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VOL. 126 | NO. 174 | Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Turley Joins Red Door As Director of Client Relations

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Gretchen Gassner Turley has joined Red Door Wealth Management as director of client relations, a newly created position.


Photo: Lance Murphey

Hometown: Memphis

Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Rhodes College

Work Experience: Client services, client events, public relations and marketing for the last 17 years, specific to financial services the last six years.

Family: Proud mother of daughter Lyda, 15

Favorite quote: “Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

What drew you to Red Door Wealth Management? It was a unique opportunity for me to grow and shape a newly created position, as well as be in on the ground floor of a dynamic, fee-based wealth management and financial planning firm.

What will your role as director of client relations entail? I will cultivate existing Red Door client relationships; serve as a liaison between Red Door and its sister company, local CPA and consulting firm Cannon Wright Blount; and oversee business development, client events and marketing efforts.

What do you hope to accomplish in your new role? Two things: I strive to provide exemplary service to our existing clients and assist the Red Door team in reaching its target goal of adding $10 million in assets by year-end.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Finding the right work environment was key for me. As a single, working mother, I have been very fortunate to be employed by a stellar team that appreciates the value I bring to the table and has given me the ability to fly with flexibility. And I love the fact that no account is too small for Red Door. We are here to serve all shapes and sizes.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Life is messy. Financial issues can be packed with various emotions, family members and life-changing events, such as death, terminal illness, divorce and retirement. The most rewarding part of my work is being a supportive guide to clients who are overwhelmed as they wade through all the moving parts of rollovers, transfers, statements and paperwork. Once a financial plan is created and the pieces fall into place, I love being able to say, “You are all taken care of.” And the icing on the cake is seeing them in person and being able to give them a big hug.

Crystel Hardin has been promoted to communications manager at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. Erica Gorman has been promoted to volunteer manager. Hardin joined Memphis Habitat in 2008 as communication and events coordinator. She is responsible for managing communications campaigns, agency branding and community-relations events. Gorman joined Memphis Habitat in 2008 as the volunteer and events coordinator. Gorman will continue to manage current volunteers and volunteer events and recruitment and assist with sponsor development.

Laurel Foster has joined The Madison Hotel as catering/conference and special events manager. Foster comes to The Madison with more than a decade of experience in the lodging and entertainment industry, previously serving as the regional sales office manager for Peabody Hotel Group out of Natick, Mass., and regional sales manager for Hilton Hotels Corp. in San Francisco.

Debbie Iley has joined Memphis Investment Properties as executive coordinator. Jay Reedy has joined Memphis Investment Properties as property acquisitions coordinator.

Sharon Carney-Wright has earned the use of the exclusive Mary Kay Pink Cadillac. Carney-Wright began her Mary Kay business as an independent beauty consultant in 1978 and as a result became an independent sales director.


Joe Stewart has joined Service Assurance as project manager.

Jennifer Gardner and Kendra Strink have been hired as workflow managers for Signature Advertising. Gardner previously held a public relations internship with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. Strink has previous advertising experience in account service and media planning as well as online and affiliate marketing.

PROPERTY SALES 207 263 9,865
MORTGAGES 197 246 10,862
BUILDING PERMITS 138 686 21,643
BANKRUPTCIES 0 256 6,219