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VOL. 130 | NO. 88 | Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Rodgers Takes Reins at Collierville Chamber

By Kate Simone

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Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.

In her new role, Rodgers is responsible for retaining and expanding chamber membership by ensuring members receive relevant, responsive and timely services, initiatives, programs and events. She is also responsible for forging and sustaining relationships with community, government and educational institutions.


Hometown: Collierville

Experience: Vice president of marketing and public relations for The Orpheum Theatre (nine years). Prior to that, owner/operator of small businesses with locations in Memphis, Germantown and Collierville.

Family: Four children – KellyeAnn, Hanna, Jason and Haley

Favorite quote: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” –Winston Churchill

Favorite movie: “Good Will Hunting”

The sports teams you root for: Vols, Grizzlies, Tigers, Dragons

What’s playing on your stereo right now? The Beatles

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Vegetable gardening, going to movies and to the theater, listening to good music and binge-watching TV series with my kids.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing like my kids.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My kids. Because I want to be a good role model for my children, I try to live my life with courage and grace.

What attracted you to your new role with the Collierville Chamber? As a lifelong resident of Collierville and longtime member of the chamber, I was excited about the opportunity to use my skills and experience to serve the community I love.

What are your goals in your new position? To create a stronger community by building on the great work that currently being done by the chamber staff and board members.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My children and all my former staff members.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy creative problem-solving and putting together strategic partnerships.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? A healthy business culture promotes a clear value system from the top to the bottom. Find a company that shares your values.


Max Notowitz has been awarded the Estate Planning Council of Memphis’ 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. Notowitz was chosen to receive the council’s highest honor for nearly 60 years of service in the insurance industry and his involvement and leadership in the insurance profession and the Memphis community.

Craig Cowart and Sally F. Barron have joined Jackson Lewis PC’s Memphis office as shareholder and of counsel, respectively. Both come to Jackson Lewis from Fisher & Phillips LLP, together bringing decades of experience representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment-related litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings.

John Reed and Robert Sloan, associates in The Shopping Center Group’s Memphis office, have been named partners of the company. Reed has been a licensed broker for 23 years, and Sloan has been with the firm for more than 10 years. Both are involved in tenant and landlord representation.

Vince DeGutis, a partner in Deloitte Tax LLP, has been named Deloitte’s Memphis managing partner. DeGutis joined the tax practice in 1997. In his new role, he will help drive client and business growth in audit, advisory, tax and consulting services, and build and grow business and community relationships.


Landon Williams, a senior associate at Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, has been awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation by the CCIM Institute. Williams’ practice focuses on advising the firm’s occupier clients with an emphasis on Memphis and global multimarket work.

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs has been awarded first-place recognition by the national nonprofit Legal Marketing Association for a brochure created by the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. The brochure explains the firm’s abilities to help clients “Find IP Value” through audits, litigation and rate advantages.

The Greater Memphis Chamber has been honored for Workforce Development and Water Resources in Business Facilities magazine’s 2015 Economic Development Awards. The chamber and its partners were recognized for their efforts to create a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of local manufacturing companies. Water Resources is a new awards category that recognizes the development of water resources.

The Memphis Metro CCIM Chapter of the CCIM Institute has been awarded the CCIM President’s Cup Award at the national organization’s midyear business meetings. The award honors chapters that have demonstrated the highest degree of skill, ingenuity and innovation in promoting CCIM membership benefits at the local and regional levels in 2014.

The University of Memphis has presented faculty awards to the following professors: Albert Okunade, Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award; Thomas Sutter, Distinguished Research in Science, Engineering and Mathematics; Roger Kreuz, Distinguished Research in Social Sciences, Business and Law; Eric Link, Distinguished Research in the Humanities; John Bensko, Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts; David Cox, Excellence in Engaged Scholarship; Thomas Banning, Jennifer Johnston and Robert Kelz, Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Awards; and Douglas Campbell and Shirleatha Lee, Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards.

PROPERTY SALES 64 151 1,493
MORTGAGES 45 105 1,152
BUILDING PERMITS 201 410 3,466