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VOL. 131 | NO. 199 | Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Morgan Promoted to CFO At Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza

By Kate Simone

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Marty Morgan has been promoted to chief financial officer at Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza amid the Memphis-based company’s expansion into other regional markets. In his new role, Morgan will oversee corporate functions at the Memphis headquarters and continue to build out the personnel and technology infrastructure needed to support regional growth while making sure financial performance stays on track.


Pyro’s, which opened in Park Place Center in 2013 and quickly expanded to four Memphis-area restaurants, has ventured farther out this year, opening an Olive Branch location as well as ones in Tuscaloosa and Opelika, Alabama. The pizza chain also has announced plans for locations in Tupelo and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama. 

Hometown: Canton, Mississippi

Experience: B.S., Vanderbilt University; MBA, University of Mississippi. Senior finance manager, Accredo Health; senior product manager, Accredo Health; director business analytics, Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza; director finance & administration, Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza

Family: It’s me and a group of beautiful and talented ladies: Stephanie, wife; Rosalia, 4; and Celia, 2.

Favorite quote: “Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.” – Richard Branson

Activities you enjoy outside of work: I am really bad at golf, but nevertheless, there is nothing like getting out on the course for a few hours.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? In business I would have to say the musings of Michael Gary Scott have been very impactful. Whenever I think of what type of leader I want to be I always remember his words: “I swore to myself that if I ever got to walk around the room as manager, people would laugh when they saw me coming, and would applaud as I walked away.” I think he is a good reminder not to take yourself too seriously.

What attracted you to Pyro's? The whole idea of working in a startup; being a part of the growth of a business and having a broad breadth of responsibility was very attractive. Also, I knew the owners from a previous position and knew they were very sharp, entrepreneurial-minded, high-integrity guys who would be great at building an exciting brand and a successful organization.

What are your goals in your new position? My goal is to make sure we are well-positioned from a corporate and support standpoint for the next phase of Pyro’s growth. We have great leaders in operations and a talented store management staff; I want to make sure my team is giving them the analytics, training and technical support they need to continue to build the Pyro’s brand.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Lost 48 pounds in 10 weeks and was crowned champion of the 2009 Medco National Weight Loss Competition.    

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy getting to wear a lot of different hats. Yes, it’s a cliché, but developing employee training, rolling out online ordering, forecasting cash flows and sampling a new specialty pizza, all potentially in the same week – it’s very rewarding and exciting.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Take the pain now for the payoff later. Now more than ever, society pushes living for the now (thanks, Pepsi) but I think as leaders (and parents) we have to challenge young people to have the big picture in mind, to push towards a more difficult goal even if it means struggling and sacrificing in the short term.


Mack Weaver has been promoted to executive vice president and CFO of Memphis in May International Festival. In this position, he will have increased responsibility for the organization’s financial strategies and an expanded role in operational policies. Weaver joined Memphis in May in 1999 as director of finance and has held several positions since then, most recently serving as vice president of finance and CFO.

Floyd Benson has joined Memphis in May International Festival as director of operations. Benson previously worked for Memphis in May from 1995 through 2006, most recently as Program Manager with primary responsibility for concession programs and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. He has spent the past 10 years working in diverse roles in the event and entertainment industry in Memphis and Little Rock.


Kayla Ashby has joined Unity Hospice Care as an account executive in the company’s Olive Branch office. Unity Hospice Care serves clients in West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas and North Mississippi.

Judy McLellan of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services has been ranked No. 1 in Tennessee on REAL Trends’ annual America’s Best Real Estate Agents list for individually attaining $65.4 million in sales volume in 2015. The list ranks the most productive agents and agent teams by state and metropolitan statistical area based on closed transaction sides and closed volume. 


Jimmie Tapley, a sales associate with Crye-Leike Real Estate Services in Memphis, has been named to the 2016 The Thousand list of America’s top 1,000 real estate sales professionals by REAL Trends Inc. in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal. Tapley had 168 transaction sides in 2015, ranking her No. 119 in the nation, tied with five other agents.

ArtsMemphis has appointed Jon Ernst, Reginald R. Paige Sr., Oscar Adams, C. David Biggers Jr., Kate Gilliland Connell and Kathy Gale Uhlhorn to its board of directors.

Baker Donelson ranked ninth in the country on Vault’s “Best Law Firms for Diversity” list. The national ranking uses a formula that weighs five categories evenly. Baker Donelson was ranked among the top 110 law firms nationally in three of the five categories, including Diversity for Women (sixth place), Diversity for Military Veterans (ninth place) and Diversity for Individuals with Disabilities (10th place).

PROPERTY SALES 23 23 1,365
MORTGAGES 21 21 1,068
BUILDING PERMITS 117 117 3,173