Promotions, Hires, Achievements and Company News


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

The Memphis office of federal financial bank hiring Paul Ryan as Senior Vice President of Construction Lending. Ryan will focus on the bank’s customer relationship pipeline fostered by this department. He previously held the same position for First Bank.

Obsidian PR recently promoted carlee Black-smith account manager and hired Marie Carter Mullins, Audra Myers and Jenna Witt as accounting assistants. Smith has been with the firm since 2017, starting as an intern. She supports and leads client accounts in various industries including hospitality, non-profits and education. Having started as an intern in 2021, Mullins supports accounts in nonprofit, educational and professional services. Myers joined Obsidian’s public relations team in November and supports accounts in hospitality and tourism, professional services and healthcare. Witt was also hired by the firm in November and her accounts include mental health, nonprofit and professional services.

Martin, Tate, Morrow and Marston announcement Russell A. Hayes joined the law firm. He focuses his practice in estate planning, business formation and estate planning, family law, trust and estate administration, estates, guardianships and a variety of transactional law. Hayes also practices in the area of ​​elder law. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis where he was Herbert Herff Presidential Law Scholar.

Dr. Andrew GriffithAssociate Dean of Research for University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center‘s College of Medicine, was awarded the David D. Coleman Endowed Professorship. Griffith joined the College of Medicine in July 2020 after 22 years at the National Institutes of Health. As Senior Associate Dean for Research, Griffith manages the growth of the research enterprise within the college, across departments and on campus. This honor will help Griffith achieve his goals at UTHSC, which include growing the College of Medicine’s research enterprise to enhance the university’s missions and deepen connection and collaboration among researchers on campus and across the whole state.

Kyla Marsh is the new Events and Marketing Coordinator with Shelby Residential and Professional Services (SRVS), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to people with disabilities. Prior to joining the development and public relations team, Marsh was an office manager at the SRVS Kids Clinic Cordova. She will focus on creative events and enhancing community partnerships to raise funds and awareness of SRVS’ mission.

MGM Resorts International has announced the appointment of Max Fisher to the general manager of Gold Strike Casino Resort. In his new role, Fisher will oversee day-to-day operations and be responsible for Gold Strike’s customer experience, financial performance and team development. Fisher brings over 20 years of gaming and hospitality experience to Mississippi. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MGM National Harbor in Maryland from its opening in 2016 until January 2022. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno Executive Development Program and has served on the board of directors for several organizations such as the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the University of Maryland Capital Region Health System.

Carmalita “CC” Carlitos-Drayton was elected a member of Donelson Bakerboard of directors by the company’s shareholders. A shareholder in the firm’s Memphis office, she represents government entities and companies that interact with government entities. She is a member of the firm’s real estate and environmental practices. Drayton is a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Association and a graduate of its annual Leadership Forum, as well as a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American Bar Association.

david ellis was named senior vice president, retail market director for West Tennessee at first horizon. Ellis, who joined the company in 2004, will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s banking centers in West Tennessee. He has over 24 years of industry experience and has led teams specializing in sales and customer service management, leadership development and most recently as a talent development manager.

Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan announcement Jason M. Goldstein was appointed member of the law firm. He focuses his legal practice in the area of ​​civil litigation, including contract disputes and negotiations, landlord and tenant litigation, personal injury, in addition to business and commercial law, estate administration and estate planning. Goldstein received his law degree from the University of Miami. He was a law clerk at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.


Donelson Baker has obtained ISO 27001 certification, an internationally recognized certification for information security management. This indicates that the company is in compliance with international standards regarding the use of best practices, ongoing governance and management of information systems to ensure the security of customer and company data. Baker Donelson received this certification from BSI, a leading provider of business improvement solutions.

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services had its best year in company history, generating $8.9 billion in sales volume and closing 32,499 deals in 2021. This translated to a 19% increase in sales over 2020. Despite low inventory, Crye-Leike averaged 90 sales per day for 365 days of the year. .

As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity, the Tennessee law firm Lewis Thomason CP established the Lewis Thomason Diversity Fellowship at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. This is the second such scholarship the firm has established in recent years. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets at least one of the following criteria: a first-generation college graduate, a graduate of a historically minority undergraduate institution, a socioeconomically disadvantaged student, or a member of a historically underrepresented group.

— Compiled by Daniel Ginsburg

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