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VOL. 121 | NO. 59 | Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Young & Perl Founder Moves to Baker Donelson

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Katie Dickson
Saul C. Belz
Karla Merritt
Edward R. Young

Edward R. Young, nationally known labor and employment attorney and co-founder of Young & Perl PLC, has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's Memphis office as a shareholder. Colleagues William D. Levy and William P. Dougherty also have joined the firm.

Jason Smith has joined Vanick Group LLC in Collierville as a sales executive. Smith will lead sales efforts for the company's on-demand customer communications software.

Donna Brinkley has been promoted to director of database development at Archer>Malmo. Other new hires and promotions include: Carldell Hudson, director of database production; Michael Ramey, database analyst; Candace Ashir, account manager; Mary Alice Rambin, account executive; and Natasha Gregoire, technical writer.

Karla Merritt has been named creative director of design at Signature Advertising. Merritt graduated from the University of Memphis in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. She has been with Signature since 1999 and formerly served as design director.

Dr. James Rodney Feild will be in the 2006 edition of "Guide to America's Top Surgeons," published by Washington-based Consumers' Research Council of America. The council independently evaluates practitioners on education, years in practice, professional associations and board certifications. Feild is a surgeon at Mid-South Neurological Clinic.

Saul C. Belz, J. David Blaylock and R. Hunter Humphreys of Glankler Brown PLLC have been named to Business Tennessee magazine's "The Best 150 Lawyers in Tennessee" list. The magazine selected top attorneys in each of 32 areas of expertise, based on peer reviews from other lawyers, judges and business executives.

William E. Evans, director and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has been named the 2006 recipient of the Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Evans has published more than 250 research articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, Science and Nature.

Jayne Greenwald has been named the administrator for Methodist Alliance Health Services' Home Medical Equipment and Home Care divisions. For the last six months, Greenwald has been serving as the interim administrative director of Home Care while continuing her job as the administrative director of HME.

Katie Dickson has joined Residential Loan Centers of America as a loan processor. Dickson previously was a loan assistant/processor at BankTennessee. She earned a bachelor's degree in German with a minor in mathematics in 2002 from Davidson College in Davidson, N.C.

Dr. Robert G. Webster, the Rose Marie Thomas chair at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has been given the Distinguished Biotechnologist of the Year Award by the New Zealand Biotechnology Association for his work in virology and avian influenza. In addition to his position at St. Jude, Webster is a consultant to the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and is a fellow of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom's national academy of science.

The Memphis chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors has announced the following new officers for 2006: Joe Steffner of Steffner Commercial Real Estate LLC, president; Jim Rainer of Commercial Advisors LLC, vice president; Wyatt Aiken of Commercial Advisors LLC, secretary/treasurer; and Steve Guinn of Highwoods Properties, program chair.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 4 48 2,693
BUILDING PERMITS 195 891 36,836
BANKRUPTCIES 52 262 11,426
BUSINESS LICENSES 24 139 5,848
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 26 116 6,830
MARRIAGE LICENSES 26 133 4,049