Inside Memphis Business
by Jon W. Sparks and Samuel X. Cicci

NOVEMBER 22, 2019
CEO of the Year: Last chance to nominate!
What's happening: It takes coins
News from other sources: Hair issues
Upcoming: Holiday Spirits
Hot Sheet: Who’s going where
Power Player: Michael Bollinger
Quotable: Antonio Parkinson
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Every year, Inside Memphis Business honors four CEOs who have proven to be exemplary in their fields, leading their companies to success on local, regional, national, and international stages.

Nominations for the 2020 CEO of the Year awards are open. Memphis is graced with tremendously talented, inspiring executives in charge of their companies and organizations, and we want to hear from you about the best in the business. Email your nomination to and include the CEO’s resume and a description of why he or she should get the award: vision, achievements, business philosophy, employee relations, management style, special qualities.

We give out four awards in categories according to the number of employees in the companies: 1-50, 50-200, 200-1,000, and 1,000 and up, so please include that information as well. The deadline for CEO of the Year is TODAY, November 22. When the nominations are in, an impartial panel will consider the nominees and pick one for each category. Each will be notified and interviewed in the IMB section of February's Memphis magazine. A breakfast early in the year will honor the four CEOs.


> Memphis now has its own Carvana Car Vending Machine. It's the company's 23rd such device and is an all-glass tower standing 8 stories high and can hold up to 27 vehicles. Customers who use the machine can pick the day and time they want. They get an oversized Carvana coin to activate the vending process, then watch as their vehicle descends the all-glass tower. You may have seen it along I-40. It's at 7201 Appling Farms Parkway and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association has been selected to receive a $5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund. It will go toward assisting homeless families. The one-time grant is effective over a five-year period.

> In a survey from Robert Half Technology, 52% of employees said they plan to shop online from the office or using a corporate device. And 44% admitted that surfing for deals hinders their productivity. IT managers have some concerns: In a separate survey, 77% of technology leaders said their companies allow employees to shop online on a company device; and more than half (52%) prefer employees not shop online at all. Top reasons cited were security risks (59%) and loss of productivity (34%). 

Additional findings: 50% of workers will spend 30 to 60 minutes per week this holiday season shopping online at work, and 43% of workers will shop on Cyber Monday (Dec. 2).


> Petition seeks to include teaching of ethnic hair in SCS cosmetology courses. Read Maya Smith's story in the Memphis Flyer here.

> Memphis International expects busiest day since 2007. Read Wayne Risher's story in the Daily Memphian here. 

> Renasant Bank gets naming rights for Memphis Convention Center. Read Corey Davis' story in the Memphis Business Journal here.

> Varsity Spirit is heading Uptown. Read Desiree Stennett's story in The Commercial Appeal here.


> Holiday Spirits Winter Cocktail Fest, 6-9 p.m. Friday, November 22 at Overton Square. Stroll through Overton Square sipping cocktails, listening to music and waving to Santa. Info is here.

Rebase: Tech event for coders and builders provides an opportunity to learn from industry veterans and gain insights to lead in the tech industry. Speaker is Microsoft’s Josh Holmes. 7 p.m. Friday, November 22 at Tech901 space at Crosstown Concourse. Tickets can be purchased here.
> Need to know what to do this weekend? Check out Memphis Magazine's Five Things To Do This Weekend here.

Who's getting promoted? Who's closing big deals? Who's getting awards? Inside Memphis Business magazine's Hot Sheet has the latest on milestones in Memphis.

Tammy Oliver joined Shea Moskovitz & McGhee as an associate attorney. Joshua N. Corman also joined the firm as an attorney.

> Three Memphis employees at Looney Ricks Kiss have been promoted to associates: Megan Hoover, Lisa Law, and Caleb Sears. In addition, the Memphis branch also added eight new employees: Yasmeen El-Jayyousi, Abby Finnegan, Jaemi Guieb, Rachel Helton, Sydney Matsumoto, Holly-Lynn Tedder, Ann Wojcicki, and Chase Wyatt.

> Stephanie Butler joined Agape Child & Family Services as the nonprofit’s strategic partnership and advocacy director.

> The College of Medicine at UTHSC named Altha Stewart (pictured) senior associate dean for community health engagement.

> Paragon Bank hired Dani Bowers as human resources manager.

> Trezevant Foundation added Stacey Sears as its new director.

Inside Memphis Business magazine publishes a list of local Power Players every year. These are the movers and shakers in more than 30 categories who get things done in their respective fields. IMB’s April issue has the complete list. We also publish individual categories in other issues throughout the year, and we feature individual Power Players in our weekly Tip Sheet.
This week’s Power Player is Michael Bollinger, director, Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center. Was theater and cultural arts center director in Missouri, New York City, Virginia. Former artistic director, Lyceum Theatre. Produced/directed 200+ theatrical productions. At BPACC, launched Arts In Ed and Music by the Lake series, expanded performing arts series. Recipient, Missouri Arts Award, Governor’s proclamation, and commendation for work in arts from President Clinton.
For the complete list of Inside Memphis Business Power Players, go here.
“African Americans are born with a certain type of hair, and there should be no discrimination whatsoever."
—Tennessee Representative Antonio Parkinson. Read about the issue here.
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