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VOL. 123 | NO. 172 | Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pogue to Lead Public Affairs For Local Corps of Engineers

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Jim Pogue
Maggie Armstrong
Liz Batkie
Susan K. Edwards
Judy G. Smith
Juliette Moore

Jim Pogue has been selected chief of the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District.

Pogue has worked for the Corps of Engineers for more than 19 years in public affairs positions. Pogue will be responsible for managing the Memphis District’s public information, internal communications and community relations programs.

Amy Butler has joined Weichert, Realtors–Chapman and Associates as an accounting specialist and bookkeeper. Butler most recently served as an independent contractor for Shook Financial Services and previously worked as a senior marketing research coordinator at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. At Weichert, Butler will oversee the day-to-day finances and work with the agency’s accounting firm partner.

ServiceMaster Building Maintenance has been honored with two awards at the company’s international convention in Orlando, Fla. Owners Chris McCall, Jim Black and Kyle Corbin and their service team have been presented with the President’s Cabinet Award. The award recognized the service team for owning the largest ServiceMaster Clean contract janitorial cleaning franchise in the world. ServiceMaster also has been presented with the Service Partner of the Year Award.

Anne Hunter Williams has joined Crone & Mason PLC’s Executive Employment Law Practice Group as a senior associate focusing on labor and employment cases. Previously, Williams worked with M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC in Brentwood, Tenn., and also served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois.

Finance for Life has hired Tina England as executive assistant and Rachel McKinley as case pricing specialist. England will handle office management duties as the personal assistant to Ronnie Katz, president of Finance for Life. McKinley will handle case pricing, case manager assistance and order specialized reports and records.

Gary Griffin has been honored by the National Ornamental Metal Museum as Master Metalsmith 2008. Griffin’s “Penumbra Series” will be on display through Nov. 2. Griffin received a master’s degree from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1974 and was the Academy of Art Metalsmith-in-Residence, leading the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Metalsmithing Department for 22 years. He also received two National Endowments of Arts awards in 1976 and 1977.

Maggie Armstrong, Liz Batkie and Susan K. Edwards, lifestyle consultants with Kemmons Wilson Communities, have earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialists designation for Realtors. The designation is awarded to members who successfully complete SRES’ education program that aids them in addressing the needs of homebuyers and sellers age 50 and older. All three also are members of the Professional Network of the Council on Aging.

Michelle Schivers, an agent for Farmers Insurance Group, has completed the Career Agents Course at the University of Farmers. The five-day Career Agents Course is designed to enhance the skills of Farmers’ agents.

Renee Patey has been promoted to senior manager at HORNE LLP. Patey is in assurance services at HORNE. She also is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and is an adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Memphis.

Judy G. Smith, a Crye-Leike Realtofs affiliate broker, has earned her professional real estate designation as a Seller Representative Specialist. The SRS designation recognizes real estate professionals who have completed special education in seller representation. Smith specializes in residential real estate with a focus on first-time homebuyers, relocation and new home construction. Also, Juliette Moore, a sales associate with Crye-Leike Realtors, has earned her professional real estate designation of Accredited Buyer Representative. The designation is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council to real estate agents who meet educational and practical experience criteria.

Bob Browder, a certified public accountant with Edward M. Neal, CPA and Associates PPLC, has been appointed a member of the Federal Taxation Committee at the Tennessee Society of CPAs annual convention and leadership conference. He will serve a one-year term.

PROPERTY SALES 40 220 16,417
MORTGAGES 28 85 10,172
BUILDING PERMITS 161 826 39,370
BANKRUPTCIES 29 136 7,733