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September 14, 2015

This year's CFO of the Year finalists will be honored at an awards breakfast at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on October 29, 2015.  CBIZ MHM Memphis has sponsored these awards since inception in 2010.


The Memphis Business Journal (MBJ) has divided the finalists into four categories:



Private Company, Small Category

    • Pete Hastings, CFO/COO BPI Packaging, LLC
    • Lance Henderson, Vice President of Operations/ CFO, Henry Turley Company
    • Chris Kolehmainen, Vice President of Finance, Lokion Interactive, LLC
    • Marcus Mobley, COO, J. Strickland & Co.

Private Company, Large Category

  • Warren Davenport, CFO, Universal Asset Management, LLC.
  • Joe Lyons, Vice President and CFO, Barr Brands International
  • Jim McMahon, Senior Vice President and CFO, American Residential Services
  • Alan Waxler, CFO, Centro, Inc

Nonprofit Company, Small Category

  • Jim Henderson, Executive Vice President of Finance, Porter- Leath
  • Tee Jones, CFO, National Civil Rights Museum
  • Cecil McGee, CFO, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association
  • Christy Weir Krueger, Director of Finance and Operations, Make-A-Wish Mid-South

Nonprofit Company, Large Category

  • Forrest B. Artz, Vice President of Finance & Administration/CFO, Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority
  • Carolyn H. Head, VP of Finance & Administration/CFO, Christian Brothers University
  • Paul Makris, CFO, Christ Community Health Services
  • Mike Swift, CFO, Shelby County

To meet this year's CFO honorees, register for the awards event by contacting events coordinator, Meade Carlisle by phone at 901-259-1776 or by email at: mcarlisle@bizjournals.com


September 8, 2015

This year's Super Women in Business Awards was a memorable event recognizing the Mid-South's most influential women in business.  As a sponsor of the awards since its inception in 2012, we are proud to spotlight women playing a role in the success of their businesses and helping make the Memphis community a success through their involvement.

The awards luncheon was held at Hilton Memphis on Friday, August 28th. With 450 people in attendance, the crowd was energized as each Super Woman took the stage to accept a plaque and pink cape as well as to share ten words that described their idea of a "Super Woman," their award dedication, or their commitment to the city of Memphis. Though each woman's words were thoughtfully crafted, many chose to say more than their allotted ten words, and in doing so, donated a women’s clothing item for each word over ten to the DeNeuville Learning Center. Perhaps the most memorable selection came from Estella Mayhue-Greer of Mid-South Food Bank (pictured above right) when she said "To my family, you are the wind beneath my cape!"

For a full list of this year's Super Women in Business, click here.

For more information on CBIZ Women's Advantage and its impact on the Greater Memphis community, please contact Linda Lauer at llauer@cbiz.com or Megan Murdock at mmurdock@cbiz.com.

August 25, 2015

The Memphis office of CBIZ MHM partnered with the Memphis Business Journal for the fourth annual Super Women in Business Pre-Event Party on August 18th.  Linda Lauer, Lead Managing Director & Co-Attest Practice Leader, welcomed the crowd to the event and gave her personal support for the Awards, as well as the recognition it gives to the Mid-South's leading women decision makers. The 2012-2014 classes of honorees were also invited to mingle and network over drinks and hors d'oeurvres.

This year, the event was held at Sissy’s Log Cabin, a fine jeweler new to Memphis. More than 60 professionals enjoyed the luxurious jewelry and watches on display throughout the venue. Sissy’s jewelry experts were also available to provide insight into the quality and craftsmanship of their selection.  To make the event even more fun, this year’s Super Women were able to pick out any jewelry to wear and have their professional portraits taken.
Lauer, Executive Board member for CBIZ Women's Advantage, offered her insight: “It’s always great having a chance to interact with these amazing women at an event like this. This environment allows us to step away from the big awards and have the opportunity to socialize and network in a more personal setting. This is one of my favorite Memphis Business Journal events, and I look forward to hearing from these successful Super Women at the awards luncheon on Friday.”

It was certainly a glamorous night, and 60 of the Mid-South's most influential business women shined. To view this year's list of Super Women in Business click here. If you'd like more information on the CBIZ Women's Advantage, please contact Linda Lauer at llauer@cbiz.com.

July 15, 2015

The Memphis Business Journal is now accepting nominations for the 2015 CFO of the Year Awards. Nominees must be a Chief Financial Officer or hold an equivalent position at a local company or organization that is headquartered in the Memphis or Mid-South area.

Award Categories include the following:

  • Private Company
  • Public Company
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Click here to submit a CFO and to see the full eligibility requirements.

To view a list of the 2014 CFO of the Year finalists, click here.

July 13, 2015

The Memphis Business Journal editorial board has selected the 25 finalists who will be honored at the 2015 Super Women in Business Awards luncheon August 28th at the Hilton Memphis. Named for their leadership in business, community contribution, and influence in a variety of industries, these women will make up the fourth class of Super Women since the awards' inception.

Join us in honoring the 25 Super Women at their awards luncheon August 28th. Individual tickets and group packages are available. For more information on registration, contact Meade Carlisle at mcarlisle@bizjournals.com.

The 25 finalists include the following:

  • Rebecca AdelmanShareholder, Hagwood Adelman Tipton PC
  • Becky BridgmonVice President, Financial Advisor, Investment Management Consultant and Partner, the Bilsky Bridgmon Group at Morgan Stanley
  • Emily CallahanChief Marketing Officer, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Kim CherryExecutive Vice President of Corporate Communications, First Tennessee Bank
  • Divya ChoudharyDirector, Graduate Engineering, Director, STEM Center for Women, and Diversity Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Christian Brothers University
  • Dorothy CleavesFirst Vice President Relationship Manager-Private Banking, Paragon Bank
  • Melissa CookstonOwner, Memphis Barbecue Co.
  • Kim Gaskill Founding Partner, Gaskill Strategies LLC
  • Jodie Gilmore CEO and Managing Director, Onyx Medical LLC
  • Briggette GreenOwner, TopCat Masonry Contractors LLC
  • Karen HarrellVice President, Porter-Leath
  • Kathleen Healy-CollierVice President, Business Line Operations and Professional Services, Regional One Health
  • Karen Field IsaacmanCo-Chairman, Armstrong Relocation and Cos.
  • Mary Ann Jackson Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
  • Paula JacobsVice President, Process Improvement and Innovation, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Melanie KellerPresident and CEO, Meritan Inc.
  • Deidre MalonePresident and CEO, The Carter Malone Group LLC
  • Estella H. Mayhue-GreerPresident and CEO, Mid-South Food Bank
  • Valerie MorrisPresident and CEO, Morris Marketing Group
  • Alice Roberts Vice President of Programming and Education, The Orpheum Theatre
  • Kris ShepherdExecutive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications, Varsity Brands
  • Mary Tate-SmithVice President, Cigna
  • Dr. Kathy TubervilleDirector, Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center
  • Linda WilliamsPresident and CEO, RISE Foundation Inc.
  • Jacquelyn WilliamsExecutive Director, YWCA Greater Memphis

The full list of finalists were announced July 10th on the Memphis Business Journal website.

Click here to view the list of 2014 honorees.

June 11, 2015

The Memphis Business Journal is gearing up for its Fourth Annual Super Women in Business Awards. Nominations are now open and the deadline to submit is Friday, June 26. You can submit your nomination via the MBJ website by clicking here

As a sponsor since the awards inception, CBIZ MHM Memphis, is proud to recognize the most influential business women in the Mid-South.

Megan Murdock, Memphis Marketing Manager and member of the CBIZ Women's Advantage National Executive Board comments, "As a business who connects strongly to the development of women professionals, we take pride in sponsoring this great event hosted by the Memphis Business Journal. Our own CBIZ Women's Advantage promotes women in business both internally through our professional networking circle groups and externally through participation in events like the Super Women in Business Awards."

April 7, 2015

CBIZ was proud to be a national sponsor of the second annual Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event hosted by the Memphis Business Journal at Christian Brothers University on March 30, 2015. Linda Lauer, Lead Managing Director, was one of 40 female mentors participating in the event. Bringing together top female professionals in the city with hundreds who are eager to learn from them, Mentoring Monday is truly an unforgettable experience. This year, the event spanned across 43 cities in the U.S. and included 1700 mentors and 8000 mentees.

In Memphis alone,  over 220 women gathered in the CBU Canale Arena. After a short presentation from Bizwomen.com editor, Mary Johnson, the coaching began. Quick 7-minute conversations were inspiring, informative, and sometimes just the beginnings of relationships carried outside of the event.

The 2015 class of Memphis Bizwomen Mentors combined a wide variety of female professionals from across the city in various industries, from healthcare to marketing and accounting to fashion.

To see further coverage of the event visit our @CBIZMemphis Twitter page or search #MentoringMonday on Twitter.

November 4, 2014

On October 23rd, the fifth annual CFO of the Year Awards were held at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis.  The CFO of the Year Awards recognize outstanding financial professionals in Memphis and the Mid-South for exceptional performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.

The event kicked off with a packed breakfast to honor all the finalists for the various awards.  All those nominated for these awards must be in the position of Chief Financial Officer or the equivalent to this position within their companies  or organizations.  Winners in each category were chosen from an independent panel of judges: Kevin Campbell, partner with B2B CFO; Milton Lovell, CFO of nexAir LLC; and Dan Wortham, retired CFO of Christian Brothers University.  The winners in their respective categories are as follows:

MBJ  - CFO Edition

  • Private Company Less than $100 Million Annual Revenue: Gery M. Carlson, CFO of Regency Homebuilders LLC
  • Private Company More than $100 Million Annual Revenue: Brian Robinson, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO of Crye-Leike Cos. and President of Crye-Leike Insurance Agency
  • Nonprofit Company Less than $8 Million Annual Revenue: Jason Lee, Executive Vice President and CFO, Orion Federal Credit Union
  • Nonprofit Company More than $8 Million Annual Revenue: Linda Sawyer, Vice President, Administration, and CFO, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

David Zettergren, CFO, University of Memphis,  was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service within the financial sector.

CBIZ is proud to sponsor an event that honors such influential leaders in their various financial fields and wishes to extend a warm congratuations to all finalist and winners of 2014 CFO of the Year Awards.

 To see a full list of the 2014 CFO of the Year finalists, click here.


September 9, 2014

This year's CFO of the Year finalists will be honored at an awards breakfast at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on October 23, 2014. For the fifth annual CFO of the Year Awards, the Memphis Business Journal (MBJ) has divided the finalists into four categories:

  • Private Company, Less Than $100 million in Annual Revenue
  • Private Company, More Than $100 million in Annual Revenue
  • Nonprofit Company, Less Than $8 million in Annual Revenue
  • Nonprofit Company, More Than $8 million in Annual Revenue

The MBJ will also honor Lifetime Achievement Award winner, David Zettergren, for his service as the Vice President for Business and Finance at the University of Memphis. To meet this year's CFO honorees, register for the awards event by clicking here.

The 2014 class of CFOs of the Year include the following:

Mike Baker IMC Companies

Gery Carlson Regency Homebuilders

David Dunavant Monogram Food Solutions

Jacob Griffith Artisent Floors

Gail Hopper Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Gary Joffe Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.

Jason Lee Orion Federal Credit Union

Steve Martin TruckPro

Robert Parks Armstrong Relocation Company

Larry Pennington Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis

Crandall Quinn EPaymentAmerica

Frank Reid Duncan Williams

Brian Robinson Crye-Leike, Inc

Linda Sawyer Memphis onvention & Visitors Bureau

Lisa Seaburg Aeon LLC

Ron Walker FedEx Employees Credit Association

David Zettergren University of Memphis

June 12, 2014

Nominations are now open for the 2014 CFO of the Year awards hosted by the Memphis Business Journal. CFOs will be split into 5 separate categories this year, including the Lifetime Achievement category. Other groups include the following:

  • Private Company Less than $100 Million Annual Revenue
  • Private Company More then $100 Million Annual Revenue
  • Nonprofit Company Less than $30 Million Annual Revenue
  • Nonprofit Company More than $30 Million Annual Revenue

The CFO of the Year awards honor influential financial professionals in Memphis and the Mid-South for outstanding performance in their roles as corpoate financial stewards. The deadline to nominate a CFO is July 25, 2014. You can nominate your CFO through the Memphis Business Journal website.

This year's awards breakfast will take place Thursday, October 23rd at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. Registration will be begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Click here to view a list of last year's winners.


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