Henneberger Joins First State Bank Small-Business Lending Division

By Kate Simone

Sean Henneberger has joined First State Bank’s small-business lending division as vice president/business development officer in the Memphis market. In his new role, Henneberger will help small businesses pursue loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program.


Education and/or work experience: Graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.A., economics; executive director, American Cancer Society.

Family: Wife, Alison Henneberger, and son, Woods Henneberger (8 months)

Favorite quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

The sports teams you root for: Memphis Grizzlies and UT Football

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Usually various country stations.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with my family, golf, tennis, fishing, hunting and anything that involves being outside.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? My wife.

What attracted you to First State Bank? The bank’s deep history of serving their communities. Also, First State’s passion for small businesses across Tennessee and contiguous states.

What are your goals in your new position? To educate the small-business community on the array of financing options available to them through the SBA and USDA. In fact, when someone thinks SBA, I want them to think of me.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Receiving the Beacon Award in my previous position with the American Cancer Society. This was given to one director in the Mid-South.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Helping people accomplish their dreams and the ability to network.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Enjoy what you are doing, because life is too short not to enjoy what you are doing. Use every opportunity as an opportunity.


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Gary K. Morrell has joined Morton & Germany PLLC to head its malpractice section. Morrell has specialized experience in medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death.


Cathy Simmons, chief compliance officer of Legacy Wealth Management, has been elected to a three-year term on the Investment Adviser Association board of governors. Simmons has been with Legacy for more than 10 years.

W. Chris Harrison has joined the Memphis office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC as of counsel. Harrison previously worked at Pinnacle Airlines as associate general counsel and vice president of labor relations and legal affairs.

Katie Graczyk and Ally Guscette of POP Solutions Group LLC have been awarded bachelor of advertising specialty information certification from the Advertising Specialty Institute.


Brittany Gilliam has been promoted to regional manager for the Memphis area at Hollywood Feed. She previously served as manager of the Hollywood Feed store on Poplar Avenue at Erin Drive.

The American Advertising Federation, Memphis, has elected its 2013-2014 board leaders: Penelope Huston, group advertising director at Contemporary Media, president; Blaine Loyd, associate creative director at Red Deluxe, first vice president; Christie Rutherford, system marketing coordinator at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., second vice president; and Andrea Wiley, director of account management at doug carpenter & associates, third vice president.

Laura Tumminello has begun a two-year term as chairwoman for the SRVS board of directors. Thomas Sullivan has been elected board treasurer, and Jerilyn Hayward and Robert McBride have joined the board. The organization also named several new members to its advisory council: state Rep. Mark White, Jeffrie Bruton, Robert Sutton and John Barzizza.

These UT Medical Group Inc. doctors have been named to the Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. list of regional top doctors: Judith E. Soberman, Karl T. Weber, Owen P. Phillips, Samuel E. Dagogo-Jack, Thomas A. Hughes, David L. Maness, Susan F. Nelson, Patricia Adams-Graves, James E. Bailey, Robert E. Morrison, Giancarlo Mari, Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, Claudette J. Shephard, Edwin M. Thorpe Jr., Barrett G. Haik, Natalie C. Kerr, Matthew W. Wilson, Sandeep Samant, Robert D. Wallace, Daniel C. Martin, Stephen W. Behrman, James D. Eason, Anthony Lynn Patterson, Robert W. Wake and Michael J. Rohrer.

Casey Rodden has been promoted to audit senior at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC Certified Public Accountants and Advisors. Rebecca Jacobs has been promoted to tax senior.

Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab has been accredited for 2013 by independent accreditor Providigm LLC as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities. The facility also has been awarded the Providigm Embracing Quality Award for 2013 for exceptional achievement in customer satisfaction.