Tarasha Payne has joined Fulton CPAs PLLC as a senior accountant in the areas of taxation, compilation and reviews, and client services. Payne has more than 15 years’ experience in the field and is working toward CPA certification. The announcement comes on the heels of big changes at the accounting firm, including new ownership and a name change from Polsgrove & Fulton. (See The Daily News’ Monday, Dec. 17, edition for more information.)
Education and work experience: Bachelor in Accounting, Christian Brothers University, August 2001. Senior auditor for Rhea & Ivy PLLC for eight years; also worked six years as a controller in manufacturing, with the last three years at Fisher & Arnold Inc.
Family: Married for 17 years to Keith Payne of Memphis; two daughters, Sommer Payne and Jasmine Payne, and one son, DeAngelo Leggett.
Favorite quote: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” – Maya Angelou
Favorite movie: “Save the Last Dance”
The sports team(s) you root for: Tennessee Titans and Memphis Grizzlies
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Gospel 95.7 FM
What attracted you to Fulton CPAs? My mentor and long-time friend, Lynn Fulton. Lynn has mentored me from the age of 19. When I decided I was ready to enter the public accounting world again I reached out to Lynn with my intentions, and the rest is history.
What are your goals in your new position? My goal is to capitalize on my strengths in order to assist with continuing serving our clients in the Greater Memphis area, develop my weakness and become a CPA in the process. My whole reason for returning to public accounting is because I have a passion to serve people. I love what I do, and I pride myself on doing it right. I will go to no end for our clients. My all-time goal is to complete what I started at Rhea & Ivy PLLC and complete my certification to become a CPA.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Serving the needs of the client.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? My advice to young people would be to not sit and wait on life to give you something. Set goals and expectations and don’t stop until you have succeeded. No matter how small or how big your goal is, it is yours and it is what will make you successful. Respect others and have ethical values. Don’t be a leaf blowing in the wind without no sense of direction.
Dr. Shirley Raines, president of the University of Memphis, has received the Woman of Achievement Award from Women in Higher Education in Tennessee. Recipients are nominated by female students, faculty, staff or alumnae of Tennessee institutions of higher education.
The Greater Memphis Chamber has elected its 2012 board members. Those with terms through Dec. 31, 2015, include: Lodie Biggs, Doug Browne, Brad Cannon, Wei Chen, Bill Griffin, Carolyn Hardy, Bruce Hopkins, Odell Horton and Tina Newman. Those serving year to year, representing economic and community development organizations, are: Steve Bares, Martha Perine Beard, Greg Campbell, Jerry Collins, Natasha Donerson, Desi Franklin, Kevin Kane, Dorothy Pugh, Jack Soden, Blair Taylor, Roby Williams and Luke Yancy.
James R. Mulroy II, managing partner of Jackson Lewis LLP’s Memphis office, has been named to the Tennessee Super Lawyers list and recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in the state. In addition, Jackson Lewis partner James H. Stock has been named to the Tennessee Super Lawyers list.
Dr. Frederick A. Boop, Dr. Kevin T. Foley and Dr. Jon H. Robertson of Semmes-Murphey Clinic in Memphis have been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Top Doctors list.
Dr. Charles Mullighan, a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital associate member, has been awarded the 2012 Meyenburg Cancer Research Award from the Meyenburg Foundation in Germany. Mullighan’s research uses genetic profiling and experimental modeling to investigate the genetic basis of acute leukemia.
Jackie Morton has joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare as corporate director of infection prevention. Morton previously held several positions at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, most recently as manager of infection prevention and control.
Holiday Inn & Suites Memphis Wolfchase Galleria has received the InterContinental Hotels Group 2012 Torchbearer Award, the company’s highest honor, for achieving the highest levels of excellence in quality, customer satisfaction and other aspects of operation.
Two Memphis teams placed in the 2012 World Food Championships: Team Kooky Canuck took home fourth place in the burger division for its Wicked Strip Burger and Korean-inspired burger, and Team Black Pig BBQ/Kooky Canuck placed sixth in the recipe division for its steak and lobster dish.