Spence Named Vice President at Riverfront Development

By Kate Simone

Dorchelle T. Spence has been promoted to vice president at Riverfront Development Corp. Spence, who formerly served as director of communications, will assume broader organizational responsibilities to focus on providing strategic direction in addition to marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, programming and government relations.


Education and work experience: Master of Business Administration, the University of Memphis. Worked with Riverfront Development Corp. since 2001; previously worked in the communications and community relations offices of the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., First Tennessee Bank and Girls Inc. of Memphis.

Family: Married with an 11-year-old daughter and three young adult stepsons.

Favorite quote: “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” – William Arthur Ward

Favorite book: “A Woman of Substance” by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The sports teams you root for: I bleed all shades of blue – from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Dallas Cowboys to the U of M Tigers – except in the summer when it’s all about Memphis Redbirds baseball.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Writing – it brings me clarity. I also like the way I feel after a three-mile run. I need to make time to do both more often. But what I almost never miss is the opportunity to take my daughter to the movies. That’s our special time together, and I cherish it.

What talent do you wish you had? I really wish I could sing.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? God has placed so many special people in my life to guide and direct me. I am grateful for each of them individually and collectively.

What attracted you to Riverfront Development Corp.? When fully realized, the vision of the RDC has the potential to substantially impact our city’s waterfront for generations. I wanted to be a part of a legacy so positive and lasting that it increases the quality of life for everyone in our community.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Professionally, I’m most proud of helping bring the Beale Street Landing project to fruition. What began as an international design competition in 2003 will become a world-class riverfront amenity in 2014. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but seeing the public’s reaction – even in its unfinished condition – has made the journey worth traveling.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Your past does not define your future. Dream … believe … work and you can achieve anything you desire.


Forrest Cunningham has been named Central Defense Security’s 2012 Officer of the Year. Cunningham is an unarmed officer for CDS and is stationed at The Monarch in East Memphis.

Jon Van Hoozer has been awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis 2013 Man & Youth Award. Van Hoozer, a senior vice president of Financial Federal’s commercial/multifamily division, has been involved with the Bernal E. Smith Boys & Girls Clubs for 10 years, serving repeat terms as board chair.

Ed Gibbons has joined Signature Advertising as vice president of business development, Tino Acchiardo has joined as an account manager, and Tag Graham has joined as vice president of marketing.

Vandana Peterson has joined the Memphis office of Jackson Lewis LLP as associate. Peterson has served as an assistant dean and adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and as an associate in Clifford Chance LLP’s corporate finance and restructuring groups.

Michael Maloney has joined Mid-South Community College as director of business and industry services. Maloney will also serve as machining program coordinator and machining instructor.

Todd Poley has joined genetics diagnostics company Transnetyx as marketing manager, Jessica Janeczek has been appointed Southeastern sales manager, and Libby Costello has been named regional account specialist.

The Greater Memphis Chamber communications and programming team has been awarded three Mid-South Emmy Awards in the writing, editing and arts categories for “The Soundtrack Project,” eight documentary shorts about Memphis entrepreneurialism.

Chez Philippe has been named to OpenTable’s 2013 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. list. OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Awards are based on 5 million restaurant reviews of 15,000 U.S. restaurants during 2012.

Hollywood Feed has won the Best Pet Supplies and Feed category in KAIT-TV’s Best of Region 8 viewer survey. This is the second year the company has been recognized by the Jonesboro, Ark.-area station.