First United Bank of Lubbock Wins Statewide Award; updates on Parkhill



Parkhill announced new licensees.

Ember Gonzalez de Lubbock received his license as a registered architect. In Parkhill’s K-12 sector, it uses Building Information Models (BIM) to coordinate design disciplines, reducing interference between building systems. As an experienced BIM user, Gonzalez often helps his less experienced peers use the software to its fullest potential. He also designs for a range of project types including educational, religious, financial, multi-family residential and office facilities.

His plans include a new high school for Lubbock-Cooper ISD, a renovation and addition for a LISD college, an indoor athletics project for Melissa ISD and the LISD Southern Primary School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2005 from Texas Tech University, where he also obtained a Masters of Architecture in 2007.

Sandra Gutierrez of El Paso recently graduated as a Professional Engineer in Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where she obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.


She designed horizontal and vertical pavement alignments, pavement geometry, intersections, multi-use hiking and biking trails, sidewalks and ramps suitable for pedestrians and ADA compliant, rehabilitation and widening high-speed facilities, Super 2 freeways and developed pavement markings and signage plans for customers in Texas and New Mexico. As a member of the Parkhill Transportation Sector team, her goal is to help customers balance their needs while implementing design guidelines, assessing the pros and cons of the design impacts of routes and managing team coordination internally and externally.

This is the case of the much publicized revitalization project of downtown Las Cruces; Curve of the river Phases I, II and III; and the Hawkins Boulevard reconstruction project.

Gutierrez is completing her term as secretary of the younger member group of the El Paso branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and will serve as vice president for the 2021-2022 term. She also sits on the board of directors of the ASCE El Paso branch and participates in the development of her association for the improvement of neighborhoods.


Jake Wyatt of Lubbock received his professional engineer license. Wyatt is a structural engineer with the architectural firm Parkhill. His projects include the Lubbock-Cooper ISD 2021 Bond New High School, Lubbock Police Headquarters, St. Ann Youth Activity Center, the renovation / addition of a new Lubbock-Cooper ISD College and Gateway Church – Southlake Campus Expansion.

Born and raised in San Angelo, he grew up with a talent for music and attended Texas Tech. His work in the church led him to serve as a missionary in South Africa. Later in the United States Army, he was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division on two one-year missions in Afghanistan.

Wyatt received an Associate of Science degree from South Plains College, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech, and a Masters of Engineering in Structural Engineering from Texas A&M. After graduating, he started working as a structural engineer in training at Parkhill, where he recently received the PE license.


Andy Yuhas of Corrales, NM, received his License as a Professional Geologist from the Texas Bureau of Professional Geoscientists in May 2021. As a member of the Parkhill Environmental Sector, he has over 15 years of total experience in analyzes and surveys. GIS applications and geosciences. He also owned his own GIS consulting firm for five of those years. Her knowledge helps to understand groundwater, air quality and land use / land cover change over time, using technologies such as satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, Ground mapping and digitization of geographic and geological features for further analysis.

Another large part of his environmental experience is focused on collecting soil, groundwater and air samples for various client projects. Yuhas has cultivated his vast geological expertise through projects such as the Holloman Air Force Base Land Park; Sandoval County Landfill in Rio Rancho, NM; Corralitos landfill in Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Lea County Landfill in Eunice, NM

Yuhas received his BSc in Geology from the University of Montana in 2003 and MSc in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of New Mexico in 2008.

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First United Bank wins statewide banking award

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), the nation’s largest state-owned community banking association, recently awarded First United Bank the Best of Community Banking (BOCB) award.

The Lubbock-based bank received a Bronze Eagle BOCB Award for its marketing initiatives, including the launch of a new podcast. First United Bank received this honor on September 20 at the IBAT 2021 convention in Austin.

Last year, friends, customers and neighbors faced obstacles they had never experienced before 2020, but there were also stories of great persistence, creativity and true courage from the West Texas from small business owners.

First United Bank has realized that these stories are worth telling and hearing. The bank wanted a way for small business owners to share their unique stories with others facing similar challenges while staying true to the bank’s mission of promoting the spirit of West Texas.

From there was born the Spirit of West Texas podcast. The bank’s podcast team interviewed business owners and professionals from a wide range of industries. Each had a different perspective and faced unique struggles, but shared a desire to do whatever it takes to keep their dreams alive amid the pandemic. Each podcast episode explored the people, companies and values ​​that embody the spirit of hard work that shines in West Texas.

“The spirit of West Texas resides in the hearts of its people,” said bank founder Ray M. Bain.

IBAT has celebrated the outstanding achievements of Texas community banks with the BOCB award since 1991. Community banks play a vital role in their local communities. The Best of Community Banking competition is designed to honor these banks for their commitment to helping their customers, neighbors, employees and community. The BOCB Awards recognize community banks across the state for their innovation, creativity, and success in meeting a specific community or internal need. Each submission receives a Gold Eagle, Silver Eagle or Bronze Eagle award in one of six categories: banking culture, community service, financial literacy, marketing, architectural design and, new this year, pandemic response.


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