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VOL. 122 | NO. 143 | Wednesday, August 1, 2007

FedEx Institute of Technology Names Mandle Executive Director

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W. J. Michael Cody
Rev. Robin Hatzenbuehler
Dr. David LaVelle
Shaye R. Mandle

Shaye R. Mandle has been named executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. Previously, he worked for the Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), where he led the business activities of SAIC's Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operation. Mandle has worked as a district director for the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, and as a legislative liaison to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Jennifer Havens has joined Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center as manager of the Neuroscience Institute. Previously, Havens worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 18 years. She has a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Crichton College.

McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations has been awarded the top national honor by the Public Relations Society of America for its role in a statewide education and awareness campaign about the dangers of methamphetamine use and production. The firm received the Silver Anvil Award for its "Meth Destroys" campaign.

Herschel Freeman and Ralph Sutton will join the Folk Alliance board of directors. Freeman has owned and operated the Herschel Freeman Agency Inc. since 1980. Sutton is a recording engineer/record producer and has engineered multiple Grammy Award-winning projects. Currently, he runs Ralph Sutton's Studio D at the House of Blues recording studio.

Dr. David LaVelle has joined the AGAPE Child & Family Services board of directors. Previously, LaVelle served a six-year term from 1998 to 2004 on the board, including two years as its chair. He is a specialist in adult reconstruction and trauma surgery, and joined the staff of Campbell Clinic in 1985.

Trezevant Manor has hired Rev. Robin Hatzenbuehler as its new chaplain/vicar. Hatzenbuehler is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rhodes College and received her master's degree in divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary.

W. J. Michael Cody has received The Francis X. Bellotti Award from the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). The award recognizes former attorneys general who have worked to further NAAG's mission. Cody served as the attorney general of Tennessee from 1984 to 1988, was the United States attorney for the Western District of Tennessee from 1977 to 1981 and served on the Memphis City Council from 1975 to 1977. He is currently a member at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC.

Chambers USA 2007, a guide to business lawyers, ranked 15 attorneys from Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens and Cannada PLLC as leaders in their fields. Two attorneys from its Memphis office were honored: Denise D. Burke in Healthcare and Jason G. Yarbro in Real Estate.

The Civil Rights office of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has earned two awards from the Southern Transportation Civil Rights Executive Council. The 2006 Best Practices Award was presented to the TDOT Affirmative Action Advisory Committee and the 2006 Superior Accomplishment Award in a Non-Supervisory Role went to Lee Rice, an affirmative action specialist in the Civil Rights Office of TDOT.

Tom McConnell has been named principal owner at Pickering Inc. McConnell is a registered architect and has been with the firm for 10 years. Also, Dan Townsend has been named associate principal owner at Pickering. Townsend is a senior water resource engineer and has more than 13 years of experience.

inferno has received two Hermes Creative Awards for work created for Smith & Nephew and NuVasive Spine Technologies. Both awards were at the Platinum level, the highest honor in the competition.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has received a No. 1 ranking in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in five practice areas: Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment, Litigation (General Commercial), Real Estate, and Media and Entertainment. The firm ranked No. 1 more times than any other Tennessee firm.

PROPERTY SALES 41 308 2,265
MORTGAGES 47 379 2,607
BUILDING PERMITS 128 1,018 6,068
BANKRUPTCIES 53 255 1,787