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.
Glankler Brown member Robert D. Meyers recently presented Lt. John Mitchell with the Exchange Club of Memphis’ Firefighter of the Year Award 2021, and Deputies C. Overly and G. Jeffries with Law Enforcement Officers of the Year 2021. Mitchell was selected for his dedication and public service as a member of the Shelby County Fire Department and for establishing and operating a nonprofit organization, Blessed Men of God, that works to provide food, clothing and necessities to the less fortunate population in the Shelby County. Deputies Overly and Jeffries were selected for their quick actions and dedication to saving lives after responding to a motor vehicle crash involving a submerged vehicle. Both deputies worked tirelessly, fighting the force of water pressure and chest-high submersion, to save the driver of the submerged car and bring him to safer ground.
The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis announced Oct.18 that Veronica Jamison joined the team as vice president of Donor Services. Most recently, she was at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as director of corporate partnerships for its national office and previously at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the American Lung Association, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp. and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Jamison is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.
Saint Francis Healthcare named Christopher “Chris” Cosby to the market chief executive officer position for Tenet Healthcare’s Memphis market and as CEO of Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis. Tenet’s Memphis market includes Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. He has spent the last decade as a CEO with HCA Healthcare and most recently as the CEO of Poinciana Medical Center in Orlando, Florida. Cosby holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The Town of Arlington and Memphis-based design firm Allen & Hoshall co-hosted a ceremony Oct. 29 at 5854 Airline Road to commemorate the construction completion and official opening of a new Arlington Fire Station. The ceremony included remarks from by Mayor Mike Wissman and Arlington fire chief James Harvill. The new 13,000-square-foot facility serves as an additional municipal fire station for the town and is home to 12 full-time firefighters.
Argent Trust Co. moved its Memphis office to a new office space in the Bluff City to accommodate continued business growth. The new suite at Ridgeway Center will provide easier access to services for its clients, while offering new internal operational efficiencies and is now located at 850 Ridge Lake Blvd. Suite 210.
CodeCrew, a Memphis-based nonprofit that empowers children and adults in underrepresented communities to be tech innovators and leaders, and CSforALL will share in a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase computer science education (K-12) throughout Tennessee. The funds from the three-year grant will be used to leverage the Strategic CSforALL Resource and Implementation Planning Tool (SCRIPT) to create opportunities for local facilitator training throughout the state. CodeCrew will execute the training beginning in spring. Currently, only half of the schools in Tennessee teach computer science. CodeCrew will conduct workshops, educating facilitators in more than 70 school districts in Tennessee on how to implement SCRIPT.
— Compiled by Daniel Ginsburg
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