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VOL. 129 | NO. 132 | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cushman & Wakefield Adds Yates to Capital Markets Team

By Kate Simone

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Alex Yates has joined the Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors Capital Markets team as vice president, assisting and executing investment sales, debt/equity placement and development advisory projects. Yates’ efforts will be heavily concentrated in multifamily and retail, but he will focus on other product types as well.


Hometown: Winston-Salem, N.C.

Experience: Bachelor of Science, finance, Wake Forest University, 2006. Over seven years of real estate financial services experience with Medalist Capital of Charlotte, N.C., focusing primarily on originating permanent debt for clients through life insurance, CMBS, agency and other capital sources.

Family: Wife, Lee Smith Yates (of Memphis); dog, Bridger, a 4-year-old corgi

Favorite quote: “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”

Favorite movie: “Tin Cup”

The sports teams you root for: Wake Forest, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, and of course the Memphis Grizzlies

What’s playing on your stereo right now? 92.9 ESPN radio

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Golf, fly-fishing, skiing

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play a musical instrument.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mother. She went from stay-at-home mom to the best residential Realtor in Winston-Salem by sheer perseverance and hard work. She taught me that if you are passionate about something, you won’t mind putting in the hard work.

What attracted you to Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors? We have great leadership, are a growing company and have the resources and platform to do great work for our clients and our community. The future is bright and I wanted to be part of it.

What are your goals in your new role? I want to use my experience and skillset to complement the existing services we offer our clients, and help Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors to continue to be a leader in providing first-class commercial real estate services in the Mid-South.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Convincing my wife to marry me.

What do you most enjoy about your work? The people, both internally and the clients.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to take a job that doesn’t seem perfect if you can learn valuable skills and make great contacts. You’ll be better prepared for when the perfect opportunity does come along.



Anna Mallett has joined Signature Advertising as associate account manager. Mallett previously worked for Chanel and attended the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. In addition, Cathy Reece has been promoted to senior art director at Signature.

Charles Piper has been awarded the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Hubbard Award for outstanding achievement. Piper received the award based on his authoring a received Fraud Magazine cover and feature article titled “10 Popular Health Care Provider Fraud Schemes.”

Patrick Accounting has added three new employees. Janelle Holmes has joined as senior payroll specialist. Holmes has more than 13 years’ experience in payroll management, accounting, client implementation, customer service management and business development. Jessica Stephens has joined in marketing and business development. She attended Arkansas State University, where she was a business administration major. And Christine Randles has joined as executive assistant. Randles has worked in the administrative and marketing areas of public accounting since 2008.

Cynthia Armes, an associate adjunct professor for AIU Online, has been honored in Career Education Corp.’s 14th annual Educator of the Year Awards. Armes was named an Educator of the Year in the Student Success category for her work as one of the pilot instructors who helped implement intellipath adaptive learning in AIU Online’s English composition II course.

Boo Marie has joined Prodigi Arts as a motion designer. Marie is a Knoxville-based digital artist.

The RISE Foundation has added four members to its board of directors: Tim Whalen, chief financial officer at Ring Container Technologies; Chad Wilgenbusch, associate attorney at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Theresa Cheeks Wilson, community development specialist at Federal Reserve Bank; and Crystal Oliver, managing director of human resource services, compliance, recruitment, diversity and training at FedEx.

Trezevant has named the following officers to its board of directors: Bruce Hopkins, chair; Merilyn Mangum, secretary; David Bowlin, chair of the finance committee; and Scott Crosby, immediate past board chairman. The organization also elected Carolyn Johnston, John D. Ivy and Rev. Mimsy Jones as new board members.

The Conifer Collection at Memphis Botanic Garden has been certified as a Conifer Reference Garden by the American Conifer Society. The collection, which was established in 1981 and updated in 2002, consists of approximately 300 individual plants and includes 100 different species.

PROPERTY SALES 83 405 4,276
MORTGAGES 104 424 4,814
BUILDING PERMITS 148 883 10,151
BANKRUPTCIES 53 264 3,149