Business Briefs for April 27, 2017

What will open at Stage Road and Bartlett Blvd?

biz-briefs-logoCuriosity is about to be satisfied for all the people who have been wondering just what is being built at the corner of Bartlett Boulevard and Stage Road. There will be a new Valero convenience store and gas pumps replacing the gas station that was once there, according to the City of Bartlett’s Planning & Economic Development Department.

The most recent work on the site was groundwork and fuel tank testing to satisfy the requirements of the State of Tennessee. Previously, the spot was a Marathon location. Before that, it was a BP station.

The target date for completion has not yet been announced.

Local Christian bookstore to close for good in May

Bartlett is bidding goodbye to the Family Christian Bookstore at Bartlett Towne Center, 6025 Stage Rd No. 36.

The entire company is shutting down its approximately 240 locations, affecting about 3,000 employees in 36 states.

Sales on the discounted merchandise have been brisk in Bartlett, an employee said, with current sales volumes estimated at triple the normal amount. As the staff members are telling customers, “Everything must go.”

The chain has operated for more than 85 years. And as of May 13, even the final stores that remain open will close their doors permanently, according to district manager John Luick. Company spokesmen have publicly stated that all of the chain’s locations are closing because of “changing consumer behavior and declining sales.”

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett awarded an ‘A’ for safety

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is once again an “A” performer with its latest Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital industry watchdog. Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is one of two hospitals in the Memphis area to receive this top grade and one of just 138 hospitals nationwide to have received straight As since 2014.

“Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is proud to again be recognized as an ‘A’ hospital for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, as a demonstration of our commitment to providing high-quality care,” said Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett CEO Chris Locke. “The staff are more than deserving of this high mark, as they are truly dedicated to helping our patients live happier, healthier lives.”

Thirty measures of publicly available hospital safety data are used to produce a single grade representing a hospital’s commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents. More than 2,600 hospitals have been assigned scores, with less than a third receiving an A grade.

To see Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit

Bartlett Realtor Mark Barney joins Crye-Leike

Mark Barney
Mark Barney

ARLINGTON — Mark Barney of Bartlett, Tenn., has become affiliated with the Arlington branch office of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services. As a Realtor and affiliate broker, he serves the real estate needs of buyers and sellers in and around Shelby, Fayette, and Tipton counties. He specializes in residential real estate. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Tennessee Association of Realtors and the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

Previously, he worked in the funeral service industry for 10 years. Most recently, he was a sales consultant for Batesville Casket Company and American Casket Distributorship.

The Arlington branch office is at 9943 U.S. 64. Barney may be reached at (901)-596-4394 or

Bartlett banker appointed to CDIAC

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has appointed a banker from Bartlett to its Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC).

Craig Esreal, president and CEO of First South Financial Credit Union in Bartlett, has been appointed to a three-year term ending in 2019.

Members of the 12-person advisory council, established by the St. Louis Fed in 2011, are executives of smaller financial institutions across the Fed’s Eighth District. Bartlett is part of the Memphis Zone of the Eighth District. Council members advise St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on the credit, banking and economic conditions facing their institutions and local communities.

UPS honors accident-free Bartlett driver’s 25 years

UPS adds to its prestigious “Circle of Honor” each year to recognize employees who have delivered packages for a quarter of a century without an accident. The company recently lauded Robert Henley of Bartlett along with 40 other elite drivers from Tennessee. They are among 1,575 newly inducted drivers into the company’s elite organization.

Local honorees also included Richard Carlson of Millington; James Miller, William Milligan, Kenneth Saulsberry and Hassell Smith, all of Memphis; Robert Mosley of Oakland; and Dustan Moton of Collierville.

Globally, 9,349 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 266,554 years and nearly 14 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to the moon and back almost 29,000 times.

Lakelander to manage Harrah’s Hope Lodge

Maria Robinson
Maria Robinson

MEMPHIS — The American Cancer Society recently announced that Maria Robinson has been named senior manager for the Society’s Harrah’s Hope Lodge in Memphis. Robinson now oversees the lodge’s day-to-day operations, including guest services, volunteer engagement and community involvement.

Harrah’s Hope Lodge, located next to Sun Studio on Union Avenue, opened in 2010 and provides a free home-away-from-home for people traveling to Memphis for cancer treatment. Last year, Harrah’s Hope Lodge provided 8,232 nights of free lodging to 1,191 patients and caregivers, saving them about $1.2 million in lodging costs.

Robinson, an eight-year cancer survivor herself, first joined the Society in 2012 as community manager for Relay For Life. While in this role, she raised over $2 million through community and corporate fundraising efforts. In addition to fundraising, Robinson recruited, cultivated and managed relationships with hundreds of volunteers. Prior to joining the Society, Robinson worked in the finance, real estate and restaurant industries.

Robinson received her Bachelors of Science degree in education from the University of Memphis. She lives in Lakeland with her husband and two sons, and she volunteers with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Arlington and the Arlington High School baseball team and school band.

Ron Guy recognized for community work

GERMANTOWN — Affiliate broker Ron Guy of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services was recently recognized for his community service work with the Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR)’s Benevolent Fund.

As a Realtor and member of MAAR, Guy was presented the “2016 Shorty Watkins Unsung Hero Award” where he was recognized for his nine years of service supporting the MAAR Benevolent Fund. His service to the committee includes being responsible for promoting the existence of the fund and coordinating any special fund-raising projects.

Established in 1994, the MAAR Benevolent Fund provides financial assistance to MAAR members and their families due to prolonged illness, catastrophic occurrence, or accident.

“Benevolent Fund dollars have been granted for such circumstances as helping with burial expenses when there were no funds or insurance to help defray the costs; assistance paying one month’s mortgage due to inability to work because of serious illness; replacing items lost from a devastating fire; or payment towards the purchase of a wheelchair,” Guy said.

MAAR member Shorty Watkins founded the fund which has grown to become a viable entity within the Memphis Realtor community. Since its establishment, the fund has provided over $200,000 in assistance to Memphis Realtors in need of a helping hand. The MAAR Benevolent Fund is one of only 15 of its kind among Realtor associations nationwide, and achieved tax exempt status in July 2011.

Guy is affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Forest Hill Irene branch office in Germantown, located at 3030 Forest Hill Irene. He has been a member of a real estate team with his wife, Nancy, since 2007. Together, they serve buyers and sellers of residential real estate in Shelby and Fayette counties in Tenn., along with DeSoto County in Mississippi. He may be reached at or (901)233-9111.

The Little Clinic now offers online pre-registration

The Little Clinic, a multi-state chain of healthcare clinics for minor illnesses, has added an online pre-registration tool to aid in convenience and accessibility of services delivered by The Little Clinic providers. “We’ll Hold Your Spot” is available at all 218 of The Little Clinic locations inside of select Kroger, Dillons, Fry’s, JayC and King Soopers in 10 states.

Access the pre-registration tool

In Bartlett and the greater Memphis area, locations include:

  • 7615 U.S. 70, Bartlett
  • 11635 U.S. 70, Arlington
  • 11630 Highway 51 South, Atoka
  • 3685 Houston Levee Road, Collierville
  • 240 New Byhalia Road, Collierville
  • 676 Germantown Parkway, Cordova
  • 7735 Farmington Blvd., Germantown
  • 9025 U.S. 64, Lakeland

Weichert affiliate welcomes new agents

GERMANTOWN — The Weichert Realtors office in Germantown has recently added the following agents to its team: Chris Beagle, Gina Beagle, Kelly Cruise and Tom Stevens. The office is at 9047 Poplar Ave., Suite 102.

Chris Beagle, Gina Beagle and Tom Stevens have also successfully completed the Fast Track training offered by Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc. The training helps quickly bring new Weichert affiliated agents, as well as current agents interested in taking a refresher course, up to speed on the latest information and technology available to real estate professionals so they can better communicate with clients to offer the best service available.

Jeremy Reed is TN’s first BOMI designee

MEMPHIS — Loeb Properties has announced that property manager Jeremy Reed is Tennessee’s first recipient of the Building Owners & Managers International (BOMI) High-Performance Sustainable Buildings (BOMI-HP) designation. He manages flagship properties, including Overton Square and the Highland Strip, and is president-elect of the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) in Memphis.

The High-Performance Sustainable Buildings program is recognized as a mark of excellence throughout the property and facility management industries and consists of mandatory courses in high-performance sustainable building principles, practices, and investments.

Pinnacle announces newest team members

MEMPHIS — Michelle Fracchia and Arthur Walden have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners at its Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

She brings 20 years of experience to her role of senior vice president and financial advisor. She most recently comes from IberiaBank, where her roles included serving as a private banking manager and treasury management sales officer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree from the University of Memphis. She is also a graduate of the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending at Vanderbilt University.

Walden, with five years of experience, joins Pinnacle as a credit advisor for the firm’s commercial real estate group. He was previously with Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company as a realty investment analyst. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in management of construction and land development, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University.

Melanie Gibson and Kim Webb have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners in client service roles.

Gibson, with 10 years of experience, joins Pinnacle as a client service specialist. She comes most recently from Bank of Bartlett, where she was a sales and services supervisor. Gibson is based at Pinnacle’s Forest Hill office.

Webb brings 30 years of experience to her role of client service advisor for Pinnacle’s Cordova office. She also comes from Bank of Bartlett, where she was a vice president and market manager for the bank’s main office. Previously Webb was with Regions Bank as a branch manager and National Bank of Commerce as a customer service representative and assistant branch manager.

Webb attended Western Kentucky University and is a graduate of Paducah Community College in Paducah, KY. She is active in the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce and enjoys volunteering at charitable events.

For more information about Pinnacle, visit

Pinnacle also welcomes three new members to its Memphis mortgage team: Tony Neal, Chip Worthington and Rita Turner.

Neal brings 25 years’ experience in mortgage lending to his role of senior vice president and mortgage advisor. He most recently served as a loan officer for Community Bank in Southaven, Miss. Prior loan officer positions were with Magna Bank, Home Loan Corporation and National City Mortgage. Neal earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Christian Brothers College in Memphis. He is based at Pinnacle’s North Mississippi mortgage office.

Worthington, with more than 37 years of experience, joins Pinnacle as a mortgage underwriter. Previous roles were with Magna Bank, where he was a senior lender/underwriter, Regions Bank (Leader Federal/Union Planters), where he was an underwriting manager and American General Financial, where he was a loan manager. Worthington attended Christian Brothers College and the University of Memphis. He is based at Pinnacle’s Memphis headquarters on Quail Hollow Road.

Turner, with 34 years of experience, joins Pinnacle’s new mortgage office in Atoka as a mortgage advisor assistant. She comes from Patriot Bank, where she was a mortgage loan processor and closer. Prior to Patriot Bank, Turner worked for Crossroads Mortgage.

Weekend tour spurs 35 property sales

MEMPHIS — Sixty real estate investors from multiple states converged in Memphis over the first weekend in April to tour properties they were considering for purchase.

“Real estate investors from across the country are hungry for the kind of real estate investments that are available in Memphis,” said Jim Reedy, president and founder of Reedy & Company, parent company of Memphis Investment Properties (MIP), also owned by Reedy.

After having lunch at the Reedy & Company office on that Saturday, the bus tour of real estate investment properties began. Purchase of homes was brisk. Some investors committed to the purchase houses as the bus pulled up in front of the properties, before they got off the bus.

Bolan You, from Los Angeles, purchased a home off Covington Pike sign unseen. His new purchase was the first stop on the tour, which lasted about four hours. Another out-of-state investor, Adam Jackson, purchased five homes. He was one of several investors who bought multiple properties.

The point of the tour was about more than just selling the properties offered for sale over the weekend. “These people will continue to purchase homes in upcoming months based on what they saw,” said James Wachob, real estate investment broker for Memphis Investment Properties.

“They bought houses sight unseen that we couldn’t take them to on the tour,” Wachob said. “The point of the tour was not just to sell houses, it was to give investors a sampling of the kind of quality work that MIP offers, and to let them know that they can feel confident we will take care of their houses even though they live far away. We showed examples of homes before, during and after renovations were complete.”

Reedy said he plans to hold similar weekend events in the future. For more information, visit

United Way receives $89K from Crye-Leike

MEMPHIS — Crye-Leike Real Estate Services, the nation’s sixth largest residential real estate brokerage firm, concluded its 2016 United Way Workplace Campaign by raising a total of $ 89,387 companywide to support United Way agencies located in 29 counties in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Since becoming a partner with United Way in 1995, Crye-Leike, its sales associates and corporate staff companywide have contributed in excess of $800,000.