Wendy Sumner-Winter has been appointed director of stewardship and donor engagement at Christian Brothers University. In the newly created position, Sumner-Winter will oversee planning, strategy development and implementation of initiatives to increase communication and connections with the CBU community, including donors, alumni and friends.
Work experience: Most recently, I was a coordinator of alumni and constituents relations at the University of Memphis. In addition, I serve as a contributing editor of The Pinch, the international literary and arts journal, am on the editorial board of Orphan Press Books, and have been a lecturer at The University of Memphis and owner/curator of the Midtown Artist Market Gallery.
Family: My husband, Kalki Winter, owns eScape Landscape Solutions, an environmentally friendly landscape design and consulting firm. We have one daughter, Virginia Grace, who is a first grader at Peabody Elementary.
Favorite movie: I love the movie “Joe Versus the Volcano.” It pretty much sums up my philosophy of life. I think it’s the most underappreciated film of all time.
What’s playing on your stereo right now? I’m listening to Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach’s cello concerto. I played the cello in high school but had a weird allergic reaction to rosin, so now I just listen to cello music all the time.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I love camping and canoeing. I have to be reading whenever I’m still. (I read at stoplights). I’ll read the back of a shampoo bottle if nothing else is available.
What talent do you wish you had? I have a pretty good singing voice but a terrible ear. I wish I could stay in tune.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My husband has taught me how to be a peaceful person, to be content with who and where I am. My daughter has taught me to put that peace into practice.
What are your goals in your new position? I want to refine how we steward the gifts that have been given and will be given to the university. Donors need to be able to see very clearly why their gift is needed, how it is being used and the impact that it has. Faculty, students and the community at large, too, need to know about our needs and successes. We will create more streamlined reporting and management which will, in turn, help us increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our fundraising operations.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My daughter is my greatest achievement. She came to my husband and me from the foster care system, with a myriad of special needs. To see her thriving, talking, reading, laughing makes me very proud.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? The best advice I can give to anyone, young or old, is to cultivate your own curiosity. Curiosity is the foundation of so many things – meaningful relationships, ingenuity, creativity. A curious person is an interesting person who is interested in other people, in ideas and in tough questions.
Albert Saltiel has joined AutoZone Inc. as senior vice president, marketing. Saltiel most recently served as chief marketing officer at Navistar International Corp. and has also held marketing roles at Sony Electronics and Ford Motor Co.
Rabbi Micah Greenstein, senior rabbi at Temple Israel, has been named among America’s Top 50 Rabbis for 2013 by The Daily Beast. Greenstein has served Temple Israel since 1991. He served as assistant then associate before being named senior rabbi in 2000.
Knox Phillips and David Porter have jointly won the Governor’s Arts Award for arts leadership from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Phillips and Porter are chairmen emeriti of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.
Maria Teresa Blanco Lensing has been awarded Christian Brothers University’s 2013 R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumni Award. Lensing is vice president with AT&T’s Signature Client Group, handling engineering, sales and operations for Fortune 100 companies.
First Horizon National Corp. has been named among the 2013 Top 50 Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives. The association honored First Horizon for its mentoring and emerging leader programs, resource groups, performance management system and educational opportunities.
Michael P. Coury has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as a member attorney. Coury concentrates his practice in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights laws, business reorganizations, workouts, and business and commercial litigation.
Kelley & Associates Advertising Inc. has won three awards in the Best of NAMA competition, hosted by the Midsouth chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association, for its work with Helena Chemical Co. The Axilo product brochure won chapter first place in the collateral category and a regional merit award, and its HeadSet billboard design won a chapter merit award in the outdoor category.