The Commercial Appeal

People in Business


Here's a look at promotions, hirings and other noteworthy business events in the Memphis area.

The law firm of Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham announced Harry W. Lebair IV and Jessica Benton Shannon are now partners.

Peter D. Baskind has joined Dinkelspie­l Rasmussen & Mink.

Turner Constructi­on named Jennifer Littlejohn the community and citizenshi­p director of its Memphis and Nashville offices. She'll coordinate and implement Turner’s educationa­l programs. » Evans Petree admitted Andrea M. McKinnon and Julie J. Wells as shareholde­rs.

The Memphis Chapter of the American Marketing Associatio­n today unveiled the organizati­on’s new brand. Developed by Chicago-based O’Keefe, Reinhard and Paul, the new brand reflects the AMA’s role in the global marketing community and the organizati­on’s vision for the future.

Shelby County Public Defender Stephen Bush was named board chairman of the Memphis-Based ACE Awareness Foundation.

Mama Gaia, a fast-casual organic vegetarian restaurant opening in Crosstown Concourse, hired Cy Washer as general manager.

The Memphis Medical Society on Jan. 28 installed officers and board members to its 2017 board of directors. Phillip R. Langsdon replaced outgoing president Tommy J. Campbell. Others board officers are Autry J. Parker, president-elect; Andrew T. Watson, vice-president; Danielle H. Hassel, secretary; Sri I. Naidu, treasurer. Raymond R. Walker is a new board member.

Paragon Bank hired Vicki Walk as vice president of mortgage consultant.

Memphis-based EdR promoted five members of its leadership team. Olan Brevard was named executive vice president of acquisitio­ns and off-campus developmen­t; Bob Earwood was elevated to senior vice president of constructi­on and engineerin­g services; Scott Barton is the new senior vice president of acquisitio­ns and developmen­t; Agnes Webb assumes the role of vice president of tax compliance; and Patrick Parsons.was promoted to vice president of developmen­t. Other employees promoted include: Rick Tripp to senior director of constructi­on, Kimberly Olswing to senior financial reporting analyst, Will Scott to director of informatio­n systems, Carol Braslow to director of purchasing, Penne Black to director of software services, Laquitta Nabors to AP docusphere help desk administra­tor and Reuben Ballard to business analyst.

Four local engineers have been selected to participat­e in the 2017 Tennessee Leadership PE class, a leadership program designed to sharpen the skills of high potential engineerin­g leaders and current mid-level and senior leaders. On the team will be Jeromy Carpenter, senior cost engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District; Jason Dittrich, civil engineer with A2H; Morgan Falls, project manager, at Smith Seckman Reid; and Jeffrey Old, civil/sanitary department head with Fisher & Arnold.

Power Transport and Power Freight Services promoted Chuck Leeke to chief operations officer. Additional­ly, Greg Lannom was hired as director of freight services, and Darlene King Scott and Danny Hosea as business developmen­t managers

The Barnett Group announced Hal Stansbury joined the firm as director of business developmen­t.

Debbie E. Stephens has joined CryeLeike Real Estate Services' Quail Hollow branch office.

LEO Events promoted four staff members: Chelsea Blocker as art director; Joan Cornett, vice president of project management, Amy Manzanares, senior vice president of events, and Chris Simmons vice president of creative.

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IF YOU GO . . .

» Talk Shoppe — Wednesday, 9-10 a.m. Nova Copy Conference Room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. "How to Build Your Personal Brand" with Tammy Zurak, Z Photog Studio.

» Breakfast Briefing — Thursday. 810 a.m., Greater Memphis Chamber, 22 N. Front, Suite 200. Fisher Phillips attorney Rob Ratton will discuss "When Employees Walk Out with More Than Memories: Protecting Your Confidenti­al Informatio­n and Trade Secrets When Key Employees Defect," covering federal trade secrets and the strategies and legal tools needed to protect a business when the star employee decides to play for the other team. Includes Continenta­l breakfast and Q&A session. Admission: $25. To register, click here or online at fisherphil­­ees-walk-out-with-morethan,rsvp.

» Entreprene­urs Roundtable — Thursday, noon-1 p.m., Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin. A discussion with Denise Burnett Stewart, president of O.R. Nurses. Registrati­on is required. Admission $25 (includes lunch).

» To register, email

» Email items for our business calendar — at least 10 days prior to your event or registrati­on date — to cabiznews@commercial­ Please type CALENDAR in the Subject field.

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