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VOL. 121 | NO. 176 | Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Newberry Takes Helm of MLGW's Credit Union

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Michelle Starr
Jo Speak
Rebecca Medina
Ken Newberry

Ken Newberry has been named the president and chief executive officer of LG&W Federal Credit Union, which serves immediate family members, employees and retired employees of Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division. Newberry is the second vice president of the Memphis chapter of the Tennessee Credit Union League and treasurer of the West Tennessee Affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation.

Rick Chambers has been promoted to executive vice president of pharmacy operations at Fred's Inc. Chambers previously was senior vice president of pharmacy operations. He joined Fred's in July 1992. Gerald E. Thompson has joined the company as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Thompson retired in 2004 from Rhode Island-based Eckerd Corp. as senior vice president of pharmacy services and has served on the Fred's board of directors since 2005.

Eyewitness News reporter Rebecca Medina has received an award for the best television news feature from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The feature, "Sgt. Ruby Lives On," was produced in 2005 while she was reporting for KDBC 4 in El Paso. The segment tells about a civilian's push for forgiveness from the family of a female soldier who died in Iraq. Medina joined the Eyewitness News team in December 2005.

Jo Speak has been promoted to bank officer at BankTennessee. She previously was a business development executive and personal banker. She worked as director of human resources from 1995 to 2004 at the law firm of Farris Matthews Branan Bobango Hellen & Dunlap PLC.

Michelle Starr has joined DeSoto Athletic Club (DAC) as fitness director.

The Memphis chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction has announced the following new officers: Jill Rayman, president; Karen Dexter, vice president; Brenda Qualls, treasurer; Sandra Pitts, recording secretary; and Delcie Duncan, corresponding secretary.

William Seaton Phillips, founder of Phillips Fire and Casualty Agency in Memphis, has been inducted into Middle Tennessee State University's Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame. Phillips has been in the insurance industry for nearly five decades. Early in his career, he worked for the City of Memphis Vocational Department, where he developed and taught high school courses on office skills. He opened his agency in 1958 and sold it to Mid-South Insurance Agency in 2004.

Jack L. Peck has been elected chair of the board of directors for Leadership Memphis. Peck is a graduate of the executive program's class of 1996. He is the vice president/general manager for WPTY/WLMT ABC 24. Other new officers include Glenn D. Sessoms, vice chair; LaDon Jones, immediate past chair; Regina Walker, secretary; and Sudhir K. Agrawal, treasurer.

Brad Hirsh has been named director of slot operations for Horseshoe Casino Tunica, a Harrah's Entertainment Inc. casino. Hirsh has been with Harrah's Entertainment since 2003, most recently serving as central division vice president of customer satisfaction assurance.

Andrew Gieselmann has joined Memphis-based Edmundson Northstar Cos. as a full-time associate to lead and manage the Northstar Hiring Institute. He also will assume responsibilities as a professional sales trainer and coach. Gieselmann previously owned and operated Signature Consulting LLC on Quince Road, a professional recruiting and employment placement firm. He currently serves as an ambassador for The Crescent Club and is chairman of the national Young Executives Society (YES).

Dr. William M. Locante has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Chicago-based American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Locante, a fellow of the academy, spent 10 days in New Delhi and Chennai, India, teaching Indian dentists to perform implant surgery. Locante is a cosmetic and implant dentist at the Southern Dental Implant Center in Cordova.

PROPERTY SALES 57 94 2,713
MORTGAGES 16 37 1,820
BUILDING PERMITS 303 621 6,322
BANKRUPTCIES 138 138 1,115