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VOL. 128 | NO. 133 | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Daniels Takes on New Role at Greater Memphis Chamber

By Kate Simone

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The Greater Memphis Chamber has promoted Amy Daniels to the newly created position of senior vice president, membership and communications. Daniels, who has worked at the chamber for 17 years, will now oversee the membership department while continuing in her prior role, leading the communications and programming department.


Education: Bachelor of Arts, English; minors in both French and political science, Christian Brothers University, 1996.

Family: Married to Douglas Daniels, and mom to Cate Daniels (and Lucy the dog).

Favorite quote: “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” – Psalms 118:24

Favorite movie: “The Godfather”

The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Cowboys

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Whatever my 12-year-old has blasting on her iPhone.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: When I’m not a “dance mom,” I enjoy reading and spending leisure time with my family.

What talent do you wish you had? If I could have one talent, I wish I could cook really well. I like cooking, but my dishes are often experiments – just ask my brother, Tony Argiro, about some heavyweight yeast rolls I served at Thanksgiving.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? Without a doubt, my mom and dad have had the greatest influence on me. They instilled a great sense of pride, faith and love in me.

What prompted the Greater Memphis Chamber to create this position? It made good business sense to have a strong, consistent message throughout our communications, programming and now membership. This position allows us to tell our story from all angles.

What are your goals in your new role? First and foremost, my goal is to grow our membership base. The Greater Memphis Chamber serves as the voice of business. When you look back at the last 175 years in Memphis, the business community has had a great influence on the shaping of our community. Our jobs promise is to work hard every day to bring jobs to our community. By doing just that, our member businesses will benefit.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? My advice to young people is to never be afraid of hard work and never be afraid to fail.

Christina Meek has been promoted to director of communications at the Greater Memphis Chamber. Meek has been with the chamber three years and formerly served as its communications specialist.


Mark Dean, executive director of Volunteer Mid-South, has been appointed to the Points of Light Corporate Institute’s leadership faculty. Dean has been executive director of Volunteer Mid-South since 1994.


Dr. John S. Thomas has joined Semmes-Murphey Clinic as a neurologist. Thomas’ areas of interest include neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, sleep disorders and clinical neurophysiology.

Kerri Guyton has been promoted to director of client services at Obsidian Public Relations, taking over management of the firm’s Memphis office. Thomas Whitehead has been promoted to the firm’s newly created growth specialist role. Whitehead will continue to serve as an account manager and will have a greater role in the agency’s business development efforts and client strategy.

Dr. Linda Smiley, gynecologic oncologist with The West Clinic, has been appointed to the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative steering group. Smiley joined The West Clinic in 1995.

Whit Sutton has been named the first full-time energy manager at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He will be responsible for analyzing the campus’ energy usage and developing an energy management plan.

Darrell Cobbins has been appointed to the Family Safety Center board of directors. Cobbins is president and CEO of commercial and corporate real estate firm Universal Commercial.

Laura Gaither has joined Crye-Leike Realtors. Gaither, who recently became a licensed Realtor in Tennessee, is based in the company’s Bartlett branch.

Professional Service Industries Inc. has promoted Ginger Stern to manager of its Memphis Airport Special Project. Stern has been with the company since June 2012. Joseph “Blake” Marotti has joined PSI’s Memphis office as a staff engineer. Marotti is a graduate of Arkansas State University.


Eddie McDoniel has joined Group Benefits LLC as account manager. McDoniel is a licensed insurance agent, and previously worked at Humana, UnitedHealthcare and Aetna.


Mark Jobe has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as an associate. Jobe concentrates his practice in real estate law, business transactions and family law.

Boyle Insurance Agency has been named the 2012 Erie Insurance Tennessee New Agency of the Year for producing the most new business with Erie Insurance in 2012 among newly appointed agencies.

PROPERTY SALES 92 480 7,835
MORTGAGES 115 551 8,785
BUILDING PERMITS 325 1,167 17,068
BANKRUPTCIES 39 311 5,159