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VOL. 130 | NO. 33 | Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Lowery Installed as President of Association for Women Attorneys

By Kate Simone

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Keating Lowery has been installed as the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys. As an attorney with Lawrence & Russell PLC, Lowery devotes her practice to litigating Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries and third-party administrators throughout the United States.

Hometown: Florence, S.C.


Experience: Education: Wofford College, B.A., and Mississippi College School of Law, J.D.; work experience: Pounders Coleman and Lawrence & Russell PLC

Family: Patrick Lowery, my husband, and our sweet families in Memphis, Tupelo and South Carolina

Favorite quote: “If you cannot say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” – My mother

Favorite movie: Difficult question! My recent favorite movie would have to be “The Way Way Back.” As a child of the ’80s, I also must say “The Breakfast Club.”

The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis Grizzlies, Ole Miss Rebels, Wofford Terriers and South Carolina Gamecocks

What’s playing on your stereo right now? The Avett Brothers

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and our two Labs

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I had a beautiful singing voice.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My grandmothers are my greatest influences. They are both strong women who were ahead of their time.

How and when did you first become involved with the Association for Women Attorneys? When I moved to Memphis, Mary Morgan Whitfield and Lucie Brackin encouraged me to become involved with the AWA. To this day, I’m grateful to them.

What are your goals for AWA during your tenure? Our efforts this year are focused on growing the organization as a whole and facilitating networking opportunities for our members. We are also working on a continuing education series.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I would like to be optimistic and say the best is yet to come.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy problem solving along with great co-workers.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will.




Teddy Eck has joined Voices of the South as executive director. Eck received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at The New School in New York and his Master of Fine Arts in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Memphis. He is also a Certified Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president for student affairs at the University of Memphis, has won the 2015 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice. Bingham is a member of the APA Finance Committee and the appeals board for the APA Ethics Committee. She has also served as a member-at-large on the APA board of directors and as president of APA Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology.

John Shearer has been promoted to vice president of sales for Integrity Furniture Group, a Memphis-based manufacturer of commercial furniture for the hospitality, senior living and educational markets. Shearer has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial interiors industry and formerly served as Integrity Furniture’s director of national accounts.

Inferno has promoted Colleen Radish to account supervisor, promoted Ryan Knoll and Liza Routh to account managers, and appointed Jennifer Rodrigues to account executive.

Craig Leake, associate professor in the University of Memphis department of communication, and his students have received a regional Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “Inside Story” tied with two other films in the Documentary/Topical category.

Bonnie Crenshaw and Renee Hobbs have joined the sales team at State System Inc. Crenshaw has worked in sales and marketing in the Memphis area for 30 years, most recently serving as a general manager for Lenny’s Sub Shop for 11 years. Hobbs joins State Systems following 10 years as a selling branch manager for Automation Personnel Services.

The Greater Memphis Chamber has announced “10 to Watch” in 2015, a list of 10 companies and organizations that stood out in 2014 for leadership in the community, whether through driving the local economy, inspiring innovation or embracing change. They are: Caissa Public Strategy, Christian Brothers University, Kemmons Wilson Inc., MicroPort Orthopedics, MC Ionic Solutions, Restaurant Iris/Second Line, Southern Airways Express, Sweet Potato Baby, University of Memphis and Wingstop.

AIA Memphis, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has named its 2015 board of directors. Executive committee members include Mary Haizlip, president; Scott Van Der Jagt, president-elect; Carolyn Wills, secretary; and Tim Garrett, treasurer. Directors include Chris Norton, Michael Winter, Mario Walker, Kate Haywood, Kyle Archer, Brian Bullard, Jason Schrader, Chris McNally and April Ambrose. The 2015 AIA Tennessee board representatives are Brett Ragsdale, Joe Wieronski, Reb Haizlip and Stevie Wilbanks.

PROPERTY SALES 103 137 4,008
MORTGAGES 84 131 4,521
BUILDING PERMITS 178 368 9,636
BANKRUPTCIES 50 110 2,995