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VOL. 128 | NO. 60 | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Phipps Named Vice President, COO at American Esoteric Laboratories

By Kate Simone

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Dr. Amber R. Phipps has joined American Esoteric Laboratories, the Mid-South division of Sonic Healthcare USA, as vice president and chief operations officer. In her new role, Phipps will oversee all operations for AEL, which includes nine laboratories and more than 800 employees in six states. A captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Phipps most recently served as a medical operations officer stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in health promotions and wellness, minor in business management, Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo.; Master in Business Administration, Webster University, Kansas City, Mo.; Doctor of Business Administration, specialization in health care management, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn.

Family: Phipps is a Kansas native – Shawnee, Kan. – and a proud aunt of two nieces, Madison, 8, and Hannah, 6, and nephew, Emmett, 7 months. Both of her parents are educators, Dale and Nancy Phipps, and she has one sibling, Brad Phipps.

Favorite Quote: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

Favorite Movie: “The Blind Side.”

The sports team you root for: KU Basketball, Rock Chalk Jayhawks!

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Country music.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Going to the lake, staying active and being physically fit. Taking care of soldiers!

What talent do you wish you had? I really enjoy music, and I wish I could sing.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? Brig. Gen. David L. Smalley. BG Smalley is truly a servant leader with the heart of a mentor. His ability to lead by example has had a profound impact rippling across the nation. I hope to keep his legacy alive and continue to share the passion of taking care of others.

What attracted you to American Esoteric Laboratories? With past history of health care industry (pharmaceutics), AEL gave me the opportunity to tie my education, medical operational experience with the military, and my desire to build and lead a team focused on quality services.

What are your goals at AEL? I want to position AEL as the premier community-based leader in laboratory medicine, being dedicated to provide quality care, innovative solutions and personal service to our patients and partners.

What do you consider you greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment is being able to balance a professional career, serving my country and completing graduate education while not losing sight of those who paved the way, including family, friends and mentors.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Seeing real-time results.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Focus on your passion! Be that spark that lights change. It is important to think about what type of legacy you want to leave.


Rob Kinney has been promoted to chief financial officer and chief operating officer at MBI. Kinney previously served as the company’s controller. Before joining MBI in 2011, he served as controller for Georgia-Pacific and Freudenberg Nonwovens.


Matt Musick has joined Sullivan Branding as digital strategist. Musick will help develop and oversee online advertising and marketing projects for clients in tourism, retail, education and banking. He previously worked as a digital strategist at Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal and Partners.

The Memphis Restaurant Association has named chef Felicia Willett, owner of Felicia Suzanne’s, its 2013 MRA restaurateur of the year. Bill Sumner, owner of TravelHost of Memphis Magazine, has been named MRA associate of the year. And Jerry Feinstone, president and founder of Boscos and co-founder of Ghost River Brewing, has been awarded the organization’s Pioneer Award.


John Carter has joined the Memphis office of A2H Inc. as a project architect. Carter has eight years’ experience in the field and holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

HealthSouth Memphis has received top honors from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation for the second consecutive year. The hospital ranked among the top 10 percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals in 2012 and 2011 based on UDSMR’s system that measures the efficiency and effectiveness of hospitals’ rehabilitation programs.


Annelise Jensen has been named chief nursing officer at Methodist Olive Branch Hospital. Jensen joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in 2005 and most recently served as administrative director of nursing and care management at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.

Kurt Zarnofsky of the Memphis office of Re-Bath LLC has completed the Re-Bath Sales System 101 program, qualifying him to help homeowners plan and design bathroom remodel projects.

PROPERTY SALES 106 212 6,230
MORTGAGES 111 232 6,953
BUILDING PERMITS 88 304 13,617
BANKRUPTCIES 46 168 4,261