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VOL. 128 | NO. 70 | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

CRG2 CEO Singer Named Women’s Biz Enterprise Star

By Kate Simone

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Mary Singer, CEO of CRG2 SustainableSolutions, has been named a 2013 Women’s Business Enterprise Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She was chosen by Women’s Business Council South, one of the national organization’s 14 regional partner organizations.


Singer said her vision “to uproot entrenched habits and influence change for the better” led her to start Memphis’ first woman-owned commercial real estate firm in the 1980s and to pioneer the new concept of tenant representation. In 2010, she rebranded to include sustainable solutions in her business model.

Family: I was widowed at 27 and now married to Peter. Collectively, we have four children and 8 grandchildren. We enjoy our Sunday dinners together and are looking forward to an upcoming family trip that will include all of us!

Favorite quote: “A friend of mine once sent me a postcard with a picture of an entire planet taken from space. On the back it said, “Wish you were here.’” – Stephen Wright

This quote is so symbolic of how important for all of us to see that every action in word and deed can change the big picture of our planet. In my work, I really see the world from this perspective. We have so much to lose by not working together to take care of Mother Earth so that we all can continue to enjoy its wellspring of blessings.

Favorite Movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird” … The best of good parenting, courage and life changing lessons.

What’s playing on your stereo right now? I listen to podcasts. Currently I have been listening to podcasts from universities for specific e-learning experiences. I especially am interested in how higher education is embedding sustainability practices on campus. The minds and actions by the young leaders will influence so much of our world going forward. We are seeing major change in how they are living on campus and making careful decisions for their personal environmental footprint.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My family has my heart. I love the Bible. Besides the reading that I enjoy daily, I am now studying Moses and how he tried to encourage the Israelites that nothing could hinder them if they would keep true courage and faith in God’s promises.

What are your goals in the coming year? We have just outlined some very specific long-term goals for our company. We will be wise in making the most of social opportunities while working on those. Part of our internal goals include some very interesting ways that our community can benefit by engaging more individual responsibility around our environmental footprint. We have been working on this impact for almost two years and will be excited when it comes together. We continue our work in rural markets, trying to break the large market conversation into more actionable opportunities that could empower our surrounding communities.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Slow down long enough to listen. Listening helps you to find direction, learn from others and, most of all, capture awareness for everything you are preparing to “start doing.”


Carson Cook has been named director of the office of equal employment opportunity/affirmative action at The University of Memphis. Cook has held similar positions at a number of universities and most recently served as assistant vice provost for equal opportunity at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.


Dr. Marion Dugdale has been awarded the Tennessee Medical Association 2013 Distinguished Service Award for her contribution to public health and the field of blood disorders. Dugdale joined the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1962 and focuses on blood clotting disorders.

Greater Memphis Greenline Inc. has been awarded a Tennessee Medical Association Community Service Award for its positive impact on the health of Shelby County residents. The organization works to create a network of paved hiking and biking trails, greenways and bicycle lanes in Memphis and Shelby County.


Larry Hogan has joined Memphis Consumer Credit Association as commercial sales manager for the multi-state region in which they represent Equifax.

The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame has chosen 16 broadcasters as 2013 inductees. Those with Memphis ties include Lee Acree, Rick Dees and George Klein, career category; and Dewey Phillips and Rufus Thomas, legacy category (awarded posthumously). In addition, WDIA was chosen as the year’s Legendary Station.

Mid-South Consulting Inc. has received the 2013 Grand Conceptor award from the American Council of Engineering Cos. of Mississippi for the Three Rivers Regional Landfill Generator Project, one of the first landfill gas-to-electricity projects in Mississippi.

Choices has been awarded a Southern REACH grant by AIDS United and the Ford Foundation for HIV/AIDS policy advocacy activities in Tennessee. The funds will be used to support capacity-building opportunities and collaborations among reproductive health and HIV providers.

PROPERTY SALES 79 321 2,586
MORTGAGES 90 426 3,033
BUILDING PERMITS 153 796 6,864
BANKRUPTCIES 37 213 2,000