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VOL. 126 | NO. 67 | Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Noffsinger Receives Leadership Award


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Mike Noffsinger, sales manager for the Memphis location of the RJ Young Co., has received the John T. Crunk Leadership Award, an honor given to an employee who exhibits outstanding leadership traits and performance during the year.


Hometown: Hopkinsville, Ky.

Education: Murray State University

Work Experience: Self-employed 10 years; Firefighter-EMT/Inspector five years; RJ Young eight years in Digital Print Services Sales and Management; Office Equipment Sales and Management

Family: wife Courtney, sons Caleb (20) and Keegan (5), and daughter Presley (2)

Favorite quote: My father has always told me, “You can’t sell apples from an empty wagon,” meaning always be prepared.

Last book read: “Pulling Together” by John J. Murphy

Favorite music: I enjoy all genres of music but usually gravitate towards all types of rock.

Favorite movie: “Braveheart”

Sports team: University of Kentucky Wildcats

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Rebuilding and riding motorcycles, boating and spending time with my family.

What talent do you wish you had? I would love to be able to play the piano.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? I have a group of lifelong friends. Even though there are many miles between us at this point in our lives, we’ve remained very close for a very long time, just as family. This group of guys and their families has had a very profound influence on me. We set the bar high for one another and without even thinking about it, each of us is held accountable to everyone in our group.

What originally drew you to RJ Young? The family owned environment accompanied by a culture of professionalism that surpasses that of many much larger organizations.

What does being awarded the John T. Crunk Leadership Award mean to you? After being given this award, I called my wife to ask her to keep our son awake until I could get home. I was so excited to be able to show my son the result of hard work and dedication and hoped that he would take in a little bit of that excitement as motivation in his days to come. I’m very humbled to receive this award, when the truth of it is that my wife, son and daughter sacrifice just as much as I do on a daily basis.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Since moving to Memphis almost four years ago, my team has started a legacy that will go on a long time. We started with very little in this marketplace, and we’ve made it our own.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with my team motivates me. I have been fortunate enough to witness some incredible development and growth over the last four years in Memphis. It is very inspiring.


Shelia Anderson has been named the patient access services director at Methodist North Hospital. Anderson is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and directing patient access activities and operations.

Dr. James E. Venable has been promoted to vice president of clinical programs at Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Daniel Smith has been named chief of pediatric primary care at The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Patricia Estes-Walker has been named chief of adult primary care at The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry.

Wain Gaskins has joined Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. Gaskins served the city of Memphis as its city engineer for eight years. At Kimley-Horn, he will serve both public- and private-sector clients.


Theatre Memphis has been recognized for most outstanding service to community theater in the nation with the Twink Lynch Award by the American Association of Community Theatre. Volunteer Bennett Wood has been selected to receive the Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award.

The board of trustees at Christian Brothers University has named two new members. They are Mark R. Giannini, founder and executive officer of Service Assurance, and James L. Reber, president and chief executive office of ICBA Securities.

Zack Farley has been promoted to audit senior at certified public accounting firm Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck PLC. Andy Cates has been promoted to audit manager. Todd Griesbeck has been promoted to audit senior manager. Casey Rodden has joined the firm’s audit staff. Doug Gordon and Rebecca Horton have joined the firm’s internship program.


Delois Colvin has joined BenchMark at Southwind LLC Realtors.

PROPERTY SALES 92 229 4,100
MORTGAGES 94 225 4,615
BUILDING PERMITS 170 538 9,806
BANKRUPTCIES 53 163 3,048