ORION’S NEW HQ
Earlier this week, Orion Federal Credit Union started its move to a brand new corporate headquarters. More than 150 employees are set to make the pilgrimage from the current Wolfchase site to the Edge District, with Orion setting up shop inside the former Wonder Bread factory at 400 Monroe Ave.
The move has been in the works since 2017, when Orion leadership decided that a new location could be of benefit both to the company and to the city. A core tenet of the credit union’s mission is to give back to the community. With the Wonder Bread factory having been vacant since 2013, it was a good candidate to be repurposed.
“When considering a new location for our headquarters, we saw an opportunity to benefit Memphis and the communities we serve,” said Orion CEO Daniel Weickenand in a press release. “A strong city core can create a ripple effect for development and energy throughout the region. We’re proud to be a part of that with this move.”
Board chairman Andrew Fowlkes agreed that the new headquarters needed to provide a boost to Memphis. “The location in the Edge was chosen when the Orion leadership agreed that the organization could strategically position their corporate headquarters to anchor a historic Memphis neighborhood, end blight, spur commercial and residential growth, and reinforce a critical connection between the Medical District and Downtown Memphis.”
While the building retains the large Wonder Bread sign with updated lighting, architectural partner Looney Ricks Kiss used the building’s existing foundation to craft a more modern-looking space. The building isn’t Orion’s first foray into reducing blight: back in 2017, the company set up a Silver LEED certified location at a remediated brownfield site across from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
–Samuel X. Cicci
WHAT’S GOING ON
– The nominations have started coming in: Inside Memphis Business has been recognizing the top thinkers and doers in the city for several years. Our seventh annual IMB Innovation Awards issue is coming in September and we want your nominations for these people and organizations that are at the forefront of evolution — tinkerers, questioners, visionaries — who keep the machine of commerce oiled. Last year’s winners covered a range of areas, from medicine to music, education to civics. When you send us your nominations of the best and brightest candidates, please include any pertinent biographical or business information, and why the person, business, or organization should be recognized as a leader among innovators. Email your nomination to [email protected]
– There’s been buzz about ketamine, traditionally used for anesthesia, for its effective treatment for depression, PTSD, bipolar mood disorder and chronic pain. Dr. Michael Steuer, president and medical director at MidSouth Pain Center, which operates six clinics in the Mid-South employing 100-plus and treating 3,000 patients a month, is opening Pacific Ketamine Institute in Beverly Hills, California. The Memphis locations will stay open. PKI’s Beverly Hills location has five treatment rooms that can accommodate up to 40 treatment sessions per day. The facility also provides a lounge with five-star-hotel fixtures and fittings intended to help patients relax and reacclimate post-treatment.
– Sprouts Farmers Market stores are hosting walk-in interviews during a National Hiring Day event on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The healthy grocer’s interview day will be held across its more than 300 stores from coast to coast with approximately 1,500 full- and part-time, non-seasonal positions open to meet the demand for its natural and organic products. Interviews will be held at each Sprouts location, and available positions can be found at sprouts.com/careers. Minimum age to work is 16 years old. Employment opportunities include department managers and assistant department managers (produce, deli, meat and seafood, vitamins and body care, grocery, bakery and more); cashiers; clerks; backup receivers and scan coordinators. Open positions vary by store location.
NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES
– The South Main Market at 409 South Main is now the Puck Food Hall with an eclectic array of locally owned food and beverage sellers. Read Samuel X. Cicci’s story in Memphis magazine here.
– The Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis & Shelby County has its eye on the old Allen Fossil Plant Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park. Samuel Hardiman at the Memphis Business Journal reports the 100-acre spread would make a good industrial development site on the waterfront. Read the story here.
– Via Airlines has quit plans for nonstop flights from Memphis to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Austin, Texas. Read Wayne Risher’s story in the Daily Memphian here.
– The Memphis City Council has OK’d a budget with pay raises for city workers, money for MATA, and investment for communities. Read Erica R. Williams’ story in the New Tri-State Defender here.
– Girls, Inc. of Memphis hosts its annual fundraiser to recognize girls and women who possess the three characteristics that define Girls Inc.: strong, smart, and bold. The Celebration Luncheon is Wednesday, June 12th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. girlsincmemphis.org
– Wine Down for BizTown: Junior Achievement’s event tasks teams of participants to blind-taste-test various vintages to see which style of wine is the most popular among the crowd. Food and live music are also available at the event. Proceeds go toward Junior Achievement of Memphis. June 14, 6 to 9 p.m. Junior Achievement, 307 Madison Ave. $30/person. juniorachievement.
– 2019 Memphis Flyer Burger Week: In 2018, there were 24 participating Memphis Flyer Burger Week restaurants serving thousands of $5.99 special Burger Week burgers. Get ready for this year’s round coming July 10-16, 2019. memphisflyerburgerweek.com
– The 4th annual Bacon & Bourbon Festival hosted by the Memphis Flyer will have creative bacon-inspired dishes of all kinds from some of Memphis’ best restaurants, plus an array of distilled spirits to tempt your tastebuds. The music, merriment, and entertainment will be Saturday August 24th 2019 at Beale Street Landing downtown. A portion of proceeds go to the Memphis Farmers Market. memphisbaconandbourbon.com
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.
– The American Advertising Federation (AAF) named Ducks Unlimited CMO Steve Pacheco its new president and CEO. He succeeds James Edmund Datri, who had announced he would step down after 10 years. Pacheco has 30 years of marketing industry experience, including more than 20 as managing director of advertising and sponsorship marketing at FedEx, before joining Ducks Unlimited.
– Memphis-based Fogelman Properties, one of the country’s largest, privately owned and fully integrated multifamily investment and property management companies, recently acquired Ashford East Village, a 371-unit multifamily community in East Atlanta Village.
– IMC Companies received several safety awards by Great West Casualty Company as part of Great West’s Annual Workplace Safety Awards Program. Five regional companies under the IMC umbrella received distinctions: Platinum Safety Award – Atlantic Intermodal Services, DNJ Intermodal Services, Gulf Intermodal Services, and H&M Intermodal Services. Gold Safety Award – Intermodal Cartage Company.
– Zenith Health and Aesthetics held its soft opening at 6126 Poplar Ave. Its official opening date and Chamber ribbon-cutting will be on June 14th.
– The Startup of the Year Summit has selected Memphis as the city to host its 7th annual event. Hosted by Start Co. and Established, the summit aims to connect startups, investors, and corporations.
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 James F. Collins, principal, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Memphis. Projects include Environmental Impact Statement for a new multimodal bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis, design of Elvis Presley Boulevard improvements, industrial warehouses, I-240/Airways interchange, Memphis/Shelby County traffic signal coordination, and redesign of Saddle Creek South. 2010 ACEC Featured Engineer.
“There’s really no limit to what we want to do here.”
– Da’Livya Gordon of Dee’lightful Bliss Bakery in the new Puck Food Hall, quoted in Memphis magazine.
One of Memphis magazine’s most popular issues comes out in August. The City Guide is a keeper with invaluable listings of places to go and stories covering what you need to know about Memphis, whether you’re a newcomer or long-timer. Features include “Who’s Who in Memphis,” a roster of movers and shakers in town. You’ll also find top restaurants, places to go, guides to theater and arts, music, and nightlife, and what you need to know about education and healthcare. Advertisers: contact Margie Neal, [email protected]