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BIZ BITS: Methodist South welcomes new chief executive officer

Dr. James 'Jay' Robinson III was recently named chief executive officer at Methodist South Hospital.

"Jay's leadership style is a great fit with our culture and his career accomplishments are impressive," said Michael Ugwueke, SVP of Methodist North and South Hospitals. "Selecting him as CEO at South is exactly the right approach."

Prior to joining Methodist South, Robinson was the CEO at the Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Center. He joined the Veterans Administration system in 1992 as a clinical psychologist and has moved through the VA leadership ranks in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia before coming to Memphis.

Robinson earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in psychology from the Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology, which is associated with The College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University.

Beauty & barber conference set for run No. 2, Oct. 6-8

A slate of nationally known cosmetologists and barbers will share their experiences and conduct training workshops during the 2nd Annual Beauty & Barber Conference at the Memphis Airport Hotel & Conference Center, 2240 Democrat Rd., Oct. 6-8.

Mayor AC Wharton Jr. will be the keynote speaker during the Oct. 6 session, which is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The workshops scheduled for Oct. 7 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Oct 8 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) will include Malaysian Weave Techniques (Eunice Johnson), Bask 2 Da Basics of Barbering (Lee Bladz) and Natural Hair...The Transition (Pearl 'Hair Deva' Walker of Memphis).

The conference organizer is Destiny Cox, an educator, consultant and cosmetologist. "We have students graduating from business schools, but don't have direction or know where to go," said Cox, a 1998 Frayser High School graduate, who earned her cosmetology license at 18 and her educator's license a year later.

"There are a lot of different facets of cosmetology that people never have tapped into," said Cox, adding, "Barbers don't get the same opportunities as cosmetologists and I seldom see classes for barbers in Memphis."

Eight scholarships will be awarded to cosmetology students. Barbers can win $1,000 in cash and prizes during "The Masters...Barber Battle."

Cox said conference is designed to help launch the careers of African-American cosmetologists and barbers. "We hope to be more multicultural in the coming years," she said. "The business doesn't have a face."

For more information, contact Telisa Franklin at 901-324-5945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BRIEFLY: Methodist South Hospital will host its annual Fall Health Fair on Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 1300 Wesley Drive. The fair will also include a two-mile community health walk, which starts at 8:30 a.m. in the hospital's surrounding neighborhood. For more information, visit methodisthealth.org/south or call 516-3580.

BRIEFLY: The Memphis Urban League is currently recruiting college graduates who are seeking careers in the retail industry. For more information or to make an appointment, stop by the Memphis Urban League office located at 413 N Cleveland St. or call 901-272-2491.

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