Justin Totty has joined Gateway Group Personnel as a research associate in the company’s executive search division. In his new role, Totty focuses on sourcing the best candidates for clients across numerous fields and industries, specifically targeting accounting, finance and engineering.
Hometown: Fulton, Ky.
Experience: Totty began his career in recruiting within the higher education industry. Shortly after graduating in 2011 from The University of Tennessee at Martin with a marketing degree, he began as a recruiter/counselor for his alma mater. While serving as an admissions counselor, he was able to complete a Master of Business Administration in December 2013.
Family: Totty has a long-term girlfriend, Laura Gullett, who serves as an accountant for First Horizon National Corp. in Memphis. They have a Cavilier King Charles Spaniel named Penny Lane.
Favorite quote: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin
Favorite movie: “Happy Gilmore”
The sports team(s) you root for: Volunteers football and Grizzlies basketball
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I enjoy cooking, golfing, skiing, playing ball at the dog park and seeing friends and family.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play more than just the air guitar.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My Nana played a significant role in my life. Her encouragement to advance in higher education and my career helped groom me for the “real world.” Not to mention, no one can cook like your grandmother.
What attracted you to Gateway Group Personnel? My first interview with our president and my current manager lasted nearly 4 hours. I instantly connected to the team and Gateway Group’s integrity and presence in the Memphis market. I look forward to serving Gateway Group for many years to come; I already feel like part of the family.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy meeting new people and learning their career goals; everyone has a story. Furthermore, it is satisfying to help a candidate fulfill those goals while also ensuring our client is getting an exceptional new employee.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Lighten up while you still can; don’t even try to understand. Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy.
Dr. Jeffery M. Klco, assistant professor, department of pathology in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, has received a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Medical Scientists. The award provides $700,000 over five years for physician-scientists who are committed to an academic career to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.
William E. Troutt, president of Rhodes College, has been elected to the National Merit Scholarship Corp. board of directors for a three-year term. NMSC is an independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts nationwide academic scholarship programs, including the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Bailey Hill has joined Crone & McEvoy PLC as a staff attorney. Hill graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and interned at local law firms Lawrence & Russell and Rosenblum & Reisman.
The Tennessee Board of Regents has named George and Betty Johnson as recipients of the 2015 Regents Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, presented annually to individuals who have had a positive impact on a TBR institution by providing exemplary leadership and financial support. The Johnsons are both graduates of the University of Memphis and have contributed more than $1.7 million to the various academic and athletic programs.
Michael Casey of Divorce Incorporated family law firm, has been awarded the Avvo 2014 Clients’ Choice Award. Casey joined Divorce Incorporated in 2007 as a partner/shareholder and practices in courts across Tennessee from the firm’s offices in Memphis, Jackson and Clarksville.
Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South has presented the following annual awards: Edmond Simms, Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Volunteer of the Year; Lisa Graves, Idlewild Elementary School, Teacher of the Year; and AT&T, Company of the Year.