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VOL. 130 | NO. 73 | Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Kiesewetter Joins Fisher Phillips Law Firm

By Kate Simone

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Jay W. Kiesewetter has joined the Memphis office of Fisher & Phillips LLP as senior counsel. In his new role, Kiesewetter advises clients on issues related to union organizing and elections, arbitrations, negotiations, strikes, lockouts and Labor Board charges.

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.


Experience: Trial Attorney NLRB (Region 14, St. Louis); private practice, management-side labor relations in Memphis since 1977, including helping to found and manage Kiesewetter Wise Kaplan Prather PLC law firm (1996-2012)

Family: Married to my high school sweetheart. We have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Favorite quote: “Don’t let all the good ones go by!” and “Swing like you mean it!” – My dad (Originally, these remarks were a direct reference to my pitiful little league baseball plate appearances, but they also provided me with valuable advice for confronting life’s challenges and opportunities.)

Favorite movie: “My Cousin Vinny”

The sports team you root for: St. Louis Cardinals and Mizzou Tigers

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Bob Seger’s Greatest Hits

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with my immediate and extended family, flying my plane, riding my motorcycle, playing the piano and guitar, swimming, shooting pool and learning how to play golf

What talent do you wish you had? I’ve always wished I could sing…on key.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My dad. His strong moral and ethical compass made an indelible impression on me.

What attracted you to your company? When I decided to step back from my law firm management duties, and try to ease into retirement, I began looking to associate with a top quality labor and employment firm that had a substantial and respected labor relations practice.

What are your goals in your new position? I look forward to assisting both union and non-union employers with their labor relations challenges, especially those in the automotive and manufacturing industries. For non-union clients, I look forward to assisting them in dealing with the significant challenges presented by the NLRB’s new “quickie election” rules, which are designed to facilitate unions’ efforts to organize employees – and are scheduled to go into effect in mid-April 2015. To help employers counter the impact of these new rules, I am excited to work with clients to help them develop positive employee relations strategies that improve the operation of the business, while also enhancing the workforce’s resistance to a union’s organizing overtures.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Always do your best work. And always behave in a respectful manner to others.

Renee McCreight has been promoted to director of the Memphis Talent Dividend/Graduate Memphis at Leadership Memphis. McCreight has served as a Graduate Memphis adviser since it began in 2012. Before that, she was vice president of workforce development at BRIDGES and director of WorkBridge.

Carol Gaudino has joined Volunteer Memphis as director. Gaudino most recently worked at Baptist Memorial Health Care in system community outreach. Prior to working at Baptist, she was director of corporate services for Volunteer Mid-South.

Ron DeJoseph has been named Cox Media Group Memphis’ new creative services director for WHBQ-TV Fox 13. DeJoseph has worked for Cox Media Group for 15 years, most recently serving as promotions manager at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C.


Kanette Keough-Rodgers has been named president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce. Rodgers previously served as The Orpheum Theatre’s vice president of marketing and public relations. The chamber transition team selected Rodgers from more than 170 candidates worldwide.

Allison Cook has been promoted to executive director of Memphis Farmers Market. Cook has been with MFM since 2012 and previously served as market director.


Pat Jameson has joined Group Benefits LLC as compliance director. Prior to her new role, Jameson served as director of human resources and compliance for a system of health care clinics in Memphis.

J. Helen Perkins has been awarded the University of Memphis’ annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award. Perkins is an associate professor of reading and urban literacy in the university’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. She was recognized for her work at the university and in the community to expand civil, social and economic rights and her advocacy for nonviolent methods of social change.

David Pickler, president of Pickler Wealth Advisors, has been named to the 2015 Financial Times 400 Top Advisors List, which honors top financial advisors from America’s national, independent and regional broker-dealers based on scores in six broad areas. Financial Times selected Pickler from more than 300,000 financial advisers nationwide based on scores in six broad areas.

St. Mary’s Episcopal School has placed second in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 35th annual High School Mock Trial Championship. In addition, two students were honored with individual awards: Paarsa Haque was named Best Prosecution Witness, and Swarna Sakshi was awarded third place for Best Prosecution Attorney.

Conway Services has been named an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner for a fifth straight year. The award honors excellence among service and health providers who maintain a superior service record.

Running Pony has been awarded six statuettes in the 36th annual Telly Awards. The firm was honored for videos produced for United Way of the Mid-South, the National Hardwood Lumber Association, St. Agnes Academy/St. Dominic School, the Bodine School and two videos produced in partnership with The Brand Squad for Christian Brothers High School.

PROPERTY SALES 49 123 2,388
MORTGAGES 77 171 2,778
BUILDING PERMITS 174 284 6,352
BANKRUPTCIES 32 72 1,859