VOL. 131 | NO. 14 | Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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Sledge Joins Paragon Private Banking Team
By Kate Simone
Julia Sledge has joined Paragon Bank as portfolio manager in private banking. Sledge has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, holding leadership positions at both Union Planters Bank and Cadence Bank. In her new role, she’ll provide service and support to Paragon’s private banking team.
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Experience: Bachelor of Science in business education, Mississippi State University. Over 20 years at Union Planters Bank and over 10 years with Cadence Bank
Family: My son, Hunter, and daughter-in-law, Amanda, and daughter, Kellye
Favorite quote: I have a couple from Helen Keller:
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
The sports team(s) you root for: Mississippi State Bulldogs
What’s playing on your stereo right now? I listen to K-LOVE.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Almost any outdoor activity with family and friends, but my favorite is spending time at the beach.
What talent do you wish you had? I have always wanted to be a ballroom dancer.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? It would have to be my parents. They both worked until after retirement age. My dad always told us to put 110 percent in everything we did, whether it was work or play, and we would reap the rewards.
What attracted you to your company? The people here at Paragon. It’s like coming back to family after being away for a long time.
What are your goals in your new position? In this position, my goal is to continue offering the highest level of customer service while providing top-quality banking solutions to Paragon’s customers.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My children. I have two great young adults that have a strong work ethic and are always there when their friends need them.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Helping others, both internally and externally. We succeed when we satisfy the needs of our clients.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Choose a career path that you are passionate about. If you have that passion, you will be successful and happy.
Mike Skinner, a partner in HORNE LLP’s Memphis office, has been named partner in charge of the newly established HORNE Cyber Solutions. The new team will provide services that include assessments, comprehensive penetration testing, risk mitigation, remediation and monitoring against IT and data breaches.
WorkPlace Furniture has added three new employees: Jeff Ward, director of sales; Jordan McCutchen, account manager; and Sarah Marie Brock, interior designer. Ward has 22 years of sales experience, most recently at Office Interiors of Memphis. McCutchen has a background in interior design and sales/marketing, and Brock previously worked for several years at Memphis Business Interiors.
Allison Tribo has been promoted to membership sales manager at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she will lead the membership department in growing its base and maintaining positive relationships with existing members. Tribo previously held the position of sales & services coordinator at the Memphis CVB.
The BBB of the Mid-South has elected its 2016 officers and directors. Officers are: Craig Marshall, chairman; Kent Ritchey, first vice chairman; Ron Becker, second vice chairman; Reginald Peyton, secretary; Bruce Doane, treasurer; and Randy Hutchinson, president & CEO. Dana Jeanes is a newly elected director.
The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce has chosen Younger Associates, a certified woman-owned small business, and HRO Partners, a certified locally-owned small business, as the providers for their 2016 Labor Study. The Labor Study will include a comprehensive survey and analysis of employer skill requirements.
Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been reaccredited for three years by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Agency-wide accreditations include Community Employment Services: Employment Supports, Community Employment Services: Job Development, and Governance Standards Applied. The Memphis location also was accredited in Assistive Technology Supports and Services, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services, and Vision Rehabilitation Services: Orientation and Mobility Services.