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VOL. 129 | NO. 157 | Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Tubbs Joins Humane Society as Development and Marketing Director

By Kate Simone

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Nikki Tubbs has joined the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as director of development and marketing, responsible for developing and executing the humane society’s fundraising plan, overseeing special events and securing sponsorships, and supervising supplemental development programs and the development team.

A New Memphis Institute fellow and University of Memphis graduate, Tubbs comes to the humane society from BRIDGES, where she was most recently a development officer in charge of special events and projects.

Hometown: Memphis

Nikki Tubbs and Oyle, a 3.5-month-old female hound mix available for adoption.

Family: My husband Johnnie and I are newlyweds, and we have a doggie daughter, Manolo Blahnik Tubbs.

Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Favorite movie: “The Blind Side”

The sports team(s) you root for: Everything Memphis!

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience”

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My grandfather was, and even though he is gone now, still is such a huge influence on me. He was my biggest fan in the whole wide world! He was such a wonderful man whom everyone loved and respected. He taught me to never give up on people and to enjoy life while you can because you never know when that moment will slip away.

What attracted you to the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County? I love, love, love animals, and animal welfare is my biggest passion. It hurts my heart to see animals suffer, and having the opportunity to serve them every single day is a dream come true.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Besides having furry friends around every day, I love the opportunity to tell our community how terrific HSMSC is and why they should support it. I wholeheartedly believe in the work we do and know we make a difference every minute of every day.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Live life to the fullest. Have fun, laugh, cry, never let anyone get you down or give up hope. Do what makes you happy, leave behind what makes you sad, and love hard. You never get another chance to live life.




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Harvey Matheny has joined Pickering’s Memphis office as a senior project manager. Matheny has more than 18 years of experience as a civil engineering consultant and more than 10 years of government service in municipal engineering, planning and project management.

Joseph Callicutt has been promoted to audit senior manager at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, and Ben Alexander has joined the firm’s audit staff.

Jayson Bales has joined the Visible Music College board as a trustee based in Dallas, the home of its next teaching site. Bales is a financial adviser and singer-songwriter.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency has named Universal Cos. LLC Minority Exporter of the Year in its 2014 National Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards. The award honors a minority-owned company for outstanding success in penetrating domestic and global markets. Universal Cos. currently manages production across five cities in China and two cities in India.

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