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VOL. 131 | NO. 238 | Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kirk-Ivy Named 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor

By Kate Simone

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Bambi K. Kirk-Ivy, a commercial Realtor and marketing director at Olive Branch-based Utley Properties, recently was recognized as the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year at the annual Mississippi Realtors Convention and Expo.
As a landlord representative for all of Utley’s properties, most of Kirk-Ivy’s work has been in retail; however, she says the company is now focusing on light industrial-type flex spaces consisting of office, showroom and warehouse uses.
In 2017, she also will serve as the northern district director on the Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors board of directors. 


Hometown: Horn Lake, Mississippi

Experience: Realtor for 10 years, FedEx Express for 14 years as well as director of operations for St. Mathews House, Naples, Florida.  

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My mother, Joy C. Black, always taught us to respect everyone, work hard for what you want, don’t ever give up and learn everything you can. 

What attracted you to a real estate career? I started working for Mark Utley as an assistant. Mark encouraged me to take real estate classes and the exam. I’ve enjoyed every moment since then. 

What’s the current state of the Mississippi commercial real estate market? Mississippi as a whole is doing well. Specific to DeSoto and Marshall counties, increase in new construction over the last 24 months in retail, restaurants, and light and heavy industrial.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? It has to be winning the 2016 Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year award.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy the networking, interaction with other agents and possible tenants, creating friendships through this process.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? What my mom told me: “Respect everyone, work hard for what you want, don’t ever give up and learn everything you can, that’s what will help you succeed in life.”


Gerre Currie has joined Financial Federal Bank as vice president, community development officer. Currie holds more than 35 years of banking and real estate experience. In her new role, she is responsible for building strategic alliances with nonprofits, community development organizations and Realtors to identify opportunities for financing and infrastructure improvements to new and existing markets in the Mid-South.

Counterpart Communication Design has added three employees to its Memphis team. Web project manager Kasey Harris comes to Counterpart following eight years as a quality assurance analyst and developer for Smith & Nephew and Wal-Mart. Anji Willenborg, hired as operations manager, previously spent 15 years working in accounting, finance, and business management. And Valerie Woodard Jones, a customer relationship manager, comes to Counterpart from Hilton Worldwide, where she managed, developed and implemented marketing plans.


Jonathan Torres has been named vice president/chief operations officer at Memphis Athletic Ministries. In this position, Torres oversees all internal operations, administration and training for eight neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 750 underserved youth after school daily. Torres joined MAM in 2013 as the community engagement director.

Linda Bourgeois, owner of the Travel Leaders agency in Memphis, has received a 2016 Travel Leaders Agency of Excellence award. The honor, which recognizes Travel Leaders franchisees for leadership and business success, was awarded to 23 out of hundreds of franchise locations nationwide.


Gail Bailey has joined Unity Healthcare Services as director of health care services. In this position Bailey will oversee the personal care services programs and be responsible for the health care staff providing personal care services to clients in their home and/or a facility.

Trezevant team member Dina Smith has been presented the 2016 Excellence in Volunteerism Award from LeadingAge Tennessee. Smith serves as assistant to Trezevant’s chaplain, and her volunteer efforts include serving as co-chair of Trezevant’s participation in the annual Feed the Need event benefiting Mid-South Food Bank. 

Counterpart Communication Design has won three American Graphic Design Awards for 2016. The Hammermill “Jam-Free” ad, city of Germantown “Life & Stories” booklet and Counterpart website (counterpartCD.com) were selected from thousands of entries representing all forms of media. 

Horseshoe Tunica has been awarded a 5 Green Key rating by the Green Key Global Eco Rating Program, an international environmental certification body geared toward the lodging and meetings industries. This is the first 5 Green Key rating earned by a Caesars Entertainment property and the only 5 Green Key rating in the Memphis area.

PROPERTY SALES 64 151 1,493
MORTGAGES 45 105 1,152
BUILDING PERMITS 201 410 3,466