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VOL. 130 | NO. 136 | Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns

By Kate Simone

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Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.

Patterson comes to Burson from Sullivan Branding, where she most recently served as account manager. Before Sullivan, she worked in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s office as chief service officer and established the Memphis chapter of the national Cities of Service program. Patterson audited the city’s areas of greatest need and organized nonprofits around the identified focus areas through the writing and implementation of the High Impact Service Plan.


Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Experience: Bachelor of arts, Rhodes College; Office of A C Wharton; Sullivan Branding

Family: A gaggle of Pattersons back in Indiana

Favorite quote: “Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

Favorite movie: “Mean Girls”

The sports team(s) you root for: Indianapolis Colts and Memphis Grizzlies

What’s playing on your stereo right now? NPR

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Amateur food and restaurant critic, volunteering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Black Girls Code

What talent do you wish you had? A better poker face – I’m terrible at hiding what I’m thinking!

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents have helped me believe in myself and pushed me to take chances. And thanks to their success, they now have a free place to stay when they visit their favorite vacation destination, Memphis.

What attracted you to your company? The office’s proximity to Paradise Café and their chocolate monkey shake was most attractive.

What are your goals in your new position? My goal is to learn how to not only react to crises but how to anticipate them.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Yankee turned Memphis promoter, although I still say “you guys.”

What do you most enjoy about your work? Helping clients in their hour of need, whatever that need may be.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? No job is too small; if done right, it could lead to something bigger.

Kathryn McDonald has joined Cordell & Cordell as an associate attorney in its Memphis office. Cordell & Cordell is the nation’s largest domestic litigation firm focused on representing men in family law cases.



Jeff Graham has joined Chris Woods Construction Inc. as project manager, and Brad Grisanti has joined as project engineer. Graham has more than 19 years’ experience in various forms of commercial construction. Grisanti is a 2015 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in construction management.

Central Defense Security has hired Mallory Gary as office assistant and promoted Tyronda Jamison to HR generalist in its staffing division. Gary is replacing Jamison, who has served as CDS’ office assistant for one year. In her new role, Gary will aid with interviewing, screening and processing prospective candidates. Jamison will interact with clients to meet their staffing demands, process and hire new staffing employees and maintain a database of employers.

Wells Fargo Advisors has designated Don Levy and Bill Pickens as members of its Premier Advisors Program, which reflects their achievement of meeting or exceeding the firm’s criteria for revenue generation, educational attainment and client-service best practice. Levy has been with Wells Fargo Advisors for 31 years and currently serves as managing director, investments. It is his 15th consecutive year to make the list. Pickens has been with the firm for 34 years and currently serves as senior vice president – investment officer. It is his second consecutive year to make the list.


Molly Hildreth has joined Trezevant as communication coordinator. Prior to her new role, Hildreth served as marketing specialist for the American Association of School Personnel Administrators and as communications coordinator for KVC Health Systems Inc. in Kansas City, Mo.

Three Memphis-area teachers were among 18 selected for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s first Governor’s Teacher Cabinet. The cabinet will meet quarterly with Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen to share real-time information from the classroom, advise on policy considerations and provide a direct line of communication to schools and communities. The local teachers are: Jessica Lindsay, Achievement School District; Schwann Logan, Bartlett City Schools; and Karen Vogelsang, Shelby County Schools.

The Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County has added four new board members: Maria Fuhrmann, special assistant to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.; Bill Oldham, Shelby County sheriff; Dorothy Johnson Pounders, managing partner of Pounders Coleman PLLC; and Toney Armstrong, Memphis Police Department director.

PROPERTY SALES 57 94 2,713
MORTGAGES 16 37 1,820
BUILDING PERMITS 303 621 6,322
BANKRUPTCIES 138 138 1,115