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1. Hospitable Market -

The Memphis area hotel market continues on its solid run of the past few years, led by the Downtown submarket with strong occupancy and room rates. The pipeline for new Downtown hotel projects is loaded, with as many as 15 projects in various stages of development and hotel construction picking up in other parts of the county.

2. Legislators Playing Expensive Game With LGBT Issues -

The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.

3. Developers Buy Land For Downtown Cambria Hotel -

The two Ohio-based development firms planning to build a Cambria Hotel & Suites in Downtown Memphis have purchased the property for the proposed 166-unit hotel.

C&O Memphis LLC, an entity affiliated with Ceres Enterprises LLC and The Orlean Co., purchased the 3.2-acre vacant property on the south side of Union from CCL Label for $3.5 million, according to a Dec. 17 warranty deed.

4. What's in a Hotel Name? Guests Try to Decipher the Mystery -

NEW YORK (AP) – Today's traveler faces a bewildering choice of hotel brands with similar-sounding and confusing names. Want to stay at a Hyatt? Take your pick. There's Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place and, coming soon, Hyatt Centric.

5. City Council to Hear Plan for New Police Strategy -

Memphis City Council members get their first look Tuesday, April 7, at a new strategy for the Memphis Police Department as well as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s choices for the new Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

6. Growth is Great, But Where Will Workers Live? -

For the past two years, developers, property owners and Realtors alike have been treated to what some call the best real estate market in the country. Sellers are realizing astronomical returns on their investments as they shed properties that they have been strapped with for years.

7. Veteran Marketer to Discuss Loyalty at Chamber Lunch -

Chris Malone, a veteran marketer who has worked with organizations such as the NBA and The Coca-Cola Co., will be the featured speaker this month at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council program launch luncheon.

8. Bearing Down -

The old adage “loaded for bear” is fitting for a new full-service branding agency that’s emerged on the Memphis advertising landscape.

“We came up with Loaded for Bear after stepping back and looking at the Memphis creative landscape and what our goals were, which are to prove that great creative can happen in a ‘creative wilderness’ such as Memphis, but also to help our clients be prepared for anything,” said managing director Joel Halpern. “That is where the term came from, an old hiker’s saying that means going off in the prepared for the worst case scenario, or a bear.”

9. Service Top Priority for Maitre d’Hotel Brainos -

Philippe Brainos sits at a table at Chez Philippe – yes, he jokes about guests who say, “So this is your restaurant!” – making notes about the wine list. When a reporter approaches for an interview, Brainos stands and slips on his black jacket before extending his hand in greeting. That’s the Old School sort of gentleman, Frenchman and restaurant maitre d’hotel that he is; service is his life.

10. Room Service -

The good news for the local hotel industry is that last year notched the most rooms ever sold on a daily basis with 4.8 million – 115,628 more than 2010 and 76,780 more than the previous high set in 2007.

11. Comfort Inn Downtown Wins Gold Hospitality Award -

The Comfort Inn Downtown, 100 N. Main St., was recently announced as a recipient of a prestigious 2012 Gold Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Comfort brand.

12. French Quarter’s New Owners Meet With Residents -

Two new local owners are under contract to buy and convert the former French Quarter Suites Hotel in Midtown’s Overton Square district to a Comfort Suites in a $6 million project.

At a public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Memphis Heritage Inc.’s office, 2282 Madison Ave., partners Jay Kumar and Rishi Chopra revealed plans to purchase the vacant 103-room hotel at 2144 Madison Ave., at the northeast corner of Cooper Street and Madison from FQI LLC for $2.3 million and pump about $3.7 million into renovations.

13. Former French Quarter Hotel to Become Comfort Suites -

Two new local owners are under contract to convert the former French Quarter Suites Hotel in Midtown’s Overton Square district to a Comfort Suites in a $6 million project.

At a public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Memphis Heritage, 2282 Madison Ave., partners Jay Kumar and Rishi Chopra revealed their plans to purchase the vacant 103-room hotel at the northeast corner of Cooper Street and Madison Avenue from FQI LLC for $2.3 million and pump about $3.7 million into renovations.

14. Bankrupt Shyona Sells Cordova Quality Suites -

Minesh Patel has bought the 102-unit Quality Suites hotel at 8166 Varnavas Drive in Cordova from Shyona Inc. for $2.5 million after Shyona filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Patel and spouse Jagruti Patel financed the purchase with a $2.8 million loan through Liberty Bank of Arkansas.

15. Cultural Connection -

It’s impossible to deny Western society’s fascination with India.

The interest in Indian culture is evident in the popularity of films such as “Bend it Like Beckham” and “Slumdog Millionaire,” and in literary works such as Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning “The God of Small Things” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Interpreter of Maladies.”

16. Moyes Keeps Flintco’s Memphis Office Humming -

In 2000, Kevin Moyes and his wife found themselves preparing for the birth of their son in a state-of-the-art labor and delivery suite at the Baptist Memorial Health Care campus in East Memphis.

To Moyes’ delight, he found everything in the room working just the way he left it after his company built it.

17. Summit Touts Return of Demand -

“Demand is back” was the theme at the ninth annual Southern Lodging Summit held Downtown this week at The Peabody hotel and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Hoteliers and industry execs gathered for the 2011 Summit, which was organized by the Metropolitan Memphis Hotel & Lodging Association and hotel consulting firm Pinkowski & Co.

18. Downtown Comfort Inn Picks up Award -

The Comfort Inn Downtown announced it has received a prestigious 2010 Platinum Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of Comfort Inn.

19. Petty Joins Phoenix Power Group -

Doug Petty has joined Phoenix Power Group as the new vice president of sales and marketing.

Hometown: Memphis
Education:
I hold B.S. degrees in chemistry and industrial hygiene from the University of North Alabama
Work Experience:
I worked for 10 years as a specialty hospital sales representative for Merck Pharmaceuticals. For nine years I was a senior industrial hygienist for EnSafe Inc.
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
You can usually find me on a golf course, but I also spend time singing and playing guitar in the Memphis area. I enjoy watching Tigers football and basketball games and cooking out with friends.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My parents are my greatest influences. I obviously chose wisely.
What drew you to Phoenix Power Group?
I was drawn to the opportunity to become involved on the ground floor of such an innovative, revolutionary system. In addition, this was a chance to be associated with a talented and experienced group of professionals and investors. Based on my years of professional experience, I know a good thing when I see it.
What does your job as VP of sales and marketing entail?
Our company utilizes breakthrough technology to convert used oil into electricity in an environmentally responsible manner. My position utilizes my background in environmental science, regulation, and high-performance marketing and sales. My specific responsibilities include managing regulatory affairs, developing marketing materials, training and distributor support.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
It would have to be the relationships that I’ve built with co-workers, clients and customers over the years. Those are things that can’t be measured on a spreadsheets or sales reports. Winning the Regional Medical Center’s 2007 Pharmaceutical Representative of the Year Award certainly comes to mind.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
The level of excitement and energy around the PPG organization is remarkable. I’ve been looking for the opportunity to help launch a potential “Next Big Thing” for quite a long time. It is hard not to be excited when your field of work is always pushing the edge and creating new challenges and opportunities. No one has done what we are doing, so we really are a “new” idea. That comes with challenges and benefits; but there is something unique about “creating” a product, something that a cubicle just can’t offer.

20. Glankler Brown Names Bradley Chief Manager -

William R. Bradley Jr. has been named chief manager of Glankler Brown PLLC.

Bradley’s primary practice areas include intellectual property, maintenance and litigation, antitrust counseling and litigation, business litigation, and construction litigation.

21. Ledbetter Joins UT Medical Group’s Dept. of Urology -

Dr. Christopher K. Ledbetter has joined the Department of Urology at UT Medical Group Inc.

Ledbetter will care for patients at UTMG’s urology clinic at Methodist South Hospital and at Methodist University Hospital, where he focuses on minimally invasive robotic urological surgery.

22. Memphis to Host Racquetball Championships -      Memphis will host the 2006 Choice Hotels U.S. OPEN Racquetball Championships Nov. 15-19 at the Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave.
     Some of the proceeds will be donated to St. Ju

23. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Empire Coffee Co.

Empire Coffee Co.

offers morning perk

John Gasquet has moved from working on computers for a coffee company to owning a coffee shop in the heart of Downtown.

Empire Coffee Co. opened in the former Map Room location at 2...

24. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Far East economic director

Far East economic director

makes visit to Bluff City

International Trade Centers-Tennessee Small Business Development Centers, Memphis Regional Chamber and the University of Memphis present Sarah P.C. Wu, Hong Kon...

25. Archived Article: Market Focus - Citys hotel industry rearranges, renews to keep in step

Citys hotel industry rearranges, renews to keep in step

By ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

Not unlike a womans proclivity to rearrange furniture inside her home, the hotel industry also ...

26. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Peabody Place egg wins best of show

Peabody Place egg wins best of show

By MARY DANDO and SUE PEASE

The Daily News

The art was extraordinary. The winners excited. And, the designers of a competition that took news of the latest Wonders e...

27. Archived Article: Resortquest P - ResortQuest expands presence in Hawaii ResortQuest expands presence in Hawaii ResortQuest International has expanded its presence in Hawaii with the addition of two new management contracts for its subsidiary, Aston Hotels & Resorts Hawaii. Asto...

28. Archived Article: Travel (lead) - By: JENNIFER MURLEY Vacationers face higher costs in 01 By JENNIFER MURLEY The Daily News Despite a 5 percent increase in the cost of travel expenses, according to a recent report released by the AAA Auto Club South, vacationers are coming out in dr...

29. Archived Article: Memos - National Commerce Bancorporation Karla Merritt has joined OConnor Kenny Partners as associate art director. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis. Sue S. Hunter has been appointed director of attorney recruitment for Baker, Donelson, Bearma...

30. Archived Article: Memos - Equity Inns Names Donald H Michael S. Starnes, chairman and chief executive officer of M.S. Carriers, has been appointed to the board of directors of Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. Starnes is past chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and...

31. Archived Article: Marketplace (spree) - By STACEY PETSCHAUER     A new initiative offers travelers the ability to put shopping on their trip itinerary By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News Among the ever-increasing number of two-income households, long family vacations are rare. M...

32. Archived Article: Hudson.st - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Hudson Hotels announces plans to form paper-clip REIT By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News A Rochester, N.Y.-based hotel development and management company, which owns Promus Hotels, among other brands, announced Thursday its plans...

33. Archived Article: Real Briefs - Re/Max of Kentucky/Tennessee has announced that Dudley and Jeanette Bowden have opened Re/Max Alpha in Covington Re/Max of Kentucky/Tennessee has announced that Dudley and Jeanette Bowden have opened Re/Max Alpha in Covington. Re/Max Alpha is affili...

34. Archived Article: Memos - 02-21 Memos ETI Corp. has announced the addition of two staff members. Janet Smith has joined ETI as marketing coordinator for the land development department. She most recently served as executive secretary for a Memphis-based architecture and engi...