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VOL. 130 | NO. 112 | Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Browne Named RISE Foundation Board Chair

By Kate Simone

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Terri Browne, chief people officer for Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc., has been named board chair of the nonprofit RISE Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of low-income working Memphians through financial literacy.

Hometown: Wichita, Kan.

Experience: Over 30 years in legal, tax, human resources and risk arenas.


Family: Married with three grown children and two awesome grandchildren.

Favorite quote: “Treat people the way you would want to be treated” (the Golden Rule).

Favorite movie: “The Wizard of Oz” (I’m still a Kansas girl at heart.)

The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis Grizzlies, Kansas City Chiefs and Royals

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5 (Love Adam Levine!)

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Golf and grandchildren.

What talent do you wish you had? A quick wit – I’m always a step behind my husband and kids on humor!

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents – they gave me my work ethic and love of work, but also taught me the importance of family and finding that work/life balance – I’m still struggling with that one but getting better.

What attracted you to your company? The people and the culture – Sedgwick has a history of great leadership and colleagues that are passionate about what they do. I’ve been fortunate to be part of a lot of great organizations in my career and Sedgwick tops them all.

What are your goals in your new position? I’m honored to have recently been named new chair of the board of directors for the RISE Foundation. RISE is nonprofit that transforms the lives of low-income Memphians through financial literacy. RISE provides assistance to people who just want an opportunity – that really resonates with me. In my role at Sedgwick, my goal is to put people in a position to create their own success stories. I love that, and that same objective goes to the heart of what RISE is all about for the people involved and the community of Memphis.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My children are good people who continue to define their own paths of success. I’m very proud of all three of them.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Have faith in yourself. You’re better, smarter and closer to your goals than you realize.


Alton Cryer has joined Leadership Memphis as coordinator for the Memphis Talent Dividend. An alumnus of Leadership Memphis’ 2013 Fall FastTrack program, Cryer most recently worked for the city of Memphis as the executive youth specialist in the Office of Youth Services & Community Affairs.

Rev. Julie McKenna has joined Trezevant as associate chaplain. McKenna, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, will serve residents in the Trezevant Terrace and Allen Morgan Center assisted-living facilities on Trezevant’s campus. In addition to her new role, McKenna serves as PRN chaplain for Saint Francis Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.


Elizabeth G. Sillay has joined the Memphis office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP. Sillay advises entrepreneurs, physicians, universities and others who are developing life sciences products and technologies. Her experience includes in-house legal roles with Genentech Inc. and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Jay Martin has joined tamburrino inc. as IT support specialist, responsible for a wide range of support and technical issues resolution services for tamburrino clients. Martin has more than five years’ experience in the tech industry.

Jerry Jackson has been named general manager of the Aaron’s Inc. location on Summer Avenue. Jackson joined Aaron’s in early 2012. He previously served as a store manager for Rent a Center.

Rhodes College has presented distinguished awards for scholarship and service. Honorees include: Philip Luke Spinolo, Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize; Day Foundation and trustees J. Richard Buchignani, William G. Griesbeck and C. Thomas Whitman, Rhodes College Distinguished Service Medal; and graduates Katelyn Brooke Dagen and Alex Patrick Galloway and alumna Rev. Dorothy Sanders Wells, 2015 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Rhodes College has honored four employees with 2015 Outstanding Staff Awards: Debra Manning, executive housekeeper, Outstanding Administrative Services Staff; Christy Waldkirch, departmental assistant, Outstanding Administrative Staff; and Drew Gibson, head athletic trainer, and Stacy Pennington, associate database analyst, Outstanding Administrators.

The Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association has installed its 2015-16 officers and board of directors. Officers are: Dianne Payne, president; Lacy Wallace, president elect; Jeff Devereaux, vice president; Retta Gardner, secretary/treasurer; Chuck Mader, immediate past president; and Meribeth LaBarreare, past president. Mark Baker was installed as an associate. Karley Bond, Todd Brown, Brian Covey, Steve Smith, Mike Sutton and Jeff Tucker were installed as directors.

Dunavant Logistics Group LLC has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce with an “E” Award for Excellence in Exporting. The “E” Awards, established by the Executive Order in 1969, are the highest recognition a U.S. entity may receive for supporting export activity.

PROPERTY SALES 91 293 13,051
MORTGAGES 58 168 8,171
BUILDING PERMITS 99 744 30,678
BANKRUPTCIES 34 156 6,220