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Traylor & Associates Personnel

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Gary Traylor Jill Hooks
Mark Taylor Karibeth Smith
Sherry Tarrant Jaclyn Janek
Wanda Vance Janet Amiri
Lynda Borella Kenneth Hamner
Cindy Gutierrez Jennifer Eubanks
Wes Dabney

Gary Traylor
President & CEO

Gary R. Traylor is President and CEO of Gary R. Traylor & Associates Inc. Mr. Traylor is a city planner and municipal consultant with specialized experience in the field of funding research, grant procurement, and financial/grant management.

GARY R. TRAYLOR & ASSOCIATES, INC., a Texas corporation, is a firm of governmental consultants and planners serving Texas counties and municipalities in the specialized preparation of applications to agencies of the State and Federal government for project financing, and the administration of projects involving such financing through the provision of professional management and compliance documentation services. The company has operated continuously in these fields since 1974, and is considered the oldest firm of its type in the State of Texas, and one of the largest, having secured over $350 million for its numerous clients.

In addition to its success in securing funding for local governments, Traylor & Associates have been responsible for virtually thousands of employment opportunities empowered by those projects and the economic development they have facilitated. Our daily involvement with the various state and federal agencies provide us with unique insights into their perception of appropriate projects for nomination and their planning for opportunities in the future.

Gary's career has included serving as a financial/grant consultant for over 200 Texas cities and counties with respect to housing, community development, and economic development projects. Mr. Traylor is widely respected for his proven record in the procurement of grants involving competitive selection. He is also the author of several technical manuals concerning neighborhood redevelopment and rehabilitation financing, and is one of a very small number of grant administration professionals whose career includes service under the HUD Small Cities CDBG Program, pre-dating the establishment of the Texas Community Development Program.

Gary is a member and past Board Member of the Tyler Economic Development Council, East Texas Council of Governments Physical Environment Advisory Board, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Chasha, are the parents of three grown children and two grandchildren. They are active members of Green Acres Baptist Church.

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Mark Taylor, RMLO #410446
Senior VP & Director of Operations

Mark has extensive experience in building construction, including all phases of residential construction and remodeling work, management, and social service casework. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Mr. Taylor was self-employed in the construction business in Tyler for twelve years, and employed as a Licensed Social Worker Associate for the State of Texas, assisting elderly and special-needs individuals. During his tenure with the Texas Department of Human Services, Mark also served as a member of the State Policy and Procedure Committee for four years, representing the East Texas Region, comprised of 23 counties. He has also managed customer service and inside sales for an East Texas manufacturing facility.

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Sherry Tarrant
VP and Director of Grant Management Services

Since 1993, Sherry has served Gary R. Traylor & Associates, Inc. in various capacities with progressive increases in responsibility. Her duties have included supervision of the Company's bookkeeping, payroll, and tax reporting; as well as Labor Standards compliance and enforcement duties during grant project construction. Mrs. Tarrant began Project Management in August 1999, and has worked with Texas Community Development Program, Texas Capital Fund, TxDOT Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and USDA Rural Development grant/loans administered by the firm. Providing technical assistance in application and contract preparation, Sherry has also worked previously with many of our municipal clients as a CD Project Manager.

During her career, Mrs. Tarrant has also worked as a legal secretary, with additional experience in healthcare financial administration and public relations.

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Wanda Vance
Project Manager

Wanda brings to Gary Traylor & Associates diverse experience which includes Engineering Manager for a communications company where she oversaw multiple construction projects as well as managed all purchasing activities for the entire company. She has also been an Administrative Assistant where she acted as liaison with fifteen offices over several states and assisted in management of these offices. Additionally, Wanda was Office Manager for a construction company where she coordinated with subcontractors and architects; as well as for a development, construction, and management company which handled apartment property. Wanda has also worked in financial management in the sale of lake and timeshare property. Other experience is with the Smith County Clerk's Office where she took minutes for Commission's Court and assisted customer's needs

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Lynda Borella
Project Management Assistant & WT Client Service Coordinator

Lynda joined the GRT staff, in May, 2000. Her background includes experience in office management, clerical and bookkeeping. Lynda worked for Reid Bethel Tire Company as Office Manager, in addition to serving as Office Manager for Bethel Realty Company for twenty-two years. Lynda is active in the community and devoted to her church and family. Lynda's background, and office management experience, make her uniquely qualified to provide assistance in grant management and grant application preparation for GRT's West Texas clients.

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Cindy Gutierrez
Administrative Assistant

Over the past five years Cindy has acquired knowledge and experience in the Texas Community Development Block Grant programs. During application preparation, Mrs. Gutierrez has also participated in the documentation of project beneficiaries through survey tabulation. She has spent considerable time in review of contractor payrolls and performing employee interviews to verify the use of applicable wage rates by construction contractors. Cindy’s project management skills include Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike disaster grants. She is directly involved in all aspects of grant administration including TDRA monitoring review and preparation of closeout reports. Mrs. Gutierez has been working for several years on the Texas State Railroad Historical Park projects funded by the TxDOT Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program. Before joining Traylor & Associates, Mrs. Gutierrez had small business ownership experience, including financial and management aspects. She also had previous Medical Records experience in a Tyler hospital, acquiring documentation and computer skills. Education: Tyler Junior College - Tyler, Texas Medical Assistant Certification from Thompson Direct Online TDRA Application and Implementation Workshops HUD & TDRA Environmental Training Workshops AFFH Training Workshops Meeting a National Objective Workshop

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Jill Hooks
Project Assistant

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Karibeth Smith
Contract Compliance & Documentation Specialist

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Jaclyn Janek
Administrative Assistant

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Janet Amiri
HOME Program Manager

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Kenneth Hamner
HOME Project Manager

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Jennifer Eubanks
Administrative Assistant

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Wes Dabney
Information Technology Coordinator

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