Appointment of financial advisor
Troy Schaap, senior vice president and financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management in Longview, has received his certified portfolio manager designation from the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers. The curriculum focuses on three areas: risk management, portfolio construction and valuation analysis.
The CPM designation is a collaboration of the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers and NYU. It includes 200 hours of online independent study and a week of in-person seminars taught by expert financial faculty and staff at NYU.
Schaap specializes in discretionary portfolios for RBC Wealth Management clients. He can be reached at (903) 753-5343 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VeraBank was recognized
Henderson-based VeraBank was named one of the 2022 Best Companies to Work For in Texas for the sixth year in a row. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the 100 best places to work in Texas.
“At VeraBank, our team is exceptional. We like each other. We respect each other. And we have a culture of achievement, which leads to the recognition we are honored to receive,” said Brad Tidwell, president and CEO of VeraBank.
Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the best companies to work for in Texas. The first part consisted of evaluating the policies, systems, philosophies, practices and demographics of each company named in the workplace. The second part includes an employee survey to measure employee experience. The combined results determined the top companies and the final ranking. The Workforce Research Group managed the overall enrollment and survey process and determined the final rankings.
“This process provides bank feedback from our team and allows us to understand and continually improve as a company and as individuals,” said Danette Heffner, VeraBank executive vice president and director of human resources. “Attracting and retaining outstanding talent is a top priority for us.”
The list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas and how they rank will be revealed for the first time at a ceremony on Oct. 6 at the JW Marriott in Austin.
Sparkling among the fastest
Sparklight, a broadband communications provider, was recently named to PC Magazine’s list of the nation’s 10 fastest Internet service providers for the second year in a row.
The leader in rigorous, lab-based comparative reviews of Internet products, PC Magazine tested ISPs across the country based on upload and download speeds via PCMag Speedtest from June 1, 2021 to June 7 of this year.
“We are incredibly honored to once again be ranked by PC Magazine as one of the 10 fastest ISPs in the US,” said Julie Laulis, president and CEO. “We continue to invest in our infrastructure to ensure our customers have access to a state-of-the-art network designed to support the high-speed Internet needs of our customers and communities – today and into the future. Whether they’re working, learning, gaming or streaming from home, we’re excited to provide our customers with a smooth, best-in-class experience.”
Sparklight currently offers speeds of up to 1 Gigabit to residential customers and up to 5 Gigabit to business customers over its fiber-powered network. With investments of nearly $950 million over the past three years, the company is laying the groundwork to launch speeds up to 10 Gigabit (10G) and beyond.