Promotions, Hiring, Achievers and Company News

Here are promotions, hiring, movers and newsmakers in the Memphis area business scene.


Andrea Lopez Hayes recently joined Max Bensdorf Realtors. Born and raised in Mexico, she earned an undergraduate degree in business administration before moving to Memphis in 2012. Hayes subsequently developed an interest in real estate by buying, renovating and managing rental properties, and she and her husband own a portfolio of investment properties throughout the South Central that Hayes manages. She has previously worked with Latino Memphis.


Harkawi Schoenberg Kaplan Announce Hilary Wes Samuels Joining the law firm as an attorney, she specializes in legal practice in the areas of family law, civil litigation, and estate planning. She earned her law degree from DePaul University in Chicago, where she received the CALI Excellence in Trial Advocacy Future Award, an honor awarded to the highest-scoring student in each law school class. Samuels was previously an associate attorney at Moskovitz, McGhee, Brown Cohen & Moore in Memphis. She also serves as an assistant Shelby County public defender.


Youth Achievement in Memphis and the South Central Four new additions to the nonprofit’s board of directors were recently announced:

  • Shirley Harris Currently Kroger’s Corporate Affairs Manager, supporting the Delta Division’s local government affairs, media relations and community engagement efforts.
  • Tunissa Hobson With nearly 20 years of working with students and educators at various learning levels, from literacy enhancement programs to career technical education.
  • Charlie’s House Currently serves as AutoZone’s Strategic Planning Manager and is a Certified Public Accountant.
  • Steve Swain is Senior Vice President and Community Lending Manager at Pinnacle Financial Partners, where he also serves on the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Community Development Committee and Retail Credit Committee.

House of Bishop Trezevan Announce Paul Martin Selected to participate in the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Diversity Executive Leadership Program, a new two-year program designed to provide long-term support and leadership opportunities for underrepresented groups opportunities and post-acute care. As a past president of the Tennessee Healthcare Association’s Memphis District, Martin has lent his expertise to the long-term care community and currently serves on the West Tennessee Council of the Tennessee Center for Assisted Living. AHCA/NCAL launched the Diversity Executive Leadership Program in 2022 to build a diverse pool of candidates for leadership roles such as long-term care committees and boards of directors.

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