VOL. 126 | NO. 233 | Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Smith Named Vice Prez At S. Webster Haining
By Taylor Shoptaw
Doug Smith has been named vice president, administrative operations, at S. Webster Haining & Co.
Hometown: Born in Houston, lived in Memphis since 1979
Education: University of Memphis
Work Experience: United States Air Force, civil engineering; police officer, crisis intervention and training officer; facilities operation manager, construction general superintendent and project management
Family: Married to Whitney Smith, a nurse administrator at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. We met during a critical care renovation project. Daughter is Mary Smith, 19, a pre-med student. Sons are Justin, 26, U of M graduate, management information systems; and Tyler Smith, 25, U.S. Army, stationed in Australia. Whitney and I are currently pursuing the domestic adoption process.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Golf, studying and trending the stock market and cooking anything Southern or Creole.
Why did you pursue a career in the construction industry? Being able to look at the big picture quickly and solve complex problems is something I’ve always enjoyed and found challenging in the construction industry. Listening to stories from my dad, a chemical and electrical engineer, I became inspired and fascinated with the techniques and processes that are required in completing a complex project. I feel fortunate that I’ve found a God-given talent that makes me happy and fulfilled.
What are your responsibilities at S. Webster Haining & Co.? My responsibilities include building customer relationships; providing construction management services that include design and budgetary aspects of projects, support and leadership for project subcontractors, vendors and staff; and budget oversight for projects.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy seeing a concept become a functioning space and thrive in the more technical and complex situations. The more difficult the project, the more I enjoy working with the customer, vendors and our staff to elevate the standard of the project. This is especially true when the project is in the medical field. Knowing you are a part of something that will benefit other people and help save lives is the driving factor for me through many projects. Developing and maintaining a culture of quality and integrity within the walls of S. Webster Haining makes this possible.
Michael L. Ducker, chief operating officer and president of FedEx Corp.’s International Division, has been given the 2011 Family First Champion Award by Family First, a national nonprofit organization based in Tampa, Fla. The award is bestowed on an individual or company that has exhibited a commitment to strengthening families in the communities they serve.
Saul C. Belz and Oscar C. Carr III, attorneys at Glankler Brown PLLC, have been named litigation starts by “Benchmark Litigation.” Glankler Brown also has been named a top litigation firm in the Memphis area. Belz practices in the areas of business litigation, commercial disputes, complex litigation, appeals and employment law. Carr practices in litigation with an emphasis on business, contraction, environmental and other civil litigation.
Penny Hill has joined Paragon National Bank as vice president and banking center manager. Hill will be responsible for managing two banking centers as well as originating mortgage loans.
Five attorneys in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC have been recognized as lawyers of the year in Memphis in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America. They are Leo M. Bearman Jr., Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year; Samuel D. Chafetz, Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year; Matthew S. Heiter, Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year; Carla Peacher-Ryan, Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year; and Bradley E. Trammell, Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year.
Lisa Williams has joined Pickering Firm Inc. as an administrative assistant; Brandon Yan-Hamby has joined the firm’s Buildings Group; Timothy C. Ogburn has joined as an architect; and Adam Jeffreys has joined the DeSoto County office as a construction inspector.
The Stern Cardiovascular Foundation’s Computed Tomography lab has been reaccredited by The American College of Radiology.