Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.
Hometown: Water Valley, Miss.
Experience: Bachelor of Business Administration in managerial finance, 2004, and juris doctorate, 2007, both from The University of Mississippi. From 2007 to 2008, I worked in a small general practice firm right out of law school for two years; in 2009, I went in-house with an internal medicine/hospitalist practice in Southaven; in 2010, I joined Baptist Medical Group, where I worked in practice operations and with physician contracting and acquisitions until 2013. I joined Evans Petree in January.
Family: Husband, Evans Wells; two children, Reid, 5, and Elizabeth, 3
Favorite quote: “Good, better, best. … Never let it rest … until your good is better and your better is best.”
Favorite movie: “Gone With the Wind”
The sports teams you root for: Ole Miss Rebels, Chicago Cubs, and New York Yankees
What’s playing on your stereo right now? I like a variety: pop, rock, old country and Christian music
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with my family, going to the gym, reading, cooking, traveling
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I had more musical talent. I would love to be a good singer.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My family. I have been blessed with wonderful parents and grandparents, an amazing husband and two precious children. They have taught me the importance of family values and hard work and have always been supportive and encouraging of me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without these people in my life.
What attracted you to Evans Petree? The people at this firm are wonderful. I knew that this group had an excellent reputation and that it would be an honor to work with such incredibly talented people.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My children. Being a working mother is challenging. I want to teach my children that it’s important to work hard and do your very best in school and in your career, but family comes first. There has to be a good balance, and I think that with the support of my husband, we’ve done good job of that so far.
What do you most enjoy about your work? The challenge. … I’m always given the opportunity to learn something new, and that really motivates me.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? It’s important to set goals for yourself, but keep an open mind. If you work hard and do your best, the opportunities are endless.
Elizabeth Roane has joined Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. as chief donor relations office. Roane will oversee marketing efforts and community development for the nonprofit law firm.
Mercedes-Benz of Collierville has made four leadership hires: Julie King as CustomerONE manager, Robbie King as service manager, Mary Ann Kiser as controller and Chris Ellis as parts manager.
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Brian S. Faughnan has been elected a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Faughnan has practiced law in Memphis for 15 years and is an attorney with Lewis Thomason’s Memphis office.
Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC has announced Charles Bennett and Mary Tayloe have been promoted to audit managers; Rich Brillard and Lauren Rupiper have become licensed certified public accountants; and Ben Dedwylder, Ethan Norwood and Zach Ogale have joined the firm’s internship program.
Isiah Shipp has been elected Central Defense Security’s 2013 officer of the year. Shipp has worked for Central Defense Security since it was founded in 2005 and is stationed at the Ozburn-Hessey Logistics Remington location.
Parker Stone has joined the Memphis operations office of Professional Service Industries Inc. as a graduate engineer. Stone graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.
The Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council has approved the certification of Memphis minority-owned businesses MayMac Inc., The Sims Financial Group Inc., SpotSet Radio Network and What’s Happening Media.
NEXUS has named its 2014 Mentoring Awards winners: The Society of Women Engineers at Medtronic, outstanding mentoring industry/company; Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, outstanding mentoring organization/nonprofit; Walter Casey, director of Lester Community Center, outstanding male mentor; Nicole Gates, Successful Single Moms Memphis, outstanding female mentor; and Lewis Williamson Jr. and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, outstanding NEXUS mentors.