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VOL. 130 | NO. 9 | Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Schaeffer Joins Patrick Accounting

By Kate Simone

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Michael Schaeffer has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as staff accountant. In his new role, Schaeffer will provide small businesses with accurate, timely financial statements that will allow them to make informed management decisions regarding the life of their company.


Hometown: Memphis

Experience: I joined Patrick Accounting with approximately three years of prior experience in public accounting. I graduated from the University of Memphis in 2005 with a BBA in accounting and went on to obtain a M.A. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Family: I have a 6-year-old, Cameron, who is having a blast in his first year of kindergarten, and a 2-year-old, Landon, who is trying to cope with not having his big brother at home all the time.

Favorite quote: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

Activities you enjoy outside of work: I love going on adventures with my kids.

What talent do you wish you had? One talent that I wish I had was the ability to sing. I really enjoy singing, but no one else enjoys it … at all.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? The greatest influences in my life have been my parents. I have had the privilege of growing up with parents who have loved me and taught me a lot about values and character.

What attracted you to Patrick Accounting? I was first attracted to Patrick Accounting because it is a great firm that has a proven track record of providing excellent service to a rapidly growing number of small businesses.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy helping small-business owners have a better understanding of their financial position while assisting them in strengthening their current position and helping them look for opportunities for growth.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? If I could give one piece of advice to young people, it would be to find out what you’re passionate about, where your talents are, and match those up to do the most good for others that you possibly can.

Malinda Fitzgerald, professor of biology at Christian Brothers University, has been elevated to a gold level fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. The gold level fellowship is the highest ARVO designation. Fitzgerald was made a silver fellow in 2010 and is one of only 22 individuals inducted internationally as a gold fellow this year.


Leslie Sawyer has been named executive director of Silvercreek Senior Living Community in Olive Branch. Prior to her promotion, Sawyer was in management at Germantown Plantation Senior Living Community, a sister community of Silvercreek.

Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of computer science at the University of Memphis, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE fellow is the highest grade of membership and is conferred on individuals with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.


Anna Gattuso has joined United Housing as communications and grants coordinator. Gattuso previously served the organization as a housing and community development fellow, which is awarded to distinguished University of Memphis graduate students.

Several physicians have joined Methodist Healthcare through UT Methodist Physicians, an academic physician practice group created to enhance primary care and hospital-based medical services in the Memphis area. They are: Dr. Jason J. Chang, neurologist; Dr. Humberto Gonzalez, transplant hepatologist; Dr. Prateek Gupta and Dr. Michael Rohrer, vascular surgeons; and Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, thoracic surgeon. Also joining Methodist recently are Dr. Thomas Beasley, general surgeon; Dr. Silpa Hansen, OB/GYN; and Dr. Edmond Owen Jr., thoracic and cardiac surgeon.

Dale Sharp, Dave Robbins and Chris Popwell of Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC have earned the Certified Healthcare Constructor designation from the American Hospital Association and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. Sharp is president of the Bartlett-based construction company, Robbins is vice president, and Popwell is vice president/manager of Nashville operations.

MORTGAGES 80 320 1,066
BUILDING PERMITS 120 590 2,248