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VOL. 128 | NO. 30 | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Phillips Joins Spirco as Manager, Vice President

By Kate Simone

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Mike Phillips has joined Spirco Manufacturing as general manager and vice president of operations. In his new role, Phillips will oversee all divisions of the metal-building manufacturer and direct its organizational needs.


Hometown: Memphis

Education and work experience: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, University of Memphis. Licensed certified public accountant; partner, Worley, Stroud & Phillips CPA; chief executive officer/director of finance & operations, Kele, Inc.; vice president of finance, Fox 13 TV

Family: Married to Amy and have a great stepson, Jennings Thigpen

Favorite quote: “Oh well” – meaning that most mistakes that happen in business or life are not life or death. Do the best you can and if you make a mistake, “oh well,” that is part of life. Learn from it, don’t do it again and move on.

Favorite movie: “The American President”

The sports team(s) you root for: Tennessee Vols

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Anything from Yo-Yo Ma to Led Zeppelin to Sugarland

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Golf

What talent do you wish you had? To be able to look into the future. It sure would make decisions easier.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My mom and dad. They taught me about being honest, working hard, enjoying what you have, having unconditional love and helping people along the way.

What attracted you to Spirco? I met (president) Barry Sims in a business roundtable group, and I always thought he ran a good business and was smart. But what made the final decision for me was when I met his managers and saw that they had dedication and passion in their job and enjoyed working with each other.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Short-term sacrifice for long-term benefits. In high school and college, it is not about how smart you think you are; it is all about grades. That is what businesses and schools measure you by. Also, along the way, have fun.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Paulette J. Delk has been awarded the Association for Women Attorneys’ Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession. Delk was appointed to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee in 2006.


Amy Ware has been appointed director of career services at Christian Brothers University. Ware will help students and alumni with job, internship and graduate school placement opportunities. She previously served as associate director of career services at Rhodes College.

The Association for Women Attorneys has elected its 2013 officers: Francis M. Riley, president and representative for the MBA board; Jennifer Himes, president-elect; Brittan W. Robinson, treasurer; Mary Morgan Whitfield, vice president; Lisa Gill, secretary; and Tracy Bradshaw, historian.

Dianne Polly has been named Kiwanian of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Memphis. Polly, who is vice president, compliance and community relations for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, currently serves as lieutenant governor-elect for the Kiwanis Club district in the region.

Erik Henneghan and Teresa Bach have joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as development consultants, Lauren Loeb has joined as the member services coordinator, and Zinnia Ron-Ferguson has joined as a research project manager-GIS.

Christian Brothers High School has added 11 members to its hall of fame: F. Graham Crawford, Clifford L. Karchmer, Robert M. Brannon Jr., Randall J. Fishman, Dr. Robert S. Wooten, William L. Zoccola, Raymond J. Ricossa Jr., Rev. John J. Hourican, Sam L. Posey Jr., Walter M. “Jeb” Fields IV and Kirby Bishop.


Marc A. Sorin has been named a member of McNabb, Bragorgos & Burgess PLLC. Sorin’s practice focuses on the representation of hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other health care providers.

Running Pony Productions has shared in four Mid-South Emmy awards from the Mid-South chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Three of the awards were for “The Soundtrack,” a collaboration with the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra that aired on WKNO-TV. Former Running Pony employee Casey Latiolais won an Emmy for animations he produced last year.

BBB of the Mid-South has elected its officers for 2013: Jay Myers, chairman of the board; Craig Marshall, first vice chairman; Lee Meredith, second vice chairman; Reginald Peyton, secretary; and Bruce Doane, treasurer. In addition, Greg Paule and Kathe Stewart have been elected directors.

PROPERTY SALES 28 290 16,197
MORTGAGES 33 165 10,087
BUILDING PERMITS 184 608 38,544
BANKRUPTCIES 33 125 7,597