Bruce Kramer, an attorney with Apperson Crump PLC, has been given the Crystal Award by the International Carwash Association for his 20 years of service as the association’s general counsel. The association, which was started in Memphis in 1955, is comprised of 15,000 professional car wash operators, retailers and suppliers in 25 nations.
Education and work experience: Washington & Lee University, bachelor of arts with honors, 1966; George Washington University Law School, juris doctorate with honors, 1969; law clerk, Robert M. McRae Jr., 1969-70. Rosenfield Borod Fones & Bogatin, Borod & Huggins, Borod & Kramer and now Apperson Crump PLC.
Family: Four wonderful children, one wonderful son-in-law and two fabulous grandchildren.
Favorite quote: “They first came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time, no one was left to speak up.” – Rev. Martin Niemoller
Favorite movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird”
The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis Tigers and Memphis Grizzlies
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Nothing.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Golf, reading and dinners with friends.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could dance and play the violin, but not simultaneously.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? Other than my parents and children, George Slaff.
How did you get involved with the International Carwash Association? I am a second-generation car wash lawyer. My former partner, Marx Borod, incorporated the association and was the general counsel from its inception until I succeeded him in 1993.
How has the organization changed in recent years? The association has grown significantly in the last few years in the areas of technology, education, data collection and social media, and is expanding internationally.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Securing the rights of my clients and making lifelong friends with many of them.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Analyzing the intellectual challenges and solving the problems through the collaborative efforts of interacting with my colleagues and clients.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Treat everyone with respect and compassion.
Timothy Gibson, director of college guidance at St. George’s Independent School, has received a Counselors That Change Lives award from the Colleges That Changes Lives Consortium. The award was given to six counselors nationwide.
The Regional Medical Center at Memphis has hired three new directors: Jana Jones, administrator of ambulatory surgery; Stacie Winkler, associate general counsel; and Kathy Beydler, director of surgical services.
Jennifer Vasil, an upper-school English teacher at St. George’s Independent School, has been awarded a 2013 Outstanding Teaching of Humanities Award by Humanities Tennessee. Vasil was one of five teachers chosen statewide.
Brian Mallory has been licensed by the Tennessee Board of Equalization as a registered property tax appeal agent. He is owner and president of Mallory Appraisals and recently formed Mallory Property Tax Advisors.
Maggie Strom, president of Tioga Environmental Consultants Inc., has been chosen by the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Emerging Leaders Initiative class of 2013. It provides executives with resources to build businesses and promote economic development in urban communities.
Robert T. Jolly and Samantha Bennett have joined Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell PLLC as associates. Both focus their practices in medical malpractice defense and general civil litigation.
Mac Jenkins, executive vice president/managing partner of Shoemaker Financial, has been awarded the GAMA International 2013 International Management Award – Diamond Level. The award recognizes management excellence in the insurance and financial services industry.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center professor Dr. Lisa Jennings has been awarded $27,000 through the American Heart Association Greater Southeast Health Sciences Fellowship Program to fund six student fellowships. Jennings is a professor in the departments of internal medicine; microbiology, immunology and biochemistry; and surgery.
Signs Now Memphis owners Mason Lessley and Mary Jane Lessley have received the company’s Sales Excellence Award. The award is presented to franchisees in the top 10 percent for system-wide sales.