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VOL. 131 | NO. 79 | Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Melzie Wilson Appointed To Commerce Advisory Committee

By Kate Simone

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Melzie Wilson, vice president of compliance at Mallory Alexander International Logistics, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness by secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker. In her role at Mallory Alexander, Wilson is responsible for all government regulations the company must comply with, both in the U.S. and globally.
She’s also responsible, along with a compliance team, for ensuring Mallory Alexander’s clients stay compliant.


Hometown: Greenwood, Miss.

Experience: Attended Pillow Academy in Greenwood, Miss., and Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. I began in the logistics and compliance industry in Atlanta with Rogers and Brown CHB and then went on to Cargo U.K. Inc. in Atlanta and in Charlotte. I will have been with Mallory Alexander for 23 years on Oct. 1.

What talent do you wish you had? I really do wish I could sing. Don’t get me wrong, I sing a lot, except for the fact that I cannot carry a tune!

What is the purpose of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness? It was formed to provide the Secretary of Commerce with detailed advice on the elements of a comprehensive national freight infrastructure and freight policy to support U.S. supply chain and export competitiveness. The committee’s work is intended to further the administration’s export, economic and job growth goals.

What are your goals on the committee? My personal goal is to bring my experience and those of my trade in transportation, logistics and compliance to help the U.S.-made products on a domestic and global basis reach a competitive edge against other products.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? That is easy, the relationships I have made thru the years on a personal and professional level. I value that a great deal.

What do you most enjoy about your work? In my position at Mallory, there is a great deal of diversity that falls under the scope of my responsibilities. So my days are always very interesting and hardly ever the same as the day before. I enjoy the opportunities I have to always be able to learn more and more and not become sedentary in my position. I wanted to be a teacher early on in life. With Mallory, I have the opportunity to spend time with our clients at times to educate and interact with them on their concerns in their supply chains, which fulfills that initial career goal.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Be sure to approach any task you have in your life, whether in relationships, education or your career path, that when you look back, you are truly proud of what you have accomplished. 

SECO International has appointed Dr. Glen Steele, an optometry professor at the Southern College of Optometry, as the international ambassador on the SECO International Education Committee for the coming year. In this role, Steele will foster relationships with the optometric communities outside of the United States, work to raise the level of care brought to citizens of the world and seek avenues of access to care for these citizens.

Christy Edney has joined Financial Federal Bank as loan administrator in its Memphis headquarters. Edney began her banking career in 2003 as a Trust One Bank teller and most recently served as a loan processor at Landmark Community Bank.


J. Max Hamidi, a broker with Marcus & Millichap, has been elected to the CCIM Institute’s 2016 board of directors. Hamidi, a real estate and mortgage broker for 20 years, serves on the institute’s International Activities Committee, Governmental Affairs Subcommittee and also is a proctor for the CCIM’s membership designation testing during the annual meetings.


Paragon Bank has added Rudi Scheidt Jr. and Anita S. Vaughn to its board of directors. Scheidt is chairman of Bridge Capital Asset Funding, and Vaughn is former chief executive officer/administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

Ray Rico Freelance has received six awards from the Horizon Interactive 2015 Awards, an international competition recognizing achievement among interactive media producers. Ray Rico Freelance took home four awards in the Print category and two in the Websites category. It also was named a Distinguished Agency Award Winner.

PROPERTY SALES 38 38 12,796
MORTGAGES 27 27 8,030
BUILDING PERMITS 137 137 30,071
BANKRUPTCIES 44 44 6,108