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VOL. 127 | NO. 46 | Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pruitt Keeps Centre Group Running Smoothly

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Holly Pruitt is office manager of The Centre Group, a human resources consulting firm. Pruitt handles accounting and administrative duties and works closely with the company’s marketing firm.


(Photo: Lance Murphey)

Hometown: Tabernacle, N.J.

Education: Bachelor’s in business administration degree in accounting from Harding University

Work Experience: I worked for American President Lines for eight and a half years in their accounting office. I took some time off after the birth of my first child and then began working for a consulting firm. I worked as a part-time accountant for Cornerstone Consulting for nine years.

Family: My husband, Steve, and I have been married for 17 years and we have two daughters, Madison, 15, and Savannah, 13.

Favorite quote: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Last book read: “Reunion” by Karen Kingsbury

What activities do you most enjoy? I love to cook and read.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mother.

What attracted you to The Centre Group? I love the family atmosphere that we have here. Having worked with both big corporations and small companies, I really enjoy the closeness of a small company.

What does your role at The Centre Group entail? I joined the company as their office manager. I will be handling the day-to-day accounting responsibilities, working closely with our marketing firm and completing any necessary administrative duties.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Balance. The most important job that I have is to be there for my family. I take the roles of wife and mother very seriously. Fortunately, I have been blessed enough to work in positions that have allowed me to make important contributions to the company while providing the support that my family needs from me.


Dr. Frederick M. Azar has been elected second vice-president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ board of directors. Azar is chief of staff at the Campbell Clinic; director of the sports medicine fellowship program at the University of Tennessee–Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; and head team physician for the Memphis Grizzlies.

NEXUS has announced the Memphis Mentoring Awards. Streets Ministries-Pathways Program received the award for Outstanding Mentoring Organization/Nonprofit. Lipscomb Pitts Insurance LLC received the Outstanding Mentoring Company award. Cornelius Barnes received the Outstanding Male Mentor award. Gaye Carter received the Outstanding Female Mentor award and Kem Wilson Jr. received the Outstanding NEXUS Mentor award.


Matt VanCleve, associate attorney at Pickler Law Firm, has joined the Collierville Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the Main Street Collierville board of directors.

The Memphis chapter of the Society for Information Management has announced its 2012 board of directors. They are Rick San Roman, president; Tim Meek, vice president; Steve Schaefgen, treasurer; John Oglesby, program chair; Della Adams, strategy series co-chair; Jim Boyd, strategy series co-chair; Dennis Norton, community outreach; Kevin J. Morgan; marketing chair; Jana Branham, membership co-chair; Susan Caldwell, membership co-chair; Rick Pride, SIM international liaison; and Dick Vandenberg, past president.

Amanda Whitaker and Jodi Davis have been promoted to associates at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects. Tava Frazier has been promoted to project manager.


Blake Van Buren and Joyce Selina Love have joined Self-Tucker Architects.

Jeri Ashley has joined Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. as system director for advance care planning/palliative care, where she will provide ongoing education and training in advance care planning, palliative care and pain and symptom management.

PROPERTY SALES 92 229 4,100
MORTGAGES 94 225 4,615
BUILDING PERMITS 170 538 9,806
BANKRUPTCIES 53 163 3,048