– Dr. Brian Sorrentino, a pioneer in gene therapy treatment who worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, died on Nov. 16 at age 60. He was an acclaimed researcher and earned an Innovator of the Year award in 2017 from Inside Memphis Business. His work has given hope to children who suffer from the rare “bubble boy” autoimmune disease. Read more about his work in our IMB profile here.

– Remington College Memphis Campus is expanding its offerings to provide students interested in a career in the hospitality industry a chance to prepare for entry level employment. The campus will have a new Restaurant, Hospitality and Retail Management Degree Program. Enrollment is open and classes start December 10th. For more info, go here.

– Co-developers Confluent Senior Living and Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA) will begin construction on a new 158,083-square-foot senior living community in Cordova. HarborChase of Cordova will deliver 144 apartments for area seniors and is planned to open in the first quarter of 2020. The project is partnership’s second development in east Memphis, with its HarborChase of Germantown project anticipated to open in summer 2019. HarborChase of Cordova is a three-story development that will provide 60 independent living, 50 assisted living and 34 memory care apartments in a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

– Midtown Cabinetry & Millwork has opened at 54 Flicker Street in midtown Memphis, offering high-end custom cabinetry and woodwork to homeowners, builders, designers, architects, and decorators. The 16,000-square-foot facility is run by general manager Ron Scott, who  had his own cabinet shop in Collierville for more than fifteen years. Midtown Cabinetry & Millwork purchased the assets of the previous cabinet business in that space, Westmoreland Cabinetry, and was able to retain key employees.


Inside Memphis Business magazine has long been running the Hot Sheet feature of promotions and achievements in local business. We’re now running it in our weekly TipSheet email blast to keep the info more current.

– inferno promoted Beth Wilson to public relations director and Kristin Wescott to senior account executive.

– Tsunami restaurant named Ruth Herndon as general manager.

– Earl W. Houston, II (pictured), a director and shareholder at Memphis law firm Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C., was appointed to an ex-officio position on the USLAW network board of directors. He will be the communications link between the USLAW board and its diversity council.

– Tracy Trotter joined the Orpheum Theatre Group as vice president of development.

– Spencer L. Glaser joined the law firm Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan & Dunstan, PLC.

– Butler Snow hired Shanell L. Tyler (pictured) to practice in the firm’s commercial litigation group.

– Lynne Walker, executive vice president and director of affinity strategy at First Tennessee Bank, was named Female Executive of the Year at the 2018 Stevie Awards.

– HealthChoice expanded its care management team with the additions of LaKeisha Neal and Keisha Howard as certified medical assistants.

– Six attorneys from Adams and Reese’s Memphis office were recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers 2018: Cannon F. Allen Sr. (Class Action), Donna L. Boyce (Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice: Defense), James B. McLaren Jr. (Real Estate), Lucian T. Pera (Business Litigation), Henry C. Shelton III (Bankruptcy: Business), and Jay Campbell (Mergers & Acquisitions; also named to Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”).

– Larry Rice, senior member at Rice Amundsen Caperton, PLLC, was recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers 2018 and ranked as a Top 100 Attorney in Tennessee in all fields.

– FORTUNE magazine named Pinnacle Financial Partners as one of 2018’s Best Workplaces for Parents.


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 Shantelle Leatherwood, CEO, Christ Community Health Services. B.S., Health Care Administration and Planning, Tennessee State University. Master’s, Health Administration, University of Missouri-Columbia. Member, Mid-South American Cancer Society, City of Memphis IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Steering Committee, Infant Mortality Rate Initiative Core Leadership Team.

For the complete list of Inside Memphis Business Power Players, go here.