Here’s a look at promotions, hirings, movers and newsmakers in the Memphis area business scene:
Pinnacle Financial Partners has grown its Memphis team with the addition of office leader Justin Russell, who is based at the firm’s main Memphis office at 949 S. Shady Grove. On Russell’s client service team at the Shady Grove office are financial advisor Keith Collins, financial advisor assistant James Hannan and financial specialist Tara Stewart. Russell was most recently branch operations manager at Orion Federal Credit Union. Collins, with 31 years of financial services experience, previously was commercial relationship manager at SunTrust (now Truist). Hannan came to his role as financial advisor assistant at Pinnacle from Independent Bank in Memphis, where he was a retail banker. Stewart has 21 years of financial services experience, most recently as a teller for Orion Federal Credit Union.
The Seam, a provider of food and agribusiness software and commodity trading solutions, announced the expansion of its team with four new hires. Nate Brandeburg joined the company as senior solutions architect and Shane Duncan as software engineer. Jesus Marron is a new junior systems engineer, and David Stone joined as manager of Special Projects.
There are three new members of Regional One Health‘s leadership team. Manoucheka Thermitus has been named chief operating officer, leading clinical and non-clinical operational areas. Prior to joining Regional One Health, she spent more than 10 years with the Tenet Healthcare system, serving as director of business development, chief strategy officer, and most recently chief operating officer at Saint Francis Hospital. She earned a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University. Jim Proctor is the new senior vice president and chief financial officer. He joined Regional One Health in 2009 and spent the last 12 years in various finance roles prior to being promoted to CFO this year. Proctor will oversee all areas of finance of the health system. Alicia Smith-Steele has been named vice president of ambulatory services. She joined Regional One Health in 2018 as director of practice operations. In her current role, Smith-Steele leads the operations of all ambulatory sites including outpatient offices on the main campus as well as the primary care practices and specialty physician offices throughout the community.
Commercial real estate banker Jamie Chustz joined First Commercial Bank of Jackson, Mississippi, where he will serve as the new chief commercial real estate banking officer. Chustz has worked in the commercial real estate industry for nearly 25 years. He received an MBA from Millsaps College with an emphasis in finance.
Trezevant recently welcomed Jesse Crittendon as the senior living community’s new director of Dining Services. He directs and oversees all of Trezevant’s dining planning and services, including menu planning and preparation, presentation of food and beverages to Trezevant residents. Prior to joining Trezevant, Crittendon worked at The Village of Germantown for 15 years.
The Memphis City Council has approved the reappointment of Gregory Fletcher to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. Fletcher, who was nominated by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, has served on the MSCAA board since September 2019. His new term will expire on Dec. 31, 2027. Fletcher is a retired attorney and most recently was a shareholder at the Memphis firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz.
Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston announced that Samuel M. Fargotstein has been named a director of the law firm. He represents businesses and individuals in civil litigation. Fargotstein received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis. Also, the firm announced that Abigail “Abby” Stephens has been named a senior associate of the firm. She focuses her legal practice on resolving disputes for clients, including commercial litigation, business torts/breach of non-competition agreements, breach of contract claims, negligence and premises liability defense, transportation liability, and employment litigation. Stephens graduated summa cum laude and first in her law class at the University of Mississippi. She joined Martin Tate in 2018 and is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Jazmine Rodriguez was named as the new dean of equity and engagement in the Division of Student Life at Rhodes College where she’ll also lead student life belonging initiatives. She has been a higher education administrator for nearly a decade and comes to Rhodes from Northwestern University where she was a recruitment and operations specialist and assistant director in Campus Life. Rodriguez holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida.
Rhodes College is profiled in the 30th anniversary and 2022 edition of the college guide — The Best 387 Colleges — published by education services company The Princeton Review. New to the guide are the “Great Lists” identifying schools that have had an impressive history of appearances on its ranking lists. Rhodes earned a spot in the “Most Beautiful Campus” category. “We salute Rhodes College for its outstanding academics, and we are genuinely pleased to recommend it to prospective applicants searching for their ‘best-fit’ college,” says Rob Franek, editor-in-chief and lead author of The Best 387 Colleges.
— Compiled by Daniel Ginsburg
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