Movers & Shakers

By Published: December 18, 2018 1:27 PM CT

W. Anthony “Tony” Neal has joined LeMoyne-Owen College as vice president for institutional advancement. In that role, he will be chief fundraiser for the 156-year-old Memphis college.

Neal has served as vice president of institutional advancement at Bennett College, a historically black college in Greensboro, North Carolina, and as vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the college’s foundation at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Before joining higher education, he held fundraising positions with United Way of the Mid-South in Memphis and at other United Way organizations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and North Carolina.

Neal, who grew up in South Memphis, received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Denison University (Granville, Ohio), a Master of Public Administration from Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, Michigan) and a doctorate in higher education administration from Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi).


Earl E. Williams Jr. has been appointed chief financial officer of Fogelman Properties, a Memphis-based multifamily investment and property management firm. Williams, who brings more than 30 years of real estate experience to his new role, will be responsible for Fogelman’s corporate finances, banking relationships, risk management, tax compliance and long-term planning for Fogelman-related entities. He previously served as chief financial officer of Loeb Properties for 18 years.


Law firm Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC has added three attorneys to its staff.

  • John R. “Mac” McCarroll joined the firm as senior attorney. His nearly 30-year practice includes commercial and business litigation, insurance litigation and coverage, and products liability. His primary focus is civil litigation and personal injury litigation. McCarroll earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi Law School.
  • Sarah E. Smith has joined the firm as an associate. Most recently, she was a law clerk to Judge Bernice B. Donald, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and to Judge Sheryl H. Lipman, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Smith earned her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
  • Patrick J. Hillard joined the firm as an associate, having recently graduated from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where he was a Herff Presidential Scholar.


Bass, Berry & Sims has added three associates to its Memphis office:

  • Mallory Farrar provides health care regulatory counsel as it relates to compliance, operational and transactional matters. She earned a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2018.
  • Cheyne W. Harris counsels clients such as commercial and residential developers, landlords and tenants, businesses and investors related to commercial real estate and debt financing transactions. Harris was an attorney at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC before joining Bass, Berry & Sims. He earned a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2012.
  • Catherine G. Norton assists clients with the design, implementation and administration of qualified benefit plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and deferred compensation packages. She earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2018.


David Pickler, president of Collierville-based Pickler Wealth Advisors and past president of the National School Boards Association, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. NBPTS develops and maintains standards for educator effectiveness and administers a voluntary certification system for teachers. Pickler has long been involved with education efforts; he served on the Shelby County Schools board for 16 years and recently partnered with Collierville High School to open Pickler Auditorium, a state-of-the-art performance facility.


Three Memphis assistant principals are among the Tennessee educators selected for the 2019 Governor’s Academy for School Leadership, a one-year fellowship program to cultivate and develop future school leaders across Tennessee and improve school effectiveness and student performance. The local participants are:

  • Matthew Cowan,Aspire Hanley Middle(Achievement School District)
  • Trikelle Salvant, Germanshire Elementary (Shelby County Schools)
  • Brandye Williams of Downtown Elementary (Shelby County Schools)


AAF Memphis has named Mickey Woodham, quality control manager at inferno, as its 2019 Silver Medal recipient. The annual Silver Medal is the highest form of individual recognition by the American Advertising Federation, honoring an industry leader for a career of outstanding accomplishment and advertising contribution. Woodham, a past president of AAF Memphis, will be honored at a Jan. 24 ceremony.


Josh Wilbanks has joined Forest To Floor, a wholesale hardwood flooring distributor and design center, as vice president of distribution for its Memphis and North Little Rock locations. He will be responsible for overseeing the company’s sales teams and day-to-day operations in both locations. Wilbanks has more than 14 years’ experience in logistics management, inside and outside sales, development of sales, and staff management in a variety of industries.


Consulting, contracting and direct hire firm Vaco Memphis has promoted Amanda Davis to director of business operations. She has served as the firm’s special projects and marketing manager since 2014. In her new role, Davis will be responsible for managing operational processes and projects within all four Vaco Memphis divisions: technology, logistics, finance and accounting, and staffing. She will also manage events for each division, oversee the Vaco Memphis sales support team, and manage budgets and marketing and communication initiatives for Vaco Memphis.


Stevan Black, founding member of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee P.C., was recognized as Lawyer of the Year – Family Law, Memphis, by The Best Lawyers in America 2018. Black practices in the areas of federal and state civil litigation, family law and personal injury litigation. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of family law every year since 1999.


Local senior living community Trezevant has been named a winner in the 2018 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards. Trezevant received the bronze award in the technology category for innovations that improve resident activities, interaction and engagement. Trezevant is a certified Music & Memory location and was specifically recognized for its use of iPads as part of this program.
Earlier this year, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) named Margaret Morton, certified therapeutic recreation specialist at Trezevant, as Noble Caregiver of the Year. She is credited with developing a unique activities program to maximize socialization, independence, functionality and quality of life for Trezevant residents.


Inferno recently was presented three awards during the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Memphis Chapter’s 25th annual VOX Awards ceremony. PRSA awarded inferno for the following campaigns. VOX stands as the highest honor, followed by a Gold designation.

  • Special Events: Two Days or More -
    • VOX Award – Eclectic Eye City & State Pop-Up
  • Campaigns: Community Relations
    • Gold Award: Carolina Watershed Grand Opening
  • Media Tactics: News Release – Feature
    • Gold Award: Transnetyx “Brick in the Wall” Documentary Promotion


Memphis’ “Fed Up” anti-gun crime television public service announcement has been nominated for a Midsouth Regional Emmy Award in the category of Community/Public Service (PSA) Campaign. Winners will be announced in February. The spot was conceived and written by Howard Robertson, president and CEO of Trust Marketing & Communications and is his first Emmy nomination. Three-time Emmy Award winner Fabian Matthew, CEO of Spotlight Productions, directed, recorded and produced the commercial. Ursula Madden, chief communications officer for the city of Memphis and a previous Emmy-winning journalist, is the project adviser.


Catholic Charities of West Tennessee recently recognized its Holy Family Award honorees for 2018. The award is the highest honor CCWTN bestows, and it recognizes individuals, groups and organizations who have committed to advancing the organization’s mission. The honorees are: Kroger, Philanthropic Partner; United Way of the Mid-South, Community Partner; and Ginny Geer, Volunteer of the Year.

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