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VOL. 130 | NO. 93 | Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’

By Kate Simone

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Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.


Hometown: Memphis

Experience: Prior to joining doug carpenter & associates, I received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, I worked in public relations for a nationally acclaimed lifestyle website and a technology startup, and also authored a food blog, Caramelized (caramelizedblog.com), that I’ve since refocused in Memphis.

Family: Daughter of Sheril and Rabbi Micah Greenstein

Favorite quote: “Do all you can, with what you have, in the time you have, in the place where you are.” – Nkosi Johnson

The sports team(s) you root for: The University of Texas Longhorns and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My father. With charisma and grit, he exemplifies finding intention and meaning bigger than ourselves. He’s translated this source of intention in my upbringing, and it’s why I was immediately pulled back to Memphis.

What attracted you to doug carpenter & associates? I desired an environment with a balance of motivation and challenge. Doug has perfected that balance. Doug carpenter & associates is a heartbeat for Memphis, pushing its associates and its client roster to discover new opportunities that provide value for a larger constituency. That balance is uniquely fulfilling, both personally and professionally.

What are your goals there? My goal at DCA is to continue to amplify the “connection” factor in our public relations and client work. It’s not just about the break or the headline; it’s about the process that fuels opportunities to tell a meaningful story.

What do you most enjoy about your work? As a 23-year-old in an office of seasoned associates, I am pushed creatively and professionally to collaborate – to be a part of the conversation. Whether it’s related to strategy, new business or the Memphis community, my opinion is appreciated and valued.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Unplug from the wired world whenever you can – there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction, something many young people haven't yet learned to do. Flood your schedule with people, not with emails and text messages.




Ahsaki Baptist, a partner with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, has been named president of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for 2017-2018. Baptist will become the division’s vice president this June, then will serve as president-elect for a year before taking the reins in June 2017. She will be the first African-American woman to serve as the division’s president.

Emily T. Brackstone and Whitney M. Harmon, attorneys in Baker Donelson’s Memphis office, have been elected shareholders of the firm. Brackstone is a member of Baker Donelson’s corporate finance and securities group, and Harmon is a member of the firm’s labor and employment group.

Two Memphis veterinarians have been elected to the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association’s 2015 executive board. Dr. Susan Moon of Brooks Road Animal Hospital has been named president-elect of the organization, and Dr. Lauren Olavessen of Merial Limited, Delta District, has been elected a member-at-large for West Tennessee.

Dr. George Huang, director and professor in the Department of Bioscience Research in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award in Pulp Biology by the International Association for Dental Research. Huang’s research specialty is stem cells and regenerative therapies.

Mike Stein, a financial adviser at Wells Fargo Advisors, has been named a member of the firm’s Premier Advisors Program for a sixth consecutive year. Stein has more than 35 years’ experience in the brokerage industry and has been with Wells Fargo for 16 years.

Jamie Yarbrough has joined Eclectic Eye’s Midtown boutique as an eyewear architect. In her new role, Yarbrough will help patients and customers select eyewear, and dispense and adjust frames. She previously was the manager at Ella boutique.

Joey Hagan, principal of Architecture Inc., has been appointed as vice chair of the Orion Federal Credit Union board of directors. Hagan will run board meetings alongside new board chairman Andre Fowlkes and will help Fowlkes in setting direction, establishing policies, measuring results and representing Orion in the community.

Louis Goggans has been appointed community outreach specialist and public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Tennessee. Goggans previously was a reporter at the Memphis Flyer.

Nine Memphis assisted living facilities have been honored in SeniorAdvisor.com’s Best of 2015 senior living awards: The Parkview, Elmcroft of Bartlett, The Glenmary, Town Village Audubon Park, Robinwood Retirement Resort, Wesley Highland Terrace, First Choice Home Care & Senior Care, Franklin Park and Serenity Apartments at Hickory Hill.

PROPERTY SALES 27 150 2,415
MORTGAGES 57 228 2,835
BUILDING PERMITS 157 441 6,509
BANKRUPTCIES 61 133 1,920