Movers & Shakers

By Updated: April 17, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: April 17, 2019 1:31 AM CT

<strong>David Umsted</strong>

David Umsted

David Umsted has been named president of Triumph Mortgage and senior vice president of Triumph Bank. Umsted has more than 16 years’ experience in the residential mortgage origination industry, including six years at Triumph. The Memphis-based bank says its mortgage division has grown significantly in the past five years, with more than $500 million in sold loans in 2018 alone.


<strong>Emily Cupples and Michael Sarna</strong>

Emily Cupples and Michael Sarna

Explore Bike Share has added two new employees as the nonprofit bike share system approaches its one-year anniversary in May.

  • Emily Cupples, membership marketing director, will leverage Explore Bike Share’s relationships with local businesses and community organizations to develop and execute programs designed to increase ridership and retain membership while also working to build new connections. Prior to joining Explore Bike Share, Cupples began serving as director of the Midtown Memphis Development Corp., where she continues to support and advise the organization’s mission to promote a vibrant and sustainable Midtown.
  • Michael Sarna, development manager, will be responsible for identifying and creating opportunities to raise capital for Explore Bike Share through corporate and organizational partnerships and sponsorships. Sarna comes to Memphis from Denver, where he managed and cultivated a multimillion-dollar donation portfolio for the third-largest Bike MS ride in the country and led teams of volunteers to execute national event operational plans, cultivate donors and create unmatched event experiences.


<strong>Sean Norris</strong>

Sean Norris

Sean Norris has joined regional wealth management firm Radian Partners LLC in Memphis. A U.S. Army veteran, Norris comes to Radian Partners with nearly three decades of financial services experience with firms on and off Wall Street, including First Tennessee Bank and JP Morgan Chase. Most recently he served as president of TKS Capital Advisors LLC, a Memphis-based commercial lender. Norris holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from St. John’s University in New York.


<strong>Stephanie Ivey</strong>

Stephanie Ivey

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network has awarded Stephanie Ivey, associate dean for research at the University of Memphis’ Herff College of Engineering and director of the West Tennessee STEM Hub, its 2019 STEM Advocate Award. The award recognizes a Tennessean who has demonstrated a passion for science, technology, engineering and math education through public advocacy and participation in leadership organizations that advance STEM for all students. Ivey directs the University of Memphis’ Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute, the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center and the West Tennessee STEM Hub. She will be honored at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit on May 14-15 in Nashville.


<strong>Patrick H. Morris</strong>

Patrick H. Morris

Patrick H. Morris has joined the Memphis office of Adams and Reese law firm as an associate. Morris focuses his litigation and appellate practice on civil matters involving allegations of breaches of contract, torts, negligence, fraud and misrepresentation. He received his law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, in 2014 and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee in 2010.


<strong>Kyle Wiggins</strong>

Kyle Wiggins

Kyle M. Wiggins has been named division vice president and associate chief counsel by Kindred Rehabilitation Services, a division of Kindred Healthcare LLC. Wiggins has served as senior director and operations counsel for Kindred since June 2015. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and was previously an attorney with the Memphis office of Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC and the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.


WREG News Channel 3, Tribune Media’s CBS affiliate in Memphis, has promoted chief consumer investigator Zaneta Lowe to morning anchor of News Channel 3 Daybreak and promoted reporter Symone Woolridge to the newly created position of breaking news anchor. Lowe started at WREG in 2011 as chief consumer investigator. Woolridge joined WREG in 2018 as a multimedia journalist; before that, she worked at WTVA in Tupelo, Mississippi.


Memphis Heritage has elected new officers and board members. Board officers are Will McGown, president; Michelle Koeppen, vice president; Chris Bird, treasurer; John Griffin, secretary; and Joey Hagan, past president. Newly elected Memphis Heritage board members are Pamela Hauber, Shay Cox, Colby Mitchell, Janet Smith-Haltom and Leah Fox Greenberg.


Brand-experience agency LEO Events has been named a finalist in the 2019 Ex Awards for its work on the Walmart Associates & Shareholders Meeting, held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, last year. LEO has produced the event for four consecutive years and is a finalist in the Best Production of Event (B-to-B) category. The Ex Awards, presented by Event Marketer, is the world’s largest recognition program for experiential marketing. More than 1,000 nominations were received this year; each category’s top Ex, Gold and Silver award winners will be announced May 14 in Las Vegas.


The Society for Information Management (SIM) Memphis Chapter, a not-for-profit organization of information technology experts, today announced its 2019 board of directors. They are:

  • President: Peter Kim, manager of information security at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Vice president: Jarrett Morgan, director of information technology at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
  • Treasurer: Dennis Norton, director of information technology at Radians Inc.
  • Governance and Ethics: Philip Schultz, director of network and telecommunications at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Strategy Series chair: Aaron Goodwin, chief information officer/chief information security officer at B. Riley Wealth Management
  • Strategy Series co-chair: Jeff Wilhelmy, senior manager for technical application services, Customer & Supply Chain Solutions at International Paper
  • Membership chair: Steve Crocker, chief information security officer at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Membership co-chair: Amy Fortune, Memphis client manager at Optiv
  • Program chair: Jim Kothe, vice president of sales operations at Expedient
  • Program co-chair: David Ritter, manager of information technology at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
  • Community Outreach chair: Ed Charbonnet, vice president for development at Amador of America
  • Community Outreach co-chair: David Ulloa, business intelligence solutions at IMC Cos.
  • Marketing chair: Christi Daigre, senior information technology manager, Delivery Management Center of Excellence at International Paper
  • Marketing co-chair: Dotty Summerfield Giusti, president at Summerfield Associates Inc.
  • Immediate past president: Ahmed Esmail, chief technology officer at The Conrad Pearson Clinic

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