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VOL. 130 | NO. 131 | Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Phillip Rogers Joins Wunderlich Wealth Management

By Kate Simone

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Phillip Rogers recently joined the Wunderlich Wealth Management office in Memphis as a managing director and financial adviser. Rogers’ financial services practice is focused on the needs of high net worth individuals, as well as endowments and foundations. He applies his background in and knowledge of the fixed income capital markets to extend an institutional level of expertise to individual investors.


Hometown: Memphis

Experience: Prior to joining Wunderlich, I was a senior vice president and financial adviser with Duncan-Williams for 13 years. I’m a graduate of the University of Memphis.

Family: Wife, Chris Gaiennie Rogers; children: Mary Middleton Robinson (13) and Ella James Rogers (4)

Favorite quote: “Expect nothing and appreciate everything.”

Favorite movie: “Top Gun”

The sports team(s) you root for: Ole Miss Rebels, LSU Tigers (by marriage)

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Eric Church

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Anything outdoors, golf, socializing on Lake Bruin in Louisiana

What talent do you wish you had? I wish that I was better at public speaking. And I wish I was a better runner. … I’m a horrible runner!

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? Richie Sessions, former pastor at Independent Presbyterian Church. He really turned around our church – took it from a good, stable East Memphis church to the growing and thriving congregation it is today. When he’d done all he could here in Memphis, he made a gutsy move by leaving for Nashville to be a minister on Vanderbilt’s campus and set up the Reformed University Fellowship program. He’s around my age, so everything he’s been able to accomplish has been an inspiration and made a huge influence on my life.

What attracted you to your company? The fact that Wunderlich is a full-service investment firm headquartered in the Memphis area with a national footprint, yet still maintains the culture and family-feel of a smaller regional firm.

What do you most enjoy about your work? The challenges presented every day. Each morning, you come in not knowing what you’re walking into, you just have to adapt to whatever the market throws at you that day.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Take a year off between high school and college or after college before starting your career to see the world. The different experiences you can get outside this country are extremely valuable.



Alexandra Turner has been named chief marketing officer of the American Contract Bridge League. Turner joined the nonprofit ABCL as marketing and communication director more than two years ago. Her initiatives have included launching Learn to Play Bridge online, fostering a national partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, and launching the online College Bridge Bowl.

Kyle Knox has joined Rural/Metro as the market development manager of its Mid-South operations. Knox has more than eight years of experience in a diverse range of industries and is the former regional marketing manager at Mission Ambulance.

Group Benefits LLC has added four new employees. Mia Cato and Carolyn Wilson have joined as account managers; Patrick S. Finnell as producer; and Hallie Hastings as benefits communication systems manager.


Megan E. Warden has joined Shea Moskovitz & McGhee as an associate. Warden earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2014 and served as the law school’s assistant director of admissions before joining Shea Moskovitz & McGhee.

April Brown has joined Professional Service Industries Inc. as special project manager of the Memphis Airport Special Project. Brown has five years of engineering experience. Tyler Reeves has joined PSI as manager-in-training in its Memphis office. Reeves earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and his Associate in Science from East Central Community College.

Dr. Lewis Reich, Dr. J. Bart Campbell and Dr. Paul Harris of the Southern College of Optometry have been inducted into the National Academies of Practice, an honor extended to providers who have excelled in their profession and who are dedicated for furthering practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care. Reich serves as SCO’s interim president, Campbell as its interim vice president of academic affairs, and Harris as an associate professor.

Memphis Athletic Ministries has added James Nelson, Reginald Porter and Randy Odom to its board of directors. Nelson is special assistant to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Porter is the Shelby County Schools chief of staff, and Odom is president and CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries.

Oden has been honored in the 35th annual Telly Awards. The company’s 2014 holiday video won a bronze award in the Film/Video – Non-Broadcast Productions – Art Direction category. The 2014 holiday video also won ADDY and B2 awards this year.

PROPERTY SALES 207 263 9,865
MORTGAGES 197 246 10,862
BUILDING PERMITS 138 686 21,643
BANKRUPTCIES 0 256 6,219