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VOL. 131 | NO. 49 | Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Anne Dixon Joins BRIDGES as CFO

By Kate Simone

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Anne Dixon has joined BRIDGES as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Dixon, who is a Bridge Builders alumna, is responsible in her new role for financial reporting and analysis to help BRIDGES leadership in performing their responsibilities. 

Hometown: Memphis


Experience: BBA from Emory University, two years at Ernst & Young LLP (audit), five years at Watkins Uiberall PLLC (tax), five years at Logical Systems, LLC (private engineering company accounting)

Family: Husband Rich, son Lucas and two kitties (JingJing & Drusilla)

Favorite quote: “The aim [of education] must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service to the community their highest life problem.” – Albert Einstein

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Ella Fitzgerald

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Running, choral singing

What talent do you wish you had? I would rather focus on developing what talents I have been given.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? In a desperate search for freedom, my parents and sister left Vietnam on a tiny boat in 1979. Witnessing my parents’ continual sacrifice and remembering that I had the great fortune to be born, raised and educated in the U.S. serve as great motivators for me in daily life.

What attracted you to BRIDGES? I had the awesome privilege of participating in the Bridge Builders program as a representative of Central High School almost 20 years ago, and memories of the team-building activities and group discussions still resonate with me. Having this first-hand experience from my youth only strengthens my commitment to help BRIDGES with its mission to unite and inspire diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. 

What are your goals in your new position? My first task is to help implement our new accounting software, which will provide real-time accounting data to our staff members. I am also looking forward to working with our board, youth and staff to learn the true meaning of community engagement.

What do you most enjoy about your work? To me, the “why” has always been most important. BRIDGES has such a strong and compelling mission in giving Memphis youth a voice on how to improve their communities. Memphis is our home, and we should work together to make it the best that it can be.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? I would leave them with another Einstein quote: “A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure as I have received and am still receiving.”

The BRIDGES board of trustees has elected these new officers: Dan Hatzenbuehler, chairman; Quinn Thompson, vice chair; Nancy Averwater, secretary; Webb Wilson, treasurer; and Brandon Arrindell and Bill Derwin, at-large. Newly elected BRIDGES trustees are Kim Cherry, Neil Gibson, Ross Peters and Terri Browne.


Megan E. Arthur has joined Evans Petree PC as a shareholder, focusing her practice primarily in family law and litigation. Arthur previously worked as an associate attorney at Shea, Moskovitz & McGhee PLC.

Hollywood Casino Tunica has added Melissa B. Richards as director of human resources and Richard Alford as director of casino operations. Richards has more than 18 years’ experience as a human resources professional, including 10 years in the gaming industry. Alford has held various management positions in the gaming industry since 1996, most recently serving as assistant director of gaming at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs, Ark.

Shawn Massey, partner with The Shopping Center Group LLC in Memphis, has been awarded the Accredited Land Consultant designation of the Realtors Land Institute. At The Shopping Center Group, Massey specializes in retail tenant representation, retail landlord representation and property sales, including land for the retail sector.


Shannon Hoffman, community service coordinator at Rhodes College, has been recognized as a National Bonner Fellow by the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. At Rhodes, Hoffman manages both the Bonner Scholar Program and Kinney Program, two of the college’s premier service initiatives.

The Memphis Area Women’s Council has named the recipients of its 2016 Women of Achievement Awards. The honorees and categories are: Ashley Coffield, Courage; Claudia Holton, Determination; Dorothy Kirsch, Steadfastness; Bennie Nelson West, Initiative; Linda Sessoms, Vision; Leah Walton, Heroism; and  Lil Hardin Armstrong (1898-1971) and Alberta Hunter (1895-1984), Heritage.

The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet has honored Shelby County Early Success Coalition with the Community Excellence Award in the inaugural Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations. The new recognition program highlights collaborative and innovative projects that are helping students enter the classroom prepared to learn.

PROPERTY SALES 57 94 2,713
MORTGAGES 16 37 1,820
BUILDING PERMITS 303 621 6,322
BANKRUPTCIES 138 138 1,115