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VOL. 131 | NO. 169 | Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Morgan Tate Promoted At River City Land Co.

By Kate Simone

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Morgan Tate has been named principal property manager of River City Land Co.’s property management division. A fourth-generation real estate professional, Tate joined the team at River City Land Co. in 2008 and began working for the firm’s property management division in 2012. 


Hometown: Memphis, TN

Experience: Educated at St. Dominic School ('96), Christian Brothers High School ('00), and University of Tennessee Knoxville ('04). Licensed Realtor since June 2005.

Family: Fiancé, Suzanne Gruner; mother and licensed Realtor, Betsy Tate; father, former Realtor and commercial appraiser, James Tate; and brother, Edgar Tate

Favorite quote: "Don't sell yourself short, Judge. You're a tremendous slouch." - Ty Webb in “Caddyshack”

Favorite movie: “Fletch”

The sports teams you root for: UT Vols, Memphis Grizzlies

What's playing on your stereo right now? 92.9 ESPN

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with my beautiful fiancé, family and friends

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I had a photographic memory.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My brother, Edgar, is the nicest and most honest person I know. It's an honor to call him both my brother and my best friend.

What attracted you to River City Land Co.? Working alongside my close friends who I respect makes River City Land Co. a great place to work.

What are your goals as principal property manager? To build our company's portfolio, while maintaining great relationships with owners and tenants.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I've helped build our management portfolio from four to over 300 homes with clients in five different countries and across the United States. The majority of our clients have been referrals, an incredible compliment and testament to the work we do.

What do you enjoy about your work? The camaraderie of our team; our office is like a second home to me.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Find a profession where you look forward to going to work every day.



Scott Kern has been promoted to chief operating officer at Poag Shopping Centers. As COO, Kern will work to foster effective communications throughout the organization and enhance corporate culture. He will also continue to lead the development department with construction projects from pre-development through grand opening, including entitlements, design and construction oversight, and ongoing tenant coordination.




Sean Eschelweck has joined Paragon Bank as a specialty lending associate. In this role, he will process wire and check requests, compile documents for loan origination and uniform commercial code filings, and verify cash injection. Eschelweck previously served as the assistant manager at Republic Finance.

Memphis University School has promoted Rebecca Greer to assistant director of communication and Jean Saunders to manager of advancement services. In addition, MUS has hired Pam Haney as registrar following 30 years with the Shelby County Schools system, and hired Stephanie Hancock as instrumental music instructor.

Richard J. Myers has joined Glankler Brown PLLC as a member attorney. Myers concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, real estate, and public law and governmental relations. He currently serves as city attorney to Oakland, Tenn., as special counsel to the city of Covington and as outside counsel to the city of Memphis.

John Dewald of Memphis has been inducted into the Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame at Middle Tennessee State University. Dewald started his career with Aetna Life Insurance Co. in 1962 before forming his own firm, Dewald & Associates, in 1964. He changed the name to Agency Services Inc. in 1977 and stayed with the company until he retired in 1994, selling the business to his son, Jack.

Don Hutson, chief executive officer of U.S. Learning, has been awarded the National Speakers Association’s Nido Qubein Philanthropist of the Year Award, which honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world by being examples of philanthropy and stewardship. Among his philanthropic and community outreach endeavors, Hutson is a member of the Danny Thomas St. Jude Society, chairman of the Charlie “Tremendous” Jones philanthropic entity and Tremendous Life Books, and a past chairman of the International Children’s Heart Foundation.

PROPERTY SALES 59 59 4,335
MORTGAGES 48 48 4,862
BUILDING PERMITS 100 100 10,251
BANKRUPTCIES 45 45 3,194