Memphis fans love to hate LA Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Well, CP3, here’s a chance to earn some love (OK, like) and respect in the Bluff City by doing the right thing.
Coaches chose Paul to be a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team. Normally, no issue with this. He is, though I hate to say it, probably the best in the game. But he has been out with a separated shoulder for weeks and his return is pegged for around the All-Star break. Clippers coach Doc Rivers has said he has no problem if Paul’s first game back is the All-Star Game.
Well, I do have a problem with that. And I’m guessing some of Paul’s teammates might, too.
Conley is having a career year — 18.2 points, 6.3 assists — and has carried the Grizzlies for much of the season. “Carried,” by the way, was exactly the word Zach Randolph used. The Spurs’ Tony Parker and Portland’s Damian Lillard also made the team as reserves. Parker is an easy choice. I’d take Conley over Lillard,but it’s close and the Blazers have a better record.
So, CP3, the ball is in your court. Decide not to play, then put a call into new NBA commissioner (as of Saturday, Feb. 1) Adam Silver, who will select the replacements for injured players. Tell Silver you’ve been competing against Conley for years and he is deserving of your spot.
It’s the right play.
Congratulations are in order for three companies that have graduated from the Seed Hatchery program and which have received post-accelerator angel investments of more than $700,000.
Start Co. Angels is behind the investments, $175,000 of which is going to MentorMe, an online mentoring platform that pairs mentors with mentees and provides management and measurement tools.
Musistic, which picked up $200,000, is a music networking plug-in that allows musicians to collaborate with anyone, anywhere, on any digital audio workstation.
Screwpulp, an e-book publishing and purchasing platform, picked up the biggest investment – $330,000.
Signal Flow PR is getting a new home.
The music-focused agency is moving from EmergeMemphis at 516 Tennessee Street to 502 South Main.
In a blog post about the movie, Signal Flow explains that: “We’re looking forward to joining the South Main neighborhood – particularly our musical neighbors like WEVL, the Blues Foundation and the Memphis Music Foundation – and the visibility and performance opportunities for our clients that the space will bring. Look for a grand opening celebration of sorts on a South Main Trolley Night soon, and announcements of acoustic shows, listening parties and more right here in the months to come.”
Trustmark Corp. announced fourth quarter results this week that included $28 million in net income and $117.1 million in net income for the full year.
Meanwhile, Trustmark’s board also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per common share payable March 15. In a release, the bank noted it has consistently paid quarterly cash dividends which have grown – and never decreased – over time.
In a statement about the quarter’s results, Trustmark president and CEO Gerard Host said the company grew revenue almost 9 percent to a record level of $562.3 million and during 2013 completed the largest acquisition in its history.
Sullivan Branding has made some new hires in its account service department.
Jordan Jackson is an account manager and will oversee Sullivan’s work for the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Kristen Griffin has been named account coordinator for Sullivan’s work with various Hilton Worldwide brands.
And Kelsey Mason has joined the agency as account coordinator for Fred’s Super Dollar.
Firm-wide, Sullivan has more than 70 professionals in Memphis and Nashville.