Greg Inman has joined accessibilities solutions provider Next Day Access as franchise manager for the Memphis office, where he will supervise sales, marketing, service management and hiring. Next Day Access offers wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, bathroom safety products and other accessibility products for people with disabilities or accessibility challenges.
Experience: I have been an entrepreneur and business owner most of my professional career. I was co-owner of Inman-Murphy Termite and Pest Control for more than 12 years, as well as founder and owner of GospelGigs.com, which I still own and manage.
Family: I have been married to my lovely wife, Kelly, for 24 years. We have four boys: Alex, 23; Parker, 20; Dawson, 18; and Harrison, 16.
Favorite quote: “A day without sunshine is like night.” – Steve Martin
Favorite movie: I absolutely love movies to the point that I go to five or six movies per month. My interests are very broad, from comedy to drama to horror. I think my all-time favorite movie would have to be “Dumb and Dumber.”
The sports team(s) you root for: Grizzlies, of course.
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Jason Crabb
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Singing with my family in our Southern gospel group and spending time with my wife, drinking coffee and watching “Dateline.” (Pretty exciting, huh?)
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I was a better golfer. I don’t play much anymore because my talent level is nowhere close to where I would like it to be.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? I have had many men over the course of my life who have influenced me. My father taught me my work ethic. My father-in-law taught me how to think big. And, my former pastor, Adrian Rogers, taught me how to put it all into perspective.
What attracted you to Next Day Access? My friendship with Brian Clark, president of Next Day Access, is what initially attracted me to the company. I have known him, his wife and family for years, and I respect what he and his brothers have done with the company. I was excited when the opportunity presented itself.
What are your goals in your new position? My goal for my new position is to create a team of like-minded people who are excited and work daily to grow our franchise to its fullest potential.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? If I could give one piece of advice to young people, it would be to dream big and follow your dream. You’ve got to work at least 40 hours a week, so you might as well enjoy it – and you might as well make money.
Rychetta Watkins has been named the new assistant director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis. Watkins most recently served as development manager for Stand for Children. Loel Kim, an associate professor in the University of Memphis English department, has joined the Hooks Institute as a faculty fellow for fall 2014. Carla Peacher-Ryan, a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has joined as the Hooks Institute Corporate Fellow.
Dr. Charles J. Sherr, chair of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Department of Tumor Cell Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been awarded the 2013 Prize for Scientific Excellence in Medicine by the American-Italian Cancer Foundation. The prize recognizes discoveries in cancer biology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Barbara Daush, president of St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, has been elected chair of the Southern Association of Independent Schools board of trustees. Daush has been a member of the board since 2008 and currently serves as chair of its accreditation committee.
Tennessee Sen. Mark Norris, of Collierville, has been elected to the executive committee of the Southern States Energy Board, which includes governors and state legislators from 16 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Norris was appointed to the board in 2009 by Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.
The University of Memphis School of Public Health has been awarded a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. The grant will fund a lung cancer research study in collaboration with Baptist Cancer Center and other Mid-South health care institutions.
Ben H. Arnold Jr. and Michael S. McManus have partnered with Group Benefits LLC to provide group health insurance services to employers, and employee education and enrollment tools. Arnold and McManus will continue to operate their business independently, but will work under the Group Benefits umbrella.
The University of Memphis has been designated an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The designation acknowledges universities working with public- and private-sector partners to support economic development through a variety of activities.