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VOL. 125 | NO. 170 | Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Grubb & Ellis’ deWitt Appointed To MAAR Commercial Council

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Photo: Lance Murphey

Greg deWitt of Grubb & Ellis Co. has been appointed to the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council. He will take over one of the council’s director seats next year before becoming the council’s vice president in 2012.

Hometown: Kingstree, S.C. – We are the county seat!
B.A. in history, University of Memphis
Work experience:
Fifteen years in commercial real estate with three companies: Commercial Tennessee (now Commercial Advisors), two years; Colliers Wilkinson Snowden, 10 years; and Grubb & Ellis Memphis, three years
Wife – Kelli, daughters Alix and Olivia, 16 and 11, respectively. Not giving out Kelli’s but it will be a milestone one this September…
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
Through the years, there have been three men that took the time to not only teach me business skill etc., but took the time to try and guide me in life: Dan Wilkinson, Wyatt Aiken and Ron Hickman all gave of their time and talents. ... In life, it has to be my dad, and even though it was his advice that I usually ran from, as I get older I realize he really did know what he was talking about.
What attracted you to Grubb & Ellis when you first joined the company?
Small firm with a national brand that was growing and the opportunity to work with Joe Steffner, Scott Pahlow and Liza Creech.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
I’m not sure that I’ve had any, but I was grateful to the real estate community for asking me to be a part of the MAAR Commercial Council. I think whenever your peers ask you to be involved in something, there is a level of trust and respect. Either that or no one else wanted the job. Here’s to the former … .
What do you most enjoy about your work?
I have worked with so many different types of companies in my career … and what makes this job enjoyable is knowing that all these companies started with someone’s vision, hard work and perseverance, and that successful companies can not only be started, but grow, thrive and employ literally hundreds, maybe even thousands of people. The fact that I get to interact with many of the idea makers and hear their stories is the most enjoyable part of my work. Well it’s either that or those long lunches.


Dianne Berry of Berry Financial Services Inc. has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of Leadership Memphis. Berry will serv on the finance committee. She is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Memphis.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has announced new members of its board of directors. They are Dave Crawford, president and chief operating officer of American Home Shield; Laurita Jackson, president of Memphis Chemical & Janitorial Supply Co.; Nick Newman, vice president of construction and maintenance for Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division; Calvin Taylor, vice president of membership development for the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Shelby Residential and Vocational Services Inc. has named board members. They are Mark Billingsley, Frances James Metheny, and John Williams. New advisory council members are John Horne and Laura Tuminello. Carol Snowden Morris was elected secretary.


Erin Wiles and Don MacDougall have joined Thompson & Co. Wiles has joined as manager of interactive strategy and development. MacDougall has rejoined the company as an ACD/copywriter.

Charles M. Key, Richard C. Raines and Glen G. Reid Jr., partners with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP have been named best attorneys by the Chambers USA 2010 Directory of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Raines was recognized for real estate, Reid for general commercial litigation, and Key for regulatory health care.

Katie Pemberton has joined Obsidian Public Relations as account manager. Her previous experience includes working as a marketing specialist at Paragon National Bank, as a copywriter at Increase Media, and as a marketing manager and event coordinator at Davis-Kidd Booksellers.

PROPERTY SALES 74 74 17,458
MORTGAGES 93 93 20,128
BUILDING PERMITS 126 126 36,072
BANKRUPTCIES 63 63 11,227