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VOL. 128 | NO. 109 | Wednesday, June 05, 2013




Commercial Advisors Adds Jensen to Capital Markets Group

By Kate Simone

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Luke Jensen has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors’ Capital Markets Group. In his new role with the commercial real estate firm, Jensen focuses on investment sales, debt and equity, development, and principal deal sourcing and structuring.

JENSEN

Experience: Prior to joining CW/CA, I was an analyst with MB Venture Partners, where I worked to evaluate business plans, conduct due diligence, perform financial analysis and handle follow-up engagement investment opportunities. I also developed company specific investment models, modeled sensitivity analyses and potential exit analyses.

Family: Wife, Kathryne; dog, Bess; cat, Henry.

Favorite quote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliott

Favorite movie: “Braveheart”

The sports team(s) you root for: In no particular order, Memphis Grizzlies, Auburn Tigers, Atlanta Braves

What’s playing on your stereo right now? 92.9 FM ESPN

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Trying to play golf, attempting to train my dog and hunting.

What talent do you wish you had? Without question, I’d absolutely love to be able to sing. I’m not asking for an angelic voice, just to be able to carry a tune.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My parents independently have had great influence in different areas of my life, but the combination of their guidance has been a great factor in my life.

What attracted you to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors? Numerous factors attracted me to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors. Not only are the success and culture of the company very attractive, but also the community involvement and civic mindset are extremely appealing. Being in commercial real estate, you get an early look at the progress the city is making, and that opportunity excites me.

What are your goals in your new position? It may sound cliche, but my goals for my new position at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors are pretty simple. My aim is to work hard and be a valuable member of the Capital Markets Group.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? This question is the easiest so far. Without debate, my greatest accomplishment is convincing my beautiful wife, Kathryne, to marry me.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I most enjoy the variability of the workday and the risk/reward of the capital markets business.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Have a grand vision for your career, and be certain your decisions keep you on the path to that end goal.

SCHWARZENBERGER

Dr. Kathryn Schwarzenberger has been appointed chair of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s new department of dermatology. Schwarzenberger previously served as a professor of medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine dermatology division.

Dr. Randel M. Price, chemical and biochemical engineering chair at Christian Brothers University, has been awarded the Region III Outstanding Faculty Advisor for the state of Tennessee by the National Academic Advising Association. The association awarded Dr. James T. Allen, assistant professor of management/marketing/economics, the Certificate of Merit of Faculty Academic Advising.

MORRISON

Kim Morrison has joined Obsidian Public Relations’ Memphis office as account assistant and internship coordinator. Morrison recently graduated from the University of Memphis with a journalism degree. She previously completed level one and level two internships at Obsidian.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked The University of Memphis ninth on its top 10 list of online graduate business programs for veterans. This is the first year the publication has analyzed online degree programs for veterans.

MCLEOD

Scott M. McLeod has joined Bass, Berry & Sims PLC as an associate in the commercial transactions and real estate practice. McLeod previously practiced at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC.

Rhodes College has presented graduates Catherine Carlile and Ian Engdahl and Plough Foundation chair Diane Rudner with Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards, which recognizes two graduating seniors and one non-student for giving selflessly to others and the college. Dr. Robert Strandburg, associate professor in the department of psychology, has been awarded the Rhodes College Distinguished Service Medal. Graduate Sarah Bacot has been awarded the 2013 Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize, the college’s highest academic honor.

The Memphis Area Association of Governments has received an International Communicator Award of Distinction from the International Academy of Visual Arts for its Day Trippin’ regional marketing campaign. The online and television campaign highlights tourist attractions in Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton counties.

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