Daily Briefs

By Updated: February 28, 2019 4:28 PM CT | Published: February 28, 2019 12:57 PM CT
  • Fogelman Properties buys Houston apartments
  • Sullivan Branding receives Best of Show award at 2019 AAF Memphis American Advertising Awards 
  • Stephen Bush retires as public defender
  • U of M awarded National Science Foundation grant 
  • Methodist-Germantown to get MRI/RT Linear Accelerator for cancer treatment
  • First Horizon achieves SBA's Preferred Lender Program status
  • Agricenter named Germantown Chamber's Non-Profit of the Year for 2018

Fogelman Properties buys Houston apartments

 Memphis-based Fogelman Properties, in a joint venture with DRA Advisors, has acquired a 660-unit apartment community in Houston.

Artesian on Westheimer is 92 percent occupied, according to a release from Fogelman Properties, a privately owned apartment investment and management company. 

 Since 2003, the Fogelman-DRA partnership has acquired 27 multifamily communities totaling more than 8,800 apartment homes, with an aggregate value of more than $870 million.

Fogelman operates 88 multifamily communities totaling 28,000 apartment homes spread across 10 states in the Southeast, Southwest, and Midwest. DRA Advisors is an investment advisor specializing in real estate and management services for institutional and private investors.

Sullivan Branding receives best of show award at 2019 AAF Memphis American Advertising Awards

American Advertising Federation (AAF) Memphis presented its 52nd annual American Advertising Awards for creative excellence on Saturday, Feb.  23 at the Tower Room in Clark Tower in East Memphis.

More than 300 professionals attended the event, from local advertising, marketing, graphic design, and media companies. The event honored 54 Gold ADDY winners, 55 Silver ADDY winners, and 7 recipients of “Best Of” awards.

Sullivan Branding was the recipient of the "Best of Show" award at the event and won the most gold awards (12) and most overall with 18 – 12 gold, 6 silver.

“I am always amazed at the talent and creativity we have in Memphis and this year did not disappoint,” AAF Memphis President Amy Hughes, director of sales at Entercom, said in a release. “The level of commitment our advertising community has to excellence is unmatched for our local chapter of the American Advertising Federation.”

The complete list of winners of the 2019 AAF Memphis American Advertising Awards winners include:

  • Archer Malmo: Best of Video, 7 Gold, 10 Silver
  • DCA: Best of Out of Home, 6 Gold, 12 Silver
  • Loaded for Bear: Judges’ Special Award for Apparel, 9 Gold, 4 Silver
  • Red Deluxe: Best of Copywriting, 4 Gold, 6 Silver
  • Inferno: 1 Silver
  • Running Pony Productions: 2 Silver
  • Harvest: Best of Art Direction, 3 Gold, 5 Silver
  • Hemline:  1 Gold
  • Paradigm Marketing & Creative: 2 Gold, 2 Silver
  • VMLY&R:  Best of Interactive, 6 Gold, 2 Silver
  • Perpetual Motion:  2 Gold
  • Churchill Studios:  1 Gold
  • Taropop:  1 Silver 
  • Baby Grand:  2 Silver
  • ALSAC/St. JUDE:  1 Silver
  • The OAM Network:  1 Silver
  • Sullivan Branding: Best of Show, 12 gold, 6 silver

Student entries resulted in recognition from the Memphis College of Art:

  • Justin Wells: 1 Gold, 1 Silver

Following the awards, local winners will compete in the AAF District 7 level of the American Advertising Awards, a three-tiered national competition. District winners will proceed to compete on the national level, which represents the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence, according to a release.

-Natalie Martin 

Stephen Bush retires as public defender

Shelby County Public Defender Stephen Bush retired Thursday, and Mayor Lee Harris will announce his successor as the new chief public defender before a March 20 Shelby County Commission committee meeting.

“Stephen Bush has over twenty-five years of distinguished service in the County Public Defender’s Office, and he has served our community well as Chief Public Defender since 2010,” Harris said in a news release. “I congratulate Mr. Bush on his well-deserved retirement.”

Bush announced his retirement last summer, but he stayed on at the public defender’s office until Harris conducted a search for his successor.

Bush’s deputy assistant public defender will serve as acting public defender until the successor is announced. The new public defender will be presented to county officials by Harris at the March 20 meeting. 

Bush has been at the helm of the public defender’s office for eight years. The office employs more than 140 defense attorneys and represents indigent defendants charged in criminal court cases.

He was appointed chief public defender in 2010 by former Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. Bush began his career with the office as an assistant public defender, serving in that role for 19 years before he was chosen to head the agency.

-Yolanda Jones

U of M awarded National Science Foundation grant

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen announced Wednesday the University of Memphis has been awarded a $252,934 grant for a multidisciplinary program for undergraduates in the Physics and Material Sciences program from the National Science Foundation.

“Preparing students in all areas of science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM disciplines – is always a good investment,” Cohen said in a release. “I applaud the National Science Foundation and the University of Memphis for their collaboration.”

The National Science Foundation grant "underwrites a summer program in which students will be immersed in research-intensive activities," according to a release. 

-Natalie Martin 

Methodist-Germantown to get MRI/RT Linear Accelerator for cancer treatment

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare received approval Wednesday, Feb. 27, to add precision MRI-guided radiation therapy treatment to its Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.

A Certificate of Need was approved by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency that allows Methodist to use an MRI/RT Linear Accelerator, a piece of advanced equipment that will be added to Methodist-Germantown’s megavoltage radiation therapy services.

“We’re incredibly excited to receive this approval as we continue our work to create a comprehensive cancer program focused on providing expert cancer care across all of the communities we serve,” Methodist Le Bonheur President and CEO Michael Ugwueke said in a release. “Adding a linear accelerator to our Germantown hospital will enable us to bring advanced treatment options out East and continue to elevate care in Germantown and surrounding areas just as we have done for more than 20 years.”

Linear accelerators are a type of external beam radiation therapy that delivers a beam of high energy X-rays directly to the location of a tumor or other tissue being irradiated. The technology images soft tissue, not just the bone and air that conventional technology captures, to improve treatment accuracy and reduce the amount of radiation to which a patient is exposed, according to the release.

The approval is a milestone as Methodist works to create the new Methodist Cancer Institute in partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. There are only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S. now.

Methodist Le Bonheur provided care through nearly 2.2 million patient encounters in 2018, the company said in the release.

-Daily Memphian Staff

First Horizon achieves SBA’s Preferred Lender Program status

Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. has received Preferred Lender Program (PLP) status by the Small Business Administration (SBA) for lending through its subsidiaries, Capital Bank and First Tennessee Bank.

“We are excited about growing to meet the needs of small business owners, who drive our nation’s economy,” Adrienne Sipe, First Horizon’s director of government guaranteed lending, said in a release. “One of our goals is to be easy to do business with and our experienced staff and specialized technology help small business owners navigate the process as easily and efficiently as possible.”

PLP status allows the company to streamline the loan process, expedite funding for small business and U.S. Department of Agriculture lending through its banks and offer more products and services to businesses across the Southeast.

First Horizon’s specialty loan team is led by Sipe and includes Tom Owens as sales manager, Meredith Hardegree as underwriting manager and Cookie Parks as loan process and documentation manager. Kevin Collins is operations manager and Makayla Riggs has been hired as the customer experience specialist.

-Daily Memphian Staff

Agricenter named Germantown Chamber's Non-Profit of the Year for 2018

Agricenter International has been named the Germantown Chamber's Non-Profit of the Year for 2018.

The award is judged by a third party based on an overview of the business planning process, execution strategies, results experienced and vision for the future, according to a release.

Agricenter helps educate 10,000 students each year using a STEM curriculum, where students learn about seeds and fruit, production crops like corn and soybeans, forestry, energy and solar, pollution and recycling, and the water cycle. In addition to education, Agricenter also runs agriculture field trials and does research for companies on how their crops would grow in the Mid-South.

-Natalie Martin


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