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VOL. 127 | NO. 213 | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crew Training International Names Woodward Director

By Kate Simone

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Steve Woodward has joined Crew Training International as director of learning. In his new role, Woodward will manage CTI’s core learning centers, oversee professional development programs and develop metrics to measure and manage the most efficient learning systems.


Hometown: This is a tough one. I come from a military family and have moved around my whole life. If I had to choose a place, it would be Memphis, as I have lived here the longest.

Work experience: Training and development manager with Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.; instructional design manager with American Home Shield – a ServiceMaster company

Family: Kelly (wife), Brittany (daughter), Alexander (son)

Favorite quote: Although it is an abridged quote of Mahatma Gandhi, my favorite quote is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Favorite movie: Much like my musical tastes, my favorite movies vary based on genre; however, one of the more profound movies I have seen is “The Shawshank Redemption.”

What’s playing on your stereo right now? My iPod mix … ranges from rock to country and everything in between.

What talent do you wish you had? Eidetic memory. With so much information flowing around, it would be nice to be able recall things with perfect clarity.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father has had the greatest influence on me throughout my life. The sacrifices he made for his family and our country (as a military service member) paved the way for my own decisions in life. He is a man of sound principles, which is something I seek to emulate.

What attracted you to Crew Training International? The innovative forward-thinking of the organization and the desire to lead the way in training evolution.

What are your goals as director of learning? My goals as director of learning are to service my customer through the development of innovative learning programs and to provide a work environment to my teams where they can do the same.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Although I do not feel that I have made my greatest accomplishment yet, thus far it has been achieving my personal and professional goals despite the obstacles I have encountered. There is still so much more I would like to achieve, but it is a great feeling to be able to achieve the goals I have set so far.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Perseverance. In our lives we are met with a variety of challenges and adversity, but the ability to persevere in spite of these things is a defining characteristic of great individuals.


Tim Verner, vice president of Fisher & Arnold Inc., has been elected 2012-2013 director at large of the American Council of Engineering Cos. of Tennessee. Verner joined Fisher & Arnold in 1985.

Dr. Brian S. Biesman, clinical associate professor at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been awarded the Henry Baylis Award by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for contributions to the expansion of knowledge and practice of aesthetic facial surgery. Biesman is also director of the Nashville Centre for Laser and Facial Surgery.


Stephen McKellips has joined The University of Memphis as director of admissions. He previously served as director of admissions at the University of West Florida in Pensacola and before that as director of admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Andy Cox, Blake Jarrell and Jeremy Cook have been promoted to corporate directors of supply chain management at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Cox previously served as director of materials management, Jarrell was manager of pharmacy supply chain and Cook was director of clinical engineering.


Dr. Radesh Palakurthi has been named director of the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management at The University of Memphis. He previously served as director of the hospitality management program at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Counterpart Communication Design has received three 2012 American Graphic Design awards from Graphic Design USA. The winning designs include a logo for Workspace Mobility, the design for Counterpart’s annual holiday card and the design for Counterpart’s 2012 client stationery.

Simon Property Group Inc., which operates Wolfchase Galleria and Oak Court Mall, has been named to the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index by the Carbon Disclosure Project. The index highlights S&P 500 companies with strong information disclosure regarding climate change.

PROPERTY SALES 85 205 21,165
MORTGAGES 76 206 24,338
BUILDING PERMITS 183 321 43,755
BANKRUPTCIES 48 92 13,560