Here’s a look at promotions, hirings, movers and newsmakers in the Memphis area business scene:
Glankler Brown law firm member Robert D. Meyers recently presented Lt. John Mitchell with the Exchange Club of Memphis’ 2021 Firefighter of the Year award, and Deputies C. Overly and G. Jeffries with 2021 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year honors. Mitchell was selected for his dedication and public service as a member of the Shelby County Fire Department and for establishing and operating a nonprofit, Blessed Men of God, that works to provide food, clothing and necessities to the less fortunate population in the Shelby County area. Overly and Jeffries were selected for their quick actions and dedication to saving lives after responding to a motor vehicle crash involving a submerged vehicle. Both deputies worked tirelessly, fighting the force of water pressure and chest-high submersion, to save the driver of the submerged car and bring him to safer ground.
Scott Bendure has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a financial advisor and area manager for the firm’s client advisory group in the Memphis office on South Shady Grove. Also joining the team are financial advisors Travis Hughes and Kim Weaver and financial advisor assistant Chris Baumgardner. Bendure comes to Pinnacle with 17 years of financial services experience, the last 11 years with Truist Private Wealth Management, where he was managing director and wealth advisor. His practice focus is financial, estate, business succession, investment, and insurance planning. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Union University. Hughes, also with 17 years of financial services experience, most recently was vice president at Pathway Lending, where he managed the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan fund. Hughes earned a master’s degree from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. Weaver came to Pinnacle from Renasant Bank in Memphis, where she was senior vice president and relationship manager. She has 30 years of financial services experience. Weaver earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and completed additional training at the Paul W. Barret School of Banking and the American Bankers Association’s Commercial School of Banking. Baumgardner came to Pinnacle from SunTrust Bank (now Truist) where he was a wealth support specialist for nine years. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Memphis.
Nithya Vemula of Memphis recently was honored with two awards at Southern College of Optometry — the First Year Clinical Science Award and the Class of 1983 Scholarship. The Class of 1983 Scholarship recognizes a student with outstanding leadership and professionalism and comes with a $1,000 monetary award. The First Year Clinical Science Award recipients are selected by the SCO faculty, with the awards recognizing students who have excelled academically and demonstrated exceptional clinical skills.
Lindsey D. Rhea of Alia Wealth Partners has joined LPL Financial LLC’s broker-dealer, corporate registered investment adviser (RIA) and custodial platforms, affiliating with LPL’s Strategic Wealth Services model. LPL Financial is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rhea is the owner and wealth strategist of Alia Wealth Partners in Germantown. Looking to elevate her clients’ experiences and plans for future growth, she chose to partner with the LPL Strategic Wealth Services. Rhea comes to LPL from Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.
Nahon, Saharovich and Trotz announced A. Gardner Rudolph and Steven C. Saharovici have joined the firm as associates in the auto accident and workers’ compensation practice groups. Rudolph obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis. While in law school, Rudolph was a judicial assistant to Magistrate Judge Diane Vescovo. Saharovici earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration and Economics at the University of Missouri. He earned his law degree from the University of Memphis. While in law school, Saharovici earned the Cali Excellence for the Future Award for ADR, Negotiation and Mediation as well as for the Neighborhood Preservation Legal Clinic.
Baker Donelson was named to Bloomberg Law‘s inaugural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Framework as one of 28 U.S.-based law firms recognized for their level of disclosure of diversity-related metrics and distinguished performance against six core pillars: demographics, leadership and talent pipeline, recruitment and retention, business innovation and strategy, marketing, and diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the community. Bloomberg Law’s DEI Framework was developed in collaboration with Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index team, as well as diversity leads at corporations and U.S.-based law firms. Performance was assessed across more than 85 metrics, each associated with one of the framework’s six core pillars. During 2020, Baker Donelson implemented a multi-year plan to drastically increase the number of diverse attorneys within its ranks.
For the fourth year in a row, Regional One Health’s Skilled Nursing and Subacute Care facility has been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2021-22 by U.S. News and World Report. Regional One Health Subacute Care is among the top elite 13% of facilities in the United States earning this honor. Regional One Health Subacute Care earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for short-term rehabilitation. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those facilities that satisfy U.S. News’ assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures. Additional requirements regarding patient safety had to be met this year to achieve a High-Performing rating, most notably at least 75% of staff needed to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The U.S. News Best Nursing Homes ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes..
— Compiled by Daniel Ginsburg
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