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Business Hall of Fame 59 Architecture 60 Arts & Entertainment 60 Auto Dealers 64 Banking: Administration 64 Banking: Commercial Lending 66 Bioscience 68 Business Organizations 70 CEOs and Leaders 72 Certified Public Accounting 74 CFOs 76 Commercial Insurance 76 Commercial Real Estate 78 Construction 80 Employee Benefits 80 Engineering 82 Financial Planning 82

Higher Education 84 Hospitality 84 Independent Schools 86 Information Technology 87 Insiders 88 Investment Brokers 88 Law: Business Litigation 89 Law: Employment 90 Logistics 92 Manufacturing 92 Marketing / PR 94 Medical: Group Practice Administration 96 Medical: Hospital Administration 96 Philanthropy 98 Public Service 98 Security 101 Staffing 103


elcome to the 2020 edition of Inside Memphis Business’ Power Players. These are the people who get things done in and around Memphis, from top executives to specialists in a variety of areas required to keep our economy healthy. This year we’ve done some things a bit differently, all to the good. We have more than 500 Power Players, more than in last year’s list. Also, we’re now in Memphis magazine, which this year has become the new home for IMB. We’ve streamlined the look, keeping the essential information on the listed movers and shakers while making the presentation more dynamic graphically. In addition, we’ve added a graphic soe for those Power Players who are also members of the Society of Entrepreneurs. Enjoy this essential reference to an important cast of characters who are shaping commerce in the Mid-South, and who work every day to make this place the City of Good Abode. — Jon W. Sparks, Editor

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Power Players 2020 Carolyn Chism Hardy soe President,

Rudi E. Scheidt soe Former chairman,

CEO, Chism Hardy Investments. Entrepreneurial ventures include Hardy Bottling Co., Henderson Worldwide Investments. Past chair, Greater Memphis Chamber.

Hohenberg Brothers Co. Helped initiate cotton trade with China, Eastern Europe. Governor’s Award for Arts Leadership, State of Tennessee. Contributions to U of M led to Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music being named in his honor.

O. Mason Hawkins soe Chairman,



he achievements of the city’s top Power Players continue to change the face and the economy of Memphis and the Mid-South.

Jack Belz soe Chairman and CEO, Belz Enterprises. Factory-outlet mall pioneer. Developed The Peabody and Peabody Place. Master Entrepreneur, SOE, Junior Achievement; Lifetime Achievement Award, DMC. Founder, Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

George Cates soe Founder, former chairman, CEO, Mid-America Apartment Communities. Started company as Cates Company in 1977. MAA on New York Stock Exchange.

Karen Blockman Carrier soe Founder, Another Roadside Attraction Catering, Bar DKDC, The Beauty Shop, Mollie Fontaine Lounge. Restaurateur of the Year award, MRA.

William B. Dunavant Jr. soe Founder, former CEO, Dunavant Enterprises. Cotton, commodities trader with global holdings. Futures Industry Association Hall of Fame. Founder, Racquet Club of Memphis; brought major-league tennis to Memphis.

Avron Fogelman Chairman, Fogelman Properties. Owner, Memphis Chicks, Rogues, Tams. First chairman, Memphis/ Shelby County Sports Authority. Won World Series as owner of MLB’s Kansas City Royals.

Art Gilliam soe Chairman, president, Gilliam Communications, Inc. Founded WLOK, first black-owned radio station in Memphis. Frequently #1 Gospel Station in nation, Religion & Media Quarterly. Sponsor WLOK Stone Soul Picnic. 2011 Visionary Award, DMC.

CEO, Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. Operates one of the world’s most successful mutual-fund families. Seeks highly competitive businesses. Played key role in the Grizzlies’ move to Memphis.

J.R. “Pitt” Hyde III soe President, Hyde Family Foundations. Founded AutoZone. Automotive Hall of Fame. Helped found Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Memphis Tomorrow, National Civil Rights Museum. Helped bring Grizzlies to Memphis.

John R. Malmo soe Chairman emeritus, Archer Malmo, Inc.; principal, John Malmo Marketing Consulting. Former president, Memphis Advertising Federation, former director, American Assn. of Advertising Agencies. American Advertising Federation Silver Medal.

Brad Martin soe Chairman, RBM Venture Co. Former chairman and CEO, Saks Inc. Former interim president, U of M. Grew Saks revenue from $70 million to $7 billion. Author, Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants; Myles’ Pesky Friends (a children’s book).

Jim McGehee Former chairman, Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority. Secured Northwest Airlines hub status for Memphis and inauguration of transatlantic service. Director, Financial Strategy Group Investment Management and Pinnacle Airlines.

Allen B. Morgan Jr. soe Co-founder, chairman emeritus, Regions Morgan Keegan, Inc. Launched Morgan Keegan as leading investment firm. Merged with Regions Bank; acquired by Raymond James. Entrepreneur of the Year, SOE 1994.

David Porter Founder, president, Consortium MMT. Songwriter, singer, producer. Part of Stax Studio success in 1960s-’70s. Wrote classics including more than 100 Billboard hits. Songwriters Hall of Fame. Involved in Memphis small-business enterprises.

Leigh Shockey CEO, Drexel Chemical Co.; manufacturer and formulator of agricultural, ornamental, and turf chemical since 1972. More than $100 million in sales annually. Chair, West Tennessee District Export Council, Greater Memphis Chamber.

Frederick W. Smith soe Founder, chairman, CEO, FedEx Corp. Launched Federal Express, which became a Memphis institution and a global powerhouse. First implementer of airport-hub concept and pioneer of the “Just In Time” inventory concept.

Pat Kerr Tigrett soe Chairman and CEO, Pat Kerr, Inc. Fashion designer specializing in bridal couture; offices in London, New York, Memphis. Influential in city’s music and cultural scene. Founded the Blues Ball, Moonshine Ball, Jingle Bell Ball.

Henry Turley soe Founder, Henry Turley Company. Real estate developer and New Urbanism. Created mixed-use Harbor Town community and similar developments at South Bluffs and Uptown Memphis. Founding Member of SOE.

Jesse Turner Jr. President, chairman, Tri-State Bank of Memphis. Succeeded his father at the bank in 1990. Bank, founded to serve African-American community, was integral in civil rights struggles. Operates own CPA firm. Treasurer, NAACP National Board of Directors.

IN MEMORIAM Ira A. Lipman (1940-2019) soe Founder, Guardsmark in 1963. Wharton School Board of Overseers, Dean’s Medal. American Business Ethics Award; Stanley C. Pace Leadership in Ethics Award, Committee for Economic Development. Corporate Citizenship Award.

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rchitects speak to purpose and culture in a variety of structures, public and private. These Power Players are among the best.

Rebecca Conrad Principal, ANF Architects. Clients include U of M, Crosstown HS, I-40 Solar Farm, Pink Palace, CBU, FedEx, Trezevant Manor, The Village at Germantown.

Metcalf Crump Chairman and CEO, The Crump Firm. Clients include FedEx, Smith & Nephew, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, International Paper, Orpheum Theatre, Highwoods Properties, CBRE Memphis, Commercial Advisors.

Dianne Dixon Founding Partner, Clark/ Dixon Architects. Projects include SCSO Firing Range, Cancer Survivors Park, Raymond Skinner Center for the Disabled, and the library at the Metal Museum. AIA Memphis Merit Award and Award of Excellence, AIA Tennessee.

E. Scott Fleming President, Fleming Architects, PC. Projects include U of M Law School, Kroc Center, St. Mary’s School, New Collierville HS, Bellevue Baptist Church, St. Agnes Academy, Hope Presbyterian Church, Christ Community Health Services, Signature at Schilling Farms, CBU Living Learning Center, CBHS.

Rick Gardner Principal and Practice Leader, HBG Design. Practice ranked 4th nationally in hospitality, entertainment architecture, interior design; nine national and local “Best Workplaces” awards. Clients include Elvis Presley Enterprises, Carlisle Corporation, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, International Paper, FedEx Express.

Timothy N. Garrett Director of Architecture, Belz Enterprises/Belz Architecture. Clients include Poplar Tower, Onyx Medical, UTMP Expansion, Horizon Surgery Center, Crone Law Firm.

Susan Golden Founding partner, pres-

Jimmie Tucker Founding Principal, Self +

ident, & healthcare practice leader, brg3s architects. Clients include Youth Villages, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Shelby County, Regional One Health, West Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shelby County Health Department.

Tucker Architects with Juan Self. Projects include Universal Life Insurance Building Revitalization, Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing, Hattiloo Theatre, STAX Museum, Memphis Business Academy.

Joseph Hagan Principal and co-found-

with Todd Walker. Projects include Ballet Memphis, CBU, U of M, City Leadership, GPAC, FedEx, Hattiloo Theatre, Christ Community Health Services, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Orion FCU, Youth Villages, Regional One Health, City of Memphis, Meritan, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

er, Architecture, Incorporated. Projects include University Place, East High School, Legends Park, ODEN Marketing Communications, Memphis in May, and 100 North Main, LLC.

Reb Haizlip Principal, Haizlip Studio.

Barry Yoakum Co-principal, archimania

Practice specializes in education, museums, nonprofits. Projects include U of M Pedestrian Bridge, U of M Student Center, Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Carter Hord Principal, Hord Architects. Specializes in master planning, architecture, interior design for nonprofit and institutional clients, particularly churches and Christian schools. Projects include churches in multiple states. AIA 150 Design Award of Merit.

Tom McConnell Principal/lead architect, Pickering Firm. Projects include FedEx Ground Sort Hubs, Smith & Nephew, Kroger stores, Nike-Northridge expansion, Wright Medical HQ, TBC Distribution Center, Volvo Distribution Center, Memphis Union Mission.

Frank Ricks Founding Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss/LRK. Projects include Crosstown Concourse, Renasant Convention Center, Union Row, FedEx Logistics HQ, Orion HQ, Artspace Lofts, Chisca Hotel, AutoZone Park, FedExFamilyHouse, Stax Museum, Old Dominick Distillery, Tennessee Brewery, Pinch District Plan.

Stewart A. Smith Senior Architect, A2H, Inc. Projects include Riverdale Elementary, Memphis Health, Lakeland Middle, U of M-Lambuth upgrades, St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett Women’s Center, Baptist Medical Group clinics. Specializes in architecture, interior design, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, surveying.

Michael Terry Senior vice president and partner, the Renaissance Group Architecture and Engineering. Architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and electrical engineering design services for industries from automotive to retail.



reatives in Memphis have a robust community thanks to the Power Players who nurture the culture as business that elevates us all.

Tony Alexander President and managing director, Made in Memphis Entertainment. Subsidiaries include 4U Recording, Beatroot, Heavy Hitters Music, RoyaltyClaim. Entrepreneur, intellectual property attorney, law professor. Label artists include Porcelan, Jessica Ray, Brandon Lewis.

Ward Archer Owner and founder, Archer Records and Music+Arts Studio. Manager, Blue Barrel Records. Work includes John Kilzer’s album Scars with Matt Ross-Spang, Summer Avenue’s Some Kind of Color, blues artist Mathis Haug, Watermelon Slim, Blind Mississippi Morris, Bruce Newman, Eric Lewis, Amy LaVere. Film sound projects include Lights May Flicker, Solus, Dean’s List, The One You Never Forget, Dolemite is My Name.

Ekundayo Bandele Founder and CEO, Hattiloo Theatre. Spearheaded $4.3 million and a later $1 million capital campaign for a theater and development center that opened, debt-free, in June 2014. United Way of the Mid-South award, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis award, Congressional Certificate of Honor, IMB Innovation Award.

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Brett Batterson President & CEO,

Jim Green Founder and owner, Green

Sherry May Co-director, Live at the

Orpheum Theatre Group. Oversees the Orpheum and Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. Brought Hamilton in 2019. Theatre won fourth Tony in 2018 for Best Musical for The Band’s Visit. Presenter of the Year in 2017 by North American Performing Arts Manager and Agents.

Machine Concerts. General Manager, BankPlus Amphitheater, Snowden Grove. Co-founder, TCB Concerts. National Tour Promoter. Former producer, IEBA Conference; Bikes, Blues and BBQ; Stax 50th Anniversary Concert. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ.

Garden summer concert series at Memphis Botanic Garden. With co-director Jamison Totten, has made the series a premier regional outdoor entertainment venue with an annual attendance of more than 33,000 people.

Michael Bollinger Artistic director,

Jon Hornyak Senior executive director, Memphis Chapter, Recording Academy. U of M College of Communication and Fine Arts Distinguished Achievement Award. Executive producer of over 50 video interviews for GRAMMY Museum’s Living Histories archives. Executive producer, Sounds of Memphis documentary. Multiple Mid-South Regional Emmy nominations.

artistic director, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the first and only professional classical theatre in the Mid-South creating 35,000 points of contact annually through performances, education, outreach, and training. 2009 Distinguished Arts & Humanities Medal for Germantown Performing Arts.

Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center. Launched Arts In Ed and Music by the Lake series, growing live theatre program. Former director of theatres in Missouri, Virginia, and New York City. Missouri Arts Award.

Scott Bomar Musician, Emmy Awardwinning film/TV composer, producer. Projects include Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, Soul Men, Dolemite is My Name. Produced, engineered Cyndi Lauper’s Grammy-nominated album Memphis Blues. Songwriter, William Bell’s 2017 Grammy-winning album, “This is Where I Live.”

Ned Canty General director, Opera Memphis. Directed at Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Israeli Vocal Arts Institute, Shanghai Conservatory. Created annual 30 Days of Opera program, now replicated in 17 other states. 2017 CEO of the Year, IMB.

Paul Chandler Executive director,

Carissa Hussong Executive director, Metal Museum, only U.S. organization dedicated to art and craft of fine metalwork. Whitney Museum of American Art Curatorial Fellow. One of “25 Who Shaped Memphis: 1989-2014,” Memphis Flyer. Ellida Fri Leadership Award, 50 Women Who Make A Difference, Memphis Center City Commission Vision Award.

Marcia Kaufmann Executive director, Iris Orchestra. Was executive director, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival. Co-founder and artistic director, Icicle Creek Music Center. Member, numerous chamber ensembles and chamber orchestras.

Preston Lamm CEO, River City

Germantown Performing Arts Center. 25-year veteran in entertainment, production, fundraising and venue management. Oversees programming in Duncan Williams Performance Hall and Watkins Studio Theater. Created outdoor venue The Grove. Responsible for development of public art in Germantown.

Management (Rum Boogie Cafe, King’s Palace Cafe, Pig on Beale, Mesquite Chop House, Spindini). Pioneer Award, 2004, Memphis Restaurant Association, for redeveloping restaurant business on Beale Street. Finalist, 2013 CEO of the Year award, IMB.

Trey DeHart Owner, Minglewood Hall

International Records, Merless Publishing, LLC. Member, NARAS, Jazz Journalist Association. Keeping the Blues Alive award, Blues Foundation. Former partner, Memphis International Records.

and 1884 Lounge. Full event booking, production, planning, promotion. Concerts include Huey Lewis & the News, Megadeth, Eric Church, B52’s, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Elvis Costello, Alabama Shakes, Deftones.

Michael Detroit Executive producer, Playhouse on the Square. Oversees $15 million in assets and $2.7 million annual budget producing 18 shows on three stages and 13 education outreach programs. 100+ professional stage credits, 100s of TV commercial, industrial, and voice-over credits, appeared in nine films.

David Less Co-founder, Memphis

Debbie Litch Executive producer, Theatre Memphis. Memphis Symphony Orchestra Hebe and Amphion Awards; Germantown Arts Alliance Arts and Humanities Award; American Association of Community Theatre’s Twink Lynch Award; Gyneka Award from Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis; “Janie McCrary Putting It Together” Ostrander; American Association of Community Theatre’s Distinguished Merit Award.

Dan McCleary Founder and producing

Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell Chief manager/engineer, Royal Studios. Chapter governor, Memphis Chapter, Recording Academy. Producer, Take Me to the River documentary. NARAS awards for Grammy award-winning and nominated projects. Clients include Al Green, Bruno Mars, North Mississippi All-Stars, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Boz Scaggs, Wu-Tang Clan, John Mayer. 2016 Record of the Year Grammy, Uptown Funk. 2019 Memphian of the Year, Memphis magazine.

Robert Moody Music director, Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Guest conducted Chicago Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. International work includes Slovenian Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Work is on several commercial audio recordings.

Emily Ballew Neff Executive director, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Largest encyclopedic art museum in the region with core mission of education and public service that celebrated 100 years in 2016. First curator of American painting and sculpture at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, with expertise in American art, eighteenth-century art, and photography.

Tommy Peters President, B.B. King’s Blues Club. Owner, Itta Bena, Lafayette’s Music Room on Overton Square, Moondance Grill in Germantown. Operates B.B. King’s in Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Montgomery, New Orleans, and nine cruise ships.

Dorothy Gunther Pugh Founding artistic director, Ballet Memphis. Leader in movement to diversify American ballet. Company tours internationally. Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis Legends Award, Women of Achievement Award for Initiative, Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Award for Community Service, Gordon Holl Outstanding Arts Administrator Award. 2017 Memphian of the Year, Memphis magazine.

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Kevin Sharp Linda W. and S. Herbert Rhea Director, Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Leads museum and public garden with diverse exhibition and education programs. Expanded audience, membership, donor base, income yearly since 2007. Led major renovation of the museum in 2015. Oversaw construction of the Farnsworth Education Building in 2018-2019.

Katie Smythe Founder, CEO, and artistic director, New Ballet Ensemble and School. Performed with State of Tennessee Ballet Company, only non-professional artist selected by Director Norbert Vesak of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Past member, Loyce Houlton’s Minnesota Dance Theater.

Howard Stovall Managing partner, Resource Entertainment. With Rollin Riggs, co-founded company. Provides private, corporate, festival, casino clients with production services and entertainment, including regional party bands, touring acts, national headliners. Manages rental venues including The Columns.

Natalie Wilson Executive director, Levitt Shell at Overton Park. Former director of visitor experience, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, where she was key in re-development of the park.

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Mark Goodfellow Owner, It’s All Good Auto Sales. “Favorite Used Car Dealership,” The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Most. Four-star athlete at Marion High School in Arkansas in basketball, baseball, football, tennis. With Devin Donaldson, won 2010 United States Tennis Association’s 7.0 Mixed Doubles National Championships in Arizona.

Al Gossett President, CEO, owner, Gossett Motor Cars. Largest privately owned automotive group in the MidSouth. Manufacturers include Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Kia, Hyundai, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Fiat. Member, Memphis Grizzlies ownership group.

President, Landers Auto Group with locations in Memphis, Southaven, and Jackson, Mississippi. Franchises include: Ford, Nissan, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Buick, GMC, Audi, Jaguar, Land Rover, Cadillac, Volkswagen. President, Greater Memphis Auto Dealers Association.

Joseph H. Schaeffer III Owner, Wolfchase Honda and Wolfchase Nissan. Member, Honda Market Advisors Board, Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, Greater Memphis Automobile Dealers Association, National Automobile Dealers Association, and Tennessee Automotive Association.

Stefan Smith President, Lexus of

Russell Gwatney President, Gwatney Mazda of Germantown, Gwatney Saab of Memphis, and Gwatney Mazda of Jackson. Finalist, 2005 Time Quality Dealer of the Year. Andrew Jackson Award, 2000 Tennessee Volunteer of the Year, Tennessee Society of Economic Development.

Trudy Higginbotham Moody Owner, Mercedes-Benz of Collierville and Mercedes-Benz and Porsche of Jackson, Mississippi. “Best Mercedes-Benz Dealership to Work For” in nation, Mercedes-Benz “Best of the Best” Dealer, Porsche “Premier Dealer.”

Memphis. Co-owner with son Bryan, who serves as vice president and general manager. Family owned dealership. Past president, Lexus National Dealer Council.

Farrar Vaughan President, Jaguar Land Rover Bluff City. One of six female Jaguar dealers of more than 170 nationwide. Appointed by former Governor Bill Haslam to be Commissioner to the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission representing 9th Congressional District.

Rob Walker Executive manager and founding general sales manager, Infiniti of Memphis. In 30th year with family-owned company.

Henry A. Hutton President/dealer, Chuck Hutton Chevrolet, Chuck Hutton Toyota, Chuck Hutton Co. Graduate, Tennessee Banking School at Vanderbilt, Banking School of the South at LSU.

James J. Keras President, Jim Keras



f you want to get to where you’re going, you may want to check out one of these Power Players who can get your engine started.

David S. Andrews soe Founder and CEO, City Enterprises, LLC, holding company for City Auto, Dealers Auto Auction Group, City Auto Finance, City Leasing, Pace Finance, City Construction and Development, Cadillac of Jackson, Auto Simple Chattanooga. Operations in 4 states and 12 cities; employs over 800.

Automotive Group. Family-owned business. Became dealer principal in 1978. Circle of Excellence, General Motors Select Dealer, and Mark of Excellence awards.

Karen Lombardo General manager, Roadshow BMW/MINI franchise. Previously in financial services and marketing roles for BMW in Ohio, New Jersey, and Louisiana. 2018 Automotive News Top 40 Under 40. National Automobile Dealers Association NextGen Leadership Club.

Ernie Norcross Owner/general manager, Volvo Cars of Memphis. Past president, Greater Memphis Automobile Dealers Association. Volvo Retailer Advisory Board and Volvo Product Advisory Board.



unning a bank means these Power Players not only must tend to dollars and cents, but to changing regulations, technology, and looking after customers.

Kirk Bailey Chairman, Memphis, Pinnacle Financial Partners. Leader in local banks since 1980. Founded Magna Bank 1999. PMD degree, Harvard Business School. Active in industry, community affairs.

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Tara Burton President and CEO, FedEx Employees Credit Association. NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer. 2017 Super Women in Business Award, MBJ. Honoree, 2016 Women to Watch, Credit Union Times.

Harold Byrd President, Bank of Bartlett. Co-founder, Bank of Bartlett, Bartlett Mortgage, Bartlett Travel. Former Tennessee State Representative. Former special assistant to U.S. Senator Jim Sasser. President, Memphis Rebounders. Partner in Education Award, SCS, Distinguished Alumni Award, U of M.

William J. Chase Jr. Founding president, CEO and board member, Triumph Bank. Graduate, Vanderbilt, National Commercial Lending School of American Bankers Association. Founded Triumph in 2006, specializing in commercial and retail banking. Former member, Community Bankers Council Division (ABA). 2020 recipient of IMB’s CEO of the Year Award.

Frank Cianciola Board chairman, president, and CEO, Bank3. Former CEO, Victory Bank & Trust; founder, CEO, and chairman, Renasant Bank. Was chairman and vice chairman, Metropolitan Bank.

W. Craig Esrael President and CEO, First South Financial. Executive of the Year, MBJ. Entrepreneur of the Year, Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce. CEO of the Year, IMB. One of Fittest CEOs in America, Fortune. Tennessee Volunteer Commendation Award by Governor of Tennessee.

James P. “Jake” Farrell Chairman, president, CEO, Landmark Community Bank. Former trustee and vice chair, St. George’s Independent School. Co-chair, Dishes-For-Wishes. Supports Holy Apostles Episcopal Church. Member of Parent’s Council, Rhodes College.

Mott Ford Chairman and CEO, Commercial Bank and Trust Company, an $800 million institution with statewide offices in Memphis, Paris, Jackson, and Union City.

Gene Henson President, Memphis & North Mississippi Region, Trustmark National Bank. Board Member, Tennessee Bankers Association and past chairman, Government Relations Committee. Past member, Government Relations Council Administrative Committee, American Bankers Association.

David C. May Market executive and Regional Commercial Banking Executive for Tennessee and Kentucky, Regions Bank. Co-Chair of Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and on Board of United Way of the Mid-South.

Johnny B. Moore Mid-West Tennessee Regional president, Truist. Former president and CEO, SunTrust Bank. SunTrust merged with BB&T at the end of 2019. Daniel Reid President, West Tennessee Banking Group, Renasant Bank. Focus on commercial banking practices and an emphasis on training opportunities for leadership, lending, and productivity.

Jim Rout President and CEO, BankTennessee. Former Shelby County Mayor and Shelby County Commissioner. 2009 Optimist Citizen of Year from the Memphis and Shelby County Respect for Law Committee, Optimist International. Distinguished Alumni Award, U of M.

Robert S. Shaw, Jr. Co-founder and CEO, Paragon Bank. Graduate, American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School.

Greg Smithers Regional president of Tennessee and Arkansas, IberiaBank. Manages associates in Tennessee and Arkansas areas and continues growth in the markets. Previously was market manager.

W. Scott Stafford President, CEO, director, Evolve Bank & Trust. 2015 IMB CEO of the Year. Evolve a sponsor of Halloran Centre Music Series, River Arts Fest, Levitt Shell and Cooper-Young Festival.

Chip Dudley soe and Susan S. Stephenson soe Co-founders and co-chairs, Independent Bank. Before founding i-bank, Dudley was Chairman, President and CEO of Boatmen’s Bank of Arkansas and Stephenson was Chairman, President and CEO of Boatmen’s Bank of Tennessee. Both have led and served on numerous civic organizations. Bank is recognized as a top community bank in the nation.

William R. Tayloe President, Financial Federal Bank. Financial Federal Board of Directors. Responsible for oversight and management. Active in business development, risk management, strategic planning.



nowing when and how to mind your business is the art and science of lending, skills possessed by these deft Power Players.

Rebecca Bowers Vice president, Private Banking, Evolve Bank & Trust. 26 years in banking in Memphis, last 7 with Evolve. Former positions with First Capital Bank and Bank of Bartlett. Mentor, HopeWorks of Memphis.

Jeff Camp Executive vice president/senior lender, First Alliance Bank. Locally owned, state-chartered, opened in Cordova in 1999. Former leadership positions at M&F Bank, Deposit Guaranty National Bank, Union Planters National Bank.

Wright Cox Community president, BankTennessee. LSU Graduate School of Banking. 35 years in banking. Graduate, Rhodes College Executive Leadership Program. C.H. Harrell Education Award.

Blake Elliot Senior vice president, commercial banking executive, Regions Bank. 24 years commercial banking. Specialties include healthcare, transportation, logistics, technology, food and beverage, government and institutional banking, capital markets.

Duncan Galbreath Senior vice president, Mid-South Commercial Banking Manager, First Horizon National Corp. Two decades of commercial banking with focus on lending, depository, and cash management needs.

Andrea Gladney Community president, Commercial Bank and Trust Company, Memphis. Former treasurer, House of Grace. Life member of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries.

Rick Hall Executive vice president and senior commercial lender, Renasant Bank. Almost four decades in banking. Member, Lambda Alpha International, Economic Club of Memphis. Founder and former chairman, Westminster Academy.

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Steve Hawkins Director of specialty

Frank A. McGrew III Director of

banking, First Horizon National Corp. With bank for 38 years, current position since 2012. Wholesale line of business director for all commercial loan and treasury activities, including commercial, corporate, specialized lending, and deposit relationships.

cardiovascular research and clinical cardiologist, Stern Cardiovascular Foundation. Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine. Assistant Clinical Professor of medicine to Duke University certified in Advanced Heart Failure and transplant cardiology.

Phillip May Memphis market president, Pinnacle Financial Partners. Commercial and corporate lending since 1994. Former corporate executive, SunTrust and Regions Bank. Founded Metropolitan Bank in 2007, grew assets to $700 million before merging with Renasant.

Robert Morehead Senior vice presi-

Robert Palmisano President and CEO,



nowing what makes us tick — and how to fix us when there’s trouble — is where these Power Players put their minds to work.

Bob Bean CEO, YX Genomics Holding Corp.

dent, Memphis Market, BancorpSouth. In banking for more than 30 years. Responsible for all commercial operations in the Memphis market. Works with the Greater Memphis Chamber, Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Memphis East.

and subsidiaries TransnetYX, YX Services, RobotYX. Provides outsourced genetic services, cloud-based management software, and laboratory consulting. 2012 CEO of the Year, IMB.

William H. Posey III CEO and execu-

James Beaty Pediatric orthopedic sur-

tive vice president, Greystone Servicing Corporation, Inc. Responsible for Greystone’s Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae DUS Lending Platform, including affordable, seniors, small balance multifamily lending. Former chairman and CEO, Univest Financial Services.

Frank Stallworth Executive vice president of commercial real estate, Orion FCU. Former senior vice president of commercial and multifamily financing at Pinnacle Bank responsible for all commercial and multifamily real estate lending activities, including placement of income property loans with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Tom Stephenson Executive vice president and chief credit officer, Independent Bank. More than 40 years’ experience, last 12 years at Independent Bank. Former president, American Cancer Society.

Richard T. Wood III Executive vice president and manager of Commercial/ Multifamily Division, Financial Federal Bank. Involved in commercial lending more than 40 years. 2014 Lifetime Achievement “Titan” Award, 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Regional CCIM Chapter. Leads mortgage banking team in Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville offices.

geon, Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics. Board certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Former chief of staff, Campbell Clinic; former director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship. President, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association.

Kevin Foley Chairman and director of complex spine surgery, Semmes-Murphey Clinic. Director, Spine Fellowship Program, Department of Neurosurgery; Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering, UTHSC. Medical director and chairman, Medical Education & Research Institute.

Richard Magid Vice president and director of technology transfer, UT Research Foundation. Led out-licensing of UTHSC inventions and discoveries, including launch of Tennessee-based startups. Creator and teacher, “Entrepreneurship for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences,” UTHSC. U.S. patent agent.

Wright Medical Group. Former president and CEO, ev3, endovascular device firm. Former president and CEO, IntraLase, MacroChem, Summit Technology.

Mary V. Relling Chair, Pharmaceutical Department, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Institute of Medicine of National Academy of Sciences. Pediatric Cancer Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology; Team Science Prize, American Association of Cancer Research. Co-leader, NIH-funded Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium.

Isaac Rodriguez Co-founder, chief science officer, SweetBio Inc. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ. Innovation Award winner, IMB. Top 10 Alumni, VCU. Keynote speaker, NASA Langley’s Hispanic Heritage Month.

Gary Stevenson Managing partner and co-founder, MB Venture Partners. CPA, Chartered Financial Analyst. Invested in more than 40 medical-device and biotech startups, 18 in Shelby County. Participated in financing GTx and BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc.

Robert Williams Professor and chair of the Department of Genetics, UTHSC; UT-ORNL governor’s chair in Genomics; Developer of open access web sites for scientific discovery since 1994, including GeneNetwork, and new experimental methods and models to test predictions of disease risk using genetic data.

Geoffrey S. Martha President and CEO,

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Medtronic, leader in medical technology, services, and solutions. Was executive VP of company’s restorative therapies group. Oversees operating groups and regions.

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Anna Mullins Ellis President and CEO, New Memphis, which attracts, develops, activates, and retains diverse talent for a vital and prosperous Memphis. Former publisher, High Ground News. Director, TEDx-Memphis. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ; 20<30, Memphis Flyer.

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he business of business is where these Power Players exercise their expertise and help keep companies up and running.

Jozelle Luster Booker President and CEO, The MMBC Continuum. Operates MBDA Business Center for U.S. Department of Commerce with national network of scalable minority suppliers to meet needs of corporate America. Economic accelerator for minority- and women-owned businesses in the Mid-South.

Jan Bouten Partner, Innova Memphis. Investor in early stage startup companies, leader in Memphis entrepreneurial ecosystem, recognized as a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru. More than 20 years of international business and investment experience.

Scott A. Brockman President and CEO, Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority. Oversees airport’s modernization plan. Accredited Airport Executive. AAAE Distinguished Service Award. SEC AAAE Airport Professional of the Year, 2010 & 2012.

Pearson Crutcher Executive director, The Society of Entrepreneurs. Educates and encourages businesspeople with the Entrepreneurs Roundtable, Insights Group and Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet. Top 40 Under 40, Superwoman of Business MBJ. St. Agnes Academy Hall of Fame.

Janie Day President and CEO, Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce. Previously elected executive director. Creates vibrant environment in Germantown through business, government, community partnerships.

Reid Dulberger President and CEO, Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County. Develops financing programs and tax incentive programs such as FTZ-77, PILOTs, TIFs; along with Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce and the International Port of Memphis.

regional director of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development. Founder and CEO, Revolution Strategy. Former Executive Director of MPACT Memphis. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ.

Don Glays President, Tennessee Builders Education Foundation. Former executive director, West Tennessee Home Builders Association. Provides career development, training, placement in building industry.

John E. Gnuschke Director, Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Center for Manpower Studies. Professor, Economics, U of M. Director, Applied Information Technology Center. Co-director, Center for Real Estate Research.

Mark Heuberger President, CEO, Collierville Chamber of Commerce. Provides services, resources, opportunities to help Collierville businesses. Members receive business advocacy, promotion, legislation representation, and B2B relationships.

Randy Hutchinson President and CEO, Better Business Bureau of the MidSouth, with 4,100 BBB Accredited members. Provides more than 1.2 million reports on Mid-South businesses annually to consumers. Educates consumers on how to avoid scams.

Kannette Keough Executive director, West Tennessee Home Builders Association. Hosts VESTA Home Shows. Largest local home builders’ association in Tennessee with a network of home construction, remodeling, contractor, supplier services.

Carmen Kyle Executive director, Southaven Chamber of Commerce. Promotes commerce and a strong economy in Southaven, works to improve quality of life through safe neighborhoods, community support, and ethical business practices.

Eric Mathews Founder and CEO, Start Co., venture development for high-tech and high impact organizations. Advocate and builder of high-growth potential businesses and diverse founders. Pioneer of systemic early stage startup investing in Memphis.

Tommy Pacello President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative. Directs strategy, development, activation of MMDC with healthcare, research and educational anchor institutions. Top 40 Real Estate Professionals under the age of 40, Urban Land magazine.

Jeremy C. Park CEO, cityCURRENT, focused on philanthropy, positive media, free community events; member Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance LLC. Author of Giving for Growth; producer/host of The SPARK and SPARK Awards on WKNO-TV, and cityCURRENT radio show.

Beverly Robertson President, Greater Memphis Chamber. Former president, National Civil Rights Museum. Principal, TRUST Marketing (accounts include Promus Companies, Holiday Inn Worldwide, Midas International, Merrill Lynch). 30 years+ in public/community relations, communications, strategic planning, research.

Linn Sitler Runs Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, helping secure the multi-million dollar NBC-Universal TV series Bluff City Law, plus Hallmark and Netflix productions, and dozens of film/tv/digital productions in 2019. Co-created first cash refund production incentive for Memphis filmmakers. Instrumental in Memphis being named several times as a “Top Movie City,” MovieMaker magazine.

Leslie Lynn Smith President and CEO, Epicenter, regional entrepreneurship hub. Drives strategy and measures impact among a partner network, connects entrepreneurs to resources to create an inclusive, growing economy. National entrepreneurial ecosystem thought leader.

Blair Taylor President, Memphis Tomorrow. Directs strategic, collective action by CEOs of Memphis’ largest enterprises to promote opportunity and quality of life for Memphians. Founder and Chair, Tennesseans for Quality Early Education.

John Threadgill President, Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce. Sustains Bartlett economy and community, implements programs for member businesses, assists with growth for current businesses, markets assets to attract new investment.

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Laurie Tucker Executive director, Economic Club of Memphis. Co-Founded Calade Partners, a strategy and marketing consultancy. Former senior vice president of marketing, FedEx Services, where she led rebranding initiatives and go-to-market strategies.

David Williams President and CEO, Leadership Memphis, with Executive Program for senior leaders, FastTrack for emerging leaders. Leads Volunteer Memphis. Events include MLK Days of Service, 9/11 Day of Service, Volunteer Memphis Awards.

Roby S. Williams CEO, Black Business Association of Memphis. Assists minority and women business owners. Formerly employed in Branch Division, Commercial and Retail Lending, and Marketing Division, First Tennessee Bank.

Kennard Brown Executive vice chancellor and COO, UTHSC. Assistant professor, College of Pharmacy; Department of Surgery, College of Medicine; chief administrative officer, UTHSC campus. Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives. Previous director, Office of Equity and Diversity, Office of Employee Relations, Center on Health Disparities.

Robert B. Carter Executive vice president and chief information officer, FedEx Information Services; chief information officer, FedEx Corp. Member of executive committee that plans and executes strategic business activities. Sets technology direction of FedEx applications, infrastructure, networks, data centers providing global support for products.

Andy Cates Founder, general partner, and CEO, RVC Outdoor Destinations, country’s leading provider of high-quality outdoor vacation properties. Founding partner, Viceroy Investments, LLC in Dallas; Value Acquisition Fund in Memphis. Project developer and board chairman, Soulsville Revitalization Project. Member of original Grizzlies ownership group. Gregory Christopher Chairman and



he art of leadership is embodied in these Power Players who nurture the enterprising spirit for employees, stockholders, and customers.

Ron Beal Chairman, president, CEO, Orgill, Inc. Former U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer. Joined Orgill in 1985 as general manager of the Hardware Division. Became president and CEO in 2005; elected chairman 2013.

H. Eric Bolton, Jr. Chairman and CEO, MAA, a real estate investment trust focused on acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of multifamily homes. 2007 Distinguished Alumni, U of M Fogelman College of Business & Economics, 2001 Multifamily Executive of the Year.

CEO, Mueller Industries, Inc., multinational manufacturer, distributor, seller of copper, brass, and other metal products for a variety of industries. Became CEO in 2008 and chairman of the board in 2016. Copper Club Ankh Award.

Paul DePriest Executive VP and COO, Baptist Memorial Health Care. Completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology, fellowship in gynecological oncology at University of Kentucky Medical Center. Top Doctors for Women in the South, Women’s Health.

Steve Ehrhart Executive director, AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Managed Liberty Bowl Football Classic since 1994, one of the oldest annual postseason games and highest-rated telecasts originating from Memphis. Former executive director, USFL; president/GM, Memphis Showboats; president, Colorado Rockies.

Naren Gursahaney Interim CEO and board chair, ServiceMaster. Former president and chief executive officer of ADT Corp. Extensive experience with operations, strategic planning and leadership in large, global, residential, and commercial services.

Mark Halperin Executive VP and COO, Boyle Investment Co. Appointee, EDGE for Memphis and Shelby County. 2008 Commercial Broker of the Year, Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council; 2012 Outstanding Recipient, 2008 Realtors Commercial Alliance National Award, National Association of Realtors, Commercial Division.

Bryan Jordan Chairman, president, CEO, First Horizon National Corp. Sets strategy for 4,300-employee company founded in 1864 with 14th oldest national bank charter. Company named a top employer by American Banker and Working Mother. Chairman, American Bankers Council, Memphis Tomorrow, Youth Villages.

Stacy McCall President, CEO, ServiceMaster by Stratos. Graduate, Mississippi State University. Former petroleum engineer. President of NAWBO Memphis, member of Boy Scouts of America Chickasaw Council and Le Bonheur National Leadership Council. IMB CEO of the Year. Marion E. Wade Award in 2019.

Richard W. McDuffie COO, Dunavant Global Logistics Group. Logistics and supply chain experience in automotive, specialty retail, consumer products, agricultural commodities. Built Dunavant’s logistics division into a recognized global logistics service provider.

Billy Orgel soe Founder, president, CEO, Tower Ventures, a national provider of wireless communications structures. Member of Grizzlies ownership group. Organizer and director, First Capital Bank. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ. Completed new construction of commercial spaces and 500 apartments, and preserved seven historic buildings in Downtown Memphis.

David T. Popwell President of banking, First Horizon National Corp. Former chairman, president, CEO, SunTrust in Memphis; executive VP, National Commerce Financial Corp.; shareholder, responsible for mergers and acquisitions practice group, Baker Donelson.

Bill Rhodes Chairman, president, and CEO, Customer Satisfaction, AutoZone. Leads Fortune 500 company with 96,000 employees and net sales of $12 billion in 2019. In 2005, became the youngest Fortune 500 CEO at age 39.

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Jason Wexler President of business/ basketball operations, Memphis Grizzlies. Overseeing transition from the “Grit and Grind” era to a younger squad led by young stars Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Executive VP and COO, EdR Collegiate Housing. Oversees operations of owned and joint-venture collegiate housing portfolio and directs management services division. Former VP operations, regional director, EdR.

Raj Subramaniam President and COO, FedEx; president and CEO, FedEx Express; Co-president and Co-CEO, FedEx Services. Oversees FedEx portfolio of operating companies and more than 450,000 team members. Member of executive committee that plans and executes FedEx’s strategic business activities.

Mark Sutton Chairman and CEO, International Paper, one of the world’s leading producers of packaging, pulp, and paper. Started at IP in 1984 as an engineer at the Pineville, LA mill. Prior to becoming CEO, gained leadership experience as president and COO.

Kevin Woods Market president, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. Former executive director, Memphis’ Workforce Investment Network. Leadership Memphis Executive Class of 2014; Leadership Tennessee class of 2017. 40 Under 40, MBJ.

J.T. Young President and CEO, MLGW. Joined in 2018 and is the 11th president to lead the utility. Experience in engineering, customer service, marketing, sales, risk management, information technology, finance, and supply chain management.

David Tsai President & COO, Gold Strike Casino Resort. Leads daily operations and manages strategic direction and leadership for the casino. Former senior VP and CFO, Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, where he oversaw a $550 million upgrade to luxury hotels Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas.

Jeffrey Warne President and CEO, Perkins & Marie Callendar’s, LLC. Former chief executive, O’Charley’s Inc.; president and COO, Pick Up Stix; executive VP and COO, TGI Friday’s International; CFO, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide.

Daniel Weickenand CEO, Orion Federal Credit Union. Joined in 2010; revitalized business into a community-focused enterprise with more than 75,000 members and close to $1 billion in assets. Moved to new headquarters last year. 2018 CEO of the Year, IMB.

director & shareholder, CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. Transforms accounting, tax and advisory services into creative solutions. CPA licensed in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

David L. Cuicchi Managing director and tax director, Cannon & Company CPAs, P.C. CPA. Accounting, tax, consulting services to individuals and businesses. Treasurer, World Cataract Foundation.

Vince DeGutis Office managing partner and Tennessee tax managing partner, Deloitte LLP. 33 years in professional services. Tax or advisory partner for publicly held, privately owned, domestic, international companies. Member, American Institute of CPAs, Tennessee, Massachusetts Society of CPAs.

David L. DelBrocco Owner, DelBrocco & Associates CPAs. Member, Tennessee. Business consulting, audit, tax services to privately held family businesses in manufacturing, distribution, real estate, services and nonprofits throughout the Mid-South since 1990.

Paulo Teixeira Global CEO, The Juice Plus+ Company. Former CFO, The Bryce Company. Born, raised, educated in Sao Paulo, Brazil as a chemical engineer. Moved to Memphis in 1989 and describes himself as a “Memphian born somewhere else.”

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hoever’s in charge of the numbers has considerable clout and that’s why smart businesses go to these Power Players.

Gregory E. Barnes Managing partner,

Fouts & Morgan, CPAs. Serving clients in construction, home building, nonprofits, professional service businesses. Tax and audit, partner in charge of marketing. Oversees staff of 30+ professionals, paraprofessionals, support personnel. CPAmerica International.

John M. Griesbeck Managing member,

Memphis office, KPMG, LLP. Graduate, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business Executive Development Program. CPA, Chartered Financial Analyst.

Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC. Audit, tax and advisory services to private companies in Mid-South including financial institutions, manufacturing and distribution, real estate, dealerships, nonprofits.

Jud Cannon CEO, Cannon Wright Blount.

John D. Ivy Jr. Managing member, Frazee

Started company with Doug Wright and Richard Blount offering business, software, outsourcing solutions for clients beyond general accounting services. Tax and audit services, technology, accounting, consulting solutions.

P. Anthony Clark Market managing partner, Memphis/Dallas-Fort Worth, DHG. Industry leader for Hospitality and Resorts practice. Clients in construction, manufacturing, wholesale, distribution. American Institute of CPAs, Tennessee, Florida Society of CPAs.

Ivy Davis, PLC. Serves owner-managed enterprises, nonprofits, individuals. Volunteer board and committee service to Trezevant Manor, Second Presbyterian Church Foundation, EDGE for Memphis and Shelby County.

J. Kenneth (Chip) Marston, Jr. Founder and CEO, The Marston Group, PLC. Advisory, tax and financial reporting. Entrepreneurial ventures and advisor to companies, families, trusts, foundations.

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Power Players 2020


Bill Griffin Executive VP and CFO, Kevin McAdams Office managing shareholder, Memphis Office, Elliott Davis Decosimo. Administration, daily operations, organization of office. Firm founded in 1925. 750+ professionals in four states. A Top 30 accounting, tax, consulting firm in the country.

B. Robert Payne President and managing partner, Brundige, Payne & Company, PC. Provides accounting, tax, consultation services. American Institute of CPAs. Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.

Mike Skinner Partner-in-Charge, HORNE Cyber. Information technology audit, regulatory compliance, information security consulting, internal control consulting, business solutions. AICPA’s 40 Under 40.

Jeffrey L. Thomason Chief Manager - Watkins Uiberall. Guides strategic direction of the firm. 75+ employees in Memphis and Tupelo offices. Largest locally owned CPA firm in Memphis.

Richard Wright Managing Partner – Memphis, Ernst & Young. Audit and other services to clients in manufacturing, distribution, retail, transportation. Member, American Institute of CPAs. Manages EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year program in the Memphis market.

Baptist Memorial Health Care. CPA; chartered global management accountant. Fellow, Healthcare Financial Management Association; HFMAcertified healthcare financial professional.

Glenn R. Landau Senior VP and CFO, International Paper. At the company since 1991, holding positions with increasing responsibility within the U.S. container and European container business.

William C. Losch III Executive VP and CFO, First Horizon National Corp. Leads corporation’s financial activities including treasury, accounting, controls, tax, financial planning, strategic planning.

Ashley McAdams CFO, Orion Federal Credit Union. Former partner and director of financial institution practices, HORNE LLP. More than 15 years in financial industry helping communitybased financial institutions grow.

Chris McLean Executive VP of finance, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare since 2001. Began Methodist career in corporate finance. Worked for several health systems in East Tennessee. Was VP of Methodist’s Mississippi division.

Jeffrey Pearson CFO, ALSAC, fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. CPA. With ALSAC for 22 years; in current position since 2006. Finalist, 2010 CFO of the Year, MBJ.

Frank Reid CFO, Duncan-Williams Inc.



dependable Chief Financial Officer is the cornerstone of any organization, and these Power Players prove the rule.

William (Bill) T. Giles CFO and executive VP, Finance, Information Technology, ALLDATA, Customer Satisfaction, AutoZone. A top 25 CFO of public companies in U.S. in 2012, The Wall Street Journal; 2010 CFO of the Year, MBJ. CPA.

Alan B. Graf Jr. Executive VP and CFO, FedEx Corp. Handles all aspects of FedEx’s global financial functions, including planning, treasury, tax, accounting and controls, internal audit, investor relations, and corporate development. Trustee, University of Memphis.

CPA. Oversaw transition to the Pershing system while maintaining independence as a fully computing FINRA member. Created an in-house, self-directed 401(k) plan for employees with no outside administration costs.

Rick Wagers Senior executive VP and CFO, Regional One. Oversees finance, materials management, security, engineering, facilities development, safety, revenue cycle. Leadership Memphis. 2012 CFO of the Year, MBJ. 2015 Senior Executive Meritorious Service Award, Tennessee Hospital Association.

Jimmie D. Williams CFO and senior vice president, Belz Enterprises, one of largest commercial and industrial developers in the South. U.S. Army Officer Training School, Finance Corps. Chairman, Mid-America Student Housing, Inc.



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J. Dale Crow Counsel, Professional Services Group of Risk Strategies Company. 60+ offices nationally, including Memphis, Nashville, Birmingham, and Atlanta. Professional liability and property and casualty insurance solutions for architectural and engineering firms, law firms, accounting firms.

Larry E. Crum President, Larry E. Crum & Associates LLC. 52 years as award winning Nationwide Insurance Agency. Hall of Fame inductee. Independent Agent with 42 staff and licensed associates in 9 offices serving customers in English, Vietnamese and Spanish. Serves 37 states from New York to California.

Cindi Gresham President, Boyle Insurance Agency, Inc., providing for all lines of personal and business needs including industry programs for senior care, professional liability, contractors, apartments/condominiums, nonprofits. Certified Insurance Counselor. Tennessee National Director of the IIABA.

Jeffrey S. Hall President/principal, Insight Risk Management. Handles large commercial and group employee benefits with a focus on warehousing, contracting, transportation. Provides business/commercial and personal insurance, bonds, health and life insurance. Former president, Insurors of Memphis.

Mark E. Harris Principal, Harris, Madden, Powell, Stallings & Brown, Inc. Heavy casualty, construction, surety, management liability, logistics, manufacturing risk. Develops alternative risk solutions including captives shared risk programs. Former president, West Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Collierville Chamber of Commerce.

W. Joseph Lammel Principal, Lammel & Associates. Transportation, construction, surety, financial risk. Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation, American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

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S. Eugene Mathis, Jr. Executive VP Mathis & Company dba Mathis, Tibbets & Massey, Inc. Surety bonding, contractors’ insurance, workers compensation, general liability, employee benefits, inland marine coverages. Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist.

Jeff Michael VP, Clay & Land Insurance,

Dave Thomas CEO, Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group. Founded in 1952 and remains family owned. Offices in Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, Little Rock, Birmingham, Jackson and Destin. Risk mitigation expertise in commercial, nonprofit, hospitality, private client, aviation, employee benefit sectors. Licensed in all 50 states.

Inc. Joined father, Mike Michael, at Michael Insurance Agency in 1975. Merged with Clay & Land in 1982. Full-service, independent, family-owned agency providing all lines of insurance. Professional liability, property, general liability.

Paul Woods Managing director and client executive, Marsh USA, Inc. Member of firm’s Southeastern Partnership Management team. Transportation/logistics and wholesale/retail segments.

Dale Morris Owner and principal, Morris & Associates. Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and past president, Memphis CPCU Chapter. Associate in Risk Management. Past chairman, Memphis and Shelby County Insurance Advisory Committee, Greater Memphis Insurance Council.

Kenneth David Paylor CEO and president, USI of Tennessee, Inc. Executive management and large risk management programs. 200+ offices in the U.S. Certified Insurance Counselor, Associate in Risk Management. Certificate of Achievement for Advanced Consultancy Practice I.

John Robert Pitts Co-CEO, Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, LLC. With partner Mat Lipscomb III, majority owner of largest locally owned insurance agency in the Mid-South. President’s Club member, University of Tennessee.

Kirk Riggins Partner, Page, Chaffin & Riggins Insurance. Hands-on in mainly with Main Street America business. Licensed in multiple states. Certified Insurance Counselor Designation. Insurors of Tennessee.

Brad V. Smith President, Smith-Berclair Insurance. Former president, Cecil Smith Insurance. Purchased Berclair Insurance Center and merged companies into SmithBerclair Insurance. NCAA Division I college football official. Former president, Insurors of Memphis, Insurors of Tennessee.

Brokerage Services, Colliers International in Memphis. Colliers Everest Award and numerous Memphis Area Association of Realtors Pinnacle Awards. SIOR Memphis Chapter President, 2013.

Darrell T. Cobbins President and principal broker, Universal Commercial Real Estate, LLC. 2011 Agent of Change Award, MULYP, 2012 African American Male Image Award for Business, Hobson-Goodlow Foundation. Appointed by Governor Haslam to Tennessee’s State Board of Education.

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Stephen L. Oseman President and owner, Oseman Insurance Agency. One of largest independent agencies in Tennessee. Offices in Memphis and Jackson, Mississippi, specializing in automotive industry, healthcare P&C, education, social services, entertainment, transportation.

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emphis is undergoing a rapid pace of commercial development and it’s Power Players like these who are leading the way.

Ronald “Ron” Belz President and CEO, Belz Enterprises. One of largest commercial and industrial developers in the South. Developed more than 25 million square feet of property, including Shelby Oaks, Goodlett Farms, Appling Farms, The Peabody, Peabody Place. Development and management of industrial, retail, office, and residential properties nationwide.

Paul Boyle President, Boyle Investment Co. Specializes in Memphis and Nashville real estate. Properties include Schilling Farms, Regalia Shopping Center, Ridgeway Center, The Pinnacle of Germantown.

Danny Buring Managing partner, Memphis office, The Shopping Center Group, LLC. Clients include Fresh Market, Dick’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Panera Bread, Chipotle, LA Fitness, Fleming’s Steakhouse. 2004 Pinnacle Award for Commercial Broker of the Year.

Chance Carlisle CEO, Carlisle Corporation. Manages aviation, real estate development, Wendy’s franchise departments. Development portfolio includes the One Beale Project, and $30 million Chisca Hotel renovation.

Farnsworth Investment Co. and Holdings. Society of Office and Industrial Realtors. Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Broker Lifetime Achievement Award, Lambda Alpha International Excellence in Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award, Carnival Memphis Cook Halle Award.

Rick Fogelman CEO, Fogelman Properties. Establishes and implements business strategies. Owns/ operates 90 multifamily communities of over 28,000 apartment homes throughout the country. Licensed real estate broker in Tennessee.

Lawrence “Larry” Jensen President and CEO, Cushman & Wakefield. Clients: Smith & Nephew, Campbell Clinic, AutoZone. 2005 Commercial Broker of the Year, 2008 Office Broker of the Year.

Carma C. Jude Portfolio manager, Healthcare Realty. Certified Commercial Investment Member. Company owns seven properties totaling 516,000 square feet.

Michael A. Lightman Owner, Michael Lightman Realty Co., a regional leader in commercial property brokerage and land investment. Developed Shelby Business Park, Germantown’s Exeter Village, Centennial Place, South Lake Centre in Southaven, and multiscreen movie complexes for Malco Theatres. Commercial Hall of Fame, Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

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Robert “Bob” Loeb soe President, LPI

Phases 2, 3, & 4, Fieldstone Apartments Phases 2-8, Memphis Cotton Exchange.

Memphis. Projects in Memphis include the redevelopment of Overton Square Theatre District, Broad Avenue Arts District, and University District revitalization. Trustee, Memphis University School and Memphis College of Art.

Joe T. Savage Owner and CEO, Metro Construction. Commercial renovation and new construction of cold chain, education, historic, hotel & condo, industrial, office, religious, restaurant, retail projects. Projects include Oxford Toyota (LEED), LEO Events, Brookhaven Pub & Grille, Eversauna Cold Chain.

G. Treat Macdonald Principal broker and partner, Crump Commercial. Six top industrial transaction awards from CORFAC International. Clients include Durham School Bus Services and Shearer Supply.

Hank Martin Vice President/Broker Manager, NAI Saig Company, a full-service industrial, retail, and office brokerage firm. Responsible for sale, lease, and/or disposition of over 50,000,000 square feet of industrial and office facilities in the Mid-South. MAAR Pinnacle Award Top Producers Club, 2013-2018.

Lewis K. McKee, Jr. Partner and broker, McKee and McFarland, Inc. Full-service real estate firm in acquisition, development, management, and marketing of commercial and industrial properties. Licensed Real Estate Broker in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri.

Jeff Morris President, Morris Auction Group and Morris Realty Group in Memphis; Luxury Estates Auction Group in Destin, Florida. CAI, AARE certified. Tennessee Auctioneer Commission.

Josh Poag President and CEO, Poag Shopping Centers. Management, leasing, development, acquisition of lifestyle centers. Clients include Tanger Outlets Southaven, Highland Row, Carriage Crossing, and Graceland. ISCSC and ULI certifed.

Gary Prosterman President and CEO, Development Services Group, Inc. Projects include: adaptive reuse of historic office building in Fort Worth into boutique hotel; adaptive reuse of the Candler Curio Hotel in Atlanta; mixed use redevelopment of 11 acres in Memphis’ Edge District including offices, apartments, retail and the Ravine, linking downtown Memphis to the Medical District.

Frank Quinn Managing director, CBRE. Market leader of the CBRE operations in Memphis and Jackson, Mississippi, overseeing leasing, sales, and management efforts for industrial, office, and retail brokerage.

Joseph Steffner Senior vice president, Newmark Knight Frank. SIOR, CCIM and CPM designations. Pinnacle Awards – 2015 Commercial Broker of the Year. Greater Memphis Chamber Chairman’s Circle.


Allen Wagner President, Wagner General Contractors, Inc. a commercial general contractor licensed in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Diamond Level certified in the ABC Safety Training and Evaluation Process.


hen you need it put together on time and on budget, you need a firm with building in its blood. These are those Power Players.

Jack Bearden Vice president, Belz Construction LLC. Design, design-build, general contracting. Focuses on healthcare, industrial, office, retail, government, education construction. Clients include Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, St. Jude, Nike, Saint Francis Healthcare, Campbell Clinic. LEED Accredited Professional.

Fred Grinder President, Grinder Taber and

Tim Weatherford President, Southeast Region, Flintco, LLC. Specializes in construction management projects for healthcare, education, hospitality, corporate clients. Cients include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, ServiceMaster, University of Memphis, Campbell Clinic, Collierville Schools.

Grinder, Inc. General contracting, design/ Chris L. Woods soe President, Chris build, construction management, LEEDWoods Construction Co., Inc. Projects include certified projects. Projects include Crosstown FedEx, Memphis Shelby County Airport Concourse, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers Authority, Main Event Entertainment, TAG, University, Ballet Memphis. Multiple AIA Awards for Carvana. Multiple Excellence in Construction Excellence, American Architecture Award. LEED Platinum Awards, Associated Builders and Contractors. status for Crosstown Concourse.

Rusty Linkous soe President, Linkous Construction Co. General contracting, construction management, consulting. Projects include Malco Theatres, Michael Lightman Realty, CBHS, University of Memphis Men’s Basketball Facility, St Mary’s School, Sedgwick HQ, Boyle Investment Company, St Jude.

H. Montgomery Martin Founder & CEO, Montgomery Martin Contractors. Retail, office, healthcare, multi-family, hospitality, urban redevelopment, institutional. Clients include Shelby Farms Park, Rael Development, Highwoods Properties, Henry Turley Company, AutoZone Park, Kroger, CBU, Regional One Health, Dixon Gallery and Gardens.



hese human resources Power Players broker high-quality benefits and balance the needs of employers and employees alike.

Austin Baker President, HRO Partners, an

Chris McDermott Owner, Grinder Haizlip Construction. Commercial and industrial construction. Clients include FedEx, Gossett Motors, Mellow Mushroom, Valero, Keras Automotive, Cargill, Sunrise Motors, Chemours, AutoNation.

Clyde L. Patton Jr. President, Patton & Taylor Construction Co. General construction, construction management, value engineering. Projects include Harbor Town Landing, The Carrington at Schilling Farms, Civic Center Apartments, 88 Union Center, Centennial Garden Apartments

HR consulting and outsourcing firm representing private sector and public sector municipal and governmental entities with more than 45,000 employees and retirees. Top 40 under 40, MBJ.

Ed Barnett Founder and president, The Barnett Group, Division of HUB International. American Association of Life Underwriters. Top of the Table Award. 2013 Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Living Award for Inspiration in Faith and Health.

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Robert “Bob” Brown Founder and Partner, UCL Financial Group, LLC. Chartered Life Underwriter. Numerous industry awards, Tennessee Insurance Professional of the Year (2000), Lester A. Rosen Humanitarian and Achievement Award, Ameritas Hall of Fame, 2013 Robert E. Musto Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame, MTSU.

Karen W. Buckner Partner and office leader, Mercer, an HR consulting firm and subsidiary of Marsh and McLennan Companies. Consulting actuary for large retirement plans. Enrolled actuary for DOL and IRS. Largest employee benefits firm in Memphis.


Shannon Dyson Vice President, Shoemaker Financial. Group Benefit operations in Memphis and Nashville with a focus on Group Health, Life, and Disability benefits plans. Creative plan design and long-term benefits planning help employers provide value using sometimes unconventional products and services.

Todd Dyson President, Clay and Land Insurance, Inc., founded in 1968. Started with company in 1989. Employee benefits consulting, administration. Multiple broker advisory committees. Multi-year Leaders Club qualifier.

Kelly O. Finnell President and founder, Executive Financial Services, Inc., national consultancy has done ESOP transactions in 20 cities nationwide. Author, The ESOP Coach: Using ESOPs in Ownership Succession Planning; several articles in professional journals.

Timothy J. Finnell Founder and Managing Partner, Group Benefits LLC. Provides strategic planning for companies seeking employee benefits solutions. Speaker/author on healthcare and benefits. Interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, CNNMoney. Executive of the Year; 2015 and 2016 Pacesetters Award Honoree, MBJ. Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist.

Mark Forrester CEO, Regions Insurance of Tennessee. Responsible for company operations in Memphis, Nashville. Focus on property, casualty, employee benefits, executive life, HR, risk management consulting. Senior vice president, Regions Insurance Group.

Keith A. James President, CEO, chief manager, The James Group, LLC, national employee benefits consulting firm. Lifetime member, National Association of Health Underwriters Leading Producers Round Table. Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives.



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James “Jay” F. Keegan Jr. Chairman and founder, Bodock, Inc. President and CEO, Adams Keegan, national HR and employer services firm. Founder and CEO, Staff Line, a national firm. Co-founder, The James Group, a national life and health insurance agency.

David Klevan Principal, Corporate Benefits Management Group. 40+ years in insurance, employee benefits, financial services industries. Sam Walton Small Business Award in 1999; Home Town Hero award, City of Germantown, 2000, 2008 Small Business of the Year, Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Wm. Ashley Pace Producer partner, Lockton Companies. Benefit plan design, risk management strategy, compensation, retirement strategies for organizations to reduce insurance costs and increase productivity. Recipient, Presidents Club Award.

Charles Sims Jr. President and CEO, the Sims Financial Group, Inc. Certified Financial Planner, Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow, Certified Mutual Funds Manager. National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Life and qualifying member, Million Dollar Round Table. First African-American member of John Hancock’s Hall of Fame.

Richad C. Bursi President and CEO, OGCB, Inc. Mechanical and Electrical Consulting Engineers. Work includes Rhodes College, U of M Law School, Crosstown Concourse, and University of the South. TSPE Outstanding Engineer of the Year, 2016.

James F. Collins Principal, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Projects include Memphis Innovation Corridor Bus Rapid Transit System, Elvis Presley Boulevard improvements, Union Row, I-240/Airways interchange, Memphis/Shelby County traffic signal improvements, Parkside, Carrefour at the Gateway, redesign of Tom Lee Park.

Phillip G. Coop soe Chairman and co-founder, EnSafe, Inc., provides national environmental consulting, engineering, industry safety, hygiene consulting, geographic information services. White House Advisory Panel on Sustainability. Hazardous Materials Control Institute. Herff Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering.

Greg Dotson Client service leader, Barge Design Solutions. Professional Engineer in several Southern states. West Tennessee STEM HUB Steering Committee, Leadership Memphis. Experience includes traffic and transportation infrastructure projects in the Memphis area.

Harry Pratt President and civil engineer, Allen & Hoshall. Registered Professional Engineer in six states. Served as project manager for 65 FedEx projects. Technical project manager for Memphis Main Street to Main Street Intermodal Connector Project which included the Big River Crossing.

Matthew D. Wolfe President, ETI Corporation. Detailed design of civil engineering and land development projects, (roadways, hydrology, industrial/commercial site development). Projects include City of Memphis, State of Tennessee, several municipal airports.

James H. Toles Principal, Toles & Associates, Inc. Former structural technician and structural design engineer, Pickering. Former project manager and administrator, MLGW. Former project manager, FedEx. Registered Professional Engineer in five states.

J. Wesley Woolridge Civil department manager, Renaissance Group, Inc. Professional Civil Engineer. Certified Arborist. Site planning and engineering, state and municipal permit compliance. Clients include Shelby County Schools, Collierville School System, FedEx, MPD, Vita Property Management Group.

Joel T. Johnson President, Burr & Cole Consulting Engineers, Inc. Professional Engineer in several states in the region. Projects includes State of Tennessee, U of M, Lausanne Collegiate School, Rhodes College, Shelby County, Coca-Cola.

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hese are the geniuses who know how things work and how to make them work, the Power Players who build what is meant to last.

Jeff L. Arnold President and CEO, Fisher Arnold, Inc. Leading architecture, engineering, and consulting firm. Registered Professional Engineer. Projects include I-69, SR-385, U of M University Center.

Scott Barry Senior principal, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. Certified in Plumbing Design and LEED AP. Leader in comprehensive engineering design and facility consulting services. Projects include City Of Memphis Fleet Maintenance Facility, Renasant Convention Center, St. Jude Expansion, Lamar Avenue Improvements, Wolf River Greenway Trail and State Route 14.

neer, Tioga Environmental Consultants. Licensed professional engineer in 3 states. Certifications in Level 1 and 2 Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control and LEED AP. Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.

Michael Pohlman, PE President/CEO, Pickering Firm, Inc. Engineering & Architectural Design Professionals. Served on MLGW Board of Commissioners since 2017.

Nisha Powers President, Powers Hill Design, LLC. Projects include Overton Square Garage Detention Basin, Main to Main (Big River Crossing), Zoo & Overton Park parking solution. Super Woman in Business, Top 40 Under 40, MBJ. Ruby R. Wharton Outstanding Community Service Award. Appointed to state Aeronautics Commission by Governor Bill Haslam.



t’s not enough to have money, you’ve got to know what to do with it now and in the future. These Power Players have a plan just for you.

Chirag Chauhan Founding member and partner, Bluff City Advisory Group. CFP. FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. Accredited Investment Fiduciary. 2011 to 2019 Centurion Producer Award and Hallmark I Award, AXA Advisors. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ.

Brian Douglas Principal, Guidingpoint Financial Group. Works with those approaching and in retirement on income strategies and intergenerational planning. Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor working with non-traditional families, single parents, LGBTQ individuals and couples on financial planning.

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Kathleen Fish President and founder, Fish + Associates Financial Services. CFP, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor. Member, Financial Planning Association, Society of Entrepreneurs Insight Group. Founding partner, Fusion Advisor Network.

Jim Isaacs President and CEO, Legacy Wealth Management. CFP, M.B.A. Finance. Legacy consistently named in AdvisoryHQ’s annual objective review as top rated Wealth Manager in Tennessee.

Marty Kelman Chairman and co-founder, Kelman-Lazarov Inc. CFP. Former president, Memphis Chapter, International Association of Financial Planning. National Leadership Council of Facing History and Ourselves; past president, Memphis Chapter.

Karen M. Kruse Chief Compliance Officer, First Horizon Advisors. 28+ years in financial planning, investment and trust services. Team works on goals-based financial planning and investing. CFP, Accredited Investment Fiduciary.

John N. Laughlin Principal and senior VP, Summit Asset Management, LLC. Client service, portfolio management, business development, strategic planning. Chair, Summit’s Financial Advisory Committee.

Charles R. (Mack) McKinney Financial Advisor & Manager, Waddell & Reed, Inc. 2011, 2013, 2014, 2019 Waddell & Reed Circle of Champions, 2012 Advisor Medalist Program.

Jim E. Meeks Jr. Managing partner, Northwestern Mutual of Memphis. Investment strategies and products, life insurance, employee and executive benefit programs, education funding, estate analysis, retirement analysis. Million Dollar Round Table.

John Phillips V Founding member and chief investment officer, Red Door Wealth Management. Comprehensive asset management for personal advising, retirement plans, family office and business owners. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ. CFP, Chartered Financial Analyst.

David Pickler President and CEO, Pickler Wealth Advisors. Senior partner, The Pickler Law Firm and Pickler Accounting Advisors, Collierville. Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisors list, 2015; top advisor in Tennessee, Barron’s. Altruism Award, Registered Rep magazine, 2011.

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David Waddell CEO, Waddell & Associates. CFP. Contributor: The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, Nikkei CNBC Japan, Yahoo! Finance. Featured expert: Barron’s, IMB, Daily Memphian, Commercial Appeal, Forbes. Top 40 Under 40, Small Business Awards Finalist, Executive of the Year, MBJ.

Don W. Jones Assistant vice president, Enrollment and Student Services, Belhaven University. Co-author of two textbooks. White House Volunteer Service Award, University of Phoenix Service Award, Mississippi Emergency Service Medal. Commander, 210th MP Battalion for the Mississippi State Guard.

Betty Sue McGarvey President, Baptist College of Health Sciences. Distinguished Alumni Award, UTHSC School of Nursing, U of M Lowenberg School of Nursing, Baptist College of Health Sciences.

Skip Redmond President, Moore Tech.



he Power Players in charge of higher education institutions have been entrusted with the very future of our society.

Robin Colwell Campus director, Memphis Campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. Specializes in aerospace and aviation courses. 2012 Top 40 Under 40, MBJ.

Carol Johnson Dean Interim president, LeMoyne-Owen College. Superintendent of schools in Memphis, Minneapolis, and St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Was executive director of New Leaders-South Region, and Executive Director of Large District Support for Tennessee Department of Education.

Dr. Tracy D. Hall President, Southwest Tennessee Community College. Former vice president of academic affairs, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park. American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Economic and Workforce Development.

Marjorie Hass President, Rhodes College. School a “Best Value College,” Princeton Review; top 10 instution for producing Fulbright scholars, U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs. One of 2018’s Tennesseans to Watch, USA Today. Former president, Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Jody Hill President, Memphis Theological Seminary. Veteran pastor in the Cumberland Presbyterian and Presbyterian USA churches. Former vice president for community relations, Blue Mountain College. Author, 38: The Chucky Mullins Effect.

Supported legislative effort to have Moore Tech granted use of Tennessee Promise grants; works with lawmakers to provide more post-graduate options to students.

Lewis Reich President, Southern College of Optometry. Optometrist. Residency in low vision rehabilitation. Chair, Memphis Medical District Collaborative. Fellow, American Academy of Optometry. Research funded by National Eye Institute, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

M. David Rudd President, U of M. Raised $200 million+ in six years. Improved retention, graduation rates. Top tier public university, U.S. News & World Report. $123 million in research expenditures over the last two years. Pursuing Carnegie Tier 1 status.

Steve J. Schwab Chancellor, UTHSC. Internationally recognized physician, researcher in kidney disease. School a top healthcare provider and state’s largest healthcare educator. Campus and practice locations in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville.

Jack Shannon President, Christian Brothers University. Experience in higher education and urban and economic development. Former president and CEO, East Baltimore Development, Inc. 2020 Top 25 Best Southern Universities, US News & World Report.

Ken Steorts President/founder, Visible Music College. Founder, Grammy nominated band Skillet. President, Madison Line Records, Visible Community Music School. Dove Award nominee. DMC Vision Award, 2013; Thomas W. Briggs Community Service Award, 2016.



hese Power Players who run hotels and attractions and coordinate events are crucial to the economic health and image of the Bluff City.

Cindy Brewer Principal and co-founder, LEO Events. Events include MLK50, Le Bonheur grand opening, AutoZone national sales meeting. New Memphis 2010 LDI program. Top 40 Under 40; Smart Women in Meetings Entrepreneur Award, MBJ; BizBash Top People in Events.

Douglas Browne General manager, The Peabody Memphis. President, Peabody Hotels & Resorts. Peabody Hotel Group’s General Manager of the Year and award from Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association, Tennessee Hospitality Association. Recipient, Spirit of Memphis Award, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Pace Cooper President and CEO, Cooper Hotels. Developer of the Year Award, Hilton Worldwide, Hotel Owner of the Year Award, HotelWorld Network. Tennessee, American Hotel and Lodging Associations. Chairman, Multi Franchise Organization.

Phil Cordell Global head, New Brand Development, Hilton. Inception and development of new Hilton brands, including Tempo by Hilton. Cultivation and enhancement of existing brands in development.

Bill Duncan Global head, Suites and Focused Service categories, Hilton; oversees Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Tru by Hilton. Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association’s Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing.

Karl Friedrich General manager, River Inn of Harbor Town. Oversees hotel and restaurants, including overall performance of property. Former general manager, small luxury hotel in Pawley’s Island, SC. Former president, International Hospitality Management.

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Matt Huss General manager, Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel. Employee Satisfaction Hotel of the Year (Davidson Hotels) 2006, 2012, 2013; director of meeting/convention services of the year, Wyndham International; Agoura Hills Business of the year.

Thomas B. Johnson Managing director, Wilson Conference Center Group, Holiday Inn U of M, Fogelman Executive Conference Center. Eight Torchbearer Awards from InterContinental Hotels Group. Member, Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association, International Association of Conference Centers.

Kevin Kane President and CEO, Memphis Tourism. President of its subsidiary, Memphis Management Group LLC. Responsible for economic growth in Memphis through events, conventions, and visitors. Overseeing renovation/expansion of Renasant Convention Center.

Craig Marshall General manager, Westin Hotels & Resorts. 12th associate of Charter Group of Hampton Brand at inception. Ownership of a Hampton, GM of 8 hotels with progressive size and scope, exec of a 700 room resort, hotel manager of a 560 key convention hotel, marketing consultant (IHG) for 35 hotels in 5 states.

Jeremy Sadler General manager, Central Station, a Curio by Hilton. 123room hotel in South Main district. Redesigned 105-year-old transportation building into eight-story, music-based luxury hotel.

James Siao Managing director, Arrive Hotel. Hospitality experience as general manager and executive chef. Boutique hotel has 62 rooms and dining options: Longshot, Hustle & Dough, Vintage & Vice, Bar Hustle.

Jack Soden soe CEO, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. since 1982. Oversaw opening of The Guest House at Graceland ($92 million resort hotel) and Elvis Presley’s Memphis (multi-gallery entertainment complex near the mansion) in 2016.

With ten locations across the Memphis area, Healthcare Realty is the go-to source for on Baptist Memorial Hospital campuses. A variety of locations and levels of build-out provide move-in ready suites, time-share space and the ability to build to suit. It’s your move.

Dianna Vaughan Global head, All Suites brands, Hilton; former global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. Experience with food and beverage, finance, sales and marketing, general manager. Former VP of marketing for Hilton’s portfolio of brands; created the global Hilton Honors marketing promotions team.

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Wayne Tabor President and CEO, Metropolitan Memphis Hotel and Lodging Association. Holiday Inn University General Manager’s School. Billy Hicks Award, Memphis CVB; Fiduciary Responsibility Award, Hospitality Management Advisors. MMHLA Award.

Timothy Gibson Interim head of school,

Adam Moore Head of school, Woodland

St. George’s Independent School. Counselor That Changes Lives award, 2013. Helps frame students’ search beyond ratings and rankings to find a college that provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life.

Presbyterian School. Former president, Memphis Association of Independent Schools. 5-time winner of Top Workplace and multi-year winner of Memphis Parent, Best Private School. Fosters individual growth of intellectual, spiritual, creative, physical, social, emotional roots.

Nail Task General manager, Big Cypress

Steven Hancock Headmaster,

Lodge, Bass Pro Shops Hospitality Division in Memphis Pyramid. Previous positions include Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley and Titanic Deluxe Resort in Turkey.

Presbyterian Day School, Christian school for boys age 2 through grade 6. Educates boys from all walks of life. Alumni include Fred Smith, PItt Hyde, Paul Tudor Jones.

Thomas Hood President, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. Founded on Dominican Pillars of Study, Prayer, Community and Service. St. Agnes for girls and St. Dominic for boys build a nurturing community of learning and faith where each student can achieve in the classroom and beyond.



f you get called before one of these headmasters, at least you’re meeting with a Power Player who has devoted their life to education.

Braxton Brady Head of School, Evangelical Christian School. Was chaplain and director of Building Boys, Making Men at Presbyterian Day School; director of player relations, U of M football team; family ministries pastor, Harvest Church.

Alicia Brown Principal, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. School partnered with Project Lead the Way to inspire K-8 students with hands-on, transformative learning. PLUS program offers traditional campus experience to students with learning disabilities.

McKenzie Cohen Head of The Collegiate School of Memphis. Private, college prep school provides middle and high school scholars with highest quality education in a disciplined and caring environment.

Jim Ferguson President and head of school, Northpoint Christian School, Christcentered, college prep. #5 Best Private K-12 School in Mississippi, #2 Best Christian High School in Mississippi, #3 in enrollment of private schools in Memphis MSA, MBJ.

Ralph Janikowsky Headmaster, Westminster Academy. Communicates the vision of classical Christian education to churches in Memphis and the greater Memphis community. Completed new playground, implemented after-school care program. Best Places to Work, 2016-18, Commercial Appeal. Thor Kvande Headmaster, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School. Former dean of middle school, promoted to headmaster in 2011. Former positions at St. John’s Episcopal School (MD), The Independence School (DE), Woodland Country Day School (NJ).

Ann M. Laury Head of school, Christ the King Lutheran School. Background in Memphis, Mississippi, and Nashville public schools. Teacher and early childhood director at Christ the King before becoming head of school in 2016. Cummins business award.

Stuart McCathie Headmaster, Lausanne Collegiate School. Experience in UK, Bahamas, U.S. Former dean of students, Indian Mountain School (CT). Former headmaster, the Oakwood School (NC).

Mark Merrill President, Briarcrest Christian School, college-prep Christian education. Increased market share over past decade. Briarcrest a Best Christian Workplace, 2007-2016, 2018. Top-ranked school by Memphis Parent, Commercial Appeal, MBJ.

David Poos President, Christian Brothers High School. Bishop Kelley Hall of Fame. Guiding Star Award, De La Salle Middle School, St. Louis. Kristen Ring Head of school, Hutchison School. Experience as senior administrator, teacher, coach in private schools in AL, NC. Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award for exemplary classroom instruction. Division 1 Field Hockey Atlantic Coast Conference scholar athlete.

Bryan Sanders Head of School, First Assembly Christian School. Legal and legislative counsel, ACTS. Co-educational, multi-denominational, Cognia-accredited PreK-12 school; strong academic and career preparation in the context of Biblical Worldview, and extracurricular development through fine arts and athletics.

Pete Sanders Headmaster, Memphis University School, college-prep school for boys grades 7-12. Experience in independent school education and administration. Previous leadership roles at Collegiate School (VA), Brunswick School (CT), University School (FL), Christ Church Episcopal School (SC).

Albert Throckmorton Head of school, St. Mary’s Episcopal School since 2012. Superior educational experience for girls to encourage and enable them to reach their individual potential. President, MAIS.

Bryan Williams Head of school, Christ Methodist Day School. Devoted to exceptional Christian elementary education for boys and girls. STEAM initiative combines academic elements with a hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ.

Trent Williamson Head of School, Harding Academy. Teaches students to love others as Christ loves them, to think creatively and learn with open minds, and to live courageously to the glory of God.

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hen the computer melts down and the hackers are trying to break in, you need these Power Players to keep it running smoothly.

Gary Bellanti Owner and president, Open Road Technologies. Was national business development manager with Vanstar/Apple. Partners with major tech vendors to provide services to SMB, education, government markets.

Wayne Cook Chairman, founder, and CEO, Cook Systems International Inc. Three decades+ of IT leadership and service. Company has exceptional talent and tech to deliver the most successful IT solutions to Fortune 1000 clients and government entities.

Nick Gant President and founder, Gant Systems. Actively managing clients in six states. Managed IT services, cloud, backup, disaster recovery solutions. Since 2007, has grown to perennially recognized high performing small business. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ.

Mark Pryor Chairman and CEO, The Seam, commodity trading and agriculture tech company. Previously was vice president at The Seam and global head of information tech at Noble Group/Noble Agri. Founder, Cotton Technology Alliance.

Sylvester Tate President and CEO, Tate Computer Systems, Apple Authorized Reseller/Repair. Executive Management Institute, CBU. Minority Business of the Year Award, Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum. Alumnus of the Year, STCC.

Paul Tomes President and CEO, WorldSpice Technologies. Manages strategic direction of the company, which provides Data Center Co-Location, Cloud/Virtual computing, Integrated Voice/Data (VOIP) systems, high speed internet, Wide Area Network services.

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Adam Underwood Partner and president, Mellon Consulting Group, LLC. Custom designed medical software, database integration, website development and marketing, disaster recovery solutions.

Jim Van de Vuurst Principal owner,

Justin Entzminger Executive director, Innovate Memphis. Experienced strategy and growth consultant for nonprofits, start-ups, and for-profit businesses. Develops tools to measure blight and impact of mitigation strategies.

Eric Gottlieb Associate professor,

Vanick Digital. Web-based software, websites, mobile application development services, SAP consulting services.

Dan Weddle CEO, ProTech Services Group, Inc., top tech and talent solutions company with largest local IT workforce. Tech and consulting, managed services, cloud services, outsourcing, talent acquisition and security services. 25 years+ of leadership experience.

Gary Wiseman President and chief

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Rhodes College. Cofounder, Overton Park Alliance. Former first VP, Evergreen Historic District Association.

Tom Jones Principal, Smart City Consulting. Primary writer and editor of Smart City Memphis blog, author of Smart City column in Inside Memphis Business magazine, and author of Shelby Farms Park: Elevating a City.

technology officer, MasterIT, a VC3 company. Designs, delivers, evolves masterIT’s solutions to small and medium businesses. Former founder, president, and CEO, Wisetech. 40 Most Innovative MSP’s in North America, CRN.

Josh Lipman Former chairman, Guardsmark. Family business advisor. CEO, executive coach. Former chair, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.; senior vice president, Peoplemark.

Katie Midgley Director of research and evaluation, Plough Foundation. Formerly with U of M, The Urban Child Institute. 20 Under 30, Memphis Flyer. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ. Best Individual: Adult, Spark Awards.

Eric Robertson President and CEO,



hese Power Players are plugged in more than most, with connections, expertise, and influence going well beyond the workplace.

Roshun Austin President/CEO, The Works, Inc. Affordable housing development and community development finance. Works with Community Redevelopment Agency and Memphis Landmarks Commission.

Steve Barlow President, Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. Collaboratively develops practical, sustainable resolutions to blighted properties and systems leading to neglect, vacancy, and abandoned real estate.

Community LIFT & River City Capital Investment Corp. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ; 50 Men of Excellence Award, Tri-State Defender; Outstanding Alumni Award, U of M College of Arts & Sciences.

Susan Adler Thorp Owner, Susan Adler Thorp Communications. Former political columnist, The Commercial Appeal and political/government analyst for local media.

Mark Yates Chief visionary officer, Black Business Association of Memphis. Founder, Memphis Youth Summer Business Experience, The Enlightenment Center, LES mental health outpatient care for children and families. Founder, Voices for Memphis’ Children. Former chief of staff and faculty, LeMoyne Owen College; chief of staff, U.S. House of Representatives.



anaging assets is a challenge in this complex, roller-coaster world. Fortunately, these Power Players have the skills to navigate the way.

Joseph R. Heinz Executive director, UBS Financial Services Inc. Tailored investment service including asset management and estate planning. Wealth management and financial planning. CFP. Wealth Management Executive Education Certificate, Directors Council, UBS Financial Services.

Lance Hollingsworth Principal, senior VP, and chief investment officer, Summit Asset Management LLC. CFP. Portfolio management, investment research and development, trading, and operations. Oversees Summit’s technology implementation.

Michael E. Kisber President, FHN Financial. Oversees capital markets division, a core business line of First Horizon National Corp., which provides fixed-income products and services for the investment and banking community. Colonel Aide de Camp, highest honor to a Tennessee citizen for outstanding achievement and civic contribution in 2013.

Mark A. Medford President and CEO, Vining Sparks. CPA accredited by American Institute of CPAs. Former president and CEO, FTN Financial. Former managing partner, National REIT Leader, National Bank and Thrift Tax Leader. Served on Southeast’s Merger and Acquisition Team, National Securitization Team with KPMG.

David Rains Branch manager, managing director, Raymond James & Associates. Growth and income from investable assets. Was branch manager and assistant manager at Legg Mason and J.B. Bradford.

Duncan F. Williams soe President and CEO, Duncan-Williams, Inc. Founded in 1969, the family and employee-owned full-service broker-dealer has branches in Boulder, Colorado; Jackson, Mississippi; and Tampa, Florida.

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Steven Wishnia CEO, Highland Capital Management, LLC. Registered Investment Adviser, managing equity, fixed-income, short-term cash portfolios for endowments and foundations, institutions, municipalities, high net worth clients and 401K plans.

Philip Zanone CEO, B. Riley Wealth Management. Joined Wunderlich in 1997 as head of the private client group and became president in 1999. Began in 1991 at Morgan Keegan and continues to serve clients as a financial advisor in addition to overseeing the firm’s sales, trading, and operations units.



he best intentioned agreements would fall apart without these Power Players enforcing the integrity of the legal system.

Leo Bearman, Jr. Senior counsel, Baker,

TV Shows • Columns • Radio Show • Books • Podcasts

Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Litigator of the Year, Tennessee Bar Association; The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Mid-South Super Lawyers. Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers. Recipient, Pillars of Excellence Award, U of M Alumni Association.

Nathan Bicks Member, Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC. Complex litigation with emphasis on white-collar crime, healthcare fraud, class-action matters. One of 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee, BusinessTN. Town attorney for Collierville. 2019 CEO of the Year, IMB.

Richard Glassman Senior shareholder and president, Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, PC. Business and professional liability/ malpractice litigation. Certified Civil Trial Specialist, Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate. 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award, U of M; Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Pillar of Excellence 2019.

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Thomason. Business and commercial, construction, healthcare, intellectual property, product and professional liability. Lawyers’ Lawyer Award, Memphis Bar Association. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Major General, retired.

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John J. Heflin III Member, Bourland, Heflin, Alvarez, Minor & Matthews, PLC. Complex commercial litigation, breach of contract, fraud, insurance, intellectual property, securities, construction. Chair, firm’s litigation practice. AV Preeminent Rating, MartindaleHubbell. The Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Michele Howard-Flynn Managing partner, HF Law Group, PLLC. Business litigation, estate planning, probate and estate administration in state and federal courts of western and middle Tennessee.

Michael G. McLaren Member, Black

Former President, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

Glen G. Reid Senior counsel, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs. Intellectual Property Protection and Litigation Service Team. Banking litigation, commercial litigation, products liability litigation, white collar criminal defense.

John C. Speer Member, Bass, Berry & Sims. Business litigation. Represents financial institutions in disputes involving commercial loan and public bond defaults and federal and state laws and regulations. Represents companies in critical business disputes.

McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, PC. Federal and state litigation, commercial litigation, professional liability, insurance coverage, environmental law, construction law, fidelity and surety law. Former VP and general counsel, Wright Medical Technology. Mid-South Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America.

David Wade Director and shareholder,

John McQuiston II soe Shareholder, Evans Petree, PC. Experience in banking, construction, securities, fraud, antitrust, breach of fiduciary duties, e-commerce. One of top 100 lawyers in Tennessee, top 50 lawyers in Mid-South, top 15 lawyers in Memphis.

Randall D. Noel Partner, Butler Snow, LLP. Business litigation, data security, products defense. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, Super Lawyers. Former president, Tennessee Bar Association, American Counsel Association, Tennessee Legal Community Foundation.

Lucian T. Pera Partner, Adams and Reese, LLP. Commercial litigation, media law, legal ethics. The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and BusinessTN. American Law Institute. Former President, Tennessee Bar Association. Former Treasurer, American Bar Association.

Donald Donati Founding attorney, Donati Law PLLC. Employment law, personal injury, veterans’ benefits. Began with Memphis Area Legal Services, providing legal counsel to disadvantaged individuals. Tennessee Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee, BusinessTN, Lawyers USA.

Eugene S. Forrester Member, Farris Bobango. Employment, workers’ compensation, civil litigation. Tennessee, Arkansas, Memphis Bar Associations. MBA 1994 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. Licensed in Tennessee, Arkansas.

George Wheeler Member, Harris Shelton

Deborah Godwin Partner, Godwin, Morris, Laurenzi &

Hanover Walsh, PLLC. Business and corporate law, healthcare, intellectual property, personal injury. The Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Bloomfield, P.C. ERISA, labor and employment, civil rights, personal injury. Director, firm’s ERISA Law Section. The Best Lawyers in America; Top 50 Women Attorneys, Mid-South Super Lawyers. AV-rated, Martindale-Hubble.

Myra Hamilton General counsel, Hamilton Entertainment Employment Law, LLC. Employment and labor, HR and corporate compliance, business contracts. Top 100, The National Black Lawyers. 2017 Women of Excellence; 2020 Best Attorney, Best in Black Awards, New Tristate Defender; 2020 BEST of the BAR, MBJ.

Bobango, PLC. General civil litigation, commercial litigation, railroad litigation, construction litigation, bankruptcy law, insurance defense litigation. Memphis, Tennessee, American Bar Associations. Honored in MidSouth Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America.

Brown. Litigation, real estate, public law, governmental relations. Memphis Bar Association. Experience in legal work for non-profits. Former city attorney for Oakland and Gallway, Tennessee.

Crone Law Firm, PLC. Licensed in Tennessee, Arkansas. Represents executives, employees, entrepreneurs in employment and commercial litigation including wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, partnership, contractual disputes.

Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, PC. Civil and criminal litigation, land use, administrative law. Mediator for state, federal cases. Top 100, Tennessee Superlawyers.

Robert F. Miller Member, Farris

Richard J. Myers Member, Glankler

Alan Crone Attorney and founder, The

Charles Hill Member, Glankler Brown,



he evolving complexities of employment law could bedevil a busy CEO were it not for a gifted Power Player to sort out the particulars.

W. Kerby Bowling Shareholder, Evans Petree, PC. Co-leader of Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. At Kellogg as union laborer before campaigning against organized labor. Assists clients in remaining non-union and avoiding employment litigation. AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Seven consecutive years, The Best Lawyers in America.

Craig A. Cowart Office managing principal, Jackson Lewis, Memphis office. Employment law, management-side labor, collective actions, multi-party lawsuits. Best Lawyers 2020; 2019 Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters.

PLLC. Employment law, broker/dealer litigation, contracts, commercial litigation. Experience in litigation over restrictive covenants, covenants against disclosure of proprietary information, protection of trade secrets, creating social media policies. The Best Lawyers in America.

David Jaqua Labor and Employment Group, Butler Snow LLP. Employment litigation (defense), arbitration and mediation, NLRB hearings, labor negotiations, representation campaigns, management counseling and training. The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Lisa Krupicka Member, Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC. Employment litigation and business advising. Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America; “Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee,” Mid-South Super Lawyers; America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA.

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Dan Norwood Partner, Norwood & Atchley. Represents clients involved in discrimination, retaliatory discharge for whistleblowing, workers’ compensation claims, breach of contract. The Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Robin H. Rasmussen Founding member, Dinkelspiel Rasmussen & Mink, PLLC. Employment law, workers’ compensation, civil litigation. Firm founded in 2010. American Jurisprudence Award in Real Estate Transactions.

Stephen L. Shields Founding partner, Jackson Shields Yeiser & Holt. Represents employers in private and public sectors. Author, Alternative Dispute Resolutions in Tennessee; Alternative Dispute Resolution: Staying in Business and Out of Court.

Bruce M. Smith Member, Apperson Crump PLC. Former general counsel, Memphis Area Transit Authority. Employment law, litigation, transit law. Lecturer on public transit system labor and regulatory issues, ADA regulations, legal ethics. Best Lawyers In America.

Jeffrey C. Smith Partner, Waller Lansden Dortsch & Davis. Employment law, commercial construction litigation, counsel in construction, equipment distribution, franchise, healthcare industries. Defended employers against discrimination claims, unfair competition, wrongful termination.

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shareholder, Littler. Represents companies in traditional labor law, focusing on manufacturing healthcare for union and nonunion clients. 2020 Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America.

Jeff Weintraub Partner, Memphis office of national management-side labor and employment law firm, Fisher Phillips. Represents employers in jury trials in employment lawsuits, FLSA collective actions, labor cases. Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, MidSouth Super Lawyers, and World’s Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers (UK).

Murray B. Wells Partner, Wells & Associates. Civil rights litigation, federal criminal defense, catastrophic injury. Top 100 Lawyers – Civil Plaintiff. Admitted to practice in California, Tennessee, federal districts of California, Western and Middle Tennessee, Sixth Circuit Court of appeals, all state courts.

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Ed Young Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Represents employers before NLRB in employment litigation, collective bargaining, labor arbitration. Achieved landmark judgment against the EEOC for $750,000. Led efforts for a food manufacturer in Ohio in a union campaign that involved 600 voters and communications in multiple languages.

Mark H. George Chairman, IMC Companies. Founded Intermodal Cartage Company in 1982. Nation’s largest marine drayage provider with 2,300+ employees. Chairman and one of 12 founding members, North American Chassis Pool Cooperative.

Rick Rodell Founder, chairman, Cornerstone Systems, employee-owned multimillion-dollar firm and leader in transportation industry. The Global Leaders. Employees stay partners after selling private stock. Mentors new directors of charities.

Ken Hazen President and CEO, CTSIGlobal. Formed transportation consulting company Multi-Modes before purchasing Continental Traffic Service. Co-author, The Role of Transportation in the Supply Chain; The Role of Freight Bill Payment and Transportation Information in the Supply Chain Industry.

Rick Hechinger President, Blue Sky



ogistics is the heart and soul of Memphis commerce and these Power Players know how to get things moving.

Charlie Andrews COO, Nickey Warehouses, Inc. Warehousing, order fulfillment, reverse logistics, international shipping, transportation management. With company for more than 10 years.

Lanny Chalk Terminal manager, Fullen Dock and Warehouse, LLC. 30+ years in freight, distribution, warehousing. Fullservice, intermodal river terminal and warehousing. Clients include barge brokers, freight forwarders, manufacturers requiring barge, harbor, and tug services, transshipment, trucking, storage.

William B. Dunavant III CEO, President, Dunavant Enterprises, Inc. Global logistics, development company, capital management with 50+ years experience. Logistics divisions in truck brokerage, intermodal and container operations, Global 3PL, Warehousing, Custom brokerage, & Leasing. Henderson Resort, Destin, Florida.

Buzz Fly Vice President Patterson Warehouses, Inc. 33+ years in transportation and warehousing. Two million square feet of food-grade space, distribution services and ecommerce fulfillment for 19 accounts. Kitting and display builds, intermodal drayage, retail freight consolidation.

Couriers since 2004. 23+ years experience in transportation industry. Package deliveries, warehousing, medical specimens, freight delivery. Blue Sky has operations in Memphis, Chattanooga, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis.

Glenn Lacy Regional service center manager, YRC Freight. Long-haul transportation services for industrial, commercial, and retail customers in North America. Employs about 750 in Memphis.

Stuart Leslie Director, Vaco’s Memphisbased Logistics practice. Mentors transportation fellows through U of M. Places logistics professionals across multiple industry verticals. Southeast Transportation Workforce Center Move the Needle award in 2018.

Clifford F. Lynch Principal, C.F. Lynch & Associates. Recipient, CSCMP Distinguished Service Award, Salzberg Medallion. Supply Chain Executive in Residence, Epicenter. Author, five books on logistics. Adjunct Professor, Supply Chain Management, U of M.



aking products is very much alive and well in Memphis, and these Power Players have the skills to keep production rolling.

Tommy Blaylock Plant Manager, Memphis Cellulose LLC, Georgia-Pacific Cellulose operations in Memphis. Plant in business locally for 100 years. Pulp used in specialized applications including LED Displays, technical papers, paints, currency papers, filtration, and other products.

Kathy Buckman Gibson CEO, KBG Technologies. Former president and COO, Buckman Laboratories International, Inc. Formed KBG to diversify chemistry-supply industry with a woman-led business.

Michael Kelly Senior vice president, Sharp Manufacturing Co. of America. Oversees Sharp facility in Memphis, which produces microwave drawer, in addition to other Sharp and OEM cook-

W. Neely Mallory III President, Mallory Alexander International Logistics, one of largest third–party logistics organizations in U.S. Oversaw company’s growth from cotton forwarding to ocean and air transportation, intermodal trucking, warehousing and distribution, and consulting. President’s E Star Award for Excellence in Exporting, Governor’s GATE Award.

Pat Nelson President, Lehman-Roberts Co. Highway paving, construction, asphalt, aggregate industry services. Chairman of the Board, Lehman-Roberts Co. and Memphis Stone & Gravel Co.

ing products.

Mike McCarty President and CEO, Helena Chemical Company, an agronomic solutions provider, specializing in seed and seed treatments, fertilizer and application services, crop protectants, financial services and precision ag services. Manufactures own line of adjuvants, crop protection products, fertilizers, crop production products, and seed treatments.

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Collierville Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Excellence In Business Award Recipients

Cotton Law Firm, Rehab Etc., Collierville Arts Council, Baptist Centers for Good Grief and Maureen Fraser Take Top Honors at Collierville Chamber’s Excellence in Business Awards. These Five honorees celebrated with over 375 Collierville Chamber members and guests who attended the “Excellence in Business Awards 2019” at the Hilton Hotel on Thursday, January 23. The awards recognized organizations and individuals who make Collierville a special place to live, work and do business.

Person of the Year Maureen Fraser

Entrepreneur of the Year Ashley Bradford, Rehab ETC

Non-Profit of the Year Collierville Arts Council

Spirit of Collierville Cotton Law Firm

Health Care Provider Baptist Centers for Good Grief

Collierville Chamber of Commerce 485 Halle Park Drive, Collierville, TN 38017 (901) 853-1949 |

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Kevin Ohneck Vice president and plant manager, Hino Motors Manufacturing in Marion, Arkansas. Supplies rear driving axles and rear suspension components for light trucks, SUVs. Clients include Toyota and Hino trucks.

Allen W. Pierce Sr. General Manager, Manufacturing, New and ReCon Parts, Cummins Inc. Leadership Memphis, class of 2000. Member, Finance Committee chair, LeMoyne-Owen College. ODI Certified Facilitator. Jack Sammons President, Ampro Industries. Manufactures personal care products. President, River City Laboratories. Former chairman, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. National president, Ethnic Product Manufacturers Association.

Karl Schledwitz Co-founder, chairman, and CEO, Monogram Foods, a leading manufacturer and marketer of ready-toeat further processed meats including jerky, corn dogs, precooked bacon, appetizers, sandwiches, and smoked sausage. Operates nine plants in seven states with over 3,000 employees.

Jerry Ehrlich President/Founder, The Brand Squad. Focuses on launching brands, products, special initiatives, and revitalizing under-performing brands. Clients in hospitality, medical, manufacturing, nonprofit, agriculture, technology, automotive aftermarket, government, and financial services. Former Memphis Advertising Federation President of the Year.

Courney Ellett Founder and owner, Obsidian Public Relations. 2013 Small Business of the Year, MBJ. PR Director of the Year, Memphis Advertising Federation. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ; 50 Women Who Make A Difference, Memphis Woman. Recipient, six Silver VOX Awards; Addy Awards’ Best of Show. 2013 CEO of the Year, IMB. 2014 Executive of the Year, MBJ.

Susan Ewing Founder, Chief Navigator, Ewing Marketing Partners. Boutique marketing firm helps organizations grow through effective strategies. “Ad Woman of the Year” and “Account Executive of the Year,” AAF Memphis.

Charles T. Gaushell Principal/founder, Paradigm Marketing & Creative. Branding, marketing, creative, advertising, digital agency. Clients include Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Buff City Soap, Pyros Fire Fresh Pizza, Semmes Murphey, Boyle, Memphis Symphony, Allure Bridal, Hookpoint Brewing, The Citizen Apartments.

Trace Hallowell Founder and manag-



mage and perception are key to the success of a business, and these Power Players have the necessary vision to pull it all together.

Bill Carkeet CEO and co-owner, Oden, a 49-year-old B2B marketing & branding agency. Management team chair. Leads shaping firm’s future, opportunity assessment, and service offering. Board member, ArtsMemphis and Banc3 Holdings, Inc.

Doug Carpenter Principal, DCA, creative communications consulting firm. Provided business-based communications solutions for public and private sector clients for over 30 years. Instrumental in instituting and reimagining ways to advance the momentum of Memphis, including Mighty Lights, Explore Bike Share, Memphis Greenspace, Big River Crossing, Tennessee Brewery.

ing partner, Tactical Magic. With more than 30 years in the business, his work is in numerous books, magazines and college textbooks. lnternational honors for advertising, branding and creativity. Clients include CGHP, Eventive, Malasri Engineering, Maximum Hospitality, Soundways, Sowell Realtors, Trousseau.

Mark Henry President and CoFounder, Signature Advertising. Numerous Addys, MarComs, Tellys, and The Wall Street Journal “Best Of” awards. Pro bono services to many nonprofits. Helped create a mentorship program for U of M’s Department of Journalism. 2013 recipient, University of Memphis Charles E. Thornton Outstanding Journalism Alumni Award.

Christi Kelley President and CEO, Kelley & Associates Advertising, Inc. Clients in the medical, agricultural, industrial, non-profit, financial, retail, B2B industries. Numerous awards including Addy, Telly, SIAA, MIRM, NAMA, PIAS Graphic, MarCom, International Communicator Awards.

Jerry Klein Owner, President, Kossman/ Klein & Co. Clients include John J. Campbell Company, DroneScape, Bluff City Jaguar Land Rover. Founder and first president, Germantown Rotary Club. Dean Campbell Award, Germantown Rotary; U of M Herbert Lee Williams Outstanding Career Accomplishment award.

Deidre Malone Founder, President, CEO, The Carter Malone Group LLC. Integrated marketing communications strategies. Offices in Memphis, Jackson, Mississippi. Founding member, Tennessee Public Relations Alliance. Immediate Past President, NAACP Memphis Branch.

Valerie Morris President, CEO, Morris Marketing Group. Senior strategy and implementation of holistic marketing and PR campaigns in different business sectors. One of Top 10 Companies to Watch in 2018. Recognized in Super Women in Business, Women with Drive, Top 40 under 40.

Howard Robertson Jr. Principal and CEO, TRUST Marketing & Communications, Inc. Oldest African American-owned marketing firm in region. Clients include City of Memphis, Methodist-LeBonheur Healthcare, Durham School Services, Shelby County Government, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

Cynthia H. Saatkamp Owner, Cofounder, Hemline, tailoring brand strategies for clients for 16 years, including Hilton Worldwide, Baptist Memorial Health Care, LEO Events, MIFA. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ. Marketing Professional of the Year, Communications Firm of the Year, AAF.

Tim Sellers Co-founder, partner and director of operations for inferno. Strategic counsel and marketing communications solutions to clients in bioscience, healthcare, logistics, financial services. Advertising CEO of the Year, Ad Man of the Year, AAF Memphis

Sheperd Simmons Founder and president, Counterpart Communication Design. Specializes in message strategy. Offices in Memphis, Dallas, Philadelphia, Winston-Salem, Fort Myers. Clients include AARP, P&G, Progressive Insurance, FedEx, Hilton. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ.

Brian Sullivan Principal and CEO, Sullivan Branding. Develops brands and creates award-winning advertising campaigns, internal communications, company culture and training programs for clients in diverse categories such as hospitality, healthcare, entertainment, professional sports, tourism, and education.

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Elizabeth Tate Chairman and CEO, Signet, Inc. WBENC certified company. Clients include International Paper, FedEx, ServiceMaster, TruGreen, Terminix, First Horizon, Genie. Founding member, PeerNet industry consortium. Distinguished Friend of the Fogelman College of Business at U of M, Fogelman Hall of Fame.

Lori Turner-Wilson CEO and founder, RedRover Sales & Marketing Strategy. 2018 Vistage Impact Award winner. Syndicated columnist. Author of WOOF — Why Ordinary Organizations Fail. Contributing ghostwriter to the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guerrilla Marketing.

Ceil T. Walker CEO, president, Walker + Associates. Telly, Addy, Vox, MarCom awards for clients including ARRIVE Hotels, Green Dot Schools, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Higher Education Commission, McDonald’s, Thomas & Betts, Lucite International.

Becky Jones West President and founder, WestRogers Strategic Communications, LLC. Media planning and buying, political and public affairs, crisis communications, brand development. Planned and bought media for Ted Cruz for President.

Martin Williford Founder and executive creative director, Red Deluxe Brand Management. 25 years+ experience with brands like HGTV, FedEx, and Bass Pro. Focus has turned to campaigns for national nonprofits. Recipient, numerous Gold ADDY awards.

Russ Williams CEO, Archer Malmo, integrated agency founded 1952. 25-year veteran of strategic action. Supporter of Downtown creatives. Memphis American Advertising Federation 2016 Silver Medal Award, IMB 2016 CEO of the Year. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ.

Pam Alexander President and CEO, MidSouth Healthcare Management. Provides practice management services to include oversight management, accounts payables and monthly financials, human resources, billing and collection services. Certified Medical Coder.

Kim W. Avery CEO and General Counsel,

George Hernandez CEO, Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics, a national leader in sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics, joint replacement, orthopedic oncology, physical medicine/rehabilitation, surgery. Executive director, Campbell Foundation. 2012 Large Business of the Year, Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce. 2020 CEO of the Year, IMB.

Kimble Jenkins CEO, OrthoSouth.

Mid-South Pulmonary and Sleep Specialists, P.C. One of largest privately owned pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine practices in Southeast with 25 physician providers and 10 acute care practitioners.

Orthopedic care in eight Mid-South locations. Surgical and non-surgical treatment for general orthopedics, sports medicine, shoulder, back, neck, spine, hand.

Drew Botschner CEO, University Clinical Health. Private practice arm of UT College of Medicine. Clinical practices in dermatology, family medicine, nephrology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, neonatology, dermapathology, neurology, minimally invasive surgery, pathology, hematology.

John A. Lewis CEO, Semmes-Murphey Clinic. Neurosurgery, neurology, physiatry, pain management. CPA, CITP, Certified IT Project Manager; fellow, American College of Medical Practice Executives. Tennessee Association of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs, Medical Group Management Association.

Debbie Eddlestone CEO, Stern

Rola Obaji CEO, McDonald + Murrmann

Cardiovascular Foundation. Comprehensive approach to wellness and preventive medicine with 11 Mid-South locations. Partnered with Baptist Memorial Health Care in 2011; 2012 merged with Memphis Heart Clinic. MBJ’s Superwomen in Business. 2017 CEO of the Year, IMB.

Joy Golden CEO, managing director, Lakeside Behavioral Health System. 40 years+ experience. 345-bed, 37-acre campus has behavioral health care and addiction treatment for adolescents to adults.

Center for Wellness and Health. Provides obstetrics, gynecology, wellness treatments. Also skin & laser center and female rejuvenation.

Mark Swanson CEO, Baptist Medical Group, the 500-member multispecialty physician group. VP of physician enterprise, Baptist Memorial Health Care. Fellowship training in anesthesia and critical care at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Mitch Graves CEO, West Cancer Center. 30+ years experience in leadership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Former CEO of HealthChoice managing over $750 million in medical spend while improving quality of patients’ healthcare and experience.

John Gross Practice administrator, Shea Clinic. ENT medical practice and surgery center specializing in treatment of chronic hearing and balance disorders. Leadership Council, Association of Otolaryngology Administrators. Starkey Foundation 2018 Director’s Award.

David Harano CEO, Gastro One. Treats



ealthcare is crucial to our well being and these Power Players manage the organizations dedicated to making us better.

patients with digestive disease symptoms and gastrointestinal disorders. Former chair, Medical Group Management Association’s Gastroenterology Administration Assembly.



unning a hospital is an increasingly complex job and these Power Players are making the most of providing top healthcare in Memphis.

Reginald Coopwood President, CEO, Regional One Health. General surgeon before roles as CMO and CEO in health systems. 2014 CEO of the Year, IMB; 2011 CEO Meritorious Service Award, 2013 Diversity Champion, 2016 President’s Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association.

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Sally Deitch Group president and CEO of Mid-South Group, market CEO for Saint Francis Healthcare and CEO for Saint Francis-Memphis. “10 Women Leaders to Watch,” Modern Healthcare. Corris Boyd Leadership Award, American Federation of Hospitals.

James R. Downing President, CEO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Architect of six-year strategic plan to expand St. Jude clinical care and research programs in Memphis and around the globe. Instrumental in launching Pediatric Cancer Genome Project.

Jason Little President, CEO, Baptist Memorial Health Care. Former executive VP and COO, Baptist; CEO Baptist Memphis, Baptist Golden Triangle, Baptist Collierville. Early Career Healthcare Executive Award, American College of Healthcare Executives.

Michael O. Ugwueke President, CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Modern Healthcare Up and Comer, 2012; 2018 Modern Healthcare Top 25 Minority Executive in the country. Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives. Previously served as COO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

Michael Wiggins President, Methodist Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Was senior VP of clinical operations and administrator for Children’s Medical Center in Plano, Texas. Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mauricio Calvo Executive director, Latino Memphis. Aids and supports local Latino community, such as assistance in health care, college advice, immigration services. Top 10 Young Professionals, The Memphis Chamber. 12 Who Made a Difference in 2012, The Commercial Appeal. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ, 2014.

Bob Fockler President, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. Leads the largest charitable grantmaker in the Mid-South, with grants of more than $147 million last year. Manages nearly 1,200 charitable funds for individuals, families, and organizations throughout the region.

J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation and J.R. Hyde Sr. Foundation. Dedicated to improving quality of life in the Memphis area. Public education reform, including KIPP Academy, Teach for America, New Leaders. Top 100 Most Powerful People in Tennessee, BusinessTN, 2004.


Charles Burkett Chairman, First Tennessee Foundation. Invests towards vital aspects of community including arts and culture, education and leadership, environment, financial literacy, health and human services. Contributed more than $90 million to strengthen communities since 1993.

Elizabeth Rouse President, CEO, ArtsMemphis. Oversees support of the local arts community. Was Chief Development Officer and COO. ArtsMemphis invested $2.5 million in 72 local arts groups last year thanks to 1,300+ local donors.

Jan Young Executive director, Assisi Foundation of Memphis. Outstanding Alumni Awards from U of M and UT. Awarded grants of more than $240 million since 1994. Initiatives include Transition to Success, Bridges Out of Poverty, and Ethical Fitness.

Laura K. Linder President, CEO, Jewish Community Partners. Executive director, Memphis Jewish Federation. Certified Fundraising Executive. Top 40 under 40, MBJ. Emerging Young Leaders Award, National Council of Jewish Women, Milwaukee.

Justin W. Miller Co-Founder and CEO, Slingshot Memphis, Inc. TedX Memphis presenter and represented Memphis as the only U.S.-based nonprofit at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum. Fixed Income Capital Markets President’s Club, 2013 & 2014.

Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation. Baptist Heart Institute, Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief, Baptist Reynolds Hospice House, scholarships for students, and others. 50 Women Who Make a Difference, 2005.

emphis is one of the most giving cities in the country and these Power Players are key to making the most of philanthropic efforts.

Foundation. CEO and founder, EVS Corporation. 100 most powerful people, BusinessTN. 2012 CEO of the Year, IMB. Changing Face of Philanthropy Award, International Women’s Funding Network. Women of Achievement Award, Leadership Memphis Change Makers Award 2019.

Barbara Rosser Hyde Chair and CEO,

Jenny Nevels Executive director,


Gayle S. Rose Chairman, Rose Family

Maureen O’Connor VP of Institutional Advancement, Le Bonheur. Leads efforts of the Le Bonheur Foundation, Marketing, Public Policy, Trauma Administration, and Injury Prevention teams.

Tammie Ritchey Executive director, Regional One Health Foundation. Chief development officer, Regional One Health. Relationship manager connecting philanthropists to programs, causes, and clinical leaders. Certified Fundraising Executive.



onprofits serve a vital function in the community and these Power Players insure the public welfare on many levels.

Jen Andrews Executive Director, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Oversees services, amenities, and operations at Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline, including implementation of Master Plan. Former Director of Development and Communications with the Conservancy. Memphis Flyer, Top 20 under 30.

Eric Ballentine Executive director, Streets Ministries. Innovative programming and community partnerships. Founder, The Ark community outreach organization in Riverview Kansas community.

Ruby Bright Executive director, chief administrative officer, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Foundation of the Year, MPACT Memphis. Henry Logan Starks Award, Memphis Theological Seminary; Changing Face of Philanthropy Award, Women’s Funding Network; Kate Gooch Award, Leadership Memphis; J.A. McDaniel Award, Urban League;

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Ruby R. Wharton Award for Community Service; Women of Achievement Vision Award; Evie Horton Award. 2014 MBJ Super Women in Business.

John Butler President, Agricenter International. Oversees daily operations of Agricenter, education, agribusiness, research, and agricultural hub of the Mid-South, and creation and implementation of Master Plan. Former owner of Jones Creek Farm.

Kevin Dean CEO, Momentum Nonprofit Partners. Creates momentum in nonprofit sector to enact equitable, measurable, and lasting change. 2013 Ruth J. Colvin and Frank C. Laubach Award for Excellence in Community-Based Adult Literacy from ProLiteracy in Washington, D.C.; 2015 Innovation Awards, IMB.

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Sally Jones Heinz Executive director, MIFA. Joined as VP of Development. Former director of development, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Former director of marketing and vice president of publications, Robert F. Sharpe Company, Inc.

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Melanie Ann Keller President, CEO, Meritan, Inc. Nonprofit health and social services agency that provides home healthcare, homemaker service, private duty nursing, and other nursing services to individuals with disabilities, senior employment services, and foster care services in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia.

Patrick Lawler sOe CEO, Youth Villages. Youth Villages helps more than 30,000 children and families nationwide annually with 3,000 staff in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Master Entrepreneur, SOE. America’s Best Leaders, U.S. News and World Report, 2006.

Shantelle Leatherwood CEO, Christ Community Health Services. Faith-based, multi-site organization serving underresourced communities in Memphis. Services include primary care, behavioral health, dental work, surgery, and pharmaceuticals.

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Anton Mack Executive director, Explore Bike Share. Nonprofit shared mobility system that operates 600 bikes, 200 seated OjO scooters, and 90 docking stations around the city’s core. Former presence in administrative departments for legal and academic fields.

Tony Martini President and CEO, Memphis Goodwill Industries. Provides employment and life skills assistance to persons with significant work barriers. Contract services through government partnerships. 2014 Executive of the Year, MBJ.

Charles McVean  sOe  Chairman and


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founder, Peer Power Foundation. Tutors more than 1,000 schoolchildren in schools in Tennessee and Mississippi, combining performance-based compensation with effects of peer groups. Chairman and CEO, McVean Trading & Investments. Key to creating Big River Crossing. Master Entrepreneur, SOE. 2013 and 2017 Innovation Awards, IMB.

G. Scott Morris  sOe  Founder, CEO, Church Health Center. Honorary Doctor of Letters, 2015, U of M. Master Entrepreneur, SOE. Memphis Theological Seminary President’s Humanitarian Award, 2010. The Kindness Revolution’s Spirit of Kindness Award, 2010.

Cathy Pope President and CEO, Mid-

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South Food Bank. Organization serves needy in 31 counties through 274 charitable feeding programs. Former president and CEO, Feeding the Gulf Coast food bank.

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Adam Putnam CEO, Ducks Unlimited, a world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Former commissioner of agriculture, Florida, where he managed 1.3 million acres of state forest. Was youngest elected member of Congress.

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United Way of the Mid-South. Past Tennessee Commissioner of Health, served as Health Program and Policy Consultant and County Health officer to mayor of


Shelby County.

Richard C. Shadyac, Jr. Leads ALSAC, fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 31,000 fundraising activities annually, including FedEx St. Jude Classic and St. Jude Memphis Marathon. ALSAC is the top healthcare charity in the United States. 2016 CEO of the Year, IMB.

Gary Shorb  sOe

CEO, The Urban Child Institute. Led expansion of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown and Le Bonheur hospital. Corporation of the Year, Memphis Business Development Corporation, and best hospital in Memphis, U.S. News & World Report. 100 • I N S I D E M E M P H I S B U S I N E S S • A P R I L 2 0 2 0

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Casey Kaufman Tansey President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Mid-South since 2017. With the organization since 2003. Creates life-changing wishes for children between 2 and 18 with critical illnesses in region.

Vickie Terry Executive director, Memphis Branch NAACP. Ensure political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens. Memphis Branch is second largest in the U.S.

Van Turner Director, president, Memphis Greenspace. Partner, Bruce Turner, PLLC. Chairman and Commissioner, Shelby County District 12. Responsible for removal of confederate statues from Memphis public parks. Top 40 Under 40, MBJ. Mid-South Rising Stars 2010-2016, Super Lawyers.

Dana Wilson President and CEO, BRIDGES. Joined BRIDGES in 2008 as program coordinator; first employee to be promoted to the president and CEO positions. Developed curriculum and evaluation for the expanded Bridge Builders program.



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Chris Bird  sOe  President, The Dillard Companies. Security installation and services for government facilities, manufacturing plants, warehouses, office buildings, apartment buildings, retail stores, parking garages, churches, schools.

E. Winslow “Buddy” Chapman Executive director, Crimestoppers of Memphis and Shelby County. Former manager of business development, Guardsmark; VP and director of personnel administration, Dobbs International; director, Memphis Police Department, 1976-83.

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Jonathan Frase President, Frase Protection, Home security and security camera systems for homes and small businesses. Joined firm after a successful career as a commercial airline pilot and instructor.

Kim Heathcott  sOe  Founder, CEO, Clarion Security LLC. Largest woman-owned business in Memphis and last five years on Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies. Uniformed, armed, and unarmed security officers, security patrols, and alarm response. 2018 CEO of the Year, Inside Memphis Business.

Barry Marshall President and Partner, Security One, Inc. 35 years+ experience in public, private sectors. Firm founded by his father in 1973. Joined Shelby County Sheriff’s Department in 1977 and is reserve instructor with the Memphis Police Department.

Patti Phelps Owner and CEO, Phelps Security, Inc. founded in 1953. 39 years+ experience managing and operating one of Memphis’ oldest security companies. Nationally certified, Woman-Owned Business. Co-founder, B.I.G. for Memphis. Fallen Officer Memorial Committee, Neighborhood Watch Grant Committee.

Alfred Washington Owner, CEO, Top


Notch Security, Inc. In seven states with 300+ employees. Government, commercial, industry facilities, international executive protection, vulnerability assessments, disaster response. MBJ Top 40 under 40. SBDC Rising Star; African American male image award; MDBA Business of the Year; Robert R Church award; Benny Award.

Craig Weiss Co-founder, CEO, Central Defense Security. Helped firm become a top security provider in region. Started Central Defense Staffing 2013. Principal and EVP for Carrier Leasing at Tower Ventures, the largest wireless infrastructure company in the Mid-South.

Stanley Zitron Founder, CFO, Avision Inc. Founded in 1995, providing innovative surveillance and perimeter protection using megapixel cameras and wireless technology. Specializing in corporate, industrial, medical, retail, educational security.

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hen you’re looking for talent for your business, you go to these Power Players who know who to reach out to.

Dotty Summerfield Giusti Founder, Summerfield Associates, Consulting & Recruiting Services. Contract, contract to hire, and direct hire placements in human resources and information technology fields. Super Woman in Business, 2016.

Garen Haddad President, CEO, Gateway Group Personnel. Accounting, finance, operations, engineering, technology, HR, administrative disciplines. Pinnacle Society, nation’s premier consortium of top recruiters within executive search industry.


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Kirk Johnston Senior managing partner, Vaco Memphis. Consulting, contract, and direct hire placements. Corporate Volunteer of the Year 2017, 2018. National company named to Inc. 5000 “Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies” for 13 consecutive years.

Denise Burnett Stewart  sOe  President/CEO, OR Nurses Nationwide, Inc., Travel Nurses, Inc. Provides temporary and permanent healthcare staffing to healthcare facilities locally, regionally, and nationally. Largest Women Owned Business from 2006-2010. Best Place to Work, MBJ.

Dinah Terry CEO, President, Omni Staffing Plus, Inc. Provides testing, training, and placement. Former owner/operator of OmniAdult Training Center, providing training and placement for medical transcription and terminology.

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