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VOL. 122 | NO. 66 | Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dave Robbins Receives Highest Recognition In Restoration Industry

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Sereena Tucker
Tracy Klingbeil
Sam Erkulwater
Dave Robbins

Dave Robbins of Crawford, Smith & Sharp LLC recently was awarded the Certified Restorer (CR) designation from the Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration. The CR designation is the highest recognition awarded in the restoration industry. Since its inception in 1976, only 485 individuals have earned the designation.

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council will honor J. Bayard Boyle posthumously on Thursday with the Legacy Award for contributions during his 60 years of developing real estate. The award is part of the Sixth Annual Pinnacle Awards and is presented posthumously to a commercial real estate practitioner who has influenced the local industry.

Sam Erkulwater has joined the MPACT Memphis board of directors. Erkulwater is a systems architect adviser at FedEx corporate headquarters.

Rhodes College senior Joel Parsons has been named a Watson Fellow, a designation which awards a $25,000 stipend for travel and study abroad.
Only 50 fellows are chosen from 50 colleges and universities that are allowed to nominate students.

Dorothy Gunther Pugh, the artistic director and founder of Ballet Memphis, was the recent recipient of a $6,000 fellowship from the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University. The fellowship provides an opportunity for select executives to attend a two-week residential program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

American Mortgage Services recently received two Rural Development Gold Awards for helping families and individuals purchase more than $3.2 million worth of homes in West Tennessee in 2006. The Gold Award recognizes the work of lenders who utilize Rural Development's home loan guarantee program to increase the number of home loans available to people in rural areas.

The Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis honored two professors and two staff members at the college's annual awards banquet last month. Dr. Roger Meier, associate professor of civil engineering, received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Erno Lindner, professor of biomedical engineering, was named the Outstanding Faculty Research Award winner. Also honored was Laura Small Whitsitt, vice president of research and development for Smith & Nephew's Orthopaedic Reconstruction division, as Outstanding Alumna. Distinguished Service in Engineering Awards went to Dennis W. Koerner, president of RING Industrial Group LP, and Jon C. Serbousek, vice president and general manager of the Biologics, Orthopaedics, Interventional Spine and International divisions of Medtronic's Spinal and Biologics business.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has been named among the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity by MultiCultural Law magazine. This is the third consecutive year the magazine has ranked Baker Donelson for diversity. The list is based on results of surveys submitted by more than 200 law firms across the country.

Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare has named Tracy Klingbeil corporate director of recruitment services. Klingbeil began her career as a paramedic in the U.S. Air Force and later worked for Homecare Concepts of America, CompuCom and Tenet Healthcare Corp. Most recently, she
served as vice president and staffing manager for Citigroup.

AGAPE Child and Family Services recently hired Sereena Tucker as administrative assistant for social services and Karen Williams as accounting clerk.

The partners of SEACAP Financial Inc. recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. Partners Mackie Gober, J. Waldrup Brown and Bob King founded the company in 2002. SEACAP provides professional services including business sales and acquisitions, valuations, debt placement and management advisory and executive recruiting.

PROPERTY SALES 49 123 2,388
MORTGAGES 77 171 2,778
BUILDING PERMITS 174 284 6,352
BANKRUPTCIES 32 72 1,859