VOL. 124 | NO. 13 | Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Methodist Names Brooks VP of Clinical Operations
By Taylor Shoptaw
Jefferson D. Gilder
Barbara H. Connolly
Robert Brooks has been named vice president of clinical operations for Methodist University Hospital.
Brooks will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of MUH’s centers of excellence as well as overseeing physician strategy in an academic medical center setting.
Prior to joining Methodist, Brooks was an administrator of Ambulatory Care Services for Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio.
Obsidian Public Relations has promoted three of its members. Cristy Racy has been named director of account services. Jessica Neal has been promoted to account manager and Daniel Wade has been promoted to account executive.
Victor L. Robilio Jr. has been elected president of the Auxiliary to the Memphis Bar Association. Robilio is the first male and the 50th president of the 30-member organization that was founded in 1958. Robilio will be responsible for growing membership as well as community education through the scheduling of guest speakers who will discuss legal topics.
Jennifer Moody, underwriter and new business supervisor at Shoemaker Financial, has passed her Life and Health Insurance exam. This certification enables her to work more closely with the advisers.
Memphis video production company Running Pony Productions has received four nominations for regional Emmy awards. The production company was nominated for a commercial campaign for the Memphis Zoo, a commercial campaign for the University of Memphis football team, an animation created for the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl TV commercial, and the information program “Smart Medicine” on WKNO-TV.
William H. “Bill” Watkins Jr. has been recognized by the University of Memphis with a classroom in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics named in his honor. Room 128 is a 144-seat auditorium where students are taught accounting principles. Watkins graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1967 from the university. He went on to found the firm Watkins and Watkins, which is now Watkins Uiberall PLLC.
Jefferson D. Gilder has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Gilder is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law and spent 10 years in practice at Gilder Law Firm in Southaven before he formed the law offices of Gilder, Howell and Associates PA with Jamie W. Howell Jr. in 2000.
Barbara H. Connolly has been appointed interim dean for the University of Tennessee College of Allied Health Sciences. Connolly is a professor of physical therapy and has been chair of the department of physical therapy for 21 years. She will continue in these roles while serving as interim dean.
The Christian Brothers University delegation recently was named “Best New Delegation” by the 39th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature. Burton Bridges and John Legge were presented the Douglas Carlisle Award. Also, Bridges was named the “Best New Senator” and Legge was named the “Best New Representative.” Other members of the delegation were Samantha Almanza, Kenneth Latta and Sarah Brown.
Holly Baker has been promoted to manager of marketing and public relations at Lenny’s Franchisor LLC. Baker will be responsible for coordinating and executing marketing efforts for the brand. Baker previously served as a franchise development representative for Lenny’s.
Rosalyn Gray, a vice president and senior financial adviser in Merrill Lynch’s Germantown office, has won the Five Star Award from Crescendo Business Services. Gray was recognized for her customer service, integrity, expertise, communication, value for fees charged, meeting financial objectives, post-sale service, quality of recommendations and overall satisfaction.
Memphis-based managed services provider masterIT has been recognized in BusinessTN magazine’s Hot 100 issue. The annual issue recognizes the top emerging, growing and dynamic businesses that show signs of future promise.