MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A former Sikeston, Mo., resident is one of the first two CEOs in Residence at the FedEx Institute of Technology.
Barney DuBois, a Sikeston High School graduate, will assist in integrating the FedEx Institute into the business community. The new CEO in Residence program allows business leaders to share practical knowledge with students and researchers while cultivating a personal project utilizing the unique resources available at the Institute, according to an article published by the University of Memphis.
"The experience Barney DuBois has gained during four decades in business and in the practice of journalism will enable him to provide invaluable connections to the business community for the FedEx Institute and for the University as a whole," said University of Memphis President Shirley Raines.
DuBois' Memphis career began in 1966 with The Commercial Appeal, where he served for five years as reporter and assistant city editor. From 1972 to 1979 he was assistant city editor for the Memphis Press-Scimitar. He is best known as being co-founder and publisher of the Memphis Business Journal.
"Barney's leadership in crafting media and development plans to grow the Institute will be strategic," said Institute Director Craig Grossman.
DuBois has been active in civic affairs serving as president of the Memphis Rotary Club, the Economics Club of Memphis and the Memphis Minority Business Council. He has been included in Memphis Magazine's top 100 "movers and shakers."
Also serving as CEO is Scott Messmore, president and CEO of MBI.
WASHINGTON - Liz Williams is the new director, government relations and political affairs for Van Scoyoc Associates Inc., the largest independent government affairs firm in Washington.
Joining VSA in 2001 as a manager, Williams' previous job was as the deputy U.S. House liaison for The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. As House liaison, Williams was the daily intermediary between Heritage staff and policy analysts and key House members and staff on all matters concerning issues, forums, legislation and Heritage-hosted events. Before joining Heritage, Williams worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1997-98 concentrating on fundraising for the 1998 election cycle.
As director, Williams focuses mainly on external relations and political affairs for the firm. She is solely responsible for the organization and execution of VSA political events, including both internal and outside sponsorships. As the chief political representative of the firm, her work brings her into contact with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate.
A 1997 graduate of the University of Mississippi, Williams is the daughter of Lexie Williams of Hickory, N.C., and Mary Jean Williams of Sikeston, Mo. She is the granddaughter of the late Robert Landon, Helen Fisher and Lex and Adelle Williams.
SIKESTON - Sue Leigh was selected the Missouri Delta Medical Center December "Employee of the Month."
Leigh, who has served Missouri Delta Medical Center for 42 years, is MDMC's ICU ward clerk. Described as "very organized, efficient and thorough," co-
workers added she is helpful to callers and visitors. "She makes sure that charts or films are available as requested by physicians, and ensures that nurses have the needed forms on hand," her nominator added.
A resident of Sikeston, Leigh enjoys reading, fishing and doing yard work.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon will be at noon Feb. 23 at the Sikeston Eagles Club. Lunch will be $8 per person.