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1. Hopson Changes School System’s Front Office -

The set of four regional superintendents of Memphis City Schools came and went and came back in the last 40 years of the school system that merged in 2012 with Shelby County Schools.

Along with the tier of management came verdicts about whether the school system’s central office was becoming more centralized or more decentralized depending on the education climate and trends of the day. The opinions about the effects on centralizing authority or dispersing it also varied greatly.

2. Hopson Restructures School System Management -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson has eliminated the school system’s set of four regional superintendents and replaced them with three associate superintendents in what he said is a change to move the school system’s central office closer to the daily operation of schools.

3. Steffner Adds SIOR Role to Real Estate Resume -

Since Joe Steffner opened his own commercial real estate firm 10 years ago, the industry veteran has had a front row seat to some wild changes in the industry.

He experienced everything from the boom days of the early- and mid-2000s to the depths of the recession and its crushing aftermath as the decade ended.

4. Williams Joins Memphis Obstetrics as OB/GYN -

Dr. Jason Williams has joined the staff of Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association PC, where he will focus on women’s health care issues, including prevention, diagnosis and management of many general medical conditions. As an OB/GYN, he specializes in general obstetrical care, infertility, pelvic disorders, and prevention and detection of diseases such as breast and cervical cancer.

5. McIver Makes Push for Legal Aid Into Broader Community -

For Harrison McIver, receiving the American Bar Association’s Dorsey Award this month at the ABA’s annual meeting in Boston was a special honor.

The award goes annually to attorneys who have worked in legal aid or legal services corporations representing indigent citizens.

6. Metropolitan Bank Expands Board -

Metropolitan Bank has added James Wingett to its board of directors.

Wingett lives in Memphis, where he’s a founding partner and managing director of Wolf River Capital. Before his time at Wolf River, he was a founding member, managing director and principal of FTN Financial’s Structured Finance Group.

7. American Marketing Association Memphis Chapter Preps for New Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Marketing Association is gearing up to be a hub of new networking and educational opportunities for local marketing professionals in the city.

Along with the finalization of its Memphis charter, the organization has elected a new board of directors packed with experienced marketing leaders from the area. The chapter also plans to offer “unexpected, unique and creative” benefits to help it stand out from traditional professional organizations.

8. Metropolitan Bank Expands Board -

Metropolitan Bank has added James Wingett to its board of directors.

Wingett lives in Memphis, where he’s a founding partner and managing director of Wolf River Capital. Before his time at Wolf River, he was a founding member, managing director and principal of FTN Financial’s Structured Finance Group.

9. Council Aims to Strengthen Local Medical Device Firms -

Shelby County medical device manufacturers are known for their innovation. But it took about three years of meetings before officially forming the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council this July.

“The industry was not used to coming together and sitting down,” said Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce president John Threadgill. “They’re competitors. And to get competitors in the same room to talk about their issues, there’s some reluctance. But the fact is, they’re all having the same issues. The cat’s out of the bag.”

10. City Hall Saga Charts New Directions -

After a bit of a breather, all sides in City Hall’s simmering political dispute over health insurance changes for city employees and retirees sat down at the same table Tuesday, July 29, and offered a few new directions.

11. City Union Floats Alternative Health Care Plan as City Outlines Trust Fund -

Memphis City Council members will at least discuss an alternative health insurance plan next month.

The high deductible plan, which restores many of the coverage cuts approved in June by the council, is the proposal of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association.

12. Kirby Joins Literacy Mid-South to Lead Community Engagement -

Carley Cianciolo Kirby has joined Literacy Mid-South as community engagement coordinator. In her new role, Kirby will be responsible for the Mid-South Book Festival, which this year is scheduled for Sept. 25-28, as well as the citywide reading campaigns and Literacy Mid-South’s new school fundraising initiative.

13. Difference Maker -

When the Green Machine Mobile Food Market rolled up to University Place a year ago – the market being housed inside a lime green retired MATA bus – the first customer was a 103-year-old former school teacher in a wheelchair.

14. Simmons First National Moves Into Tennessee -

A similar history, a foundation in agriculture lending and growth potential attracted Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corp. to buy Community First Bancshares Inc. of Union City, Tenn., and its $1.9 billion subsidiary First State Bank, says Simmons’ Chairman and CEO George A. Makris.

15. Memphis Athletics Director Named to NCAA Council -

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

16. Memphis Athletics Director Named to NCAA Council -

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

17. Grizzlies Promote Wexler to Business Operations President -

The Memphis Grizzlies have promoted Jason Wexler to president of business operations of the team and FedExForum.

The new position gives Wexler primary leadership responsibility for all aspects of the business, including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations.

18. U of M Athletics Director Appointed to NCAA Council -

University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

19. FedEx Could Face $1.6 Billion Fine for Drug Shipments -

Starting around 1998, Internet pharmacies – some of which did not require a doctor’s visit or prescription – began proliferating online, turning a corner of the Web into a black market bazaar for prescription pills.

20. FedEx Charged With Illegal Pharmacy Deliveries -

FedEx’s couriers in several states told company officials they suspected they were delivering illegal prescription pills, saying that delivery addresses included schools, parking lots and vacant buildings where people were lined up waiting to retrieve their shipments.

21. Stormwater Meetings Planned in Whitehaven -

The City of Memphis Division of Engineering has announced a series of neighborhood meetings focused on a stormwater master plan for Whitehaven.

The purpose of the plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues, and the goals of the meetings are to give people information about the project and gather input about drainage and flooding problems people have experienced.

22. Stormwater Meetings Planned in Whitehaven -

The City of Memphis Division of Engineering has announced a series of neighborhood meetings focused on a stormwater master plan for Whitehaven.

The purpose of the plan is to identify potential solutions for flooding and drainage issues, and the goals of the meetings are to give people information about the project and gather input about drainage and flooding problems people have experienced.

23. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician -

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

24. Cushman & Wakefield Adds Yates to Capital Markets Team -

Alex Yates has joined the Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Capital Markets team as vice president, assisting and executing investment sales, debt/equity placement and development advisory projects. Yates’ efforts will be heavily concentrated in multifamily and retail, but he will focus on other product types as well.

25. U of M Athletics Publications Honored -

Four University of Memphis publications designed by Brandon Kolditz, assistant director of athletics communications, received “Best Cover in the Nation” recognition by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The publications were judged as part of the organization’s annual publications contest.

26. Wunderlich Expands, Opens New Office -

Wunderlich Securities Inc. has expanded into consumer and business services investment banking.

The Memphis-based company has hired Joe Schimmelpfennig, Jeff Ng and Eric Eindahl as managing directors to lead the group and to open a new Orange County, Calif., office. The consumer and business services investment banking team is based in Newport Beach, Calif., and is in the process of supplementing its team with investment banking, equity research and institutional sales and trading professionals.

27. University of Memphis Athletics Publications Honored -

Four University of Memphis publications designed by Brandon Kolditz, assistant director of athletics communications, received “Best Cover in the Nation” recognition by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The publications were judged as part of the organization’s annual publications contest.

28. Wunderlich Expands, Opens New Office -

Wunderlich Securities Inc. has expanded into consumer and business services investment banking.

29. LeMoyne-Owen President to Retire -

LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson will retire a year from now, following nine years at the helm of the city’s only historically black college.

30. LeMoyne-Owen President to Retire -

LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson will retire a year from now, following nine years at the helm of the city’s only historically black college.

31. Busby Joins Howell Marketing as Social Media Manager -

Lisa Busby has joined Howell Marketing Strategies LLC as a social media manager, handling the social media marketing for several accounts. Busby’s background includes experience in the business, media and nonprofit sectors – including past roles as a radio news reporter and writer, and as a print editor in the national headquarters for the Fraternal Order of Police.

32. Creating a Nonprofit Private-Public Partnership -

Part one of a three-part series. Private-public partnerships are promoted as a collaborative way to bring people and resources together across sectors.

A recent example is the development of senior housing in San Francisco, California’s Bayview Hunters Point community. We are proud to be affiliated with this project and have witnessed the many twists and turns it has taken over the years. We asked Cathy Davis, executive director of the Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services Inc. (BHPMSS), to share specifics of her partnership so you imagine what a partnership could look like for your organization or institution. Her story is specific to her community; your story will be specific to Memphis.

33. Training Ground -

You can’t perfectly simulate a real-life disaster. Dr. Joe Holley knows this better than most.

34. Events -

West Memphis will dedicate its Fallen Officers Memorial, honoring Crittenden County police and fire personnel killed in the line of duty, Thursday, June 5, at 10 a.m. in Worthington Park, at the corner of Worthington Drive and Missouri Street. Email hhammett@wmcoc.com.

35. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, June 4, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Richardson of the International Port of Memphis will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

36. Redmont Joins HORNE as Tax Consulting Manager -

Richard Redmont has joined HORNE LLP as a tax consulting manager. Redmont, a certified public accountant, has more than 25 years of tax and consulting experience with international firms in the accounting and insurance industries, and has served clients in the manufacturing, retail, distribution, health care and financial services industries. He also served on a national Sarbanes-Oxley team for an international firm.

37. Take Proper Steps Before Investing -

So you want to buy or sell an investment property?

I hear these words more often than you would think; sometimes from a client I know, sometimes a referral or other “new voice on the phone.”

38. City Budget Dispute Remains Staring Match -

It was the first thing Memphis Fire Director Alvin Benson told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, May 20, during budget committee hearings.

39. Trenary Named Greater Memphis Chamber President -

A veteran of the local business and economic development scene will guide the Greater Memphis Chamber as it seeks to execute an ambitious economic and community growth plan.

Phil Trenary, the former president and CEO of Pinnacle Airlines, has been selected as the chamber’s new president and CEO.

40. Council Opens Budget Hearings With Cuts -

Memphis City Council members opened budget hearings Tuesday, April 29, with no frills presentations from city division directors and leaders of agencies funded by the city.

And with a majority of the 13-member council present for the opening day of the hearings, council members recommended $12 million in cuts from various departments, divisions and agencies by the lunch break in the all-day session and put the money toward the city’s annual required contribution for pension liability.

41. Miles to Lead Germantown Community Theatre -

Michael D. Miles took over as executive director of Germantown Community Theatre Monday, April 28, about two weeks before the theater closes its 2013-2014 season with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” May 16 to June 1.

42. Editorial: Look Outside MPD for Next Top Cop -

A routine action for any city employee nearing 25 years on the job got a lot of attention last week.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has put in his paperwork to retire in 2017 – three years from now – when the youngest police director to ever come from the ranks of the department will have served the city for 25 years.

43. Steiner Resigns as CEO of GTx -

Dr. Mitchell Steiner has resigned effective Thursday from being CEO and vice chairman of GTx, the Memphis-based company he co-founded.

44. Rape Survivors Go Public in Backlog Lawsuit -

The three rape victims who filed a federal lawsuit March 26 against city and county governments over the backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits deliberately wanted their real names used in the lawsuit, their attorney said Wednesday, April 2, as two of the three women talked with reporters about the case.

45. Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO -

Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.

46. Crowdfunding on Tap for Local Filmmakers -

Since August, retired financial executives from the Memphis chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) have been working in partnership with leaders from the Memphis-Shelby County Film and Television Commission to start an educational program for filmmakers.

47. Second Rape Kit Lawsuit Names More Officials -

The second federal lawsuit since December over the Memphis Police Department’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits casts a wider net of defendants than the first lawsuit, including the current and former Memphis police directors and the current and former district attorneys general.

48. Crowdfunding on Tap For Local Filmmakers -

Since August, retired financial executives from the Memphis chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) have been working in partnership with leaders from the Memphis-Shelby County Film and Television Commission to start an educational program for filmmakers.

49. Frierson Joins T-Shirt Champions as Art Director -

Nikki Frierson has joined T-Shirt Champions as art director, where she will oversee the planning and creation of all T-shirt art produced by the company’s graphic design team. Frierson is also currently involved in Leadership Memphis’ FastTrack program, an initiative that teaches emerging, high-profile leaders personal leadership skills and knowledge of the community.

50. Lot Dearth Problematic for Builders -

A dwindling supply of developed lots could threaten the nascent local homebuilding rebound, according to homebuilders.

“It’s going to eventually sidetrack the recovery because there’s not enough lots being developed to replace the supply,” said Charles Morgan of Vintage Homes LLC.

51. City, Arena Prepare for Tourney Spotlights -

It’s an audition. That’s the simplest way to explain Memphis serving as host for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament March 12-15 at FedExForum.

The city would love a callback and eventually to become the new conference’s permanent, or at least predominate, tournament home. And AAC officials perhaps made a calculated decision to hold the first league tournament here.

52. Events -

The University of Memphis will host the Civil Rights in Memphis luncheon and panel discussion Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St. Visit memphis.edu/multiculturalaffairs for more information.

53. CDC Leaders Have Challenges in Communities -

Community development corporations are designed to help create more housing in areas where investors and banks might not normally invest without incentives.

But the CDCs, as they are known, are increasingly in the business of adding business development to the housing in a combination of community building.

54. Stage Door Opens Arts Opportunities to All -

In recreational sports, you might hear that it’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. It is not so different in community theater.

“The ultimate goal lies in the process of theater,” said Brandon Kelly, artistic director for Stage Door Productions, a new 501(c)3 nonprofit performing arts organization housed in the Kroc Center of Memphis.

55. Aging in Style -

A few weeks ago, Jill Stepherson fell in a Walgreens parking lot. Given that she is 90 years old, one or more broken bones could have been an unfortunate, but hardly unusual, outcome.

But Stepherson walked away with only bruises.

56. Literacy Mid-South Gears Up for Busy March -

Literacy Mid-South is gearing up for a whirlwind of activity next month.

The national Read Across America event happens in March, and Literacy Mid-South will have special events, book giveaways, author visits and more throughout the month. The literacy organization also will be hosting a month-long “virtual book club” on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

57. Meghan McMahon Joins Glankler Brown as Associate -

Meghan K. McMahon has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as an associate, concentrating her practice in business and commercial litigation and intellectual property. McMahon previously worked in academic and membership affairs for the NCAA, and has experience with issues relating to NCAA compliance, sports and entertainment contracts, intellectual property.

58. Beale Alterations Point to Possible Larger Changes -

As a brass band leading a lunch-hour parade on Beale Street last Friday passed Handy Park, a crew wearing the district’s new uniforms for maintenance workers were taking down the Performa Entertainment sign outlining the ground rules for the park area.

59. Finding ‘Delicate Balance’ -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. leaned heavily on reality and the practical in a State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

“We have the responsibility of balancing the expectations of our citizens versus the bottom line of our budget,” Wharton told an audience of several hundred, including city division directors and those in agencies working with the city. “We must strike the delicate balance of our affairs that is based in realism and pragmatism. This is important because ultimately the numbers that define our budget are real. The decisions that have the most positive impact are practical, and the work we have to do cannot wait.”

60. Wharton Faces Challenges in State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. may face the most challenging year of his tenure as he delivers his State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29.

The speech will be delivered at 10 a.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

61. Apartment Assn. Honors Woodyard Realty’s Barnes -

Courtney Barnes of Woodyard Realty Corp. won the Associate Member of the Year award at the Apartment Association of Greater Memphis Diamond Achievement Gala.

62. Memphis Medical Society Names Board Chairman -

Dr. Gary W. Kimzey, an anesthesiologist at Medical Anesthesia Group, has been named the 137th president of the Memphis Medical Society.

Kimzey and other officers and newly elected members of the 2014 board of directors will be installed on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Memphis Marriott East. The event begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception.

63. Apartment Association Honors Woodyard Realty’s Barnes -

Courtney Barnes of Woodyard Realty Corp. won the Associate Member of the Year award at the Apartment Association of Greater Memphis Diamond Achievement Gala.

64. Memphis Medical Society Names Board Chairman -

Dr. Gary W. Kimzey, an anesthesiologist at Medical Anesthesia Group, has been named the 137th president of the Memphis Medical Society.

Kimzey and other officers and newly elected members of the 2014 board of directors will be installed on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Memphis Marriott East. The event begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception.

65. Espitia Joins Michael Hatcher as Chief Financial Officer -

Ed Espitia has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as chief financial officer. Espitia comes to the Memphis-based landscape services firm after serving since 2010 as finance manager for Schulz Xtruded Products, a Germany-based pipe maker with operations in North Mississippi.

66. Makino Named Music Director at Opera Memphis -

Ben Makino has joined Opera Memphis as the company’s music director. The conductor and pianist, who most recently worked with the Long Beach Opera in Long Beach, Calif., previously served as the music director of Opera Memphis’ inaugural 30 Days of Opera in 2012.

67. Literacy Mid-South to Launch Book Festival -

Literacy Mid-South is preparing to turn the page on 2013 and begin a new year and new chapter in the group’s story.

It has been a transformative year for the group, which tweaked its programming in recent months and relocated into a new home in early December at Playhouse on the Square. And big things already are on the horizon for 2014 – including the group’s first-ever book festival, according to Literacy Mid-South executive director Kevin Dean.

68. MAA Chairman Joins Board of Miss. Real Estate Trust -

Eric Bolton, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based MAA, has been elected to the board of directors for a Mississippi-based real estate investment trust focused on industrial properties.

69. Baptist CEO Set to Retire Next May -

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. President and CEO Stephen Reynolds will retire next May, with Jason Little, Baptist’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, taking over as the hospital system’s next president and CEO.

70. Van Vliet Takes on Roles at UT Medical, The MED -

Dr. Michael M. Van Vliet has joined the department of plastic surgery at UT Medical Group, has been named assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has been appointed director of burn critical care for the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

71. Elkington’s Farewell -

It’s been more than three years since city leaders declared the next chapter of the Beale Street entertainment district was about to begin.

But it wasn’t until Monday, Dec. 16, that Beale Street developer John Elkington marked his coming farewell to the street at the end of this year.

72. MAA Chairman Joins Board of Mississippi Real Estate Investment Trust -

Eric Bolton, chairman and CEO of Memphis-based MAA, has been elected to the board of directors for a Mississippi-based real estate investment trust focused on industrial properties.

73. Bad Blood -

December was already going to be a busy month at City Hall for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

He would be bringing a plan to provide $15 million in city financing for the $180 million Crosstown revitalization project and rolling out its fix to address the Tennessee Comptroller’s vocal concerns about the city’s unfunded pension liability.

74. DMC to Oversee Interim Management of Beale -

Beale Street developer John Elkington will mark his departure from the development and management of the entertainment district this week, ahead of what looks to be a formal exit at the end of the month.

75. Stephenson Honored by Appraisal Institute -

The Memphis Chapter of The Appraisal Institute presented veteran real estate appraiser Robert Stephenson with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, Dec. 5.

76. Council’s Ire at Wharton Timing Grows -

It is a political constant in life at City Hall for Memphis City Council members to complain that they get critical information much too late in the decision-making process and then are pressured by the mayor to make a decision then and there.

77. Meadows Appointed to State Dentistry Board -

Dr. Dan T. Meadows has been appointed to the Tennessee Board of Dentistry by Gov. Bill Haslam. Meadows, who has a private practice on Walnut Grove Road, will serve as the Rotating Dentist member through June 2016.

78. Barrett’s Business Has Races Covered From Start to Finish -

For Brent Barrett of Start2Finish Events, small-business ownership is a marathon, not a sprint.

The racing events management and production service, begun in 2004, has grown out of Barrett’s custom-printed apparel business, Bluff City Sports, and RacesOnline.com, the events calendar and registration portal of the footrace world.

79. Tools to Succeed -

If Memphis College of Art President Ron Jones has anything to do with it, there will be no starving artists among the ranks of the college’s future alumni.

80. Pote Builds Bridges Through Seedco Community Work -

Seedco is a national nonprofit whose mission statement since 1987 has been “to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.”

This is done, says Lisa Pote, senior vice president for Seedco’s Mid-South regional office, by working with individuals and businesses, and within the communities themselves, “to be a contribution to the communities that we’re in.” Seedco has been working within Shelby County since 2004, and has 30 employees.

81. Mid-South Fair Leaders Seek Memphis Return -

The president of the Mid-South Fair says the nonprofit organization wants to return to Memphis.

“We were told to leave our home,” Michael Doyle, president of the fair, told Memphis City Council members of the fair’s departure as Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton made fifth-term plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds that originally included a new Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

82. Mid-South Fair Leaders Seek Memphis Return -

The president of the Mid-South Fair told Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Nov. 19, that the nonprofit organization wants to return to Memphis.

“We were told to leave our home,” Michael Doyle, president of the fair, told council members of the fair’s departure as Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton made plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds that originally included a new Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

83. Stratton to Serve On National Real Estate Board -

Henry Stratton, vice president of brokerage services for Colliers International Memphis, has been elected to a three-year term on the national board of directors of the CCIM Institute, a commercial real estate organization with over 15,000 designees worldwide.

84. Lead Local -

The T-shirt is plain and black with a simple logo that reads “Eat Local,” and if you see someone wearing it, the chances are pretty good they work at a locally owned restaurant.

In recent years there has been a “Buy Local” campaign among some business leaders that’s been hard to miss. Less conspicuous but still easy to find is evidence of perhaps a more influential trend – how the city is moving toward what might be called a “Lead Local” preference based on some recent changes in leadership of some of the city’s most important institutions.

85. Chamber Official: Transportation ‘Huge Part’ of Local Economy -

The Traffic Club of Memphis hosted its monthly luncheon on Tuesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis, welcoming Andre B. Dean, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s vice president of public policy and community affairs, as the guest speaker. The club also held its annual board member elections, with incoming President Carey Treadwell of Dynamex Inc. taking the helm for the next year.

86. Stratton to Serve on National Real Estate Board -

Henry Stratton, vice president of brokerage services for Colliers International Memphis, has been elected to a three-year term on the national board of directors of the CCIM Institute, a commercial real estate organization with over 15,000 designees worldwide.

87. Sesley-Baymon Named CEO of Memphis Urban League -

Tonja Sesley-Baymon has been appointed president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League by its board of directors. Sesley-Baymon, who has worked with the league for eight years, previously served as programs director for the 70-year-old organization. In her new role, she will provide executive leadership to the league and advocate on behalf of social justice and economic issues affecting Memphis.

88. Kinard Elected President of State Attorneys Association -

Christy Kinard, governmental affairs and professional standards director for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, has been elected president of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association.

89. Kinard Elected President of Tennessee Attorneys Association -

Christy Kinard, governmental affairs and professional standards director for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, has been elected president of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association.

90. Chandler Takes Center Stage as GPAC Executive Director -

For Paul Chandler, all of Memphis is a stage. The executive director of the Germantown Performing Arts Center has made a career of bringing talent to the city and helping to showcase the homegrown sort, as well.

91. Williams Honored by Tennessee Urban Forestry Council -

Laurie Williams, adult education coordinator at Memphis Botanic Garden, was recently awarded the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s President’s Award for her contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Williams was one of seven individuals the urban forestry council honored this year.

92. Botanic Garden Stage to Honor Duncan -

The permanent stage being built at the Memphis Botanic Garden will be named in honor of executive director Jim Duncan.

93. State Lags for Women in Corporate Positions -

Tennessee’s corporate boards are showing slow growth in gender diversity levels, although rankings are still among the lowest in the nation, according to the latest findings of an annual study.

Expert opinions vary on how strongly the statistics reflect corporate vitality in Tennessee on a broader scale.

94. This week in Memphis history: October 25-31 -

1993: Exhibition NBA game at The Pyramid between the world champion Chicago Bulls, featuring Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and the Washington Bullets.

95. Botanic Garden Stage To Honor Duncan -

The permanent stage being built at the Memphis Botanic Garden will be named in honor of executive director Jim Duncan.

96. Council Committee Looks Broadly at Council Rules -

A trio of Memphis City Council members weighing possible changes to the council’s way of conducting business has more questions at the outset than answers about what kind of conduct is allowed and what shouldn’t be on the elected body.

97. Berklee City Music Network Conference Returns to Memphis -

A national music conference is headed to Memphis, bringing a variety of leaders in education and fundraising, plus youth groups and music teachers, to the Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel and Minglewood Hall for a concert and master class.

98. Campbell Clinic Pays $3.2 Million for Surgery Center -

255 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memphis, TN 38104
Sale Amount: $3.2 million

99. Football Part of Planning at LeMoyne-Owen -

The new $13.5 million four-story residence hall at LeMoyne-Owen College that formally opened Friday, Oct. 18, is the latest symbol of growth on the campus of the city’s only historically black college since 2006.

100. First Horizon Reports Third Quarter Loss -

The Memphis-based parent company of the largest bank based in Tennessee swung to a third quarter loss, with a $200 million addition to its mortgage repurchase reserve contributing to a loss for the quarter of $107.5 million.