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VOL. 124 | NO. 162 | Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Finch Appointed to Dean Position At UofM School of Nursing

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Dr. Linda Finch
E. Denby Brandon Jr.
Derrick Hardaway
Tanja Thompson
Jonathan Kaplan
Dr. M. Iqbal Shafi

Dr. Linda Finch has been appointed associate dean and director of undergraduate programs for the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis. Finch was previously an associate professor on the nursing faculty. She has been named an American Nurses Foundation Scholar by the American Nurses Association and is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing. She also has served on the editorial board of “The Tennessee Nurse.”

E. Denby Brandon Jr. has been inducted into the Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame. Brandon and his sons operate Brandon Financial Planning Inc. He is a graduate of Southwestern at Memphis, now Rhodes College. Brandon was a member of the original Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards in 1985 and became chairman in 1989. He was the first chairman of the board of Affiliated Associations in 1992 and is also a member of the Financial Planning Association.

Olin F. Morris has been re-elected to a one-year term on the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s board of directors. Morris is a trustee at UAB Trust Holdings in Memphis and former senior vice president of the New York Times Broadcasting Group.

Derrick Hardaway has joined BenchMark at Southwind LLC Realtors. Hardaway will specialize in residential properties in the Memphis area.

Talk of the Town Toastmasters Club has elected its 2009-2010 board members. They are Erin Warf, president; Patti Roland, vice president of education: Amy Johnson; vice president of membership; Rick Tarrant, vice president of public relations; Karen Jenkins, secretary; Louella Wooley, treasurer; and Debra Taylor, sergeant at arms.

Tanja Thompson and Jonathan Kaplan, both of Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC, have been named by the Oklahoma-based Labor Relations Institute to the list of Top 100 Labor Attorneys in the United States for 2009. The honor puts Thompson and Kaplan in the top 1 percent of the nation’s labor attorneys. This is the third year Thompson has been named to the list. Thompson and Kaplan specialize in labor and employment law, representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board in labor arbitrations and contract negotiations.

Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc. has been named one of the nation’s top 50 engineering and architecture firms in “Building Design + Construction” magazine’s 2009 “Giants 300” survey.

Dr. M. Iqbal Shafi has been appointed to the newly created position of executive director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at LeMoyne-Owen College. The position will be a cabinet-level post and will involve seeking grant opportunities for the college. Shafi has served as chairman of the Division of Natural and Mathematic Sciences and as professor of biology at LeMoyne-Owen since 1994.

Joe Fracchia, Joseph E. Dudek Jr., Douglas Scarboro and Amy Howell will join EmergeMemphis as new board members. Fracchia is a partner at VACO. Dudek is an attorney at Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada PLLC. Scarboro is the director of community engagement at the Leadership Academy. Howell is the founder of Howell Marketing Strategies.

Laura Forbes, president of Zebra Marketing, has been recognized as Distributor Woman of Distinction by the Advertising Specialty Institute.

Global Events Partners has named Memphis-based Destination King its Partner of the Year at the recent GEP Executive Summit. Global Events Partners is a partnership of more than 65 independently owned, full-service destination management companies.

Trish McLaughlin has joined RedRover Sales and Marketing as an account executive. McLaughlin previously worked as an associate creative director at archer>malmo and Hunterskil Howard in the Netherlands.

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