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VOL. 126 | NO. 214 | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Memphian Cobb Joins MIFA As Meals on Wheels Director

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Trentwood Cobb has joined Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association as director of MIFA Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to senior citizens in the greater Memphis area.


(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Memphis

Education: Master’s degree in education, University of Memphis; bachelor’s degree in social sciences, LeMoyne-Owen College

Family: One son and one daughter

Favorite quote: “Your word is the only thing you can give and keep.”

Last book read: “Living a Life That Matters” by Harold S. Kushner

Favorite music: Contemporary gospel and jazz

Sports team: Memphis Grizzlies

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Line-dancing, singing and playing cards

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father. He displayed a great deal of wisdom during my youth, adolescence and adult life, and he lived a healthy life until the age of 88.

What drew you to MIFA? I was looking for an organization that values customer service and strives to provide meaningful humane services to those in need. In my research, I clearly saw the many ways in which MIFA provides tangible and non-tangible services unselfishly to residents in and around the Memphis area.

How important is Meals on Wheels to the Memphis community? Meals on Wheels is very important to the Memphis community. Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals that enable seniors to maintain their health and independence.

What are your goals for the Meals on Wheels program? Encourage and engage the community to become involved at a higher level in providing nutritious meals to eliminate hunger for our elderly and senior citizens.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Providing support and training to develop individuals (in ways) that assist them to make more informed decisions about their career and life choices.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with a dedicated team to make a conscious effort to address the challenges of poverty.


Jim Duncan, executive director of Memphis Botanic Garden, has been awarded the 2011 Community Service Award by the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Inc. The award recognizes an individual whose creativity, effort, commitment, professionalism and exceptional initiative have enabled his or her organization to excel in its mission.

Twelve attorneys from Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP have been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. They are H. Roy Berkenstock, Robert E. Craddock Jr., Robert L. Crawford, Lee A. Harkavy, Charles M. Key, Philip E. Mischke, Richard Raines, Glen G. Reid Jr., Boyd L. Rhodes Jr., William S. Solmson, Ellen B. Vergos and Mark Vorder-Bruegge Jr.

Dr. Steven Rice and Michael Terry have joined SRVS Inc. board of directors. Jay Lewis Wardlaw has joined the SRVS advisory council. Anne Wesberry is the new SRVS chairperson and Mark Billingsley is the new first vice chair.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald has joined the executive committee of the Memphis Area Association of Governments. McDonald will serve as vice chairman.

Lisa Barden has been promoted to first vice president of treasury management at Paragon National Bank. Barden will be responsible for treasury management sales. George Daley has been promoted to vice president and banking center manager at Paragon. Daley will be responsible for the overall profitability and operation of the Saddle Creek banking center.

Twenty-one attorneys from Glankler Brown PLLC have been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. They are Louis F. Allen, James F. Arthur III, Stewart G. Austin Jr., Saul C. Belz, David Blaylock, William L. Bomar, R. Grattan Brown Jr., Oscar C. Carr III, Lee J. Chase III, B. Douglas Earthman, Lynn A. Gardner, Charles W. Hill, John I. Houseal Jr., R. Hunter Humphreys, Robert L. Hutton, William T. Mays Jr., George Nassar Jr., Arnold Perl, J. William Pierce Jr., Douglas P. Quay and Randall B. Womack.


Gray Fiser has joined Sullivan Branding as an account manager. Fiser previously worked as account executive for Bottle Rocket, a sponsorship marketing division of Thompson & Co., and as principal for TicketNav.

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