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VOL. 125 | NO. 219 | Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Petty Joins Phoenix Power Group

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Petty (Photo: Lance Murphey)

Doug Petty has joined Phoenix Power Group as the new vice president of sales and marketing.

Hometown: Memphis
I hold B.S. degrees in chemistry and industrial hygiene from the University of North Alabama
Work Experience:
I worked for 10 years as a specialty hospital sales representative for Merck Pharmaceuticals. For nine years I was a senior industrial hygienist for EnSafe Inc.
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
You can usually find me on a golf course, but I also spend time singing and playing guitar in the Memphis area. I enjoy watching Tigers football and basketball games and cooking out with friends.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My parents are my greatest influences. I obviously chose wisely.
What drew you to Phoenix Power Group?
I was drawn to the opportunity to become involved on the ground floor of such an innovative, revolutionary system. In addition, this was a chance to be associated with a talented and experienced group of professionals and investors. Based on my years of professional experience, I know a good thing when I see it.
What does your job as VP of sales and marketing entail?
Our company utilizes breakthrough technology to convert used oil into electricity in an environmentally responsible manner. My position utilizes my background in environmental science, regulation, and high-performance marketing and sales. My specific responsibilities include managing regulatory affairs, developing marketing materials, training and distributor support.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
It would have to be the relationships that I’ve built with co-workers, clients and customers over the years. Those are things that can’t be measured on a spreadsheets or sales reports. Winning the Regional Medical Center’s 2007 Pharmaceutical Representative of the Year Award certainly comes to mind.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
The level of excitement and energy around the PPG organization is remarkable. I’ve been looking for the opportunity to help launch a potential “Next Big Thing” for quite a long time. It is hard not to be excited when your field of work is always pushing the edge and creating new challenges and opportunities. No one has done what we are doing, so we really are a “new” idea. That comes with challenges and benefits; but there is something unique about “creating” a product, something that a cubicle just can’t offer.


Dr. Lin Zhan, dean of the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis, has been honored with the Outstanding Leadership in Nursing and Education Award by the National League for Nursing.

W. Joel Bell, Edward S. Felsenthal, Walter Grant and Hampton A. Holcomb have recently earned MetLife Master’s level recognition. Michael Lane, Gary Frazier and Fred Schaeffer Jr. have earned MetLife Chairman’s level recognition. Mike Cunningham, Robin Gann, Webb Sabin, William J. Sanders, Mark C. Loftis, Rick Homes and Ron Chapoton have earned MetLife Leader’s level recognition.


Eric McCully, of Strategic Financial Partners, has been appointed as a financial adviser/investment adviser representative of New England Securities Corp.

Rudy Cordova of Comfort Suites Hotel has been awarded the Maintenance Staff Service Excellence award by Choice Hotels International Inc.

Gina Angotti, a Memphis real estate agent, has joined Dan Stewart Realtors. Angotti works locally and with out-of-state investors.


Dr. Brandon Baughman, neuropsychologist, has joined Semmes-Murphey Neurological & Spine Institute. Baughman completed his clinical internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and neuropsychology resident training at the Memphis VA Medical Center.

Rick Gafford, vice president of engineering firm Fisher & Arnold, has received a Presidential Citation in recognition of his outstanding efforts on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee.

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