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News Release

Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Contact: Brenda Bertrand
Tel: 202-606-2402

Review Board Convenes in Memphis, TN to Consider Nominees for the Prestigious Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executives

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Dan G. Blair has announced that 12 private citizens (see list below) will convene to consider nominations for the first of four Meritorious Presidential Rank Award board meetings. The meeting will take place in Memphis, TN on May 12, 2005.

"Our Tennessee volunteers are private citizens who graciously have accepted the call to serve by sitting on the Presidential Rank Award Meritorious Review Board," said Blair. "These individuals will play a critical role in selecting the public servants who best exemplify the highest level of excellence in our federal civil service. I thank these citizens for their time."

Second only to the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Service, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Service is a high honor bestowed upon career federal employees. The award recognizes members of the career Senior Executive Service (SES), the federal government's top cadre of managers, who have a consistent record of integrity, outstanding performance and commitment to public service. Members of these communities manage many of the nation's most vital programs in defense, intelligence, the environment, energy, agriculture and others.

The Board will rate the SES nominees based on their specific accomplishments under the following five criteria: leading change, leading people, results driven, business acumen and building coalitions/communication; executives are rated under the following four criteria: leading change; leading people/building coalitions, results driven and stature in professional field. The Board will pass their recommendations to the Director of OPM.

Following a review of each panel's work, the OPM Director will send his recommendations to President George W. Bush, who will make the final selections and announce the award recipients later this year.

The Presidential Rank Awards Program was created in the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and continues to recognize the best career employees in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and at the Senior or Scientific/Professional Levels (SL/ST). 

Over the next two months, four Presidential Rank Award Meritorious Review Boards will meet across the country to consider nominees for the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive. The additional three Meritorious Presidential Rank Award Boards are to be held in Denver, CO, Minneapolis, MN and Philadelphia, PA. 

Members of the Memphis Presidential Rank Award Meritorious Review Board are:

  • Sammie Arnold, Retired, Former Self-Employed Pharmacist
  • Kevin Baltier, Edward Jones, Investment Representative
  • Bill Boyd, Retired, Former Memphis City and Shelby County Government Official
  • Shea Buchignani, III, Vice President, Tri State Special AssetsRegions Financial Corporation
  • Dwight Clark, Self Employed, Cardiologist
  • Pamela Gotten, Management Consultant, Gotten and Associates
  • William Graves, Bishop, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Richard Kapadia, Owner, Richard's Alterations
  • Joe M. Kirsch, Partner, The Law Offices of Shapiro & Kirsch, LLP
  • Nona Miller, Homemaker
  • Brenda Stallings, Courtroom Clerk, Chancellor Walter L. Evans
  • Liana Wallace, Membership & Admissions Manager, Memphis Zoo
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