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VOL. 130 | NO. 38 | Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Crone Promoted at Trane Mid-South

By Kate Simone

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Jim Crone has been promoted to comprehensive solutions business development manager with Trane Mid-South. In his new role, Crone will work with large commercial, industrial and institutional customers throughout the Mid-South to develop performance-based comprehensive solutions for capital improvements and operational efficiencies.

Hometown: Memphis

Experience: For over 35 years, I have been involved in general management, sales management and direct sales. My role has been to develop and manage the sales effort in large industrial/institutional accounts. The last 20-plus years I have primarily been in the HVAC industry.


Family: Married to Laura for 30 years. Four adult children and two daughters-in-love: Jimmy and Brooke, Joseph, Justin and Meagan, grandson Elijah and Emmy on the way, and my daughter Brooks.

Favorite quote: With respect to all of the great leaders and quotes, my favorite quotes and inspiration comes from the Bible. Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Favorite movie: “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

The sports teams you root for: Memphis Grizzlies, Tennessee (football) Vols

What’s playing on your stereo right now? I enjoy contemporary Christian music songwriters like Houk Hitchcock, Scott Powell, Aaron Schaffer and more traditional songwriters like Jed Zimmerman. Also the great rock ‘n’ roll of the late ’60s and ’70s.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Several times a year, I attend conferences to study the Bible and do mission work. I also enjoy good concerts and eating at the many Memphis owner-operated restaurants.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? The Rev. Bobby Moore and the Rev. Ken Petty; they are the pastors who taught me the Bible, which is my foundation for living. Also my father, Jim Crone Sr.; it is amazing how much we are alike.

What are some energy-savings projects that can benefit businesses? With the rapid advances in technology, literally everything that consumes utilities is considerably more efficient today versus five years ago. Building automation systems, high-efficient HVAC systems, lighting retrofit/lighting control systems, variable frequency drives … the energy conservations measures (ECMs) are countless.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My wife and I have raised four wonderful children who we are very proud of.

What do you most enjoy about your work? All of the people I work with are professional and take pride in their work, and I enjoy the opportunity to be of service and make a positive difference for our customers.



If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Live life with a passion, be kind and willing to serve, and at the end of the day look at the person in the mirror and know you have been fair, honest and compassionate.

The Exchange Club Family Center has appointed Kim Motschman Cribb as director of fund development and promoted Ashley Leary to child advocate and counselor. Cribb previously held several positions with nonprofit agencies, including the American Red Cross and the Assisi Foundation of Memphis. Leary served as an intern at The Family Center in 2014.

Pamela Z. Clary has been appointed to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. Clary, who is the executive vice president and partner for Community Capital LLC, was nominated by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and confirmed by the Memphis City Council. Her term runs through 2020.


Laurel Wiedower has been named special events coordinator for Hollywood Feed. Prior to her new role, Wiedower served in a variety of roles for Hollywood Feed, including supporting the company’s buyer, assisting with the design of new locations, and serving as assistant manager of the Union and Collierville locations.

Scott Richmond has joined Williams Equipment & Supply as head of the service department at the East Memphis location. Richmond has 20 years of hands-on service experience and previously worked as a mechanic at Williams’ Byhalia location.


William B. Howard Jr. has been included in Medical Economics’ 2014 list of Best Financial Advisors for Doctors. Howard is president of William Howard & Co. Financial Advisors Inc. and has been providing financial advice for 35 years.

Memphis College Consortium has announced its 2015 officers and board of directors: Terika Anderson of Bethel University, president; Robin Colwell of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, vice president; Angela Franklin of Union University Germantown, secretary; Dee Lovette of DeVry University, treasurer; and Joey Edwards of Webster University, Daniel Tillman of the University of Memphis and Stacey Trotter of Christian Brothers University, board members.

Lifeblood has recognized organizations, corporations and individuals for their volunteer efforts in 2014 to promote and support blood donations. Group of the Year winners are: Hilton Worldwide, corporate; University of Memphis, education; Bolton High School, high school; Bartlett Woods Church of Christ, faith-based; Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, government; and Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, health care. Other winners include: Nestle, Newcomer of the Year; Jane Garrett, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett and Bartlett Woods Church of Christ, Richard “Dick” Benson Community Service Award; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Lifesaver of the Year; Donna Reed, Volunteer of the Year; and Cindy Sims, Mobile Drive Leadership Award.

PROPERTY SALES 38 38 20,670
MORTGAGES 45 45 23,790
BUILDING PERMITS 187 187 42,781
BANKRUPTCIES 57 57 13,237