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VOL. 129 | NO. 240 | Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Sharp & Robbins Names Popwell Partner

By Kate Simone

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Chris Popwell has been named the newest partner at Sharp & Robbins Construction, which will now operate as Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC. Popwell joined Sharp & Robbins’ Memphis office in 2008 as an estimator/project manager and most recently served as general operations manager of the Nashville office since 2012.

Popwell, who is based in SRP’s Memphis headquarters, serves as managing partner of Nashville-based operations, overseeing office and field-related activities for projects throughout the southeastern U.S. that are managed from that office. He also serves as an estimator/project manager for higher-level clients and complex projects.


Hometown: Prattville, Ala.

Experience: I obtained a bachelor’s degree of civil engineering from Christian Brothers University. I grew up working with my dad, who also owns a construction firm, and I have roughly 20 years of experience.

Family: Single

Favorite quote: “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” – My father

Favorite movie: I’m not sure that I have a favorite movie, but Clint Eastwood is probably my favorite actor.

The sports teams you root for: Alabama Crimson Tide and Indianapolis Colts

Who are your favorite musicians? The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Hank Jr.

What talent do you wish you had? I would like to learn how to play the guitar someday.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? I would probably say that my dad has had the greatest influence on me, and I contribute the bulk of my construction experience and knowledge to him. The life and career lessons I was taught from a young age molded me into the person I am today.

How has Sharp & Robbins changed since you joined the firm in 2008? We have drastically increased our Nashville market presence. We’ve also expanded our territory from 5 states to 14 states.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Joining Sharp & Robbins as a partner is probably my greatest accomplishment to date.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Set life and career goals that you would like to achieve. Once you achieve those goals, set new goals.



Jason Ellerbee has been named a vice president of the Gannett Fleming Transportation Operations Practice. Ellerbee, the Memphis office manager, is responsible for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Construction Services Group, including construction engineering inspection and ITS construction and integration.

Ronnie Lewis has joined Second to Nunn Design as lead designer. Lewis received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Memphis College of Art and has served as art director for Parker Prints, Bluff City Sports and Start2Finish Event Management. In addition, S2N has promoted four employees: Alan Hudgins to web production manager, David Kemper to operations manager, Allie Mounce to art director and Audrey Wrenn to account executive.

Linda Bourgeois, owner of the Travel Leaders agency in Memphis, has been awarded a 2014 Travel Leaders Agency of Excellence award. The honor recognizes Travel Leaders franchisees for leadership and business success.

Six attorneys from the Memphis office of Adams and Reese LLP have been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers 2014 list: Cannon Allen, Jim McLaren, Mark Norris, Lucian Pera, Hank Shelton and Emily Taube. In addition, Jay Campbell was named among the Rising Stars in Memphis.


Kirk Caraway, a partner in the law firm of Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham PLLC, has been named a Super Lawyer in the field of labor and employment by Law & Politics. Caraway was also selected as one of Tennessee’s Top-Rated Lawyers by “American Lawyer Media” and was accepted into membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Four attorneys from the Memphis office of FordHarrison LLP have been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers 2014 list. Louis P. Britt III, Herbert E. Gerson, Kathryn W. Pascover and David A. Prather are all partners in the Memphis office.

The Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum and the Memphis MBDA Business Center have presented the 2014 Robert R. Church Achievement Awards to these companies: Mitchell Technology Group, M/WBE Quality Assurance Award; Brighter Days & Nites Inc., Scalable M/WBE Business of the Year; Artisan Constructors LLC, MBDA Business of the Year; and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, APEX Corporation of the Year.

Glankler Brown PLLC has been named a 2015 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. The firm was designated in 35 practice areas.

PROPERTY SALES 57 94 2,713
MORTGAGES 16 37 1,820
BUILDING PERMITS 303 621 6,322
BANKRUPTCIES 138 138 1,115