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VOL. 120 | NO. 113 | Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Mays Rises to Public Relations Vice Chancellor Post at UT Health Science Center

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Ronald A. Brantley
Cindy Soro
Wendy Howell
Dan Smythe
Susan Mealer
Sandra Mays

Sandra Mays has been appointed the first vice chancellor for public relations for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. This is the first time the statewide academic health institution has elevated the communications leadership position to the vice chancellor level with a direct report to the chancellor. Before joining UTHSC, Mays was the director of communications, marketing and public relations for the Memphis Housing Authority and its Division of Housing and Community Development.

City Auto has been named the No. 1 Internet pre-owned auto dealer in Auto Dealer Monthly magazine's 2006 rankings. This marks the third year the Memphis-based auto dealer has been recognized on the list. Rankings were determined by Auto Dealer Monthly magazine by calculating overall and pre-owned Internet sales for the 2005 calendar year.

The Germantown Performing Arts Centre has received a $5,000 regional touring grant from the Southern Arts Foundation (SAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant was presented to GPAC in support of its coming performances of "Ballet Foklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez" in October.

Cindy Soro has joined MBI as an account manager ,and Wendy Howell has signed on as designer and project manager. Dan Smythe has been named workplace consultant for Steelcase Inc., supporting MBI.

Rhonda Branch has been appointed community resource manager for the National College of Business and Technology, Memphis campus. In her new position, Branch will oversee business partnership grants for businesses, agencies and third-party entities for admissions. She previously worked as vice president of functional training for Citigroup North America, where she trained approximately 550 employees in sales and product development, compliance and sales management in the credit card division.

Frank Grisanti, owner of Frank Grisanti Restaurant at Embassy Suites and other restaurants, has been elected co-chairman of the Research and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

The Rhodes College Environmental Planning Cooperative (EPC) has been selected as the winner of the 2006 Governor's Stewardship award in the Green Schools Higher Education category for the Rhodes College Bike Program. The bike program was established in 2005 to provide bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation on campus.

Ronald A. Brantley II has been named vice president and senior community banker for Wachovia Bank in Memphis. Brantley has been with Wachovia for more than seven years, most recently as part of the Alabama Corporate Banking group.

Susan Mealer has been appointed director and president-elect of Startel National Users Group (SNUG). Mealer is co-owner of Answering Advantage LLC, a telephone answering service and call center based in Memphis. She has been an active member of SNUG since 2000 and also is involved in the National Association of Women Business Owners, The Small Business Chamber, The Memphis Regional Chamber and the Apartment Association of Greater Memphis.

Signature Marketing Solutions employees Michelle Oiler and John Cooper recently were recognized by Leadership Memphis for graduating from the exclusive program. They were among the 64 people to graduate in the class of 2006. Oiler is Signature's chief operating officer and Cooper is creative director.

The Tennessee Industrial Development Council (TIDC) has announced the election of its board officers for 2006-2007: Mark Herbison, president; Doug Lawyer, vice president; Walt Wood, secretary-treasurer; Kyle Spurgeon, immediate past president; Darryl Brady, East Tennessee representative; Robert Barnes, Middle Tennessee representative; Hollie Holt, West Tennessee representative; Marco Oliveri, Southern Economic Development Council representative.; Elizabeth Theiss, SEDC alternate representative; and Paul LaGrange, state liaison.

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MORTGAGES 101 194 20,229
BUILDING PERMITS 223 349 36,295
BANKRUPTCIES 52 115 11,279