Here's a look at promotions, hirings, movers and newsmakers in the Memphis area business scene:
Awards were presented May 14 during the 173rd Commencement Exercises of Rhodes College on its campus. Natalie L. Smith received the Peyton Nalle Rhodes Phi Beta Kappa Prize, the college’s highest academic honor which is awarded to the graduating senior who best demonstrated an exceptional combination of scholarship, creativity and achievement, and a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. The 2022 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were presented to graduating seniors Mi’Destini Victorian and Dulce Maria Salcedo, and Christy Weir Krueger (’85) of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South. The awards are presented to two graduating seniors and a non-student who have given selflessly to others and the college. Rhodes professors Dr. Gary J. Lindquester and Dr. Michael Drompp each received the Distinguished Service Medal.
Diversified Trust, an independent comprehensive wealth management firm, announced Alison Henneberger has joined the firm’s Memphis office as senior vice president. She'll oversee the senior team in the company's Memphis office and will serve clients throughout the region. Prior to joining Diversified Trust, Henneberger served high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients at an independent RIA. She graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in agribusiness management.
Linda Bonnin, senior vice president for marketing and strategic communications at Abilene Christian University, has been named vice president for marketing and communications at Rhodes College. She will assume the role July 5 after President-elect Jennifer Collins takes office. Bonnin will head the college’s newly formed Division of Marketing and Communications and serve on the Senior Leadership Team, providing high-level strategic direction to advance the visibility and reputation of the Rhodes brand and to achieve the college’s strategic objectives. In addition, she will oversee the college’s integrated marketing and communications program.
Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis recently named John “Mose” Franck as chief operating officer. Prior to coming to Saint Francis, Franck served as the vice president of operations at HCA’s Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver. He earned his master’s degrees in Health Administration from The Medical University of South Carolina and in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.
Dawn Graeter, president and chief executive officer of Southern Security, a not-for-profit financial cooperative, was named an Executive in Residence for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis. Graeter brings three decades of experience in the finance and banking industry to her role as a personal mentor to assist students and faculty in the FCBE Executives-in-Residence program. The mission of the FCBE Executives-in-Residence program is to provide business students the opportunity to benefit from the years of experience of business executives.
Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan announced Jason M. Goldstein has been named executive vice president of the law firm. He assumes an expanded role in the management of the firm, which will include overseeing the integration of the most advanced management technology into the law firm’s operations. Goldstein’s legal practice is concentrated in the area of civil litigation and business law. He received his law degree from the University of Miami and served as a law clerk at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.
David May, Memphis market executive and head of Commercial Banking in Mid America for Regions Bank, has been named the chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle. As chairman, May will lead 145 of the region’s most influential C-suite executives in tackling some of the area’s most pressing issues — including the urgent need to launch new workforce development programs to take advantage of historic economic growth in Greater Memphis. He succeeds Ben Adams, chairman emeritus of law firm Baker Donelson, and will serve in the role through January 2023.
TruckPro, one of the nation’s largest independent distributors of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts, announced that through its TruckPro Gives Back charitable program, the company will make a donation of $120,000, its largest to date, to its long-standing charitable partners — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, the Salvation Army and Canadian organization The War Amps. Headquartered in Memphis, TruckPro is committed to supporting organizations in the United States and Canada that strengthen and serve local community needs.
Knoxville-based Pedal and Southern Growth Studio, with offices in Memphis and Nashville, announced the completion of its merger and rebranding as Epic Pivot. The combination brings together two values-driven consulting firms that focus on human-centered innovation. The current partners will remain in place, combining Southern Growth’s Michael Graber, Mark Levine and Tabitha Scott with Pedal partners Jay Morgan, Mark McComas and Scott Buchanan.
— Compiled by Daniel Ginsburg
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