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Michelle Agnew, Agent
State Farm Insurance • 901.372.3792

With more than 20 years at State Farm, Michele takes a no-nonsense approach to insurance and financial services. It starts with a personal evaluation of your risks and goals. Michele has a gift for listening to her client’s goals, dreams, and fears. Clients are offered regular reviews to go over their existing policies, learn about their coverage and options, and make changes as needed. Insurance needs change as your life changes and it is important to Michele to keep her clients up to date.

Michelle is a lifelong Memphian who graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and attended University of Memphis. She is married with 2 sons.

Angela Bisceglia, Agent
BenchMarkRealtors, LLC • 901.481.7811
http://www.HomesComeTrue.com
 
Angela is a Real Estate Professional specializing in residential real estate for buyers, sellers, and investors. She enjoys helping to achieve the American dream of homeownership. She has served on many committees with MAAR, RPAC's Capital Club, and "Welcome Home Memphis." Credentials include: ABR, CRS, GRI, MM$C, and 2001 President, Women's Council of Realtors.
 
A consultant and investor in several businesses, Angela serves on the board of directors of Shelby Residential and Vocational Services, The Girl Scout Council of the Mid-South, and is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.  Down time includes family, friends and 3 dogs. Well traveled in the U.S. and abroad, she loves, books, music, and riding Harley's.

Tammie Connor, Owner
Custom Gifts & Marketing • 901.373.7900
http://www.gocustomgifts.com
 
Tammie started Custom Gifts and Marketing in 1999. Connor creates gift baskets and promotional products in a market that took off when she started selling to apartment communities. In 2004 Tammie purchased Hunter Basquetrie, well known in Memphis for more than 13 years for their Corporate, Gourmet and Memphis Gift Baskets.
 
Tammie serves on the Board of Directors for NAWBO and the Apartment Association of Greater Memphis.  She is also a member of the NFIB, ASI, and The Small Business Chamber. Custom Gifts & Marketing was just named by Gift Basket Review Magazine in the Top 50 Gift Baskets Businesses in America and in the Top 50 Fastest Growing Gift Basket businesses in America.
 
Trish Corlew, President/CEO

IT Staffing, Inc. • 901.878.0800
http://www.itstaffinginc.com  

Trish Corlew is President and CEO of IT Staffing, Inc., which serves the information technology industry exclusively. Trish began her career as HR Director for a large Mid-South corporation, and then moved into the staffing field where she saw the need to unite business and IT professionals. She founded Information Technology Staffing in 1994. Since then the company has grown to include 12 offices in 4 states.  
 
With her husband David, who is Chief Operations Officer, Trish stays busy with their growing company and family. Their three boys - ages 1 1/2 to 5 years - love books and searching for fossils.

Cathy Draper, Co-Owner
Draper’s Catering of Memphis • 901.385.7788
http://www.draperscatering.com
 
Cathy with her husband, Gary, opened their own business in 1989, starting out with a small deli operation in Cordova.  Now their full-service catering business is a bustling enterprise, serving hundreds daily throughout the greater Memphis area.  The wedding business is a large portion of Draper’s business.  Cathy, a designer of custom wedding cakes, takes pride in offering high-quality products to her customers.  With six boys at home, and definitely outnumbered, she finds great pleasure meeting with brides, discussing their needs, and designing and producing unique creations for their special day.
 
Cathy is currently pursuing a degree in nutrition at The University of Memphis and studying Spanish as well.  She hopes to combine her many years of food experience with her education to assist those, particularly in the Hispanic community, in planning healthy meals for their families.

Cathy Graham, Owner
InternetOne.net • 901.888.2932
http://www.internetone.net

Cathy Graham, owner of InternetOne.net, began developing websites in 1994.  Her focus then, as it is now, is to provide website solutions to small and medium sized business.  Recognizing that smaller businesses have unique needs when it comes to website development, Cathy helps clients determine those needs and goals for their website.  She then creates a website that exceeds those goals and expectations.  Providing support and comfort throughout the website development process is what sets InternetOne.net apart from the competition.

Cathy is a regular guest on Ed Horrell’s “Talk About Service” radio show which airs on 990AM, Sundays at noon.

Rosie Graves, Manager
Profit InSites, Inc. • 901.737.2368
http://www.ProfitInsites.comhttp://www.RosaBellaJewelry.com

Rosie joined Profit InSites as the Memphis Branch Manager in September after 5 years in merchandising and e-commerce roles for a national retailer. Profit InSites focuses on small businesses with services that include custom website design, hosting, and e-mail & search engine marketing. Wedding InSites, a division of Profit InSites, offers websites specifically for brides and grooms.

Rosie was born and raised in New York, and moved to Memphis 9 years ago. She is also the owner of a web-based business, RosaBellaJewelry.com that offers handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry.  She has been married for 4 years to her husband, Ben, who is a physical therapist for Rehab, Etc.

Dr. Kitsie Hendrix
Periodontics and Implant Dentistry • 901.761.3029
http://www.perio-implantdentistry.com

Dr. Hendrix is a periodontist, a dentist specialized in gum and implant surgery. Her practice is dedicated to saving teeth even with advanced bone loss or replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
 
Dr. Hendrix is involved in Women’s Ministries at Second Presbyterian Church and at the denominational level in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She is on the executive committee for the Memphis Symphony League, the advisory board Concorde Career College, and is a member of the Memphis Dental Society, the Tennessee Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology. She has been published over 100 times.
 
Dr. Hendrix enjoys travel and gardening. She has two grown daughters and nine granddaughters.

Pamela John, Owner
About Face Cosmetics • 901.292.8875
 
About face cosmetics was developed with the post-operative plastic surgery patient in mind.  With 18 years experience in upper end cosmetic companies Pamela John learned there was a need for cosmetics that offered healthier choices for the skin. Some of her clients in the past were plagued with: acne, extremely dry skin, roseacea, sensitivities, birth marks or scars and there was no one line that addressed these problems. 
 
About face cosmetics powder mineral foundations and paramedical concealers were the answer to these and many more skin conditions.
 
Combined with a color palette of conventional cosmetics this line truly offers solutions to problem skin and is perfect for maintaining healthy skin. 

Beth Mauney, Co-Owner
Germantown Home Mortgage • 901.624.7446, ext. 227
http://www.MortagagesbyBeth.com
 
Beth saw a need in Memphis for a mortgage company that actually puts
the client‘s needs first. Because of this, she recently purchased a partnership with Germantown Home Mortgage. She has had remarkable success in closing the “hard to close” loans. Beth has built her business by being honest, ethical and someone who truly cares about each client. Beth believes that everyone should be treated fairly and have the same opportunities for home ownership.
 
Because of her commitment to her clients and her personal integrity, Beth was recently appointed to the Shelby County task force against predatory lending.

Angela Mazanti, Owner
Angela Mazanti Event Planning & Interior Design • 901.690.2738
http://www.AngelaMazantiDesigns.com

“We specialize in creating ATOMOSPHERE”
 
With an extensive background in Interior Design and Art & Floral Design, Angela is able to create an atmosphere of excellence in any venue.   She recently accomplished the Christmas décor at Oak Court Mall in Memphis.  Whether it’s church design, commercial renovations, or home interior needs, Angela Mazanti is an expert.
 
For event planning, you needn’t look any further.  From the most elaborate wedding to the company Christmas party, Angela will plan your event from conception to clean up, with an incomparable touch of class!

Pam McComas, Financial Consultant
Smith Barney • 901.818.4136
http://www.fc.smithbarney.com/mccomas

Careful investment of your financial assets may be one of the most important tasks you will do in your lifetime and one of the most valuable assets an investor can have is sound financial advice from someone they can trust.  Knowing what you would like to accomplish with your affluence, understanding your relationship to finances and helping you to manage all the associated complex issues - this is what I provide to my clients. 

Starting in the securities industry in 1976, Pam holds series 7, 3, 63, 65, life and health licenses and is a Financial Planning Specialist.  Pam has served as an elected school board member, is active in several charitable organizations, and serves on the board of The Memphis Women’s Breakfast Club. 

Joan Munsee, Owner
The White Gardenia & Having a Party? • 901.722.9199
http://www.The-White-Gardenia.com

Joan opened The White Gardenia in Midtown in July 2003.  Her “dream come true” came about after working over 30 years in the retail industry.

The shop is home to the handcrafted jewelry of eight Memphis artists, local pottery, hand painted glassware by an Alabama artist, soy-based hand poured candles made by a local teen, a Baby Boutique, and other items by over 30 local artists.  Joan also does party planning and makes gift baskets.  Antiques and a variety of gift items are also available at the store.
Every room in the converted house has a theme: kitchen, veranda, Christmas, and more.  She uses the term “Eclectic Indulgences” to describe the items she carries in the store.  It is everything you want…nothing you need. 

Cindy Phillips, V.P. / Funeral Director
Bartlett Funeral Home • 901.372.5555
http://www.BartlettFuneralHome.com

Cindy, a church musician joined the staff at Bartlett Funeral Home in May 2000 and began working toward becoming a licensed funeral director. 
 
December 2003, Cindy became partner with the owner and originator of the funeral home, Al Tacker, and became licensed in January 2005.  She appreciates that what sets them apart from other funeral homes is that they concentrate on the service and care with which they serve the families instead of the sales aspect of the industry.
 
In addition to directing funeral services she manages the pre-need funeral insurance program. Cindy, or another staff member is available 24/7/365.
 
She and her husband have three children and eight grandchildren in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Virginia Pretti, Associate Head of School
St. Mary’s Episcopal School • 901.537.0415
http://www.StMarysSchool.org

A St. Mary’s legend in her own right, Associate Head of School and Head of Lower School, Virginia Pretti was recently awarded the School’s highest honor, the Gold Cross.

Twenty-six years ago she arrived at St. Mary’s with 20 years of distinguished service as teacher, counselor or principal in other schools in Memphis. In her initial five years at St. Mary’s, she served as Head of Upper School. Since that time, she has been Head of the Lower School where she has built a superior educational program in a nurturing environment.

Renee Smith, Owner
Caring Companions • 901.259.5030
http://www.CaringCompanions.com
 
One woman's business was born out of her prayers to help others.  Caring Companions has been providing in-home care for the aging population for 10 years now.
  
Renee' worked in social services in nursing homes, and saw the need for in-home care.  At Caring Companions, "We treat our client's as though they are our family." The caregiver has a chance to take a break without worrying about their loved one.
 
The company now employs approximately 75 caregivers, and serves over 200 clients ranging in ages from 30 to 102 years old.  The company provides non-medical care such as housekeeping, laundry, meal planning & preparation, assist with personal care, med reminders, transportation to appointments, pet care, and much more.

PJ Smoot
The Point of Contact • 901.737.4517
http://www.ThePointofContact.org
 
With over 25 years of management experience in the US, Europe and Asia, PJ has developed results-focused approaches to management that help organizations leverage their strengths, making planning, change management and people management more productive while speeding conflict resolution.

PJ is the author of the management booklets In Plain Language, is a regular guest speaker at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is an Executive-in-Residence with the Human Resource Institute.
 
Here in Memphis PJ facilitates the Executive HR Roundtable, is an adjunct instructor at the Fogelman School of Business, is on the Boards of Playhouse on the Square and Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation and is a member of a task team focusing on helping connect people with disabilities and job opportunities.

Jodie Vance, Publisher/Owner
The Downtowner Magazine / Downtown Productions • 901.525.7118
http://www.MemphisDowntowner.com
 
In 1990, Jodie Vance had a vision to help promote a struggling Downtown Memphis in its early revitalization efforts. Her goal: highlight the positive aspects of the city, as well as spotlight specific projects and achievements slowly developing Downtown. She founded Downtown Productions Inc.—a graphic arts, marketing, and publishing company—to accomplish this mission, and began publishing Memphis Downtowner Magazine in 1991. The Downtown Directory, an annual "yellow pages" for Downtown businesses, hit the stands in 1996. Since that time, the Magazine has grown to a citywide distribution of 30,000, and today, Downtown Memphis is the fastest-growing neighborhood in the city. Downtown Productions has won numerous awards and recognitions; remains active in social and community functions; and continues its involvement in the economic development of the city.

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