2019 SMA Board of Directors
Anton lives and works in South Main as an international business and career consultant. He is the owner of Century House, a social club housed in the former 20th Century Fox Pictures Building. He is a board member on the DMC’s Center City Development Commission and member of Epicenter’s Maker Council. A former law school dean and law firm executive, Anton completed his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, graduate studies at Harvard and an MBA at ESCP (Paris). Anton is well known for his grace under pressure and hearty laugh. He has been instrumental in many behind-the-scenes projects for SMA and helped lay the groundwork for its continued success.
Kendall owns and operates 901 Real Estate Services. In his 34-year real estate career, he has served on several committees for the Memphis Area of Association of Realtors. Kendall also served on the South Main Association Board of Directors in 2009 and 2010, and most recently on the 2018 Board. Additionally, in 2012 Kendall received a designation from the National Association of Expert Advisors and co-authored the book, The New Rise in Real Estate: The Nation’s Trusted Real Estate Advisors Reveal Their Top Secrets for Buying and Selling Homes in the New Real Estate Economy. Outside of work, Kendall enjoys spending time amid Memphis’s lively outdoor events, festivals, and attending productions at The Orpheum and Playhouse on the Square. Also, a bit of a food connoisseur, he frequents new restaurants in town and focuses on supporting local owners.
Cathy lives in South Main with her husband, Terry. A registered dietitian, she was director of food and nutrition at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for more than 25 years, then served as the healthcare specialist at Sysco Memphis. She retired in 2017 to devote time to her three grandchildren and the South Main community. Since 2000, the South Main Association has been fortunate to have many hardworking presidents contributing to its success. But under Cathy's leadership, the Association has truly flourished. Cathy has not only managed to grow the membership, but she has also inspired her board and the volunteers with her quiet strength and kind heart. We want to thank Cathy for her contributions. We are grateful that she will remain on the board as Past President to provide her advice and wise counsel.
Sara is the Director of Development for Kappa Delta Foundation Inc. She was raised in Atlanta and has been a Memphian for six years. Sara volunteers for the Memphis Botanic Garden and serves as chair of the Kappa Delta chapter advisory board at Rhodes College. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in communication studies. Sara's past success includes helping grow the South Main Association Treasury over the past three years with her sharp, detailed accounting skills. She is also has sweet and funny personality, and truly infectious laugh. Sara brings great experience and professionalism to her work.
Born and raised in Nashville, Alex moved to Memphis to attend Rhodes College where he graduated with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Economics. After graduating, he selected for the IT Leadership Development Program at ServiceMaster. He now works as an IT Analyst at Frontdoor, the home warranty business recently spun off from ServiceMaster. Alex has lived in Memphis for 6 years and in South Main for two of them. Along with his participation in SMA, he is an alumnus of the New Memphis Embark program and a board member for both the Junior Achievement Young Professionals’ Board and the Red Shoe Society, which benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. Alex enjoys mingling all over the neighborhood and makes friends wherever he goes.
Arnold Thompson is a multimedia Memphis artist whose vision transcends genres. Arnold was owner of UniversalArt Gallery in South Main for several years and an active member of SMA serving on its Advisory Board. He has also served on boards of several other prestigious institutions including The Brooks Museum, and the Memphis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association. He was a member of the First Tennessee Bank Innovations Awards selection committee, granting more than 2 million dollars to non-profit arts organizations in Memphis. Arnold has been commissioned to create works of public art by numerous organizations, including Urban Arts and First Tennessee; and his creations are included in private collections around the world. Arnold has had a hand in many of the important art works in Memphis and the region.
Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., Eric has lived in the Bluff City since 2012, and considers himself a Memphian. He earned a public relations degree from the University of Memphis and pursued freelance marketing after graduation, working with Mid-South automotive, non-profit, retail, and restaurant businesses. He is now the Marketing Director for Packed House Productions, the parent company for local restaurant staples, including Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern, and Slider Inn. Eric’s passion for the development of South Main and Memphis is complimentary to his personal interests in urban revitalization, making connections, and socializing over Wiseacre Ananda IPA. Eric has never met a stranger and has the ability to keep South Main pertinent in every conversation. He embodies all the charm, vibe, and enthusiasm of South Main.
Augusta is a free-lance production stylist and is the current Fashion Editor of 4Memphis Magazine. She was the Fashion Editor of Midsouth Magazine (2005-2010), Memphis Magazine and The Memphis Flyer (2010-2017) and wrote her lifestyle blog, Style Watch, for Contemporary Media Inc. (2012-2017). She has a varied resumé with work on national commercials and several local indie films and projects. She also co-authored marketing materials for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC Hispanic Marketing in 1999 which are still being implemented in current campaigns today. Augusta loves her hometown and has served on The Brooks Museum Director's Council, and The Orpheum's Young Board of Directors. Over the years, she has actively helped raise funds via communication skills or working with local media for ArtsMemphis, The Children's Museum, The Exchange Club, Latino Memphis, Memphis Fashion Week, The Orpheum, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Augusta was born in Memphis to Chilean parents and lives in East Memphis with her two sons. She and her boys love Trolley Night and explore the neighborhood every chance they get.
Lisa is a native Memphian and owner of Akbari Corp., a business offering hair products, a hair loss center, salon, and cosmetology institute. She serves on the State of Tennessee Cosmetology Exam Review Committee. She served on the 2018 SMA Board, and helped spur our recent growth in all levels of membership and lay the groundwork for future growth. Lisa enjoys BBQing for friends and family, entertaining, and spending time with her husband and twin daughters. One of her daughters, Raumesh Akbari, is a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 91st district, which encompasses part of Shelby County. Lisa lives in South Main and can be seen buzzing around the neighborhood in her signature bright blue golf cart outfitted with a set of false eyelashes.