Movers & Shakers

By Updated: April 03, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: April 02, 2019 10:42 PM CT

Mark Jordan has been appointed director of development for the Wolf River Conservancy. In that role, he is responsible for managing fundraising goals and will oversee annual giving, membership, corporate giving and events. Before joining the conservancy, Jordan served as the director of development at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. He spent the majority of his career in the banking industry as well as serving as director of marketing for Jim Keras Subaru. Jordan received a bachelor’s in business administration with a double major in banking and managerial finance from the University of Mississippi.


Erik Stevenson has joined the Downtown Memphis Commission as commercial strategist, a newly created position in the organization’s Planning and Development department. Stevenson brings commercial real estate brokerage experience and nearly a decade of project management experience from the U.S. Army, FedEx Ground and PFSweb. In his new role, he will collaborate with new and existing businesses and developers on commercial development strategies within the Central Business Improvement District (CBID), a Downtown area with a specialized focus on economic and community growth from the Tennessee state line on the west to Danny Thomas Boulevard on the east, and including the Pinch, Edge, South Main, and Medical districts.


The Memphis office of Financial Federal Bank has added three new employees to support growth of its commercial and residential loan portfolios.
• Angie Bindbeutel, loan operations associate for Financial Federal, has worked in banking for almost three decades with roles across numerous departments. Bindbeutel will support the bank’s loan operations manager and the chief credit officer with various functions within the Loan Operations area of the bank.
• Salima Hajiani, the bank’s new loan analyst, most recently served as staff accountant at Your Accounting Advisor. In her new role, she will analyze credit requests and data, analyze financial statements and assist in the management of the commercial loan portfolio. Hajiani was raised in Texas and holds a double bachelor’s degree in business administration and health promotion from the University of Houston.
• Tyler Wilson, Financial Federal’s new post closer, will support loan compliance, audits of closed loan files, investor shipments and best practices for solving investor deficiencies. A Memphis native, Wilson spent more than five years in customer service and loan operations in local banking.


Ross Peters, head of school at St. George’s Independent School, has been voted to the National Association of Independent Schools’ board of trustees. NAIS’ 20-member board, which includes independent-school leaders from across the country and the world, represents more than 1,800 member schools internationally and serves a number of fiduciary, strategic and generative duties. Peters has served as St. George’s head of school since 2015.


Candace Steele Flippin has been named to Youth Villages’ 15-member national board of directors. Flippin is executive vice president and chief communications officer at First Horizon National Corp., the parent company of First Tennessee Bank, Capital Bank, FTB Advisors and FTN Financial. She joined the company in January 2018 and leads internal and external communications strategy, corporate social responsibility, crisis communications and corporate giving.


Zev Samuels of Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) has been awarded the Tennessee Social Worker of the Year Award bestowed by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Samuels, a professional social worker for more than 27 years, is manager of MIFA’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program and district long-term care ombudsman with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. In his MIFA work, he manages 61 skilled volunteers, who last fiscal year completed 1,280 hours of advocacy work assisting 4,177 seniors in living facilities in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties.


Obsidian Public Relations has promoted Taylor Jolley to account executive. In this position, she will continue servicing client accounts and will manage a team of account assistants. As the firm’s brand manager, she also will continue to develop and execute Obsidian’s social media, digital content, media relations and special brand projects. Jolley previously served as an account specialist for Obsidian PR, and in 2017, added brand manager to her title. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in marketing from Auburn University.


Memphis video production company Running Pony has hired Chassidy Jade as an Avid editor. Chassidy comes from Miami, Florida, where she was an editor, producer and content creator for the last several years.


City Wide of Memphis, owned by Scott Romero, won the “Rookie of the Year” Award at the national building maintenance company’s recent annual convention and awards ceremony in San Diego, California. The “Rookie of the Year” award honors the top new franchise location nationwide, based on the business’s performance during the first 12 months of operation.


Bill Maclin, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial in Memphis, has reached a career milestone through the company’s Circle of Success program by achieving years of consistently high performance. Less than 8 percent percent of Ameriprise advisers have earned this distinction. Maclin, a certified financial planner, was one of 65 advisers to achieve this milestone and will be recognized at the company’s 2020 National Conference in Chicago, Illinois. He has 25 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial.


Laura Gaither, principal broker with Crye-Leike Real Estate Services, has earned the Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsement from the National Association of Realtors. The endorsement is earned through a self-directed program that enables real estate professionals to assess and build on their competency in specific core areas of real estate practice. Gaither is the managing broker of Crye-Leike’s Bartlett-Summer Oaks branch office and specializes in residential and estate sales around Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties. 

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