Movers & Shakers

By Updated: March 06, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: March 05, 2019 11:06 PM CT

Patrick Walton has rejoined CBRE as senior vice president, focusing on industrial investor leasing services for the Memphis market. He comes to CBRE from Cushman & Wakefield, where he was partner. Walton has transacted over 430 leasing transactions, totaling 38 million square feet and more than $700 million in volume. He joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2012 after starting his commercial real estate career at CBRE in 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Real Estate/Finance.

Laurence Kenner has been named global relocation director for Marx-Bensdorf Realtors. Kenner, a Realtor with more than 40 years’ experience, is a certified Global Relocation Professional, a Certified Residential Specialist and is a lifetime member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Multi-Million Dollar Club. She will continue to serve as a real estate agent in addition to her relocation role.
Kenner succeeds Eileen Cherny, who recently retired after leading the firm’s relocation efforts for more than 18 years. Cherny will continue in a consulting role, assisting in Marx-Bensdorf’s Relo Quality Recertification program. RQC is the first standardized measure of quality and performance in the relocation industry, and Marx-Bensdorf is one of 27 companies that holds the designation.

Becker’s Hospital Review has named Audrey Gregory, market CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare, to its 2019 list of 68 African American Leaders in Healthcare. The list highlights African-Americans who have taken on health care leadership roles across the country. As Saint Francis’ market CEO, Gregory oversees all areas of operations of the 479-bed Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and the 156-bed Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett.

Sullivan Branding, a full-service brand development, advertising, marketing and public relations agency, has promoted two executives.

  • Keith Goldberg, the agency’s executive creative director, was named a partner in the agency. Along with his partner duties, Keith will remain executive creative director and continue to lead the work of the creative department.
  • Becky Hensley, who has been Sullivan’s vice president and director of account service, was promoted to executive vice president. Becky will also retain her current duties as head of the agency’s Account Service department.

Allan Bowden has joined the Memphis office of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Inc., the broker-dealer subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp., as vice president/investments. Bowden has nearly 45 years of investment industry experience and returns to Stifel from J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons LLC, where he served as a financial adviser for 27 years.

Gov. Bill Lee has named Memphians David McKinney and Charles Tuggle as new members of the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, which is responsible for recommending candidates to the governor to fill vacancies for Tennessee’s appellate courts. McKinney is vice president of government relations for AutoZone Inc., and Tuggle is general counsel for First Horizon National Corp.

Katie McLean, outpatient pharmacy manager for Methodist University Hospital, was recognized by Great Place to Work as one of the top 10 innovators for its 2019 Innovator of the Year awards. The recipients were honored during Great Place to Work’s second annual Leadership Awards Summit hosted in San Francisco. McLean was nominated for being an innovation leader at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. She has submitted a number of ideas to the Power of One Idea program, which offers tangible rewards for associates who submit innovative ideas that will advance patient care, reduce costs or add revenue. Over the last three years, she has received approval for 12 cost-saving and revenue-generating ideas with a combined impact of over $800,000.

Memphis Athletic Ministries has named three new members to its board of directors: Jason Cook, associate pastor of preaching at Fellowship Memphis; Tanya Holmes, senior director, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and Keva Latham, finance director, Consumer Banking, First Tennessee Bank.

The Midtown Memphis Development Corp. has announced the fifth annual Mojo Of Midtown Award recipients. The honorees – who are identified through nominations and chosen by a committee vote – are individuals and organizations who have made a significant difference in promoting and preserving Midtown. The 2019 recipients, and MMDC’s reasons for honoring them, are:

  • Ballet Memphis, led by Dorothy Gunther Pugh, for locating Ballet Memphis’ new facility in Midtown.
  • First Congregational Church, as a great example of what a church can bring to a community by sharing its space. Three incredible women, Rev. Cheryl Cornish, Rev. Sonia Walker and Julia Hicks, keep the bar high.
  • Onie Johns for founding Caritas Village in Binghamton. It is a place that nourishes Midtown with food, art and community.
  • Dr. Mike Kirby for his leadership in bringing Memphis’ first rails-to-trails greenline, the V&E Greenline, and his work with VECA, the Vollintine Evergreen Community Association.
  • Otherlands, started by Karen Lebovitz 25 years ago. It’s an oasis for all of Memphis to meet, study, work and create, or just relax with a coffee.
  • Overton Park Conservancy, led by Tina Sullivan, for preserving and improving a top 10 park that changed America, in the heart of Midtown.

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