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VOL. 130 | NO. 117 | Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Chism Opens Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise's Memphis Office

By Kate Simone

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Jeremy Chism has joined Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise as vice president to open the company’s Memphis commercial real estate loan production office. The firm provides financing solutions through a vast network of insurance companies, CMBS lenders and commercial lenders for commercial real estate.


Hometown: Memphis

Experience: 16 years of commercial real estate lending experience

Family: Wife, Ashley, and 2 daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret

Favorite quote: “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” – Ricky Bobby, “Talladega Nights”

Favorite movie: “Goodfellas”

The sports team(s) you root for: Tennessee Volunteers and Memphis Grizzlies

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Sturgill Simpson

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Anything with family, hunting and fishing

What talent do you wish you had? This question has been pondered in deer and duck blinds since the beginning of time. I have to say it comes down to three equally yet different desired talents: 1) ability to be invisible, 2) ability to fly, and/or 3) heat-sensing sight capabilities.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My family. Grandparents, parents, wife and children. They are all inspirations and dedicated to working hard.

What attracted you to your company? The principals, Cooper Willis and Shippen Browne. They exude the energy and character that is evident in all the people that work for Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise. They have a fantastic reputation among the lending community and with borrowers.

What are your goals in your new position? To uphold the reputation and successes of the current Capital Advisors/Bellwether Enterprise team, by aggressively seeking the best financing available for my clients’ commercial real estate holdings.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Convincing Ashley to marry me.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Interacting with borrowers and lenders.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Hard work and persistence are omnipotent and will eventually lead to good times.

Michael Carter of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been awarded the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties’ 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. A nurse practitioner since 1973, Carter is a university distinguished professor in the Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies in the College of Nursing at UTHSC.


Kerris Easley has joined Leadership Memphis as director of programs, overseeing and facilitating the organization’s Executive, FastTrack and Grassroots programs. Easley holds a Master of Business Administration and is experienced as a training and communications manager and business owner.

Astrid French, curriculum coordinator at SRVS, was honored at the Tennessee Disability MegaConference with the Exemplary Educator Award, presented by STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents), DSPAT (Direct Support Professionals Association of Tennessee), the Special Needs Law Center and The Arc Tennessee. French is the first to introduce a Montessori curriculum to teach adults with developmental disabilities.

Jonathan “Jon” Foshee has been named associate principal owner of Pickering Firm Inc. Foshee serves as mechanical project engineer – HVAC on Pickering’s facility design team in the Memphis office. He has more than 28 years of experience.

Jerry Caldwell has joined Pickering Firm Inc. as a senior civil engineer. He is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and 20 other states and has 16 years of experience.


Sarah Dalesandro has joined Pickering Firm Inc. as a marketing specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from the University of Memphis and has nine years of experience.

James R. Mulroy II of Jackson Lewis PC has been included in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Mulroy is the managing shareholder and litigation manager of Jackson Lewis’ Memphis office.

Jay Kiesewetter and Jeff Weintraub, attorneys in Fisher & Phillips LLP’s Memphis office, have been featured in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Kiesewetter is senior counsel in the Memphis office, and Weintraub is regional managing partner.

The National Association of Women Business Owners’ Memphis chapter has installed its 2015-2016 officers: Dianne Dixon, president; Kim Heathcott, past president; Tarrin McGhee, PR and marketing committee chair; Jennifer O. Littlejohn, corporate partnerships chair/sponsorships; Meghan MacMahon, audit/legal/policies and procedures; Pamela Pitts, treasurer; Suzan David, secretary; Gwendolyn Tucker, director of member services; Shawn Karol Sandy, director of programs/events; Hughetta Dudley, director of public policies/certifications. Kim Hummel is webmaster and chief branding officer.

Collierville Middle School, Grandview Heights Middle School and Millington Middle School have been awarded $10,000 Shape the State grants from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation to upgrade their physical education programs. The grants provide SPARK physical education curriculum, teacher training and equipment. Each school will also receive $1,000 to spend on PE, nutrition and wellness efforts.

PROPERTY SALES 93 424 6,970
MORTGAGES 42 281 4,410
BUILDING PERMITS 196 704 16,619
BANKRUPTCIES 38 174 3,570