September 29, 2022


Skillful Business Crafters

Promotions, hirings, achievers and company news

Here’s a look at promotions, hirings, movers and newsmakers in the Memphis area business scene:

Elizabeth Thomas, professor of psychology and Plough Chair of Urban Studies at Rhodes College, was presented the 2021 Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service at the college’s opening convocation Oct. 21 in Fisher Memorial Garden. This annual ceremony marks a new academic session and welcomes the new Rhodes class. Thomas joined the Rhodes College faculty in 2011.

Sanderson Farms of Laurel, Mississippi, announced Fred L. Banks Jr. will retire from its board of directors when his current term ends at the 2022 annual shareholders’ meeting. Banks is a senior partner at Phelps Dunbar in Jackson, Mississippi, practicing general commercial litigation. The company is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh, frozen and minimally-prepared chicken.


Brandi Lynn McKinney has been named WLOK AM 1340/FM 105 program director. McKinney, whose on-air name is B. Lynn, continues to host WLOK’s popular talk show, “Let’s Talk About It,’’ which airs from 10-11 a.m. weekdays. She also serves as the station’s social media and website coordinator. She is a 2015 graduate of Jackson State University where she earned a double major in Journalism and English. Founded 46 years ago, WLOK is Memphis’ first Black-owned radio station and the city’s only Black-owned FM radio station.