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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dan Winston to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019. Additionally, the Governor has appointed Aimee Burnett and Lauren Dreyer, and reappointed Sharon Denny, J. Ross Lacy, Bob Mitchell, and Terry Stevens for terms set to expire on September 1, 2021. Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Dan Winston to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019. Additionally, the Governor has appointed Aimee Burnett and Lauren Dreyer, and reappointed Sharon Denny, J. Ross Lacy, Bob Mitchell, and Terry Stevens for terms set to expire on September 1, 2021. The committee assists in the state’s economic development efforts to recruit and retain aerospace and aviation jobs and investments in Texas.

Dan Winston of McKinney is vice president of finance for Boeing Global Services, headquartered in Plano. Dan has served in various positions with The Boeing Company for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, former member of the Southern Illinois University Accounting Advisory Board, and a former advisor of Junior Achievement of St. Louis. Winston received a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Benedictine College and a Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University.

Aimee Burnett of Southlake is vice president of enterprise integration for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where she leads the vision, strategy and processes to achieve business transformation initiatives. She previously held the role of director, F-35 International Business Development for the Asia/Pacific region, and has served in various positions with the company for over 17 years. She is a member of Women in Aerospace, a mentor for Million Women Mentors, sustainer of The Junior League of Fort Worth, and a volunteer for Make A Wish of North Texas. Burnett received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in systems engineering from Southern Methodist University.

Lauren Dreyer of Eddy is director of human resources and business operations for Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX), and has served in various positions with SpaceX for over 10 years. She is a member of the Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science Board of Advocates, the Waco Business League and the Waco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the Care4Texans Board of Directors and previously served on the Baylor University Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board, Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy Board of Advisors, Waco Aviation Advisory Board. Dreyer received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Baylor University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Sharon Denny of McKinney is vice president of strategy for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and has served in various positions with the company for over 20 years. She serves on the McKinney Economic Development Corporation Board and formerly served on the advisory board of Women in International Security, a nonprofit organization that promotes the influence of women in foreign and defense affairs. Denny received a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in national resource management strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

J.Ross Lacy of Midland is the president of Lacy Oil Corporation, and is a councilman for the City of Midland. He is president of the Midland Spaceport Development Corporation and a member of Midland Young Professionals in Energy, Permian Basin Petroleum Association, Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. Additionally, he is a member of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) Development Board, UTPB College of Business Advisory Board, John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Advisory Board and a centurion member of The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council. Lacy received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from UTPB.

Bob Mitchell of Pearland is president of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, and has served in various positions with the partnership for over 17 years. He also serves on numerous boards including the Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, University of Texas Medical Branch Health System Advisory Board, Texas A&M University at Galveston Board of Visitors. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Manned Spaceflight Education Foundation, Inc., HCA Gulf Coast Regional Advisory Board, Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Board of Advisors, and Gulf Coast Limestone, Inc.

Terry Stevens of Waco is a partner of First Title Company of Waco, LLC, and president and CEO of M&I Industries, Inc. He currently serves as chair of the McLennan County Spaceport Development Corp and is a former director of Cool City Avionics of Mineral Wells. He is a past chairman of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as a director on the Chamber’s Community Foundation. Additionally, he serves on the chamber’s Economic Development Retention & Expansion Committee and is a former board member and chairman of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco. Stevens is a former mayor and city council member for the City of Woodway.

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Drink a Beer: Luke Bryan's bringing his 32 Bridge bar to Nashville's Lower Broadway

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By Music News Group

ABC/Craig SjodinIf all goes as planned, Luke Bryan will be the latest country star to open his own honky tonk on Lower Broadway in Nashville.

The project is a partnership with Ohio-based TC Restaurant Group, according to the Nashville Business Journal. The company, which recently worked with Jason Aldean on his new Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, bought the adjoining building at Third and Broadway downtown in March for $5.5 million. The two-story structure was formerly the site of both a bank and a boot store.

According to documents from the Metro Historic Zoning Commission, Luke’s new watering hole will re-purpose the existing boot store sign, and be called some variation of Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink.

Luke’s previously used 32 Bridge as the name of his clothing line. It’s a reference to the Route 32 bridge across the Flint River in his home state of Georgia. So far, there’s no official word from Luke on the project, or when the new business could potentially open.

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From tracksuits to sarongs: Armie Hammer might spark a whole new fashion trend in "Sorry to Bother You"

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By Music News Group

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — During last year’s press tour for Call Me By Your Name, Armie Hammer became a fashion sensation for his seemingly endless array of tracksuits. He’s since retired the comfy outfits but his character in the new film Sorry to Bother You might spark a whole new fashion trend.

As Steve Lift, the psychopathic CEO of a telemarketing company, Hammer sports a sarong with his suit jacket. It’s a bold choice but Hammer was all for it. In fact, his love of sarongs is probably the only thing he has in common with his character.

“The first time I ever wore a sarong was on my honeymoon with my wife,” Hammer tells ABC Radio. “We were down in French Polynesia and there was a sarong there and I was like, ‘I’ll take that one, that one, that one, and that one!’ And I literally wore a sarong every single day on my honeymoon.”

Hammer says the Polynesians had the right idea. “We need to be doing sarongs way more,” he says, noting their comfort.

But how did his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, feel about his honeymoon attire?

“She was like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I was like, ‘I am living my best life, thank you very much,’” Hammer says.

Sorry to Bother You, also starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, is in theaters now.

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"Manly man" Blake Shelton is behind Gwen Stefani's “more feminine” style choices

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By Music News Group

Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCGwen Stefani is crediting boyfriend Blake Shelton for her girly fashion choices as of late.

In a new interview with pal Heidi Klum for the August issue of InStyle, the singer says she’s less of a tomboy than she used to be thanks to dating “manly man” Blake.

“More feminine than ever before,” she answers when asked to describe her current style. “It’s probably because I’m super in love and have a really manly man.”

She adds, “I enjoy letting that part of me come out now because when I was in No Doubt, I never thought of myself as sexy. Even in my 30s, I was a tomboy. I hardly ever carried a purse.”

Gwen says the favorite outfit she’s ever worn is also connected to Blake. It’s the red Yanina Couture dress she wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2016. It was the first time she and Blake stepped out as a couple; she calls it a “magical night.”

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Winston Duke set to portray MMA fighter Kimbo Slice in new biopic

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By Stephen Iervolino

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Black Panther breakout star Winston Duke is taking his talents into the ring.

According to Deadline, Duke, who reprised his role as the hulking warrior M’Baku in Avengers: Infinity War, has been tapped to star as MMA legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in his upcoming biopic, Backyard Legend.

The film, which was announced last October, will follow the Bahamian-born fighter’s story from being homeless to his rise to fame which started in brutal backyard fights that garnered a massive audience on Youtube.

Kimbo Slice’s fame, however, was short-lived: in June of 2016, he died at just 42 years old from heart failure and a liver mass. Although the fighter battled high blood pressure for years, he insisted on boxing months before his death — and ended up winning a three-round heavyweight match against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris.

“I’m looking forward to exploring Kimbo’s story and interrogating the expectations society places on men like him who are their own special breed of hero,” said Duke in a statement.

This is the latest project for the imposing actor, who will co-star with Lupita Nyon’go in Jordan Peele’s upcoming thriller, Us.

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