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VOL. 131 | NO. 139 | Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Elkington Promoted At ABO Marketing

By Kate Simone

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Jamie Elkington has been promoted to director of communications at ABO Marketing & Communications. In this position, she will direct and implement public relations plans for the nonprofit and business organizations the firm serves.


Hometown: Memphis

Experience: I have worked with ABO Marketing & Communications for six years. My background is in marketing and event management from previous positions at the Mid-South Fair and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. I studied journalism and mass communication at The University of Memphis.

Family: Husband, Fletcher, and children, Jack (3) and Natalie (11 months)

Favorite quote: “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” – Thomas Monson

The team(s) you root for: After reading Mike Conley’s recent article and seeing the latest additions to the team and staff, I am so amped for the upcoming Grizzlies season!

Activities you enjoy outside of work: I’m a homebody, but I do enjoy traveling whenever possible and attending sporting events of all kinds. I also love researching and cooking new foods and recipes.

What talent do you wish you had? The ability to truly multitask. Unfortunately, no one’s brain can focus on two things at once, but it would make my life so much easier, at work and at home!

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? I’m so lucky to consider my boss my greatest influence. As an entrepreneur, she takes time to show me the ropes of business ownership and the hard lessons she has learned over the course of her career. I’m thankful that she is willing to share with me what it takes to succeed in this industry and how to do so without sacrificing your integrity.

What attracted you to ABO? I was a client of ABO Marketing for two years. From that experience, I knew that I wanted to be on the serving end of a vendor-client relationship and that this company was the perfect fit for me.

What are your goals in your new position? If I’m doing my job, I will help elevate awareness of the services our clients provide in the community. Our constant goal is to connect these nonprofits and businesses with their target audiences for the benefit of all parties.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Helping organize and managing Lifeblood’s inaugural Donor Fest, which resulted in a significant surge of blood donations in the summer months when local hospitals need them most. I am so proud to see the annual event is still thriving today!

What do you most enjoy about your work? Every day brings new and exciting PR opportunities, partly because each client we work with is so different. Each one is unique in its mission, but they all provide services that make our city a better place to live, work and play.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Avoid comparing yourself to others.



Judy McLellan has been named Crye-Leike Realtors’ Lifetime No. 1 Sales Producer, a hall of fame distinction that only two other agents have obtained in the company’s 39 years. As a top sales producer of Crye-Leike, McLellan’s achievement represents attaining the No. 1 sales position for a company record of 19 straight years.

David Hill has joined financial services firm Edward Jones as a financial adviser in Brad Spicer’s Cordova office. Hill has nearly four years of industry experience and previously worked for Northwestern Mutual. He has spent the past six months at Edward Jones’ headquarters, enrolled in a highly selective financial services training program.

Kemmons Wilson Cos. has added three new employees. Shannon Rhodes has joined the KWC’s investment management team as managing director. Rhodes has more than 19 years of industry experience, most recently with Austin, Texas-based Meritage. Kayla Dominguez and Zach Ogale have joined the tax team as senior tax accountants. Dominguez previously worked in KPMG’s federal tax practice, and Ogale previously was a tax accountant at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck.

Dr. Veronica Murphy of Memphis was among 12 physicians from across the state selected for the Tennessee Medical Association’s summer 2016 Leadership Immersion Program. The training program is part of the John Ingram Institute for Physician Leadership. 


Ginny Matthews has joined Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors as a member of its full-time audit staff. She has been with the firm as an intern since January 2015.

Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC has added several students to its intern program: Olivia Butler and Brendan DePoy of Rhodes College; Chase Elliott, the University of Memphis; and Matt Hatcher and Chase Thrasher, Mississippi State University. In addition, Thrasher has accepted a full-time tax staff position upon his graduation from the master’s program at the University of Memphis.

Victoria Smith has joined Germantown-based Unity Hospice Care as the new chaplain for the Marion, Ark., office.

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