Business notes: May 7, 2014

Coming home

From pole vaulting to real estate, Britni Lawrence-Luther is back in Buda.

Lawrence-Luther grew up in Buda where she was a 2004 graduate of Hays High and also the record setting pole vaulter for the Lady Rebel track and field team. A two-time 5A state champion and two-time Texas Relays champion, Lawrence-Luther competed at the collegiate level for Texas Tech University and then Texas State University, where she earned her bachelors degree. She then went on to coach the pole vault, finishing her coaching career at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Her interaction with people and coaching was something she wanted to bring into the business world, she said. Lawrence-Luther has joined Keller Williams Realty Southwest Austin. She and her husband, Blake Luther, also a former pole vaulter, moved back to Buda from the Houston area.


Local chaplain honored

Richard Hartman has been named the Community Supporter of the Year for his work serving as a volunteer in the chaplaincy program at the Kyle Corrections Center.

Warden Greg Shirley said, “Richard has been a tremendous support to our facility. he has faithfully served in the chaplaincy program for more than 11 years. He volunteers with the Bridges to Live program which is a 14-week program designed to help offenders recognize that there are victims to every crime. Richard has an incredibly powerful impact on the offenders.”

The award was given by the Management & Training Corporation.


National honors for local firm

Texas Petition Strategies was awarded recently high honors at the Pollie Awards Ceremony in San Diego for several voter initiatives.

A co-owner in Texas Petition Strategies is John Hatch of Buda.

TPS received a gold for newspaper insert for “Plano: Don’t Let them Scare you,” a gold for full page newspaper ad for “Longview Voter Alert” and a silver for radio commercial for “We’re Happy.”

TPS has won a total of seven Pollie awards in four years, with this year’s awards the first gold.

TPS specializes in local option petition elections in Texas. Principal owners are Hatch of Buda and Sissy Day of Arlington.


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