First Mercantile Taps Maness to Handle National Accounts

Wednesday, June 21, 2006, Vol. 121, No. 127

Jeanette Cox

Chris Copeland

Molly Williams

Doug Ferris

Sara Phillips

Philip E. Maness

Philip E. Maness has been appointed director of national accounts and executive vice president of First Mercantile in Cordova. He began his career with First Mercantile in 1984, serving most recently as strategic planning officer.

Michelle Bernstein has joined Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP as a partner. She received a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in 1979. Eugene Bernstein Jr. also has joined as a partner. He received a law degree from the University of Memphis' Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1982. Taylor Gray and David Bodette have signed on as associates. Gray received a law degree from the U of M law school in 2003, while Bodette received his law degree there in 2002.

Ken Hinshaw has joined 1st Trust Bank as vice president and branch manager of the bank's Quail Hollow branch. Pam Rogers has joined as mortgage loan originator.

Doug Ferris has joined FirstBank as director of strategic planning statewide and will be working from Memphis. For more than 30 years, he worked for National Commerce Bank Services Inc. in various roles - most recently as chairman and CEO.

Jeanie Rittenberry has joined NCBS as group vice president and director of client services. Se previously worked at SunTrust Bank as a marketing specialist.

James D. Causey has joined Settlement Solutions LLC as a mediator. He received a law degree from the University of Florida School of Law in 1950. Antoinette Cheney has joined as managing coordinator. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1982 from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

Peggy Strong has been reappointed to a second term on the Magnet Commission by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Board of Directors. Strong is associate administrator and chief nursing officer for Methodist Extended Care Hospital. The Magnet Commission makes decisions about magnet status of hospitals. Hospitals that receive magnet status are considered "magnets" for attracting and retaining outstanding nurses.

Vintage Homes LLC announced the following new hires: Terry Goldberg, construction coordinator;

Pam Harrison, information manager; Brenda Page, planning and design manager; Jeanette Cox, warranty coordinator; Jenny Wallace, director of marketing; Jim Brandon, builder at Buckingham Farms; Richard Clanton, builder at Asbury Place, Davis Grove and Snowden Grove; and Sara Phillips as design gallery manager.

Sandra Khouri has joined Spicer, Flynn & Rudstrom PLLC as office manager. She received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Louisville in 1986.

Dr. Wanda Winnette has been named director of academic affairs for St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. Winnette recently retired as principal of White Station High School after nine years of service.

Tacey Wilson has been promoted to controller for Paragon National Bank. Chondrea Black has been promoted to vice president and compliance and credit operations manager.

Molly Williams has joined Howell McQuain Strategies as an associate. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rhodes College in 2005.

John A. Stemmler has been ranked in the 2006 edition of "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business." Stemmler is an attorney with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. The firm, as a whole, received a No. 1 ranking in every one of the five possible practice areas for Tennessee. Chambers USA Guide is released by Chambers and Partners, publishers of guides to law firms and lawyers.

Josh Roberts has joined archer>malmo as a public relations account executive.

Laurie McBride has been named director of sales for the Mirabella Memphis River Condominiums. Candace Bean has been named sales assistant.

Chris Copeland has joined Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union as a marketing assistant.

Memphis-based commercial real estate company Clark & Clark has been awarded two Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International TOBY awards for Best Renovated Office Space and Best Suburban Low Rise Office Park in the Southern region. Clark & Clark won for the Clark Centre property on Poplar Avenue for the renovated building category. The company was honored for its Lenox Park property in the low rise office park category. Lenox Park is on Kirby Road.