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VOL. 129 | NO. 201 | Wednesday, October 15, 2014


McManus Joins Patrick Accounting

By Kate Simone

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Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.

Hometown: Memphis

Experience: Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of South Carolina and Master of Science in Accounting from University of Memphis. I have worked in public accounting since 2007.


Family: My husband of five years, Blake McManus. We have a son, Will, who is 1, and another son, James, due in November. We have two dogs named Charlie and Lilly.

Favorite quote: “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

Favorite movie: “Office Space”

The sports team you root for: My South Carolina Gamecocks!

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Bruno Mars

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with my family and reading

What talent do you wish you had? I have always wished I was able to play the piano.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My grandmother has had the greatest influence on me. She taught me the value of education, dedication and hard work.

What attracted you to Patrick Accounting and Tax Services? The new opportunity and challenge along with the culture attracted me to Patrick Accounting and Tax Services.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My greatest professional accomplishment is the relationships I developed with my clients and their loyalty during a transitional period. I hope to develop the same relationships with my new clients here at Patrick Accounting and Tax Services.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy my clients and the unique challenges presented by each of them. I also really enjoy my co-workers.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? No matter how difficult a situation becomes, never give up.

George T. “Buck” Lewis, a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has been awarded the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services’ inaugural Janice M. Holder Award. The award, named for the retiring Tennessee Supreme Court justice, honors an individual who has advanced the quality of justice statewide by ensuring the legal system is open and available to all.

Inferno has made several staff promotions and additions. Isabelle Blais was promoted to public relations account executive. Blais joined inferno in 2012 and most recently served as a public relations account coordinator. Joe McLaughlin was promoted to account executive. McLaughlin joined the firm in 2012 and most recently served as an account coordinator. Kyle Monteverde was appointed as public relations account coordinator. He previously served as a public relations intern for the city of Auburn as well as the Germantown Education Foundation. And Alexis Stavropoulos was appointed as an account coordinator. Prior to joining inferno, she completed the Social Media Academy online business-marketing course.

The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Koman has named Ronald A. Walter, president and general manager of WREG-TV, the 2014 honorary chair for the 22nd annual Race for the Cure. Walter started his career at WREG in 1987 as director of marketing, production and client services. Race for the Cure will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at Carriage Crossing.


Dr. Mary C. McDonald has been appointed to the board of directors of the Memphis Goodwill Excel Center, an adult charter school slated to open in August 2015. McDonald is president of MCD Partners, National Education Consultants.

Mark Dietrich has joined Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance Inc. as a business insurance consultant. Before joining the firm, Dietrich served as account manager for Resource-Logix, a medical device sales startup. Dietrich, a Memphis native, will operate out of the firm’s Nashville branch.

The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability has announced the winners of the Memphis-Shelby County Low Impact Development Design Competition. First place was awarded to Dalhoff Thomas design studio and The Corradino Group; second place went to Blair Parker Design and Civil Engineering Solutions LLC; and third place went to Malasri-Gallo-Lawrence.

The Downtown Memphis Commission has presented its 2014 Vision Awards, honoring individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Downtown over the past year. Honorees include: Jose and Jennifer Velazquez and J.W. and Kathy Gibson for the renovation of the James Lee House Bed & Breakfast, Individual Achievement; National Civil Rights Museum for its $25 million renovation and expansion project, Organizational Achievement; and Southwest Tennessee Community College for its $16 million College of Nursing, Sciences and Biotech building, Special Award of Merit.

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