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1. Mississippi Governor: April Named Confederate Heritage Month
- Monday, February 29, 2016
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, but without mentioning slavery.
His proclamation was posted to the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans website (http://bit.ly/1VHPTv9) but not to the governor's site. He signed it days before legislators killed bills that would have either removed the Confederate battle emblem from the 122-year-old state flag or stripped state money from colleges and local governments that refuse to fly the current banner.
2. Still Kobe, or a Reasonable Facsimile Thereof
- Friday, February 26, 2016
Long before tip-off of Kobe Bryant’s last game in Memphis, Janice Brown was outfitted in her purple No. 24 Lakers jersey, Lakers cap, and holding a Kobe Fathead.
3. Confident Serrano Playing for Future at UT
- Saturday, February 06, 2016
Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano wasn’t setting the bar too high when he met with the media for his 2016 preseason press conference.
Serrano made that mistake before the 2015 season with talk of reaching an NCAA regional and perhaps Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series.
4. Bertelkamp Made Right Call in Going with the Vols
- Saturday, January 30, 2016
Bert Bertelkamp would be the first to tell you he’s pulling for Tennessee when calling basketball games as color commentator for the Vol Network.
And why wouldn’t he?
Bertelkamp is Big Orange to the bone. His father Hank played for the Vols (1951-53), was a team captain and remains a big supporter of UT.
5. Serving Notice: Memphis Football a National Story Now
- Saturday, October 17, 2015
They were down 14-0 not six minutes into the game. And they had given up a 68-yard touchdown on a trick play when star Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell threw a pass.
In the stands, this cued some horrifying Memphis football flashbacks built up over decades of suffering.
6. Home Medical Products Opens New Memphis Office
- Saturday, June 27, 2015
Home Medical Products Inc. has opened a Memphis office by acquiring a local respiratory therapy business.
7. Home Medical Products Opens New Memphis Office
- Friday, June 26, 2015
Home Medical Products Inc. has opened a Memphis office by acquiring a local respiratory therapy business.
8. Tigers Alumni Game a Chance for Fans to Relive Fond Memories
- Friday, June 26, 2015
It’s not the Final Four. In fact, it’s not even a November nonconference game against some directional school.
It’s an alumni game being played at the little campus gym at the University of Memphis. And it’s sold out.
9. Tagert Joins 8 Others in North Mississippi US House Race
- Tuesday, March 10, 2015
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville on Monday joined the expanding field for a vacant congressional seat in north Mississippi.
10. Sparks Joins List of North Mississippi US House Candidates
- Monday, March 09, 2015
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Oxford attorney Daniel Sparks says he's running for a vacant congressional seat in north Mississippi.
11. Foreclosure Sales Drop 26 Percent in Shelby County
- Monday, January 26, 2015
Fueled by a steep drop in foreclosure sales, fewer homes were sold in Shelby County in 2014 when compared to 2013.
There were 15,702 homes sold in Shelby County in 2014, down 1.2 percent from 15,896 homes sold in 2013, when Shelby County hit a five-year high in sales, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.
12. For Tigers, Any Win is Good
- Friday, December 19, 2014
The Tigers’ problems are solved. Or at least they are when they make 11 threes, shoot 52.4 percent from long range, and almost 80 percent at the free-throw line.
So let’s reframe things: For a night, this was how the University of Memphis got around their worst habit – giving the ball to the other team.
13. Anixter Moving Memphis Distribution Operations
- Friday, December 05, 2014
A leading supplier of communications and security products, electrical and electronic wire and cable, fasteners and other small components is relocating to a new Memphis distribution center.
Anixter International Inc., which is based in the Chicago area, has leased 100,000 square feet at 4001 Hickory Hill Road inside Memphis Distribution Center. Anixter will be relocating from 4580 S. Mendenhall Road, where DDN is expanding.
14. Marx-Bensdorf Expands in East Memphis
- Friday, September 19, 2014
A prominent Memphis realty company has expanded its presence in East Memphis. Marx-Bensdorf Realtors has grown in the office building at 5860 Ridgeway Loop Blvd. by 526 square feet, bringing its total to 4,653 square feet.
15. Bartlett Mayor McDonald Re-Elected at Filing Deadline
- Thursday, August 21, 2014
Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald was re-elected to another four-year term of office at the noon Thursday, Aug. 21, filing deadline for candidates in four sets of suburban municipal elections on the Nov. 4 ballot.
16. Wine Referendums Down to Final Day
- Thursday, August 21, 2014
The deadline for signatures to be gathered on the still-forming proposed referendums to allow wine in grocery stores is Thursday, Aug. 21.
The deadline for candidates to file in the set of Bartlett, Germantown, Collierville and Millington municipal elections on the November ballot is at noon the same day.
17. Wisconsin Company Plans Paper Plant in Mississippi
- Tuesday, July 08, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Wisconsin company will open a $48 million plant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make paper towels, tissue and other projects, hiring 300 people over five years.
- Monday, June 23, 2014
Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum and Memphis Public Library will host Vaneese Thomas for a Soul & Blues Brown Bag Series concert and Q&A Monday, June 23, at noon in the amphitheater behind the academy, 926 E. McLemore Ave. The series continues each day through Friday, June 27. Visit staxmuseum.com for a lineup.
19. Tigers Seniors Hope to Script Memorable Last Chapter
- Friday, March 07, 2014
The five Memphis seniors talked about their college basketball careers and they sounded older, wiser. And although nobody used this word, maybe a little scared about what might, or might not, come next.
20. Heck No, Pastner Won’t Allow Cursing
- Friday, February 14, 2014
Tigers coach Josh Pastner has suspended freshman Dominic Woodson from the team for cursing.
That’s right, cursing. Not shoving a fan. Not signing autographs for money. Not getting in a bar fight.
21. Building Capacities
- Saturday, December 21, 2013
Major road and highway projects like the Interstate 269 loop, I-40/240 and the Mallory Road interchange near Frank Pigeon Industrial Park made substantial progress during 2013, with several phases of important transportation corridors wrapping up and new projects planned for 2014 and beyond.
22. No Need to Spin Tigers’ Nice Start
- Friday, December 20, 2013
Every special season has critical mileposts along the way. The Tigers’ first came in Stillwater, Okla., where, again, they weren’t up to the challenge of a ranked opponent in Oklahoma State. Thus, the Tigers and their coach returned to harsh criticism in Memphis and waited for the next opportunity.
23. Out-of-Town Banks Target Memphis for Growth
- Saturday, December 14, 2013
More than 40 percent of the customer deposit share in the Memphis-area banking market belongs to institutions that have a presence here but are based outside the area, the latest figures from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp show.
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will meet Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Rebecca Janes of FedEx’s global brand management will present “The Power of the FedEx Brand: Packaging … It’s not just a touch point, it’s an experience.” Cost at the door is $30. Visit sms-midsouth.org.
- Saturday, November 09, 2013
The West Tennessee Home Builders Association will hold the 2013 Fall Vesta Home Show Saturday, Nov. 9, to Dec. 1 at the St. James Place development in Germantown. General admission is $12. Visit vestahomeshow.com for hours and parking information.
26. Suburban Voters Decide School Board Races
- Friday, November 08, 2013
Voters in Shelby County’s six suburban towns and cities elected their respective municipal schools boards Thursday, Nov. 7 with low voter turnouts that reflected that most of the school board positions on the ballots were one-candidate uncontested races.
27. Nichols Ready to Back Up Hype
- Friday, October 04, 2013
Every player has his favorite spot on the floor, that go-to place where everything seems to slow down, where the player most feels like himself even amid the chaos.
But maybe more important when you are a much-hyped, homegrown University of Memphis freshman is to have that special place off the floor. A retreat, where in this case young Austin Nichols can make the world spin a little more slowly and turn down the volume on all the outside noise.
28. Early Voting Expands in District 91 Primary
- Friday, September 27, 2013
Early voting in the Democratic primary special election for State House District 91 expands Friday, Sept. 27, from the Shelby County Election Commission’s Downtown offices, 157 Poplar Ave., to three satellite locations.
29. Dixon Adds to Tigers’ Blueprint for Success
- Friday, September 06, 2013
In the midst of a rather joyous press conference to announce that the NCAA had cleared guard Michael Dixon to play for the Tigers this season, coach Josh Pastner detoured to a story about Navy Seals.
30. Newest Tiger Dixon Answers Reporters’ Questions
- Friday, June 28, 2013
Less than a year ago, guard Michael Dixon was a preseason second-team All-American selection by The Sporting News after a junior season at Missouri in which he averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 assists. Off the bench.
31. Supreme Court Halts Use of Key Part of Voting Law
- Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.
32. Inman Keeps Construction Business Running Strong
- Saturday, May 11, 2013
Page Inman had no intention of joining the family construction business, but 20 years and a couple $40 million construction jobs later, he has no regrets.
Cyclical economic changes and the need for competitive diversification are par for the course in an industry that depends on the availability of capital to survive.
33. Payne Joins Fulton CPAs as Senior Accountant
- Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tarasha Payne has joined Fulton CPAs PLLC as a senior accountant in the areas of taxation, compilation and reviews, and client services. Payne has more than 15 years’ experience in the field and is working toward CPA certification. The announcement comes on the heels of big changes at the accounting firm, including new ownership and a name change from Polsgrove & Fulton. (See The Daily News’ Monday, Dec. 17, edition for more information.)
34. Law Industry Closely Studying Social Media
- Thursday, November 22, 2012
Corporate America has been warming to social media. Businesses as stodgy as banks have taken to platforms like Facebook and Twitter, including local institutions from Magna Bank to First Tennessee Bank and several others.
35. Obama Carries Shelby, Cohen Over Flinn and Two Tax Hikes Defeated
- Wednesday, November 07, 2012
President Barack Obama carried Shelby County in unofficial Nov. 6 election returns as his Republican challenger Mitt Romney took the state’s 11 electoral votes.
Voter turnout in the most popular election cycle among Shelby County voters was 61.9 percent, about the same percentage as four years ago. But the 371,256 voters is fewer than 2008 when more than 400,000 Shelby County voters cast ballots. The percentage is about the same because there are fewer registered voters in Shelby County than there were four years ago after a purge by election officials.
36. J.D. Byrider Brings First Franchise To Memphis
- Friday, October 26, 2012
The nation’s largest used car franchise company has entered the Memphis market. Carmel, Ind.-based J.D. Byrider has inked 30,900 square feet at 2580 Mount Moriah Road, marking the company’s second Tennessee dealership.
37. New Mileage Standards Would Double Fuel Efficiency
- Wednesday, August 29, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – The average gas mileage of new cars and trucks will have to nearly double by 2025 under regulations that were finalized Tuesday by the Obama administration.
The new rules will require the fleet of new cars and trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon in 13 years, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year.
- Monday, June 11, 2012
Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.
39. Grisham Joins Growing Jackson Lewis Office
- Thursday, May 03, 2012
When Greg Grisham joined the Memphis office of workplace law firm Jackson Lewis LLP as a partner a few weeks ago, it marked the fourth new attorney arrival in the firm’s Memphis office since December.
40. Jackson Lewis Adds Attorneys, Plans More
- Thursday, May 03, 2012
The Memphis office of workplace law firm Jackson Lewis LLP is on a tear. The firm has brought four new attorneys, for example, on board since December. That brings the current total to nine – up from three when the firm opened its doors here in 2008.
41. Iberiabank Relocates Cordova Bank Branch
- Monday, April 23, 2012
Iberiabank is moving its Cordova branch out from behind the shadow of a rival – literally.
The Iberiabank branch at 1605 Germantown Parkway is being relocated a little more than a mile south of that location into a vacant space formerly occupied by Trust One Bank, which closed several of its locations recently.
42. Court Docket Sees 2 Notable Drug Cases
- Thursday, January 26, 2012
For now, Federal Judge Hardy Mays has decided that the last two defendants in the biggest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court will not be shackled when the jury begins hearing the case.
43. All 2011 Unemployment Insurance Benefits Taxable
- Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The jobless rate is dipping, but millions of people are still out of work. And that could have implications when they file their income tax returns.
Collecting unemployment insurance benefits? All that you received in 2011 is taxed as income. Unless you requested that federal taxes be withheld, you could be in for a big surprise when you calculate taxes owed.
44. Touch and Go
- Monday, December 19, 2011
In the aviation industry, Memphis International Airport is considered a fortress hub, an airport where a single airline – in Memphis’ case, Delta Air Lines Inc. – handles 70 percent or more of the passenger flights.
45. Rules for Federal Drug Case Still Being Formed
- Thursday, December 15, 2011
The words “inordinate” and “extraordinary” keep coming up in the court documents for the largest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court, even though the case is now down to two defendants who are scheduled to go to trial next month.
46. Defendant in Petties Case Pleads Guilty
- Monday, October 24, 2011
The biggest drug case ever brought in Memphis federal court is down to three defendants who have a tentative trial date in January on racketeering and murder-for-hire charges.
Demetrious Fields pleaded guilty last week to three of the counts he faced for his role in the multi-state drug organization headed by Craig Petties from 1995 to 2008.
47. Feds Seek Anonymous Jury in Drug Case
- Thursday, September 15, 2011
Federal prosecutors want an “anonymous jury” for the trial next year of four men accused of being contract killers for the largest drug ring ever tried in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis.
48. Govt to Test Risk-Based Airport Screening
- Friday, July 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday it will test a program to pre-screen a small group of select air travelers who volunteer more personal information about themselves so they can be vetted to get faster screening at airport checkpoints.
49. Dollar General Building Store On Jackson In N. Memphis
- Friday, June 10, 2011
Plans for a new Dollar General store in the city’s North submarket are under way. Ware Properties LLC purchased 9,100 square feet of vacant land at 3433 Jackson Ave. from Hector Tejeda in May for $140,000, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal of the parcel was $109,200.
50. Memphis Pride Signs Lease At Trinity Ridge
- Friday, May 06, 2011
An up-and-coming Mid-South cheer and tumbling company has signed a new lease to expand its business, a move that will benefit the facility’s students and parents alike.
Memphis Pride is relocating from a 5,000-square-foot space in Cordova Industrial Park to 16,080-square-foot lease at 7740 B Trinity Road, suite 126.
51. Home Run
- Monday, April 18, 2011
From March to September, Matt Hughes is a busy man. His 10-year-old son plays for the Jackson (Tenn.) Coyotes, a competitive baseball team. Just about every weekend Hughes and his family of four hit the road for a baseball tournament, traveling around the Southeast to places from Memphis to Panama City, Fla.
52. Front and Center
- Monday, April 11, 2011
Hundreds of aviation leaders from around the globe will descend on Memphis this week for the annual Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition.
The three-day event gives Memphis a platform to tout its aerotropolis initiative – the promotion of the city’s economy centered on the airport, other transportation assets and their connectivity.
53. Census: Several Miss. Counties See Huge Growth
- Friday, February 04, 2011
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – There were few surprises for Mississippi when new census figures were released Thursday – DeSoto, Lamar, Madison and Rankin counties saw impressive growth.
Harrison County, Mississippi's most populous coastal county, saw a small decrease in population, which was not surprising because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
54. Airports Consider Congressman's Call to Ditch TSA
- Monday, November 22, 2010
ATLANTA (AP) – In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether.
55. Election Guide 2010
- Monday, October 18, 2010
A rundown of the key issues and races that voters will decide when they go to the ballot for early voting through Oct. 28 or on Election Day, Nov. 2.
Tennessee voters choose a successor to Gov. Phil Bredesen in the Nov. 2 elections. Here’s a summary of where Democratic nominee Mike McWherter and Republican nominee Bill Haslam stand on the major issues:
56. Grubb & Ellis’ deWitt Appointed To MAAR Commercial Council
- Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Greg deWitt of Grubb & Ellis Co. has been appointed to the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council. He will take over one of the council’s director seats next year before becoming the council’s vice president in 2012.
57. Justin's Empire: Timberlake drives business interests where it all began
- Monday, August 10, 2009
Justin Timberlake might be best known for hit records, dance moves and sold-out concerts, but the 28-year-old entertainer extraordinaire is much more than a singer/dancer/performer. The award-winning, chart-topping Timberlake – or, simply, JT – has become an institution, a brand name that transcends his showbiz persona and carries as much cachet as any living celebrity.
58. Drompp Named Faculty Dean, VP for Academic Affairs at Rhodes
- Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Michael R. Drompp has been appointed dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Rhodes College. Drompp will provide leadership for academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in curricular, personnel and budgetary matters.
- Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop titled “Planning and Evaluation 101” today from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Alliance office, 5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 502. The facilitator will be Karen Kitchens, who will discuss fundamental planning and evaluation tools that will equip participants to better understand a program’s impact and needs. For more information or reservations, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.
- Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The Small Business Solutions Series will kick off with “Making 71 Percent More Profit by Working Only 10 Percent Better” today from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at ParMasters Golf Training Center, 888 S. White Station Road. Business coach Mark van Stolk of Calaveras Business Coaching LLC will speak. Cost is $30 per session, $90 for the four-seminar series and free for the first 10 participants to sign up. For more information, visit www.businesssolutionsseries.com or call 753-3753.
- Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet today at 9 a.m. in the Center City Commission (CCC) conference room at 114 N. Main St. For more information, contact Dawn Vinson at 575-0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
62. MBI Expands Design Focus Into Health Care Arena
- Monday, April 14, 2008
Customers walking into the MBI showroom on Distriplex Drive are being greeted with a new scene. Part of the office furniture and design business' showroom now looks like something out of a hospital.
63. Fullwood Joins inferno As Strategic Operations Director
- Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Kimberley Fullwood has joined inferno as strategic operations director.
Fullwood has more than 13 years of experience in project, traffic and operations management. Previously, she served as vice president of traffic and operations at HSR Business to Business Inc. in Cincinnati.
64. Underlying Grisham's Employment Law Surface Is Love of Writing, Hockey
- Thursday, December 27, 2007
Attorney Greg Grisham, a partner in Weintraub Stock & Grisham PC, is a recent appointee to the advisory committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
He is also a guiding force in the Memphis Lawyers' Chapter of The Federalist Society, a legal and political forum that in recent years has drawn not only devotees of quintessential federalist Alexander Hamilton's view of strong central government, but also some adherents of Andrew Jackson's more moderate philosophy.
65. Bethel Named New VP Of COMEC Board
- Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Greg Bethel has been named vice president of the board of directors of the Commission on Missing & Exploited Children (COMEC). Bethel is the director of human resources for the Jackson-Madison County School System in Jackson, Tenn. He's been on the board of directors for two years.
66. Women's Foundation Director Shines as Woman of Character
- Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Ruby Bright has been recognized as a 2006 Woman of Character by the Girl Scout Council of the Mid-South. Bright, who is the executive director of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, was recognized for her courage, confidence and leadership.
67. Great American SmokeoutKicks Off Today
- Thursday, November 16, 2006
The 30th annual Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS), will be held today to discourage tobacco use.
It will be the kickoff date for an initiative by th
68. Grinder Haizlip Aims for Steady Growth
- Tuesday, November 01, 2005
For the two men who run Grinder Haizlip Construction Co. Inc., the job of building their company's future is done brick by brick, one employee at a time.
The low-key construction business has been around since 1992, and co-owners Greg Grinder and Henry Haizlip - perhaps now more than ever - are thinking big. Not just in the size of their business, but also in the imagination with which they and their next generation of project managers tackle new jobs.
69. Archived Article: Events
- Tuesday, September 07, 2004
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors offers a HUD Foreclosure prevention class from 1 p
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors offers a HUD Foreclosure prevention class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at MAAR offices, 6393 Poplar Ave. Cost is $...
70. Archived Article: Events
- Tuesday, June 08, 2004
ACCRA presents its annual conference for professionals in the field of economic development research today through Saturday at
ACCRA presents its annual conference for professionals in the field of economic development research today through Satu...
71. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, September 03, 2003
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72. Archived Article: Calendar
- Monday, January 28, 2002
Calendar of events Jan Calendar of events Jan. 28-Feb. 3 Jan. 28 YMCA hosts beginner Spanish classes for adults at the East Memphis location, 5959 Park Ave. Classes, which run through April 14, are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, and cost $130 f...
73. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, August 03, 2000
By STACEY WIEDOWER Many firms concentrating on work outside the courtroom By STACEY WIEDOWER The Daily News A lot of work is going on in the Memphis legal scene these days, but not all of it surrounds the courtroom. Several local law firms have deci...
74. Archived Article: Law Focus
- Thursday, May 18, 2000
By Stacey Wiedower New law hangs up on telemarketing calls By Stacey Wiedower The Daily News A little more than a year ago, state Rep. Matt Kisber (D-Jackson) and his wife had just finished dinner when the phone rang. The caller was trying to sell s...
75. Archived Article: Downtown (bott)doc
- Tuesday, April 13, 1999
By STACEY PETSCHAUER Dodging delays Downtown demands detours By STACEY PETSCHAUER The Daily News With construction starting on the Memphis Convention Center and progressing on AutoZone Ballpark, development in Downtown Memphis is moving full speed a...
76. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, April 07, 1999
Bob Vornbrock has been named president of Thompson & Co Bob Vornbrock has been named president of Thompson & Co. He formerly was chief operating officer. Vornbrock is a graduate of the University of Missouri. Greg Bava has been named to the ...
77. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, March 11, 1998
Gary L Gary L. Osing has joined the Waring Cox law firm as chief operating officer. He formerly was director of administration for the law firm of Hand Arendall LLC in Mobile, Ala. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and Springfield ...
78. Archived Article: Memos
- Wednesday, January 24, 1996
memos from 1/17 Tamara L. Hane has joined Bean & Ison, CPAs & Consultants as a staff accountant. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin, where she received her master of business administration degree in 1993. Prior to joini...