Metropolitan Business Planning creates a north-star for the region, around which strategies and initiatives align for implementation.  For this to be successful, the process must include as many thoughts and ideas as possible.

In addition to the advisory committee and the Brookings/RW Ventures team, Memphis Fast Forward has been engaged.  Funding and staffing is being provided by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County (EDGE).  Finally, and most importantly, the following stakeholders, civic leaders and experts make up critical teams and workgroups.

  • Laura Adams, Executive Director, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
  • Mairi Albertson, Administrator, Housing & Community Development
  • Leslee Alexander, Tennessee Trade Director, State of Tennessee ECD
  • Oscar Atkinson, CEO, Silicone Arts
  • Steve Bares, President & CEO, Memphis Bioworks Foundation
  • Kevin Boggs, Vice President Tech Transfer, FedEx Institute of Technology at U of M
  • Jan Bouten, Partner, Innova
  • Allan Bowden, UWT Logistics (First Vice President, World Trade Club)
  • Mark Brown, CAO, Town of Bartlett 
  • Devin Buford, First Tennessee Bank
  • Bill Bullock, Manager of Economic Development, Memphis Light Gas & Water
  • Marie Burgess, Planner, Germantown EDC
  • Elizabeth Cawein, CEO, Signal Flow PR
  • John Churchill, Executive Director Workforce Development, Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Dr. Joy Clay, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies, U of M - Public & Nonprofit Administration
  • Darrell Cobbins, President, Universal Commercial Real Estate
  • Brian Collins, CFO, City of Memphis/President Kiwanis Club of Memphis
  • Jerry Collins, President & CEO, Memphis Light Gas & Water
  • Ordis Copeland, Business Development Consultant, State of Tennessee ECD
  • David Cox, Assistant to the President, University of Memphis
  • Melissa Cox-Rayner, Business Development Consultant, State of Tennessee ECD
  • Jim Crone, Trane Performance Solutions Group
  • Jonathan Cross, President, Jonathan Cross Ventures & Holdings
  • Davida Cruthird, Workforce Investment Network
  • Janie Day, Executive Director, Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Keith Dillihunt, Economic Development Specialist, EDGE
  • Alandas Dobbins, Director, Mayor’s Office of Resources & Enterprise
  • Edward Dobbs, CEO, Dobbs Management Services
  • Christine Donhardt, Planner, Shelby County Office of Sustainability
  • Leigh Anne Downes, Director of Economic Development, Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce
  • Reid Dulberger, President & CEDO, EDGE
  • Michelle East, Commissioner, Germantown EDC
  • Eugene Eckstein, Engineering Chair, University of Memphis
  • Meka Egwuekwe, Sr. Architect/Co-Dir. Of Development, Lokion
  • Nathan Essex, President, Southwest Tennessee Community College
  • Dr. William Evans, Director & CEO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Gwyn Fisher, Regional Director, Tennessee Dept. of Economic & Community Development
  • Michael John Florio, Senior VP, American Marsh Pumps
  • Robert Fockler, CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • Andre Fowlkes, President, Start Co.
  • Tom Fox, Assistant General Manager, MATA
  • Tal Frankfurt, CEO, Cloud for Good
  • Desi Franklin, Senior Vice President, First Horizon National Bank
  • Nathan Garrett, Technical Director, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • Lee Grehan, Research Associate Professor, Sparks Bureau of Economics at The University of Memphis
  • Jaime Groce, Town Planner, Town of Collierville
  • Steve Guinn, Vice President, Highwoods Properties
  • Charles Gulotta, President, Millington Chamber of Commerce
  • Kim Hackney, Director of Legislative Affairs, Shelby County
  • Carolyn Hardy, President, Chism Hardy Enterprises
  • Bryce Haugsdahl, Director, United Way of the Mid-South
  • Mark Herbison, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce
  • Larry Jensen, President/CEO, Commercial Advisors
  • Cato Johnson, Senior VP of Corporate Affairs, Methodist LeBonheur
  • Phil Johnson, Director of Economic Development, Bartlett Chamber
  • Anna Kelly, Chairperson, Memphis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. David Kemme, Chair of Excellence in International Economics, U of M (Executive Director, Economic Club)
  • Dr. Bruce Kirksey, Director of Research, AgriCenter International
  • Andy Kitsinger, Principal, The Development Studio
  • Heather Baugus Koury, Executive Director, AIA Memphis
  • Dr. Balaji Krishnan, Director of International MBA Program/Professor Marketing & Supply Chain, U of M
  • John Lancaster, Planner, MATA
  • Mark Lange, President/CEO, National Cotton Council of America
  • Chritell Laot, Technical Fellow, FedEx
  • John Lawrence, Manager Economic Development Planning, EDGE
  • Steven Levy, Chief Manager, Levy Commercial Realty
  • Robert Lipscomb, Director, Housing & Community Development/MHA
  • Mark H. Luttrell, Jr., Mayor, Shelby County
  • Richard Magid, Vice President, UT Research Foundation
  • Montgomery Martin, President, Montgomery Martin Contractors
  • Eric Matthews, President, Start Co.
  • Scott McCormick, Past Memphis City Councilman
  • Jim McDougal, Program Director, Memphis Area Association of Governments
  • Doug McGowen, Director, Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team
  • Tony Milton, Owner, Synergy Technologies Group
  • Mike Mitchell, Technical Advisor, Federal Express
  • Martha Mooneyhan, Director of Career Services, Concorde Career College
  • Paul Morris, President, Downtown Memphis Commission (Business Improvement District)
  • Hank Mullany, CEO, ServiceMaster
  • Dexter Muller, Senior Vice President Community Development, Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce
  • Betsy Olim,Principal, Olim International
  • Tommy Pacello, Team Member, Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team
  • Iddo Patt, Director & Executive Producer, Modern Production Concepts
  • Fran Persechini, President/CEO, Collierville Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike Philpot, Executive Director, West Tennessee Manufacturers Association
  • Dan Poag, Chairman, Poag & McEwen Lifestyle Centers
  • Clayton Poff, Director of Energy Efficiency, Bartlett Chamber
  • Molly Polatty, Trainer, Workforce Investment Network
  • Barbara Prescott, Executive Director, PeopleFirst Partnership
  • David Radiloff, VP, Mueller Industries
  • Andy Randle, VP Sales & Marketing, Ace Pump Corporation
  • Skip Redmond, President, Moore Tech
  • Christine Richards, Executive VP, General Counsel & Secretary, FedEx
  • Eric Robertson, President, Community Lift
  • Natalie Robinson, Vice President, Memphis Minority Business Council
  • Dr. David Rudd, President, University of Memphis
  • Andrew Russell, Marketing Manager, FedEx Services
  • Charlie Santo, Director, U of M Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning
  • Douglas Scarboro, Executive Director of the Office of Talent and Human Capital, City of Memphis
  • Susan Schadt, President/CEO, ArtsMemphis
  • Chris Schnee, General Manager/VP Sales & Marketing, Christie Medical
  • John Paul Shaffer, Transportation Planner, Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Leigh Shockey, CEO, Drexel Chemical
  • Gary Shorb, CEO, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare
  • Sarah Sieloff, HUD, White House Fellow, Strong Cities Strong Communities
  • Derwin Sisnett, CEO, Gestalt Community Schools
  • Willie Slate, Adult Education, Shelby County Schools
  • David Slott, President/COO, ARS Investment Holdings
  • Teresa Sloyan, Executive Director, Hyde Family Foundations
  • Richard Smith, Managing Director, FedEx Express
  • David Spann, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Pragati Srivistava, Administrator, Memphis Urban Area MPO
  • Milner Stanton, Contract Researcher, Workforce Investment Network
  • Gary Stevenson, Partner, MB Ventures
  • Earnest Strickland, Director of Economic Development, Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce
  • Maura Black-Sullivan, Deputy CAO, City of Memphis
  • Blair Taylor, President, Memphis Tomorrow
  • Todd Taylor, Senior Counsel, FedEx Corporation
  • Rory Thomas, Executive Director, Tennessee Small Business Development Center
  • John Threadgill, President, Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Cliff Tillman, Managing Director, FedEx Express
  • Ted Townsend, Deputy Commissioner for Strategy, Tennessee Dept. of Economic & Community Development
  • Emily Trenholm, Director, Community Development Council of Greater Memphis
  • Floyd Tyler, President, Preserver Partners
  • Pauline Vernon, Director Workforce Development, Memphis Bioworks Foundation
  • David Waddell, President/Chief Investment Strategist, Waddell & Associates (Treasurer, Economic Club)
  • Alonzo Weaver, VP of Engineering, Memphis Light Gas & Water
  • Mark Wender, CEO, Soulsville Foundation
  • Chris West, Need Registry/Formerly with GTX
  • Jason Wexler, COO, Memphis Grizzlies
  • AC Wharton, Jr., Mayor, City of Memphis
  • Laura Whitsitt, Senior VP Research & Emerging Technologies, Smith & Nephew
  • Diana Wilkerson, Assistant Director, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • Delories Williams, Managing Director, Workforce Development, Greater Memphis Chamber
  • David Williams, President, Leadership Memphis
  • Archie Willis, President, Community Capital
  • Melanie Winfield, Contracts Manager, Workforce Investment Network
  • Paul Young, Former Director, Shelby County Office of Sustainability