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VOL. 127 | NO. 31 | Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Designer Burford Joins Howell Marketing

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Marc Burford has joined Howell Marketing Strategies as graphic design and photography coordinator.


(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Memphis

Education: Bachelor of business administration, University of Memphis

Work Experience: Assistant marketing director at Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union, graphic design and photography coordinator at Howell Marketing Strategies

Family: I’ve been married to my beautiful wife, Kirby, for five years, and we just welcomed to the world our first daughter, Peyton.

Favorite quote: “Always do your best at all times.” – My dad

Last book read: “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Vurns

Favorite music: Contemporary R&B

Favorite movie: Either “Rocky” or “The Last Dragon.” It’s hard to choose between the two.

Sports team: U of M basketball

Activities you enjoy outside of work: I really enjoy catching up with old friends and spending time with my wife and daughter.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I were a better writer. I think that is why my self-expression comes out in my creative work.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? All of the people in my life have played a part in shaping the man I am today. I am grateful for and have benefited from each individual relationship.

Why did you pursue photography and graphic design? I was working in the marketing department at MATCU and was given the opportunity to do some photography. I quickly developed a passion for it; editing the photos then piecing them together with designs I came up with happened soon after that. I just sort of fell into it.

What attracted you to Howell Marketing? I met with Amy Howell one day and she gave me the opportunity to help with a few projects. The next thing I know, she fell in love with me.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? My work won VOX Awards in 2008 for print media (all-in-one brochure), marketing communications and promotions, and direct mail.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I love our diverse client base, which gives me a wide variety of graphic-design experience, and the best part about it is seeing clients happy with our results.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service has presented a StormReady Community Hero Award to the Shelby County Office of Preparedness and each of its staff members for their efforts in managing the May floods.


Daphne J. Thomas has joined LeMoyne-Owen College as its new public relations and marketing director. Thomas has more than 15 years of experience in public relations and broadcasting. She most recently served as the Memphis Shelby County Public Library and Information Center’s assistant director for library communications.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has been named to Fortune magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the third consecutive year. The law firm is ranked 54th in the 14th edition of the listing.

Jeff Higdon has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Asset Services as property manager.



Dennis Norvet has joined Skanska USA as vice president of business development for Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan. Norvet will work with Skanska’s regional operations and business development teams to help the firm build its business in those markets. He has more than 25 years of experience in sales, operations and development with more than 20 years in real estate and construction.

Oscar C. Carr III, an attorney for Glankler Brown PLLC, has been named a top lawyer in American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel’s Annual Guide to Commercial Litigation. Carr practices in the area of litigation with an emphasis on business, contraction, environmental and other civil litigation.

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