Innovative entrepreneur Cindy Baker-Rudd continues to earn top marks for her work in the East Texas child care business industry.

Recently, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting in honor of Baker-Rudd and her “Kid’s Klub, LLC,” 2028 East Rusk in Jacksonville.

Both co-workers and parents have agreed having Baker-Rudd's business in Jacksonville will be very good for the community.

This is is the third such area facility – including Tyler's Tiny Town Learning Center and Bullard Early Education Center – Baker-Rudd has established and run locally. All are run with her unique brand of smoothness and efficiency, officials say.

Baker-Rudd, a  15-year child care business veteran, recently received an “A-Plus” from a local Better Business Bureau chapter for her management of her Tyler facility.

She also received a “4” rating, for that facility –  that being the highest possible rating with the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.

“Kid's Klub,” is her full-time care center, which includes summer camp for school-age children. It was formally known as “Heaven's Sake Pre-School.”

However, in keeping with the mission of Baker-Rudd's company, the student base has expanded and now cares for young ones ages 6 weeks to 11 years old. Housed in a 3,200 square foot commercial building, Jacksonville's Kid's Klub is capable of enrolling nearly 70 children.

Baker-Rudd's Tiny Town in Tyler is critically acclaimed by parents looking for employees who show love, support and dedication, to their little ones.

Tiny Town parent Jennifer Wilson has said all the employees, one in particular, put passion into their jobs and you can see it in their eyes.

 “We entrust her with the most precious things we have – our children,” Wilson said in an online post.

Austin Bank announces promotions

Jeff Austin III, vice chairman of the board, recently announced the promotions of Austin Bank employees Shawn Eyre and Jessica Guerrero,  approved at the March 2013 Board of Directors meeting at the Jacksonville corporate office.

“Each of these employees is a true professional who is dedicated to giving our customers exceptional service,” said Austin in a news release. “We are proud to have them as members of the Austin Bank team.”

Eyre, senior vice president, is a 25 year service employee who began his banking career as a note teller in the consumer lending department of the Jacksonville office. He is a graduate of Jacksonville High School, Tyler Junior College, Stephen F. Austin State University, the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU and the National Commercial Lending School.

As a lender he has been recognized throughout the years for his production and served as a mentor for new lenders. Eyre and his wife, ReNae, reside in Jacksonville and have two children.  He is very active in the community and works with numerous organizations.

Jessica Guerrero, banking officer, currently serves as the Teller Operations Supervisor in the Jacksonville office. She began her banking career as a teller in 2008, and has worked in each of the Bank’s Jacksonville locations throughout her career.  

She is a graduate of New Summerfield High School and has attended Tyler Junior College. Having completed Austin Bank’s Leadership Training in 2012, Guerrero is currently attending the Jacksonville Leadership Institute. She was recognized as Star of the Month in September 2011.  

Guererro and her husband, Juan, live in New Summerfield with their two children.

Austin Bank nets honor

Incidentally,  Austin Bank in Jacksonville  has been voted one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” for the fifth consecutive year. With assets of $1.4 billion, bank offices are located in 31 East Texas locations within 21 cities and 10 counties.

Austin Bank is locally owned and operated by the Austin Family, currently celebrating 104 years of service in the Texas banking industry.

Ben Tinsley, a Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter with over 20 years in the journalism industry, writes Business Confidential, a column designed to help promote and help spotlight the diverse and growing business community of Cherokee County.

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