VOL. 129 | NO. 226 | Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Bohannon to Chair Junior Achievement Board
By Kate Simone
Morgan Bohannon has been named chairman of the board of director of Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. Bohannon, the regional market manager for iHeartMedia, became engaged with Junior Achievement when iHeartMedia sponsored the “Broadcast Center” at JA BizTown in 2012. He joined the board soon thereafter and has been involved ever since.
Experience: It has been my lifelong dream to be in broadcasting, and as I approach my 30th year in the business, it has proven to be a rewarding and exciting experience. Having started as an on-air personality at WROX-AM in Clarksdale, Miss., and serving as a regional vice president over as many as 10 markets in the Southeast, I’ve seen just about everything the industry has to offer. Perhaps more importantly, I’ve seen our radio stations in a variety of markets do great things to support their communities, including our stations in Memphis.
Family: My wife, Patrice, of 28 years and two children: Carey, who resides in Clarksdale, Miss., and Brittney, who lives in Charlotte, N.C.
Favorite quote: “Early to bed, early to rise, work like heck and advertise” – Ted Turner of Turner Broadcasting
What’s playing on your stereo right now? When I’m not listening to one of my 7 stations, it’s mostly Memphis music. “Duel Drive” was a recent release by Garry Goin and Patrick Register, and I’m stuck on that one right now. I’ve got a number of custom stations on my iHeartRadio app; those include Joe Bonamassa, the Bar-Kays, Al Green and Steve Cropper.
How does Junior Achievement benefit the Memphis community? It teaches our youth financial literacy. One of the most overlooked aspects in education is knowing how business works. Understanding a budget and household cash flow are valuable lessons for our children. We will build a better generation if they understand the basics of financial literacy.
What are your goals for the organization during your tenure? Well, I have some lofty goals. I’d like to see us retire our debt on our building. I’d like to see us increase our penetration in schools with JA BizTown and have 100 percent participation with all schools in the Mid-South.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? College is a great experience, but not everybody has to have a four-year degree to be successful. If it works for you, go for it. If not, there are literally thousands of careers that require specific and specialized training and talent. Find what you enjoy and excel at it.
In addition to electing Bohannon as chairman, Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South Inc. has elected the following board members to two-year terms: Brad Crandell, vice chair, board development; Caton Brooks, vice chair, programs; Richard Mattern, corporate secretary; and Jeff Lewis, treasurer. The organization added Brad Crandell, Tammy Sneed and Richard Mattern to its board of directors.
Cindi Gresham, president of Boyle Insurance Agency Inc. in Memphis, has been named the 2015 president of the board of directors of the Insurors of Tennessee, a statewide trade association for independent insurance agents. Gresham, who will serve a one-year term, previously served on the board as a director and vice president of Region I, which serves the West Tennessee area.
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP has announced nine new hires in its Memphis office: Vaughn Avant, Colin Lynch and Jinal Patel as associates DSG; Johnny Dillon, Whit Orians and Stuart Voges as audit associates; Lucas Christian as senior associate DSG; Traci Kelly as tax associate; and Eric Spiegel as advisory.
Steve H. McCleskey, a member of Glankler Brown PLLC, has been newly certified as an Accredited Estate Planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. McCleskey concentrates his practice in individual estate planning, business succession planning for closely held family businesses and administration. He also works extensively in tax law, tax planning, tax litigation and business law.
Cheryl Citrone, Vaco Memphis partner and manager of Vaco Logistics and Operations, has been named to the Junior League of Memphis Community Advisory Board. The board is comprised of Memphis-area business professionals who offer support and guidance as the Junior League works to strengthen its impact within the Memphis community.
Jeff Weintraub, the regional managing partner in Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Memphis office, has been named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list for the eighth consecutive year. Courtney Tomlinson, an associate in Fisher & Phillips’ Memphis office, has been named to the Rising Stars list for the first year.
Nineteen attorneys from Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. They are: A. Neal Graham, Allison T. Gilbert, Barbara Lapides, Charles C. Drennon III, Edward J. McKenney Jr., G. Rice Byars Jr., George T. Wheeler Jr., J. Max Shelton, James B. Jalenak, James D. Wilson, James L. Kirby, James R. Newsom III, John Kevin Walsh, John L. Ryder, M. Anderson Cobb Jr., Philip G. Kaminsky, Steven N. Douglass, Susan Callison and William W. Dunlap Jr.
Jackson Lewis PC has been listed in the 2015 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” as a Tier 1 firm in Memphis for Labor Law – Management and Litigation – Labor & Employment. In addition, the firm was named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” in Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment.