Carson is from Cuero and attended the Victoria College Fire Academy.

Erika Guerra Vermillion joined the city of Victoria human resources department as a generalist I. Prior to working for the city, Vermillion was employed with Randstad In House Services as an on-site manager, dealing with human resource issues and developing strategies for employee retention. She was also employed with the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston as a program manager for the Sales Excellence Institute.

The 2012 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Texas Conference held June 22 in San Marcos provided a venue to reflect on past accomplishments in terms of the 2011 Political Action Committee year. Tom Posey, Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow , financial services specialist and local Insurance and Financial Advisors Political Action Committee chairperson represented NAIFA-TX Gulf Coast and was presented the highest honor, the Tribute to Excellence. This will be Posey's second year to serve as IFAPAC chairperson.

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