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VOL. 122 | NO. 197 | Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Barrett Opens Design and Marketing Firm

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Kevin Rainwater
Jennifer S. Hagerman
Matt Taylor
Lauren Grossman
Matthew Singleton
Bob Watson
Stefanie Barrett

Stefanie Barrett has opened Barrett Creative, a full-service graphic design and marketing firm. Barrett has more than 15 years of experience. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and Women on the Move, and serves as the marketing sponsor for the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) and the Small Business Chamber.

Jill Serbousek, vice president of Medtronic Inc., has been elected to serve on the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering (MASE) board of directors. Serbousek joined Medtronic in 2000 as vice president of eBusiness, and currently serves as the vice president of business and marketing strategy for the company's Memphis-based spinal and biologics business.

Martha Nash has joined Office Evolutions. Nash has more than 25 years of experience in contract furniture selection and design. Currently, she is presiding over the design of Office Solutions' new showroom and design center, which will open in the South Main Arts District this fall.

Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. (A2H) has hired Bob Watson as a senior project coordinator. Watson, who previously worked for A2H, spent four years in the Peace Corps working on water projects before returning to the company to oversee construction administration for the structural department.

Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. has hired Matthew Singleton as a mechanical designer. Singleton recently graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He will be assisting the mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering department with design and production drawings.

The University of Memphis College of Arts & Sciences alumni chapter has honored Reed C. Baskin, Eric Robertson and Peggy Turley as Outstanding Alumni, and Wallace and Olivia Bruce have been honored as Outstanding Friends. Dr. Baskin is a co-founder of Boston Baskin Cancer Group. Robertson is a development manager for the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corp. and chair of MPACT Memphis. Turley is an illustrator of children's books. The Bruces are former members of the College of Arts and Sciences advisory board.

Three new staff members have joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Lauren Grossman is the new director of annual giving and special events. Cissi Loftis is the new development coordinator. Tracy Lowman is the new assistant patron services manager.

The Salvation Army has elected eight new members of its board: Bob Bennett, Kirsten Brasfield, Dave Ferraro, Stacie Glover, Steve Lykins, Johnny Moore, Paul Rhodes and Dr. Steve Tower.

The Memphis Music Foundation has announced new members of its Board of Directors: James Alexander, Paul Chandler, J.De DeHart, Lynn Harless and Steve Zito.

Four Memphis attorneys from the national labor and employment law firm of Ford & Harrison LLP have been named to the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Memphis managing partner Louis P. Britt and partners Herbert E. Gerson, Arnold E. Perl and Keith A. Warren.

Souper Contact, Rhodes College's student-run soup kitchen, has been named the winner of the Youth in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Shoemaker Financial has added Tracie Clark and Matt Taylor as financial advisers in its Germantown office.

Doug Dickens of Boyle Investment Co. has received an Urban and Community Forestry Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Dickens and his company partnered with Dalhoff Thomas Daws LLC and Davis Engineering Co. to develop "The Pinnacle of Germantown," a 16.4-acre residential development.

Jennifer S. Hagerman, an attorney at Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC, has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal. Hagerman serves on the board of directors of the Center City Commission and the Ira Samelson Jr. Boys & Girls Club, and is the president-elect of the Association of Women Attorneys.

First Mercantile Bank has appointed Kevin Rainwater as the regional sales director for the Southeast region. Rainwater has 10 years in the banking industry.

Porter-Leath Children's Center has received an $8,000 grant from the Memphis Education Association. Porter-Leath is a resource for at-risk children and families.

PROPERTY SALES 56 94 12,852
MORTGAGES 23 50 8,053
BUILDING PERMITS 285 422 30,356
BANKRUPTCIES 23 67 6,131