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VOL. 129 | NO. 59 | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Taylor Promoted to Account Supervisor at Red Deluxe

By Kate Simone

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Kelsey Taylor has been promoted to account supervisor from account manager at Memphis-based advertising agency Red Deluxe. Taylor joined the firm in 2011 and leads the firm’s work for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Washington, D.C.


Hometown: Golden Valley, Minn.

Experience: Bachelor of Science in business administration, concentrating in marketing and management; account service at Moroch Partners

Family: Husband, Clayton Taylor, and our two dogs, Blake and Jager

Favorite quote: “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” – Jonathan Winters

Favorite movie: Right now, it’s anything with Jennifer Lawrence in it.

The sports team you root for: University of South Carolina Gamecocks

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Drake & Zeke, “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack

Activities you enjoy outside of work: DIY house projects, enjoying the outdoors, baking, reading, and playing with our two dogs.

What talent do you wish you had? I would love to be able to paint. I’ve gotten fairly good at distressing and finishing furniture, but I’d be really excited if I could create an actual piece of art.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents have most certainly had the greatest influence on me. They both have the same incredible work ethic, and they demonstrate that across their personal and professional lives. I am so grateful that they instilled a “just get it done” attitude in me by always setting that example themselves.

What are your goals in your new role? I’m really excited about working with others on the account service team to help each of us grow and push ourselves to new heights.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I’d say I’m most proud of establishing myself in a city where I moved knowing only one person. It hasn’t always been an easy road necessarily, but ultimately it’s all worked out.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Being engaged in the various teams at our agency that mold and design strategic and creative solutions for our clients is really energizing.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Mistakes are inevitable because no one is perfect. Owning them and using them as a learning experience can be what translates a mistake into something valuable.

Dr. Andrei V. Alexandrov has joined Methodist University Hospital as medical stroke director. Alexandrov comes to Methodist from the University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham, where he was medical director of the Stroke Service and Intermediate Care Stroke Unit.


Ben Rawley has joined Visible Music College as vice president of business. Rawley, who moved to Memphis from England, brings five years of experience on administrative and pastoral staff at New Life Church in Cambridge, U.K., as well as a background in consulting and marketing, and degrees in business administration and ministry studies.

Brian Tisdale and Kevin Miller have been named partners of Signature Advertising, which is celebrating its 20th year in business. Tisdale has served as director of account services and Miller as creative director.

Melanie Semore, Harding Academy’s head of upper school, has been named educator of the year by the National Christian School Association. Semore joined Harding in 1978 as an English teacher. She became the school’s academic dean and director of secondary education in 1995 and has served in the role for 18 years, with her title changing to head of upper school in 2012.

Edward Johnson has been awarded the 2014 Youth Excellence award from the Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth. The award recognizes young adults who are involved in bettering the lives of at-risk youth. Johnson is studying social work at LeMoyne-Owen College and serves as a mentor and spokesman for the Just Care Family Network, the children’s mental health system of care program in Memphis.

Southern College of Optometry has received a $50,000 cash gift in support of its clinical research facility from ophthalmic equipment provider Haag-Streit USA. In addition, the company donated nearly a dozen pieces of examination equipment, bringing the total value of Haag-Streit’s support to more than $125,000.

Collier Insurance has been named Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America’s most profitable firm for 2013. Memphis-based Collier has been appointed with Accident Fund, a national workers’ compensation insurance company, since 2010.

NovaCopy has been awarded the 2014 Pro-Tech Service Award from Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc. The award recognizes Konica Minolta dealerships that demonstrate the highest commitment to customer support and satisfaction. It is the ninth consecutive Pro-Tech recognition for NovaCopy’s Memphis office.

Bailey Station Elementary School has been awarded a $500 grant from fred’s Super Dollar as part of its Black History Month Grant Giveaway. The school was nominated by customers and was one of the top 10 vote-getters in an online voting competition.

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