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VOL. 122 | NO. 80 | Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Stephanie Nichols Named PRSA Professional of the Year

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Joseph Anderson
Terika Pittman
Daniel Stanton
Dr. Vickie S. Baselski
Frank Allen

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) honored Stephanie Wilson Nichols as its 2006 Professional of the Year during the 15th annual VOX Awards Gala. This is the second time Nichols has received the award. The first time was in 2000. She served as the VOX Awards committee chair this year, and in 2005 was the chapter president. She also assisted the VOX committee in 2005. Nichols has earned and maintained her PRSA Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) designation since 2000 and has been an active member of PRSA since 1993.

inferno has been honored with three awards in the 28th annual Telly Awards competition. The winning entries were created for Smith & Nephew's Viagraf DBM product. The series won two Silver Awards and one Bronze Award.

Leadership Memphis will recognize two leaders during its celebration dinner Tuesday. Dr. Carol Johnson, superintendent of Memphis City Schools, will receive the Kate Gooch 2007 Leader of the Year Award. Regina Walker, senior vice president for Community Impact at United Way of the Mid-South, will receive the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Frank Allen, a financial adviser with Shoemaker Financial, has earned his certified financial planner designation. Allen, who also is a designated certified public accountant, is the treasurer of the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Rev. Benjamin Lawson Hooks and his wife, Frances Dancey Hooks, have been recognized for their work as pastor and first lady of Greater Middle Baptist Church. The April celebration honored the couple's 51st anniversary in their positions at the church. Hooks was the first black criminal court judge in Tennessee. He was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission by President Richard Nixon in 1972 and later became the executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Dr. Vickie S. Baselski has received the bio-Merieux Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology. Baselski has served as the technical director      of clinical microbiology at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and
at Memphis Pathology Laboratory (formerly Baptist Regional Laboratory). Currently, she serves as clinical microbiology consultant to both Memphis Pathology Laboratory and the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department Laboratory.

Vicky Gregg, CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Daniel Stanton has been named administrator of Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. Previously, Stanton worked as director of operations for University of Tennessee Bowld Hospital and transitioned into his role as director of operations for the transplant institute in 2004. He assumed the position of director of operations for the Methodist University and Methodist Germantown Radiation Oncology Center in 2006.

Dr. Michael D. Weinberg of The Eclectic Eye has been named to the Leadership Memphis Executive Program. Weinberg and his wife, Robbie Weinberg, opened their Midtown boutique in 2002. A second store opened in 2006 in Collierville's Houston Levee Galleria. The Eclectic Eye recently was named a finalist in the Memphis Business Journal's 27th annual Small Business Awards.

Crye-Leike Realtors added three new agents to its Germantown Exeter office. Donald Johnson will specialize in residential real estate sales, Terika Pittman will specialize in all areas of real estate services and Joseph Anderson will specialize in residential real estate. All three affiliate brokers are members of the Memphis Area, Tennessee and National Associations of Realtors.

Myra Hampton has joined Crye-Leike Realtors' Olive Branch office as affiliate broker. Hampton will work in and around DeSoto, Shelby and Tipton counties specializing in residential real estate. She is a member of the Northwest Mississippi and Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

PROPERTY SALES 116 288 17,672
MORTGAGES 143 337 20,372
BUILDING PERMITS 139 488 36,434
BANKRUPTCIES 43 158 11,322