Edgar L. Henry II has been named sales manager for Mercedes-Benz of Collierville, scheduled to open next spring. In his new role, Henry will manage the sales of all new and pre-owned cars sold at the dealership.
Hometown: Born in Jackson, Miss., I moved to Long Beach, Calif., right after birth. I was a military baby.
Experience: I attended Summit University in New Orleans and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. Also, I am certified as an American finance and insurance professional in business and finance law from the General Motors Acceptance Corp. School of Finance and Insurance Laws.
After college, I served for nine years with the Air National Guard as a flight loadmaster. In 1993, I entered the automobile industry, working at the former Blackwell Imports as finance and sales manager until 2001, when it was sold to the Higginbothams and became the present Mercedes-Benz of Jackson. At this time, I was hired by Mercedes-Benz of Jackson as a sales consultant. In September 2005, I became the sales manager at the Higginbothams’ Porsche of Jackson dealership, which is connected to the family’s Mercedes-Benz of Jackson location.
Family: I have an 18-year-old daughter, Kynnedi, and a 15-year-old son, Chandler. My mother is Janice L. Henry, and I have a sister, Courtney D. Henry.
Favorite quote: “Your attitude determines your altitude!”
Favorite movie: “American Gangster” and all of the “American Pie” movies
The sports teams you root for: San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos
What’s playing on your stereo right now? “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and Pharrell
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I like to ride my Kawasaki ZX-14R sports bike.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I had the talent to heal the sick.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mother, because she always has been able to calm the seas – she has the patience of Job and the love of many.
What are your goals in your new position? My No. 1 goal is to make the dealership owner and the town of Collierville proud! Also, I am thrilled to be working with Steve Rollins again at the Mercedes-Benz of Collierville dealership. He was the one who hired me many years ago and gave me the opportunity to work with the Higginbotham family. Our goal together is to make this dealership the best Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Mid-South by exceeding customer expectations.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy working with the different types of clients, especially being able to make them smile. There is nothing more rewarding then knowing that you have made someone’s day by helping them find the perfect car.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? I would tell them to always love everyone and dream big! If you work hard, you can accomplish anything.
Steve Rollins has been named general manager of Mercedes-Benz of Collierville. Rollins is currently general manager at Mercedes-Benz of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Rollins has worked with the Higginbotham family, owners of the new dealership, in several capacities for the past 36 years.
Dr. Glen Steele, a professor at Southern College of Optometry, has earned the 2013 Continuing Optometric Recognition Award, presented by the American Optometric Association. This is the second consecutive year that Steele has received the award, and the fourth time in his career.
Gary K. Morrell has joined Morton & Germany PLLC to head its malpractice section. Morrell is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was named to the Best Lawyers in America 2013’s “Best Attorneys in Tennessee” list.
Campbell Clinic has recently added three doctors: Dr. Gregory D. Dabov, a knee, shoulder and total joint specialist who worked at Campbell from 2000 to 2012; Dr. Douglas T. Cannon, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician; and Dr. Benjamin J. Grear, a foot and ankle specialist.
Merkel & Cocke P.A. attorney William B. Raiford has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 as Memphis Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.”
Justin Alexander has joined the Memphis office of Churchill Mortgage as a home loan specialist. Alexander was previously a financial adviser for American Express Financial Advisors.
John Halford, a University of Tennessee graduate, has joined Fleming Associates Architects PC as an intern architect.
The Memphis Estate Planning Council has announced its 2013-2014 executive committee. They are: J. Randolph Flatt, president elect – vice president; W. Price Morrison Jr., secretary; Amy O’Bannon, treasurer; and Sandra H. Zehntner, past president. In addition, these council members were elected as at-large committee members: Doug Sweet, Frank Horrell, John S. Seabold and Mark E. Grochau.