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1. Enjoy Low Interest Rates While They Last -

In what has become expected in this post-Recession boom, home sales continue to set records each month with no end in sight, based on October sales figures from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

2. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Harold Graeter, associate executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, will present “Selling the College Football Bowl Experience.” Cost for nonmembers is $35 at the door. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

3. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will host its Corporate Neighbor Awards Breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Memphis Botanic Garden’s Hardin Hall, 750 Cherry Road. The awards honor exemplary corporate community engagement programs across the region. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

4. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

5. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.

6. Midtown Success Highlights Commercial Real Estate Growth -

Loeb Properties Inc. plans to build on the momentum it has created at Overton Square while turning its attention to other parts of Midtown.

7. Real Estate Rally -

Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.

8. Memphis Economic Indicator Finds Optimism -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, found a downward trend in sentiment measured by almost all of the survey’s six standard questions.

9. Yellen: Greatly Concerned By Widening Inequality -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.

10. Experts to Provide Commercial Real Estate Outlook at Seminar -

Yes, Overton Square is booming, but that may not have been the case without Memphis-based Loeb Properties Inc.

11. Shelby County Residential Foreclosures Drop 22 Percent -

Foreclosures have been on a consistent downward slope in Shelby County, with newly available figures underscoring the comprehensive nature of the decline.

During third quarter 2014, the county saw 667 residential foreclosures, a 22 percent decline from the 853 filed during the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

12. Real Estate Experts Look at Impact of North Mississippi -

Six years after the real estate bubble burst nationally, the recovery of the commercial and residential sectors in Memphis is slower than in other parts of the country. But they are recovering on their own new terms, say the incoming president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, the president of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association and a mortgage lender.

13. Will More Rentals Slow Rising Home Prices? -

Hardly a day goes by that a residential real estate broker is not asked: “When will it end?”

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., authors Elliot Eisenberg’s Brief Blog and sends it daily to subscribers. Here’s what he had to say on the subject in his August 25 edition:

14. Stepherson Named Chair-Elect of Grocers Association -

Randy Stepherson has been named 2014-2015 chairman-elect of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association board of directors. Stepherson is president of Stepherson Inc., the family- and employee-owned parent company of Superlo Foods, which has five Memphis-area locations, and Stepherson’s.

15. Feds Reviewing Reynolds Deal to Buy Lorillard -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope.

16. Less-Frenzied House Hunting in Williamson County -

This past week, Realtor Stephanie Tipton Soper had two out-of-town families relocating to Nashville. Both were in search of homes in Williamson County.

Disclosure being the better part of valor, Stephanie is my real estate partner at Christianson, Patterson, Courtney and Associates. With my wife Beth and our twins vacationing in London, Stephanie was the only real estate agent from whom I can draw immediate, deadline-ready data and information, so here she is.

17. Why Experts Live in Fear -

More trouble has fallen upon companies that tempt the universe with this ego-inflated statement: "We are the experts.” A sizable lack of innovation occurs in the practice of being perceived as experts instead of practicing humility in the workplace.

18. Master Your Market Seminar to Examine Housing Trends -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

19. US Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment -

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

20. US Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment -

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.

21. Shelby County Mortgage Market Sees Modest Gain -

Shelby County mortgage lenders share a few common trends at the moment, as the area’s mortgage market begins to shake off the wintry chill of the first quarter.

Many of them report robust purchase mortgage activity, as refinances plummet to small fractions of their business. As a result of the demand, many of those lenders also have been adding mortgage officers to their ranks and plan to continue doing so.

22. Pathmark Inks Lease at I-Bank Tower -

A longtime third-party logistics company is on the move.

Pathmark Transportation Co., which was started in 1984 as a subsidiary of petroleum marketing company Pathmark International before becoming a national logistics provider, has signed a new lease for 3,800 square feet at the i-bank Tower on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

23. Health Choice Selects Abisch to Lead Population Health Services -

Ellen Abisch has joined Health Choice LLC as senior director of population health services. In the newly created position, Abisch will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing population health and wellness programs for the Health Choice network.
Prior to joining the physician hospital organization, she served as manager of benefits and wellness for ServiceMaster.

24. Park Progress -

Shelby Farms Park has always seemed, in a way, like Memphis’ 4,500-acre backyard.

Venture to the park on any given day, and what’s liable to greet you is a cross section of Memphis that presents itself amid the park’s rolling hills, pastures, trails and lakes.

25. Change on Tap for Many Local Public Companies -

Here’s a snapshot of recent news and developments at some of the publicly traded companies based in Memphis, reflecting the influence these companies have and the shadows they cast both in Memphis and beyond, in industries that range from bioscience to banking.

26. New Path -

A lot has changed for Memphis-based TruGreen lawn care in the last six months.

The company behind one of the best known brands in lawn care became its own independent company at the start of 2014, spinning off from The ServiceMaster Co. in a move that meant changes for both companies.

27. Darden to Sell Red Lobster, Hold Onto Olive Garden -

NEW YORK (AP) – Darden is setting Red Lobster adrift, but betting that it can still turn around Olive Garden's fortunes.

The company, which is based in Orlando, Florida, said Friday that it would sell its seafood chain and the accompanying real estate to investment firm Golden Gate Capital in a $2.1 billion cash deal. The announcement came despite objections from some shareholders to the plan to separate Red Lobster, which was announced late last year.

28. Sales of US Existing Homes Slip to 20-Month Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers.

29. Growing Demand for US Apartments Pushing Up Rents -

These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much.

With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon.

30. US Home Market: Few Buyers and Not Enough Sellers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

31. The Right ROI of Innovation for Your Firm -

Innovation as investment is a simple three-step process. First, figure out the risk tolerance level at a firm. Then you can get real with your expectations, roles, resources, and metrics. Second, come up with a mix based on the risk-tolerance level of your culture. Third, formalize the assignment – and kick off all projects with visible executive leadership support. The executive support is critically important.

32. Events -

SHRM-Memphis will hold a legal seminar for human resources professionals Tuesday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive. Attorneys from four firms will explore hot topics, trends and practical approaches to preventing and managing labor and employment law issues. Cost is $80 for members, $85 for nonmembers and $35 for students. Visit shrm-memphis.org.

33. Events -

The Daily News will hold a free breakfast seminar on monitoring, protecting and growing your business with The Daily News Online March 19, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Germantown Conf. Center, 1900 S. Germantown Pkwy. Attendees receive a free five-day trial of Daily News Online services. RSVP at seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

34. Exeter Property Group Acquires Industrial Portfolio -

Exeter Property Group has acquired a 4.4 million-square-foot industrial portfolio – including four properties in Memphis – for $132 million.

Exeter recently acquired the properties located in Memphis, Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, from LNR Property LLC, a special servicer appointed to the portfolio upon its transfer from London-based Strategic Realty Advisors Ltd. in June 2013.

35. Buzz Around Spec Office Space Starts to Swirl -

International Paper Co.’s new office tower in East Memphis is under construction now, but it’s been four years since the last speculative office building opened its doors in Memphis.

36. Shelby County Mortgage Market Dips in January -

Shelby County’s mortgage market entered 2014 in less of a turbo-charged fashion than it did at the same point last year.

New figures show total mortgage volume in the county was down 5 percent in January compared to January 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com. Data for this report did not include refinances.

37. MAAR to Hold Commercial Forecast Summit Feb. 12 -

Commercial real estate experts will share their insights this week on what to expect nationally and locally in 2014.

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ Commercial Council will host the 2014 Commercial Property Forecast Summit Wednesday, Feb. 12.

38. The Economy in 2013: Naughty and Nice -

Thanks to the Federal Reserve’s dedication to increasing your net worth, 2013 will go down as one of the most prosperous years on file. Stock prices have increased more than 20 percent and U.S. home prices have increased nearly 15 percent. These gains hit national headlines, but the gains for back-page asset classes are equally impressive.

39. CTSI Stays Competitive by Adapting to Client Needs -

It might take a freight train to hold all of the services offered by CTSI-Global, the Memphis-based global supplier of supply chain management expertise and technology to the logistics industry.

With innovative technology and offices located worldwide, CTSI works with shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to manage their business through a database 150 terabytes strong.

40. Listening: The Hardest Part -

For many in the innovation field, the hardest task is listening – real listening, deep listening. To listen without building a mental model or rushing to a conclusion is a cultivated skill.

To listen to a person’s summary of your product or service and honor their experience as the only experience that matters is not only a great courtesy, but it can be a competitive advantage; that is, if you are willing to collect feedback from a lot of customers and apply adaptive intelligence.

41. Real Estate Trends in Focus at ULI Seminar -

Local and national real estate experts will gather Dec. 10 to discuss real estate trends and forecast what awaits the industry in 2014.

ULI Memphis, the local district council of the Urban Land Institute, is hosting its annual Mid-South Real Estate Outlook, featuring the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014 report and a panel discussion on the outlook for Memphis-area real estate.

42. Real Estate Trends in Focus at ULI Seminar -

Local and national real estate experts will gather Dec. 10 to discuss real estate trends and forecast what awaits the industry in 2014.

ULI Memphis, the local district council of the Urban Land Institute, is hosting its annual Mid-South Real Estate Outlook, featuring the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014 report and a panel discussion on the outlook for Memphis-area real estate.

43. Community Main Focus of Conrad’s Goals -

Since Kemp Conrad, principal with Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors LLC, took the position as president of Commercial Advisors’ asset services – a leading third-party provider of leasing, property management and project management services – revenues have increased by 215 percent.

44. Community Improvement at Heart of Conrad’s Goals -

Since Kemp Conrad, principal with Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors LLC, took the position as president of Commercial Advisors’ asset services – a leading third-party provider of leasing, property management and project management services – revenues have increased by 215 percent.

45. Apartment, Retail Markets Holding Steady -

The Memphis area multifamily and retail markets continue to chug along, with the newer, more upscale products in each sector propping up both overall markets.

Those trends and others in commercial real estate will be the subject of discussion Thursday, Nov. 7, during the 2013 Commercial Real Estate Review & Forecast, one of six seminars in The Daily News’ 2013 Seminar Series.

46. Troubling Trends Emerge as Grizz Begin Season -

First-year coach Dave Joerger had two goals heading into the Grizzlies’ eighth and final preseason game: “Don’t get anybody hurt, get better.”

The Grizzlies came through their 92-73 loss to the Houston Rockets at FedExForum Friday, Oct. 25, without injury. But they did not get better. Rather, they followed up their dreadful showing in Toronto two nights earlier – a 108-72 defeat – with a performance that raises many more questions than it answers.

47. Experts to Provide CRE Outlook at Seminar -

Class A office space in East Memphis reigns supreme, which should continue to drive up rental rates, while industrial developers are ramping up activity outside the city of Memphis.

Those trends and others in commercial real estate will be the subject of discussion Thursday, Nov. 7, during the 2013 Commercial Real Estate Review & Forecast, one of six seminars in The Daily News’ 2013 Seminar Series.

48. 3 US Economists Win Nobel for Work on Asset Prices -

STOCKHOLM (AP) – Three American professors won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for shedding light on how stock, bond and house prices move over time– work that's changed how people around the world invest.

49. Bigger Joins TriMetis as Business Development Specialist -

Lauren Bigger has joined preclinical services company TriMetis, a subsidiary of Memphis Bioworks Foundation, as a business development specialist. In her new role, Bigger will work with the operations and scientific teams to drive new projects for the TriMetis specialized laboratory and manage the sales and protocol review processes.

50. Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck Rolls Along With Changing City -

The accounting firm of Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck PLC has been around since 1916, when it was known as Shannon Reynolds & Bone.

51. Drowning in Big Data -

“We have so much data but no answers.” This phrase echoes down the halls of all of the larger clients with whom we meet. In a quantitative world, where there is every dimension of research and analysis available, unreality multiples. The business world is drowning in data and, by the level of panic and anxiety, has lost its rudder.

52. Memphis Banks Show Broad Improvement -

Banking in Memphis is in the midst of a rebound, judging by the latest numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

53. Salomon Helps Clients Navigate Estate Planning -

For Jason Salomon, an attorney with the trusts estate and personal planning service team of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, the kinetic needs of his clients and the challenges turned into opportunities keep him involved and excited on a daily basis.

54. Memphis Economic Indicator Surveys Landscape -

The inaugural Memphis Economic Indicator, a new online survey launched by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP and The Daily News to measure general business sentiment, shows little consensus about the local economy.

55. Real Estate Trends Focus of ‘Master Your Market’ -

Real estate industry professionals will have the opportunity this week to learn more about major trends in the local real estate market, including residential and commercial sales, new housing, foreclosures and lending practices.

56. US Consumer Borrowing Up as Credit Card Use Rises -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their borrowing in May at the fastest pace in a year. Borrowing in the category that includes credit cards reached its highest point since the fall of 2010.

57. Eclectic Eye Renovation Aims to Keep Store Fresh -

Fashion isn’t just about clothing, said the owners of Eclectic Eye, whose business caters to customers who enjoy several different looks in eyewear.

So with a nod to the fashion industry’s concept of keeping things fresh, lively and in tune with the current trends, Eclectic Eye is undergoing an extensive makeover of its popular Midtown store.

58. Is Big Data Turning Government Into 'Big Brother'? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.

59. US Government Collecting Huge Number of Phone Records -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

60. Chandler Reports Launches Online Storefront -

A leading provider of real estate news has opened a new online storefront. Chandler Reports, which is owned by The Daily News Publishing Co., launched the store, store.chandlerreports.com, because of the high demand for detailed reports on local foreclosures, lending, and residential and commercial sales.

61. Mortgages Near $107 Million in April -

From where he sits, Renaissance Realty’s Jeff Jenkins is optimistic that 2013 will be a fruitful one for the local real estate industry.

62. Earles’ Company Helps Homeowners ‘From A to Z’ -

Working as a Realtor for the first 19 years of her career, Paige Earles learned the value of home staging.

“Research shows a property spends about 78 percent less time on the market if it is staged versus not staged,” said Earles, owner of Pearle Staging & Design, which recently expanded into Memphis. “The benefits of staging are pretty tremendous.”

63. Data Facts Leading by Example -

Last week we highlighted Friends For Life Corp., which is an organization helping people affected by HIV/AIDS to live well. This week let us discuss an important trend in corporate philanthropy and spotlight a local company leading by example.

64. Mortgages Jump 38 Percent in January -

Mortgage banking isn’t looking as dreary right now as it has in recent years. In Shelby County, mortgage activity began the year bouncing strongly off totals from the first month of 2012.

65. Breaking the Mold -

When Rosemarie Fair was named Broker of the Year in investment sales at last year’s Pinnacle Awards, she became the first woman ever to do so.

Before Fair founded One Source Commercial Inc. in 1993, she worked with Carlisle Corp. in the early 1980s on Beale Street Landing Downtown. She remembers often what her mentor Gene Carlisle taught her – “Somebody will take care of the big stuff, it’s the nickels and dimes that make the difference.”

66. US Housing Starts Dip but Remain at Solid Pace -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. homebuilders began work at a slower pace in January than in December. But all of the drop occurred in the volatile area of apartment construction, which sank 24 percent. By contrast, the rate of single-family homebuilding rose 0.8 percent.

67. Expert: Memphis Has Big Story to Tell -

Memphis area commercial real estate brokers were not only brought up to speed on the latest numbers and trends Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Property Forecast Summit – they were also briefed on how to tweak their marketing strategy to recruit business by a former executive with the Federal Reserve.

68. January Home Sales Up 46 Percent -

January home sales increased 46 percent from the same month last year, and pricing and new-home transactions improved year over year as well.

Shelby County recorded 1,344 home sales last month compared to the 921 sales during January 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

69. Events -

IHOP will hold National Pancake Day events to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at restaurants across the U.S. Guests will receive a complimentary stack of pancakes and are asked to make a voluntary donation to the charity. Visit ihoppancakeday.com.

70. Seminar to Tackle Reappraisal, Consolidation -

Real estate industry professionals will soon have the opportunity to learn more about two ongoing issues that will affect every homeowner and taxpayer – the 2013 Shelby County reappraisal and the school consolidation.

71. Real Estate Leaders to Present Trends at Forecast -

Real estate leaders will offer their reviews and insights for the Memphis-area commercial market at the 10th annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road.

72. Events -

Nike Inc. will host construction symposiums for locally owned small, women-owned and minority businesses Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Attendees will learn about construction opportunities at Nike’s Memphis expansion. R.S.V.P. to Brenda Montgomery at bmontgomery@memphischamber.com or 543-3500.

73. Real Estate Leaders to Present Trends at Forecast Summit -

Real estate leaders will offer their reviews and insights for the Memphis-area commercial market at the 10th annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road.

74. Analyzing the Season -

Holiday Retail Sales: Ho Ho Hum or Ho-Ho-Ho? National retail results are in and, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), when all was bought and wrapped, year-over-year sales increased by 4.5 percent in December and 3.1 percent for the overall holiday season. While that’s pretty much on target with projections, it was the pace of sales that made this year a bit different.

75. Permits Improve 24 Percent in December -

Keeping in line with 2012’s trends, homebuilding activity in December saw a healthy increase from the same month in 2011.

Shelby County homebuilders filed 51 permits during December 2012, a 24.4 percent increase from the 41 in December 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

76. First National Expanding Into Memphis-Area Walmart Stores -

The New Year marks a major milestone for First National Realty Inc., as the Memphis-based residential real estate brokerage firm has plans to expand branch offices into 13 Walmart Supercenters in the Memphis metro area.

77. Cognitive Biases Affect Strategic Decision Making -

You are biased. Chances are very good that your team is also biased, no matter how talented or experienced they are in your industry. Human bias can blind you to real market demand and open opportunity.

78. Home Sales Up 16 Percent -

The Shelby County housing market continued to improve last month with year-over-year increases in home sales and average prices, and industry experts say those are just two of the signs that local residential real estate has stabilized.

79. Real Estate Profession Trends Toward Teams -

The residential housing market is recovering, but traditional real estate agents may not be, according to one agent who began at the height of the economic collapse.

Josh Hisaw of The Hisaw Team said that high-volume sales are now beyond the reach of individuals.

80. Events -

Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. in the board’s office in The Crump Building, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

81. Seminar Underscores Commercial Sectors’ Highs, Lows -

Memphis’ commercial real estate market for the most part appears to mirror national trends, with all four sectors boasting challenges and bright spots so far this year.

That was a message a room full of real estate professionals received when The Daily News hosted its second annual Commercial Real Estate seminar Thursday, Nov.1, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, sponsored by Magna Bank and Evans Petree PC.

82. CBRE Shares Fall on Weak Third-Quarter Earnings -

CBRE Group Inc.'s shares fell Wednesday following a disappointing third-quarter earnings report from the real estate services company.

83. Rise of House Flipping Focus Of Seminar -

The impact of the foreclosure crisis on Shelby County home values is intricate and far-reaching.

Recent estimates by real estate information company Chandler Reports suggest that nearly a quarter of Memphis’ total housing stock are non-owner occupied.

84. Medical Office Sector Enters Transitional Period -

As the trend for health care mergers intensifies, the city’s medical office market evolves, with some private practices consolidating into hospital systems and others relocating to better serve their patients.

85. Buffett Says US Economy Still Inching Ahead -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Wednesday that the global economy is definitely slowing because of continued problems in Europe and the decline in Asia.

But he said that the U.S. economy is still improving modestly and business will improve regardless of who wins the presidential election.

86. Seminar To Tackle Commercial Conditions -

While many commercial real estate professionals would like to forget about 2011 altogether, celebrating increases in 2012 is necessary for morale.

Shelby County experienced the most second-quarter sales this year since the second quarter of 2008, and the highest quarterly sales revenue since the second quarter of 2007.

87. Growing Together: Synthetic Teamwork -

In Henry Mintzberg’s 1994 landmark book, “The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning,” the author calls for a new method to create effective strategies. He notes that “Strategic planning isn’t strategic thinking. One is analysis, the other is synthesis.”

88. Early Results: Vesta Exceeds Expectations -

Don Glays, executive director of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, has three words to describe how the past few days of the Vesta Home Show have performed:

“Beyond our expectations.”

89. Collaborative Zones -

The practice of designing office spaces is trending away from inhibiting cubicles and foreboding conference tables and more toward creating collaborative zones.

Tenants are demanding alternatives that cut costs, improve productivity and increase morale. That’s because flexibility is key for modern-day office users, said Heather Averwater, interior designer with brg3s architects.

90. How to Adapt to Today’s Visual Culture -

Great advertising engages our senses. While we may not be able to touch or taste a product through an ad, with the right visual, we get a sense for what it’s like through another’s eyes.

91. Recovery Tied to Nation’s Business Cycle -

Another jobs bill was recently filibustered in the Senate, lacking just two votes for passage. Without direct stimulus emanating from a deadlocked Congress, the Federal Reserve announced one more quantitative easing program, designed to provide liquidity for more bank lending that would hopefully lead to more investments in small and medium-sized businesses. Banks and corporations, for that matter, have ample cash on their respective balance sheets for investment in the domestic market, but both are waiting for a signal that consumer demand is on the rise.

92. Chandler Reports Debuts Pulse Report -

Real estate information company Chandler Reports is premiering a new complimentary report called the “Pulse Report,” which will provide a monthly snapshot of local market trends.

Derived from Chandler Reports’ extensive Market Trends reports and public record information from The Daily News, the “Pulse Report” offers a comprehensive overview of residential and commercial sales activity, foreclosure analysis, new housing trends and mortgage activity.

93. Tapley Ranks 13th on National List of Most Successful Realtors -

Jimmie Tapley of Crye-Leike Realtors has been named the country’s 13th most successful residential Realtor by REAL Trends Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. The ranking is based on the number of real estate agents’ closed transactions in 2011. Tapley’s sales volume for the year totaled 437 transaction sides.

94. Women Groups to Elevate Business at Seminar -

Three years ago, three national women’s organizations began to gather in Memphis with a vision of preparing and excelling women in business.

The third annual “When Great Women Gather” event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. It is being co-hosted by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and the Women Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South).

95. Naming the Baby: Product Naming 101 -

If you ask business experts what is the most fundamental ingredient in a successful product launch, you may hear three things: distribution, quality or pricing. All three are merely givens in this era – mandatory.

96. Events -

EarlyShares will host the 24/24 Nationwide Crowdfunding Educational Roadshow Monday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Memphis Bioworks Conference Center, 20 S. Dudley St. The event is geared toward those seeking to fund a startup or invest in new or growing businesses. Visit earlyshares.com.

97. Health Care Reform to Affect CRE Industry -

Members of the local real estate and health care industries gathered at the Doubletree Hotel, 5069 Sanderlin Ave., on Thursday, June 28, for a luncheon and panel presentation called “The Changing Face of Health Care Real Estate.”

98. No Risk, No Reward -

A good CEO should make the CFO a little nervous. When the CFO is sleeping soundly, the CEO is not reaching high enough and lacks vision.

If the CEO does not provoke people with an aggressive vision of organic growth, someone at the firm needs to be appointed as the official risk-taker. Without risks, there is no reward.

99. Renewable Investment Hit $257B -

GENEVA (AP) – Global investment in renewable energy reached a record of $257 billion last year, with solar attracting more than half the total spending, according to a U.N. report released Monday.

100. Homes Sales Continue Upswing -

Shelby County home sales increased 25 percent in May compared to last year, as the historically busiest buying season kicked into full swing.

The Memphis area and its 34 ZIP codes registered 1,383 home sales last month compared to 1,109 recorded in May 2011, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.