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By Updated: January 16, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: January 15, 2019 11:59 PM CT

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has added two new shareholders in its Memphis office.

  • Jonathan E. Nelson represents companies in cases involving breach of contract actions, shareholder derivative actions, breach of fiduciary duty claims, commercial tort actions and other business disputes. In addition, he also advises clients facing product liability claims, mass torts, and related litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a judicial clerk for the Judge Jon Phipps McCalla in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee. Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in 2005 and a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2009.
  • Shannon Wiley focuses her practice on health care regulatory and transactional matters, with a specific emphasis in the specialty pharmaceutical industry. She guides clients in the drug distribution and services trades on program development, contracting, licensure issues, and regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the firm, she was an attorney at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. Wiley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis in 2007 and her law degree from the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2010.


The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County has named Ellen Zahariadis as its new executive director following a national search that began in June and generated more than 100 applicants. Zahariadis, who has more than 20 years’ experience in nonprofit management, joins HSMSC after serving as executive director of Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama for 14 years. During that time, she and her team opened the first Susan G. Komen Community Office in Birmingham, increased overall revenue by more than 400 percent, and created dynamic outreach and service programs. Most recently, she was the vice president of development and community engagement for the Susan G. Komen Memphis-Midsouth Mississippi Affiliate.


Memphis-based Paragon Bank has added four employees.

  • Courtney Mickens, Paragon’s new marketing associate, is responsible for managing Paragon’s social media presence and community events, maintaining and updating website content, and serving as the company’s photographer. Mickens graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and public relations from the University of Memphis and a Master of Arts in education from Cumberland University.
  • Liam Coyle and Perry Patterson, financial services associates, are responsible for providing various account services to customers and answering all customer questions. Coyle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in cultural and intellectual history from Rhodes College, and Patterson graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts in professional studies with a concentration in fashion merchandising and interior design. She also holds a minor in business.
  • Rita Kelly, personal banker, is responsible for ensuring all daily banking duties are completed. She is charged with opening checking and savings accounts and providing all deposit products and services at customers’ requests. Prior to joining Paragon, Kelly served as a universal banker, monitoring daily operations and customer care duties.


Heath Hamby has joined BankTennessee as a commercial credit analyst. Hamby, who works with the commercial lending team in the bank’s main office in Collierville, joined BankTennessee after serving as a mortgage loan officer with SunTrust Mortgage from 2016 to 2018. Hamby graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in finance, with a concentration in business analytics. He recently passed the Chartered Financial Analyst level II exam and is a level III candidate.


Nicholas Burchett has rejoined WHBQ FOX13/Cox Media Group as account executive/marketing strategist. In that role, he is responsible for generating media revenue for the Memphis-area market through television and digital. Burchett first joined WHBQ FOX13 in 2006 as newscast director and special projects producer. He became manager of news operations in 2011 and account executive in 2015. In 2017, he joined Gossett Motor Cars as business manager for Gossett Kia South, and most recently served as sales manager for Gossett Hyundai South.


Richard Akin has joined the Memphis office of Carlton-Edwards as a design professional. Part of his focus this year will be software training as the company expands 3-D design capabilities, allowing clients to see the design in virtual reality before the project is built. Akin, a Mississippi State University graduate, brings extensive knowledge in residential design through working with nonprofit housing projects. He also has construction experience in both residential and commercial markets.


Eric D. Robertson, president of Community LIFT Corp. in Memphis, has been reappointed to a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Memphis branch board of directors. Robertson was appointed to the board in 2016 and was named board chairman in 2018.


Christ Community Health Services has added three new board members for 2019:

  • Richard Cecil “Dick” Hackett, executive director of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee. Hackett served as Memphis mayor from 1982 to 1991.
  • Myra Quinn Martin, of counsel attorney with Apperson Crump PLC. Martin, who has been a practicing attorney for about 29 years, was a partner with Fearnley, Martin & McDonald PLLC for the majority of her career, until 2017.
  • Renee S. Frazier, a retired health care executive. The Baltimore, Maryland, native has received praise from across many states for her advocacy for affordable health care and promotion of health care literacy.


Memphis-based specialty chemical company Buckman has announced three of its global offices received the Korn Ferry 2018 Employee Engagement award. Winners were chosen based on the largest percentage of positive responses to two questions on Korn Ferry’s employee opinion surveys: “I feel proud to work for the company,” and “I would recommend the company as a good place to work.” Fifty-two companies in 47 countries were recognized. Buckman’s offices receiving the awards are in São Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China; and Chennai, India.


Trezevant recently received the Excellence in Spiritual Care Award from HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, a nonprofit health care organization that seeks to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education in order to improve patient experiences and satisfaction and to help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning. The Excellence in Spiritual Care Award signifies that Trezevant is addressing patients’ spiritual and religious needs through best practices in spiritual care. Trezevant is the only continuing care retirement community to receive this award.

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