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1. Pahlow Wins Broker of the Year -

After enduring early struggles in his commercial real estate career, Scott Pahlow has reached the top of his industry.

Pahlow, an executive vice president with Newmark Grubb Memphis, was named Commercial Broker of the Year Thursday night at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 13th annual Pinnacle Awards gala.

2. Sherman Breath of Fresh Air for Sportswriters -

I have waited for San Antonio point guard Tony Parker to take a shower, dress, whip a winter scarf around his neck and then say something so boring that my tape recorder yawned.

3. Daniels Takes on New Role at Greater Memphis Chamber -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Amy Daniels to the newly created position of senior vice president, membership and communications. Daniels, who has worked at the chamber for 17 years, will now oversee the membership department while continuing in her prior role, leading the communications and programming department.

4. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, March 6, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

5. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, Jan. 23, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Unified Shelby County School Board Chairman Billy Orgel will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

6. Tigers Fans: Sit Back, Soak it In -

Former Tigers coach John Calipari had a convenient label for fans and media members who dared to question him or worry about less than near-perfect results.

“The Miserables,” Calipari whined on more than one occasion.

7. A Season for More -

Last season, the Grizzlies made the playoffs and even earned home-court advantage for their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Last season, the Tigers made the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular season and tournament Conference USA championships.

8. Team Mantras Usher in New Basketball Seasons -

Although the date and time are unknown, there was a point some years ago when it became mandatory for every big-time college and pro team to have a mantra.

And so it is for the Grizzlies and University of Memphis Tigers. The Grizz and local media gathered at FedExForum and coach Lionel Hollins said: “Our buzz words are sacrifice, trust and consistency.”

9. East Joins Carriage Crossing As Marketing Coordinator -

Kendra East has joined Carriage Crossing as marketing coordinator. East’s new responsibilities include creating and implementing the lifestyle center’s yearly marketing budget, spearheading onsite events and leading merchant communication.

10. Kings Top Grizzlies 119-110 for Third Straight Win -

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart took off his blue jacket and tossed it to DeMarcus Cousins. The fouled-out forward played coach for the final minute, and everybody on the bench enjoyed a laugh.

11. ‘No Place Like It’ -

Actor and philanthropist Danny Thomas’ dream of a day when no child would die in the dawn of life continues to be the driving force behind St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which this year marks its 50th anniversary.

12. Wharton Keeps Most Division Directors, Shifts Some Duties -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is keeping the same team of division directors except two for his full four year term of office that started Sunday.

But the administration’s lobbyist in Nashville, TaJuan Stout Mitchell, is retiring and the position will change to be more of a contact person with the Memphis City Council instead of state legislators in Nashville.

13. Elmwood’s Costume Tour Ends Month of Events -

Memphis’ Elmwood Cemetery is gearing up to host a number of events this month, leading up to its popular annual Costume Twilight Tour, which attracts about 1,000 visitors to its historic grounds at 824 S. Dudley St.

14. Duo Helps Strengthen Colliers’ Retail Face -

After being historically thought of as a driving force in industrial real estate, Colliers International is becoming a rising star in the retail arena.

The retail team of Andrew Phillips and Ed Thomas has been involved in three of the largest retail lease transactions in the last six months with the 45,000-square-foot Habitat for Humanity, 24,000-square-foot Memphis Judo and 14,000-square-foot Jack Wills Co.

15. Black Equip. Supply Grows Memphis Presence -

Black Equipment Supply is relocating its Memphis presence to a space that nearly doubles the size of the firm’s former location.

The company will vacate its 14,000-square-foot space off Cherry Road and has signed a 25,372-square-foot lease at Shelby Air Park, 4570 Shelby Air Drive, suite 8.

16. Ripples From Stanford Scheme Still Felt in Memphis -

The court-appointed receiver who’s unwinding the now-defunct operations of Stanford Financial Group – once fueled by money from a giant Ponzi scheme – is preparing to sell off Stanford property in Collierville.

17. Ripples From Stanford Scheme Still Felt in Memphis -

The court-appointed receiver who’s unwinding the now-defunct operations of Stanford Financial Group – once fueled by money from a giant Ponzi scheme – is preparing to sell off Stanford property in Collierville.

18. EMHC Moving to Appling Farms, Doubling in Size -

Emergency Mobile Health Care is more than doubling the size of its Memphis corporate headquarters.

EMHC has signed a 14,200-square-foot lease at 6972 Appling Farms Parkway. EMHC currently occupies 6,900 square feet at 5071 Wilfong Road, and also has an office in Jackson, Tenn.

19. Marlo Thomas Book Looks at Laughter -

A lesson learned with laughter, it is said, is a lesson learned well.

In learning about comedy, Marlo Thomas had some of the best teachers in the world in her father Danny Thomas and the other legendary entertainers who were fixtures in the Thomas household, where they would swap stories and entertain each other.

20. ‘Hairspray’ to Provide Big Boost for SRVS -

Controversial music, dramatic hairdos and original artwork combine to benefit people living with disabilities in an artistically unique kickoff event at Playhouse on the Square.

On Sunday, Shelby Residential and Vocational Services will offer the play “Hairspray” as part of its fourth annual prelude benefit that begins a summer of fundraising.

21. House of Cards -

It’s a little more than halfway through the first meeting of the state Senate’s Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee in 2009, in a nondescript hearing room in Nashville’s Legislative Plaza.

Four bank executives from around the state are seated at a table in front of a row of senators. A line of questioning is about to put the bankers on the hot seat.

22. UTHSC College of Medicine Names Smith Interim Dean -

J. Lacey Smith has been named interim dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Smith currently serves as the associate dean of clinical affairs for the College of Medicine and the chief medical officer and executive vice president for UT Medical Group Inc.

23. Playhouse’s Production of ‘RENT’ Enjoyable Despite Some Flaws -

Playhouse on the Square is closing out its 2008-2009 season with Jonathan Larson’s Broadway musical “RENT,” a 1990s retelling of Puccini’s classic opera, “La Boheme.”

24. U of M Law School Appoints Kritchevsky to Director of Advocacy -

Barbara Kritchevsky has been appointed to the newly created position of director of advocacy at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law.

Kritchevsky has been a law professor at the university since 1983, and for the past 20 years has served as a faculty adviser to the school’s Moot Court Board and also served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs.

25. STANFORD SHOCKER -

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Texas billionaire whose family of companies has deep ties to Memphis with an $8 billion securities fraud.

Asking for “emergency relief to halt a massive, ongoing fraud,” a complaint issued by the SEC Tuesday alleges the businessman, R. Allen Stanford – chairman of the Stanford Financial Group of companies – schemed to sell about $8 billion worth of certificates of deposit that promise higher returns than would have been available with genuine CDs offered by traditional banks.

26. Stanford Financial Chairman Charged With $8B Fraud - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Texas billionaire whose family of companies has deep ties to Memphis with an $8 billion securities fraud.

Asking for "emergency relief to halt a massive, ongoing fraud," a complaint issued by the SEC Tuesday alleges the businessman, R. Allen Stanford – chairman of the Stanford Financial Group of companies – schemed to sell about $8 billion worth of certificates of deposit that promise higher returns than would have been available with genuine CDs offered by traditional banks.

Also named in the Texas complaint are James Davis, the chief financial officer of Stanford Financial Group Inc. who works in East Memphis’ Crescent Center, as well as Laura Pendergest-Holt, the chief investment officer of Stanford Financial Group. She supervises a group of analysts in Memphis, among other places, according to the SEC.

"Stanford and Davis have wholly failed to cooperate with the commission's efforts to account for the $8 billion of investor funds purportedly held by SIB (Stanford International Bank, the banking unit of the family of companies)," the SEC's complaint reads. "In short, approximately 90 percent of SIB's claimed investment portfolio resides in a 'black box' shielded from any independent oversight."

The particulars

Stanford's banking unit claims $8.5 billion in assets, and its brokerage unit reportedly has about $50 billion in assets. The SEC alleges the bulk of the banking unit’s investment portfolio was monitored by two people – Stanford and Davis.

The company and its executives cast a long shadow in Memphis, as does the sprawling complaint unveiled this week.

Law enforcement personnel Tuesday entered Stanford offices in the U.S. in more than one city, including Memphis. Memphis FBI officials could not be reached Tuesday afternoon, but were believed to be seizing records there.

The day before the SEC’s allegations were unveiled, a Stanford Financial Group spokesman told The Daily News the company was cooperating with investigators.

“Both FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and the SEC have stated to us that their recent visits to our offices were part of a routine examination,” said Brian Bertsch. “We have provided U.S. regulators with the information requested and intend to comply fully with any findings or recommendations they may issue.”

Bertsch would not confirm if the company’s Memphis office was one of six locations visited in January by the SEC and FINRA.

Far-reaching operation

More than three dozen police officers and other law enforcement officials entered two Stanford Group office buildings in Houston Tuesday morning, according to The New York Times.

Several key aspects of the case, meanwhile, point to activities of the company that unfolded in Memphis or are related to the Bluff City.

"SIB's multi-billion (dollar) portfolio of investments is purportedly monitored by SFG's chief financial officer in Memphis, Tenn.," according to the SEC. That executive, James Davis, refused to appear and give testimony in the SEC investigation.

Meanwhile, “The bank's (senior investment officer) was trained by Ms. Pendergest-Holt to tell investors that the bank's multi-billion (dollar) portfolio was ‘monitored’ by the analyst team in Memphis,” the SEC’s complaint reads. “In communicating with investors, the SIO followed Pendergest's instructions, misrepresenting that a team of 20-plus analysts monitored the bank’s investment portfolio. In so doing, the SIO never disclosed to investors that the analysts only monitor approximately 10 percent of SIB's money.

“In fact, Pendergest-Holt trained the SIO ‘not to divulge too much’ about oversight of the bank's portfolio because that information ‘wouldn’t leave an investor with a lot of confidence.’”

One spark that may have added fuel to the fire concerns allegations from former Stanford employees.

D. Mark Tidwell and Charles Rawl last year filed a wrongful termination suit in state court in Texas alleging “various unethical and illegal business practices, including overstating the asset value of individuals in a manner designed to mislead potential investors and purging electronic data from computers in response to an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission,” according to a court filing in the Texas case. “According to Tidwell and Rawl, they left the company after realizing that they could possibly be implicated in the alleged illegal acts.”

Wellspring of support

The charges cast a dark cloud over a company that has been a generous benefactor of several causes in Memphis.

In the most recent edition of the Stanford Eagle, the in-house magazine of Stanford Financial Group, Stanford is shown seated among a quartet of children who all appear to be patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All of them are smiling, and one is sitting on the businessman’s knee, cradled in his arm.

St. Jude is among the many local causes supported by Stanford's business interests. The annual Stanford St. Jude Championship alone has raised more than $19 million for the hospital since 1970. Stanford signed on as the major sponsor in 2007 after FedEx shifted its involvement.

The Houston-based financial services company, which operates an investment brokerage office in Memphis, provides financial support to the hospital as its “corporate charity of choice,” according to the magazine.

In the most recent edition of the magazine, Tony Thomas, the son of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, said Stanford’s chairman “has been a blessing for us and for the children and patients of St. Jude. … His support has resulted in $15 million in the last three years.”

Among the Memphis causes it supports, the Houston company is a corporate sponsor of the National Civil Rights Museum and a contributor to the Greater Memphis Arts Council, the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis and the Ave Maria Foundation of Memphis, according to a report from Stanford about its community investments. Stanford’s charitable foundation also is based in Memphis.

A reception several years ago to celebrate the company’s growth in Memphis was held at the home of local fashion designer Pat Kerr Tigrett, with guests including Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton and FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith, according to news accounts of the event.

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27. Financial Executives Chapter Names Board Members -

The Memphis Chapter of Financial Executives International has named the new members of its board of directors for the 2008-2009 year.

Beverly Robertson, controller at National Safety Associates LLC, was named president of the organization, which serves as a professional networking avenue for CFOs and other senior finance executives.

28. Unregistered Credit Repair Companies Ordered to Stop -

NASHVILLE (AP) - An Atlanta man offering credit repair services in Nashville and Memphis has been ordered to stop and refund customers.

A Davidson County Circuit Court judge ordered a default judgment against Anthony "Tony" Thomas after he failed to respond to the state's complaint filed in November. Neither Thomas nor counsel appeared at the hearing.

29. Ray of Hope Offered Through Man Up Mentoring -

Mike Arnold didn't have to wonder who or where his father was when he was a little boy. Arnold said he was a fortunate child, one who grew up with his father in the home, doing the things boys do with their dads such as playing catch or just having those conversations only a dad and son can have.

30. New Resembles Old -

Old Germantown soon will have a new office product when The Salvaggio Group LLC completes its $3.5 million, three-building development at 7656 and 7658 Poplar Pike, in the heart of town.

The company - whose partners are former Germantown Mayor Charles Salvaggio and his sons, Tony and Jerome - has sold the three lots that comprise the 1.4-acre property and will begin construction within the next few weeks with completion set for Oct. 1.

31. Elvis Presley EnterprisesPartners With St. Jude -      Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland have joined forces with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to support the hospital's fourth annual "Thanks and Giving" fundraising campaign.
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32. Stanford Financial Gives$1.76M to St. Jude -      Stanford Financial Group has presented St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with a check for $1.76 million from the inaugural Stanford St. Jude Championship held in June.
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33. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association will hold "Social Security Disability: A Primer" today from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MBA Conference Room, 80 Monroe Ave., Suite 220. The seminar offers one hour of continuing legal education credit. For cost and registration information, call the MBA at 527-3573.

34. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold its "Alliance Member Orientation" workshop today from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at its offices, 606 S. Mendenhall Road, Suite 108. The workshop will give an overview of the Alliance's programs and services. The event is free. For additional information, contact April DeBerry at 684-6605 or adeberry@npexcellence.org.

35. New Surprises on Tap for Calvary & The Arts -

Music will fill the sanctuary once again at the historic Calvary Episcopal Church Downtown, though a couple of weeks later than usual. This year's Fall 2007 season of "Calvary & the Arts" kicks off in late October.

36. Prestidge Chosen to Head Kroger Delta Division -

Mark Prestidge has been promoted to president of The Kroger Co.'s Delta Division. The Delta Division is based in Memphis and includes 111 Kroger stores in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Prestidge succeeds Richard Tillman, who recently announced his retirement after a 42-year career with Kroger. Prestidge previously served as vice president of operations for Kroger's Southwest Division.

37. Among Other Events, Collierville Hosts Fireworks Extravaganza Today -

July 3

The Town of Collierville holds an Independence Day Celebration from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in H.W. Cox Jr. Park, 440 W. Powell Road. A fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 853-3225.

38. Black Repertory Theater to Open on Marshall -

A neighborhood on the edge of Downtown is seeing some growth, the newest of which is a black repertory theater.

The 70-seat, 3,200-square-foot Hattiloo Theater is scheduled to open Sept. 22 at 656 Marshall Ave. and will focus on black theater and art. The building belongs to Pinkney Herbert, the owner of the Marshall Arts gallery at 639 Marshall.

39. Commercial Advisors' Jensen Voted Commercial Broker of the Year -

Larry Jensen has received the 2005 Pinnacle Award for Commercial Broker of the Year from the Memphis Area Association of Realtors' Commercial Council. Jensen is president and CEO of Commercial Advisors LLC. He has more than 30 years of experience in real estate.

40. Baker Donelson Names New President, COO -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC announced that Jerry Stauffer was selected to serve as the firm's president and chief operating officer. Stauffer formerly served as chairman of the firm's litigation department, as a director of the firm and most recently as managing shareholder. Baker Donelson also announced that Mark Glover was named to a second term as managing shareholder. Ben Adams will continue to serve as board chairman and CEO.

41. Archived Article: Real Review - Brian T

Scimitar opens Downtown brokerage office

Scimitar LLC financed $1.1 million through Trustmark National Bank, securing the loan with a building at 8 S. Third St. at Madison Avenue, according to a trust deed filed in the Shelby County Re...

42. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan Calendar of events: June 10-June 16 June 10 The Memphis Bar Association presents "Designated Topics in Bankruptcy," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 200 Jefferson Ave., sixth floor. Bankruptcy court Chief Judge David...

43. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events Jan Calendar of events: June 3-June 9 June 6 The giant Friends of the Library Book Sale returns to the Mid-South Fairgrounds June 6-9 in the Charles Brakefield Youth Building. Thousands of books, videos, records, sheet music and b...

44. Archived Article: Memos - Jon Woods joined Chris Woods Construction Co Jon Woods joined Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc. as an assistant project manager/estimator. He earned a bachelors degree from Auburn University. Four community members were elected to the board of trust...

45. Archived Article: Memos - Lisa Bailey and Stephen Johns have joined First Mercantile Trust Co Lisa Bailey and Stephen Johns have joined First Mercantile Trust Co. as account representative and regional marketing representative, respectively. Bailey received a bachelors degre...

46. Archived Article: Memos - Ruth Wallace Archer, a teacher at Oak Forest Elementary School; Patricia Willkinson Sutton, a teacher at Sherwood Middle School; and Raydine J. Yarbrough, a teacher at Florida Elementary School have been named finalists in the National Science Found...

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