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VOL. 131 | NO. 184 | Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kirkpatrick Named CFO At Commercial Advisors

By Kate Simone

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Lori Kirkpatrick has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as chief financial officer. In this role, Kirkpatrick oversees all finance and accounting functions at the commercial real estate services firm, including lease administration services provided to clients. 
She focuses on driving projects and innovations and ensuring quality and commitment to our clients. 


Hometown: Dyersburg, Tenn.

Experience: BBA from University of Mississippi. More than 25 years’ experience in commercial real estate accounting and finance, including controller at Weston Cos., vice president senior controller at Trammell Crow Co. and managing director of global corporate services client accounting at CBRE

Family: Married to Carroll Kirkpatrick; daughter, Katie Kirkpatrick; family pet – black lab mix, Delta.

Favorite quote: “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis

Favorite movie: More than movies, I love “Downton Abbey.” 

The sports team(s) you root for: Ole Miss

What’s playing on your stereo right now? “Dear Younger Me” by Mercy Me

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with family, serving at my church and in the community, and my hobby is refinishing old furniture.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the piano. I took lessons as a child, but it wasn’t my gift.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My dad. He was a great role model, man of faith, teacher, employee, manager, husband and father. He treated everyone with respect. He shared stories of his experiences with people at the dinner table every night when I was growing up. His love for people and their lives outside of work instilled my value of family and respect for others.

What attracted you to Commercial Advisors? The work culture. Commercial Advisors’ priorities line up with my values: family, respect for co-workers, care for our clients and commitment to our community. It’s refreshing to be part of an organization that loves Memphis and gives back so generously.

What are your goals in your new position? To build the best commercial real estate services finance and accounting team by investing in our people, process and systems. 

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Establishing a lease administration center for Trammell Crow Co. It was challenging and rewarding building a team of professionals and working together to create a value-add business line from the ground up. 

What do you most enjoy about your work? I love working in a smaller company, which gives me the opportunity to be involved in different aspects of the business, not just crunching the numbers. I enjoy getting into the details. 

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Be intentional about your career. Know where you are going and why you are doing what you’re doing. 


Dr. Stephanie Ivey, associate professor with the department of civil engineering and director of the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center at the University of Memphis, has been named to the Transportation Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The council is one of four created by the St. Louis Fed in 2006 to provide feedback regarding economic conditions within a key Eighth District industry sector.

Docia Generette-Walker, principal of Middle College High School, has been named the Shelby/Municipals regional finalist for the Tennessee Department of Education’s 2016-17 Tennessee Principal of the Year award. The nine chosen finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division – West, Middle and East. Grand Division winners and the Principal of the Year will be announced in late October.  


Brandon Davis has been promoted to senior copywriter at inferno. Davis joined inferno in 2013 as a junior copywriter and most recently served as copywriter. In his new position, he will share responsibilities for managing content creation for more complex projects and providing oversight of junior copywriters.

Lauren Evans, Chris Nicholas and Neva Stafford have joined residential mortgage originator PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital company, as new mortgage loan originators in the Memphis branch at 6750 Poplar Ave.

Red Deluxe Brand Development has won two Telly Awards for its national television public service announcements for Wounded Warrior Project. Red Deluxe won a Silver Telly, the highest honor, for the WWP PSA “At Ease,” and awarded another Silver for the entire campaign of three spots.

PROPERTY SALES 62 288 2,619
MORTGAGES 52 197 1,783