Here’s a look at promotions, hirings, movers and newsmakers in the Memphis area business scene:

Hollis (Photo: Submitted)

IMC Companies, a marine drayage industry company, hired its first chief administrative officer, Sherrie Hollis, on March 2. Prior to joining IMC Companies, Hollis served as senior vice president/senior relationship manager for Bank of America. With IMC she will manage human resources, safety, facilities and driver services for the IMC Companies family of brands. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s National Commercial Lending School and received her master’s degree in accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Youth Villages announced the addition of three new members to its national board of directors: Monica Wharton of Memphis, Jes Averhart of Durham, N.C., and Chris Hunter of Chapel Hill, N.C. Wharton is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. She oversees human resources, information technology, corporate risk, compliance and legal services. She previously served as senior vice president/chief legal officer between 2017 and May 2020. Averhart, CEO of Jes & Co., is creator of Reinvention Roadmap and is a fourth-generation entrepreneur focused on leadership development and women’s empowerment. Hunter is president of group and military business at Humana.

In March, Meghan M. Cox was promoted to senior associate with the law firm of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs. She’s been with the firm since 2018 and is a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Labor & Employment, and Intellectual Property Protection & Litigation Service teams, focusing her practice in the areas of commercial disputes, trademark and copyright litigation, and employment litigation. Cox received her law degree from Notre Dame Law School. She recently was recognized by Best Lawyers as “Ones to Watch” in commercial litigation. Cox is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Illinois.

In April, Jeff Sullivan was promoted to vice president of service at Memphis-based Process & Power. He joined the company in 2008 and has worked to build the field service business of the company, first as service manager and, subsequently, director of field service. While on the job he also received his MBA from Texas A&M and is now a partner and an officer of the company. Sullivan started his career as a service technician and was hired by Ingersoll Rand. He also serves on the board of directors of Process & Power.

Also at Process & Power, Claire Oakley was promoted to vice president of operations last month. Most recently, she led the ERP transition during the past two years. She will continue to lead the inside support teams and branches as she refines the processes. Prior to joining the company in 2007, Oakley held positions at Ingersoll Rand’s corporate headquarters and at its Cincinnati Air Center where she managed its  inside operations. At Process & Power she is a partner and an officer of the company. She also serves on the board of directors.


On the 10th anniversary of its Internet Essentials program, Comcast last month announced it would invest $1 billion during the next 10 years to help further close the digital divide and give even more low-income Americans the tools and resources they need to succeed in an increasingly digital world. The announcement coincides with the release of a 10-year Progress Report showing that, since 2011, the company, working in collaboration with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners, has connected a cumulative total of more than 10 million people in America to broadband internet at home, the overwhelming majority of whom were not connected prior to signing up. This includes more than 250,000 in Greater Memphis and more than 500,000 in Tennessee. Comcast’s $1 billion commitment will include investments in a number of critical areas, including: additional support for its ongoing Lift Zone initiative, which establishes WiFi-connected safe spaces in more than 1,000 community centers nationwide for students and adults by the end of 2021; new laptop and compute
r donations; grants for nonprofit community organizations to create opportunities for low-income Americans, particularly in media, technology and entrepreneurship; and continued investment in the company’s landmark Internet Essentials program.

— Compiled by Daniel Ginsburg

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