Promotions, Hires, Achievements and Company News

Here’s a rundown of promotions, hiring, movers, and news on the Memphis-area business scene:

Neel Schaffer promoted Robert Walker to the Director of Operations, effective immediately. He assumes the position occupied for 13 years by Joey Hudnal, now President and CEO. Walker joined Neel-Schaffer in 1991 as an engineer-in-training and was most recently director of the company’s central region, which includes 17 Mississippi-based offices and a subsidiary, Maptech Inc.


Therese Cooper recently accepted the position of Deputy General Manager at Shelby Residential and Professional Services (SRVS), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to people with disabilities. Previously, she was Director of Reportable Events and Compliance at SRVS, where she has worked for five years. Cooper has extensive experience in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health, including programming, quality assurance, policy development and business development. In her new role, she will review operations and improve operational performance and the quality of services provided.

Stimac Jr.

Checkpoint Capitala FinTech capital markets company serving depository institutions, named John C. “Jack” Stimac Jr. as President and Chief Financial Strategist in August. He focuses on expanding and implementing the company’s first fixed income pricing transparency model at community banks across the United States. With an extensive financial services background spanning nearly 20 years, he was most recently at Baird as Director, Fixed Income Capital Markets in Memphis. His responsibilities included advising depository institutions on product selection, curve positioning and cash flow management to better meet their obligations and maximize revenues. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Memphis. It holds FINRA series 7, 63, 86 licenses.


JD Stambaugh joined Wealth Management Red Door as a wealth advisor bringing a wealth of experience serving individuals and businesses in the technology, healthcare and hospitality sectors. He is a Certified Asset Management Specialist and holds Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Virginia, Utah and Idaho. Stambaugh received a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance from the University of Memphis.


PRIZM setthe board of directors has just been appointed as an associate member Carina NybergWashington as president and added Elisha Johnson as a new board member. Washington takes the place of former president Abby Parrill-Baker, who recently stepped down to fully devote her time as executive vice president of academic affairs and provost at the University of Memphis. Washington co-founded PRIZM Ensemble in 2009 with her husband, Lecolonon Washington. Johnson is PRIZM’s newest board member. She recently earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Central Arkansas, where she was a scholar in the school’s Honors College. She was a student of the PRIZM Ensemble, taking with her to university a passion for cultivating performance in music education starting in pre-kindergarten. She is currently a member of the National Association for Music Education.

Innovate in Memphisa non-profit organization focused on providing civic solutions, announced Jessica Lotz has been named its new CEO. Lotz succeeds Justin Entzminger, who previously led the organization for six years. Lotz moves to Innovate Memphis from Memphis-Shelby County Schools as director of research and performance management.

The arrival

Four new employees join the ranks of The Works Inc.a nonprofit that rebuilds, restores, and renews Memphis neighborhoods through innovation, advocacy, and collaboration.

  • Mike Larrivee is the new Director of Sustainable Initiatives. He will lead environmental initiatives focused on brownfields and will also lead a partnership with Urban Wood Economy and the Urban Tree Farm initiative. Prior to joining The Works Inc., he founded The Compost Fairy and built the operational infrastructure of Atlas Organics.
  • Marshelle Owens is the new Community Support Specialist and Case Manager. Its responsibilities are to provide the appropriate resources, referrals and advice to improve the lives of those served. Owens has a long history in the medical field and has worked in case management for over 14 years.
  • Marren Blakely is the newest staff attorney — pending admission to the Tennessee bar — and her role will focus on Neighborhood Preservation Law cases and help with other community projects.
  • Patricia Carne is the new front office coordinator. Duties will include greeting and directing guests, screening and routing calls, and providing general administrative support. Carnes brings seven years of social service and nonprofit experience to the position.


Baptist Memorial Hospital – Memphis was recently recognized by US News and World Report as the No. 1 hospital in the Memphis metro area and the No. 3 hospital in Tennessee. The annual Top Hospitals Rankings and Ratings, now in their 33rd year, are designed to help patients and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive care for difficult health conditions or procedures. current electives. It has also been recognized with 12 high performance ratings for congestive heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), diabetes, heart attack, hip replacement, heart failure. kidney disease, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, pneumonia, stroke and uterine cancer. operation. For the 2022-2023 rankings and ratings, US News & World Report evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals in 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. State and metropolitan area rankings reflect the region’s top performing hospitals in several areas of care.

Compiled by Daniel Ginsburg

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