Movers & Shakers

By Updated: December 19, 2018 12:04 PM CT | Published: December 18, 2018 11:15 PM CT

Global logistics firm Dunavant has added two executives to its Memphis headquarters and promoted two others.

  • Mike Williams joined Dunavant as executive vice president of Dunavant Global Logistics Group LLC, working directly with Dunavant chief operations officer Richard McDuffie to direct global supply chain operations. Williams has more than 20 years of logistics and transportation experience. Prior to joining Dunavant, he spent four years with Williams-Sonoma as director of parcel transportation, with global responsibility for parcel transportation management. He also previously served as controller for AutoZone's supply chain division and as senior vice president and COO of Green Mountain Technology. Williams completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi. He also holds an MBA from the University of Memphis.
  • Chelsea Cravens has been hired as director of global operations to oversee logistics operations from the Memphis headquarters. Cravens is an experienced manager in domestic and international freight forwarding operations, most recently managing operations for IMC Global Solutions LLC. Cravens graduated from the University of Tennessee with a major in supply chain management.
  • In addition, Don Lake has been promoted to senior vice president, enterprise development, and David Underwood has been promoted to senior vice president, logistics operations.

Boyle Investment Co., a real estate development, management and leasing firm, has added two new employees.

  • Noah McKinney joined Boyle in November as commercial interior space planner. He is responsible for office space planning for most of the company’s office tenants and supports the commercial property management team. He also oversees refurbishment of the public areas of the company’s office buildings. McKinney has 25 years of experience in the architectural and construction industries, and served six years in the Army Reserve. He studied architectural drafting technology at the Maryland Drafting Institute in Langley Park, Maryland.
  • Jason Walters joined Boyle this month as development manager for Boyle’s land development department. He is involved with the development and construction of Boyle’s office, retail, residential and mixed-use properties.  He was previously the deputy town engineer for Collierville, where he focused on private development projects locating in Collierville. Earlier, Walters was a senior civil engineer with Carlson Consulting Engineers, where he managed and designed large-scale retail developments. Walters received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Mississippi.


Amy J. Amundsen, partner at the Memphis law firm of Rice Amundsen & Caperton PLLC, was awarded the Judge Jerome Turner Lawyer’s Lawyer Award at the Memphis Bar Association’s annual dinner. The honor, which is the highest award bestowed upon a Memphis attorney, is awarded to a member of the Memphis Bar Association who has practiced law for more than 15 years and exemplifies the qualities in the “Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct.” A graduate of Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Amundsen has practiced in Memphis for 30 years, primarily in the area of family law.


Andre B. Mathis, an attorney with Glankler Brown PLLC, was awarded the Sam A. Myar Jr. Memorial Award at the Memphis Bar Association’s annual dinner. Named for the late Sam Myar, who died in 1959 at the age of 39, the award is given each year to an attorney 40 years old or younger who has rendered outstanding personal service to the legal profession and the Memphis community. Mathis concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, labor and employment law, criminal defense, education law, and general civil litigation. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.


Attorney Charles S. Mitchell has joined Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee P.C., bringing more than 15 years of trial experience to the firm. Mitchell practices in the areas of federal and civil litigation, criminal defense, family law and corporate affairs, including tax fraud, protected computer intrusions and matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Rhodes College and a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.


The Tennessee Bar Association has selected 35 attorneys statewide for its 2019 Leadership Law program, including five from Memphis. The local participants are Constance Alexander, The Alexander Law Firm; Ginny Bozeman, Shelby County Attorney's Office; Audrey Calkins, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C.; Tannera Gibson, Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC; and Will Perry, Butler Snow LLP.


Multifamily Leadership has ranked Memphis-based ALCO Management Inc. among the 2019 Best Places to Work Multifamily. The Best Places to Work Multifamily program recognizes companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments. The rankings are based on employee engagement research conducted by Multifamily Leadership, a well-known industry organization. ALCO, which manages a portfolio of over 6,000 affordable and conventional apartments throughout the Southeast, has ranked in the top 20 for two consecutive years.


WKNO-TV and cityCURRENT recently hosted The SPARK Awards 2018, honoring 13 organizations and individuals who are leading by example and making a difference in the Mid-South. The honorees are:


  • 100 employees or fewer: Transnetyx
  • 101-499 employees: ARS/ Rescue Rooter
  • 500+ employees: Kroger, Delta Division


  • Budget under $1 million: STS Enterprise Corp.
  • Budget $1 million to $5 million: Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis Inc.
  • Budget greater than $5 million: Meritan Inc.


  • Leadership: M. David Rudd
  • Educator: Thomas Denson
  • School: Rhodes College


  • Adult: Dana & Frazer Gieselmann
  • Collegiate: Erin Lisa Aulfinger
  • Youth: Elianna Hills

Legacy Award

  • Glenda Hastings

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