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Memphis People in Business: Sept. 16, 2021 – Commercial Appeal


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

Bank of America named Trevia Chatman as president of Bank of America Memphis. where she’ll be responsible for connecting the banking and investment resources offered through the bank’s eight lines of business to people and companies across the region. Chatman joined the bank in 2018 and has 20 years of leadership experience within the Financial Services industry in areas including consumer and private banking, and business to business development. She is a recipient of the Memphis Business Journal Top 40 under 40 award. Chatman has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South recently elected officers to lead its Board of Directors for 2021. Chosen were chairwoman – Dotty Summerfield Giusti, president, Summerfield Associates; vice-chairman – Meredith Crawford, president, Confluent Strategies; secretary – Reginald Peyton, president, The Peyton Company Realtors; treasurer – Gary Dodson, CEO, Lonestar Truck Group/TAG Truck Center; and immediate past chairman – Ron Becker, Owner, The Great American Home Store  Additionally, George Bryant was hired at director of Business Development and Danny Buford was hired as director of Operations. Daniel Irwin was promoted to director of Public Relations.

The Tennessee Occupational safety and Health Administration has recognized Helm Fertilizer Terminal in Memphis with the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health. The award was presented in July at the Tennessee Safety and Health Conference in Nashville. It recognizes Tennessee employers and employees who meet a required number of hours, based upon the size of the company, without workplace injuries serious enough to cause an employee to miss a day of work or restrict normal job activities. Helm Fertilizer Terminal produces agricultural fertilizers. The company qualified for the Governor’s award by working more than 51,622 hours without a lost time or restricted duty

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announced that The JudyMac Team, led by Judy McLellan, and The Tyler Tapley Team, led by Tyler Tapley, each ranked in a No. 1 position on the Real Trends 2021 America’s Best List in Tennessee. Real Trends, a source of news, analysis and information on the residential brokerage industry since 1987, publishes the list annually in recognition of the top agents throughout the nation. The JudyMac Team was ranked for small teams by sales volume in Tennessee for their 2020 sales volume of $96,616,849. The Tyler Tapley Team ranked No. 1 for small teams by transactions in Tennessee for having 451 completed real estate transactions throughout 2020. Both teams are affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow office. 

The Chris Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing financial and social support services to families of children diagnosed with pediatric cancer and other childhood illnesses, announced its founder Chris Hope received the 2021 John E. Bratcher Pioneer Award, bestowed by the Teamsters National Black Caucus Memphis Delta chapter, in recognition of Hope’s passionate work to uplift children and families impacted by childhood chronic illness. Hope was formally honored Aug. 14 as the Pioneer Award Winner at this year’s TNBC Educational Scholarship Gala, which provides high school graduates and first-year college students with grants to support their further education.

The Community Legal Center hired Jonathan M. Ealy as its new director of Development and Communications. He’ll handle fundraising and donor relation efforts in addition to elevating the profile of the organization within the region. Previously, he was with Opera Memphis and the Clark Opera Memphis Center for more than a decade, most recently as director of Special Events for Opera Memphis and venue director for Clark Opera. He is a 2018 Memphis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 award recipient and a 2019 Corporate Connect National Top 40 Under 40 award recipient, Ealy currently serves as vice chairman of Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ Young Professional Council. The Community Legal Center also hired Gortria C. Banks as its new Associate Executive Director. Prior to joining the Community Legal Center, she was a 31-year veteran of the Shelby County/Memphis City Court systems, retiring in December after having served as the finance administrator for both General Sessions Civil and Criminal Courts. She was spotlighted as a finalist for Memphis Business Journal’s CFO of the Year for her work done in the Courts. Banks has a masters degree in Human Resource Management.




— Compiled by Daniel Ginsburg

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