Tracy Lindow has rejoined The Centre Group human resources firm as a senior consultant following several years in Germany. As a senior consultant, Lindow will help organizations improve their bottom line through human asset development by leveraging compensations strategies, executive search, employee attitude research and leadership skills development.
Experience: Lindow is a seasoned human resources professional with extensive experience as a generalist. Prior to consulting, she held leadership positions in health care, manufacturing and insurance/financial services companies. Lindow was the director of human resources for a national behavioral health care chain, where she was responsible for employee relations, staff training and development, and compensation/benefit administration.
Family: Married to Mark Lindow. Three children: Jake, 15; Caleb, 12; and Anna Claire, 8.
Favorite quote: “The Serenity Prayer” by Reinhold Niebuhr. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
Favorite movie: “The Blind Side”
The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis Grizzlies, St. George’s Gryphons
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Justin Timberlake
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Group fitness, reading, watching my children play sports
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I had the innate ability to paint and create works of art.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? I was raised by two wonderful mentors, my parents, Clyde and Barbara Ballard. My mother spent her adult life fighting a medical battle with multiple sclerosis. She taught me how to deal with life’s obstacles with a positive outlook. My father is a man of integrity with a heart of gold. Together they taught me to value education and to work hard.
What led you back to The Centre Group HR? After a leave of absence due to my husband’s job in Germany, I was eager to return to the firm. I feel privileged to work with the professionals of The Centre Group HR, who always invest their time to understand the unique environment of each client and recommend solutions tailored for the circumstances.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Personally, my greatest accomplishment is successfully orchestrating the overseas move of my family for an expatriate work assignment and then returning with very few hiccups.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I thoroughly enjoy the variety of my work. Each day is filled with the HR projects of our different client organizations. I might facilitate a training program, work on a policy manual, conduct an HR audit and manage an opinion survey all in the same workweek.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Strive to be a lifelong learner. If you aren’t growing your skills, you will stagnate and eventually become obsolete.
Leslie Phillips has joined Dunavant Global Logistics Group as director of business development. Phillips has more than a decade of experience in logistics and transportation, most recently serving as an account manager and sales representative at C.H. Robinson.
Dana Wilson has been promoted to vice president of BRIDGES’ Bridge Builders program. Wilson has worked at BRIDGES since 2008, most recently as director of strategic initiatives. Staci Franklin has joined BRIDGES as vice president of communications. She previously served as the executive director of communications and broadcast services for Memphis City Schools.
Dr. Robert Kozma, First Tennessee Professor of Mathematics at the University of Memphis, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Kozma was chosen for his contributions to pattern-based computation on large-scale networks and random graphs.
Dr. John D. Brophy, Dr. LaVerne R. Lovell and Dr. Vishad Kumar have joined Semmes-Murphey Clinic. Brophy and Lovell are former principals in Brophy & Lovell Neurosurgical Clinic. Kumar formerly served as a neurologist with the Wesley Neurology Clinic.
Alex Wellford has joined RKA Construction as project manager. Wellford, who was previously a contractor with Hood & Wellford Construction Inc., will oversee day-to-day operations and manage residential projects at the custom homebuilding firm.
Dr. Richard W. Phillips, president of Southern College of Optometry, has been appointed to the board of trustees at Milligan College in Milligan College, Tenn. Phillips graduated from Milligan in 1974.
Karolina Grabowicz has joined Mercer Capital as a financial analyst. Grabowicz, a certified public accountant, most recently served as an audit and assurance services senior auditor at Ernst & Young.
Dr. Michael H. DeShazo is retiring from Semmes-Murphey Clinic, where he has been an associate since he began his career in 1977. DeShazo also serves as a clinical assistant professor in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center neurology department.