VOL. 130 | NO. 190 | Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Bolding is Only Tennessean to Teach at 2015 NeighborWorks Institute
By Kate Simone
Tim Bolding, executive director of United Housing Inc., is the only Tennessean selected to teach at NeighborWorks America’s 2015 NeighborWorks Training Institute. Bolding has taught coursework at the training institutes, which focus on providing high-quality training to nonprofit housing professionals, for more than 10 years.
Experience: I was fortunate to receive my undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology and Spanish from the University of Memphis with a focus on urban redevelopment. An internship with the Shelby County government during college led me to many opportunities in the housing and community development industry, including the chance to create the Shelby County Housing Department under Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris.
Following, I worked at United Way of the Mid-South to build United Housing. I worked for the county for about 15 years, and we’re coming up on our 21st year at United Housing in November.
Family: My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 35 years. We have two great girls, Rebecca and Anna, and two wonderful grandsons, Mason and Maddox.
Favorite quote: “Check your ego at the door.”
Favorite movie: Any of the Star Trek movies.
The sports team(s) you root for: University of Memphis, of course.
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Eric Clapton
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Birding and golf
What talent do you wish you had? Even though I love to play golf, I really wish I could play it well!
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? Besides my mom and dad, there are three people that have really influenced my life. First, Stan Hyland from the University of Memphis got me hooked on this concept of community change and the idea that you can actually do something to improve neighborhoods. Second, Cliff Tuck, who worked for city government, taught me about the world of proposal writing and grants. And third was civil rights lawyer and affordable housing activist A.W. Willis Jr., who took me under his wing and taught me about housing finance and lending.
What led you to start United Housing? When I was working at United Way, a grant opportunity appeared for the organization and I knew we could get it. I worked with Harry Shaw and Regina Walker to develop the proposal and we got funded. From that three-year contract, United Housing was born.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? This past October, United Housing achieved a real milestone – we closed on our 4,000th transaction. That means that with the help of United Housing, 4,000 families have either purchased a home or avoided foreclosure. Our initial goal was 50, so I was shocked and humbled when we reached 4,000.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Every transaction is different. Every customer is different. Every house is different. This work allows for and demands a lot of creativity, which I enjoy.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Learn as much as you can. Get internships and volunteer experiences through school; Try different types of career paths. Find something you are passionate about, and then go for it.
Scot Hendricks has been named president of The Kroger Co.’s Delta Division. Hendricks started his career with Kroger in 1981 in the Nashville division management training program and most recently served as vice president of operations for Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton division.
Leon Dickson has been elected the Tennessee Association of Realtors’ 2016 secretary-treasurer. Dickson is a past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors. Ryan Byrne was named TAR’s Tennessee Realtor Educator of the Year due to his work as an instructor with MAAR, several universities and Habitat for Humanity.
Ramona Westerfield has joined Pickering Firm Inc.’s transportation team as a senior inspector. Westerfield holds an associate’s degree in civil engineering from Southwest Tennessee Community College and has 19 years of experience. Maria Porada has joined Pickering’s facility design team as a structural engineer. Porada earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Cornell University and has 14 years of experience.
Andrew Trott of Valbridge Property Advisors/C & I Appraisal Services Inc. has earned the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute, signifying his experience in the evaluation of commercial and other types of properties. Trott has nearly 25 years of experience as a real estate appraiser and has been with C & I Appraisal, now Valbridge Property Advisors, for more than 22 years.
Jana McAlpin has joined Sharpe Group as a consulting associate, and Melissa Paul has joined as marketing associate. Before joining Sharpe Group, McAlpin served on the National Direct Marketing Acquisition Team for ALSAC/St. Jude. Paul is a 2015 graduate of Rhodes College.
Mary Button has joined Evergreen Presbyterian Church as mission developer, a newly created position primarily responsible for both outreach and communications. Button most recently served as the minister of visual arts at First Congregational Church of Memphis.