WHAT’S GOING ON

– AutoZone Park announced it would be hosting three job fairs this month to hire event staff for Memphis Redbirds and Memphis 901 FC games through the 2019 season. Positions include box office ticket seller, usher, usher supervisor, promotional team, field crew, bat boy/girl, video replay operator, and camera operator.

New hires must be at least 18 and pass a background check and drug screening. All positions are part-time, paid hourly. Prospects need to attend just one fair, and returning staff employed at the end of the 2018 season do not need to attend.

The three fairs will be held on the Club Level at AutoZone Park (198 Union Avenue) on Jan. 10 from 4-7:00 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 21 from 9:00 a.m.-noon. For more information and for descriptions of available positions, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/jobfair or www.memphis901fc.com/jobfair.

– Seventy-nine percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2019 but an almost equal percentage are worried about their ability to locate and hire qualified workers, according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. The findings are detailed in Contractors Remain Confident About Demand, Worried About Labor Supply: The 2019 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report.

The percentage of respondents who expect a market segment to expand exceeds the percentage who expect it to contract for all 13 categories of projects included in the survey. For every segment, between 23 and 32 percent of respondents expect the dollar volume of projects they compete for to increase. Meanwhile, for all but one segment, between 11 and 16 percent of respondents foresee less work available in 2019. The difference between the positive and negative responses – the net reading – was between 10 and 17 percent for every category except multifamily.

Despite firms’ plans to expand headcount, 78 percent report they are having a hard time filling salaried and hourly craft positions. That share was down slightly from 83 percent at the start of 2018. In addition, 42 percent expect it will continue to be hard to hire in the next 12 months and 26 percent expect that it will become harder to hire in 2019.

These labor shortages are having an impact on construction costs and project schedules, association officials noted. One-third of respondents report that staffing challenges drove costs higher than anticipated. In reaction, 37 percent of firms are putting higher prices into new bids and contracts. Similarly, 34 percent report projects have taken longer than they anticipated.

– Nashville-based financial services company Advance Financial cut the ribbon recently at the company’s newest store in Tennessee, located in Oakland. To mark the occasion, the Advance Financial Foundation donated $1,000 to the Oakland Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.

– Airbnb recently announced that hosts in Mississippi earned a combined $10.6 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 89,000 guest arrivals to the state in 2018.

THE BEST OF THE BEST

Inside Memphis Business is honoring its 2019 CEO of the Year honorees. Join us for this year’s CEO of the Year Awards Breakfast on Friday, January 25th as we honor Jonathan and Jarrett Logan of Castle Black Construction, Nathan A. Bicks of Burch Porter & Johnson PLLC, Jack Soden of Elvis Presley Enterprises, and Meri Armour of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

These exceptional leaders are setting the standards of success. Our awards breakfast will honor the five honorees and will include remarks by Jim Canfield, author of CEO Tools 2.0and an expert at empowering CEOs and senior leaders. Jim is a graduate of the Fogelman School of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis and the Rhodes College Institute for Executive Leadership. Later, he led the Institute at Rhodes for almost a decade.

The CEO of the Year breakfast is presented by eBiz Solutions and sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union. Tickets are $25 per person and include breakfast. Tables of 10 are available for $200, a savings of 20 percent. Get tickets here.

NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES

– This Sunday, you can buy wine in grocery stores in Tennessee. That and other new laws are in effect and Sam Stockard of the Daily Memphian has a list.

– The new owner of the Conagra cooking oil plant says there are no plans for job cuts. Read Max Garland’s story in The Commercial Appeal here.

 The Memphis Business Journal checks in with local leaders to get their take on what’s coming up in 2019Read it here.

THE HOT SHEET

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.

 Cliff Garten Studio received the Quality of Life Honor Award in Landscape Art by the American Society of Landscape Architects for Clayborn Temple’s I AM A MAN Plaza (pictured).

– Courtney Leyes (pictured), an attorney Fisher Phillips, was recently elected to partner.

– Architectural, planning, and interior design firm Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK) announced Damon BriderAmy Smith,

and Scott Van Der Jagt as new principals. The three have almost 40 years of combined experience among them at the firm. LRK now has 15 principals running the 35-year-old company.

– inferno announced results from the 2018 Davey Awards, which recognize work in web, design, video, advertising, mobile, and social work from small agencies around the globe. It received seven awards total:

Gold Awards
• Outdoor/Environmental: Signage/Environmental Graphics – Carolina Watershed Signage
• Individual Achievement: Art Illustration – Oliver in Wonderland Illustration
• Websites: Consumer Products/Services – Sensaware Website

Silver Awards
• Corporate Identity: Logos – Hope is Alive logo
• Print Campaign: Promotional/Branding – Oliver’s Poster Invitations
• Integrated Campaign: Promotional/Branding – The Fourth Awakens Invitations
• Print Campaign: Promotional/Branding – The Fourth Awakens Invitations

POWER PLAYER

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 Carma C. Jude:

Portfolio manager, Healthcare Realty. B.S., Business Management, Louisiana Tech University; M.B.A., Finance and Real Estate, U of M. Certified Commercial Investment Member. Company owns seven properties totaling 516,000 square feet in Memphis. Clients include Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, numerous physician practices in the Mid-South.