Bell begins production of the AH-1Z in the Czech Republic


Bell begins production on Czech AH-1Z, enters full-scale production for global H-1

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, began production of the first Viper AH-1Z for the Czech Republic at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center. Production of the Viper joins production of the UH-1Y as part of the Czech Republic’s Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of mixed-fleet aircraft, according to a press release.

“Bell understands what it means to run a successful international program,” said Mike Deslatte, vice president and H-1 program manager, Bell. “We understand the importance of providing the unparalleled capability of the H-1 aircraft to our customers. Bell remains focused on producing exceptional combat aircraft and providing modern capabilities to the Czech Air Force as an H-1 program partner, alongside the US government.

Bell’s work beyond aircraft manufacturing includes building a flight training device for the Czech Republic, critical to the integration of new helicopters into the Czech Armed Forces.

Buckner International Appoints Andrea Sparks as Director of Government Relations

AUSTIN — Andrea Sparks, a veteran child rights advocate, will take on the role of government relations director for the non-profit organization Buckner International, effective immediately. Sparks comes to Buckner from the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, where she led the governor’s team on child sex trafficking for five and a half years. In her new role at Buckner, Sparks will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to improve public policy and investments to protect children, strengthen families and serve older adults.

“Andrea Sparks has an impressive record fighting to protect the children of Texas, and we are thrilled to have her join the Buckner team,” said Buckner International President and CEO Albert Reyes. “Andrea’s guidance and leadership will help us work with our elected officials to transform the lives of our most vulnerable people.”

As founding director of the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, Sparks led her team and stakeholders to develop local multidisciplinary care coordination teams and a regional continuum of care. for young survivors, as well as new laws, policies and strategies for the prevention and identification of trafficking and the accountability of exploiters.

Sparks has also served as executive director of the Texas Regional Office for Missing and Exploited Children of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, director of public affairs for Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and as a solo practitioner representing children and families in the areas of child protection, juvenile justice. , and adoption cases.

Governor Reappoints Scholl to Texas Industrialized Building Code Council

Amarillo city building official Johnny Scholl was renamed to the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council (TIBCC) by Governor Greg Abbott.

The TIBCC oversees the state’s program regulating industrialized housing and buildings. The board also establishes inspection procedures and makes decisions about replacement materials or construction methods.

Scholl was appointed to the TIBCC in August 2020. His new term expires February 1, 2024.

“It has been a privilege to serve the state and represent the city of Amarillo in this important role,” Scholl said in a press release. “I am happy to have been awarded an additional term and look forward to serving another two years.”

Scholl was named the city of Amarillo’s building official in July 2021 and has worked for the city for 13 years.

Jersey Mike’s ‘Donation Month’ Celebrates Special Olympics Athletes

The 2022 United States Special Olympics is partnering with 172 Jersey Mike’s Subs locations across Texas for its 12th annual “Month of Giving” march campaign, according to a press release.

During the month of March, customers can donate at any Jersey Mike’s restaurant to help nearly 300 local Team Texas athletes and the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, which will be held June 5-12. in Orlando, Florida. Athletes will compete in 19 sports including track and field, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, basketball, flag football and many more.

The Donation Month campaign will culminate with Jersey Mike’s “Donation Day” on Wednesday, March 30, when local Jersey Mike restaurants will donate 100% of the day’s sales to the 2022 Special Olympics USA and local programs in participating states. at the American Games. . Throughout March, customers can donate through the Jersey Mike’s mobile app or in-store. For more information, please visit or follow them on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter (

Texas Beef Council Annual Report Shares Program Successes

AUSTIN — The Texas Beef Council (TBC) has released its 2021 Annual Report detailing key state and national Beef Checkoff program results, revenues and expenses online at

According to a press release, by educating consumers, chefs, nutrition influencers and others, producers’ investments in the Beef Checkoff help keep beef at its strongest, year after year.

“While the past year has brought challenges to the beef industry, it has also generated opportunities that have led to many successes,” said Pat McDowell, Vice Chairman of TBC’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the audit and budget committee of Shamrock, Texas. “By reviewing our 2021 Annual Report, Texas ranchers can gain valuable insight into how their levy dollars have funded promotion, education and research programs that have spurred greater demand for beef around the world. .” Highlights include:

– BBQuest: Viewers have watched over 620,000 hours of the BBQuest series since its launch on Hulu.

– Medical Practice Outreach: TBC representatives communicated directly with more than 3,360 healthcare professionals and employees with educational materials on the role of beef in a healthy diet.

– Social media: Beef Loving Texans video ads have been viewed 74 million times on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

– Beef Team: This group of fitness enthusiasts who are passionate about beef and committed to leading an active and healthy lifestyle have participated in 7,578 activations.

– Beef Loving Chefs: Over forty chefs attended the inaugural Beef Loving Chefs Summit and learned how offering beef-centric dishes can benefit the restaurant industry.

– Retail Promotions: TBC partnered with key brands to provide over 275,000 beef coupons that were distributed across 1,600 stores.

The report shares the many successes that TBC’s beef education, promotion, and research efforts have seen throughout 2021. These efforts were funded by the State of Texas $1 Beef Checkoff Program per head and the $0.50 per head that Texas retains from the National Beef Checkoff program. .

To request a copy of TBC’s annual report or a more detailed audited financial report, contact [email protected] or call 512-335-2333.


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