VOL. 133 | NO. 18 | Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Humane Society Names Davis 2018 Board President
By Kate Simone
Ted Davis has been named 2018 president of the board of directors for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Davis, who is a wealth adviser for Regions Bank, joined the humane society board in December 2015. His first priority was a campaign inspiring adopters to become donors, which led him to being the Paw Prints Gala committee chair in 2017.
Ted Davis, president of the board of directors for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County; his wife, Sheila; and their dog, Lulu. "Lulu saved my life at a time I needed unwavering love," says Davis. (Submitted)
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
Experience: Banking and real estate finance; current position: wealth adviser at Regions Bank.
What talent do you wish you had? I would love to have all the animal knowledge of our animal care staff, our past president (Maria Garrett), and our long-term staff and volunteers. I have been asked to lead an organization, and what I can offer is a big heart and a passion to learn how I can best help. I ask our staff and volunteers to give me time and I will work to make them proud.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My father, William E. Davis, and my silky terrier, Lulu. My dad was an avid outdoorsman; we always had working dogs around my home – beagles, golden retrievers, etc. He introduced animals as a part of my daily life. As for Lulu, my wife, Sheila, says she has never seen two people more in love than me and Lulu. Lulu saved my life at a time I needed unwavering love.
Tell us a little about adopting Lulu and how you got involved with the humane society. It was May 2009. My younger daughter, Courtney, loved little dogs when she was a child. We had an English springer at the time that she couldn’t play with because of his size. Maria Garrett – vice president of the humane society now, past president and a dear friend – told me about this little silky terrier named Nevada that had just arrived at the HS. She was picked up with no tags trying to cross Whitten Road. My family met her and we quickly chose to adopt. We named her Lulu, and the two of us developed an especially strong bond. By August 2009, my first marriage was ending and in our divorce settlement, I got 15 percent of the marital assets and Lulu. Best decision ever for me!
What are your goals during your tenure as board president? I hope that my presidency will be defined as a time of recognition for our staff and volunteers. I want the Mid-South to hear about our amazing staff and volunteers as we highlight every successful adoption/rehabilitation. I want people to know how much our staff cares for the victims of animal cruelty in our community with love and compassion. I want our staff and volunteers to feel like they are an important part of something great in Memphis and the Mid-South. I want them to honor and defend their HS family and to understand that our success and failures are dependent on all of us.
Take us behind the scenes for a moment: What’s something the public may not know about HSMSC? Our volunteers and staff have big hearts for animals, but sometimes we can’t rescue them all. We had a case last week with a severely emaciated dog named Hensley. Our staff was so attached to this animal and tried everything to help, but it was just too late. Those animals stay with us – in the memories and the lives of our staff.
Some readers may want to help local animals but they’re in a situation where they can’t adopt a pet. What opportunities (volunteer or otherwise) are available through the humane society? Since 1933, we have been giving humane society animals a second chance at life with generous donations from the Memphis community. We are a nonprofit and depend on this generosity to be ready to care for any animal at any time that is suffering from cruelty and neglect. Dog walking and volunteering at events is a great way to support our organization too. If you don’t have time to volunteer, please just be vigilant to report neglected and abused animals in your community. If you see an animal tied to a post with no shelter, no food and no water, this animal is 99 percent sure to be neglected by its owner(s). Share that information, and we will have that situation investigated.
What do you most enjoy about working with HSMSC? The people – staff and volunteers that have “big hearts” for our mission and work tirelessly to assist our organization. They inspire me and our board to do what we do.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Give love to all animals, especially rescued animals. One of my favorite movies, which I saw again last week, is “Sea Biscuit.” At the end of the final race, the actor Toby McGuire says, “You know someone thinks we found this broken-down horse and fixed him. But we didn’t. He fixed us. Every one of us.” My advice is to work together to heal these animals, with all your heart, and allow them to fix all of us along the way.
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has named attorneys Sehrish Siddiqui and Justin T. Starling members of the firm’s Memphis office. Siddiqui counsels a wide variety of public companies primarily in the areas of corporate finance, compliance and governance. Starling advises clients on complex commercial real estate and financial transactions, including representing a number of regional and national publicly traded real estate investment trusts.
The Seam, a provider of agribusiness software and trading solutions, has added five new members to its board of directors. Kevin Brinkley joins the board representing Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), where he serves as president and CEO. Jay Hardwick represents EWR Inc., a company that provides electronic warehouse receipt solutions for a variety of industries like cotton and peanuts. Tommy Hayden is a representative of Louis Dreyfus Co., where he serves as chief operating officer – cotton platform. Hank Reichle serves as the executive vice president of Staple Cotton Cooperative Association. And Krista Rickman represents Cargill Cotton, where she is the global operations manager.
Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox PC attorney Ronna Kinsella has been named membership chair for the Pretrial Practice & Procedure Special Litigation Group of the Defense Research Institute’s Commercial Litigation Committee. Kinsella practices in a variety of areas at Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, including trucking defense, business litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, professional malpractice and appellate work.
Austen Myers has been promoted to audit senior at Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC. Myers, a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, previously served as audit staff. As a member in the firm’s audit department, his primary responsibilities are to provide audit and consulting services to financial institutions.
Eric D. Robertson, president of Community LIFT, has been appointed board chair for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis branch. Robertson was appointed to the board in 2016. Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board.