VOL. 130 | NO. 63 | Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Brown Joins Michael Hatcher & Associates
By Kate Simone
Lana L. Brown has joined Michael Hatcher & Associates Inc. as controller. In her new role, Brown is responsible for the accounting operations of the company, which includes financial reporting, cash management, risk management and maintaining a good system of accounting policies.
Hometown: Prim, Ark.
Experience: Worked in the automotive industry for more than 20 years, then for Harley-Davidson, and now my new adventure with landscape and construction.
Family: Two sons, Jeff Brown and Chad Brown; one spoiled Yorkie, Cash Brown; and one grand-dog, Jackson Brown.
Favorite quote: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
Favorite movie: “Dirty Dancing”
The sports team(s) you root for: Green Bay Packers, Arkansas Razorbacks
What’s playing on your stereo right now? “Uptown Funk,” recorded here in Memphis. How awesome is that.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with family and friends, shopping, watching old movies.
What talent do you wish you had? I have always wanted to play the drums.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My dad (the best man ever)
What attracted you to your company? The people. They are a great group to work with.
What are your goals in your new position? The only way we are able to reach goals is to continue to grow and continue to become better. My goal here in this already well-oiled company is to assist in growth and becoming better and better.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My two sons.
What do you most enjoy about your work? A feeling of accomplishing something at the end of each day and knowing it is appreciated.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? The road to success is always under construction. When you want something, you have to put forth the effort to get it. Hard work does pay off.
Dr. Samuel Dagogo-Jack, director of the Division of Endocrinology in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, has been named the 2015 president, Medicine & Science, for the American Diabetes Association. Dagogo-Jack will serve as the co-principal spokesman for the organization on matters of diabetes science, care and education.
Barbara Holden Nixon has been honored with the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. Nixon, a longtime voice for mental health reform and early childhood advocacy, is the co-chair of the new Adverse Childhood Events Center Task Force of Shelby County and a consultant with The Urban Child Institute.
Fred Tillman, local McDonald’s owner/operator and president of Century Management, has been awarded the inaugural Red Shoe Award by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improve the health and well-being of children in the Mid-South.
Clay Francis, the AP human geography teacher at Hutchison School, has been named the 2015 Tom and Stella Mullane Geography Teacher of the Year award by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance. Francis also teaches global studies, economics, psychology and world religion at Hutchison and serves as academic adviser and moderator for several student organizations.
Linda R. Dick has been named 2014 Collierville Person of the Year by the Collierville Chamber of Commerce. Dick’s professional career spans more than 40 years and includes work in the medical, sales and real estate industries. She has been involved in the Collierville Chamber since 1988 and has also served on the town’s Design Review Board.
Helena Chemical Co. has been recognized with the Collierville Chamber of Commerce’s Business Champion Award. The company, which has been in Collierville since 2001, plans to move its 50-employee Southern Business Unit into Schilling Farms, just south of its headquarters, and create 50 additional jobs.
Four University of Memphis graduate programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The Master of Health Administration program in the university’s School of Public Health placed 48th in the Health Care Management rankings. The audiology and speech-language pathology programs, both in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, ranked 12th and 15th, respectively. And the rehabilitation counseling program in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences ranked 21st.
Rhodes College has been recertified as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Founded in 2008, the Tree Campus USA program recognizes colleges and universities that have made it a priority to plant, preserve and protect tree resources as well as engage the community in environmental stewardship.