The nonprofit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is slated to receive the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) National Health and Fitness Award for the park's 2011 Woodland Discovery Summer Challenge, an educational day camp. NRPA is scheduled to present the award on Oct. 17 in Anaheim, California.
Annual winners are honored for excellence in programming, leadership, research, public outreach, and professional and voluntary service. Meanwhile, the summer challenge, sponsored by the Medtronic Foundation, promotes being active and healthy outdoors with a variety of field trips and other activities for kids.
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy manages and operates the park and the Shelby Farms Greenline in Memphis.
The Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce has singled out 10 younger professionals in its magazine's annual Young Memphis issue.
The following people will be spotlighted in this quarter's Memphis Crossroads Magazine. They were nominated by the chamber's membership and Facebook followers.
Lindsay Handley of Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.
Marcela Pinilla of the Memphis Music Foundation
Ken Gibbs of KnoCo
Kelly Earnest of The Peabody
Andre Gibson of Buckman USA
Todd Watson of Armstrong Relocation
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Brittany Fitzpatrick of Ronald McDonald House Memphis
Jason Potter of the Memphis Grizzlies
Preston Thomas of Colliers International
The Memphis College of Art has a new vice president for college advancement.
Shawna Engel is now responsible for all fundraising and advancement efforts, including relationship-building. Engel has more than 20 years of customer service, nonprofit development, and academic administration experience.
Her most recent post was as director of development for the University of Memphis' Cecil C. Humpheys School of Law. In that role she oversaw a $12 million capital campaign to move the law school from the university's campus to its new home downtown, in a former customs house and post office on Front Street. Before that Engel worked as director of annual giving, director of alumni, and admissions counselor for Christian Brothers University.
She holds a bachelor's...
In other International Paper news, the Memphis-based company has been ranked No. 45 on the 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld.
That's up from 59th last year and 90th in 2010. IP was recognized as an organization that challenges its IT staff while providing great pay and benefits. The company employs more than 1,400 IT professionals worldwide. They design, implement, upgrade, and sustain the information infrastructure for 70,000 employees.
Computerworld's top five best workplaces are USAA, CareerBuilder, Commonwealth Financial Network, General Mills, and Quicken Loans. Just click on the hot link above to see the whole listing.
Memphis-based International Paper Co. has acquired a new board member as of Oct. 1.
Ilene S. Gordon, 58, joins chairman and CEO John Faraci, David J. Bronczek, Ahmet C. Dorduncu, Stacey J. Mobley, Joan E. Spero, John L. Townsend, John F. Turner, William G. Walter, and J. Steven Whisler on the now 10-member board.
Gordon is chairman, president and CEO of Westchester, Illinois-based Ingredion Inc. The company (formerly known as Corn Products International) converts corn, tapioca, wheat, potatoes, and other raw materials into ingredients for the food, beverage, brewing, and pharmaceutical industries as well as numerous industrial sectors. It had $6.2 billion in net sales last year.
Gordon has presided over Ingredion since 2009. Before that she served as president and CEO of...
Small-business owners ranked Tennessee sixth in the top 10 least costly states for hiring, according to a new survey by thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation. The two-month survey included more than 6,000 business owners nationwide.
Key findings include:
Tennessee earned an "A" for its friendliness to small businesses in tax code and zoning regulations.
Women-owned small businesses were 38 percent more likely than male-owned businesses to rate their companies' financial situation as "good" or "very good."
East Tennessee scored highest in the state for small business friendliness.
Although Tennessee ranked well in several categories, it scored a B- for its overall small business friendliness because of concerns over...
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center's Physiology Department will soon benefit from the sale of 40 works by deceased local artist Paul Penczner. The works of art will be on display at the Memphis Botanic Garden throughout November.
Penczner's widow, Jolanda Penczner, donated more than 400 pieces of her husband's to the university last spring. Those pieces will become available in subsequent sales.
In the meantime, UTHSC is hosting a reception at the garden on Nov. 8. Two-hundred guests are expected.
From the 1950s onward, Penczner showed his work in more than 70 exhibitions nationwide, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His 1989 series of pen-and-ink drawings, "Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles," is in the...