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VOL. 130 | NO. 102 | Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Deloitte Promotes Vince DeGutis

By Kate Simone

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Vince DeGutis, a partner in Deloitte Tax LLP, has been named Deloitte’s Memphis managing partner.
In his new role, DeGutis is responsible for overseeing the Memphis office, enhancing Deloitte’s brand and reputation in the business and civic community, and facilitating revenue growth by advancing targeting and growth activities. He is also responsible for the development and implementation strategies to attract and retain the next generation of leaders within Deloitte.

Hometown: Memphis; born in Alexandria, Va.


Experience: Education: University of Memphis, BBA – accounting; MS – finance. Professional: KPMG, partner (1984-1997); Deloitte Tax LLP, partner (1997-present).

Family: Son, Harris

Favorite quote: “You can’t always get what you want.”

Favorite movie: “The Sandlot”

The sports team(s) you root for: Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Tigers, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, Ole Miss Rebels

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Oasis Radio Pandora, Oasis, “Roll With It”

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Tennis

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play an instrument and/or draw, paint, etc. I love music and art but have no talent whatsoever. The best compliment my ninth-grade art teacher could say about me was, “You try real hard.”

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My kids have always totally humbled me. They have taught me the relative importance of almost everything and continue doing so to this day.

What attracted you to your company? The reputation of the organization and its people.

What are your goals in your new position? I want to leave a better/stronger office than I walked into. This creates more opportunities for our people, enhances client service, and hopefully, makes us better business and civic citizens. My predecessor has set a high bar.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My sons, Harris and Brooks.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I work with the best and the brightest clients and people imaginable. The challenge of helping solve their business issues is inspiring and never gets old.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Try to determine what you like and what you are good at and pursue it. If you are successful finding it, then you will enjoy your work. It will change over time, so be nimble and don’t be scared to change and evolve. This does not mean you have to change the company you work for; hopefully, it simply means changing your roles and responsibilities to meet your changing desires and attributes.


John Chiego has been appointed director of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Chiego, a professor of double bass, joined the U of M faculty in 1979. He has been an active performer throughout his career, serving in positions such as principal bass of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, principal bass of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and bassist for the Orpheum Theatre Orchestra.

Loretta Jackson-Hayes and Chris Seaton have been awarded Rhodes College’s highest faculty honors for teaching and research. Jackson-Hayes, an associate professor in the chemistry department, received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching. Seaton, an associate professor in the department of mathematics and computer science, received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research and/or Creative Activity.


Central Defense Security has announced several promotions as part of its operations team restructure. Fred Gibson, Leo Hampton and Jason King have been promoted to regional managers, Lester Watt to branch manager and Kim Perry to operations manager.

Eiko Harris has joined the Memphis office of Cordell & Cordell as an associate attorney. The nation’s largest domestic litigation firm focused on representing men in family law cases, Cordell & Cordell has more than 170 attorneys working in more than 100 offices nationwide.


Teri Sullivan has joined Sharpe Group as brand manager. In her new role, Sullivan will develop and implement a branding strategy to communicate Sharpe’s services. She previously served as promotions manager for WKNO Public Broadcasting.

Baker Donelson has been named a Beacon of Justice Award winner by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. The awards recognize firms whose pro bono accomplishments have expanded opportunities for the underserved in areas such as education, health care, housing and legal services.

Crosstown Concourse has received the John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award from the Tennessee Development District Association. The annual award recognizes nine projects, one from each development district across the state, that have a significant impact on the community and the region. The Memphis Area Association of Governments nominated Crosstown.

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