TEXARKANA, Texas — James Henry Russell, a longtime local leader in education and business, has joined TAC — The Arnold Companies — as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Tina Green, a well-known name in the legal community here, also joins TAC as vice president and associate general counsel.
"I have known both James Henry Russell and Tina Green personally and professionally for over 20 years and have witnessed firsthand how capable they are at leading and growing organizations from within. Individually they each bring a level of leadership to match and complement our existing organization's management," said Greg Arnold, TAC chairman and CEO, in a formal statement.
Russell served as Texarkana College president from June 2011 to December 2018 and as Texarkana Independent School District superintendent from August 2007 through June 2011.
He talked to the Gazette about the strong tradition of Texarkana families at the forefront of business innovation and leadership and what that means to the community.
"The Arnolds are another legendary family in this community and one back from my days at TC I would look at the Arnold name (on TC's Truman Arnold Student Center) and all the family has done for the community," he said.
"I am thankful for so many in this community who have done so much to make these opportunities possible Bottom line, this community means so much to Rosemary and me and we are so thankful for the opportunities," he said, recalling his myriad mentors and role models.
"Being afforded the opportunity to serve TAC in this capacity is something I wouldn't have dreamed possible," Russell said in the announcement. "The Arnold Companies and the Arnold family are known for hard work, excellence and sustained top performance. I am thrilled to contribute to the furthering of their success."
TAC is a Texas-based aviation services and energy marketing company and one of the nation's largest independent distributors of refined petroleum products.
In his new role, Russell, a Texarkana native, will focus on TAC's established plan for growth and introduce new initiatives to strengthen the organization's divisions: TACenergy, TAC Air and Keystone Aviation, company officials said. He brings a new focus to the company's established growth plan supported by his extensive knowledge and experience in public education, public accounting, civic leadership and corporate governance.
Russell most recently served as the executive vice president and CFO of BWI Companies, a wholesaler and distributor of agricultural products.
Early in his career, he served as staff accountant with Thomas & Thomas CPAs and as TISD's chief financial officer.
A certified public accountant having received a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University in College Station, Russell also earned a Master of Education Administration from Texas A&M University in Texarkana.
He has also earned a Doctorate of Education in Leadership from the American College of Education.
"They (TAC) contacted me and I was extremely flattered," Russell told the Gazette Friday. "I am looking forward to the future. To come on board with Tina Green is a wonderful opportunity because she is first class."
Green has more than 20 years of legal experience most recently as a member of Capshaw Green, PLLC, specializing in estate planning, probate, tax law and business planning.
She is also a previous owner of Capshaw Green, PLLC.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance and Banking from the University of Arkansas, earned a Master of Business Administration from East Texas State University-Texarkana and her Juris Doctorate from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville followed by a Masters of Tax Law from New York University.
"Like life, our professional careers have different phases. I have greatly enjoyed working with my clients over the last 24 years in private practice but I always thought that I would do something different before I retired from practicing," she said in a company-issued statement. "When the opportunity to work at a dynamic, growing company like TAC presented itself, I couldn't say no."
She is a great addition to TAC, company officials said.
"We are excited to be growing the legal team to support the exponential growth the company has experienced over the past few decades," said Jim Day, TAC senior vice president and general counsel.