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The Chamber Connection is published monthly by the Jackson Chamber in Jackson, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.jacksontn.com.

    FEBRUARY 2014

    INSIDE: Chamber Welcomes New Board Chairman

    Chamber Emissaries Volunteer Group Selects 2014 Chairperson pg. 2

    pg. 2


  • JACKSON CHAMBER PG. 2JACKSON CHAMBER PG. 2Thirty Business Professionals continued on page 4...


    Chamber Welcomes New Board Chairman


    Roy Heatherly, President/Publisher, The Jackson Sun and 2013-14 board chairman for the Jackson Chamber, passed the gavel to the new board chairman in the chambers January board of directors meeting. Jim Campbell, President/COO, H & M Company, Inc., will follow Heatherly as the chambers new board chairman. In addition to the new board chairman, the board elected officers for 2014-2015. They are:

    Ben Ferguson, First Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect, Personnel Placements, LLCJim Ferrell, Second Vice Chairman, Jackson Energy AuthorityCurtis Mansfield, Secretary and Treasurer, First BankRoy Heatherly, Immediate Past Chairman, The Jackson Sun

    The board elected three new members to serve three year terms on the Board of Directors. They are:

    Jeff Blankenship, West Tennessee HealthcareAl Hossack, Toyota BodineDoug Roth, BancorpSouth One member was elected to a two year term. That member is:

    Randy McKinnon, TLM Associates

    Those selected by the chairman to serve a one year appointment are: Lisa Peoples, Area Relief MinistriesJohn Reid, JMS Russel Metals Corp. Swee Har Wilcox, Armstrong Hardwood Flooring Company

    Returning board of directors are: Harbert Alexander, The Bank of Jackson; Mike Austin, Mayor, City of Medon; Dr. Bruce Blanding, Jackson State Community College; Scott Conger, City of Jackson; Dr. David S. Dockery, Union University; Stephen Eldridge, Alexander, Thompson, Arnold PLLC; Mayor Jerry Gist, City of Jackson; Mayor Jimmy Harris, Madison County Courthouse; James Hill, Mayor, City of Three Way; Mark Johnstone, Madison County Commission Chairman; Dr. Dan Lattimore, The University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus; Tyreece Miller, City of Jackson; Anna Page, Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Representative; Dr. Verna Ruffin, Jackson-Madison County School System; Kyle Spurgeon, Jackson Chamber; Glenn Vaulx, Lane College; Tim Wehner, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, P.L.C.

    ABOVE: Roy Heatherly, President/Publisher, The Jackson Sun, gets ready to pass the gavel at the Jackson Chambers January board of directors meeting.

    Chamber Emissaries Volunteer Group Selects 2014 Chairperson Sherita Greer, Branch Manager & Community Reinvestment Officer, BancorpSouth was recently selected to be the 2014 chair of the Emissaries volunteer group. The Emissaries contact members to develop relationships within the chamber. Greer has been involved with Emissaries for six years. After learning the mission of the Emissaries, I saw how vital our roles are to the chamber, Greer said. Communication is the key and businesses want to know how they can play a part in keeping our community strong. Being an Emissary has encouraged me to have conversations with individuals and businesses alike regarding their needs or concerns. Lisa Cothran, Vice President, Membership Development with the Jackson Chamber, is pleased to have Greer as the 2014 Emissaries chair. The Emissaries work is vital to the chamber, Cothran said. This group of volunteers assists the chamber with keeping in touch with its 1,350 members. The Emissaries connect with existing chamber members to verify their contact infor-mation and to reinforce the importance of chamber membership. The Jackson Chamber also has other volunteer groups, including the Ambassadors, also known as the Red Coats. Dressed in their red coats, they attend ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, open houses and grand openings held by chamber members.

    ABOVE: Sherita Greer, Bancorp-South, will serve as the 2014 chairper-son for the chamber Emissaries volunteer group.


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    Company: Jackson Energy AuthorityJob Title: Vice President of Customer Service/Community Relations

    Q: Why did you choose to help with the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association? A: I wanted to help because of their service and dedication to the Jackson community.

    Q: What are you looking forward to this year with the 2014 class? A: The opportunity to work and fellowship with new leaders as they step through the process of finding what they can do to be a positive impact on our community.

    Q: What was the most important piece of information that you learned during your Leadership Jackson experience? A: Today, 20 plus years later I still appreciate both the knowl-edge and the friendships I gained because of Leadership Jackson.

    Q: What advice would you give the upcoming 2014 class?A: Find your place and make a positive difference.

    Q: What was your favorite memory from Leadership Jackson? A: The friendships I made over the years.

    Q: If you could describe Leadership Jackson in one word, what would it be? A: Rewarding.

    Ted Austin, 2014 Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Board of Directors

    For more information on Leadership Jackson,

    visit its website at www.leadershipjackson.com.

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    Brandi Wilson Joins Allison Insurance Group Allison Insurance Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandi Wilson as an account executive with the commercial insur-ance team. Brandi brings to Allison Insurance Group nearly 20 years of professional sales experience and community service in West Tennessee. She will focus on the needs of commercial clients offering Allison Insurance Groups full portfolio of services. In addition, she can assist with personal insurance needs including long-term care, health, life, auto and home coverage. Brandis previous experience includes success in both the telecommunications and hospitality industries. She was an award winning account executive with Charter Business as well as recognized for excellence as director of sales with Wright Investment Properties. She is a life-long resident of Henderson where she along with her husband and two sons live. Wilson is an active member of the

    Exchange Club, Ayers Childrens Medical Center Board, Jackson Chambers Emissaries group and a Leadership Jackson alumnus. She has served on the board of several charitable and professional organizations. Wilson may be reached at 731-668-8444 or [email protected]


    Executive Impact Selected for International Mentoring / Training Program in 2014 Alissa DeWitt, Founder, Coach and Consultant with Executive Impact, a West Tennessee based organiza-tional development firm, has been selected as 1 of 100 coaches and trainers internationally to participate in a prestigious, nine month long mentorship, coaching and training program personally led and facilitated by Jack Canfield* with The Canfield Training Group. The program equips selected coaches with information, tools and resources to even more profoundly impact individuals, organizations and communities in achieving greater success. DeWitt, who is already passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals and in organizations, says she is excited and honored to invest in such a dynamic program and to learn from one of the masters and a 40 year veteran of the personal development industry. We look forward to integrating the information, tools and resources from this program to bring additional value to the people, businesses, organizations and ministries of West Tennessee. DeWitt shares a quote by Jack Canfield she believes captures the heart of the program, The greater contribution you can make to the world is to grow in self-awareness, self-realization, and the power to manifest your own heartfelt dreams and desires. The next greatest thing you can do is to help others do the same. *Jack Canfield, also known as Americas #1 Success Coach, is the creator of The Chicken Soup for the Soul series, co-author of The Success Principles, has had seven books on the New York Times best seller list at one time, is the founder of The Canfield Training Group and has appeared on over 1000 radio and television programs in nearly every major market worldwide. Executive Impact, a member of the Jackson Chamber, was founded in West Tennessee in 2009 as an organizational development firm focused on transforming the lives of individuals, organizations and communities by equipping leaders and their teams to achieve outstanding results and maximize their potential. Since that time, they have offered their clients a local resource for coaching, training, talent & performance management, strategic planning and retreat facilitation.

    Raymond James Employee Earns CFP Certification Raymond James is pleased to announce that Michelle Prince, Senior Vice President, Investments, has earned her CFP certification and is now a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional. A Certified Financial Planner must pass a rigorous set of criteria including a compre-hensive two-day, 10 hour exam. The CFP professional must also meet strict ethical qualifications and complete continuing education pro-grams each year. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP.

    ABOVE: Michelle Prince

    Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs Announces Employee Achievements Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs is proud to announce its team members who have earned promotions and have passed the Uniform CPA Examination. ATAs mission is to help our clients succeed. Our team members continually excel in the accounting industry and provide the highest quality accounting and auditing services to our clients, said Al Creswell, CPA and Chief Manager, Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs. Its an honor to recognize these individuals for their determination and leadership within our firm. These individuals were recently promoted: Alecia Purtteman, CBA (Jackson, Tenn.) has been promoted to Senior Manager; Teresa Spann, EA (Jackson, Tenn.) is now Tax Manager; Brittney Kissell, CPA (Union City, Tenn.) and Angie Hutchison-Adams, EA (Jackson, Tenn.) have been promoted to Manager; Katie Little, CPA (Milan, Tenn.); Emily Davidson (Union City, Tenn.); Branden Crosby, CPA and Angela Gobelet, EA (Jackson, Tenn.) have been promoted to Senior Accountant; and Jessi Alexander and Rachel DePriest (Jackson, Tenn.) are now Staff Accountant. In addition to these promotions, Branden Crosby (Jackson, Tenn.) recently passed the Uniform CPA Examination. The Uniform CPA Examination is one of the nations most comprehensive examinations. Sections covered in the test include auditing and attestation, financial accounting and reporting, regulation and business environment and con-cepts. To be eligible to sit for the exam, candidates must have completed a minimum of 150 semester hours, which include a baccalaureate or higher degree from an academic institution recognized by the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy, with a minimum of 30 semester hours in accounting and 24 semester hours in general business subjects. For more information about Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs, visit www.atacpa.net.

    ABOVE: Brandi WIlson

    ABOVE: Alissa DeWitt

    ABOVE (LEFT TO RIGHT): Alecia Purtteman, CBA; Branden Crosby, CPA; Katie Little, CPA; Teresa Spann, EA.

  • Get Connected With: The Ned - City of Jackson


    Company name: The Ned - City of JacksonAddress: 314 East Main StPhone Number: 731-664-1171About The Ned: Website: www.cityofjackson.net Facebook: Facebook.com/thenedtheatre

    Chamber Connection: Whats helped your organization become successful in our community? The Ned: Our volunteers, ushers and the Ned Board, our sponsors and ad supporters, as well as our season ticket holders. We are so proud to have volunteers for our concerts, performances and receptions, as well as helping with mailers and other office work when needed. Our board consists of; Lyda Kay Ferree, president, Glenda Baker, Gwenda Anthony, Carla Burngasser, Richard Beach, Hampton Williams, Hilda Little, Linda Wood, and Terry Wallace. I cant say enough about these members and their work here at The Ned. And our season just wouldnt be what it is without Sponsors, supporters, and season ticket holders. We strive to improve The Ned, its programs and our service to the community.

    Chamber Connection: What does your organization do that most people dont know about? The Ned: The Ned is home to several organizations such as: The Jackson Arts Council, Jackson Art Association, Jackson Theatre Guild, C-MACC, Cherqui Gallery Studio, Janice Sumlers Main Street Studio, Jane Walls Art Studio and Gallery, The Jackson Childrens and Teen Theatre and of course The Ned Offices. We have two galleries, a meeting room, a conference room and a state of the art theatre. If you havent been to the Ned lately, you need to visit. And just last year, we added our own Box Office.

    Chamber Connection: What are some recent successes your organization has experienced? The Ned: We have added our own Box Office. It makes ticket buying much more convenient to our customers. We have increased our atten-dance at the Ned as well as our rentals and season sponsorships. We have been named by The Jackson Sun as the The Best Place to see a Live Performance.

    Chamber Connection: What are some of the future goals of your organization? The Ned: We are working to ensure that everyone knows about The Ned and its programs. We print a Happenings at the Ned quarterly and would love for everyone to receive it. If you dont and would like to, you can send an email to [email protected], or call us at 731-425-8397 or 425-8396. Our staff welcomes your comments anytime.

    Chamber Connection: Whats new with your organization? The Ned: We will be announcing our 2014-15 Ned Series soon. We are planning an exciting season and hope everyone will be able to join us. We also have a great way for the community to support The Ned and the Arts. You can purchase a walkway brick, wall brick or pavestone in memory or in honor or memory of a loved one. Information on any of these can be gotten at the Ned or by calling 731-425-8397.

    Chamber Connection: Whats the biggest community project youre working on right now? The Ned: Spencers Illusions will be at The Ned on Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. It is much more than a magic show. It is a magical concert for the eyes. Audiences cross over a threshold of disbelief only moments after the Spencers take the stage. The duo presents a high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance and suspense with elaborate stage illusions that include dazzling special effects and magnificent set design. It is sponsored by Northbrooke Healthcare and Rehab Center and Forest Cove Nursing and Rehab Center. On Thursday, February 20, the Spencers will work with facility staff to earn Continuing Education Units, using illusion as a form of rehabilitation.


    NEW MEMBERS: JAN. 2014Alzheimers AssociationSusan Graham713 S. Mendenhall Rd.Memphis, TN 38117(901) 565-0011www.alz.orgCategory: NonProfit Oranganizations

    Castle Pines - Home of Chestershire CastleTeresa Hardee2045 Brown Cemetery Rd. Luray, TN 38352(713) 502-6786www.chestershirecastle.comCategory: Wedding &/or Event Venue

    ComeUnity CafeAmy Crenshaw 218 E. Main St.Jackson, TN 38301(731) 300-4674www.comeunitycafe.comCategory: NonProfit Oranganizations

    D K USA, Inc. Hasmukh Patel2112 Hwy. 70 E. Jackson, TN 38305(731) 394-8280www.dkusainc.comCategory: Convenience Stores

    Flatiron Grille and BistroFrank Arcuri1160 Vann Dr. Jackson, TN 38305(731) 668-3528www.flatironrestaurants.comCategory: Restaurants

    The Jackson Hearing CenterNatalie Wyatt172-D University Pkwy. Jackson, TN 38305(731) 660-5511www.hearingmemphis.comCategory: Audiology &/or Hearing Aids

    Luxury Auto ServiceChristian Byler210 Commerce Center CircleJackson, TN 38301(731) 410-6688www.luxuryautoservice.netCategory: Automobile Repairs & Service

    MIG Construction Services, LLCAndre Gist228 Rush St.Lexington, TN 38351(731) 967-6442www.migllc.com/constructionservices.phCategory: Steel-Fabricators &/or Shelving

    Spoil Me RottenJennifer Stegall1032 Vann Dr., Ste. LJackson, TN 38305(731) 256-1917Category: Clothing - Children

    Walking Wisely Life ServicesBill Neal56 Casey Jones LaneJackson, TN 38305(731) 234-0612Category: Counseling

    + 97 percent of your chamber dues are tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

    + 6,865 Number of direct manufac-turing, distribution, and call center jobs created in Madison County by chamber economic development initiatives in the last ten years.

    + More than One Billion Number of dollars invested by new and expanding industries in Madison County in the last ten years as a resultof efforts by the chambers economic development department and its affiliation with Team Madison County.

    DID YOU KNOW?...


    RENEWING MEMBERS: JAN. 20141st Choice Realty, Inc.Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center, PCAFLAC-Hazel JohnsonAgriturf, LLCAldelano Packaging CorporationAll American SignsAll-Brite Signs and Rentals, Inc.Allegra Design . Print . MailAskew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates, Inc.Aspen DentalAugustine SchoolBakers RackBancorpSouthBest Western Carriage House Inn & SuitesBills Appliance, Inc.BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc.Carlock Nissan of JacksonChick-fil-A of Old Hickory MallCity Lumber Co.Clear Vision Business ServicesClear Vision Business ServicesColdwell Banker Real Estate Now-Eden SmithCowart Reese Sargent, CPAs, PCCrocker Construction Co., Inc.Dale Carnegie TrainingDelta Faucet CompanyDugger Promotional ProductsElmcroft of Jackson, Assisted Living & Memory CareFirst Citizens National BankFoundation BankFranklin American Mortgage Co.Franklin Electrofluid Co., Inc.Friendly Franks Flea Market - JacksonGarrett Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc.George A. Smith & SonsGlory Gymnastics CenterGolden Circle Ford LincolnGreen With Envy Lawn Care Service, LLCH & R BlockHampton Inn & Suites JacksonHibachi Grill Supreme BuffetHighland Place Bed & Breakfast InnHoliday Inn Express & SuitesHome Instead Senior CareHunt Services, Inc.Imagination Library of Madison CountyINSOUTH BankIntegrated CommunicationsJackson Chiropractic CenterJackson Energy AuthorityJackson Massage & Day SpaJackson MeadowJackson Printers, Inc.Jackson Seventh-Day Adventist ChurchJohnny Shaw, State RepresentativeKirklands, Inc.Kiwanis Club of JacksonLawrence Sorensen Funeral Home, Inc.

    Londe Air, LLCLonghorn SteakhouseManpower of the Mid-SouthMaplewood Health Care CenterMcCowat Mercer Packaging, Inc.McDonnell InsuranceMiss Tennessee Pageant Inc.Mitchells Body Shop, Inc.Modern Telephone SystemsMorningside of Jackson Assisted LivingMorton Moving & StorageNancys Carousel of Flowers & GiftsNell Huntspon Flower BoxPathway LendingPentecost & Glenn, PLLCPerseus Distribution LLCPremier Dental CenterPremier Place CateringProcess Systems Incorporated Construction CompanyProfessional Benefits ConsultantsReasons Engineering & Associates, Inc.Regions BankRoberts JewelersS.M. Lawrence, Inc.SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett CountySignatures BoutiqueSpragins, Barnett and Cobb, PLCSprint/Wireless DirectStability Growth Solutions, LLCState Farm Insurance-Greg MilamState Farm Insurance-Howard BondStifel NicolausTeen Driver AcademyTelephone Electronics Corporation (TEC)Tennessee College of Applied Technology-JacksonTennessee Sports FoundationTennessee Tractor, LLCTennessee Valley AuthorityThe Jackson Theatre GuildTourism Association of Southwest TennesseeToyota Bodine AluminumTull Brothers, Inc.Turner Dairies Inc.Union UniversityVenus De Milo Med Spa, LLCWade Electric Co., Inc.WBBJ TVWest Tennessee HealthcareWest Tennessee Research and Education CenterWest Tennessee RestorationWiese USAWilliams Steel Co.WorkPlace SolutionsWSBF Warehousing/Mid South WarehousingYard BallsYouth Town of Tennessee



    Connect with us no matter where you are. Visit jacksontn.comon your mobile device!

    Ambassadors with Perfect Attendance, January 2014:

    Karen Ashley, Allegra Print & Imaging

    Kathy Canovan, Rodan & Fields

    Horace Chase, Jackson State Community College

    Dale Childress, Woodstock Bake Shop

    Joyce Corley, FirstBank

    Amanda Davenport, Complete Restoration, Inc.

    Cathy Nelson, MAA

    Heath Williams, George A. Smith & Sons

    & Home Based and Out-of-Town Ribbon Cuttings

    Jackson-Madison County Library, North Branch6 Stonebridge

    Jackson, TN 38305731-425-8600

    www.jmcl.tn.orgCategory: NonProfit Organizations

    Jackson-Madison County Library, Main Location (newly renovated)

    433 E. LafayetteJackson, TN 38301


    Category: NonProfit Organizations

    Rinas Bridal Boutique2665 N. Highland Avenue

    Jackson, TN 38305731-394-5223

    www.rinasbq.comCategory: Boutiques & Specialty Shops

    Patterson Physical Therapy176-E West University Parkway

    Jackson, TN 38305731-300-4950

    www.bethpattersonpt.comCategory: Health & Wellness

    Welcome to our newest Partners-in-Education:

    Sky Zone and Liberty Technology Magnet High SchoolDET Distributing and North Parkway Middle School Proud Sponsor of the

    Jackson Chamber Education Programs

  • Unemployment Dec. 13 Dec. 12 Rate Change Nov. 13 Nov. 12 Rate Change Madison County 7.5% 8.0% -0.5% 7.8% 7.2% 0.6% Jackson MSA 7.4% 8.0% -0.6% 7.7% 7.3% 0.4% (Madison & Chester Counties) Tennessee 7.3% 7.6% -0.3% 7.4% 6.9% 0.5% United States 6.5% 7.6% -1.1% 6.6% 7.4% -0.8% Sales Tax Collected Feb. 14 Feb. 13 Rate Change Jan. 14 Jan. 13 Rate Change

    City of Jackson $5,394,718 $5,390,611 0.1% $3,905,632 $3,822,828 2.2%

    Madison County $5,715,208 $5,727,356 -0.2% $4,167,302 $4,076,849 2.2%

    Building Permits Residential Jan. 13 Jan. 12 Dec. '13 Dec. '12

    Number Issued 9 16 11 5Permit Value $1,396,530 $3,054,800 $2,658,000 $775,000

    Commercial Number Issued 15 14 10 4Permit Value $2,798,765 $1,436,569 $2,929,278 $1,116,600



    Total Labor Force Dec. 13 Dec. 12 Rate Change Nov. 13 Nov. 12 Rate Change Madison County 48,080 48,940 -1.8% 48,590 49,010 -0.9% Jackson MSA 56,090 57,180 -1.9% 56,690 57,260 1.0% (Madison & Chester Counties) Tennessee 3,025,300 3,129,800 -3.3% 3,065,200 3,104,000 -1.3% United States 154,408,000 154,904,000 -0.3% 155,046,000 154,953,000 0.1%

  • Jackson Chamber Staff Directory

    Kyle Spurgeon, President/[email protected]

    Lisa Cothran, Vice President, Membership Development [email protected]

    Kristy Dew, [email protected]

    Joel Newman, Director, West TN Business Resource [email protected]

    Lori Nunnery, Executive Director, Jackson Convention & Visitors [email protected]

    Beth Parnell, Manager of Events [email protected]

    Ryan Porter, Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel [email protected]

    Judy Renshaw, Executive Director, Leadership [email protected]

    Megan Seals, Communications [email protected]

    Brandy Stutsman, Program [email protected]

    Carolyn Vaughan, Membership Development Coordinator [email protected]

    Joyce Welch, Executive Assistant [email protected]

    Mandy White, Sr. Vice President, Economic Development [email protected]


    Russell Cook, Manager of [email protected]

    Shirley Jones, Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs [email protected]

    Kingsley Brock, Executive Director, Jackson Regional Partnership [email protected]




    For decades, Jackson has connected businesses to success.Today, we are connected by more than roads, rail and runways

    we connect people at the speed of light. Jackson is looking ahead as a sustainable city with a growing focus on wellness.

    Our hundreds of doctors, specialty centers and pioneering robotics have captured national attention.

    The surprising variety of arts, sports and music is kept vibrant by a growing number of students and professionals.

    The Jackson Chamber invites you to Connect Here.

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