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Hospital exec praised for her ‘magnetic’ personality

Lillie Biggins
Lillie Biggins Courtesy photo

Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, received the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Susan Halsey Executive Leadership Award last week.

The award recognizes a president, principal or CEO who has devoted their time and energy to strengthening and transforming the organization they lead. It is named after the late Fort Worth attorney and chamber chairman in 2013-14. Halsey died from colon cancer in December 2014.

“Lillie’s magnetic personality and leadership talent has made her a go-to person in the North Texas Region,” Marilyn Gilbert, executive vice president of marketing for the chamber, said in a statement. “From overseeing the strategic growth of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth to two terms on the DFW Airport board as member and chair, her influence has significantly impacted the lives of many local businesses and residents.”

Biggins has been in healthcare for 45 years, mostly as a critical care nurse before she joined Texas Health Harris Methodist in 1997 as vice president and senior vice president of operations. She became the hospital’s first female president in 2012.

Biggins has served Dallas/Fort Worth Airport board since 2005. She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

In his nomination letter, airport CEO Sean Donohue called Biggins “an insightful and supportive leader” and said she is “a powerful force in moving organizations forward, with utmost respect to people, cultures and with a goal of achieving top business results.”

Sandra Baker

Talking on a bigger stage

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick often complains about Washington.

Well, now they can hear her up close and personal.

Craddick accepted an advisory position last week at the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz asked her to serve as a member of the National Petroleum Council. The council provides advice, information and recommendations on oil- and natural gas-related matters, including the federal government’s response to environmental and energy conservation, technology and legal issues.

“Texas provides an excellent model of effectiveness and efficiency for shaping national energy policies,” Craddick said in a statement. “I look forward to working alongside Secretary Moniz and my fellow council members in advancing energy policy on behalf of the Department of Energy and the nation.”

She will attend her first meeting in July.

TTI starts distribution center construction

Fort Worth-based TTI Inc., a global electronic components distributor, has started building a warehouse distribution center in the Mercantile Center business park.

The $40 million, 600,000-square-foot facility, at 3737 Meacham Blvd., is slated to be completed by year’s end, the company said. With expansions in Europe, Asia and Mexico, the North America distribution center expands TTI’s global warehouse space from 1.2 million square feet to over 2 million square feet, the company said.

The company bought the land, 45.8 acres at the northwest corner of Beach Street and Meacham Boulevard, in December 2014. TTI employs about 870 workers locally.

“As TTI continues to experience significant global growth, this is a perfect opportunity for the company to expand and make this type of investment to our infrastructure,” Senior Vice President Don Akery said in a statement. “This expansion allows TTI to invest even more in the Fort Worth community, which has been home to TTI headquarters for 45 years.”

The multilevel distribution center will streamline receiving and shipping at the warehouse with the latest in automated material handling, enabling orders to be processed faster and more efficiently, the company said.

TTI and its subsidiaries, Mouser Electronics and Sager Electronics, employ more than 4,700 workers at over 100 locations in North America, Europe and Asia.

Sandra Baker

Pay raises at Six Flags Over Texas

Two local theme parks gave over 90 percent of their seasonal workers a pay raise on Monday.

Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor said they boosted its hourly wages, increasing rates from $7.25 per hour to up to $9.00 per hour.

“This wage increase is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to them and the higher wages will also help us recruit new team members who want to work in a fun environment, while creating lasting memories for our guests,” park President Steve Martindale said.

The raises varied by department and the worker’s position. The new minimum base rate for most departments is $8 per hour, about a 10 percent increase. Food services, ride operations, lifeguards and park services now have a minimum $9 per hour.

The Arlington theme park and water park employ almost 5,000 seasonal workers to operate ride and lifeguard pools, provide security and work in food services. The company said that it is still looking to hire workers for the parks and that online applications can be submitted at