Memphis People in Business: April 22, 2021 – Commercial Appeal

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Here’s a look at promotions, hirings, movers and newsmakers in the Memphis area business scene:

Lehman-Roberts Co. and sister company Memphis Stone & Gravel promoted Dennis Harrod to construction superintendent. He will serve as a key member of the Construction Division by leading the company’s Memphis-based paving teams. He has been with the family of companies for nearly 15 years.

Two team members of Allen & Hoshall recently earned licenses in their respective design disciplines, enhancing the firm’s full-service capabilities. Taylor Coleman received her professional Architecture license and Marissa Nowlin obtained her professional Landscape Architect license from the Tennessee Board of Architecture and Engineering Examiners. Coleman joined Allen & Hoshall in 2018 as an associate architect. Nowlin joined the firm in 2019. In addition to her nearly 20 years of experience in landscape architecture design and historic preservation, she has been involved in grant writing to secure government funding for public streetscape and park projects in Memphis and municipalities across West Tennessee.

The firm’s Board of Directors also announced promotions of six team members within its leadership team. Ed Bousson, Bobby Davidson and Tyler Pettit were named principals, and Steven Boles, Taylor Coleman and Tracy Templeton were promoted to associates.

Michelle Robinson McKissack, former editor of Memphis Parent magazine and member of the Shelby County Board of Education since 2018, was elected secretary of the Council of Urban Boards of Education. She has worked to design the school of the 21st century with the XQ Project and served as a founding board member of Crosstown High School, which opened in August 2018. McKissack has also served in education at the state level, having been appointed to several advisory councils including the inaugural Tennessee Board of Education Parent Advisory Council representing Shelby County Schools in 2016-17.

On March 12 IMC Companies acquired Empire Truck Lines, a transportation industry business founded in 1975. Empire has operations in Memphis, Dallas, Houston, Tulsa, San Antonio, Laredo and El Paso. The acquisition increases IMC Companies’ truck capacity and its position as the largest marine drayage company in the United States. Employees from Empire’s Dallas, Tulsa and Memphis locations will join IMC Companies’ Intermodal Cartage brand. Employees with Empire in Houston, Laredo, El Paso and San Antonio will join IMC Companies’ Gulf Intermodal Services brand.

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announced it received the 2021 Website Quality Certification from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global community of 550 independent real estate firms in more than 70 countries. The certification was presented in recognition of excellence in website design, content and functionality. The information technology team is led by Chief Information and Operations Officer Gurtej Sodhi and Director of Software Development Angie Bird.

NOTEWORTHY

Memphis Health Center (MHC) was awarded $5,159,875 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support its ongoing efforts to respond to and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and enhance health care services and infrastructure. The funding, derived from the American Rescue Plan Act approved by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 18, was officially released to health centers April 1. MHC serves approximately 20,000 patients annually among three primary care service sites and three homeless shelters in Shelby and Fayette counties.

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South received a $20,000 grant from State Farm to support its JA BizTown and JA Inspire programs. The JA BizTown program is a multi-week classroom curriculum culminating in fourth- through sixth-grade students running a model city for a day; JA Inspire provides middle school students a creative look at various job options.

— Compiled by Daniel Ginsburg

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